Edition 2, Term 1 2021
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From the Principal
I suspect that most of us have heard the assertion, and even used the provocation, that ‘we can put a man on the moon, but we can’t…’ when trying to simplify complex matters into bite sized points to emphasise a claim. The last thirteen months have tested us all in this way, as we have wondered at our lifestyle, schooling and work practices being reduced to milder reflections of their usual manner. The lament that we should surely be able to maintain a sense of ‘normal’ has been a common expression of late. All that despite the fact that progress continues in spite of the issues at hand. After all, at what point in our history would it have been normal for us to expect our scientists to fly helicopters on Mars as they are about to attempt?
Last week’s return to Distance Learning and the broad cancellation of anticipated events challenged us again, and it would not be unreasonable for us to have feared a longer, more confronting confinement than we experienced. Happily, a 2021 style of “business as usual” has prevailed and we can look positively towards the future. It has meant that, within days, we have resumed school, sport, Outdoor Education, spectating, performance and much more.
What we know from last year and were reminded of in recent days, is that peer and staff connection for our students is prominent amongst their primary needs. This has become more obvious to them and us through COVID’s ravages in Melbourne. Watching their connection firsthand over the last week or so has been a great privilege; one that for me has included classrooms, swimming, Saturday sport, the café, online, on the oval and on the corner where I enjoy being amongst the morning and afternoon comings and goings. Despite the challenges, our busyness and emphasis on human interaction is not in question.
Life is moving on and we are adjusting to the new parameters of life in Melbourne. I hope that the fortunate Year 8 campers in Gippsland this week, as they cruise on their yachts or paddle their sea kayaks or hike their way through the bush, might look up and enjoy the brilliance of the stars above. In this paradigm, they might pause to think of their privilege to be together, and their privilege to be able to do such interesting things at such interesting times.
They might also look about and seek out Mars’ glow. While they are in Gippsland, we will almost certainly have an event that NASA believes rivals the Wright Brothers’ iconic accomplishment in achieving flight. The people of NASA are attempting to fly the helicopter ‘Ingenuity’ on Mars. Our young people deserve a sense that despite the difficulties around them and living through the complexity of the last thirteen months, life also ‘goes on’ and is full of possibility. Indeed, at this point in history perhaps it will soon be our new normal to lament that ‘we can fly a helicopter on Mars, but we can’t…’.
From the ELC
At the ELC, the start of the year is an important time for our children to develop their sense of belonging in our space. Remaining onsite over the past week has allowed our community to continue to build connections and friendships.
This week, during our time outside one afternoon, a group of children discovered a hidden, very tiny tomato growing in our vegetable garden.
‘Look! Look! Look!’ was repeated with great excitement.
‘How can we make it grow? What can we do? Where did it come from? Is it ready to eat?’
After a lengthy discussion, the children decided that the very tiny tomato may need more sun to grow and change colour. We carefully cut back the tree above it, to let some more sunlight in.
‘The tomatoes at my house are growing up a stick, why are these all on the dirt?’ one child wondered. We discussed how we could make this change and sourced the needed materials. After multiple attempts, the children finally found success using wooden stakes and zip ties to hold the plant upright.
The children are now watching our very tiny tomato each day, noting the changes, watering it and talking to it: ‘Grow little tomato, grow.’
As educators, we have observed this interaction with the natural world and noted its correlation to the current journey we are on with our students and their inquiry learning program. Observing, spending time, caring and nurturing each child, developing their sense of agency, creating structure and a sense of belonging in their space here at the ELC is important for them to grow and develop. We look forward to watching our children grow just like our very tiny tomato.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
From the Junior School
Unfortunately, on Friday 12 February we were swiftly moved into Distance Learning 3.0. Once staff had gathered to form how we would disseminate all plans for this period, announcements were then made to the boys. They were asked to take home devices and chargers, get computer bags from the ICT department, scan QR codes to access Seesaw learning tasks and bookmark MyTGS links for their year level, just to name a few of the preparations they made. This was all achieved in spectacular fashion; it was an admirable achievement and something we should all be proud of. Upon reflection, it was clear how incredible our whole community is at ‘pivoting’ and adapting in a matter of minutes.
