2021 | Term 3 | Week 5
August 13, 2021
From the Head Master
This week marks the mid-point of Term 3, and it is safe to say that it is not the term that we had expected.
I lay in bed this morning, metaphorically girding my loins to face the day, and my mind went to the disappointments of the term. The list of things – events, experiences, practices – that have not taken place, and that may not take place, is lengthy for all of us.
On a personal note, I was sad to reflect on the fact that my nephew’s wedding cannot take place. I was sad that my daughter’s 21st birthday party can’t happen. I was sad that my recently-taken up hobby of golf has paused. I was sad because of the friends not seen, the holidays not enjoyed and the narrowing of my daily horizons. Without really trying, I came up with lots of things to be sad about. I don’t imagine that any of us would have difficulty compiling an equivalent and lengthy list.
As I consider the School, I feel sad for the boys. I feel for the Year 12 students who didn’t know that they were playing their final game in the green and white. I feel for the Pre-K boys, who have been separated from the lively chaotic tumult in which they thrive. I feel for the boys missing out on camps, or on concerts, or even the normal everyday experience of coming to School.
Although I do not have any specific inside information, just from reading the news, it seems highly unlikely that School will resume in any meaningful way this term. This led me also to think about those events that lie ahead of us which are at risk. It is inevitable that ‘missing out’ is going to be a universal experience this year, albeit particularised with personal nuances.
I think that my children would probably suggest that I was having a ‘pity party’. I think they are right. It can be strangely appealing to catalogue all of one’s losses, disappointments and griefs, to gather them all up, and to focus on them.
Of course, we need to acknowledge the legitimacy of our losses. We need to recognise that there is a real emotional impact from the circumstances that have come upon us. I would not suggest that denial is a good way forward, or that we should just jolly ourselves along.
However, my slide into sadness didn’t actually make anything better for me or for anyone else this morning. It didn’t improve the situation and it didn’t help me feel better. It certainly didn’t advance anything I have to do today. What did help was getting up and getting on with it. Going through the routines of showering, getting dressed and breakfasting. Making the list of things to get done. Starting to tick them off (including writing this article). Asking myself, before each video-conference or phone call, ‘What would the best ‘me’ look like in this encounter.’
None of those actions that I am taking actually compensates for my losses and sadness. Nor will they. But it is good for me and my emotional state, and it enables me to help and serve others. Other losses and sadness are yet to come; at some point we all walk through the valley of tears. The way out, of course, is to keep walking.
At my induction as Head Master, some three and a half years ago, I asked the School community to pray that I would have wisdom, stamina and faithfulness in this role. That request still stands. Be assured of my prayers for the families of our School community, asking that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ will strengthen us in the trials of each day as we look to love and serve one another in these circumstances.
Detur gloria soli Deo.
Tim Bowden | Head Master
From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.C.S. Lewis
This week the School spoke with your sons about integrity, which The Oxford Dictionary defines as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles” and lists “uprightness” and, interestingly, “wholeness” as synonyms. It is a quality that is spoken about ad nauseam at Trinity, a reflection of the high value we place on it. Often character is used as a synonym when talking about integrity, that having a good character is worthwhile and valuable. It is often pitched to your sons as an encouragement to “do the right thing, even when no-one is watching”. Do the right thing and don’t expect to be praised. Do the right thing just because it is the right thing.
It was a central theme in the context of online assessments. For Year 12, the stakes are relatively high in moving the final assessments for the HSC and IBD to an online locked down browser. They will be presenting for their assessments in an unfamiliar way, they will be taking them off campus, and, for many of their assessments, they will be typing answers rather than writing by hand. The young men of Year 12 were made aware of the significant trust the School is placing in them by offering this opportunity to receive feedback on their learning progress. However, it was also made clear, both in the information session with the Head Master and Academic Dean on Monday evening, as well as in a series of briefings for Year 12 students and their Housemasters, that there are significant consequences for any academic misconduct during the Final Online Assessments. Whilst this subject is a little grim, it is critical that the adults are on the same page and crystal clear about the School’s expectations for academic integrity, that we are clear about the basis for those expectations, and that you, and particularly your son, are clear about the penalties that apply in the event of any attempt to gain an unfair advantage. Those penalties are made clear in the Trinity Grammar School Assessment Policy.
