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TC Newsletter:

Volume 17  June 7, 2019

From the Principal 


As part of a process that seeks to ensure an agenda of continual improvement, all schools are required to develop and implement a strategic plan. This plan sets out annual goals that schools strive to achieve through a range of strategies, initiatives, policies and the like. Trinity College is currently in the final year of its current Strategic Plan (click here to view the College Strategic Plan: 2015 - 2019). Broadly speaking, in 2019, the College is seeking to: increase the awareness of our school community regarding environmental issues; provide opportunities for members of our wider community to be involved in planned service activities; and examine ways to attract, develop and recognise quality staff. There is a variety of programs and strategies in place that will support these goals throughout this year.

Over the past few years, the current Strategic Plan has been very successful in ensuring a significant focus on areas such as: the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and our identity as a Catholic school; the formation of our boys as ‘good citizens’, aware of their influence on others around them developing a deeper sense of service to others and making meaningful links with those in need; and providing encouragement, skills and opportunities for boys to strive for personal excellence.

Throughout this year, the College will embark on a process of developing a new College Strategic Plan (2020 - 2024). In formulating this new Strategic Plan, the College Leadership Team and the College Advisory Board have commenced a thorough and inclusive process, consulting students, parents, staff and Board members over several months and across many, many meetings. Through these consultation meetings, all parties were challenged to acknowledge and celebrate our strengths as a College; to identify areas for growth and challenge; and to consider opportunities for improvement in the future. The new College Strategic Plan will outline the College’s strategic priorities for the next five years and the outcomes against which future performance and school improvement will be measured.

While still early in the process, there has been a strong emphasis on the unique community strength and parent support that exists at Trinity College. Similarly, the mantra of ‘Men for Others’, the sense of connectedness and TC Spirit and the amazing array of opportunities and experiences available to the boys, have been very prominent in all consultation meetings to this point. The strategic planning process will continue for the next few months as ideas, themes and feedback are distilled into a purposeful and successful plan for our future.

To this point, our strategic planning process has allowed all members of our College Community – Students, Families, and Staff – to come together with a sense of purpose and optimism for the future ahead. I have certainly been impressed by the genuine nature in which people have generously contributed and I have been humbled by the support and encouragement from so many. I look forward to continuing to engage with our College Community in this year long process of consultation and feedback with a view to launching our new College Strategic Plan (2020 - 2024) later this year. This plan will outline our hopes and aspirations for the foreseeable few years. It will guide the manner in which we plan for positive change and then implement and direct such change – all with the formation of our boys as central in our mission. 

The students of our College are wonderful young men. I am always amazed at their abilities and they deserve much praise for their generosity of spirit and time. There exists a seemingly endless potential that can be found in youth and we are forever grateful of being part of their journey of development and growth. While we are thankful for the wonderful facilities and great variety of programs at Trinity, I am very aware that our true blessing lies in the quality of the boys we have in our College. It is important that we plan for their future, and for the future of their school.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


Interviews are now being conducted for entry into Year 4 and Year 7 in 2021. There are still limited spaces available for 2020. If there are any siblings of current students who have not yet enrolled and you would like more information, please contact the Registrar’s office on 9223 8121 or email

The Dance & Drama Showcase promises to be an entertaining evening of performances by Trinity College students from Years 4-12. This free event is on Monday, 17 June 2019 starting at 6:30pm in Gibney Hall. 

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College Calendar


Tuesday, 11 June

  • 9:35am Year 12 Mass

Thursday, 13 June

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

Friday, 14 June

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC v AC

Sunday, 16 June

  • 9:00am Trinity Sunday Mass

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Junior School News


On Tuesday, the Year 4 classes experienced a hands-on Maths morning in the Junior School. The boys were divided into 9 groups and participated in a range of engaging measurement activities, looking at time, mass, volume and capacity. Thank you to the parent volunteers who assisted during the morning. 

This week, four of the Junior School leaders attended the Launch of Lifelink. LifeLink Day provides a wonderful opportunity for students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Perth, to join together to show their collective support for the many Church social service agencies – agencies which on behalf of us all, reach out to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need within the community each year.


Next week the Life Ed Van is visiting Trinity and will be running classes for the Junior School students. Life Education’s mission is to empower children to make safer and healthier choices through education. Each class visits the Life Ed Van for a 90 minute interactive and engaging session. The topics the boys will cover areas such as cybersafety, medicines, building respectful relationships and making healthy decisions.

