2021 | Term 3 | Week 2
July 23, 2021
From the Head Master
The inescapable impression emerging from the public health advice is that we are settling in for a long haul with reference to the current restrictions. It would appear that the transmissibility of the Delta variant and the current level of vaccination in the community will require us to continue in the attempts to suppress the virus through various measures that restrict interactions between people. The implication is that, although the nominal term of the current Level 4 restrictions is due to expire next week, most commentators expect remote learning to continue beyond that point.
I have remarked previously about the relative smoothness of our transition into remote learning this term, but this is not to suggest that it has been painless or without significant effort and challenge. This is the case for students, for families, and also for teachers. When facing these challenges, we do well to remind ourselves of the difficulties that are also being faced by the other people in the situation.
It seems to me that the 2020 lockdown experience commenced in a more frenetic way and that it was characterised by more anxiety, more adrenalin, and more novelty. This time, it is more about monotony and low-level lethargy. Day rolls into day with little to distinguish it from last week or next week. In this context, attempts to jolly things along or to attempt to pep people up with little motivational gems are less likely to be either well-received or effective. Rather, the task is to keep on keeping on. There is lots of wisdom conveyed to us as to the various ways to do this well: exercise, eating well, maintaining routine, taking on meaningful projects, disciplined sleep patterns, and the like. However, as always, the value of this wisdom does not lie in knowing it, but acting on it.
With a longer stint of restrictions potentially in front of us, the School leaders are giving consideration to the various issues for the life of the School. With the uncertainty around the duration of the restrictions, this entails making provisional plans, with a number of contingencies that may need to be put in place. Rather than present all the possibilities to the School community at every point, decisions will be made known as and when the path becomes clear.
During the course of today, all School families will have received correspondence from the Chairman of the School Council and me regarding financial assistance to families. I encourage families to ensure that they have read that correspondence.
The families of boys in the Middle and Senior Schools will have also received correspondence from the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill and the Academic Dean regarding the assessment programme in Term 3 for students in Years 7-11.
We continue to await further guidance from the various authorities as to the path forward for Year 12 students, both with reference to the completion of their final credential and also the other aspects of their final term at School. As and when we are able to give some clarity to our senior students, we will do so. In the meantime, continuing to prepare for the trial examinations, major works, performances, and the final examinations, should continue to be their priority.
In reflecting on this article, I can’t help but note how sombre it is. I trust that it has not brought you down, or ruined your mood; that is certainly not the intent. Rather, I think we do well to consider the challenges before us with clear eyes, recognise the frustrations, and resolve to bring our best selves to the circumstances that face us today. As we do it, our children will learn to do it also.
Detur Gloria Soli Deo.
Tim Bowden | Head Master
From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.– Reinhold Niebuhr
Almost a year ago, newly minted School Officer, Tyson Jackson 12Fo, spoke to the boys and young men of the School about the challenges we had faced in 2020, and which we thought we had left behind. At a time when there is again a focus on wellbeing and mental health, particularly for young people, and after a couple of weeks in lockdown, and with little clarity about what will happen in the coming weeks, it seemed to me that it was worth sharing a young person’s perspective again.
2020 taught us a lot. The simple things we took for granted, are not able to be done at the moment. Hopefully, we will be able to experience those things again as and when things begin to return to normal. But life as we knew it has changed again, and maybe even next year as well. Even the way we went to school has changed and we had to get used to seeing our friends and teachers on a screen rather than face to face.
However, one of the things that this year has taught us is that we can be resilient. We can cope with change. We can cope with disappointment. We have all been faced with setbacks, yet we have all learned to cope with these challenges.
For me, last year was especially tough, [and the fact that the CAS Season has been affected again this year is bitterly disappointing]. But as much as I love to run out with the 1st XV to a packed No. 1 Oval grandstand, that was not the way things panned out. Because rugby is such a big part of my life, it became hard to find the motivation to keep training and stay fit. However, during this time the fact that everyone was in the same boat made it easier to get through the uncertainty by remaining tight as a group and staying positive. We just found new ways to get stuff done.
This principle is very important. In life, regardless of the hurdles we face, it is important to believe that we can be resilient, that we can continue to find ways to improve ourselves, and we can take what life throws at us in our stride. We all have a unique opportunity to do what we love here at the School, to pursue our passions and interests, so it is important that you take advantage of these opportunities and remain committed to what you do. Like we have all managed to do all year, it is important to find ways to turn those things you aren’t so keen on, as well as life’s predictable disappointments, into a positive experience. Persist with those things, and the lessons that you learn will be invaluable.
If there’s key takeaway, it is to persist with those things you may not particularly enjoy, lean into the disappointment, and keep finding new ways to overcome challenges.
