2021 | Term 1 | Week 5

February 26, 2021


From the Head Master

February 26, 2021

During the course of this week, the issue of consent with reference to sexual interaction has continued to be a focus of consideration and discussion from the corridors of power in Parliament House to the classrooms and assemblies of schools. This is an issue that needs our attention.

As I wrote to families on Monday, the disturbing issues that are being raised are complex. Consent, with reference to young people as illustrated in the recent publication of stories, is overlapped by other issues, including alcohol, pornography, entitlement, single-sex education, and wider cultural issues. These are all issues with which we already wrestle, and we will need to continue to do so in our quest to shape decent, trustworthy and respectful young men.

During the course of this week, staff at Trinity have conducted an audit of the ways in which the topic of consent, and other related topics, are covered at Trinity. Consent is explicitly taught to the boys through the PDHPE syllabus in Years 9 and 10, as well as in our Christian Studies classes in Years 10 and 12. The boys also engage with this topic in the Young Men’s Seminar with David Kobler, who conducts sessions with the Year 9 boys in Term 3, as well as running an evening session for parents.

This explicit teaching about consent builds on foundations of teaching and inculcating respectful behaviour, which take place in and through every aspect of the School from the early years until the end. It is my observation, and that of many others, that Trinity boys are often characterised by respectful behaviour in their interactions with others. We will need to ensure that they make the connection between respect in a general sense, and its application to the specific context of consent.

The last week has seen the publication of a number of insightful and powerful articles published with reference to the revelations over the weekend. These include: a piece by the Principal of Wenona School that challenges us to face the reality that this issue for school students is a wider cultural issue; a powerful speech delivered to Cranbrook students by the Head Prefect, which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald; and a piece reflecting on the experiences of an external speaker who educates students about consent. If you are interested in thinking further about these issues, I commend these articles to you, as well as Mr Barr’s piece on pornography in this Bulletin.

However, there is one issue that arises from the collected testimonies of these young women that has not yet come under the spotlight but which looms large in the situation. That is the role of some parents in enabling sexual assault.

The majority of the harrowing stories that were recounted online took place at parties or gatherings. These appear to be large parties that take place in family homes, that involve copious amounts of alcohol and intoxication, that provide access to secluded spaces, and which appear not to have active parental supervision. According to these stories, parties of this sort appear to be provided for people who are significantly underage, both with reference to alcohol and sex.

In hosting a party of this sort, parents end up creating an environment that enables sexual assault. This is not a statement I make lightly, and I recognise that the statement will cause offence, but I believe the conclusion is inescapable.

I can think of fewer more dangerous, unhelpful and foolish things that a parent could do than to provide a party of the sort described above. These parties cause heart-breaking and life-breaking damage.

I have heard it said that parties of this sort are a necessary rite of passage, and that they will happen anyway. I disagree. They are certainly a cultural phenomenon, but I think that in the interests of our young people’s wellbeing, we need to challenge the culture.

I know that I have the support of many of our families in this matter. Anecdotally, I think that fewer of these parties take place in the context of our School community than might be the case elsewhere. I am certainly not opposed to young people getting together to socialise and have fun. There are resources available online to assist parents to think through how best to host parties. You might like to check out this information sheet from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, or the website of Party Safe.  

I do not raise this issue as an exercise in blame-shifting or to downplay the importance of how schools address the issue of consent. Trinity will continue to do all that we can to support parents in raising young men of whom we can be proud. However, unless we address the role of these sort of parties, young people will continue to damage themselves and one another.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

News from the Field Studies Centre

February 26, 2021

Challenge and adventure are woven through many elements of the Field Studies Programme. Being extended and stretched through exposure to unfamiliar activities and environments, while under the guidance of supportive adults, provides an opportunity for growth to occur that goes beyond the ordinary. Encouraging the spirit of adventure in each boy is a worthy ambition. Most of these adventures occur in beautiful natural environments and it is our hope that an appreciation for God’s Creation is established and strengthened. The boys spend many nights under star lit skies during their time on Programme, a practice that is referenced in the book of Isaiah and has long been part of the human experience. 

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26

The final days of Residential Programme 1 have seen students negotiating the trails of Mt Stromlo, the waves of Narrawallee and the climbing crags of the Shoalhaven region. The experiences are all brought together over the final two days with structured reflection activities and a camp out and debrief on the last night. Each boy participates in a values journey and solo experience, which encourages them to think deeply about their experiences throughout the residential. This is then consolidated in a letter that they each write to their Year 12 self, that will be stored safely and delivered by Housemasters at the conclusion of their Trinity journey. 

The growth that many of the young men who have attended Residential 1 have experienced is impressive. Each of them has been required to step up and taken responsibility for aspects of their day to day lives, that are above and beyond what would be the norm for most Year 9 boys. Yes, it has been uncomfortable at times. Would each of them have volunteered to undertake all these experiences off their own backs? Maybe. Maybe not. But what is certain, is that when each student steps up to ring the camp bell, which symbolises the conclusion of the rite of passage experience, they will walk away with skills and experiences that they can draw upon, as they step forward into their futures. 

I would like to wish this cohort well as they return to Sydney and re-join their families and Middle School peers today. In the coming days, the team at Woollamia will be resetting and preparing to welcome the Residential 2 students to the campus on Tuesday next week.

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC) 

From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

February 26, 2021


In addition to his missive to you concerning the shocking testimonies of sexual assault by boys and young men that was the subject of press coverage last weekend[1], the Head Master spoke powerfully at Quad Assembly with your sons about the allegations that the perpetrators were boys and young men from schools like ours. His remarks were confronting and sobering. The fact that the coverage followed hard on the heels of allegations of a cover up of a sexual assault in our own Federal Parliament suggests we have not yet eliminated a toxic culture that, at its heart, objectifies women and is deeply misogynist. Sadly, although unsurprisingly, it is almost a year to the day that the School spoke with your sons about the anti-social and misogynist behaviour of a group of young men on a Melbourne tram that was the subject of a Four Corners programme, Boys’ Club, when the incident first broke last year. Last week’s press coverage drew back the curtain on the largely hidden pattern of sexual abuse by adolescent boys and young men, and has led me to reflect on the fine line we walk between creating the sense of belonging and community that we value so much at Trinity, and the potential for children and young people to make poor judgements, especially online, when they congregate in groups, when they sacrifice their values in order to experience a sense of belonging, or in their interactions with those outside what they perceive as their group.

What it reinforced for me was the critically important role teachers and parents play in bringing up our sons and daughters. We must, if we are to avoid the pitfalls of racism, homophobia, misogyny, tribalism and other anti-social behaviour, continue to teach them and talk to them about our values, how those values are reflected in how we behave, and what the basis for those values is. Importantly, we must also follow up in a way that is consistent with those values when our children and young people inevitably fall short of our expectations. The boys and young men who behaved so disgracefully on that tram in Melbourne a year ago were from a school not dissimilar to Trinity. The boys and young men accused of sexual assault last weekend are also from schools like ours. It is entirely plausible that young men from Trinity have engaged in the toxic behaviour that has been so vividly uncovered. On a personal note, I am grateful for the courage and strength of the young women who shared their stories, as devastating as they were to read.

So, how then do we respond as parents and teachers? How do we help our sons develop and act with empathy, a sense of decency and respect in their personal relationships? What can we do to help our sons grow into good men? How do we bring about the cultural reckoning that Daniel Principe has called for in a recent article in Eternity[2]?

There are no simple answers to why some boys and young men sometimes engage in deeply misogynistic, sexually abusive and disrespectful behaviour. Although, to be fair, western culture has a long patriarchal history that means the roots of sexist stereotypes and tropes run deep. This is not a recent phenomenon. Nevertheless, one of my working hypotheses, and one which I have written about in this forum previously, is that the ubiquity of pornography, the pornification of contemporary culture and social media, and especially the way girls and young women are represented, has created a perfect storm that has a particularly harmful effect on young people. The statistics around the first exposure to pornography and the fact that virtually all adolescents in Australia have viewed explicit pornography by the time they are 16 is significant, in my view. What seems to be consistent in the research is that frequent viewing of pornography, and substituting pornography for sex education, leads to the objectification of girls and women, an increase in male sexual aggression, negative gender attitudes, an increase in sexualised behaviours on social media, increased narcissism and an increase in callousness.

Lest we take refuge in a belief that the boys and young men of Trinity Grammar School are atypical, the School participated in a piece of research conducted by Dr Marshall Ballantine-Jones, a current parent, that found that over half of our Senior School students were statistically likely to be regular consumers of online pornography. Even more confronting is the statistic that 90% of pornography involves violence towards women, a piece of research that Susan McLean, a cyber safety consultant, shared with our Housemasters in a professional development session in January this year. Likewise, there is a significant body of research that suggests that the consumption of pornography by boys and young men leads to a decrease in empathy and an increase in callousness.  Given these research findings, it is unsurprising that some young men form the view that intimate relationships and sexual activity are done to someone else, rather than with someone else[3] and that they form a worldview where they believe they are entitled to behave in a way that is, in fact, both anti-social and almost certainly criminal.

So, if we take it as a given that we want our boys and young men to grow into empathetic, ethical, respectful, and decent men, we must step into this space. For those of you of my generation, the prospect of being connected twenty-four hours a day is an alien concept. But this is the world in which your sons spend many of their waking hours and which informs their behaviour and values. It is a world which is unregulated, addictive and largely unsupervised by the adult community of parents and teachers.

Can we stop them from watching pornography or engaging in inappropriate sexualised behaviour on social media? Probably not. But, forewarned is forearmed. If, as parents and teachers, we are aware of how young people are behaving online, intuitively a precursor to adoption of anti-social values, and if we are prepared to engage in conversations around what constitutes acceptable and healthy behaviour, if we are prepared to deconstruct the unhelpful and depersonalising depiction of women, if we are willing and able to have the conversations around consent and intimate relationships, it ought to be possible to mediate the messages they may be receiving and mitigate some of the worst effects of a cultural milieu that sexualises and objectifies girls and young women.

As an aside and an encouragement, it was very interesting to note a couple of years ago, when I attended a presentation by a guest speaker from Your Choicez, David Kobler, to Year 9, that a number of the boys and young men in the room expressed an appreciation that their parents had been strict in the enforcement of family guidelines around ‘phones and devices in their tweens and early teens, and saw parental control and clear boundaries as a good thing for them.

Some years ago, I shared some suggestions from a little booklet produced by Churchie, an Anglican Boys’ School in Brisbane not unlike Trinity in its values and the composition of its student body. Many of these tips come with permission from that little book. Most of them are common sense, but, as with many truisms, they gather power, cultural currency and momentum from repetition and sharing. Points ix, xii, xiii and xiv are apposite.

  1. Set your expectations for your son just a little higher than you think he can achieve
  2. Understand that your son doesn’t only learn by doing as you say. More often, he learns by watching and imitating you.
  3. Encourage the process rather than the result (more on this subject next term)
  4. Allow your son to experience the logical consequences of his actions
  5. Understand that it is the certainty of the consequence, not the severity that is the key
  6. Insist your son does chores
  7. Be an authoritative (not authoritarian), consistent parent, not a friend to your son
  8. Encourage humility rather than hubris
  9. Know your son’s friends
  10. Explain that compromise is an inevitable part of human relationships
  11. Allow time for your son to talk and don’t fill the silence
  12. Insist that your son respects women and girls
  13. Reject the excuse for boorish behaviour that, “boys will be boys”
  14. Respond decisively to disrespect, rudeness and profanity
  15. Pass on life’s lessons. Share your experience.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

[1] https://www.smh.com.au/education/hundreds-of-sydney-students-claim-they-were-sexually-assaulted-and-call-for-better-consent-education-20210219-p57449.html

[2] https://www.eternitynews.com.au/australia/ive-heard-it-firsthand-kambala-petition-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

[3] On Wednesday the ABC News online platform published an analysis piece on consent that may be helpful for some families https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-24/what-young-people-need-to-know-about-consent/13184494

Worlds Greatest Shave

February 26, 2021

This year, as has been a School tradition for the last 23 years, Trinity will be taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave. The Foundation has been actively working towards finding a cure for blood cancer since 1975, and this year marks the 24th year in which the World’s Greatest Shave will be taking place. They have the overall goal of having zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035. 

As of today, 66 senior school students have bravely signed up to sacrifice their hair for the greater good. This is amazing, and is far larger than the numbers then we have had in previous years. 

Last year’s group set an extremely high fundraising bar, raising about $62,000. Our goal this year has been set for $50,000, and we have already managed to raise just over $20,000, and are currently the 9th highest group fundraising team in the country! This is amazing, but there is still a long way to go, so we need your help!

Any support would go a long way towards achieving our target, and helping to cure blood cancer. A lot of lives can be positively affected by the contribution we make.

To sponsor out team, or one of the students of staff taking part, please refer to the link below: 


Thank you for all your support, and your assistance in achieving our goal. 

Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar)

From the Head of the Junior School

February 26, 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

One of the ways that parents can keep in touch with the comings and goings of daily life in the Junior School is through the Junior School Instagram account. If you have not already discovered this and followed us, you can do so @tgsjuniorschool. If you took a peek this week, you will have seen Year 5 at camp on Lake Macquarie, abseiling, sailing, rafting and laser-tagging to name a few of the great activities that kept them busy. I had the privilege of spending Wednesday with the boys and was impressed by the enthusiasm and cooperation they displayed with one another and their camp leaders. Many boys particularly pushed themselves to overcome a personal challenge when fear or unfamiliarity may ordinarily have stopped them from having a go. Some boys slept in a tent for the first time. And for some, this was their first camp or time away from home. Despite the weather, the boys and staff embraced the opportunity to learn about themselves and one another in an environment very different from home or the classroom. Thank you to Miss Cross, Miss Tone, Mrs Bell, Mrs Bowden, Mr Hassall, Mr Bishop and Mr Karagiannis who took time off from their own families and responsibilities to look after the boys. I remind Year 5 boys and parents that all boys are expected to participate in sport tomorrow morning.

The School Council and leaders across all sections of Trinity gathered on Thursday evening to mark a very significant milestone. In 2021, three Trinity teachers have completed twenty-five years of service to the staff and boys of the School. I draw attention to the two Junior School teachers who were honoured, Mrs Shelley Richards and Mrs Robyn Scott. It is remarkable to consider the impact both of these committed and skilful educators have had on so many boys in their formative years across that quarter of a century….and they are still doing so every day! Congratulations and thank you to Mrs Richards and Mrs Scott! 

I note for the attention of current Year 6 parents that the Year 7 2022 Information Evening scheduled for Tuesday, 9th March will be delivered as pre-recorded sessions for viewing by current Year 6 parents. You should have received information from the Head of the Middle School, Mr John Allen, this week. This is the beginning of the process of preparing boys and parents for the transition to Middle School.  

