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TC Newsletter:

Volume 21  24 July 2020

From the Principal 

Welcome to Semester 2

A very warm welcome back to all boys and their families as we look forward to a positive and productive second half of the year. Term 3 is a very important time as students make important choices with regard to Elective subjects and choose Senior Courses for next year. Our Leaving Class of Year 12 students will be challenged to ‘pick up the pace’ as they move towards completing their respective Courses, finalise work projects and portfolios, or begin preparing for important examinations later in the year. Regardless of which pathway they have chosen, this term should be viewed as the culmination of many years of endeavour and application. As they progress towards their graduation, we pray that each of them is able to reflect upon their journey with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. In what has been a somewhat unsettled year, our Senior boys have been wonderful role models and I am very confident that they will continue to work hard as they strive to achieve their best in all areas.

Our Year 10 boys will also have a special focus during this term as they formally begin the process of career guidance and Course selection. The decisions that they make will be important in ensuring that they enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfillment as they prepare to graduate two years from now. We trust that they will reflect on all advice given to them, research all available options, and we wish them the gift of discernment at this time. Personalised Course Counselling appointments for each Year 10 student has now commenced and this process will continue over the next week or so. This provides an important opportunity for each boy and his parents to meet with a key staff member in order to discuss his future directions in relation to specific aspects of his current progress and likely future success. In a similar way, our Year 6 boys will begin specific work and examine different learning styles that prepares them for the transition into secondary school. We wish them well at this important stage of their educational journey.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Year 7-10 Parents who made appointments to meet with respective College Staff at the Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews scheduled during this week. These occasions allow for meaningful and constructive conversations about student progress and highlight the importance of positive Family/College relationships. Valuable information about your child’s progress can always be obtained through direct communication with respective Teachers. I strongly encourage parents to stay in regular contact with Teachers through personal interviews or via the telephone or email.


The start of term usually brings with it some significant changes in staffing. Throughout this term, Dr Rob Braham (Music), Mrs Jess Chrystal (Psychologist – Junior School), Mr Martin Tucker (Head of Junior School) and Mr Andrew Hayes (Year 5 – Junior School) will all be enjoying periods of leave. We wish them well on their extended break.

We extend a very warm welcome to a number of Staff members who have commenced at our College at the start of Term 3; Mrs Melani Byrne (Psychologist – Junior School), Mr Prahlad Ramnarayan (English) and Miss Elena Santalucia (Junior School). We also welcome back a number of staff who are returning from extended leave; Mrs Alana Brennan (Junior School), Mr Geoff Jamieson (Mathematics), Ms Kimberley Lloyd (Music) and Mr Anthony Lunt (HASS).

I wish all of our boys well for a most successful Semester 2, and trust that due reward will follow on from hard work. 

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O’Neill | Principal


You can obtain a summary of our recent survey regarding Remote Learning HERE.  


Trinity College is hosting a Twilight Tour on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 from 4:00pm. Please inform your friends and family who may be interested in learning more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer.

Our Twilight Tour will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours (including a sneak peek behind the scenes of the College's production of The Mikado), light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team. Please register details online at 


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. Tickets are selling fast! Purchase yours via

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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 Wednesday. The Winter Sports fixtures this term extends to Week 7. Thank you also to the boys who attended BIG and the Wind Band Rehearsals.

This term is a very busy one. Besides their classwork, the boys have several incursions and excursions, the Catholic Performing Arts recording, Book Week dress-ups, photos, Year 5 and 6 Camps, and Cross Country and Athletics carnivals. This term also features the Junior School Learning Journey. The Term 3 Calendar was emailed home this week. Please make note of the important dates and events in what will be an action-packed term.


Our Year 4s enjoyed a visit from Rugby WA yesterday afternoon. Trinity Old Boy and Rugby WA Regional Development Manager, Dane Lazarus ('05) and Sandy Mettam ran a successful rugby clinic, teaching our boys a few new skills. 


This week the Junior School welcomed Miss Elena Santalucia. Miss Santalucia will be working in 6G for the first 5 weeks of Term 3 and for the last 5 weeks in 5G when Mr Andrew Hayes is on Long Service Leave.


We welcome Miss Riley Graydon (6GD), Miss Hannah Mitchell (4G), Miss Kobi Wake (4B), and Mrs Michelle Hon-Pearson (5B) who are from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle and will be completing their final teaching practicum this term.


Parent Response forms were included with the Semester One reports. Please complete and return them to your son’s teacher as soon as possible. This can be either by email or hard copy.

