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TC Newsletter:

Volume 14  22 May 2020

From the Principal 

The Performing Arts:

In a recent letter that I sent to all families, I referred to how pleasing it was to see the gradual return to some modified Sport training and Music rehearsals, suggesting that they were a positive sign that we were slowly returning to a more familiar pattern of College life. While respective of the current guidelines and restrictions that are still in place, the sight of boys running around on Mann Oval and the sound of music and dance have been very heartening.

Adding to this picture, throughout this week I have endorsed a very large number of nomination forms that represent our College’s significant participation in the upcoming Catholic Performing Arts Festival (CPAF). While there is still some uncertainty about the format and scale of this year’s festival, the extent, and variety of our many nominations was a very real reminder of the prominent place that the Performing Arts holds within our Trinity community. Following on from some temporary postponements, classes, and rehearsals for music, dance, and some drama have returned in modified formats. Similarly, online tuition for individual students remained a viable alternative throughout our recent period of remote learning. The efforts to remain in practice and adjust to the circumstances presented was a timely reminder of the commitment of those students and staff involved in the Performing Arts and of the quality of performance they produce.  

Since commencing at the College, I have had the privilege and great pleasure of getting around to see some rehearsals and many performances and I have certainly been impressed with the talent on display and of the willingness of boys to so generously share their talents with our community. In previous and ‘ordinary times’, this has been in the context of formal concerts, productions, and performances, and equally, it has also been in the support of assemblies, Masses, regattas, or other College events. In current times, this sharing of talent has been confined to various rehearsals and modified contexts. However, at all times, the support from our students in the Performing Arts is presented with humility and is a clear pointer to service and community.

Trinity College is full of many gifted students who consistently excel in all aspects of College life including service, sport, and academics. As the Principal, I have the great privilege of attending many different and varied student performances, games, and competitions, getting an opportunity to see first-hand, the reward for their efforts. Currently, our various students involved in Performing Arts are not quite sure of the format or likelihood of future performance opportunities and yet their dedication and support for each other remains. This is most admirable. We thank and congratulate the many talented and committed students in the very diverse area of the Performing Arts - to our musicians involved in our pipes and drums band, swing bands, rock bands, concert bands, orchestras, our many ensembles and our choirs; to our dancers involved in BIG, GIG and Imperium; and to those students involved in Drama who look forward to bringing us the College Production of The Mikado later in the year. As we optimistically await future performances, we thank them for the great success they achieve, for the positive example they set and for being wonderful ambassadors for our College. 

Such dedication to the Arts, to improving personal performance and seeking excellence, presents some important values that all students can aspire to. Values such as commitment, teamwork, supporting others, and appreciating the whole performance while respecting the individual parts. While we get the opportunity to admire the showcase performances, such quality emerges from endless hours of practice, rehearsals, and individual work. Further, as our respective students, staff, and parents are no doubt very aware, much of this practice and rehearsal happens very early prior to school, or after a long day at school and often on weekends. Our Performing Arts students certainly work very hard, but I am sure they take great satisfaction in their performance which can be viewed as just reward for their tremendous effort.  While I often marvel at their talent and the quality of their respective performances, I am particularly taken by the sheer joy that our boys get in belonging and performing. 

Of course, the quality and quantity of performances that we get to enjoy as a College needs direction and development. As a College, we are blessed to have some very dedicated Teachers and Tutors. Led by Dr Braham, they work with, and alongside our students to nurture their skills and encourage a love of the arts. We sincerely thank them for their dedication and their ability to inspire our boys who, in turn, gift us with their talents.  

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal


Interviews are now being conducted for 2021 and 2022 student enrolments. We encourage parents who have not yet enrolled their younger sons, and our prospective families, to contact the Registrar’s office on 9223 8121 or email


For all the latest news regarding Trinity College and relevant COVID-19 updates, please visit this page on our website: Here you will find important information including Principal updates, Academics, Mental Health and Wellbeing resources. Trinity College is committed to the health and wellbeing of our College community. For accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit 

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Junior School News   

Year 4 students creating shapes using magnetic fields

School life is beginning to feel more normalised. This week the boys have been making the most of the sunny weather, with increased numbers playing on the oval at recess and lunch. Most music groups have started rehearsals and sports training is slowly building with the boys commencing training at Waterford this week. The teachers have made the most of the skills gained from the Remote Learning time, integrating apps such as OneNote and Teams into their day to day teaching to enhance the boys learning. This morning in our STEM Room, the Year 4 boys had a wonderful time using magnetic fields to make different shapes. 


This week, we returned to normal schoolwork. While it has been a normal week, there have been some big changes to the school. Our College Pool is now open and swimming lessons have started. We had the first sports training session at Waterford on Thursday. We have done everything we needed to do, and it has paid off. Good job for getting all of us back in class where we belong.

On Thursday, we had sports training. We would usually have sport against other PSA schools but because of COVID-19, we trained with no contact. This still allowed us to observe our new teammates' abilities so that we can be ready to play together as a team when this crisis is over. 