I am pleased to see that there have not been too many items of lost property in the box located at the courtyard entrance to the Junior School. The task of returning lost items is made almost impossible when an item is unnamed. Parents are reminded of the importance of clearly labelling all their son’s clothing, lunch boxes and other items. If it isn’t named, it shouldn’t come to school! Whilst we encourage the boys to develop responsibility in this area, it is inevitable that enthusiastic boys who are regularly required to move around school will leave items behind. Lost items are almost always returned to their owner if they are clearly labelled. But, it is very difficult to make a legitimate claim for a piece of found or disputed property if it does not have your name on it. Items of uniform that can not be identified are stored in the Office for a term after which they become available to anyone…in return for a small donation to our term’s charity. Mrs Webb has quite a selection of very-good-condition items that are unclaimed from previous terms. So next time you need a replacement or new item, please ask your son to check with Mrs Webb whether she has an unnamed item in the size you need – you may score a bargain and our charities will benefit…win-win! 

Next Friday, the boys will be supporting ‘A Day without Speech’ and raising their awareness of communication challenges when they go without speaking in support of OIC Cambodia. Please help your son to get sponsors (or make a tax-deductible donation) so that this powerful learning experience for our Trinity boys also allows us to make a difference in the lives of children with communication issues and far fewer resources accessible to address these issues. We have distributed information (via class Canvas and Seesaw pages) about how to donate or provide sponsorship for your son’s silence. Thank you to those who have already donated. The class competition is heating up with 3B still holding a lead, but it is slimmer. We are hoping that a big and generous boost of pledges will get us close to our goal before next Friday.  

For a number of years, the School has made available the opportunity to Years 3-6 students to choose to compete in International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in English, Writing or Mathematics. These independent skills-based assessments are rigorous competitions with many questions set beyond grade level, and as such do not suit all boys. Whilst we will again offer this competition, I ask parents to think very carefully before opting-in. In addition to the reasons above, it is worth considering whether the time out of the classroom justifies any benefits. Those benefits are less apparent in an age when students already get considerable exposure to formal testing and when teachers have access to a wealth of growth data which we find more valuable than that provided by ICAS. However, should you decide that your son should participate in some or all of these competitions, I draw your attention to the announcement elsewhere in this newsletter about enrolling your son.

The next meeting of the Junior School Auxiliary will be on Thursday morning at Café Envy commencing at 9am. It will again be attended by the Executive and Year Parents so please feel free to contact your Year Parent if there are any questions or issues you would like covered.  

Finally, we wish our swimmers great success at the IPSHA Championships next Tuesday. I remind parents wishing to attend that you must pre-register via IPSHA. The carnival is an enormous logistical undertaking with over 1100 students competing and the organisers have stressed that there will be no exceptions for spectators wishing to enter who have not pre-registered.

Mark Dunn | Head of Junior School

That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.

1 Timothy 4:10

Mr Dunn coding with Kindy!

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Being REAL…Authentically Trinity

In my Parent Information session address that was shared with parents at the beginning of the year, I introduced a theme we are planning to explore with the students in 2021; Being REAL…Authentically Trinity. In essence, we want our boys to be conscious of belonging to something bigger than just the Prep School. We want them to be aware of the fact that Trinity has a rich history with strong traditions that goes back over 100 years. We want them to appreciate that the expectations placed on them in terms of standards and behaviour have been similarly placed on those that have walked in their shoes in years gone by, including those that are slightly bigger than them at Summer Hill. We want them to appreciate the importance of behaving in a way that is Authentically Trinity. We want them to Be REAL in the way that they conduct themselves. This year at the Prep School, REAL will act as an acronym to help the boys remember the expectations that we place on them.

  • Be Ready, Respectful and Reliable
  • Be Engaged and Enthusiastic
  • Be Accepting, Assured and Appreciative
  • Be a Learner

Throughout this week I have taken the opportunity to speak with the boys about ‘R’ – being Ready, Respectful and Reliable.

We expect the students to be ready, reliable and respectful. This covers a range of standards and a general approach to school life. We want our boys to be aware of the expectations we have of them in terms of uniform, manners, speaking with adults and one another, preparedness to learn, and the list goes on. We want these standards to become second nature rather requiring a teacher or parents to constantly remind them. I completely appreciate the need for this to be a sliding scale with less expected of our Pre-K boys than our Year 6 boys, however, we do hope that there is growth each and every day.

One of the small things I mentioned to the boys this week was the importance of using the names of teachers when they speak with them or walk past them in the playground. It has been lovely to be personally greeted by so many boys this week. It is the small things that make a big difference and make our students Authentically Trinity.

Berea Mission

This week we have benefited from having a group of Senior School boys from Trinity join us as part of the Berea Mission. The Berea Group is a weekly Christian group that meets at the High School. Once a year, the boys head out to engage with different school and community groups across Sydney. Throughout the week the boys have been involved in Christian Studies classes, Sport, Chapel and much more. We thank the boys for their involvement, ministry to our boys and their service.

Beyond their involvement in these specific activities, the boys have also helped to confirm the message above about being Authentically Trinity as they have set a fine example of what these standards look like a few years on.

Llandilo Development

The Llandilo Development continues to move ahead at a great rate despite some rain in the last couple of weeks. This week the form work was completed in preparation for the pouring of the upper ground floor slab and stairs. It is exciting to see this take place so quickly. Within weeks we will have the structure of the new building in place!

Road Safety

As members of the Trinity Prep community, I ask parents to prioritise the safety of our boys in the morning and afternoon as you drop off and pick up your boys. I feel like a broken record as I continue to make reference to road safety, but it continues to be an area of concern for me and other members of our School community. I urge parents to consider the safety and wellbeing of our students over convenience. By this I mean that parents should avoid performing three-point turns in Llandilo Avenue and instead take the long way around by turning left at The Boulevarde. Whilst this no doubt adds to the commute, it does ensure the risks associated with drop off are limited. Similarly, I encourage parents to use the Kiss and Ride service to avoid having boys walk across Llandilo Avenue to get to a car. The safety of our boys is our collective responsibility!

COVID Coffee Catch ups

This morning we held our first COVID Coffee Catch up via Microsoft Teams. It was a very intimate gathering with only a handful of parents in attendance, but it did allow for some helpful conversations about school life to take place.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the future catch ups that are planned and how they will work.

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 answers 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 the 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 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 Executive. Audience – 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.

IPSHA Swimming Championships

Good luck to the boys who are Swimming at the IPSHA Championships on Tuesday 2nd March at SOPAC. Competition will be tough with competitors from over 30 schools representing on the day. IPSHA provides a pathway for swimmers to reach the elite levels of primary school competition. The next level of competition is the Combined Independent Schools with the top swimmers at this level qualifying for the PSSA State Primary School Championships.

Father & Son Breakfast – cancelled

Due to the current COVID restrictions, which prevent parents from being onsite during extended school hours, we have had to cancel next week’s Stage 3 Father Son Breakfast. We look forward to the day when these events can be held again.

Future Enrolments

The Preparatory School is in a very healthy situation with increasing interest for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrolments in the years ahead. Whilst siblings and Old Boys are given priority, it is imperative that parents submit an enrolment application early so that these boys are factored into our numbers and to avoid disappointment.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School 

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’

1 John 3:18

Notification: Roadworks Victoria Street

February 26, 2021

Monday, 1 March to Thursday, 4 March 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Trinity Grammar School has been notified of roadworks commencing on Victoria Street between Monday, 1 March and Thursday, 4 March 2021.  Please click the link here to view more information.

Please take a moment to read through the information in the link above and if needed, make the necessary changes to your travel route to School.  It may be wise to add additional travel time during the planned roadworks.

Thank you.

Stephen Heanly | Head of Operations

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

February 26, 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.


  • 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 


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. 


  • 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

Graduate exhibition closes this Sunday

February 26, 2021

Last days to see Impermanence at Delmar Gallery, or view it anytime online.

Impermanence is the 2021 iteration of Delmar Gallery’s annual survey of new graduates’ work, selected from postgraduate and graduate exhibitions at National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and UNSW Art & Design.   

Framed by the uncertainties and upheavals of 2020, the artists respond to and make sense of this world in flux. Their works variously look outward, documenting the legacy of the bushfires, living with COVID and Black Lives Matter, while others turn inward, retreating to childhood memories to find anchor points.

Book your visit to Delmar Gallery this weekend (Sat/Sun 12-5pm) to catch a snapshot of the next generation of Sydney artists or walk through the exhibition online.

Exhibition installation views with works by:  Melissa Howe, The Crossing  2020; Seamus Heidenreich; Maria Alejandro Alvarado Loukianova, Scatterbrain maquetteI  2020; Halle Sen (ceramics) and Suzanna Vangelov (painting).  Photography by Silversalt.

Staff Profile | Nigel Cowell

February 26, 2021

Assistant Chaplain brings passion for the Gospel and cricket

Trinity’s new Assistant Chaplain relishes the opportunity to combine two mighty passions – faith and cricket. Nigel Cowell, a former first grade opening bowler for Sydney University, is coaching the Year 7A team at Trinity, where he reunites with Ian Moran, a former University all-rounder and now a Housemaster and PDHPE teacher.

But it’s his passion for sharing the Gospel that excites him most.“I love to see students coming to know Jesus, and helping that to happen,” said the 30-year-old, whose background includes three years teaching Christian studies at Shore school and two years of part-time youth work at The Scots College while completing his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Moore Theological College.

“Young people are trying to work out who they are and what they think about life.

“I think the Gospel is the firmest foundation for life; it offers hope and life for eternity.

“For young men to be confused about God is a terrible thing.

“If there’s one thing I want to do at Trinity it’s to help boys think clearly about who God is, who Jesus is, and who they are as a person made by Him.

“I want to preach the Gospel in a way that is understandable and accessible to a 15-year-old boy.”

Mr Cowell will teach ten Christian Studies classes as well as a Year 9 History class – he majored in Ancient History and Philosophy for his Arts degree.He will also assist Chaplain Greg Webster and fellow Assistant Chaplain Nathan Lee during chapel, which in pandemic times has been split between the Memorial Chapel and the Dining Hall.

Mr Cowell, whose wife Kat is assistant minister at their local church, St Jude’s in Randwick, said he was attracted to Trinity by its reputation as an educational institution and a place where the Gospel is preached. He was also aware of Head Master Tim Bowden’s previous work as Chaplain at St Andrew’s Cathedral School and Principal at Inaburra. “Many friends spoke highly of him and I was excited by the opportunity to work under him,” he said.

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February 26, 2021

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Academic Focus

February 26, 2021

Study Support, Arthur Holt Library, 3.45 pm – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday

Last week, I wrote about the many expressions of learning as relational: relating what we know to what is new, relating with our fellow learners to deepen and accelerate our own learning, relating with those who are interested in our progress to articulate what we have discovered. This week I would like to focus upon one of the opportunities the school offers for relating with those who have greater expertise than us – teachers and mentors – beyond the classroom.

These kinds of opportunities are available for all secondary students in The Arthur Holt Library after school, Mondays to Thursdays. Between 3.45 pm and 5.00 pm, teachers are available to work with students on study habits and routines, homework, upcoming assessment tasks, how to prepare study notes for upcoming examinations, how to set up a study timetable – or any other learning-related question a student may have!

No prior booking is required – simply turn up, sign into the Library with your Trinity student card and follow the signage to the designated Study Support area.  Teachers will be ready to work with you.

Of course, the Library is a valuable study space for many students after school and remains open until 6.00pm every evening. Students attending for Study Support may choose to stay on after the 5.00pm finish to continue working in a supervised, conducive environment if they wish.  If you would like further clarification about Study Support, please contact Mr Andrew Scott, Director of Curriculum, on 9581 – 6135.

When we take up opportunities to ask questions, test our ideas, and work shoulder to shoulder with someone who has more expertise than us, we can be supported in valuable ways. What sometimes appears daunting can be broken down into manageable steps. We can work out where to start and how to get to the end of a homework or an assessment task. We can become efficient learners, confident to step deliberately into any learning challenge. I encourage you to consider the ways in which Study Support in the Library after school might be just the help you are looking for to foster these kinds of learning habits in your sons – and, boys, I encourage you to turn up and give it a go!

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

Careers @ Trinity

February 26, 2021

Studying overseas

One of the many post school study experiences that our students may pursue will be to study overseas. I explain to boys that there are five ways to include an overseas experience in their study pathway when they finish Year 12:

  • Undergraduate study at an overseas institution
  • Post graduate study at an overseas institution
  • Domestic undergraduate study that includes a year studying at an overseas institution
  • Engaging in an exchange programme while undertaking a domestic undergraduate course
  • Considering a structured Gap Year Programme prior to commencing study in Australia.

We support students and families in exploring these options in a range of ways. My first question to boys when they ask me about studying overseas is about the conversations they have had (or not!) with their parents. You are aware that the commitment to study overseas is substantial, in terms of effort required for the application process, as well as financial. There is no singular pathway to achieving a course offer at an overseas institution.

If boys are seeking to apply for student athlete programmes in the US (ie apply for a scholarship), they will need to ensure they meet National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility criteria, as well as the academic admissions criteria for the course they are choosing. Applications are made directly to US colleges and each college will have their own application process. Some may use the US CollegeApp system, which acts as a holding space for application information that colleges can access.

Part of the US college application may also include completion of standardised tests. Some parts of these tests are being phased out – more information here.

For those interested in study in the UK, applications are made through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This process is similar to Australia’s tertiary admissions process used by individual states.

In both cases, applying for US or UK courses, applicants need to provide personal statements to provide information about themselves that should complement the information provided in their applications, an provide context and connection with the courses they are choosing.

For applications to study in other countries, there is often very little standard information made available, and I welcome the chance to explore different possibilities with your sons if they have these interests.

Studying overseas provides a wonderful opportunity for growth, both personally and academically, and is a great teacher of foundation skills that are widely valued – resilience, flexibility, decision-making, and taking responsibility, to name a few.

I encourage your sons to look at the information provided on the Canvas Careers page regarding overseas study to explore ideas and review links with information to help them learn about the application process.

Courses and contacts

Walking direction on asphalt

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

Susan Draysey | Careers and Student Pathways Advisor 

From the Mathematics Faculty

February 26, 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 

News from the Arthur Holt Library

February 26, 2021

The Arthur Holt Library is very proud to announce that our longest-serving Teaching and Learning Librarian, Vicki Courtenay, is this year’s recipient of the State Library of New South Wales Teacher Librarian of the Year Award. It’s a great testament to the work she does both in and for the school.

In order to win the award, Ms Courtenay was required to demonstrate her competency across a range of areas specific to her role. These included professional knowledge, professional practice and professional commitment.

Our Teaching and Learning Librarians are required to work with every department in the school, to promote the principles of Academic Scholarship and to foster lifelong learning. In developing the Research Wheel, a process scaffold based on Carol Kuhlthau’s Guided Inquiry Design and Information Search Process, Ms Courtenay has been instrumental in teaching our Trinity boys how to research effectively and how to take control of their own learning.

It is also the job of a Teaching and Learning Librarian at Trinity to promote a positive school-wide reading culture and here again Ms Courtenay has proved invaluable. She worked with the Director of Library Services and Dr Margaret Merga to develop the school’s reading support strategy and recently revisited it to ensure its ongoing effectiveness. Our Teaching and Learning Librarians also deliver our wide-reading programs and are working to broaden these in the coming years.

It’s a well-deserved award and we’re sure you will join us in offering Ms Courtenay our heartfelt congratulations!