Tyson’s words were apposite last November and retain their power almost a year later when we find ourselves back to where we started in March 2020. Seek help when you need it. Reach out to the support services. Your sons (and daughters) need to be reassured that this too shall pass.
Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill
From the Head of the Preparatory School
It has been a busy week of remote learning at the Prep School. I am sure I am not alone, but the ongoing nature of remote learning continues to play with my head, given the concept of primary education has been such a consistent reality for me since I was 5. Despite this, I have been amazed at the way our community has adjusted and managed to re-create the key elements of primary school in a remote context.
Primary schools are places where relationships matter, where learning balances the development of foundational skills and understandings with creative thinking and action, where school life lifts students’ awareness beyond themselves, and where students are encouraged to find balance in their holistic development. Whilst remote learning has created a completely different learning context for students, teachers, and parents alike, these elements of primary school remain as important as ever. We continue to shape our remote learning offering on these elements and it has been wonderful to see evidence of each of them over this past week.
Teachers and students have become more and more creative in the way they have used daily check-ins to promote relationships, promote creativity and to have some fun!
Together the students have creatively explored a range of concepts related to their current units of work in English, Maths and UOI.
Boys are also taking the opportunity to develop their skills in some of the Specialist areas of the curriculum.
Chapel and Daily Devotions
One aspect of school life that I am keen to encourage the students to continue to prioritise is engagement in Chapel. This term’s chapel series reflects on themes from the Olympics and considers parallels with messages in the Bible. This week Mr Smith has prepared a Chapel that encourages the students to consider what it means to be part of God’s team. I also want to encourage the boys to engage in the Daily Devotions that Mr Kelly is preparing and sharing via the Time For More section in Seesaw and Canvas.
Jump Rope for Heart
There has been growing momentum this week with our school-wide Jump Rope for Heart initiative. It has been great to see evidence of the boys taking on the daily challenges through the uploaded photos and videos. Parents are welcome to join the challenge too!
Our Year 5 students have committed to creating a daily demonstration video to encourage the other boys with their skipping. These videos can be found in the Time for More section of Seesaw and Canvas.
In coming weeks we anticipate setting each class the challenge of videoing a class-based skipping routine to see who our most capable and creative skippers are.
I am not sure about you, but I love the Olympics! One of the silver linings of the current lockdown is the alignment with the 2020 (2021) Olympics. Whilst I want to urge the importance of the students prioritising class and specialist learning, I also hope they take the chance to engage in the Olympics; the events and the importance that the event plays in connecting and unifying people across the world.
Living the Olympic Dream is a light-hearted series that aims to entertain (that might be wishful thinking) and draw the students’ attention to different aspects of the Olympics. It has been great to see students engaging with the challenges and questions presented in each episode. I was particularly impressed with the flag bearer videos uploaded by James and Jeremiah in Year 6 which have been featured in the Episode 3.
All of the episodes can be found in the Time for More section of Seesaw and Canvas or at this link.
It seems that Living the Olympic Dream has been seen by some other well-known sports commentators, one of whom has sent a message of encouragement that will feature in Episode 4.
Unfortunately works associated with Llandilo Development have ceased for the time being in line with the NSW Government’s shutdown of the building industry. Positively, the works are ahead of schedule so there is still considerable optimism that the works will be completed in time for the Year 5 and 6 students to begin using the new learning spaces at the beginning of Term 4.
Remote Learning communication
Parents are reminded that any ongoing issues can be raised through the following email addresses:
Parents are reminded that any ongoing issues can be raised through the following email addresses:
‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’James 1:22
From the Head of the Junior School
Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,
In the current cycle where it is my practice on Thursdays to provide parents with an update of the week past and a forecast of the week ahead, I will not have as much to note in the newsletter each week. Rather than repeat all I have previously communicated, I will provide a brief summary of the key points, include any additional items, and then let you set a good example for your children by getting away from the screen you are reading this on!
The key points in yesterday’s update were:
- Gratitude to parents for your continuing support of your children and their teachers
- An acknowledgement of the additional challenges facing our staff and families residing in the three (now, five) restricted Local Government Areas.
- Commendation for the development of independent habits that has been evident in so many boys across this first fortnight of remote learning
- Adjustments in our protocols this week (the addition of explicit-teaching sessions and opening of ‘Hungry for More?’) and further adjustments to come next week (explicit-teaching in single-subject lessons and check-ins with Maths Olympiad candidates)
- A reminder to use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to let us know of any concerns or ask questions.
