Edition 3, Term 4 2020
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I hope that all school families enjoyed the mid-term break and the distraction of the Melbourne Cup, particularly in the context of society’s re-emergence. This year is the 90th anniversary of Phar Lap’s victory. The most popular horse in Australia’s imagining, and perhaps second only to Don Bradman as a sporting hero in our country, he carried an enormous weight in horseracing terms that year and, also in fulfilling the hopes and expectations of a nation that needed some cheer. There is no doubt that Phar Lap’s story and the mythology that surrounded him was amplified by the severe financial difficulties that prevailed during the Great Depression.
We are now again affected significantly by the financial fallout of the management of the current pandemic. Whereas it would be clumsy at least to align the two events across those 90 years, there is a strong sense of challenge and an emerging palpable relief at the lifting of restrictions. Our students, many of whom now have the daily count of COVID cases as a normal part of life, get to throw themselves into sport training, to collaborate more closely with classmates and to enjoy the prospect of ‘normality’ increasingly. It has been most satisfying to witness the school come back to life and to see our young people embrace fuller lives once more.
It is not over, of course, and we need to keep a weather eye on the virus and its implications as we move through our final five weeks, into summer and the anticipation of next year. We are able to plan for a Trinity next year that looks much like this year, in size and shape, and a stable staff cohort that is well placed to look after, comprehensively, our students and their needs.
We will also have the ability in the coming weeks and months to initiate some cosmetic enhancements to various parts of the school. While we have deliberately spent less on capital improvement this year for obvious reasons, we still need to ensure that we maintain and improve our facilities. I will outline changes of note as they occur.
So, despite the uncertainty that still exists, it seems that we are on firmer ground each day. Our Year 12s can approach their examinations with confidence, our sporting program can regenerate week by week, and the school community can get busy with a daily life more akin to that which we have known. The mid-term break afforded all something of a rest from the intensity of this year. It also afforded some reflection on our broader story and that of resilience in a crisis – the legacy that Phar Lap and others have left us, perhaps.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
As the boys settle into routines again at school, it’s hard to believe we are already looking forward to 2021. Over the past two weeks, we have welcomed our incoming ELC and Prep families with parent information evenings and were excited to host the first of four Prep Orientation Mornings on Wednesday 4 November. There are always a few nerves, but it was wonderful to see the boys engage in the activities with our Prep teachers.
Our Year 5 students are eager to begin their Leadership Elections for 2021, and our Year 6 Captains shared their insights about the roles this past Friday. We look forward to hearing speeches in the coming weeks from our Year 5s as we move forward in this process.
The students in Years 3 to 6 completed their first week of ICAS competitions. Best of luck to all of these boys in Weeks 4 and 5 as they challenge themselves with the final three competitions.
A big thank you to Mr Ponsford who adapted our cross country event. All boys in Years 3 to 6 put in a fantastic effort at Bulleen last Friday. It was a wonderful way to see the School Spirit continue to shine through!
Deputy Head of Junior School (Innovation and School Excellence)
2020 Junior School House Cross Country Event – Friday 30 October, Bulleen Playing Fields
After an absence of seven months to the day, we finally travelled out to Bulleen for our Friday afternoon sports program. To mark this occasion, I decided to run the House Cross Country event, focusing on the House Spirit and camaraderie which we have missed during our Distance Learning program. Due to the social distancing rules which are still in place, this year’s event was run in year levels and not age groups. In ideal conditions, events took place in the following order – Year 5, Year 3, Year 6 and Year 4. The Year 6 boys, who were competing in one of their final Junior School sports events, were fortunate to have Mr Farrer join them for their run. Once again, many thanks to the Bulleen and Trinity support staff for their assistance in setting up the course, erecting the TGS marquees, and to the Junior School staff for marshalling and supervising the event. Finally, a huge thank you to all the boys who embraced this House event and participated so enthusiastically.
