2021 | Term 1 | Week 10

April 1, 2021

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From the Head Master

April 1, 2021

Imagine reorganising the week, so that ‘Saturday’ sport happens on a Wednesday and classes happen on a Saturday.

Don’t worry – this is a thought experiment rather than a proposal! I am asking you to imagine the disruption to life as we currently know it. The logistics associated with such a change would be massive, both for the School as a whole and for individual families. Life for most of us is so busy, with so little margin, that any change of this sort would be a major disruption.

However, I suspect that the more profound disruption would be our orientation to the week as a whole. As a society, the rhythm of a week and a weekend is still well-established, despite the blurring of boundaries around hours and days of work, weekend trading, and all the other changes that have become part of Australian life in recent decades. It would be a monumental shift for the ‘weekend’ to shift to ‘mid-week’.

As I said, ‘Don’t worry.’ We are not changing the days of the week. However, I want us to feel the magnitude of the shift that took place some two thousand years ago, when an equivalent shift took place.

Throughout the history of the people of Israel, Saturday had been the day set aside as the ‘weekend’. Saturday was the Sabbath – the seventh day, the day of rest. The rhythm of their lives, whilst much less frenetic than ours, had a very clear pattern involving six days of work and one of rest. Their Scriptures established this pattern in response to God’s work of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.

Jesus and his followers were Jewish. The Sabbath pattern of setting aside Saturday as the day of rest was even more deeply engrained for them than the weekend is for us. Yet, within a generation, the newly-termed ‘Christians’ had shifted their holy day from Saturday to Sunday.

There is no historical debate as to why this monumental shift took place. The reason is very clear. It was a response by the early Christians to their core conviction that God raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter Sunday. They termed it ‘the Lord’s Day’. Their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, and its significance, resulted in the setting aside of Sunday as the day ordained by God for rest and for remembering the resurrection of Jesus.

As we reminded the boys across the School during the course of this week, Easter is bigger than chocolate and hot-cross buns (although the chocolate gifts to the boys and staff from the Parents and Friends and the respective Auxiliaries were very much appreciated). The resurrection of Jesus, that is the particular focus of this Easter day, shows us that God brings good from evil, hope from despair, and life from the grave. It is wonderfully good news for us all.

It took something monumental to change the weekend. My hope and prayer for all of us this Easter weekend is that we might also rest and remember the resurrection of Jesus.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

April 1, 2021

Holy God, source of all love,

on the night of his betrayal

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment,

to love one another as he loved them:

write this commandment in our hearts,

and give us the will to serve others

as he was the servant of all,

who gave his life and died for us,

yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen

The Collect for Maundy Thursday

Last Friday evening was an opportunity to get together and celebrate the conclusion of the Summer Sport Season at the Canada Bay Club. The mood was especially buoyant as it was the first event in some time the School community, parents, sons, teachers, and coaches were able to gather and mingle, face to face. Congratulations to those young athletes who were recognised by the presentation of awards. Special mention must go to Benjamin Powell 12Ho, the Captain of Volleyball who won the unofficial Best Speech Award.

At Middle School Assembly this week I spoke with the boys and young men of Year 7, 8 and 9 on the subject, Common Sense for Beginners. My remarks were hopefully pre-emptive for most of the audience, but I offered the School’s and the experts’ advice around how to avoid risk when they start being invited to parties and gatherings. I focussed primarily on alcohol, drugs and consent. I sent each of your Middle School sons a link to the kidshelpline guide to partying safely https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/partying-safely and also to the DARTA fact sheets for young people  http://darta.net.au/factsheetsyoungpeople/. If my remarks were not the subject of dinner table chat on Wednesday evening, it may be an opportunity for you to start the conversation with your sons if you have not already done so.

Last night, it was a pleasure to attend the belated Head Master’s Year 7 Parents’ Cocktail Party. It was edifying to see parents on campus in big numbers. A lovely evening appeared to be had by all.

Basketball – 1st and 2nd V 2021 CAS Premiers

2nd V Best Defensive Player – Rory Clunas 11Yo

2nd V Most Valuable Player – James Kern 12WJ

Most Improved Year 12 Player – Suraj Nellore 12Mu

The David Kermode Coaches’ Award – Brodie Fortescue 12Ta

1st V Best Defensive Player – Theo Kidd 12WJ

1st V Most Valuable Player – Thomas Buvac 12WJ

Cricket

2nd XI Fielding Award – Joel Grimmond 11He

2nd XI Bowling Award – Hugh McMaster 11Sc

1st XI Batting Award – James Schroder 11WJ

1st XI Fielding Award – Nicholas Enno 12Hi

Bowling Award – Ryan Gupta 10WJ

Batting Award – Emmanuel Grogan 12Fo

The Ray Wiseman Trophy for the Senior Cricketer of the Year – Emmanuel Grogan 12Fo

Tennis

2nd IV Most Valuable Player – Jim Gong 12Ar

1st IV Most Valuable Player – Max Nguyen 11Yo

Volleyball – 1st and 2nd VI 2021 CAS Premiers

2nd VI Most Improved Player – Michael Park 11Yo

2nd VI Most Valuable Player – Keegan Tran 11WH

1st VI Most Outstanding Defensive Player – James Kern 12WJ

1st VI Most Outstanding Attacking Player – Steven Yarad 11Mu

1st VI Most Improved Player – Martin Wong 11Ta

1st VI Most Valuable Player – Benjamin Powell 12Ho

Water Polo

2nd VII Most Improved Player – Lewis Kanellos 12He

2nd VII Best and Fairest Player – David Gabriel 12Hi

1st VII Most Improved Player – Luke De Lisle 11Ke

The Award for the Opens’ Player Who Epitomises the Sprit of Trinity Water Polo – Euan Germanos 12He

The Grant Simms Memorial Trophy for the Best and Fairest Player – Harper Stewart 10St

May I extend my best wishes to you and your sons for a blessed, holy and happy Easter.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

From the Head of the Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of Term 1. It has been a busy and rewarding term of learning for the boys. Term 1 is always an important term as routines are established and students set learning goals for the year. These things require sustained effort and application, and the boys have demonstrated both. I am sure they will enjoy the opportunity for some downtime in the holidays before returning refreshed and renewed to continue their learning journeys.

Yesterday we concluded the term with a Pre-K to Year 6 Chapel. Over the course of this term Mr Smith has taken the boys on a journey that has explored the Parables of Jesus. This has allowed the boys to gain a glimpse into God’s love for them, the power of his word and his desire to be in relationship with them. At this week’s Chapel the boys were reminded again of the incredible rescue plan God offers each of us through Jesus’ death and resurrection, as celebrated at Easter time. As we take a break from school to rest over the upcoming holiday break, I trust that Easter will provide an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ incredible sacrifice and love for us.

NSW PSSA Swimming Championships

On Wednesday and Thursday this week Jaemin Yoo, Timmy Zhao, Daniel Jin, Aris Ferizis and Harris Yang have competed at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships. This is an outstanding achievement for each of the boys, we look forward to hearing their results early next term.

Term 2

Term 2 begins on Tuesday 20th April. The previous day will be a Staff Professional Development Day used to prepare for the upcoming term and continuing to invest in the professional growth of our teachers.

Winter Uniform

From the beginning of Term 2 boys will wear their Winter uniform. This will include their grey jackets. Boys must ensure that they are appropriately dressed at all times in School uniform. Please endeavour to assist your son in following the requirements in this regard.

Lost Property

As a boys’ school, lost property is a common occurrence. Many young boys (and older ones too) find it quite challenging keeping track of their belongings and clothing across the week. The holidays present an opportunity to take stock of items of clothing before they are packed away for the winter. From time to time, we have found some boys wearing items of clothing with other boys’ names on them. If you find this to be the case, it would be much appreciated if this piece of clothing could be returned to school and placed in either of the Lost Property bins which are located just inside the Llandilo building and outside the Milverton building. Likewise, if your son is missing anything, these are the best places to look. Several times a term these bins are emptied and items with names on them are returned to the owners.

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular activities will begin again in Week 2 next term. Last week we sent home the registration information for Term 2 activities. Parents will be notified by the end of Week 1 of the activities their son has been accepted into.

Staffing

At the end of this term Mrs Ford and Ms Toia are both embarking on a new personal adventure as they begin their maternity leave and look forward to welcoming new little people into their families in the next few weeks. We wish them God’s blessing throughout this process.

Ms Jessica Newton will be taking over as the STEAM teacher in place of Mrs Ford. She will also be covering some of Mrs Evans’ classes as she assumes increased responsibility as the Assistant PYP Coordinator across the whole school. Mrs Catherine Devitt will be taking over from Ms Toia at the beginning of Term 2. She will then swap with Mrs Caddy mid-term to take over as the 3C Class Teacher for the remainder of the year.

Mr Hinson has taken extended leave for Term 2 with Mr Mako remaining as the 3H Class Teacher for the remainder of the year. Mr Hinson will return in a different teaching role later in the year.

Llandilo Development

As mentioned last week, the holiday period will be a busy one for the Llandilo Development. Assuming the weather is favourable, some of the landscaping works will begin during the next holiday period. Specifically, this will focus on the pathways immediately inside the Llandilo gate and outside the School Office. As a result, entrance to the School for OSHClub during the upcoming holidays will be limited to the Boulevarde gate. OSHClub will once again move to the Christian Studies room which will ensure it is easily accessible for parents from the Boulevarde gate.

During Term 2 the pathways and gates will be returned to us as per this term with the focus of the works returning to the new building.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:6-8

From the Head of the Junior School

April 1, 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

Schools are busy places and at the end of any term, regardless of its length, it is common to look back and be amazed at how much has been achieved, concerned at how much we still have to achieve, and relieved that we now have a chance to draw breath before embarking on a similarly hectic journey next term. Boys, teachers and, no doubt, parents are all ready to draw breath. It has been a wonderful term and we are grateful that we have been able to undertake almost all the events we had hoped to over the last ten weeks including camps, sports, Learning Conferences, and Easter celebrations. The boys have been a delight…ever-enthusiastic, positive and cooperative. The staff have been incredibly hardworking and dedicated in their care for boys and communication with you. Parents have been supportive in partnering with us to help boys learn, for which we thank you.

As term break commences, we again find ourselves in familiar territory, hopeful that the trajectory of easing restrictions will yield a term of relative normality, yet also aware that our community situation can change very quickly. The Record Book details the many events scheduled for Term 2 and I encourage you to remain familiar with it and attend to the weekly calendar updates provided through the newsletter. Doubt remains around events that involve food service to large gatherings. Hence, our Father & Son Breakfast dates should be treated as ‘to be confirmed’. The Auxiliary have reached the decision that the Years 3-6 Mother and Son Breakfast can not proceed in the week before Mothers’ Day, due to the prohibitive ticket cost that would be necessary to satisfy the additional food safety protocols. It is hoped that we can host this event in its familiar format later in the year. However, our K-2 Mothers’ Day morning will proceed and all mothers can expect an invitation early next term to attend this morning of performances and classroom activities.        

