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Volume 14  May 17, 2019

From the Principal  

Winter Sport Captains (L-R): Griffin Binning (12.1), Jean-Paul Starkie (12.8), Ben Allen (12.1), John Lagan (12.5), Simon Homsany (12.4) and Alex Moffatt (12.2)

As part of our scheduled PSA fixture against Wesley College tomorrow morning, Trinity College will host ‘Pink Sock Day’ in support of the McGrath Foundation. This special event will see our respective College First teams wearing pink socks for their particular sporting fixture. Just prior to the commencement of each game, the boys will be given an opportunity to present a flower to an inspirational woman in their lives. The various coaches, managers and a sheepish Principal will also be sporting bright pink shirts on the day. Pink is symbolic of respect for women; of awareness of women’s health; and of a commitment to women’s welfare. Following on from Mother’s Day, it is a most appropriate way to ask our young men to show such respect. 

Through Pink Sock Day, the College looks to support women’s health, focussing on our mothers and all the women who encourage us through school, work and life in general.  It also presents an important teachable moment, whereby we can discuss and encourage our young men to demonstrate a greater awareness and appreciation towards women's health and welfare.  Importantly, the day allows us to raise important funds so as to assist the McGrath Foundation in their important work to place Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia.

This is our third Pink Sock Day and continues the wonderful legacy created by former Head Prefect, Lochie Taylor ('16). In addition to the money raised through the boys wearing their pink socks, other fundraising activities have been organised for the day. We respectfully ask all family and friends to continue to generously support this wonderful initiative and assist the College in reaching our goal. Together we can make a difference.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


Well done to all our Year 5, 7 and 9 students who were involved in NAPLAN testing this week. Despite some external difficulties, the boys, with the support of College staff, were able to complete the testing as required and should be commended on their approach. These ‘snapshot’ assessments allow us to gain an overall idea of how each cohort is tracking, as well as giving parents valuable feedback on their son’s performance relative to others in the same cohort Australia wide. 


Next Friday, 24 May, we will hold the Junior and Middle School music night. This will be an opportunity for our younger students to display their talents. The evening begins at 7:00pm in Gibney Hall, and we are asking for a gold coin donation at the door. The boys have been working hard to provide you with a wonderful night of musical entertainment featuring choirs and instrumental ensembles from across the Junior School and from Years 7, 8 and 9. I would encourage you to bring the family for an entertaining evening. Entrance to Gibney Hall is through the main entrance opposite the chapel. People who may need the lift for access to Gibney Hall, can enter through the Cultural Centre and take the lift to the first floor. I look forward to seeing you all on the night.  


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, 28 May
  • 9:35am Year 9 Mass
Wednesday, 29 May
  • Year 8 Outdoor Ed Cycling
Thursday, 30 May
  • TC v HS 1st teams only
  • Year 9 Dancing 3:30pm-4:30pm
Friday, 31 May
  • 8:00am Mass
  • PSA Surfng
  • PSA Golf
  • 11:00am-12:45pm Year 7 RE Excursion

Monday, 3 June

  • Western Australia Day
  • No classes

Tuesday, 4 June

  • 9:35am Year 10 Mass

Thursday, 6 June

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

Friday, 7 June

  • 8:00am Mass
  • GG v TC
  • 11:00am-12:45pm Year 7 Excursion 

Saturday, 8 June

  • GG v TC

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Junior School News


Most of the Online NAPLAN testing have been completed this week. We will finalise the testing next week. I am particularly proud of the boys for the way they conducted themselves during the tests despite a few technical glitches throughout causing some minor interruptions. 


The Year 6 Retreat this week provided many valuable experiences and opportunities for the boys to develop their collective leadership skills and to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. There was significant time allocated to allow the boys to reflect on their time at camp and their interactions with their classmates. Thank you to parents, Mrs Julianne Zinni, Mr Terry Dillon, Mr John Andony and Mr Donato Vinciguerra who assisted so willingly. Thank you also to the teachers, Mr O’Malley, Mr Brennan, Mr QuinMr Thompson, and Mr Lamborn for their wonderful organisation and running of the retreat. I would also like to acknowledge Fr Pierre for celebrating mass with us on Monday night and Mr O’Neill for visiting the boys. 


The Junior School are now proud owners of a worm farm. Last Friday the Junior School TCEC were visited by Kevin from The Worm Shed. The boys learnt about the benefits of keeping a worm farm, then participated in some “messy worm work” and finished with setting up a worm farm.


Next Friday our 3 choirs and the String Ensemble will be performing at the Junior and Middle School Music Night. The boys always sing beautifully and I am looking forward to seeing the progress the String Ensemble has made this year. I am sure it will be an enjoyable evening.


Thank you to the parents who were able to make the liaison meeting on Wednesday afternoon. I always appreciate your support and feedback.


On Tuesday, 14 May the Year 4 classes headed out to the Perth Zoo for the day. The excursion was designed to provide an opportunity for the boys to explore the African Savannah, which is the focus of their Geography studies at the moment. The boys made the most of the class run buy zoo staff and have come back to school filled with excitement and new knowledge.

We were fortunate to have a willing band of parents who supervised small groups of boys as they explored the African animals, took photos and shared their know. Our thanks to the parents for giving up their day for a wonderful, sunny day in the zoo gardens.


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, 20 May 
  • NAPLAN - Numeracy
  • Parent Information Night - Protective Behaviours
Tuesday, 21 May 
  • Year 5 & 6 Winter sports training commencing at 7:30am
  • His excellency the Govenor of WA to visit Year 4 classes at 9:30am
Wednesday, 22 May 
  • College Open Day
  • National Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday, 23 May
  • Year 4 Hockey Carnival 
  • Sport v Christ Church 
Friday, 24 May
  • Year 4W Reconciliation 
  • 4B Assembly in the Auditorium commencing at 2:20pm
  • Junior and Middle School Music Night commencing at 7:00pm

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


It has been another busy week in the Junior School! From Monday to Wednesday the Year 6s were at their Leadership Retreat at Camp Kelly. They participated in rafting and orienteering, as well as lessons on leadership and the Holy Spirit. The Year 4 classes went to Perth Zoo on Tuesday to look at the African animals. Year 5 had NAPLAN and they all tried their best. The week finished with sport against Wesley and a TOBA assembly on Friday. Another fun filled week of learning in and out of the classroom.

Zach Gosatti (6B) and Finn Stenning Alexander (6B)

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Secondary School News                                                                    


The Senior School Drama Production for 2019 was The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, by Don Zolidis. The cast performed a matinee for the Junior School as well as two evening performances on May 9th and 10th. We are extremely grateful for the phenomenal turn out of our audiences and for their enthusiastic involvement during each show. Whilst a lot of hard work, this production was also incredibly fun and we were thrilled with the result. The cast did an outstanding job and throughout the entire process, developed as performers in a multitude of ways. Thank you, sincerely, to all involved. The support that this production received is very much appreciated!

Lisa Laurino | Director 

Kundan Dharmapuri (8.1), Xavier Audino (7.1) and Isaac Quadros (7.3)

On a beautiful Autumns day in Perth, three young men looked to do the unthinkable and go back to back in CAWA Divisional Titles. After winning the Southern Division, the team of Sri Krishna Dharmapuri, Kundan Dharmapuri (8.1), Xavier Audino (7.1) and Isaac Quadros (7.3) were looking to become Kings of the Northern division as well. The team was rocked early with current under 18s State Champion and inspirational Captain Sri Krishna Dharmapuri a late withdrawal from the tournament. Despite the early set back Kundan, Xavier and Isaac looked to regroup in the early rounds and at the lunch break team TCCC (Trinity College Chess Club) was sitting pretty in first place. After a quick pep talk by manager Mr Aylmore the team knew it would take a strong finish to hold off the other schools involved. But the TCCC had a special trick up its sleeve, the Trinity Spirit that burns through every young man who adorns the three crowns. With some tight results at the end of the day, we knew it would come down to the very last fixture, the final check mate. As the final moves were made, Trinity had done enough to hang on and win the Northern Division of the CAWA. Stand in captain Kundan led the way with 6 out of 7 wins and finishing 2nd overall. He was brilliantly supported by the TCCC rising stars Xavier (3.5 wins) and Isaac (3 wins). It was an outstanding effort from the boys who were a man down, but never out of the tournament.     

