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TC Newsletter:

Volume 5  March 6, 2020

From the Principal 

Ash Wednesday

Our Ash Wednesday Mass last week was a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist and signalled the commencement of our Lenten Season. Our celebration also afforded us an opportunity to formally launch our Project Compassion Appeal and to challenge the boys to consider the importance and true purpose of Christian Service – to genuinely consider ‘the other’ in striving to be Men for Others.

Lent is a time for prayer, penance and almsgiving. As we move into this most sacred liturgical time, I would respectfully ask parents to take some time to speak to your sons about sacrifice; about going without in order to be in solidarity with the marginalised; about the importance of prayer and reflection; about Project Compassion and about the many lessons that can emerge through serving others. As I have alluded to previously, when the family/college partnership is such that the messages from home are complemented by the messages from school, we have the greatest chance of establishing those life values considered important in the formation of caring young men.

During this time of Lent, when our boys have been challenged to consider their personal commitment to Christian Service and their personal contributions to our Project Compassion appeal, it is very timely to reflect on the thoughts and words of the leader of our Church, Pope Francis. He has continually made strong references to the importance of service to others and the need for us, as Christians, to show leadership in this regard. He has demonstrated through actions and words, a particularly strong sense of social justice that is focussed on the plight of those who are marginalised.

The very human side of our Pope has been clearly evident through his attempt to instil a new sense of humility and simplicity into our Church. Pope Francis speaks about the importance of having a real and meaningful social outreach and being of ‘service to the community’. He has repeated a metaphor in which he emphasises the model of the shepherd.  He says that good Christian leaders must be so in touch with the people around them that “…they are shepherds with the smell of the sheep”. This is a clear call to exercise leadership and service by way of proximity and example. It is consistent with the expectations we have at our College in terms of Christian Service.

It is in giving that we truly receive - and it is in reaching out that others may have the chance to reach up. Our Project Compassion Appeal provides an opportunity for students, and indeed families, to reach out and our commitment to Christian Service helps our boys understand why!

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

College Events


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, 9 March 

  • 8:30am OLNA Reading Test (P1&P2)
  • 9:00am Auxiliary Meeting 
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm Year 10 Wolf Pack Leadership Program
  • 5:45pm-7:00pm Year 11 Men of Honour Workshop 

Tuesday, 10 March

  • 8:40am Secondary Assembly (Swimming)
  • 10:30am-2:00pm Media Arts Excursion 

Thursday, 12 March

  • GG v TC
  • Swimming photo
  • Years 7 & 8 English excursion (selected students) 
  • 4:00pm-9:30pm Swimming Inters HBF Stadium 

Friday, 13 March 

  • GG v TC
  • Year 11 Gen Geography Excursion
  • 8:00am PGC Friday Community Mass (12.7)
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Middle School Summer Sport  Photos

Saturday, 14 March 

  • GG v TC

To view the Parent Calendar on our website, click here

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Junior School News  


A squad of 24 boys went to Challenge Stadium on Thursday to represent the College at the JPSSA Interschool Swimming Carnival. Congratulations to all boys who swam on the day as they all did very well. Thank you to the parents who came along to support the boys and the many Trinity staff who were officials during the carnival as Trinity is the host school this year. Finally, a very big thank you to Mr Luke Thompson and Miss Adelaide Garland who coached and prepared the team.


Next Friday’s TOBA Assembly will be a very special one. While members of the First VIII Rowing team will be presented to the Junior School boys, this assembly will be the last one with Mr Peter Torre ('89) as President of TOBA. Peter’s stint as President has reached 6 years. During this time, he has taught the Junior School boys about the history of the College, how to display exceptional sportsmanship and how to show pride in our school. He always speaks to the Junior School community with passion and eloquence and finishes his role having made a positive impact on all of us.


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

Wednesday, 11 March
  • Sports Training for Years 5 and 6
Thursday, 12 March
  • Sculptures by the Sea Excursion
  • Year 4 Basketball Carnival
  • Sport v Guildford 
Friday, 13 March 
  • Year 6 Gold Reconciliation
  • TOBA Assembly  

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


This Monday was Labour Day so we all got the day off. This day off was to respect the amount of work people put into their jobs. On Wednesday, we had sport training. The sports were basketball, water polo, cricket and volleyball. On Thursday we had no sport fixture because of the Interschool Swimming Carnival. The boys tried their best and showed the TC Spirit. On Friday we had Mass hosted by 6G and an assembly presentation by 6GD to end the week.

