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TC Newsletter:
Volume 12 - May 4, 2018

From the Headmaster 


I would like to warmly welcome all Trinity families to our new term.
We especially welcome Mr Colin Neilson (Humanities), Ms Maddie Adams (Marketing), Ms Caroline Ince (Marketing), Ms Vanessa Fielden (Library) and Ms Alexis Tyson (English) to Trinity College. We wish them a most successful experience.


On Monday, 9 April (last week of Term 1), the Parent Council conducted their “Fee Raffle” once again this year, where you had the opportunity to have your Trinity College Tuition Fees paid for one year (Prize was worth $14,560). Congratulations to Mrs Julie Culverwell, whose name was drawn from a “hat”. This Parent Council has decided that the funds raised from this event will go towards further improvements and upgrades to McCabe Court. I thank everyone who supported this raffle and the Parent Council for all their organisation.


Trinity College continues to amaze me. Last Friday and Saturday evenings, we held the Year 12 Ball and the Parent Ball. The work that was put into transforming Gibney Hall into this year’s theme of Neverland was truly amazing. Many, many hours of hard work by a large number of parents, made this experience for the Year 12’s and then the parents, simply breathtaking. The eye for detail and the creativity involved was worth the price of admission. On behalf of the boys, their partners and the parents who attended on the Friday or Saturday night, I thank everyone involved. Whilst we don’t like to single out individuals, thanks must be extended to Mrs Dorina Martelli, Mr Leon Jennings and Mr Clint Testa for their leadership and commitment to this undertaking. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful behaviour of the students and their guests, it certainly added to what was an outstanding night. If you were unable to attend, photos of the evening are available to view and purchase from Midland Photography, of which a link is provided in Mr Clint Testa’s article further in the newsletter. I also acknowledge the large number of people, including a number of students and many parents, who on Sunday, assisted in returning Gibney Hall to its former purpose.


During the holidays, our Cross Country, Hockey and Soccer players were all involved in a Sports tour, whilst Football were involved in a Training camp. We congratulate all students involved. They were a tremendous credit to themselves, their families and their school. I thank all the staff who generously gave up their holiday time to provide these opportunities for our students.  


Last Tuesday, we gathered as a College community to remember ANZAC Day. My thanks to those who organised and assisted in this ceremony. My congratulations to our students, all of whom treated this assembly with profound respect.  If the spirit of the ANZACs is in the hands of the young, I feel that it is in good hands.


This weekend sees our first fixture of Winter sport with games against Scotch College. I also take this opportunity to remind parents and other spectators that it is important to support our teams in a positive manner and that there is no place for negative comments directed at either team or the match officials. As primary role models for their sons, parents have a responsibility to set an example of enthusiastic and positive support and to appreciate that no boy or match official deliberately makes a mistake.

Congratulations to this year’s Captains of our winter sport teams who are:

  • Rugby - Ethan Roux (12.2)
  • Football - Liam Martin (12.5)
  • Cross Country - Mack Spiers (12.4)
  • Badminton - Chuo Yan Ma (Marco) (12.2)
  • Hockey - Harrison Pell (12.3) 
  • Soccer - Timothy Ludovico (12.3)

A reminder that when our senior teams play at Waterford we host the opposition. As a school, we have a great reputation of providing a wonderful morning tea. To enable us to do this, we ask that all boys playing in a senior team at Waterford on a Saturday bring a plate of finger food and leave it in the clubrooms before they play their game. To assist in the organisation of this food, each sport is rostered to assist with Morning Tea. I know that Mr Steve Leahy will provide further information regarding this later in this newsletter.


On Tuesday, 8 May at 10:50am, we will gather together in the Sports Centre as a College community, to celebrate the feast day of Blessed Edmund Rice. Parents are most welcome to join us for this occasion. Following Mass, we have Unfair Day where students will be conducting a variety of fundraising activities to raise money for the Indian missions.


Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews are being held on Wednesday, 9 May from 9:00am-7:30pm in Gibney Hall and the first floor B Block classrooms. We will be using Parent Teacher Online for parents to book interviews. You would have received an email on Monday, 30 April, explaining how to log on and book interviews. If you did 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 Friday, 4 May 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.


Due to the Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews on Wednesday, 9 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.


Please be aware that we have several students at Trinity College with different forms of allergies some of which are life threatening. We ask parents to be mindful of this when sending certain foods to school with your son. Nuts are of a major concern to the College. Some students do not necessarily have to eat the nuts to suffer an allergic reaction. In some cases, the students have a limited amount of time to seek assistance or medication to avoid a fatal reaction. We thank you for your support in this matter.