There will be a number of staff changes occurring throughout Term 2, for wonderful reasons. Mrs Voysey and Mrs Weber are hopeful of starting the term but are no chance of finishing it at school because they will give birth to their first children at some stage before June. We will welcome Mr Brian Slabbert to the staff from the beginning of term to co-teach STEAM with Mrs Voysey and then assume that responsibility when she takes leave.

Interest in co-curricular activities has been unprecedented and we have spent the last few days processing preferences for over 220 boys. Most preferences have been accommodated and boys have usually been allocated some of their higher selections. Many activities have also been over-subscribed, so the selection criteria advertised has been applied where necessary. Boys who were unsuccessful in their application in Term 1 have usually been prioritised for next term, a preferencing that will continue to apply as we undertake this process each term. Emails confirming the offering of places for most activities have been sent today. Most activities commence in Week 2 although administrators of some sporting activities will be in touch if their activity is to start in Week 1.  

Representative PSSA Swimming and Diving Championships have been held at SOPAC this week. Unfortunately, Nathan Jones broke his finger on the weekend and could not swim which is obviously disappointing for him. Coincidentally, the student selected to replace Nathan is our own Zac Bachir and he swam today. Moussa Choker continued his winning ways taking out the Diving championship in his age, and most pleasingly showcased great improvement in his dives across the season.  

Parents who thoroughly read all sections of the newsletter will be aware that the Academic Dean, Deborah Williams, has written in recent weeks of boys in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 participating next term in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. These tests will be held in Week 4. This week, all boys in Years 3 and 5 have had the opportunity to engage with a practice NAPLAN test, to become familiar with the format, language, response types and time constraints. It is also an opportunity for the School to test the technology platforms. The School does not overly prepare boys for NAPLAN as the provision of broad and comprehensive teaching and learning programmes is the best preparation the School can provide for students. Parents do well not to accentuate any possible anxiety in students by placing undeserved importance on these particular tests.

Our GROWTH focus this term has been ‘Being a Trinitarian’. Some of the lessons to boys from class discussions and community events have been the importance of:

  • Respect for self, others and the School
  • Jesus’ command to place the needs of others before self in thought, word and deed
  • Attributes of the Learner Profile – growing to be learners who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective
  • Growing in mind, body and spirit

These characteristics of being a Trinitarian will remain important features of the boys’ education even though our GROWTH focus will shift next term. Of course, these characteristics are not exclusively the domain of Trinity boys, but we want our boys to understand that they are always expectations of Trinity students. Our message to the boys this year from the first day has also been that they do not have to ‘be the best’ but must always ‘do their best’. I am heartened to see that attitude being applied so widely by all throughout this term.

Vacation Care is available at Strathfield across the holidays and can be booked through OSHClub.

Term 2 begins for students on Tuesday 20th April and boys should be dressed in winter uniform with an appropriate haircut.

I wish all our Trinity Junior School students and families a safe and refreshing holiday break. I hope that the Easter weekend serves as an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of family, to be surrounded by family, and to be part of God’s family purchased through the blood of His precious son. God bless you, this Easter. 

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

‘In Christ Alone’ – Easter Message 2021

April 1, 2021

What does the truth of ‘Christ alone’ offer us all this Easter? Senior Chaplain Reverend Greg Webster brings us Trinity’s Easter message with Trinity choir members singing ‘In Christ Alone’.

The Blessing Of God Upon Cancer Sufferers And Refugees: Easter Mission At Trinity

April 1, 2021
David Nduwimana and Dave McDonald

A NSW pastor has delivered an Easter message of hope to Trinity Senior and Middle School students, detailing the strength of his faith in dealing with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Also, a Burundi refugee and musician shared not only worship, but also a glimpse into how the local church provided him with family when he was alone.

Pastor Dave McDonald told students how be “broke down” when told he had incurable stage four lung cancer, despite never being a smoker, and was given 10-13 months to live.

That was 10 years ago.

The 58-year-old father of four, who remains on chemotherapy every few weeks to keep his cancer at bay, told how privileged he felt to have been granted his “bucket list prayers” such as attending his children’s weddings and being blessed with two grandsons.

But his faith was sorely tested, he told Year 7-12 boys in a series of Easter Mission addresses in the assembly hall.

The pastor of the Salt Community Church at Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, said his diagnosis made him “call into question everything I believed”.

“Could God be trusted? Was he real? Does he answer? Does he keep his promises?”

He had since learned that his youngest son, then 12, would go out into the street and scream, ‘I hate you, God’.

He said many senior students were already planning for life after school, but he challenged them to think about life after death – eternal life with God.

“I have always had a terminal illness – the same one you’ve got,” he said.

“Most planning stops short of death, but it seems foolish not to make any plans for the one certain thing in this life.”

He said Easter was a good time to reflect on the meaning of life.

Some people questioned why the very first Easter Friday, the day of Jesus’ death, should be called Good Friday.

“I don’t like to call it Good Friday,” he said.

“I like to call it Really Good, Amazing, Wonderful Friday. Jesus paid the price for everything that keeps us separated from God.”

He said if Jesus died for a reason, then there was hope.

“Wouldn’t it be wise to check it out?” he asked students.

“I invite you to investigate these claims (of eternal life).”

The pastor, who previously lived in Canberra, spent 16 years as chaplain with the ACT Brumbies rugby team.

Copies of his book, Hope Beyond Cure, were made available for students to read.

Trinity Chaplain Greg Webster said: “As a school community we regularly seek to support our students when they are touched by these sorts of events, so David’s voice is an important one to hear. “Perhaps more pointedly, we’re never far from cancer ourselves – loved ones, neighbours, friends, work colleagues – we can all tell a story.”

The event was part of Trinity’s Mission Week and also included acoustic worship with David Nduwimana, the African refugee who sang Australia’s anthem at Bledisloe III last year. David fled the politically unstable African country of Burundi eight years ago. When he arrived in Australia he had an economics degree, little more than a guitar on his back and didn’t know a single person.

Having applied for a protection visa, David wanted to learn the Australian way of life, so immersed himself in the culture. He did so by learning the Australian national anthem. One Sunday in 2016, Nduwimana bumped into Rob Clarke, now the interim chief executive at Rugby Australia, and his wife Kylie at St Matthews Church in Manly. The trio struck up a conversation. Nduwimana had fallen in love with Australia. The Clarkes opened up their home and, for just over a year, Nduwimana moved in with the family. His music career was flourishing at the church while he also worked at Commonwealth Bank, trying to forget about what he’d left behind and praying he’d be granted permanent residency.

He was. And Rob Clarke offered him the wonderful experience of singing the National Anthem at the Bledisloe as a way of celebrating his new life, free from fear of persecution in Australia.

A video from the Easter Mission event can be viewed here.

The National Young Leaders Day

April 1, 2021

On 25th March all the student School Leaders from the Preparatory and Junior School visited the ICC (International Convention Centre) to listen to four inspirational speeches about how we can build on our leadership skills.

The first speaker was Lachie Smart who holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world at only 18 years of age. It took Lachie two and a half years of planning and a lot of perseverance to succeed. His main message was that young people should set and achieve high goals. The second lesson was that we should always learn from our mistakes. 

We also heard from Anastasia Woolmer who is a two-time Australian Memory Champion. She started off as a talented ballet dancer at the age of 15 and studied at a prestigious dance school, until she decided to convert to doing an Economics degree. During her time at university she struggled to pass her classes and started investing many hours into her studies. This caused her to reflect on her approach to learning and she developed the skills to become a memory champion. She decided the path to success doesn’t always mean working harder but working smarter and never giving up in life.

The third speaker was Jimmy Rees (Jimmy Giggle) who is a TV star on the ABC show ‘Giggle and Hoot’, and he has been on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. From a young age Jimmy was always funny and wanted to be on TV. He mentioned several times the importance of being yourself and following your dreams. Jimmy was always passionate about what he wanted to do and what he wanted to be. 

The final speaker was David Campbell who is a singer, actor, author, TV and radio host. His first main takeaway was to, “Give everything a go.” This is because opportunities can spring up that can change your life. The second takeaway was, “The most important thing to do is to adapt.” This is because life throws unexpected challenges which you have to overcome in order to succeed. David’s speech was extremely educational and interesting.

We were grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn from a variety of inspirational leaders. We hope to implement some of the key messages in our own leadership journey. 

Thomas Ko 6S and Orlando Ang 6S

Year 6 Canberra Excursion

April 1, 2021

Year 6 students from the Junior School have recently undertaken an education tour of the National Capital, Canberra. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s governing system, democracy.

The boys visited many civics institutions; such as The Australian War Memorial, Old and New Parliament House, National Electoral Education Centre and many more attractions.

One of the highlights of the tour was the true experience of Parliament, including a mock bill proposal in The House of Representatives. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in Parliament, as well as understand how our government works. Being present in the House of Representatives during Question Time was also a golden opportunity and something the boys were extremely excited about.

During their time at The Australian Election Commission the boys learnt about how to vote through a mini election. The boys quickly realised the voting was more complicated than first thought.

Trinity Junior School recognises the contribution the Australian Government makes of approximately $30 per student to help fund such an important educational experience.

The boys enjoyed many more educational and enjoyable experiences during their three jam packed days in Canberra and slept soundly on the coach on the way home to school!

Farewell to the Head of Visual Arts: as far as his eyes can see

April 1, 2021
The Head Master and Mr Collins at Quad Assembly this morning.

Mr Stephen Collins joined the Visual Arts Department at Trinity in January 1987, coming to Trinity from the Correspondence School in Darwin. After serving Trinity faithfully for 34 years, he was today farewelled on Quad.

“Over his 34 years at Trinity, Mr Collins has influenced hundreds of Trinity boys whose experience of Visual Art under his leadership has led them to appreciate beauty and expertise, to develop skills and creativity, and to understand the power of art to challenge, to transform and to uplift,” said Head Master Mr Bowden.

A brief reflection across the varied roles he has held, include:

  • Tutor in Wilson Hogg House
  • Founding member of the Trinity Athletics Club in 1987 and 1988
  • MIC Athletics in 1990

He was appointed to Head of Visual Arts in 1997 and has led the team for 24 years. His stature as an art educator was recognised in 2014, when he was appointed President of the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association of NSW.

