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TC Newsletter:

Volume 1  February 7, 2020


From the Principal 


I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all families and members of the Trinity College community as we commence the 2020 academic year. I offer my prayerful best wishes for a happy, safe and positive year ahead. A special welcome is extended to those students and families who are new to our College. I trust your relationship with our community will be an enjoyable and productive one.

Once again, I would like to thank the many members of the College community who have offered all the College Staff a warm welcome as we commence the academic year. It has been very humbling to receive the many blessings, good wishes, encouragement, and messages of support from families. As the College Principal, I am very grateful for such a positive and sincere welcome and feel it reflects the sense of community and genuine care that exists at Trinity College.

As is normally the case at the start of any school year, we welcome the following new members of staff and wish them well as they commence at our College.

Mr Troy Alexander


Miss Sophie Brouwer


Mrs Charmaine Clements


Miss Joanna Creighton

Student Services

Mrs Violet Gohr

Personal Assistant to the Principal

Miss Patriesse Hantzis


Mrs Anjanette Hardy

Nurse/Education Assistant

Mrs Sabrina Hughes

Vice Principal

Miss Sarah Lantzke

Administrative Assistant

Miss Gabrielle letto


Miss Samantha Mallon

Religious Education 

Mrs Helen Millard

Nurse/Education Assistant

Miss Jessica Mullahey


Mr Brad Nugent


Mrs Rosa Nicholls


Miss Kate Pitcher


Mr Sailee Reed

Health & Physical Education Assistant

Mr Lachlan Sibosado

Health & Physical Education Assistant

This year, Trinity College has the special privilege of being the PSA Host School. Therefore, we also welcome Verity Keogh in her role as the Executive Officer – PSA.

Holiday Work

It has certainly been a very busy holiday period with a great deal of maintenance and capital improvements being achieved. This has included ongoing work in the refurbishment of the Cultural Centre Foyer in preparing office and reception areas for members of the College Leadership team. Similarly, the College Reception area that includes Student Services, Marketing and Registrars has also been remodeled and work is due to be completed in the coming weeks. Further to this, significant electrical and network upgrades, scheduled cleaning, and painting services were also undertaken. We also return to freshly prepared school grounds and ovals and, as is normally the case, there has been an enormous number of administrative updates and financial processes completed in preparation for the commencement of the school year.

I would like to acknowledge the work of Michael Burgess (Bursar), Ross Beatson (Buildings and Services Manager) and Dayne Whalan (Grounds Manager), and their respective teams, for their dedication and hard work over the past few weeks. Such capital development and school improvement projects can only be achieved through the ongoing support of the school community and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank those many families who have readily agreed to commit to our Building Fund Appeal.

Students Commence

This week, the College Staff were able to welcome back all students to the 2020 academic year. In a series of assemblies for respective Year Groups, I was able to formally welcome students and wish them every success and God’s blessings on a rewarding year. I also took the opportunity to ask each and every student to reflect upon the wonderful gift that they have been presented in being a student at Trinity College. Further, I challenged them to re-commit to striving for their personal best throughout this year. Below I have included a small part of my address in the hope that it may be a catalyst for similar discussions at home.

“Each of you is being gifted a wonderful opportunity to attend a great College with countless opportunities to engage in a wide variety of activities. You are blessed because, as you grow and develop in the future, you will be supported in your endeavours by your family, your teachers, your peers, your college community and by your God. So, what is asked of you?

Simply, to accept and appreciate this special gift. To apply yourself wholeheartedly to school; to give thanks to those who care and support you; to strive for excellence and give your personal best; to be kind to others, inclusive of everyone and respectful of all.

You will be asked to develop your own special gifts – to hone them into talents that you can be proud of and share with us as part of our College community. Similarly, you will be asked to recognise in others, their particular gifts and talents.  In doing so, you will show that you fully appreciate and give thanks for the many opportunities and gifts that you have in your own life.

At the start of every school year there is a need to re-commit. To apply yourself wholeheartedly to school and to commit to making changes that will allow you to achieve to the best of your abilities. All that can be asked of you is to give your personal best – to strive for personal excellence – you can give no more and you should certainly give no less. In doing this you will also demonstrate respect for yourself and show that you fully appreciate and give thanks for the many opportunities and gifts that you have in your own life. This speaks of personal leadership. It is this simple but highly rewarding challenge that I present to all students as you begin this year – commit to positive change and be the best you can be.

This morning, on behalf of your parents and the College Staff, I present to you the gift of opportunity and the gift of being part of this College community. Please accept this gift, treasure it and make the most of it. That is my wish for you and that is what I will pray for you today and throughout the year…”

Student achievement is greatly enhanced when the school and the home enjoy a positive and meaningful partnership that is centered on the formation of each student. I believe that it is important that we share in the task of reminding our boys to be truly grateful for the opportunities they have, and to continually and positively challenge them to demonstrate their appreciation by fully applying themselves to be the best they can be.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


The Parent Council warmly invites all parents to the 2020 Welcome Sundowner, scheduled to run from 6pm–9pm on Friday, 21 February. It will be held in McCabe Court, near the rowing shed, with beautiful riverside views. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and College staff. The cost is $20 per person and this covers lovely cocktail food. You are asked to bring your own beverages. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 19 February 2020 via Further details can be obtained from Mrs Beverly Martinez via or phone 9223 8106.


The College and Parent Council warmly invite the TC community to participate in the 2020 Tuition Fee Raffle. The Promotion Period for the 2020 TC Tuition Raffle:

  • Raffle begins: Monday, 3 February at 12:00pm AWST
  • Final ticket sales close on Friday, 27 March 2020 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time).

The Draw will be held at Trinity College on Monday, 30 March 2020 at 12:00pm. 

Tickets are $50 and there are only 1000 tickets available. Tickets can be purchased from All proceeds will go to improvements to student common areas, including the provision of increased seating, tables, shade, and cold water. The prize will be drawn at Trinity College on Monday, 30 March 2020 at 12:00PM AWST. Best of luck to all parents and carers who will participate in the draw! 

Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the College website for the full T&C's:

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 

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College Calendar


Monday, 10 February

  • 8:15am Staff Briefing
  • 9:00am Auxiliary Meeting
  • 3:30pm-4:20pm Year 10 Wolf pack Leadership Program
  • 7:00pm Year 11 Information evening

Tuesday, 11 February

  • 8:40am College Assembly (Welcome/97 Club) Year 4–12
  • 5:30pm Parent Council Meeting

Thursday, 13 February

  • TC v AC
  • Year 7 World of Maths

Friday, 14 February

  • TC v AC
  • 8:00am Mass 
  • 8:40am Junior School Opening Mass
  • Peer Ministers training 2:15pm-4:00pm 

Saturday, 15 February

  • TC v SC
  • Scotch Regatta 

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Junior School News


I would like to welcome all families, both new and old, to the 2020 academic school year. The boys have settled in well and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. There is a noticeable buzz of activity and the joyful sounds boys playing and engaging with their learning.


You should have already received an electronic copy of the Calendar and the 2020 Significant Dates information sheet. Please keep the information in a prominent place and take note of all upcoming Junior School special events.


Most of the communication from the school to parents is via email. If you have not received any email messages from Sharon Bush or Ella Spencer, please forward your email address to them at and Also if your phone number or address changes, please let the College know so that we can update our records.


This year one of the Junior School Summer sports is Recreation. Yesterday, our boys engaged in a one hour Yoga session with Ms Chrystal and a one-hour activity session where they walked over to the nature playscape near Optus Stadium and enjoyed climbing ropes and balancing activities. Next week they will repeat the Yoga and activity session before commencing Parkor in Week 3. 


Our first Summer Sports fixture commenced yesterday, with all teams enjoying the opportunity to represent the school. This year also marks the first time a Recreation option has been offered. The Recreation boys this term will be doing Yoga and Parkour.


The College will be holding a Welcome Assembly on Tuesday, 11 February, commencing at 8:40am. There is a lovely tradition where the new students to the College are piped in to the Sports Centre at the commencement of the assembly.


The Junior School Swimming Carnival will take place on Tuesday, 18 February here in the College pool (known as the Curtis Aquatic Centre). Events will be run in year levels commencing with Year 4 at 8:40am; Year 5 at 10:50am and Year 6 at 1:00pm. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to support the boys.


