Edition 2, Term 4 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
I am most impressed by the traditions and ceremonies surrounding the final days of formal Year 12 classes at Trinity and very proud of our boys for the way they presented themselves and behaved last week. The Tuesday ‘countdown’ at 3.15pm was very moving and the Valedictory Dinner that night, attended by 500 boys, parents and staff, was an outstanding event. The next day at St Paul’s Cathedral saw every Year 12 boy publicly reflect on his days at Trinity in front of a large congregation. But perhaps the most moving event was the final Chapel Service on the Wednesday afternoon. I stood at the door of the Chapel of the Holy Trinity as the boys filed out and the emotion so visibly expressed on their faces was testament to the value they place on their time at Trinity and their love for the School. We now wish the boys well in their final exams.
It’s terrific to see the buzz of construction activity on the Junior School play area and we are all really looking forward to the finished product early next year. With the playground out of action, the Junior School boys are harmoniously sharing the Birrell grass with older boys.
Our Year 7s have so far enjoyed good weather at Eppalock and we cross our fingers for the next few weeks. That said, we do need rain and a bit of water never hurt anyone, I reckon!
Our first two rounds of Summer Sport have provided mixed bag of results, but it was wonderful to see the boys donning their sports uniforms and representing the School with pride. Bulleen is looking spectacular and is a credit to the Grounds Staff headed by the very talented and conscientious Steve Eddy. And similarly, the Maintenance Staff at Kew are doing a fine job in keeping our facilities in such good order.
A reminder that the Mitre Cookbook is now on sale. It will be available at the Fair on Sunday 18 November, but you can pre-order by clicking here.
And speaking of the Fair, many thanks to the hardworking team of parents getting everything ready for the big day. I am greatly looking forward to the it, albeit a tad nervously in the knowledge that there will be a Drown the Clown activity.
School Leaders 2019
Congratulations to the boys who have been appointed to the student leadership group for 2019.
Nine boys were interviewed for these positions based upon the nominations from the boys and staff. I was most impressed by all nine boys, and it is with pleasure that I announce:
School Captain 2019: Harris Mastras
School Vice-Captains 2019: Stanley Chen, Samuel Gollings, Andy Kim and Daniel McNab
Phil De Young
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Connecting Through a Conceptual Lens at Camp
The key concepts are an essential element of the Primary Years Programme as they provide a foundation for exploration that is timeless, universal and transdisciplinary. The eight key concepts include form, function, change, responsibility, causation, connection, perspective and reflection.
Over the past two weeks, our Year 5 and 6 students have explored their units of inquiry and key concepts through their year level camps. Our Year 5 students travelled to Bendigo and Ballarat to develop their understanding of how the gold rush was connected with human migration. Through the lens of perspective, the students immersed themselves in the lifestyle of the 1850s as they dressed up in costume and attended school in Sovereign Hill. As they panned for gold in the rivers, they learnt about the gold rush and how major world events influence migration.
Our Year 6 boys travelled to Canberra to learn about the institutions that govern our country. Their focus was the key concept of responsibility, as they learnt how government decisions impact social justice and individuals within society. This experience supported the independent inquiries students have been developing in preparation for the inaugural Year 6 Exhibition which will open on Thursday 1 November at 7.00pm.
Once back inside the walls of Trinity, the students will continue to reflect on their experiences and deepen their connections through questioning, investigating, collaborating, communicating and creating.
Junior School Deputy Head of Innovation and School Excellence
VIC Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to Rupert (Year 4) and Griffin Marsland (Year 2) who recently competed in the Victorian Gymnastics Championships. Rupert won a silver medal in the team event, and Griffin won an individual bronze medal for the parallel bars and rings and a silver medal in the team event.
