From the Head of the Preparatory School
International Women’s Day
On Monday morning we gathered all students from K-6 together to celebrate and focus on International Women’s Day. The School Officers took the opportunity to speak about five women who have inspired them due to their significant contributions across society. It was lovely to hear the boys speak so passionately about the impact these women had made on them and the lives of many others. The contributions covered many areas of life including the advancements in the area of medicine, sporting success, and advocating for the rights of indigenous Australians.
After listening to the boys speak, I reflected with the wider School that the significance of these contributions and the inspiration provided by them actually had nothing to do with these people being women. The people they spoke of were simply significant people who had made a great contribution to society. We all desire a future where it is unnecessary to consider the gender of people when it comes to celebrating success, achievement and contribution. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where this continues to be a problem. Fortunately, much of this is lost on primary school boys. However, as a boys’ school, it is essential that our boys grow up appreciating the contribution that women make, day in and day out, in all our lives.
Throughout the year we look for opportunities to meaningfully and age appropriately discuss the inequalities that exist in recognising the achievements of women and the need for significant ongoing work throughout society to ensure women are treated equally.
I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant ongoing contribution made by the women in our School community and those that have come before us to create such a great school.
Today we commemorated Harmony Day. This is a day that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and encourages a focus on inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. This year we invited the Wandana Aboriginal Education group to visit and conduct a series of learning experiences with our students to engage them in the culture of indigenous Australians.
The day began with a School assembly with a difference. Our visitors played the Didgeridoo and conducted an Acknowledgement to Country in language. Throughout the day each of the year levels engaged in a series of talks and hands on experiences aimed at sharing Aboriginal cultural practices.
The students loved the opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal culture and to develop a greater sense of appreciation and respect.
Parents back onsite
It has been lovely to have some parents back onsite this week as a result of the COVID restrictions being eased. Whilst it has only been Pre-K and Kindy parents dropping off students in the morning, it has felt right. We have missed having parents onsite and hope that this is the beginning of a return to life pre-COVID when parents were part of each school day.
Next week our Three-Way Conferences begin. I trust that parents have engaged with the fact that these conferences can now take place face to face by indicating this preference via the form that was emailed home earlier in the week. I hope these conferences are instrumental in establishing some clear learning goals for the students for the remainder of the year.
COVID Coffee Catch up sessions
This morning we held the next of our COVID Coffee Catch ups, however, this time it was lovely to conduct the session in person! This morning Mrs Evans and Mrs Ford ran a session about Spelling, providing parents with insights into the commonalities and differences in the way Spelling is taught today compared with when we were at school.
As per the email correspondence earlier in the week, the following sessions will also be held face to face in coming weeks. In order to do this in a COVID safe manner, we now require parents to RSVP via the forms below (or via the Trinity APP, click on EVENTS) and there will be a limit of 30 parents for each session. These sessions will take place in the new, temporary Year 6 Centre. If the sessions book out and parents miss out, we will look at running the sessions again early next term.
- Week 8 – Friday 19th March 9:00-9:45am – PYP for beginners – learning more about the PYP framework and how best to engage with the boys at home about their learning. Audience – new parents to the School or those wanting a refresher. Please click HERE to RSVP for Week 8.
- Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep Executive. Audience – all parents. Please click HERE to RSVP for Week 9.
2021 Soloist Competition
On Wednesday evening David Chang, Aaron You, Adam Jeroncic, Lewis Wang, Thomas Lee and Marvin Xu performed in the Finals Concert for the Soloists Competition. All of the students played outstandingly and should be congratulated for their efforts in preparing for such a performance.
Congratulations to Thomas Lee (guitar) who won the Intermediate Section! Thomas will repeat his performances at the upcoming Public Speaking Competition Final.
Cross Country Championships and Head Master’s Dash
On Thursday we held our Cross Country Championship at Henley Park. The length of this event is always a challenge for some of the boys, but it was great to hear of them doing their best and supporting one another throughout. The winning House will be announced at our Monday morning Assembly next week. The age champions were as follows:
- Open – James Barry – Hilliard
- Under 11 – Domenic Alvaro – Archer
- Under 10 – Harris Yang – Hilliard
- Under 9 – Aris Ferizis – School
- Under 8 – Valentino Di Maria – School
Following the Cross Country, we conducted our version of what was formerly known as the Head Master’s Dash, a 40-metre sprint that crowns the fastest boy in the Prep School. This year’s winners were James Barry, Elliott Behrens, Jeremiah Sydhom and Aaron Patel.
Year 3 Sport
Today was also the final week of our Year 3 Sport programme. It has been wonderful to hear of the boys’ involvement in the Term 1 Football programme. We look forward to seeing them broaden their skills in the coming terms as they engage in other sports. This programme is vital in providing our boys with a solid grounding in the skills, teamwork and sportsmanship that will be required in the Saturday Sport programme in Year 4 and beyond.
CAS Swimming Championships
Last night Jaemin Yoo took part in the annual CAS Swimming Championships. He swam the U13 50 metre freestyle event claiming 2nd place. Congratulations to Jaemin on this tremendous honour and his contribution to Trinity’s 2nd place on the evening.
Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”Matthew 6:25-26
In considering what to write about this week, I have made a conscious decision to look…
There have been no changes since I last wrote about our plans for Week 4 and 5, but I would like to request your ongoing assistance in reinforcing to your sons the current public health messages.
I am excited to finally be welcoming students back to school over the next two weeks….