Week 7, Term 1 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
Trinity News comes to you this week during a particularly difficult time for our school. Without question, the past six days have tested us as we balance our priorities of teaching, learning, leading and supporting.
While the attention on our school is significant and intense, one thing is certain: despite distraction, our boys have managed to look after each other and renew their focus on all their activities. This is, indeed, an impressive feat and I congratulate and thank them for this.
Trinity News reminds us of all the great things our boys, staff and community groups do, and all of the opportunities they have. It reiterates the fact that school goes on and, among many priorities, this should always be our first.
Today, the Senior School started the day with an assembly to mark Closing the Gap Day. We listened, we reflected, and we prayed together. It was a time of calm, of healing and of quiet contemplation.
We started the day together in community, and we will finish the day together, helping each other at this time.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
The IB Learner Profile in Action
One of the central tenets of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme framework is the ‘IB Learner Profile’. As many of you will already know, the profile documents the key attributes of an effective learner and denotes what IB learners should strive to be. When analysing and designing curriculum, all IB schools must use the learner profile as a point of reference for development and ensure that each factor is supported.
Last week provided fabulous examples of Trinity Grammar Junior School bringing the Learner Profile to life. The Year 4, 5 and 6 camps presented many an opportunity for boys to strive to be ‘open-minded’, ‘risk takers’, ‘reflective’, ‘caring’, ‘inquirers’ and ‘thinkers’. Whether it was traversing low ropes courses, sea-kayaking, building rafts or simply being away from home – all boys faced challenges that helped further develop such facets of their own personal learner profile. There is a weight of research which supports the notion that ‘outdoor adventure learning’ endeavours can lead to at least 4 months additional progress in learning over the course of a year. This is often attributed to the non-cognitive outcomes such as self-confidence, resilience and perseverance. Trinity Grammar School remains committed to creating such opportunities for all boys, be it through camps, tours or one-day excursions. Living the learner profile is essential.
Deputy Head of Junior School – Administration
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Year 7 ‘Focus’
Year 7 students spent Friday working in groups of four on a passion project based on the theme of space(s). The aim for the day was to encourage boys to work collaboratively, creatively, and with determination and focus. There were relatively few constraints placed on what they could research, or how they could present their findings.
I was blown away by what the boys found they could achieve in such a short space of time, and by how engaged they were. Groups of boys learned to code computer games, wrote an original play, made stop-motion animations and short films, and one group painted papier-mâché planets. In the last period of the day, other boys and staff came to visit their exhibitions. The short play about Galileo was very popular, as was the game show about the planets. I hope the boys enjoyed working imaginatively for the day, and that they apply some of their ideas for imaginative presentations in their other subjects.
Director of Innovative Learning
Year 11 and 12 Parent-Teacher Interviews
Parent-Teacher Transition Interviews will be conducted for Year 11 and 12 on Monday 26 March between 3.00pm and 9.00pm.
Later this week, parents will receive details about how to book via Trinity Connect, and the booking system will be operational from 6.00pm on Sunday 18 March.
The link for booking can be found on Trinity Connect > My Sons > Relevant Links > Parent Teacher Booking or by clicking here.
Director of Studies
House Performing Arts Festival (HPAF)
There is only one week to go until HPAF. Don’t forget weekend rehearsals on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March!
Tickets for this fantastic event are available for booking by clicking here.
Formula 1 in Schools 2018 National Finals
Last week, 250 students from 31 of the best teams in Australia converged in Launceston for the F1 in Schools National Finals.
Congratulations to team Zero Friction (Alec Alder – Year 10, Adam Blunt – Year 10, Thomas Bugno – Year 11, Matthew Carlyon – Year 11, Nikolas Zafiropoulos – Year 11) who placed on the podium with third outright position in the Professional Class. They were also presented with the impressive Outstanding Industry Collaboration Award trophy.
Congratulations also to team Laminar Performance (Thomas Arbon, Owen Grayson, Euan McKenzie, Ethan Orr and Charles Palfreeman – all Year 9) who placed sixth overall in Professional Class – a commendable achievement for their first National Final, especially as they were competing against some Year 12 students.
Teacher-in-Charge of F1 in Schools
Congratulations, Charlie Dixon (OTG 2017) – Top Designs 2018
Charlie Dixon (OTG 2017) has had his work, completed as part of his VCE study of Product Design and Technology, selected for exhibition in Top Designs 2018. The event will take place at the Melbourne Museum between Saturday 17 March and Sunday 15 July 2018, and you can read more about the event and the selection process by clicking here.
Admission is free for students, so please go along and see the best student work in the State on exhibition!
Head of Design and Technology
Run for the Kids
Each year, Trinity enters 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, Jake Helder 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.
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.
Meet the ‘Bible Baddies’
At the Junior School Chapel Services over the past few weeks we have been looking at what I have described as ‘Bible Baddies’. When most people think about the Bible it’s the ‘good guys’ who come to mind: Noah and the ark, Daniel in the lions’ den, Mary and Joseph and Jesus.
But the ‘Bible Baddies’ we have been meeting are the lesser known characters like the Egyptian Pharaoh, the rich farmer Nabal, King Herod, Governor Pilate, and the thief Barabbas. Some of these people are nasty, bad tempered, sad, tragic and overly proud. Their life stories are adventures, thrillers and mysteries, all of which are of great interest to primary-aged boys. Hopefully they will want to read some more of the Bible and see how the Bible story continues and how many of these ‘Baddies’ lives are changed. Also, the boys may reflect on what they would have done in similar situations and how God can make a difference in their lives as well.
Junior School Chaplain
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
Year 12 Drinks
Join Year 12 parents for a drink to celebrate the start of the home strai! Compare notes on how the year has started, how much homework is being done, and everything else!
Date: Thursday 22 March 2018
Time: 6.30pm- 9.00pm
Venue: Flatiron Side Door, 72 Willsmere Rd, Kew
RSVP: via trybooking.com/364351
Year 6 Parents Drinks
Date: Wednesday 28 March
Venue: Finch & Jane, 431 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
RSVP: by Friday 23 March via trybooking.com/362348
Enquiries: to Sarah Berti via email to email@example.com or on 0418 300 136
Click here to view a flyer for this event
Trinity Rowing – End of Season Celebration and Presentation Dinner
Please join us to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the boys throughout the 2017/2018 Rowing Season.
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.
Reminder: Women’s Pamper Day, Good Grub Community, Friday 20 April
We continue to seek your generous donations of goods for our Good Grub Women’s Pamper Day. A donation box has been placed at Senior School Reception, and we are accepting toiletries including cosmetics, creams, lotions, hair products, costume jewellery, gift sets, as well as any vouchers suitable for gift bags. We also require volunteers for the day, in particular massage therapists, hair dressers, manicurists, make up artists, photographers and caterers. If you can help please contact Joan Healy on 0449 874 851 or email@example.com.
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 purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win many great 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 – soaps, candles, small appliances;
- Entertainment/music – concert tickets, music vouchers, wine, liquor, food hampers, restaurant and cafe vouchers;
- Health and care items and services – 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
The next Poetry Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 March. The poet under review will be Carol Ann Duffy.
All Poetry and Book Groups take place on Tuesday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.00pm in the Tudor Centre, unless there is a publicised location change.
For information regarding these events and other details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior School English Teacher