Edition 2, Term 4 – 2019
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We held a number of wonderful events last week to celebrate the Year 12 class of 2019. This week their exams begin and their hard work continues.
The Year 12 exams will go through until around 20 November. The Year 11 students begin their exams on 18 November, followed by the Year 9s and 10s on 22 November. End of semester tests for Year 7 and 8 students will also occur in the final weeks of the term.
Our boys, teaching staff, and parents alike are heading into ‘the zone’… studying, writing, presenting, marking, or potentially worrying about one or more of the above!
It is undoubtedly a stressful time, but stress in and of itself is a normal and important human function. A small to moderate amount of stress, and the ability to recognise and manage it, helps us rise to a challenge and perform with heightened focus and stamina as our bodies are flooded with neurochemicals. A healthy amount of stress can also help us build resilience as we learn to adapt well to change and grow in confidence, skill and mindset: ‘If I can do this, I can do the next hard thing.’ We want the boys to work hard and give a good account of their learning.
While it’s appropriate and important to treat these assessments seriously, too much stress or anxiety is just not good for us physically or psychologically. It is equally important therefore to remember the need for appropriate balance – for recreation, family time, and some fun. We want the boys to look after themselves, and each other, in the coming weeks. Eating well, getting plenty of exercise, lots of sleep, having a study plan and some relaxation strategies will set them up for their exams far more effectively than lots of super late nights cramming.
There are lots of great resources to support students and parents during exam time. If you are interested, the ReachOut website is a great place to begin exploring: schools.au.reachout.com/study-stress
While the importance of these exams and the need to prepare well for them is clear, it is also important that the boys don’t fall into the trap of letting their results, or their ATAR – whether they are brilliant or disappointing – define them or their future. The number that they’ll get on 12 December is a very small part of a very big picture. They are so much more than their Year 12 results. I expect deep down they (and you) know that, but with the pressure and expectations around exams it’s pretty easy to forget.
The very beginning of the Bible reminds us that our value as human beings comes from being made in the image of God and being loved by him, not through any success we may achieve on the sporting field, in a mathematics competition, or in our exams. As an Anglican School, we believe that each and every one of our boys is valuable because they are here, because they have been made. They don’t have to bring, add or prove anything – looks, talents, intelligence, success… they are valuable just as they are!
We are here for the boys 110% and we wish them all well as they seek to give their best in the coming weeks.
Rev’d Matt Campbell
Senior Chaplain and Director of Wellbeing
FROM THE HEADMASTER
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jack Stewart will be Captain of the School next year, and his four Vice-Captains will be George Belcher, Henry Brown, Wesley Li and Daniel Moshopoulos.
Many other leadership positions are currently being finalised and I expect them to be announced by Friday 1 November.
Phil De Young
FROM THE ELC
In the last two weeks, we have had two special events at the Early Learning Centre covering quite different areas of interest.
On Friday 18 October we welcomed eight residents from the Southport Aged Care Facility in South Melbourne. The ELC staff and aged care staff members witnessed wonderful play and conversations between our visitors and the children in the Three and Four Year Old Rooms. The children delighted in sharing their music session with their new friends, singing Christmas carols together in preparation for our upcoming Nativity service, and sharing a morning tea of sandwiches and cookies made by the children. Everyone agreed that a return was a must!
It was heart-warming for all involved to see how quickly positive connections could be made across such a wide age gap; this type of intergenerational experience is proving to be so beneficial both for children and adults within the wider community. Many thanks to Jane Stewart and Natasha Albert who coordinated this visit.
