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TC Newsletter:

Volume 4  February 28, 2020

 From the Principal 

2020 Prefects
Head Prefect Cameron Pell

On Tuesday, 25 February, the College gathered for the Prefect Investiture Assembly. This afforded us an opportunity to commission and formally welcome our Prefects for 2020 - to acknowledge their leadership and thank them for their generous service to our College.

In a most sincere ceremony, Mr Joel Shinkfield, Head of Year 12, delivered citations on each of our sixteen College Prefects. What was particularly striking was the long list of achievements, commitments, and service that each of these young leaders had already achieved, both within our school community and beyond. Further to this, we were able to share in their aspirations for their own futures and their appreciation and hopes for Trinity College. It was humbling to hear about their journey and a real honour to present each of them with their Prefect tie and badge.

I believe it is important for every student to examine their own sense of personal leadership and this is a theme that I have emphasised consistently when addressing our boys. Leadership is about influencing others and making a positive difference through our example. Leadership is about action and the effect that our actions leave on other people. Importantly, leadership is about each and every one of us as individuals.

In speaking with our student leaders at the start of this year, I was asked to share my thoughts on what I considered to be the important characteristics of leadership, particularly as it relates to student leaders and Prefects. I have included some excerpts below:

‘’…The first characteristic of leadership that I wish to highlight is that of Personal Example. I am referring to the personal example you set as leaders, as Prefects within the College. The example you set for others is vital. In many ways, it can set the tone for a school and can establish a culture whereby participation, commitment and support are the expected norm and such commitment is celebrated as the mark of being a young man at Trinity. Your example can, and will, influence others. Be confident in the knowledge that your good example will influence others in a most positive way.

The second characteristic of leadership that I wish to refer to is that of Integrity. Integrity refers to the extent to which your actions match your words, and the extent to which your actions match your values. Put simply, it is about being true to yourself. You have earned the position as student leader because of your skills, personality, past performance, your approach to others and your character.  Be true to your own values, the values of your family and those of your school - and do not deviate from these.

I also want to highlight the need for student leaders, in fact all of us, to have courage in our leadership. Effective leadership at any level involves some courage and this is particularly true with respect to your role as student leaders. Your willingness to step forward has already required some courage and now, having assumed the role as a Prefect, the courage to lead amongst your peers will be necessary. I say this because, showing the way, being authentic, staying true to your values and supporting your school can sometimes require you to stand up against the prevailing behaviour or attitudes of others around you. At times, you may be asked to challenge situations or make a stand for others because it is the right thing to do! Having integrity, staying true to your values and being an example for others does require courage and strength of character and I congratulate you all for this.

One final characteristic of leadership that I wish to touch on is the notion that leadership is about Service. Leadership is less about what you receive and more of what you can give.  Leadership is about service to friends, to peers, to all students, to the Staff and to your College in general. It is in humbly serving others that leaders receive much in return and it will be in humbly continuing your service to your school that you will grow…”

Of course, leadership is about much more than these particular characteristics, but our special Assembly allowed us all to reflect more deeply about authentic leadership. This was emphasised further by Head Prefect, Cameron Pell, who gave a wonderfully personal, inspiring and humbling address about the privilege of formal leadership and his aspiration for all Trinity students to be ‘Men for Others’. Cameron touched upon such leadership qualities when he said, “…To my fellow prefects, be proud of your appointment and continue to serve this great College. You, along with many others here today, possess the qualities of true men for others. Be proud of this and never shy away from it. I ask that you all follow in the footsteps of Christ and be servant leaders so that we can empower those before us today”.

There is no doubt that our 2020 Prefect group are a real example of this. I pray that their leadership and example can continue to grow within our Trinity College community. We seek your support for them on their journey.

