From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

Finally, on Monday, the Junior School students and staff will all gather again. It will be 129 days since all grades from Kindergarten to Year 6 were last at school…a much longer break than we anticipated when we left for what should have been a three-week break at the end of Term 2. Congratulations to boys, staff and parents who have made the ensuing weeks of remote learning more than bearable…they have been productive and peppered with highlights. Still, let’s all hope we never have to do that again!

This week has seen the return of students and our school has once again hosted the sights, sounds (and smells) of boys, which is as it should be. It has been wonderful to have Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 boys and teachers testing the new routines and schedule that have been implemented for the safe return to school. They have planted in the Green Patch, had the run of the playground (three times a day), met the frogs, but most importantly relished the opportunities to socialise and learn together. And the excitement has lasted all week! No doubt, the return of Years 3-5 on Monday will perpetuate the ‘buzz’ felt around the school.

Thank you to the parents of boys in attendance this week for your cooperation with our adjusted times, especially in the carpark. Next week, the return of most grades in Middle and Senior School will add to the volume of students, traffic and wait times, but the systems will work and keep boys safe, if all cooperate with expectations. For the sake of parents in Years 3-5, I repeat and ask all parents to cooperate with these most important adjustments:

  • No parent may be on campus for any reason. Do not enter gates or proceed past the carpark – forgotten lunch? No! Forgotten Chromebook? No! Early pick-up? No! If you need to address matters like these please call the Junior School Office. Can’t get through immediately on the phone? Still, no! Just be patient and keep trying. Someone will answer and do their best to assist you when they are not attending to other boys or parents.  
  • Modified start time (9am) and finish time (K-4 at 2.40pm; Years 5 and 6 at 3pm)
  • Carpark Drop off window (8.30am-9am)
  • Carpark Pick-up window (K-4 from 2.40pm-3pm; Years 5 and 6 from 3pm-3.20pm) – Year 5 and 6 boys with K-4 brothers will be dismissed at the earlier time to facilitate one pick-up
  • No canteen
  • Summer uniform – Uniform Shop home delivery and click and collect are available
  • Sport Uniform – boys will wear sport uniform to, from and during the day on their timetabled PE day (K-2 on Monday and Wednesday; Year 3 on Thursday; Year 5 on Tuesday; Year 6 on Friday)
  • Access to Number 2 Oval – parents are advised that cohorts will be using the external pathway along Seaview Street and Victoria Road to move from the Junior School to the oval for breaks. This is to enable cohorts to come and go without coming into contact with other cohorts. Boys will be supervised and there is no road crossing on the short journey 

Further details are contained in the Junior School Return to School Information Booklet. Students must not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and must not return until they have received a negative test result and are symptom-free.

The Trinity bus network re-commences service from Monday. Given that these services will be utilised by boys from many year ‘cohorts’, masks are strongly recommended. Please note that boys who are already 12 years-old (some of our Year 6 students) must wear a mask on the bus as it is stipulated in Public Health Orders

In the absence of our regular Saturday Sport programme, IPSHA is offering an online programme on Saturday mornings to promote fitness, to prepare the students for the resumption of community and school sport, and to promote some healthy inter-school competition. Netfit runs for five weeks starting this Saturday and begins on Zoom at 10am. Each session runs for 50 minutes, is free to join and optional for all Junior School students (all ages and all family members are free to join in). The Netfit flyer is available here including information about how you can help Trinity reach the top of the leaderboard! Simply join the Zoom meeting (ID – 819 0580 3788; Passcode – 191748).

Thank you to all who have already uploaded Move-a-thon sponsorship donations via the link on the Canvas page. I am delighted to report that we are closing in on $10 000 raised for the John MacLean Foundation and the Junior School Auxiliary. However, that has been contributed by less than a quarter of Junior School families and about one-third of boys who were participating and logging minutes. Hopefully, that means that there are many other participants yet to donate who are finalising arrangements with sponsors. Families of boys who did not participate are still free to make donations to this great cause. The page for sponsorship and other donations is linked here

Orientation Morning for new Junior School boys in 2022 has been re-scheduled to Friday 3 December. Please note this changed date if you have a son commencing next year. We are hopeful that delaying this experience until later in the term might provide greater flexibility to run a more authentic orientation experience. Current Year 6 boys will still take part in the Year 7 Orientation Day on Friday 19 November. In addition to this, we are also developing an additional orientation experience to Middle School for Year 6 students, also on Friday 3 December.

Please note the following dates for end-of-year events that in some cases are different from the Record Book:

  • Monday 22 November: Year 6 PYP Exhibition
  • Monday 6 December: Years 3-6 Prize Giving
  • Monday 6 December: Year 6 Parent & Son Dinner
  • Tuesday 7 December: K-2 Christmas Service
  • Tuesday 7 December: Year 6 Valedictory Service (unchanged)
  • Wednesday 8 December: Final day for all Junior School students
  • Thursday 9 December: Year 7 2022 Allwell Testing – Year 6 students only will need to attend school on this day to take part in Allwell Testing. The result of these assessments is invaluable for the Middle School teachers and Housemasters as they support the students’ transition into Year 7 and beyond.

The format of these events will be confirmed closer to the time. If parents are still not permitted on-site, we will stream or record and distribute these events for the enjoyment of all in our community.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

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