By Saachin Simpson, 2018 School Captain
It is with the utmost privilege that I write this at the conclusion of my role as School Captain. 2018 has seen the School not only build on the success of the past, but also continually adapt to be a modern educational institution. In my role, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work closely with students and staff alike to move the School in a positive direction.
However, I am just one member of this community, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to acknowledge those who’ve made this year great. Firstly, to my fellow members of the class of 2018. To me, it’s amazing to have experienced school with such a diverse bunch of young men. We have learnt much together over the years, but more importantly, we have learnt from each other. It’s this unity that will help us into post-school life. My thanks specifically extend to the leadership. My job has not been done alone, and I have really struck gold to work the Vice Captains, who are also my good mates. They were never afraid to embrace change or to take initiative, and they were never afraid to tell me what they thought, which is why I think our team has worked so well. I also extend my congratulations and best wishes to the incoming leadership team of School Captain and Vice Captains.
At Trinity, we’re lucky to have staff who are fully dedicated to our education. I probably appreciated it much more recently than I did in my younger years, because I’ve realised more and more what it means to be an educator. Continually, we work with staff who go above and beyond what they’re required to do for our benefit. Firstly, our academic teachers, who are lucky enough to spend four or five periods with us every week. The dedication to our learning truly is unmatched, and unfortunately it does often go unacknowledged. To be able to motivate us to achieve our very best is no easy task, and without fail, our academic teachers have pushed us and pushed us, whether we liked it or not. Whether they were trying to motivate us with creative lesson plans, marking our work after hours, or sometimes just trying to keep us awake in class, I sincerely thank all the staff for their hard work.
I’d like to especially mention the Head Master, Mr Bowden, with whom I’ve been able to form a close relationship with over the year. I believe Mr Bowden has taken on his role with considered thought but also a driven energy that is in line with the ideals of Trinity. His impact was seen immediately in the restructuring of the leadership system, the movement of Houses around quad, and the support of movements such as International Women’s Day, R U OK? Day, and the World’s Greatest Shave to name some examples. I’d like to personally congratulate Mr Bowden on a fruitful first year and look forward to hearing about the School’s future progress as an Old Boy.
Our gratitude also extends to the non-academic staff in the School. Trinity’s broad focus in terms of mind, body, and spirit is achieved through the co-curricular and sporting activities that immerse us into the School. Trinity is more than a school – it’s also a sports club, debating society, cultural centre, and a million other things as well. Without them, maybe we wouldn’t have seen a spectacular last-minute conversion to beat Joeys, a student represent the country in Finland, or heard an incredible student composition at the Gala Concert. It is because of these people that a Trinity education is more than just textbooks and paper, but rather a formative experience, developing us into young men.
All of this, of course, wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our parents. We can often take for granted the stresses that a Trinity son can bring - whether its financial, or about getting to the other side of Sydney early on a Saturday morning, or coaxing us into doing our homework. The reality is, it’s not such an easy job - and none of the students would be here without our parents.
I’d like to share a short story to help understand what it means to be at Trinity. At the end of Year 10 History, we were given the option of interviewing a family member about their past and composing a historical research project, for which the Reg Marsh History Prize is awarded. I took the option of interviewing my grandfather, who fled the violence of the decolonisation and partition of India in 1947. As I learnt more and more about his experiences of having his train attacked by gangs, sleeping on riverbanks and then achieving success in a country where he didn’t know the language, I became aware of the opportunities that I have in my life at a school like Trinity. I came to realise that I wasn’t here by some kind of chance, but that there was a purpose to my education.
To the gentlemen with years at Trinity to come, I would urge you to find your purpose and embrace it through your academic, sporting and co-curricular endeavours at Trinity. Whether it is found in a Biology classroom, in the Archaeological Society, or at Table Tennis in the Old Gym, it doesn’t matter. It is the fact that we are part of an institution that allows us to pursue our purpose, especially when so many in this world unfortunately don’t have this opportunity.
In Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I encourage all boys of the School to discover these plans and carry them out as best you can.
Detur Gloria Soli Deo
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