Edition 3, Term 3 – 2019
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At Trinity, our vision is to foster the holistic development of each student – spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and morally, within a school recognised for excellence. We are empowering a generation of boys and young men with skills, courage, and character so they may reach their potential.
Over the weekend of 3-4 August, ‘The Man Cave’ Boys of Honour Camp brought 24 boys and parents, to Alexandra Adventure Resort for an overnight event. The camp provided a space for genuine connection and growth and was directed by relatable and highly-trained facilitators, including Al Green (OTG 2008).
The program exists to teach young men that burying feelings and denying fears is an outdated masculine narrative. We need to actively develop greater self-awareness, and create healthy perceptions about personal identity, gender, and mental health.
The goal of the program is to see young people live a life of connection, purpose and positive impact. To achieve this young people need:
- Connection – to self, others and the wider community
- Purpose – growth and agency in their own lives
- Significance – individual spirit, meaning and self-worth
- Contribution – giving back
- Practical skills – social and emotional tools to navigate the complexities of life
By equipping young people with the right skills, tools and resources, the program founders believe it is possible to create a movement of respectful, open, empowered and inspired young Australians.
Perhaps Aristotle said it best: ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’
On Saturday 10 August and Saturday 17 August, around 40 Junior School staff, including specialist teachers and teacher assistants, attended a professional learning workshop and worked as a collaborative group on the topic ‘Concept-driven Learners’. We explored how to develop transdisciplinary programs through the use of ‘concepts’ and also how to encourage learner independence in a PYP classroom. Concepts are an important component of the PYP, and are different to ‘topics’. For example, dinosaurs is a topic, whereas extinction is a concept and can be adapted so that the teaching and learning becomes more broad than just exploring dinosaurs.
The facilitators are experts in leading workshops, evaluating and authorising schools, and consulting for candidate schools. They are at the forefront of what is currently happening in IB schools across Asia Pacific.
Around half of our Senior School boys will start their Trinity journey in the Junior School. They are the custodians of our cultural torch and it’s our job to lay a solid foundation of values and learning to ensure the boys are ready for the eventual step-up into the Senior School.
Head of Junior School
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Building Strong and Lasting Community Partnerships
Our community relationships beyond Trinity provide us with opportunities to learn from others, share our experiences and grow as individuals. Over the last two weeks, the Trinity boys have displayed hospitality through our extended community partnerships, and been respectful guests beyond the school boundaries.
Our partnership with Ruyton is strong and ever-growing. On Tuesday 6 August, half of the Junior School boys visited Ruyton, while half of Ruyton’s Junior School girls joined us here at Trinity for a variety of activities. These ranged from STEM challenges to physical activities and strategic problem solving. The boys enjoyed engaging with the girls of our sister school.
Recently, a few of our families have hosted students from One Arm Point, an Indigenous community in Western Australia with which the Junior School has had a long-standing relationship. The One Arm Point boys stayed for a week in Melbourne, and enjoyed a trip to the snow as well as many other Melbourne experiences. A group of Trinity boys will be visiting One Arm Point over the Term 3 break, and will experience One Arm Point and what it is like to live in that community.
These community partnerships are valued in our school and we look forward to deepening these alliances.
Deputy Head of Junior School (Innovation and School Excellence)
Junior School PYP Conceptual Understanding Conference
Thank you to the Junior School staff who attended a professional learning day in the Tudor Centre on Saturday 10 August. We were lucky enough to have Marcia Behrenbruch and Karen Chaur as facilitators, both recognised globally as leaders in the development and implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The focus of their presentations was on the importance conceptual understandings have in education and how concepts can enrich the lives of learners.
Underpinning what we learnt was that learning through concepts is a deeper and broader approach to understanding, as it’s changeable, moves beyond facts and can be elaborated on and interpreted. To truly inquire, learn and understand, we also increased our awareness of how important it is to question what is not ‘Googleable’.
With boys in the Junior School continuing to learn and understand through our conceptual PYP framework, our aim is to continue to make learning more authentic and meaningful, and therefore more relevant to the 21st Century.
Primary Years Programme Coordinator – Junior School
Code Camp Holiday Break Program
Code Camp will be returning to Trinity over the Term 3 holidays from Tuesday 24 September to Thursday 26 September. For more information please visit codecamp.com.au/trinitygrammar
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
AGSV vs APS
On Saturday 10 August, the Representative AGSV teams played off against the APS in Football, Soccer, Hockey, Cross Country Running, Badminton and Basketball. A number of boys from Trinity were selected for the AGSV teams. Badminton was extremely close, and hockey had a 3:2 win against the APS, with goalie Josh Bradbury playing very well.
Tristan Day ran very well to finish third in the muddy conditions at Wesley, Glen Waverley. Well done to the Trinity boys who represented the AGSV. Now the athletics and water polo seasons begin.
Australian Mathematics Competition
The results of the 2019 Australian Mathematics Competition are in! David Wang (Junior Division) and Hadyn Tang (Intermediate Division) placed first in their respective divisions.
Well done to all the boys who entered this competition and congratulations to the award winners:
Junior (Year 7 and 8)
- David Wang – First Prize
- Alastair Murphy – Outstanding
- Thomas McMillan – Merit
- Eric Wu – Merit
Intermediate (Year 9 and 10)
- Hadyn Tang – First Prize
- Cinque Howells – Outstanding
- Laurence Armstrong – Merit
- Enda Han – Merit
- James Liu – Merit
- Aden Wilmshurst – Merit
Seniors (Year 11 and 12)
- Rishov Doloi – Merit
- Nethum Devendra – Merit
Year 9 China Trip – Group 2
The second group of Year 9 boys undertaking their China Experience are currently in Beijing. Thankfully, there has been no repeat of any ill health thus far during the second trip. Highlights of the China Experience include visits to famous sights such as the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square, as well as home visits and travelling on the Bullet train.
The Year 9 Indigenous trip to departed for Cherbourg on Sunday. Cherbourg is in Southern Queensland, and while there the boys will experience Aboriginal culture, stories and community, as well as enjoying some bush tucker and attending the local primary school.
Founders’ Day Fair – Sunday 17 November
Although it may seem a long way off, our annual Founders’ Day Fair will be held on Sunday 17 November. Help is needed running some stalls, and we’ll soon be calling for donations of old books, toys, trash and treasure.
House Cross Country results
- Merritt – 4010
- Roberts – 3605
- Arnold – 3566
- Henty – 3523
- Kent Hughes – 3468
- Sutton – 3196
- Cowen – 2975
- Hindley – 2942
The Bunting Oration is Trinity’s annual Senior School Public Speaking competition. A number of boys entered this year’s competition, speaking on the prepared topic ‘That there is no time like the present’, followed by an impromptu speech which they had only a few minutes to prepare. Congratulations to Andy Kim who is the 2019 Bunting Orator.
The Younger Oration for Years 7 and 8 takes place this Wednesday. Good luck to our young public speakers.
Trinity Jazz Concert
The annual Trinity Jazz Concert will be held on Friday 30 August in the South Room commencing at 7.00pm.
It is a great night of jazz featuring performances by the Junior Jazz Band, Big Band, Stage Band, the Trintones, Augmented Sevenths and the Belling Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $50.00 per adults and $30.00 per child, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 Program
Congratulations to Lachlan Chen (Year 9) who has been accepted into the Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2020 program which will include a European Tour of Berlin, Vienna and Prague.
Summer Sports Photos
The group photos from the 2019 Trinity Summer Sport Groups Photo Day are now available to be viewed and purchased from National Photography. You can access the photos by clicking here and entering the password TRNGS. New users will need to create an account before accessing the gallery.
Bloody Long Walk
In memory of Hugh Blunt (OTG 2018) and in order to raise funds for the Mito Foundation, the Trinity community is again supporting the ‘Bloody Long Walk’ being held on Sunday 25 August. This event involves a 35km walk, beginning at Yarra Bend and finishing at St Kilda. We have a large contingent consisting of current and past students, and staff, who have already signed up for the walk this year.
If you would like to participate or donate to this worthy cause, please see the details below:
- Go to bloodylongwalk.com.au/melbourne/
- Register for single entry (NOT group entry)
- Create an account
- Under ‘Create or join a team’, search OTG Trinity Grammar School
- Select 8.00-8.10am time option
The final round of debating was held on Monday 5 August, and the senior boys finished the season with a bang! After debating the controversial topics ‘That refugees should have full access to the welfare system’ and ‘That too many people go to university’, six undefeated teams were power paired for the big knock out, leaving only two of our undefeated teams to head towards the finals series. Our best wishes to those boys and congratulations to the following boys on being awarded Best Speaker: Stanley Chen, Andrew Lim, Max Yakubowski, Jeremy Fox and Aden Wilmshurst.
