Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

Welcome back to another year at Trinity!

I’d like to extend a special welcome to all of our new boys and their families. I trust you had a great break. For those who stayed close to home, I hope you enjoyed the good weather as much as I did.

It’s wonderful to have the boys back. As much as I enjoy the company of our staff, the boys give an injection of life and energy to the place, and provide a genuine sense of purpose to our work.

The staff have also returned with bounce and positivity, and we had two excellent staff days at the beginning of last week. On Tuesday 29 January, the staff commenced the new school year with a Chapel Service, followed by my address, and an introduction of new staff. Together, we celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018, highlighting the following:

  • 38% of ATARs were 90+
  • 22.4% of Study Scores were 40+
  • Average ATAR of 81.90
  • Average Study Score of 35.2
  • 15 perfect Study Scores
  • Nathan Savundra-Shepherd was Dux of the School with an ATAR of 99.85
  • 11 High Achievers with ATARs of 99+

Importantly, 100% of our 2018 leavers received tertiary placements.

You can read a full report on the achievements of the Class of 2018 by clicking here.

I would like to take this further opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2018 and to wish them well for whatever the future holds. We hope to see lots of them in the years ahead.

Across the staff days, we shared a professional development session with Ruyton, where we heard an inspirational address on family violence and respectful relationships from the 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty. Rosie emphasised the role of educators in the action to stop violence against women and children, in a country where one woman per week is murdered at the hands of someone they know.

We also attended a fantastic talk by Leon Egan, a proud Indigenous man, on cultural awareness. His two-hour session was extremely informative and will greatly help us in the way we assist our nine Indigenous boys in their educational and cultural journeys this year and beyond. Leon will return in July for a follow-up session with staff.

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr Michael Carr-Gregg speak to our Year 12 boys. Michael is a highly regarded and extremely well-known Psychologist, and his message on coping with Year 12 is now quite famous. He was at the top of his game during this particular presentation, and the boys will have taken away much from hearing him speak. You can access his tips for parents by clicking here.

In his talk, Michael addressed the issues of stress and depression. He explained that stress is not necessarily a bad thing, as it is generally a precursor to higher achievement. Depression is, of course, a concern, and Michael referred the boys to the self-assessment K10 Anxiety and Depression Checklistwhich can be found here.

Michael has also just released a book with Flip Shelton entitled Smart Snacks, and I recommend it to Trinity parents. In the book’s introduction, Flip Shelton writes:

‘One of the most effective ways to get the most out of your body and brain is with good food. And while there is always a lot of focus on the importance of eating well when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the snacks in between are just as important, if not more so.’

The book contains ‘100+ quick and nutritious recipes for surviving the school years’.

You will have noticed that the Junior School Playground is running a little behind schedule. We expect it to be ready for action by the end of February. No parents on the equipment please until the kids have tested it out!

I also take this opportunity to remind parents that there are strict and well-enforced parking restrictions around the School, and that we need to be respectful to our neighbours when we are grabbing a quick parking spot. We did have a concerned neighbour the other day who could not get out of her driveway.

In closing, I look forward to chatting with as many of you as possible during the year. I’ll be at lots of functions and events, and on the sidelines at Bulleen on Saturdays. Please introduce yourself whenever the opportunity arises. I’m happy to chat about anything, but specialise in the Richmond Football Club. I also read quite a few books over the break. My favourites were Tim Winton’s Shepherd’s Hut, Anna Burns’ Milkman and Markus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay, and Year 12 parents can always ask my thoughts on Toni Jordan’s Nine Days. 

Phil De Young

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