Four Ways Trinity Episcopal School Raises Students to be Good People

The Reverend Bobby Hadzor

Daily Chapel at Trinity Episcopal School

At Trinity Episcopal School, we do not just focus on developing the academic potential of our students; we prioritize the whole child. Integral to our approach is a belief that every child has the potential to affect positive change in the world around them. 

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Below are four ways that we help our students grow into the good people and community members that we know them to be.

1. School Worship 

One of the great traditions of Trinity Episcopal School is our daily Chapel. Every morning we are in session we have 20 minutes to come together as a school community and explore, wonder, and experience the love of God. 

From guest speakers to our students’ participation, our Chapel is a unique experience that unfolds every day. A number of topics we have recently covered are:

  1. What is meditation and how does it work? 
  2. What does it mean to “build up and not tear down” others?
  3. What is generosity and how can it change our lives?
  4. How do we forgive others when it seems impossible?
  5. What is empathy and why is it important?
  6. How can we live with integrity?
  7. How do we find the playfulness of God in our lives?

Although our daily Chapel is for our First–Eighth Grade students, we also have a weekly Chapel service with our Les Enfants and Preschool students. By the sharing of our prayers and the hearing of our sacred stories, we steep ourselves in what it means to be a community and not individuals. 

Our Chapel is a place where we ground ourselves in the day to come, to be filled with a hopefulness that comes from knowing we are God’s children, on this daily journey together as brothers and sisters 

2. Community Life

At Trinity Episcopal School our community life is supported by the Gospel message, to “treat others as you wish to be treated.” We speak often about our School being a family—and like any family, this means that we may not always get along but we never lose sight that we are connected to something much deeper than all sharing the same uniforms or classrooms. 

In the conclusion of our Trinity School Prayer, we pray that we are kept “in purity of heart” so that the “life of our school may go on from strength to strength” and to “have its place and meaning in God’s kingdom.” 

Our community is one of "upstanders," working not only towards the building up of our school life, but also towards the building up of the communities we enter into after we leave the School for the day. We challenge each other to be the best we can be and hold one another accountable for the things we do. 

3. Religious Formation and Study

Trinity Episcopal School’s commitment to religious formation and study continues far after the students have left the church space for the day. 

Beginning in Prekindergarten, students experience a wide range of curriculum that helps foster the inherent wonder that resides in every child. Children are deeply spiritual people but often lack the language needed to describe the understandings they hold or experience. 

From our Godly Play curriculum for Prekindergarten–First Graders to our Lower School bi-weekly religious studies classes, our younger students are learning how to use sacred language to express intrigue and ask incredible questions about the stories we hear about mankind’s relationship with God. 

In our Middle School curriculum, our older students revisit stories heard in the previous grades and dive deeper into the meaning and lessons to be gleaned from the texts. With plenty of opportunities to engage in conversations and formulate questions, our students strengthen their spiritual selves as they continue on their own journey. 

We are committed to teaching in an ecumenical and inclusive way, providing a space for all people to come and learn, sharing their own religious or philosophical paths and seeing them as a gift to offer to our greater story. 

4. Social Justice

Trinity does not only prepare our students for the work in our local communities, but also for the work in our global communities. We often call our students “global citizens” because today’s world is no longer contained to the people we see in our daily lives and community. 

As global citizens, our curriculums do not limit our education to one perspective. We appropriately expose our children to the world around us (for example, through our various World Languages), often rousing their interest and inspiring them to action. We have a myriad of community service and service-learning opportunities in which both students and families participate. 

As we shed light on the injustices around us, we look for ways to partner with others and play our part in reconciling the wrongdoings. We do not only live sympathetically, but empathetically, a variety that can make all the difference in the world. We embrace diversity, reject a culture of bullying, and stand committed to inclusion for all people. 

Throughout the School we have constant reminders to be “gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave.” My prayer is that whenever you step foot onto our Church and School campus you feel the spirit of those traits, and they fill you to do the same wherever your life is taking you. We have a community that has been blessed beyond number, and we are so proud to be a part of the holy work that is Trinity Episcopal School. 

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—Reverend Bobby “Mr. H” Hadzor, School Chaplain 

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