Science is a journey towards faith, says new Head of Faculty

Science can not only co-exist with Christianity but actually assist on the path to faith, says Trinity’s new Head of Science, Tim Nurcombe.

“Science is all about exploring and studying the beauty and order of creation,” he said.

“It’s about sensing the wonder of the world around us, and questioning that.

“It’s a journey towards faith, of sensing the intricacy of the human body and the magnitude of the universe.”

Trinity has quickly become a virtual second home for the chemistry and biology teacher, whose wife Briony is working part-time in the school’s Marcomms department and whose two oldest sons have just started at Trinity.

Mr Nurcombe said the school ethos was an important factor in coming to Trinity after a seven-year stint as Head of Science at St Philip’s Christian College in Port Stephens, in the NSW Hunter region.

“I love the idea of the balanced triangle of body, mind and spirit. There’s a huge opportunity for development of character here, for shaping our boys as they grow into men, for encouraging them as they grow in their Christian faith.

“We buy right into that school culture with our boys being here.”

Mr Nurcombe, who hails from rural East Anglia, completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Leeds University and spent a gap year working at an AIDS orphanage in Kenya before joining Exxon Mobil’s IT department in London for four years.

He taught for five years at a mixed comprehensive school in Surrey before he and his Australian wife, whom he met in London, moved to her home city of Sydney.

After a term at Tara Anglican School for Girls at North Parramatta he “landed on my feet” at the nearby King’s School.

His five years there proved a two-way learning street: he taught the boys science and they taught him about Australian culture, mateship and native fauna.

He was also Master in Charge of Football for two years, and the central midfielder hopes his own playing days in over 35s are not finished yet.

His parents were both teachers and he swore he would forge his own way in another field.

“But then you see the impact you can have on the next generation. It’s your chance to repay those teachers who had such an influence in the formation of your own life, only it’s paying forward to the next generation.”

He said boys in particular had an innate curiosity about the inner workings of the things around them, whether animate or inanimate.

“I want to foster that love of science and inquiry.”


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