He has led many cultural tours to Canada, the USA, Italy, Greece, and Europe and has also been involved with sporting tours. In 2006 he led an African Safari tour. In 1990, he organised a Year 11 excursion to hear Nelson Mandela speak in Sydney.

“He has for many years taught in Zimbabwe during school holiday periods, and in 2011 formed the Umhambi Zambezi Orphan Project in Zimbabwe. This project provides funds for orphaned children to be educated in local schools. At Fiesta, we can always find Mr Collins running a stall to raise money for this project,” added Mr Bowden.

Mr Collins’ work with Trinity has been enriched by his own continuing practice as an artist, with his great love being ceramics. On Quad today he shared with the students that during his time at the School he strived to build a better understanding of visual arts, and the numerous ways creative expression contributes to character development:

“I teach a creative subject and strongly believe in divergent thinking which leads to different solutions  – rather than convergent thinking which leads to one solution. Different solutions can easily be applied to creative subjects and these solutions come from experimentation.

“Experimenting in art, drama, music and creative writing provides opportunities for you to express manliness or masculinity. You can experiment with ideas and figure out who you are in these creative subjects – trying out different ideas in a safe place is OK.

“The plaque at the entrance to Delmar Gallery has a quote from Thucydides who said “ For we are lovers of the beautiful yet simple in our tastes; and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness”. Think about what that means – go over to Delmar and read the plaque and spend some time thinking about what that means for you.

“Engage in the creative arts at school to think and experiment with ideas – to develop an understanding of yourself and the world around you.”

Mr Collins said that as information is increasingly being presented visually, studying art enables students to access this information through visual literacy and discussion about the ideas and values found in art. “We will all engage in the arts at some time, and we ought to learn about the arts because they are part of what it means to be human.”

He reminded students that the more they invest in their time at Trinity, the more they will get out. He reminded them of their opportunities, sharing a powerful story from his time teaching and building an orphanage in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, where he has put about 100 students through school from Kindergarten to leaving high school over the past ten years.

“Once when I was talking to one young fellow there about his school ambition, I asked him how far he wanted to go? He replied, ‘further than my eyes can see !’… further than my eyes can see !’ He had dreams that an education would take him out of poverty and the violent situation where he lived. Another student called education a weapon against poverty. It really struck me how these students wanted to learn, were desperate to learn.

“I look at the student body here collectively – and sometimes wonder if there is a similar urgency to learn. You are the elite – your parents can afford to send you to a school like this. Australia has one of the highest standards of living in the world; you are among the most privileged in the world. That privilege and opportunity carries with it a great responsibility.”

Mr Collins reminded the boys about gender and consent: “Firstly, ask yourself, do I think I am I entitled? Meaning –  I deserve this due to my privileged position in society. Secondly, ask yourself, what do I understand about consent: what does consent mean? It means listening, respect, understanding, and believing.

“You need to ask yourself these questions because you need to understand yourself, because you are the most important person here and you have a responsibility to use this wonderful opportunity of a Trinity education to make a difference. Dare to Dream… do something significant!

“I would never have imagined, when I was your age, that I would build an orphanage in Zimbabwe and provide an education to over 100 children. I was an average student who did not really know how to study. I did not have people around me showing me how to study or to provide me with the wide variety of opportunities that you all have here.

The young man from Zimbabwe who dreamed to go further than his eyes could see? He now has a computer repair business and runs computer studies classes at the orphanage on Sunday after church. The other student is now completing a law degree and will return to Victoria Falls to work and serve his community. That is a huge achievement for them, orphans with no support or hope except an overseas donor, someone who gave them hope. They thrived on that small amount of belief. So, ask yourself, how far do you want to go with all the support you have here?

“Don’t leave it until year 11 to begin trying. Start right away. You will never regret it; but you will regret it if you don’t start.”

Mr Collins, on behalf of Trinity Grammar School, past, present and future, thank you.

Riversong

March 31, 2021

Visit Delmar Gallery over the Easter holidays and learn more about Trinity’s local watercourse, The Cooks River.

Historian Ian Tyrell and Inner West Councillor Colin Hesse taking a close look at the Royal Botanic Gardens’ map in the exhibition

River Song is a multi-disciplinary exhibition revealing some of the many changes wrought on the Cooks River from environmental, cultural and historical perspectives.

Rare archival material is on view alongside contemporary art, oral history and botanical installations.

Drop by Delmar Gallery and peel back the layers of the river’s history to discover the poetry and cultural memory along its banks. 

Explore the exhibition virtually

Exhibiting artists: Mervyn Bishop, Diego Bonetto, Clare Britton, Vincent King, Dmitry Kuznichenko, Asher Milgate (Cooks River Alliance) and Jason Wing

Historical archives and maps from: Sydney Water/Water NSW, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Inner West Council, Adastra Aerial Surveys & Royal Botanic Gardens
Curator: Catherine Benz, Delmar Gallery

Until 18 April.  Free admission.

Gallery open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm.  We will be open both Saturday and Sunday over the Easter weekend.
Entry via Victoria St pedestrian gate, Summer Hill campus.

Class visit to the exhibition with talk by exhibition curator Catherine Benz
Installation view with Jason Wing’s mural painting of Pemulwuy in the foreground
Installation view with Clare Britton’s two-channel video journeying underwater from Strathfield Golf Course to Botany Bay

Academic

One Man Two Guvnors | THREE NEW SHOWS ADDED!

April 1, 2021

Due to an unprecedented demand for tickets from the performers in the show (a vote of confidence in itself), all three advertised performances sold out before opening up bookings to the public. So, the school has added three shows-

  • Matinee at 1pm on Saturday May 1st
  • 7pm evening show on Friday May 7th
  • 7pm evening show on Saturday May 8th

The show is rated PG as there are occasional sexual references and occasional coarse language. You can book your tickets here.

To whet your appetite for what’s in store, below is the 7-minute promotional performance which took place at Quad Assembly on March 26th.

In addition, here is the last character profile for this term:

RACHEL

That’s her on the right.

It’s hard being a woman in 1963 England. It’s hard being a woman having to impersonate a man. It’s hard being a woman having to impersonate a man who happens to be your twin brother. It’s hard being a woman having to impersonate your twin brother who your lover stabbed to death. And now you want to run away with your lover, the murderer. This could be Hamlet. Then again, it could be your place on a Friday night. Will true love run its course over a corpse? Or will the British legal system demand justice or the Brighton Criminal Underground exact revenge? Find out Week 2 of Term 2. Oh yes, this is a comedy!

ICAS | 2021 Competitions

April 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions (Years 3 to 6 only), you will be asked to nominate which competitions you would like him to be entered in via the link below. At the Preparatory School the following ICAS competitions are offered: English, Mathematics and Writing. Please note that these competitions are not compulsory.

Please consider carefully before choosing this enrichment opportunity for your son. It is a rigorous competition with many questions set beyond grade level. Participants are required to demonstrate a deeper, integrated and thorough level of learning. If you are unsure of your son’s suitability, please consult with his teacher. 

This year all the competitions will be held in August/September, Term 3 and will be completed online. 

Please make your preference(s) by click this LINK and enter your son’s details before Friday

30th April. Please be aware that no submissions will be accepted after this date due to the ordering process.

More information about the assessments can be found via the following UNSW ICAS website. 

There is no additional cost for your son to participate in ICAS tests.

Kind regards,

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

The Preparatory School Recitation Competition (Years 3 to 6)

April 1, 2021

The Recitation Competition is an annual competition where each student recites a memorised poem. Miss Cheryl Clifton, an exchange teacher from England in the late 1980’s, introduced the Recitation Competition to Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School as a parting gift to the Prep School.

The first round of the 2021 Recitation Competition will commence in Week One of Term Two. Each boy, in Years 3-6 will recite an own choice poem. This selected poem must be recited at each round.

Once selected, the poem does not change. The boys are encouraged to find a suitable poem over the holidays (or before if necessary). This poem should be learnt by heart, in preparation for recitation, initially in front of each boy’s classmates. Poems may be sourced from favourite books at home, poetry anthologies on home bookshelves, in local libraries, bookshops or online. A number of books have been carefully picked in the Library, from which the boys may choose a poem. If a poem is selected from the Library this must be done before the holidays. Leaving poem selection until after the holidays is too late.

We would like the boys in Years 3 and 4 to select poems which have at least eight lines. Should a longer poem be chosen, the poem must not take more than one and a half to two minutes.

For boys in Year 5 and 6, the time is most important, with four minutes being the limit for the poem.

A hard copy of the poem selected – with your son’s name at the top – should be received by your son’s class teacher as the First Round begins on Tuesday 20th April (Week 1 Term 2).

  1. The First Round takes place within the class, adjudicated by the class teacher.
  2. In Round Two, boys chosen from their class will compete against boys from the two other classes.
  3. In the Final Round, three finalists from each of the years will recite their chosen poem and then be given a compulsory poem to be memorised for the finals. This year the presentation of the compulsory poems will be presented just to the judges before they present their chosen poem to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

Each boy will be judged on the degree of difficulty of the poem, his voice projection and clarity, his vocal, and where appropriate, facial expression and overall presentation. Poetry recitation is all about voice and face. 

The finals will be held in Week 5 on Monday 17th May at 8:45am in the Gym with guest adjudicators. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

What is THRASS

April 1, 2021

K-2 Parent Information Session | Monday 10th May 6:00-7:00pm.

Venue: Junior School Library.

THRASS is a system for teaching learners of any age about the building blocks of reading and spelling and is used throughout the Junior School as a tool for teaching and learning.  If your son is part of our K-2 family, he will be using THRASS daily.  If you would like to hear a brief explanation of how the system works and how you can help your son to use this tool effectively both at home and school for reading and writing, you are warmly invited to attend our information session.  Kindergarten parents are particularly encouraged to attend as this tool will be new to all Kindy students.

Please be advised that there will not be any childcare for this event and boys are not to attend. 

Please follow this link to RSVP https://forms.gle/aSnLBSnLoCmRmUGM7.

Mrs Rob Scott | TESS Leader, Junior School.

Awards for the Week | Junior School

April 1, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…

KW

George Dimou

Arkie Hardwick-Miles

Waseem Hijazi

Christian Jones

2R

Jacob El-Hayek

Leo Hoang

Aydin Saeed

3B

Lucas Cupac

Ethan Jin

Ethan Newling

3N

Leonidas Armenis

Jonah Chan

Justin Tse

4C

James Saunders

Jack Zhou

4J

Finley Askew

Terence Ho

Seb Lamb

5B

Matthew Boumelhem

Daniel Orr

Kobi Vickery

5C

Joshua Deiri

Mohammed Hijazi

Marko Pavic

5T

Alexander Chung

Anthony Gittany

Andrew Nicolopoulos

6H

Jolyon Gadiel

Ben Loughnan

Ethan Peng

6J

Tom Henry

Dash Isaacs

Louis Zizikas

6T

Izaiah Constanti

Benjamin El-Hayek

Ruairi Rafferty

Joshua Quibell

ART

Jacob El-Hayek

George Dimou

Arkie Hardwick-Miles

Waseem Hijazi

Leo Hoang

Christian Jones

Aydin Saeed

MANDARIN

Austin Albrighton

Jordan Buultjens

Rahid Chowdhury

James Fang

Marco Guan

Zihao Ji

Ethan Jin

Nathan Jones

Mimo Kim

Jeremy Leung

Evan Li

Zac Marques

Oliver Newton

Charles Russell

Hugo Song

Justin Tsia

Christopher Xu

Oscar Yang

Kyle Ye

MUSIC

Thomas da Silva

David Martin

Xander Vaccarella

Adam Zhao

Library News | Junior School

April 1, 2021

Infants have been using the new space well in the Junior School Library. They are borrowing Premiers’ Reading Challenge books that have been placed alphabetically into wooden boxes that are easy for them to access. The space has also been a warm and inviting one for reading books and discussing ideas. It has been encouraging to see how many boys have been reading their books and returning them each week in order to borrow more. If your son has borrowed one of the Library’s spare Library bags, we would greatly appreciate this being returned at the start of Term 2.

I hope that boys and their families enjoy reading many books over the Easter holidays. I am looking forward to hearing about what they have read next term. We will begin to have a spot during Monday’s Assembly where we will be promoting great books for the boys to read. Some Year Six boys have been given some short-listed Children’s Book Council Award Notables to read over the holidays so they can recommend them to students next term. I will be asking boys from other grades to do the same throughout the year.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning librarian

Library News | Preparatory School

March 31, 2021

Have you read a good book lately that you would like to share with others? Write a book recommendation!

In Week 4 we invited students to share their book recommendations, and thank you to those students who have shared their recommendations! We now have a special book recommendation display area which will be permanent in the library and we would like to encourage all students to share their recommendations on a regular basis.

Holiday Writing Competition!

Do you have what it takes to write an awesome story? The Prep Library is running a Holiday Writing Competition over the break! All you need to do is write a story, long or short and choose a title below to help you create your story! The winning stories will win a prize!

Please choose one of the following titles and good luck!

  • The Runaway Book
  • The Monster Librarian
  • Lost in the Library

Reading Corner

We have updated our Reading Corner; students are welcome to find a book and just enjoy reading in this wonderful reading space!

Spotlight on Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and filmmaker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery, widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun is the recipient of an Academy Award for the short, animated film The Lost Thing, the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden and the Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK.

To find out more about Shaun visit his website here Shaun Tan

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Co-curricular

Football News

April 1, 2021

Welcome Back

Welcome everyone to the 2021 winter season of the world game. At recess and lunch, TGS No. 2 is a sea of students playing Football and or shooting at goal and it is great to see nearly 500 students sign up for Football in Year 7-12.

Winter Football Trials

Year 7-12 Football students have participated in Football trials over the last four weeks. The trials have been made up of general physical preparation exercises, testing (technical for Year 7; physical for Years 8 to 12), fundamental skill revision and small/large sided games.

Black & Green Shield Trial v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

The intention was for a full fixture against our inner west rivals, but the deluge of the previous weekend reduced the number of games that were played. Below are the match reports from the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 7A/B/C/D games.

1st XI v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

1st XI v St Patrick’s College

The 1st XI’s opening game for the 2021 Football campaign was played away at St Patrick’s College. On the day, the boys looked ready to take on any force that stood in their way. Trinity went up 1-0 in the 17th minute with a header by Jordan Mikhael (12Ke) who showed great urgency in the box to get on the end of a loose ball off a corner. Not long after, a spectacular volley by Fenn Hodgson-Yu (12WJ) flew into the top corner and extended our lead to two goals for only three minutes until James Khoury (12We) scored against his old school. Just before the closing of the first half, James Andrianakos (11Yo) bagged his first goal of the day. The creative Football continued into the second half with a beautiful team goal set up by Isaac Cunningham (11We) and finished by James Andrianakos (11Yo) for his brace. To close the match, the crowd saw a nice finish from Louis Agosti (11Yo) to bring the final scoreline to 6-0. Overall, the match was the perfect way to set up a very exciting season for the new 1st XI squad.

Adam Pascale (12Ke)

2nd XI v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

2nd XI v St Patrick’s College

The game was played on a nice synthetic field at the St Patrick’s campus. The team played well and achieved a well-deserved 1-0 win through a penalty from Christian Bieri (11Yo), after winning the penalty early in the second half. The 2nd XI were dominant throughout the game, with great transition play and fast passing in the midfield from Jonathon Gremos (11Fo) and Laud Codjoe (12Ta). Thomas Guirguis (11Ar) and Johnny Gergis (11WJ) made some strong runs in behind and it supported our team’s spacing and development. Aidis Exarhos (11WJ) made strong runs with the ball and played the ball to team mates in space who were able to take shots at goal. Although there was good attacking play, our dominance came through our defensive foundation which led by great performances from Ben Robinson (11Yo) and James Arthur (11WH). Rupert Dobbin (11Du) performed well from the full back position, producing a solid performance where he came on in the second half to solidify the defence. Overall, it was a good win for the 2nd XI in this their first game together.

Patrick Williams (11La)

7A v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

A strong St. Patrick’s College line up took control early and managed to put the ball in the back of Trinity’s net twice in the first five minutes. As the boys grew into the game, they started to combine better, and movement of the ball and ball speed became more apparent. Player of the match was Baxter Fryer (7Ta) who had worked tremendously hard up and down the right flank. A number of boys took up unfamiliar positions in an attempt to break down the opposition defence, but it just wasn’t our day as a collective. We look to grow from this loss, build on chances we created and show that Trinity 7As will be successful in CAS.

Mr Dan Marques | 7A Coach

7B v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

Trinity played with great energy and intensity. The 4-3-3 formation suited the players really well. The Trinity midfield trio in the middle were able to control the game. Alessandro Re (7La) and James Hendry (7Ta) performed well and stayed calm on the ball consistently. They were able to receive and play forward, allowing Trinity to progress through the thirds and into the opposition penalty box. Dean Roditis (7WJ) and Milo Saunders (7Ar) scored two great goals, the former running half the pitch before calmly slotting the ball into the net whilst the latter scoring a goal in the last phase of the game to finish the game 2-2.

Mr Ragesh Nambiar | Coach

7C XI v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

Trinity started the game with great intensity and created goal scoring opportunities throughout the game. Viggiani Ashton (7St), and Malas Aiman (7We) performed terrifically in their respective roles. They won possession well and used the ball to good effect. Trinity conceded a few goals and were not able to capitalise on the chances created with score finishing 0-3.

Mr Ragesh Nambiar | Coach

7D XI v St Patrick’s College – Saturday, 27 March

The 7Ds had an encouraging start to the game against St. Patrick’s College with Anthony Manikis (7La) having an early goal disallowed for a tight offside. St. Patrick’s struggled to cope with Trinity’s dominance for the first ten minutes, but Trinity was ultimately unable to capitalise – leading to our opposition scoring twice on the counter-attack in the first half. Nonetheless, the team entered the second half determined, and the player of the match for Trinity, Joseph Khor (7Hi), showed inspiring dribbling ability from midfield, and the effort of Dylan Bell (7Hi) stood out in defensive midfield. On the wings, Romeo Ozdemir (7Du) and Zayn Mourad (7Fo) were constant threats with their pace and dribbling ability. The hard work from the team in trying to reverse the deficit led to collective fatigue, and Trinity conceded three goals in the last ten minutes, with the game finishing 0-5. Contrary to what the score may suggest, there were many positives and learning opportunities to reflect upon!

Mr Chris Screnci | Coach

NSW Independent Schools Cup – 1st XI v Carinya Christian School (Tamworth)

After a round one forfeit by the opposition, Trinity’s 1st XI progressed to round two in an away game against Carinya Christian School of Tamworth. Below are reports from players about this trip which occurred in Week 7.

Trip to Tamworth

Twelve Trinity young men ranging from Year 10-12 gathered on Sunday the 7 March at Victoria Street to embark on a journey to the country music capital, Tamworth. Tamworth is known for its Country Music Awards and the giant golden guitar that attracts tourists from all over Australia. Although Tamworth is known for its festivities, the Trinity men went on their Football road trip to play their first game of the Independent Schools Cup against Carinya Christian School. Originally, 16 Trinity men were meant to come on the trip, but logistical difficulties tied with injuries earlier in the weekend saw the number drop to 12. The six hour coach ride to Tamworth was highlighted by a stop at Singleton, driving past open cut coal mines as well as the overall view of the country landscape. School work was in abundance on the bus trip up as the Trinity men utilised the time to prepare for exams and finish assignments due within the next couple of weeks. Once we arrived in Tamworth, we ate dinner and purchased breakfast for the following morning before arriving at our accommodation. Once we reached our accommodation we settled into our rooms before receiving a tactical briefing with Mr Gray and Mr Mikulandra. It was not only an enjoyable experience but also was a strong team bonding experience bringing the team closer together before the start of the CAS 1st XI season and other competitions.

Patrick Williams (11La) | Player

Trinity 1st XI and Carinya Christian School (Tamworth)

1st Half v Carinya Christian School

Going into the first half of the football game, the Trinity boys were all feeling fired up and game-ready to give it their all on the football pitch. As the game started, we quickly took the lead with Lucas Pezzano (12Fo) making a fantastic run down the wing, beating the opposition’s right back with his technical footwork to cross in a ball with his five-star weak foot for Christian Sinclair (12La) to slot the ball in at the back of the net. This early goal boosted our confidence and made the boys hungry to score another one. Throughout the half, Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) displayed great composure to control the midfield. This increased our advantage creating more opportunities to score. Louis Agosti (11Yo) whipped in a fantastic ball for Adam Pascale (12Ke) who showed aerial skills to score a header and to take our lead another goal ahead. The team showed great defensive qualities, giving the opposition team no opportunities to score. Isaac Cunningham (11He) hustling in defence, was able to steal the ball from the opposition and play spectacular through-balls to penetrate the backline creating an opportunity for Christian Sinclair (12La) to put away another goal increasing our lead to 3-0. Nicholas Stojkovic (10Ho) stepped into play as the only Year 10 on the field, showing his great speed down the wing and becoming a menace for the opposition team to deal with. Sam Nichols (12Ho) switched play to create space for driving opportunities to goal that the Trinity boys were able to apply pressure in Carinya Christian School’s penalty box. The link up between Dominic Ticic (11Sc) and Patrick Williams (11La) was very strong in the back half of the field and they were able to create opportunities from their long balls for our strikers to get on the end of. Although Patrick did not touch the ball frequently, he was able to communicate with the outfield players effectively, giving notice to his team mates about their surroundings.

