Newsletter

11 May 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

I often describe education as the great ‘master key’ – the key that enables us to access extraordinary opportunities and to live lives of meaning and purpose. A rich, holistic education imbues us with the emotional intelligence we need to know ourselves, connect with others and contribute to a local and global community.

But new research published last month goes one step further. Research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) found that a person’s level of education is a powerful predictor of life expectancy. In other words, the better your education, the more likely you are to live longer.

Many of the diseases that shorten life expectancy are lifestyle related and can be mitigated by healthy, informed choices. The research found that “better education leads to improved cognition and, in turn, better choices for health-related behaviours”.[1] Furthermore, they expect the link between education and better health outcomes to grow over time.

At the same time, another major research project out of Illinois interviewed communities of centenarians (people who are 100 years old) and found that one of the main factors for their longevity is having a strong sense of purpose. They concluded that “people who bring meaning to their lives are more likely to make a conscious effort to look after their health and wellbeing.”[2] Also, people who have a purpose are more likely than others to have good quality sleep. Further, people who reported a strong sense of purpose in life also “tended to score higher on tests of memory and executive functioning.”[3]

Above all, a Trinity education is about enabling our children to develop an enduring sense of purpose and meaning. We want our students to know themselves, find their voice and follow their passion. We want them to live lives of service, as contributors to something bigger than themselves. As an Anglican school, we believe that God, through his son, Jesus, has created each of us for a purpose and that he invites each of us to lead a rich and joyful life, sharing our love and our gifts with those around us.

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not

to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’. 

                                                                        Jeremiah 29:11

 

[1] Jane, H, 2018, ‘New research links education and life expectancy’, The Educator, 19 April 2018.
[2] Sigley, P, 2018, ‘The secret to longevity according to a study of centenarians’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 2018
[3] Sigley, P. As above.

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From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 10 Semester 1 examination window
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills
NAPLAN 2018 – 15-17 May

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Year 10 Semester 1 examination window

Semester 1 Exams for Year 10 will take place during Week 6.  Exams will be conducted for the core subjects of English and Mathematics.  Other subjects will be assessed this term via other task types such as research tasks, projects, interviews, viva voces and presentations.

Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall

The College is offering students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall this term.  These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School at the following times:

  • Years 9 and 10:  Wednesdays from 3.30-4.30pm
  • Years 11 and 12:  Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.30-4.30pm

During these sessions, students will be able to access study and writing tips or work individually in a quiet environment.

Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be able to access study sessions that assist them to develop independent study skills and habits.  These sessions will be held weekly after school on Wednesdays, 3.30-4.30pm.   Interested students are encouraged to speak with Miss Miriam Sultan, who will be convening these sessions.

NAPLAN 2018 – 15-17 May

In May 2018, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools.

The results of the tests will provide important information to schools about what each student can do, and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

Student background information (student name, gender, date of birth, language background and Aboriginality) will be collected as part of the National Assessment Program. This information is treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that every student’s right to privacy is maintained.

The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from 15-17 May 2018.

Tuesday 15 May: Language conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation). Writing.
Wednesday 16 May: Reading
Thursday 17 May: Numeracy

In the numeracy tests, students do not require any measuring tools such as rulers or protractors. In Years 7 and 9 there will be one numeracy test with two parts: in Part A, a calculator is allowed; in Part B, calculators are not to be used. For the calculator test, the student should use the calculator that they currently use at school.

Friday 18 May: A “catch-up” day scheduled for students who missed a test or were absent on a test day.

Students may be considered for exemption from the tests if they:

  • are newly arrived in Australia (less than one year before the test) and with a language background other than English, or
  • have significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions which severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests.

All other students are expected to participate in the tests. Disability adjustments which reflect the student’s normal level of support in the classroom may be provided. Large print, braille, coloured paper versions and electronic tests are available to meet the needs of individual students.

Access to disability adjustments or exemption from the tests must be discussed with either Mr Steven Armstrong for students in Years 3 or 5, or Ms Kym Armstrong for students in Years 7 or 9, and a parent or carer consent form must be signed. Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the College. If you wish to withdraw your child from the tests, you must sign a parent/carer consent form. Consent forms are available from the College.

Please make an appointment if you would like further information about your child’s participation in NAPLAN. For students in Years 3 or 5, contact Mr Steven Armstrong, Head of Junior School.  For students in Years 7 or 9, please contact Ms Kym Armstrong, Director of Studies.

Additional information about NAPLAN can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support

Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.

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From the College Counsellor

Dr Anthony Perrone

Hello to the College Community
Referring to the College Counsellor
Respect At Trinity
Survey
Parent Initiative
Take Time to Relax

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Hello to the College Community

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Dr Anthony Perrone and I am the College Counsellor. Having now two terms under my belt, Term 4 in 2017 and Term 1 this year, I thought it was time to start making your acquaintance. I also plan to be a regular contributor to the Trinity newsletter providing insights, information and updates. To get the ball rolling let me bring you up to speed on some things in the wellbeing world.

Referring to the College Counsellor

Please read how students can be referred to the College Counsellor in the document titled Consent and Referral Process for Students to Access the College Counsellor. There is also a consent form that needs to be completed.

Respect At Trinity

As you may already know, the College started this student-driven anti-bullying initiative at the end of February. Our Year 12 student captains have been working diligently behind the scenes to make this happen and to ensure all students understand the detrimental effects of disrespectful behaviour towards others. To see the news clips that appeared on Win and Prime News as well as the Border Mail article please go to our website:

On the top of the homepage, go to the Curiculum tab. Run your cursor on the tab and several drop down sub tabs will appear. Scroll down to the Respect At Trinity tab and click it to open up the page which has all the links.

