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Volume 13  May 10, 2019

From the Principal  

This morning, we welcomed many Mothers and Grandmothers to our Junior School Mother’s Day Mass. It was wonderful to see the very large numbers in attendance as we took the opportunity to share in the Eucharist and offer a meaningful and prayerful service that honoured all Mothers. The students were encouraged to reflect on their own Mothers and Grandmothers, and truly appreciate all that they do and all that they model through their ongoing care and love They then presented their Mums with a small gift and poem prior to the parents enjoying a wonderful Morning Tea. 

Our College is very clear in its understanding that parents are the primary and most important educators of their children. Our role is to complement parents in the formation of their sons. This was a point recently emphasised by Child Education expert, Michael Grose who stated that, “… it is within the family unit that children - big and small - learn the most valuable and far reaching lessons”. Interestingly though, he goes on to comment on the very special roles that Mothers have in this regard. He outlines that in our very fast paced and contemporary lifestyles, with different work patterns and changing family dynamics, research is consistently finding that it is Mums that provide the real presence, consistency and security that children need in order to develop healthy attitudes and behaviours. In other words, Mothers generally provide the foundation of love upon which children grow and develop.

I am reminded of a response I recently heard from a very busy mother. When questioned about Mother’s Day she replied with these profound words, “I’d like to be an ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my children.” This might well be the reality faced by many mothers on most days of the year. You are busy being a Mother and doing Mum things and do not have the time to reflect on the wonderful task that you do. That is why we pause this Sunday to celebrate our Mothers and Grandmothers. The well-used phrase of “Happy Mothers’ Day” brings with it much more than a wish for a happy day. Within these words can be found many of things we never say, or do not say often enough.  Happy Mother’s Day means I love you; and I want to thank you for all you do. It means you mean a lot to me; and that I honour you and your role as my Mum.

As part of our Christian faith, Motherhood is considered to be a great blessing because it is in Motherhood that you get to share in the creative power of God. Conceiving, carrying and giving birth to a human being, is as close as any person can get to the act of creation. This is the beginning of Motherhood, but it is far from the end. Motherhood is also about nurturing, sacrificing, loving and, ultimately, letting go. Jan Chrouchin, a Baptist Minister, sums up these thoughts in her ‘Mothers’ Day Creed’:

“I believein Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who was born of the promise to the virgin Mary.

I believe in the love Mary gave her Son that caused her to follow him in his ministry and stand by his cross as he died.

I believein the love of all mothers and its importance in the lives of the children they bear.

It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on a hillside.

It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall in the fields of adversity.

Thank God for mothers and thank mothers for helping us to understand an all-loving God.”

I trust that all Mothers enjoy a very special Mother’s Day and are afforded some special treatment this week-end. It is certainly well deserved! 

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


This weekend we will see our first fixture of Winter Sport against Scotch College.  I take this opportunity to remind parents and other spectators that it is important to support our teams in a positive manner and to focus our encouragement on our boys. The PSA has made it very clear that there is no place at any fixture 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 every boy or match official is an important part of the event and endeavouring to do their best.

Congratulation to this year’s Captains of our Winter Sport teams.  We wish them well in this important leadership role.

  • Badminton – Griffin Binning (12.1)
  • Cross Country – Ben Allen (12.1)
  • Football – Simon Homsany (12.4)
  • Hockey – John Lagan (12.5)
  • Rugby – Jean-Paul Starkie (12.8)
  • Soccer – Alex Moffatt (12.2) 

A kind reminder that when our senior Teams play at Waterford, we look to host the visiting opposition school.  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.


On Tuesday, 14 May at 9:35am, Year 8 students will gather together for their Term 2 Mass.  Parents are most welcome to join us for Mass and to stay for a “cuppa” afterwards.  RSVP’s to Beverly Martinez on or phone 9223 8106. 


Trinity College Open Day for prospective families is taking place on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Families 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.