Spyridon Konidaris (11Sc) | Player

2nd Half v Carinya Christian School

The team started off the second half with a 3-0 lead, but there was still room for improvement. Carinya Christian School were off to a flying start with a shot from outside the box, but the agile Patrick Williams (11La) was not looking to get caught off his line anytime soon, with a quick catch and excellent distribution to start off a dangerous counter-attack. Our first goal of the second half came on the one hour mark as Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) skipped through two defenders to precisely slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner. The build-up play from the Trinity men in the second half was much more effortless with Louis Agosti (11Yo) controlling the midfield, sending 40-yard dimes across the pitch to young gun Nicholas Stojkovic (10Fo), who drove down the right hand side. The second goal was another link up play between captain Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) and maestro Isaac Cunningham (11He), where Sebastian received it on the sideline and highlighted his skills with a cheeky nutmeg, followed by a composed finish from Isaac on the near post. Despite not playing in his natural position, Lucas Pezzano (12Fo) looked comfortable up front. The Trinity men were consistent in their efforts for a sixth goal which started from Joshua Yeon (11Ar) who found a constantly scanning Christian Sinclair (12La) producing an excellent through ball to Louis Agosti (11Yo), with a weak foot combination between him and Sebastian Boffa (12Yo). Less than two minutes later, Adam Pascale (12Ke) displayed his physical presence and lethal finishing, grabbing his second of the match. Throughout the entirety of the second half, Spyridon Konidaris (11Sc) dominated the opposition with his agile feet which caused the opponents to foul out of frustration. The last goal of the game came from Sam Nichols (12Ho) who showed off an impressive individual effort, firing a powerful shot from the edge of the box that the goalkeeper couldn’t deal with. The boys from Tamworth had an opening in the final few minutes of the game which was quickly shut down by an aggressive Dominic Ticic (11Sc), who performed a masterclass in defence resulting in a clean sheet and a 8-0 victory for the boys in green and white.

Joshua Yeon (11Ar) | Player

Trip Home

After a triumphant win against Carinya Christian School, the two teams came together in an act of good sportsmanship and celebrated the occasion. We took a photo together, shortly followed by a speech from the captains from both teams. We then farewelled the Carinya boys, got dressed, hopped back on the bus and headed for a post-game meal. The meal with the team acted as a great opportunity to re-energise as well as reflect upon the game. There was also great banter amongst the boys, ultimately improving the already well-established camaraderie. After our meal, we had the chance to visit some local monuments, such as the giant golden guitar. This was a great experience that allowed the boys to learn about Tamworth’s rich country music heritage, whilst admiring the peculiarity of a giant, 12-metre-long guitar. Afterwards, we headed back on the bus and started our six hour long trip to school. During the trip to school, we were able to witness the scenery of the countryside. Thanks to the smooth driving of our bus driver, the boys were also able to do some schoolwork. Overall, this visit to Tamworth was a valuable experience that allowed us to play football as well as bond and escape from the busy suburban lifestyle of Sydney.

Dominic Ticic (11Sc) | Player

1st XI at the Big Golden Guitar

Old Boy Highlights

2017 Captain of Football and School Vice Captain, William Todd, is looking to return to Columbia University in New York in the near future where he is on a Football Scholarship and completing a Political Science degree. When the COVID pandemic struck, William returned home last year and since then has been getting up early to attend lectures online whilst maintaining his fitness and Football skills. Recently, Fall Academic All-Ivy League Selections were announced and William was announced as a recipient. To be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, William needed to be in good academic standing, a starter or key reserve on his or her team and not a first-year student. We have a number of boys at Trinity who might be interested in following in William’s footsteps. See the following link for more information.

Mr Luke Gray | MIC

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

Last Saturday we had our Winter Sport trials day. We were fortunate enough to be given permission from Council to use the grass field for Rugby and therefore be more adequately prepared for the Winter season. It was pleasing to see boys engage with the activities and challenges associated and coaches have mentioned that because of this engagement in the sessions, team selection was harder than ever. 

Some parents have enquired about the Age Groups for the Winter season. Boys are allowed to participate in the category of their Year group and not age. For example, if a boy is in Year 6 but turning 11 and not 12 like the majority of his cohort, then he will still participate in the Year 6 or Opens teams. If boys wish to participate in their age group rather than year group, then parents are encouraged to chat with me and we can work out the best solution for their son. To clarify, ‘Opens’ refers to the oldest year group of the School. It is possible that we have Year 6 boys who are already 12 when they enter Year 6, therefore we don’t have an Under 13 team, rather just an ‘Opens’ team for boys Under 12 and over.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Music News | Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds: 

The Australian Council Research in 2020 recorded that 63% of Australians acknowledge the impact of arts and creativity on a child’s development, 56% on our sense of wellbeing and happiness and 64% on stimulating our minds.

Year 2 String Concert

Thanks to all the String Instrumental music staff lead so capable by Mrs Jayasinghe and the Year 2 students for a really uplifting concert this week where they shared their learning this Term with their cohort. The high level of concentration, attention to detail and self-management skills was very evident to see considering most of the boys have only been learning their instruments for this term. Some snippets have been shared onto Seesaw this week, so please check it out! 

Easter Service

Thanks to members of Trinity Singers, and Chapel Band who helped in leading the Easter Service on Wednesday afternoon.  After so long it was great to finally be able to join in singing in full voice. Thanks to Ms Smeulders, Mrs Swanton, Mr Smith and Mrs Campbell.

Concert Band

Our Concert Band has begun preparations of film favourites for future performances. We have many new and eager musicians who are enjoying themselves and are giving their personal best. Many of our former members transitioned to Middle School so we are now busy forming a new team and are having fun learning famous hits from the 80’s & 90’s, as well as from our times. We are always happy to welcome new members and to grow in strength and numbers. If someone feels like starting his musical journey with a wind or brass instrument, then Concert Band is the place for him! 

Mr Gergely Malyusz | Music – Brass

Term 2 Music Co-curricular Rehearsals

All ensembles will commence rehearsals in Week 1 and will be preparing to share their work, so it is important that students are in attendance at the scheduled rehearsals. A reminder to demonstrate reliability and engagement: they are expected to bring music, a pencil and eraser to each rehearsal and arrive in a timely manner, that does not mean they arrive in the room at the scheduled start time, students are expected to be unpacked and ready to start at the scheduled start time. Your assistance to ensure this standard is maintained is appreciated. Be Reliable and Respectful and Keep it REAL!

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Debating News | ISDA Competition

April 1, 2021

Debating Report – Week 7

Round 4 of the ISDA competition has finally arrived. The topic this week was “Team Sport Should be Compulsory for all Primary Years”. Surprisingly, this topic happened to be the writing assessment we needed to do at school so we as the negative had a great understanding of what points we should say and some pre-rebuttals we could use. Our four speakers were listed as first speaker Oliver, the second speaker Aiden, the third speaker Orlando, and finally fourth speaker Ryder.

Oliver opened our case fluently. He talked about the problematic issue of fights and injuries. He discussed how if hostilities were to break out children would be mentally ailing, and injuries would occur even more. He spoke for four minutes and eighteen seconds. Our next speaker Aiden spoke verbosely and discussed around 5-6 rebuttals against the opposition. His insightful and interesting points were that afternoon sports can affect your concentration in class and how team sports don’t reflect your ability as a sportsman but the other teammates on your team. He spoke for three minutes and thirty-nine seconds. Finally, our third speaker Orlando, summed up our team’s case and had some awesome rebuttals which attacked the opposition strongly. He spoke for two minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Ryder as fourth speaker did an excellent job of preparing rebuttals and also his communication was great amongst his team members during the debate.

Subsequently, the adjudicator made his adjudication. Sadly, the win went to Ascham ending our chance in the finals. We, as a team, noticed that we had improved dramatically over the past few debates. I noticed myself that our rebuttals were way better than Aschams but we just had to improve on not nitpicking over tiny issues. Next week, we hope that we’ll debate with keen spirits.

Written by William, Year 6

Debating Report Week – 8

It is Round 5 of ISDA debating. This week’s topic was “A panel of Year 6 Leaders Should Decide on a Punishment for a Breach of School Rules”.  We were the negative team versing SCEGGS in a very challenging debate. Our speakers included Aiden, William, Samedh and Orlando.

Aiden was a great speaker, he spoke with courage, enthusiasm and expression. He stated that children do not have the maturity and principles to make the right decisions. Therefore, students could hand out the wrong punishment. William spoke about bias decisions shown by the panel because their friend has done something wrong.  William also spoke about how the students might be carrying burdens because they do not want to be the ones giving punishments in case they get in trouble by their friends. William gave very strong points and delivered them really well.

Our third speaker Samedh refuted our opponents’ points about how children would choose the right people, but the children will choose the people they know don’t give many punishments. He also stated wrong people may be selected that do nothing. Samedh also wrote rebuts for others and gave our team a great summary. Samedh did this by using great facts and words and many other devices.  The last speaker was Orlando who congratulated everyone for doing well and gave our team great rebuts.

SCEGGS debated to a high standard leading to the adjudicator’s decision going their way. Even though the decision didn’t go our way, we showed as a team that we have improved and are getting stronger every week. In my opinion, I think our points were stronger than SCEGGS and that we should have won the debate, but the adjudicator always has the final say and we respect his final decision. I believe we can work on improving our speaking times to become a team to be reckoned with. We are looking forward to great future debates and continuing to improve each week.

Written by Ryder, Year 6

Debating Report Week – 9

In Week 9 it was round 6 of the ISDA debating competition. The topic of the week was “People Should Only be Able to Adopt Pets from Animal Shelters”. We were affirmative against MLC in an interesting debate. Our speakers were William, Oliver, Samedh, and Ryder.

William started our debate with an elaborate model which stated that by 2025 people would only be able to adopt pets from animal shelters. In the model it was also stated that there would be a screening process for every party involved in the adoption process, including pets. He also stated the relevant stakeholders that would be involved in the decision. He then gave a point on how economic issues would be avoided to the fact the licensed pet businesses would be given a license. He also stated that they would get monetary compensation from the government. His delivery was excellent, and his model gave the right amount of information in order for it to be comprehensive.

Then our second speaker Oliver backed up William’s model with two strong points. His first point outlined the adoption process and how owners and pets would be screened. This point also refuted the opposition’s statement that pet owners would not know relevant information on their pets. His second strong point was that pets could go extinct without adoption. He talked about how animal shelters were the only way that animals that could go extinct were to survive. Overall, he gave a speech full of detail and explanation that went a long way to back up our argument that pets should only be able to be adopted from animal shelters.

Our third speaker Samedh then went a long way to legitimise our argument by refuting the oppositions through his outstanding rebuts. His first rebut stated that due to the screening process outlined in our model pet owners would know relevant information such as how to care for their pet. He also talked about how shelter employees would have sufficient knowledge to take care of the animals in shelters. He also delivered a substantial blow to the opposition’s argument when he talked about how companies would not go out of business as they could obtain a license. He then further explained how pet adopters would know the breed of their pet by the screening process. Samedh contributed a substantial amount to our argument by fabulously rebutting the opposition’s case. He was helped greatly by Ryder who contributed to the rebuts of members across the team.

Both sides debated to a high level which was what the adjudicator stated. However, in the end MLC had the slight edge which caused them to win the debate. Even though we were unfortunate in the results we debated to a really high standard.

Written by Orlando, Year 6

Music News | Junior School

April 1, 2021

Learning music has this incredible capacity to wire our brains efficiently and effectively.’ How does music help kids learn? 

Dr Anita Collins explains on ABC Classic

At the recent Junior School assemblies, we were entertained by Ryan (2Fo) and Mozart Strings. Ryan played a traditional piece called The Ceildh on the cello accommpanied by piano. He has been learning with Miss Morgan for 1 year and was a finalist in the TGS Soloist Competition. Ryan plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. His sports of choice are swimming, but he also likes to drawing.  This year, Ryan’s goal is to learn new pieces. He says, “I love that the cello is a challenge”.

Mozart Strings played Fast Lane by K & D Black. Mozart Strings is for K – 2 boys who are at the beginning of their musical journey. This is the first opportunity to play in an authentic String Orchestra where they sing, play and work together.

Mozart Strings rehearse every Monday and were very excited and proud to present their first performance at the 3 – 6 assembly.

Here is just a sample of what boys in Mozart Strings say about their experience in Mozart Strings:

I love playing music with my friends | Asher Buultjens (1Ta)

I really like playing the violin with all of the music teachers | Cooper Mitevski (1Fo)

I like playing music with my friends on Mondays and learning things in my private lessons on Tuesdays | Byron Ma (2Ta)

I love violin because one day it will make me famous | Krishna Kotwal (1Yo)

It’s fun and it sounds pretty good | Merlin Hoang (Merlin) Nguyen (2La)

It’s another chance to play my instrument | Kyriakos Kottakis (2La)

It is cool because you get to practice for the big bands | James Sutherland (2Ta)

Congratulation to Clancy (4Yo) who won 1st prize in the King’s Peak International Music Competition for the 8–10 year old category.

Furthermore, he has progressed to the Finals in Youth Strings (7–12 year category). The Finalists are selected from the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Due to COVID-19, he cannot can’t fly to USA to perform on stage in the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. For your live performance on zoom, good luck on 30 April Clancy!

Term 2 Key Music Dates 

Assembly performances: 

26 April       Maxwell Munday (5Fo) – French horn

3 May          Ezekiel Turner (5La) – saxophone 

10 May        Geoffrey Olsen (5Yo) – piano 

2 June         Gala Music Concert at the City Recital Hall – Junior School Choir

Term 2 Week 1 REHEARSALS 

Tuesday 

Treble I Junior School Choir (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Wednesday 

Year 1 Instrumental (11:30am – 12:30pm) – School of Music 

Year 2 Instrumental (1:15 – 2:15pm) – School of Music 

Year 3 Instrumental (2:15 – 3:15pm) – School of Music 

Thursday 

Vivaldi Strings (from 7:15am) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2) 

Junior School Concert Band (from 7:30am) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3) 

Friday 

Treble II Junior School Choir (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Congratulations to all musicians in the Junior School for a very successful first term. The music leaders of the Junior School have superbly served the interests of musicians in many ways. Thank you to Charlie Yao (6Fo), Maxwell Munday (6Fo), Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo), Emerson Urbano (6Ta), Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo), Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), Thomas Henry (6La).

If you have any further inquiries for music, please contact the Music Department on 9581 6042. 

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

Sportsmaster | Junior School

April 1, 2021

A draft draw of the winter fixtures is out on the TGS App under fixtures for the season for Football, Rugby, Intra Sport and AFL. The season commences on the first Saturday of Term 2, April 24th. Football and Intra Sport will both have their home matches at Bressington Park. AFL will be held at ELS Hall Oval in North Ryde each week. Rugby’s home matches are likely to be played both at school and at Cooke Park, Belfield. I stress it is only a draft and could change depending on grounds becoming unavailable or various weather issues forcing late changes.

Boys should have a good idea of their placement in teams after yesterday’s final trial session.

House Cross Country Championships

Fine weather greeted us last Friday and the boys were able to move around the 2km or 3 km course on sure footings with parents able to spectate once again.

The overall results of the four age groups and how the Houses finished is below with Young House retaining the cup they won in 2020. Congratulations to them!

20 boys across the four age groups will represent The Junior School on Wednesday, April 21st at The King’s School to contest the IPSHA Cross Country Championships.

HousePoints
1st Young213
2nd Founders’170
3rd Taubman164
4th Latham122

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

The Cross Country event
Young House Captain & Vice-Captain, Charlie Earthrowl & Hugh Labas

2020-21 NSW Junior State Swimming Championships

March 31, 2021

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre | Saturday, 27 March and Sunday, 28 March, 2021

The Trinity Grammar 10×50 on the podium after claiming silver in the 10-13 Years 10×50 Freestyle Relay

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre was the host of the biggest Junior meet of 2021, the NSW Junior State Swimming Championships, where Trinity Grammar was represented by 15 swimmers competing against the best in the state. With the meet running across the course of two days, many of the Trinity boys were challenged to race heavy programs and did so with spectacular professionalism.

The Trinity Grammar team was competitive across the board and tallied 11 individual medals over the weekend, including 3 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze, as well as plenty of Top 10s and personal best times. It was a proud coaching moment as I watched the Trinity Grammar team compete in every event with passion and determination, while their teammates willed them on with compelling team spirit and camaraderie.

There were also numerous notable performances over the weekend including CJ Nguyen (7Yo) and his 100% PB rate, including three Top 10 finishes, and Brendan Holden (8WJ) dropping an impressive 13 seconds in his 800m Freestyle!

With PB’s in every event CJ also rewarded with Top 10 finishes

Gold Medallists

Sterling Tuxford (7WH)

12 Years 100m Butterfly 1.04.48

12 Years 200m Butterfly 2.22.93

Grayson Doig (8He)

13 Years 200m Individual Medley 2.16.09

Coach Timms with Gold Medallists & State Champions Sterling (left) and Grayson (right)

Silver Medallists

Grayson Doig (8He)

13 Years 100m Backstroke 1.05.59

13 Years 100m Butterfly 1.02.20

13 Years 50m Freestyle 25.79

Joshua Jeung (7He)

13 Years 200m Butterfly 2.21.53

Joshua celebrating his silver medal in the 13 Years 200 Butterfly

Bronze Medallists

Jaemin Yoo (6P)

11 Years 50m Breaststroke 38.35

Grayson Doig (8He)

13 Years 50m Butterfly 27.63

Joshua Jeung (7He)

13 Years 100m Freestyle 58.00

13 Years 100m Butterfly 1.03.00

It was an extraordinary weekend of racing and the Trinity Grammar Relay teams were also successful, claiming three silver medals in the 12/13 Years 4×50 Freestyle Relay, 12/13 Years 4×50 Medley Relay, and the 10-13 Years 10×50 Freestyle Relay. Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed over the weekend and capped off the Summer Swimming Season in wonderful fashion.

Yours in Swimming,

Calum Timms | Coach of Swimming

Results | 2020-21 NSW Junior State Swimming Championships

Long Course State Age 2019.2020

Jaemin Yoo (6P)200 IM – 8th100 Free – 15th50 Breast – 3rd50 Back – 24th100 Breast – 8th50 Free – 16th50 Fly – 23rd 
11 Years2.48.481.08.5238.3537.471.30.4830.4234.79 
CJ Nguyen (7Yo)200 IM – 10th50 Breast – 17th50 Back – 8th100 Back – 8th50 Free – 28th50 Fly – 26th 
11 Years2.49.2841.8035.561.17.0931.3734.91  
Jayden Rodger (6P)50 Breast – 36th50 Fly – 56th
11 Years43.6037.21      
Sterling Tuxford (7WH)200 Free – 4th50 Fly – 4th100 Free – 5th100 Fly – 1st200 Fly – 1st   
12 Years2.14.8730.001.01.261.04.482.22.93   
Taj Young (7We)200 Free – 11th100 Free – 18th
12 Years2.19.011.04.05      
Austin Wu (7We)50 Breast – 30th50 Fly – 12th50 Back – 26th50 Free – 14th    
12 Years39.7531.9235.0129.02    
Benny Chen (8Du)50 Fly – 47th50 Back – 49th50 Free – 17th     
13 Years31.1533.8127.11     
Grayson Doig (8He)100 Back – 2nd200 Free – 15th50 Fly – 3rd50 Back – 4th100 Free – 4th100 Fly – 2nd50 Free – 2nd200 IM – 1st
13 Years1.04.592.11.0827.6330.3058.041.02.2025.792.16.09
Brendan Holden (8WJ)200 Back – 4th100 Back – 11th200 Free – 19th50 Back – 13th800 Free – 7th
13 Years2.24.851.08.382.12.9931.699.36.62   
Joshua Jeung (7He)400 Free – 5th50 Back – 8th200 Free – 6th50 Fly – 7th100 Free – 3rd100 Fly – 3rd200 Fly – 2nd50 Free – 11th
13 Years4.37.1235.122.08.2028.6158.001.03.002.21.5326.91
Toby Ji (8Ta)50 Breast – 35th50 Fly – 69th      
13 Years37.6332.06      
Ian Kim (7Ar)200 Back – 20th100 Back – 18th50 Fly – 10th50 Back – 14th100 Fly -13th50 Free – 21st  
13 Years2.34.851.10.3728.9831.791.06.5127.25  
Leopold Vo (8WH)100 Breast – 9th100 Back – 21st50 Breast – 9th200 Free – 28th50 Fly – 25th   
13 Years1.17.581.10.7735.242.16.4930.15   

Rugby vs St. Patrick’s College

March 31, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Trinity Rugby Season

What a difference a year can make! After the complications and interruptions that 2020 brought forth it has been a relatively smooth start to the beginning of the 2021 rugby season. Player numbers continue to trend in the right direction, with a 14% increase in player numbers since 2019, and 289 young men now representing the school across 15 teams. While it is natural for focus to shift to the 1st and 2nd XV sides, it is the 14s & 15s age groups that are shaping up to be particularly promising this season.

