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From the Head Master

April 1, 2021

Imagine reorganising the week, so that ‘Saturday’ sport happens on a Wednesday and classes happen on a Saturday.

Don’t worry – this is a thought experiment rather than a proposal! I am asking you to imagine the disruption to life as we currently know it. The logistics associated with such a change would be massive, both for the School as a whole and for individual families. Life for most of us is so busy, with so little margin, that any change of this sort would be a major disruption.

However, I suspect that the more profound disruption would be our orientation to the week as a whole. As a society, the rhythm of a week and a weekend is still well-established, despite the blurring of boundaries around hours and days of work, weekend trading, and all the other changes that have become part of Australian life in recent decades. It would be a monumental shift for the ‘weekend’ to shift to ‘mid-week’.

As I said, ‘Don’t worry.’ We are not changing the days of the week. However, I want us to feel the magnitude of the shift that took place some two thousand years ago, when an equivalent shift took place.

Throughout the history of the people of Israel, Saturday had been the day set aside as the ‘weekend’. Saturday was the Sabbath – the seventh day, the day of rest. The rhythm of their lives, whilst much less frenetic than ours, had a very clear pattern involving six days of work and one of rest. Their Scriptures established this pattern in response to God’s work of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.

Jesus and his followers were Jewish. The Sabbath pattern of setting aside Saturday as the day of rest was even more deeply engrained for them than the weekend is for us. Yet, within a generation, the newly-termed ‘Christians’ had shifted their holy day from Saturday to Sunday.

There is no historical debate as to why this monumental shift took place. The reason is very clear. It was a response by the early Christians to their core conviction that God raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter Sunday. They termed it ‘the Lord’s Day’. Their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, and its significance, resulted in the setting aside of Sunday as the day ordained by God for rest and for remembering the resurrection of Jesus.

As we reminded the boys across the School during the course of this week, Easter is bigger than chocolate and hot-cross buns (although the chocolate gifts to the boys and staff from the Parents and Friends and the respective Auxiliaries were very much appreciated). The resurrection of Jesus, that is the particular focus of this Easter day, shows us that God brings good from evil, hope from despair, and life from the grave. It is wonderfully good news for us all.

It took something monumental to change the weekend. My hope and prayer for all of us this Easter weekend is that we might also rest and remember the resurrection of Jesus.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of Term 1. It has been a busy and rewarding term of learning for the boys. Term 1 is always an important term as routines are established and students set learning goals for the year. These things require sustained effort and application, and the boys have demonstrated both. I am sure they will enjoy the opportunity for some downtime in the holidays before returning refreshed and renewed to continue their learning journeys.

Yesterday we concluded the term with a Pre-K to Year 6 Chapel. Over the course of this term Mr Smith has taken the boys on a journey that has explored the Parables of Jesus. This has allowed the boys to gain a glimpse into God’s love for them, the power of his word and his desire to be in relationship with them. At this week’s Chapel the boys were reminded again of the incredible rescue plan God offers each of us through Jesus’ death and resurrection, as celebrated at Easter time. As we take a break from school to rest over the upcoming holiday break, I trust that Easter will provide an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ incredible sacrifice and love for us.

NSW PSSA Swimming Championships

On Wednesday and Thursday this week Jaemin Yoo, Timmy Zhao, Daniel Jin, Aris Ferizis and Harris Yang have competed at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships. This is an outstanding achievement for each of the boys, we look forward to hearing their results early next term.

Term 2

Term 2 begins on Tuesday 20th April. The previous day will be a Staff Professional Development Day used to prepare for the upcoming term and continuing to invest in the professional growth of our teachers.

Winter Uniform

From the beginning of Term 2 boys will wear their Winter uniform. This will include their grey jackets. Boys must ensure that they are appropriately dressed at all times in School uniform. Please endeavour to assist your son in following the requirements in this regard.

Lost Property

As a boys’ school, lost property is a common occurrence. Many young boys (and older ones too) find it quite challenging keeping track of their belongings and clothing across the week. The holidays present an opportunity to take stock of items of clothing before they are packed away for the winter. From time to time, we have found some boys wearing items of clothing with other boys’ names on them. If you find this to be the case, it would be much appreciated if this piece of clothing could be returned to school and placed in either of the Lost Property bins which are located just inside the Llandilo building and outside the Milverton building. Likewise, if your son is missing anything, these are the best places to look. Several times a term these bins are emptied and items with names on them are returned to the owners.

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular activities will begin again in Week 2 next term. Last week we sent home the registration information for Term 2 activities. Parents will be notified by the end of Week 1 of the activities their son has been accepted into.

Staffing

At the end of this term Mrs Ford and Ms Toia are both embarking on a new personal adventure as they begin their maternity leave and look forward to welcoming new little people into their families in the next few weeks. We wish them God’s blessing throughout this process.

Ms Jessica Newton will be taking over as the STEAM teacher in place of Mrs Ford. She will also be covering some of Mrs Evans’ classes as she assumes increased responsibility as the Assistant PYP Coordinator across the whole school. Mrs Catherine Devitt will be taking over from Ms Toia at the beginning of Term 2. She will then swap with Mrs Caddy mid-term to take over as the 3C Class Teacher for the remainder of the year.

Mr Hinson has taken extended leave for Term 2 with Mr Mako remaining as the 3H Class Teacher for the remainder of the year. Mr Hinson will return in a different teaching role later in the year.

Llandilo Development

As mentioned last week, the holiday period will be a busy one for the Llandilo Development. Assuming the weather is favourable, some of the landscaping works will begin during the next holiday period. Specifically, this will focus on the pathways immediately inside the Llandilo gate and outside the School Office. As a result, entrance to the School for OSHClub during the upcoming holidays will be limited to the Boulevarde gate. OSHClub will once again move to the Christian Studies room which will ensure it is easily accessible for parents from the Boulevarde gate.

During Term 2 the pathways and gates will be returned to us as per this term with the focus of the works returning to the new building.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:6-8

The National Young Leaders Day

April 1, 2021

On 25th March all the student School Leaders from the Preparatory and Junior School visited the ICC (International Convention Centre) to listen to four inspirational speeches about how we can build on our leadership skills.

The first speaker was Lachie Smart who holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world at only 18 years of age. It took Lachie two and a half years of planning and a lot of perseverance to succeed. His main message was that young people should set and achieve high goals. The second lesson was that we should always learn from our mistakes. 

We also heard from Anastasia Woolmer who is a two-time Australian Memory Champion. She started off as a talented ballet dancer at the age of 15 and studied at a prestigious dance school, until she decided to convert to doing an Economics degree. During her time at university she struggled to pass her classes and started investing many hours into her studies. This caused her to reflect on her approach to learning and she developed the skills to become a memory champion. She decided the path to success doesn’t always mean working harder but working smarter and never giving up in life.

The third speaker was Jimmy Rees (Jimmy Giggle) who is a TV star on the ABC show ‘Giggle and Hoot’, and he has been on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. From a young age Jimmy was always funny and wanted to be on TV. He mentioned several times the importance of being yourself and following your dreams. Jimmy was always passionate about what he wanted to do and what he wanted to be. 

The final speaker was David Campbell who is a singer, actor, author, TV and radio host. His first main takeaway was to, “Give everything a go.” This is because opportunities can spring up that can change your life. The second takeaway was, “The most important thing to do is to adapt.” This is because life throws unexpected challenges which you have to overcome in order to succeed. David’s speech was extremely educational and interesting.

We were grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn from a variety of inspirational leaders. We hope to implement some of the key messages in our own leadership journey. 

Thomas Ko 6S and Orlando Ang 6S

Riversong

March 31, 2021

Visit Delmar Gallery over the Easter holidays and learn more about Trinity’s local watercourse, The Cooks River.

Historian Ian Tyrell and Inner West Councillor Colin Hesse taking a close look at the Royal Botanic Gardens’ map in the exhibition

River Song is a multi-disciplinary exhibition revealing some of the many changes wrought on the Cooks River from environmental, cultural and historical perspectives.

Rare archival material is on view alongside contemporary art, oral history and botanical installations.

Drop by Delmar Gallery and peel back the layers of the river’s history to discover the poetry and cultural memory along its banks. 

Explore the exhibition virtually

Exhibiting artists: Mervyn Bishop, Diego Bonetto, Clare Britton, Vincent King, Dmitry Kuznichenko, Asher Milgate (Cooks River Alliance) and Jason Wing

Historical archives and maps from: Sydney Water/Water NSW, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Inner West Council, Adastra Aerial Surveys & Royal Botanic Gardens
Curator: Catherine Benz, Delmar Gallery

Until 18 April.  Free admission.

Gallery open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm.  We will be open both Saturday and Sunday over the Easter weekend.
Entry via Victoria St pedestrian gate, Summer Hill campus.

Class visit to the exhibition with talk by exhibition curator Catherine Benz
Installation view with Jason Wing’s mural painting of Pemulwuy in the foreground
Installation view with Clare Britton’s two-channel video journeying underwater from Strathfield Golf Course to Botany Bay

From the Head of the Preparatory School

March 26, 2021

Llandilo Development

Yesterday I had the opportunity to walk through the building site to look at the works that have been completed to date. I am pleased to report that the development continues to progress on schedule despite the recent wet weather which is a credit to the project team. As can be observed as you walk past, the building has really begun to take shape with only a few more concrete pours scheduled for the next couple of weeks. As the works have progressed, it has been exciting to get a true sense of the learning spaces that will be available to the students at the conclusion of the project.

I wanted to provide a few updates about upcoming works that may have a slight impact on some members of our community. Assuming the weather is favourable, some of the landscaping works will begin during the next holiday period. Specifically, this will focus on the pathways immediately inside the Llandilo gate and outside the School Office. As a result, entrance to the School for OSHClub during the upcoming holidays will be limited to the Boulevarde gate. OSHClub will once again move to the Christian Studies room which will ensure it is easily accessible for parent from the Boulevarde gate.

During Term 2 the pathways and gates will be returned to us as per this term with the focus of the works returning to the new building.

NAPLAN (Years 3 and 5)

As mentioned in Deborah Williams’ (Academic Dean) article last week (link), boys in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 will participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. These tests will be held in Term 2. On Wednesday 31st March the boys in Years 3 and 5 will have an opportunity to engage with a practice NAPLAN test. This is to allow the students to be made familiar with the format, language, response types and time constraints of the writing (Year 5 only), reading, conventions of language and numeracy tests before they take the tests in Term 2. It is also an opportunity for the School to test the technology platforms. Please be aware that no achievement feedback from these practice tests will be shared with the school.

The schedule for the NAPLAN tests in Term 2 is outlined below.

YearWritingReadingLanguage ConventionsNumeracy
3Tues 11thWed 12th Wed 12th Thurs 13th
5Tues 11thWed 12thWed 12thThurs 13th

Easter

Next Wednesday we will be holding our Easter Chapel service with all of the students. At this stage we are hoping to conduct the service outside to allow the boys to engage in singing together, a reality that hasn’t been possible until recently. With the further easing of restrictions, it may be that this can take place in the Gym but we are awaiting the updated advice. Gathering together at Easter is a great opportunity to remind the students of the incredible sacrifice Jesus paid on our behalf and the great news of his resurrection that gives us hope for eternity.

This morning, members of the Prep Auxiliary have made the boys’ day by delivering a small bundle of chocolate eggs (or equivalent for students with allergies). Suffice to say, this brought great excitement and was appreciated by all! As per previous communication at the beginning of the year, we respectfully ask that parents don’t send in Easter eggs, other food items or gifts to be shared with other students next week. We are continuing to review this policy in light of current COVID restrictions and will provide an update as we are able.

Year 5 Bathurst Camp

Earlier this week our Year 5 students travelled to Bathurst and surrounding areas on camp. The camp provided students with a number of invaluable learning experiences related to their upcoming ‘Where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry. Over the three days the boys were able to visit some key historical sites as well as hearing from Aboriginal elders who were able to speak about the deep connection Australia’s indigenous people have with the land. Despite the rain the boys also had the chance to pan for gold. Apparently, this exercise had the boys thoroughly engaged despite not necessarily yielding the desired, life-changing results.

Changed road conditions – corner Albyn Rd and The Boulevarde

The School has received formal notice from Strathfield Council of an imminent change to traffic conditions at Albyn Road.  Signage will be installed on Friday 9th April indicating No Right Turn at the Boulevarde. I don’t believe this will affect many parents, however, I wanted to provide an update to ensure people are forewarned.

Winter Sports Trials – Years 4-6

This Saturday we begin our winter sport season as we continue trials that began on Thursday during Sport. The start of a new season always brings great excitement as the boys turn their attention to a different sporting endeavour. I wish the boys all the best as they engage in this process. Teams will be finalised over the coming weeks. The best part of the selection process is that no-one misses out. Some boys will be selected to IPSHA Teams, whereas others will have the opportunity to engage in our Intra-School competition which also offers a great pathway for students to develop games skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. These are the foundations of a Trinity sportsman. It is also worth noting that team selection is a fluid process that will see boys changing teams throughout the season based on their attitude and commitment at training and their contribution to team performance on Saturdays.

‘My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.’

Psalm 62:7

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

March 26, 2021

ICAS

Dear Parents,

If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions (Years 3 to 6 only), you will be asked to nominate which competitions you would like him to be entered in via the link below. At the Preparatory School the following ICAS competitions are offered: English, Mathematics and Writing. Please note that these competitions are not compulsory.

Please consider carefully before choosing this enrichment opportunity for your son. It is a rigorous competition with many questions set beyond grade level. Participants are required to demonstrate a deeper, integrated and thorough level of learning. If you are unsure of your son’s suitability, please consult with his teacher. 

This year all the competitions will be held in August/September, Term 3 and will be completed online. 

Please make your preference(s) by click this LINK and enter your son’s details before Friday

30th April. Please be aware that no submissions will be accepted after this date due to the ordering process.

More information about the assessments can be found via the following UNSW ICAS website. 

There is no additional cost for your son to participate in ICAS tests.

Kind regards,

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

River Song

March 26, 2021
Portrait of Ann Weldon by Asher Milgate, for the Cooks River Aboriginal Oral History Project commissioned by the Cooks River Alliance

Delmar Gallery’s exhibition about the Cooks River will be open over the Easter break.

Mrs Lau & the Kyeemagh Market Gardens, photographs by Vincent King

River Song is a multi-disciplinary exhibition revealing some of the many changes wrought on the Cooks River from environmental, cultural and historical perspectives.

Rare archival material is on view alongside contemporary art, oral history and botanical installations.

Drop by Delmar Gallery and peel back the layers of the river’s history to discover the poetry and cultural memory along its banks.

Endemic plant species from the Cooks River Valley catchment, collected by Trinity staff and students from the Environmental Awareness co-curricular.
“In and Out” (detail) by Clare Britton, a two-channel video of an underwater journey from Strathfield Golf Course to Botany Bay
“Sydney Airport & Cooks River diversion”, photographs by Adastra Aerial Surveys 1947 – 1953 inclusive
“Reframing the river” by Diego Bonetto, monoprints of edible weeds occurring along the banks.
Detail of newspaper clippings and archival photos, on loan from the Inner West Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown and Sydney Water/Water NSW.
“Take me to the river” by Dimitry Kuznichenko

From the Head Master

March 19, 2021

The issue of sexual assault in our society continues to loom large.

The petition started by Chanel Contos now has more than 37000 signatures and more than 3000 testimonies of peer-on-peer teen sexual assault from around Australia. In reflecting on the petition and testimonies, against the wider background of the current news cycle, it is evident that there are many causes that have given rise to the damaging experiences recounted by our young people. Misogyny, pornography, substance abuse, peer pressure, adult supervision, cultural expectations and multiple other factors are combining to bring peer-on-peer teen sexual assault to epidemic levels.

In recent weeks, as we have listened to the stories that had previously been opaque to many of us, we have been considering these diverse issues and how they might be countered. It is a complex, society-wide problem that is profoundly damaging to our young people, so I am very thankful that it is now at the centre of our attention.

In recognising the many factors that are contributing to this issue, I believe that there is one that has been below the horizon in much of the discourse, but that needs to be acknowledge and considered. That is, an inadequate understanding of the significance of sex.

During the week I read an article by Dr Emma Wood, published on the ABC Religion and Ethics website, that I highly commend for your reading. Dr Wood argues that the ‘recreational’ view of sex that is characteristic of modern Western culture plays a significant role in creating the horrors that we read about in these online testimonies. Consent education, no matter how early it is introduced or how thoroughly it is taught, will not be adequate to protect our young people. (I encourage you to read the full article, rather than just my two sentence summary.)

I think that Dr Wood’s article has great explanatory power. It should provoke us to consider what we might be losing in our modern understanding of sex and its significance. If Dr Wood’s thesis is correct, and in light of the online testimonies that have been provided with the consent petition, a shallow view of sex is profoundly damaging and harmful to our young people.

As an Anglican School, Trinity affirms the traditional Christian understanding of sex that is taught in the Bible and believed by Christians across the world and through the centuries. Sex is good, precious, and intended by God for an exclusive, unambiguously-committed, mutually-loving, life-long union. This is the very antithesis of casual hook-up culture that has been recognised as so damaging in the lives of our young people.

In holding to this high understanding of sex, the School is acutely conscious that this is no longer a shared cultural assumption. In fact, the statement above is counter-cultural in modern Western society, perhaps to the point of being ridiculous or offensive.

In affirming the Bible’s teaching about sex, the School must also navigate the gaps between the ideal and the actual, between our deeply-held convictions and the lived realities of our communities. We must recognise the diversity of the School families and the views that are held with reference to sexuality across our wider society. We must find ways to educate boys so that risk is minimised and harm reduced, but not to settle for these outcomes. If we are convinced that the Christian faith provides a firm foundation on which the good life – for individuals and for communities – can be built, then we are obliged to commend it to our community in word and deed.

The phenomenon of peer-on-peer sexual abuse is one that demands our attention and our focussed efforts. Please be assured that the School is making every effort to support you in our shared endeavours to form men of decent character who conduct their relationships with respect and humility. May God help us all with this crucial task.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

March 19, 2021

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

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

March 19, 2021

2021 Public Speaking Competition – Friday 19th March 2021

Grade Winners with Ms Gabbe and Mr Christopoulos

Congratulations to 2021 Public Speaking Competition finalists for their outstanding oratory presentations. Judges of the competition this year were Ms Joanne Gabbe and Mr Spiro Christopoulos (Prep School Captain 2014/School Captain 2020). They commended the finalists on their confidence and the depth of the content demonstrated in their speeches. They also gave useful, constructive advice for future public speaking opportunities.

Grade Winners:

Year 3: Cayden Tsang

Year 4: Arthur Wang

Year 5: Dominic Alvaro

Year 6: Ryder Darlow

The overall winner of the 2021 Public Speaking Competition was Arthur Wang (Year 4).

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 2021 Public Speaking Competition. All the boys in Years 3 to 6 should be proud of their participation in the competition.

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

House Points

March 19, 2021

Click here to view the weekly Leader Board.

River Song

March 19, 2021

The Cooks River is the subject of this new exhibition now open at Delmar Gallery.

“Butu Wargun, Pemulwuy” 2021 by Jason Wing (detail)

River Song is a multi-disciplinary exhibition revealing some of the many changes wrought on the Cooks River, from environmental, cultural and historical perspectives.

Rare archival material is included in the exhibition alongside contemporary art, oral history and botanical installations.  

The Cooks River begins in a park in Yagoona, winds its way not far from Trinity’s Strathfield and Summer Hill campuses through concrete channels and some naturalised banks, before entering Botany Bay at a completely different location to its original mouth.  Our local river is Australia’s most urbanised, polluted and contested watercourse.  The vision of restoring its health drives passionate community groups and has propelled four councils to work together as the Cooks River Alliance.

The exhibition coincides with the Cooks River Alliance’s Wurridjal Festival, a series of talks, tours and workshops on the banks of the river.  A few spots might still be available for exhibiting artist Diego Bonetto’s Wonderful Wild Weeds Walk in Strathfield this Sunday afternoon, which complements his installation at Delmar Gallery. 

More information here: https://cooksriver.org.au/events/

Exhibiting artists: Mervyn Bishop, Diego Bonetto, Clare Britton, Vincent King, Dmitry Kuznichenko, Asher Milgate (Cooks River Alliance) and Jason Wing

Historical archives and maps from: Sydney Water/Water NSW, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Inner West Council,

Adastra Aerial Surveys & Royal Botanic Gardens
Curator: Catherine Benz

Until 18 April.  Free admission.

Gallery open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm by appointment.  We will be open over the Easter weekend.

“Butu Wargun, Pemulwuy” 2021 by Jason Wing, detail and installation photos
Exhibition installation with painting “Take me to the river” by Dmitry Kuznichenko and Clare Britton’s boat “Sally”
Installation detail of archival photos from Sydney Water/Water NSW
Detail of Diego Bonetto’s installation, “Reframing the river”
Detail of Clare Britton’s video installation, “In and Out”
Detail of Asher Milgate’s series of portraits and oral histories commissioned by the Cooks River Alliance, The Cooks River Aboriginal Oral History Project

From the Head Master

March 12, 2021

Over the last week, I have noticed a much greater sense of normality emerging in School life as the COVID-19 restrictions continue to be wound back.

I was particularly aware of this sense yesterday, with the various events around the 90th Annual CAS Swimming and Diving Championships. Around this time last year, we were on the verge of our first major restrictions, and were limited to taking only sixty students to the Championships as spectators. Last night we were able to take a couple of hundred spectators, which significantly added to the spectacle and volume of the carnival.

We were also able to host the parents of the swimmers and divers on the site to witness the traditional departure of the teams on the quad. After all this time, in which parents have been unable to come to the campus during school hours, it was lovely to have them share this experience, albeit in a physically-distanced, non-mingling with students kind of way!

Our students distinguished themselves last night, finishing in second place in both the Swimming and the Diving. Knox retained the Thyne Challenge Shield for swimming for the fifth consecutive year, and we finished second for the fifth consecutive year. In the Diving, Barker won the Stephen Barnett Shield by two points in a tight competition with Trinity; our boys won the Junior and Intermediate Divisions, but were not able to hold off the Barker team in the Open division. Our School congratulates Knox and Barker for their achievements, and we are already looking forward to the Championships in 2022.

While the details regarding the conclusion of the sports season for all of our summer sports are found elsewhere in this Bulletin, it is appropriate for me to acknowledge the joint Premiership won by our First V basketball team, and the undefeated Premiership won by our First VI Volleyball team. Congratulations to those boys and to the staff who have worked with them over the years to develop their skills and sportsmanship, particularly to their respective coaches, Mr Morrissey and Mr Simos.

The return of parents to the School site was also seen at the finals of the Soloists Competition on Wednesday night. This set of performances was the first time that our musicians have been able to perform to a live audience since March last year. It was also the first musical event to have taken place under the leadership of our new Director of Co-curricular Music, Dr Michael McGregor. My commendations to all those who took part in the competition, particularly those who progressed to the finals, and to the eventual winners.

In the last week we have also run a series of School tours for the prospective parents for the Year 7 class of 2023. This is the cohort who are currently being interviewed in the enrolment process. It has been very encouraging to see the ongoing high level of demand for enrolment opportunities in the School. Parents, who are the primary educators of their children, continue to be keen to engage the School as partners in their sons’ journey from childhood to adulthood, and we are honoured by the confidence that families place in us.

As parents have previously been informed, the School is seeking a State Significant Development Approval for The Renewal Project, which is a major capital development on the Summer Hill site. This process has been burbling along since mid-2019; our current estimation is that approval is likely to be granted around the middle of the year. In the meantime, design and planning for the early stages is continuing to take place, as indicated by the ubiquitous obscure codes and squiggles sprayed on the ground around the campus. When we get to the point that we can speak confidently about the timing, scope and staging of the plans, more information will be provided.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

March 12, 2021

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.

Harmony Day

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.

Three-Way Conferences

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 ExecutiveAudience – 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

House Points

March 12, 2021

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Pre-Kindergarten News

March 11, 2021

Dear PK Parents,

I do hope that you found last week’s PK Transition Tours to be of benefit to you. These tours provided you with a wonderful opportunity to gain a glimpse into the daily learning experiences that your son has the privilege of engaging in. Your positive feedback has been most pleasing. On one evening one mother shared the following with me ‘Kirsti, thank you so very much for allowing us on site tonight. You have given me so much reassurance and comfort in knowing that we definitely made the right decision to send our son to Trinity. His days are filled with so much learning, no wonder he loves coming to school every day’. We are always grateful for your feedback.

We look forward to communicating with you in a more formal and individualised way in the upcoming Parent/ Teacher Meetings in Weeks 8, 9 and 10. Please ensure that you have filled in the Google Form nominating your preferred time to meet with your son’s teacher.

Developing Your Son’s Social Skills (Part 2)

What is Cooperation?

We are currently focusing on developing the boy’s cooperation skills. Learning to cooperate is modelled in the classroom on a daily basis. Cooperative learning is a teaching strategy involving children’s participation in small group learning activities that promote positive interaction. During this focus, the PK educators have been naming and noticing, turn taking, saying please and thank you when shared resources are being used, waiting patiently whilst others speak, and attentive listening. All of these cooperative skills are highlighted and developed during the day.

Sometimes, particularly when safety is at stake, saying no to an early learner is necessary. At times, when instructions are being given, the boys are replying with ‘no’. In the last few weeks, the boys have been learning that, saying no when asked to transition from one room or place to another, is not ok.

So, when is it ok to say no if you are a parent or educator?

1) Say no when their actions might hurt someone or break something

2) Say no when they could do it on their own

3) Say no when it’s a want, not a need

4) Say no when plans change

5) Say no when someone else’s needs (temporarily) matter more

6) Say no when you’ll resent doing something

7) Say no when it’s against your values

Please read more here:

https://www.melbournechildpsychology.com.au/blog/why-parents-should-feel-good-about-saying-no-to-their-children/

Lunch Boxes

There appears to be a number of boys that are being provided with ample amounts of food throughout the day. Some boys are having a lunch order and a fully packed lunch box. We have observed that the boys are simply not hungry enough to eat the amount of food that is being packed for them. Whilst we understand the uncertainty around how hungry your son may be during the day, there is a lot of food that is being wasted. Could we encourage you to monitor his consumption over the next few weeks? We will not throw food away if it’s not eaten. It will be left in his lunch box for you to view when he comes home at the end of the day. We do ensure that all boys are eating and drinking an adequate amount each day.

Reminders/ Requests:

  • Please remember to read the Prep News each week. In addition to my newsletter, every third week there will be an individualised PK newsletter that is written by the classroom teachers. This newsletter will give you a detailed insight into the learning that is occurring in the PK environment.
  • Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the way in which your son’s have settled into PK life at Trinity Prep. It’s been a very successful start for all of your boys.
  • Please ensure that all of your son’s items are clearly labelled.
  • A number of boys are wearing their long-sleeved shirts on 30-degree days. On hot days, may we suggest that your son wears his short-sleeved school shirt.

Kirsti Hitz-Morton | Director of Primary Curriculum and Early Learning

From the Head Master

March 5, 2021

When school is in session, there are rarely opportunities to pause and reflect on progress that is taking place. However, if one makes the time to do so, it is tremendously refreshing as a leader. This week I have had cause to consider three areas wherein the School is continuing to move forward, doing things better this year than we did last year.

This week we conducted the new iteration of Year 12 parent-teacher interviews, which we now know as Learning Progress Conversations. In previous years, these were large, noisy, and slightly chaotic events. We would go through all the effort of setting up the Assembly Hall and other rooms with desks appropriately-labelled. We would require parents to disrupt all the normal activity of a weeknight by making their way to the School. We would experience the frustration of interview schedules going awry, the challenge of conducting a conversation in the same venue as hundreds of others, and deal with the tensions of navigating the carpark and campus.

This year, however, having learned from our COVID-19 experiences, the interviews took place online. In my experience, and in that of the teachers to whom I have spoken, the experience was vastly better, being less stressful and more calm. While there were some minor issues, these were relatively insignificant compared to prior years. It is nice to reflect on that improvement.

A second area of improvement has been the introduction of the Trinity Assessment Parent Portal (TAPP), which has been rolled out in the last couple of weeks. Mrs Williams has written about this in the Bulletin and in information provided to parents. The TAPP allows parents to receive information about their son’s assessments in a much more timely fashion. This continuous reporting provides additional insight to the boys’ progress and tasks, in addition to the end of semester reports. Many changes to organisational practices and use of technology have had to be implemented to make this possible, and it comes as the final element in a reformation of assessment and reporting that has run for the last two and a half years.

A third area wherein I think we have made good progress has been the use of data and digital technology to facilitate and evaluate the wellbeing of the boys. Earlier this week, the ACER Socio-Emotional Wellbeing survey was conducted, providing us with insight into our student body and enabling us to evaluate the experience of the boys. This data is anonymous and aggregated. We have also introduced a weekly wellbeing ‘pulse-check’ for boys in the Middle and Senior School, which provides us with personalised information. Through the Skodel platform, each boy indicates his emotional state, the factors causing that state, and indicates whether he would like someone to follow him up. It is a quick and easy way to facilitate pastoral support for the boys, and it should help us to continue to care for them.

As I started by saying, the pace of School life is brisk, and it is easy to be continually looking forward at the next task, initiative or challenge. It is no bad thing to pause to acknowledge that progress is being made. I have found it encouraging to do so. I trust that our boys and their families are also able to pause and to recognise growth.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

March 5, 2021

Literacy at Prep

This morning we held the second of our COVID Coffee Catch up sessions via Teams. The focus of the session was on K-2 Reading with particular focus on how students develop the building blocks of literacy and the skill of reading.

 Some of the key messages shared on the evening were as follows:

  • The development of literacy skills is complex – there are many aspects to literacy including phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, writing, reading fluency and accuracy, comprehension, speaking and listening and critical and creative thinking.
  • Students’ development of literacy skills is both incremental and individual. It is critically important not to compare students…they all have their own unique learning journey that is guided and supported by the teachers.
  • Parents play a key role in the development of literacy skills, particularly reading through encouragement, modelling and engaging in conversations about literature.

Further information about our approach to K-2 Reading can be obtained by contacting your son’s class teacher or by making contact with Mrs Hitz-Morton or Mrs Evans.

COVID Coffee Catch ups

Details about our upcoming COVID Coffee Catch ups can be found below.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the future catch ups that are planned and how they will work.

  • Week 7 – Friday 12th March 9:00-9:45am – Spelling – Learning more about Spelling – how is the same and different from when we were at school? Audience – K-6 parents.
  • 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.
  • Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep Executive. Audience – all parents.

How will COVID Coffee Catch ups work?

We are planning a series of Microsoft Teams meetings that parents can drop into with their morning coffee. The sessions will take place each Friday morning between 9:00-9:45am and will range from open question and answers sessions with the Prep Executive Staff through to information sessions targeted towards a particular group of parents on a specific topic. We hope that parents will use these catch ups as an opportunity to increase the connection they have with the School during this unusual time. We will try this approach for the remainder of Term 1 to see if it helps to fill the void that currently exists.

Auxiliary Meeting

On Wednesday evening it was wonderful to be able to welcome parents onsite after hours to conduct our Auxiliary meeting for March. Beyond the meeting, it was the first time most parents had seen our new portable building, currently housing our Stage 3 students while the building works are taking place. All of the parents agreed that they were a significant improvement on our memories of demountable buildings from when we were at school.

As always, the Auxiliary Meeting presented an opportunity to speak about the importance of community and partnership between home and school. It was really nice to be joined by a number of parents who are new to our community. Whilst COVID restrictions continue to limit activities, the Auxiliary remain committed to come up with creative ways to develop connections across the community and to support the School.

Llandilo Development

This week was another significant week with the Llandilo Development as the concrete for the upper ground floor and stairs were poured on Monday. The building is really starting to take shape which is tremendously exciting.

Trinity Soloist Competition

The heats of the annual soloist competition were held during the week.  This year there were 26 entrants from the Prep School which is our largest ever contingent. Congratulations to the following boys who will be performing at the Finals Concert:

Junior Section: David Chang (Guitar), Adam Jeroncic (Cello), Aaron You (Piano)        

Intermediate Section: Lewis Wang (Piano), Thomas Lee (Guitar), Marvin Xu (Violin).

Three-way Conferences

In Week 8 of this term class teachers will begin hosting Three Way Conferences in Kindergarten to Year 6 (and Parent Teacher Conference in Pre-K) to discuss the boys’ initial progress and their learning goals for the year ahead. In Years 1 to 6 these conferences will be supported by each student’s most recent MAP results which highlight his growth in Mathematics and Reading.

An email was sent home earlier in the week with information about the online booking system. I encourage you to make this meeting a high priority and to book in a time for you and your son to meet with the teacher. The online system will be the only way to book a conference with your son’s classroom teacher during this period. If you need support with this, please contact the School Office.

Communication between home and school is vital to ensure that your son is progressing in his education. The conference offers the opportunity to discuss your son’s learning with the teacher and for your son to be involved in his own education. Positive and constructive feedback, and open dialogue have the potential to improve motivation, address difficulties, inform goal setting and enhance learning.

IPSHA Swimming Team

Congratulations to the Swimming Team on their performances at IPSHA on Tuesday. As a result, a huge representation of 6 swimmers, including the Senior Relay Team, have qualified for the CIS Championships on Thursday 18th March. Trinity Prep continued our recent strong standing at this event with a strong team performance. Congratulations to the entire team – a truly wonderful effort!

CAS Swimming Championships

Next Thursday evening the CAS Swimming Championships (Combined Associated Schools – Barker, Cranbrook, Knox, St Aloysius, Trinity & Waverley) will be held at Homebush and it is one of the premiere school swimming events for secondary schools. Congratulations to Jaemin Yoo who has been selected to be part of the CAS Team. This is an outstanding achievement for a Year 6 student. The CAS Swimming is an extremely exciting event. Good luck Jaemin!

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

Romans 8:28

House Points

March 5, 2021

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From the Head Master

February 26, 2021

During the course of this week, the issue of consent with reference to sexual interaction has continued to be a focus of consideration and discussion from the corridors of power in Parliament House to the classrooms and assemblies of schools. This is an issue that needs our attention.

As I wrote to families on Monday, the disturbing issues that are being raised are complex. Consent, with reference to young people as illustrated in the recent publication of stories, is overlapped by other issues, including alcohol, pornography, entitlement, single-sex education, and wider cultural issues. These are all issues with which we already wrestle, and we will need to continue to do so in our quest to shape decent, trustworthy and respectful young men.

During the course of this week, staff at Trinity have conducted an audit of the ways in which the topic of consent, and other related topics, are covered at Trinity. Consent is explicitly taught to the boys through the PDHPE syllabus in Years 9 and 10, as well as in our Christian Studies classes in Years 10 and 12. The boys also engage with this topic in the Young Men’s Seminar with David Kobler, who conducts sessions with the Year 9 boys in Term 3, as well as running an evening session for parents.

This explicit teaching about consent builds on foundations of teaching and inculcating respectful behaviour, which take place in and through every aspect of the School from the early years until the end. It is my observation, and that of many others, that Trinity boys are often characterised by respectful behaviour in their interactions with others. We will need to ensure that they make the connection between respect in a general sense, and its application to the specific context of consent.

The last week has seen the publication of a number of insightful and powerful articles published with reference to the revelations over the weekend. These include: a piece by the Principal of Wenona School that challenges us to face the reality that this issue for school students is a wider cultural issue; a powerful speech delivered to Cranbrook students by the Head Prefect, which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald; and a piece reflecting on the experiences of an external speaker who educates students about consent. If you are interested in thinking further about these issues, I commend these articles to you, as well as Mr Barr’s piece on pornography in this Bulletin.

However, there is one issue that arises from the collected testimonies of these young women that has not yet come under the spotlight but which looms large in the situation. That is the role of some parents in enabling sexual assault.

The majority of the harrowing stories that were recounted online took place at parties or gatherings. These appear to be large parties that take place in family homes, that involve copious amounts of alcohol and intoxication, that provide access to secluded spaces, and which appear not to have active parental supervision. According to these stories, parties of this sort appear to be provided for people who are significantly underage, both with reference to alcohol and sex.

In hosting a party of this sort, parents end up creating an environment that enables sexual assault. This is not a statement I make lightly, and I recognise that the statement will cause offence, but I believe the conclusion is inescapable.

I can think of fewer more dangerous, unhelpful and foolish things that a parent could do than to provide a party of the sort described above. These parties cause heart-breaking and life-breaking damage.

I have heard it said that parties of this sort are a necessary rite of passage, and that they will happen anyway. I disagree. They are certainly a cultural phenomenon, but I think that in the interests of our young people’s wellbeing, we need to challenge the culture.

I know that I have the support of many of our families in this matter. Anecdotally, I think that fewer of these parties take place in the context of our School community than might be the case elsewhere. I am certainly not opposed to young people getting together to socialise and have fun. There are resources available online to assist parents to think through how best to host parties. You might like to check out this information sheet from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, or the website of Party Safe.  

I do not raise this issue as an exercise in blame-shifting or to downplay the importance of how schools address the issue of consent. Trinity will continue to do all that we can to support parents in raising young men of whom we can be proud. However, unless we address the role of these sort of parties, young people will continue to damage themselves and one another.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Being REAL…Authentically Trinity

In my Parent Information session address that was shared with parents at the beginning of the year, I introduced a theme we are planning to explore with the students in 2021; Being REAL…Authentically Trinity. In essence, we want our boys to be conscious of belonging to something bigger than just the Prep School. We want them to be aware of the fact that Trinity has a rich history with strong traditions that goes back over 100 years. We want them to appreciate that the expectations placed on them in terms of standards and behaviour have been similarly placed on those that have walked in their shoes in years gone by, including those that are slightly bigger than them at Summer Hill. We want them to appreciate the importance of behaving in a way that is Authentically Trinity. We want them to Be REAL in the way that they conduct themselves. This year at the Prep School, REAL will act as an acronym to help the boys remember the expectations that we place on them.

  • Be Ready, Respectful and Reliable
  • Be Engaged and Enthusiastic
  • Be Accepting, Assured and Appreciative
  • Be a Learner

Throughout this week I have taken the opportunity to speak with the boys about ‘R’ – being Ready, Respectful and Reliable.

We expect the students to be ready, reliable and respectful. This covers a range of standards and a general approach to school life. We want our boys to be aware of the expectations we have of them in terms of uniform, manners, speaking with adults and one another, preparedness to learn, and the list goes on. We want these standards to become second nature rather requiring a teacher or parents to constantly remind them. I completely appreciate the need for this to be a sliding scale with less expected of our Pre-K boys than our Year 6 boys, however, we do hope that there is growth each and every day.

One of the small things I mentioned to the boys this week was the importance of using the names of teachers when they speak with them or walk past them in the playground. It has been lovely to be personally greeted by so many boys this week. It is the small things that make a big difference and make our students Authentically Trinity.

Berea Mission

This week we have benefited from having a group of Senior School boys from Trinity join us as part of the Berea Mission. The Berea Group is a weekly Christian group that meets at the High School. Once a year, the boys head out to engage with different school and community groups across Sydney. Throughout the week the boys have been involved in Christian Studies classes, Sport, Chapel and much more. We thank the boys for their involvement, ministry to our boys and their service.

Beyond their involvement in these specific activities, the boys have also helped to confirm the message above about being Authentically Trinity as they have set a fine example of what these standards look like a few years on.

Llandilo Development

The Llandilo Development continues to move ahead at a great rate despite some rain in the last couple of weeks. This week the form work was completed in preparation for the pouring of the upper ground floor slab and stairs. It is exciting to see this take place so quickly. Within weeks we will have the structure of the new building in place!

Road Safety

As members of the Trinity Prep community, I ask parents to prioritise the safety of our boys in the morning and afternoon as you drop off and pick up your boys. I feel like a broken record as I continue to make reference to road safety, but it continues to be an area of concern for me and other members of our School community. I urge parents to consider the safety and wellbeing of our students over convenience. By this I mean that parents should avoid performing three-point turns in Llandilo Avenue and instead take the long way around by turning left at The Boulevarde. Whilst this no doubt adds to the commute, it does ensure the risks associated with drop off are limited. Similarly, I encourage parents to use the Kiss and Ride service to avoid having boys walk across Llandilo Avenue to get to a car. The safety of our boys is our collective responsibility!

COVID Coffee Catch ups

This morning we held our first COVID Coffee Catch up via Microsoft Teams. It was a very intimate gathering with only a handful of parents in attendance, but it did allow for some helpful conversations about school life to take place.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the future catch ups that are planned and how they will work.

How will COVID Coffee Catch ups work?

We are planning a series of Microsoft Teams meetings that parents can drop into with their morning coffee. The sessions will take place each Friday morning between 9:00-9:45am and will range from open question and answers sessions with the Prep Executive Staff through to information sessions targeted towards a particular group of parents on a specific topic. We hope that parents will use these catch ups as an opportunity to increase the connection they have with the School during this unusual time. We will try this approach for the remainder of Term 1 to see if it helps to fill the void that currently exists.

The schedule for the COVID Coffee Catch ups for the remainder of the term and the links for parents to join these sessions are as follows:

  • Week 6 – Friday 5th March 9:00-9:45am – K-2 Reading – What does Reading look like at school and how to support him at home? Audience – K-2 parents.
  • Week 7 – Friday 12th March 9:00-9:45am – Spelling – Learning more about Spelling – how is the same and different from when we were at school? Audience – K-6 parents.
  • 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.
  • Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep Executive. Audience – all parents.

These sessions will replace the regular sessions we typically run in Term 1 and the session that had previously been gazetted for Wednesday 3rd March.

Auxiliary Matters

On Wednesday 3rd March we will be holding the next Auxiliary Meeting. Our usual pattern is to hold one meeting a term in the early evening to allow more parents to attend. I am pleased to say that we will be holding the next meeting onsite at the School beginning at 6:00pm, which allows us to avoid any of the usual student events that take place on a normal day. The event will be held in the Mozart Room with a maximum of 50 people which will allow for appropriate social distancing. If you are planning to attend the Auxiliary Meeting it is essential that you register through the following link. Parents will not be able to bring children with them to this meeting. I look forward to connecting with parents at this meeting.

IPSHA Swimming Championships

Good luck to the boys who are Swimming at the IPSHA Championships on Tuesday 2nd March at SOPAC. Competition will be tough with competitors from over 30 schools representing on the day. IPSHA provides a pathway for swimmers to reach the elite levels of primary school competition. The next level of competition is the Combined Independent Schools with the top swimmers at this level qualifying for the PSSA State Primary School Championships.

Father & Son Breakfast – cancelled

Due to the current COVID restrictions, which prevent parents from being onsite during extended school hours, we have had to cancel next week’s Stage 3 Father Son Breakfast. We look forward to the day when these events can be held again.

Future Enrolments

The Preparatory School is in a very healthy situation with increasing interest for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrolments in the years ahead. Whilst siblings and Old Boys are given priority, it is imperative that parents submit an enrolment application early so that these boys are factored into our numbers and to avoid disappointment.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School 

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’

1 John 3:18

Notification: Roadworks Victoria Street

February 26, 2021

Monday, 1 March to Thursday, 4 March 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Trinity Grammar School has been notified of roadworks commencing on Victoria Street between Monday, 1 March and Thursday, 4 March 2021.  Please click the link here to view more information.

Please take a moment to read through the information in the link above and if needed, make the necessary changes to your travel route to School.  It may be wise to add additional travel time during the planned roadworks.

Thank you.

Stephen Heanly | Head of Operations

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Public Speaking Competition 2021 – Years 3 to 6

At Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School, we value the importance of developing in each of the boys the skills required to speak in an articulate manner and with confidence when speaking in public. Research shows strong links between good speakers and good writers. The 2021 Public Speaking Competition will require all boys in Year 3 to 6 to choose a topic that they are interested in and present it to their peers. The topics that the boys can choose from for 2021 are outlined below. The boys are allowed to suggest alternative topics to their teacher (eg. could relate to the current Unit of Inquiry, Learner Profile attribute, etc.). However, it will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher to approve any suggested topics. Students are not to prepare a speech on a topic that they have used in the past.

Topics: 

  • Growth as a learner
  • Authentically Trinity…’Be REAL’
  • I appreciate…
  • What could the 11th Learner Profile be…
  • My greatest invention
  • My favourite family story
  • Did you know…
  • The best thing about being a learner is…

Speaking Time:

Years 3 and 4 Warning Bell: 2 minutes and Final Bell: 3 minutes 

Years 5 and 6 Warning Bell: 3 minutes and Final Bell: 4 minutes 

When? 

The preliminary rounds will take place in classrooms and then at Grade Meetings. 

Preliminary Rounds – boys come prepared and deliver their prepared speech:  

Years 3 to 6, in class, Week 6 (beginning Monday March 1st to Friday March 5th) with 3 finalists per grade announced by Friday March 12th (end of Week 7).

FINALS: Friday March 19th 8:40am (Week 8) Mozart Room

This year boys who proceed to the finals will have 20 minutes (8:40am to 9:00am) to prepare for their one-minute impromptu speech. They will then deliver this to the judges before they present their chosen speech to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

General expectations:

A speech is based on a central idea which is suggested by the topic. The speaker should choose material suitable for the audience.

The purpose of this competition is for students to:

  • communicate their ideas 
  • inform 
  • entertain 
  • persuade 
  • or any combination of these.  

The speaker must present a speech, not an act, recitation or a comedy performance. 

Style: Style is all about the overall impression created by the speaker.  This includes:

  • good use of eye contact
  • using palm cards that don’t interfere with delivery
  • appropriate use of language
  • clear and varied use of voice
  • using hand gestures, where appropriate, to help to get your message across 
  • The speaker should try to talk about something they know well and be as natural as possible
  • The speaker should let their personality shine through. 

Structure

  • The speech should be logical and ordered
  • A good speech will make its point within the time allowed
  • Humour can sometimes help to make a speech interesting. Remember – a good speech certainly does not have to be funny. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

Graduate exhibition closes this Sunday

February 26, 2021

Last days to see Impermanence at Delmar Gallery, or view it anytime online.

Impermanence is the 2021 iteration of Delmar Gallery’s annual survey of new graduates’ work, selected from postgraduate and graduate exhibitions at National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and UNSW Art & Design.   

Framed by the uncertainties and upheavals of 2020, the artists respond to and make sense of this world in flux. Their works variously look outward, documenting the legacy of the bushfires, living with COVID and Black Lives Matter, while others turn inward, retreating to childhood memories to find anchor points.

Book your visit to Delmar Gallery this weekend (Sat/Sun 12-5pm) to catch a snapshot of the next generation of Sydney artists or walk through the exhibition online.

Exhibition installation views with works by:  Melissa Howe, The Crossing  2020; Seamus Heidenreich; Maria Alejandro Alvarado Loukianova, Scatterbrain maquetteI  2020; Halle Sen (ceramics) and Suzanna Vangelov (painting).  Photography by Silversalt.

House Points

February 26, 2021

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From the Head Master

February 19, 2021

This week I would like to address an area of potentially great danger in the School. I am thinking of the main carpark at Summer Hill, although some of the same issues may also be seen in the streets surrounding both the Summer Hill and the Strathfield campuses.

Carparks and the streets around schools are a risky and potentially dangerous site within a school, as they bring together children and moving vehicles in the same area. The design of our carpark, and the rules governing its use, are intended to minimise risk and to ensure that all people, particularly children, are safe. I have no doubt that all members of our community are committed, in principle, to the safety of children. However, this safety is compromised when the rules are disregarded.

To the best of my knowledge, the main problem does not lie with the senior students of the school who drive. The School recognises the potential risks associated with inexperienced drivers, and places stricter parameters around the boys’ use of the car park. Driving to school is a privilege that can be withdrawn. Through senior staff, the behaviour of the boys who are driving in the car park is monitored and, while there are occasional exceptions, the boys do the right thing.

Our problems arise from parents and other adults who drive students to and from the school. Failure to comply with the protocols, ignoring the rules and flagrant rudeness are regularly seen. Examples abound: picking up students in the wrong zones; using the boot for bags; jumping queues; disregarding the instruction to turn left at the top of Jubilee Drive; waiting rather than going around for another lap; and the list goes on. 

A case could be made that no single one of these behaviours is catastrophic in and of itself. Any behaviour may stem from any number of motivations, from thoughtlessness through time pressure to arrogant disregard. I do not assume to know what the issue may be in any one instance. However, over time as habits form, so does a culture of disregard for the rules, and safety is potentially compromised.

Over my years in schools, various possible solutions have been considered by frustrated staff, parents and community members. Naming and shaming through posting photos and videos of offenders on social media, giving students detentions for their parents’ offences, banning offenders from the car park, using senior staff to police traffic, commissioning a parent group to police traffic, and various other possibilities have been suggested. Most were not practical, and likely to create more problems than were solved, but the sense of frustration amongst the parent group was palpable.

I would like to provide five lenses through which behaviours in the carpark and surrounding streets could be considered. I do so, knowing that 80% of drivers consider themselves to be of above average ability (which is statistically improbable), and that we are all far more adept at spotting the speck in someone else’s eye than seeing the log in our own.

The first lens is that of safety. No-one starts out the day hoping that they will have an accident that hurts someone else, but accidents do happen. Once you have been in an accident, particularly if someone gets hurt and most particularly if you are at fault, you will never forget it. Accidents can have life-shattering impacts, and none of us wants that on our conscience. The rules exist to maximise safety and minimise risk. Please adhere to them.

The second lens is that of modelling. The power of parent behaviour in shaping the behaviour of children is well-established. They will do what they see. This has direct implications for how they will behave when the time comes for them to drive. However, as was raised at the Parents and Friends meeting, the boys will also learn how to treat rules from seeing how you treat rules. Are rules something to be disregarded in the name of convenience? Do individual preferences or desires trump formalised codes of behaviour? At school, we work hard to teach boys to respect rules; we hope that our efforts and yours are aligned.

The third lens is that of relationships. An enduring human challenge is learning to live well together with others. The actions of one person have impacts on others. We want our boys to be considerate of others, to put others first, and to love those around them by acting for their good. Too much of the world around us is self-centred; we want to call our boys to a higher goal. Does your conduct in the carpark show how our relationships with others – even those whom we may not know – can be done well?

The fourth lens is that of character formation. As I have said to the boys on a number of occasions, character is revealed in the great moments, but it is shaped in the small ones. Great acts of noble and sacrificial heroism are made possible by myriad small acts of selflessness and graciousness. If we want our boys to become good men, in whatever spheres and worlds they inhabit in the years to come, it begins with small habitual behaviours in the insignificant areas of daily life, like school car parks.

The fifth lens is that failing to follow the traffic management plan damages the School’s reputation with local residents and jeopardises our hopes for the future development and improvement of the School. The School currently has a State Significant Development Application before the Department of Planning Industry and the Environment (DPIE). The key issues of concern that are being considered have to do with traffic management. Parents who do not follow the plan, which has been written to maximise safety, amenity and functionality, hurt the School.

Please make yourself familiar with our Traffic Management Plan (Summer Hill Campus) and the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus) and adhere to it. Your school community would appreciate your support in helping our carpark and traffic arrangements to work well.

(If this article seems familiar, there is a reason. It is substantially based on one I wrote in 2019. It described the issues and my thinking then, and it still does!)

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 19, 2021

An evolving tradition

The last year has created many opportunities to reflect on the way we do things, as we have been forced to adjust existing practices in light of COVID. During 2020 we needed to rethink the way that we conducted weekly Assemblies and Chapels. Fortunately, restrictions have eased to allow us to gather face to face for these occasions in 2021, however, the experience of change has allowed us to reconsider some of our practices.

This week we began a new tradition as we gathered Years 3-6 around the top basketball court in their House groups for our Monday morning assembly to present the House Swimming Championship. Without trying to perfectly replicate it, the idea’s origin was the High School’s tradition of gathering all of the Houses around the Quad each morning for their morning assembly.  Upon reflection, it was an effective way to increase the significance of being part of a House, a concept that typically has only found relevance in sports carnivals. Having tried this for the first time, we think this might become a new tradition for the Prep School that we can build on.

Swimming Championships

Speaking of the presentation of the House Swimming Championship, I am pleased to announce the results from last week’s carnival.

1st place – School House 259

2nd place – Hilliard 219

3rd place – Archer 200

4th place – Henderson 152

Llandilo Development

This week the Llandilo Development took a significant step forward as the concrete slab for the southern extension was poured. On top of this slab will be three levels of learning spaces, including our new STEAM Lab, and two additional labs; one for all year levels to use as required and one that will form an integral part of the Year 5 Learning Centre. Over the next month the structure of the building should begin to take shape quite quickly.

COVID Coffee Catch ups

One of the things that we hold dearly at the Prep School is the partnership we share with parents in the boys’ education. We have worked hard in recent years to ensure there is transparency about the way we are seeking to educate the boys so that parents can encourage and support this at home. This has traditionally been achieved through a series of Parent Information Sessions that take place on a termly basis. The current COVID restrictions have made this challenging so we have come up with a new idea to try and provide parents with an opportunity to learn more about what we are doing and to engage with key staff…COVID Coffee Catch ups.

How will COVID Coffee Catch ups work?

We are planning a series of Microsoft Teams meetings that parents can drop into with their morning coffee. The sessions will take place each Friday morning between 9:00-9:45am and will range from open question and answer sessions with the Prep Executive Staff through to information sessions targeted towards a particular group of parents on a specific topic. We hope that parents will use these catch ups as an opportunity to increase the connection they have with school during this unusual time. We will try this approach for the remainder of Term 1 to see if it helps to fill the void that currently exists.

The schedule for the COVID Coffee Catch ups for the remainder of the term and the links for parents to join these sessions are as follows:

  • Week 5 – Friday 26th February 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep ExecutiveAudience – all parents
  • Week 6 – Friday 5th March 9:00-9:45am – K-2 Reading – What does Reading look like at school and how to support him at home? Audience – K-2 parents. 
  • Week 7 – Friday 12th March 9:00-9:45am – Spelling – Learning more about Spelling – how is the same and different from when we were at school? Audience – K-6 parents. 
  • 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. 
  • Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep ExecutiveAudience – all parents. 

These sessions will replace the regular sessions we typically run in Term 1 and the session that had previously been gazetted for Wednesday 3rd March.

Auxiliary Matters

On Wednesday 3rd March we will be holding the next Auxiliary Meeting. Our usual pattern is to hold one meeting a term in the early evening to allow more parents to attend. I am pleased to say that we will be holding the next meeting onsite at the School beginning at 6:00pm, which allows us to avoid any of the usual student events that take place on a normal day. The event will be held in the Mozart Room with a maximum of 50 people which will allow for appropriate social distancing. If you are planning to attend the Auxiliary Meeting it is essential that you register through the following LINK. Parents will not be able to bring children with them to this meeting. I look forward to connecting with parents at this meeting.

Unfortunately, the Community Event which had been planned for Friday 26th February has been postponed indefinitely due to the current COVID restrictions. This is a great disappointment as this event is a wonderful way of enhancing the sense of community that we have at the Prep School. (It is also a pity as the teachers were looking forward to defending their volleyball title from last year.) It is hoped that a potential easing of restrictions later in the year might make it possible to reschedule this event.

Kiss and Ride

Kiss and Ride has been an interesting journey this year. We are thrilled that we have generally managed to return to the regular 3:30pm finishing time. I am enormously grateful for the cooperation of the vast number of parents who have helped to make this possible by following the Traffic Management Plan and using the name signs in their car windows (or in their hand) upon arrival.

A couple of additional matters that I would like to bring to your attention are the need to follow the parking signs and not parking over our neighbours’ driveways. The parking guidelines have been established by Local Council to ensure the safety of our students in a busy road and it is important to respect our neighbours by allowing them to enter and exit their driveways as required. Unfortunately, I have noticed that a small minority of parents who appear to be prioritising their own convenience over the safety of our students and the rights of our neighbours. I would appreciate your support in adjusting this practice in the coming weeks.

Further to my comments above, I strongly encourage all parents to read the Head Master’s Bulletin item this week as it addresses a similar theme. Parents dropping off or picking up students from the Summer Hill carpark are asked to follow the guidelines that are in place for that campus. This includes not parking in the drop off / pick up zones. 

Archer and Henderson House Chapel Service

I am sorry to announce that the Archer and Henderson House Chapel Service that was scheduled for Sunday 14th March has had to be cancelled. Mr Smith is generously putting together a pre-recorded service that families can engage with at their leisure.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School 

‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.’

John 15:12-14

From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

February 19, 2021

Public Speaking Competition 2021 – Years 3 to 6

At Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School, we value the importance of developing in each of the boys the skills required to speak in an articulate manner and with confidence when speaking in public. Research shows strong links between good speakers and good writers. The 2021 Public Speaking Competition will require all boys in Year 3 to 6 to choose a topic that they are interested in and present it to their peers. The topics that the boys can choose from for 2021 are outlined below. The boys are allowed to suggest alternative topics to their teacher (eg. could relate to the current Unit of Inquiry, Learner Profile attribute, etc.). However, it will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher to approve any suggested topics. Students are not to prepare a speech on a topic that they have used in the past.

Topics: 

  • Growth as a learner
  • Authentically Trinity…’Be REAL’
  • I appreciate…
  • What could the 11th Learner Profile be…
  • My greatest invention
  • My favourite family story
  • Did you know…
  • The best thing about being a learner is…

Speaking Time:

Years 3 and 4 Warning Bell: 2 minutes and Final Bell: 3 minutes 

Years 5 and 6 Warning Bell: 3 minutes and Final Bell: 4 minutes 

When? 

The preliminary rounds will take place in classrooms and then at Grade Meetings. 

Preliminary Rounds – boys come prepared and deliver their prepared speech:  

Years 3 to 6, in class, Week 6 (beginning Monday March 1st to Friday March 5th) with 3 finalists per grade announced by Friday March 12th (end of Week 7).

FINALS: Friday March 19th 8:40am (Week 8) Mozart Room

This year boys who proceed to the finals will have 20 minutes (8:40am to 9:00am) to prepare for their one-minute impromptu speech. They will then deliver this to the judges before they present their chosen speech to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

General expectations:

A speech is based on a central idea which is suggested by the topic. The speaker should choose material suitable for the audience.

The purpose of this competition is for students to:

  • communicate their ideas 
  • inform 
  • entertain 
  • persuade 
  • or any combination of these.  

The speaker must present a speech, not an act, recitation or a comedy performance. 

Style: Style is all about the overall impression created by the speaker.  This includes:

  • good use of eye contact
  • using palm cards that don’t interfere with delivery
  • appropriate use of language
  • clear and varied use of voice
  • using hand gestures, where appropriate, to help to get your message across 
  • The speaker should try to talk about something they know well and be as natural as possible
  • The speaker should let their personality shine through. 

Structure

  • The speech should be logical and ordered
  • A good speech will make its point within the time allowed
  • Humour can sometimes help to make a speech interesting. Remember – a good speech certainly does not have to be funny. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

House Points

February 18, 2021

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From the Head Master

February 12, 2021

Last night at about 9pm I found myself kneeling on the ground in a local shopping centre changing a tyre. There are lots of things I would rather have been doing; earlier that evening I had cooked and enjoyed a meal with my family, we had made more progress through the TV series we are binging, and I had been beginning to think about an early night. However, events intervened and here I was, wrestling with the items that normally live under the floor of the car’s boot.

Initially, my frustration was palpable. However, as I got on with the task, I began to reflect on how it was that I knew how to do this task.

It was my father who taught me how to change a tyre at some point in my early teens. I can’t particularly remember the occasion; it may have been on the side of a road in the context of a real need, or it may have been in the carport as a deliberate lesson. I don’t imagine for a second that I welcomed learning this particular skill. My interests as a young teenager lay more with books and sport than practical skills. However, as it turns out, I learned how to do it and in the thirty-plus years since, I have had to use the skill only half-a-dozen times. However, last night, when I needed to, it all came back to me.

The point of my reverie was not to marvel at my ability, as though this is some sort of super-power. Changing a tyre is hardly rocket-science! Rather, I was prompted to think about the things that we don’t learn in school.

As a professional educator, I am hardly going to downplay the value of learning that comes through school. The knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, the social and emotional skills gained through participating in a community, and the character formation that takes place through the school years are all essential. However, so much of what we learn during our childhood and adolescence comes from outside the School.

I am pretty confident that the mainstream curriculum does not teach skills such as changing tyres or lightbulbs, or how to clean a toilet, scrub a shower or do the dishes. Bed-making, clothes-ironing and lawn-mowing are all outside the scope of school, as they should be. Some young people learn some cooking skills at school, but it is not part of the compulsory curriculum. These life-skills are usually picked up either in the context of normal family life, through the modelling or instruction of parents, or later on when a young person has to fend for themselves. My recollection of some of the group-houses I lived in during the university years and afterwards suggest that a fair number of us only learn these things when there is no alternative.

Over the years, schools have found themselves teaching life-skills that would have been in the domain of the family in previous years. For example, each Field Studies Programme at our Woollamia campus, a number of Year 9 boys learn how to ride a bike. This hasn’t been part of their life experience up until that point. Likewise, many of them haven’t engaged at all with gardening or horticulture until that point. One of the reasons that we are piloting the ‘Green Patch’ initiative in the Junior School is to teach the boys some foundational skills in gardening, because that opportunity will not otherwise be part of their learning.

I recognise that some of the skills listed above may become obsolete. In fact, some of them may already be. Bike-riding is less viable in our urban environment than it used to be. Gardening gets squeezed out, either through smaller living arrangements or lack of time. Cooking at home is increasingly outsourced, one way or the other. Many families are able to hire cleaners to take care of toilets and showers. These skills may go the way of other practical skills that have become redundant through technology, labour-saving devices, or lifestyle changes. I don’t want to suggest that there is anything wrong with that! No-one wants to go back to doing laundry in a copper and using a washboard. There are also economic arguments for outsourcing some of these things, including the efficiencies that come from specialisation, and the opportunity-cost of spending one’s time doing things that someone else could be engaged to do. 

However, I do wonder whether we might do well to consider whether we are adequately equipping our children with enough in the way of basic life-skills, or are we teaching them to look for someone else to fix problems that are well within their reach? Apart from anything else, as I know from my experience last night, there can be a tremendous sense of satisfaction from knowing oneself to be capable. Resilience and self-esteem are bolstered by a sense of competence and self-efficacy. On the other hand, learned helplessness is in no-one’s interests. What are the basic skills, learned at home, that you think your son should have acquired before his school years come to an end?

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

School Officers’ Induction

This morning, we inducted the 2021 School Officers into their leadership roles at a Chapel Service. Over the course of the last few weeks, myself and Mr Lever have had a number of conversations about leadership with the boys. In many situations we seek leadership, however, the greatest form of leadership is when others want to follow you. This ‘followship’ is often the result of what people admire about someone’s character or behaviour. As our Year 6 boys assume formal and informal leadership roles his year, I hope they will be driven by a desire to be young men of principle, integrity and responsibility who genuinely care for others. This style of leadership is often characterised as ‘servant leadership’, modelled to us throughout the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Whilst we highlighted the formal leadership roles in our School, it is important to also acknowledge the general leadership that will be shown by all of our Year 6 students this year as they set the standards for all of our boys. One of the greatest acts of leadership they have will be with their Kindergarten buddies as they form special relationships throughout the year that are mutually beneficial.  Our Year 6 boys also play a key role in setting the tone for our School; something that is very important to us at the Preparatory School.

