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TC Newsletter:
Volume 21 - July 21, 2017

From the Headmaster


It is hard to believe that we are already in the second semester! Welcome back to all students, staff and families as we commence the new term. I would like to extend a special welcome to the following new staff: Ella Spencer, Jason O’Malley, Maighread Ni-Dheasuna and Joanna Sulkowski. We also welcome back Alastair Hay, Bernard Le Tessier and Gary Malarkey from their Leave. We have also a number of new students as well as two exchange studnets starting in different year levels. I hope they settle in quickly and enjoy being part of the Trinity College community. I also thank those staff that were involved in a variety of holiday activities including the Music Tour to Brisbane – Ms Natalie Kenny, Mrs Ann Clarke, Mrs Kimberley Lloyd, Mr Steve Harmer and Mr Martin Tucker and the Indian Pilgrimage – Mr Leo Murray and Ms Kathryn Down.


Last Wednesday, 33 of our Year 12 students returned from Kairos #47. This program gives these students the opportunity to explore and deepen their relationship with themselves, their family and their God. Once again, it was a wonderful experience for all involved, but it was especially pleasing to see 5 of our Year 12s take on a strong leadership role. I thank the staff that attended: Fra Oscar Aguileria, Mr David Allen, Mr Daniel Bateman, Mr Chris Brennan, Mrs Marya Stewart, Ms Nadia Tati and Ms Claire Wilson.


Last night saw the Year 11 Drama production of Robin Hood performed. A matinee sitting was held for our Junior School on Tuesday. I would like to congratulate and thank Ms Lisa Laurino and the many staff, parents and students for their hard work and dedication in making this a wonderful showcase of our budding young actors along with 2 special guest support actors. The final showing is being held this evening commencing at 6:30pm and entry is via a Gold coin donation.


I am excited to announce that our new website is now live. You can view the website via the same address - Our Marketing and IT teams have been working hard and we are proud of the final product. I would especially like to thank Kelli Pala and Michael Radice for their work on this project. A few big changes to note; 

  • Updated parent calendar
  • Updated Online Store
  • New menu item- Trinity Life, where you can find all important ‘housekeeping’ type documents (bus info, canteen info, booklists, handbooks)

A reminder that Wednesday, 26 July will be the Year 7 – 10 Parent/Teacher/Student meetings. Parents with students in these year levels should have received an email yesterday morning with information about making appointments. I hope that everyone finds this useful and where appropriate good educational plans are made for the new semester. There are no classes for students in Years 7 to 11 but classes will run as normal for Year 12 students.


The College Auxiliary will hold its August Meeting at 9:00am on Monday, 7 August. Everyone is most welcome to attend this meeting further details can be obtained by contacting Mrs Beverly Martinez on 9223 8106 or

Christina Matthews, CEO of the WACA

Whilst talking about the Auxiliary, I hope you have Friday, 18 August marked in your diary. This is the date of their Annual Morning Tea (10:00am – 12noon) and is the highlight of the College Calendar. This year the Auxiliary have invited Mrs Christina Matthews to speak and she will speak about leadership, life, family goal setting and her role as the Chief Executive Officer of the WACA. You can now purchase your tickets via TryBooking using this link:


On Tuesday, 1 August at 9:35am, the Year 11 students will gather together for their Term 3 Mass. Parents are most welcome to join us for Mass and to stay for a “cuppa” afterwards.  RSVP’s to Mrs Beverly Martinez on or phone 9223 8106.


This year we have a number of vacancies to fill on the Parent Council. The College is calling for expressions of interest from parents willing to be involved. Any parent who is interested is asked to submit a very brief (half page maximum) nomination, telling us a little bit about yourself, why you are interested in being involved and any skills, talents or ideas you could bring to the role. Please email these to Mr Peter Norman at by Monday, 24 July. We hope to welcome our new members at our next meeting on Tuesday, 8 August.


This week has certainly convinced us that winter has arrived and as such it is an appropriate time of the year to remind parents and guardians of College procedures concerning sick bay:

  1. Staff in the reception office inquire as to the level of illness and then determine appropriate action. This action could be:
    1. Call the parent or emergency contact to arrange immediate pick up;
    2. Call an ambulance if injury or illness is severe; or
    3. Ask the student to lay down for thirty minutes, reassess student and then return to their classroom or if the student is still unwell the parent or emergency contact is asked to arrange for the student to be picked up.
    4. As the College is relying on Reception staff to manage ill students it is essential that if you are contacted that you arrange for your son to be picked up immediately. If a student is not collected within 30 minutes, then as a matter of duty of care an ambulance may need to be called.

I hope that this clarifies the procedures involved around the support of your son in times of illness.


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Upcoming Events

WEEK 2 - Maths Week
Tuesday, 25 July

9:35am Secondary Assembly 

Wednesday, 26 July 
9:00am-7:30pm Year 7-10 P/T/S Interviews
Year 12 Classes as normal
Year 11 Study Day
Thursday, 27 July
Australian Mathematics Competition
Friday, 28 July 
8:00am Mass
X Country All Schools 3km Race at Aquinas
Year 8 English Incursion
Saturday, 29 July
X Country All Schools 5km Race at Aquinas
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Junior School News


It was wonderful to see the boys return on Tuesday for the first day of Term 3. Thank you to all boys in Year 5 and 6 who attended training on Tuesday. The Winter Sports fixtures conclude at the end of Week 4. There will be training every week leading up to the last fixture.

This term, in particular, is very busy. Besides their classwork, there are several incursions and excursions, the Catholic Performing Arts, a Chess Tournament. Book Week dress-ups, Year 6 Kalgoorlie Tour and Athletics Carnivals. The Term 3 Calendar was emailed home today. Please make note of the important dates and events in what will be an action packed term.


The Brisbane Choir Tour was a fantastic experience for the boys involved. The 10 Junior School boys with 27 students from Years 7-9 were wonderful ambassadors for the College. The boys time in Brisbane revolved mostly around rehearsals (they learnt 5 new songs whilst there), performing twice as a Trinity Ensemble and once a combined final concert at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, including one song involving 500 male voices, and watching other amazing groups perform. The boys were even asked to perform in the aeroplane as it was travelling to Perth from Brisbane – an unique experience. Congratulations also to Mrs Clarke and Mrs Lloyd for their awesome work with the boys.


On Tuesday, the Junior School were invited to the Senior School Drama Production of Robin Hood, the Truth Behind the Green Tights. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Secondary boys to show opportunities that are available to the Junior School boys as they progress through the College, and for them to perform in front of an appreciative audience. The show was engaging and entertaining.


On Friday, 28 July the Year 5/6 String Ensemble will perform for us at assembly. This will also be a good rehearsal for their performing arts the following week. It will be held in Gibney Hall, commencing at 2:20pm.


On Tuesday, 25 July, this Term’s Parent Liaison Meeting will be held in the College Board Room, commencing at 2:30pm. There are a few upcoming events this term which will be discussed during this meeting.


We welcome Miss Sarah Hicks, Miss Georgia Murphy and Miss Julia Hodson to our staff this term. Sarah, Georgia and Julia are from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle and will be completing their final teaching practicum in Year 6 Green, Year 6 Blue and Year 5 Green.


Parent Response forms were included with the Semester One reports. Please complete and return them to your son’s teacher as soon as possible.


BIG will be performing on Friday, 18 August at 7pm at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tickets are available on Monday, 17 July through Ticketek ( or 132849) at $25 per adult ticket and $20 per student ticket (performers don't need a ticket). Both BIG & GIG will be performing in the 2nd half of the festival on that evening.

Tuesday, 25 July
  • Year 5 and 6 Sports training 7:30/8am
  • Year 5G excursion to ABC
  • Parent Liaison meeting at 2:30pm
Thursday, 27 July
  • Sport v Guildford
Friday, 28 July
  • Assembly at 2:40pm

Mr M Tucker (’87)| Head of Junior School


This week the Junior School started the third term on Tuesday, 18 July. We started the day off with winter sport training as per usual. Later in the day we had the privilege to watch and participate in the Secondary School’s drama production Robin Hood, the Truth Behind the Green Tights. The actors spoke with a clear and projected voice and you could really see how talented they were.

On Thursday, the Year 5 and 6s had their weekly winter sport fixture against Hale School at Hale’s home grounds. Everyone showed great sportsmanship and enjoyed their outing.

With only 4 fixtures left, the winter sport season has nearly come to an end, giving way to the start of the Athletics season with the House Carnival and the JPPSA Inter-school Athletics carnival.

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College News

R-L: Alexander Nguyen, Charlie Clark and Jacob Del Casale
Gussepe Di Base

The Year 11 Media Class, submitted their short, Mio Eore (My Hero), into the 'Life in Pictures' film competition( a part of Revelations Film festival), with much appreciated help from their teacher, Ms Melissa Coleman. The film competition aimed to raise and enhance awareness of the rewards and challenges of ageing in the community. The film portrays Jacob Del Casale's (11.3) great grand-father Gussepe Di Biase (96 years old) as a hero in Jacob's life, highlighting his importance to not only Jacob, but to his whole family. Establishing Guseppe as not only as a strong and independent character, but a person who has overcome personal adversity and is a hero for all. The short film was a huge success, not only coming first in it’s respective category, but winning the Ambassadors award for best overall film, this being the only film in the whole Festival to win two awards. The class’ short film can be viewed on Youtube by clicking here. The students involved were Jacob Del Casale (11.3), Charlie Clark (11.5) and Alexander Nguyen (11.1).

