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Trinity News : November 2008
Begin the Beijing! Reports of this nature always praise, thank and congratulate all those involved, and this is the case here in this account of the Beijing Olympic Night held on Saturday June 21 when more than two hundred folk gathered in The James Wilson Hogg Assembly Hall to celebrate the forth-coming Olympiad. Mrs Monica Chu and her excellent team well deserve every complimentary thing— and these are legion—we can say about them for hosting such an excellent evening, but surely, the highest praise for service and dedication to their task must go to the two largely unseen men who, with two of their more visible colleagues, gave us the huge enjoyment of the Lion Dance! Imagine cavorting and capering around the Hall bent at an angle of 90 degrees, and only occasionally being able to stand at one’s full height, as did the two stalwarts who were the rear portion of the lions! There was no doubt that the Lion Dance was the most popular of the many entertaining items presented: the Preparatory School boys’ Kung Fu performance, The Australia Orient Sing and Dance Troupe, a Chinese pop song, a Chinese Skit, Classical and Contemporary Chinese Poem recitations, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and Kung Fu performances, a Zither performance and Chinese Folk and Pop songs were all much applauded! Also there was many a happy face seen as the winners of the fabulous prizes in the raffle were proclaimed, while the food provided was an absolute treat! We were also pleased to welcome Consul Zhou Bo, Education Section, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney, who gave the Official Address. The evening gave many a greater insight into Chinese culture, and through the music and dance and other entertainments, a great spirit of appreciation was engendered. This accords with the fact that Trinity, with its more than fifty cultural groups attending the School, strives to achieve a true spirit and understanding of the backgrounds of its students. Evenings such as this one, and the Sri Lankan and Greek nights held in previous years, and the remembering at Quad Assemblies of various national days is a vital aspect of the inclusiveness that Trinity stands for in this regard. | Ron Ogier 1 4 2 3 SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY IN Prayer 6 TRINITY NEWS Twenty years ago Mrs Christine Jenson, the mother of Michael (Class of 1988) and Steven (Class of 1996) was prompted by the speaker at a service in Chapter House St Andrew’s Cathedral, to pray specifically for the boys and staff in Anglican Schools. She shared her vision with Mrs Patricia Braga, the mother of Christopher (Class of 1990), Andrew (Class of 1993) and David (Class of 1987), and together these mums started a weekly prayer meeting to pray for the boys, staff and parents of the School. The meetings were held at the Strathfield or Summer Hill campuses on alternate weeks. Twice a year, the prayer group met in the home of a parent in the evening to allow others to attend. Prayer was specific and focused on the needs of individuals and groups within the School community with complete confidentiality being kept by this faithful band of mums and dads. Prayer convenors over the last twenty years have included: Mrs Christine Jenson, Mrs Sue Adams, the mother of Stephen (Class of 1996) and Luke (Class of 1994), Mrs Irene Woo, Mrs Jenny Ford, the mother of Richard Ford (Class of 1996), Mrs Wendy Inatey the mother of Jacob (Class of 2003) and Joshua (Class of 2006), Mrs Evelyn Sims the mother of Jean Paul (Class of 1997) and Sandy (Class of 2000), Mrs Cujes, Mrs Maxine Cook the mother of Ben (Class of 1997) and Luke (Class of 2004), Mrs Dawn Howell the mother of Christopher (Class of 2000) and David (Class of 2003), Mrs Virginia Fay the mother of Nathaniel (Class of 2005), Mrs June Chae, mother of Daniel (12Du) and the current convenors – at Summer Hill, Mrs Wendy Muggeridge the mother of Stephen (Class of 2000), David (Class of 2008) and Philip (11WJ) and at Strathfield, Mrs Chu, the mother of