Educational Project

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Trimont College is part of a global educational project which involves kindergarten, primary and secondary education, offering bilingual instruction through three schools: Arbor, Rosewood and Trimont College.

Arbor, which started in September 2008, is a pre-school for girls and boys from  2 1/2 years to 6 years.

Rosewood, which started in September 2010, is a Primary and Secondary School for girls.

Trimont College, which started in September 2010, is a  Primary and Secondary School for boys.

The three schools all have the same philosophy and vision.

Curriculum

Trimont College combines the programme of the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE www.cie.org.uk) with the local curriculum of the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago. AYSE’s Primary School “9 Learning Situations” is implemented to facilitate the Personalized Education especially from Standard One to Standard Three.

Personalized Education

As the school is an extension of the family in which parents, teachers and students walk in the same direction, each student and his family receive personal attention. Teachers and tutors know their students, how they are progressing in their studies, where their difficulties lie and what are their particular skills. Trimont always tries to make the educational efforts of parents as effective as possible.

Learning to Learn

Trimont College, by means of the ‘9 Learning Situations’ method, facilitates Personalized Education especially from Standard One to Standard Three. This method developed first in Germany and then in other countries in Europe was implemented by AYSE (Assistant and Educational Services) to be applied for us in Trinidad.

Here there is an explanation of this method made by Mikel Pando, a Gaztelueta school teacher in Europe.

Early Education

Studies on neurology have shown that the early years of life are crucial in delimiting the intellectual capacity that a person can develop. If students are placed in the right learning situations from a very early age, their intellectual potential can be multiplied. We no longer talk about a high or low IQ, but about students’ intelligence profile, which is the result of educating and training their talent over the early years of primary education to enhance their intellectual capacity.

We have set up an early stimulation programme to broaden the possibilities for acquiring knowledge, abilities and skills.

The human brain is divided into two hemispheres. The left hemisphere is the home of logic, analysis and sequential thought: it processes and reasons in a linear fashion, with no short-cuts or side-tracking. It has difficulty picking up and accepting new things. It governs timing, order and social habits. It works with words. By contrast, the right hemisphere is creative: it likes music, painting and art. It does not analyse but rather at the overall picture, using images not words. It works by jumping intuitively from one point to another. It understands neither time nor rules. It seeks its own alternatives and solutions. The early stimulation programme trains students to use both hemispheres, with special emphasis on the right, which is the one that usually works less. This entails an extension of cognitive capabilities for problem solving, because both logical reasoning and intuition are used.

“We normally use only one way of problem solving, and this sometimes prevents us from hitting on the solution. Early stimulation activities involving the repetition of certain exercises enable us to activate the right hemisphere of the brain, i.e. the creative side, creating new neural pathways. These pathways are access roads to the solving of problems and conflict-prone situations. This enables children to acquire a greater capability for thought.”

MIKEL PANDO

School for Boys

As it has been told in the Vision of the school, the promoter wanted to establish a school, building on the rich educational experience that Trinidad and Tobago has accumulated in the course of its history. One of these rich educational experiences we took for our school was the “separated education” of some primary and secondary schools in Trinidad. Actually, many schools in the world are going back to this system leaving the co-education for university studies.

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