Chinese New Year and the Lion Dance

Today is Chinese New Year, a significant event in the lives of many of our students and for many people in our local neighbourhood. To celebrate this occasion and to support the students’ appreciation of the Chinese culture, Ms Kang organised for a Lion Dance demonstration on Thursday morning. For some of our students this was the first time they had witnessed this authentic cultural practice that is commonplace at significant Chinese festivals. The boys were absolutely captivated by the Lion Dance with the loud drumming and spectacular dancing of the lion. This experience will be built on in Mandarin classes to help the boys to make deeper connections between their language learning and the world around them.

Swimming Carnival

Earlier this week we gathered at the Centenary Pool at Summer Hill for our annual Swimming Carnival. The day was a great success with the boys demonstrating great team spirit and participation across the day. I was particularly impressed with some of our less confident swimmers who embraced the smaller 25 metre pool and the less competitive events with great enthusiasm. As always, the relays were the highlight of the day with some very closely contested races. We even managed to squeeze in the Staff v Student relay which the teachers managed to triumph in despite being somewhat hamstrung by the first swimmer (at least I’m still involved). The one disappointment was the absence of parents who offer a lot to events like this by providing additional atmosphere and support. We hope that this might be possible again later in the year.

Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded Age Champions for their all-round performances on the day; Under 8 – Daniel Jin (3He), Under 9 – Aris Ferizis (3Sc), Under 10 – Harris Yang (5Hi), Under 11 – Lachlan Green (6Sc) and Opens – Jaemin Yoo (6Ar). Mr Bremner is still finalising the points tally for House champion.

Congratulations to all of the boys on a fabulous day!

Saturday Sport

Saturday Sport commences this weekend for all boys in Years 4, 5 and 6. Boys who play Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football and Softball play under the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia NSW Branch) umbrella. It is also the beginning of our Intra-School Sport competition for 2021. Teams have been finalised for this week and boys should be aware of where they are playing and what time their game starts. I would like to remind all parents about the importance of the boys turning up to their match in sufficient time for a warm up and to receive last minute instructions from their coach. It is expected that boys are at venues 30 minutes before the scheduled start of play.

IPSHA sets out clear guidelines and codes of behaviour for players, spectators and coaches. These principles have been attached at the end of this newsletter. I have listed below the main aims and principles of IPSHA sport and I encourage all boys and parents to reflect on these.

  • Enjoyment and sportsmanship must be emphasised at all times
  • Competitors should be encouraged to play hard and strive to win fairly
  • Respect your opponent
  • Team spirit and School loyalty must be given priority over selfish play
  • Foul or rough play is inexcusable
  • Applause should be generously bestowed on good play from both teams
  • Excessive jubilation must be curbed so as not to show contempt for an opponent
  • The referee’s decision is final and beyond reproach
  • Complaints concerning the conduct of games must not be made during or after the game but must be referred to the School (either Mr Bremner or me)

Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct

I also refer you to the link to the Trinity Grammar School Sport Code of Conduct, I ask that you reinforce these principles with your son and uphold them yourselves of a Saturday. At Trinity we encourage boys to be gracious in winning as well as in defeat. The shaking of an opponent’s hand at the completion of any game is expected and good play from an opposition team should be acknowledged in an appropriate manner. No player should criticise any teammate and there is to be no swearing or fighting on the playing field for any reason, or as the result of any provocation. All Trinity teams are to be immaculately turned out in the correct playing strip and non-Trinity items of clothing are not to be worn. At all times boys are expected to give 100% effort.

Year 3 Sport

At the time of writing this I am hopeful that the weather doesn’t prevent this afternoon being the first of five Year 3 Sport sessions for the term held at Prep. This Term’s programme focus is Football. Every Thursday, during Sport time, the boys engage in competitive games between teams made up from the Prep and Junior Schools. Each of the Friday afternoon sessions is designed to further develop the students’ skills in preparation for the upcoming games.

Llandilo Development

Next week promises to be a big week with the Llandilo Development as we anticipate eight concrete trucks descending on the site to pour approximately 40 cubic metres of concrete. This slab will be the base of the extension to the existing building at the southern side, closest to Llandilo Avenue. This section of the building will consist of the STEAM Lab on the lower ground floor, a shared STEM lab on the upper ground floor and a Year 5 Lab on the first floor. Over the coming weeks there will be a series of concrete pours as this section of the building takes shape. The builders are continuing to time their works so as not to interfere with drop off or pick up.

COVID restrictions

Whilst COVID restrictions continue, there has been one further adjustment with 2 parents allowed to accompany each student to sporting venues on Saturdays. Entry to inside venues will continue to be limited by the 2 square metre rule and parents are reminded to maintain social distancing at all times.

The updated Trinity COVID protocols can be found at this link.

Kiss and Ride

I am delighted to report that Kiss and Ride has returned to the efficiency of 2020. I want to express my sincere thanks to all parents for their contribution and support over the first couple of weeks as we navigated a change in our systems due to the building works and no co-curricular activities operating.

I would ask that parents continue to use the name signs provided by the school to support the teachers as they announce your arrival to the boys. This is an essential cog in our system regardless of whether parents are picking up by car or foot. We would ask that parents also bring the signs with them to pick students up at the conclusion of co-curricular activities to ensure this is smooth and efficient process.

Trinity Instagram

At the recent Auxiliary meeting, it was brought to my attention that the Prep School was letting the team down a little with regards to our populating social media. I can appreciate that parents are keen to be part of what we are doing at school, particularly in light of the current COVID restrictions. We are always open to feedback and have responded this week. If Instagram is your thing, be sure to check out the Trinity Grammar School page to see posts about some of the larger whole school events that take place. Seesaw will continue to be the main source of class-based posts and should be the first place you visit.

Prep School procedures

If your son is unwell and absent from school, please notify the school through the School App.

If you would like to request leave for your son on a school day, including Sport on Saturdays, please email this request through the School App, addressed to me so that it can be approved. Please ensure this is done with appropriate notice.

If you drop your son off late to school, please send him directly to the School Office to be signed in before heading to class. This should be accompanied by a notification to the School through the School App. If you need to pick your son up early, please complete a notification through the App and we will arrange for him to be ready at the appropriate time. Under the current COVID restrictions, it is best to come to the Llandilo Gate where you can buzz the intercom system and the Office Staff will send organise for your son to meet you at the gate. Notifications through the App allow us to fulfil our legal requirement with regard to attendance.

We understand that as boys become older there may be times that they need to bring a mobile phone to school in order to communicate with parents about travelling arrangements. If this is the case, we request that you write to seek permission for the phone. This can be done via your son’s Class Teacher. It is also essential that all mobile phones are handed to the Class Teacher at the beginning of the school day and collected at the end of the day. Likewise, if you would like your son to make his way home from school independently, please contact that School Office in writing.

In recent years we have adopted a firmer stance on student use of smart watches, particularly watches that contains sim cards. We welcome your support in keeping these watches at home or removing the sim card so that they can’t be used to communicate at school.

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave ­– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:26-28

From the Head Master

February 5, 2021

All sorts of influences and people play a role in the formation of your sons. 

Obviously, the primary influence comes from their parents and their family of origin. As the years pass and as the boys grow, the peer group becomes more and more prominent, for good or for ill. Popular culture, community connections and a myriad of other factors are also in the mix. However, schools like Trinity are not backward about claiming that the School makes a difference. 

As Head Master, I am acutely aware that the people on the School team who have the most direct formative influence on your boys are their teachers. The appointment of teaching staff, in particular, is one of the most important responsibilities that I have. The teachers have an impact on the boys with reference to their learning; I hope that most of us are able to identify a teacher whose knowledge, skill and passion opened our eyes in the classroom at one point or another. We also need to acknowledge that teachers also have a formative impact on students in other ways, through role-modelling, expectation-setting, culture-shaping, and providing the security of unconditional positive regard. 

It is not my purpose to go into great detail about all the ways that teachers (at their best) can have a powerful formative influence on their students; I imagine that you already know the reality of this influence. Nor do I wish to downplay the significance of the multitude of other school staff who contribute in many ways to the learning and growth of the boys, both directly and indirectly.

What I would like to do is to provide something of a snap-shot of the body of teachers at Trinity Grammar School. This will probably only have curiosity value for you, but it may also provide a different lens through which to consider that body of people with whom you are partnering in the education of your sons.

There are two hundred and sixty-six teachers who have permanent or temporary employment at Trinity. (This number does not include casual teachers.) Twenty-five of these teachers are part-time, which means that more than 90% are full time. 49% of Trinity teachers are male and 51% are female, although the proportion of female teachers is higher in the two primary schools. The average age of a teacher at Trinity is 42.8 years, and the overall age profile is very close to a classic bell-curve, running from the low twenties to the high sixties.

With reference to tenure, the average length of time teachers have been at Trinity is just under ten years. About one hundred of the teachers have been at Trinity for more than a decade, with the longest-serving being Mr Ian Moore, who was appointed in 1978. On the other hand, thirty-nine teachers have been at Trinity less than one year, and nearly one hundred have been appointed since I joined the School at the start of 2018.

About 30% of Trinity teachers have completed post-graduate studies beyond their initial teaching qualifications, and at least 45 teachers are undertaking further post-graduate study this year. 

As a corollary of our Christian foundation, the School places a very high priority on relationships and community, understanding that it is the connections between people that constitute the fabric of life. As your son journeys through the School, he will come into the orbit of many teachers. In many cases, strong and deep connections will be formed. The reality is that in some cases, personalities will grate and tensions may rise. My hope and prayer is that, in the vast majority of connections between your son and his teachers, respect and humility will characterise their mutual interactions, and that the teacher whose path has been brought to intersect with your son’s path will play a positive role in his journey to adulthood.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

February 5, 2021

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.

CoCurricular Activities

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.

OSHClub

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

‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’

Proverbs 3:5-6

Impermanence

February 4, 2021

New exhibition opening this weekend at Delmar Gallery

Selected from the end-of-year graduate exhibitions at National Art School, UNSW Art & Design and Sydney College of the ArtsImpermanence is a snapshot of the next generation of visual artists.  It includes ceramics, sculpture, video, photography and painting by eight Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts and PhD candidates.

Framed by the uncertainties and upheavals of 2020, their works are responses to this world in flux. Some make sense of world events by looking outward: variously documenting the legacy of the bushfires, living with COVID and Black Lives Matter protests. Others turn inward, retreating to childhood memories associated with stability and security.  

Exhibiting artists are Maria Alejandra Alvarado Loukianova, Seamus Heidenreich, Melissa Howe, Amy Masson, Yul Scarf, Halle Sen, Suzanna Vangelov and Whimbrel Wilson.  Curated by Catherine Benz, Delmar Gallery.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 6 February and runs until 28 February, Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.  Admission is free, but visits need to be pre-booked in line with COVID-related safety measures for school.  Email delmargallery@trinity.nsw.edu.au or phone 9581 6070 to arrange a time to visit.

House Points

February 4, 2021

Click here to view the weekly Leader Board.

From the Head Master

January 29, 2021

Happy New Year, and welcome back to School!

One of the lovely aspects of this time of year is experiencing the revivification of the School community. Between Christmas and New Year there is no-one on the Summer Hill site, apart from my family and the security guard. The first week of January sees the return of some support staff, particularly in ICT and the buildings and maintenance team. The numbers build a bit in the second week of January, but the third week sees the great influx of staff. The senior staff conferences, the new staff inductions, and then three professional development days for all staff, with an associated lift in energy as colleagues reconnect, collaborate and plan for the year ahead. This rising wave of life peaks with the return of students this week. Every year at this time, I am vividly reminded that the School is a community of people, not a cluster of facilities.

As is the ongoing way of School life, there are many new members of the Trinity community this year. Around forty new teaching and support staff have joined us, as have around one hundred and eighty boys, most of whose families are also new to the School. We are delighted to have all these new people join us. Our hope and prayer is that, whether the journey is brief or lengthy, you will both experience and contribute to the mission of the School and that your time with us is powerfully formative in all sorts of ways.

Many families will be aware of the strong results achieved by the class of 2020 in the HSC and the IB Diploma last year. There were some wonderful highlights, including six boys achieving an ATAR equivalent of 99.95 in the IB Diploma, and our HSC Dux achieving 99.85. The median ATAR across both cohorts was 90; that is to say, half the boys in Year 12 achieved in the top 10% of the State. However, these ‘headline’ achievements were also accompanied by many other ‘good news’ stories of individual boys who achieved their goals, overcame challenges, and exceeded their own expectations. While there are always students who are disappointed by aspects of their final results, it is also encouraging to hear of them finding a way to pursue their desired next step in life’s journey. We are very proud of them all.

Although the year is only a month old, I imagine that we are all very much aware that the dynamics of 2020, at least with reference to the pandemic, are still very much with us. Thankfully, on the current level of restrictions, much of the School’s operation is able to continue according to the protocols that emerged in the second half of last year. One of the major changes that will be experienced by the boys is the requirement that students older than twelve, and staff, are now required to wear masks while on public transport and the School buses. The boys have all been issued with facemasks, which they will now be expected to carry as part of their standard school equipment. The School’s expectation is that the boys will wear either a plain black facemask (as issued or equivalent) or a disposable mask. 

One of the enduring protocols that we must continue to chafe under has to do with the prohibition of parents onsite during School hours. We know that education is a partnership between families and the School, and it irks us to have this requirement still in place, but we continue to be committed to following the guidance that is provided to us by the government and the public health authorities. There are some minor exemptions that are primarily aimed at the parents of our youngest students; these have been communicated directly to these families through other channels. As always, the place to look for a summary of the School’s COVID-19 protocols continues to be the front page of our website, where you will find this link

Having noted that the School is people, not buildings, it is still exciting to see some construction underway at the School. The Preparatory School site at Strathfield has been transformed over the summer, with substantial demolition work having taken place and demountable classrooms having been installed. At this point, the construction is on track for completion before Term 4. The construction of staff residences and a classroom block are also progressing at the Field Studies Centre, and we are planning towards an Open Day at the FSC in Term 3. Our State Significant Development Application for The Renewal Project at Summer Hill is with the NSW Department of Planning and we are hoping for approval to be granted at some point this term, although it is not yet clear when works might commence.

One of the other notable features associated with the start of the year is traffic chaos around schools. Many families like to drive their children to and from school at the start of the year. It also takes some time to find and establish the rhythms and timing that work best for family life. I would like to ask and urge all our families to adhere to all the usual road rules, and the School’s guidance with reference to traffic and parking. I do not exaggerate when I say that nothing matters more to the School than the safety of our students, and I fear that there is no greater threat to that safety than vehicular traffic. Your patience, your compliance, and your willingness to work with us are invaluable both in this early part of the year and in the months to come. The School continues to encourage families to explore alternate ways for the boys to come to and from the School. Walking, car-pooling, School buses and public transport are all excellent and viable options, depending on your circumstances.

Heraclitus, one of the ancient Greek philosophers, observed that one cannot step into the same river twice. The river has changed, and you have changed. For all the continuity that we observe on the return to School, and the ways in which 2021 looks very similar to 2020, this year will not be the same experience that we had last year. May God’s blessings be with us in the ups and downs of this new year and may we know His peace, which passes all understanding.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

From the Head of the Preparatory School

January 29, 2021

Welcome back!

It has been great to welcome the boys back to school this week! Having spent a couple of weeks onsite working with teachers to get things ready, it has been so refreshing to have the boys’ energy filling the place again. Whilst their absence allows us to work efficiently, it is simply not the same without the boys. The boys have hit the ground running, throwing themselves back into their learning with great enthusiasm, focus and engagement. I trust this is just the beginning as we embark on a year of significant learning and growth for all of our learners.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about our ability to welcome parents back onsite as we would have liked. Nonetheless, it has been lovely to reconnect with parents as we have been able to at the front gate and through other interactions. We look forward to the day when we can return to ‘normal’ with parents being able to engage more naturally with teachers about the boys’ learning.

Professional Development and Learning

Last week, while the boys prepared to come back to school, and parents counted down the hours, the teachers took part in some extremely valuable professional learning. One of the important and often overlooked aspects of school, is the fact that we are all learners, not just the students. Amongst other things, it is the ongoing learning of the teachers that contributes so positively to the students’ learning.

This year our professional development sessions focused on Writing and developing our approach to facilitating flexible, personalised learning. We hope that our work in these areas will further equip teachers to provide appropriate challenge and support for all learners across the curriculum. I look forward to sharing more about these focus areas at next week’s Parent Information Evening and throughout the year.

Llandilo Development and Holiday works

As mentioned in my Welcome Letter, the holidays were particularly busy at the Prep School as work began on the Llandilo Development as well as additional upgrades and tweaks across the campus.

Over the break the builders took advantage of the boys’ absence by completing the significant demolition work on the Llandilo Development. The next few weeks will be focused on finalising the demolition of the interior and beginning to do preparation work on the foundations for the new sections of the building.

In addition, the following works were carried out across the campus:

  • Installation of acoustic treatment in the Kindergarten classrooms.
  • Carpet upgrades in the Somerset and Llandilo buildings including the Library.
  • Installation of new garden beds in the Somerset courtyard to support our growing Paddock to Plate club.

Parent Information Evenings

Next week you are warmly invited to join us for the relevant Parent Information Evenings. These sessions are a great chance for teachers and me to be able to provide information about the year ahead, ranging from whole school matters through to the day-to-day running of each class. Given the current COVID restrictions, these sessions will now take place online through Microsoft Teams meetings. Whilst we acknowledge virtual meetings lose a little of the personal element, we hope the virtual meeting will allow more parents to participate without having to navigate childcare arrangements for siblings.

On Monday I look forward to sending you my annual address that covers a range of matters about School life and the boys’ learning. I will also include a link to each of the Teams meetings so parents can simply tune in at the appropriate time.

The class-based Teams meetings will take place at the following times:

Tuesday 2nd February – Pre-K to Year 2 Parent Information Evening.

6:00pm – Pre-K and Kindergarten

6:45pm – Year 1 and Year 2  

Wednesday 3rd February – Year 3 to Year 6 Parent Information Evening.

6:00pm – Year 3 and Year 4

6:45pm – Year 5 and Year 6

Sport

Yesterday we began the process of selecting our IPSHA inter-school teams for Term 1, with this process set to conclude after next week’s sessions. We aim to publish teams in Week 3 along with the relevant draws so parents can plan for the first week of Sport on Saturday 13th February.

Year 3 boys began the year with a swim assessment with their Sport training set to begin next week before the first Friday afternoon session on Friday 12th February. Throughout the year the Year 3 boys will have the opportunity to participate in each of the main Winter and Summer sports across the year; Football (Term 1), Basketball (Term 2), Cricket (Term 3) and Rugby (Term 4). This programme provides a balance of skill development and ‘game-time’ experience to adequately prepare them for participation in the IPSHA Saturday Sport competition beginning in Year 4. 

Kiss and Ride

The daily dropping off and picking up of boys is an important time of the day to ensure the safety of everyone. It is also a little more challenging at present as we adjust to the new loss of the Kiss and Ride gate, ongoing COVID restrictions and the fact that co-curricular activities haven’t started yet. We are working hard to make these adjustments to ensure we return to the smooth operation of last year. As such, I would value your ongoing support with the following points:

  • Parents are encouraged to use the Kiss and Ride line instead of picking up on foot – whilst the line can be long, we believe that we can significantly speed this up with some adjustments. The boys’ names will now be called at the corner of Llandilo Ave and Kingsland Rd, allowing the boys time to make their way to the car line. Use of the Kiss and Ride line also allows us to better maintain social distancing.
  • Parents of boys in Kindy to Year 2 should not join the Kiss and Ride line or the foot line any earlier than 2:55pm. This will allow our Pre-K families to pick up and leave.
  • Parents of boys in Year 3-6 (or if your eldest son is in these grades) should not join the Kiss and Ride or foot line any earlier than 3:15pm. If parents join either line early they will be asked to leave the line and return at the appropriate time. This allows the lines to be focused on K-2 which is more efficient.
  • All parents should bring the yellow (K-2) or green (3-6) sign with their son’s name and class printed on it. These signs have been sent home.
  • Parents choosing to pick their son up on foot must line up on the eastern side of the Llandilo Gate (heading down towards The Boulevarde). Parents are requested to line up in single file and to maintain social distancing. A teacher will move along the line announcing the boys’ names by reading the name signs. When the boy arrives at the gate his name will be announced on a separate microphone so that parents in the line can hear it. A teacher will bring the boy along the line to meet his parent. As such, parents should remain in the line rather than moving up to the Llandilo gate.
  • In the case of wet weather, please do not adjust your practice from the points above.
  • We request that parents don’t attempt to complete a three-point turn in Llandilo Avenue as this can be dangerous and causes congestion.

Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School

‘You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.’

Psalm 86:5

Exhibition call-out: Cooks River

January 27, 2021

Do you have any historical photographs, maps or archival material relating to the Cooks River? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

In March, Trinity’s Delmar Gallery is presenting an exhibition about the Cooks River.  

We’re currently looking for interesting, original archival material that tells the story of how the river has changed over the decades.  

If you have photographs, prints, drawings, maps or news clippings that you’d be willing to lend for display, please contact us.  We’re particularly interested in material dating from 1850s – 1950s.  Email Catherine Benz, Curator, cbenz@trinity.nsw.edu.au or phone 9581 6070.

Conrad Martens, View of Tempe on Cooks River, near Sydney, N.S.W. 1845.  Collection of the National Library of Australia.

Academic

ICAS | 2021 Competitions

April 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions (Years 3 to 6 only), you will be asked to nominate which competitions you would like him to be entered in via the link below. At the Preparatory School the following ICAS competitions are offered: English, Mathematics and Writing. Please note that these competitions are not compulsory.

Please consider carefully before choosing this enrichment opportunity for your son. It is a rigorous competition with many questions set beyond grade level. Participants are required to demonstrate a deeper, integrated and thorough level of learning. If you are unsure of your son’s suitability, please consult with his teacher. 

This year all the competitions will be held in August/September, Term 3 and will be completed online. 

Please make your preference(s) by click this LINK and enter your son’s details before Friday

30th April. Please be aware that no submissions will be accepted after this date due to the ordering process.

More information about the assessments can be found via the following UNSW ICAS website. 

There is no additional cost for your son to participate in ICAS tests.

Kind regards,

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

The Preparatory School Recitation Competition (Years 3 to 6)

April 1, 2021

The Recitation Competition is an annual competition where each student recites a memorised poem. Miss Cheryl Clifton, an exchange teacher from England in the late 1980’s, introduced the Recitation Competition to Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School as a parting gift to the Prep School.

The first round of the 2021 Recitation Competition will commence in Week One of Term Two. Each boy, in Years 3-6 will recite an own choice poem. This selected poem must be recited at each round.

Once selected, the poem does not change. The boys are encouraged to find a suitable poem over the holidays (or before if necessary). This poem should be learnt by heart, in preparation for recitation, initially in front of each boy’s classmates. Poems may be sourced from favourite books at home, poetry anthologies on home bookshelves, in local libraries, bookshops or online. A number of books have been carefully picked in the Library, from which the boys may choose a poem. If a poem is selected from the Library this must be done before the holidays. Leaving poem selection until after the holidays is too late.

We would like the boys in Years 3 and 4 to select poems which have at least eight lines. Should a longer poem be chosen, the poem must not take more than one and a half to two minutes.

For boys in Year 5 and 6, the time is most important, with four minutes being the limit for the poem.

A hard copy of the poem selected – with your son’s name at the top – should be received by your son’s class teacher as the First Round begins on Tuesday 20th April (Week 1 Term 2).

  1. The First Round takes place within the class, adjudicated by the class teacher.
  2. In Round Two, boys chosen from their class will compete against boys from the two other classes.
  3. In the Final Round, three finalists from each of the years will recite their chosen poem and then be given a compulsory poem to be memorised for the finals. This year the presentation of the compulsory poems will be presented just to the judges before they present their chosen poem to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

Each boy will be judged on the degree of difficulty of the poem, his voice projection and clarity, his vocal, and where appropriate, facial expression and overall presentation. Poetry recitation is all about voice and face. 

The finals will be held in Week 5 on Monday 17th May at 8:45am in the Gym with guest adjudicators. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

Library News | Preparatory School

March 31, 2021

Have you read a good book lately that you would like to share with others? Write a book recommendation!

In Week 4 we invited students to share their book recommendations, and thank you to those students who have shared their recommendations! We now have a special book recommendation display area which will be permanent in the library and we would like to encourage all students to share their recommendations on a regular basis.

Holiday Writing Competition!

Do you have what it takes to write an awesome story? The Prep Library is running a Holiday Writing Competition over the break! All you need to do is write a story, long or short and choose a title below to help you create your story! The winning stories will win a prize!

Please choose one of the following titles and good luck!

  • The Runaway Book
  • The Monster Librarian
  • Lost in the Library

Reading Corner

We have updated our Reading Corner; students are welcome to find a book and just enjoy reading in this wonderful reading space!

Spotlight on Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and filmmaker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery, widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun is the recipient of an Academy Award for the short, animated film The Lost Thing, the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden and the Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK.

To find out more about Shaun visit his website here Shaun Tan

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

The Preparatory School Recitation Competition (Years 3 to 6)

March 26, 2021

The Recitation Competition is an annual competition where each student recites a memorised poem. Miss Cheryl Clifton, an exchange teacher from England in the late 1980’s, introduced the Recitation Competition to Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School as a parting gift to the Prep School.

The first round of the 2021 Recitation Competition will commence in Week One of Term Two. Each boy, in Years 3-6 will recite an own choice poem. This selected poem must be recited at each round.

Once selected, the poem does not change. The boys are encouraged to find a suitable poem over the holidays (or before if necessary). This poem should be learnt by heart, in preparation for recitation, initially in front of each boy’s classmates. Poems may be sourced from favourite books at home, poetry anthologies on home bookshelves, in local libraries, bookshops or online. A number of books have been carefully picked in the Library, from which the boys may choose a poem. If a poem is selected from the Library this must be done before the holidays. Leaving poem selection until after the holidays is too late.

We would like the boys in Years 3 and 4 to select poems which have at least eight lines. Should a longer poem be chosen, the poem must not take more than one and a half to two minutes.

For boys in Year 5 and 6, the time is most important, with four minutes being the limit for the poem.

A hard copy of the poem selected – with your son’s name at the top – should be received by your son’s class teacher as the First Round begins on Tuesday 20th April (Week 1 Term 2).

  1. The First Round takes place within the class, adjudicated by the class teacher.
  2. In Round Two, boys chosen from their class will compete against boys from the two other classes.
  3. In the Final Round, three finalists from each of the years will recite their chosen poem and then be given a compulsory poem to be memorised for the finals. This year the presentation of the compulsory poems will be presented just to the judges before they present their chosen poem to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

Each boy will be judged on the degree of difficulty of the poem, his voice projection and clarity, his vocal, and where appropriate, facial expression and overall presentation. Poetry recitation is all about voice and face. 

The finals will be held in Week 5 on Monday 17th May at 8:45am in the Gym with guest adjudicators. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

Library News | Preparatory School

March 26, 2021

Have you read a book that changed your life? Click on the link below and find out about books that changed the lives of the people from the Trinity Grammar Community! If you have read a book that changed your life please upload it and share it with others, just like we have! This book changed my life.

Library book overdues

This week we have handed out notices to any boy that has books overdue on his library account. This note does not mean you have been charged; it is only a reminder that the books need to come back before the end of term. If any of these books are not brought back before the end of term, then the charge for a replacement copy will be made to your son’s account. We are conscious that sometimes books magically reappear over the break so if a book that we have charged you for is returned the following term we will refund the charge.

Author Visit – Sue Whiting

Last week the students had a special visit from Author Sue Whiting! Sue was a big hit with her Story Thingy pop up, she was able to change into special characters and share the most amazing stories with the students.

Spotlight on Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for two decades. Sue was Senior Commissioning Editor and Publishing Manager for Walker Books Australia for many years before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance children’s book editor and writing coach, and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and the CBCA Notable Books, Platypus, Get a Grip, CooperJones and Beware the Deep Dark Forest.

To discover more about Sue, click on this link Sue Whiting

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Prep | Pre-Kindergarten News

March 26, 2021

Who We Are

Wandana Performance

As part of our celebrations of Harmony Day the Pre-K boys were treated to a special performance from the Wandana Aboriginal group. 

The boys looked fabulous in their mufti, harmony day inspired orange, red and yellow clothing and were very excited as we made our way to the gym. Not even the wet weather could stop us from seeing this performance. 

We were introduced to Isaac and Hayley who ran the workshop starting off with an introduction to colour mixing where we witnessed different colours of ochre in a coolamon bowl. White, black and yellow is for everyone whilst black is made of charcoal and red is for men only. The boys were then able to get their faces painted, a line across the face representing the mountains and the dots the connection to water. 

Hayley showed us a boomerang and explained how children use them as a toy for fun and games. They are also called ‘the comeback’ or ‘returning boomerang’. We then were shown a kangaroo skin which can be used as a blanket, jacket, skirt, umbrella or raincoat. 

To finish off our session the boys got to see a multitude of symbols that are used in aboriginal culture. We hope that the boys shared with you their experience and thank Wandana for taking the time to share their knowledge with us.  

Easter Holidays

“Four! I rolled a four! 1, 2, 3, 4. Oh no! I landed on the snake’s head!”

Sound familiar?

Looking for some holiday entertainment? Snakes and ladders, Twister, Uno, Snap, Connect-4, Trouble, Bingo and Memory Games are a great place to start. 

Throughout the term, we have encouraged our young learners to play board games. We believe that board games provide a rich opportunity for learners to develop multiple skills and continue to master them. The Primary Years Programme focuses on developing ‘Skills’ these skills are called, Approaches to Learning. Board games promote the use of all five Approaches to Learning. 

5 Reasons to Play Board Games:

Thinking Skills

Board games help to develop Thinking Skills such as evaluation and making decisions. Players need to consider options throughout the game and make informed decisions whilst applying knowledge from other contexts. They are required to combine knowledge and skills to solve problems and progress in the game. For example, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ requires number sense, counting, recognising numbers.

Research Skills

Some board games require planning. Players need to make predictions about the outcome of their choices and plan accordingly. Board games such as Bingo, Snap, and memory games use sorting and categorising. Players need to synthesise and interpret information and put it into order. 

Communication Skills

Board games promote the exchange of information as well as literacy skills. Players need to listen to each other, ask questions, or listen to relevant information such as a description. Some games require players to read and write or draw. Depending on the game, players may read words on a card or draw to communicate. Pictionary is a wonderful example of this.  

Social Skills

Many people have childhood memories of the Monopoly board being flipped out of frustration or a player storming off because they wholeheartedly believe they won without cheating. There is nothing like a board game to even out the playing field for social skills. 

Board games encourage players to regulate their own emotions and display self-control. This builds toward emotional intelligence and learning what triggers frustration. Board games also provide an opportunity to respect and support others, especially team-based games where players work cooperatively towards a common goal. Taking turns and adopting different roles (jobs) throughout the game promotes social intelligence and there is no doubt that opportunities to resolve conflict appear. With the help of an adult, children can be guided through these difficult moments and slowly learn to manage themselves. 

Self Management Skills

The aim of the game may be to reach the treasure trove first. This is a simple example of goal setting. Players work towards achieving short term goals and display perseverance to achieve that goal. They are often faced with barriers and challenges, setbacks and disappointments, poor rolls of the dice or an unlucky turn of a card. In these moments, players require persistence and resilience to overcome these obstacles and continue on towards their goal. 