Riley Townsend and Edoardo Sacchi

The Italian Department and wider school community take this opportunity to welcome Edoardo Sacchi, an Italian exchange student from Milan, Italy. Edoardo will stay with Year 11 student, Riley Townsend (11.5), for two months. He arrived in Australia at the end of last term and had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at Trinity before spending the holidays exploring Perth and the surrounds with his host family. 

The exchange experience is an opportunity for the Italian student to be immersed in Australian culture and practice English on a daily basis. Similarly Trinity students have the opportunity to go on exchange in Italy over our summer holidays for an immersion experience. This is a life changing experience that has benefits on so many levels.

This program is run by the West Australian Association of Teachers of Italian in conjunction with Intercultura in Italy, under the banner of AFS. Anyone interested in hosting a student in the future or sending a child on exchange should contact Eliza Knapman via


Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Students is a prestigious annual event on the Catholic school art calendar, the Secondary Angelico Exhibition celebrates its 24th year in 2017. The exhibition runs for 3 weeks preceding the Secondary exhibition and is open to students from pre primary to Year 6. The exibition provides a broad public forum through which Catholic students throughout Western Australia are able to exhibit their dynamic artistic talent.

The Exhibition is open to all Catholic school students and features an array of creative, colourful, inspirational and spiritual works ranging from aboriginal and contemporary paintings, ceramics, sculpture, furniture pieces and textiles. If you are interested in entering your work, please visit their website or speak to the Arts department for more information. 


Welcome back to Term 3. 

  • The uniform shop is open Tuesdays 7:30am – 4:30pm and Fridays 7:30am – 1:30pm. 
  • Now available in the uniform shop Rain jackets cost price is $28.00 each.
  • We also have all sizes available for our new parent supporter jacket.
  • Our Online Store has been updated and you can now purchase all uniform items online via
  • Please call into the uniform shop any Tuesday or Friday for any uniform enquiries

Mrs Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager


If you are able to help then the Auxiliary would love assistance for both Thursday, 17 and Friday, 18 August. Assistance on Friday, 18 August required from 8am or after the event. If you would like to volunteer for this wonderful event then please contact Mrs Beverly Martinez on 


Year 7 and 9, 10,11:

Families are requested to make the once a year contribution as detailed below. Vegetarian & gluten free options gladly accepted – please label accordingly.
All food should be left in Gibney Hall kitchen from 8:00am on Friday, 18 August

Year 7 Families:

Raffle prize donations please.

Please leave at Main Reception by Wednesday, 16 August.

Goods or services gladly accepted: small or large.

Year 9 Families:

Loaf of sandwiches, (e.g. chicken & avocado, smoked salmon, turkey & cranberry, curried egg, etc.) Please leave uncut and place whole sandwiches in the bread bag as will be cut in morning to maintain freshness.

Year 10 Families:

Homemade slices (slices preferable to whole cakes) please leave slices uncut and on disposable plates.

Year 11 Families:

Homemade savouries (e.g. quiches, savoury tartlets, sausage rolls, etc.) no frozen or uncooked items please on disposable plates

Funds raised by the Morning Tea are donated by the Auxiliary back to the College providing benefits for all our sons.


The College Auxiliary are seeking one major sponsor for the Morning Tea. We are grateful to anyone with an offer to consider. Any other sponsors are gratefully welcome. Please reply by Tuesday, 8 August to Beverly Martinez at you for your support!

Trinity College Auxiliary 

The Trinity College Auxiliary invites you to Save the Date for their Annual Morning Tea! This year's guest speaker is Christina Matthews (CEO of the WACA and former Australian cricketer). You can purchase your tickets via TryBooking via this link: Tables of 8 are available for $200. Please note that parking at Gloucester Park will be available until 12pm. Don't miss out on this great event! 

Join us for a presentation by Paul Dillon, founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, and author of the book Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs. The event will be held on Tuesday, 1 August from 7:00pm in Gibney Hall. You can RSVP your interest now via

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Trinity Rowing parents, next Monday, 24 July in the Staff Lounge at 7:00pm, we will be holding the AGM for the Rowing Auxiliary. I would like to thank all members of the Auxiliary and leaving parents and invite all parents of rowers or potential rowers to attend. Prior to the meeting at 6:30pm we will have an information session regarding next year’s possible London Henley tour.

The Rowing Annual will be available for parents to pick up on this evening, thank you to Tanya Pisano for putting this fine publication together.

