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TC Newsletter:

Volume 32  October 18, 2019

From the Principal 


As we commence our final term in a busy academic year, I extend a very warm welcome back to all boys and their families following our holiday break. Our Year 12 students had less of a break, as many completed Semester 2 Examinations and some boys participated in WACE Practical Examinations. Our Senior Class now prepare for their College Graduation celebrations next week and then return their focus to preparing for their WACE Examinations that commence on Wednesday, 30 October. As always, we wish the boys well during this busy time and remind them that hard work and commitment brings due reward. We are very proud of our Year 12 Class and look forward to joining them in celebrating their graduation next week. I would kindly ask that all within our College community keep our Senior students in their thoughts and prayers at this time. As they progress towards their graduation, we pray that each of them is able to reflect upon their journey with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

I would also like to welcome back, the students and staff who recently returned from the very successful Humanities Tour to Sydney and Canberra. The boys certainly enjoyed this very special opportunity to see and experience some important Australian icons and should be congratulated on their enthusiasm and conduct throughout the tour. They received much praise as they visited respective venues and were wonderful ambassadors for our College. I would also like to acknowledge Mr Chris Allanson, Mr Dustin Aylmore and Mr Jason O’Malley for their direction on the Tour.


The start of term usually brings with it some changes in staffing. This week, we have welcomed Mrs Rosa Nicholls (English) and Ms Charmaine Clements (Drama from week 3). We wish them both well as they join our staff for Term 4. 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).

Presentation Night

Planning and organisation for our College Presentation Night has been underway for several months and we now look forward to this significant night of celebration on Tuesday, 22 October. Specific details about the evening are listed elsewhere in this Newsletter and the families of respective student award winners and performers have previously been notified.

Sitting down with key College Staff to analyse student performance data, academic performance results and discuss individual students in terms of effort, service, respect and example is always a wonderful and humbling task. Our students are enormously talented and generous of spirit and finalising the recipients for the various student awards is a difficult, but very uplifting task. It should be noted, that due to the need to adequately plan and prepare for the Presentation Night, the cut-off date for many of the student awards, particularly academic and subject/course awards, needs to be set at the end of Term 3. This allows for the respective criteria for each award to be considered within a definitive time period. 

As always, we are very much looking forward to our annual College Presentation Night at which we can acknowledge our respective Student Award Winners and showcase some of our talented students through performance. It is also a wonderful occasion in which we can celebrate our sense of community.

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. The College provides seating in the upper gallery for all Year 10 and 11 students as they are part of the massed choir performance. Please note all families and members of our community are welcome, and tickets are still available!

To purchase tickets, please visit the Perth Concert Hall website or click here. Select the 'Buy Now' option, followed by the 'Purchase Best Available Seating' button.



On behalf of the College, Mr Darren O'Neill would like to invite all parents who have helped in any way throughout the year to our annual Parent Helpers' Sundowner on Wednesday, 13 November 2019. The Sundowner will be held in the Staff Lounge with cocktail food and drinks to be provided.  

College Calendar


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

Welcome back to our final term. The boys have returned and are enthusiastically looking forward to their last term, which promises to be a busy one. Please keep the Term 4 Calendar, which was emailed yesterday in a prominent place and take note of the many special events that are happening this term.

Michael Hall
Oliver Jamieson 
Luke Chapman
Westlee Terrell
Luca Fowler 
Finn Stenning Alexander 
Henry Gebauer 
Oliver Nguyen 

On Thursday evening, 8 Year 6 boys were involved in the Evening of Eminence. The boys have researched an eminent person and presented this information creatively whilst in character. The evening is an accumulation of their learning during the last term, and this term. Thank you to Mrs Ricki Boe, who has guided the boys through their preparation and well done to Westlee Terrell, Oliver Nguyen, Luke Chapman, Oliver Jamieson, Luca Fowler, Westlee Terrell, Michael Hall, Finn Stenning Alexander and Henry Gebauer on all their fantastic work.  