Over the Easter Holidays, the Pre-Kindergarten team would like to encourage you to play board games with your family. Maybe you could make a special trip out of going to the shops to buy a new board game to play together. Feel free to share your board game experiences with us or send us recommendations for board games we could add to our collection at school. 

HAPPY GAMING!

Christian Studies

During this term, the boys have been investigating the question, “Who is Jesus – his power and authority.” They have explored a series of miracles including healing the paralyzed man, calming the storm, feeding the 5000, and raising Lazarus. Over the next few weeks, they will be thinking about Easter and why Jesus died on the cross for us. They will be exploring the events of Easter through some drama and outside activities. They continue to use their thinking, research and communication skills to help them share their knowledge with their peers. The boys have also been learning a new song called “Be strong and Courageous” by Colin Buchanan. This week they will be learning the new song “He died on the cross” which helps us to reflect on Easter and its significance.

Prep | Kindergarten News

March 26, 2021

Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Creative thinking allows for the expression of different perspectives.

Students in kindergarten have been further developing their understanding of the form of stories. We are discovering that not all stories are expressed in the same way. Some are expressed through drama, puppets, actions, singing and art. There are many ways a story can be told. By exploring the many forms of storytelling, students are developing their creative thinking skills. In the last few weeks, students have been creating settings for their stories and will work towards sharing their own stories while developing their expressive language skills.

I wonder if you have experienced different forms of storytelling at home. Maybe you have been to a play or a musical? I wonder if you have watched an opera, concert or dance? Exposure to all forms of storytelling helps our young learners to develop an open-minded attitude as he explores the perspectives of others.

English

This term, we have been focusing on developing our oral language and verbal communication skills. Oral language is important as it forms the foundation for our journey as readers, writers and communicators. 

To support our oral language development, the boys have been investigating different books and looking at key vocabulary, the characters, the setting and the storyline. We have investigated:

 Magic Beach by Alison Lester where we looked at the words: Glee, Plunging, Dazzled. We also used our imagination to create our own ‘Magic Beaches’ – where we were encouraged to describe our creative ideas. We have also been able to re-tell the story in the classroom.

Tiddalick  by Robert Roennfeldt which introduced us to a dreamtime story about a frog who caused a flood. We were able to engage with this story through drama activities and a small world scene. 

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae where we thought about the sequence of events in the story, looked for interesting words and made connections between our own experiences and the text.

Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo by Alison Lester which introduced interesting vocabulary such as sneaks, inspected and humid. We thought about other times when we could use these words and how Alison Lester chooses words in her stories to add details and to make it more interesting.

We have also enjoyed reading a variety of different rhyming books that have helped to consolidate our understanding of how rhyme works. 

Retelling Tiddalick
Word work with Giraffes Can’t Dance
Retelling Magic Beach through our play
What would happen at your Magic Beach? These are some of our ideas.

Developing Fine Motor Skills 

For more ideas on developing your son’s fine motor skills you could try a few of the strategies from the list below:

  • painting and drawing on paper at large easels that requires whole arm movement
  • playing on climbing frames and obstacle courses that allow children to pull themselves up and build upper body strength
  • filling cups, jugs and a range of different sized containers with water and pouring water during water play
  • using spades, filling buckets to scoop sand and dig with hands in the sandpit
  • rolling playdough with hands, using cookie cutters and rolling pins
  • squeezing trigger on spray bottles to water plants
  • building with smaller wooden building blocks or connecting blocks, strengthening fingers and practice control to build intricate structures (e.g. lego, small blocks)
  • threading with beads
  • picking up objects with tongs and tweezers (e.g. picking up pompoms with tongs and placing them in a jar)
  • making smaller objects using pinching with playdough and using smaller rolling movements with fingers.
  • tearing paper into tiny pieces to increase finger dexterity
  • using pegs (e.g. helping to hang the washing up and squeezing each peg)
  • using scissors to cut a variety of materials (paper, playdough, cardboard)
  • Drawing with chalk outside on the sidewalk
  • Finger painting
  • Dressing and undressing a doll (including the use of buttons and zips)
  • Completing puzzles with various different sized pieces
  • Using large nuts and bolts to screw and unscrew (the twisting motion with fingers)

Maths

In Kindergarten we have been exploring patterns. The boys have explored patterns in the environment. They have used a range of materials to demonstrate their understanding.

We are now inquiring into two dimensional shapes. We will manipulate, sort and describe representations of two-dimensional shapes, including circles, triangles, squares and rectangles, using everyday language. At home you could discuss the following language: shape, circle, triangle, square, rectangle, features, side, straight line, curved line, open line, closed shape.

Pastoral Care

This term, the boys have been talking about ‘Being REAL’

Ready AND Reliable

Engaged and Enthusiastic 

Accepting, Assured and Appreciative

Be a Learner

We are focusing on being a Trinatarian, respecting and valuing the school uniform. The boys are using their self management skills by checking their shirts are tucked in, socks are pulled up and they are ready to learn.

Next term, we will explore what it means to be engaged and enthusiastic. If you have a passion or an interest that you are engaged and enthusiastic with and would like to share it with our boys, please contact your class teacher.

Christian Studies

During this term, the boys have been investigating the question, “Who is Jesus – his power and authority.” They have explored a series of miracles including healing the paralyzed man, calming the storm, feeding the 5000, and raising Lazarus. Over the next few weeks, they will be thinking about Easter and why Jesus died on the cross for us. They will be exploring the events of Easter through some drama and outside activities. They continue to use their thinking, research and communication skills to help them share their knowledge with their peers. It is also encouraging to hear boys come back to school sharing their joy in reading new stories from the “Read with me Bible”. In Chapel, they have been reflecting on parables – stories Jesus told with a heavenly meaning and working on the connection between God, us and our relationship with him.

Chinese

Kindergarten boys have continued to develop a sound foundational understanding of colours in addition to simple greetings and classroom routine in Mandarin. The concentration that the boys are displaying to develop their communication and inquiry skills is truly impressive. It is wonderful to see them expressing their feelings with curiosity in observing colour changes in nature and when two colours are combined together. Advanced learners are learning to associate colour with classroom objects, shapes, fruits and balloons with Chinese numbers.

Prep | Year 1 News

March 26, 2021

Unit of Inquiry

In Unit of Inquiry we have continued to explore our central idea, ‘Understanding cultural diversity creates global citizens’, through various learning engagements. We had the opportunity to learn from Wandana about Aboriginal culture through an incursion. The boys loved learning about traditional symbols used in paintings, traditional tools and implements and mostly they loved having their faces painted. We have been exploring other cultures, communities and religions during our play based learning inquiries. The boys have enjoyed engaging in making Rangoli patterns, reading books in other languages and drawing significant cultural sites. 

As the boys gain knowledge and insights into other cultures and countries, they are developing an awareness of what it means to be a global citizen. The boys have been coming up with some great ideas of what it means to be global. 

I can be global by…

  • Listening to music from different cultures
  • Travelling to new cultures and countries
  • Being open-minded and trying to speak a new language
  • Speaking more than one language
  • Being caring and giving money to people in other countries who are in need

Please remember that next week we have the cultural presentations. The boys will be required to give a short presentation in week 10 about an aspect of their culture using a cultural artefact. 

Presentation Information:

  • Length: 2 minutes
  • When: Term 1, Week 10
  • Topic: Speak about an aspect of your culture using an artefact eg: flag, clothing, photo.
  • What is the artefact? (Form)
  • What does it represent? (Reflection)
  • Is it used as part of a ritual, festival or celebration? (Perspective)

All boys will be required to bring their artefact to school by Friday March 26 (Week 9) and be ready to present throughout the week.

Maths

Over the last few weeks, we have been learning new strategies for addition and subtraction such as the jump strategy and split strategy. Next term in Maths we will begin by learning about position. The boys will learn to follow and give simple directions through using positional language, e.g. next to, in between, behind, left, right, on top of, under, diagonal, opposite. 

Christian Studies

The boys have continued to make connections with our UOI on “Jesus | The “I am” sayings in John’s Gospel”. Over the last few weeks the boys have eaten the story (I am the bread of life), been sheep, thieves and wild animals (I am the good shepherd) and tried to work their way through a maze (I am the way, the truth and the life). Over the next two weeks, they will be exploring what Jesus meant when he said “I am the resurrection and the life” with a focus on Easter and what Jesus did for us. They continue to use their thinking, research and communication skills to explore their questions. Next term, the boys will be jumping back into the Old Testament looking at the life of Joseph. A movie that you may find interesting to watch in the holidays is called “Joseph. King of Dreams” by DreamWorks.

Mandarin

Throughout the last few weeks, Year 1 boys have been learning about a range of food especially from Chinese cuisine. They apply thinking and research skills to find out the resemblance of sound between Chinese food which were originally adapted from English words. To support the inquiry and articulation of new ideas, they have enjoyed naming their creative dishes by combining different food items. The boys continue to develop their comprehension in extended dialogue related to food preferences. Advanced learners will soon be introduced to Chinese Reader which links their prior knowledge with this vocabulary.

Prep | Year 2 News

March 26, 2021

Unit of Inquiry 

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organise ourselves

Central Idea: Systems are used to organise communities

Related Concepts: Systems, Interdependence, Maps, Place, Efficiency, Community

This week, the boys are engaging in their assessment task to demonstrate their understanding of our Central Idea Systems are used to organise communities.  Throughout the term, the boys have built their understanding of our line of inquiry: 

Form:  Different types of services and systems in our community

Function: The purpose of services and systems and the factors that influence their success or failure

Connection: The interdependence between people, services and systems

They boys will analyse 2 cities and compare and contrast the systems present in each through the key concepts of form, function and connection. Please take time to celebrate your son’s learning throughout our inquiry when his assessment appears on seesaw. Ask him about his new knowledge of systems that he has gained since the beginning of term.

Maths

In Mathematics, the boys have begun inquiring into measurement. Last week, they inquired into how to measure length. They have learned about informal units of measurement, and the importance of standard units to measure accurately and effectively. This week, our learners have begun to explore the concept of volume and capacity. They boys have been exploring volume using a variety of hands on concrete manipulatives. By using informal units, we have measured the volume of various objects and discovered how to measure volume effectively. Using this information, students can now compare the volume of two or more objects e.g. the pencil pot has more volume than the glue stick. Next week we will begin investigating the capacity of a variety of containers. You can support your son’s Mathematics learning at home through engaging with set Mathletics tasks and asking questions about volume and capacity to spark his thinking.

English

In our English learning, we have spent the last four weeks inquiring into informative texts and how to organise our work, so that we can effectively communicate our facts and information to our audience. The boys planned, edited and published informative texts on a system of their choice and gained an understanding of writing as a cyclical process, which begins with planning, moving on to creating and finally, editing. The boys engaged in peer to peer feedback to improve their work. Peer feedback is a powerful tool to improve our boys’ reflective and communication skills. Our learners completed their reports and published them for each other to read.   You can see the results of your son’s efforts on Seesaw, along with our learning rubric.  We have now begun exploring a different type of informative text and are enjoying “telling each other what to do”: that’s right, it’s procedural text time! Over the next two weeks we will be investigating the purpose of procedural texts and how the author can communicate to their reader exactly how to do something using imperative verbs, adverbs, and time connectives.  Investigating recipes, playing board games (and reading the rules) or building projects at home (such as Lego) would be a perfect experience to support your son’s learning in a real-world context.

Christian Studies

Over the last few weeks, the boys have been investigating people who met Jesus. The boys investigated people from their Read With me Bibles using their research skills, composing a list of those who were friends and those who weren’t. From this list, the boys are exploring three people and looking at the different perspectives. They will be creating a list of similarities and differences. Further to this, they will use their communication skills to share their reflections with a group. Next term, we will be jumping back into the Old Testament, looking at the life of Moses, the culture of the Israelites and exploring the essential qualities of communities. If you have time during the holidays, you may like to encourage your son to watch “The Prince of Egypt” which is based on the life of Moses in Egypt. 

Chinese

Year 2 boys have been developing strategies to form Chinese sentences using different word structures over the last few weeks. They are building their communication skill through team collaboration and in-class dialogue. The boys are currently practising how to apply learnt vocabulary in organising their weekly meals in school. They continue to build on their research and thinking skills in this process of inquiry and articulation of personal ideas. There has also been a particular focus on independent home learning through Quizlet for knowledge consolidation and skill extension.

Prep | Year 3 News

March 26, 2021

UOI

This week sees us wrapping up our intensive focus on our Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry. We have had an incredible several weeks inquiring into how human behaviour can influence the survival of species. This week the students will be reflecting on what learning experiences we have had to contribute to our understanding of the central idea (in bold above). The boys have shared some highlights of the unit, including:

  • Watching our chrysalises metamorphose into butterflies – and releasing them in the garden!
  • Observing the stick insects in their enclosure
  • Becoming ecologists and exploring different ecosystems
  • Understanding the interdependence of living things within an ecosystem
  • And of course, our excursion to Taronga Zoo!

Next week (Week 10, the final week of Term), we will be diving back into our ongoing Who We Are unit where we will be considering ‘Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities’. This ties into our GROWTH programme that is across PK-6 at Trinity, which focuses on wellbeing and growing as learners.

English

Imagine if…. 

We have started our inquiry into imaginative writing. The grade has explored how to sequence a narrative using the terms orientation, complication and resolution. Can your son explain to you what each section means and what is included? 

We have also considered what is needed to create a descriptive orientation. Using our 5 senses has been a great way to add detail to our writing!

As part of our ongoing reflection into our English skills, many students have identified recently in their 3 Way Conferences a goal to be more balanced in their borrowing and reading choices. Please talk with your son about what types of books he enjoys (fiction, non-fiction, genres etc) and how he can be balanced in his reading.

Maths

We will be finishing off Term 1 with an inquiry into data. Students are investigating how to interpret, gather and display various types of data. What sort of data could you gather at home that might be different to data gathered here at school? How could you communicate your findings (display the data)?

Visual Arts

Visual Arts This week in Visual Arts students have continued their inquiry into contemporary weaving practices. The boys have been weaving on cardboard looms with wool and various natural and recycled materials. The art room has been buzzing with busy weavers, some boys even spending their lunch times weaving. We hope to have our weavings complete by the end of term and look forward to sharing them with you.

Thank you for a great start to the year, Year 3 Families! Have a blessed Easter and holiday break.

Prep | Year 4 News

March 26, 2021

UOI

Week 9 saw the beginning of a new inquiry into How the World Works. Within this unit, boys will gain an understanding of light, heat and electrical energy, how energy is utilised for human consumption and, how scientific thinking can minimise our impact on the environment. To begin our inquiry, Year 4 gathered together in the library where scenarios were posed to the boys around surviving in apocalyptic conditions. What issues did they think would arise? And how would they survive without electricity? Teachers wanted to provoke student’s thinking and gather wonderings for the unit which would further guide the direction of this unit. By the end of the unit we hope boys will be able to take away an enduring understanding that our knowledge of science and innovation can have positive and negative impacts on the environment.

Maths 

During weeks 9 and 10, the year 4 boys have a new Mathematical focus, Mass. They will work through a range of mathematical problems that involve problem solving, reasoning and communicating ideas, while using tools such as scales to find the mass of objects in their everyday lives. Boys will learn to recognise that there are 1000 grams in one kilogram and convert between these units. By the end of the unit they will have an understanding of the difference between weight and mass; weight being a force that changes with gravity, while mass remains constant. To support your child during this math focus, ask them to find the mass of different objects around the home or at the shops and convert these to kilograms and grams. 

English

In English, Year 4 will switch their focus to informative texts by creating procedures and information reports. Through their writing they will explore the concepts of form, function and causation, while also connecting to our unit, How the World Works. Boys will complete independent and group tasks to show their understanding of how procedures and information reports are structured, who the audience is and, what the purpose of these texts are. Year 4 will also be working on the comprehension skills of making connections and cause and effect. Making connections is important to assist in finding meaning in a text. Students can make connections between the text and themselves, the text and another text and, the text and the world around them. The cause and effect skill helps students understand the relationship between a cause that results in an effect. This will be taught through class novels, giving students opportunities to justify that because something has happened in a text it therefore means a specific effect has occurred. Boys will continue to focus on the fundamentals in grammar and punctuation, looking at verbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions, full stops, commas, quotation marks and exclamation marks. 

Next term, students will engage in the Recitation Competition. To assist in this process, it would be helpful for boys to start thinking about finding a suitable poem. 

Visual Arts 

This week in Visual Arts students have continued their inquiry into how art has evolved through the expression of drawing. More specifically we have been looking at the expanded drawing practices of a range of contemporary Australian artists including Chris Fox and Cameron Robbins. Students have been experimenting with non-traditional drawing practices and materials. This week the boys enthusiastically began building their drawing apparatus/ machine using recycled objects and cardboard. Next lesson we will begin drawing with our machines, we look forward to sharing them with you when complete.

For students who may be interested in further exploring expanded drawing over the holidays, we have discovered that one of Cameron Robbin’s drawing machines is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks!

Prep | Year 5 News

March 26, 2021

Mathematics

Students have been developing their understanding of area and perimeter by applying these concepts in a real-world context. The boys had to manipulate the space available to maximise the position of car spaces within a parking lot. This challenged the boys thinking and allowed them to utilise multiple strategies to solve a problem. Have you had to use your understanding of perimeter and area in your life recently? Perhaps you might like to share your story with the boys in Year 5. The boys have also been developing their understanding of cardinal and ordinal directions. They showed a keen aptitude in this concept, suggesting we might have some future sailors in our midst! Furthering our understanding of direction, the boys started exploring grid references. We had to use a map one might have found in a street directory to locate some of the places we might be visiting on our upcoming Bathurst excursion! The boys were amazed to see how life was before Google Maps and can now confidently apply their understanding to find their way around a map. 

English

Over the last few weeks, the boys have been finishing their work on persuasive texts. There has been clear focus on how to plan effectively, how to choose the best device that will be most effective for your target audience and editing and refining their work. 

We will be moving on to other types of writing that are more imaginative over the next few weeks. 

We have also been reading a wonderful book as a grade by Louis Sachar which explores the benefit that emotional connection can have between friends as well as parents and their kids. The book follows a young boy who at first appears to be a nasty bully but as it turns out is the one being bullied himself. This book has been a real highlight for the boys and well worth discussing with them in terms of how we treat other people and not knowing how someone else actually feels inside. 

UOI

Over the last few weeks, the students have been inquiring into the concept of scientific knowledge informing our decisions. How can we make informed choices that are of benefit to our world? While looking at this the question arose about whose responsibility is it to look after our environment? The government, you, our community, the world? It turns out it is all of them, but that it looks different with different perspectives and responsibilities. What the government can do is very different to what we can do. We finished by wondering what those individual, local, and global responsibilities might be when starting a new world.  Our new unit has begun as well, while slightly wet, with a wonderful (so far) experience. Our bushwalk was cancelled but the rest of the experiences at Scenic World were a real highlight.

Prep | Year 6 News

March 26, 2021

Maths

Measurement, 2D shape, perimeter, area, angles, circles

This last 2 weeks during maths we have had to design a mini golf course. There have been different kinds of focuses on each golf hole. For example, one of the holes had to be a triangular hole and our mission was to draw 6 triangular obstacles. We then had to record the area and perimeter of each triangle. We found this extremely fun and a good way to learn and practice measurement.

Another fun activity was learning about the parts of circles. This activity was a race to see who could complete all the questions first. Questions were placed around the room like a treasure hunt. This was very fun because the questions made it challenging. We learnt about radius, circumference centre, arc, sector. Section, chord, tangent and diameter. In week 9 we started to talk about 2D shapes and the different properties. We are currently learning about quadrilaterals and polygons. A quadrilateral is every single 2D shape that has 4 sides. Also, a polygon is a 2D shape that has more than 3 sides. We will now look into symmetry and rotations.

Jayden and Aaron – 6S

Next Term – We are investigating into multiplication and division.

English

During Term 1 Year 6 have been inquiring into a book called the Landry News. The Landry News has determined us as 6S to find the difference between mercy and freedom of speech. We have also been looking at new persuasive techniques, this has helped us to be better writers. Persuasive writing might 

Canberra Excursion

In Week 8, Year 6 went on a Canberra excursion. The Year 6 boys learnt about the past of Canberra and what it was like before today. On the first day we visited the war memorial and we saw things that the soldiers did to protect our country. We then visited the new parliament building and we saw politicians’ debate and do other things. In parliament house, we saw a couple of politicians in the House of Representatives and we watched them speak (or play on their phones) while we answered some questions from our tour guide. 

After dinner at our motel, we visited the A.I.S (Australian institute of Sport) and we were able to play around with a variety of games and things they had. We liked the virtual wheelchair race and the skiing machine the best. We stayed at the AIS for around an hour and then we returned to our motel to shower, get ready for bed and sleep!

On the second day we visited the National Museum. At the National Museum we learnt about Australia’s past as well as famous indigenous Australians. After visiting the national museum, we drove to the Australian mint and we had an opportunity to purchase items from the shop. In the Mint, you could build your own coin, buy special limited-edition coins and other things. We then played laser tag and the arcade there for around 1.5 hours. Laser tag was definitely a highlight, but Mr Gannon and Mr Freshwater (The Falcon) were too good!

Questacon was great. We saw many galleries like ancient things, physics, electronics and space. The lightening machine, earthquake simulation and photobooth were very fun. Thanks to all the teachers that came on camp with us. It was lots of fun and educational.

Eric Liu and Orlando Ang – 6S

NAPLAN Online in 2021

March 19, 2021

At Trinity, we focus upon understanding assessment as an opportunity for students to show what they CAN do. When we think about assessment in this way, it is about celebrating growth and identifying next steps for learning This week, I’d like to frame the coming NAPLAN tests as another opportunity to celebrate learning growth – and provide some information about the 2021 online NAPLAN tests.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance and it is not used for class placements or formal semester reporting at Trinity.

Trinity moved to online NAPLAN testing in 2019. The 2020 programme did not take place due to COVID-19, and in 2021, like the majority of students across Australia, students at Trinity’s Preparatory School, Junior School, Summer Hill and Field Studies campuses will sit NAPLAN online. One of the main benefits of NAPLAN online is its capacity to deliver tailored testing, where the test automatically adapts to an individual student’s test performance by presenting questions of higher or lower complexity. This allows all students to work at their own point of challenge and allows the test to measure student achievement more precisely.

The assessment window for 2021 NAPLAN online is between 11 and 21 May (Term 2 Weeks 4 and 5).  Precise scheduling information will be provided to each year group in the first week of Term 2.

Students in Years 3 will hand write their writing test on Tuesday May 11th; they will use School devices and school supplied headphones, in their own classrooms, to complete the other tests. Students in Year 5 will use School devices and school supplied headphones to complete all tests. The School will ensure all devices are set up with the software required for the testing and Specialist IT support will be available during all testing windows. Practice opportunities will be available to students in classroom settings before the end of Term 1.

Students in Years 7 and 9 will use their own devices for NAPLAN online. This will require the installation of a ‘lockdown browser’ to ensure the security of the testing platform.  Instructions for downloading the lockdown browser have been provided by email to students and parents today. Parents of students in Years 7 and 9 are asked to support their sons’ access to the online environment by ensuring the lockdown browser has been installed. A practice session next week, Week 9, will check the lockdown browsers and provide opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the test platform. A limited number of loan computers will be supplied for students whose device is not functioning on the day of testing and specialist IT support will be available during all testing windows.

The public demonstration site contains FAQs and access to some practice items to allow students to become familiar with the layout of the online tests.

More information about NAPLAN Online 2021 is available for students in Years 7 and 9 in this letter from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), and for students in Years 3 and 5 in this letter.  Parents and carers may find this information from NESA useful. You are also invited to contact the School if you have further questions about NAPLAN online in 2021.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

Library News | Preparatory School

March 19, 2021

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

The Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 is now out & available for parents and students to purchase their favourite books. Log on and order now, orders close on March 22nd 2021.

Browse the catalogue here: Scholastic Book Club Issue 2

Place your order here: BookClub ordering for parents

BULLYING NO WAY!

This Friday we are participating in the National Day of Action against bullying and violence! Join us, Let’s Take Action Together!

Bullying no way!

Premier’s Reading Challenge Logins!

This week students will be provided with their username name and passwords for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Keep an eye out for your son/s PRC login in the front of their Student Record Book!

Here are your Premier’s Reading Challenge login details to put in your record book.

Please visit: https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home to login.

Username: 

Password:

Nat Amoore

Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer who is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write and explore their imagination without boundaries. Her first middle grade novel

Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire became #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019. Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking came out in June 2020 and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Readings Children’s Book.  Her latest book The right way to rock is available for pre-order. To find out more about Nat click this link Nat Amore

Nat’s books are very popular and a favourite in the prep library!

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Library News | Preparatory School

March 11, 2021

International Women’s Day

On Monday we celebrated International Women’s coming together to celebrate women’s achievements.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge‘. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let’s all #ChooseToChallenge.

Summer Reading Challenge Winners- 6G & 2G!

Congratulations to 6G who are our Primary winners and 2G who are our Infants winners of our Summer Reading Challenge! Thank you to all the students who participated in the Challenge. We were amazed at how many minutes were read by all! Looking at the results we can see that we are moving towards being a school of avid readers!

2G
6G

Harmony Day Poster Competition

2021 Theme:  Everyone Belongs

Entries close: Friday 2 April 2021

Specifications: A3 drawing, painting or mixed media work

To enter click on this link Harmony Day Poster Competition

  • The Harmony Day Poster Competition is open to school students in all schools in NSW and the ACT. Entries are based on the student’s school year for 2021.
  • Group artworks will be classified according to the oldest student in the group.
  • Submitted artwork must be the student’s original creation! Making a copy of any pre-existing image is not acceptable, whether visually or by tracing. Colouring in an outline printed or drawn by someone else or having someone else contribute to the artwork is also not acceptable.
  • Entries can be made from any traditional media, including pastel, oil pastels, pen, pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour, oils, mixed media, collage or other materials.
  • Artwork must not be overly derivative of images found on the Internet, in print media, or elsewhere.
  • All entries must be a drawing, painting, mixed media or photograph. Videos and three-dimensional sculptures will not be accepted.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Library News | Preparatory School

March 5, 2021

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This week the Premier’s Reading Challenge opens to all students in NSW!

Click on the link below to add the books you have read from September 2020 and books you will read until 20 August 2021.

PRC Student Site

Over the next few weeks, we will provide the students with their PRC login & password, if you have participated in the challenge in previous years at Trinity the login details remain the same.

If you have any questions regarding the PRC please click on the link for the Challenge rules

PRC Rules or please contact me on Jbruscino@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Library Lovers Week Winner

Congratulations to Jackson Galettis from 5H on writing the winning book recommendation for the series Dog Man! Thank you to all the boys who participated in the competition, all the entries were fantastic, and it was very hard choosing the winning recommendation.

Spotlight on Nick Bland

Nick Bland was born on a farm in the Australian Yarra Valley in 1973. The son of an artist and a primary school teacher, he spent his early childhood climbing haystacks and making mischief in his father’s studio. When he moved to “the bush” at age 6, he discovered a wonderful new world and his creativity bloomed.

Nick always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a writer. It was not until 1996, when he stumbled into a bookshop job, that he finally found the medium that would bring those two loves together. Untrained, he spent the next couple of years reading every picture book that hit the shelves and began honing his style as a storyteller and illustrator.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Prep | Pre-Kindergarten News

March 5, 2021

Who We Are 

We have started our inquiry into the Transdisciplinary Theme of ‘Who We Are’. The Central Idea ‘Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities’ will be explored throughout the year. During this unit we have three lines of inquiry that allow us to develop an understanding of the Central Idea, they are: Everyone is unique;  Growing as a learner by taking responsibility for the rights of oneself and others; and Contributing to the growth of a community. Our key concepts of ‘Form’, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Connection’ drives the direction of our inquiry.

Throughout this inquiry we will be introducing our learners to some key vocabulary. With a focus on the social skills of respecting others, we will be focusing on cooperative language and how to respond positively and thoughtfully to requests or instructions. Using words like ‘sure’, ‘okay’, ‘no worries’ and ‘yes!’.  Part of this is the importance of encouraging a self-belief in their ability to confidently participate in all aspects of Pre-Kindergarten. 

Our Essential Agreement 

During these early weeks, our boys have been eagerly exploring their new learning environment and developing relationships with their peers and their educators. Through shared literature, purposefully chosen to promote social skills, we have developed an Essential Agreement. An Essential Agreement sets the tone of our learning environment and promotes collaboration and cooperation. Our learners acknowledge the importance of kindness and respect in Pre-Kindergarten, two attributes that are transferable to all environments and experiences in their lives. 

Through the conceptual lens of Form…

Throughout this inquiry we will be exploring the concept of Form. Our learners have been carefully examining the form of their family, themselves and their names. Using a mirror, our young learners have been looking carefully at their faces, noticing their unique features. They have been using these observations to draw pictures of their faces. These observational drawings encourage our learners to slow down, carefully observe, and accurately record what they see rather than what they think something looks like. 

Music

In the Classroom Music lessons the boys have been learning to follow actions which help them keep the beat to well-known nursery rhymes and songs. They have been learning basic dance moves to help them develop their fine and gross motor skills. Together they have been learning simple speech rhymes which also assist speech development and reinforces beat. They have also played untuned percussion instruments to help keep the beat to the songs.

Internet Safety Week

How to stay safe whilst using a device forms part of our GROWTH programme at Prep and is taught each year from Kindergarten upwards. If you have not yet discussed this at home a great place to start is https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/children-under-5. This site has online safety guidance and family tech agreements.    

Prep | Kindergarten News

March 5, 2021

Pastoral Care

As we continue to engage in a range of learning experiences to develop our social skills, we are exploring ways to solve problems and resolve conflict. We explore self-help strategies to empower the boys to resolve conflicts with increasing independence and confidence. Many boys are aware of the STOP, NO, GO TELL strategy and we observe it being used successfully.

We encourage the boys to think

  • What is the problem?
  • What can I do about it?
  • Which is the best idea for me to try?
  • How well did my idea work?
  • How was I feeling?
  • What could I do next time?

We encourage you to continue the conversation with your son at home about how they deal with conflict and the strategies that they implement.  The boys will continue to explore social skills through a variety of contexts.

Unit of Inquiry

There was a buzz in the air as Mrs Hitz-Morton wheeled a trolley of boxes into the Kindergarten rooms. Wonderings filled the room. “What is inside?” “Who are they from?” “Why is there a label on the box?” What does the label say?” “It says, Stories for Kindy!”

As part of our inquiry into How We Express Ourselves, the boys were encouraged to share their thinking of the form of stories. What is a story? Many responses focused on books. Fun books, information books and superhero books.

We wonder what other forms of stories we will start to discover……

In STEAM boys will be using their design thinking skills to design and make a puppet theatre and puppets. They will then use these to bring stories to life through performance. Boys will choose what ‘form’ their puppet will take – sock, spoon, paddle pop sticks. Giving students choice helps develop creative thinking skills as they use their imagination to transform everyday objects.

Maths

What is a pattern? What isn’t a pattern? Where can we find them in the environment? These are all big questions that students in kindergarten have been exploring over the last two weeks. Understanding patterns helps children prepare for complex number concepts and mathematical operations. Students have been challenging themselves to explore patterns in many contexts. From shapes, colours, sounds and numbers, our budding mathematicians are becoming pattern experts!

Continuing conversations about patterns at home will assist your sons in transferring this knowledge and applying it more broadly. Making patterns with Lego, beads, craft and colours during play at home will assist your sons with their mathematical understanding while also developing their fine motor skills.