Glouceser Park has commenced repairs to their waste water pump during the month of May. There will be closures to the Nelson Crescent footpath bordering Gloucester Park and at times traffic management will be in place on Nelson Crescent. Please plan accordingly and use other routes where possible.


We have been advised by the Bridge Marketing Group that there will be road closures along Nelson Crescent from the College to the new bridge (approx. 80 metres), until Friday, 11 May.  During this time, Nelson Crescent will be one controlled lane. I urge all parents and students to be patient and take care whilst the road works are taking place.


I would like to highlight an important notice that was sent out by the Director of Sport yesterday.

If parents are picking their son up from any off-campus venue, you should be present at the venue to collect your son when training/game concludes. If you know that you cannot be there when training/game finishes but want your son to remain at the venue until you arrive, please write a note into your son’s diary indicating he has your permission to remain unsupervised at the venue until you arrive to pick him up. If you are not at the venue and your son does not have a note, he will be brought back to school. If you are unexpectedly late, a text message to your son which he can show to his coach will be sufficient for him to be left unsupervised at the venue. 

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, 8 May

  • 10.50am Edmund Rice Mass
  • Unfair Day

Wednesday, 9 May

  • 9:00am-7:30pm Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews
  • Year 11 Study Day
  • Year 12 Classes as normal

Thursday, 10 May

  • TC v GG
  • Year 9 Dancing 3:30-4:30pm

Friday, 11 May

  • 8:00am Mass
  • 8:40am Junior School Mother's Day Mass
  • TC v GG

Saturday, 12 May 

  • TC v GG

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Junior School News 


It is pleasing to see the boys dressed very smartly in their winter uniforms. Thank you to all parents who made sure their boys were dressed appropriately this week. A reminder to make sure the boys have names written on their new uniforms.


The Term 2 Calendar was sent home yesterday. Please display it in a prominent position.


On Tuesday, 8 May the College will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the life and inspiration of Blessed Edmund Rice. The Mass will commence at 10:50am in the Sports Centre and all parents and friends are invited to attend. The Junior School contribution to Unfair Day is a cake stall and I ask that all families provide a cake to be sold on the day. Please cut cakes into serving sized portions and bring to the Junior School Library in the morning. All students can wear neat free dress on the day for a gold coin donation.


A Trinity Junior School highlight each year is the wonderful celebration of Mother's Day that takes place with the Junior School Mass and morning tea. I would like to invite all Mums and Grandmothers to attend this year’s Mass and morning tea, which takes place at 8:40am on Friday, 11 May. Thank you to the Dads who can assist with the serving of morning tea and clean up afterwards.


It was pleasing to see 60 boys taking part in the first afterschool Coding and Makerspace club on Tuesday. These sessions will take place each Tuesday at 3-4pm. Thank you to Mr Reuben Brennan and Miss Natalie Kenny for facilitating and coordinating the activities. I look forward to seeing the boys work their way through a range of challenges over the term.


NAPLAN testing for our Year 5 students takes place in Week 3. Each student will be assessed in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. To find further details about NAPLAN testing including sample tests please go to

L-R: Luka Bishop, Isaac Hoang, Murphy Allen and Riley Gott from 6G wearing their Leavers jackets

The Year 6 boys received their Leavers jackets today and they look fantastic! Thank you to Mrs Melanie Day for organising the jackets and to Mrs Tam Le for making the jackets for the boys.


Tuesday, 8 May 

  • Winter Sports training for Years 5 and 6  7:30am
  • Edmund Rice Mass
  • Unfair Day activities

Thursday, 10 May

  •  Sport v Guildford

Friday, 11 May

  • Mother's Day Mass and Morning Tea  8:40am
  • Assembly 2:40pm


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


What a great way to start Term 2! On Monday we had the day off, which was a great way to ease into the term. Tuesday was our first day back from holidays and we started the day off with a whole school ANZAC assembly. On Thursday, we had our first winter fixture for the year against Scotch. It was the Year 5’s first time playing winter sport for Trinity and all the boys represented our school with pride and played excellently for their teams. On Friday, we had our first assembly for the term. Congratulations to all the award winners.

Next Tuesday we have Unfair Day. For all the people who don’t know what Unfair day is, it is a fundraising event for the Indian Pilgrimage next year. After 12:45 you can walk around the school and participate in all the fun activities the Senior School boys set up. Please bring a gold coin donation in for free dress and some extra money for the Junior School cake stall at recess, the sausage sizzle and all the activities.

