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TC Newsletter:

Volume 33  October 25, 2019

From the Principal 

Presentation Night:

This has been a particularly busy, but very significant week in our College calendar. On Tuesday evening, we gathered for our annual College Presentation Night.  It was a wonderful celebration of student achievement. Many student awards were presented and outstanding student performance in music and dance was showcased. Once again, the sight and sound of the Trinity Massed Choir to open the evening was a particular highlight, as was the ‘skirl of the pipes’ as our beautifully presented College Pipe Band closed a wonderful evening of celebration.

Throughout the night, respective year level awards were presented to a large number of students in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the areas of Academic Studies, Christian Service, Sport and Performing Arts. It was very humbling to listen to the citations that outlined the achievements and service of our Special Student Award winners. It was a further reminder of the generosity of spirit and the pursuit of personal excellence exhibited by so many of our boys.

The evening also afforded our College community with the opportunity to formally acknowledge our student leaders. In a very symbolic ceremony, the current 2019 College Prefects were able to ‘handover’ the office of Student Leadership to the newly elected Prefects for 2020. Under the guidance of Head Prefect, Simon Homsany and Deputy Head Prefect Jean-Paul Starkie, this year’s Prefect group have set a fine example and leave a wonderful legacy for the future. To conclude this ceremony, Cameron Pell (11.5) was announced as Head Prefect for 2020 and Riley Mattingley (11.2) was acknowledged as the Deputy Head Prefect. We wish Cameron, Riley and all of our 2020 Prefects our good wishes and blessings for next year.

As stated previously, the College Presentation Night is a wonderful celebration of student achievement. It gives our community the opportunity to acknowledge excellence and look to the future. I would like to extend congratulations to all of our Student Award winners and sincerely thank the many College Staff who contributed to making the evening such a great success.


Yesterday, in a series of Graduation events, our College community was able to farewell and celebrate our Leaving Class of 2019. The celebrations commenced with a Farewell Breakfast for our graduating students. This was generously hosted by TOBA. President, Peter Torre (’89) spoke to the boys about the importance of staying connected and Old Boy, Graeme Yukich (’80) encouraged the boys to follow their dreams and do great things, always being mindful and appreciative of their time at Trinity College and the people around them.

The Year 12 students then gathered in the Sports Centre for a final Farewell Assembly. The secondary students and Staff were joined by many parents and families to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Graduating Class of 2019. In a respectful and very emotional ceremony, the Year 12 students were piped into the Assembly and presented to the community. Outgoing Head Prefect, Simon Homsany gave his final reflection, challenging all students to make the most of the many opportunities that Trinity provides and encouraged his fellow graduates and ‘brothers’ to continually strive for excellence in all that they do. Flanked by their parents who formed a guard of honour, and led by our College Pipers, our graduating class then processed out of the Sports Centre for the final time, exiting the College with dignity and respect. It was wonderful to witness the pride they had in Trinity as the rest of the College acknowledged them and wished them well.

Later in the evening, the Graduation Mass and Dinner were held. Joined by family and friends, the students participated in a very special Mass - joining together in communion to share in the Eucharist. The graduating students used this special occasion to give thanks to their parents in appreciation for their support and love during these formative years. As part of the Mass, each student was acknowledged and presented with their Graduation Scrolls and Christian Brothers’ Medals. It was a wonderful occasion that allowed families and the College to respectfully celebrate and congratulate our Year 12 graduating students.

Following the Mass, students from our graduating class, their parents and many of the College Staff gathered for a beautiful meal prior to listening to some formal addresses and watching a number of fantastic video presentations that captured the student’s journey at Trinity College. It was a special evening that provided students, families and staff an opportunity to share stories and wish each other well for the future. It also gave the boys and respective families an opportunity to acknowledge the guidance and leadership of Head of Year, Mr Kenny Chan. Mr Chan has been a wonderful advocate for our graduating class, challenging them to great things and being a wonderful role model for them all.

On behalf of all the College community, I would like to formally congratulate our 2019 Graduating Class and thank them for being such wonderful, generous and humble young men. We trust that as they leave our College, they do so with pride and as people of integrity, with a real sense of self-worth and purpose. We also take great comfort in knowing that they leave our College with a strong sense of faith and pray that they find peace knowing that God will continue to travel with them on paths ahead. We are very proud of them and offer them all of God’s blessings for the journey ahead. 

Finally, I would like to wish them all the best in the next few weeks as they embark on further examinations and apply for further training, university or employment. Please keep our graduating Year 12 students, and their families who support them during this important time, in your prayers. 

Live Jesus in our Hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


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, 28 October

  • Year 8 Outdoor Ed Cycling

Tuesday, 29 October

  • Senior School Rock Band lunchtime concert
  • 9:35am Year 11 Mass
  • Year 8 Outdoor Ed Cycling

Wednesday, 30 October

  • WACE Exams Commence
  • Year 8 Outdoor Ed Cycling

Thursday, 31 October

  • TC Bye
  • Year 9 Galilee Retreat

Friday, 1 November

  • 8:00am Mass
  • TC Bye
  • TOBA Summer Sports Day

Saturday, 2 November

  • TC Bye
  • Aquinas Regatta
  • Year 7 Profiling Testing

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Junior School News


On Thursday, our Junior School Prefects went to Parliament House as special guests of John Carey MLA. They took part in a tour, followed by morning tea. It was a privileged and unique experience for the boys.


