Edition 1, Term 1 – 2019
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The new students have made a great start to school. Most boys enter the School at either Year 7, Year 5 or Prep, but we also have boys starting at other year levels. It is often a time of great anticipation and a little bit of nervousness, but Trinity has always been a welcoming school and very inclusive of new boys.
The House program in the Senior School is one of the areas that boys find most enjoyable, and is also one of the easiest in which to get involved. There are eight Houses: four ‘older’ Houses that date back to 1917, and four ‘newer’ Houses, which are now about 15 years old. Each has its own traditions and character.
Last Tuesday, I attended a number of the first House meetings and watched the induction of the boys into the House. Some boys were ‘knighted’; most had to drink coloured cordial; while others were cheered into the House as they walked through an arch made by older boys. It was great to see the interaction between the Year 12 House Leaders and the younger boys.
The first House activity for the year is a Tug-of-War between the Year 7 boys, accompanied by enthusiastic cheering from the Year 12 boys. The McIntyre Gym was packed, and each House had seven chances to compete against the other Houses. I am sure other schools also run similar events, but it was certainly a boy-friendly event, and more about teamwork and belonging to a group rather than the strength of the team. It was just about participation, friendly rivalry (although the Year 12 boys do get excited!), and for the Year 7 students to build a good rapport with their peers and older boys.
I am sure the classes in Period 5 were a bit ‘sweaty’ and probably had a distinct ‘boy odour’, but school should be fun and enjoyable.
The House program is not just about sport as there is also House Performing Arts, House Choir, Scrabble and Debating, as well as Ultimate Frisbee, athletics and swimming. The House program in Term 1 is deliberately busy; some may say too busy, but many boys will enjoy their House activities the most, at least in Term 1.
The results of the Year 7 Tug-of-War do not really matter, but for the record, Merritt won every Tug. I wonder if it will be the same result in Year 12 in five years’ time!
Welcome to the new boys and well done on your start to the year.
Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School
FROM THE ELC
Over the past week we have had much pleasure in welcoming 68 children to the Early Learning Centre – 28 returning who are very familiar with the centre, and 40 new children.
Our focus at present is on making sure everyone is feeling happy and comfortable in what may be their first time away from home. We confident it will not be too long until they feel part of this friendly Trinity community.
We are delighted with how quickly everyone is adjusting either to a new room or a totally new environment and we sincerely thank parents for their support throughout our orientation program. We understand that a staggered intake may place additional pressure on families; however, we do believe it is in the children’s best interests if they have time to get to know and interact with staff in a smaller group and time to participate in a wide range of experiences.
We hope many children and their families will attend the ELC Family Picnic on Friday 15 February.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
National Futsal Championships
Congratulations to Year 6 students James Cheung and Benjamin Silva, who were selected for the U12 Rangers State Team and represented Victoria at the 2019 FFA National Futsal Championships in Sydney in January. A great effort!
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Cricket – Trinity Melbourne vs Trinity Sydney
The two Trinity schools have played an annual game of cricket for the past 15 years over the January holiday period. This year we played a two-day game and a one-day game and managed to win the first game, with the second game ending in a tie. Michael Forwood scored runs in the first game, and Dan McNab got runs in the second game. Hopefully this was a good lead up to the continuation of the AGSV season.
Over the holidays
There were a number of trips and tours over the holidays with two walks with Mr Daley including one in Tasmania, a basketball tour to Hawaii for 24 boys, a Duke of Edinburgh trip in mid-December, French and German exchanges, a rowing camp in Queensland, as well as an East Africa immersion for a group of 2018 Year 12 boys with Mr Purcell and Mr Amiconi. Some of the first teams also had mid-season training.
Click here to read a report from the Hawaii Basketball Tour.
We thank all the staff who take the tours and ensure the boys’ safety and enjoyment.
Lachlan Chen has had a great holiday playing the Violin at Carols by Candlelight, and at the Melbourne Youth Orchestra Summer School. He will be performing on Saturday 16 February at Myer Music Bowl with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra.
Five Trinity boys performed in Les Misérables in January: Daniel Moshopoulos and Terry Gu were in the orchestra, while Joshua Simos-Garner, Jordie Race-Coldrey (OTG 2018) and Ryan Glasson were in the cast. It was an outstanding show.
Over the next few weeks, most year levels will have Information Nights over the next few weeks. Hopefully parents will be able to attend. The nights usually run for about an hour.
