From the Principal
Mr Justin Beckett
When was the last time that time stood still for you? When you lost yourself in the moment and nothing else mattered?
To be lost in a moment of creativity or action is often described as being in a state of ‘flow’. Flow is when you are ‘in the zone’. When creativity and productivity spring from your mind smoothly. Author and Psychology Professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, describes flow in this way:
A state of flow is most likely to occur when you are engaged in a rewarding or meaningful task where your skill level is commensurate with the level of challenge. If the challenge level is too easy it can create apathy or boredom. If the challenge level is too high it can generate anxiety. Flow is most likely to occur in the space where the level of skill is right for the level of challenge.
Csikszentmihalyi describes eight characteristics of flow:
- Complete concentration on the task
- Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback
- Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)
- The experience is intrinsically rewarding
- Effortlessness and ease
- There is a balance between challenge and skills
- Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination
- There is a feeling of control over the task
At Trinity, we aim to create the right conditions for flow to occur. We want the learning experience itself to be so enjoyable that students will engage in the task, even at great cost, for the sheer joy of doing it. We achieve this by identifying and creating engaging, meaningful challenges for students to pursue. We seek to pitch the learning activity within the zone of proximal development (Vygotsky) for the child, where the next challenge is just within reach of the student given the right supports, resources and encouragement.
The result is that learning is joyful and fun. The learning is meaningful and happens naturally, almost by stealth!
As teachers, we see moments of flow every day. Moments of engagement that produce irresistible learning.
Today our Junior students were engrossed in Enviro Day with nearly 20 different sustainability activities on offer. From catching yabbies to making paper to checking nest boxes to visiting Charles Sturt University, it was a day of fun-filled experiential learning.
Last night a large audience was captivated by the opening performance of Phantom of the Opera. It is a very ambitious production and I know there have been many long hours invested by staff and students since Term 4 last year. But the result is amazing and a credit to the hard work from everyone in the cast, the backstage crew and in the orchestra.
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary production. Tickets are still available for tonight, the Saturday matinee and for closing night on Saturday night at https://www.alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whatson/the-phantom-of-the-opera
From the Junior School
Mr Steven Armstrong
Mothers’ Day Stall
RAS Cross Country
I hope that all have had a restful break and return ready to hit the ground running. This is a busy term. Like many schools it is important to make sure that students and parents are made aware of all the activities. This communication is at the heart of good organisation. There are a number of events throughout the term and my motto for students is to be in the right place at the right time. This will ensure that work gets completed, that activities both in and outside the classroom can be fully appreciated and enjoyed and that learning can take place in an enriched environment.
It is great to witness the growth of our leaders as they take on various roles around the College. The skills of leadership that relate to an awareness of occasion and the ideal of service have been exemplified by these young people.
The College is indebted to Parents who are willing to give of their time, energy and expertise.
It was wonderful to witness the involvement of so many students in the ANZAC Day commemoration. The ideal is that students will begin to cherish the freedom and lifestyle that we are lucky to encompass in Australia and that individuals have given much to ensure that is possible.
These will take place next Wednesday 8 May.
Mothers’ Day Stall
This has been organised for Thursday the May 9. All students are afforded the opportunity to purchase a special gift for the special person in their lives.
RAS Cross Country
The College team travel to Jindera on Friday 10 May. We wish them all well and hope they enjoy the next level of competition.
From the Dean of Student and Staff Wellbeing
Mr Jon Field
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all families. It was a great pleasure be there to watch Trinity march in the Anzac Day parade down Dean Street during the holidays. Thank you to the many students who turned out in correct uniform to join the march and present the school in such a positive light in the local community.
It was also heartening to see the students arrive for their first day of Term 2 in their full winter uniform. The vast majority of students are well groomed and correctly dressed and should be proud of the image they project of themselves and of the College. I have included a few reminders of uniform changes in case there is any confusion in this regard.
Uniform change reminders
- The blazer is the outer garment for Years 7-12. It was good to see that most of the students are neat and were wearing the blazer as the outer garment. If students are wearing the red jumper, it must be covered by the blazer. The only exception to this is in class, but the blazer must be put back on at the conclusion of classes.
- Shirts must be tucked in.
- As of this term the hoodie is no longer part of the school uniform. This means that it is not to be worn during school hours. This includes outdoor activities such as PDHPE. If students wish to wear it to sport off-campus outside of school hours, they are free to do so, but during school carnivals and for representative sport where they are traveling with the school, the tracksuit top or soft shell jacket must be worn.
Photographs are being taken next week on Wednesday. A full running sheet for the day will be distributed.
From the Dean of Teaching and Learning
Mrs Adele Guy
Parents and students have opportunity to talk with teachers in Week 2 and Week 3 this term on Tuesday, 7 May for Year 12s and Thursday, 16 May for Years 8-11.
Tuesday 7 May
Year 12 Parent Teacher interviews in Senior Centre South building, from 3.30-7m.
To make a booking, please go to: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/ and enter the code: 4dmzk
Thursday 16 May
Year 8-11 Parent Teacher Interviews in Senior Centre South Building, from 3.30- 7pm.
This additional evening has been provided for those parents who were not able to attend in Week 1.
To make a booking, please go to: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/ and enter the code: n8svx
I look forward to meeting parents on these evenings.
From the Head of Academic Administration
Ms Kym Armstrong
During May 2019, students at our school in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the NAPLAN paper assessments. The schedule for tests is as follows:
|Tuesday 14 May||Wednesday 15 May||Thursday 16 May|
|Language Conventions test (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
|Reading test||Numeracy test|
On Friday 17 May, a ‘catch-up’ day is scheduled for students who missed a test.
Students may be exempt from the NAPLAN 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
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. Access to disability adjustments or exemption from the tests must be discussed with the Head of Junior School, Mr Steven Armstrong, for students in Years 3 or 5, or with the Head of Academic Administration, Ms Kym Armstrong, for students in Years 7 or 9. A parent or carer consent form must be signed.
Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer after consultation with the College. To withdraw your child from NAPLAN, a parent or carer consent form must be signed. Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher if you need to discuss your child’s participation in NAPLAN.
Any questions? Contact the NAPLAN team on 1300 119 556 or email@example.com.
For further information about NAPLAN, visit the NESA website.
Respect and courtesy at pick-up time
We urge parents to show respect and be courteous to others in the car park and in streets around our College when arriving for pick-up at the end of the day. Residents in nearby streets have been inconvenienced by parents who are parking either too close to their driveway, impeding their access, or on the footpath near their homes. These residents have requested that parents do not park in such a way as to make it difficult for the residents to get in and out of their own home. They will have no option but to contact the council if it continues to be a problem.
Purchase your tickets for Phantom
The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Entertainment Centre last night and what a show it was! It is the first time Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has been performed by any production company or group in the region. Trinity also was one of the first schools in Australia to be granted a licence to perform the show. Did you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment of all time, produced in any media, and its success is continuing all over the world? It has played to over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world with an estimated gross of $6 billion.
It’s on tonight and tomorrow. Get your tickets at https://alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whatson/the-phantom-of-the-opera
Our amazing students
Year 9 student Zac Aldred has been crowned Junior World Archery Champion after three days of competition at the World Indoor Archery Championship in New Zealand. And to make the win even sweeter, Zac’s father Trevor was named Senior Freestyle World Champion at the same competition.
Zac will remain World Champion for two years when he can recontest the title in England in 2021.
The competition was held in Wellington over three days with competitors shooting for three hours each day. Competitors shoot at indoor targets, which are set at 20m with 75-80 archers shooting from the line at once – a very high pressure situation with other shooters a couple of feet in front and behind you all the time. It is not the first time Zac, a member of the Twin City Bowmen club, has represented Australia on the world stage. He first shot for Australia as a Cub in Argentina in the World Field Archery Championship when he won the gold medal and the World Championship.
A taste for chestnuts
On 1 April, Trinity’s Year 9 Agriculture class drove to Tumbarumba to visit a chestnut farm at Castanea Orchard. Owner, Josetta Gatford took us on a tour around the orchard and taught us about planting the trees, growing, picking, processing and selling the chestnuts. We learnt about how to care for a chestnut tree and the diseases, pests and risks that disturb the production of fruit. After walking around the orchard, we went to the shed where they refrigerate, categorise, inspect and bag the chestnuts to sell. It was great to see how they store the chestnuts, and how the machines work. Then we were given a roasted chestnut to try and a bag of chestnuts to take home. Emilia Gatto, Year 9
Senior School Sport
CIS Nomination dates for Term 2, 2019
|Sport||Gender||CIS Notes||CIS Nominations Close||CIS Trial|
|Basketball||Boys||Open||13 May||20 May|
|Rugby League||Girls + Boys||15 and Under||10 May||22 May|
|Cross Country||Girls + Boys||All Ages||4 June||13 June|
Senior School Athletics Carnival; Update
The College has received available dates from the Albury City Council in regards to the availability of the Les O’Brien Athletics Precinct. Once the College has confirmed a date the relevant students will be informed and the remaining events will be conducted, followed by the acknowledgment of award winners at an appropriate assembly.
Towards the end of Term 1 the 2018/19 Victorian Enduro Tour concluded after four rounds held in Albury, Mount Beauty, Mount Buller and Falls Creek. Thomas Kemp (Year 11) finished the Tour in third place overall in the Mens U17 division. Congratulations Thomas.
