Edition 3, Term 1 – 2019
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A wise colleague once told me, as I headed into my first leadership role, that quality teaching is ‘about undertaking difficult, inspiring work; constantly trying to improve practices and working with all the collective might and ingenuity of professional colleagues to do so’. This statement still resonates with me to this day.
Indeed, teaching and learning lies at the centre of what we do as teachers. We are blessed to be in a profession that is firmly anchored in relationships, getting to know young people as individuals and as young learners. A teacher, Glennice Harmon, best sums this up with her 1948 poem They Ask Me Why I Teach. The full poem is too long to reproduce here, but the essence lies in these words:
‘They ask me why I teach, and I reply, where could I find more splendid company? There sits a statesman … and there a doctor … and all about a gathering of farmers, merchants, teachers, labourers, men who work and vote and build and plan and pray into a great tomorrow’.
As a teacher of History, there are a number of places around the grounds of Trinity that I always show my Year 7 class: the roll of all Trinity boys, which is located outside the Science block and facing the Birrell Oval; the memorial on the path to the Chapel of those who made the ultimate sacrifice; the gallery of historical sports photos dating back to 1917 in the Peter McIntyre Gym; and finally, the photos of Trinity alumni that line the walls of the Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts. It’s a reminder of the collective teaching and learning that takes place at Trinity every day. So, in Glennice’s words, ‘They ask me why I teach, And I reply, Where could I find more splendid company?’
Director of Studies
FROM THE ELC
Recently, we have held ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions for parents in the Three Year Old Group, and an Information Evening for parents in the Four Year Old group. Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend. We hope these are the start of many social connections and positive times ahead.
We now have parent reps for the Three Year Old Group, and are hoping there may be volunteers to take on this role for the Four Year Old Group. Please speak to Naomi Wright or Anne Capouleas if this would be of interest to you.
All children in the ELC are now well and truly Trinity students and proudly tell anyone who will listen that they are ‘going to school’. With the completion of the Junior School playground it will be much easier for us to explore our community in the coming weeks and months.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Most of the time, our lives seem so rushed as we go from one activity to the next. Time passes so quickly, and it’s often difficult to appreciate and make the most of every situation as we’re constantly thinking about what is happening next in our lives.
Mindfulness is all about regulating our attention. It involves three aspects:
- Where is our attention?
- Prioritising where it needs to be
- Making our attention go there and stay there
This year in the Junior School, we are partnering with The Resilience Project and teaching our students mindfulness strategies. Research shows that practising mindfulness can reduce depression and stress, improve decision making, increase focus and lower blood pressure.
Click here to read an article from the Institute of Positive Education, which outlines key aspects to developing mindfulness with your children and within your home environment.
Personal, Social and Physical Health Education Coordinator
Parent Information Session
A parent information session has been organised for parents of students in Prep to Year 2 on Wednesday 13 March 2019. The presentation will be held in Arnold Hall and commences at 9.00am. It will also be repeated at 7.00pm for those parents who cannot attend during the day.
In the first half of the presentation, we will discuss how best to assist your son with his home reading, with the second half focusing on being a parent helper in the classroom. Those parents who have attended the ‘Parent Helper’ presentation previously may choose to depart at the end of the ‘Home Reading’ section of this event.
SSV South Yarra District Swimming Meet
This year, our representative SSV Trinity Swimming team competed at the South Yarra District Swimming Carnival held at MSAC. Our boys swam against other schools in our district at the first competitive swim meet for the year. Congratulations to the entire team who swam very well. Their combined results during the carnival won them the District Boys’ trophy! Our next competition will be the Junior AGSV Swimming Carnival to be held on Monday 1 April.
Junior School Year 3 to 6 House Swimming Sports 2019
In near perfect weather conditions, the Year 3 to 6 House Swimming Sports were conducted in the school pool. The cheering, chanting and singing generated a wonderful House spirit among the four Houses throughout the entire day.
The final results were:
- House Swimming Cup: 1st – Inglis, 2nd – Henderson, 3rd – Friend, 4th – Summers
- House Spirit Cup: 1st – Friend, 2nd – Henderson, 3rd – Summers , 4th – Inglis
Individual Age Group Champions:
- 12+ Years: 1st – Joshua Witkowski, 2nd – Nicholas Vildovas, 3rd – Emmett Gatt
- 11 Years: 1st – Daytona Derbogosijan, 2nd – Charlie Tanner, 3rd – Charlie Harris
- 10 Years: 1st – Cayden Quah, 2nd – Hugo Gray, 3rd – Danny Makris
- 9 Years: 1st – Marco French, 2nd – Yuvin De Silva, 3rd – Scott Jin
- Overall Junior School Swimming Champion 2019 – Joshua Witkowski
Director of Junior Sport and Cocurricular Activities
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Year 11 and 12 Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Transition Interviews will be conducted for Year 11 and 12 on Monday 25 March between 3.00pm and 9.00pm. Parents will receive details regarding the internet-based booking system and their PIN number via Trinity Connect this week. The system will be operational from 6.00pm on Sunday 17 March. The link for the bookings can be found on Trinity Connect under My Sons > Relevant Links > Parent Teacher Booking or by clicking here.
Cricket Grand Final
The First XI Cricket team have made it through to the Grand Final, which will be played against PEGS this Saturday 16 March on the Daley Oval. The game will start at 10.00am and conclude late in the afternoon.
Good luck to Captain Doug Warren, his team, and to coaches, Mr Pateman and Mr Bett.
Walk for Women
The Walk for Women event, originally to be held on Friday 1 March has been rescheduled to Friday 15 March. The cost is $10, and a bus has been organised to take students after school conclusion from Trinity to Melbourne Grammar in preparation for the walk around the Botanical Gardens. Hopefully we’ll see many of the Trinity boys participating.
The Crucible – Senior School Play
The Senior School play – The Crucible – is being performed from Thursday 28 March until Saturday 30 March in the P&F Hall commencing at 7.30pm with an additional matinee on Saturday 30 March after Open Day at 2.30pm.
- Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm
- Friday 29 March at 7.30pm
- Saturday 30 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Book your tickets by clicking here
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Year 9 Play
For a group of Australian schoolgirls, a romantic Valentine’s Day outing ends in an intriguing mystery. What has happened to the three seniors and the mathematics teacher on top of the jagged peaks of Hanging Rock? Based on Lady Joan Lindsay’s runaway bestseller—also the source of the acclaimed Peter Weir film—this exciting play explores a baffling disappearance that takes its toll on a small community in the Australian countryside.
Performances will be on Thursday 21 March at 7.00pm, and Friday 22 March at 7.00pm at Ruyton’s Royce Theatre.
Tickets can be booked by clicking here
Age Group Swimming Champions
Congratulations to the following boys who are the Age Group Champions for House Swimming;
- U13 – Patrick Bian (Kent Hughes)
- U14 – Mitchell Stewart (Sutton)
- U15 – Noah Rindt (Arnold)
- U16 – Aidan Butler (Kent Hughes)
- U17 – Ryan Lobo (Arnold)
- Open – Nick Torrance (Hindley)
Open Day is being held on Saturday 30 March from 10.30am – 2.00pm. It is an excellent opportunity for parents, grandparents and prospective parents and students to visit our school, see our classrooms and specialist facilities, talk to staff and try many of our activities. There will be HPAF rehearsals during the day, and The Crucible will be performed at 2.30pm. We will also be offering science activities, F1 in Schools races, sports demonstrations, food from LOTE, Hospitality and a Parents’ Association BBQ, as well as debating and historical displays. All are welcome.
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Year 12 Students meet Treasurer Josh Frydenberg
On Friday 1 March, students from Mr Weinberg’s Year 12 Global Politics class – along with the Headmaster – attended a breakfast hosted by local MP for Kooyong and Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. The boys observed a panel discussion by the Treasurer along with Senator Jane Hume and foreign policy commentator Greg Sheridan. The students participated in a Q&A session and learned much about the current state of Australian political discourse, and the major flashpoints in the world today, including the likes of Brexit, disputes between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Park-Street Orienteering concludes
The short, four-week season of Park-Street Orienteering finished up at the Heyington Heights course hosted by Scotch College. Trinity’s orienteers, performed very well: Torren Arthur, Owen Scott-Murphy and Mason Arthur all achieved podium results for their season efforts, despite missing weeks through camp and other commitments. Trinity Orienteering is a cocurricular activity and attracts a very committed crew. The next events will be the Schools Rogaining Championships (Sunday 5 May) and the Schools Orienteering Championships (Friday 24 May).
2019 House Performing Arts Festival
The 2019 Trinity Grammar School House Performing Arts Festival will be held on Tuesday 2 April at The Plenary, Melbourne Convention Centre. Parents and students are asked to arrive at 7.00pm so that they are ready and seated for the event to start at 7.30pm.
Tickets are complimentary and now available by clicking here.
During the initial booking period, a maximum of three audience tickets per student will be available for booking. Student performers do not require a ticket. Please book carefully as there will be no ticket transfers/returns.
The School reserves the right to reverse all tickets without consultation should an individual choose to book more than three audience tickets per student. Additional seats may be booked from the 25 March.
If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com
Afternoon Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in the last Term 1 Afternoon Music Recital to be held on Thursday 28 March from 3.30pm – 4.00pm in Room CY4 of the Music Department. 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest.
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.
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 14 March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Debbie Browning, Janice Bland
- Sales: Deborah Hunt, Diane DiStefano, Vesna Xenitellis
Saturday 30 March: 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Pricing: Kylie Oliver, Kylie Payman, Melinda Nash
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Sunny Fan, Janet Brown
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
SUNDAY 17 MARCH, 4.00PM
Year 7 Family Picnic at the Marles Playing Fields in Bulleen
This is a great opportunity to welcome new parents and boys to the Trinity community, and for all families to meet and connect.
THURSDAY 21 MARCH, 7.30PM
Year 10 Welcome Drinks
Venue: Kew RSL – 63 Cotham Rd, Kew
Drinks at Bar prices
Enquiries: Kylie Morarty – 0409 381 980
FRIDAY 22 MARCH, 7.00PM
Year 12 Shindig at The Distillery
Cocktails, tasting flights and cheese platters can be purchased on the night.
Venue: Brogan’s Way Distillery, 61 North Street, Richmond
RSVP:Friday 15 March
Enquiries:Vanessa at email@example.com
SATURDAY 23 MARCH, 7.30PM
Year 8 Parents
Your Year 8 Class Reps have organised a casual get together to kick off the year, and we’d love to see as many of you as possible at the Kew RSL (upstairs).
Tickets are $21.00 per person, which covers light finger food. Drinks can be purchased at bar prices. Please book via trybooking.com/480231
FRIDAY 29 MARCH, 7.30PM
Year 5 Parents Dinner
Venue: Hellenic Republic, 26 Cotham Rd, Kew
Banquet style meal at $71.00 per person, drinks at bar prices.
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