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TC Newsletter:
Volume 16 - June 1, 2018

From the Headmaster 

Today, Friday, 1 June, we mark the anniversary of the birth of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. Born in 1762, Rice was a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist. He was the founder of two institutes of religious brothers: the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers. He was born on the farming property of "Westcourt" in Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland, to parents Robert Rice and Margaret Rice (née Tierney), during a time when Irish Catholics faced oppression under Penal Laws enforced by the British authorities. However by 1778, when Rice was a teenager, reforms had commenced.

He forged a successful career in business, but sadly as a young man, Rice was widowed when his wife died and his daughter was born disabled. He went on to devote his life to education, prayer and charitable work, serving the poor and national wellbeing. In particular, he greatly supported the poor and marginalised of Waterford. In 1802, he established a makeshift school in a converted stable in New Street, Waterford. At first, he found the children so difficult to manage that the teachers resigned. He devoted himself to training teachers who would dedicate their lives to prayers and to teaching the children free of charge. Despite the difficulties involved, Rice's classes soon became so popular that another temporary school had to be opened on another of his properties, in nearby Stephen Street.  

The turning point of Rice's ministry was the arrival of two young men, Thomas Grosvenor and Patrick Finn, from his hometown of Callan. They came to him wishing to join his congregation. The subsequent success of the New Street school led to a more permanent building, christened 'Mount Sion', where construction began on 1 June, 1802.  

In 1808, seven of the staff including Edmund Rice, took religious vows under the authority of Bishop Power of Waterford. Following the example of Nano Nagle's Presentation Sisters, they were called Presentation Brothers. This was the first congregation of men to be founded in Ireland and one of the few ever founded by a layman. Gradually a transformation had taken place amongst the "quay kids" of Waterford, largely attributed to the work of Edmund Rice and his Brothers, who educated, clothed and fed the boys. In 1820, Edmund Rice founded the Christian Brothers. 

The work started by Edmund Rice has spread around the world and is the foundation upon which Trinity College was built.  


Last Friday, we were treated to the talents of the Junior and Middle School music students. They all impressed us with their polished and entertaining performances. The Junior School choirs were not only sounding good, but looked like they were enjoying the experience. Congratulations to the Junior String Ensemble who have progressed so much since the beginning of Term One. It is wonderful to see the progression of skills as the program moved into the middle school ensembles. The chamber groups; Percussion, Classical Guitar, and Middle School Vocal Ensemble, were particularly impressive. Well done also to Swing Band II, for their first performance of the year. The large flagship ensembles, the Trinity/Mercedes String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble (with 95 students on board), also had their first performances for 2018 and played with beautiful, full tonal quality, showing how far they have progressed this year. The Middle School Chorale sung with great gusto and were led by a lovely bluesy solo by Year 9 student Jack Le Goeuff (9.5). I would like to congratulate Dr Robert Braham, Mrs Ann Clarke, Mrs Kimberley Lloyd and all the music tutors and musicians, on a wonderful evening of entertainment. 


We wish all of our Year 11 and 12 students, who are undertaking their exams this week and next week, all the very best. I hope that all the long hours of revision and study, that I am sure are being done, can bear fruit in pleasing results.


Today we have a team of 14 dedicated students from Year 7–12 who are representing Trinity in the PSA Surfing Championships at Trigg Beach. We wish all the boys well and thank Mr Adam Gage and Mr Paul Van Vliet, who are the supervising teachers.


The Year 9 Mass is scheduled for Tuesday, 5 June and the Year 8 Mass is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 June. Hopefully parents with sons in these years can put the Mass date in their diary and join us in the Chapel, and then for a cuppa afterwards. Please RSVP to or via telephone on 9223 8306.


The PSA is pleased to announce the implementation of a full round of Home and Away fixtures for Summer Sports First Teams across Term 4 of 2018 and Term 1 of 2019. This means that both Winter and Summer sports will now have two full rounds of PSA fixtures. Please click here to see the notification from PSA President, Mr Dean Dell’Oro.


A reminder to all parents that next Monday, 4 June is Western Australia Day. I hope that everyone has a wonderful long weekend, and I look forward to seeing our boys back at school on Tuesday, 5 June. 


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Upcoming Events


Monday, 4 June

  • Western Australia Day - Public Holiday

Tuesday, 5 June

  • 9:35am Year 9 Mass

Thursday, 7 June

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

Friday, 8 June

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC v CC

Saturday, 9 June

  • TC v CC

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Junior School News 


The Cross Country Carnival held on Tuesday, was a fabulous event on a magnificent day. Congratulations to all the boys for the endeavour and enthusiasm in which they participated and for the sportsmanship they displayed. It was again pleasing to see so many parents attend to support all the boys. Thank you to Mr Luke Thompson for his running of the carnival. Training for the Interschool Cross Country team will commence next week. The results are as follows:

Year 4

Champion –  Axel Walsh (4G) 

Runner-up –  Bowie McCabe (4B) 

Endeavour – Ben Maine (4W) 

Year 5

Champion – Oscar McManus (5W) 

Runner-up –  Cristiano Farfan (5W) 

Endeavour –  Luca Fowler (5G) 

Year 6

Champion – Lucas Blair (6B)

Runner-up – Nicholas Peca (6W) 

Endeavour – Hudson Foote (6W)


  1. Xavier
  2. Chanel
  3. Queens
  4. Campion

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.


