From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

This term, we have been conscious of using language and shaping learning experiences in and outside the classrooms that emphasise the intentional growth journeys of good learners. At Monday’s Assembly, our guest was Weh Yeoh, known to the boys as the founder of the charity, OIC Cambodia. Weh visited to thank the boys and families for your amazing financial support for Term 1’s Day Without Speech. Together we raised over $17000! We took the opportunity to ask him to reflect on important lessons from his own school days. As a former Trinity student, Weh was perfectly placed to connect this semester’s two GROWTH themes, ‘Growth As A Learner’ and ‘Being a Trinitarian’. Weh reflected on the values instilled at Trinity and the experiences he had that have proved to be pivotal in his journey since he graduated. He particularly impressed upon the boys in Years 3-6 the value he now places on the diverse opportunities he had at Trinity and the importance of trying as many experiences as possible during your school years when you are discovering who you are. Of course, we are never too old to learn and Weh also made the boys aware of a challenge from OIC Cambodia to adults to attempt going without speech, not for the purpose of raising funds, but to help us appreciate the daily challenges faced by those with communication impairment. I encourage you to continue your own learning journey and have a go!

Congratulations go to the Year 5 and Year 6 boys who make up our Da Vinci Decathlon teams and who have achieved our best-ever results! The Year 5 team placed in three of the ten categories: 4th in Art and Poetry; 9th in Maths; and 10th in Code Breaking. The Year 6 team went one better, placing in four categories: 7th in Legacy (general knowledge); 9th in Engineering; 10th in English; and 13th in Code Breaking. Mrs Gossling was delighted with the attitude, application and teamwork of the boys both on the day and in preparatory training sessions. Well done, boys!

A highlight of this week was an opportunity for boys and staff to participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime, an event whereby students of all ages all around the nation stop to read the same story. On Wednesday, across our school, in classrooms and small groups, many students and teachers enjoyed live or streamed readings of Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. It is a story that taps into natural curiosity about space whilst celebrating the precious and life-sustaining features of our own amazing planet. As always, the session was also a wonderful reminder of the joy experienced whenever we share stories together. Thank you to Mrs Bowden and Mrs Weber for coordinating the Junior School’s participation. Our reading to Kindergarten, Year 2 and their Year 6 buddies can be viewed below. 

As flagged last week, our re-scheduled K-2 Mother’s Day morning will take place next Friday 28 May in the Sports Centre (not the Centenary Centre). All other details remain the same as the original invitation. Access will be via the carpark and we will require you to register on arrival via the NSW Services app so please bring your phone. We hope all our K-2 mothers can join us for the boys’ performance and then some time in the classroom.

On the whole, the boys’ respect for the School in the way that they wear their uniform each day is pleasing. One aspect where there is room for improvement is in remembering to bring all appropriate items on days when boys are required to change: on PE days, after Tuesday morning practices and sometimes following training sessions on Thursdays. Packing the right items involves thinking ahead, being organised and exercising self-responsibility which are all habits we are trying to develop in each student. Please assist your son with appropriate reminders but do not do the packing task for your son, especially if he is in Year 5 or 6. Your son needs your support, but once he is used to the routines, he should be expected and able to bring his gear each day with a degree of independence.  

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

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