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TC Newsletter:

Volume 3  February 15, 2019

From the Principal 

Last Friday, 8 February, our entire College gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit – our Opening Mass for this academic year. The boys deserve much praise for the manner in which they presented on the morning and for their reverent participation throughout our celebration. It was also lovely to welcome the many parents who joined the students and staff for our Eucharist celebration.

It says much about our place as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition that we begin our academic year in communion, sharing the Eucharist and praying for God’s blessing on our endeavours. It demonstrates great strength and potential in our unity as a College Community whereby we can share in our commitment to live out Gospel values and seek the best for the students in our care. As part of his Homily, Fr Oscar challenged the boys to deepen their appreciation of the Holy Spirit by likening it to the many forms of love and guidance that they experience in their own lives.

As part of our opening Mass, I had the very special honour of being formally Commissioned as the Principal of Trinity College. The ceremony allowed me to confirm my commitment to lead the College community in the areas of faith, justice, service, community building and student formation. Below I have included an extract of my final reflection and response.

“May I begin by again thanking the Trinity College community – staff, students, parents and Old Boys – for the manner in which I have been warmly welcomed as the Principal of this wonderful school. I have been overwhelmed by the spirit of Trinity – the generous encouragement and genuine support that I have received has certainly been appreciated. This says much about the community and it says much about a culture that embraces the present and aspires to growth in the future.

In being formally commissioned this morning as Principal of Trinity College, I fully appreciate the wonderful privilege and responsibility that comes with leading this school community. I am both humbled and honoured by the privilege; and I am both respectful and energised by the responsibility.

As declared previously, I am fully committed to leading and working with, and alongside, everyone in the College community in continuing to make this school one of choice and a place where every person can be the best they can be. At the heart of our community is our students – special young men who deserve much praise for their generosity of spirit and willingness to embrace all that this school offers. Their formation into being happy, respectful, polite, assured, humble, and empathetic young men of character – Men for Others – must always remain our focus as we chart new directions in the future.

As Principal, I welcome your ongoing encouragement, seek your continued support and will very much rely on your prayers as we, together in community, look forward to the years ahead.”

I am very proud to be the Principal of Trinity College and look forward to the journey ahead. Once again, I thank you for your ongoing support.

Live Jesus in our Hearts 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


Last Monday, the first College Auxiliary meeting was held. This wonderfully generous group of parents provide tremendous support for a number of important College functions. I encourage all College families to support their efforts and thank them for their contributions to our sense of community.

97 Club of 2018 with Mr Tim Hince and Mr Darren O'Neill
Mr Clint Testa leads the Year 7s as they are piped into the College Welcome Assembly
Dux of 2018 Joseph Pinto gives an inspiring speech to students

On Tuesday, we conducted the opening College Assembly to welcome all new students and staff to the College. The Year 4s, Year 7s and all new students to the College in other year groups were “piped” into the Assembly as a symbolic welcoming gesture to match their final Assembly in Year 12 when they will be “piped” out of the College upon graduation. The other purpose of this Assembly was to acknowledge a number of Year 12s from last year, who had performed very well in the WACE Examinations. Joseph Pinto, last year’s Dux, addressed the students, providing an insight into his life at Trinity College. Amid a powerful speech, Joseph shared some advice on how to achieve to your full potential at high school.

We also take this opportunity to congratulate Joseph on being awarded a UWA Winthrop Leaders Scholarship. There are only ten of these prestigious scholarships awarded to students who display outstanding achievement in categories including academics, leadership, community involvement, the arts and sport. The scholarships are worth $10,000 per year for up to 8 years of study for an undergraduate and a post-graduate degree.

To read more about this Assembly and the names of the 97 Club members from the Class of 2018, please read the article on our website here. To read the Year 12 Results 2018, including Subject Exhibition, Subject Certificates of Excellence, Academic Full Colours, Academic Half Colours, 97 Club and the seven subjects in which Trinity College was a top performing school, please click here

Also, at this Assembly, we presented the Captains of our First Teams for Summer Sport. Congratulations are extended to: 

  • Basketball - Ben Pears (12.8)
  • Cricket - Matthew French (12.8)
  • Rowing - Alex Rossi (12.7)
  • Swimming - Jakson Egan (12.1)
  • Tennis - Jerome Iaconi (12.6)
  • Volleyball - Dion Carle (12.1)
  • Water Polo - Jakson Egan (12.1) 

A reminder that the Year 7 Parent Information Evening, will be held at the College on Monday, 18 February commencing at 7:00pm in Gibney Hall.