William Norman (6G) and Jamie D'Agostino (6W) 

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Secondary School News  


Hello, my name is Luke Alderslade from 9.7. When I applied for The Duke of Edinburgh Award, I wanted to see how far I can go in challenging myself to develop new abilities that I never thought I had. For my physical recreation component, I chose water polo for Term 1 and golf for Term 2. For my skill component, I am part of this year's Trinity Production, the musical “The Pirates of Penzance”. For my service component, I am helping my golf club with its Junior Clinics that are on Sunday mornings. I am extremely excited and honoured to be chosen for The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Award. I am looking forward to completing the rest of the program this Term.

Luke Alderslade (9.7)


Thank you to Rosalba Bottega for organising a Term 2, Year 10 Parent Get Together on Saturday, 12 May from 7:00pm at the Shoe Bar, Yagan Square.  

Please RSVP and direct enquiries to Rosalba Bottega via 

Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator

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 Year 12 Neverland Ball


After six months of preparations and construction, the 2018 Neverland Ball was held in a transformed Gibney Hall on Friday night, providing our Year 12s and their partners with a night they won’t be forgetting for a very long time.

Excitement was high from early in the evening, with guests arriving as early as 5:30pm – half an hour before the official start time. By the time the doors opened at 6pm, the Junior School carpark was packed with over 200 guests eager to be the first to witness the magnificent setting constructed by our hard-working ball committee.

The guests were transported from Wendy’s bedroom, through the night sky of London, and into the Indian Village of Neverland. The canteen area had been transformed into a beautiful forest setting complete with teepees, a crocodile swamp and creeping vines. Guests were greeted by Captain Hook, Peter Pan himself, Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily, all of whom were swamped with requests for photos. Mocktails were served over the bar, and by 6:45pm, the Indian Village was bursting at the seams.

Next stop for our ball guests was the Lost Boys’ treehouse, with lanterns illuminating a magical setting complete with a crackling fireplace, bookcase adorned with various trinkets from the forest, and the Lost Boys themselves. This abode led our guests into Gibney Hall itself, which was set alight by a ghost ship which hung from the centre of the ceiling, lit up by fairy lights, and surrounded by 300 stars and a glowing full moon. The tables were ornamented with a treasure chest at their centre, filled with chocolate coins, bejeweled rings, and pirate patches. For the ladies, there was even a personalised gift at their table setting for them to keep and remind them of the night ahead.

The excitement in the room was further emphasised when, following grace presented by David Pham (12.8), and Jeremy Hansen’s (12.4) Head Boy address, the dancefloor was packed and pumping by 8:15pm. DJ Wazz had the crowd in the palm of his hand, and it was only the serving of the main course which was able to pry the guests from the dancefloor.

By the end of the night, everyone was suitably exhausted. It was so impressive to see everyone having such a great time with their friends and peers, and it was also pleasing to note the chivalry most of our young men showed in looking after their partners for the evening.

All of this didn’t just happen over a couple of night’s planning. Our ball committee has been hard at work since November, devising the look and feel of the night based on outlandish vision and courageous ambition. A big thank you must go out to Dorina Martelli who was the Head Ball Co-ordinator, and had the significant responsibility of keeping all the working parties pulling in the same direction to achieve the desired result. She was ably supported by the rest of the ball executive Stacey Kannis, Edwina Cottino, Anni Schelfout, Jane Gilbert, Tanya Pisano, Andrea Hogan, Dianne Hansen, Carol Crevacore, Kate Taylor, Mandy Ludovico, and Belinda Paulet. These parents of our Year 12 students and all of their working parties put in countless hours throughout first term, and spent most of their holidays on campus bringing their vision to fruition. The end result was truly mind-blowing, and I am in awe of the passion and commitment these parents put in to providing their sons with such an amazing experience.

Thanks must also go to Fiona Pagano and Caroline Ellison who controlled the back-of-house requirements for the night, guiding and supporting our Year 11 volunteers with their service responsibilities. A number of Year 11 parents also helped out with the security and supervision needs for the evening, and without all of these people, the night wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did. Thank you also to the Parent Council, in particular Leon Jennings and Michelle Rapkoch. You have been extremely generous with your time and support of this year’s planning, and I’m sure the parents enjoyed their Parent Ball on Saturday night as much as the students enjoyed theirs on Friday.

And finally, thanks must go out to the maintenance staff of the College who regularly went above and beyond in helping our committee construct their vision. Everyone who contributed to creating this event has helped provide our boys with a night to remember, and this is just another example of the strong community spirit that exists within Trinity College.