Whilst making the right choice is not always straightforward or easy, in this instance the School’s position is unambiguous, and that is why your role is so crucial. As with all the values we cherish and want to pass on, it is underpinned by a biblical principle, beautifully expressed in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians when he exhorts us to focus on “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – (whatever) is excellent or praiseworthy, (to) think on such things”. For me, that rules out hubris, dishonesty, discrimination, deliberate unkindness, slander, ingratitude, and disrespect for authority. It also rules out academic misconduct during the Final Online Assessments.
Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill
From the Head of the Preparatory School
It has been a busy week in the life of the Prep School despite not being together in person. The highlight of the week has undoubtedly been the morning Book Parades. Put simply, they were so much fun! It was so encouraging to see all of the students (and parents) go to so much effort to get their character costumes ready.
There were also a host of other activities that have been on offer for the boys to explore and have fun with literature. My sincere thanks to Mrs Nel and the Library team for their efforts in organising the events of this week and for bringing such a great sense of fun!
Week 6 Update
Yesterday I wrote to parents to share the latest updates about remote learning as we head into Week 6. I hope that parents take the time to watch the video that was contained in that email. In case you haven’t had the chance, here is the link again (or watch the video below).
A common observation about the rhythm of school life is that Weeks 5 and 6 are often the hardest. This makes sense given they are the weeks that are the furthest from a holiday break. Learning fatigue often sets in before the final stretch towards the holidays becomes a reality. My reflections on our current experience are that this is even more the case than usual. The mid-term fatigue is coupled with the challenges of increased screen time, feelings of frustration about being locked down, etc, etc. All of this is to say that we are entering a period where balance and grace are increasingly becoming important. I want to continue to encourage parents to be conscious of their son’s personal experience and feel comfortable to take steps to create the right balance for him. We are very aware that students will go up and down with their ability to engage with the online learning experiences. Please keep the classroom teacher in the loop with this so that we can adjust expectations as necessary.
Our focus at the moment needs to be balancing the academic, pastoral and emotional wellbeing of the boys. Given the current remote learning context, this is best achieved in partnership between parents and teachers.
Next Thursday, 19th August we will be holding our Prep Olympics! Inspired by the recent Olympics in Tokyo and the upcoming Paralympics, we are holding our very own celebration where boys will compete in Houses in the Octathlon…a unique event consisting of 8 challenging, unusual and fun events. More details will follow in coming days but for now, get excited! No class learning tasks will be provided on this day so boys can focus on the Octathlon challenge. Boys will be competing in their House groups and are encouraged to dress in the colour of their House on the day.
I want to once again encourage parents to show discretion about their son’s level of involvement. Please get involved in as much or little as you deem appropriate!
Our very own media personalities, Macca and Kenny, have put together a brief video to get the boys excited about what is to come. More information will be provided early next week so the boys know what the day is going to look like.
Next week is also Science Week! Mrs Newton and Mrs Evans have planned and collated a range of interesting Science activities that the boys can engage in as they wish. These activities will be found in the Time for More section of Seesaw / Canvas. I strongly encourage the boys to look out for the cooking videos and recipes…there are some very impressive guest chefs!
We are excited to let parents know about the upcoming Three-way Conferences which will take place on Friday 27th August. These conferences will be held online via a Microsoft Teams meeting. Information about bookings will be sent home early next week.
Given the unique situation we are currently in, we will be taking a different approach to the Three-Way Conferences this term. Typically, we would share the most recent MAP Growth data, however, we have been unable to conduct these assessments with the students. Instead, we would like to use these conferences as an opportunity to bring all stakeholders together to discuss each student’s learning journey throughout remote learning, to reflect on his growth across all areas of learning and personal development, and to set goals for the remainder of remote learning and his return to school. More than ever, we are conscious of the partnership that we share in supporting the boys in their learning and want to use this as an opportunity to ensure we are working effectively together.
