Edition 1, Term 4 – 2019
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We say farewell to our Year 12s next week, and send them off to finalise their preparation for the VCE exams. I was extremely impressed with the way we did the farewells last year and am, therefore, very much looking forward to the following events: the Valedictory Dinner in the MCC Dining Room on Tuesday 22 October; the Final Assembly at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 23; and the final Chapel Service back at school on the same day. If last year is any guide, there will be tears, laughs, numerous renditions of Lord of the Dance and lots of warm embraces. And that’s just from the parents!
The boys have worked hard, and we wish them well in their exams.
This term has begun well, and there is a very good feel around the place. Our Year 10s attended one of two camps last week: Eppalock (as part of the Leppitt Leadership Program) or Somers. At Eppalock, the boys received leadership training, led by OTGs, Year 11 boys and staff. Alan Daley and Alex Colussa did a wonderful job in heading up the Leppitt and Somers Programs respectively.
On the leadership theme, Peter Lewis is currently coordinating the selection of Year 12 leaders for 2020, and we will soon be able to announce next year’s School Captain, the four Vice-Captains, House Leaders and Prefects. The process is very thorough and most transparent, and boys who are appointed leaders will have well and truly earned their positions.
The Junior School Art Show opened on Wednesday last week. What an amazing show it was! Every boy, Prep through to Year 6, had a piece of art on display. The diversity of media, style, colour, imagination and creativity was mind-blowing, and testament to the outstanding work of our Junior School Art Teacher, Emma Peel. The Visual Arts are very strong at Trinity, with large numbers taking Art subjects all the way through to VCE.
On the same night, we welcomed our Class of 2018 back for a one-year reunion. Over 100 OTGs turned up, and it was great to hear how they are going – not that it was easy to get a word in! Rick Tudor, who was Headmaster when the boys were in Year 7, was a star attendee.
Summer sport for senior students commences next Saturday and will run through until 23 November; I am looking forward to doing the Saturday rounds in the weeks ahead.
For many weeks now, a very dedicated team of volunteers has been working tirelessly in preparation for this year’s Founders’ Day Fair. Despite being dunked, I very much enjoyed last year’s Fair, and look forward to another great day on Sunday 17 November. Look out for our Fair Newsletter which will be published every Thursday in the lead up to the Fair. It will provide information on all of the wonderful activities planned, as well as the many opportunities for donating and volunteering. I encourage you to get involved if you can, as all proceeds go to supporting projects and initiatives which benefit the boys.
Over the recent break, I caught up on my reading. My best read was one highly recommended to me by Genevieve Dillon, our Head of English: William Boyd’s Any Human Heart. Read it if you can.
Phil De Young
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Welcome back to school, everyone. We have another busy term planned, and some very special events for our Year 6 students as their time in the Junior School comes to an end.
Before parents start putting away the winter uniform, I would like to remind our Year 6 parents that the boys need their winter uniform for various activities throughout Term 4 such as the Canberra Camp, the Year 6 Graduation Dinner and the Junior School Presentation Night. All Year 6 boys will wear their full winter uniform for departure to Canberra, and the winter uniform will also be worn to venues such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. All boys from Years 3 to 6 will wear their winter uniform on the evening of Thursday 5 December for the Years 3-6 Presentation Night.
Please remember that all boys arriving at school before 8.00am must be under parental supervision. If they are catching public transport, they should time their arrival at school between 8.00am and 8.25am. If for some reason they do arrive at school on the odd occasion prior to 8.00am, they must report to the Junior School Office for supervision.
This term, we welcome Ms Jade Norman to the School. Ms Norman is replacing Mr Ray Drake while he takes a well-deserved break during Term 4. We also welcome back Mrs May from her Long Service Leave last term.
We look forward to all of the exciting events planned for Term 4.
Head of Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Leppitt and Somers Leaders Courses
Over 80 Year 10 boys attended the Leppitt Leaders course over the weekend, and almost 90 Year 10 boys attended the Somers Leaders Program late last week. As well as the Year 10 boys, over 30 Year 11 boys attended these courses to assist with the program.
