Edition 4, Term 1 2021
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From the Principal
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne and Trinity Grammar, Kew have a long and rich history together. In a few short years, we will be celebrating a century during which our school has provided choristers for the Cathedral choir. Each year we attend services at St Paul’s to induct our Year 7 students and farewell our Year 12s. I had my own commissioning there last year a few weeks before COVID changed everything.
This year’s ‘minor’ COVID hiccough pushed back our traditional Year 7 Induction Service to this week. On Monday night we gathered as many people as we were allowed to have in the building and enjoyed the chance to reflect on the start of the year, on being Year 7 students in general, and on looking ahead to the rest of their schooling and beyond. For my address, I referenced the biblical text, ‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us’ (Hebrews 12) when asking the boys to acknowledge that life is something that requires ‘stickability’ and we need assistance along the way. The role models available to us – at home, at school, in scripture and in life at large – can provide reference points to ways of living well. Some don’t, of course, and discerning between them is an important part of life’s journey.
Another tradition in our calendar is the Gold Mitre Lunch. Held for alumni of fifty years ago or more, it celebrates the schooling and lives of some of our esteemed Old Boys. It was humbling to meet so many proud students of the past who have gone on to lead such interesting lives. Some of them were part of the St Paul’s Choir all those years ago, too! The values that bind those older men to the young people in our care each day have not wearied with time. The Truth, Goodness and Service that we referenced on Monday night during our School Prayer was also recited ‘back in the day’ by the generations of Trinity students who have worn the Green and Gold.
Truth telling, being the best that we can be and living a life of service are all key elements of what we hope for in the character of our young people. It is not always easy to be all these things in a broader society that is characterised by temptation, hyper-connectivity and complexity. They are good principles none the less, and if our young people can seek out worthy role models from whom they can learn about developing perseverance, then we can run our race very worthily indeed.
From the ELC
One of the great strengths of our school is the sense of community. For the ELC children, this means there are many and varied opportunities for them to enjoy experiences beyond their classroom and within other areas of the school. They also enjoy it when we open our doors to the school community.
This week our Principal, Mr Adrian Farrer, came to the ELC and read to us. The children welcomed him into their space, introducing themselves, sharing their connection to Trinity with him. They were engrossed as he read the picture story book Wombat Stew to them.
Over the next few days, the children drew on this experience and during a discussion with one of our educators, proclaimed that they could try, ‘Wombat Yoga like the story Mr Farrer read to us.’
The children and teachers developed a sequence of yoga moves. They drew on previous knowledge and recalled the yoga positions they are learning to develop a Wombat Yoga session.
Together as teachers we become co-learners with the children and the community. Being responsive to their ideas as we develop our program stimulates their thinking and enriches their learning.
Connecting with others, and establishing and building relationships is vital to a child’s sense of connection, belonging and wellbeing here at our ELC.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
Notices and Announcements
2021 Student Residential Address Collection Notice
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department) has requested that your child’s school provides a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Commonwealth).
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.
From the Junior School
One of the benefits of working in a school that has students from age three to Year 12 is the power of cross-age mentoring. We see this within our school environment daily and it provides students with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in new ways. Our Year 4 and Year 6 students participated in an outdoor games afternoon last week in preparation for Camp Rumbug this week. The Year 6s act as a role models for the Year 4 students, leading them through various activities, encouraging them to try new things and supporting them through challenging experiences.
We also have Year 9 students join us on these camps so that they have the experience of leading a small group of students through the rotation of activities while on camp. This year, our buddy program will re-emerge, with every class being partnered with a class from another year level. These buddy programs offer an opportunity to learn from others, show empathy and act from a place of kindness. We look forward to continuing these and offering many more cross-age mentoring opportunities to the boys throughout the year.
Deputy Head of Junior School (Innovation and School Excellence)
Code Camp – Term 1 Break
Code Camp will be returning to Trinity for the Term 1 holidays from April 12 to April 16. These camps offer an opportunity to learn animation, coding and more. For more information, please go to http://www.codecamp.com.au/trinitygrammar or access the flyer here.
Senior School News
Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the House Performing Arts Festival last Tuesday evening. Results are as follows:
Cricket News: Pink Stumps Day
The Trinity first XI along with the Sports Captains, are celebrating our last match of the season at Bulleen, by holding a Pink Stumps Day to support the McGrath Foundation. The McGrath Foundation was co-founded by Jane McGrath, the late wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath. Each year they provide more than 150 breast care nurses across the country to support breast care patients and their families.
This Saturday 27 March, the match against Ivanhoe Grammar School begins at 10.00am at Bulleen. We encourage you to support the team in their last match of the season and help them to raise money for the McGrath Foundation through selling various pink items, donations and a raffle.
You can make a tax deductible donation here.
AGSV Representative Teams
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent the AGSV:
Tom Walker: Cricket
Ludolph Wiggett: Tennis
Ben Littlefield: Volleyball squad
Noah Rindt: Volleyball squad
Michael Sampsonidis: Volleyball squad
James Liu: Table Tennis (Captain)
Danny Vu: Table Tennis
Spike Mananov: Basketball
Dihan Wiggett: Basketball
Year 11/12 Parent Teacher Interviews
To register for interviews, you can book directly on the PTO system. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on Monday 29 March from 3.00pm.
Science Lab coats and safety glasses
Due to hygiene reasons we are planning on putting lab coats and safety glasses on the booklist from 2022. As a short term measure this year, we are providing students with their own safety glasses which they need to be responsible for. If students break or lose them, they will need to replace them themselves.
Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School
Supporting Your Son’s Reading
There is no doubt that reading is important but encouraging teenage boys to engage with books can become increasingly difficult as they move through secondary school. Parents of students in Years 7 and 8 are invited to join Erin Wamala (Teacher Librarian) and Anna Corney (Deputy Head of English) as they outline the ways in which the English and Library departments are supporting your son’s reading at school, and present strategies for how you can support and encourage him at home.
Date: Thursday, May 6
Trinity finished a very creditable second in the AGSV Swimming on Friday night. Congratulations to the team, Head Coach Mr McEwin and Captains Jerway Zhang and Logan Bishop.
There were many great swims with wins in the 4 x 50m U13 Medley Relay (Daytona Derbogosijan, Darcy Stewart, Cayden Quah and Charlie Tanner); Noah Rindt winning the U17 50m Freestyle; Daniel Ding winning the U17 50m Breaststroke; Patrick Bian coming first in the U15 50m Backstroke; and Bryan Zheng winning two events: the U14 50m Breaststroke and U14 50m Backstroke
It is 56 years since Trinity won the swimming but last Friday saw Camberwell win the event after 60 years! It was a great result to see Camberwell and Trinity, two of the AGSV founding schools in the top two positions. Well done to the team.
Senior Inter-School Debating Competition
The DAV Inter-School Debating Competition is set to begin on Monday 29 March at Camberwell Boys’ Grammar School. The Debating Page on myTGS has been updated and all information can be found here.
A sea of excited faces could be seen in Arnold Hall last Wednesday, when students attended a training session for all debaters (Years 9-12) in preparation for a thought-provoking and stimulating competition ahead.
Parents and friends are welcome to come along and support our boys at the following times:
Year 9 (D Grade) – 8pm-9pm
Year 10 (C Grade) – 7pm-8pm
Year 11 (B Grade) – 7pm-8pm
Year 12 (A Grade) – 8pm-9pm
Head of School Debating
2021 Senior School Play OPENS THIS WEEK!
Trinity Grammar School, Kew and Ruyton Girls’ School present the 2021 Senior School Play, Macbeth Re-Arisen, by David Mence. Macbeth Re-Arisen picks up where Shakespeare left off, with a comic-infused sequel to the original Macbeth. Back from the dead, zombie Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, lead their zombie followers in a quest to prise Scotland away from the arms of King Malcolm. The Senior School Play involves students of Years 10 to 12 in both cast and crew. This production has been licensed through the Australian Script Centre.
Head of Drama
Flexischools: new cafeteria ordering system for the start of Term 2
At the start of Term 2, we will be introducing a new online, cashless cafeteria ordering system, Flexischools, which will replace MyMonitor.
Flexischools is a solution which will allow you to easily top up your Senior School son’s cafeteria account, or place a lunch order for your Junior School son.
In the coming weeks we will inform families via a Connect message of the steps required to set up an account and get ready for the start of Term 2. If you have a child at another school which already uses Flexischools, you can simply use the same account and add the Trinity details.
We hope this step forward will support families with a more convenient and efficient process of placing cafeteria orders.
Educational Support Manager
Congratulations to the following students who were acknowledged at the end of the House Performing Arts Festival for their excellent performances:
Vocal Solo: Harry Blade, Arnold House
Guitar: Kaidin Ameti, Henty
Vocal/Piano: Henry Smith, Hindley
Vocal: Ben Reynolds, Kent-Hughes
Annual String Concert
Our Annual String Concert will be held in the South Room on WEDNESDAY 31 March at 7.00pm and will to be live-streamed.
Over 170 students from Prep to Year 12 will be performing in the following groups: Suzuki Double Bass, Suzuki Cello, Suzuki Violin, Stringlets, Stringers, Marles String Orchestra, Trinity Strings, Senior Strings and a Double Bass Spectacular group.
Director of Music
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Kew – Choir Scholarships
Positions available now for all voices.
Trinity students are invited to join!
10-20% scholarship towards school fees, music training,
making new friends, confidence building, self-discipline,
teamwork and just having fun are some of the reasons
for joining Holy Trinity Choir.
Boys perform Sundays at 10.00am during the service, rehearsal at 9.00am and finish at 12.00pm.
All enquiries are most welcome. Contact the Director of Music, Stephen Kerr:
firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0422 524 574
Click here for more information.
As Holy Week approaches, despite the busy rhythm of our work, home and school lives, the church calls us to enter into the darkest and most solemn chapter of the story of Christ, that of his death and passion. One of the most intense moments of this story is the Agony in the Garden, when Jesus pleads with his Heavenly Father: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.’ In this prayer we see his humanness recoil from the horror of the physical torture that is to come. But as the Son of God, he knows where ultimate and eternal life lies, and it is through obedience to the Father.
I have been contemplating this scene lately, as we draw closer to Holy Week, and pondering what was at the heart of his anguish. I wonder if the worst part was the knowledge that he was soon to see the worst traits of humankind, viscerally close to him. Beginning with Judas’ betrayal, his close friend Peter’s denial of him, the mockery and cruelty of the soldiers, the callousness and contempt of the crowd (the same crowd that had so joyously welcomed him into Jerusalem only days before), Jesus knew that the hours ahead would be utterly bereft of the qualities love and mercy. People made in the image of God would turn their backs on the God of love and give in to their basest instincts.
Yet Jesus never gives in to this hatred himself. Indeed, astonishingly, he actually advocates for and asks his Father’s forgiveness for those crucifying him. Neither does his own agony blind him to the needs of others, making provision for his mother, Mary, to be looked after by his disciple John.
It is these moments of stunning grace and mercy that give a clue to the very natural question often asked by boys in the Junior School: ’Why, if Jesus died, is it called Good Friday?’ It is because the Son, in all his perfection and innocence, died on the cross for the sins of all of us, so that we might have eternal life with the Father.
And that is very Good News indeed.
Junior School Chaplain
A forum to acknowledge and celebrate International Women’s Day was hosted by the Parents’ Association last week at CRU in Kew. Deputy Principal, Susan Hill, writer Susie O’Brien and Chairman of Boroondara Care, Helen Worledge, were invited as guest speakers on a panel which spoke on a number of critical contemporary issues such as consent, vaping and inequality in education. Many thanks to those who attended and also to Heidi Pfeffer and Lisa Williams for organising the event.
This week, the Community Engagement Office hosted the annual Gold Mitre Lunch, an occasion to mark the passing of 50 years since graduation for our OTG community. Two of our oldest OTGs attended, Douglas Beer and Alan Fookes (both OTG 1942), with Doug remarking that it had been 90 years exactly since he began his Trinity journey at age six! Special thanks to our Alumni Coordinator Sharon Kendall for organising this wonderful lunch.
Also, thanks to our Year 12 parent volunteers who have joined the Food, Valedictory and After Party Committees. The first of our scone morning teas was held last Thursday for the Year 12s and the scones were very well received by the boys to say the least. We know they will look forward to these occasions in the coming months.
Don’t forget that the PA AGM is next week on Tuesday 23 March at 7.00pm in Arnold Hall. You are most welcome to attend and join us for refreshments after the meeting.
Director of Community Engagement
Parents’ Association AGM, Arnold Hall (CBSE Building)
Tuesday 23 March 7.00pm
Community Forum, Arnold Hall (CBSE Building)
Wednesday 24 March 7.30pm
Saturday 27 March from 10.00am – Pink Stumps Day cricket match – Trinity First XI vs Ivanhoe Grammar at the Daley Oval, Bulleen. Support the McGrath Foundation and donate to our Pink Stumps Day!
Help ensure the 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses can continue to provide support to families experiencing breast cancer. Donate to our Pink Stumps Day by coming along to the match or at https://www.pinkstumpsday.com.au/fundraisers/TGScricket
Wednesday 24 March
2021 National Rowing Championships commence
Year 6 Camp Waratah Bay commences
Year 4 Camp Rumbug concludes, 3.15pm
2021 TGS Community Forum, Centre for Business and Livestream 7.30pm
Thursday 25 March
Trinity Shop, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Senior School Play Performance, 7.00pm
Friday 26 March
JS AGSV Swimming Carnival, MSAC
Year 6 Camp Waratah Bay concludes, 3.15pm
Senior School Play Performance, 7.00pm
Saturday 27 March
AGSV Firsts Team Finals
Staff v All Start Student T20_Pink Stumps, Bulleen 8:00am
Trinity Shop, 10.30am-12.30pm
Senior School Play Matinée Performance, 2.00pm
Senior School Play Performance, 7.00pm
Sunday 28 March
2021 National Rowing Championships conclude
Monday 29 March
Early Finish Senior School Professional Learning – no Sport, Music or Co-curricular Activities, 2.45pm
JS SSV Regional Swimming Carnival, MSAC
Year 11-12 Parent-Teacher Interviews, Online
Tuesday 30 March
AGSV Representative Summer Sport vs APS
Combined Summer Sports Dinner, Centre for the Arts, 7.00pm
Wednesday 31 March
2019 OTG Reunion, 6.30pm
Annual String Concert, Livestream, 7.00pm
Thursday 1 April
Junior School Easter Bonnet, Boot and Belt Parade, Roberts House
Year 3-6 Easter Service, Holy Trinity Church Kew
No Year 12 Ruyton classes Periods 3-6
Winter Sport Team Meetings, 8.25am
Senior School Easter Assembly, 2.25pm
Boarders Exeat 3.30pm
Term 1 concludes