2021 | Term 1 | Week 3

February 12, 2021


From the Head Master

February 12, 2021

Last night at about 9pm I found myself kneeling on the ground in a local shopping centre changing a tyre. There are lots of things I would rather have been doing; earlier that evening I had cooked and enjoyed a meal with my family, we had made more progress through the TV series we are binging, and I had been beginning to think about an early night. However, events intervened and here I was, wrestling with the items that normally live under the floor of the car’s boot.

Initially, my frustration was palpable. However, as I got on with the task, I began to reflect on how it was that I knew how to do this task.

It was my father who taught me how to change a tyre at some point in my early teens. I can’t particularly remember the occasion; it may have been on the side of a road in the context of a real need, or it may have been in the carport as a deliberate lesson. I don’t imagine for a second that I welcomed learning this particular skill. My interests as a young teenager lay more with books and sport than practical skills. However, as it turns out, I learned how to do it and in the thirty-plus years since, I have had to use the skill only half-a-dozen times. However, last night, when I needed to, it all came back to me.

The point of my reverie was not to marvel at my ability, as though this is some sort of super-power. Changing a tyre is hardly rocket-science! Rather, I was prompted to think about the things that we don’t learn in school.

As a professional educator, I am hardly going to downplay the value of learning that comes through school. The knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, the social and emotional skills gained through participating in a community, and the character formation that takes place through the school years are all essential. However, so much of what we learn during our childhood and adolescence comes from outside the School.

I am pretty confident that the mainstream curriculum does not teach skills such as changing tyres or lightbulbs, or how to clean a toilet, scrub a shower or do the dishes. Bed-making, clothes-ironing and lawn-mowing are all outside the scope of school, as they should be. Some young people learn some cooking skills at school, but it is not part of the compulsory curriculum. These life-skills are usually picked up either in the context of normal family life, through the modelling or instruction of parents, or later on when a young person has to fend for themselves. My recollection of some of the group-houses I lived in during the university years and afterwards suggest that a fair number of us only learn these things when there is no alternative.

Over the years, schools have found themselves teaching life-skills that would have been in the domain of the family in previous years. For example, each Field Studies Programme at our Woollamia campus, a number of Year 9 boys learn how to ride a bike. This hasn’t been part of their life experience up until that point. Likewise, many of them haven’t engaged at all with gardening or horticulture until that point. One of the reasons that we are piloting the ‘Green Patch’ initiative in the Junior School is to teach the boys some foundational skills in gardening, because that opportunity will not otherwise be part of their learning.

I recognise that some of the skills listed above may become obsolete. In fact, some of them may already be. Bike-riding is less viable in our urban environment than it used to be. Gardening gets squeezed out, either through smaller living arrangements or lack of time. Cooking at home is increasingly outsourced, one way or the other. Many families are able to hire cleaners to take care of toilets and showers. These skills may go the way of other practical skills that have become redundant through technology, labour-saving devices, or lifestyle changes. I don’t want to suggest that there is anything wrong with that! No-one wants to go back to doing laundry in a copper and using a washboard. There are also economic arguments for outsourcing some of these things, including the efficiencies that come from specialisation, and the opportunity-cost of spending one’s time doing things that someone else could be engaged to do. 

However, I do wonder whether we might do well to consider whether we are adequately equipping our children with enough in the way of basic life-skills, or are we teaching them to look for someone else to fix problems that are well within their reach? Apart from anything else, as I know from my experience last night, there can be a tremendous sense of satisfaction from knowing oneself to be capable. Resilience and self-esteem are bolstered by a sense of competence and self-efficacy. On the other hand, learned helplessness is in no-one’s interests. What are the basic skills, learned at home, that you think your son should have acquired before his school years come to an end?

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

February 12, 2021


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Congratulations to Taubman House on winning the House Championship Swimming Cup this week. It was an excellent day out at SOPAC, and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the boys and young men of the School.

In returning to the theme of respect and integrity, this week I spoke with your sons about the importance of courtesy, and I directed their attention to page 25 of the Record Book where there are some important principles, including our belief that good manners ought to be associated with strength of character and that courtesy ought not be dependent on the context, as well as some very specific School-related examples of how courtesy is demonstrated, including standing when speaking with adults, understanding our obligation to visitors to the School, and addressing adults. It is also important that your sons understand that our high expectations of their behaviour continue beyond the School gate. We do expect that they will be courteous and respectful on their journey to and from School. To stand for adults on public transport, to respect the rights of other passengers and transport staff, understanding that each and every boy and young man is a representative of something bigger than himself whenever he is in his Trinity uniform. Likewise, we expect that your sons’ behaviour in the online world of social media is courteous and responsible.

In recent years, the Heads and Deputy Heads of the Middle and Senior School have had to deal with a growing number of allegations of online misbehaviour that breach our (and your) expectations of your sons. Examples of online harassment, misogyny, identity theft, the sharing of intimate photos between children, unsubstantiated allegations and rumour-mongering, and breaches of privacy have all been brought to the School’s attention, sometimes by the victims of the online harassment, sometimes by parents, sometimes by our colleagues at other schools and, on rare occasions, by the police. To be clear, this behaviour is not limited to the boys and young men of Trinity Grammar School. To be equally clear, children and young people make mistakes that are both developmentally predictable and understandable. It is also not behaviour that all of our boys and young men are engaging in (I discourage sweeping reductive generalisations in my own students, so it would be inappropriate to assume all children and young people are engaging in unsafe behaviour online), but there is an unmistakable upward trend in thoughtless, cruel, judgemental and ignorant online behaviour, and whilst this anti-social behaviour is not only being perpetrated by children and young people, they are the ones most susceptible to the pitfalls of the online world. This is a widespread, insidious and largely hidden social phenomenon. This is the world in which your children are growing up.

As a teacher of boys for over three decades, my observation is that it is incredibly powerful for you to speak into this space with your sons. Only the adults can provide the advice and support to mediate the potentially negative effects of social media, and you are the most influential adults in your children’s lives. Expecting children and young people to self-manage their behaviour online is the metaphorical equivalent of leaving the inmates in charge of the asylum. I had a colleague who, for many years, used the simile that adolescence is like a turbo-charged V8 with poor steering and bad brakes. Your sons need your hand, and ours, on the steering wheel, and your foot on the brake to help them control and mitigate their all too predictable adolescent impulses.

Whilst the prospect of talking to your sons about sending nudes, pornography, gaming, online harassment or fighting the battle about screen time may not be anyone’s idea of a good night in of quality time with our children, a preparedness to engage in the awkward conversations and to hold the line about your family values and expectations, together with an adult perspective on the foreseeability of the consequences of online anti-social behaviour may well act as a protective measure for your sons until they reach the point where they have sufficient neurological development to make informed choices. As with many things in life, but especially with children and young people, it is important to be alert but not alarmed, to remember that they are error-prone and that prevention is far preferable to cure. Last week the E-Safety Commissioner released a report[1] on the Digital Lives of Australian Teens, which may provide an opportunity to raise the topic in conversation with your children.

In the spirit of partnership, and in the best interests of your sons’ welfare, it has been brought to my attention that young children, boys and girls, may be being shamelessly marketed to by the companies who manufacture vapes. Until recently, I was unaware that there was such a thing as a vape called a Cuvie, which mimics the appearance of a highlighter, or a Juul, which looks like a USB. It may be worth discreetly dropping the fact that you have heard about these devices in casual conversation at the dinner table or on the way to sport, and using the opportunity to parlay it into a chat about the risks of smoking. If you become aware of a shop selling these devices to children, the law is unambiguous. It is illegal for vapes to be sold to children under the age of 18, and you would be within your rights to alert the authorities[2]. The School’s stance is clearly articulated on page 22 of the Record Book, and it would be prudent for you to remind your sons that vaping is neither safe nor permitted.

May I extend my best wishes for a happy Lunar New Year.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill


[1] https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/research/digital-lives-aussie-teens

[2] https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/e-cigarettes.aspx

End of week two: news from the FSC

February 12, 2021

The Year 9 Field Studies Residential is a truly immersive experience. The boys have been on programme now for almost two weeks and are finding their rhythm as they engage in the on-campus days, expeditions, and the camp outs. Each boy is encouraged to take on a range of formal and informal leadership roles during the experience and are reminded that before we can be a good leader of others, we must become a good leader of ourselves.

The students recently participated in a science intensive over two days, facilitated by Mr Nurcombe and Mr Jackson from Summer Hill. This provided students with an understanding of the process involved in conducting a scientific investigation and the skills needed to use a range of different instruments to collect data. Having formed inquiry questions and decided what they want to investigate, the students are now working in small groups to gather data which will feed into the reports that they finalise and submit via Canvas.

Each of the three groups has been on expedition this week, hiking along a number of the gorgeous local beaches, investigating coastal headlands, and exploring the pristine waters of the Crookhaven River in canoes. The routes followed by the students have been selected to provide an appropriate level of challenge, progression and to expose the boys to a range of diverse natural ecosystems. Highlights from the outdoor experiences included seeing dolphins and an echidna, exploring the weathered landscape of the Beecroft Peninsular and navigating with precision through off track terrain in the Currambene State Forest, adjacent to the Woollamia Campus.

This weekend the boys will engage in an academic programme and a range of other campus-based activities including negotiating the recently completed initiatives circuit. This activity will challenge the students to solve a range of practical problems as a team. The virtual parent visiting afternoon is scheduled for Sunday and will provide an opportunity for the boys to connect with their families and share their experiences to date. Each boy will participate in an elective outdoor activity training day next week in preparation for the marine, climbing and mountain biking trips that will occur in the final week of the programme.

Tim Knowles | Head of the Field Studies Centre

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

School Officers’ Induction

This morning, we inducted the 2021 School Officers into their leadership roles at a Chapel Service. Over the course of the last few weeks, myself and Mr Lever have had a number of conversations about leadership with the boys. In many situations we seek leadership, however, the greatest form of leadership is when others want to follow you. This ‘followship’ is often the result of what people admire about someone’s character or behaviour. As our Year 6 boys assume formal and informal leadership roles his year, I hope they will be driven by a desire to be young men of principle, integrity and responsibility who genuinely care for others. This style of leadership is often characterised as ‘servant leadership’, modelled to us throughout the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Whilst we highlighted the formal leadership roles in our School, it is important to also acknowledge the general leadership that will be shown by all of our Year 6 students this year as they set the standards for all of our boys. One of the greatest acts of leadership they have will be with their Kindergarten buddies as they form special relationships throughout the year that are mutually beneficial.  Our Year 6 boys also play a key role in setting the tone for our School; something that is very important to us at the Preparatory School.

Chinese New Year and the Lion Dance

Today is Chinese New Year, a significant event in the lives of many of our students and for many people in our local neighbourhood. To celebrate this occasion and to support the students’ appreciation of the Chinese culture, Ms Kang organised for a Lion Dance demonstration on Thursday morning. For some of our students this was the first time they had witnessed this authentic cultural practice that is commonplace at significant Chinese festivals. The boys were absolutely captivated by the Lion Dance with the loud drumming and spectacular dancing of the lion. This experience will be built on in Mandarin classes to help the boys to make deeper connections between their language learning and the world around them.

Swimming Carnival

Earlier this week we gathered at the Centenary Pool at Summer Hill for our annual Swimming Carnival. The day was a great success with the boys demonstrating great team spirit and participation across the day. I was particularly impressed with some of our less confident swimmers who embraced the smaller 25 metre pool and the less competitive events with great enthusiasm. As always, the relays were the highlight of the day with some very closely contested races. We even managed to squeeze in the Staff v Student relay which the teachers managed to triumph in despite being somewhat hamstrung by the first swimmer (at least I’m still involved). The one disappointment was the absence of parents who offer a lot to events like this by providing additional atmosphere and support. We hope that this might be possible again later in the year.

Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded Age Champions for their all-round performances on the day; Under 8 – Daniel Jin (3He), Under 9 – Aris Ferizis (3Sc), Under 10 – Harris Yang (5Hi), Under 11 – Lachlan Green (6Sc) and Opens – Jaemin Yoo (6Ar). Mr Bremner is still finalising the points tally for House champion.

Congratulations to all of the boys on a fabulous day!

Saturday Sport

Saturday Sport commences this weekend for all boys in Years 4, 5 and 6. Boys who play Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football and Softball play under the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia NSW Branch) umbrella. It is also the beginning of our Intra-School Sport competition for 2021. Teams have been finalised for this week and boys should be aware of where they are playing and what time their game starts. I would like to remind all parents about the importance of the boys turning up to their match in sufficient time for a warm up and to receive last minute instructions from their coach. It is expected that boys are at venues 30 minutes before the scheduled start of play.

IPSHA sets out clear guidelines and codes of behaviour for players, spectators and coaches. These principles have been attached at the end of this newsletter. I have listed below the main aims and principles of IPSHA sport and I encourage all boys and parents to reflect on these.

  • Enjoyment and sportsmanship must be emphasised at all times
  • Competitors should be encouraged to play hard and strive to win fairly
  • Respect your opponent
  • Team spirit and School loyalty must be given priority over selfish play
  • Foul or rough play is inexcusable
  • Applause should be generously bestowed on good play from both teams
  • Excessive jubilation must be curbed so as not to show contempt for an opponent
  • The referee’s decision is final and beyond reproach
  • Complaints concerning the conduct of games must not be made during or after the game but must be referred to the School (either Mr Bremner or me)

Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct

I also refer you to the link to the Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct, I ask that you reinforce these principles with your son and uphold them yourselves of a Saturday. At Trinity we encourage boys to be gracious in winning as well as in defeat. The shaking of an opponent’s hand at the completion of any game is expected and good play from an opposition team should be acknowledged in an appropriate manner. No player should criticise any teammate and there is to be no swearing or fighting on the playing field for any reason, or as the result of any provocation. All Trinity teams are to be immaculately turned out in the correct playing strip and non-Trinity items of clothing are not to be worn. At all times boys are expected to give 100% effort.

Year 3 Sport

At the time of writing this I am hopeful that the weather doesn’t prevent this afternoon being the first of five Year 3 Sport sessions for the term held at Prep. This Term’s programme focus is Football. Every Thursday, during Sport time, the boys engage in competitive games between teams made up from the Prep and Junior Schools. Each of the Friday afternoon sessions is designed to further develop the students’ skills in preparation for the upcoming games.

Llandilo Development

Next week promises to be a big week with the Llandilo Development as we anticipate eight concrete trucks descending on the site to pour approximately 40 cubic metres of concrete. This slab will be the base of the extension to the existing building at the southern side, closest to Llandilo Avenue. This section of the building will consist of the STEAM Lab on the lower ground floor, a shared STEM lab on the upper ground floor and a Year 5 Lab on the first floor. Over the coming weeks there will be a series of concrete pours as this section of the building takes shape. The builders are continuing to time their works so as not to interfere with drop off or pick up.

COVID restrictions

Whilst COVID restrictions continue, there has been one further adjustment with 2 parents allowed to accompany each student to sporting venues on Saturdays. Entry to inside venues will continue to be limited by the 2 square metre rule and parents are reminded to maintain social distancing at all times.

The updated Trinity COVID protocols can be found at this link.

Kiss and Ride

I am delighted to report that Kiss and Ride has returned to the efficiency of 2020. I want to express my sincere thanks to all parents for their contribution and support over the first couple of weeks as we navigated a change in our systems due to the building works and no co-curricular activities operating.

I would ask that parents continue to use the name signs provided by the school to support the teachers as they announce your arrival to the boys. This is an essential cog in our system regardless of whether parents are picking up by car or foot. We would ask that parents also bring the signs with them to pick students up at the conclusion of co-curricular activities to ensure this is smooth and efficient process.

Trinity Instagram

At the recent Auxiliary meeting, it was brought to my attention that the Prep School was letting the team down a little with regards to our populating social media. I can appreciate that parents are keen to be part of what we are doing at school, particularly in light of the current COVID restrictions. We are always open to feedback and have responded this week. If Instagram is your thing, be sure to check out the Trinity Grammar School page to see posts about some of the larger whole school events that take place. Seesaw will continue to be the main source of class-based posts and should be the first place you visit.

Prep School procedures

If your son is unwell and absent from school, please notify the school through the School App.

If you would like to request leave for your son on a school day, including Sport on Saturdays, please email this request through the School App, addressed to me so that it can be approved. Please ensure this is done with appropriate notice.

If you drop your son off late to school, please send him directly to the School Office to be signed in before heading to class. This should be accompanied by a notification to the School through the School App. If you need to pick your son up early, please complete a notification through the App and we will arrange for him to be ready at the appropriate time. Under the current COVID restrictions, it is best to come to the Llandilo Gate where you can buzz the intercom system and the Office Staff will send organise for your son to meet you at the gate. Notifications through the App allow us to fulfil our legal requirement with regard to attendance.

We understand that as boys become older there may be times that they need to bring a mobile phone to school in order to communicate with parents about travelling arrangements. If this is the case, we request that you write to seek permission for the phone. This can be done via your son’s Class Teacher. It is also essential that all mobile phones are handed to the Class Teacher at the beginning of the school day and collected at the end of the day. Likewise, if you would like your son to make his way home from school independently, please contact that School Office in writing.

In recent years we have adopted a firmer stance on student use of smart watches, particularly watches that contains sim cards. We welcome your support in keeping these watches at home or removing the sim card so that they can’t be used to communicate at school.

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave ­– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:26-28

2021 House Swimming Championships

February 12, 2021
Daniel Tran (12Ta) with the House and Age Swimming Championships Shield at Quad Assembly on Thursday morning.

This week saw the Middle and Senior Schools travel to Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre for the House and Age Swimming Championships. In its third year as a combined event, we saw some outstanding performances where tremendous House spirit and willing participation was displayed by each House. The Year 12 all-star event was a highlight while our elite swimmers were also able to pull out some big performances in front of their peers. Of particular note is the increase in points from Houses placed 2nd through 16th, highlighting increased participation and engagement with the carnival. It was also great to hold an all-school event for the first time in nearly 12 months!

I wish to extend my gratitude to the staff and students for their significant efforts in ensuring the success of the day. Congratulations to Taubman House who were dominant throughout the day in defending their title. 

The final points score was as follows:

3rdWynn Jones1025
15thWilson Hogg862

From the Head of the Junior School

February 12, 2021

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37-39

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

I want to thank parents for their support and partnership with us across the first few weeks. It has been a very smooth start for students due in part to the wonderful efforts of our extraordinary teaching and support staff but also because of the important supporting role parents have played in preparing boys for each day, delivering your son punctually, equipping him correctly and fostering a positive and cooperative attitude. The teachers were very appreciative of the opportunity to communicate with so many of you during Monday’s parent information sessions. Thank you for your participation. If you have not already done so, please watch the linked Junior School 2021 Orientation Video and the Junior School Learning & Communication Platforms Video which were distributed for the evening and that will support you in supporting the School and your son.

For Years 3-6, the week began with an assembly presentation from former Trinity student, Weh Yoh, about the importance of doing all we can to support others’ needs. The Junior School has been partnering with the charity founded by Weh, OIC Cambodia, for over five years, building our own students’ awareness of the communication challenges faced by many students and financially supporting the provision of speech therapists for underprivileged Cambodian children. In a few weeks, the boys will undertake ‘A Day without Speech’ when they will go without speaking in support of OIC Cambodia. It is always a very quiet, creative and rewarding morning in the Junior School! We have distributed information (via class Canvas and Seesaw pages) about how to donate or provide sponsorship for your son’s silence so that we can continue to make a difference (all donations are tax-deductible). In the current climate, support of lesser-known but equally-worthy charities is vital to their ability to provide continued assistance. Please support generously and even challenge your son to go beyond what we will do at school…a weekend without speech?

This week also saw the dedication of Year 6 and the commissioning of School and House Officers as they pledged to be servant leaders this year. Leadership is an important attribute for all young men to experience and nurture, which is why all Year 6 boys are given a position of responsibility as well as many informal opportunities to grow in this way. In coming weeks, Year 6 boys will begin to explore and plan authentic opportunities in their area of responsibility under the guidance of a ‘mentor’ teacher. As a group, Year 6 is already embracing many responsibilities by helping and setting an example for younger students. The impact of kindness and gentleness from an older boy should never be underestimated as an influence on our younger students looking for role models and starting to form ideas about masculine identity.  

Our co-curricular programme is now in full swing with many sporting and club activities commencing this week. Year 3 Sport commences this afternoon and Round 1 of Year 4-6 sporting games is tomorrow. At the beginning of the season, there is sometimes angst around team selection and unfamiliar procedures. I emphasise that the first rounds are viewed as ‘trials’ and some movement across teams is to be expected, although we anticipate changes will be minimal. I remind all parents about the importance of your son turning up to his match in sufficient time for a warm up and instructions from the coach – it is expected that boys are at venues half an hour before the scheduled start of play. Junior School boys play sport under the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia NSW Branch) umbrella. IPSHA sets out clear guidelines and codes of behaviour for players, spectators and coaches. The principles of IPSHA sport are:

  • Enjoyment and sportsmanship must be emphasised at all times
  • Competitors should be encouraged to play hard and strive to win fairly
  • Respect your opponent
  • Team spirit and School loyalty must be given priority over selfish play
  • Foul or rough play is inexcusable
  • Applause should be generously bestowed on good play from both teams
  • Excessive jubilation must be curbed so as not to show contempt for an opponent
  • The referee’s decision is final and beyond reproach
  • Complaints concerning the conduct of games must not be made during or after the game but must be referred to the School (either Mr Robinson or Mr Dunn)

At Trinity, we encourage boys to be gracious in winning as well as in defeat. The shaking of an opponent’s hand (‘fist-pumping’ at the moment) at the completion of any game is expected and good play from an opposition team should be acknowledged in an appropriate manner. No player should criticise any teammate and there is to be no swearing or fighting on the playing field for any reason, or as the result of any provocation. All Trinity teams are to be immaculately turned out in the correct playing strip and non-Trinity items of clothing are not to be worn. At all times boys are expected to give 100% effort. I ask that you reinforce all of these principles with your son and uphold them yourselves each Saturday. The Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct and IPSHA Guidelines are linked here. The most up-to-date game information and latest COVID-19 protocols for participation and parent spectators have been made available via the app. Please ensure that you are familiar with expectations and cooperate with requirements. At Trinity venues, two parents are permitted to attend as spectators but siblings and extended family are not to attend. Please remember:

  • all spectators must register on arrival;
  • observe safe-distancing;
  • come, play or watch the game and then leave;
  • do not attend if you have tested positive to COVID 19 or awaiting results, been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID 19, have been required to self-isolate, or are unwell or are displaying flu-like symptoms;
  • follow the directions on signs and from staff.

As mentioned previously, I am asking all families to ensure that they are registered with OSHClub. This is a ‘just in case’ registration for that one-off emergency when your son needs care after hours. Even this week, we have had some boys where pick-up has gone awry who have not been registered. No one plans for this to happen, but it happens to almost everyone at some stage. It is free and relatively easy to register online here.

Unfortunately, safety protocols stipulate that boys can not currently celebrate birthdays by bringing items to distribute. We will advise you when this situation changes. Instead, we will hold a corporate celebration for all Term 1 birthdays arranged by the School later in the term.

I remind Year 5 parents that the Digital Citizenship session noted in the Record Book for next week will be replaced by an on-line learning resource to be distributed later in the term. However, all boys in the Junior School have now brought home the 2021 ICT Agreement. Please familiarise yourself with this agreement, discuss it with your son, sign it and return it before next Friday.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School


Academic Focus | Assessment

February 12, 2021

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the Senior School Assembly to speak with students about a topic that should occupy a great deal of their time and thinking, and certainly occupies a great deal of mine: assessment.

Over the past years I have spoken and written many times about the powerful nexus between learning and assessment. When we step deliberately into an attitude that sees assessment as opportunity rather than imposition, and foster our own disposition to embrace the challenges of assessment, then assessment programmes can deepen and accelerate learning. In this view, assessment is an integral part of the learning cycle itself, not just a final task at the end of a unit of work.

The first part of my Assembly address focused upon this notion of assessment as learning rather than testing. The boys were encouraged to see assessment as an opportunity to consolidate and apply their learning in a particular subject, and to use feedback to target their ‘next steps’ for improvement. Essentially, they were asked to bring a learning focus to assessment, rather than a comparative, or purely performance, lens. Students with a learning focus understand assessment as opportunity to:

  • Improve my outcomes
  • Receive feedback about what I know, understand and can do at this point in time
  • Set my next goals

Students with a learning focus in relation to assessment do these things:

  • Plan, draft and prepare early
  • Use the power of consistent routines to engage deeply with assessment opportunities
  • Refuse to compare their learning trajectory with that of others

The second part of my address highlighted some of the rules and regulations about assessment. These aspects of the School’s policy and procedures in relation to assessment come into greater importance and consequence as students move into the Senior School and towards the final credential. Some notable points are included here:

  • To achieve a school credential, students must engage with the assessment programme set by a School. Both the IBO and NESA devolve responsibility for an appropriate assessment programme to the School and expect students to participate fully.
  • Students must always conduct their academic studies with integrity. There are penalties for academic misconduct and malpractice that must be applied, some of which may place a student’s credential in jeopardy.
  • Academic misconduct is defined by both NESA and IBO as any dishonest behaviour that gives a student an unfair advantage over others or disadvantages another student. Plagiarism, collusion, duplication of work and misconduct during an examination are examples of academic malpractice.
  • There is always support and assistance available for students struggling with a particular assessment task or their assessment programme. Reach out to someone who can help while malpractice can be avoided.
  • Students must maintain a satisfactory pattern of attendance in relation to assessment schedules. In the Senior School, it is unacceptable to be absent from school the day before, or the day of, a task, without acceptable reason. Students absent on the day before or the day of a task must provide a medical certificate or other formal documentation to the Curriculum Office. It is noted that the requirement for documentation on the day before a task is due is an update in the 2021 Assessment Policy.
  • The School, NESA and the IBO have policies in relation to illness and misadventure. These policies apply to unexpected, short term events that prevent a student from sitting a task. If a student is unwell or suffers a misadventure, he should not sit the task. Contact the Curriculum Office immediately. Illness and misadventure policy cannot be applied after a task has been completed: if a student sits the task, the mark must stand.

The School regularly reviews its policies and procedures in relation to Assessment. The 2021 Assessment Policy has been updated in layout to provide simpler navigation for parents and students. The policy includes an outline of the approach to assessment at Trinity, and sections for Primary Schools, Middle School and Senior School, as well as relevant appendices. It is available on the TGS Community website or via this link. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to be familiar with policies and procedures; parents and students are warmly invited to speak to a senior member of staff in the Curriculum Office if they would like clarification about an aspect of the Policy.

Next week, I would like to continue writing about the nexus between deep learning and high quality assessment. A new initiative, the Trinity Assessment Parent Portal (TAPP) will be introduced. This initiative allows parents of students in Years 7 – 12 a window to their sons’ assessment results, teacher feedback and personal reflections, as they are released to students. The application provides more timely information to parents, rather than waiting for the Semester Report. I am excited to be sharing TAPP with you next week and providing access to the application itself in Week 5!

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

News from the Arthur Holt Library

February 12, 2021

This week in The Arthur Holt Library, we launched our Year 7 Wide Reading programme – a sequence of timetabled lessons designed to get boys reading more (and more widely). It’s always a popular unit with both students and staff, so we thought we might share some of the research-based strategies that underpin it.

In her 2018 article for ‘The Conversation’ literacy researcher Margaret Merga identified six strategies that she believes are crucial to fostering good reading in habits in boys. The first is to match them with reading material in which they are genuinely interested – and who better to do this than the boys themselves. With this in mind, we open our Wide Reading programme by asking the boys to recommend books they have enjoyed to the rest of their class. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of a fantasy series, a crime novel or a collection of short stories, as long as they have enjoyed it.

Merga also argues that schools should provide access to libraries during class time to ensure that all boys are guaranteed access to books, regardless of their current interest level. She also stresses the importance of continuing to read with and to boys even once they have mastered silent reading for themselves. We worked closely with the English department to ensure that we could timetable three lessons in the library for each boy. We also ensure that the library staff and English teachers model good reading habits through their own recommends and take part in the lesson alongside the boys.

Merga’s research has also revealed that most boys still prefer paper books and that providing opportunities and expectations for silent reading is an essential part of encouraging boys to read. In our programme we ask that each boy borrow a book from our collection and we dedicate class time to silent reading to start them off with their reading. Again, the teachers are encouraged to borrow and read alongside them.

The programme will conclude in the last week of term with the boys choosing whether they want to write a review of the book they have read or record a short video as part of our ‘This Book Changed My Life’ series. We look forward to seeing the results!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”– Charles W. Eliot

Lent Term has begun and our “This Book Changed my Life” project is going strong!

The end of 2020 saw us receive some wonderful submissions from big names:

  • Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP had her life changed by Jane Austen
  • Trinity favourite, author Oliver Phommovanh’s life was changed by Nintendo adventure books’ Dinosaur Dilemma
  • Legendary Australian author and illustrator Isobelle Carmody credits Russell Hoban’s book The Mouse and His Child with inspiring her sense of determination as a child
  • Suzanne Daniel, author of Allegra in Three Parts, loved Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Acclaimed YA author Will Kostakis credits his passion about writing to his love of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series

In addition to those notable entries, we have received many submissions from Trinity students, families and staff. We know that each and every one of you has a book that changed your life in one way or another, so tell us about it by submitting your short video using the instructions below.

News Flash!

Congratulations to Vicki Courtnenay for being awarded the SLANSW Teacher Librarian of the Year 2020! Read more here

Careers @ Trinity

February 12, 2021

In a meeting last week, I was asked about the way our Careers Programme at Trinity operated. The first thing that came to mind was the word ‘bespoke’ and I explained that the most effective way of supporting our students in helping them with decisions about their futures is to respond directly to them, addressing their concerns when they need support.

There are two components to Trinity’s Careers Programme – the ‘process’ function that is addressed in group sessions, and the many conversations that take place with parents and students to explore options and reflect on suitability for different post school pathways.

This bespoke approach means that students’ questions are answered when they arise, and they are encouraged to develop the skills and understanding they need as individuals, to research, make decisions and start applications independently.

Last year I referenced a comment made by Professor Ian Hickie (Co-Director of Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre) when he said that the two things that best help young people make adjustments when challenged are having personal autonomy and social connection. This is the premise that underpins Trinity’s Careers Programme.

Your sons have found my new office this year, now located in the Library, and have started their conversations with me. Please encourage your sons to make some time to see me, just as you, too, are welcome to contact me at any time.

School Based Traineeship Programme

This week I have met with our School Based Trainees who were hard at work during the school holiday period.

At the end of each work block, we meet to review their progress and reflect on their experiences.

The work ethic these boys demonstrate by working during their school holiday period is recognised and valued.

Ms Susan Draysey with Stephen Foundas (11Hi), Jacob Nasser (11Sc) and William Rule (11Ar)

Courses and contacts

Please refer to Courses and Contacts for details of courses and contacts that may be of interest to you and your sons.

Susan Draysey | Careers and Student Pathways Advisor

Library News | Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

In week 4 we will be celebrating Library Lovers week! Be sure to visit us next week and share with us what you love about our library. Write a brief book report about your favourite book for your chance to win a prize!

Library Time

This week the boys have taken advantage of the library’s additional opening hours at the Prep Library. They have been playing games, reading books, completing puzzles, playing chess and helping Library staff.

