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TC Newsletter:

Volume 20  June 28, 2019

From the Principal 

Commitment and Character

In a Newsletter article that I wrote to all families earlier in the year, I focused on the importance of Families and the College having a shared set of values that assist boys in their development. In acknowledging the ongoing support of families, I stated that, “Student achievement and welfare is greatly enhanced when the school and the home enjoy a positive and meaningful partnership that promotes regular and open communication centred on the care and progress of each and every boy”. Developing such positive Family/College partnerships certainly brings great benefit to all within the College community. One of the most essential and affirming characteristics of Trinity College is the level of support provided to the school by our families. This support typically takes two forms, and each is equally important.

The first is the literal and practical support that is offered through assistance at College events, the respective ‘friends of’ groups, the Parent Council and College Auxiliary and the wonderful attendance at various school functions. The level of family support at Trinity is quite extraordinary and the envy of other schools. Importantly, such support is student focussed and always considered and appropriate. As a College, we are always grateful for the generosity of time and spirit which accompanies this form of contribution.

The second area of support is that offered to the school through parental backing of its policies and procedures. We are very unequivocal about the standards and values that are expected of all members of the Trinity College community – they are explicit, immutable and, in an increasingly value-neutral and secular society, often counter-cultural. I am sure that all families will remember a discussion and formal acceptance of such values and policies at the time of enrolment and we are extremely appreciative of our families who honour this commitment and fully support the school in this regard. A strong and consistent Family/College partnership that is based on common and shared values is very much needed when dealing with the formation of young men. As students progress through school, we all hope and trust that their journey of faith, physical growth, intelligence, conscience, values and dreams are built on the common values we share as parents and as a College. Such a consistency of message can make such a journey safer and more predictable.

Key attributes of being good young men include resilience and commitment. As a College, we place in front of the students a few very small hurdles – expectations, rules and policies that test and build their resilience and commitment. Nobody is required to do anything extraordinary or extremely difficult. Rather, they are required to do some very simple things and comply with some general pastoral and behavioural expectations. College rules that challenge students to keep their hair neat and tidy, their top button done up, arrive to class on time, complete work as required and regulate their use of technology are all rather minor expectations in the bigger scheme of things. Such rules need to be viewed as very simple tests of commitment and indicators of resilience and character. Students that consistently fail to get such ‘small things’ right may not be well-placed to face the challenges that life as an adult may throw their way.

College rules have a purpose. They are a shared set of values between the adult members of the educational partnership. Their strength is not in the enforcement, but in the respect they are shown by the students when they accept and follow them, especially when they would rather choose to do it otherwise. The College respects its role to compliment families in developing each and every student. Likewise, the College appreciates the support of families as students journey through school.   

Following procedures, accepting policies and complying with simple rules are part of this journey and very much part of their development. In a similar way, the College expectations on students completing Christian Service requirements is another real example of placing small hurdles that measure commitment and character. Service to others is a fundamental Christian value that always finds a place of welcome in the home, in the community and in the wider world into which our students will enter.  In serving others and in fulfilling such commitments, students receive much more in return. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

While each students’ journey through school is obviously about gaining an education and acquiring skills, it also about their overall formation.  School rules, respective policies and clear expectations about Christian Service, study, assessments and the like will definitely be part of this journey.  If these small hurdles prove to be their greatest challenge in life, then they will be very blessed. However, as is more likely the case, these small hurdles help develop each student’s sense of commitment and resilience and so better prepare them for other challenges in the future – then likewise they will have been blessed. As adults, we must help our boys live with and work through the small hurdles as this helps prepare them for the bigger ones ahead.

Learning the importance of commitment, and occasionally having to struggle, is an important aspect of every child’s development. Often our instinct as parents (and indeed, as teachers) is to intervene and make things easier and the path a little less bumpy. Looking out for children is a natural reaction. However, in a recent article by Professor Erica McWilliam (Queensland University of Technology) that focused on adolescents and resiliency, she spoke of the dangers of schools, in fact society, making life too comfortable for young people.  She emphasised that we must be careful not to take away challenges or reduce our expectations on students, stating that, “We need to think about the extent to which we are prepared to help young people tolerate discomfort and rise to challenges”. This is where character is developed and where values are gained. School rules, high expectations and Christian service are examples of how the College assists in this regard. However, it is in the home where children develop their attitude towards selfless contribution and learn the importance of commitment and meeting expectations. Trinity College is a school which seeks to reinforce existing values on behalf of families. Thank you once again for your ongoing support of the College and our endeavours to develop good young men.

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   

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College Calendar


Tuesday, 2 July

  • 9:35am Year 11 Mass
  • Year 9 Mother & Son Dinner - A Night to Shine

Wednesday, 3 July

  • 3:30pm-8:30pm Year 11 & 12 P/T/S Interviews

Thursday, 4 July

  • WC v TC - 1st teams only
  • X Country Seniors 4km at SC

Friday, 5 July

  • 8:00am Mass 
  • Last day of Term 2 

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Junior School News


Congratulations to the 30 boys who represented Trinity in the Cross Country yesterday. The boys had been training well during the last 3 weeks and represented the school as fantastic ambassadors. Despite many boys suffering from the aftereffects of colds, the flu and gastro they performed brilliantly. Our overall result was 2nd, I am very proud of the boys.