Staff also managed to create authentic, meaningful and engaging learning tasks over the weekend, in preparation for Monday 15 February. These had an International Mindedness theme related to the International Baccalaureate. This was another opportunity to show our community how important it is to live the attributes of the PYP Learner Profile. Attributes such as being open-minded, reflective and knowledgeable came to the fore during our quick shift to Distance Learning.
On Wednesday 10 February, Jack Stewart, Trinity’s School Captain in 2020, came in to speak to the Year 6 students about leadership. It was a wonderful presentation and the boys gathered some excellent leadership knowledge. Some key points were to spend time with your people, get involved, and improve cohesion. He also left us with an inspiring quote we hope the boys remember and implement in the years ahead: ‘Everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone.’ (John C. Maxwell).
Please click on this link to find out more about the PYP inquiry approach that we use in the ELC and in the Junior School.
Primary Years Coordinator (PYPC)
Junior School House Swimming Sports 2021
Our first major sports carnival for the year was held in the Trinity School Pool on Friday 19 February – the Year 3 to 6 House Swimming Sports. In unusual circumstances – like the Australian Open no spectators (in our case, parents, siblings and friends) could attend this event – the spirit and atmosphere, and even the decorating of the House bays, was electric, adding to the excitement.
Throughout the entire day, Houses chanted and cheered as their teammates competed in events covering all the major strokes. After lunch, the team events highlighted boogie board paddling skills and freestyle relay races. As the temperature rose so did the excitement and encouragement shown by everyone. Special thanks to the Junior School staff for their assistance, and to the Educational Support Staff for preparing the pool and setting up the marquees, and, of course, to the boys who were all simply wonderful in the way they embraced the entire day.
Individual Age Champions
1st Evan Ngiam, 2nd David Wang, 3rd Sam Bingham
1st Thomas Lin, 2nd Kameron Chen, 3rd Jeremy Higgins
1st Harvey Li, 2nd Marco French, 3rd Bill Wang
1st Sidney Johns, 2nd Philip Liu, 3rd Christopher Vildovas
2021 Overall Swimming Champion
House Spirit Winners
2021 House Swimming Cup Champions
1st Henderson, 2nd Inglis, 3rd Friend, 4th Summers
Director of Junior School Sport and Co-Curricular Activities
Senior School News
Welcome back (again) to all students
After being back on campus for two weeks, it seems strange to be welcoming our students back to school again. Even though we have become proficient in being able to adapt to online learning and teaching, it was very satisfying to welcome everyone back after our short ‘break’.
We have a new date, a new venue and a new format.
On Wednesday 3 March, our annual House Swimming Carnival will be held at Boroondara Sports Complex on Belmore Road, North Balwyn.
A summary of the day’s events can be found below. Students will be taken by private bus to and from the venue.
Years 10, 11 and 12
- Timetabled classes Period 1 (students to leave class at 8.50am)
- House Swimming Carnival for Periods 2, 3 and 4.
- Students return to school by approximately 12.30pm
- Timetabled classes for Periods 5 and 6.
Years 7, 8 and 9
- Timetabled classes for Periods 1, 2 and 3.
- House Swimming Carnival Periods 4, 5 and 6.
- Students return to school by approximately 3.30pm
Year 7 and Year 10 – Thursday 25 February
New child safety standards restrict the immunisation nurses from assisting with unbuttoning student shirts to uncover their upper arm. Boys should wear their summer uniform or bring their House tops to change into before their immunisation.
Year 7 Transition Interviews
These will be via Teams on Wednesday 25 February between 1.00pm and 5.00pm
Collecting Students at the end of the day
We have received a few complaints from residents about our parents not being as considerate as they could be when collecting their sons. In particular, the comments come from Gordon Avenue and Wellington Street.
Please be mindful of our neighbours by not double parking, not parking over driveways and not encouraging the boys to cross roads when it is unsafe. We realise that there are more boys being collected than usual and last Friday was hot and muggy, and, of course, a challenging day. We ask drivers and boys to remain patient and understanding of others.
Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School
Our aim is for Trinity students to be savvy users of technology. We want them to be creators of content rather than just consumers. We work with them to help them understand the pitfalls of online communication and to successfully navigate the nuances of the online world. We discuss with them the part that they play in shaping the digital landscape and help to make them aware of their responsibilities in the online world as much as in the real world.