Special thanks to all the mothers that allowed their sons to take part in the tournament on Mother’s Day. 

Under 18 State Champion and Captain of the TCCC Sri Krishna Dharmapuri

In other news Krishna, Kundan, Xavierand Isaac took part in the 2019 WA Junior Chess Championships held at Corpus Christi College from Monday, 15 April to Thursday,18 April 2019.

In exciting news, Krishna won the Under 18s State final, while his younger brother Kundan came 2nd. Isaac came 9th in the under 14s while Xavier came 17th in the under 12s. As well as the State Junior Championships, the boys also took part in the Junior Blitz Championships. The Blitz championships is the T20 of chess with 3 minutes games (plus 2 seconds per move). The TCCC continued their strong showing with Krishna taking out 2nd in the Under 18s, Kundan taking out 2nd in the Under 16 (5th overall), Isaac placing 3rd in the Under 14s (12th overall) and Xavier finished 33rd overall.  

Mr Dustin Aylmore | Humanities Teacher


The second week of Guys Read saw Mr Anthony Byrne (Deputy Principal – Years 8, 10 & 12) join another Year 9 class for a reading session in the Library. With a background in English teaching, Mr Byrne, was keen to share his favourite books from his childhood right up to his currents favourites. Mr Byrne’s started reading Tim Winton’s “In the Winter Dark” with the class. Having male role models reading in the Library is an invaluable addition to the reading sessions and the Middle School English program at Trinity College.

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


Last week in the College Library, we were privileged to play host to Mrs Hetty Verlome. Hetty is Holocaust survivor who lives in Perth and is determined to keep telling her story so that generations to come do not forget that the Holocaust happened. Hetty was thirteen years old when she and her family were transported from Amsterdam to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She has written two books – “Hetty” and “The Children’s House of Belsen” – which are an abridged and unabridged version respectively of her story. Whilst she was talking the Year 7, 8 and 9 students of the College, she also spoke of Auschwitz and the stories of friends and family who were transported to other camps. She asked all of the boys to make her a promise at the end of her talks, that promise being, that when they were older and had families of their own, to tell them about the day they met her and heard her story. 

Although she is 89 years old, Hetty remains busy with school visits, researching and fundraising. All current Middle School Students studied the novel “Once” by Morris Gleitzman about a young boy Jewish boy during World War II, trying to make sense of what was going on around them. This novel plus the curriculum gave them the background knowledge to understand Hetty’s story. The students showed her the utmost respect, with many boys coming to thank her personally for telling her story. The boys are able to purchase signed copies of either of Hetty’s books from the College Library. If you would like further information about this, please feel free to get in touch. 

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services 


On Wednesday, 22 May (Week 4, Term 2), we are running the Year 11 Retreat at seven venues from 9:00am until 2:30pm. As you know, retreats provide our students with the special opportunity to take a little bit of time out of their busy routines and to ponder those things that are really important in their lives. We all need to nurture our spirits!

The Year 11 “Encounter” Retreat has a particular focus. We encourage the students to recall their Christian Service experience from Week 10 of Term 1. We know that for many boys their experience with disabled children, with elderly and frail adults, or with people with special needs, many issues have been raised and the boys need an opportunity to share their feelings and their experiences in a more structured way and in a sympathetic environment. 

During our Retreat, we pray that we might more readily recognise the needs of others, especially those who are lonely, sad and hurting.

All Year 11 students are expected to attend this one day retreat in their Pastoral Care groups. If you haven’t already done so, please provide permission for your son to attend, via Consent2Go to.  Morning tea, lunch and transport are provided.  Boys are expected to wear neat casual dress and it is essential that they bring their Christian Service Journal, a pen, a water bottle and any required medication with them

Please remember us all in your prayers.

