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TC Newsletter:
Volume 38 - December 1, 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 cognisant 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

The College endeavours to help every family that seeks assistance. Unfortunately, there are those parents who do not seek help until they receive a letter from the College debt collectors. The best course of action is that if financial difficulty is being experienced then an approach to the College must be undertaken. Unfortunately, there are a very small number of parents who do not seek help; if you have not paid your account in full and have not spoken with the Bursar you should contact Mr Burgess on 9325 3655 to make a suitable time to meet before the Christmas break.


Last Friday afternoon our first teams in most of the Summer sports competed against teams made up of past students. It was a most enjoyable Friday afternoon with the result being an overall win to the Old Boys. The College won the volleyball and rowing with the Old Boys winning the basketball, cricket and water polo (there was no tennis this year). I thank the staff involved and especially Ms Diane Millar, TOBA Executive Officer for their work to ensure the success of this event.


Last night students and staff returned from Kairos #48. Kairos is a wonderful experience offered to students who have finished year 11. I thank the staff who attended; Leo Murray, Michael Slacksmith, Rosa West, Fr Oscar Aguilera, Donette Firkins, Nadia Tati and Clint Testa,


Today our Year 7, 8 and 9 students participated in their final liturgies. These liturgies, with an Advent and Christmas theme, allowed our students to better prepare and focus on this special time. I thank the students and staff involved, especially Mrs Marya Stewart who prepared these liturgies.


Tonight, the Junior School community will gather for their Presentation Night. An enormous amount of work was put into this event and I thank all the Junior School staff but especially Mr Bernard Le Tessier, Ms Evelyn Temmen and Mrs Ann Clarke for their work.


I wish the Year 6 students and their families all the best as this chapter of their life comes to a conclusion. I know that the Secondary school is looking forward to welcoming all these students next year. Mass and a luncheon will occur next Tuesday, and I thank the staff and parents for preparing these events.


As the 2017 school year is slowly drawing to a close, planning has begun for 2018. A reminder that Years 4 – 7 and 12 students start on Wednesday, 31 January and Years 8 – 11 on Thursday, 1 February 2018. Students will return in correct summer uniform with the white shirt, and a reminder that the Uniform Shop will be open from Monday, 29 January through to Friday, 2 February from 7.30am through to 1.30pm


Next week the school office will follow our normal operating hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm, except for Friday, 8 December when the office is closed.

The opening hours over the school holidays are:

  • Monday, 11 DecemberFriday, 15 December 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Monday, 18 DecemberFriday, 12 January – CLOSED
  • Monday, 15 JanuaryThursday, 25 January 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday, 26 January – Closed:  AUSTRALIA DAY
  • Monday, 29 January and Tuesday, 30 January 8:00am – 4:30pm (Staff PD Days)
  • Wednesday, 31 January onwards 8:00am – 4:30pm

The Parent Council warmly invites all parents to the 2018 Welcome Sundowner, scheduled to run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, 16 February. It will be held in McCabe Court, near the rowing shed, with beautiful riverside views. The cost is $20 per person but this covers lovely cocktail food. You are asked to bring your own beverages. Bookings can already be made via the Further details can be obtained from Beverly Martinez via or phone 9223 8106.


We have a number of staff who will leave the College the end of this year; to Melissa Coleman, Isabella Dillon, Anna Deng, Louis Jago, Luke McPherson, John Montagu and Jason O’Malley. We wish them well as they begin the next chapter of their life.

We also have a number of staff on leave and we wish them a restful break: Kathryn Down, Adam Kealley and Sarah Pontre


As this is our last Newsletter for the year, I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and Holy Christmas. I pray that during this special time, as we celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ, that we renew our relationships with our loved ones. I thank everyone for being part of this journey during 2017 and look forward to seeing you in 2018.


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Upcoming Events


Monday, 4 December

  • Junior School Class Excursions

Tuesday, 5 December

  • Year 6 Farewell Mass and Lunch
  • Junior School classes conclude 12:30pm

Friday, 8 December

  • Teaching staff conclude

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Junior School News 


On Tuesday, 5 December, we will celebrate Mass with our Year 6 students and their families. Mass will commence at 10:00am and be followed by the luncheon. Thank you to the Year 5 parents who have offered to assist.


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 the Year 5 boys are going to Oasis Supa Golf. The Year 6s are spending the day at Adventure World.


I would like to congratulate Mr Andrew Hayes on his appointment as the position of Director of Teaching and Learning at the College for 2018. As part of this role his teaching load is reduced to 3 days per week. I would also like to welcome Miss Taylor Turco to the Junior School, she will share the teaching load for 5 Green with Andrew. When Taylor is not teaching, she is working on her other passion, which is aimed at improving wellbeing for our youth. Miss Adelaide Garland will teach Aquatics in 2018. Adelaide is a highly qualified swim and waterpolo coach.


In 2018, the Junior School day will commence ten minutes earlier at 8:30am. All other times will remain the same as they are currently.


I would like to wish all families a merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday period. I look forward to seeing all again in February, 2018.


Friday, 2 December

  • Junior School Presentation Evening in Gibney Hall at 6:00pm

Monday, 5 December

  • Class excursions

Tuesday, 6 December

  • Year 6 Farewell Mass and Luncheon 
  • All classes conclude at 12:45pm

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

  • Students commence Term 1, 2017

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


Please note that Swimming Lessons will be conducted in January 2018.

There will be 3 x one week blocks commencing on Monday, 8 January, running each day.

Cost- $50 per block.

All Junior School parents will be sent an enrolment email early next week.

Dion Mepham | Aquatics Specialist


Our final week here in the Trinity College Junior school was one to never forget this week. The school week was taken over with preparation for the 2017 Junior School Presentation Night. All of the boys have worked extremely hard to prepare their best acts for Friday night’s major showcase event. Our school day on Friday was mainly rehearsals until the day was cut short at 12:45pm so all of the boys could rest before the big night ahead of them. The Presentation Night is going to be a great night, with boys receiving special awards and the 2018 Head Boy being announced. The night will then be finished off with our whole school song. Next week our classes will head off on their end of year excursions; a fun way to end what has been a great year. Then on Tuesday, the Year 6s will attend their farewell Mass and graduation lunch. The Mass will be held at 10:00am and the lunch will be at 11:30am.

Adam De Masi (6W) and Joel Carcich (6B)

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College News

Rory is pictured with Sue Fletcher (left) and Governess Kerry Sanderson AC (right)

Last weekend, Diversity performed at Government House for the KARTAGUP DJINDA NGADARK Event. Band member, Rory Charles (8.2) also had his artwork commissioned, where his painting will stay at Government house. We are very proud of Rory!


Year 10 student, Lachlan Sibosado, has been selected to attend the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) for his/her outstanding achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Lachlan is one of only 105 students from across Australia to be selected to attend one of the three 2017/18 summer schools. Lachlan will attend the summer school which will take place in Adelaide in January 2018.  

ASSETS is part of a broader Indigenous STEM Education Project funded by BHP Billiton Foundation and delivered by CSIRO.


Expressions of interest are sought for host families for Italian exchange students in 2018. The students arrive at the end of June and live as part of your family for two months, returning to Italy at the end of August. They attend school here at Trinity and are aged between 15 and 17. Once you have hosted a student, you have the first option to send your child on exchange to Italy over the summer holidays. It is a wonderful opportunity for a rewarding intercultural experience. This opportunity is not limited to students studying Italian, but is open to everyone.

The Italian Department is also looking for a host for an Italian assistant in terms two and three. An Italian assistant is an Italian university student that will assist at Trinity for four days each week. These students are aged between 19 and 24, so are independent; however, live as part of your family. You can host for a whole term or half a term. If you have a child studying Italian it is a wonderful opportunity for them to have assistance, in house, for the duration of the assistant’s stay. It is another opportunity for a rewarding cross cultural experience

If you would like more information, please contact Eliza Knapman via phone or email

Eliza Knapman | Italian Teacher


Thank you for all for your great support and an enjoyable year. The uniform shop is now closed until January 2018. We will next be open on Tuesday, 23 and Wednesday, 24 January from 7:30am – 1:30pm. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year.

Mrs J Mackintosh, Uniform Shop Manager

Thank you to Carolyn O'Driscoll, Nadia Grattoggi and Mel Day for organising the Years 7 & 9 Parent Catch Up last Saturday night at the Grand Bar & Bistro.

Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator

You can purchase your tickets now by clicking here

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Max receiving his award from Santa

Congratulations to Year 6 student, Max Riggio ('23) for winning the TOBA President's Award for TC Spirit. Max's teacher said: Max can best be described as a quiet achiever, who is definitely a young man for others in the true Trinity College spirit. Max is an honest, dependable, responsible and humble young man who always gives his best. Both in the classroom and on the sports field, he can always be relied upon to be the best young man that he can be. Max is an excellent example of what a true Trinity student should be. He is always well mannered, caring and helpful to others. He is held in high regard by his teachers and peers. Max is a very deserving recipient of this month’s esteemed TOBA President's Award for TC spirit and dedication. Max got a surprise when Santa presented his Award. Well done Max!


TOBA teams challenged TC teams at the recent TOBA Summer Sports Day in the quest to win the Steve Leahy ('78) Cup. TOBA was triumphant overall, winning basketball, cricket & water polo and TC winning volleyball & rowing (no tennis comp this year). A great day shared by a fantastic bunch of current and past students. Massive thanks to those that co-ordinated teams, umpired games, participated and got involved. 


Friday, 1 December

Class of 1974 - Celebrating 60th Birthday's


If you have any questions regarding upcoming TOBA events, please contact the TOBA office on 9223 8178 or

Diane Millar | Executive Officer | TOBA

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Community News 


This Advent, “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.” (1Jn 3:18).   Why not make this line from Holy Scripture a reality by joining us on Thursday 14 December, 7pm at The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle for a captivating and beautiful evening of sacred music, readings and congregational carols to highlight the true meaning of the Christmas Gospel in our world today. Emeritus Bishop Justin Bianchini will be giving the reflection. Music from Eva-Marie Middleton (soprano), Paul Wright (violin), Dominic Perissinotto (organ) and The Basilica Choir.  Proceeds will go to Catholic Mission’s work in support of maternal and child health in Uganda. Tickets $30, Concessions $20, 12 year olds and under are free.  Add another ticket to your booking for just $10 and we will give that ticket to a homeless or refugee person so they too can share in the beauty of Christmas with us and enjoy a nice supper beforehand.  On-line bookings at or pay at the door.


St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works, such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship, and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn, you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering, such as an increase in well-being, happiness, health and longevity! There a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available, at a range of locations, on a range of different time commitments. To name a few,  you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest, call Sarah on 6323 7531 or email


GuitarWorks is holding “Free School Holiday Guitar Workshops”  for anyone interested in learning guitar. These 90min demonstrations cover all aspects of guitar playing and styles. Bookings essential, info & dates found here Guitar Workshop or contact Stefan Cutri  Mob: 0414 448 907


All Catholic children who are eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2018 are requested to enrol for their respective Sacramental Programs by Sunday, 4 Feb 2018.

Enrolment forms can now be obtained by sending an email to the Sacramental Program Coordinator at the following address:   

Enrolment forms are also available in the Holy Family Church foyer. Completed forms should be placed in a designated box in the church foyer by Sunday, 4 Feb 2018

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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