Book Review by Nathan Della Torre 6M

The Warriors – The Prophecies Begin by Erin Hunter (Books 1-6) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

“I think that these are great books by Erin Hunter because it has a large amount of adventure and a lot of suspense. In the first series, it is about a young cat named Rusty joining the clans and seeing what opportunities it might have for him. I think that this series would be good for ages 8-12. When I first got it I put it down and refused to read it but then a couple of months later I picked it up, read it and wanted the whole series. I think that it helps your English as it has a large amount of descriptive language and would help people in real life because it teaches you what you should do in certain situations.”

Who is Erin Hunter?

Erin Hunter is not one person, but a team of story writers, authors and editors who work together to create the series you love. The Warriors series was created by Vicky Holmes, an editor based in London. She created the world of Warriors in response to a request from publisher HarperCollins, who wanted a series about feral cats. The other Authors under the name of Erin Hunter are Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, Clarissa Hutton, Gillian Phillip and Inbali Iserles.

Prep | Pre-Kindergarten News

February 12, 2021

It has been a pleasure to welcome our Pre-Kindergarten learners to Trinity. They have had a busy and productive start to the year and have enjoyed engaging in a variety of learning experiences both in the classroom and outside.  In these early weeks of the year the boys are beginning to make connections with play spaces and build relationships with their peers.

The Importance of Self Management Skills and their Relationship to Executive Functioning

In our early weeks in Pre-Kindergarten we focus very carefully on the development of self-management skills. These skills include, understanding and independently managing the expectations of routine times of the day, such as packing and unpacking school bags, looking after belongings and confidently organising themselves at morning tea and lunch. 

Our focus on self management skills stretch beyond the development of independence. When we have the expectation that they are competent, we are giving young learners a strong message of our trust in their capacity to be responsible and capable. 

Importantly, self management skills are critical to the development of executive functioning. Executive functioning are the mental processes that enable us to plan and focus attention, they are crucial for learning and development, as they enable us to make decisions and support positive learning behaviours. The foundation of lifelong executive function skills lies in the development of functional skills that we use in our daily routines. 

You can set your son up to succeed by supporting him to independently manage and organise his own belongings. This involves your son practicing and taking responsibility for everyday tasks that relate to his day at school. For example:

  • Zipping and unzipping school bags and lunch box bags
  • Involving your son in the packing of his lunch. This includes taking lids on and off, packing his morning tea and lunch into his bag and being involved in decisions about what will go into morning tea and lunch containers
  • Create a visual schedule or “to do” list that can go on the fridge or in your son’s bedroom, which will be a prompt for the tasks involved in independently getting ready for school
  • Establish clear and predictable routines which will consolidate self management skills and memory for what needs to be done. 

Your son’s growing independence will bring joy to his day by increasing his fulfilling engagement with the Pre-Kindergarten programme and the rich possibilities afforded by a Trinity education. 


The youngest members of the Preparatory School have been developing their listening and responding to music skills during their Music lessons with Mrs Campbell.  They have been participating in simple speech and moving activities and have discovered how to make sounds on a variety of untuned percussion instruments.  They have also been developing the Music Elements of Beat and Rhythm by walking to the beat and following teacher directed dance moves.


Please ensure that all your son’s belongings are clearly labelled. This includes hats, lunchboxes, shoes, uniform and bag. 

It is important to have a keyring or tag on the outside of your son’s school bag, with his name on it, so that it is immediately identifiable for him. 

Please return the family cultural background information sheet and an A4 photo frame at your earliest convenience.

Prep | Kindergarten News

February 12, 2021

Welcome to Term One of Kindergarten!

We have had a wonderful start to the year and are looking forward to an exciting term of learning and growth ahead.

Pastoral Care/ Unit of Inquiry

The first term of Kindergarten is one of transition. The boys are engaging in new routines and learning to interact with one another in various environments and contexts. As the boys navigate through this period, there are, inevitably, times where issues need to be resolved. The development of social skills is essential for the boys to thrive in a variety of environments, develop resilience, and adapt to new and unexpected situations. Our current focus for the boys is to apply a range of social skills to promote positive interactions with other people.

Since beginning Kindergarten, we have been inquiring into the Transdisciplinary theme ‘Who We Are’. ‘Who We Are’ is a yearlong inquiry and will encompass our GROWTH programme at Trinity. One of the key concepts that will drive our inquiry is responsibility.

To link to the boy’s real-world experiences, we asked:

What are our responsibilities at school? How can we be independent?

You can continue this conversation at home by allowing your son to show responsibility by asking the same questions for your home environment:

What are our responsibilities at home? How can we be independent at home?

Some examples could include:

  • Putting on his own seatbelt in the car to ensure his own safety
  • Packing his bag: green hat, record book, crunch and sip, lunch box and drink bottle each day
  • Carrying his own bag to and from school
  • Getting himself dressed each day
  • Making his bed
  • Tidying up his play space at home 
  • Placing his dirty dishes in the dishwasher or on the bench

We would love to see your ideas. Please share any successes with us as your son begins to grow in his independence.

Supporting your son’s learning at home

Regular Reading

In Term 1, we are encouraging boys to select picture books of their choice from the school or local library to read daily. We encourage boys to discuss each book with a family member and record their favourite story. By discussing books, boys are building their skills in prediction, story structure and comprehension, which are vital skills when reading independently. 

At this stage of the year, it is crucial that the boys are given many opportunities to engage in and enjoy lots of shared reading. Please use this term to read extensively to your son, visit local libraries and bookshops, and discuss the books you share. Exposure to a wide variety of literature and follow up discussions have been shown to have a positive effect on children building sound early Literacy skills. 

The Power of Play

Research suggests that play and play-based experiences are vital for young children’s development. Play promotes problem solving, language acquisition skills, collaboration and creativity. Furthermore, play supports social-emotional and self-regulation skills that help to build executive function and a prosocial brain. Play should be spontaneous and involve experimenting. We encourage all boys to engage in a variety of play-based experiences at home including active physical play, imaginative play, playdates with others and play with traditional toys. 

At home you might like to play board games (and not let your son win). Encourage imaginative play including dressing up and repurposing of common household items. Can your son use a wooden spoon as a microphone? What else could it be? Imaginative play develops higher order creative thinking skills.


Kindy have had a fabulous start in Classroom Music. They have been appreciating the opportunity for quiet reflection music to help focus and prepare them for learning at the start of the lessons. They have also been developing written music notation on the board from known songs to demonstrate their understanding of rhythm.  Being creative with their movements to music enables them to demonstrate the music elements of dynamics (louds and softs) and beat. 


The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages. A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community. By gaining insights into other cultures, they will learn to connect with one another through mutual understanding and respect. The boys enthusiastically explore and inquire about Chinese greeting words and New Year traditions through interactive videos, songs, role play and circle games.

Christian Studies

Welcome to the exciting new year in Christian Studies. After discussing our class goals, we are embarking on an adventure to discover what miracles are, how they work and why they are so important to Jesus. We will be exploring some weird and interesting miracles through drama and role-playing. The boys will be encouraged to come home and use their own toys such as Lego to recreate the stories and hopefully learn how amazing Jesus is. Another exciting addition will be the boys receiving their own Read with Me Bible – a children’s Bible we use in class and Chapel over the Infants years.

Prep | Year 1 News

February 12, 2021

Welcome to Year One. We’ve had a great start to the year, which has been filled with new and exciting experiences. The boys have been developing an understanding of their new classroom environments and developing new friendships. We’re looking forward to building collaborative partnerships with you and your son as the year develops.

We have commenced the year by inquiring into the Transdisciplinary theme, ‘Who We Are’. We have been busy inquiring into our ever-evolving personalities, who we are as individuals, who we want to become and what the Learner Profile attributes look like, sounds like and feel like. The boys will continue to revisit this overarching inquiry throughout the course of the year. 

Central Idea: 

  • Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities 

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Growing as a learner/person by making positive choices
  • Our choices have consequences on our health and wellbeing
  • Taking responsibility for the rights of myself and others 


  • Connection, Responsibility, Causation 

In week 4 the boys will embark on a new inquiry into understanding cultural diversity and what it means to be a globally minded citizen. We will begin our unit by exploring various cultural artefacts from musical instruments such as rainbow sticks, didgeridoos and clapping sticks to bi-lingual story books, cultural games, traditional Chinese celebrations and the smells of popular spices from around the world such as cardamom pods, cinnamon and ginger. We would like to invite you and your family to assist the boys in their inquiry. If you have any cultural items or artefacts that you would be happy to send to school with your child, please begin to send these in from week 3 onwards. We are wanting to explore the various cultures that our boys are a part of. This could be traditional cultural clothing, images of cultural foods, items or images from religious events or festivals or even items that you treasure when you have visited other cultures. 

Central Idea: 

  • Understanding cultural diversity creates global citizens

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • Cultures I am a part of 
  • Appreciating differences enriches our lives 
  • How to be a global citizen 


  • Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection


During our Maths engagements, students have been exploring time through sequencing months and seasons through using calendars to identify days and months of the year, including significant cultural and personal events. We explored how many boys have their birthdays in each month and season. The next focus areas in Maths will be data. We will be exploring the use of tally marks and how to create simple bar and column graphs. 


In Year 1, we have been looking at How We Express Ourselves through Music. We have begun to examine how song and dance can be used to express culture and beliefs. The boys have enjoyed singing songs from Italy and have been keen to create movements to accompany the songs. Through this immersion in another culture, the boys have begun to develop an awareness and respect for others.

The Italian songs have been specifically chosen to help the boys learn to sing simple solfa notes with hand signs. The boys have also started to write these notes on stave lines with developing confidence and aural awareness. (Nicole Smeulders)


The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages.  A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community. By connecting with one another through mutual understanding and respect, the boys reflect on their own purpose of learning Mandarin.  They will be learning about food and drinks vocabulary with meaningful inquiry into multi-cultural celebrations in the coming weeks.

Christian Studies

Who am I? What a great game and one filled with easy and hard questions. After starting the year with our class goals and agreements, we are exploring the wondrous question, “Who am I?”. We will be investigating how Jesus answered that question to a variety of people, some of whom friends and others were just curious. We will be exploring them through drama and role playing as well as creating some stories from Lego. We will continue to use our Read with Me Bibles in class, and your son may find it helpful to read the stories in his own time.

Prep | Year 2 News

February 12, 2021

Unit of Inquiry

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are

Central Idea: Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities

Concepts: Responsibility, Perspective and Causation

As part of our inquiry of inquiry into Who We Are, the boys have been exploring how their actions, feelings and thoughts impact upon growth, and their different responsibilities in different relationships.  The boys have begun the year by co-constructing their class Essential Agreements. By having ownership over the way their classroom will be run, our boys are able to feel empowered within their learning community. 

The boys have engaged in a number of learning experiences to build their wellbeing and resilience in Year 2. They have used their Learner Profile attributes as thinkers and communicators to consider big and small problems they may encounter and possible strategies for resolving problems.  

The Zones of Regulation has been an effective resource for supporting self-regulation, as students begin to identify strategies that can help them return to the ‘Green Zone’.

The boys have developed Learner Profile Goals and have been reflective in providing evidence of how they have met their goal. Goal setting and reflection will remain a focus for the year.


Reading groups have been an opportunity for the boys to work independently to build on their Literacy skills. The boys have engaged in independent writing, reading with the teacher, spelling games, and speaking and listening experiences. Literacy groups are differentiated according to each boy’s need and ability, and a wonderful way for the boys to stretch their skills in a small group environment. 

The Year Two boys have begun their year of writing by using various grammatical sentence structures to describe themselves and others. A sound knowledge of different sentence types and structures will strengthen the boys independent writing throughout the year. In our upcoming unit: How We Organise Ourselves, our learners will be analysing non-fiction texts and identifying their features. They will consider how the features of non-fiction texts can be used to find facts. In our next Unit of Inquiry, the boys will be planning and writing informative texts, focusing on information reports.


Since the beginning of term, Year 2 has been exploring the concept of Whole Number. Throughout the unit, the boys have developed their understanding of place value, comparing and ordering numbers and counting patterns. These foundational understandings of mathematics will give our learners a strong basis on which to build their mathematical knowledge and processes throughout the year. 

Our boys used their Learner Profile attribute as Inquirers to consider how many different ways they could make the number 8. We had many different solutions: 5+3; 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1; 12 – 4; 8 ones. Can you add to our list?

In Year 2, the boys engage in problem-based maths learning. Learning begins with a problem to be solved, and the problem is posed in such a way that students need to gain new knowledge before they can solve the problem.  You can help support your boys in their maths learning through engaging in set Mathletics tasks that are set each week to consolidate current understandings.

Home Learning 

We acknowledge the beliefs, expectations and experience of parents are a powerful determinant in a student’s achievement. The Year 2 teachers are eager to work in partnership with families to boost the boys’ understanding and skills across all key learning areas. Home readers are sent home each week to maximise opportunities for the boys to practise reading strategies that are being taught in class. Boys are to record their reading in their record books as evidence of their home learning. By setting aside time to read with your boy, you are showing him that you value him as a reader. 

Mathletics tasks are set each week to consolidate learning that is occurring in the classroom.

Mathletics helps the boys develop their number sense and the ability to develop flexible problem-solving skills. Home learning tasks seek to connect learning at school with student’s home life to engage everyone in the holistic education of the child. 


The students have returned with renewed enthusiasm for their Music lessons and have settled well back into the routine of bringing their stringed instruments for their group/ensemble lessons on a Wednesday.  They have also identified a learning Goal for music that will drive their GROWTH throughout the year.  During the Classroom Music lesson, they have been learning the importance of dance in our lives in helping them develop their fine and gross motor skills and creativity and expressive elements.


The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages. By gaining insights into other cultures, they learn to socially connect with one another through mutual understanding and respect. A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community.  In the next couple of weeks, the boys will be reviewing the Chinese numbers and making meaningful connections about their school routine using the concept of time.

Christian Studies

Welcome to another exciting year in Christian Studies. How to make friends and influence people. When we ask this question about Jesus, the answer is interesting. This term, the boys will be exploring what happened when a variety of people from different cultures met Jesus. The boys will be investigating how different people responded to Jesus, why they accepted him as a friend and how he influenced and impacted the different cultures of his time. We will be doing this through drama, roleplaying as we lead up to Easter where we see how all these people influenced Jesus life.

Prep | Year 3 News

February 12, 2021

What an excellent start to Year 3! The boys have started the year off by inquiring into who we are as learners. As part of this, we have considered what our responsibilities are at school, how we can manage ourselves as learners, and how to put what we value into action in the classroom. All of this has culminated in us creating our Essential Agreements in class and forming respectful relationships with our peers and teachers. This will continue to be a reflective process throughout the year as we grow and learn.


This week marks the beginning of our new Unit of Inquiry (UOI): Sharing the Planet. We will be inquiring into:

Central Idea: Human behaviour can influence the survival of species

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Living things (form)
  • Interdependence of ecosystems (connection) 
  • Human impact on living things (change)

The words in brackets indicate the broader concept we will be considering during our learning. Consider it as a type of ‘lens’ through which we will explore these issues.


Were your holidays the best or worst? Should you have to play a musical instrument? What is the best pet? Which Learner Profile attribute is the most important to have? These are all examples of claims our students have been and will be considering as we explore persuasive texts.

The boys are learning about the key features, the structure, and the language used when creating persuasive texts. Our latest inquiries have centred around using high modality language (e.g. using words like ‘must’, ‘definitely’, ‘always’, ‘never’ etc) to convince the reader that our opinion is the right one.

As a home experiment to support your son, model some ‘persuasive’ language by convincing him to eat his vegetables!


