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TC Newsletter:

Volume 39  December 6, 2019

From the Principal 


I am sure that many people, like me, may be approaching the Christmas period at breakneck speed, worried about finalising work commitments and the like, all the while conscious of the many preparations that need to be completed prior to the ‘special day’. Once again, we are being bombarded with advertising and various media driven messages that may be reducing the celebration of Jesus’ birth to a plain and ordinary event. Too often at this time of year our focus can drift to thoughts of holidays, gifts and the relief of being away from work for a few days. With the Christmas season being increasingly portrayed as a time characterised by urgency and indulgence, we must remind ourselves to listen out for the simple and beautiful message of Christmas and the joy of this season.

Of course, such a busy picture is in stark contrast to the very first Christmas day. Christ was born into the most modest of surroundings. His birth and subsequent mission on earth was to bring us into a closer relationship with God and with each other. The lack of ceremony associated with the humble surrounds of his birth in a stable should serve as a reminder that Christmas is meant to be a simple and joyful occasion where we are all reminded of the importance of relationships. As Christians, we are challenged to return to the joy of Christmas. We are reminded of the importance of spending relaxing and quality time with family and friends so as to truly appreciate the important place of people in our lives and the important place of God in our lives. In doing so we are also challenged to look beyond our own concerns and consider the needs of others and how we may best serve them. Such a perspective requires us to look beyond our own personal trials and urges us to prioritise others, thereby excluding any possibility of a Christmas that is caught up in commercialism or mere event planning.

As Christian people, it is essential that we do not allow the power and simplicity of the Christmas message to become lost in the frenetic pace of this holiday period and, in so doing, further distance ourselves from the opportunities for meaningful reflection and renewing important relationships. It is essential that we rejoice in the knowledge that the birth of the Christ provides each of us with great assurance. The humble nature of His birth reflects our own vulnerabilities and reminds us of the mercy and tender love of God which we are invited to embrace. What a great gift at Christmas and cause for true celebration.

This sentiment was wonderfully captured by Irish Bishop, Liam McDaid in his reflection on Christmas:

“Leave aside the cards, the presents and the extras for a few days and instead talk and listen to the one whose birth we are planning to celebrate. He has things to say to us that could change our perspective and lessen our worries as we count our blessings. Christ could show us how celebrating the simpler, long-lasting and more precious gifts of life and living can make for a different but ultimately more satisfying experience of Christmas joy and togetherness”.

This is a timely message and a wonderful challenge for us all as we enjoy this holiday period. On behalf of all of the staff at Trinity College I would like to wish all of the students, families and Staff within our Community a happy and holy Christmas. I hope that you get the opportunity to share the real message of Christmas – that it is a time of joy and an opportunity for reflection and relationship building. We pray that the gentle humility with which Jesus came into the world will serve as an example and inspiration for all people. May His peace and love characterise your festive season.

Staffing News:

As is normally the case in a large school such as Trinity College, we will see a number of Staff changes at the end of this year. We take this opportunity to recognise those members of Staff who are either departing the College or commencing periods of leave. I would like to formally acknowledge each of the following people and thank them for their many and generous contributions during their time at Trinity College.

We acknowledge the work of several Staff members who will be retiring at the end of this year. They have provided wonderful and generous service to our College and to Catholic Education generally.  We wish them every success;

-        Colleen Bailey – Student Services Officer

-        Ken O’Neil – Religious Education Teacher

-        Doug Simpson – Vocational Education and Training Coordinator

-        Graeme Warne – Grounds Team

There are several Staff members who will be leaving our College at the end of the year. We wish them every success and happiness as they pursue different paths;

-        Daniel Bateman – Mathematics Teacher

-        Candice Brown – English Teacher

-        Carissa Croft – Psychologist

-        Malini De Silva – Psychologist

-        Peter Norman – Vice Principal

-        Genevieve Outrimm – English Teacher

-        Brigitte Savy-Walsh – Science Teacher

We also have a number of College Staff who will be enjoying some extended leave commencing at the start of next year. We wish them a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful break;

-    Geoff Jamieson – (Semester 1, 2020) – Mathematics

-    Anthony Lunt – (Semester 1, 2020) – Humanities

-    Rohan Van Dongen – (Term 1, 2020) – Design and Technology

-    Ventia Webber – (full year) – Music

The College is currently finalising staffing in order to fill the vacancies that have arisen from these changes. I will advise of new Staff appointments in the first College Newsletter of next year. 

I would also like to wish safe travels to the many students and staff travelling over the last few weeks of this year. To our select Volleyball players competing in a national tournament on the Gold Coast (returning 15 December); to our respective Pilgrims travelling to parts of India (returning on 20 December); and to those on the Antipodeans Expedition trekking and providing service through Northern Thailand and Laos (returning on 22 December), we extend our prayers and good wishes for a wonderful experience.

Finally, a personal thanks to the Trinity College Community for the generous support and warm welcome that I have received in my first year as the College Principal. I have been humbled by the kindness, warmth and good wishes of so many people. To all, I extend many prayers and wish you a Happy and Holy Christmas as we look forward to a wonderful 2020.

I hope that everyone is able to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Live Jesus in our Hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Calendar

TERM 1, 2020
  • Monday, 3 February Years 4-6, 7, 11, 12 Students commence
  • Tuesday, 4 February Years 8, 9, 10 Students commence

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Junior School News


This week, two of our Year 6 classes performed Christmas carols for the residents of Archbishop Goody, East Perth. The boys and their audience had a wonderful time. 


On Tuesday, 10 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 Kings Park and the Year 5 boys are going to Oasis Supa Golf and Whiteman Park. The Year 6s are spending the day at Adventure World.


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 2020.

Friday, 6 December
  • Junior School Presentation Evening in Gibney Hall at 6:00pm
Monday, 9 December
  • Class excursions
Tuesday, 10 December
  • Year 6 Farewell Mass and Luncheon commencing at 10:00am
  • All classes conclude at 12:45pm
Monday, 3 February
  • Students commencer Term 1, 2020

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

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Secondary School News 


On Wednesday, 4 November the Year 9 Cohort joined together to celebrate the Becoming Men Breakfast. The event was a culmination of the semester's work focusing on leadership. The aim was to exercise core skills and cultivate characteristics that are proven to strengthen resilience and mental health.

The boys were encouraged to bring along their own inspirational leader and someone they look up to, to assist them with setting attainable goals for the future. The ultimate goal was to inspire our young men to honour themselves, their elders and their future to become an effective leader, not just at Trinity College but in all aspects of their lives.

Geoff Jamieson and Daniel MacRae

Congratulations to Daniel MacRae (10.6), who has been invited to sit the 2020 Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) in February – an outstanding achievement!

Daniel received a Certificate of Distinction in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad and to be invited to the next level, Daniel joins a very elite group of mathematics students from across Australia. He is the first-ever from Trinity to get to this level of involvement with the potential to join the Australian Mathematics Olympiad team that competes at an international level. Well done Daniel!

Congratulations to Luke Alderslade (10.7) whose aerosol artwork titled The Mind of a Star has been selected to be exhibited at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) to be held this coming weekend from 810 December, 2019. The selection of Luke’s artwork for this art exhibition is a significant achievement. 

Our Italian exchange participants
Antipodeans Group 1
Antipodeans Group 2

Last weekend, more student groups departed Perth Airport – Angus McDonald (10.3), Noah Foti (11.1), Cameron Pell (11.5) and George Hatton (11.3) off to Italy for their Italian exchanges; and over 20 students are taking part in the Antipodeans Expedition to Thailand and Laos. Wishing these boys all the best in their travels!


Our twelve pilgrims have embarked on their special journey to India. Trinity has been supporting projects in India for the past 20 years. Every two years, a team of pilgrims travel to India to assist with missions focused on bettering the lives of disadvantaged children. The College has been kept updated on their time in India via their Facebook group. One of the highlights of the pilgrims' last day at MITHRA was the thank you concert presented to them by the students. The concert concluded with everyone dancing, including the teachers.


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College News


Trinity College are proud to be hosting the closing Mass for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival on Tuesday, 10 December. With over 5,500 people already registered, the College office will be closing early. Please note that Reception will be closed from 1:30pm and if you require access on the day from this time, you will need to go through traffic management. Please note that if you will be visiting the College between Monday and Wednesday next week, parking will be available at Gloucester Park: Gate 7 – Monday and Tuesday, Gate 11 – Wednesday.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.

What is the ACYF Closing Mass program?

  • 4:00pm  Gates Open
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm Pre-Mass Entertainment
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Closing Mass
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Post Mass Entertainment

Do I need a ticket for the event?

The ACYF Closing Mass is a general admission event and free to attend, so tickets are not required.


A position has become available to join the College Advisory Board in January 2020. All members of the TC Community are welcome to apply. For more information and a position description, please visit:…/college-board/


Trinity Avenue will be effectively be down to one lane from Tuesday, 17 - Thursday 19 December 2019 due to asphalting work by Lend Lease and their sub contractor. Works are planned between 9:00am-3:00pm or post 4:00pm and there will be traffic management in control with Stop/go and single lane at the entrance. 


Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) is a volunteer group of parents, and others, committed to supporting their sons in the music, dance and dance programs at Trinity College.

The first committee meeting of 2020 for the Friends of Performing Arts will be held on Wednesday, 5 February 2020. All parents are invited, especially our junior school and year seven parents with aspiring musicians and performers.

Parents at Trinity are involved in their sons lives and expect to participate in College life. By volunteering we provide a practical way to demonstrate the value to our sons of helping others, the importance we place on their education, and that we enjoy spending time with them and their friends.  It’s also a terrific way to meet other parents whose sons share similar interests.

Friend of Performing Arts provides support for Trinity’s extensive performing arts program; from organizing food for our performers at rehearsals and performances, to running the door and ticket sales, and finally our very impressive fundraising to give our sons the very best facilities.

For example, next year we will be fund raising to purchase a new, high end piano to complement the school’s Fazioli piano, one of our previous contributions to Trinity. Less exciting, but every bit as important however are our contribution of instruments to strings, brass, percussion, repairs to the chapel’s organ and to this year’s European tour. In short, we want every Trinity boy to have the opportunity to achieve his performance goals.

The next meeting, as mentioned, will be held at the Cultural Centre in the staffroom at 7pm on Wednesday, 5 February 2020. Please come along, the meetings are open to everyone and we would love to meet you.

Steven Carroll | President - Friends of Performing Arts



Click here to view last week's fixture results. 


Important Information: Please note that the Trinity College sport uniform is a required school uniform, no matter the division or code of sport. No other sporting uniform will be accepted. 

Community News

Directed by ‘Trinity old boy’ Perry Joyce and accompanied by Caroline Badnall. Like a Lullaby will feature composers such as Philip Stopford, Eric Whitacre, George Frederic Handel and some carol favourites to sing along with. For tickets, please visit: If you are unable to come along but love to sing, feel free to check us out at



Give your child the help they deserve to build their: confidence, self esteem focus and strength. Classes start from 4 years and up. For more information and to claim your 2 week pass, please contact Anthony at ATI Martial Arts via 0402 144 018 or visit 


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, information and dates can be found by clicking Guitar Workshop or contact Stefan Cutri via or call 0414 448 907


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.

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