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Volume 28  September 6, 2019

From the Principal 

I am a big believer that God is constantly speaking to us. Our challenge, in the busyness of our lives, is to find the time to be still enough and actually listen! I was reminded of this a few weeks ago while sitting in our beautifully re-furbished College Chapel. It was Friday morning, the day of our Fun Run for India and the rain was particularly heavy with the forecast for much more throughout the day. Concerns were raised about the likelihood of having to cancel our afternoon activities and adversely affect our fundraising efforts for our India Pilgrimage scheduled for later in the year. Amidst our prayer for a successful event, the Gospel of the day was a timely reminder about the importance of our Mission, Charity and Outreach work.

Matthew 22 : 34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’.”

In this simple and yet profound Gospel reading is a clear message; love God, and love one another. It is on these two ‘Great Commandments’ that our mission as a school is based and from where much of our work in helping others emerges. Trinity College does an extraordinary amount of work in helping others. This can be seen through our ongoing commitment to several charities and organisations who do important and meaningful work both locally and overseas. Our respective donations and practical assistance to groups such as Lifelink, Brother Olly’s Wheelchairs for Kids, Shopfront, Red Cross Soup Patrol, St Vincent de Paul, Edmund Rice Camps for Kids and the India Pilgrimage – to name just a few, is evidence of such commitment to reach out.  Similarly, the boys do extraordinary work in helping others through the Christian Service Program.

In many contexts, and in varied ways, Trinity College lives out the challenge to ‘love one another’. This was at the heart of Jesus’ message as told through the Gospel of Matthew – to love unconditionally, and to be truly compassionate and caring. This is also at the core of our Edmund Rice tradition, as captured in two of our Touchstones; Gospel Spirituality ‘invites all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.’ Justice and Solidarity challenges us to ‘commit to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the earth itself.’

While academic knowledge is important, and the opportunity to engage in sport and the arts is certainly enjoyed, it may be our efforts in teaching and providing opportunities for our boys to be of service, to show compassion and help those in need (to love); that is the most rewarding. Mahatma Ghandi once said that, “Where there is love, there is life”. Reaching out and serving others is certainly life-giving and we acknowledge all students, parents and staff who so generously give.

As it turns out, it seems the Holy Spirit was also listening last Friday. The constant rain stopped just after lunch, the sun shone through and our students and staff walked or ran around the bridges to raise some $12,000 for our 2019 India Pilgrimage. We trust that those students and staff who will travel to India later in the year to do valuable work in schools, orphanages and homeless centres, will help spread some ‘Trinity love’ to those that certainly need it.

Live Jesus in our Hearts 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events

The Junior School will be hosting an Open Morning next Wednesday, 11 September from 9:00am. If you know of any families who may be interested, they can register their details via our website. 

Please join us for the Year 12 Drama Showcase on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 in Gibney Hall. The Year 12 Drama ATAR students will be performing in their final Trinity Drama Showcase. The students will be presenting a range of pieces in preparation for their final WACE practical exams. The showcase will start at 6:00pm and is free entry. 

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College Calendar


Monday, 9 September

  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp
  • Year 11 Human Biology Excursion

Tuesday, 10 September 

  • Parent Council Meeting
  • 9:35am Secondary Assembly (Athletics)
  • 6:00pm Year 12 Drama Showcase 

Wednesday, 11 September

  • Junior School Open Morning
  • Year 12 PE Studies Practical Exams

Thursday, 12 September

  • Careers Day - Year 10
  • JPSSA Athletics - AK Reserve
  • PSA Athletics Photo Day

Friday, 13 September

  • PSA Athletics - AK Reserve
  • Year 12 Study Day 

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Junior School News


On Wednesday, the Year 5s went on two separate excursions. The majority visited the East Perth Cemetery and the Historical Colonial House at Peninsula Farm in Maylands as part of the work they are doing in History. The other excursion was thanks to an invite the College received by the Commissioner for children and Young People. A small group of boys attended this creative literature event, with the highlight being a talk from writer Morris Gleitzman.


Spikeball is a game that is new to the Junior School. It is played in teams of two and is a sort of a cross between handball and volleyball. Mr O’Malley has introduced the boys to this game and held a contest across the year groups this term. On Thursday a group of boys took part in a spikeball competition against Aquinas. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, played in good spirits. 


Year 4 students Alphons Joseph (4G) and Finn Ferguson-Wieman (4G) have been expressing their keen interest in Astronomy to their classroom teacher, Mr Le Tessier. As a result a session was organised with Astronomy Scholar, Sri Dharmapuri (11.4), who gave of his time to visit the boys and talk with them about the United Space School Program he was recently involved in at NASA and other space related topics. The boys were captivated, thank you Sri. Next Term, the Year 6 boys have an opportunity to take part in the annual Astronomy Camp held at the College.


Next Wednesday, the Junior School will host an Open Morning. This will provide an excellent opportunity to for the boys to show prospective families, the many opportunities that come with being involved in the Trinity College community. 

Tuesday, 10 September 
  • Year 6 Debating against Aquinas 
Wednesday, 11 September
  • Junior School Open Morning  
Thursday, 12 September
  •  JPSSA Athletics Carnival 
  • THINKfest for Year 5 GATE boys
Friday, 13 September
  • Year 6W Reconciliation 
  • Year 5W Assembly 2:20pm in Gibney Hall 

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


This week was jam-packed, full of many activities. On Monday, the Year 5 and 6 Junior vocal boys had a practice in the morning and Mr Tucker explained what was going on in the week. On Tuesday, all the boys had their clothed survival swimming test, where they brought their clothes to the aquatics lesson and practiced their entries and survival strokes, for practice if they find themselves in a bad situation. On Wednesday, the Year 6G and 6W classes participates in a cooking class chopping up vegetables and getting the pasta ready, to make spaghetti. This week was a pretty exciting week with our new adventure playground, the clothed swim, the cooking class, and refurbished stairs for the Year 6s and 5s to go up when making their way to class, finishing with a great Mass; hosted by 6G. To give you an idea of next week we have: Junior School Open Morning, Year 6s debating against Aquinas and the Interschool Athletics. 

Louis Burnett (6G) and Luke Chapman (6W) 

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Secondary School News


The PSA Athletics Carnival will be held next Friday, 13 September at AK Reserve. Arrangements for the day are as follows;

  • All Year 9 students and a number of Year 12 students will be travelling to the carnival as spectators.
  • Year 9 students will attend Period 1 before they depart.
  • Year 12 students who are not in the Athletics Squad or spectating have a study day at home. There will be no classes for Year 12 students this day.
  • Dress for the Year 9 and Year 12 spectators is full winter uniform.
  • Departure from the College will be at 9.35am, returning to the College at approximately 3.45pm.

Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students will have a normal Friday program.

Year 7 and 8 students will be involved in year level activities after lunch and finish school at 3.05pm. Dress for the day is Trinity PE uniform. There will be Transperth buses departing at 3.15pm for Year 7 and 8 students.

Year 10 and 11 students will run with their normal Friday program, finishing at 2.10pm. There will be Transperth buses departing at 2.20pm for Year 10 and 11 students.

We wish our PSA athletes all the very best for next Friday as they endeavor to bring the Alcock Shield back to Trinity.


Last Wednesday, 28 August saw the Year 10 Students host Mercedes College for our 2nd Social for the year in the Foley Centre.

A broad "Red" theme saw the Foley Centre resplendent with red decorative pieces including the student entry through a stanchioned roped off area with red carpet, as well as specific food and beverages related to the colour theme.

In general, all students looked fantastic in support of the theme and some were rightfully getting plenty of acknowledgement for their very creative costumes. The keenly contested ‘Best Dressed’ prize went to our two Santa’s Tom Edwards (10.2) and Lachlan Bonwick (10.7), with ‘Best Group Dress-up’ taken out by the boys in red bow-tie’s and suspenders Flynn Tyson (10.4), Zach Dancewicz (10.4) and Leon Scurria (10.7).

Being a disco, a large portion of the night was spent grooving to some absolute tunes provided by our experienced DJ for the night. While most boys shuffled and jumped in unison, there were some serious moves on display from others, though none more so than from Jayden Nguyen (10.2), who claimed the award for 'Best Dancer' on the night.

Coordinated by the Pamela Humphreys Dance group, there was an organised social dancing element to the night as well, with the boys getting their first chance since Year 9 to demonstrate with the girls their progressive jive and barn dance prowess amongst others. Big thanks from all students and staff goes to Scott the supervisor and his team of assistants for organising the structured dancing component, which was heaps of fun and gave the students an opportunity to meet and catch up with lots of Mercedes students as we mingled through swapping dances and partners.

During the night, students were also fortunate to take home a memento as they created memories in print or electronically via the themed Photo & Gif Booth’s.

The evening was a fantastic way to further foster the strong relationships built up over the last 4 years and such an event does not take place without much planning and effort. The sincere gratitude of all who attended must be therefore be extended to the following people:

  • Parent helpers for being so warm and accommodating in looking after everyone’s phones and jackets in the cloakroom.
  • Mr Peter Dancewicz for providing the Photo & Gif Booth, which provided heaps of fun as well (
  • Year 12 Student Assistants for serving the food and beverages.
  • Year 10 PCG teachers and Mr Anthony Byrne for helping us prepare for the night and for supervising the evening.
  • Year 10 Student Leaders and our Head of Year, Mr Jenkin for all their planning and setting up in the weeks, days and hours leading up to the event and for organising the many key components of the night. 