Wednesday, 29 July
  • Year 5 and 6 Sports Training - 7:30am/7:45am
Thursday, 30  July
  • House Cross Country Carnival at Waterford
Friday, 31 July
  • Year 5GD Mass
  • School Sport WA Soccer
  • 6W Assembly at 2:20pm in Gibney Hall

Mr Bernard Le Tessier
| Acting Head of Junior School 


The Junior School boys are happy to be back at school!  We are happy to see our teachers and friends. This term is shaping up to be very busy because we have missed so many activities from Terms 1 and 2 due to COVID-19.

  • We will be having a Mass and class assemblies nearly every week, as we did not have any in Term 2. We will also be having the NAIDOC assembly in Week 4.
  • Another important event this term is the Catholic Performing Arts Festival, also known as CPAF, where boys perform their instruments or sing in choirs.
  • It will be a sports filled term with Cross Country in Week 2 and Athletics in Week 6. For a group of boys, they will compete against other PSA schools in Interschool. This will be extra special, as we will be hosting the carnivals this year. 
  • This term the Year 6s are lucky enough to go on their camp to Camp Kelly near Dwellingup and the Year 5 boys will be heading to Forest Edge for their rescheduled camp.
  • Another amazing day for the Junior School boys is the Father’s Day Breakfast. It is a chance for all the fathers and sons to wear their favourite sporting jersey and have a delicious breakfast cooked for them.
  • The Golden Heritage visit is another highlight for the Year 6 boys. They will meet some of the Old Boys of the College like Mr Tony Curtis, a previous Headmaster. 

Liam Murray (6W) and Axel Walsh (6GD)

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Secondary School News   

Kairos #55

On Sunday, 19 – Wednesday, 22 July, 30 of our Year 12 students experienced the Kairos Retreat. This four-day residential retreat was described by many of the boys as one of their highlights at Trinity. I would like to personally thank the Year 12 retreatants, Fr Garner Vergara, the student leaders, Michael Tassone (12.5), Charlie Gilbert (12.3), Christian Nicholls (12.2), Joshua Sumich (12.7) and Tristan Bottega (12.5). A special thank you must go to the adult leaders, Anthony Byrne, Claire Wilson, Michael Slacksmith, Karrene McLernon and Sarah Pontre for giving up their own time away from their families to help make this such a spiritual and meaningful experience for everyone.

Friday 8am Community Mass

With much anticipation, I am delighted to announce that our Friday 8am Community Masses will recommence next Friday in the College Chapel. We will have the pleasure of Fr Sean Fernandez, Fr Garner (Fr G) and Fr CJ assisting with celebrating these Masses over the term. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces once again.

Rosa West | Director of Campus Ministry 

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College News 

L-R: Kundan Dharmapuri, Anthony Milner, and Caleb Hu

Congratulations to Kundan Dharmapuri (9.1), Anthony Milner (7.2), and Caleb Hu (8.1) for their great efforts at the 2020 WA Junior Chess Championships. The event was a big success with over 100 players participating! Kundan finished as the Under 14 Shared Chess Champion with Anthony (shared 5th) and Caleb (11th overall) finishing in impressive places for their age group. 


Parents and students are reminded that PCG and Individual Photos for the Junior, Middle and Senior School will be week 3. The following is the schedule:

  • Junior & Senior School – Tuesday, 4 August 
  • Middle School – Thursday, 6 August 

The schedule for each day will be available via Seqta Notices. Please note the time that you are scheduled to have your photograph and ensure that you are punctual. All photos will be taken in the Foley Centre.

Boys are reminded of the following Uniform/Presentation Requirements:

  • Full Winter Uniform including Blazer
  • Jumpers are not required
  • Top button must be done up and tie on
  • Grey Trinity socks only are to be worn
  • Black school shoes are to be polished and in good condition
  • Hair must conform with the College policy outlined on Page 20 of the College Diary
  • Must be cleanly shaven

Mr Julian Fritz | Director of Student Services


The Uniform Shop is open every:

  • Tuesday 7.30am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 7.30am - 1.30pm

We welcome back families and students in the Uniform Shop. Uniform fittings are now available with the change rooms being open again. Payments can be via cash, online, and credit cards. Please note that all online orders need to be collected from the uniform shop, as no orders can be delivered to classrooms.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding over the last term.

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Coordinator 


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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Saturday, 25 July

Saint James the Greater (one of the “sons of thunder”), was the brother of Saint John and, like him, a fisherman. He was one of the three witnesses to the Transfiguration of Jesus (together with Saint Peter and Saint John), the raising of the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5: 2-43), and one of those who slept through most of the Agony in the Garden. He was the first of the apostles to be martyred. He was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa I to please the Jewish opponents of Christianity. He was buried in Jerusalem, and nothing more is known about him until the ninth century.

