From the Head Master

As this term draws to a close, I want to take the opportunity to express my thanks to the Trinity community. While the impact of the pandemic has been felt by our community in different ways, it has been a burden for all of us. Nonetheless, under that burden I have observed our community demonstrating quiet resolve and mutual support for one another.

I want to pay tribute to our students. The experiences of our older students are obviously very different to those of the younger ones. We know that sustaining engagement with learning has been particularly challenging for some of our boys. However, it also appears that the majority of the boys are coping remarkably well in these adverse times. The long-term impact of an extended experience of remote learning and social isolation cannot be fully known, but I think we have some grounds for optimism that the challenges will have some positive impacts in the formation of our boys’ character, dispositions and capabilities.

I also want to thank the parents and families of the School community for all that you have done to enable the boys to continue with their education. The partnership between home and school that we often speak about has been forced to take new shapes during this term. Parents have had more insight and input with reference to their son’s learning than has been the case for many decades; that shared experience is now part of your family’s story, with its memories, in-jokes, tensions and emergent traditions. Thank you also for the encouragement and support that you have offered to members of the School team along the way.

I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of our staff in both their teaching and their support roles. The professional challenges that they have faced, combined with the personal challenges that we have all experienced, have been substantial. Designing learning for the boys, providing feedback on progress, maintaining the personal connections that are so central to the School experience, and managing all the other dimensions of their work has been demanding in the extreme. I am immensely proud of them and their commitment to the boys of the School.

As this term comes to an end, the School is also hard at work planning for next term. The government has provided some direction as to the anticipated return to school, but we are all conscious that our plans are provisional. I anticipate providing families with a substantial guide to our approach to Term 4 at the end of the break. This document will provide answers to many of the questions that are circulating in our minds and in the community about how face-to-face learning will resume in a COVID-safe way.

For the time being, the key messages are:

  • Term 4 will commence with remote learning and the arrangements that are currently in place.
  • The School encourages all members of the community who are eligible for vaccination, which includes the boys who are 12 years old or older, to act on the public health recommendations to be vaccinated.
  • During the break, we should all make a priority of resting well, eating well, exercising well and connecting well with one another.

And, finally for the term, I bring you a blessing from the Bible, in Numbers 6:24-26.

May 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

Detur gloria soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

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