Individual Top 5 Results for each Year Level:
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The overall results for the Ray Woods Cross Country Cup were:
1st Friend 2825, 2nd Henderson 2698, 3rd Summers 2370, 4th Inglis 2338.
Director of Junior School Sport and Co-Curricular Activities
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Friday is Funky Socks Day… gold coin donation.
Farewell to Year 12
The Year 12 boys concluded formal classes last Tuesday. They are currently preparing for their examinations that begin on Tuesday 10 November. Although this has been an interrupted year and the boys have missed many rites of passage associated with their final year, the cohort finished extremely well. They had a celebration lunch at Bulleen with plenty of fun activities, followed by their ‘countdown’ and then a Valedictory Evening on Tuesday 27 October. On Wednesday, the boys gathered in Arnold Hall to hear each boy’s farewell speech, and this was followed by an emotional final Chapel Service. Thank you to our parents and boys for their support in making these events happen. Well done to Mr Bolzonello, Mr Amiconi and Rev’d Campbell.
Year 10 Leadership Courses
At the end of last week, all the Year 10 boys participated in one of the two leadership programs. The Somers program, led by Ms Clark and Mr Rock, is focused on House leadership and Learning Journeys and was held at Bulleen while the Outdoor Leadership program, led by Ms Renden and Mr Cleary, was held at school. It trains the next group of boys to assist on the Year 7 and 8 Outdoor Education camps. Modifying the programs so they could operate, albeit in a different way from usual, was a great achievement. Many Year 11 boys assisted on these courses as part of the Training Teams. Thank you and well done to all these boys.
Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded Distinctions in recent science competitions:
- Larry Pang of Year 11 was awarded two High Distinctions, in Physics and Environmental Science, in the Australian Science Olympiad.
- In the same competition, James Liu of Year 11 was awarded a Distinction in Biology.
- William Johnson of Year 9 was awarded a High Distinction in the Junior Science Olympiad.
Revised Exam Schedule
With the changes to Unit 3/4 examination schedule, Trinity had to revise their in-house examination schedule from the previously published dates. Year 11 examinations will now commence on Wednesday 18 November and conclude on Thursday 26 November. (Clash examinations may be scheduled on Friday 27 November). Year 10 Examinations will be held in core subjects on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November. Other Year 10 and all Year 9 end-of-semester tests will be held in class time. VCE Orientation Day for current Year 10 and 11 students will be held on Friday 4 December.
Congratulations to Andrew Lim of Year 12 who came second in the state in a Latin reading competition.
Unwelcome Behaviour in Boroondara
Over the weekend just gone, a small number of students were harassed and robbed by older youths in the Kew/Hawthorn area. Please ensure your sons are safe at all times. They should stay away from back lanes and parks late in the day. They should stick to the main streets, preferably in groups and can always enter a shop if they feel threatened. Thank you.
Deputy Principal, Head of the Senior School
The third and final round of the Junior Secondary Debating Competition was held on Wednesday 21 October. The junior debaters put up a good fight, arguing ‘That we should incentivise people to relocate to the country’. Daniel Riccioni, James Tsui, Patrick Gillian and Kevin Wang were awarded the title of ‘Outstanding Speaker’ for the season by the DAV. This is quite an achievement and an honour, and these boys are to be congratulated.
It was encouraging to see the adaptability of the junior boys, as they adjusted skilfully to online planning, preparing and debating at a time when being on their computers for any longer than necessary was unappealing! We look forward to welcoming those boys and many others to ‘face-to-face’ debating in 2021!
Our C Grade finalists, Aden Wilmshurst, David Dodson and James Fox, faced Fintona Girls’ School in the DAV Grand Final on Sunday 25 October. Debating the topic ‘That we should separate the art from the artist’, our boys presented themselves with flair and confidence, gallantly losing to Fintona in a 2 to 1 split decision. Reaching such heights is an achievement to be celebrated, regardless of the outcome! Well done, boys!
Head of School Debating
A combination of online and face-to-face music lessons/ensemble rehearsals continued as we resumed normal school routine on Monday 26 October.