Mrs R West | Director of Campus Ministry

  • Date:      Friday,  7 June
  • Time:      6:30pm (for 7pm start of movie)
  • Venue:   Palace Cinemas, Raine Square
  • Movie:   'Rocketman'
  • Cost:      $20 per head (incl. movie, private cinema, discounted drink and nibbles)  
  • RSVP & payment due by 8.30pm Friday, 24 May 

For further information please contact Teresa Leone on 0438 916 677 or 

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College News 


What a fantastic night to remember at Badlands Bar on Wednesday evening. Roughly 40 boys took to the stage over the evening performing contemporary and jazz music to an audience of over 100.

Ensembles such as the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, our 13-piece Swing Band and Trinity’s Rock Bands all performed. The audience could be seen dancing and singing along to classics such as ‘Back in the Summer of 69’.

Trinity Old Boys Xavier Clarke ('12) and Jacob Patroni ('13) also took to the stage and performed three original compositions. Massive congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to seeing you there next year!

Ms Kimberley Lloyd | Music Teacher


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


On Monday, 1 December this year a group of 20+ Year 10 students will be heading off to overseas 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: 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


Golfers were blessed with perfect weather at the 21st Annual TOBA Golf Day on Monday, 13 May!

Eighteen teams (including players from the TC/TOBA community and other PSA Schools) hit the impeccable fairways at The Western Australian Golf Club in Yokine to play 18 holes of Ambrose rules. Rivalry was greater than usual this year, due to an all Aquinian team winning on a count back in 2018. Huge congrats to; Rob Foti (’92), Denny Scaletti (’92) and Mike Moursellas (’92) for shining on the course and taking out the win.

Special mention to Claude Rossetto from the Maurice Embley (’74) team for getting a hole in one on the eleventh hole.

A great day of camaraderie, sportsmanship and TC Spirit.

Longest Drive Hole 8 Duncan Gilbert (’82)
Longest Drive Hole 18 Ashley Little (’97)
Nearest the Pin Hole 9 Matt Iustini ('97)
Nearest the Pin Hole 16 Tim Hogan
Nearest the Pin Hole 16 (over 55s) Ray Steffanoni (’78)
NAGA Award Claude Mancini (’74), Marc LemaTom Armstrong and Steve Leech
Third Prize (score: 55) Ashley Little (’97), Ben Tomasini (’97), John Bell (’97) and Brett Mathanda (’97)
Second Prize (score: 54.25) Maurice Embley (’74), Jason HollClaude Rossetto and Jamie Pirie
First Prize (score: 53) Rob Foti (’92), Mike Moursellas (’92) and Denny Scaletti (’92)

Alex Forster, Ben Kruize ('14), Michael Kruize ('87) and Andre Mahe
John Bell ('97), Ashley Little ('97), Brett Mathanda ('97) and Ben Tomasini ('97)
Winning team; Rob Foti (’92), Denny Scaletti (’92) and Mike Moursellas (’92)

Thanks to Golf/Membership Manager, Matt Wolfe and his team at The Western Australian Golf Club for their hospitality and Lisa and the team from Corporate Hands for massages on the course.

All proceeds from this event support much needed TOBA Bursaries.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR:  Monday, 9 March 2020

We look forward to your company!

Community News

Please note that there will be road closures around the College and surrounding streets on Sunday, 19 May due to the A League Grand Final and the HBF Run for a Reason. Please see the above map and link for further details


WAAPA at ECU is offering an exciting performing arts program for children and young people in Years 1 to 12, these July school holidays. The Winter School includes classes in drama, acting, screen acting, film making and musical theatre. For information about the many courses on offer please visit Winter School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.


Some children need more help learning to read and write than others, even with the best teaching methods at school. The DSF Literacy Clinic in East Vic Park provides expert tuition for those students needing extra assistance to develop strong literacy skills. Experienced teachers at the DSF Literacy Clinics provide students with enjoyable, high-quality tutoring and support. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, regardless of the reason they are struggling. This includes those students who are falling behind in years one and two (as early intervention is important in reducing the impact of literacy difficulties). Sessions are provided at a reduced rate because they are offered in small groups of up to four students, although one-on-one tuition is also available. Parents interested in further information can inquire in person or contact the DSF Literacy Clinic at The Park Shopping Centre in East Victoria Park on 9470 4140 or You can also learn more about DSF (The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation) by visiting


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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