Week 5, Term 3 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
Most pleasingly, as each week goes by I am meeting more and more parents. So, please keep up your introductions and chats, and do not hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve had another interesting and varied week.
In the Trinity spirit of feeding the masses, I attended a luncheon put on by our Hospitality students last Wednesday and then buttered up (pardon the pun) for the Winter Sports Dinner that night. Apart from the fine dining at both functions, I was privileged to hear the Sports Captains speak at the Dinner. To a boy, they were articulate, confident and informative in their presentations. I can assure you that we are producing fine young men at Trinity.
On Friday morning I saw off the second group of Year 9 boys to China at Tullamarine and then, although not needing more eating engagements, I attended the OTGA Business Luncheon in the city and the Class of 1988 Reunion Dinner at school in the evening. In particular, the Luncheon was a highlight. Supported by over 80 Old Grammarians, it gave John Gillam, Council Chairman, and me the opportunity to engage with an interested audience and communicate about our plans for the School.
On Saturday morning I watched our First Rugby team convincingly defeat Melbourne Grammar in their final game for the season. And that night, consistent with the gastronomic theme, I joined more than 200 members of the Trinity community at the Harambee Dinner. Again, I was in awe at the student presentations and at the wonderful Outreach work we do at the School. Led by the unbelievably enthusiastic and passionate Tom Purcell, our boys and staff have a commitment to serving the less fortunate that is more impressive than anything I have seen before in an educational setting.
Thankfully, Monday was dining free and was highlighted by attending Sally Wescott’s English Conversation Group and reading two books to the ELC boys: The Secret Sky and Boy.
I’m frequently asked how I’m finding Trinity, and this is invariably followed by an enquiry as to how I am settling in.
Well, I am discovering that my long-held view that Trinity is arguably the best boys’ school in Melbourne is a well-founded one. And I have settled in well. Importantly, I am enjoying myself.
Phil De Young
FROM THE ELC
Recently the focus in the Early Learning Centre has been on ‘our community’ in relation to where we fit within the Trinity community and in a wider context.
The children in the Three Year Old Group continue to learn about making friends, how to care for them, how to negotiate and cooperate, whilst the Four Year Old Group is learning about how important it is to have strong and meaningful connections within their local communities. They are currently planning a visit to a supermarket to explore healthy food and are also very busy constructing their own maps relating to Trinity and the Kew area.
The ELC vegetable garden is an ongoing project involving all children and provides many opportunities to plan and work collaboratively. We hope to have a flourishing harvest in the spring as a result of their combined efforts!
There have been numerous forms sent home recently for parents to complete and sign, and we would appreciate their return as soon as possible.
Director of the ELC
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Preparations for the Junior School Musical are in full swing and there’s nothing quite like the excitement and buzz of a performance to bring out the very best in our boys.
Our staff, parents and students have been working very hard on sets, costumes and rehearsals and there’s a genuine sense of pride around what’s going to happen when the curtain goes up for the first time at the end of August.
The performing arts are an essential part of the Trinity experience. Events such as the musical, liberate students from the conformity of their classroom and allow them to explore creativity and expression in a way that’s different to activities such as sport or physical education.
Indeed, during my time in schools I have seen many boys find their niche, increased confidence and pure joy over the course of the adventure of a musical. Many boys go on with this newly found passion and explore the performing arts outside of the school environment, and some even find themselves on the path to a career in this field.
Musicals are an immensely enjoyable experience for both the performer and the audience. Attending a performance is another way families can come together to share an event where all can be inspired or touched in a positive way. We look forward to seeing you all over the course of our four performances for a couple of hours of fun, laughter and entertainment.
Head of Junior School
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Parking /Drop-off in Gordon Avenue
We have received a number of complaints from residents that parents are collecting/dropping off children in Gordon Avenue when it is currently blocked off due to road works. Drivers are then performing U-turns to get out of Gordon Avenue. While we understand that parking around the School is currently quite limited, we ask our parents not to use Gordon Avenue while it is blocked off at Wellington Street.
The Senior School House Athletics will be held on Saturday 18 August at the Bill Sewart Athletics Track in Burwood. The first race is scheduled to begin at 8.30am and the event will conclude at midday.
Parents are most welcome and encouraged to attend. Boys must be in House or School sports uniform.
Good luck to all Houses.
The Harambee Dinner was an incredible community event celebrating Trinity’s Outreach ministries with our local, Indigenous and international communities. It was fantastic to see the Trinity community all come together to create awareness and raise important funds of well over $20 000 for a community van, bore water pump and child sponsorships in Uganda.
Special thanks must go to Carol Ann Wong, Feona Wadsworth, Geraldine Girdlestone and Felicity Quilty for their great organisation and running of the event. The boys from both the Junior and Senior Schools were outstanding in their presentations, selling raffle tickets and being waiters. We are grateful to all the teachers and families who donated goods for the hampers and the silent auction, to Phil De Young for doing the live auction, and to Chartwells for their generosity in keeping costs to a minimum. A special mention to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the evening, and the Good Grub Choir for their incredible performance.
We are looking forward to seeing the Trinity community come together at future Harambee events. The next event is on Wednesday 15 August at Buoy’s Restaurant in Kew (opposite Woolworths) where you can enjoy a pizza with our Good Grub community from 5.00pm until 6.00pm.
The fifth and final Round of the Inter-School Debating Program did not disappoint! In true Trinity style, a number of boys stepped up to support the Senior Debating Group. With many Year 9 boys arriving home from China the night before, the danger of forfeiting a number of debates was looming. Year 7 boys, Rahul Doloi and Michael Fan, as well as Year 8 boys, Cale Martin and Aden Wilmshurst, came to the rescue, filling in the gaps and debating with the older boys. I was extremely proud of those boys for their willingness to help out, knowing the weight of the challenge ahead. Overall, it was a great night filled with victory! The title of Best Speaker was awarded to: Alex Thomson, Andrew Lim, Daniel Hope, Stephen Mack, Cinque Howells, Max Yakubowski and Cale Martin (Year 8). Congratulations to those boys and to the C Grade Trinity 1 boys: Rishov Doloi, Will Browning, Finn Horan and Andrew Lim (coached by OTG Nick Campbell) who have made it to the finals. It was great to see so many boys laughing and cheering at the end of the night, which also marked the end of the 2018 Debating Season.
Head of Debating
Tickets are still available for the Careers Expo being held on Thursday 16 August, starting at 3.40 pm at the Centre for Business and Social Enterprise. The event is free. To register please click here.
The aim of the afternoon is twofold:
- To broaden the horizonsof the students about the possibilities in a number of career interest areas.
- To gather information about possible career pathways and even learn about new ones!
We hope the information and details provided will inspire the students to reflect on where they are heading with their career journey.
Head of Careers
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Trinity Jazz Night 2018
Trinity Friends of Music will be hosting the annual Trinity Jazz Night on Friday 31 August at 7.00pm in the South Room, Centre for the Arts. The Junior Jazz Band, Big Band, Stage Band, Trintones, Augmented Sevenths and Belling Jazz Ensemble will all perform. Funds raised on the night will go to Trinity Friends of Music for the purchase of instruments/equipment benefitting students at the School. More information regarding this date including how to book tickets and the price will be distributed via Trinity Connect.
The 2018 Concerto Concert will be held on Thursday 6 September at 7.30pm in the South Room. Performers include Daniel Gu (flute), Alexander Thompson (trumpet), Evan Arnall (voice), George Mildred-Short (cello), Zachary Sumarno (viola), Samuel Li (violin) and William Song (clarinet). There will also be a performance from the Senior String Orchestra. No tickets are required.
Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed!
Thank you to everyone who has assisted by filling the vacant spots in the Term 3 roster. There are still some spots left so please consider signing up by clicking here. Café duty runs daily from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm.
Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service. At our recent Junior School Pop-Up Sale we raised $900 which will benefit our Junior School boys. We next open on:
Thursday 16 August : 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing:Carolyn Crouch, Jane King, Jenny Bennett
- Sales: Monica Zhou, Yanxia Gu, Kate Jennings
Thursday 30 August : 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing:Liz Beasley, Fiona Griffith, Janice Bland
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Deborah Hunt, Diane Di Stefano
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.
Founders’ Day Fair
Designer and Vintage Clothing Stall
Thank you for all your wonderful donations last year. The Vintage Clothing Stall was so much fun and such a success!
Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into that great big wardrobe of yours! Just imagine all the fresh new summer outfits you’ll make room for.
Quality used and new clothes would be greatly appreciated. The Trinity Boys are also very quick off the mark to purchase pre-loved Men’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Gant t-shirts and tops !
Please drop off goods to Hudson House or contact us using the details below:
- Anne Capouleas – 0438 900 440 or email@example.com
- Kirstie Mananov – firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms 7A-7D Coffee Morning
Date: Thursday 6 September
Venue: Via Verona Café, 193 High Street, Kew (back room)
A great opportunity to meet parents from your son’s form, the form he will go on camp with next term, and the larger group.