Edition 3, Term 2 – 2019
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Team Evolve (Adam Blunt, Stuart Bryce, Nabil Hassine and Charles Palfreeman) was recently crowned Australian National Champions in the 2019 F1 in Schools competition. Team Hyperdrive was the global winner of the 2017 competition, making Trinity one of only two schools globally to have won the World Championships twice. So what is it that makes our program so successful?
Successful innovation requires a management structure that allows people to quickly and freely adapt to change. The F1 in Schools project gives student teams complete autonomy so that they are responsible for their own decisions. That doesn’t mean that they don’t receive guidance; there is a plethora of support and mentoring available to teams from staff, former students, parents and industry experts.
Successful innovation requires high expectations and commitment to the cause. Students are often amazed at the quality of former teams’ work, which is on display around the school. Online resources which illustrate the quality of previous winning entries also help to set the bar high and enable students to compare themselves with a global cohort. This competitive spirit further motivates teams – it’s fun to know you’re competing against 9,000,000 participants globally.
Successful innovation also requires a level of importance and prestige be attached to the task. It’s encouraging to see that our School culture values success in what might sometimes be considered niche disciplines or areas of interest. The boys are genuinely proud of the F1 in Schools program’s success.
Successful innovation requires access to the latest technology. Trinity’s long-standing laptop program means that students and staff already have deeply embedded ICT skills. CNC milling machines and 3D printing technologies are also put to good use to enable rapid-prototyping.
We are rightly proud of the F1 in Schools program. It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to give credit to our Design and Technology staff, who have shaped the program to be as successful as it is over many years. I also congratulate Team Catalyst (Thomas Arbon, Lachlan Geier, Owen Grayson and Andrew Greig), and Team Ayaks (James Blanch, Tim Crichton, Alexander Liu and Liam Moran) for their successes in this year’s competition. Team Evolve have, themselves, ‘evolved’ since the national competition, with Nabil leaving the team and Thomas Bugno and Andrew Greig joining the team. Last week, they were presented with a cheque from BOSCH Australia to support them as they advance to the F1 in Schools World Finals in Abu Dhabi in November. We wish them every success.
Director of Innovative Learning
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides qualifying families with access to$125 (per primary school student) and/or $225 (per secondary student) to assist in enabling their child to attend camps, sports and excursions. Parents and guardians of students at Trinity may be eligible if:
- they are a beneficiary of a Veteran’s Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder; or
- they are temporary foster parents; or
- the student is 16 years or older and holds a valid concession card (such as a Youth Allowance Health Care Card).
Eligible parents and guardians are invited to submit an application form to the School. The form can be downloaded by clicking here
Once completed the form should be returned to Alexia Fernandez, either in person or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are asked to also provide a copy of their concession card when forwarding their form.
Further information about the CSEF may be found here
From 13-22 September this year, a group of Trinity Grammar students, families and friends will be partaking in the annual Marree – Arabunna tour in South Australia. With Uncle Reg Dodd, Elder of the Arabunna, as our tour guide and mentor, we will learn about the traditional ways and local history of the area. The group will travel the Oodnadatta Track, exploring the ancient wonders of the Lake Eyre Basin, sample bush tucker and discover different bush medicines and desert resources. Additionally, we will be hearing stories from people who grew up on the intriguing Finniss Springs mission.
Through this trip, Trinity has developed a long-standing relationship with the Arabunna people built on trust and respect. There are currently ten places left on the trip for 2019. If you would like to book, please contact Nathan Newcastle via email to email@example.com.
FROM THE ELC
Recently, we commenced our Buddy Program with the Year 4 boys, and there has been such a positive response from all involved. The older boys have been caring and considerate, and a visit to the Year 4 classroom was a highlight for one of the Four Year Old Groups last week. The ELC children have also enjoyed hosting the boys (or ‘all my big brothers’ as described by one of the three year olds) and we look forward to many more shared experiences throughout the year. Many thanks to Ms Vanessa Lovell and Mr Chris McLean for their support in making this important part of our program happen.
Parent-Teacher interviews for the ELC will be held in the week commencing Monday 3 June, and the online booking system is available from now until 3.30pm on Friday 31 May. We would like to share information with all parents so please make a time to see your child’s teacher.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Enhanced PYP for Parents
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme has recently undergone a revamp, and all PYP schools have two years to modify their program to align with the Enhanced model. At Trinity, we are continually upskilling our staff on the changes and embedding it into our practice. The major changes centre around student agency and increasing student voice, choice and ownership of their learning. From there, our principles into practice come from three pillars: the learner; teaching and learning; and the learning community.
As part of this learning journey, it is important to also share with our parent community the updates to the program. The IB produced a fantastic collection of resources for both teachers and parents called the PYP Playlist which help the school community learn about PYP and actively engage in our students’ education. With interactive graphics, videos and webinars, you’ll gain more insight into learner agency, exhibition, inquiry, concept-driven learning and more. You can access the PYP Playlist by clicking here.
