Edition 2, Term 1 – 2019
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It’s important to have a fast, well-prepared kick-start to our school year, and even though we are only four weeks in, there has already been so much happening.
As our students begin to acclimatise to their new routines, at school and at home, Parent Information Evenings have featured in our calendars. The partnership between students, teachers and parents is an incredibly important element of a successful school community. We thank our parents for taking the time to attend, and our staff for bringing them to life.
The Junior School recently inducted a further 84 Year 6 students into cocurricular leadership positions. Just as our young men in Year 12 take on the mantle of leadership in the Senior School, our Year 6 students settle into their new roles and responsibilities also.
The Junior School playground is close to completion and community feedback around the look and feel of the space has been excellent. The boys are very excited about the prospect of exploring the equipment and the new oval. We look forward to the freshly planted jacaranda trees finding their place in their new environment and providing us with a burst of flowering colour in spring.
Recently, our staff attended a professional development experience called the Resilience Project. As we provide these learning opportunities for our teaching staff, we are also empowering them to role-model and incorporate new practices into their classrooms. Everyone benefits when a culture supports a growth mindset. There are four principles taught through the program:
- Empathy (more specifically compassion)
- Emotional Literacy
We also opened up the presentation to our parent community. There was laughter, tears and hugs, and we are grateful for this opportunity to connect and to understand issues that affect our young people.
It’s the season for swimming, and whilst the Junior School enjoys the competition and participation of ‘friendly’ meets on Saturdays with other AGSV schools in the area, the Senior School recently hosted the annual House Swimming Carnival at MSAC. It’s wonderful to be at these events to feel the positive energy and see the boys join in the spirited vibe of the racing and the good-natured rivalry between Houses and school sections. It’s also fantastic to see our students outside of the classroom enjoying activities that are good for their bodies and their minds.
Thales was an ancient Greek philosopher who is recognised as one of the first to establish a major break from using mythology to explain the universe; instead he looked to science. He once said: ‘The happy man is the one who has a healthy body, a wealthy soul and a well-educated nature.’ A musing from the 6th Century BC that is just as relevant and compelling in today’s fast-paced, digital world.
Have great week everyone.
Head of the Junior School
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Over the past two weeks, our Junior School students have had many opportunities to exemplify what is to be a Trinity boy through our school values and learner profile attributes.
Our Year 6 students celebrated the Captains’ Induction and were surrounded by their peers and parents. These boys will lead the Junior School as principled, caring and reflective individuals who strive to create a positive environment for their peers.
All boys in Years 3 to 6 participated in the House Swimming Carnival on Friday 22 February. Many students demonstrated they were risk-takers by competing for the first time in the event and attempting a difficult stroke such as butterfly.
At our class assemblies for the year, students have shared their knowledge and thinking about their units of inquiry with our Junior School community through stories, music, videos and other creative expressions.
Throughout their Primary Years Programme (PYP) journey, our students will continue to develop, demonstrate, value, appreciate and celebrate these attributes in all that they do inside and outside of the classroom.
Deputy Head of Innovation and School Excellence
Melbourne International Youth Music Competition
Congratulations to Scot Fan in Year 5 for all of his wonderful music achievements.
- Second prize in the Violin 9 – 10 Year Olds category at the 4th Melbourne International Youth Music Festival last year.
- Second prize in the Violin 9 – 11 Year Olds category and the Altes Rathaus award at the Vienna Virtuoso Festival Internal Music Competition last year.
- High distinction at his AMEB Violin Certificate of Performance examination, and honours in his AMEB Grade 4 Theory exam.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Year 7 Induction
All Year 7 boys were inducted into the Senior School last Thursday. Each boy was presented with his Certificate of Induction by the Headmaster at St Paul’s Cathedral. After the service, we heard from the School Captain, Harris Mastras, and from Matea Milisavljevic in Year 7. Well done to all the Year 7 boys on a great start to their Senior School journey.
International Student Dinner
For almost 80 years, Trinity has been welcoming international students to the School, in most cases to complete their secondary education before going to university. Most of these boys come to Trinity in Year 10 or Year 11.
Generally, our international students live with a Homestay family or join the Boarding House. They leave their ownfamily behind and develop new friendships and a new way of life in Australia. All of the international students from Trinity, and some of the international girls from Ruyton enjoyed dinner with the Headmaster and other staff last Friday night. The students are thoroughly enjoying their studies at Trinity.
Walk for Women
The annual Walk for Women is being held after School on Friday 1 March 2019. The Walk takes place at the Botanical Gardens, and a bus will take Trinity boys to join students from many of the other independent schools in the Eastern Suburbs who are walking. Cost is $10.00. The bus will leave School at 3.30pm and return to Trinity by 6.00pm.
Run for Kids
On Sunday 7 April, the Royal Children’s Hospital Run for the Kids is being held. Trinity first entered a team in 2012 in memory of Linus Couper, who passed away in 2011. Each year we have had a large contingent of Green and Gold on the starting line. Hopefully we can again. Please save the date! More details will follow – boys and families most welcome.
Jordan Yang (Year 8) has been selected in the Victorian Badminton team to play in the U17 Australian Badminton Championships in Adelaide in April.
The Senior School House Swimming Carnival was held last Tuesday at MSAC. Almost 800 boys swam in either the Legends or Champions pool. It was a terrific day with Henty winning the House Spirit competition, and Kent Hughes taking out the swimming trophy. Well done boys and House staff.
- Kent Hughes – 575
- Hindley – 547
- Merrit – 523
- Arnold – 512
- Sutton – 487
- Cowen – 485
- Henty – 468
- Roberts – 458
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Music Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals
Senior Music Camp
Many thanks to the members of Symphony Orchestra, Senior Strings and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, their instrumental tutors, and guest conductors, who worked hard at the Music Camp over the weekend.
Congratulations to Alexander Chieng who performed a violin solo at the Year 7 Induction Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 21 February.
Free Theory Classes/AMEB Aural/General Knowledge and VCE Aural Classes
Mr Siegfried Franke will run 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 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.
Riverdale Country School Tour
Ruyton Girls’ School will host the Riverdale Country School (USA) Music Tour from Sunday 24 March to Thursday 28 March 2019. The Riverdale Country School alumni includes John F Kennedy, who spent two years at the School. The tour group will comprise of seven girls, ten boys and four staff.
Trinity has been invited to billet the ten boys, and to participate in combined Jazz and String workshops/performances (Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March).
We seek Trinity families who would be prepared to billet one or more boys for this period of time.
Parents would be required to:
- Meet their billet at Ruyton on Sunday 24 March at 7.30pm
- Ensure they arrive at Ruyton each morning
- Return the boys to Ruyton at 5.00am on Thursday 28 March
Please email Trinity’s Director of Music, Michelle Stanic if you can assist.
One of the great things about teaching Religious Education at Trinity is the range of interesting questions the boys ask. Some of the very sensible and understandable questions have included: ‘Why can’t I see God?’ ‘Is Jesus real?’, and ‘If I prayed for God to take all the drugs out of the world, why wouldn’t He do it?’ Whenever we ask questions about anything, we are showing our interest in making sense of the world and I love that the boys are thinking about such big ideas. ‘Are God and Jesus the same person?’ was another question from last week. All very big questions! My answer to the last one went something like this: in the same way that a candle flame emits both light and heat, yet is still the same thing, so too are God the Father and God the Son the same, yet different.
For St Augustine, the faithful life was about ‘inquiry into God’ which is ‘an infinite undertaking in community with others.’
We may not have ‘infinite’ time in RE, but these important questions are always welcome and are an important part of our journey towards God.
Junior School Chaplain
TGS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Arnold Hall, CBSE Tuesday 19 March 2019, 7.00pm
Interested in joining the Parents’ Association Committee?
One of the orders of business of the AGM is to elect the Officers of the Association and the Members of the Committee. This is not the same as being a Member of the Parents’ Association. Every parent/legal guardian of a Trinity student is automatically a Member unless they elect to opt-out.
Nominations of candidates for election as an Officer or as a Member the Committee should be made in writing, signed by two Committee Members and by the candidate accepting the nomination. The Secretary must receive nominations no less than seven days before the date fixed for the AGM. Nominations can be submitted using the Parents’ Association email address.
Parents’ Association Green and Gold Ball – Saturday 18 May
After the spectacular 2018 Ball, our amazing volunteer Ball convenors – Sarah Makris and Anna Wells Jansz – are putting together another great night for the Trinity Community. Please save the date! Invitations will be sent in the next few weeks to all parents.
Parents’ Association Oaks Day Lunch – Thursday 7 November
We are calling for volunteer convenors and general helpers to assist with the running of this event . To find out what is required, please click here to register your interest.
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 28 February: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Sushil Bedi
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Annette DalSasso, Louise Ross
Thursday 14 March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Jane King, Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Kate Jennings
Thank you to all of our parents who are taking the opportunity to sign up for Café duty. There are still many opportunities to assist so please consider helping out if you can.
Community Relations Calendar
Monday 4 March, 8.00 – 9.30am
Year 5 Parents’ Morning Tea – come and join Year 5 Parents in the garden of Hudson House immediately after Year 5 Camp Drop-Off.
Wednesday 6 March
Year 7 Parents’ Coffee – venue TBA
Sunday 17 March, 4.00pm
Year 7 Family Picnic at the Marles Playing Fields in Bulleen
This is a great opportunity to welcome the new parents and boys to the Trinity community and for all parents to meet and connect.
Friday 22 March
Year 12 Parents – Save the Date for Year 12 Parents Cocktail Evening
Friday 5 April
Trinity Grammar Rowing Presentation Dinner
Venue: Green Acres Golf Club, 51 Elm Grove, Kew East
Cost: $75.00 per adult, $45.00 per student
includes seated dinner, beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks
RSVP: 8.30am Friday 29 March, Enquiries: Violeta Capovska 0409 966 516