Monday, 21 October 
  • Da Vinci Decathlon for Year 6 GATE boys 
Tuesday, 22 October 
  • Summer Sports training at 8am
  • Senior School Presentation Night (no after school Homework Club) 
Thursday, 24 October
  • Junior School Prefects to visit Parliament House
  • Sport v Hale 
Friday, 25 October
  • Family Life Education talk for Year 6 boys
  • Year 5B Reconciliation
  • TOBA Assembly 2:20pm

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


Our last term of school has started off well with the first summer sports training. It was good to see hard work displayed on the sporting field to get a spot in the As. This week was our first fixture against Christ Church. Now we are back and are enjoying wearing our summer uniform. The Year 6 GATE boys had their Evening of Eminence on Thursday night. They did an excellent job. They put a lot of hard work into making the night a success, well done! The week ended well with a normal assembly. We are looking forward to this exciting term.

Jack Clarey (6B) and Ziggy Kaeser (6B) 

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Secondary School News


Students from our school have recently undertaken, an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $310 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

The Humanities Sydney / Canberra Australian Icons Tour departed for Canberra late on the Friday night of week 10. Twenty Year 10 and 11 boys settled in for the ‘red eye’ to Sydney arriving on AFL Grand Final day although you would not have known it from the distinct lack of interest shown by the people of Sydney. There was much more excitement about the prospect of North Sydney playing the Canberra Raiders in the NRL decider a week later.

Upon arriving in Sydney, the boys enjoyed a walk up Bondi Beach before cruising along Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay up to Watson’s Bay and back. With perfect weather conditions, the boys gained an appreciation for the beauty of the Sydney skyline. Whilst in Sydney, the boys also visited the historic and spectacular Taronga Park Zoo, and tours of Madam Tussauds and the lookout at the Westfield Sydney Tower.

On the Monday morning, we boarded a coach for Canberra. Along the way, we stopped in at the hometown of Australian cricket legend, Sir Don Bradman in Bowral. We toured the Bradman Museum and the boys even played same cricket on the Bradman Oval before we made our way to the nation’s capital.

Upon arriving in Canberra, the tour visited the National Capital Education Exhibition where we were told about the rich history of Canberra. This gave the boys a good context for what was to lie ahead for the rest of the week. The afternoon was spent touring the facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The most formal part of the tour took place on Tuesday when we visited the Australian War Memorial and participated in a wreath laying ceremony in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A guided tour and some free time were simply not enough time to see everything at the war memorial. I am certain that these boys will leap at the opportunity to return and spend more time at this important venue.

The afternoon saw us visit Government House in Yarralumla where the newly appointed Governor-General David Hurley resides when in Canberra. A tour through the ceremonial parts of the house as well as a good look at his cars including the 1970 Rolls Royce Phantom was a highlight. The evening was spent 10 pin bowling in Belconnen where Zachary Dancewicz (10.4) showed his potential as a future Australian champion.

Wednesday morning saw the group visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House where they participated in the 1975 Whitlam Dismissal programme. The museum has done an amazing job in making the Ministerial Wing of Parliament as realistic as it was in 1988 when the Hawke Government left the building to take up residence in the new parliament.

In the afternoon, we toured the High Court sitting in Court 1 the ‘constitutional court’ and Court 2 the ‘appeals court’. We heard from experts who told us about a constitutional case involving the federal governments plain cigarette packaging as well as the appeal pertaining to the Andrew Mallard case.

We then went next door to participate in a guided tour of the Australian Portrait Gallery before shooting each other up at laser tag that evening. The evening ended with a trip up to Mount Ainslie to take a look at the Canberra lights from the lookout.

Thursday morning was spent at the new parliament house where the boys toured through the House of Representatives and the Senate before participating in an activity where they passed a piece of legislation through a mock sitting of the House of Representatives. Thursday afternoon was spent at the National Museum followed by the National Zoo and Aquarium. Thursday night’s highlight was a Sydney / Canberra quiz night and prize presentation for outstanding efforts on tour. Incredibly, everyone won a prize for a valuable contribution to the group whilst away.

