2021 | Term 2 | Week 7

June 4, 2021

News

From the Head Master

June 4, 2021

There is a certain reassurance that comes with familiar rhythms and patterns of life. I imagine that there are all sorts of explanations for this, including the importance of familiarity in reducing cognitive load, the comfort that stems from positive prior experiences, and the reduction of anxiety about the unknown. Be that as it may, I have found this week at school to be a reassuring experience. It has felt as though we are ‘back to normal’.

I recognise that the spectre of COVID-19 has not gone away, and recent developments in Victoria and the Jervis Bay region have reminded us that our normalcy remains fragile. Perhaps this recognition added to my appreciation of the events of the week.

One of the highlights of the School year is our annual Gala Concert, which has taken place at one of the significant performance venues around the city every year since 1999, with the exception of the pandemic-afflicted 2020. On Wednesday this week our musicians reminded us of the beauty and joy that music is able to evoke in us through a challenging repertoire and skilful performance. In his first Gala Concert at Trinity, Dr Michael McGregor has given us good reason for confidence that the co-curricular musical life of the School is in excellent hands.

In a poignant aspect to the evening, we were very pleased to be joined by Mr Phil Pratt, our former long-serving Director of Music and his wife, Ronnie. Due to COVID and some health challenges, Mr Pratt did not have an opportunity to be farewelled by the extended music-loving community of the School. It was lovely to be able to acknowledge and honour him at the Concert, which demonstrated so vividly the enduring strength of the programme that he has done so much to build. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mr Pratt and his family.

Another aspect of our return to normalcy was the resumption of ‘compulsory home games’, whereby the boys of the Middle and Senior School are required to attend as spectators to sporting fixtures for our First teams. The boys playing for the School at the top level cherish the opportunity to play in front of a crowd, and the School Officers and senior students lead the boys in chanting and cheering their representatives on the field. The School tries to walk a reasonable line between requiring attendance and navigating the competing demands of family life; we require the boys to attend two out of the possible nine fixtures (for Football, Volleyball and Rugby) across the season. As I have said to the boys on more than one occasion, ‘If you can’t get out of it, you may as well get into it!’ Enthusiastic participation makes for a more enjoyable experience for all. The boys may even enjoy it to the point of coming voluntarily!

As a side-note, the First XI Football are locked in a tight and evenly matched competition, the First VII Volleyball are continuing to dominate, and the First XV Rugby are undefeated, having won seven straight games. It would be lovely to see a big crowd turn out to support our teams against Knox at the home fixtures this weekend.

It will be a big day on the Summer Hill site this weekend. The compulsory home games against Knox will take place alongside an Open Day and tour for prospective families, the Back to Trinity reunion for the Old Trinitarians’ Union, and the usual hubbub across all the grounds. Our COVID precautions will be in place, and I would like to remind members of the community that dogs are not permitted in the grounds (except for the two little ones who live at the Head Master’s residence!).

Normalcy is also being seen in the final preparations of the Cadet Unit for the Ceremonial Parade and Dining-In Night, the process for appointing the 2021 School Officers, and all the normal activity that constitutes life at the School. I am reminded and reassured that, much of the time, God’s goodness to us is experienced in the everyday blessings and beauties that constitute daily life. I trust that you and yours are appreciating ‘normalcy’, such as we have it.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

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From the Head of the Preparatory School

June 4, 2021

Stage 3 Father Son Breakfast

This morning we welcomed a large number of dads and their sons for a BBQ breakfast and a chance to enjoy one another’s company. It has been too long since we have been able to do this! These sorts of events are so important in developing community and supporting dads as they act as key role models for their sons. Whilst the main focus of the morning was connection and fun, I did interrupt the proceedings briefly to share a few reflections.

Firstly, I reflected on the current discussions about ‘consent’. I have been thinking a lot about what the implications of this discussion are for primary boys. I shared my belief that it is never too early to engage our boys with the important messages associated. However, I also made the point that the underlying focus should be one of respecting others. This is a message that the boys should be hearing loudly and clearly from school and home.

Secondly, I have had a number of conversations with boys and parents recently about the importance of boys being comfortable in themselves and not trying to impress others or be like someone else. This is such an important message that our boys need to hear, and one that is very powerful coming from a father to his son. Dads should regularly remind their boys how proud they are of them and how much they love them for the person they are.

Finally, I reflected on the importance of Trinity’s commitment to mind, body and spirit. I suggested to the dads that our focus often falls on our son’s academic growth or his sporting achievements. Whilst these two areas of life are important and should be celebrated, I suggested that we keep in mind the importance of our son’s wellbeing. I reminded dads that our past glories on the sporting field and in the classroom are long gone and what remains most important in our lives today is our wellbeing and mental health. This is something that needs to be prioritised from a young age, above and beyond achievements. I also suggested that spiritual wellbeing is something that lasts for eternity and is definitely worthy of consideration. 

Gala Concert

On Wednesday I had the privilege of attending the Gala Concert at the City Recital Hall. It was simply brilliant! Throughout the evening there was a wide showcase of the musical groups that highlighted individual talents of the boys from all three campuses. Whilst I am sure I am biased, one of the particular highlights of the concert was the performance by the Combined Primary Choir consisting of boys from the Preparatory and Junior Schools. The boys performed For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter. They also joined a Trinity Combined Choir and the Academy Orchestra for a performance of Magnificat by J.S. Bach. The Trinity Singers involved in the performance were fabulous and should feel very proud of their involvement. Well done, boys!

Congratulations to Dr McGregor, Mrs Campbell, Mrs Smeulders and the entire Music Department at Trinity.

Mr Pratt, our former P-12 Director of Music, was honoured and thanked in person on the evening, having retired last year. Unfortunately, COVID denied him the chance to be involved in a final Gala Concert, but it was wonderful to acknowledge his significant contributions to the Music Department across all campuses throughout his time at Trinity.

Studio Concerts

Building on the success of the Gala Concert, this week there have been more Studio Concerts showcasing and celebrating the emerging talents of many of our young musicians. It has been wonderful to see and hear about boys from Pre-K up to Year 6, from beginners to more accomplished, all playing with such confidence. According to Mrs Campbell there were 252 individual performances across all of the Studio Concerts. This is an incredible number for a school of our size. Congratulations to all of our performers and the Music Department!

Reconciliation Week

On Monday morning two of our School Officers spoke to the boys about the important message of Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day. Specifically, the boys drew the other students’ attention to the concept of ownership of the land and reminded them of the reason we begin each week, and each major School event, with an Acknowledgement of Country. They also spoke about the Aboriginal flag, the meaning behind its colours and reminded the boys of why we raise this flag each morning alongside the Australian flag.

Llandilo Development

This week is an exciting week in the Llandilo Development as the scaffold on the southern side of the development has started to come down. It is great to be able to see the new façade of the School. The works have progressed well and truly on schedule with the builders hoping to have the development at lock-up by the end of next week. The internal works now begin in earnest with the development looking to be handed over to the School towards the end of next term, on schedule!

Year 3 Sport Programme

Today is the final week of the Year 3 Sport programme for Term 2. This term’s programme has focused on Cricket. The boys have trained on Thursday during the school day and again on Friday afternoon before finishing the sessions by playing a modified game. The Year 3 Sport programme provides boys with the opportunity to develop a wide range of sports skills and the chance to apply them to game situations. This is extremely important to assist boys in making an informed decision about Saturday sport selection in Year 4. I have been encouraged by the reports I have heard back about the boys’ growth on the Cricket field.

Winter Sport

As we near the middle of the Winter Season it has been encouraging to see the progress of the individual boys’ skills and the great development in the teamwork displayed by each of the teams. As our boys take the field again this Saturday, I look forward to hearing of this continuing. Whilst it is always good to win, the most pleasing aspect of the recent performances has been the commitment, team spirit and sportsmanship shown by the boys. Well done, boys!

This Saturday the combined Prep and JS 1st XV Rugby team has the opportunity to play on Trinity’s Number 1 Oval against Knox, just prior to the High School 1st XV. This will be a tremendous honour for the boys and will also include an opportunity for the senior boys to share some pieces of advice prior to their game.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2

From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

June 4, 2021

Anything but a yes vote to this question would do injury to our reputation among fair-minded people everywhere (on the subject of the 1967 Constitutional Referendum).

 Harold Holt, 26 May 1967

I want to promise you that this act of restitution which we perform today will not stand alone – your fight was not for yourselves alone and we are determined that Aboriginal Australians everywhere will be helped by it. Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people, and I put into your hands this piece of the earth itself as a sign that we restore them to you and your children forever.

 Gough Whitlam, 16 August 1975

The message should be that there is nothing to fear or to lose in the recognition of historical truth, or the extension of social justice, or the deepening of Australian social democracy to include Indigenous Australians.

Paul Keating, 10 December 1992

Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit, as well as social and economic change. It requires symbolic as well as practical action.

Malcom Fraser, 26 May 2003

Thursday 3 June marked the final day of National Reconciliation Week, a week in which the Head Master spoke powerfully about the history of our nation and, in particular, the importance of the landmark High Court decision in Mabo v Queensland [1992] which overturned the doctrine of terra nullius. We acknowledged the traditional owners of the land in Reconciliation Round matches with St Aloysius’ College, and Alex Donavan | 11Mu, shared something of his own story at Quad Assembly. A precis of his remarks follows.

Good Morning Head Master, Staff and young men of the School.

My Name is Alex Donavan, I am in Year 11 and I am a proud Aboriginal Man.

Yaam darrui ngiina gaduwawgu – It’s good to meet you.

I would like to acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora Nation who are the traditional custodians of this land on which we stand. I would also like to pay my respects to Elders past and present, and I extend that respect to other indigenous people who are present here today.

My mother is from the Waka Waka nation which is north-west of Brisbane and my father is from the Gumbaynggirr nation near Coffs Harbour.

I would like to share something of my life story, and how challenging it has been for me over the past 17 years. When I was young, only 7 years old, I got taken away from my real parents. At first, I really didn’t know why I got taken away, but I now know the story and I understand why it happened.

I am lucky to have people in my life that have listened to my story and have understood where I have come from and the challenges I have faced. To be honest, at first it was really hard for me to trust people but the people I live with and other people who I have strong connection with, that have helped me throughout the last 10 years, and I am so grateful to have that support.

The history of our First Nations people is rich, and I am proud to be a member of this special community. This is our great nation and together we all need to work towards building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’, history, cultures, and future.

This year’s theme for Reconciliation Week, “More than a word”, is a call to action for all Australians to be brave and take impactful action, which is important for all Indigenous people.

National Reconciliation Week encourages all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and consider how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

In my personal journey, I am grateful for the bravery and the action taken by the people that I love that have given me the opportunity to be standing here before you today.  

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

From the Head of the Junior School

June 4, 2021

I pay tribute to all of the Music teachers, support staff and students whose talents, teamwork and hard work were showcased on Wednesday evening in extraordinary performances at the annual Gala Concert. I took particular joy in the performances of the Junior School boys who opened and closed the concert as part of the massed choirs, and in the four boys (Tim Buultjens, Harry Hartzenberg, Thomas Henry, Benjamin Loughnan) who played significant roles alongside the senior boys in the Academy Brass Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. It was a dazzling event and fitting climax to the Festival of the Arts. 

I thank the boys and staff of the Junior School for being wonderful hosts to many visitors to our campus over the last week. The families of Year 5 students enrolled for 2023 toured the Junior School last weekend and we had many other prospective families visit on Wednesday to hear about and witness for themselves the extraordinary calibre of our boys, teachers and the learning they undertake. Our leaders were wonderful greeters and tour guides, and the boys welcoming of our guests into classrooms and other learning spaces was well-received.

I also thank the Junior School Auxiliary, who at yesterday’s meeting agreed to financially support implementation of the Green Patch programme. Mrs Bargwanna presented an overview of the programme that she has designed for the boys in which they will plan, prepare, plant, pamper, protect, pick and plate their Patch. As planting begins next term, we now require significant investment in tools, planter boxes, wicking systems, vegepods and trolleys. The Auxiliary have committed to providing these resources of a quality that will benefit the boys’ learning for many years to come. This investment represents many years of faithful fundraising and stewardship, and hundreds of hours volunteered by many parents across many events to place the Auxiliary in a position to provide such significant support. We will be sure to keep all parents informed about the resources you are providing as they are integrated into our growing Patch.   

I draw attention to the distribution of details about the co-curricular programme for Term 3, which will be distributed next Monday. Expressions of interest will need to be lodged by the beginning of the final week of term (Tuesday following the Long Weekend). We will aim to confirm offers of places before the term concludes but our ability to do so may depend on the volume of applications. I remind parents that you must undertake free registration via OSHClub to ensure the availability of this supervision should it ever be necessary following an after-school activity. This process must be completed by Monday 14 June or your son will not be considered for after-school activities in Term 3.

World Environment Day occurs this weekend and the Junior School will focus on environmental activities throughout next week to shine a light on the issue of sustainability and develop our boys’ awareness and capacity to act as positive, influential global citizens. Home Learning for all boys will include the challenge to incorporate individual and family actions under the banners of: re-think/re-invent; re-cycle, re-generate; and re-educate. Please get involved with your son as there are many initiatives that, whilst not too difficult, will require your support if they are to yield a sustainable significant change of mindset and habit. On Friday, the entire Junior School will undertake a series of fun and environmentally-friendly learning activities during the pre-recess session. Years 3 and 4 will be putting plastic bags to good use during their activity and would appreciate the donation of any relatively clean plastic bags beforehand. If you have these in the back of the car or bottom of the pantry, please send them to the Library where Mrs Bowden is coordinating the collection.     

This term’s ‘Cuppa’n’chat’ with the Junior School Executive (Mr Hassall, Mrs Ormes, Mrs Richards and myself) will be on Thursday 17th June from 8:45am-9:30am. Parents are welcome to take up the opportunity to ask questions or raise matters, or simply enjoy morning tea with us and one another. Parents will be emailed a link for registration early next week.  

Please note the following special events next week:

  • Mufti Day (Tuesday) with a gold coin (or more) donation;
  • Winter Sport Photos (Thursday);
  • Pizza Day (Friday) with thanks to the Auxiliary.

In the final week of term, a large number of students and staff will be travelling and representing the School on the combined primary North Coast Rugby and Football Tour. We wish them well and anticipate some changes to the regular timetable to accommodate the absence of accompanying staff.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

Habakkuk 3:19

News from the Field Studies Centre

June 4, 2021

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.

Romans 15:5

What a week it has been on the South Coast of NSW.

Monday saw the Field Studies Programme (FSP) 4 students take to the beautiful waters of Burrill Lake on Stand-Up Paddleboards and negotiate the High Rope Challenge at Trees Adventures, in nearby Nowra. The boys relished the opportunity to be in control of some of the challenges that they took on this week. The high ropes course has green, blue and black levels, which facilitates the “challenge by choice” philosophy that is commonly referred to in Outdoor Education. Stand-Up Paddle boarding on Burrill Lake became our default activity choice on the day, due to the prevailing large seas and dangerous surf conditions. Dynamic Risk Assessments are always occurring while programmes are in place at the Field Studies Centre. Staff are trained to continually identify risks and put controls in place to ensure that they are mitigated or eliminated.

The first of the three-day expeditions ran from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Challenges included a 14km beach hike and negotiating tricky conditions while canoeing on the Crookhaven River. Thursday brought wet conditions that required all three activity groups to pull together and work with the appointed student leaders, to finish their respective leg of the journey. Highlights included seeing whales from the cliffs near Currarong, negotiating Gossang’s tunnel, and viewing the Aboriginal sacred sites that can be found just off the Abraham’s Bosom walking track. Encountering challenges is an inevitable part of every boy’s experience while on the FSP. Rest assured though, that support from the dedicated Field Studies Centre staff is never far away.