Trinity’s Technology Acceptable Use Agreement and its accompanying guidelines deliberately emphasise the user’s responsibility when using all types of technology. We are also acutely aware of our duty as a school to prevent students accessing the darkest corners of the internet. After some recent technological developments, we are now able to take steps to extend the reach of our safety net to block at the device level and not just at the school’s firewall. What does this mean in practice? That boys are protected on their school laptop computer from accessing adult websites at home as well as at school.
I should point out that this technology works through the school’s Windows deployment, and therefore only on the school’s current laptop computer, not on any other devices, and not on previous school laptop computers (e.g. for boys in Year 10 and above who may have an older school computer still in use at home). There is some further advice about technology use at home here. We hope that this new development will help to keep our students safe online at home as well as at school.
Director of Innovative Learning
2020 Year 9 Production Viewing – Stories in the Dark
Below is a message from the Ruyton Drama Department:
Unable to perform the Year 9 Stories in the Dark production live in 2020, we are delighted to now invite our school community to view this marvellous performance online.
Head of Drama
Year 8A and 8B Outdoor Education Program
The students in 8A and 8B enjoyed their Outdoor Education experience last week on the Gippsland Lakes. This is a wonderful new venue for the Trinity boys as they sail, sea kayak and bushwalk on a five-day journey between the Banksia Peninsula and Metung on Lakes Victoria and King. This journey offers a delightful immersion in a costal environment and students experience ocean views, sandy dune systems, inland estuaries, and lakes. With this comes an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins gliding in front of the sailing yachts. Our Year 11 Leaders helped guide and support the Year 8 boys, while also developing strong friendships and cross-age connections. Throughout the program, the boys learned about themselves, their group and the environment. The Outdoor Education program provided an invaluable experience for engagement with the natural world and in building social connections through living and working with a group in a communal situation. We look forward to seeing all the Year 8 Form Groups in action over the rest of Term 1. Click here to view the photos.
We are happy to advise that the rescheduled camps for 8C and 8D will take place from 22 March to 27 March.
Director of Outdoor Education
Instrumental Music Lessons
Any students interested in learning a musical instrument should complete an application form. Please click here to download the form. Once completed, please email email@example.com or deliver the hard copy to the Music Office.
Upcoming Term 1 String Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in Term 1 String Recitals to be held on Tuesday 9 March and Tuesday 23 March. Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students at the recitals and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should contact Therese McCoppin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Kew – Choir Scholarships
Positions available now for all voices.
Trinity students are invited to join!
10-20% scholarship towards school fees, music training,
making new friends, confidence building, self-discipline,
teamwork and just having fun are some of the reasons
for joining Holy Trinity Choir.
Boys perform Sundays at 10.00am during the service, rehearsal at 9.00am and finish at 12.00pm.
All enquiries are most welcome. Contact the Director of Music, Stephen Kerr:
email@example.com Mobile: 0422 524 574
Click here for more information.
Beginning of Lent
The following reflection and prayer are sourced from Tea Fund Australia as part of their Lent series (please see the link below for more resources). They are written by Pastor Don Hayward, a Noongar man and Pastor of the Aboriginal Berean Community Church in Adelaide.
I pray and hope it is of some use to you at the start of this Lent season.
Reflection: Adam was created from the dust. When he was formed, God breathed life into him. So I’ve always believed that for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people there was something important about returning to the land, connecting to the soil, the dust. A lot of Non-Aboriginal people that I’ve talked to know this connection, they may not see it the same way we see it as Aboriginal people, yet when they go to the sea or they go to a lake or the hills, there’s something spiritual that they sense as well.
There is a peace or calmness about the land and the way that it makes us feel. Just listening to the birds and things you don’t normally hear… There’s something about the land that I don’t think it’s just important for us as Aboriginal people. I think it’s important for everyone. We’ve got to look after the land. For me personally, the best thing I can do as a sabbath practice is to get out of the city. When I go to the ocean and I sit somewhere, that’s where I could be at home.
Loving God give us the presence of mind to return to you and your origin story of this universe that you created, far more often than we are prone to do.
As we hold in our bodies and our minds the concerns and anxieties of a broken world and our own broken lives, may we be reminded of your peace and goodness towards us.
