My best wishes to all students, staff and parents for a successful start to the 2016 school year. Unfortunately I was unable to commence the year with the students due to my mother passing away suddenly in New Zealand. My heartfelt thanks to the Living Word congregation (our church on campus), and the college staff for their support during this sad time.
Meet the Teachers: 6.30 pm Friday 5 February
All parents are encouraged to attend this important evening, beginning in The Trinity Centre and concluding with supper in the college restaurant. In middle school, there will be an overview of the academic program, classroom expectations eg, homework, technology, relational management, assessment etc from the Pastoral Care teachers. In senior school, parents will meet with the Heads of Year and Pastoral Care teachers to enable parents to become more informed about academic and other expectations from Years 10 to 12. As parents, you make a significant investment in your child's education and our dedicated Trinity teachers value your support as we begin the 2016 year together.
Commencement Service 9.00 am Sunday 7 February, The Trinity Centre
All Year 5, 9 and 12 students are expected to attend this service in support of the leadership roles that these year level students will undertake in 2016. The Year 9 and Year 12 captains will be formally recognised and given their badges at this service. Parents of Years 9 and 12 students are warmly invited to attend this service with their children.
Year 12 Leadership Badge Ceremony
On Tuesday 2 February 2016 the Year 12 students were recognised as very significant and influential leaders within the college. During this special assembly eight Year 1 students from the junior school presented the leadership badges to the Year 12 students. The Year 1 representation highlighted the journey our most senior students have been on since their first year of formal schooling. It also highlighted the growth in their appreciation of what it means to be a senior leader willing to serve their fellow students in the Trinity community. We congratulate the class of 2016 and wish them a very rewarding year ahead and we sincerely thank the following Year 1 students for their involvement in this special ceremony: Zavier Cassidy, Daniel Haras, Nicholas Jeanneret-Gris, Abby Jordan, Lotus Mackie, Chase Mudge, Georgia Scantlebury and Amber Skerry.
2015 Trinity graduates who received an OP (overall position) result from 1 to 5 and outstanding vocational education results were welcomed back to our annual Scholars' Assembly on Thursday 28 January to share their stories and to be congratulated by the current students. Following the assembly our newest members of the Trinity Alumni Auxiliary joined the Principal, Mrs Wong, the Head of Campus, Head of Learning, Careers, Mrs Pat Bodero and the College Exec in the Boardroom for lunch and a chance to share their individual goals for tertiary study and the future. I share with you the 2015 College Captain, Matthew Downes' speech to the Years 6 to 12 students:
"Hey guys, long time no see! For those of you who don't know me (new students this year or the Year 5 students who have made the big transition from junior to middle school), I'm Matt Downes, the 2015 College Captain.
So, school's back and in full swing. Mrs Farmer is already on your back about your formatting: Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 line spacing and 2 cm margins all around; Mr Finnis is delighted that APS training percentages are on the rise and Mrs Smith is running around advertising something about a circus or rock concert or some extravaganza. School can get hectic sometimes, but there's always a way around the situation, no matter what. Whether you're an athlete, a performer or an academic, school is the first step on your long career pathway and at the end of Year 12, you're left with a number that defines how hard you pushed yourself for 13 years.
So what do you want that number to look like? Now I'm not saying that everyone here should be an OP 1; I'm not saying that university is the be all and end all, because it's not, university only increases your probability of getting a cemented job. What I'm trying to say is that no matter what you do, be proud of it because everyone here should be proud of what they achieve when they finish school, not disappointed because you didn't try hard enough.
One of the hardest things to manage during school is stress, and the only way to stay grounded is to be balanced. Throughout the year it's important to share your time between school and your hobbies whether it be; playing sport, dancing, skating or whatever you enjoy doing. By being balanced, you will not only get better grades, but also be cool calm and collected while all your friends are losing their minds about the study they haven't done during exam week! But being balances boils down to one word; organisation. If you aren't organised enough to study a week or so before exam week and properly prepare yourself for that dense part of the term where something is due every day, then you aren't going to survive. You'll be stuck between dwindling hours of sleep and an escalating amount of homework and I'm not sure about you all, but that sounds pretty bad to me.
If you're balanced through school you'll fly through, but everyone has their own ways of coping with stress and this is just what worked for me. It's not easy, but if you put your head down and work hard, you'll be amazed with what you can achieve. Best wishes for 2016"
We wish all our Ashmore Road families every blessing for the 2016 school year.
Mrs Carrie Allwood
Head of Campus, Middle & Senior Years