Trinity College School is a comfortable expanse of buildings and playing fields in the small town of Port Hope, about an hour's drive from Toronto. We enjoy a view of Lake Ontario and a stimulating change of seasons. On a campus this large, there is room to spread out and explore. On a campus this small, friendships come easily. And on a campus this beautiful, students are proud to call it "home."
- A Typical Day
A typical weekday at TCS starts off with a mandatory breakfast sign-in, which is followed by morning chapel. After chapel, students attend classes which are each 70 minutes in length, divided by a junior and senior lunch period. After classes, students take part in sports, arts or service learning activities before heading up to dinner. As day students head home for the evening, boarders enjoy some free time before their compulsory evening study period.
After study, boarders have time to take a trip to the store, make a phone call to Jim's Pizza for a night time snack or to just hang out in the Davies Student Centre or Cirne Commons before they must return to their rooms for the night.
After Saturday sports or any other co-curricular commitments are finished, the weekend at TCS starts. There are a number of weekend activities offered throughout the year for boarding students, such as restaurant or shopping excursions, or boarders may choose to spend their time catching up on work, relaxing or heading to Port Hope’s historic downtown.
- What to Wear
Number One Dress
“Number one” dress is worn to classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to chapel on Sundays, and at any time when travelling as a member of a team or group, when representing the School, and at special school functions on weekends. It consists of a navy School blazer with crest, white dress shirt with School logo, School tie, grey flannels or school kilt, and black polishable shoes with an enclosed heel (1/2" to 1" high). In warm weather, students are given the option to wear grey TCS shorts.
Number Two Dress
“Number two” dress is worn to classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students can wear the TCS navy-crested blazer, or TCS blue-crested sweater or polar fleece pullover/vest. In hot weather, they may wear a short-sleeved dress shirt or the blue TCS polo shirt. All other items are the same as found on the number one dress list. Tuesdays are “Wacky Tie Days.” Students may wear a fun tie with their number two dress.
After classes, most students wear comfortable casuals. Clothing of choice varies from student to student. Jeans with t-shirts or golf style shirts are the favourites to wear to dinner and throughout the evening. TCS students tend to opt for a relaxed and comfortable look.
- House System
There are 10 Senior School houses at Trinity College School, all named after former prominent faculty members or benefactors. Each student is assigned to a house depending on whether they are a boarding or day student.
Students reside in the same house throughout their careers at TCS, and we encourage them to develop strong house loyalties, which are reinforced by various house meetings and social events.
Your house also comes with a head and assistant head of house, several faculty advisors who visit regularly, and senior students who serve as leaders in your house.
Year-long competitions in debating, drama and athletics determine the winner of the Langmuir Cup, which is presented to the student head of the winning house on Speech Day.
“Chapel wakes you up for classes,” one student says. But chapel is more than a wake-up session. This is our time to be together as a school, to sing and play music, to speak from the heart, to reflect on our lives. Though Trinity College School was established in the Anglican tradition, we want our chapel services to be meaningful for every student, regardless of religious background or interest. So we take turns participating; we listen and even laugh.
We have chapel every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, consisting of a service lasting 30 minutes in which there are hymns, readings or a student skit, and school announcements.