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TC Newsletter:

Volume 15  29 May 2020

From the Principal 


As societal restrictions have continued to be lifted in recent weeks, and we eagerly wait for more to be lifted in the near future, we have effectively navigated the transition of our boys back to direct learning. While acknowledging that some school operations and specific training and rehearsal practices are still somewhat compromised, it has been heartening to see the manner in which students and staff have resumed the more familiar teaching and learning practices of the classroom.

Once again, I want to acknowledge the difficulty that the changing nature of ‘school’ and ‘mode of instructional delivery’ has presented to all within our community over the past few months. While I appreciate the general understanding of the circumstances that we all found ourselves in, I am also very grateful for the patience, support, and trust of our families as we moved into, and then gradually transitioned out of, remote learning. Likewise, our students should be commended for their adaptability and willingness to remain engaged in their learning, both remotely and back in the classroom. On the whole, they have remained positive and applied themselves to the various tasks presented to them.

I am also incredibly proud of the Teachers and Support Staff who have continually adapted and worked incredibly hard during this time. Such an enormous shift in teaching pedagogy has been handled most professionally and in a manner that has demonstrated their genuine dedication to the students in their care.

As I have mentioned previously, while it has been challenging for all in our community to adapt to the ongoing changes in our lives, there is an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the shared community responsibility that has seen students return to school, many parents being able to return to work and the joy of knowing that we can all begin to enjoy some time together again. However, it is also important to reflect on our period of remote learning with a view to learning from the experience. As we are often reminded, “it is the difficult times that often teach us the most valuable lessons”.

Across the world, all educational systems have had to adopt various forms of remote learning in response to the global pandemic and are now seeking to reflect and analyse how effective this has been. It has been interesting to read the different observations from a variety of educational and child development specialists as they have analysed the ‘forced experiment’ of remote learning.  Writing in an educational journal, Nora Fleming states, “Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances.” She suggests that less social distractions, a decreased emphasis on assessments, and a more relaxed timeline for completing tasks has actually benefited certain students. Conversely, educational researcher Youki Terada speaks of the disconnection and isolation associated with remote learning. He states, “Many students are struggling to adapt to remote learning: Digital access and connectivity remain a pervasive equity issue; and, universally, teachers and students grapple with how to replicate the engagement and discourse from an in-person classroom”.

Further to this, renowned international education expert, Professor Pasi Sahlberg suggests that checking on students’ emotional and physical wellbeing is not always addressed adequately in remote learning programs. This point was emphasised further by educationalist, Dr Helen Street who said, “It is important to ensure we do not panic unnecessarily about the impact of this current disruption on young people’s overall academic learning. Yet, at the same time, we need to seriously consider the impact of the disruption on their social and emotional wellbeing”.

There is much to learn from analysing this period of remote learning and it is important that we do so within the context of our own school. At Trinity College, we have benefited from having effective and robust technology that has assisted our remote teaching and learning and we were certainly aware of our boys' desire to stay connected with their peers and teachers while learning from home. We have learned much during this period and generally, we have been satisfied with the effectiveness of our delivery. However, it is important that we seek to learn from these experiences and apply some of these learnings to our teaching in the future.

With this in mind, the College will be seeking some feedback from students, families, and staff about our period of Remote Learning. The College Staff have already engaged in such discussions and provided reflections in this regard and we will survey respective student cohorts over the next week or so to gain their feedback and thoughts. Likewise, later today, parents will receive a link to a Parent Survey – Remote Learning thoughts and feedback. It will seek feedback in the broad areas of your son’s engagement, access to digital resources, learning at home, and College communications.  Such feedback from our College community will provide great insight. 

I believe that as a College, we need to acknowledge and understand the opportunities this radical contextual change afforded us. We have been given an opportunity to learn more about what does and does not work in every educational context, and to seek positive changes as we move forward. I can only hope that our desire to seek a return to ‘what was’ does not impede an opportunity to embrace what ‘could be’. I look forward to your comments and thoughts.

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal


National Reconciliation Week, held from the 27 May to the 3 June 2020 is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared cultures, histories and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

In acknowledgement of Reconciliation Week, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students put together a presentation for the Year 8 cohort. During this initiative, these students shared information about their culture and history, explained the significance of tapping sticks and the digeridoo, performed a self-choreographed dance performance, and shared an original song written by Year 11 student Nehemiah Reuben.

Following the presentation, we asked some of our students and staff to explain what Reconciliation Week means to them. We hope you enjoy listening to their responses in the video above.


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   


During the months of June and July, the boys are not required to wear hats when outside. This is in line with SunSmart Schools policy guidelines as the average UV index during these months is below 3.


Part of being a Trinity parent is being involved in community events. These may be the weekly assemblies and the Friday Junior School Masses, or bigger events like our Mother's Day celebration. Unfortunately, these activities have been limited this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, and having the opportunity for the full Trinity community experience has been affected.