In the Junior School, we have set up a winter appeal to help The Shopfront. They assist the most vulnerable in our community. This is the same project we were involved with before Christmas when we provided them with canned food, toiletries, and other essential items that are needed for personal hygiene and safety.

Ashton Callus (6GD) & Jeremiah Locke (6W) 

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Secondary School News   


This afternoon, our Year 10 students have been cooking meals for The Salvation Army WA as part of the Christian Service component of the Year 10 Personal Development and Wellbeing Program. We encourage our students to be authentic, active, and outstanding role models in their outreach.


On Wednesday, five Year 10 Trinity College students joined fellow Edmund Rice students and staff across Australia in a series of online meetings as part of the ERA For Change Day. The day consisted of joining together in reflection and focussing upon the theme of Laudato Si – ‘Our Common Home’. The students also participated in a series of break out sessions ranging from climate change to the power of advocacy. They enjoyed this chance to collaborate with other students in a unique way! 


Given the restrictions on excursions and inviting guest speakers at the moment, the Year 11 Politics and Law students hosted a Q&A teleconference style session with criminal defence barrister and Old Boy Seamus Rafferty (’91) in class this week. Seamus would normally come in to speak with the students but instead participated in a live call answering questions about his role as well as clarifying some of the finer points of criminal trial procedures. We look forward to him being able to appear in person when restrictions are hopefully lifted later in the year.

Mr Chris Allanson | Head of Humanities 


Year 10 Exams will go ahead and will take place during Week 8 of this term between Monday, 15 June and Thursday, 18 June. These exams will provide valuable information and will be used to help determine subject selections for the boys as they start to consider their pathway in Years 11 and 12. It is vital, therefore, that all Year 10 boys actively engage with their classes and their teachers to make sure that they are well prepared for this week of exams.


Later this term, the College has scheduled a Year 10 Course Information Evening for Monday, 22 June. The main purpose of this evening is to discuss WACE Requirements and the subject selection process for Years 11 and 12. Whilst there has been some easing of restrictions over the past week or so, it is still not known whether the planned format of the night will be able to take place. More information will be distributed as soon as advice is received.


The following announcement was made yesterday by the Education Minister regarding Year 12 WACE ATAR Exams to be held at the end of the year. Year 12 Exams will go ahead as normal. 

For Year 12 students, the 2020 ATAR course written exams will go ahead as scheduled from Monday, 2 November. Written examinations will take the same form as previous years, with a three-hour duration.

Tim Hince | Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Congratulations to Alex Baroni (11.2) on recently completing his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Alex is only the 5th Trinity participant to complete his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Following the completion of his Bronze Award in 2019, this is an even more impressive achievement. Alex selected valuable activities to complete his Silver Award including PSA Rowing and Cross Country for Physical Recreation, learning the drums for his Skill component, and cleaning at his local tennis club for his Service component. His Adventurous Journey component was completed through attending the Year 10 Outdoor Education camp in Augusta. Outstanding work Alex!! 

If your son is interested in undertaking his Duke of Edinburgh Award at either the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level, please do not hesitate in contacting me to receive further information.

Corey Miskiewicz | Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator – Trinity College

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College News 


To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we would like to acknowledge all of the hard work of everyone who volunteers within our Trinity College community. This week, on behalf of our College Auxiliary, we encourage you to nominate a special individual in our community who you believe is worthy of recognition. The Auxiliary has put together two gift hampers and we look forward to giving these to the prize draw winners next week. To submit a nomination, please email their name to by Wednesday, 27 May 2020


Every year Trinity College donates to Project Compassion so that Caritas can continue their wonderful work, empowering people to change their lives for the better. Usually, our collection of funds takes place in the last week of Term One, but this was not possible this year because of the COVID-19 restrictions to school life. The need is great for people caught in the poverty cycle, even more so now. Millions of people who have been unable to work, in places like India, because of the lockdown and have no way to feed their families. Many charitable groups have been unable to assist people in need as well because they cannot go out on the streets to care for them.

Life has been made even harder for the desperately poor. We understand that COVID-19 may also have affected you financially, but if you could please make a small donation of $20 for Project Compassion, it would be of great benefit to some of these people. If your son has been collecting money in his Project Compassion Box, please have him bring that into school next week or place your donation in an envelope addressed to Project Compassion. Your son can give this to his PCG teacher who will forward it to Campus Ministry. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

Mrs Marya Stewart | Director of Christian Service 


Shop Hours

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

  • Entry to the Uniform Shop is only from Nelson Crescent.
  • The shop doors will be closed, and you will need to take a numbered ticket from outside the shop and wait for your number to be called.
  • Only two families will be allowed in the shop at a time.
  • You will need to adhere to social distancing practices while waiting outside and when inside the shop.
  • No cash will be taken. Online orders are preferred.

Note: Health requirements have been updated and for the moment we will be unable to have your child/children ‘trying on’ uniforms for fitting purposes. If you want to purchase the clothing, please ensure that you have the correct measurements.

Thank you to all the students and families for your support. 

