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TC Newsletter:
Volume 29 - September 14, 2018

From the Headmaster 

Trinity College celebrates winning the prestigious Zenith Award for the 15th consecutive year

The College Arts Program has been very much to the fore in recent times with staff and students being kept busy with a variety of activities and performances associated with the Catholic Schools’ Performing Arts Festival. The many musical performances by students from across the school were complemented by our exhibiting artists at the Angelico Art Exhibition and came on the heels of the success of the highly acclaimed College musical, The Pirates of Penzance.

The Performing Arts Festival itself reached its culmination in a final concert at the Perth Concert Hall last Monday evening where Trinity was recognised as the premier performing arts school among all Catholic secondary schools in the state. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that this is the 15th consecutive year in which this honour has been bestowed upon the College. This enduring record of excellence is testimony to the diligence and talent of all of the students and staff involved, but particular congratulations are due to Dr Robert Braham who leads and inspires all participants in this dimension of the school.

As I sat in the audience at that final concert during the week, I was able to marvel at the outstanding talent of the young people involved. I have often thought that we tend to most admire in others the skills and abilities which we lack ourselves. Since I consider my greatest contribution to music to have been giving up the clarinet some years ago, this belief was firmly reinforced in me. I was also drawn to consider the place of the Arts program in the offerings of a school like Trinity College. It is my strong conviction that it is critically important for a boys’ school to have a strong presence in the Arts and for students with particular talents in this area to be provided with ample opportunity for the development and recognition of their gifts.

One of the central philosophies of the style of education offered at Trinity College is that no single dimension of human development should be fostered in isolation. An essential characteristic of a Catholic education in the tradition of Edmund Rice is the harmonious development of the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, cultural (artistic) and physical dimensions of each individual. The school is committed to ensuring that opportunities are offered in each of these domains and I commend all of the boys who engage so enthusiastically in these activities.


With the completion of this week, we also conclude formal classes for our Year 12 students. They still have a number of school commitments to manage including exams, feedback classes, Presentation Night and their Graduation Ceremony, but the daily routine that has been central to their lives in recent years has now ended.

As a community we certainly wish the Class of 2018 much success in negotiating their immediate responsibilities and in whatever awaits them beyond that. While success with their exams is wished for each of them, this will not be the measure by which the College ultimately determines whether it has provided good service to these graduates. This will be gauged by the extent to which each of these young men chooses to lead a life of service and become an agent for positive change in their society. We wish each of our graduates well in pursuit of these characteristics. 

Mr Shaun Kenny | Acting Headmaster 

College Events

Congratulations to the Prefects for 2019 and a huge thank you to the Prefects of 2018

At a Year 11 Assembly this morning, I was delighted to announce the names of the Prefects for 2019. While they will be officially presented to the community at the Concert Hall on Presentation Night, I take this opportunity to congratulate (in alphabetical order): Benjamin Allen (11.1), Dejan Bouwhuis (11.1), Anton Chokolich (11.4), Joseph Dawson (11.1), James Della Gatta (11.7), Sean Harrison (11.6), Simon Homsany (11.4), John Lagan (11.5), Alexander Moffatt (11.1), Aaron Moore (11.2), Alexander Rossi (11.7), Luca Rossi (11.6), Lachlan Sibosado (11.7), Jean-Paul Starkie (11.8), Sam Symons (11.5) and Dimitri Tsagaris (11.7).

Caden Barnett (7.3). Photo courtesy of Total Sports Photography

Congratulations to all of our athletes across the school for their outstanding efforts last week. Following on from the success of our Junior School students, last Friday our secondary students contested the Alcock Shield. Boosted by some good results in a number of events and age groups, we finished second overall, an improvement from our 4th place finish in 2017. Special mention of Caden Barnett (7.3) who set two new PSA records in the Under 13 age group in the 400m and 800m events, Kerry Barney (8.4) who set an Under 14 triple jump record and the Under 14, 4 x 100m relay team which also set a new benchmark. You can read more about the Trinity and PSA Records in the Sport section of this newsletter. Our thanks to Mr Steve Leahy, Mr Damien Hansen and all of the staff and coaches who spent many hours preparing the students for this event. 

Final Results

  1. Scotch College – 1719.5
  2. Trinity College – 1602.5
  3. Aquinas College – 1566.5
  4. Hale School – 1502
  5. Wesley College – 1110
  6. Christ Church Grammar School – 1096
  7. Guildford Grammar School – 858.5

Presentation Night will be held on Tuesday, 16 October at the Perth Concert Hall commencing at 7:00pm.  Attendance is compulsory for all Years 10, 11 and 12 students and for all prize winners and performers in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Information will be sent to Years 10 and 11 parents with regards to purchasing tickets next week.  The College provides seating in the upper gallery for all Years 10 and 11 students as they are part of the massed choir performance. Notification to prize winners in Years 7–11 (except Year 11 Maths courses) and Year 12 ‘non-ATAR’ courses will be emailed out in the first week of the holidays. Notification to prize winners in Year 11 Maths and Year 12 ATAR courses will be emailed in the first week of next term, following their final examinations.


On Tuesday, 18 September at 9:35am, the Year 7 students will gather together for their Term 3 Mass. Parents are most welcome to join us for Mass and to stay for a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. RSVPs to Mrs Beverly Martinez on or call 9223 8106.


With the 2018 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 Graduation Breakfast for Year 12 students and their parents. Traditionally, this has been hosted by the Year 11 parents and to make this a successful morning we need a maximum of 15 helpers. I ask that you give this event some serious thought and consider giving up a couple of hours of your time to ensure that our Year 12 students and their parents have a truly memorable occasion; remember that the current Year 10 parents will be asked to spoil you in 12 months’ time. Help is needed from 6:00am to 8:30am on Thursday, 18 October.

Please contact Mrs Beverly Martinez at or 9223 8106 to confirm your availability by 4:00pm, Friday, 12 October.


Term 3 for students in Years 4–11 will finish at the normal time of 3:05pm on Thursday, 20 September.  Term 4 begins for all students on Tuesday, 9 October with students returning in their correct summer uniform. 

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College Calendar


Monday, 17 September

  • Year 9 RE Incursion - all day
  • Summer Training starts - Middle School
  • Year 12 Study Day
  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp 3

Tuesday, 18 September

  • 9:35am Year 7 Mass
  • Year 9 Humanities Excursion
  • Year 12 Study Day
  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp 3

Wednesday, 19 September

  • Year 9 Humanities Excursion
  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp 3

Thursday, 20 September

  • Last day of Term 3
  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp 3

Friday, 21 September

  • 8:00am Mass
  • Staff Christian Service Day
  • Year 12 Exams
  • Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp 3

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Junior School News


Congratulations to the many boys who received a Sacrament last weekend. Nineteen Year 6 boys made their Confirmation at St Mary’s Cathedral and four boys made their First Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Bedford. The boys impressed with their confidence, reverance and great manners. 


On Wednesday, 19 September the Junior School will be conducting Learning Journeys. A Learning Journey is an opportunity for your son to share a variety of his work from this term. Your son will take responsibility in showing you some of the work and activities he has completed at school. He will explain the tasks he has accomplished, and you will be able to ask him questions about his work. Your son has planned for the afternoon and is looking forward to sharing his learning with you.


The Year 6 boys have had a wonderful week in Kalgoorlie whilst on camp. They have been learning a lot about the rich history of the region and are getting thoroughly involved in all the camp activities. I have been impressed with the way the boys immersed themselves so enthusiastically in all activities and have grown as young people during the week. Thank you to the many parents who attended and provided valuable support, and to the teachers for their work preparing the camp and their care of the boys during the week. 

