Edition 2, Term 1 2020
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Having been lucky enough to have travelled a fair bit in my younger years, I formed a habit of rating the European capital cities that I visited by their ‘walkability’. London, Venice and Barcelona are great walking cities, by my scale, as the streets seem to be loaded up with treasures around every corner.
My early weeks at Trinity have evoked a similar sense. As someone new to the community, I have been struck by the ‘walkability’ of the School, both in its physical setting and in my human interactions. It has been great to move around the halls, ovals and classrooms, and be greeted so warmly by staff and students going about their daily business. The School has lots of its own treasures in the form of some terrific facilities, but more profound for me has been the warm spirit that clearly exists between the children and adults that come here each day.
These few weeks have been busy, of course, and I have been pleased to attend several assemblies, information nights and sporting events at which our community has been represented. Meeting parents has been a joy, too, and I have enjoyed making new connections and renewing previous ones.
Perhaps my most enjoyable event to attend, though, was Junior School Assembly. In the capable hands of Mr Drake’s Year 3 class, we enjoyed listening to a story with a moral, and were hosted by some impressive students at the microphone.
I was particularly taken with Wes Collins’ speech. Our new Junior School Captain spoke with great assurance and wisdom beyond his years when he applauded ‘our Australian community for standing up and fighting for our land, environment and homes.’ He referenced our Trinity response to the bushfires better than I can, so in his words:
I am sure that everyone in this room has been touched in some way by the devastating bushfires, and I know all of us have made personal contributions in some way. As a Trinity community I know how lucky we are to go to this amazing school so I would like to encourage everyone in this room to support the upcoming Trinity bushfire campaign on Sunday 16 February.
At the start of this year with the bushfires impacting on so many and the very unfortunate implications of the novel coronavirus, we have had a disrupted start. It is most impressive, therefore, that the disruption has been met with a calm, purposeful response that has put our boys at the centre of our thinking and actions. I am grateful for everyone’s forbearance and for the welcome that this most walkable school has afforded those of us who are new.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Welcome to the 2020 school year. A very special welcome also to all of our new families who have joined the Trinity Junior School community this year.
On Thursday in Week 1, we held our first Junior School assembly for the year in which we spoke to the boys about the behaviours expected of a Trinity student. We talked about care and compassion, and doing your best. We also spoke about some of our Trinity values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, tolerance and inclusion.
Our key message for this assembly was the power of relationships with people that are different to us. Finding others who enjoy the same things you do can make us feel good, and really comfortable. Sometimes though, it can be even more amazing when you take the time to get to know someone who is different to you. Everyone brings something different of value to our school. Embracing diversity makes us stronger, smarter and more tolerant as a society.
New students to our Junior School will be facing up to the exciting, and perhaps somewhat daunting, adventure of making new friends. There are new places, faces and routines with which to become familiar. Rest assured, our existing Trinity students will do their best to make the new boys feel welcome and supported.
I enjoyed seeing everyone as I made my way around to all classrooms last week. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead.
House Cocurricular Captains and Leaders’ Induction Ceremony
The 16 School Leaders for 2020 were announced at the 2019 Junior School Presentation Night, and our 84 cocurricular leaders were elected last week with the process as follows:
- Friday 31 January – Nominations were called for the 21 leadership positions for each House. Boys ranked their preferences for the 21 leadership positions.
- Monday 3 February – Cocurricular Leader Election Day where nominees presented to other members of their House. Students in Years 4-6, and staff voted on the nominees for their House.
- Friday 14 February – Cocurricular Leaders’ Induction ceremony will be held in the South Room.
All Year 6 parents have been invited to attend the induction ceremony, and it would be appreciated if you could confirm your attendance to the Junior School Office by Wednesday 12 February.
Many boys will be looking forward to being a successful candidate for these additional leadership opportunities. Our dedicated Junior School staff will continue to work with all boys to further develop their leadership skills in Year 6.
Head of Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Century of Centuries
Many years ago, the Trumble family donated a cricket bat to the School to acknowledge every boy who makes a century for the Trinity First XI. Last Saturday, Henry Brown (Year 12) scored 104 against PEGS. Although the game was eventually washed out, Henry managed to score his hundred before the rain set in. Henry’s is the hundredth century in the School’s history, and his second this year, having already scored 100 runs in our annual match against Trinity Sydney. Well done Henry.
Late last week, the traffic light sequence at the intersection of Charles and Wellington Streets was changed to allow pedestrians to walk North-South or East-West at the same time. Pedestrians may now walk diagonally across this intersection, saving time at the crossing. We ask that parents driving in the area familiarise themselves with the new light sequence, and boys have been asked to be vigilant of motorists who may be unaware of the changes at the crossing.
Study nights have commenced for Year 11 and Year 12 boys. On designated nights the boys can remain at School, order a meal from the cafeteria (6.00pm) and continue their study in the Tudor Centre from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Often between 30 and 75 boys attend these Study Nights which are voluntarily supervised by teachers. The senior boys have already been contacted regarding these opportunities.
House Tug of War
The annual Year 7 House Tug of War was held in the McIntyre Sports Centre last week, with all eight Houses eager to demonstrate their strength. After the eliminations, the final was between Merritt and Hindley. Well done to all the boys who participated in this fun introduction to House life. The next major House event is House Swimming on Monday 17 February.