In contrast, last Thursday we welcomed many parents who have a child commencing at the ELC next year. There was a very enthusiastic response to the presentations by ELC staff and everyone is looking forward to starting this journey together. A new environment can be a challenging time for both parents and children; however, we are confident that it will not take long for the Trinity community spirit to develop amongst our new groups.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
The Junior School has been a hive of activity since the start of the term. The Year 6 cohort has been particularly busy. On Wednesday 16 October they presented their PYP Exhibition – highlighting research around the impact on society of a wide variety of forces. Their research varied from physical forces such as tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns to more subtle influences such as social media. It was a fantastic evening, showcasing an enormous amount of work and collaboration. With very little respite, the cohort then departed for Canberra to spend a week in the capital learning about government and its inner workings. Year 5 and Year 3 also took the opportunity to head off on camp – Year 5 to Sovereign Hill and Year 3 to Mount Morton. Year 5 enjoyed immersing themselves in the late 1800s experience, whilst the Year 3 boys relished more physical challenges such as climbing, assault courses and flying foxes.
Term 4 is a busy one but an extremely enjoyable one at that. We look forward to more exciting opportunities in the weeks to come. The Scots College sports squad will be joining us at the end of Week 5 and the Year 4 cohort will be heading to Warrnambool on camp for the first time. Time is moving very quickly indeed.
Deputy Head Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Our Year 12 students have now concluded their time at Trinity, and we thank them for their involvement and contribution to school life, and wish them all the best for their exams.
The inaugural House Rowing Regatta was held last weekend on the Maribyrnong River. Hindley took out the Begley Cup. There was also a parents’ race (Cowey Club) and the christening of four new boats.
- The Holy Trinity christened by Rev’d Matt Campbell
- The Ray Weinberg christened by his wife Shirley Weinberg
- The Rae Begg named after Trinity’s first primary teacher (1903-19)
- The Edward Taffs named after the first Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School
The Captain of Boats was announced – congratulations to Hugo Thatcher and his Vice-Captain Ethan Westerman. Well done to the Cowey Club for organising the function.
Year 7 Camps
7A and 7B were on camp last week at Lake Eppalock. They had some extremely warm days, but all activities went well.
This week, 7C and 7D head off to camp with the Year 10 leaders assisting them. We hope that they too have a great week sailing, canoeing on the lake and navigating the Kimbolton Forest. Due to the long weekend there is one week’s break before the next camp.
F1 in Schools State Finals 2019
Trinity yet again dominated the new 2019-2020 season State Finals held at Scienceworks on 14-16 October winning multiple awards including the two top awards.
Congratulations to Year 8 team Seido (Daniel Chong, William Johnson, Charlie Shaw and Oliver Wilkie) who were awarded State Champions in Development Class. They also won the Grand Prix Race, Fastest Lap, Best Engineered, Best Team Trade Display, Best Engineered CAD and Knockout Champions.
Congratulations also to the Year 8/9 team Hydron (Tim Crichton, Alexander Liu, Ben Noonan, Hamish Stephens and Andrew Yeang) who were named State Champions Professional Junior Class, with Fastest Lap, Best Graphic Design, Best Engineered CAD, Innovation Award, Best Team Verbal Presentation, Best Team Portfolio, Knockout Champions, Best Engineered, Best Managed Enterprise, Best Team Marketing and Grand Prix Race.
This is a wonderful achievement, especially as there were 28 teams competing over three days. Teams Hydron and Seido now qualify to represent Victoria at the National Finals to be held at Bosch on 9-13 March 2020.
Mr Peter Clinton
Teacher-in-Charge of F1 in Schools
Prizes in Mathematics Competitions
Two of the key mathematics competitions held this year were the Australian Mathematics Competition and the University of Melbourne Mathematics Competition. A significant number of prizes were awarded to Trinity students. Congratulations to the following boys:
Australian Mathematics Competition: Tristan Davison, Edward Peng, Joseph Timm, David Wang, Eric Li (Year 8), Michael Fan, William Johnson, Andrew Liu, Aden Wilmshurst, Enda Han, Cinque Howells and Hadyn Tang (Perfect score). A further 187 Distinctions plus 61 High Distinctions were achieved by boys at the school.
