From the Principal
As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, Trinity College has at its 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 it is the means by which we assist in their formation, their ongoing health and wellbeing which 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 is becoming increasingly topical 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 present Wellness Week under the theme of ‘Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being’. Our boys will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities, be immersed in important welfare information and have access to resources that focus on their personal wellbeing. The program for the week can be found elsewhere in this Newsletter and I encourage parents to speak to their sons about being involved in respective activities. Further to this, it could present an opportunity to speak more generally about wellbeing issues.
Wellness Week will follow a daily wellness theme and promises something of interest for every student.
- Mindful Monday will involve sessions in Meditation, Breathing and Mindfulness practices (for reducing anxiety and stress).
- Try It Tuesday will allow boys to try things such as Art, Dance, Colouring and even Knitting. Our boys will also hear presentations from Zero2Hero on Adolescent Mental Health and Resilience, and from YSafe on Cybersafety and protection.
- Wellness Wednesday will provide all students and staff an opportunity to donate a gold coin in order to wear Happy Socks for the day and our Year 7 and Junior School boys will be involved in a silent Yoga session.
- Taste Test Thursday will see our Year 11 boys provide a Sausage Sizzle to fundraise for Eddie Rice Camp for Kids. A Boost Juice van will also be on-site throughout the day.
- Fit Friday will see our Junior School boys enjoy a series of Tabloid Sports while the Middle School boys will take part in a River Walk to learn more about Aboriginal Spirituality. Our Senior boys are eagerly anticipating an Indoor Soccer game against a quietly confident PE staff!
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, sense of connectedness and their 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 and boys will be encouraged and directed to seek this out.
At a time when we are faced with worrying statistics about children’s health (it is estimated that 1 in 7 school-age children may have a mental health problem like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only a few will access 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 our boys’ mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to a fun and informative Wellness Week and congratulate and thank the many staff and students who were part of the Wellness Week Organising Committee and 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
Junior School News
JPSSA INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS
Well done to all the boys involved in the Interschool Athletics Carnival yesterday. You represented Trinity fantastically by the way you competed, the way you supported each other and by the great sportsmanship you showed. The results were also incredible, resulting in a sensational win by our boys. We have won three years in a row and our 4th victory in 5 years. Thank you, boys, for the effort you all put in by attending many training sessions before school over the last 2 weeks, it certainly paid off. Thank you also to Mr O’Malley and Mr Thompson for the co-ordination of all that is involved in preparing for the competition and to the many parents who supported the boys throughout the day.
JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING
On Wednesday, the Junior School hosted over 30 families for an Open Morning. This provided an excellent opportunity to show the many opportunities that come with being involved in the Trinity College community. The highlight of the Open Morning were the Junior School leaders who did a wonderful job in welcoming the parents and leading the tours. Other highlights included the amazing singing by the Year 5/6 choir, Junior Vocal Ensemble and a speech by Head Boy Liam Murray (6W). I wish to thank the Junior School teachers, the Marketing team and Registrars for the promotion of the day and the parents who assisted by serving morning tea and by talking with the prospective parents and sharing their stories about their son's transition to Trinity.
YEAR 6 CAMP
Next week, the Year 6 Camp will comprise of two parts. Year 6W and 6G will be attending camp from Monday to Wednesday and 6GD and 6B will be attending from Wednesday to Friday. This year has seen the Year 6 teachers try on multiple occasions to prepare a camp for their boys, and I am very grateful that they have persisted in preparing a unique experience for the boys.
Next week the College community will celebrate Wellness Week, with this year’s theme being “Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” Each day has a particular theme with associated activities and opportunities for students to learn about and develop positive mental health and wellbeing practices and strategies.
DATES TO REMEMBER
|Monday, 14 September
|Wednesday, 16 September||
|Friday, 20 September||
Mr Martin Tucker ('87) | Head of Junior School
- This week was full of amazing events including our Open Morning and the Interschool Athletics Carnival. The week started with the Monday morning assembly where Mr Tucker briefed us about the week ahead.
- On Wednesday, we had the Junior School Open Morning. This was an opportunity for the prefects and other Year 6 leaders, to lead tours and give information about our Junior School. It was a successful morning with many families visiting. We give a huge thanks to all the staff and students who helped prepare the day.
- On Thursday morning, the Junior School was nervous but excited for the boys competing in the Interschool Athletics Carnival. It was a hard-fought day for the Trinity boys with Hale School coming within eight points, but Trinity took home the Athletics shield for the third year in a row. Well done to all our sporting stars!