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College Calendar

Tuesday, 14 May
  • 9:35am Year 8 Mass
Wednesday, 15 May
  • 7:00pm Jazz and Contemporary Concert - Badlands 
Thursday, 16 May
  • TC v WC
  • Year 9 Dancing 3:30pm-4:30pm
Friday, 17 May
  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC v WC
  • Year 8 Grandparents' Morning Tea
Saturday, 18 May
  • TC  v WC

Tuesday, 21 May 

  • 9:35am Secondary Assembly (Performing Arts)
  • 5:35pm Parent Council Meeting 

Wednesday, 22 May 

  • College Open Day
  • Year 11 Encounter Retreat

Thursday, 23 May 

  • CC v TC
  • Year 12 Music Performance Exams
  • Year 9 Dancing 3:30pm-4:30pm 

Friday, 17 May 

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC v WC
  • Year 8 Grandparents' Morning Tea 

Saturday, 18 May

  • TC v WC 

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Junior School News


The Edmund Rice Day proved to be a remarkable occasion and will be a highlight of the year for the boys. Thank you to all parents who provided cakes for the morning tea stall. In fact, there were so many cakes still unsold after recess we continued to sell them at lunch and raised $2700 for our Missions in India. Thank you also to the prefects and teachers who assisted with the running of the stalls. 


This morning’s Mother’s Day Mass was a wonderful event and celebration of our mums. Thank you to everyone involved in making the Mother’s Day Mass and morning tea such a memorable and enjoyable occasion. Special thanks to Ms Evelyn Temmen and all the teachers for their help preparing the Mass and to Mrs Rondelle May and Mrs Natasha Spanjich for sharing their stories and thoughts on motherhood. Thank you also to the Auxiliary, and to the Dads who assisted with the morning tea. 


Our Year 5 students will complete the NAPLAN testing during the next two weeks. The testing weeks may seem daunting for some students and parents. This year will be the first time we have completed the testing online. My suggestions to assist the boys during the week is to 1) encourage them to do their best, 2) make sure they get to bed on time at night and have a good breakfast in the morning 3) maintain everyday routines and 4) do not put too much pressure on the boys as it is a “point in time” assessment and merely provides a snapshot of their learning. 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


On Monday, the Year 6 boys leave for their Leadership and Confirmation Retreat at Camp Kelly. I wish all the boys the best for an experience aimed at developing their collective leadership skills as a Year 6 team.


On Tuesday the Year 4 boys will visit the Perth Zoo, the excursion is part of the learning the boys will be undertaking in Humanities and Social Sciences this Term.


Parents are invited to attend a Junior School Parent Information Evening on Monday, 20 May from 6pm-8pm. Presentor, Justine O'Malley will provide an interactive and informative workshop with an overview of the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum that is implemented by Trinity College. The presentation will be held in the Braham Auditorium and is a free event.  

Monday, 13 May 
  • Year 6 Leadership Retreat Dwellingup 
Tuesday, 14 May 
  • Year 6 Leadersip Retreat Dwellingup 
  • NAPLAN Testing, Writing
  • Year 4 Excursion to the Perth Zoo
Wednesday, 15 May 
  • NAPLAN Testing, Reading
  • Year 6 Leadership Retreat Dwellingup
  • Parent Liaison Meeting 2:30pm in the College Boardroom
Thursday, 16 May
  • NAPLAN Testing, Conventions of Language 
  • Sport v Wesley
Friday, 17 May
  • TOBA Assembly commencing at 2:20pm in Gibney Hall 

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


Week 2 has been a busy week, with lots of fun for us all. On Tuesday we celebrated Edmund Rice Day and the boys got to wear free dress. Junior School hosted a cake stall with lots of fun activities for everyone. On Wednesday, the Senior School did a pre-show of the Brothers Grimm production, it was funny, energetic and there were heaps of laughs from everyone in the audience. On Thursday, the boys were very excited, as it was the first sports fixture. They went to Waterford and competed with Scotch College. On Friday, every mother was celebrated at our Mothers Day Mass and 6B went on their first Christian Service. We finished the day with an assembly. 

Aarav (6W) and Finn (6B)

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Secondary School News                                                                     


This week marked the start of a new initiative in the College Library. Each week this term a male member of staff from across the College will be joining one of our Middle School Reading sessions in the Library. This week, Mr Tim Hince (Deputy Principal – Years 7, 9 & 11) joined a Year 9 class for reading. Mr Hince was kind enough to spend a bit of time talking to the boys about some of his favourite books, what he is reading at the moment and also some books that he thought the boys would like. He obviously chose wisely as one of the Year 9s ended up borrowing one of his books (“Tea and No Sympathy” by Dave Edwards, et. al.)! He was keen to finish his current book –  “The Dry” by Jane Harper - during our session to find out ‘who did it!.

Thank you to Mr Hince for taking time out to join us reading. 

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library 


A key part of the program for Duke of Edinburgh is to dream up and organise an Adventurous Journey camp. So, in the weeks of term one leading up to the holidays, the two Duke of Edinburgh classes spent some time focusing on and planning how we would like our ideal camp to run. This was an awesome opportunity to choose what we would like the different aspects to include and how the camp would be run. The activities selected included navigation, mountain biking as well as treetop climbing adventures. The pre-camp efforts included bike rides around the river and Heirrison Island and learning how to navigate using compasses and maps around the school.

On the first Monday of term - when everyone else was still on holidays – the Duke of Ed boys arrived at 8am excited and were ready to go! We loaded our bags onto the bus and bikes onto the truck before heading off for Camp Kelly while listening to Mr Miskiewicz’s killer Spotify playlist. As soon as we got to Dwellingup we quickly dropped off our bags into the dorms and had lunch before heading off to our first activity, navigation. We were paired up and took turns in leading the group through sections of the track meaning we had to use the skills we had learnt in class to make sure we didn’t get lost and made it back to camp for dinner!

After dinner we returned to our groups of 10 and award leaders (Year 10 boys) to reflect on how we felt the camp was progressing. We also used this time to set goals for the activities of the following day which was a big challenge for many of us who don’t like heights – the tree top adventure.

Much to everyone’s displeasure, the boys woke up at 6:30am despite the late night and had a huge breakfast. We then cleaned up and divided into our two separate groups for the day’s activities. Luke Alderslade (10.7) and Sam Attwater’s (10.3) group of 20 boys, which I was a part of, did the cycling activity first. The tracks we took made ‘The Bridges’ and Heirisson Island trails look like a walk in the park. At the expense of a few grazed knees and hands, the boys rode loose gravel, twisting and turning tracks with the occasional tree or rock to throw you off course, all for about 3 hours. When we got back to camp, we had a quick lunch and switched with the other group of 20, then shuffled on to the bus bound for Trees Adventure.

There the group was introduced to how the harness system works and had a go on a couple of practice courses as a way to get used to the system and the skills required. There were 8 different courses, all based on ability level and experience. They ranged from blue and green being the easy courses, red being intermediate, black being difficult and black extreme reserved for only the most experienced and physically capable climbers. From climbing up 10-metre-tall swinging ladders, to assaulting 100m ziplines, even leaping courageously off 15m tall platforms, it was fair to say the boys enjoyed themselves. After these activities we had dinner and a reflection session around the fire.

All morning on Day 3 we cleaned the dorms, kitchen area and toilets so that we were all ready to leave once we had finished our final activity. Then both the staff and students got involved in a huge game of laser corps in the bush outside Camp Kelly. Everyone played three styles of games: Death Match, Capture the Flag and the Black Box.

Following that we all hopped onto the two buses and drove back to school listening to Mr M’s tunes.

A big thank you must go to all the staff involved as it was a huge effort to get 40 boys plus 4 Youth Award Leaders, all their gear including bikes, plus the ridiculous amount of food we ate down to Dwellingup. Not to mention spending countless hours organising and planning for the trip. Well done to all boys involved.

James Watson (9.2) and Lachlan Spencer (9.5)     


Last term we had Salvo Riolo, an Italian language assistant from Sicily. For our class he was invaluable in giving an inside perspective on Italian customs, habits and traditions, the more difficult topic of our 3rd unit. He also provided one on one tutoring sessions for a number of students, helping with preparation for both our written and oral assessments. Salvo was a vibrant personality who revitalized our love for the language.

Grazie Salvo!

Sean Harrison (12.6)

This term we welcome another Italian assistant, Francesca Corradini, from Milan. Francesca is 22 years old and studies at the Catholic University of Milan. She studied international relations and recently graduated. She is currently staying with Phil Jurjevich and his family until the middle of term and will then be hosted by Amanda Marocchi. A big thanks to these teachers for opening their home to Francesca and helping out the Italian Department here at Trinity.

Eliza Knapman | Italian Teacher


To view and download photos from the Ball, please visit the links below.

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College News 


On Tuesda, 7 May, Trinity College celebrated Edmund Rice Day. Edmund Rice Day brings the school community together to commemorate and celebrate our history and charism as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. The focus of the day is on service to others, where students are introduced to the local charity organisation that they will support through out the year:

  • Year 7: Brother Olly's Wheelchairs for Kids
  • Year 8: Shopfront
  • Year 9: Djooraminda
  • Year 10: St Vincent de Paul
  • Year 11: Edmund Rice Camps
  • Year 12: Edmund Rice Centre for Refugees

Edmund Rice Day is also one of the biggest fundraising events we hold at the College, with all of the proceeds going towards the missions we support in India. These include:

  • MITHRA in Chennai: a home and school for disabled children who would otherwise be neglected due to poverty and the social stigma associated with disability.
  • Jagruti High School in Mandal: a school for children from the tribal community of Gamit People, people with the lowest social status in India.
  • Jim McGinnis’ work on the railway stations of Kolkata Feeding and clothing and consoling the poorest of the poor
  • Christian Brothers work with the poor in Kolkata, providing education, support to disadvantaged/underprivileged families and outreach to those most in need.

Students took part in a number of fundraising activities including cake stalls, staff v student dodge ball, dunking machines, games, and an obstacle course. This year was a great success, with over $15,000 raised on the day! 


As a part of Edmund Rice Day 2019 the Class of 2022 had the opportunity to hear from Executive Manager Mrs Elizabeth Wortham from Djooraminda. Djooraminda is a service managed by Centrecare which provides residential care and supportive services for Aboriginal children who are not able to live within their own family environment due to either abuse, neglect or other difficulties.

Dahmen Weston (9.5), our highest fundraiser from our Bridges for Better fundraiser in Term 1, alongside some Year 9 students from Mercedes College were able to hand over a cheque totalling $4616.60 to Djooraminda. This money will be used to fund their inaugural camp, rewarding those doing thr right thing and giving them opportunities they might never have had.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank both the Trinity College and Mercedes College Class of 2022 for their generous contributions and look forward to working with Djooraminda in the future.


The Prefects are once again embracing the Head Boy of the Class of 2016, Lochie Taylor’s initiative of Pink Sock Day (#pullonyoursocks), encouraging all 1st Teams to support The McGrath Foundation and fundraise for breast cancer.

Pink Sock Day will take place on Saturday, 18 May, our home fixture against Wesley College and will be facilitated by the Football community.  

Through Pink Sock Day we hope to support women’s health, focusing on our mothers and all the women who encourage us through school and life in general. At the same time, we aim to educate our young Trinity men to demonstrate a greater awareness and appreciation towards women’s health. Most importantly we aim to raise money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities’ right across Australia.” – Lochie Taylor (‘16)

Continuing on from the success of previous years, the event will see all 1st team players representing the College for the Saturday fixture wearing pink socks. This is a small way we can give back, support women’s health, and say thank you to our amazing mothers for everything they do. To build on Pink Sock Day and encourage boys to contribute to the cause, all boys will be able to purchase bags of PINK lollies during Week 3 to raise money.

This is a special cause, that for some hits very close to home and we encourage everyone to support not only Lochie’s initiative but the McGrath Foundation and their great work.

Ms Amanda Marocchi | Head of Year 9 and Mathematics Teacher


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 the Trinity Rock Bands, the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble and Swing Band 1. The fresh-faced students of these established ensembles look forward to sharing their love of music with you at Badlands Bar.

Event Details:

  • 15, May 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Badlands Bar, 1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth
  • Purchase your tickets by clicking here


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. 

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Academic and Career News

Recent modifications to the way students can now achieve WACE were announced by the Minister of Education last week. This impacts on our current Year 10 cohort for upcoming subject selection for Years 11/12. 

