Edition 4, Term 4 2019
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Innovation takes time
Towards the end of October, the Year 7 cohort spent a day out of the classroom absorbed by one task for the whole day, for the aptly-named ‘Year 7 Focus’ Day. There were very few rules: boys were to work in small groups exploring the theme of ‘Shape’ in whatever way they liked and present their work in interesting ways. They had Periods 1-5 to work in groups of four, giving them approximately 20 man-hours of time available to complete their presentation.
The boys absolutely ensured the project lived up to its name; the buzz of excitement and flurry of activity around the Tudor Centre was electric. Some of my favourite projects included a stop-motion animation building a model of Big-Ben; a display of Origami; an artistic collaboration into Tessellating Shapes; and an exhibition explaining how to complete a Rubik’s Cube.
Reflecting on the day brought out two things: firstly, our Year 7 boys are capable of some incredible work! And secondly, if you want innovation, you have to allow it time to materialise. One of my favourite teaching experiences was when I found I had sufficient time at the end of an Electricity topic to let the boys create stop-motion animations to illustrate the concept of resistance. Not only did the boys enjoy the experience and create some brilliant animations, but I also observed the quality of their scientific conversations was especially high.
Last year, the Junior School introduced the IB Primary Years’ Programme, incorporating an independent enquiry project, allowing students time to explore a topic in detail. Next year, the Senior School will have fully transitioned to our new curriculum structure, with one of the guiding principles being to allow more time for each subject. Not only does this mean that teachers can get to know their students better, but it also allows time for more innovative teaching and learning opportunities. I look forward to seeing what ideas our boys will come up with in the future to present their work in inventive ways.
Director of Innovative Learning
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Camp Trinity – December 2019
Camp Trinity will be held for five days during the first week of the upcoming December school holidays, beginning on Monday 16 and concluding on Friday 20 December. Camp Trinity is staffed by teachers from the Junior School and the activities are designed to be engaging for boys from Prep through to Year 6.
The Camp Trinity program for the upcoming holidays can be viewed by clicking here. To make a booking, please click here. If you have any questions concerning Camp Trinity, please contact me via email.
Camp Trinity Coordinator
Fred Hollows Humanity Award
The Junior School is extremely proud of Thomas McMillan, who has been awarded the Fred Hollows Humanity Award in recognition for his incredible work fundraising for type 1 diabetes this year. This award celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness – congratulations, Tom!
More Fancy Fencing!
The Junior School had a number of successes at the Australian Koala Mini Challenge fencing competition. Hengyuan Chao and Yuhan Li were successful in the foil and épée competitions respectively. Between them, the boys took home bronze, silver and gold medals! Well done, Hengyuan and Yuhan!
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
By the time you read this newsletter, the Year 11 boys will have just completed their examinations. The Year 9 and Year 10 boys will have only started. Year 7 and Year 8 boys will have in-class tests in their final full week.
Many boys become anxious about exams. The purpose of exams is to encourage revision of what has been covered during the year and to show the boys how much they have learned. If they have listened in class, completed assignments, done the tests and done their homework, then some organised revision will help them do well in their exams.
Energy Breakthrough Competition
Over the weekend, Trinity participated in the Energy Breakthrough Competition at Maryborough. This year, the team had a new vehicle capable of speeds in excess of 60 km/h. The vehicle is a hybrid (battery power and pedal power).
The boys finished fourth overall; however, this position may improve after they add points for their presentation and assessment of their vehicle are added.
Congratulations to students Lachlan Geier, Lachlan Grant, Owen Grayson, Christopher Ling, Ryan Lobo, Kiran Pereira, Archie Shaw, Edward Spink, Tim Stobie and Archie Vickers.
Last round of AGSV Sport for 2019
On Saturday, First Teams for basketball, cricket and tennis played against Yarra Valley at Ringwood. Cricket and basketball remain undefeated, while tennis has had a terrific start to the season.
The first round back next year will see the Centenary Round of Summer Sport. Trinity, Marcellin and Carey are hosting the cricket and tennis on Thursday 6 February. Basketball and volleyball will be played at Dandenong on Friday 7 February. Well done to all teams on their start to the season.
