2021 | Term 2 | Week 4

May 14, 2021


From the Head Master

May 14, 2021


The School often tries to convince the boys that academic assessment is their friend. You can imagine that this is an uphill battle.

The boys’ understanding of academic assessment is shaped by all sorts of associations and perceptions. The idea of ‘failure’ can loom large in the imagination. The perception that they are involuntarily engaged in a competition with their peers adds undue pressure. The suggestion that their personal worth and potential rises and falls with their results is also unhelpful. Media commentary about performance in NAPLAN and Year 12 results, along with the declining national performance in the PISA tests, also creates a context where academic assessment is freighted with additional significance.

These negative associations can be compounded by well-meaning parents and extended families, who are motivated by love and a desire to ensure that their sons will be able to achieve certain life paths, but who can over-read the significance of each little step along the way.

In her regular columns in the Head Master’s Bulletin, the Academic Dean has consistently articulated a thoughtful, rigorous and wise framework by which the School understands academic assessment. I commend her column to parents.

The reality is that academic assessment is an inextricable element of the School experience of a boy, and it is integral to the learning process. The School does not resile for a second from affirming the importance of academic assessment. However, the question to which we need to continue to return is ‘What is the primary purpose of academic assessment?’

The primary purpose of academic assessment is to identify where a student is at in his learning at a particular point in time, so that growth and progress are visible and so that future learning can be designed.

The sentence above is densely packed with ideas that repay consideration and reflection.

Assessment does get used for other purposes as well, but these are secondary and ancillary purposes and they should not overshadow or obscure the main purpose.

The primary purpose of assessment is not to sort or rank students, although sometimes it does have this role. It is not to determine who receives prizes or citations, although it does get used for that also. It is not to train or accustom students for the high-stakes assessments that happen at the end of their schooling, although it may sometimes help in that way. The primary purpose is not to validate successful parenting, or to qualify individuals for particular careers, or to burnish a resume.

Understood in this way, academic assessment is the friend of students. It is good for them, helpful for them, and valuable for them as they continue to learn.

You may wonder why I have taken the time to labour this point. On one level, it is self-evident that a shared understanding of the purpose of assessment is helpful for students, parents and teachers. We will not be talking at cross-purposes or misunderstanding one another.

However, one of the main reasons I want to address this has arisen from some data that emerges from the various instruments that we use to monitor student wellbeing in the School. While our boys appear to be tracking well with reference to external benchmarks in most areas, they report a higher level of stress than their peers elsewhere. Anecdotally, and through cross-referencing other sources of data, it is clear that academic assessments are a significant cause of the stress that they experience.

It is in the interests of our boys wellbeing that we understand the primary purpose of academic assessment, and ensure that our words and actions reflect that purpose. Academic assessment, properly understood, is a friend.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

May 14, 2021

People who become exceptional at something, do so NOT because they believe they are exceptional. On the contrary, they become amazing because they are obsessed with improvement. People that become great at something become great, because they understand that they are not already great.

Mark Manson

In this week’s Middle School Assembly, Ms Brett, Housemaster of Wynn Jones House, spoke with the boys and young men in Years 7, 8 and 9 about the value of a growth mindset and the importance of having a clear understanding of the power of failure. Her remarks continue a series on academic growth following the release of Semester 1 Reports for Years 8 and 9, as we attempt to contextualise and unpack your sons’ results, reinforce the feedback they have been offered by their teachers, and explain the importance of reflecting on and learning from their experience. Year 7 will receive their Semester 1 Report in the next week, so Ms Brett’s remarks were pre-emptive.

She provided some excellent examples, including James Dyson’s repeated failures as he attempted to develop his bagless vacuum, the foundation of his $15 billion business empire, Beyonce’s 1993 loss on an American Talent Show, and the Steve Jobs story; creating Apple with Steve Wozniak, being sacked by the Board of the company he built, and returning as its CEO, all the while acknowledging that many people see failure as having negative connotations and that the experience of failing can be very confronting.

Ms Brett explained that students who study Theory of Knowledge in Year 11 and 12 learn that our perceptions are heavily influenced by our emotional bias and form the basis of the narratives we use to interpret our experiences, and which may end up obscuring the truth. She challenged your sons with the rhetorical question: what if failure was an essential experience in the process of improvement, and encouraged them to imagine how they could continue to grow if they viewed their Semester I Reports as an opportunity to check their learning progress, get feedback and re-calibrate by setting realistic and achievable goals.

It was a powerful message, well delivered. I hope your son came home and reported what had been shared. If not, perhaps you can chat with him over dinner tonight.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master –  Summer Hill

From the Head of the Preparatory School

May 14, 2021

Mind, Body and Spirit

As a school, Trinity prides itself on focusing on the development of the whole person…Mind, Body and Spirit. This commitment requires our boys to be engaged in a wide variety of learning experiences. As adults supporting the boys in their development, it is essential that we support and encourage them to pursue growth and development in all areas. This can be challenging, as some boys will feel greater levels of comfort in certain learning areas compared to others. When this is the case, the boys look to us – their parents and teachers. We need to be equally committed to Mind, Body and Spirit, and to urge them to persevere to assist them in developing resilience and growing as learners. It is important that boys experience the hard work that is, and should be, associated with learning. The past week has presented numerous opportunities for our boys to do such learning across all facets of School life.

String Soiree

Monday night was a great example of the opportunities for growth and development that exist at Prep as approximately 70 students took to the stage (the front of the Gym at least) to perform as part of the Strings Soiree. I noted to the parents in attendance that the event was some 18 months in the making, given the last time we had been able to hold a concert with parents in attendance was at the end of 2019. This has felt really awkward, given performing is such an integral aspect of learning an instrument. I commend all of the students across the Prep School, and particularly those that performed on Monday night, for their perseverance and dedication to continue practising despite the lack of performance opportunities. Suffice to say, the performances on the evening were very entertaining as well as providing another opportunity for future growth through the feedback received.

We are now looking forward to the other upcoming Studio Concerts which begin in Week 6.

Saturday Sport

Saturday Sport is one area of School life that requires additional levels of commitment for boys after the completion of a busy week of classroom learning. The benefits of Saturday Sport are far greater than simply winning or losing. Teamwork, winning well, losing graciously, the transference of skills to real life situations, and sportsmanship are just a few of the life lessons our boys have the chance to learn and consolidate each week. Too often we gloss over the true meaning of teamwork. Teamwork requires a sense of commitment, both to a cause and to one another. It requires individuals to identify and use their strengths as well as relying on, and appreciating the strengths of others to cover one’s weaknesses. I understand that Saturday mornings can be a challenge for parents at the end of a busy working week; however, I urge you to support your boys and to engage with them in the wonderful learning they do each week; before, during and after their sporting contests.

Sport uniform – Thursdays

Last year the School changed the expectation for student uniform on Thursdays, to allow students to wear the Sport uniform all day. This was seen as a compromise to avoid students having to bring two full uniforms to school on these days. At the time of this adjustment, it was clearly articulated that all students must arrive and leave school dressed in the sport uniform and not their sport-specific attire. This is an ongoing expectation to ensure there is a level of consistency and neatness in appearance as the boys come and go. Over the last few months, it appears that students are beginning to take liberties with this expectation by wearing sport-specific clothing to school such as their rugby jersey or football shorts. Students are not permitted to wear such clothing and will be given opportunity to change into these items of uniform prior to sport training. I welcome the support of parents in ensuring that the boys arrive in correct sport uniform on Thursdays.


Over the course of this term the boys have been spending time in Chapel exploring and learning key verses of the Bible. Mr Smith has encouraged the boys to commit these verses to memory so that they might support the boys in developing a deep appreciation for what they mean and making it possible for the boys to draw on them as, and when, deemed appropriate in their faith journeys. Last week, the boys focused on perhaps the most famous verse of the Bible, John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” These words should bring great hope and encouragement to know that the God of the universe was prepared to sacrifice his only son to make it possible for us to be in a relationship with him.

Stage 3 Leadership Seminar

On Tuesday, the Stage 3 students were joined by four of the Senior School Leaders for a Leadership Seminar. The four boys, each of whom graduated from the Prep School, spoke to the boys in a panel-style session about their experiences moving from Prep to the Middle and Senior Schools, their leadership growth – both successes and failures, the importance of respect and standards and the opportunities that await them in their future learning journeys. I was particularly struck by message of the current School Captain, Jamie Christopoulos who spoke to the boys about constantly moving out of your comfort zone into situations that encourage growth, whether that be in Mind, Body or Spirit. Each of the Senior School Leaders spoke of the importance of informal leadership, regardless of whether you wear a badge or not. This is an important message for our current Year 6 cohort as they lead the Prep School and set the tone for our campus, and for our Year 5 cohort as they build up to this challenge in 2022.

Photo Day – Wednesday 19th May

Next Wednesday, 19th May, is our Photo Day and we will be taking class, individual and sibling photos. Boys need to be in full School uniform on this day along with ensuring their haircut meets the expectations outlined in the Record Book.

Upcoming Parent Information Session – Assessment and Reporting at the Prep School

Firstly, I am pleased to make you aware of our Term 2 Parent Information Session that will be run on Wednesday, 26th May at 6:00pm and again on Friday, 28th May at 8:30am. Over the last year, the COVID restrictions have caused us to explore more creative ways of holding information sessions and communicating information to parents. I am pleased to say that it is now possible to return to our normal practice of holding these events in person with larger numbers in attendance.

This term’s Parent Information Session will focus on Assessment and Reporting at the Prep School. At the recent Auxiliary Meeting we had a healthy discussion about the differences between primary school assessment and reporting practices and those of the High School. At this session, we plan to explore the thinking behind our assessment and reporting practices and paint a picture for parents about the transition into Middle School and beyond. I invite parents to join us for this session to find out more and to ask any related questions. This will also be an opportunity to provide some additional insights into how our new Flexible personalised learning approach in Years 5 and 6 is supporting the transition for students.

The session will be provided on Wednesday evening (26th May) at 6:00pm and again on Friday morning (28th May) at 8:30am. We hope this makes it possible for parents to attend at a time that is convenient to them.

Parents are requested to RSVP for these events by completing this FORM.

Kiss and Ride

You may have noticed the Council Rangers have been present a couple of times over the last week. Whilst this may feel somewhat heavy handed, ultimately, we welcome their involvement to ensure the students are safe, Kiss and Ride works as efficiently as possible, and our neighbours are respected. I wanted to write to bring a couple of related issues to your attention and to ask for your ongoing support to ensure all three of those targets are met on a consistent basis.

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to arrive at Kiss and Ride at the correct time (see below). Parents arriving earlier than this time will be asked to do a lap of the block to allow parents of younger students to pick up and move on. If you have two boys, please line up at the later time.
    • Pre-K – pick-up at 2:45pm
    • K-2 – pick-up from 3:00pm
    • Years 3-6 – pick-up at 3:15pm 
  • Parents are reminded to only park or stop in areas where this is legal. Please be mindful of the ‘No Stopping’ zone on the corner of Llandilo Ave and Kingsland Rd. Rangers have indicated that this is an issue they will be monitoring in the coming weeks.
  • Please be mindful of our neighbours by not double parking, or blocking or turning into driveways.
  • Parents are asked not to perform three-point turns in Llandilo Ave or neighbouring streets. Whilst I can appreciate that this may make it easier to avoid traffic, it creates an unnecessary risk for students, parents and staff who are walking around the roads.
  • Parents are reminded to hold their son’s hand when crossing the road.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

House Points

May 14, 2021

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From the Field Studies Centre

May 14, 2021

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Psalms 19:1 NIV

One of the joys of residing on the South Coast of NSW is observing the four distinct seasons that we experience. Based on the timing of their residential stay, the students’ Field Studies Programme is influenced to an extent by what the season brings. Is one better than another? No, I wouldn’t suggest so. They are simply different. Although we have had some wet days throughout Autumn this year, the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and generally mild weather have made spending time outdoors very enjoyable. On Wednesday night after returning from their expeditions, the boys were treated to an impressive pre-dinner show courtesy of a distant lightning storm that was lighting up the huge clouds gathered over the ocean. The boys are encouraged as they spend time in the Creation, to appreciate the work of the Creator. Making the time to be still and appreciate and observe our surroundings, can provide a wonderful contrast to the fast pace of life that many of us experience.

The diversity in terms of backgrounds, talents, interests and personalities that the boys bring to each cohort that visits the Woollamia campus, adds an additional layer of richness to the experience. The social-emotional learning opportunities that are incorporated into a residential programme like the one we offer, are extensive. Learning to live and learn amongst a group of your peers, while striving to give respect and unconditional positive regards to others at all times, is not easy. There are bumps along the way which the boys must navigate. But they do this with the support of the incredible staff at the Field Studies Centre, who like the students, bring great diversity to the programme.