Hunter Hannaford (12Du) | Captain of the 1st XV

Congratulations to Hunter Hannaford who has been named captain of the 1st XV for the 2021 season. Leading into his third season representing the 1st XV, Hunter shows his leadership qualities on a daily basis in his role as School Vice-Captain. This coupled with his immense on-field ability and the high level of respect he commands from his peers made him the obvious choice.

1st Trial against St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield

Whilst the recent wet weather meant St. Pat’s were unable to prepare their 15s & 16s age groups in time for Saturday’s fixtures, we were able to host eight games here at Trinity on Saturday, with St. Pat’s winning five fixtures and Trinity three. Particular mention needs to be made of our 13s age group, who despite missing seven players from the ‘A’ side were able to acquit themselves admirably during their first games on TGS 1 and as young Trinity men. Despite the lack of formal fixtures our 15s and 16s were able to have internals trials, which gave their respective coaches a great chance to see what each player is capable of, prior to our next fixture against Cranbrook on 24 April.

Team of the Week

In an effort to recognise the efforts of all the boys who don the green and white each Saturday, we will be naming a ‘Team of the Week’ that recognises the efforts of all players regardless of their relative team. The criteria for selection are relatively straight forward; which young men were stand-outs for their team, whether through sportsmanship, school spirit, all around performance, or one play that may have decided a game. The inaugural Team of the Week is:

  1. Leo Taylor (7Fo) – 13C
  2. Alan Chen (8Fo) – 14C
  3. Cameron Van der Groot (9We) – 14A
  4. Charlie Teulon (7Ar) – 13A
  5. Joseph Britton (9He) – 14B
  6. Ben Keogh (8Ta) – 14A
  7. Riley Martin (11We) – 2nd XV
  8. Tom Yarrow (12Ho) – 2nd XV
  9. Calvin Doyle (7Ho) – 13B
  10. George Salvartis (7WH) – 13C
  11. Hugo France (7WH) – 13A
  12. Jack Casimir (12WH) – 1st XV
  13. Austin Daher (8Ke) – 14C
  14. Zac Rice (8Ho) – 14B
  15. Olly White (12Fo) – 1st XV

Friends of Rugby.

The Friends of Rugby (FOR) Committee is currently looking for parents who are interested in being involved for the 2021 season. In previous years, the FOR has been an invaluable asset to the Trinity rugby community; manning game day BBQs, raising funds for the Japan tour, and purchasing dumbbells and other gym equipment for the entire school community, as well as countless other essential roles. If you are interested in being a part of the Friends of Rugby for 2021, please contact me (msnowden@trinity.nsw.edu.au).

Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

1st XV Match Report

The goal posts were up, the field was marked, and the rain had finally subsided; it was time for rugby to start. After the departure of many Year 12 students from last year’s 1st XV, today would mark the starting debut for nine of our players, all of whom were keen to lock down a permanent position in the 1st XV.

It was a slow and scrappy start to the game, with neither team being able to control possession for long periods of time. Despite dominating territory, we would concede the first try of the game after St. Pat’s benefited from a well-worked scrum move with the ensuing conversion putting them ahead 7-0. Trinity finally began to control the ball in opposition territory, and following a line break from debutant Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc), fellow debutant Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (11He) would crash over for the first try of the year with Hunter Hannaford (12Du) adding the extras. Play ebbed and flowed for another ten minutes before Olly White (12Fo) was the beneficiary of Hunter’s smart kicking game, scoring his first try of the day to send Trinity into half time up 12-7.

Once again St. Pat’s started the scoring in the second half with a lovely scrum move and a kick through allowing them to tie the scores at 12 apiece. For the next 25 minutes Trinity did everything within their power to keep St. Pat’s in the game; handling errors, divergence from the game plan and even a yellow card keeping things tight till the last five minutes. Thankfully, our experienced players stood up when it counted the most and forced a penalty close to the St. Pat’s line, which Hunter converted for a 15-12 lead with seconds remaining on the clock. From the ensuing kick off, Olly White showed off his speed to grab his second 5-pointer, scoring a fantastic individual try, before Hunter slotted the conversion from the sideline as time expired to give Trinity a 22-12 victory.

Whilst far from clinical it was great to start the season with a victory. Standouts for Trinity on the day were Jack Casimir (12WH), Alisi Leao (11MU), Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (11HE) and Orly Hatton-Ward (10SC).

Final Score: Trinity 22 defeated St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 12

Tries: Olly White (2), Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (2)

Penalties: Hunter Hannaford (1)

Mr. Snowden and Mr. Pay | 1st XV Coaches

Alisi L.
Theo K.
Paul T.
Orly H.
Olly W.
Jack C.

2nd XV Match Report

Much like the 1st XV, our 2nds side were fielding a host of new faces for the first fixture of the season and despite the narrow loss they kicked off the season for our senior sides with a bevy of enthusiasm and willingness to do the hard work.

Despite some early attacking raids deep in the St. Pat’s half we would concede the first try of the game. After failing to exit from our own end of the field, we conceded a penalty for a breakdown infringement and then compounded that with another for back chat to the referee. St. Pat’s took the tap quickly and caught our boys napping, scoring in the north-eastern corner and converting from the sideline to take a 7-0 lead. Some sustained attack deep in the St. Pat’s half saw captain Michael Lindsey (12KE) dive over for our opening try and close the gap at half time to 7-5.

The second half started much the same as the first with St. Pat’s scoring first and converting to extend their advantage to 14-5, with 25 minutes to play. The remainder of the half continued to be an arm-wrestle with both sides throwing themselves into everything before ultimately St. Pat’s held on for the victory. Stand out players for the 2nd XV were Riley Martin (11WE), Tom Yarrow (11HO) and Jaiden Timperi (11HI).

Final Score: Trinity 5 lost to St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 14

Tries: Lindsey (1)

Mr. Kearsley and Mr. Ikeuchi | 2nd XV Coaches

Age Group In Focus – Under 14s

14A

The 14As were looking forward to the opportunity to play on TGS No1 all week and started with great energy against a tough St Pat’s side. Early phase-play led to a Cameron van der Groot (9WE) line break for the opening score. Pat Thomson (8SC) directed play well, allowing Trinity to play with speed and width. This gave the outside backs some great chances and saw Ryan Hui (8TA) run in a long range try.

St Pat’s came out of the half time break with a point to prove and Trinity were forced to defend. This was led by the work rate of Luke Niulala (8ST) who tackled hard all match. Trinity were able to turn attack into defence through runs from the likes of Logan Toohey (8KE) leading to a double for the Trinity halfback. The match finished 33-7 and was a great start to the season.

Final Score: Trinity 33 defeated St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 7

Tries: Logan Toohey (2), Cameron Van der Groot (1), Ryan Hui (1), Ben Keogh (1)

Conversions: Tom Bermingham (2), Patty Thompson (2)

Mr. McKee and Mr. Nguyen | 14A Coaches

14B

The 14Bs opened the 2021 season playing fabulous running Rugby in a flowing performance to win by 27 points scoring eight tries. It was a bit of surprise considering the limited preparation and several boys playing their first-ever game. Joseph Britton (9HE) led the way up front with some barnstorming runs, resulting in him crossing the line twice. Samuel Giminez-McAlpine (8KE) was strong in the middle crossing for a physical 5-pointer where he carried three St. Pat’s boys on his back over the try line. The highlight of the match came on the back of some strong running from both Matthew Barter (8ST) and then Hugo Favelle (8MU) starting from Trinity’s 22 metre line, before the ball went through some quick hands out to fullback Henry Daniel (8ST) who flew down the sideline to score under the posts. Tom Bishop (8HI) then connected with a strong conversation to see Trinity in front at the break 24-7. The boys continued the same commitment in the second half with Bailey Martin (9WE) crossing for a double, as Trinity moved the footy around to the delight of the strong crowd in attendance and in the end a dominant ‘team’ effort by the men in Green.

Final Score: Trinity 46 defeated St. Patrick’s College Strathfield 19

Tries: Joseph Britton (2), Bailey Martin (2), Sam Gimenez-McAlpine (1), Tom Bishop (1), Jake Matthews (1), Henry Daniel (1)

Conversions: Tom Bishop (3)

Mr. Morrissey | 14B Coach

14C

The closest game of the day took part during the 14Cs fixture. The game saw constant lead changes, momentum swings, and a quality game of rugby take place. Trinity’s first points came from a fantastic 60 metre run from Cohen Kokotovich (8WE), who broke several tackles on his way to the try line. His efforts were followed up by eventual ‘Man of the Match’, Austin Daher (8KE), who scored the first of his two tries prior the half time break. Austin’s second try moments after the half saw Trinity take their first lead of the game 17-15, before St. Pat’s replied to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite repeated attacking raids we were unable to regain the lead and ultimately fell short of victory.

Final Score: Trinity 17 defeated by St. Patrick’s College Strathfield 20

Tries: Austin Daher (2), Cohen Kokotovich (1)

Conversions: Isaac Irwin (1)

Ms. Dunbar and Mr. Dimeglio | 14C Coaches

Final Results

1st XV22 – 1214C17 – 20
2nd XV5 – 1413A15 – 37
14A33 – 713B7 – 25
14B46 – 1913C12 – 34