These courses are a feature of the School and it is a credit to the boys and staff that so many boys volunteer their time to be leaders on camp or in the House program.
Particular thanks to Mr Colussa, Ms Clark, Mr Daley and Ms Renden for their drive and enthusiasm.
Over the Holidays
A group of Year 8 boys spent a week in Arnhem Land at Gunbalanya (Oenpelli). They spent time with Aboriginal children, saw rock art and watched art being created. The trip opened the eyes of the boys and they are a little closer connected to the land. Thanks to Mr Purcell and Mr Ponsford.
Ski Trip / Snow Walks
Two groups of students spent time cross country skiing over the September break. They had great conditions for skiing, hiking and camping in the snow. Thanks to Mr Bence and Mr Daley for coordinating the trips.
Year 7 Outdoor Camps
Year 7 camps begin in the week commencing 21 October with 7A and 7B at Lake Eppalock. The boys will sail, canoe, navigate and camp in the Kimbolton State Forest.
The Lake Eppalock camp was constructed in the early 1970s and used for the first time in 1973. More than 5000 Year 7 boys have spent time at Lake Eppalock over almost 50 years.
The Year 12 cohort has less than one week of formal schooling to go before they start swotvac in preparation for their final examinations. We thank them for their contribution to the School, their outstanding leadership and role modelling for the younger boys. We wish them good luck and the very best for the examination period.
The School will farewell the boys at their Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 22 October and at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 23 October.
Congratulations to Year 8 students, Frederick Zhao and Jordan Yang,who competed in the Badminton National Championships in Queensland. Frederick, who was Team Captain, brought home a bronze medal from the U15 boys’ singles competition. He was partnered with Jordan in the boys’ doubles and they won a silver medal. Well done, boys!
Trinity and Ruyton students have been nominated for 23 Lyrebird Awards covering Youth Drama and Musical Production. The Crucible and Les Misérables are nominated for best Youth Drama and Best Youth Musicals respectively and eight Trinity boys have been nominated separately.
Congratulations to these boys and Ms Michelle Stanic, who has been nominated on Best Musial Director, while Mr Lauber has been nominated for Best Director.
HIGHLY COMMENDED MALE PERFORMER – YOUTH MUSICAL
- Josh Simos-Garner for Les Misérables
BEST SOLO SONG – YOUTH MUSICAL
- Ryan Glasson for Les Misérables
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – YOUTH PRODUCTION PLAY
- Anton Ruiz-Pedley for The Crucible
- Will Campbell for The Crucible
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – YOUTH PRODUCTION MUSICAL
- Ben Allen for Les Misérables
- Nicholas Fallaw for Les Misérables
BEST ACTOR – YOUTH PRODUCTION MUSICAL
- Morgan Payne for Les Misérables
- Ryan Glasson for Les Misérables
Congratulations to all students who participated in Trinity Grammar School’s inaugural submissions to the Science Talent Search competition.
Pleasingly, awards of merit were earned by the following students: Thomas Avram and Dylan Alysandratos for their ‘Portable Refrigerator’, Jasper Burrows and Matea Milisavljevic for their ‘Swivel Seat’ and Evan Liu and Kevin Zheng for their ‘Vacuum Cleaner’.
Additionally, Samuel Mazzei and William Ball’s project ‘Remote Control Lawn Mower’ attained a Distinction and Gaurang Dhir and Daniel Thenamkodath’s project ‘Wind Tunnel’ received a monetary award sponsored by Rowe Scientific. Furthermore, Gaurang and Daniel have been invited to attend the Science Talent Search Presentation, which will be held at La Trobe University, where they will present and display their project alongside other winning entries.
Congratulations again to all the boys for their dedication and exemplary work!
Vic Metro U17 Selection
Congratulations to Year 11 student, Henry Brown, who has just returned from Mackay, Queensland, where he represented Vic Metro in the Cricket Australia U17 National Championships. A fantastic achievement!