David Shanahan (6G) and Ethan Taylor (6GD)

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Secondary School News 


We started the Becoming Brothers Retreat with words such as SPIRIT, LEARN, SINCERE, NEVER GIVE UP, ENTHUSIASM, PRAYER, WELCOME, FORGIVE, BE HAPPY AND FRIENDLY. These words were the focus of the big brothers who are our Year 11 Senior Ministers.

We most certainly experienced excitement, thunder, lightning, heat, humidity, tears, laughter, food, and the environment. Our activities taught us all the importance of teamwork, patience, and persistence.

I would personally like to thank Mr Damien Hansen, our retreat leader, for his organisation and professionalism, and Mr Corey Miskiewicz for his expertise and care. Both of these teachers spent the entire week on the retreat with us. I would also like to thank all the PCG staff for their participation and for providing their time on the Becoming Brothers Retreat. Thank you also to Ms Tess Warner, Mr Anthony Byrne and our Senior Ministers for their support and hard work throughout the retreat. It is the support of these people and the College that makes this event truly special for the Year 7 Cohort.

We will reflect on our journey over the coming weeks and have a chance to focus on what we learnt during our retreat experience. The task now is to find a way to get back into the routine we left behind at the end of Week Three.

The Spirit of Learning and Adventure has certainly begun.

Mr David AllenHead of Year 7 


Hello, my name is Harry Smith, I chose to apply to complete my Silver Award because I believed that the Duke of Edinburgh Program would give me a real opportunity to extend my involvement and dedication with many of my already-existing commitments, as well as adding several varied activities to my portfolio of service within the College. I am always looking for opportunities to push out of my “comfort zone”, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award offered a clear path to do so. For my Silver Award, I used my extra-curricular singing and vocal practice as my skill, my PSA rowing training for sport and several ongoing acts of Christian service including canteen and library duties for service.  

In the short term, the Duke of Edinburgh Award definitely ensures your active participation in several aspects of TC life and only strengthens your commitment to several different obligations. In the long term, the Duke of Edinburgh Award certainly enables you to open up to a vast enjoyment of several aspects of all pillars of Trinity and pushes you past your comfort zone to engage with others in your efforts at the college. The Duke of Edinburgh Award requires a level of commitment and diligence that any student should endeavour to offer, regardless of their previous activities within the College. Any participant, however, should be prepared to maintain a level of consistency within their respective Duke of Edinburgh Award that defines their progression to becoming a young man, and a respectful student of Trinity College.

Harry Smith (Year 11)


Thank you to the Parent Community for your ongoing support of donations for the attached wish list, please keep them coming in! Please note that we do not require any more newsletters as we now have enough. Please click here to find the updated list and please drop off all items in the boxes at the College Reception. A big thank you to the Iacopetta and Throssell families who have made some generous cash donations. 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 


On Thursday, 5 March, Trinity College hosted our International Women's Day Breakfast in Gibney Hall. It was fantastic to see over 200 people gather to celebrate the achievements of women and an opportunity to educate our young men on the importance of equality in all facets of life. Special thanks to guest speakers; Christina Matthews, a former cricketer and the CEO of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Jan Cooper, Female Player Development & Pathways Manager for the West Coast Eagles. A message from both guest speakers today was that to forge a more gender-balanced world, we need to embrace the different perspectives that women have to offer. Thank you to everyone that helped with the organisation, set up and running of the morning, especially the IWD committee members. 


Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) is a volunteer group of parents, and others, committed to supporting their sons in the music, dance and drama programs at Trinity College. It provides support for Trinity’s extensive performing arts program; from organising 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.

The next committee meeting for the Friends of Performing Arts will be held on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 7pm in the Cultural Centre staff room. All parents are invited, especially our junior school and year seven parents with aspiring musicians and performers. We hope to see you there! 

Friends of Performing Arts Committee


During Term: 

  • Every Tuesday 7:30am – 4:30pm
  • Every Friday 7:30am – 1:30pm

All students need to be in full winter uniform on the first day back of Term Two, Wednesday, 29 April. It is quiet in the uniform shop now, so it is a great time to call in for winter uniform fittings. Please don’t hesitate to call into the uniform shop for any uniform enquiries. You can also call us on 9223 8142 or email 

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager

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 via

Paula Nicoletto | Dance Co-Ordinator - Performing Arts


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

 ⭐️Introducing Harry Smith (Year 11) as Ko-Ko⭐️

Our hilarious and outrageous character of Ko-Ko is being performed by Harry. Ko-Ko was a cheap tailor who had been sentenced to death for flirting, until he was raised to his position of Lord High Executioner through “remarkable circumstances.” He is also engaged to marry Yum-Yum, even though she doesn’t love him. Harry is having a lot of fun developing this role and is sure to bring about a lot of laughter in the show!

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Last Friday, Year 8 and 9 students took advantage of the PSA bye with a different kind of sport training. Old Boys Fraser McInnes ('10), Travis Colyer ('08), Rohan James ('16), Rhys Grant ('04) and Sebit Reath ('16) came back to the College to discuss what the TC Spirit means to them, reflect on their time at school, and share the opportunities that Trinity has helped create for them. Read more about their visit on our website.


In the current educational climate, it is vital that young men experience a well-rounded curriculum where an emphasis on striving to do your best in all pillars is evident. To ensure our high achieving student athletes are maximising their opportunities and potential moving forward, the College is proud to introduce the inaugural TEAM Program.

The acronym TEAM (Trinity Elite Athlete Mentoring) was devised to reflect the key focus of the program; to provide guidance through mentoring athletes managing the dual demands of their academic and sporting commitments. Targeting elite and high performing athletes who meet the eligibility criteria, the ideal is to provide advocacy to those students who seek to combine their sporting goals with productive and challenging academic pathways.

It is hoped that TEAM will enhance the connectedness and overall well-being of student athletes in balancing the demands of study and sport during their time at the College. Through the program, athletes gain exposure to development opportunities, have access to performance aids, and are provided with the support networks necessary to assist them in balancing study, within an already busy schedule of academic and sport-related activities.

Students wishing to access the support of the College’s new TEAM Program are required to meet eligibility by competing at a State or National level. This can be demonstrated by membership of a State or National squad or team – eg. Australian Institute of Sport or West Australian Institute of Sport.

Please click here if you wish to obtain further information and instructions regarding applications. Any queries should be directed to Mr Andrew Jenkin -


  • The Friends of Football are hosting a season launch on Friday, 1 May on Mann Oval from 4pm. This is after the first Middle School, fixture and the day before the senior students commence their season against Christchurch. All Trinity football players in both the junior and senior schools are encouraged to attend and parents are of course, most welcome. All players will receive a sausage sizzle and a drink. There will be free raffles, TC Old Boy AFL players in attendance as well as the presentation of coaches and captains for years 9, 10 and the 1st XVIII. The 1st XVIII team for the first game will also be presented to the football community. For catering purposes, details on how to RSVP will follow.
  • Save the date – the Friends of Football will be holding a quiz night as the major fundraiser on Saturday, 6 June. More details to follow regarding this important event.
  • The committee will again be seeking volunteers to act as Year Coordinators for Years 7 to 10 as well as a senior team coordinator. Volunteers will also be required to assist with duties such as timekeeping, goal umpiring and providing oranges and lollies for the players. More information detailing how you can assist will be available in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions about any of these matters feel free to email me at the college or the President of FOF Matt Brennan via

Mr Chris Allanson 

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


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Community News


Parents of children with learning difficulties often have questions and concerns in relation to how best they can support their child. The aim of our information sessions is to provide parents with practical information that may help their child across areas of common concern. The next information session we have available is titled Helping your Child Learn to Read and Write. It will be held on Friday, 27 March from 9:30am-11:30am. The workshop overview is: Structured synthetic phonics and other evidence-based strategies that help to develop literacy skills will be discussed. Parents will be given practical ideas on how to support their child's literacy learning at home. For further information and to register online please go to As places are limited, registration is essential 


Students interested in pursuing Medicine need to sit the UCAT test in July 2020. MedEntry is a government-accredited institution specialising in UCAT preparation. MedEntry offers discounts of 30% for groups, numerous scholarships, and bursaries. For more information, please visit 


ATAR Get is a revision and ATAR exam preparation program. The April program is open to students from all WA schools and includes study skills, essay writing, subject revision and exam preparation. For more information please visit or email  


Study Skills provides a one day course during the April school holidays for Year 7-9. The course outline includes stress management, time management, memory strategies and mind mapping. The course is presented by former Principals and Deputy Principals. For more information, visit or email Places are limited, so please call for a registration pack as soon as possible. 


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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