Tuesday, 18 September
  • Da Vinci Decathlon

Wednesday, 19 September
  • Junior School Learning Journey 5-7pm

Thursday, 20 September
  • Year 6 Blue Mass at 9:45am
  • Summer Sports Training
  • TOBA and Golden Honour Assembly 2:20pm in Gibney Hall
  • Last Day for Students
Tuesday, 9 October
  • Term 4 commences


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


This week our Year 6s headed off to camp in Kalgoorlie. From what we have heard all the students are enjoying the camp. The students spent a whole school week in the camp so a lot of staying up late, sightseeing, meeting locals and even panning for gold. We started our journey early in the morning for a long train trip. After arriving all the boys were tired but couldn’t wait to explore the new surroundings. Some of the students enjoyed all the meals and activities. Some of our sightseeing included the Superpit, Lake Douglas, Coolgardie, Mt Charlotte reservoir and Hannan’s North Tourist Mine. The students found gold and it was a great memory to share even with it being a tiring experience. The nights were filled with fun with roller-skating, St Mary’s Church, the Oasis swimming pool and recreation centre and the students also watched a movie on the final night of there camp experience. While the Year 6s were on camp the Year 5s had to step up and take charge for a week just like being a Prefect. It was preparing them for the future and the 2019 Prefects. We all can't wait to come home to see our families and TC brothers but we had a long train ride to get home. 

The Prefects

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Secondary School News


The Trinity Pipes and Drums Band performed spectacularly at the Armadale Highland Gathering on Sunday. The band also performed in the combined drumming presentation and combined bands performance. The thousand-spectator crowd were very impressed with the boys' performance and the band received a standing ovation. Well done boys!


During this year, our students have been involved in two national competitions conducted by the Australian Mathematics Trust, based at the Australian National University in Canberra. The results are shown below and demonstrate that our students perform exceptionally well when compared to students across Australia.

Australian Mathematics Competition  Trinity College students achieved 9 High Distinctions, 71 Distinctions and 147 Credits. The High Distinction winners were Nathan Tobin (Year 7), Darcy Hoye (Year 8), Lucas Siciliano, Kurt Arthur and Daniel MacRea (Year 9), Matthew Bottega, Dylan O’Connor, Daniel Santelli and Benjamin Jasper (Year 10). 

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians – This competition was restricted to students in the 1a course in each year group because of the level of difficulty. Trinity College students achieved 15 High Distinctions, 19 Distinctions and 22 Credits. The High Distinction winners were James Watson (perfect score) and Jamaan Peters (Year 8), Lachlan Moroney (perfect score), Anthony Collova and Jonathan Slater (Year 9), and Rafael Fiore (perfect score), Matthew Bottega, Sri Dharmapuri and Riley Mattingley (Year 10). 

Mr Geoff Jamieson | Head of Mathematics Learning Area


During lunchtime on Tuesday, 4 September, the Year 9s, led by the PCG Councillors, organised a sausage sizzle to raise funds for our nominated Catholic charity, LifeLink.

After a passionate representative from LifeLink spoke to us on Unfair Day about the organisation’s amazing support for those less fortunate, it became a a cause that was very important to all of us in the year group and its wider community. LifeLink is a West Australian operated agency, set up to provide support to those in need, such as the homeless. Essentially, they work through the maxim of ‘Faith in action’.

Following our year group efforts last year, students were once again very generous, donating an outstanding total of $2350 towards the cause, through the purchase of hot dogs and drinks.

A special acknowledgement of thanks is reserved to the Bonwick and Macri families for their support of the event and to the staff at the College, particularly those in the canteen and grounds staff, who ably assisted us with our preparation.

It was fantastic to have Ms Julie Fuge from LifeLink attend our Year 9 Assembly on Tuesday and receive the cheque and thank the cohort, highlighting to us exactly how valuable the donation would prove to be.

Xavier Dawson (9.1)


On 10 August, four Economics students were selected to attend the Economics Forum held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. Upon arrival, the boys were greeted by Reception and brought into a large room containing a variety of other school students from other schools. A series of talks were given, ranging from former UWA graduates talking about the importance of Economics, to Steven Kemp coming in to deliver a talk about the upcoming Economics exams. Students were then asked to present to the group on a part of the course that they had been assigned to learn. Overall, the experience was informative for the students and helpful for the upcoming exams, and we would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for hosting the event, and allowing our boys to come along and see it.

