Edition 4, Term 3 – 2019
MENU: Editorial | Notices and Announcements | From the ELC | Junior School | Senior School | Music News | Chaplain’s Chat | Community Relations
We are in sight of the end of Term 3, and our Year 12s are very much at the pointy end of their time at Trinity. They have worked hard in their studies and participated keenly in the cocurricular program. And, importantly, they have led the student cohort well. I have really enjoyed getting to know them over the last five terms, and I look forward to celebrating their final days with them in Term 4. There will be not much rest for them over the holiday break, with revision sessions in the first week, and trial exams in the final week.
We continue to do much for others at Trinity, with perhaps the highlight of this term being the Bloody Long Walk on Sunday 24 August. Over 120 members of our community walked to raise funds for the Mito Foundation. This year, we contributed almost $36,000 – a remarkable effort. You will recall with sadness that we lost Hugh Blunt (OTG 2018) earlier this year to Mitochondrial Disease.
And just last Friday, our Year 12 boys organised a White Ribbon event, where students from neighbouring schools joined Trinity students to raise awareness about domestic violence against women. More than 150 students came to Trinity and enjoyed a sausage sizzle followed by a talk in Arnold Hall from Tara Hartnett. Tara sits as a Magistrate at the Dandenong Court, where she frequently adjudicates in domestic violence cases. Her stories were eye-opening and spell-binding, and her message was clear: it’s up to men to make changes if we are to address the scourge of domestic violence in Australia.
Last Thursday morning I attended the annual Junior School Father’s Day Breakfast. We had a magician entertain us, and he had the boys enthralled with his tricks and humour. How he managed to remove my watch without me knowing is still a major mystery. He’s either extremely good, or I’m losing it!
Last Sunday, I also had the pleasure of attending our Service of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Conducted by our Chaplains and Bishop Lindsay Urwin, one boy was baptised and 12 others were confirmed.
The last two weeks of term will see a music extravaganza. The Jazz Concert that followed the White Ribbon event on Friday evening was fabulous, with boys from across Junior and Senior School levels performing in eight stand-alone ensembles. The much-acclaimed Stage Band closed the night with The Jazz Police, by Gordon Goodwin. It was, literally, a show-stopper.
On Tuesday night I will enjoy the St Paul’s Choir Soiree in the Crawley Centre and on Wednesday and Thursday this week we have the Junior School Gala and Concerto Concerts, both at the Hawthorn Town Hall. And just to make sure we get our fill of performing arts, the Middle School Play will run on Friday and Saturday nights.
To close out the term, our boys will attempt to defend their AGSV Athletics title on 11 September at Lakeside Stadium, and our singers will entertain us at the Choral Concert at Hawthorn Town Hall later that evening.
To those who are travelling over the holidays, do so safely. To all of you, take time to recharge the batteries and, hopefully, appreciate some warmer weather.
Phil De Young
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Main Reception hours during holidays and Term 4
Main Reception will be closed during the middle week of the upcoming school holidays – Monday 23 September to Thursday 26 September, with Friday 27 September being the AFL Grand Final eve public holiday.
During this time Main Reception will not be manned, and the front door will be locked. Calls to the School’s main phone number will be diverted to voicemail, which will be retrieved on Monday 30 September.
The firstname.lastname@example.org email address will not be monitored until Monday 30/9
Please also be aware that during Term 4, Main Reception will be closing at 4.30pm instead of its current 5.00pm closing time. This is a trial for the remainder of the School year, and if successful, will be implemented permanently from the start of Term 1, 2020.
Education Support Manager
FROM THE ELC
Last Thursday and Friday morning, there was a buzz in the ELC as we welcomed all dads for our Father’s Day breakfasts. The children were so excited to share this special time with dads, grandpas and friends, and carefully made presents and cards – including colourful ties – which were very well received. The children proudly showed their visitors around their rooms, introducing friends and engaging them in some of their favourite experiences.
We now look forward to Grandparents and Friends Mornings this week, and know the children will be just as enthusiastic about sharing time with these family members.
A reminder to parents that forms for the Term 3 Holiday Program have now been distributed. If you wish for your child to participate in this program, please ensure that the forms are completed and returned no later than Friday 6 September.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
AFL State Championships in the Junior School
After winning the District, Divisional and Regional finals, our Junior School AFL teammade it through to the State finals, held at St Helena in Greensborough on Wednesday 21 August.
In our first game we played against Guthrie Street Primary School. In a close and very windy encounter we held on and won 2.3.15 to 1.4.10.
In our second game we played St Mary’s Sale. After we settled, we were able to open the game up and we ran out winners by 14 points.
We knew our last pool match against St Joseph’s Warrnambool was going to be extremely tough as they had won both of their games. We had a quiet first half and found ourselves four goals down at half time. We then kicked four goals in eight minutes to run out winners by two points in a thriller!
In the Grand Final and playing for the state title we played Marymede Primary School. Unfortunately, they were too good for us but we worked hard, right to the very end.
It has been a pleasure working, coaching and getting to know these boys and we are already looking forward to 2020.
Jon Knight and Joel Mathew
German Poetry Competition
Congratulations to Max Schade, Yida Fang and Oskar Hauge, who made into the state finals of the AGTV Poetry Competition, held on Saturday 17 August, at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg. A special mention to Max, who won fifth prize in his category against competitors from across Victoria. We hope to see Max, Yida and Oskar as well as many other boys in the competition in 2020.
National Cross Country Championships
Will Katic (12 year boys) and Luke Gorski (11 year boys) were proud to represent Victoria at the recent Australian Cross Country Championships 2019 in Wollongong. We congratulate both boys on their efforts and for representing Victoria – a fine achievement.
SSV Trinity Athletics Team 2019
The South Yarra SSV District Athletics Carnival was run in near perfect weather conditions at the Box Hill Athletics Track on Monday 26 August. A wonderful team performance from our entire team saw Trinity awarded the overall boys District Athletics trophy. There were some outstanding individual performances, and the boys listed below have all qualified to compete at the upcoming Beachside Divisional Athletics Carnival which will be run on Friday 6 September at the Lakeside Track in Albert Park.
10 Years: Jake Witkowski, Neil Luo, Alexander Yim, Patrick Tee-Wu, William Stratford and Luca Hartnett.
11 Years: Leo Hemming, Noah Papadopoulos, William Comer, Daytona Derbogosijan, Sean Lee, Charlie Harris, William Johnson and Flynn Callow-Sussex.
12+ Years: Noah Carrick, Leonardo Lamont, Liam Chuen and Oliver Michail.
Well done and congratulations also to the following boys who all equalled or broke South Yarra District Athletic Records
- Patrick Tee Wu – Long Jump
- William Stratford – High Jump
- Jake Witkowski – 100m & 200m
- Charlie Harris – High Jump
Director of Junior School Sport and Cocurricular Activities
Camp Trinity September 2019
Camp Trinity will be held for five days during the first week of the upcoming September school holidays, beginning on Monday 16 and concluding on Friday 20 September. Camp Trinity is staffed by Junior School teachers, and the activities are designed to be engaging for boys from Prep through to Year 6.
Click here to view the Camp Trinity program for September 2019.
Camp Trinity Coordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Good luck to the 400m and 200m relay runners who compete at the AGSV Athletics Elimination Heats on Thursday. The main competition will be held on Wednesday 11 September. Trinity has won the Athletics Carnival for 11 years in a row, and will hopefully perform well again this year. Good luck to all athletes!
Congratulations to the following boys on taking up leadership roles for Athletics
- Captain: Tristan Day
- Vice-Captains: Josh McLeod, Matt Hatzikostas and Ryan McAuliffe
The annual Trinity Jazz Night was held last Friday night in the South Room. It was a fantastic night of music, and we congratulate the musicians and staff on a wonderful concert.
There are two more important concerts coming up: the Concerto Concert on Thursday 5 September, and the Choral Concert on Wednesday 11 September.
Both concerts will be held at Hawthorn Town Hall, with no cost for either. We look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to the 13 boys who made the decision to be confirmed and/or baptised last Sunday.
- Noah Carrick (Year 6)
- Peter Girdlestone (Year 6)
- Noah Hodge (Year 6)
- James Thomas (Year 6)
- Hamish Winters (Year 6)
- Joshua Ackland (Year 7)
- Ben Braithwaite (Year 7)
- Nicholas Kum (Year 7)
- Zacharias Lydon (Year 7)
- Inigo Tropea (Year 7)
- Finn Barker (Year 8)
- Finlay White (Year 8)
- Nathaniel Kum (Year 11)
Thank you to Bishop Lindsay Urwin and Rev’d Campbell for confirming the boys.
Mother’s and Son’s Breakfast
We recently welcomed almost 150 mothers and their sons to the Year 7 Mothers and Sons Breakfast event. Those in attendance heard from to Dr Vicky Cocotis, mother of our School Captain Harris Mastras, and Harris talk about their time at Trinity. It was an excellent and most enjoyable event.
Victorian School Music Festival (VSMF)
Congratulation to the Symphonic Wind ensemble, which participated in the VSMF over a number of weeks. Last Thursday, they were publicly acknowledged with a Platinum Award for an outstanding performance. This is the first time Trinity has been acknowledged in this way. Platinum Awards are reserved for only the very best performance.
Congratulation to the boys and Mr Ransome.
Middle School Play, ‘Monkey – Journey to the West’
by Andrew Blackman and Petra Kalive
- Friday 6 September, 7.00pm
- Saturday 7 September
Venue: Cotham Road Show Room, Trinity Grammar School
This production has been licensed through the Australian Script Centre
German Poetry Competition
Congratulations to Alastair Murphy from Year 8 on his recent success in the AGTV German Poetry Competition. His outstanding poetry recital in the regional competition won him a position in the finals which took place on Saturday 17 August at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg. From among a field of state-wide competitors, Alastair achieved an amazing second place. His delivery of the poem was convincing and appropriate to audience and purpose, emphasizing his deservedness of this fantastic prize. Well done, Alastair, and we hope to see you in the competition again next year!
Congratulations to the following boys who will be debating in the finals series over the next two weeks:
- C Grade (Year 10): Haydn Tang, Marcus Santilli, Owen Grayson, Kevin Nimalraj, Jeremy Fox, Kai Wong.
- B Grade (Year 11): William Browning, Andrew Lim, Finn Horan, Rishov Doloi, Jack Stewart.
Well done to Aden Wilmshurst (Year 9) and Max Yakubowski (Year 10) who are the recipients of the illustrious Swannie Award, having achieved the title of ‘Best Speaker’ in every inter-school debate this season!
Our budding new Year 7 and 8 debaters competed in their first round of debates last week. Hosted by TGS and under the guidance of Ben Fox, Tom Denovan, Ved Jithoo, Finn Horan, Max Yakubowski, Dihan Wiggett, Samarth Goel and Lucas Aceski, the boys displayed great skill and potential, debating the topic ‘that we should ban junk food in schools’. Harry Johnson, Miles Guy, Taj Vishnoi, Michael Fan, Justin Kwong, Dulnith Samaraweera and Ben Noonan all received Best Speaker awards.
We invite you to come along and support the boys at any of the aforementioned events. You will have the opportunity to witness debates of a high quality against formidable opponents.
Head of Debating
WELS School Holiday Leadership Program
WELS will once again run their leadership programs during the upcoming school holidays. The programs offer students an opportunity to develop essential life and leadership skills through adventure and challenge.
Date: Monday 30 September – Wednesday 2 October 2019
Venue: Trinity Grammar School, Kew
Programs available include:
- Three-day program @ Trinity and Yarra Bend area
- Core Program (9.00am-2.00pm) or full-day extended program (9.00am-4.30pm)
- Junior Program (6/7-10 years) or Middle Years Program (11-14 years)
- Optional Extension Program: 3-4 October (two days) or Team Challenge Days
To register or find out more click here
Trinity Jazz Night 2019
Congratulations to the students who performed at the Trinity Jazz Night on Friday 30 August. Performers included members of the Junior Jazz Band, Big Band, Stage Band, Trintones, Augmented Sevenths and Belling Jazz. Many thanks also to the members of Trinity Friends of Music for their support of this event.
The 2019 Concerto Concert will be held on Thursday 5 September at 7.00pm at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Soloists will include Sejune Park (Violin), Daniel Gu (Flute), Terry Gu (Oboe), Daniel Moshopoulos (Marimba), St John Barter-Waters (Cello) and Samuel Li (Violin). No tickets are required.
Choral Concert – Community Choir
The Trinity Grammar School Choral Concert will be held on Wednesday 11 September at 7.00pm at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Trinity staff, students, families and friends are all invited to attend. No tickets are required. The featured work for this concert will be the sublime Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The Requiem will be performed with a number of companion pieces featuring Senior Choir, Middle School Choir, Junior Choir, TGS Community Choir, the Senior String Orchestra and the Fauré orchestra.
2020 Music Tour to Italy
Students currently in Years 7 – 10 are encouraged to consider this special tour which will take place in the Term 3 holiday break, 2020. Please email Michelle Stanic to express your interest in attending the tour.
Recently, I sat down to watch ‘The Final Quarter’, which focuses on the last few years of Adam Goodes’ AFL career. Goodes had an amazing career playing at the Swans, but was pushed out of the game because he stood up against racism.
During the documentary, I felt extremely embarrassed and ashamed at how Australians had responded to him at the time. The film leaves you thinking that it is not just people in the media who have some negative views about Indigenous Australians, but indeed that many Australians share these views.
During the documentary, it became clear that people thought that calling an Indigenous person ‘King Kong’ or an ‘Ape’ was acceptable or humorous. Adam Goodes was just a ‘bit of a sook’ for calling it out and expressing distaste for the comments. So, I guess along those lines, the booing was just because he was a bad sport or because he staged for free kicks. But the documentary left you with no possible defense of this viewpoint, Adam Goodes did not see it as a joke he was deeply offended and distressed by the treatment. He interpreted it as racist and, in my opinion, it was racists.
The material in ‘The Final Quarter’ is very difficult to watch, and it can leave you feeling a little bit powerless. In a lot of ways, it would have been easier for Goodes to accept the racist comments, and just brush them aside (if that is even possible). But thankfully for all of Australia he didn’t. Instead, he is attempting to make Australia a more tolerant and accepting country by calling out racism.
It’s important that we become accepting and tolerant of different races and cultures, particularly Indigenous Australians. If there is one thing you can learn from the documentary it is that words matter, and they ought to be used responsibly.
The Bible says that ‘God created us in His own image, in the image of God he created them’ (Genesis 1:27). God created all people in his image, meaning that we are all the same, all humankind is loved by God, and therefore we should love all people regardless of race.
At Trinity, I hope that we can learn from the Adam Goodes situation, and that we can be leaders of tolerance and acceptance – people who are careful in how they use our words and recognise that words are hurtful.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please email me at email@example.com.
Have a great week.
Rev’d James Hale
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.
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 5 September. 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.
Secondhand Book Stall
We will be welcoming and accepting donations of secondhand books for this popular stall at the TGS Fair.
What: We accept all clean, good quality books (except encyclopaedias or textbooks)
When: From the start of Term 4 until Friday 8 November (8.30am-4.00pm Monday-Friday).
Where: Hudson House, 53 Wellington Street, Kew
We are also looking for volunteers to support the following roles:
- Pre-sorting of donated books from early in Term 4
- Setup on Saturday 16 November
- Sales 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 17 November
- Pack-up on Sunday 17 November from 4.00pm onwards
If you are able to help out even for an hour or two, please do so! Please register via volunteersignup.org/3RB9L
Designer and Vintage Clothing Stall
Last year’s stall was a huge success – we pretty much sold out! We couldn’t have done it without all your generous donations.
We all have at least one item hanging in the wardrobe that we adore but will never actually wear! Now is the time to cleanse, throw your wardrobe doors open, and let those unworn jailbirds fly! Did you know the fashion industry is the world’s second most polluting industry? How can you help? Join the Trinity fashion merry go round. It’s simple, donate your unwanted clothing treasures, then on Fair day, head along to our stall and pick up something just perfect for you!
What we need to run another successful stall:
- Clothing: Quality used and new women’s, men’s and children’s clothes
- Shoes: clean good quality only please
- Handbags, belts and hat pins
- Shopping bags: if you have bags from boutiques/fashion shops that you don’t have a need for – we can reuse them on the day
Please drop off your goods to Hudson House.
If you would like to help us with the stall, please sign up by clicking here.
Community Relations Calendar
Thursday 5 September 2019
2019 Year 12 Studio Arts Exhibition
Location: Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
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 4 Boys and Parents Paintball/Splatball Session
Time: 1.30-3.00pm (timed to celebrate the end of winter sports, and final week of term 3!)
Location: Ground Zero, 45 Highway Road, Skye
Cost: $55 per person
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