In the coming week, we will be sending home a scaffold that we hope parents will use to have a conversation with their son prior to the Three-way Conference. This will help to promote a positive and constructive learning conversation between parents, teacher and student.
Auxiliary Annual General Meeting
On Wednesday, it was great to be able to connect in a more focused way with the parents who attended the Strathfield Auxiliary Annual General Meeting. The key aim of the Auxiliary is to work with the School to promote a strong sense of community. I want to express my sincere thanks to the outgoing Auxiliary Executive who have led the parent community so well over the last 12 months (and longer) and for their efforts in promoting such a positive and supportive community. Most notably, I want to thank Wasfieh Nwiran (outgoing President), Kathein Galettis and Anna Wakim (outgoing Vice Presidents) and Faten Oueik (outgoing Fundraising Coordinator).
We also elected the new Auxiliary Executive for the year ahead. I am very appreciative to the following people who have accepted positions of responsibility:
President – Loredana Brown
Vice Presidents – Verena Di Maria, Wayne Fotheringham
Secretary – Jennifer Nguyen
Treasurer – Noella Tsang
Canteen Coordinator – Clara Furfaro
Parent Liaison Coordinator – Chau Tran
Fundraising Coordinator – Eman Kirkland
From the Head of the Junior School
Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,
As you are aware, it is currently my practice each Thursday to provide parents with an update of the week past and a forecast of the week ahead. The key points in yesterday’s update were:
- We are appreciative of the feedback that helps us to gauge boys’ capacity and address emerging needs.
- We continue to balance pastoral check-ins, independently completed tasks, daily ‘teaching’ lessons, providing feedback, and special events. For many, this balance will not be a perfect ‘fit’. We continually but carefully adjust this balance, aware that any change that will be welcomed by some families will likely be difficult for others. Our sense is that it is the appropriate time to offer and expect a little more of the boys, given that routines are well-established.
- Next week, the schedule for boys in Kindergarten to Year 4 will include at least one shared Reading Group session with either their teacher or another member of staff. Younger students, as emergent readers, will have multiple sessions across the week. The class teacher will communicate the schedule of groups and the day/s and time/s that each boy will participate.
- Boys in Years 5 and 6 will have two (rather than one) explicit lessons per day in addition to check-ins and independent tasks.
- Three- Way Conferences and Interviews will be scheduled this term to allow parents, boys and teachers to discuss progress and goals together. Details will be communicated next week.
In my position, I have the opportunity to visit all of the virtual classes, join check-ins, observe lessons and access the array of tasks boys are submitting, as well as observing first-hand the small number of students on-site as they undertake remote learning. It is a privilege to have such access and it gives me a unique perspective on the challenges and efforts of boys and teachers undertaking learning at this time. I am astounded by the ever-developing adaptability, resilience and good-natured cooperation of boys despite their dislocation, as well as the professionalism and dedication of our teachers, most of whom are also facing the challenges, isolation and impracticalities of working from home. The volume and quality of learning is extra-ordinary and it inspires me to also persevere and rise to the efforts of boys and staff each day.
That is not to deny to that there will be some aspects of life at the moment that may overwhelm some boys. If that is the case, please mention this to your son’s teacher next time they contact you or reach out via a pastoral email (firstname.lastname@example.org). A distinctive of Trinity is the generous resourcing of skilled psychologists to support boys and families. They are very resourceful in providing support to those who need even with the challenge of remote-ness. The Junior School Welfare Team continues to meet every week with only one agenda item: the wellbeing and support of boys at risk in the current circumstances.
I extend appreciation to Mrs Bowden, Mrs Case and Mrs Indari, as well as the class teachers for the Book Week experiences organised this week which included games, learning activities, virtual incursions with Gus Gordon and Andrew Daddo, and of course, some reading! It was not our usual Book Week extravaganza but was still an engaging celebration of literature. We will keep our annual Character Parade as a possibility to look forward to when we return to school.
