Edition 1, Term 3 2021
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From the Principal
Welcome back to the routine of school. It was pointed out to me recently that since I started at TGS in January last year (albeit not my fault!) we have not had even one term that has been uninterrupted by COVID’s restrictions. There is no doubt that it has defined that exact period for all of us, in whichever pursuits we value, and that the road ahead is again unclear due to the uncertainties of our age. My welcome is sincere, but infirm, perhaps. We shall see whether the routine of school is that which we used to know or that to which we have become used!
Either way, I hope that the recent break from the routine of school offered school families an opportunity for rest and reconnection. For our Year 12s, with only eleven weeks of formal classes ahead of them, the rest may have been shaped by the impending ‘run to the line’ that the final examinations tend to be. While that is fully understandable, and the exams are important, I have had the opportunity to remind them this week that high marks and academic achievement are terrific, but not the things that should define them into their futures. Predictably, perhaps, when engaging with the students on these matters I focus on character as well as marks and values alongside academic achievement.
I like tennis… I don’t love it. Despite this, a contemporary hero of mine is Ash Barty. Recently crowned as Women’s Champion at Wimbledon, she is quite clearly an exceptional tennis player. Her reign as world No. 1 has been emphatic, she has two Grand Slam titles, goes into the Olympics as favourite to win a gold medal and has won plenty of prize money. But that is not what makes her great. Barty’s heroism is not in her slice or persistence or first serve efficacy or ranking. She attains her status by the way in which she tries to live.
In the wake of her wonderful victory over the weekend, she said:
“I’ve just tried to live by my values that my parents instilled in me. It’s more important to be a good person than it is a good tennis player. Being a good human being is absolutely my priority every single day.”
The really good news is that Barty, amongst others, illustrates that students can be good people and high achievers. These are not exclusive of each other. Looking at the quote above, you can replace the words ‘tennis player’ with so many other things – doctor, teacher, author, earner…
Whereas being a model of virtue must be exhausting and, maybe, unsustainable, the modelling itself is priceless. It is possible to be good and smart. Our young people can be good for the world and good at the world. It is okay to strive to be your best at everything, but especially at being a good person.
My 18 or so months as a Trinity person have not been without their challenges. At an uncertain time the certainty that has emerged for me is the clear community wide importance of our commitment to Trinity’s character education alongside our undoubtedly fine academic education. It is a valuable understanding as we continue to move through our strategic planning process and create a vision of Trinity’s future towards 2030.
Let us hope that it is as uninterrupted a journey as modern times may allow!
From the ELC
As we slowly embed discussions, stories and experiences of our Indigenous culture into our children’s daily rhythms, we are watching our students create meaning and understanding through storytelling and the use of symbols.
Indigenous culture is becoming embedded in our ELC and can be seen and experienced in various ways. Encompassing the Early Years Learning Framework’s ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming’, the knowledge we are sharing with our students about history, tradition and culture influences and positively shapes our thinking.
As we reconnected after the holidays, our students and staff celebrated the rich history and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through NAIDOC week. Here at Trinity we are fortunate to be able to connect with Indigenous staff within our community. This week, our students learnt firsthand about Mr Newcastle’s family heritage.
As staff at the ELC, we are modelling empathy and appreciation of Indigenous culture, sharing thoughts, ideas and stories with our Jarjums (a word which means ‘children’). Being reflective is imperative as we teach others to learn or re-learn, and we grow in our knowledge and understanding.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
From the Junior School
Premiers’ Reading Challenge Photo Request
The Junior School Library is promoting the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this term. Come along to the Junior School Library to see photos of the Trinity staff reading to their family and friends (including their pets!). All Junior School students participate in the reading challenge each year with amazing results.
Junior School Teacher Librarian & Specialist Coordinator
Click here to browse the Junior School Library catalogue
Welcome Back Everyone
Despite the disruptions in various states over these last couple of weeks, I hope many of you were still able to spend some quality time with family and friends.