The purpose of the evening is to provide further information relevant to the effective induction of you and your son into the Trinity College community. It also provides you with an opportunity to interact with your son’s Pastoral Care Teacher and other parents, in discussing matters that may have arisen at the start of the school year. Part of the evening will also specifically address the “Becoming Brothers” Orientation camp to take place in Week 4. I would certainly encourage all of our Year 7 parents to attend this important evening.


The Parent Council warmly invites all parents to the 2019 Welcome Sundowner, scheduled to run from 6pm–9pm on Friday, 22 February. It will be held in McCabe Court, near the rowing shed, situated next to the river. The cost is $25 per person and this covers cocktail food served throughout the evening. The event is BYO drinks please. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other families from the College and is always well attended. With thanks to the Parent Council for initiating this event and for the strong sense of community it provides. 

Bookings can be made via To read the flyer, click here. Further details can be obtained from Mrs Beverly Martinez via or phone 9223 8106. 


Each year the Parent Council donate significant amounts of money generated from past Raffles towards the College. 

Net proceeds from the Raffle will be donated by the Parent Council towards the refurbishment of the Chapel. 

The Parent Council warmly invite the TC community to participate now in the 2019 Tuition Fee Raffle. The Promotion Period for the 2019 TC Tuition Raffle: 

  • Raffle began: Tuesday, 12 February at 12:00pm AWST
  • Final ticket sales close on Friday, 5 April 2019 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time).

The Draw will be held at Trinity College on Monday, 8 April 2019 at 12:00pm. 

Terms and Conditions are available on the Trinity College website – click here. The Permit Holder Mr Michael Burgess, College Bursar. The Permit number is: A183200842. 

The TryBooking Address for purchasing Raffle tickets is: 

Tickets are $50; there is a limited amount of tickets. The winner will be notified and their name published in the Trinity College newsletter on Friday, 12 April 2019The flyer is hereBest of luck to all parents and carers who will participate in the draw! 

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 


Applications are invited for Trinity College Scholarships and Bursaries for 2020. To find out more and to access the application forms, please visit the Trinity College website: click hereApplications close at 4:00pm on Friday, 15 March 2019. Examination date is Saturday, 30 March 2019 (Academic only). Please return completed application forms to the Registrar at


It appears that the traffic in Nelson Cres between 3:00pm and 3:30pm has increased dramatically. We ask all parents to SLOW DOWN and be aware of students who may cross roads (both Nelson Cres and Braithwaite St) unexpectedly. We also take this opportunity to remind all parents not to park or stand in the bus bays on Nelson Crescent between 2:30pm and 3:30pm – Nelson Crescent is very congested and your adherence to the “No Standing” signs is appreciated. If needed, please arrange to meet your son at a different point or at a later time – perhaps around the corner in Braithwaite Street or further along Nelson Cres.  Parents who ‘park’ or ‘stand’ on the College side of Nelson Avenue are making it difficult for the Transperth buses to approach the right bus stop. Your support is appreciated. 

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College Calendar


Monday, 18 February

  • Year 8 Swimming Carnival Period 1 and 2
  • Year 10 Swimming Carnival Period 3 and 4
  • 3:20pm Pastoral Council Meeting
  • 5:30pm College Advisory Board Meeting
  • 7:00pm Year 7 Information Evening

Tuesday, 19 February

  • 8:40am Secondary Assembly (Prefects' Investiture)
  • Junior School House Swimming Carnival

Wednesday, 20 February

  • TCEC Sustainability Excursion
  • Swimming Age Championships
  • 5:30pm Junior School Parent Information Evening

Thursday, 21 February

  • HS v TC
  • Year 9 Swimming Carnival Period 1 and 2
  • Year 7 Swimming Carnival Period 3 and 4 

Friday, 22 February

  • 8:00am Mass (in the Kenny Lecture Theatre, at the back of Gibney Hall on the mezzanine level)
  • HS v TC
  • 6:00–9:00pm Parent Council Sundowner

Saturday, 23 February

  • HS v TC
  • Christ Church Regatta

Sunday, 24 February

  • 2:50pm–6:00pm Peer Ministers Training

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Junior School News


The House Swimming Carnival takes place on Tuesday, 19 February. The Year 4 events commence at 8:40am; Year 5 events at 10:50am and the Year 6 events at 1:00pm. Please ensure your son has all the necessary gear on the day including sunscreen and a water bottle. All parents of award winners (Champion Boy etc.) will be notified individually and the boys presented with their medals at a brief Assembly commencing at 8:40am on Friday morning.


