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TC Newsletter:

Volume 18  June 14, 2019

From the Principal 

The Semester One Examinations for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 have now been completed and I trust that students, having prepared properly, have performed well and achieved results that are a true reflection of their abilities. In a similar way, students in Years 8 and 9 will soon be sitting exams and other significant subject tests as part of their ongoing assessment schedules. At times, students can often find this aspect of schooling quite stressful. However, gaining a familiarisation with examination techniques, understanding the style and length of respective assessment papers and appreciating the need to adopt a systematic and consistent approach to study and revision that accompanies such examinations/tests, all help to minimise the anxiety associated with this mode of assessment in the future. 

At Trinity College, our philosophy is to give students many opportunities to sit examinations as they journey through their time at school. With practice, students learn to better prepare for such formal assessments and reduce the anxieties that can sometimes be associated with them. I am very grateful to the teachers who work hard to ensure that all our examinations, particularly those more formal examinations prepared for Years 10 to 12, replicate a similar format and length as that of the WACE examinations (ATAR Courses) and the WACE Externally Set Tasks (General Courses) that students are likely to complete as they progress through to graduation in Year 12. With regard to all forms of examinations, while ‘practice’ (study and revision) may not necessarily ‘make perfect’, practice certainly does make for better outcomes and, once again, demonstrates that reward comes through hard work and commitment.

The results of these examinations are significant, and they will influence the student’s overall performance and grade in each respective Course. More importantly, students should use their examination results as a catalyst to improve their standing for Semester Two. With the right attitude, a determined approach and consistent application to home studies, considerable improvement can be achieved in the coming semester.

Year 10 Course Selections 

Examination results and Semester One Grades are of particular relevance to our current Year 10 students as they begin the process of selecting Courses for their upper school studies in 2020. Adequately meeting some set prerequisite Subject Grades will be required when considering choosing particular Courses for next year. Our Current Year 10 students have been examining such prerequisite benchmarks from Year 9 and are very familiar with the need to reach certain levels in order to maximise their possible Course choices. Likewise, achieving particular OLNA benchmarks will influence the respective Pathways that students can consider. Choosing suitable Courses is an important process in the academic transition for students as they progress from Year 10 into their final years of schooling. Such Courses prepare students for pathways beyond school at University, TAFE, Apprenticeships or the workforce.

An important Year 10 Course Information Evening is scheduled for Monday, 24 June. It is very important that all Year 10 boys attend this evening accompanied by at least one parent. Vital information about WACE Graduation, Course Selection, respective Pathways and the College Course Selection process will be presented on this evening. Respective heads of Learning Area will also present to answer any enquiries about particular Courses and their content. A series of Course Counselling interviews for individual students and their families will then follow in early August (specific details will be provided to parents of Year 10 students closer to this time). Throughout this entire process, the College will endeavour to work closely with students and their families to explore choices that will maximise opportunities for success.   

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


Thank you to the Year 12 parents who attended Mass with their sons in the College Chapel last Tuesday. On a very wet and cold morning we were able to enjoy a lovely celebration in the recently refurbished Chapel and certainly enjoyed a warm cuppa afterwards at the morning tea that followed. These informal morning teas are a wonderful way to build our community spirit and get to know other parents in your son’s year group. I invite everyone to attend them.


The Year 7 Mass is scheduled for Tuesday, 25 June. Parents are most welcome to join us for Mass in the Chapel, and then for a quick morning tea afterwards. Please RSVP to or via telephone on 9223 8306.


This Sunday, Trinity College and the Trinity Terrace Old Boys’ Association will be celebrating Trinity Sunday Mass and hosting a blessing of the refurbished Trinity College Chapel. All are welcome to join the Mass, which will be followed by a 'bring and share' morning tea in the staff lounge.

No RSVP required. The Mass will begin at 9:00am.


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


Monday, 24 June

  • Year 10 RE Incursion Period 5 and 6
  • 7:00pm Year 10 Course Information Evening

Tuesday, 25 June

  • 9:35am Year 7 Mass
  • Year 9 Dance Social at Mercedes 6:30pm-9.30pm 

Thursday, 27 June

  • All Schools JPSSA Cross Country

Friday, 28 June

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC v SC
  • X Country All Schools 5x2km Relay at HS
  • Senior Music Night 

Saturday, 29 June

  • TC v SC
  • X Country All Schools 5x3km Relay at HS

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Junior School News


The Boys in the Groove (BIG) have been working hard on their routines for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival next term. On Monday evening, over 60 boys in BIG will perform in the Drama/ Dance Showcase in Gibney Hall. I am looking forward to seeing their progress so far this year.


This week the Junior School were visited by the Life Ed Van. Each class received participated in some engaging learning about making healthy lifestyle choices. I believe Harold the Giraffe also visited the boys.


Next week the Year 5/6 sports teams will have a bye. There will be no training on Tuesday and an extended training at Waterford on Thursday.

Monday, 17 June
  • BIG in Dance Showcase at 6:30pm 
Thursday, 20 June
  • Trinity Sports Bye
Friday, 21 June 
  • Year 4B Reconciliation
  • Assembly at 2:40pm 

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


This week the boys had the Life Ed van incursion, and all the boys have learnt one or two things. A quick overview of our week is below: 

  • Monday: The week started as normal with an assembly announcing the week to come.
  • Tuesday: The day started off with a very wet sport training, drenching many unlucky students.
  • Wednesday: The Year 4 teachers got together and made a change to the handball rules.
  • Thursday: After school, the boys in Engineering Club had an exciting incursion - we're sure the boys enjoyed it. Our sport fixtures this week were against Aquinas.
  • Friday: This week the Year 5s took over the jobs at TCEC -  we're sure the Year 6s taught them everything they need to know.

