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Trinity News : April 2008
TRINITY NEWS 29 It is not very often that young boys are able to say that they have contributed to a real book! Last year the following boys participated in an Australia wide Art competition run by “Write 4 Fun” for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Year 3 (2007): Michael Pahos, Noah Nakhle Year 4 (2007): Anthony Younes, Harry Cobon Year 5 (2007): Jeremy Bishay, James Vallis, Gabriel Boikov, Leo Jiang, Peter Tryfonopoulos, Aidan Dawson, Ishaan Thakur, Alan Li, Umair Ah- sanullah, Jameson Choe, Christopher Chen, Aidan Steiner, Jeremy Moy, Christopher Ko Although none of our boys was selected as a winner, they are winners in that their Australian pieces were included in the book “Aussie Art” which was published recently. This wonderful book can be borrowed from the Preparatory School Library. Congratulations to our talented and enthusiastic artists! Jenny Harrisson | Visual Arts Teacher The process o f differentiating the curriculum for our cognitively gifted boys has continued apace on all campuses. Our boys played a starring role (albeit anonymously) at the World Council for Gifted Education in Warwick when Mrs Suzanne Plume presented a paper on Gifted Education in a Traditional Boys’ Grammar school to an international audience. Side bene?ts of the conference for Trinity included the boys’ enrolment as members of the Friends of Tom Hughes Museum in the village of Uf?ngton near the location of the Uf?ngton White Horse. The latter landmark, etched in chalk on the downs by a Bronze Age artist, is familiar to the boys on both primary campuses through their study of “Sun Horse, Moon Horse” by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Last year our Lewisham Campus was visited by internationally renowned researcher and lecturer Professor John Geake from Oxford Brookes University who spent a reciprocally illuminating hour discussing the brain and its workings with students aged from four to seven. Professor Geake also spent time with primary and secondary staff discussing the educational implications of his work using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to investigate the functioning of gifted brains. Suzanne Plume | Gifted Education Coordinator PK-10 all campuses. Our boys played a starring role At the end of last year, boys from Summer Hill and Strath?eld were involved in the IDEAS in Museums project whereby they worked with scientists and artists to explore scienti?c concepts holistically using hands on methods. Boys worked with artist, Joyce Hinterding to create music using aerials, which picked up sounds inaudible to the human ear and with Professor Trevor Bird from the CSIRO to create an aerial from cardboard, graphite and wire, which successfully picked up the SBS signal and relayed it to a television screen. GIFTED EDUCATION AT TRINITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL This year we warmly welcome Mrs Ruth Targett who brings a wealth of experience with regard to curriculum development and staff resourcing to our Summer Hill Campus. She will be working with the extension and other classes from Years 7-10, which differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of gifted students. vis ua l art s above left: James Vallis, Harry Cobon, Michael Pahos, Anthony Younes above: Jameson Choe, Jeremy Bishay, Alan Li, Umair Ahsanullah, Gabriel Boikov left: Christopher Chen, Jeremy Moy, Christopher Ko, Aidan Dawson, Peter Tryfonopoulos VISITING PYTHONS > On Monday, February 18th, Year 6 welcomed a pair of friendly pythons to their Art lessons. Bert and Ernie are Carpet Pythons and quite harmless. They enjoyed their visit to the Prep as they were much admired by the boys from Pre-Kindy to Year 6. During the Art lessons, the boys attempted to quickly sketch our rather mobile visitors and their pencils, crayons and charcoal pieces were hurriedly applied as the two pythons showed us their climbing skills and ability to move around the room rather smartly. The pythons especially enjoyed slithering among the boys' feet and up and over stools! All the boys respected the pythons and were wonderfully calm and sensible in meeting the unusual guests. Many questions were asked and the two handlers, Kate and Simon, were impressed with all the boys' manners and interesting queries. June Cornford | Year 6 Art Teacher above: Jamie Hallam, Christopher Chen, Peter Tryfonopoulos and Jeremy Moy (all 6S) ?nding it dif?cult as to where to start drawing!