On Wednesday, 20 February all year levels in the Junior School will conduct information sessions commencing at 5:30pm. This year I would like to address all parents together to provide information that affects all in the Junior School and Mr Darren O’Neill would also like the opportunity to talk to you. This part of the evening will take place in Gibney Hall.

Once this initial session is finished, we break off into year groups where the class teachers will share specific information relating to your son's learning this year. These are important information sessions and it is highly recommended that at least one parent attend. 

Junior School student leaders were presented with their badges this morning

The Junior School is very fortunate to have so many Year 6 boys wanting to take on leadership positions; they all have a lot of potential. I am looking forward to working with the boys this year and assisting them to develop as good decision makers and role-models, and to be of service to their peers. After our election process I’d like to congratulate the following boys who have been given leadership roles in the Junior School this year:

Head Boy:

  • Luca Fowler (6G)

Deputy Head Boy:

  • Luke Chapman (6W)


  • Aarav Bhandari (6W)
  • Louis Burnett (6G)
  • Jack Clarey (6B)
  • Zac Gosatti (6B)
  • Michael Hall (6G)
  • Ziggy Kaeser (6B)
  • Charlie McDonald (6W)
  • Lewis Murabito (6W)
  • Oliver Nguyen (6B)
  • Finn Stenning Alexander (6B)

Choir Captain:

  • Myles Guazzelli (6W)

Music Captain:

  • Zachary McLean (6G)

Music Vice Captain:

  • Jacob Allison (6B)

House Captains:

  • Ben Muller (6W), Cooper Harrison (6W), Nicholas Borck (6W), Felix Cooper (6W)

House Vice Captains:

  • George Murphy (6B), Jeremy Spanjich (6W), Matthew Plummer (6G), Hayden Trinh (6G), Zach Gangemi (6B), Julian Metcalf (6W), Declan O’Brien (6G), Bill Smith (6W)
Tuesday, 19 February
  • House Swimming Carnival 
Wednesday, 20 February
  • Cathedral Choir Auditions
  • Junior School Parent Information Evening commencing at 5:30pm in Gibney Hall
Thursday, 21 February
  • Trinity v Hale
Friday, 22 February
  • Presentation of swimming medallions 8:40am
  • Assembly 2:40pm
  • Parent Sundowner commencing at 6pm

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


The second week has ended and our TC boys have settled in. Monday was a quick day as no Assemblies or class Masses were on. On Tuesday, all new students of the College were piped in and the Class of 2018 were recognised for their high achievements in their ATAR exams and tests. On Wednesday, all the House Captains, Vice Captains, Music and Choir Captains were announced. On Thursday, it was our first sport fixture against Scotch and all the boys played with good sportsmanship. On Friday, we had our first Junior School Mass where all leadership roles received their badges. Friday was also the first TOBA Assembly which was lots of fun as always. The first TOBA award of the year was also awarded.

Zach Gosatti (6B) and Lewis Murabito (6W) 

Secondary School News


Congratulations to Matthew Roberts (9.4) on being awarded Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Elite Athlete of the Year at the Gymnastics WA Awards Night last Saturday, for the second year running. Matthew was the 2018 Level 8 Under 14 State Champion and was also victorious at the 2018 Australian Championships, where he won Gold in the All Around, Silver on Floor & Pommel and Gold on Parallel Bars. Matthew was recently selected onto the Green Junior National Squad and was coached by Igor Bespalov at the High Flyers Trampoline & Gymnastics Academy. He is part of the National Junior Squad and trains 26 hours per week across the whole year. Well done Matthew on your hard work, dedication and achievements.


Yesterday, Trinity College Year 7 students took part in problem-solving challenges with World of Maths. The students were given two types of activities – solving problems from a given situation and guided discovery, whereby the students discovered or identified mathematical concepts and ideas. 

TCEC purple bin for recycling your PET #1 plastic
Examples of PET #1 plastic which you can recycle at Trinity College in our TCEC purple bins

A reminder to the Trinity College community that Greenbatch Recycling is continuing this year. In conjunction with not-for-profit company Greenbatch, TCEC and the College community are invited to collect all PET #1 plastics and drop them off at school in one of the TCEC Purple Bins. PET #1 plastic is used to make bottles for water, soft drinks, fruit juice, household products, toiletries, biscuit trays and fruit punnets. Bottles which can be recycled from the Canteen are also clearly marked. All of these items can be recycled through our purple bins. For families new to the College, the bottles will be recycled at Western Australia’s first plastic reprocessing plant and made into filament for 3D printers which we will receive back. This process prevents plastic we think is being recycled being sold to other countries or simply ending up in landfill or in our rivers and oceans. This initiative is driven by our student group TCEC – Trinity College Environmental Committee. The four purple bins are situated around the College, including the Junior School and the drop-off umbrella area.