Upcoming Information Nights:
- Tuesday 12 February, 7.30pm – Year 10 Parents Information Night in Arnold Hall
- Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm – Year 11 Parents Information Night in Arnold Hall
- Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm – Year 12 Parents Information Night in Arnold Hall
St Paul’s Choir Commissioning Service
Trinity has enjoyed a special relationship with St Paul’s Cathedral for over 85 years, forged particularly through the involvement of our boys (and OTGs) as choristers in the Cathedral Choir. It was great to be there on Sunday night as new choristers and those assuming leadership positions were commissioned by the Dean of Melbourne, The Very Rev’d Dr Andreas Loewe. The boys sang beautifully and we congratulate them on their new roles and thank them for their hard work and contribution to music-making in the City of Melbourne and beyond.
Simon Paterson and Lloyd Forlano assume senior leadership roles as Head Chorister and Dean’s Chorister respectively.
Ben Zhou, Jason Jiang, Terence Hsu, Jeremy Fernando and Lewis Finney move up into the role of Senior Choristers.
Matthew Fallscheer, Mathew Rigby and Sam Shaw move from probationers to full Choristers
This week is Round 7 of a nine-week season. This means that for many teams there are only two more games after Saturday! The Cricket First XI is sitting second on the ladder after some excellent recent wins. Our Basketball team is just outside of the Top 4 at present. Good luck to all teams this week.
Public Speaking Training
Public speaking for 2019 kicks off with training sessions run by last year’s captain, Hugo Miric. The sessions run every Friday morning for Semester 1 and provide boys in the Senior School with a chance to develop their public speaking skills. No experience is necessary and it’s even more enjoyable with a bunch of friends!
When: Friday mornings, starting 22 February
Students are invited to register their interest with our current captain, Ben Fox, by emailing him at email@example.com.
Public Speaking Coordinator
Senior Inter-School Debating
The 2019 senior inter-school debating season is upon us. Students in Years 9-12 have been notified and invited to sign up for the competition. No experience necessary, just a fire in the belly and a commitment to the team!
Date: Tuesday 12 February
Boys may sign up as an individual, or a complete team! Coaches will be assigned to support them in the competition.
All debates will be held at Camberwell Grammar School on the following days:
- Round 1: Monday 25 March
- Round 2: Monday 29 April
- Round 3: Monday 13 May
- Round 4: Monday 24 June
- Round 5: Monday 5 August
Head of School Debating
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Music Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals
All instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals commenced in Week 2, starting Monday 4 February. Any students interested in learning a musical instrument should complete an Application Form. Please complete the form and email firstname.lastname@example.org (or deliver the hard copy to the Music Office).
Senior Music Camp
The 2019 Senior Music Camp will be held on Saturday 16 February to Sunday 17 February at Trinity Grammar School in the Centre for the Arts for members of Symphony Orchestra, Senior Strings, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir. Further information about this camp has been distributed to parents via Trinity Connect.
Trinity Friends of Music Meeting
All parents are invited to attend the first Trinity Friends of Music meeting for 2019. This meeting will held be on Wednesday 13 February at 7.00pm in Hudson House. Please contact the Director of Music, Michelle Stanic for more information email@example.com
Free Theory Classes. Free AMEB Aural/General Knowledge and VCE Aural Classes
Mr Siegfried Franke will run the above free classes for all interested students. Wednesdays Day 3: Theory in CY1. Wednesdays Day 8: AMEB/VCE Aural in CY1. These classes run from 7.25am to 7.55am
Afternoon Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in the 2019 Afternoon Music Recitals. Term 1 Recitals will be held on Thursday 21 February, Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 28 March from 3.30pm to 4.00pm in Room CY4 of the Music Department. Mr Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students at the recital and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest.
The Trinity Community Choir 2019 – Faure Requiem
The Music Faculty is pleased to announce that the feature work at the 2019 Trinity Choral Concert will be the beautiful Requiem by Gabriel Faure. The Requiem Choir is open to all members of the wider Trinity Community. The Trinity Choirs will form the core of the Requiem Choir and we extend a warm invitation to Old Trinity Grammarians, parents, family and friends to participate in the performance of this wonderful work. The concert will take place on Wednesday 11 September at 7.30pm in the Hawthorn Town Hall. Preliminary rehearsals will commence in late May, and a rehearsal schedule will be confirmed within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about this project, do not hesitate to contact email@example.com
A very warm welcome to the new school year. I hope that the holidays were a great time of rest and refreshment for all.
Starting something new, like a new job or being in a new school for example, can often cause us some worry — a new place, new people, new routine… ‘Am I good enough?’, ‘Will I fit in?’, ‘Will I make friends?’ Rest assured that all of those questions (and plenty of others) are perfectly normal!
If you’ve got some doubts, particularly about yourself starting out (or even starting back) this year, I hope you might be encouraged by these well-known words…
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’
– Marianne Williamson (1992)
I truly hope that 2019 is a year in which you shine in whatever you do!
PRAYER AND PASTRIES is back again this year — parents, students and staff meet in the Chapel each Tuesday morning of the school term from 7.30-8.00am to pray for each other, the School, and the wider Trinity community. The first Tuesday of the month we also share in Holy Communion together. Everyone is welcome and breakfast is provided. We don’t meet when House Chapels are on.
It’s a delight to welcome two new members to the Chaplaincy team in 2019.
Ms Cecilia Fairlie joins us as our new Junior School Chaplain, and the Rev’d James Hale (OTG 2008) is Assistant Chaplain in the Senior School. They have both made a fantastic start and I know they are looking forward to serving the Trinity community. Please say hello when you have the chance.
If there is anything the Chaplaincy team can do for you (boys and families) by way of pastoral care, support, and prayer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of us through the school reception or email.
Rev’d Matt Campbell
Welcome to a new year at Trinity! I hope that you and your sons have settled in and are enjoying a positive start to 2019.
Volunteers are worth their weight in gold; to date we have received many expressions of interest for parent volunteer groups which have been forwarded to the various committees. We are very grateful for your ongoing support.
We still require more Class Rep volunteers and shifts filled for the Cafeteria. If you are able to assist with the Cafeteria, the sign-up to the Term 1 roster is accessible via our Cafeteria page on Trinity Connect. To nominate yourself as a Class Rep for your sons year level please click here.
The Community Relations team is looking forward to supporting you throughout the year. If you have any queries or if there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Acting Director of Development & Community Relations
Year 12 Parent Committees
There will be more information about the Year 12 Parent Committees provided at the Year 12 Information Night on Thursday 14 February. In the meantime, the parent sign-up survey is now open and you may select your preference anytime up until 4.00pm on Friday 22 February. Please click here to complete the survey.
Please note the Year 12 Parent Committees run separately to the Year 12 Class Representatives.
Donations (washed and pressed) for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at 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. Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and especially to our parent volunteers, as without them generously giving up their time, we would not be able to offer this service.
We will next be open:
Thursday 14 February: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Jane King, Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Kate Jennings
Thursday 28 February: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Sushil Bedi
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Annette DalSasso, Louise Ross
Volunteering opportunities are now open for parents to assist in the Trinity Café. Thanks to Carol-Ann Wong who has taken up the role of Café Coordinator for 2019. To sign up for Term 1 please click here. Duty runs from 9.30am through to 1.30pm (approx.). Please sign-up app or contact Carol-Ann for more information.
Click here to read Carol-Ann’s insights into what’s involved and the benefits of volunteering in the café
Community Relations Calendar
Thursday 14 February, 9.30pm
Year 12 Parent Drinks
Please join us for drinks at the Kew RSL following the Year 12 Information Evening
Tuesday 19 February, 7.00pm
Parents’ Association Meeting – East Room, Centre for the Arts
Wednesday 20 February, 12.00pm
Class Representatives Term 1 Meeting – East Room, Centre for the Arts
Friday 5 April
Trinity Rowing Presentation Night
Save the Date!
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
English as Additional Language Conversation Classes
We are pleased to again be able to offer weekly Conversation in English sessions, commencing on Monday 11 February 2019.
These sessions are held for parents whose home language is not English, and all parents from the ELC, Junior School and Senior School are welcome.
The benefits of improving your English skills include:
- becoming more involved in your son’s learning
- meeting other parents in the School community
- improving your English skills, which may also help to improve your son’s English skills
- learning more about what is happening at Trinity
Date and Time: Monday mornings from 8.45am to 9.30am
Venue: The Drum, Tudor Centre
The sessions will be run by the Junior School’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teacher, Sally Wescott.
Please come along and learn in a casual and relaxed atmosphere where you may ask questions and develop your conversational English.
If you are interested in attending these sessions please email firstname.lastname@example.org