Next Friday is Science Day which will be another great opportunity to mix-up the routine, with fun scientific activities planned for all classes across the morning in place of other lessons. Specialist teachers will still post tasks in the afternoon, for the boys to undertake in the week ahead. It should be lots of fun and hopefully will be something boys can anticipate eagerly. Mr Slabbert has listed materials needed to fully join in the fun in this newsletter, click here to read more.
Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.Psalm 16:8
Letter from The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC – Governor of NSW
Her Excellency the Governor of New South Wales has prepared a short video message from her lockdown in Government House to thank and encourage school communities across NSW. In it, her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, thanks schools for all that they are doing to navigate the current circumstances and take care of students and staff.
“I have so much pride in seeing the way principals, teachers, other staff, students, indeed the whole school community have been so adaptable in ensuring learning stays on track.” She mentions the challenge for Year 12 students, telling them “You’re almost there, good luck, I know you will do your best.”
She asks all students to be leaders in their own “micro-communities” and thanks the magnificent teaching community of NSW “for a magnificent job over the last two years” acknowledging the demands have been unexpected and at time unrelenting.
Watch the three minute video below.
A second helping of Breakfast photos
Further to last week’s ‘egg’cellent report, more photos have been sent through from the Trinity community who have been cooking up a breakfast storm at home. We are delighted to share these additional photos below and thank the families for sending them through.
Academic Focus | Year 12 Online Assessment
This week the School has focussed upon preparing Year 12 students to complete online assessments in Week 6 and 7, in place of the traditional Trial Examinations, which can no longer take place. My congratulations to the students for the mature and diligent approach they have taken to this preparation phase – they have engaged with the range of briefing and practice sessions organised for them, asked intelligent questions, and stepped into the responsibility of ensuring they are informed and ready for next week.
I would also like to thank the Head Master and School Executive for their work in this area over the past week, the Senior School House Masters as they supported the boys, the TESS team as they assisted families to understand the range of provisions that can be accessed in the online environment, the Heads of Faculties as they led their teams to translate trial examinations into purposeful online assessments, and the dedicated teachers as they enacted this work, taking special care to ensure high quality assessment for their students. I must also thank the ICT team for the agile way in which they have found solutions to questions, tested plans and ensured student confidence in technology; in particular I need to thank Ms Rachel Hughes for the outstanding way in which she has led staff and students through the preparation phase for Canvas based assessment.
The School has set up a dedicated phone line for students or parents to call if they experience technical difficulty during an assessment. The number is 9581 6171. It is available only during the online assessment sessions.
We are ready now to begin online assessment on Monday; I am confident the assessment period will provide excellent opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.
Please find here two documents representing the School’s approach to online assessment.
The Year 12 Online Assessment: Information for Parents and Students was released on Monday and is provided here again for your convenience. This document includes the assessment schedule.
The Year 12 Online Assessment: Student Manual was released to students in Canvas on Tuesday and is also provided here for your convenience.
Deborah Williams | Academic Dean
The STEAM team brings you National Science Week in Week 6. National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.
The school theme for National Science Week 2021 is Food: Different by Design. It honours the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Time for More in Week 6 will feature a recipe a day designed to get families talking about food production. Watch out for the celebrity chef’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen with recipes from OzHarvest.
Please take a photo or a video as we would love to share your experience. Please use this FORM to share your photo or video. If you have any troubles accessing this, you can also email your submission to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events for families – across Australia there are a wide range of free events designed to engage primary students in Science. Here are our top picks for Prep students and their families to enjoy together; be sure to book quickly via the links.
Aboriginal Astronomy lesson
- Date: Sunday 15 August
- Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
- Workshop provided free by Science Teachers Association of NSW, register at the booking link
Y3-6 Storytelling workshop with the authors of ‘Aussie Stem Stars’
- Date: Tuesday 17th August
- Time: 4:40-5:30pm
- Booking: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/childrens-storytelling-workshop-with-aussie-stem-stars
- Join award-winning authors Claire Saxby and Emily Gale as they showcase the book series and describe what it’s like writing the biographies of STEM superstars.
- The STEM stars themselves will then challenge you with a range of exciting STEM-based activities for children to problem-solve, design and get creative with.
PK – Simultaneous morning tea — Inspiring children to explore and discover food
- Date: 17/18/19th August
- Time: 10:30-11:00am
- Booking: https://events.humanitix.com/copy-of-national-science-week-virtual-incursion-with-little-scientists?c=edm#
- What crunches louder, carrots or cucumber? Does the colour of a capsicum or tomato make a difference to its taste? How big is the biggest orange?
- Webinar provided free by Little Scientists, bring your morning tea!
Family Conservation workshop with Taronga Zoo
- Date: Saturday 21 August
- Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Booking: https://ptcnsw.eventsair.com/2021-stansw-7decades/register
- Workshop provided free by Science Teachers Association of NSW, register at the booking link
- Come explore the advancements in animal conservation and join in some fun interactive activities designed to explore the skill of thinking scientifically.
Building the Universe – Brick by Bricks
Date: Saturday 21 August
- Time: 2:00-3:30pm
- Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-the-universe-brick-by-brick-tickets-161725018885 Register using the ”Online: Mission Control” ticket for Zoom access
- Build a model of the Universe as it grew from the Big Bang to today, using LEGO! See how matter evolved over billions of years,
- Starting with the fundamental particles, represented by LEGO bricks, you will build up more complicated structures recreating the cooling of the Universe and fusion in Stars.
Liquid Nitrogen Show
- Date: Saturday 21 August
- Time: 3:00-4:00pm
- Booking: https://australian.museum/event/fizzics-education-liquid-nitrogen/
- Science show provided free by the Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens
- Scientific demonstrations using liquid nitrogen in this ‘super cool’ online science show. Find out how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled through a series of experiments.
Fiona Evans and Jessica Newton | STEAM Teachers
Library News | Preparatory School
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB Issue 5
The Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 is now out and available for parents and students to purchase their favourite books. You will be able to select either School or Home Delivery (for $7.50) for any new Book Club order you place. If you are using the LOOP App, you need to update to the latest version to receive the delivery options.
Log on and order now. Orders close on September 17, 2021.
Browse the catalogue here: Scholastic Book Club Issue 5
Place your order here: BookClub ordering for parents
Specialists – Art Lessons
The students have been engaging in some wonderful Art lessons over the past few weeks to help support them to create a mask or a prop for their Book Parade. Have a look at some of the amazing creations we have seen.
Virtual Book Parades
It is quite sad that we couldn’t celebrate Book Week with a Book Parade on the top court at school, but we weren’t going to let a pandemic get in the way of us having fun! This year our Book Parades went Virtual with all boys dressing up as a character from a book that fit with the theme, Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.
We were absolutely blown away by the creativity of the boys and their families! What you all managed to create without leaving your home is nothing short of impressive. Seeing the boys dressed up with smiles on their faces sure made for a highlight in this very unusual term. Please enjoy some of the photos below.
Time For More – Comic Book Strips
The students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 have been taking part in our comic strip competition in Time For More as part of our Book Week celebrations. There have been some excellent ideas coming through as boys share their stories set in Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. If your son hasn’t had a chance to submit his yet, he can still do so via Seesaw.
Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest-selling female author and has written more than 50 books for children and young adults. Her widely popular Billie B Brown books are beloved across the globe and have sold more than five million copies in eighteen countries. She loves to write stories with heart and characters that resonate with children, parents and teachers alike.
Look for these books at the Prep Library.
Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator
Debating News | CAS Round 3
7B Debating Report
On 6 August, the 7B CAS team debated against Waverley College on the topic that ‘All corporate boards should be represented by 50% women’. After a very close debate we as the affirmative were successful. We argued that a board with 50% women will allow for a more diverse opinion which will benefit all corporations. Waverley, as the negative, argued that boards should be chosen based solely on merit. Congratulations to A. Viswanathan (7Ta), H. Chuchra (7He), G. Kariatlis (7La) and A. Yee (7Ta) who through their strong teamwork were able to secure their second win for the season.
