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TC Newsletter:

Volume 2  February 8, 2019

From the Principal 

This week the College Staff were able to welcome back all students to the 2019 academic year. In a series of assemblies for respective Year Groups, I was able to formally welcome students and wish them every success and God’s blessings on a rewarding year. I also took the opportunity to ask each and every student to reflect upon the wonderful gift they have been presented in being a student at Trinity College. Further, I challenged them to re-commit to striving for their personal best throughout this year. Below, I have included a small part of my address in the hope that it may be a catalyst for similar discussions at home.

“Each of you is being gifted a wonderful opportunity to attend a great College with countless opportunities to engage in a wide variety of activities. You are blessed because, as you grow and develop in the future, you will be supported in your endeavours by your family, your teachers, your peers, your College community and by your God. So, what is asked of youSimply, to accept and appreciate this special gift. To apply yourself wholeheartedly to school; to give thanks to those who care and support you; to strive for excellence and give your personal best; to be kind to others, inclusive of everyone and respectful of all.

You will be asked to develop your own special gifts – to hone them into talents that you can be proud of and share with us as part of our College community. Similarly, you will be asked to recognise in others, their particular gifts and talents. In doing so, you will show that you fully appreciate and give thanks for the many opportunities and gifts that you have in your own life. At the start of every school year there is a need to re-commit, to apply yourself wholeheartedly to school and to commit to making changes that will allow you to achieve to the best of your abilities. All that can be asked of you is to give your personal best – to strive for personal excellence – to commit to being the best person that you can be. In doing this you will also demonstrate respect for yourself and show that you fully appreciate and give thanks for the many opportunities and gifts that you have in your own life. This speaks of personal leadership. It is this simple but highly rewarding challenge that I present to all students as you begin this year – commit to positive change and be the best you can be.

So, this morning, on behalf of your parents and the College Staff, I present to you the gift of opportunity and the gift of being part of this College community. Please accept this gift, treasure it and make the most of it. That is my wish for you and that is what I will pray for you…”

Student achievement is greatly enhanced when the school and the home enjoy a positive and meaningful partnership that is centred on the formation of each student. I believe that it is important that we share in the task of reminding our boys to be truly grateful for the opportunities they have; and to continually and positively challenge them to demonstrate their appreciation by fully applying themselves to be the best they can be.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Live Jesus in our hearts

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


On Tuesday, the members of the Golden Heritage Club joined with our Year 12 students for their opening Mass. This group of gentlemen all left the College more than 50 years ago but still value their connection to the College. A large number of parents were also able to join us for both the Mass and Morning Tea. Thanks to Ms Diane Millar for organising the Golden Heritage Club activities. Photos and a synopsis of the morning are in the TOBA section of this newsletter. 


Earlier this week, the Year 12 Parent Information Evening was held in the Sports Centre. This provided vital information to ensure a successful year. It was good to see the students accompany their parents to this event. A copy of the powerpoint from the evening can be obtained via this link.


This morning, we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to commence the new school year. Thanks to Fra Oscar for celebrating this for us.

During this morning's Mass, Mr Darren O'Neill was Commissioned as Trinity College's new Principal. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr O'Neill, his wife Stacie and children, Adam and Kate to the TC Family. 


All parents are reminded that you are most welcome to attend all school liturgies. Details about school and year group Masses can be found in the College calendar. A reminder that Fra Oscar Aguilera (College Chaplain) will be celebrating Mass in the College Chapel each Friday morning at 8:00am. The Kenny Lecture Theatre (at the back of Gibney Hall on the mezzanine level) is the alternative venue for Term 1. Everyone is warmly welcome. 


Thanks to the Auxiliary who coordinated and served at the New Parents Morning Tea last Monday morning, 4 February. It was a tremendous way to welcome new families into our community. Thanks also to the many new parents who attended. 


The Parent Council warmly invites all parents to the 2019 Welcome Sundowner, scheduled to run from 6pm–9pm on Friday, 22 February. It will be held in McCabe Court, near the rowing shed, with beautiful riverside views. The cost is $25 per person and this covers lovely cocktail food. You are asked to bring your own beverages. Bookings can already be made via the To read the flyer, click here. Further details can be obtained from Mrs Beverly Martinez via or phone 9223 8106.


Please be aware that we have several students at Trinity College with different forms of allergies, some of which are life-threatening. We ask parents to be mindful of this when sending certain foods to school with your son. Nuts are of major concern to the College. Some students do not necessarily have to eat the nuts to suffer an allergic reaction. In some cases, the students have a limited amount of time to seek assistance or medication to avoid a fatal reaction. We thank you for your support in this matter.


