From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

Our week of scheduled Learning Conferences has now concluded and I trust that parents have appreciated the opportunity to meet together. We have certainly appreciated the chance to build our partnership with you and to have you back in the Junior School again after twelve months! We have encouraged the boys to listen and to have a voice at the meeting as agents of their own learning. Our hope is that you have valued the experience to reflect, share perspectives and set goals together, and that this process is part of an ongoing learning dialogue. Parents should feel free to contact teachers with any concerns or to arrange follow-up discussion as needs arise. At the end of each semester, you will receive a comprehensive Semester Report which will include grades for achievement and application in approaches to learning across all learning areas, but our reporting to you goes well beyond that document. It is our aim to engage in ongoing communication between home and School, and to provide all parents with timely, regular and meaningful feedback regarding their son’s achievement, growth, future goals and application to their learning. We are confident that if you engage with Seesaw posts, Canvas announcements, rubrics and work samples across the semester you will gain a detailed picture of your son’s growth and learning targets.

This morning, we were finally able to run our Cross Country Championships.

It was worth the wait as the cooler temperatures, gentle breeze and blue skies made for perfect running conditions. The boys competed with one another and themselves in this morning’s runs covering between one and three kilometres. Yet, they also supported one another and it was a particular joy to see them out on the course pushing themselves and looking out for their mates with a kind word, fist pump or cheer, regardless of position in the race. Congratulations to our age champions! Congratulations also to boys who ran better or further than they ever have before. For many, finishing the race without stopping to walk may be a personal milestone now achieved or a goal to set for next year.

We also enjoyed having so many parents join us for the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 Easter Hat Parade. This year, the boys made their hats themselves at school so they were particularly proud to show them off to family who could attend.

Thank you to all who were able to put aside the time to attend. Small performances like this morning are very special for young boys and lay the developmental foundation for more involved performances that will be part of their education in years ahead. The boys also enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt later in the day. Thank you to Mrs Richards and the K-2 staff for organising this morning’s fun. It was a special way to welcome parents back to campus and to mark the beginning of Easter celebrations. Next week, the boys in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will join with the older boys to conclude the term with a rare gathering of all Junior School students at our Easter Service in the Chapel.

Not to be forgotten amidst a busy week was Harmony Day which we observed on Wednesday, a day to celebrate cultural diversity. We enjoyed celebrating our own diverse community and emphasised messages of respect and appreciation of differences that fit so well with our GROWTH theme of ‘Being a Trinitarian’. The boys also enjoyed wearing Mufti and I am pleased to report that the privilege of doing so yielded ‘fines’ totalling $751 which will be donated to ‘All Together Now’, an organisation designing electronic and social media tools to educate and promote harmony in rural areas.

Yesterday, our School Captains, Officers and House Leaders joined with the Preparatory School Officers and leaders from hundreds of NSW schools at National Young Leaders’ Day at The International Convention Centre, where they were inspired by guest speakers and challenged in their thinking about the opportunities they have to influence their peers and school community. We look forward to seeing them grow in their roles, spurred on by their experience this week.

I remind Year 4 and Year 6 parents about the upcoming Amazing Me sessions for boys and parents next Monday afternoon and evening, as well as the subsequent in-class session for Year 6 boys on Tuesday. It is pleasing to see so many families have already registered. If you have not already done so, Year 4 families can register here and Year 6 families can register here. Please refer to the information emailed to you previously for further details.  

I commend our Junior School Debating Team, for their strong performances and wonderful conduct across the the ISDA Friday night season so far. On Friday afternoons and evenings, when most of us are winding down, these boys are preparing for the most rigorous and mentally demanding task of the week. Debating is not for the timid! There is no place to hide when the floor is yours and you have to make a case and counter the arguments of those with an opposing view. Hence, it is an extraordinary activity for developing confidence, resilience, teamwork and expression. This season, the development of our boys’ ability to reason, articulate and rebut arguments is already evident across the first five weeks. Ben De Lany (Captain), Oscar Hannan, Ben Loughnan, Layth Nazha and Emerson Urbano train each week, share the roles and work as a team. They are wonderful ambassadors for our school. Thank you to Mrs Taylor and Mrs Ormes who work with the boys each week and on Friday nights. Good luck for the debate tonight and in the final round next term. From Term 2, a wider group of Year 6 boys will participate in House Debating for the education and entertainment of all our primary boys. Next term, we also begin to prepare boys for a different form of inter-school debating in the IPSHA competition, with a greater number of boys, including many Year 5 students likely to be involved in debates.

I remind you to note information distributed about the co-curricular programme for Term 2. Expressions of interest must be lodged by Monday morning to be considered for next term’s activities. We aim to confirm offers of places before the term concludes. If you can not access your son’s personalised registration link, please contact the Office first thing on Monday morning.

Next week, the boys will receive two treats: the Parents and Friends Association will provide Easter chocolates for all Trinity boys; and we will celebrate all Term 1 birthdays with a donut. I hope to be able to confirm next term that we will be able to again distribute birthday treats provided by families. This never has or will be an expectation but we know that many boys and families like to mark the milestone by providing something to share with classmates and have missed the chance to do so over the last year.  

Term 2 begins for students on Tuesday 20th April and boys should be dressed in winter uniform with an appropriate haircut.

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

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