Here’s the link to the SLANSW official announcement: https://www.slansw.net.au/media/10081956

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

Orhan Pamuk

Andrea O’Driscoll | Teacher Librarian 

Mandarin Club News

February 26, 2021

Mandarin Drama Club just welcomed a new group of enthusiastic members. We made our first Chinese with Professor Panda video of this year in just two weeks. Please enjoy ‘Happy New Year 2021’ on our School Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/55GhXiM8LaU

‘Hello Mandarin’ Recitation Competition 2021 is starting! Everyone is invited to participate!

Why recitation? According to ‘Professor Panda’, recitation can help you to learn new words and improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese. It helps you understand the poem or the story you read. It also helps you to improve your confidence, self-expression, and public speaking skills. 

Please click the following links to watch some wonderful recitation performances given by Junior School boys in the competition.

Recitation with Professor Panda EP 1: https://youtu.be/6SK0m4SVZlo

Recitation with Professor Panda EP 2: https://youtu.be/jWkRtdHPP9o

Recitation with Professor Panda EP 3: https://youtu.be/pIMbgkK6LZk

‘Hello Mandarin’ Recitation Competition is a great opportunity for students to extend their learning about Chinese literature and showcase their Mandarin speaking and reading skills.

The competition is organised by NSW Chinese Language Teachers Association and Sydney Recitation Art Group. There are groups for participants of different age and different language backgrounds.

In the past three years, many Junior School boys participated in ‘Hello Mandarin’ Recitation Competition and achieved amazingly. I am sure they will continue to shine this year.

The first round of the competition is online. Contestants need to submit a recitation video and application form before March 28, 2021. Please click the link and find the registration details.


We are also going to have a group of 10-12 boys representing the School to compete in the group recitation. Please contact Mrs Wang if you are interested in participating in the competition or would like to know more about it.

Mary Wang | Teacher Primary School 


2021 ICAS Competitions – Year 3 to 6 students

February 26, 2021

If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions (Year 3 to 6 only), you will be asked to nominate which competitions you would like him to be entered in. At the Junior School the following ICAS competitions are offered: English, Mathematics and Writing.  This year all the competitions will be held in August / September, Term 3 and will be completed online.  Please make your preference(s) by following the link below and enter your son’s details before Friday, 19 March.

Click here to register

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

More information about the assessments can be found at;


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

Merilyn Ormes | Director of Curriculum, Trinity Grammar School Junior School

Library News | Junior School

February 26, 2021

Kindergarten are looking at How We Organise Ourselves in their Unit of Inquiry. Currently, they are looking at how buildings matter. We have been reading about buildings during library time. Last week the boys re-told the story of the Three Little Pigs with finger puppets, straw, sticks and bricks. We looked at the materials used to make the buildings in this classic story. We also read The Three Little Pigs, An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia. In this book, the homes of the pigs are made out of scraps, glass or stone and concrete. These homes are inspired by signature houses of three famous architects; Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson and Lloyd Write. The boys then drew their favourite house or a house they would like to live in. 

We also celebrated Library Lovers’ Day last week with the boys participating in a competition to make new book marks for the Library. We had some fabulous entries, and nine were chosen to be made into bookmarks. Great effort to all the boys who used their artistic talents for this activity.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian

Awards for the Week | Junior School

February 26, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…


Christian Jones

Jimmy Zhao


Jeremy Leung

Lucas Lieu

Spencer Rose


Archer Heralt

Max Lamb


Jacob Bechara

Ethan Jin

Nathan Lesnie


Max Cicuta

Felix Pearson

Nessan Reidy


Jack Bray

Jake Luton

Ewan Yam


Xavier Hannan

Connor Probets

Christopher Skouteris


Elijah Harding

Jack Maclean

Jacob Polorotoff


Jason Lan

Alexander Scott

Ethan Soo


Geoffrey Batten

James Fang

David Ghaly


Jake Heald

Joshua Vuong

Aiden Wills


Timothy Buultjens

Ollie Jessop

Aiden Lee


David Miller

Daniel Simpson

Jack Castles


Robbie Coneliano

James Crook

Charlie Earthrowl

Oscar Hannan

Kobe Harb

Benjamin Loughnan

George Mavromatis

Peter Papadopoulos

Aiden Wills

Music Award

Tomas Ashman

Nicholas Ma

David Martin

Andrew Nicolopoulos

Oscar Hannan

James Saunders

Hugo Song

Joshua Quibell

Emerson Urbano

ISDA Debating

February 26, 2021

Debating season has begun and once again, I am astounded by the amount of interest and enthusiasm of the boys of the Junior School. 

I would like to congratulate Benjamin, Oscar, Benjamin, Layth, and Emerson who have been selected to represent the Junior School forming our ISDA Debating team. 

The ISDA competition takes place Friday afternoons after school. Teams are only given one hour to prepare for their debate under the guidance of a coach. Last week was the boys’ first debate, this year occurring virtually over Zoom. They argued the negative for the topic ‘All public transport should be free’. In a very close debate against Redlands, our boys were unfortunately unsuccessful. I was so very proud of how confidently each speaker spoke and worked together as a team. 

I want to wish our team all the best for the remainder of the season. It is a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of enthusiastic boys who are keen to learn and improve. I am eager to see what this season has installed for us. 

Jess Taylor | Junior School MIC Debating 

Library News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Premier’s Reading challenge 2021 – opens on Monday March 1st!

If you have started reading you can record your books on the website, ready for online entering at a later date. More information will be available over the coming weeks, including student logins that will be placed in student record books shortly.

Family Languages

Our Family Languages collection has a variety of wonderful books in different languages for the students to borrow. We encourage reading in a student’s family language both at home with their families and at school in the library space. When a student immerses himself in a multilingual environment, research suggests that his heritage language increases. This allows for a deeper development of both expressive and receptive language skills in his family language and any further languages he is exposed to. If your son has not borrowed from this section yet, please encourage him to come and see us to find a book in a language of his choice.

Spotlight on Author Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors.

He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 33 bestselling books .http://www.andygriffiths.com.au/  In Australia, Andy and Terry’s books have sold over 10 million copies, won 80 children’s choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards—including Book of the Year for The 52-Storey Treehouse in 2015. Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honour his outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator


Basketball | CAS Round 8 vs Knox

February 26, 2021

“Trinity show great resilience and grit to get over Knox in a thrilling contest.”

1st V

The Firsts exacted revenge on perennial rival Knox Grammar, defeating them 66-62 to put their CAS Premiership hopes back on track in a thrilling contest that had plenty of twists and turns for the Greens right down to the final seconds.

Trinity began sensationally by jumping out to a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter through smothering defence and some great finishing from Deonte Williams (12Yo) which included a crowd pleasing two-hand throw-down. James Andrews (11La) was also instrumental with his excellent defence and finishing on the break to see the Greens lead by double-digits (16-5) at the end of the opening period. Concern for Trinity was the injury to rim protector Theo Kidd (12WJ) who was a force on the defensive end who had to leave the game with a rolled ankle.

Jayden Woods (11Ar) led the charge in the second period grabbing some big offensive boards and nailing a ‘3’ from deep to see Trinity’s lead extend out to 16 points. Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) kept Trinity’s defence wall going, grabbing big defensive rebounds, before he too went out with a rolled ankle, leaving Trinity very short in the ‘bigs’ department. Inspiration off the bench was what Trinity needed and this came in the form of James Arthur (11WH) and Jesse Edwards (9WH) who drilled a couple of triples from beyond the arc with Arthur’s coming right at the end of the second quarter to see Trinity lead at the half (35-27).

With Trinity missing some key men, Knox began to cut into the lead, but Trinity were in for the fight showing great resilience, with Hayden Johnson (12WH) nailing a big basket from deep and Edwards and Andrews again finding the bottom of the net from outside the 3-point line. By the end of the third, Knox were right on Trinity’s heels with the Greens holding onto a two-point lead (49-47). Trinity’s captain Tom Buvac (12WJ) proved huge down the stretch with his excellent defence on Knox’s point guard. Some pin-point shooting from Knox saw them push out to a 5-point buffer with four minutes remaining, but there was no way Trinity were going to let this game slip. Buvac nailed a huge 3-pointer to see Trinity recapture the lead and then Cristian Farr (11Mu) sank an important basket from a good kick-out by Williams. Free throw shooting had been letting Trinity down in recent games, but the boys showed great poise from the stripe in the crunch. Theo Kidd made a heroic return to give Trinity much needed edge on the defensive end as the Firsts held on to win the all-important return fixture, which sees them join Knox at the top of the ladder both 7-1 with two games to go.

Leading Statistics

Tom Buvac – 13 pts. 10 rebs. 4 asts, 5 stls.

Deonte Williams – 12 pts. 4 rebs. 4 asts.

Jayden Woods – 11 pts. 4 rebs.

James Andrews – 12 pts.

Theo Kidd – 10 rebs. 4 blks.

2nd V

In what was set to be a top of the table clash, Trinity knew this would be a tough match up; Knox with their season on the line would be hungry to get revenge for their comprehensive round one defeat. It proved to be a tight contest early, with Nelson McEnallay-Mino (11Ke) setting the platform for Trinity, through his ability in organising the offence and getting the ball moving. From that point, Knox put the pressure on and were all guns blazing, not giving the Greens an inch, as they gained momentum and took over the game with a strong run and a 12-point lead going into the half time break.

The Seconds had no answers and were off their game as Knox extended their advantage out to 20 points. A Trinity revival was kick-started by Seconds captain James Kern (12WJ) through hisscoring, and Matthew Nicolas’ (11Ke) relentless defensive hustle saw Trinity reduce the lead to seven points heading into the final four minutes. Unfortunately, the Greens lost the momentum again, with Knox making some key plays and inflicting Trinity’s first loss of the season. The Seconds still have a game up their sleeve but will need to bounce back strongly this week in the final home game of the season, before heading up to Barker for the last match.

Leading Scorers

James Kern – 15 pts 4 rebs.

Nelson McEnallay-Mino – 10 pts. 5 asts.

Alisi Leao – 7 rebs.

3rd V

The Thirds played an outstanding game from the tip off to the final whistle.  Trinity’s defence was tight with Felix Leckie (11La) and Anson Zhou (11Ke) putting extreme pressure on Knox in half-court trap situations which led to many steals and easy baskets. Ethan Hunter (11WH) was a welcomed return from injury, making an instant impact with his athleticism, while Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) was outstanding in defence and attack, leading his team to a well-deserved 9-point victory.

4th V

For most of the first half the Fourths mixed it with Knox’s strong offence led by Liam Clayton (11Fo) and Aidan Daher (11Ke) who kept the scoreboard ticking over with some good offensive moves.  Tony Georges (12We) joined Dean Paraskevopoulos (11Fo) and Brian Tran (12Ho) providing great ball security off the boards. After the break Trinity stalled through some poor offensive execution, allowing Knox to jump out to a double-digit lead and take the match. If Trinity can value the ball in the final two games, then they have the skills set to finish with a pair of ‘Ws’.

5th V

Knox proved formidable foes once again to topple the Fifths in a tight contest. Although Trinity may have finished a close second on the scoreboard, the boys played with great teamwork and commitment to push the Black and Blues all the way. Knox’s coaches’ comments after the game were “it was the toughest game they have had all season”. Lachlan Wolfe (11St) and Sean Yasseen (12La) were arguably the most effective in attack. Vangeli Tsintominas (12Sc) and Adam Pascale (12Ke), who picked up eight points, led well again, organising plays, positions and demonstrating a high intensity throughout. Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) and Nicholas Kaleel (12Mu) provided solid defence against a talented Knox big man. The Green Fifths team spirit continues to impress.

6th V

Although Trinity finished short on the scoreboard, it was a great game played by the Greens against the unbeaten Knox team. The Sixths were always in the hunt through some well-crafted ‘circle’ offensive plays orchestrated by Nicholas Magoulas (12Sc), Blake Hui (11Ta), James Kaye (11Ho) and Joseph Lin (11St). It was great to see Blake Hui and Elias Chahine (12Ke) land a few long 3s out of the offence. Patrick Williams (11La) was damagingly energetic at both ends, while Zac Lau (12Sc) and James Pau (12Ta) worked well again around the basket. Juno Ananda (12Ar) was also solid getting his season high through perseverance and strong rebounding.

7th V

In a very tight contest, the Sevenths went down by just six points to the league leaders, Knox.  Lead by Chris Kapanaris (12We), the Greens put in their best performance of the season. Nicholas Keogh (11Ta) ran the floor hard pushing the ball up court, whilst Ben Liggins (12Ar) and Dominic Feros (11WJ) both finished with six points apiece.

9th V

The Ninths started the game with two early unanswered baskets and were the better of the two teams with some solid early defence by James Henderson (11We) and James Lou (12Ho). As the game progressed the consistency in making lay-ups and shots started to diminish for Trinity through fatigue, and Knox grew in consistency. A flurry of baskets after the break from Knox broke Trinity’s resolve, but to the credit of the Ninths, they kept attacking and defending with purpose.

10th V

After a challenging season to date, Trinity knew they had their work cut out against a very strong Knox team. However, the Tenths have a huge amount of fight in them and are determined to keep improving. Aaron Siew (11Ta) was impressive in defence with multiple steals, while Hamish Bryan (11Du) and Wilson Russell (11Ar) were relentless on the boards, winning numerous rebounds. With a continued improvement in shooting and lay ups, a victory is just around the corner.

Year 10A

Trinity couldn’t quite match their first-round feats this time round as they suffered a close loss to Knox. Going down by just eight points in a tough, gritty match, the 10As played with great character and mental fortitude, competing right through numerous momentum swings up until the final buzzer. A special mention this week goes to Hugo Reed (Ho), who continues to demonstrate an improved on-court awareness. Davide Eboli (WH) and Joel Maher (Ta) also played great games always working hard on both sides of the ball.

Year 10B

With a mighty return to form, the 10Bs secured a clutch 3-point victory at Knox. Jason Wang (10Ar) was unstoppable in the paint, whilst the solid guard play of Ryan Geddes (Mu), Kelvin Kong (Ar) and Paris Karakikes (He) ensured that Trinity pushed the ball in transition to keep Knox under constant pressure. This type of fast break basketball requires a team effort, and everyone came to the table to pull off an inspiring team win.

Year 10C

The 10Cs accepted a tough 14-point loss, but the final score did not reflect the nature of the game, indeed it was quite close for most of the match. Unfortunately, Trinity conceded too many turnovers, and were forced by Knox into multiple errors, particularly in relation to fouling. It was a disappointing result, but such hard losses are part of the game. Nevertheless, Ty Garaci (Ho) maintained strong leadership of the team until the end, and both Beier Chen (Yo) and Sam Niulala (St) bravely pushed through their injuries incurred during the game, as a testament to their commitment to the team.

Year 10D

The 10Ds secured a satisfying 3-point win at Knox, which often is a rare achievement. Trinity was cohesive and mentally engaged from start to finish, always reassuring each throughout the contest, whether a good play was made or an error. All players contributed to the victory, but it was particularly pleasing to see Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (St) and Nicholas Katsiris (Ta) take control when the game got tight in the crucial final minutes.

Year 10E

Another slow start saw the 10Es under pressure earlier, but once again they showed great resilience to come back and take the victory away from home. Kye Graziano (Ke) did a phenomenal job handling the Knox pressure in the backcourt and steering the team on the offensive end. Marc Barakat (Mu) has been instrumental in the second half of the season, rebounding and scoring the ball at a very good rate. Trinity will need to step up this week against an undefeated Cranbrook side, a match that will determine the premiership.

Year 10F

A nail-biting game saw the 10Fs come away with an exciting 1-point win. Adam Bahmad (Ho) hit some tough perimeter shots to give Trinity back the momentum after falling behind. With the scores being close the entire match, Bede Dunn (St) was able to hit a jump shot in the last minute to put Trinity up by 1. Some great team defence and decision-making saw Greens hold out a formattable Knox in the dying seconds.

Year 9A

Trinity started off well playing good basketball at both ends, creating a strong lead (13-0) early. This was led by Jamison Urch (WH) who provided key scores from the opening tip and defensively created opportunities for others. However, Knox slowly and steadily chipped away at this early lead, and by halftime Trinity was only in front by only three points. At a time in the second half when Trinity could not get a shot to go in, Henry Mansfield (Ke) scored a couple of crucial baskets to keep the 9As in the game. Down by two points with less than 20 seconds remaining, Trinity had the ball but unfortunately squandered possession and ending any chance of a last-ditch basket.

Year 9B

The 9Bs made a massive improvement against Knox compared to last round, but this great effort was just not enough to give Trinity the edge, losing by one point. Early in the game, Christian Henriques (He) used his speed to disrupt the Knox offence, which led to fast break baskets for the Greens. Lucas Blum (Ar) was influential, with his hustling defence limiting Knox’s ability to score, which in turn gave Callum Campbell (We) great opportunities at the offensive end. Oscar Hartzenberg (Yo) showed a stellar improvement in his slashing ability by finding holes in the defence and drawing fouls in an encouraging performance from Trinity.

Year 9C

Trinity gave their best, most consistent effort yet in an unfortunate loss to a formidable Knox team. The boys showed great character in continuing to compete despite some questionable fouls called that reduced the team to five active players. John Dalla-Camina (La) and Joshua Leverton (Ke) found plenty of success executing the pick and roll in the first half, whilst Luca Craig (Ho) was the standout with steady ball-handling and excellent finishing at the rim. 

Year 8A

After a devasting loss in their previous matchup, the 8As responded by securing a resounding 13-point victory, placing them firmly at the top of the CAS 8A ladder. It was a perfect start for Trinity as they raced away to an early double-digit lead on the back of defensive intensity and strong rebounding. Trinity were further uplifted from the defensive efforts from Harrison Lyttle (Ar) and Jonathon Wakim (Du) who both sacrificed their bodies on numerous occasions to dive on the loose ball. Zack Rice (Ho) must also be commended for his remarkable effort to contain Knox’s star player who was limited to just four points. Offensively, the Greens remained focused to attack the basket with vengeance and made terrific reads. This led to Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) having a colossal impact, as he chipped in a staggering game high of 18 points from off the bench and had a dominant rebounding game on both ends. Myles Buvac (WJ) showed his class with a superb all-round game which included stellar defence through multiple matchups, scoring 11 points, contributing over five assists, as well as showing terrific leadership constantly communicating and positively motivating teammates.

Year 8B

Unfortunately, for the 8Bs it was another wayward game as they were narrowly edged out by five points. In what was a low scoring first half, the Greens had a slim lead and the momentum for majority of the first half. Both Noah Ming (Yo) and Jacob Pham (WH) played a pivotal role through their aggressive drives to the basket and willingness to make the extra pass. In the final two minutes of the first half, the 8Bs’ attitude and effort to box out dwindled, enabling Knox to take a 6-point lead at the break. The second half saw a revamp Trinity lift their tenacity in defence led by Vasili Armenis (He) who worked tirelessly, forcing a multitude of turnovers. Sadly, the 8Bs were unable to capitalise on the plethora of opportunities despite their best efforts. Notwithstanding the result Austin Daher (Ke) must be commended for his significant improvement in defence, rebounding and desire to forcefully attack the basket which saw him lead Trinity in scoring.

Year 8C

After a good win the previous week, the 8Cs came out slowly against Knox; and turnovers and missed layups lead to an early double-digit deficit. However, with some slight adjustments and a good job by Taj Wardle (Ta) pushing the pace and Christopher Michael (We) along with Adam Tennant (Ta) running the court hard, lead to a strong late push by Trinity to cut the lead to 4 points. Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t hold on as Knox pushed away leading to take the game.

Year 8D

It was a close match for the 8Ds who suffered their first loss, which left boys feeling upset when the final siren sounded. Banjo Hannaford (Du) and Jonathon Ly (Sc) played key roles in giving Trinity every opportunity to win the game. Great ball movement and strong rebounding was Trinity’s strength and Darren Ho (WH) did a great job controlling the pace of the game and pushing the ball in transition for easy baskets. I have no doubt the boys will respond to this disappointment and be at their best this week.

Year 8E

After a cancelled game last week, Trinity were ready for a tough matchup against a strong Knox side. In the first half, impressive court vision and awareness from Marcus Kekatos (Ar) kept the game close. After being down eight points at the start of the first half, Nass Awad (Ho) and Sam Giminez-Mcalpine (Ke) combined to cut down the deficit with some clutch scoring. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, ending the 8Es’ unbeaten streak. 

Year 8F

The 8Fs came out firing, with Harry Vine (Mu) nailing five jump shots in a row to give Trinity an early lead and the perfect start. Knox began to fight back late into the second half, but impressive defence from Isaac Irwin (Yo) which kept Knox at bay gave Trinity a solid 15-point victory.

Year 8G

Trinity continued their winning streak in defeating Knox by consistently finding the open man. Toby Chan (Fo) scored ten points after relentless pressing on defence, breaking down Knox’s offence and converting mistakes into points for his team. Ethan Wong (Du) was clinical on the fast break, scoring six points in fast succession to pull Trinity further into the lead. 

Year 8H

The 8Hs saw an end to their winning ways as Knox came out in full force. Nevertheless, Michael Kordian (Hi) had an outstanding performance, scoring 12 points for his team through his aggressive driving and powerful rebounding. Jason Taouk (WJ) ran the floor end to end, stopping and starting fast breaks and controlling the pace of the game.

Year 8I

An outstanding weekend for the Trinity 8Is as they showed great character to comeback from a big deficit to take the victory. Knox started strong as they continually ran the fast break, taking advantage of Trinity’s defence, and at one stage led 14-1. However, Trinity started their comeback run led by Lachlan Hovilai (Yo) and Josh Hauschild (We).  Hovilai became aggressive on the offence end, taking the ball coast to coast, and Hauschild, who was great on communicating with teammates and also getting to the basket with ease, ultimately leading to Trinity winning by four points in a thriller.

Year 7A

The 7As pulled out a thrilling 2-point win over Knox after a frustrating draw the previous week. Knox took a 1-point lead into halftime, but Trinity worked together with six different players scoring after the break. The second half was a back and forth affair, with some solid rebounding from Jozef Cluff (Ar) and Mason McGroder (WH) having Trinity take the lead. The strong team effort saw contributions from every player, and a late steal by Angus Mansfield (Ke) ensured the thrilling victory.

Year 7C

An outstanding game overall with a dominant win by the 7Cs. The small changes and fine tuning at training this last week has resulted in superb team play and fast break execution. Special mention must go to Charlie Teulon (Ar) for demonstrating his commanding inside skillswith his first game for the 7Cs. Also, Xavier Potts (Mu) was able to score and facilitate down the stretch to secure the victory. 

Year 7D

The 7Ds made it three straight wins, once again playing tough at both ends of the court. Hussain Choker (He) was key to the win with some clutch baskets. Also, Gregory Kariatlis (La) and Aiman Malas (We) controlled the pace and tempo of the game with good decision-making.

Year 7E

Trinity started the game strongly with relentless pressure on the defensive end. They continued this overwhelming pressure throughout the entire game which resulted in them winning by a comprehensive margin. Special mention to Calvin Doyle (Ho) for his terrific work on the defensive end that then translated to several fast break opportunities, and David Charas (Ho) for his lights-out shooting display from behind the 3-point line. 

Year 7F

The 7Fs were neck and neck with Knox as both teams were locked on six points going into half-time. Unfortunately, the Knox team scored a couple quick baskets towards the end of the second half which secured the win. In the absence of starting centre Matthew Nada (Sc), special mention goes to Kevin Pham (WJ), Scott Yuan (Fo), and Austin Wu (We) for their efforts in securing rebounds, to then pitching the ball up ahead to give teammates a chance to score. Trinity must improve their ability to finish at the basket if they wish to win the tight games.

Year 7G

Building upon their momentum from round one, the 7Gs continued their dominance led by multiple early baskets from Romeo Ozdemir (Du) and George Salvartsis (WH) who proved too much for the opposition defence to handle. Despite only recently joining the team, Johnny Sialepsis (Mu) immediately contributed to the defensive end, most notably an aggressive block that could be heard across the stadium. Leading the second unit, Jonte Kirk (Fo) and Alex Jutrisa (WJ) continued to extend Trinity’s lead through excellent inside scoring.

Year 7H

After some internal fixtures and poor weather, the 7Hs in their first game were nervous and began slowly. However, the Greens finally got it going as Liam Walker (Ho) and Gabriel Stathopoulos (La) dominated the offensive glass and were able to convert multiple buckets. As the game continued, the boys began to find their rhythm with James Hodge (Fo) and Hugo Bruce’s (St) hustle on the defensive end led to numerous steals and converting them to multiple baskets in a confidence boosting 20-point win.

Year 7I

The game got off to a shaky start for the very nervous 7Is, which is expected being their first. In what was a low scoring encounter, Trinity were able to maintain a 3-point lead going into half time. Silky ball skills by Charlie Parsonage (Ta), as well as some fantastic steals and organisation from AJ Laing (Ar) allowed Trinity to take the upper hand. Fantastic ball movement up the court by John Cronin (Sc) helped the men in Green extend the lead, finishing the match on top, with a solid 13-point win.

Year 7J

The 7Js experienced a resounding win in their first official CAS fixture of 2021. For many of the players, this was the first time they have played sport at a competitive level representing their School, but you wouldn’t have thought this was the case based upon their performance. Trinity got off to a handy 16-point lead in the first half with quick baskets by Hussien Zein (He) and back to back scores by big man Zeke Gourlas (La). Steady ball control and game management by Shawn Chen (WH) allowed the boys to extend their lead.

The match highlight came from Nash Smith (Du) in the dying seconds, with a buzzer-beater to close out the game.

Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball

Basketball Results vs Knox | CAS Round 8

1sts66-62 W8A44-31 W
2nds41-60 L8B23-28 L
3rds44-35 W8C18-32 L
4ths18-35 L8D25-29 L
5ths35-44 L8E25-27 L
6ths29-36 L8F48-33 W
7ths22-28 L8G38-22 W
8ths33-61 L8H27-34 L
9ths12-36 L8I44-38 W
10ths24-61 L8J 14-67 L
11ths20-20 D7A24-22 W
12ths14-34 L7B12-34 L
10A29-27 L7C34-14 W
10B28-25 W7D26-17 W
10C23-37 L7E31-9 W
10D33-30 W7F8-15 L
10E21-12 W7G32-9 W
10F16-15 W7H24-4 W
10G15-38 L7I22-9 W
10H 8-33 L7J 42-8 W
9A45-49 L
9B43-44 L
9C19-37 L
9D23-73 L
9E16-35 L
9F19-42 L
9G18-46 L
9H 4-58 L

Cricket vs Knox Grammar School

February 26, 2021

Last week proved a good test in our fixture against Knox Grammar School. Leading into the round, it looked like rain would cancel most fixtures, but the reverse occurred with all but one fixture played. In this week’s Bulletin, we have reports from the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 8A teams. We also go ‘around the grounds’ to learn about notable individual performances, and last but not least, Mr Yarad returns to test out our knowledge of cricket rules in ‘Stumped by the Umpire’.

Shivam W (10Ke)
Ashton F (9Mu) guiding the ball through the cover region

1st XI

All eyes were on the toss this week as there had been a lot of rain and the wicket had spent a significant amount of time under the covers. Unfortunately, Trinity lost the toss and were sent into bat. The wicket had some movement early and despite the slow going, Trinity got off to a reasonable start being 2/52 at the 20 over mark with James Moore (10Ta) on 32. Trinity found the going tough in the middle overs and were eventually found struggling to survive at 8/86. A couple of late partnerships saw the tail wag significantly, and credit must go to Nicholas Enno (12Hi) 16, Sam Newton (10WJ) 16 and Jasper Scott (9WH) 26 as Trinity posted a total of 142. The wet weather that was forecast did not eventuate and batting conditions improved dramatically in the afternoon. This made it difficult to stem the runs and defend a modest total. Knox ran out winners, but Trinity did not go down without a fight. Knox finished the day on 5/145 with Darcy Mooney (12La) the pick of the bowlers, taking 1/11 off his six overs.

Andrew Payne | Coach

2nd XI

On Saturday 20 February, the 2nd XI travelled to Curagul for their Round 8 fixture against Knox. Trinity was sent in to bat and found the going tough from the start. Knox’s tight bowling and well-set fields made scoring difficult and boundary opportunities were few and far between. This consistent pressure resulted in wickets falling at regular intervals. Despite this, some positive batting from Hari Kangatharan (11Hi), Isaac Wyatt (10WJ) and Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) enabled Trinity to put 92 runs on the board. It would take an exceptionally disciplined bowling effort to defend this score and Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) got things off to the perfect start with a wicket in the 2nd over. Knox however, were resolute and soon brought stability to their innings. In the end, the home team were able to hit the winning runs in the 15th over for a comfortable win. Hugh was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 1/12 from four overs. The 2nd XI is yet to put a complete performance together but with continued positivity and sound work ethic, this may be just around the corner. I would like to thank Isaac Wyatt (10WJ) and Tom Powell (10Fo) from the 10A team for stepping in when illness ruled out two players.

Neil Smallfield | Coach


On a hot, humid day at Lower Gillespie, Trinity won the toss and decided to bat first. Scoring was difficult on a slow pitch and with an outfield of high-cut, wet, spongy grass. All batsman struggled to score except Thomas ‘run-machine’ Bermingham (8Mu) who summed up the conditions early and decided to hit as many fours and sixes as he could. While Tom was dropped a few times, he demonstrated that ‘when you hit the ball so hard and so high the opposition has to catch them’! In another masterclass display of clean-hitting Tom hit 4 fours and 7 sixes (including one that smashed a car windscreen) and carried his bat to make 85 not out. Trinity finished with 6/126 off 32 overs. In the field, it was another brilliant display of tight bowling and good catching and throwing from the mighty 8As. Rory Flanagan (8Fo) (1/11 off five overs) was impressive. He opened the bowling, snared an early wicket, and then bowled two accurate overs toward the end of the innings. Patrick Thomson (8Sc) (1/2 off four overs) also bowled an impressive opening spell of aggressive outswing bowling that gave the Knox batsman very little to score off and captured the wicket of the Knox ‘big-hitter’ late in Knox’s innings. But it was Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) (1/4 off five overs) who topped off an incredible day! He did the damage early, snaring 3/0 off his first three overs and capturing a late wicket at the end of the innings to finish with 4/2 off five overs. The Trinity 8As again fielded well, taking four catches and managed to restrict Knox to a total of 6/92 off 32 overs. This was a resounding 34-run win against a quality Knox side.

