From the Head Master

From the Head Master

At this morning’s quad assembly, I announced the appointment of the 2023 School Officers.

There are thirty-two School Officers at Trinity: a School Captain; three School vice-Captains; sixteen House Captains; and twelve Prefects. These young men have a formal responsibility of leading our School students during the course of their final year at the School. They take their place in a tradition that stretches back to the School’s inception and I have great confidence in their capacity to carry that tradition forward.

These are not the only opportunities that our senior boys have to show leadership. There are multiple opportunities for leadership in younger years; both the Junior School and the Preparatory School develop and acknowledge leadership in their contexts. In the Middle and Senior Schools more opportunities emerge. We have House vice-Captains, Captains of various co-curricular activities and sporting teams, promotional positions in Cadets, peer support roles, Year 9 Monitors, Field Studies leadership teams, Bible Study leadership roles and other such positions, along with the informal leadership that every boy has the opportunity to demonstrate in the ebb and flow of School life.

The process of selecting these young men to serve in this way has been robust. It commenced with nearly one hundred students taking the risk of putting themselves out there by nominating for the role and seeking endorsement from a staff member. The current Year 10 and Year 11 cohorts voted on the list of nominees, as did staff and the outgoing School Officers. I give great weight in the process to the voting results; while this is not an election as such, the voices of peers and staff provide great insight to the regard in which people are considered.

My considerations also included the nominations of the Senior School Housemasters, who consult with the staff of their House in putting forward the names of those who could serve as House Captains. I reflect on the nominees’ respective records at the School. EPA, GPA, Co-curricular participation, disciplinary history, and I consult with senior staff. Every year, my reflection is that I could happily appoint between half and two thirds of the nominees to serve the School in this way, but there are only thirty-two School Officer positions.

Every young man who nominated took a risk in doing so, and sometimes risks don’t pay off. Many boys will experience disappointment today. The great challenge for them will be dealing with that disappointment. Disappointments and frustrated hopes and doors that don’t open when you want them, are all part of the fabric of life. We do not serve our boys well by either minimising their disappointment as though it doesn’t matter, or by shielding them from it. We do well to help them to sit with it, to recognise it, to process it, and to move past it.

The School Officers at Trinity Grammar from the Year 12 class of 2023 are:

School Captain Christopher Kong (La)
School vice-Captains Ty Garaci (Ho)
Ryan Gupta (WJ)
Liam Wingrave (Ar)
Prefects Miles Angus (WH)
Noah Blomfield (Fo)
Timothy Braga (Du)
Davide Eboli (WH)
Ryan Geddes (Mu)
Orly Hatton-Ward (Sc)
James Hayes (He)
Kelvin Kong (Ar)
Cody Lambert (He)
Samuel Niulala (St)
Benjamin Stevens (We)
Kyle Tran (WH)
House Captain – Archer Aman Shaw (Ar)
House Captain – Dulwich Luca Ratnavadivel (Du)
House Captain – Founders Alexander Jacob (Fo)
House Captain – Henderson Noah Giacoppo (He)
House Captain – Hilliard Felix Ballantine-Jones (Hi)
House Captain – Holwood Hamish Gray (Ho)
House Captain – Kerrigan Jack Waide (Ke)
House Captain – Latham Luka Cukeric (La)
House Captain – Murphy Thomas Power (Mu)
House Captain – School Samuel Foung (Sc)
House Captain – Stephenson Jacob Christou (St)
House Captain – Taubman James Moore (Ta)
House Captain – Weeks Oliver Askew (We)
House Captain – Wilson Hogg Theo Salvartsis (WH)
House Captain – Wynn Jones Sam Newton (WJ)
House Captain – Young Alex Gavrilovic (Yo)


May God bless all the members of our extended community during the coming three weeks, providing refreshment and renewal through the changes in routine, and strengthening us for the adventures that lie ahead in the second half of the year.

Detur gloria soli Deo

Tim Bowden | Head Master

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