Edition 4, Term 4 2021
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From the Principal
I write, as ever it seems, in some uncertain times. There have been various realities descending on schools and other organisations that have challenged typical operation in recent weeks, with closures and quarantining becoming ‘normal’ for Melbourne.
None of us are immune, of course, so as we contemplate ‘what happens next’, we do so with cautious optimism. It seems clear that further disruption will occur in the last weeks of the academic year. We will endeavour to communicate with you as effectively as we can as issues arise.
What a joy it has been, therefore, to have Year 7 students, staff and the attentive Year 10 Leaders able to travel to Lake Nillahcootie for their camp program. This was expected and hoped for, but were we to be entirely honest, not assumed. We know that some of our Junior School students will be able to enjoy camp soon too, which is great news.
Amongst the maelstrom, business as usual, or close enough to it, has continued. Many of our Junior School students can look forward to Cross Country later this week. In the Senior School, a good proportion of our Year 11s can look beyond their exams to our Leadership Retreat Program that is designed to set them up for the challenges and opportunities of leadership next year. We are looking forward to ensuring that the fine group of young people will benefit from the short, intensive training program. We also look to a slew of end of year events that will allow us to come back into each other’s company with comfort.
As we look further forward, to next year, it is a pleasure in the wake of my last newsletter article to be able to announce more office bearers for the various portfolios of student leadership that we offer.
Thomas Robinson * – Captain of Arnold House
Sam Lister * – Captain of Cowen House
Michael Ouliaris * – Captain of Henty House
Henry Smith * – Captain of Hindley House
Ryan Cole * – Captain of Kent Hughes House
David Dodson * – Captain of Merritt House
Jonty Fewster * – Captain of Roberts House
Olek Beavis * – Captain of Sutton House
Enda Han * – Co-Captain of Academics
Tim Le – Co-Captain of Academics
Kevin Bao – Captain of Boarding
TBC – Captain of Debating and Public Speaking
Fionn Clifford – Captain of Design & Technology
Oscar Liu * – Co-Captain of Drama
Dex Kelly – Co-Captain of Drama
Justin Zhu – Co-Captain of Environment & Sustainability
Reece Harrison – Co-Captain of Environment & Sustainability
Angus Jenkins – Co-Captain of Faith & Outreach
Alexander Koppert – Co-Captain of Faith & Outreach
David Yan – Captain of International Students
Alvin Doan * – Co-Editor of The Mitre
Ben Zhou * – Co-Editor of The Mitre
James Fox * – Co-Editor of The Mitre
George Koutrouzas – * Co-Captain of Music
Lewis Finney – Co-Captain of Music
Darcy Varghese * – Captain of Outdoor Education
Charlie Hunter-Scott * – Vice-Captain of Outdoor Education
Charlie Douglas – Vice-Captain of Outdoor Education
Ben Lindeman * – Captain of Sport
Luke Teal – Vice-Captain of Sport
Gregory Whittenbury – Co- Captain of Visual Arts
Sam Katic – Co- Captain of Visual Arts
From the ELC
As we edge closer to the end of our school year, our ELC children are beginning to prepare for the next step in their educational journeys. For some children, this means moving on to the next year level within the ELC. For others it means the commencement of Prep and for some students potentially changing schools. For all the children, there is some form of change ahead. This is both an exciting and uncertain time.
Our ELC has a range of orientation and transition programs in place to support and guide the children through this transition process. There are many opportunities for our students to visit their new classroom, meet their new teachers and interact with peers who will be in their class.
Our staff engage in discussions with the children to prepare them for each step in this process. This is done in a calm and reassuring way, so the children have enough information about what is happening but do not become overwhelmed.
This can also be a time of change for you as parents, as you guide your child through this transition. There are many things you can do to support your child:
Answer questions honestly
Children have many questions. It is important they are answered in an honest and reassuring manner, without over-talking on the subject and creating further worry. Sometimes the build-up or hype of a new experience can lead to heightened worry or unease.
Allow time to prepare
Children feel secure in knowing what is happening ahead of time. Allocate time to prepare your child for their orientation sessions by reminding them where they will be going and what will be happening.
Live in the moment
Children need time now to be in the moment of where they are at and enjoy the time they have with their teachers and peers, consolidating their knowledge and skills and enjoying their mastery of skills and development that has occurred over the year.
As we draw closer to the end of our term, our educators will support our ELC children to embrace the changes and share many special memories.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
From the Junior School
Being a part of Trinity coming back to life over the last two weeks has been wonderful for us all! The boys continue to come through the gates with huge smiles all whilst getting their daily temperature test that they are now so comfortable and familiar with.
As the boys return to their physical classrooms, they continue to live the attributes of the Learner Profile with authenticity and meaning. Being with their friends whilst they learn is imperative in education. The boys not only need to be challenged by the staff but also by different perspectives, thoughts and challenges presented to them by their peers, which heightens their learning to a new level. Therefore, the boys are going home a little more exhausted than in previous weeks. Hopefully, with less time on screens at home now!
All PYP Units of Inquiry have gained more momentum, and staff and students are excited that excursions are able to commence.
The Year 2 cohort were thrilled to finally journey off to Bundoora Park on Thursday 11 November as part of their ‘Where we are in place and time’ Unit of Inquiry.
This historical excursion focused on a variety of activities including:
- Learning about printing presses and how they function
- A nature reserve tour
- Meeting kangaroos and emus among other animals
- Learning about Indigenous hunting and gathering traditions
- Learning about Indigenous dances including a ‘Bunjil Dance’
- Hearing about school traditions from 100 years ago
- Handwriting on slates with chalk
- Hearing about typical cottage chores such as butter churning, laundry and vacuuming with a roller vacuum
- Observing old technology such as a gramophone
The last few weeks also saw the Junior School come together for Chapel, Assembly, Sport at Bulleen and voting for the 2022 Captaincy roles. On Remembrance Day, Ms Madden played The Last Post and before we reflected for a minute’s silence to remember the large sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.
Year 6 students are also looking forward to sharing their PYP Exhibition video links with the Trinity community in the coming weeks. These would normally be performed live onsite, so the boys would really appreciate the community viewing these and giving them feedback. The PYP Exhibition in based on issues related to the Sustainable Developmental Goals, set by the United Nations.
On Tuesday 9 November, students from Years 4 -6 gathered to watch the Year 5s present their Year 6 student leadership speeches. Approximately half of the Year 5 cohort got up to speak, putting forth their case as to why they should be considered for Junior School captaincy roles next year. In the House meetings that followed, many also presented a speech to propose becoming a Year 6 House Captain in 2022. Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 then voted for the official captaincy roles.
These decisions, whilst informed by the speeches, are based on the leadership that is exhibited by these students across their Trinity Grammar School, Kew journey. Our boys are frequently reminded of how they can show leadership in the classroom, playground and in their lives outside of school, and all Year 6 students are recognised as leaders within the Junior School. Those students who aspire to attain an official leadership role have wonderful role models in the current Year 6 Captains.
Deputy Head of Junior School
From the Senior School
Change of date
Please be advised that due to interruptions during the term, the Professional Learning Day scheduled for Friday 19 November has been moved to Monday 29 November.
A reminder that students are required to wear the correct socks (grey) and shoes (black leather).
ASX Schools Sharemarket Game
Congratulations to Owen Worsam (10C), who was the Victorian State winner in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game.
During Week 6, Year 7G and 7H enjoyed their Outdoor Education camp at Nillahcootie. They were involved in activities such as sailing, canoeing and abseiling. The remaining Year 7 classes will complete their camps during Weeks 7-9.
Congratulations to Eason Yang who has been selected to represent the National Team in the Junior Science Olympiad. After competing against the top 24 students in the country across Years 7-10, Eason has been selected as a first reserve to the team consisting of nine students.
The media release can be found here – https://www.asi.edu.au/media_releases/australia-chooses-first-ever-international-junior-science-olympiad-team/
School Route Diversions
Please be aware that the school routes 8158 & 9158 will be impacted by major road works on High St, Clifton Hill and services will divert from 27/11/2021 to 05/12/2021.
Please see attached for details of the detour and the alternative route/bus stops.
Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School
The 2022 Trinity/Ruyton Musical
We are thrilled to announce that in 2022 we will be staging ‘Chicago-High School Edition’ as the Trinity/Ruyton musical. The production will take to the stage in July 2022 with auditions held in Week 1, Term 1 2022 for Year 9-12 students.
How did you go with the clues from the last edition of Trinity News?
Clue 1- The caged chicken. In the song When You’re Good to Momma, Matron Mamma Morton refers to the prisoners as ‘the chickies in my pen’ as she’s the ‘biggest mother hen’.
Clue 2- Newspaper with headline. Roxie and Velma are always seeking opportunities that have their story in the news and to be the ‘number one’ headline.
Clue 3- Spotlights on stage in a red and black image. All characters seek their moment of fame and stardom and the red and black colour scheme is synonymous with the professional productions of the show.
Head of Drama
From the Chaplain
This week I found myself sitting on the sunny deck with some Year 2 boys in the Junior School as they ate their morning snack. For fun, I posed the following trivia question – ‘Can you name the 10 body parts that have three letters?’. ‘Arm’, ‘leg’, ‘eye’ and ‘ear’ came in rapid succession. Then after some deeper pondering came ‘toe’, ‘rib’ and ‘hip’. The ten was eventually triumphantly rounded out (after some heavy hint dropping) with ‘lid’, ‘lip’ and finally, ‘gum’.
This morning I was approached by one of the boys who had been in on this game.
‘Ms Fairlie, I thought of another one,’ he said.
‘Really? What is it?’, I asked.
‘God! He has three letters, and He lives in your heart.’
I often find myself at moments like this deeply moved and challenged by the simplicity and profundity of a child’s faith. It is easy to believe in one’s toes or arms, but how trusting am I of the reality of God’s living presence within me? Bodies are a precious gift and must be looked after, but it is our soul that will dwell in the presence of God long after our arms, legs, ribs and gums have departed this world. I found myself pondering this deep truth at a funeral this week, and at a particular line of a prayer. ‘…life is changed, not ended.’
So I am deeply grateful for these humbling and challenging moments, when I am reminded of the words of Our Lord in the Gospel of Mark: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’
Junior School Chaplain
For those of you who are TGS volunteers, if you haven’t already done so this year you will need to have undertaken Trinity Volunteer Induction via this LINK.
If you have already registered, you will need to log your COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Thank you to the many volunteers who have already done this.
The final PA meeting for 2021 happened in-person last night. Our thanks go out to the PA for their efforts this year and we look forward to thanking them more formally later this term.
To prepare for the upcoming events, and for a smoother check-in process, please add your COVID-19 vaccination certificate to your Services Victoria app. Here’s how:
Friday 26 November
Oaks Day/Spring Luncheon
Please join the Trinity community for a lovely luncheon on Friday 26 November.
11.00am – 3.00pm
Leonda on the Yarra
Ticket price is $150 per person, which includes a three-course lunch, drinks, DJ and dancing.
Many thanks to our wonderful Partner Husk a surprise for every attendee.
In addition, fantastic door prize treats will be shared from our Trinity and Friends Business Partners’ Marmoset Found, The Leaf Store Hawthorn, F45 Kew, Kin and Ko Hawthorn East, Flat Iron Kew and Spring Osteo Physi and Pilates. Our Committee has been working tirelessly arranging more door prizes and surprises so don’t hesitate and snap up the final tickets on sale.
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/BUXNQ
Hurry, bookings close Wednesday 17 November.
Sunday 28 November
Year 6 Bowling Evening
Parent and Son Event at ZB Forest Hill Bowling and Laser Tag
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$28.00 for two activities (bowling + laser tag) and a hotdog, chips and a drink
$38.00 for the above, plus 30 minutes of arcade play (red/yellow swipes)
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/BPOQN
Year 8 Parents Drinks Night
5.00pm – 8.00pm
Nini’s, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Price: $39.50 per person which includes canapés and one welcome drink. All other drinks at bar prices.
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/BRCNB
Hurry, bookings close Friday 19 November at midday.
Thursday 2 December
Year 7 Parents Cocktail Evening
Nini’s, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Price: $37 per head which includes canapes and a drink on arrival. Additional drinks at bar prices.
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/BQGHY
Friday 3 December
Year 11 Parents Night Out
7.00pm until late
Nini’s, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
$60 per person for canapes and a drink on arrival
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/BQRUM
Saturday 4 December
Founders’ Day Fair
3.00pm – 8.00pm
The Founders Day Fair will be held on 4 December 2021. In the coming days, details of where and when to donate soft drinks, second hand books, jewellery, vintage clothing and ‘toys, trash and treasures’ will be made available.
Once again, there will be a call-out to bakers for the cake stall. Rides have also been booked with tickets on sale soon.
This year will be a smaller event in terms of having a shorter timeline, however it will be just as brilliant as ever with a ‘Christmas Market’ theme.
Once again, a big call out for Volunteers to contact Sean Rooney via email@example.com to help with organisation. Closer to the date, stalls will also be looking for volunteers to help on the day.
Sunday 5 December
Year 5 End of Year BBQ
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Frog Hollow Reserve – pavilion near the playground and cricket nets
25 Fordham Avenue, Camberwell
Please book via https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=835881&
Monday 6 December
Year 12 Valedictory Evening – please note change of date
Melbourne Cricket Ground
5.45pm Students to meet with family members and follow COVID-safe protocols to enter. Please note all guests must show vaccination certificate or proof of contraindication to gain entry to the event. This is a government requirement and necessary for the event to be held.
6.00pm Photographs and pre-dinner drinks
$175 per adult
$150 per student (this has been charged to the final School account)
Please note: each student may bring up to two adult guests (due to room capacity)
Please RSVP by Friday 19 November via https://www.trybooking.com/BSYED
Wednesday November 17
Prep (2022) Orientation Morning, 9.00am
Friday 19 November
Junior School House Cross Country Bulleen, 12.30pm
Monday 22 November
Year 7A & 7B Outdoor Education Camp commences, 8.30am
Trinity Ruyton Year 9 Play (2022) Auditions, Ruyton 3.30pm
Tuesday 23 November
Prep to Year 7 (2022) Orientation Day, 9.00am
Trinity Shop 1.00-4.00pm
Thursday 25 November
Year 11 Examinations conclude
Year 10 Examinations commence
Year 3 Camp Wombat Corner, commences 8.30am
Year 6 Graduation Chapel Service, 11.10am
Friday 26 November
Oaks Day Lunch, Fenix, 11.00am
JS Prep- Year 2 Games Evening & Year 2 Sleepover 3.15pm
Year 3 Camp Wombat Corner concludes, 3.15pm
Year 7A & 7B Outdoor Education Camp concludes, 4.30pm
Saturday 27 November
Year 2 Sleepover concludes, 9.00am
Sunday 28 November
Year 12 (2022) Leadership Retreat (2021) commences, 8.00am
Monday 29 November
Year 12 (2022) Leadership Retreat (2021) concludes, 5.00pm
**Dates are subject to change following Government announcements on COVID-19 lockdown protocols.