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In Pursuit of Diligence

Posted by Trinitas on Feb 27, 2022 6:15:07 PM

The work Trinitas requires can put a strain on parents and students, but, as uncomfortable as it is to hear, that’s the way it ought to be. School should be hard. Why? Because hard work brings a profit (Prov. 14:23).

Think of something good. Is it easily acquired? Now something beautiful… Now true… The world our Father created yields its fruit only to laborers like the ant in Proverbs 6. Students who are allowed to grumble about memorizing an additional five vocabulary words or to roll their eyes when required to show all of their math work are being prepared to live life lazily.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Christian Living

Connecting the Dots

Posted by James Cowart on Feb 14, 2022 1:09:59 PM

Rather than a random group of dots, the various facets of education should connect like a column of ants traversing a picnic blanket.  Last Friday, I had the privilege of watching junior kindergartners retelling four classic fairytales using student narration and finger puppets. Later that evening, I listened to three students present and defend their senior thesis projects. Contemplating these examples drawn from the beginning and end of a Trinitas education is worthwhile for thoughtful parents serious about the kind of education they want for their children.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education, Thesis Projects, Public Speaking, Parent Involvement, Virtue

Trinitas Traditions

Posted by Trinitas on Nov 15, 2021 7:23:21 AM

Trinitas has a long and tasty history with barbecue. You might even say it's an integral part of a Trinitas education! Back in the early days of the school, our founding headmaster, Ken Trotter’s father, Grandpa Trotter used his meat-smoking prowess to bring school families together for picnics and community-building events. Even Grandma Trotter pitched in with her famously delicious, but always secret sauce. Though the Trotter family has all passed on from our school, the tradition of sharing good barbecue with friends and family still remains - particularly in connection to the annual Trinitas Junior/Senior Aesthetics trip.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, History, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, Aesthetics Trip

Morning Meeting: A Liturgy for Daily Life

Posted by Trinitas on Oct 31, 2021 7:21:27 PM

Routines help to define a people. A group of market traders begins combing the news even before the trading bell rings at 9:30 a.m., hungry to get an edge on making the right move at the right time. A covey of construction workers share donuts and coffee before hitting the site for the day’s labor. A pack of public school kids rise from their seats to recite the pledge of allegiance and hear the crackle of morning announcements over the intercom. Routines do not require much attention to the routine itself—routines become second nature, an involuntary way of being in the world. Because we know that routines have the power to shape our orientation to the world, Trinitas starts the day with our own routine to orient and shape our way of being for the day ahead.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Christian Education, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Reading, Writing, and…Dancing?

Posted by James Cowart on Oct 24, 2021 3:53:15 PM

Whether as a component of a feast day or in preparation for the Winter Ball, training in formal dancing is an important facet of a Trinitas education. This is because “Education is not merely an intellectual affair, no matter how intellect-centered it must be, because human beings are not merely minds. As creatures made in God’s image, we are composite beings—unions of soul and body.”[1] Thus Trinitas students are taught reading, writing, and dancing so that they can glorify God with their minds and also with their bodies by becoming socially graceful.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

Posted by Trinitas on Oct 17, 2021 3:54:06 PM

In a few short weeks, nearly 300 members of the extended Trinitas family including students, parents, grandparents, faculty, and alumni will take a break from normal educational routines at Trinitas and complete a full day of sponsored community service at over ten local non-profit organizations. In preparation for the 3rd Annual LoveThyNeighbor - Great Day of Giving event, a little background into how the event came to be is in order.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Community Service

Give Students a Community in Which They Can Thrive

Posted by Ron Gilley on Feb 1, 2021 11:25:53 AM

This week we are continuing our series about the goals of classical Christian education and the pathway to reaching them. Last week we started talking in earnest about that pathway. I suggested there are four key elements in the classical Christian model that make up the pathway. This week we take up the third and fourth elements: a structured and orderly learning environment and a Christ-centered community of like-minded families.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Parenting, Classical Education, Christian Education

How Do We Accomplish the Goals of Classical Christian Education?

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 25, 2021 12:08:18 PM

We are continuing our series intended to remind what the goals of classical Christian education are, why those goals are good for the world, and how we pursue the goals of classical Christian education at Trinitas. I began this series with a metaphor about traveling and the questions one might ask oneself while traveling on a particular journey. Continuing that metaphor, now I set out to answer the question how do we get there? This is a big question, and it will take time to unpack even the merest tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education, Teaching

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