Due to the recent COVID scare in the Jervis Bay area, we made the tough decision to revert to a virtual experience rather than the face to face Parent Visit this Sunday. The boys accepted the news graciously on Thursday evening, then busily went to work setting up their Video Conference invites and sending them out to parents. The letter writing, both by the boys and their families, has been bordering on prolific during the current residential. And that is a very good thing! I have been encouraged to see the boys take such pleasure in receiving letters from home and impressed by their keenness to reciprocate.  The virtual catch up and letter writing doesn’t quite make up for not being able to meet together this Sunday, but our experience from previous residentials is that seeing loved ones and engaging in the Teams video conference is almost as good as the real thing.

Tim Knowles | Head of the Field Studies Centre (FSC) 

Duke of Ed Gold Award Ceremony, May 25th 2021

June 4, 2021
Duke of Ed Gold Awardees 2021: (l-r) The Headmaster Mr Tim Bowden, Daniel T, Sebastian P, Joshua P, Suraj N, William M, Matthew N, Mr Guy Dennis (Gold Award Leader), Ms Christina Vanden Hengel (MIC DEAS)

Last Tuesday, seven of our Trinity young men were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards by the Honourable Margaret Beazley, Governor of New South Wales. Hard-fought and highly prized, these awards mark the end of an ‘adventurous journey’ that the students have been on, starting when they committed to joining the Bronze DEAS in Year 9. Aston F (13Yo), William M (12WJ), Suraj N (12Mu), Matthew N (13Ke), Sebastian P (12He), Joshua P (12La) and Daniel T (12Ta), accompanied by their parents, Gold Award Leader Mr Guy Dennis, myself and the Head Master, met on Wangal land at Sydney Olympic Park with over 220 other young awardees who received their awards and commemorated this auspicious occasion.

Close to 15,000 young people participate in the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award each year in New South Wales. Last week’s ceremony celebrated the wonderful energy of young Australians in their pursuits of service to their communities, personal development of skills and interests, investment in their physical health and the challenge of new experiences beyond their circles. Along with a bevy of inspirational words spoken by awe-inspiring ambassadors for the program, the Governor herself prompted us in the Gadigal words at the end of the National Anthem to “yirribana Australiagal” – to move ‘this way Australian people’ following the lead of our youth who fearlessly and compassionately demonstrate that humble service, a thirst for adventure and reaching for excellence are truly golden qualities.

On a personal note, and I’m sure I speak on behalf of the Duke of Ed staff at Trinity, I have thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the spirit, curiosity and grit with which these Gold Awardees have tackled this commitment. The Duke of Ed team are thrilled for them and for those in the ranks behind them who get to learn from their positive example.

In the shadow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent passing, his words about the international award he established in 1956 bestow honour upon these seven young men and ring ever true:

“Gold awards are not easily gained. Young people growing up in this modern complicated world have many difficulties to face and opportunities for personal development are often limited. I hope that all those who take part in this Award will find added purpose and pleasure in their lives”

– HRH Prince Philip

Christina Vanden Hengel | MIC Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Waiting for the ceremony to begin (l-r) William M, Suraj N, Matthew N, Aston F, Joshua P and Daniel T.
The Honourable Margaret Beazley speaks with William M, Daniel T, Joshua P and Suraj N after the ceremony

Open this weekend at Delmar Gallery

June 3, 2021

Lineage celebrates the work of contemporary women artists from across the Maningrida region in Arnhem Land NT.

Exhibition installation, Wyarra spirit figures by Lena Yarinkura and Yolanda Rostron
Exhibition installation with works by (left to right) Maureen Ali, Jennifer Prudence, Janet Marawarr, Susan Marawarr

Their strong tradition of fibre sculpture and weaving is at the heart of the exhibition, complemented by handprinted fabrics and works on paper painted with earth pigments, completed during the COVID lockdown.  

The exhibition is presented in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture and Bábbarra Designs and works are available for purchase.  Request a price list by emailing delmargallery@trinity.nsw.edu.au

The Maningrida region in Arnhem Land is one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world, with 12 distinct languages spoken by over 110 clan groups. The landscape is commensurately diverse, covering over 7 000 square kilometres and ranging from saltwater coastal regions to rocky escarpments.

Uniting these artists from different linguistic groups, regions and generations is a profound connection to djang“Djang is an ongoing, eternal, life-giving transformative power that accounts for every aspect of existence. It also refers to the creation ancestor, the country where spirit resides, and to ceremonial designs and songs that represent that being. It is what powers our art.”

Also on display in the gallery’s project space is a commissioned animation by emerging Barkinkdji artist Maddison Gibbs.

Threads was created in response to the artists’ works in Lineage. Through sinuous line, movement and colour, it speaks to the vitality and lightness of spirit in their works.

Threads is about the journey of women going on Country, leaving our tracks and marks on Mother Earth, collecting materials, foods, medicine: listening to earth, taking time and feeling Country, exploring the interconnectedness with land, nature, mother and all living things. The journey continues across Country with shared knowledge and songlines that span one end of the country to the other.”

The exhibitions continue to 18 July.  

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.  Free admission.

Entry via Victoria St gate, Summer Hill campus.

Jennifer Wurrkidj, Kuniyor Nagalyod (Rainbow Serpent) 2021

World Environment Day

June 3, 2021

On 11 June, for the first time ever the Junior School will be participating in World Environment Day. The theme for this year is “Reimagine, Recreate, Restore”.

For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Did you know that every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands? Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, prevent climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.

To celebrate World Environment Day, all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be involved in activities. On the morning of Friday the 11th of June, Year 6 will be working with their buddies to create things that will help our environment. Years 3, 4 and 5 will also be working on activities as a grade.

During that week, each student will be sent home activities to help our environment that they will need to complete for home learning.

Keep an eye out for posters around the School that will be popping up soon. And remember “This is our moment, we can not turn back time but we can do something now!”.

By Joshua Quibell, George Mavromatis, Aiden Lee, David Miller, Angus Barnes-Ferguson (Environment Leaders)

The Environment Leaders

Introducing the Eco Warriors

June 3, 2021

Here at the Prep School we are fortunate to have boys that are passionate about taking action and making a difference to the School and society in general. 

At the end of last term, a group of students organised a time each week during lunch breaks to pick up rubbish around the campus. They went to the effort to put up posters advertising when the ‘Clean Up Group’ would be meeting, and their slogan was ‘Help make the School a better place’. Each week there were a growing number of students that wanted to get involved.

The initiative, which was led by the students, then prompted a call for action with the support of Mrs Smeulders and Mr Lever. This term has seen the formation of the Eco Warriors who are a group of students that are passionate about making the School and the planet more environmentally sustainable for future generations.

This week at Primary and Infant’s Chapel, several of the Eco Warriors launched the initiative. They educated their peers about putting the correct rubbish in the appropriate bins. They did this by playing a game and introducing the characters ‘Carl the Cardboard Cruncher’, ‘Michael the Recycler’ and ‘Wendy the Waste Destroyer’. The presentation concluded with all the boys from Kindergarten to Year 6 singing a song about recycling that they have been learning over several weeks. 

The Eco Warriors would like to encourage you to continue to have conversations at home about the importance of recycling and how we can all play a part in caring for our environment.

Stay tuned for more initiatives that the Eco Warriors are looking to implement over the coming terms.

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

New link to parent survey

June 3, 2021

Below is a link directly to the Perspectives: Your school in focus survey.

We understand some parents have experienced difficulties receiving or accessing the email distributed by AISNSW.

The survey has been sent per family; only one parent/guardian from each household/family should complete it. If you have not yet completed a survey, please access the survey directly here.

Your response to this survey is vital to us, as it will assist in the growth and development of our whole school community.

Participation is confidential and anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Receiving feedback is vital to the School’s continued growth and development, so I thank you in advance for engaging with the survey and sharing your feedback and thoughts.

Kell Daniels | Head of Community Engagement 

perspectives@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Academic

Careers

June 4, 2021

Connecting your thinking with the decisions you make

During Chapel this week, Mr Webster referred to the concept of Critical Thinking, and invited boys to reflect on their understanding of the place that religion has in causing unrest and differences of opinion. Like the person who reads the headline of a news article, then comments without reading the article in full, it might be easy to put forth your thoughts on the way religion can be at the centre of disharmony, without careful consideration or reflection.

Teachers embed critical thinking processes in their lessons because they want their students to develop the capacity and confidence to question and direct their own learning. In the workplace, critical thinking is identified as a key cognitive competency. The 21st century workplace relies on the ability of workers to ask ‘why’ when responding to problems and to develop new products and markets.

In the many conversations I have had with students and their parents in the past weeks (about subject and course selection for school and beyond), the process of making decisions relies on the critical thinking attributes – interpreting the information presented, analysing and evaluating for fit with personal goals, and considering how the ‘draft’ decision will work. At the end of this process, being able to explain why the decision made about what subject or course to select works well in careers conversations, to allow students to hear back for themselves, their connection to the decision they have made. As explained to Year 12 students during their careers sessions last week, all of this is not done in isolation. Connecting with those who can support the decision-making process is essential – parents, mentors, teachers, coaches, family members.

Courses and contacts

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

Susan Draysey | Careers and Student Pathways Advisor 

Arthur’s Authors | Join us for an Inaugural Event!

June 4, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Arthur’s Authors event, a collaboration between The Arthur Holt Library and the History Department.

Join us for a light breakfast, and the chance to hear Dr John Dickson in conversation with Mr Matthew Driscoll, of Trinity’s History Department, as they discuss John’s new book, Bullies and Saints : An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the author, and purchase a copy of his book.

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Time: 7am breakfast, for 7.30am start

Location: The Arthur Holt Library, Trinity Grammar School

Tickets: Visit http://bit.ly/ARTHURSAUTHORJDICKSON to book.

Tickets are strictly limited. In order to maintain COVID19 safety regulations this is a ticketed event and all guests will be required to ‘sign in’ upon entry.

More about the author:

Dr. Dickson has a PhD in ancient history from Macquarie University and a first-class honours degree in Theology from Moore Theological College. He now teaches ‘Historical Jesus to Written Gospels’ at The University of Sydney and runs the ‘Undeceptions’ Podcast.

Over the last six years, has been a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University. In 2019, he was appointed as the Distinguished Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Public Christianity at Ridley College in Melbourne, a position he took after concluding his time as Senior Minister at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Roseville. He has written over a dozen books for children and adults alike, many of which are used by the Christian Studies department at Trinity.

We look forward to welcoming you at this exciting event!

Academic Focus: Self-Regulated Learners

June 4, 2021

One of the most useful pieces of information on secondary school academic reports is the feedback provided about a student’s self-management in a particular area of the Trinity curriculum.  The first criteria determining a student’s engagement score in a subject, or in the House, Sport, Co-curricular contexts, is the extent to which he demonstrates commitment to his personal best and respect for his own and others’ perspectives. Sometimes termed ‘self-regulation’, this criterion is about the ability to manage one’s emotions and behaviour in ways that respect self, others and the opportunities for learning. Here’s an example of what this feedback looks like on the boys’ Semester Reports.

When we think of a ‘self-regulated person’, we might imagine a highly confident individual planning their day meticulously and executing every task with the utmost competence – perhaps we see them as inherently motivated or organised – just lucky to be born that way! In reality, self-management, or self-regulation of emotions and behaviours, is learned and open to improvement with practice.

At Trinity, we believe that the external environment can do a great deal to support students as they grow into habitual behaviours of self-management. They can be supported to manage the emotions that come with significant challenge – and persevere. They can be supported to reflect upon their current skills – and set goals to learn new skills. For this reason, we provide feedback about how they are going in managing and developing the kinds of behaviours we know are linked to academic confidence and success.

Research also tells us that traits such as self-regulation are domain specific: that is, self-regulated learning is not an absolute state, but is highly variable in time and dependent on context. Just because a student finds self-regulation behaviours very easy to demonstrate when learning Mathematics, doesn’t mean she will automatically bring that high level regulation to a different context – like Debating, or History, or musical performance; she might need a lot more support to commit to her best and persevere in these areas.

Professor Barry Zimmerman, an educational researcher at the City University of New York, was one of the early writers about how people regulate their attitudes and behaviours to maximise their learning opportunities. Zimmerman shifted to discourse about self-regulation to a purely internal motivational state, to a discussion about the way deliberate behaviours and the external environment can promote self-regulation. He notes that as students progress through high school, they are expected to take greater responsibility for their own learning – but that not all students step into this responsibility equally well. His research demonstrates that the greatest academic success occurs when teachers and students work together to support the self-management skills of goal-setting, planning and evaluating. Zimmerman’s work on self-regulated learning emphasises the need for all learners to develop their capacity to adjust thoughts and actions based on new challenges and feedback.

Trinity students have just passed the halfway point of the academic year; the stimulus of final assessments and examinations is still quite far away, but the motivational boost of a new start is also back in the past. Perhaps now is a good time to practice self-management skills by reflecting on 2021 academic journeys – so far. Here’s a useful protocol:

  1. What are some of the subjects or areas I have been able to demonstrate commitment to doing my personal best? What does this look like?
  2. What is one area in which I am struggling to regulate my emotions and behaviours– but in which I really want to improve?
  3. What have I done so far to improve my self-management? Has it worked?
  4. What is one thing I could do – before the end of Term 2 – to improve the way I feel about my learning in this subject?
  5. What is one more action I could undertake – before the end of Term 2 – to demonstrate my commitment to improvement?

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

News from The Arthur Holt Library

June 3, 2021

One of our most important jobs in The Arthur Holt Library is to actively promote reading across the school and to encourage students to value reading for pleasure, as well as for academic purposes.

In her article ‘We Talk Books’, published in the November issue of English in Australia, Margaret Merga emphasises how book discussions in school libraries can help to promote a culture of reading in a school and may even help counter some of the negative trends that have led to the reduced significance of reading in many young people’s lives.

Luckily, our librarians love nothing more than discussing books. This term alone we have been reading and discussing Advanced Review Copies of soon-to-be-published books with our Middle School reading group, Arthur’s Readers. The boys wrote reviews, which can be found on our Library blog here (https://arthurholtlibrary.com/arthurs-readers-arcing-up/), and advised us on which books they thought we should add to our collection.

Trinity has also started a Professional Learning Book Club. Staff have been invited to pick up copies of the first book from the library, where we have individually wrapped each copy to keep the title a surprise. The book club will meet next term to discuss the ideas discussed in the book and how they might impact teaching across the school.

Finally, we are also delighted to be able to welcome parents back into the Library. Our inaugural Arthur’s Authors event will see Dr John Dickson in conversation with Mr Matthew Driscoll, of Trinity’s History Faculty, as they discuss John’s new book, ‘Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History’. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the author and purchase a copy of his book. Check your email for more details.