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Coordinator


The College's after school Homework Club has recommenced in the Senior Library Study Room. Homework Club runs from 3:15pm to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday each week until the end of term. Each session is supervised by a member of the College staff. Junior School boys will stay in the Junior School Library until 3:45pm and be escorted up to the Senior School Library by a member of JS staff.

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services 

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TISC applications for 2021 undergraduate entry are now open. Please click HERE to access a guide on how to register an account. Once registered students can enter their preferences and make changes if necessary, once the application has been paid for. An important date to remember is Wednesday, 30 September. Any applications received after this date are subject to a late fee processing fee. Applications are only live once payment has been received. Please click HERE to view other important confirmed TISC dates. 


The TISC early opening will assist students who wish to apply for an early offer from Curtin University; however, information on courses from all four TISC member universities will also be available. Please click HERE to search for course information.  

  • The TISC early opening is just to provide some additional flexibility to help ATAR students at this time.
  • The TISC application and offer process will still proceed this year, as it has in previous years, with the ATAR calculated based on school and exam results, and two large offer rounds following the release of Year 12 results at the end of the year.
  • Students who do not wish to apply for an early offer are perfectly free to wait until they know more about all their options before submitting their TISC application.
  • Students who do receive an early offer still retain full flexibility to apply for any other courses they wish to and to change their preferences as many times as desired between now and the major offer rounds.
  • The TISC guide will be available for download later in the year.


MURDOCH UNIVERSITY and UWA have also announced early offer initiatives; however, these are currently being handled directly by each institution. Some courses are not available for early offers. And while many courses across the universities opened for application on Thursday, 18 May, more will be added between then and the end of the year.


Curtin has now opened Early offers for Year 12 students. Information on how to apply and requirements can be found by clicking HERE

The offer you receive will be conditional on you achieving the predicted ATAR at the end of the year. If you apply before Thursday, 1 October, and list, receive, and accept an offer from Curtin they will refund the cost of the TISC application.

Unlike other universities, applications are completed through the TISC website. Many courses are available to receive early offers. Below is the list of courses that are NOT available for entry until after the ATAR results have been released: 

  • Actuarial Science
  • Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medicine/Surgery
  • Nursing Conversion Program for Registered Nurses (Australian Registration Nurse stream)
  • Nursing Conversion Program for Registered Nurses (Non-Registration Nurse stream)
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Oral Health Therapy
  • Paramedicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology


This pathway gives you a conditional offer of a place at uni before you start your exams. All you need to know is your predicted ATAR and/or provide us with a copy of your latest school results.


  • Some scholarship opportunities for Year 12s are now open too and will use the students Year 11 predicted ATAR.
  • Those scholarships are within Engineering, and also Hackett and Winthrop Scholarships.
  • More scholarship opportunities to be released over the coming months.
  • Please click HERE to access a list of UWA scholarships.


Architecture Info Session | Monday, 25 May at 6pm

  • Learn about Notre Dame’s new Bachelor of Arts (Architecture). In this webinar, you’ll hear from our lecturers, find out what makes this undergraduate Architecture program unique, and how to apply.

Info Nights | Tuesday, 9 & Wednesday, 10 June, 5:15-7pm

  • Tuesday, 9 June – Education, Health Sciences, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Admissions & Pathways
  • Wednesday, 10 June – Arts & Sciences, Business, Law, Philosophy & Theology, Admissions & Pathways

Register now at 

Russell Hinks | Careers/Transition Coordinator


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The PSA plans to bring back inter-school sports as soon as it is safe to do so and following the advice of Government Authorities and relevant organisations. 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


The Trinity-Terrace Old Boys’ Association along with Hay Shed Hill Wines are running a fundraiser to assist with the TOBA bursary program.

TOBA bursaries provide an opportunity for boys to attend Trinity College who, due to financial constraints, would not otherwise be able to enjoy a Trinity College education. Hay Shed Hill Wines will offer a donation of $30.00 for every dozen sold. Michael Kerrigan ('79) winemaker and owner of Hay Shed Hill is delighted to support TOBA in this fundraiser.

Please use code TOBA for free shipping direct to your door via Australia Post. Please order in multiples of 12 bottles.

Minimum order is 12 bottles. To place your order, please click here.

Thanks for your support.

Ms Diane Millar | Executive Officer of Trinity-Terrace Old Boys’ Association  

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Community News


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, including their worship, the Australian Catholic Bishops have entrusted the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day this week.

The motion, agreed to during the bishops' plenary meeting, reads:

“That the Australian Bishops entrust Australia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians, seeking her intercession for the safety of all our people especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mary Help of Christians has been the official patroness of Australia since 1844. Her feast day is celebrated on May 24, which this year coincides with the Feast of the Ascension. The entrustment of Australia to Mary Help of Christians can therefore take place on 24 or 25 May.

Click here to read the bishops’ letter to the Catholic people of Australia


Masterclasses are one hour sessions conducted once a week in term time. Each week they review, revise and reinforce the topics and areas of study that students are dealing with in their classes at school. Some students find it very difficult to sustain an independent study program. These Masterclasses offer them a structured way to comprehensively prepare for their exams. For more information visit or email

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