- On Friday morning, we started the day with the Year 5B Mass and ended the day with the 5W assembly item. Our Athletics Captain, Axel Walsh (6GD) presented the Athletics shield to Mr Tucker during the assembly.
What a successful week!
Liam Murray (6W) and David Shanahan (6G)
Secondary School News
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Year 12 student Oscar Steegstra (12.4) spends a large amount of time studying Design and Technology. In fact, Oscar is currently completing courses in Materials Metal, Materials Wood and Engineering. It is easy to see Oscar's outstanding commitment and achievement by looking at the above photo. In the course of the year, Oscar has made some fine furniture consisting of a hardwood hall table, a fire pit which has been laser cut out of sheet metal, hand-engraved and painted, and the ‘Pièce de Résistance’ is an electric guitar hand made in Engineering. The guitar is fully functional and every component has been made by Oscar, including the complex electrical circuitry. Congratulations Oscar from the Design and Technology staff for your outstanding contribution to our area and best wishes for the future.
Mr Paul Vanvliet | Design & Technology
On Thursday, 3 September, 30 students from Years 9 and 10, joined 40 other schools from around WA at the Perth Convention Centre for the Zero2Hero In Your Head 2020 Forum. We heard from a range of inspirational speakers including Andrew Fuller who had a lot to share about how living the best life is about respecting yourself and everyone around you.
Kendall Whyte, the founder of the Blue Tree Project shared her story about her brother’s suicide and the impact it had on her and her family. Her project made me everyone attending really think about how we all need to take a moment and think about what others are feeling and might be going through.
We then broke off into groups and were able to pick and listen to different speakers discuss all aspects of good mental health. I chose Mood Foods – the understanding of certain foods can affect you and the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. My highlight was the second session when Tom Scollay, a professional cricketer, talked about being a good sportsperson,and no matter how talented you might be physically on the sporting field, balancing your nerves and your mental approach is what makes you successful.
After lunch, we got to come together and listen to two more speakers. Joining us from Melbourne, Lockie Cooke spoke about his app IYARN. IYARN is an app that helps people find a balance between career goals and leisure activities and the importance of strong friendships and relationships. We then heard from Australian Hockeyroo Georgia Wilson who shared her story about how she and her sister struggled with eating disorders before finding the right balance and gaining success.
It was an amazing experience and on behalf of all the boys that attended we would like to thank TC for giving us the opportunity to take part, learn about ourselves, and the importance of always being mindful of others and what they might be going through. Listen and respect!
Max Beros (10.1)
TRINITY/MERCEDES QUIZ NIGHT
The Year 8 Trinity and Mercedes Quiz Night was a great success. Students had fun testing their general knowledge and had the opportunity to make new friends throughout the evening.
During the social, there were 3 rounds along with some other fun surprises. Round 1 was general knowledge, round 2 was Australian based (surprisingly difficult for many students) and round 3 was Pop Culture, which was the favourite. Prizes were handed out to the best dressed, heads and tails winners, the runner-ups and winners of the quiz night overall. There were plenty of snacks available with the donuts being the biggest treat amongst the students.
A big thank you to every teacher and student who volunteered their time to make the night as special as it could have been. Gibney Hall looked great and we are grateful for the night that we had all thanks to you. Our socials keep on getting better and better and we can’t wait for our next one!
Isaac Adamos (8.2)
Congratulations to the Year 11 and 12 Drama students on their performances in the Senior School Drama Night on Monday. Students had the opportunity to present some of their upcoming exam pieces to a public audience and should all be very proud of their efforts.
CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
There is 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
YEAR 11 QUIZ NIGHT
On Friday, 18 September, the Year 11 cohort will be hosting a Quiz Night for all Year 11 students, parents, and teachers. The event will be held in Gibney Hall from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm. The night will not be like traditional quiz nights. As the boys head toward Year 12 and begin to make plans for their journey ahead, we will be hearing from a range of guest speakers throughout the night. Speakers include Daniel Bradshaw (Street X), Mark Readings ('87) and Georgia Wilson and other distinguished individuals who will each share with the boys, their personal stories and the paths they took to establish themselves in their given fields. We hope this opportunity will assist the boys in learning about their possibilities beyond life at the College. Please RSVP via https://www.trybooking.com/BLFEB by Tuesday, 15 September.
