Newsletter

6 September 2019

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

mr_justin_beckettMatch up the dates to these major events in Australian History.

Year MAJOR AUSTRALIAN EVENT
2008 First Anzac Day commemorations
1880 First Melbourne Cup
1973 Ned Kelly’s last stand at Glenrowan, Victoria
1861 Sydney Opera House opens
1916 National Apology to the Stolen Generations
1943 First women elected to Australian Parliament

Now, what are the numbers in this sum below? In this sum, each of the letters X, Y and Z represents a different non-zero digit

XX
YY
+ZZ
____
ZYX
____

And if you found two of the questions presented to our SuperTeams  for the House Academic Championship this week too easy, try these from the Year 11 and 12 Year Group quiz:

What is the chemical equation for photosynthesis?
Which character delivers the final lines in Shakespeare’s play Othello? And finally:
What is standard deviation?

Our students answered these questions yesterday as part of the academic championship (you can find the answers at the bottom of the newsletter) and now we know, officially, that Lankaster students are the smartest students at Trinity, followed by Kelton and Kimball!

All jokes aside, the House Academic Championship was a forum for our most academic students to come together and challenge themselves, and each other, in a good-natured tournament. We rightly applaud the winners of the athletics championship, the age group winners at the swimming championship and laud the actors in our musicals but this week we had a chance to recognise students who excel in our core business of teaching and learning.

The questions were diverse so Houses needed to select teammembers by playing to their strengths and ensuring they had representatives from all the academic fields.  And, just like an athletics carnival, those who weren’t selected in the SuperTeam were on the sidelines cheering on their peers.

Which is how it SHOULD be in any school, and how it IS at Trinity.

Trinity students know that it is ok to strive to be the best in any chosen field. I’m glad to say the tall poppy syndrome is NOT alive and well at Trinity and that’s good because it means our students will always attempt to be their best without fear of ridicule.

We don’t aim for mediocrity on the footy field, the netball court, swimming pool or the athletics track and we certainly don’t accept or expect it in the classroom.

The House Academic Championship – a scene of cheering students, serious contemplation and enthusiastic competition – was a happy reminder that our students don’t either.

Now; how long was Nelson Mandela in prison?

From the Head of Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Resilience
Fathers’ Day Stall
Creative Pursuits
Bike Safety/Walking Safely
Grandparents’ Day

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Resilience

One of the great joys about working with children is the fact that every day brings change and new challenges. The individual needs of every learner can change at various times and it is a part of our charter to focus on all aspects of learning. One aspect that is often raised is the resilience of students. A recent survey of Business Leaders and Company Executives in relation to the important skills required for success was enlightening as the two most important skills were resilience and empathy. These are not easy skills but are an aspect of our growth as humans that underpin many of the good decisions we make in our lives.

Fathers’ Day Stall

The stall is an integral part of the P&F support that is offered at the College. I thank all the people involved on Thursday for all their work both in organisation prior to the Stall and on the day. I hope all Dads enjoyed a wonderful family time.

Creative Pursuits

The final rotation for Term 3 takes place in Week 10. The weather has been favourable this term and students have appreciated the opportunities and have embraced the activities over the term. We look forward to Term 4 activities. The selection process will be similar and it would be great to see students trying something new.

Bike Safety/Walking Safely

An important reminder to all students and their parents that when riding to school or home that they must wear a helmet and also take care. It is also swooping season for the magpies and we urge all students to take care when riding or walking to and from the College.

Grandparents’ Day

This is an official invitation from the College to all Grandparents and special friends regarding the annual Grandparents’ Day. The final day of Term 3 (27 September) will be very special for all as we wish to share our school day with these special guests. The program will kick off with a welcome in the MPH starting at 12noon. From there, all guests will be invited to classrooms to take part in activities and marvel at the work of the students. At 2pm there will be an afternoon tea for all guests in the area outside the Trinity Café (which will be open to serve some coffee). Make sure the date is circled on the calendar so all can take part as the College becomes a hub of excitement to finish a wonderful term.

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From the Dean of Teaching and Learning

Mrs Adele Guy

An additional Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Interview Night
A warm welcome to our Year 6 students
HSC Exam Centre
Year 6-7 transition
House Academic Championship


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An additional Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Interview Night

We have become aware that a number of parents have been unable to make appointments to meet with teachers as the appointment schedules for some teachers were full. To address this issue, we will be opening another session of Year 7-10 Parent Teacher interviews on Tuesday 10 September from 3.30- 5pm. Parents will have received an email notifying them about this event. Please note that due to the Year 11 Examinations, which are being held next week, the Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in the lower level of Senior Centre South and in Senior Centre North. (The upper level of the South block is unavailable).