A variety of alternative classroom curriculum and individual lesson activities were created for Brass, Wind and Voice students.
Senior musicians were featured in the online Year 12 Valedictory Evening, Final Assembly and Chapel Service, marking the official end of classes, and initiating the intense period of revision and examinations.
VCE Music students continued their performance examinations which will conclude on November 8.
Solo and Ensemble recordings are planned for the forthcoming Carol Service and Junior and Senior Presentation Nights.
Director of Music
The revelation of God in Creation
I am often asked by students how do you know God exists. My reply is short,’If you can’t see God in Creation, you will never find God at all.’ The inspired Word of God starts with Genesis describing the six days of Creation and finishes with the angel in the Book of Revelation showing the river of life, the fruits from the tree of life and the leaves for the healing of all nations. To see Creation is to connect with the Divine.
The peace and balance of life we all yearn for can be found in nature. I have often said to my children they can scatter my ashes over the Rift Valley in Kenya with the sun rising over Iten and I will have returned to the Garden of Paradise. We all have our own patches of paradise we can retreat to. In the rush of the day, we often forget to appreciate the beauty of each sunset, the coming of the seasons and the stars at night. Nature calls us to keep looking outwards and upwards.
I encourage you all to watch David Attenborough’s latest documentary A Life on Our Planet. It’s a beautiful narrative of a man’s love of nature and his plea for us on how it is not too late for us to restore the biodiversity of our beautiful planet.
Attenborough tells us: ‘Nature is our biggest ally and our greatest inspiration. A species can only thrive when everything else around it thrives. If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. It is time to simply stop growing and instead to establish a life on our planet in balance with nature, and start to thrive. We need to rediscover how to be sustainable….To move from being apart from nature to becoming a part of nature once again. Learn to work with nature rather than against it.’
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements reported further global warming is inevitable and fire behaviour more extreme, and that we Should prepare for more fires, droughts and heatwaves potentially at the same time. The latest report from Deloitte Access Economics warns ‘Australia will lose more than $3 trillion dollars and 888 000 jobs over the next 50 years if climate change is not addressed.’
God gave us dominion over the ‘fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ We have the capacity and ability to restore the rich, healthy and wonderful world we inherited. My prayer for all of us is for all of us is to have the will to restore our Garden of Eden and continue to see the beauty of God in all the splendor and wonder of our world.
Assistant Chaplain and Director of Outreach
Christmas Appeal 2020
Over the next month, we are hoping you can support two of the Harambee Outreach ministries we organise every year to help Christmas be more meaningful and enjoyable for families experiencing financial hardship and members of our local community living with a mental illness.
The Christmas Hamper Appeal
We are asking students/families to bring in a few grocery items to help provide over 300 hampers to the most vulnerable in our Good Grub community. Items to bring include: ready-made microwaveable meals, pasta and rice meals, tinned fruit, tinned meats (chicken, tuna, ham), noodles, UHT milk, coffee, sugar, nuts, dried fruit/muesli bars, cheese and biscuit snacks, mince pies, spreads, toilet paper, toothpaste, sanitary pads, deodorant, shaving cream, shavers and hair brushes. Click here to see the full Christmas Hamper contents list. Students should leave groceries at Reception, in Mr Purcell’s office or under the Christmas tree in the Tudor Centre.
Anglicare Christmas Gift Appeal – Final Assembly Tuesday 8 December
At Christmas time, many families enduring financial hardship find it difficult to give presents to their children. Our Trinity community has always given generously to the Anglicare Christmas Gift Appeal. We are encouraging all students to bring a gift to place under the Christmas tree at our end of year Christmas Assembly on 8 December. Gifts can be left at the Senior School Reception, in Mr Purcell’s office or under the Christmas tree in the Tudor Centre. To help with the variety of gifts, we are making the suggestion:
- Year 7 and Year 8 – soft toys and books
- Year 9 and 10 – sporting equipment
- Year 11 and 12 – clothes and shoes for children aged between 4 and 17 years of age
Thank you for your support of these appeals.
Assistant Chaplain and Director of Outreach
Dear Trinity Parents
What a busy few weeks we have had! It is wonderful having the boys back at school… and I have particularly enjoyed being on gate duty welcoming our Junior School students each morning, and ensuring they start the day with their daily dose of hand sanitiser ‘gloop’.
The Year 12 Valedictory Evening was held on Tuesday 27 October and streamed to hundreds of Trinity families. What an amazing experience for our community, especially as the event was held virtually this year. Huge thanks go to Kia Sadler, Maria Butler and the Valedictory Planning Committee for all their hard work and support. On behalf of the school, every Year 12 family received a beautiful (and very delicious) Charcuterie Hamper from Boccaccio Cellars, along with a special Trinity memento box for each student. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the calm and diligent work of Felicity Quilty, the Heads of Year 12, and our amazing IT team for pulling together this very special evening.
Usually at this time of the year we are in full Founders’ Day Fair preparation mode. The Fair will not be held this year; however, we are delighted to offer you an online option to purchase delicious items from the Trinity Fine Foods Stall. We will communicate more information regarding the items available and how to make your purchases in the coming weeks.
Our fabulous Class Reps have done such an amazing job this year. We can’t thank them enough for all the wonderful work they have done during such a tricky time, and for keeping their classes connected. If you would like to support your class next year, we would love to hear from you! We are assuming that unless notified, our current Class Reps will roll over into next year. However, if you are stepping down at the end of this year, please let us know.
Director of Development and Community Relations
Parents’ Association Meeting – Tuesday 17 November
Please click here to join the Parents’ Association Microsoft Teams Meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday 17 November, commencing at 7pm.
The Agenda and Minutes for this meeting will be distributed closer to the time. This will be the final Parents’ Association meeting for 2020.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information.
President of the Parents’ Association
Trinity TLC Community Support Group
Now more than ever it’s important that we work together to support the members of our community who are facing challenging times.
The TLC Group’s role is simply to fill the school freezer with delicious food and provide funds for additional items. The TGS Leadership Team identifies when a little TLC is needed and coordinates the distribution of care packages, ensuring discretion and confidentiality.
Cash Donations – Thank You
In addition to the volunteers who prepare delicious meals and lunchbox items and the 21 volunteers who are on standby to assist at short notice, we would like to thank everyone who has generously made a cash donation to the Group.
These donations will be used to purchase items such as supermarket vouchers, delivered meals and fruit/vegetable boxes.
If you would like to support the Group in this way, please click the link.
If you would like to prepare a meal and/or lunchbox item on a date which suits you, please let us know by clicking the link to add your name to the roster.
We are very grateful for all support and contributions. Please contact Alice Noonan and Angela Gill (Co-Convenors) via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Secondhand Book Sale
We are hoping to run the Secondhand Book Sale again this year, with a target date of Saturday 5 December. Due to current restrictions there will be changes made so we can make sure the Book Sale is COVID safe.
The good news is that there appears to be very few changes from last year’s book list.
We will be calling for volunteers to assist the week beforehand to help sort, categorise and arrange the books, and also to help on the day of the Book Sale. If you would like to help out beforehand with the planning and logistics of the Secondhand Book Sale, please email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Secondhand Book Sale Volunteer’.
We will be providing more details about the Book Sale, such as the list, drop-off dates and procedures in the coming weeks.
Secondhand Book Sale Convenor
Friday 6 November
Instrumental Music Scholarships
Monday 9 November
IGCSE English Literature Examination, 8:30am
Tuesday 10 November
VCAA Written Examinations commence 9:00am
OTGA Annual General Meeting, Hudson House 7.00pm, Online
Wednesday 11 November
Start of VCAA Exams
Prep (2021) Orientation Morning For Current ELC, 9.00am
Thursday 12 November
Senior School Assembly 8.20am
Trinity Shop 2.00 – 4.00pm