Dance dates back to prehistoric times (and probably even further back), and is a part of almost every culture. It’s an activity that transcends time and place, and is valued the world over. It makes us feel good, allows us to express ourselves and is a great form of aerobic exercise whether you dance in front of the mirror for yourself, at an event with friends, or on a stage for the enjoyment of others.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School
We recently announced a significant change to the Cadet Unit at Trinity; that is, from the start of 2019 Meriden students will join the Trinity Cadet Unit.
Trinity students are encouraged to hit others first, run with sharp objects, always start the fight and generally do everything their parents have told them not to do … but only if they are on the fencing team, and only when they are in training or competing in a bout of fencing!
By Imran Parker, Preparatory School Debating Captain 2018 (Year 6)
At Trinity Grammar School, we have many opportunities to participate in debating; students can join three different debating competitions - ISDA, IPSHA and House debating.
By Ryan Lim (Year 7)
Trinity Grammar School offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage with music. For example, wind instruments, percussions, theory, choirs, various string instruments and much more. The School also offers many ensembles that perform regularly, such as Chapel Band, Trinity Singers and orchestras.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master Trinity Grammar School
In recent weeks the Commonwealth Games have been rolling on in the background of my family’s consciousness. I must admit that we haven’t paid very much attention, being vaguely aware that Australia continues to dominate in the swimming and that, overall, people seem to be having a good time. However, we did make a big effort to be in front of the screen with Trinity Grammar School Old Boy, Rohan Browning (Class of 2015) competing on the athletics track.
In recent Trinity news, 2017 graduate Brian Kim, of Baulkham Hills is the first ever Australian flautist to be accepted for under graduate study at a prestigious music school in Paris, and will be taught by Professor Phillipe Bernold, one of the world’s top flute teachers.
Still on a high from achieving 44/45 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.85) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma last year, Brian did not rest on his laurels, practising vigorously ahead of auditions for tertiary study overseas. The effort paid off with Brian being offered a position at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, to study flute. Alumni of the Conservatoire include renowned French composers Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns.
Suniya Luthar, a psychology professor at Columbia University, has done extensive studies on the role of extracurricular activities in children’s lives. She says, “It’s good for kids to be scheduled. It’s good for them to have musical activities, sports or other things organised and supervised by an adult.” Outside activities make a child well-rounded. Not to mention it provides them with skills such as playing music or speaking another language which have been shown to improve learning in general. Sporting activities can help to keep children healthy both physically and mentally.
In Trinity news this week, Year 10 student Sam Fricker, who is a rising star in the diving world, recently competed with the Australian Diving Team in the 23rd FINA International Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany, finishing a commendable 18th for the 10-metre platform event.
Coach Vyninka Arlow, 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner and veteran of two Olympic and two Commonwealth Games, said Sam is the hardest working athlete she has ever coached and that is why he has gained Australian team selection so quickly. “The Rostock competition was an extremely high-level competition and it was a fantastic experience for Sam to learn from, and gave him a chance to really be a part of the diving world,” commented Vyninka.
By Nicholas Ayoub, Year 6, Junior School
Music has always been a part of my life. At home and in the car, we listen to classical music CDs and when I was five years old I started to learn the violin. In the early stages I was sometimes given little rewards for practising, but now I practice independently.