Edition 4, Term 2 – 2019
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As we approach the end of the semester and students are in full examination mode, it’s worth remembering how we communicate student progress and what this might reflect about your son’s journey.
The central purpose of assessment and reporting is to establish and understand where students are currently in their learning, and to establish a pathway for future learning. Continuous Online Reporting (COR) was launched at Trinity in 2018 enabling you, as parents, to view your son’s assessment results in almost real time. Through COR what you see is mostly ‘summative’ assessment which is only part of the learning process that takes place at Trinity. These assessments are common to all classes in a subject for each year level and they use common assessment criteria and processes to ensure consistency between classes. They also form the basis of the grade on the semester report.
Formative assessment also plays a key role in learning programs at Trinity, but does not always appear on COR. Individual teachers are responsible for deciding how and when to give formative assessments as this allows teachers to adapt and differentiate learning programs, as well as facilitate preparation for common summative assessment tasks for students.
To understand the differences in assessment focus, contrast having a driving lesson and taking the final test. During the driving lesson, the instructor will be assessing your performance in relation to set outcomes, providing feedback and helping you improve – there is no pass or fail. This is the essence of true formative assessment. However, in the actual driving test, you either pass or fail – this is summative assessment.
While the examination period can be a busy one, it provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the journey so far, and to prepare for the way forward. Good luck to those boys sitting exams over the next few weeks, and I encourage all boys to reflect upon their Semester 1 reports, and use the feedback to prepare for Semester 2.
Director of Studies
FROM THE ELC
Thank you to all the parents who attended interviews last week. They are an excellent opportunity for us to share information about the progress every child has made over the past few months – and to discuss any concerns or queries you may have. Please keep in mind that we are very happy to make another time to meet with you before the end of the year and certainly encourage you to do so. There does not have to be a problem and often parents wish to have a discussion about a particular aspect of their child’s development or behaviour or simply want an update of their child’s current interests and friendships.
With only a little over two weeks to go until the end of term, we have a number of children affected by colds and viruses. We urge you to keep them at home to minimise the risk of infection to others – and to give your child more time to recover. Your support is much appreciated.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
New staff appointments for 2019 (Semester 2)
Amelia Pratt has been appointed as the classroom teacher for 2W to replace Bonnie Wansley while she is on Maternity Leave. Amelia will join the Junior School staff from the beginning of Week 2 in Term 3 to begin the handover process. She is currently working at Somerset College in Queensland and comes to Trinity with a Master of Primary Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy. Parents will have an opportunity to meet Amelia in person at the Parent-Teacher Interviews in Term 3.
Michelle Tang has been appointed as the Mandarin Chinese teacher for Term 3 while Sandra May takes Long Service Leave. Michelle has a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Education from La Trobe University. She has worked as a teacher of Chinese at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and at Preston Girls’ Secondary College. She has also taught English as a Second Language for several years in China prior to returning to Australia. Parents will have an opportunity to meet Michelle at Parent-Teacher interviews early in Term 3. The boys in each year level will spend time with Ms Tang during the second last week of this term before Sandra May departs.
The Junior School welcomes Amelia and Michelle to our staff and to the broader school community.
Head of Junior School
PYP in the Junior School
A big thank you to all the Junior School staff who have made excellent inroads implementing new elements of the Enhanced Primary Years Programme (EPYP) into their practice.
The EPYP has increased student agency (Choice, Voice and Ownership) in the curriculum, and the boys now have more opportunities to own their learning. This aligns with the Australian Curriculum. All year levels have begun planning their ‘Showcases’ which are taking the place of Year Level Plays. They are coming along very nicely and are another example of the boys showing agency. The Year 4 and Year 5 Showcases will take place at the end of this term. It would be great to see you all at these events.
Showcase times and dates
- Year 4: Monday 17 June – 7.00pm to 8.00pm
- Year 5: Tuesday 18 June – 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Primary Years Programme Coordinator
Raising the next generation of healthy young men presentation
As part of the Junior School’s commitment to the wellbeing of our community, and to complement the work of The Resilience Project within our wellbeing curriculum, we would like to take this opportunity to share an exciting opportunity for Trinity families of boys in Years 5 and 6.