Survey

As part of the Respect At Trinity launch, a simple and basic survey was conducted to raise awareness and to get some baseline information. We will conduct regular surveys throughout the year, however their style and type of questions may change.

  

Parent Initiative

Trinity’s Supporting Families with Parenting Initiative is a joint program with the Parents & Friends Association. In short the initiative will:

Provide the College community (families, staff and students) a means of ongoing engagement and discussion opportunities by providing a “space” to support those people parenting or caring for the sometimes complex and complicated lives of adolescents.  The initiative will provide families an opportunity to meet and engage with organisations or individuals, for example; Children’s Mental Health team members outside of normal office hours.

In turn it will provide those agencies and individuals with a means of getting out into the community in order to have a deeper understanding of consumer/family needs regarding well-being and mental health. And finally, it will bring together positive community connections opening up increased avenues of communication at the College with the aim of fostering total well-being from a preventative maintenance perspective (before a situation occurs).

If you are interested in being a presenter who can provide invaluable insights to families, then please contact me or any officer of the P&F. Your support of this  initiative will be greatly appreciated. Be on the lookout for a short questionnaire to provide us with your thoughts on the time of day to conduct sessions and topics.

Contact me on phone: 6049 3444  or email: anthony.perrone@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Until the next time, I leave you with:

Take Time to Relax

What I like doing best is Nothing. It’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, “what are you going to do?” and you say “Oh Nothing”, and then you go and do it. Doing Nothing means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. – Winnie the Pooh.

Take care,

Dr Anthony Perrone

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This month on SchoolTV – Eating Disorders

Understanding an eating disorders can be difficult for families. There are many myths around what causes an eating disorder, but it is actually diagnosed as a mental illness. Although the focus is on food, weight and shape, there is often an underlying issue being masked by the eating disorder. It is the biggest killer of any psychiatric illness for young people. It affects both males and females of any age or background. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn what warning signs to look for and what can be done in the prevention of an eating disorder. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition http://trinityac.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/eating-disorders

From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Community
Mothers’ Day
Public Speaking
NAPLAN

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Community

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Mother Teresa

When witnessing different events and the involvement of many different people in so many roles it reminds me of the importance of community. We can never detach ourselves from this sense and when we celebrate or commiserate it is completed as part of a community. We are invariably members of many different communities that have helped to form our character. As part of living in community it is important to recognise differences and individuality and to accept these as part of the process of growth. Students learn the importance of acceptance at an early age and we need, as educators, to engender this through all our teaching. At times, living in community can cause strain even though we are all heading in the same direction. The focus should always return to the basic tenure for this community: the education of the young with all its various parameters. I encourage all to make ripples, to be active listeners and to accept and even rejoice in our differences.

Mothers’ Day

A big thanks to the P&F for the setting up and organisation of the Mothers’ Day Stall. The students and their Mothers really appreciated the opportunity.

Public Speaking

Week 2 saw the first round of the Public Speaking. Students who make it through to the next level will be notified in Week 3.

NAPLAN

In Week 3, students in Year 3 and 5 will take part in this process. NAPLAN is essentially a set of diagnostic tasks that will enable staff to monitor progress and target any specific areas. The current debate regarding the validity and reliability of these forms of assessment and the misuse as a marketing tool should not demean from the efforts of all the students.

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Year 5 – Global connections

Our Year 5 students launched themselves into their new Blended Unit topic for Term 2, Global Connections.

It was The Great Trinity Internet Race that had the students scouring the playground looking for important clues. Each team had to solve all seven problems in order to find their way back to the beginning. The way the teams collaborated was impressive! The internet proved itself to be a powerful tool for gaining information quickly, but not always accurately. This has given Year 5 a great segue into investigating the impact the Internet has had on Australian society.

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What on earth are Trinity Rocks?

Have you found anything odd, yet brightly coloured in the playground? If you have then you have found Trinity Rocks! These are unique rocks, with hand-painted designs, scattered around the Junior School for Year K-2 students to find. These rocks were painted by senior students and are part of  the Trinity Rocks art club program taught by Mrs Bradbury. It was inspired by the local group “Albury/Wodonga rocks” who also paint rocks that are hidden all over Albury/Wodonga for anyone to find. – Kaitlyn Burt, Year 7.

Cancelled: Reading with Children evening

The P&F passes on its condolences to Lyn Stone, whose daughter passed away recently.

The event Lyn was to run at the College at the end of the month has been cancelled.

Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens,  Coordinator Junior School Sport

Essendon visit delights young fans

Students in Year 3 and 4 were treated to a special visit by two Bombers’ footballers who talked about fitness, their life in the football fast lane and how they rose up the ranks to be picked up in the AFL draft by Essendon. Darcy Parish and Dylan Clarke answered all sorts of questions from what sort of food they ate before a game to how they “became famous”. Then they gave the youngsters some tips on kicking before signing waterbottles and t-shirts and posing for hundreds of photos. They were great ambassadors and the students, especially those who were Bombers’ fans, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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Canteen 

Mrs Margaret Cochrane

Years K-2 reminder

Please place lunch orders for students in Years K-2 from Monday to Wednesday where possible. The Canteen is busiest at the end of the week, making it harder to spend the time needed to help our youngest students with their purchasing and to fill whole classes of lunch orders. It’s really helpful to spread the volume out over the week. Thank you.

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