Calum Hoare (12.6)


Wednesday saw the annual Book Club Lunch event in the library. All members of the Year 7 to Year 12 Book Clubs were invited to attend the lunch where they were presented with their Trinity College Book Club badges. Mr Kenny was on hand to do the presentations and comment on how important reading is for not only academic success, but also for pleasure and relaxation. Each Book Club meets once a fortnight and is open to any student who enjoys reading and social interaction with like-minded peers. Thanks to Crumbs Bespoke Cookies for the @TC Book Club Cookies.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services 

Cash Alford (7.8)

The Trinity College Environmental Committee has started working with GreenBatch to recycle plastic bottles into 3D printer filaments. There are four purple bins around the school specifically for PET #1 plastic bottles. Students are encouraged to recycle bottles that they purchase from the Canteen, and families are also encouraged to bring in their PET #1 bottles for recycling. One of the purple bins have been placed in the umbrella area at the drop off roundabout for convenience. To read more about this initiative, click here

College News


All students need to be in summer uniform on the first day of Term 4, Tuesday, 9 October.

Blazer honours is Wednesday, 19 September. Dry-cleaned blazers, honour letters and money for honours need to be brought to the shop between 7:30am and 11:00am on 19 September

The Uniform Shop open hours during term are: 

  • Every Tuesday 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Every Friday 7:30am to 1:30pm

Please call into the Uniform Shop for any uniform requirements. 

During the school holidays, the Uniform Shop will be closed with the exception of one day; on Wednesday, 26 September we will be open from 7:30am-1:30pm. 

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager   


With the opening of Optus Stadium and Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge, we have created a page on the Trinity College website under Current Students to notify the College community of any road closures. Click here to go to the Road Closures page, which currently details road closures on Sunday, 7 October

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Congratulations to all the athletes who represented the College at the Inters last Friday. With about an hour of the carnival remaining, we were in a strong position to really challenge for the Alcock Shield, being locked in a tight contest with Aquinas, Scotch and Hale. At the end of the meet, we finished second to a strong Scotch team but take a lot of heart from the fact we improved from 4th place last year and scored almost 200 points more than we did in 2017. Click here for the TC and PSA Records and click here for the Trinity Athletics Report 2018, both of which highlight the many records set over the season and the efforts of all the boys in the team last Friday – special mention needs to be made of team captain Thomas Throssell (12.4) who scored over 100 individual points at the meet for the 3rd consecutive year and was the top point scorer from any school on the day. Thank you to the event and team reserves who also played an important role in our improvement. With the excellent performance of the Junior School team in winning their carnival on Thursday, we look forward to what we might be able to achieve next year.


Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the Modern Olympics, who was convinced of the importance of sport in the development of the individual. He believed in the qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect which embody the values of Olympism. The awards are designed to recognise not only elite sports people but also those who display strong qualities and ideals, representing their school at the highest standard both on and off the field.

Thomas Barns (12.8) and Thomas Throssell (12.4), both of whom have been selected to represent Australia at the Junior Olympics, were nominated for the award from approximately 16,000 students who attend participating high schools – both boys were successful and each received a certificate which recognised their efforts and achievements to date – for two boys from one school to receive an award in the same year is a wonderful recognition of the quality of the boys in our school. Congratulations boys and best of luck in Argentina.


Click here for Training Arrangements for Term 4, which applies to next week (Week 10) and Term 4. 

Mr Stephen Leahy ('78) | Director of Sport


The Rowing season is off to a positive start with a great team effort at the recent Rowing Busy Bee. Thank you to all the fantastic parents who came and installed rubber matting in the gym area, carried out boat maintenance and assembled new exercise bikes. Great work! 

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Celebrating 125 Years

In 2019, Trinity College, formerly CBC Perth, will be celebrating our 125th anniversary. We are excited to share some of the highlights from the last 125 years. 


