Edition 3, Term 2 2021
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From the Principal
Congratulations to all those involved in the success of ‘Harambee Sundee’. The culmination of an extraordinary amount of work from students, staff and parents, the event reached its stated fundraising goal easily. It means that the charities we are aligned with will be able to continue their good work in the knowledge that TGS support will not waver. Just as importantly, the day was a great community event. Students, staff, families, Ruyton students and Old Boys came together and enjoyed each other’s company while exercising, listening to music or enjoying the catering on offer. The day brought our youngest students and their families together in meaningful collaboration with our older students in a fundamentally ‘whole school’ occasion. They are events to be savoured and the students who worked hard to ensure the success can be confident that they have helped create a legacy that we will continue to honour in the future.
While still hemmed in a little by restrictions, with audience sizes monitored, it has been pleasing that our music students have been able to enjoy performance opportunities again. The standard of the music produced has been quite tremendous and various groups have been able to demonstrate that hard work culminates in great outcomes. It also indicates that we are very well led by our Director of Music, Michelle Stanic. It is with some sadness therefore that after what will be 35 years of outstanding service at the end of this year, she intends to retire. Hers has been an extraordinary body of work in that time and since 1998 she has led our Music Department with distinction. Her enduring legacy will include the remarkable footprint that music enjoys in our environment, its profile in the community and the wonderful quality of music that is produced. Michelle simply thinks it is time to retire and we have to respect that! She can be proud of her achievements, and the achievements of the students and staff in her care. There will be formal opportunities nearer to the end of the year to celebrate these with her.
From the ELC
As a group, the ELC children have been exploring their rubbish. Our investigations showed that we create a lot of different types of rubbish, landfill and recycling in our ELC space. They sorted the rubbish and discussed the different types there were. We discovered that every person makes four times their body weight of rubbish per year!
We imagined our whole classroom filled with rubbish – William asked, ‘Does all rubbish smell?’
The students suggested that if we recycled and repurposed what we could then that would reduce the amount of rubbish.
They were curious, and asked: ‘Where does it go?’, ‘What is it used for when it is recycled or repurposed?’ One student asked if LEGO uses our recycled plastic to create bricks. With Mrs Albert’s help, he wrote a letter that has sparked a new inquiry into recycling.
We are wondering if the Trinity community can help us? The children suggested that if we collect the LEGO that the ‘big boys’ don’t play with anymore they could repurpose and recycle it.
‘We can use it.’
‘We can share it with children who don’t have any.’
‘We can post it to Brickman and LEGO and they can recycle it.‘
We would love to connect with our school community and, hopefully, you can help us collect LEGO to reuse.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
From the Junior School
Last week at Trinity, Year 3 went on their excursion to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra where they watched the production of Peter and the Wolf. This was a prompt for their ‘How we organise ourselves’ unit of inquiry. The boys saw and listened to how an orchestra comes to life, and were able to relate this to the PYP Key Concepts Connection and Function. The boys were also able to witness from a musical perspective how these concepts can be taught through a trans-disciplinary approach.
The Year 6 students were introduced to the PYP Exhibition (PYPX) topics and issues recently and are now looking forward to inquiring and taking action on these local and global issues. We are again excited to inform the Trinity community that we will be inquiring into the United Nations, Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) through the Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry. Click SDG to find the different issues and goals faced by us all. If you feel you would be able to assist the boys in any of these areas, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior School Teacher
Head of the Junior School
Senior School News
Congratulations to all athletes involved in the House Athletics Carnival last week. It was a wonderful day, with the great weather providing the perfect conditions for students to demonstrate their ability in track and field events, and to show support for their House. Overall results are as follows, with Age Champions to be announced this week.
Trinity Indigenous Guernsey
At our Senior School assembly last week, the Trinity Indigenous Guernsey for 2021 was unveiled. The design has captured the stories of each Dadirri student and their connection with Trinity. Year 8 student, Philip Cooper, shared the background story of the design and the link that it has with each of the Dadirri student’s families. All Firsts teams will proudly wear the guernseys when we celebrate the Indigenous Round on 29 May.
Congratulations to Frederick Zhou who has been selected in the National Development Program (Junior National Squad) after winning five titles at the State Badminton Tournament in the U19 and U17 age groups.
Students continue to have the opportunity to purchase Trinity scarves ($20) and black backpacks ($60) from my office.
From the start of Semester Two, if students wish to have the following items replaced, the costs will be as follows:
Student ID Card: $10
Da Vinci Decathlon
Trinity entered teams in the Da Vinci Decathlon, an annual national event for highly able students. Teams of eight addressed challenges across ten different disciplines over the course of a full day.
Topics covered were Science, Maths, English, Art and Poetry, Ideation, Cartography, Engineering, Drama, Code-Breaking and Legacy (knowledge of Leonardo Da Vinci and other inventors and their inventions). This year’s theme was ‘chance’, so maths problems included complicated questions of probability, English prompts related to texts and words about luck and fate, ideation challenges included the demon of problem gambling and science questions raised stories of serendipitous inventions.
Students had to rely on their knowledge and ingenuity – no internet access was allowed – to provide solutions and suggestions. This required commitment and focus, teamwork and creativity.
They were days of terrific fun and we all eagerly await the results.
|Year 7||Year 7||Year 8||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Tate Harrison||Yida Fang||Zac van den Berg||Nikki du Toit||Eddy Peng||Michael Fan||Aden Wilmshurst|
|Jerry Hao||Hayden Randle||Leo Min||Toby Rickman||Luke Ehlert||Alastair Murphy||David Fang|
|Christopher Kim||Jack Lauder||James Tsui||Nick Semmler||Dale Martin||Ben Noonan||Sam La Gamba|
|Daniel Xiang||Declan Black||Nelson Blake||Ben Rosenberg||Tom McMillan||Saranyan Ranjith||Enda Han|
|Harry Long||Timothy Ma||Eason Yang||William McDougall||Suhan Piratheepan||Henri du Toit||Olek Beavis|
|Hugh Park||Andrew Pezos||Caleb Wong||Anagha Bhan||Joseph Timm||Jamie Blackburn||Alec Drake|
|Jack Mulley||Tyler Zheng||Thomas Chan||Sean O’Sullivan||Tom Ruljancich||Isaiah Davies||Jonty Fewster|
|Adtharsh Nishakar||Ahilan Sudheshan||Yuxieng Peng||Matthew Lo||Owen Scott- Murphy||Rahul Doloi||David Dodson|
Deputy Principal and Head of the Senior School
Debating – Round Three
Last week our senior debaters completed a training session on the art of rebuttal. This week, the proof was in the pudding! Winning numerous debates, many of which were secret or advised topics, the boys were able to show off their polished skills. Topics on education and public transport kept the boys thinking on their feet and making themselves challenging rivals to the competition. Hats off to the following boys for winning the title of Best Speaker: Hayden Tang, James Fox, Jamie Blackburn, Antuan Arnott-Tan, Daniel Riccioni and Evan Liu.
Monash Asia Debate
Congratulations to Daniel Thenamkodath in Year 9 who has joined the Geelong Grammar Year 11 students to debate in the Monash Asia Debating Competition! He has proven to be a formidable opponent, comfortably keeping up with his more experienced team mates from Geelong! The topics for this competition are:
Round One: ‘That Thailand should abandon its monarchy’ with confidence and skill’.
Round Two: ‘That South Korea should give up on seeking reunification with North Korea’.
Round Three: ‘That India should adopt English as its only official language’, which is being held on Saturday 22 May at 4pm. The link has been provided for anyone who may which to join.
Head of School Debating
On Sunday 2 May, Trinity’s Stage Band and Big Band participated in the inaugural All-State Jazz Championships and enjoyed excellent results!
The Stage Band (directed by Mr Jamie Ransome) performed to an extremely high standard and were awarded second place in B Division. In addition, one of four Outstanding Soloists Awards went to Kevin Nimalraj (Year 12) on saxophone, and our rhythm section was honoured with the Best Rhythm Section Award – including Daniel Chong (Year 10), Roy McNab (Year 10), Jimmy O’Meara (Year 11), Alex Chieng (Year 9) Kaidin Ameti (Year 10) and Jeremy Fernando (Year 11).
Music Scholars’ Concert
On Wednesday, 5 May, the following 13 Music Scholars performed solo items to a warm, full and appreciative audience in the South Room.
- Christopher Kim: Violin
- Jeremy Ma: French Horn
- Mike Ge: French Horn
- Noah Hodge: Cello
- Sean Kim: Cello
- Jacob Lai: Violin
- Eason Yang: Oboe
- Alexander Chieng: Violin
- Shishun Dai: French Horn
- Edward Peng: Oboe
- George Koutrouzas: Viola
- Angus Wong: Violin
- Max Zhang (unable to perform): Oboe
- Zac Dubow: Flute
Music Theatre Group
A new Music Theatre Group has formed and will meet and rehearse on Wednesday mornings. Contact Mr Kevin Kelley for more information.
Mother’s Day Music
Congratulations to Jacob Wang (Year 5), and Michael Wu (Year 8), who performed solo Piano items at recent Mother’s Day breakfasts.
Well done to the Stage Band, conducted by Mr Jamie Ransome, who performed with style and panache at the Senior School Assembly on Thursday 13 May.
The Withers + OTGs!
Following recent HPAF acclaim ‘The Withers’ re-formed to perform at the Workers Club on Sunday 16 May, as a support act to Mr Rothnie’s band. OTGs Sol Donald and Tom Bowman also took to the stage at this gig.
The Withers comprises Greg Whittenbury, Jimmy O’Meara, George Koutrouzas, James Blanch and Roy McNab.
Jazz@ Kew Courthouse
The inaugural Jazz in the Courthouse event was held in the evening of Monday, 17 May at the Kew Courthouse. A wonderful new event to the jazz calendar, music was presented by our small jazz combos that included students from Years 5-12 in groups such as Junior Jazz, Trintones, Jazz Apprentices, Augmented 7ths and Belling Jazz. This event gives the opportunity for our students to explore in greater depth a variety of jazz styles, as well as greater opportunities to learn about and practise their skills in the art of improvisation and small combo playing. A great evening of music making that was enjoyed by all in attendance. Congratulations to the staff and boys involved, and we look forward to hearing them again in August at one of the highlights of the school year, The Trinity Jazz Night.
Director of Music
On behalf our Harambee team and Friends of Harambee I would like to thank the entire Trinity community for their outstanding support of Harambee Sundee. The day was an outstanding success. We have managed to raise over $55 000 for our Harambee ministries in which I will give details about in further Newsletters. Thanks so much for your generosity and helping to lift up most vulnerable in our world out of poverty.
It was a special day seeing everyone come together for such a great cause. A humbling experience to see the students, parents, staff, Old Trinity Grammarians, and families come together as one to help those most on the margins.
I would like to give a special thanks to Carol-Ann Wong and Rohan Brown who organised so much of the day and the leadership and drive of our Harambee captains Archie Shaw, and Matthew Clayton and our school leaders Will Toner and Ethan Orr. Their passion and energy to make this event happen was nothing sort of inspirational. I would also like to thank our Harambee team who did so much work behind the scenes and volunteered in so many areas to ensure the day was such a success. Students wishing to participate in our Harambee program meet every Friday morning in the Tudor Centre at 7.50am and everyone is always most welcome.
I will keep you updated about the progress of the various communities we are walking with locally, nationally, and internationally. We will never forget those on the margins. Harambee Sundee is testimony that we are all connected and that it is our love for one another that makes us one. Trinity is a great School. Great schools don’t just teach you they challenge change you. I pray Trinity will continue to empower you all and change the lives of so many as much as it continues to change mine.
Director of Outreach, Assistant Chaplain
Special Thanks to Novofit
The treadmills and running machines were kindly donated for use at Harambee Sundee by Novofit. They have also advised that these demonstration machines are available at reduced prices and that they will donate a percentage of sales to Harambee. Thank you to Novofit for again providing such wonderful and generous support.
Open Invitation to attend Holy Trinity Church, Kew
Sunday 30 May at 10.00am
Members of the Trinity Grammar School community are warmly invited to attend the service at Holy Trinity Church (251 High Street, Kew) on Sunday 30 May – Holy Trinity Sunday, and the first Feast of Dedication. The service commences at 10.00am and will be followed by a BBQ in the Parish Centre.
If you are intending to attend the service and the BBQ afterwards, could you please inform Gayle Barry by email email@example.com for catering purposes.
This Thursday brings a much-anticipated move for the Secondhand Uniform Shop from the Showroom to their new location at 62 Charles St. This space, previously used for Music tuition, is a dedicated area for Parent Association sales that provides more room and a nicer interface for the parent community. Their opening day will be this Thursday 19 May and so head on over to pick up a relocation sale bargain.
We are pleased to be able to host the annual Year 7 Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day next Wednesday 26 May, albeit with reduced numbers due to continuing COVID density limits. To book please follow the link here https://www.trybooking.com/BRDBL (and below).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parent volunteers involved in coordinating the recent Mothers’ Day Breakfasts. These were both very successful and highlighted the importance of the women in our community.
Finally, don’t forget to book your tickets for the Kew Business Breakfast on Friday 25 June, with guest speaker Professor Michael Kidd AM. For more information, please click here Kew Business Breakfasts
Director of Community Engagement
Second Hand Uniform Relocation Sale
- All SPRAY JACKETS – half marked price
- All Jumpers – $10.00
- All Vests – $5.00
- All School Uniform Shirts (Summer and Winter)
- Junior School – two for $10.00
- Senior School – two for $15.00
- All School Uniform Shorts (Summer and Winter)
- Junior School – two for $5.00
- Senior School – two for $15.00
- Long Trousers – two for the price of one: two for $25.00
- All ELC Items – two for $5.00
- All Sports Tops – $20.00 or two for $25.00
- House Polo Tops:
- Junior School two for $10.00
- Senior School two for $15.00
- All footwear, socks, spikes, football boots, runners, school shoes are all free to a good home.
- All school bags $10.00 (drawstring bags $5.00)
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Thursday 20 May 2.00-4.00pm – new venue, 62 Charles St!
Year 7 Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Year 7 Students invite their Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ to join them for a special morning
Wednesday 26 May 2021
9.30am for Morning Tea, followed by a Chapel Service and Classroom Experience
Unfortunately due to COVID Restrictions, only one Grandparent or Special Friend may attend with each student. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
Please RSVP by Friday 21 May
Trybooking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BRDBL
Year 7 Parents Cocktail Evening
Date: Saturday 29 May 2021
Time: from 7.00pm
Venue: Nini’s, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $37 per head which includes canapes and a drink on arrival. Additional drinks at bar prices
RSVP: by Wednesday 26 May
Trybooking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BQGHY
Year 8 Parents Night
Venue: Nini’s (Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn)
Date: Friday 4 June
Time: 7pm till late!
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price: $39.50 per person includes canapés and one welcome drink. All other drinks at bar prices.
To Book: Please purchase your ticket by Wednesday 26 May
Trybooking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BRCNB
Friday 21 May
VCE Practice GAT
Years, 3, 4 & 6 Sport Bulleen
Year 5 Round Robin at Trinity, 12:00pm
Class of 2000 – 20 Year Reunion, 6:00pm
Saturday 22 May
Boarding House Partner’s Dinner, 6.30pm
Monday 24 May
JS SSV South Yarra District Cross Country, Fawkner Park
Friends of Snowsports Parent Information Evening, Tudor Centre, 6.30pm
Tuesday 25 May
Henty House Breakfast & Chapel, 7.15am
May Gala Concert Streamed, 7:00pm
Wednesday 26 May
National Sorry Day
Year 7 Grandparent’s Morning, Centre for the Arts, 9.30am
Middle School Play Auditions, 3.30pm
Thursday 27 May
Year 12 Scone Morning Tea
Friday 28 May
Year 6 Round Robin at PEGS, 12:00pm
Years 3, 4 & 5 Sport Bulleen
Middle School Play Auditions, 3.30pm
Monday May 31
National Reconciliation Week
Year 11 Unit 1 Classes conclude
Trinity Grammar Information Session Senior School, Centre for the Arts, 8.45am
Tuesday June 1
JS SSV Divisional Cross Country, Bald Hill
Year 11 Study Day (no classes)