University of Melbourne Mathematics Competition: Thomas McMillan, David Wang (1st Prize, Junior), Aden Wilmshurst, Alastair Murphy, Cinque Howells, Enda Han, Eric Wu, James Liu, Laurence Armstrong, Hadyn Tang (1st prize, Intermediate), Nethum Devendra and Rishov Doloi.
Year 7 Focus
Year 7s spent Wednesday creating an exhibition on the theme of Shape for Year 7 Focus. Working in small groups, they had Periods 1-5 to prepare an exhibition, and parents and guests visited in period 6 to see what they had created. The boys learned about the importance of teamwork, project planning and motivation, while also allowing their creativity to flow. A number of groups enjoyed creating Minecraft worlds illustrating the progression of architectural shapes through history; other interesting ideas included tessellating shapes in art, as inspired by Escher; how Rubik’s cubes work; what body shape is best suited to different sports; and origami shapes. Given the free reign to present their exhibition in interesting and innovative ways, it was great to see groups creating stop-motion animations, short films and programming computer games as part of their exhibition. We hope the boys enjoyed the day.
Director of Innovative Learning
Year 7 German
On 10 and 11 October, the three Year 7 German classes were given the opportunity to bake German Brezeln (pretzels) in the Hospitality area. Led by Mrs Renate Weber, students received clear and detailed instructions about baking these delicious delicacies from start to finish. Teamwork was essential as students worked to produce six each – some were eaten straight from the oven, others saved for later in the day and others still were taken home for family members to try – or so the story goes! A big thank you goes to both Frau Weber and our own Frau Hohlweg whose efforts made this wonderful event possible. We look forward to seeing our budding bakers and achieve further success in the future!
Year 7 and 8 Parent and Son Book Club
Do you love reading? Come along to our new Book Club for Year 7 and 8 boys and their parents. We will be discussing The War of the Worlds by HG Wells. Copies are available from the library; please contact us if you would like to borrow one. Hot drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Where: The Tudor Centre
When: Thursday 28 November 6:00pm-7:00pm
RSVP: by 22 November to Erin Wamala, Teacher Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to access the most recent Careers Newsletter.
The Trinity and PLC Symphony Orchestras participated in a combined workshop with Mr Brian Hogg on Monday 14 October. The workshop, held at PLC, provided a rare opportunity to perform in a professional scale orchestra in a state-of-the-art venue. Mr Brian Hogg, a highly respected composer/arranger and conductor, guided the students through the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe. The final performance was outstanding; it was well balanced, expressive, musical and enjoyed by a number of Trinity/PLC parents and staff who were in attendance.
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 Therese McCoppin.
It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas
All members of the wider Trinity Community are warmly invited to join the TGS Carols Choir for the 2019 Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. We welcome singers of all ages and voice types to join the TGS Choirs for this magnificent annual event. The choral repertoire that has been selected for this year’s service is beautiful, inspiring and accessible.
Preliminary rehearsals will be held in the evening from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in the Music School. Attending at least three preliminary rehearsals would be adequate.
Thursday 14 November, Tuesday 19 November, Wednesday 20 November, Wednesday 27 November and Thursday 28 November
Sunday 1 December, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, South Room (with all other choirs and the orchestra)
Choral repertoire includes:
- In the Bleak Mid-Winter arranged Mark Hayes
- Come O Come Emmanuel arranged Trevor Manor
- Ecce Novum by Ola Gjeilo
plus seven well-known carols with the congregation.
Date: Friday 6 December
Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral
For further information contact Kevin Kelley, Head of Choral Music.
For the last three weeks in Chapel, the Junior School students have been learning about the saints, in particular,Patrick, Don Bosco and Francis of Assisi. The lives of the saints act as signposts to Christ, inspiring us by their example and showing us how to come close to Jesus in our daily lives.
We learned about St Patrick’s mighty charge to take the message of the Gospel to Ireland, back to the land where in his youth he had been held kidnapped as a slave for six years. He preached to the people there in their own language, built over 300 churches and famously used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.
