From the Head of the Junior School

From the Head of the Junior School

Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,

We really needed the rain to stop by 8am on Tuesday…and it did, with about 10 minutes to spare! The sun even made some brief appearances to dry the track. After all of the disruption to sports from the weather so far this year, it was a relief and delight for the boys in Years 3-6 and their teachers to get to SOPAC on Tuesday for our Track and Field Championships. The competition was spirited (in all the right ways) and boys, staff and parents seemed to greatly enjoy a day of friendly competition. Once again, it was lovely to be able to include parents in an event as your presence adds much to the occasion for the boys. For many boys and parents, this was the first experience of a sporting carnival. Congratulations to all the boys on their effort, enthusiasm and spirit and especially to the captains for their leadership of their Houses. Our individual and House champions will be announced next Monday at Assembly along with the winner of the House Spirit bonus points that will give the winning House a big boost towards the overall shield for 2022. I thank Mr Robinson for his efforts in organising our carnival. We look forward to the School Athletics Team, that will be assembled on the basis of the performances at the carnival, continuing their training and then competing in inter-school carnivals later in the term following the conclusion of winter sports.

This morning saw over 200 Year 5 and 6 fathers and sons gather to enjoy a hot beverage, tasty breakfast roll and one another’s company in yet another event that we are delighted to re-start after the interruptions of recent years. Father-Son Breakfasts have a long tradition at Trinity and in the Junior School as cherished gatherings and we are grateful to resume this tradition. The new format is designed to make it easy to mingle with old friends whilst also allowing fathers to grow connections with other men as the friendships among the boys continue to evolve and their own network of mates grows. Formalities were few but boys and Dads did get the chance to reflect on and share with one another their appreciation for aspects of each other’s character and time spent together.

Today, Kindergarten celebrated their 100th day at school…congratulations! The boys, their buddies and many of their teachers celebrated just how much and how quickly they have all grown with games, activities, dancing, and decorations all themed around that big number…100. As well as looking backwards, we also imagined the future and what we might look like when we really turn 100 (with a little bit of help from technology). Well done, Kindergarten, Miss Regan, Miss De Nobrega and Mrs McManus on your milestone…100 days down, about 2450 to go!

Please note yesterday’s communication concerning Student-Led Conferences for Kindergarten to Year 5, scheduled for Monday in Week 4. They really are not-to-be-missed! I note that by last night some allocations of places in timeslots in some classes had already been exhausted. There is room for everyone but if you leave it to book your class slot, you may have limited options. We always put great effort into telling parents how boys are progressing at school but Student-Led Conferences are even more than that…boys are going to show you how they are growing and learning by leading you through a series of activities in their classroom and at single-subject stations scattered across the Junior School. We are greatly looking forward to a very busy and exciting afternoon. Year 6 boys and parents will not be involved as they are working towards an even bigger display of their learning in the Year 6 Exhibition that will be held next term. Yesterday’s invitation listed the co-curricular activities that will still run on that afternoon and mistakenly listed Vivaldi Strings which should have stated that Intermezzo will still be on.

The next meeting of the Junior School Auxiliary will be held on Thursday at Café Envy commencing at 9am. All parents are welcome to attend.

I do not wish to speak too soon but it is looking promising for a full round of games tomorrow morning, highlighted by opportunities for our Year 6 footballers to play on Number 2 Oval and Year 6 rugby team to play on Number 1 Oval, coinciding with Middle and Senior School compulsory games. It should be an exciting chance for the boys to play on the School’s premier fields and in some cases with a large and excitable crowd of supporters. Boys, play hard, play fair and play with passion!

Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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