Newsletter

24 August 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

Today I saw a teacher dressed as Incy Wincy Spider. And another as the Old Woman who swallowed a fly. Not to mention teachers dressed as the Grumpy Ladybird, the BFG and an assortment of coloured sheep (but no sign of the green sheep!) The teachers were accompanied by hundreds of Junior School students costumed as every fictional character you can imagine from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter to Dorothy to Where’s Wally to Willy Wonka!

We are celebrating Book Week this week. But you might say that every week is Book Week at Trinity. We love to see children with their nose stuck in a book – any book! We follow the lead of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, routinely populating our library with the best books for children of all ages. There are some books that are simply irresistible, even to the most resistant reader. Our most popular junior book at Trinity this year has been Mopoke, followed in second place by Rodney Loses It.

Locally, Trinity is leading the way in literacy education in the junior years. We are, with much excitement, implementing the Early Literacy Project in the Junior School this year. The Early Literacy Project is an evidence-based approach to the explicit teaching of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Teachers from Kinder to Year 4 have been trialling new methods of teaching these skills with very positive outcomes.

There is a growing body of evidence that explicit (direct) instruction is the most effective teaching method, especially for fundamental literacy components – phonemic awareness and phonics – and especially for children at risk of reading failure.

A distinctive at Trinity is our methodology of teaching and learning. Where many schools have heavily adopted a constructivist approach where students lead their own learning through discovery and open, inquiry-based learning, at Trinity we strike a more balanced and systematic approach.

We believe that students need a foundation of core skills and knowledge before they go off and lead their own learning. To this end, we use direct instruction and explicit teaching of skills at the start of any learning journey. We believe in the value of clear learning intentions and success criteria. We do want students to discover and to ask big questions. We do want them to create new ideas and solutions to complex real-life problems. We do want them to synthesise information from a range of sources to compose their own arguments. But, before all of that, we need them to be literate in the core skills and foundational knowledge of every subject.

An example of this is the “I do, we do, you do” approach. This is a teaching methodology where each lesson begins with explicit instruction by the teacher (I do), followed by a shared learning activity with scaffolding from the teacher (we do), followed by student-centred, independent or collaborative learning activities (you do).

Learning is a miraculous and fragile process. It happens in complex and diverse ways that are different for each student. I am grateful that we have such expert and inspiring educators at our school – it makes all the difference.

From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill

Below is an outline of the parent/teacher interview schedule for semester 2 for the Junior School and Years 7-10.

Junior School:
(Held in the Senior Centre, South Building), with the booking code bxdrx

  • Monday 3 September – 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 September – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Senior School Years 7 – 10
Held in the Senior Centre, South Building), with the booking code 2b3k8

  • Thursday 30 August – 3.30pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 11 September – 3.30pm – 7pm

The link for all events can be found on the College website, under School Interviews.

From the College Chaplain

Revd Bryn

Say Yes!

In her book titled, Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach explores an approach to living that begins with acceptance – Yes, rather than No. She argues that it is much healthier to look at life as it is rather than as we might like it to be. Many of us have inherited impossible standards for ourselves; from parents, or teachers or society. We think, “this is what intelligence should look like, or beauty, or organisation, or physical fitness, or success”, and somehow never manage to attain it. We spend our lives longing for some things and pushing others away but rarely accepting what is in front of us.

Brach shares a story about feeling frustrated with her teenage son’s addiction to gaming. Laying down the law had not worked. It just led to standoffs and yelling matches. She tells of one night standing outside his bedroom door listening to the familiar sounds of her son’s favourite game – her temper rising. This time, she decided to take a breath, to pause, and approach it differently. She knocked and entered but rather than launching into an angry tirade, she simply sat beside her son without saying anything. In the end, the son initiated conversation, apologising for gaming too late and assuring her that he would complete his homework. Brach said that this was not a miracle fix but it marked a change in their relationship and things slowly improved.

It is healthy to stop, take a breath and look at life as it really is. Things are usually not as bad as we imagine if we confine ourselves to “this moment”. The future and the past (where we spend most of our mental time) are not real, only imagined or remembered. Jesus said, why worry about tomorrow … (insert long list!) … today has enough worries of its own. Jesus assured us that God’s love holds us firmly whether we are aware of it or not. That love is not waiting in the future for us, nor can we somehow recover it from the past. God’s love is offered to us anew in every unfolding moment, so pause, breathe and learn to say, Yes and Amen.