SSV Beachside Division Winter Football
On Monday 20 May, a team of 22 footballers (10 boys from Year 5, and 12 from Year 6) played against Christ Church Grammar at Fawkner Park. With only a couple of weeks of training under their belts, our boys did extremely well. They played team football, used the large ground and had lots of run and carry, eventually running out winners: 4-7-31 to 0-1-1. Our boys conducted themselves with humility in victory, and showed great pride in wearing their Trinity jumper. They will now go onto the next stage of the competition and play in early Term 3.
AGSV Junior Cross Country 2019
On Tuesday 21 May, the AGSV Junior Cross Country event was held at Chelsworth Park in Ivanhoe. Students from all the AGSV schools participated in fine weather conditions. A special mention to the following students who placed in their age group divisions:
- 11 years: 1st – Luke Gorski; 3rd – Flynn Callow-Sussex
- 12+ years: 2nd – Will Katic; 3rd – Nikki du Toit.
Our entire team competed to the best of their ability and should be proud of both their efforts and the sportsmanship they demonstrated on the day. Well done, boys!
Over the course of the term, boys in Years 3 to Year 6 have been learning coding with Code Camp. As they learn to use block coding and line coding in the upper years, they continue to build their range of computational thinking skills. The boys have loved the challenge of creating and debugging their digital creations.
If you are interested in the upcoming winter holiday programs for Prep to Year 7 run by Code Camp at Trinity Grammar, bookings can be made by clicking here.
Chess is a very popular activity in the Junior School. We currently have six chess coaches who work with our boys on Thursday mornings.
Congratulations to all boys who participated in last Thursday’s chess tournament at Kerrimuir Primary School. The boys played seven games throughout the day and ranked third overall. This qualifies them for the State Finals later in the year!
Congratulations to Aidan McKinnon in Year 5 who recently received the Grey Wolf Award from Scouts Australia.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Bus Route 158
Due to tram works being carried out at the Clifton Hill Interchange, School bus route 158 will be diverted from Tuesday 11 June to Friday 14 June 2019 inclusive.
Please click here to view details about suggested alternative bus stops for those students in the area in which the bus will not be travelling
Ryan Lobo has been selected in the Victorian School Sport Swimming team to complete in the School Australian Championships in July.
Sam Rusjan and Liam Henderson have been selected in the School U16 Victorian Hockey Team to play in the Australian Championships in Newcastle in early August.
Boys should not order food for delivery to the School via UberEATS or any other delivery service. Our cafeteria already provides a range of delicious and nutritious meals for the boys and staff, and there can be safety risks involved with boys meeting delivery drivers in and around the school. Food from the Cafe can be paid for with their student accounts or in cash. Thank you for your understanding.
Host family for GAP Student
We are looking for a family who may be prepared to provide accommodation for a GAP student (female) for the last half of the year (mid-July to December). She will be working in our Physical Education Department (Junior and Senior School) and is from Bradfield College in the UK. Please contact Ms Ebru Celik if you are able to assist.
In their matches against PEGS on Friday, our First XI Soccer and First XVIII Football teams wore the school Indigenous jumpers in support of Reconciliation Week. The Football team were defeated, and Soccer played out a 1:1 draw.
Year 12 Colloquium
The Year 12 boys hold three Colloquia throughout the year. These events are organised by School Vice-Captain, Sam Gollings. Last week their guest was Australian Paralympian Swimmer, Ahmed Kelly. He was an inspirational speaker and it was a terrific night for the boys. Ahmed, with his mother Moira Kelly present, spoke about his life story, how he come to Australia, education and his swimming.
Year 7 Grandparents and Friends Morning
Last week, over 130 grandparents and friends attended school as part of our annual Year 7 Grandparents and Friends Morning. Our guests partook in a Chapel service, attended a class with their grandsons, and enjoyed a tour of the School. Well done to the staff and boys, and in particular those boys who read in chapel. It was delightful to hear from Mr James Robinson and his grandson James.
Da Vinci regional competition
Congratulations to the Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon team: Alex Chieng; Tom McMillan; Jacky Zhang; Edward Peng; Andrew Zhang; Louis Conlon; Dante Calcagno and Suhanayan Piratheepan, who competed last week and won first place in the regional competition. Next stop, state finals.
Please click here to view the latest Careers Newsletter.
Information Night for European Hockey Tour 2020
Proposed Dates: 29 March – 14 April 2020
Destinations: England-Belgium-The Netherlands
The tour is open to players in Years 9-12 (2020) and will culminate in the World Field Hockey Tournament in Hoorn over the Easter weekend.