It appears that the traffic in Nelson Crescent between 3:00pm and 3:30pm has increased dramatically. All parents are asked to SLOW DOWN and be aware of students who may cross roads (both Nelson Cres and Braithwaite St) unexpectedly. All parents are asked to not park or stand in the bus bays on Nelson Crescent between 2:30pm and 3:30pm – Nelson Crescent is very congested and your adherence to the “No Standing” signs is appreciated. If needed, please arrange to meet your son at a different point or at a later time – perhaps around the corner on Braithwaite Street or further along Nelson Cres. Parents who ‘park’ or ‘stand’ on the College side of Nelson Avenue are making it very hard for the Transperth buses to approach the right bus stop. Thank you for your support. 


The College and Parent Council warmly invite the TC community to participate in the 2019 Tuition Fee Raffle. The Promotion Period for the 2019 TC Tuition Raffle:

  • Raffle begins: Tuesday, 12 February at 12:00pm AWST
  • Final ticket sales close on Friday, 5 April 2019 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time).

The Draw will be held at Trinity College on Monday, 8 April 2019 at 12:00pm. 

Terms and Conditions will be available on TC website when the Raffle commences. The Permit Holder Mr Michael Burgess, College Bursar. The Permit number is: A183200842. 

Please note: The TryBooking Address for the Raffle tickets is: and will only be open 12 February at 12:00pm. 

Tickets are $50 and there is a limited amount of tickets. All proceeds will be donated towards the Trinity Chapel restoration. The winner will be notified and their name published in the Trinity College newsletter on Friday, 12 April 2019The flyer is hereBest of luck to all parents and carers who will participate in the draw! 

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 

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College Calendar


Monday, 11 February

  • 8:15am Staff Briefing
  • 9:00am Auxiliary Meeting
  • 3:20pm Academic Council Meeting
  • 5:00pm Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 12 February

  • 8:40am College Assembly (Welcome/97 Club) Year 4–12
  • 5:30pm Parent Council Meeting

Thursday, 14 February

  • TC v SC
  • Year 7 World of Maths
  • 4:00–6:00pm Swim Meet v Perth College

Friday, 15 February

  • 8:00am Mass - for Term 1, this is in the Kenny Lecture Theatre (at the back of Gibney Hall on the mezzanine level)
  • TC v SC
  • 8:40am Junior School Opening Mass

Saturday, 16 February

  • TC v SC
  • Hale Regatta
  • Rowing Quiz Night

Sunday, 17 February

  • 3:50–6:00pm Peer Ministers Training

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Junior School News

New Year 5 Classroom on the first day of school
First day of school

I would like to welcome all families, both new and old, to the 2019 academic school year. The boys have settled in well and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. There is a noticeable buzz of activity and the joyful sounds boys playing and engaging with their learning. 


On behalf of the Trinity College Community I would like to welcome new teachers, Miss Maddison Gorman (Year 5 White), Mr Jason O’Malley (6 White), and Mrs Michelle Rogers (Year 5 Green) and Mrs Tara Kelso, who is working as the Junior School Educational Psychologist whilst Ms Jess Chrystal is on Maternity leave. I hope your time in the Junior School is rewarding.


You should have already received an electronic copy of the Calendar and the 2019 Significant Dates information sheet. Please keep the information in a prominent place and take note of all upcoming Junior School special events.


Most of the communication from the school to parents is via email. If you have not received any email messages from Mrs Sharon Bush, please forward your email address to her at Also if your phone number or address changes, please let the College know so that we can update our records.


The College will be holding a Welcome Assembly on Tuesday, 12 February, commencing at 8:40am. There is a lovely tradition where the new students to the College are piped into the Sports Centre at the commencement of the assembly. 


Summer Sport fixtures for Boys in Years 5 and 6 begin on Thursday, 14 February with our first fixture against Scotch. 


The Junior School Swimming Carnival will take place on Tuesday, 19 February here in the College Swimming Pool (known as the Curtis Aquatic Centre). Events will be run in year levels commencing with Year 4 at 8:40am; Year 5 at 10:50am and Year 6 at 1.00pm. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to support the boys. 