YEAR 11 PARENTS & CARERS: SAVE THE DATE
Year 11 parents and carers are invited to a fun evening at The Exchange Brewing Co in West Leederville on Saturday, 31 October. The event will start at 7:00pm and we would love to see guests dressed in our Halloween theme of black. The cost is $25 per head plus booking fees and this includes venue cost and ample finger food (dietary requirements can be considered). The venue is fully licensed and there will also be the full bar menu available on the night. Payment can be made via Trybooking and this link. For any inquiries, please contact Jill Gorski via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0416 158 629.
PARENT COUNCIL GUIDELINES REVIEW
The Trinity College Parent Council are undertaking a review of our Guidelines. We invite suitably experienced members of the Trinity College community (e.g. those with previous Constitution writing involvement or knowledge of organisational compliance) to be part of a small working party to contribute to this process over the next 12 months.
Meetings are proposed to occur once a month on Thursday evenings at the College, with the first meeting at 5:00pm on Thursday, 15 October 2020. Applicants are requested to send a paragraph detailing their experience and interest via email to Beverly Martinez (email@example.com) – these will close on Friday 19 September 2020. Any other inquiries regarding this process can also be sent to Beverly via her email address.
Entries are now being accepted for the Trinity Art Competition, which is open to all secondary students and staff. The theme for 2020 is 'Nature'.
- Prizes will be awarded for the best student and staff entries.
- Entries are due in Term 4, Week 2 (Monday, 19 October – Friday, 23 October)
Further competition details are as follows:
- Entries must be a painting, drawing, or mixed media artwork based on the theme (Nature) and produced in any medium (including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, mixed media etc).
- Entries may be completed on canvas, paper, or alternative no larger than A4 size (ONE FREE canvas will be supplied by the Art Department).
- A range of artistic styles are acceptable including realistic, abstract etc.
This week Mr Mark Dodd (Science Teacher) joined a lucky Year 7 class for their reading session. He began by telling the boys about how much he loves reading and how important it is, but he was also very truthful about this not always being the case. When he was 16 years old, Mr Dodd joined the Royal Navy in the UK and suddenly found himself on long night shifts with hours to fill. He found himself getting very bored and thinking too much about the fact that he suffered from seasickness! This is when he discovered a real love for reading and was amazed at just how much he enjoyed spending his time reading novels. It also took his mind off the feeling of being seasick. Mr Dodd told the boys that he loves reading because he has learnt so much from books (especially DIY skills). He also reads for his job to keep up to date with the latest developments in the fields of Science and Physics. It opens up new worlds for him and it also reminds him of being on holiday because he loves to read when he is actually on holiday! He told the boys that they may not understand the many benefits of reading just yet, but told them that he hoped they would soon. I asked Mr Dodd two questions – 1) Who is your favourite author? and 2) What is your favourite book? After a bit of deliberation it was narrowed down to 1) Stephen King (one of the favourites) and 2) “The Talisman” by Stephen King because this was the very first book he read during his time in the Royal Navy. Mr Dodd concluded by simply stating to the boys that “reading is absolutely fantastic”. I would like to thank Mr Dodd for spending some of his very valuable time with us – the boys certainly appreciated it!
TCEC is in the running for a CEWA QCE (Quality Catholic Education) Award in the area of Stewardship and voting is open for the People’s Choice Award. Click on the link to register your vote for the hardworking students of the TCEC. The Committee is active in encouraging sustainability across the whole Trinity community - students, staff and parents. The TCEC work on regular initiatives around the College as well as ad-hoc projects as they come to the fore. The students involved are dedicated, confident enough to stand up for their beliefs, and don't mind getting their hands dirty whilst carrying out tasks for the TCEC. Voting is open until Sunday, 20 September. Please share and register your support!
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
All students receiving blazer honours are required to hand in their blazers on Wednesday, 23 September from 7:30am to 11:00am. Please bring your honour letters on the day and note that no late blazers will be accepted. Cash and EFTPOS will be available on the day.
Now is a good time to try on your summer shorts! All students are required to be in full summer uniform on their first day back in Term 4 (Tuesday, 13 October).
While the uniform shop is closed on the holidays we will be open on these days:
- Monday, 12 October from 7:30am to 4:30pm (pupil free day)
- Tuesday, 13 October from 7:30am to 4:30pm
- Friday, 16 October from 7:30am to 1:30pm
Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Coordinator
ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR TRINITY CHESS
On a warm winter evening, 6 Trinity students set out to do the unthinkable, the impossible and take out the PSA Chess Tournament for the first time in its history. The team consisted of Captain Sri Krishna Dharmapuri (12.4), Kundan Dharmapuri (9.1), Isaac Quadros (8.3), Anthony Milner (7.2), Caleb Hu (8.1) and Xavier Audino (8.1) looked to take advantage as the host school. With clearly the youngest side, fielding one Year 7 and three Year 8s in the team of six, it would be an uphill battle all the way for the TC boys to come out on top, but after a relatively favourable draw, the team was looking to settle the nerves early.