On Sunday, 27 May, Kyan Tremain (4W) celebrated his First Holy Communion at St Columba Church in Bayswater. It was a lovely Mass with many children participating. 


Monday, 4 June

  • Western Australia Day Public Holiday

Tuesday, 5 June

  • Year 5 and 6 winter sports training

Thursday, 7 June

  • Sport v Christ Church

Friday, 8 June

  • TOBA Assembly commencing at 2:20pm


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


As we move on into Week 6, this term has blitzed. Last Friday, at Music Night, most of the boys performed in Gibney Hall. The atmosphere was incredible. On Tuesday, we had our Cross Country Carnival and lots of parents came along to Waterford Playing Fields to cheer on the boys. Well done to Xavier who won the carnival, and congratulations to all the boys for giving it their best shot. A special thank you to Mr Thompson for organising it all. Also this week, 6 Green visited Parliament House and learnt lots of things about the history of Western Australia. They also did a role-play of a Bill from the 2000’s. On Friday, 4 Green performed their assembly. The boys did very well. Year 5B and 5W attended the Mercy Convent on a Swan River excursion.

Quin Hamilton (6B) and Kobe Browne (6B) 

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Secondary School News  


With aspirations to become a pilot, Khoosh Balgobin (10.5) took his first solo flight from Jandakot Airport on 26 April. He goes to Jandakot three times per week and is aiming to obtain his full licence within the next 12 months. Recently, he participated in the Entrepreneurial Project at Trinity College and presented the Aero Hopper, which is a project he is continuing to pursue. Congratulations Khoosh.   


Hi all, I’m Hayden Windus from 9.6. I applied for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award because I thought it would be a great way to help me improve my leadership and organisational skills, and would be fun to complete. There are three components to the Duke of Edinburgh Award; physical recreation, skill and service. For physical recreation, I am logging hours for hockey training sessions and games and aim to improve on my skills and tackling. For the skill component, I am learning and working with others in kickboxing and for the service component, I am looking for opportunities to take part in Christian service through the school. So far the award has been really fun and has improved my organisational skills. I would recommend it to everyone who thinks they would like to improve their organisational and leadership skills.

Hayden Windus (9.6)

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College News


Thank you to all of the dads who joined us for the Trinity Fathers for Others Aviation and Astronomy Night! It was a great event, with some time spent discussing the impact that fathers have on their children's lives, followed by a chance to explore the Virtual Reality lab and Observatory. Thanks also to Sri Krishna Dharmapuri (10.4) who took fathers on tours up to the Astronomy Observatory and to Mr Bill Cooper, Head of Astronomy, for speaking. 


Second Hand Uniforms - It has come to our attention that there are a lot of second hand uniforms that are either being sold privately, or on Facebook Groups, which are not the correct uniform. While we encourage parents to reuse good quality second hand uniforms, it is always a good idea to check that you are being sold the correct uniform. 

No more plastic bags - Please be aware that we are no longer supplying plastic bags in the Uniform Shop. As of 1 July, we are no longer allowed to use plastic bags. If you require a carry bag, we now sell a recycle bag for $2.00. For any uniform enquiries, please call into the shop any Tuesday or Friday.

The Uniform Shop open hours during term are:

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

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager


The College Library has recently invested in an online referencing tool called Citemaker. Customised specifically for Trinity College and its use of APA referencing, Citemaker will guide students step by step through the process of creating correctly formatted references for assignments etc. It allows students to navigate through a myriad of referencing possibilities – online, print, and many other sources. Students can also sign up for an account, which enables them to save reference lists or they can simply copy and paste references they create at any one time. The site also offers jAPA which is a ‘junior’ version of the tool – allowing students to create references from a less complex list of possible sources. Access to the site is available here:


We are looking for donations of white rugby shorts (new or second hand) for St. Nicholas’ College, Honiara, Solomon Islands. The boys at St. Nicholas need white rugby shorts – they can have the Trinity College Logo or a club logo. Any size up to XXL men’s would be gratefully received. If you have white rugby shorts that are no longer required, please bring them to Ms Mackenzie in the library. Thank you in advance for your support.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Teacher Librarian & Teacher of Becoming Men Program


By buying an Entertainment Membership, you can help raise funds for Trinity College's Music Department. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. You can purchase either book membership or digital membership. Books can be picked up from the Music Office. To order, please click here

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Click here for the sports results of Trinity v Aquinas last weekend. 