A warm welcome to our Year 6 students

The College will be holding an evening to welcome Year 6 Trinity students and their parents to the Senior School on Wednesday 11 September. Parents should have received an invitation already. Throughout the evening, parents and students will have opportunity to meet and talk with Dean of Teaching and Learning, Adele Guy; Dean of Student and Staff Wellbeing, Jon Field and Heads of House. Most importantly, they also will hear from some of our Year 7-9 students about the exciting opportunities which await them in the Senior School.

HSC Exam Centre

The HSC Exam Centre will operate from the Year 6 classrooms this year. To facilitate this, Year 6 students will move to the Senior Centre South building from the beginning of Term 4.  As always, measures are in place to ensure that the HSC Exam Centre runs effectively and efficiently for our Year 12 students in their final exams.

Year 6-7 transition

As mentioned above, Year 6 moves to the Senior Centre South classrooms in Term 4.  This is an exciting opportunity for students as part of their transition to the Senior School. It will help students develop necessary organisational skills in readiness for learning in the Senior School, under the care and guidance of their Year 6 teachers. Heads of House will support Year 6 throughout this process.

House Academic Championship

Congratulations to Lankaster House which won the House Academic Championship this week. Lankaster was closely followed by Kelton in second place and Kimball in third place. It was inspiring to see all students engaged in the games. This year, we also incorporated a digital technology (coding) section.

 

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From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 Students:  Important Work Remaining
Year 11 students:  Year 11 – End of Course Examinations
Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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Year 12 Students:  Important Work Remaining  

Our Year 12 students are identifying areas for improvement and honing their study practices and examination technique.  There are a number of resources that they can use in order to ensure that they are ready to demonstrate what they know and can do in the HSC Examination.  Dialogue with their teachers is very important at this crucial time; a number of students have been making appointments with their teachers in order to clearly focus on ways to improve.

The students are being given another opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding in the timed conditions of an examination-like setting.  Over the next 2-3 weeks, students will be sitting whole practice HSC papers in most of their subjects.  Whilst some of the papers might start a little before, or finish a little after, the regular school day, most exams take place within the school day. This set of pseudo examinations is designed to allow students to experiment with their examination techniques in a very low stakes and low stress environment.  Paper 2 of English and the 2 unit Mathematics courses have been completed this week with other examinations scheduled throughout the next couple of weeks.

Year 11 students:  Year 11 – End of Course Examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end of course exams in their Year 11 Course.   These exams take place across Week 8 and begin on Monday 9 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.

In terms of some of the organisational matters around these examinations, students have been advised of the following:

  • Signing in:  Students sign in and out at the Front Office.  Students may sign in and out only once per day. This means that if students have both a morning and an afternoon exam, they will remain at the College to study between exams.
  • Study between exams:  Study will take place upstairs in the Senior Centre South in the examination hall and students will be able to seek advice from their teachers during this time. The Heads of House and Mr Field will be available upstairs in the Senior Centre South for support.
  • Presenting for Session 2 for afternoon exams:  Students are to present to the examination hall in time for the beginning of the earliest exam scheduled in the afternoon, so as to minimise disruption to students who have already started their exams. Students will be able to study on their computers if required.
  • Absence from exams for any reason: Parents or carers are asked to contact me if a student is unable to sit a scheduled exam.  Please feel free to leave a message if I am not in my office and I will return the call.

Finally, we wish all of our Year 11 students good luck; we know that they will do their best!

Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study

As Year 11 students near the end of the Year 11 Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about whether to drop a subject and 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 blue change of subject 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
  • House Mentor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Head of Academic Administration

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.

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.

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Book tickets to Kell Moore Evening of Art

Who would have believed our fledgling Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award founded seven years ago would evolve into the amazing success story it is today? This year’s event will run from Friday, 13 to Sunday, 15 September and we invite you to be part of this wonderful community event by joining us at the Kell Moore Evening of Art opening night.

Ask anyone who went last year – it was a night to enjoy good food, fine wine, great company and view some truly outstanding artwork. Each year we try to improve and fine-tune our exhibition and this year we introduced an open photography category as well as a student photography section.

Book your tickets to the hottest social event on our calendar at www.trybooking.com/BDEIO

From the Careers desk

Mr Mark Dicketts

Link to Careers Newsletter

Topics this week include:

Year 12 students – university scholarships;
Life at 24: Now and Then. Interesting research article about post school employment, training and education

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  • Get informed about VET subjects (Yr 9 – 10)
  • Information for Year 12 students about applying for undergraduate teaching courses in Victoria and NSW
  • Would you like to study at a Japanese University?
  • 3 humanitarian STEM jobs making a major impact
  • La Trobe University Outdoor Education camp (Yr 10 – 12)
  • La Trobe University – new scholarship for regional students
  • 6 engineering career myths busted
  • Careers in Engineering magazine – download your copy for free!
  • National Questacon Invention Convention – apply now (14 – 18 year olds)
  • JMC Academy – High School Workshops (Yr 9 – 12)
  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine – Careers Day
  • Dates for your diary
  • Upcoming Australian Defence Force career events

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Tournament of Minds

Mrs Lauren Naldrett

The Junior School Tournament of Minds team presented a fabulous solution to The Arts Challenge at the Tournament Day in Wagga on Saturday. Their exceptional level of commitment and hard work over the past two terms was truly evident in the quality of their work. The Arts Challenge was a popular choice this year, with 17 primary schools choosing this particular challenge and competing against each other for first place (the only place given). Unfortunately,  it wasn’t awarded to Trinity this year, with Thurgoona Primary School taking home the award.