Next Wednesday, the Semester One reports will be available to parents. The reports will be able to be accessed electronically by parents through SEQTA Engage. Earlier in the year parents were sent an email titled “Welcome to SEQTA” and encouraged to log in and guide to set up an account. If you are having any difficulties with this, please contact the Trinity College IT Help Desk at 9223 8161 or

Please read through the reports with your son and celebrate his learning this semester. The teachers will send also out a reflection sheet, please return that to your son’s teacher at your earliest convenience.


The Junior School Strings held their half-yearly recitals this week, with all the new Year 4 students having an opportunity to perform in one of three after-school concerts. In addition, boys from the older grades had the opportunity to perform their ensemble pieces, which are being prepared for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. A huge thank you to the String teachers who have worked diligently to prepare the boys for their performances.

Zavier Leone (4B)
Angus Brown (4W)

Angus Brown (4W), Gabe Nesa (4G), Cameron Muller (4W), Blake Johnson (4W), Orlando La Falce (4W) and Zavier Leone (4B) received their First Holy Communion last weekend. 

Wednesday, 3 July 
  • Semester Reports available to parents via SEQTA Engage 
Thursday, 4 July
  •  Year 4 Soccer Carnival 
  •  Sport Bye - Training
Friday, 5 July
  • TOBA and Golden Honour Assembly commencing at 2:20pm in Gibney Hall
  • Term concludes 

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


This week was important to all, the Cross Country boys had been training hard and were ready to go for the interschool Cross Country carnival. This week started off well, as our class of the week focus was being organised and wearing the right uniform. Many boys have been organised, which will help them for their transition into Senior School. On Monday, Mr Tucker announced the format of the week and all the important things going on. This gave us an understanding on what we were doing throughout the week. On Thursday we had a bye in sport. This was because of the ‘famous’ Cross Country Interschool carnival, where the boys compete in a Cross Country race for each year. Every year group has 10 participants from each school of the 7 PSA Schools. On Friday, 6B hosted Mass, which was a complete success, and 6G presented their assembly, which many boys enjoyed. As you can see, this was a great week, full of many exciting activities.

Oliver Nguyen (6B) and Louis Burnett (6G)

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Secondary School News


The Year 9 boys had their annual social with Mercedes on Tuesday night. After completing eight weeks of ballroom dancing lessons at Gilkinson’s Studio, everyone was ready to celebrate and use their newly learnt dance moves such as the progressive jive, waltz and hucklebuck. With a fun ‘1950’s’ theme, the students were able to step back in time for one night, slick their hair and kick up their heels. William Maughan (9.5) had some serious moves, taking away the award of best dancer and Alexander Christoudulakis (9.4) and Kiran Thambiran (9.3) arrived with some serious kits and won best dressed. There was a lot of effort and attention put into costume design and the boys should be congratulated for their commitment to the success of the night. Everyone had a great time listening to classic songs, making new friends and perfecting their dance skills. Thank you to Ms Marocchi and the Year 9 teachers who made the night such a wonderful and memorable experience.

Stephen Franse (9.3)


Last night was our 3rd and final round in the 2019 Mock Trial Competition run by the Law Society for Western Australia. The team won the case but lost the round by 6 points, 142/170. Barristers, Jack Wojtowicz and Killian Smith carried out their role with confidence and flair. Ably supported by Lachlan Moroney (Solicitor), Willem Lamers, Lachie Eames (Witnesses) and Connor Budge (Court Orderly).

On behalf myself and the team, I’d like to thank Jacqui Brown from Lynn & Brown who gave up her valuable time to coach the team.

Sonia Scordo | Humanities Teacher 


On Saturday, 22 June forty students and three staff braved a very wet winter’s evening to take part in the annual Winter Sleepout. The evening began in Gibney Hall with a number of group activities to integrate students from Year 10 -12. Our guest speaker for the evening was Mr Damian Walsh from Shopfront, which is a drop-in centre based in Maylands. Shopfront provides meals, companionship and assistance to people who are either on the streets or living in insecure or limited accommodation. Damian challenged students to think about what life is like for people in this situation, describing the many problems people must overcome on a daily basis. Mrs Stewart had picked up the Red Cross Soup Patrol Van so students were then able to have a couple of cups of hot soup and a slice of bread for dinner, served by Tom Rundle and Matthew Della Gatta. After this Year 12 leaders expertly presented a variety of activities designed to raise awareness of the situation of homelessness and help students understand the reasons that people end up in such difficult situations. By 11pm everyone was ready to settle for the night but it was raining so heavily and constantly that it was decided, that for the first time in twelve years, students would sleep in classrooms. Four Year 12 students chose to sleep outdoors in covered areas and managed to stay warm and dry all night! For the rest, after an hour of chatting and singing from some students, everyone settled down for a limited night’s sleep on their cardboard sheets. The night gave all those who participated, an experience of the discomfort that homeless people  endure every night and a greater appreciation of and empathy for those people who are homeless. An amount of $905 was raised from donations on the evening and this will be given to Shopfront to support their work. Thank you to all the Year 12 leaders and Mr Reuben Brennan and Mr Cyrus Naseri for helping make this a very successful night.

