Week 9, Term 2 – 2018
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
In recent days, we witnessed some remarkable happenings in the sphere of international relations. Yesterday, US President, Donald Trump, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un completed, as some commentators called it, ‘nearly five hours of unprecedented and surreal talks’ in an attempt to negotiate an end to the nuclear tension on the Korean peninsula. While the two nations have officially been in conflict with one another since the 1950s, tensions had escalated again recently, with the respective leaders having traded extraordinary verbal barbs only a few months ago. It is quite a turnaround to see them engaged in these talks, and reinforces the importance of the individual relationships between leaders to the peace and security of our world.
Writing recently about our engagement with another key country in the Asia Pacific region, Trinity Old Boy, Professor Tim Lindsey (OTG 1979) suggested that our own Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull, had been successful in developing a strong rapport with Indonesian President, Joko Widodo. This significant regional relationship is of particular importance for us as a nation and the relationship formed by dialogue between the leaders is key to its ongoing success.
A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of listening to Professor Lindsey speak about his role in forming and maintaining diplomatic relations between Australia and Indonesia. His love for the Indonesian language, the country and the people arose from his time at Trinity. I distinctly remember his presentation in which he encouraged the audience, particularly the Trinity boys in attendance, to travel to Indonesia and engage with the locals, and to learn how to interact socially and in a business sense. Professor Lindsey was a strong advocate not only for maintaining and building ties with Indonesia, but for having an open mind with regards to forming global relationships. Our Year 9 Asia Experience, we hope, lights a spark in many of our boys to continue Professor Lindsey’s outstanding example. It is fitting then that Professor Lindsey was recently awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of Australia for his dedication to strengthening the ties between Australia and Indonesia. I was delighted to see Professor Lindsay recognised for his services to our country and to the cause of understanding between nations. At a time when it would be easy for us to become more insular Professor Lindsey is a wonderful example of how important it is for us to reach out to and learn from others of different faiths and nationalities.
I congratulate Professor Lindsey; past parents, Tom Gleisner, Professor James McCluskey, Professor James Vajda and Mr Chong Lim; and current grandparent to three Trinity boys, Mr John Inverarity on their recent Queen’s birthday honours:
- Tom Gleisner AO (past parent) for distinguished service to the media and television as a writer and producers and actor and as a supporter of young people with ASD.
- Professor Tim Lindsey AO (OTG 1979) for distinguished service to International Relations particularly promoting understanding between Indonesia and Australia.
- Prof James McCluskey (past parent) for distinguished service to Medical Education in Immunology.
- Prof James Vajda AO AM (past parent) for distinguished service to Medical Education in the field of Clinical Pharmacology.
- Mr John Inverarity AM MBE (current grandparent to three boys) for significant service to Education and Cricket as a player, captain, coach, and national selector.
- Mr Chong Lim AM (past parent) for significant service to Performing Arts as a musician, composer, producer, and musical director
JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS
It seems that ‘Resilience’ is the hot topic in education at the moment. Schools are recognising, through evidence-based research, that children and young people need specific guidance and support to build resilience.
In previous times, it would have been called ‘Grit’ and the lessons learned were sometimes harsh. Most of us scraped through those times, but it leaves one wondering about those individuals who did not cope, did not learn or were left isolated. These days it is unacceptable to leave anyone in our society behind, and rightly so.
The University of Melbourne Graduate School has published a report on this subject and it may be read here.
At Trinity, many of the requirements of schools, and the elements of wellbeing and resilience described in the report may be found in the IB Learner Profile – specifically, traits such as communicator, thinker, principled, caring and reflective. These address how one should behave and interact with others, with the intention of creating a better and more peaceful world. We formally teach each of these skills as a part of our curriculum, and it the values inherent to the Learner Profile are evident in all aspects of daily school life.
Deputy Head of Junior school (Curriculum and PYP Coordinator)
Year 4 and 5 Program Concert
Congratulations to the 170 students who performed at the Year 4 and 5 concert on Tuesday 5 June. The String, Woodwind and Brass ensembles performed, along with the Junior Concert Band and the Tuesday and Thursday morning ensembles. It was a wonderful concert enjoyed by all.
World Environment Day
Recently, our Year 5 and Year 6 students were given the opportunity to enter the Kew Junction Enviro Shopping Bag Design Competition run by the Kew Junction Business Association. We received many excellent submissions from our boys. Henry Jones from Year 5 was selected as a finalist, and was invited, along with the six other finalists, to attend a special award ceremony at which he was presented with a $100 voucher by Con Barbayannis, the President of the Association. Congratulations, Henry!
Junior School Teacher Librarian and Specialist Coordinator
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
Thank you to the Commerce Faculty for organising the annual Commerce Colloquium last Wednesday. Those in attendance heard from refugee educator Lizzy Kuoth, on addressing negative perceptions about refugees and their contributions to Australia; from the Hon Kevin Andrews MP on dual citizenship and the role of the High Court in the 21st Century; from magistrate Julian Ayres on accessing justice and responding to youth crime; and from The Hon John Pesutto MP, Shadow Attorney General for Victoria on how becoming a republic could solve the Australia Day dispute. A Q&A panel discussion followed the individual presentations, with many insightful and challenging questions asked by our audience.It was an excellent night which over a hundred boys and parents attended.
The Year 11 examinations have begun really well, starting last Wednesday. The VCAA GAT (General Achievement Test) is this Wednesday for all Year 12 and Year 11 boys studying a Unit 3/4 subject. Year 9 and 10 examinations begin on Friday 15 June.
Report Writing Day
Friday 15 June is Report Writing Day. There are no classes for Year 7 and 8, examinations for Year 9, 10 and 11, and normal classes for Year 12 boys.
Last Friday, the Year 12 students of French were given the opportunity to experience a classic French dinner at the bistro Bon’Ap in Fitzroy. They enjoyed charcuterie, ratatouille, boeuf bourguignon and ate tarte tatin for dessert. Everyone had a lovely evening pretending we were in France and celebrating their hard work this semester.
Year 7 and 8 Debating Program Term 3
The Junior Secondary Debating Program is an introduction to debating for junior secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating, whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates.
The program will be held at Camberwell Grammar School on the following evenings:
- Training night: Wednesday 22 August
- Round 1: Wednesday 29 August
- Round 2: Wednesday 12 September
- Round 3: Wednesday 19 September
Registration will take place in CE13 on Thursday 21 June at lunchtime. Boys can register on their own and be placed into a team, or in groups of 4-5 students.
Head of School Debating
Hawaiian Basketball Tour 2018
This year’s tour will take place from Thursday 13 December until Monday 24 December, and includes the excitement of the World Youth Basketball Tournament at Kona, three games in Honolulu, an historic tour of Pearl Harbour, breathtaking snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, and a tour of the active volcanoes on the big island.
There is still one place available for a boy in Year 9, 10 or 11. If you are interested in finding out more information about the tour, please contact Chris McLean, Teacher in Charge.
Trinity Oaks Day – Save the Date
Please keep Thursday 8 November free for the annual Trinity Oaks Day Lunch. This year the luncheon will be held at Leonda.
Cafeteria – Volunteers Needed!
The Term 3 roster is now open and you can sign up by clicking here.
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.
Thanks to all who support the Trinity Shop and to our parent volunteers who provide this service. We will be open:
Thursday 21 June: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Pricing: Liz Beasley, Diane DiStefano, Kate Jennings
- Sales: Monica Zhou, Yanxia Gu, Juli Moran
We will reopen in Term 3 on Thursday 19 July: 2.00pm – 4.00pm and Saturday 21 July: 10.30am – 12.30pm
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.
Parents’ Association Meeting
Tuesday 19 June, 8.00-10.00pm
East Room, Peter Crawley Centre for the Arts
Founders’ Day Fair
Sunday 18 November from 10.00am-4.00pm
This year, we are celebrating our diversity and the Fair will start with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony before bursting into a riot of colour, music, rides and delicious food and drinks.
There’ll be fantastic food trucks, more rides, great music, a photo booth, an expanded OTG Bar selling international beers and delicious cocktails, and a range of great displays and demonstrations that celebrate Trinity’s community.
Proceeds from the Fair will be directed back into our Harambee outreach programs, and also into our local community through initiatives such as Good Grub and SecondBite.
We would love to hear from you!
- Do you have an idea to include?
- Do you have a business that could be part of the Fair, e.g. a food truck?
- Would you like to be a part of the day and have a stall or display?
Fine Foods Stall
With tomatoes at the market and beautiful autumn fruit in season, it is the ideal time for plum, blackberry, pear, and tomato preserves.
The Fine Foods group, a fabulously welcoming and successful group of jam, chutney, marmalade and sauce producers for the Trinity Fair, would like to welcome any inquiries from new and familiar faces.
Year 1 Mums’ Dinner
Date: Friday 15 June
Venue: Vaporetto Bar & Eatery, Hawthorn, Rear, 681 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $72.50 per head – Shared Deluxe Feasting Menu of 4 Courses (including dessert).
All drinks to be purchased on the night
Please click here to book.
Year 7 Parents’ Drinks
Mingle and meet Year 7 parents at new local wine bar for mid-year drinks
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: from 7.00pm
Venue: Flatiron Sidedoor, 72 Willsmere Road, Kew
Cost: $40.00 per person includes drink on arrival, pizza and platters
RSVP: Thursday 14 June by clicking here
Year 8 Mums’ Movie Night
Join us to see Ocean’s 8
Date: Thursday 21 June
Time: approx. 7.00pm
Venue: Lido Cinema, Hawthorn
Cost: $25.00 includes drink and popcorn
RSVP: Please click here to book
NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parents’ Book and Poetry Groups
The next meeting of the Parents’ Book Group will be held on Tuesday 26 June. The book for discussion is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
All Poetry and Book Groups take place on Tuesday evenings between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm in the Tudor Centre, unless there is a publicised location change.
For information regarding these events and other details, please contact Christopher Bantick.