After a lot of excitement and activity from the debating group at the end of last term, I am proud to report that the junior secondary debaters finished the season with an impressive result. With the topic ‘That we should restrict the drivers’ licences of senior citizens’, the boys won a majority of the debates and the title of Best Speaker was awarded to: Thomas Avram, Harry Johnson, Miles Guy, Roy McNab and Charlie Yoxall. Special mention must be given to Angus Nelson, Ben Noonan, Charlie Yoxall, Max Licheni and William Johnson for being acknowledged as top scoring students in the competition. Out of 14 teams in total, the following four teams completed the program winning all of their debates: (Group B) Trinity Grammar School teams 1, 5, 6 and 7.
Congratulations to all of those boys for their participation in the program and many thanks to their mentors and coaches: Ben Fox, Tom Denovan, Ved Jithoo, Peter Roberts, William Browning, Finn Horan, Max Yakubowski, Dihan Wiggett, Nick Fallaw, Samarth Goel and Lucas Aceski. These boys volunteered their time to mentor and support the junior debaters and they are to be acknowledged for their efforts.
On the last Friday of Term 3, amidst all the madness of competitions, concerts and SACs the B Grade debaters: Andrew Lim, Rishov Doloi, William Browning, Finn Horan and Jack Stewart, entered into a knock-out round with Scotch College. Defeated by only one point, the boys carried themselves with dignity and pride. With that, the debating season is now at an end for 2019 and we look forward to another successful year ahead.
Head of Debating
Orienteering Australian Championships
Last week Mason Arthur (Year 11), Torren Arthur (Year 9) and Henri Du Toit (Year 8) represented Victoria in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The competition consisted of 171 students from all Australian states and New Zealand racing against each other in three competitions. The boys achieved some outstanding results: Mason won a bronze medal in the Sprint distance in the Senior Boys class; Torren won a bronze medal in the Long distance in Junior Boys; and Henri was a member of the bronze medal-winning team for the Sprint distance competition.
The photos from the recent AGSV Athletics Event are now available to be viewed and purchased from National Photography. You can access the photos by clicking here and entering the password TRNGS (new users will need to create an account before accessing the gallery)
Congratulations to Sejune Park (Year 11) who was recently awarded the Associate of Music Diploma on Viola. Well done also to Lachlan Chen (Year 9) who gained a place in the Australian Youth Orchestra 2020 Young Symphonists Program and National Music Camp.
Suzuki Spring Festival
The annual Suzuki Spring Festival was held at MLC in the last week of the Term 3 holidays. Twenty Trinity students were tutored by international guest musicians, including Shozo Matsumoto – a regular visitor to Trinity.
Alexander Chieng (Year 7) performed the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the Final Gala Concert, to great acclaim.
Term 4 Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in Term 4 recitals to be held on Thursday 31 October (Week 4) and Tuesday 12 November (Week 6). Mr Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students at the recital and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should contact Mrs Therese McCoppin.
Symphonic Wind has VSMF success!
On Thursday 29 August, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr Jamie Ransome, performed at the Victorian School Music Festival (VSMF). The Chief Adjudicator, Dr Emily Threinen, (Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music) placed Trinity at the highest level for their outstanding performance. This was the first time Trinity has received a Platinum award. The ensemble was commended for their exceptional musicality, expression and precision. Congratulations to the boys and all involved.
Recently, we commissioned an amazing local textile artist, Sally Darlison, to create new frontals and stoles for the School Chapel. They have a contemporary feel and reflect both aspects of life at our school, and aspects of the Church’s life and calendar.
The frontal sits on the ‘front’ of the communion table and is a focal point in the Chapel. The stole is a long, scarf-like vestment worn over robes. It is symbolic of the authority and office of the priest, minister or chaplain, and the ‘yoke’ of Christ, and related yoke of service that they bear.
Some have said the origins of the stole are the towels that slaves wore around their necks in the ancient world. When bending down, or kneeling, they would use the towel to wipe the feet of guests or their masters. Jesus wore a towel around his waist and washed the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. The stole is a reminder that the wearer is to be a servant to the people of God.
The robes and special clothes worn in Christian worship, and sometimes referred to as vestments, are essentially an adaptation of the ordinary clothes worn at the time of the Roman Empire, and they in turn, have been influenced by various historical movements in the life of the church; scholasticism, reformation, the Oxford movement etc. If you’re interested in some more of the nerdy details I’d be happy to chat!