Stefanie Gaspari | Director of Library Services 

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Awards for the Week | Junior School

June 3, 2021

This week’s Junior School Award winners…

KM

William Kang

Kiaan Verma

1K

Zac Chirico

Raphael Karlos

Lucas Lieu

2R

Antonio Bhatia

Max Lamb

Byron Ma

3B

Jacob Bechara

Tom da Silva

Kian Lieu

3N

Zihao JI

Hugo Song

Aaron Thekkedath

4C

Jack Bray

Joseph Khoury

Ewan Yam

4J

Seb Lamb

Nicholas Ma

Benji Nallaiah

Connor Probets

5B

Geoffrey Batten

David Ghaly

Noah Girgis

Dean Mavraidis

5C

Jordan Buultjens

Joshua Deiri

Joey Monteleone

5T

Nicholas Beke

Xavier Jabbour

Jacob Polorotoff

6H

Jayden Bechara

David Miller

Andrew Zhang

6J

Aiden Lee

Geoffrey Olsen

Emerson Urbano

6T

Sam de Alwis

Callum Evans

William Saunders

CHRISTIAN STUDIES

Ryder Elsibai

Lucas Horley

Oliver Tucker

Aston Youssef

MANDARIN

Oliver Jessop

Shanaay Mehta

Benji Nallaiah

Ryan Wang

Allan Shaba

Andrew Zeng

Adam Zhao

Jay Zhang

MUSIC

Ethan Jin

Mimo Kim

Maxwell Munday

Charles Russell

Lachlan Tucker

Library News | Junior School

June 3, 2021

We have displayed some powerfully emotive picture books in the Library this week that highlight the importance of Reconciliation Week. One of the books; Finding Our Heart; A story about the Uluru Statement by Thomas Mayor is an age appropriate picture book that helps explain the issues of the past when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had their lives turned upside down with the arrival of Captain Cook. The book calls for action, asking for the voices of the First Nations people to be heard. The book offers practical ways to help ‘Find our heart’ such as; Knowing what First Nation you live in and acknowledge the Traditional Owners often; Learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words in different First Nation Languages; Learn about the different Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander seasons; Read books and watch shows by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More information about this can be found at www.ulurustatement.org. Gregg Dreise’s new picture book Common Wealth is relevant for older readers. Dreise advocates for the reader to listen to the Indigenous story of the past so that we can make a difference for the future. Dreise uses slam poetry as a way of promoting unity. He ends the book with “Now I’m hoping that you are wishing, that more and more people take a moment to listen; and join in our mission, and break down the barriers of division… by discussing without ammunition; a willingness to listen…to a true common wealth vision.” These two books are available for borrowing, along with many other recent Indigenous stories. We have many Gregg Dresie books in the Junior School Library for borrowing, and more information about this author can be found at https://www.greggdreise.com.au/

Eric Carle, a favourite author and illustrator passed away last week on 23 May, at the age of 92. His picture books have been educating and entertaining children (and adults) since 1967, when he collaborated on his first book Brown Bear, Brown Bear; what do you See? He went on to write and illustrate 70 books and sold 145 million copies. His most popular book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar published in 1969 has been translated into 66 languages and sold over 50 million copies. The Library set up a display of some of his work and asked the boys which was their favourite Eric Carle book. Not surprisingly, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was the most popular. More information about Eric Carle can be found at his website https://eric-carle.com/

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian

Library News | Preparatory School

June 3, 2021

Prep Book Swap

Last Wednesday we had our first Prep Book Swap to raise money for the Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in the Northern Territory. To date we have raised $403, what a fantastic effort! Thank you to all the families who donated books to help others in need.

Library Champions

Our Library Champions have been working very hard over the last two terms keeping the Library in shape! Congratulations to Aiden Coelho who is our Library Champion Leader for 2021 and thank you to all the Library Champions who volunteer their time to help out in the Library!

Author Talk – Tristan Bancks

On Friday 7th May Year 3 had an Author visit from Tristan Bancks to celebrate the release of his new novel Ginger Meggs. The boys were so excited to hear Tristan read a few pages from his new book leaving them to want to read more.

If you would like to order a signed copy of Ginger Meggs please click on the link below

Tristan Banck’s Ginger Meggs signed book order form

Mrs Bruscino | Library Services Specialist

Co-curricular

Old boy and Olympic hopeful presents Head Master’s Dash medals

June 4, 2021

Today on Quad our 2021 Head Master’s Dash winners were presented their medals by Rohan Browning (2015). Rohan, who won the Dash in 2015, will be competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 100m. He commented how special events like the Head Master’s Dash and the CAS Track and Field Championships had helped form him as a sprinter, remarking that the crowd will definitively be bigger at CAS this year than the Olympic Games, but he is very excited to be representing Australia in less than 50 days.

Advance Notice for Compulsory Home Games 2021

June 4, 2021

Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend two Compulsory Home Game fixtures throughout the season. Below are the two final options if your son did not attend a home game last Saturday 29 May 2021.

  1. Saturday 5 June – Trinity vs Knox (Football, Volleyball, Rugby)
  2. Saturday 31 July – Trinity vs Waverley (Football, Rugby)

All students in Years 7 to 11 have been asked to attend one of the following sports on any two occasions throughout the season. 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 have been emailed a link allowing them to select their preferred two home games to attend. Places are limited, please ensure your son/s 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

Cross Country | Barker Invitational

June 4, 2021

Saturday, 29 May 2021

It was the first trying race, weather-wise, for our runners last Saturday at the Barker Invitational at North Ryde Common. Cold, windy conditions made the warm-up particularly important! As always, our runners showed great spirit in their determination to complete and conquer a difficult course; reversed from its usual direction, there was a longer uphill section and the inside loop back to the start was also lengthened, while the finish now practically became a downhill sprint!

Our Under U14s team continued to shine. Our team came 2nd overall, not far behind the winners, Newington, while Matthew M (8WJ) came 1st again, while Joshua L (7Ta) in 11th, Daniel S (6Ta) in 13th and Michael S (7St) in 25th rounded out our top four runners. Michael has been training and racing hard, and it was pleasing to see him not only improve so much, but also to reach a goal he had been encouraged to set by his mother. One of our runners who has improved the most has been Christian Ng (7WJ), and it’s pleasing to see him make goals and achieve them as he trains well.

Consistent with recent form, our Under 16s squad featured heavily in the front of the race, with Luca G (9St), Jack W (10Ke), Joseph C (10Du), Micheal K (10Ta) and Zachary P (11Ho) all finishing in the top 17. Benjamin I (10La) continues to run strongly, while Jack H (10Yo) and Miles A (10WH) formed a pack with some Sydney High runners in the middle of the race as they continued to run well with and thus encourage one another. Our team came 2nd to Shore, who has a particularly strong Intermediate squad, and our conversations with the Head of Cross Country there, Paul Dudley, revealed the secret of their brilliance: the scenic and symbolic training ground of the Harbour Bridge. Needless to say, I don’t think a harbourside relocation is within the bounds of the Cross Country budget; so the picturesque Bay Run, which we love, will have to do!

We have a wonderful Opens team which is characterised by team spirit and encouragement of each other, and it was great to see groups of Trinity runners spurring each other on through the undulating 8.7 kilometres or so, such as Oscar M (11Sc), Rory C (11Yo) and Matthew L (11Ta). Patrick C (12Du) achieved a fine individual place again, namely 4th, while William C (12Hi) is looking stronger and stronger, finishing in 32nd. It was great to have James K (12WJ) run for us in the midst of his significant Volleyball and other Year 12 commitments. Despite running for the first time in a long time, he fought hard, suffered hard and achieved a very commendable 56th, before racing back to Summer Hill for his next sporting engagement. It is a wonderful thing about Cross Country that we have so many boys who want to run for us in addition to their other sporting commitments. Michael W (12He), one of our most consistent runners over recent seasons, ran well again, while Jesse R (11He) finished his race with one of those sprint finishes that are so characteristic of him. As Mr Currer said, “No one beats Jesse in a sprint finish!” Our team came 6th (though 1st in the CAS), a fine achievement.

Injury is one of those inevitable challenges of the sport of running, and it’s worth giving a brief insight into how this affected our runners and how they coped with it this weekend, though the following are only a selection. Jonathan W (8Du), one of our runners who clearly always gives of his best, had to pull out mid-way due to illness, as did Theo C (12He), while Kobe S (7Yo) did not even start, having sustained an unfortunate injury the previous weekend. Ryan G (10WJ) was also affected by a mid-week injury, while Aveer S (8Ar), unable to run, still turned up to support his teammates. Myles B (8WJ), meanwhile, ran through pain to finish his race, as Matthew L is doing. Several of our runners are recovering from injuries of various sorts, staging their recovery carefully, such as Jack W, Luca G and William C, who have to strike a balance between running well but not too hard or for too long. There is the physical toll as well as the psychological, and I commend all of our boys for learning the hard way how to cope with disappointment.

We look forward to the first Relay event of the season tomorrow, at the same location of North Ryde Common but hosted by Cranbrook. This is the first event in which both Old Boys and Staff are also invited to participate. Mr Raptis has assured me that the Trinity Old Boys team is well positioned to challenge the best of the current Trinity teams, so watch out, all! The Trinity Staff team, meanwhile, is hoping to challenge at least one of the current Trinity teams. It should be a great spectacle for all!

Phillip Mugridge | MIC of Cross Country

House Championships Track & Field

June 4, 2021

Monday 7 June 2021 | Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre from 8:25am to 2:30pm

Compulsory for all students in Years 7 to 12 to attend

Your son will be attending the Years 7 to 12 House Championships Track & Field at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Monday 7 June 2021.  It is a compulsory school day and all students are expected to attend.  It is essential that you access the parent portal and enter information about your son as requested. Parents are welcome to attend the House Championships.

Dress for the day will be House sports uniform (i.e. House T-shirt and white or green shorts). Students may wear their track suit over their House sports uniform to and from school on this day when travelling on public transport.  The “Greg Chappell” (green or white) hat or white Trinity peak hat should be worn as should sun cream. Students will NOT be allowed to paint their face or hair as the students will be representing the School to the public when travelling to and from Sydney Olympic Park.

Even though students will have an opportunity to buy food and drink it is advisable for students to take their lunch and a drink.  Students must ensure that they drink plenty of water while at the Championships if it is hot.  It is advisable that students do not take valuable possessions to this event.

Buses will leave from the Summer Hill Campus at 8:25am to take all students to Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. It is anticipated that the events will finish at 2:20pm and buses will take students back to School or to Strathfield Station. Parents who wish to make independent transport arrangements to get their son/s to and/or from the venue must indicate this on the parent portal. Those students who have independent transport approval must be at the Athletics Centre and seated in their House areas by 9:00am. 

Only students who have the School’s written permission to drive cars will be able to drive to or from Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Parking at the venue is four hours free parking then parking rates apply. Students are not permitted to take passengers in their cars unless they have the School’s written permission. No student will be dismissed prior to the end of the House Championships.

 Bradley Wirth | Director of Campus Administration

Swimming | NSW All Schools Swimming Championships

June 4, 2021

2021 NSW All Schools Swimming Championships – SOPAC | Friday, 28 May 2021

Trinity Grammar School had a very strong representation in the NSW CIS team at the 31st NSW All Schools Swimming Championships on Friday 28th May at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, with a total of 19 students competing in combination of both individual and relay events.

The NSW All Schools Swimming Championships was first held in 1990, with the idea of bringing together the very best swimmers from all NSW School Sporting Associations to compete for either the Combined High Schools (CHS), Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) or Combined Independent Schools (CIS) team.

The Trinity team enjoyed great success, with our swimmers setting three new NSW All Schools records along with three new TGS School records, all whilst accumulating a total of 28 medals (13 Gold, 10 Silver & 5 Bronze).  A full list of Trinity’s results are attached, but I will highlight our NSW All Schools Gold Medalists:

Caleb Dryer (12Sc) (26 Points) was phenomenal as he dived in for the very first event of the meet, the Open 1500m Freestyle.  Caleb led the event for the entire 30 laps, touching the wall in a new personal best time of 16.07.42.  This was also a new NSW All Schools meet record (Sho Nishimoto – Trinity Grammar, 16.16.83, 2013).  Caleb also finished with a Silver in the 17 Years & Over 200m Butterfly (2.06.83), and a Bronze in the 17 Years & Over 400m Freestyle (4.10.45).

Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar) (20 Points) was determined in his approach to his favored two events, the 200m and 400m Freestyle, and this proved to be a success as he claimed Gold in both events.  Gabriel was impressive as he won the 17 Years and Over 200m Freestyle (1.55.43) just in front of teammate Jason Yeou (1.56.95).  But it was his race plan in the 400m Freestyle that stood out as one of the swims of the day.  Although slightly over his personal best, Gabriel managed to even split both the first and second 200s of his 400m and win the event in a time of 4.07.66.

Hayden Hoang (9Ta) (30 Points) had an outstanding meet, competing in three Individual events and one relay.  Hayden was impressive as he powered on to win gold in the 15 Years 50m Backstroke in a new NSW All Schools meet record time of 27.16 (Jacob Sansom – Camden Haven HS, 27.75, 2014) just outside of his recently set TGS record of 27.04.  He also claimed victory in the 15-16 Years 100m Backstroke (58.52), along with winning Gold in the 15-16 years 200m Backstroke in a new NSW All Schools meet record of 2.08.46 (Tyler Krenkels – Knox Grammar, 2.08.56, 2019).

Jonathan Nam (9St) (35 Points) was electric as he undertook a huge programme of five individual swims and one relay, finishing the meet with three Gold (two Individual, one Relay) and one Bronze medal.  Jonathan is a renowned Breaststroker, although we have been working very hard to progress his Backstroke – and it showed!  He had a hard-fought yet thrilling victory in the 12-14 Years 100m Backstroke (1.04.80), whilst he had a commanding win in the 12-14 Years 200m Backstroke (2.19.78).  He was also a member of the victorious 12-14 years 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Breaststroke 33.11) with a very close finish against the team from Knox Grammar.  Jonathan was also awarded Bronze for his solid effort in the 12-14 years 200m Breaststroke (2.41.61).

Grayson Doig (8He) (17 Points) also had a large programme of six events (three individual and relays). Grayson was superb in claiming two Gold, two Silver and one Bronze medal.  His performance in the 12-14 Years 200m Individual Medley should be commended, as he won the event in a dominant fashion (2.18.20).

Sterling Tuxford (7WH) (36 Points) was amazing as he competed in four individual events and one relay, finishing the meet with two Gold and three Silver medals, and setting three New TGS School records in the process.  His 50m Butterfly was a nail biter, winning the event in a new School record time of 29.27 (29.41, Sterling Tuxford – CIS Championships, 2021) by a mere 0.03 of a second.  He also claimed victory in the 12 years 50m Backstroke, winning the Gold in a time of 33.09.  As well, he set new TGS School records in the 12 Years 50m Freestyle in a time of 27.75 (27.84, Sterling Tuxford – CIS Championships, 2021), along with the 12 Years 100m Freestyle with a new School record time of 1.00.60 (1.00.65, Andy Lee – Metropolitan Championships, 2015).

Joshua Jeung (7He) (40 Points) undertook a very large programme of eight events (six individual, two relay) and again finished the meet as Trinity’s highest point-scorer (40 points).  He managed to claim a medal from every event in which he competed (two Gold, three Silver, one Bronze).  Joshua’s 50m Freestyle win in the 13 years event (26.25) was a great swim, considering he was on the outside of the pool in Lane 7.  He was also a member of the victorious 12-14 years 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Butterfly 28.19).

Overall, our team performed above and beyond our expectations.  In 2019, we achieved five Gold Medals at the corresponding meet, so it is pleasing to see that our middle school representatives are driving our team forwards on an upwards trajectory.  A NSW All Schools Merit team is expected to be announced in the coming days, as the School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships have already been cancelled.  We are confident of having up to eight swimmers named into the NSW merit team. 

Hayden Hoang (9Ta), Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar) and Caleb Dryer (12Sc) are now preparing for the biggest meet to be held on home soil every quadrennial, the Olympic Games Trials being held in Adelaide during Week 9.  Whilst qualifying for the Olympics may be a stretch, the meet is also doubling as the qualifying meet for the Junior World Championships and the various Australian and New South Wales Performance Pathway squads.  We wish them all the best.