Please remember that next Monday is the drama/dance performance and BIG boys need their costumes.

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Secondary School News

Year 9 students with Australian Paraolympian, Grant Harvey

On Friday, a group of Year 9 leaders from across WA gathered for ‘Altitude Day’, a one-day event run by yLead. Altitude Day is a chance for Year 9 students all around Australia to be empowered with the tools needed to unlock their potential. Throughout the day, students are encouraged to dream big, regardless of fear of failure and judgement. They gained advice on how to make good choices, build their confidence and make a difference from inspiring guest speakers.

The day encouraged the students to go outside their comfort zone and bond with other leaders outside of their school in energising group activities. Students were challenged to ask themselves "What kind of leader do I want to be?" and "What am I passionate about?" and learnt about strategies to help achieve these aspirations and passions.


On Wednesday, our Year 9 students had the opportunity to listen to Michelle Cowan, AFLW Assistant Coach at West Coast Eagles, as part of their Becoming Men program.

Michelle spoke about her inspiring career and achievements – from volunteering as a sports coach during her time at Iona Presentation College to her 18 years of coaching experience in the WAFL, AFL and AFLW. Michelle has changed the face of AFL and was awarded the AFL Football Woman of the Year in 2013.

Michelle encouraged the students to take on her four ‘P’s (passion, planning, people and power) and C’s (care, character, culture and communication) strategies. She challenged them to empower women and have the influence to make changes – in their homes, school and community.


All Year 12 students and those Yr 11 students studying ATAR Units 3 & 4 recently received via SEQTA the School Curriculum & Standards Authority Student Declaration and Permission Online form. Completion of these details enables access via the student portal to their examination timetable while seeking permission for the likes of the release of names should they win an award. 


Hello parents, the second payment for the tour is now due ($800). This can be paid through the Online Store. The final payments will need to be paid by the end of July.

After the exam period, I will send out a communication to all students and parents regarding the itinerary and final details of the tour. There is still one place available for any Year 10 or 11 student to attend the tour. For more details about this, please email

Mr Chris Allanson | Head of Humanities


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


This week, Mr Adam Gage (Head of Digital Technologies) spent time reading with a Year 9 class as part of the Guys Read program at the College. Mr Gage spoke to the boys briefly about the fact that when he was younger, he found it challenging to read. As a way to help him, his parents spent time reading to him and with him – something which greatly helped shape his love for reading now. He spoke about his enjoyment of short stories by authors such as Clive Barker, Stephen King and Roald Dahl as a way to enjoy a ‘whole’ story with a beginning, middle and end in a more manageable format. Mr Gage particularly enjoys fantasy / horror as a way of escaping everyday life and being able to lose himself in the world created by the author. While in the library he read “The Tommyknockers” by Stephen King – a terrifying tale about an otherworldly discovery and the effects it has a on a small town.

Thank you Mr Gage for taking time out to read with us.


Mr Evan Damianopoulos who runs the Coffee Van at Waterford is excited to be joining forces with the TCEC sustainability initiatives at the College by offering a 50cent discount to any customers who present a clean Trinity College Keep Cup from this week onwards. The TCEC is extremely appreciative of the support Mr Damianopoulos is willing to give with this ongoing discount. Not only does this promote the use of the reusable Trinity College Keep Cup, it is also one more step towards reducing landfill in Western Australia created by single use non-recyclable disposable coffee cups. The College Keep Cups will be on sale at Waterford this Saturday in addition to being available through the Uniform Shop.

Thank you to Mr Damianopoulos for his contribution to a more sustainable College community.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


Max Ryan (11.1) recently took part in an art exhibition to support Standing Shoulder to Shoulder, a charitable organisation that helps women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Max donated two of his drone photos to the organisation’s exhibition, held at the Joondalup Art Gallery from the 19 to 23 of May. Both of his images were sold, with all proceeds going to Standing Shoulder to Shoulder.

Domestic violence is a cause Max is passionate about. His mother has worked in this area for many years, and Max has previously volunteered at one of the family camps offered by the Patricia Giles Centre. Max has said “I really encourage my fellow peers to get involved in causes like Standing Shoulder to Shoulder. A small contribution will really benefit the organisation as well as your own personal development.” Well done Max!


As a further step in providing the best service we can for our students, EFTPOS is now available at two of the checkouts in the Canteen. Students now have the choice of either scanning their student card as normal or using the new EFTPOS facility.

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

The uniform shop is going to Waterford this week. Saturday the 15th of June. We will have Trinity Keep Cups, luggage straps. Past student Trinity Tie, rain jackets and supporter jackets. Please come and say hi. We are happy to answer any uniform questions you may have.

Thanking you

Judy and Kim

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Cross country parents are reminded that they are rostered on to assist with morning tea at Waterford this Saturday morning – if you are available to help out, please go to the clubrooms at around 8:45am. All boys playing at Waterford tomorrow are asked to bring a plate of finger food and leave it in the clubrooms prior to their game. Thank you in advance to those who can help tomorrow.

Mr Steve Leahy | Director of Sports 


Click here for last week's results against Guildford Grammar. 

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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 Mark Readings ('87) who was the guest speaker at the 2018 TOBA Graduation Breakfast and the MC of the recent "Charge of the 125th" anniversary event at Optus Stadium. To read his story, click here

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Community News


WACE Revision and ATAR Exam Preparation tutorials have a history of successfully supporting students to achieve their academic objectives. For students in Year 7-12, there are; subject revision, essay writing tutorials, study skills tutorials and ATAR Exam Prep. For more information please visit or call 9486 1377. 

  • 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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