F1 in Schools
Last week, Team Evolve departed Melbourne for Abu Dhabi. They are going to compete in the world F1 in Schools competition, and we should know the results by the end of the week. Last Tuesday, Andrew Westacott, CEO of Australian Grand Prix Corporation, met the boys (Stuart Bryce, Charles Palfreeman, Adam Blunt, Tom Bugno and Andrew Greig) at Trinity. He brought with him a replica F1 car and the students were photographed with thecar. They took Mr Westacott down to the D&T classroom for a first-hand look at how the team designed and made their vehicle. We are very grateful to the team sponsors, and particularly to Mr Peter Clinton who really drives this program. Good luck, boys.
Founders’ Day Fair
Thank you to the following Trinity families and businesses who generously supported the Fair:
Border Express, Hacer Group, Richmond Food Machinery, Liu family, Jesse Ant Architects, Fang family, Li family, Lu family, Cameron Transport, Heritage Care, Pinnacle Living, Consolidated Travel, and Building Engineering.
We also thank all those who provided prizes for the spinning wheel, live auction, silent auction, cake stall, Fine Foods, jewellery and vintage clothes.
Alison Tascone, Alistair Dobson, Andrew Chen, Boeing Cho, Bronwyn Phillips, Carolyn Crouch, Chris Noumertzis, Clint Cooper, Dejan Derbogosijan, Dennis Alysandratos, Harry Tinney, Ian Shannon, James Papadopoulos, Jason Lindeman, John Gillam, John Wotherspoon, Kim family, Lydia Yu, Lynette Hall, Maria Lambropoulos, Matthew Barry, Michael Morton, Samuel and Fleur Suszko, Craig and Flora Hill, Anthony and Kirstie Mananov, Jason and Renee McConnell, Francis Stewart and Nick Ryan, Hoang Nguyen and Hong Duong, Adrian Richardson and Michelle Hoppener, Natalie Adams, Nik Tischler, Peter Rindt, Richard Cohen, Stuart Hamilton, Swan Richards, Tim Rosenfield and Tony Ingpen.
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars
Congratulations to Cinque Howells (Year 10) who has been awarded a Kwong Lee Dow Scholars place for 2021 at the University of Melbourne.
Massive Murray Paddle
Trinity again took to the waters of the Murray River for the second half of the Massive Murray Paddle, (the former Murray Marathon). With a younger crew than last year, the boys needed to double-up even more as there were just ten boys to fill the 16 seats each day. Unfortunately, Day 4 was cancelled due to the Code Red fire conditions. The boys did a few land and pool exercises instead, waiting out the wild weather before the traditional Murrabit community dinner. It was a particularly pleasant and beautiful finishing day when we came into Swan Hill on Friday; the Trinity boys again took home experiences and memories to draw upon in the future.
Well done to Charles Harpin, Tom Ladson, Rufus Craig, Justin Kwong, Corey Jin, Nathan Jones, Alex Brown, Callan Baker, Michael Fan and Aidan Han.
Teacher-in-charge of Kayaking
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Founders’ Day Fair
On Sunday 17 November, 18 Music Ensembles performed on two stages throughout the day at the Trinity Fair. Over 160 performers provided music of many styles in rain, wind and sun, were very well received by the ever changing audience, and provided a welcoming atmosphere for the many visitors to the School.
Thank you to the following groups and their directors – Junior Jazz Band, Trintones, Augmented 7ths, Belling Jazz, Burritt Percussion, Mitre Band, Symphonic Wind, Brass Ensemble, The Rockets, Clarion Wind Trio, Saxophone Quartet, Tarrega Guitar Ensemble, Bream Guitar Ensemble, Awesome Oboes, Flute Ensemble, Body Percussion and Djembe Ensemble.