Have you ever wondered about the origin of the term Strive Manfully? In 1943 cadets were re-introduced at CBC, and Viriliter Age (Strive Manfully) was chosen as the cadet motto. It appeared on the CBC crest in the 1944 Annual and became CBC's motto for nearly 20 years.

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association



Just a reminder that applications for the John Curtin Scholarship close at 4:30pm on 19 September. This prestigious scholarship is aimed at students achieving at least 95+ ATAR and have contributed to the College and community in a variety of ways. Part of the process requires the College to complete a signficant document for each applicant. This is typically done by either your Head of Year or Deputy. You must give them notice so they have time to fill out your application. Each applicant completes a nomination which can be found here. To assist in the process, Curtin has produced a nomination and application guide which can be found here


The College will nominate two worthy students to receive the Curtin principal's recommendation. There is no ATAR requirement for this scholarship. The criteria for nomination is: 

  • Academic merit or improvement over time at high school
  • Potential to achieve at university
  • Adverse personal circumstances or financial difficulties that may affect their chances at university

If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, please forward your name to me including which criteria you would like to be considered under. 


Applications for entry to university courses for 2019 have opened. Students can now go online and enter preferences. The TISC website can be accessed here:


A complete copy of the 2019 TISC Guide can be found here: 

To avoid a $160 late fee applications needed to be submitted online by no later than 11pm Sunday, 28 September. Preferences can be changed after payment has been made. Year 12 results will be available from Monday, 17 December. First round offers will be available from Friday, 21 December. More important dates in the process can be viewed here:


All universities require English competency before universities will enrol students. More information on this process can be found here:

ATAR results will be released earlier this year on 17 December. If your son receives a scaled score lower than 50 in ATAR English they should call TISC on 9318 8000 and advise them. TISC will then provide details of how you can register for the STAT test which is an alternative method of achieving English competency.
* If you think you may be at risk of not achieving 50 in ATAR English after scaling, make sure you list one of the enabling/prep courses below your main preferences.


Cert IV students go through the same process as students who will generate an ATAR when entering University preferences. Log onto the TISC website and follow the prompts: A guide has been created here.  


This year Certificate IV students will need to upload two documents to the TISC website. Once you have paid and have a live application you will need to upload the following two documents:

  1. Cert IV Certificate
  2. Cert IV Transcript

These documents must be a clear original colour scan. The details can be found on the Application Document Page under Application Enter/Update. Students will not be able to upload these until Term Four. If you have paid and your application is live you will be able to change/upload documents after 28 September.


Murdoch University is offering students in Years 9 and 10 an opportunity to visit the campus in the upcoming school holidays. Students create their own customised university timetable of activities with hands-on workshops in subject areas that interest them. There are a wide variety of workshops on offer, including forensics, games art & design, engineering, law, biological sciences, physics and many, many more. To book a place at this event, students can go to and click on ‘A Day in the Life'. For more information, click here. 


UWA has simplified their TISC codes for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Direct Pathways. Year 12 students who receive a Direct Pathway offer for Medicine or Dentistry will be automatically enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science before heading into their postgraduate course offer. If students decide to complete a Bachelor of Arts, Commerce or Science instead, students are required to notify Admissions on immediately after they have accepted their offer. 

Mr Russell Hinks | Careers Counsellor

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Community News


Adrian Soares ('14) will be performing in the prestigious UWA VOSE Concerto Finals at the Perth Concert Hall on 19 October, playing Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra. He is currently studying music at UWA as a recipient of the Tunley Music Scholarship. To purchase tickets to this amazing concert, please click here:


Let's Run Perth's coaches are winners from HBF Run and City to Surf and they teach children better running technique and posture. The courses are suitable for Year 1 to Year 6 at five locations at a cost of $25/child for two sessions. 

