From the Head of the Preparatory School

It has been a very settled and positive first week back at School. It is always so energising having the boys arrive back at School. They have certainly hit the ground running.

Chapel

We began the term with a Pre-K to Year 6 Chapel service to set the scene for the coming term. Mr Smith began a new Chapel series by encouraging the boys to consider the value of remembering key words. He pointed out that we recall song lyrics without thinking and yet don’t make the most of this ability. This term Chapel will focus on some of the key verses of the Bible with students being encouraged to commit these to memory. As opposed to many song lyrics, words of the Bible bring comfort, joy, encouragement and hope. These words have relevance today as well as pointing to eternity.

Anzac Commemorative Service

This morning, we held our Anzac Commemorative Service. It was important to gather together as a whole school to reflect on the great freedom that we enjoy in our country. Anzac Day is a most significant national occasion and it is imperative that this significance is conveyed to the current generation of Australians. One of our School Vice Captains read the Honour Roll of the Old Boys who lost their lives in service during World War II and the Vietnam War, and the boys reflected on what ANZAC means and commemorates.

COVID restrictions

I am pleased to report that the restrictions associated with COVID continue to be relaxed for schools as per the wider society. This is exciting for our community as it increases the opportunities for parents to be involved in school events.

As we continue to return to a sense of normality, parents are reminded of the following guidelines that continue to be of high importance as we seek to maintain the safety of the School community.

  • Students and parents should not attend school if they are unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19, and should not return to school until a negative test result has been received.
  • All members of the community are encouraged to maintain 1.5 metres distances from other people where practicable.
  • All members of the community should continue to prioritise personal hygiene including regularly washing hands, using hand sanitiser and avoiding shaking hands, etc.
  • Parents attending a School event will continue to be required to sign in to support contact tracing if required.
  • Indoor events involving parents will continue to be limited in number based on the 2 square metre guideline.

In light of the changed COVID guidelines the following activities will now be possible:

  • Parent helpers in classrooms.
  • Parents wishing to send a small treat to share on the day of their son’s birthday with classmates are welcome to do so. I encourage parents to be sensible about this practice and the size of the treat. (Please keep in mind that we are a Nut Aware school.) I am conscious that some boys have missed out on this; however, I ask that parents don’t send treats in with boys who have already celebrated their birthdays. There is always next year!
  • We are looking forward to a number of Mothers’ Day events that are coming up and described in greater detail below.
  • We are also looking to reschedule the Stage 3 Father Son Breakfast that was missed in Term 1. At this stage we anticipate this taking place on Friday, 4th June. Further details will be sent home closer to the event allowing parents to book in.

Mothers’ Day events

Mothers’ Day is fast approaching. The Auxiliary is busily preparing for the annual Mothers’ Day stall which will take place on Friday, 7th May where boys have the opportunity to buy a gift for mum.

In addition to the stall, we would like to invite our Pre-K and Kindergarten mums to bring a picnic lunch (healthy is best) to share with their son before spending the afternoon in their classrooms. The specific details of the afternoon will be as follows:

  • Pre-K – 1:00pm for lunch followed by classroom activities.
  • Kindergarten – 1:30pm for lunch followed by classroom activities.

Parents will be encouraged to take their boys home at the regular finishing time.

Given the uncertainty over the restrictions, a decision was made last term to postpone the annual Mother Son Breakfast; however, the Auxiliary will discuss rescheduling this event later in the year.

Auxiliary Meeting

The next Auxiliary Meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th May at 8:30am at School. The relaxed COVID restrictions mean I look forward to meeting with the Auxiliary and discussing upcoming events in light of the relaxed restrictions.

Parent Helpers Training Session

As mentioned above, we are excited to welcome parent helpers back into our classrooms. This practice typically involves parents helping with Literacy based groups in the morning in the younger years; however, we are also open to the possibility of enlisting parent support at other times as the need arises across the School. To ensure there is a clear understanding of expectations we ask that parents participate in an annual training session prior to joining a roster or helping out in a classroom. We also require a current Volunteer Working With Children Check.

Parents wishing to join our parent helper list are invited to attend a training session on Friday 30th April at 8:30am. The session will last no more than 30 minutes. Parents wishing to attend are encouraged to indicate this by completing this RSVP Form.

