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TC Newsletter:

Volume 18  19 June 2020

From the Principal 

Vale Br Kelly (22 September 1920 – 12 June 2020)

It is with a very heavy heart that I wrote to our College community earlier this week to convey the passing of Trinity College’s much loved and highly respected founding Headmaster, Brother J A (Tony) Kelly, OAM. Most fittingly, he was surrounded by some of his fellow Brothers as they held a bedside vigil during his final hours.

Br. Kelly will always maintain a prominent and rightful place in the ongoing history of Trinity College and his passing will be felt deeply by the many staff, Old Boys and families. His generosity, leadership, and integrity positively touched many people over many years. The outpouring of grief and wonderful sentiments that have been shared in recent days reflect a man who was greatly admired, highly respected and much loved. It speaks of a life well-lived and of a wonderful and enduring legacy that honours “his affection for, and interest in, all things Trinity”.

‘JAK’ as he was affectionately known, took great pride in ‘his Old Boys’ and he retained an uncanny ability to remember their names and year of graduation and he took great delight in sharing in their achievements. This was particularly evident at the 125 Years celebrations last year where Br. Kelly was quite the centre of attention as a procession of past students waited patiently to acknowledge him. A wonderful and very loud rendition of the College song that was performed in honour of Br. Kelly was a highlight of the evening and said much about the esteem in which he was held.   

Robyn Jennison, our College Archivist was a wonderful supporter and great friend of Br. Kelly. Last year, on the eve of Brother Kelly’s 99th birthday celebrations, she wrote an article for The Trinity News – September Edition. It presented a brief life story of Br. Kelly and I share it below.

Brother Tony Kelly, founder and first Headmaster of Trinity College is renowned as an exceptional educator whose leadership and foresight saw the establishment of Trinity College which today is a leader in the education of boys in Western Australia. He served for two terms as Headmaster of the College.

His first term from 1960 – 1965 will remain as one of the most significant in the history of the College and his second term from 1978 – 1984 saw the completion of an extensive building and redevelopment programme.

Brother Kelly grew up in Sydney in a happy musical family. At 14 years of age, he joined the Christian Brothers’ Juniorate where he completed his studies and began his life’s journey as a Christian Brother. At twenty years of age, Brother Kelly commenced his teaching career, working at schools in Tasmania and Melbourne before being transferred to the West to take on the role of Headmaster at CBC Fremantle where he worked for six years.

In 1960 Brother Kelly was appointed Headmaster of CBC Perth or ‘The Terrace’ as it was affectionately known. He had been in charge of the College for less than three months when faced with a difficult situation when advised that the City of Perth wished to acquire the College property. With his exceptional business prowess and foresight, Brother Kelly, in a period of less than two years, located and negotiated with the authorities for the East Perth Causeway land, oversaw the planning and building of the new College, including the Chapel and Assembly Hall, and relocated the college under the new name Trinity College with the new crest and motto, In Nomine Domini. This was all completed in readiness for the start of the 1962 school year.

Brother Kelly was an exceptional leader, but foremost he was an inspirational teacher who believed boys should have educational opportunities in all the disciplines. He built a College that not only provided strong Christian values and academic standards, but he also laid the foundations for future sporting and music programmes.

Brother Kelly is one of nature’s gentlemen. He always took a personal interest in each of his students and their families and was dedicated to his staff. He has a wonderful memory for names and is very proud of his Old Boys’ achievements. He is held in high esteem by all and is well known for ‘his affection for, and interest in, all things Trinity’.

In the 1987 Queens Birthday Honours list, Brother James Antoninus Kelly was awarded the OAM, the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to education.

On Monday, our College will host the Requiem Mass for Br. Kelly. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and strict guidelines around gatherings at Funerals, only a very small number of people will be able to attend. Symbolically, our Senior students will form a guard of honour as the College’s first Headmaster leaves the gates of his beloved Trinity College for the last time. Arrangements have been put in place for the Mass to be live-streamed from 10:00am – please click here. Further to this, the College will liaise with the Trinity-Terrace Old Boys’ Association (TOBA) to celebrate a Memorial Mass in honour of Br. Kelly at a later date when further restrictions may be lifted.

Brother JA Kelly was a wonderful man, a great teacher, and a mentor and an outstanding leader. He had an unwavering belief that boys should have wonderful educational opportunities in all the disciplines – Faith, Academic, Sport, and Culture. He established a College that aspires to provide similar opportunities today and into the future. In respectfully remembering the life of Br. Kelly, we can point to a true ‘Man for Others’.                                               

Rest in Peace Brother Kelly.

Mr Darren O’Neill | Principal

Eternal rest grant unto Brother Kelly, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Discover Trinity College at our Open Day on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer. Each of our College Open Day sessions will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours, light refreshments, and a Q&A with key staff, teachers, and the admissions team. Sessions will be held at 9:15am, and at 4:15pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Trinity College is proud to present 'The Mikado', a musical comedy written by Gilbert and Sullivan (arranged by David Spicer Productions, Essgee Entertainment) and is set in the fictitious town of Titipu, Japan. Ticketing information will be released in due course. Production dates have changed due to COVID-19 and we look forward to welcoming our audiences on the 6, 7 and 8 August 2020

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Junior School News  


Signora Knapman has been studying food and measurements in Italian this term in Year 4G. Matteo Redolatti (4G) decided to treat his teacher with some homemade tiramisu made from the recipe discussed in class last week. Signora said it was "buonissimo."

Br Kelly at the 2019 Edmund Rice Mass

Brother Kelly was Headmaster of the College when I first started at Trinity as a student in 1983. It was his second stint as Headmaster at Trinity, and I felt privileged to meet him again as an adult during my time working at Trinity. He is a hero of the College, for the foresight, innovation, and educational standards he displayed as a true leader of Trinity. During the last few years, he would visit the Junior School Assemblies occasionally and therefore was known to many of the boys as both a legend and a humble man who would selflessly give of his time. Rest in Peace Br. Kelly, Trinity is a better place thanks to your legacy.

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


Thank you to the many families who have brought in cans to donate to The Shopfront. Over 15 baskets of food items were happily received by Damian Walsh from The Shopfront at this afternoon’s assembly. What made the donations even more significant was having the boys do an activity to earn a can or use their own money to purchase a can. It is an excellent example of how the boys can be Men for Others during this difficult time.


Every Friday, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, parents can gather outside the Junior School gates after drop-off. At 8:30am the parents assembled will walk down together to Claisebrook Cove and have a takeaway coffee, and then walk back. All Junior School parents are welcome.

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

Wednesday, 24 June   Year 5/6 Sports Training
Thursday, 25 June  Trinity v Scotch
Friday, 26 June

Year 5B and 5W Liturgy of the Word 8:40am

Assembly 2:30pm 

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


This week has been awesome, with extreme weather to brilliant sporting fixtures, it had everything. Read ‘Prefects Corner’ to find out what’s been happening at TC this week.

  • Monday: The Junior Vocal Ensemble commenced at 7:30 in the morning; a great way to start off the ‘Frabjous day!’ (See what I did there, JVE?) 
  • Tuesday: The sight of the sports carnival is nearing. Many classes have now completed a variety of trials, all getting an exceptional time, a brilliant distance or height, or an awesome throw. In conclusion, a great day. 
  • Wednesday: On Wednesday morning, our sports training commenced as usual. Wednesday was the kind of day where everything was relaxed. 
  • Thursday: Thursday was the most difficult day of the week for the whole school, because of all the rain. Due to the horrible weather, the school couldn’t go onto the oval and we had to stay in the under-cover area during recess and lunch. Miraculously, the weather cleared up before sport against our rivals, Aquinas, and most of the teams did brilliantly. The soccer boys did great, the hockey boys did awesomely, and the footy boys even got all three wins! The rugby boys suffered a small loss. Overall, an ascendingly brilliant day.
  • Friday: Friday is significant as it marks the end of the Cans for Kids Winter appeal to aid The Shopfront. The donations were presented at assembly. 

Thank you for reading ‘Prefects Corner’.

Bowie McCabe (6B) and Hudson May (6B)

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Secondary School News   


The following timeline is provided for the release of Semester 1 Reports on SEQTA.

  • Year 11 and Year 12 Reports will be issued on Friday, 26 June.
  • Year 7 to 10 Reports will be released on Friday, 3 July.

The Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduled for Wednesday, 1 July between 3:30pm and 8:30pm (Years 11 and 12) and Tuesday, 21 July between 9am and 7:30pm (Years 7 to 10) will go ahead at the College. Please be assured that we will be continuing to adhere to the current restrictions that are in place at these events. Parents will have the opportunity to book appointments with their son’s teachers and meet with them here at school in the way that we have done so in previous years. Staff will be suitably spaced in Gibney Hall and nearby classrooms with hand sanitiser being provided in all venues. Information regarding booking appointments will come out at the same time as when Reports are released on SEQTA.


Despite the difficulties that we have faced this term, the Year 8 cohort has still found a way to donate some much-needed charity to The Shopfront, an organisation which provides support and services for those in our community who are in need. Earlier this term, students were asked to bring in basic toiletry supplies, and it was great to see such an impressive bounty delivered to the doors of Shopfront earlier this week.

During Weeks 9 and 10 of this term, students are being asked to bring in dry goods such as noodles, pasta, and rice which we will then deliver to The Shopfront at the end of the term. During such difficult times as we’ve all experienced recently, it’s as important as ever for us to be able to support those on the margins, and it’s incredibly uplifting to witness the generosity of our Year 8 students and their families. 

Mr Clint Testa | Head of Year 8


This week, a number of our Year 9 students had the opportunity to participate in an online interactive leadership webinar facilitated by yLead, providers of school leadership, and positive education programs. The webinar, 'AMP’D UP', covered important concepts and ideas that young leaders should be talking about right now and skilled students with the confidence and tools needed to be a successful leader.

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College News 


Has your Entertainment membership expired? Renew now and support the Trinity College Performing Arts, with 20% of your Membership renewal purchase going directly to Trinity. For more information or to make your purchase, please click here

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There is quite a lot of important information available in regards to early offers, events, and scholarships. I have combined all of these key information in a simple document that you can download here


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.

Russell Hinks | Careers/Transition Coordinator

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The First XV Rugby boys being presented with their jerseys

This week Trinity takes on Aquinas in PSA sport and we couldn't be more excited to welcome back our football, hockey, soccer and rugby teams back onto the field. This week also marks Trinity's first live-streamed 1st VIII football match at 11:30am via The West Australian. The stream will feature Old Boy Mark Readings ('87) as commentator. 

Inside yesterday’s issue of ‘The Game’ were mentions of many of our past and present Trinity sporting talent – Brandon Starcevich (’17), Ethan Regan (12.4), Jett O'Rourke (10.2), Chase Ridley (11.7), Jacob Brennan (’07), Mitch Duncan (’08), Alex Fasolo (’09), Reece Conca (’09), Travis Colyer (’08), Kane Lucas (’08), Josh Hill (’06), Pat McGinnity (’06), Lewis Stevenson (’06) and Jarrhan Jacky (’06)!

To watch the live-stream of the PSA footy ‘Match of the Round’, head to Here you can sign up for the special PSA Footy offer of $4.90 a week for 8 weeks. *T&Cs apply. 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Br Kelly with Stephen Spiers ('85) at the 125th celebration in 2019
VALE Brother JA Kelly

Condolences are extended to the family of Brother JA Kelly and all who knew him. He was our founder and much loved, respected and treasured member of our community who dedicated his life In Nomine Domini to the education and betterment of many.

Rest in Peace Brother Kelly.

Live Jesus in our Hearts.



Thanks to Hay Shed Hill Wines and Michael Kerrigan ('79) for extending the TOBA Bursary Fundraising wine offer until Friday, 31 July.

  • Feel free to pass this offer to family, friends, and work colleagues.
  • Please use code: TOBA for free shipping direct to your door via Australia Post an order in multiples of 12 bottles (min order 12 bottles)
  • To place your order online, please CLICK HERE  
  • Alternatively, print an order form: CLICK HERE 

Thanks for your support!  

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Community News


Applications are invited from Aboriginal families who would like their children to receive a Catholic secondary education. Bursaries will assist with the cost of tuition fees and will be provided at the schools listed HERE. Bursaries do not cover boarding fees. The bursaries are intended to recognise a commitment to schooling as well as assist Aboriginal students who might be denied a Catholic secondary education because of financial circumstances.


Check out some of the online one-night workshops we have coming up, and learn some new skills from the comfort of your own home. To find out more information or to book your spot, please call our education team on 6164 0200 or email You can view our upcoming courses here:

Join today by clicking here

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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