Edition 1, Term 4 – 2018
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A STATEMENT ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS
Faith-based schools have been the subject of headlines this last week after the leak of Philip Ruddock’s review into Religious Freedoms, and, in particular, whether these schools can reject or expel LGBT+ students under protections given by Section 38 of the Sex Discrimination Act.
Given the ongoing commentary on this matter, we think it’s important you hear something from us.
As an independent Anglican School, Trinity’s ethos and values are shaped by the Christian faith. To the best of our knowledge, the religious exemptions in question have never been used at Trinity. Indeed, they are absolutely out of step with our deep commitment to be a safe and supportive place for all students, families and staff, regardless of their sexuality, faith position, race and ethnicity, or ability. There is no place for these exemptions in our school.
Trinity welcomes a diverse range of families to our community, however they are formed, and whatever they look like. We believe that this welcome is an expression of our Christian values and ethos. Just like the participation of all our boys and staff, regardless of faith position, in things like Chapel, Religious Education and Outreach/Service is an expression of our corporate commitment to Christian values and ethos.
We acknowledge that all members of our community, faith or no faith, are going to be at different places on different social and ethical issues. And as an educational community we welcome and engage with a great diversity of viewpoints and experiences expressed in a spirit of learning, humility, respect and mutual care.
Trinity is deeply enriched by the diversity within our School community and we are absolutely committed to being a place where all people, most especially our students, feel they are safe, supported and belong.
Phil De Young John Gillam Matt Campbell (Rev’d)
Headmaster Chair of School Council Senior Chaplain/ Director of Wellbeing
FROM THE HEADMASTER
The undoubted highlight of last week was the Junior School Art Show. Every student had artwork on display, with the diversity of style and artistic talent being quite amazing. We hear a lot about the need to develop creativity in our students, particularly in terms of requisite workforce skills in our ever-changing economy, and Art is clearly a domain where this can be achieved. Much credit, therefore, to the Junior School team in this regard. And credit to the Senior School Art staff too, for creating an environment which sees around 30% of all Year 11 and 12 students studying a creative arts subject.
Last week was also highlighted by all Year 10 boys attending a Leppitt Leadership camp at either Eppalock or Somers. Led by staff, OTGs and, especially, Year 11 students, the boys engaged in leadership training exercises. There are many leadership opportunities on offer at Trinity across the vast range of activities at the School. Over the next couple of weeks, we will conduct interviews for our major leadership roles (Captain and Vice-captains) and other positions will be filled later in the term and over the course of next year.
This week, work on the renovation of our Junior School playground and oval will commence. The oval will be levelled and a brand new playground installed, along with a new entrance to the Junior School from the Charles/Wellington Street corner. These are significant works and in order for them to be completed for the beginning of the 2019 School year, work needs to commence at the beginning of this term. Fencing has started to go up around the oval and playground today, and will be replaced by full board hoarding later in the week.
Good luck to our Year 10 Debating team (Andrew Lim, Rishov Doloi, William Browning and Finn Horan) in the DAV Grand Final this week.
On Friday, we will formally celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Trinity/Ruyton Coordinate Program. The Program is very much alive and well, with a clear majority of students (both boys and girls) declaring themselves in favour of it and recommending it to younger students in a survey conducted late last term.
Saturday sees the opening of the summer sports season. Fingers crossed the weather will be kind to us.
Of course, our Year 12 boys are very much in the home straight. Their last day at School is on Wednesday 24 October and exams commence for some as early as the following Wednesday. They are working hard, and we look forward to celebrating their time at Trinity at the Valedictory Dinner in the Melbourne Cricket Club Dining Room on Tuesday 23.
And spare a thought for Hugh Bowman, Kyle Winkler, David Greig and Alec Alder, who on Thursday this week show their F1 talents to Meghan and Harry at Government House. I can’t wait for the photographs.
Phil De Young
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Australian National Eisteddfod Speech and Drama Competition
Congratulations to Jack Kingston in Year 4 who competed in the Australian National Eisteddfod Speech and Drama Competition in Canberra in September.
Jack competed in 10 solo events; he was the winner of seven events and placed second in three events. A wonderful achievement!
Safety around our school
We would like to request your support in raising awareness amongst our school community about ongoing traffic issues during the peak school drop-off and pick-up periods. As you know, Trinity Grammar School becomes extremely crowded with vehicles during these busy times, and this can pose a threat to student safety if parking restrictions are not heeded.
While parking officers work hard patrolling our school and issuing fines to motorists who disregard road rules, you can help by reminding parents that illegal parking endangers students.
