Week 11, Term 2 – 2018
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FAREWELL TO MICHAEL DAVIES
Last week we said our final farewells to Dr Davies and Mrs Davies in the South Room. Around 350 people from a cross-section of our community applauded Michael’s contribution to the school while also showing excitement for the way ahead. There was an acknowledgement at this warm gathering that nothing should overshadow the school’s recent achievements, except perhaps the more significant ones in years to come. Guests were welcomed by the Chairman of Council, John Gillam, who also read a message from previous Chairman, Garry Ringwood. Lucy Muchic, Deputy Chairman spoke with Michael responding. As always, Michael spoke with grace and dignity about his time at our school, his great affection and respect for the boys and staff, and of the opportunity ahead for the greater school community.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Over the past four weeks, I’ve read the reports for all of the Junior School boys and I wanted to sincerely congratulate them on their efforts. It’s most pleasing to see a balance of performance and contribution across both academic and cocurricular pursuits. Reports will be posted to parents in the second week of the school holidays.
Term 2 concludes at 3:10pm this Friday 29 June. Term 3 will commence for students on Tuesday 17 July.
Next term, we will be welcoming Ms Caitlin Rosewarne who will be joining us from MLC to take ELC to Year 3 PE while Mrs Devine is on Long Service Leave. We hope that Mrs Devine enjoys her break.
At the end of this week, we will also be farewelling Mr Robert Grundy who was teaching French part-time in the Junior School. Ms Annabelle Dominguez, from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, will fill this role early in Term 3.
Head of Junior School
Junior School Hutchins Tour
As the announcement of the inaugural ‘Bass Strait Shield’ approached, tensions rose for both the Trinity students and touring Hutchins students. Prior to the announcement, three games were held between the two teams across three sports: hockey, football and soccer. As Trinity won the football match comfortably and the soccer was won by Hutchins, it was down to the hockey match. And the inaugural Bass Strait Shield goes to….Hutchins!
The Hutchins students arrived on Friday 15 June and were billeted out to welcoming Trinity families. Over the course of the weekend, many friendships were made on and off the field. On Monday 18 June, all students were involved in a mixed team friendly match which proved a highlight of the weekend. We look forward to visiting the Hutchins School in Hobart next year.
Mr Tim Naughton
Year 6 Teacher
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Congratulations to Ryan Lobo who was presented with his Pierre de Coubertin Award at the MCG on Friday night. The Award acknowledges his ability as a sportsman, in particular as a swimmer, but it also acknowledges his sportsmanship.
Mack Horton, Olympic Gold Medal-winning swimmer, was the guest speaker at the ceremony and when asked what was his advice to the school students, he provided three points:
- Keep it simple.
- Do something you love doing.
- Eliminate the excuses for perhaps not achieving your best.
Term 2 Ends
This is the final week of Term 2 and for Years 7, 9, 11 and 12, normal classes will be held each day. However, Year 8 are undertaking Learning Journeys, while Year 10 boys are on Work Experience.
Term 3 begins for boys on Tuesday 17 July with Year Level meetings, followed by a Headmaster’s Assembly in the McIntyre Sports Centre.
I wish all the boys a restful and rejuvenating holiday break, and we look forward to seeing them all back and refreshed next Term.
House Ladder as at Week 10 Term 2
Our teaching staff are our greatest resource and their relationships with the boys are what makes the school. They all work hard to ensure the boys benefit every day from the classroom teaching, sports coaching, drama, debating, or music instruction, camps, community service, and overall pastoral care from Form Teachers, Heads of Year and Heads of House.
A small number of teaching staff are leaving us, all for different reasons. We wish them well with their next phase of their lives and we will have an opportunity at towards the end of the year to farewell them further.
- Mr Christopher Bantick is going on well-deserved Long Service Leave for the rest of the year. Chris is a very modest teacher, but he has taught thousands of boys English and English Literature since commencing in 1977.
- Dr Jennifer Hibben has retired from teaching Senior French. Jenny has been a magnificent contributor to the School and the LOTE Department.
- Mr Robert Grundy only arrived this year and has taught French to the Junior and Middle School years.
- Mr Tom Purcell is leaving Trinity to be the CEO of the Grow Hope Foundation, but he will continue teaching his Year 12 Economics class until the end of the year.
- Mr Andrew Rice leaves us after just over 12 years teaching geography. He is taking on a role at Greening Australia as Education and Community Engagement Manager. Andrew and his wife, Felicity, have just adopted Sylvia and are excited to become parents.
- We also thank Mr Bob Ross for teaching Chemistry and thank our Gap Student Amy Knowles.
The School community will have a chance to farewell staff at the end of the year, but for now we wish Chris, Jenny, Robert, Tom, Andrew, Bob and Amy all the best for their new adventures and we thank them very much for all they have given to the Trinity boys.
Mr Rohan Brown
Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE Poetry Recitations
Recently, French students of the Junior and Senior schools participated in the Berthe Mouchette competition – a poetry recitation competition in French.
Of the 58 students in years 5 and 6 who recited a poem, eight received ‘Excellent’ notations and two will be participating in the finals at the Alliance Française in St Kilda this weekend.