The final week of Residential 3 has been an opportunity to put together all the learnings from the previous three weeks, and the students have been challenged to get the most from the experience. The boys have camped, cooked, climbed, abseiled, mountain biked, fished, surfed and stand-up paddle boarded and generally made the most of their time outdoors. They then quickly switched into academic mode on Wednesday evening to put the final touches to their Science Primary Investigation reports, before engaging in the final rite of passage activities and reflections that are the focus of the last two days of the programme. Visiting each of the groups last night and chatting with the boys as they toasted their marshmallows on the campfire, I got a sense of how impactful the experience had been for so many of the boys. It has been a pleasure to work, live and learn alongside this group of students, and watch them grow over the last month.

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC) 

From the Head of the Junior School

May 14, 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

I would be surprised if you have not heard from your son about at least one of his learning experiences in Green Patch lessons this term. All boys have been inquiring into the most effective conditions to promote growth by experimenting with light, moisture and soil types. They have also been familiarising themselves with the opportunities and constraints of our site as they plan and prepare the Patch for planting in Term 3. The 7 Ps of the Green Patch Process are: Planning; Preparing; Planting; Pampering; Protecting; Picking; Plating. In these early stages, Mrs Bargwanna has been apprenticing her 299 Junior Landscape-Architects, focussing on growing their curiosity, knowledge and understanding so that they will be able to successfully and responsibly grow our environment. Over the rest of this term, Mrs Bargwanna will continue to work with classes fortnightly whilst also wearing her own landscape-architect’s hat as we plan site developments for the next phase of this initiative. Enjoy the photos!

We are yet to re-schedule our K-2 Mother’s Day morning due to the extension of community restrictions on singing and dancing that impact the activities the boys and teachers have planned. As soon as these restrictions are eased, we will confirm new arrangements. K-2 mothers are asked to ‘pencil-in’ the morning of Friday, 28 May which is our next opportunity to access the Centenary Centre gymnasium if restrictions are lifted. Fingers crossed!

We had great success in the ‘Hello Mandarin’ Competition Final in which 21 of our Junior School boys competed last weekend. With 150 contestants ranging from Kindergarten through high school to adulthood, it is testament to the hard work of the boys and the programme of learning overseen by Mrs Wang that three of our boys won their age group championship, ten received gold medals, four received silver medals and four of our boys took home first prize in the family category. A most pleasing aspect of these results is that our students from Mandarin-speaking families as well as those who learn Mandarin exclusively at school are excelling in their language development. Special congratulations go to:

  • Champions: Mimo Kim (Non-Chinese background Years 1-2); James Saunders (Non-Chinese background Years 3-4); William Saunders (Non-Chinese background Years 5-6); Gabriel, Raphael, Paul and Dimitri Karlos (Family group)
  • Gold medals (Chinese background): Kyle Ye; Nathan Zhang; Zihao Ji; Felix Yao; Tianyang Zhao; Nicholas Ma; James Fang; Charlie Yao
  • Gold medals (non-Chinese background): Alex Anastasi; Jordan Buultjens
  • Silver medals (Chinese background): Dewey Chen; Marco Guan
  • Silver medals (non-Chinese background): Arjun Roy; Charles Russell

As a follow-up to our recent ‘Safer Internet Week’, I wish to remind parents of the important role you play in modelling good habits, establishing boundaries and supervising your sons regarding technology and media access. I raise this in part due to the ever-increasing demand on teachers to resolve issues between students at school that arise from time spent on media outside school. Many issues that once played out in the playground now start, continue or escalate on media platforms via mobile phones or devices in the home. The School is clear in its recommendation that parents are vigilant and exercise caution in regards to student social media use. Whilst many younger students are yet to use social media, parents of boys who use connected devices (even for brief periods of time) should not assume that their son is too young to be active on social media. Under-age participation on social media sites is increasingly an area where young students are making mistakes. The boundaries between private and public domains on social media sites are often blurred in the minds of younger users. Many fail to realise their images or words are being launched into the public domain where they sacrifice control. Sites which often have a very personal feel about them may be accessed by anyone. Images or text sent to someone else’s device in a moment of rash excitement can be forwarded to many others and remain accessible forever. Young children do not necessarily have the judgment required to make sensible decisions in these environments and can be exposed to ideas and images that they are not mature enough to comprehend or filter appropriately. Children can be tempted into inappropriate behaviours they would never contemplate in the real world, such as bullying, verbal abuse, or sharing of inappropriate images. We continually urge parents to heed media age guidelines as the boundaries you put in place for your children can promote your own child’s safety and the safety of the other children in their network. Parents will find the e-safety Commissioner’s website (follow this link) a great place to access advice and resources. It is worth bookmarking. 

I extend a thank you to many parent helpers who have been spending time at school in recent weeks or will do in coming weeks to assist our staff and benefit the boys. Last week we had parents assist with the Mothers’ Day Stall on every day of the week. We have also had Year 1 parents attend training to become a Reading Group assistant. Many parents attended Monday night’s THRASS training session to be able to better support their son’s literacy development at home. Yesterday and in weeks ahead, groups of parents will support our Visual Arts staff in preparing collaborative artworks being made by boys for auction later in the year. Thank you to all of you!

Even on Friday afternoons, our campus remains busy. The week may be winding down but many of our boys and staff continue to learn through opportunities such as the IPSHA inter-school debating competition, inter-school Chess, the Year 3 sport programme, and co-curricular clubs such as Mandarin, swimming, and rugby. We are not quite a campus that never sleeps but I do wonder sometimes whether some of our boys and teachers ever do!

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7

Year 6 | Where We Are in Place and Time Incursion – Guest Speaker

May 14, 2021

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Mrs Roberts came to the Junior School Library to teach all of Year 6 about migration. The discussion lasted around 45 minutes and was very informative and taught us a lot about how migration works. Mrs Roberts spoke about how she needed to leave Vietnam for Australia in 1975 due to all the ongoing wars, and how it was quite difficult at first to land in a brand new country, having to adjust to all the new cultural values. Since she didn’t have a good education, Mrs Roberts struggled at first to learn English and was challenged in school. Over time, Mrs Roberts learnt everything about Australia and began her career as a Buddhist Nun in 2006. I really enjoyed this discussion as it not only taught me and my peers about migration but it made me really appreciate all the opportunities I have such as a safe home and a great education. I would definitely love to listen to Mrs Roberts’ life story again and ask many more questions on what challenges she has faced throughout her life.

Benjamin El-Hayek (Year 6)


News from The Arthur Holt Library

May 14, 2021
Mother’s Day Book Display

If anyone reading this is a mother, may we take the opportunity to wish you a very happy Mother’s Day on behalf of everyone in The Arthur Holt Library (better late than never). This year, we encouraged the boys to borrow a book to bring home to their mothers or grandmothers, and organised a display of titles that we thought you might like.

For those of you who received a book, we’d love to hear what you thought of it. For the rest of you, we hope to do the same thing next year, so maybe now’s the time to start dropping some hints about the kinds of books that you like!

One of our favourite borrowers took home The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta for his mother. He explained that it was partly because he thought she might enjoy it, but also because she had once lived on Dalhousie Street in Haberfield where the novel is set. What a thoughtful young man… If you are reading this, do let us know if the descriptions in the book matched your own recollections.

Of course, we’ve also been continuing our efforts to engage more of the students in reading for pleasure. Our resident Book Group, Arthur’s Readers, helped us to build a display recommending those books and series that they believe everyone should have read by the time they leave the Middle School. Some of their favourites include Eragon, Skullduggery Pleasant and Artemis Fowl. So if you have a son who’s looking for inspiration, tell him to come take a look.

“Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.”

– Jeanette Winterson

Andrea O’Driscoll | Teacher Librarian 

Shakespeare Carnival 2021

May 14, 2021

On Tuesday May 11th some 30-plus Bard enthusiasts/performers and 70 parents gathered in The Latham Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare’s ongoing legacy and influence. The forms of Drama included Ensemble and Duologue scenes, group-devised performances and even an original music composition. All the performances were based around Othello and was a culmination of some intensive workshopping in Drama Cocurricular since the start of the year.

Significant moments were:

  • the use of physical theatre in the interpretation of the Proclamation scene
  • Hamish Gray’s evocative piano piece “That Kills for Loving” inspired by the themes of loss and desire in the play
  • the inventive use of symbolism and staging in a Year 7 group’s performance of the handkerchief scene
  • the vast number of students who demonstrated control of the iambic pentameter, showing comfort and mastery of “Shakespeak”
  • a generous sense of ensemble and proficiency in the use of stage space and dramatic elements in all duologues and group scenes
  • a commitment to communicating the stakes for each character: good or evil, hero or villain

All twelve performance items distilled the essence of the play and a wonderful sense of stagecraft. The night culminated with audience participation through online voting. The students who will represent Trinity at the Regional Final on 18 May include:

Act 3 Scene 4 – Group Devised – Peter Bott, Hugo Bruce, Sam Davoren, Jackson Deng, Geronimo Devitt, Benjamin Gallo, Alexander Henry, Axel Lee and Ashvin Nagaratnam. Act 2 Scene 2 Physical Theatre – Ryan Kesby, Jack Fahd, Alexei Baldwin, Hamish Gray, Noah Blomfield, Jai Sharma and Jayden Higgins. Act 1 Scene 3 Duologue – Joseph Britton and Lochlan Demark.

All credit to Ms Smith-Sergi who has driven this wonderful event for some years now; thanks to Mr Bradburn for inducting Year 7s into Shakespeare performance; the indefatigable Mr Pupo for his technical set-up; Ms Hughes for organising the on-line voting; and Mr Mulgrew for his support. Old Bill would have approved.

Brendan Duhigg | Head of Drama 

Awards for the Week | Junior School

May 14, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…


Ryan Bao

Lucas Yang

Andrew Zhang


Asher Buultjens

Jeremy Leung

Spencer Rose


Jonathan Chu

Archie Heralt

Tommy Hoare


Ryder Elsibai

Ethan Jin

Nicholas Lim


Tomas Aschman

Leo Chan

Jonah Chen


Rahid Chowdhury

Dominic Lowe

Allan Shaba


Alec Bailey

Darren Cai

Xavier Hannan


Christian Antoniou

Hudson Lyttle

Kobi Vickery


Jacob Chan

Ryan La

Maxwell Leung


Rafael Koutra

Jack Maclean

Luke Nunez


Jack Cooper

Kai Famlonga

Daniel Simpson


Hugh Labas

Peter Papadopoulos

Harry Volikas


Charles Heanly

Maxwell Munday

Christian Viola


Aidan Tay

Ewan Yam

Jayden Yang

Felix Yao


Zac Bachir

Elliot Bargon


William Bi

Darren Cai

Ralph Chammas

Ali Choker

Noah Girgis

George Halvagi

Terence Ho

Leon Liu

Jeffery Jiang

James Sutherland

Justin Tse

Lucas Vo


Alec Bailey

Dimitri Karlos

Layth Nazha

Allan Shaba

Ethan Soo

Library News | Preparatory School

May 14, 2021

The Sydney Writers’ Festival by Ronak Biswas and Jayden Paskaranathan

On the 5th May, following a rather long wait for this momentous day, we reached school, marked the roll and we were off on the bus for a magnificent day at the Sydney Writers’ Festival at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre. When we reached there, we were welcomed along with a bunch of other school students.

After a quick morning tea, we entered the huge theatre and took our seats. At first, we were marvelled by Nat Amoore, the host of the show who got us all dancing in our seats and excited about the show ahead. The first talk was by renowned author Jessica Townsend, Author of the series Nevermore. She was hilarious with her anecdotes which highlighted her inspiration and motivation to create the book.

After a series of Q & A, we had the opportunity to attend an interactive discussion with Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, authors of ‘Real Pigeons get Bready’ to suggest ideas for their next book. It was an exciting opportunity to share our thoughts with such experienced and well-known personalities.

Another interesting personality we met was Kirli Saunders, a popular Indigenous writer. It was fascinating to know about her childhood stories and interest in the field of arts which led her to be interested in storytelling. She guided us through meditation and even got us trying some yoga! Another author we met was Emily Rodda, who by the way has written over 100 books! We thought that was incredible!

It was a special day for us Trinity boys to represent our School and have the opportunity to meet few celebrated authors and be inspired by their life and books. Thank you to Mrs Nel for organising this event for us and thank you to Mrs Wills for accompanying us.

Ronak Biswas and Jayden Paskaranathan|, Year 5

Library and Information week, 17- 23rd May 2021

National Simultaneous Storytime is back for its 21st year!

On Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 11:00am we blast off into space in our gym!  “Give me some Space” by Philip Bunting is the NSS 2021 book and is being read by the astronauts from the International Space Station!

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the Country. ALIA along with Scholastic, the Australian Space Agency and the Office of the Chief Scientists are sharing this intergalactic experience!

Join us next week when we celebrate Library & Information Week from 17 – 23 May! We have a number of lunchtime activities for the students to participate in to celebrate the Prep Library.

Prep Book Swap!

This year we will run our very first Prep Book Swap to help raise funds for Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in Arnhem Land Northern Territory. This is one way we can share our love of reading with other students from across Australia.

How does it work? Students take a look at home to see if they have any old books that they don’t read anymore that are in good condition. Books can be brought to school and placed in the donation bins in the library up until the end of Week 5.

