From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

It is a delight to advise you that the final figure raised this year by students in the Junior School for OIC Cambodia is $17 185! Well done and thank you, Junior School boys and families! This surpasses any total we have raised previously for this cause. 6J is the highest fundraising class (once all funds including cash donations were allocated) and 5C has the highest sponsorship participation rate so both classes will be thanked for their efforts and generosity with pizza lunch. We are proud to support this cause (now for six years) and look forward to hearing about the impact this has on the provision of Cambodia’s first speech therapists.  

The Trinity Grammar School Soloist Competition is an elite high school contest in which some exceptional younger musicians are also invited to participate. This week, we had three Junior School boys invited to perform in the Junior section finals. Emerson Urbano (piano), Ryan Fan (cello), and Mimo Kim (violin) performed exceptionally. The boys’ talent and dedication to learning their instrument are obvious to all of us whenever they perform at Monday assemblies. Musical performances are a highlight of Monday assemblies and a great place for our soloists and ensembles to develop their performance skills in front of an authentic audience. Well done, boys!

By now, you will have received your invitation to book a Parent/Teacher/Student Conference in Week 9. These conferences are a terrific opportunity for you, your son, and his teacher to discuss goals for the year and important next steps in learning. Your son’s participation in this meeting is important because it allows for a three-way conversation where he develops ownership for his own learning, rather than being a conversation between adults about him. I encourage all parents to make this conference a priority and book a time to meet together with the teacher. We are assuming that most parents and boys will take the opportunity to have a face-face conference at school but have also provided a link for those who prefer a conference via Microsoft Teams.

Next week, Year 6 head to Canberra from Monday until Wednesday, accompanied by their class teachers as well as Mrs Ormes, Mrs Beke and Mrs Katay. We know they will have a wonderful time and will be great ambassadors for our school, as they were this week during their Art/Mandarin excursion. Please ensure that packing lists and arrangements for departure/pick-up are carefully noted. Any medication should be given to the class teacher with ‘permission to administer’ forms. I draw your attention to the special instructions regarding Monday’s departure and Wednesday’s return, including the need to complete and submit a COVID-19 Person Health Declaration. We are especially asking parents to not congregate on Victoria Street on either occasion but to farewell and greet your son in the carpark. We wish all the boys and teachers a safe and enjoyable trip. In their absence, Year 5 will step us as leaders in the School.

Thank you to the Auxiliary for organising today’s Gelato Day for the boys. It was very much enjoyed. Parents can also get a treat by purchasing your Hot Cross Buns via the Auxiliary. There is a link to order in this newsletter and your buns will be distributed via your son in the final week of term, in time to enjoy over the Easter weekend.

‘Amazing Me’ education sessions provide information and support to students and parents in discussing aspects of personal development. Year 4 and Year 6 parents have been emailed information about these sessions which are scheduled for Monday 29 March. Please note that the Year 4 session starts at 5:30pm followed by the separate Year 6 session which commences at 7:00pm. Year 6 also participate in a follow-up class session on Tuesday 30 March. Please use the links provided in the email to register for the relevant parent and boy session.

The recently relaxed regulations allow us to squeeze in a ‘Cuppa’n’chat’ with the Junior School Executive (Mr Hassall, Mrs Ormes, Mrs Richards and myself) before the term concludes. We will be holding this on Tuesday 30 March from 8:45am-9:30am in the Junior School. This is an opportunity to ask questions or discuss matters that you would like to raise, or simply to have a cuppa and get to know us and each other better. On this occasion we will need you to register your intention to attend in order to allow us to ensure we use a compliant space for the number of attendees. Please note the date and watch out for the registration information that will be distributed next week. If you can not attend on this occasion, we do intend to run a similar event each term.  

Summer Sport Team Photos will be taken next Thursday morning. Boys in Years 4 to 6 should ensure that they wear their usual Thursday sport uniform but bring their Saturday uniform on the day for their photograph. Over the weekend, it would be a great idea for the boys to try and fit in at least one run, jog, or lap-around-the-park in preparation for next Friday morning’s Cross Country Championships.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

1 Thessalonians 5:13b-15

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