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Volume 10  April 5, 2019

From the Principal  


Alex Rossi (12.7) with Principal Darren O'Neill

On Tuesday morning (April 2) the Secondary School gathered for our Summer Sport Assembly. This year, for the first time, our summer season consisted of 12 rounds of fixtures; commencing in Term 4 last year and then continuing into Term 1 this year. This has meant a deeper examination of ability and commitment across all sports and it has also allowed for teams to improve skills and develop teamwork over time. Our assembly afforded us with an opportunity to acknowledge all students that have played and enjoyed our season of Summer Sport and some individual students were awarded medallions for their consistent effort and service throughout the season. As part of the assembly, Rowing Captain, Alex Rossi (12.7) formally presented the Hamer Cup that was gained by our Rowers in recognition of their overall achievements at the recent Head of the River Regatta. 

Throughout this term, I have had the privilege and great pleasure of getting around to see all teams, at all levels, across all sports. I have really enjoyed the manner in which our Students, in representing Trinity College, have participated. It is with a real sense of pride, commitment and a determination to compete well. It is also with an attitude of supporting teammates and playing fairly – and it is that sense of respecting each other and the contest that I am particularly proud of.  

As part of the assembly, each Sport Captain reflected on the season past, acknowledged team members and thanked coaches and parents for their ongoing support. What was particularly pleasing to hear in their respective addresses was the recurring theme of recognising and fully appreciating effort, commitment, teamwork and fair play. This was the theme that I returned to in my own address when I spoke of character. I have included some excerpts below; 

“…At recent enrolment interviews, many boys have mentioned Sport (and the Arts), as a significant factor in their decision to apply for a place at Trinity College. Similarly, their families point out that they are keen for their sons to develop important life skills and character through their involvement in sport. It is in this sense of developing the whole person – the young man – that the College also values the place of sport within the overall curriculum for boys.

Celebrated American author, Harriet Jackson Brown says of character: “Good character is to be more praised and valued than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift from God. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece -- by thought and choice, and through courage and determination.”

Your character, like your attitude and your application to any task, is unique to you; you alone are responsible for it. As participants on the sports field your character can be clearly witnessed. I congratulate each of you for the character, the integrity and the commitment that you have so consistently demonstrated within your own teams. While the very nature of sport seeks a contest and searches for a winner, the ability to remain humble in victory and gracious in defeat, all the while applying yourself wholeheartedly to the task and being supportive of your team, certainly says much about character. We learn much about ourselves and each other through our participation in Sport. This point was emphasised by Sports Journalist, Heywood Broun when he said, ‘while it can be debated whether playing sport builds character, there is no doubt that playing sport reveals character’.

Sport is also a medium by which important lessons for life can be learned. Things such as respecting authority; the value of competition; commitment and perseverance; appreciating the reward that comes through hard work; and valuing the importance of teamwork and cooperation - all have parallels within sport. While the pursuit of winning is in itself a worthy goal, it is the valuable lessons learned on the way that should be most prized. As we look to begin our Winter Season. I remind you to stay true to your character, respect the TC Spirit of playing hard, but fair and apply yourself in a way that allows you to gain the most from these great opportunities…”

I would like to thank the large number of College Staff that have taken on a coaching or managers role throughout this season. The way in which our staff engage with the boys and the tone of respect and sportsmanship they insist on is wonderful to witness and greatly appreciated. Without the generosity of time and effort from the staff, the amount of sport and number of teams that exists at Trinity College would not be possible. I would particularly like to offer a special thanks to Mr Steve Leahy who oversees our PSA Sports and carries much of the responsibility to ensure that fixtures, venues, umpires and buses are organised every week. Similarly, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support of our parents and families that have made our summer season of sport such a success. 

Sport can be a great teacher if we are open to the lessons it presents. Thank you for your ongoing support of all the boys.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events



As we head towards the end of term, parents are reminded that teaching staff often plan assessments to be conducted in the last scheduled days of term and that it is important that students are present until the conclusion of term on the afternoon of Friday, 12 April. I take this opportunity to remind parents that students return in second term in full winter uniform – and would please ask that you please check whether your son’s winter uniform still fits him. 


Trinity College Open Day for prospective families is taking place on Wednesday, 22 May 2019Families can choose from three sessions: 9:30am, 12:00pm or 4:15pm. Each session will have a welcome by the Principal, followed by student-led tours of the College, concluding with light refreshments and a chance to chat with some of our teaching staff. The 9:30am and 12:00pm sessions will run for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the 4:15pm session will run for an hour. Please share this with families who may be interested in discovering more about our College. For more information and to register, click here


A cast of Senior School Drama students are performing in the production of 'The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon', a comedy by Don Zolidis. Some of the more classic fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride! Come along to this family-friendly show and support the students as they attempt to play numerous characters in a very unique way. We hope to see you there! Event Details:

  • Thursday, 9 and Friday, 10 May 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Gibney Hall, Trinity College

There are no tickets or assigned seating but an opportunity for a donation to the Drama Department upon entry. If further information is required please contact Ms Lisa Laurino (

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College Calendar


Monday, 8 April

  • 8:15am Staff Briefing

Tuesday, 9 April 

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm Junior School P/T/S Interviews
  • Junior School Pupil Free Day
  • Year 9 Humanities Excursion 
  • Year 10 Amazing Race with Mercedes with Mercedes at MC 3:30pm-5:00pm 

Wednesday, 10 April 

  • Year 9 Humanities Excursio 
  • Blazer Honours due 7:30am-11:00am 

Thursday, 11 April 

  • Year 12 Geography Excursion

Friday, 12 April 

  • 8:00am Mass

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Junior School News


The Year 4 boys thoroughly enjoyed their Football Carnival on Thursday. Trinity hosted the Aquinas Year 4 classes at the Waterford Sports Grounds. It was wonderful to see all the boys trying out their football skills and fun was had by all. 


On Monday, 1 April all the Year 4 students went to Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs for Kids workshop. Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs for Kids is the focus of the Year 4s Christian service. They were guided through the workshop and the process of making and packaging up the wheelchairs by some of the many volunteers. It was a very informative morning and the boys were better able to understand the extent of charitable work done by Brother Ollie and his many volunteers. Later on this year, the Year 4s will host a cake stall to raise much need funds to support Brother Ollie.


On Friday, 12 April the Junior School will be leading a Holy Week Liturgy. This will be a reflective liturgy retelling the Stations of the Cross. The boys will use song, scripture and movement to tell the story of Jesus’ last days. The Stations of the Cross will take place in Gibney Hall, parents are most welcome to attend.


Next Thursday, Winter Sports training commences. All teams will train at Waterford, returning to school by 3pm.


Thank you to the Year 4 families who provided Easter eggs for the raffle. Thankyou also to the prefects for selling the raffle tickets and the Year 4 parents who helped Mrs Bush wrap the prizes.


Tuesday, 9 April 
  • Junior School Student Free Day for Interim Report
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
Thursday, 11 April 
  • Winter Sports Training 
Friday, 12 April 
  • Holy Week Liturgy in Gibney Hall 8:40am 
  • Easter Raffle
  • TOBA and Golden Honour Assembly 2:10pm
  • Last Day of the Term 

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


A calm week but still full of excitement! On Monday it was just the usual day with assembly in the morning and hymn singing at the end of the day. On Tuesday the Year 4s had an amazing start to the day, as they were off to Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs for kids. Wednesday was a calm day with nothing special to mention. On Thursday it started out the same as always and this week we were competing with Aquinas in sport! 6 Blue had their assembly, which was flawless! We know they put a lot of effort in to it. Other than that Friday was the usual. Reports are also going home this week so good luck to all boys.  

Zach Gosatti (6B) and Michael Hall (6G) 

Luke’s Boots for the Outback and Sport Equipment’ provides sporting attire and equipment for all WA kids in Need. If you have any footy boots, shorts, socks, shirts or sporting equipment please drop them off to our office in BG05 or reception as they will be collected between now and end of Term.

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Secondary School News


My name is Darcy Hoye (9.5). I’m in Year 9 and currently taking part in my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I have chosen to play the alto saxophone for my Skill, basketball for my Sport and I’m planning on helping out other music groups for my Service. I chose to apply for the Bronze Award because in Year 8 I was doing many of the requirements to achieve the Bronze Award. I also chose to do it because of the positive comments the previous Year 9s said about it and I believed the Adventurous Journey component of the Bronze Award would challenge me. In the short term I believe this Bronze Award can make me feel proud of myself and what I am doing, especially in the Service component where all Duke of Edinburgh participants make sandwiches for the less fortunate every couple of weeks. In the long term the Bronze Award would be a great addition to my resume. I think the Bronze Award demands dedication, hard work and passion. Dedication for the long hours you must achieve, hard work for trying your best in each and every component of the Award, and passion for what you do, who you help and what you achieve.