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 students:  back in class
Year 12 HSC major works and performance examinations
Year 11 students:  end of preliminary course examinations
Year 11 students:  the to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study

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Year 12 students:  back in class

Our Year 12 students have re-commenced classes after the fervent busyness that is the Trial Examination.  The students are receiving feedback from their teachers; their task is now to identify areas for improvement and hone practices. Year 12 students have access to their final HSC exam timetable via the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

Year 12 HSC major works and performance examinations

Students undertaking English Extension 2, Drama, Visual Art, Design and Technology, and Music are focused on the submission of their major works and process diaries.  Students should be maintaining a ready dialogue with their teachers in order to ensure that their major works are progressing steadily toward completion and that they are in compliance with all project specifications.

Year 11 students:  end of preliminary course examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end of course exams in their Preliminary HSC Course.   These exams take place across Week 8 and begin on Monday 10 September.  The students are approaching their assessments with seriousness and I encourage them to plague their teachers for advice and feedback; this is advice that their teachers will be very happy to impart!  Students should be engaged in producing well-structured and carefully researched summary material to assist them in their endeavours.  The submission of draft material to their teachers for comment will also yield benefits for them.  We wish them very well in their study and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours as they tackle this important set of challenges.

Year 11 students:  the to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study

As Year 11 students near the end of the Preliminary HSC Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about which subject might be dropped become a little more concrete and a little less speculative. Apart from changes to Mathematics courses, subject changes will not take effect until the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, but students will be asking questions and conversations might start at home around this topic.

At Trinity, we are very much of the belief that it takes a whole village to raise a young person.  So, when students change subjects, there is a process where they speak to all of the teachers involved.  The process is a self-directed one; furnished with a form, students engage in dialogue with, and obtain the signatures of, key people who can provide specialised advice.  These people include:

  • A parent/caregiver
  • Subject teachers
  • Pastoral Care Tutor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Director of Studies

The change of subject form functions here as a mechanism to facilitate dialogue; the people who provide signatures will discuss the possible implications of the change with the student.  The form also functions as a tool to assist the student notify all interested parties about the change. This process of consultation will begin after the conclusion of the Year 11 examinations.

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.  These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School on Wednesday and Thursday, 3.30-4.30pm. During these sessions, students will be able to access study and writing tips or work individually in a quiet environment.

Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 students:  AAS testing

During Week 10 of this term, Year 4 students will undertake diagnostic testing that targets skills of reading, writing, general and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and Mathematics. Year 6 will undertake similar testing during Week 9. Classroom teachers will advise students of the precise day that their class will sit the tests. This AAS Testing will assist us to track the development of these students as they progress through the College.

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

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2019 Cambodia Service Learning Experience

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
The College is offering students from Years 10, 11 and 12 (in 2019), the opportunity to participate in a service learning project in Cambodia. This will take place in the July mid-term break and will be for a period of about 12 days.

The provider, Raw Impact, is a reputable Australian company which is committed to offering meaningful student service learning experiences and providing ongoing and sustainable projects in a number of villages in Cambodia.

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An information session for senior students, presented by the staff of Raw Impact, will be held at the College during the first half of period 2, Monday, 27 August in the MPH. Following this, there will be a parent information evening in the College Library on Monday 3 September, 6.30-7.30pm.
All information required for this experience will be disseminated at these sessions and both students and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive the relevant documentation and information. It is our hope that many students express an interest in such an experience, have a conversation with their parents and make a commitment to providing service to others.

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Flute masterclass

Two of our Music students, Sarah McDiarmid and Arwen Porter, were involved in a Melissa Doecke flute masterclass during the school holidays.

Melissa is from the Inventi Ensemble Melbourne.

 

From Visual Arts

Ms Sarah Bradbury

HSC students in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Food Technology, Construction and Extension English will present an evening to celebrate their major works and performances. Family and friends are invited to view the students’ works, watch performances and speak to students about their major projects. Performances by Music, Drama and Extension English students.
Thursday, 13 September, 5-7pm, North Building.
Come along and enjoy a glass of wine and finger food prepared by HSC Food Technology students. All Welcome!

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

What a wonderful week as the students take part in recognising our place in the Universe with Science and extend their love of literature by being a part of the Book Week and parade. We also had a wonderful time last week with Lucas Proudfoot entertaining and educating all as well Kindergarten being enthralled while working with an Artist as part of NAIDOC Week. All these experiences add to the richness that is learning. I thank the parents and other willing helpers for their work in supporting these innovations and am sure that all students are very appreciative. The book week activities ensure that students do not see literature as words but as keys to the imagination. Thanks to all the staff and Mrs Wilson for all their work in a busy week.

Year 5 Survival Day 

Mrs Karlee Nolan, Mrs Kylie Fairall, Mr Kane McGregor and Mrs Megan Craig – Year 5 Teachers

On Friday, 10 August, all of Year 5 headed out into the bushland surrounding the College to participate in a survival skills Ignition Day to kick off our unit of work based on the novel Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, which we are reading in class.

Students worked collaboratively in teams of six to complete a number of survival tasks.