Helping to make school drop-off and pick-up safer for everyone
Illegal parking in a school zone is not only inconsiderate to other motorists, it threatens the safety of students. If parking officers witness a motorist breaking any of the following traffic rules, they will issue them with a fine.
- Double parking restricts the view of other drivers, obstructs traffic flow, and means children have to get out of the vehicle onto the road. It also blocks the passage of any emergency vehicles which might need to pass.
- School crossings are there to ensure children cross the road safely. Parking up to 20 metres before or 10 metres after a designated school crossing is illegal.
- The designated kiss and ride areas outside schools are No Parking, with a maximum two-minute standing time. This gives parents enough time to kiss and drop off/collect their children before moving on to allow the next vehicle to follow suit.
- School zone speed limits are clearly signposted and must be adhered to.
Walk or ride to school with your child
Walking or riding to school with your child is a healthy and enjoyable way to avoid the inevitable traffic snarls at drop-off or pick-up time. If you must drive, consider parking a few streets away and accompanying your child on foot the rest of the way.
If you would like any more information about keeping our school zone safe during drop-off and pick-up periods, please click here.
Junior School House Athletics Carnival
The 2018 Junior School House Athletics Carnival was run at the Doncaster Athletics Track on Thursday 11 October. Throughout the day, boys participated in a range of track and field events, concluding with the age group circular relays. The final event was a very exciting relay involving parents, Year 8 Mentors, staff and Athletics Captains.
Once again several records were equalled or broken –
- Will Katic set new records in the 11 Years High Jump and the 11 Years Hurdles
- Charlie Harris equalled the 10 Years High Jump record
The Individual Age Group Champions were –
- 9 Years: 1st – Jake Witkowski, 2nd – Patrick Tee-Wu, 3rd – Luca Hartnett
- 10 Years: 1st – Will Johnson, 2nd – Daytona Derbogosijan, 3rd – Charlie Harris
- 11 Years: 1st – Will Katic , equal 2nd – Charlie Sammartino and James Robinson, 3rd – Niklas du Toit
- 12 Years: 1st – Samuel Mazzei, 2nd – Allan Liang, 3rd – Edward Peng
The overall Junior School Athletics Champion for 2018 was Will Katic, who amassed an incredible 153 points narrowly beating Samuel Mazzei on 150 points.
The final results for the 2018 House Athletics Cup after 129 events are:
- equal 1st – Friend and Summers (2546)
- 3rd – Inglis
- 4th – Henderson
The Spirit Cup was awarded to Henderson House.
Finally, thank you to parents and friends who were able to come along and support the boys and to the Educational Support Staff who assisted with the set up and pack up of the event.
Director of Cocurricular Activities – Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
European Music Tour
Seventeen students attended a two-week European Tour to 10 cities in Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia. They sang and performed a very busy schedule and they were often praised for their musicianship, positive demeanour and wonderful presentation. The boys had a wonderful experience and were a real credit to themselves, Trinity and Melbourne. Thank you to Ms Stanic, Mrs McCoppin and Mr Kelley for staffing the trip.
Oenpelli and Arabunna Trips
Two small groups of boys attended two very different trips to Indigenous communities during the holidays.
Four boys spent a week in Oenpelli, Northern Territory, teaching Science, visiting rock art sites and the art gallery with Mr Peter Razos and Mrs Kate Veall.
Five boys from Year 5 to Year 9 were accompanied by Ms Jenny Poore, Mr Stewart Lucy and number of parents to Marree in South Australia. The group heard stories from Aboriginal elder, Reg Dodd, travelled the Oodnadatta track and visited Lake Eyre. An extraordinary experience for the boys.
Year 10 Leadership Course
Last week, all the Year 10 boys attended one of two leadership courses: Somers Leaders’ Course or Leppitt Leaders’ Course. Both are excellent programs and we thank Mr Alex Colussa, and the Heads of House for the preparation for Somers, and Mr Alan Daley and Mr Bill Cleary for the preparation for Leppitt. Click here to read a report about the Leppitt Program.
The Leppitt program prepares leaders to assist on the Year 7 and 8 outdoor camps, while the focus of Somers is the House program, Year 10 Mentors and Learning Journeys. Both programs develop boys’ general leadership skills, and we often see a real growth in the boyss attitude to school, their friends and family. Thank you to the staff who assisted with both programs, and to the Year 11 boys who were part of the training team.
Congratulations to the following boys who won Prizes, Awards or Distinctions in the Australian Maths Competition, the Melbourne University Maths Competition, or the Mathematics Competition and Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CODING). Click here to view a full list of prize winners.
Congratulations to Louis Davidson, Lachlan Mulcahy, Jack Cooper and Luke Milner (Year 11) who played in the Victorian Gaelic Football team that defeated WA in the Grand Final.
Over the last few years, many of our families have hosted GAP students, language exchange students, billeted sports players or looked after some of our Indigenous boys or international students.
We are always looking for new families who may have a spare room or who may want to take in a GAP student or Indigenous student, and in particular, for Term 4 this year or 2019 and beyond.
A GAP student is usually a university-aged person who is out in Australia for work experience (and a bit of a holiday!), often they are from the UK.
Our Indigenous students are usually in Years 8, 9 or 10. Some stay in one of our boarding houses, but this is not always the case. It can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience to have an ‘extra’ family member.
Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition
Lachlan Chen (Year 8) and James Watson (Year 11) achieved Honourable Mentions for their performances in the poetry competition finals held in Term 3 at the Alliance Française in St Kilda.
Thomas Boyd (Year 12) also received an Honourable Mention in the finals of his oral exam at the Alliance Française.
All three boys are to be congratulated for their fine achievement.
To view the latest edition of the Careers Newsletter please click here.
Junior Debating Round 3
In the last week of Term 3 and for the last time this year, the junior debaters gallantly competed against the most formidable opponents – their very own Trinity peers! The topic ‘That violent toys and games should be banned for children’ was quite challenging, but entertaining nevertheless. Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded the title of Best Speaker: William Johnson, Lucas Van Den Berg, Laurie Duckham, Ben Noonan, Cale Martin and Daniel Marcou.
Senior Debating Semi-Final
Congratulations to Year 10 boys Andrew Lim, Rishov Doloi, Finn Horan and William Browning, who qualified for the semi-finals in the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Senior Debating Competition at the end of last term. They persuasively and articulately argued ‘That we should compensate individuals who are criminally prosecuted and found not guilty’ against St Kevin’s, despite their home advantage. The title of Best Speaker was awarded to Rishov Doloi.
The DAV State Semi Finals were hosted at Trinity on Wednesday 10 October. The topic successfully debated by our team was ‘That we should allow soldiers to opt out of conflicts to which they have a moral objection’, with Andrew Lim awarded Best Speaker. Their win has progressed them through to the Grand Final, which will be held on Thursday 18 October at Caulfield Grammar. All spectators are welcome!
Congratulations to Nathan Savundra-Shepherd who received a Swannie Award on Friday evening. This certificate can only be awarded if the recipient is nominated by the DAV as ‘Best Speaker’ in every inter-school debate by the DAV – an outstanding achievement!
Teacher-in-Charge of Debating
F1 in Schools World Final – Singapore 2018
Congratulations to team Zero Friction (Alec Alder – Year 10, Adam Blunt – Year 10, Thomas Bugno – Year 11, Matthew Carlyon – Year 11, Charles Palfreeman – Year 9, and Nikolas Zafiropoulos – Year 11) who were nominated for the Team Website Award and Scrutineering Award at the F1 in Schools World Final held in Singapore during the holidays. They placed eighth overall, only 12 points behind the fourth placed team. This is a commendable result considering they were competing against 50 teams from 23 countries.
Click here to view a video about the competition
The Gala Awards evening was an impressive event held in the Sentosa Resort Ballroom, and attended by approximately 600 people, including Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey, and a number of Singaporean dignitaries.
Competitors enjoyed some time out from judging with a Universal Studios visit and a bus ride around the F1 track finishing with an exclusive pit lane walk.
The competition is a multi-disciplinary test of skills encompassing science, technology, engineering, maths, design and management. Teams are required to engage in designing, testing and racing a miniature F1 car, as well as organising marketing, sponsorship and brand programs.
Harry and Meghan meet team Hyperdrive
The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC have invited the 2017 F1 in Schools World Champion team Hyperdrive to present their project to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Thursday 18 October.
The F1 in Schools track will be assembled on the dining room table of Government House, and their project elements of folios, cars, light boxes and trophies will be displayed directly behind the royal couple as they race some cars on the track. Team Hyperdrive (Hugh Bowman – Year 12, Kyle Winkler – Year 12, David Greig – Year 11 and Alec Alder – Year 11) will discuss their project with the royal couple before they move on to a VIP reception in the Grand Hall. There will be invited international and local media present.
Ruyton-Trinity Musical Lyrebird Youth Awards Nominations
The Trinity Drama Department would like to congratulate everyone involved in the 2018 Ruyton-Trinity Musical, The Wiz, for their ‘Best Production’ nomination for the 2018 Lyrebird Youth Awards. The production received seven nominations in total. We’d also like to extend a big congratulations to the individuals who received nominations listed below:
- Best Production – Youth Musical
- Best Director – Youth Production Musical: Hayley McNally
- Best Musical Director – Youth Production: Paul Smith
- Best Actress – Youth Production Musical: Alexandra Denovan
- Best Supporting Actor – Youth Production Musical: Jesse Langefelder
- Best Supporting Actor – Youth Production Musical: James Parry
- Best Ensemble Female Performer – Youth Production Musical: Jacqueline Du
After-school music recitals
Music students are encouraged to perform in this term’s after-school recitals which start at 3.30pm
- Week 3 – Tuesday 23 October
- Week 5 – Thursday 8 November
- Week 7 – Tuesday 20 November
To enrol for a recital please contact Therese McCoppin, Head of Strings
Community Choir at the Carol Service
Members of the Trinity Community are warmly invited to join the TGS Community Choir for the 2018 Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. We welcome singers of all ages and voice types to join the TGS choirs for this magnificent annual event. The choral repertoire that has been selected for this year’s service is beautiful, inspiring and accessible.
Preliminary rehearsals will be held in the evening from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in the Music School.
- Thursday 1 November
- Thursday 8 November
- Tuesday 13 November
- Thursday 15 November
- Tuesday 20 November
- Thursday 22 November
- Tuesday 27 November
- Thursday 9 November
- Final rehearsal: Sunday 2 December, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, South Room (with all other choirs and the orchestra)
Date: Friday 7 December
Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral
For further information contact Kevin Kelley, Head of Choral Music
Parents’ Association Meeting
The next Parents’ Association meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 October commencing at 7.00pm in The Drum, Tudor Cente.
Please note the change of venue and the new start time.
Class Representatives Meeting
The Term 4 Class Representatives meeting will be held from 7.30pm-9.30pm on Wednesday 17 October, in the East Room, Centre for the Arts. A light supper and drinks will be supplied. We hope to see all of our Class Representatives there.
Year 12 Valedictory Dinner – Reminder
Date: Tuesday 23 October, 2018
Time: Arrive for 6.00pm for photographs and pre-dinner drinks
Dress: Lounge suit and tie; students attend in Winter uniform
Annual Oaks Day Lunch
Date: Thursday 8 November 2018
Time: 11.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Leonda by the Yarra
Invitations have now been sent home and tickets are selling quickly! This will be a wonderful day at Leonda; one of the highlights will be the Fashion Parade and styling tips by FlatIron! There will also be prizes for the best hat and raffle. We have access to the courtyard area from 3.00pm after the lunch, so feel free to stay on afterwards for a relaxing afternoon.
Click here to book. Price includes a showbag full of surprises, delicious two-course meal and drinks. If you wish to enter the sweep, please include this information when booking.
We are keen to recruit a few models for the day to wear the fabulous FlatIron fashions. Please contact Sharon Kendall to find out about the details and the perks!
Term 4 rosters are now open for volunteers to sign up by clicking here. Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm. To find out more about volunteering in the Café or if you would like to find out more about taking the role of Café Volunteer Coordinator, please contact Sharon Kendall, Community Liaison in Hudson House. Many thanks for your assistance, it really does help the Café run more efficiently for our boys.
The Mitre Cookbook
Get in early to order your copy of The Mitre Cookbook – a collection of cherished recipes from our community, accompanied by beautiful photographs of the food and the School. This is a perfect Christmas present or memento. We will be selling copies at the Founders’ Day Fair, but to pre-order, please click here.
Price – $40 per book (to be picked up from the Fair or from the School after Sunday 18 November) OR $40 + $10 postage within Australia (per book)
The Trinity Shop will next open:
Saturday 13 October: 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Pricing: Dianne Semmens, Kylie Oliver, Kylie Payman
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Sunny Fan, Melinda Nash
Thursday 18 October: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Fiona Griffiths, Julie Limmer, Sushil Bedi
- Sales: Meileen Tan, Christina Branagan, Winnie Cai, Louise Ross
Donations for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Reception during business hours. If you wish to volunteer in the Trinity Shop, please contact Susan Lane
Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service.
Trinity Shop and Cafe Volunteers Thank You Afternoon Tea
We will be holding an afternoon tea function to thank you for your assistance during the year.
Date: Thursday 22 November
Time: 2.00pm – 3.15pm
Venue: Headmaster’s Sitting Room
Invitations will be sent shortly. Please contact Sharon Kendall should you have any questions.
FOUNDERS’ DAY FAIR
Founders’ Day Fair Raffle
Raffle Tickets were recently sent with the October edition of the Trinity Grammarian. Please drop any sold or unsold tickets back to the Community Relations Office (Hudson House) to be in the running for one of the great prizes on offer below. Thank you once again to our generous donors.
- 1st Prize
$8000 Toorak Village Travel and Cruise voucher – donated by Toorak Village Travel and Cruise
- 2nd Prize
Two nights accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment at any Quest Apartment Hotel in Australia Subject to availability. Thanks to the Constantinou and Gallace families
- 3rd Prize
Jack Daniels’s Bar Package – mancavemadness.com.au
Thanks to the Ferguson Family
- 4th Prize
Mountain Bike – Bike City Warehouse Campbellfield
Thanks to the Ferguson Family
- 5th Prize
$500 Choice Fresh Meals Voucher – choicefreshmeals.com.au
Thanks to the Taylor Family
- 6th Prize
$250 Dulux Paint, Selleys and Yates Voucher
Thanks to Dulux, Selleys and Yates
- 7th Prize
$250 Typo Hamper
Thanks to Typo, Cotton On Kids and the Long family
- 8th Prize
$250 Cotton On Body Hamper
Thanks to Cotton On Kids and the Long Family
Unlimited Ride Wristbands now available for purchase
Now is the time to purchase your Unlimited Rides Wristbands for the 2018 Founders’ Day Fair.
Early Bird prices are:
- $30 Early Bird Special – small Child rides
- $40 Early Bird Special -Youth/Teen Rides
Click here to buy your wristbands now and jump the queues on fair day!
Has your dog got what it takes to put their best paw forward?
If you would like more information or find out how to enter your pooch in the parade, please contact Fiorella Angelo
We continue to seek donations for the Fair. Please drop any unwanted items off to the following stalls to be sorted:
- Soft Drink Donations
The Fair Committee is seeking help from the Trinity Community and is asking for donations of all kinds of soft drinks, to be sold at the Fair. If you are able to assist, please drop-off your soft drink donations to the team in Community Relations at Hudson House.
- Secondhand Books
Sorting tables will be located in the garage behind 53 Charles Street. Please call into Hudson House to arrange access first.
- Trash ‘n’ Treasure, Toys, Vinyl, DVDs and CDs
You can drop off donations from 7.00am until 7.00pm Monday-Friday to the signposted areas at the Trinity maintenance services workshop (entry is off St John’s Parade). Due to OHS requirements, we are unable to accept electrical goods, cushions or bedding. If you are able to help out even for an hour or two, please consider doing so.
- Designer and Vintage Clothing Stall
Thank you for all your wonderful donations last year. The Vintage Clothing Stall was so much fun and such a success – we just about sold out!!It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into that great big wardrobe of yours! Quality used and new clothes would be greatly appreciated. In particular, the Trinity boys love Tommy Hilfiger and Gant t-shirts and tops. Please drop goods off to Hudson House. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like us to collect your donations to save a trip!We are also looking for volunteers to help us with setting up and running the stall. If you think that you could spare a couple of hours, then please consider signing up by clicking here. Please contact Anne Capouleas or Kirstie Mananov.
We need your discarded and unused jewels for the Jewellery Stall! Clear out your drawers and donate! All pieces accepted (antique beauties are much appreciated) – modern, silver, gold, costume – pass it onto someone who will love it!Donations can be dropped off at Hudson House. If pick up is required, please call Anastasia Morritt on 0411 398 456.
- Plant Stall – Can you help?
With a month to go until the Founders’ Day Fair, the Plant Stall volunteers are busily putting the final touches to our collection of colourful, delicious and eye-catching plants.We’ll be holding a working bee from 2.30pm – 3.30pm on Thursday 18 October, at the rear of Hudson House (corner of Wellington and Charles Streets) and would appreciate help from new volunteers (no experience needed). If you can attend, or would like to help with the Plant Stall on Fair Day, please email Vanessa Solomon. We’d also love to hear from you if you can contribute plants (including seedlings) to the stall.
Year 3 ‘Move and Groove’ – with Yoga and African Dance
Join us for our main Year 3 social and community building event, especially created for the Year 3 boys and their parents. An afternoon to connect, experience and have fun through yoga and African dance in a relaxed, playful and creative way.
Please join us at the annual Year 7 Family Gathering at the Bulleen Playing Fields
Date: Sunday 21 October
Location: Hudson Oval, Marles Playing Fields, Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Please click here for any queries
Save the date! The Year 10 Parents are having drinks on Saturday 27 October, 7.00pm at the Kew RSL. More detail and booking information to come.
Join Year 12 parents to celebrate the end of a very big year
Date: Saturday 24 November
Cost: $40.00 per person will include generous finger food, beer and soft drinks. BYO wine.