The Junior Secondary Debating Program, for Year 7 and 8, begins on Thursday 22 August and will be hosted at Trinity. All spectators are welcome.
Head of Debating
Australian and Global Politics
Hamish Galbraith (Year 12) received a Commendation from the highly prestigious Australian and Global Politics Essay Competition run by the Australian Institute for International Affairs and Social Education Victoria. This is a remarkable achievement and a well deserved honour for Hamish, who wrote on the comparative use of power by North Korea and China in their pursuit of national interest.
A number of our Year 10 students will be participating in a Model United Nations on 23 August at Ruyton. This is an event being run jointly by Ruyton and Trinity, and offers these students the opportunity to consider politics in practice and examine the process of international relations, negotiation, and how UN resolutions are formed.
Head of History
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Great schools don’t just teach students, they change students. Harambee is our outreach program and is designed to enable the Trinity community to connect with those most in need. Our living gospel calls us to go out to people on the margins.
On Saturday 10 August, our Harambee Dinner was a great celebration of all the wonderful communities with which we walk and support. To see our student body lead the Harambee program with their efforts throughout the year, and to listen to some of their reflections on how Harambee has changed their lives was incredibly inspirational.
The $12,000 raised on the evening will go towards our Oenpelli community in Arnhem Land to assist with counselling programs enabling students to re-engage with their learning. We will also use the funds to build a Youth Crisis Accommodation Centre for vulnerable children in Uganda.
Presently, in the Masese slum in Uganda there are over 200 young children, mostly girls, desperate to receive an education. For the sum of $100 you can give a mother an opportunity to protect her child by enabling her to go to school. There is no greater gift than to help a young girl develop a greater sense of her own power through education and lift her sense of self and the impact she can have on the world.
If you can afford $100 for a child sponsorship, I encourage you to give by clicking here
Harambee – all together we make a difference.
Director of Outreach and Assistant Chaplain
Trinity Fair Plant Stall: Can you help?
Can you help us pot plants for the Trinity Fair Plant Stall? No experience or equipment necessary! We’re holding a working bee at the rear of Hudson House (corner of Wellington and Charles Streets) from 2.30-4.00pm on Thursday 22 August. Please drop in for any length of time. If you have plants to contribute or would like to be notified of future Plant Stall activities please email Vanessa Solomon.
Trinity Shop and Cafeteria – Volunteers required!
If you can spare a few hours each term, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Cafeteria and the Swap Shop in Semester 2.
You can sign up to volunteer in the Cafe directly by clicking here.
Community Relations Calendar
Thursday 22 August
Trinity Year 11 Parents Movie Night at LIDO Cinemas
Please join the Year 11 Trinity Parents for nibbles and drinks, followed by a private screening of the new movie Late Night starring Emma Thompson.
Location: Lido Cinema Hawthorn
Cost: $27.00 per head includes the movie, nibbles and one glass of wine, champagne or beer.
Thursday 29 August
Junior School Father’s Day Breakfast
Time: 6.45am, for a 7.00am start
Location: South Room, Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Cost: Adult – $35.00; Students – $25.00
We invite all Junior School fathers and their sons to the Junior School Father’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 29 August in the South Room. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and some excellent entertainment.
Friday 30 August
2019 Prep Parents’ Dinner
We are delighted to invite you to a social night out to break the winter blues.
Location: Hellenic Republic, Kew
Cost: $70.00 per head including canapes, served in our own private area.
Friday 6 September
Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Day
You are warmly invited to join us for our annual Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday 6 September 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time meeting the teachers, looking around the school and enjoying morning tea and a special musical performance by the students.
Time: Prep – Year 2 (8.50am – 11.30am); Year 3 – Year 6 (10.10am – 12.30pm)
Location: Trinity Grammar School (Junior School)
Sunday 8 September
Year 5 Splatball Family Afternoon
You are invited to an exciting activity for Year 5 boys and their families. Parents and siblings are all welcome; however, the game is set for children eight years old and over.
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: World Series Splatball, Oakleigh
Cost: $35.00 per person