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TC Newsletter:

Volume 23  7 August 2020

From the Principal 

College Production – The Mikado

This week saw the culmination of many months of hard work and organisation when many within our College community were able to enjoy our College Production of The Mikado. Our wonderfully gifted students certainly entertained us with a variety of excellent performances – singing, dancing, acting, playing music, and, most importantly, supporting each other, as they enjoyed the thrill of performing. They received wonderful ovations at the conclusion of each show and should be congratulated for producing such a colourful, energetic and fun performance. Having performed to sold-out audiences on three consecutive evenings and following on from a matinee performance to our Junior School boys, they also deserve much praise for their stamina and their ability to maintain such energy levels and quality of performance.

What has been particularly impressive about the students involved in this production has been their absolute dedication and commitment, even more so this year as they also had to cope with the disappointment of the original show dates being postponed. While we admire the final performance as it appears on stage, the final show emerges from endless hours of practice, rehearsals, and individual work in what has been a protracted schedule. Further, as our respective Mikado parents are no doubt aware, much of this practice and rehearsal time has occurred after a long day at school - and often on weekends. The boys, and our talented guest performers from other schools, have certainly worked very hard and displayed great resilience and experienced the reward that comes from hard work. I am sure they have taken great satisfaction in their performance and their chance to be part of such a wonderful show.

While I marvel at their movement, choreography, music, and acting, what I am particularly taken by is the sheer joy of the boys as they are performing. I marvel at the energy they bring and the talent they share. I marvel at the delight and smiles that each performer shares as they perform. I marvel at the seamless work of those boys in the backstage and technical crew who work quietly and generously behind the scenes. I marvel at the genuine support that the staff and students have shown for each other.  Each and every student involved in this College Production should feel justifiably proud of their achievements.

A large College Production such as The Mikado does not just happen. The casting process commenced late last year and the journey from that point has meant regular meetings and many, many rehearsals all exaggerated by an earlier production postponement due to the COVID-19 restrictions. It involves equally, the performers on stage, as well as the patient, always busy students and Staff who act as support crew responsible for costumes, sets, lighting, sound, and technical support. Such assistance is critical to such a show coming together and very much appreciated by those on stage. In fact, one of the great benefits of such a show is the community building that it provides - students, staff, old boys and parents coming together for a common purpose in which students are provided with an opportunity to showcase their skills while making important friendships.  The combined efforts of many people produced such a memorable College Production.

Of course, the quality of the performance that we were able to enjoy, needs direction and development. As a College we are blessed to have a wonderfully dedicated and talented group of specialist Staff, who with the support of Dr Rob Braham, our Director of Music, have worked with, and alongside, our students to nurture their skills, direct their efforts and encourage a love of performing.  I would like to acknowledge their fantastic work with all of the students and sincerely thank them for their vision, patience, and outstanding effort in producing such an excellent show.

  • Production Director: Mrs Lisa Laurino
  • Musical Director: Dr Robert Braham
  • Choreographers: Mrs Paula Nicoletto and Mr Declan Allen (19’)
  • Repetiteurs: Mrs Ann Clarke and Mr Peter Shanhun
  • Stage Manager: Mr Ben Mitchell
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Mr Ethan Gosatti (19’)

The College Production of The Mikado has been a wonderful gift to our College community and I would like to thank the many students, staff, and parents who worked so well in providing such a wonderful show for us to enjoy. It has certainly displayed a Spirit of Excellence, a Spirit of Community, and a Spirit of Stewardship within our Trinity community.

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O’Neill | Principal

Twilight Tour

This last Wednesday evening we had the pleasure of welcoming many new and prospective families to our Twilight Tour. We hope that our guests enjoyed exploring the College, meeting students and staff. For those that missed out and are interested in the Junior School, we encourage them to attend the Junior School Open Morning on Wednesday, 9 September 2020. Find out more and register at  

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Junior School News  


The annual Angelico Art exhibition is occurring again this year in a virtual format. Entries may be viewed at Good luck to our Junior school entries from: Xavier Celedin (6G), Curtis Ieraci (4G), Angus Hegarty (6Gd), Leo Tanner (6G), Ollie Watkins (5G), Keegen Tran (6Gd), Leo Periz (6Gd), Blake Johnson (5W), Isaac Postma (6B), Tamish DeGois (6G), Lucian Lamattina (6G), Jaxon Beale (6G), Casper Sim (6B), Bailey Coates (6W) & Gabe Randall (6W).