This week in class, the boys and I had an assigned task on navigation. The things I have learnt about navigation are the different ways in finding out where north, east, south and west is, leadership skills and successful communication. The boys didn’t find the task easy, as we had to find our way around the school with a compass and a map. Talking about my Bronze Award, for Physical Recreation I am doing cricket for summer and footy for winter. I am doing chess club for Skill and sandwich making for my Service component. I am really enjoying being a part of the Duke of Edinburgh program and so are the other boys. I strongly encourage the Junior boys coming through to recognise the Duke of Edinburgh elective and take on board the challenges.


We are excited to announce that the Year 8 Parent Function is planned for Friday, 3 May from 7pm.

  • Empire Bar & Bistro  | 220 Great Eastern Highway Rivervale (250m from The Crown Casino)
  • Private Function in the Wine Bar | Ample free parking on site
  • Tickets: $20 p/h plus .50c booking fee includes food (drinks can be purchased at the Bar)
  • Live Music by Daren Reid & the Soul City Groove (band starts at 8:30pm)
  • Please RSVP Before Friday, 26 April -

Enquires via or 0411 466 446

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College News


Due to the overwhelming popularity of the fee-free recharging service offered at Student Services, we have had to introduce a $10 minimum recharge limit. The Student Services Officers have been inundated with students reloading very small amounts, which has prevented them from completing other work tasks.

To reload your card at Student Services, you can take the cash ($10 minimum) and student card to Student Services and the very helpful Student Services Officers will load the money on to the card. This money will appear in the student account immediately. For more information, including how to load funds onto the student card online, please visit the Canteen page of the website, located under Current Students (top left), or simply click here. Re-charging online will incur a small fee each time funds are added to the card. 


Donations Request – list is shrinking - Yay! Thankyou TC Community!

The marathon work load has started early. It was wonderful to see about 80 Year 12 parents on Sunday going about their business. The 6000 pieces have now become 10,000 pieces with more parents and siblings pitching in. It will all be worth the effort. The BBQ worked well with Masterchefs David and Armando presenting a gourmet sausage sizzle – yum!! I promised Kirk I would not mention his spray painting – and I won’t – because guess what? He ran out of paint!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Viewing for the School Community will be on ANZAC Day (Thursday, 25 April) evening from 6pm with a gold coin donation to Edmund Rice Camps. Come and enjoy a walk through the magical scenes created by our very talented Year 12 parents. No camers, photographs, Year 12 students or partners allowed at viewing.

Donations of materials or services are being sought-after by the group. If you can’t help with either of these, a donation of money or vouchers will be gratefully accepted, so the Coordinators can purchase what is required. 

Below is a list of materials requested by the Area Coordinators                                                                                                                                                                     

  •  Artificial snow                                                       
  • 1kg Silver Glitter                                                                                              
  • Standing lanterns                                                 
  • Christmas trees                                                                                                                                                       
  • Artificial or real foliage for making garlands                                                                                             
  • White or Pale grey carpet – 5m x 2m or similar size to loan                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

If you can help with any of the above or with a small donation of money or vouchers, please contact Rita Rocca via or 0432 125 066.                                          Below is the Sponsor List for the TC Student Ball. These TC families have made generous contributions and we ask that you consider their businesses if you are in need of their products or services. 

  • Auto One, Wanneroo – Reader Family                                                                                                                                                
  • Cameleon Paints, Wangara – Sanfilippo Family                                                                                                                                          
  • Discus Print & Signage – Stobie Family                                                                                                                                  
  •  GCS Integrated Services PL – Biundo Family                                                                                                                             
  • Inglewood Products Group – Gosatti Family                                                                                                                                              
  • Mandurah Central Pharmacy – Hipper Family                                                                                                                                                               
  • Spoilt Photo Booths – Dancewicz Family                                                                                                                                                    
  • Sublime Promotions – Del Casale Family                                                                                                                                                    
  • Underraps – Owens Family                                                                                                                                                                       
  •  Ascot Signs – Bottega Family                                                                                                                                                               
  • Realestate 88 – Wright Family                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Bakers Refrigeration – Baker Family                   

The Uniform Shop trading hours during school term are as follows: 

  • Tuesday: 7:30am–4:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30am–1:30pm

The Uniform shop is only open 3 more trading days before the holidays. All students need to be in full winter uniform first day back of Term 2, Tuesday, 30 April. Please note there is no transition period. 

If you want to avoid the long queues during holiday period it is best to come into the shop before the term concludes. The shop is open on Monday, 15 April and Tuesday, 16 April from 7:30am - 1:30pm. It will be a queuing system.

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Want to know what different courses are offered for upper school mathematics? Attend the Mathematics Pathways Evening to hear from current university students about their mathematics pathway from high school to the course they are now studying. 