The Trinity team had a great time, performing with everything they had, and demonstrating exceptional creativity, teamwork and organisation skills. They were proud of themselves and I am one very proud facilitator.

Hattie has a bright future

Hattie Evans won the Music Futures award at the National final of the Rockfest music competition held in Melbourne on Wednesday. This award recognises extremely talented individuals whom they believe have a bright future in the music industry. For her efforts, Hattie received a major prize and trophy, coming away with a fender electric acoustic guitar as well as a year’s supply of guitar strings to assist her in continuing her music development. Even the event co-ordinator has Hattie on his Spotify playlist.

P&F news

The Parents and Friends would like to say a huge thank you to all the parent volunteers and staff helpers at  the Fathers’ Day Stall. We hope the children all enjoyed shopping for their Fathers’ Day presents and the dads had a wonderful surprise on their special day. This year the lucky winner of the Fathers’ Day raffle was Matthew Aiken in Year 1. Congratulations Matthew.

P&F AGM: The P&F Annual General Meeting will be on 22 October 2019 at 7pm in the Trade Skills Centre.

Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport

RAS Athletics
Tennis
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RAS Athletics

On Thursday 12 September, eight Trinity students will be in Sydney representing RAS at the CIS athletics carnival. These students are: Noah Boyd, Sammi Murray, Wil Inskip, Isabelle Klein, Brad Makwelo, Millie Thomas, Laine O’Connell and Becky White. These students will be competing against the best athletes from all Independent Schools in the state. We know they’ll represent the College and RAS with pride. Well done, we wish you all the best.

Tennis

The Thurgoona Zone Day of the Todd Woodbridge Tennis Cup  was last Wednesday, 28 September. It was a successful day and it was wonderful to see over 100 children participating and demonstrating such great behaviour and good sportsmanship.

The Trinity B team showed off its skill by winning the B grade competition and the Trinity A team came second overall. The team to beat was St Pat’s and they demonstrated great skill on the day.

Netball

Our girls netty team is currently training hard during lunchtimes for their upcoming State finals. These finals will be held in Sydney later this month. We will provide an update on how this champion team is tracking during our next assembly. Thanks to Mrs McInnes for her dedication to her team during these training sessions.

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From the Library

Write Around the Murray is on next week.

There will be storytime with author Alison Lester, Noni the Puppet and the River of Stories writing awards. See the poster for more information or ask at the College Library.

Quiz answers

Q1.
1861- Melbourne Cup
1880- Ned Kelly Last Stand
1916- First Anzac Day
1943- First women elected to Australian Parliament
1973- Sydney Opera House Opening
2008- National Apology to Stolen Generation.
Q2 Answer: 88+99+11= 198
And the others: Lodovico delivered the final line, standard deviation is a measure of how spread data is from the mean, and Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years.

New app for online lunch orders

Our new Cafe online ordering app is up and running! Families can place their lunch orders from their phones or other devices, pay with a credit card and lunches will be delivered to classrooms in the same way as they have in the past with the money-in-the-paper-bag system!

The app is called Trinity Anglican College Albury and can be installed via the App store or the Google play store.

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Once you have downloaded the app, we suggest you register so that it remembers who you are and allows the “repeat your last order” feature. Once you have selected your meals, the child’s name and class need to be completed before going to the payment option. You can store your credit card to use the top up feature or payment can be made for each order.

In a nutshell

  • The Trinity Café App is for both Senior and Junior School
  • All orders must be in by 9.30am on the day the lunch is required.
  • You can pre-order for subsequent days, just select the date in the app when ordering.
  • One student, one order. Every student will need a separate order. Include your child’s class and year level.
  • Junior School: Orders will be sent to classes in the basket as normal. You do not need to send another order in the basket.
  • Senior School: Orders will be ready for pick-up from the cafe at 11.07am as normal.

FAQs

How do I order for multiple students in the family?

Each student needs a separate order. Place your first order, making sure to fill out the student name and class, then proceed to Check Out. Within the APP, click on the menu button to return to the menu and select items for your next child. Fill out the student details and class as before. Proceed to Check Out. Repeat for more students in the family.

Do I have to specify pickup time?

No. Junior School students will receive their order in the class basket as normal and Senior School students will need to collect theirs at the Café from 11.07am.

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From the Uniform shop

 The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Friday 27 September at 4pm and re-open for Term 4 on Thursday 10 October at 9am.

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