What happens when we swap books? On Thursday of Week 6, your son may bring a gold coin donation in return for one of the books we have collected through the boys very generous book donations in the previous week.

How many books can my son buy? As many as he likes! We may stop students if too many are taken as we want to ensure there are enough books left over for the other students.

Where does the money go? All of the money raised will go towards the Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in Arnhem Land Northern Territory. This is a very worthwhile cause as it helps them to buy books for their own library.

How else are we helping? We are donating old books from the Prep library also to help them build up their collection.

Why are we doing this? We all know that one of the most significant ways we can improve student literacy is through a wide variety of quality literature. Plus, how great does it feel to get more books for your library?!

Spotlight on Philip Bunting

Philip Bunting

Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator, with a soft spot for creating picture books for sleep-deprived, time-poor, raisin-encrusted parents (and their children).

Philip’s work deliberately encourages playful interaction between the reader and child, allowing his books to create a platform for genuine intergenerational engagement, and fun. He believes that the more fun the child has during their early reading experiences, the more likely they will be to return to books, improve their emergent literacy skills, and later find joy in reading and learning.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

‘Hello Mandarin’ Recitation Competition 2021

May 14, 2021

In the last few months many of us competed in the ‘Hello Mandarin’ Recitation Competition. It is a competition that encourages students to learn Mandarin and build up confidence in public speaking.

At Trinity we have been participating in the competition for four years. With Mrs Wang’s help, our team is getting bigger and stronger. This year we had a record of 75 contestants that joined the competition. We chose from a variety of stories and poems to practise our Mandarin speaking. We need to understand the meaning of it first. Then we try to read it aloud and memorise it, which is hard but enjoyable. At the end we need to add expression, emotions and use gestures in the performance.

On April 28 we had the 2nd round competition at Junior School. It was a great success! We had the competition organiser and the chief judge coming over to judge the competition. The competition was mainly run by the Mandarin leaders, some school leaders and some great helpers from Year 4 and Year 5. They hosted the competition, introduced contestants, set up the venue and organised filming and microphones. They were responsible and they demonstrated great leadership skills.

After the 2nd round some boys entered ‘Hello Mandarin’ final competition and some boys entered ‘Angel Reading’ final competition. 21 Junior School boys participated in the final competition on Sunday, May 9. There were more than 150 contestants from many schools in NSW. We successfully represented our school on the big stage. We performed our stories and poems to a huge audience and the judges.

The competition was tough, but all the boys did an excellent job! Three boys won the age group champion, 10 got gold medals, four got silver medals and the Karlos boys got the 1st prize in family group competition. Congratulations to these boys! They are: Dewey (KW), Marco, Kyle, Mimo, Raphael K and Gabriel K (1K), Nathan and Paul (3B), Arjun, Dimitri and Zihao (3N), Alex, Felix, Tianyang and James (4C), Nicholas (4J), James F(5B), Jordan (5C), Charles (5T), Charlie and William (6T).

We thank Mrs Wang for her ongoing support. She encouraged us and she was always there for us. She volunteered her own time to help us. Without her professional specialty and kindness, we wouldn’t have had such a great success in the competition. We would also like to thank our parents for assisting us in practice. We will have another group of Junior School boys doing ‘Angel Reading’ final competition and group competitions on Saturday, May 22. I’m sure we will have another big success.

Charlie Yao | Mandarin Leader, Junior School

Library News | Junior School

May 14, 2021

Dog or cat? What is your preference?  This is the question I have asked at the provocation table for the boys this week in the Library. The table has a selection of information books on dogs and cats from the 636 section of the Library. Baskets of books have been placed on the floor with our collection of picture books with dog or cat themes. Boys have been keen to write their responses, with the clear favourite being dogs.  “I like dogs because they are protective.” “They are more fun.” “Because they are the best.” “I love them.” “I have one and when I get home I love it when he jumps up on me and gives me a dog kiss.” “Dogs improve your health because you need to walk them.”

Picture books can be a powerful way to interpret and make meaning from an image. This week, Year 6 has been looking at picture books about their current Unit of Inquiry on migration and applying some visual literacy skills to better understand the message of the book.  Two elements of visual literacy that we focused on were body language and gaze, and the colour hue and tone of the page. Some of the picture books that we looked at are on the Premier’s Reading Challenge for Years 5 and 6; a few of these included Teacup by Rebecca Young; Wisp, a story of hope by Zana Fraillon and Beth, the story of a child convict by Mark Wilson. 

Book Review by Ruairi in 6J

Bindi by Kirli Saunders

Bindi is a great award-winning book about the challenges an outback town has to face when a bushfire threatens their town and how they recover afterwards. My favourite part is when they rescue the black cockatoo. It is a very sentimental book. I rate it 3.5 stars.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian


Senior School Sports Fixtures

May 14, 2021

Advance Notice for Compulsory Home Games 2021

May 14, 2021

The Compulsory Home Game information in the Record Book is incorrect and the new dates are listed below. Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend two of the Compulsory Home Game fixtures below:

  1. Saturday 29 May – Trinity vs St Aloysius’ (Football, Volleyball, Rugby)
  1. Saturday 5 June – Trinity vs Knox (Football, Volleyball, Rugby)
  1. Saturday 31 July – Trinity vs Waverley (Football, Rugby)

From the three dates listed above, all students in Years 7 to 11 will be asked to attend one of the following sports on any two occasions. These include the First XI Football (10:15am), First VI Volleyball (12:00pm), or First XV Rugby (3:15pm). Students have a choice of which games to attend but must consider their own family commitments and sporting fixture. All students will be emailed a link allowing them to select their preferred two home games to attend. Places are limited, so please ensure your son makes his selection asap.

Rolls will be marked at each game. Boys MUST wear their full winter uniform. If it is raining on the day please check notifications via the Trinity App.

Bradley Wirth | Director of Campus Administration

Rugby vs St. Pius X College

May 14, 2021

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Results v St. Pius X

This weekend’s fixtures saw 14 of Trinity Grammar School’s rugby teams take the field with 12 teams playing St. Pius X College, and our 4th XV and 13C sides playing supplementary fixtures against Shore and St. Augustine’s, respectively. Trinity was victorious in 10 fixtures against St. Pius, losing one and drawing the other. While our 4th XV and 13C sides both came up short in their games. This week will see Trinity head west along Parramatta Road to take on St. Patrick’s College Strathfield, for the second time this year.

1st XV60 – 1715C45 – 31  
2nd XV36 – 1214A36 – 15  
3rd XV22 – 1014B40 – 14
4th XV7 – 3614C31 – 31
16A0 – 2613A19 – 17
16BNo Fixture.  13B82 – 0
15A42 – 1213C5 – 57
15B35 – 12  

Team of the Week

After a successful weekend, the selection of this week’s Team of the Week was a particularly difficult task. There are a number of notable performances that missed out on selection including: Hussein Choker (7He) scoring 4 tries for the 13B’s, Dom Feros (11WJ) scoring a double off the bench for the 1st XV and Christian Henriques (9He) extending his lead as top try scorer in the school with his weekend hat trick moving him to 10 tries in 3 games.

The team of the Week is:

  1. Christopher Andary (7Du) – 13C
  2. Bertie Alcock (12WJ) – 1st XV
  3. Ali Issmail (12Ta) – 4th XV
  4. Jensen Otto (9He) – 15B
  5. Mackenzie Stewart (11Mu) – 3rd XV
  6. Nick Keogh (11Ta) – 2nd XV
  7. Bede Dunn (10St) – 16A
  8. George Salvartis (9WH) – 13B
  9. Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc) – 1st XV
  10. Banjo Hannaford (8Du) – 14 A
  11. Sam Perkin (8Yo) – 14B
  12. Ashton Frazer (9Mu) – 15A
  13. Jozef Cluff (7Ar) – 13A
  14. Stamatios Plangetis (9Ho) – 15C
  15. Owen Hoffman (12WH) – 3rd XV

Friends of Rugby

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

Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

1st XV Match Report

Despite coming into this fixture with a perfect 3-0 record, the young men of the 1st XV knew they would need to significantly improve their performances with the CAS fixtures looming on the horizon. Thankfully, they responded to this necessity and put together the most complete 70-minute performance of the year.

Trinity fell behind 0-3 after a sustained period of defence saw St. Pius coming away with just a penalty goal for their efforts. A poor clearance kick gave Olly White (12Fo) time and space in which to counter-attack and he scored a fantastic individual try, breaking the line and kicking over the fullback before regathering to give Trinity a 5-3 lead. Captain of Rugby Tyson Jackson (12Fo) extended our lead with 2 quick tries, the first from a lovely ball from eventual Man of the Match Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc), and the second from brute strength close to the line. 1st XV Captain Hunter Hannaford (12Du) then put his stamp on the game, setting up a try for Theo Kidd (12WJ) from a lovely 15m cut-out pass before laying on a second for Kian Edmed (11Fo) with a pin-point cross field kick to see Trinity head to oranges with a 29-10 lead.

The second half followed a similar vein to the first, with fantastic team play from Trinity allowing Ronan Hennessy (12St) to cross the line in his return game from injury, before Olly White pounced on a St. Pius error to sprint 60m for his second of the day, and 6th of the year so far. Some sustained Trinity attack would lead to another great team try, this time finished off by Bertie Alcock (12WJ), a deserving reward for the mountain of defensive work and breakdown pressure he provided throughout the day.

With the score board ticking over to 48-10, we were able to rest some players who have been carrying bumps and bruises throughout the first month of rugby. The early break for Hunter Hannaford saw Theo Hatton-Ward (12Sc) join his younger brother in the halves, Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) get his chance in the back row and Jordan Stojceski (12Ke) make his 1st XV debut. The standout from the bench players however was Dom Feros (11WJ) who scored two fantastic tries, including a 40-metre run that saw him break 5 tackles before crossing in the corner. A sideline conversion from Kai Roberts (12La) as the siren sounded rounded out the 60-17 victory and saw the 1st XV move to 4-0 to start the season.

The focus now shifts to St. Patrick’s College Strathfield, who will be keen to avenge their loss to Trinity in the opening fixture of the season.

Final Score: Trinity 60 defeated St. Pius 17

Tries: Olly White (2), Tyson Jackson (2), Dom Feros (2), Theo Kidd (1), Bertie Alcock (1), Ronan Hennessy (1) & Kian Edmed (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (3) & Kai Roberts (2)

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

H. Hannaford
L. Byfield
O. White
T. Kidd

2nd XV Match Report

The men from Summer Hill travelled over the bridge to face St Pius X at their Oxford Falls ground. With some tough lessons over the previous trial games, the 2nd XV came to this game with a focus to execute a plan and to keep it simple. After a shaky start from the kick-off, Hugh Browning (11Du) took it upon himself to set the physical tone by shutting down a Pius attack. A turnover occurred and Trinity pounced on the opportunity with flyhalf, Theo Hatton-Ward (12Sc), setting up a well-placed kick for Nick Keogh (11Ta) to run through untouched to the try-line.

Pius came out firing, winning ball off the kick-off and building some phases. Trinity held their own and returned fire with phases of their own. Dom Feros (11WJ) showcased his experience gained from his time with the 1st XV and showed composure and direction on the field to get the 2nd XV into the red zone. The game plan was executed with a team-try being scored by Hatton-Ward. Will Blanchfield (12Ho) was on fire carrying the ball and on one occasion his carry led to Lewis Kanellos (12He) scoring in the corner. Good defensive line pressure allowed Captain, Michael Lindsey (12Ke), to intercept the ball to score under the posts.

Pius restarted the game by kicking the ball to Chris Kapaniris (12WH) to which he responded with a rampaging run. Quick ball allowed for Jude Robinson (11St) to create a line-break linking with Jaiden Timperi (11Hi) who drew the last defender to let Browning loose to score another try. St Pius X’s Number 8 was quite handy and put a lot of pressure on Trinity’s breakdown. Late in the 1st half, he was able to pilfer the ball to set up a well-constructed Pius try before half time.

St Pius X came out from the second half continuing their momentum from the end of the 1st half and scored in the 5th minute. Trinity recomposed themselves by returning to their game plan creating an opportunity for a 5-metre lineout. Jake Varone (11He) was the beneficiary of a try after Jordan Stojceski (12Ke) did all the hard work pumping his legs to get as close as he could to the try-line. Throughout the game, Forward Leader, Sam Hohne (12Ke) worked tirelessly at the breakdown and the set piece, while Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) was ruthless in defence. Josh Van der Goot (11We) came to his own in the second half finding a niche skill of countering the breakdown to get turnovers.

Overall, the 2nd XV were successful because they all played their role in the game plan and were keen for the physicality. For the lead-up to St Patrick’s College, the 2nd XV will need to improve on their strengths and be up for a tough and physical battle at Breen Oval.

Final Score: Trinity 36 defeated St. Pius X 12.