Remote learning does provide a window into some learning experiences that normally you would not see. For example, our weekly Chapel services are on-line and accessible to all. Exposure to the Christian gospel, accompanied by opportunities for a boy to explore Biblical teaching as he makes decisions about his own faith, is a cornerstone of our School. Parents often have questions about this teaching and especially about weekly Chapel services, either because it is unfamiliar or because of expectations shaped by personal experiences with a church or ideas conveyed in media. Now is a great opportunity to watch and see for yourself! The Junior School Chapel services are typically encouraging, engaging, reflective and fun. This term’s theme is the Fruit of the Spirit and it was a delight to read, after last week’s introduction on love, how many boys responded with a practical commitment to love their families during lockdown. If these pledges were honoured, then there should have been a lot of extra tidying, preparing of meals and washing up done by boys in homes this week! Whilst the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games has been accompanied by controversy, and there may yet be more to come, the commencement of the Games will provide a degree of welcome distraction for many of us across the fortnight ahead. No doubt there will be many examples of success and failure that will capture our attention and inspire a variety of opinions and emotions. I remember that it was in my primary-school years, watching the Moscow Games in 1980, that I first gained an understanding and interest in the spectacle and international sports. I hope our boys are interested and inspired by the chance to view new sports, a different culture and admirable athletic achievements in the weeks ahead.
Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.Numbers 6:24-26
News from The Arthur Holt Library | Extended Essay Guide
This week, we debuted the new Trinity Grammar School Extended Essay guide to senior students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme. The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word piece of independent research that every boy on the programme must complete in one of his areas of study. It can seem an onerous task to students unused to undertaking such an extensive research project and that is why we helped put together this guide to enable the boys to better understand what is expected of them.
This week, we focused on ideation, or the process of identifying and exploring a potential area for research. The boys were asked to brainstorm ideas, explore each other’s suggestions and then to settle on a topic area that they will start exploring in more depth next week. We used a scaffold called a Lotus Diagram to help them to reach beyond what they already know into those areas where they need to engage in further reading and build their understanding.
Next week, we will guide the students through their preliminary research. They will be asked to complete an annotated bibliography, which lists those sites and research articles that they have accessed and what key pieces of information they learned from them.
The boys will then be allocated a supervisor in their individual subject area and we in The Arthur Holt Library will continue to support them with advice on conducting deeper research, accessing Academic Databases, and making sure that they track their sources and reference them correctly. It’s a genuinely exciting time in the academic development of the boys on the IB Diploma Programme and if previous years are anything to go by, some of the work produced will exceed all expectations.
Of course, we are also on hand to support our HSC students. Our Teaching and Learning Librarians delivered lessons this week on finding secondary sources to all the Extension English students. They were told how they can access critical essays and use them to develop their own arguments. They were also shown how important an understanding of historical context can be when analysing a text.
We might not be available in person, but we are still on hand to help any of our students with their reading, research or Academic Scholarship needs. Any and all students are very welcome to email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions or require further support.
One final word to all of our holiday borrowers! If you’re worried about overdue books, don’t be. Any overdues that you’ve been fined for can be returned once face-to-face teaching resumes, and we will provide a refund for any items that are less than two terms overdue. For complete peace of mind, email us at email@example.com and request that we renew your overdues – this will result in your fines being cancelled.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”– Oscar Wilder
Established in July last year, the National Skills Commission’s role is to provide advice and leadership on Australia’s labour market and current, emerging and future workforce skills needs.
One of the three primary focus areas for the Commission is around aligning skill development with labour market needs. The training ‘industry’ has engaged in many iterations of this thinking, responding to the need to work with industry to create learning pathways that produce employable graduates.
As we already know, the three areas where graduates will be most valuable to employers will be working in caring, computing and creating roles. These three concepts of work will be relevant across many employment sectors – it is the job of training organisations to provide learning experiences to match industry demand.
Training organisations are also pivoting very quickly to provide online learning experiences, across all subject areas. The competition for new students is not only focused on delivering relevant content, but also the way in which it is delivered. The incoming University of Sydney vice-chancellor Mark Scott suggests that:
“Digital” education will redefine how students view and select universities. It may allow for more personalised learning paths, lifelong and more accessible learning, upskilling for employment and a more remote and diverse body of students.”
Taking all this into account, apart from pursuing their interests when considering post school study pathways, our students also need to explore how training organisations are preparing them for work, and how these organisations are using technology to make their learning not just accessible, but engaging and industry-relevant.
Awards for the Week | Junior School
Awards Week 2
Green Patch News | Junior School
We have been very fortunate to have had most of our Stage 1 Green Patch construction works complete before the Building Industry shutdown last weekend. The update videos on the progress over the last 3 weeks can be found at https://youtu.be/hcjVy4V2SFc. Join Rugby Bear, our site supervisor, as he oversees the works. It was lovely to have so many boys and staff pop by during the build and watch their design input come to life.
