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TC Newsletter:
Volume 34 - November 3, 2017

From the Headmaster 


At our last Board meeting for 2017, the fees for the 2018 school year were finalised. Whenever the College Board is looking at fees we are always exceptionally cogniscant of the current economic climate and we try to respond accordingly. So, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the College Board has confirmed a College budget for 2018, which allows for a 3.9% increase in School Fees for Years 7 and 8 and a 0% increase for students in Years 4 – 6 and Years 9 - 12. You may remember that at this time last year we announced that there was a freeze on fees from Year 4 – 8 for 2017. The College Board hopes that this has given all families an opportunity to have a pause in cost increases.

This year sees the conclusion of my time on the College Board, a group that I have been with for 10 years, and with the Graduation of our youngest, Domenic, sees the end our family’s association with the College as parents after 12 years. We have been blessed to have our 3 sons educated at the College and believe that they have all been provided with a foundation that sets them up well for their life after Trinity. I wish Trinity well and will watch the progress of the College into the future with much interest and support. - Mr John Driscoll


On Thursday, all the Year 9 students spent a day beside the shores of the Swan River, Lake Gwelup and Lake Monger where the boys had the opportunity to further explore and deepen their relationship with God. I thank all the staff that were part of these retreats.


Next week sees the commencement of the Year 11 exams with our Year 10s starting exams the following week. I hope that their hard work is reflected in their results. Year 7, 8 and 9 students commence their final assessments the week after that and, whilst I hope that a well-planned study program has been in existence for some time, I ask that we keep all our students in our prayers. There is an old maxim, which suggests that we should pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on us. All students need to be aware that school work and College expectations are in place right up to the final bell on the last day and it is important that we do not let standards slip at this time of the year. Expectations of grooming, uniform, punctuality and attendance are the same now as they were at the beginning of the year. I ask that parents continue to support us in this regard.


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, 8 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 and 10 for 2017. The dates are:

  • 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.


If you are interested in joining a pool of casual staff to assist in the Uniform Shop, please email your application to Judy Mackintosh at

Applications close on Friday, 10 November. If you have any questions, please call Judy on 9223 8142.


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Upcoming Events


Monday, 6 November

  • Year 10 Adventure Learning Camp
  • Auxiliary Meeting

Tuesday, 7 November

  • 9:35am Year 9 Mass
  • Wednesday, 8 November 
  • Parent Helpers' Sundowner

Thursday, 9 November

  • TC v CC 
  • Positive Engagement with your Kids and Building Respect Presentation
Friday, 10 November
  • 8:00am Mass
  • Junior School Orientation

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Junior School News 


On Friday, 10 November the Junior School will host 75 new students and up to 150 parents for an Orientation to Trinity College. The activities will commence at 8:50am with guided tours of the College facilities by Year 6 students and conclude after morning tea at 11:15am.


Last Friday’s Cake Stall was incredibly successful. The boys were given the challenge to raise $700 for the Wheelchairs for Kids charity. The money from the stall and donations far exceeded this, with $2,000 handed to Br Ollie during Friday’s Assembly. Br Oliie remarked that this donation would change the lives of 10 children. A fantastic effort!


The Year Six students had the opportunity to participate in a voluntary Astronomy Camp run by Mr Bill Cooper and a great group of Senior school astronomy students. The boys took part in some great group activities, this included creating rockets and launching them on Saturday morning.  Congratulations to the winning group were: William Hall, Nathan Tobin, Jack Tanner, Nam Lamb, Noah Cork and Stratos Gavalos.  


Tuesday, 7 November

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

Wednesday, 8 November

  •  Parent Helpers Sundowner commencing at 6:30pm

Thursday, 9 November

  • Year 6G visit to Marist Lodge
  • Sport v Christ Church

Friday, 10 November

  • New student Orientation Morning
  • TOBA Assembly commencing at 2:20pm


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


The weather is finally looking up and it has started to become warmer as we approach the end of the year.

On Tuesday, the Year 5 & 6s had their summer sport training, warming up for the big games on Thursday against Scotch. To celebrate Italian week, a Gelato van came in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday was time for the game against Scotch. Everyone tried their best and played with good sportsmanship. On Friday some of the Year 5 & 6s got to take part in a triathlon run by school sports WA.

Sachin Tana (6W) and Nam Lam (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


On Tuesday, 31 October during a Year Assembly, the Year 8s presented a cheque for $2350 to Tina Phan, a representative from the Starlight Foundation. 

This occasion marked the culmination of the fantastic Year 8 Christian Service effort lead by the PCG Councillors who organised a Sausage Sizzle, amongst other smaller activities, to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation.

The cause is close to the hearts of the Year 8 boys, and during the assembly Tina reinforced and acknowledged our support, as Starlight is an inspiring foundation that aims to brighten the lives of children and families facing life-threatening illness. An example of how this is often achieved includes allowing affected families opportunities to experience ‘bucket-list’ type holidays and activities.

Special thanks for our fundraising effort is reserved to the Bonwick family (Lachlan 8.7), who through their Mosman Fresh IGA store were very generous in donating meat, bread and sauce amongst other items to ensure optimal funds were raised. 

Other families within the Year 8 cohort were similarly charitable through donating produce and money towards the cause. Sincere thanks to you all - It was a real team effort!

Speaking of teamwork, the Canteen and Maintenance staff were sensational in supporting the fundraiser and like the Year 8 PCG staff, it would not have been possible without their great assistance and they too deserve our gratitude.

Mr Andrew Jenkin | Head of Year 8

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


You can now purchase Smartriders via our Online Store.  


The Winter Sports Photos are now available to view and purchase through Photo Hendriks.

To access the gallery, follow the below procedure:


  • The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays from 7:30am-4:30pm and Friday from 7:30am-1:30pm
  • All Middle and Senior school students need to be in the white college shirt next year - 2018. As this can work out expensive for families, the College has put the shirts in a bundle or 3 for $90:00 - this is a fifteen-dollar saving. Please consider buying your shirt this term as January can be very busy in the shop.
  • A reminder to all Year 10 students. The navy Senior jumpers need to be ordered and paid for. No late orders can be taken as the jumper is a made to order item. 
 Mrs J Mackintosh, Uniform Shop Manager

The November regular meeting for the College Auxiliary will be held on Monday, 6 November at 9am in the Board Room. All parents welcome.

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator


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.

All Trinity College Auxiliary Parents are invited to attend the annual End of Year Auxiliary Dinner:
  • Thursday, 16 November 2017
  • The Karalee on Preston, Como
  • 7pm onwards
Guests to please order food and drinks individually on the evening. Please RSVP by Monday, 13 November at 4:00pm on TryBooking:


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You can view the results from Trinity v Wesley by clicking here


Here is your chance to own some exclusive signed NBL/AFL memorabilia and support TC students on their tour. The items include signatures from Brownlow Medallists, Premiership Players & NBL MVP’s. If you are interested please download a copy of the silent auction list, along with photos by clicking here. All items have been professionally framed and are available for viewing in reception at the College 8:00am-3pm Mon-Fri. Bids can be placed at the following email address 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


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, 6 November 2017


 Margaret Vidotto and Atu Amato


 Caroline Smith and Tania Franse


 Lorena Townsend and Rose Chang


 Sally Smith


 Aini Saiman

If you would like to volunteer or have any enquiries, please contact Carol Watson on 0409 110 319 or email 

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Community News 


We would like to advise you of our “Parish Sacrament and Religious Education Programs,” for 2018. The Holy Spirit Sacrament Program begins in Year 1 through to Year 6, allowing us to prepare your children for their Sacraments. The spiritual journey is important for each child to understand the Sacrament that they will receive. The policy of the Archdiocese of Perth is that, ideally, a child should have two years of preparation for each sacrament, and only one Sacrament to be made per year. With this in mind, it is important that Years 1, 2 and Year 5 children attending non-Catholic schools attend a Parish Religious Education Program (PREP). For specific dates and more information please visit or contact Cathy Gawen via or 0451 951 043.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience at The University of Western Australia offers you the chance to be immersed in our world-class scientific research, and to discover what it's like to be a university student preparing for the rich variety of careers in science of engineering. Meet UWA scientists, experience hands-on workships in our labs and see epic demonstrations of science in action. 
  • 16, 17 and 18 January 2018
  • 9am to 4pm daily
  • UWA, Crawley Campus
  • Year 9/10 students (entering Years 10/11 in 2018)
  • $150 per student

For more information and to book your spot please visit  


As part of National Psychology Week 2017, the Australian Psychological Society in collaboration with the Association of Counselling Psychologists will be hosting a free public seminar. Complex trauma, disordered eating and bullying are three areas in which social media and technology can exacerbate an already difficult problem or disorder. Three Counselling Psychologists will draw on scientific research and the power of the therapeutic relationship to bring about meaningful change. This FREE seminar will provide an overview and suggestions to help you and your children manage the impact of technology and social media on our lives.

  • Sunday, 5 November 2017 from10am-12 noon
  • Perth College
  • Judith Cottier Theatre, 3 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley, WA 6050
  • Book here (for catering purposes):

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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