Gabriel Guarino (Year 3) was recently awarded a probationary black belt in Karate. In his Dojo’s 32 years of history, Gabriel is the youngest individual to receive a black belt. From the age of four, Gabriel has been developing his passion for his craft and his commitment to practice. Congratulations to his parents Frank and Michele who have also received their probationary black belts.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
The Year 12 cohort concluded their formal classes last week with a Valedictory Dinner, a Final Assembly at St Paul’s Cathedral, a BBQ at school, and then a Chapel Service. We now wish the boys well for their examinations and we thank them for their contribution to our School in sports, music, drama, House leadership and setting a great example in their studies.
Congratulations and thank you to all the teachers who have taught them, but, in particular, congratulations to Mrs Hill and Mr Amiconi (Heads of Year 12) for their guidance of the boys.
Senior School Presentation will be held on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This evening is our opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our Senior School students. All students in Years 7 to 11 are expected to attend Presentation Night and must wear their full Winter uniform.
Details on how to book your tickets will be sent home on Wednesday 31 October.
Olek Beavis (Year 8) won the Younger Oration for the best public speaker (Prepared and ‘Off the Cuff’ speeches) in Years 7 and 8.
During the year, the Bunting Oratioan, a public speaking competition for Years 11 and 12, was won by Luke Matheson (Year 12). The Leslie Oration for students in Years 9 and 10 was won by Cinque Howells (Year 9).
All three boys will have their names engraved on the Honour Boards.
Brezel Backen – Year 7 German
It’s Oktoberfest time! Recently, our Year 7 German students enjoyed a Brezel (pretzel) Baking workshop. The boys learnt how to make delicious German pretzels from scratch, adding yeast, milk and other ingredients. They kneaded the dough, let it rise and formed their pretzels. It was a very enjoyable experience for the boys, and we thank Mrs Renate Weber who guided us in this activity.
To view the latest edition of the Careers Newsletter please click here.
DAV Debating Grand Final
On Thursday 18 October, Andrew Lim, William Browning, Finn Horan and Rishov Doloi (Year 10), competed against MLC in the Debaters Association of Victoria C Grade Grand Final. Our team fiercely debated ‘That we should ban essential service workers from striking’. Our neighbour and formidable opponent pipped us at the post, winning the debate by a solitary point. The boys were gallant in defeat, and placing second overall out of 389 schools competing in the C Grade division is a remarkable achievement. Special congratulations to Andrew Lim who was awarded Best Speaker on the night. Recognition must also be given to Nick Campbell (OTG 2015) who has worked closely and fervently with the boys, preparing for every stage in this competition
Head of Debating
Past participants of the Arabunna Tour
A book has been written about Reg Dodd and is due to be launched at the beginning of next year. If you would like to receive an invitation to the launch, please send your name and current contact details (address/email) to Jennifer Poore.
SAGSE Presentation Evening for German Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Year 11 student Tom Truscott who has been awarded a Scholarships for Australian German Student Exchange – SAGSE, which will allow him to travel to Germany for three months during the Christmas holidays
Each year, around 30 scholarships are awarded to students in Years 11 and 12 from Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. The selection process is rigorous and involves an extensive application as well as a formal interview in German.
While in Germany, Tom will stay with a host family and attend school with his host-siblings, as well as participating in a number of other activities and tours organised by former scholarship recipients
Tom was presented with his scholarship at a special ceremony on Friday 12 October, and was accompanied by his family and two of our German teachers.
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It was a privilege to spend time with the Year 12 boys last week and share in their last assembly and their final chapel service at Trinity.
As I spoke, I encouraged them to keep working hard and give their best in the busy weeks ahead, my real encouragement though, was for them not to fall into the trap of letting their Year 12 results and their ATAR define them, or their dreams for the future. Whether their marks are deemed to be brilliant or disappointing, they are ultimately a small part of a very big picture, and not what makes us or gives us value.
The very beginning of the Bible reminds us that our value as human beings comes from being uniquely made in the image of God and being loved by him, not through anything we do or any success we may achieve, whether on the sporting field, in a maths competition, or in our exams.
