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Trinity News : August 2011
8 TRINITY NEWS 1 > JIM MILFORD Jim Milford has been Head of Mathematics at Trinity since 1997 overseeing the faculty’s growth and evolution. As chair of MEMHTA for 5 years he steered annual their annual conferences and inserviced other Heads of Mathematics and is seen as a mentor for emerging HODs. He has been on various working parties for the Board of Studies including syllabus writing and examination committees. As the inaugural recipient of the Pollock Study Grant he visited schools around Australia and USA, noting that Trinity was up with the best if not better. He has seen Mathematics at Trinity grow to encompass the IB, IGCSE, Maths Challenge and the Mathematics Club. Prior to joining Trinity Jim also taught in a variety of western Sydney state schools where he developed his concepts on student-centred learning which culminated into a Masters of Education. Although he is seen as a pure mathematician, his true love is seeing the boys develop a deep understanding of why things are so. He thoroughly enjoys the diversity of activities available to the boys at Trinity, particularly Football and Chess. Beyond this he has sporting family; his wife is a diving coach and teacher of the deaf, one daughter is a sports physiotherapist and the other is in her final year of teacher training. Jim has a passion for cycling and has ridden more than 10 000 km each of the last seven years, some of which has been commuting to Trinity. 2 > JOHN WEREMY John Weremy was born and raised on the picturesque Manitoba plain, attending school in the city of Winnipeg. Having completed a course at the local teacher’s college ,he started his career initially teaching students in Years 6-9 while obtaining his university degrees part time from the University of Manitoba and then moving on to the high schools to teach senior students from Years 10-12. He left Canada for a two- year teaching stint in Victoria with the Department of Education to sample Australian education, lifestyle and weather, which all proved significant factors in enticing him back to the land down under. Over three decades later the Old Man of the department still maintains his enthusiasm for his subject. John spends countless hours and money on elocution lessons in an attempt to help his students interpret his accent and comprehend the explanations that he insists on using in his Mathematics classroom. 3 > LES ROGERSON Les Rogerson has taught in seven different schools over 36 years of teaching. He has been a head teacher for 22 years and has taught most levels in Mathematics. He has had a passion for teaching Extension 2, but gets great satisfaction when he sees a student achieve above their expected level of achievement. He loves teaching mathematics. 4 > DR FRED OSMAN Dr Frederick Osman has served as the Chair of the Australian Institute of Physics (NSW branch) for the last 10 years and is currently the Vice President of the NSW Teachers Guild and the Chair of the Publicity Committee for the Royal Society of NSW. Fred is also recognized as the Fellow of the Australian College of Educators for his outstanding leadership as a teacher in both tertiary and secondary sectors in the areas of maths and physics and for the development of effective and novel means of developing the capacity of beginning teachers and their mentors. He has had an extensive experience of more than 20 years academic/industry experience in innovative teaching and researching, in Physics and Mathematics education at the Tertiary, Secondary IB/HSC & TAFE institutions. He is currently the Enterprise Education Director and the Master in Charge of the Mathematics Club at Trinity Grammar School. 5 > DON KESBY Don Kesby has been teaching for about 17 years, formerly at St George Christian School and Cranbrook School. He is married to Antoinette, a part-time Social Worker and is the father of three children Emma (10), Talia (8) and Ryan (5). In addition to being a Master Teacher in Mathematics at Trinity, he is a Middle School Housemaster and MIC of Sports Experience. He enjoys playing bass guitar at his local church and at times helps out with Chapel music. Don is a keen sportsman and enjoys coaching Cricket and Football. 6 > DAVID GALLUZZO David Galluzzo started teaching at Trinity Grammar School in 1999. Over the years he has taught both Middle and Senior School Mathematics. Teaching Year 9 and rotating between Year 11 and 12 provides many opportunities to get to know a broad range of students. His great love is being in the classroom and he thoroughly enjoys teaching the boys in his charge. The key for him is for students to want to come to his class. Once he has that, he feels he can teach them anything. After 22 years of teaching the passion is still alive and burning bright. The boys he teaches have a great capacity to learn and enjoy the way he teaches. 7 > JED HOGAN Jed Hogan has been teaching for many years and has taught at Trinity Grammar School for close to a decade in a number of faculties. A former Middle School Housemaster and Director of Rugby, Jed, a New Zealander, has a strong affinity with getting to know his students in and out of the classroom environment and sees the philosophy of developing the whole student as what Trinity Grammar School is renowned for developing in its students. Jed enjoys the challenges of students who don’t always find Mathematics easy and require basic structure and simplistic understanding of the fundamentals of Maths. These challenges are tasks that have make teaching various concepts of the curriculum interesting and they certainly mean looking outside the square and the norm in presentation of specific topics. Most recently Jed has just completed his Masters in Education at Sydney University and has continued his studies in 2011, embarking on completing and upgrading his knowledge with a Graduate Diploma of Mathematics at Charles Stuart University. He is a believer that educators need to be a life-long learner, who, like his charges, finds challenge in gaining and learning more in this ever-changing world particularly in this Information and Technological age. 8 > JAMES LECKIE James Leckie started his association with Trinity in 1983 as a student in Year 2 at the Preparatory School and he has been with us ever since. He graduated in 1993 as School Vice Captain and Captain of Swimming and then went on to Sydney University to complete a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics). During those years James coached sport at the School and worked at the Trinity Grammar School Continuing Education Centre as a Mathematics tutor. In 1998 he came on staff full-time in the Mathematics department and has also taught Christian Studies and Junior Science. James has been heavily involved in the Sport Department at Trinity and held the position of Sportsmaster for just under six years. Currently James is the Assistant Registrar, where he is primarily responsible for enrolments. Apart from his family (wife Anna and son Harry) and Church (Gymea Anglican), his other passion is Rugby Union Refereeing, where he has been fortunate enough to officiate at an international level for many years. The Mathematics Department (19 teachers) is very proud of the curriculum it delivers. They have worked for a long time to run a tight ship and still have the classroom be a place where individual teachers can use their strengths and creative style to make interesting lessons that challenge and stimulate. They are seen as a lighthouse school in the use of graphics calculators and now have access to whiteboards, laptops and iPads for classroom use. Every two years they have been organizing a very successful Mathematics excursion aimed at the Extension/Honours boys seeing mathematics in action in America and Europe. The Mathematics Club supplements this with their Activities Week in Canberra. Not only are they pleased with the top performers but they keep an eye on the boys who find the subject difficult and are chuffed with the value added achieved by all boys from Year 10 to 12 in particular. APERFECT10MEETOURMATHSDEPARTMENT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213 14 15 16 17 18 19