Noah Bosio (6G) on drums and Isaac Bosio (4B) on bass performing on the show The Couch

Congratulations to Noah (6G) and Isaac Bosio (4B) who recently performed with their band ‘Mammoth’ on the Sunday night show The Couch, broadcasted on Foxtel. 


Monday, 10 June
  • Life Ed Van Incursions
Tuesday, 11 June
  • Life Ed Van Incursions
Wednesday, 12 June 
  • Life Ed Van Incursions
Thursday, 13 June 
  • Liffe Ed Van Incursions 
  • Sport v Aquinas
Friday, 14 June 
  • Year 4G Mass
  • TOBA Assembly commencing at 2:20pm in Gibney Hall 

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


Wow week 6 already! We all enjoyed the public holiday on Monday, but all the boys were back training hard on Tuesday morning ready for our sport fixtures this week. On Wednesday the Year 4s had a great time at their Math Day with some help from some parent volunteers. They looked at time, mass, volume and capacity. It was also Lifelink Day on Wednesday and 4 Prefects went with Mr Tucker to represent TC at the official launch of Lifelink. On Thursday we had our sport fixtures against Guildford and some teams versed some of the other schools. We finished up the week with Friday assembly.

Luca Fowler (6G) and Jack Clarey (6B)

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Secondary School News


Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill joined a Year 9 class this week for reading. Mr O’Neill spoke about the enjoyment he gets from reading, particularly crime thrillers, and its ability to relax the mind. His current favourite being the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Although currently reading “The Midnight Line” at home, he chose to spend his time in the library reading “Strive Manfully - a history of CBC Perth and Trinity College 1894 - 2003” by Mr Anthony Curtis (past Headmaster of the College). Mr O’Neill thought it was important to read this book in order to get a full understanding of the history of the College and how we have reached our position today.

Thank you Mr O’Neill for taking the time to come and read with us.


Some members of the TCEC were finally able to get to Greenbatch to undertake some Christian Service at their premises this week. The College has been collecting PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastic via the purple bins for over a year now with the intention repurposing it into 3D printer filament. By collecting the plastic bottles and containers at the College and sending them to Greenbatch we are preventing this plastic ending up in WA landfill, river systems and ultimately the ocean or being shipped overseas. Whilst at the plant, the students helped with separating lids, sorting plastic into different types and shredding bottles and lids. The were also shown the process of repurposing this plastic from when it comes in the door, through the shredder and into the machines to be transformed to filament. At this point in time, the initial stages are labour intensive and done by (volunteer) hand and the boys got an appreciation for how important it is to only place the correct plastics in the purple bins as well as the importance of rinsing out the bottles beforehand – particularly the milk containers! We would hope to make this a regular event on the Christian Service calendar. Thank you to Mrs Marya Stewart (Director of Christian Service) for driving the bus and joining in with the work.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


This term in Becoming Men we are focusing on the theme of Empowering Women, Educating Men. The boys have been exposed to the importance of gender diversity, managing relationships, the importance of presentation and first impressions and will be taught ‘old fashion’ dinner etiquette which will culminate in a formal night with the most important woman in their lives, their mother.

A formal dinner will be held in the Boundary Room at the WACA. Our Mothers/Influential Females are invited to join their son in a formal setting where they will join him for a meal and be his guest. There will also be an opportunity for to take to the dance floor where the boys will teach the waltz and a few of the dances he has learnt at Ballroom Dancing.

Please take note of the RSVP date as there will be no exceptions. Purchase your tickets via Trybooking by clicking here

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College News


Organisational skills are an often overlooked competency in children and young adults. In this article, a mum of four shares some strategies that have worked for her family, and some tips on how to instill these skills in children. Click here to read more. 


Mr Van Dongen has been teaching Design & Technology at Trinity for the past 15 years. He teaches Middle School Materials, Design and Engineering courses, and in the Senior School he teaches ATAR Design and General Materials Wood course. We sat down with Mr Van Dongen to learn more about his experiences at Trinity. Click here to read more. 

  • Tuesday 7:30am to 4:00pm and Friday 7:30am to 1:30pm

We are pleased how well Online Ordering of Uniform is working. Once you have placed your order online we will receive it straight away, please note we will not notify you that your order is ready for collection please either send your son in or come personally to collect the items.

We are looking forward to meeting parents out at Waterford on the morning of Saturday, 15 June. We will be available to answer any Uniform enquires that you may have as well as a few items for sale.

