2021 | Term 1 | Week 4

February 19, 2021

News

From the Head Master

February 19, 2021

This week I would like to address an area of potentially great danger in the School. I am thinking of the main carpark at Summer Hill, although some of the same issues may also be seen in the streets surrounding both the Summer Hill and the Strathfield campuses.

Carparks and the streets around schools are a risky and potentially dangerous site within a school, as they bring together children and moving vehicles in the same area. The design of our carpark, and the rules governing its use, are intended to minimise risk and to ensure that all people, particularly children, are safe. I have no doubt that all members of our community are committed, in principle, to the safety of children. However, this safety is compromised when the rules are disregarded.

To the best of my knowledge, the main problem does not lie with the senior students of the school who drive. The School recognises the potential risks associated with inexperienced drivers, and places stricter parameters around the boys’ use of the car park. Driving to school is a privilege that can be withdrawn. Through senior staff, the behaviour of the boys who are driving in the car park is monitored and, while there are occasional exceptions, the boys do the right thing.

Our problems arise from parents and other adults who drive students to and from the school. Failure to comply with the protocols, ignoring the rules and flagrant rudeness are regularly seen. Examples abound: picking up students in the wrong zones; using the boot for bags; jumping queues; disregarding the instruction to turn left at the top of Jubilee Drive; waiting rather than going around for another lap; and the list goes on. 

A case could be made that no single one of these behaviours is catastrophic in and of itself. Any behaviour may stem from any number of motivations, from thoughtlessness through time pressure to arrogant disregard. I do not assume to know what the issue may be in any one instance. However, over time as habits form, so does a culture of disregard for the rules, and safety is potentially compromised.

Over my years in schools, various possible solutions have been considered by frustrated staff, parents and community members. Naming and shaming through posting photos and videos of offenders on social media, giving students detentions for their parents’ offences, banning offenders from the car park, using senior staff to police traffic, commissioning a parent group to police traffic, and various other possibilities have been suggested. Most were not practical, and likely to create more problems than were solved, but the sense of frustration amongst the parent group was palpable.

I would like to provide five lenses through which behaviours in the carpark and surrounding streets could be considered. I do so, knowing that 80% of drivers consider themselves to be of above average ability (which is statistically improbable), and that we are all far more adept at spotting the speck in someone else’s eye than seeing the log in our own.

The first lens is that of safety. No-one starts out the day hoping that they will have an accident that hurts someone else, but accidents do happen. Once you have been in an accident, particularly if someone gets hurt and most particularly if you are at fault, you will never forget it. Accidents can have life-shattering impacts, and none of us wants that on our conscience. The rules exist to maximise safety and minimise risk. Please adhere to them.

The second lens is that of modelling. The power of parent behaviour in shaping the behaviour of children is well-established. They will do what they see. This has direct implications for how they will behave when the time comes for them to drive. However, as was raised at the Parents and Friends meeting, the boys will also learn how to treat rules from seeing how you treat rules. Are rules something to be disregarded in the name of convenience? Do individual preferences or desires trump formalised codes of behaviour? At school, we work hard to teach boys to respect rules; we hope that our efforts and yours are aligned.

The third lens is that of relationships. An enduring human challenge is learning to live well together with others. The actions of one person have impacts on others. We want our boys to be considerate of others, to put others first, and to love those around them by acting for their good. Too much of the world around us is self-centred; we want to call our boys to a higher goal. Does your conduct in the carpark show how our relationships with others – even those whom we may not know – can be done well?

The fourth lens is that of character formation. As I have said to the boys on a number of occasions, character is revealed in the great moments, but it is shaped in the small ones. Great acts of noble and sacrificial heroism are made possible by myriad small acts of selflessness and graciousness. If we want our boys to become good men, in whatever spheres and worlds they inhabit in the years to come, it begins with small habitual behaviours in the insignificant areas of daily life, like school car parks.

The fifth lens is that failing to follow the traffic management plan damages the School’s reputation with local residents and jeopardises our hopes for the future development and improvement of the School. The School currently has a State Significant Development Application before the Department of Planning Industry and the Environment (DPIE). The key issues of concern that are being considered have to do with traffic management. Parents who do not follow the plan, which has been written to maximise safety, amenity and functionality, hurt the School.

Please make yourself familiar with our Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus) and the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus) and adhere to it. Your school community would appreciate your support in helping our carpark and traffic arrangements to work well.

(If this article seems familiar, there is a reason. It is substantially based on one I wrote in 2019. It described the issues and my thinking then, and it still does!)

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

February 19, 2021

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

Lieutenant-General David Morrison (Ret.)

This week we continued in our annual series of reminders to your sons, many of whom have heard these messages before, but many who may be hearing them for the first time.

On Wednesday, Mr Yarad, the Deputy Head of the Senior School, an Old Boy from the Class of 1992, spoke about the importance of standards in the Senior School Assembly. He explained that one of the hallmarks of Trinity Grammar School is that we insist on high standards, and that this extends to expectations for behaviour, punctuality, dress and deportment, courtesy, and respect.

In particular, he reiterated some important, non-negotiable rules, all of which are articulated in the Record Book and Handbook, but which, for young people, bear repeating for the sake of establishing and maintaining clarity. He spoke about the School policy for mobile ‘phone usage. In simple terms, your sons are not permitted to have their ‘phones on between 8.25am and 3.40pm. We tell them they must be “off and away”. The School reserves the right to confiscate your son’s ‘phone in the event there is a breach of this clear and reasonable expectation. If you need to contact your son urgently during the day, you may call Reception on 9581 6000 and we will convey a message. Please do not message him directly. He also spoke about the importance of wearing the uniform well, a theme I returned to this morning at Quad Assembly. It would be fair to say that getting many of your sons to keep their socks up and their shirts tucked in is a constant and frustrating battle. It would be easy to give up but, because of our commitment to high standards, my colleagues and I continue the endless reminders to your sons about the importance of being well presented. Likewise, haircuts. The Record Book is clear that your son’s hair must be clean and tidy and may not be so cutting edge as to invite comment. If a teacher, Housemaster, coach, or senior member of staff asks your son to have a haircut that is, by definition, inviting comment. It is not an infringement of your son’s human rights to ask him to trim his hair, or have a shave, and we expect that your son will comply as a gesture of respect for the person who made the request and for the institution of Trinity Grammar School.

Finally, Mr Yarad stressed the importance of the School’s position on anti-social behaviour involving drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, vapes, weapons (real or replica), theft and vandalism. It is critical that you and your sons are clear that there are some behaviours the School will not accept.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

Staff Profile | Melinda Bargwanna

February 19, 2021

Environmental specialist Melinda Bargwanna has arrived at Trinity to share the fruits of everything she has learned from the “ultimate landscape architect” – God.

She regards her newly-created role as the perfect combination of all of her skills – as a university lecturer in Landscape Architecture, the director of a landscape design business, a lover of nature and children, and a Christian.

“I feel so privileged to be in a school where you can share your love of God through nature,” she said.

“One of my favourite Bible quotes is from Job: speak to the earth and it will teach you.

“I have learned so much about the environment from God. He is the ultimate landscape architect.

“I enjoy Him teaching me things through nature; strolling through the bush and observing the details of his hand, the way water runs across the landscape, the combination of the trees, the soil patterns. He just puts things together perfectly. It’s a real inspiration to me as a designer.

“I want to show students the intricacies of it all and how perfectly he has designed things.”

Her students will see the natural world unfold before their very eyes as they help design and build their own mini Garden of Eden along the Junior School’s frontage with Seaview St.

Mrs Bargwanna will oversee The Green Patch Initiative in which each Year group from Kindergarten to Year 6 will “own” their own space and ideas, and be responsible for all of the Ps: planning, preparing, planting, protecting, picking and plating the patch.

It’s practical as well as aesthetic – the boys will grow, and ultimately eat, their own vegetables.

Mrs Bargwanna completed a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW, where she has since lectured for 27 years.

She also studied and taught at Ryde TAFE School of Horticulture for 23 years, teaching TAFE Digital Natural Environment for the past four years, and runs her own landscape design business based at Carlingford.

She volunteered as a scripture teacher for nine years at Burnside Public School in North Parramatta, where her sons, now aged 19 and 17, attended, and loved the interaction with children and parents.

She has been surprised by how anxious young people feel about the future of the planet, global warming and environmental degradation.

“I want to teach the boys skills and concepts to give them hope that they can make a difference, and be able to change the world,” she said.

“By starting them early we can give them a great head start in learning to live sustainably. I hope that will have a ripple effect on families and communities, and we’ll see some great things come out of this program.

“I am optimistic our younger generation will find sustainable solutions not yet thought of and our Green Patch Initiative will be a legacy that impacts their lives in so many ways.”

Congratulations Patrick Cummins

February 19, 2021

Trinity art technician, Patrick Cummins, has added to his accolades by picking up first prize in the Salon of Local Artists at the Arts in the Valley competition at the end of 2020. His winning piece was a photograph taken following the horrific bushfires that swept through the Morton National Park and incinerated large swathes of bushland around Tallowa Dam in the Southern Highlands region. Patrick captured the photograph when he drove through the burnt terrain soon after the fires. “I was blown away by how the foliage had been completely stripped from the trees leaving a colourless landscape of black sticks on white ash,” said Patrick. The picture is taken from the road looking across a gully to the far hills. “Normally you would never be able to see these vistas because the leaves and shrubs block your view,” said Patrick, adding that even in the devastation there was a beauty that caught his eye. “I knew it would make a striking photograph as soon as I lifted my camera.” The Arts in the Valley exhibition has been running in Kangaroo Valley since 2007 and brings together works covering sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and music. Last year’s competition attracted entries from 600 artists vying for one of four prizes. The finalists included two Archibald finalists, an Archibald Packing Room prize winner, and finalists in the Sulman and Blake art prizes. Patrick was humbled to be chosen from such a strong field of artists and has put his $1,500 prize winning towards a motorbike.

From the Head of the Junior School

February 19, 2021

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:43-45

Today, the boys and staff had the opportunity to farewell our Teacher’s Aide, Mrs Emily Brown, who has been working at Trinity for over fourteen years. Mrs Brown has made an enormous difference in the education of boys, especially supporting their learning needs in the early years. Many older boys who have successfully completed their schooling have been positively influenced by Mrs Brown across their journey. We thank Mrs Brown for her service to the School and wish her well in her next adventures which include devoting more time to her own young boy.

We also congratulate Mrs Mary Wang, who on Wednesday night was the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher’s Service Award from the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW for her enormous contribution to providing quality education. In the Junior School, we already know this to be true of Mrs Wang but are especially pleased that her additional voluntary work with the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association has been noticed and acknowledged. Congratulations, Mrs Wang!

Throughout the first few weeks the boys have heard the message that they do not have to be the best but should always seek to do their best. I am delighted to report that it is a mantra evident in the boys’ approach to tasks so far this year; in the classroom, at sport and activities, in familiar and new endeavours. We strive to acknowledge their application, positive approach and achievements in lots of ways: through words of praise; fist-pumps; pats on the back; smiles; thumbs-up; as well as certificates and ribbons. In the Junior School we do celebrate excellence and acknowledge outstanding performances, including victory. However, we want boys to learn that individual and collective success takes many forms and that finishing first, jumping highest or scoring the most are only a few of the measures of success. The self-satisfaction of knowing you have given your all in every endeavour is the real prize.

Thank you to all parents who are patiently and safely using the carpark and observing the traffic regulations. As predicted, the flow of traffic has certainly improved in recent weeks between 3pm and 3.30pm, although we particularly require the cooperation of parents now doing a later pick-up from co-curricular activities. At this later time, with boys finishing from all sections of the School and coaches providing supervision, the familiar ‘flow’ facilitated by the Junior School teachers is not in operation. Therefore, you will not be able to wait in the painted pick-up zone if your son is not ready and will need to either lap again, or park and meet your son at the pedestrian crossing. The Headmaster has written extensively about traffic in and around the School in his column today and I commend it to your reading. In particular, he encourages every driver to consider this challenge and responsibility through the lenses of: safety; modelling; relationships; character-formation; and reputation. Please make yourself familiar with our Traffic Management Plan and adhere to it. Your school community would appreciate your support in helping our carpark and traffic arrangements to work well.

Next Wednesday, Years 5 embarks on camp at the Crusader campsite on beautiful Lake Macquarie. The campsite has been significantly upgraded in recent years and the boys will be some of the first to enjoy some of the new cabins as well as camping out for one night. Camps serve as an opportunity to develop and extend relationships as well as participate in a wide variety of adventurous activities, including individual and team challenges. Camps assist in the boys’ development of independence, collaboration, responsibility and life skills as well as providing wonderful social experiences beyond the confines of the classroom. Camps can also be the first step for parents in allowing boys greater responsibility and freedom as they stay away from home, possibly for the first time. Please ensure that packing lists, arrangements for departure and pick-up are carefully noted. Any medication should be given to the class teacher with completed permission to administer instructions prior to departure. I have no doubt that our boys will rise to the challenges ahead of them. Please note that teachers will only be using Seesaw very sparingly from camp, allowing them to focus on their main responsibility of caring for the boys, and also allowing the boys the chance to tell you their camp stories for themselves when they get home!

All students in K-6 should have returned the 2021 Information and Communication Technology Agreement by today. If you have not yet discussed, co-signed and returned it to the class teacher, please do so over the weekend for Monday. This agreement is renewed annually and the conversations around it are important in our ongoing support and guidance of the boys.

In a fortnight, the boys will be supporting ‘A Day without Speech’ and raising their awareness of communication needs when they go without speaking in support of OIC Cambodia. 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). Please support generously and even challenge your son to go beyond what we will do at school. Many have already generously pledged with 3B currently the highest sponsored class.

We are a growing school and places in the Junior School are increasingly in demand. Our Enrolments Team have asked me to communicate to current parents with younger sons the importance of submitting enrolment applications as early as possible. Entry for younger brothers is prioritised, as long as there is availability, but in some year groups, available places for 2022 and 2023 commencement are already unavailable or very limited.

Well done to the boys and coaches at last Friday afternoon’s Year 3 Sport session. The programme continues today and then for three more weeks. Friday afternoons are particularly busy with after school co-curricular activities so parents picking-up students are asked to do so punctually and to move off site soon afterwards, as many other parents need to access the carpark throughout the afternoon. Well done also to our swimmers who competed at Scots yesterday as preparation for the IPSHA Carnival in Week 6. We wish them great success in all their carnivals. All the best to our cricketers, basketballers, tennis players, touch football, intra-sport and softball players in their games across Sydney tomorrow morning – fingers crossed that the weather allows games to proceed. We also wish our ISDA Debating team all the best for their first debate this evening against Redlands. It may be Friday afternoon, but so many of our boys have a busy 24 hours of school events ahead!

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 19, 2021

An evolving tradition

The last year has created many opportunities to reflect on the way we do things, as we have been forced to adjust existing practices in light of COVID. During 2020 we needed to rethink the way that we conducted weekly Assemblies and Chapels. Fortunately, restrictions have eased to allow us to gather face to face for these occasions in 2021, however, the experience of change has allowed us to reconsider some of our practices.

This week we began a new tradition as we gathered Years 3-6 around the top basketball court in their House groups for our Monday morning assembly to present the House Swimming Championship. Without trying to perfectly replicate it, the idea’s origin was the High School’s tradition of gathering all of the Houses around the Quad each morning for their morning assembly.  Upon reflection, it was an effective way to increase the significance of being part of a House, a concept that typically has only found relevance in sports carnivals. Having tried this for the first time, we think this might become a new tradition for the Prep School that we can build on.

Swimming Championships

Speaking of the presentation of the House Swimming Championship, I am pleased to announce the results from last week’s carnival.

1st place – School House 259

2nd place – Hilliard 219

3rd place – Archer 200

4th place – Henderson 152

Llandilo Development

This week the Llandilo Development took a significant step forward as the concrete slab for the southern extension was poured. On top of this slab will be three levels of learning spaces, including our new STEAM Lab, and two additional labs; one for all year levels to use as required and one that will form an integral part of the Year 5 Learning Centre. Over the next month the structure of the building should begin to take shape quite quickly.

COVID Coffee Catch ups

One of the things that we hold dearly at the Prep School is the partnership we share with parents in the boys’ education. We have worked hard in recent years to ensure there is transparency about the way we are seeking to educate the boys so that parents can encourage and support this at home. This has traditionally been achieved through a series of Parent Information Sessions that take place on a termly basis. The current COVID restrictions have made this challenging so we have come up with a new idea to try and provide parents with an opportunity to learn more about what we are doing and to engage with key staff…COVID Coffee Catch ups.

How will COVID Coffee Catch ups work?

We are planning a series of Microsoft Teams meetings that parents can drop into with their morning coffee. The sessions will take place each Friday morning between 9:00-9:45am and will range from open question and answer sessions with the Prep Executive Staff through to information sessions targeted towards a particular group of parents on a specific topic. We hope that parents will use these catch ups as an opportunity to increase the connection they have with school during this unusual time. We will try this approach for the remainder of Term 1 to see if it helps to fill the void that currently exists.

The schedule for the COVID Coffee Catch ups for the remainder of the term and the links for parents to join these sessions are as follows:

  • Week 5 – Friday 26th February 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep ExecutiveAudience – all parents
  • Week 6 – Friday 5th March 9:00-9:45am – K-2 Reading – What does Reading look like at school and how to support him at home? Audience – K-2 parents. 
  • Week 7 – Friday 12th March 9:00-9:45am – Spelling – Learning more about Spelling – how is the same and different from when we were at school? Audience – K-6 parents. 
  • Week 8 – Friday 19th March 9:00-9:45am – PYP for beginners – learning more about the PYP framework and how best to engage with the boys at home about their learning. Audience – new parents to the School or those wanting a refresher. 
  • Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep ExecutiveAudience – all parents. 

These sessions will replace the regular sessions we typically run in Term 1 and the session that had previously been gazetted for Wednesday 3rd March.

Auxiliary Matters

On Wednesday 3rd March we will be holding the next Auxiliary Meeting. Our usual pattern is to hold one meeting a term in the early evening to allow more parents to attend. I am pleased to say that we will be holding the next meeting onsite at the School beginning at 6:00pm, which allows us to avoid any of the usual student events that take place on a normal day. The event will be held in the Mozart Room with a maximum of 50 people which will allow for appropriate social distancing. If you are planning to attend the Auxiliary Meeting it is essential that you register through the following LINK. Parents will not be able to bring children with them to this meeting. I look forward to connecting with parents at this meeting.

Unfortunately, the Community Event which had been planned for Friday 26th February has been postponed indefinitely due to the current COVID restrictions. This is a great disappointment as this event is a wonderful way of enhancing the sense of community that we have at the Prep School. (It is also a pity as the teachers were looking forward to defending their volleyball title from last year.) It is hoped that a potential easing of restrictions later in the year might make it possible to reschedule this event.

Kiss and Ride

Kiss and Ride has been an interesting journey this year. We are thrilled that we have generally managed to return to the regular 3:30pm finishing time. I am enormously grateful for the cooperation of the vast number of parents who have helped to make this possible by following the Traffic Management Plan and using the name signs in their car windows (or in their hand) upon arrival.

A couple of additional matters that I would like to bring to your attention are the need to follow the parking signs and not parking over our neighbours’ driveways. The parking guidelines have been established by Local Council to ensure the safety of our students in a busy road and it is important to respect our neighbours by allowing them to enter and exit their driveways as required. Unfortunately, I have noticed that a small minority of parents who appear to be prioritising their own convenience over the safety of our students and the rights of our neighbours. I would appreciate your support in adjusting this practice in the coming weeks.

Further to my comments above, I strongly encourage all parents to read the Head Master’s Bulletin item this week as it addresses a similar theme. Parents dropping off or picking up students from the Summer Hill carpark are asked to follow the guidelines that are in place for that campus. This includes not parking in the drop off / pick up zones. 

Archer and Henderson House Chapel Service

I am sorry to announce that the Archer and Henderson House Chapel Service that was scheduled for Sunday 14th March has had to be cancelled. Mr Smith is generously putting together a pre-recorded service that families can engage with at their leisure.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School 

‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.’

John 15:12-14

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

February 19, 2021

Public Speaking Competition 2021 – Years 3 to 6

At Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School, we value the importance of developing in each of the boys the skills required to speak in an articulate manner and with confidence when speaking in public. Research shows strong links between good speakers and good writers. The 2021 Public Speaking Competition will require all boys in Year 3 to 6 to choose a topic that they are interested in and present it to their peers. The topics that the boys can choose from for 2021 are outlined below. The boys are allowed to suggest alternative topics to their teacher (eg. could relate to the current Unit of Inquiry, Learner Profile attribute, etc.). However, it will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher to approve any suggested topics. Students are not to prepare a speech on a topic that they have used in the past.

Topics: 

  • Growth as a learner
  • Authentically Trinity…’Be REAL’
  • I appreciate…
  • What could the 11th Learner Profile be…
  • My greatest invention
  • My favourite family story
  • Did you know…
  • The best thing about being a learner is…

Speaking Time:

Years 3 and 4 Warning Bell: 2 minutes and Final Bell: 3 minutes 

Years 5 and 6 Warning Bell: 3 minutes and Final Bell: 4 minutes 

When? 

The preliminary rounds will take place in classrooms and then at Grade Meetings. 

Preliminary Rounds – boys come prepared and deliver their prepared speech:  

Years 3 to 6, in class, Week 6 (beginning Monday March 1st to Friday March 5th) with 3 finalists per grade announced by Friday March 12th (end of Week 7).

FINALS: Friday March 19th 8:40am (Week 8) Mozart Room

This year boys who proceed to the finals will have 20 minutes (8:40am to 9:00am) to prepare for their one-minute impromptu speech. They will then deliver this to the judges before they present their chosen speech to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

General expectations:

A speech is based on a central idea which is suggested by the topic. The speaker should choose material suitable for the audience.

The purpose of this competition is for students to:

  • communicate their ideas 
  • inform 
  • entertain 
  • persuade 
  • or any combination of these.  

The speaker must present a speech, not an act, recitation or a comedy performance. 

Style: Style is all about the overall impression created by the speaker.  This includes:

  • good use of eye contact
  • using palm cards that don’t interfere with delivery
  • appropriate use of language
  • clear and varied use of voice
  • using hand gestures, where appropriate, to help to get your message across 
  • The speaker should try to talk about something they know well and be as natural as possible
  • The speaker should let their personality shine through. 

Structure

  • The speech should be logical and ordered
  • A good speech will make its point within the time allowed
  • Humour can sometimes help to make a speech interesting. Remember – a good speech certainly does not have to be funny. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

From the Field Studies Centre

February 19, 2021

The Year 9 Field Studies Residential Programme aims to challenge students to step out of their comfort zone and discover capabilities that they may not have realised they had. The adventures have continued this week at Woollamia, with each of the three groups heading out on their second expedition and the boys participating in an elective activity training day. The Marine group learnt how to rig their fishing rods and tested their skills at nearby Plantation Point. The Mountain Bikers went south for a day at the Ulladulla mountain bike park, which proved to be an ideal training ground for those students who wish to take their skills to the next level. And those students who selected the rock-climbing elective spent the day at a local indoor climbing gym in Woollamia, honing their techniques, building confidence and supporting their peers as a member of a belay team.

The School has identified four engagement indicators that can positively impact academic success: self-management, managing tasks, focusing on personal learning, and persistence. For the first time, engagement in the Field Studies Programme is being tracked, assessed and reported on alongside the other curriculum areas assessed in the Middle School. The carefully selected criteria for each domain are outlined below.

Self-Management

  • Demonstrates respect for self, others, the environment, and the Field Studies Centre community
  • Uses personal strategies to regulate emotion, manage behaviour, and empathise with others
  • Contributes positively to teams and groups.

Task Management

  • Complete daily tasks
  • Prepares for and fulfils assigned responsibilities in different contexts
  • Accepts and meets expectations within assigned leadership roles.

Learning Focus

  • Demonstrates commitment to personal development over time
  • Interacts and collaborates with others to solve problems
  • Sets goals, responds to feedback, and reflects upon both successes and failures for continual improvement.

Persistence

  • Demonstrates resilience in new or unfamiliar experiences
  • Develops and uses a range of strategies to achieve personal goals
  • Embraces challenge and seeks opportunities to extend personal confidence.

Outdoor education and extended residential programmes more broadly, provide an ideal platform for the development of essential personal and social capabilities such as communication, resilience, self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, goal setting, personal autonomy, and initiative. The Field Studies Residential is much more than a stand-alone activity that students experience in Year 9. The rich, applied learning opportunities that each student encounters during his time at Woollamia are designed to provide opportunities for each boy to experience success and grow in confidence. These lessons are both timely and transferable. Each young man is encouraged to reflect on their time away and consider what they will take with them from the journey, during the final days of the programme.

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC) 

House Points

February 18, 2021

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Academic

News from The Arthur Holt Library

September 17, 2021

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the benefits of reading and about the kinds of research-based strategies that encourage and support it. This week gave us all a chance to see some of the progress that we’ve made and to celebrate some notable success stories.

The week started with Library Lovers’ Day, an initiative from the national library association, ALIA, designed to spread the word about all that libraries do to build community. The day started with a 17th-Century love poem, brilliantly read by Sam Vickery at Quad assembly.

The library also ordered cakes and biscuits to be served at morning tea for all the staff, where one of our Teaching and Learning Librarians, Ms Courtenay, read a short story. We even made sure to include staff at the Field Studies Centre.

Staff and students were also encouraged to enjoy a ‘blind date with a book’. This involves taking home a book wrapped in brown paper on the understanding that you will read it no matter how unlike your usual reading tastes it is. It’s a great way to encourage people to broaden their reading habits and to move beyond their comfort zone.

We also issued this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge Certificates to those boys who have taken full advantage of all the benefits that reading bestows. An impressive 18 boys received a Gold Certificate for their fourth year completing the Challenge, while 12 received a Platinum Certificate for their seventh year completing the Challenge. Huge congratulations to each and every one of them!

“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

Stefanie Gaspari | Director of Library Services 

Academic Focus | Trinity Assessment Parent Portal

February 19, 2021

One of the most fundamental truths about learning is that it is relational: not only is learning a process of relating what we know to what is new, it is a process of exchanging ideas and questions with those around us. Relating in structured and focused ways with peers who are learning with us is one expression of learning as a relational process. Another is found in the ways we dialogue and work with those who have more expert knowledge, understanding and skills in a particular domain – our teachers! Yet another aspect of this notion of learning as relational is found in the conversations we have about our learning with those who are interested in our progress, especially our families.

Today I would like to outline an initiative designed to support your timely and informed conversation with your sons about their learning progress. The Trinity Assessment Parent Portal, or TAPP, has been designed to support parents as they engage, through conversation, with their sons about how learning is going. The application allows parents a ‘window’ to the upcoming learning tasks a student has been set as well as results and feedback students receive on the course-based assessment tasks they complete. The application draws information from Canvas, the learning management system in which the boys and teachers work, learn and talk together. TAPP visualises this information so parents can receive timely updates on learning progress, before the more formal Semester Report is released.

When you log into TAPP, via the parent portal, you will be able to see results, feedback and student reflections for course-based tasks completed by your son’s whole year group. In addition, you will be able to see all learning tasks set for your son in Canvas, both at the course and class level. Some of the questions you might use to prompt conversation could be:

  • How are you planning to tackle the tasks you have coming up? Do you think you need any help? Do you have all the resources you need?
  • What was the most challenging aspect of this task – and how did you meet that challenge?
  • What did you really enjoy about this task – and why?
  • What are you most proud of in completing this task?
  • Can you see something specific you could do to improve next time?
  • Do you need to go back to your teacher to explain any aspect of the feedback?

This short video outlines the purpose and features of TAPP and provides step by step instructions for accessing the new application. TAPP will be ‘turned on’ next week, allowing parents to ‘see’ assessment information such as marks, grades, rubric feedback, teacher comments and student reflections for those tasks completed in the academic year to date. Parents will receive an email announcing the release of assessment information and a reminder of log on instructions for the parent portal.

TAPP has been in development over the last eighteen months and was piloted in Term 3 last year with parents of the 2020 Year 7 cohort. We are confident this technology will enhance the conversations you are able to have with your sons, both in celebrating his learning achievements and supporting the next goals he sets for himself. If you have any questions about this initiative, you are warmly invited to contact the Curriculum Office on 9581 – 6135.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

Academic Study Support for Years 7, 8 and 9

February 19, 2021

The Library Seminar space has been set aside every afternoon after school (Monday to Thursday) to provide study support for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Academic teaching staff are available to assist students with accessing and understanding homework and Assessment tasks that they may find challenging, as well as receive guidance in goal-setting and the organisation of resources. For students who don’t wish to receive, or do not require assistance, it may just serve as a dedicated quiet space to complete homework in a supervised environment without distractions.

There is no need for students to book into the study support sessions, nor is any roll taken. Rather, it is an informal opportunity for quiet work and academic support.

Andrew Scott | Director of Curriculum 

News from the Arthur Holt Library

February 19, 2021

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the benefits of reading and about the kinds of research-based strategies that encourage and support it. This week gave us all a chance to see some of the progress that we’ve made and to celebrate some notable success stories.

The week started with Library Lovers’ Day, an initiative from the national library association, ALIA, designed to spread the word about all that libraries do to build community. The day started with a 17th-Century love poem, brilliantly read by Sam Vickery at Quad assembly.

The library also ordered cakes and biscuits to be served at morning tea for all the staff, where one of our Teaching and Learning Librarians Ms Courtenay read a short story. We even made sure to include staff at the Field Studies Centre.

Staff and students were also encouraged to enjoy a ‘blind date with a book’. This involves taking home a book wrapped in brown paper on the understanding that you will read it no matter how unlike your usual reading tastes it is. It’s a great way to encourage people to broaden their reading habits and to move beyond their comfort zone.

We also issued this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge Certificates to those boys who have taken full advantage of all the benefits that reading bestows. An impressive 18 boys received a Gold Certificate for their fourth year completing the Challenge, while 12 received a Platinum Certificate for their seventh year completing the Challenge. Huge congratulations to each and every one of them!

“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

Stefanie Gaspari | Director of Library Services 

From the Mathematics Faculty

February 19, 2021

Dear Trinity Mathematicians,

You are invited to participate in the 2021 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australian (MCYA) programme. This is a problem-solving programme organised by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), which is generally aimed at the top 15% of students in an academic year at the School.

Participants will be required to present written solutions to as many of problems set in either Stage. The problems require time and persistence and may be based on Mathematics studied to date or learned as you progress through the Stage/Series problems.

The Challenge Stage:

The MCYA Challenge Stage will take place over a continuous four-week period commencing later this term (and continuing in the forthcoming vacation period). Participants will receive a problem book containing six questions (in either the Junior Division for Years 7 and 8 and the Intermediate Division for Years 9 and 10).

Participants are advised of the following dates:

  • Date of issue of materials will be on or before Monday March 22
  • Due date for submission of solutions to attempted problems will be on or before Monday April 26.

Confirmed entrants will have access to a dedicated Mathematics Competitions Canvas Course and further instructions will be notified soon after registration. In this Series, participants may work with a partner on any of the problems in the same Division although individual solutions must be submitted. Details regarding submission of solutions and further information will be made available on the Mathematics Competitions Canvas Course.

The Enrichment Stage:

The MCYA Enrichment Stage will take place over a continuous 12-week period commencing in June through to August, 2021. Depending on the Series selected (Dirichlet, Euler, Gauss, Noether, Polya), participants will receive a problem book containing 8 to 16 questions based on topics in Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Problem Solving.

Participants are advised of the following dates:

  • Date of issue of materials will be on or before Tuesday June 1
  • Due date for submission of solutions to attempted problems will be on or before Tuesday August 17.

Like the Challenge Stage, confirmed entrants will have access to a dedicated Mathematics Competitions Canvas Course and further instructions will be notified soon after registration.

Each question in an Enrichment problem booklet is based on Mathematics contained in a comprehensive booklet of theory notes, examples and exercises. These notes, examples and exercises should be consulted before completing any of the related questions in the actual problem booklet. Sample questions and corresponding solutions will be provided on the Mathematics Competition Canvas Course.

In this Series, collaboration among other entrants is NOT permitted.

A brief description of each Enrichment Series is presented below.

  • The Dirichlét Enrichment Series

This Series is suitable for students in Year 7. Three of the eight chapters revolve around a story which illustrates some problem-solving techniques: using logic, solving a simpler problem, and working backwards. The other five chapters cover:

  • Tessellations
  • One-handed arithmetic
  • Time, distance, speed
  • Working with patterns
  • Recurring decimals

Almost all the material presented is Mathematics not usually taught in school at any level and so is appropriate for enrichment purposes. The Student Problems book has eight questions.

  • The Euler Enrichment Series

This Series is mainly for Year 8 and outstanding Year 7 students. The topics considered in this series are:

  • Primes and composites
  • Least common multiples
  • Highest common factors
  • Arithmetic sequences
  • Figurate numbers
  • Congruences
  • Properties of angles
  • Counting techniques
  • The Pigeonhole Principle

Chapters 1 to 4 involve very little algebra, and the latter chapters will require students to learn about or have more advanced Algebra skills. The Student Problems book has 12 questions.

  • The Gauss Enrichment Series

This is designed for talented students in Years 8 and 9. It introduces the use of computer spreadsheets such as Excel. The topics covered include:

  • Parallels
  • Similarity
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Spreadsheets
  • Diophantine equations
  • Counting techniques  
  • Congruence

Each chapter introduces new Mathematics and presents some key mathematical ideas followed by some illustrative examples with suggested approaches and sets of exercises for which there are fully worked solutions. The Student Problems book has twelve questions. 

  • The Noether Enrichment Series

This is designed for talented students in Years 9 and 10, following on from Gauss Series. The topics considered are:

  • Expansion and factorisation
  • Sequences and series
  • Number bases
  • Inequalities
  • Methods of proof
  • Congruence
  • Circles
  • Tangents

Spreadsheets may also be useful for some problems. The Student Problems book has sixteen questions. 

  • The Polya Enrichment Series (by invitation ONLY)

This Series extends the work from earlier Series on Euclidean geometry. There is an introduction to some selected topics in advanced algebra. The topics covered are:

  • Functions
  • Symmetric Polynomials
  • Geometry
  • Inequalities
  • Functional Equations
  • Number Theory
  • Counting
  • Graph Theory

It would be useful for students to compile an ongoing summary of the facts and techniques learned and use them to obtain their own solutions to the examples. The Student Problems book has 16 problems. 

For both the Challenge and Enrichment Stages, the AMT has indicated that students can seek help from any resources other than human ones, so textbooks, encyclopaedias, etc., calculators and computers are suitable. Websites offering help with problems are really human resources and are not allowed, but the use of a computer-based encyclopaedia or a website providing information of a general nature is alright.

Supervised support for participants in this programme will be available across two lunch sessions in a week. The time and venue of these support sessions will be confirmed with the participants on the Mathematics Competitions Canvas Course. Some guidance on how the solutions are to be prepared and submitted will also be shared with confirmed participants.

If accepted, Trinity Grammar School will absorb the cost of entry of participants into either Stage.

We hope the MCYA Challenge and/or the Enrichment Stages is an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for participants.

If you wish to enter any of the Stages (Challenge and/or Enrichment), please click on the following link(s) to register your interest no later than Monday 8 March 2021. Unfortunately, we are unable to register submissions after this date

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Cho (Senior Mathematics Teacher) at hcho@trinity.nsw.edu.au.

Hyun Mi Cho | Teacher | Secondary [Math] | MiC Math Club 

Library News | Junior School

February 19, 2021

Boys in Year 4 have been understanding their roles as learners in their Unit of Inquiry. During Library time, we have looked at the factors that impacted on Malala Yousafzai’s ability to learn. Strategies used for this included asking the boys what they already knew about her, what they wanted to explore further about her story, reading age related books, watching news stories, including a segment from the ABC’s Behind The News. We had class discussions and made connections. At the end of this discovery, the boys demonstrated their understanding though the Thinking Routine, ‘Colour, Symbol, Image’. They worked individually and chose a colour, symbol and image that best represented Malala’s story and explained why they chose it. The boys were able to show that Malala’s quest to learn has been a challenging one, but she has not stopped advocating for the rights for all children to learn. The IB Learner Profile that linked with this inquiry was Knowledgeable. “We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.”

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian

Awards for the Week | Junior School

February 18, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…

KW

George Dimou

Maxim Fry

1K

Zac Chirico

Marco Guan

2R

Antonio Bhatia

Jonathan Chu

Marcus Tsia

3B

Ryder Elsibai

Nicholas Lim

Joshua Malouf

3N

Leo Chen

Hugo Song

Christopher Xu

4J

Xavier Hannan

Benji Nallaiah

Jay Zhang

4C

Alexander Anastasi

Chris Faragallah

Jeffery Jiang

5B

Christian Antoniou

James Ge

Daniel Orr

5C

Mateo Lazanja

Maxwell Leung

Joey Monteleone

5T

Luca Farrell

Kai Pham

Charles Russell

6H

Gabriel Eskaroos

Luke Farrow

Nicholas Servos

Ryan Wang

6J

George Drivas

Vasili Pappas

Louis Zizikas

6T

Jake Heald

Christian Viola

Marcus Xistouris

Pre-Kindergarten News

February 18, 2021

Dear PK Parents,

Can you believe it has been four weeks since your sons commenced their Trinity Prep journey!  I marvel at how quickly they seem to have become part of our Trinity community. I hope you are all feeling the same way, and that despite the current COVID restrictions, you have found our community to be warm and welcoming.

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Young Learners

How many books have you read to your son this week? Reading aloud to young learners is, according to the landmark 1985 report Becoming a Nation of Readers, ‘the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.’

Reading aloud presents books as sources of pleasant, valuable and exciting experiences. Children who value books are motivated to read on their own. Reading aloud gives children background knowledge, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear and read. The more adults read aloud to children, the larger their vocabularies will grow and the more they will know about the world and their place in it. Reading aloud lets parents and teachers be role models for reading. Curling up in a comfortable place in your home with your son and reading a story to him each evening, is possibly the best gift you can give him at the end of each and every day.

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

Mark Twain

Developing Your Son’s Social Skills

Building and establishing respectful relationships with a range of people is crucial for your son’s development. To develop healthy relationships, children learn the following important skills:

·       Communication – using the right words for each situation, smiling, using eye contact and listening carefully

·       Entry skills when playing – knowing how to initiate a conversation and join a group

·       Skills for sharing – taking turns, following rules, cooperating, managing conflict, helping others

·       Skills for being a good friend – thinking about how others might feel, being kind, helpful, gentle and humble

 How do children learn social skills?

As a parent you have the most influence on how your son’s social skills develop. Your son also learns how to socialise with others from your extended family members. When a young learner is developing their social skills, they can find it challenging to take turns, negotiate difficult situations, and resolve conflict. Developing social skills is like any other skill. Children need to know what these skills look like and they need to practise them with your role modelling. 

Tips for helping your son to develop his social skills:

  • Show him what good social skills look like – model, listen when people talk to you, give eye contact when you are communicating with others, be respectful to others and do kind things for your own family and friends. Your son will model by your example.
  • Encourage him to be aware of the feelings of others. For example,” Lucas has been waiting for a while to have a go. I wonder how you might feel if you had to wait that long? What would be a kind thing to do?”
  • Encourage him to respond with ‘Yes, sure’, or ‘ok’ when you are requesting him to do something. Don’t tolerate “no”. Remind him that respectful family members are polite and courteous when asked to cooperate.
  • Give him lots of opportunities for imaginary play, dress-ups, playing shop, acting out stories and rhymes, playing with other children, constructing things with bricks, cutting paper, playing with dough, and helping around the house with simple chores. This is a fun way to teach him how to be both responsible and cooperative.

Lunch Boxes

There appears to be a number of boys that are being provided with ample amounts of food throughout the day. Some boys are having a lunch order and a fully packed lunch box. We have observed that the boys are simply not hungry enough to eat the amount of food that is being packed for them. Whilst we understand the uncertainty around how hungry your son may be during the day, there is a lot of food that is being wasted. Could we encourage you to monitor his consumption over the next few weeks? We will not throw food away if it’s not eaten. It will be left in his lunch box for you to view when he comes home at the end of the day. We do ensure that all boys are eating and drinking an adequate amount each day.

Reminders / Requests:

  • Please remember to read the Prep News each week. In addition to my newsletter, every third week there will be an individualised PK newsletter that is written by the classroom teachers. This newsletter will give you a detailed insight into the learning that is occurring in the PK environment.
  • Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the way in which your sons have settled into PK life at Trinity Prep. It’s been a very successful start for all of your boys.
  • Please ensure that all of your son’s items are clearly labelled.

Kirsti Hitz-Morton | Director of Primary Curriculum and Early Learning

Library News | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Library Lovers Week

This week we are celebrating Library Lover’s week. Some of the boys have shared with us their favourite books and what they love about the Prep library.

Please take the time to watch our slides that have been shown to the boys around the School this week.

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

If you have read a good book recently please write a short recommendation to share with other students and post it to our board in the Prep Library! Your recommendation can help other students explore new and exciting books and help them to become balanced with their reading.

Spotlight on Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey is an Australian author who has written many well-loved, bestselling books for children. He is the creator of three hugely successful series for children — the New York Times bestselling The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug, and Thelma the Unicorn.

Aaron’s books have won many awards, including nine REAL Awards, an INDIE Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, a Children’s Book Council of Australia — Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children’s Literature, two Australian Book Design Awards, and a Children’s Peace Literature Award.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Co-curricular

Basketball vs Waverley

February 19, 2021

CAS Round 2

“Trinity make it hard work in ugly win.”

1st V

Trinity mentally self-destructed in what should have been a resounding win, to hang on and keep their CAS premiership aspiration alive in a 5-point win at Waverley on a balmy Friday night. The Firsts, now 6-1, set up a season-defining game with the undefeated Knox Grammar in the TGS Sports Centre this coming Saturday.

A slow start saw Trinity down 0-8 early before settling down and playing some better defence with Tom Buvac (12WJ) finding the basket with a pair of triples and Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) controlling the paint to see the Greens ahead at the end of the first quarter (21-12). Waverley continued to be right on Trinity’s heels with some good shooting from outside. Trinity were able to maintain their lead through two big 3s from Hayden Johnson (12WH) early in the second period. Some late baskets from Deonte Williams (12Yo) had Trinity extending their margin to double digits (45-35) at the half.

The frustration remained in the second half as Trinity just couldn’t gel as a unit at both ends. Great hustle from James Andrews (11La) kept Waverley under pressure and a couple of baskets from Jesse Edwards (9WH) enabled Trinity to stay arm’s length away at three-quarter time (63-53). Waverley began to make a charge cutting the lead to just three points, but great play at both ends from Jayden Woods (11Ar) with some crucial finishes at the basket and big rebounds off the glass by Theo Kidd (12WJ) allowed the Greens to hold on for the victory and keep the A.V. Smith Shield in sight.

Trinity will have to find the cohesion and selfless play at both the offensive and defensive end that saw them win the Trinity Challenge only a few weeks ago if they wish to topple Knox next round.

Leading Statistics

Tom Buvac – 18 pts. 4 asts. 5 stls.

Deonte Williams – 16 pts. 6 rebs.

Jamie Christopoulos – 10 pts. 6 rebs.

Jayden Woods – 9 pts. 7 rebs.

Theo Kidd – 7 pts. 8 rebs. 3 asts.

2nd V

The Greens travelled out to Waverley on Friday and jumped out to a fast start, which saw them build an early 18-0 lead. Back court duo of James Kern (12WJ) and Nelson McEnally-Mino (11Ke) set the tone getting teammates involved with slick passing and combining for 18 first-half points. An amazing team defensive effort led by Rory Clunas (11Yo) and Matthew Nicolas (11Ke) saw Trinity take a sizeable 25-point lead at the half (27-2).

The second half was much of the same, as the ball moved well with Brodie Fortescue (12Ta) showing his passing skills in finding open teammates. Marc Tennant (11Ta) benefited from this selfless play, dropping consecutive baskets to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Surraj Nellore (12Mu) and Alisi Leao (11Mu) grabbed their opportunity with some smooth finishing on the break. The Seconds are playing some great basketball and if they can keep the roll on against Knox, they will have two hands on the CAS Premiership and no other School within reach.

Leading Scorers

James Kern – 17 pts. 6 rebs. 3 asts.

Nelson McEnallay-Mino – 10 pts. rebs. 9 asts.

Brodie Fortescue – 4 pts. 8 rebs. 4 asts.

Marc Tennant – 9 pts. 4 stls.

3rd V

Although the Thirds played well throughout the game in mixing it with Waverley, it was the defensive effort that hurt Trinity. But it was Jack Gonzi (12Yo) and Anson Zhou’s (11Ke) offensive prowess which kept the Greens in the game.  Anson Zhou scored a game high of 24 points but the many opportunities for easy baskets that didn’t connect hurt any chance of a Trinity revival. 

4th V

Trinity played a tough game, but unfortunately fell just short by a couple of baskets. Tony Georges (12We) and Brian Tran (12Ho) were able to secure the ball on the defensive end, which gave their teammates opportunities to score. Strong running up the court by Rupert Dobbin (11Du) and Josh Perera (12La) allowed the Greens plenty of opportunities, but the Thirds’ inability to consistently finish proved costly in the end.

6th V

The Sixths have begun the second half of the season in sensational form with back-to-back victories. Playing great ‘team’ basketball, Trinity demolished Waverley by a whopping 46 points. Building on a 28-point half-time lead, the Green machine’s tight defensive pressure earnt plenty of turnover ball to feed the growing potency of our attacking plays. Once again, the dominant inside play from James Pau (12Ta) and Zac Lau (12Sc) set the platform. James played his best game since coming to the Opens and Zac drained a series of classy shots inside the key. Patrick Williams (11La) continued to play strongly and be a big influence on the Sixths ‘engine room’, with Nicholas Magoulos (12Sc) providing plenty of enthusiastic support. The Green’s Guards, Blake Hui (11Ta), James Kaye (11Ho) and Joseph Lin (11St), continue toplay with game intelligence in offence and great tenacity in defence.

Year 10A

With one of their most impressive team performances of the season, the 10As just fell short to a physical Waverley team. In an entertaining back-and-forth game, which saw season-best performances from Kyle Tran (WH) and Hugo Reed (Ho). Trinity were relentless on offence from the opening jump, with Lachlan Chung (Ho) and Davide Eboli (WH) making their presence known under the basket, whilst Noah De Barros (Ke) kept everyone calm and focussed in the tough moments down the stretch. Special mention must go to Adam Taleb (Mu) who, in his debut game for the 10As, was dominant in the paint.

Year 10B

Trinity returned to form with style and aplomb in a thrilling 4-point victory over Waverley. With another week of top performances from Brendon-Omar Moses (Yo) and Jaden Leung (Hi), the team continued their relentless transition on offence. Ryan Geddes (Mu) and Kelvin Kong (Ar) ran the floor from the point position well, and the team were able to come back from an early deficit to secure a gutsy win.

Year 10C

From the beginning, it was clear Trinity were going to have to work hard in this one. Sam Niulala (St) set the tone early defensively for the Greens, as Waverley took a slim lead in the early stages. Alex Fisterman (WH) came off the bench and made multiple three-point shots and free throws to give Trinity the lead back, heading into the second half. From there, Trinity maintained a close lead all the way until the closing stages, where the lead was down to one point before Tai Garaci (Ho) made a free throw and missed the second intentionally to end any hope of a Waverley win, leading to a tough 36-34 win for Trinity.

Year 10D

In a strong start to the game, Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (St) and Brandon Lieu (Ho) led the way with good guard play, helping set a platform for the rest of the team. Off the bench, Nicholas Stojkovic (Ho) provided excellent scoring from all over the court, helping Trinity to a half time lead. In the second half, Liam Sandilant (Hi) and John Mitrothanasis (WH) rebounded strongly to keep the Greens ahead, as Trinity rolled to a comfortable 17-point victory.

Year 10E

The 10Es were again dominant in another resounding win, taking their record to 6–1. A strong display on the offensive end saw Marc Barakat (Mu) score 24 points off the bench. Cody Lambert (He) and Christian Falato (Sc) were instrumental as they were able to turn transition from defence into offence.

Year 10F

Trinity showcased a solid all-round performance, winning their match by 14 points. George Nicolas (WJ) was dominant on both ends of the court. Arthur Howard – White (Hi) was huge on the boards, giving the 10Fs plenty of second chance opportunities with all his offensive rebounds.

Year 9A

In the first home game of 2021, the 9As played a spectacular game, winning by 51 points. Bouncing back from a devastating loss last year at Waverley, the Greens rallied together to put up a near perfect performance, gaining momentum heading into the last three rounds of the season. Noah Herden (He) ensured Trinity got off to a great start, nailing a hat trick of three pointers to secure an early lead. Unselfish and aggressive play from both Caleb Leao (Mu) and Jamison Urch (Ta) lead to a 15-0 run to start the second half, securing Trinity the win, and giving confidence heading into Knox next round.

Year 9B

After a difficult loss the previous week, the 9Bs returned with a motivated mindset leading to a strong win against Waverley. Trinity came out with a vengeance from losing this matchup last year; notably Callum Campbell (We) who scored a career high with 21 points. Christian Henriques (He) put up an outstanding performance, where his relentless defence led not only to his own offensive prowess, but also allowed him to set up plays for his teammates. Ethan Albrighton (Sc) used both his outside shooting and slashing ability to solidify the substantial lead, giving the Greens a well-deserved win.

Year 9C

Trinity had to dig deep when Waverley opened with a blistering 11-0 run. The boys did well to keep their heads up and even managed to reduce the deficit to as little as three points but were unable to take the lead. In his debut for the 9Cs, Joshua Leverton (Ke) gave the team plenty of energy with eight points off the bench, whilst Caleb Broadbent (St) finished with seven points. 

Year 9D

Defensive tenacity kept a short-handed 9D team competitive against a much deeper and more athletic Waverley team. The boys did well to keep pace with their opponents in the first half, but ultimately ran out of gas in the second. Despite the loss, there were still plenty of encouraging signs, including dynamic playmaking from Sam Eastwood (He) and confident shooting from Oscar Zong (WH), who scored a game-high 15 points. 

Year 9E

A tight tussle with a physical Waverley side meant a close match with Trinity trailing by three in the first half. It was great team play by the boys in Green with almost all players getting on the scoreboard. But it was the strength of William Wang (La) in the key and Jet Lin’s (We) ability to score under pressure which helped us get the lead in the final minute and close out the match.

Year 9F

The 9Fs bounced back this week with improved passing to earn a big win against Waverley. Leo Sieveking (Fo) had a red-hot jump shot and Max Millgate (Fo) found open space to score easy baskets. Lachlan Johnson (Ke) continue to control rebounds and a strong defence presence in the paint.

Year 9H

The 9Hs played well against Waverley and while the end result was a 6-point loss, there was some great shooting from Amam Saeed (WH) and Neo White (Ta). Also, William Deller (Ho) was very solid in defence, which led to a lot of scoring opportunities and helped keep Trinity in the contest.

Year 8A

The 8As were astonishing in their assertive 21-point triumph in the east. From the opening possessions the superiority was evident as the Greens managed to impede Waverley from scoring for a remarkable ten minutes, while offensively scoring at will. While all boys must be commended on their defensive effort, Zack Rice (Ho) and Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) were impressive through their understanding to anticipate and shift defensively which ensured no open lanes to the basket. James Borg (He) despite being undersized exhibited great effort and determination to defend bigger opponents. A special mention goes to Harry Pliatsikas (Ho) who had his best game of the season thus far and was the player of the match. Harry had a tremendous all-round play, which included multiple steals and deflections, along with nailing three big 3s. Trinity now turn their focus to the Knox encounter, which will determine the Premiers of the Year 8A division.

Year 8B

The 8Bs were pushed right to their limits as they had a thrilling comeback victory. Despite the Greens’ immense struggle to find any consistency offensively, the boys were determined to suppress Waverley to single digits in each half. Jacob Pham (WH) and David Simmons (Du) were terrific in their efforts to rotate and help teammates which was essential to Trinity’s defensive success, while Vasili Armenis’ (He) aggression and harassing style resulted in Waverley making numerous passing errors. Late in the game with Trinity down one, Christian Galettis (Fo) stepped up significantly as he had numerous crucial rebounds and showed great composure sealing the win with an emphatic 3-point play. 

Year 8C

With the 8Cs kicking off the second half of the season in good form, a slow start against Waverley was not expected. With defensive lapses in the first half, Trinity found themselves down by nine points at the break. Great team communication led by Liam Wu (Sc) and stellar defence by Josh Falato (Sc) led to Trinity pushing the ball in transition, where Andrew Hodkinson (He) capitalised on open fast break opportunities. Zeke De Alwis (We) must be commended on his hustle and his determination to dive on any loose ball near him, leading Trinity to a close but well-earned two point victory.

Year 8D

The 8Ds were dominant from the start, leading to a clear and resounding 15-point win. Trinity commanded both sides of the ball with Josh Awad (Ho) getting deflections and Alan Chen (Fo) crashing the glass hard, whilst Callum Padman (Hi) was relentless on defence and controlled the tempo of the game as the ball moved, turning down good shots for great shots. 

Year 7A

Trinity played out a thrilling draw against a determined Waverley team, after coming off a tough loss to Alo’s the previous week. The 7As took a small lead into halftime with some good team play and solid defensive efforts from Jonathan Orr (Ho), Jozef Cluff (Ar) and Mason McGroder (WH). Waverley came back into the game early and some steady playmaking from Ben Gallo (He) and Steven Lee (Ho) and some big shots from Brooklyn Virgo (La) and Malakai Sinisa (We) put Trinity ahead in a tight back and forth affair. Waverley drew the game on a free throw with four seconds remaining, and Trinity’s last chance shot rimmed out.

Year 7B

The 7Bs played their second down-to-the-wire game in consecutive weeks. After a narrow loss to Alo’s, the team were determined to get their first win of the season. After jumping out to a 7-point lead at the half behind some big shots from Jaydon Boustani (He), Bailey Herden (He) and Xavier Toomalatai (Ho),a determined Waverley team held Trinity to just two second-half points. Strong defensive and rebounding efforts from David Sukkar (Ta) and Lucas Huang (Sc) helped to keep Waverley at bay, but a foul on the buzzer lead to the tying shot being made on the last free throw of the game.

Year 7C

Another tough game and a close loss for the 7Cs by just seven points. There was some fantastic teamwork throughout the game and special mention must go to Jenson Ye (Yo) whose court awareness was crucial in the movement of the ball, resulting in some big scores inside coming from Jared Arnold (Ar) and Ryan Le (Du).  

Year 7D

An outstanding game from the7Ds who made it back-to-back wins.Trinity were led by the dominant inside presence of the metaphorical “twin-towers” that consisted of Matthew Chen (Hi) and Harry Jang (Sc).The relentless rebounding of Harshal Churchra (He) proved to be a difference maker in the 15-point victory by the improving young Trinity team.

Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball

Basketball Results vs Waverley

TeamScoresTeamScores
1sts78-73 W8A49-28 W
2nds55-14 W8B16-14 W
3rds29-37 L8C33-31 W
4ths42-48 L8D28-13 W
5ths26-42 L8ECancelled
6ths62-16 W8FCancelled
7thsCancelled8GCancelled
8thsCancelled8HCancelled
9thsBye8ICancelled
10thsCancelled8J Cancelled
11thsCancelled7A29-29 D
12thsCancelled7B19-19 D
10A31-25 L7C13-20 L
10B38-34 W7D27-12 W
10C36-34 W7ECancelled
10D40-24 W7FCancelled
10E60-36 W7GCancelled
10F42-28 W7HCancelled
10GCancelled7ICancelled
10H Cancelled7J Cancelled
9A82-31 W
9B60-43 W
9C26-37 L
9D29-38 L
9E35-32 W
9F41-18 W
9G23-40 L
9H 26-32 L

Summer Track and Field

February 19, 2021

With the only competition held in Sydney on the weekend – the NSW Throwers Club meet, a small number of our Track and Field athletes also travelled to Canberra to compete at the ACT Track and Field Championships (and the Individual Track Meet) held at the AIS on Friday 12th February – Sunday 14th February. 

ACT Track and Field Championships | AIS, Canberra | Friday 12 – Sunday 14, February 2021

100m

William Moir (11Hi) – 11.16s

Laud Codjoe (12Ta) – 11.60s

200m

William Moir (11Hi) – 22.21s

800m

Michael King (10Ta) – 1.56.37s

1500m

Michael King (10Ta) – 4.11.21s

Long Jump

William Moir (11Hi) – 6.72m

Laud Codjoe (12Ta) – 6.62m

ACT Individual Track Competition

100m

Indiana Murphy (9Ta) – 12.74s

200m

Indiana Murphy (9Ta) – 25.89s

100m Hurdles

Indiana Murphy (9Ta) – 15.36s

Throwers Club | Greystanes | Sunday 14, February 2021

Shot Put

Ben Stevens (10We) – 16.59m

Discus

Ben Stevens (10We) – 48.52m

William Moir (11Hi) in the U20 Long Jump

Old Boys News

Our track and field athletes continue to go from strength to strength, with a National Indoor record in the 1500m from Oliver Hoare, a convincing win by Rohan Browning in the 100m at ACT Championships, a PB jump and World University Qualifier by Connor Murphy at ACT Championships, and consistent throwing by Alex Kolesnikoff at the NSW Throwers Club Meet. See full details below.

Oliver Hoare (Class of 2015)

Oliver (Oli) Hoare (2014) on Saturday 13 February competed in the 1500m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet in New York, running himself into a Australian Indoor Record in an extremely fast time of 3.32.35s. 

Oli’s time was an Australian indoor record for the 1500m and the sixth fastest in history. The time is well under the Olympic A standard of 3:35.0, but being an indoor meet it cannot count as an automatic selection. To put it in perspective, his incredible indoor run was 18 seconds quicker than the time to win gold in the 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics – with times in the traditional outdoor event usually about four seconds quicker, so it will be very exciting to see Oli run some outdoor 1500ms.

Superlatives 

Australian Record by 2.75 seconds 

World 6th fastest All-Time Indoor 1500m

Rohan Browning (Class of 2015)

ACT Championships | 12th – 14th February 2021

100m Final

In what was a hotly contested competition at the ACT Championships, with the best 100m sprinters lined up in the final together, Rohan tore the field apart – to win the Championships in a time of 10.23s with second, a COVID-safe distance away in 10.44s.

Connor Murphy (Class of 2019)

ACT Championships – 12th – 14th February 2021

Triple Jump

Coming into the competition, Connor had a windy PB of 15.86m and a legal 15.68m jump. Although he only had three recorded jumps at the competition, he surpassed his PB on the third jump with 15.93m and then on his fifth jump, he triple-jumped 16.15m, the first time over 16m and a World University qualifier. This also makes him 31st All time Australian at only 19 years old.

Alex Kolesnikoff (Class of 2018)

NSW Throwers Club Meet, Greystanes | Sunday 14th February 2021

Alex continues his fine form from his NSW Record in the Shot Put with a 19.01m put at the NSW Throwers Club meet on Sunday. With no competition, it will be great to see Alex compete at the NSW Open Championships in a couple of weeks.

Andrew Murphy | Director of Track and Field | Athletic Development

Volleyball vs Knox

February 19, 2021
1sts VI Summer 2021 Team
2nds VI Summer 2021 Team.

Trinity 2nd VI defeated Knox 3rd VI 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-10)

Last Saturday, the Trinity 2nd VI played against a tall Knox 3rd side, due to Waverley not having a volleyball team during the summer season. However, the height and power of the opposing team did not deter the Trinity side, as we went on to win the game 3-0.

The game began rather slowly, with most of Trinity’s points being off unforced errors from the Knox side. This changed when Eric Mihas (11La) was able to score several service aces off the bench, widening the gap between the two teams, as well as motivating Trinity to play at full capacity, as we saw Josh Munter (10Hi) setting consistently and accurately, allowing our spikers to score many point against Knox. Our defence was also solid, with Jim O’Brien (12WJ) becoming a dominant blocker on the net, shutting down the Knox spikers.

Trinity’s aggressive offensive power continued into the second set, with strong hits from Blake Plavsic (12WH) down the middle, spiking past Knox’s tallest blocker, as well as many smart tips and hits over the block from Michael Park (11Yo). Trinity’s serving also created problems for the Knox side, as David Tsai (11Ho) destroyed the Knox passing, forcing a timeout. Thus, Trinity was able to easily take the second set from Knox.

In the final set, after a pep talk from our coaches, Trinity’s defence really shone, with communication being the best so far this season. Trinity rarely let the ball drop with players like Keshav Baldeo (11He) and Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) leading the backcourt and picking up any tricky free balls that the Knox side hit over the net. Once again, Trinity dominated on the net, with Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) hitting many tricky sets around the block into tight spots, as well as making himself known as a blocker, allowing for easy pickups on Knox’s hits. Through our combined efforts, Trinity was able to take the third set and the game.

Overall, the 2nd VI played extremely well in the weekend, showcasing their offensive power and defensive prowess. Next week, Trinity will take on the Knox 2nd VI, in what will be a tough game.

Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain

Jim O’Brien (12WJ) smashing the ball past the block.
Keshav Baldeo (11He) going for a ball in back court.

Trinity defeated Barker (25-22, 25-15, 15-10)

This weekend, the 3rds had an interesting day when the opponents turned up with only four players on their team. Lucky for them, we had two volunteers Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) and Kevin Zhong (11He) go over and fill in for missing spots.

We started slowly with some mistakes that set us back a few points, but we gradually won back the points and took the lead. Our offensive side was mostly serving, executed by Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) and Jeremy Chia (11WH) giving opponents a hard time putting the ball back over the net.

We collected ourselves back together in the second set where we made little mistakes at that time. Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) really came through and dealt some pretty hard hits which got everyone more excited for the remainder of the game.

The third set was fun as everyone was much more relaxed and could play without much game pressure and it was over quickly with everyone enjoying the game. A special thanks to Benjamin Powell (12Ho) and Edward Feng (12Yo) for keeping a scoresheet so meticulously that it was a work of art. 

Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain

The 3rds getting ready to receive serve.

Chess | Round 2 vs Cranbrook

February 19, 2021

Last Friday, on 12 February, the CAS Chess team travelled to Cranbrook in order to play Round 2 of the CAS Season. Despite an anticlimactic bye in Round 1, the Chess team challenged Cranbrook with unwavering determination and intensity. Led by the Chess Captain (Matthew Chen 12He) and his inspiring pre-game pep talks, Trinity managed to secure a respectable 10.5 to 1.5 victory. Special mention must go to Jeffrey Haung (9St) who, on the brink of defeat, persevered and undermined the panoptic defence of his opponent’s Bishop with his three past pawns in the last few minutes of the match, ultimately securing a win in a nail-biting endgame. In addition to this, the prowess of the Juniors must be congratulated. CAS debutant and emerging dark horse Ethan La (8La) and CAS veteran Nathan Chun (8Ho) both proved their dominance in quick and decisive victories whilst Albert Zhou (8WJ) navigated through an unfamiliar, turbulent pawn endgame under time pressure, ultimately ending in a solid draw.  Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo) also made a triumphant return to the CAS Chess scene, winning a challenging Board 1 with great style and panache. All in all, while a resounding 12-0 sweep would have been ideal, the Chess team is ready and hyped to take in the lessons learned from last week’s matches against Cranbrook to play against St. Aloysius’ College in Round 3 with bolstered confidence and strength.

Dylan Wang (12La) | Vice-Captain of Chess

Water Polo | Round 10

February 19, 2021

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY

There were some exciting matches played in the Trinity Centenary Pool last Saturday. The 1st VII team put on a clinical display during their highly anticipated match. The team showed great teamwork and poise in front of goals against a top-level goalkeeper to experience an outstanding result for the team. There were other excellent performances seen from the 3rd VII, 16Bs, 15As and 14As teams who all experienced well-fought team victories. The 13s age group showed some great promise and will look to work together as a team to show improvement throughout the remainder of the term. Trinity teams are split between the Trinity Centenary and Riverview pools this Saturday. Good luck to all teams in what will be another competitive and enjoyable round of Water Polo. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

1ST VII | WON 16-3

The team played a well-respected The King’s School side last Saturday. The players’ preparation and focus for the game was excellent which translated to arguably their best performance of the season. The team understood the importance of playing with intelligence and patience against a very talented King’s goalkeeper. From the start of the game the boys played an aggressive press defence and had fantastic awareness to minimise the impact of King’s offensive weapons. This well-executed defensive style generated many counter-attack opportunities which left the King’s side with little hope. I am very pleased with the boys’ efforts and focus and it is encouraging to see them continue to improve each week. I am looking forward to seeing the boys continue this momentum into the end of the season.                        

Blake Edwards | Coach

Round 3 of the CAS/GPS Water Polo season ended successfully for the Trinity 1st grade team when playing The King’s School last Saturday. The boys played very well against the skilled King’s goalkeeper, effectively utilising the cross pass to an open player to finish the multiple scoring opportunities. This was evident as the team captains showed their skills and spatial awareness to deliver many of these pinpoint passes. Although the opposition’s offensive drives were not overly successful, the team stuck to defensive tactics taught to us by coach Blake Edwards, which allowed us to generate numerous successful counter-attacks throughout the game. Defensive pressure throughout the game helped secure the win, as the team managed to hold the opposition’s offence to just one goal in the first half. The team finished the game off strongly with an encouraging 16-3 win. This augurs well against the next match against Riverview this Saturday.

Matthew Robertson (12Du) | Captain of Water Polo

3RD VII | WON 19-2

On Saturday, the Trinity 3rd VII Water Polo team played The King’s School. This game was by far the best demonstration of skill and fitness we have seen all season. The Trinity team played consistently throughout the game, remaining in the lead and playing strongly until the end of the last quarter. All Trinity players should be commended on their attitudes and behaviour, playing fairly and professionally despite the strong opposition. Special mention to Edward Newton (11WJ), Joshua Hanna (11Ho) and Michael Wierum (12­He) who showed great knowledge of the game and demonstrated this on Saturday. I was very proud of the overall performance by all members of the Trinity team on Saturday and look forward to everyone keeping the same intensity for the remainder of the season.

Amy Graetz | Coach 

16B | WON 18-3

The 16Bs proceed to show their strength against teams in the GPS organisation, defeating King’s 16As 16-3. The team started out very well and finished very strongly in all aspects of the game, with a standout game from Finn Ramanuskas (10Ke) who scored 12 of the team’s 16 goals. However, this game was won from a dominant press defence by all players of the team, with the King’s team finding no options for passing and our team counter attacking off this strong press defence. Two goals were also scored by Mile Brigham (10WH), and one goal each by Thomas Power (10Mu) and James Boulougouris (10St). However, it must also be noted that many boys are skilled and knowledgeable enough to understand the need to pass the ball off in a 2 on 1 with the goalkeeper, with Hudson Korda (10WJ) earning the right to say he assisted with multiple goals. Overall, the 16Bs should be proud of their efforts and discipline through the whole game from beginning to end.

Oscar Jones | Coach

15A | WON 12-4

This game saw Trinity play their best team Water Polo of the summer with all players contributing to the final 12 to 4 win against St. Joseph’s College. The first quarter was a very even affair with Trinity struggling to overcome the very physical nature of St Joseph’s play but were still able to keep the score at one each. The second and third quarters saw Trinity gain ascendancy, overcoming the rugby (or perhaps wrestling) tactics of the opposition to produce a three-quarter time score of 8-2. The Trinity defence did relax in the final period, allowing St Joseph’s to score two easy goals but still were able to score another four of their own. Best for Trinity were: Sebastian Green (9Ta), who was able to use the excellent service he received from the team to score seven goals from centre forward; and Bailey Martin (9We), who played most of the game at centre back being held, sunk, kicked and pushed, but still able to nullify the opposition’s centre forward and not get ejected. A special mention to Oscar Sealey (9Sc) who played his best defensive game this summer, never allowing the opposition any leeway. Other scorers for Trinity were Mathew McLennan (9Yo) with two goals, and Joseph Britton (9He), Luke Raptis (9Ta) and Jonah de Groot (9Ar) with one each.

Ray Swinnerton | Coach

14A | WON 18-1

The 14As had a great match on the weekend against St Joseph’s College, displaying excellent defensive strategies to force numerous turnovers throughout the game. This generated many counter attacking opportunities for the team which saw Trinity leading five goals to zero at quarter time. In the next two quarters Trinity scored three goals in each quarter before scoring seven goals to one in the final quarter. Best players included Lachlan Rathbone (8Ke) and Leopold Vo (8WH). All the best for the next round. 

Florin Bonca | Coach

14B | LOSS 7-11

In a hard-fought match, Trinity fell to The King’s School 11-7. The King’s 14A team was playing against the Trinity 14B team but we still made a great effort. In the first quarter we kept it close, only going down by a goal, 3-2. Matteo Pezzano (8Fo) added one goal in the first from half court. He then added another half court shot to add to his two goals for the day. Zaine Bachir (8Mu) added one goal in the second quarter. Gabriel Stavropoulos (8WH) is showing promising skills as a leader of the boys. They look at him as an example of what to do. Toby Ji (8Ta) scored the most impressive goal all day in the fourth quarter as he did a give and go, passing the ball and driving back by receiving a pass from Gabriel to score a goal. Toby finished the day with two goals overall. The team put in a good effort. While lacking some basic Water Polo knowledge, this game’s result demonstrates an encouraging sign the team will improve throughout the season. 

Sam Slobodien | Coach

13A | LOSS 4-7

Thankfully, Water Polo is one of our sports that goes ahead rain, hail, or shine. Well, it was certainly raining as our families made their way over the bridge to play our first game against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) in their newly completed sporting complex. There was a lot of excitement, and possibly some nerves, as we prepared to hit the water. Shore managed to score three goals in the first quarter whilst we continued to warm up. We came to life in the second quarter and managed to score two goals through Jaiden Sivapirabu (7Hi) and Dylan Blyth (7La). In fact, we kept with Shore for the remaining three quarters as we finished the game with a 7-4 loss. We had two other missed opportunities where the ball just drifted over the top of the crossbar, and had we scored these two goals, the score line would have been a better representation of the game we played. As many boys in the team have only played a few games of Water Polo before, it was great to see them working together as a team and encouraging each other. However, many aspects of the game will need to be developed in the weeks ahead. One is to make sure our defensive structure always ensures that the defender positions himself between the attacker and our own goal. This makes it significantly harder for the opposing attacker to have a scoring opportunity. I am sure through the weeks ahead that the boys will continue to improve, and I am very proud of their first effort this weekend against Shore.

Stephen Heanly | Coach

13B | LOSS 3-18

The 13Bs had another difficult game against The King’s School A-grade team. Although they lost 3-18, the team definitely showed improvement from last week as they are developing their game awareness and ball skills. Special mention to Hugo France (7WH) for scoring two goals and Cristian Izillo (7Mu) for scoring a great outside shot. Another significant effort was goalkeeper Benjamin Simonds (7WH) having some great saves that were almost certain goals. In the following weeks we will continue to work on ball skills and game strategies. 

Tristan Glanznig | Coach

Cricket News

February 19, 2021
The 1st XI’s Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo) in first slip and Nicholas Enno (12Hi) in second slip ready for a catch

Last Saturday all fixtures were washed out and much of this week’s training has been at the mercy of the heavens. Tomorrow, Trinity plays Knox Grammar in what will be a competitive round for all sports. 

Stumped by the Rules?

Last week, Deputy Head of the Senior School, Mathematics Teacher and Sydney Grade Cricket 1st Grade Umpire, Mr Andrew Yarad, provided us with a question for the dinner table which was ‘what are the nine ways you can get out?’ The answer to this question is as follows: 

  1. Bowled
  2. Caught
  3. LBW
  4. Stumped
  5. Run out
  6. Obstructing the field
  7. Hit Wicket
  8. Hit the ball twice
  9. Timed out

The question for this week from Mr Yarad is: if the ball hits the batsman on the helmet (without touching any other body part or piece of equipment) and goes over the boundary on the full, how many runs is it?

Luke Gray | Acting Director of Cricket

Starlight Children’s Foundation – Super Swim Challenge

February 19, 2021

Between January 26 and February 24, several senior members of the Trinity Swimming Team are taking on the Starlight Foundation’s Super Swim Challenge in order to raise money for children in hospital.  The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a charity organisation that seeks to brighten the lives of Australian children hospitalised with serious illnesses.  Their activities include raising money and spending it on gifts and activities, which provide play, fun, and learning to help these children forget about their illness for a while and experience some childhood during these difficult times. 

As a team, we are taking on the colossal challenge of swimming a combined total of over 400 kilometres within the span of 30 days to raise money for sick children in hospital.  To sponsor us, please click on this link ( https://superswim.org.au/t/trgr ), which will take you to our team page.  Just $42 will be enough to deliver the foundation’s in-hospital program to one sick child.  Moreover, any donations over $2 are TAX DEDUCTIBLE, so please consider sponsoring our team to donate to this worthy cause as we take on the mammoth task that is the Super Swim Challenge.

Yours in swimming,

The Green Gang

Music News | Junior School

February 19, 2021

The art of music above all other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation 

Ralph Vaughan Williams

RECENT PERFORMANCES

At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Thomas Henry (6La), who played The Gnome by David Popper on the cello accompanied by piano. He has been learning with Ms Morgan for 6 years. He is the 2021 TGS Primary Music Award recipient and is a Year 6 Music Leader. Thomas plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra and plays in the TGS Symphony Orchestra as a part of the Junior School Advancement Program. His sports of choice are cricket, soccer, AFL, and tennis, but he also likes fishing. 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. Thomas says, “I like that the cello is not easy and it includes hard work”.

The Woodwind Family by Charlie Yao (6Fo)

I drew this picture of an oboe because I like the instrument. The oboe is part of the woodwind family. The woodwind family of the Orchestra includes piccolo, flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons. The woodwind instruments need a reed to sound, except for the flutes. Both the oboe and the bassoon need a double reed.

Oboe reed

I also drew this picture because I want to learn how to play the oboe so I can join the Allegro Concert Band with Max Munday (6Fo). He plays the French horn. There is supposed to be two oboe players but there is only one player at the moment so if I learn how to play, I could join him.

Charlie Yao (6Fo) | 2021 Junior School Music Leader

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:

22 February       Emerson Urbano (5Ta) – piano

1 March               David Miller (6La) – trumpet 

8 March               Maxwell Munday (5Fo) – piano

15 March             Ezekiel Turner (5La) – saxophone 

22 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.

Music Instrumental – Private Lessons

Enrolment forms to join individual instrumental lessons are available here or from the Junior School front office.

AMEB Examinations

If you wish your son to participate in an AMEB examination in 2021, please ensure you speak with his Instrumental Teacher so he is best prepared.

TERM 1 WEEK 5 REHEARSALS

Monday

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)

Tuesday

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

Thursday

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

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

Friday

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

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

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

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

Sportsmaster | Junior School

February 19, 2021

Last Saturday was meant to see the commencement of IPSHA and Intra competition for Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football, Tennis and Softball.  Except for the Year 5/6 Basketball matches nothing else was able to proceed. We had mixed results in these eight matches. Our 1sts-4th teams incredibly had two successive draws along with two impressive wins against Newington and St. Andrews’, the 5ths – 8ths however ran into a powerful St. Patricks’ school and were well beaten in these four encounters.

Swimming Invitational

This week our Junior School Swim team visited Scots for the first of two practice events in preparation for the IPSHA Carnival on 2 March at SOPAC.

Absences

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 please text me on 0438 980 602 or email me crobinson@trinity.nsw.edu.au . The JS Absentee line does not alert either me nor the boy’s coach on a Saturday.

 1st VTGSJS 35 def Newington Wyvern 19
Best and FairestSam De Alwis
Consistent EffortGeorge Drivas
2nd VTGSJS 20 drew with Newington Wyvern 20
Best and FairestJason Lan
Consistent EffortDean Mavraidis
3rd VTGSJS 12 drew with St. Andrews’ 12
Best and FairestMakoto Chapman
Consistent EffortGeoffrey batten
4th VTGSJS 31 def St. Andrews’ 0
Best and FairestAlexander Chung
Consistent EffortRyan Wang
5th VSt. Pats 27 def TGSJS 0
Best and FairestJacob Chan
Consistent EffortAndrew Nicolopoulos
6th VSt. Pats 34 def TGSJS 6
Best and FairestVasili Pappas
Consistent EffortOliver Newton
7th VSt. Pats 34 def TGSJS 7
Best and FairestMohammed Hijazi
Consistent EffortAustin Albrighton
8th VSt. Pats def TGSJS
Best and FairestDavid Salim
Consistent EffortRyan La

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Last week was a very busy week in the Prep Sports calendar. Firstly, the Year 3-6 House Swimming Championships were held on Monday. As previously noted by Mr Wyatt in his report, the carnival was again a fantastic School event. It was a real shame that parents weren’t able to join us for the day, however, I hope that the boys went home and told their parents of their enjoyment. Congratulations to School House who took out the Swimming House trophy and to the Age Champions as well. 

On Friday our Year 3 boys had their first of five Friday afternoon sessions of the Year 3 Sport Programme. It was great to see them embrace House rivalry in the matches of football that they played at the Prep campus. I look forward to seeing what else Year 3 has to offer over the course of the programme.

On Saturday we had Round 1 of Summer Saturday Sport. However only the 1sts to 4ths Basketball were able to play their matches because of the wet weather that covered the majority of Sydney. Unfortunately, none of the results went our way but there was obvious potential in our players and teams and hopefully we will start to gel in the next game or two. 

The 2021 School Cross Country Championships will be held on Thursday March 11 (Week 7). It was confirmed during the week that we’ve been allowed to use Henley Park in Enfield as our site for this year’s event. I encourage all boys to try out the park before the day. For boys in Under 10s and under, the event will be a 2km course, while Under 11’s and Opens will both be 3km. At this stage parents will not be allowed to attend the event and a note with all the details will be sent home via email in the next week or so.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Sports Results | Saturday 13 February 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball
TeamTeam 1Team 2Coach
1st VTrinity PrepScotsJason Freshwater
Score1454 
Best and FairestLennard Suen  
Encouragement Ace Sharma  
2nd VTrinity PrepScotsJason Freshwater
Score1338 
Best and FairestAaron Siva  
Encouragement Roderick Chang  
3rd VTrinity PrepScotsHilary Cardiff
Score3150 
Best and FairestJaiveer Singh  
Encouragement Ethan Marangou  
4th VTrinity PrepScotsHilary Cardiff
Score839 
Best and FairestAlexei Fotheringham  
Encouragement Owen Huang  

Music News | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Active arts engagement improves academic and often social outcomes for students in both primary and secondary education.

Soloist Competition 2021

Entries will close for this competition next Monday 22nd February.  No late entries will be accepted. Negotiations with Music Staff at Summer Hill are ongoing in preparation for Preparatory School students to have their heats at the Prep School on Wednesday 3rd March commencing at 2pm.  Once all entries have been received a schedule will be finalised and released with heat details. Mr Kinda will be available to play for the heats that afternoon.

Ensemble Report – Mozart Strings – Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe

The year has begun well for Mozart Strings with the boys starting an exciting new piece called Mill Creek Stomp, which depicts a joyous folksy dance. A focus for the start of this year has been on creating good ensemble habits including arriving on time to rehearsal, setting up quickly and quietly, listening well within the group and to the conductor, and being a team player. The boys are also building up their ensemble skills, such as learning to watch and follow a conductor and being able to concentrate on playing their part while being aware of and listening to a different part. All of this multitasking requires students to be prepared for rehearsal by learning and practicing their part regularly, so that they can feel confident in knowing their notes and have enough headspace for where the magic happens; in making music together!

Chapel Band

The new look Chapel Band had their first performance for the year at the Year 6 Office Bearer’s Induction last Friday. Thanks to Mrs Swanton and Mr Smith for their assistance at this event. Due to COVID restrictions they are not able to play for the Combined Chapel’s in the Mozart Room but at their weekly Monday morning rehearsals they are preparing to record for the Family Service in a few weeks’ time and continue to learn repertoire for when they can join in again at Chapel. Thanks, boys, for your ongoing commitment to this ensemble.

Cancellation of Instrumental Lessons

Please be aware that four weeks Term time notice is required to be sent an email to Mrs Campbell the Director of Music for students to cease learning in the Instrumental Music Program. 

Absence from Co-curricular Activities

If you know in advance that your son is unable to attend a rehearsal on a given day, please email the relevant Director of the Ensemble with your apologies.  This information can certainly assist with the planning of the rehearsals and will enable correct attendance records to be kept.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Music Centre Access

All students are to leave their instruments on the day of their lesson in the Music Centre as soon as they arrive at School.  Please do not leave instruments in the classrooms or around lockers. The Music Centre will not be locked until 4:30pm each day. If your Co-curricular Group concludes after 4:30pm, please collect your instrument before the Co-curricular activity commences to avoid disappointment.

Additional Music News

Nicole Smeulders – Opera Singer and Classroom Music Teacher

It is a great pleasure to be working again with the choirs at Trinity Prep. Like the Trinity boys, I have been developing my own performance skills whilst rehearsing with the chorus of Opera Australia. I have been working on the opera “Ernani” by Verdi, which we are now performing at the Sydney Opera House. At Opera Australia, we need to be very disciplined with our language, posture and musicianship. You might like to catch a glimpse of us rehearsing recently on the following link (watch from 12 minutes in):

In Conversation with Paul Fitzsimon | Opera Australia on demand

Or, you might like to watch the first three minutes of this clip, to see behind the scenes at OA, Incredibly, we are the only major opera company in a Covid worldperforming to a live audience.

https://tv.opera.org.au/programs/opera-is-back?autoplay=true

As you can see, I am very fortunate to be involved with such an exciting company and I hope to share my knowledge with the boys. My colleague Gergely Malyusz, who teaches Brass at Trinity is playing in the orchestra for Ernani.

I am looking forward to performing in Tosca, Maria Stuarda and Othello with the company, later in the year.

Events

Dates for the Diary

February 18, 2021

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

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

February 18, 2021

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

05 Mar Day Without Speech (OIC)

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

06 Mar Sport Summer Round 4

Week 7

09 Mar Y7 2022 Parent Information Evening

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

13 Mar Sport Summer Round 5

Community

Family Feud | Save the Date

February 19, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus

February 19, 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

2​, 16 and 30 March

Contacts: 

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

Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill) 
mobile 0408 119 187

Prep Canteen News

February 18, 2021

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

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

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

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

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

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

Student Absence Notice

February 18, 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 18, 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