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TC Newsletter:

Volume 26  August 23, 2019

From the Principal 

Wellness Week

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, Trinity College has at it’s very centre, a genuine concern for the safety and welfare of every student. While delivering specific curriculum pathways and providing a variety of opportunities and experiences for our boys is the means by which we assist in their formation, their ongoing health and wellbeing is of particular importance. The respective formation programs, pastoral support structures, health and fitness curriculum, and the number and quality of dedicated support staff such as Heads of Year, Psychologists and Education Assistants, are all evidence of such care within our school. At a time when aspects of children’s physical and mental health are becoming an increasing concern within our wider society, it is most encouraging to see the efforts of our staff to focus on student well-being as part of our upcoming “Wellness Week.”

Throughout next week, our College will hold its inaugural Wellness Week. Under the themes of ‘Feeling Good. Functioning Well. Doing Good for Others’, our boys will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities and be immersed in information and have access to resources that focus on their personal wellbeing. Following on from our Fun-Run for India event today, the week ahead will follow a daily wellness theme and promises something of interest for every student.

  • Mindful Monday; will see things such as Meditation and Tactical Breathing (for reducing anxiety and stress).
  • Try It Tuesday; will allow boys to try things such as Juggling, Frisbee, the Climbing Wall and even Origami.  Our boys will also hear presentations from Zero2Hero on Adolescent Mental Health and Resilience, and from YSafe on Cyber safety and protection.
  • Wellness Wednesday; will see our Year 7 boys involved in a silent Yoga/Meditation and activities around Mindful Colouring-in will be available.
  • Taste Test Thursday; will see our Year 11 Boys provide a Sausage Sizzle in a fundraising venture for Eddie Rice Camp for Kids.  A boost Juice Van will also be on site throughout the day.  All students will also have an opportunity to donate a gold coin in order to wear Happy Socks for the day!
  • Fit Friday; will see our Middle School boys enjoy a range of fitness and wellness activities on Friday afternoon.

While we look forward to an enjoyable week, we are also very keen to deliver important messages about general wellness and student wellbeing. While many definitions exist, it is generally considered that student wellbeing is ‘a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience, and satisfaction with one’s self, others and experiences at school’. It is widely accepted that student wellbeing directly affects most aspects of a student’s functioning and learning at school.  While wellbeing levels can fluctuate and are very much contextual, the ability to self-monitor such levels are important, as is understanding that positive choices around diet, fitness, sleep and mental care can make a significant difference. Access to sound advice and health professionals in these areas is also readily available. I would encourage all parents to read the blog post about wellness that can be found here.

At a time when we are faced with worrying statistics about children’s health (it is estimated that 1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem, like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need), it is important that a school such as Trinity College continues to work in collaboration with families and the communities to support children's mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to a fun and informative Wellness Week and congratulate and thank the many staff who have been so enthusiastic and hard-working in bringing it together. As always, we seek to form good young men who are resilient and self-aware of their own wellbeing. 

Live Jesus in our Hearts 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


On the evening of Tuesday, 27 August, the College will be hosting an eSafety Workshop for families of the College, hosted by ySafe, Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety education.

Today, technology has become a central part of our kid’s educational and social development. However, as fundamental and exciting as connected technology can be, it is creating challenges for parents, schools, and communities. We are therefore pleased to help our parent community by offering a crucial and engaging education session with ySafe.

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, 27 August
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Trinity College Sport Centre
  • Please RSVP by clicking here

Due to strong interest it has been decided to increase the number of Year five students for year 2020. Siblings of current students are encouraged to complete their application. Enrolments and enquiries can be further discussed with our Registrars via or 9223 8120. 