Finally, to our 2021 Year 12 cohort.  You have been fantastic!  You have served yourself, your School, and your families well.  You have been our largest group of Year 12 group of Swimmers in recent history and will leave a big gap in the pool.  I have been humbled to have been able to assist you, guide you, and watch you (many of you since Year 7!) grow and develop into a fine team of professional, accountable, and responsible young Trinitarian men.  Those around you and with you in the pool truly understand just how difficult, demanding and time consuming a sport like Swimming really is.  But I can assure you that it has all been worth it, as you have created friendships, memories and personal traits that will serve you well and last a lifetime. 

Yours in Swimming,

Benjamin Tuxford | Director of Swimming

2021 – NSW All Schools Swimming Championships, SOPAC (28th May)

All Schools Swimming 2021 Results

Sterling Tuxford (7WH)50 Free 2nd50 Fly 1st100 Free 2nd50 Back 1st   
12 Years (36 Points)27.75 (TGS)29.27 (TGS)1.00.60 (TGS)33.09   
Joshua Jeung (7He)50 Free 1st50 Fly 2nd200 Free 6th50 Breast 3rd100 Free 2nd100 Fly 4th 
13 Years (40 Points)26.2528.342.11.1535.3258.481.03.50 
Ian Kim (7Ar)50 Fly 6th50 Back 4th     
13 Years (8 Points)30.1131.59     
Jaidan Sivapirabu (7Hi)50 Breast 6th 
13 Years (3 Points)36.93      
Grayson Doig (8He)50 Fly 3rd200 IM 1st100 Fly 8th    
14 Years (17 Points)27.622.18.201.05.45    
Jonathan Nam (9St)200 Br 3rd100 Bk 1st50 Br 4th200 Bk 1st100 Br 5th  
14 Years (35 Points)2.41.611.04.8034.022.19.781.15.20  
Hayden Hoang (9Ta)100 Back 1st50 Back 1st200 Back 1st 
15 Years (30 Points)58.5227.16 (A/S)2.08.46 (A/S)    
Gabriel Wilczak (11Ar)200 Free 1st400 Free 1st     
17 Years (20 Points)1.55.434.07.66     
Caleb Dryer (12Sc)1500 Free 1st200 Fly 2nd400 Free 3rd200 Back 7th   
17 Years (26 Points)16.07.42 (A/S)2.06.834.10.452.21.39   
Jason Yeou (12We)200 Breast 4th200 Free 2nd400 Free 4th 
17 Years (18 Points)2.30.691.56.954.11.33    
All Age 6 x 50m Freestyle RelayS.HohneW.RuleJ.WangG.DoigI.KimS.Tuxford2nd
 25.3225.6525.9326.7827.3027.552.38.53
12 – 14 Years 4 x 50m Freestyle RelayG.DoigL.VoI.KimJ.Jeung2nd  
 26.2126.0427.0925.821.45.16  
17 – 19 Years 4 x 50m Freestyle RelayM.RobertsonS.HohneJ.YeouC.Virgo2nd  
 24.7424.6123.3824.371.37.10  
12 – 14 Years 4 x 50m Medley RelayG.DoigJ.NamJ.JeungL.Vo1st  
 30.4333.1128.1925.571.57.30  
15 – 16 Years 4 x 50m Medley RelayH.HoangM.ChenW.RuleJ.Wang2nd 
 28.4033.3627.1924.471.53.42  
17 – 19 Years 4 x 50m Medley RelayC.DryerA.LeeA.WestonS.Hohne3rd  
 28.8231.4526.6524.881.51.80  

Trinity Mock Trial

June 4, 2021

On Monday the 24th of May, the Trinity Mock Trial team, consisting of D. Chuchra, J. Perera, K. Kwok, W. Martin, D. Wang and C. Kong, hosted Tempe High School for Round 3 of the NSW Mock Trial Competition. Coming off the back of the recent victory against St. Maroun’s College, the team was excited and was particularly motivated by the knowledge that a second victory would secure our position in the first knockout round. Nonetheless, the trial was always going to be challenging, given it would be the first civil trial that our team would face.

On the day, our team was tasked with proving on the ‘balance of probabilities’ that the Defendant, Burwood Council, was liable for causing ‘private nuisance’ to the Plaintiff, Tony Fleming, and thus liable for the $12,000 worth of damages caused to their property. Specifically, we had to prove that years of neglect by the Council and their poor installation of a root blocker had allowed the roots of three fig trees owned by the Council to cause structural damage to the Plaintiff’s private residence.
Our case began strongly with Daksh’s expert delivery of the opening address, in which he succinctly set out the relevant law, explained how it applied to our case, and introduced the witnesses that we would be calling to the stand. The first barrister for the Defence gave their opening address in response. Soon after, our first witness, Will, playing the part of Tony Fleming, was sworn in. Daksh and Will then worked together to deliver an almost flawless examination-in-chief, after which the first barrister for the Defence began their cross-examination. Fortunately, the extensive background research conducted by the team on root blockers paid off here, as this allowed Will to take advantage of the broad questions being asked by the Defence and enter valuable information about Tony’s past experience with root blockers into evidence. Following this, the second witness, Dylan, playing the part of Tony’s repairman, Alex Chen, was sworn in, and he too delivered a strong examination-in-chief with the support of second barrister, Josh. Notably, Josh was able to successfully deal with all seven of the opposing barrister’s objections, allowing the entirety of Dylan’s affidavit to be entered into evidence. In the subsequent cross-examination, Dylan was put under pressure by strong questions from the opposing barrister, who tried to guide him into contradicting Tony Fleming’s testimony. Nonetheless, Dylan held strong and gave the Defence no evidence that would be particularly useful for their case, putting us in a strong position going into the second half of the trial.

It was at this time that the first witness for the Defence, someone playing the part of the Mayor of Burwood Council, was sworn in and examined by their first barrister. In this testimony it was revealed that the Defence’s explanation for the damage was that the Plaintiff had damaged the root blocker themselves. However, in cross-examination, Daksh expertly cornered the witness into admitting that they had “no evidence” for this explanation at all, effectively ‘shutting the gate’ on them, as taught by coach Mr Shipp. This strategic questioning on the part of Daksh gave Trinity a huge advantage going into the examination of the fourth and final witness, the chief engineer of Burwood Council. In Josh’s cross-examination of this witness, he too successfully executed the ‘shutting the gate’ strategy, eventually guiding the engineer to admit that “the only evidence [they] have is that [they] didn’t damage the root blocker themselves”, and that the one they did install was only of a “standard” depth, which is unsatisfactory for large fig trees. Josh also peppered this witness with questions about the nature of root blockers to demonstrate their lack of experience with them, eventually forcing the opposing barrister to break character and claim it was beyond the scope of the Mock Trial. Once again, these lines of questioning set up the team well going into the closing arguments.

Bill Pratt | MIC

Volleyball vs St Aloysius’ College

June 4, 2021

Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-15)

This week’s fixture saw the first compulsory game of the season, which the boys were eager to experience. The match began with a constant back and forth between the two sides until Blake Plavsic (12WH) asserted his dominance through the middle with multiple cross court swings. Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) shined like the libero jersey with his debut performance, passing and swinging cleanly. Like his parking, Samuel Vickery (12WJ) stood out particularly with his powerful swinging throughout the match.

The second set gave birth to Martin Wong’s (11Ta) crowd enjoyment, with his powerful hitting sparking life into the team’s energy. Oscar Van Hal (12Mu) furthered this momentum with his multiple ace serves, finding the feet (literally) of the opposition. Edward Feng (12Yo) also performed well with consistent blocking form, preventing the opposition from getting the ball over. The hitting combination of Keagan Tran (11WH) and Steven Yarad (11Mu) was also a force to be reckoned with, as their connection proved fatal for the opposition blockers.

The final set saw many highlights with the boys eager to close out the set. Alex Saba (11WJ) and Josh Munter (10Hi) embodied this with their quality defence and front court supremacy, showing their high potential to reach in the year(s) to come. Joel Matthei (12La) also came back to reveal his hitting prowess from position four proving vital in closing out the set.

Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain

Trinity Defeat St Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-11)

Coming off a tough loss last game against Sydney Boys High, Trinity were looking to bounce back and win the CAS premiership this season. Our first game for the CAS season was against an improved St Aloysius’ side, who gave the team a bit of a scare throughout the game. However, Trinity were able to prevail and eventually win the game.

The first set started off with a ton of energy, from both the bench and those on court. This, along with consistent defensive and offensive efforts from Michael Park (11Yo) allowed Trinity to take an early lead. Unfortunately, some unforced errors from the team eventually brought the score back to a draw. This deadlock was finally broken by Jim O’Brien (12WJ) who went on a large serving streak, creating the momentum that Trinity needed. From here, the team was able to play as we have been the past few weeks, helping us to take the first set.

The second set didn’t start so well, with several unforced errors and missed serves. It was only until David Tsai (11Ho) hit a banger into the other side of the court that Trinity was able to get the ball rolling. Keshav Baldeo (11He) was also able to fix up the team’s defence with his excellent pickups and hustle, keeping the team afloat. Smart decisions and placement of the ball from Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) provided the team with confidence and a lead which Trinity was able to hold on to to win the set.

The final set was where Trinity was able to play our best. Eric Mihas (11La) was able to create the best opportunities for our spikers by deceiving the opposing blockers, and served many aces to give Trinity the early lead. Josh Munter (10Hi) became a cannon in the final set, producing possibly the play of the game where he smashed the ball right through the blockers’ hands right into the middle of the court. This play gave Trinity energy, which also saw Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) produce an equally amazing spike right down the middle of the court. 

Overall, this game was an interesting one, with several good moments and some things we could improve on for the next game. Despite our mistakes, it was still a great start to the CAS season and to our run for the CAS Premiership.

Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain

Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ 2-1 (25-12, 21-25, 25-17) 

This weekend, the 3rds took a win in our hands at home against St Aloysius’. 

We took the first set with some solid serving, Tom Mackie (11La), especially with his flat, spinny serves. We had also incorporated the communication we have been practicing which was shown to really stand out with Tom Geronikos (11Hi) yelling for some balls.

We did lose the second set, but we put in a lot of effort trying to make game-winning scores which were set out by Andy Lee (12Fo) who continuously drove the ball from opposite. At the same time, Matthew De Belle (11Sc) ran some incredible quicks from Jeremy Chia (11Wh) who put it up with ease. 

In the third set we cruised and won from more successful serving this time from Anthony Le (11He) who kept getting no-touch aces on them. We also saw some straight down hits from Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) which bounced so fast, there were no blocks on any of the hits.

We played some very promising volleyball despite dropping a set. 

Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain

Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ 2-1 (25-12, 25-23, 13-15)

Last Saturday the 16As from Trinity faced off with Aloysius in the Indigenous round and came away with a big win 2-1. During this game, there were many highlights and tensions from both sides.

In the first set, and throughout the whole game, Max Lusty (10Sc) had consistently strong serving. This greatly helped Trinity in winning the first two sets. The passing row led by Xavier Hatcher (10Ke) played brilliantly and gave consistent passes to the setter, along with them the Trinitarian outsides stole the show with Gabe Peixerio Simoes (10Sc), Zac Nguyen (10Ta) and Sam Newton (10WJ) hitting crisp balls all over the court. Our middle blocker Shivam Wadhera (10Ke) also hit well through the entire set. 

The second set did not go as well with team morale not as noticeable as in the first set, Trinity just came away with the win with 25-23 through excellent serving and massive hits that sealed the win for Trinity.

The third set came, and Saint Aloysius’ brought new energy to their game for the last set which was equalled by Trinity in the few last points by stunning serves that kept us in the game but even that was not enough to take it home, the set finished 15-13 with Aloysius’ taking the last set. 

In conclusion, it was a great game of volleyball, and many lessons were learnt for the entire team to seal the victory. I am excited to see how far we can go in the CAS competition.

Kyle Tran (10WH) | 16 As Captain

Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ 3-0

This Saturday’s game against Alo’s was an extremely strong game for the 16 Bs. Coming off of last week’s loss, Trinity came back and fought well for the win, showing determination and commitment to the team.

The first set started off really strong from Trinity, with great passing and serving from Jet Lin (9We) and with Liam Sandilant (10Hi) at the net making sure all of Trinity’s sets went in, we were able to take the set extremely comfortably.

The second set was possibly the Bs best set yet, with the whole team really stepping up, deciding that they wanted to confirm this win. Some great serving, passing, and just all-round exception from Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) and Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) allowed us completely run away with the game, not allowing Alo’s any chance of winning, and securing us the game.

The third set allowed the team to have some more fun with the game, trying to get in the dig, set, spike every point and play the game as properly as possible. Evan Tong (10Fo) and Max Lau (9Ar) played extremely good games throughout all three sets, and a special shoutout to Aidan Kouch (9La), who even after missing the first half of the term due to camp, came back confident and showed exceptional passing and teamwork, allowing Trinity to confirm the third set and hence the full game wipe.

This game was definitely Trinity’s best game from the season so far, and hopefully we can continue this CAS season with many more wins, hoping to leave the season as premiership winners.

Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain

Tennis | Round 6 vs St Aloysius’ College

June 4, 2021

In last Saturday’s fixture, Trinity was pitted against St. Aloysius’ College who were at full strength and capacity, proving to be determined and competitive opponents. This week the 1st IV continued to be under-strength missing a player, but the team still put up a courageous fight. The 1st IV were hoping to have a repeat of five weeks ago, winning closely 5-3 in sets. However, it was not to be. The first pairing, Dylan Guler (11WH) and Finn Taylor (9La) started off slowly, losing the first set 6-2. Out for redemption, the pairing came to life and started playing attacking doubles play. Capitalising on this, they went on to win convincingly 6-2 in the second set. The second pairing, James Kim (10Ar) and Angelo Shi (9Sc) played a clinical first set, claiming the win 6-4. But their opponents came back with vengeance in the second set, stepping up their games, resulting in a loss for Trinity, 6-2. At two sets a piece, the fixture came down to the singles, Dylan came out firing, dominating the court with his forehands and backhands blistering down the court faster than my eyes could keep up. He maintained his focus, and came out victorious, 6-4. Finn played some great tennis but was feeling a little flat and his opponent played well, leading to a 6-3 loss to Trinity. James played his game and tried to adjust but was put against a tough opponent, who maintained a high level of consistency and ran to dig every ball up and lost 6-1. Finally, Angelo played in fourth place and played well throughout the day but was undone by his experienced opposition, being defeated 6-1. Overall, although the Trinity lost 5-3 in sets, the fixture was positive as a whole and gave light to some promising talent and improvement in the future for the 1st IV.

The 2nd IV turned up to the Ashbury courts exuding power and confidence. In the doubles, the first pairing Max Knauer (10Ho) and Jayden Higgins (10He) played beautiful tennis and had convincing wins in both sets. For the second pairing, consisting of Sam Kang (9WJ) and Domonic Furfaro (9Ar), both played solid tennis, wiping the opponents off the court 6-3, 6-0. In the singles, all four players booked great wins against their respective opponents. Most notably, Jayden had his first-ever singles win in the 2nds and is to be commended for his effort, as well as his teammates for their strong support throughout the match. Ultimately, the 2nds IV team continued to play strongly and keep their successful run this season, winning the fixture 8-0 in sets.

Max Nguyen | Captain of Tennis

M. Knauer
D. Guler 1st IV

3rd and 4th IVs

The 3rds had suffered a narrow loss to St Aloysius’ College in the first round and were expecting another serious fight. This time, though, their opposition was hampered by the absence of two members of the team. The resulting forfeits made it virtually impossible for Trinity to lose, but our boys still had to prove themselves in the “live” sets: the two doubles matches and the No. 1 singles: Liam Ling (12La) formed yet another combination with Nikhil Kapoor (12Yo), while Daniel Tran (12Ta) teamed up with Nick Papadopoulos (11He). Both teams won convincingly, 6-1 and 6-2 respectively. Liam’s swinging serves and Nadalesque forehands were too good for his opposite number in the No.1 singles match, and so the fixture went to Trinity by the margin of six sets to zero.

The 4ths began as they would have wanted: two handsome doubles wins set the foundation for what appeared to be a straightforward overall victory. Indeed, Callum McLeod (12He), casting off his reputation as a human backboard, struck some beautiful forehand winners to triumph 6-2, while Max Guo (12Ar) utterly crushed his opponent 6-0, unleashing an impressive array of service and groundstroke winners. By way of contrast, Jack Vine (11Mu), looking for his sixth win in a row, was unable to stem a fightback from his opponent and had to be content with having contributed to a nail-biting 6-7 match. I was delighted that his adversary’s mother made a point of speaking to me to commend Jack on his outstanding sportsmanship. Kevin Zhang (11Ho) also had to be content with 2nd place, his unforced errors proving fatal in a contest in which he was not really outclassed, but rather just out-steadied.

The last word to both teams is: congratulations! You are all a credit to your School.

Ashley Lucas | Coach

10As and 10Bs

The 10As started off strong in their doubles, both matches ending with very close score lines of 4-6 and 5-7. The boys played very well, but unfortunately easy mistakes up and around the net cost the boys valuable points. The singles were a different story for Alex Gavrilovic (10Yo), Beier Chen (10Yo) and Mark Charas (10Ho), with all the boys going down quite convincingly. The St Aloysius’ boys were that little bit more consistent in rallies which proved to be the biggest downfall for our boys. Andrew Yang (10Hi) couldn’t hold onto his lead in his singles match; breaking two different racquet strings probably didn’t help the situation. Andrew did the best he could with tools he wasn’t used to, and he went down in a tie break.

In what looked like was going to be an even contest, the doubles started off quite close and evenly matched. Alexander Jacob (10Fo) and Oliver Highett Smith (10Hi) played very well together, going down 4-6 but showing off some amazing shots. Oscar Shen (10Yo) started off really strong in his singles flying off to a 5-1 lead, playing like he couldn’t be stopped but unfortunately changed his game at the most vital point in the game which cost him the set. A big well done goes to Jack Burge (10He) playing a super set of singles, hitting winners and playing out rallies with consistency and control he won the set 6-1.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

10Cs and 10Ds

It was a satisfying win for the 10Cs taking the day out five sets to one. Jackson Dumesich (10WJ) and Will Bryan (10Du) won their first doubles together for the season, the boys playing some really good tennis and winning the set 6-4. Will continued this fine form into his singles, also getting up 6-4. Lachlan Chung’s (10Ho) opponent did not stand a chance against this big hitter, and Lachlan won his set 6-0 with ease. Ty Garaci (10Ho) got off to a good start in his singles. Ty was leading 4-2 then let his opponent get back into the game, but he played well enough to win the set 7-5. Lachlan and Ty were almost ready to shake hands at the end of their doubles but once again allowed their opponents to get back into the game. Finishing off sets when ahead was a bit of a downfall for these boys over the weekend, but luckily some great shots in the tie break allowed the boys to get another win under their belts.

The score line for the 10Ds could have potentially been closer but due to an absent team member the boys went down one set to five. Ashvin Peter (10Ho) played well again, Ashvin has a really nice style of hitting but unfortunately hasn’t got that killer instinct to hit winners. Mark Gadalla (10Fo) played one of his best matches of the season. Mark went down 3-6 but is playing a lot more consistently and keeping himself in points for longer. Jonathon Liu (10) played a spectacular singles match, winning his set 7-5. Jonathon showed off some beautiful winners and consistent rallies which won him his match.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

9As and 9Bs

The 9As had a convincing win against St Aloysius’, backing up their solid performance last week. James Chan (9Ar) and Lawrence Hoe (9Yo) had a close affair in the doubles but managed to hold their nerve, closing out the match 6-4. Kavi Suri (9Yo) and Tom North (9Hi) also had a very tight match and looked like getting over the line, but despite some brilliant rallies, the pair unfortunately went down 5-7. In the singles, James continued his fine form, using his forehand to great effect as he dismantled his opponent 6-2. Lawrence also had a comfortable 6-1 win in his singles, his power proving too much for the Alo’s player. Kavi played out a thriller, showing great composure throughout the match. Unfortunately, he fell just short in the deciding tiebreak, going down 6-7. Tom, on the other hand, had no trouble in singles match, winning 6-2 in a dominant display.

The 9Bs also had a great day, winning five out of the six matches played. Beau Moller (9Yo) and Matthew Zeederberg (9Ho) made a fast start in their doubles, going up a break early. However, they had to fend off an Alo’s comeback and did well to win their doubles 6-3. Matthew Vickery (9WJ) and Charlie Scott-Shires (9Mu) had no such trouble in their doubles match, blowing their opponents away in a devastating 6-0 win. Not resting on their laurels, both Matt and Charlie posted 6-0 wins in their respective matches, proving too strong for their opposition. Beau had a nail-biting match. Up 5-3 and serving for the match, Beau’s opponent then produced a miraculous comeback to be ahead 6-5 himself. Keeping perfect composure, Beau then fought back to take the match to a tiebreak in which he was able to get up 6-3. Remarkably, the Aloysius’ player saved three match points in a row and got into a position to win the game. Now it was Beau’s turn to showcase the ice in his veins, hitting a brilliant lob over his opponent to save match point and ultimately going on to win 11-9 in an enthralling tiebreak.

Ritvik Dinesh | Coach

8As and 8Bs

The 8As played well this weekend in this round against St. Aloysius’, winning five sets to one. Nathan Tsang (8Du) and Christopher Lowe (8Ho) played well in their doubles game together. They were both hitting well but just need to try to communicate a bit more during points. Nathan was playing well during his doubles; he had some very strong serves that his opponents were struggling to return. He was hitting the ball well and consistently during his doubles but during the singles he would at times hit the ball very hard with not enough control and topspin. Otherwise, he was playing very well. He just needs to try to focus on placement at times instead of pace. Christopher was playing well over the weekend; his serves were consistent, and he was hitting some great groundstrokes and volley winners. Maxi Tsai (8Fo) and James Davies (8St) played well during their doubles match; the boys had good communication and were a good doubles pair this weekend. Maxi was playing very well this round. His serves and groundstrokes were very consistent as he kept the ball in play and hit many winners. He played very well in both his doubles and singles, winning both. The same goes for James this round. This is the first round where he has won all his matches. He played very well this round and it has been his best weekend thus far. He was consistent with his serves and his groundstrokes, playing well at the net and hitting some great winning volleys.

The 8Bs had a tough round against St. Aloysius’ over the weekend, losing six sets to nil. Matteo Larrota (8Sc) and Mitchell Bowden (8La) were playing well on the weekend. Mitchell was hitting some good and consistent serves and was also playing well at the net. He just needs to try to improve upon his groundstroke technique, and try increasing the amount of topspin and pace he puts on the ball. Matteo tried his best this past weekend. As usual, he was quick on his feet and was quick to the ball. However, he needs to improve upon his groundstroke technique and form so that his groundstrokes can be a bit more consistent. Travis Ng (8WJ) and Christian Laurens (8La), both tried hard this weekend against St. Aloysius’. Christian’s groundstrokes and serves this weekend were good at times and had great pace and placement. He just needs to try to improve upon the consistency of his groundstrokes by concentrating on the technique and form. Travis also tried his best on the weekend. As usual, his serves were good and they were consistent, but his groundstrokes need to be more consistent. He needs to try adding more topspin to his groundstrokes which will improve consistency and will help to keep the ball in play longer.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

8Cs and 8Ds

The 8Cs boys tried their hardest to get the win over the weekend, but they unfortunately lost four sets to two. Grayson Doig (8He) and Leopold Vo (8WH) played well again together over the weekend, but they unfortunately did not get the win for their doubles. Although the boys lost, they still had good communication and teamwork during their doubles game. Grayson was playing well over the weekend but seemed to be struggling slightly during his singles match. During his matches he was hitting well at times and his serves were consistent. He will just need to try to improve upon his form so that he can be a bit more consistent when playing at the baseline. Leopold was playing very well over the weekend and won his singles match and came close in the doubles. As usual, his serves were devastatingly strong with his opponents struggling to return them, and he hit many aces over the weekend. Elliot Russell (8Fo) and Ravin Chowdhury (8Fo) tried hard on the weekend but they seemed to struggle during the doubles as they weren’t communicating clearly enough at times. Elliot’s serves and groundstrokes were consistent, but he still needs to work on his form and increasing the pace he puts on the ball. He also needs to try playing a bit more comfortably at the net, as he doesn’t seem to put the ball away given the opportunity. Ravin was trying hard to play well and get the win on the weekend but it was tough. His groundstrokes and volleys were consistent at times. However, he needs to try moving more around the court and improve upon his footwork. He also needs to work on improving his technique when serving, as his current form results in many double faults and very easy returns for the opponent.

The 8Ds played well over the weekend, winning this round against St Aloysius’ five sets to one. James Cicuta (8He) and Gabe Stavropoulos (8WH) played well in both their singles and doubles games. Gabe and James were communicating well during their doubles matches and they both played well during their individual singles matches. James played well winning all his matches this weekend; his serves were consistent, and he was quick on his feet. He was able to get to the ball fast and kept the ball in play. Gabe also played very well. His serves were consistent, and he was hitting some very strong volleys which resulted in some occasional winners. Benny Chen (8Du) played very well in his singles match over the weekend against St Aloysius’. He won without dropping a single game, winning 6-0. He had great placement and good footwork when hitting groundstrokes.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

7As and 7Bs

The 7As had an underwhelming day against St Aloysius’, losing two sets to four (23 – 31). Khang Nguyen (7WH) and Noah Figliuzzi (9Fo), started off their doubles match very distracted on court, and were unable to play at their best. This enabled their opponents to grab the early lead and pull away with a win. Both Noah and Khang need to focus more during doubles and prevent further performances like today. Khang was able to regain his composure and pull away and grab a 6 – 4 win. Noah was not so fortunate, as a plethora of unforced errors and lack of mental composure forced him into a tough position, resulting in a 2 – 6 loss. Alejandro Molina (7Ke) and Hugo Newman (9WJ) fell behind in their doubles early in the set, and the lack of energy on court resulted in a loss. Alejandro played well in his singles and was unlucky to go down 4 – 6 as he was mounting his comeback. Hugo played superbly, winning his match 6 – 3 convincingly.

The 7Bs won equal sets with Aloysius’, but were extremely unlucky as they fell short by a single game to draw. Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) and Jared Arnold (7Ar) played a very close game of doubles, and given the tough conditions, were able to win 7 – 1 in the final tiebreak. In singles, Ishaan was unlucky on the day, as the lack of confidence to attack the ball resulted in many missed opportunities. This resulted in a close loss. Similarly, Jared was also unable to attack the ball consistently, which allowed his opponent to force errors from Jared, resulting in a loss. Ujwal Yadem (9Fo) and CJ Nguyen (9Yo) were too strong for the St Aloysius’ side, winning 6 – 1 very convincingly. Ujwal was able to attack the ball well and maintain consistency in his singles, allowing him to win 6 – 2. CJ was unlucky on the day, going down 3 – 6. However, despite the loss, CJ should look for the positives in his game to replicate next week, as well as examining the weaknesses in his game to further improve upon.

Edward Lai | Coach

7Cs and 7Ds

This week, the Cs and Ds performed much better against the St Aloysius’ side compared with last week. The Cs, having all players, were able to outgun the Aloysius’ side, winning a convincing six sets to nil, with a game score of (45 – 25). Similarly, the Ds played significantly well, taking the win five sets to one, with a game score of (30 – 14). In the Cs, Daniel Villate-Gallagher (7Ke) and Alexander Ren (7St) played a close game of doubles, trading winners and unforced errors. They were able to win 7 – 5, as they were able to maintain their composure. Alexander Kountouris (7Mu) and Gregory Kariatlis (7La) also played a very close game of doubles. There was a multitude of deuce games through which Alex and Gregory were able to pull through, helping them grab a 7 – 5 win. In singles, Daniel played much better this week, pursuing every ball and pushing his opponent around the court. He was able to find the winning edge and take the win 7 – 5. Alexander played very well this week, winning 6 – 2 convincingly. His consistent serves and solid groundstrokes helped him power through. Alex played his closest match in the season thus far, trading every consecutive game. He was able to keep his mental composure and win 10 – 8 in the final tiebreak. His performance was very impressive. Gregory also played a super match, winning 6 – 2 convincingly with his powerful serves.

In the Ds, Jonathan Che (7La) and Aakash Viswanathan (7Ta) were not able to play a doubles match due to Aloysius’ missing a player. Alexander Hales (7Ar) and Joshua Jeung (7He), continue their winning streak, further demonstrating their chemistry and, much like last week, were able to win 6 – 3. In singles, Jonathan played a close match, where despite the windy conditions was able to consistently hit strong groundstrokes, helping him win 6 – 4. Alexander played a tough match and was unable to push his opponent out of position. He demonstrated great effort, but was unable to come away with a win. Joshua demonstrated his abilities once again, winning 6 – 1. His groundstroke consistency has visibly improved and if he wishes to further improve his abilities, will need to continue working on technique during training.

This week was a great redemption win against St Aloysius’, having lost last week. All players performed very well today and should aim to recreate their achievements for future matches in the future.

Edward Lai | Coach

Football vs St Aloysius’

June 4, 2021

Week 7, Term II, 2021

A beautiful sunrise before 1st to 3rd XI training on TGS 3

Excitement was in the air last Saturday as all sports connected to play St Aloysius’ in a round of CAS sport. Excitement was also created through this being our second round in the draw the 1st XI playing at home in their first compulsory crowd since 2019. Thank you to the crowd for their attendance and enthusiasm in their support of the game.

Representative News

Well done to Opens players Sebastian Boffa (12Yo), Fenn Hodgson-Yu (12WJ), James Khoury (12We), Jordan Mikhael (12Ke) and U16s players Jacob Christou (10St) and Liam Rippon (10La) who represented CAS at the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Championships at Football NSW on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The Opens CAS team won the tournament and the U16s finished second. Jordan Mikhael was selected on standby for CIS Opens Squad while Liam Rippon was selected in the U16 CIS team to compete at the NSW All Schools tournament next week.

Development

Due to camp, sickness, injury and or approved leave, there have been a number of boys across Years 8 and 9 that have stepped up to play a higher team in recent weeks and it has been uplifting to see these students embrace the opportunity presented and respond to a higher speed of game and the need to have closer control of the ball.

There have been opportunities for Years 7 to 12 students to Referee primary games and or Coach at the Years 4 to 6 Tuesday morning training sessions in recent weeks also. It is great to see students being challenged with new scenarios and seeing what life is like when leading a group to achieve an objective or officiating a game. By taking up these opportunities, students experience growth, and these skills are invaluable for their time during and after School.

1st XI

The 1st XI’s sixth game for the 2021 CAS Campaign was played against St Aloysius’ College at the home of Trinity football, No. 3 Oval. The boys in green were looking for a convincing win to satisfy the home crowd of 200 boys from Years 7 to 11. Prior to kick off, there was a ceremony for National Reconciliation Week whereby Alex Donovan (11Mu) gave the acknowledgement of land. Soon after, the game kicked off and Trinity were on the front foot from the start. With four shots in the first ten minutes, it seemed like the green machine were a high chance to score soon. Unfortunately, events went the other way and St Aloysius’ opened the scoring 1-0 after a defensive error from Trinity. Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) made sure that this didn’t deteriorate the boys’ spirit and Trinity looked to get back on the front foot as soon as possible. With convincing attacking sequences led by Jordan Mikhael (12Ke) and Thomas Stobierski (12WJ) throughout the first half, it seemed like it wouldn’t be long before Trinity would score. Unfortunately, that dream didn’t turn into reality and the boys went into the sheds at half time trailing 0-1. This misfortune continued into the second half as Sebastien Portolesi (11Ar) hit the post on multiple occasions. As the game progressed, the Trinity players discovered that it’s not easy to score when the opposition place 11 men behind the ball. The final whistle blew, and the scoreboard read 1-0 to Saint Aloysius’. Credit to the Trinity men as they continued to attack fiercely until the final second.

Adam Pascale (12Ke)

2nd XI

On Saturday 29 May, the Trinity 2nd XI Football team faced St Aloysius’ College in a grueling match that ended in a 0-2 loss. A goal by St Aloysius’ in the second minute put Trinity on the back foot early into the match. Coming off of a 3-0 victory previously in the season, we entered the game with confidence. However, the opposition had improved considerably since our last match, utilising the counterattack to their advantage. Even though the match resulted in a loss, a strong performance by the back line allowed us to remain competitive, with Ben Robinson (11Yo) making several crucial tackles in defence. Towards the end of the match, a critical substitution led to the team pulling together and taking numerous shots on the opposition’s goal. Despite best efforts by Laud Codjoe (12Ta) dribbling up the pitch from midfield and playing decisive attacking passes, Trinity was unable to convert, following another unfortunate goal by St Aloysius’, making the score 2-0. While a difficult match, Trinity nonetheless displayed dominance throughout most of the game, playing high into the opposition’s half.

Ricardo Delgado (12St)

3rd XI

The team had most of the possession and were able to bring the ball up to the goals but failed to take shots. St Aloysius’ had 2 clear opportunities and converted both. On a day where the wind dominated, our passing was not accurate enough. A lack of physicality and a missed penalty all meant that this game had slipped away. Our defence including Will Martin (12WH), Thomas Guirgis (11Ar), Joshua Marcos (11Fo) and Owen Peck(12Fo) worked hard all throughout the game.

Mr. J. Vaccarella | Coach

4th XI

This game was another example of the tenacity of this team. The 4th XI were 1-0 up through a fine header by Antony Zafiropoulos (12Yo) before the opposition scored. Lachlan Stubbs (11Ho) had another outstanding game in the midfield as did Jack Barter (11St) and Marco Nagode (11WJ) as our central defenders. Every player gave 100% and we were unlucky not to win the game as we were able to maintain possession for five or six consecutive passes.

Mr. J. Vaccarella | Coach

5th XI

After going down to St Aloysius’ in the first round 5-1, the 5ths were eager to show what they were capable of in the sixth round. After dominating the play and procession in the first half, Trinity conceded from a corner to make it 0-1 going into the break. Strong attack led by James Henderson (11We) and Brandon Wong (11Hi) saw continued pressure to be placed on the opposition keeper, but they could not find the back of the net. Continual attack left the Trinity back line exposed, but a man of the match performance from Oliver Moffatt (11WH) kept them at bay. An unfortunate error from Trinity gifted the opposition a second goal, only to see James Henderson (11We) respond by scoring minutes later. The final score ended at 1-2 with Trinity close not to come away with points.

Mr. C. Patrick | Coach

6th XI

After not winning a game in round one, the team was fired up for a win. At halftime, the game remained scoreless. However, about ten minutes into the second half saw vice-captain Chris Esposito (12Ke) put the ball into the goal after a wonderful cross kick. With about ten minutes to go, Liam Filby (12Yo) scored a magnificent goal. St Aloysius’ continued to fight hard. However, our defence led by Nick Kaleel (12Mu) held back a number of raids into our goal area.

Mr. P. Stenhouse | Coach

7th XI

The Open 7th Football team met CAS Round 6 with a 4-2 loss, against St Aloysius’ College at Flockhart Park. The midfield worked well to protect our backs whilst feeding the strikers with many members showing greater control and skill development. The team’s goals were scored by Daniel Seo (11Du) and Curtis Siolas (11La). Well done to the team, who played hard on this crisp morning, and we are looking forward to this coming Saturday against Knox.

David Davies | Coach

CAS Round 6 vs St Aloysius’ College – Trinity Football Team Of The Week

Christian Pulley
(ii) – 10B
 Max Tyson
(i) – 7G
 Evan Du
(i) – 7H
 Taj Wardle
(i) – 8A
 Antony Zafiropoulos
(iii) – 4th XI
 
  Freddie Clunas
(i) – 9A
  
Owen Peck
(i) – 3rd XI
Marco Nagode
(i) – 4th XI
 Nicholas Kaleel
(vii) – 6th XI
Jacob Pham
(ii) – 8C
  Blake Whitaker
(vii) – 9E
  

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 St Aloysius’ College Round 6 – 1st XI

Type of GameOppositionTeamTrinity ScoreOpposition ScoreResult
CAS Round 6St Aloysius7A02Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius7B00Draw
CAS Round 6St Aloysius7C22Draw
CAS Round 6St Aloysius7D70Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius7E110Win
CAS Round 6Other7F13Loss
CAS Round 6Knox7G40Win
CAS Round 6Other7H30Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius8A21Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius8B22Draw
CAS Round 6St Aloysius8C00Draw
CAS Round 6St Aloysius8D32Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius8E20Win
CAS Round 6Other8F010Loss
CAS Round 6Other8G04Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius9A15Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius9B10Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius9C23Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius9D02Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius9E20Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius10A02Loss
CAS Round 6St Aloysius10B50Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius10C40Win
CAS Round 6St Aloysius10D15Loss
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 1st XI01Loss
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 2nd XI02Loss
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 3rd XI02Loss
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 4th XI11Draw
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 5th XI12Loss
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 6th XI20Win
CAS Round 6St AloysiusOpens 7th XI24Loss

Trinity AFL

June 4, 2021

CAS Round 6 | Saturday, 29 May 2021

A. Royal kicks out of a pack
Coach Murphy provides direction at the break

Trinity AFL was again split this weekend, with the 1sts taking on St Ignatius (Riverview) in overcast and windy conditions, while the 7/8 As and Bs made the longest road trip in CAS to face Barker at Rofe Park. The 1sts unfortunately had a hard-fought loss, not being able to capitalise on the strong wind blowing to one end of the ground. Results were more favourable in the 7/8s with both As and Bs securing strong wins against good opposition away from home, while the 9/10s had a bye. Next round will see all sides playing Riverview, with the exception of the 1sts, who will take on Shore for the first time this season.

Team of the Week: Round 6

Some excellent goal kicking and defensive performances from several players sees a well spread team of the week.

FBLachlan Wolfe (11St)Liam Conlan (8La)Benjamin Gallo (7He)
    
HBLiam Wingrave (10Ar)Harry Clegg (8Du)Peter Roser (12Ke)
    
CNicholas Adland (10Ke)Angus Royal (8Ar)Rowan O’Connor (10Mu)
    
HFBen Orr (11Ho)Nicholas Enno (12Hi)Noah Ming (8Yo)
    
FFChristian Izzillo (7Mu)Christian Galettis (7WH)Levi Gray (8Ho)
    
RRMatthew Robertson (12Du)Josh O’Connell (8Ar)Toby Chan (8Fo)

Round 6 Leading Goalkicker Ladder – All Ages

A six-goal haul from Levi Gray on the weekend has seen him move into equal first, with several strong performances from the 7/8s squad.

GoalsName
6Lachlan Ellis
6Levi Gray
5Mikias Williams
4Brodie Fortescue
4James Moore
3Brooklyn Virgo
3Noah Ming
3Nicholas Magoulas

1ST XVIII Match Report – Round 6, 2021

Trinity 1st XVIII were confronted by overcast skies and a strong wind blowing straight down the ground, which would prove to be a major factor in the contest against St Ignatius (Riverview).  

Trinity won the coin toss and elected to go with the wind to start the game. The first quarter saw Riverview go forward and remain camped in our offensive 50 for large passages of play, as both teams looked to adjust to the conditions. Finally, the young men of Trinity started to get the ball long into our forward line which saw Nicholas M (12Sc) capitalise on some good midfield work to snap truly and get the first goal of the game as he was mobbed by cheering teammates. He was joined on the scoresheet by Oscar B-J (12Hi), whose excellent midfield work and hard tackling was rewarded with a set-shot goal from the tightest of angles, to see Trinity take a two-goal lead into the first break.

The second quarter saw Trinity against the wind, and while they managed to keep Riverview at bay for the majority of the quarter, several late goals and costly free kicks due to ill-discipline saw Trinity fall behind at half time. Matthew R (12Du) was again strong in the ruck, setting up well behind the ball to take several key marks to nullify the Riverview attack. He was well supported by our young wingers in Nicholas A (10Ke) and Rowan O’C (10Mu), who used their speed and outside run to constantly provide a link into attack, using their sublime foot skills to make kicking into a strong headwind look easy.  

Trinity had the wind for the second time in the third quarter, as Ben O (11Ho) hustled and bustled his way into the forward line to mark and kick truly, as Trinity began to mount a comeback. Lucas B (10La) ducked and weaved off a forward line ruck stoppage to kick the goal of the game, as he snapped truly from a congested pack to keep the comeback alive, capping off an excellent all-round performance from Trinity’s youngest on-baller. Nicholas E (12Hi) finished off a great quarter for Trinity, with a goal with the wind from a tight angle to reward his attack on the ball and defensive running from the midfield.

Peter R (12Ke) was exceptional in defence, regularly cutting off Riverview kicks, while making the opposition pay with his accurate kicking skills out of defence to set up goals to open teammates. Sam D (11Hi) was sent as the loose man in defence when Trinity were against the wind and performed admirably, taking several key intercept marks and performing well under immense pressure.

Unfortunately, the game was decided by a lapse in concentration in the second quarter, but the men of Trinity are aware that small changes to their tackling technique and game awareness will greatly improve our competitiveness, and that a full four quarter is just around the corner.

Special mention to Mr. Adland and Oliver O (9Ho), who volunteered to fill the roles of boundary and goal umpire respectively, given the unfortunate absence of our usual parent volunteers in Mr. Weston and Mr. Darling, with both doing an excellent job in windy and cold conditions.

Score: Riverview 8.12.60 def Trinity 5.5.35

Goals: O. Ballantine-Jones, L. Blythe, N. Magoulas, N. Enno, B. Orr

Bests: B. Orr, L. Blythe, P. Roser, O. Ballantine-Jones, N. Adland

Sam Jackson | 1st XVIII Coach

9/10 As

Trinity had a scheduled bye last weekend and will take on St Ignatius (Riverview) this coming weekend.

7/8 As

The 7/8 As had an excellent win last weekend against Barker, with the repeat midfield efforts and ball winning ability of Josh O’C (8Ar), Angus R (8Ar) and Matthew M (7WJ) providing multiple forward entries which allowed Levi G (8Ho) to capitalise and kick six goals, while Noah M (8Yo) also managed to kick multiple goals to put the result beyond doubt. The challenge will be for this team to back up this solid performance against AFL powerhouse Riverview this coming weekend, in what looks to be an excellent match up on paper.

7/8 Bs

The 7/8 Bs continued their winning ways with a strong result against Barker. Toby C (8We), and Christian I (7Mu) won numerous hard ball contests in the middle of the ground, while Christian G (8Fo) worked hard all day in the ruck to make repeated contests around the ground. Any time the ball did go into the backline it was immediately mopped up by Benjamin G (7He), who worked with the rest of the backline to keep Barker goalless for the day. An excellent overall team performance, with the Bs eager to take on Riverview next weekend in what should be a genuine test of the side’s structures and ability to work as a collective unit.

Sam Jackson | MIC AFL

Rugby vs St. Aloysius’ College

June 4, 2021

Results | Saturday, 29 May 2021

H. Hannaford

Trinity experienced a very successful outing in the 1st round of CAS fixtures, winning eight of our 11 matches against St. Aloysius’. In our 2 ‘unmatched’ fixtures our 14As secured victory over St. Pius X, and our 4th XV came up short against Scots. Our games against Knox this weekend will serve as the final round of fixtures for the term and to mark the occasion we will have our Old Boys’ day coinciding with our Junior School 1st XV playing on TGS 1 prior to the 2nd XV fixture. All of this, coupled with a ‘compulsory’ day for students, means that there will be no better place to be this Saturday than cheering on the Green and White.

1st XV22 – 515C38 – 7
2nd XV12 – 1314A59 – 7   
3rd XV22 – 1214B26 – 17  
4th XV19 – 3114C61 – 38  
16A7 – 1413A53 – 0
16BBYE  13BBYE  
15A65 – 0   13C5 – 32  
15B20 – 15  

Team of the Week

A successful Saturday makes my Sunday morning ‘Team of the week’ selection a very pleasant headache to have. Austin Daher (8Ke) continues to lead the 14Cs every week, Zachariah Alshehabi (9Du) is scoring points for fun in the 15Cs, William Rule (11Ar) was all over the park for the 3rd XV, and Jozef Cluff (7Ar) continues to set the standard for the 13As. All those very impressive efforts were unable to break into this week’s team. The team is:

  1. Oliver Hanania (9WH) – 15C
  2. Bertie Alcock (12WH) – 1st XV
  3. Jake Matthews (8Ke) – 14B
  4. Alex Runciman (10Yo) – 15B
  5. Dimitri Armenis (8He) – 14A
  6. Josh Jenkins (10La) – 16A
  7. Kai Roberts (12La) – 1st XV
  8. James Petrakis (12Hi) – 4th XV
  9. Michael Lindsey (12Ke) – 2nd XV
  10. Patty Thomson (8Sc) – 14A
  11. Ben Warrilow (8Yo) – 14C
  12. Sterling Tuxford (7WH) – 13A
  13. AJ Laing (7Ar) – 13C
  14. Nat Pearson (12Sc) – 3rd XV
  15. Malik Amine (10Yo) – 15A

Leading Try Scorers & Point Scorers

After seven weeks we are starting to see some of young men pull away from the chasing pack. Zachariah Alshehabi (9Du) had an enjoyable day out with his 28-point haul (four tries and four conversions) seeing him take the leading scorer crown from Ashton Frazer (9Mu) who had a pretty good day himself, collecting 20 points (two tries and five conversions).

Max Meagher’s (9Hi) two-try performance saw him pull further away from Christian Henriques (9He) and Mitchell Chen (10Ar). However, Zachariah has rocketed up the try-scorers’ list to be just one behind Max.

 Try Scorers Point Scorers
13Max Meagher 9Hi88Zachariah Alshehabi 9Du
12Zachariah Alshehabi 9Du84Ashton Frazer 9Mu
11Mitchell Chen 10Ar Christian Henriques 9He65Max Meagher 9Hi
10Jozeff Cluff 7Ar55Mitchell Chen 10Ar Christian Henriques 9He
9Sam Niulala 10St Theo Kidd 12WJ54Jozeff Cluff 7Ar
8Austin Daher 8Ke47Hunter Hannaford 12Du

Friends of Rugby

The Friends of Rugby will be running the BBQ again this Saturday, and the long lines of eager customers are a testament to the quality of the food being provided. The TGS Friends of Rugby Facebook page is a great source of information for all things Trinity rugby and if you are interested in being involved in any capacity then please join their Facebook page via this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/677993915679512

Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

1st XV Match Report

1st XV

After being undefeated through the 6-game trial period, the 1st XV was primed to hit the ground running in our 1st CAS fixture of the season. Unfortunately, we started in the exact opposite manner, forcing offloads, missing tackles, having kicks charged down and generally providing St. Aloysius’ with multiple pressure-relieving mistakes.

Fortunately, eventual Man of the Match Kai Roberts (12La) brought his ‘A’ game, and he made a nuisance of himself at the breakdown saving Trinity on multiple occasions. This enabled Hunter Hannaford (12Du) to play himself into the game and when he threw a smart cut-out pass to Theo Kidd (12WJ), everyone in attendance knew what would happen next. Theo got outside the St. Aloysius’ defence before beating the fullback to cross for the opening points of the day.

The remainder of the half was a stop-start battle, with neither side able to assert control. Despite heading into a strong breeze, Trinity would go into the half-time break up 5-0.

The half-time break proved to be the remedy for our inaccuracy at set-piece, with a perfectly executed scrum move allowing Olly White (12Fo) to break through the line and throw a lovely 20-metre ball for Theo to score his second of the afternoon. By this point Hunter had taken control of the game and his outstanding kicking game, along with a stiff breeze, pinned St. Aloysius’ deep in their own half. Eventually the significant territory and possession enjoyed by Trinity took its toll with an Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc) quick tap allowing Hunter to dive over for his first try of the season.

St. Aloysius’ replied with a quick try of their own and were camped deep in the Trinity half looking for another. Thankfully, the men in green and white were able to withstand the repeated phases of attack before forcing a turnover and launching an attacking raid of their own. Olly White kicked through the loose ball and as he waited for a friendly bounce, a fortunate ricochet of his knee allowed Kian Edmed (12Fo) to pounce and score underneath the black dot, right in front of the parochial Trinity crowd.

This week’s challenge looms large as Knox make the journey down the Pacific Highway to test the mettle of our young men.

Final Score: Trinity 22 defeated St. Aloysius’ 5

Tries: Theo Kidd (2), Hunter Hannaford (1) and Kian Edmed (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (1)

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

D. Feros

2nd XV Match Report

Following a strong win out at Shore the previous weekend, the 2nd XV was confident of putting together back-to-back dominant performances coming into Round 1 of the CAS competition against St Aloysius’.

The match started strongly for the men in green, playing the ball in the opposition half and holding possession which saw Jake Varone (11He) cross for a well worked try in the 6th minute. Michael Lindsey (12Ke) converted to take our early lead to 7 points. Despite continuing to dominate both scrums and lineout, we were not able to crack through for a second score in the half, while St Aloysius’ took advantage of the opportunities they were given to score a 5-pointer before half time.

We started the second half in the same fashion as the first, lifting the intensity and playing the ball at the right end of the field and dominating the contact area. Sam Hohne (12Ke) and Michael Lindsey controlled play well around the ruck, while Jude Robinson was very strong in contact. Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) was rewarded with a try two minutes after the re-start and we again looked like taking control of the afternoon. Unfortunately, it was a frustrating tussle from that point on, with the game seemingly held in limbo out of reach of both teams. An unfortunate penalty one minute before full time saw St Aloysius’ kick their way to victory, 13 points to 12.

A desperately disappointing afternoon, given the energy that went into the game, but that is sport. The boys will learn from the experience, come out better for it, and look to re-energise for the Knox round this coming weekend.

Final Score: Trinity 12 defeated by St. Aloysius’ 13

Tries: Jake Varone (1) and Jon-Luc Shalala (1)

Conversions: Michael Lindsey (1)

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

3rd XV Match Report

Hard work and commitment throughout the 2021 pre-season built a positive team atmosphere for the 3rd XV leading into the first round of the CAS competition against St Aloysius’ College. The boys could not have asked for a better start to the season with a home ground fixture and near full-strength outfit with the return of some familiar faces and boys back from injury.

Straight from kick-off, the forwards asserted their ruck dominance by stealing the ball and laying the groundwork for Sam Wade (12Ke) to score untouched to take an early 5-0 lead. Despite the windy conditions, the 3rd XV maintained great field position to contain Aloysius’ in their half. This resulted in Owen Hoffman (12WH) seizing an opportunity to put Arion Valiotis (12Hi) in for a try out wide through a slick backline play. The boys headed into half time up 10-0, although the score line should have been greater if it wasn’t for some questionable attacking choices.

The start of the second half saw both teams locked in a hotly contested struggle with the Green Machine keen to widen their lead and Aloysius’ desperate to get back into the game. A break came when Nat Pearson (12Sc) monstered through the bulk of Aloysius’ defence scoring a spectacular 70-metre solo try. Vangeli Tsintominas (12Sc), who has been diligently practising his boot during training, stepped up to sweeten the deal with a successful strike right through the sticks to take Trinity to 17-0.

St Aloysius’ capitalised on the substitution of a few keys players and caught a lapse in the defensive line to score their first try of the game. Trinity rallied the troops with Alex Donavan (11Mu) spearheading the attack with forward muscle Ari Nikolakopoulos (11Yo) and Tom Jenkins (11Fo) to once again punch through the opponent’s defensive line to score in front of the home crowd. A late consolation try flattered the score line for St Aloysius’ but the coaches were very proud of the 3rd XV to come away with convincing 22-12 victory.

Final Score: Trinity 22 defeated St. Aloysius’ 12

Tries: Sam Wade (1), Arion Valiotis (1), Nat Pearson (1) and Alex Donavan (1)

Conversions: Vangeli Tsintominas (1)

Mr. Zhang and Mr. Finch | 3rd XV Coaches

4th XV Match Report

The 4th XV have demonstrated perseverance and positivity throughout the preseason as they, in some cases, learned the basics of rugby, and for others reignited their joy of playing. Coming off the most positive week of training yet, the boys were extremely excited to go up against the Scots 9th XV with a full and strong team.

The boys were a strong presence as they took the field and the first try to Jamie Pritchard-Davies (12Ar) was typical of the strength and grit he has demonstrated throughout the preseason. Thomas Seeto (12Ta) put his years of football experience to good use, sinking the first conversion. Unfortunately, Scots found their feet and had a convincing come back, scoring four unanswered tries in a row.

After half-time the boys took the field with enthusiasm, demonstrating exceptional character and sportsmanship. Their hard work was rewarded with a try to James Petrakis (12Hi), the newest Rugby convert in the team, who played throughout the game with exceptional fitness and physicality; he was a force to be reckoned with! Scots responded with another easy try, testing our fitness and ability to push through to the final buzzer. Finally, Ian Hong (12We) clawed across the line scoring a hard-fought try in front of the home crowd and surfacing with a dramatic bloody nose. Another beautiful conversion to Thomas Seeto cemented the final score of 31-19 to Scots College.

It was our closest game yet and demonstrated exceptional grit and overall good vibes, which have become characteristic of the squad. It was an effort to be proud of and a great start to the season.

Final Score: Trinty 19 defeated by Scots 9th XV 31

Tries: James Petrakis (1), Jamie Pritchard-Davies (1) and Ian Hong (1)

Conversions: Thomas Seeto (2)

Dr. O’Brien and Mr. Seeto | 4th XV Coaches

Age Group In Focus | Under 14s

14A

The 14As started with great enthusiasm against a tenacious St Aloysius’ side but poor handling let them down in the opening 15 minutes of the match. After a period, a sustained pressure meant Luke Niulala (8St) managed to sneak over for the first try. From there it was a Dimitri Armenis (8He) runaway try which really kicked the team into gear. Fly-half Patrick Thomson (8Sc) began to take more control of the game, allowing his side to play with better structure and width. Patrick was also impressive off the kicking tee, slotting 6/7 conversations in tough conditions.

Taking a 19-nil lead into half-time the message was to play with more patience in attack. Trinity certainly did this is the second half and began to pull away from the St Aloysius’ side. Tom Birmingham managed to run in a second half hat-trick with Marcus Mastro (8Mu) and Ben Keogh (8Ta) laying a strong platform up front.

The game ended in a 59-7 victory and was a great start to the CAS season. The 14As now look forward to what is sure to be a great battle with Knox in round 2.

Final Score: Trinity 59 defeated St. Aloysius’ 7

Tries: Tom Bermingham (3), Luke Niulala (1), Dimitri Armenis (1), Zac Amine (1), Brock Prideaux (1), Ben Keogh (1) and Logan Toohey (1)

Conversions: Patty Thomson (6) and Ethan Marten-Coney (1)

Mr. McKee and Mr. Nguyen | 14A Coaches

14B

Trinity made it three wins on the trot in defeating a strong and improved St. Pius X team 26-17 in cold conditions. Trinity were not switched on from the get-go, to allow St. Pius’ to bust through and score a soft try. The boys in green responded quickly with Sam Giminez-McAlpine (8Ke) crossing the line with some strong hard running on the back of good lead up work from Bailey Martin (9We) and Darren Ho (8WH). Trinity extended their lead soon after with some slick passing across the backline before Zack Rice (8Ho) sliced through three defenders to score a scintillating try. Tom Bishop (8Hi) slotted his second conversation to see the 14Bs head to the break with a 14-5 lead.

The second half remained physical with St. Pius’ getting the edge on Trinity at the ruck, either pilfering the ball or forcing a penalty. Zack Rice again made a break resulting in another strong 5-pointer with Sam Perkin (8Yo) making the initial break. Trinity looked to have the game under wraps before St. Pius’ came storming back with two quick tries. A solo effort from Jason Taouk (8WJ) followed as he powered through the defensive line to run 25 metres and score under the posts to give Trinity a much-needed buffer and hard-fought victory.

Final Score: Trinity 26 defeated St. Pius X 17

Tries: Zac Rice (2), Sam Gimenez-McAlpine (1) and Jason Taouk (1)

Conversions: Tom Bishop (3)

Mr. Morrissey | 14B Coach

14C

14Cs

On the coldest day of the year so far, the 14Cs turned up to St Aloysius’ ready for the first round of the CAS competition. Sadly, Alo’s did not have 15 players and so a 10-a-side game was co-ordinated. The Trinity boys worked hard on their running game and scored two quick tries before Alo’s could work on their defence, but they quickly regrouped and put four tries on the board in the first half.

The Cs regrouped at half time, went back on the field with purpose and scored seven tries to two in the second half. Austin Daher (8Ke) was able to run through a scattered defence regularly, and Ben Warrilow (8Yo) and Jack Thompson (8St) were fearless in their tackling, stopping St Aloysius’ in their attack a number of times. There were many rotations and substitutions, but the team is playing better together and improving in all aspects of their game, which is great as it is some players’ first rugby season. Congratulations on a 61-38 win!

Final Score: Trinity 61 defeated St. Aloysius’ 38

Tries: Austin Daher (3), Will Kokotovich (2), Ben Warrilow (1), Austin Wang (1), Alan Chen (1) and Lucas Michael (1)

Conversions: Jack Thompson (8)

Ms. Dunbar and Mr. Dimeglio | 14C Coaches

Basketball News

June 3, 2021

“Buvac and Williams selected in NSW All Schools.”

T Buvac (12WJ) and D Williams’ (12Yo) outstanding year continued when on Monday both boys were selected in the NSW All Schools Team after putting in strong performances for NSWCIS at the annual NSW All Schools tournament.

Buvac was one of the standouts in the first game for CIS who pulled away late to defeat Combined Catholic Colleges by 20 points (78-58). In the second game against Combined High Schools, the Independent Schools boys fell behind early allowing CHS to jump out to a substantial lead. Williams was instrumental in CIS making a big comeback to get within striking distance of the Public School boys, with just three minutes left in the contest. Unfortunately for CIS they couldn’t keep the charge going and fell to a very big and physical CHS team by five points (74-79) for the first time in over ten years.

It is a great achievement for both these boys who have developed into elite players late in their basketball journey through a high work ethic and, just as importantly, buying into the strong attitude required to make it at the next level.

Ben Morrissey | MIC/Director of Basketball

Trinity duo selected in NSW All Schools Team

Sportsmaster | Junior School

June 3, 2021

Dear Parents,

Last Saturday we were greeted with a fresh start to the weekend and enjoyed mixed results across all three sports. Our Year 6 Football boys had a tough day at Riverview College. Year 4 & 5 had some success against Knox, TGS Prep & Riverview. Our AFL boys went down to St. Patricks’ by less than 2 goals a 55-point improvement on the Round 1 result against the same opposition!

Tomorrow is our last round of winter fixtures for this term. If there is any inclement weather, I will update the TGS App and Wet Weather Line as soon as I know of any cancellations.

There are three more rounds next term, with the first one back on Saturday, 17 July. Tomorrow is the first round of Intra Oz Tag, it will also run for the three weeks of Term 3.

There will be NO Tuesday morning training in Week 9 (15 June) for YEAR 6 Rugby due to the North Coast Tour. All other sessions will continue, the weather permitting. All A teams will recommence on Tuesday, 13 July, the first Tuesday of Term 3 and conclude on 27 July.

The House Track & Field Carnival is on Tuesday, 20 July. It will be a Junior School only carnival held at the Warm Up Arena at Sydney Olympic Park.  A note will come home regarding the event and travel arrangements at the beginning of Week 1.

Results, Saturday, 29 May, Round 6

FootballResultBest & FairestConsistent Effort
6A v St. Ignatius0-5 lossEmerson UrbanoEligh Balic
6A v St. Ignatius0-7 lossJake HealdJames Crook
6A v St. Ignatius0-3 lossHarry HartzenbergBen Loughnan
5A v TGS Prep1-0 winChristian AntoniouGeoffrey Batten
5B v St. Ignatius0-4 lossEthan ChoyEthan Soo
5C v St. Ignatius2-2 drawJoey MonteleoneBraith Hargreaves
4A v Knox3-2 winRahid Chowdhury 
4B v Knox1-5 lossRalph Chammas 
4C v Knox0-1 lossSeb Lamb 
RugbyResultsBest & FairestConsistent Effort
1st XV v St. Pius10-40 lossHugo Tsai & Izzy ConstantiCallum Evans
Year 6 7s4-3 & 5-1 winsOwen KinghamCharles Heanly
Year 5 7s1 win/ 1 loss Owen Li
10A v Cranbrook0-60 lossFinley AskewJoseph Khoury
Year 4 7s2 losses Marvin Xu*
AFLResultsB&FConsistent Effort
A v St. Patricks’52-63 lossAdam Kessam*Ben De Lany
Intra Football   
Year 4/5 Yellow0-1 loss Harry Carson
Year 6 Yellow0-6 loss Adam El-Abd
Year 4/5 Blue3-1 win Vito Zhou
Year 6 Blue0-4 loss Geoffrey Olsen

Chris Robinson | Sportsmaster

Junior Sports Fixtures

June 3, 2021

Music News | Junior School

June 3, 2021

Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.

― Douglas Adams

At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Aidan G (5La), who played an arrangement of Meet the Flintstones by William Hanna on the Trombone accompanied by Mr Kinda on piano. He has been learning Trombone with Mr Aschman and he also plays piano. Aidan plays in the Allegro Concert and Prestissimo Bands. His sport of choice is soccer, but he also likes to beat his brother in video games! He says, “I like the trombone because it is challenging to play”.