Professional photos of the evening are now available for purchase. Please go to and use the password “pansneverland”.

On Thursday night, we held an Open Evening for the College community to come and view the final setting of the ball. We asked for a gold coin donation on the night, and have managed to raise $282.90 for the Edmund Rice Refugee Centre in Mirrabooka. Thank you to everyone for their contribution. 

Mr Clint Testa | Head of Year 12 

College News


NAPLAN this year will run during Week 3 of Term 2. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. Students in Year 7 and 9 will complete Language Conventions and Writing on Tuesday, 15 May, Reading on Wednesday, 16 May and Numeracy on Thursday, 17 May. Support material including example tests can be found at:

Mr Anthony Byrne | Deputy Principal - Years 7, 9 and 11 


We are excited to announce that additional tickets have been added to see our musical production Pirates of Penzance, showing next week! The first round of tickets sold out quickly. Now there are 50 additional tickets for each night. The additional seats are floor seats and they will be offered at $15 per person.

  • On Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday, 12 May
  • 7.30pm
  • Venue: Gibney Hall, Trinity College 

Tickets are available here: Please be sure to select "pirates tickets" when booking to take advantage of this special offer!


Join Trinity College as they present what promises to be an exciting evening filled with smooth melodies, vibrant rhythms and dazzling interpretations of classic tunes. You will be entertained by Rock Bands, a Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band 1 and Perth’s well known ‘Swing Shift Big Band’.  The fresh-faced students of these established ensembles look forward to sharing their love of music with you at Badlands Bar.

  • Wednesday, 16 May
  • 7.00pm
  • Tickets $17.55 
  • Venue: Badlands Bar, 1/3 Aberdeen St, Perth

To buy tickets, please go to:


As well as the P.L Duffy Library, Trinity College also offers students access to a library of eBooks and AudioBooks through the BorrowBox system. Students can download a free app for smartphones and / or tablets to access these resources or a use a weblink if they would like to use their laptops. Once the app has been downloaded or the link accessed, students only need their school username and password to start reading or listening to items. Students can ‘borrow’ two eBooks and two AudioBooks at any given time in addition to the four items that can be borrowed from the P.L Duffy Library. Please email with any queries. 


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The winter sport season starts this week with a fixture against Scotch.  Details of when and where each game is being played has been distributed to all families on the College distribution list.  


Our senior teams' first home game for the season is on this Saturday, 5 May against Scotch. Being a home game, we will provide morning tea for both our parents and friends and visiting parents and friends.  To enable us to do this, we ask that all boys playing at Waterford on Saturday please bring a plate of finger food and leave it in the clubrooms before they play their game.  As per the roster below, we ask parents of boys who play in any team of the nominated sport to please assist with the serving of morning tea.  Caroline Ellison has kindly agreed once again to help coordinate the morning tea for each home game and will guide the assisting parents each week as to what needs to be done.

The roster for the season is:

Winter Sport Terms 2/3 – Senior Homes Games

Assist with Morning Tea




5 May 2018


Football parents

12 May 2018


Hockey parents

9 June 2018


Cross Country parents

21 July 2018


Soccer parents

28 July 2018*


Rugby parents

 *Annual "Pink Socks Day"


There will be no training next Wednesday, 9 May due to the Parent/Teacher meetings scheduled for the whole day.


The following points are taken from the PSA Code of Behaviour in Sport. The full Code can be found on PSA website. The College seeks your support in making PSA sport an enjoyable time for players, supporters and match officials.

Discrimination and Racial and Religious Vilification

  • No person subject to these rules shall act towards or speak to any other person in a manner, or engage in any other conduct which threatens, disparages, vilifies or insults another person (“the person vilified”) on any basis, including but not limited to, a person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, special ability / disability or sexual orientation, preference or identity.


  • Positive and sportsmanlike behaviour should be exhibited by extending standard courtesies to the opposing team ie. pre-match courtesies, recognition of good play, thanking umpires/referees and opposing team after the match.
  • Deliberate violence of any sort is unacceptable.
  • Verbal provocation, and response to such provocation, is unacceptable.
  • Bad language, whether directed at another player, umpire/referee or oneself, is unacceptable.
  • The umpire/referee‘s decision is always final and is not to be contested.
  • Immodest behaviour in victory or success, and manifestation of self-disgust at an error or failure, are acts of poor sportsmanship and are unacceptable.
  • Unfair or illegal tactics to gain advantage are unacceptable and should never be used.