We will be running a special where you can purchase the Trinity Keep Cup for $12.50 and then if you take it to the coffee van they will give you a 50cent discount on your coffee if you use the Trinity Keep Cup.

Thanking you

Judy and Kim

Later this year, a group of Year 10 students will be travelling to Northern Thailand and Laos for a service expedition. To assist with funding for the volunteer project work, a fundraising Sri Lankan buffet dinner will be held in the Trinity College Staff Room on Saturday, 15 June. All are welcome to attend.
Tickets are $35 (adult); $20 (child, 7–14 years) and free for children under 7. BYO drinks. 
Tickets can be purchased via

Profits from ticket sales will be shared between a Sri Lankan charity and the volunteer work the boys will undertake in Northern Thailand and Laos.

The Trinity College Auxiliary invites Trinity parents to the Annual Long Lunch, to be held at The Camfield on Friday, 21 June.

Only 80 tickets available. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased via include a glass of sparkling, choice of entree, main and dessert. Please note that seating (in long tables) is organised on the day. NO RESERVING OF SEATS.  Bookings close Tuesday, 18 June at 12.00pm. For more information please contact details or 9223 8120. 


The Friends of the Arts are having a meeting on Wednesday, 12 June at 7:00pm in the College Boardroom. All are welcome, come along and meet other Music, Dance & Drama Parents.

Dr Rob Braham | Director of Music

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The Annual PSA Golf Day was held at Royal Perth Golf Club last Friday with the Trinity team winning the PC Anderson Cup for the first time by 6 strokes from Scotch College.    

Congratulations to Christian Nicholls (11.2), Oliver Cranny (10.4), Riley Gott (7.2), Ben Cranny (7.4), Izaya Silva (7.8), Jacob Wilkie (9.6), Luke Alderslade (10.7) and Evan Alderslade (7.2) on the great result and the manner in which they represented the School at Royal Perth. With all the boys returning in 2020, they should feature strongly again next year.


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  • Tuesday, 2 July: TISC presentation to Year 12 students
  • Monday, 5 August: Applications Open
  • Monday, 30 September 11pm:  Early Bird Application Fee Deadline
  • Thursday, 19 December: WACE Results and UAAL online
  • Friday, 20 December 11pmClosing date to add/re-arrange preferences for December round offers
  • Monday, 23 December: December round offers available online
  • Saturday, 28 December: STAT - December session

Our Early Offer Program recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and are motivated to make a special contribution to society, and/or show exceptional personal or leadership qualities.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate a predicted ATAR of 90, or - for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs - a predicted ATAR of 93. Early Offer applications are due by 5pm on Friday, 31 July. Offers will be made in October. As always, students who do not receive an Early Offer will be considered for future offer rounds and do not need to reapply. Click here to download an application form.



  • For students who receive an ATAR between 96 - 96.99: A total value of $5,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per study period for up to one year.
  • For students who receive an ATAR of 97 or above: A total value of $15,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per study period for up to three years.
  • The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses.

Click here to read more Information. 


For students who select and enrol at UWA in engineering

  • A maximum of two semesters for candidates with an ATAR between 96 and 97.95 inclusive total $5000
  • A maximum of 10 semesters, for candidates with an ATAR of at least 98.00 total $25,000

Click here to read more information. 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

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Celebrating 125 Years

This year, Trinity College, formerly Christian Brothers College (CBC) Perth, is celebrating our 125th Anniversary – 125 wonderful and proud years of upholding traditions, providing a holistic quality Catholic education and empowering students to become Men for Others. To celebrate this milestone, we are reaching out to members of our community who have had a positive impact on the College over the years – either as a student, staff member, parent or friend – to tell their story and share their memories of CBC Perth and Trinity College. 

This week we share memories from Tim Hammond ('92). Tim Hammond attended Trinity College from 1988 to 1992 and served as a College Prefect. He is an active member of TOBA, and he was welcomed back to the College in 2017 as the guest speaker at the TOBA Graduation Breakfast. To read his story, click here

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Community News

  • When: Monday, 8 - Friday, 12 July
  • Time: 9am - 3pm daily
  • Who: Girls & Boys 5-14 y.o - ALL skill levels
  • Cost: $45 p/day or $210 all week
  • Where: Perth College, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mt Lawley
  • Contacts: Anna Sykes 0400 227 030 or Steph Jones 0405 141 027.
  • Email: 
  • Click here for registration   

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