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Teams raced each other to use their compass to find bandages, a flint and steel set and the final set of instructions. They then set to work to create a shelter which would protect them from the elements, with varying degrees of success. A group of boys created a sturdy shelter with a prized fallen-down gum tree and some sheets of metal, which they discovered in the bushland. Other teams’ shelters would have offered far less protection from the elements. Students tried their hand at using a bandage to treat an imagined snake bite, which lead to much laughter as students negotiated who amongst their teams would be the victim.

Lighting a fire proved to be more challenging, with only a few of the 15 groups managing to demonstrate to a teacher that they were able to successfully light a fire using a flint and steel. Damp bushland following recent rain, coupled with a light wind and a lack of experience in lighting a fire from scratch, led to much frustration amongst the teams.

As experienced by the main character, Brian, in the novel Hatchet, students needed to use a process of trial and error. Their problem-solving abilities were put to the test, as they needed to overcome the many challenges that arose. This unit has prompted students to think about what attributes a survivor has, how they themselves have demonstrated these attributes in their lives, and how they can develop the attributes of a survivor: adaptability, curiosity, the ability to stay calm under pressure, looking beyond mistakes, problem solving and using their intuition. This survival- themed unit of work has inspired and motivated students to create their own imaginative and thrilling adventure stories of their own during Writers Workshop lessons in class.

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Fathers’ Day Stall

The P&F is co-ordinating a Fathers’ Day Stall. Presents will be for sale at $5 or $10 each and students will be able to purchase a maximum of four items.  The stall will be held in the library on Thursday, 30 August. This year coupons may be purchased in advance for parents to “pre-pay” for their children. There will now be an option to pre-pay online. Please follow the link to purchase your Father’s Day Stall Coupons: https://www.trybooking.com/XTWI 

We are also excited to announce our raffle. All those who utilise the online coupon system will be entered into a draw to win a hamper of goodies for dad on Fathers’ Day.  Parents wishing to volunteer at the stall can book their available times through our signup link. We will only require 1 hour time slots from our volunteers. Please follow the link to signup: http://signup.com/go/aWFPVXK

Reading with Children

Book Week fun

This week we have celebrated Book Week. There have been so many students getting involved in activities in the Library.

Congratulations to the students who won a CBCA shortlisted book and to Esher Trebley from 4KH for guessing how much treasure was in Pirate Pete’s jar. Thank you to Year 6 students who helped this week and to each and every student – you all looked wonderful!

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Junior School Sport

with Mr Kade Stevens, Co-ordinator Junior School Sport

Trent Barrett Shield – Rugby League
Victorian Netball Championship
Todd Woodbridge Cup

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Trent Barrett Shield – Rugby League

On Friday 17 August, 35 students represented Trinity at the Trent Barrett Shield Gala Day. The students should be congratulated for their wonderful behaviour and the way they represented Trinity.

In the competitive boys team, Archie Kreutzberger cut his way through the opposition like a young Billy Slater while Jet Tanuvasa and Toby Gould did a wonderful job carrying the forward pack (and several opposition players who were trying to tackle them as well). In the non-competitive boy’s team, Haedes Genter and Laurence Roth made several barnstorming runs whilst their smaller team mates turned into tackling machines.

In the mixed league tags, students participated with a spirited performance with the star player being Noah Misic, who went from saving tries at one end of the field to scoring them down the other. Our girls league tag team performed very well throughout the day and left us very excited as to what this team will be able to do moving into the future. – Mr Thurling.

Victorian Netball Championships

Year 5 and 6 girls represented Trinity at the Victorian Schools Netball Championships regional rounds last Friday. We started well with some big wins over our rivals, however, the strength of our opposition later in the day put us out of contention to represent the region in Melbourne. The girls battled hard all day and played some beautiful passages of netball. The girls should all be very proud of their efforts, as playing 10 games in one day is definitely hard work. Well done girls! – Mrs McInnes

Todd Woodbridge Cup

Two Trinty teams played well in a round robin competition in the Todd Woodbridge Cup, held at the Thurgoona tennis courts recently, with the Division 1 team progressing to the next round.

The division 1 team will represent Trinity at the regional PSSA finals in Wagga on 5 September.  – Mrs McAinsh

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Trinity Cafe

Catherine Whiley, manager.

We hope you have been enjoying our weekly specials alongside our daily specials. The burrito bowls proved to be very popular! We would just like to remind everyone that the old canteen menu is no longer in use. Could everyone be aware that the new menu for Term 3 can be found on the website. Please note, the sushi is now $3.50 per roll.

Week 6 Special:  Meatballs with a chunky tomato and basil sauce $6. Week 7 Special: Baked potato topped with smokey chorizo baked beans, baby spinach and sour cream $6. Don’t forget we will be offering daily specials as well, so be sure to check in and see what we have.

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