An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 7.00pm in the Arnold Hall Lecture Theatre
The annual Interschool Snowsports Championships will be held at Mt Buller from Monday 19 August 2019. Junior School teams compete at the start of the week, while Senior School events are scheduled later in the competition. We look forward to the ongoing involvement and support of families who have previously participated and welcome contact from anyone interested in joining the team.
The Cross-country competition will be held at Mt Buller on Sunday 4 August, and we anticipate entering both the individual and relay events this year.
Sara Shaw has kindly offered to be the parent contact for both Senior and Junior School families and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Senior School enquiries, please contact me at email@example.com
Yellow Brick Road Seminar
Wednesday 12 June at 6.00pm with Mark Bouris at Arnold Hall TGS.
The greatest gift I have been given since coming to Trinity is the Indigenous friends I have made. It has made me a better person and helped me connect the rich Indigenous heritage of our nation
In my time at Trinity, it has been a great joy to see our school evolve into a more culturally aware environment for our Indigenous students. I have seen our Dadirri program develop a more holistic and community-based approach. In my five years here, we have taken on ten Indigenous students, employed five indigenous staff, taught First Australians as a compulsory class to all Year 9 students, and introduced an Indigenous boarding house. This has been a great blessing for our Trinity community.
For over 14 years, Trinity students, staff and families have been going to Oenpelli, Arrabunna and One Arm Point, building relationships with Indigenous communities in remote areas. These exchanges have opened the hearts of our participants and enabled our younger generations to go on a genuine journey of reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. It is only through building relationships, understanding and sharing conversation that we can have healing and become reconciled with one another.
Truth and reconciliation were at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. It was a journey that led Jesus to the cross so that we might be living a life that sets us free. In our week of Truth and Reconciliation, I pray that everyone in this nation can learn more about the truth of our history and the gift of our Indigenous heritage. The human history of Australia is more than 65,000 years old. It’s a history that all Australians should recognise and know. This week helps us all connect with that heritage – a heritage that is largely Indigenous.
Director of Outreach and Assistant Chaplain
Congratulations to Geoff Dai (French Horn) and Edward Peng (Oboe) who performed for the visitors at the Year 7 Grandparents and Friends morning on Wednesday 22 May in the East Room.
Upcoming Term 2 Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in Term 2 recitals to be held on Thursday 30 May or Tuesday 11 June. 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.
Music Tour to Italy, 2020
A Music Tour to Italy is scheduled for the Term 3 holidays in 2020, and students currently in Years 7-10 are invited to express their interest. All students will form a Choir and from this group instrumental ensembles will be formed. Rehearsals will commence in 2020.
The students will engage in performances and workshops, and visit some of the world’s most beautiful and historic locations. An information night will be held in the Music School in Term 3. Please contact the Music School to express interest in joining what will be an experience to last a lifetime!
Callout for Volunteers – 2019 Trinity Fair
At its April meeting, the Fair Committee came up with some fantastic ideas for some new stalls, and we are calling on members of the School community to assist in running these both on the day and in the lead-up to the Fair. The requirement to attend meetings is not onerous, there are only five meetings left before the Fair in November, and the meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 7.30pm in Hudson House.
Our ideas include:
- Lamb on the Spit
- Aperol Spritz stall in the Courtyard (Responsible Service of Alcohol will be required)
- Laser Tag stall
- Trinity Lego Masters
The Committee is also looking for parent(s) to coordinate both the Jewellery and Craft stalls.
The Trinity Ball was held on Saturday 18 May at The Glasshouse with over 300 parents and staff attending. A fabulous night was had by all!
Special thanks go to our Ball conveners, Sarah Makris and Anna Wells-Jansz, and Felicity Quilty from Hudson House, who together delivered another stunning, fun-filled evening.
Photos of the night are available to view or purchase by clicking here.
Donations (washed and pressed) for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Main Reception during business hours. We always appreciate new volunteers and training will be provided. Should you wish to assist, please contact our parent roster volunteer, Susan Lane.
We will next open on:
Thursday 6 June: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Sushil Bedi, Kate Curnow
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Annette DalSasso, Louise Ross
Thursday 20 June: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Jane King, Catriona Wells
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Kate Jennings, Susan Lane
Thank you to all parents who have signed up for Café duty. There are still many opportunities to assist so please consider helping out if you can.
Wednesday 29 May, 7.00am
Truth and Reconciliation Breakfast
Venue: South Room, Centre for the Arts
Saturday 22 June 2019
Trinity Rugby Supporters Club Trivia Night
Location: South Room, Centre for the Arts, Charles St, Kew
Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Students, $100 Families of Four
RSVP: click here to book by 19 June
Saturday 22 June 2019
2019 Year 9 Biggest Afternoon Tea
Time: 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Location: Kew RSL, 63 Cotham Rd, Kew
Cost: $25 per person – includes tea, coffee or soft drink and a light afternoon tea, as well as a donation to the Cancer Council.
RSVP: click here to book by 12.00pm on Tuesday 4 June