G. Kariatlis (7La)
9B Debating Report
Last Friday night, after a solid week of online learning, four Year 9 debaters, Aryan (9Yo), Benjamin (9Du), Dihan (9WJ) and Nicholas (9Fo), debated against Waverley College as the affirmative team on the topic “That Australia’s foreign aid should be tied to the women’s rights records of recipient countries.”
Aryan’s detailed and precise modelling of our team’s case set the stakes high for the affirmative team. He successfully structured our model to reflect the power that restrictions on aid would have on uplifting restrictions on women in those countries to challenge the status quo in these countries. We had lost the previous week’s debate, so when we saw the adjudicator nod in agreement to our arguments, our spirits immediately lifted. Our second speaker Ben, rose to the task of pinning down the arguments of the opposition that we should give foreign aid even if it doesn’t reach the most vulnerable, by strengthening the model’s message that it’s more important to effect change in these countries through the symbolism of the message we will be sending them. Our third speaker, Dihan, strengthened our argument even more through his piercing fracture of the opponent’s argumentative framework. He cleverly summed up our case in the debate, strengthening our rebuttals in the main clashes and raced us successfully to the finish line.
Having watched the Olympics throughout the week, it was motivating for us to have our win and get a feel of victory that has spurred us on to want more!
Nicholas A. (9Fo)
1st III Debating Report
Last Friday evening, Trinity’s 1st III Debating Team, comprising D. Chuchra (12He), W. Martin (12WH) and J. Perera (12La), partook in the third round of the CAS Debating Season against Waverley College. Being Trinity’s first virtual ‘home’ debate, Trinity’s 1st III affirmed the topic: “That, when considering proposed laws that would specifically affect women, only female members of parliament should be allowed to vote”. Coming off a strong ISDA season with frequent practice of Gender-themed debates, this topic presented no obstacles to Trinity. First speaker Daksh cogently opened the debate by characterising the status quo, specifying Trinity’s model, and suggesting mechanisms to reduce systemic discrimination and improve female voice within the Australian Parliament. Startled by Trinity’s rigid model, Waverley undertook an ambitious countermodel to increase the presence of female politicians within the Parliament. Yet, second speaker Will skilfully addressed the vagueness of Waverley’s countermodel by highlighting the lack of pragmatic mechanisms involved. After further rebutting several of Waverley’s points, Will built upon Trinity’s case by depicting the importance of the involvement of women politicians in forming laws that would primarily affect women and displaying the long-term benefits of our model. Despite the attempt of Waverley’s second speaker to find flaws within Trinity’s case, third speaker Josh carefully dissected the main clashes involved with both models and successfully implemented rebuttals to grant Trinity the win. While Josh’s strong closing argument sealed the victory against Waverley College this week, more successful debates are hopefully just around the corner. We want to thank our legion of fans and look forward to seeing more attending within the next two weeks. Nonetheless, this would not have been possible without the motivation from our reserve K. Kwok (12WH), the feedback provided by the adjudication panel, and our coach, Mr Kapaniris, as well as Mr Taplin’s hard work in ensuring that these online debates go as smoothly as possible. We look forward to seeing you all next week at our penultimate debate against St. Aloysius’ College.
D. Chuchra (12He) | Vice-Captain of Debating
News from The Arthur Holt Library
It was Albert Einstein who said that the measure of intelligence is the ability to change, but even he couldn’t have foreseen the levels of flexibility required of all of us under the present circumstances. We’ve all had to change the ways we work, whether we’re students, teachers, parents or the organisers of the Premier’s Reading Challenge!
In response to the ongoing lockdown, the deadline for this year’s Challenge has been extended by two weeks until Friday 3 September. Students are also now able to include up to 10 Choice Books on their reading records (a doubling of the usual five) in recognition of the difficulty they might have tracking down the books on the list.
Another important concession to these ever-changing times, is that students can add any books that they have read in class to their reading records. That means that any books that you have studied in English or read as part of the Library’s Wide Reading can be added to your total.
So – quick recap – to complete the Challenge you simply need to read 20 books, 10 of which need to appear on the official list, which can be found online at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html. And if you’ve lost or forgotten your login details, all you have to do is email Mrs Nolan at email@example.com.
Oh, and we have one final challenge for you! We’d love to see some pictures of you all reading – the more unusual the location, the better. Email them through to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add the best ones to our Instagram feed.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”– JD Salinger
Awards for the Week
Congratulations to this week’s Junior School Award winners…
Benjamin De Lany
Library News | Junior School
Book Week in the Library
Two great Australian authors spoke to the Junior School boys during Book Week, Andrew Daddo and Gus Gordon.
Andrew Daddo organised two one-hour presentations for the boys. One for Kindergarten to Year 2 and the other for Years 3 to 6. Prior to the recording of his videos he had asked the boys to send him questions about writing so that he could respond to them in his presentation. Andrew is the author of many picture books and novels, 25 in fact! Some recent fiction books include the Atticus Van Tasticus series, aimed at Years 5 and 6 and young adult books like Just Breathe and One Step. His picture books for younger readers include Whatcha Building, First Day and Good Night, Me.
Gus Gordon is an author and illustrator. He was able to link in live with our K-2 boys and share his experiences of writing and drawing. Gus also gave the boys lessons in how to draw, just like he does in his books. Our library lesson for K-2 looked at some of his books in preparation for his chat with the boys. For the Kindy boys, linking their unit of inquiry’s idea of imagination worked well with The Last Peach. Boys reflected on seesaw how they had to use their imagination when making sense of the story. For Year 1, they looked at the book Last Pet Day that Gus illustrated. The boys are inquiring how people express themselves through the arts. We were able to draw connection to how Gus, as an artist can express himself in the style of art he uses when illustrating books. Finally, Year 2’s inquiry into how machines make our lives easier, linked in really well with Gus book Somewhere Else. There were at least 16 machines to be found in this book!
Even though we are unable to dress up as a whole Junior School this week, boys still participated in Book Week activities. Boys had the opportunity to dress up their teddies at home, create comic strips of favourite books, read under a tree or to a pet. Interviews of teachers’ favourite books in the morning sessions saw boys posting their own favourite books in response. Some boys even took notes!
Mrs Weber, who is on maternity leave at the moment, took photos of her son Jackson in book inspired outfits.
Boys responded to these photos with reading these books at home if they had them. Some even found them online to read.
It was great to see the different ways boys could still enjoy Book Week, even if we weren’t all together.
Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian
Junior School Science Day 2021
August is always a fabulous month in the world of Science as an entire week is dedicated to Science. However, because of the current situation that we find ourselves in with remote learning and restrictions on movement, the Junior School has decided to celebrate one focused Science Day instead. The Junior School will be dedicating the entire morning session of Friday 20 August, to celebrate this huge event.
As usual, the teachers have lots of activities planned for Science Day that will continue to inspire a love of learning and passion for Science. These include scientific investigations, virtual tours, a guest scientist, and of course many experiments. For these experiments, students will need a few basic items that should be easy to source. Please refer to the list below to see what each year group will need to participate in these fun and engaging experiments.
Year K – 2
- Lemons (2 or more)
- Bicarbonate soda
- Sugar (1 or 2 teaspoons)
- Fortified cereal such as Cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better)
- Zip-lock bag
- Balloons (at least two)
Year 3 – 4
- Sugar (about one cup)
- Bicarbonate soda
- Golden syrup
- Cake pan
- Large saucepan
- Parent supervision required so boys are free to complete Stage 1 activity if no one is around to assist with this activity
- Apple (one)
- Sugar (about one cup)
- Zip-lock bags (at least 4)
- Lemon juice
- Salt (½ cup)
Year 5 – 6
- Paper towels
- Milk (about a cup)
- White Vinegar (about a cup)
- Sieve or Strainer
- Optional – cookie cutters
- Food colouring (at least one colour)
- Cooking oil
- Corn flour
- Measuring cup
Music News | Senior School
The Music Department is up and running with its online lessons and practice materials for boys right across the School.
Instrumental staff report the rewarding engagement of students from online lessons. If you have not availed yourself yet of this service, I encourage you to, as music lessons and practice are a welcome break from online class lessons and a further social connection during lockdown.
The department has also launched MUSIC CENTRAL, a Canvas page that has been populated with music for all our Senior Ensembles. In addition, the Junior and Preparatory Schools ensemble directors have prepared online instructional videos and materials that have been uploaded to class pages.
Further, if you are ready to perform, please send through a video of your performance to Music Admin and we will find a spot to air your performance. Performance opportunities exist for Assemblies, House Meetings and Tutor Meetings.
Michael McGregor | Director of Co-Curricular Music (PreK-12) | Secondary Teacher [Music]
Music News | Junior School
Congratulations to Saxophonist Nicholas (5Yo) on magnificent public examination results. He received a Grade 4 Credit (B+) award for saxophone video repertoire exam.
His examiner praised Nicholas saying, “Nicolas, you are producing a lovely tone on the saxophone… You demonstrated some great dynamic contrast, rhythm and technique and legato phrasing”. Well done, Nicholas!
If you have any music news to share, please email your Instrumental (individual tuition) teacher so it can be shared in the newsletter.
Lockdown Music Making
It is great to see the hard work of our Year 3 Instrumental Classes. This week we showcase Ryder (3La) and Kiran (3Fo).
Great to see Year 3 students practising. Lockdown is an ideal time for practice makes perfect. Ryder said, “I wanted to show my sister how I played the French horn”.
It is really inspiring to see how our Year 3 boys (who are not yet having private tuition) pick up their band instruments and conjure sounds impressing their siblings and parents. Well done, Kiran!
Nathan (3Fo) is enriching his home learning by playing the euphonium. He really likes that his instrument is blue.
The weekly video tutorials available on Hungry for More are guiding the Year 3 Allegretto Band members in their learning of the fundamentals.
Instrumental Programme for individual lessons
Online instrumental lessons are available on Microsoft Teams. The Director of Co-Curricular Music (PreK-12), Dr McGregor has communicated with families about the protocols in place for lessons. If you have not received the communication, please contact your Instrumental (individual tuition) teacher.
Hungry For More?
Music Co-curricular Ensemble activities are posted each week in Hungry for More Music in Canvas. Mr Adams will post activities for the Junior School Choir, Mrs Korjenvsky will post activities for the String Orchestras and Mr Mályusz will post activities for the Concert Bands. All students can participate in the Annual Junior School Practice Challenge. Participation in the various activities is entirely voluntary and not a compulsory commitment. Simply visit Canvas and navigate to Hungry for More.
If you have any music news to share, please visit this link to let us know
If you have any further inquiries for music, please contact the Music Department on 9581 6042.
Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music
Dates for the Diary
For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK
Trinity Prayer Group | Strathfield Campus
Parents and friends, we will continue to pray for our boys and the Preparatory School in Term 3.
Dates for Term 3, 2021:
- Tuesday, 24th August
- Tuesday, 7th September
When: Tuesdays | 8.30 – 9.30am on the odd weeks of term (Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9).
Wendy Chan (Prep School)
mobile 0405 129 328
Carla Ferla (Prep School)
mobile 0414 166 336
Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)
Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).
Trinity Prayer Group | Summer Hill Campus
Parents and friends continue to pray for our boys and the Junior and Senior School. In Term 3, we will meet via Zoom until we can again meet at the Summer Hill campus:
When: Tuesdays | 8.30 – 9.15am on the even weeks of term (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8).
Where: via Zoom
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 3, 2021:
- Tuesday, 17 August
- Tuesday, 31 August
- Tuesday, 14 September
Greg Webster | Senior Chaplain, Summer Hill
Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill)
mobile 0408 119 187
Student Absence Notice
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.
Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus)
Click here to read the Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus).