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Trinity News : November 2008
technology and design The Technology and Design Department teaches a diverse range of subjects such as Food, Hospitality, Design, Woods, Graphics, Engineering, Construction and Electrotechnology. We are truly blessed with 13 highly talented staff who are backed up with extremely well resourced, state of the art workshops which include two computer driven CNC routers and a laser cutter, as well as a wide range of more conventional machinery. There are also three well equipped computer labs using industry standard software, enabling our students to experience and use equipment that is generally only available in high tech companies such as Toyota and Boeing. This is not to mention the commercial quality kitchen, used for our Hospitality and Technology Food classes. This enviable combination of staff and facilities has produced some outstanding results over the past few years in all our Senior HSC subjects. With the popular success of our VET Hospitality and Construction courses we are now offering a new subject called Electrotechnology, which allows a pathway for students to move onto an electrical trade then, if they choose, to further tertiary studies in an Electrical Engineering career. Developing an appreciation for designing, making and evaluating things is a great life skill that will be useful for the rest of a student’s life. Hopefully the Technology and Design Trinity experience is as enjoyable for the students as it is for the staff. 2 > BEN BAXTER In 1998 I started teaching in Wagga Wagga. I moved to London in 1999 for four years teaching Design Technology in Brixton South London. It was a great experience teaching kids from Jamaica and Nigeria and I gained a lot of knowledge about Product Design. I travelled to 35 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa. I lived and studied Spanish in Guatemala in Central America. I also enjoyed three winter seasons in Kitzbuhel, Austria and Aspen Vail, Colorado, snowboarding and working. I returned to Sydney in 2004 and completed my masters in Industrial Design. My pneumatic cooling vest for road workers was short listed for the Student Dyson Awards. Recently I have been working with my partner Ruth McDermott on a light installation for Seva restaurant in Hong Kong. I am passionate about Product design and how students can use emerging technology to design products. 4 > CHRIS GRAHAM I was extremely fortunate to begin my association with Trinity Grammar School as a cricket coach in 1997/98. In 1999, my association with the School shifted to the classroom as I taught as a Prac Teacher. Following this practicum experience, I gained a temporary appointment at Trinity in November 1999 and worked at the School until October 2002. In this time I was fortunate to have been involved in numerous co- curricular activities and sport, including working as the MIC of Rugby. Leaving Trinity in 2002, I worked in London and travelled extensively through Europe until August 2006, then moved to South Africa to live and work. In January 2007, I again took up a temporary position at Trinity until June 2008 when I returned to South Africa to marry Nicolette. I returned to Trinity for the commencement of Term IV 2008 and look forward to working within the Technology and Design Department and working as First XI Cricket coach in the future. 3 > HEATHER BOOTLE I grew up in Newcastle and attended a local girls’ high school. After school I studied at Newcastle University and was very involved in youth ministry with the Uniting Church. After graduation I secured a job at PLC Armidale and enjoyed my time in the country immensely. From there I worked at St Pauls Grammar School Penrith and during this time spent many school holidays cooking on and directing Crusader Holiday camps. I came to Trinity in 1992 and in 1995 there I met my husband. We married in 1996. In 1997 our son Jonathan was born and I left TGS temporarily for nine months. As a family we have travelled extensively to Asia and Europe. Our favourite destination still remains Nelson Bay where we regularly holiday. As a family we enjoy theatre, dining out, and entertaining. We share our home with two cocker spaniels and a rag doll cat. 5 > STEPHEN HEANLY Where is Wootton? I grew up in Wootton, a very small town near Bulahdelah. Wootton’s community revolved around the nightly tennis competition, under the lights purchased by much fundraising by the community. Driving from the age of 11 on the farm and, as the mist rose in the mornings, walking along the dirt road to Jack Squires’ dairy farm to help with the milking, are just two of my many memories. When I first started at Trinity in 1993 I was soon absorbed into the culture and community that make Trinity unique. Cadets, Water Polo, School House, Rugby and Second Mastering have all been major components of my life in the School. I enjoy being in the classroom and the interaction with the boys and the staff. I am married to Leanne and we have three little girls, Olivia, Emma, and Isabelle. 6 > ADRIAN JAUK As a child, to have an Austrian Father an Australian mother and grow up in Vancouver seemed ordinary. A variety of ideas and cultural perspectives no doubt provides one with a global outlook and recognition that problems are solved in a variety of ways. Similarly, I think Trinity benefits from the many backgrounds found in this wonderful School. The design process challenges us to actualize ideas. This may be fun or frustrating and introducing students to this is a pleasure and a privilege. After completing a degree in Education at Sydney University and teaching in Sydney and Canada, I moved to London and worked in learning development for multi-national telecommunications companies. Kate, my wife of over 10 years, and two children, Emma (7) and Benjamin (3) form my family. 7 > PHIL MURDOCH With a Trade in Mechanical Engineering and a number of years in the plastics industry as well as in R & D in various companies around Sydney I was ready to try a new vocation – Teaching. I studied at UWS completing two degrees one in Design and Technology, the other in Teaching. I moved to Dubbo for two years to be founding staff member of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, then off to Sydney Grammar School for a year. I arrived at Trinity in the Spring of 2004, to start a new chapter in my career. I am fortunate to be working in one of the best staffed and well-resourced departments in Sydney, if not NSW. I have a wife, Vanessa and three children, Alexander, Nicholas and Kristalea. 10 TRINITY NEWS