There is a busy learning and events program planned for the term ahead. We will do our best to keep the community informed about whether we are able to proceed with various activities. This information will be based on the latest advice we receive from the appropriate health and government authorities.
As I am writing this, we are hopeful that many of the planned activities will come to life. Next Monday and Tuesday evenings are our online Parent-Teacher Interviews. Please ensure you have the correct times and dates of your appointments marked in your calendar so you don’t miss out.
After a disappointing 2020 where we had to cancel our Junior School Musical Spamalot, the excitement is building as we progress towards this year’s production Matilda Jnr. Mr Page, Ms Stradwick, Mrs Searle, Ms Sheppard and many other dedicated staff have already invested an enormous amount of time into our Prep to Year 6 musical production. I would like to thank those staff for the effort they have put in behind the scenes to bring together an event like this.
Some other events this term include our Year 6 PYP exhibition that was postponed in Term 2, and towards the end of this term we hope to finish with our traditional Grandparents’ Day.
The Junior School term calendar will be sent home early this week to confirm all dates.
This term we welcome Mr Vedelsby (Junior School Deputy – Learning and Innovation), Ms Madden (Junior School Deputy – Staffing and Operations), Mrs Irvine (Year 5 and 6 French Teacher), Ms Esse (Art and Classroom Teacher), Ms Hogan (Teacher Assistant) and Ms Glover (Art Assistant).
Mr Drake assumes the responsibility of Enhanced Learning Coordinator, Ms Truesdale will become the new Year 3 teacher and Ms Jenner returns from maternity leave to assist in the Enhanced Learning department.
Head of the Junior School
From the Senior School
Learning Journeys 9.0
Year 9 will be attending Learning Journeys this term. Forms E, F, G and H will attend in Week 2, while Forms A, B, C and D will go in Week 4.
Learning Journeys 9.0 has been organised because the Year 9 boys missed out on the program last year due to lockdown. They will be travelling to Camp Toolangi and participating in lots of Personal Development activities and group activities during the four days. Form teachers and Heads of Year will be attending.
9E, F, G and H leave on Tuesday 20 July and return on 23 July.
9A, B, C and D leave on Tuesday 3 August and return on 6 August.
Parent permissions and clothing lists have been emailed to parents and boys of 9E, F, G and H.
Senior School Teacher
Strictly Ballroom additional performance
We are now having an Open Dress Rehearsal, as the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances have sold out. Tickets for the Saturday matinée are still available.
An added Open Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 7.00pm for the Ruyton and Trinity community is now open for ticket purchases. Please use the link below to access tickets for this additional performance.
This added Open Dress Rehearsal is due to the other shows being sold out (except for Saturday matinée – tickets for which can be booked through the original link). This is due to the limited capacity as a result of COVID indoor event restrictions.
Prices are cheaper for open dress rehearsal as follows:
ADULTS – $20
STUDENTS – $15
FAMILY (2xadults, 2xstudents, 1xprogramme) – $65
PROGRAMME – $10
Last Week of Term 2
Well done to the Year 10 boys who went on Work Experience and Camp in the final week of Term 2. Thank you to Katherine Ward and Bill Cleary for making last minute changes so that both programs could occur.
The Year 8 boys participated in Learning Journeys at Bulleen, Kew. It is an excellent Personal Development program and our thanks are extended to Mr Brown, Mr Daley, Mr Botha, Form Teachers and the Old Trinity Grammarians who assisted with the program.
It’s wonderful to have our students return to school at the start of Term 3. It will be a busy term ahead and as such, please see a few reminders below:
We have been advised by VCAA, that the GAT has been rescheduled to Thursday 29 July for all students completing a Unit 3/4 subject.
Year 10 (2022) July 14, 7.30pm
Year 9 (2022) July 21, 7.30pm
Year 11 (2022) July 26, 7.00pm
Year 12 (2021 VTAC) August 3, 7.30pm
Responsible mobile phone use
All students are reminded that mobile phones are not to be used during the school day, from 8.15am – 3.15pm. If contact is required, students may use the phone at reception during.
