Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and a woman perhaps a bit ahead of her time. From ages 18 to 81, she devoted her life entirely to education, authoring books, exploring early child development principles, and asking profound questions about the ultimate end of education. Lately, as I’ve begun to study Mason’s assertions more in-depth, I’ve come upon so many profound passages to highlight that the inside of this latest book I’m enjoying is almost entirely yellow.
I’d like to share one of the paragraphs I have especially enjoyed pondering this past week:
Children make large demands upon us. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. ‘Thou hast set my feet in a large room’ should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking— the strain would be too great—but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest. We cannot give children these interests; we prefer that they should never say they learned botany or conchology, geology or astronomy. The question is not, —how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education— but how much does he care? And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And therefore, how full is the life he has before him? (School Education, p. 170-171)
When I consider both the privilege and the responsibility that Trinity’s Lower School faculty and staff have as the craftsmen and architects of your children’s early educational years, I am overwhelmed by joy. I am surrounded by teachers determined to welcome your children into large rooms where they can set their feet and begin to envision the full and beautiful life before them.
As I head into the weekend, I will be reflecting on Charlotte Mason’s words in the entirely different context of my home. My prayer for each of us is that we would continually strive to live truly full lives before our children, ushering them into large rooms where our feet are set on the promises of God and the truly good life in His presence.
Interim Lower School Head
Fall Registration is open for private music lessons for the academic school year 2018/2019! Depending upon the grade and length of lesson, lessons can take place during recess, lunch, study periods, ensemble, break, or after school. Students also have the opportunity to perform each semester on a Fall Recital and Spring Recital. Students will receive a total of twenty-nine lessons throughout the academic school year. Parents may sign their children up for thirty minute, forty-five minute, or sixty minute lessons. Trinity offers private piano, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, and electric guitar lessons. Parents are highly encouraged to get their name on the list by filling out a registration form since slots fill quickly!! For more information regarding private lessons please contact the Program Coordinator, Vivian Adams here or register online here
UPCOMING TRINITY TALKS
Tuesday, May 1st – Diversity & Inclusion
Come join Mr. Breazeale as he reflects upon Trinity Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Topics explored will include why Trinity has a task force for diversity and inclusion, what steps Trinity has taken in this area, and what are continued areas for growth. This all will be framed within the context of the community of Trinity Academy. The Trinity Talk will begin at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 1st with approximately 10 minutes of overview and then follow-up discussion and conversation with the group. Please RSVP in advance as we prefer a small group of no more than 10 to allow for conversation.
Monday, May 7th – Safety & Security
Come join for the last Trinity Talk of the academic year as Mr. Breazeale discusses different steps Trinity takes to provide a safe experience for our community. The Trinity Talk will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, May 7th with around 10 minutes of overview and then follow-up discussion and conversation with the group. Please RSVP in advance as we prefer a small group of no more than 10 to allow for conversation.
LOWER SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT
The Lower School spring concert is just two weeks away and they are hard at work! This year they are celebrating music from around the world. Invite your family and friends to see your child perform. The concert is Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 pm in Founders Hall. Details are below!
- WHO: ALL LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS TK-6th grade
- WHAT: Lower School Spring Concert
- WHEN: Thursday, May 10th 7:00pm
- WHERE: Trinity Academy Founders Hall
- WHAT TO WEAR? See email with details sent earlier this week from Mrs. Nelson
Mark Your Calendar:
April 27: Early release today at 11:45! Lower School only.
May 2: Head to PDQ on Falls of the Neuse between 3pm and 8pm to fellowship, eat and support PATT with your dinner purchase.
May 10: Lower School Spring Concert at 7:pm