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TC Newsletter:

Volume 35  November 8, 2019

From the Principal 


One of the many privileges of being the Principal of Trinity is watching the boys and their families interact as part of our large College community. The extraordinary number of events; breakfasts, rehearsals, concerts, socials, sports fixtures, camps and many others, allow students, families and staff to form important relationships centred on the formation of our young men. Interestingly, it is also a privilege to observe the very special intimate and important relationship between parents and their sons. For many, little changes over the years. The plentiful and generous hugs and kisses that abound in the Junior School can still be seen in the carpark drop-off in the Secondary School and make a triumphant and welcome return at Graduation time. For others, this overt display of affection and love that manifests itself in the form of a comforting hug or a well-wishing kiss, can ‘go missing’ during the adolescent years. This was highlighted to me at the recent Year 12 Graduation Dinner when, upon warmly embracing his son, one very proud Dad turned to say, “I have really missed those hugs”.

It was a clear reminder that just as boys develop differently in a physical sense, they also develop differently in an emotional and social sense. It is all a very normal and sometimes frustrating part of the emotional growth that boys experience or, in fact, experiment with as they navigate through their development as young men. It may also highlight the changing way that we may all seek to help young men grow in this fast paced and ever-changing world. At Trinity College, we look to complement and support parents in forming Men for Others. This now includes programs and initiatives that have a real and deliberate focus on recognising and understanding emotions, building respectful relationships, valuing true friendships and respecting and celebrating the role of women.

Recently I came across an article by celebrated Australian author Tim Winton. He gave some insight and commentary about the pressures young men face in their emotional development suggesting that some of our social constructs may force boys to hide their emotions away. Tim spoke about his time surfing and the fact he often overhears boys' conversations. He hears 'stuff that wants to make him hug them, stuff that wants to make him cry and sadly stuff that makes him ashamed to be a male.' He surmises that the boys are simply experimenting; 'rehearsing their masculinity' as he puts it. The cues they receive after each behaviour will determine the behaviours they will more likely adopt and the feelings and emotions that they may openly share.

Tim Winton contrasts this adolescent struggle with the wonderfully open manner in which younger children, particularly boys, will share their feelings and love for family and friends. In his recent book The Shepherd's Hut, he commented that in children we see, “What beautiful creatures they are. There's so much about them, and in them, that's lovely. Graceful. Dreamy. Vulnerable. Qualities we either don't notice, or simply blind ourselves to. You see, there's great native tenderness in children. In boys, as much as in girls. But so often I see boys having the tenderness shamed out of them”.

As a partnership of Family and College, we aspire for the boys at Trinity to be the best they can be and to live in a manner that reflects the values that we share. We hope for them a future that allows them to continue to grow and is been based on a set of values that embrace inclusivity, compassion, egalitarianism and awareness of the other. The vision and hope of the Trinity Community is to form young men who are strong yet gentle; determined yet considerate; focussed yet compassionate; courageous yet reverent; proud yet humble; independent yet inclusive; driven yet inquisitive; and upright yet loving. Men for Others!


Earlier this week, our community would have received a letter from the Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia, Dr Wayne Tinsey announcing the appointment of Sabrina Hughes as the new Vice Principal of Trinity College, commencing in 2020. Sabrina is an experienced educator with some 25 years of experience in Catholic education. She is currently the Deputy Principal at Lumen Christi College, having previously been a member of the Mercedes College community at which she held several senior leadership roles. Sabrina is most excited to be joining the Trinity College community and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome her more formally as the new academic year commences. 

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.This complimentary annual event is a lovely evening, with cocktail food and drinks provided. Please RSVP by Monday, 11 November 11:30am via TryBooking:

You are invited to the Trinity College 2019 Student Art Exhibition.Come along and join us at the Parents and Friends Viewing Evening, to be held Wednesday, 13 November at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided at this event. For catering purposes please RSVP via 

On behalf of the Trinity College Auxiliary, please join us at the 2019 Auxiliary Dinner on Thursday, 21 November at Public House Perth - for any TC parent that has assisted at Auxiliary Events throughout the year. Please RSVP by 4:00pm, Friday 15 November.

College Calendar


Tuesday, 12 November

  • 9:35am Year 9 Mass

Wednesday, 13 November

  • Student Art Exhibition commences
  • 6:30pm Parent Helpers' Sundowner
  • Student Art Exhibition Viewing Evening 

Thursday, 14 November

  • TC v SC
  • Student Art Exhibition concludes

Friday, 15 November 

  • 8:00am Mass
  • Junior School New Student Orientation Day 
  • TC v SC

Saturday, 16 November

  • TC v SC

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Junior School News


Congratulations to our Junior School cricket team who brought back the Katich-Moody Shield for 2019 yesterday. They played extremely well and made 7/259. They bowled Guildford 8/59 and the umpires were amazed with the level of respect between teams. Congratulations to our boys for the sportsmanship they displayed and for their outstanding performance. Thank you to Mr Maxfield and Mr Lamborn for all their hard work over the year and Mr Thompson for organising another smooth event. 

Mr Jason O'Malley | Year 6 Teacher 


Last Friday evening 35 Year 6 students took part in Astronomy Camp and had an opportunity to learn about astronomy, physics and space travel. The boys participated in a variety of astronomical activities culminating in a rocket launch on Saturday morning. As always, Mr Bill Cooper from the Secondary School shared his passion for all things that fly and the boys were guided and encouraged by students from Years 9, 10 and 11. A big thank you to those boys, Mr Cooper and to the Year 4 teachers, Mrs Du Toit, Mr Le Tessier and Ms Temmen who spent the night in the Foley Centre with the Year 6s. The boys’ behaviour was exemplary. 


Last Friday’s Cake Stall and lemonade stand was incredibly successful. There was much excitement and an amazing array of cakes. In total $1250 was handed to Br Olly during Friday’s Assembly. Br Olly remarked that this donation would change the lives of 6 children. A fantastic effort! 


On Friday, 15 November the Junior School will host new students and families for 2020 for their Orientation to Trinity College. The activities will commence at 8:40am with guided tours of the College facilities by Year 6 students and conclude after morning tea at 11:15am.


For the past few years, Old Boy Todd Meyn ('07) has been touring the world as part of Nitro Circus and competing in competitions doing BMX stunts. A couple of months ago he contacted Mr Tony Maxfield, one of his past teachers and offered to come and visit the Junior School boys while he was in Perth to talk to them and perform some tricks. On Tuesday the boys will get a special demonstration of Todd’s skills on a BMX. Click here to watch a sample of some of his work. 


Monday, 11 November
  • Musical Instruments tryouts for Year 6 Band
Tuesday, 12 November
  • Year 5/6 Sports Training at 8am
  • Old Boy Todd Meyn BMX Demonstration
Wednesday, 13 November
  • Parent Helpers Sundowner 6:30pm
  • Spelling Bee at St Peter's
  • String Assembly Braham Auditorium 2:20pm

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


The Junior School boys were very excited for this week to begin. This is what we got up to:

  • Our Year 5s enjoyed their incursion about politics and elections
  • We celebrated Italian Week with a Gelato van and making gnocchi with Ms Tati 
  • On Thursday, our JS cricket team went out to face Guilford in the Katich Moody Cup, and they won
  • Finally, on Friday, the school week ended with an assembly and this long and tiring week was over

Finn Stenning Alexander (6B) and Oliver Nguyen (6B)

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Secondary School News


On Thursday, 7 November, our Year 9 Pastoral Care Groups walked along the figurative shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Galilee Retreat is a one-day meditation on the life, ministry and message of Jesus in Galilee. Unlike a day of recollection at a retreat centre, the Galilee Retreat was a practical experience where the students walked around the lake, in the footsteps of Jesus, imagining themselves in several scenes from Jesus’ life in Galilee.

The students were exceptionally behaved and embraced every aspect of the retreat in an open, honest and reflective manner. I would like to thank the directors and PCG teachers for ensuring this was a meaningful and enriching experience for the boys and for Ms Marocchi’s time in visiting each group and taking some amazing photos. I would also like to thank our Old Boys who came along for the day and shared their personal experiences of Christian service and being ‘more like Jesus’. 

Rosa West | Director of Campus Ministry 


Nicholas Gordon (8.3) is the latest Year 8 student to complete the Genre Super Challenge! Nicholas has quietly gone about the Challenge since the beginning of the year to successfully read at least one novel from each genre in the library. He was presented with a $20 Dymocks voucher this week to spend as he pleases. When asked what his favourite genre was – without hesitation, he replied “humour, by far”! Well done Nicholas!


The TCEC Recycled Turtle has made its way back to the College after being on display on the Rockingham Foreshore as part of the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Competition – Rockingham’s signature arts and culture event, celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness. The nine day outdoor sculptural exhibition showcased more than fifty sculptural artworks from Western Australian artists created from recycled and repurposed materials. The TCEC turtle was one of 20 schools across Western Australia who entered a sculpture made from recycled materials in the 2019 Castaways Schools Exhibition. Although we didn’t win any awards this year, the 2019 exhibits gave us lots of ideas for next time. Declan Collins (7.6) is pictured with the turtle in situ at Rockingham – Declan was one of the TCEC students involved in designing and creating the sculpture with the help of Ms Joanna Sulkowski (Art Technician).

Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


The Yearbook - Class of 2019 Group Photo Yearbook photos are now available to view and purchase on the schools Web Gallery. 

To access the gallery, follow the below procedure:

If parents have any queries, please contact Customer Service at


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College News


This week Trinity became green, white and red to celebrate all things Italian as part of our annual la settimana italiana celebrations. There were games of Bocce in Centenary Park, card games in the library and a gelato van on site for all students from Tuesday to Thursday. The highlight of the week was Thursday with Centenary Park becoming a lively Italian piazza with Italian cars and motorbikes on display and authentic food from a variety of food trucks. Old Boy, Paul Conti ('62) brought his Fiat Bambina in to display along with a number of other Italian cars. The Bambina was brought over from Italy by Paul a number of years ago and restored. We look forward to a bigger and better Italian Week in 2020 and thank all of the volunteers for bringing in their cars and bikes. 

Eliza Knapman and Nadia Tati | Italian Teachers


All new students coming into the college in 2020 and students moving from Junior School into Secondary School are welcome to make a uniform appointment.

Appointments are offered on Wednesday, 20, Thursday, 21, Wednesday, 27 and Thursday, 28 November.

Appointments are every half hour for 30 minutes starting at 7:30am till 3:30pm. We recommend making a time slot as January is a queuing system only and it can be a two hour wait.

Thank you to all Year 10s who placed a navy Senior jumper order. Your Jumpers will be ready for collection from March 2020.

Any uniform enquiries please email the shop or call in on any Tuesday or Friday during term.

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Coordinator



Our TC Water Polo parents will be fundraising for our players this Saturday, 9 November. They will be in front of the Admin building from 8:15am. Help support our team by purchasing one of the below items. 

  • $5 Bacon & egg roll
  • $2 soft drinks
  • Gold coin for a water


Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


As Remembrance Day approaches let us at Trinity College remember and pray for our Old Boys who died in service to our country. The names of these Old Boys were inscribed on Honour Boards which have been in the College Chapel for a number of years.

This year, as a special tribute to these Old Boys, members of staff from Trinity College and Aquinas College, with the help of Perth war historian Mrs Shannon Lovelady reviewed and researched every name of our Old Boys that were inscribed on these Honour Boards. During this research, and due to the updating of Australian war records, more names of our Old Boys who died in service were discovered. Of these Old Boys, 72 died in WWI, 65 in WWII, one in the Korean War and four in the Vietnam War.

To honour all these Old Boys, Trinity College and the Trinity-Terrace Old Boys’ Association made the decision to commission new Honour Boards. These new boards now hold all 142 names of our Old Boys who made the supreme sacrifice and will be placed on the walls of the College Chapel this Remembrance Day.


Last Friday, the Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association (TOBA) teams took on current Trinity students at the annual TOBA Summer Sports Day. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and rowing, tennis and cricket matches were canceled. TOBA was triumphant overall, winning water polo, basketball and volleyball. Despite the rain, it was an exciting afternoon of sport for our Old Boys and current students and we thank all involved. 

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

The Aquinas P&F would like to invite members of the parents and friends community of Trinity College to attend a presentation from Kathy Kelly in the Aquinas College Hall on Thursday, 21 November 2019. Kathy has a very powerful story to share about the loss of her two sons and her family's campaign to reduce youth suicide. Her message is very relevant to any parent today, particularly those who have children about to finish school and start making their way in the world as young adults.

To help with logistics we request that people interested in attending make a booking using this link:


The January Jump-Start program is open to students from all WA school and will be held on the Hale School campus. This programs consists of six hours of teaching per subject, broken into two hours a day for three days. The program aims to teach, revise and reinforce sound study skills before the commencerment of the new academic year. You will also revise the important componenets from the 2019 syllabus that are relevant to the new syllabus and be offered a preview of what they can expect in their new courses in 2020. For more information or to enol please visit or call 9486 1377.


Mark McGlue offers music tuition including guitar, ukulele, composition and more. With over 7 years of teaching experience, his unqiue apporach cultivates a love of learning. For more information visit his website, call 0431 837 938 or email 


This inspiring annual event, an initiative of the women of the parish of Saint Joseph, is on Thursday, 14 November at St Joseph’s Subiaco starting at 7:30pm. Guest speakers Vicky Burrows (Executive Director, Mission and Ethos, Mercy​Care), Maureen Helen (Author) and Tor Taranto (Perth Cana Communities) will talk about their personal life experiences in the context of faith and their spiritual life. To allow time for reflection, a music ensemble will play pieces selected by the guest speakers. Light refreshments will follow. A gold coin donation for Perth Cana Communities will be collected at the event. All welcome. 

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