Tries: Nick Keogh (1), Theo Hatton-Ward (1), Lewis Kanellos (1), Michael Lindsey (1), Hugh Browning (1) & Jake Varone (1)

Conversions: Michael Lindsey (3)

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

Age Group In Focus | Under 13’s


The 13As began adventurously and complied a two try lead early in their match against St Pius. Strike runners Jozef Cluff (7Ar), Taj Young (7We) and Cody Ramanauskas (7Ke) bent the opposition’s line back and allowed Trinity to play on the front foot with quick possession. However, Trinity’s attention to the ruck began to wane and St Pius profited. The match was in the balance at half time, Trinity being only two points to the good. A combination of some desperate defence, timely ruck turn overs and individual efforts meant Trinity was able to prevail 19-15.  The team will focus again this week on controlling possession, winning space, and quick, clean ball at the ruck and line organisation, communication, and speed in defence.

Final Score: Trinity 19 defeated St. Pius X 15

Tries: Jozef Cluff (1), Taj Young (1) & Hugo France (1)

Mr. Allen | 13A Coach


The match started out evenly until an opportunity for the ball to be spread wide sending Hussein Choker (7He) over for his first try. Several tries followed of which six were from the Wingers. Both of whom finished teams moves with style. When a Winger scores it is invariably the result of everyone in the team helping out and doing their job, and supporting each other. Other tries of note were those scored from the base of a ruck, running through close to its side and into open space.

The best player award was presented to the Blind Side flanker George Salvartis (7WH) for his outstanding defence and support play, the next award went to William Shannon (7We) for his clear outs and defence and the final award went to David Sukkar (7Ta), for his consistent support play, rucking and defence.

Final Score: Trinity 82 defeated St. Pius X 0

Tries: Hussein Choker (4), Angus Mansfield (3), Joey Acland (2), Xavier Toomalatai (1), Hunter Knight (1), George Salvartis (1) & Christos Caridi (1)

Conversions: Zac Tashtan (1), Lachlan Stevens (1), Calvin Doyle (1), Angus Mansfield (1), George Salvartis (1) & Xavier Toomalatai (1)

Mr. Bootle | 13B Coach


The 13Cs got to experience a fixture on Pittwater Rugby Park’s main oval, home of the Warringah Rats of the Shute Shield Competition, against St Augustine’s College. The long drive up, the unfamiliar environment and the lack of a full strength team would have defeated most teams, however, those that were there at the ground would experience first-hand ‘what rugby is all about’. St Augustine’s were humble hosts providing Trinity with some extra players and to their players’ credit gelled well with Trinity. Although the scoreboard would indicate a one-sided game, the men in Green showed glimpses of brilliance.

Chris Andary (7Du) set the standard by carrying the ball to get Trinity on the front-foot and tackled his heart out for the duration of the game. Front-row companion, Tom Maloney (7Du) showcased his potential to be a devastating line-breaking ball-carrier with multiple carries. Outside-Centre, Jackson Showyin (7Ho), showcased some forward traits in his ability to carry the ball through heavy traffic. In the final minutes of the game, Trinity demonstrated grit and determination and was able to create some phases with Will Shannon (7We), who had rushed over to help after his 13B’s performance, going over to end the game 5-57.

Final Score: Trinity 5 defeated by St. Augustine’s 57

Tries: Will Shannon (1)

Ms. Jensen and Mr. Christopoulos | 13C Coaches

Football | CAS Round 3 vs Cranbrook

May 14, 2021

Football started with ten teams in 1975 at Trinity Grammar School with games played on TGS No. 3 until 1997 when there were 23 teams. Football moved to TGS 2 during 1998 whilst the car park was built under TGS 3, before returning to TGS 3 for the time period 1999-2009. In 2010 and with 27 teams in the programme, Football moved to TGS 2 to play on the newly constructed synthetic surface and this field has served the programme well with the ability to play during wet weather conditions. With 32 teams in the programme in 2021, Football returned to its traditional home on TGS 3 last Saturday where the 1st to 4th XI played against Cranbrook School in CAS Round 3. Year 7 played on TGS 2, home games at Flockhart were unfortunately cancelled due to wet weather, and Year 8-9 ventured away to Dangar Oval. In this Bulletin article, are the reports from the 1st XI, 2nd XI and Year 7 teams plus the CAS Round 3 ‘Team of the Week’.

Australian U17 representative and former Central Coast Mariner, David D’Apuzzo (Class of 2006) dribbling on TGS No. 3 Oval in 2005 with former Head Master Mr Milton Cujes, Mr David Galluzzo and a packed hill watching on.
Football on TGS 3 in the early days (note the corner post and head tape)
No 3 oval in 1989 pre improvements in drainage

1st XI

After two away games where Trinity had played with maximum effort, CAS Round 3 had arrived, and it was time to return home. This game would be the first time in 12 years where a Trinity team would play a Football game on the No. 3 oval. After the previous game where the 1st XI had drawn against Knox, the boys were eager to come out on top against Cranbrook. Trinity would show this eagerness straight away as within several minutes, James Khoury (12Yo) would strike to put Trinity in front early on the scoreboard. Shortly after, both teams would receive a red card each creating a new game and tactics for each team. This adaptation had led to Cranbrook scoring one to level the score 1-1 before half time. The boys conversed at half time and it was evident that there was a change of heart as the boys came out stronger. Some crucial saves off crosses from Lucas Pezzano (12Fo) kept Trinity in the game. Super substitute Louis Agosti (11Yo) would come on to finish a crucial strike into the back of the net off a tackle and assist from Sebastian Boffa (12Yo). Trinity overcame the challenge of being down one man and many learning moments were taken out of the game to take on board into next week’s game against Barker.

Isaac Cunningham (11He)

1st XI
The 1st XI starting line-up
1st XI pre-match huddle

2nd XI

On Saturday 8 May, the Trinity 2nd XI played their first game on No. 3 oval in 12 years! The team desperately needed to win this match to gain momentum and get their season back on track. A tough 2-0 loss against Knox last week meant our attitude had to change from the kick-off. As soon as the first whistle blew, Trinity were dominant. Daniel Bosnich (12Fo) and Ricardo Delgado (12St) played cutting passes, exposing the Cranbrook defensive line. Using the momentum gained, Sebastien Portolesi (11Ar) received the ball and darted into the box, cutting to the left and drawing a penalty inside ten minutes. He slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way (1-0). Sebastien doubled our lead 16 minutes later after a crafty give and go with Louis Agosti (11Yo), who guided the ball into the box which finished into the bottom corner (2-0). After this explosive start, Trinity didn’t stop. Louis scored two beautiful goals from outside the box, either side of a lone reply from the visitors curving them into the far corners (4-1). Kian Guildea (10Du) displayed leadership in his goalkeeping box, making a couple of fine saves and commanding the defence. This dominant first-half display meant Trinity went into halftime with lots of confidence. Trinity felt safe in securing the win but continued to control the game. Early into the second half Jonathan Gremos (11Fo) provided potency in attack to help Louis Agosti secure his hattrick (5-1). Goals from Spyridon Konidaris (11Sc), Zethan Zaiter (10Ta) and Christian Bieri (11Yo) sealed off a brilliant game with Trinity defeating Cranbrook School 8-1. The team were very proud of their efforts and regained much-needed progress in their season to push towards the CAS premiership. We aim to maintain this momentum heading into this week’s fixture against Barker College once more on No. 3 oval.

Ben Robinson (11Yo)


The 7A team began their first CAS game at home on TGS 2 looking to improve how they kept possession. With some targets discussed such as looking to achieve 80% or more pass success rate, the team had to first overcome an early goal from the opposition from a corner. Following the change in score, the midfield three of Lucas Christou (7St), Baxter Fryer (7Ta) and Joshua Argyrou (7Fo) set about moving the ball quickly when outnumbered and dribbling forward when there was space. On the back of the above three, Trinity held much of the momentum and possession and this was rewarded with a goal from Hesham Eid (7La) to even the score line to 1-1. Unfortunately, the 7A team conceded with minutes to spare in the game, however many learning moments were provided on keeping possession and the team continues to improve with each game.

Mr Luke Gray | Acting Coach


Trinity played with composure and calmness. The attacking players created great goal scoring opportunities. However, the team was not clinical enough in converting those chances. Oliver Ware (7Yo) and Parsonage Charlie (7Ta) performed well and stayed calm on the ball consistently. They were able to receive and play forward, allowing Trinity to progress through the thirds and into the attacking third. Nivesch Balenthiran  (7St) scored a good goal, shooting low and hard. Nivesch had a great game, making the right decisions consistently.

Mr Ragesh Nambiar | Coach


Trinity started the game well and dominated the opponents in our defensive third throughout the whole game. Great performances from Ashton Viggiani (7St) and Alfie Nichols (7Ho), performing well in defence. They won possession well and used the ball to good effect. Trinity retained possession well and looked dangerous in the attacking wide areas. Steven Lee (7Ho) had an excellent game in goal, sweeping up through balls and catching crosses and long shots with ease.

Mr Ragesh Nambiar | Coach


The 7Ds started their game against Cranbrook successfully executing an effective, high-pressing game plan, and were rewarded for their pressure early. Anthony Manikis (7La) was in the right place at the right time, and was able to tap into an empty net, putting Trinity ahead in the 12th minute. Trinity continued their press and were unlucky not to score again in the first half, with Romeo Ozdemir (7Du) providing an outlet down the right wing. In the second half though, Trinity were much more composed on the ball, keeping possession more effectively, thanks to the midfield work of Maddox Knapstein (7Du), Zayn Mourad (7Fo), and Kendeas Marangou (7WJ). The score remained, and Trinity finished the game as 1-0 winners. Despite the win, this game highlighted many points for reflection, and improvement.

Mr Christopher Screnci | Coach


On starting debut for the side, Dilan Petrides (7Yo) produced a stunning performance, with a hattrick within the first ten minutes of the game, rightfully earning him our Man of the Match! This commanding lead early in the game saw Trinity control large parts of the first half. Alongside Dilan, standout performers included Tarek Dib (7St) for his explosive dribbling ability, and Sasha Ratnavadivel (7Du) who was exemplary in his determination, and commitment – rightfully rewarded with an assist, and forcing a Cranbrook own goal late in the second half with the score finishing as a 5-1 win.

Mr Christopher Screnci | Coach


Last weekend, the 7Fs played against Reddam House at home on No. 2 oval. An early goal by Reddam put Trinity on the back foot but after some good runs from James Finlay (7Ar) and good pressure from Nicholas Daw (7Ta), we were able to get back in the game. Aiden Wong (7Yo) converted two opportunities, putting us in front. However, a late equaliser by Reddam saw the match end in a disappointing 2-2 draw. Hopefully the boys can bounce back from this next week and claim their second win for the season.

Mr Patrick Webb | Coach


This week the mighty 7Gs took on Reddam at TGS. It was a tight game with such great defence on both sides that there was only one goal scored the whole game. Unfortunately for us it was for the girls and boys on the other team. James Zhou (7Fo) was our man of the match for his efforts in running the ball up the side, followed by Max Tyson (7St) and our terrific goal keeper Nikolai Baldwin (7He) who stopped so many of Reddam’s attempts to score.

Mrs Heidi Broadbent | Coach


The 7Hs started off well with a goal from Izac Duval (7He) in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Newington was stronger on the day and came away with the win. Despite the loss, Julian Grehan (7St), Cristian Raiti (7Sc) and Izac Duval (7He) produced a strong running game and were instrumental in maintaining communication with their peers throughout the game. Geronimo Devitt (7Fo) and Aran Satchithananthan (7Mu) were versatile on the field and played well in both defence and midfield. Well done to the 7Hs for their efforts this week.

CAS Round 3 vs Cranbrook School | Trinity Football Team of the Week

Aiman Malas
(i) – 7C
 Izac Duval
(vi) – 7H
 Zac Gindy
(ii) – 3rd XI
 Joshua Argyrou
(ii) – 7A
 Louis Agosti
(ii) – 2nd XI/1st XI
  Jonathan Nam
(i) – 9E
Abbas Zahr
(vi) – 4th XI
Adam Pascale
(i/ii) – 1st XI
 Zac Ugov
(iii) – 9B
Nivesch Balenthiran
(iv) – 7B
  Nikolai Baldwin
(ii) – 7G

Key – to letters mentioned above in ‘Team of the Week’

i. Effort in Attack/Defence & Transitions (Never Gave Up)

ii. High Level of Consistency in Completing Job

iii. Communication to Help Organise Others ‘On and/or Off the Field.

iv. Embraced the Challenge and Overcame Adversity

v.  Sportsmanship

vi. Gathered/Took On Feedback & Implemented

vii. Bravery: Put ‘Body on the Line’

Luke Gray |  MIC Football and Director of Football Coaching

Results vs Cranbrook Saturday 8th May 2021

Type of GameOppositionTeamTrinity ScoreOpposition ScoreResult
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7A12Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7B12Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7C10Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7D10Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7E51Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7F22Draw
CAS Round 3Cranbrook7G01Loss
CAS Round 3Newington7H113Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8A21Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8B12Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8C40Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8D01Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8D01Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8E21Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8F  Wash Out
CAS Round 3Cranbrook8G  Wash Out
CAS Round 3Cranbrook9A30Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook9B01Loss
CAS Round 3Cranbrook9C50Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook9D30Win
CAS Round 3Newington9E10Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook10A30Win
CAS Round 3Cranbrook10B  Wash Out
CAS Round 3Cranbrook10C  Wash Out
CAS Round 3Cranbrook10D  Wash Out
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 1st XI21Win
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 2nd XI81Win
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 3rd XI52Win
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 4th XI20Win
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 5th XI  Wash out
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 6th XI  Wash out
CAS Round 3CranbrookOpens 7th XI  Wash out

AFL Round 3 vs Cranbrook

May 14, 2021


Trinity 1st XVIII had a tough fixture on the weekend, losing to an in-form Cranbrook side. Trinity’s performance was compounded from several key players being unavailable after a last minute ground and time change. Hence, the team’s morale was questioned leading into the game, but that failed to forestall a tremendous effort in the first half, with the team piling on numerous points to only be trailing by one at the half-time siren. Necessity is the mother of invention, and these late outs provided an opportunity for five Year 10 players to make their first-grade debut, after showing good form in the lower age level. Unfortunately, fatigue kicked in during the second half, with Cranbrook taking advantage of Trinity’s depleted forces, creating an unassailable lead in the third quarter. However, Trinity fought on to defend their pride, restricting their opponents to a minimal margin in the final term. 

Matthew Robertson (12Du) won the first of many hit outs for the day, regularly feeding our rampant on-ball brigade who capitalised with multiple forward-fifty entries in the opening quarter. He was the dominant ruckman on the ground showing great discipline and deft touch to regularly find our midfielders around contests, and rucked unchanged all day in a Herculean effort. The midfielders of Alan Weston (12Ta), Nicholas Enno (12Hi) and Sam Waddington (11Mu) were on fire early, winning possessions at will and regularly making the opposition look foolish with their superior agility and ability to run defensively and apply pressure. Unfortunately, they also had to go unchanged for large portions of the game, and ran out of legs in the second half due to their increased workload from last week.

A dynamic threat in the second half was Ben Orr (11Ho), involving himself in many contested marks, and coming close on several occasions to open his goalkicking account for 2021. His mere presence brought fear into the eyes of his opponents, allowing his teammates to thrive around him, with Oscar Ballantine (12Hi) kicking his first CAS goal with a juggling kick out of mid-air, deep in the forward pocket, which defied physics to make the impossible angle a reality.

Youngster Nicholas Adland (10Ke) followed up and kicked a left-foot bomb from 50 metres out, joining a very exclusive club of individuals who have kicked a goal on debut with their first kick in Open-Age football. He nearly backed this up with two goals in the opening quarter, but was denied by a deflection off the goalpost, which would have capped off an excellent debut where we won several possessions and applied significant pressure to his much older and bigger opposition.

Our backline was bolstered by the inclusion of Harrison Ryan (10Ta) and Liam Wingrave (10Ar), who showed experience and composure well beyond their years, to regularly stop the Cranbrook offensive moves. Both had regular periods of repeat efforts, showing the desperation needed to play at this level, and bodes well for the 1sts in the years to come. Jack Gully (10WH) and James Moore (10Ta) were sent forward and provided a good contest, despite limited opportunities in the first half, with both showing strong running patterns and awareness to transition back into defence.

Key forward Brodie Fortescue (12Ta) was hoping to bounce back and return to the goalkicking list, but unfortunately was just denied by a stern breeze that did not agree with the ball’s original trajectory. He did, however, provide multiple contested marking opportunities and showed flashes of elusiveness to put teammates into open space with slick handballs. As always, he was well complemented by our key defensive player, Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo), who repelled numerous Cranbrook raids and cleared our lines with defensive kicks and several bounces as he dashed out of defence.

Best on field goes to Theo Christian (12He) who won multiple contested possessions on his wing, while regularly providing an outlet and using his elite speed to burst away from the opposition and send us into attack, setting up several chances at goal. He backed this up with multiple chase down tackles and smothers when we did not have the ball, regularly lifting his teammates with his acts of desperation.

Although the result on the weekend was undoubtedly disappointing, this will not stop Trinity from pursuing their dream of winning their first match in years as they take on a strong Barker outfit next week. Training this week will be relentless, with a focus on working the ball backwards and running behind the contest to support players under pressure.

Score: Cranbrook 15.14.104 def Trinity 3.7.25

Goals: N. Adland, O. Ballantine-Jones, S. Darling

Bests: T. Christian, M. Robertson, N. Enno, E. Grogan, N. Adland, L. Wingrave

Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo) | Backline Captain

Tennis vs Cranbrook

May 14, 2021

A wise person once said, ‘the only thing constant is change so you have to learn to embrace it’ and that’s exactly what coach and student had to do last week. This was due to three freak accidents over a 48-hour period that ruled out our number one, three and five players. Max Nguyen (11Yo), Finn Taylor (9La) and Angelo Shi (9Sc) had to be content watching from the sideline and imparting their wisdom to the new-look 1st and 2nd IV. Nathan Tsang (8Du), Domenic Fufaro (9Ar) and Liam Ling (12La) were shuffled into the 2nd IV, whilst Sam Kang (9La) and Max Knauer (10Ho) made their 1st IV debut. All players were fit for the role and up for the challenge. The 2nd IV match was extremely competitive in the doubles, with Jayden Higgins (10He) and Nathan Tsang losing two extremely close sets after some great play. Likewise, on the adjacent court, Liam and Domenic had their chances but ultimately succumbed to their persistent adversaries after two long sets. The telling difference between the two teams was the unforced error count which allowed Cranbrook to win the more important points and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Despite this our boys were gallant in defeat, trying to the best of their abilities throughout the match.

The 1st IV definitely had their chances and performed way better than the 1-7 score line indicated. A myriad of tiebreak sets and close losses allowed Cranbrook the win. However, the result could have easily been reversed if we had been able to convert a handful of key points over the course of the fixture. This was an extremely positive concept given the fact our students had never played doubles together before. All players should be commended for trying their hardest and competing for the entirety of the fixture. Max Knauer showed determination and grit and possessed the necessary mindset to perform to the best of his abilities. This allowed him to be competitive in his singles and win a doubles set after combining well with Dylan Guler (11WH). Sam Kang played well in the doubles, combining fluidly with James Kim (10Ar) – the pairing should be more potent tomorrow against Barker College. Dylan and James were unlucky not to win their singles and showed periods of extremely good Tennis.

Jeremy Dykgraaff | MIC Tennis

Injured 1st and 2nd IV quad members and supporters
Max Knauer (10Ho)1st IV
Sam Kang (9La)

3rd and 4th IVs

Cranbrook proved to be no pushover, but the 3rds were able to resist their charge with a commendable showing in both doubles matches. The most pleasing feature these two triumphs was Daniel Tran’s (12Ta) volleying exhibition – a delight to behold! At last, a 2-0 lead was established before the singles sets began. Any thought that we had the round in the bag was quickly dispelled by some tenacious play from Cranbrook. However, Justin Yang (12WH) stood tall at No.1 and registered a commanding 6-2 victory, the highlight of which was his consistent dismissal of any of his opponent’s groundstrokes which landed mid-court. Nick Papadopoulos (11He) had to play his most tenacious tennis to resist an adversary he knew from the summer competition. His win ensured that the 3rds won four sets and thus the round.

The 4ths played well at times, and, indeed, none of the singles matches were one-sided, but only Callum McLeod (12He) could claim a victory. Callum’s able opponent succumbed to the attritional tactics for which this fine lad has become famous. The remainder of the team should take heart from their gallant display – they will be rewarded for their commitment to the cause – of that I am sure.

Ashley Lucas | Coach

Match report carried over from round 2;

As expected, Knox provided both the 3rds and 4ths with very stiff opposition. Once more, the 3rds lost two close doubles sets, and, once more, they were under pressure. While Nikhil Kapoor (12Yo) fought very hard in a close singles set, he was unable to stem his adversary’s counterattack. Liam Ling (12La), on the other hand, took inspiration from his doubles’ loss and served his way past his opponent, literally. His service was easily the most dominant weapon the Trinity boys were able to deploy on the day. Liam’s 6-3 victory was most deserved.

The 4ths were unable to secure a set, but both Nick Papadopoulos (11He) and Jack Vine (11Mu) recovered from a poor doubles showing to extend their opposition in the singles matches. Both Nick and Jack need to believe that they could win the return encounter.

I have no doubt both teams will give it their all in the upcoming fixture against Cranbrook.

Ashley Lucas | Coach

5th and 6th IVs

Last Saturday the 5th and 6th IV tennis matched up against a very strong pairing of Cranbrook sides. A large number of unforced errors across all games meant that the Trinity sides went down 6 sets to 0 and 5 sets to 1 in the 5ths and 6ths respectively.

A call up for our top ranked 5ths player meant that everyone had to shift up one position. This gave Eliot Kim (11Ta) an opportunity to play his first game for the 6ths. Eliot played some nice sliced forehands across his singles and doubles matches but will have to be careful not to overplay the shot in the future and remember to hit through the ball.

In the other 6ths doubles match, Varun Iyer (11WJ) and Logan Ng (11WJ) went down 6-0. However, they both must receive full credit for turning that result around and both playing very competitive singles matches. The key change for these boys was that they were able to get their serves and groundstrokes in on a more consistent basis. Varun in particular played the match of the round for the second week in a row. He demonstrated great composure along with some powerful topspin forehands in a match which went the distance. In the end, Varun won a gruelling encounter 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreak!).

The results in the 5ths mirrored those in the 6ths. The Trinity boys struggled to get used to the bouncy hardcourt surface which meant a large number of shots either sailed out or hit the net. In the future, they will need to focus on watching the ball more closely and not hitting down on the ball. If the boys are able to do this then they will be able to pose a much greater threat in the return match against Cranbrook.

Thomas Thorpe | Coach

10As and 10Bs

There were a few close matches played out between the 10As, but unfortunately we were unable to win a set. Alex Gavrilovic (10Yo) and Beier Chen (10Yo) could not get use to the high bounce of the hard court, and they found it difficult to adjust their game to a different surface. The boys went down in both their doubles and singles matches. Mark Charas (10Ho) and Andrew Yang (10Hi) had a really good day of tennis. They played out a competitive doubles match together, but after leading with quite a convincing score line the boys couldn’t keep up their consistency in the rallies and lost 4-6. Andrew played an amazing tie break singles match, hitting strong serves which won him a lot of points.

The 10Bs could not compete against their strong opponents. Oliver Highett-Smith (10Hi) and Jack Burge (10He) found it difficult to return Cranbrook’s strong ground strokes, but unfortunately the boys were unable to find a game in all three sets. Jackson Dumesich (10WJ) once again stepped up from the Cs and competed well. Oscar Shen (10Yo) again played very well. Although going down 2-6 he was very much in the match the whole set, a few unforced errors costing him vital points.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

10Cs and 10Ds

Will Bryan (10Du) and Jonathon Liu (10La) started their doubles off really well together, going down 3-6 but having some really good rallies with their opponents. The boys went down in their singles but showed moments of brilliance with some long rallies and ground strokes. Lachlan Chung (10Ho) and Ty Garaci (10Ho) find themselves in the wrong spot on the court which catches them out; they have the potential to be really good tennis players. With some guidance and training for doubles matches, I’m sure some wins will follow.

The 10Ds came up against some really strong opponents. All the boys tried very hard and played with a smile on their face the whole time, which was great to see. Alex Ward (10Mu) and Mark Gadalla (10Fo) don’t have much experience in match play, but in saying that they did hit a few decent shots and kept rallies going which they should be proud of. Ashvin Peter (10Ho) and James Valiozis (10Yo) always seem to have a good time together when they play, and although they lost in their matches the boys played out some great rallies and showed off some beautiful ground stroke winners.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

9As and 9Bs

The As had a narrow loss against Cranbrook this weekend despite playing some exceptional tennis throughout the day. Remarkably, both doubles pairings, James Chan (9La) and Lawrence Hoe (9Yo), and Kavi Suri (9Yo) and Tom North (9Hi), went down in nail-biting tiebreaks. All four of them should be very proud of their efforts and the mental strength they showed to keep fighting till the end. James Chan was undeterred in his singles match and proceeded to produce a comprehensive display of powerful groundstrokes and serves to comfortably win 6-2. Lawrence played a very close match and despite playing some brilliant shots, went down 5-7 in the end. Kavi was able to put the disappointment of his doubles defeat aside and produce a stellar display, winning 6-2. Tom played in what was arguably the closest of all the matches on the day. He showed incredible spirit and played some exceptional shots but unfortunately went down 4-7 in the set tiebreaker.

The Bs had an even closer affair, drawing with Cranbrook 3 sets to 3 but narrowly lost on games won, 25-28. Beau Moller (9Yo) and Matthew Zeederberg (9Ho) played a superb doubles match to win a close affair 6-4. Finn Hutchinson (9Fo) and Matthew Vickery (9WJ) fought hard but were beaten 2-6. In the singles, Beau once again showcased his skill and gave new meaning to the phrase “ice in his veins”, serving out a close match 7-5. Matthew Zeederberg on the other hand outclassed his opponent entirely, winning 6-1. Unfortunately, both Finn and Matthew Vickery were unable to register a win despite playing some good tennis.

