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Volume 11  April 12, 2019

From the Principal  

The College Interim Reports for all students (Years 4-12) have been made available in the last week or so and I would encourage parents to put some time aside to sit with your son in order to genuinely analyse the ‘story within’. While only limited amounts of formal assessments have been completed at this early stage of the year, the Interim Report gives a snapshot on student progress to date. Based on the professional judgement of respective teachers, and guided by class performance to this stage, the Interim Report presents a picture of a student’s application, effort and general organisation. I would encourage parents to sit down with their son in order to discuss all aspects of their particular Interim Report. Such a discussion can be used to celebrate those areas in which effort and achievement are positive; and likewise, to highlight those areas in which improvements need to be made. The analysis of reports should be used as the basis for meaningful discussions about establishing consistent and genuine levels of application with a view to achieving personal excellence at school. The Interim Report is less about achievement (marks and grades) and more about presenting a picture about attitude to class work and forming a positive and successful approach to studies. Striving for their personal best should be the aim of every student.

I am sure that as parents, you would have similar expectations of your son. It is vitally important that an organised approach to study, a positive attitude and genuine levels of application and commitment are established as the basis for student achievement. Once again, I would encourage parents to use your child’s Interim Report as a means by which to acknowledge areas of success and achievement while challenging ways in which further improvements can be made in the future. 

The College has a staggered timeline for the distribution for Interim Reports so as to coincide with respective Parent Teacher Student Interviews (PTSI). In the last fortnight, the Year 11 and 12 Interim Reports were made available via SEQTA prior to the PTSI that were held on Tuesday, 2 April. Similarly, the Interim Reports for Years 4-6 were made available prior to the Junior School PTSI that occurred this week. On both occasions, It was pleasing to see the number of parents who availed themselves of the opportunity to discuss their son’s progress. This week, the Interim Reports for students in Year 7-10 were made available via SEQTA prior to the scheduled PTSI on Thursday, 2 May. Details of these Interviews, and specific instructions on how to book particular interview times have been sent via email to respective parents and are contained elsewhere in this Newsletter. Once again, I would encourage parents to avail themselves of this opportunity to engage with the College and further discuss aspects of their son’s learning and progress.


For all Christians, Easter is a solemn time when we remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ before celebrating his triumphant resurrection. On the evening of Holy Thursday, we specifically recall the Last Supper and the simple, yet powerful example of Christ ‘breaking bread’ and sharing a meal with his followers. On Good Friday, many Catholics will walk the Stations of the Cross, deeply reflecting on the suffering of Jesus and of all humanity. Easter Sunday allows us to celebrate Jesus Christ rising again - his death and subsequent resurrection are central to our Faith and a reminder that we too can begin anew. In respective Religious Education classes this week, our students have been challenged to reflect on the personal challenge of renewal that Easter brings. I pray that we can all experience the hope and renewal that comes with the celebration of Easter.

I extend best wishes to those students and staff travelling to Melbourne today for the 2019 Football Tour. Representing our College, our boys will play several games against schools in Melbourne and immerse themselves in the culture of elite football by visiting several AFL clubs in order to experience their training facilities and learn about sports physiology initiatives. We wish them well for safe travels and a great experience.

May I also take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and their families for their efforts and support during this busy First Term. I trust that everyone has a Holy Easter and a relaxing term break. Please note that when students return to school on Tuesday, 30 April to commence Term 2, they should be dressed in their full College Winter Uniform.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


The reception will be unattended in the first week of the school holidays. The second week will be attended on Wednesday, 24 April and Friday, 26 April, 2019


Throughout this week, our Year 11 students have been out on placement in a variety of agencies to undertake their Christian Service work. I have had the privilege of visiting a number of these students and to talk to them about the experience has been most uplifting. I thank Mrs Marya Stewart, for all her efforts in organising these placements, and for the many staff who visited our students at the various agencies.


The Parent Council have conducted their “Fee Raffle” once again this year. Parents were offered the opportunity to have your Trinity College Tuition Fees paid for one year to the value of $14,850. Congratulations to Mr Arnold & Mrs Lisa Whiteside, whose name was drawn last Monday, 8 April 2019. The Parent Council have decided that the funds raised from this years’ event will go towards further improvements and upgrades to the Trinity College Chapel.  I thank everyone who supported this raffle and the Parent Council for all their organisation.