Our enthusiastic Year 3 mathematicians have been learning about Whole Number during the first few weeks of the term. They have been working mathematically to solve “problematised situations”. These open-ended problems (as well as the strategy and skills lessons that accompany them) allow them to apply their understanding of place value, greater than and less than, partitioning, largest and smallest numbers and rounding. Over the next few weeks, the boys will be learning about mental and written addition and subtraction strategies.

 Some questions you could ask your son may include: 

What strategy could you use to add/subtract — and —?  What is the best strategy to add — and —? Why? Could you do it another way?

Maths is always best learnt when it is relevant and meaningful. Try finding maths problems to do with your son that affect daily life for him and your family.


In Music this term, we have been collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet. The boys have enjoyed discussing how our behaviour can influence the survival of frogs and other animals in our natural environment. The Year 3 boys have suggested ways in which they can care for their own environment at school and at home. They have enjoyed exploring how frogs move and have sung songs and created compositions using percussion instruments to reflect the lives of frogs. 

Throughout all these activities, the boys have used their listening and thinking skills to interpret and exchange information. They have explored ways to manipulate tuned and untuned percussion instruments creatively and with technical proficiency. The boys have also begun to record their ideas by writing solfa notation and rhythms on the stave. (Nicole Smeulders).


Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet–Living Things & Non-living Things, with the focus on Asian animals. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 4 News

February 12, 2021


In Mathematics students have been inquiring into whole numbers and how they are an integral part of everyday life. Students revised the relationship between representing numbers and their place value. In the next three weeks of term we will experiment using mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction involving two-, three-, four- and five-digit numbers. Ask your child to demonstrate strategies such as the split, jump, compensation or bridging strategy.  Through employing flexible thinking and creative problem solving students are encouraged to develop their mathematical reasoning as they explain and check solutions to problems, including by using the inverse operation. 


Sizzling starts, tightening the tension, show don’t tell, dynamic dialogue is some of the engaging conversations taking place in Year 4. We have been busy co-creating success criteria, so we become experts in how to structure a narrative to engage the reader. Through our writing, we will explore concepts on change, connection & perspective and make connections to our How We Express Ourselves Transdisciplinary Theme. We will also explore how people connect to their culture through poetry. After reading “I’m Australian” by Mem Fox, we will create poems that relate to our family, culture and beliefs.


Year Four commenced the year with an Inquiry into Who We Are. We shared perspectives and discussed how we can get to know each other as people and as learners?  We established what kind of learning community we want to be and how we can ensure learning thrives in our classrooms. Over the course of the year students will inquire into the complexities of friendships, their growing responsibilities as learners and contributing to healthy, safe and active communities. 

This week Year Four have begun their new inquiry into How We Express Ourselves. Within the unit, boys will be examining how society perceives culture, expresses their understanding of different cultures, and how our cultural experiences and understanding have changed over time.  To begin our inquiry, we had the boys navigate their way to various corners of the room as they identified with a particular culture. Boys felt conflicted to move from their dominant culture as they began to connect with multiple cultures. The provocation led to some excellent discussions around how people formulate their cultural understanding.


In Music this year the compulsory Band Program and Strings Sight-reading classes introduces boys to a range of Band Instruments that will inspire them to strive to learn the skills associated with their chosen instrument under the tutelage of Cross-Campus Instrumental Music Staff. Later in the term this dedication will enable them to participate in the combined Band sessions where they will develop ensemble skills. In Classroom Music the students will continue their inquiry through an Indigenous lens the Transdisciplinary relationship between Music and Visual Art.


Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: How We Express Ourselves, with the focus on cultural elements and multiculturalism in Australian society. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 5 News

February 12, 2021


During the Who We Are unit, the boys explored their rights and responsibilities, as well as rights and responsibilities of children around the world. This has led us to the idea that all governments must meet the Convention of the Rights of a Child. The boys will then consider this perspective and write a persuasive letter explaining their perspective on the matter. You may like to have discussions with your son about the Rights of Children and how they are met in different countries around the world. 

We will also be inquiring into stewardship and how this can help regenerate and sustain the environment. Is there a local area near you which has been damaged by humans? Is your community starting some initiatives to help regenerate aspects of your local environment? What are you doing at home to help the environment at the moment? As you ponder these questions, you might like to discuss with your child the action that you are taking at home, and possible action they might be able to take. This unit will have boys appreciate the power of stewardship and agency. 

As a take home thought, ‘Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.’ How can you persuade someone to agree with your perspective on this statement?


For the first two weeks of this year, the boys have been inquiring into the whole number. Specifically, investigating creating and expanding numbers, as well as finding common factors and multiples. Part of this time has also been spent finding different ways we can use our new spaces, grouping according to next steps and some collaborative work. We are finishing this unit in the next week and moving onto investigating angles and some strands within measurement.


This term, the boys in Year 5 have been listening to Music from different Indigenous Cultures. We have discovered that the way in which indigenous people express themselves, provides an insight into their history, culture and way of life. In particular, we have looked at the cultures of North America and the Torres Strait Islands. We will also be looking in depth at music from Indonesia. 

Throughout our listening and discussion activities, the boys have not only developed their knowledge, but have also gained insight into how we show empathy and understanding for others. By performing music from other cultures on untuned percussion instruments and xylophones we have learnt about the structure of melodies and rhythm.  We have notated our ideas on to the treble stave using time names and solfa. (Nicole Smeulders)


Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet–with the focus on Chinese agriculture and China’s move from traditional to sustainable farming. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 6 News

February 12, 2021

English – By Sonnie Liang, 6G

In English, we have learnt about many things, these include articles about Trump being banned on Twitter and other news about freedom of speech and the media. We started off with the first few articles, two were persuasive and one was a discussion. The topic was about whether it was the right thing to permanently suspend President Donald Trump on Twitter. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter wrote a statement that we read. We have also done Rapid Writing for 10 minutes a day about this topic to help us formulate our opinions. We were asked if it was right that Donald Trump got banned from Twitter, what we think of social media and what our responsibility is when using social media. We have been planning a persuasive text on why banning Trump was right or wrong and justifying our opinions with examples.

Mathematics – By Kamile Abwi, 6G.

Throughout the first three weeks we have been learning about Whole Number. We have been learning how to make a larger positive number and a smaller negative number by using subtraction and addition. Students in Year 6 have also been learning about square numbers and using them in our inquiries. 

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are – By Maurice Marroun, 6G

In our first Unit of Inquiry we have been exploring our leadership skills, learning habits and discussing our rights and responsibilities. We also have learned how to lead the younger boys and set a good example for them. We reflected on what qualities we have that make us a good leader. Year 6 have created Essential Agreements focussing on how we can be respectful to our teachers and peers as well as our new learning environment. 

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves – By Tomas Keomanivong, 6G

Have you ever been given the opportunity to make a useless thing usable again? Boys in Year 6 have been given this amazing task to do. They have been turning rubber bands into earrings, erasers into collectables, baskets into hot air balloons! The point of this task is to find out how to design a product and advertise it successfully. In addition to the advertisement task we have been reading a novel called The Landry News. It is about a young girl who creates a school newspaper to change her school for the better.

What’s coming up?

Over the next few weeks in English:

  • we will continue to explore Persuasive Writing structure and techniques for persuasion. 
  • we will delve deeper into our class novel “The Landry News” and complete a number of comprehension activities related to the text. 
  • we will begin our spelling and literacy groups to further our understanding of the English Language. 

In Mathematics we will:

  • continue our Whole Number investigations through workshops
  • begin an inquiry into budgeting, decimals and addition and subtraction 
  • use multiple strategies for addition and subtraction

In our current Unit of Inquiry, we will:

  • explore the role of truth in the media
  • analyse the effectiveness of advertising campaigns
  • experiment with different techniques used in advertising


In Classroom Music the students have reflected upon how they learn best in Music and have identified a learning goal that will drive their GROWTH throughout the year.  The first UOI inquiries into the use of media in delivering a message and how music influences our thinking and how the message is received or understood. They have also begun to investigate the origins of news themes and in small groups identified the characteristics of a Jingle and analysed popular Jingles using musical concepts in preparation for creating and performing their own.


Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: How We Express Ourselves–with the focus on Chinese language media in Australia. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.


February 12, 2021

STEAM Experts… Bring in your Business Card!

Parents and Carers,

Over the last two years I have had the pleasure to teach STEAM to all of your fabulously creative and driven boys. During these lessons, I hear some fabulous stories about the careers and hobbies many of you have in areas of STEAM. I believe we have builders, engineers, architects, designers, software developers, pilots, animators, coders, scientists and many more STEAM roles making up a large portion of our Junior School Community.

I am looking for some of these talented experts in our community to bring in their business cards, or send me an email, as I am keen to utilise the knowledge you have in your particular field to support the STEAM learning in the Junior School.

Thank you,

Mrs Karen Voysey | JS STEAM Specialist


Library News | Junior School

February 12, 2021

Year 5 has started reading ‘The Little Wave’ by Pip Harry during Library time. It is a great book for stepping inside the lives of the Year 5 characters and considering the perspectives that others might have. The book links to the IB learner profile of being Principled; “taking responsibility for our actions and their consequences”.  To introduce the lesson, students participated in a Thinking Routine called Think-Puzzle-Explore; where they looked at a photograph of a small country town near Dubbo, and another photograph of Manly Beach. The boys were then led through the process of identify what they could see and exploring further ideas about the images. When the book was being read, the boys were asked to draw or made dot points of images or concepts that struck them about each of the characters in the story. ‘The Little Wave’ is broken up into chapters that focus on each of the three characters; making this process easier to manage. It has been great to see what the boys have come up with.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian

Awards for the Week | Junior School

February 12, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…


Ryan Bao

Andrew Zhang

Yoojune Lee


Mimo Kim

Kyle Ye


Andrew Cook

Peter Psaltis


Ryder Elsibai

Sam Ingram

Daniel Zhang


Tomas Aschman

Jonah Chan

Patrick Cornell


Ralph Chammas

Terence Ho

Lachlan Tucker


Dominic Lowe

Allan Shaba

Jack Zhou


Louis Barca

Arles Hanning

Vito Zhou


Tim Buultjens

Ryan La

Justin Tsia

Michael Whiting


Ethan Choy

Nathan Jones

Jack Lai


Kai Famlonga

Luke Farrow

Owen Kingham


Adam El-Abd

Hugo Tsai

Harry Volikas


Angus Barnes-Ferguson

Izaiah Constanti

Luca Gerbino

Ezekiel Turner

Cultivating positive approaches to assessment

February 12, 2021

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the Senior School Assembly to speak with students about a topic that should occupy a great deal of their time and thinking, and certainly occupies a great deal of mine: assessment. While assessment takes on increasing significance as students journey through to their final years of secondary education, the attitudes and habits at the heart of successful student engagement with assessment are begun and nurtured in the earliest years.

There is a powerful nexus between learning and assessment. When students are supported to develop an attitude that sees assessment as opportunity and foster a disposition to embrace the challenges of assessment, then learning is deepened. In this view, assessment is an integral part of the learning cycle itself, not just a final task at the end of a unit of work. Assessment provides opportunity to:

  • celebrate the new things a boy knows, understands and can do
  • receive feedback about what to focus on next
  • set new goals

The School sets out this student-centred approach to assessment in its Assessment Policy. This document is regularly reviewed and refined. The 2021 Assessment Policy has been updated in layout to provide simpler navigation for parents and students. The policy includes an overview of the purposes of assessment at Trinity and its learner-centred approach, as well as sections for Primary Schools, Middle School and Senior School. It is available on the TGS Community website on this page for the Preparatory School or this page for the Junior School.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean


Swimming | NSW Speedo Sprint Series

February 12, 2021

Saturday, 6 February 2021 at SOPAC

front row (left to right): CJ Nguyen, Dylan Bell middle Row (left to right): Toby Ji, Harry Howells, Sterling Tuxford back row (left to right): Leopold Vo, Benny Chen

The 2021 NSW Speedo Sprint Series served as the first meet of the year for our Trinity swimmers to race on the competitive stage. It was an opportunity to race for a top four place which would qualify them for the Speedo Sprint State Finals, which are to be held on 6 March.

Leopold Vo (8WH) on his way to winning the 13 Years 50m Breaststroke

The meet was held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre where Trinity were represented by nine swimmers, who all competed with great spirit whilst supporting their fellow Trinitarians. Of the nine Trinity Grammar students who competed at the Speedo Sprint Heats, six have qualified for the finals and were rewarded with a total of 13 medals (6 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze).

Sterling Tuxford (7WH) and Toby Ji (8Ta) finishing first and second in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly

Gold Medallists

Sterling Tuxford (7WH)

12 Years 50m Freestyle 28.57

12 Years 50m Backstroke 33.53

12 Years 50m Butterfly 30.47

Toby Ji (8Ta)

12 Years 50m Breaststroke 37.99

Leopold Vo (8WH)

13 Years 50m Breaststroke 35.63

13 Years 50m Backstroke 31.53

Silver Medallists

Toby Ji (8Ta)

12 Years 50m Butterfly 31.77

CJ Nguyen (7Yo)

11 Years 50m Backstroke 36.04

Austin Wu (7We)

12 Years 50m Breaststroke 39.48

12 Years 50m Backstroke 35.42

Leopold Vo (8WH)

13 Years 50m Freestyle 27.09

Bronze Medallists

Toby Ji (8Ta)

12 Years 50m Freestyle 29.44

Benny Chen (8Du)

13 Years 50m Freestyle 27.81

While all Trinity Grammar students swam superbly, there was one particular swim that requires special recognition. Congratulations to Sterling Tuxford (7WH) who has broken the Trinity Grammar School Record in the 50m Butterfly in his time of 30.47, knocking almost half a second off the previous record from 2015.

Sterling Tuxford (7WH) after breaking the Trinity Grammar School Record in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly

We wish all our Trinity Grammar School qualifiers the best of luck at the Speedo Sprint Series Finals on 6 March at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Yours in Swimming,

Calum Timms | Coach of Swimming

2020-21 LC Speedo Sprint Heats Results (6/02/2021)

Samedh Chirravuri50 Free 45th50 Breast 40th  
11 Years41.4157.45  
Harry Howells50 Free 22nd50 Breast 17th50 Back 26th 
11 Years34.7347.8445.97 
Christopher Nguyen50 Free 7th50 Breast 7th50 Back 2nd50 Back DQ
11 Years31.8644.1836.04 
Dylan Bell50 Free 13th50 Breast 26th50 Back 23rd50 Fly 17th
12 Years32.8051.3542.6439.91
Toby Ji50 Free 3rd50 Breast 1st50 Back DQ50 Fly 2nd
12 Years29.4437.99 31.77
Sterling Tuxford50 Free 1st50 Back 1st50 Fly 1st 
12 Years28.5733.5330.47 
Austin Wu50 Free 6th50 Breast 2nd50 Back 2nd50 Fly 5th
12 Years29.9539.4835.4233.23
Benny Chen50 Free 3rd50 Breast 20th50 Back 5th50 Fly 4th
13 Years27.8141.0234.1531.32
Leopold Vo50 Free 2nd50 Breast 1st50 Back 1st
13 Years27.0935.6331.53 

Volleyball vs Saint Aloysius’

February 12, 2021

Trinity defeated Saint Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-15, 25-5, 25-16)

The first game back after a long holiday saw the nine-man team get back to their usual form, with some great moments from Steven Yarad (11Mu) – who looks as if he has never left – displaying his quality in hitting over blocks with sharp downward angles. An arm-sleeved, head-banded David Gabriel (12Hi), also displayed his competence stringing together multiple aces consistently all game. Joel Matthei (12La), also hit extremely well, finding the floor through impossible angles.

The second set saw Trinity truly stamp their dominance, with many serving streaks from an energetic superstar in Martin Wong (11Ta). Will Blanchfield (12Ho) also kept the boys alive with a consistent cover of the block and 3-point passes to our setters. The set also saw Alex Saba (11WJ) make his 2021 debut in some strong hitting down the line and off the block.

