Academic Insights: TCS Grade 10 Program

It has been an exciting year for the Grade 10 class at Trinity College School. The year began with team-building activities and a high ropes challenge at Ganaraska Forest Centre, and an overnight camping trip to Camp Wanakita. During these two trips students pushed themselves to go beyond their comfort zones and get to know each other. In addition to providing the students a chance to explore the outdoors and develop their leadership and team-building skills, these trips also helped many Grade 10 students complete their overnight requirement for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program, and laid the groundwork for many new friendships.

Over the course of the year the Grade 10 class as a whole showed great energy, dedication and growth. In the Grade 10 Career Studies classes, students spent some quality time learning about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as analyzing their personality types. The Grade 10 students also participated in some valuable learning skills seminars throughout the year where they learned useful note-taking skills, study tips and test-taking strategies. Furthermore, students improved their public speaking skills by participating in the Junior House Debates and preparing for the Grade 10 Osler Speaking Contest in May.

Another aspect of the Grade 10 program is the focus on curriculum, including the development of cross-curricular opportunities. A great example of this is the joint Grade 10 History and Grade 10 English travel education course that provides many students the opportunity to travel to important sites in Canada and Europe. Overall, the Grade 10 program is rich in unique course offerings and experiential learning opportunities for students.

Outside of the classroom, students enjoyed a Grade 10 Social in the Wright and Orchard House lounge where the Grade 10 representatives organized an evening full of board games, music and snacks. The students also partnered up with the school prefects to organize a Grade 10 movie night. More recently, some of the students have been partnering with academic support and our academic stewards to help run and participate in peer tutoring and peer review sessions to aid in better preparing for final examinations.

It has been a fun and successful year for the Grade 10 class at Trinity College School, with trips and events throughout the school year helping to create strong bonds between the members of the “class of 2020”! With exams under their belts, it is hoped that the Grade 10 students will enjoy the summer before beginning a new adventure next September as they commence Grade 11.

- By Megan McNutt, Grade 10 coordinator