If your son is absent, late to school or has an appointment that requires him to leave early, please contact the absence line or the relevant HOY via email outlining the details.
We wish all the students involved in the production of Strictly Ballroom all the very best.
Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School
Teaching and Learning
Over the next weeks the boys in the senior school will start to make their elective subject selections for the 2022 academic year. It is an exciting time, particularly for our Year 8 students entering Year 9 next year who will take their first steps at individualising their learning experience by choosing elective subjects ranging from the Arts to Languages to Information Technology and Hospitality. Indeed, the Year 9 experience aims to give each student a clearer sense of where his passions and enthusiasms lie and be well prepared for the next steps in his learning journey. For boys entering Year 10 this is the year in which students start to define their pathways into their two-year VCE Studies program. Some boys will already have a clear sense of where their interests and strengths are leading them, but many are still keen to keep their options open, exploring a number of possibilities and challenging themselves.
In addition to the core curriculum the boys entering Year 10 will expand and continue individualising their learning experience by choosing from a suite of 27 elective subjects across all learning discipline. This is the year when students step up to the increased rigour and challenge provided by courses at this level in preparation for their final VCE years. The upcoming Subject Selection Parent Information evenings are specifically tailored to provide an overview of the unique aspects of the Year 9, 10 and VCE curriculums at Trinity. Indeed, for Year 10 boys the upcoming VCE Subject Expo will provide an important snapshot of each of the various subjects offered in 2022. For boys and parents in these important transition years we look forward to you joining us on these evenings.
Director of Teaching and Learning
A reminder that when moving between classes all students must carry their school laptop computer in a suitable bag. When travelling to and from school, students are expected to put the laptop in the sleeve provided by the school and then put that inside their school bag.
Also, according to the school’s policy, mobile phones are not to be used during the school day, unless part of a teacher directed activity. Having a school computer and mobile phone (if you have one) is a privilege which comes with responsibilities, and some aspects of the Trinity Technology Acceptable User Agreement will apply to the use of a mobile phone. Our aim is for students to become proficient and ethical users of technology, which requires a continuing partnership between home and school.
We are grateful to families who open conversations with their children, whatever their age, about appropriate device use. We have resources available on MyTGS which may help families navigate an ever-shifting technological landscape.
Director of Innovative Learning
The Trinity Inquirer – Issue 4 is out now!
Hadyn Tang and James Liu, the editors of The Trinity Inquirer, are proud to present the fourth issue of this student-led publication. In this June issue, join them as they contemplate the spread of misinformation and explore the worlds of design and technology, economics, and algorithmics.
The Trinity Inquirer can now be viewed and downloaded from here
Hadyn Tang and James Liu
Co-Captains of Academics &
Editors of The Trinity Inquirer
From the Music School
Thank you and congratulations to Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing who presented at the recent Suzuki Symposium.
The 2021 Suzuki Method National Teachers’ Symposium was held during the term break, and a presentation showcasing the Trinity Suzuki String Program was one of the more detailed sessions. Filled with photos, facts, and stories of the program’s development, it created an outline for establishing a successful Suzuki program. Teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA learned how to develop Suzuki programs at their schools based on the success of the Trinity program. The session was well attended, and highlighted the teamwork between our excellent staff, parents and boys in developing the noble spirit within each.
Creativity has always been the hallmark of Spiritual activity and thinking.
It was Solomon’s desire to build the temple that galvanised Israel in its early development as a community with people happily engaged and focused on living. From there, Solomon was able to build a nation that was not only prosperous but, under his guidance, fair and just for all its citizens, including the poor. We read in 1 Kings Chapter 6 just how grand this project was. It involved huge numbers of trades and artists, builders and administrators; I encourage you to read it some time.
As interesting as this is, I would like to focus in on another point: creative and good leaders always take into account the needs of all the community, rich and poor. Jesus as a citizen of Israel had to remind them of God’s call to care for the poor, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink…. A stranger and invite you in … needing cloths…. Visit you in prison; whenever you did it for one of the least of these you did it for me.’ Jesus was a creative person himself, using parables to teach people the need to act in a fair and just manner because that was what God called us to.
