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TRINITY CONGRATULATES CONGRATULATIONS Year 11 students, Sam Gollings, Andy Kim and Matthew Solazzo, are this year’s Monash Scholars, while Hamish Galbraith and Nethum Devendra were selected for the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. Both of these programs, run by the Universities of Monash and Melbourne respectively, offer academic enrichment for high-achieving students.

Lewis Rogerson (OTG 2017) has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship to study at Bond University – sport and exercise science and then physiotherapy. Henry Brown (Year 10) captained the Victorian U15 cricket team on their tour to Queensland. Year 4 student, Will Katic, was selected to represent Victoria in the Pacific School Games. In a field of international and Australian athletes, Will came third in the Multi Event, where results for the shot put, long jump, 100m and 800m are combined. Two boys from the 2017 Year 12 cohort were invited to participate in the VCE Season of Excellence. This is an annual arts festival showcasing outstanding senior secondary student work from Victorian schools. In March 2018, Tim Hannan performed in Top Class Music at the Melbourne Recital Centre, while Charlie Dixon’s workstation features in the 2018 Top Designs exhibition, which is on at the Melbourne Museum until Sunday 15 July. Charlie is also one of only five students selected for an internship at the museum, in an area of his choice.

Monash Scholars - Andy Kim, Matthew Solazzo and Sam Gollings

Kwong Lee Dow Scholars - Nethum Devendra and Hamish Galbraith

Year 6 student, Alexander Chieng, is the inaugural Robert Moore Music Scholar. Alexander, who started at Trinity in the ELC, began Suzuki violin in Prep and has never looked back! He is also this year’s Junior School Performing Arts Captain, leader of the Marles String Orchestra and a member of Suzuki Strings, the Piano Trio, the Junior School Choir, Junior Jazz Ensemble, Senior Strings and the Symphony Orchestra. Jordie Race-Coldrey and Lucas Rindt (both in Year 12) won Lyrebird Awards for their performances in last year’s Trinity-Ruyton Musical The Addams Family. Jordie, who played Gomez, was presented with the award for Best Actor in a Youth Musical, while Lucas received a Judges Award for his performance as Lurch. Editor: Siobhan Latham 9854 3600

Front cover photograph: Junior School boys, Xavier Siat and Hugo Dluzniak, enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations

OTG Editor: Sue Felton 9854 1215

Back page photograph: Members of the First XI Cricket team congratulate Zac Bortolussi for taking five wickets at the end of the match


Tim Hannan

Charlie Dixon with his workstation

Many thanks to the staff, students, parents and other members of the Trinity community who provided photographs used in this publication. This magazine has been printed on FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) Certified paper utilising vegetable based inks. It has been produced using a Clean Green Print process which means all the processes involved with the manufacturer of this item are guaranteed to have minimum impact on the environment.

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FROM THE HEADMASTER Partnerships ‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’ - Henry Ford I recently read an article by Matthew Kane entitled ‘7 of the best creative partnerships of all time’. I am always intrigued when writers have ‘the best of all time’ in their title and I will admit that whilst I am intrigued, I tend to approach articles of this ilk with a touch of good-natured scepticism. The article itself threw out the usual suspects, Lennon and McCartney with the Beatles, and Catmull, Jobs and Lasseter at Pixar. Notwithstanding the somewhat predictable start, on reading further, I was extremely taken by the partnership formed between the American and French artists, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I had not realised that during the 1980s these artists collaborated on paintings; one would start, the other would add, and through a series of stages, that final piece would emerge as the sum of their individual efforts. As Kane points out, the final product was stylistically unlike anything either artist had, or could have, produced on his own. Although missing from Kane’s article, one of our very own best and most creative partnerships was born in the heady days of 1993. As Ray Martin presented his last Midday show, John Hewson gave the infamous ‘birthday cake’ interview and Shane Warne delivered the ball of the century to knock over England’s Mike Gatting, Trinity and Ruyton took their first fledgling steps towards the Trinity-Ruyton Coordinate Program. Born of the necessity of combining language classes, the successful model was quickly rolled out to include other subjects and so the extraordinary partnership that is the Trinity-Ruyton Coordinate Program came to be. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Creation in Creative Pairs, Joshua Wolf Shenk again looks at extraordinary partnerships that have shaped the modern world through music, art, technology and business. In an attempt to explain how these great partnerships not only form but flourish, Shenk cites four ‘key elements of this process, which can illuminate not only creative bonds but the wonder of social, psychological—even neurological—interconnection’. Firstly, secession - the pair withdraws from a larger group to focus, it seems, on each other. It can start with small things, then rituals grow and become part of the rhythm of the daily existence of both parties. The commitment we share as brother and sister school has given rise to rituals in dance classes, plays and musicals, good-natured sporting events and fundraising. Secondly, Shenk describes it (a little harshly I feel) as a Folie à Deux: a shared madness. It took a great deal of courage for both the schools, as proud and longstanding single sex schools, to see this Coordinate Program as an extension of our students’ development at a time when there was a binary experience of schooling, either coeducational or single sex. The phrases ‘diamond school’ or ‘together-apart-together’ were decades away. Shenk also points out that a shared language can emerge in a partnership. It may not end up, as Tom Hanks described the communication between director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, like ‘some gestalt Vulcan’, but there may be shared terms, shared tenor and tone, or indeed, a shared non-verbal communication that informs practice. Our shared language, the Trinity-Ruyton

language, exists between the boards, the Heads, the staff and the students; it is a language of respect or mutual admiration and pride in the other’s achievements. Lastly, Shenk suggests that great partnerships have Transactive Memory: they develop a subconscious system as to which person is better at learning and storing different types of information. It is then up to that person to remember such data and to recall it when asked. Because this system is so effective, an intimate couple has much better recall abilities than two strangers. Trinity and Ruyton have a shared, collective, corporate, and spiritual memory. We share a subconscious system that stores an understanding of why this program started, its aspiration and its hopes for the future. We share memories of the friendships engendered by the program and the advantages gained both socially and academically by the students. Denise Morrison once wrote ‘The attitude of giving a full commitment to the partnership will usually result in getting the same commitment in return.’ In this the 25th year of the Trinity-Ruyton Coordinate Program, both schools are fully committed to the ongoing relationship and, indeed, to strengthening the already strong bonds between the two schools, the students, the staff, and the parents. Each school is an outstanding institution, connected by far more than just one secret tunnel, both producing graduates of great character who go out into the world as positive, giving and caring individuals. After 25 years we are thrilled to see the program continue and develop further through the enthusiastic engagement of all involved from both schools. DR MICHAEL DAVIES