The Third set also saw Trinity cement their winning streak with Edward Feng (12Yo) and Oscar Van-Hal (12Mu) finding the most perfect connection, leaving the opposition blockers bamboozled and in awe of what had just happened. James Kern (12WJ) also starred, with his energetic hydration strategies inspired from his newly-found subject of PDHPE. 

Overall, the boys played their strong system-based volleyball, which showed again the prowess of Mr Simos, whom we are all hoping and praying can make a very speedy return to the program. 

Benjamin Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain

Trinity 2nd VI defeated St Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-4, 25-10, 25-6)

Last Saturday was the commencement of the summer season for Trinity Volleyball, and the 2nd VI were eager to get on the court to play a proper match again after a long holiday mostly spent indoors. Yet, despite our break from volleyball, the Trinity 2nd VI showed no signs of rustiness in their skills.

The first set began with Trinity creating a large point gap, due to Josh Munter’s (10Hi) unyielding and relentless serves, increasing the team morale. From there, Trinity was able to further increase the gap thanks to impenetrable blocking from Patrick Mansfield (11Ke). Furthermore, the team’s solid defence allowed us to keep the ball in play and win the first set.

The second set began in a sluggish manner, with communication and team morale down, allowing the St Aloysius’ side to score some points off their serves. However, after an incredibly hard and accurate spike from Michael Park (11Yo), the team was hyped up and started to take over St Aloysius’. Our offensive power was assisted by Eric Mihas (11La) who provided perfect sets leading to many powerful spikes. Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) also displayed his solid passing skills which led to Trinity taking the second set with a comfortable lead.

In the last set, the Trinity side played the best it had all game. The defence, led by Keshav Baldeo (11He), made it hard for St Aloysius’ to make any easy points. Blake Plavsic (12WH) was a dominant hitter on the net, nailing countless balls onto the other side of the court, and David Tsai (11Ho) hit a massive spike from the backcourt. Thus, through our combined efforts and seamless teamwork, Trinity won the third set and the game.

All in all, Trinity played really well despite not having played a game over the holidays. This is mainly due to our co-operation and ability to persevere after making mistakes, which will be a strong trait of this team throughout the remainder of this season.

Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain

Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ (25-12, 25-13, 25-15)

The thirds had an amazing start to the year with an excellent game, winning all sets with few mistakes. The best set was the first set, with the 3rds dominating with dependable spikes and serves from Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) and Jeremy Chia (11WH), who won a majority of the points. Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) also got good serves even though he was injured. Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) hustled and got to the ball which encouraged everyone to play more seriously and win faster.

The second and third sets were only a few points off the first set with everyone playing their hardest. Serving played a big role in winning the game in general. We had some good rallies with our team winning most of them because our libero Oscar Shen (10Yo) took charge and screamed to get the ball up.

I am really happy with the outcome of this weekend and if this our first game is any indication, then the rest of the season will be great fun and I look forward to seeing everyone improve more.

Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rd VI Captain

Water Polo Round 9

February 12, 2021


Trinity had a successful round last Saturday with the majority of games against Sydney Boys’ High School. It has been pleasing to see players focusing on training and looking to improve their performance each week. I encourage all players to continue to implement a growth mindset and seek to improve their skills and fitness over the remaining weeks. This attitude will hold Trinity in good stead as we encounter some tough opposition in the upcoming rounds. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

2ND VII | WON 16 – 0

A very comfortable win, 16-0, over a less than competitive Sydney Boys’ High School team. Trinity were off to a great start scoring a number of high quality goals from great counter attack and well-structured spare man, resulting in a 6-0 first quarter score line. In the second period Trinity were a little careless in attack, missing a number of opportunities, but were still able to defend well, producing a 9-0 half time score line. After the half time break, Trinity regathered and got back to playing well-structured counter attacking water polo to score another six goals. The final period saw Trinity’s intensity drop off significantly with only one goal scored, whilst we squandered many opportunities. It was pleasing to see that even in an easy encounter like this, Trinity’s defence followed the game plan, remaining very aggressive for the entire game. Whilst all players contributed to the win with good team work and solid defence, special mention must be made of  Euan Germanos (12He), who returned to his best, defending extremely well and scoring five counter-attack goals, and David Gabriel (12Hi), who continues to organise both attack and defence and helps maintain the team structure. Other goal scorers for Trinity included David Gabriel (12Hi), William Lenard (12St), Ethan Webb (12Ke) and Alan Weston (12Ta) with two goals each, and Andy Lee (12Fo), Thomas Ea (11La) and William Rule (11Ar) who all netted one goal.                            

Ray Swinnerton | Coach

3RD VII | WON 18-2

On Saturday, the Trinity 3rd VII Water Polo team played Sydney Boys’ High School. Excellent defence and pressure from the Trinity team along with skilful ball steals led to a healthy lead in the first half of the game. The Trinity team showed great teamwork with strong passing skills, enabling calculated attacking moves. All Trinity players demonstrated great sportsmanship, playing consistently and fairly throughout the entire match. Sebastian Papadopolous (12He) proved his knowledge of the game by repeatedly holding his position in both attack and defence. Special mention to Justin Karam (11We) who started the year off with a competitive and encouraging spirit, pushing his team members throughout the game.  

Amy Graetz | Coach 

16B | WON 10-0

This week the Trinity 16Bs played an extremely strong game of Water Polo and were clearly the dominant side against Sydney Boys’ High School. The boys proved their strength from the very moment the game started, scoring three goals in the first quarter – two being scored by Finn Ramanaukas (10Ke) and one goal by Thomas Power (10Mu). Finn continued to show his ability to score with another goal in the second quarter, while Xavier Afonso (9We) illustrated his one-on-one discipline, scoring two goals in the second quarter and one in the final quarter. Entering the third and fourth quarters of the game, fatigue clearly started to set in. However, a strong press defence led by Hudson Korda (10WJ) demonstrated to the team how to end the game with a clean sheet. Other notable goal scorers included Samuel Rofail (10Yo) with two goalsand Miles Angus (10WH) who scored one. The boys had a welcome 10-0 victory and are accredited for their hard work and discipline in this game. 

Oscar Jones | Coach

16C | LOSS 0 – 9

Last Saturday the 16Cs played the St Aloysius’ College 16Bs for the second time. The second quarter was very close, with St. Aloysius’ only scoring one goal, thanks to some great centre back play by William Brown (9Du). The boys demonstrated consistent teamwork by passing together and had several attempts at goals. Unfortunately, the boys were tired in the second half with fewer substitutes leading to an increase in goal scoring by St Aloysius’.

Nina Seeto and Nadia Nero | Co-Coaches

15A | WON 15 – 4

This was a comfortable win over the Sydney Boys’ High School team. Trinity started well, scoring 4-0 in the first quarter; the second period saw another four goals to Trinity, but some lax, confused defence allowed Sydney Boys’ to net two goals, giving a 8-2 half-time score line. During the third quarter Trinity continued to play well, scoring another two goals but again some sloppy defence allowed Sydney Boys’ to score one goal. The final period saw Trinity get back to playing attacking water polo, scoring 5-1, giving the final 15-4 score line. Best for Trinity were: Sebastian Green (9Ta) in his first game for the 15As, having an outstanding game, playing strongly at centre forward scoring five goals; Bailey Martin (9We), coming back from injury, played well at centre back and scored three goals; and Jonah de Groot (9Ar), who stole the ball on numerous occasions creating chances for others and scoring two goals. Matthew McLennan (9Yo) also deserves a mention as he played his best game this season, contributing to both attack and defence and was a steadying influence on the team. Other scorers were Luke Raptis (9Ta) with two goals and Callum Cox (9St), Joseph Britton (9He) and Matthew Newton (9WJ) with one goal each.

Ray Swinnerton | Coach

14A | WON 16 – 1

Saturday’s game against Sydney Boys’ High School was a strong victory and an easy game for the 14As. Many of the players concentrated on defence and managed to steal many balls from the opposition. While the result was strong, and the scoreline indicated a gap between teams, we still need to improve our long passes and protect the possession of the ball when our opposition are attacking. Outstanding players include Marcus Cupac (8He), Benjamin  Sulyok (8Sc), Rocco Fazzari (8La) and James Cicuta (8He). Well done, team! 

Florin Bonca | Coach

14B | WON 15 – 5

The 14Bs team had a very promising win this week against Sydney Boys’ High School going up 15-5 at the end of play. This was a significant turn around from last week’s narrow loss. The boys were down a couple of goals by the first half, but some excellent attacking play and goals by Gabriel Stavropoulos (8WH) and Enrico Ciarroni (8WJ) put the team back in front. A notable mention goes to Marcus Mastro (8Mu) who played some great defence to go along with his stunning seven goals. Overall, a very great effort from all players.

Tristan Glanznig | Coach

13B | LOSS 5 – 8

The 13Bs had their first game against Sydney Boys’ High School A team, going down 8-5. As it was many of the boys’ first Water Polo game, it definitely was a promising start. The boys were down 8-0 going into the 4th quarter, but finished 8-5. This demonstrates their in-game learning and gaining confidence as the game goes on. Notable mentions to Hugo France (7WH) for scoring four goals and Oliver Ware (7Yo) for keeping a clean sheet in goals for the last quarter. Overall, a great start to the season.

Tristan Glanznig | Coach

Basketball | CAS Round 6 vs St. Aloysius’

February 12, 2021
Theo Kidd goes up and around.
Tom Buvac powers down the court

“Trinity blow out Alo’s in strong first half display.”

1st V

Opening the second round on a Friday night at home in the traditional clash with St. Aloysius’, which also featured some support from Trinity’s student body, the Greens didn’t disappoint with a resounding 28-point victory (92-64). Theo Kidd (12WJ) dominated both ends early with some classic moves around the basket on his way to eight points in the first period and imposing defence in the paint. Deonte Williams’ (12Yo) ability to get to basket, and his athleticism in doing so, ensured Trinity were in control early with an 8-point lead (28-20) at the initial break. Trinity ramped up their defence to hold the visitors to just seven points in the second quarter, as Tom Buvac (12WJ) dominated the offensive end with good support from fast-improving James Arthur (11WH). Jayden Woods’ (11Ar) relentless pressure had the Greens in total control at halftime, leading by 26 points (53-27).

James Andrews (11La) gave plenty of spark to the offensive end, as he picked up season high 15 points. Jesse Edwards (9WH) found the mark with a jumper from deep, with Trinity extending their hold on the contest at the end of the third period (75-44) with a couple of big 3s from Cristian Farr (11Mu) and Hayden Johnson (12WH). Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) led the rebounding which was a great effort amongst the Alo’s tall timber and Daniel Jackson (12Ta) kept the defensive pressure at a high level to see Trinity dominate the contest at start 2021 on the right note.  

Leading Statistics

Deonte Williams – 21 pts. 5 rebs.

Tom Buvac – 17 pts. 4 rebs. 5 asts.

James Andrews – 14 pts. 5 rebs.

James Arthur – 9 pts 5 rebs.

Theo Kidd – 8 pts. 5 rebs. 4 blks.

2nd V

The Greens resumed the CAS season with a solid 13-point win at home on Friday night. A slow start from Trinity saw them fall behind early, before rallying behind James Kern’s (12WJ) scoring explosion, including a few three pointers. Great first half impact by Brody Fortescue (12Ta) saw the Greens go into half-time with a 13-point lead (28-15).

Coming out after the break, St. Aloysius’ made adjustments and it became a very back and forth contest, before Alo’s cut the lead to seven with a few minutes to play. Marc Tennant (11Ta) and Elias Sidiropoulos (11Yo) combined for 12 points in the second half to keep Trinity in control. A few great plays late by Matthew Nicholas (11Ke) off the bench on both sides of the ball helped ensure the lead stayed beyond that margin, as Trinity ran away with a 62-49 win against a very solid St. Aloysius’ group. 

Leading Scorers

James Kern – 30 pts. 4 stls.

Marc Tennant – 14 pts. 5 rebs.

Matthew Nicolas – 6 pts. 4 stls.

Elias Sidiropoulos – 6 pts. 6 rebs.

3rd V

Coach Daniels was proud of the way Trinity Thirds were able to respond to St. Alo’s intense defence and claw their way back from being well-behind at half time to be just four-points down with only a minute to go.  Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) led the scoring with a game high 10 points and Anson Zhou (11Ke) provided many steals keeping the Greens in the game.  James Petrakis (12Hi) was outstanding under the basket dominating rebounds and ball security. 

4th V

Trinity put in a very solid ‘team’ performance to start the second round of the season with a confidence boosting 8-point victory. Tony Georges (12We) scored a game high 9 points, with Liam Clayton (11Fo) and Joshua Perera (12La) leading the fast break which resulted in keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Matthew Chen (12He) was dominant around the basket getting second chance points and finding open teammates.

5th V

The Fifths started 2021 with a solid 26-point victory. Building on great teamwork and tenacious defence, the Greens jumped out to any early double-digit lead. Nicholas Kaleel (12Mu) and Tom Yarrow (12Ho) were strong off the boards as Trinity’s ‘big men’. Vangeli Tsintominas (12Sc) and Adam Pascale (12Ke) led well as Captains, setting clear team desire and game plans. Aaron Phan (12Ho) and Dylan Lay (12St) showcased their potential as a backcourt duo, whilst Lachlan Wolf (11St) was superb throughout. Sean Yasseen (12La) and Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) played with commitment and great positional awareness.

6th V

How sweet it is, for the Trinity Sixths, who were so close so often in Term 4, charged to an excellent victory over Alo’s to start the new year. A comfortable lead was established by half time, generated through tight defensive pressure. Our ‘Bigs’, Juno Ananda (12Ar), James Pau (12Ta) and Zac Lau (12Sc) were solid in the paint and strong off both boards. Patrick Williams (11La) was highly effective, saving many baskets with superbly timed defensive mid-air presence. Elias Chahine (12Ke) and Blake Hui (11Ta) led the team with tenacity, whilst James Kaye (11Ho) and Joseph Lin (11St) were dangerous and damaging in offence.

12th V

The 12ths had some solid results last term and were looking to continue the trend against St Aloysius’ in 2021. From tip-off Trinity took the early lead with Jeremy Gergis (11Du) controlling the flow of the game and scoring early baskets. Going into halftime Alo’s had started to fight back and diminished the Greens’ lead. Fortunately, Varun Iyer’s (11WJ) defensive prowess withheld the Alo’s onslaught. After the break, Trinity started lost focus and momentum changed towards the visitors’ way. A few quick points from John Harb (11We) kept the game close, but it wasn’t enough, with Trinity going down.

Year 10B

Trinity may have suffered a close, disappointing loss, but the boys deserve full credit for the way they played right up until the final buzzer. Adam Taleb (Mu) and Jason Wang (Ar) worked well in the post together, whilst Michael Assaf (St) and Pavle Ceprnja (St) put up a great defensive effort. Ryan Geddes (Mu) and Kelvin Kong (Ar) did well in running the offence, whilst Jonah Arraj (Hi) had his season-best performance, dominating under the ring and demonstrating his new offensive plays.

Year 10C

In what was a close first half, Alex Fisterman (WH) came off the bench and gave a scoring spark with a few quick layups. Beier Chen (Yo) also helped get the offence moving with a few good plays, to give Trinity a small lead at the half. After the break, Jamie Kim (Ke) stood out as he made plays for himself and others to help Trinity extend their lead, and eventually win the game by a healthy 18 points. 

Year 10D

In a sloppy first half where the 10Ds fouled early and often, Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (St) helped steady the ship with a few key baskets and assists. Liam Sandilant (Hi) helped protect the rim and rebound to limit the opponent’s scoring opportunities, as Trinity took a narrow 3-point lead into the break. In the second half, Ari Tashtan (Ke) and George Karabatsos (Ta) took over the scoring, propelling Trinity to a handy lead that eventuated into a solid 13-point win to resume the CAS season. 

Year 10E

Trinity was phenomenal on the defensive end, causing deflections and stops every possession in a dominating 19-point win. These defensive efforts were then converted into points on the offensive end, creating an insurmountable lead. Credit must go to Finley Ross (WH) who competed on every possession and Christian Falato (Sc) who was able to convert all our defensive pressure into easy points. The 10Es are looking like true contenders in the CAS and will be working to continue to make their claim.

Year 10F

The 10Fs unfortunately started the second half of the season off with a narrow 2-point defeat. The boys played their hearts out right to final whistle which is to be commended. Joseph Catania (Sc) and George Nicholas (WJ) played a big part in Trinity coming back from a 12-point deficit which saw the Greens almost snatch the ‘W’.

Year 10H

The 10Hs experienced a thrilling match on Saturday and despite their valiant efforts, went down by just one point. Peter Noah (Yo) should be commended for his free throw shooting. Jackson Dumesich (WJ), Peter Michalos (Fo) and Emmanuel Rizkalla (Sc) played with great energy and enthusiasm. Overall, this was an exciting game that reflected the improvements made by the 10Hs.

Year 8A

The 8As were phenomenal in their matchup against Alo’s, resulting in a resounding 12-point victory. In what was a comprehensive team performance, the Greens’ defence was ferocious, led by Aveer Shah (Ar) and Zack Rice (Ho), as their constant pressure limited Alo’s to only seven points in the opening half. A correlation of this defensive intensity was the vast amount of fast break opportunities on which the boys capitalised. While Myles Buvac (WJ) led the team offensively, scoring a game high 11 points, it was the willingness of Harrison Lyttle (Ar), Jonathan Wakim (Du) and Harry Pliatsikas (Ho)  to make the extra pass to teammates which was truly marvelous to observe and resulted in eight players appearing on the scoresheet.

Year 8B

It was a tale of two halves for the 8Bs to kickstart 2021. The first half for the Greens was remarkable, offensively. Austin Daher (Ke) was impressive as he crafted his way through the defence having multiple opportunities around the rim. Christian Galettis (Fo) had success rebounding and converting missed shots around the basket, which enabled Trinity to keep the scoreboard ticking. After the break, Trinity became too reliant on their mid-range shooting rather than penetrating the basket. Noah Ming (Yo) must be commended on his poise, along with playing above his size defensively to force crucial stops which assured Trinity would remain ahead. In the end Trinity did just enough to win by seven points.

Year 8C

In one of the best games of the round, the 8Cs were truly exceptional as they dominated Alo’s. The sheer effort, passion and hustle from every player was noticeable in their 25-point victory. The boys put on an absolute masterclass in how to be unselfish, as Liam Wu (Sc) and Michael Nasr (Mu) zipped the ball around the court and all boys featured in the scoring column. Although it was a game all boys involved should be commended on, Andrew Hodkinson (He) stood out from the crowd as he chased after everything and led the Cs in their offensive outburst in the second half.

Year 8D

The 8Ds kicked off from where they left last year cruising to a 46-point victory. In what was a very fast-paced game, Trinity took full advantage of their superior physicality through the play of Alan Chen (Fo) and Joshua Awad (Ho). Joshua Awad was remarkable as he showed of his touch around the basket to a game high 20 points. Despite, being able to score at will the 8Ds showed great determination defensively to prevent Alo’s from gaining any momentum. The catalyst of this surge was Callum Padman (Hi) who was a menace defensively with multiple steals and deflections.

Year 8E

The Es were put to the test in their first game back against a strong St Aloysius’ side. Through Trinity’s high-paced offence, combined with a strong defensive effort from Banjo Hannaford (Du), Trinity were able to gain an early lead. Going into the second half Alo’s kept the game tight until an impressive team run of playmaking and scoring lead by Ignatius Cesarano (St) and Jonathon Ly (Sc) secured the blowout victory.

Year 8F

Looking to start the year off right, the 8Fs were excited to maintain their impressive form the end 2020. Some efficient shooting from Jared Kong (La) got Trinity an early lead to start the game. Coming into the second half, the men in Green began to build upon their lead through some excellent transition offence, combined with strong defensive efforts from Finlay Hanning (Ar). In the end Trinity finished with an encouraging 40-point victory.

Year 8G

Trinity put in a decisive effort to open the new year, winning by 26 points. The boys were disciplined on defence, committing only one team foul the entire game. Outstanding performances came from Reuben Chong (Hi) who scored eight points and demonstrated great effort at both ends of the floor. Ben Keogh (Ta), whilst ambitious from the 3-point line, proved his strength at the rim scoring multiple baskets with ease. 

Year 8H

The 8Hs were dominant from the opening tip to run away with a clear victory. Andy Lin (WJ) led his team to victory with 12 points after displaying his strength on the defensive and offensive boards. Xavier Sader (Ta) was relentless on the defence end and sunk shots from the mid-range. Jason Taouk (WJ) did an excellent job controlling the pace of the game with his passing and driving abilities.

Year 8J

Trinity hosted Knox in a game that finished with a nail biting ending, with the Greens just losing by only one point. There were two outstanding performance from Casey Chan (WJ), who knocked down back-to-back jumpers from beyond the free throw line, keeping Trinity in the game and Sesen Hanna (Hi) who displayed his dribbling ability as he was able to find teammates under pressure.

Year 7C

A very promising start to the season for the 7Cs, despite the close two-point loss. None stop hustle came from Kody Murphy (Ta) putting his body on the line constantly for the team. Outstanding composure was evident in the later stages of the game by back-court guard duo of Xavier Potts (Mu) and Christian Marzullo (WJ). Another mention must go to Mikias Williams (Yo), showing his passing skills for everyone to see.

Year 7D

Trinity opened their season with a very solid team effort as they won the game by ten points. The entire team was locked in from the start, led by the inside presence of Samuel Michail (Hi) and Issac Sandroussi (We). The performance of Jenson Ye (Yo) must be pointed out with his decision making and decisiveness throughout the whole game but especially towards the end when the pressure was on. 

Year 7E

The 7Es started the game strong with it being neck and neck right up to the break. Unfortunately, Aloy’s pulled away in the second half with some quick scoring baskets. Special mention to Calvin Doyle (Ho) for his exciting driving skills and to Ruben Lim (WJ) for his electric speed on the defensive end where he saved many potential scoring possibilities.

Year 7F

The 7Fs came out strong and held their lead the entire game. Although the 7Fs have only been a team for a short period, their teamwork skills were almost to perfection on Saturday which should prove handy for the upcoming games in the next few weeks. Special mention to Mathew Nada for his versatility on the court, going from posting up in the paint, shooting free throws and even a long range two pointer towards then end of the match. The final score was 29-13 with Trinity coming out on top. 

Year 7G

Heading into their first game in High School, the uncertainty and nerves were quickly washed away, as Isaac Bassily (Yo) and Timothy Park (Du) dominated on the offensive boards to give the 7Gs an early lead. Trinity managed to maintain and build upon this lead with their defensive efforts and hustle led by Jonathan Gergis (WJ) and George Salvartsis (WH). Deep into the game, Tarek Dib (St) sunk multiple long-range shots including a buzzer beater shot to secure the first up win.

Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball

Results vs CAS Round 6 versus St. Aloysius’

1sts92-64 W8A40-28 W
2nds62-49 W8B28-21 W
3rds33-39 L8C41-16 W
4ths35-27 W8D58-12 W
5ths55-29 W8E49-24 W
6ths36-19 W8F58-5 W
7ths19-25 L8G48-22 W
8ths25-45 L8H48-5 W 
9ths17- 29 L8I16-23 L
10ths10-51 L8J 20-21 L
11thsRained Out7A20-42 L
12ths16-28 L7B17-19 L
10A30-58 L7C12-14 L
10B26-33 L7D22-13 W
10C46-28 W7E18-24 L
10D39-26 W7F29-13 W
10E31-12 W7G45-0 W
10F24-26 L7HInternal
10G16-26 L7IInternal
10H 10-11 L7J Internal
9A30-47 L
9B14-33 L
9C26-41 L
9D27-33 L
9E12-33 L
9F13-34 L
9G9-50 L
9H 14-24 L

Golf | Round 6, North Turramurra Golf Course

February 12, 2021

Independent Schools’ Golf Series 2020/21, Saturday 7 February 2021

A new year and a new course! It was great to debut at North Turramurra last Saturday. North Turramurra is a course of two nines – like tell me something I don’t already know! Ha! Seriously though, the front nine is, for want of a better description, an old section of course in a very regular ‘up and down’ format amongst big trees. Very nice, yet the course comes alive on the 10th with the back nine quite new and more challenging. Plenty of scrub, huge drop offs, creeks, etc. Much fun! Though the rain was less pleasant…

We were up against it from the get-go as our combatants, the Knox team, comprised golfers all off single figures and handicaps ranging from 1 to 4! Yikes! All Trinity members battled valiantly, yet the experience of the opposition showed and made the difference in the difficult conditions. Jack Barter (11St), Tyler Beverley-Smith (12Ta) and Alexander Jacob (10Fo) all capitulated relatively early in their matches, with Tyler and Alex both losing on the 13th, 7 and 5, and Jack tasted the bitter pill of defeat a hole later on the 14th, 5 and 4.

Despite this set back, Michael Hatzistergos (8Mu) refused to succumb to the pressure from the fine young golfer he was playing against, and reversed the situation with some solid and consistent golf. He was one up playing the 17th, his opponent knowing he had to try and win the hole to maintain a chance of victory. However, it was Michael who snavelled the hole for a fine and our only win on the day, 2 and 1!

The table stands such:

Knox 53

St Ignatius’ 50

Trinity 48

St Joseph’s 46

Barker 46

Newington 45

With some rounds to go we aren’t out of it, but certainly we can’t afford to come second in any more contests in the remaining rounds if we are keen to hoist the silverware come season’s end!

Bonnie Doon tomorrow – woo hoo!

Good golfing,

Michael Spratt | MIC

Music News | Senior School

February 12, 2021

Plato wrote… 

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and the arts are the keys to all learning”…

Contemporary science and research has borne out the truthfulness of this statement. Evidence of cross-modal brain function, as a consequence of learning a musical instrument from an early age, can be observed through the use of comparative brain imaging techniques, in conjunction with the presence of increased grey-matter in musicians over non-musicians. Stimulation of the intellect and executive function aside, music also provides emotional and social satisfaction, appearing as greater empathy in those that learn music.

The Music School at Trinity operates on three principles:

Music should be experienced and enjoyed by everyone

Access to a programme that reflects the importance of music in society is paramount

Opportunity to progress and succeed should be provided through a comprehensive and structured programme

In the senior school this is built on the extensive programmes offered in the Junior and Preparatory Schools, and for those joining us in Year 7 from other places, access and opportunity is guaranteed through the inclusive and progressively staged ensemble programme.

Instrumental Lessons

If you are interested in accessing our highly qualified and experienced Instrumental Teachers, please enquire by emailing (musicadmin@trinity.nsw.edu.au), and requesting enrolment information. Lessons operate on a rotating timetable throughout the school day and are monitored to ensure minimal impact on academic studies.

Co-Curricular Ensembles

The following ensembles are offered before and after school, and require a placement audition for standard:


7:00 to 8:15 – Big Band – Mr W Henry

7:30 to 8:15 – Flute Choir – Mrs K Grennan

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Cello Ensemble – Mrs L Palmer


7:00 to 8:15 – Symphonic Wind/Marching Band – Mr C Aschman

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Serenata Strings – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Academy Chamber Orchestra – Dr M McGregor


7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Choir – Dr M McGregor

7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Sinfonietta – Ms K Morgan

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Barber Shop – Dr MMcGregor

1:10 to 1:50 – Drum Group – Mr J Cook

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Strings – Mr J Zhang

3:40 to 5pm – Symphonic Wind/Marching Band – Mr C Aschman


7:00 to 8:15 – Trinity Choir – Dr M McGregor

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Concert Band 1 – Mr W Henry

3:40 to 5:00 – Intermediate Concert Band 2 – Mr B Dimitrievski

3:40 to 5:00 – Percussion Ensemble – M J Cook

4:40 to 5:00 – Middle School Guitar Ensemble – Mr S Rocco


7:00 to 8:15 – Symphony Orchestra (String Sectionals) – Dr M McGregor

7:15 to 8:15 – Brass Ensemble – Mr G Malyusz

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Concert Practice – Mr W Henry

1:10 to 1:50 – Academy Chamber Ensembles – Ms K Morgan

3:40 to 5:00 – Symphony Orchestra – Dr M McGregor

Parents are encouraged to send their boys to the Music Foyer directly to write down their names and abilities and relevant staff will contact them for placement.

Up Coming Events

The Music School’s first event for 2021 is the Soloists’ Competition, which will be held on Wednesday 10 March in the Orchestra Room. The closing date for applications is Monday 22 February, with auditions to take place in the week March 1 to March 5. Application forms can be obtained from musicadmin@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Dr Michael McGregor | Director of Co-Curricular Music K to 12

Cricket vs St Aloysius’

February 12, 2021
Darcey Mooney (12La) of the 1st XI with a focus on line and length

Drizzling rain across last Saturday did not eventuate into the forecasted afternoon thunderstorms and thus all cricket teams completed their scheduled fixtures against St Aloysius’ College on Saturday. Below are reports from numerous teams that competed on the day. 

1st XI

Trinity won the toss and elected to bat. Conditions were difficult, with a couple of rain delays, a slow pitch and spongy outfield, making scoring tricky and slow. Trinity was travelling reasonably well at 4/94 at the 30 over mark, with James Moore (10Ta) leading the charge and scoring a solid 37. Unfortunately, the boys struggled from that point on with the bat, collapsing in the next 12 overs to be bowled out for 106. 

St. Aloysius’ started their innings off quite well and at the 20 over mark were 2/50 and in control of the match. The Trinity bowlers hung in and were eventually rewarded for their patience and persistent line and length. In the middle overs, runs started to dry up with some tight bowling and the wickets began to fall. Jasper Scott (9WH) bowled economically without luck whilst Ryan Gupta (10WJ) 3/12, Shivam Wadhera (10Ke) 3/24,and Darcy Mooney (12La) 2/20, did all the damage in the wicket column. St. Aloysius’ in the space of 15 overs went from in control of the match to 8/92 and still needing ten runs to win a reduced overs match. There was no fairytale ending for the Trinity Boys, unfortunately. Credit must go to our very young team who really applied themselves with the ball and in the field to almost snatch an improbable victory.  

Mr Andrew Payne | 1st XI Coach

James Moore (10Ta) preparing to play across the line for the 1st XI
Shivam Whadera (10Ke) post wicket in 1st XI team celebration

2nd XI

On Saturday 6 February the 2nd XI resumed the CAS cricket season with a match-up against St. Aloysius’ at College Oval. Captain James Schroder (11WJ) won the toss and elected to bat. He, along with fellow opener Thomas Mackie (11La), got to work straight away with some positive stroke play to start the innings off in a positive manner, scoring at a run-rate of 4.2 for the first five overs. Persistent rain and consistent bowling from St Aloysius’ soon made scoring tough. This was the theme for the remainder of the innings, and while Trinity managed to see out their overs, untimely wickets and a relatively defensive mindset resulted in a low score of 7/113. Special mention must be made of Jack Trinder (11Hi) (42 from 46 balls) and James Schroder (11WJ) (32 from 42 balls), who batted with positivity and an appreciation for the context of the game. In defence of their total, the 2nd XI struggled to exert consistent pressure and take wickets. Left-armer Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) shined in his 4-over spell taking 1/12, while off-spinner Abhi Popuri (12Sc) showed a return to form, bowling good areas for a return of 0/11 in his spell of 4 overs. Ben Wilkinson (11Mu) and Hari Kangatharan (11Hi) both took excellent catches. This week’s training priorities have focused on greater intensity with bat-in-hand and executing plans with greater accuracy when in the field.

Mr Neil Smallfield | 2nd XI Coach


Last Saturday, the 10A cricket team headed out to College Oval to play a strong St Aloysius’ side. Trinity won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening batsmen, Jai Sharma (10Mu) and Maanav Bhandari (10Mu), had a good start, both seeing the opening bowlers out of their first spell. After drinks, St Aloysius’ picked up two quick wickets and Isaac Wyaat (10WJ) came in with a semi aggressive mindset, where he dispatched several balls to the boundary to score 22 runs. Trinity finished up with a total of 108 runs from 32 overs and with gloomy clouds overhead and some life in the pitch, the team felt there was a chance of defending this total. The opening bowlers for Trinity, Tom Powell (10WH) and Oscar Favelle (10Mu), bowled beautifully, picking up a few wickets each and were well supported by Isaac Wyatt and Liam Wingrave (10Ar) who bowled first change. In the final hour of the game, Christopher Kong (10La) and Jack Martin (10Sc) bowled consistently and kept the Trinity side in the game with some vital wickets. St Aloysius’ were able to overtake Trinity’s score with nine balls to spare and whilst Trinity were close, there were some invaluable lessons to take into the next game. 

Maanav Bhandari (10Mu) | Captain


On a cloudy day, with light showers predicted at Castle Cove No. 2 Oval, Trinity won the toss and decided to bowl first. In the field, Ewan Fouracre (8WH) took a sharp catch to remove the opposition opener and Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) (1/4 off 5 overs) bowled an early economical spell. Rory Flanagan (8Fo) (1/15 off 6 overs), Tom Bishop (8Hi) (1/14 off 6 overs), Angus Royal (8Ar) (1/20 off 4 overs), Kiran Siva (8Ke) (1/4 off 2 overs), and Akash Shaw (8Ar) (1/5 off 2 overs) snared one wicket each. 

The Trinity 8As fielded well, taking six catches and obtaining two run outs and managed to restrict St Aloysius’ to a low total of 8/85 off 32 overs. With the bat, Trinity opening batter, Angus Royal (8Ar), displayed good technique against some excellent bowling and made a well-compiled 21 runs. Patrick Thomson (8Sc) came in with Trinity needing 38 runs to win off the last 12 overs. Patrick hit two fours in his innings of 31 not out and sneaked a number of cheeky singles to steer Trinity to victory. Trinity finished with 6/86, passing the opposition’s score with three balls remaining.

Mr Don Kesby | 8A coach


On Saturday 6 February, the Trinity 9Bs played St Aloysius’ College at Bressington Park. Trinity batted first and scored an admirable 113 runs, their highest score for this iteration of the team. It was a close loss, with St Aloysius’ scoring 117 runs. All Trinity boys played well, giving their best effort and playing with new enthusiasm. Stand out efforts were Oliver Pearson’s (9Sc) 40 runs not out and Advaith Sundhar’s (9Ke) 40 runs.

Mr Bill Pratt | 9B Coach

Stumped by the Rules?

Deputy Master of the Senior School and Mathematics Teacher Mr Andrew Yarad has been umpiring Sydney 1st Grade first grade cricket in recent years and it has been great to see Trinity cricket coaches learn from his expertise on the rules of the game. The following question for the dinner table tonight from Mr Yarad is: what are the nine ways you can get out when batting?

Exciting News

Director of Cricket and PDHPE teacher Mr Ian Moran had an exciting weekend. After viewing various Trinity fixtures across Saturday, the former Sydney Sixer witnessed his old team win the Big Bash League on Saturday night against Perth Scorchers. The final excitement for Mr Moran finished with the birth of a baby boy on Monday. Congratulations to Mr Moran and his family on this news! In Mr Moran’s absence whilst on paternity leave, please forward any cricket related questions to lgray@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Mr Luke Gray | Acting Director of Cricket

CAS Diving Invitational

February 12, 2021

It was really great to see so many Trinity Divers take the opportunity to have a practice competition at the CAS Diving Invitation last Friday night, in preparation for our defence of the Stephen Barnett Shield at the CAS Championships later in the term. It was especially pleasing to see that there were many new divers from Year 7 attending their first official competition.

Our Junior team looks strong with some competent diving from Rory Flannigan (8Fo), Hamish Turner (7Ta), Peter Galanos (7St) and Tom Huber (8We), who finished in the top ten on the evening. However, the depth of every team is what gives it strength. Ewan Fouracre (8WJ), Abe Vink (8WJ) and Akas Shaw (8Ar) all attempted their dives and gained valuable experience in competition diving.

The elite of Trinity Diving in 2021 comes from the Intermediate Division, where Lachlan Nguyen (10WH) won the evening, with Cooper Vimpany (11Mu) and Joshua Leverton (9Ke) both in the top five. Lachlan was particularly impressive, nailing some of his more difficult dives.

The Opens Division was dominated by Barker’s best diver, but they didn’t have it all their own way, with Diving Captain Zach Gindy (12Ke) finishing third, Henry Ward (11Du) fourth and  Sebastian Matesic (12Du) sixth.

As CAS Diving is a team competition and not an individual event, it will be important that Trinity students nail each of their dives when competing in a few weeks, as the depth of our program could help us sneak in with a win and retain the Barnett Shield.

Tennis vs St Aloysius’

February 12, 2021

The CAS Summer season recommenced last Saturday with Round 6 being contested against St Aloysius’ College. Overall, it was a very competitive fixture with Trinity winning the majority of senior school matches and St Aloysius’ being stronger in the middle school age groups. It was also the first opportunity to see the new incoming Year 7 cohort competing for their first-ever high school fixture (see match reports below).

The 1st IV team playing at home made the most of their home court advantage and systematically demolished their less able opponents, winning eight sets to love. This was a pleasing result for the team as their previous match against the same team was extremely tight. The closest set of the day was in the first set of the second pairing doubles. Here Dylan Guler (11St) and Spyridon Konidaris (11Ke) overcame a sleepy start to triumph 6-4 after being down early. They then proceeded to accelerate away, winning the second set 6-0. Our other pairing, comprising Max Nguyen (11Yo) and Kevin Lin (12Ho), played exemplary well controlled, high percentage tennis and were never in doubt from the very get-go. They took their time to plan, communicate and implement a superior match strategy and this paid solid dividends on the score board, with the combination winning 6-1, 6-3. In the singles, all players won with relative ease after making fewer errors and ensuring a higher percentage of shot-making than their opponents. Overall, it was a very pleasing result courtside.

Not to be outdone, the 2nd team also rose to the occasion with a similar eight sets to love win. Finn Taylor (9La) and James Kim (10ar) played the closest set of the day first up in their doubles, winning the more important points to triumph 7-6 in the tie break set. After that it was all one-way traffic with all team members winning without too many obstacles. Tomorrow’s match will be against a more competitive outfit, Waverley College, and I wish both teams the best of luck.

Jeremy Dykgraaff | Director of Tennis

3rds and 4ths

Despite the inclement weather, the players of the 3rd and 4th Trinity tennis teams took to the courts with enthusiasm and energy, ready to impress in our first competitive round of the year.  They were keen to repeat their successful performance of last year against St Aloysius’ College and so they did – the 3rds winning six sets to love and the 4ths five sets to one. As usual, the score line does not paint the full picture – there were some very tight matches and special mention must be made of Matthew Chan (12Ar), who found himself down 2-5 and at risk of losing. He determined to leave nothing on the court and slowly but surely set about clawing his way back into the match. It was very exciting to watch this cool, collected and feistily determined young man serve and rally his way into a winning position to finally win the match 7-5. Deon Kontonis (12Fo) with his elegant (and terribly effective) serve and groundstrokes annihilated his opponent to love, as did teammate Cameron Ong (12St). Cameron’s energy and consistency and his great shot placement were also evident when he and his Doubles partner, Ben Prsa (12La), demolished their opposition to love. Ben’s singles match was a little tougher than he hoped, but again his determination was evident as he closed out the match 6-4.  Congratulations to Rohan John (12Ar) and Nicholas Papadopoulos (11He) who both served superbly and were very convincing in their Singles’ wins. Max Guo (12Ar) and Callum McLeod (12He) combined very well in their Doubles match and secured a good win 6-2, enjoying some impressive rallies, solid serving and deep groundstrokes. In all, it was a great start to the 2nd round of the CAS competition. Tomorrow it will be important to concentrate on good footwork, good position and early racquet preparation. Good luck to all players.

Jessica Spratt | Coach

10As and 10Bs

The 10As played excellently and narrowly came away with the win. Special mention must go to Giuseppe Barca (10Ar) who played a flawless singles match, winning 6-0. His serve was unplayable for the entire match and his groundstrokes were clean and precise. Additionally, Alex Runciman (10Yo) played extremely well in both his singles and doubles matches and showed great composure even when the rain started to come down. Overall, the 10As played extremely consistent all weekend and deservedly came away with the win.

The 10Bs had a difficult weekend. They struggled for consistency in both their doubles and singles matches. Special mention must go to Noah Blomfield (10Fo) who played extremely well in his singles match and had match points, but lacked composure in those big moments. Additionally, Benjamin Kwan (10He) performed at a high level but similarly to the rest of his teammates, lacked consistency in his ground strokes and gave away too many free points to his opponent. Overall, the 9Bs should be encouraged by aspects of their performances but must improve on their consistency and not always be looking to hit the big shots.

David Lambropoulos | Coach

10Cs and 10Ds

The 10Cs had a fantastic match day. They performed at a high level and displayed excellent teamwork in the doubles. Special mention must go to Josh Munter (10Hi) who was thoroughly dominant in both his singles and doubles matches. Furthermore, Caleb Kwan (10Ta) had a very tough-fought victory in his singles match in challenging conditions. Overall, the 9Cs should be very optimistic for the rest of the season as they performed at a very good level in both the doubles and singles matches.

The 10Ds had a tough weekend. Although the score line was not in their favour, they gave 100% in all the matches played. Max Trigg (10We) had an excellent singles match and came away with the win. Additionally, Jonathon Lenard (10St) played extremely well, filling in from the colours group. Despite not winning the match, he was very consistent and could easily have won the match with a bit more composure in bog moments. Overall, the 10Cs should use this weekend as motivation to strive to improve in order to come away with the win next match day.

David Lambropoulos | Coach

9As and 9Bs

The 9As did very well this past weekend winning this round against St. Aloysius’. Sam Kang (9WJ) and Angelo Shi (9Sc) did very well in their doubles match together, winning this round due to their great communication and teamwork. Sam tried his best in his singles match and came very close to a win with only a few points difference during a tie break. Angelo did very well in his singles; he had great serves during his match which led him to a win this round. Mitchell and Dominic had a very successful weekend and both boys played very well, winning their doubles match without dropping a single game. During his singles game, Mitchell also played amazingly well, not dropping a single game point. Dominic did very well in his singles match this weekend, also coming away with a win. Both Mitchell and Dominic’s serves, and groundstrokes, were key to winning their matches over the weekend.

The 9Bs did very well over the weekend winning this round against St. Aloysius’ 4 sets to 2. Aidan Kuoch (9La) and Jack O’Shea (9He) played well in their doubles game over the weekend. They had great communication and shot placement during each rally. Aidan was hitting some great groundstrokes this weekend, along with very some consistent serves. Jack also did well, coming away with a win from his singles match this round. His serves this weekend have improved and were very consistent and accurate. Charles Allison (9St) and Dylan Ritchley (9Ho) also played well over the weekend; although they did not win their doubles match, they both played well and won their individual singles matches. Charles was very consistent with his groundstrokes over the weekend and played quite well against his opponent. Dylan also played well and, in particular, his serves were very strong.

9Cs and 9Ds

The 9C boys gave it their best effort over the weekend but were unsuccessful. Lachlan Dai (9Du) and Keegan Van (9St) tried their best in this round against St. Aloysius’. During the doubles the boys gave it their best, they had good communication, and the boys were hitting great shots for the duration of their match. Lachlan and Keegan were both particularly strong with their groundstrokes this round. Ethan Chan (9Ar) and Nicholas Musumeci (9Ke) struggled this weekend during their doubles match. Both boys played well individually but could use some improvement on their communication and teamwork during doubles matches. Ethan did well in his singles match this round, winning against his St. Aloysius’ opponent. Nicholas played very well over the weekend, trying his absolute best against his opponent; he was quick on the court and was hitting some consistent serves and groundstrokes.

The 9Ds came close on the weekend but were unsuccessful this round against St. Aloysius’. Harry and Brian Yu (9Ta) played a great doubles match together and managed to get a win this round. The boys had great on court movement and communication during their match. Harry did a great job during his first match playing for Trinity, and he came close during his singles with only a couple games difference. His groundstrokes were particularly strong this round. Brian did very well this round, coming away with a win in his singles and doubles match. His serves were very consistent and he had great on court movement and footwork. Jatan Singh (9Mu) and Ronald Ye (9La) gave it their best effort this round. They came close in their doubles match and both boys tried their best during their singles matches. Jatan gave it a good effort during his singles match, and his serves were quite consistent. Ronald played very well during his match this weekend. His shots were very well placed and his serves were strong and consistent.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

8As and 8Bs

Haberfield Tennis Centre became the victim to some periodic rain spikes last Saturday – a miserable day for tennis – that also was a day of mourning, learning the passing of the great, Christopher Plummer. Nevertheless, the boys managed to muster up the courage to fight and play for the Trinity badge we’ve all come to love. Although we went down, 2-4 on sets and 18-31 on games, the scores, in all the grade teams, were quite deceiving on face value. Notably, Samuel Perkin (8Yo) was able to get a 6-3 victory in his singles.

Likewise, the Bs were given a bitter pill to swallow; also losing 2-4 on sets but a much closer, 24-30 on games. The Man of the Match had to go to Isaac Latt (8WH), who put his opponent to bed with a 6-2 victory. I am sure the boys will learn from this experience and be ready for revenge the next time they face St Aloysius’.

Kevin Batliwala | Acting Coach

8C and 8Ds

For a first fixture back, the Cs and Ds were put under some strife by a strong Aloysius’ side. But like their superiors, they showed their potential. Trinity went down 2-4 on sets and 15-32 on games, but none can take away from an Andy Nguyen (8Mu) masterclass, who delivered a 6-2 smash and grab over his opponent.

The Ds put in a valiant effort; again, close, but not close enough. Ultimately, the result was a 2-4 set, 26-33 games loss. However, we must take a moment to appreciate the efforts of Waylon Liu (8Yo) filling in from Colours to send shockwaves through Haberfield Tennis Centre, taking his opponent down in an emphatic 6-4 victory – give him the plaque already! I know the boys will come back from this defeat a stronger and more capable unit.

Kevin Batliwala | Coach

7As and 7Bs

It was a tough first round for the 7As coming up against a quality St Aloysious’ side. The doubles were the first games to kick off and despite some strong hitting, consistency and placement of shots is vital in winning doubles matches and that is where our 7As fell short. More practice and match play will help in this department. Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) and Hugo Newman (7WJ) both played a good singles set but, like the doubles, just lacked consistency in rallies. Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo) came up against a state player and despite going down 0-6 he managed to get every game to deuce, which is a solid effort against a strong opponent. A big congratulations goes to Khang Nguyen (7WH) winning the only set of the day. Khang played a very smart match; his cool, calm, and collected manner got him the win. Hitting strong winners all over the court and not getting angry when a mistake was made was exceptional to watch.

