From the Head MasterLucas Thurston
Last Saturday night, around four hundred and fifty members of the extended Trinity community came together at Doltone House in Walsh Bay to celebrate at the Trinity Ball. It was a wonderful night, organised by the Parents and Friends Association and our Community Engagement team. An outstanding venue, great food and drink, music by the Enormous Horns, Erin Molan as the MC, silent auctions, live auctions and a lucky draw for 2023 school fees all contributed to the good vibes.
Funds raised at the evening will be directed by the Parents and Friends Association to the refurbishment of the quadrangle and the associated landscaping around the chapel and a new pedestrian access from Prospect Road. This work is anticipated to be completed by the start of the 2023 school year. You can see a flythrough of this landscaping work here.
In the course of the evening, I had the opportunity to speak about the Renewal Project, which is the cluster of developments of the Summer Hill campus that will be taking place over the next few years. The refurbishment of Oval #2 has already happened, the link between the carpark and the Junior School is expected to be completed for the start of Term 4, and the excavations of Oval #3 and 50-52 Seaview St are well underway. We are anticipating that the new carpark under Oval #3 and the associated changes to the Oval #2 carpark will be completed by the start of the 2023 School year. Some initial work is also happening on Oval #1 whilst it is being prepared for the cricket season; this work will be completed in the next few weeks.
As part of the current work, a major change in the entry to the Oval #2 carpark will be implemented this weekend. From Tuesday, access to the Oval #2 car park will happen through a temporary access ramp to the south of the usual Jubilee Drive. The entry and exit point for the carpark is unchanged, but a new ramp is being put into place. You can read more about this change here.
At the Ball I also showed the attendees a number of work-in-progress architectural renders of various other elements of the Renewal Project. I anticipate that a brief video showing these representations and outlining our plans will be produced and circulated in our communication channels in the near future. We don’t expect these aspects of the Renewal Project to commence for another twelve months.
However, it would be entirely remiss for the construction works to overshadow the learning and growth of the boys at the School. The Preparatory and Junior School Art Festivals have showcased the creative talents of our younger boys, the parent visiting day on Sunday at the Field Studies Centre revealed the wonderful experience that our Year 9 students enjoy, students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 are all making subject selections for next year, and the Orientation processes for students joining the School in 2023 are about to commence. Our Year 12 students are about to enter their Valedictory season and the Year 11 students are about to step into their roles as the senior cohort in the School. By God’s grace, the School is thriving.
Detur gloria soli Deo
Tim Bowden | Head Master