Ritvik Dinesh | Coach

9Cs and 9Ds

This week, the Cs and Ds were overwhelmed by a very strong Cranbrook side. Both the Cs and Ds were unable to find the attacking opportunities. Due to unexpected circumstances on the day, a few players were unable to show up to the matches, which resulted in multiple forfeits. In the Cs, William Deller (9Ho) and Luke Savage (9La) played against a very strong opposition and were unable to find chances to attack the ball, resulting in a 1- 6 loss. In singles, William Wang (9La) played with good energy and effort, but was unable to overcome a much stronger opposition who was able to dictate the game. Similarly, William Deller played with very good energy, but was also unable to overcome a stronger opponent. His disappointment in the loss demonstrates his desire to win, which is to be commended. Luke Savage was unable to find a way to pressure his opponent and was overwhelmed by his opponent.

In the Ds, Jimmy Qyan (9Hi) and Dihan Soysa (9WJ) played with good communication, but they were unable to best their more experienced opponents on the day. In singles, Liam Swadling (9Mu) played with good determination, but was unable to grab the win. Jimmy, who is relatively new to tennis, played well. However, the lack of match play experience gave his opponent an edge to grab the win. Similarly, Dihan who was called up from the colours played well given the lack of match play experience and demonstrated much room for growth.

Today was a tough day for the 9Cs and Ds. It was clear that the lack of match-play experience in these players proved to be a disadvantage, but this has illustrated a plethora of areas in their game which can be improved. For future reference, if boys are unable to attend Saturday sport, parents must send the school an email requesting leave preferably before their last training session of the week and before Saturday. Similarly, boys should be arriving 30 mins before the given time, which allows time for warm-up and organisation.

Edward Lai | Coach

Year 8As and 8Bs

The 8As tried their best against Cranbrook, but unfortunately were unsuccessful this past weekend. Maxi Tsai (8Fo) and Christopher Lowe (8Ho) played well in their doubles match together. Both boys were hitting very well and consistently against their opponents, but they weren’t communicating as much as a doubles pairing should be. Maxi at times hit some good serves and groundstrokes during his singles match but he was a bit inconsistent and could not quite keep control of the ball at times. Christopher was in great form this round; he was hitting exceptionally well during his singles and doubles. His serves and groundstrokes were his strongest shots this weekend, he won both the singles and doubles matches. James Davies (8St) and Christian Laurens (8La) tried to play well but struggled towards the end of the round during their singles matches. James was trying hard but seemed to get frustrated and lose focus during his singles game. He tried hard to regain focus but struggled to start the point and play consistently. Christian also tried hard this round; he was playing up a position this round and was trying his best. Christian just needs to improve upon hitting with more topspin to help keep the ball in play, as he produces too much power which he needs to compensate with more spin.

The 8Bs struggled against Cranbrook over the weekend, losing 6 sets to 0. Travis Ng (8WJ) and Mitchell Bowden (8La) both tried their best this weekend. They were both hitting consistently during their doubles games, but they seemed to struggle during their individual singles matches. Mitchell was hitting some good groundstrokes and his serves were consistent at times. However, he seemed to struggle halfway through the match as he was not moving as quickly as he was during the doubles. Travis’ serves were consistent, but he also seemed to be sluggish on the court and not moving around as much as he should have been. He will need to try and improve upon his footwork when hitting groundstrokes and he needs to improve upon his movement speed on the court. Jonathan Ly (8Sc) and Ravin Chowdhury (8Fo), both tried hard this past weekend. Both boys were moved up to the Bs for the weekend, so this was an especially tough match for them. Jonathan played well; his on-court movement was good, and he was hitting quite consistently. Ravin was hitting some consistent serves but he also just needs to work on getting to the ball and improving upon his footwork.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

Year 8Cs and 8Ds

The 8Cs boys played very well over the weekend against Cranbrook, with the boys winning this round 4 sets to 2. Grayson Doig (8He) and Leopold Vo (8WH) played very well over the weekend, winning all their matches. During the doubles, the boys had great footwork and communication. Grayson was playing very well; he was hitting some strong and consistent groundstrokes and he was playing very well from the baseline. Leopold was hitting some fantastic serves over the weekend. He was also hitting some fantastic well-placed groundstrokes during his singles and was hitting some great volleys during his doubles match. Elliot Russell (8Fo) and Gabe Stavropoulos (8WH) played well and won their doubles match, but they fell short during their individual singles games. Elliot was hitting some good and groundstrokes and serves, but he just needs to work on improving his consistency. Gabe was also playing well, he hit some good groundstrokes and volleys at times, but he needs to improve upon getting his serves to be a bit more consistent and have a little more pace.

The 8Ds played well over the weekend. They struggled, but they prevailed this round winning 29 games to 28. James Cicuta (8He) and Brendan Holden (8WJ) played well in both their singles and doubles games. The boys played very well together again this weekend, and they seem to be a very good doubles pairing. Both boys communicated very well and won their doubles match 6-4 after being down 0-4. James was hitting some great groundstrokes and his serves were also consistent, and he won his singles match 6-1 which has been his best game so far this season. Brendan tried his best this round; he was playing well, especially since he was playing up a couple positions this round. His serves this weekend have improved and were very consistent. Marcus Yang (8Mu) and Benny Chen (8Du) played very well over the weekend. Both boys brought their A game after being called up from Ds reserves. Marcus was hitting very well over the weekend; he was very close to a win in his singles but just lost 7-5. Marcus played well; he was high spirited, full of energy and very consistent for the duration of his matches. Benny also played very well this round. He was hitting some consistent serves and his groundstrokes were also quite consistent. Benny did his best and won his singles match 6-4.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

7As and 7Bs

This week, the As and Bs went up against a strong Cranbrook side. Both the As and Bs showcased superb tennis and demonstrated what they are capable of. The As came on top winning all six sets with a game score of (36–14). Similarly, the Bs were able to grab the win smoothly, also winning all six sets with a game score of (36–10). In the As, Khang Nguyen (7WH) and Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo) had a slow start to their match, falling behind four games to one, due to the lack of focus and communication. However, they were able to regain composure and begin playing smart attacking tennis, which allowed them to come back and take the win 6–4. Hugo Newman (7St) and Alejandro Molina (7Ke) played very well with great communication and good determination on court which helped them secure a 6–3 win. In singles, Khang played very well, and was clearly able to take advantage of his back-court strength to place his opponent into tough positions, forcing the error. With great serving, Khang was able to tighten his hold on the game, winning 6–1. Noah started his match slowly, pushing the ball too frequently and missing clear volley winners. However, he was able to regain composure and began ripping the ball with more spin. This forced errors from his opponent and gave Noah chances to attack the ball which helped him breeze away with a 6–2 win. Alejandro played a very close match, with both opponents trading shots and forcing errors from one another. However, due to a Cranbrook injury mid-way through the set, the player retired. Hugo, similarly, played very well and was able to take advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses and make use of his personal strengths to win 6–1. However, a future note for Hugo is to always focus on your own game and goal to win the match instead of the opponent.

In the Bs, Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) and Jared Arnold (7Yo) displayed impressive tennis, with great positivity and focus during the match. This helped them overcome their opponents, winning 6–1. Similarly, Ujwal Yadem (7Fo) and CJ Nguyen(7Yo) played a close game of doubles and were able to challenge their opponents taking the win 6–3. In singles, Ishaan played with great consistency demonstrating his capabilities on court, securing a 6–0 win easily and a much-needed confidence boost. To improve, in future training sessions Ishaan can focus on recognizing attacking chances when they arise. Similarly, Jared performed admirably, taking the necessary chances provided to him and maintaining great consistency. Jared was able to overcome his opponent 6–0. Ujwal played with great confidence on court, demonstrating great attacking tennis, and helping him win 6–2. However, to limit unforced errors, Ujwal needs to learn to hold back and not go for too much in certain situations. Much like last week, CJ demonstrated his great consistency and determination on court, which allowed him to grab a 6–4 win in a very close match, adding to his tally of wins.

The boys all demonstrated very impressive tennis and should be very proud of their performances today. The win was a much-needed confidence boost for the boys given the loss against Knox last week, and has clearly proved that they can come back from bad days. Despite the relatively easy wins today, the boys should note down their strengths and what they did well, to bring to the match next week, as well as clear weaknesses in their game to bring to next week’s training session to improve upon.

Edward Lai | Coach


May 14, 2021

Trinity defeated Newington 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-15)

The set began in a rough patch as the boys saw themselves down by five without scoring a point. This was until Samuel Vickery (12WJ) hit the ball with a great deal of power, finding great angles in between the block. Steven Yarad (11Mu) also found his form, ironically with his control of the back court making himself to be the first middle-blocker with defensive potential. Further, Joel Matthei (12La) swung well, hitting high and with a contagious optimism, yet to be matched on the court.

After a strong fightback in the first set, the boys looked to continue their winning form and cement their position in the game. James Kern (12WJ) played with a tenacious omnipresence, picking up anything that came his way. Martin Wong (11Ta), in the process of receiving flight restrictions when jumping, also dominated on the court with some sharp angled swings finding the floor as well as the pickup of his life. Alex Saba (11WJ) also played incredibly well with some positive looking swings from setter, Oscar Van-Hal (12Mu) who was more consistent than the sun rising.

The final set saw the boys look to close out the lead that they had established. With more drop than a pothole, David Gabriel (12Hi) started the set with elite serving, giving Trinity a crucial victory in the early stages. Blake Plavsic (12WH) was also a standout, hitting left and right off and around the opposition blockers. Finally, Edward Feng’s (12Yo) expert tipping was on display, proving too much for the other team and instrumental in the closing out of the set.

Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1sts VI Captain

The block is ready against Newington
Great Defence from E. Feng
J. Mathei’s excellent digging technique against Newington
Jump serve by B. Powell
K. Tran jumping high on a successful jump serve

Trinity 2nd VI defeated Newington 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-13)

Last week, the Trinity 2nd VI played against a tall and athletic Newington side at home, and despite a major injury, we were still able to prevail and come away victorious.

The first set began with Trinity taking a very early lead. This was where Josh Munter (10Hi) showed his all-round volleyball skills, serving several aces, setting up our spikers with many accurate sets, and also contributing defensively with his hustle. Trinity’s offence in the first set was led by Michael Park (11Yo),who stepped up and played with finesse, sometimes hitting over the Newington block, and sometimes wiping off the block to score many points. Trinity’s energy and communication also allowed us to work together as a unit, turning defence into offence, allowing us to take the first set.

The second set had a similar vibe to the first set. Trinity’s defence was on point and was led by libero Keshav Baldeo (11He) who was able to keep the ball in the play, which helped our setter Eric Mihas (11La) set up our spikers to keep Newington under ten points. Jonathan Reissis (10WJ) kept the energy alive with his endless enthusiasm and intense spikes. Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) showed his beach volleyball experience as he remained a reliable and extremely consistent player both on offence and defence.

The third set, in contrast to the other two sets, was a slow start for Trinity. Many unforced errors allowed Newington to take an early lead. However, as the set progressed, Trinity’s middle blockers began dominating on the net. Jim O’Brien (12WJ) managed to put the ball in difficult places for Newington, disrupting their system and letting Trinity capitalise, leading to many points. Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) who had an amazing game, unleashed in the third set, smashing several spikes onto the ground, and also blocking many of Newington’s spikes.

Overall, Trinity had a great game on the weekend. Now we have to prepare for two extremely tough games ahead against Scots, the winners of the State All Schools Cup, and Sydney Boys High, the defending Cas/GPS premiers.

Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain

Trinity defeated by Newington (25-13, 17-25, 12-15)

This weekend the Trinity boys played another very eventful game. The game was played out to the best of our abilities at this time. 

In the first set, we started the game so strongly. Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) woke up the team with his consistent hitting and positive enthusiasm. Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) didn’t get his usual serving streak but did perform really well when it came to receiving and hustling to the ball.

The second set was carried with some great serving and hitting from Tom Geronikos (11Hi) that brought the points coming. We saw Jeremy Chia (11WH) get some well-driven serves in the back, also seeing him chase after the ball wherever it went and setting it to the best of his capabilities.

We saw some great offence in the third set with Matthew De Belle (11Sc) hitting some impressive plays that seemed impossible. We cannot forget Anthony Le (11He) and Andy Lee (12Fo) hitting some crazy hits that were faster than you can blink. 

We did lose this weekend, but we also had this time to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses that we can work on within our future training and games.

Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain

Trinity lose to Newington 1-2 (20-25, 22-25, 15-8)

Last weekend the 16As played an offensively strong Newington side that really tested our defensive capabilities.

In the first set, we started by being were overwhelmed with the power of both their serves and their spiking. Down by roughly 10 points, we found our composure and built up our defence. This was largely due to Zach Nguyen’s (10Ta) impeccable blocking. Although we achieved a comeback through high team morale and intensely focused playing, we were unable win the set.