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


We warmly invite members of the TC community to join us for the 2020 International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday, 5 March from 7:00am-8:15am in Gibney Hall. Our aim is to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of the women in and around our community as well as educating and empowering the young men of Trinity College to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Guest speakers include; West Coast Eagles Female Player Development and Pathways Manager, Jan Cooper and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association, Christina Matthews. This is a ticketed event – bookings essential. RSVP by Tuesday, 3 March 2020 via Attendance by gold coin donation to the Ruah Community Services. Light breakfast, tea, and coffee included. Please note that parking will be available via Gate 7 at Gloucester Park. 


Trinity College is proud to present 'The Mikado', a musical comedy written by Gilbert and Sullivan (arranged by David Spicer Productions, Essgee Entertainment) and is set in the fictitious town of Titipu, Japan. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 via Trybooking. Keep up to date via the official Facebook page:


Discover Trinity College at our Open Day on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer. Each of our College Open Day sessions will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours, light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team. Sessions will be held at 9:30am, 12:00pm (for approximately 90 minutes) and at 4:15pm (1 hour). For more information and to register, click here.

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College Calendar


Monday, 2 March 

  • Labour Day Holiday
  • No classes

Tuesday, 3 March

  • 8:40am Year 7 Mass
  • 8:40am Peer Ministers meet Year 8 Quest students and cadre in Sports Centre
  • Penrhos vs TC
  • OLNA Writing Test (P3-P4) 

Thursday, 5 March

  • 7:00am - 8:00am International Women's Day Breakfast 
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm JPPSA Swimming 

Friday, 6 March

  • 8:00am Mass (PCG 12.5 & 12.6) 
  • TC v CC 
  • OLNA Numeracy Test (P1 & P2)

Saturday, 7 March 

  • TC v CC

Saturday, 7 March 

  • Year 8 Quest Retreat 

To view the Parent Calendar on our website, click here

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Junior School News 


Congratulations to the boys who have been selected to represent the College in the swimming team. The Interschool Carnival, which is being hosted by Trinity this year takes place on Thursday, 5 March at Challenge Stadium in Mt Claremont. The swimmers will leave school at 12:00pm for a 1:00pm start. The carnival is scheduled to conclude at 2:55pm so the team will not be arriving back at Trinity until approximately 3:20pm. Parents are able to take their sons home from the stadium. Parents and friends are welcome to come and support the team.


Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Liaison Meeting on Wednesday, it was pleasing to receive feedback in regard to Junior School matters. The next meeting will be held in the first few weeks of Term 2.


On Monday, 24 February all the Year 6 boys went on an excursion to Fremantle. The boys were split into two groups for two different workshops. They took part in a fantastic narrative writing workshop at the Fremantle Literature Centre and were engaged and enthusiastic about developing their writing schools during this interactive workshop. They also took part in the engaging and hands-on Immigration Stories workshop at the W.A. Maritime Museum. They were learning about the stories and history of migration in Australia in the 20th Century. All classes met for lunch in the park between venues. The boys’ behaviour was exemplary and a lot of learning took place.  


Some of the boys in Year Six were lucky enough to take part in a workshop with Indigenous graphic novelist Brenton McKenna. Brenton came to Trinity on Friday, 21 February courtesy of AISWA. He shared his journey with the boys and spent some time drawing with them, giving them encouragement throughout. 


Next Friday the first class Mass and class Assembly for the year will take place. Mass commences at 8:40am and the boys in Year 6G will be leading the mass for the rest of the Junior School. All parents are welcome and are invited to stay for a cuppa afterwards. We conclude the week with Year 6G presenting their assembly, commencing at 2:20pm in Gibney Hall.


Applications for 2021 Scholarships and Bursaries are now open. We offer Academic Scholarships to students in Year 3 applicable for Year 4. Students selected must have an excellent work ethic, academic performance, and exemplary conduct. Students are required to complete a Trinity College aptitude examination. For more information please visit our website

Monday, 2 March
  • Labour Day Public Holiday 
Wednesday, 4 March
  • Sports Training for Years 5 and 6
  • Cathedral Choir Auditions
Thursday, 5 March
  • Interschool Swimming Carnival (JPSSA) 
Friday, 6 March 
  • Year 6G Assembly commencing at 2:20pm  

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


 This week has been an awesome 4th week, with extreme weather and whole school photos - it had everything. 


The Year 6s went on an excursion to the Fremantle Literature Centre, where they learned about structuring a narrative with exciting similes and straight information. From there, they went to the WA Maritime Museum, where they traced the life of different immigrants and refugees. Overall, it was an awesome excursion.


On the second day of the week, and on the very first period of the day, every class in the school, (including the Senior School,) gathered on the oval, in all the class rows, for a massive whole school photo. After a lot of hard efforts to get the boys to be quiet, a drone flew up into the air, to take a birds-eye view of the whole school.


On Wednesday morning, the whole school gathered in the Sports Centre for the Ash Wednesday Mass, commencing the start of Lent. Everyone was blessed by receiving the ashes made from last year’s Palm Sunday’s palms. Some of the Junior boys read or helped with the offertory, making this a special occasion.


Thursday was the most difficult day of the week for the whole school, because of all the thunder, lightning and rain. Due to this horrible weather, students couldn’t go onto the oval, and stayed in the under-cover area. It got even worse after that. Sport was canceled for most of the sporting teams of 5s and 6s. The Basketball, Volleyball and Water polo boys still played matches against Christ Church, but the other teams went under-cover. The Year 4s had to spend the rest of their lunch in the undercovered space, like recess. 

Overall, it was a very unusual week, with some sunny days mixed with some heavy storms. Thank you for reading Prefects Corner

 Bowie McCabe (Year 6) and Hudson May (Year 6)

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Secondary School News 


On Thursday, 26 February at the Claremont Yacht Club, Kinta Pinchin-Yamada (Year 12) delivered a witty and insightful five-minute speech on the topic of Social Media. Kinta also had to respond to two impromptu questions and speak for two minutes on each topic. He competed against representatives from Hale, Christ Church, Scotch, and PLC. Kinta took out the best Public Speaker award. It was well deserved as his delivery and content were exceptional - congratulations Kinta! 


On Tuesday, 9 students and Mrs West travelled to Sacred Heart College Sorrento for the launch of Project Compassion. We began the morning with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country. We then celebrated Mass with Bishop Justin Bianchini, which allowed us to make a positive start to the morning. The Bishop gave a thought-provoking homily that challenged us with this year’s theme, ‘Go Further Together’. Being Shrove Tuesday, we were fed a delicious morning tea of pancakes and fruit salad. Energised for the rest of the event, we then heard from some inspiring speakers who told stories of Project Compassion successes and their own personal experiences. Sr Jo Brady shared her story of living in Timor-Leste and the challenges that she faced trying to source water. This discussion really opened our eyes and our hearts, because as a country, we take essential resources such as water for granted. We have returned feeling inspired to encourage our Trinity College Community to engage in giving generously during this Lenten period.

My name is Matthew Maine and I am currently undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year. For my Skill I am learning the electric guitar, for Service, I am being the runner for my younger brother’s football team, and for Physical Recreation I am doing rowing. I hope to get more leadership qualities out of this like generosity, selflessness, and confidence. I chose to do this because of the various benefits that I will get out of it, such as future employment and extending and improving my relationships at the college.

Matthew Maine (Year 9)


A big thank you to those parents who have dropped off items for this year’s ball already.  Each week we continue to update our wish list and new items have been added. Please click here to view the updated list. If you have any of these items, please drop them off in the boxes at the school reception centre.  Also, we are still seeking Bunnings vouchers so that we can purchase some of our more expensive items. These vouchers and cash donations to the value of $100 or more will be acknowledged in future Trinity newsletters - to make a cash donation please click on this link and select College Events / Trinity Ball Donations

A big thank you to the below sponsors who have already provided significant contributions towards our ball:

  • Dario and Aldo from Ascot Signs
  • Brendan Maine
  • Carolyn O’Driscoll

For more information please contact our Ball Coordinator Dorina Martelli on or 0439 095 949. 

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College News 


Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season of Lent. We were blessed with the opportunity to celebrate Mass together as a College community. Lent is a time when we pray, act kindly and with mercy towards other people, give up things we enjoy and give to others, as we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Easter.

For forty days, we accompany Jesus on his passionate journey to Calvary and we see the mercy he shows, despite his suffering. Just as God shows mercy towards us, like Jesus, we try to show mercy to others. During these forty days, let us take time to reflect on our lives and say sorry for any wrongdoing.  

I challenge each one of you to commit yourselves to 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to renew and restore our relationship with God and each other.

Many thanks must go to Fr Roy for celebrating a special Mass, the didgeridoo players, Chorale and musicians, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, readers, Mr Theseira on the PowerPoint, Mrs Stewart for launching Project Compassion, the groundsmen for setting up, the IT team and the marketing ladies for always taking lovely photos of our student body.

With thanks and God bless!

Mrs Rosa West | Director of Campus Ministry


On Friday, 21 February the Parent Council and Principal, Mr Darren O'Neill welcomed over 350 Trinity parents and carers to the Annual Parent Council Welcome Sundowner. It was a beautiful night on McCabe Court, as new parents had a chance to get to know each other and current parents were able to catch up after the summer holiday. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of the lovely evening.

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 


The Trinity College Environmental Committee has begun it’s work for 2020. There are many projects in the pipeline for this year, however, we are starting with the basics – paper and cardboard recycling in offices, departments and photocopier areas. We currently have around 30 students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 who are all members of TCEC and manage this recycling program. Each student is responsible for one or two areas of recycling. The year started with the replacement of some boxes and the addition of new recycling boxes around the College. The TCEC members gave their time to make up and label the boxes before distributing them around the College. 

We continue to work with Greenbatch to recycle plastic bottles - #1 PET and #2HDPE bottles and containers can be recycled in the purple bins around the College campus or in the Senior School Library. This organisation has the only plastic reprocessing plant in Western Australia that aim to minimise plastic waste going into landfill or being sold off to the highest bidder. This is the third year we have been working with Greenbatch and we hope to continue to increase the number of bags of plastic we send to them for recycling. See the above image for items that can be recycled through Trinity and Greenbatch. Please also note that the College can recycle plastic lids as well. They will be used for a future project and the Lids4Kids charity. Please lace the lids in a separate bag. 


Now that we are well into the term, the College Book Clubs are up and running. We have a Book Club for every year level from Year 7 to Year 12 who meet once a fortnight at recess in the College Senior Library. This year has got off to an amazing start highlighted by the Year 9 Book Club enjoying a delicious cake baked by Book Club member Levi Carle (Year 9) that very morning – he has set a high standard for the other boys to match! Book Club is open to any student who is interested in reading and likes to chat (and eat) with like-minded students:

Year 7 – Ms Jena McDowall – Wednesday even weeks

Year 8 – Mrs Vanessa Fielden – Monday odd weeks

Year 9 – Mrs Vanessa Fielden – Monday even weeks

Year 10 – Ms Emma Farhoumand – Thursday odd weeks

Year 11 – Ms Emma Farhoumand – Thursday even weeks

Year 12 – Ms Alison Mackenzie – Thursday even weeks

 Alison Mackenzie | Head of Library Services


  • Entrance works will happen as scheduled from Friday, 28 February 2020 (1900hrs) – Tuesday, 3 March 2020 (0300hrs). During this period, there will be no access or egress through the main Trinity College entrance (via Waterbank). During these times/dates, all access to the College will be via the Nelson Crescent/Cultural Centre gate (entry and exit) and parking will be available in Carrigg Court.  

Applications are open for 2021 scholarships and bursaries. To learn more, please visit our website by clicking here.


The College and Parent Council warmly invite the TC community to participate in the 2020 Tuition Fee Raffle. The Promotion Period for the 2020 TC Tuition Raffle:

  • Raffle begins: Monday, 3 February at 12:00pm AWST
  • Final ticket sales close on Friday, 27 March 2020 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time).

The Draw will be held at Trinity College on Monday, 30 March 2020 at 12:00pm. 

Tickets are $50 and there are only 1000 tickets available. Tickets can be purchased from All proceeds will go to improvements to student common areas, including the provision of increased seating, tables, shade, and cold water. The prize will be drawn at Trinity College on Monday, 30 March 2020 at 12:00PM AWST. Best of luck to all parents and carers who will participate in the draw! 

Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the College website for the full T&C's:

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 


Don't pay full price and dine as a family for less by purchasing an Entertainment Membership supporting Trinity College Friends of Performing Arts. Up to $60 off dining in some of your favourite restaurants across your city. Join this month and receive 3 months extra membership on Single & Multi-City and a BONUS $10 JB Hi-Fi eGift Card with every Membership purchased

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The Mikado


We need your help ….. As the College's musical is due to take place in May 2020, we are on the search for any vinyl flooring that can be donated to the school in order to protect the stage in Gibney Hall. It doesn't matter what colour, we would appreciate all donations (the vinyl will be painted). Contact can be made directly with Paula Nicoletto, Dance Co Ordinator - Performing Arts (

Paula Nicoletto | Dance Co-Ordinator - Performing Arts


Over the next few months, we will be introducing some of the cast for The Mikado! 

☆ Introducing Daniel Santelli (Year 12) as Nanki-Poo ☆

Daniel has not only been selected as a College Prefect for 2020 but is also playing one of the lead roles in The Mikado. Daniel’s character is Nanki-Poo, a very romantic prince who is ever so charming. The son of the Mikado, Nanki-Poo has fled the royal court because his father has promised him in marriage to Katisha. Nanki-Poo, however, loves Yum-Yum and has gone in search for her, disguised as a wandering minstrel. 

Tickets for The Mikado go on sale on Wednesday, 11 March 2020. For further information please visit  

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To view results from the Wesley v Trinity fixture, click here.  


On Tuesday night the Trinity swim team took part in the PSA Quads Carnival which was the boys first time swimming at HBF Stadium and was a great indicator of how we will perform at the Interschool Carnival in two weeks. The boys competed admirably against Christchurch, Scotch, and Wesley, with many boys recording personal bests and Harrison Farmer (Year 9) recording several records. Overall it was a great opportunity for the boys to prove their worth to obtain a spot in the Interschool squad and work in their potential relay times. The team is appearing very strong and will be working hard at training to make a competitive showing at the PSA Carnival in week 6.

Declan Ryan (Year 12) | Head of Communications for Swimming

To register as a new player please click here. If you are an exisiting player then please use this link. You will then need to pay your $50.00 via the Online Shop

Click here to purchase tickets to the Trinity College Rowing Club Quiz Night. 

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Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association


The TOBA Golf Day is open to members of the Trinity College community, friends, family, and work colleagues. It’s a wonderful day and we encourage interested players to get involved. To register please CLICK HERE For further details, please don’t hesitate to contact the TOBA office on 9223 8132.


Community News


Our Parish runs an intensive after school Religious Education program for those children in Years 1 to 6 who are not attending Catholic Schools. The program will prepare children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation (2-year program). There is also a comprehensive program commencing on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 for High school children who may not have received all of their Sacraments. 

Classes run each Wednesday during the first three school terms starting at 4pm in the church. Enrolments for all classes are now being accepted, although enrolments for the Sacramental years will be closing very soon. For enquiries please contact Judy on 9310 1747 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or email

Please note that fees for the year can be paid at enrolment. $40.00 (Year) for Single child and $70.00 (Year) for Family (2 children).


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