Trinity Christian School, Canberra

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Trinity Christian School
Trinity Christian School
Love, Nurture and Service
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Australia Australia
Type Independent, Day
Denomination Non-Denominational Christian
Established 1980
Employees >100
Enrolment ~1144
Colour(s) Navy blue, White and Bottle green               

Trinity Christian School, founded in 1980, is a private Christian P-12, co-educational school located in Wanniassa in the Tuggeranong Valley of Canberra, ACT, Australia.


The campus of Trinity Christian School consists of a mixture of brick and corrugated iron facade standalone buildings. In addition to classrooms the school's facilities include science labs, a number of computer rooms, a music and drama studio as well as a metal and woodwork workshop and kitchen teaching space. Sporting facilities include two ovals, a large gymnasium hall as well as asphalt basketball/netball courts.

Past principals[edit]

Name Term
Peter Corderoy 1980 - 1989
David Bewley 1990-1992
Winston Newman 1993 - 2000
Carl Palmer 2000 - 2011[1]
Andrew Clayton 2012 -

Enrolment and staff[edit]

Trinity Christian School has approximately 1150 students[2] and is divided into three sections: Junior (K-5),[3] Intermediate (6-8)[4] and Senior (9-12).[5] The staff of the school includes 76 full-time teachers, and 32 part-time teachers.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities include a school band, ISCF, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, musical production, instrumental music program, dance festival and camps.

Mission trips[edit]

Each year students from the senior section of the school are given the opportunity to go on a mission trip. Destinations have included Uganda (via South Africa), India[6] and Morapoi Station, WA.

F1 in Schools[edit]

Students from Trinity have competed at several F1 in Schools competitions. Team Goshawk won the amateur championship in Canberra in 2007 and took second place overall at the 2008 World Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were presented the coveted award for "Best Engineered Design".[7] In 2008 team Redline Racing won the national finals in Canberra.[8][9] They placed 2nd at the 2009 World Championships in London where they won the award for the fastest car.[10]

Contact with the International Space Station[edit]

In 2010 students from Trinity made contact with the International Space Station as part of the Wireless Institute of Australia's 100th anniversary.[11] Students had the opportunity to ask astronauts about life in space.[12]


Like most Australian schools in the temperate zone, Trinity has two kinds of uniforms: the summer uniform and the winter uniform. The summer uniform is worn strictly on Terms 1 & 4 only, and the winter uniform is worn strictly in Terms 2 & 3 only. There is no changeover period. The uniforms are different from the Junior Section (K-5), Intermediate Section (6-8) and Years 9 & 10, and College (Year 11 & 12). There used to be 2 sport uniforms but now the K-5's wear the same sport uniform as 6-12's. A hat is a requirement for both the normal uniform and the sport uniform.


Shortly after its founding in 1980, Trinity was amongst three schools that were included in a proposal by the then Education minister, Wal Fife. The idea was that schools with falling enrolments should take in students from private schools.[13]


In its early days, Trinity operated in space leased out a Government school. At the time there was a significant degree of public anger in the community, centering on the controversy that a conservative religious segment of the community should be allowed to use publicly owned property to educate their children. Controversy was compounded by curricular themes that had a heavy religious focus, asserting creationism amongst other things.

The school was given the land it occupies as a compromise by the government, allowing the school to continue with its religious education agenda whilst being at arm's-length from government.

Further controversy arose around 1992/3 when the school principal at the time made the executive decision that all books mentioning or supporting evolution should be pulled from the school's library. This action resulted in outcry from many parents and an exodus of large number of families. Following sustained pressure a new principal, Neumann, was installed and the school's policy on evolution education moderated somewhat.

Originally, because Trinity was an conservative religious school, it did not have a sexual education program, and things such as contraception, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality were not included in the curriculum, neither directly (subject specific classes) nor indirectly. This caused dismay amongst many students and concern in members of the community as it did not give students the opportunity to be educated in life issues. This has since been amended.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Farewell for Mr Palmer". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "About TCS". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Junior Section Information". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Intermediate Section Information". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Senior Section Information". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "IndiGO11 - Testimonies and Stories". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australia's High School Engineers". University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Australian Nationals 2008". Vastmotion. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "About the House Magazine - March 2009" (PDF). Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Background and History - F1 in Schools Australia". F1 in Schools Australia. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Australia Students Celebrate WIA Centenary with ARISS QSO". ARRL. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "ARISS school contact planned at Centennary [sic] Dinner of Wireless Institute of Australia". IARU. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ School Ties: Private Schooling in Australia, Geoffrey Maslen, Muthuen, 1982 p. ISBN 0-454-00436-2 accessed 2 January 2008

Coordinates: 35°24′30″S 149°05′11″E / 35.4082°S 149.0864°E / -35.4082; 149.0864