Edition 5, Term 2 – 2019
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On Friday, we conclude another busy Term, and I’m sure the boys are looking forward to a break from their hectic schedules. I trust that parents too are looking forward to some rest and recreation. For those travelling, do so safely, and for those staying put, stay warm.
The highlight for me over the last few weeks was the Year 12 Formal. The boys and their partners were polite, engaging and full of fun. Forty staff attended and enthusiastically joined in. Alan Daley did not win the best mover on the dance floor (that prize went to Year 12 Student Tyrion Xie), but surely, he ran a close second! Disappointingly, Rohan Brown and I did not even enter the judges’ consideration. My thanks to Heads of Year 12, Susan Hill and Chris Amiconi, and Dan McNab and his team of Year 12 boys who organised and ran the event.
Junior School students displayed their talents last week with Showcase Performances from Year 4 and Year 5 boys in front of adoring fans (ie their families). Both nights were entertaining and fun, and the boys and staff are to be thoroughly congratulated.
Our Year 10 Camps at Nillahcootie went well and I will attend my first Year 8 Learning Journeys camp at Toolangi this week. And at the start of next Term, our Year 9 students will attend a two-week program in China.
Not everyone will relax fully over the break: senior cricketers will head to England to play a series of matches; several hardy souls will trek Kokoda; a group will undertake a bushwalk; and rehearsals for the School Musical, Les Misérables, will take place. Tickets for Les Misérables, which opens on Thursday 18 July, can be purchased by clicking here. You will need to get in early, however, as the event sells out quickly!
A first for Trinity will be on the evening of Friday 19 July, when the First Football team plays Marcellin under lights on the Hudson Oval at Bulleen. From all reports the lighting is wonderful, and I am greatly looking forward to the historic occasion.
Many have asked about Adrian Farrer’s transition into the role next year. I am in regular contact with Adrian, but his number one priority now is, quite rightly, his job at Cathedral College. The process of securing his successor at Cathedral College is well under way and an announcement is expected early next Term. Adrian will need to work out a transition process at his school first. When he has done so, he and I will work out a time to meet over a few days to do a proper handover at Trinity. Most likely, this will be in late November or December, but if need be, it can be in early January.
Trinity is travelling extremely well at present and I am most confident I will be handing over a school that is in great shape at the end of the year. I know that Adrian is very much looking forward to joining our school and to meeting with the broad community as early and often as he can.
Have a good break.
Phil De Young
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Federal Government Accountability Statement
Under Federal Government regulations, the School is required to publish an Accountability Statement each year. Please click here to view this document.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. Trinity will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information.
For more information, please click here.
Arabunna Tour 2019
13 – 22 September 2019
The Arabunna Tour is a unique opportunity to experience the Outback and the majesty of Lake Eyre while learning about the significance of the Land – its trees, animals, plants, spirits – to one of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.
Trinity has a longstanding partnership with the Arabunna people, and Elder Reg Dodd is our guide and mentor, who shares his knowledge of the country, his people’s history and culture.
Limited places are available on the tour. For more details, please contact Nathan Newcastle. Costs include everything except personal spending and dinner on the last Saturday night in Adelaide.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Over the past two weeks, I have read and signed reports for every Junior School student, and I want to congratulate the boys for the hard work and dedication they have shown this semester. It is gratifying and pleasing to see a balance of performance and contribution across both academic and cocurricular pursuits. Reports will be posted to parents in the first week of the school holidays.
Last week, our Year 4 and 5 students performed their showcases in front of their parents in the Centre for the Arts. It was the first time the showcases had been held, and students and teachers worked terrifically to bring it all together. These events take many hours of preparation, and the boys enjoyed the opportunity to perform.
If you know that your son has lost any articles of clothing during Term, please take an opportunity to browse our ‘new state of the art’ lost property box in the Junior School Office on Thursday or Friday.
I wish everyone a happy, safe and restful holiday break, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to School for the beginning of Term 3.
Head of Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Last Week of Term
Students in Years 9 to 11 have now finished their exams. When the boys receive their marked exam scripts back, I encourage them to consider what they have done well and how they could improve and prepare better for their next exam. Most Year 10 boys are on Work Experience this week, and Year 9 boys are completing First Aid training and China preparation work in readiness for Term 3.
Sixteen Cricketers are heading to the UK to play eight games of cricket during these holidays. Good luck to the team and coaches for the games. No doubt there will be an opportunity for a bit of sightseeing between games. This tour follows a very successful 2018/19 AGSV season. The boys may also be able to see some of the World Cup ODI games while there.
Last week, 8A-D undertook Learning Journeys, our Year 8 Personal Development courses held at Toolangi and Bulleen. This week it is the turn of 8E-H to participate. Thank you to Tim Bence, the Heads of Year, and Form Teachers for supervising the course, and also to the Year 11 leaders and OTGs who also provided assistance. The Learning Journeys program has been running for almost 20 years, and each year provides a wonderful opportunity for the boys to learn more about themselves and who they are; and about others and what they are thinking. It is a time for boys to grow up, and to learn about resilience and relationships. There are many unique activities and outstanding guest speakers.
Les Misérables is one of the popular and recognisable musicals. Senior School students from Trinity and Ruyton are performing the musical on Thursday 18 July, Friday 19 July, and two shows on Saturday 20 July. Tickets are now on sale via Trybooking. It promises to be a wonderful night showcasing a very talented cast. Many students are involved in this show, both on stage and behind the scenes. Good luck to Trinity’s Head of Drama Mark Lauber, and Director of Music, Michelle Stanic, for the show. It will be performed at Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre at Xavier College.
Eighteen Year 11 boys and 11 parents depart Melbourne on the first Saturday of the July holidays to walk the Kokoda Track. This has become an annual trip, organised by David Ponsford. It is a physically challenging walk, and the Track has great significance for Australians of all ages. The boys, staff and parents have had a number of practice walks in the Dandenongs which, although great practice does not compare to the real thing. Good luck to all. We hope they have a wonderful experience walking with the PNG guides.
Hamish Galbraith and Mike Zhou (both in Year 12) will be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Government House this Friday.
Hamish Jobling (Year 11) has been selected to represent Australia in the 2019 XI World Karate Championship in late October in Chile. Good luck, Hamish!
Community Service Program
It has been a delight to see our Year 9 students engage in their Community Service experience. The new format this year has boys attending community service placements one afternoon (2.30pm – 4.30pm) per fortnight for six weeks. This regular commitment has enabled them to become more embedded with their host organisation, and has required them to show independence, humility, patience and appreciate firsthand the meaning of service to others.
Our host organisations have been thrilled with the interest and participation shown by our boys, whose visits were looked forward to each fortnight. The testimonials below are evidence of the tremendous impact the program has both our boys and those that they serve.
From our Students:
- ‘I have learnt to be patient, optimistic and kind for ourselves and those around us.’
- ‘I have learnt so much from playing with these lovely kids, they have brought out my confidence and helped with my conversation skills.’
- ‘I have learnt three primary lessons: to be patient, to help others in need and to be organised. I have come to value people who go unmentioned and help people without reward.’
And from our Host Organisations:
- ‘The boys did a great job reading newspaper articles and talking with residents in the café.’
- ‘The boys were lovely, keen to get involved and interact. We look forward to seeing them next week.’
Community Service Coordinator
Ancient History Tour
In 2020, we are offering an Ancient History Tour focusing on the Greek and Roman Empires. This will be a remarkable opportunity to visit sites of world historical significance, and will provide students with experiential learning. It allows them to understand the cultures that have shaped the modern world, and to comprehend the foundations of mathematics, science and philosophy. It will also be of particular interest to students who wish to extend their knowledge of Ancient History and Latin.
The tour will depart on Wednesday 8 January and return on Thursday 23 January 2020, and includes visits to Athens, Corinth, Naples and Rome. At these destinations, students will visit sites of religious, philosophical and political importance; tour archaeological digs and remains; and learn more about the cultures and people that shaped these empires.
The trip is open to students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11. Please contact Dr Samuel Koehne, Head of History, via email to email@example.com to register your interest.
Year 7 and 8 Parent and Son Book Club
Do you love reading? Come along to our new Book Club for Year 7 and 8 boys and their parents. We will be discussing The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Some copies of both the adult and young adult versions are available from the library; please contact us if you would like to borrow a copy. Hot drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Date and Time: Thursday 15 August, 6.00pm-7.00pm
Venue: The Tudor Centre
RSVP: by Friday 9 August to Ms Erin Wamala, Teacher Librarian
Braving the cold and tackling topics ‘that we should ban emotionally charged language (click bait) from all news headlines’ and ‘that convicted criminals should not be allowed to publish accounts of their crimes’, the boys won 10 out of 13 debates! A number of teams remain undefeated and are heading towards the finals. Watch this space! The title of Best Speaker was awarded to Ved Jithoo, Will Browning, James Newcombe, Max Yakubowski, Arthur Bradley, Cinque Howells, Kai Wong, Marcus Woon, Aden Wilmshurst and Enda Han. Special thanks must go to Lachlan Chen (Year 9) who debated with his own team and then stepped in to debate at Year 10 level (secret topic), meaning a total of three hours of debating! Well done, Lachlan! The final and fifth round will be held on Monday 5 August. All are welcome to come along and support the boys.
Head of Debating
I have been going to the footy with my Dad since I was a little boy, going to the beloved MCG to watch the (somewhat) mighty Melbourne Football Club. I love going to the games and barracking for my team, supporting them vocally and passionately. There has recently been a lot of conversation amongst supporters and in the media about crowd behaviour. In some ways it seems like a simple conversation – just don’t say things that are racist, sexist and homophobic. Easy. It gets trickier if we say, don’t be rude or unkind to the players, umpires and supporters. I think I need to lift my game.
Jesus is radical in his response to people, and expects radical things from his followers. In sport we often get fired up about umpiring decisions, our team’s mistakes, or the behaviour of other spectators. Sometimes we respond in unhelpful ways. Jesus, on the other hand, never loses his cool. His response to people, pressure, mistakes and failures is incredible and an example to us.
As Jesus was dying on the cross, he didn’t hurl insults or curse the people killing him. Jesus even prayed for the forgiveness of the very people who were crucifying him: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ (Luke 23:34, NIV) Jesus said, it’s not enough just to love the people who support the same team as you; you have to love the opposition players, supporters and umpires.
Jesus would have been a great spectator of sport – passionate and fair.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please send a message through Trinity Connect or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week!
Rev’d James Hale
Congratulations to George Koutrouzas (Year 9) who was recently awarded the Certificate of Performance (Violin). This level bridges Grade 8 AMEB and the Associate of Music Award – a high level diploma requiring great dedication to practice and mature and stylistic musical understanding. Well done, George!
Trinity students selected to perform in Matsumoto, Japan
Congratulations to the Trinity Suzuki Violin and Cello students who have been selected to perform at the Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan, in August. The following boys will perform: Hengyuan Chao and Jayden Wang (cello); and Heli Cheung, Horus Cheung, Edwin Hui, Laurence Lee, Jeremy Lee, Yuhan Li, Nicky Liang, Neil Luo, Arnold Sun, David Wang, Angus Wong, and Alex Xu (violin). It is a wonderful opportunity for Trinity to be represented at this international Suzuki community gathering in Japan.
Brass Ensemble at Holy Trinity Church
Congratulations to the Trinity Brass Ensemble: Oliver Gow (trumpet), Gordon Mann (trumpet), Shishun Dai (French horn) and Kevin Wang (tuba), who performed Processional and Recessional music at the opening of the Holy Trinity Kew’s new Parish Centre on Sunday 16 June. The service was attended by many Kew families, current students and OTGs.
Year 4 and 5 Program Concert
Congratulations to the Junior School students who performed at the Year 4 and 5 concert on Tuesday 4 June. It was a wonderful concert enjoyed by all.
Music Tour to Italy, 2020
A Music Tour to Italy is scheduled for the Term 3 holidays in 2020. Students currently in Years 7-10 are invited to express their interest. All students will form a Choir and from this group instrumental ensembles will be formed – rehearsals will commence in Term 1, 2020. On the tour, the students will engage in performances and workshops, and visit some of the world’s most beautiful and historic locations. An information night will be held in the Music School on Monday 22 July at 7.00pm.
Founders’ Day Fair
At its April meeting, the Fair Committee came up with some fantastic ideas for new stalls, and we are calling on members of the School community to assist with these, both on the day and in the lead-up to the Fair. The requirement to attend meetings is not onerous, there are only five meetings left before the Fair in November. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 7.30pm in Hudson House.
Our ideas include:
- Lamb on the Spit
- Aperol Spritz stall in the Courtyard (Responsible Service of Alcohol will be required)
- Laser Tag stall
- Trinity Lego Masters
The Committee is also looking for parent(s) to coordinate both the Jewellery and Craft stalls.
Please join us at our next Trinity Talks breakfast being held on Wednesday 31 July between 7.00am and 8.30am with triple AFL Premiership Footballer and Media Personality Josh Gibson (OTG 2001), who will be hosting a Q&A session over breakfast.
Time: 7.00am – 8.30am
Location: South Room. Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Cost: $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight.
Trinity Shop and Cafeteria – Volunteers required!
Volunteers are worth their weight in gold. They share their time and talents without any compensation, and we are very grateful for their significant contribution. If you can spare a few hours each term, we are looking for volunteers to assist with the Cafeteria and the Swap Shop in Semester 2. Please contact Bonnie in Hudson House to register your interest or alternatively contact Susan or Carol-Ann Wong directly on the respective links below.
Donations (washed and pressed) for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Main Reception during business hours.
We always appreciate new volunteers and training will be provided. Should you wish to assist, please contact our parent roster volunteer, Susan Lane.
We will next open on Thursday 18 July between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, and again on Saturday 20 July between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Thank you to all parents who have signed up for Café duty. There are still many opportunities to assist, so please consider helping out if you can.
Harambee candles are still available to be purchased from Hudson House and the Junior and Senior School Offices or via TryBooking.
Cost: $35.00 each
The Mitre Cookbook is available to purchase from Main Reception and Hudson House. You can also purchase online by clicking here.
- $40.00 – pick-up from school
- $50.00 includes postage
Thursday 27 June 2019
Four Year Old ELC Mums’ Dinner
Location: Santoni Pizza Bar and Restaurant
Cost: Tickets are $52, includes entree, main course and dessert as shared table meal. Drinks available at bar prices
Saturday 27 July 2019
Year 2 Christmas in July Parents’ Dinner
Location: Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy
Cost: $85 per person, ticket includes three course dinner. Drinks available at bar prices.
Saturday 10 August
2019 Harambee Outreach Dinner
Please join the Trinity Harambee Outreach Dinner for an opportunity to come together and for our students to share their experiences with local, Indigenous and international communities.
Venue: South Room, Centre for the Arts
Cost: $55 for Adults, $35 for Students. Includes three course meal and soft drink. BYO beer and wine.
Thank you to all members of the Trinity Community who have supported our Harambee Outreach ministries this year. Our food stall run by the Year 7 students last Friday raised $1200 to help build a new boarding wing that was burned down at Hope Community High in Uganda.
Immersions Tour Information Evening
If you are interested in your son participating in one of our immersions (Arnhem Land, the Philippines or East Africa) please come along to the Immersions Tour Information Evening being held on Monday 22 July at 7.30pm in Arnold Hall, CBSE.
Director of Outreach and Assistant Chaplain