Week 1, Term 2 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
Welcome back, everyone.
Our school shined today as we embraced Rohan Brown’s return and demonstrated a collective intent to move forward.
In several sessions over the course of the day, we discussed with staff and students how powerful optimism can be in reframing any anxieties we might have and rebuilding our resilience. It engenders an improved sense of ‘team’ and fosters greater respect for each other.
At Trinity, we have a lot to be optimistic about now, and plenty more to look forward to in the future. This term alone we have:
- an ANZAC service on Tuesday next week where we’ll stand side-by-side to salute our fallen heroes;
- an occasion to develop house camaraderie at the Year 7 and 8 House Winter Carnival (13 June);
- opportunity to apply ourselves during NAPLAN assessments (Week 5) and exams for Years 9, 10 and 11 (Weeks 8-10);
- a chance to develop interpersonal skills and resilience at the Year 10 camps across the term;
- a whole host of winter sports, music and performing arts opportunities, as well as our important community service program; and
- invaluable experiences in the last week of term for Year 10s (work experience) and Year 9s (China preparation), not to mention the terrific personal development opportunity for Year 8s through their Learning Journeys.
We even have nights to dance, reflect and raise funds at the Green and Gold ball (19 May) and the Year 12 formal (16 June).
I have been inspired by the scenes at school today. Our boys arrived back with a spring in their step, showing great respect for each other and their teachers. Our eyes ‘smiled’ as we realised that Trinity Grammar is a great place to learn, work and participate in a range of world-leading programs and initiatives.
This is a fact only made possible through the leadership of our teachers and support staff. I extend huge thanks to all of our staff and look forward to working with them throughout the year. I would also like to thank parents for their ongoing nurture and development of our boys when they leave our school gates. It is clear our students are also being well led and cared for at home.
There’s a role for everyone in the Trinity community to help our school move forward with a renewed, optimistic approach this term. And if we need any reminder of how or why, we should only revisit our mission: to grow exceptional young men who are empowered to contribute to the global community with courage, humility and integrity.
Welcome back to school. Enjoy Term 2.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
I’d like to welcome all boys, staff and parents back to our school grounds ready for the start of Term 2. I trust everyone had some time to reconnect with family, friends and community during the break.
A copy of the Term 2 calendar dates for the Junior School will be sent home this week. Please make careful note of events that involve your son, and please feel free to join us for one of our weekly assemblies.
This morning at our Junior School assembly, we announced our musical for 2018. This year the production team have chosen the musical, MADAGASCAR JR (a Hal Leonard production). At assembly our teaching staff slipped into character and presented a teaser from one of the scenes. The boys delighted in our portrayal of the characters and the prospect of being involved in the upcoming musical adventure.
Based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar, the musical follows Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
This year, our Production Executive will be:
- Director and Producer – Ms Olivia Wilson
- Assistant Director – Ms Sue Stradwick
- Music Director – Mrs Susan Searle
Ms Lisa Sheppard will be overseeing the production aspect for Prep to Year 2. The Junior School musical will be held in Week 7 of Term 3, on the evenings of the 28 and 29 August. All queries regarding the musical should be directed to Ms Olivia Wilson.
The main cast will be selected from Years 5 and 6. Information sessions and workshops commence this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and auditions will begin in Week 2 on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Call-backs are likely to occur in Week 3 and may extend in to Week 4. Rehearsals will officially begin in Week 4.
I’d also like to remind everyone that the full winter uniform to school from the beginning of Term 2. Hats may be worn in the playground but are not compulsory. For further details please refer to page 144 of the School Diary.
We look forward to a happy and productive term.
Head of Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
A reminder that boys should now be wearing their Winter Uniform. In particular, for sport, the Trinity Slicker or Rugby Jumper should be worn as an outer garment to and from matches/training, and green tracksuit pants should also be worn, not grey or blue!
During the Term 1 holidays, a number of immersions took boys and staff to various parts of the world.
- Soccer to New Zealand – Fifteen boys attended the Soccer tour to New Zealand recording three wins and three losses. Sebastian Drake (Year 10) was the MVP of the trip, and the leading goal scorer was Kasra Karamad (Year 8). Callum Deed (Year 12) captained the side extremely well. Thank you to Mr Mike Moreira and Mr Matt Rock for taking the trip.
- Bushwalk – Over the holidays, seven senior boys spent a number of nights hiking in the Mt Feathertop/Falls Creek area. They walked the Tom Kneen Track (OTG 1961) and were a bit windblown and wet when they arrived back in Melbourne. Thanks to Mr Alan Daley for taking the trip.
- Duke of Edinburgh Cycling – Mr Tim Bence and Peter Browne (OTG 2010) took seven boys cycling and walking in the Harrietville/Dinner Plain area in the first week of the school holidays. All arrived back safely.
- Africa – Rev’d Matt Campbell and Dr Rose Humberstone and six boys have spent the two weeks in Africa (Uganda and Rwanda) helping the communities they visited, sightseeing and even some rafting. The boys also visited the Home of Hope, which is supported by Trinity. This was a great experience for all who attended.
Hockey, Football and Rugby had practice tournaments/games or pre-season camps over the holidays in readiness for the start of the Winter Sport season. Hockey played a number of games against other Australian schools, while Rugby played a practice match against Ormiston in Queensland following a number of training sessions. Firsts Football concluded their training camp at Bulleen with a match against Carey. Thank you to all staff who gave up their holidays to supervise these sessions.
The annual Mitre Cup Football match between Trinity and Camberwell Grammar will be played at 10.00 am on Saturday at Gordon Barnard Oval, Balwyn Road. As there are very few other matches, the team seeks spectator support at the game. Please wear green and gold.
Our First XI Soccer team will play Marcellin this Friday, and there is also a cross country meet at Bulleen this Friday.
Victorian Hockey Team
Good luck to Liam Henderson (Year 9) who is captaining the Victorian U15 Hockey Team in the Australian Championships this week in Wollongong.
Parent-Teacher Interviews – Years 7 and 8
Parent-Teacher Interviews will be conducted for students in Years 7 and 8 on Monday 30 April between 3.45pm and 9.00pm.
This week, via Trinity Connect, parents will receive information about how to book these interviews. The online booking system will be operational from 6.00pm on Sunday 22 April.
The link for booking can be found on Trinity Connect > My Sons > Relevant Links > Parent Teacher Booking or by clicking here.
Senior School Debating
On Monday 26 March, a number of Trinity boys took part in the first round of the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) debating season for 2018. A number of debates were won, with Best Speaker awards going to Nathan Savundra-Shepherd, Stanley Chen and Cinque Howells. Some of the topics debated were ‘That Australia should implement a UBI’ and ‘That we should ban the sale of all cars powered by fossil fuels by 2025.’
Debating is continually growing at Trinity, and this year we have 18 teams in the competition. A number of experienced and successful debaters come to us as coaches from The University of Melbourne and Monash University, including some of our Old Boys who have returned to lend a hand. It is great to see the boys and their coaches preparing together, sharing experiences and engaging on an intellectual level. Round 2 will be held on Monday May 2 at Camberwell Boys’ Grammar School on Mont Albert Road, Canterbury. Parents, friends and staff are welcome to come along and support the boys.
- B Grade & C Grade: 7.00-8.00pm
- A Grade & D Grade: 8.00-9.00pm
Head of School Debating
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Rowing is a family sport. It takes the whole family to support a rower to live through the ups and downs, to sacrifice morning sleep-ins, to endure the physical and mental load in pursuit of 100, 150 or 200 perfect strokes. We thank our families first and foremost for the support and encouragement they give us to pursue our passion for rowing.
This year, our Juniors have learned to row, and our Intermediates and Seniors have learned to work. The Year 10As won the 2nd Division VIII at the Scotch Mercantile Regatta held in Nagambie in their final appearance. This squad has only been together for 18 months, and after starting off on Albert Park Lake in boats made in the 1980s, they have shown amazing dedication and put in some incredibly hard work to be able to compete against the top rowing schools in Victoria.
At Nagambie, they surprised the field with an awesome display of rowing, overcoming a challenge by Scotch College at the 1500m mark to win by half a length. They took the risk, they learned to work and they forged from nothing a reputation amongst the best in such a short time.
The Senior IV finished second and third in a small field in the Open IV boat class at the same regatta. Some of these boys have been rowing for only eight months. They have begun something much bigger than themselves and they have earned the respect of the riverbank, their coaches and their families. They are men of character that will endure the hard times because they know it’s worth it. I congratulate these men on becoming oarsmen of Trinity.
Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing
All parents will receive their invitation to the 2018 Ball within the next few days. Please join us on :
Date: Saturday 19 May 2018
Time: 7.00pm – 12.00 midnight
Venue: The Glasshouse, Olympic Boulevard
Price: $195.00 per person – includes a delicious three-course meal, wine, sparkling and soft drinks.
Bookings via trybooking.com/360035
Our Ball Committee are working very hard to provide a night full of fun. Our band is booked and we have secured the very popular jazz singer, Angela Librandi, for the evening.
This year we have an early bird raffle, with some great prizes on offer. To be eligible, please book your ball tickets before Saturday 21 April.
When booking please enter the name of your Table Coordinator, or, if you prefer, just come on your own and enter your preferred year level. Tables of 10 Available.
- Sarah Makris: email@example.com (Green & Gold Committee Parent Volunteer)
- Anna Wells-Jansz: firstname.lastname@example.org (Green & Gold Committee Parent Volunteer)
- Sharon Kendall: email@example.com (Trinity Representative)
Trinity Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed
Click here to view the volunteer roster for Term 2.
Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm. To find out more about volunteering in the café or if you have any feedback, please contact Sue McNally, Parent Volunteer Coordinator, or Sharon Kendall, Community Liaison.
Thanks to all who have supported the Trinity Shop. We will be open:
Thursday 19 April: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Simone Martin,
- Sales: Debbie Browning, Xi Gao, Susan Lane
Saturday 21 April: 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Pricing: Dianne Semmens, Kylie Oliver
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin, Louise Ross
Parents’ Association Meeting Reminder
All Trinity Parents are invited to attend the next Parents’ Association meeting. To register your interest in joining the Parents’ Association, please sign up by clicking here.
Date: Tuesday 17 April 2018
Venue: Centre for the Arts
PARENT MEET-UPS AND EVENTS
Junior School Mother’s Day Breakfast
This year’s Junior School Mother’s Day Breakfast will be held on Friday 4 May 2018. The event is a wonderful opportunity for our Junior School parents and special friends to celebrate Mother’s Day with their sons as part of the school community. The event is a non-profit event organised by parent volunteers. If you are keen to be part of organising the event, please contact Jane Kupsch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 5 Family Picnic
Date: Sunday 22 April
Venue: Grange Road Park, Kew (off Cotham Rd, behind Kew Traffic School)
BYO food, drinks, bats and balls, bikes, scooters, frisbees, etc.