Tuesday, 12 February
  • College Welcome Assembly in Sports Centre at 8:40am
Thursday, 14 February
  • Sport v Scotch
Friday, 15 February
  • Junior School Opening Mass and presentation of Leadership badges 8:40am
  • TOBA Assembly in Gibney Hall 2:20pm
Tuesday, 19 February
  • House Swimming Carnival
Wednesday, 20 February
  • Junior School Parent Information Evening commencing at 5:30pm

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


After many weeks of holidays, school has finally started once again. With new students in Year 4, a whole class of new Year 5s and one new Year 6 student, the Junior School is bigger than ever! It’s been a great start to the year in the Junior School. The boys have all been in the pool this week doing trials ready for the swimming carnival in Week 3. On Thursday everyone participated in the first training of the year for their summer sport and on Friday we had our whole school Mass in the Sports Centre to celebrate the start of a new school year. We also voted for our 2019 House Captains and the students will find out the results next week. The Year 4s have been given a Year 6 “buddy” or mentor which they will complete tasks and activities with throughout the year. On Friday afternoon we had our first Junior School assembly. What a fantastic way to start off the year!

Luke Chapman (6W) and Luca Fowler (6G)

Secondary School News

2019 Head Prefect Simon Homsany talks to Year 9 students as part of the Becoming Men program

On Wednesday, our Year 9 students were introduced to the Becoming Men program. The program is designed to equip our students with the skills and inner fortitude to tackle the many hurdles that teenagers face in today’s world. The students will be given the opportunity to listen to life-experience stories from inspirational guest speakers throughout the year. Thank you to this week's speakers – 2018 Head Prefect Jeremy Hansen, MacKenzie Spiers ('18) and 2019 Head Prefect Simon Homsany – for speaking about their experiences at Trinity and encouraging the boys to embrace every opportunity, reach personal goals and be proud of their achievements.


A big thank you to Glen A. Gerreyn who spent Tuesday morning with our Year 11 students and their fathers or significant male role models to commence the Men of Honour program. Glen gave an inspirational presentation and introduced the fundamentals of the program. Click here to read more on the Trinity College website. 


We are currently looking for a host family for an Italian Assistant for Term 2. An Italian Assistant is an Italian university student who will assist in the Italian program at Trinity College on a volunteer basis. They are quite self-sufficient and are expected to assist in the family home. You do not have to have a son studying Italian to take part in this cross-cultural program; however, if your son is studying Italian, it is a fantastic opportunity for them to have access to a native speaker for assistance. We would particularly recommend this for students studying Italian in Years 10–12. If you can host for all or half of Term 2 or would like more information, please contact Ms Eliza Knapman by email:


We are currently looking for host families for Italian exchange students from the end of June 2019 for a two month period. The student will live as part of your family and attend Trinity College. Once you have hosted, your son will have the first option to go to Italy on exchange. Students do not have to have their own room; in fact, many have shared rooms over the years. This cross-cultural opportunity gives your family the opportunity to become a tourist in your own city, seeing it through the eyes of someone else and an opportunity to make connections with someone from the other side of the world. If you are interested in hosting an exchange student, now or in the future, please contact Ms Eliza Knapman by email:

College News


In 2019, all Trinity teaching and support staff will be taking part in the Surgetime 2019 program. This is a professional development program which allows staff to take ownership of their professional learning. Staff work in small teams throughout the year, with the focus on improving in a certain area of their choice. There are 15 different groups covering all types of topics, which improve our teaching and engagement with our students. As we are committed to being leaders in the education of boys, we are also committed to the continual improvement of our craft as innovative 21st-century educators.

On Friday, 1 February, all staff listened to a presentation from former ABC Test Cricket and AFL commentator Glen Mitchell, who talked about how we can learn the themes of improvement and innovation from the sporting world and put these into place as educators.

Mr Andrew Hayes | Director of Teaching and Learning


Dance at Trinity College is continuing to grow and we would like to invite all students who are interested in the performing arts to join our dance crews. Whether the boys have formal training or just like to have a little fun, everyone is welcome. Classes are conducted before school and commence at 7:30am through to 8:.15am in the Braham Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Cultural Centre. Junior School (Boys in Groove/BIG) rehearse every Thursday morning and our middle and senior school students (Guys In Groove/GIG) rehearse on Tuesdays. The boys work towards performances for Catholic Performing Arts, Dance/Drama Showcase and Presentation Night. Classes commence Week 2 of Term 1 (12 & 14 February).

Mrs Paula Nicoletto | Dance Coordinator - Performing Arts


The Trinity College Chapel renovations are making progress and new ceiling panels have been installed. Here we share a few photos of the work in progress of the restoration of this beautiful building. 


The Uniform Shop is located next to the Rowing Shed and the river. The closest entry is from Nelson Crescent. 

Week 2 – Return to Normal Term-Time Trading Hours:

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

PLEASE NOTE: The correct Trinity College uniform must be worn. Please be careful when buying second-hand uniforms from other sources to ensure that these are in the current style. If you would like to know more about the correct Trinity College uniform, please click on the Online Store link at the bottom of the Uniform Shop page of our website, which shows photos of each uniform item. Alternatively, the Uniform Shop staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. If you would like to sell your good quality, second-hand uniforms to the Uniform Shop, you are most welcome to drop them in to be reviewed. 


The Trinity College Canteen is 'cashless' as of Term 1, 2019. Please ensure that your son's student card is loaded with funds at least three days before being used at the Canteen. For more information, including how to load funds onto the student card, please visit the Canteen page of the website, located under Current Students (top left), or simply click hereNew students will be receiving their student cards (SmartRider) on the first day of school. 


School Fee statements were emailed on Thursday, 31 January. Payment forms are due to be returned by Friday, 8 February. If you have not received your fee statement, please email to request a copy. A 2% discount applies to fees paid in full by 22 February 2019.


The State Government, through the Department of Education, provides financial support to eligible parents through the Secondary Assistance Scheme. Eligible parents/guardians are those with students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 in the year 2019 studying a full-time Secondary course at a Western Australian non-government school.

The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances:
1. $235 education program allowance (payment is made to the school); and
2. $115 clothing allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian)

There some exceptions that can be reviewed at the time of application. Please enquire at Reception for application forms, which are due back to Reception by 29 March 2019. 



Click here for the Sport fixtures for Aquinas Term 1 Week 1 (today and tomorrow). 

Click here to read the Code of Conduct in PSA Sport. 

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Br Carrigg celebrating his birthday
Celebrating Mass
John Della ('66) and Tom Green (12.7)
Phillip Hayes ('69) with Victor Le Tessier (12.7), Jake Pizzuto (12.5), Will Gavin (12.5) and Declan Allen (12.6)

The Golden Heritage Club was formed in 2011 to establish a forum where past students that left CBC Perth and/or Trinity College fifty years ago (or more), could gather together with old mates and connect with their old School. On Tuesday, the group united with Year 12 students to celebrate Mass in Gibney Hall followed by morning tea in the Staff Lounge where they exchanged stories with several Year 12 students.

The group enjoyed meeting new Trinity College Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill and also celebrating the birthday of past Principal – Br John Carrigg.

Special thanks to College Chaplain - Fra Oscar Aguilera, Head of Yr 12 – Mr Kenny Chan (’91), Yr 12 students and the TC Canteen for looking after these wonderful gentlemen.


Let the CHARGE begin!

Gates are open and tickets are on sale: CLICK HERE

There are limited places available for this event so don't miss out! Charge to the front and secure your tickets to guarantee your place at the reunion to surpass all others. 

  • DATE: Saturday, 16 March 2019
  • TIME: 6:00pm
  • COST: $165.30* (includes three course meal & premium drinks package)

*To assist our YOB's (Young Old Boys) not long out of school, the Classes of 2014–2018 will receive discounted tickets by contacting the Event Organiser via the TryBooking payment link. 

Click here to read the flyer.  

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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. The first story we'd like to share is that of Mr John Brophy ('41). We hope you enjoy! Click here to read his story. 

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Community News


Commences Friday, 15 February 7.45-8.30am (9yrs-12yrs) 8 week program. The enrolment form with more information is here. To enquire or enrol your child please contact Brendan on or call 0401 565 051.


Mastermind Australia is providing small-group seminars for senior school students with a focus on ATAR Learning Areas of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Literature, Geography, Human Biology, Economics and Psychology. The flyer for senior students (Years 10-12), with information and how to enrol is here

The program for middle school secondary students focuses on the Learning Areas English and Mathematics. The objective of this program is to give students ongoing academic support which will reinforce and consolidate the skills and processes learned during the week at school. It aims to prepare them for success in school-based assessments and final ATAR examinations. The flyer for middle school students (Year 7-9), with information and how to enrol is here

These seminars will take place at Christ Church Grammar School. Students may enrol in these classes at any time during the term and pay pro rata. For enquiries, please call 9486 1377.

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