Psalm 139 says that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.
You’re valuable because you are here, because you have been made. You don’t have to bring or add anything – not looks, talents, or intelligence; you are valuable just as you are.
Year 12 results will open and possibly close some doors, there is no doubt, but perspective is important. I can tell you in my role as an Anglican Priest and Senior Chaplain of the School, I have the sad privilege to officiate at funerals on a regular basis, including for a number of our OTGs. Not once in over 100 funerals have I heard someone’s ATAR or VCE results mentioned as part of a eulogy or tribute!
People are remembered for the sort of person they were and the contribution they made to the lives of others. That’s how I want our boys to be remembered too!
Rev’d Matt Campbell
PS. Our Year 12s are very much in the thoughts and prayers of the whole school (as are our Year 12 parents and staff) as the boys undertake their exams. If you need or are aware of someone who needs particular support and care, at what is a stressful time for many, please don’t hesitate to contact our Counselling and Chaplaincy teams. We’re here to help.
AGM of the Parents’ Association
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents’ Association for 2018 will be held as per the below:
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018
Venue: East Room, Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Business: Automatic acceptance of parents and guardians as Parents’ Association members, Quorum at General Meetings
Annual Oaks Day Lunch
Date: Thursday 8 November 2018
Time: 11.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Leonda by the Yarra
This event is now SOLD OUT. Thanks to all who have booked, we look forward to seeing you at Leonda for a wonderful day!
Term 4 rosters are now open for volunteers to sign up by clicking here. Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm. To find out more about volunteering in the Café or if you would like to find out more about taking the role of Café Volunteer Coordinator, please contact Sharon Kendall, Community Liaison, in Hudson House. Many thanks for your assistance, it really does help the Café run more efficiently for our boys.
The Trinity Shop will next open:
Thursday 15 November: 2.00pm- 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Debbie Browning, Janice Bland
- Sales: Deborah Hunt, Diane Di Stefano, Kate Curnow
Sunday 18 November: 10.00pm – 2.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Liz Beasley, Kylie Oliver, Juli Moran, Julie Limmer
- Sales: Susan Lane, Melinda Nash, Elizabeth Trott, Robyn Walker
Donations for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Reception during business hours. If you wish to volunteer in the Trinity Shop, please contact Susan Lane. Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service.
Trinity Shop and Cafe Volunteers – Thank You
We will be holding an afternoon tea to thank you for your assistance during the year.
Date: Thursday 22 November
Time: 2.00pm – 3.15pm
Venue: Headmaster’s Sitting Room
Invitations will be sent shortly. Please contact Sharon Kendall should you have any questions.
Join Year 12 parents to celebrate the end of a very big year.
Date: Saturday 24 November
Cost: $40.00 per person includes generous finger food, beer and soft drinks. BYO wine.
Secondhand Textbook Sale
Save the date: Saturday 8 December, 9.00am – 12.00pm
More information on the sale, available books and how to volunteer will follow in the coming weeks.
FOUNDERS’ DAY FAIR
Plant Stall – Can you help?
The Plant Stall will have an eye-catching collection of colourful plants on Fair day. Can you help with sales, setup or pack down? Please sign up to volunteer by clicking here.
Our next working bee will be from 2.30 -3.30pm on Thursday 1 November at the rear of Hudson House (corner of Wellington and Charles Streets). New volunteers are very welcome, and no experience is needed! If you can attend, or can contribute plants to the stall, please email Vanessa Solomon.
Jewellery Donations Needed!
We need your discarded and unused jewels for the Jewellery Stall! Clear out your drawers and donate! We gratefully accept all pieces (antique beauties are well appreciated) – modern, silver, gold, costume – pass it on to someone who will love it.
Please drop off your donations to Hudson House during school hours. If pickup is required, please call Anastasia Morritt on 0411 398 456.
We are also looking for volunteers. Please sign up by clicking here.