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College Calendar


Tuesday, 27 August

  • 9:35am Year 12 Mass
  • 7:00pm YSafe Parent Information Night

Wednesday, 28 August 

  • Year 10 Social Dance with Mercedes at TC 6:30pm-9:30pm

Thursday, 29 August

  • Junior School House Athletics Carnival
  • Year 10 Immunisations

Friday, 30 August 

  • 8:00am Mass
  • Junior School Fathers' Day Breakfast 
  • Secondary Angelico Art Exhibition Concludes

Saturday, 31 August

  • Athletics Age Championships at JTC
  • Tournament of the Minds Competition 

Sunday, 1 September 

  • Father's Day 

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Junior School News

Joshua Karelis

On Tuesday evening, Joshua Karelis (5Gd) received his award in the Angelico Art Exhibition for his second placement in the 3-Dimensional Art section for Years 3-6. A marvellous accomplishment.

On Monday, our Junior Vocal Ensemble performed in the Sacred Music section at St Benedict’s, Applecross. The boys sang beautifully, it was truly a pleasure to hear them. Last night the Boys in Groove performed their routine at the Perth Convention Centre. An awesome performance by the 50+  boys.

Next week will be the last week for the groups. Our Year 4, Year 5/6 Choirs and Junior Vocal Ensemble will be singing on Monday and Tuesday and the Junior Concert Band will play on Wednesday evening. Good luck to the boys.


Congratulations to the 16 boys who represented the College at the IPSHA Junior Schools Chess Day. The boys all competed very well, all winning the majority of the games and they were excellent sportsmen. An outstanding effort. Thank you also to Mrs Spencer for organising the boys for the day.


The Junior School House Athletics Carnival will be taking place next Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, some of the boys are involved in jumps and the 800m, and on Thursday there is a range of team and individual events. Parents are most welcome to come and support their boys. The boys can have a sausage sizzle lunch, this is only available via pre-order, by completing the form and sending to Mrs Bush with the correct money by Monday. Parents and siblings are also welcome to order a sausage sizzle, via their son’s class.


This week Book Week was celebrated in the Junior School with the highlight being the dress up day on Wednesday. It was wonderful to see so many boys and staff dressed in outfits which celebrated the wonder of books. This year’s Book Week theme was Reading is my Secret Power. Thank you to all the parents who prepared costumes for our boys and to Mr Hayes for compering the parade.

Also this week, the Junior School hosted a Scholastic Book Fair in the library. The boys were able to order and purchase a range of children’s books before and after school. We conclude the Book Week celebrations next Monday with a visit and talk from Author Cristy Burne.


I am sure everyone has a connection with someone who has cancer. The Daffodil is the international symbol for hope and all money raised today through the selling of daffodils, goes towards cancer research. This year, Mrs Sara Pounder has been selling daffodils to the staff and many Junior School families. We are amazed at the response, with over 130 bunches sold and a number of donations, raising $1500 for the Cancer Council. 


This week, the Junior School has hosted a very successful Scholastic Book Fair in the library. Thank you to Mrs Spencer for organising the Book Fair and the many parents who rostered their help each morning and afternoon.


This afternoon, the Golden Heritage Club visited the Junior School to talk with the Year 6s. The Golden Heritage Club are Old Boys of the College and CBC Terrace who finished school over 50 years ago. It was a fantastic afternoon, with wonderful memories and stories being shared. We are also thankful that the Gentlemen could stay, witness and take part in one of our unique TOBA Assemblies. Many thanks to Ms Di Millar, Mr Peter Torre ('89), the Year 6 teachers for organising the day and to the Golden Heritage gentleman for giving of themselves so enthusiastically and the Year 6 boys who continue to conduct themselves so well as young Trinity men.


All Junior School Dads and Grandads are invited to the Fathers’ Day Breakfast on Friday, 30 August commencing at 7:30am. We have asked Year 5 parents to donate prizes for the raffle. Please bring them to the Junior School Reception by Tuesday, 27 August. I look forward to seeing Dads and sons in their footy colours enjoying the morning.

Monday, 26 August  February
  • Year 4 Choir and JVE at CPAF Vasto Club 9:30am
  • Author Cristy Burne to talk with boys
Tuesday, 27 August
  • Year 5/6 Choir at CPAF Vasto Club 9:30am 
  • Y-Safe Incursion for Year 6s
Wednesday, 28 August
  • House Athletics Carnival Jumps Day
  • Junior Concert Band at CPAF Newman College 6:30pm 
Thursday, 29 August
  • House Athletics Carnival 
Friday, 30 August 
  • Father's Day Breakfast 7:30am
  • Year 6G Reconciliation
  • Assembly 2:40pm

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

Ben Elder and his nonno, Nick Catania

This term in Year 5 the students are studying colonisation and the beginnings of immigration to Australia. As a result of this the students are looking at Italian immigration to Australia in Italian as part of a cross-curricular program. This week the students have been lucky enough to have Italian migrants come in to talk to them about their experiences. 5G had Ms Nadia Tati’s father, Salvatore Tati come in to speak to them about what it was like for him to move to Australia in the 1960s as a 19 year old. 5W had Ben Elder’s nonno, Nick Catania come in and recount his memories of coming to Australia as a five year old in the early 50s. Mr Catania is a former member of State Parliament representing Balcatta and former Mayor of Vincent. 5B were vsiisted by Sebastian Santoro’s nonna, Linda Quaglia and John Fisicchia’s nonno, Antonino Ridolfo, both of them gave a great recount of their experiences of migrating to Australia. 5W had James Lake’s nonno, Remo Coniglio who was very entertaining. All of the Year 5s and Signora Knapman are very appreciative of these nonni for giving up their time to talk to them about migrating and what life was like in Australia as a migrant. It was certainly a great insight into how many migrants struggled, a great opportunity for the boys to ask questions and hear firsthand experiences of migration to Australia.


Another busy Junior School week started on Monday with the Junior Vocal Ensemble performance at the Performing Arts Festival. The Junior Vocal Ensemble did very well and performed magnificently. On Tuesday the Chess team competed in a competition against 17 schools and came 5th, which was a magnificent result. On Wednesday we had the annual Book Week Parade. At the book week parade there were many great and inventive costumes that blew the judges and Mr Hayes away. On Thursday all the boys went down to the pavilion and all the factions, Chanel, Xavier, Campion and Queens did their team trials to try and get the ultimate bonus 50 points. In the end Campion won and have a head start to the Sport Carnival Next week. On Friday we had Daffodil Day raising lots of money. The Year 6s were very excited because the Golden Heritage members came and visited them to have an afternoon tea and answer the boys' questions. Now all the Year 6s know about the history of their school, Trinity College. After that we had the TOBA assembly having great success with a wonderful performance from the Junior Concert Band. This week it was an action packed week with lots and lots of magnificent stuff happening. But it doesn’t stop now.

Lewis Murabito (6W) and Jack Clarey (6B)

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Secondary School News

(L-R) Braxton, Stefan, William, Chad and Cruz

The Angelico Art Exhibition was opened on Tuesday, 20 August at the Forrest Centre in Perth. The Exhibition showcases selected artwork from Catholic high schools across the state. A group of talented Year 7 students were award recipients at the Exhibition, receiving the General Exhibition Award Prize (Years 7, 8 & 9 inclusive) for their Group Submission titled ‘Making Way for the New’. Congratulations to Cruz Harber- Connell (7.7), William Sartor (7.2), Stefan Zirojevic (7.8), Braxton Buktenica (7.7) and Chad McKie (7.6) on winning this prestigious award. A number of other secondary students also had their artwork selected for inclusion in this exhibition; well done Sebastian Kelleher (8.1), Luke Alderslade (10.7), Coen Agate (10.8), Noah Foti (11.1) and Max Mistilis (12.3). These student artworks will be displayed at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace Perth, until Friday, 30 August


This week Mr Chris Allanson (Head of Humanities) joined a Year 7 Library session to talk about his reading habits. Mr Allanson spoke to the students about the two reasons he loves to read. The first being that he finds reading to be great ‘downtime’, a way to wind down and relax. If he reads at night time, he knows that reading is a great way to bring the day to a close and helps him go to sleep. The second being that he reads to keep up with his subject area – Politics and Law – and stay abreast of current affairs around the globe. He enjoys reading non-fiction, and in true-life crime stories are one particular favourites. Whilst Mr Allanson was in the Library he read “The Fat Lady Sings – 40 Years in Football” by Rex Hunt and Graeme Bond – a book which he stated, combines two of his absolute passions, History and Football. 

Thanks to Mr Allanson for taking the time out to come and read with us.


This week the College celebrated the annual Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Book Week’. The College was abuzz with a wide range of activities. In the Senior School Library, there was a full diary of events on over the week including: Meet the Harry Potter Characters; Harry Potter Chocolate Challenge; Harry Potter Potions Class; and the Bertie Botts Bean Boozle Challenge. We also had Harry Potter jigsaws and a Harry Potter Photo Booth running all week. In conjunction with the English Department, all of the teachers wore a T-Shirt depicting one of their favourite books with their favourite quotes printed on it. There was also a College ‘Read-In’ where staff and students were invited to read in the sunshine on Centenary Oval during recess.

Book week culminated with a very lively Staff Vs Student debate: Is a night in with Netflix really better than a night in with a good book? Well, it turns out it is, with the Staff team taking the win. It was a close call and the student team really did seem ripe for the win, yet, it was ripped from their hands by Mr Ben Mitchell with an award winning performance, highly deserving of the coveted Staff Vs Student Debate Trophy.

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


This week fifteen Year 10 students visited the CTF centre to explore careers in the construction industry. The two-storey purpose-built structure allows students to walk though and experience hands on activities which simulate jobs within the construction industry. Students used a variety of technology including virtual reality to operate cranes and simulate different jobs carried out on worksites. Students were able to explore traditional construction trades as well as para-professional careers within the industry such as estimating and designing.  

Russell Hinks | Head of Careers/VET

(L-R) Mitchell Ardagh, Zak Wilkins, Andrew Nguyen, Tom Rundle, Ethan Gosatti and Gaudi Robbins
Ethan Gosatti discussing the Current State of the Economy
Mitchell Ardagh discussing the Balance of Payments and Foreign Liabilities

On a rainy Friday morning six economic students accompanied by Mr Dustin Aylmore took the long walk up to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to take part in 2019 Student Economic Forum. After completing the first challenge of arrive at school by 8am, it would be an arduous 10-minute walk up Hay street to the Chamber of Commerce.

Once arriving the boys were split into 3 different groups and put on tables with a range of students from different schools throughout the Greater Perth region. The boys listened diligently as Chris Rodwell the CCIWA Chief Executive Officer and Chris Stavrianou from the Treasury presented an Economic Overview of the State of the Nation. They were then treated to a panel discussion featuring three young people currently in different stages of their career in economics.  

After a break for a delicious morning tea, the students settled in for the main event. Steven Kemp of Parry and Kemp fame presented an overview of the Economic Exam for 2019. Students and teachers alike, furiously took down notes as he handed out hints and tips for this years ATAR exam. Students then were given a range of questions to present in groups. This provided a great opportunity for the economic students in Year 12 to engage with each other in interactive exercises that challenged and stimulated their understanding of economics within a key business environment. As a part of Western Australia’s future leaders, it tested their critical thinking skills to analyse key economic issues that impact on society, governments and business.   

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College News


On the 9th and 10th of August 2019, 5 of our students competed in the RoboCup Junior State- Secondary Search and Rescue Competition at Curtin University.

Over 600 students competed from over 60 schools across WA! Izak Margaretic (8.5) and Isaac Phan (8.7) entered a team for the first time this year and enjoyed the experience immensely. Nathan DeFonseka (10.7), Aaron Seth (10.5) and Jayden Nguyen (10.2) entered a team for the third time. The boys placed 7th overall in the event and learnt a lot about robotics, creating automated systems and solving problems. Read a review from one our students below:

My team and I competed in the Rescue Challenge of the Western Australia Robotics Competition. The structure of the competition was that Friday, 9 August was similar to a qualifiers day and consisted of 4 rounds. Each round was set up differently and the challenge is to earn as many points by programming our robot to navigate through challenging patterns and to eventually rescue a victim trapped in a Chemical Spill. Our team was able to gain enough points and we placed 5th in the qualifiers and qualified for the finals to be held on the next day. On Saturday, 10 August the objective was the same but this time the arena was much more competitive and challenging. There was a total of three rounds and a playoff between the top three teams based on the result of the previous three rounds. Unfortunately, our robot was unable to reach the playoffs as our results from the 2nd and 3rd round weren’t enough. I had the honour of leading the team and programmed our Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robt to autonomously navigate through the presented challenges. Jayden Nguyen was a key team member who constantly gave me a suggestion on how we should construct our robot. Nathan DeFonseka was another vital player in our team as he helped set up practice courses and kept Jayden and I informed of when each round begins. Overall our team placed 7th in the state which for our team was a great achievement as only had under a month to practice and get ready. The three of us made some great friends over the two days and also learned lots of new things about Robotics itself and also the Robotics Industry!

Aaron Seth (10.5)


There are important information about courses and scholarships in this week's Career News. Please click here to download and read. 


We are planning a Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser for the Northern Thailand/Laos Community Project to help our travelling Year 10 boys raise money to help complete their community projects at this remote and under privileged location. To keep this as easy as possible we ask that you pay for your chocolates upfront via the TC Store then simply keep the money as they’re sold.  This stops us having to chase up money and chocolates after the fundraising event.  Please place your order by Friday 23rd August. Please let people know why you’re selling the chocolates and what a great cause they’re supporting.  Please accompany the boys if you decide to sell door to door. Chocolates are not to be sold at school.



Our congratulations must be extended to current Year 12 student Jackson Lee (12.6) for not only being selected in the U18 AFF Australian Soccer Team  team but being victorious in the international competition in Vietnam. Jackson balances his Year 12 ATAR studies with a fulltime training schedule at Perth Glory as a goal keeper and has a bright future ahead of him. Awesome stuff Jackson!


Click here for the results against Aquinas College last week. 

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Wellness Week 

Trinity College looks forward to holding its inaugural 'Wellness Week' from 26–30 August in our Secondary School. The theme is 'Feeling Good. Functioning Well. Doing Good for Others' and students will enjoy a number of associated activities each day, from origami, to colouring, to yoga!

The week’s schedule is as follows:

Mindful Monday  |  26 August

“It’s not weak to make sure you’re well”

  • Meditation
  • Tactical/Box Breathing (Breathing for Success)
  • Mindful Colouring-In

Try it Tuesday  |  27 August

“You only have one body. Take care of it”

  • Climbing Wall
  • Juggling
  • Frisbee
  • Knitting Basics
  • Origami
  • Mindful Colouring-In
  • Zero2Hero (Years 7–9)
  • YSafe (Years 6–11)

Wellness Wednesday  |  28 August

“Be aware and take care- of yourself and others”

  • Year 7 Silent Yoga
  • Mindful Colouring-In

Taste Test Thursday  |  29 August

“Health for the inside and out”

  • Happy Sock Day – Gold Coin Donation for Eddie Rice Camp for Kids
  • Sausage Sizzle for Eddie Rice Camp for Kids
  • Boost Juice Van
  • Mindful Colouring-In

Fit Friday  |  30 August

“Build a better you”

  • Silent Yoga (Years 8–9)
  • River Walk (Years 8–9)
  • Meditation/Mindfulness (Year 7)
  • Pilates (Year 7)

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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. 

In this week's throwback, we share a reflection from Mrs Nicola Gosatti, President of the College Auxiliary.  Please click here to read his story. 

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Community News


Little Athletics season is here again! Come and join your local Little Athletics Club, Vic Park Phoenix, and have a go at running, jumps and throws. For ages 5-17, and all levels of skill. Above all it's loads of fun. Training starts Tuesday, 17 September at East Victoria Park Primary School from 4:30pm-6pm on Tuesdays (and Thursdays TBA). Competitions are held Saturday mornings at Gerry Archer Athletic Stadium. Contact us at, 0408 424 559, or 


ATARget's Master Classes will deliver a comprehensive exam preparation program that will assist Year 11 and 12 students in preparing for their final school examinations. This program will focus on specific exam questions and explain in detail ho the syllabus content can be employed to contruct successful examination responses. These classes offer students a structured revision program that will add value to the independent study they are doing at home. For more information please visit 


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