Kiss and Ride and Drop Off

After a break from the challenge of managing the afternoon traffic, it seems appropriate to share a reminder about the importance of following the road rules and the School practices for the afternoon Kiss and Ride. Our K-2 boys finish earlier than our Year 3-6 boys, thus allowing the K-2 parents to begin the pick up at Kiss and Ride from 3:00pm. This assists greatly with congestion and allows the line to move more freely. We request that parents with boys in Years 3-6 do not join the line until 3:15pm. If you happen to arrive earlier than this, please do a lap and join the end of the line to allow K-2 parents to move to the front and pick up their boys. If you join the line and are unable to queue without blocking driveways or stopping in the ‘No Stopping’ zones, it is requested that you do a lap of the block to keep the line flowing.

Parents are strongly encouraged to drop their son/s off on the School side of the road in the morning so as to avoid unnecessary risk with boys crossing the road. If parents do wish to park on the opposite side of the road it is essential that boys be escorted by a parent across the road.

Key contacts at the Prep School

At the beginning of the new term I felt that it was appropriate to once again make parents aware of key contacts throughout the School. It is my expectation that the Classroom Teacher is the first point of contact on all matters, whether it is related to learning or behaviour. Classroom Teachers are best equipped to comment on these areas as they best understand the boys and their needs. If you require additional clarification, the following people should be the next point of contact.

Deputy Head – Mr Richard Lever

Director of Primary Curriculum (PYP Coordinator) and Early Learning – Mrs Kirsti Hitz-Morton

Assistant PYP Coordinator – Mrs Fiona Evans

Kindergarten Pastoral Leader – Mrs Sally Bailey

Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) Pastoral Leader – Ms Michelle Sommerfield

Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4) Pastoral Leader – Ms Portia May

Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) Pastoral Leader – Mr Mark Gannon

If your concern relates to classroom learning the contact person should be one of the PYP Coordinators and if the matter is related to wellbeing or behaviour, the relevant Pastoral Leader. Mr Lever is also available as required but it is always best to have already followed the process described above. It is wonderful to have such a strong group of leaders within the school to support the boys and teachers.

Term 2 promises to be a busy, exciting and rewarding term for all members of the School community. I look forward to interacting with you at various upcoming events.

IPSHA Cross Country

On Wednesday a large number of students from Years 3-6 participated in the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival held at The King’s School. This event is always a gruelling one across the challenging course with many talented long-distance runners. Our students performed admirably with two students qualifying for the CIS Carnival based on their results. Congratulations to all students for their performance on the day and particularly Harris Yang – 2nd in the Under 10’s and Aris Ferizis – 15th in the Under 9’s.

Winter Sport

This Saturday is the first week of the Winter Sport season. Sport is an integral part of Trinity’s commitment to developing boys in Mind, Body and Spirit. Whilst developing physical skills and teamwork are critical to this programme, one of the significant and often overlooked aspects of the sporting programme is the opportunity for teachers to develop relationships with boys outside the classroom. I hope that this season presents many opportunities for the boys to learn with and from one another, to develop their physical skills, to experience the joys and challenges of winning and losing, and to deepen their relationships with their peers and the teachers.

Please ensure that you are aware of your son’s commitment. It is imperative that he is on time to the game, arriving at least 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time so that an adequate warm up can be undertaken and instructions can be given by the coach. Please keep in mind that requests for leave for family events need to be directed to me with sufficient notice so that replacements can be made if required.

I refer all parents and players to the Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct, which can be viewed by clicking here. I ask that you reinforce these principles with your son and uphold them yourselves of a Saturday. At Trinity, we encourage boys to be gracious in winning as well as in defeat. The shaking of an opponent’s hand at the completion of any game is expected and good play from an opposition team should be acknowledged in an appropriate manner. No player should criticise any teammate and there is to be no swearing or fighting on the playing field for any reason. All Trinity teams are to be immaculately turned out in the correct playing strip and non-Trinity items of clothing are not to be worn.

Team lists are published each week. Please be aware that the coaches have the final say in terms of team selections. This is quite often a difficult process and sometimes selectors do get it wrong. Some boys may feel they have been misplaced. I encourage any boy who feels this way to do his best on Saturday to play an outstanding game. Consistently strong performance is the way to show your talent and give the coach the message that you have been placed incorrectly.

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’

1 John 5:14-15

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

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