During the holidays (Friday, 26 April), our Year 12 Boys, and their guests, will enjoy the School Ball. An enormous amount of work has already gone into this event, and I am sure that it will be an occasion that the students will long remember. A special thanks is offered to the many Year 12 parents who have worked tirelessly for months in preparation for this special event.

On Saturday, 27 April, the Parents Ball will be held. All tickets have been sold.


At 8:40am on Tuesday, 30 April (Day 1 of Term 2), the College will conduct an Anzac Service in Centenary Park. Parents are most welcome to join with us.


Following feedback from both students and parents, from the start of next term we are undertaking a six week trial of extending the Library opening hours until 5:00pm from Monday to Thursday afternoons to provide a supervised space for homework and study.

Students from all year levels from 4 – 12 will be welcome.

The Library will be supervised by a teacher each afternoon until 5:00pm. Students will also have access to biscuits and an urn to make hot drinks if they wish.

If the trial is a success we will make this a permanent change, so it is very important that students make the most of this opportunity.

Please encourage your son/s to utilise the Library after school if they need to be here.


Year 7 – 10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews are being held on Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 9.00am – 7.30pm in the Foley Centre. We will be using Parent Teacher Online for parents to book interviews. You will receive an email at 9.00am this Friday, 12 April, explaining how to log on and book interviews. If you do not receive this email, please contact the IT Help Desk on 9223 8161. If you have recently changed your email address, please contact the College’s reception so that we can update our records.

Parent Teacher Online will remain open until 1:00pm on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 for you to book interviews.

I encourage parents to make the most of this valuable opportunity to discuss your son’s progress with his teachers.

Please Note: Parents who are unable to make an appointment due to the teacher being already filled or unavailable at your preferred times, are encouraged to contact the teacher via phone or email to receive feedback or arrange an alternative meeting time.


Due to the Year 7 – 10 P/T/S Interviews on Thursday, 2 May, this day is a study day for all Year 11 students. There are no formal classes for Year 11 students. Year 12 classes will run as normal on this day.


During the Term, we farewelled 2 staff members – Mr Peter Mazzini (short term contract – Design & Technology and Mrs Caroline Ince (Maternity Leave cover – Marketing).

As is normally the case in a large school such as Trinity College, the end of Term brings with is some staff changes. At the end of Term 1, we will be saying farewell to Mrs Joanne Mari (Term 1 contract-Reception) and Mrs Jeanette Freeman (Administration). We wish both Joanne and Jeanette all the very best for the future. We would like to say a warm welcome to Mrs Amanda Johnson, who has taken on the full-time role as Receptionist, commencing Monday, 1 April 2019. We also look forward to welcoming Mrs Tracey Forster who will commence in Administration.

Term 2 will see Mr Paul Van Vliet, Judy Dawson and Bobby Emannuel on a period of Long Service Leave. We wish them a restful break.


As we head into the school holidays, I take this opportunity to wish you and your families every blessing. I hope all the boys have an enjoyable break and come back refreshed ready to start the new term. School resumes for all students on Tuesday, 30 April, and students are to be in full winter uniform. 

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College Calendar


Friday, 26 April

  • Year 12 Ball

Saturday, 27 April 

  • Parent Ball

Monday, 29 April 

  • Staff PD Day
  • No classes

Tuesday, 30 April 

  • 8:40am Anzac Assembly

Thursday, 2 May 

  • TC Bye
  • 9:00am-7:30pm Year 7-10 PTS Interviews
  • Year 12 Classes as normal
  • Year 11 Study Day

Friday, 3 May 

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC Bye

Saturday, 4 May

  • TC Bye 

Sunday, 5 May

  • Friends of Music Sundowner

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Junior School News


This morning, the Junior School students led the Holy Week Liturgy in Gibney Hall. The liturgy was a re-enactment  of the Stations of the Cross. The liturgy was very reverent and prayerful, but also very powerful thanks to the boys beautiful singing. Thank you to Mrs Clarke for arranging and teaching the students the music, the class teachers for preparing the stations with the boys and Mr Le Tessier for coordinating the liturgy.