This weekend there is a General Bye, due to the long weekend. Today, all teams will have training. 

Mr Steve Leahy ('78) | Director of Sport

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Community News


The Trinity College Auxiliary's Annual Long Lunch for TC parents is being held at the Camfield, outside of Optus Stadium, on Friday, 15 June at 12:00pm. There are only 80 tickets available, so please get in quickly. To purchase tickets ($70), please visit:


Many Year 12s will be selecting university preferences in the coming months and to assist this process, TISC will be giving a presentation to the Year 12's on Tuesday, 31 July. The presentation will cover the online process of entering university preferences. Also, throughout July and August, all WA universities will be holding various Open Days. These are great opportunities for students to visit campuses, explore facilities and talk to lecturers and students. I strongly recommend students take up these opportunities. The dates for the Open Days are: 

  • ECU (Joondalup): 22 July at 10am-3pm
  • Murdoch University: 28 July at 10am-4pm
  • Curtin University: 29 July at 10am-4pm
  • UWA: 12 August at 10am-4pm
  • ECU (Mount Lawley & WAAPA): 12 August at 10am-3pm
  • Notre Dame University: 19 August

Mr Russell Hinks | Careers Counsellor


A School Holidays Athletics Clinic is being held on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July from 8:30am-3pm at the WA Athletics Stadium. The cost is $90 per day or $160 for two days, which includes a shoe bag or cap, plus prizes and giveaways. Children participate in 4 events per day. Coached by World Championship Medalist Sarah Edmiston and other event specific coaches, it is open to all children aged 8 to 16 years. For further information, click here for the flyer or visit:


The Academic Group is providing a range of ATAR revision and skills development programs during the July school holidays. There are courses teaching essay writing and learning skills in several subjects for Years 7-10 and for Years 11 and 12. Early bird discounts are available. For more information, visit or for further details and the application form, contact Ioanna Culleton, College Psychologist (Years 7, 9 and 11) by email or call 9325 3655. 

Ioanna Culleton | College Psychologist (Years 7, 9 and 11)


Scholastic Excellence is providing academic revision courses in the July school holidays at Rossmoyne Senior High School. This will cover GATE / ICAS and exam preparation. There are courses suitable for Years 4-10 and for Years 11-12. For more information, visit or call 0410 121 509. 


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


On Wednesday, 11 July from 9:15am-3:30pm at North Metropolitan TAFE, ATOMWA will be offering a variety of industry professionals and students, a course covering topics related to the Year 11 and 12 ATAR Media Production and Analysis syllabus. Tickets can be purchased online at: The event is also on Facebook at the following URL:


The ConocoPhillips Science Experience STEM program is being offered in December 2018 and January 2019. It is a 3 or 4 day program of hands-on science, conducted across 33 universities and tertiary campuses Australia wide and is open to all current Year 9 and 10 students in 2018. The programs include:

  • hands on activities in laboratories
  • short interactive lectures
  • many 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 a 3 day program is $190 and 4 day program is $260. It is a Rotary supported project and local Rotary clubs are often willing to financially sponsor students. For more information, visit: 


Relationships Australia are providing the following Parenting courses in West Leederville:

  • Understanding Step Families weekend on Fri/Sat/Sun, 8-10 June at 6:30-9pm/1-5:30pm/10am-1pm, $75/$120
  • Rock & Water on Saturday, 9 June at 8:30am-12:30pm, $70 pair
  • Parenting After Separation on Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30-9pm , $30
  • Successful Single Parenting on Monday, 25 June at 6:30-9pm, $30
  • Dads Raising Teenage Girls on Monday, 25 June at 6:30-9pm, $30 

For more information, please visit or call 1300 364 277. 


We are looking for families interested in hosting a French student aged 14-17 years for four weeks in June, July or August. They will travel to and from school with your children. The purpose of the programme is for these French students to experience living with an Australian family, to see how an Australian school operates, to improve their English language skills through this full immersion and to create a strong friendship with their Anglophone peers. The programme has been running for 9 years and is highly successful. Both Australian and French students greatly enjoy the exchange. Many families still keep in touch with each other. The students are fully briefed about the school rules, attend classes daily and are fully covered by appropriate insurance. We believe such an exchange is highly beneficial for our Modern Languages students, opening their eyes (and ears!) to similarly minded students for an extended period.

If you are interested in hosting, please contact Martine Floyd, email: or call: 0403 019 609. 


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Canteen Roster

Canteen Roster week beginning Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Long Weekend - Western Australia Day Public Holiday


Fiona Galvin, Jenni Cutri and Marion Gismonde


Rose Chang and Andrea Dodo Balu




Carmella Rosso 

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

Carol Watson | Canteen Manager

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