From the Head of the Junior SchoolLucas Thurston
Dear Parents and Friends of the Junior School,
I am amazed that we have reached the end of another term. Boys and teachers are to be commended for their commitment to learning which has been evident every day at school and in sport, competitions, charities, the Arts Festival, Book Week, camps and learning conferences, to name just some of the Term 3 highlights. I thank parents for your ongoing support.
We welcome back Year 6 from Camp Somerset after five days and four nights under canvas. It is no small thing for boys and teachers to leave their homes for a week and live in community together with rain and an array of different routines and activities to challenge each of them. I visited the boys and was very impressed with how they were working together, cooperating with leaders, and embracing challenges that were stretching them to grow as young men. They were also having lots of fun! No doubt they will be tired as they spill off the bus this afternoon, but they can be very satisfied with the way they have pushed themselves and supported one another. As always, we are indebted to our staff for being away and providing exceptional care for the boys, particularly in this instance as their extended time on duty spanned yesterday’s public holiday.
As term concludes, I extend my appreciation to staff who have stepped up into roles this term (Mrs Ormes and Mr Hoare) and those who have helped us continue running learning programmes and activities (Mrs Carey, Miss Doumanis, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Bowden), when commitments and sickness have necessitated the absence of regular staff. No doubt we will rely on their continued assistance in Term 4, although we do look forward to the return of Mr Hassall from Long Service Leave, allowing Mrs Ormes, Mr Hoare and Mr Larkin to resume their regular roles. One of the Junior School Library Technicians, Miss Case concludes her time at Trinity over the upcoming break and we thank her for her service to staff and boys, and wish her the best as she moves into a full-time role elsewhere.
Interest in co-curricular activities has again been very strong. Portal access to the allocation of places for Term 4 activities has been made available today. Boys have usually been allocated their first as well as some of their other selections, although it is worth noting that there will not be an Art Club for Years 3-6 next term due to Mrs Nikolov’s absence for a number of weeks (Visual Art classes and our K-2 Art Club will still run). Most activities commence in Week 2 although administrators of some sporting activities will be in touch if their activity is to start in Week 1. In Term 4, most activities conclude in the second-last week of term. Please contact the activity organiser to clarify particular details if necessary. If changes to enrolment need to be made, please contact the Junior School Office at the start of term.
Parents and boys are reminded that Term 4 for Junior School boys commences on Tuesday 11th October after a Staff Development Day on Monday. All boys will return in summer uniform from the commencement of term. Please ensure that hair is cut before the end of the holidays.
Vacation Care is available at Strathfield across the holidays and can be booked through OSHClub. The warmer weather, longer days and start of daylight-saving lend themselves to a sense of optimism, some outdoor fun and hopefully squeezing in some cricket, basketball, tennis or touch footy practice ahead of the summer season, commencing on our first weekend back. If travelling or just staying home, we wish all our Trinity families a safe and refreshing break. And if your football team is still in the hunt for a flag, best of luck to them…and go the Swans!
Mark Dunn | Head of the Junior School
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.