The Coordinate Program is a partnership between Trinity Grammar School, Kew and Ruyton Girls’ School which extends the subject offerings from Year 9 onwards. Trinity students can pick up subjects offered at Ruyton, and vice versa, and take these classes together in a coeducational environment.
The Coordinate Program began in 1993 when LOTE classes were shared between Trinity and Ruyton Girls’ School. From there, it has grown into more than 60 combined classes offered today.
Coordinate enables our students to branch out from their own school environment and begin engaging with other members of the community in a meaningful way. It nurtures the type of mutual respect between the genders that is so vital for healthy human relationships in the world beyond school. Through the Program, students have their preconceptions challenged, and are obliged to consider perspectives that they may not have previously encountered, fostering open-mindedness, maturity and tolerance.
From Year 9 onwards, through opportunities such as the Ruyton-Trinity play and dancing classes, boys begin to interact socially with their Ruyton counterparts.
In Years 11 and 12, the Program expands to encompass academic classes. This not only enables students to choose from a much broader range of subjects than might otherwise be possible, but also provides them with an introduction to a coeducational environment at an age and stage at which they can gain maximum benefit.
Trinity boys across all year levels interact with Ruyton girls across a range of cocurricular pursuits including theatrical productions, sporting events, and joint fundraising projects, often forming friendships that last well beyond school.
The overall outcome of the Coordinate Program is for students of both Trinity and Ruyton to gain access to the broadest possible academic program, in an environment that helps them to build the maturity and social skills they will need as they progress beyond secondary school. It has proven enduringly popular among students, parents and staff, and is now firmly cemented within the culture of both schools.