The College Library is set for the new academic year. Middle School Classes have commenced their reading classes as part of the College English Programme – every Middle School student attends the library once a fortnight with their English teacher for reading sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to allow the boys to read novels for pleasure which in turn helps with success across the curriculum and especially with writing and vocabulary. The College Library is open for students before school (from 7:45am); during lunchtime (12:45pm–1:15pm) and after school (to 3:45pm). Students can also access the printer and photocopier at recess Monday to Thursday. Students are allowed to borrow up to 4 items from the Library at any one time. We are all looking forward to a positive year in the Library.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services

Italian assistant Salvatore Rioli and George Hatton (11.3)

This term Trinity College is lucky enough to have Salvatore (Salvo) Rioli, an Italian assistant, here four days a week to assist with the language program. Salvo is an Italian University student from Sicily who studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He has experience in teaching Italian as a second language in Italy. It is a fantastic opportunity for students studying Italian here at Trinity to have access to a native speaker on a regular basis and we are sure Salvo will be a wonderful asset to the Italian program.

A big thank you to George Hatton (11.3) and his family for offering to host Salvo during the term. We are sure this will be of great benefit to George’s progress in ATAR Italian this term!

This program is run by the West Australian Association of Teachers of Italian (WAATI) and runs in Terms 1 to 3. If you’re interested in hosting an assistant in Terms 2 or 3 please contact Mrs Eliza Knapman (email: as soon as possible. Your son does not have to be studying Italian to host an Italian assistant and you can opt to host for a full or half term.


We are currently looking for host families for Italian exchange students from the end of June 2019 for a two month period. The student will live as part of your family and attend Trinity College. Once you have hosted, your son will have the first option to go to Italy on exchange. Students do not have to have their own room; in fact, many have shared rooms over the years. This cross-cultural opportunity gives your family the opportunity to become a tourist in your own city, seeing it through the eyes of someone else and an opportunity to make connections with someone from the other side of the world. If you are interested in hosting an exchange student, now or in the future, please contact Ms Eliza Knapman by email:

College News


The Year 12 Student Ball, themed 'Yule Ball' from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, is taking place on Friday, 26 April. History has shown us that the Trinity College Student and Parent Balls have proven to be the most sought-after tickets in Perth! This year the demand will be even greater, due to the most wonderful and talented Year 12 Parent cohort, who have been diligently working together since September last year, to help prepare the most breathtakingly magical spectacle for our sons to experience and fondly reminisce about, for years to come. 

Unfortunately, the parents cannot accomplish this without the generosity of the Trinity College community. 

Donations of materials or services are being sought-after by the group. If you can't help with either of these, a donation of money or vouchers will be gratefully accepted, so the Coordinators can purchase what is required.  

Below is a list of materials requested by the Area Coordinators. 

  • Large sheets of cardboard
  • Rolls of artificial grass
  • Large bag of cable ties
  • Timber – 2.4m long
  • Roll of thin flexible wire
  • Old Gazebo or market umbrella
  • Large Container of craft glue
  • Batting or fluffy white insulation
  • Artificial snow
  • Cubby bookshelf (square compartments)
  • Large reindeer
  • Standing lanterns
  • Fairy lights
  • Christmas trees
  • Old suitcases
  • Smoke machine (hot ice)
  • Bubble wrap with big bubbles
  • Artificial or real foliage for making garlands

If you can help with any of the above or with a small donation of money or vouchers, please contact Rita Rocca by email: or 0432 125 066


When a Trinity College student will be absent, can parents please phone the Absentee Line on 9223 8186 or email before 8:30am on the day of absence and provide the following details:
• Student’s name
• Brief reason for absence
• Time of absence (for example, whole day, part day, multiple days)
• Name of the person calling or emailing

The Absentee Line is open 24 hours every day so that parents can leave messages at any time. Please be aware that the message should be brief as this will be entered into Trinity College records. 


Dance at Trinity College is continuing to grow and we would like to invite all students who are interested in the performing arts to join our dance crews. Whether the boys have formal training or just like to have a little fun, everyone is welcome. Classes are conducted before school and commence at 7:30am through to 8:.15am in the Braham Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Cultural Centre. Junior School (Boys in Groove/BIG) rehearse every Thursday morning and our middle and senior school students (Guys In Groove/GIG) rehearse on Tuesdays. The boys work towards performances for Catholic Performing Arts, Dance/Drama Showcase and Presentation Night. Classes commenced Week 2 of Term 1 (12 & 14 February).

