In formulating this new Plan, the College Leadership Team and the College Advisory Board directed a thorough and inclusive process, consulting students, parents, staff, and Board members over several months and across many meetings. Through these consultation meetings, all parties were challenged to acknowledge and celebrate our strengths as a College, to identify areas for growth and challenge, and to consider opportunities for improvement in the future.
Emerging from this feedback process was a strong acknowledgement of the unique community strength and parent support that exists at Trinity College. Similarly, the mantra of ‘Men for Others’, the highly valued TC Spirit, the sense of connectedness, and the amazing array of opportunities and experiences available to the boys were all identified as particular strengths.
The new College Strategic Plan was set to launch earlier this year. However, the Covid-19 pandemic certainly changed our circumstances and in recent months our focus as a College has been fixed on more immediate operational and safety matters as our students returned to direct learning. The new Plan, ‘Ambition 2024’ will be made available in the coming weeks. It will outline our hopes and aspirations for the foreseeable few years and importantly, it will guide the manner in which we plan for positive change and then implement such change – all with the formation of our boys as central in our mission. This plan will set out the College’s strategic priorities and identify outcomes against which future performance and school improvement will be measured.
As mentioned earlier, the importance of being ‘Men for Others’ is a constant reference point at Trinity College and I was wonderfully reminded of this on two occasions throughout this week.
On Monday, the Governor General released the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2020. A total of 68 Western Australians was recognised, of which four were Trinity College Old Boys.
The Honourable Ronald Leslie Boswell (’58), received the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to the people of Queensland, and to fisheries research and development.
Mr Michael Anthony Dillon (’59), received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the pharmacy profession, and to the community.
Mr Kevin John Edwards (’58), received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the legal profession, and to aged care and sporting organisations.
Mr James Palmiro Armanasco ('70) received the Australian Fire Service Medal for his 35 years with the Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and for the development of digital databases to help volunteers navigate health and safety processes and monitor local hydrants.
On Wednesday morning, Trinity College hosted a Breakfast Meeting of the various Sports Captains from all other PSA Schools. Our College Director of Sport, Mr Brett Silver, introduced Wildcats Captain, Damian Martin, who spoke to the boys about his leadership journey and delivered an important message about the need for good leaders to hold true to their values in the message they deliver and the example they set. I also had the very special privilege of congratulating our respective PSA Winter Season Captains, thanking them for their generous service and reiterating the importance of being courageous and directed by good values in their leadership. I would like to formally congratulate Joshua (Badminton), Rowan (Cross Country), Ethan (Football), Charlie (Hockey), Josh (Rugby) and Daniel (Soccer), and wish them well for a successful season ahead.
Both our Old Boys, and our current boys (Captains), have certainly displayed the mantra of being ‘Men for Others’. We hope and pray that their example of authentic service, humility, excellence and generosity continue to inspire our Trinity students now and in the future.
Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal