From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

We thank the mothers (and some grandmothers) who joined us this morning for our postponed Mother’s Day celebrations. It was worth the wait! Our boys loved having the opportunity to sing for, dance with, and host their own special guest in the classroom for activities, as well as enjoy some extra cuddles. Thanks to all our guests for patiently waiting for today, and for joining in with such energy and joy.

The dancing from this morning can be viewed below:

Speaking of mums, it is a pleasure to be able to pass on the wonderful news that over the last week, two of our staff members have become mothers. Last Wednesday, a little earlier than we all expected, Jackson Weber was born to Mrs Caitlin Weber and Dad (Dale); and then this Monday, Oliver Voysey arrived and is being adored by Mrs Karen Voysey and Dad (Pete). All are doing well. We congratulate and send best wishes to the expanded Weber and Voysey families.

The Festival of the Arts is in full swing with many events for students and a wider audience taking place over the next week, celebrating opportunities in music, drama, visual arts and production. In the primary schools, our exhibitions occur a little later in the year when the boys have had the opportunity to rehearse performances and make artworks for display (advance notice that the Junior School performances are scheduled for the evening of Friday 20 August). A pinnacle performance of this week’s festivities will be next Wednesday evening’s Gala Music Concert at the City Recital Hall, featuring many of the most accomplished individual musicians and groups in the School, including a performance of the Combined Primary Choirs. I encourage everyone to try and catch at least one event during the festival and marvel at the talent and opportunities our students enjoy across the arts at this school.      

Yesterday marked the commencement of National Reconciliation Week. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Over the next week, we will take opportunities to discuss and pray for reconciliation. The concept of reconciliation fits well with our GROWTH theme for this term, ‘Growth as Learners’. We learn from our own mistakes and the mistakes of others. Boys are always encouraged to recognise that the mistakes we and others make can cause hurt and break relationships, and that part of growing is learning to intentionally act to restore relationships by saying sorry and treating others with renewed care, kindness and respect. In Australia, this lesson is particularly, but not exclusively applicable to our community’s relationship with our first citizens. Reconciliation is also a principle that we all need to apply in our personal relationships from time to time. We want our boys to grow into young men with an understanding of indigenous perspectives, with determination to value, protect and restore personal relationships, and with the desire and courage to act for individuals and groups who have been hurt by others.

There was also a lovely surprise awaiting the boys of Year 6 yesterday. Their commemorative Year 6 shirts which have been organised and funded by the Auxiliary arrived. The boys needed little encouragement to try them on! Thank you to the Auxiliary for providing a shirt for every boy in Year 6 which they will be able to wear each Thursday as part of their sport uniform.

The AIS Perspectives Survey that the Head Master has asked parents to complete was also completed by all boys in Years 5 and 6 on Monday. We look forward to the inclusion of the voice of our older primary students when we analyse the broader results of the community, to help us continue to grow as a school.  

Each week, the attendance of Junior School boys at sport is excellent. Occasionally, a boy needs to be absent due to a clash of events or illness on the day. I remind parents that known absences should trigger a request for leave made in writing and directed to me with as much notice as possible. Absences caused by overnight illness or late (unexpected) circumstances should be phoned in, emailed or texted directly to Mr Robinson as early as possible on Saturday morning, as he is in contact with all coaches and sometimes replacement players can be organised. Unfortunately, messages left via the Absences number or app will not be forwarded to him until Monday morning when the games are long passed!

For the first time in a long time, we will have non-Trinity families touring the school tomorrow morning and next Wednesday as part of Enrolments events. I am proud and excited to have the chance to show visitors the incredible learning community in the Junior School. If you know of any families considering Trinity as the school for their sons, please have them register for next Wednesday or future Open Days. I also remind our current families with younger sons who may come to Trinity, that you must lodge an application and begin the process with our Enrolments team. Siblings are prioritised but not guaranteed placement. Enrolment numbers over the next few years are very strong and in some year groups, already at capacity.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 19:7-8

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