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TC Newsletter:

Volume 37  November 23, 2018

From the Headmaster 


In the course of conducting enrolment interviews for new students to the College, I typically engage prospective families in a short talk about the priorities of this school and some of its distinguishing characteristics. Foremost in my thoughts on such occasions are some of the principles of boys’ education and the ways that Trinity College seeks to respond to the needs of the young men in its care. I am including some of my views in this newsletter for your interest and consideration: 

  • The quality of relationships is critically important in the lives and education of boys. For boys to become receptive to the content of lessons it is essential that the teacher has an interest in them beyond their capabilities as a student. A popular adage used with reference to boys’ education is that “boys learn teachers, not subjects.” The school’s extensive co-curricular and pastoral care programs are a response to this understanding.
  • Boys need to be challenged in all facets of their lives and must not be allowed to settle for mediocrity. Those involved in boys’ education know that they will often do as little as you let them, and as much as you make them. Many boys have a natural inclination towards competition and directing them to compete against themselves in the pursuit of personal excellence is a very effective strategy. Continually ‘raising the bar’ in a supportive environment should be a characteristic of this College.
  • Boys need to experience success. The diversity of the programs that are offered and the encouragement that is given to each student to become involved in school life is an attempt to ensure that the individual gifts and talents of each boy are recognised and developed. The diversity of the curriculum and scaffolded learning tasks also exist in recognition of the fact that each boy’s personal best is sought and that nothing is required beyond this level of achievement.
  • Boys need positive male role models in order to grow as learners and leaders. Boys are often presented with distorted impressions of ‘maleness’ in popular culture where traits associated with aggression, dominance and insensitivity are emphasised. The critical role of fathers and other significant male family members in correcting such distortion is strongly supported by the school. Our young men are encouraged to fully understand and appreciate the value of the mentoring they receive. They are further given the opportunity to mentor others through their involvement as leaders in a variety of service and faith-based activities at the school. This provides them with an important insight to the power of positive influence.

Trinity College must remain committed to staying abreast of research related to boys’ education and to providing a tailored program in support of the needs of all boys.

Mr Shaun Kenny | Acting Headmaster  

College Events


On Tuesday, Fra Oscar celebrated Mass for our Year 7 students.  It was great to hear the tremendous involvement of the students.  After Mass, the parents joined with each other for Morning Tea. I thank Mrs Beverley Martinez for her work in organising this event.   


On Wednesday, 28 November, the College will conduct an Academic Assembly for all students in Years 7–10 to acknowledge those who have achieved excellence in their second semester elective courses. This assembly will commence at 8:40am in the Sports Centre and conclude at approximately 9:35am.  Parents are most welcome to attend.


I know that planning is in full swing for the Junior School Presentation Night which will be held next Friday evening, 30 November. Information regarding the event has been sent to Junior School families. 


A reminder that Year 10 classes conclude for the year at 12:45pm on Wednesday, 28 November

Years 4–9 classes finish early on Friday, 30 November due to the Junior School Presentation Night being on that evening for the Junior School students and there being no PSA Sport for the Years 7–9 students. As there is no sport, Years 7–9 students are to wear normal summer uniform on this day. The normal 791 and 793 buses will be available at 12:50pm, but please note that the Junior School bus (792) is unable to arrive earlier on this day.

Years 4–9 classes conclude for the year at 12:45pm on Tuesday, 4 December. Once again, the normal 791 and 793 buses will be available at 12:50pm, but please note that the Junior School bus (792) is unable to arrive earlier on this day.


As the 2018 school year is slowly drawing to a close, planning has begun for 2019.  A reminder that Years 4–7, 11 and 12 students start on Monday, 4 February and Years 8–10 on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.


The Parent Council warmly invites all parents to the 2019 Welcome Sundowner, scheduled to run from 6pm9pm on Friday, 22 February.  It will be held in McCabe Court, near the rowing shed, with beautiful riverside views.  The cost is $25 per person but this covers lovely cocktail food.  You are asked to bring your own beverages.  Bookings can already be made via the To read the flyer, click here. Further details can be obtained from Mrs Beverley Martinez via or phone 9223 8106.

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College Calendar


Wednesday, 28 November

  • 8:40am College Assembly (Academic)
  • 12:45pm Year 10 Classes conclude

Friday, 30 November

  • 8:00am Mass
  • 12:45pm Junior School and Years 7–9 classes early finish
  • Junior School Presentation Night in Gibney Hall

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Junior School News


Today the Junior School celebrated their last Mass for the year together. Thank you to Mr Bernard Le Tessier for organising a lovely thanksgiving Mass.


On Tuesday, our Junior School Prefects went to Parliament House as special guests of Mr John Carey MLA. They took part in a tour, followed by lunch and were invited to sit in during Question Time. It was a privileged and unique experience for the boys.


The process for selecting the 2019 Prefects is now complete. Congratulations to Aarav Bhandari (5G), Louis Burnett (5W), Luke Chapman (5W), Jack Clarey (5W), Luca Fowler (5G), Zachary Gosatti (5B), Michael Hall (5G), Ziggy Kaeser (5B), Charlie McDonald (12.6), Lewis Murabito (5B), Oliver Nguyen (5B), and Finn Stenning Alexander (5B). At the Junior School Presentation Evening, the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy will be announced, and the 2018 Prefects will hand over the role of leadership to the new group of young men. Thank you also to Mr Le Tessier for overseeing the selection process for the 2019 Prefects.


Yesterday, the A cricket teams from Guildford and Trinity competed in the Katich Moody Shield. The boys made a record score of 2 for 343 off 40 overs! Congratulations to our boys for the sportsmanship they displayed and for their dominant performance.


The final Golden Honour and TOBA Assembly for the year took place today with a visit from Santa. The connection between the Old Boys through TOBA has helped to build the strong “Men for Others’” culture that we have at Trinity.


If you haven’t already done so, please mark in your calendar the Junior School Concert Night on Friday, 30 November. There is an expectation that all boys will attend this evening. Please return the ticketing forms for the evening to Mrs Bush by early next week, so that seats can be allocated. Please note also that the boys will finish school on Friday at 12:45pm.


On Tuesday, 4 December we will celebrate Mass with our Year 6 students and their families. Mass will commence at 10:00am and the luncheon will commence at approximately 11:30am.


It is tradition that class excursions take place on the second last day of the year. This year the Year 4 students are going to Scitech and Kings Park, the Year 5 boys are going to Oasis Supa Golf and Whiteman Park. The Year 6s are going to Adventure World. 


Friday, 30 November
  • Classes conclude at 12:45pm
  • Reports go home
  • Junior School Presentation Evening in Gibney Hall commencing at 6pm
Monday, 3 December
  • Class Excursions

Tuesday, 4 December
  • Year 6 Farewell Mass and Luncheon
  • Classes conclude at 12:45pm

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


This week in our opinion, has been the busiest week for the Junior School yet. On Monday, the selected 20 boys from Year 5 gave their Prefect speech. All the boys did a fantastic job and I know from experience that it is a hard thing to do. We are sure that everyone would make a fantastic Prefect.

On Tuesday, morning the Year 5/6 had their last sport training for the year. Also, the current Prefects went on an excursion to Parliament House. This was co-ordinated by our local member for Perth, Mr John Carey MLA. The boys got a tour of the parliament then they had lunch with Mr Carey and finally we listened to question time for a bit. I would like to thank Mr Carey for organising the visit.

On Thursday, we had our final game and it was against Guildford Grammar. All the boys did a fantastic job to finish of the season. The A’s cricket team won the annual Katich-Moody Shield game at Guildford. The final score was 2/343 Trinity and 10/120 Guilford. The top scorers for Trinity were Will Sartor 100 (not out), Ben Cranny 64 (not out), Rhys DeCelis 53 (not out) and Matt Jenkins 50 (not out). Also, Riley Gott took three wickets. It was a fantastic match and thanks to Guildford for a great day.

Finally, on Friday morning we had our Thanksgiving Mass where we handed over all of our Christmas Hamper items to Shopfront. Shopfront is a local aid centre that gives out food to the houseless and the vulnerable. In the afternoon we had our final golden honour assembly and also our last TOBA assembly for the year. This assembly a special guest entertained the boys again and it was a perfect last assembly.

Evan Alderslade (6B) and Quinn Hamilton (6B) 

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Secondary School News


All parents who paid the full school fees for 2018 by the first week of October went in the draw to win an Apple iPad. We are pleased to announce the three winners of this competition: Mr and Mrs McLean (Year 5), Mr and Mrs Sykes (Years 6 and 9) and Mr and Mrs Xavier (Year 12). Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all parents for the full payment of school fees. It is appreciated. 

For your information, the discount and rewards for 2019, including dates, are as follows: 

  • A 2% discount on school fees for early payment, in full, by 22 February 2019.
  • Three individual prizes for those who have paid all their fees by 4 October 2019. 

Mr Michael Burgess | Bursar 


The Trinity Year 10 Innovation Expo is a nursery for young entrepreneurs. On Wednesday evening the winners were decided by our judges and the People’s choice decided by the audience. The students exhibited and pitched their Innovation concepts to family, friends, community and 3 judges: Mr Armando Rossi (Ironstone Consulting), Ms Ashley Yukich (App designer and Mandarin and Commerce Graduate), and Mr Michael Burgess (Trinity College Bursar, Education and Digital Strategies expert). 

The winners of prizes donated by Old Boys from the Class of 1985 were:

People’s Choice: Tom Murray (10.4) for his idea for a method of assessing the real expiry of food for sale, called "Ex Indicator".

Josh Locke (10.7) and Zacary Lee (10.4) were the overall winners for their microwaveable heat storing blanket, called "Heatware", for which they have produced a prototype. The boys received a cash prize donated by an Old Boy and a copy of the book “Better Stronger Faster" by Brad Rosser ('80), adviser to Richard Branson:

The boys had the choice of filming the event and packaging up a documentary or coordinating the event with Brennan Bonetti (10.3) and Amal Subi (10.7) recording and editing the footage and Matt Sherry (10.6), Daniel Vos (10.3), Nicholas Bradley-Moore (10.7) and Kade McCormack (10.5), catering, running the voting for the judging, making coffees, producing invites and planning the event which they did exceptionally well. 

Thank you to the Judges, the parents and the students that all made the afternoon a special event. Some exceptional ideas.

Mr Phil Jurjevich | Accounting and Finance Teacher


This Movember, some of the Heads of Year have decided to create gags at their expense and committed their respective upper lips to help change the face of men's health.

Mr Shinkfield, Mr Chan, Mr Jenkin and Mr Fritz are growing their moustaches for 30 days to support the Movember Foundation because around the world, 510,000 men die from suicide each year. That's one every minute.

The Movember Foundation is funding research and services to help men and boys stay mentally healthy.
Please support the TC Team:

Together we can change the way the world looks at mental health.


Please click here for Careers information, including University scholarships, presentations and more. 

Mr Russell Hinks | Careers Counsellor 

College News  


Mrs Dorothy Slawomirski has retired after nearly three decades of piano teaching at the College. This has been a remarkable period of teaching piano to the highest levels. Mrs Slawomirski was Perry Joyce’s ('06) piano teacher while he was a Trinity student. Eugene Marshall ('05), another contemporary of Perry Joyce was also a successful piano student of that era and now a professional composer and music teacher. After teaching many successful piano students in both the junior and senior schools we thank Mrs Slawomirski for her service to the College and wish her the very best for her years of retirement!


The Uniform Shop's last day of trade for 2018 is Tuesday, 27 November. The shop will reopen in the last week of January. If you require any uniform items, please come now before January as we will have long queues then. January hours will be advertised in our final newsletter and on our Facebook page for 2019.

We are open every Tuesday and Friday during term. 

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager   



Click here for results from last week's fixture against Aquinas College. 

Mr Stephen Leahy ('78) | Director of Sport 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


Let the CHARGE begin!

Gates are open and tickets are on sale: CLICK HERE

There are limited places available for this event so don't miss out! Charge to the front and secure your tickets to guarantee your place at the reunion to surpass all others. 

  • DATE: Saturday, 16 March 2019
  • TIME: 6:00pm
  • COST: $165* (includes three course meal & premium drinks package)

*To assist our YOB's (Young Old Boys) not long out of school, the Classes of 2014-2018 will receive discounted tickets by contacting the Event Organiser via the TryBooking payment link. 

Click here to read the flyer. 

  • Class of 1980 get together – Saturday, 24 November
  • Class of 1985 celebrating 50th Birthdays – Saturday, 1 December
  • Class of 2013 – 5th Anniversary Reunion – Saturday, 1 December

For further information regarding upcoming TOBA events, please contact the TOBA office on 9223 8132 or

Ms Diane Millar | Executive Officer, Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

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Community News


Cartoon Kingdom is once again coming to Perth to run special holiday cartooning workshops for children. It is being held in the last week of the Summer holidays, just before the children go back to school. To read the flyer, click here.

  • Wembley Downs Scout Hall
  • Monday, 28 January – Friday, 1 February 2019  
  • For children aged 4 to 15 years of age
  • No previous drawing skills required
  • Children can book in for as many days as they like
  • All staff have working with children checks
  • Patient and friendly teacher
  • A professional Sydney based cartoonist will be running the program
  • Small class sizes
  • Fun, educational & exciting program

For more information, visit the website: 


Phil Gregson, father of old boy Bailey Gregson ('16) - a close friend of Tom Leishman ('16), is aiming to complete the 2018 Skin Check WA Melanoma Busselton Ironman event on Sunday, 2 December. The course is arduous - a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run and Phil wishes to support the work of MelanomaWA by raising money to create greater awareness about melanoma. Melanoma tragically took the life of Tom and had a significant impact on many people in the Trinity community. Phil wishes to honour his life and also promote the importance of skin checks and protection to help protect other families from this disease. He has set up an everydayhero page where people can easily make donations to this wonderful cause. Click here to go to the site and donate. Any assistance would be much appreciated.


This Summer WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley, is offering an exciting performing arts program for students from Years 1–12. The Summer School includes classes in RAP, Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at

  • January: Years 6 and 7 Head Start Program with Academic Task Force  Programs available in NAPLAN Preparation, GATE and Scholarship Preparation, Foundation English and Maths, Learning Skills and Essay Writing. Each subject is six hours, over two days. 10% Early Bird Discount ends Monday, 17 December 2018. Enrol now online at On the website, go to Our Programs – Years 7 & 8 – Head Start Program. Call 9314 9500 or email
  • January: ATAR Head Start Program with Academic Task Force  Increase your confidence and start your Year 11 and 12 studies with a boost with our Head Start Courses. We offer six hour subject courses in Year 11 and 12 ATAR subjects, Essay Writing and Study Skill during the Summer Holidays from the Thursday, 17 January – Wednesday, 30 January 2019 at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS. Enrol online today at or call 9314 9500 or email
  • January: Year 710 Head Start Program with Academic Task Force – Courses in NAPLAN Preparation, GATE and Scholarship Exam Preparation, Intermediate English, Advanced Maths, Foundation Maths and English, Learning Skills and Essay Writing. Classes will run from Thursday, 17 January – Wednesday, 30 January 2019 at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS. Each subject is six hours, over two days. Enrol online at or call 9314 9500 or email

ATarget and WACE Plus are offering courses in January 2019 at Christ Church Grammar School and Hale School. These classes are open to all students commencing Years 7-12 in 2019. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the new school year, especially for the current Year 11 students. Click on the links below for more information: 

  • For the Middle School courses at Christ Church, click here.
  • For the Middle School courses at Hale School, click here.
  • For the Senior School courses at Christ Church, click here.
  • For the Senior School courses at Hale School, click here

For more information, visit the websites: and 


Relationships Australia is holding Parenting Courses in November/December. To read the flyer, click here. To register, please call 6164 0200 to complete an enrolment and provide payment information. For further information on all courses, visit the website: 


Click here to read the flyer for mixed martial arts classes for kids. 

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