In the second set, we carried over our high team morale from the first set with Max Lusty (10Sc) keeping us engaged and hyped. This gave us a 13-4 lead. However, we were unable to maintain this lead with the pressure from the powerful Newington serves, and lost the set with a tight finish.

In the final set, we continued playing strong despite losing the first two sets. The determination was visible through Shivam Wadhera’s (10Ke) and Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro’s (10Sc) hitting.

We will certainly work hard during this week’s training and focus on perfecting our fundamentals before we face a formidable opponent in Scots next weekend.

Kyle Tran (10WH) | 16As Captain

Trinity beat Newington 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 15-6)

This weekend’s fixture against Newington showed our real strength, with the 16Bs stepping up their game to a whole new level. With no substitutes on the bench, players such as Jet Lin (9We) and Liam Sandilant (10Hi) stepped up into positions that they had not played before, keeping the team together in key moments.

The first set was a strong set for the team, with amazing serving being showcased by the whole team. The key standouts here were Max Lau (9Ar) and Evan Tong (10Fo), who served long streaks of unbroken serving, winning the team the first set comfortably.

The second set saw the team yet again work together very well with strong communication and structure, allowing Jet Lin (9We) to show off his skill as a passer, leading the team into a comfortable win in the second set, securing Trinity the win.

The third and final set was only a half set as we had already won the game. Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) was able to continue his strong serving and setting, allowing us to take down the third set as well comfortably.

This game was definitely the 16Bs strongest yet, and hopefully we can continue this new winning streak for the rest of the season.

Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain

Debating News

May 14, 2021

Year 8 FED A Debating

Coming into the last debate of the season, the FED A team had the chance to end the season on a high note. The topic was “That coding should be made compulsory in the school curriculum”. Being on the negative side against Tara Anglican, it was going to be a close debate. Things started off well with the first speaker Harry (8Yo) delivering convincing rebuttals and well-structured arguments. This continued with second speaker Ishanth (8Sc) who did a good job of shutting down the opposition’s main points as well as adding clear and concise points to the team’s case. The team’s case ended with excellent thematic rebuttal from third speaker Kenneth (8He) which sealed the team’s victory. Overall, the 8 FED A team dominated the debate and won all three issues to end the season on a good note.

H. McLean (8Yo)

FED SENIOR A Debating Report

On Friday evening, Trinity’s FED senior A team debated against Tara Anglican to decide whether they would proceed to the quarter finals. Trinity’s team led themselves to a thrashing victory, successfully arguing against university admissions being based on interviews and ATARs. First speaker Varun (11WJ) began with an outstanding speech while second speaker Jonah (11We) shattered apart the opposition’s case and third speaker Vivek (10WH) finished the debate off by taking the team well over the finish line. We are extremely excited to see this team to progress through to the finals rounds.

Cross Country | Meet 4

May 14, 2021

Saturday, 8 May 2021

The front of the U14s pack

Mr Spratt, wracking his brains, assured me that it is unlikely we had ever, before this season, vanquished every other CAS and GPS school in two out of three age groups. Yet our U14s and 16s, last Saturday, did just that. The rarity of this feat for any school bears witness to the strength of our Cross Country squad – and by squad I do not merely refer to the first four, technically point-scoring runners in each age group, but to all the runners who encourage and push each other to make our team better. As well as victory, therefore, many wonderful stories of fortitude and resilience emerged.

Our Under U14s team was bolstered by the return of Angus Royal (7Ar), who is usually otherwise engaged as an AFL athlete, as well as Daniel Simpson (6Ta), whose sport was also cancelled. Both of these runners ran superbly, scoring the very high places of 8th and 14th, and compounding the typically excellent results from Matthew McLachlan (8WJ) and Kobe Stewart (7Yo). Joshua Lubke (7Ta) continues to impress with his consistency on his return from injury, while Jaidan Sivapirabu (7Hi), placed remarkably highly in his first race ever, coming 54th. Other mentions this week are deserved by Jack Zhang (8St) and Ashvin Nagaratnam (7Yo), both of whom typify the determination of the 22 Trinity runners in this age group – a remarkably high number.

Our Under 16s team defeated second-placed Shore by a margin of only two points, and this is again so obviously due to the strength of the team overall, our first runner placing only 8th. This was Jack Waide (10Ke), whose comeback from injury is looking more and more complete. His solid run was backed up by Joseph Cantlon (10Du), Ben Moloney (9Yo) and Micheal King (10Ta), who placed in 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. Several of our other runners were not far behind, and spectating parents were heard to exclaim, “You’ve got a good team!” as a wave of green and white washed through. Other highlights include the unfailing consistency of Chris Qiu (10Du), as well as the debuts of Miles Angus (10WH) and Jack Hartzenberg (10Yo). The latter two, not used to such long and hilly courses, both ran well and did Trinity proud, with Miles especially running a particularly stable race, passing numerous runners who went out too hard. The quotation of the day belonged to Jason Liu (10WH), who, on reaching Coach Raptis after his race, exclaimed with exasperation, “Sir, I got outkicked!” Next time, Jason!

Finally, our Opens team was missing their Captain but fought well to achieve 7th overall and 2nd in the CAS. Theo Christian (12He) led the way, placing 11th, while Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) in 49th, Oscar Martin (11Sc) in 58th and Rory Clunas (11Yo) in 60th filled out the rest of the team. The highlight of this age group for Trinity was the return of Matthew Lubke (11Ta), his first race since ongoing injury troubles, as well as the increasingly positive return of William Cooper (12Hi), whose alternating run-walk contained perhaps too much running! This symbolised, though, the love that our runners have for the sport; one of the hardest (yet most important) things for them is holding themselves back in a seemingly slow injury recovery programme.

Unfortunately, due to booking issues, our race for tomorrow cannot be held at St Ives Showground. Instead, Knox will host at the same park as last week, Upjohn Park in Rydalmere. We look forward to nice morning of fierce but friendly competition!

Good running,

Phillip Mugridge | MIC of Cross Country

Some of our U16s crew (Cantlon, Waide, Potter, Pliatsikas)

Track and Field | Old Boy News

May 14, 2021
Olli finishing the 1500m

Riding on the success of the Trinity Track and Field programme and the selection of Rohan Browning (2015) for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, another Old Boy is also setting Personal Best Performances and has now amassed three Olympic Qualifying times in the 1500m: Oliver Hoare, also from the class of 2015.

After running an Australian Indoor Record and an Olympic Qualifying Standard in the 1500m in February this year – 3.32.35s, and then backing this up with another Olympic Qualifying standard (Outdoor) with a 3.33.54s in April, Olli continues to improve, running an (outdoor) personal best performance and his 3rd Olympic Qualifying Standard at the USATF Golden Games, Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA on the 9th May 2021. His time of 3.33.19 ranks him (currently) number 2 in the World!

Olli Hoare

Although Olli has not officially been named in the Olympic Team (the full team will be announced in June), it is very exciting to follow Olli’s progress and we look forward to reporting on his next race.

Click here to watch the Olli’s most recent Race.

Click here to listen to the Dominating Form | Olli Hoare Podcast

Elizabeth Murphy | CAS Track and Field Manager 

Sportsmaster | Junior School

May 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately. much of our Football program succumbed to the wet weather, however, we still had a full set of Rugby fixtures and the Year 5s were able to play the inter-school football matches at away venues.

Our teams ran into some stiff opposition in many matches last weekend and learnt some valuable lessons about working as a team and being supportive of each other. Displaying good sportsmanship always, whether you win, lose or draw, is very important and is evident in our teams.

It was nice to be able to see our 11A Rugby team contest a hard-fought contest against Mosman Prep at Cooke Park. Trinity went down in the last 3 minutes to a runaway try, whilst we were on the attack for much of the preceding 10 minutes with the scores at the time locked at 19 apiece; a turnover proved costly.

Our Year 3s commenced their annual Basketball fixtures involving The Preparatory School last week as well. This continues today and for the next three Fridays.

Sports Results | Saturday, 8 May 2021 | Round 3

FootballResultBest and FairestConsistent Effort
5A v Grammar/TGS Prep3-0 Loss/ 3-2 winCharles RussellMatthew Boumelhem
5B v Wyvern0-4 lossJordan BuultjensAlexander Scott
5C v Wyvern1-2 lossMarco PavicRyan La
RugbyResultsBest and FairestConsistent Effort
1st XV v Cranbrook7-36 lossMakoto ChapmanCharlie Earthrowl
11A v Mosman19-26 lossKai PhamOwen Hoang*
10A v St. Patricks’0-50 lossVeer Singh*James Hunt*
Year 6 7s2 wins Alex Chanine
Year 5 7s1 win 1 loss Owen Li
Year 4 7s 1 draw 1 loss Arthur Wang*

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

11A Rugby vs Mosman Prep
Year 3 Basketball Young v Founder’s

Music News | Preparatory School

May 14, 2021

Tips on how to practise for success: Scales SLOW and EVEN before up the tempo

Strings Soiree

The Gym was awash with the sounds of seventy melodious string players last Monday evening at the Strings Soiree Concert which was the first onsite concert since November 2019.  All the string ensembles performed as well as one soloist from each Teaching Studio. Thanks to Mrs Jayasinghe the Strings Co-ordinator and to all the String Instrumental Teachers and Mr Kinda who provided accompaniment to all the solo items and a number of the ensemble pieces. We would also like to express our gratitude to Ben Cotton and Stephen Pupo from the Audio-Visual Department for the mood lighting and sound to accompany the items to make the night extra special.

Mozart Strings
Chamber Ensemble

Studio Concerts

The Music Department is in the process of scheduling Studio Concerts in Week 6 & 7 this term.  Studio Concerts afford the students the opportunity to work towards a goal and gain invaluable performing experience. Every student who learns in our Private Tuition Program is expected to perform as part of their Teacher’s Studio Concert.  Boys are reminded that they must wear full Winter uniform – no sandshoes please (except those concerts scheduled on a Thursday and PK students).  Notifications have been sent and RSVP is required as all concerts will have limited capacity to adhere to COVID restrictions. All concerts will be held in the Mozart Room.

Tuesday 25th May

11:45am | Ed Schots/Jonathan Ryan/Antonia Deasey

Friday 28th May

3:30pm | Louise Welsh

4:15pm | Amelia McCluney/Calvin Li

Tuesday 1st June

11:45am | Mandie Vieira/Valeria Korjenevski/Lorraine Jayasinghe

Thursday 3rd June

11:45am | Jenny Swanton/Matthew Harrison/Jay Tripolone/Samantha Kelson-Gray

2:10pm | Jenny Trynes

4:30pm | Alistair Wallis

Friday 4th June

4pm | Stefano Rocco

Classroom Focus

There was great interest in Music last week, as Dylan in 3H gave us a truly global perspective on an instrument from his own culture. Dylan talked to Year 3 about a Sri Lanken instrument called the Nadaswaran. Dylan actually made a replica of this instrument from paper, which he painted and attached replica reeds. This presentation highlighted an outstanding student initiative, and it was wonderful to see Dylan’s love for his own culture and the purpose for which the Nadaswaran is used in helping people worship. Other boys from Year 3 have enjoyed discussing instruments from Lebanon and Greece and I look forward to hearing more about them in the near future. (Nicole Smeulders)

Year 2 Music is inquiring into How The World Works and have expanded our inquiry from the development of keyboard instruments such as the square (located in the foyer of the Music Centre), the upright and grand pianos to include instruments from other cultures. This week Lewis from Year 3 was a guest presenter imparting his in-depth knowledge of the Chinese stringed instrument called the Erhu. Lewis was able to bring one to school to show the students. (Geraldine Campbell)

Choirs in Term 2

The choirs at Trinity are thriving! The boys have been developing their vocal skills as well as their performance and dramatic techniques this term.

The Junior Choir which rehearses on a Friday afternoon has been looking at songs around the theme of transport and movement. The boys have been singing songs about journeying around the world in their imaginary planes, trains and automobiles. They have used their bodies to become robots and vehicles of transportation. We hope to invite parents at the end of the Term to hear and see the boys perform their songs in the Mozart Room.

Boys in the Primary Choir have been focusing on expressing emotion and characterisation, as they continue to sing songs about the sea. I am hoping that this group will be able to team up with the Trinity Singers in the Performing Arts Festival in Term 3. The shared theme will be a jazzy exploration of the story of Jonah and the Whale. In the interim, the boys in the Trinity Singers have been learning to sing Bach’s Magnificat, as well as Sibelius’ Finlandia and Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth for the Gala spectacular.

I hope to continue to engage and enthuse the boys to sing and express themselves happily despite the continued restrictions of the Covid-19 virus. I thank Mrs Campbell, and our accompanists, Mrs Swanton and Ms Welsh for their continued support.

If your son is interested in joining one of these choirs, please contact Ms Nicole Smeulders for details: nsmeulders@trinity.nsw.edu.au.

