From the Head of the Preparatory School

Poetry Recitation Competition

For the past few weeks, the Primary boys have been memorising poems to perform in front of their classes. Three boys from each grade were then chosen as grade finalists and moved onto the next stage in the competition. On Monday 17th May we held the finals in the Gym in front of Year 3-6 students, parents and two adjudicators. The audience was treated to a variety of entertaining poems. Thank you and congratulations to all of the 2021 finalists!

The adjudicators Mr Spiro Christopoulos (Class of 2020) and Ms Joanne Gabbe commented on the extremely high standard of the finalists in the competition. The finalists’ own choice poems along with the compulsory poems were presented with great confidence that truly entertained the audience! In the end they had the challenging decision of deciding on the Grade Winners and the Overall Winner:

Year 3 – Christian Peries

Year 4 – Nicholas Khouzame

Year 5 – Domenic Alvaro

Year 6 and overall winner was Ryder Darlow.

Thank you again to all the boys in Years 3 to 6 for participating in the competition and all the parents who were able to join us for the Final Round of the competition.

National Simultaneous Storytime

On Wednesday the entire Prep School joined more than one million students from across Australia and the world to engage in this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime. The event is designed to bring an increased profile to the importance of literature and the enjoyment that can be gained through it. As a boys’ school, this is a critically important message…we want our boys to love reading!

Each year, a recently published picture book is chosen to be read aloud at exactly the same time across all participating schools in Australia. This year’s picture book was ‘Give me some Space! By Philip Bunting. Normally the book is read by someone within the school, however, this year the book was read by a guest and streamed to schools across the nation. What made this even more special was the guest was real-life astronaut, Shannon Walker, who read it from the International Space Station. The boys were captivated by both the book and the reading.

The event was made even more engaging by the boys’ wearing of home-made astronaut helmets. As with Book Week, it was clear that parents had embraced the opportunity to have some fun with this event and to help their boys design and make their helmets.

My thanks to the Prep Library Team for their organisation of Wednesday’s event and their constant encouragement of our readers.

Filming at the Prep School

On Tuesday the Prep School had its fifteen minutes of fame as we welcomed a film crew onsite to capture footage for the new promotional video being created by Trinity’s Marketing and Communications department. The boys were very interested with a few of them making every effort to be a appear ‘naturally’ in the background.

Upcoming Parent Information Session – Assessment and Reporting at the Prep School

Our Term 2 Parent Information Session will be held on Wednesday, 26th May at 6:00pm and again on Friday, 28th May at 8:30am.  The session will focus on Assessment and Reporting at the Prep School. At the recent Auxiliary Meeting we had a healthy discussion about the differences between primary school assessment and reporting practices and those of the High School. At this session, we plan to explore the thinking behind our assessment and reporting practices and paint a picture for parents about the transition into Middle School and beyond. I invite parents to join us for this session to find out more and to ask any related questions. This will also be an opportunity to provide some additional insights into how our new Flexible personalised learning approach in Years 5 and 6 is supporting the transition for students.

With the two different session times, we hope this makes it possible for parents to attend at a time that is convenient to them.

Parents are requested to RSVP for these events by completing this FORM.

Traffic Management

At the risk of appearing to be a broken record, I wanted to include a further reminder about the work we have done as a school community in recent years to minimise the impact of school related traffic on the local streets. These efforts are summarised in the Prep School’s Traffic Management Plan. We appreciate your ongoing partnership in this matter to ensure the Kiss and Ride continues to operate efficiently, safely and respectfully of our neighbours. A digital version of the brochure can be found at this link. Please also note that the Council Rangers have begun making irregular visits in the afternoons to ensure parents are respecting the road rules and this management plan.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.’

Romans 12:10

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