This week, our Year 6 Gifted and Talented boys took park in the da Vinci Decathlon at The University of Western Australia. They were very excited to compete in a collaborative team environment on challenging tasks in areas of Science, Maths, English, Engineering, Creative Producers, Art and Poetry, Cartography, Code-breaking, General Knowledge and Ideation. 


During Term 1, the Year 4 boys visited Br Ollie’s Wheelchairs for Kids factory as part of their Christian Service program. During the visit they got to see how many children have had their lives changed due to the volunteer work of all in the workshop. The second part of the program is to raise some money to donate to Wheelchairs for Kids. The Year 4 boys are running a cake stall and have invited Br Ollie to assembly to receive the proceeds. The cake stall is taking place on Thursday, 31 October, and I encourage all boys to purchase some morning tea.


Parents of any students who are not returning to Trinity next year are asked to let the college know as soon as possible.  


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.


Tuesday, 29 October 
  • Year 5/6 Sports Training at 8am
  • Year 5Gd Christian Service at Archbishop Goody House
Wednesday, 30 October 
  • Smart Start Banking incursion
  • Year 5G Christian Service at Archbishop Goody House
  • Parent Liaison meeting in the College Boardroom at 2:30pm
Thursday, 31 October
  • Year 7 Profiling Test for TC students
  • Year 4 Cake stall for Wheelchairs for Kids
Friday, 1 November
  • Year 5G Mass at 8:40am
  • Smart Start Banking Incursion
  • Year 4G Assembly at 2:20pm in the Braham Auditorium 
  • Year 6 Astronomy 

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


Wow, what a busy week! It started off with The Gate boys from Year 6 heading off to UWA for the Da Vinci Decathlon on Monday, well done to all the boys who competed and for being great ambassadors of Trinity. On Tuesday it was a normal day with sport training in the morning, we held the spelling bee for the Year 4s and 5’s at lunchtime. On Wednesday, at lunchtime the year 6’s had their spelling bee. Congratulations to all the boys who participated over the 2 days. On Thursday the prefects headed off to Parliament House for morning tea with Mr Carey. There was also a sports fixture against Hale. On Friday we finished the week off with a TOBA assembly for 6B. Congratulations to all the award winners, and our newest TOBA winner.

By Michael Hall (6G) and Charlie McDonald (6W)

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Secondary School News

L-R: Luke Gratoggi, Her Excellency Francesca Tardioli, Daniel Santelli and Mrs Knapman

Last night Mrs Knapman and two Year 11 students, Daniel Santelli (11.6) and Luke Gratoggi (11.4), were invited but the Italian Consul to Western Australia, David Balloni, to His Majesty’s Theatre to see a performance of Macbeth as an opera in Italian. Prior to the show, all invited schools were taken to a function room where they were lucky enough to meet the Consul, Her Excellency Francesca Tardioli, the Italian Ambassador to Australia and members of the cast. There were refreshments and the opportunity to meet other students from other schools.

The performance was spectacular and powerful, and the students were engrossed in it. They both really enjoyed their first experience at the opera and of a live Shakespeare performance. There were screens placed at the side of the stage with subtitles to enhance the experience for all. The costumes were fantastic, and the sets enhanced the performance. Hopefully we will be invited to go again next year.


The Harry Potter 3D puzzle that was started during Book Week is finally finished! This proved to be much more tricky than we all predicted. Along the way, many students got involved in the construction, however at the finishing point, Jarvis Rickard (9.1), John Carroll (9.2) and Darcy Hoye (9.5) were the ones who put the final pieces together to complete the 3D The Great Hall from Hogwarts.


This week in the Library we have been lucky enough to have some extra furry friends with us. Callum Lee (10.7) suggested bringing two of his pet guinea pigs – LC and Sam Jr – in for students to become acquainted with. The two pets have been a great hit with many students coming in to check on them as well even getting to hold them for a little while. Callum is something of a guinea pig expert who has been able impart lots of his knowledge to curious students.

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


All students learning a musical instrument will received re-enrolment forms within the next week. Please return these forms as soon as possible to the music office. Any queries with your son’s progress should be discussed initially with the instrumental tutor. 

Students who are applying to begin an instrument will be given the opportunity to try out preferences. Application forms for students wishing to begin an instrument are available from the Music Office they are due by Wednesday, 8 November.  

‘Have a go day’ will be held on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 for beginner students wishing to try their preferences in woodwind, brass or string instruments.  Please ring Mrs Denniston on 9223 8155 for an appointment or email:                                                                  

Music re-enrolment forms:

Please return these forms to Mrs Denniston in the Music Office no later than Wednesday, 8 November 2019.

New Music Students:

Students wishing to take up an instrument can pick up an enrolment form from the Music Office. These forms need to be returned as soon as possible. “Have a go Day” will be held on Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Dr Rob Braham | Director of Music 


We are on the look out for new crew members for Imperium XX. Entry is by audition only which will take place on Tuesday, 5 November (week 4) during Period 2. All students interested must prepare a solo performance for at least 30seconds. For further information or queries, please contact or via SEQTA. 

Paula Nicoletto | Dance Co-Ordinator - Performing Arts


Parents and Guardians are advised that school photos will be distributed to all students in Year 7 to 11 during morning PCG this morning. Year 12 students are able to collect photographs from College reception.

The College advises parents to discuss this with their son to ensure that photos are taken home and their condition is maintained. 

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College News


The package day 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



Click here to download results from the Trinity/Christ Church fixture.  

Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

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


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 


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. 


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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