3D Virtual Tour of the Primary and Secondary Angelico Exhibitions will be available mid-August.

Antony Trinh (5W) awarded MVP of the Tournament

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 school soccer team who last week progressed to the state finals of the School Sports WA soccer tournament. Last Friday the team went undefeated and will compete this afternoon. The event will be held at Aubin Grove Community Oval, Camden Boulevard, Aubin Grove. The event is scheduled to start at 4:30pm – good luck to the team.


Class and individual photos were taken on Tuesday. The boys were all very well presented, thanks to parents for ensuring this. Your son’s photos will be sent home via the class teacher as soon as they arrive. A reminder that Winter Sports photos are scheduled for Thursday, 20 August (Week 5). All boys need their Winter Team Uniforms- Jumpers, Socks, Shorts for the photo. Please note as this is the date of the JPSSA Interschool Cross Country, there will be no fixture, however, Winter Team Uniforms are required for photos. 


This last Wednesday the Junior School boys were lucky enough to be the first audience to view the Senior School production of ‘The Mikado’. A very high level of professionalism from all the performers - actors and musicians, gave the boys an insight into the opportunities that are available to them as they progress through the College. The boys enjoyed the performance and were an excellent audience. Well done to all involved!


On Thursday, the Year 5 classes went on an excursion to the historic location of Heirisson Island. The students visited the statue of Yagan as part of their learning on The Swan River Colony. Next week, the classes will visit Peninsula Farm and the East Perth Cemetery.  

Monday, 10 August
  • Year 5 Excursion to Peninsula Farm and East Perth Cemetery 
Tuesday, 11 August
  • NAIDOC Assembly in the Sports Centre
  • Catholic Performing Arts Festival Recording
Wednesday, 12 August
  • 7:30/7:45am - Year 5/6 winter sports training 
Thursday, 13 August
  • Sport v Scotch
  • Year 4 Rugby Carnival
Friday, 14 August
  • 6B Class Mass
  • TOBA Golden Heritage Club 'Back to the Classroom'
  • 2:20pm - TOBA Assembly in Gibney Hall

Mr Bernard Le Tessier
| Acting Head of Junior School 

  • This week has been a really busy week for the boys with lots of activities taking place. On Tuesday, the boys came to school looking extra smart for their class photos.
  • On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to watch the Senior School Drama performance of The Mikado. It was an incredible performance. We were blown away by the talent on display - the acting, the music, and props.
  • Later that same afternoon, the school hosted a Twilight Tour. We were able to showcase our wonderful school and promote the great learning experiences and facilities we have here at Trinity.
  • On Thursday, we had our Winter fixtures against Wesley, which is always a highlight of the week. #TCSPIRIT

By Jaxon Beale (6B) & Kyan Tremain (6B)

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Secondary School News   


On Wednesday, 5 August the Year 10 students participated in the Emmaus Retreat. This one-day Retreat encompasses a day of reflection. This retreat offered our students the opportunity to spend some quiet time reflecting on their personal journeys through life. They were able to take the time out to consider their relationship with family, friends, and God. In a world that races at an ever-faster pace, and one that bombards our young people with messages of fear, greed, and selfishness, this retreat offered the Year 10 students a wonderful opportunity to nurture the spirit and to ponder all those things which are positive and life-giving. Not only are the academic, physical, and cultural dimensions important, but the spiritual dimension of every boy must be nourished too. 

I would like to thank the Year 10 students for their willingness to share, be open to new experiences and allowing themselves to reflect more deeply. A special thank you to all the Year 10 PCG teachers and especially the Adult Leaders of each group - Mr McKenna, Mr Brennan, Mrs Stewart, Mr Slacksmith, Mr Theseira, Mr Dean, Mr Byrne and Ms Marocchi.

