Edition 2, Term 3 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
The past week has been one of great diversity for me.
Last Wednesday morning I attended the Merritt House Breakfast and Chapel Service. The guest presenter was former AFL footballer, Simon Hogan. Drawing on personal experience, Simon spoke about mental illness and the need for people, and particularly young men, to seek help when in need. Simon is a fine man and his words of advice were well received.
On Wednesday evening I attended the Science Colloquium and, along with around 100 students, staff and parents, heard extremely informative and entertaining addresses by two eminent medical scientists: Dr Peter Barlis (a current Trinity parent) and Professor Alan Trounson. Both men are prominent leaders in their own fields and I’m sure they inspired many a boy and girl present to aspire to a career in the STEM domain.
On Friday I spent some time after school with 300 students from Trinity and other local schools at a White Ribbon event at our campus. It was yet another example of the social conscience our young people have and the enthusiasm they display in promoting and supporting worthwhile causes.
Saturday, of course, was a big day of sport at Bulleen, highlighted by two premiership games: soccer and Australian Rules Football. The soccer boys won a very high standard game against Marcellin 3 goals to 2; but the footballers went down in an absolute thriller to PEGS by 3 points. I was very proud of the way our boys fought out both games and the spirit in which they played. However, the most impressive thing I took away was the way our two captains spoke after their respective games.
In accepting the premiership cup, soccer captain Dominic Cataldo was both gracious and humble. He thanked all the relevant people and with obvious sincerity congratulated the opposition on their season and in the manner they played the Grand Final. What a delight it was to witness his humility, a trait so often missing in sport and other aspects in life when winners make post-event addresses.
In making his post-match public comments, football captain Ben Curtain was the epitome of dignity. Fighting back tears, he congratulated the opposition, thanked the umpires, supporters, groundsmen and coaches, and expressed his admiration for his teammates. And all this with his head held high and making eye contact with the large gathering.
If Dominic and Ben are typical of the type of young men Trinity is producing, and I believe they are, we must be doing a lot of things right at the School.
To wind up the week before this newsletter’s deadline, I was thrilled to be asked to read one of my favourite children’s novels, The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, to the Junior School Assembly on Monday afternoon. And whilst at the Assembly, I was able to have a bit of fun with the National Anthem. Junior School parents be warned, when you turn up to Assembly (and I hope many of you do), you may be caught up in a good old-fashioned singalong led by me!
In closing, thanks for all the feedback emails. Please keep them coming.
Phil De Young
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
‘It takes a village to raise a child’
– African Proverb
Educating a child requires a strong partnership between home and school. The Junior School held parent-teacher interviews on 24-25 July. Thank you to our parent community who engaged with our teachers and continued the dialogue about how to best support their children on their educational journey. If you were unable to attend or wish to speak with a teacher at any time throughout the school year, please contact them by email to arrange a time to meet.
Another way to continue to engage with your child’s learning experiences is to visit the year level blogs on MyTGSJunior at the end of every week to see what your child has been up to. Both classroom and specialist teachers regularly share photos and anecdotes about what is happening in the classrooms.
To access MyTGSJunior please click here
Please remember to use the personal email address you have provided the School as your user name, not your 6-digit Trinity ID number. Full instructions on how to login as a first time or returning user can be found in our Parent Guide.
Should you require any assistance, please contact our IT Help Centre on 9854 3697 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Head of Junior School (Innovation & School Excellence)
Mount Gambier Eisteddfod
In July, Jack Kingston (Year 4) attended the Mount Gambier Eisteddfod, where he was acknowledged as an accomplished public speaker. Jack delivered over 16 items including poetry recitations, mimes, a character recital, a Bible reading, a one-sided debate, effective reading and improvised items.
International Futsal Success
Congratulations to Year 5 student Benjamin Silva who represented Australia at the 2018 World Futsal Championships held in Orlando (USA) in July. Benjamin and his U12 Futsal Club team brought home bronze medals for finishing in third position.
German Poetry Competition
On Tuesday 31 July, eight Junior School boys attended the annual Association of German Teachers Victoria Poetry Competition. The event was a great success and our boys achieved some excellent results:
- Honourable Mention: Connor Strobl, Partick Keenan and Sam Shaw
- 2nd prize: Oskar Hauge
- 3rd prize: Alex Dobell
- Honourable Mention: Tom Ruljancich, Campbell Baddon and Hamish Brown
Congratulations to everyone involved. All of the Junior School boys learning German did a wonderful job reciting their poems off by heart.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
White Ribbon Foundation Fundraiser
Thank you to all the boys (and students from other schools) who attended the first White Ribbon Fundraiser last Friday. Almost 250 students, from Trinity and neighbouring schools, attended the event organised by Zac Sumarno and Jake Helder. The speeches by Jordie Race-Coldrey and Tess Stewart (Ruyton) were outstanding and we hope this will become an annual event.
AGSV Representative Teams
Congratulations to the following boys who will represent the AGSV against the APS this Saturday at Trinity / Marathon fields.
- FOOTBALL: Charlie Beasley, Ben Curtain, Jake Lefroy, Sam Mason, Henry Burke (Emergency), Alex Emery (Emergency), Ollie Scott (Emergency)
- HOCKEY: Joshua Bradbury (GK), Tom Carey, Matthew Hunter-Scott, Tom Carroll, Dillon Waldron-Clark (Emergency)
- SOCCER: Dominic Cataldo, Callum Deed, Johnny Apostolopoulos (Emergency)
- BASKETBALL: Spencer Barendregt (Emergency)
- CROSS COUNTRY: Tristan Day, Tom Sellwood, Joshua McLeod, Sam Port, David Greig, Issac Holberton, Will Lindsay, Thomas Denovan (Emergency) and Jie King (Emergency)
House Athletics Sports
The Senior School House Athletics Sports will be held on Saturday 18 August at Bill Sewart Athletics track Burwood. The event will start at 8.30am and conclude around 12.00pm. There is some undercover shelter and great viewing for spectators. This is not only a major House event, but also a chance to try out for selection in the AGSV team.
Hamish Jobling achieved a Bronze and Gold Medal at the National Karate Championship over the weekend.
Parent-Teacher Interviews – Years 7, 8 and 10
Parent-Teacher Interviews will be conducted for students in Years 7, 8 and 10 on Tuesday 28 August and Monday 3 September between 3.00pm and 9.00pm
Parents will receive, via Trinity Connect, details regarding the internet-based booking system and the PIN number that they require to make bookings. The system will be operational from 6.00pm on Sunday 19 August.
The link for the bookings can be found on Trinity Connect > My Sons > Relevant Links > Parent Teacher Booking or by clicking here.
Bloody Long Walk
As many of you may know, one of our great mates in Year 12, Hugh Blunt, has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease.
To support Blunty, and to raise much-needed funds for the Mito Foundation, a number of Year 12 students will be undertaking the Bloody Long Walk – walking35km from Yarra Bend Park to St Kilda Sea Baths on Sunday 26 August.
We would love for members of the Trinity community to support us as we raise funds to find a cure for Mitochondrial Disease.
If you would like to donate please click here and select the name of the person you would like to support. Try and encourage your family and friends to support the fundraising also!
Let’s reach our community fundraising goal of $10,000!
Year 12 student
German Poetry Competition 2018
Last week, eight Senior School boys were chosen to represent Trinity at the Association of German Teachers Victoria Poetry Competition. Congratulations to all of the boys on their excellent results:
- Year 9: Arthur Bradley (1st prize) and Max Yakubowski (2nd prize)
- Year 8: Jayden Spring, Cale Martin and Olek Beavis (1st prize)
- Year 7: James Salomone, Charlie Shaw (Honourable Mention) and Michael Fan (3rd prize)
Dr Josef Berger
Team of the Week
First XI Soccer
Saturday was a history-making day for Trinity Soccer, as the 2018 team secured the School’s second AGSV Premiership in front of an enormous crowd at Bulleen. The game was an epic display of school boy soccer delivering highs and lows for both teams. In the end, Trinity had the greater desire, determination and courage to take the game on, especially after being 0-1 down at half time. Special mentions must go to the goal scorers: Aidan Farqhuar, and a sensational double from Nikita Varelas who had dreamt of scoring two goals in the week leading up to the Grand Final. George Tzamouranis was once again a rock in front of goal as he has been all season, as were every one of our Year 12s Daniel Sekulovski, Lino Salzano, Josh Holt, Kosta Apostolopoulos, Cal Robertson, Callum Deed and, of course, our Captain, Dominic Cataldo. The future is bright for the team with half of its members in Year 10 or 11.
Team members: Dominic Cataldo, Callum Deed, Kosta Apostolopoulos, Johnny Apostolopoulos, Aidan Farquhar. Ngor Joseph, Chan Joseph, Nikita Varelas, Callum Robertson, Tasos Houndalas, Joshua Holt, George Tzamouranis, Dougal Konstantopoulos, Lino Salzano, Ben Slater
Coaches: Mike Moreira, Andrew Skoullos and Matt Rock
Teacher-in-Charge of Soccer
Term 3 Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in the upcoming recitals to be held on Thursday August 9 (Week 4), Tuesday 21 August (Week 6) and Thursday September 6 (Week 8) from 3.30pm – 4.00pm in Room CY4 of the Music Department. This is an excellent opportunity for students to refine their performance prior to VCE recitals or AMEB examinations. Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students at the recital and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should contact Therese McCoppin or email email@example.com to register their interest.
Congratulations to the members of the Junior School Piano Trio, Junior School Quartet, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Intermediate Percussion Ensemble, Clarion Ensemble, Burritt Percussion Ensemble, Awesome Oboes, Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Quintet, Bream Quartet, Brass Ensemble and the Piano and Wind Quartet who performed in the Chamber Soiree on Friday 3 August. It was a wonderful night of music enjoyed by all.
Year 7 excursion to Mamma Mia musical
This Wednesday, Year 7 students will attend a performance of Mamma Mia as part of the Year 7 music curriculum. Students will travel to and from the Princess Theatre by bus, departing the School at 12.00pm and returning at approximately 4.00pm.
Trinity Grammar School will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with a choral concert featuring a performance of the Chichester Psalms on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street, Melbourne.
The Chichester Psalms is a work in three movements for mixed choir, orchestra and boy soprano soloist, sung in Hebrew. Trinity is excited by the opportunity to perform this wonderfully joyous work, that was originally commissioned for the 1965 Chichester Festival. The Chichester Psalms will feature The Bernstein Choir, comprised of the Trinity Junior, Middle School and Senior Choirs, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, and members of the wider Trinity community, including parents, staff, Old Trinity Grammarians, and their families. The concert will also feature performances from each of the Trinity Grammar School choirs.
Tickets are $15 per adult and free for children up to the age of 18. They are available from Trybooking by clicking here
Victimhood and Diminished Responsibility
In the news this week there was a story about a violent ‘coward punch’ attack. The man responsible for the attack has pleaded diminished responsibility on the basis he was under the influence of alcohol and other substances. As a result he has been allowed to ‘walk free’.
Another story in the news this week details the events last year of a man who stepped into a vehicle and mowed down pedestrians on Flinders Street, killing one person and injuring at least a dozen others. The man’s lawyers are now claiming diminished responsibility on the basis of his mental health. The outcome of the trial is still pending.
Sadly, there are countless stories like this raising genuinely perplexing questions. At what point is a person no longer responsible for their actions? How is it possible to weigh up the consequences of violent crimes alongside diminished responsibility?
Arguably, any person responsible for a violent crime has a serious mental health issue or some other mitigating reason why they carried out their crime to begin with. Yet, surely there should be appropriate justice for the victims of these crimes. A simplistic approach won’t do since victims exist on both sides of the equation. Many of the perpetrators, themselves, have been subject to years of family violence and abuse – and prison time alone isn’t the solution. How can this destructive cycle be broken? Surely, part of the solution must involve preventative intervention, with governments and schools working together to implement programs designed to form positive and appropriate relationships from an early age. Corrective services should also include mandatory life skills and mental health programs to rehabilitate our worst offenders before they are released.
In the end the Scriptures reveal a far deeper problem endemic in all people. Rather than diminished responsibility, the Scriptures describe a shared, universal responsibility…
‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’
All of us have things in our lives we need to put right. Hence, all of us are in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness – restoring us to right relationship with himself and one another – through faith in Jesus.