Our final day saw us visit the Scientific partnership between the Australian and Japanese governments that is Questacon, followed by a visit to the Royal Australian Mint before heading to Canberra Central for a spot of shopping. It certainly was a busy week, but it was great fun to experience this with such a good group of boys.

I would like to thank Mr Dustin Aylmore and Mr Jason O’Malley for their amazing efforts on this tour. Mr O’Malley’s creation of the ‘What’s App’ group as well as the padlet of photos was appreciated. I need to thank Mrs Kamal Plank from Morcombe Travel who managed all the bookings of flights, accommodation, coach travel, bookings at venues as well as dealing with the many late changes we kept on making to the schedule. I would also like to say thank you to the twenty young men who travelled with us to Sydney and Canberra. You were outstanding all week. As staff members, you could not have made us prouder. I hope that you will all take some wonderful memories from this and that some of you use it as inspiration to reach your goals when you leave school.

Mr Chris Allanson | Head of Learning Area - Humanities

L-R: Thomas Tranter, Myles Brown, Michael Tassone, James Kenwery and Domenic Lamattina

Trinity hosted students from 19 different schools in the Perth Philosothon on Wednesday. The annual competition has students explore philosophical and ethical issues. It was wonderful to see some of our sharpest minds engage in critical and creative thinking. Our contestants this year were: James Kenwery (8.8); Domenic Lamattina (8.6) - reserve; Myles Brown (9.5); Thomas Tranter (10.8) and Michael Tassone (11.5). Congratulations to all students who participated and to Myles who received the second place medal for the Year 9s.  


Last night, Trinity hosted Glen Gerreyn, who delivered his Positive Parenting Seminar to a group of Year 10 and Year 11 parents. Glen is the founder of the Hopeful Institute which is based in Sydney and the creator of the Men of Honour program which has been delivered in Year 11 this year. 

The Hopeful Institute was founded with the primary purpose of delivering solutions for the whole school community through powerful seminars that shift individual thinking and inspire audiences to navigate the complexity and disruption of contemporary society. 

The Men of Honour X program is a series of ten workshops that are based around his book and seminar. Glen came to Trinity to launch the program at the beginning of this year with the Year 11 students and parents and since then we have run three workshops. 

It was very encouraging to see so many parents at the seminar, in which Glen shared five fundamental positive parenting tools, based on positive psychology research. It was very engaging, informative and empowering and we look forward to having Glen back next year.

Mr Joel Shinkfield | Head of Year 11


On the final day of last term, 33 Year 10 students attended the College’s first ‘Sleepout for Vinnies’ which was held in the Foley Centre and the nearby grounds. With the guidance of our Head of Year, Mr Jenkin, the initiative was created to generate awareness and develop an understanding regarding the plight of the Homeless. Its secondary objective was to raise valuable funds for the St Vincent De Paul Society. The night started at 6:00pm, and following registration and an introduction, we were given a presentation by Colin Krause, a social worker with Vinnie’s, who shared insightful information on the prevalence of homelessness and the impact it has on those who are affected by it. He then ran us through some homeless-related activities that gave us more of a clear understanding of the problems and issues surrounding it. After he left, Mr Jenkin, Mr Miskiewicz and Mr Hansen led us in a discussion where we brainstormed what homelessness meant to us. At the sound of the many ‘stomach-rumbles’ we moved to the benches outside the rowing kitchen where we lined up and were served our dinner – a cup of soup and two slices of bread. Many of us were still hungry but understood it was an experience many put up with on a constant basis.

Following further discussions and an activity aimed at enhancing our personal self-worth, we ended up going to sleep just before midnight on the cold, hard floor of the Foley Centre. Even in a sleeping bag and with cardboard under us it was still very uncomfortable and many students battled to get a few hours for the night. Although this discomfort gave us all a sore back, it also gave us an invaluable experience and really allowed us to be much more grateful for the bed we get to sleep in every night. We woke the next morning, aching and tired, but were greeted with croissants and juice for breakfast, and left feeling satisfied with the challenges we had overcome.

