We gathered at sunrise this morning. Girls and boys, parents and teachers, standing together at dawn for the first formal ceremony of the Year 9 Rite Journey program for 2021: The Calling and Departure Ceremony.
The Rite Journey is a year-long program for Year 9 students. Throughout the year they will meet regularly in small groups with their Rite Journey leader. They will engage in learning about adulthood, responsibility, identity and character. They will complete a significant Personal Best Program. They will appoint an adult mentor for the journey. They will participate in ceremonies that signify the shift from childhood towards adulthood culminating in the Year 9 camp.
Our young men and women are living in complex and changeable times. The Rite Journey better equips our Year 9 students to navigate challenging terrain while growing in integrity, maturity and empathy.
The ceremony began with a sunrise prayer and Bible Reading from Reverend Bryn Jones. After an introduction from Miss Mari Green – Coordinator of the Rite Journey – we were joined by a special guest, Mr Dean Heta, a Wiradjuri descendant and Aboriginal Engagement Officer. Mr Heta reminded us to surround ourselves with positive people and to seek out mentors who can have a good impact on us.
It is easy to lose sight of the beauty of our natural environment. The sun breaking over the eucalypts. The sound of birds chirping across the treetops. The vision of two kangaroos boxing with one another in the distance. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world; in the wide spaces of green-brown scrub and open blue sky. And such a beautiful time of the year to be outside.
Our students are making the most of the great outdoors. Only yesterday, hundreds of Junior School students from Years 3-6 participated in the Junior School Athletics Carnival. It was inspiring to see so many young people giving their all in the track and field events, especially the fast-paced relays!
The Senior School Athletics Carnival was on Wednesday. It was great to see so many students dressing in house colours and winning points for their House. We will be announcing the Age Champions, Runners-Up and Winning House – for both Junior and Senior School – next week. Congratulations to every student who participated and gave their very best!
Year 7 Camp was held at Howman’s Gap at Falls Creek last week; the perfect way for our newest Senior School students to get to know each other better and to test their limits on high ropes, archery, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, the challenging trail and the Giant Swing. A great adventure indeed!
Our Year 10s enjoyed three days of surfing and swimming at the beach in Anglesea. For many, it was their first time on a surfboard. We have enjoyed the many stories of barrels and wipeouts from our latest band of regional waveriders.
To come full circle, I’d like to share a few lines that were spoken by Ms Davina Gibb at our Year 9 Rite Journey ceremony this morning. Ms Gibb is a Rite Journey teacher and the Head of Kelton House. She is also a foundation staff member at Trinity, having commenced at the College in 2002. Some of her words from this morning:
Now look at the beauty of the light of the rising sun: a new day, a new beginning, gleaming and inviting and full of promise … Remember this moment every time you look at our school logo, The Trinity, to remind you that there is another who is always with you: the one who made you, loves you, knows you. God calls you to grow into the man or woman you were created to be. Jesus promises to be your light, shining a path for you to follow, and the Holy Spirit will give you courage, wisdom and joy – you just need to ask. Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. - Sarah Caldwell
Feedback is an essential part of learning. The process of understanding and using feedback is a skill in itself. Many students see a mark, a grade or a place as the basis of feedback about their work. These are judgements that can give us a comparative statement but really do not tell much of a story; do not explain aspects for improvement. The major focus of all assessments is to allow the learner to be given feedback that is formative. This allows each individual student to focus on their own learning and to recognise suggestions, understand ideas and seek clarity with future challenges. As we work through the final weeks of the first term, it is great to be able to see improvements that have occurred with students and to be able to look holistically at the curriculum on offer, as it is the students who set the program. Students take part in a very broad curriculum. The parent interviews and class discussions are seen as important modes of communication with every stakeholder. This means that each student should be able to access their learning profile and set goals for the next stage; to discuss the comments, outcome statements and areas of strength. This rich data enhances learning and engenders resilience and trust.
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Our BISSA Swimming Carnival was held at the Oasis Swimming Centre in Wagga Wagga on Thursday, 4 March 2021. Trinity was successful in winning the Overall, Boys and Aggregate competitions. This is the fourth year in a row that we have won the Overall competition.
Runner Up Age Champions
We had 21 students qualify for the RAS team to compete at the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Swimming Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Sydney, on Monday 26 April and Tuesday 27 April 2021. Special mention goes to Carl Lyons who was named as Age Champion at the NT Swimming Championships and will also be available for the RAS team.
There are many sporting opportunities after classes finish for our budding athletes and sportspeople. Sports include basketball, netball, volleyball, mountain biking, tennis and biathlon. Senior School students are encouraged to keep an eye on the SEQTA notices for updates.
Coaching opportunities for former Trinity students
There are a number of teams that would benefit from former Trinity students helping out with coaching our sporting teams. If you know someone who would like to help out, please ask them to email email@example.com.
Trinity Netball Club
We are excited to announce the beginning of the Albury Netball Association Junior competition. Trinity proposes to have teams in the U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s/opens. The minimum age for any child to begin playing at ANA in the U11s is turning nine in 2021. If you've already completed the Saturday Outdoor form you do not need to resubmit. If you haven't completed the form, please do so ASAP to facilitate team allocations.
Form link: https://forms.gle/A9uGD6b4MV1fCLYW9. For children aged 5-8 years old who are interested in playing Net Set Go, please head to the following link: www.alburyna.vic.netball.com.au. Important dates for interested netballers are below. Please note the registration day is fast approaching in March.
The Saturday morning competition at ANA also requires an umpire to be supplied per team. Umpires are generally 13 and over and they are paid per game. This is a great way for your netball enthusiast to earn some pocket money, learn more about the sport and gain some confidence. The ANA has a training session coming up for Foundation Umpires in early March. Please get in touch soon if your child is interested.
Note: Forms need to be completed by March 20 (students will be placed on a waiting list after that date).
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Trinity is proud to present the Broadway Musical Production of Mary Poppins live for three nights at Albury Entertainment Centre.
Tickets are on sale now through Albury Entertainment Centre directly Ticket Purchase
The Year 7s attended Howmans Gap Camp in Week 7 of Term 1. Howmans Gap gives the Year 7 students an opportunity to come together for the first time as Seniors, make new friends and challenge themselves with adventurous activities like rock climbing, archery, and the BIG Swing!
Week 7 also saw Year 10s heading off to Anglesea camp. The students braved the cold waters and got up early to learn to surf. Other team-building activities included sea kayaking where student’s had to learn how to paddle out at sea in pairs. This camp encourages students to learn new skills and step outside their comfort zone as they head into their final years of High School.
Social media has become such an integral part of a teenager’s life that it can cause anxiety and lower self-esteem. Modern teens are learning to do most of their communication whilst looking at a screen instead of another person. They are missing out on very critical social skills.
And dependent on what they are communicating online, it can affect their digital reputation. Friendships, relationships and even future job prospects are all at risk. As a parent, it is very important that you are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online.
Once information makes its way online it can be difficult to remove. Images and words can be misinterpreted and altered as they are easily and quickly shared around. Privacy settings on social media sites need to be managed in order to protect your child’s digital reputation
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The digital landscape has put increased pressure on today’s teenagers. They feel pressured to make themselves available 24/7 and are fearful of missing out resulting in anxiety if they do not respond immediately to texts or posts. Teens are so emotionally invested in social media that it could be detrimental to their health affecting their sleep and mental wellbeing
We are pleased to announce that the Uniform Shop will be open for School Holidays including on Saturday 17 April from 9am to 4pm (by appointment only). In addition, from Term 2, the opening hours have been extended and the uniform shop will now open for three days a week from 8am to 4pm.
More details are available below.
Trinity College Office
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Office Opening Hours - Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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College Midford Uniform Shop
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Monday: 8:00am -4:00pm Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm Friday: 12:00pm -5:00pm
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Each Thursday during Term time 3:15pm-4:30pm
Contacting College staff
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