Trinity College School is a place where teachers, administration, and staff are all family. Perhaps because of it's more remote location in Port Hope, TCS has developed a supportive environment where everyone is seen as one. In my time there, not only was there unwavering support for students having difficulties, but problems were dealt with swiftly and appropriately. In many schools, when a student breaks rules, rumours spread and often misinformation and slander can develop around that student's character before the truth can be revealed. However, at TCS, when disciplinary action is taken on a student, the administration is always transparent and open to the community. Often, they will clear things up by making an official announcement to the school without revealing any details that would damage that student's character, clearing all rumours and settling the issue so that the community can move on. Further, because of the universal respect that students have for the school, it's rules, and the administration, disciplinary action that is taken by agents of authority are always supported by the student community.
During my time at TCS, we had an incredible administration team. The Headmaster, Deans and academic support staff in their office were truly integrated into our community. Their families were as much a part of the school as they were and this made them all approachable. Many did double duty by coaching our sports teams, leading debates or simply being present at mealtimes. Broadly speaking, they were well liked and loved. At its core, TCS emphasizes the importance of community on campus and to this end, the leadership was able to foster a positive academic and living environment. Teenagers are complicated beings and I felt that the school often went out of its way to support those experiencing disciplinary issues to address the root causes before administering any sanctions. Further, they always went through these proceedings in a confidential manner that respected the privacy of the student in question. During the rare instances where I'd seen a disciplinary issue impact the community at large, the administration was forthright with the student body and would take the time to speak with us. Further, they would communicate with parents for transparency and peace of mind. I think that this was appreciated by students, particularly when confusion can make a situation more jarring.
I can say that without a doubt I respect all of my school leaders. My headmaster is the definition of approachable, my guidance counsellor is extremely understanding and my teachers are more than helpful. I think all of them do well in terms of checking their student's welfare over the course of the year, I was very surprised to find my teachers asking if I was getting enough sleep and eating well, it really made me feel cared for. I wish they would do more of asking for feedback over the course of the school year and not focused only to the end of the year.
The leadership and administration at Trinity College School are outstanding. They respond to problems appropriately and foster a positive school environment...even during the COVID pandemic. The communication between leadership, administration, students and parents is also outstanding. TCS has many ways of communicating with parents. For example, each week, the TCS News is emailed to all families. It is an electronic newsletter that shares the school's latest updates on the activities, academics, COVID Progress Report, plus the latest pictures on events around campus. Monthly Parent Forum Meetings are another great way the school communicates with parents. The leadership team attends these meetings and shares all the latest updates. Since COVID, the meetings are on ZOOM and continue to be a fantastic way to communicate with parents during the constantly changing pandemic environment.
The school leadership is everything you would want in a school. My daughter tells me that it is not unusual to have members of the leadership team mingling, chatting and joking with the students. This develops a sense of community which fosters a positive school environment indicating to the students that these administrators are approachable and friendly. From a parent's perspective, I love receiving the weekly emails updating me on what is happening at school. When an issue develops that needs to be addressed immediately the school is quick to deal with issues and concerns. Then promptly communicating to the parents and community in an email with a follow-up name you contact if you have further concerns.
I have had only positive encounters with the school administration. My impression of Trinity College School leadership and administration is that it is a well-oiled machine. There are many departments that have sufficient and experienced staff ensuring the school runs at the high level expected. The communication is excellent from weekly parent newsletters which arrived in my inbox every Thursday and Friday (Junior School specific). The teachers are always available to meet with parents. The administration replies in a very rapid and thorough manner. My sons have ample time during the day to meet with their teachers one on one if need be and the teachers are always available via email or other online platforms outside of school hours.