From the Head of the Junior School

We have been reminded in the last 48 hours that, whilst we have been blessed with great freedom and relative normality in school and community life this year, we must continue to be vigilant regarding COVID-19 safety. I thank parents for understanding the decision taken to amend plans and postpone some events. We hope that the current disruption is fleeting and look forward to re-scheduling our K-2 Mother’s Day morning as soon as restrictions permit us to do so.

Today was Mrs Karen Voysey’s last day in the Junior School as she takes maternity leave. Mrs Voysey won’t quite meet her child in time for this Mother’s Day but we eagerly anticipate news of a safe arrival in the next few weeks and we wish Mr and Mrs Voysey every blessing as they commence the next stage of their family life together.

I remind parents of students in Years 3 and 5 that all boys will undertake NAPLAN next week. These assessments are carried out nation-wide each year for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in order to assess the literacy and numeracy learning of students in all Australian schools. We look forward to the boys having this testing experience without wanting to place undue emphasis on them. It is important that every boy does his best without being made to feel anxious about the experience. I draw attention to advice offered to parents by the School in recent years:

It is important to put these tests in perspective. At Trinity, boys receive a wide range of feedback from teachers about their learning, and while the NAPLAN results may complement this to some extent, they are by definition “one-off” tests. Parents should certainly discourage boys from being nervous about the tests; and they should note that these are not tests for which the boys can specifically prepare, beyond the particular preparation which is organised by their teachers in the period leading up to the tests. Ideally NAPLAN tests will provide a snapshot of the learning achieved by each boy over his time at school, and a snapshot of how well the School as a whole is achieving with its students.

In the Junior School, the tests will now be completed on next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with the following week set aside for boys to catch up on missed tests. Year 3 will do their Writing Test using paper and pencil, but all other tests for both grades will be online.

Year 3 will enjoy their first taste of basketball competition this afternoon as Friday Afternoon Sport sessions re-commence. The programme runs for five weeks and it is the expectation that all Year 3 students attend. We focus on a different sport each term to provide the boys with exposure to a wider variety of sports, specific skills and the opportunity to participate in modified game situations. Parents are reminded to be punctual for pick-up in the carpark. Boys booked into OSH Club can still go to OSH at the conclusion of the session.

Over the next two weekends many of the boys who recently competed in Stage 2 of the Australian-Chinese ‘Hello Mandarin’ Contest, will participate in finals. We wish all of the participants the best of luck as they showcase their skills and hard work in public performances.

The Trinity Marketing and Communications department will be filming at various locations at the Junior School on Tuesday, 18 May between the hours of 7am and 4pm. This project will be carried out with as little disruption to regular classes as possible. You son may or may not be captured on film as he goes about his usual school routine at Trinity. The video will be used to promote Trinity in its publications, advertising and other online media activities. Should you wish to not grant permission for your son to participate in or be included in this video, please return this form to the School’s Marketing Manager by no later than Thursday, 13 May. All contact details are found on the form.

I remind parents registered for the THRASS Information session next Monday evening with Mrs Scott and Mrs Richards that this will commence at 6pm in the Junior School Library and will be able to proceed even if the current restrictions are extended beyond the weekend. Registrations are now closed as the session is full. We will advise on Monday there are any changes that impact the session.

We enjoyed another excellent weekend of sport last Saturday with wins, losses, draws and valuable lessons in skills, teamwork and sportsmanship across all codes. If the weather permits games to proceed in the morning, I remind parents to observe registration, hygiene and social-distance guidelines and to cooperate with the requirements of various schools. Whilst masks will not be required at Trinity home games, it may be wise to have a mask for adults attending away venues as some schools have flagged that these will be required.

I wish all the Trinity Junior School mothers a wonderful and blessed day on Sunday…

Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, for the love they have shown and the care they have given. We thank you for the qualities of mothers – their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding. We thank you for the part they play in our lives, and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’ – this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do. For mothers and motherhood, for children and families we bring you this day our grateful praise.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

Ephesians 1:17-18

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