From the Head of the Preparatory School

Mother’s Day

This morning, the Mother’s Day stall was held and it is safe to say that it was the biggest yet. The boys were greeted by a band of willing and enthusiastic volunteers with an assortment of wonderful gifts on offer. This event is always an entertaining one as boys take their time to carefully select a gift for their mum. With the inclusion of many themed presents, it was lovely to see the boys taking ownership of selecting the ‘perfect gift’ that would suit their mum from a large selection of items on sale. I trust that the gifts are just right and that all the mothers across the Prep community have a wonderful day on Sunday and are suitably spoilt by their sons. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the volunteers who organised and ran the stall this morning.

Unfortunately, the recently instituted COVID restrictions resulted in the Pre-K and Kindy Mother’s Day afternoon to be postponed. We look forward to rescheduling this event as soon as possible. We will wait for clarity about restrictions before setting the new date.

COVID restrictions

As communicated by the Head Master via email yesterday, the School has updated its COVID-19 Information webpage in light of the Government’s announcement of short-term restrictions.

At this stage there are no additional changes beyond those mentioned by the Head Master and above, although we will keep families updated as changes come to hand.

Earlier in the week I emailed parents to indicate that the Boulevarde Gate would be open in the afternoons for parents to use to pick up their boys from inside the School. This will continue to be the case. We request that parents enter and leave via this gate if choosing to use this option to avoid additional congestion at the Llandilo Gate. From next week, the Boulevarde Gate will also be open in the mornings to allow drop off via this gate.

NAPLAN

Next week our Year 3 and 5 boys will participate in the NAPLAN assessments. These assessments are an important part of our academic tracking processes. However, it is also important to note that these assessments and the data which is obtained from them are only one piece of the ‘reporting’ pie, alongside all other information parents receive about their son’s learning. Year 3 and 5 parents, please refer to the information that was emailed at the end of last term for more details.

Promotional Video

The Trinity Marketing and Communications department will be filming a promotional video at various locations at the Preparatory School on Tuesday, 18 May between the hours of 7am and 4pm. This project will be carried out with as little disruption to regular classes as possible. You son may or may not be captured on film as he goes about his usual school routine at Trinity. The video will be used to promote Trinity in its publications, advertising and other online media activities. Should you wish to not grant permission for your son to participate in / be included in this video, please return this form to the School’s Marketing Manager by no later than Thursday, 13 May 2021. All contact details are found on the form.

Winter Sport

The beginning of the Winter Sport season has seen mixed results on the sporting fields; however, I want to commend our boys for the tremendous attitude and effort shown across all games. Last weekend, I observed several of the Intra-School Football and 10 years Football games and was thoroughly impressed by the growth in their play from the first game to the second. The boys were clearly responding to the coaching they have received during the week, with the biggest change occurring in their positioning on the field and their focus on passing to a team-mate who is in space. Whilst developing individual skills and teamwork are integral to our sport programme, I have also spoken to the boys about ‘winning well’ and ‘losing well’, highlighting the importance of sportsmanship before, during and after the game. I am pleased to say that this message has been adopted by our boys in all of the games I have watched in the first two weeks of the season. Well done boys!

Auxiliary Meeting

This week’s Auxiliary Meeting was a great time to connect with parents and it was lovely to be able to host this meeting onsite again after months of meeting offsite. Discussion ranged from upcoming School community events to discussions about matters relating to the boys’ learning. I always find these meetings to be incredibly helpful in appreciating the perspective of parents. This insight is invaluable as we continue to refine our practices and ensure there is clarity and transparency about the thinking behind them. I trust that these meetings also benefit parents as they have the opportunity to have matters clarified.

One of the discussions focused on the best time to host Parent Information sessions and what the focus of these sessions should be. The outcome of the discussion was unclear so we will likely look at a compromise as we move forward of some meetings in the morning and the occasional meeting after hours. It was clear that there is benefit in ongoing dialogue and discussion between the School and parents as we seek to align our beliefs and expectations around teaching and learning. Stay tuned for information about upcoming information sessions.

Road Safety

The safety of our boys remains a key focus for the School particularly in terms of the Kiss and Ride area in the morning and afternoon. We continue to urge families to not only follow the road rules but also to be wise in the way they drive in this area. Parents should be aware that we are regularly visited by Council Rangers. This is likely to be a regular occurrence to support the School in maintaining a safe and efficient Kiss and Ride area.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!’

Romans 11:33

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