From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

“… in the establishment of Trinity Grammar School we are laying the foundation of an institution that will bring great and lasting benefit to the … community … I have no doubt whatever of the success of the school. God is at the back of it, and the encouragement … is an earnest of big things in the future”. The Founder, George Alexander Chambers (1913)

Since the foundation of Trinity Grammar School, Chapel services have been an integral part of our community. “What does a chapel mean to a Church School?” This was the rhetorical question that introduced The Chapel Within Trinity Grammar School, a brief account by former Head Master, Mr Wilson Hogg and former School Captain, Old Trinitarians’ Union President and Member of the School Council, Mr Kerrigan, written and published in the 1960s. Their answer: that the building was “the embodiment of the Christian principles upon which (the School) was founded”. Their account continues with the exhortation that “we must never forget that the Chapel is a memorial … to the memory of Trinitarians who served and those who died” in the service of their country. The foundation stone was laid on the 11th of November 1956. Remembrance Day. The War Memorial Chapel was opened and dedicated one year later. On both occasions there was a “solemn reading of names of those who had given their lives and whose names were inscribed on a bronze plate above the north-east door, and “in the shadow of the national flag”. After an extended, Covid-19 imposed hiatus, it was lovely to be able to resume services in the Memorial Chapel. Of all the events and activities that were curtailed in 2020, the joining together in Houses for a period of corporate worship was perhaps the most significant. It was the hope of Messrs Wilson Hogg and Kerrigan, that the Memorial Chapel would provide for the boys and Old Boys of Trinity Grammar School a symbol and reminder of the deepest meaning and purpose of their School, and an oasis of quiet reflection in the otherwise vibrant and lively life of the School.

Last week’s Bulletin drew attention to the Safe Learning and Working Environment Policy on page 14 of the Record Book, its genesis in the School’s conviction of the value of the individual and its outworking in the respect we show to other people. This thread runs through the introductory pages in the Record Book and continues on page 20 with an articulation of your sons’ Rights and Responsibilities. In over thirty years of School mastering, I have formed the view that young people have no problem at all with understanding their rights, but that as parents and teachers our work tends to focus on helping them come to understand the reciprocal relationship with their responsibilities. The catalogue of Rights and Responsibilities is grounded in the School’s fundamental belief, imago Dei, that we are created in the image of God and that, as a result, we are to seek to treat one another with understanding and respect. Over the course of this term, this notion of mutual respect will be unpacked with your sons in the Life Skills Programme, Assemblies and House Meetings. It is our hope that the ubiquity of our messaging to your sons leads to it becoming a topic of dinner table conversation.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

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