From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

Lieutenant-General David Morrison (Ret.)

This week we continued in our annual series of reminders to your sons, many of whom have heard these messages before, but many who may be hearing them for the first time.

On Wednesday, Mr Yarad, the Deputy Head of the Senior School, an Old Boy from the Class of 1992, spoke about the importance of standards in the Senior School Assembly. He explained that one of the hallmarks of Trinity Grammar School is that we insist on high standards, and that this extends to expectations for behaviour, punctuality, dress and deportment, courtesy, and respect.

In particular, he reiterated some important, non-negotiable rules, all of which are articulated in the Record Book and Handbook, but which, for young people, bear repeating for the sake of establishing and maintaining clarity. He spoke about the School policy for mobile ‘phone usage. In simple terms, your sons are not permitted to have their ‘phones on between 8.25am and 3.40pm. We tell them they must be “off and away”. The School reserves the right to confiscate your son’s ‘phone in the event there is a breach of this clear and reasonable expectation. If you need to contact your son urgently during the day, you may call Reception on 9581 6000 and we will convey a message. Please do not message him directly. He also spoke about the importance of wearing the uniform well, a theme I returned to this morning at Quad Assembly. It would be fair to say that getting many of your sons to keep their socks up and their shirts tucked in is a constant and frustrating battle. It would be easy to give up but, because of our commitment to high standards, my colleagues and I continue the endless reminders to your sons about the importance of being well presented. Likewise, haircuts. The Record Book is clear that your son’s hair must be clean and tidy and may not be so cutting edge as to invite comment. If a teacher, Housemaster, coach, or senior member of staff asks your son to have a haircut that is, by definition, inviting comment. It is not an infringement of your son’s human rights to ask him to trim his hair, or have a shave, and we expect that your son will comply as a gesture of respect for the person who made the request and for the institution of Trinity Grammar School.

Finally, Mr Yarad stressed the importance of the School’s position on anti-social behaviour involving drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, vapes, weapons (real or replica), theft and vandalism. It is critical that you and your sons are clear that there are some behaviours the School will not accept.

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

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