Enviro Day gallery
Students in the Junior School were introduced to all sorts of environmental concepts during Enviro Day today. From bag printing and tree planting to bush clean up and making beeswax wraps, our students had the chance to learn how they can make a difference to their environment. They also were treated to a range of presentations from experts in sustainable living.
Junior School Sport
Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport
Welcome back to Term 2. After a very action-packed Term 1, full of sporting events, we look forward to many of the sporting opportunities that will take place during Term 2.
RAS Cross Country
Our first event will take place next Friday, 10 May, where a strong team of 40 students will head to the Jindera Country Golf Club course for the RAS cross country event. Mr Thurling and Ms Muller will supervise these students on the day. Students will need to come to school in their full PE uniform. The bus will depart the College at 9.30am and return at approximately 2pm. Below is the scheduled program for the day.
|Walk of the course||10.30am|
|9 Years and Under Boys and Girls||2km||11am|
|10 Years Boys and Girls||2km||11.30am|
|11 Years Boys and Girls||3km||12pm|
|12 Years Boys and Girls||3km||12.30pm|
Congratulations, once again to our team members who made it to this event.
|9 and under||1. Winnie Monaghan
2. Ella Lewis
3. Sima Elhage
4. Eleanor Neave
5. Rehoboth Gatchessi
|1. Maxwell Whitsed
2. William Castley
3. Tiger Phillips
4. Ryder Murray
5. Tyge Morey
|10 years||1. Elizabeth Melton
2. Edwina Harrington
3. Sasika Aldridge
4. Ruby de Graaff
5. Charlotte Peck
|1. Eden Deverell
2. Thomas Stefaniak
3. Lawrence Roth
4. Sam Reid
5. Chase Nelder
|11 years||1. Becky White
2. Ebony McGee
3. Harriet Hogg
4. Charlotte McCarthy
5. Lilly Hutchins
|1. Samuel Hobson
2. Fergus Monaghan
3. Joseph McFarland
4. Connor Skillicorn
5. Hayden Brawn
|12-13 years||1. Steph Ramsdell
2. Georgina Carlin Larsen
3. Isabelle McKerlie
4. Luella Aldridge
5. Claudia Hocking
|1. Angus Morgan
2. Justin Gill
3. Sloan Mulholland
4. Charles McFarland
5. Levi Geering
On Monday, 8 April, Finn Pidd, Angus Morgan and Charlie Dalitz travelled to Sydney to represent RAS in the CIS soccer trials competition. The boys from RAS were not able to win any of their games, however, they came away winners from the experience they had, playing against some of the best U12 soccer players in NSW. The highlight for them was to play on a World Cup sized, astro turf pitch, and getting to watch the U19 Matildas train.
Well done boys!
Mr Dan Hogg, President Trinity Basketball Club
Wow, what a fantastic start to our first season! Congratulations to all the pioneers of our new club – students, parents, coaches, managers and committee members – who have made it such a success. Legends!
It has been exciting to see our teams representing Trinity with true GRIT. There has been a huge growth in skills and understanding of the game across the age groups. This has led to a real increase in the kids’ confidence and development which is wonderful to see.
Twenty three of our coaches have completed the Club Coach Course. Our Head Coach, Renee Vanegmond and her assistant Jacob Cinturak, have also run three further coach training sessions which will continue on a monthly basis. Our coaches include current students who have taken the opportunity to step up into these leadership roles – well done!
A reminder that all notifications are through TeamApp. Please contact your team manager if you are not receiving notifications or having any issues with TeamApp. TeamApp can be downloaded on your phone and can be accessed via the internet.
Trinity Basketball Club is looking for sponsors. The funds will go towards the Development and Coaching Academy for students, a “Breakfast Club” and new Club playing apparel. Please contact me if you would like to be a sponsor.
We believe that being part of a sport means much more than developing a physical skill.
As a values-based club, we are pleased to share that GRIT is our chosen character trait that sums up who we are and what values we champion as a club.
G – Growth
R – Respect
I – Inclusiveness
T – Teamwork
Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.
It is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles. This kind of passion is not about intense emotions or infatuation. It’s about having direction and commitment. When you have this kind of passion, you can stay committed to a task that may be difficult or boring.
Grit is also about perseverance. To persevere means to stick with it; to continue working hard even after experiencing difficulty or failure. Research indicates that the ability to be gritty – to stick with things that are important to you and bounce back from failure – is an essential component of success independent of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute.
As part of the development of our members, we will be appointing Club Captains who we believe live our values as club.
If this all sounds like something you would like to be a part of, look out for the announcement regarding the nomination process for Season 2 which begins in Term 3 in the next College newsletter. In the meantime, we look forward to more fun playing basketball together this season. Go Trinity!
Dan Hogg, President Trinity Basketball Club