  • 1st Prize              Riley Hannah 
  • 2nd Prize             Nicholas Borck
  • 3rd Prize              Daniel Russo 

Thank you to parents who were able to meet with their son’s various teachers on Tuesday. The aim was that in conjunction with the Interim Reports to provide you with a good indication about your son’s progress this term. Thank you also to the teachers for their efforts in conducting many interviews on Tuesday. 


As part of the Junior School Sustainability Group, Miss Turich and the Year 6 boys have declared war on waste. During recess you will see members of this group collecting wrappers and ensuring they end up in the bin. Such a visible presence is another way the Sustainability Group is creating awareness about the stewardship of our environment. 


From the start of Term 2, winter uniforms are to be worn by all boys. Please check the College News section of this week’s newsletter to see when the College Uniform shop is open during the holidays. 


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


Tuesday, 30 April 
  • Classes commence
  • ANZAC Assembly 8:40am
Thursday, 2 May 
  • Winter Sports Training 
Friday, 12 April 
  • Assembly 2:40pm

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


Monday was a quiet day for our TC boys, but this was good as we were all preparing for the action packed week. This week all the students did not have to attend school on Tuesday because the Parent/Teacher/Student interviews took place. The students had to come in for about 15 minutes to get interviewed by their usual teacher and if needed, specialist classes. On Thursday we also had a lot of fun at winter sport tryouts as we went down to Waterford and played our sports. This week’s assembly was awesome because it was a TOBA assembly and also a Golden Honour. We were all super excited to find out who won the TOBA award. On Friday we also had our Easter liturgy. We re-enacted the death and the resurrection of Jesus it was great fun. To top of a wonderful last week of school we chose our Easter raffle winners which was pretty much all of the Junior School.

Charlie McDonald (6W) and Lewis Murabito (6W)

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Secondary School News


Year 9 Fremantle Colonial History Excursion 

All Year 9 students participated in the annual Year 9 Fremantle Excursion on either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week to reinforce their learning about the Swan River Colony’s convict past, as well as the benefits to the colony from the discovery of gold and the wealth that this brought to our early settlement.

Students toured Fremantle Prison, formerly known as ‘The Convict Depot’ to gain an understanding of the hardships experienced by convicts between 1850 and 1868. They also visited the Shipwreck Museum to view the many artefacts from the many French and Dutch shipwrecks off the coast of Western Australia. Finally, all students visited the Round House and the Whaler’s Tunnel precinct to gain an appreciation of the colonies first gaol as well as the old jetty that existed off what is now known as Bather’s Beach. Some groups got to experience the canon being fired in the afternoon – a daily ritual at the Round House.

Taking students out for the day and coordinating three activities, buses, parental communication and permissions is no easy feat. I would like to thank all the staff who attended the excursion over the two days, especially Mr Barry McKenna and Ms Judy Dawson who attended two days in a row. Thankyou also to Ms Sonia Scordo, Mr Paul Bolton, Mr Phil Jurjevich, Mrs Sue Wheeler, Ms Amanda Marocchi, Mr Dustin Aylmore and Mr Anthony Lunt for their efforts in making this learning experience take place. Finally, a huge thankyou to Ms Judy Dawson who gave up countless hours of her time to coordinate all aspects of the excursion for the benefit of our students. 

Humanities Sydney and Canberra Tour 2019 

The Humanities Tour to Sydney and Canberra is just two terms away. Flights and accommodation are all booked and confirmed. The itinerary is 99% finalised and this will be distributed to parents in the next few weeks. Parents of boys attending just need to finalise payments and this can be done through the Online Store. If you have any queries, please email me at the College at

I will send out an email to all parents of boys attending some time in the Term 1 holiday period to update you with all relevant details.

Mr Chris Allanson | Head of Humanities


On Wednesday, 3 April, a group of Year 10 students went to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) to participate in the P.A.R.T.Y program. The P.A.R.T.Y program stands for Prevention of Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth and is directed at high school (Year 10) students, especially boys. Coordinated by doctors and nurses, the P.A.R.T.Y program aims to educate young people to think about their actions and assess how it might affect their future. To read more about this please visit our website for an article written by Oliver White (10.5) and Taylor Hannah (10.8)


Hello, my name is Chris Gardiner (9.6) and I am a current Year 9 student participating in my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I chose to apply to complete the Bronze Award last year because I wanted to embrace more opportunities at the College and I wanted to participate in something that would look good on a job application in the future. For my Physical Recreation component, I have chosen rowing for summer, and hockey in winter. For my Service component I am filling drink shelves in the canteen with James Watson (9.2). For my Skill I have joined the Coastals Scottish pipe band and I am learning new music for the pipes. I am looking forward to the rest of my Award! 

My name is Zane Illich (9.2) and I am participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I chose to participate in the Bronze Award because I want to develop my leadership skills, challenge the way I do things physically and mentally, and give my time and service back to my community. For my Skill component of the Award I am learning photography, the Physical Recreation component I am taking part in basketball and football and the Service component I have assisted in umpiring the Year 4 Football Carnival with Aquinas, sandwich making for two schools and I am planning to assist in coaching a Year 4 hockey team in my community. I am also looking forward to the Adventurous Journey component as I am preparing for the upcoming Duke of Edinburgh camp. I am enjoying being a part of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and know that the Award will benefit me in my future. I recommend anyone in the lower years to take up the Award when presented with the opportunity.


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 


Kings Park warmly welcomed delegates of Australia's largest tourism trade show to a stunning Western Australian showcase event on Wednesday, 10 April 2019. More than 1,200 guests from around the globe experienced an evening under majestic gum trees in the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden during the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), while taking in Kings Park’s famous views of Perth and the Swan River. To commence the trade show, guests were welcomed to country with a stunning performance by Phil Walleystack, featuring a number of Trinity College boys dancing - Juwane Miller (4G), Carl Morrison (8.5), Aaron Hubert (7.6) and Beau Hart (7.4). The boys’ input made the night memorable for all who attended and was a great start for this significant event.


The first consignment of donated footy boots and sporting gear has been packed ready to go up to the kids up in Kununurra. Looking forward now to spreading more joy out to Meekatharra and the Goldfields. Big thank you to all the Trinity families who have helped.
Rory and Robert on behalf of Luke’s Boots for the Outback


On behalf of Mr Kenny Chan and the 2019 Trinity Ball Committee we would like to express our gratitude to all our generous Sponsors from the School Community and to all the wonderful parents who have volunteered every weekend so far to help prepare for the upcoming Balls. There is still a long way to go. From Friday, 12 April, the school will be overrun with Year 12 parents working tirelessly to transform the college into a magical experience for our Year 12 students and their partners.

Year 7 students – your lockers in the under croft, across from the canteen, will be out of bounds from Saturday, 13 April to Sunday, 28 April.

The School Community will have an opportunity to view the magical scenes created by our very talented Year 12 parents at - 6pm, Thursday, 25 April 25 for a gold coin donation to Edmund Rice Camps.


If you can help with a small donation of money, 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 is open two days only in the holidays.

  • Monday, 15 April and Tuesday, 16 April from 7:30am / 1:30pm
  • All students need to be in full winter uniform first day back term two Tuesday, 30 April.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter.

Mrs Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager


All Music Parents are invited to come along to the Sundowner to meet other music parents. 

  • Sunday, 5 May from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Staff Lounge, 3rd Floor Cultural Centre

Please click here to download the event flyer. We look forward to seeing you all. 

Dr Robert Braham | Director of Music


On Monday, 1 December this year a group of 20+ Year 10 students will be heading off to Sri Lanka on a Service Expedition. The students will be away for three weeks in total and will be undertaking a challenging trek in the Knuckles Ranges and spending time exploring the country. However, the main focus will be participating in volunteer work at two different projects. The details of these projects are yet to be decided, however we have started raising money to fund this Service work. 

One of the first will be an authentic Sri Lankan buffet dinner in the Trinity College Staff Lounge. $10 from each adult ticket and $7.50 from each child (7-14 years) will go towards funding our volunteer project. This event will be held on Saturday, 15 June at 7:00pm. 

Tickets can be purchased at: 

Dr Rob Braham and Mrs Margaret Denniston with a cheque with the amount the Entertainment Book has raised for the Music department since 2006

The Friends of the Arts have Entertainment Memberships available for purchase for the 2019-2020 season. For more information about discounts available and to purchase your membership, please click hereYour purchase of an Entertainment Membership contributes to our fundraising. Help us achieve our goal by sharing the link with your friends and family. 

Please Note: Books will be available for collection from the Music Office 1st Floor Cultural Centre from next Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

With thanks for your support. 

Trinity College Friends of the Performing Arts

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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 


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.  


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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