Primary

Basic Primary Schooling Objectives

1) To educate children in the practice and teachings of the Catholic Church.
2) To awaken respect for patriotic symbols and traditions.
3) To awaken love for family, school, and society.
4) To kindle feelings of love and human solidarity. 5) To educate in the habits of the responsible use of liberty, order, camaraderie, discipline, and mutual respect and respect for elders.
6) To stimulate physical development and to ensure physical health.
7) To develop individual identity and help social aptitude. 8) To offer a physical and spiritual environment that satisfies the interests and needs of children.
9) To help the process of intellectual development through experiences which permit children to reach desirable levels of learning.
10) To focus the naturally curious and exploratory disposition of children.
11) To develop and enrich language.
12) To initiate the comprehension and spontaneous use of the English language.
13) To favor creative learning and all forms of expression.
14) To complement the action of the family by offering the child a happy youth.

Pedagogical Principles

1) To base methodology in self-instructed learning.
2) To stimulate in children an interest in reflecting, investigating, and experimenting.
3) To give children the opportunity to think for themselves, stimulating critical and independent thinking and exercising their ability to argue and question existing norms.
4) To present situations for students to explore subjects, look for solutions, elaborate on proposals, and solve problems.
5) To favor an attitude of dialogue, comprehension, respect for differences, and cooperation.
6) To reevaluate the practice and value of reading, enriching oral and written expression.
7) To initiate students in the intelligent use of new technology.
8) To cultivate an attitude of autonomy, responsibility, and happiness in work and study.
9) To select the most effective teaching strategies to guarantee that students obtain and evaluate knowledge, allowing the student to participate in the process of overcoming his or her own obstacles.

Introducing the International Primary Curriculum

Throughout the school’s history Holy Trinity has been committed to developing graduates who are totally bilingual, have exceptional academic skills and knowledge, as well as high moral and personal standards.

A central question for us today is ”Are we preparing students for the world they live in and will inherit as adults?” Information growth and availability is redefining the very nature of what it means to be “knowledgeable”. The challenge that lies before us is to determine whether our students will be well equipped to understand, serve and lead effectively in this changing global community.

As part of our permanent improvement policy and to prepare our students for this new changing environment we recently implemented the IPC.

The IPC promotes a global approach to learning, helping children to connect with where they are living as well as to understand the world from the perspective of those in other countries. It also aims to make learning and teaching fun and exciting, as well as challenging and rigorous.

The IPC is a fantastic cross-curricular tool for coordinating work in English and Spanish and was credited with increasing oral and communication skills in both languages, while instilling a strong education in personal values. The clear goals and targets of the IPC helps us integrate our Spanish and English curricula, with our Spanish and English teachers working in teams, planning and sharing activities, discussing teaching skills and reflecting together on the results.

The units of work trigger extremely creative cross-curricular tasks that motivate all the members of the staff. The clarity of the learning goals achieved through the work units, with practical activities and supporting information , allowed the children to take an active part in their learning process and to develop an international mindset. Since the children work independently, they are able to become more autonomous, doing research and combining it with their background knowledge, and finally forming conclusions which demonstrate their reasoning process.

The students feel proud of their achievements and flourish, showing commitment and involvement in all the tasks. They take advantage of the opportunity to cooperate, work independently, negotiate, debate and discuss open-ended issues in class. They show greater creativity in the process of imagining other alternatives or possibilities to the problems presented in the units. They also take responsibility for their own learning and become aware of their own improvement. At the same time teachers take a different role becoming facilitators and guiding students through the process of acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding of the specific themes.

For us, it is an eye opening experience that is here to stay!