This will be an exciting year of growth at Trinity-Pawling!
Our theme for the school year is “Engaging the World.” In an increasingly interconnected world, it is vital for our students to engage the world so that they can become leaders and active contributors to society. Students must be engaged if they are to be leaders; they must be engaged if they are going to be creative problem-solvers; and they must be engaged if they are going to allow their God-given potential for greatness to be realized. Critical thinking will define this engagement at Trinity-Pawling and will best prepare our students to navigate a world where information is increasingly mistaken for thought.
While the ethos and mission of Trinity-Pawling has remained consistent over the years, education is changing rapidly. There is a paradigm shift occurring in the world of education that is forcing changes in the ways that material is taught and learned. Students must learn critical information. Increasingly, though, value is placed on how students will be able to apply and convey this information in creative, collaborative ways. Not only is it important for students to be prepared to know the answers to important questions, increasingly they must learn how to ask probing questions that reveal new opportunities for meaning and insight.
Trinity-Pawling is moving forward to respond to the changes occurring on the educational landscape. Specific focus is being directed toward project-based learning and ways that we can incorporate more innovation into the curriculum. Our faculty is focusing on inquiry-based learning, rather than transmissive teaching. Moreover, enhanced focus is being directed toward experiential education and teaching entrepreneurial skills.
The learning environment at Trinity-Pawling guides students toward greater self-awareness through the relational trust that characterizes this community. Here, there is room for boys to explore interests and pursue passions in a learning environment that encourages healthy risks and supports them in this process. This community continues to search for those spaces where a boy can immerse himself in discovery. I believe that Trinity-Pawling is distinctively and deliberately poised to prepare our students for leadership in an ever-changing world.
It is an exciting time to be an educator at Trinity-Pawling! We look forward to sharing this journey of learning with you.
William W. Taylor