 Parents and Other Spectators

  • Children appreciate the presence and support of their parents; accordingly, always set an example of good sportsmanship and give enthusiastic, but not excessive or inappropriate, support.
  • School sport is only a part, though an important part, of a student‘s full and balanced education.  A balanced approach to sport and the all round offerings and demands of PSA schools is expected and strongly encouraged.
  • Host school parents are invited to assume responsibility for making visiting parents feel welcome.
  • Parents visiting from another school are urged to respect the host school‘s premises and rules concerning parking, tidiness, use of alcohol etc.
  • Parents should not give advice during a match to coaches, umpires/referees or players.

I look forward to seeing many parents supporting their son on the sideline every Friday and Saturday this season.

Best of luck to all teams for the winter season.

Mr Steve Leahy | Director of Sport


The 2018 Soccer Tour was held during the Term 1 school holidays and full of excitement. The boys were able to visit both Malaysia and Singapore with games held in both countries. In Malaysia, our boys went up against PKNS and were also able to do some sight seeing. We visited the Siddharthan Orphanage and spent time with the young boys and girls who call the orphanage home. After a timid introduction the Trinity spirit kicked in and we spent an hour playing with the children and sharing some donations from Trinity families.

Arriving in Singapore, the TC outfit enjoyed various spectacles including the amazing Gardens by the Bay with beautiful, natural flora. We also looked out from the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck peering out onto a very pristine looking Singapore. The last game was against Hong Kah Secondary School. The TC A team gave it their all, their last game in Singapore and last match of the tour inspiring a hearty performance with spectacular play leading to two TC goals. The match was won, and the boys left the immaculate stadium and Singapore with immense satisfaction. A tour well spent.

Mr Ben Kriszyk | 1st XI Manager 

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Community News


The Academic Task Force is providing ATAR Exam Boost Seminars for Year 11 and 12 students at four venues in Perth: Churchlands Senior High School, Rosmoyne Senior High School, Perth Modern School and Baldivis Secondary College. These are 4 hour seminars at a cost of $140 per subject. The seminars run on weekends from Saturday, 5 May to Sunday, 3 June

ATAR Master Classes for Year 11 and 12 are available on Sundays and afternoons after school at Perth Modern School and at the Academic Task Force's Applecross office.  

The Academic Task Force is also holding classes for Tuition Help for Year 7-12. Classes are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm at Churchlands Senior High School, Perth Modern School and Rossmoyne Senior High School. 

To view the timetables for these seminars, classes and master classes and to enrol, visit: 

Play Smart Program

Students at Trinity College and surrounding areas are invited to register for Telstra Play Smart. This is a free, fun and interactive program for 12-16 year olds where they will meet Perth Glory players, practice sports skills and learn how to tackle bullying head on - with cyber safety experts Project Rockit. Designed to inspire confidence, resilience and teamwork, the program details are:

  • Thursday, 10 May 
  • 4:00-7:00pm
  • Venue: Perth Glory Headquarters
  • Bookings essential

To register, visit 


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

  • Every Wednesday, 9 May - 27 June
  • 3:45-4:30pm
  • Fee: Early bird registration fee $88/child if paid by 7 May. Late registration fee $98/child if paid from 8 May. 
  • Venue: Oval next to Kent St Senior High School, corner of Devenish and Kent Streets, East Victoria Park

Register:, E: or sms: 0402784225, Facebook:


Tickets are now on sale for Annie The Musical: 

  • Saturday, 12 May to Saturday, 19 May
  • Venue: Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road, Kalamunda
  • Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20

To book, visit:


This Professional training course is for teachers and others who work with adolescents! Those who work with young people can play an important part in assisting them through this challenging period. This course provides a variety of practical strategies for professionals to incorporate into their work with adolescents.

  • Day: Wednesday, 8 May 2018
  • Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Cost: $220 per person (concession $200)
  • Venue: Relationships Australia Level 1, 22 Southport St West Leederville

To enrol call (08) 6164 0239. 


Free two week pass to attend Taekwondo for Kids at two venues: Forster Park Hall in Cloverdale and Woodville Pavilion Hall in North Perth. For more information, visit: or call Anthony on 0402 144 018. 


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 Canteen Roster

Canteen Roster week beginning Monday, 7 May 2018


Rose Chang and Sagaya Xavier


Fiona Galvin, Jenni Cutri and Marion Gismonde


Rose Chang and Andrea Dodo Balu


Heather Patman


Carmella Rosso

Volunteers Wanted: If you would like to volunteer in the canteen, please contact me on 0409 110 319 or email would love to see some new faces even if you are only available for a few hours or selected dates. Thank you.

Carol Watson | Canteen Manager

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