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Trinity News : November 2008
THE MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL SPEECH DAY | OCTOBER 9 2008 Just for fun: thus proclaims the sign emblazoned above the concourse at Luna Park where Trinity this year held its Middle and Senior School Speech days. No doubt there was more than one amused smile when various circumstances dictated our having to use that particular location, but in the event it turned out to be strangely appropriate! Inside the rather cavernous hall called the Big Top, we brought in the accoutrements for our special circus—our Orchestral instruments, a hired organ, the glittering trophies and prizes, the reports, the programmes, and, when all was ready, the lifeblood of the occasion--the boys, the staff and the parents. To the muted sound of the folk enjoying the funfair outside, the Middle and Senior School Speech Days proceeded along their relatively solemn and dignified way. The speeches were appropriately made by the Chairman of the School Council, the Head Master, of course, and two Middle School lads who did an admirable job in their report on the year, and the School Captain, who gave a moving tribute to his peers in Year 12, to the Staff and the School as a whole before performing his final act as Captain by handing on his Badge of Office to his successor. Where then, might you ask, was the fun? If fun is to be regarded as the opposite of gloom and dismay, then it was fun that we all had, for those dismal attributes were nowhere in evidence. (Unless, of course the reports received at the conclusion of the day contained some dire warning!) From the inspirational singing of the processional hymn ”Christ is made the sure foundation” through the speeches and the gloriously performed musical items there was evident an air of optimism, of positive performances given both on the day and those reported upon. Right up to the final departure of Year 12 from the hall there was an upbeat attitude. Even the knowledge by the Year12s and their families that this day was marked with some degree of nostalgia at the ending of their school days, there was still the idea that life with its fun - its very enjoyment of living was awaiting them. For those remaining to continue their school-journey, there is for them also the inspiration to seize with zest and enthusiasm the years ahead, and to make their goals a reality, under the guiding principle demonstrated by the School motto Detur Gloria Soli Deo - Let the glory be given to God alone. | Ron Ogier 1 This group of Year 12 boys typifies their year as they are about to continue their life after school. We trust they all will have fun in the best sense of the word! 2 At both occasions, parents were entertained by the Chapel Choir and the Symphony Orchestra 3 James Stancliffe (9La) and Anthony Jones (9Fo) gave the 2008 Report on the Middle School 4 School Captain for 2008 Liam Higginbotham (12Ar) presented the Head Master with a cheque for $4,500 for purchasing resources for the Trinity connection school in Tanzania on behalf of the departing Year 12 8 TRINITY NEWS