My anticipation grows for the boys return when in class groups they will add the layers of soil medium to their WaterUps Wicking Beds and Vegepods. We are all so thankful to the Junior School Auxiliary for making this possible.
Having almost completed the first 2 P’s of our Green Patch Initiative, PLANNING and PREPARING,
I can’t wait for the 3rd, PLANTING to begin.
Melinda Bargwanna | Specialist Environmental Educator
Story Box Library
We are delighted to let you know about an education resource that is available to your child at home as part of our school subscription – Story Box Library.
Your child can watch favourite stories, read aloud by fabulous storytellers, at home as well as in the classroom.
Reading aloud to children, in particular by diverse and engaging storytellers, greatly improves language and literacy skills, especially in the early years of a child’s development. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and engaging the practice of storytelling. It is intended for use as a complementary form of delivering the precious experience of being read aloud to, in order to improve children’s lives. Connecting children with literature through the complementary medium of film, providing a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers sharing the best of our local children’s picture books.
To access Story Box Library at home:
1) Visit www.storyboxlibrary.com.au
2) Choose Log In from the top right corner of the screen
3) Log in using the username and password provided below
4) Enjoy the library of stories on any device with internet connection
Please note the following features:
● Story Box Library regularly adds new stories, so is an ever-growing library
● Content is aimed at Prep/Foundation through to Year 6 students
● Includes a range of short films to inspired by our stories, creators and storytellers
● Resources are provided for each story, including Classroom Ideas, Activity Time and
Student Task Sheets – all designed to assist at-home learning
● Captions can be turned on or off for each story
● Story Box Library is a safe online space free from advertising
Library News | Junior School
Not sure if you have spotted the irony, but the theme of 2021’s Book Week Old worlds, New Worlds seems appropriate for the New Lockdown world we find ourselves in.
The Junior School was planning on celebrating Book Week in Week 5, beginning with guest authors, Scholastic bookshops and culminating with a dress up parade at the end of the week. Our new world means that we will need to modify our initial arrangements that would have been appropriate for our old world. C’est la vie.
We are still keen to promote the joy of reading and the love of learning that come from reading widely. We will endeavour to have online access to some great books and authors and perhaps the chance to dress up from home. We will keep you posted with more details to come.
Story Box accessibility has been restored. Students should be able to log into Story Box for some great reading of Australian authors and actors.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Students in Years 3-6 are encouraged to fill in their reading log for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Many boys have completed this task and been successful in reaching their goal for the number of books read. Congratulations to the boys that have achieved this. There are boys that may have read the desired number of books for the challenge, but have yet to upload this information. I would like to encourage these boys to do that this week.
If parents are looking for some good book recommendations, I read some great books in the holidays; one of them was The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte. This book is set during the German invasion of Russia during World War II. It is the story between a German military doctor, who has been stationed at The Tolstoy Estate as a field hospital, and the Russian caretaker of the estate. The story is set over the six weeks that the Germans had occupation. The writing is beautiful, emotive and poignant. The story showcases how we can learn to be sympathetic to what other people are experiencing during war time. A great read about war, love and literature. I give it 5 stars.
Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian
Library News | Preparatory School
It has been lovely to hear how many people have enjoyed a book over the holidays. Thank you to everyone who has shared their book with us through the many discussions. If you would like to be featured, don’t forget to email a picture to Mrs Nel.
Time for More – Library
As we continue with Remote Learning, there are activities on both Seesaw for PK-2 and Canvas 3-6 to help students continue to feel part of the library. Seesaw will have story time of Premier’s Reading Challenge Books with Mrs Nel. Students are encouraged to just enjoy the book, but if they would like to add a response, the book will be added to their PRC account for them. Canvas has a book club where we are reading The Wizard of Oz. Students can read the book themselves or listen to Mrs Nel read to them. After they have read the chapters, they are encouraged to take part in the discussion. This has two main advantages, the first is that we are talking about literature and expanding our minds and the second, and probably the most important, it offers a chance for the students to interact with each other. Please join me in both of these spaces to continue enjoying stories.
Book Week Costume Ideas
The theme this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds, so our costumes will be leaning more towards the fantasy realm as we imagine what other worlds our favourite characters live in. We know that lockdown is restricting our movements, but with everyone dressing up in Week 5, now is the perfect time to jump online, order in some materials or props and enjoy your family downtime creating a costume together! Here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing…
Abigail Neil | Inquiry Learning Integrator
Trinity Trio Primed for Olympic Action
Old Boys’ Tokyo schedule
After an agonising extra year’s wait, it’s finally time for our Olympians to shine in Tokyo.
Trinity has a record-equalling three Old Boys competing – a feat achieved only once before, in Athens in 2004.
Sprinter Rohan Browning, 1500m runner Oliver Hoare, and platform diver Sam Fricker will all spring into action in the second week of the Games. To help follow their exploits, here is a schedule of their events (all times are EAST; for Tokyo time deduct one hour):
Rohan Browning, Athletics, 100m:
|Saturday, July 31||Time|
|Sunday, August 1|
Oliver Hoare, Athletics 1500m:
|Tuesday, August 3||Time|
|Thursday, August 5|
|Saturday, August 7|
Sam Fricker, Diving, 10m Platform:
|Friday, August 6|
|Saturday, August 7|
Trinity also has a strong interest in the Men’s Water Polo, Group B:
Tuesday, July 27
Australia v Croatia 2050
Music News | Preparatory School
Increasing Performance Confidence Tips:
- THINK POSITIVE – we are what we think. Edit out negative thoughts.
Instrumental Music lessons resumed this week Monday 19th July using the boys Trinity School email via Microsoft Teams only. If parents wish to opt out of the on-line lessons they must contact the Music Administration Assistant – Dinora Marquez via email – firstname.lastname@example.org otherwise charges will apply for missed lessons.
Please contact your son’s Instrumental Music Teacher if they have not already made contact with you to resume lessons. For new students to the Instrumental Music Program the decision has been made to wait until we are back onsite for these students to begin. Instrumental Staff have been informed to avoid the morning and afternoon class check-in times. Feedback from staff during the week has been positive and they thank the boys for their ongoing commitment to their Instrumental Music studies. AMEB information for the October session will be required to be submitted by the Instrumental Teachers to Mrs Trynes in Week 4, Monday 2nd August at the very latest to know if we have enough candidates to have the exams on site. (COVID permitting)
Time For More
As a result of no Music Co-curricular Ensemble rehearsals until further notice, a number of music ensembles have posted work on the Time For More platforms on Canvas for Years 3-6 and Seesaw for PK-2. If boys have the opportunity throughout the week to engage with these activities, this is purely on a voluntary basis and not a compulsory commitment. Do not feel any pressure to engage. A reminder that if you upload work there will not be any feedback provided. One of the sections is called Easy Listening Station and this is where boys are able to post pieces of music from their Instrumental Music lessons that are at a performance standard, so I am looking forward to hearing you play.
AMEB Theory Mock Exams
The AMEB have delayed these exams until a few weeks after schools are back on site so that further preparation can occur. The Music Department will communicate with parents once we know this timeline and the operation of the Monday afternoon Mock Exams on site. Until such time, please can I encourage the boys to continue to engage with the online lessons which present revision material, target specific student learning needs in order to progress in their appropriate grade.
Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School
Dates for the Diary
For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK
Managing anxiety and uncertainty: resources
It’s been a stressful time as we deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) in NSW and the uncertainty it brings. What life will look like over the next few months has changed and many are feeling anxious about what this means.
Trinity’s Counselling Services are gathering resources to help manage wellbeing and will include them each week in The Bulletin, as well as making them available to students. We encourage you to share and discuss these resources with all your family members.
Reach Out – a specific ‘Coping during Coronavirus’ collection for young people. Includes short video stories filmed by young people about how they have been coping in lockdown, lessons they’ve learnt, how they’ve developed resilience.
HeadSpace – resources reminders about practicing self-care and ways you can regain a sense of control.
Kids Helpline or 1800 55 1800
The COVID 19 situation presents a unique set of challenges for you as parents and your son. We would like to assure you that the School’s Pastoral and Counselling Teams remain committed to supporting you and your sons through this time.
The School’s ‘E-Care’ system provides a confidential link directly to the School’s Senior Counselling Team. The email address is monitored by all team members and is the quickest way to make contact with the school psychologists. If you have any concerns for your son please do not hesitate to contact the Counselling Team on 9581 6035 or via email@example.com
Other useful numbers:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 (if you need to see
Emergency 000 (if you are in crisis).
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, 3 August
- Tuesday, 17 August
- Tuesday, 31 August
- Tuesday, 14 September
Greg Webster | Senior Chaplain, Summer Hill
Kerry Vickery (Summer Hill)
mobile 0408 119 187
Trinity Prayer Group | Strathfield Campus
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
Wendy Chan (Prep School)
mobile 0405 129 328
Carla Ferla (Prep School)
mobile 0414 166 336
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).
Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)
Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).