Edition 4, Term 4 – 2018
FROM THE HEADMASTER
Mobile Device Use at TGS: Changing our approach to strengthen wellbeing, learning and relationships
Following discussion with staff and parents, we are making changes to our Mobile Device Policy from the beginning of 2019. From the start of Term 1, all mobile devices must be turned off or placed on silent and locked in the student’s locker from 8.15am – 3.15pm.
While technology has had a rich and incalculable impact on education, there is a growing volume of global research that indicates a real need to limit the amount of screen time we have each day, for the sake of our physical and emotional wellbeing. Schools share that responsibility with their families.
At its heart, the change in our Mobile Device Policy is about helping our students to be safe and healthy. We believe these changes will:
- enable the boys to concentrate and engage more fully in their learning, away from notifications, distractions, and the urge to check their phone;
- assist us to create a safer and more supportive learning environment: currently, devices not on the school network cannot be monitored and inappropriate sites cannot be blocked;
- encourage the boys to develop stronger social skills and build deeper relationships with their peers; and
- empower the boys to improve their physical and mental health by unplugging during the day.
Mobile Devices may not be accessed at all during the school day, including at recess and lunchtime. Boys will only be able to use their devices when asked to do so by teachers for a specific learning activity. If a boy is seen using his mobile device during the day, the device will be taken from him and will be available for collection at the end of the school day.
Parents who need to make urgent contact with their sons during the school day can leave a message via School Reception. If students need to make urgent contact with parents during the school day they can do so via Student Admin.
We acknowledge this new approach will require some adjustments and we ask for the support of all our families during its implementation. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.
Phil De Young Ben Ryder Matt Campbell
Headmaster Director of Innovative Learning Director of Wellbeing
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
ICAS Medal Winners 2018
Congratulations to Louis Conlon and Timothy Maher for receiving medals at the 2018 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).
Timothy won a medal for Year 4 students in the English competition, while Louis won a medal for Year 6 students in the Spelling competition. It is Louis’ fourth medal in three years, and Timothy’s first medal.
Both boys and their families attended the medal presentation at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Saturday 24 November.
Well done to both boys for doing themselves, their families and the School, very proud.
SSV State Water Polo Championships
On Wednesday 14 November, two Trinity teams of boys in Years 5 and 6 participated in the State SSV Water Polo Tournament held at MSAC. Combined teams from the Geelong and Northern districts schools participated in both the Girls and Boys divisions. Congratulations to both of our teams who played well throughout the entire tournament. Our Trinity 1 team defeated the Northern District in the final.
Camp Trinity: 17-21 December 2018
Camp Trinity will be held over five days during the first week of the upcoming December school holidays. The camp will begin on Monday 17 December and conclude on Friday 21 December. Camp Trinity is staffed by Junior School teachers, and the activities are designed to be engaging for boys from Prep through to Year 6. Booking can be made by clicking here.
If you have any questions concerning Camp Trinity please contact Rohan Watts, Camp Trinity Coordinator.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
F1 in Schools State Finals 2018
The 2018-2019 season kicked off on 13 November, with four new Trinity teams competing in the State Finals at Bosch HQ. We dominated the competition with multiple awards, including the two top awards.
Congratulations to Year 8 team Ayaks (James Blanch, Tim Crichton, Alexander Liu, Liam Moran), which was declared State Champions in Development Class, winning a 3D printer and Dremel tools worth $2453. Ayaks also won the Grand Prix Race, Fastest Lap, Best Engineered, Best Manufactured Car and Knockout Champions.
Congratulations also to Year 9-10 team Evolve (Adam Blunt, Stuart Bryce, Nabil Hassine, Charles Palfreeman, Stephen Vas) – State Champions Professional Class, with Best Managed Enterprise, Best Team Portfolio, Best Manufactured Car, Best Engineered CAD, Fastest Lap, Grand Prix Race, and Innovation Award.
Year 9 team Catalyst (Thomas Arbon, Lachlan Geier, Owen Grayson, Andrew Greig) finished on the podium in third place, with an additional award for the Best Team Verbal Presentation.
With 29 teams competing on the day and 16 teams in the Development Class, Year 7 team Ultra Velocity (Jonathan Dang, Ben Noonan, Hamish Stephens, Owen Worsam, Andrew Yeang) finished with commendable results, placing fourth.
Teams Evolve and Ayaks now qualify to represent Victoria at the National Finals early next year.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Teacher-in-Charge of F1 in Schools
Massive Murray Paddle
Trinity’s kayaking squad took part in the 50th running of the Massive Murray Paddle – the old ‘Murray Marathon’. Nowadays, teams raise money for a cause of their choice, and the two Trinity teams raised over $1000 for Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre to give Victorian youth similar outdoor opportunities to those the boys receive at Trinity.
Thank you to the parents who take care of the significant logistical and catering requirements for the week, and to Peter O’Leary (coach), who kept the boys on the water day by day.
The Trinity boys were recognised for their skill, enthusiasm, encouragement, helpfulness and positive spirit with the Nyerna Award. Nyerna is a Wemba Wemba word meaning ‘to sit, to listen, to hear, to remember’.
Our Trinity team was Chris Burns (C), Callan Baker, Robbie Burns, Nathan Jones, Mason Lewis, Nick Moran, Ed Beckwith (C), Alex Brown, Sam Crichton, Charles Harpin, Seb Ryder, Callum Traverso.
Teacher-in-Charge of Kayaking
2018 Energy Breakthrough
The 2018 Energy Breakthrough was held in Maryborough over the weekend.
This event involves a 24-hour trial in which students from secondary schools around Australia race Human Powered Vehicles around a street circuit of 1.58km.
This year, Trinity entered two teams in the Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV) category, with our senior team Back in Black (528 laps / 834km) placing second in the trial, and our development team – Granny Smith (469 laps / 744km) – coming fifth.
The event was a success thanks to the commitment of the parents, students and staff involved. A great community effort! The staff and boys are already talking about how to go one better at the 2019 trial.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Design and Technology Teacher
Congratulations to Lachlan Chen (Year 8) who will play in the orchestra for the 2018 Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
To view the latest edition of the Careers Newsletter please click here.
Parents’ Association Meeting
Adjourned Special General Meeting of the Parents’ Association for 2018 will be held as per the below:
Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Venue: Arnold Hall Lecture Theatre, CBSE
Business: Automatic acceptance of parents and guardians as Parents’ Association members, Quorum at General Meetings
Please note the venue and the new start time.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered in the Cafe throughout the year – it is greatly appreciated. A big thank you to our outgoing Year 12 parent volunteers, particularly our coordinator, Sue McNally. Term 4 rosters are open for volunteers to sign up by clicking here. Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm.
The Trinity Shop will next open :
Tuesday 27 November: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Orientation Day Opening)
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Liz Beasley, Juli Moran
- Sales: Susan Lane, Melinda Nash, Elizabeth Trott, Robyn Walker
Thursday 29 November: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Vesna Xenitellis, Jane King, Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Catriona Wells, Kate Jennings
Saturday 8 December: 9.00am – 12 noon
- Pricing: Di Semmens, Kylie Oliver, Kylie Payman
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Sunny Fan, Miranda Nash
Donations for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Reception during business hours. If you wish to volunteer in the Trinity Shop, please contact Susan Lane. Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service.
Our thanks go to all our volunteers from throughout the year, particularly our outgoing Year 12 parents, including our coordinators Liz Beasley and Di Semmens.
Secondhand Textbook Sale
The Secondhand Textbook Sale will run on Saturday 8 December from 9.00am – 11.00am unless sold out earlier. Booklists being sold and accepted are still being finalised and detailed information will be sent via Trinity Connect as the information comes to hand. There will be a good selection on the day including English, Maths, LOTE, History and Geography.
Please consider volunteering leading up to the day or on the day by clicking here
The Mitre Cookbook
Many thanks to all those who have purchased The Mitre Cookbook – we are very grateful for your support. The cookbook was created by staff, parents, students and OTGs, who gave their time and expertise – it is truly a community effort. All profits will be distributed to the Parents’ Association, and to the Mitre Committee’s chosen charities, the Mito Foundation and Canteen.
We have sold many cookbooks already and a limited number remains. I want to ensure that all Trinity families are aware of the book and of how they can purchase a copy. The Mitre Cookbook costs $40 and would make an excellent Christmas present!
If you would like to purchase a copy of the cookbook, you can visit:
- Senior School and Junior School Receptions and pay cash, or sign a form to have the amount added to your fee statement
- Hudson House and pay cash, or sign a form to have the amount added to your fee statement
- The Trinity Shop (second hand uniform shop) on the days it is open and pay with cash or via eftpos
- www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=427607& where you can purchase a cookbook to be posted anywhere in Australia (this option costs $50 and is only available through trybooking)
- Senior School Presentation Night (Wednesday 12 December) where we will have a table and you can pay with cash or eftpos
- Senior School Second Hand Book Sale (Saturday 8 December) where you can pay by cash or eftpos
Thank you very much for your support of this initiative.
Editor of The Mitre Cookbook
Year 5 End-of-Year Drinks
Join us for a relaxed evening with good food, drinks and great company!
Date: Friday 30 November 2018
Time: 7.30pm onwards
Venue: Flatiron Side Door – 72, Willsmere Road, Kew
Food and drinks at bar prices
Please click here to book for free. You can purchase food/drinks at bar prices on the night.
ELC 3YO Group
You’re invited to the 2018 Trinity ELC 3 End of Year Picnic!
Date: Saturday 1 December
Venue: Anderson Park, Anderson Rd, Hawthorn East.
RSVP: to Olivia Constantinou
Year 1 End-of-Year Celebration
Join the Year 1 families for an End of Year Celebration
Date: Sunday 2 December
Time: From 10.00am
Venue: Marles Playing Fields, Trinity Bulleen Sports Ground, Bulleen Road, Bulleen
RSVP: Click here to book