From the Head of the Preparatory School

Public Speaking Competition

The task of speaking publicly, in front of ones’ peers, is regarded by many adults as one of their greatest fears. As a young person, in my high school years, I can recall sharing such a fear. However, I can also recall a range of school and personal experiences that I went through that helped to develop my confidence and skills in this area. Ironically, I am now accused at times of enjoying this type of experience far too much.

Over the last few weeks all of the students in Years 3 to 6 have had the opportunity to prepare and deliver a speech to their class. I consider this to be a significant and invaluable learning experience for our students as they have been supported to tackle the challenge and to work through this with the support and scaffolding provided by their teacher and parents.

Today we had the privilege to listen to some budding young orators as they participated in the finals of the Public Speaking Competition. It is wonderful to see boys have the confidence and poise to stand in front of a group of their peers (both with preparation and impromptu) to share their thoughts and opinions on a given topic. Congratulations to all of the boys who participated in the competition and specifically to the finalists.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Today was the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. One of our strong focuses is ensuring the Prep School is a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. To support this, each year level has focused on related ideas through the GROWTH programme and Circle Time this week. The boys have discussed what bullying is, and equally importantly, what bullying isn’t. Ultimately, we want our boys to be able to recognise inappropriate behaviour, stand up for others who need support, and have a range of strategies for coping with different levels of unkind behaviour.  We also want them to develop a high level of resilience so that they can bounce back when small things happen.

Year 6 Camp

It was a slightly quieter beginning to the week in the absence of our Year 6 students who were in Canberra. The Canberra Excursion, which took place from Monday to Wednesday, is an invaluable opportunity for the boys to gain a first-hand experience of many of the concepts that will be explored in their ‘How we organise ourselves’ unit of inquiry. This week they were particularly fortunate to visit Parliament House while Parliament was sitting. This provided a first-hand glimpse at what they will be learning more about over the coming weeks. Their visit also coincided with the rally of the Women’s March 4 Justice Rally. Whilst this wasn’t something the boys immediately engaged with it did help to highlight another side of our democratic system of government.

From all reports, the boys had a fabulous time exploring our nation’s capital and represented Trinity with distinction.

CIS Swimming Championships

On Thursday a handful of our boys participated at the CIS Swimming Championships. There were several outstanding performances including:

  • Daniel Jin won the Under 8 50m Freestyle
  • Aris Ferizis won the Under 9 50m Freestyle and came 2nd in the Junior 50m Breaststroke
  • Harris Yang came 2nd in the Under 10 50m Freestyle, 3rd in the Junior 50m Breaststroke, 1st in the Junior Backstroke and 3rd in the Junior Backstroke
  • Timothy Zhou came 4th in the Under 50m Freestyle
  • The Junior Relay team, consisting of Aris Ferizis, Harris Yang, Daniel Jin and Timothy Zhou won their final
  • Jaemin Yoo came 3rd in the Under 12 50m Breaststroke
  • Trinity Prep finished the carnival in 2nd place – an outstanding result!

Congratulations to all the boys who competed.

Kiss and Ride

Please be reminded that the Police conduct regular patrols around the School in the afternoon. This should highlight the need for drivers to follow the road signs and particularly to avoid parking or stopping in the ‘No Stopping’ zone around the corner of Llandilo Ave and Kingsland Rd. The large queue that forms during the afternoon Kiss and Ride line has caused significant inconvenience for the neighbours, particularly in Kingsland Rd. Parents are encouraged to do a lap of the block if they cannot join the queue without stopping or parking in the prohibited areas.

Three-Way Conferences

It has been lovely to see parents coming and going this week before and after school as many families have chosen to participate in their Three-Way Conference face to face. It has also been encouraging hearing of the conversations that have taken place about student goal setting and learning. These conferences, and the preparation that goes into them, are instrumental as we engage our students in their own learning journey and empower them to take responsibility for their future growth and development. I trust that these conferences will support the partnership we share in the boys’ learning.

COVID Coffee Catch up sessions

This morning Mrs Hitz-Morton, Mrs Evans and Mrs Ford ran an introductory session about the PYP for parents. The session provided parents with insights into the PYP framework and the way this supports students learning at Trinity.

We have one final session this term which will be held next Friday. In order to meet in a COVID safe manner, we require parents to RSVP via the form below (or via the Trinity APP, click on EVENTS) and there will be a limit of 30 parents for each session. The sessions will take place in the new, temporary Year 6 Centre.

  • Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep ExecutiveAudience – all parents. Please click HERE to RSVP for Week 9.

Revised dates of P&F and Auxiliary Meetings

The Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary have announced revised meeting dates for 2021. Please see the article in this week’s Bulletin for the new dates should you wish to attend.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

‘Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

Philippians 2:9-11

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