And as we encounter your power and presence daily in our lives may we not bottle it for ourselves alone, but spread forth amongst the communities we live in and the nations of this world.
For yours is the Kingdom, the glory and the power for ever. Amen
Please visit the website for more Lent resources from Tear.
Rev’d James Hale
Assistant Chaplain, Head of Religious Education
The last two weeks have seen some challenges for us all and I hope that you have been able to fall back into a sense of routine again after the snap lockdown. It was unfortunate that we had to cancel the Parent Welcome Evening, however, the interest in this event was tremendous and we are very excited to announce that we have been able to reschedule to Wednesday 3 March at 6.30pm. Please secure your ticket here.
Having said that, it is with regret that the decision has been made to postpone the 2021 Green and Gold Ball scheduled for Saturday 22 May. Current COVID-19 density restrictions mean that the Ball would not have been the inclusive community event we aim for, whilst also seeing the required ticket price increase significantly, and, we believe, prohibitively so. Efforts are already underway to return the event in 2022 and for it to be a showcase event of the year. We look forward to bringing you updates in the coming months.
Our sincere thanks to Jodie Preiss (Ball Convenor) and her Committee for their extraordinary work behind the scenes over the past two years during these challenging times.
You may have noticed some movement on the corner of Wellington and Charles streets as the Community Engagement Team has moved from Hudson House to the other side of the road. This newly renovated space now houses Development and Marketing and will be the touch point for our wonderful parent and OTG volunteer groups.
It has been great to have our 2021 Class Reps officially on board. I extend my sincere thanks to you all for giving your time to help connect and engage with our families this year.
Finally, I am very grateful to the community for the continuous warm welcome I have received, as I meet the many dedicated volunteers involved in the life of Trinity.
Director of Community Engagement
Year 3 Parent Dinner
Date: Saturday 27 February
Venue: Ichi Ni Nana, 127 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Price: Set Menu at $80pp
Year 5 Parents’ Breakfast
Date: Monday 1 March
Venue: Cru, Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Price: $28.50 pp. Includes Breakfast, juice, hot drink.
Book online by 23 February
2021 International Women’s Day Choose to Challenge Evening
Date: Monday 8 March
Venue: Crudo Warehouse, located at the rear of Cru, 916 Glenferrie Rd, Kew
Price: $52 including canapes and drink on arrival (choice of Prosecco, wine or soft drink)
Parents’ Association AGM
Date: Tuesday 23 March (please note change of date)
Venue: Arnold Hall, followed by a post-meeting event in the Cafeteria
Wednesday 24 February
Trinity-Ruyton Musical Auditions, 3.30pm
2015 OTG Reunion 6.30pm
Year 5 Camp Information Evening, 7.00pm, Online
Thursday 25 February
Year 7 & 10 Immunisations
Senior School Assembly, 8.15am
Year 7 Transition Interviews with Form Teachers, 1.00pm
Form Teachers, 1.00pm
Trinity Shop 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday 26 February
Prep-Year 2 Swimming Display
Year 8E & 8F Gippsland Lakes Camp concludes 5.30pm
Saturday 27 February
Victorian Rowing State Championships, Ballarat
Monday 1 March
Year 8G & 8H Gippsland Lakes Camp commences, 8.30am
Year 5 Portsea Camp commences, 9.00am
Tuesday 2 March
Trinity-Ruyton Musical Callbacks
Wednesday 3 March
Senior School House Swimming, Boroondara Sports Complex
Year 5 Portsea Camp concludes 3.15pm
Thursday 4 March
HPAF Long Rehearsal (Cowen, Hindley, Roberts, Kent Hughes), 3.30pm
AGSV Boys’ Summer Representative Teams Selection, 4.00pm
Resilience Project Parent Information Session, 7.00pm, Online
Friday 5 March
AGSV Final Swimming Trials conclude
JS SSV Divisional Swimming Carnival, Oakleigh
Rowing Camp commences
House Assembly, 8.15pm
Boarders Exeat, 3.30pm
Year 8G & 8H Gippsland Lakes Camp concludes, 5.30pm
Monday 8 March
Rowing Camp concludes
Boarders return, 5.00pm
Tuesday 9 March
HPAF Long Rehearsal (Arnold, Henty, Merritt and Sutton Houses), 3.30pm