Aidan G (5La)

Congratulations to the Junior School Choir for their performances at the Gala Concert on Wednesday night. The feedback from many parents has been glowing. Mr Bowden said, “The Gala Concert is one of the mountain-top school experiences of the year, and the mountain is not conquered easily!” For the beauty of the earth, by John Rutter soared in grace as it was superbly performed by the Combined TGS Primary Choir. Likewise, the Bach Magificat and the Sibelius Finlandia under the baton of Dr McGregor.

The Gala Concert was a musical feast and gave the Junior School Choristers a fantastic insight into the wonderful musical opportunities awaiting them as they progress through the school.

Special congratulation to the Junior School Choir Advanced Ensemble. Their student leadership and contribution in preparation for the Gala Concert was invaluable. 

Thank you to all staff who served to provide such a wonderful opportunity to the Junior School Choir.

The Junior School Choir will go into recess temporarily so the resources for the Trinity Arts’ Festival – Primary Years – Music Performances can be prepared for rehearsals to recommence.

The Junior School appreciated the opportunity to thank our previous Director of Music, Mr Philip Pratt, who travelled from Brisbane with Mrs Ronnie Pratt to be with us. The warmth from the school community was a fitting response to the decades of service to music and visual arts that the Mr and Mrs Pratt duo provided for the students and community of Trinity Grammar School. Thank you Mrs and Mr Pratt! We’re very grateful.

Term 2 Key Music Dates 

Assembly performances and Events: 

7 June         Prestissimo Jazz

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

Term 2 Week 8 REHEARSALS 

Monday 

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

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

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

Tuesday 

Junior School Choir is in recess

Wednesday 

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 

Thursday 

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

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

Friday 

Junior School Choir is in recess

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

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

Music News | Preparatory School

June 3, 2021

Tips for rehearsals with accompanist: 

Know your score and give clear upbeats in the tempo you MEAN!

Studio Concerts

Congratulations to all Private Tuition students and Instrumental Staff for the eight Studio Concerts that have been presented in the last two weeks. There were over 200 individual performances from our young musicians.  I would like to commend the students for being risk-takers and preparing for some of them their very first public performance. Thanks to all the parents for your support of your son’s musical experience as the skills they are developing by learning a musical instrument will greatly assist them in all aspects of their life-long learning journey. Thanks to Ms Lousie Welsh and Mrs Jenny Swanton for their accompaniment of many of these performances. 

Gala Concert

Last Wednesday evening Trinity Singers and Jaemin Yoo (Symphony Orchestra) were part of the Gala Concert, which was held at The City Recital Hall, Angel Place. The boys performed as part of the Massed Choir for Bach’s Magnificat and Finlandia and then joined forces with the Junior School Choir to sing John Rutter’s For the Beauty of The Earth. The boys were outstanding representatives for the Preparatory at this major music event considering it was a very long day and night for them all. Thanks again to Ms Smeulders, Mrs Swanton and Mrs Campbell for their work with Trinity Singers and to Mr Lever, Mr Smith, Mrs Jayasinghe and Mrs Hitz-Morton and Mr Wyatt for supporting the boys at this event.

AMEB Exams

Congratulations to the students for the outstanding results for the String examinations that were held in Week 4. Best of luck to the fifteen Preparatory School students and Instrumental Music Staff as they prepare for the piano exams to be held next week on Tuesday 8th June.   

Concert Band

This term Concert Band has expanded with the addition of Lucas on trombone.  The students have been perfecting the Warm-up exercise which encourages them to listen to each other, aim for rhythmic accuracy and be able to blend their tone quality.  The Mission Impossible Theme has been a challenge with the change of timesiganture but the boys have risen to this and are now beginning to play with confidence in a 5/4 timesignature.  Thanks to Mr Malyusz and Mrs Campbell for their work with this ensemble. 

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Sport News | Preparatory School

June 3, 2021

FOOTBALL

2nds | Marcus Chiam

For Round 6 of Football, the Trinity Preparatory 2nds team played The Scots College. Coming into this game after a loss against Shore School in Round 5, the 2nds team were prepared for battle. The first half started with Scots College challenging our defence. Adding pressure to the defence unit, they scored their first goal early in the game. Our team was lacking concentration as the weather was freezing. We tried to score in this half but ended up unsuccessful. The half ended with the Prep 2nds down by one. The score so far was 1-0, Scots’ way. During the halftime break, we were given meaningful advice. Also, we prepared ourselves for the next half that was awaiting us. After the break, the second and final half commenced, with Scots taking two goals within the first ten minutes. Their lead was a massive three points. Our hope was slowly fading away. However, Lucas Fitzroy gave a confidence booster for the entire team, and booted the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal. The score was 3-1, with Scots still leading. Then again, we built an attack and reached the opponent’s half that added extra pressure on Scots. A corner was given to our team, and we were successful in scoring another goal. Kescharan Ketheswaran received the corner kick and belted it into the goal. The Prep 2nds were on fire in the last ten minutes of the match. Unfortunately, though, Scots came back for revenge and scored another goal to lead the game by two points. The Prep 2nds slightly ran out of time to stick up a draw with Scots, or even win! If we were given ten more minutes, it was certain that we could have won the game. The final score was 4-2, with Scots winning this amazing game. Despite another loss, we as a team improved in passing the ball into space, rather than always passing to a teammate’s foot, and passing backwards to free up space for our players to obtain the ball and keep the opposition away. With all the positives though, we still have room for development. Our next steps are to get straight into the match with our brains switched on, rather than not being focused and ready. Thank you to everyone involved with the Prep 2nds match last week!!

3rds | Jaemin Yoo and Aiden Coelho 

On the 29th of May, on one of the coldest mornings we have ever faced, Trinity were up against Scots. It was so excruciatingly cold that we had subs on basically every five minutes. It felt like our fingers would abandon us and fall off. And our ears, just a little touch would make it hurt like crazy. It was a hard game. Scots kept on scoring. Something that we could work on would be to get back to our half of the pitch quicker, which is why we have been focusing a lot on that in training. Roderick saved a few goals, but Scots scored more. We kept pushing upwards. We had some close shots from Marcus, Preston, and Aiden, but none of them succeeded. 

In the second half, we started to get used to the temperature and played a bit better. The striker of our Opponent team was super tall and strong. Almost all of the balls coming to the defenders could not be blocked! But Alexander did a great job and saved some of them. A lot of our players have improved since our last game, it was obvious. Someone from Scots tried to boot it into the goal, but Preston, who had switched for Rod, saved it, consequently hitting his eye, but he pushed through by being a risk-taker. We kept pushing the ball up the pitch, but never scored a single7 goal. And, when we had the chance to score, scots just booted it back to our side. We kept switching positions and gaining strengths in those, but Scots pushed past us and scored more goals. In the end, as you may presume, we lost, by 8-0. At least it wasn’t as bad as our first game (which was 16-0). We let in 8 less goals. We thanked Scots for a great game and talked about improvements. Then some of us drove over to Cooke Park for a hot dog sizzle.

5A | Domenic Alvaro

The 11A’s were very eager to play this weekend from the very inspirational win from sport in the third round. In the first half of the game we played hard and had many opportunities and chances to put the ball in the back of the net, unfortunately we hadn’t had the right touch on the ball to put it in. The Junior school had sneaked past our defences line and managed to fake the goalie and score a goal to make it 1-0 their way. From there on we didn’t let them have a single chance to be in our half. We were pressuring them and trying to crack the defensive positioning. In the second half we played much better and had over ten chances to score but we didn’t quite get it. We had exceptional passes. The junior school had managed to get past the line of defence once more, but Joshua Tsang chased down the ball and stopped the player having any shot at the goal. Overall, I think we did an outstanding job and played very well. I think that we should practise our shooting and accuracy more and control the ball, not just kick it out when there is a chase or offensive pressure.

5B | Kevin Wang

This Saturday was the best game all season by far. We lost 2-1 to Arden. Man of the match goes to Massimo for amazing defensive work. Encouragement goes to Joshua for not only scoring our only goal but amazing work in the wings and getting the ball upfield.

Remembered the name Mr Gosper thanks.

4A | August Li

This weekend on Saturday 29th of May 2021, Trinity Prep 4As received a well-deserved second win of the season so far. The score was 2-0 against Scots. The formation was 3-2-1. What we learnt in training (crossing) came to great use because both of the goals that we scored were from someone crossing it in. The first goal was from a corner from the other team, the passed it straight to Paul (left-mid), then Paul dribbled to the top, went between 2 defenders, crossed it in to Leon (striker) and then Leon smacked it right in bottom left corner. The second goal was scored when Jayden (goalkeeper) passed it to Nicholas (centre-back) who made a long pass to August (left-mid). August dribbled to the corner, crossed it in, Paul (right mid) took a shot, but a defender got in the way causing the keeper to fall on the floor and bounce over to George (striker). George then got the ball, cut it to the goal and the keeper was still on the floor and he couldn’t reach George. George then just tapped it in. This goal was great because almost every player in Trinity Prep touched the ball. Great teamwork. Well done boys! Keep it up!

4C | Matthew Della Torre

This week the U10 C1 team were playing against Scots. We all played well as a team this week but unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a win as the score was 2-8. Daniel managed to score a goal in the first half and then in the second half, Julian scored a goal. Also, in the first half of the game, it was a tie of 1-1. In the second half, Scots scored 7 goals which was surprising that we got the ball up the field a couple of times but then they just kicked it out of where we were. Even though we lost we enjoyed a yummy sausage sizzle after the game. Great team effort, guys and I hope you enjoyed the game!

4D | Aarav Sharma

The 4D’s have won for the 4th time in a row!!! And this time against The Scots College!

The first goal was by Isaac Lui when he kicked it into an opposition player, the ball rebounding into the goal. For our second goal, Marcus Du dribbled it all the way up and scored a beauty! Our third goal came in when Marcus and I kicked it almost at the same time. Marcus really got it in- scoring his second goal!  The fourth was when the Scots’ goalkeeper (David) kicked the ball in, and Richard Conomos shot it straight to score!! It was simply outstanding! The score at the whistle was 4-0!

Scots tried hard but it was not enough to break our Great Wall of Trinity- Oliver Cardiff, Johnny Huang, Owen Callaghan, Isaac Lui, Richard Conomos, Richard Wang, Andy Xu, Kerry Chen, Marcus Du and me!

RUGBY

1st | Levi Mikheil

At Rugby, 1st 15 we played St Pius X, the score was 40- 10. We were playing good at the start of the game at a 5-point lead then they got way in front of us by heaps of points, the first try was by Oliver Varone. Also, Hugh was good at getting the big boys down in the first half and so was Makoto. In the second half Jaden set up a try from making a good pass to Louis and he scored the second try in the last seconds of the game. What we did well, was we did well to get the ball out to the backs. We also did well at, staying focused at the start of the game and the last thing that we did well was we still played our best through the whole game. The things we need to work on is staying focused during the whole game, trying to commit all of our tackles and the last thing we need to work on is trying more rhino ball in the rucks and holding the ball for more phases. 

INTRA-SCHOOL SPORT

Year 5 / 6 Navy | Matthew Nguyen

Score: 6 – 0

In the game, communication was very effective, and we did it very well. We saw Joshua set up a goal so that Oliver could shoot which I think was very kind of him. 

Year 5 / 6 Pink

On Saturday 29th May 2021, early in the morning it was a cold sunny day, and we were doing our Saturday sport game. Our team was the red team: Oscar H, Jeremiah, Riley, Danny and I, as well as Jeffrey from the junior school. We were versing the junior school.

In the first half Oscar and I were the defenders with Riley and Jeffrey were strikers. There were multiple times when the opposite team was coming towards us and Oscar kicked it to the other side which made everyone running towards it. Halfway through the first half I was a striker and Jeffrey managed to score a goal.

In the second half Jeremiah and Danny joined.  I was still a striker and there were multiple times in the game when I was so close to scoring a goal. A little bit later Jeffrey was going towards the opposite team’s goal and he managed to kick it in the goal! Jeremiah also scored 2 goals.

Overall: our team won 4/0 our way.

Events

Middle School dance cancelled

June 4, 2021

The Years 7-9 Middle School Dance scheduled for Wednesday 16 June 2021 in the Sports Centre has been cancelled

Save The Date

June 3, 2021

Year 11 Mother and Son Breakfast

Thursday, 22 July 2021

More details to follow.

Proudly brought to you by the Summer Hill Auxiliary

Dates for the Diary | Junior School

June 3, 2021

Week 8

8 June Mufti Day

10 June Photos Y4-6 Winter Sport

10 June CIS Cross Country

11 June Auxiliary Pizza Day

11 June World Environment Day activities

12 June No Sport

Week 9

14 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

15 June North Coast Tour departs

17 June Cuppa’n’chat at 845-930am

18 June North Coast Tour returns

18 June Last day of Term 2

TERM 3

Week 1

13 July First day back for students

17 July Sport – Winter Round 8

From more Junior School dates, please click here.

Co-Curricular Photographs 2021

June 3, 2021

During Weeks 6 and 7, Middle School and Senior School Co-Curricular Photographs will be taken on Chapel Way during Lunch time.

Tuesday 8th June, 2021 | Co-Curricular Music Schedule

Student are requested to be in full School uniform and have their Trinity ID card.

Photographs can be ordered online through the Melba Studios website.

Simon Bootle | Campus Logistics Co-ordinator 

Dates for the Diary

June 3, 2021

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

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

June 3, 2021

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

Term 2

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

Term 3

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

Term 4

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

Community

From the Uniform Shop | Call For Green Blazers

June 4, 2021

Students who would like lines embroidered, please bring your blazer to the Uniform Shop before 4pm Thursday, 17 June, 2021 – no exceptions.

Due to COVID-19 Health and Safety requirements, coats must be dry-cleaned with a current receipt attached to garment as proof of dry cleaning otherwise they cannot be accepted.

Blazers will be available to be picked up from the beginning of Term 3.

Please ensure sure you will not need your blazer for any School event during Term break, or at the beginning of Term 3 in case there is a delay in Blazers returning.

Line Costs:

$50.00 – Tailoring Fee – opening linings, removing/reattaching pockets for embroidery

$10.00 – First Line 

$7.00 – Each Line there after

$22.00 – Each for Gold and Silver Crest Pockets  

Please note: the next opportunity for lines will be at the end of Term 3. Year 12 blazers will be given preference in Term 3 in order to finalise their blazers for their final Year 12 ceremonies. This may delay the return of Year 10 and 11 blazers – all care and effort will be made to have all blazers returned for the beginning of Term 3.

From more information, please contact the Uniform Shop on 02 9581 6048 or email trinity@midford.com.au

Trinity Prayer Group | Strathfield Campus

June 3, 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, 15 June

Contacts: 

Wendy Chan (Prep School) 
mobile 0405 129 328

Carla Ferla (Prep School) 
mobile 0414 166 336

Student Absence Notice

June 3, 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.

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

June 3, 2021

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

Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus

June 3, 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, 8 June

Contacts: 

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

Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill) 
mobile 0408 119 187

Prep Canteen News

June 3, 2021

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

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

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

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

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

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

New link to parent survey

June 3, 2021

Below is a link directly to the Perspectives: Your school in focus survey.

We understand some parents have experienced difficulties receiving or accessing the email distributed by AISNSW.

The survey has been sent per family; only one parent/guardian from each household/family should complete it. If you have not yet completed a survey, please access the survey directly here.

Your response to this survey is vital to us, as it will assist in the growth and development of our whole school community.

Participation is confidential and anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Receiving feedback is vital to the School’s continued growth and development, so I thank you in advance for engaging with the survey and sharing your feedback and thoughts.

Kell Daniels | Head of Community Engagement 

perspectives@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus)

June 2, 2021

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