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Dr Davies with (back row) Jack Polis, Jack Petereit, Luke Hill-Smith, Ben Logan, David Lin, David Youings, Charlie Dixon, Dr Shibani Mishra (representing Rishabh, who was overseas), (front row) Nicholas Galbraith, Anand Bharadwaj, Jonathan Vu, Zachary Tuttle and Andrew Bithavas (Absent: Jim Chen and Rishabh Mishra)

We congratulate all students on their completion of the VCE. Anand Bharadwaj of Year 11, with an ATAR of 99.95, is Dux of the School, while David Lin and Zachary Tuttle achieved ATARs of 99.90. Anand Bharadwaj, by any measure, is an exceptional student, achieving the highest possible ATAR of 99.95 despite still being in Year 11. He commenced his Trinity education in 2011 in Year 5, and proceeded to immerse himself in the academic and cocurricular life of the school. Anand is a gifted writer, public speaker and debater; he was the World Youth Scrabble Champion by age 11, and, more recently, has won numerous writing competitions (both internal and external) and was part of the school’s victorious Year 11 Debaters’ Association of Victoria B Grade team. He was a strong supporter of the school’s outreach programs, and regularly spent his Friday afternoons tutoring at the African Homework Club – an outreach program assisting new migrants to build literacy skills. In Term 4 2017, Anand was invited to attend the Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee School of Excellence at Burgmann College in Canberra. He won gold medals in mathematics and informatics competitions and Olympiads at the national level, and in 2017, was the official reserve member of the Australian Informatics team. Anand undertook his first Unit 3 and 4 VCE Study of Mathematical Methods in Year 8. In Year 9, he completed Specialist Mathematics and the University of Melbourne’s Extension Program in Mathematics, and in 2016, he achieved perfect scores of 50 in both Biology and French


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(he received a VCE Premier’s Prize for French, recognising him as one of the top performing students in the State). In 2017, at Presentation Night, Anand was awarded the JD Levick Prize for Physics, as well as his sixth Prize for Distinctions and Merits. He attained a study score of 48 in Physics and a perfect score of 50 in English and completed his VCE journey with an ATAR of 99.95. Following his VCE success, Anand decided to accept a Chancellor’s Scholarship to begin his studies in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Other ACU 2% 3%

RMIT 13% University of Melbourne 27%

Monash University 32%

Swinburne 8% Deakin 13%

Year 12 2017 Tertiary Destinations

LaTrobe 2%

Year 12 2017 Course Selections 36.8%

Management and Commerce 19.4%

Society and Culture 14.9%

Natural and Physical Sciences 7.5%

Creative Arts


Engineering and Related Technologies




Archietecture and Building Information Technology


Agriculture and Environmental Studies




Zachary Tuttle started at Trinity in Year 5. He is a gifted musician, a talented athlete and an outstanding scholar. He was a member of many bands, orchestras and ensembles during his time at school, and was also involved in the school’s cross-age mentoring and outreach programs. Zachary achieved Triple School Colours in recognition of his breadth of involvement across the cocurricular program, and in his final year he was Merritt House Captain and a School Prefect. In 2017, Zachary was awarded the R M Begg Prize for English, the David Orford Prize for Specialist Mathematics, the Prize for History: Revolutions, the Prize for Further Mathematics and a Prize for Distinctions and Merits the sixth occasion he had received such recognition. David Lin commenced at Trinity as a Year 9 student. During his time at the school, he was involved in a broad array of cocurricular activities, which included playing tennis and basketball, and being a member of the crosscountry team. In his first year at the school, he was also part of the premiership-winning athletics team. In 2017, David was awarded the J K Merritt Prize for Dux of Mathematics and Science, as well as a Prize for Distinctions and Merits - a most impressive achievement in such a short period.

Anand Bharadwaj

David Lin

Fourteen boys scored an ATAR of 99 or better, placing them in the top 1% of students in the state. In alphabetical order, they are: Anand Bharadwaj (Year 11), Andrew Bithavas, Jim Chen, Charlie Dixon, Nicholas Galbraith, Luke Hill-Smith, David Lin, Benjamin Logan, Rishabh Mishra, Jack Petereit, Jack Polis, Zachary Tuttle, Jonathan Vu and David Youings. There were outstanding results across an impressive breadth of subjects. This year we celebrate the 25th year of our Coordinate Program, run in partnership with Ruyton Girls’ School. Our boys benefit greatly from this program, which enables them to access an extensive selection of VCE and VET subjects. Almost one quarter of all individual subject scores were above 40, and a total of ten perfect subject scores of 50 were achieved by the following boys: Business Management: Jack Carroll (Year 11), Peter Gavralas and Victor Yan English: Anand Bharadwaj (Year 11), David Lin and Jack Petereit Further Mathematics: David Lin Product Design and Technology: Charlie Dixon Drama (taught at Ruyton): Luke Hill-Smith History: Revolutions: Jack Polis

Zachary Tuttle

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Kyle Winkler, Hugh Bowman, David Greig and Alec Alder with Anthony Howard QC and Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Success in F1 in Schools

The end of 2017 saw Trinity’s team Hyperdrive crowned Formula 1 in Schools World Champions at the World Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hugh Bowman, Kyle Winkler, David Greig and Alec Alder were presented with the prestigious trophy by Formula 1 Chief, Chase Carey. F1 in Schools is the world’s leading Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) competition with nine million students engaged globally. The World Finals in Malaysia brought together 276 students in 51 teams from 34 countries. The boys designed and built a miniature F1 car using industry-standard 3D design and aerodynamics software packages. Throughout the program they also sought sponsorship to fund their entry, including their travel to the competition in Malaysia. Hyperdrive not only won the overall championship, receiving student scholarships in engineering at City, University of London and University College London, but also took home the coveted Best Engineered Car Award, as well as a nomination for the Research and Development Award. Kyle Winkler was one of only eight students invited to participate in the Williams’ Formula 1 Randstad Engineering Academy – a training program providing access to mentorship by Williams’ race engineers, as well as experience working on real-life engineering projects. 6

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On their return to Melbourne, the boys were invited by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria to showcase their project at the Official Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix welcome event at Government House. Hyperdrive also presented to the audience on stage at the Innovation and Industry Precinct at the Australian Grand Prix Albert Park. As F1 in Schools is an annual event, Trinity teams competed in the recent National Finals in Launceston, Tasmania. Congratulations to team Zero Friction: Alec Alder, Adam Blunt, Thomas Bugno, Matthew Carlyon and Nikolas Zafiropoulos, who were placed on the podium with 3rd position in the Professional Class. They were also presented with the trophy for Outstanding Industry Collaboration. Congratulations also to team Laminar Performance (Thomas Arbon, Owen Grayson, Euan McKenzie, Ethan Orr and Charles Palfreeman) who came 6th overall in Professional Class. This is a commendable achievement for their first National Final, especially as they are in Year 9 and were competing against some students in Year 12. PETER CLINTON Teacher-in-Charge of F1 in Schools

THE POWER OF GIVING Trinity benefits enormously from generous donations made by members of its community. The school is grateful to all those who support our various activities and philanthropic programs – all of which help to strengthen what we can offer to our current and future students. Below, we learn about two members of the Trinity community and how they are contributing to enriching the educational experience of current and future Trinity students.

Located on the corner of Charles Street and Cotham Road, the Centre for Creativity and Innovation (CCI) will gather together the Faculties of Art (including an art gallery), Design and Technology, and Mathematics, alongside ICT. We thank Philip most sincerely for his generous support of this campaign and his contribution to the future growth of our school and the development of our educational programs.

Norman Curry

The Reverend Dr Norman Curry AM (1931-2015) has left a generous legacy to Trinity Karl Nelms and Philip Allison

Philip Allison has donated a transformational gift to our ‘Inspiring Creative Minds’ Campaign Philip Allison (OTG 1963-1975) studied computer science at Monash University. He founded PJA Solutions in 1984, which went on to become a highly successful firm specialising in the development of computer software for laboratories and hospitals. Philip reflects on his time Trinity: ‘It was the teachers who influenced me most at Trinity: John Watson; Kelso Elliott, my chemistry teacher; and Karl Nelms, my physics teacher. I suspect it is still the same for the students today, with teachers continuing to guide and inspire them. I am impressed by how Trinity has evolved over the years - the growth in the facilities and the expansion of the curriculum - with so many interesting and diverse subject choices on offer today. I have always viewed creativity and innovation as important aspects of one’s life. The Centre for Creativity and Innovation, as part of the Inspiring Creative Minds Campaign, will provide a truly dynamic, stimulating and technologyrich learning environment in which students can develop and refine the skills necessary to succeed in the fast-changing world beyond the school gates. I am proud to be involved with the Campaign and wish all those who use the Centre - students, teachers and others, a productive and inspiring experience.’ Trinity recognises the immediate importance of enabling our current and prospective students to meet the challenges of the future. A new Centre for Creativity and Innovation (CCI) will provide students with an environment where creativity and innovation are abundant, helping to foster a growth mindset in our boys so that they feel safe to try alternative ways of learning and to take calculated risks along the way, guided by their teachers.

Norman was a renowned Anglican priest, academic and educationalist, and served as a member of the Trinity School Council from 1965-1981. He was a member of the committee that appointed Don Marles as Headmaster and was active on John Leppitt’s Education Committee. Alongside his work in education, Norman served as associate priest at St Paul’s Cathedral and at Holy Trinity Kew for many years, and helped to establish the annual Holy Trinity Kew prize in Religious Education. Norman left Trinity a generous gift in his estate, and this will become part of the school’s Endowment Fund. As an expression of Norman’s commitment to the Anglican tradition and to Anglican schooling, these funds will be used to provide a scholarship, in perpetuity, to the sons of Anglican clergy who might not otherwise be able to access a Trinity education. We sincerely thank Norman for this important gift to the school.

Trinity boys benefit greatly from the generosity of those in our community

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THE COORDINATE PROGRAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS! ‘A bold initiative’ is how the author of Trinity’s history The Green and the Gold and the Mitre, Dr Jane Carolan, described the Trinity-Ruyton Coordinate Program in her historical overview published in the July 2013 edition of this magazine. Officially, this program, which is unique in Australia, began in 1993, when discussions between Trinity and Ruyton resulted in the introduction of shared classes in Year 12: English Literature and French were held at Ruyton, and physical education and German at Trinity. In 1994, these shared classes were extended to Year 11. In 1995, the VCE curriculum was integrated in both schools. Unofficially, relations between the two schools were longstanding. According to Dr Carolan, ‘The genesis of the current Coordinate Program dates from Trinity’s beginnings in Holy Trinity Church, through the proximate location of the two schools and family interrelationships over the past century.’ There are many amusing stories of Trinity boys enlivening various formal occasions at the expense of the girls. Yet, Dr Carolan reports that ‘The drudgery of these outings [to Holy Trinity Kew for church services] was lightened by the sighting of Ruyton boarders, often their sisters, who were marched to church two abreast in a formation the boys referred to as a crocodile file, always on the opposite side of the road. In 1909, 126 Trinity cadets took part in the Empire Day celebrations with the customary ceremonies of a church parade at Holy Trinity followed by refreshments with the Ruyton girls. The presence of the fair damsels inspired an additional verse to the Trinity School song.

Trinity Headmaster JJ Leppitt, Council decided that some joint classes with Ruyton should be organised in history, English and mathematics. Today, more than 100 combined classes are offered to over 500 students. The close proximity of the two schools and a strong commitment to working together to deliver the best of both single-sex and coeducation, enables our Year 11 and 12 students to branch out from their own school environment and engage with other members of the community in a meaningful way. The Director of the Coordinate Program, Tsets Gibbons, who teaches at both Ruyton and Trinity, elaborates: ‘The collaborative approach and variety of perspectives afforded by the Coordinate Program is especially valued by the students, and of particular benefit to their VCE studies.’ In addition, the curriculum offering to students at both schools is significantly enhanced. Indeed, a key goal of the program is for students of both Trinity and Ruyton to gain access to the broadest possible academic program, in an environment that helps them to build the maturity and social skills they will need as they progress beyond secondary school. Successive principals of Trinity and Ruyton, like Don Marles and Prue Gillies before them in 1993, have recognised the enormous benefits of combining in Years 11 and 12, whilst retaining each school’s traditional identity. Trinity is very proud of its strong relationship with Ruyton and of the longevity of this program.