It was a wet and tough day out on court for the 7Bs. Coming into the start of the season, nerves probably played a big part in their first matches. Hugh Williams (7St) and Dara Ritchley (7Ho) played together in the second paired doubles, both boys just lacking less consistency than their opponents. This also carried into their singles, a few longer rallies were played out but unfortunately too many mistakes lost them their games; these errors can be ironed out in training sessions. Alejandro Molina (7Ke) and Alessandro Re (7La) played very well together, but more practice is needed for their net play. However, they showed great communication with each other around the court. Solid shots were shown by both boys in their singles match but once again the Year 7 problem at the moment is consistency. The boys will soon realise this is a vital part in winning matches, especially for this age group. Overall, it was a great effort shown by all boys.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

7Cs and 7Ds

Last Saturday was the very first official game for the newly formed 7Cs and Ds team, playing against a strong St Aloysius’ team. The 7Cs performed remarkably well this week, winning five of the six total sets, exhibiting great teamwork and individual tennis skills. Lucas Christou (7St) and Toby Zuzzo (7Ho) showcased impressive tennis, playing with great intensity and focus, winning their doubles and single sets swiftly. Ashvin Nagaratnam (7Yo) demonstrated great perseverance and vigour, pulling through with a well-deserved win in his singles and in the doubles with his partner Julian Grehan (7St), who despite playing some great tennis, fell short in his singles.

The 7Ds played extremely competitive tennis where, despite losing 2 – 4 in sets, they had a very close game score, coming short by only three games. Sasha Ratnavadivel (7Du) and Axel Lee (7Yo) played exciting and strong tennis. However, as a result of a plethora of unforced errors, they were unable to grab the win, coming short 3 – 6. Sasha Ratnavadivel (7Du) competed fiercely, with his opponent surviving an abundance of deuces, winning 6 – 2. Axel Lee (7Yo) was able to challenge his opponent with great groundstrokes and consistent shots, though he was overcome by his opponent. Aston Tran (7WH) and Leo Wong (7WJ) played an extremely competitive doubles match, with both players communicating well and hitting great winners and volleys at the net. However, they fell short in the final tiebreak coming down 6 (6) – 7 (8). Aston Tran (7WH) with his powerful groundstrokes and commitment helped him seize the match, winning 6 – 4. Leo Wong (7WJ) displayed great tennis, with his consistency and movement on the court, but was unable to overcome his opponent.

Both the Cs and Ds should be very proud of themselves as they have proven they can play competitive and consistent tennis. This is an opportunity for all the boys to reflect on the positives and negatives of their performance in the matches they have played and bring these reflections to the next training session, along with the desire to improve their tennis abilities.

Edward Lai | Coach

Junior Sport Fixtures

February 12, 2021

Music News | Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Can we honestly say that creativity is at the core of our education? If not, why not? 

Soloist Competition

Entries will close on Monday 22nd February for this competition. Forms are available from the Music Centre and must be returned to Mrs Campbell by the due date.  Remember your parents and your teacher must sign the form.  I have been advised that Preparatory School students will have their heats at the Preparatory School.  The heats schedule to be announced once all entries are received. No late entries will be accepted.  Good luck!

Sections are as Follows:

JUNIOR: Grades 1-3



ADVANCED SECTION: Grade 8 and above

Ensemble Feature – Chamber Ensemble

The six-member Chamber Ensemble rehearses each Tuesday from 7:30am-8:30am with Mrs Campbell. This year, Chamber Ensemble welcomed new members, so they are re-establishing rehearsal routines and expectations. To continue to maintain a high standard of performance the students will be continually developing their ensemble skills by listening to each other’s parts, sight-reading new repertoire, quickly following the conductors directions and working on their repertoire at home to ensure the rehearsals are for shaping and interpreting the music not learning the notes and bowing.  The current repertoire includes Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission by Ennio Marricone and Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert. This ensemble looks forward to an opportunity to share their performance later in the term.

Theory of Music Classes

Thanks to Mrs Trynes who coordinates the Theory of Music lessons which will progressively commence in the next two weeks.  Grade 3 commenced this week and Grades 1 and 2 will start lessons in Week 5.  The Theory of Music component is a valuable and supportive accreditation to receive to support the practical component of the Music Program. Students will sit for their exams in the middle of August.

Parents Dropping Off Instruments

If students forget to bring their instruments to school on the day that they have an Instrumental Music lesson or the Year 1 and 2 Strings Program or Year 4 Band Program, we please ask that parents do not ring and arrange a time to drop the instruments off at school.  If the student forgets their instrument they will have to go without that day as parents are only permitted on site for meetings or to collect unwell children. The boys have been informed of this procedure as have all Instrumental Music Staff. Hopefully this will teach them to be more reliable and responsible in regard to packing and organising their equipment for the day.  As from next week – NO Instruments will be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Geraldine Campbell Director of Preparatory School Music

Sportsmaster | Junior School

February 12, 2021

Tomorrow will see the commencement of IPSHA and Intra competition for Years 4 – 6 teams across Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football, Tennis & Softball.  If inclement weather intervenes in sport tomorrow or during the year first notification will come via the TGS App.

A reminder for Tuesday morning teams that training commenced this week for 1st, 2nd and 4A Basketball, Touch Football A and 6A, 5A and 4A Cricket teams. These continue for the next 5 Tuesdays at 7am sharp. Other boys are always welcome to attend.

Game Time and Location

Please note time and the venue and always be at the location at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the game. The app with weekly fixtures is the most up-to-date place for your son’s matches each week.  The app will be updated with any changes as soon as possible. The draft draw for the remaining weeks of term is in the season fixtures.

Good luck to all teams tomorrow. Remember boys, parents and spectators that win, lose or draw – what we want to see is a hard, yet fair game played in the right manner and spirit. Throughout the game it is of absolute importance that sportsmanlike conduct and behaviour is in line of that of a true Trinitarian!

Swimming Team

Jacob BecharaNathan Jones
Mason ShiZac Bachir
 Max Munday
U9Alexander Chung
Daniel Zhang 
Nicholas MaOpens
Leo ChenJayden Bechara
Andrew ZengJack Castles
 Ryan Wang
U10David Fisterman
Adam Zhao 
Darren Cai 
Svetko Fazzari 
Terrence Ho 

This week our trials for the Junior School Swim Team was held in the Centenary Pool. Ms Jabaji has announced the invitational squad to prepare for the IPSHA Carnival on 2 March. It is also listed below. These boys will travel to Scots over the next two weeks to prepare for the March event.

TGSJS Summer Sport, Swimming and Track & Field Captains

BasketballCharlie Earthrowl
CricketTom Henry
SoftballLayth Nazha
Swimming & DivingMax Munday & Zac Bachir
TennisEligh Balic
Touch FootballJayden Bechara
Track & FieldDaniel Simpson and Jayden Bechara

This week in Assembly the listed boys were announced as Sport Captains for 2021. Winter Sport Captains will be announced at a later date.


If boys know they cannot make a match beforehand, please email Mr Dunn (mdunn@trinity.nsw.edu.au) requesting leave. If it occurs on a Saturday morning (eg. sickness) please text me (0438 980 602).

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

Music News | Junior School

February 12, 2021

Music is the subject that really does activate more neural pathways than any other human undertaking – Kim Williams, former CEO of News Corp and Foxtel 

Co-curricular Music

This week, Donald Holder Scholar Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), and Choir Advanced Ensemble Member Charles Russel (5Fo) showcase and introduce the Junior School Choir. 

The Junior School Choir was formed in 2002 and has gained a considerable reputation for its work as a skilled group of performers. Essentially, the choir is for boys who like to sing together. Since 2014, we have also worked in collaboration with composer musicians from the University of Sydney which provides us with exposure to the latest modern Australian choir practices.

The choir performs a variety of music styles at various formal occasions throughout the year and are very much ambassadors for the school. The Junior School Choir Advance Ensemble attend both rehearsals to assist the boys in their part singing.

Composers from the Sydney Conservatorium have created many songs for the Junior School Choir for boys to perform. The boys have particularly enjoyed working with living composers who they can meet and ask questions to get a deeper understanding of their music and the message they convey through the beauty of music. Currently the boys are working on For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, who is famous for many choral adaptations such as All Things Bright Beautiful. We are sure our school community will enjoy listening to the boys perform in the upcoming Junior School Family Chapel Services in March.

The choir gives boys opportunities to learn sight reading, singing and music theory. It can help them advance their skills in music as well as developing focus and teamwork.

A quote for Beethoven is particularly relevant when we think of what it is like to be a part of the Junior School Choir, “I wish you music to help with the burdens of life, and to help you release your happiness to others.”

Music Instrumental – Private Lessons

Students are strongly encouraged to enrol in individual instrumental lessons to enjoy the many benefits of our String, Woodwind and Brass Co-curricular Programme.

Enrolment forms are available at http://community.trinity.nsw.edu.au/1_senior/docs/spirit_musicTuition.pdf or from the Junior School front office for students who would like to be involved in the Instrumental Music Program. Lessons times are negotiated between the Instrument Music and Classroom teachers. Parents are billed at the end of each term.



Mozart Strings (2:15 – 2:45pm) – Junior School (J1.9 and RoR)

Intermezzo Strings (3:15 – 4:00pm) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2)          

Allegro Concert Band (3:15 – 4:10pm) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3)


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)


Year 2 Instrumental (11:30am – 12:30pm) – School of Music

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


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)


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)


At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), who played Sonata by Marcelo on the Double Bass. He is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and has been learning with Mr Zhang for 4 Years. Harry plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra and sings in the Junior School Choir. He is also in the Junior School Music Advancement Program, so plays in the Middle School Intermediate Strings and Serenata in addition to the TGS Symphony Orchestra. Harry also has been learning bass guitar with Mr Troy for a year. His sports of choice are basketball, but he also likes Visual Arts.  This year Harry’s musical goal is to really practice and become good at whatever piece he’s performing. He says, “The double bass is a very unique instrument and it’s very interesting to learn.” 


The 2021 Junior School Music Leaders were introduced at this week’s assembly.

Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) has been a pianist for 3 years and is a member of the Junior School Choir. He is looking forward to helping out with the weekly musical performance and assisting with music in general. Thomas Henry (6La) is a cellist and has been learning for 6 years and is a member of the Vivaldi String Orchestra and plays in the TGS Symphony Orchestra. He is the 2021 TGS Primary Music Award recipient. His leadership goal is to get lots of people playing different types of instruments. He would also like to attain his Grade 7 AMEB examination this year. Maxwell Munday (6Fo) has been a pianist for over 5 years and has recently started learning French horn and has already gained membership to the Allegro Concert Band. Maxwell is in the Choir Advanced Ensemble which assists students in the Junior School choir to sing in parts. He would also like to help students with growth in music and their performances. Charlie Yao (6Fo) is a pianist of over 3 years’ experience. Charlie is in the Junior Choir and says, “the piano is the king of all the instruments” and would like to attain Grade 4 in the AMEB examinations this year. Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo) is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and plays in the TGS Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Junior Schoo Music Advancement Program. He has played violin for 3 years and piano. He sings in the Choir Advanced Ensemble and plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. Benjamin’s leadership goal is to assist many more boys to join the music program to build up their confidence and enjoy the peace that it brings. Emerson Urbano (6Ta) is a 6-year experienced pianist and 5-year experienced cellist. Emerson plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. Emerson’s leadership goal is to encourage lots of other kids to play instruments. Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta) is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and performed at this week’s assembly and helped showcase the junior School Choir in this week’s Junior School Music News above. He leadership goal is to assist in this way by raising the profile of what Junior School musicians contribute to the Junior School.

2021 Music Leaders: Charlie Yao (6Fo), Maxwell Munday (6Fo), Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo), Emerson Urbano (6Ta), Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo), Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), Thomas Henry (6La)

Term 1 Key Music Dates

Family Service Choir performances:

21 March             Family Service (meet in the Choir Room at 8:30am)

28 March             Family Service (meet in the Choir Room at 8:30am)

Assembly performances:

17 February       Tom Henry (6La) – cello

24 February       Emerson Urbano (5Ta) – piano

2 March               David Miller (6La) – trumpet 

9 March               Maxwell Munday (5Fo) – French horn

16 March             Ezekiel Turner (5La) – saxophone 

23 March             Geoffrey Olsen (5Yo) – piano 

Soloist Competition

The Annual Soloists’ Competition Finalist Concert will be held on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Heats will begin in the week commencing Monday 1 March. Entry forms are available from Music Reception and this link. The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd February.

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

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

Track and Field | NSW 5000m Championships

February 11, 2021

SOPAC | Saturday 7th February 2021

Although a niche event for the middle distance athletes only, it was fantastic to see a number of our athletes competing at the NSW 5000m Championships at SOPAC on Saturday 7 February 2021.

800m Men

Ben Moloney (9Yo) – 2.07.31s

1500m Men

Michael King (10Ta)– 4.16.44s

Kobe Stewart (7Yo)– 4.27.52s

5000m Men

Theo Christian (12He) – 15.31.42s

Patrick Cantlon (12Du) – 15.59.30s

Old Boy News

Our Old Boys continue to shine in Track and Field and a number of them also competed at the NSW 5000m Championships at SOPAC with very impressive results.

A special mention to Cameron Griffith (2014) who resides in Boulder (Colorado) and even after spending 14 days in Quarantine, came 3rd in the 5000m Championship race.


Cameron Griffith (2014)– 14.09.53s

Dylan Offord (2020) – 15.57.84s

1500m Men

Ben Bishop (2019) – 4.01.36s

800m Men

Kash Powell (2017)– 1.52.69s

Thomas Virgona (2020) – 1.53.25s

Ethan Brouw (2020)– 1.54.96s

Paul Raptis (2016) – 2.06.81s

Andrew Murphy | Director of Track and Field | Athletic Development

Prep Sports Fixtures

February 5, 2021


Dates for the Diary

February 12, 2021

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

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

February 12, 2021

Week 4

15 Feb New Parent Tour 6:00pm

17 Feb Minimites 4:00 – 5:00pm

18 Feb Swimming Invitational 12:00 – 3:00pm

19 Feb Y3 Sport Football 3:00 – 4:30pm

20 Feb Sport Summer Round 2

Week 5

24 Feb Y5 Camp Lake Macquarie departs

25 Feb Swimming Invitational 12:00 – 3:00pm

26 Feb Y5 Camp Lake Macquarie returns

26 Feb Y3 Sport Football 3:00 – 4:30pm

27 Feb Sport Summer Round 3

Week 6

01 Mar K-Y2 Hearing Assessments

02 Mar K-Y2 Hearing Assessments

02 Mar IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships

03 Mar Open Day 9:30-10:30am

04 Auxiliary Meeting (TBC)

05 Mar Day Without Speech (OIC)

05 Mar Y3 Sport Football 3:00 – 4:30pm

06 Mar Sport Summer Round 4


Prep Canteen News

February 12, 2021

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

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.

Please click here to download the Canteen Menu


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.

Student Absence Notice

February 12, 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.

Strathfield Auxiliary

February 12, 2021

Class Parent Volunteers for 2021

We are hoping for a busy social year and looking for volunteers to be Class Parent in 2021! 

Class Parents play an important role engaging parents and building school community.

It’s a great role for new parents, and don’t be shy to be a class parent again if you’ve been before!

Each grade’s parents help to:

  • Support communication from the Auxiliary and teachers
  • Organise social opportunities for boys and families to meet and play
  • Seek volunteers or donations for major events like the Fiesta and Walkathon (in previous years when parents were allowed onsite)

If you would like to be a class parent or have any questions, please email Chau Tran (Parent Liaison Officer) ctb.tran@gmail.com

Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus

February 12, 2021

Parents and friends continue to pray for our boys and the School.

In Term 1, we will continue to hold Zoom meetings for Junior and Senior School on Tuesdays | 8.30 – 9.15am​ on the even weeks of term (Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10).

So grab a cuppa and please join us for a time of encouragement, community-building, thanksgiving and to sincerely bring the needs of the School community before our gracious God.Dates for Term 1, 2021

16 February

2​, 16 and 30 March


Greg Webster | Senior Chaplain, Summer Hill
email gwebster@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill) 
mobile 0408 119 187