Week 2, Term 1 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
For the entire summer, my youngest daughter, Olivia, has been telling all who would listen that she was going to Trinity. Olivia would proudly announce that she had her ‘boy’s uniform’ and would be going to Mrs Read’s School. Mrs Genevieve Read, the Director of the ELC, is an extraordinary educator. I previously underestimated the profound effect she has on the youngest in our community, even after one orientation day; I wish Mrs Read had been my teacher when I first went to school. Last week, I had the great joy of visiting the ELC to meet the newest cohort and saw them all at play in the three and four year old rooms. Each child had found something that appealed to them. There was something for everyone.
I discussed the start of the year with our School Captain and Vice-Captains at breakfast this morning. They are officially ‘pumped’ to be back and are ready to go for the year ahead. Their aims for the year centre around building community, fostering great relationships and cohesion – magnificent aspirational and inspirational goals. We all enjoyed a superb head start day at Trinity College, at the University of Melbourne, last week. Co-Heads of Year 12, Susan Hill and Chris Amiconi, organised an extraordinary array of guest speakers from SAS service men; eminent psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg; to our own School Ambassador and Chancellor’s Scholar, Anand Bharadwaj. There was something for everyone.
This weekend saw the continuation of the summer sporting season for the Senior School. There was rowing at Ballarat, cycling at Lake Mountain, golf at Kew, swimming competition and training, as well as all manner of activities at Bulleen and around the metropolitan area. We had our fair share of wins, but if we look closely at enjoyment, collegiality and participation, there was success at every turn. It was great to see so many parents coming to support their boys. Everyone had a sense of enjoyment and belonging. Preparation for our first drama production continues at full pace and debating gets into its stride this week. It was a great week of activities, there was something for everyone.
There are so many joys to start the New Year: the vitality of the new boys, the enthusiasm of the staff as they teach their first classes of the year, the welcoming back of familiar faces amongst staff, students and parents. The renewing of friendships with our colleagues at Ruyton has special meaning this year as we celebrate 25 years of the Trinity-Ruyton Coordinate Program. This relationship goes from strength to strength, and I also wish Linda Douglas, Principal, and the entire Ruyton community all the best for their 140-year anniversary this year.
One of the greatest joys for me is the continued realisation that at Trinity we are part of a very special community. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, we have different interests and passions, but we share common hopes and core values. At Trinity, we want to encourage people to find their passions and bring out their best possible version of themselves. Personal bests can be achieved in all aspects of life, but it’s so much easier to really excel when you find something you are passionate about. At Trinity we encourage everyone to find their passions, to find something that will really, in the words of the Year 12 leaders, get you ‘pumped’. If you haven’t found it yet, you will, because at Trinity, there’s something for everyone.
Dr Michael Davies
FROM THE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
The Early Learning Centre was abuzz last week with two new groups of three year olds and five new children joining the Four Year Old Group. We extend a very warm welcome to all families, new and returning, and trust that 2018 is a very positive year for everyone in our community.
For many children this may be a different setting but a continuing early childhood experience. For some who may not have been away from home before, it is a giant step which may require a period of adjustment. Please be assured that all ELC staff members are committed to helping your child and family through this period with the main aim that your child has a very happy time whilst away from home.
There is an ELC Family Picnic planned for Friday 16 February and this is an excellent opportunity to meet others in your group. Invitations have already been distributed and we do hope you will be able to attend.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
From the Head of Junior School
Welcome to the 2018 scholastic year. I’d like to extend a special greeting to all of the new families who have joined the Trinity Junior School community this year.
Last Thursday, we held our first Junior School assembly. After a brief introduction and welcome to our new boys, we talked about our values and the behaviours expected of a Trinity Grammar School student. We also talked about standing up for what you believe is right, standing up for others, inclusion, courage, being true to yourself, and saying ‘no’ to violence.
Students new to our Junior School may face challenges with new places, faces and routines. Rest assured, our existing Trinity students always do their best to make the new boys feel welcome and supported.
I enjoyed seeing all the boys as I made my way around to the classrooms last week.
Head of Junior School
House Cocurricular Leaders
The 15 Junior School Leaders for 2018 were announced at the Junior School Presentation Night in 2017. The 64 Cocurricular Leaders will be elected at the beginning of this term with the process as follows:
- Friday 2 February – Nominations were called for the sixteen cocurricular leadership positions for each House. The boys had to rank their preferences for the various leadership positions.
- Monday 5 February – Cocurricular Leader Election Day where nominees present to other members of their House. Students in Years 4 – 6 and staff vote on the nominees for their House.