St Don (John) Bosco was last week’s saint and we learned all about his desire to provide a good education for boys in Turin, Italy during the Industrial Revolution, when the city was full of homeless orphans who needed protection and a chance at a future. Mr Madden treated us to a juggling demonstration to illustrate Don Bosco’s love of magic and acrobatics as his way of getting boys to listen to the Gospel message.
We ended with the much-loved St Francis of Assisi, whose less than saintly youth gradually gave way to a man with a fierce desire to help the poor, and of course his famous love of all God’s creation, including animals. As we head towards Christmas, it was timely to learn that it was St. Francis of Assisi who gave us the first nativity scene.
The boys then left Chapel with a small gift: a card of either St Patrick, St Don Bosco or St Francis, with some surreptitious trading going on later for their favourite…
Finally, we have started ringing the Chapel bell on Fridays to announce the beginning of our worship – so if you live in the area, listen out for us!
Junior School Chaplain
Oaks Day Lunch
Our Oaks Day Lunch organising committee has been hard at work to ensure the day is a success. With 138 tickets already sold, the 2019 Oaks Day Lunch is well on-track to being one of our stand-out social events for the year.
Final cut off for ticket sales is Wednesday 30 October. There will be lovely food and beverages on arrival, great company, fashions on our field, a door prize and small raffles to be won. Make sure you bring some extra cash in your purse or pocket.
Please spread the word to those who have yet to book. We look forward to seeing you on Oaks Day!
Class Representatives – Volunteers for 2020
Class Representatives play such an important role each year building relationships, helping welcome new families into the School and coordinating year level events for both parents and the boys. Being a Class Rep is a great opportunity to be involved and help strengthen the connectivity of our school community. We are so grateful for this support.
Expressions of interest for Class Representatives will be called for at the beginning of next year; however, this year we would like to extend an invitation to our current Reps and those of you who would like to consider supporting us in 2020. We aim to have two or more Class Reps allocated for each class.
If you would like to support your son’s year level in this rewarding and fun way, please contact Bonnie Brown via email to email@example.com or on 9851 9558.
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!
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.
Our Cake Stall is always popular, and our convenors have been busy behind the scenes putting together cake packs and recipe sheet to help you get baking! The packs will be sent home via your son(s) after the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
Volunteers are needed for 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.
We are busy growing a range of edible and ornamental plants for this year’s Founders’ Day Fair. Can you help us to set up the stall and sell our plants on Fair day? Please sign up at: volunteersignup.org/YXTRP
Our next working bee will be 2.30-4.00pm on Thursday 31 October at the rear of Hudson House. All are welcome. If you can contribute plants that will be ready to sell on Fair Day, 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, sterling silver, gold, gold-plated, necklaces, bracelets, antique and modern.
Please drop off to Hudson House or call Georgia on 0413 085 098 for pick-up.
Community Relations Calendar
Thursday 31 October
Junior School Class Representatives’ Meeting
Location: Hudson House Dining Room
Thursday 7 November
2019 Oaks Day Lunch
Location: Fenix Events, 680 Victoria St Richmond
Sunday 24 November
Year 6 End of Year Celebration
When: 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Hudson Oval Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Year 5 End of Year Celebration
When: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Hudson Oval, Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Parent End of Year Drinks – Years 9, 10 and 11
Location: Glenferrie Hotel, 324 Burwood Road Hawthorn
When: From 5.00pm
No RSVP required
Year 2 End of Year Break Up Party 2019
When: 1.30 – 3.30pm
Location: Box Hill Indoor Sports Centre
Sunday 1 December 2019
Year 3 End of Year Celebration
When: From 12.00pm
Location: Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Cost: $25 per family
RSVP: by 25 November trybooking.com/BGKRG
Sunday 8 December 2019
Year 7 End of Year Family Picnic
When: From 4.00pm
Venue: Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Cost: BYO Food and Drink