Mrs Paula Nicoletto | Dance Coordinator - Performing Arts 


The Uniform Shop trading hours are as follows: 

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

PLEASE NOTE: The correct Trinity College uniform must be worn. Please be careful when buying second-hand uniforms from other sources to ensure that these are in the current style. If you would like to know more about the correct Trinity College uniform, please click on the Online Store link at the bottom of the Uniform Shop page of our website, which shows photos of each uniform item. Alternatively, the Uniform Shop staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. If you would like to sell your good quality, second-hand uniforms to the Uniform Shop, you are most welcome to drop them in to be reviewed. 


The Trinity College Canteen is 'cashless' as of Term 1, 2019. Please ensure that your son's student card is loaded with funds at least three days before being used at the Canteen. For more information, including how to load funds onto the student card, please visit the Canteen page of the website, located under Current Students (top left), or simply click here


The State Government, through the Department of Education, provides financial support to eligible parents through the Secondary Assistance Scheme. Eligible parents/guardians are those with students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 in the year 2019 studying a full-time Secondary course at a Western Australian non-government school.

The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances:
1. $235 education program allowance (payment is made to the school); and
2. $115 clothing allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian)

There some exceptions that can be reviewed at the time of application. Please enquire at Reception for application forms, which are due back to Reception by 29 March 2019. 



All families, Old Boys and friends of Trinity are invited to attend this year's Trinty College Regatta. To celebrate the 125th year of the College and the 50th year of competing in the Head of the River, the Trinity College Regatta will be held on the banks of the Swan in East Perth. The racing will take place between the Windan and Matagarup Bridges, in front of Optus Stadium. 

  • Saturday, 9 March
  • 8:30am-11:30am
  • Racing takes place in front of Optus Stadium
  • Parking at Gloucester Park (300m walk from there)
  • Presentations take place back at the Trinity College Boatshed

Click here for the results against Aquinas College last week. 

Click here to read this week's fixtures against Scotch College (today and tomorrow). 

Click here to read the Code of Conduct in PSA Sport. 

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


This year, TOBA is offering an annual sponsorship (this is the ONLY time sponsorship will be sought in 2019).

TOBA sponsorship is a wonderful way to promote your business within the TC and wider community and will also assist with TOBA bursaries to provide opportunities for boys to attend Trinity College who, due to financial constraints, would not otherwise be able to enjoy a TC education.

Please click here to read more about the TOBA 2019 Sponsorship opportunities. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Diane in the TOBA Office on 9223 8132 or


Let the CHARGE begin!

Gates are open and tickets are on sale: CLICK HERE

There are limited places available for this event so don't miss out! Charge to the front and secure your tickets to guarantee your place at the reunion to surpass all others. 

  • DATE: Saturday, 16 March 2019
  • TIME: 6:00pm
  • COST: $165.30* (includes three course meal & premium drinks package)

*To assist our YOB's (Young Old Boys) not long out of school, the Classes of 2014–2018 will receive discounted tickets by contacting the Event Organiser via the TryBooking payment link. 

Click here to read the flyer.  

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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 Mr John O'Connell, Head Prefect from the Class of 1949.  Please click here to read his story. 

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Community News


Commences Friday, 15 February 7.45-8.30am (9yrs-12yrs) 8 week program. The enrolment form with more information is here. To enquire or enrol your child please contact Brendan on or call 0401 565 051.


Mastermind Australia is providing small-group seminars for senior school students with a focus on ATAR Learning Areas of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Literature, Geography, Human Biology, Economics and Psychology. The flyer for senior students (Years 10-12), with information and how to enrol is here

The program for middle school secondary students focuses on the Learning Areas English and Mathematics. The objective of this program is to give students ongoing academic support which will reinforce and consolidate the skills and processes learned during the week at school. It aims to prepare them for success in school-based assessments and final ATAR examinations. The flyer for middle school students (Year 7-9), with information and how to enrol is here

These seminars will take place at Christ Church Grammar School. Students may enrol in these classes at any time during the term and pay pro rata. For enquiries, please call 9486 1377.

  • Place: Astral 2, Crown Convention Centre, Perth
  • Sunday, 31 March
  • 9am–4pm 

The MAWA Mathematics Expo is a free event for families that aims to provide support to parents and students with mathematics and learning at home. 

It will be a fun, interactive day with opportunities to see a variety of resources that make learning fun and there are prizes to be won! Please contact the MAWA office with any questions: or call 9345 0388

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