Don Kesby | Coach

Around the Grounds

A notable performance in the 7B game was James Hendry (7Ta) taking 2/7 off three overs and in the 8B game, Ewen Fouracre (8WH) scored 43 runs. The 9As were washed out and in the 9B game, Rohit Dixit (9Hi) was outstanding in the field, and Advit Jangwal (9We) scoring a personal best of 21 runs. In the 10A game, Liam Wingrave (10Ar) had excellent energy in the field with his communication and enthusiasm to keep the ball off the rain affected outfield, whilst in the 3rd XI, Hunter Hannaford (12Du) scored an excellent 58 runs.

Stumped by the Rules?

Last week, Deputy Head of 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: 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?

The answer = 4.

Two weeks ago, Mr Yarad’s question was about the nine ways to be dismissed in cricket. There used to be ten ways to be dismissed, but one mode of dismissal was incorporated with the nine below:

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 first student to speak to Mr Yarad in person who can explain what that dismissal was and where it has gone will win a small prize (chocolate bar).

The question for this week from Mr Yarad is: It is the last ball of the over and the batter hits the ball towards fine leg. The wicket keeper removes his glove to chase, but the fine leg fielder gets the ball first and throws towards the stumps. The ball hits the wicket keeper’s glove on the ground, when the batters have completed two runs. How many runs are scored and is it the end of the over?

All the best to all teams tomorrow in their round against Cranbrook.

Luke Gray | Acting Director of Cricket

Water Polo Round 11

February 26, 2021


It was an exceptional round of Water Polo for Trinity Grammar School last Saturday. Trinity experienced seven victories from nine matches played against Saint Ignatius’ College (Riverview) and The Scots College. The two losses against Reddam House were Trinity teams playing against higher grade teams in their divisions. This weekend, Trinity plays 11 matches against Newington College, split between the Centenary Pool and the Newington College pool. It will be the toughest round of Water Polo for all teams. The teams are ready to give it their best. Whether they win, lose or draw, these matchups will be enjoyable for players and spectators alike. 

NSW CIS Team Selection

Congratulations to the following Trinity Grammar School Students who have been selected in the NSWCIS 17 Years and Under team: Harper Stewart (10St), Lucas Young (10We) and Thomas Rathbone (11Ke).

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

1ST VII | WON 17-5

Following their exceptional team performance in the previous round against The King’s School, the 1st VII team were keen to keep their form going into their matchup against St. Ignatius’ College (Riverview). The match started intensely with both sides showing up ready for the contest. Throughout the first quarter, Trinity managed to score some well-executed team goals and led four goals to one. After an intense first quarter, with a few missed opportunities in front of goals for Trinity, the main message at the break was for the team to relax and focus on the process and keeping things simple. To the team’s credit they remained composed throughout the second quarter and slotted six unanswered goals to extend their lead ten goals to one at the half time break – which is an exceptional half time result. In the second half, a number of exclusions caused the team to lose their focus and allowed St. Ignatius’ several one-on-one scolding opportunities. Taking into consideration the 15 exclusions against Trinity, the final score of 17-5 is an exceptional result. However, it probably did not ultimately reflect the dominance of the Trinity team throughout the match. The team will need to build from their last three exceptional performances. The exciting challenge of Newington College awaits this week. With both teams experiencing dominant performances in the CAS-GPS competition this season, it is certainly going to be an exciting and fierce match up.

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

2ND VII | WON 7-6

This was the first game Trinity has played without our quality centre forward and thus set play was always going to be difficult, so Trinity were relying on playing a fast break counter attacking game. From the start, it appeared that it would be a close contest with St. Ignatius’ College (Riverview). They were able to match Trinity’s fast break game and thus the first quarter produced a 1-1 score line. In the second period Trinity dominated with a number of quality outside shots, producing five goals and thus giving Trinity a handy 6-2 lead at half time. This should have been the end of the game and Trinity should have controlled the rest of the game to produce a comfortable win. However, in the second half of the game some very poor defensive reads by Trinity gave Riverview far too many opportunities, and this, coupled with some exceptionally bad decisions in attack which squandered Trinity’s opportunities, gave Riverview the second half 4-1. The final 7-6 win to Trinity was far closer than it should have been. That said, one cannot be critical of the effort put in by all players. Best for Trinity were: Lewis Potter (11Fo), scoring three goals from outside shots and saving a number of goals with great defence; David Gabriel (12Hi), also scoring three goals and organising the attack and defence, particularly in the first half of the game; and Euan Germanos (12He), with his non-stop speedy counter attack and defence. Alan Weston (12Ta) scored the remaining goal.            

Ray Swinnerton | Coach 

3RD VII | WON 7-5

On Saturday, the Trinity 3rd VII Water Polo team played The Scots College (Gold team). This game was one of our closer matches of the season, yet the Trinity team showed excellent improvements in their defensive skills, putting pressure on the opposition and slowing down their attack.Jack Vine (11Mu) and Ryan Quinn (11St) should be commended for their defence, remaining strong and staying close to their man throughout the game. James Huang (11Sc) and Brandon Wong (11Hi) both played in the centre-forward position, ensuring that they were able to balance our attack set-up which led to some very skilful goals. The 3rds team have shown great improvement overall as they are now able to work together as a more cohesive team unit.  

Amy Graetz | Coach 

16A | WON 11-7

The truth is that St. Ignatuis’ College (Riverview) did not make the game easy for the 16As last Saturday. Throughout the game, the team controlled game play and did so consistently throughout the quarters, which is pleasing to note. It was also good to see our players offering great defence in pressing. Special mention goes to Mitch Chen (10Ar) and Lucas Blythe (10La). They played a very good game and this sets up an exciting game this Saturday against Newington College.

Florin Bonca | Coach

16B | WON 16-7

The 16Bs last week demonstrated a strong improvement when competing against a strong The Scots College. Three weeks prior to this match we lost 7-10 to this team, so this victory was certainly welcome. The win came about as a result of the boys incorporating a very strong press defence, while the Scots players questioned all their passes, often allowing counter attacks from Finn Ramanauskas (10Ke) and Hudson Korda (10WJ), scoring a combined total of 13 goals. However, credit must also go to many boys who looked for options, covering in defence, whilst others had one-on-ones or two-on-ones. Credit must also go to Xavier Afonso (9We), Thomas Power (10Mu), and Miles Angus (10WH) for each scoring a goal. The boys should be extremely proud of their efforts and their ability to maintain discipline to the last second of the game and not allowing the other team any chance to comeback. This illustrates that the team can play to a high standard and playing like this demonstrates they can beat any school side.

Oscar Jones | Coach

16C | LOSS 6-13

It was a tough match time in the water this week with the 16Cs against Reddam House. The game tested the defensive skills of our players. However, the strong spirit and good sportsmanship shown by each member of the 16Cs is something to be proud of. Whatever the score is at the final whistle, the determination and teamwork by each player, each week is admirable. As coaches, we have enjoyed watching the skill and love for the game grow. Best wishes to the team this Saturday.

Nina Seeto and Nadia Nero | Co-Coaches

14A | WON 8-2

The 14As showed a lot of determination in this fixture against St. Ignatius’ College (Riverview). After falling behind one goal to two after the first quarter, the team knew they had to focus to perform at their best. In the second quarter the team was more focused. They were more aggressive in their defensive press and were more patient with the ball in hand. The team scored four unanswered goals and went up 5-2 at the half time break. The third quarter was similar to the second with three more goals to Trinity. The final quarter saw no stoppages in play due to many errors from Trinity in attack and easy turnovers, yet positively the team maintained their determined attitude in defence and did not allow Riverview any goals, and the final score ended 8-2. The team will need to maintain focus for all four quarters this weekend, they will need to be aggressive in their defence and not turn the ball over easily if they are to compete with the benchmark team in the competition, Newington College. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

13A | WON 18-1

As I made my way around Iron Cove Bay heading to St. Ignatius’ College (Riverview), with the sun poking through the clouds and shining on the water, the morning just had that good feeling to it. The boys were all there on time ready for our second game of the season. There were two main focuses for this week following on from our game against Shore the week before. These were to maintain position, keeping the ball away from our opposition through greater passing accuracy, and to mark up defensively, maintaining a position between our attacker and our own goal when defending. With these two things in mind, we took to the first quarter and it was clear that the boys had progressed from the week before, as we scored some encouraging goals, swimming with our heads up and looking for the best scoring opportunities. This spatial awareness application continued for the remaining quarters as we worked well together as a team and created many scoring opportunities that were capitalised upon. Although the goals were shared around the team, special mention must go to Jaiden Sivapirabu (7Hi) for scoring seven goals during the game, and also Sterling Tuxford (7WH) who scored four goals—three in the last quarter. There are still many aspects for us to work on as a team as we look to the horizon for our game against Newington College at the end of Week 5. Two focuses for this week will be to work on our man-on-man defence, ensuring that we have an understanding of where the opposing attacker is at all times, as we put them under pressure. The second aspect is to look for some quick turnover opportunities, listening to the whistle of the referee, reacting quickly, and grabbing these opportunities when they become available. Congratulations to the boys on their improved efforts last week and we must continue to build on each game to improve our skills and our teamwork every week.

Stephen Heanly | Coach

13B | LOSS 1-6

The 13Bs played yet another A-side team, Reddam House, losing 1-6. The closer scoreline for this week proves their growth and development over the past couple of weeks. Notable mentions would be: Benjamin Simonds (7WH), who had some excellent saves in goals; and Harry Marshall (7We), who applied great pressure onto the opposing team’s goal keeper and scored our only goal. An improvement in defensive play and practicing game situations will help this team to improve. It is pleasing to see the team work hard and try their best. Keep up the hard work, boys! 

Tristan Glanznig | Coach

Track and Field | Illawong Track Challenge

February 26, 2021

On Saturday 20th February, our Summer Track and Field travelled to the Shire to compete in the Illawong Track Challenge, held at The Ridge, Illawong.

Although the sprint events were into head winds, the athletes still performed well. Of particular mention are our Shot Putters – Ben Stevens (10We) and Jozef Cluff (7Ar) – who both did a National qualifier.

Congratulations to all our athletes.

100m Men

William Moir (11Hi) – 11.31s

Christian Pulley (10Fo) – 11.73s

Jonathan Bassily (9Yo) – 12.70s

Indiana Murphy (9Ta) – 12.84s

200m Men

William Moir (11Hi) – 23.29s

Christian Pulley (10Fo) – 24.05s

Jonathan Bassily (9Yo) – 1.03.27s

1500m Men

Theo Christian (12He) – 4.03.75s

Men’s High Jump

Ashvin Peter (10Ho) – 1.80m

Shot Put Men

Benjamin Stevens (10We) – 16.92m

Jozef Cluff (7Ar) – 13.53m

Andrew Murphy | Director of Track and Field | Athletic Development 

Tennis vs Knox Grammar School

February 26, 2021

Round 8

A home fixture against traditional tennis heavyweights, Knox Grammar School, was contested last weekend. Whilst our students tried to the best of their abilities, Knox was able to win the majority of matches after a dominant display across the board.

The First IV, whilst not at full strength, provided a competitive team who were able to push Knox in certain parts of the match. This was particularly true in the doubles component of the match. Max Nguyen (11Yo) and Kevin Lin (12Sc) won their first set 6-1 after a blistering combination of powerful ground strokes and knock-out volleys. The Knox pairing simply had no answers to this first set onslaught. The Knox pairing staged a second set comeback which saw them gain victory by the narrowest of margins, and winning the second set tie breaker. Despite the close second set loss our pairing played really well providing an entertaining spectacle for those lucky enough to have witnessed it. Finn Taylor (9La) must be congratulated for playing his first ever match in the top team in what turned out to be a baptism of fire for the conscientious debutant. Despite some early nerves, Finn showed composure and maturity as well as a myriad of impressive shots, allowing him the ability to be competitive throughout the fixture. Dylan Guler (11WH) proved a mature mentor, helping Finn throughout the doubles component of the match. In the singles, all our boys tried to the best of their ability but were outplayed on the day by their quality opponents.

The 2nd IV, despite losing 2-6, played some really great tennis which was a big improvement over their first-round performance against the same team. Highlights of the day included Spyridon Konidaris’ (11Sc) 6-2 win in the singles as well as his 6-1 win in the doubles, where he combined successfully with James Kim (10Ar). James also played incredibly well in his singles and was unlucky not to win the very closely contested set.

Jeremy Dykgraaff | MIC Tennis

3rds and 4ths

It was a pleasure to host the Knox tennis team last Saturday at the Trinity Tennis Centre where the boys in green were keen to make a better showing of themselves after the whitewashing they suffered in the first round of the season. What evolved was an exciting day’s play with the 3rd IV enjoying far greater success. In fact, they won two sets and 15 games more than their last encounter up at Knox last year. The warmest of congratulations must go to Deon Kontonis (12Fo), who played a brilliant singles match and fought to the end, prevailing 7-5, and Cameron Ong (12St) who romped home with a 6-3 win. These results are a real testament to their hard work, determination, and enjoyment of the game. Reporting on the other matches, it was most pleasing to note that there were many fine rallies and some very well constructed points throughout the doubles matches. It was also pleasing to see some more accurate hitting, solid serving and improved footwork from the Trinity players – and, of course, their continuing good sportsmanship, positive energy and enjoyment of this great game. Sadly, yet again the final match tally weighed heavily in Knox’s favour despite these improvements.

Good luck to all players tomorrow as we face Cranbrook.

Jessica Spratt | 3rds and 4th IVs Coach

5ths and 6ths

The 5ths and 6ths did their best against Knox on Saturday, but their opponents just had too many weapons and were too consistent in all areas of the game. The most impressive in a losing cause were James Perkin (11Yo) and Harry Ford (11Ke) who kept their adversaries at bay for some time. The 3-6 scoreline was the best of the day. Harry maintained this momentum in his singles match and produced some attractive tennis at times. Michah Abdel Sayed (12St), playing at No.2 in the 5ths, struck some very pleasing forehands, but was unable to overcome the aggression and defence of his opponent. In the 6ths, Leo Zantides (11La) registered a significantly improved performance, and Kieran Grech (11WJ), making his début, was able to do occasional damage with his forehand.

It is hoped both teams can learn from this experience and really give it their all against less daunting opposition in the rounds to come.

Ashley Lucas | Coach

10As and 10Bs

The 10As played well and were unlucky to not come away with the win. Special mention must go to Giuseppe Barca (10Ar) who played an excellent singles match with some top-level serving. There was a great level of consistency shown with very minimal unforced errors in his match. Additionally, Marcus Lorenzato (10Fo) played extremely well and was extremely unlucky to not win his singles in a nail-biter 7-6 loss. Despite having two match points in the match, he was unable to finish the job, but he should be very proud of his efforts. Overall, the 10As struggled in their doubles matches but definitely increased their levels in the singles matches and, overall, were unlucky to go down to a strong Knox team.