TGS is in the business of producing capable and creative students. Every year a new group goes out into the wider community. I would encourage every student who comes from the school to use their skills to make the world a better place, one in which we are all proud to live, not only because it is comfortable but because it is fair and just.
Martin Luther King was convinced that creativity was essential in anyone who would make a difference in the world when he said, ‘Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.’
Reverend Chris Leadbeatter
Acting Senior Chaplain
Whilst we step careful into our altered calendar, we have been relieved with each small easing of COVID restrictions to enable us to host the rescheduled Kew Business Breakfast to this Friday 16 July. Co-hosted by the OTGA, this sold-out event will feature guest speaker Professor Michael Kidd AM (OTG 1977) and is likely to be an insightful and pertinent address that also helps to highlight the health agenda of the Committee. We do have a very small number of seats still available. If you would like to be a last minute addition to this event please contact Sam Simpson directly at email@example.com. There are still tickets available for the next event in the series on Friday 10 September HERE.
For those of you who may have been involved with Kayaking during your time at Trinity, we invite you to celebrate 50 years of Kayaking at TGS at the upcoming Friends of Kayaking celebration at the Studley Park Boathouse on Saturday 14 August. BOOK HERE.
Back by popular demand, the Parents Association have reordered the beautiful pure wool blankets this year in time for those chilly Saturday mornings at Sport. For more information and to order a blanket please click HERE.
I hope you can make it to the PA and Class Representatives meetings online next week. Details below.
Director of Community Engagement
Trinity Woolen Blankets
The Parents’ Association are once again offering the beautiful Trinity Woollen Blankets for sale.
Geelong Weaving Company has dyed the wool to match the green and gold of our ties.
100% Wool Blanket 170x140cm.
Cost: $120 each, postage extra
Thursday 15 July
Final Day for change of sport and sport exemption requests for summer sport
Year 10 Outdoor Leaders and Somers applications open
Trinity Shop 2:00pm-4:00pm
Trinity- Ruyton Musical Opening Night, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, 7:00pm
Friday 16 July
Kew Business Breakfast, Centre for the Arts, 7:00am
Trinity-Ruyton Musical Performance, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, 7:00pm
Saturday 17 July
Trinity Shop 10.30am-12:30pm
Trinity Ruyton Musical Matinee, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, 2:00pm
Trinity Ruyton Musical Performance, Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, 7:00pm
Monday 19 July
Year 9A – 9B Extended Journey 1 Gunaikurnai Mountain to Sea, commence
JS Parent Teacher Interviews, Online 3:30pm
Immersion Tour Information Evening, Centre for Business and Enterprise, 7:30pm
Tuesday 20 July
Year 9 E – 9 H Learning Journeys, commence
JS SSV Regional Cross Country, Hasting Foreshore Reserve
Year 6 All Schools Winter Round Robin Carnival, Peninsular Grammar
JS Parent Teacher Interviews, Online 3:30pm
Parents’ Association Meeting, 7:00pm, Online
Wednesday 21 July
Year 9C – 9D Extended Journey 2 Gunaikurnai Mountain to Sea, commence
Careers Expo (Years 10 – 12) 3.30pm
Year 9 (2022) Information Night, 7.30pm Online
Friday 23 July
Year 9 E – 9 H Learning Journeys, conclude
Saturday 24 July
Sunday 25 July
Year 9A – 9B Extended Journey 1 Gunaikurnai Mountain to Sea, conclude
Monday 26 July
Year 11 (2022) Information Night & Subject Expo, 7.00pm
Tuesday 27 July
AGSV Athletics Training commences
Year 9C – 9D Extended Journey 2 Gunaikurnai Mountain to Sea, conclude
Junior School Class Representative Meeting, 9.00am, Online
Victorian School Music Festival – Junior Concert Band, Hawthorn Town Hall
*Dates subject to change