Rosa West | Director of Campus Ministry

Guys Read

This week Mr Julian Fritz (Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing) joined the Monday morning Year 7 Library Session to talk to the students about his experience with reading. He started off telling the boys about the very first book he could remember reading – a book called “The Sea” which was part of a set of reference books that his family had at home. He remembers taking this book to school in Year 1 for ‘News’ and in particular being fascinated with the photographs of fish which could change colour for camouflage purposes. This book has managed to stay with him after many house and state moves! Mr Fritz also spoke to the boys about Tim Winton, one of his favourite authors, who writes novels set in Western Australian towns and that he is familiar with. Mr Fritz then told the boys about the book he is currently reading: “Barbarian Days – A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan. This memoir tells the tale of the author who has dedicated his life to surfing and travelling the world to catch the ultimate waves and to compete in surfing competitions. The book tells of massive adventures had, many waves caught and a lifestyle following dreams. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Fritz for coming along and sharing his reading life with the class. 

Year 8 Challenge

Congratulations to Xavier Audino (8.1) who is the most recent student to complete the Genre challenge. He has read at least one book from each of the genres and has challenged himself to go for Double Winning by the end of next term. Well done Xavier – enjoy your Book Voucher!

Recycling Continues

After a large donation of plastic bottles were delivered to the library, the TCEC boys were put to work separating the lids from these bottles, bagging them up, and putting the bags into storage in readiness for collection. This is a great opportunity to remind everyone that we can recycle the following through the College:

  • #1 Plastic (bottles, fruit punnet, biscuit trays, bakery trays) and lids
  • #2 Plastic Bottles and Lids
  • Aluminium Drink Cans
  • Batteries
  • Stationery items (textas, markers, pens, mechanical pencils)
  • Empty Beauty Packaging
  • Soft Plastics e.g. pasta packets, biscuit wrappers etc – these are taken to Coles or Woollies for recycling by RedCycle

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


Last week the Year 12 Outdoor Recreation students attended their 3-day expedition in Dwellingup. Students faced various challenges during the 3 days including sore legs, downhill trails and cold mornings. Overall the camp was a great success with students leading each other through trails around Dwellingup. 

Mr Damien Hansen | Outdoor Education and Physical Education 

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College News  


Congratulations to two of our English literature staff – Mr Adam Kealley, Director of Teaching and Learning and Mr Martin Guest, Assistant Head of Learning Area (English) – who have been shortlisted for the 27th Educational Publishing Awards for their book 'Year 12 English: Western Australia' (along with co-authors Maria White and Patricia Dowsett).

Their book is a comprehensive and practical guide to ATAR English and includes explanations of the course’s key concepts, annotated sample responses that guide students to produce controlled and complex analytical, imaginative, and comparative pieces.


With today's news cycle moving at the speed of light and many of us relying on social media as a news source, it is more important than ever to ensure teenagers know how to decipher fact from fiction. In our latest blog article, we've put together some guidelines to help instill information and media literacy skills in adolescents. Click here to read our blog. 


The Winter edition of our new look Trinity News Magazine is now available to read online here. We hope you enjoy reading about what's been happening at Trinity College and the achievements of our students, past and present. If you would like to receive a PDF copy or subscribe to a hard copy, please email 


The Uniform Shop is open every:

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

Good news - tracksuits in size 10 and 8 are now back in stock. If you are looking for blazer buttons, we sell them in the shop for $3.50 each. If a student is needing a button on his blazer he can bring his blazer to the shop, buy the button and we will attach the button, ready for collection. Most students requiring buttons bring their blazer at recess and collect at lunchtime.

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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There are 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

Russell Hinks | Careers/Transition Coordinator

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Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in (Fitzroy) Melbourne (Australia). On 8 August 1909 she died, having suffered a disabling stroke in 1902. Inspired by a meeting with Fr. Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary MacKillop at the age of 25 took her vows and the religious name, ’Mary of the Cross’. In doing so, she founded the congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. Soon after taking her religious vows, Mary MacKillop began schools. Within 5 years of taking her vows and founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary had established over 30 schools, in South Australia and over 100 women had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph. 

Mary MacKillop was very conscious of the plight of the poor and needy. She worked with families that lived in isolated areas of Australia. As a result, Mary MacKillop pioneered a new form of religious life in Australia and commenced a ‘system’ of ‘Josephite’ schools that would provide education, especially for the children of the poor. In 1873, Pope Pius IX gave Papal approval for the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Even today, many Australians can say that they too have felt the impact of the enormous work started by St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), having been educated or cared for, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She was noted for her trust in the providence of God and miracles of healing have been attributed to her. She was declared a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010

The Roman Missal has the following prayer for the Feast of St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop).

O God, source of all goodness, who have shown us in Saint Mary a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross, teach us, we pray, by her example to live the Gospel in changing times and to respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land. Through our Lord. Amen.


The Catholic bishops of Australia have released the Social Justice Statement 2020-21, on the critical subject of mental health, in the lead-up to Social Justice Sunday on August 30. The, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, encourages faith communities, governments, and individuals to make mental health a priority.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools, and communities. In fact, most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point over the course of our lives. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. Our parishes, organisations and communities can be places of acceptance care and healing, not places of rejection, judgement or stigma.

In the Social Justice Statement To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, the Bishops welcome the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care in Australia. However, without adequately funded community mental health services, there is a gap in the system through which people continue to fall. Social determinants including poverty, living conditions, and personal security are significant contributors to mental ill-health. The Statement highlights the experience of First Nations people and communities, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are homeless, and those who are in prison.

The Bishops observe that “our society tends to draw away from, or to push away, those who confront us with our frailties and limitations” which is “completely at odds with the story of Jesus” who “takes on the frailty of the human condition” and ”draws near to those who are sick or who have disabilities, those who are marginalized or despised”. People living with mental ill-health are part of the Body of Christ – ‘us’ and not ‘them’ – and share equally in Jesus’ promise of the fullness of life (Jn 10:10).

The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community.

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Back row: Ken Tate (’50), Kevin Hogan (’50), Kersh de Courtenay (’45), Colin Hutchison (’50), Stephen Radojkovich (’50) Front row: Ed Spini (’50), George Bebich (’50), Frank Carr (’50), Geoff Grey (’50)

The Class of 1945 and 1950 celebrated their 75th and 70th Reunion yesterday with a luncheon at the Duxton Hotel – the Duxton Hotel sits on the site of their beloved old school (CBC, Perth). Conversation flowed freely and some wonderful memories shared - their love for their old school was obvious.  A glass was raised to absent friends and a very special afternoon was shared by these stalwarts. 

  • 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


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 


Explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and maths through a series of hands-on workshops, laboratory experiments, and interactive presentations. Experience what it’s like to be a university student, and discover the rich variety of careers that can come from having a degree in science or engineering. Interact with our expert staff and student leaders as they help you to develop your passion and explore the amazing possibilities of science at UWA. The full cost per student is $190 for the 3 days and $260 for the 4-day program. The Science Experience is a Rotary supported project and local clubs often provide sponsorship to students, this support may be limited due to the present situation. Enrol online at

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.


Master Classes are one hour sessions conducted once a week in term time. Each week they reteach, revise, and reinforce the topics and areas of study that the students are dealing with their classes at school. The Master Class Semester two program is for Year 7-10 and will be held from Saturday, 25 July to Saturday, 19 September (Term 3) and Saturday, 7 October to Saturday, 5 December (Term 4). The ATAR Exam Prep will deliver a comprehensive exam preparation program that will assist Year 11 and 12 students in preparing for their final school examinations. These classes offer students a structured revision program that will add value to the independent study they are doing at home. For more information on both programs please visit or email


Grab your camera or phone and walk the pathways of Jirdarup Bushland, with Kensington Bushland at its heart. Register and submit your best photographs from Jirdarup Bushland for a chance to WIN a share of the $3,000 cash/prize pool! For more information please visit and enter before Sunday, 30 September 2020

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