Prior to the changes being announced, students who selected less than 4 ATAR subjects, were required to complete a Certificate II or higher to in order meet the general requirements to achieve WACE. This requirement has now been removed. Consequently, students can now meet the general requirements of WACE by studying:

  1. At least 4 Year 12 ATAR subjects and/or General courses
  2. At least 5 Year 12 General courses and/or ATAR courses       
  3. A Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification in combination with ATAR/general courses

Other requirements including literacy and numeracy, breadth and depth, achievement standards and unit equivalents have remained unchanged.  

These recent changes will be presented and discussed in more detail at the Year 10 Course Information Evening on Monday, 24 June

You can download a document from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) outlining the WACE requirements for 2021 and beyond in greater detail.


UWA is offering an Engineering Science Scholarship to high-achieving students who wish to undertake a major in Engineering Science, and subsequently the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) at the University from 2020.

  • $5,000 will be awarded over a maximum of two semesters for candidates with an ATAR between 96 and 97.95.
  • $25,000 will be awarded over a maximum of 10 semesters, for candidates with an ATAR of 98 or above.

The main round of scholarships for prospective students will open Monday 1 July and close Sunday 3 November. Further updates and links will be provided closer to this time.


The UWA Fogarty Scholarship is intended for students who show significant academic potential, together with leadership responsibility and other outstanding achievements throughout Year 11 and 12. The University award a total of 10 UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships per year.

Applications for the Fogarty Scholarship close Sunday 26 May 2019.

  • When: Tuesday, 21 May
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Register Link here

Discover where your passion for maths, science and technology can lead you! Our free information session will provide you with valuable course and prerequisite advice.

Find out more about: 

  • Different areas of study within engineering and mathematical sciences at UWA
  • UWA course structure
  • Entry requirements
  • Career opportunities
  • Student life and support services

You can also talk directly to academic teaching staff and current UWA students.

UCAT registrations deadline

Students intending to apply for entry to the Direct Pathway to Medicine or Dentistry in 2020 are required to register for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) by Friday, 17 May 2019 

Mr Russell Hinks | Head of Careers/VET 

Community News



The Rotary Club of Cambridge is delighted to welcome back Best Programs 4 Kids’ Helen Davidson to be the Club’s Schools’ Programme guest speaker on Wednesday, 29 May.
Reserve your place now to hear Helen tell us all about how to parent and teach boys – how to cope with the challenges and to reap the rewards. Individually and in groups, boy dynamics can be different to those of girls. Understand the differences between genders and your discipline, confidence-building and communication strategies will have greater impact, particularly when parenting boys. Boys are wired differently to girls. They think differently and about different things than girls. They mature more slowly, particularly when it comes to language development, social skills and their fine motor skills. Any parent will tell you that boys are organisationally-challenged. They are more boisterous, more self-conscious and more awkward than girls … particularly as they move into adolescence. Helen Davidson is a therapist who cares passionately about children’s well-being. She formed her
company, Best Programs 4 Kids with Claire Orange, one of our previous Rotary presenters. We’re very grateful that Helen has agreed to return as the Rotary Cambridge Schools’ Programme guest speaker later this term.

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, 29 May at 9:00am for 9:15am
  • Venue: Cambridge Bowling Club, Chandler Avenue, Floreat
  • Please do not park in the Bowling Club’s parking bays
  • Contact Jeanette Wood to book your place: 0413 190 412 or
  • Cost: $5, except for teachers – includes coffee

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience STEM program is essentially 3 or 4 days of hands-on science, conducted across thirty-three universities and tertary campuses Australia wide and is open to all current Year 9 and 10 students in 2019. The programs include hands ona ctivities in laboratories, short interactive lectures and many more programs include a visit to a local scientific site. There is no selection process and all students are welcome to attend. The full cost for a student to participate in the 3 day program is $190 and the 4 day program is $260. The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a Rotary supported project, and local Rotary clubs are willing to financially sponsor students. For more information please visit 


Give your child the help they deserve to build their confidence, self esteem, focus, strength and life skills in our specially designed programs just for kids. Our program starts from 4 years and up. Book early for a free 2 week pass for you and a friend. Call Anthony on 0402 144 018 or visit for more information. 


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With our premium tuition you will receive: 

  • Personal and affordable access to expert high school teachers 

  • Be in a class of 1 to a max of 4 students 

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