The 10Bs had a very rough weekend. They did not perform at the level I know they can and made too many unforced errors to come away with the win. Benjamin Kwan (10He) got off to a strong start and was looking good but he could not maintain that high level and ultimately lacked composure by the end. Additionally, Noah Blomfield (10Fo) was very strong in the early stages of his match as well, but similarly, faded as the match went on and by the end was struggling with his groundstroke consistency. Overall, the 9Bs should be encouraged by the strong starts that they made in their matches but must improve their consistency in order for them to maintain the high levels of tennis of which they are capable.

David Lambropoulos | Coach

10Cs and 10Ds

The 10Cs had a nail-biter loss this weekend. They performed at a high level and despite finishing 3-sets-all, they narrowly lost the games score 24-27. Special mention must go to Josh Munter (10Hi) clinical in both his matches, giving away very few unforced errors and playing with a great level of consistency on his serves and groundstrokes. Furthermore, Caleb Kwan (10Ta) had an excellent win in his singles match. At one stage, it looked as if he was getting every shot back, despite his opponent playing at a very high level. Although the 10Cs narrowly lost this weekend, they should be extremely encouraged by their level and I look forward to their performances in the rest of the season.

The 10Ds had a difficult weekend. They struggled to match the high level their Knox opponents were playing at. However, Max Trigg (10We), in stages of the match, looked as if he might come away with the win but ultimately was unable to consistently maintain a high level. Additionally, Hari Pathma-Nathan (10He) played well in moments of the match, but similarly to the rest of the team, struggled with consistency. Overall the 10Ds should look at the high level of play they were able to produce in moments of their matches and look to improve their consistency so they can attempt to maintain that level and come away with the win next week.

David Lambropolous | Coach

9As and 9Bs

Last Saturday had the makings of a beautiful day at Haberfield Tennis Centre: overcast, a pleasant 22oC with zero wind – perfect tennis conditions. Some great tennis from both Trinity and Knox showed the potential of the Year 9 boys but evidently it was Trinity who were able to capitalise with an emphatic win: 5-1 on sets and 31-23 on games. Notably, Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar), who is no stranger to a gutsy comeback, was able to defeat his opponent 6-4 from 3-love down; emotions running high for both players in that contest.

The Bs were quite honestly outplayed on Saturday. The games were close, but the results were one-way traffic with a 0-6 loss on sets and 8-36 on games. Aiden Chin (9Hi) was the best of the bunch, taking three games off his opponent. I am sure the boys will bounce back next week.

Kevin Batliwala | Acting 9A/Bs Coach –

9Cs and 9Ds

The 9Cs put up a valiant effort but were outdone by strong Knox opponents. We battled hard until the end but with a bunch of our core missing due to camp, it was always going to be an uphill battle. The Cs went down 2-4 on sets and 14-24 on games but Dylan Ritchley (9Ho) was able to dismantle his opponent in a 6-0 donut thrashing!

The Ds were no match for Knox’s boys on Saturday and I am sure the boys will learn from this defeat. Knox were able to muster a 6-0 victory on sets and 36-1 on games; Jaten Singh (9Mu) played well to steal a game from his counterpart. I wish the boys luck for next week.

Kevin Batliwala | Acting 9C/Ds Coach

8As and 8Bs

The Year 8 As gave it their best effort against Knox, but unfortunately were unsuccessful at securing this round. Nathan Tsang (8Du) and Maxi Tsai (8Fo) played well together during their doubles match. Nathan was very consistent during his singles; he had great foot work and movement on the court and at times he hit some fantastic ground stroke winners. He also had some very strong and consistent serves during his matches. Same goes for Maxi whose movements were great but his strongest shot this week was his serve. Christopher Lowe (8Ho) and Sam Perkin (8Yo) played some great tennis together with both boys hitting some particularly good serves. Christopher was hitting some great forehands and serves during his matches while Sam’s volleys and groundstrokes were his strongest shots this weekend.

The Year 8 Bs played well on the weekend but unfortunately lost this round against Knox. Allen Zheng (8Yo) and Isaac Latt (8WH) played well together, they had great communication and teamwork during their doubles. Allen was hitting some good serves and volleys over the weekend. While Isaac’s groundstrokes were strong and very consistent, he also hit a few very strong winning volleys. Alex Lieng (8Ar) played well in his singles match, he was quick on the court and his groundstrokes were very consistent this round.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

8Cs and 8Ds

The Year 8C boys tried their best this round but were unable to secure the win. Shaan Mohan (8Ke) and Owen Street (8La) played well this weekend, with both communicating well during their doubles, and both having great rallies throughout their individual singles matches. Owen was particularly strong with his groundstrokes and Shaan’s serves were particularly strong and consistent. Mitchell Bowden (8La) and Andy Nguyen (8Mu) played quiet well together, hitting the ball well and with quick on-court movement. Andy in particular hit some great volleys and groundstrokes. Mitchell also played well, hitting some great serves and at times hitting some consistent ground strokes with some quick movement and foot work.

The Year 8Ds tried their best over the weekend but did not win this round against Knox. Louis Lusty (8Sc) and Nikhil Akula (8La) played well this weekend during their singles matches. Louis’ serves were very consistent this weekend with his ground strokes also being particularly accurate. He was close to a win, losing only by a few points in a tie-breaker. Nikhil was also consistent with his shots and also played a great game of singles. Waylon Liu (8Yo) did well over the weekend.  hitting some good groundstrokes and being very quick to the ball.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

7As and 7Bs

On a beautiful afternoon at the Haberfield Tennis Center the 7As came up against one of the strongest opponents they are going to face this season. Kang Nguyen (7WH) and Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) both played a very good singles match, with the score line of 0-6 being no reflection of how much they were in the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to finish off the more vital points. Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo) played against a representative tournament player and although he found it difficult to return some of his opponent’s shots Noah held his own, hitting some beautiful ground strokes. Hugo Newman (7WJ) played a great singles match, and with his unique technique, Hugo won some interesting points with his great spin.

The 7Bs had a much better round this week, with the boys managing to take out a set. Alessandro Re (7La) and Alejandro Molina (7Ke) had a tough day out on court, with both boys showing potential with some amazing forehands. However, their opponents just overpowered them in both their singles and doubles matches. Hugh Williams (7St) and Dara Ritchley (7Ho) played a great doubles match, losing 4-6 but showing some real potential for the next couple of weeks to win a match together. Dara continued with the same score line in his singles, almost taking out the set for himself after being up. A big congratulations to Hugh for winning the only of set of the day, Hugh played very consistently with minimal errors.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

7Cs and 7Ds

This week the Cs and Ds faced a dominant Knox side, and despite the efforts made by all the boys, the Cs lost overall by a mere 2 games (Trinity 3 (24) – Knox 3 (26), whilst the Ds came short, losing 2 (21) – 4 (30).

In the Cs, Ashvin Nagaratnam (7Yo) and Julian Grehan (7St) played fiercely and were unable to overcome the stronger Knox side, losing 4–6. Lucas Christou (7St) and Toby Zuzzo (7Ho) worked co-operatively and communicated very well, which helped them win 6–4 against a consistent opponent. In the singles, Ashvin Nagaratnam (7Yo) was unable to find the confidence to attack the ball, which forced him to play on the defence, allowing his opponent to overwhelm him. Julian Grehan’s aggressive play and consistency allowed him to grab a win 6–4. Lucas Christou (7St) dominated his opponent with strong groundstrokes and great movement around the court, winning 6–0. Due to several double faults and the lack of a powerful first serve, Toby Zuzzo (7Ho) was unable to hold his service games, which allowed his opponent to come away with the win. In the Cs, all players will need to begin to develop confidence and consistency in attacking tennis, placing themselves in advantageous positions to win points.

In the Ds, the Knox side had a very strong doubles performance, where despite the efforts of Sasha Ratnavadivel (7Du) and Axel Lee (7Yo), they  were unable to come away with the win. Similarly, Leo Wong (7WJ) and Joshua Lubke (7Ta) played strong consistent tennis, but the lack of experience and communication resulted in many unforced errors, which allowed their opponent to overcome them 6–4. In the singles, Sasha Ratnavadivel displayed great tennis abilities with his consistent ground strokes, winning 6–2. Similarly, Axel Lee played dominant tennis with his powerful groundstrokes, overwhelming his opponent 6–4. Leo Wong competed well, but due to the lack of consistency in his groundstrokes, he allowed his opponent to grab the win. Joshua Lubke (7Ta), despite being unable to pull away with a win, displayed impressive skills considering this is his first official match of the season.

Overall, both the Cs and Ds played very impressive tennis against a very strong Knox side and all the boys should be proud of their efforts. To further develop their skills, the boys should focus on honing both their first and second serves, utilizing them as a weapon in their service games. The boys who played very consistently should start to become more court aware, which will allow them to recognize more chances to attack the ball instead of playing passive tennis, whilst the boys who play strong attacking tennis with strong groundstrokes should focus on consistency in their technique.

Edward Lai | Coach

Volleyball vs Knox

February 26, 2021

Trinity defeated Knox 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-23) 

Fresh off a strong week in training, the boys saw their strongest opponent to date in the CAS competition. The first set was in Trinity’s favour as David Gabriel (12Hi) led the boys with a 9-point serving streak, landing serves with more dip than a Lebanese lunch. Joel Matthei (12La) also decided to crank the ball straight through the opposition blockers, putting on a masterclass display. Martin Wong (11Ta) also had a cracker swing, with his bounce down the line, allowing his dominance to be established once again.

After a comfortable first set, the boys saw the result become significantly closer in the second. Alex Saba (11WH) dominated the set with multiple streaks over power float serving. James Kern (12WJ) aesthetically performed with an athletic sobriety that allowed him to pick up every driven ball that came his way. William Blanchfield (12Ho) also held together the back line with convincing passing and covering, truly allowing the squad to maintain their lead and to hold out the set.

Following on from the second set, the boys aimed to further their position in the game and make up for any blunders seen previously. This was encapsulated in a quality pick up, as well as Steven Yarad (11Mu) decisively entering the game with a strappingly husky right arm that potentially caused some mental damage to the newly installed decking. Edward Feng (12Yo) also came in consistently with his numerous block touches and pickups throughout.

Overall, the score line does not capture the nail-biting moments and pressure the boys were under. A huge win for the Trinity men to go without losing a set against such a tough opponent.

Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain

Trinity 2nd VI defeat Knox 2nd VI 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 15-4)

Last Saturday, the Trinity 2nd VI played against a greatly improved Knox side, who were able to bring out the full potential of our team. They had significantly improved in all aspects of the game, eventually forcing us into a deuce in the second set. Furthermore, a couple of key players were missing due to injuries or clashes with other sports, meaning the rest of us present had to step up our game—and we did.

The first set started off with lots of energy and communication from the Trinity side. This allowed us to pick up many balls that were sent over by Knox, especially by libero Keshav Baldeo (11He) who not only created many opportunities for our setters, but also led the rest of the backcourt, creating a solid defensive foundation. This was followed up by David Tsai (11Ho) who was able to spike every ball that came his way right onto Knox’s side of the court. 

However, this momentum didn’t carry on into the second set. For the first eight points, Trinity and Knox traded points, with only a one-point gap between us. This point gap remained stagnant until Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) went on a five-point serving streak to widen the point gap between the two teams. Trinity continued to push ahead with strong attacks down the middle from Blake Plavsic (12WH) and Jim O’Brien (12WJ). Yet, with one point left to win the set, Knox’s serving caught us off guard and brought the score to 24-24. After a quick timeout, Trinity was ready to play again and was able to serve and spike their way to win the second set by two points.

After the realisation that Knox was a really good team, Trinity was able to perform with more energy and a higher team morale than ever before. The set started off with an 8-point serving streak from Josh Munter (10Hi) and excellent passing from Michael Park (11Yo). Thus, Trinity was able to take the third set.

After playing Knox, they seemed like an entirely new team, and have made themselves formidable opponents and contenders for the premiership this season. 

Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain

Trinity defeated Knox (25-10, 25-23, 25-18)

The 3rds had another win away at Knox this weekend, and thank you to everyone who showed up. The first set started off bumpy again but when we started picking up the talking, points started to tally up and we were gaining morale. This was lifted when we saw some nice serves from Ken Takei (10La) and Matthew Warrilow (10Yo). 

Throughout the whole game, everyone was happy, and we got some very good plays in. Our backcourts were controlled well by our defensive specialists, Oscar Shen (10Yo) and Kevin Zhong (11He) where they screamed their lungs off to get to the ball. We also saw some great hitting from Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) and Jeremy Chia(11WH), which was fun to watch and a lot to learn from. Aside from that, there was also some tipping happening from Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) and Zach Nguyen (10Ta), which was very smart and annoying for the other team. This game really tested our communication skills as they gave us a lot of free balls, but we managed to figure things out and have a great game.

Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain

Chess News | Round 3

February 26, 2021

The Trinity Chess team continued to build momentum in this year’s CAS Chess tournament, with a strong showing in Round 3 against St. Aloysius’ College. Despite arriving a little late to the venue, the boys managed to calm down and maintain focus in their games. At the end of an intense hour-long battle against St. Aloysius’, the team produced a triumphant 11-1 win. Following his re-emergence on to the CAS Chess stage against Cranbrook last week, Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo) again demonstrated great skill in his swift 11-move win on Senior Board 1. The intermediate team similarly demonstrated impressive finesse in a decisive 4-0 sweep, winning on every board. Congratulations must finally be given to the juniors, who continued to play strongly in an overall 3-1 win. Particularly, praise goes to Alex Kountouris (7Mu) for a strong win in his CAS debut. The team is determined and confident of performing strongly next week against our toughest opponents of the competition, Knox Grammar School. The team will train hard this week in the lead-up to next Friday’s fixture against Knox, and is ready to go all in to bring home the shield for the first time in four years.

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

Golf | Round 8 | Strathfield Golf Club

February 26, 2021

Independent Schools’ Golf Series 2020-2021, Saturday 20 February 2021

We were hosting at Strathfield last Saturday. Not that you could tell, as Mr Collins from Riverview, the ‘Grand Pooh Bah’ of the competition had things humming when I arrived early thinking I may have had to do something ‘organisational!’ Rather I was indeed fortunate to be able to relax and have a chat with Team Trinity and their parents. Incidentally, I think we have the best parents at Trinity, certainly amongst the golfers, as all are super supportive, have a liberal dose of perspective and even manage to laugh at my jokes – well, occasionally…

As we were ‘hosting’ we were last off and up against St Joseph’s. Joeys had suffered a drubbing in the previous contest and hence our team was confident. It was also great to have Sebastian Sara (11Du) back from injury, arguably our most reliable golfer. However, not being able to spend as much time as normal on the short green stuff recently ensured the going was tough in his match. He fought hard, as always, and took his match deep, yet lost on the 16th, 4 and 2. His Trinity team-mate and playing partner, Jack Barter (11St) swung it as well as I have seen from him for some time. His short game was replete with fine touch and nuance. He too fought hard and the match was still alive on the 17th. Jack unfortunately overcooked his approach and lost his ball in a hazard. After the enforced drop, despite another fine chip, Jack lost the hole and the match, 2 and 1.

It is a pleasure the spend the afternoon with these fine young men, and certainly Alexander Jacob (10Fo), who is surely one of Trinity’s finest ambassadors. He also keeps many of us accountable – well, certainly me. After losing a hard-fought battle in which he played very well and with improvement, I commented positively to Alex that he is playing so much better this season, though the odd errant shot and subsequent lack of consistency is hurting him in his matches. He replied, very politely; ‘You say that every week, Sir…’ Hmm… What a champ! He lost his match on the 15th, 5 and 3.

Speaking of champs, it was Michael Hatzistergos (8Mu) who we once again relied upon to carry the big boys in the team. Despite starting slowly, he worked his way into a commanding position in his match on the 16th tee, as he was ‘dormy’, 3 up with 3 to play. However, his opponent found something, in what was a war of attrition, and won the next three holes to square the match and snatch victory from Michael’s grasp. Michael’s ‘half’ was our only competitive joy on the day, as St Joseph’s turned the table on their recent performances and we received a solid drubbing; despite all matches being close and competitive. That’s not to say it wasn’t a most ‘joyful’ afternoon at Strathfield!

The less said about the leader board the better…

Good golfing,

Michael Spratt | MIC

Basketball vs Cranbrook | Livestream

February 26, 2021

To Parents of Basketball,

Below is a link for you to be able to log in and watch Trinity First and Second team games for Basketball, for this week’s game on Friday night against Cranbrook.


Trinity has embarked on this initiative as part of its COVID Safe Plan for Sport, aimed to try and reduce the need for adults to come on site.

Please enjoy this live service at the allocated fixture time(s) over the weekend, and pass onto other supporters of your son’s Trinity Basketball Team.

Lachlan White | Director of Co-Curricular | Teacher [Secondary]

Debating News

February 26, 2021

Students had emptied their lockers, teachers finished their work and gone home, the school was empty, but the debaters were commencing their competitive ISDA and FED seasons, and there was tangible excitement for this inception. Although I hope that my motivational, ‘gee-up’ talk delivered to the Society last Friday Lunchtime manifested in this eagerness, perhaps it was due to the Society debating against an unfriendly opposition. Prior to this opening round, the Debating Society witnessed many internal debates which functioned as trial rounds to assist with the placement of Debaters into teams.

The Debating Society has witnessed its largest Year 7 Cohort, as a result of the work of the Year 12 Leadership Team in recruiting Year 7s, and conducting the inaugural ‘Lunchtime Debating Showcase’ in Week 3, which featured an introduction to Debating as an activity and the nuances of Trinity Debating, an explanation of different roles and competitions, and most notably, an exhibition debate wherein the Seniors embraced the Year 7 topic of the previous week; ‘That junk food should be banned from school canteens’. Keith Kwok (12WH), Justin Yang (12WH) and Will Martin (12WH) affirmed this topic and presented arguments about the inherent harms of junk food and their perniciousness to school children, whereas the negative team of Daksh Chuchra (12He), Jonah Sowmi (11We) and Joshua Perera (12La), abrogated this proposition by contending that this ban would catalyse a greater desire for junk food outside of the regulated environment of school, and presenting strong rebuttal pertaining to how a ban on the location of junk food transactions will not manifest in healthier children. The audience adjudication, comprising Year 7s and other interested students resoundingly voted in the negative team’s favour. Overall, this event was an immense success. Special thanks to Luka Saxena (12He) from the Media Crew for recording this showcase.

A passionate Trinitarian vehemently rebutting against the affirmative 

Friday 19 February was the initiation of the ISDA and FED Competitions for Trinity’s Debating Society. These round-robin competitions are amongst the most tightly-contested competitions available to school students in Sydney. Amongst this difficult competition, Trinity finds itself in exceptionally challenging pools for both the ISDA and FED competitions.

The opening round of the ISDA and FED competitions were facilitated through a Zoom meeting with the opposing team and the adjudicator. Fortunately, there were minimal technical difficulties and last Friday featured a smooth transition into the online sphere. This success can be largely attributed to; the members of the Debating Society for their persistence and determination in making the most of these dubious conditions, and Mr Taplin for his Herculean effort in successfully pulling off the onerous task of co-ordinating all the various laptops, microphones, Zoom links and many more facets of online debate.

The FED competition opened their season against the menacing Scots College, and featured many questionable and unfavourable adjudications (as often happens in Debating). Congratulations to the Year 10 and Senior B team for their comprehensive victory. In the ISDA competition, Trinity were matched up with Redlands. Congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 11 ISDA teams for their victories against Redlands.

Below are some reports from various Debates.

Year 7 FED B Report 

The Trinity Year 7 FED B debating team consisting of Harshal Chuchra (7He), Hugo Newman (7WJ), Gregory Kariatlis (7La) and Alejandro Molina (7Ke) were hoping to open their season strongly against a formidable opponent, Scots College. We debated on the topic that ‘Dieticians should make the menus for school canteens’. Scots as the affirmative mainly argued that if Dieticians choose the menus for school canteens then this will help children avoid chronic diseases such as obesity in the long term. We as the negative emphasised the fact that healthy food is generally more expensive for schools to buy and this money is better spent and directed towards educational resources. Overall, this was a challenging debate that resulted in the affirmative team succeeding. Nevertheless, I want to congratulate our team for the excellent collaboration and support that we offered each other during the debate. Let’s see if we can turn things around next time.

Gregory Kariatlis (7La)

Year 8 FED B Report 

The Year 8 FED B team consisted of Jared Kong (8La), Kiran Siva (8Ke), Ravin Chowdury (8Fo) and Jacob Pham(8WH). Our opposition was Scots College, and the topic for our debate was that ‘The media shouldn’t report on the private lives of celebrities.’ The affirmative team, Scots, presented their model with some good points around celebrities’ privacy. Trinity, as the negative team, presented persuasive arguments including that celebrities could get away with certain things and a strong rebuttal around the status quo. There were many difficulties of this debate and although Scots won this round, there were some learning opportunities for Trinity and it set us up for great success in future debates.

Jared Kong (8La)

Year 10 FED B Report 

The Year 10 FED team, consisting of Liam Wingrave (10Ar), Davide Eboli (10WH), Maanav Bhandari (10Mu) and Trenton La (10La) were keen to begin their campaign with a victory over Scots College. After many years of defeat against Scots College, this debate would surely provide the challenge that our team required in order to gain the confidence we needed, which we endeavoured to instil throughout our FED season. The topic of the night was That the 2021 Australian Open should have been cancelled due to COVID-19, and Trinity were handed the negative viewpoint of the topic to argue, hence arguing the reasons for the Australian Open going forth this year. The clashes through the debate that were refuted and argued included the importance of the need for sporting events over human health and safety, and the value of this tournament within an economic and social context within Australia. In what was a gruelling and persuasive altercation from both Trinity and Scots, the adjudicator favoured our characterisation of the Australian Opens value and importance in society, and was led to favour our case over the opposition’s points of potential health risks the sporting event could imply onto Australia. The adjudicator awarded the debate to Trinity and provided us with the correct motivation required in our campaign for the FED Title. Much joy and relief were shared amongst the team at the deliberation of the result.

Liam Wingrave (10Ar)

Senior FED B Report 

The FED Senior Bs, consisting of Aiden Lee (11WH), Varun Iyer (11WJ) and Justin Yang (12WH), debated against Scots. The topic was “That the COVID-19 vaccine should be compulsory” and my team was negative. This season we also only have 45 minutes in the prep-room—which isn’t much—but time is what you make of it, so we got straight into it. Sadly though, when we first got into the prep-room we found it hard to think of arguments, but we just had to get our heads in the game and think as a team. We soon started to make quick progress towards the topic. We first approached the topic by looking at the general public’s reaction, talking about the backlash of this law. We talked about how the current system works well and that we don’t need to make the vaccine compulsory for it to be effective; we’re not trying to diversify from the status quo. The actual debate was very challenging. It was harder than trigonometry; we were light on our feet when it came to rebuttals and at the end of it all it was a close debate but with us coming out with a win and game over for the other team. 

Aiden Lee (11WH)

Year 7 ISDA Report

On 19 February, the Year 7 Debating Team duelled with SCEGGS Redlands in Round 1 of the 2021 ISDA Debating Competition. It was a first in many respects. The newly-formed team consisting of Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo), Jared Arnold (7Ar), Bailin Ashcroft (7Fo) and Ethan Eswaran (7We) had to cope with the technical challenges of their first online debate on Zoom. We negated the topic “That coding should be taught instead of a language.” S.C.E.C.G.S. Redland’s argument was focussed on the notion that coding was amply more beneficial for your life and presented a model where coding would replace languages taught in schools by 2023. In our counter model, we stated that coding could be taught in addition to languages. Redlands used persuasive arguments such as coding being more essential, as non-computerised objects or apparatus become obsolete, and young kids who knew more about how to use computers having more appropriate skill sets for the future. We argued that the knowledge of multiple languages was better for the future, in terms of jobs and efficiency of foreign communication. We also said that research has shown that language keeps your brain’s neural pathways active, reducing the risk of diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. We also highlighted the lack of detail in the affirmative model. All speakers of the Trinity team presented compelling arguments, illustrating flaws in the opposition’s case, and accentuating the ambiguous nature of the affirmative argument. We still have a lot to learn but we charged into the new frontier of Zoom debates, proposed arguments, pushed ourselves to our limits, and worked effectively with each other, leading to victory for the Trinity Year 7 ISDA team in our very first debate. 

Jared Arnold (7Ar)

Year 8 ISDA Report

On Friday night, the Year 8 ISDA Team debated the topic that we should teach students coding instead of a language. We debated as the negative team. We created a counter-model and proposed that we should keep languages and have coding as a co-curricular activity instead. Our arguments were that languages teach you important skills which can be used throughout your life, students who did coding as a cocurricular would enjoy it, rather than being forced into it, and students should have the freedom of choice to decide if they want to do a language. Redlands’ main arguments were that it’s important that all students are prepared for future technology use, and languages are becoming less important in society. Unfortunately, Redlands ended up winning the debate in the end. Our feedback was to flesh out our arguments and rebuttals more and better explain our ideas through examples. 

Christian Ciarroni (8WJ)

Senior A ISDA Report

The Senior A team, comprised of Will Martin (12WH), Keith Kwok (12WH), Joshua Perera (12La) and Daksh Chuchra (12He), negated the topic ’That education and healthcare personnel (eg doctors and teachers) should be rotated between the public and private systems. Redlands, in affirming this proposition argued about the importance of bridging the gap between these systems and the inequality immersed within the duality of the private-public system. Trinity presented cogent arguments about the rights of workers, and the inefficiency caused by the affirmative’s model. Persuasive rebuttal was delivered pertaining to the mismatch of skillsets, the logistical inadequacies and that there is currently mobility between the private and public systems in the status quo, thereby being a better solution than the affirmative’s arbitrary mandate of forced rotation between these systems. However, it was our counter-model, of a reallocation of government funding from the private sector to the public sector that lost us this Debate as it was a concession that the problem outlined by the affirmative does exist. The team has extracted valuable lessons from this debate, and despite the disappointing result, will continue to apply their best effort towards obtaining a victory against Newington.


My sincere thanks to Alessandro Re (7La) and Nicholas Lake (7WH) for their invaluable technical support and assistance in setting up and testing computers, microphones and audio-visual equipment required to successfully compete in our online debates for the ISDA and FED debating competitions on Zoom.

Chris Taplin | Master in Charge of Debating and Public Speaking

Music News | Junior School

February 26, 2021

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without


This week, 2021 Music Leader Charlie Yao (6Fo) showcases and introduces the Junior School Mozart Strings Ensemble. 

Mozart strings is for K – 2 boys who play violin or cello and at the beginning of their musical journey. This is the first opportunity to play in an authentic String Orchestra where they sing, play and work together. They learn orchestra ensemble discipline, manners and stage presentation. Boys in Mozart Strings regularly perform at assembly and important school events like the Junior School Evening of Music. Boys experiment with sound, learning how to play with dynamics, phrasing and the importance of listening to everyone in the ensemble. Rehearsals are also about playing with your friends and practising with proper posture, bow technique and pizzicato, instead of only doing this alone at home.

Mozart Strings rehearse every Monday and are very excited and proud to be part of the ensemble. We believe this is a very good starting platform before boys are promoted into the core ensemble of Intermezzo or the promotion ensemble of Vivaldi Strings. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

1 March                 Allegro Concert Band

8 March                David Miller (6La) – trumpet 

15 March               Maxwell Munday (6Fo) – piano

22 March               Ezekiel Turner (6La) – saxophone 

29 March               Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) – 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. Congratulations to the entrants.

Piano on Monday 1 March

Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) playing Ballad pour Adeline by Clayderman on piano

Mimo Kim (1Fo) playing Allegro con fuoco by Hermann Berens on piano

Christopher Xu (3N) playing The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens on piano

Max Munday (6Fo) playing The troll at the edge of the Woods by Donald Waxman on piano

Charlie Yao (6Fo) playing an arrangement of Largo from the 2nd Movement from Symphony No 9 by Antonin Dvorak on piano

Felix Yao (4Fo) playing Over the rainbow by Harold Arlen on piano

Aidan Tay (4Yo) Piano Midday on the Champs-Elysees  by Rocherolle on piano

Ryan La (5Ta) playing an arrangement of Allegro from the 1st Movement from Sonata K545 by Mozart on piano

Strings on Wednesday 3 March

Jay Zhang (4Ta) playing Carolan’s farewell by Carolan on violin

Jayden Yang (4La) playing Russian fantasy by Portnoff on violin

Roman Urbano (5Ta) playing Habanera by Bizet arr. By Blackwels on violin

Ethan Soo (5La) playing Open sesame by Hans-Jones on violin

Mimo Kim (1Fo) playing Russian fantasy No.2 by Portnoff on violin

Ryan Fan (2Yo) playing the traditional piece called Ceilidh on cello

Maxwell Leung (5Yo) playing Swing and Swang by Bailey on violin

Darren Cai (4Fo) playing Etude by Dancla on violin

Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo) playing Concertino by Janshinov on violin

Clancy Liu-Tian (4Yo) playing Paganini Caprice No.16 by Paganini on violin

Music Instrumental – Private Lessons

Enrolment forms to join individual instrumental lessons are available at http://community.trinity.nsw.edu.au/1_senior/docs/spirit_musicTuition.pdf or from the Junior School front office.

AMEB Examinations

If you wish your son to participate in an AMEB examination in the first session of 2021, please ensure you speak with his Instrumental Teacher next week, so he is best prepared and there is an opportunity to enrol as closing dates are fast approaching.



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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

Junior Sport Fixtures

February 26, 2021

Sportsmaster | Junior School

February 26, 2021

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see a full round of IPSHA summer sport for the first time in 2021.

Highlights were:


Finally, a dry Saturday to have all seven teams compete, the highlight being our combined 1st team defeating Newington in the local derby at school.


We had some improved performances in 5/6 Basketball against Grammar & Waverley whilst not coming out on the win ledger in many matches. Our Year 4 teams enjoyed two wins and a pulsating tie in their three contests against Scots at TGS Prep.


A close win at Grammar St. Ives 9-6.


A tight win at home against Scots at the Trinity Tennis Centre.

Touch Football:

As and Bs made it two from two with strong wins against traditionally tough opponents Waverley College at Cooke Park.

Intra Basketball:

Another nice day at TGS Prep with the boys showing pleasing performances and winning all three contests.

Relay Swimmers at the blocks

Swim Invitational 1 at Scots College

Our U11 cohort scooped eight first place ribbons to be the standout performers last week. We visited the same pool and similar opponents again yesterday and the invitational will be reported upon next week along with the swimmer’s and diver’s major carnival, the IPSHA event which is held next Tuesday at SOPAC.

Sports Results | Saturday 20 February 2021

6ATGS 94 def Wyvern 69
Best and FairestTom Henry
Most ConsistentM. Chiam*
6BWyvern 74 def TGS 60
Best and FairestCharles Heanly
Most ConsistentHarry Ingram
5AWyvern 100 def TGS 73
Best and FairestLuke Holani
Most ConsistentJ. Tsang*
5BWyvern 62 def TGS 54
Best and FairestMax Edwards
Most ConsistentHarry Horwood
4AScots 87 def TGS 45
Best and FairestRahid Chowdhury
Most ConsistentIshaan *
4B-1Kings (3A) 81 def TGS 47
Best and FairestArav*
Most ConsistentVeer*
4B-2Cranbrook 67 def TGS 19
Best and FairestClancy Liu-Tian
Most ConsistentJake Lim*
1st VGrammar E 45 def Junior School 19
Best and FairestCharlie Earthrowl
Most ConsistentHudson Lyttle
2nd VGrammar E 26 def Junior School 18
Best and FairestOliver Power
Most ConsistentXavier Jabbour
3rd VGrammar E 20 def Junior School 19
Best and FairestMarcus Xistouris
Most ConsistentJames Fang
4th VGrammar E 14 def Junior School 12
Best and FairestCharles Russell
Most ConsistentJames Taouk
5th VWaverley 34 def Junior School 6
Best and FairestJake Heald
Most ConsistentJacob Chan
6th VWaverley 32 def Junior School 8
Best and FairestEthan Choy
Most ConsistentJoseph Monteleone
7th VJunior School 24 def Grammar E 12
Best and FairestDash Isaacs
Most ConsistentLuke Farrow
8th VGrammar E 20 def Junior School 14
Best and FairestMax Jarvis
Most ConsistentMarco Pavic
4A VJunior School 16 def Scots 4
Best and FairestFinley Askew
Most ConsistentAnthony Fanos
4B VJunior School 18 tied with Scots 18
Best and FairestRalph Chammas
Most ConsistentAsh Dao
4C VJunior School 12 def Scots 0
Best and FairestChris Faragallah
Most ConsistentJackie Jiang
4/5 IntraJS 10 def Prep 0
Best and FairestSeb Lamb
Most ConsistentAlan Shaba
5/6 Intra2 wins v Prep
Best and FairestJames Crook
Most ConsistentOwen Kingham
5/6 AJunior School 9 def Grammar S.I. 6
Best and FairestOscar Yang
Most ConsistentJolyon Gadiel
Touch Football 
5/6 ATGS 5 def Waverley 4
Best and FairestJack Castles
Most ConsistentJordan Armenis
5/6 BTGS 7 def Waverley 4
Best and FairestJ. Radford*
Most ConsistentKobe Harb
5/6 AJunior School 21 def  Scots 19
Best and FairestEligh Balic
Most ConsistentMax Munday

4B-2 Cricket v Cranbrook
4B Basketball v Scots

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Last week our Year 4-6 Saturday Sport teams participated in a full round of fixtures. Whilst we didn’t secure victories in all fixtures, it is important to realise that at this stage of the Season, Saturday fixtures are mostly focused on development of team cohesion and refining individual skill development. An increase in team cohesion and individual skill development can be achieved through boys attending the additional and non-compulsory Tuesday morning training sessions. These sessions are open to all boys who wish to develop their skills. Basketball is held at the Preparatory School and is open to all boys in Basketball as well as those playing in the Intra-school Sport Programme. Cricket and Touch Football are held at Summer Hill. 

Teams will also develop cohesion by ensuring that players arrive at games at the correct time. There have been multiple reminders that boys are required to greet their coach at least 30 minutes before the start of their game time. For example, if the tip off for a Basketball game is at 8:00am, then the student must be at the game at 7:30am. There were a number of students that arrived at games 10 minutes before game time. This is unacceptable as it does not give the players and coaches adequate preparation time.

Over the past two Fridays the Prep Swimming Team has been finalising its preparation for the IPSHA Carnival that is due to be held on Tuesday March 2. The team has competed at both the South Harbour and Scots Prep Carnivals and has had great success. Our hope is that the success achieved at these carnivals in 25m pools can be transferred to the 50m pool.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Sports Results | Saturday 20 February 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2 
1st VTrinity PrepWaverly 
Best and FairestJesse Cha 
Encouragement Jeremiah Sydhom 
2nd VTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestEric Liu 
Encouragement Elliott Behrens 
3rd VTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestJaiveer Singh 
Encouragement Adonis Karabetsos 
4th VTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestOwen Hoang 
Encouragement Harris Yang 
5th VTrinity PrepWaverley 
Best and FairestMassimo De Maria 
Encouragement Isaac Lu 
6th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Best and FairestMichael Lee 
Encouragement Lucas Cheng 
7th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Best and FairestAndrew Lin 
Encouragement Aaron Li 
8th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Best and FairestChenyu Liu 
Encouragement Nick Cao 
Year 4 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A VTrinity PrepNewington
Best and FairestAdam Ge 
Encouragement Marvin Xu 
4B VTrinity PrepNewington
Best and FairestAlex Constantinou 
Encouragement Timmy Zhao 
4C VTrinity PrepKRB
Best and FairestCharlie Deeb 
Encouragement George Vavoulas 
Year 5 & 6 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XITrinityNewington Wyvern
Best and FairestTom Henry 
EncouragementWilliam Saunders and Marcus Chiam 
2nd XITrinityNewington Wyvern
Best and FairestCharles Henley 
EncouragementHarry Ingram 
5ATrinityNewington Wyvern
Best and FairestLuke Holani 
EncouragementJoshua Tsang 
5BTrinityNewington Wyvern
Best and FairestMax Edwards 
EncouragementHarry Horwood 
Year 4 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Best and Fairest  
4B1TrinityNewington Wyvern
Best and FairestAarav Sharma 
EncouragementVeer Singh 
Best and FairestClancy 
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Yr 5 & 6TrinitySt Pats
MVPLucas Kim 
EncouragementRicky Chen 
Touch Football  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Team ATrinityWaverly
Best and FairestJack Castles 
Encouragement Jordan Armenis 
Team BTrinityWaverley
Best and FairestJoshua Radford 
Encouragement Kobe Harb 
Yr 5 & 6Player 1Player 2
Single Game 1Yianni PahosSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 2Marcus NguyenSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 3Nathan Della TorreSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 4Victor BaoSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 5Jack BrownSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 6Marcus KuitSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 7Laurier ChenSt Patrick’s College
Single Game 8Preston LoSt Patrick’s College
Doubles Game 1Yianni Pahos &St Patrick’s College 
 Marcus Nguyen 
Doubles Game 2Nathan Della Torre and Victor BaoSt Patrick’s College
Doubles Game 3Jack Brown and Marcus KuitSt Patrick’s College
Doubles Game 4Adriano Furfaro and Orlando AngSt Patrick’s College
Best and FairestNathan Della Torre 
Encouragement Adriano Furfaro 
Intra-School Sport  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Game 1Year 4 NavyJS Yr 4/5
Best and FairestRui Li 
Encouragement Richard Conomos 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 NavyYear 5 and 6 Green
Best and FairestSergio Rodriguez Chavez 
Encouragement Ishan Padmanesan 
Game 1Year 4 PinkGreen
Best and FairestAndy Xu 
Encouragement Alex Vu 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 PinkYear 5 and 6 Red
Best and FairestEthan Koh 
Encouragement Aravinda Chauhan 
Game 1Year 4 GreenPink
Best and FairestLincoln Cui 
Encouragement Devin Le 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 GreenNavy
Best and FairestOscar Heralt 
Encouragement Hugo Wilson 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 RedJunior School Year 5 and 6
Game 2Year 5 and 6 RedYear 5 and 6 Pink
Best and FairestZavier Nguyen 
Encouragement Kamile Abwi 

Prep Sports Fixtures

February 26, 2021

Chess News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Our school will be entering two teams into the competition this year; ‘Rookie’ and ‘Championship’. There are limited places available and selection will be based on a combination of experience, performance, behaviour, and sportsmanship. After you have completed this FORM, please await contact from Mrs Mawson.

Applications close 8th March 2021.

Music News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Regardless of socio-economic background an interest in performing arts leads to higher states of motivation that produce the sustained attention necessary to improve performance.

Soloist Competition Heats Week 6

Strings (from 2pm) and Piano (from 1pm) Preparatory School students who have entered this competition will perform next Wednesday 3rd March in the Beethoven Room.  Guitar students will perform next Monday 1st March during the lunch Break in (Studio 8).  All applicants should have been notified of their time they are required to play by Mrs Fox this week.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled time so you can unpack and tune. The Adjudicators will be Dr Michael McGregor and Ms Kate Morgan for the Strings, Mr Greg Kinda for the Piano section and Mr Stefano Rocco and Mrs Geraldine Campbell for the Guitar section. In total we had 26 students apply for invaluable performing experience in this competition.  Good luck to all boys and thank you for being a risk-taker.

Instrumental Tuition

There are still vacancies for Percussion, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello tuition.  Please collect an application form from the Music Centre or Reception to apply.  Tuition is $45 per weekly half hour lesson and some instruments are available for hire at a cost of $50 per term.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Co-curricular Feature – The Cello Ensemble

February 26, 2021

The Cello Ensemble of the Preparatory School has been running for 34 years. Many very good Cellists, including Music Scholarship winners from Trinity Grammar School have experienced playing in this Ensemble. Students at the Senior School are continuing to play in the Cello Ensemble further developing more advanced musical skills.

This year there are currently four members from the Preparatory School, and we hope the Ensemble will grow further.

The boys are sight reading a variety of repertoire at the moment.

There are eight members of the Ensemble in the Senior School and they are all keen players. Andrew Tanous (Year 12) and Andy Lin (Year 8) are both Scholarship winners and leaders of the Ensemble.

Ludmila Palmer | Strings Teacher 

Co-curricular Feature – Chamber Orchestra 

This orchestra includes some of the most advanced students at the Preparatory School and they play a wide range of repertoire.

The ages of the students are from Year 2 to Year 6. We have talented young boys who have reached a high standard for their age. Among the youngest boys are Lewis Wang (Year 2) and Cayden Tsang (Year 3), who play in the First Violin Section.

To become a member of the Chamber Orchestra, students prepare themselves for an audition at the end of each year. 

The leader of the Chamber Orchestra this year is Jaemin Yoo (Year 6) who is a very talented boy with multiple musical skills. He is the Winner of the Denham Court Scholarship 2020.

The current repertoire of the orchestra is as follows:

  • Tambourin by G. Ramou
  • The Yang Prince and the Princess by N. Rimsky-Korsakov and 
  • Viennese Refrain, Popular Air

I am delighted to be working with the members of the Chamber Orchestra.

Ludmila Palmer | Strings Teacher

The Junior School Choir

February 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta) | Donald Holder Scholar and

Charles Russel (5Fo) | Junior School Choir Advanced Ensemble Member. 


Summer Hill Auxiliary and P&F Meetings

February 26, 2021

Dear Parents,

Please note, the Summer Hill Auxiliary and the Parents and Friends’ Association will be holding meetings respectively on Monday 1 March, 2021. Please see details below:

Summer Hill Auxiliary

Monday, 1 March 2021


Common Room 

Founder’s Building

Summer Hill Campus

Parents and Friends Association

Tuesday, 2 March 2021


Common Room

Founder’s Building

Summer Hill Campus

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

February 26, 2021

Week 6

01 Mar K-Y2 Hearing Assessments

02 Mar K-Y2 Hearing Assessments

02 Mar IPSHA Swimming/Diving Championships

05 Mar Day Without Speech (OIC)

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

06 Mar Sport Summer Round 4

Week 7

10 Mar Year 6 Mandarin/Art Excursion

12 Mar K-6 Gelato Day

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

13 Mar Sport Summer Round 5

Week 8

15 Mar Y6 Canberra Excursion departs

17 Mar Y6 Canberra Excursion returns

18 Mar Y4-6 Summer Sport Photos

18 Mar CIS Swimming & Diving

19 Mar Cross Country Championships

20 Mar Sport Summer Round 6

Dates for the Diary

February 26, 2021

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


Academic Study Support for Years 7, 8 and 9

February 26, 2021

The Library Seminar space has been set aside every Monday to Thursday afternoon after school from 3.45pm until 5pm 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 receiving 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.

Any enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Andrew Scott, Director of Curriculum.

Andrew Scott | Director of Curriculum 

Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus

February 26, 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


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

Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill) 
mobile 0408 119 187

Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus)

February 26, 2021

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

Junior School Auxiliary Meeting

February 26, 2021

Thursday, 4 February 2021 – Minutes


Mark Dunn, Amanda Maclean, Mike Miller, Michelle Read, Doreen Milena, Helen Karlos, Kylie Evans, Danielle Sutherland, Anasua Roy, Jaimee Lieu

The minutes from last meeting were published.


Seventy four new boys started at the Junior School this year. Class Parents need to ensure new parents feel welcome and informed, a part of the Junior School community.

There has been positive feedback on co curricular activities. EOIs are high – selection criteria will apply. If students miss out this term they will be prioritised if they reapply for that activity next term.

Events planned for this term are to be planned as timetabled in calendar, but adapted and changed as date approaches, in accordance with current Covid restrictions.

Year 5 Cyber Safety course likely to be presented online for boys and parents to work through together.

Green Patch Program will begin later this term. Initially boys will be involved in the preparation of the space and soil.

All camps to go ahead as planned.

Auxiliary confirmed funding for Yr 6 jerseys.


Movie Night to be postponed, due to current Covid restrictions. Suggested that new date to be towards end of Term 3.

Proposed Mother’s/Father’s Day Stalls to be run by Yr 6 boys again this year. Gelato Day to be held in Term 1. Gelato will be in individual cups and will be distributed by Yr 6 boys. We need more fundraising ideas that comply with Covid restrictions.

Class Parents to organise get togethers to welcome new parents and boys. Suggestions include – meeting for coffee; outdoor oriented family days. Large gatherings need to be run by Mr Dunn.


Auxiliary budget $44,500 at end of 2020.

Yr 6 jerseys – $3,300

Green Patch contribution TBA


Mr Dunn will investigate apparent confusion caused by signs in the car park. All Junior School boys are to be dropped off outside Fitness centre and picked up around the corner.

It was suggested that school photos alternated between summer/winter uniform. Year parents to survey school and report back.

Art project for Fiesta/Online action approved. Mrs Nikolov to be asked to program this into Art curriculum for all years. Amanda to contact her.

All parents are welcome to attend P&F meetings. Dates of meetings to be shared by class parents. P&F Trivia night will go ahead, but likely to be virtual.



Prep Canteen News

February 26, 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!




Student Absence Notice

February 26, 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.

Uniform Shop | Winter Uniform

February 26, 2021

The Winter Uniform is now available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.


p. + 61 2 9581 6048

Family Feud | Save the Date

February 26, 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…

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

February 26, 2021

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