Week 6, Term 1 – 2018
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FROM THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES
Every boy’s journey through Trinity Grammar School is unique.
As a school we work hard to keep you up to date with the many things that happen in a ‘normal’ school day. One important part of a boy’s time at Trinity is his academic progress.
In order to provide parents with more insightful information about their son’s progress, we are pleased to announce the introduction of phase one of our Continuous Online Reporting system in the Senior School.
In 2018, a printed interim report will no longer be sent home. Instead, parents of Senior School students will be able to use the Continuous Online Reporting system to access all of their son’s academic records at any time. As the name suggests, Continuous Online Reporting is the process of reporting continually rather than waiting until the end of the semester to get a full report on how students are progressing.
There are many benefits of continuous online reporting:
- Parents receive information about their son’s learning in (almost) real time.
- It encourages more regular dialogue between parents, teachers and students.
- Data is more readily available to be used by teachers to inform the next stages of student learning.
- Students and parents can work together to act on the feedback received; they will be able to use this information to inform the approach that the boys take to their learning
- The reporting process is more meaningful when compared to end of semester reporting because of the ongoing nature.
The online assessment information is not designed to replace semester reports, but rather to complement them by providing a fuller picture of student progress as a semester unfolds. You will still meet with your son’s teachers twice each year, and, in 2018, the formal printed report will be sent home at the end of each semester. The outcome of this will be that you, your son, and your son’s teachers will have a common understanding of exactly what is required for him to take the next steps on his academic journey.
More information about how to access this system will be sent to you early next week.
Director of Studies
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Prep to Year 2 Swimming Display
Congratulations to all of the Prep to Year 2 boys for a magnificent swimming display last Friday. Congratulations also to Louise Devine, for her excellent organisation, and exemplary swimming instruction. It was wonderful to see such diverse levels of ability and confidence catered for in our swimming program. Thank you also to the many parents who attended to support our boys.
Prep to Year 2 Parent Reading Information Sessions
Information for parents to assist their children when reading at home will be presented by Trinity staff in two sessions on Thursday 15 March in Arnold Hall. A Trinity Connect invitation with all details was sent to parents last week. There will be two sessions – one in the morning and one in the evening. Please confirm your attendance via Connect.
Years 4, 5 and 6 camps
This week our Years 4 to 6 classes will be attending school camps. The Outdoor Education program is an important aspect of our offering at Trinity, and the attributes of courage, balance and reflection are at the heart of the camps program. We also aim to develop independence and organisational skills in the students, and the camps program is an engaging, significant and relevant means to assist students in this pursuit.
Leadership Induction Photos
The photos from the recent Junior School Leadership Induction are now available online for viewing and ordering. You can access the photos by clicking here and entering the password TRNGS.
If you have not previously purchased images from National Photography, you will be required to create an account on their website using an email address and password of your choice.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
House Performing Arts Festival (HPAF)
There are only two weeks to go until the HPAF. The boys have two long rehearsals after school in the next fortnight, and there are weekend rehearsals on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March. The boys and staff put an enormous amount of energy into HPAF and it is always a wonderful night.
Tickets for HPAF are available for booking by clicking here.
During the initial booking period, a maximum of three audience tickets per family will be available (student performers do not require a ticket). Please book carefully as there will be no ticket transfers/returns. The School reserves the right to reverse all tickets without consultation should an individual choose to book more than three audience tickets per student. Additional seats may be booked from Tuesday 13 March.
Run for the Kids
Each year Trinity has entered a team in the Herald Sun/CityLink’s Run for the Kids in honour of past student, Linus Couper, who tragically passed away in 2011 while in Year 9. Tom Purcell, Director of Outreach, and Year 12 student and Jake Helder (Year 12) are coordinating the team. The group will meet at approximately 8.30am at the King George statue in Kings Domain before the start at 9.30am (5km run).
To register, click here and use team name Trinity Grammar School and password TGS123.
International Students’ Dinner
Last Friday night, the Trinity and Ruyton international students attended our annual International Students’ Dinner at the Headmaster’s home. The boys and girls enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and Trinity and Ruyton staff were also in attendance. Year 12 Co-Captain of International Students, Charles Shen, thanked Dr Davies and his family for their hospitality.
Teens and Screens
A seminar for parents about managing their child’s screen time was held in Arnold Hall on Monday evening. The talk was given by Wayne Warburton, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University, who explained why many teenagers are so easily distracted by their computer screen and mobile phone. He also provided practical advice on how to reduce device dependence. Thank you to Rev’d Matt Campbell and Annabel Coburn for organising this very informative session.
Senior School Class Photos
Class Photos for Year 7-12 students have been delivered to the School and will be distributed in form assemblies throughout this week. If parents would like to buy additional copies for family members, they may be do so by ringing National Photography directly on 1300 677 000.
2018 Senior School Play
Trinity Grammar School and Ruyton Girls’ School present Candide by Scott Hunter
Venue: Parents & Friends (P&F) Hall, Trinity Grammar School
- Thursday 22 March – 7.30pm
- Saturday 24 March – 2.30pm (Matinée)
- Saturday 24 March – 7.30pm
- Sunday 25 March – 2.30pm (Matinée)
- $18 – Adult
- $12 – Student/Child
- $50 – Family (2 Adults & 2 Students/Children)
To book, please click here
Should you have any questions, please contact Mollie Farrell, Performing Arts Production Manager.
Love it or hate it, talking to an ‘automated service’ when you ring to speak with almost anyone has become pretty common.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if God decided to install an automated service? Imagine you begin to pray and hear this: Thank you for calling God…
Press 1 for Requests
Press 2 for Thanksgiving
Press 3 for Complaints
Press 4 for All Other Enquires, including nagging questions about the dinosaurs, the age of the earth, and the location of Noah’s Ark.
What if you heard the familiar, ‘I’m sorry all Angels are busy helping others right now; however your prayer is important to us, so please stay on the line and … blah blah blah’?
Alternatively, you might receive a message saying, ‘Sorry this office is now closed. Please try praying again between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.’
The good news for us is that God is always there and ready to listen when we pray – 24/7!
St Paul reminds us, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ – Philippians 4: 5-7
We are a school that loves to pray! Why not join us for ‘Prayer and Pastries’ sometime? Come along for a cuppa, pastry and an informal time of prayer for each other, and the school community at 7:30am every Tuesday morning during Term time (except when House Chapels occur).
Students, parents, and staff all welcome! We hope to see you there!
If you can’t make it, but would like us to pray for something or someone, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev’d Matt Campbell
Congratulations to the following teams who were undefeated throughout the 2017/2018 Summer Sport season:
- Thirds Tennis – coached by Claire Novak
- Open A & B Summer Hockey – coached by Kate Fewster
- Open Thirds Basketball – coached by Annabel Coburn
Well done to the 10A Rowing VIII who finished third in the Victorian State Championships Year 10 Division 2 2000m in Ballarat last weekend.
Touch Football and Rowing are still in Summer Sport mode for a few more weeks, but all other sports have now finished, and students will have a short break until the Winter Sport season commences.
Team of the Week – 7B Gold Tennis
Congratulations to the 7B Gold Tennis team on being selected as this week’s Team of the Week. The boys launched into doubles with confidence following their win last week, and due to injuries and player rotation, all boys were playing with a new double partner this week. The team finished the doubles even, which drove them even more to succeed in their singles game. They tackled the singles matches aggressively, winning all but two.
Team members: Lucas Van Den Berg, Ayush Rayoo, Marcus Minnelli, Hamish Stephens, Harrison Tam, Max Simpfendorfer, Huxley Williamson, Chaney Liu
Coach: Karyn Lehner
Results and Fixtures
For a full set of results and fixtures, please click here.
As part of the VCE Music Performance and Investigation courses, Trinity and Ruyton students will attend a Top Class concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre at 10.30am on Tuesday 6 March. Top Class music concerts showcase the talents of inspirational students who achieved excellence in their 2017 VCE Music performance examination. Students will depart Trinity at 9.30am, and return at 12.30pm.
Oaks Day Lunch Committee
The Oaks Day Lunch will take place on Thursday 8 November. We are looking for some parent volunteers who are willing to assist with some of the planning and preparation for this very enjoyable day! If you can help, please email Sharon Kendall in the Community Relations Office.
To volunteer in the Trinity Café for Term 1, please click here. Thank you to everyone who has already generously given up a morning to assist. 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.
Trinity Uniform Shop – Pop-up Sale
On Thursday 15 March, the Uniform Shop will open from 2.00pm until 6.00pm for a special Pop-up Sale. This is the perfect time to replenish your son’s winter uniform in preparation for Term 2. We have an excellent supply of winter uniforms and sports uniforms across all year levels – expect a bargain with many items priced at $10 or under! We will be allocating the funds from this sale to the new garden being built near the Tudor Centre. Click here to view a price list.
Thursday 15 March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Jenny Bennett, Jane King
- Sales: Robyn Walker, Deborah Hunt, Kate Jennings.
Saturday 24 March: 10.30am – 12.30pm
- Pricing: Juli Moran, Kylie Oliver
- Sales: Amanda Stock, Claire Harpin
If you would like to find out more about helping in the Trinity Shop, please contact Susan Lane (parent volunteer) for details.
Year 7 Coffee Morning
Date: Monday 19 March
Time: from 8.15am
Venue: Via Verona Cafe, 193 High Street, Kew (back room)
RSVP: No need to RSVP – just come along (order and pay for your coffee on the way through to the back room).
Enquiries: to Angela Gill on 0400 650 356
Trinity Friends of Music (TFOM) House Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) Raffle
TFOM will run their annual HPAF raffle. Tickets can be purchased on the evening from TFOM committee members.
We invite you to generously purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win great and many prizes donated by businesses and the Trinity community.
Prizes will be on display and the raffle drawn on the night. Proceeds go towards supporting the Music School and students.
We welcome all donations for the raffle. Ideas for prizes include:
- Chocolates, hampers, luxury food items;
- Goods for the home – e.g. soaps, candles, small appliances;
- Entertainment/music – e.g. concert tickets, music vouchers, wine, liquor, food hampers, restaurant and cafe vouchers;
- Health and care items and services e.g. various service vouchers, massage, skin and cosmetic products;
These can be dropped off at Hudson House by Thursday 15 March. Please provide your name and contact number.
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parents’ Book and Poetry Group
Tonight, the Parents’ Poetry Group meets in the Tudor Centre between 7.00pm and 8.00pm. The poet for discussion is Audrey Lorde.
The next book group meets on Tuesday 13 March. The book under review will be Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Poets for Term 1:
- Tuesday 20 March: Carol Ann Duffy
- Tuesday 27 March: Seamus Heaney
For information regarding these events and other details, please contact me at email@example.com.
Senior School English Teacher
The Arabunna tour is a unique opportunity to experience the Outback and the majesty of Lake Eyre/Kati Thanda while learning the significance of the Land – its trees, animals, plants, spirits – to Australia’s Indigenous people.
Trinity’s long-standing relationship of over 20 years with the Arabunna People is built on trust and respect. With Reg Dodd, Elder of the Arabunna, as our guide and mentor, we are privileged to share his knowledge of the country, his people’s history and culture.
The tour is open to everyone – individuals, students, children, families or parts of families.
An Arabunna Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 8 May, West Room CFA, 7.30 and 8.30pm. Information flyers, including costs, are available from Jennifer Poore via email to firstname.lastname@example.org