In preparation, Year 10 students, with help from Mr Jenkin and support from many Year 10 families, managed to surpass our goal of $4000 to raise $4600. We were all very proud of this awesome achievement and hopefully this activity can continue for many years to come.

Luke Alderslade (10.7) and Ben Tucker (10.2)


At the end of last term, the Year 9 cohort were lucky to enjoy a visit from Mark Smith, the author of the year level dystopian novel “Road to Winter.” The cohort read this novel in Term 2 and it proved to be tremendously popular with the students, many of them going on to read the next two novels in the trilogy. Mark was an extremely engaging speaker who spoke about the ‘moment’ when he changed from someone who was not in the slightest bit interested in reading or school to someone who was willing to give school a go and subsequently pursue a career as a teacher and writer – a horse riding accident that left him in hospital unable to move for six months. He spoke about how he came up with the characters and the setting for his novels and some of the barriers he faced in his journey to becoming a published author. There was a chance for questions at the end of the session with a prize for the best one – there were lots of relevant and interesting questions from the students – congratulations going to Archie Allen (9.5) who won a signed copy of “Wilder Country” for his question.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


Trinity College is proud to announce that following the successful implementation of the Duke of Edinburgh Program over the past two years, we are offering all Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to work with the College to gain their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award in 2020.

This prestigious Youth Award was introduced by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, and now operates in over 130 countries. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is designed to empower young people, from 13 years through to 25 years of age, to develop life skills, self-reliance, confidence and leadership skills through a range of personally motivating and challenging activities.

The program is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority endorsed program. Awardees are also recognised in selection to Australian Universities. For further information about the Award, please read this documentation or you may wish to visit their website.

Our staff are enthusiastic to support students through the program, and I encourage you to discuss this with your son.

If your son is considering undertaking his Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2020, I encourage you to come along to the Duke of Edinburgh Information Evening on Monday, 4 November at 6:00pm in the Trinity Sports Centre.Students and parents will be provided with specific information on how a student in each year level can be supported by the College through their Duke of Edinburgh Award. If you are interested in coming to the information evening, please RSVP to the email address below. 

If you have any questions regarding the Award or require further information, please do not hesitate in contacting me via

Mr Corey Miskiewicz | Award Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

College News


Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Catholic Schools Performing Arts festival. Your participation and overall standard of performances has enabled trinity to retain the Zenith Award for the most outstanding Secondary Metropolitan School or College in the festival for the 16th consecutive year. Many students will be presented with certificates for their solo and duet performances at year level assemblies this term. A full list of these awards can be viewed on our website along with more photos. Special congratulations to the following individuals and ensembles who were awarded shields in their sections. 

  • Senior Chorale: Loreto Sisters’ Award-Choral Singing (Secondary)
  • Swing Band I: Christian Brothers Award-Big Band/Jazz Combo
  • Nicholas Campagna (12.1): Archbishop Hickey Award Bible-Reading (Secondary)
  • Declan RYAN (11.1) & Zacary LEE (11.4): Dr Peter Tannock Award-Instrumental Duet (Secondary
  • Alan Ngo (9.2): Fr John Harte Jesuit Award-Piano Solo/Duet (Secondary)
  • Declan ALLEN (12.6): Monsignor Michael Keating Award-Secondary Solo Works-Drama
  • Trinity Percussion Quartet: Premier of Western Australia Award (Secondary Instrumental Ensemble)

Dr Rob Braham | Director of Music 


Trinity College's 'Imperium' dance group has been awarded 5th place overall for their piece 'Gallipoli' at Wakakirri – Australia's largest performing arts event for schools!

From the 300 schools that took part, Trinity was the only WA winner and our students were also awarded the Secondary Award for the Style/Genre Category. Watch the announcement and special feedback from 3:35 in the video here. Well done to all involved! 


The TCEC is holding a Wax Wrap Workshop for interested parents on Friday, 8 November (Week 4) between 3pm and 4pm in the Junior School STEM Room. Wax wraps are a sustainable, reusable alternative to cling wrap and can be used for sandwiches, fruits, cakes, snacks etc. for storage and transport. They are washable and if looked after can last for over a year. These generally sell in shops for around $40 for a pack of 3! Tickets for our workshop where everything is provided to make your own wax wraps are priced at $5.00 and will include the instruction, the materials and some nibbles to keep you focused. Tickets can be booked via the following link: Please book early to secure your spot.

Ms Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


The Winter Sports photos & Athletics Group photos are now available to view and purchase.  

To access the gallery, follow the below procedure:

If parents have any queries, please contact Customer Service at


All Year 10 Carers and Parents are welcome to attend. Teresa Leone and Jill Gorski have reserved long tables at the Camfield - Canteen Bar 

  • Address: 1 Roger Mackay Drive, Burswood: at Optus Stadium
  • While no upfront payment is needed RSVPs are appreciated by 8pm on Tuesday, 29 October - to reserve more tables if needed.
  • Parents or carers please RSVP or make enquiries to Teresa Leone at

Blazer honours - all blazers are now back in the shop ready for collection. Please pick up your blazer before Tuesday if you need it for speech night. Any uniform enquiries please call into the shop on 9223 8142, or send an email via     


Ryan Mattingley is pictured far lower bottom right. Photo copyright by Cricket Australia.

Riley Mattingley (11.2), recently flew to Mackay, Queensland for the National Cricket Championships, where the Western Australian team went undefeated. 

In one of the tightest finishes in the history of the under-age National Championships, WA claimed three wickets in the final two overs of a nail-biting clash to secure their first Under-17 title in eight years.

Chasing 190 to win, NSW Metro were all but home when they moved to within six runs of victory with three wickets still remaining and two overs left in the match. They were then bowled out for 189, with an epic runout to seal the victory!

Riley secured the most dismissals of any player in the tournament with 10 (six catches, four stumpings).

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

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 
Saturday, 23 November Class of ’89 – 20th Anniversary Reunion

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

Ms Diane Millar | TOBA Executive 

Community News


WPTA Term 4 Polo Skills is an 8-week program with sessions running every Sunday morning. Commencing this Sunday the 13th of October to Sunday the 1st of December. Open to both boys and girls from years 3 to 9 with three available ability levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Our program teaches children the fundamental aspects of water polo, these include but are not limited to; swimming, treading water, coordinated ball skills, and teamwork. Registrations and more information are available via our website.


ATAR Exam Focus offers students a structured preparation program which includes the substantial modelling of answers to ATAR-stye 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. The program is scheduled to commence Saturday, 19 October and will be held on the Christ Church Grammar School campus. To enrol visit or call 9486 1377. 


Term 4 enrolments are now open for Tutition for Years 7-10 and ATAR Exam Boost seminars for Year 11 & 12. We use only qualified teachers with proven results in improving student's grades. Your child will receive support in the WA curriculum to improve their marks and confidence at school. You can enrol online via and also learn more about all of our current courses. You can call us on 9314 9500 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


Coach from Let’s Run Perth will teach your son better running technique and posture. Program is suitable for boys in Year 4 to 6. Payment by bank transfers to Let’s Run Perth.

  • Every Monday, 28 Oct - 2 Dec 2019
  • 3:15 - 4:00pm
  • Location: Mann Oval - meet at the cricket cage
  • 6 sessions

Early bird registration fee is $72/child (if paid by 26 Oct) and normal registration fee is $82/child (if paid after 27 Oct)

Registration link: or you can text “TC” to: 0402 784 225

For more information, you can email: or call 0402 784 225. You can also visit our Facebook page:


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. 


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.


This is a course for those who work with adolescents which includes teachers, case workers and volunteers. The course will discuss:

  • How to assess what's going on for the adolescent while establishing an alliance with them
  • How we can roll with the student's resistance to engaging with us
  • Ways of working with adolescents who are depressed, angry, disengaged or emotional

The course is being held by Relationshsips Australia, Level 1 - 22 Southport Street in West Leederville on Tuesday, 19 November. It runs from 9:30am-4:30pm and costs $220 per person, including a light lunch. Bookings are required and can me made by calling 6164 0200 or visit

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