Literacy

Reading is of key importance for all students, particularly in kindergarten as boys are establishing a firm understanding of how words and language work. During the day the boys are exposed to a range of different quality literature that serves many purposes. This regular engagement and exposure are supported by the learning that occurs in our literacy program (Initial-Lit). During literacy, the boys have been exploring rhyme and syllables through engaging games and activities, they have begun noticing rhyme in the books we read and are able to identify syllables in different words. In the coming weeks the students will start to explore onset and rime whilst being introduced to the first phonic set (m, s, t and a), which will support their reading journey.

To support the boys in English, we encourage the parents to read regularly with their son and try a few of the below strategies when reading with their son throughout the week:

  • Reflect: what part of the book or story did you really enjoy (and why)? What part didn’t you enjoy (and why)? How did this book make you feel?
  • Ask why questions: why did the author write the book this way, why did this happen, why did the illustrator create the image in that way?
  • Re-tell after reading the book, ask your son to tell you about the characters in the book, the storyline and the sequence of events in the book.
  • Word work: look for interesting words in the book and think about what that word might mean, think about why the author used different words (e.g. why did they say pouring instead of raining?)
  • Book features: talk about who the author and illustrator are, look at for capital letters at the start of sentences and full stops at the end of sentences. Talk about concepts of print – reading right to left, the cover of the book etc.
  • Change the ending: read the start of the story and then pause. Ask your son to make an alternative ending for the story.
  • Book walk: before reading the book, flip through the pages and look at the pictures. Encourage your son to make predictions about what might happen in the story and the characters.
  • Make connections: encourage your son to think of connections between the book and their own life (experiences, interests, other books).

Music

In Music, Kindergarten is Inquiring into Sharing the Planet and they have been learning songs about animals. They have taken their inquiry further by developing their rhythmic and melodic skills by placing the Solfa and rhythms into their body as well as playing the songs using tuned percussion instruments such as the Boomwhackers.  The boys have also worked on their music notation and aural skills as they are now able to identify a rhythm or three note melody and write the notes on whiteboards.

Internet Safety Week

As part of Internet Safety Week boys have discussed how we can stay safe using our iPads at school. If you have not yet discussed this at home a great place to start is https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/children-under-5. This site has online safety guidance and family tech agreements similar to the ICT agreement you will have received from school. How to stay safe whilst using a device forms part of the GROWTH programme and will be taught during the year.

  

Prep | Year 1 News

March 5, 2021

Unit of Inquiry

Over the past two weeks the boys started the new unit ‘How We Express Ourselves.’ This Unit will be continuing until the end of term. 

Central Idea: 

  • Understanding cultural diversity creates global citizens

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • Cultures I am a part of 
  • Appreciating differences enriches our lives 
  • How to be a global citizen 

Concepts: 

  • Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

Within this unit the boys have been inquiring into the understanding of cultural diversity and what it means to be a globally minded citizen. The boys have been open minded, full of curiosity and wonder as they have explored different cultures, religions and beliefs. The boys have been encouraged to make connections to the communities and cultures they feel a part of. One highlight has been when the class created their own ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ based on the story by David McKee. This included the boys decorating their own ‘patch’ with the different communities and cultures they feel a connection to. This emphasised the idea that although we all share different cultures, beliefs and traditions, we are all one in the same and we should respect each other and our differences. Over the coming weeks the boys will continue to unpack what it means to be a global citizen and the attributes associated. It has been an excellent start to the inquiry into the Unit and we continue to encourage that parents reflect on these different experiences with your son. 

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we would appreciate it if you have any cultural items or artefacts that you would be happy to send to school with your child, could you please do so. This could include traditional cultural clothing, images of cultural foods, items or images from religious events or festivals or even items that you treasure when you have visited other cultures. We would love to be able to highlight the boys’ cultural backgrounds and encourage further inquiry. 

The boys will also be required to speak about their culture for a presentation in the coming weeks. We strongly recommend the boys bring a cultural picture, artefact or family photo to help them with this. Thank you in advance for your support, more details will be sent home next week.

In STEAM the boys are following a design thinking cycle to plan, make and reflect on the construction of their dragon heads. They will then use these in the gym as part of their dance unit.

Maths

In Mathematics the boys have been looking at different ways to gather and represent Data and discuss their findings. They have used a variety of methods to record Data such as picture graphs, tally charts, and bar graphs. They have begun to understand what their results mean by asking and answering questions related to graphs.  

They have now started the new unit of Whole Number. Over the next few weeks, the boys will be introduced to new ways of representing different numbers and place values. The boys have been unpacking and distinguishing how many digits certain numbers have, how they can be represented using MAB blocks and how we can partition numbers into their different place values such as hundreds, tens and ones. 

In week eight the boys will be moving into the new unit of Addition and Subtraction. 

English

In Literacy the boys have been looking at the text type of Recounts. In connection to our Unit of Inquiry the boys have been introduced to different Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. The boys have then been asked to both write and orally retell what happened in the story. There has been an emphasis on using Time Connectives such as then, after, and next to help sequence their ideas within their writing. They will be continuing to improve their recount skills until the end of term.

Music

The boys in Year 1 have continued to look at How We Express Ourselves through Music. We have learnt a new song from Germany, which uses more complex solfa notation. The boys have learnt how to sing these notes accompanied by hand signs. They have also written these new notes and experimented with recognising them aurally.    

I surprised the boys by speaking to them only in German. I hoped that this would help them to develop a perspective of what it is like for so many of our boys, when they have to communicate in another language. The dance which we learnt, also helped the boys to understand the different customs and rituals which are part of German culture. All cultures have their own beliefs and ways to express themselves.

Internet Safety Week

As part of Internet Safety Week boys have discussed how we can stay safe using our iPads at school. If you have not yet discussed this at home a great place to start is https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/children-under-5. This site has online safety guidance and family tech agreements similar to the ICT agreement you will have received from school. How to stay safe whilst using a device forms part of the GROWTH programme and will be taught during the year.   

Prep | Year 2 News

March 5, 2021

Unit of Inquiry 

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organise ourselves

Central Idea: Systems are used to organise communities

Related Concepts: Systems, Interdependence, Maps, Place, Efficiency, Community

Throughout our Unit of Inquiry into How We Organise Ourselves, the boys have been learning about systems. They have been learning that processes form parts of a system, but systems are made up of parts, people and interactions. To further their growing understanding of systems, the Year 2 boys got together as grade to discuss:

How do systems connect communities?

Concepts: Form, Connection

As a launch pad, we talked about our pen pals that we will be writing to throughout the year. We looked at our school location on a map and our pen pal’s locations to focus our thinking:

What is the form of a map? 

Isaac D: the map shows different places

Arjun: the green is for the grass, a park or a field, and the blue is for the water

Vino: the yellow parts are the roads

Sachin: the green boxes on the different roads tell us the name of the roads

When we zoom out, how does the map change?

Peter: we aren’t just looking at Sydney now

James K: there’s more of the country showing

Eric: there’s more places marked

Logan: capital bold writing is for the states

Milo: Australian Capital Territory means Canberra

Gavin: the red line is to estimate the states

What systems will we use to connect with our pen pals?

Abhay: the writing system

Peter: mail system

Liam: the postal system

Balan: aeroplanes are part of the system

Patrick L: the transportation system

Henry K: the electricity system, it’s connected to the transportation system and the postal system, but not really the writing system

Aden: the school system

To support your son’s geography learning at home, look at maps and discuss your location, your family member’s locations and perhaps some places you have been. 

In STEAM the boys are looking at digital systems. They have started by inquiring into the form and function of a computer; this includes looking at inputs and outputs in a system. To support this learning at home you could identify digital systems in your home: washing machine, air-con etc and investigate how they work and what they are connected to. 

English

It is exciting to see the boys becoming more confident with their spelling sorts each week and engaging in a range of spelling experiences each morning. Practising spelling words at home will support your son and develop his understanding of spelling patterns that will aid him in both reading and writing. 

In connection with our Unit of Inquiry, the boys have been developing their research skills in order to write informative texts. Our learners have explored the form of informative texts by analysing their features and discussed how the function of informative texts are different from other types of texts, including letters and narratives. 

In Literacy Groups, Year 2 have been working independently to identify features of informative texts and summarise facts and details. There has been a particular focus on the structure of paragraphs and how paragraphs are used to sort ideas and information. The boys have put their new learning into action by using paragraphs effectively in their independent writing.

Maths

In Maths lessons the boys have been developing strategies to aid them in addition and subtraction.  The boys are building skills in solving a range of addition and subtraction problems using a variety of efficient mental and written strategies. They have learned and practised the jump strategy and the split strategy. There has been plenty of opportunity for hands-on exploration of these strategies using whiteboards and number lines. The boys have explored the connection between addition and subtraction and will have more practise on this in the coming week.

To support your son’s Maths learning at home, please engage in set Mathletics tasks for the week. 

Music

Year 2 has settled once again into the rhythm of String and Classroom Music lessons.  In the Classroom Music lessons they have inquired into the connection between movement and music and the degree to which movement can change but still be classified as dance. They have certainly been creative with their movements and worked on their fine and gross motor skills to be able to maintain the beat. Their rhythmic notation skills are developing to support their aural skills as they analyse the FORM of the studied repertoire.

Internet Safety Week

As part of Internet Safety Week boys have discussed how we can stay safe using our iPads at school. If you have not yet discussed this at home a great place to start is https://www.esafety.gov.au/kids. This site has online safety guidance and family tech agreements similar to the ICT agreement you will have received from school. How to stay safe whilst using a device forms part of the GROWTH programme and will be taught during the year.  

Prep | Year 3 News

March 5, 2021

Music

In Music, we have continued to collaborate with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet. The boys have learned a number of frog songs, which they have sung and played on tuned percussion instruments. Through these songs, they have been introduced to new time names and they have begun to notate these more complex rhythmic patterns. The boys have also developed their aural awareness of different solfa patterns through movement and listening games. 

Year 3 students have used their thinking skills to interpret and exchange information regarding our role in looking after frogs and other species on our planet. (Nicole Smeulders)

STEAM 

In STEAM the boys have been design thinkers as they have been creating prototypes of the stingless beehive. The boys researched how a stingless beehive is made, designed multiple versions and are now at the creating stage. They have been using their collaboration skills as they work in teams to design, create and reflect. 

Mandarin

Year 3 boys have started their language learning on Education Perfect and inquiry-based learning linking to UOI-Sharing the Planet.

In language learning, students explored and reviewed various Introduction and Greeting words, phrases and sentences. Some examples are “Nin hao lao shi (Hello teacher-polite)”, “Ni xing shen me? (What is your surname?)”, and “Qing wen nin gui xing? (May I please know your surname? -more formal and polite).

In the Unit of Inquiry, students learned different forms of living things and the connection between living things (you sheng ming-have lives) and non-living things (wu sheng ming-don’t have lives). We looked at a storybook “The Magical Silkworms” as the provocation and used the story as an example to make connections between living things (silkworms) and non-living things (silk/silk clothes). Students then discussed to find out more examples such as cows and milk and bees and honey. Writing has been a language focus for Year 3. Students followed the scaffolded examples to fill in the blanks and eventually created their own sentences. 

Christian Studies

One of the blessings we have at Trinity Prep is to own an Action Bible. As a Christian school, we hope to give the boys every opportunity to read the stories for themselves, to explore and inquire around things we don’t get time for in class. The boys are exploring what the BIble is, how it was put together, what the different kinds of writing are and how we need to read the various styles of writing. They will be learning research and communication skills, as well as some simple Google Slide skills to share their discoveries with you. With Easter approaching, the boys will be using their Action Bibles and investigating the events surrounding the last week of Jesus. We will be looking at the various perspectives of people who influenced the last few days of Jesus including his disciples, the leaders and rulers.

UOI

Throughout the last few weeks Year 3 have been learning about our first line of inquiry – living things. They have been using collaboration and research skills during our combined grade library time to investigate information about the form of living things and compare and contrast using Venn diagrams. 

As part of this line of inquiry we have been lucky enough to have some visitors in the form of butterflies and stick insects to our grade.

The boys have been able to see the process of the life cycle of a butterfly from chrysalis to hatching and being released. Below is an image of the boys watching the release of 2 of our Monarch butterflies.

The boys are very much looking forward to extending our inquiry when we go to Taronga Zoo next Wednesday 10th March. Parents, please ensure you have granted permission for your son to attend the excursion via the Trinity Parent Portal.

English

Our knowledge and application of our persuasive writing skills continues to grow! Year 3 have been using jointly constructed writing checklists in class to help them stay focused and include the important features needed in a persuasive text. 

To support our articulation of ideas, the boys have enjoyed informal debates in class. They are given a limited amount of time to think, plan and present on a given topic and share their opinion with the class. They are encouraged to then give feedback to their peers to help each other improve their reasoning and communication skills. This has also helped us to develop our note taking and planning skills in class.

Maths

As our inquiry into Whole Number ends, we are now applying our understanding of place value to addition and subtraction. In class, the boys are practising various strategies for both, including Split Strategy, Jump Strategy, Compensation Strategy and Column (algorithm) Strategy. As always, the boys go beyond just learning these strategies and look at how we can transfer our mathematical knowledge into relevant and meaningful problems. This supports the boys’ reasoning skills and ability to problem solve creatively.

Prep | Year 4 News

March 5, 2021

Music

In Classroom Music the students have continued their inquiry through an Indigenous Transdisciplinary lens discovering the relationship between Music and Visual Art. They have listened to an Australian Work by Peter Sculthorpe called Earth Cry and drawn a scene to describe what they were hearing.  By discussing and analysing their drawing they have realised they have shown emotion, dynamic level, rhythms and melodic lines and from this have been able to discuss the strokes they have used in art terminology to make the connection real between the two disciplines. They have realised that not everyone drew the same picture and that the Concept of Perspective is a personal one.

UOI

As we reach the midway point of our current Unit of Inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, the students are starting to develop a better understanding of the Central Idea: Culture empowers, unites and divides. They are becoming more confident at identifying the Key Concepts of Connection, Perspective and Change, and the Related Concepts of Culture, Identity and Expression through our weekly lessons. Recently our focus has been on the students’ wonderings, including: I wonder if the culture in the olden days is the same? What is the culture of the Prep School and how has it changed? In the coming weeks will be delving into further wonderings, including: How can we unite different cultures? How do cultures divide? and Do we need to change the Australian anthem to unite people? By focusing on the boy’s wonderings, we hope they build an enduring understanding on a range of topics which will enable them to become more globally aware citizens.

Maths 

The Year Four boys have just started their new mathematical focus, Multiplication and Division. They will be working through a range of different tasks over the coming weeks and developing their mathematical understanding, ability and skills. Through their participation in a variety of independent and collaborative differentiated activities we’re aiming for them to develop their confidence when selecting and using appropriate mental or written strategies to real-life problems. The boys will have the opportunity to share and reflect on each lesson and identify areas of strength, improvement and next steps for their learning.

English

In English the boys are continuing their work on Imaginative text. Over the past weeks they have focused on Sizzling Starts and Tightening the Tension. In the coming weeks our predominant focus is Dynamic Dialogue. The boys will be engaging in a range of different lessons relating to the purpose and audience of their writing, learning to write and writing to share. The boys will work independently and collaboratively through co-creating short stories which incorporate their understandings. Their weekly Words Their Way spelling will continue with a range of learning experiences allowing them to build a better understanding of the specific rules associated with their sorts. In Comprehension the boys will continue to focus on Main idea and Detail whilst reading a variety of texts which link closely with our current Unit of inquiry.

Mandarin

Year 4 boys have started their language learning on Education Perfect and inquiry-based learning linking to UOI-How We Express Ourselves.

In language learning, beginning learners explored numbers and using numbers in various contexts such as phone numbers. Heritage learners explored different ways to describe people including hair, eyes, body figure, clothing and personality etc. In the small group time, boys played “Guess who” based on the Chinese descriptions.

In the Unit of Inquiry, students have completed a few mini-inquiry cycles (I knew-I wonder-I discover-I share/reflect) on cultural elements including Food and Table Manners, Festivals and Celebrations, History & Buildings, and Common Beliefs & Values. For the UOI part, we mostly used story books as the provocation. For example, “Chinese Chopsticks Brothers” was used for Food & Table Manners; Lion Dance incursion was used for Festivals and Celebrations; and “Ming’s Adventure with Confucius in Qufu” was used for Common Beliefs and Values. 

STEAM

In year 4 STEAM the boys have been exploring ‘unplugged’ coding, this is coding without a computer or device to develop logical thinking. We have been inquiring into how coding has impacted society and culture. The boys are comparing braille, morse code and signal flags as a way to communicate. The boys have been using their critical thinking as they decode and interpret different forms of code. 

Christian Studies

This term, the boys have been encouraged to explore one of the more challenging parts of the Bible. Known as parables, these stories are unique to Jesus in his teaching. They are stories similar to a “moral” or allegory, with a hidden meaning. One of the most famous parables is the well-known “the good Samaritan”. The challenge for the boys is to understand what the story means, and more importantly to reflect on how they can apply these to their lives. They will be using their research and communication skills as they work in a group to investigate a variety of parables. Towards the end of term, they will be creating their own comic strip by changing a parable into a modern-day setting. For example, the lost sheep into the lost football. They will have the opportunity to use their artistic and creative skills when creating the comic strip.

Prep | Year 5 News

March 5, 2021

Coming up in Year 1

UOI

Weeks 7-8: Sharing the Planet

Week 9: Bathurst Camp and Where We Are In Place and Time

Mathematics

Week 7: Length, Perimeter and Area

Week 8: Position

English

Writing

Weeks 7-8: Writing to persuade an audience

Week 9: Imaginative texts- Narratives

Reading

How does an author influence a reader’s perspective or viewpoint?

Unit of Inquiry

  • What is the value of scientific inquiry?
  • What makes a fair test?
  • What behavioural and structural features enable living things to survive in their environments?
  • How do we use scientific knowledge to inform our decisions?

These are some of the questions that have been guiding our inquiry over the past few weeks. We have engaged in planning, setting up and conducting fair tests. The boys recognised the importance of a consistent approach to scientific inquiry to ensure validity and universal understanding. Students have collaborated to conduct a fair test to explore the specific needs of living things. They are now the process of recording observations and collecting and analysing data. 

Students conduct fair tests to identify the varying needs of living things 

Our big focus over the next few weeks explore animal or plant adaptations and consider the impact human actions have had on living things. This inquiry was supported by a great visit to Taronga Zoo, where students could apply their scientific observation skills to identify habitats and adaptations. 

Moving forward, students should understand the personal and shared responsibilities humans have in making decisions for the global environment, informed by scientific knowledge and understanding. You might also like to discuss the roles of government, individuals and communities in sustaining an environment.

English

Students in Year 5 have been using a ‘Red Light, Yellow Light’ visible thinking routine to develop their critical thinking skills when reading informative texts. This routine helps them explore incidence of mistruths in written text. Some signals identified by the boys were sweeping generalisations without giving specific details, anonymous sources, stating ‘a LOT of evidence indicating…’ without reference to research or sources. You might like to ask some Year 5 boys about how they find out if an article is hiding the truth and use those skills when reading the newspaper this weekend! 

We have continued to develop our ability to influence a reader using persuasion and have worked together to draft letters to Mr Wyatt, utilising persuasive devices and knowledge of the audience. Students are now planning and writing their own persuasive texts.

In Shared Reading, we have been reading ‘There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. This book explores the journey the protagonist takes as he learns, with the support of a trusted adult, to deal with past trauma, to understand himself and others, and to connect positively with the people around him. The author of this book also wrote ‘Holes’, which is another book you might like to read together at home.

Mathematics

Never argue with a ninety-degree angle, they are always right! Without being too obtuse about our learning, year 5 have spent the last few weeks exploring all things angles! This has ranged from labelling, estimating angles, measuring and constructing angles. The boys have been applying these skills to solve complex problems and identify and prove geometric rules. The boys have taken ownership over their next steps in learning and have chosen experiences that were complimentary to their individual needs. 

One particular inquiry explored the features of triangles, with boys discovering that some triangles can be classified as both right angle and isosceles triangles, that equilateral triangles are extremely hard to draw accurately, and the properties of interior and exterior angles of triangles. 

The boys also had to use all their skills to create a bridge that would get them across a river using only triangles! You might like to consolidate this learning at home by classifying some of the angles you find around your house and seeing if you can make connections between the angles.

Mandarin

Year 5 boys have started their language learning on Education Perfect and inquiry-based learning linking to UOI-Sharing the Planet.

In language learning, students explored some Chinese words for food and drinks, such as “chao fan (fried rice)” and “cha (tea)”. They also learned to use sentences to ask and answer food and drinks each other likes. Here are some key sentences. “Ni xi huan chi shen me?” means “What do you like to eat?”. “Ni xi huan he shen me?” means “What do you like to drink?”. “Wo xi huan chi…” means “I like to eat…” and “Wo xi huan he…” means “I like to drink…”.

In the Unit of Inquiry, students have completed a few mini-inquiry cycles (I knew-I wonder-I discover-I share/reflect) on topics including Ancient Farming in China, Traditional Farming in China and It’s Problems, and The Innovative Practices on Chinese Agriculture. While scaffolded reading articles and videos were provided on Canvas or in printing, boys were also highly motivated to have their own wonders and conduct their own research for discoveries.

STEAM

In STEAM the year 5 boys are using the Microbit to explore the form and function of code. The microbit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces boys to the relationship between software and hardware. We started using the Microbit to play a game of ‘scissors, paper, rock’ and now we are learning how to use it to create a game of ‘Flappy bird’. Over the next few weeks, the boys will be developing their own codes using the Microbit. The boys will be continuing to use their critical thinking skills as they create and reflect. 

Music

The boys in Year 5 have continued to celebrate Music from different Indigenous Cultures. Recently, we have focussed on songs from the Torres Strait Islands. The boys have played some fun movement games to help develop their aural recognition of solfa patterns within these songs. They have performed the tunes using xylophones and metallophones and have experimented with writing the melodies using solfa notation and time names. 

The Year 5 boys have been keen to delve deeper into discussions relating to how we acknowledge and respect cultural differences. They have also put into action their social skills, (which have been a focus in this unit), by collaborating and cooperating with other students in the class. (Nicole Smeulders)

Christian Studies

Over the last few weeks, the boys have been investigating the characters from the C.S. Lewis movie, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Having watched the movie (thank you for your support in allowing them to watch it at home), the boys have chosen their favourite character and will investigate related concepts such as forgiveness, sacrifice and love with other characters in the movie. They will be doing this research with a partner, discussing ideas and sharing their understanding. Once they have completed their research, they will create a speech in first person relating to their character. This speech will then be delivered to the class at the start of term 2. Last week, the boys were privileged to have a group of year 10 to 12 students from the Christian Group Berea come and share the lesson with them on the conversion of Saul to Paul in the book of Acts.

Prep | Year 6 News

March 5, 2021

Maths

In the past 6 weeks, Year 6 have been inquiring into Whole Number, Addition and Subtraction. To improve in these areas, we have been designing our “Ultimate Cubby House”. Our Ultimate Cubby House had to consist of at least 4 rooms, and we had to furnish each room with the items supplied to us. We had to use our addition and subtraction skills to calculate the prices of the items and rooms from our budget of $25,000.

If at any point we needed help, we could go to a workshop. Each workshop was focussed on a specific maths skill for example, factors and multiples and strategies to help with addition and subtraction. These were extremely helpful as many of the boys didn’t know how to do the borrow when doing the subtraction algorithm. If you didn’t know that you needed some help on something, our Year 6 teachers would tap you on your shoulder to tell you that you needed help. Another great thing about the workshop is that you can just go in for a refresher and then head out. David Chang – 6M

English

Over the past few weeks in English we have been working on persuasive writing. We have written two main persuasive texts. The first one we wrote was titled “Telling the truth shouldn’t be mandatory”. The boys that disagreed went in one of the rooms to discuss their persuasive text with Mrs Bryce, and the group that agreed went with Mr Short and Mr Gannon. Ms Janes hosted another group that re-looked at how to structure a persuasive text. For our second text, we could choose to write about our favourite food, whether or not school should have a dog, or whether we should be spending money fixing earth or investing it into interplanetary exploration. We needed to plan, write and edit these texts by ourselves with the support of our teachers. Alexander Germanos – 6M

Unit of Inquiry

So far, in our current UOI (How We Express Ourselves), we have been learning about several advertising techniques such as ethos, pathos and logos. We have also started to gain knowledge on target audiences, such as age, location, gender and hobbies. We have seen several ads as examples to help deepen our understanding of the information above.

We have also been working on a new campaign called “Look Down”. This is our own creation based on the outdoor “Look Up” advertisement. The “Look Up” company have been focused on helping society appreciate the world around us. Our “Look Down” advertisements will be focussing on the litter in the playground. We also had an incursion about media and advertising by Mrs Barry who is an advertising expert. We learnt about Fake News and how to detect it, as well as the different ways companies advertise their products, such as word of mouth and outdoor media campaigns. Anthony Cheng – 6M

What’s coming up next in Year 6?

Over the next few weeks in English:

  • we will continue to develop our persuasive techniques and apply them to writing persuasive texts
  • we will engage in workshops that help develop our persuasive writing skills
  • we will delve deeper into our class novel “The Landry News” and complete a number of comprehension activities related to the text.

In Mathematics we will:

  • begin an inquiry into length, area, perimeter, 2D shapes and angles
  • participate in workshops based around rectangles, triangles, circles and angles

In our current Unit of Inquiry, we will:

  • analyse multiple advertisements and justify which has been successful in targeting their specified audience
  • continue to develop our “Look Down” campaign. This campaign is based off the Look Up outdoor media advertising campaign that is currently being displayed around Sydney. We will be encouraging the Prep School to “Look Down” at the rubbish on the ground and pick it up to help care for our environment.

The Year 6 students from our school will soon be undertaking an education tour of the national capital. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Program towards these costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the program. 

Music

In the Music and Media Unit of Inquiry, Year 6 are at the stage of creating Jingles after careful analysis of well-known jingles.  Our inquiry has involved looking at the intended consumer, gender, style of music, time limit and music elements which has included instrumentation, lyrics, tempo, melody and rhythm. They have successfully taken a popular song and created new lyrics for a product as an introduction to this task. I look forward to hearing the Jingles in the coming weeks.

STEAM

The boys in STEAM have been computational thinkers as they have been exploring online game design. The boys in Year 6 are reflecting on the form and function of block coding in scratch. Over the past few weeks, they have been creating code that uses ‘if-else- statements’ and variables. The challenge for the term is to create a game using these elements. The boys will be Alpha and Beta testing their designs to reflect on if they are effective.

Christian Studies

Miracles, parables and people and places of the Bible. This term, the boys are investigating the life and times of gospel stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The research “game” is called 33 A.D. and challenges the boys to make their way around the world that Jesus occupied. They are working on their research, thinking and communicating skills in small groups to complete missions, thereby earning coins to travel and purchase items for their adventure. At the conclusion of the research, the boys will be selecting some of their completed missions and presenting their findings to the class. They will be reflecting on the concept of perspective as they present, sharing their own personal beliefs and reflections. Many boys have been giving up their morning breaks during the week to come and complete extra missions, in the search for the elusive “chocolate” mission card.

Mandarin

Year 6 boys have started their language learning on Education Perfect and inquiry-based learning linking to UOI-How We Express Ourselves.

In language learning, students explored some Chinese words for food and drinks, such as “chao fan (fried rice)” and “cha (tea)”. They also learned to use sentences to ask and answer food and drinks each other likes. Here are some key sentences. “Ni xi huan chi shen me?” means “What do you like to eat?”. “Ni xi huan he shen me?” means “What do you like to drink?”. “Wo xi huan chi…” means “I like to eat…” and “Wo xi huan he…” means “I like to drink…”.

In the Unit of Inquiry, students made a bilingual media glossary based on their media type preferences and entered into a diary recording the media they used over a week (here they also reviewed the days of the week words in Chinese). Then students looked into Chinese-language media in Australia, researched and discussed the reasons it is needed in Australia and the functions it serves in Australia. Students also did case studies analysing the informative and influential techniques of Chinese media such as Chinese Google called Baidu and Tencent/Wechat which is one of the most popular Chinese social media.

Library News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Premier’s Reading challenge 2021 – opens on Monday March 1st!

If you have started reading you can record your books on the website, ready for online entering at a later date. More information will be available over the coming weeks, including student logins that will be placed in student record books shortly.

Family Languages

Our Family Languages collection has a variety of wonderful books in different languages for the students to borrow. We encourage reading in a student’s family language both at home with their families and at school in the library space. When a student immerses himself in a multilingual environment, research suggests that his heritage language increases. This allows for a deeper development of both expressive and receptive language skills in his family language and any further languages he is exposed to. If your son has not borrowed from this section yet, please encourage him to come and see us to find a book in a language of his choice.

Spotlight on Author Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors.

He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 33 bestselling books .http://www.andygriffiths.com.au/  In Australia, Andy and Terry’s books have sold over 10 million copies, won 80 children’s choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards—including Book of the Year for The 52-Storey Treehouse in 2015. Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honour his outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Pre-Kindergarten News

February 18, 2021

Dear PK Parents,

Can you believe it has been four weeks since your sons commenced their Trinity Prep journey!  I marvel at how quickly they seem to have become part of our Trinity community. I hope you are all feeling the same way, and that despite the current COVID restrictions, you have found our community to be warm and welcoming.

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Young Learners

How many books have you read to your son this week? Reading aloud to young learners is, according to the landmark 1985 report Becoming a Nation of Readers, ‘the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.’

Reading aloud presents books as sources of pleasant, valuable and exciting experiences. Children who value books are motivated to read on their own. Reading aloud gives children background knowledge, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear and read. The more adults read aloud to children, the larger their vocabularies will grow and the more they will know about the world and their place in it. Reading aloud lets parents and teachers be role models for reading. Curling up in a comfortable place in your home with your son and reading a story to him each evening, is possibly the best gift you can give him at the end of each and every day.

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

Mark Twain

Developing Your Son’s Social Skills

Building and establishing respectful relationships with a range of people is crucial for your son’s development. To develop healthy relationships, children learn the following important skills:

·       Communication – using the right words for each situation, smiling, using eye contact and listening carefully

·       Entry skills when playing – knowing how to initiate a conversation and join a group

·       Skills for sharing – taking turns, following rules, cooperating, managing conflict, helping others

·       Skills for being a good friend – thinking about how others might feel, being kind, helpful, gentle and humble

 How do children learn social skills?

As a parent you have the most influence on how your son’s social skills develop. Your son also learns how to socialise with others from your extended family members. When a young learner is developing their social skills, they can find it challenging to take turns, negotiate difficult situations, and resolve conflict. Developing social skills is like any other skill. Children need to know what these skills look like and they need to practise them with your role modelling. 

Tips for helping your son to develop his social skills:

  • Show him what good social skills look like – model, listen when people talk to you, give eye contact when you are communicating with others, be respectful to others and do kind things for your own family and friends. Your son will model by your example.
  • Encourage him to be aware of the feelings of others. For example,” Lucas has been waiting for a while to have a go. I wonder how you might feel if you had to wait that long? What would be a kind thing to do?”
  • Encourage him to respond with ‘Yes, sure’, or ‘ok’ when you are requesting him to do something. Don’t tolerate “no”. Remind him that respectful family members are polite and courteous when asked to cooperate.
  • Give him lots of opportunities for imaginary play, dress-ups, playing shop, acting out stories and rhymes, playing with other children, constructing things with bricks, cutting paper, playing with dough, and helping around the house with simple chores. This is a fun way to teach him how to be both responsible and cooperative.