Gap Student Accommodation
We have a gap student from the UK arriving in early/mid July for 2020/21. She will be assisting our PE staff, particularly in the Junior School. We are looking for a family (or two) to help with accommodation for Ellie for six months to a year. Over the years, many families have enjoyed having gap students living in their home. The School provides an allowance for board and a small salary for the gap student. If you are interested, please contact Rohan Brown or Ebru Celik on 9851 9404.
You can view the latest edition of the Careers Newsletter by clicking here.
Any students interested in learning a musical instrument should complete an application form. Please click here to download the form. Once completed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver the hard copy to the Music Office.
Free Theory Classes or AMEB/VCE Aural Classes and General Knowledge
Mr Siegfried Franke will run the free classes for all interested students as below:
- Wednesdays, Day 3: Theory in CY3
- Wednesdays, Day 8: AMEB/VCE Aura and General Knowledge in CY3
These classes run from 7.25am – 7.55am
Afternoon Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in Afternoon Music Recitals. Term 1 Recitals will be held on Thursday 27 February (Week 5) and Tuesday 17 March (Week 8) 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 contact Mrs Therese McCoppin to register their interest.
Trinity Friends of Music Meeting
The first Trinity Friends of Music (TFOM) meeting will be held on Thursday 13 February at 7.00pm in Room CY1 of the Music Department, Centre for the Arts. The aim of this parent group is to promote Music activities throughout the School and in the wider community, and to support our Trinity musicians in their endeavours during the year. Existing and new members all welcome!
Senior Music Camp
The Senior School Music Camp will be held over the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February at the Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts. Senior Strings and Symphonic Wind will rehearse from 1.00pm to 6.30pm on Saturday. Symphony Orchestra will rehearse from 9.00am to 2.30pm on Sunday. Further details are on Trinity Connect.
2020 Ruyton/TGS Musical – Strictly Ballroom
Boys are invited to a song learning session at Ruyton with Ms Liz O’Hanlon at lunchtime on Friday 14 February. TGS students (Years 9-12) are welcome to attend this session, but must inform their Head of Year if they wish to attend.
A very warm welcome to the new school year. I hope that the holidays were a 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 about starting out (or even starting back) this year, I hope you might be encouraged by these 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 2020 will be a year in which you shine in whatever you do!
Prayer and Pastries is back again this year!
Parents, students and staff meet together 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 and third Tuesday of the month we also share in Holy Communion. All are welcome, and breakfast is provided. We’d love to have you join us.
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
On behalf of the Community Relations Office I would like to extend a big welcome to all of our families. This year, we are very excited to assist with and support the many Trinity events and fundraising activities which take place throughout the year. We look forward to working with you, and, each fortnight our Trinity News section will keep you informed of upcoming events, and provide information about how you can assist by volunteering to support the various parent sub-committee groups.
Dawn to Dusk Bushfire Appeal
This summer’s bushfires have created a challenging time for many in the broader community. There has been a remarkable response to the devastation, and amidst the gloom, it has been inspiring to witness the efforts of so many to help. We are also keen to assist.
Trinity students and families will have the chance to contribute as 2020 School Captain, Jack Stewart, is heading up an initiative with other student leaders to raise money and awareness for bushfire relief. There is a whole-school fundraising event planned for Sunday 16 February, which will entail a 12-hour treadmill and bike challenge. Students, staff, parents and old boys will be running and riding from 7.00am to 7.00pm to hopefully reach our goal of $75,000 to support Wildlife Victoria and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
You can make a donation by clicking here.
All donations $2.00 and over are fully tax deductible. Thank you for your support in this time of crisis.
Class Representatives 2020
Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to be a Class Representative in 2020. Many of you are continuing – some of you have been Reps for several years! – and others are joining for the first time. To everyone, thank you. Class Reps form a vital part of the work to support the boys and school, and our aim is that the role is enjoyable also. We still have a few gaps over the year levels. Should you wish to become involved or would like to find out more, please contact Bonnie Brown or Felicity Quilty at email@example.com.
An invitation to James Shone ‘I CAN AND I AM’ on Thursday 27 February at 7.00pm
James is a motivational speaker from the UK, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour that changed his life. A family man and a young Headmaster, he has had to redirect his career, and his story will inspire parents and boys alike. To find out more about James, please click here. Look out for a Connect message within the week to confirm your attendance.
Trinity Shop – Volunteers required!
If you can spare a few hours each term, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Swap Shop in Semester One.
Please contact Bonnie Brown in Hudson House to register your interest.
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Community Relations Calendar
Tuesday 11 February, 7.00pm
Principal’s Commissioning, St Paul’s Cathedral
Tuesday 18 February, 7.00pm
Parents’ Association Meeting, Dining Room, Hudson House
Thursday 20 February, 11.45am for 12.00pm start
Senior School Class Representatives Meeting, East Room, Crawley Centre for the Arts
Tuesday 25 February, 8.15am for 8.30am start
Junior School Class Representatives Meeting, Dining Room, Hudson House
Monday 2 March, 8.15am
Year 5 Parents Morning Tea, Front Garden, Hudson House
Saturday 23 May