From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

Unfortunately, the long-range weather forecast for a very wet end to the week has proved to be accurate, forcing the postponement of today’s Cross Country Championships and Year 2 Fun Run. We will try again for next Tuesday morning. The forecast is not ideal but considerably more promising than the present tempest. Other than the change of date, all other details remain the same for next week’s second attempt. At the time of writing, there is considerable doubt over tomorrow morning’s outdoor fixtures for boys in Years 4-6. Fortunately, many of the basketball fixtures against the Preparatory School are scheduled for indoor venues at Summer Hill and will proceed.    

Some tired Year 6 boys and teachers returned from Canberra on Wednesday afternoon after three very full days and nights which included visits to the various museums, memorials, institutes and houses that are the educational destinations of our nation’s capital. For many, witnessing Parliament in operation during a sitting week was a highlight. Before leaving, the boys were asked to be excellent ambassadors for the School and are to be commended for rising to that challenge with their attitude and cooperation throughout the trip.

We are ready for next week’s Learning Conferences. These are a terrific opportunity to discuss your son’s start to the school year and establish goals for the rest of the year. The vast majority of conferences will be face-face experiences at school and boys should attend in uniform. I remind parents that we still need to conduct events on campus in a COVID-safe manner. Please be punctual without arriving overly early. You may proceed directly to your son’s classroom where you will be asked to register using the Service NSW QR-code. Please wait in the seats provided outside the classroom until the teacher invites you into the room. Parents will need to maintain appropriate distancing (1.5m) from other adults. At the conclusion of the conference, you are requested to leave the campus. Unfortunately, this is not the time to socialise with other parents who may be on campus at the same time. Thank you for your cooperation with these protocols that form part of the COVID Plan for this event. If you have nominated a Teams conference, the teacher will set this up using the email dress you provided at registration.

This Sunday is Harmony Day, a day set aside each year to celebrate cultural diversity and a day of cultural respect. Trinity is an extraordinarily diverse community including students from over 70 nations of birth who speak over 50 languages in addition to English. So, Harmony Day is a great fit for our students who live and learn with other boys and teachers from many backgrounds every day. Yet, it is also important that we do not take this for granted and deliberately promote respect and appreciation for the richness of our differences. We will mark Harmony Day next Wednesday with a variety of activities promoting these values across all classes and the boys will be permitted to wear Mufti (casual clothes) on the day. For this privilege, we will ask for a gold coin (or more) donation that will be passed onto All Together Now, an organisation designing electronic and social media tools to educate and promote harmony in rural areas. Thank you to our Year 6 Charity Leaders who have researched and selected this charity and who will be ensuring the messages of Harmony Day are communicated to students next week.

The Kindergarten to Year 2 Easter Hat Parade will be a lovely way to finish next week and we look forward to seeing lots of parents next Friday morning. We will communicate the protocols for attendance next week. The boys have been hard at work this week making their hats and Easter baskets, with a little bit of help from their Year 6 buddies.

Parents in Years 4 and 6 are reminded of the information distributed about ‘Amazing Me’ sessions 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 earlier emails to register for the relevant evening session.

Word must have got out about the quality of our coffee and tea! Or it could be the chance to spend an hour with the Junior School Executive judging by the strong response to registrations for Cuppa’n’Chat on Tuesday 30 March. We are greatly looking forward to answering any questions or discussing matters that parents will raise. Please note that you have had to register for this occasion and we have now reached capacity. If you can not attend on this occasion, we do intend to run a similar event each term and if you have an urgent matter, please don’t wait for an organised event to raise your concern.   

The ‘walk-up’ opportunity to purchase from the canteen has been unavailable to Junior School boys this term as the School has trialled new locations for food services. I am pleased to advise that the small canteen located in the corridor between the Junior School and the carpark will re-open from the beginning of next term. Boys in K-6 will be able to purchase an ice-block or other items from a limited menu and practise their money-handling skills. It is still the preference that lunch orders be placed in advance and on-line but all boys will now have the chance to supplement what comes in their lunch box and spend their pocket money on a treat for themselves.

Congratulations to Moussa Choker, Nathan Jones, Zac Bachir and Daniel Zhang who swam or dived in the IPSHA Team at yesterday’s CIS Championships. Moussa again won his division and the other boys placed well in their races. We await confirmation but expect Moussa and hope that Daniel will now be selected to represent CIS. Good luck to all boys whose games tomorrow are not disrupted by the weather, many who will be facing-off in the local derby against friends and peers from the Preparatory School. Next Saturday morning, all boys in Years 4-6 will be involved in either Winter Sport Trials or the IPSHA Cross Country.

Revised dates of P&F and Auxiliary Meetings

The Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary have announced revised meeting dates for 2021. Please see the article in this week’s Bulletin for the new dates should you wish to attend.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

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