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TC Newsletter:
Volume 33 - October 27, 2017

From the Headmaster 


Last Monday a number of important events were held to farewell the graduating class of 2017. It began early in the morning with a breakfast for the boys hosted by TOBA. This was followed by the presentation of the TOBA tie and pin and an address by Mr Tim Hammond (’92). I thank Mr Peter Torre ('89), Ms Diane Millar and the entire TOBA executive for this event.

At the same time the Year 12 parents were provided with a light breakfast hosted by the College Auxiliary and I thank the many parents involved. It is a tradition where the Year 11 parents provide this service to the Year 12 parents (this way we all get a turn to serve and then be waited upon). I thank all the Year 11 parents who assisted.

The formal school assembly in our new Sports Centre was a very fitting way to farewell the Year 12s. The pipers, as always, provided a sense of ceremony, and Nicholas Ellison ('17) spoke on behalf of the Year 12 students.

That evening, the Year 12 graduation Mass and Dinner held at the Convention Centre was very successful. I thank Mr Leo Murray, Fra Oscar Aguleira, Dr Rob Braham, Mr David Allen, Mr Anthony Byrne and so many other staff for all their hard work. 

Year 12 is the culmination of a long partnership between the student, the family and the school. I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the class of 2017 and I wish them every success for their future.


Your prayers are asked for our Year 12 students who are preparing to sit their WACE Exams. These begin for Trinity students on Wednesday, 1 November with Physics and will conclude with Italian on Friday, 17 November. I take this opportunity to wish all the boys the very best during this time.


On Wednesday night, 23 schools from across the metropolitan area came together at Trinity College for the 2017 All Schools Philosothon. The night was very successful and the students enjoyed themselves immensely.

A Philosothon is an annual competition wherein students explore philosophical and ethical issues. At a Philosothon school, aged students are assessed by University based professional philosophers and score highly where they demonstrate rigour and clarity of thought. An essential component of a Philosothon is the pedagogical model for teaching Philosophy to young people called Community of inquiry.

This year’s topics were: Is Privacy important?, Will machines ever become human? Is the mind a physical thing?

Special thanks to Donette Firkins, for the enormous year-long effort she put in that resulted in such a smooth running and professional evening.


Next Thursday our Year 9 students will participate in their Galilee retreat. The students will spend a day beside the shores of the Swan River, Lake Gwelup and Lake Monger where they will have an opportunity to further explore and deepen their relationship with God. I ask all parents to support this event and I encourage all the boys to follow the expectations of the day.


At Trinity College we are blessed with a parent group who are always willing to give their time and energy to support our students and staff in the many different groups and events that take place in our busy school community.

On Wednesday, 9 November, College staff take the opportunity to show our thanks by inviting parents to the Parent Helpers Sundowner to be held in the Staff Lounge from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 

Drinks and cocktail food will be provided, so if you’ve contributed to one of our many “Friends of” groups, been a Canteen or Clothing Shop Volunteer, helped out in Junior School or volunteered in other ways at the school this year, we warmly invite you to attend. RSVP’s are essential via TryBooking: 


Parents are warmly invited to the final year group Term 4 Masses for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 for 2017. The dates are:

  • Year 11 – Tuesday, 31 October
  • Year 9 – Tuesday, 7 November
  • Year 10 – Tuesday, 14 November
  • Year 8 – Tuesday, 21 November

As is tradition there will be a light morning tea for parents following Mass, please confirm your attendance with Beverly Martinez at  or 9223 8106. Parents are always most welcome to attend Mass at the College, so we hope you can take some time out at this very busy time of year to join us.


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 31 October
9:35am Year 11 Mass
Wednesday, 1 November
WACE Written Exams Commence
Thursday, 2 November
SC v TC  
Year 11 Drama Showcase
Year 9 Galilee Retreat
Friday, 3 November
8:00 Mass
Year 11 Assembly
Saturday, 4 November
Guildford on Swan Regatta 

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Junior School News 


On Tuesday, the boys from 5B visited Marist Lodge to spend time with the residents. This is part of the Christian Service focus the Junior School boys have had during the last few years. The boys were wonderful ambassadors whilst there, prompting this email from one of the staff from Marist Lodge, “We had a class come and visit us today and they were so great with the residents. SO impressed with the students, the residents loved it.” Very proud of our boys, who also found it to be a very rewarding experience.


This week the Life Ed Van visited the College. The boys in the Junior School had an opportunity in their class groups to hear the very important messages from this incursion. The boys learnt about cyber safety and other ways to protect themselves. The Life Ed Van proved to be a very engaging and educational experience for the Junior School boys.


The students in Year 4 organised and ran a cake stall today in order to assist Br Ollie and his Wheelchairs for Kids charity. Thank you to all the families who provided cakes, to the Prefects for running the stall and to all who bought a cake or made a donation. Another good example of the boys wanting to assist those in need.


Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Parent Liaison Meeting on Wednesday. Your assistance and feedback are valuable and appreciated.


On Friday, 3 November nine boys from Year 6 and three from Year 5 will be competing in the School Sport WA Primary Teams Triathlon event, which will be held at the Champion Lakes Rowing Centre. The event is open to all Primary school students across the State. The competition is a team event where the students compete in teams of three with each member of the team completing one leg of the triathlon, a 200m swim, 6km cycle and a 2km run. Good luck to the four teams who are representing the College next week. This year they are also introducing an aquathon, which is an individual event where the competitors swim and run. Good luck to Caden Barnett (6G), who is our entrant for this race.


This evening, 36 Year 6 boys have the opportunity to participate in the Astronomy Camp. This is organised each year by the Secondary Astronomy Scholars and the boys do a range of space related activities during the evening. The highlight of the camp is on Saturday morning when the boys launch the rockets they made during the camp. 


Tuesday, 31 October

  •  Sports training for Year 5s and 6s, commencing at 8:00am

Thursday, 2 November

  •  Sport v Scotch

Friday, 3 November

  • School Sport WA Triathlon
  • Assembly commencing at 2:40pm


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


It has been a busy week in the Junior School. For the first three days of the week all of the classes got to have a lesson in the Life Ed Van. Our main focus of learning was cyber safety and being smart users of technology. On Tuesday, Year 5B had a Christian Service excursion to the Marist Lodge. They got to play games with the residence and discuss what life was like for them, compared to the lives we all live now.

Our Thursday sport fixtures were against Wesley College at home. All of the boys put in 100% and all made a contribution to each of their teams. Year 6B has their class Mass on Friday. Everybody read fluently and did extremely well. We also had the Year 4 cake stall on Friday, with all the money raised going to Br Ollie’s Wheelchairs for kids. At the end of the day we had the 6W Assembly. We hope you have a safe and happy weekend.

Joel Carcich (6B) & Christian Ludovico (6W)


All Year 4 parents are invited to attend a Christmas Party on Friday, 8 December. This great event will be held at Embargo Container Bar (Elizabeth Quay) from 6:30pm and will be a great way to finish off the year. Cocktail food will be pre-arranged and drinks can be purchased on the night. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information or to make the payment, please contact Astrid on 0423 859 895 or email Anna via Please RSVP and make your payment before Tuesday, 31 October

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Secondary School News

Students were treated to a lunchtime concert on Tuesday, 24 October in Centenary Park. It was great to see the bands live in action and was a perfect addition to surrounding students' lunchtime. 
All Year 8 Parents are invited to attend an End of Year Party on Friday, 4 November at the Public House Kitchen and Bar (Corner of Adelaide Terrace and Grosvenor Street, Perth). $35/person required for confirmation with RSVP no later than 4pm on Thursday, 26 October.
Tickets are available from the Online Store. Enquiries to Teresa Leone ( or Jill Gorski (
Save the Date for the Year 10 Parent Gathering on Saturday, 18 November
- Held at McCabe Court, Trinity College
- Live Band
- 70's/80's Trivia
- Food provided
- BYO Drinks, glasses and chairs
- $20 per person

Please contact the event organiser with any questions: Rita Rocca at

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College News

The College will be celebrating all things Italian, next week (Week 4). A few key attractions are noted below and are open to both Junior and Secondary students.
  • Gelato Van at lunchtime from Tuesday, 31 October - Thursday, 2 November
  • Woodfire Pizza Van at lunchtime on Wednesday, 1 November

Eliza Knapman | Italian Teacher


The votes have been counted for the 2017 People's Choice Art Prize. The winner, as voted by the TC community is Jason Gonsalves (12.1) for his pencil drawing titled 'Through the Camera Lens.' Coming in a very close second was Lucas Mill's (12.3) artwork titled 'Clean Up That Mess.' Thank you to all those who voted. 


The Parent Helper Sundowner will be held on Wednesday, 8 November in the Staff Lounge. Free entry with cocktail food and drinks supplied. Please RSVP for your complimentary places at this event via TryBooking

On Thursday, 9 November, the College Trinity Fathers for Others is very proud to be hosting a special event at which one of our own Trinity fathersMagistrate Colin Kaeser ('82) will provide a presentation on Positive Engagement with your Kids and Building Respect

In his presentation, Colin would talk about his work at the family court – with some stats and case examples – to give a flavour of his experience there. Then he will highlight the effect of positive parenting and engaging with your kids, and perhaps touch on the potential downsides if we don’t.

Colin is a Family Law Magistrate. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador and the Secretary of the Management Committee of the Waratah Support Centre in Bunbury. Colin is an Old Boy of Trinity and has 2 boys at the school – with a 3rd joining in 2019.

If you are keen to attend this very special event please book tickets by clicking hereIt is expected the event will begin at 7pm and should be no longer than an hour. At the conclusion of Colin’s presentation, Trinity Fathers for Others welcome you to enjoy some light refreshments.


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All Swim Team members from Junior School and Senior School are invited to a swim meet against Wesley, Penrhos, Christ Church and others.

  • Date: Sunday, 29 October (this Sunday)
  • Venue: Trinity Pool
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 8:45am (Warm-up) 9:15am Start with a 11:00am Finish
  • Events: Choice of 4 from 50m Free, 50m Breast, 50m Back, 50m Fly, & 100m Best Stroke
  • Food: Sausage Sizzle

All swimmers are encouraged to come along and enjoy an early season hit out. Find out your current times and set 2018 goals.

Mr Dion Mepham | Aquatics Specialist

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


Year 12 students, their families and loved ones gathered together on Centenary Park for the TOBA Graduation Breakfast on Monday morning. We were fortunate to have Old Boy and National Vice President of the Australian Labor Party, Tim Hammond ('92) address students. Tim emphasised the importance of having integrity in everything you do, to stay true to the values learnt at TC, to chase your passion and to look after yourself and each other. A huge thank you to Tim for his time! Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and welcome to TOBA!  #tcspirit #TOBA


TOBA teams are preparing to challenge TC teams at the upcoming TOBA Summer Sports Day on Friday, 24 November.

Basketball: 4.00pm
Cricket: 12.15pm - 5.30pm
Rowing: 4.00pm with the main race at approximately 5.00pm at TC
Tennis: 3.15pm
Volleyball: 4.00pm
Water polo: 4.15pm
5.30pm: Informal presentations, sausage sizzle and drinks

All games are played at Trinity College and everyone is welcome.


Saturday, 11 November

Class of 1997 - 20th Anniversary Reunion

Saturday, 11 November

Class of 2007 - 10th Anniversary Reunion

Wednesday, 15 November

Class of 1957 - 60th Anniversary Reunion

Wednesday, 22 November

Class of 1947 - 70th Anniversary Reunion

Friday, 1 December

Class of 1974 - Celebrating 60th Birthday's

Invitations to the above Reunions have been posted. If you have not received your copy, please advise us of your current contact details by calling 9223 8178 or emailing

Diane Millar | Executive Officer | TOBA

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Canteen Roster

Week beginning Monday, 30 October 2017


Rose Chang and Janey Smith


Peta Harris


Dianne Homsany and Rose Chang


Leanne Kinsella


Rebecca Spencer and Trish Chapman 

If you would like to volunteer or have any enquiries, please contact Carol Watson on 0409 110 319 or email 
We would like to say a special thank you to our Year 12 Mums, who have given their time to the Canteen in the past. We wish your boys all the very best. 

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Community News 


A sublime experience in the candle-lit Cathedral on Sunday, 5 November from 7:15pm. 

The Cathedral Choir is joined by a combined schools choir and orchestra to present a programme featuring Faure's prayerful 'Cantique de Jean Racine' in its orchestral version, Smetana's 'Vltava', Parry' 'I was glad' and chants and motets sung in the candle-lit chapels of St Mary's. Also features Liszt's monumental organ classic 'Prelude and Fugue on BACH'. 

Before the concert, enjoy the famous Miss Maud smorgasbord at the special price of $35 at Miss Maud Restaurant (Pier St, Perth) Bookings essential!! For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 6488 2440 or visit 


David Fong is an experienced secondary school Maths tutor who specialises in tutoring students in either catching up on their peers or working ahead in preparation. You can receive 50% off your first session if you mention Trinity College. For more information please call 0414 644 952 or email 


For the first time, Academic Task Force will be offering one-day Exam Boost Seminars for Year 11 students to ensure your students are ready for their exams. Year 11 Exam Boost Seminars at Perth Modern School commence on Sunday, 22 October and will run through to Sunday, 5 November 2017. The seminars are open to all local Year 11 students.

The 6 hour, one-day courses will inspire and build your students’ confidence before their upcoming exams. Students will receive targeted exam advice, tips and preparation, including strategies and problem solving methods to boost exam performance.

The following courses will be available: View FULL timetable online




Sunday, 29 October

Maths Applications Yr 11 ATAR

Hilda Parker

Sunday, 5 November

Physics Yr 11 ATAR

Grant Keenan

Classes in English Methods, Specialist, Chemistry and Human Biology are available at other venues including Churchlands SHS, Rossmoyne SHS and Baldivis Secondary College. For more information or to enrol, please visit


The January Jump-Start Program is open to students from all WA schools and will be held on the Christ Church Grammar School campus. The program aims to:

  • Teach, revise and reinforce sound Study Skills before the commencement of the new academic year
  • Revise the important components from the 2017 syllabus that are relavant to the new syllabus
  • Offer students a preview of what they can expect in their new courses in 2018

To enrol now or for more information, please visit or phone 9486 1377. 

Youth Groups Around Perth

Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6-12
Every Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall
For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393

All Saints Parish 24:7 Greenwood Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6-12
Every Sunday night 6.30-8pm @ the Ahern Centre (Liwara Catholic Primary School)
For more info call Lynn 0452 413 942 or Lionel 0405 107 841

24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group
Meets on 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays of the month
6-8pm @ St Simon Peter Parish meeting room
For all youth in Years 6-12
For more info call Amanda 0421 144 992 or Samuel 0474 310 944

24:7 Osborne Park Youth Group
For all youth in Years 7-12
Every Friday night, 7.30-9.30pm @ 67 Howe St, Osborne Park
For more info call Jacinta 0497 611 312 or Joel 0421 725 582

24:7 South Youth Group
All youth in Years 7-12 are invited!
Every Friday night @ 7-9pm in the Kolbe College Sports Hall
For more info call Ming Yan 0414 998 043 or Matt 0421 746 858

24:7 Servite Youth Group
All youth in Years 6-12 are invited!
Every Friday of school term @ 3:30 - 5:30pm in Servite College Chapel
Youth of St Kieran's & St Denis parishes also welcome!
For more info contact Paul 0430 636 274 or Kym 0400 042 232

24:7 Nedlands Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6 - 12
Every Friday night, 6 - 8pm @ Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands
For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

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