Rev’d Geoff Everett
Assistant Chaplain and Head of Religious Education
Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed
Thank you to everyone who has assisted by filling the vacant spots in the Term 3 roster. There are still some spots left so please consider signing up by clicking here. Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm.
Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service. We next open on:
Thursday 16 August : 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Jane King, Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Monica Zhou, Yanxia Gu, Kate Jennings
Thursday 30 August : 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Fiona Griffith, Janice Bland
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Deborah Hunt, Diane Di Stefano
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.
Founders’ Day Fair
Plant Stall – can you help?
The Plant Stall will be holding a working bee between 2.30pm and 4.00pm on Thursday 23 August at the rear of Hudson House (corner of Wellington and Charles Streets). We’ll be potting up cuttings for the Trinity Fair – no experience or equipment necessary. Please drop in for any length of time to help us prepare for the fair in November. If you can attend or would like to hear about future Plant Stall activities please email Vanessa Solomon. We’d also love to hear from you if you can contribute cuttings or plants to the stall.
Fine Foods Request for Produce
Citrus season is in full swing and the Fine Foods group is requesting donations of cumquats please.
Please contact Emma Drake
Year 3 Parents Dinner
Come and join the Year 3 Parents for a relaxing dinner with a great menu, fine food and drinks.
Date: Saturday 11 August
Venue: Osteria 20 – 818 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $65.00 p.p.
RSVP: Please click here to book by Thursday 8 August.
Year 7 Father/Special Friend & Son Afternoon – Splatball
Date: Sunday 26 August
- Session 1: 3.45-545pm (FULLY BOOKED)
- Session 2: 5.00-7.00pm (PLEASE BOOK)
Venue: World Series Splatball, 9 Hamilton St, Oakleigh
Cost: $38 per person – includes a 90 min game of Splatball plus a large pizza and 2 drinks for each Father/Special Friend & Son pair
RSVP: by Monday 13 August
Please click here for details and to book.
Year 9 Forms E-H
We hope you can join us at the Year 9 China Group 2 Parents’ Dinner, for all parents of students in Forms E-H
Date: Friday 17th August 2018
Venue: Jade Restaurant, 4 Walpole St, Kew
Cost: $46.50p/p Banquet Style Meal, Drinks at Bar Prices, BYO – Bottled wine only additional $8 per bottle
RSVP: 13 August click here to book
Year 8 Parents Winter Gathering
The Year 8 Parents are looking forward to celebrating together for a Winter Gathering
Date: Saturday 18th August 2018
Venue: Flatiron Side Door, 72 Willsmere Road, Kew
Cost: $52.00 p/p includes welcome drink, charcuterie plates, cheese boards and pizzas
RSVP: 10 August click here to book
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Trinity Boys’ Own Cookbook
Many thanks to those who have already submitted recipes for the Trinity Boys’ Own Cookbook. We have had lots of fantastic responses, including Mr Brown’s ‘Lady Diana Pancakes’ and Mr Meadows’ ‘Tuna Mornay’! There have been submissions from boys, parents, grandparents, staff and Old Boys – we would love to include as many different dishes as possible.
We invite you to submit your favourite recipe by clicking here by the end of Week 5 of this term (Sunday 19 August). Don’t miss out on being a part of this very special cookbook.
We would really like every recipe to be accompanied by a short (a few sentences) explanation of why this recipe is special to you, your family, or why it reminds you of a special time or place. Recipes can be simple (the Year 12s are planning a ‘toastie’ section!) or more complicated. They can be attributed to someone else or your very own invention.
Any questions can be directed to Mitre Captains, Max Alder and Sam Port via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cowey Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Cowey Club will be held on Monday 27 August 2018 from 7.00pm-8.00pm in the Tudor Centre.
Nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Officer can be addressed to the Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing, Christian Neeson.
The Cowey Club is the parent support group for the boys participating in the rowing program. The club’s charter is to:
- Provide support for the boys in their endeavours
- Friends, fun and fundraise on and off the riverbank
- Educate parents about the sport and program in which their boys are involved
- Provide feedback to the Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing
The AGM is a general meeting of the rowing community and we invite all interested parents to come along.
Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing