Week 9, Term 1 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
Over the weekend, I had the great delight of being in the audience at the Trinity-Ruyton Senior Play, Candide. The production was excellent, and the cast – led superbly by James Parry in the title role – were outstanding. The support of parents, friends and colleagues was palpable over four performances.
It struck me while watching that the Senior Play is a great example of how Trinity’s boys and staff are continuing to engage in their passions during a testing period. It would seem that there is a firm grip on support for each other along with an obvious desire to not lose any of the invaluable experiences we have available to us now, and in Term 2.
I have marvelled at the fortitude and professionalism of my outstanding colleagues. They have ensured that classes have run well and that activities have continued. All with the wellbeing of the boys front-and-centre in their minds. The boys, too, have been outstanding. They have found comfort in routine and good distraction through their activities.
Our support and specialist service staff, particularly those engaged in counselling, have been generous, caring and ever-present over the last few weeks.
I hope everyone in the Trinity community is looking forward to Easter celebrations, the two-week break and the return for Term 2.
Hopefully the break provides opportunity for people to refresh and return ready to work together.
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
On behalf of all of the staff in the Junior School, we would like to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the Trinity parents and community members who have reached out and communicated their messages of support to us at this difficult time. This quiet tide of strength is most definitely heard and appreciated.
We also wanted to assure everyone that our resolute focus is caring for and minimising any disruption to the learning journey of the youngest members of our school community. The boys are happy, busy and going about their normal daily activities.
This is truly a time for us to put our core school values of excellence, truth, humility, integrity, courage and service into play.
Head of Junior School
AGSV Junior Swimming Carnival – Monday 19 March
The Junior AGSV Swimming Carnival was held at MSAC on Monday 19 March amidst the preparations for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Our Trinity team performed exceedingly well and achieved the following results:
From a total of 37 events, Trinity achieved 12 first placings, 10 second placings, nine third placings, and three fourth placings.
The final event for the Carnival, the Open Years 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay, saw our team of Charles White, William Ball, Jayden Berti and Allan Liang break an AGSV record from 2007.
Congratulations to all boys who competed on the day and thank you to all of the parent supporters who were able to come along and cheer for our team.
Director of Junior School Sport and Cocurricular Activities
End of Term
For the Junior School, Term 1 ends at 3.10pm on Thursday 29 March, with Term 2 commencing for students on Tuesday 17 April. Students are also reminded that they are required to be in normal (winter) uniform for Terms 2 and 3. Please refer to page 144 in the Student Diary.
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, safe and restful holiday break and look forward to welcoming everyone back to school for Term 2.
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Easter is an important time in the Christian calendar, and also a time when schools all over Australia stop to provide students and teachers (and families!) with an opportunity to refresh.
It is interesting to watch the students during this time. There is an obvious feeling of excitement as the holiday period draws near, but it is blended with an underlying understanding that another step on their educational journey is now complete. The Year 7 students can be proud of the fact that they have successfully navigated their first full term of secondary school. For those in Year 12, there is the growing realisation that they are effectively one third of the way through their final year of school … and it seems to be going much faster than they had anticipated!
Whatever you are planning to do during the break, enjoy the next two weeks. There are many exciting things planned for Term 2, including the beginning of winter sport, the first of our annual House Chapels and Dinners, several concerts by our music students, ANZAC Day commemorations, Year 7 Grandparents and Friends Morning, examinations for Years 9, 10 and 11, and much, much more. As always, your son’s journey through the school – with all of its colour and excitement – will remain foremost in our minds.
Acting Deputy Headmaster, Head of Senior School
Senior School Play – Candide
Congratulations to the Trinity boys and Ruyton girls who put on four wonderful performances of Candide over the weekend. Audiences were kept entertained by this very amusing adaptation of Voltaire’s 250-year-old satire, and the crazy adventures undertaken by Candide – ‘The Optimist’ – on his quest to be reunited with his childhood love, Cunegonde.
Thank you also to all of the parents and staff members who gave their time, skills and resources to help the students create these performances. The program from the play, which includes a full list of cast and crew members, can be viewed by clicking here.
Combined Summer Sports Dinner
On Wednesday evening, our annual Combined Summer Sports Dinner will be held in celebration of the 2017/2018 Summer Sport season, and the achievements of our Firsts and Senior teams. We look forward to our boys, and their parents, coaches and staff coming together for an enjoyable event. A highlights package from the Summer Sport season can be viewed by clicking here.
Formula 1 in Schools
On Thursday, our F1 in Schools World Champions, Hyperdrive, attended the Official Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Welcome Event at Government House. They were welcomed by Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and were given an opportunity to showcase their project. The large audience in attendance congratulated them on their achievements.
Teacher in Charge of F1 in Schools
Harambee BBQ – Thursday 29 March
This Thursday, a Harambee BBQ will be held to raise funds for child sponsorship. A challenging day on our recent OTG East Africa immersion was walking through the slums of Karamojong in Uganda. Here, children go hungry daily and are forced to search bins and rubbish tips for reused charcoal to sell for food. There are few opportunities for parents to earn an income so most of the children never go to school. Sausages and drinks will be on sale and if you would like to sponsor a child for a term please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal – Friday 30 March
This Friday, Trinity Grammar School and the Pied Pipers are again seeking student, parent and teacher volunteers to assist with this year’s 87th Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. We meet in the Junior School at 8.30am and return by 1.00pm. If you would like to join in, please email me at email@example.com. Both the school and the Pied Pipers would greatly appreciate your involvement on Good Friday.
During the first term holidays Trinity, will undertake a fourth immersion to Uganda and Rwanda. These immersions are the heartbeat of Harambee and continue to build relationships with many of the communities Trinity supports. There are a number of important information evenings coming up next term regarding our immersions. Please email Tom Purcell, Director of Outreach, for more information about any of the immersions listed below.
Gone Fishing East Africa Immersion Meeting – Monday 23 April
From Saturday 15 September to Friday 28 September our very first Harambee Gone Fishing East Africa Immersion will take place. Gone Fishing is aimed at connecting decision makers in corporate Australia with the people of Africa. The program centres upon a twelve-day immersion, visiting a variety of projects supported by Trinity Grammar. Gone Fishing seeks to provide a unique opportunity for individuals who are looking to attend a meaningful and challenging international professional development program. The program seeks to harness and further develop the leadership, management and interpersonal skills of each attendee, while also presenting the human face of Africa with all its vibrancy and complexity. The Gone Fishing program is aimed at men and women who have influence over the decision-making structures that will determine the world of tomorrow. If you would like to find out more about this program, please attend our information evening in the Tudor Centre on Monday 23 April at 7.00pm.
Philippines Immersion Meeting – Monday 30 April
From Friday 7 December until Saturday 22 December, there will be an immersion to the Philippines open to all boys in Years 7-11. Trinity has been going to the Philippines for over seven years, and in 2018 we are looking forward to continuing to build our relationships and ministries. If you are interested in your son participating in this immersion, please attend our information evening in the Tudor Centre on Monday 30 April at 7.00pm.
Harambee OTG Immersion Meeting – Monday 7 May
There has been great interest shown for our third OTG Immersion to Kenya and Uganda, which will take place from Friday 11 January until Tuesday 29 January 2019. For more information, please attend our information evening in the Tudor Centre on Monday 7th May at 7.00pm.
Click here to view the volunteer roster for Term 2.
Thank you to everyone who has generously given their time to assist in Term 1. 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.
Year 5 Parent Catch-up
Date: Wednesday 28 March
Venue: Kew RSL (corner of Charles St & Cotham Rd)
Drinks and snacks at bar prices
Year 5 Family Picnic
Date: Sunday 22 April
Venue: Grange Road Park, Kew (off Cotham Rd, behind Kew Traffic School)
BYO food, drinks, bats and balls, bikes, scooters, frisbees, etc.
Parents’ Association Meeting
All Trinity Parents are invited to attend the next Parents’ Association meeting. To register your interest in joining the Parents’ Association, please sign up by clicking here.
Date: Tuesday 17 April 2018
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Celebration of Australian Picture Books
If you love picture books, you won’t want to miss our ‘Celebration of Australian Picture Books’ event featuring award-winning picture book creators: Jane Godwin, Anna Walker, Gus Gordon and Andy Joyner who will chat about their books (in particular their brand newbies), share secrets about their working life and the importance of beautiful picture books for our kids.
Join us for a glass of champagne as we celebrate the joy of beautiful picture books with some of the very best in the business.
The Arabunna Tour is a unique opportunity to experience the Outback and the majesty of Lake Eyre/Kati Thanda while learning about the significance of the land 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 people as our guide and mentor, we are privileged to be able to learn from 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 information evening will be held in the West Room of the Centre for the Arts between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday 8 May. Information flyers, including costs, are available by emailing Jennifer Poore.
Parents’ Book and Poetry Group
Tonight – Tuesday 27 March – the Parents’ Poetry Group meets in the Tudor Centre between 7.00pm and 8.00pm. The poet under discussion is Seamus Heaney.
Looking ahead to Term 2:
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Edward Thomas
- Andrew Motion
- Robinson Jeffers
- Hugh MacDiarmid
For information regarding these events please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior School English Teacher