Match one started with a comfortable derby win over a solid Aquinas side. Sri, Kundan, Isaac, and Caleb all won their boards to give us a 4-1 victory and start the tournament on a winning note. This followed with a resounding 5-0 win over Guildford and with Caleb swapping with Xavier for the round it meant all 6 members of the Trinity team had a win next to their name.
However, round 3 and 4 would throw a real spanner in the works. Round 3 saw the boys scrounge a draw with Anthony Milner (board 4) pulling off some great late-game moves to force a draw. But wins to Sri and Caleb were not enough to win the match and it would end in a draw 2.5 each. Hoping to bounce back after the Wesley draw, Hale would provide too difficult a task and we would lose by 2-3.
After stopping for dinner in the Staff Lounge, the team regrouped under inspirational skipper Sri Dharmapuri to defeat Scotch 5-0. With the title firmly in Christ Church’s hands, we knew that if we could beat them, at least we would have something to hang our hat on for the evening. Just a quick side note - Christ Church have been beaten once in a match of Chess for at least the last 4 years and have won the tournament for the last 9 years in a row. So up against the giants of Christ Church we go, a David verse Goliath battle, the whippy underdog versus the all-conquering champions….. and what a fight the boys put up, Sri and Kundan won both their games, but the last 3 games would go to Christ Church in 3 epic battles.
In the end we would finish 3rd with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. We would win 20 out of 30 boards and end up losing the whole tournament by 3 individual games, and what could have been a famous victory will be remembered as a missed opportunity. But with the youngest team on the date, the future is bright for Trinity Chess. Despite not winning the tournament on the night we did however have the standout individual. Skipper Sri Dharmapuri won every single one of his games from Board 1, making him the best player in the PSA. Sri has been on board 1 since he was in Year 7 and it has been a pleasure to see him lead the team for the past 4 years.
I would like to give a special thanks to Director of Sport Mr Brett Silver who organised the night including a delicious meal. I would also like to thank Rowan Frankowiak (12.2) who gave up his evening to show the visiting teams around the school and help in the clean up of dinner. I would also like to thank the ladies in the library for the use of the PL Duffy Resource Centre. We are very blessed to have such a great place to host the tournament, and finally, I would like to thank Mr Darren O’Neill and all of the CLT for their ongoing support of the Chess Program.
Mr Dustin Aylmore | Chess Coach
PINK SOCK DAY
COVID-19 might have changed the way we live and work but it wasn’t going to stop Trinity College hosting our 5th Pink Sock Day on the final fixture of the winter season. The Trinity community gathered in numbers, put aside the blue and green for the weekend, and allowed pink to take center stage in order to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the McGrath Foundation.
The McGrath Foundation supports thousands of families across Australia that have been affected by breast cancer. They provide free support for those suffering with breast cancer and rely on donations from the community to be able to provide this. The money raised by the College community on Pink Sock Day will be used to provide individuals and their families with nurses from the time of diagnosis, right throughout treatment.
2020 saw the Junior School join in on the fundraising, seeing them ‘pull on their socks’ for their final Thursday fixture. It was amazing to see the Trinity community gather as one and embrace such a good cause. The Junior School A teams and Senior School 1st teams all wore pink socks during their matches and student volunteers shook tins for donations. The 1st team coaches sported ever so stylish pink polos and the 1st XVIII footballers wore a pink guernsey for the very first time. The Senior players also presented flowers to their mums as a sign of gratitude for everything they do
This event began under the guidance of former Head Boy Lochie Taylor ('16) in 2016 and we are proud that it continues to be an annual event becoming bigger and better each year. Although the primary goal of this day is to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation and their cause, we see it as a day to stop and reflect on the influential women that are present in our lives, consider how lucky we are, and say thank you.
A huge thank you must go out to all those who have been apart of the Pink Sock Day in 2020 and I look forward to continuing tradition and supporting such a great cause in 2021.
Ms Amanda Marocchi | Head of Year 10
PREFECTS IN PINK
This week, our Year 12 Prefects made their way to Mercedes College for their annual McGrath Foundation fundraiser match. This year the students took part in a highly competitive soccer match, which ended in a 3-3 draw. Well done to both teams!
FRIENDS OF FOOTBALL QUIZ NIGHT 2020
The Friends of Football Committee would like to thank everyone who donated items for our quiz night on Tuesday. Thank you to MC for the evening, Mr Dustin Aylmore who kept the night both entertaining and moving along nicely. We would also like to thank those who attended the quiz night and those who helped organise the night in whatever way. From Old Boys donating items, to parents creating hampers and students setting up tables, it was a great example of the spirit of community in action.
The evening saw over 30 tables participate in a 5 round quiz on all things general knowledge with a Trinity College twist added by our own Chris Allanson. It was a huge success with the funds raised used to improve the quality of the football program that we run at Trinity College from Years 7 through to 12. Congratulations to a group of Old Boys from the Class of ’91 who were victorious on the night.
A very big thankyou to the following list of sponsors on the night:
- Chris Brockwell ('67)
- Robert Oatley Wines – Damian McCague ('88)
- Prendergast Family
- All City Plumbing – De Masi Family
- Amalgam Recruitment – Parker Family
- Smartline Mortgage Brokers – Brennan and Sherry families
- Label Force – Cooley family
- Westmore Seafoods – Little and Edmondson families
- The Regan family – Ethan Regan (12.4)
- Cult Cosmetica – Vicky Priolo
- Broken Hill Hotel – Yeo family
- The Shoe – Higgins family
- Footprints Resort – Bernie D family/ Rankin
- Axis Podiatry – Fab Egitto
- Voyager Legal – Kelly Maley
- Spoilt Photo Booth – Pete Dancewicz
- Cardinal Lawyers and Consultants – Homsany family
- Toastface Grillah
- Indian Ocean Hotel
- Slater Gartrell
- Tony Barlow’s Menswear
- Brandon’s Pizzaria – Radica family
- Oli Clothing
- The Agency – Yazmadjian family
- Panchos – O’Driscoll family
- TOBA – Dion Smith ('87) and family
- Christina’s Restaurant – Christina
- Crow Books – Sheardown family
- Daisy and Rowe – Fazey family
- Sherbert Café – Peroni family
- Norfolk Hotel – Gosatti family
- The Camfield – Tim McLernon ('90) and Saul Brockwell ('96)
- Scoundrel Barber
- Icon Conveyancing – Clarey family
- Clancy’s Fish Pub
- The Public House – Justin Palmer
- Hoyts Cinemas – Paul Colreavy ('82)
- Josh House ('07)
- Reece Conca ('09) Fremantle Football Club
- Jacob Brennan ('07)
- O’Rourke family
- Ryan Family
- Bodhi J
- Last Drop Elizabethan
- Ellington Jazz Club
- Devine Cellars
- Haircon Morley
- Joeys Swan Valley Diner
- The Rossonero Crew Pizza
- East Perth Football Club
- Rory Charles (11.2)
- I Pet Door
- Onyx Hairdressers
- Trinity College Uniform Shop
The Friends of Football Committee 2020
Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association
TOBA UPCOMING EVENTS AND REUNIONS
- Thursday, 17 September: Class of 1964 get together
- Saturday, 3 October: Class of 2000 – 20th Anniversary Reunion
- Wednesday, 7 October: CBC October Reunion
- Thursday, 29 October: Class of 1960 – 60th Anniversary Reunion
- Saturday, 31 October: Class of 1970 – 50th Anniversary Reunion
- Saturday, 7 November: Class of 2010 – 10th Anniversary Reunion
For information regarding TOBA events, please contact the TOBA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9223 8132
TOBA AND TRINITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY APP
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 www.cozapp.com.au/sponsors and click ‘Add My Business’.Please feel free to contact Joe Georgiades on 0407 849 984 or email@example.com to discuss how COZ APP can help connect you to our community.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER HOLIDAY REVISION & EXAM PREP PROGRAM
Online in Virtual Classrooms and Face-to-Face in Physical Classrooms
Master Mind Australia will be conducting revision and exam preparation classes for secondary school students in the September/October school holidays. To view the schedules for the Face to Face Program and the Online Virtual Classrooms please click here
- Online for Year 12 (28 Sept – 2 Oct)
- Hale School for Year 11 & 12 (5 Oct – 9 Oct)
ATAR Years 11 & 12: The program offers ATAR students an opportunity to receive comprehensive subject revision and exam preparation before their Final Exams.
We are proud of the quality of our classes and the student evaluations for our previous programs as well as more information on our courses can be found at www.mastermindaustralia.com.au