  • Wednesday, 10 April at Murdoch University, Robertson Lecture Theatre, Building 245

Event Registration and light refreshments: 5:30pm. Information Evening commences at 6:00pm. Register here

Click here for the official flyer which includes campus maps.  


The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished Year 12 (or equivalent) and are aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year. Gap Year opportunities are available in the Navy, Army and Air Force. The life skills and job training that you will acquire during your Gap Year experience will be valuable regardless of whatever career you ultimately undertake. Find out more here

Mr Russell Hinks | Head of Careers/VET

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Community News

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Let our coaches – winners from HBF Run & City to Surf teach your children correct running technique and posture for cross country. Suitable for Year 1 – 6.

  • Tuesday, 16 and Wednesday, 17 April 2019
  • 9 - 10 am
  • Kent Street SHS school oval - Corner of Kent St & Devenish, East Vict Park
  • Fee: $30/child

Registration link:

For more information please email or call 0402 784 225. You can also visit our Facebook page via 


Curtin University runs a Mathematics Enrichment program for Years 5 to 11 students. The program is suitable for a broad range of mathematically talented students. The web address for more information and to apply is: 

There will be 16 weekly sessions held at Curtin University campus in Bentley. The cost for two terms is $330 per student for new students. A 10% discount applies for additional enrolments from the same family. Places are limited and early applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their applications. Classes start at the beginning of Term 2 (29 April 2019). 


Trinity College Year 4 students are invited to form a team or two and join in a Minkey (modified rules hockey) competition held at College Park, Nedlands. The season consists of 11 Saturday mornings from 4 May to 11 August. Your team plays with other western suburbs primary school teams from 9:00am-9:45am. Games are 2 x 20-minute halves. Players are organised into school-based teams and play in their school colours or uniform of choice. Each team has an off-field coach and an off-field manager. You can only have one coach on the field. Players must have their own stick, mouthguard and shin pads. A personal drink bottle is also advisable. Fees are $160 per player and are inclusive of coaching information, sport insurance, ground hire and marking and the provision of an umpire for each game. All players must register online with payment to be made at the time of booking. If your son and friends would like to form a team, please coordinate with Mr Luke Thompson; or Mr Phil Curtis by email: or call 0411 422 639.

Mr Luke Thompson | Junior Sport Co-ordinator, Trinity College

Registrations are now open for the Dogs for Diabetes event on Sunday, 7 April at Trinity College. Only $25 per dog, humans free! Tell your furry friends and come join in the 5km walk around the Swan River. Soak up the atmosphere in the village, full of market stalls, kids activities, epic dog agility course, bouncy castles, food trucks and loads more! The village opens at 8:30am and the walk kicks off at 9:30am. Come along and help raise funds to support the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre. Click here to read the flyer. 

Master Mind Australia is a results-driven education provider which provides term-time and school holiday academic revision programs. During the April school holidays, Master Mind is running an ATAR Examination & Revision Program, which focuses on study skills, essay writing, subject revision and exam preparation and focus; and a Middle School Revision & Development Program, which focuses on study skills, essay writing, NAPLAN and subject revision. Brochures are available in secondary administration. In Week 1 (1518 April), these courses take place at Christ Church Grammar School and in Week 2 (23–26 April) at Hale School and Mindarie Senior College. Further details can be found at the website: or contact Dr Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377.  


Scholastic Excellence has been helping students for more than 10 years with highly effective small group tuition classes. The Scholastic Excellence Holiday Revision Classes help students to revise topics covered in Term 1 and prepare them for the coming Semester 1 Exam in Term 2. Click here to read the flyer about revision classes in the April School Holidays. Please visit our website: or call Serena on 0410 121 509.  


Relationships Australia is offering short parenting courses in West Leederville, Midland and Joondalup. There are also longer courses as follows: 

  • Parent-Teen Connection - Tuesday, 7–28 May in West Leederville
  • Building Stronger Families - Thursday, 9 May–13 June in West Leederville

For more information about all of these courses, please visit the website: or call 1300 364 277


There will be a Basketball Development Camp during the April school holidays at Perth College: 

  • Monday, 15 April to Thursday, 18 April
  • 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • For girls and boys aged 4 to 14 years old. All levels
  • $45 per day or $170 for all four days
  • Perth College, 31 Lawley Cres, Mount Lawley

To read the flyer, click here. To register, contact Anna Sykes on 0400 227 030 or Steph Jones on 0405 141 027 or email: 


GuitarWorks is holding “Free School Holiday Guitar Workshops” for anyone interested in learning guitar. These 90min demonstrations cover all aspects of guitar playing and styles. Bookings essential, info & dates found here Guitar Workshop or contact Stefan Cutri via or 0414 448 907. 

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