The frontals and stoles are made in the four colours representing different seasons and occasions in the church year.
Green is used for ‘ordinary’ days, Epiphany and the celebration of the Trinity (which is very appropriate!). You’ll notice the School’s iconic gum trees symbolising creation; the stairs of the Tudor Centre symbolising learning and discovery; the Aboriginal flag, for our commitment to reconciliation; outlines of our boys in School House colours engaged in music, sport, bush walking etc.; and the choristers singing in front of stained glass windows connecting us to St Pauls Cathedral and Holy Trinity Kew.
They really are works of art, and naturally each tells its own story. I love the idea that as the Chaplains lead and teach God’s people in the context of our Chapel services, the very fabric that we wear is in a sense doing the same thing!
Every best wish and my prayers for the term ahead. God bless.
Rev’d Matt Campbell
Welcome to Term 4! I hope that you and your families have had a relaxing holiday break. There are lots of great events happening this term including our Oaks Day Lunch and Founders’ Day celebrations, which culminate with our annual Founders’ Day Fair.
The Headmaster’s Founders’ Day Assembly will be held on Thursday 14 November at 2.15pm in the McIntyre Gym. This Assembly is a celebration of our Founders’ Day and acknowledges the beginnings of our School on 14 November 1902. Each year, we invite a group of Old Trinity Grammarians to this event, along with our current generational OTG families. There are many boys at Trinity whose father/grandfather attended the School. We hope that all these families will attend the Service, together with interested Old Boys and members of Council.
Should you wish to attend this special assembly, please RSVP to Bonnie Brown or by phone 9851 9558. Alternatively, if you have a family member who is currently a student in the Junior School or in Year 7 and you prefer the traditional Founders’ Day Services, these will take place earlier in the day at Holy Trinity, High Street, Kew at 9.30am and 11.15am.
The Oaks Day Lunch being held on Thursday 7 November is booking out fast with 113 tickets sold to date. Please note that ticket sales close on Friday 25 October. Our capacity at Fenix is 150 guests, to secure your tickets, please click here.
Director of Development and Community Relations
Trinity Shop and Cafeteria – Volunteers required!
If you can spare a few hours each term, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Cafeteria and the Swap Shop in Semester Two.
Swap Shop Roster
Thursday 31 October: 2.00-4.00pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Julie Limmer and Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Meileen Tan, Christina Branagan and Christine Hardy
Thursday 14 November: 2.00-4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Debbie Browning and Janice Bland
- Sales: Diane Distefano, Kate Jennings and Helen Westerman
Founders’ Day Fair
The Founders’ Day Fair is only six weeks away, and planning is well underway for another fun-filled day. Our incredible volunteers are busily preserving, crafting and tending to seedlings and cuttings to sell. We hope that you and your family will join us on Sunday 17 November 2019 for all the fun and excitement of our annual Founders’ Day Fair!
How Can You Help?
We are seeking donations from our community for family-sized blocks of chocolate for the ‘Chocolate Coin Toss’ stall and cans of soft drink to sell at the food outlets being run by our parents. By donating either of these items you can support the Fair in this very helpful way. If you’re able to assist, donations can be left with Bonnie Brown at Hudson House. Thank you!
Volunteers Required – Laser Tag
We are seeking volunteers to help run the Laser Tag activity which is being held in the P&F Hall. Laser Tag is an exciting new attraction for this year’s Fair and an activity that we hope will attract a lot of attention. Volunteer time slots are 1.5 hours each from 9.30am until 5.00pm.
If you would like to volunteer your time on the day, please click here to register your interest.
All-day Ride Wristbands
Bookings are now open for you to purchase wristbands for rides at the Fair. This year, we have kept the cost of the rides the same as in 2018. We will have old favourites and some exciting new rides to choose from! Get your Unlimited Rides Wristbands at Earlybird prices to jump the queues and spin, climb and bounce all day. Purchase your wristbands now by clicking here.
- Small Child Wristband – $30.00
A child under the age of seven or height less than 122cm
- Youth/Teen Wristband – $40.00
Aged seven years and over and height greater than 122cm
Trash, Treasure & Toys Stall
The Trash, Treasure & Toys Stall is looking for volunteers to sign up and support its running this year. We are particularly keen to encourage JUNIOR SCHOOL parents to help with the Toys section of the stall. This is a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours supporting the Fair, as well as to meet other members of the Trinity parent community.
There are opportunities to assist prior to Fair day, by sorting and boxing donations. There are also timeslots we need filled on Saturday 16 as well as on Fair Day, Sunday 17 November.
We encourage you to sign up by clicking here.
It is also a school requirement to have a current WWCC. Thank you for your support.
Our traditional Cake Stall will once again run at the Fair this year.
Volunteers are needed as follows:
- for donations and Packaging – Saturday 17 November
- During the afternoon of Saturday 16 November (the day before the Fair) between midday and 4.00pm to receive donations and assist with packaging. Please email Lisa Williams.
If you would like to assist on Fair Day on the Stall, or behind the scenes, for an hour or so – please email Donna Cameron.
We would love to hear from families with bakeries or stores that may be able to assist with a bulk donation, and would be grateful for any donations. Please email Susie O’Brien.
Secondhand Book Stall
We will be welcoming and accepting donations of secondhand books for this popular stall at the Fair.
We accept all clean, good quality books (except encyclopaedias or textbooks). You can donate any books up until Friday 8 November by dropping them off at Hudson House (53 Wellington Street, Kew) during school hours.
We are also looking for volunteers to support the following roles:
- Pre-sorting of donated books from early in Term 4
- Setup on Saturday 16 November
- Sales 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 17 November
- Pack-up on Sunday 17 November from 4.00pm onwards
If you are able to help out even for an hour or two, please do so! You can register by clicking here.
Designer and Vintage Clothing Stall
We are seeking donations of quality used and new clothing; clean and good quality shoes; handbags, belts and hat pins; and old shopping bags.
Please drop off your goods to Hudson House. If you would like to help us with the stall, please sign up by clicking here.
We are busy growing a range of edible and ornamental plants for this year’s Founders’ Day Fair. Our next working bee will be 2.30pm-4.00pm on Thursday 17 October at the rear of Hudson House. All are welcome.
If you would like to help out in the lead up to, or on Fair Day, or can contribute plants that will be ready to sell on Fair day (including surplus vegetable seedlings), please contact Vanessa Solomon.
The Jewellery Stall was a great hit last year and once again we’re asking for donations. If you have a moment please clear your drawers of any unwanted items. All types of jewellery will be appreciated: costume, stirling silver, gold, gold-plated, necklaces, bracelets, antique and modern.
Please drop off to Hudson House or call Georgia 0413 085 098 for pick-up.
Community Relations Calendar
Tuesday 15 October
TGS Parents’ Association Committee Meeting
Location: Hudson House Dining Room
Wednesday 16 October
Speculations on Dwelling – Year 12 Unit 3/4 Visual Communication Design Exhibition
You are warmly invited to the Opening Night of the Visual Communication Design Exhibition on Wednesday 16 October at 6.00pm, in the Daley Gallery. Our Year 12 students have designed and styled an entire two -bedroom apartment within the Daley Gallery space. We do hope that you will visit this impressive exhibition space.
When: 6.00pm – Opening Night
Location: Daley Gallery, Trinity Grammar School
Class Representatives’ Meeting
When: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: East Room, Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Friday 18 October
Prep Coffee Morning
When: After morning school drop off
Location: QPO Café. 186 High Street Corner Cotham Rd, Kew.
RSVP: Wednesday 16 October to Anne – 0407 826 503; or Gigi – 0450 680 910
Cowey Club Commencement of Season Cocktail Party
When: from 7.00pm
Location: BAWA 248 Burwood Road Hawthorn, Vic, 3122
Thursday 7 November
2019 Oaks Day Lunch
Location: Fenix Events,680 Victoria St Richmond
Thursday 31 October
Junior School Class Representatives’ Meeting
Location: Hudson House Dining Room
Year 6 End of Year Celebration
When: 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Hudson Oval Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen