Newsletter Edition 5, Term 1 2023
From the Principal
Early Learning Centre
From the Principal
Early Learning Centre
‘Wellbeing incorporates both physical and psychological aspects and is central to belonging, being and becoming. A strong sense of wellbeing strengthens a sense of belonging and encourages children to trust others and feel confident in being.’
(Early Years Learning Framework for Australia V2, 2023).
Our educators within the ELC develop trusting relationships with our students and provide a safe, predictable and engaging learning environment for our students over the year. The ELC environment supports all children to develop a strong sense of wellbeing.
Wellbeing incorporates feelings of happiness and the motivation to engage in experiences that contribute to becoming and belonging. It influences the way children interact in their environments. A strong sense of wellbeing provides all children with confidence and optimism which maximises their learning potential.
Wellbeing is related to resilience, providing children with the capacity to cope with day-to-day challenges. Managing emotions, developing self-regulation and building perseverance and persistence are important aspects of our social and emotional development. The readiness to persevere when faced with unfamiliar and challenging learning situations creates the opportunity for success and achievement.
Our ELC children are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their self-help skills and basic routines. This promotes a sense of independence and confidence. As the children’s fine motor and gross motor skills develop, this provides them with the foundation for growing independence and the satisfaction of being able to do things for themselves.
A child’s physical wellbeing impacts their ability to concentrate, cooperate and learn. Good nutrition is also essential to healthy living and enables children to be active participants in their play and learning. We promote and encourage healthy food choices with the children. We talk to the children about slow energy foods and fast energy foods and how each has a role in our diet.
This year we have introduced Kimochi’s – an emotional literacy program – into the ELC. There are five main Kimochi characters; Cloud, Lovey Dovey, Bug, Cat and Huggtopus. These characters are in our ELC and are helping facilitate discussions around feelings. They all have specific characteristics and a range of emotions. Our stories and group times with our students are beginning to focus on these fun cuddly Kimochi’s.
As educators, we acknowledge the importance of building a strong sense of wellbeing in children from a young age. This supports our students to reach their learning potential and lays the foundation for them to live successful lives. Learning about healthy lifestyles, including nutrition, personal hygiene, physical fitness, emotions, and social relationships is integral to wellbeing. These opportunities for learning are embedded in our Early Learning Program at the ELC.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
Bishop David Farrer, Adrian Farrer’s father, visited us in chapel last week. The day he joined us was St. Patrick’s Day, so it was timely for Bishop Farrer to inform us about the Patron Saint of Ireland. He spoke about how Saint Patrick was born in Britain of a Romanised family and about how he was captured at age 16 by Irish raiders and carried into slavery in Ireland. He also shared how Saint Patrick spent six years as a herdsman before escaping from his master and being reunited with his family in Britain. He then shared his knowledge about the collections of shepherd crooks he brought in to show the students and how they are used. Finally, Bishop Farrer shared that Saint Patrick’s message to Christians was based around three letters: KFC. The students quickly made the connection to these letters of course, although after it was clear this was not a reference to a takeaway chicken food outlet, students were engaged. It was then made clear to the students that Kindness, Friendliness and Care were the main attributes Saint Patrick wanted to pass on and Bishop Farrer did the same to our students.
Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the NAPLAN testing last week, that began on Wednesday 15 March for the Year 3 and 5 students. This national form of assessment is designed to measure student achievement in literacy and numeracy and helps schools identify areas of strength and any areas where additional support may be needed.
Year 5 had a wonderful time on their camp in Warburton at Arribri Lodge. The camp offered many indoor and outdoor activities, some that were challenging and adventurous and some that were more relaxing and leisure based. It was pleasing to hear all students were able to face challenges that continued to develop their resilience and independence. It was also an excellent opportunity for the whole Year 5 cohort to build their interpersonal relationships and connect socially away from Trinity.
Junior AGSV Swimming Carnival – Friday 24 March 2023 MSAC
Some remarkable individual and team performances were achieved at this year’s Junior AGSV Swimming Carnival held at MSAC on Friday 24 March. A team of 26 boys represented our Junior School in individual and team events of medley and freestyle relays. Once again, it was pleasing to see the sportsmanship and excitement displayed by our boys as they cheered and encouraged each other to do their best. Thank you to all the staff who assisted on the day.
Director of Junior School Sport & Cocurricular activities
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The Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO)
Earlier this term, Eason Yang (Year 10) participated in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) which is held over two days. This is an Olympiad-level contest comprising four questions each day and conducted under school supervision. Around 200 students are invited to participate in this event from Australia and New Zealand. The contest is used to select students to attend the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee’s Selection School.
Congratulations to Eason Yang for achieving a Silver Award. We wish him every success in his involvement with the Mathematics Olympiad program.
Academic Extension and Enrichment Programs Coordinator
Trinity Kayaking hosted four ‘Come-and-Try’ sessions over the past week to give students an opportunity to discover the fun of kayaking as a sport. Sixty boys participated over four separate sessions, with beautiful weather, on the Yarra River at Fairfield Canoe Club. While the boys were mostly attracted to doing something different, the option of scrumptious hot cross buns and hot Milo after the paddle couldn’t be discounted. Meanwhile, parents enjoyed the beautiful surrounds of the Yarra River and the entertainment of the boys (and the occasional splash as they fell in).
Trinity offers kayaking as both a summer and a winter sport; training is on Tuesday and Thursday after school (transport provided), and Saturday mornings. Year 7 – 12 boys train together and enjoy the camaraderie or a vertical squad while competing in age-group divisions. Trinity’s coaching continues the Trinity way of mentoring younger students with about ten OTGs, who have qualified to become coaches (through Melbourne Sports Institute) over the last decade. Races are conducted by Paddling Victoria at various locations and are attended by community clubs as well as Camberwell Grammar, Carey Grammar, MLC, Strathcona and Yarra Valley Grammar.
Trinity Kayaking Supporters
Bigger Better Brains
In this edition of Bigger Better Brains, we learn about how music learning in pre-school is a powerful tool to develop vocabulary and attention skills.
You can read more here: https://biggerbetterbrains.com/news-post/music-sets-preschoolers-up-for-success/
Director of Music
I always really enjoy the House Performing Arts Festival every year and it was great to return to a bigger venue with parents in attendance. It is one of the few times the Senior School gets together in that kind of way for a house event. I just love the different aspects to the event; you have chanting, singing, dancing, pretend fighting, and softer moments.
I think it is a unique experience that our boys partake in, that an all-boys school has a house music event with compulsory participation. I think this year that was pushed further; one of the acts was about the Lion King in which a ‘Pride’ rock featured, there was a very eccentric Freddie Mercury performance, some brilliant singing and dancing with enthusiasm and passion.
The Henty House Captains’ acceptance speech was full of words and actions about their love for the boys and teachers who contributed to Henty’s victory.
Now, none of these things may be of great shock or news to you, but I think we should take a step back and appreciate the fact that our boys demonstrate their creativity with boldness and vulnerability in this event. To display the many and varied ways in what it looks like to be a young person or boy contributes to building a more healthy and diverse school community.
One of my favourite stories in the Bible is John, chapter 4, verses 1-26 about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. In the story Jesus reveals to the woman that he is God; she is the first person he has told publicly despite her gender and cultural background making her seemingly one of the most unlikely and unimportant people to Jesus’ ministry. Jesus is such a great role model in his interactions with people; he can know everything about a person and still fully accept and embrace them. Jesus’ stories are old and yet they are as true as when He walked the earth.
May we learn to accept and embrace each other as we celebrate the diversity of human creativity.
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
It’s hard to believe we are already in Week 9 of the school year, with Easter fast approaching and a flurry of activity already past. The parent welcome event kicked off a jam-packed calendar in Term 1, which included HPAF, two school information mornings, three OTG reunions, Harambee Sundee, and the beginning of 120-year celebrations, with each student and staff member receiving their commemorative 120-year pin. Term 2 is set to follow suit, with tickets to the highly anticipated Green and Gold Ball now available for purchase.
Further afield is the 2023 Founders’ Day Fair with planning already underway. Following the success of the Saturday event in 2021, the committee with the school’s support has agreed to change the 2023 date to Saturday 11 November, from 2pm-8pm. The new afternoon/evening format allows for a slightly different experience and some exciting additions – stay tuned, and please mark the new date in your calendars.
Wishing everyone a restful and safe Easter break.
Director of Community Engagement
Upcoming Parent and Guardian events
Year 11 Parent and Guardian Drinks
Date: Thursday 30 March
Click here: Nini’s Hawthorn
RSVP: 29 March
Year 7 ‘Meet in the Park’
Date: Saturday 1 April
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Play Area, Victoria Park, 450 High Street Kew, VIC 3101
Please bring a plate to share with your class. All welcome – bring the whole family.
No need to RSVP.
Year 7 Parent Coffee Morning
Date: Friday 31 March
Location: Frank & Harri, 259 High Street, Kew
Bob Stewart Easter holiday embroidery 2023
To ensure the best opportunity for blazers to be back as close as possible for Term 2 commencement, we kindly ask that all dry-cleaned blazers be submitted by Tuesday 11 April 2023.
All Blazers and worn garments requiring alterations (including embroidery) must be clearly labelled with students’ names, must have a dry-cleaning tag attached and be in the original dry-cleaning bag. This is an essential measure to protect the wellbeing of our staff and contractors for now and the foreseeable future. Noncompliance with dry-cleaning, and blazers submitted after the cut off may result in delays. We thank you for your co-operation. Please note public holidays over Easter and Anzac Day will have an impact on the delivery of this service.
Bob Stewart, Kew
2023 Green and Gold Ball
Tickets for the 2023 Trinity Green & Gold Ball are now available for purchase: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=1016468
Trinity Grammar School woollen blankets
If you would like to purchase the super durable woollen blankets, they are available to purchase online – please click on the link: https://www.trybooking.com/CFWMS
Fine Foods Group
The Trinity Fine Foods team have jams, cordials and sauces available to purchase. 5 for $15 or $5 each – or a Mystery Five (where we pick for you) for $10. Collection from Community Engagement office – 55 Wellington St.
Items can also be purchased online: https://www.trybooking.com/CFSSB
Parent name badges
If you have not received a parent name badge, please complete the form below and we will arrange a replacement for you. Please double check with students/in school bags before completing the form and complete a separate form for each parent.
Thursday 30 March
Senior School Play Performance, P&F Hall 7:00PM
Friday 31 March
Trinity Ruyton Year 9 Technical Rehearsal, Abbotsford Convent 8:30AM
Year 3-6 Practice Cross Country, 1:00PM
Africa Homework Club, 3:15PM
Senior School Play Rehearsal, P&F Hall 7:00PM
Saturday 1 April
AGSV Boys’ Summer Representative Matches vs APS
Non AGSV Teams Summer Sport
Trinity Shop, 10:30AM-12:30PM
Senior School Play Matinee Performance, P&F Hall 2:00PM
Senior School Play Performance, P&F Hall 7:00PM
Monday 3 April
Year 6 Camp commences, Waratah Bay 8:00AM
Trinity Ruyton Year 9 Play Dress and Technical Rehearsal, Abbotsford Convent 8:00AM
SSV Regional Swimming Carnival, Yawa Aquatic Centre 9:00AM
Tuesday 4 April
Combined Summer Sports Dinner, Centre for the Arts 6:30PM
Trinity Ruyton Year 9 Play Performance, Abbotsford Convent 7:00PM
Wednesday 5 April
Year 7 Athletics Standards Day, Collingwood Athletics Track 12:00PM
VCE Study Night, 6:30PM
Trinity Ruyton Year 9 Play Performance Abbotsford Convent 7:00PM
Thursday 6 April
Term 1 concludes
No Ruyton classes P 3 – P 6
ELC – Year 2 Easter Parade, 9:00AM
Year 3-5 Easter Service, Holy Trinity Church 1:30PM
Year 6 Camp concludes, Waratah Bay 3:15PM
Year 1 Egg Hunt, 3:30PM
Dadirri House Exeat, 3:30PM
Friday 7 April
Saturday 8 April
Sunday 9 April
Monday 10 April
Tuesday 11 April
Monday 17 April
Philip Island Rugby Camp commences, 9:00AM
Tuesday 18 April
MGS Easter Hockey Tournament, Hawthorn Hockey Centre, 9:00AM
Wednesday 19 April
First XVIII Football Camp commences, 8:15AM
Thursday 20 April
Philip Island Rugby Camp concludes
Friday 21 April
Firsts Soccer Pre Season Game v Melbourne Grammar, 9:00AM
First XVIII Football Camp concludes , 4:30PM
Tuesday 25 April
Dadirri House return, 5:00PM
Wednesday 26 April
Term 2 commences
Winter Sport Training commences
ANZAC Service ELC – Year 12, 11:20AM
Careers Afternoon Year 11, Arnold Hall 1:30PM
Trinity Shop, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Thursday 27 April
School Council Meeting, 8:00AM
Trinity Shop, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Friday 28 April
Year 10 Interstate Expeditions commence
AGSV Boys Firsts Football competition commences
Junior School SSV State Swimming Carnival, MSAC 8:30AM
Year 3-6 House Cross Country, 12:30PM
Africa Homework Club, 3:15PM
Trinity Ruyton Musical Rehearsal, Ruyton 3:30PM
AGSV Cross Country commences, 3:45PM