To recycle a pun from the invitation letter, I think it's fair to say that everyone thought it was a "red"-ical night!

Jonathan Slater (10.2) and Lex Homsany (10.2)

Xavier Audino, Isaac Quadros, Sri Krishna Dharmapuri (captain), Rowan Frankowiak, Kundan Dharmapuri and Kato Pachioli.
Xavier Audino won this game on time despite being down 2:32! An outstanding tactical win in which he purposely blundered his queen to create confusion in the Wesley students mind!

On a warm Winters evening, six 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 (11.4), Kundan Dharmapuri (8.1), Isaac Quadros (7.3), Xavier Audino (7.1), Rowan Frankowiak (11.2), Kato Pachioli (7.2).

With clearly the youngest side, fielding three Year 7s and a Year 8 in the team of six, it would be an uphill battle all the way for the TC boys to come out on top. With a relative favourable draw, the team was looking to settle the nerves early. But then disaster, Wesley College failed to show up on time and the fixtures were flipped with Trinity taking on strong favourites Christ Church first up. With four debutants to the PSA Chess Competition we knew that this would be a difficult hurdle to overcome. Despite our best efforts we would lose the fixture 1-4 with Kundan (Board 2) winning his match and Sri (Board 1) and Isaac (Board 3) only losing on time. 

The next match saw us take on host Scotch College in ripping match. With Kundan notching up another win, and captain Sri getting up on board 1, it would come down to the final three boards. Xavier (Board 4) and Rowan (Board 5) both having a narrow loss, the fixture would come down to Board 3 Isaac. The young year 7 in his first year of chess at TC came through with the goods and the TC boys were on their way with a 3-2 win. 

Following our victory over Scotch, we had a solid fixture against our historical opponents Aquinas. Lead once again by the Dharmapuri brother and a solid victory by Isaac Quadros it was another win to Trinity 3-2.  With two wins in the bank the boys look to take that momentum into the Hale match. But with one eye on dinner and some rumbling bellies, the boys unfortunately weren’t good enough and lost 2-3.

After a solid dinner and a quick pep talk, we were straight back into it. Knowing that strong finish would grantee a podium finish the boys went to work demolishing Wesley 4-1, with Xavier Audino (Board 4) getting his first win in the tournament. After a bye round the boys lost a bit of concentration and finished the tournament with a disappointing loss to our ‘boogie’ team Guilford Grammar 2-3.

Overall it was a great tournament and the boys will look to take the next step forward next year and try to bring the trophy home Trinity. I was very proud of all the boy’s effort and result was a great reflection of the boys hard work throughout the year, giving up countless recess and Sunday’s to compete in tournaments. 

Dustin Aylmore | Chess Coach


As a part of the Becoming Men Program, the Year 9 cohort has been learning about leadership and yesterday they were lucky enough to have Greg Hire present to them! Greg was vice-captain in three of the Wildcats championships, won the youth category at the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards and has founded his own charity A Stitch In Time, a non-profit agency that provides programs for at-risk youth, aged 12-25 years in the Perth Metropolitan Area & Regional Communities. He gave his insight into his journey and passed on his ideas of leadership through gratitude and leading through positive influence. 


This week Jack Tanner (8.8) was the latest Year 8 student to complete the Genre Super Challenge and win a $20 voucher for Dymocks Book Store. Jack read at least one novel from all sixteen of the available genres in the Senior School Library. He has also challenged himself to ‘do the double’ and complete the whole challenge again by the end of the year. Well done Jack!


This week Mr Mark Dodd (science Teacher) joined a Year 8 class for reading in the Library. Mr Dodd spoke to the students about his reading journey. He told them that the first book he remembers reading as a child was the classic "Treasure Island" by Scottish author and adventurer Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1883. As he got a bit older, his interest in reading waned until he joined the Royal Navy at 16 years old. It was at this time, that he regained his enjoyment fo reading - the main reason being to alleviate the boredom whilst out at sea. This is when Mr Dodd came to the realisation that his interest in Science was more than just a passing one and indeed sowed the seeds for his future career as a Science teacher. He also told the boys that he really enjoys Stephen King novels as well! Thank you for taking the time out to come and read with us.


Ben (Year 10) is organising a movie fundraiser on Saturday, 21 September (3:30-5.30pm) at Grand Cinemas, Warwick. Money raised will go towards the volunteer project work the students will undertake whilst away. There are 2 ticket options - 

  1. $22.19 for a regular ticket ($11.50 to fundraising)
  2. $27.46 for a regular ticket plus small popcorn and drink ($9.50 to fundraising)

Tickets can be purchased at:

It would be great to see lots of people attending and help Ben achieve his fundraising goal. You can download the fundraiser flyer here

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services

  • Thursday, 24 October 6:00am – 8:30am 

With the Academic year drawing to a close for our Year 12s, preparations are already underway for their end of year celebrations. One of the most important activities on their calendar is the Year 12 Breakfast for Year 12 students and their parents. Traditionally at this event, Year 12 parents have been hosted by Year 11 parents; to make this a successful morning we need a maximum of 15 helpers. Please contact Mrs Beverly Martinez at or 9223 8106 to confirm your availability by 4:00pm, Monday, 14 October.

College News


Last week, the College held its first ever Wellness Week! Activities associated with the theme 'Feeling Good. Functioning Well. Doing Good for Others' took place each day; dedicated to encouraging the mental and physical health of our staff and students. Students enjoyed pilates, mindfulness, silent yoga, mindful colouring, knitting and much more! Guest speakers from zero2hero and ySafe spoke to some of the cohorts regarding importing topics relevant to the boys. We thank our staff who generously donated their time to coordinate activities and all the students for taking part. We look forward to hosting #TCWellnessWeek again in upcoming years.


“Congratulations to the 2019-2020 College Auxiliary Executive who were elected at the AGM this week:

  • President: Nicola Gosatti
  • Vice President: Letissia Amadio
  • Junior School Representative: Melanie Day
  • Treasurer: Jo Sanfilippo
  • Kitchen Coordinators: Belinda Sicilano and Gabriella Murphy

Thanks also to outgoing members and all that have assisted the College Auxiliary in any manner, this year. 

Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 


Every Tuesday 7:30am – 4:30pm
Every Friday 7:30am – 1:30pm

Uniform shop holiday times are Thursday, 10 and Friday, 11 October 7:30am/1:30pm. 

Blazer honours

  • If you are getting blazer honours, you will need to bring your dry-cleaned blazer into the uniform shop before or on Wednesday, 25 September 7:30am/11:00am. Please be aware no late blazers can be taken. 
  • Just a friendly reminder that all students need to be in full summer uniform first day fourth term Tuesday, 15 October. Now it is a quiet time in the uniform shop, it’s a great chance to see if your summer shorts fit before the rush. 

Important information for any Senior Students that are in the Athletics Team.

The PSA Athletics is coming up next Friday, 13 September.

If you require Athletics Uniform as you are part of the Team you will need to come into the Uniform Shop to do this.

The only options to purchase the Kit will be Next Tuesday, 10 September 7:30am to 4:30pm or Friday, 13 September in the morning at 7:30am before you leave.

Please be organised so that you are not disappointed and missing out having your full Athletics Uniform ready to go on Friday.

Mrs Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager 


Ticket sales will be open until Friday, 6 September via the Online Store

Sheep Manure $15 per 70L Bag Cow Manure $15 per 70L Bag

To Buy Click on this link:

  • ORDERS BY Tuesday, 10 September
  • PICK UP / DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, 14 September
  • 1-2 Bags - Direct pick-up from Trinity College
  • 3-9 Bags - Includes delivery within a 10km distance from Trinity)
  • 10+ Bags - Includes delivery in Metro Area 

For more information, please download the flyer by clicking here

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Tuesday, 1 October  Class of ’44 and ’49 – 75th and 70th Anniversary Reunion
Wednesday, 2 October     CBC Reunion
Monday, 7 October   PSA Golf Day
Saturday, 12 October     Class of ’09 – 10th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, 19 October   Class of ’79 – 40th Anniversary Reunion
Thursday, 24 October  TOBA Yr 12 Graduation Breakfast
Friday, 1 November   Summer Sports Day
Saturday, 2 November Class of ’69 – 50th Anniversary Reunion
Friday, 8 November Melbourne Reunion
Saturday, 9 November Class of ’79 – PSA Reunion

For information regarding TOBA events, please contact the TOBA office on 9223 8132.

Ms Diane Millar | TOBA Executive

Community News


The 3rd Annual Perth Community Bake Off is being held on Sunday, 27 October. The Bake Off has been a very successful event in the past and a great way for kids to get involved in the community but most importantly a great way to have some fun! 

Event Details:

  • Date: Sunday, 27 October from1pm – 3pm
  • Location: Royal Park Hall - 180 Charles St, West Perth, WA 6005
  • Price: $2 to enter and taste

Categories of entry: 

  • Cake (Adult – over 18 years old)
  • Slice or Biscuits
  • Savoury Bake
  • Childrens (School Year 1 or under)
  • Childrens (School Years 2-6)
  • Childrens (School Years 7 or above)

People can register for the event at: or find information on the Facebook page: just search John Carey


Give your child a kickstart in life. Starting from 4 yrs and up in our specially designed programs just for kids. For more information please visit or contact Anthony Dokas via 0402 144 018. 


Upcoming courses include Fathering after separation, emotion coaching your child and how to develop qualities in our children. For more information or to book in one of these courses please visit or email 

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