During the ninth century, we learn of a tradition that the relics of St James were brought to Spain sometime after his martyrdom, and his shrine at Compostela in Galicia grew in importance until it became the greatest pilgrimage center in western Europe. In every country, there are churches of St James and known well-trodden pilgrim routes. In Paris, the Tour St Jacques marks the start of the route, and the Rue St Jacques points straight towards Compostela. It is on this site of Compostela that the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is built. The scallop-shell, the emblem of St James, has become the emblem of pilgrims generally and is still carried by pilgrims today.

In 1987 the pilgrimage routes to Compostela were designated by the Council of Europe as historical cultural routes of international importance. The Confraternity of St James continues to work to restore and upgrade the refuges on a route that is still in active pilgrim use today.


The ACBC National Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2020 is being offered as a free event for registered participants. This modified program will be delivered in four pre-recorded sessions of approximately 1 hour in length, available from Saturday, 15 August 2020.

Registration will be free and will be available from Monday, 29 June.

Each session will offer input from a variety of speakers and musicians, along with a response and questions for group discussion (link to resource) or individual reflection. The program offers flexibility so that you may participate individually or gather with others from your parish/diocese or men’s ministry group.

As an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops, the aim of the ACBC National Men’s Gathering is to inspire and encourage men with a vision for personal discipleship, service, and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world. The online program hopes to reinforce that it is important to gather as men in the faith environment of the Church and be challenged to ensure the Gospel is alive in our homes, parishes/dioceses, and our communities.

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Due to the changing circumstances surrounding elite state and national competitions where timelines have been modified, all interested families will be required to communicate specific details of their son’s sporting commitments. Specific timelines relating to culmination events are also very helpful to assist in our planning. Families who have already submitted application forms will not be required to re-submit providing you can communicate updated details of your son’s commitments as circumstances would have changed since March.

In the current educational climate, it is vital that young men experience a well-rounded curriculum where an emphasis on striving to do your best in all pillars is evident. To ensure our high achieving student-athletes are maximising their opportunities and potential moving forward, the College is proud to introduce the inaugural TEAM Program.

The acronym TEAM (Trinity Elite Athlete Mentoring) was devised to reflect the key focus of the program; to provide guidance through mentoring athletes managing the dual demands of their academic and sporting commitments. It is hoped that TEAM will enhance the connectedness and overall well-being of student-athletes in balancing the demands of study and sport during their time at the College. Through the program, athletes gain exposure to development opportunities, have access to performance aids, and are provided with the support networks necessary to assist them in balancing study, within an already busy schedule of academic and sport-related activities.

Students wishing to access the support of the College’s new TEAM Program are required to meet eligibility by competing at a State or National level. This can be demonstrated by membership of a State or National squad or team – eg. Australian Institute of Sport or West Australian Institute of Sport. Please download the below attachments for further information and instructions regarding applications. Any queries should be directed to Mr Andrew Jenkins via


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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

  • Wednesday, 5 August:   Class of 1945 and 1950 – 75th 70th Anniversary Reunion
  • Friday, 14 August:           Golden Heritage Club ‘Back to the Classroom’
  • Saturday, 15 August:      Class of 1987 – Celebrating 50th Birthday’s

For information regarding TOBA events, please contact the TOBA office at or 9223 8132


The Trinity-Terrace Old Boys’ Association along with Hay Shed Hill Wines are running a fundraiser to assist with the TOBA bursary program.

TOBA bursaries provide an opportunity for boys to attend Trinity College who, due to financial constraints, would not otherwise be able to enjoy a Trinity College education. 

Michael Kerrigan (Class of 1979) winemaker and owner of Hay Shed Hill is delighted to support TOBA in this fundraiser.

To order online: use code TOBA for free shipping direct to your door via Australia Post and order in multiples of 12 bottles (min order 12 bottles).

Thanks for your support!


All TOBA members and the Trinity College community are invited to download the ‘COZ App’ (for free) onto smartphones and support TOBA and TC businesses, as well as receive offers from our valued sponsors.

This platform allows you to browse and support businesses that support the College. If you would like to place your business on this Business Directory and be connected to our database of 10,000+ Old Boys, their families, and the TC community, please visit and click ‘Add My Business’.

Please feel free to contact Joe Georgiades on 0407 849 984 or to discuss how COZ APP can help connect you to our community.

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Community News 


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Please note: Applications are accepted immediately online at any time if a place is available. Send your application form to a local Rotary Club if you’re seeking Rotary financial support. Your local club may consider full or part sponsorship of the $190/$260 fee. Please follow through with the club to check they have submitted your application.


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