Mrs Marya Stewart | Director of Christian Service 


This week Mr Paul Presser (Mathematics Teacher) joined a Year 8 class to talk about what he likes to read and then spent some time relaxing with a novel for the session. Mr Presser spoke to the students about the fact that he always reads to help him go to ‘switch off’ and go to sleep at night – he sometimes reads for half an hour or sometimes just for five to ten minutes – stating that switching off from screen time is really important to help his brain relax. He also spoke to the boys about the fact that what he likes to read depends on his mood – fiction for escape and non-fiction for learning – just like when you are choosing what to watch on television! Mr Presser is a fan of science fiction and mystery, blaming his mathematics brain for this. While he was in the library he got himself hooked on the Michael Connelly novel “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” and took home some holiday reading!

Thank you Mr Presser for taking the time out to come and read with us.


My name is Myles Brown (9.5), I am currently undertaking my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. For my Skill component, I am studying cartography. As part of the service aspect of the Bronze Award I am Altar Serving at my local parish as well as participating in our sandwich making classes. These classes have been a highlight of the Duke program with our class of 20 boys making 20 loaves worth of sandwiches in each class. These sandwiches go to kids at primary schools who would not otherwise be having lunch and it feels great to work together towards such a worthwhile cause. For my physical recreation I am playing cricket and hockey for Trinity. I choose to undertake my Bronze Award because I wished to gain the leadership skills that were on offer as a part of the program. I have faced many challenges so far this year while completing my Bronze Award and each time I have risen up to the challenge and improved myself as person. While completing the Bronze Award this year I have worked with many people I would not have otherwise worked with. For this reason the Duke program is extremely rewarding for me and my classmates. 

Hello, my name is Luca Gosatti (9.7), I am in Year 9 and this year I have been lucky enough to be a part of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award elective. As the elective part of our award is coming to an end, I am so happy that I made the decision to participate in the Bronze Award. Throughout the semester, the 40 students going through their Bronze Award have been able to put themselves forward to lead, in turn becoming better at leading groups and learning new skills. To complete my Bronze Award, I have taken up coaching up as my Skill, TCEC for my Service and footy/rowing for my Physical Recreation. This Bronze Award has opened up my eyes to the opportunities I have to help and lead others. Our Duke of Edinburgh group has been offered countless opportunities and advice to assist us. Thanks is to be given to Mr Miskiewicz our awesome teacher and our helpful Youth Award Leaders for doing a superb job at leading us through. Overall, I am happy with my progress as well as the skills and memories that I have taken away from the award. It has been awesome! 


You can download the powerpoint presentation from the Year 10 Information Night by clicking here

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College News


In this week's article we discuss the impact screen time is having on families, and some ideas to lessen use without causing conflict and resentment. Click here to read. 


Please note that the College Reception will be closed during the Term 2 school holidays from Monday, 8 July, reopening on Thursday, 18 July.


Please save the date - Friday, 16 August for the Annual College Auxiliary Morning Tea. This year's guest speaker is Fiona Bennett. Fiona will be focussing on the importance of women maintaining their friendships and relationships through the years of raising their children. 


Buy a new membership from Trinity College today and get a bonus JB HI-FI eGift Card worth $10. Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, all while supporting a great cause. Click here to order. Thank you for your support!

The Friends of Performing Arts


Please note that the Uniform Shop is closed for the holidays. Last day is Friday, 5 July and we re-open on Tuesday, 23 July


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.

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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. 

Hamish pictured with his two sons

This week we share memories from Hamish Valentine ('81) who came back to work as a teacher in the Junior School for seven years. He later experienced the College as a parent, while his two sons were students at Trinity. He has shared with us some highlights from his Trinity experience. 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. 


For more than 60 years Relationships Australia WA has been providing relationship support services for individuals, couples, families and communities. With a wide range of programs and services we can assist with a variety of issues or topics, including: Mums Raising Boys, Fathering after Separation, Dads Raising Girls, Mums Raising Teenage Boys and much more. Places are limited - please contact (08) 6164 0239. For more information about our courses and workshops, please visit 


GuitarWorks is holding “Free School Holiday Guitar Workshops” for anyone interested in learning guitar. These 90min demonstrations cover all aspects of guitar playing and styles. Bookings essential, info & dates found here Guitar Workshop or contact Stefan Cutri via or call 0414 448 907. 


RugbyWA are holding holiday programs both new and existing rugby players

The two programs are:

  • Rugbyroos - 5-8 year old ( new to rugby)
  • RugbyWA Skills – 9-12 year old ( existing rugby players)

2019 Term 2 Running Clinics

Learn to improve your running technique and posture coached by Let’s Run Perth. Suitable for Year 3 to 6. Payment by bank transfer to Let’s Run Perth ( Click here to download the clinic flyer. 

For more details, text the suburb to: 0402 784 225 or email:


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