An idea to remedy this in a small and informal way was suggested by a parent this week. Each Friday, beginning next week, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, parents can gather outside the Junior School gates after drop-off. It is planned that at 8:30am, the parents assembled will walk down to Claisebrook Cove, have a takeaway coffee and walk back to the College. 

Please contact Junior School parent and Junior School Auxiliary Member, Melanie Day on 0419 190 850 for more information or to register your interest.


I wish all families a happy Western Australia Day on Monday. However you are spending the day, I hope you stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing the boys back on Tuesday.

 Monday, 1 June   Western Australia Day Public Holiday
 Thursday, 4 June  Winter Sports Preparation at Waterford

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


  • On Monday, the weather was wild and the main driveway of the school had flooding problems as the Swan River burst its banks. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not able to have our Assembly so Mr Tucker visited all the classes and addressed them about the week. Homework Club has now started, with at least 10 boys in the library after school. 
  • On Tuesday, there was a lot of rain so the STEM room was opened up. We watched a movie instead of waiting for the rain to stop. Swimming has also commenced for some of the Year 6 classes. We also had Athletics trials in Sport for discus and shotput. It was a fun day! 
  • On Wednesday, we enjoyed a musical day. String ensemble and the Year Six band practice recommenced and the Choir is well and truly underway. Mrs Clarke has made a few adjustments because of COVID-19 restrictions, with boys being separated into different sections when practicing.
  • It was a wet and cold Thursday for our Year 5 and 6 boys, as they had winter sports training. The boys ended up getting drenched, but they all had fun! 
  • On Friday, Mr Tucker and the Junior School Prefects visited all of the classes and read out the honour cards.

We would like to remind families about the ‘Cans for Kids’ drive. As we can’t take part in our usual Christian Service program, we are supporting people in need by donating canned foods this term.

May everyone stay healthy and well.

David Shanahan (6G) and Liam Murray (6W) 

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Secondary School News   


Our Year 12 prefects were at the College bright and early this morning, assisting our Uniform Shop staff in handing out blazers that had honours embroidered. The Prefects were a great help and we had delivered a total of 115 blazers back to students. 


Lucas Weston (Year 8) is the latest student to achieve the Year 8 Reading Genre Challenge. He wisely used his time during the period of remote learning and read lots of novels which all counted in the challenge to read a novel from all 16 of our Genres. Lucas has always been a keen reader and is enjoying the spoils of his latest achievement. Well done Lucas!


The Secondary Assistance Scheme is available to parents/guardians with children enrolled in Years 7 to 12 who hold an eligible concession card (a Pensioner Concession Card or a Health Care Card). The Secondary Assistance Scheme comprises of an Education Program Allowance of $235 which is paid to the school and a Clothing Allowance of $115 that is paid to the parent. The Secondary Assistance Scheme has been extended this year until the end of Term 2 with a new closure date of Friday, 3 July 2020. The current concession card eligibility is also extended until the 3 July 2020 (previously this eligibility ended in Term 1). Application forms are available from Reception.


The Library Study Room will be available for silent study for a limited number of Year 11 and Year 12 students who choose to study at school. The boys are expected to wear their winter school uniform and to be studying independently and silently. No food or drink is allowed in the Study Room. Numbers will be limited in the Study Room and students may have to move if classes have been booked to use this room. We wish all of the senior students the best of luck for these exams.

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services 

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College News 


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. Due to the lockdown, millions of people who have been unable to work in places like India, have no means 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

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This feast celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the Upper Room. Last week on the Ascension the Apostles locked themselves in the Upper Room because they were fearful and uncertain of what would happen to them. On Pentecost, we remember that Jesus fulfilled His promise by sending His Advocate to them - the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost Sunday we also celebrate the birthday of the Church. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance in the important decisions we need to make in our life.

In these times when we cannot attend our regular masses, please see the following links:

Prayer Reflection for Pentecost

Sunday, 31 May 2020 -

Lectio Divina is an expression of Christian prayer that seeks to meditate on the mysteries of Christ.

John 20: 19-23 -


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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.


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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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.

The 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

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This web event is for parents who:

  • Feel ill-equipped to talk to their child about taboo topics 
  • They are wanting to protect their kids online without having to look over their shoulder every minute of every day.
  • They have recently found their child engaging in worrying online activities.

REGISTER NOW or head to our website


Online in Virtual Classrooms and Face-to-Face in Physical Classrooms

Master Mind Australia will be conducting revision and exam preparation classes for secondary school students in the July school holidays and I have attached brochures to this email outlining the schedules for the Face to Face Teaching in Physical Classrooms and the Online Virtual Classrooms.

The Venues:  

  • Christ Church Grammar School (6-10 July)
  • Hale School and MLC (13-17 July)

ATAR Years 11 & 12: The program offers ATAR students an opportunity to receive comprehensive subject revision and exam preparation for their second Semester Exams. 

Years 7 to 10: It also includes Study Skills, Essay Writing, Maths and English programs for Years 7-10.

We are proud of the quality of our classes and the student evaluations for our previous programs can be accessed here. More information on our courses can be found at

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