Week 6, Term 2 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them.
– 1 Corinthians 12:5
The weekend that passed had some great events, both here and overseas. The Green and Gold Ball, a signature event in the School’s calendar, was again superb. It is one of the few school events when every parent, from ELC to Year 12, teachers and support staff can come together and enjoy each other’s company. It was great to catch up with so many families, and the night would not have been possible without the drive and spirit of our volunteer Ball Convenors, Sarah Makris and Anna Wells-Jansz. The Parents Association did a magnificent job on the evening, as did our Community Relations team. It was brought together by so many people, acting in so many ways for the good of the School. School spirit was evident at every turn, notably from our superb MC, Peter Rowsthorn (OTG 1980), as well as in the conversation between friends old and new, and spectacularly in the music and dance. It was a night that was made possible because of the service of our community, for the good of our community.
The other grand event, the Royal Wedding, was taking place at the same time in sunny Windsor. It was memorable and enjoyable in many ways. For me, the sermon delivered by Bishop Michael Curry was a standout. Bishop Curry certainly spoke with spirit and a vitality that not only raised the tempo, but also a few royal eyebrows! Personally, I thought his message was excellent; it was challenging in its words and its delivery. I thought of the gifts that the congregation had brought, and what a great gift this reflection was to them all on love, on how we can and should show love to each other through service and devotion. A magnificent message to everyone.
The following day, Sunday, was the feast of Pentecost – the Christian festival celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that the Spirit was given to the disciples to help them in their faith, and to continue their work in building the church. It says in the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians that ‘The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ’. Upon listening to these words, I reflected on the multitude of hands that had been busy at work over the weeks and months before the Green and Gold Ball. I thought of the parents and staff who had given up their time in service of the School, and I was thankful. I thought of the service of the boys in outreach both local and overseas in the Harambee programs, and I was thankful. Service is an important part of our school, of who we are and who we aspire to be; that this example is set for our boys again and again in so many tangible ways is also something for which I am thankful!
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JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
For primary school-aged children, organised routines and expectations at home and school are crucial. Not only are these good practices, they will also serve to maintain good mental health habits.
For the younger boys, it’s important to encourage independent behaviours. Having your son walk into the classroom from the school gate, complete with his school bag and everything he needs for the day, is an ideal and safe way to begin establishing independent behaviours at school. This is something that should happen in the first weeks of Prep.
As the boys grow older, they will need, and indeed will look for, more opportunities to show their independence and to make their own decisions. This should be done slowly and with firm parameters, but it is essential to develop a trust between parent and child. It’s important to see the man in the child and to allow the physical and mental development that leads to independence. Essentially we want to make ourselves redundant as primary carers, trusting that our values will be taken into the world by our sons as they grow older.
For more reading on how to establish good mental health practices, please click here to visit Michael Grose’s excellent parenting ideas website.
Deputy Head of Junior School (Curriculum and PYP Coordinator)
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SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Buses in the Morning and Afternoon
Because of the roadworks in Wellington Street, the 151 to 158 Transdev buses will now drop off and collect students in Charles Street, just South of Wellington Street. This will mean some congestion in the Drop-Off Parking area, but it is only for the rest of this term. Please note that collection in the evening will be on the Junior School side of Charles Street.
German Exchange Students
Every year, two students from our partner school Das Marianum attend Trinity for seven weeks. This year we are expecting two young ladies, 16 and 17 years of age, who are arriving in Melbourne on Friday 8 June and departing on Tuesday 31 July. We are seeking accommodation for them with two of our Trinity families during this period.
Families that have hosted our German exchange students in the past have enjoyed having an ‘older/younger sister’ in the home. This year’s students enjoy sport – tennis and volleyball in particular – and are keen to try out new ones. Both have brothers who are in their early twenties.
Under this arrangement, your son will have the opportunity to spend six weeks in Fulda, Germany, departing on Friday 14 December and returning on or around Friday 25 January. Should you be interested in hosting one of our exchange students, please contact Meindert Smid, German teacher.
Last weekend, Nathan Jones and Robbie Burns were placed third in the U16 K2 Division at the National Canoe Championships in West Lakes, South Australia.
Victorian Orienteering Championships 2018
Last week, Trinity had a team of 16 students compete at the Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships in Bullengarook. We returned with the Sid Boydell Trophy for the best performing boys’ school, reclaiming the award from Scotch for our fifth win in the past six years. Trinity boys won all of the A Division races apart from the Open. Race winners included:
- 13A – Michael Fan
- 14A – Torren Arthur
- 15A – Hadyn Tang
- 16A – Mason Arthur
Upcoming orienteering events include a public Melbourne Bush-O at the same location on Sunday 27 May, and we will also be taking a school team to the rogaining championships on Sunday 24 June. More information about orienteering at Trinity can be found here.
Round 3 was another great success for the boys in green and gold, who went from strength to strength, winning 12 debates overall! Some of the topics were ‘That the media should not be allowed to report on the private lives of politicians’, ‘That employers should have the right to access the social media accounts of potential employees’ and ‘That we should introduce a congestion charge on all motor vehicles entering the Melbourne CBD’.
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. This tested their ability to plan on the spot and collaborate with their team members under pressure. Best Speaker Awards were presented to William Murphy, Luke Matheson, Nathan Savundra-Shepherd, Tom McKie, Tom Denovan, Finn Horan, Matthew Kondopoulos, Daniel Sevo, James Liu, Samarth Goel, Archie Vickers and Marcus Woon.
Head of Debating
2018-19 Rowing Information Evening
Date: Monday 28 May 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Arnold Hall
Parents and students of the Senior School are invited to attend this information evening to learn more about rowing at Trinity in the upcoming summer season.
Now in its third year, the rowing program involves boys in regattas conducted through the Rowing Victoria Development Program at Junior (Years 8 and 9) and Intermediate (Years 9 and 10) levels. Trinity also competes in club and school regattas for Years 10 to 12.
Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing
Trinity Choir and Strings at National Kodaly Conference
Members of the Trinity choir and strings performed at the annual Kodaly Conference on Friday 18 May at St John’s Church, Southgate. This conference gathered Kodaly specialists from across Australia. It was a very prestigious event for the Trinity choir and strings to perform at. Congratulations to all the boys involved and thank you to Kevin Kelley, Choral Director, who led the boys.
Term 2 Music Recitals
Students are warmly invited to perform in the next music recitals to be held on Thursday 31 May and Tuesday 12 June. Siegfried Franke will be available to accompany students and rehearse with performers during lunchtime that day. Interested participants should contact Thérèse McCoppin.
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A huge THANK YOU to all those who attended and supported our Ball on Saturday evening, including volunteers from our Parents’ Association and members of staff who assisted with the raffle and silent and live auctions. Once again Sarah Makris and Anna Wells-Jansz did a magnificent job for us all, with months of meetings and preparations behind the scenes culminating in a really fun community event.
Thank you to Philip Robertson for taking photos on the night. To view and order your prints please go to philiprobertson.com.au
Our special thanks go to:
- Our Ball Committee – Sarah Makris and Anna Wells-Jansz
- Dennis (OTG 1998) and Melissa Alysandratos
- Olivia and Nick Alevras
- Matthew Barry
- Sally Bateman
- Rohan Brown
- Sharne Bryan
- Nadine Cohen
- Centonove, Kew
- Consolidated Travel Group
- David (OTG 2002) and Olivia Constantinou
- Damian and Melissa Gallace
- John and Helen Gillam
- Grand Cru
- Luke Littlefield
- Katherine and Ari Magoutis
- Renee and Jason McConnell
- Grant Nalder
- David Parker (OTG 2000)
- Russell Taylor
Thank you to all who attended and supported our Ball!
Trinity Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed
Please come and meet the new Café Manager, Ida, who comes to Trinity from MLC. 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.
Click here to view the volunteer roster for Term 2.
Thank you to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service. We will be open:
Thursday 24 May: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Sushil Bedi, Christina Branagan
- Sales: Kathy Pang, Fiona Griffiths, Jenny Bennett, Jane King
Thursday 7 June: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Carolyn Crouch, Leanne Larkin, Deborah Hunt
- Sales: Libby Stobie, Elizabeth Trott, Catriona Wells
The Trinity Shop is currently experiencing a shortage of Year 12 jumpers. If you have a Year 12 jumper not being utilised that you wish to donate, we would be most grateful. These can be dropped off at Senior School Reception.
As part of our T2 catch up we are incorporating Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
Date: Friday 25 May
Time: 8.30am after school drop-off
Venue: The Faculty, 302 Barkers Rd, Hawthorn
This is a wonderful opportunity to get together and make a difference to those impacted by cancer.
YEAR 5 PARENTS
Year 5 Reps will be hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 31 May after drop off, from 8.30 am. More details to come.
YEAR 9 PARENTS
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser
Date: Thursday 24 May
Venue: Hotel 115 Grill and Brewhouse
Supporting the Cancer Council – gold coin donation
Annual Family Trivia Night
Date: Saturday 23 June
Time: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm trivia start
Venue: Junction Hotel, 99 High St, Kew
Cost: $20.00p/p, children under 12 – $10.00
Enquiries: Kylie Morarty on 0409 381 980
YEAR 10 PARENTS
Please join Trinity Year 10 Mums on Opening Night in a private cinema to see Ocean’s 8
Date: Thursday 7 June
Time: from 6.45pm
Venue: Lido Cinema, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $25.00 per person includes movie in a private cinema, glass of wine, champagne or soft drink and nibbles
RSVP: Wednesday 30 May by clicking here
Fundraising for the Cancer Council
YEAR 12 PARENTS
Please join us for a warming winter lunch and celebrate the halfway mark!
Date: Friday 29 June
Where: Centonove, 109 Cotham Rd, Kew
Cost: $47.50 includes canapes, main (with sides) and dessert plus glass of wine
Places are limited to 44 so get in early and click here to book.
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NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Looking ahead for this term.
- Tuesday 12 June: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- Tuesday 26 June: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Tuesday 5 June: Andrew Motion
- Tuesday 19 June: Hugh MacDiarmid
For information regarding these events and other details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior School English Teacher
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