Upcoming Events

Weeks 6 and 7 Studio Concerts

Wednesday 2nd June Gala Concert (Trinity Singers)

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

May 14, 2021



The Trinity Preparatory 2nds played Waverley College in Round 3. After beating Mosman Prep convincingly in Round 2, the 2nds came into this match with confidence. The first half began well, with both teams playing aggressively. Waverley had some opportunities to score in this half, including a penalty shot that was missed, but our team’s defence was too powerful, and we stopped them from taking a lead. The 2nds also had a couple of chances, but again, Waverley’s defence proved to be too strong. This half ended with both teams not scoring. During the halftime break, the coach provided our team with beneficial advice, and we knew as a team that we could finish the job off and win the match. The second half commenced, and our plan was to take the ball off Waverley every time we had the chance to. However, we were struggling to score, as opportunities were taken away. Luckily, we were given a penalty shot that gave us hope. We were close to scoring the penalty, but just missed out. In the end, Lennard Suen scored a goal to help us win the match. The final score was 1-0. It was a gutsy game, and although tough, we persisted through and showed great defence which led to our win. The 2nds could work on strengthening our midfielders to be more attacking. We are improving after each match. Well done to all the boys who played last Saturday! 

Marcus Chiam


There was two in form teams versing each other but at the end Cranbrook won it 2-0. We tried hard and had some chances but didn’t convert that to goals. The other team had great teamwork and I think we need to learn from them, but we still need to work on some areas like passing in the midfield area and striking so as assisting during the match. We have to do all those things in order to win so next match against kings will be a test. But we still did well and didn’t fuss about a loss so I think we have great resilience.

Jayden Wu


The U10C’s did a great job trying to score against Cranbrook but narrowly missed scoring a goal. We did well pass it up the field when we had a goal-kick and kept the pressure on the Cranbrook team. Unlucky when they scored in the first half, but Ethan Ly defended our goal strongly against their forwards with great saves. Aydin and Matthew cleared the ball out of the goal box, Daniel passed it up the field into the midfield. Winston worked hard protecting the goal and supporting Ethan. Ray showed great speed in the forwards and teamwork with passing. Dinal played well in midfield with Sethum. Thanks, and well done to our team for a great game of soccer!!

Nathan Della Torre


The recent football match between Barker and Trinity 4D was one to be remembered. The 4Ds are improving week by week. There were goals scored in both halves with the Trinity army maintaining possession for most of the game. Special mention to Johnny Huang and Isaac Lui who cemented our victory. We are blessed to have such amazing and supportive coaches.

Oliver Cardiff



In week three the year 6 Rugby team versed Cranbrook in an amazing game of rugby. The rugby team had lots and lots of fun even though we did not win. We had fun because we all improved. Particularly when we tackled and defended as a team. Oliver Varone demonstrated this with some big hits! The final score was 28 to 7 towards Cranbrook. Alessio Caridi scored a solo try in the first minutes of the game with a runaway try, sadly that did not give us the win. Everyone in the rugby team tried their best and we are getting closer to a win. We perfected all the skills that we needed. This included winning rucks and mauls and most importantly we played as a team. If we become more cooperative with each other and stay focussed, we will finally become a force to be reckoned with! We hope to have a winning week next week and score some good tries.

Ryder Darlow


On Saturday we were against St Patricks. They were very very strong, and the defence was good but our one kept falling apart. Every time the past halfway we would grab them and not hit them with our shoulder. At half time Mr Marco said if we wanted to be here and which I knew we had to work harder. In the second half we were better, but they kept scoring. Overall, we didn’t but it was fun.

Sebastian Nguyen

Year 4 7s

On Saturday we played two Rugby games, one against Scots and one against Kings. In the first game, we weren’t the best and needed to improve by not spreading out TOO much and actually paying attention. When game two started, we were a lot better by going out to the sides and not just standing there to be squished. The only negative thing is that we need to work on tackling, since someone sat on the oppositions’ head. 

Arthur Wang

Sports Results | Round 3 | Saturday, 8 May 2021

TeamTeam 1Team 2
1stTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestAlex Ho 
EncouragementWilliam Routley 
2ndTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestAthan Fudeh 
EncouragementSamedh Chirravuri 
3rdTrinity PrepWaverly
Best and FairestAlexander Germanos 
EncouragementThomas Lee 
11ATrinity PrepGrammar Edgecliff
Best and FairestDomenic Alvaro 
EncouragementJayden Paskaranathan 
11BTrinity PrepGrammar St Ives
Best and FairestElijah Ayad 
EncouragementMarcus Nguyen 
11CTrinity PrepGrammar St Ives
Best and FairestHarris Yang 
EncouragementChris Ong 
10ATrinity PrepCranbrook
EncouragementJayden Wu 
10BTrinity PrepCranbrook
Best and FairestPaul Arronis 
10C1Trinity PrepCranbrook
Best and FairestDaniel Huang 
EncouragementRui Li 
10C2Trinity PrepBarker
Best and FairestJohnny Huang 
EncouragementIsaac Lui 
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XVTrinityCranbrook
Best and FairestOliver Varone 
EncouragementLevi Mikhail 
Open 7sTrinitySACS
EncouragementIsaac Ismail 
Open 7sTrinityCranbrook
EncouragementJames Ahn 
5A XIITrinityMosman
Best and FairestKai Pham 
EncouragementOwen Hoang 
Yr5 7sTrinity 
Scorevs Shore WINvs Kings LOSS
Best and FairestOwen Li 
4A XIITrinitySt Pats
Best and FairestVeer Singh 
EncouragementJames Hunt 
Yr4 7sTrinity vs ScotsTrinity vs Kings
Best and FairestArthur WangKarim Tamergi

Music News | Junior School

May 14, 2021

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between

― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Geoffrey O (6Yo), who played Ballade Pour Adeline by Paul De Sennesville on the Piano. He has been learning with Mrs Welsh for 3 years. Geoffrey sings in the Junior School Choir. His sports of choice are soccer and basketball, but he also likes debating and playing handball at recces and lunch. This year Geoffrey’s goal is attain an AMEB Grade 5 piano certificate. He says, “I like that the piano has lots of variety and how you can play many different genres of music on it”.

Introducing Mr Ryan – TGS Oboe Teacher

Mr Ryan has been teaching at the Summer Hill campus since 2019 and starting teaching at the Strathfield campus in Term 2. His musical journey started in the choir and he played clarinet, piano, saxophone, viola and oboe. He took up the oboe in Year 4. Mr Ryan’s most memorable experience of playing the Oboe was at the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Arts Festival. More recently he played with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra. He says, “What I like about the Oboe is it’s a bit unusual and it has a very distinctive tone”. Mr Ryan started teaching as soon as he finished high school until he moved to Europe to study the Oboe. He began teaching again in 2014.

We asked him “Do you still practise playing the instrument every day?” Unsurprisingly, he answered, “Yes! We all have to keep up regular practice.”

Mr Ryan still performs professionally. Most recently, he finished a season at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, which was 30 performances. Quoting from Opera Australia’s website, “We present… La Traviata: the story that inspired Moulin Rouge. The 3.5-tonne chandelier sparkles with 10,000 crystals. The biggest scenes feature 70 performers on stage and party boats in the harbour. Verdi’s score offers flying melodies, rousing drinking songs and heartbreaking duets. Brian Castles-Onion conducts the opera, with a live orchestra hidden under the stage.

Mr Ryan’s response to our final question was, “It will be wonderful to travel again and go on tour both around and outside Australia.”

Maxwell M (6Fo) and Charlie Y (6Fo) | 2021 Junior School Music Leaders

Mr Ryan with Charlie (6Fo)

Term 2 Key Music Dates 

Assembly performances and Events: 

17 May Allegro Concert Band

24 May Charlie Yao (6Fo) – piano

27 May Trinity Arts’ Festival – Gala Concert Combined Choir Rehearsal

31 May Aidan Gasiorowski (5La) – trombone

2 June Gala Music Rehearsal and Concert (City Recital Hall)

7 June Darren Cai (4Fo) – violin

7 June Studio Concert – Annette Smith’s students (Choir Room)

14 June Terence Ho (4Fo) – French horn

Term 2 Week 5 REHEARSALS 


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) 


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) 


Prestissimo Jazz (from 7:30am) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3)

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

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

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


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) 


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 Sports Fixtures

May 14, 2021

Prep Sports Fixtures

May 14, 2021


Family Feud | Last Chance to Register!

May 14, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021

Cost: $50 per team.

Location: On-line (from the comfort of your lounge room)

Closing soonbook your tickets now.

Battle of the Bands

May 14, 2021

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

6:00pm in The James Wilson Hogg Assembly Hall, Summer Hill.

Each year student bands audition for the finals of Battle of the Bands.  The impressive range of contemporary styles and emerging talent on show makes for an exciting and dynamic night.  Judges from the music industry award a range of prizes, with all the production crafts on display supporting these talented musicians.

Please register here: https://www.trybooking.com/BRDBH

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

May 14, 2021

Week 5

19 May National Simultaneous Storytime

21 May IPSHA Debating

21 May Y3 Sport Basketball 3-4.30pm

22 May Sport – Winter Round 5

Week 6

28 May Y5 Incursion – Planetarium

28 May Y3 Sport Basketball 3-4.30pm

29 May Sport – Winter Round 6

29 May Y5 2023 Testing

Week 7

02 June Open Day 9-10.30am

02 June Choir Gala Rehearsal and Concert

03 June No Vivaldi and JS Concert Band

03 June JS Auxiliary Meeting 9am

04 June IPSHA Debating

04 June Y3 Sport Basketball 3-4.30pm

05 June Sport – Winter Round 7

From more Junior School dates, please click here.

Years 5-6 Father and Son Breakfast

May 14, 2021

Join us from 7:30am on Friday, 4 June 2021 at the Preparatory School.

Cost: $7 per person.

RSVP: Monday, 31 May 2021.

Click here to book now.

Gala Concert | Wednesday, 2 June 2021

May 14, 2021

City Recital Hall, Angel Place at 7pm

Click here to book your tickets.

This year’s Gala is a celebration of a return to normal music making which was so disrupted in 2020 due to COVID. For many of us, the interruption to our musical and cultural life was felt more dramatically than I believe many would have thought. That the removal of Music and music-making, for such a long period of time, would be felt in this way pays testament to its power to bring people together in a shared experience. And so, the image of the Phoenix, representing the 2021 Gala musical offerings, is an apt symbol of our thankfulness for the return of music to our stage and to our daily lives. The Gala programme will offer, as it always does, music from across many styles and will showcase our premier ensembles, demonstrating the resilience of music at Trinity, and its standard of excellence. Performances include the celebratory work, Magnificat by J.S. Bach; the festivity of Roman Carnival by Hector Berlioz; and the awe-inspiring Finlandia by Jean Sibelius.

Michael McGregor | Director of Co-Curricular Music (PreK-12)

Dates for the Diary

May 14, 2021

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


Online Ordering | Flexischools

May 14, 2021

Trinity Grammar School has a great online ordering system for the Canteen, called Flexischools

Canteen Online Ordering Through Flexischools

Parents are able to make online School Cafeteria orders up to 9am through Flexischools.  Senior and Middle School Students (Years 7-12) may also use their Student ID Card to purchase items over the Cafeteria counter.  Parents set up a Flexischools account online (click here to download the instructions) and pre-load their account with funds.  Students can make purchases at the Cafeteria/Canteen by swiping their card at the cash register.  Parents can view their son’s purchases online and can set a daily spending limit on their son’s card.

What does it cost?

“Walk up” Cafeteria purchases and Student ID Card payments do not incur a fee.  

Online orders for the Cafeteria incur a 29c service fee per order.  

Credit Card and PayPal payments will incur a credit card surcharge of 15c + 1%. 

EFT Bank Transfers are free but funds may take up to 2 days to appear in your son’s Student ID Card (longer for some smaller banks).

If you have any questions, Flexischools provide a help desk on 1300 361 769, or you can contact them via their website.

Click here to set up a Flexischool account now

Prep Canteen News

May 14, 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!




Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

May 14, 2021

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

Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus)

May 14, 2021

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

Student Absence Notice

May 14, 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 Head 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.

Trinity Prayer Group | Strathfield Campus

May 14, 2021

Parents and friends continue to pray for our boys and the School. In Term 2, we will meet at the Preparatory School, Strathfield campus:

When:  Tuesdays | 8.30 – 9.30am on the odd weeks of term (Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9).

Where: Christian Studies Room (please sign in at reception first)

Dates for Term 2, 2021:

  • Tuesday, 18 May 
  • Tuesday, 1 June
  • Tuesday, 15 June


Wendy Chan (Prep School) 
mobile 0405 129 328

Carla Ferla (Prep School) 
mobile 0414 166 336

Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus

May 14, 2021

Parents and friends continue to pray for our boys and the School. In Term 2, we will meet at the Summer Hill campus, for Junior and Senior School:

When:  Tuesdays | 8.30 – 9.30am on the even weeks of term (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8).

Where: The Dining Hall

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 2, 2021:

  • Tuesday, 25 May
  • Tuesday, 8 June


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

Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill) 
mobile 0408 119 187