  1. Booragoon – 25 and 27 September, 9–10am:
  2. Bull Creek – 25 and 27 September,  9–10am:
  3. East Victoria Park – 4 and 5 October, 9–10am:
  4. Ellenbrook – 25 and 27 September, 9–10am:
  5. Kalamunda – 26 and 28 September, 9–10am:

For more information, email, call 0402 784 225 or visit the Facebook page: 


Floreat Athena invite all talented Trinity footballers aged between 13 and 16 to attend their 2019 National Premier League (NPL) trials. All players attending the trials must lodge the Expression of Interest form by Wednesday, 3 October 2018. Players may be selected for development team squads. All trials will be conducted at Litis Stadium, 41 Britannia Rd, Mt Hawthorn. Players are asked to be in attendance 15 minutes prior to the trial time for their age group. Players will be required to trial with their correct age group unless otherwise advised by the Technical Director.


The Hot Shot Tennis Coaching Term 4 program commences on Friday, 12 October at 7:45am–8:30am (9–12 years). It is an eight week program with a free raquet promotion. To enquire or enroll your child, please contact Brendan on or call 0401 565 051.


Support Diabetes Research WA, celebrate grand final week and enjoy an exclusive dinner with Dennis Cometti on Tuesday, 25 September at 6pm at the UWA Club, Perth. Click here to read the flyer with more information or call 9224 1066 or email  


Click here to read the flyer about Code Camp, taking place at Trinity College during the school holidays. Details:

  • 25-27 September
  • 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Trinity College

For more information, visit:


The Kodaly Music Education Insitute of Australia is holding a national conference with many world-renowned music educators visiting Perth and sharing their expertise. This is an exciting opportunity taking place in the October school holidays. A 4-day singing program, including a concert on the final day. 

  • 1–4 October
  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am – 12pm (half day) and Thursday: 8:30am-3:30pm with Showcase Concert at 6pm
  • The Children's Choir Program has two choirs: Children's Choir – treble voice, 9-12 years and Youth Chorus – mixed voices, 13–17 years
  • Venue: Presbyterian Ladies' College

For more information, read the flyer here or visit the website: If any students or parents would like more information, you can also contact Kimberely Lloyd at Trinity College. 

Ms Kimberely Lloyd | Music Teacher 

  • One-on-One Advice Sessions: By appointment, 17-26 September
  • Extended Hours @ Notre Dame - Prospective Students and Admissions Office will be open from 10am-2pm on Saturday 22 September

Find out more and register now at


Enrolments are currently open for ATAR one day Exam Boost Seminars and Term 3 school holiday ATAR Revision Courses with Academic Task Force at Perth Modern School, Churchlands Senior High School or Rossmoyne Senior High School or Academic Associates' ATAR Enrichment program at UWA. ATAR subject specialist teachers will help students revise course content and prepare for exams. Courses give fresh insights into course concepts and tips on how to answer questions and maximise marks in exams. For Years 7–10, skills development programs equip students with the skills for ongoing academic success, taking place in the second week of the school holidays at Perth Modern School. Early bird discounts are available. 

For more information and to enrol online, visit the website: or call 9314 9500


ATarget is offering ATAR and Middle School Master Classes in Terms 3 and 4. Small groups, individual attention, subject revision and exam preparation. Mock and ATAR exam preparation. Enrol online at or call 9486 1377.  


Wace+ Education will be conducting Revision and ATAR Exam Preparation classes for Year 11 and 12 students in the second week of the upcoming school holidays.  

  • Venue: Hale School
  • Monday, 1 October to Friday, 5 October
  • All Year 11 and 12 students 

Enrol online: or call 9486 1377. 


For information on courses offered by Relationships Australia in West Leederville in October, please click here. For information on courses in September, please click here

To register, please call 6164 0200 and for further information, visit the website: 

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Canteen Roster

Canteen Roster week beginning Monday, 17th September 2018


Rose Chang




Rose Chang, Diane Homsaney 


Leanne Kinsella


Trish Chapman

Volunteers Please: If you or someone you know would like to volunteer in the canteen, even for an hour, please contact me on 0409 110 319 or email You are welcome to bring a friend and enjoy a coffee and a chat. Thank you.

Carol Watson | Canteen Manager 

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