- Friday 16 February – Leaders’ Induction ceremony will be held in the South Room starting at 8.40am. All Year 6 parents have been sent an invitation for this special occasion. Morning tea will be served afterwards and there will be an opportunity for a photograph with your son following the ceremony.
Many boys will be looking forward to being a successful candidate for these additional leadership opportunities. Our dedicated Junior School staff will continue to work with all boys to further develop their leadership skills in Year 6.
- All Junior School individual and class photos will be taken on Thursday 8 February. It is important that all boys are in their correct summer uniform, are well groomed and arrive at school on time.
- The Parent Information Evening will be held in the Peter McIntyre Gymnasium this Wednesday 7 February at 7.00pm. At this event, the Deputy Chairman of School Council, David Waldren, will speak to the Junior School community. I look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to Year 5 students Benjamin Silva and James Cheung for their recent success at an international futsal competition. In January, the boys travelled to the Gold Coast with their futsal club to participate in the Craig Foster International Cup – an elite competition for futsal clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The U10 division had 14 teams competing. James and Benjamin’s team had a string of wins and finished second in their pool. They made it through the qualifying final round and were only defeated by the Brisbane team that ended up winning the tournament.
For boys in Prep – Year 2
Starting on Monday 12 February at 8.00am, boys in Prep – Year 2 are invited to join Mrs Jackson and Mrs Arnold in the Library to learn how to play chess with their peers. Each week we will invite a surprise guest to join us.
For boys in Years 3 – 6
Chess Club commences on Thursday 15 February at 8.00am in the Junior School Library. Boys in Years 3 – 6 are invited to join us to learn chess with our professional Kids Unlimited coach, Carl. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and compete in tournaments. The class caters for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
From the Head of Senior School
It was great to see the smiling faces of the new Year 7 boys and the returning students last week. The Year 11 and 12 boys had preliminary days at the Centre for the Arts and Trinity College, while the rest of the school had their photos taken, and then started classes by midday on Thursday
At Friday’s Headmaster’s Assembly, the didgeridoo was played by Dadirri Indigenous Officer, Corey Atkinson, and the Headmaster inducted the Year 12 boys into their final year by presenting them with Year 12 ties. By Friday afternoon, it seemed like we had never been away!
Head of Senior School and Deputy Headmaster
Thank you to the many families who arranged for their boys to have a haircut prior to returning to school. A few boys needed to go home on the first day (and returned following a haircut!) but overall the boys looked great. May I remind parents and boys that hair must be above the collar and not so long over the eyes to be a nuisance when studying or playing sport. Dyed hair or extreme hairstyles are not permitted.
Sports Uniform and Hats
Sport started last weekend and although it was not too hot, boys are reminded to wear a Trinity white peaked cap or a ‘Chappell’ brimmed style hat when playing outdoor sports.
Boys should arrive/leave in their sporting venues in either the Trinity tracksuit/slicker/rugby top or in sporting uniform. Boys are not allowed to wear casual clothes to and from sport.
Throughout Terms 1 and 4 hats must be worn at recess and lunchtime if out in the sun.
A number of Information Evenings for parents will be held over the coming weeks. We encourage all parents to attend.
- Year 7 – Tuesday 6 February
- Year 8 – Thursday 8 February
- Year 9 – Monday 12 February
- Year 10 – Tuesday 13 February
- Year 11 – Wednesday 14 February
- Year 12 – Thursday 15 February
All evenings start at 7.30pm and will be held in the South Room of the Centre for the Arts.
Australia Day Honours
Congratulations to the following four recipients of Australia Day Honours who are connected to Trinity. It is a terrific acknowledgement of their service and dedication to their profession and to the community.
- Jon Willis OAM – For Service to Youth through Scouts. Mr Willis coordinates our A/V for both Senior and Junior School Presentation Nights.
- David Singleton AM – For Significant Service to Engineering, particularly through creating sustainable infrastructure for cities and communities.
- Prof Susan Elliott AM – For Significant Service to Education as an academic administrator and as a clinician in the field of gastroenterology.
- Assoc Prof Julian Rait OAM – For Service to Ophthalmology to for development of overseas aid.
- Daniel Moshopoulos (Year 10) who played percussion in the student version of Wicked over the holidays
- Henry Brown (Year 10) who has been selected as Captain of the Victorian U15 cricket team playing in Queensland in a few weeks’ time.
The 2018 inter-school debating competition is open to all students from Years 9 – 12. Registration will be held in the new CBSE building, Room CE12 on Tuesday 6 February at lunchtime. No experience necessary! The competition will be held at Camberwell Boys’ Grammar School on Mont Albert Road, Canterbury.
- Monday 26 March
- Monday 30 April
- Monday 14 May
- Monday 25 June
- Monday 6 August
- A Grade (Year 12) 8.00pm-9.00pm
- B Grade (Year 11) 7.00pm-8.00pm
- C Grade (Year 10) 7.00pm-8.00pm
- D Grade (Year 9) 8.00pm-9.00pm
Bring a friend and create your own group, or meet someone new and build your own team!
For more information please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of School Debating
A very warm welcome to the new school year.
Starting something new, like a new job or being in a new school for example, can often cause us some worry – a new place, new people, new routine… ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘Will I fit in?’ ‘Will I make friends?’ Rest assured that all of those questions (and plenty of others) are perfectly normal!
If you have some doubts, particularly about yourself starting out (or even starting back) this year, I hope you might be encouraged by these well-known words…
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’
– Marianne Williamson, 1992
I truly hope that 2018 be a year where you shine in whatever you do!
Rev’d Matt Campbell
Senior Chaplain, and Director of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care
Prayer and Pastries
Parents, students and staff are warmly invited to meet in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity each Tuesday morning of the school term from 7.30am until 8.00am to pray for each other, the school, and the wider Trinity community. On the first Tuesday of the month we also share in Holy Communion together, however we don’t meet when House Chapels are on. Everyone is welcome and breakfast is provided. Click here to download a flyer with all of the details.
If there is anything the Chaplaincy team can do for you (boys and families) by way of pastoral care, support, and prayer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of us through the school reception or email email@example.com.
A full round of sport was scheduled for last Saturday. Well done to all teams for being organised and performing well.
Over the holidays the First XI Cricket team played their annual three-day game against Trinity Sydney. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to claim the shield in what was a very tight game. Jack Carroll scored 45, Sam Gollings 30 and Ollie Scott took 5/32 in the first innings. Paul Lindsay scored 70 in the second innings.
A large group of rowers, swimmers and athletes attended the first pre-season camp in Queensland. A total of 64 boys spent eight days training under the direction of Christian Neeson, Guy Begley, Emma Clark and Ewoud Botha. It was a tremendous experience for the boys.
Team of the Week: First XI Cricket
The First XI reconvened their season with a game against Ivanhoe XI at Chelsworth Park. Zac Bortolussi took 2/31, and Ollie Scott was rewarded with 2/23. Douglas Warren’s impressive spin bowling to saw him claim 1/23 off 13 overs. Jack Hindson added 0/12 off 6 overs to tie down the Ivanhoe top order. As Ivanhoe were forced to take more risks, some good bowling and excellent ground fielding saw 3 run outs and a sensational catch from Zac Bortolussi. Ivanhoe were all out for 155.
The top order showed maturity and poise; Jack Stewart was dominant for 30, but his 60-run partnership with Warren was pivotal. Henry Brown then joined Warren for a classy 77 run partnership. Brown and Jack Carroll stood tall in an outstanding run-chase to seal Trinity’s first win of the season in the 37th over.
Score: Trinity 3/158 def. Ivanhoe 10/155
Coaches: Brendan Pateman and James Bett
Team members: Jack Stewart, Paul Lindsay, Thomas Carroll, Douglas Warren, Henry Brown, Jack Carroll, Matthew Kendall, Daniel McNab, Ollie Scott, Michael Forwood, Zac Bortolussi and Jack Hindson
Welcome to our new and existing music students for 2018!
Music Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals
All instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals commence in Week 2, starting Monday 5 February. Any students interested in learning a musical instrument should complete an application form. Please complete the form and return to the Music Office.
Senior Music Camp
The 2018 Senior Music Camp will be held on Saturday 17 February to Sunday 18 February at Trinity Grammar School in the Centre for the Arts for members of Symphony Orchestra, Senior Strings, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir. Further information about this camp will be distributed to parents via Trinity Connect during Week 2.
House Performing Arts Festival (HPAF)
The Trinity Grammar House Performing Arts Festival will be held at Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention Centre on Tuesday 19 March 2018 (Week 8, Term 1). Tickets will be available for booking from Week 4 of Term 1. Further details regarding this event will be provided in the coming weeks.
Trinity Friends of Music Meeting
All parents are invited to attend the first Trinity Friends of Music meeting for 2018. This meeting will held be on Wednesday 14 February at 7.30pm in CY1 of the Music Department. Please contact the Director of Music, Michelle Stanic, for more information.
Free Theory Classes. Free AMEB Aural / General Knowledge and VCE Aural Classes
Siegfried Franke will run the above free classes for all interested students from 7.25am to 7.55am on the following days:
- Wednesdays, Day 3: Theory in Room CY3, Music Department
- Wednesdays, Day 8: AMEB/VCE Aural in CY3, Music Department
Afternoon Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in the 2018 Afternoon Music Recitals. Term 1 Recitals will be held on Tuesday 13 February, Thursday 1 March and Tuesday 20 March from 3.30pm – 4.00pm in Room CY4 of the Music Department. Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students at the recital and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should contact Therese McCoppin to register their interest.
Congratulations to all of the Suzuki violin students who offered their time to perform during the December holidays for the residents of the Kew Gardens Aged Care Centre. The boys presented a varied program of solo and chamber works to an enthusiastic audience. Two boys invited their musician sisters to form family ensembles. After the performance the boys sat with the residents and shared stories. Boys who performed were Heli Cheung (Year 1), Horus Cheung (Year 3), Alexander Chieng (Year 6 Performing Arts Captain) Ben Chiew (Year 7), and Angus Wong (Year 7).
Join a Senior School Choir
Trinity has two main choirs operating in the Senior School. The Middle School Choir is for students in Years 7 – 9 with unchanged or changing voices. This choir rehearses every Tuesday at 7.30am in CY1. The Senior Choir (previously known as Chamber Choir) is for students in Years 9 – 12 with changed voices. This choir rehearses on Mondays at 7.30am in CY4 and Wednesdays at 7.30am in CY1.
These choirs are open to all students. Incoming Year 7s are encouraged to come along and give choir a try. Older students (who perhaps want to improve their performance at HPAF) are more than welcome to join us.
Choirs will commence on Wednesday 7 February.
For further information please contact Kevin Kelley.
Opera Australia presents Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
Trinity students have the opportunity to attend a performance of Puccini’s Tosca at heavily discounted prices. A night at the opera is something that students will never forget. They will experience the imagination of a great composer, writers, designers and directors, not to mention world-class singers and Orchestra Victoria. Tosca is a very accessible opera and information kits are provided to prepare students for the performance.
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Cost per student: $59 (plus $8.50 booking fee)
This excursion is open to any singing student in Years 7-12, Trinity choristers, VCE Music students or any student with an interest in attending an opera. Trinity staff may attend at the same price.
Expressions of interest should be sent to the Music Office by Friday 9 February so that a booking can be secured.
Year 7 Welcome to Parents Morning Tea
It was great to see so many Year 7 parents at our Welcome Morning Tea last Thursday. Thanks to all who came along. We hope that you and your son(s) enjoy your time with us.
Secondhand Book Sale – Thank You!
Another successful second-hand booksale was held at the end of 2017. A big thank you to our many volunteer parents – we couldn’t run it without you. Ten boxes of books have been donated to The Les Twentyman Foundation Back to School Program. These books help hundreds of children remain at school as they are unable to buy their own books.
Thank you to our volunteers, purchasers, sellers and donors!
Juli Moran and Helen Moss (volunteer coordinators) did an outstanding job, along with all the many other volunteer parents.
Thank you to all who volunteered in the Café throughout 2017. We hope to see you, and many new faces in 2018! The rosters are now open for Term 1, should you want to get in early! Please click here to sign up and select your preferred day.
Trinity Uniform Shop
Thanks to all our volunteers who assisted with the recent special opening days, particularly in the sweltering heat.
The Trinity Shop will be open as follows:
Thursday 15 February: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Julie Limmer, Janice Bland
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Sushil Bedi
Thursday 1 March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Xi Gao, Leanne Larkin
- Sales: Christina Branagan, Meileen Tan, Diane Di Stefano
We are still looking for more volunteers to assist during 2018 – to find out more, please contact Susan Lane (parent volunteer) for more details.
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parents’ Book and Poetry Groups
Books for Term 1:
- Tuesday 13 February: The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres
- Tuesday 13 March: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout will move to Term 2.
Poets for Term 1:
- Tuesday 6 March: Audre Lorde
- Tuesday 20 March: Carol Ann Duffy
- Tuesday 27 March: Seamus Heaney
Edward Thomas will move to Term 2
All Poetry and Book Groups take place on Tuesday evenings between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm (note the time change from 2017) in the Tudor Centre.
For information regarding these events and other details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior School Literature and English Teacher