Lunch Boxes

There appears to be a number of boys that are being provided with ample amounts of food throughout the day. Some boys are having a lunch order and a fully packed lunch box. We have observed that the boys are simply not hungry enough to eat the amount of food that is being packed for them. Whilst we understand the uncertainty around how hungry your son may be during the day, there is a lot of food that is being wasted. Could we encourage you to monitor his consumption over the next few weeks? We will not throw food away if it’s not eaten. It will be left in his lunch box for you to view when he comes home at the end of the day. We do ensure that all boys are eating and drinking an adequate amount each day.

Reminders / Requests:

  • Please remember to read the Prep News each week. In addition to my newsletter, every third week there will be an individualised PK newsletter that is written by the classroom teachers. This newsletter will give you a detailed insight into the learning that is occurring in the PK environment.
  • Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the way in which your sons have settled into PK life at Trinity Prep. It’s been a very successful start for all of your boys.
  • Please ensure that all of your son’s items are clearly labelled.

Kirsti Hitz-Morton | Director of Primary Curriculum and Early Learning

Library News | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Library Lovers Week

This week we are celebrating Library Lover’s week. Some of the boys have shared with us their favourite books and what they love about the Prep library.

Please take the time to watch our slides that have been shown to the boys around the School this week.

Have you read a good book lately that you would like to share with others?

If you have read a good book recently please write a short recommendation to share with other students and post it to our board in the Prep Library! Your recommendation can help other students explore new and exciting books and help them to become balanced with their reading.

Spotlight on Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey is an Australian author who has written many well-loved, bestselling books for children. He is the creator of three hugely successful series for children — the New York Times bestselling The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug, and Thelma the Unicorn.

Aaron’s books have won many awards, including nine REAL Awards, an INDIE Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, a Children’s Book Council of Australia — Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children’s Literature, two Australian Book Design Awards, and a Children’s Peace Literature Award.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Library News | Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

In week 4 we will be celebrating Library Lovers week! Be sure to visit us next week and share with us what you love about our library. Write a brief book report about your favourite book for your chance to win a prize!

Library Time

This week the boys have taken advantage of the library’s additional opening hours at the Prep Library. They have been playing games, reading books, completing puzzles, playing chess and helping Library staff.

Book Review by Nathan Della Torre 6M

The Warriors – The Prophecies Begin by Erin Hunter (Books 1-6) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

“I think that these are great books by Erin Hunter because it has a large amount of adventure and a lot of suspense. In the first series, it is about a young cat named Rusty joining the clans and seeing what opportunities it might have for him. I think that this series would be good for ages 8-12. When I first got it I put it down and refused to read it but then a couple of months later I picked it up, read it and wanted the whole series. I think that it helps your English as it has a large amount of descriptive language and would help people in real life because it teaches you what you should do in certain situations.”

Who is Erin Hunter?

Erin Hunter is not one person, but a team of story writers, authors and editors who work together to create the series you love. The Warriors series was created by Vicky Holmes, an editor based in London. She created the world of Warriors in response to a request from publisher HarperCollins, who wanted a series about feral cats. The other Authors under the name of Erin Hunter are Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, Clarissa Hutton, Gillian Phillip and Inbali Iserles.

Prep | Pre-Kindergarten News

February 12, 2021

It has been a pleasure to welcome our Pre-Kindergarten learners to Trinity. They have had a busy and productive start to the year and have enjoyed engaging in a variety of learning experiences both in the classroom and outside.  In these early weeks of the year the boys are beginning to make connections with play spaces and build relationships with their peers.

The Importance of Self Management Skills and their Relationship to Executive Functioning

In our early weeks in Pre-Kindergarten we focus very carefully on the development of self-management skills. These skills include, understanding and independently managing the expectations of routine times of the day, such as packing and unpacking school bags, looking after belongings and confidently organising themselves at morning tea and lunch. 

Our focus on self management skills stretch beyond the development of independence. When we have the expectation that they are competent, we are giving young learners a strong message of our trust in their capacity to be responsible and capable. 

Importantly, self management skills are critical to the development of executive functioning. Executive functioning are the mental processes that enable us to plan and focus attention, they are crucial for learning and development, as they enable us to make decisions and support positive learning behaviours. The foundation of lifelong executive function skills lies in the development of functional skills that we use in our daily routines. 

You can set your son up to succeed by supporting him to independently manage and organise his own belongings. This involves your son practicing and taking responsibility for everyday tasks that relate to his day at school. For example:

  • Zipping and unzipping school bags and lunch box bags
  • Involving your son in the packing of his lunch. This includes taking lids on and off, packing his morning tea and lunch into his bag and being involved in decisions about what will go into morning tea and lunch containers
  • Create a visual schedule or “to do” list that can go on the fridge or in your son’s bedroom, which will be a prompt for the tasks involved in independently getting ready for school
  • Establish clear and predictable routines which will consolidate self management skills and memory for what needs to be done. 

Your son’s growing independence will bring joy to his day by increasing his fulfilling engagement with the Pre-Kindergarten programme and the rich possibilities afforded by a Trinity education. 

Music

The youngest members of the Preparatory School have been developing their listening and responding to music skills during their Music lessons with Mrs Campbell.  They have been participating in simple speech and moving activities and have discovered how to make sounds on a variety of untuned percussion instruments.  They have also been developing the Music Elements of Beat and Rhythm by walking to the beat and following teacher directed dance moves.

Reminders

Please ensure that all your son’s belongings are clearly labelled. This includes hats, lunchboxes, shoes, uniform and bag. 

It is important to have a keyring or tag on the outside of your son’s school bag, with his name on it, so that it is immediately identifiable for him. 

Please return the family cultural background information sheet and an A4 photo frame at your earliest convenience.

Prep | Kindergarten News

February 12, 2021

Welcome to Term One of Kindergarten!

We have had a wonderful start to the year and are looking forward to an exciting term of learning and growth ahead.

Pastoral Care/ Unit of Inquiry

The first term of Kindergarten is one of transition. The boys are engaging in new routines and learning to interact with one another in various environments and contexts. As the boys navigate through this period, there are, inevitably, times where issues need to be resolved. The development of social skills is essential for the boys to thrive in a variety of environments, develop resilience, and adapt to new and unexpected situations. Our current focus for the boys is to apply a range of social skills to promote positive interactions with other people.

Since beginning Kindergarten, we have been inquiring into the Transdisciplinary theme ‘Who We Are’. ‘Who We Are’ is a yearlong inquiry and will encompass our GROWTH programme at Trinity. One of the key concepts that will drive our inquiry is responsibility.

To link to the boy’s real-world experiences, we asked:

What are our responsibilities at school? How can we be independent?

You can continue this conversation at home by allowing your son to show responsibility by asking the same questions for your home environment:

What are our responsibilities at home? How can we be independent at home?

Some examples could include:

  • Putting on his own seatbelt in the car to ensure his own safety
  • Packing his bag: green hat, record book, crunch and sip, lunch box and drink bottle each day
  • Carrying his own bag to and from school
  • Getting himself dressed each day
  • Making his bed
  • Tidying up his play space at home 
  • Placing his dirty dishes in the dishwasher or on the bench

We would love to see your ideas. Please share any successes with us as your son begins to grow in his independence.


Supporting your son’s learning at home

Regular Reading

In Term 1, we are encouraging boys to select picture books of their choice from the school or local library to read daily. We encourage boys to discuss each book with a family member and record their favourite story. By discussing books, boys are building their skills in prediction, story structure and comprehension, which are vital skills when reading independently. 

At this stage of the year, it is crucial that the boys are given many opportunities to engage in and enjoy lots of shared reading. Please use this term to read extensively to your son, visit local libraries and bookshops, and discuss the books you share. Exposure to a wide variety of literature and follow up discussions have been shown to have a positive effect on children building sound early Literacy skills. 

The Power of Play

Research suggests that play and play-based experiences are vital for young children’s development. Play promotes problem solving, language acquisition skills, collaboration and creativity. Furthermore, play supports social-emotional and self-regulation skills that help to build executive function and a prosocial brain. Play should be spontaneous and involve experimenting. We encourage all boys to engage in a variety of play-based experiences at home including active physical play, imaginative play, playdates with others and play with traditional toys. 

At home you might like to play board games (and not let your son win). Encourage imaginative play including dressing up and repurposing of common household items. Can your son use a wooden spoon as a microphone? What else could it be? Imaginative play develops higher order creative thinking skills.

Music

Kindy have had a fabulous start in Classroom Music. They have been appreciating the opportunity for quiet reflection music to help focus and prepare them for learning at the start of the lessons. They have also been developing written music notation on the board from known songs to demonstrate their understanding of rhythm.  Being creative with their movements to music enables them to demonstrate the music elements of dynamics (louds and softs) and beat. 

Mandarin

The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages. A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community. By gaining insights into other cultures, they will learn to connect with one another through mutual understanding and respect. The boys enthusiastically explore and inquire about Chinese greeting words and New Year traditions through interactive videos, songs, role play and circle games.

Christian Studies

Welcome to the exciting new year in Christian Studies. After discussing our class goals, we are embarking on an adventure to discover what miracles are, how they work and why they are so important to Jesus. We will be exploring some weird and interesting miracles through drama and role-playing. The boys will be encouraged to come home and use their own toys such as Lego to recreate the stories and hopefully learn how amazing Jesus is. Another exciting addition will be the boys receiving their own Read with Me Bible – a children’s Bible we use in class and Chapel over the Infants years.

Prep | Year 1 News

February 12, 2021

Welcome to Year One. We’ve had a great start to the year, which has been filled with new and exciting experiences. The boys have been developing an understanding of their new classroom environments and developing new friendships. We’re looking forward to building collaborative partnerships with you and your son as the year develops.

We have commenced the year by inquiring into the Transdisciplinary theme, ‘Who We Are’. We have been busy inquiring into our ever-evolving personalities, who we are as individuals, who we want to become and what the Learner Profile attributes look like, sounds like and feel like. The boys will continue to revisit this overarching inquiry throughout the course of the year. 

Central Idea: 

  • Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities 

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Growing as a learner/person by making positive choices
  • Our choices have consequences on our health and wellbeing
  • Taking responsibility for the rights of myself and others 

Concepts:

  • Connection, Responsibility, Causation 

In week 4 the boys will embark on a new inquiry into understanding cultural diversity and what it means to be a globally minded citizen. We will begin our unit by exploring various cultural artefacts from musical instruments such as rainbow sticks, didgeridoos and clapping sticks to bi-lingual story books, cultural games, traditional Chinese celebrations and the smells of popular spices from around the world such as cardamom pods, cinnamon and ginger. We would like to invite you and your family to assist the boys in their inquiry. If you have any cultural items or artefacts that you would be happy to send to school with your child, please begin to send these in from week 3 onwards. We are wanting to explore the various cultures that our boys are a part of. This could be traditional cultural clothing, images of cultural foods, items or images from religious events or festivals or even items that you treasure when you have visited other cultures. 

Central Idea: 

  • Understanding cultural diversity creates global citizens

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • Cultures I am a part of 
  • Appreciating differences enriches our lives 
  • How to be a global citizen 

Concepts: 

  • Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

Maths 

During our Maths engagements, students have been exploring time through sequencing months and seasons through using calendars to identify days and months of the year, including significant cultural and personal events. We explored how many boys have their birthdays in each month and season. The next focus areas in Maths will be data. We will be exploring the use of tally marks and how to create simple bar and column graphs. 

Music

In Year 1, we have been looking at How We Express Ourselves through Music. We have begun to examine how song and dance can be used to express culture and beliefs. The boys have enjoyed singing songs from Italy and have been keen to create movements to accompany the songs. Through this immersion in another culture, the boys have begun to develop an awareness and respect for others.

The Italian songs have been specifically chosen to help the boys learn to sing simple solfa notes with hand signs. The boys have also started to write these notes on stave lines with developing confidence and aural awareness. (Nicole Smeulders)

Mandarin

The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages.  A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community. By connecting with one another through mutual understanding and respect, the boys reflect on their own purpose of learning Mandarin.  They will be learning about food and drinks vocabulary with meaningful inquiry into multi-cultural celebrations in the coming weeks.

Christian Studies

Who am I? What a great game and one filled with easy and hard questions. After starting the year with our class goals and agreements, we are exploring the wondrous question, “Who am I?”. We will be investigating how Jesus answered that question to a variety of people, some of whom friends and others were just curious. We will be exploring them through drama and role playing as well as creating some stories from Lego. We will continue to use our Read with Me Bibles in class, and your son may find it helpful to read the stories in his own time.

Prep | Year 2 News

February 12, 2021

Unit of Inquiry

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are

Central Idea: Individuals and communities grow by appreciating rights and responsibilities

Concepts: Responsibility, Perspective and Causation

As part of our inquiry of inquiry into Who We Are, the boys have been exploring how their actions, feelings and thoughts impact upon growth, and their different responsibilities in different relationships.  The boys have begun the year by co-constructing their class Essential Agreements. By having ownership over the way their classroom will be run, our boys are able to feel empowered within their learning community. 

The boys have engaged in a number of learning experiences to build their wellbeing and resilience in Year 2. They have used their Learner Profile attributes as thinkers and communicators to consider big and small problems they may encounter and possible strategies for resolving problems.  

The Zones of Regulation has been an effective resource for supporting self-regulation, as students begin to identify strategies that can help them return to the ‘Green Zone’.

The boys have developed Learner Profile Goals and have been reflective in providing evidence of how they have met their goal. Goal setting and reflection will remain a focus for the year.

English

Reading groups have been an opportunity for the boys to work independently to build on their Literacy skills. The boys have engaged in independent writing, reading with the teacher, spelling games, and speaking and listening experiences. Literacy groups are differentiated according to each boy’s need and ability, and a wonderful way for the boys to stretch their skills in a small group environment. 

The Year Two boys have begun their year of writing by using various grammatical sentence structures to describe themselves and others. A sound knowledge of different sentence types and structures will strengthen the boys independent writing throughout the year. In our upcoming unit: How We Organise Ourselves, our learners will be analysing non-fiction texts and identifying their features. They will consider how the features of non-fiction texts can be used to find facts. In our next Unit of Inquiry, the boys will be planning and writing informative texts, focusing on information reports.

Mathematics

Since the beginning of term, Year 2 has been exploring the concept of Whole Number. Throughout the unit, the boys have developed their understanding of place value, comparing and ordering numbers and counting patterns. These foundational understandings of mathematics will give our learners a strong basis on which to build their mathematical knowledge and processes throughout the year. 

Our boys used their Learner Profile attribute as Inquirers to consider how many different ways they could make the number 8. We had many different solutions: 5+3; 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1; 12 – 4; 8 ones. Can you add to our list?

In Year 2, the boys engage in problem-based maths learning. Learning begins with a problem to be solved, and the problem is posed in such a way that students need to gain new knowledge before they can solve the problem.  You can help support your boys in their maths learning through engaging in set Mathletics tasks that are set each week to consolidate current understandings.

Home Learning 

We acknowledge the beliefs, expectations and experience of parents are a powerful determinant in a student’s achievement. The Year 2 teachers are eager to work in partnership with families to boost the boys’ understanding and skills across all key learning areas. Home readers are sent home each week to maximise opportunities for the boys to practise reading strategies that are being taught in class. Boys are to record their reading in their record books as evidence of their home learning. By setting aside time to read with your boy, you are showing him that you value him as a reader. 

Mathletics tasks are set each week to consolidate learning that is occurring in the classroom.

Mathletics helps the boys develop their number sense and the ability to develop flexible problem-solving skills. Home learning tasks seek to connect learning at school with student’s home life to engage everyone in the holistic education of the child. 

Music

The students have returned with renewed enthusiasm for their Music lessons and have settled well back into the routine of bringing their stringed instruments for their group/ensemble lessons on a Wednesday.  They have also identified a learning Goal for music that will drive their GROWTH throughout the year.  During the Classroom Music lesson, they have been learning the importance of dance in our lives in helping them develop their fine and gross motor skills and creativity and expressive elements.

Mandarin

The boys have been looking at how people greet each other in different languages. By gaining insights into other cultures, they learn to socially connect with one another through mutual understanding and respect. A lion dance performance will be held at school on 11th February as our special way to celebrate Lunar New Year together as a community.  In the next couple of weeks, the boys will be reviewing the Chinese numbers and making meaningful connections about their school routine using the concept of time.

Christian Studies

Welcome to another exciting year in Christian Studies. How to make friends and influence people. When we ask this question about Jesus, the answer is interesting. This term, the boys will be exploring what happened when a variety of people from different cultures met Jesus. The boys will be investigating how different people responded to Jesus, why they accepted him as a friend and how he influenced and impacted the different cultures of his time. We will be doing this through drama, roleplaying as we lead up to Easter where we see how all these people influenced Jesus life.

Prep | Year 3 News

February 12, 2021

What an excellent start to Year 3! The boys have started the year off by inquiring into who we are as learners. As part of this, we have considered what our responsibilities are at school, how we can manage ourselves as learners, and how to put what we value into action in the classroom. All of this has culminated in us creating our Essential Agreements in class and forming respectful relationships with our peers and teachers. This will continue to be a reflective process throughout the year as we grow and learn.

UOI

This week marks the beginning of our new Unit of Inquiry (UOI): Sharing the Planet. We will be inquiring into:

Central Idea: Human behaviour can influence the survival of species

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Living things (form)
  • Interdependence of ecosystems (connection) 
  • Human impact on living things (change)

The words in brackets indicate the broader concept we will be considering during our learning. Consider it as a type of ‘lens’ through which we will explore these issues.

English

Were your holidays the best or worst? Should you have to play a musical instrument? What is the best pet? Which Learner Profile attribute is the most important to have? These are all examples of claims our students have been and will be considering as we explore persuasive texts.

The boys are learning about the key features, the structure, and the language used when creating persuasive texts. Our latest inquiries have centred around using high modality language (e.g. using words like ‘must’, ‘definitely’, ‘always’, ‘never’ etc) to convince the reader that our opinion is the right one.

As a home experiment to support your son, model some ‘persuasive’ language by convincing him to eat his vegetables!

Maths

Our enthusiastic Year 3 mathematicians have been learning about Whole Number during the first few weeks of the term. They have been working mathematically to solve “problematised situations”. These open-ended problems (as well as the strategy and skills lessons that accompany them) allow them to apply their understanding of place value, greater than and less than, partitioning, largest and smallest numbers and rounding. Over the next few weeks, the boys will be learning about mental and written addition and subtraction strategies.

 Some questions you could ask your son may include: 

What strategy could you use to add/subtract — and —?  What is the best strategy to add — and —? Why? Could you do it another way?

Maths is always best learnt when it is relevant and meaningful. Try finding maths problems to do with your son that affect daily life for him and your family.

Music

In Music this term, we have been collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet. The boys have enjoyed discussing how our behaviour can influence the survival of frogs and other animals in our natural environment. The Year 3 boys have suggested ways in which they can care for their own environment at school and at home. They have enjoyed exploring how frogs move and have sung songs and created compositions using percussion instruments to reflect the lives of frogs. 

Throughout all these activities, the boys have used their listening and thinking skills to interpret and exchange information. They have explored ways to manipulate tuned and untuned percussion instruments creatively and with technical proficiency. The boys have also begun to record their ideas by writing solfa notation and rhythms on the stave. (Nicole Smeulders).

Mandarin

Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet–Living Things & Non-living Things, with the focus on Asian animals. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 4 News

February 12, 2021

Maths 

In Mathematics students have been inquiring into whole numbers and how they are an integral part of everyday life. Students revised the relationship between representing numbers and their place value. In the next three weeks of term we will experiment using mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction involving two-, three-, four- and five-digit numbers. Ask your child to demonstrate strategies such as the split, jump, compensation or bridging strategy.  Through employing flexible thinking and creative problem solving students are encouraged to develop their mathematical reasoning as they explain and check solutions to problems, including by using the inverse operation. 

English

Sizzling starts, tightening the tension, show don’t tell, dynamic dialogue is some of the engaging conversations taking place in Year 4. We have been busy co-creating success criteria, so we become experts in how to structure a narrative to engage the reader. Through our writing, we will explore concepts on change, connection & perspective and make connections to our How We Express Ourselves Transdisciplinary Theme. We will also explore how people connect to their culture through poetry. After reading “I’m Australian” by Mem Fox, we will create poems that relate to our family, culture and beliefs.

UOI

Year Four commenced the year with an Inquiry into Who We Are. We shared perspectives and discussed how we can get to know each other as people and as learners?  We established what kind of learning community we want to be and how we can ensure learning thrives in our classrooms. Over the course of the year students will inquire into the complexities of friendships, their growing responsibilities as learners and contributing to healthy, safe and active communities. 

This week Year Four have begun their new inquiry into How We Express Ourselves. Within the unit, boys will be examining how society perceives culture, expresses their understanding of different cultures, and how our cultural experiences and understanding have changed over time.  To begin our inquiry, we had the boys navigate their way to various corners of the room as they identified with a particular culture. Boys felt conflicted to move from their dominant culture as they began to connect with multiple cultures. The provocation led to some excellent discussions around how people formulate their cultural understanding.

Music

In Music this year the compulsory Band Program and Strings Sight-reading classes introduces boys to a range of Band Instruments that will inspire them to strive to learn the skills associated with their chosen instrument under the tutelage of Cross-Campus Instrumental Music Staff. Later in the term this dedication will enable them to participate in the combined Band sessions where they will develop ensemble skills. In Classroom Music the students will continue their inquiry through an Indigenous lens the Transdisciplinary relationship between Music and Visual Art.

Mandarin

Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: How We Express Ourselves, with the focus on cultural elements and multiculturalism in Australian society. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 5 News

February 12, 2021

UOI/English

During the Who We Are unit, the boys explored their rights and responsibilities, as well as rights and responsibilities of children around the world. This has led us to the idea that all governments must meet the Convention of the Rights of a Child. The boys will then consider this perspective and write a persuasive letter explaining their perspective on the matter. You may like to have discussions with your son about the Rights of Children and how they are met in different countries around the world. 

We will also be inquiring into stewardship and how this can help regenerate and sustain the environment. Is there a local area near you which has been damaged by humans? Is your community starting some initiatives to help regenerate aspects of your local environment? What are you doing at home to help the environment at the moment? As you ponder these questions, you might like to discuss with your child the action that you are taking at home, and possible action they might be able to take. This unit will have boys appreciate the power of stewardship and agency. 

As a take home thought, ‘Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.’ How can you persuade someone to agree with your perspective on this statement?

Mathematics

For the first two weeks of this year, the boys have been inquiring into the whole number. Specifically, investigating creating and expanding numbers, as well as finding common factors and multiples. Part of this time has also been spent finding different ways we can use our new spaces, grouping according to next steps and some collaborative work. We are finishing this unit in the next week and moving onto investigating angles and some strands within measurement.

Music

This term, the boys in Year 5 have been listening to Music from different Indigenous Cultures. We have discovered that the way in which indigenous people express themselves, provides an insight into their history, culture and way of life. In particular, we have looked at the cultures of North America and the Torres Strait Islands. We will also be looking in depth at music from Indonesia. 

Throughout our listening and discussion activities, the boys have not only developed their knowledge, but have also gained insight into how we show empathy and understanding for others. By performing music from other cultures on untuned percussion instruments and xylophones we have learnt about the structure of melodies and rhythm.  We have notated our ideas on to the treble stave using time names and solfa. (Nicole Smeulders)

Mandarin

Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: Sharing the Planet–with the focus on Chinese agriculture and China’s move from traditional to sustainable farming. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Prep | Year 6 News

February 12, 2021

English – By Sonnie Liang, 6G

In English, we have learnt about many things, these include articles about Trump being banned on Twitter and other news about freedom of speech and the media. We started off with the first few articles, two were persuasive and one was a discussion. The topic was about whether it was the right thing to permanently suspend President Donald Trump on Twitter. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter wrote a statement that we read. We have also done Rapid Writing for 10 minutes a day about this topic to help us formulate our opinions. We were asked if it was right that Donald Trump got banned from Twitter, what we think of social media and what our responsibility is when using social media. We have been planning a persuasive text on why banning Trump was right or wrong and justifying our opinions with examples.

Mathematics – By Kamile Abwi, 6G.

Throughout the first three weeks we have been learning about Whole Number. We have been learning how to make a larger positive number and a smaller negative number by using subtraction and addition. Students in Year 6 have also been learning about square numbers and using them in our inquiries. 

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are – By Maurice Marroun, 6G

In our first Unit of Inquiry we have been exploring our leadership skills, learning habits and discussing our rights and responsibilities. We also have learned how to lead the younger boys and set a good example for them. We reflected on what qualities we have that make us a good leader. Year 6 have created Essential Agreements focussing on how we can be respectful to our teachers and peers as well as our new learning environment. 

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves – By Tomas Keomanivong, 6G

Have you ever been given the opportunity to make a useless thing usable again? Boys in Year 6 have been given this amazing task to do. They have been turning rubber bands into earrings, erasers into collectables, baskets into hot air balloons! The point of this task is to find out how to design a product and advertise it successfully. In addition to the advertisement task we have been reading a novel called The Landry News. It is about a young girl who creates a school newspaper to change her school for the better.

What’s coming up?

Over the next few weeks in English:

  • we will continue to explore Persuasive Writing structure and techniques for persuasion. 
  • we will delve deeper into our class novel “The Landry News” and complete a number of comprehension activities related to the text. 
  • we will begin our spelling and literacy groups to further our understanding of the English Language. 

In Mathematics we will:

  • continue our Whole Number investigations through workshops
  • begin an inquiry into budgeting, decimals and addition and subtraction 
  • use multiple strategies for addition and subtraction

In our current Unit of Inquiry, we will:

  • explore the role of truth in the media
  • analyse the effectiveness of advertising campaigns
  • experiment with different techniques used in advertising

Music

In Classroom Music the students have reflected upon how they learn best in Music and have identified a learning goal that will drive their GROWTH throughout the year.  The first UOI inquiries into the use of media in delivering a message and how music influences our thinking and how the message is received or understood. They have also begun to investigate the origins of news themes and in small groups identified the characteristics of a Jingle and analysed popular Jingles using musical concepts in preparation for creating and performing their own.

Mandarin

Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next. 

Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: How We Express Ourselves–with the focus on Chinese language media in Australia. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.

I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.

Cultivating positive approaches to assessment

February 12, 2021

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the Senior School Assembly to speak with students about a topic that should occupy a great deal of their time and thinking, and certainly occupies a great deal of mine: assessment. While assessment takes on increasing significance as students journey through to their final years of secondary education, the attitudes and habits at the heart of successful student engagement with assessment are begun and nurtured in the earliest years.

There is a powerful nexus between learning and assessment. When students are supported to develop an attitude that sees assessment as opportunity and foster a disposition to embrace the challenges of assessment, then learning is deepened. In this view, assessment is an integral part of the learning cycle itself, not just a final task at the end of a unit of work. Assessment provides opportunity to:

  • celebrate the new things a boy knows, understands and can do
  • receive feedback about what to focus on next
  • set new goals

The School sets out this student-centred approach to assessment in its Assessment Policy. This document is regularly reviewed and refined. The 2021 Assessment Policy has been updated in layout to provide simpler navigation for parents and students. The policy includes an overview of the purposes of assessment at Trinity and its learner-centred approach, as well as sections for Primary Schools, Middle School and Senior School. It is available on the TGS Community website on this page for the Preparatory School or this page for the Junior School.

Deborah Williams | Academic Dean

Library News | Preparatory School

February 4, 2021

Library 2021

This year we have extended our library opening times to allow for more students to utilise the Library and enjoy quality literature. We are open every morning before school from 8:00 to 8:30am, during first break each day from 11:00 to11:30am and at second break on Monday through to Thursday from 1:30 to 2:00pm. By opening the doors more often, we hope to see more students borrowing books more frequently and enjoying the puzzles and games that the Library has to offer.

Our Library staff this year have remained the same, and you may contact us on the emails below if you have any queries.

Mrs Abi Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator – anel@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Jenny Bruscino | Library Services Specialist – preplibrary@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Summer Reading Challenge

It has been wonderful hearing about all of the Summer Reading that has taken place over the break; it seems like most of the boys have really enjoyed the motivation to read more! We have extended the challenge slightly to allow boys to log more reading, and they now have until the end of Week 3. For those students in Kindergarten and Year 1, we will take paper records from students or emailed lists from parents. Students in Years 2 to 6 will be required to log their minutes in our online form. From there we will calculate the totals and announce the winning class, which will receive a class library valued at $300!

Dhiran in Year 1 has done exceptionally well in the challenge. His father says, “The Challenge really motivated him and he did more than I expected.” Well done, Dhiran! We can’t wait to see how much everyone else has read.

Spotlight on the Author Mo Willems

Mo Willems is an American writer, animator, voice actor and creator of children’s books. His television work includes creating the animated television series Sheep in the Big City for Cartoon Network as well as working on Sesame Street and The Off-Beats. At the Prep Library some of our most popular picture books are written by Mo, these include the Elephant & Piggie books, Knuffle Bunny books & the Pigeon books.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Library News | Preparatory School

January 28, 2021

It was wonderful to see the boys back at school this week and we loved hearing all the fantastic holiday stories! We especially loved to hear that the boys read many books over the break and also recorded their minutes! 

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is almost finished! We will ask students in Week 3 to let us know their total minutes read over the holidays. Remember that the class with the most minutes wins extra funds for their class library.

Good luck boys!

Holiday Borrowing

Over the holiday break the boys were permitted to borrow books!  Can you please ensure that this week your son returns all books they may have borrowed over the break so that they can start borrowing straight away.

Library Champions Expressions of Interest

We are looking for a team motivated and dedicated Library Champions (Library Monitors) for 2021. Boys in years 4, 5 and 6 are eligible to apply using the form linked below. Library Champions are required to do 2 or 3 duties a week during the below times:

  • before school from 8:10-8:30am
  • lunch time from 1:40-2:00pm
  • after school from 3:20-3:40pm

If your son catches a bus or has a great deal on before or after school commitments, he may find it difficult to take on this responsibility.

If your son is interested, please have him complete the Google Form by the end of Week 3. If successful in this first stage of applications he will be required to undergo training during Weeks 4-5. If he completes the training satisfactorily, he will be notified before the end of the term.

Spotlight on Author – Anh Do

Anh Do is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor, comedian, and painter. He has written over 60 books, his first book, The Happiest Refugee, won numerous awards including Australian Book of the Year. Anh’s children’s books Weirdo, Hot Dog and Ninja Kid are extremely popular and are some of the most borrowed books in our library.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

Co-curricular

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

Last Saturday we had our Winter Sport trials day. We were fortunate enough to be given permission from Council to use the grass field for Rugby and therefore be more adequately prepared for the Winter season. It was pleasing to see boys engage with the activities and challenges associated and coaches have mentioned that because of this engagement in the sessions, team selection was harder than ever. 

Some parents have enquired about the Age Groups for the Winter season. Boys are allowed to participate in the category of their Year group and not age. For example, if a boy is in Year 6 but turning 11 and not 12 like the majority of his cohort, then he will still participate in the Year 6 or Opens teams. If boys wish to participate in their age group rather than year group, then parents are encouraged to chat with me and we can work out the best solution for their son. To clarify, ‘Opens’ refers to the oldest year group of the School. It is possible that we have Year 6 boys who are already 12 when they enter Year 6, therefore we don’t have an Under 13 team, rather just an ‘Opens’ team for boys Under 12 and over.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Music News | Preparatory School

April 1, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds: 

The Australian Council Research in 2020 recorded that 63% of Australians acknowledge the impact of arts and creativity on a child’s development, 56% on our sense of wellbeing and happiness and 64% on stimulating our minds.