Colours Awarded | Term 1, 2021

March 31, 2021
ANDREWS, James (11La)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
ARTHUR, James (11WH)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
BALLANTINE-JONES, Oscar (12Hi)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
BARRETT, Adrian (12Fo)FullSWIMMING 2021
BERMINGHAM, Thomas (8Mu)LineCRICKET 2021
BORG, James (8He)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
BUVAC, Tom (12WJ)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
BUVAC, Myles (8WJ)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
CHEN, Mitchell (10Ar)HalfSWIMMING 2021
CHEN, Benny (8Du)HalfSWIMMING 2021
CHRISTOPOULOS, Jamie (12Ar)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
CLUNAS, Rory (11Yo)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
CODJOE, Laud (12Ta)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
DE BELLE, Matthew (11Sc)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
DOIG, Grayson (8He)HalfSWIMMING 2021
DOIG, Grayson (8He)HalfSWIMMING 14YRS CHAMPION 2021
DRYER, Caleb (12Sc)FullSWIMMING 2021
EA, Thomas (11La)FullSWIMMING 2021
EDWARDS, Jesse (9WH)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
ENNO, Nicholas (12Hi)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
FARR, Christian (11Mu)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
FENG, Lincoln (8Fo)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
FILBY, Liam (12Yo)FullSWIMMING 2021
FLANAGAN, Rory (8Fo)LineDIVING 2021
FOTESCUE, Brodie (12Ta)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
FRAZER, Ashton (9Mu)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
GALANOS, Peter  (7ST)LineDIVING 2021
GERMANOS, Euan (12He)FullSWIMMING 2021
GROGAN, Emmanuel (12La)LineCAS 1ST XI CRICKET 2021
GROGAN, Emmanuel (11Fo)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
GUPTA, Ryan (10WJ)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
GUPTA, Ryan (10WJ)LineCAS U16 CRICKET 2021
HANNING, Finlay (8Ar)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
HOANG, Hayden (9Ta)LineCAS SWIMMING RECORD 15 YRS 2021
HOANG, Hayden (9Ta)HalfSWIMMING 2021
HOANG, Hayden (9Ta)HalfSWIMMING 15YRS CHAMPION 2021
HOHNE, Sam (12Ke)FullSWIMMING 2021
HOLDEN, Brendan (8WJ)HalfSWIMMING 2021
HUBER, Tom (8We)LineDIVING 2021
IRWIN, Isaac (8Yo)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
JACKSON, Daniel (12Ta)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
JEUNG, Joshua (7He)HalfSWIMMING 2021
JEUNG, Joshua (7He)HalfSWIMMING 13YRS CHAMPION 2021
JOHNSON, Hayden (12WH)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
KERN, James (12Ke)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
KIDD, Theo (12WJ)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
KIM, Jae Min (10Ke)HalfSWIMMING 2021
KIM, Jamie (10Ke)HalfSWIMMING 16YRS CHAMPION 2021
KIM, Ian (7Ar)HalfSWIMMING 2021
KONG, Jared (8La)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
LEAO, Alisi (11Mu)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
LEE, Andy (12Fo)FullSWIMMING 2021
LEVERTON, Joshua (9Ke)LineDIVING 2021
LYTTLE, Harrison (8Ar)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
MALASS, Khaled (8Ta)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
MARTEN-CONEY, Ethan (8Ho)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
MATTHEWS, Jake (8Ke)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
MCENALLAY-MINO, Nelson (11Ke)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
MICHAEL, Lucas (8Ke)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
MOONEY, Darcy (12La)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
MOORE, James (10Ta)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
MOORE, James (9Ta)LineCIS U16 CRICKET 2021
NAM, Jonathan (9St)HalfSWIMMING 2021
NEWTON, Sam (10WJ)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
NGUYEN, Zachariah (10Ta)HalfSWIMMING 2021
NGUYEN, Lachlan (10WH)FullDIVING 2021
NICOLAS, Matthew (11Ta)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
NIULALA, Luke (8St)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
PLIATSKAS, Harry (8Ho)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
RAMANAUSKAS, Finn (10Ke)HalfSWIMMING 2021
RICE, Zack (8Ho)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
ROBERTSON, Matthew (12Du)FullSWIMMING 2021
ROBERTSON, Matthew (12Du)FullSWIMMING OPENS CHAMPION 2021
RULE, William (11Ar)HalfSWIMMING 2021
SALIM, Aamir (8Ar)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
SCOTT, Jasper (9WH)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
SEO, Daniel (11Du)FullSWIMMING 2021
SHAH, Aveer (8Ar)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
SHEEHY, Jedd (8Du)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
SIDIROPOULOS, Elias (11Yo)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
SIVAPIRABU, Jaiden (7Hi)HalfSWIMMING 2021
SNELLORE, Suraj (12Mu)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
TENNANT, Marc (11Ta)HalfBASKETBALL 2ND V  2021
TRIEU, Ryan (8We)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
TURNER, Hamish (7Ta)LineDIVING 2021
TUXFORD, Sterling (7WH)HalfSWIMMING 2021
TUXFORD, Sterling (7WH)HalfSWIMMING 12YRS CHAMPION 2021
TWINE, Cooper (10Mu)HalfSWIMMING 2021
VICKERY, Sam (12WJ)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
VIMPANY, Cooper (11Mu)LineDIVING 2021
VINE, Harry (8Mu)LineBASKETBALL 8F  2021
VIRGO, Cooper (12La)FullSWIMMING 2021
VO, Leopold (8WH)HalfSWIMMING 2021
WADHERA, Shivham (10Ke)HalfCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
WAKIM, Jonathan (8Du)HalfBASKETBALL 8A  2021
WANG, Jason (10Ar)HalfSWIMMING 2021
WESTON, Alan (12Ta)FullSWIMMING 2021
WILCZAK, Gabriel (11Ar)FullSWIMMING 2021
WILLIAMS, Deonte (12Yo)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
WILLIAMS, Charles (9La)LineCRICKET 1ST XI 2021
WOODS, Jayden (11Ar)FullBASKETBALL 1ST V  2021
YEOU, Jason (12We)FullSWIMMING 2021
YEOU, Jason (12We)FullSWIMMING CHAMPION 2021
YEOU, Jason (12We)FullSWIMMING 17YRS CHAMPION 2021
YOUNG, Lucas (10We)HalfSWIMMING 2021
YOUNG, Taj (7We)HalfSWIMMING 2021

Debating News | Round 6

March 31, 2021

7FED-B Debating Report

We were very fortunate to have won this round of debating against Sydney Girls High School. After receiving our topic, ‘That All Schools Should Be Co-educational,’ we spent forty-five minutes preparing and then began our debate. We were negating and knew we had a great chance of winning, due to our preparation on this topic. Our first speaker, Harshal (7He), started the debate with some strong points and rebuttals against the opposition. Our next speaker, Alejandro (7Ke), continued with more points and rebuttals. By the end of Alejandro’s speech, it was neck and neck with Sydney Girls. However, our third speaker, Matthew (7Sc), widened the gap between us with some more great rebuttals targeting very misleading facts given by the opposition, whilst reinforcing some of our statements that would deal with this issue more effectively. Therefore, we were able to secure a win. Overall, it was a great debate, considering that we have never had this combination of a team before. Despite our success, it was important to receive critical feedback from our coach, Mr. Razza, to help us win our next debate. The feedback we received will definitely make us stronger for our next debate.

H. Chuchra (7He)

Senior A ISDA Debating Report

This week the Senior A ISDA team, consisting of D. Chuchra (12He), W. Martin (12WH), J. Perera (12La) and K. Kwok (12WH), affirmed the topic: That the government should fully subsidise university degrees for individuals whose gender is significantly under-represented in that field.Given that this debate was against our friendly rival MLC, who were last year’s state finalists, there was immense pressure placed upon the Trinity Team. Nevertheless, Trinity’s characterisation of the status quo, as well as a detailed and sturdy model, forced MLC’s first speaker to implement an exasperatingly soft line countermodel of equity scholarships to negate this topic. However, 2nd Speaker, William (12WH), and 3rd Speaker Joshua (12La) were able to successfully defend our model and rebut the MLC countermodel of increasing equity scholarships in universities. Given that the Trinity team put up such an exceptional debate against last year’s state finalists, the adjudication was immensely close and even came down to the technicalities of each model and its implementation. Despite the adjudicator narrowly awarding the debate to MLC, the Trinity team was immensely proud of our performance. This debate was undoubtedly the pinnacle of Trinity Senior A’s ISDA season. However, this was only possible due to the easing of COVID restrictions and the introduction of spectators in our debate. We thank the parents, students and coaches who spent Friday night watching this close debate. Although we hit maximum capacity, we encourage all parents, students, and staff to watch Trinity Senior A’s last ISDA debate next term. Even though the night did not end in a victory, Keith’s (12WH) concluding speech about dual highway planning and Mr. Barnes’ departure helped foster the friendship between Trinity and MLC. We hope to debate MLC in a friendly in the future, which will hopefully be in person. 

D. Chuchra (12He) | Debating Vice-Captain

Senior School Sports Fixtures

March 31, 2021

Events

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 31, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Evening of Prayer

March 31, 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. If you attended the Prayer Evening in February, please leave your booking until closer to the RSVP date to give those who missed out on that occasion a chance to book.

Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQRE

Bookings will close at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, 28 April 2021.

Venue: Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

March 31, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Revised dates for Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary

March 31, 2021

The Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary have announced revised meeting dates for 2021. Please click here to download a printable PDF of the new dates.

Term 2

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 3 MayCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 3 MayTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 7 JuneCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 7 JuneTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm

Term 3

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 2 AugustCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F Association AGMMonday 2 AugustTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 6 SeptemberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 6 SeptemberCommon Room7 – 8:30 pm

Term 4

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 11 OctoberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 11 OctoberTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill Auxiliary AGMMonday 1 NovemberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 1 NovemberTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

March 31, 2021

TERM 2

Week 1

20 April Students commence

21 Apr IPSHA Cross Country

23 Apr ANZAC commemoration 9am

24 Apr Sport – Winter Round 1

Week 2

26 Apr Safer Internet Week

28 Apr Hello Mandarin Competition Round 2

29 Apr Kindergarten Excursion Bicentennial Park

01 May Sport – Winter Round 2

Week 3

03 May No Junior School Music Rehearsals

04 May Mother’s Day Stall

04 May Hello Mandarin Competition Training

06 May Y5 & 6 da Vinci Decathlon

07 May K-Y2 Mother’s Day Morning

07 May Hello Mandarin Competition Training

08 May Sport – Winter Round 3

From more Junior School dates, please click here.

Community

The Summer Hill Auxiliary Mother’s Day Dinner

April 1, 2021

Treat yourself to a great night out! Come and catch up with your Trinity friends, and make some new ones too.

All Year 7 to 12 Trinity ladies welcome – mums, aunties, grandmothers and other friends of the School. 

Thursday 6 May 2021 from 7pm at Aqua Luna Waterfront Dining – 461 Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne NSW 2047

Cost: $100 per head includes a three course meal plus drinks (and small gift bag)

Mums can sit with their friends or in their Year cohort.

For more information, please contact Petty Heather at petty.heather@suncorp.com.au or phone 0412 001 063.

Click here to book now.

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

April 1, 2021

Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).

Prep Canteen News

April 1, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus)

March 31, 2021

Click here to read the Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus).

Student Absence Notice

March 31, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

From the Uniform Shop | Holiday Trading Hours

March 31, 2021

The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday, 1 April at 4.00pm.

Holiday Trading Hours*

  • Wednesday, 14 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday, 15 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday, 16 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Monday, 19 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm

*By appointment only.

Winter Uniform Term 2 and Term 3

Term 2 commences for all students (Pre K to 12) on Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 and students are required to wear the Winter Uniform.

Booking for appointments are essential. Please click here to book an appointment.  

Alternatively, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.  To create an account (if you do not have one already), you will need to enter the School’s Passphrase: tgs1913

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop accepts no cash payments.

For more information, please contact the Uniform Shop on p. + 61 2 9581 6048 or email trinity@midford.com.au