On Thursday, 27 July, all students, coaches and rowers are welcome to a talk by the Dockers High Performance Manager Tom Morris. Tom is an Australian and Canadian Olympic medal winning coach, who will share his story between 5:30pm and 6.30pm in the Senior Lecture Theatre.

  • You can view the latest edition of the TCRC Newsletter by clicking here 
  • Purchase your Rugby Presentation Night tickets from the Online Store


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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


Adam De Masi receiving his award from TOBA Committee Member, John Hansen (’57)

Congratulations to Adam De Masi ('23) for winning the TOBA President’s Award for TC Spirit on the last day of term 2. Adam's teacher said: Adam is an honest and humble young man who always gives his best. Both in the classroom and on the sports field, he can always be relied upon to be the best young man that he can be. Adam can best be described as a quiet achiever, who is definitely a man for others. Adam is an excellent example of what a true Trinity student should be. He is always well mannered, caring and helpful to others. He is held in high regard by his teachers and peers. Adam is a very deserving recipient of this month’s esteemed TOBA award for TC spirit and dedication.

Melbourne Reunion

A terrific group of Old Boys living in (and visiting) Melbourne braved the cold conditions to gather together for the annual Melbourne Reunion. Year groups ranged from 1951 - 2007, with Frank O'Connell ('51) crowned oldest and Binuk Kodituwakku ('07) youngest in attendance. A wonderful night shared with a delightful group of men. Special mention to those that travelled to Melbourne to be part of this event, including Frank O'Connell ('51), Charles Foti ('63), David Foti ('89) and Robert Foti ('92). Thanks to Breck Hilton ('75) for scoping out venues for the get together and to those that supported and attended this event.

The trophies namesake, Brendan Ryan (’91)
TOBA wins the Cross Country
Thanks to these guys; John Hansen (’57), Anthony Olivieri (’87) and Brendan Molony (’65)
Bryan Breheny (’04) presenting the TC Spirit Award to John Hansen (’57) with TOBA President, Peter Torre (’89)

Another fantastic day at the TOBA Winter Sports Day last Sunday. The TC/TOBA community were out in force supporting the teams. TOBA won overall, winning the cross country, football, hockey and rugby - soccer was a draw. Congratulations to John Hansen ('57) for being awarded the medal for TC spirit. John never misses this event and although he doesn't run onto the field, he’s been wielding tongs for years to cook for hungry players - thanks for your tireless work and support John!

Thanks to TC and TOBA coaches, managers, players and families that support this event. Also, huge thanks to the trophies namesake Brendan Ryan ('91) for attending the day with his father Michael. And to Graham 'Kiwi' Warner and his team for keeping the Waterford grounds in impeccable condition!

Friday, 11 August Class of 1987 - 30th Anniversary Reunion
Thursday, 17 August Class of 1962 - 55th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, 7 October Class of 1992 - 25th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, 14 October Class of 1977 - 40th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, 14 October Class of 1982 - 35th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, 11 November Class of 1997 - 20th Anniversary Reunion

Invitations to the above Reunions have been posted. If you have not received your copy, please advise us of your current contact details by calling 9223 8178 or emailing

Diane Millar | Executive Officer | TOBA

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Community News


This free information evening is for parents, students and career counsellors who are interested in being informaed on the mathematics pathway options from Year 10 through to Year 12. It is being held at Scitech (City West Centre, Sutherland Street in Perth) on Wednesday, 26 July from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You will hear the mathematical journeys of several students and receive informed presentations from keynote speakers, providing insightful university perspectives. For more information and to register for the event please visit 

Are YOU a Former Student or Staff Member?
Are you a former student or staff of St Joachim’s, Xavier College, Our Lady Help of Christians, Our Lady of Mercy or Ursula Frayne Catholic College? We are looking for you to join the newly formed Alumni. Let us help you reconnect with your old school and friends. Go to our website and complete the registration form (under Community) or contact Mary McGonigle on 9470 0925 or to have a form sent to you. In 2019, we celebrate 120 years since our foundation school was opened and we would like to have as many former students and staff join us in celebration.
Do you know anyone who might be thinking of becoming a Catholic? Tell them about the parish RCIA process, which will be beginning soon in St Peter's Parish, Bedford. A little encouragement may be enough to lead them to make the decision to join the process and become a full member of our community. We expect to begin sessions in August. Anyone who would like more information should contact Chris deSilva on 9276 2736. 

Enrol today in Academic Task Force Weekend Tuition Classes in Maths, Science and English for Years 7 – 10 and ATAR classes for Years 11 & 12. You will receive individual help to strengthen your understanding in areas of need in your courses before final exams. Master Classes are also available for Year 11 and 12 students seeking higher achievement and mastery of their subjects in exams. To enrol visit the Academic Task Force website at or speak with your Year Coordinator for a brochure.


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