On Wednesday, 19 February all year levels in the Junior School will conduct information sessions commencing at 5:30pm. The evening will commence with all parents gathering in Gibney Hall so I can provide information that affects all in the Junior School. This part of the evening will take place in Gibney Hall.

Once this initial session is finished, we break off into year groups where the class teachers will share specific information relating to your son's learning this year. These are important information sessions and it is highly recommended that at least one parent attends.

Tuesday, 11 February
  • College Welcome Assembly in Sports Centre at 8:40am
Thursday, 13 February
  • Sport v Aquinas
Friday, 14 February
  • Junior School Opening Mass and presentation of Leadership badges
  • TOBA Assembly in Gibney Hall 2:20pm
Tuesday, 18 February
  • House Swimming Carnival
Wednesday, 19 February
  • Junior School Parent Information Evening commencing at 5:30pm

Mr Martin Tucker ('87) | Head of Junior School 

  • Commences Friday, 14 February 7:40-8:25am (9-12 years of age) 8-week program
  • Each enrollment receives a free Hot Shots Racquet

To enroll your child please contact Head Tennis Professional Brendan Malarkey on or 0401 565 051


This week of school has been very exciting with lots of new friendships being formed and new students in the College. We started school for 2020 with amazing new teachers. We started PSA sports training on Wednesday and had our first fixture on Thursday against Scotch College. Another exciting thing that happened this week was our first whole school Mass. The week finished with our first Junior School assembly, run by the new 2020 prefects.

Liam Murray (6W) and Riley Ferguson (6W) 

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Secondary School News


Book Club will be starting in the Senior Library from Week 2, welcoming back our old members and inviting new members to join us. Each year group meets fortnightly during recess in the library to share morning tea and talk about what they are reading. Book Club members also get invited to exclusive events throughout the year such as new release previews and morning teas. All book enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

  • Year 7 – Wednesdays, even weeks starting Week 4
  • Year 8 – Mondays, odd weeks starting Week 2
  • Year 9 – Mondays, even weeks starting Week 2
  • Year 10 – Thursdays, odd weeks starting Week 2
  • Year 11 – Thursdays, even weeks starting Week 2
  • Year 12 - Thursdays, even weeks starting Week 2

Emma Farhoumand | Library Technician 


As a College, we would like to congratulate the Year 12 class of 2019 who performed strongly across the board in their academic studies. The success of our students is due to many factors that are all related such as:

  • Hard work, consistent application, determination and perseverance of our students.
  • Committed support of our parents.
  • High-quality Teaching and Learning provided by a professional, dedicated and hardworking staff.
  • A strong emphasis on providing a personalised and holistic education.
  • A relentless focus on each individual where each student is challenged, encouraged, well known and cared for.
  • Ensuring that students are engaged in all four pillars – spiritual, academic, cultural and sport.
  • Individualised subject counseling for each student. 

98.3% of our Year 12 students were awarded their WACE. 61% of our students obtained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 or higher, which qualifies them for the vast majority of courses at all 5 of our local universities. Our median ATAR was 84.25, which is consistent with our average for the last number of years.

In the context of this broad base of achievement, the following students returned extremely pleasing results;


Subject Certificates of Excellence are awarded to eligible students who achieve in the top 0.5% of all students studying that particular course. The 2019 Year 12 students awarded a Subject Certificate of Excellence were

  • Alessio Cottino ('19)           English
  • Jake Pizzuto ('19)                English
  • Thomas Rundle ('19)          Mathematics Applications


Congratulations to the following students from the Class of 2019 who have been awarded Academic Full Colours. To achieve Academic Full Colours, these students have achieved a minimum of 20 ‘A’ grades over their best 20 units in Year 11 and 12. The 2019 Year 12 students to achieve Academic Full Colours are;

  • Dejan Bouwhuis ('19)
  • Aidan Darmawan ('19)
  • Samuel Pesce ('19)


We also recognise three students from the Class of 2019, along with a group of current Year 12 students who performed exceptionally well in their studies last year. To qualify for Academic Half Colours a student must achieve a minimum of 10 ‘A’ grades in course units during Year 11 or Year 12.

Class of 2019

  • James Breust ('19)
  • Manav Patel ('19)
  • Harrison Roberts ('19)

Class of 2020

  • Aaron Blampey (12.7)
  • Patrick Croll (12.3)
  • Rafael Fiore (12.3)
  • Ethan Hardy (12.5)
  • Ben Jasper (12.5)
  • Riley Mattingley (12.2)
  • Will Rowney (12.6)
  • Declan Ryan (12.1)


Trinity students were amongst the highest performing students in 5 ATAR Courses in 2019. This is calculated by the percentage of students scoring in the top 15% of all students in that course. Trinity was a top-performing school in;

  • Applied Information Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Politics and Law
  • Religion and Life


The College continues to provide Vocational Education Training (VET) options for students not selecting an ATAR pathway. In 2019 twenty-nine Year 12 students enrolled in one of more of the following courses:

  • Certificate II Business
  • Certificate II Visual Arts (Furnishing)
  • Certificate II Digital Media Technology
  • Certificate II Outdoor Education


There is an increasing number of students who enroll at University without having completed 4 or more ATAR courses. In 2019 the College offered two programs in which Year 12 students can potentially use for direct University entry:

Certificate IV Business (31 students)

Curtin Uni-Ready (17 students)


TAFE studies

(10) Year 12 students opted to enrol in a Certificate course at TAFE. There is a wide selection of courses available including pre-apprenticeships. In 2019 students were enrolled in the following courses:

  • Certificate II Hospitality
  • Certificate III Sport & Recreation
  • Certificate III Sport & Recreation
  • Certificate III Population Health
  • Certificate III Information Digital Technology (Cyber Security)

The College is very proud of the Class of 2019 and we would also like to thank all the Year 12 parents for their support and our dedicated teaching staff for all their efforts with these boys.

Mr Tim Hince | Deputy Principal – Learning and Innovation 


Planning and preparations are well underway for this year’s Year 12 ball which will be held on Thursday, 23 April. During this term, our parents will be busy transforming Gibney Hall and providing our Year 12s and their partners with a night they won’t be forgetting for a very long time. To help us achieve an amazing, memorable night, please find attached a wish list of items that will ensure our objective is achieved. You can also click here to view the items needed. 

We are also looking for cash donations or Bunning’s vouchers/gift cards so that we may be able to purchase the larger more expensive items. All donations of cash or vouchers to the value of $200 or more will be acknowledged in future Trinity newsletters.

All items will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at the school office. For more information please contact Dorina Martelli, our Ball Coordinator, on or 0439 095 949.


On Tuesday, 18 February the Italian Department will be holding an information evening on the Italian Exchange Program that is available here at Trinity. If you would like to know about hosting an Italian student or sending your son on an exchange please come along to find out more. You will hear from some TC boys that have just returned from their exchange experience. There will also be a past host mum and host brother telling you about the experience from their perspective. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome. Please note your son does not have to be studying Italian to participate in the exchange program. If you would like more information please contact Eliza Knapman via

Eliza Knapman | Italian Teacher

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College News


Today, we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit as a College community. The Mass served as a wonderful opportunity to commission and bless the new staff at the College. Father Roy highlighted the importance of living out the Gospel values in all our actions and dialogue and shared this Term's touchstone – Liberating Education.

I would like to personally thank the four Year 12 altar servers, the Music Department and Chorale, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the readers, those bringing up the offertory, Mr Theseira for being on standby with the PowerPoint and Mr Beatson and all the ground and maintenance crew. A special thanks to Father Roy for celebrating Mass and for blessing our new staff to the college. 

Friday Community Mass will recommence next Friday at 8am in the College Chapel. We look forward to seeing many of you again in 2020.

Mrs Rosa West | Director of Campus Ministry


Please click here to download an update letter regarding the supply of books from OfficeMax/WINC. The teachers at Trinity College are fully aware that a number of the students do not have their books at this point in time and are making the necessary adjustments.


Congratulations to Declan Allen ('19), who has been selected as one of six dancers to perform at the 24th Performing Arts Perspectives – the annual showcase of outstanding WACE student performers in the fields of dance, drama, and music.

Declan is one of two who have been selected to perform two dance routines at Perspectives – an outstanding achievement! Since graduating in 2019, Declan has accepted a position at WAAPA to study Musical Theatre and has been involved with the choreography in the Trinity College production of The Mikado. We would like to congratulate Declan on his success and look forward to seeing his performance at the Performing Arts Perspective on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at the Perth Concert Hall.


Homework Club in the Senior School Library will commence in Week 2 of this term. Homework Club is open Monday to Thursday afternoons between 3:15pm 5.00pm in the Study Room of the Senior Library. It is open to all students from Year 4 to Year 12 who would like to study or complete homework in a safe environment after school. There is always a member of staff on duty to assist with work and supervise students.

Any Junior School boys who are coming to Homework Club meet in the Junior School Library after school finishes and are escorted up to Senior School Library together as a group by a member of the Junior School staff at 3.45pm. We have a sign-in / sign out book for Homework Club each day so we are able to keep track of students during the Homework Club hours.

The boys are able to enjoy (hot/cold) drinks and a small snack whilst studying. Students are welcome to be at Homework Club for as long as they need up until 5pm when the Library will close. In this instance, the boys are able to use mobile phones to contact/be contacted by parents and guardians.

N.B There will be no Homework Club on Thursday 9th April (Week 10g

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


Our dance crews are starting back in Week 2:

  • Guys In Groove - Tuesday, 11 February - Years 7 to 12
  • Boys In Groove - Thursday, 13 February - Years 4 to 6

We are always on the lookout for new boys to join our dance crew. No experience needed. Come along, have a go and have some fun - 7:30am in the Braham Auditorium. 

Mrs Paula Nicoletto | Dance Coordinator - Performing Arts 


Fee statements were emailed on Friday, 31 January. Please return your payment forms by Friday, 7 February. If you did not receive your statement, please email to request a copy.

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We are holding a wine drive to raise valuable funds for Trinity College Rowing Club's 2020 Canada trip. In conjunction with Vintner's Edge wines, we are pleased to be able to provide fantastic 'quaffing' wines to have in the cellar ready for guests, for gifts or just for yourself. For more information and to download the order form, please click here. To download the tasting notes please click here

TCRC Canada 2020 Fundraising Committee

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Celebrating Mass
Class of 1970 members Neville Knuckey and Robert Chandler with Luke Grattoggi (12.4) and Thomas Robertson (12.6)
Brian Kelly ('55) with Grandson Luke Kelly (12.5)
Br John Carrigg celebrating his birthday

The Golden Heritage Club was formed in 2011 to establish a forum where Old Boys that left CBC Perth and/or Trinity College fifty years ago (or more), could gather together with ‘old mates’ and connect with their old School. On Tuesday, the group united with Year 12 students to celebrate Mass followed by morning tea in the Staff Lounge where they exchanged stories. We were fortunate to have past Headmaster’s – Br John Carrigg and Tony Curtis (’56) attend the event. Br Carrigg’s birthday was the following day, so the group celebrated with a cake and a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

Special thanks to College Chaplain – Father Roy Pereira, Deacon John Kiely (’70), John Lambe (’46), Mrs Rosa West, Year 12 students who were altar servers, did a reading and brought up the offertory and took care of the PPT for a wonderful Mass. Also, Head of Year 12 – Mr Joel Shinkfield, Year 12 students and the TC Canteen for looking after these wonderful gentlemen.


The TOBA Golf Day is open to members of the Trinity College community, friends, family, and work colleagues. It’s a wonderful day and we encourage interested players to get involved.

To register please CLICK HERE

For further details, please don’t hesitate to contact the TOBA office on 9223 8132.


Congratulations to Old Boy Carlo Tizzano ('17) who recently made his professional rugby debut in the Super Rugby competition for the NSW Waratah's against Canterbury Crusaders – quite an achievement! 

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Community News


These small-group seminars for senior school students focus on the ATAR Learning Areas of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Literature, Human Biology and Psychology. The program for middle school secondary students focus on the Learning Areas English and Mathematics. The objective of this program is to give students on-going academic support which will reinforce and consolidate the skills and processes learnt during the week at school. It aims to better prepare them for success in school-based assessments and final ATAR examinations. Students may enrol in these classes at any time during the term and pay pro-rata. For more information please call 9342 2000 or visit Website:


Give your child the help they deserve to build their confidence, self esteem, focus and life skills. For more information please visit or call Anthony on 0402 144 018. 

For more information please call 1300 914 368 or email

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