With the Ruyton girls we are glad to combine: On us they have deigned let their bright eyes shine; ‘Tis the only school that is quite as fine As the green and the gold and the mitre’ Over the years, there were many occasions for which the two schools combined. These included baseball matches, theatrical productions, debates, musical concerts, afternoon teas, fundraising projects and athletics carnivals. In 1914, boys were admitted to the Ruyton kindergarten; throughout the 1930s, combined ballroom dancing classes were very popular; and in 1975, after a suggestion by


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Adam Cusinato and Ellie Doherty in class together

Eliza de Burgh and Durham McNamara in ‘The Tempest’ 2012

Dogberry and the Watchmen in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in 2014

Year 12 EAL students

The Trinity and Ruyton School Captains for 2018

James Story in class in 2013

‘Guys and Dolls’ 2013

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF HOUSE In 1917, inspired by conversations with the then Chairman of School Council, AO Henty, Headmaster Frank Shann instituted the House system at Trinity Grammar School, Kew. As described in the 1917 edition of The Mitre, the House system was designed to ‘recognise the virtue of friendly rivalry and competition’. This heralded a new era in Trinity’s history, where there was increased emphasis on cocurricular activities and the development of greater school spirit. To commemorate the centenary of the House system at Trinity, the school hosted OTGs for a celebration event on Friday 24 November in Arnold Hall. The centrepiece of the event was the unveiling of three Honour Boards recognising the service of the captains of the original four Houses – Arnold, Henty, Merritt, Roberts – from 1917 to 2003, when four new Houses were introduced. Unveiling the Honour Boards with the Headmaster were Peter Beer on behalf of his father Doug (OTG 1976), Peter Cohen (OTG 1962), and Blair Beamish (OTG 1985). These Honour Boards are now on display in Arnold Hall.

Frank Shann reflects on the life and legacy of his grandfather, Headmaster Frank Shann

We are very grateful to Trinity’s archivist, Dr Jane Carolan, for her search through the school’s archives for the names of all the House Captains. Despite her persistence, however, we are requesting the assistance of the Trinity community to identify those who led during the following years: • • • • •

1967: Captains of Arnold and Roberts 1968: Captain of Roberts 1969: Captain of Henty 1982: Captains of Arnold, Henty, Merritt and Roberts 1983: Captains of Arnold, Henty, Merritt and Roberts

Michael Craig (1947-48 Captain of Henty House) with his son Alistair (1980 Co-Captain of Henty House)

If any members of the Trinity community have information that will help us fill these last few gaps in the school’s history, please contact me at May we continue to enjoy the spirit that the Houses bring to Trinity! CHRISTOPHER WEINBERG (OTG 2009) Robin Smead and Vincent Kwong

The Three Honour Boards


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Warren Docker and David Mansour

FROM THE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE ‘Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.’ - Fred Rogers, American presenter, writer and minister The beginning of a new school year is exciting - for children, parents and staff. For some children this will be their first venture away from home and into a large group where there will be many new friends to meet, experiences to explore and through active play, so much to learn. Parents look forward to their child’s horizons widening, as they enter an environment where growth and development will take place. Educators look forward to the challenges and opportunities that a new group will bring, wondering how their year will unfold and what they will discover together. We appreciate the skills and interests all stakeholders bring to the Early Learning Centre and celebrate the richness of experiences we can share. The children in the Four Year Old Group have been extremely busy re-establishing our vegetable garden and already their cooking sessions have reflected our commitment to using produce from the garden or donated by families. Potato and rosemary pizza and cumquat marmalade are two items whose production involved many enthusiastic children. We are also very fortunate to have the assistance and involvement of Mrs Claire Cocks, a past Trinity parent. More staff members have attended workshops run by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and these have provided much needed support for the program. We are looking forward with great optimism to the growth of our garden and to relevant skills being developed and extended.

The children in the Three Year Old Group have settled in very well. Whilst they generally have a very quiet start to the year with much observation of others rather than interactions, it does not take long before confidence grows, conversations abound and, through play, connections and relationships flourish. Once the children are very familiar with the ELC environment, we commence involvement in specialist classes and just walking with a partner can be another very new and somewhat challenging experience. There is always a lot of stopping and checking that everyone is still together as there are always many distractions along the way. Parent Help Rosters in both groups provide opportunities for parents and grandparents to be involved in the daily programs and we appreciate any time they spend with us. The children benefit greatly from their interest and involvement and, for parents, this can be an opportunity to observe their child at play with others and a chance to discuss their progress with staff. We also look forward to many staff within the Trinity community visiting us and sharing special times with the children. 2018 has started on a very positive note and we cannot wait to see how our year proceeds. GENEVIEVE READ Director of the ELC

Nicholas Kokkinos, Nathaniel Guo and Terry Qui

Asher Kumar, Harvey Fairbairn and Christian Bosco

Jack Lauber

Marcus Chan and Jonathan Markopoulos

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Daytona Derbogosijan, Rock Qiao, Rupert Marsland and Flynn Callow-Sussex

Mr Nalder with the Junior School Vice-Captains Charlie White and Eddy Peng, and Captain Euan Brown

Summers House supporters - Charlie Lister, James Alleva, James Allegos and Ross Doufas

Making a Splash - Swimming

Swimming was a great way to commence the year in physical education classes. For five weeks, the Prep to Year 2 boys received intensive coaching in small groups, focusing on refining their stroke techniques and improving their distance swims and water safety skills. At the Swimming Display, they participated in the ‘My Best Freestyle’ and ‘My Best Backstroke’ events and took part in the survival courses and relays. It was wonderful to see so many parents celebrating the boys’ learning. In classes, boys in Years 3 to 6 boys focused on their stroke and diving techniques, working hard to increase their stamina when swimming for longer periods. Their objective was to prepare for the Year 3 to 6 House Swimming Carnival and to perform to the best of their ability. Improved performances meant many personal bests were achieved, and five School Records were broken! It was an exciting day that encapsulated the outstanding House spirit of the boys. Results from the House Swimming Carnival and the Saturday morning interschool swimming trials are used to select the boys who will represent Trinity at the State Schools Victoria swim events and the AGSV Carnival.


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School Captain Nathan Savundra-Shepherd with some of the Junior School leaders

Leaders’ Induction Service

Each year a special chapel service, attended by the boys’ parents and all students in Years 4 to 6, marks the induction of the Year 6 Junior School Leaders. The service included readings, prayers and the presentation to each Year 6 boy of a captain’s badge for their area of responsibility. Mr Nalder and Dr Davies addressed the boys, who made a leadership pledge of service to those present. Our Junior School Chaplain, Mr Don Stott, gave a short homily comparing leadership to being part of a jazz band: everyone has a part to play, a time to step up, and his own style. Once again, the Year 6 boys displayed wonderful poise as they performed their various roles in the ceremony. The service was followed by a morning tea and photographs in the nearby Alexandra Gardens.


Aaryan Walter and his mum Kavita

Chester Roodenburg and his dad Owen

The Roberts House Lunch

The Roberts House Lunch is held at the start of every school year. It is a chance for the boys of Roberts House to enjoy a casual meal with their friends and family. Students from Prep and Year 1 share a healthy, relaxing meal under the shade of the oak trees in the Roberts House playground. The Lunch also provides a great opportunity for parents and friends to socialise and share the experience of their sons beginning their formal education at Trinity Grammar School. The boys thoroughly enjoyed having their parents at school for this event and parents took the opportunity to get to know one another. Hopefully, many beautiful friendships will be established among the parents and children who will share their Trinity journey.

James Papamarkou with his parents Terry and Angela Peter Huynh and his mum Kylie

Leo Vegter and his mum Michelle

Anderson Northwood with his dad Chris and Chris’ partner Annie

Brothers Paul and Matthew Oakley

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The Junior School celebrates the Year of the Dog

Our Junior School and Year 7 boys were treated to a superb showcase of intercultural experience and understanding during an afternoon of Chinese New Year celebrations on Friday 16 February – the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

From handmade dumplings, spring rolls and fried rice, to lion dancing and qipao fashion, dragon boat racing, shadow puppetry and workshops in calligraphy and painting – the event was an enormous feat of organisation and generosity from Trinity parents, grandparents, OTGs and staff. SUE FELTON Director of Development and Community Relations


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The Trinity RACV EB team and cars

RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge

Sixteen boys in two teams raced their two RACV vehicles Too Fast and Too Furious for 24 hours non-stop around the 1.5km track at Maryborough. Too Fast finished second in its hybrid class and fourth overall. RACV is a popular cocurricular activity; visitors to the school are often amazed at the sight of these eye-catching, pedal-powered racing cars being driven around the Junior School Oval and even, when it is closed off, along Charles Street!

And they’re off!

Too Furious

Too Fast

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The Founders’ Day Fair

Every year, Trinity celebrates Founders’ Day with a Fair that brings together students, parents, staff and Old Boys – as well as the wider community. Everyone who has ever been involved would understand that friend-raising, and not fundraising, is the raison d’être of the Fair. This year the resilience of the Trinity community was sorely challenged by Melbourne’s notoriously unpredictable weather. In fact, the heavens opened and everything was drenched. Nevertheless, everyone wrung out their shoes and soldiered on. Over 120 musicians performed, there were cake stalls and craft stalls, fine foods and vintage clothing, trash and treasure and second-hand books; there were spinning wheels and rides and raffles and, finally, to celebrate 25 consecutive years of the Fair, there were FIREWORKS! 16

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At some point, the sun managed to break through...

I’m forever blowing bubbles...

Even when it’s raining, people can still eat cake!

The ladies running the vintage clothing stall were their own greatest advert

The Craft Stall

The children’s enthusiasm could not be dampened

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TRINITY COMMUNITY Australia Day Honours

Congratulations to the following members of the Trinity community who were honoured on Australia Day. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of their service and dedication to their professions and to the community. • Jon Willis OAM – For Service to Youth through Scouts. Mr Willis coordinates our audio-visual displays at both Senior and Junior School Presentation Nights. • David Singleton AM – For Significant Service to Engineering, particularly through creating sustainable infrastructure for cities and communities. • Professor Susan Elliott AM – For Significant Service to Education as an academic administrator and as a clinician in the field of gastroenterology. • Associate Professor Julian Rait OAM – For Service to Ophthalmology, and to the development of overseas aid.

Trinity and Ruyton International Students

International Students’ Barbecue

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good food in a family environment, but they can also meet their peers at Trinity and Ruyton and hopefully build strong friendships which will sustain them throughout their time in Australia. The close bonds between the two schools are greatly appreciated by these students so far from home.

FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE OLD TRINITY GRAMMARIANS’ ASSOCIATION At the start of this new school year, I’d like to welcome some new and some familiar faces to the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association Committee. Past OTGA Presidents and Committee members Leigh Hodges (OTG 1971-1976), Tim Sharp (OTG 19871994) and Eddie Gibbons (OTG 1982-1994) are all returning to the Committee, along with some fresh faces who are joining for the first time including James Brown (OTG 1985-1992), Jun Kim (OTG 2011-2016) and Denis Curnow (OTG 2010-2017). I look forward to working with them all. Unfortunately, we are also saying farewell to some of our longstanding members, Nathan Merzvinskis (OTG 2003-2009), Sam Smith (OTG 2001-2008) and Chris Weinberg (OTG 2003-2009), who all retired from the Committee at the end of 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nathan, Sam and Chris for their significant contributions to both the Committee and the Old Boys, including the establishment of the very successful Industry Nights, their ongoing support of the CBD Lunches, and for their work on the OTGA Facebook page, the website and the Year 12 Student Handbook. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for them and we wish them all the best.

The Maningrida Aboriginal Community outreach initiative has seen renewed interest this year with Duncan Moore (OTG 2007-2012) and Chris Thuring (OTG 2009-2014) leading a group of students to continue this program in conjunction with the Maningrida staff. This unique opportunity allows volunteers to venture to Maningrida, a remote, Indigenous community in the heart of Arnhem Land. They spend six weeks working in the local youth centre, meeting some incredible people and organising a holiday program for the children. We encourage OTGs interested in next year’s program to contact the OTGA for more information. Industry Evenings will proceed again this year; dates for Banking/Finance, Entrepreneur/IT (Jobs of the Future) and Engineering will be posted soon on the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association Facebook page. Please like the page so you are kept informed. Should you have any suggestions for future Industry Evening or CBD Lunch speakers, please send your request through to Sharon Kendall. DAVID BAUMGARTNER (OTG 1974-1979) President

In other news, we had the privilege of hearing from Nicholas Papas QC (OTG 1966-1975) at our CBD Lunch at the RACV Club in December last year. Nick regaled us with stories from his many years in the legal profession. Discussion focused on the controversial topic of drugs and crime, and possible alternative approaches to this issue, which provided much food for thought. The OTG CBD Lunches will continue this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for the details of our next event. Our support of OTG Clubs continues with the establishment of the OTG Volleyball Club. This initiative was driven by Alex Fogarty (OTG 2008-2013) and consequently three teams, with 28 players, are now up and running. The OTGA has made a significant contribution to the OTGAFC’s new light installation at the Marles Playing Fields in Bulleen, and we look forward to both the OTGAFC and the School enjoying the benefits of this upgrade. Basketball team singlets also remain available for any Old Boys wishing to establish a team. If you are interested in joining OTG Volleyball or would like to enquire about basketball singlets, please contact Sharon Kendall at or phone the Community Relations Office on 9854 3600. OTGs Chris Thuring and Cal McConville in Maningrida

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REUNIONS 2018 REUNION DATES We look forward to welcoming the following year groups for their respective reunions. Invitations will be sent approximately four weeks prior to the event. Please note any dates of interest and let others know about these events. We are continually updating contact details for Old Boys and would be grateful if you could send through updates to DATE



Friday 4 May

2008 10 Year Reunion Dinner

Centre for the Arts

Friday 18 May

1998 20 Year Reunion Dinner

Centre for the Arts

Friday 10 August

1988 30 Year Reunion Dinner

Centre for the Arts

Friday 24 August

1978 40 Year Reunion Dinner

Centre for the Arts

Wednesday 10 October

2017 One Year Reunion BBQ


OTGS IN THE AFL Best of luck to our Old Trinity Grammarians currently working in the AFL and to our Old Trinity Grammarian players: Tom Cutler (OTG 2008-2013) – Brisbane Todd Goldstein (OTG 2001-2006) – North Melbourne Jay Kennedy Harris (OTG 2009-2012) - Melbourne Nick Larkey (OTG 2011-2016) – North Melbourne David Mackay (OTG 2001-2006) – Adelaide Luke McDonald (OTG 2007-2012) – North Melbourne Adam Tomlinson (OTG 2006-2011) – Greater Western Sydney Dom Tyson (OTG 2006-2011) – Melbourne

FOOTY TIPPING OTGA AFL Footy Tipping commences in Round 1. To be in the running for some Rebel Sport prizes, please join the competition, which is open only to Old Trinity Grammarians at:


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In 2017, there were many events held at the school to which OTGs were invited. These included the Founders’ Day event and the Centenary of House celebration (please see Page 10 for more photos and information about this event).

Brian Austen and Bruce Whitehead at the Centenary of House Celebration

Ian Armstrong and Peter McIntyre at the Founders’ Day event

OTGs Scott Ferrier, David Mansour, Ben Cohen and Jeremy Sutcliffe at the Centenary of House Celebration

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OTG CLUBS OTG CRICKET The 2017/18 season saw the OTGCC First XI maintain its status as one of the power teams in the MCC Club XI Competition’s top division. Even contributions throughout the playing list meant the team reached yet another finals series, narrowly missing out on a grand final berth after going down to old foes Xavier in a nail-biting semi final. In their quest for back-to-back premiership flags, albeit this season in Division 2, the OTGCC Second XI equipped themselves admirably, spending a majority of the season on top of the ladder. Unfortunately, a late season form slump and a disappointing semi final loss to Old Haileybury denied the side a chance to play off in a second successive grand final.

the Development team and can look forward to a good year given the marked improvement in depth on account of the number of new players to the club. Liam Tobin will be looking to improve further on our Women’s team’s stellar first year, as they have also attracted a number of new players. The redoubtable Steve Maus has taken on the assistant’s role and we are very lucky to have him. The Thirds will be looking to climb back up the ladder after their prolonged celebration last year. Steven Woodward may even threaten to introduce training to focus his troops. All in all, this is a very interesting year for the club. Changes on and off field have been numerous, but there is a definite vibe that is very exciting to be a part of.

Although neither side managed to secure the ultimate prize, this season will go down as one of the club’s most successful. Participation rates were at an all-time high and many fond memories will be taken away by everybody involved in the club.

Let’s bounce the ball!

If you are interested in getting involved with OTG Cricket, please contact me on 0430 783 099. Here’s to a successful 2018/19 campaign!



SEB NICOLOSI (OTG 2012) Club Captain

OTG Football

OTG SOCCER The OTG Cricket Club

OTG FOOTBALL For our footballers, working with new Senior Coach, Bernie Dinneen, who quickly hit his stride and energised his charges, preseason 2018 commenced in November. Aided by his assistants, Greg MacDonald and Marty Heffernan, Bernie has raised the bar substantially in terms of physical fitness. To the players’ credit, the response has been phenomenal with training attendance hovering around the 50 mark on EACH night. The recent fitness camp was a particular highlight, described by the coach as the best he’s been involved in, and he’s been involved in dozens! It has also been gratifying to see the number of women and Under 19 players at training. New Unders Coach, Dean Peters, brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to the role. Heath Pohl, very ably assisted by Clint Wright, will lead


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After an outstanding 2017 season, the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Soccer Club started 2018 in fantastic fashion. A noteworthy highlight of 2017 was our women’s team winning their league and gaining promotion in just their second ever season. The men’s Seniors and Reserves teams also had a fantastic year of growth; however, with a few key matches not going their way, both teams finished the year off in the middle of the table. The club’s playing members also grew to the highest ever number of 121, which is testament to our great staff, players and culture. In 2018, the club has seen a drastic overhaul of our senior coaching staff. It is with great pleasure that we announce that our new men’s Seniors coach is John Kyrgios. John is an A-Licence coach and the technical director of NPL club Northcote City. He has been involved in elite youth teams, and women’s NPL with Heidelberg and Box Hill. John is joined by Old Boy Andrew Skoullos, who is the Seniors’ assistant coach for 2018. Andrew is the current coach of the TGS First XI team and he brings an incredible amount of experience and expertise with him having played at the highest levels of the Victorian soccer league. The club also

introduces Brett Farlie as the new coach of the men’s Reserves team. Brett is a C-Licence coach, whose love and knowledge of the game will prove invaluable for the season ahead.

Off the field, the committee has planned a busy social calendar, which kicked off in early March with the club’s notorious ‘Amazing Race’ through the streets of Melbourne.

The men’s Seniors team has also seen the arrival of some outstanding players (including Old Boys) in 2018, with the likes of Lachlan Cho, David Passaro and Lachlan Smale all moving from the top tiers of Victorian football to come and play for OTGSC in 2018.

It is still not too late to get involved in the 2018 season, so we extend a warm invitation to all Old Boys and friends of the school to come down and have a kick. We also urge any female family members or friends of the Trinity and Ruyton communities who may be interested in joining our women’s team to contact our Co-President Francesco Carosella for more details. OTGSC is a fantastic way of continuing your connection with the Trinity community and enjoying some soccer with mates!

After a flawless 2017 season, our women’s team (affectionately known as ‘The Baes’) has now progressed into State League 3. The team’s success last season can be attributed to their willingness to learn what is a new game for many of them, and their hard work and dedication at training. Head coaches OTGs Dean Trotta and Andrew Apostolopoulos have done a fantastic job in creating a fun and friendly environment for our girls to play in and are looking to build on their success this year and into the future. During this preseason, there was an influx of new players, with more than 30 female players attending some training sessions!

The OTG Soccer Women’s team

FRANCESCO CAROSELLA (OTG 2011) Co-President 0432 702 681

At training

The OTG Soccer Club Committee on Presentation Night

OTG OTTERS (WATER POLO) The OTG Otters had a phenomenal summer 2017 season with both teams finishing on top of the ladder in their respective divisions. Unfortunately, neither team went on to win the final with the Firsts being knocked out in the semis and the Seconds going down in a competitive grand final. With the winter 2018 season kicking into action in mid-April, we are looking to come back bigger and better than ever. With some fresh new faces in the playing group and a strong group of players emerging from the graduating class of 2017, the Otters are in their best position yet to take home their first flag. It’s not too late to get involved in the winter 2018 season, so if you wish to register your interest, feel free to email me ( or get down to the Trinity pool at 7.00pm on Monday nights to join in training. NATHAN MERZVINSKIS (OTG 2009)

OTG Otters


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NEWS OF OLD BOYS Rob Smead (OTG 1951-1959) is assisting in the Community Relations Office at Trinity. He is helping locate ‘missing’ Old Boys and working on special projects in School Archives. Rob’s brother Warwick Smead dec. (OTG 1951-1961) also attended Trinity. Well done to Peter Rowsthorn (OTG 1973-1980) and Josh Gibson (OTG 1996-2001) who recently appeared on the television show I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of here. Both Peter and Josh raised funds for their respective charities the Wirrpanda Foundation and the RSPCA.

John Graham (OTG 1957-1963) sent his regards from Mexico where he lives. He also shared a video of the effects of the September 2017 earthquake, which can be viewed at Also recently in Mexico was the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett (OTG 1946-1954). He explored the Mayan and Zapotec archaeological remains in Mexico and enjoyed catching up with friends in Mexico City and Michoacan. Geoff also celebrated his 80th birthday in Colombia.

Andy Tang

Andy Tang (OTG 1982-1983) recently visited Melbourne with his wife Sophy and toured the School. He found his name on the naming wall and met with Sue Felton and Dr Michael Davies. Andy lives in Hong Kong and hopes to reconnect with other Old Boys from his time at school.

Geoff Jarrett

Phillip Arbuckle’s bundle of joy, Henry

The adorable Rafael Wolf Verrocchi

The very gorgeous Mimi Davis

Tim Sharp and his beautiful family

Phillip Arbuckle (OTG 1997-2002) and his wife Liesl welcomed their first child, Henry, in October 2017. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Matt Verrocchi (OTG 19912001) and his wife Nicole on the birth of their first child Rafael.

Congratulations to Gavin Davis (OTG 1983-1995) and his wife Rococo, who welcomed their baby daughter Mimi Cecily Rose into the world at the end of 2017. Gavin is now the Director of Communications and Campaigns at Sky and is looking forward to the next OTG Dinner in London where he is living.

Congratulations to Tim Sharp (OTG 1987-1994) and his wife Sally who welcomed Harry Edgar, a brother for Chloe.


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NEWS OF OLD BOYS Richard Honess (OTG 1962-1963) has prepared the following article regarding Richard Robertson (OTG 1958-1964): Richard, now semi-retired, has spent most of his life teaching and as an assistant principal at Victorian country high schools. A resident of Camperdown since 1981, Richard and wife Patricia (Pat) have two grown-up children. Pat is a former mayor of Camperdown and, over the years, both have been heavily involved in community groups, most notably Rotary, the hospital board, Friends of Mt Leura, Camperdown-Timboon Rail Trail, the Information and Arts Centre, Community Bank, the Pastoral and Agricultural Society, the kindergarten, and Jaycees. They live at the oldest extant residential property in the district, which includes a small farm and their printing/ engraving business. Congratulations to Barrie Grigg (OTG 1948-1952) and his wife Wendy, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in November 2018. To celebrate their milestone they will be cruising aboard the ‘The Three Queens – Elizabeth 2, Mary and Victoria’! Since leaving school, Alex Bye (OTG 2005-2010) has pursued a career in hospitality. He is now the venue manager at Dawson, a recently opened restaurant in High Street, Kew. Nigel Brand (OTG 1970-1973) and Andrew Oates (OTG 1987-1994) are enjoying working together in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. They are both part of the workforce planning team whose job it is to ensure Victoria has enough doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other professionals to run the health and community services sectors for the foreseeable future. The pair met through a shared interest in historical simulation in the early 2000s and have been friends since then.

Congratulations to Sam Power (OTG 19932001), who was appointed General Manager of List Management at the Western Bulldogs Football Club after several years in a list management and integrity position at the Carlton Football Club, where he was also the Company Secretary. Sam completed his law degree at the University of Melbourne and played 123 Sam Power in his playing days games at both the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Football Clubs between 2002 and 2009. He and his wife Emma have two children, Annabelle (aged three) and Rose (aged one). Hugo Fuller (OTG 2011-2016) has been awarded a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship, which provides both mentoring and internship support, in addition to a substantial grant to fund his studies in Nanjing in the second half of this year. He also becomes part of the Westpac Scholars group, which provides ongoing networking opportunities into the future. Hubert Algie (OTG 1998-2006), a lawyer with Kellehers, was the winner of the prestigious 2016-17 Victorian Young Professional Award. Each year, the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association grants this award to one exceptional young professional.

Congratulations to Matt Nirenberg (OTG 2004-2009) who has graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) from the University of Technology. John Bell (OTG 1979-1980) attended Trinity in Prep and Year 1 before his family moved to Queensland. He now works in IT as an integrated systems designer and resides in Wauchope, New South Wales, with his wife Michelle and their daughter. Stephen Helmke (OTG 1983-1984) recalls his short time at Trinity as being very enjoyable. Stephen lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Malcolm Billings and with student Cooper Hall

When he visited the school last year to speak at the Founders’ Day Service, Malcolm Billings (OTG 19481953), author, BBC presenter, actor and historian, who has spent most of his working life overseas, regaled the boys with tales of his adventures and thrilled them with stories about his time at Trinity. The history boys were particularly fortunate to hear him talk about the First Crusades.

For more information or to add news of Old Boys for the Trinity Grammarian, please contact Sharon Kendall via email to or by telephone on (03) 9854 3668.

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IN MEMORIAM We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of the following Old Trinity Grammarians. Peter Guy (OTG 1945-1952) – John Menzies (OTG 1942-1953) recalls Peter participating in all things with great enthusiasm, including football, swimming and cricket whilst at Trinity. He completed his matriculation at Taylors College, then studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne. His career took him interstate and also to the Antarctic and Bougainville. Peter was a Gold Mitre Lunch attendee. Christopher Tom Patton (OTG 1937-1946) – Christopher had a great intellect, a sharp sense of humour, a commitment to social justice and was a wonderful nurturer and teacher. At Trinity, Christopher participated in cadets and football, he received House Colours and became a prefect. After leaving school, he became a Commonwealth public servant and, in June 1990, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Christopher’s sons, James (OTG 1973-1974) and Robert (OTG 1975-1980), followed in his footsteps and attended Trinity, as did his nephews Peter Mignot (OTG 19621970) and John Mignot (OTG 1963-1968). Their mother Rosemary née Patton was also an Old Trinity Grammarian as she had attended Little Ruyton at St Hilary’s Church in Kew. Vale to a regular attendee at the Gold Mitre Lunches.


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Graeme Edward McDonough (OTG 1947-1954) – Before coming to Trinity, Graeme lived on a sheep station and was educated at Loreto College Portland. During the third term of 1947, Graeme entered Trinity’s Boarding House and became a member of Roberts House. He enjoyed participating in drama and scouts and became a member of the Mitre committee. After leaving school, Graeme worked as a jackeroo on a Corriedale Stud Property in Hamilton and later became the public relations manager of the Great Western Winery. He died in Ballarat surrounded by his wife and friends. Dr Trevor James Wood (OTG 1944-1954) –Trevor was a young St Paul’s Chorister when he came to Trinity. He became dux of the Junior School and from 1947-1954, he was dux of each of his forms. Trevor worked on The Mitre, was a member of the Library Committee, and in his final year, he became a prefect. Trevor’s forte was in sciences and mathematics. He dedicated his life to medicine, working at the Townsville General Hospital where he became their medical superintendent and Associate Professor of Medical Services. In retirement, Trevor helped his old patients to access the appropriate services. Although he lived in Queensland all of his adult life, Trevor was a frequent correspondent who loved hearing all the news about Trinity and his peers. DR JANE MAYO CAROLAN Archivist

SUE FELTON INTERVIEWS… Other enjoyable activities at school included football, being part of the Roberts House debating team, and being involved in the school’s scout group, 2nd Kew. Joining the school scouts meant we were able to get away into the bush on camping trips and experience a whole new learning environment away from the comforts of city life. I still remember the exciting trip when we travelled ‘cattle’ class by rail from Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station) to the 1961 Lansdowne Jamboree in Sydney. Here 15,000 scouts had gathered from around Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region for the Australian Jamboree. We all carried the mandatory sheath knife on our scout belt. This was a practical tool when in the bush, and it was also used in some novel games and occasionally for deflating the odd blow-up mattress. Who had the greatest influence on you at Trinity? As I studied commerce, I had the pleasure of Athol Pike as my form master for a number of years. His support and guidance was inspirational, and he was fiercely protective of everyone in his class. I found his down to earth approach both embracing and helpful, particularly in the learning environment of the classroom. He was always in control, however, and did not put up with any nonsense. I still talk about him with some of my old classmates - he was a remarkable character! What have you taken away from your days at the school?

Sue Felton interviews Ken Gunn (OTG 1959-1965) Ken is the founder, CEO and chairman of The CEO Institute, which he set up in 1992. This peer-to-peer membership organisation for chief executives helps business leaders connect and learn from one another. The Institute now boasts more than 1,000 members across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Qatar. Jeff Orrill (OTG 1964) is the Institute’s financial controller. What do you remember from your early days at Trinity? I started at Trinity in 1959 in Year 7, which was part of Middle School, when Alfred Bright was Headmaster. My recollection of those early days was the strict discipline, the cane for those who stepped out of line, and a fear of being caught talking whilst in the Middle School change rooms.

There is no doubt in my mind that my days at Trinity helped develop my character and values, and also prepared me for future leadership roles. The education we received was well rounded, and involved much more than the academic learning taking place in the classroom. The friendships I developed, many of which continue to this day, are priceless. What advice would you give to young men leaving Trinity? Make the effort to keep your school friendships, as you will find developing and maintaining networks will prove helpful as you journey through life. Commit yourselves to life-long learning as an investment in your selfdevelopment.

I have very fond memories of my time at Trinity, as I relished everything the school had to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed playing tennis and was awarded Colours. While I was still at school, I played for the Old Boys, and continued playing for them when I started at Monash University. Tennis is still important to me and I play at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. I enjoy the company of other Old Boys, who are also members, including Alan Farquhar (OTG 1963-1964), Harold Wight (OTG 1954-1965), Phil King (OTG 1960-1965) and, when he visits Australia from the UK, Noel Boyd (OTG 1958-1964).

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The Trinity Grammarian - April 2018  

The Trinity Grammarian is the community magazine of Trinity Grammar School, Kew. Published three times a year, The Grammarian showcases the...

The Trinity Grammarian - April 2018  

The Trinity Grammarian is the community magazine of Trinity Grammar School, Kew. Published three times a year, The Grammarian showcases the...