From the Head of the Preparatory School
Parent Information Evenings
This week we held our Parent Information evenings over two nights. Whilst we were disappointed not to be able to run these in person, as is our usual custom, it was nonetheless valuable to share and connect with parents via Teams to further develop the partnership between home and school that supports the boys’ growth and learning. As always, I was genuinely encouraged by the large number of parents who logged into these sessions. I had the privilege of being a ‘fly on the wall’ for many of the meetings. I was thrilled to see teachers and parents overcoming the current restrictions to forge common understandings about the year ahead.
I can see from the stats that many parents also took the time to watch my address which was pre-recorded. Whilst I appreciate there are far more entertaining things to watch, I do hope that it provided valuable insights into some of the ‘bigger picture’ initiatives we are working on as we seek to prioritise learning and community. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, I strongly encourage you to do so over the weekend. The address can be found at this link.
In my address I covered a variety of themes including the Llandilo Development, our focus on Writing and Flexible Personalised Learning, encouraging our boys to be ‘Authentically Trinity’ in the way they conduct themselves, and the ongoing focus on growth.
I wanted to further introduce the theme of ‘Authentically Trinity’ in the hope that this might become something that we can work together on throughout the year. At the start of the year, I spoke to the boys about the great history and tradition of the wider School, but also the Prep School. I think it is important that the boys appreciate that they are part of something bigger; the whole School has an enrolment of nearly 2300 students, the School began in 1913 and the Prep School in 1932. These facts highlight the fact that they are part of a large community and those that have come before them have helped to set the standards and expectations for students today.
These standards include manners, behaviour, showing respect for adults, applying oneself with maximum effort across all areas of school life, wearing the uniform well, playing sport with sportsmanship and teamwork, and the list goes on. We expect that these standards provide guidance for our students as they grow and develop. Ultimately, we believe that this process helps to shape the boys’ character.
Updating Personal Information
From time to time families have the need to set up custodial arrangements in regard to the care of their child. The School would appreciate a copy of any court orders that are issued in relation to your son. This information is kept secured in a child’s file and any pertinent information is provided in an information bulletin for the child’s classroom teacher and other relevant staff.
Next week brings the beginning of the vast number of co-curricular activities for 2021. As the year’s activities begin next week, I want to once again pay tribute to our hard-working and creative teachers who are facilitating many of these activities. We trust the boys will benefit from these activities. The expressions of interest for many of the activities have been enormous. The one downside of this is that some boys will have missed out on some activities or won’t be able to do them this term. Where this has been the case, the following selection criteria has been applied to ensure student selection is equitable and transparent.
- The oldest students in the age group will be given priority over the younger (up to a limit) as the younger students will have further opportunities in following years.
- Priority will be given to students for whom an activity would be their only co-curricular involvement.
- Priority will be given to students where ongoing participation is deemed a necessary prerequisite for the activity.
- If activities are over-subscribed, students who miss out will be given priority in the following term where this is an opportunity for rotating participants.
I thank you in advance for your understanding. Parents should hear from the administrators of the School-operated activities in the next few days.
House Swimming Championships
The House Swimming Championships for boys in Years 3-6 will be held on Monday next week. Monday’s event will encompass the heats and finals where appropriate. Each boy will get at least two swims at the carnival. Please ensure that your son has the Trinity Swimming costume and his House swimming cap.
We strongly recommend all parents registering their son for OSHClub. It is free to register and makes it easier if, and when, your son needs to use this service. Please note that OSHClub is an externally operated service and as such fees can’t be waived if a student only attends for a few minutes. Please register your son with OSHClub through the following link https://www.oshclub.com.au
Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School
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