In the Senior School, 185 students in years 7 – 9 recited a poem to the examiners – 29 were ‘Excellent’ and five are in the finals.
Bonne chance to those doing finals this weekend.
C’est un effort magnifique!
Next term, students in Years 11 and 12 will also be participating in the Berthe Mouchette competition doing slightly different tasks. These levels complete both spoken and written examinations for this competition. This is both personally satisfying and useful skill practice for VCE.
Senior Inter-School Debating
The fourth Round of the inter-school debating program did not disappoint! It was a great night filled with victory! The T-boys finished the term with a bang, winning seven debates overall! Some of the topics were ‘That the ABC should be privatised’, ‘That we should allow non-violent offenders to pay compensation to their victims instead of serving a prison sentence’ and ‘That employers should adopt a 4 day working week’. Once again, the boys in years 10 – 12 had to prepare their topics one hour before their debate, as a part of the ‘secret’ or ‘advised’ topic process. With only one round to go, the boys are fired up and ready to finish on a high! The title of Best Speaker was awarded to Nathan Savundra-Shepherd, Sam Port, Hugh Wirtz, Sejune Park, Will Browning, Daniel Del Papa and Cinque Howells. Congratulations to those boys and well done to all of our debaters on their tremendous effort. The final round in the competition will be next term, on Monday 6 August at Camberwell Grammar School. All are welcome!
Junior Secondary Debating Program
If you missed out and did not register for the Junior Debating Program (Years 7 and 8), please let Mrs Rima Khallouf know ASAP. You will have until the end of Thursday 28 June to do so!
Debates will be held at Camberwell Grammar School on the following evenings:
Training night: Wednesday August 22, 2018
Round 1: Wednesday August 29, 2018
Round 2: Wednesday September 12, 2018
Round 3: Wednesday September 19, 2018
2018 Senior School Musical
Ruyton Girls’ School and Trinity Grammar School present The Wiz
Dates: Thursday 19 July – Saturday 21 July
Ticketing: on sale Wednesday 20 June at 7.00pm at via Trybooking.
Price: Adult – $36.00, Child/Concession – $23.00, Family – $110.00 (two adults, two children)
Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College
2018 Science Colloquium
Neil van Herk, Head of Science invites, you to the 2018 Science Colloquium. Two eminent Australian scientists, Professor Peter Barlis and Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson will discuss IVF, stem cells and innovations to tackle heart disease. The evening commences with canapes followed by a three-course meal.
Dates: Wednesday 1 August
Ticketing: on sale now via Trybooking.
Price: Adult – $65.00, Student (Trinity/Ruyton) – no cost
Venue: Centre for the Arts, South Room
A news item this week started me thinking about what makes children ‘bored’. I guess we all get bored at times but usually it’s only a temporary state through a lack of stimulation and not something that happens over long periods or regularly. As parents and grandparents, we sometimes worry about a child who slinks away to watch television on a sunny day and then complains ‘there’s nothing to do’. In fact, the experience of being bored for a time may be exactly what the child needs ‘to do’.
Children who experience a lack of programmed activity are given an opportunity to demonstrate creativity, problem solving, and to develop motivational skills that may help them later in life. Are we really doing our children a service by removing quiet, unstructured time from their lives? If we endlessly program them with activities, insist on being their playmates when other children aren’t available, and buying them more and more digital applications or ‘Apps’, have we overlooked the amazing opportunities for psychological growth right there in the quiet of our own homes?
The research quoted in the newspaper stated that simply amusing our children endlessly may do them more harm than good. It may impede how they learn to act autonomously, accept responsibility for their own well-being, seek out challenges that interest them, or learn how to self-motivate.
One writer in the Bible gives this advice: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46 verse 10). Perhaps learning how to be still in our spirit and to listen to God is an important step in not finding life ‘boring’.
Mr Don Stott
Junior School Chaplain
The boys on the Mitre Editorial Committee are planning to produce a Trinity Boys’ Own Cookbook, which can be sold as a fundraiser at the Founders’ Day Fair.
We invite members of the Trinity Community to submit their (or their son’s) favourite recipe via this online form.
We would really like every recipe to be accompanied by a short (one or two sentences) explanation of why it is special to you, your family, or why it reminds you of a special time or place. Recipes can be simple (the Year 12s are planning a ‘toastie’ section!) or more complicated. They can be attributed to someone else or your very own invention.
Click here to see a sample recipe.
Any questions can be directed to Year 12 Mitre Captains, Max Alder and Sam Port, via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed!
The Term 3 roster is now open and you can sign up by clicking here.
Thank you to all the parents who have assisted throughout Terms 1 and 2. Please consider volunteering for the 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 support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service. We will reopen in Term 3 on Thursday 19 July from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Saturday 21 July from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Donations for the Trinity Shop may be dropped off at Reception during business hours. If you wish to volunteer in the Trinity Shop, please contact Susan Lane.
Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
All Year 12 parents should save the date for the 2018 Year 12 Valedictory Dinner which will be held on Tuesday 23 October. Invitations to be sent early Term 3.
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parents’ Book and Poetry Groups
Tonight, the Parents’ Book Group meets at 6.30pm in the Tudor Centre. Tonight’s book under discussion is Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro.