Edition 4, Term 1 – 2019
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So much to write about and so many great things happening at Trinity!
Firstly, however, many thanks to all parents for the support they have given their sons so far this year. I hope you share my perception of how we are travelling: the place is well and truly settled after the disturbances of Terms 1 and 2 in 2018 and their aftermath; the boys are smiling, participating, cooperating, working hard and (especially since the introduction of the Mobile Phone Policy) talking to each other. There is also a genuine effervescence in our staff rooms. In sporting parlance, therefore, we are ‘on a roll’. May it continue.
At the top of the agenda is the School’s response to the tragedy in Christchurch. Last Monday we held prayers at staff briefings, flew the flags at half mast, and opened the Chapel at lunchtime for students and staff who wished to pray and light candles, or just have some quiet reflective time. Our Chaplains and School Counsellors were also in attendance. In last week’s Headmaster’s Assembly, Ben Fox (Year 12) delivered an outstanding talk on the shocking events and their impact. Pointing out that 21 March was National Harmony Day, Ben focused not on the tragedy itself, but on community responses that followed. He noted that, especially in the case of Jacinda Ardern, ‘have shown us the importance of being a member of a tolerant and compassionate community that reaches out and offers support’. In citing Ardern’s now famous words ‘this is not us, this is not who we are’, Ben praised the New Zealand Prime Minister for ‘giving us powerful messages about the values of kindness, inclusiveness, tolerance and respect’. Ben closed by asking the boys to think about how they might find ways to act that represent, define and strengthen the us to which Jacinda Ardern referred.
At the same assembly, we had a significant focus on Closing the Gap. Our guest speaker was Ngaree Blow, a proud Indigenous woman with an extremely impressive background and wonderful future ahead as a paediatrician. In highlighting the tardiness of our society to meet the Closing the Gap goals of ten years ago, Ngaree appealed for our support in addressing Indigenous disadvantage. In introducing Ngaree, Nate Muir (Year 12) spoke extremely well about his own Indigenous heritage and how Trinity had greatly assisted him in his life’s journey to date.
In recent weeks, I have had the pleasure of attending the following:
- The opening of the wonderful Junior School Playground (how good does it look?)
- The F1 in Schools National Finals at Bosch in Clayton, where 12 of our boys did extremely well. And our senior team, Evolve, comprising Adam Blunt, Stuart Bryce and Nabil Hassine from Year 11 and Charles Palfreeman from Year 10, was crowned Australian Champions. The boys are off to Abu Dhabi in November to contest the World Championships.
- The Scotch-Mercantile Rowing Regatta at Nagambie where our rowers competed against wide representation of schools. Our rowers have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.
- The AGSV Cricket Grand Final at Bulleen, where our boys, captained by Doug Warren, won the premiership by defeating PEGS.
- The Gold Mitre Lunch (open to Old Boys who left Trinity 50 or more years ago) attended by a record 170 OTGs. It was a fabulous occasion and the feeling in the room (and at the Kew RSL afterwards) was fantastic. Undoubtedly, the best alumni event I have ever attended.
- The Community Forum (on the same night as the Gold Mitre Lunch), where School Council provided honest and transparent feedback to over 200 Trinity stakeholders on a range of matters, including Constitutional reform (the proposed new Constitution is now on the school’s website for feedback), transition to a new School Council, school finances, and historical failings at Trinity.
- The AGSV Swimming Finals at MSAC, where our boys carried the colours well, scoring our highest points tally for some years to finish only four points off third in fifth place.
Highlights of the next two weeks will be:
- The Senior School Play, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, from 28-30 March
- Open Day – Saturday 30 March
- House Performing Arts Festival – Tuesday 2 April
I must also provide feedback on our Mobile Phone Policy. In operational terms, it is working, as we are only collecting a handful of phones each day. We are now also able to comment on the Policy’s effectiveness – boys are definitely talking to each other much more and this can only be good. Many thanks for the parental support on this policy initiative.
In closing, I have had a request for a reading recommendation. My time with books falls away during term time, but I did just re-read William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies (we study it in Year 10). It is right up there as one of my all-time best reads and if you haven’t read it, I strongly encourage you to do so; and if you have read it before, pick it up again!
Phil De Young
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
2019 Student Residential Address Collection Notice
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department) has requested that your child’s school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth).
A statement of addresses contains:
- Student residential address (not student names)
- Student level of education (ie. whether the student is a primary or secondary student)
- Student boarding school status (ie. whether the student is boarding or a day student)
- Names and residential addresses of the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
What you need to do:
You are not required to do anything. Trinity is responsible for providing the requested details to the department, however, please ensure that we have the most up-to-date and correct details for your family.
For more information regarding this data collection, please read the notice from the Department of Education and Training
The Mitre Cookbook
The Mitre Cookbook – a collection of cherished recipes from the Trinity Community. Full of photographs, stories and recipes, this limited edition book was created by staff, parents, students and Old Boys, who gave their time and expertise – it is truly a community effort.
The cookbook costs $40.00 and all proceeds will be distributed to the Parents’ Association, the Mito Foundation and Canteen.
This wonderful book would make a lovely present or memento. Many Trinity families have also purchased the cookbook for their sons to take as gifts when they go overseas on school tours or exchanges.
Where to buy The Mitre Cookbook:
- Open Day (Saturday 30 March)
- Senior School Reception
- Junior School Reception
- Hudson House
- The Trinity Shop (second-hand uniform shop) on the days it is open
- Online via this link (postage fee applies)
- Readings, Hawthorn
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Saturday 30 March 10.30am – 2.00pm
The Headmaster invites all our families to attend Open Day 2019 on Saturday 30 March. This is an excellent opportunity for current parents, guardians and grandparents to see the school, talk to staff, see the displays and artworks. Our ELC, Junior and Senior Schools will all be open and there will be HPAF rehearsals taking place for four of our eight Houses. We look forward to seeing you here on the day.
Our AGSV swimmers competed last Friday night at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). The team, led by Nick Torrance finished fifth overall but only four points behind the third-placed school. This was an excellent effort and we congratulate the team and coaches, Mr McEwin, Mr Lundie, Mr Pye and Mr Stewart. Trinity performed particularly well in a number of events:
- Open 4x50m Freestyle – Sejune Park, Nick Torrance, Sam Bennett and Doug Warren
- U16 50m Breaststroke – Jerway Zhang
- U14 50m Breaststroke – Mitchell Stewart
- U13 50m Freestyle – Patrick Bian
Congratulations to Hamish Jobling (Year 11) on winning the Victorian State Karate Championship in the Junior Male Kumite Division.
Year 9 Play – Picnic at Hanging Rock
Last Thursday and Friday, Year 9 students from Ruyton and Trinity performed Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was a terrific production, and our congratulations are extended to the six Trinity boys in the cast: James Blanch, David Dodson, Tristan Duffin, Reece Harrison, Dex Kelly and Aden Wilmshurst.
Alex Brown, Lachlan Chen, Alvin Doan, Jasper Lawrence, Tim Le, William Oliver, Cale Martin and Winston Zhang were part of the Backstage Crew.
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 a special matinée performance at 2.30pm on Open Day. For more information and to book tickets please click here.
F1 in Schools National Champions
Shortly before the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, 36 of the best teams from around Australia gathered at Bosch Australia to compete at the F1 in Schools National Finals for 2019.
Congratulations to three very hardworking Trinity teams:
- Team Evolve: Adam Blunt (Year 11), Stuart Bryce (Year 11), Nabil Hassine (Year 11), Charles Palfreeman (Year 10) were crowned National Champions 2019 Professional Class and were also awarded Grand Prix Race, Fastest Lap (1.083 seconds over 20m) and Best Manufactured Car.
- Team Catalyst: Thomas Arbon, Lachlan Geier, Owen Grayson, Andrew Greig (Year 10) placed a commendable fifth in the Professional Class were also named Knockout Champions.
- Team Ayaks: James Blanch, Tim Crichton, Alexander Liu, Liam Moran (Year 9) placed a commendable sixth in the Development Class and were also awarded Grand Prix Race and Knockout Champions.
Andrew Greig was presented with the CAMS Motor Sport Award which includes a Sandown Racecourse driving experience.
Team Evolve have now been invited to represent Australia at the F1 in Schools World Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi in November 2019.
VCE Excursion to Barwon Heads
On the Monday 18 March, our Unit 1 Biology students conducted fieldwork in and around Port Philip Bay, including a shore snorkel, marine biology boat cruise, aquarium session and a rock pool activity at Barwon Heads.
During the snorkel, students were immersed in the beauty of Victoria’s marine diversity, and discovered a host of marine life during the boat cruise. Material from the bottom of the bay was sorted by students on the deck of the boat and included crabs, sea stars, seahorses, sponges and some fish. The focus of this cruise was animal and plant adaptations, classification, biodiversity, human impacts and issues affecting the Bay.
Students investigated the patterns of distribution of animals and plants on the Barwon Heads rock platform using transect lines and quadrats.
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Daniel Gu at VCE Top Class Evening Showcase and Concert
Daniel Gu – 2019 Music Co-Captain – gave a spectacular performance on the flute at the Top Class VCE Evening Showcase on Monday 18 March at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and was invited to perform for a second time on Tuesday 19 March at VCE Top Class Concert One. Daniel performed the Sonata for Flute and Piano (Presto energico) by Lowell Liebermann, and Sonata (Moderato) by Prokofiev. We congratulate Daniel on these fine performances and celebrate his exceptional level of musicianship. Daniel is taught by Mr Andrew Day.
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, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf. 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. Additional seats may now be booked by clicking here. Please contact email@example.com directly if you have any queries.
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.
Annual Strings Concert
The 2019 String Concert will be held on Thursday 4 April at 7.00pm in the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Kew. Members of the Suzuki Ensembles, the Stringlets, the Stringers, Marles String Orchestra, Trinity Strings and Senior Strings will all perform. Tickets are available via this link. Please contact email@example.com directly if you have any queries.
During Chapel this term, Year 7 and 8 students will examine different encounters with Jesus. The purpose of these encounters is to show that these were powerful experiences that can and have had profound impact for us today: they help explain not only different aspects of Christianity, but help to answer some of life’s biggest questions.
Throughout the first semester we will look at 10 encounters with different people, one of these encounters is with a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus is a leader in his town, a Hebrew high court judge, he is rich and an upstanding Jew; he couldn’t be more religious if he tried. The problem for Nicodemus is that he has been approaching his God the wrong way; he had been trying to earn his way into heaven based on his works and religious status. Jesus in this encounter points out to Nicodemus that it doesn’t matter how religious, good or moral you are, everyone is welcome to have a relationship with Jesus. Jesus says to Nicodemus that you must have faith in me, that is all that is required to follow me. This would have been devastating to Nicodemus, but it is in fact amazing news for him and for us.
The encouraging thing for us is that it doesn’t matter who we are, if we have been to Church or lived a good life we can all have faith in Jesus. We can all approach Him, talk to Him, have a relationship with him. This Easter, as we reflect on Jesus Death and Resurrection, I encourage you to investigate Jesus. Go along to an Easter service at Church, read the Bible, talk to a Christian friend or Chaplain.
Have a great week. God Bless.
Rev’d James Hale
Adjourned TGS Parents’ Association AGM
Arnold Hall, CBSE – Tuesday 26 March 2019, 7.00pm
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.
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 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:
Saturday 30 March: 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Pricing: Kylie Oliver, Kylie Payman, Melinda Nash
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Sunny Fan, Janet Brown
Thursday 4 April: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Fiona Griffiths, Julie Limmer
- Sales: Meileen Tan, Christina Branagan, Winnie Cai
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
WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH, 7.30PM
7E Mums’ Dinner
Join the mums from Form 7E for a dinner and catch up. Cash payments on the night direct to restaurant.
Venue: Estivo Restaurant and Bar – 330 High St, Kew
RSVP: Catriona Russell via firstname.lastname@example.org
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