2019 Choral Service Choir Camp
To prepare for the Service of Lessons and Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 6 December, members of the Senior Choir, Middle School Choir, Senior Strings, Community Choir and selected brass, woodwind and percussion players are required to attend Choir Camp on Sunday 1 December in the South Room, Centre for the Arts between 1.00 and 4.00pm. Students are permitted to wear casual clothes to the camp and should bring a water bottle. Parents are advised that the Choir Camp is an important event in the lead-up to the Carol Service and as such, student attendance is an expectation for all boys.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The Trinity Grammar School Carol Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 6 December at 7.30pm. A final rehearsal will be held in the morning of Friday 6 December. Senior students are required to make their own way to the Cathedral, arriving 15 minutes prior to rehearsal. Junior School boys will travel to St Paul’s Cathedral by bus. They will leave Trinity Grammar School at 9.00am.
The rehearsal schedule is as follows:
- 8.30-9.00am: Senior Strings
- 9.00-9.30am: Senior Strings and Orchestra
- 9.45-11.00am: Senior Strings, Orchestra, Senior Choir, Middle School Choir, Junior Choir, Community Choir*
- 11.00-11.30am: Junior Choir
- 11.30-12.00pm: Brass Ensemble and Organ
Please note that Community Choir* in the table above refers only to those who are able to attend.
At the conclusion of the final rehearsal, Year 9-11 students with a parental note may make their own way back to school. Junior School, Year 7 and 8 students will travel back to school by bus.
Senior students are asked to wear full summer school uniform to the rehearsal and can bring along a book and a snack/drink. Junior School students should wear their full sports uniform (with spray jacket) as per normal uniform on Fridays.
In the evening, students are required to wear full winter school uniform and arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral by no later than 7.00pm so that they can be seated and prepared before the service begins.
It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas
All members of the wider Trinity Community are warmly invited to join the TGS Carols Choir for the 2019 Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. We welcome singers of all ages and voice types to join the TGS choirs for this magnificent annual event. The choral repertoire that has been selected for this year’s service is beautiful, inspiring and accessible. Preliminary rehearsals will be held in the evening (dates below) from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in the Music School. Attendance at least three preliminary rehearsals would be adequate.
- Tuesday 19 November
- Thursday 21 November
- Tuesday 27 November
- Thursday 28 November
- Sunday 1 December, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, South Room (with all other choirs and the orchestra)
Choral repertoire includes:
- In The Bleak Mid-Winter arranged Mark Hayes
- Come O Come Emmanuel arranged Trevor Manor
- Ecce Novum by Ola Gjeilo
plus seven well-known carols with the congregation.
For further information contact Kevin Kelley, Head of Choral Music
On social media, in newspapers, and on television – everywhere I look, I see people blaming other people. Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of media coverage and concern about the fires in the Queensland and New South Wales. You would expect that people’s responses would express deep sadness and a willingness to help those affected. Unfortunately, many people are using these tragedies to blame politicians, millennials, baby boomers or each other for climate change. Others respond by blaming those people for raising the issue of climate change. I see blame everywhere, but too little love.
The problem with this is that no one is talking about how we can help the people affected by bushfires now or how we can better prevent bushfires in the future.
Blaming others is something humans have done since the beginning of time. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve both ate the fruit God forbade them from eating. When they were caught, Adam blamed Eve for giving it to him; Eve blamed the snake, who tricked her. Since then we have been trapped by blame and the avoidance of responsibility for our actions. We all do the wrong thing and live selfishly; we need to be humble and admit this, then work together to love each other and our world better.
‘So, practise and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practise.’ (Matthew 23:3) We need to be like Jesus by not just talking about issues such as bushfires and climate change, we need to be people of action as well.
With this attitude, we can work together to practically address issues such as climate change, asylum seekers, homelessness, reconciliation and domestic violence. My hope is that the Trinity community is a community full of humble people who rise above the blame game and get on with doing the work.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please send a message through Trinity Connect or email me at email@example.com.
Have a great week.
Rev’d James Hale
Founders’ Day Fair
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all our amazing parent volunteers who committed hours, days and weeks of their time to ensure the success of our Founders’ Day Fair last Sunday. The positive feedback we have received from those who attended has been overwhelming. Everyone had a fabulous time, and the success of this event is due to YOU and your efforts. It was a pleasure working with you all, thank you so much for the commitment of your time and energy in making this year’s Fair such a fantastic day for our community.
Special thanks to those families who provided sponsorship or donated Raffle, Live and Silent Auction prizes – we are once again very grateful for your support.
Trinity Fine Foods – Post Fair Sale!
We have a selection of delicious items left over from the Founders’ Day Fair that we are selling for $4 per jar. Should you wish to purchase any of these items, please pop into to Hudson House. Be quick as they won’t last! Payment can be made with cash or by EFTPOS.
Director of Development and Community Relations
Movember Partnership – Parents’ Association and the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association
It can often be tricky spotting a mate, partner, brother or son who’s struggling. Would you know how to Spot the Signs? Watch this short video and learn how to spot the signs. Then let the convo flow…save a Bro!
Helping a friend is easy when you know how.
Follow the four steps to the let the conversation flow – ALEC
- Encourage action
- Check in
Check out this handy guide for more information.
Time to Get Mo-ving for Movember…
Slip on those sports shoes, gather up your family and friends and get Mo-ving this weekend. Raise awareness of Men’s Health, get those convos flowing, take a lap around The Tan, and if you have time a coffee at the Domain Bistro.
When: 10.00am on Saturday 30 November – meet up at the corner of Domain Rd and Birdwood Ave, South Yarra.
Fantastic Mo-Ments at the Trinity Fair
The OTGA Bar, amongst others places at this year’s Fair, was a great place for the sharing of Mo-ments and conversations about health of the TGS Community’s Men.
Don’t forget those who’ve decided to Grow a Mo. Please visit and join the OTGA Movember Team by clicking here
Trinity Shop – Volunteers required!
If you can spare a few hours, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Swap Shop.
Thursday 28 November: 2.00-4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Sushil Bedi, Kate Curnow
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Annette Dal Sasso, Vesna Xenitellis
Saturday 7 December: 10.30-12.30pm
- Pricing: Kylie Oliver, Melinda Nash, Winnie Cai, Georgina McKay
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Sunny Fan, Janet Brown
A final few beautifully scented Kenshi Candles (poured in Melbourne by members of the Chin refugee community) are still available for purchase. Jump in quickly to support the Harambee fundraising efforts for 2019! They would make a thoughtful and sweet-smelling present for Christmas.
The scents (and numbers) still available are: Caramel & Vanilla (10), Sandalwood & Amber (12), Sage & Sea Salt (13), Gardenia & Lily (16), Frangipani & Jasmine (6) and Coconut & Lime (1).
Available at Hudson House ($35) or through TryBooking ($36.50)
Trash, Treasure and Toys – Thank You
Thank you so much to all the very hard-working volunteers who supported the Trash, Treasure and Toys stall at the Fair. It takes many hands to make this work! There is sorting, boxing, unpacking, set-up, pricing, selling and pack-up to be done.
We would like to thank all those who assisted with the process. In particular, Peter Stewart, Heather Littlefield, Linda McDougall and Helen Westerman for their hard work over many weeks.
Thanks also to those who made it happen over the Fair weekend: Bernadette Quinn, Christine Steel, Domenica Lamont, Heather Littlefield, Helen Westerman, Henry Stephens, Jacqui Jenkins, Jo Brown, Juli Moran, Julie Coleman, Julie Limmer, Linda Mc Dougall, Ling Wong, Maria Butler, Peter Moran, Peter Stewart, Sandie Gorton, Sara McCall, Shane Quinn, Shilpa Sarode, Stacy Sanders, Steve de Graaff, Sue Boxer, Wendy Cotton, Narelle Sulley, Romanca Jasinski, Catherine Michail, Estrella Ling, Kate Burridge, Stuart Boxer, Ian Sanders, Bruce Webb, Cathy Donnison, Kirsten Cleland, Renny Chan, Helen Moss, Prudence Scott.
Finally, can we acknowledge yet again, the great support offered over many weeks by Jason Grima, Andrew Fabris and the maintenance team. We can’t thank you enough.
We couldn’t have done it without you!
Cathy Naismith and Kate Curnow
Community Relations Calendar
Sunday 1 December 2019
Year 3 End of Year Celebration
When: From 12.00pm
Location: Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Cost: $25 per family
Sunday 8 December 2019
Year 7 End of Year Family Picnic
When: From 4pm
Venue: Marles Playing Fields, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Cost: BYO Food and Drink