Year 2 String Concert

Thanks to all the String Instrumental music staff lead so capable by Mrs Jayasinghe and the Year 2 students for a really uplifting concert this week where they shared their learning this Term with their cohort. The high level of concentration, attention to detail and self-management skills was very evident to see considering most of the boys have only been learning their instruments for this term. Some snippets have been shared onto Seesaw this week, so please check it out! 

Easter Service

Thanks to members of Trinity Singers, and Chapel Band who helped in leading the Easter Service on Wednesday afternoon.  After so long it was great to finally be able to join in singing in full voice. Thanks to Ms Smeulders, Mrs Swanton, Mr Smith and Mrs Campbell.

Concert Band

Our Concert Band has begun preparations of film favourites for future performances. We have many new and eager musicians who are enjoying themselves and are giving their personal best. Many of our former members transitioned to Middle School so we are now busy forming a new team and are having fun learning famous hits from the 80’s & 90’s, as well as from our times. We are always happy to welcome new members and to grow in strength and numbers. If someone feels like starting his musical journey with a wind or brass instrument, then Concert Band is the place for him! 

Mr Gergely Malyusz | Music – Brass

Term 2 Music Co-curricular Rehearsals

All ensembles will commence rehearsals in Week 1 and will be preparing to share their work, so it is important that students are in attendance at the scheduled rehearsals. A reminder to demonstrate reliability and engagement: they are expected to bring music, a pencil and eraser to each rehearsal and arrive in a timely manner, that does not mean they arrive in the room at the scheduled start time, students are expected to be unpacked and ready to start at the scheduled start time. Your assistance to ensure this standard is maintained is appreciated. Be Reliable and Respectful and Keep it REAL!

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Debating News | ISDA Competition

April 1, 2021

Debating Report – Week 7

Round 4 of the ISDA competition has finally arrived. The topic this week was “Team Sport Should be Compulsory for all Primary Years”. Surprisingly, this topic happened to be the writing assessment we needed to do at school so we as the negative had a great understanding of what points we should say and some pre-rebuttals we could use. Our four speakers were listed as first speaker Oliver, the second speaker Aiden, the third speaker Orlando, and finally fourth speaker Ryder.

Oliver opened our case fluently. He talked about the problematic issue of fights and injuries. He discussed how if hostilities were to break out children would be mentally ailing, and injuries would occur even more. He spoke for four minutes and eighteen seconds. Our next speaker Aiden spoke verbosely and discussed around 5-6 rebuttals against the opposition. His insightful and interesting points were that afternoon sports can affect your concentration in class and how team sports don’t reflect your ability as a sportsman but the other teammates on your team. He spoke for three minutes and thirty-nine seconds. Finally, our third speaker Orlando, summed up our team’s case and had some awesome rebuttals which attacked the opposition strongly. He spoke for two minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Ryder as fourth speaker did an excellent job of preparing rebuttals and also his communication was great amongst his team members during the debate.

Subsequently, the adjudicator made his adjudication. Sadly, the win went to Ascham ending our chance in the finals. We, as a team, noticed that we had improved dramatically over the past few debates. I noticed myself that our rebuttals were way better than Aschams but we just had to improve on not nitpicking over tiny issues. Next week, we hope that we’ll debate with keen spirits.

Written by William, Year 6

Debating Report Week – 8

It is Round 5 of ISDA debating. This week’s topic was “A panel of Year 6 Leaders Should Decide on a Punishment for a Breach of School Rules”.  We were the negative team versing SCEGGS in a very challenging debate. Our speakers included Aiden, William, Samedh and Orlando.

Aiden was a great speaker, he spoke with courage, enthusiasm and expression. He stated that children do not have the maturity and principles to make the right decisions. Therefore, students could hand out the wrong punishment. William spoke about bias decisions shown by the panel because their friend has done something wrong.  William also spoke about how the students might be carrying burdens because they do not want to be the ones giving punishments in case they get in trouble by their friends. William gave very strong points and delivered them really well.

Our third speaker Samedh refuted our opponents’ points about how children would choose the right people, but the children will choose the people they know don’t give many punishments. He also stated wrong people may be selected that do nothing. Samedh also wrote rebuts for others and gave our team a great summary. Samedh did this by using great facts and words and many other devices.  The last speaker was Orlando who congratulated everyone for doing well and gave our team great rebuts.

SCEGGS debated to a high standard leading to the adjudicator’s decision going their way. Even though the decision didn’t go our way, we showed as a team that we have improved and are getting stronger every week. In my opinion, I think our points were stronger than SCEGGS and that we should have won the debate, but the adjudicator always has the final say and we respect his final decision. I believe we can work on improving our speaking times to become a team to be reckoned with. We are looking forward to great future debates and continuing to improve each week.

Written by Ryder, Year 6

Debating Report Week – 9

In Week 9 it was round 6 of the ISDA debating competition. The topic of the week was “People Should Only be Able to Adopt Pets from Animal Shelters”. We were affirmative against MLC in an interesting debate. Our speakers were William, Oliver, Samedh, and Ryder.

William started our debate with an elaborate model which stated that by 2025 people would only be able to adopt pets from animal shelters. In the model it was also stated that there would be a screening process for every party involved in the adoption process, including pets. He also stated the relevant stakeholders that would be involved in the decision. He then gave a point on how economic issues would be avoided to the fact the licensed pet businesses would be given a license. He also stated that they would get monetary compensation from the government. His delivery was excellent, and his model gave the right amount of information in order for it to be comprehensive.

Then our second speaker Oliver backed up William’s model with two strong points. His first point outlined the adoption process and how owners and pets would be screened. This point also refuted the opposition’s statement that pet owners would not know relevant information on their pets. His second strong point was that pets could go extinct without adoption. He talked about how animal shelters were the only way that animals that could go extinct were to survive. Overall, he gave a speech full of detail and explanation that went a long way to back up our argument that pets should only be able to be adopted from animal shelters.

Our third speaker Samedh then went a long way to legitimise our argument by refuting the oppositions through his outstanding rebuts. His first rebut stated that due to the screening process outlined in our model pet owners would know relevant information such as how to care for their pet. He also talked about how shelter employees would have sufficient knowledge to take care of the animals in shelters. He also delivered a substantial blow to the opposition’s argument when he talked about how companies would not go out of business as they could obtain a license. He then further explained how pet adopters would know the breed of their pet by the screening process. Samedh contributed a substantial amount to our argument by fabulously rebutting the opposition’s case. He was helped greatly by Ryder who contributed to the rebuts of members across the team.

Both sides debated to a high level which was what the adjudicator stated. However, in the end MLC had the slight edge which caused them to win the debate. Even though we were unfortunate in the results we debated to a really high standard.

Written by Orlando, Year 6

Prep Sports Fixtures

March 26, 2021

Music News | Preparatory School

March 26, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Two in three people listen to music on the radio or television every day.

Year 1 String Concert

Thanks to all the String Instrumental Music Staff, lead so capably by Mrs Jayasinghe and the Year 1 students for a really uplifting concert this week where they shared their learning this term with their cohort. The high level of concentration, attention to detail and self-management skills was very evident to see considering most of the boys have only been learning their instruments for this term. Some snippets have been shared onto Seesaw this week, so please check it out!  Looking forward to hearing Year 2 next week at their concert.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble is a group of 5 boys ranging from Years 2 -5 who meet on a Tuesday morning and work together intensively on a variety of concepts including stick technique, ensemble playing and improvisation.  Having such a wide age range the older boys support the younger boys in their learning.  Our focus is on creating a creative space where we have fun and create new music every week. Photos of Percussion Ensemble were shared in the Newsletter last week.

Week 10 Rehearsals

Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band will not be holding rehearsals on the last day of Term – Thursday 1st April. 

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

March 19, 2021

The annual Prep Cross Country Championship was held last Thursday at Henley Park, Belfield. It was great to be able to welcome parents back to a School event. Considering the course was unknown to all, the boys did well to follow instructions and complete the course. Congratulations to Archer House who were crowned House Cross Country Champions.

This Saturday is the final round of Summer Saturday Sport for boys in Years 4-6. For Basketball and Softball, the season culminates with the Trinity Derby against Junior school and we will be hoping to take the bragging rights again! Good luck to all boys this weekend.

Parents of boys in Years 4-6 received an email earlier in the week about the changeover to the Winter Season. If you are unsure of any details in that email then please feel free to contact me. To clarify, an ‘Open’ Team is for boys 12 and older and is open to having boys who are younger but good enough to play in the 1st Team. I will take this opportunity to remind all parents that selection is an ongoing process. There are only 3 sessions before the first round of Winter Sport and selections will continue from week to week, overseen by age group coordinators.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Sports Results | Saturday, 13 March 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score3648
Best and FairestThomas Ko 
EncouragementAlessio Caridi 
2nd VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score2023
Best and FairestRyder Darlow 
EncouragementOscar Yan 
3rd VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score2714
Best and FairestJeremiah Sydhom 
EncouragementDominic Alvaro 
4th VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score68
Best and FairestEthan Marangou 
EncouragementRonak Biswas 
5th VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score226
Best and FairestIsaac Lu 
EncouragementChristopher Ong 
6th VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score1018
Best and FairestMichael Lee 
EncouragementDavid Chang 
7th VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score124
Best and FairestMatthew Yang 
EncouragementAndrew Gao 
8th VTrinity PrepSt Pats
Score236
Best and FairestRiley Tran 
EncouragementSergio Rodriguez Chavez 
Year 4 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A VTrinity PrepScots
Score184
Best and FairestSebastian Nguyen 
EncouragementAdam Ge 
4B VTrinity PrepScots
Score1416
Best and FairestKerry Chen 
EncouragementTimmy Zhao 
4C VTrinity PrepScots
Score222
Best and FairestZachary Al Hassan 
EncouragementCharlie Deeb 
Year 5 & 6 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XITrinityScots
Score101121
Best and FairestHugo Walker 
EncouragementJayden Paskaranathan 
2nd XITrinityScots
Score6872
Best and FairestChristian Viola 
EncouragementAthan Fudeh 
5ATrinityScots
Score8074
Best and FairestAlex Scott 
5BTrinityScots
Score54101
Best and FairestEmmanuel Velkou 
Year 4 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4ATrintiyCranbrook
Score63109
Best and FairestLachlan Tucker 
4B1TrinityGrammar E
Score3/494/62
Best and FairestAryan Kotwal 
4B2TrinityGrammar E
Score2/606/31
Best and FairestHayden Metcalf 
Softball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Yr 5 & 6TrinityGrammar St Ives
Score163
MVPRory Ashcroft 
EncouragementLucas Meng 
Touch Football  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Team ATrinityWaverly
Score811
Best and FairestJamieson Geras 
EncouragementKai Pham 
Team BTrinityWaverly
Score65
Best and FairestWilliam Routley 
EncouragementEthan Hoang 
Tennis  
Yr 5 & 6Player 1Player 2
Single Game 1Yianni PahosScots
Score32
Single Game 2Marcus NguyenScots
Score23
Single Game 3Nathan Della TorreScots
Score41
Single Game 4Victor BaoScots
Score23
Single Game 5Jack BrownScots
Score14
Single Game 6Marcus KuitScots
Score23
Single Game 7Laurier ChenScots
Score32
Single Game 8Preston LoScots
Score05
Doubles Game 1Yianni Pahos & Marcus NguyenScots
Score43
Doubles Game 2Nathan Della Torre & Victor BaoScots
Score43
Doubles Game 3Jack Brown & Marcus KuitScots
Score25
Doubles Game 4Adriano Furfaro & Orlando AngScots
Score16
Best and FairestNathan Della Torre 
EncouragementYianni Pahos 

Music News | Preparatory School

March 18, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

The Australian Council for the Arts Survey in late 2019 found that 98% of Australians are engaging in the Arts.  (Pre COVID) 

Corelli Strings

Corelli Strings is an opportunity for students in K-2 involved in private lessons on a string instrument to develop their ensemble skills and play with their peers. Every Wednesday afternoon Corelli Strings are responsible for organising their instruments and music before rehearsing. Each rehearsal is conducted with respect for each other and persistence to improve the combined sound. This term, the students have learned a variety of pieces including The Fabulous Flying Fox, March of the Androids, and Ready… Set… Fiddle! Throughout rehearsals the group focuses on creating a unified tone; using the same part of the bow, making sure bows are moving at the same time and discussions about the kind of sound for each piece such as loud or soft, legato or staccato. Wednesday afternoons involve teamwork, consistency, goal setting and fun music making. The next goal for Corelli Strings is to record Ready… Set… Fiddle! early next term! 

Mrs Tripolone

Beethoven Strings

There are many new faces that have joined Beethoven Strings this year and the enthusiasm and willingness to learn from all the boys has been encouraging as they take on new challenges in their musical journey. This term the focus has been on playing as an ensemble and settling into their rehearsal desks. Auditions were held in Week 6 to determine the best positions for boys in the ensemble and the plan going forward is to have them at the beginning of every term to determine if changes are required. Beethoven Strings look forward to the remainder of 2021 with optimism and hope that they will be able to share with you all the wonderful work they are achieving.

Mrs Amelia Mc Cluney & Mrs Mandie Vieira

Trinity Singers

This ensemble is now full steam ahead learning repertoire for the Easter Service in Week 10 and the Gala Concert to be held on 2nd June at the City Recital Hall. It is therefore essential that students attend their two rehearsals per week.  If at any point, students are unable to make a rehearsal, please email either Mrs Campbell or Ms Smeulders so that we can keep accurate attendance records.

Chapel Performance

Thanks to Aaron and Lewis who performed their Soloists Competition piano pieces in Infants Chapel this afternoon. Well done boys and thank you for being a Risk-taker and sharing your talent with your peers.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School

Prep Sports Fixtures

March 18, 2021

Music News | Preparatory School

March 11, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

The arts offer an alternative entry point into academic study for students who are otherwise disengaged.

Soloists Competition

Thanks and congratulations to all students who were risk-takers and participated in the Soloists Competition.  All participants obtained invaluable performing experience by your participation. On Wednesday night the Finals Concert was held in the Orchestra Room and the Preparatory School was represented by David, Aaron, Adam, Lewis, Thomas and Marvin.

Congratulations to Thomas who won the Intermediate Section performing Tango Esta Noche by Lindsay-Clarke. We will all hopefully hear Thomas’ performance in the coming weeks.

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble rehearsals have continued every Monday at recess, featuring a group of six students from Years 4- 6. David, Aravinda, Thomas, Ethan, James and Oliver have been working enthusiastically on new songs while developing skills such as the ability to play in a group, working as a team, listening to each other and the conductor.

Some contrasting songs we have been practicing in the last few weeks include: Obwisana, an African popular song with a lively rhythm and a very joyful melody. The boys seem to have enjoyed the spirit of the song!

Sailing Home, which is a delicate and relaxing ballad composed by British guitarist Mark Houghton.

Largo, an arrangement of a Baroque dance in D major, composed by the French violinist Jean-Marie Leclair.

At the end of last term, every guitarist composed a short melody which will be included in an original composition by the students.

Co-curricular Absentee

A reminder that if you know in advance that your son will be absent from a co-curricular Ensemble rehearsal can you please, as a matter of courtesy email the director of the ensemble before the scheduled rehearsal of our son’s absence to ensure accuracy of attendance records.

Instrumental Music Absentee

Where possible twenty-four hours’ notice is required via email to the Instrumental teacher if your son will be absent from an instrumental Music Lesson, otherwise lesson charges will apply.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Debating News

March 11, 2021

Week 5 was Round 2 of the ISDA Debating Competition. The topic up for debate was that the age of social media usage should be lowered from 13 to 10. As the affirmative team we faced competition from Newington. Our speakers were in the order, Samedh Chirravuri, Aiden Coelho, Oliver Shen and William Hunt.

Samedh started our debate strongly with a model and a strong point about isolated children. His model was that by 2022 the age of social media usage would be lowered to 10 and that filters would be imposed. He spoke for under 2 minutes and gave a great delivery of his points. After that Aiden followed up with strong points on the use of programs to filter inappropriate content and also spoke on the positive effects of social media on children. He gave a fabulous delivery of his points in an appropriate manner and style. To close our speech Oliver came in with great rebuts that attacked the core of the opposition’s argument as well as a summary of our points. He delivered the rebuts fantastically going into detail yet not wasting time. He was excellent with his delivery of rebuttals. He was helped by our excellent fourth speaker William Hunt who supplied him with rebuts that helped our team’s case greatly.

Our debate was great however Newington was organised in a manner that deemed them great at debating. So unfortunately, Newington won the debate.

  • Notes taken by Ryder Darlow, Year 6
  • Written by Orlando Ang, Year 6

Year 6 Debators

Debating Report | Week 6

It was round three of ISDA Debating. This week’s topic was that landfill should not be sent overseas. We, Trinity, were up against Riverview. We were debating for the affirmative. Our four speakers were Orlando Ang, Ryder Darlow, Samedh Chirravuri and William Hunt.

Orlando spoke about things such as recycling issues, agriculture, and global effects. He spoke for three minutes and ten seconds and delivered his speech fantastically. Ryder talked about political disagreements and how something so small, such as landfill, can result in something so devastating, such as war. He also spoke for three minutes and ten seconds and painted the picture as if you were actually there, seeing what he was describing. Samedh had some powerful rebuttals to oversee our opponent, biting back with information that Riverview had rebutted us on. He spoke for two minutes and forty-three seconds but carried across his points valiantly. William is a rebuttal master and writes a large number of rebuttals before the debate has even started. His writing is extremely legible, making it easy for the speakers to read clearly and with passion.

Riverview’s presentation wasn’t as strong as ours, but their points did seep through and were valid and strong. We did unfortunately lose this debate, making it so that we will have to win the last four debates to make it into the finals. It was a great experience as always and we are thankful to Riverview for being a great opponent. We will hope to win next week against Ascham.

Aiden Coelho | Year 6

Year 5 Debators

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

March 11, 2021

Sports Results | Saturday, 6 March 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st VTrinity PrepTrinity Prep 2nds
Score229
Best and FairestOliver Varone  
Encouragement Aaron Siva 
2nd VTrinity PrepTrinity Prep 1sts
Score922
Best and FairestRyder Darlow  
Encouragement James Ahn  
3rd VTrinity PrepCoogee Prep
Score4218
Best and FairestJeremiah Sydhom 
Encouragement James Elghitany 
4th VTrinity PrepCoogee Prep
Score824
Best and FairestRonak Biswas 
Encouragement Zac Hovilai 
5th VTrinity PrepScots
Score657
Best and FairestIsaac Ismail 
Encouragement Chris Ong 
6th VTrinity PrepScots
Score128
Best and FairestAustin Su 
Encouragement Jet Ma 
7th VTrinity PrepScots
Score224
Best and FairestJonathan Chau Vuu 
Encouragement Hailin Yang 
8th VTrinity PrepScots
Score288
Best and FairestJackson Galettis 
Encouragement Danny Matesic 
Year 4 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A VTrinity PrepNewington
Score420
Best and FairestJohn Roufas 
Encouragement Sebastian Nguyen 
4B VTrinity PrepNewington
Score24 
Best and FairestNoah Malas 
Encouragement Karim Tamergi 
4C VTrinity PrepNewington
Score186
Best and FairestLeon Konidaris 
Encouragement Michael Esen 
Year 5 & 6 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XITrinitySt Pats
Score77Mar-81
Best and FairestTom Henry 
EncouragementHugo Walker 
2nd XITrinitySt Pats
Score1920
Best and FairestHarry Ingram 
EncouragementAlex Germanos 
5ATrinitySt Pats
Score139120
Best and FairestOscar Rudd 
Encouragement  
5BTrinitySt Pats
Score76127
Best and FairestBraith Hargreaves 
Encouragement  
Year 4 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A TrinitySt Aloysius
Score3943
Best and FairestRahid C 
4B1TrinityCranbrook
Score82107
Best and FairestMatthew Della Torre 
4B2TrinityCranbrook
Score5185
Best and FairestAlec Bailey 
Softball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Yr 5 & 6TrinityBYE
ScoreBYEBYE
MVPBYE 
EncouragementBYE 
Touch Football  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Team ATrinitySt Pius
Score223
Best and FairestJayden Bechara 
Encouragement James Barry 
Team BTrinitySt Pius
Score213
Best and FairestCallum Evans 
Encouragement Jack Cooper 
Tennis  
Yr 5 & 6Player 1Player 2
Single Game 1Yianni PahosGrammar Edgecliff
Score23
Single Game 2Marcus NguyenGrammar Edgecliff
Score50
Single Game 3Nathan Della TorreGrammar Edgecliff
Score32
Single Game 4Victor BaoGrammar Edgecliff
Score05
Single Game 5Jack BrownGrammar Edgecliff
Score41
Single Game 6Marcus KuitGrammar Edgecliff
Score32
Single Game 7Adriano FurfaroGrammar Edgecliff
Score05
Single Game 8Orlando AngGrammar Edgecliff
Score14
Doubles Game 1Yianni Pahos & Marcus NguyenGrammar Edgecliff
Score43
Doubles Game 2Nathan Della Torre & Victor BaoGrammar Edgecliff
Score34
Doubles Game 3Jack Brown & Marcus KuitGrammar Edgecliff
Score43
Doubles Game 4Laurier Chen & Preston LoGrammar Edgecliff
Score16
Best and FairestMarcus Kuit 
Encouragement Victor Bao 

Prep Sports Fixtures

March 11, 2021

Music News | Preparatory School

March 5, 2021

Do You Know the Relationship between Arts and Minds?

There is a distinctive link between high levels of music training and the ability to manipulate information in both working and long-term memory, substantial improvement in numeracy and geometric skills, and more highly developed skills in reading and sequence learning.

Soloists Competition

This week Heats of the Soloists Competition were held at the Preparatory School and congratulations to the following students who will be performing at the Finals Concert next Wednesday night in the Orchestra Room. Well done to the twenty-six Preparatory School students who entered which was a record contribution.  Thanks to Mr Kinda for his accompaniment for the string students as well as the Adjudicators – Dr McGregor, Ms Morgan, Mr Kinda, Mr Rocco and Mrs Campbell.

Trinity Singers

This week Trinity Singers returned to relative normality with the rehearsal schedule. Thanks to all Trinity Singers who have attended rehearsals thus far this term. Today we recorded for the remote Family Service with Chapel Band and thanks to Ms Smeulders, Mrs Swanton, Mr Smith, Mr Dangoor and the camera operators for your assistance.

After School Music Co-Curricular Pick-up

Following after school Music Co-curricular rehearsals it would be appreciated if students can be collected at the Llandilo Gates no later than ten minutes past the rehearsal finishing time. If boys are still waiting, they will be directed to the OSHC to be supervised as staff are not expected to remain behind to wait for boys to be collected. Please ensure your son is registered with OSHC.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Co-curricular Feature – Choirs in Term One

March 5, 2021

It has been an exciting time to again be working face to face with the boys in the Junior and Primary Choirs and the Trinity Singers. Even though we must observe strict COVID-19 distancing, I am again able to hear and see the boys and work intently on any technical issues. The boys can also listen to other singers around them and work on their ensemble skills and blend with other voices.

In all the rehearsals, I begin with some movement activities, which not only free up the body, but also encourage the boys to think and move creatively. My aim is to develop good posture for singing, as well as give the boys confidence to perform with ease. After we have warmed up our voices with some humming or vocal exercises, we work on perfecting our music making. I listen and watch carefully, as to how the boys articulate their words and use their mouths and engage their bodies for good breathing.

At the moment, the Junior Choir is working on songs about animals through the story of Noah’s Ark. The Primary Choir has been singing songs about pirates and ships and the boys have enjoyed pretending to be sailing the oceans on old fashioned sailing vessels. The Trinity Singers have been preparing two hymns and a two-part song for the Family Service. We plan to record this performance early next month for parent viewing. Mrs Campbell and I look forward to working more freely with the boys when the COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Nicole Smeulders | Music

Prep Sports Fixtures

March 5, 2021

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

March 5, 2021

Sports Results | Saturday, 27 February 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1 Team 2
1st VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score2436
Best and FairestLennard Suen 
Encouragement Thomas Ko 
2nd VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1726
Best and FairestOscar Yan 
Encouragement Adam Radwan 
3rd VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score3029
Best and FairestJaiveer Singh 
Encouragement Samedh Chirravuri 
4th VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1332
Best and FairestOwen Hoang 
Encouragement Lucas Chan 
5th VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1023
Best and FairestMassimo Di Maria 
Encouragement Christian Ghannoum 
6th VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1812
Best and FairestLucas Chen 
Encouragement Kevin Wang 
7th VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1214
Best and FairestBilly Paradisis 
Encouragement Rayhan Behi 
8th VTrinity PrepCranbrook
Score1718
Best and FairestJackson Galettis 
Encouragement Sergio Rodriguez Chavez 
Year 4 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A VTrinity PrepSanta Sabina 
Score233
Best and FairestNicholas Khouzame 
Encouragement Sebastian Nguyen 
4B VTrinity PrepSanta Sabina
Score915
Best and FairestEthan Lam 
Encouragement Paul Arronis 
4C VTrinity PrepCoogee Prep
Score328
Best and FairestZachary Al Hassan 
Encouragement Leon Konidaris 
Year 5 & 6 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XITrinityMosman
Score11268
Best and FairestJayden Paskaranathan 
EncouragementKescharan Ketheswaran 
2nd XITrinityKnox
Score7264
Best and FairestAthan Fudeh 
EncouragementHarry Ingram 
5ATrinityKnox
Score9648
Best and FairestRoman Urbano 
Encouragement Jacob Polotoroff 
5BTrinityWaverly
Score6826
Best and FairestMax Edwards 
EncouragementLachlan Davies 
Year 4 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A TrinityScots
Score26108
Best and FairestRahid Chowdhury 
EncouragementTerrence Ho 
4B1TrinityScots
Score5126
Best and FairestXavier Hannan 
EncouragementAndrew Zeng 
4B2TrinityCranbrook
ScoreNov-502/145
Best and FairestWinston Phong 
EncouragementMarcus Du 
Softball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Yr 5 & 6TrinitySt Pius
Score182
MVPRory Ashcroft 
EncouragementSebastian Vanges 
Touch Football  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Team ATrinityKnox
Score54
Best and FairestRemy Humphreys 
Encouragement Hugh Labas 
Team BTrinityNewington Lin.
Score101
Best and FairestMichael Whiting 
Encouragement Maurice Marroun 
Tennis  
Yr 5 & 6Player 1Player 2
Single Game 1Yianni PahosWyvern House
Score50
Single Game 2Marcus NguyenWyvern House
Score50
Single Game 3Nathan Della TorreWyvern House
Score50
Single Game 4Victor BaoWyvern House
Score50
Single Game 5Jack BrownWyvern House
Score41
Single Game 6Marcus KuitWyvern House
Score41
Single Game 7Adriano FurfaroWyvern House
Score23
Single Game 8Orlando AngWyvern House
Score50
Doubles Game 1Yianni PahosWyvern House
 Marcus Nguyen 
Score61
Doubles Game 2Nathan Della TorreWyvern House
 Victor Bao 
Score70
Doubles Game 3Jack BrownWyvern House
 Marcus Kuit 
Score52
Doubles Game 4Laurier ChenWyvern House
 Preston Lo 
Score52
Best and FairestYianni Pahos 
Encouragement Orlando Ang 

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Last week our Year 4-6 Saturday Sport teams participated in a full round of fixtures. Whilst we didn’t secure victories in all fixtures, it is important to realise that at this stage of the Season, Saturday fixtures are mostly focused on development of team cohesion and refining individual skill development. An increase in team cohesion and individual skill development can be achieved through boys attending the additional and non-compulsory Tuesday morning training sessions. These sessions are open to all boys who wish to develop their skills. Basketball is held at the Preparatory School and is open to all boys in Basketball as well as those playing in the Intra-school Sport Programme. Cricket and Touch Football are held at Summer Hill. 

Teams will also develop cohesion by ensuring that players arrive at games at the correct time. There have been multiple reminders that boys are required to greet their coach at least 30 minutes before the start of their game time. For example, if the tip off for a Basketball game is at 8:00am, then the student must be at the game at 7:30am. There were a number of students that arrived at games 10 minutes before game time. This is unacceptable as it does not give the players and coaches adequate preparation time.

Over the past two Fridays the Prep Swimming Team has been finalising its preparation for the IPSHA Carnival that is due to be held on Tuesday March 2. The team has competed at both the South Harbour and Scots Prep Carnivals and has had great success. Our hope is that the success achieved at these carnivals in 25m pools can be transferred to the 50m pool.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Sports Results | Saturday 20 February 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2 
1st VTrinity PrepWaverly 
Score2130
Best and FairestJesse Cha 
Encouragement Jeremiah Sydhom 
2nd VTrinity PrepWaverly
Score1145
Best and FairestEric Liu 
Encouragement Elliott Behrens 
3rd VTrinity PrepWaverly
Score736
Best and FairestJaiveer Singh 
Encouragement Adonis Karabetsos 
4th VTrinity PrepWaverly
Score1829
Best and FairestOwen Hoang 
Encouragement Harris Yang 
5th VTrinity PrepWaverley 
Score1037
Best and FairestMassimo De Maria 
Encouragement Isaac Lu 
6th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Score1416
Best and FairestMichael Lee 
Encouragement Lucas Cheng 
7th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Score644
Best and FairestAndrew Lin 
Encouragement Aaron Li 
8th VTrinity PrepWaverley
Score2416
Best and FairestChenyu Liu 
Encouragement Nick Cao 
Year 4 Basketball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A VTrinity PrepNewington
Score274
Best and FairestAdam Ge 
Encouragement Marvin Xu 
4B VTrinity PrepNewington
Score126
Best and FairestAlex Constantinou 
Encouragement Timmy Zhao 
4C VTrinity PrepKRB
Score1222
Best and FairestCharlie Deeb 
Encouragement George Vavoulas 
Year 5 & 6 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
1st XITrinityNewington Wyvern
Score9369
Best and FairestTom Henry 
EncouragementWilliam Saunders and Marcus Chiam 
2nd XITrinityNewington Wyvern
ScoreAug-60May-74
Best and FairestCharles Henley 
EncouragementHarry Ingram 
5ATrinityNewington Wyvern
Score73100
Best and FairestLuke Holani 
EncouragementJoshua Tsang 
5BTrinityNewington Wyvern
Score5462
Best and FairestMax Edwards 
EncouragementHarry Horwood 
Year 4 Cricket  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
4A   
Score  
Best and Fairest  
Encouragement  
4B1TrinityNewington Wyvern
ScoreApr-47Apr-81
Best and FairestAarav Sharma 
EncouragementVeer Singh 
4B2TrinityCranbrook
ScoreSep-19Mar-60
Best and FairestClancy 
EncouragementJake 
Softball  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Yr 5 & 6TrinitySt Pats
Score96
MVPLucas Kim 
EncouragementRicky Chen 
Touch Football  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Team ATrinityWaverly
Score54
Best and FairestJack Castles 
Encouragement Jordan Armenis 
Team BTrinityWaverley
Score74
Best and FairestJoshua Radford 
Encouragement Kobe Harb 
Tennis  
Yr 5 & 6Player 1Player 2
Single Game 1Yianni PahosSt Patrick’s College
Score50
Single Game 2Marcus NguyenSt Patrick’s College
Score41
Single Game 3Nathan Della TorreSt Patrick’s College
Score50
Single Game 4Victor BaoSt Patrick’s College
Score41
Single Game 5Jack BrownSt Patrick’s College
Score32
Single Game 6Marcus KuitSt Patrick’s College
Score41
Single Game 7Laurier ChenSt Patrick’s College
Score50
Single Game 8Preston LoSt Patrick’s College
Score32
Doubles Game 1Yianni Pahos &St Patrick’s College 
 Marcus Nguyen 
Score61
Doubles Game 2Nathan Della Torre and Victor BaoSt Patrick’s College
Score70
Doubles Game 3Jack Brown and Marcus KuitSt Patrick’s College
Score70
Doubles Game 4Adriano Furfaro and Orlando AngSt Patrick’s College
Score34
Best and FairestNathan Della Torre 
Encouragement Adriano Furfaro 
Intra-School Sport  
TeamTeam 1Team 2
Game 1Year 4 NavyJS Yr 4/5
Score62
Best and FairestRui Li 
Encouragement Richard Conomos 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 NavyYear 5 and 6 Green
Score222
Best and FairestSergio Rodriguez Chavez 
Encouragement Ishan Padmanesan 
Game 1Year 4 PinkGreen
Score818
Best and FairestAndy Xu 
Encouragement Alex Vu 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 PinkYear 5 and 6 Red
Score28
Best and FairestEthan Koh 
Encouragement Aravinda Chauhan 
Game 1Year 4 GreenPink
Score188
Best and FairestLincoln Cui 
Encouragement Devin Le 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 GreenNavy
Score222
Best and FairestOscar Heralt 
Encouragement Hugo Wilson 
Game 1Year 5 and 6 RedJunior School Year 5 and 6
Score02
Game 2Year 5 and 6 RedYear 5 and 6 Pink
Score82
Best and FairestZavier Nguyen 
Encouragement Kamile Abwi 

Prep Sports Fixtures

February 26, 2021

Chess News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Our school will be entering two teams into the competition this year; ‘Rookie’ and ‘Championship’. There are limited places available and selection will be based on a combination of experience, performance, behaviour, and sportsmanship. After you have completed this FORM, please await contact from Mrs Mawson.

Applications close 8th March 2021.

Music News | Preparatory School

February 26, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Regardless of socio-economic background an interest in performing arts leads to higher states of motivation that produce the sustained attention necessary to improve performance.

Soloist Competition Heats Week 6

Strings (from 2pm) and Piano (from 1pm) Preparatory School students who have entered this competition will perform next Wednesday 3rd March in the Beethoven Room.  Guitar students will perform next Monday 1st March during the lunch Break in (Studio 8).  All applicants should have been notified of their time they are required to play by Mrs Fox this week.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled time so you can unpack and tune. The Adjudicators will be Dr Michael McGregor and Ms Kate Morgan for the Strings, Mr Greg Kinda for the Piano section and Mr Stefano Rocco and Mrs Geraldine Campbell for the Guitar section. In total we had 26 students apply for invaluable performing experience in this competition.  Good luck to all boys and thank you for being a risk-taker.

Instrumental Tuition

There are still vacancies for Percussion, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello tuition.  Please collect an application form from the Music Centre or Reception to apply.  Tuition is $45 per weekly half hour lesson and some instruments are available for hire at a cost of $50 per term.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Co-curricular Feature – The Cello Ensemble

February 26, 2021

The Cello Ensemble of the Preparatory School has been running for 34 years. Many very good Cellists, including Music Scholarship winners from Trinity Grammar School have experienced playing in this Ensemble. Students at the Senior School are continuing to play in the Cello Ensemble further developing more advanced musical skills.

This year there are currently four members from the Preparatory School, and we hope the Ensemble will grow further.

The boys are sight reading a variety of repertoire at the moment.

There are eight members of the Ensemble in the Senior School and they are all keen players. Andrew Tanous (Year 12) and Andy Lin (Year 8) are both Scholarship winners and leaders of the Ensemble.

Ludmila Palmer | Strings Teacher 

Co-curricular Feature – Chamber Orchestra 

This orchestra includes some of the most advanced students at the Preparatory School and they play a wide range of repertoire.

The ages of the students are from Year 2 to Year 6. We have talented young boys who have reached a high standard for their age. Among the youngest boys are Lewis Wang (Year 2) and Cayden Tsang (Year 3), who play in the First Violin Section.

To become a member of the Chamber Orchestra, students prepare themselves for an audition at the end of each year. 

The leader of the Chamber Orchestra this year is Jaemin Yoo (Year 6) who is a very talented boy with multiple musical skills. He is the Winner of the Denham Court Scholarship 2020.

The current repertoire of the orchestra is as follows:

  • Tambourin by G. Ramou
  • The Yang Prince and the Princess by N. Rimsky-Korsakov and 
  • Viennese Refrain, Popular Air

I am delighted to be working with the members of the Chamber Orchestra.

Ludmila Palmer | Strings Teacher

Sportsmaster | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Last week was a very busy week in the Prep Sports calendar. Firstly, the Year 3-6 House Swimming Championships were held on Monday. As previously noted by Mr Wyatt in his report, the carnival was again a fantastic School event. It was a real shame that parents weren’t able to join us for the day, however, I hope that the boys went home and told their parents of their enjoyment. Congratulations to School House who took out the Swimming House trophy and to the Age Champions as well. 

On Friday our Year 3 boys had their first of five Friday afternoon sessions of the Year 3 Sport Programme. It was great to see them embrace House rivalry in the matches of football that they played at the Prep campus. I look forward to seeing what else Year 3 has to offer over the course of the programme.

On Saturday we had Round 1 of Summer Saturday Sport. However only the 1sts to 4ths Basketball were able to play their matches because of the wet weather that covered the majority of Sydney. Unfortunately, none of the results went our way but there was obvious potential in our players and teams and hopefully we will start to gel in the next game or two. 

The 2021 School Cross Country Championships will be held on Thursday March 11 (Week 7). It was confirmed during the week that we’ve been allowed to use Henley Park in Enfield as our site for this year’s event. I encourage all boys to try out the park before the day. For boys in Under 10s and under, the event will be a 2km course, while Under 11’s and Opens will both be 3km. At this stage parents will not be allowed to attend the event and a note with all the details will be sent home via email in the next week or so.

James Bremner | Sportsmaster

Sports Results | Saturday 13 February 2021

Year 5 & 6 Basketball
TeamTeam 1Team 2Coach
1st VTrinity PrepScotsJason Freshwater
Score1454 
Best and FairestLennard Suen  
Encouragement Ace Sharma  
2nd VTrinity PrepScotsJason Freshwater
Score1338 
Best and FairestAaron Siva  
Encouragement Roderick Chang  
3rd VTrinity PrepScotsHilary Cardiff
Score3150 
Best and FairestJaiveer Singh  
Encouragement Ethan Marangou  
4th VTrinity PrepScotsHilary Cardiff
Score839 
Best and FairestAlexei Fotheringham  
Encouragement Owen Huang  

Music News | Preparatory School

February 18, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Active arts engagement improves academic and often social outcomes for students in both primary and secondary education.

Soloist Competition 2021

Entries will close for this competition next Monday 22nd February.  No late entries will be accepted. Negotiations with Music Staff at Summer Hill are ongoing in preparation for Preparatory School students to have their heats at the Prep School on Wednesday 3rd March commencing at 2pm.  Once all entries have been received a schedule will be finalised and released with heat details. Mr Kinda will be available to play for the heats that afternoon.

Ensemble Report – Mozart Strings – Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe

The year has begun well for Mozart Strings with the boys starting an exciting new piece called Mill Creek Stomp, which depicts a joyous folksy dance. A focus for the start of this year has been on creating good ensemble habits including arriving on time to rehearsal, setting up quickly and quietly, listening well within the group and to the conductor, and being a team player. The boys are also building up their ensemble skills, such as learning to watch and follow a conductor and being able to concentrate on playing their part while being aware of and listening to a different part. All of this multitasking requires students to be prepared for rehearsal by learning and practicing their part regularly, so that they can feel confident in knowing their notes and have enough headspace for where the magic happens; in making music together!

Chapel Band

The new look Chapel Band had their first performance for the year at the Year 6 Office Bearer’s Induction last Friday. Thanks to Mrs Swanton and Mr Smith for their assistance at this event. Due to COVID restrictions they are not able to play for the Combined Chapel’s in the Mozart Room but at their weekly Monday morning rehearsals they are preparing to record for the Family Service in a few weeks’ time and continue to learn repertoire for when they can join in again at Chapel. Thanks, boys, for your ongoing commitment to this ensemble.

Cancellation of Instrumental Lessons

Please be aware that four weeks Term time notice is required to be sent an email to Mrs Campbell the Director of Music for students to cease learning in the Instrumental Music Program. 

Absence from Co-curricular Activities

If you know in advance that your son is unable to attend a rehearsal on a given day, please email the relevant Director of the Ensemble with your apologies.  This information can certainly assist with the planning of the rehearsals and will enable correct attendance records to be kept.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Music Centre Access

All students are to leave their instruments on the day of their lesson in the Music Centre as soon as they arrive at School.  Please do not leave instruments in the classrooms or around lockers. The Music Centre will not be locked until 4:30pm each day. If your Co-curricular Group concludes after 4:30pm, please collect your instrument before the Co-curricular activity commences to avoid disappointment.

Additional Music News

Nicole Smeulders – Opera Singer and Classroom Music Teacher

It is a great pleasure to be working again with the choirs at Trinity Prep. Like the Trinity boys, I have been developing my own performance skills whilst rehearsing with the chorus of Opera Australia. I have been working on the opera “Ernani” by Verdi, which we are now performing at the Sydney Opera House. At Opera Australia, we need to be very disciplined with our language, posture and musicianship. You might like to catch a glimpse of us rehearsing recently on the following link (watch from 12 minutes in):

In Conversation with Paul Fitzsimon | Opera Australia on demand

Or, you might like to watch the first three minutes of this clip, to see behind the scenes at OA, Incredibly, we are the only major opera company in a Covid worldperforming to a live audience.

https://tv.opera.org.au/programs/opera-is-back?autoplay=true

As you can see, I am very fortunate to be involved with such an exciting company and I hope to share my knowledge with the boys. My colleague Gergely Malyusz, who teaches Brass at Trinity is playing in the orchestra for Ernani.

I am looking forward to performing in Tosca, Maria Stuarda and Othello with the company, later in the year.

Music News | Preparatory School

February 12, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds:

Can we honestly say that creativity is at the core of our education? If not, why not? 

Soloist Competition

Entries will close on Monday 22nd February for this competition. Forms are available from the Music Centre and must be returned to Mrs Campbell by the due date.  Remember your parents and your teacher must sign the form.  I have been advised that Preparatory School students will have their heats at the Preparatory School.  The heats schedule to be announced once all entries are received. No late entries will be accepted.  Good luck!

Sections are as Follows:

JUNIOR: Grades 1-3

INTERMEDIATE: Grades 4-5

SENIOR SECTION: Grades 6-7

ADVANCED SECTION: Grade 8 and above

Ensemble Feature – Chamber Ensemble

The six-member Chamber Ensemble rehearses each Tuesday from 7:30am-8:30am with Mrs Campbell. This year, Chamber Ensemble welcomed new members, so they are re-establishing rehearsal routines and expectations. To continue to maintain a high standard of performance the students will be continually developing their ensemble skills by listening to each other’s parts, sight-reading new repertoire, quickly following the conductors directions and working on their repertoire at home to ensure the rehearsals are for shaping and interpreting the music not learning the notes and bowing.  The current repertoire includes Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission by Ennio Marricone and Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert. This ensemble looks forward to an opportunity to share their performance later in the term.

Theory of Music Classes

Thanks to Mrs Trynes who coordinates the Theory of Music lessons which will progressively commence in the next two weeks.  Grade 3 commenced this week and Grades 1 and 2 will start lessons in Week 5.  The Theory of Music component is a valuable and supportive accreditation to receive to support the practical component of the Music Program. Students will sit for their exams in the middle of August.

Parents Dropping Off Instruments

If students forget to bring their instruments to school on the day that they have an Instrumental Music lesson or the Year 1 and 2 Strings Program or Year 4 Band Program, we please ask that parents do not ring and arrange a time to drop the instruments off at school.  If the student forgets their instrument they will have to go without that day as parents are only permitted on site for meetings or to collect unwell children. The boys have been informed of this procedure as have all Instrumental Music Staff. Hopefully this will teach them to be more reliable and responsible in regard to packing and organising their equipment for the day.  As from next week – NO Instruments will be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Geraldine Campbell Director of Preparatory School Music

Prep Sports Fixtures

February 5, 2021

Music News | Preparatory School

February 4, 2021

Do you know the relationship between Arts and Minds?

The Arts are embedded in the very fabric of Australian lives – not as some add-on for the fortunate few.

Soloists’ Competition

Application Forms for the Annual Soloists’ Competition are now available from the Music Centre. Heats will begin in the week commencing Monday 1 March. Please return application forms to Mrs Campbell by Monday 22 February. The Finals Concert will be held on Wednesday 10 March 2021 under COVID safe conditions.

Primary Choir

There are still vacancies for three lucky Year 3 students to join Ms Smeulders and Primary Choir on Monday mornings from 7.50am – 8.05 am.  Please email your interest to Ms Smeulders – nsmeulders@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Music Co-curricular Ensembles

All Music Co-curricular groups (except Saxophone Ensemble) have commenced rehearsals for 2021. 

A vast range of Music Co-curricular activities are available for students to gain valuable ensemble experience and boys are able to join at any time throughout the school year once they have reached a level of competency on their instrument and have been recommended by their Instrumental Music Teacher. It is an expectation that students will arrive at rehearsals in a timely manner so the rehearsal can begin at the scheduled time as most groups only have one rehearsal a week. It is most important that boys demonstrate a level of commitment to the ensembles for a full school year.  If boys are unable to attend a rehearsal, as a courtesy, please email the Director of the Ensemble to explain their absence as soon as possible.

If your son has expressed an interest in one of the Music  Ensembles, please email Mrs Campbell – gcampbell@trinity.nsw.edu.au so that you can be directed to the relevant Ensemble Director.  We still have places in Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Corelli, Mozart and Beethoven Strings.  Unfortunately, we have reached capacity for Junior Choir at this stage.

Instrumental Music Lessons

If you have not been contacted in regard to an Instrumental Music lesson time, please email Mrs Campbell for further information, or if you are a continuing student, please directly contact your 2020 Instrumental Music Teacher using the Trinity email address. There are still vacancies for students to learn Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone and Percussion.

Click here to download the Music Enrolment Form. For further information, please contact Mrs Campbell on 8732 4617.

Mrs Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Music News | Preparatory School

January 28, 2021

Do You Know The Relationship between Arts and Minds

98% of Australians engage with the arts in some way, whether through listening to music, reading, engaging online, attending events or engaging with the arts of their own culture.

Welcome Back

To all Preparatory School families welcome to 2021.  I do hope you enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing holiday and look forward to another year of music making from the Music Department.  Hopefully throughout the year we will be able to acknowledge and celebrate together the wonderful achievements of our boys via the many and varied performance and examination opportunities that are on offer.

Key Dates Term 1

Friday 12th FebruarySchool Office Bearers Induction
Monday 1st MarchSoloists Heats Commence
Wednesday 10th MarchSoloist Competition Finals
Sunday 14th MarchFamily Service – Archer and Henderson
Friday 19th MarchPublic Speaking Competition Finals

Co-curricular Rehearsal Schedule

Please check the schedule below and note that ALL Music ensembles will commence rehearsals next week.  Any new students who are interested in joining the ensembles, please check with either Mrs Campbell or the staff member responsible for the specific ensemble for further details. Please note that Ms Smeulders has been in contact with parents in regard to the modified rehearsal schedule in response to COVID guidelines for all Choirs.  Please check emails and respond with your son’s availability as soon as possible to assist with group allocations.

It is my pleasure to introduce a new Ensemble for 2021 which is called the Creative Music Ensemble.  The Creative Music Ensemble will give students the opportunity to expand on their instrumental studies by introducing skills such as improvisation, composition and movement with music. Students will have the chance to engage their creative side and enjoy exploring contemporary music genres. This ensemble is open to instrumentalists who have achieved approximately Grade 1 AMEB standard on their instrument. The ensemble will be directed by Mrs Swanton and Mrs Jayasinghe and will be held on Wednesdays at morning break in the Beethoven Room, so if you have any further inquiries please contact Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe.

If your son is unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, it would be appreciated that an email be sent to the staff member responsible for the ensemble explaining the reason for the absence just so that accurate attendance records can be kept. All instrumental ensemble students are expected to bring their instrument, music, eraser and pencil to all rehearsals.  To ensure that every rehearsal commences on time, please note that the boys need to be set-up, tuned and ready to commence at the scheduled start time to enable maximum rehearsal time is achieved as most ensembles only have one weekly rehearsal allocated.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Friday
Chapel BandChamber EnsembleTrinity Singers Trinity Singers Trinity Singers
7:45 am – 8:30 am7:30am – 8:30am(1 & 2) 7:40am – 8am(5) 7:40 am – 8 am(7) 7:40 am – 8 am
Mozart RoomMozart RoomMozart/Beethoven RoomsMozart RoomBeethoven Room
Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders/Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders





Primary ChoirPercussion EnsembleTrinity Singers Trinity Singers Trinity Singers
(1) 7:45am-8:05am7:30am-8:30am(3 & 4) 8am-8.20am(6) 8am-8.20am(8) 8am-8.20am
(2) 8:05am-8:20amBeethoven RoomMozart/Beethoven RoomsMozart RoomBeethoven Room
Beethoven RoomMr  L. GilesMs N. Smeulders/Mrs G. CampbellMrs G. CampbellMs N. Smeulders
Ms N. Smeulders








Theory of Music Grade 4Theory of Music Grade 1Theory of Music
Grade 2
Theory of Music
Grade 3
Cello Ensemble
Morning BreakMorning BreakMorning BreakLunch BreakMorning Break
Beethoven RoomOSCHOSCHBeethoven RoomMusic Studio 8
Mrs J. TryneMrs J. TrynesMrs J. TrynesMrs J. TrynesMrs L. Palmer





Guitar Ensemble
Creative Music Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Morning Break
Morning Break
Morning Break
Music Studio 8
Beethoven Room
Beethoven Room
Mr S. Rocco
Mrs L. Jayasinghe/Mrs J. Swanton
Mr Gergely






Saxophone QuartetBeethoven StringsConcert BandJunior Choir Year 2 Only

3:15pm-4:15pm3:15 pm-4pm3:25pm-4:15pm3pm-3:30pm

Beethoven RoomMozart RoomBeethoven RoomMozart Room

Mr E. Schots TBCMrs A. McCluney/Ms M. VieiraMr G. Malyusz/Mrs G. CampbellMs Smeulders/Ms Welsh







Corelli StringsChamber Orchestra


3:15pm-3:45pm3:15pm-4:15pm


Christian StudiesMozart Room


Mrs J. TripoloneMrs L. Palmer







Mozart Strings



3:15pm-4pm



Beethoven Room



Mrs L. Jayasinghe

Instrumental Music

Private Tuition is available for half hour lessons on Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Piano, Guitar and Percussion. Enrolment Booklets are available from the Administration Building and the Music Centre. Please complete and detach the form and return as soon as possible to either administration or the Music Centre. Parents are billed at the end of each term with a thirty-minute lesson costing $45.  Instrument Hire is charged at $50 per term. For further information or clarification please contact Mrs Geraldine Campbell via the following email gcampbell@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Instrumental Staff during the course of this week and next week will be negotiating Private Tuition Lesson times with Classroom Teachers, so please be patient and Instrumental Music Staff will be contacting you in due course with your son’s lesson time once this process has occurred.

Year 1 and 2 Strings Programme

This week the Year 1 students were introduced to the instruments available in the Strings Programme and sized up for either the violin or cello. The violin students will be permitted to take their instruments home once the signed parental form is returned. There is no additional charge for hire. The Cello’s due to the expense of these instruments are to be kept at school but if you wish to hire, the Hire Form must be completed and a charge of $50 per Term will be charged at the end of each term.  Year 2 will continue on their chosen instruments. If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Lorraine Jayasinghe- ljayasinghe@trinity.nsw.edu.au the Strings Co-Ordinator for further clarification.

Year 4 Music

Today as part of the Band Program, the boys enjoyed demonstrations on Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn and Trombone by the Instrumental Music staff.  The boys were asked to nominate three preferences, then appropriate instrumental groupings will be sorted.  Next week the boys will be split into their groups and experience the first lesson on their assigned instrument.  Before the boys are able to take the instruments home, parents will be required to have signed a Hire Form and this will need to be returned before boys are given the instruments. During the course of this Term, the Band Program students will come together for their first ensemble experience. String students are encouraged to remain on their instruments and develop Sight-reading skills through a variety of repertoire with Mrs Palmer.

Soloists Competition 2021

The first concert of the year proceeding with a COVID safe plan will be the Annual Soloists’ Competition, to be held on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Heats will begin in the week commencing Monday 1sts March. Details for entry are available from the Music Centre at Prep next Monday with a closing date of Monday 22nd February.

Mrs Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

Events

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 31, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Evening of Prayer

March 31, 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. If you attended the Prayer Evening in February, please leave your booking until closer to the RSVP date to give those who missed out on that occasion a chance to book.

Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQRE

Bookings will close at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, 28 April 2021.

Venue: Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

March 31, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Revised dates for Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary

March 31, 2021

The Parents and Friends’ Association and Summer Hill Auxiliary have announced revised meeting dates for 2021. Please click here to download a printable PDF of the new dates.

Term 2

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 3 MayCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 3 MayTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 7 JuneCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 7 JuneTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm

Term 3

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 2 AugustCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F Association AGMMonday 2 AugustTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 6 SeptemberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 6 SeptemberCommon Room7 – 8:30 pm

Term 4

Summer Hill AuxiliaryMonday 11 OctoberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 11 OctoberTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm
Summer Hill Auxiliary AGMMonday 1 NovemberCommon Room6 – 7 pm
P&F AssociationMonday 1 NovemberTerrace Room7 – 8:30 pm

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 26, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Evening of Prayer

March 25, 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. If you attended the Prayer Evening in February, please leave your booking until closer to the RSVP date to give those who missed out on that occasion a chance to book.

Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQRE

Bookings will close at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, 28 April 2021.

Venue: Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

March 25, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Evening of Prayer

March 19, 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. If you attended the Prayer Evening in February, please leave your booking until closer to the RSVP date to give those who missed out on that occasion a chance to book.

Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQRE

Bookings will close at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, 28 April 2021.

Venue: Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

March 19, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Evening of Prayer

March 11, 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. If you attended the Prayer Evening in February, please leave your booking until closer to the RSVP date to give those who missed out on that occasion a chance to book.

Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQRE

Bookings will close at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, 28 April 2021.

Venue: Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

March 11, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Dates for the Diary

March 5, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Dates for the Diary

February 26, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Dates for the Diary

February 18, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Dates for the Diary

February 12, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Evening of Prayer

February 1, 2021

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY  | 8pm to 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to the Parents’ and Supporters’ Prayer Meeting at the Head Master’s Residence. Come and join in an evening where we pray for the many needs of our School community and hear something of the Christian Ministry within our School. Supper is provided.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, numbers are strictly limited to one parent per family. Please RSVP via the TryBooking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BONAR

Bookings will close at 4pm on Monday afternoon, 8 February 2021.

Head Master’s Residence (near the main gates of the School in Prospect Road)

119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill.

Dates for the Diary

January 28, 2021

For full details of co-curricular programmes, please click on this LINK

Community

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

April 1, 2021

Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).

Prep Canteen News

April 1, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Student Absence Notice

March 31, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

From the Uniform Shop | Holiday Trading Hours

March 31, 2021

The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday, 1 April at 4.00pm.

Holiday Trading Hours*

  • Wednesday, 14 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday, 15 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday, 16 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Monday, 19 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm

*By appointment only.

Winter Uniform Term 2 and Term 3

Term 2 commences for all students (Pre K to 12) on Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 and students are required to wear the Winter Uniform.

Booking for appointments are essential. Please click here to book an appointment.  

Alternatively, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.  To create an account (if you do not have one already), you will need to enter the School’s Passphrase: tgs1913

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop accepts no cash payments.

For more information, please contact the Uniform Shop on p. + 61 2 9581 6048 or email trinity@midford.com.au

Prep Canteen News

March 26, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Uniform Shop | Winter Uniform

March 26, 2021

The Winter Uniform is now available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.

trinity@midford.com.au

p. + 61 2 9581 6048

From the Uniform Shop | Holiday Trading Hours

March 26, 2021

The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday, 1 April at 4.00pm.

Holiday Trading Hours*

  • Wednesday, 14 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday, 15 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday, 16 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Monday, 19 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm

*By appointment only.

Winter Uniform Term 2 and Term 3

Term 2 commences for all students (Pre K to 12) on Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 and students are required to wear the Winter Uniform.

It is recommended that all students be fitted before we close at the end of Term 1 to avoid the busy period at the commencement of Term.  

Boys Years 7 to 12, who do not need a parent present, are encouraged to visit the Uniform Shop at recess and lunch. However, if you need to accompany your son for a uniform fitting, an appointment is essential. Please click here to book an appointment.  

Alternatively, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.  To create an account (if you do not have one already), you will need to enter the School’s Passphrase: tgs1913

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop accepts no cash payments.

For more information, please contact the Uniform Shop on p. + 61 2 9581 6048 or email trinity@midford.com.au

Student Absence Notice

March 26, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Uniform Shop | Winter Uniform

March 19, 2021

The Winter Uniform is now available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.

trinity@midford.com.au

p. + 61 2 9581 6048

From the Uniform Shop | Holiday Trading Hours

March 19, 2021

The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday, 1 April at 4.00pm.

Holiday Trading Hours*

  • Wednesday, 14 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday, 15 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday, 16 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Monday, 19 April | 9.00am to 4.00pm

*By appointment only.

Winter Uniform Term 2 and Term 3

Term 2 commences for all students (Pre K to 12) on Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 and students are required to wear the Winter Uniform.

It is recommended that all students be fitted before we close at the end of Term 1 to avoid the busy period at the commencement of Term.  

Boys Years 7 to 12, who do not need a parent present, are encouraged to visit the Uniform Shop at recess and lunch. However, if you need to accompany your son for a uniform fitting, an appointment is essential. Please click here to book an appointment.  

Alternatively, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.  To create an account (if you do not have one already), you will need to enter the School’s Passphrase: tgs1913

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop accepts no cash payments.

For more information, please contact the Uniform Shop on p. + 61 2 9581 6048 or email trinity@midford.com.au

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 19, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Prep Canteen News

March 19, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Student Absence Notice

March 19, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

March 11, 2021

Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).

Prep Canteen News

March 11, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 11, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Uniform Shop | Winter Uniform

March 11, 2021

The Winter Uniform is now available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.

trinity@midford.com.au

p. + 61 2 9581 6048

Student Absence Notice

March 11, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Prep Canteen News

March 5, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Family Feud | Save the Date

March 5, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

March 5, 2021

Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).

Student Absence Notice

March 5, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Prep Canteen News

February 26, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Student Absence Notice

February 26, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Uniform Shop | Winter Uniform

February 26, 2021

The Winter Uniform is now available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.

trinity@midford.com.au

p. + 61 2 9581 6048

Family Feud | Save the Date

February 26, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus)

February 26, 2021

Click here to read the Preparatory School Traffic Management Plan (Strathfield Campus).

Family Feud | Save the Date

February 19, 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Parents and Friends’ Association presents

Virtual Family Feud

Family Fun for All

Save the Date | May 21 2021

More details to follow…

Prep Canteen News

February 18, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of cash.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

CLICK HERE To download the latest menu!

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

YOU CAN NOW LOGIN TO YOUR CHILD’S FLEXISCHOOLS ACCOUNT AND PAY ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE OUTSTANDING.

UNDER THE LUNCH ORDER SECTION IS AN IOU FUNCTION. DOUBLE CLICK ON THIS FUNCTION THEN ENTER THE AMOUNT OWING. NEXT, SELECT PAYMENT, THEN SELECT CONTINUE AND FINALLY CHOOSE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Student Absence Notice

February 18, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Strathfield Auxiliary

February 18, 2021

Class Parent Volunteers for 2021

We are hoping for a busy social year and looking for volunteers to be Class Parent in 2021! 

Class Parents play an important role engaging parents and building school community.

It’s a great role for new parents, and don’t be shy to be a class parent again if you’ve been before!

Each grade’s parents help to:

  • Support communication from the Auxiliary and teachers
  • Organise social opportunities for boys and families to meet and play
  • Seek volunteers or donations for major events like the Fiesta and Walkathon (in previous years when parents were allowed onsite)

If you would like to be a class parent or have any questions, please email Chau Tran (Parent Liaison Officer) ctb.tran@gmail.com

Prep Canteen News

February 12, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of physical money.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

Please click here to download the Canteen Menu

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

You can now login to your child’s Flexischools account and pay any amount that may be outstanding.

Under the lunch order section is an IOU function. Double click on this function then enter the amount owing. Next, select Payment, then select Continue and finally choose the method of payment.

Student Absence Notice

February 12, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Strathfield Auxiliary

February 12, 2021

Class Parent Volunteers for 2021

We are hoping for a busy social year and looking for volunteers to be Class Parent in 2021! 

Class Parents play an important role engaging parents and building school community.

It’s a great role for new parents, and don’t be shy to be a class parent again if you’ve been before!

Each grade’s parents help to:

  • Support communication from the Auxiliary and teachers
  • Organise social opportunities for boys and families to meet and play
  • Seek volunteers or donations for major events like the Fiesta and Walkathon (in previous years when parents were allowed onsite)

If you would like to be a class parent or have any questions, please email Chau Tran (Parent Liaison Officer) ctb.tran@gmail.com

Uniform Shop | Cashless

February 5, 2021

A reminder that the School Uniform Shop remains cashless and appointments are also required.

Bookings for uniform fittings can be made online by clicking here and via the Midford website.

Appointments allow for individual service to ensure the fitting is a pleasant experience. 

You are also welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.

trinity@midford.com.au

p. + 61 2 9581 6048

Strathfield Auxiliary

February 4, 2021

Class Parent Volunteers for 2021

We are hoping for a busy social year and looking for volunteers to be Class Parent in 2021! 

Class Parents play an important role engaging parents and building school community.

It’s a great role for new parents, and don’t be shy to be a class parent again if you’ve been before!

Each grade’s parents help to:

  • Support communication from the Auxiliary and teachers
  • Organise social opportunities for boys and families to meet and play
  • Seek volunteers or donations for major events like the Fiesta and Walkathon (in previous years when parents were allowed onsite)

If you would like to be a class parent or have any questions, please email Chau Tran (Parent Liaison Officer) ctb.tran@gmail.com

Student Absence Notice

January 28, 2021

The preferred channel to report an absence is via the School app. If your son requires a leave of absence from school, please continue to request leave in advance by writing to the relevant Heads of School for permission. To download the Trinity School app, please visit the Google Play store for Android, and the Apple Store for Apple iOS devices.

Prep Canteen News

January 28, 2021

Canteen will only be available for students through FlexiSchools. There will be no use of physical money.

Parents are invited to order their son’s Crunch & Sip, morning tea or lunch each day through the FlexiSchool app.

  • Crunch & Sip orders close at 8:30am
  • Morning Tea orders close at 9:30am
  • Lunch orders close at 10am

Click HERE to set up your FlexisSchool account.

Reminder: Please let your son know you have ordered Crunch & Sip or Morning Tea. Boys can collect their orders from the canteen.

Please click here to download the Canteen Menu

FLEXISCHOOLS UPDATE – PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

You can now login to your child’s Flexischools account and pay any amount that may be outstanding.

Under the lunch order section is an IOU function. Double click on this function then enter the amount owing. Next, select Payment, then select Continue and finally choose the method of payment.

Collection Notice for parents/guardians

January 27, 2021

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) would like to advise you that a request has been made for your child’s school to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth). 

Click here for more information.