We recently publicised our engagement of a company called ‘The Man Cave’ to help run our ‘Boys of Honour’ Camp in August (weekend of August 3 and 4). Expressions of interest have led us to secure this opportunity, and for The Man Cave to provide an additional and unique opportunity for our community.
Matthew Defina, Head of Programs at The Man Cave, and Al Green (OTG 2008) will collaborate to deliver The Man Cave – Raising the next generation of healthy young men. This keynote speech is open to all families in Years 5 and 6 and will touch on some of the research underpinning their approach.
We hope it will provide useful strategies focused on the psychological development of young men. There will be a specific focus on how young men can build an understanding of healthy masculinity in the 21st Century, better recognise the importance of gender equality, and the impact of positive mental health support.
The keynote will finish with an opportunity for families to learn more about the intended ‘Boys of Honour’ camp. The camp will act as an opportunity to put theory into practice. However, we welcome any families from Years 5 and 6 at the presentation, regardless of your intention to attend the camp or not.
The keynote speech will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 12 June in the South Room – Peter Crawley Centre for Arts. Families are encouraged to bring their sons if possible.
For any families who wish to book to attend the camp, please keep an eye out for messages on Trinity Connect in the coming few days. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Savill, Junior School Deputy Head – Administration.
City of Sale Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Jack Kingston in Year 5 for becoming the 2019 Aggregate Winner for the City of Sale Eisteddfod. Jack won 13 of the 16 categories. He also recently won the 12 and Under Public Speaking Competition at the Bayside Eisteddfod – a wonderful achievement.
Tuning in to Kids
You are invited to participate in a free parenting program called Tuning in to Kids (TIK). The program has already been delivered to over 120,000 parents in Australia, and previous research studies have provided a strong evidence-base that the program improves various child, parent and family outcomes. The current study is to compare three different delivery methods of the program and to see what works best for which families.
Participation in the study is for any parent or carer who has one or more children, between 4 and 10 years of age, who is exhibiting behaviours that are challenging or of concern to you. Participation is free, and voluntary. The study is open to one parent per family either the mother, father or guardian. We can also offer partners a free version of the online program after the study in completed. The study is being run by the University of Melbourne in conjunction with Swinburne University of Technology, and is independent of Trinity Grammar.
For further information please click here.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
VCE Premier’s Awards
Congratulations to the following OTGs from the Class of 2018 who were recently presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their outstanding VCE results:
- Benjamin Curtain for Ancient History;
- Ethan Edge for Computing: Informatics;
- Hugo Miric for English;
- Nathan Savundra-Shepherd for Economics and Global Politics; and
- Dominic Marshall for Media (undertaken at Ruyton)
The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-performing students in the state, with over 250 students presented this year with awards for their outstanding results.
We are over halfway through the AGSV Winter Season with a full round of sport on 15 June and then a couple of games on 22 June. We will start up again at the commencement of Term 3. At Open level, the badminton players, cross country runners, and First Hockey are all having wonderful seasons (hockey is currently undefeated). Football, soccer and rugby have had mixed success with some good wins.
Our under-age teams continue to do well with a number undefeated at this stage. School sport plays an important role in the development of many of our boys.
Please click here for the latest edition of the Careers Newsletter. This edition contains details of the University Open Days for 2019.
- Dr Robbie Gillies was awarded an OAM in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. Robbie received his OAM for service to the community through charitable initiatives, most notably Men’s Health and HoMie. He completed his secondary schooling at Trinity in 2008, and was the 2016 Young Victorian of the Year.
- Mr Robert Hershan was awarded an AM for service to the Textile Industry and the Jewish Community. Robert was at Trinity from 1956 until 1964.
WELS – School Holiday Leadership Programs at Trinity Grammar
Develop essential life skills through adventure learning.
Date: 8-10 July (Three days) at Trinity
To register or find out more visit WELS’ website
- Three-day program at Trinity and Studley Park area
- Core program (9.00am-2.00pm) or Full-day extended program (9.00am-4.30pm)
- Junior program (6/7-10 years) or Middle Years program (11-14 years)
- Optional Extension Program: 11-12 July Bush Camp (2 days) or Team Challenge Days
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.
A family friend was taken ill this week and had to go to hospital. Sitting by his bedside, I was struck by the kindness shown by the hospital staff to my elderly friend as they gently inquired about medications, diet and health history. Working in the Emergency Department of a busy hospital, with competing demands and time pressures can’t be easy, but all made an effort to be cheerful and patient.
As Pentecost Sunday approaches, we might well ask who exactly the Holy Spirit is and what it means. Paul’s letter to the Galatians is very helpful in this respect, telling us exactly how we recognise the Holy Spirit – by its fruits, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These qualities were all very much in evidence in the staff at the hospital this week. May all our lives be open to the possibility of bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Junior School Chaplain
Congratulations to the Trinity Wind Trio (Zac Dubow – Flute; Jeremy Fox – Flute; and Kai Wong – Piano) who achieved second place in the Victorian Flute Guild Competition held on Sunday 26 May. The Flute Ensemble (Zac Dubow, Jeremy Fox, Jayden Spring and Callan Baker) received an Honourable mention. Thank you to Janine Hanrahan, Flute Teacher, for preparing the students for this event.
May Gala Concert
Congratulations to the 200 students who performed at the May Gala Concert on Tuesday 28 May. It was an outstanding concert presenting works from the Symphony Orchestra, Senior Strings, Trinity Strings, Suzuki Strings, Trinity Choir, and Symphonic Wind. Many thanks to all the parents, staff and students. Thank you also to MLC who generously supported us with regards to use of equipment.
Music Tour to Italy, 2020
A Music Tour to Italy is scheduled for the Term 3 holidays in 2020. 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 Term 1, 2020. On the tour, 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 later this year. Please contact the Music School to express interest in joining what will be an experience to last a lifetime!
Many thanks to those of you who have already donated to the Annual Giving appeal for 2019. Every gift – no matter the size – will make a difference in the lives of our students.
Your participation matters, and I invite you to join us in helping build on what we have achieved already, as we seek to boost our Scholarship Funds to provide greater access to Trinity education.
For more information or to discuss your gift to Trinity please contact Kathy Hines, Director of Development and Community Relations on 9851 9498 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Callout for Volunteers – 2019 Trinity Fair
At its April meeting, the Fair Committee came up with some fantastic ideas for new stalls, and we are calling on members of the School community to assist with 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. 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.
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 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.
Harambee candles are still able to be purchased from Hudson House and the Junior and Senior School offices or via TryBooking.
Cost: $35.00 each
The Mitre Cookbook is available to purchase from Main Reception and Hudson House. You can also purchase online by clicking here.
- $40.00 – pick-up from school
- $50.00 includes postage
Friday 14 June 2019
Year 5 Drinks Evening
Location: Kew RSL
Cost: $20 per adult, the ticket price includes canapes only. Drinks are available to purchase from the bar
Please join Year 5 Parents and Guardians for an evening of good company, food and drinks to celebrate the end of Term 2.
Year 8 Parents’ Night
Location: The Beehive Hotel, Kew
Cost: $39.50 per head for finger food. Drinks available to purchase from the bar
Join your fellow Year 8 Parents and Guardians for a night of good company, drinks and finger food at the Beehive Hotel
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
Year 9 Biggest Afternoon Tea
Time: 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Location: Kew RSL, 63 Cotham Rd, Kew
Cost: $25 per person – this includes tea/filtered coffee (or soft drink for younger members of the family) and a light afternoon tea, together with a donation to the Cancer Council.
Thursday 27 June 2019
Four Year Old ELC Mums’ Dinner
Location: Santoni Pizza Bar and Restaurant
Cost: Tickets are $52, includes entree, main course and dessert as shared table meal. Drinks available at bar prices
Saturday 27 July 2019
Year 2 Christmas in July Parents’ Dinner
Location: Builders Arms Hotel Fitzroy
Cost: $85 per person, ticket includes three course dinner. Drinks available at bar prices.
Wednesday 31 July 2019
Time: 7.00am – 8.30am
Location: South Room. Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Cost: $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight.
Please join us at our next Trinity Talks breakfast being held on Wednesday 31 July between 7.00am and 8.30am with 3 x AFL Premiership Footballer and Media Personality Josh Gibson (OTG 2001), who will be hosting a Q&A session over breakfast.