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TC Newsletter:

Volume 31  September 27, 2019

From the Principal 

End of Term

As we conclude the last week of what has been an extraordinarily busy, yet very rewarding term, I continue to urge our students to finish with excellence. This is particularly true of our senior Year 12 boys as they enter the final stages of their formal schooling and prepare for their College Graduation. In recent weeks, all Year 12 students have been particularly busy completing final assessment items and preparing for upcoming exams. Throughout this week, many of our Year 12 students commenced their Semester 2 Examinations, which will continue into the first week of the ‘holidays’. Similarly, some of our students enrolled in practical areas will take part in their respective WACE Practical Examinations. This is all part of their preparation for the written WACE Examinations that commence on 30 October. As always, we wish the boys well during this busy time and remind them that hard work and commitment bring due reward. We are very proud of our Year 12 Class and look forward to joining them in celebrating their graduation in the coming weeks.

As is normally the case in a large school such as Trinity College, we will see a number of Staff changes at the end of this term.

A few of our College Staff will be enjoying some extended leave commencing in Term 4; Mrs Annika Holland (English) will commence parental leave, while Ms Lisa Laurino (Drama; from week 3) and Ms Danielle Pieraccini (Information Technology; from week 6) will enjoy some leave. We wish them all a wonderful, relaxing and fulfilling break.

Other members of staff have now completed their respective short- term positions. We thank Mr Reid Butler (Religious Education), Mrs Kathryn Gordon (Junior School), Mrs Tatiana Kobets (Music), Mr Joe Nolan (Science), for their wonderful work and generous service, and we wish them well for the future.

We take this opportunity to welcome some Staff members who will be commencing at our College at the start of Term 4; Ms Charmaine Clements (Drama) and Mrs Rosa Nicholls (English). We also welcome back a number of staff who are returning from extended leave; Ms Elena Bennet (Music), Ms Alana Brennan (Junior School), Mr Alastair Hay (Science), and Mrs Marya Stewart (Christian Service).

Earlier this week, I wrote to all families to advise them that Mr Peter Norman (College Vice Principal), has recently accepted the role as the Head of Senior School at Wesley College, commencing in 2020. As mentioned, in his capacity as Vice Principal, Peter has been an outstanding leader of the Trinity College community for the past nine years. On several occasions he has acted in the role of College Principal. Peter has offered strong, effective and wonderful leadership and leaves a great legacy for our College. I am sure that I speak on behalf of everyone within our College community in sincerely thanking Peter for his leadership and service and wish him well as he looks forward to commencing the next phase of his career.

In recent days I have been in discussion with Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) and the College will immediately commence an extensive process in order to appoint a new Vice Principal for next year. We look forward to welcoming the successful applicant into our College community.

I extend best wishes to those students and staff travelling to Sydney tomorrow for the 2019 Humanities Tour to Sydney and Canberra. This is a very special opportunity for the boys to see and experience some important Australian icons and I know that they are looking forward to the opportunity to visit such significant places as the Opera House, the Australian War Memorial, the Parliament Houses, the National Galleries and Government House. In representing our College, we wish them well for safe travels and a great experience. I thank Mr Chris Allanson, Mr Dustin Aylmore and Mr Jason O’Malley for their direction on the Tour.

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and their families for their efforts and support during this very busy Term 3. The students will commence next term on Tuesday, 15 October and they should be dressed in their full College summer uniform.  Please note that Monday, 14 October is a scheduled Staff Professional Development Day.

I hope that everyone is able to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Live Jesus in our Hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


Presentation Night will be held on Tuesday, 22 October at the Perth Concert Hall commencing at 7:00pm. Attendance is compulsory for all Year 10, 11 and 12 students and for all prize winners and performers in Years 7, 8 and 9. Information will be sent to Year 10 and 11 parents with regards to purchasing tickets shortly. The College provides seating in the upper gallery for all Year 10 and 11 students as they are part of the massed choir performance.

Notification to prize winners in Years 7–11 and Year 12 ‘non-ATAR’ courses will be emailed out in the second week of the holidays. Notification to prize winners in Year 12 ATAR courses will be emailed in the first week of next term, following their final examinations. General tickets go on sale on Friday, 11 October


This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world’. It shares Pope Francis’ challenge to us to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’. It points out that we are called not just to be inhabitants of this world, but active citizens shaping it. For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Office for Social Justice website


In this one hour seminar, Glen Gerreyn shares the five fundamental positive parenting tools, based on positive psychology research. You’ll leave feeling equipped with the skills to better connect with your children and to empower them to tackle a complex world. 

The details of the event are:

  • When:                Wednesday, 16 October, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Where:               Trinity Sports Centre
  • Invitees:             Year 10 and Year 11 Parents 

College Calendar

Please note: College Administration will be closed during the October school holidays, reopening on Thursday, 10 October.


Monday, 14 October

  • Staff PD Day
  • No classes

Tuesday, 15 October

  • Term commences

Wednesday, 16 October

  • 6:00pm–9:00pm All Schools Philosothon – Braham Auditorium

Thursday, 17 October

  • CC v TC

Friday, 18 October

  • 8:00am Mass
  • CC v TC

Sunday, 20 October

Music Dinner


Monday, 21 October

  • 9:00am Auxiliary Meeting

Tuesday, 22 October

  • Presentation Night (Secondary Students) – Perth Concert Hall 

Wednesday, 23 October

  • Year 9 & 10 Fremantle Literature Centre Excursion

Thursday, 24 October

  • HS v TC
  • Year 12 Students Last Day
  • TOBA Breakfast
  • 8:40am Secondary Assembly (Year 12 Farewell)
  • Year 12 Graduation Mass and Dinner – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Friday, 25 October

  • 8:00am Mass
  • HS v TC

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Junior School News


On Wednesday evening, the Junior School conducted a Learning Journey. The Learning Journey involved the boys leading their parents through a selection of the work that they have completed this term. It was a great opportunity for the boys to take ownership of their learning and share a variety of the work that they are proud of with their parents. It was fantastic to see the boys enthusiastically showing and completing activities with their parents. Thank you to all who supported by participating in the evening.


During Term 3 the Junior School has been fortunate to have Miss Elizabeth Kezich and Miss Jordyn Sheldrick from the University of Notre Dame teaching in Years 4B and 6G respectively. They have completed very successful practicums and we wish them every success in their future teaching careers.


I wish to farewell and thank Mrs Kathryn Gordon, who has spent this term teaching 5B. Mrs Gordon is a regular in the Junior School and we value the way she can step into each class and have a positive impact on the boys. In Term 4 we welcome back Miss Alana Brennan from her leave. 


Term 4 commences on Tuesday, 15 October. Students are required to wear Summer Uniform from the commencement of Term 4. Summer Sport Training for boys in Year’s 5 and 6 will commence at 8:00am on the first day back.

I wish all an enjoyable break and hope you get a chance to utilize the sunny and warm spring weather. I look forward to seeing all boys rested and ready for a very busy and exciting Term 4.

Tuesday, 15 October 
  • Term 4 Commences 
  • Sports Training for Years 5s and 6s, commencing at 8:00am

Thursday, 17 October 
  • Sport v Christ Church 
Friday, 18 October
  • Assembly at 2:40pm

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


This week, the Junior School choirs have been privileged to work with Voices of Birralee, who are visiting from Brisbane. The singers sang with the Years 4, 5 and 6 choirs and performed at the Junior School Learning Journey evening. The boys had a great time and enjoyed learning some new skills!

Mrs Ann Clarke | Junior School Music Teacher


The Year 6s have returned from camp this week. They have grown richer, not by the gold that they found at Kalgoorlie but in wisdom and experience. This week we had our Learning Journey. Learning Journey is a time when our parents can see all the work and progress we have done in the year. On Thursday we had our Summer Sports training for the first time in 2 terms. We also had our Mass on St Vincent De Paul as well as 6Ws TOBA Assembly on Thursday, which wrapped up the school term.  

From Oliver Nguyen (6B) and Ziggy Kaeser (6B).

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Secondary School News


The year students visited the Sir Francis Burt Law Centre in the city this week. The boys participated in a mock trial and also got to see the law in action in the District and Magistrate Courts of Western Australia. This excursion was to reinforce their learning about the justice system in Western Australia. I would like to thank Ms Dawson, Mrs Webb, Mr Nelson Waite, Mr McKenna, Mr Montagu, Mr O’Connell, Mr Aylmore, Mr Lunt, Mr MacGabhann, Ms Scordo, Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Ryan and Mrs Blair for their assistance in making this excursion a success.

Mr Chris Allanson | Head of Humanities 

College News


Trinity College is proud to announce the school musical for 2020 is The Mikado!


Autism in Cricket: Come and Try Session

If your son would like to play Cricket this season he can come along to a free come and try session at the WACA. Your child can try all aspects of the game and talk with members of the Autism Association team and the WACA for support to join your local club. Click here to download the event flyer. 

  • Saturday, 28 September
  • 10am to 12pm
  • 5–17-year-olds
  • WACA playing grounds, Nelson Crescent, East Perth

Ms Lissa Coleman | Director Inclusive Education


Be rewarded when you support Trinity College Friends of the Arts. Right now, when you purchase tickets to the Perth Royal Show you can save 25% on your tickets! Plus, we receive a portion of the proceeds towards our fundraising. Click here to purchase your tickets and use the promo code: Royalshow20184


The Uniform Shop will be open in the holidays in the last week on Thursday, 10 October and Friday, 11 October from 7:30am to 1:30pm.

All students will be required to be in full Summer Uniform on the first day back in Term 4.

Have a wonderful break and see you all in Term 4.

Mrs Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager 



Congratulations to Xavier Collins (7.1) and Owen Hewitt (7.6) who competed in the WA Short Course State Swimming Championships last weekend. Owen finished second in the 400m and 800m freestyle races and achieved personal bests in all of his six races. 

Xavier's results are below: 

  • 50m Freestyle – 2nd place
  • 100m Freestyle – 2nd place
  • 200m Freestyle – 1st place
  • 400m Freestyle – 1st place
  • 800m Freestyle – 1st place
  • And silvers in team relays 

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 Year 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
Saturday, 16 November Class of ’84 – 35th Anniversary Reunion 

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

Ms Diane Millar | TOBA Executive 

Community News


The CTF will be holding an Open Day to the public for the Construction Futures Centre during the upcoming school holidays.The open day will be held on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 from 9am to 12:30pm. Sessions start at 9am and 11am. While admission is FREE bookings are essential. To book a session please call 0455 234 278 or email 


Commences Friday, 25 October from 7:45-8:30am (9-12 years of age) for a 8-week program. Each enrolment receives a free Hot Shots Racquet. To enrol your child please contact Brendan on or 0401 565 051. You can also download an enrolment form here


Academic Task Force are offering a skills development program for Years 7-10 in the October school holidays. The school holiday program will include learning skills, advanced maths and intermediate English, essay writing and foundation Maths and English. The cost of the course is $200 per 6-hour course with a discount available when enroling in multiple courses. For more information or to enrol please visit and follow the below instructions:

  • Go to our programs – Year 7&8/9&10
  • Click on Holiday Programs
  • Select the Enrol Today programs

ATAR Exam Focus offers students a structured preparation program which includes the substantial modeling of answers to ATAR- style questions. This program is a great opportunity for a final consolidation and extension of information students have learned before the commencement of the final exams. For more information visit or email  


Facilitated by Craig Van Waardenburg, this family activity-based program builds on the complementary strengths of 'the rock' and 'the water'. One if firm and assertive, while the other is flexible and willing to cooperate. Some of the topics that will be discussed included bullying, communication skills and personal boundaries. The course teaches practical anti-bullying strategies, boundary awareness, an introduction to basic self-defense skills and much more. This program runs on Saturday, 5 October and Saturday, 7 December from 8:30am–12:30pm for $70 per child. Bookings are required and can be made via 6164 0200 or you can visit 


The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth. 

  • Friday, 25 October 6-9pm – Women in the Church: Reflections from the New Testament – men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5:30pm.
  • Saturday, 26 October 9:30am – 4pm – Women and the Gospel of Mark: Insights for today – a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville. RSVP by Monday, 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.

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