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TC Newsletter:

Volume 7  March 20, 2020


From the Principal 

Strange Days Indeed!

As a society, and as a College community, we are all navigating unchartered waters with respect to the global pandemic associated with COVID-19. As you will be aware from the frequent amendments to health and travel advice, our Federal and State authorities and respective health authorities are focused on minimising and preventing transmission of COVID-19. However, the escalation in confirmed cases around the world, combined with the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus, is rightly creating concern for many people.  

Considering the need for increasing preventative and precautionary measures, and the changing travel advice to mitigate transmission, there is much potential for misinformation. Once again, I want to emphasise that it is the formal advice from public health authorities, government agencies, and governance authorities that the College will continue to respond to. It is important to reaffirm with parents, staff, and students that any decisions will be made in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of students, staff and our community. The school continues to promote the highest standards of personal hygiene with the supply of soap and hand sanitiser.  All teachers are continuing to communicate with students about the practice of ‘social distancing’ and the necessity for vigilant personal hygiene.

Whilst there has been a reference to possible school closures, all schools currently remain open as an essential service. While there is certainly a possibility of a school closure in the future, any such closure would be under the direction of the Department of Health or through a Government directive. Trinity College will continue to provide our scheduled education program. Behind the scenes and in preparation for all possibilities, the College has in place an Incident Response Plan, an Educational Continuity Plan, a Business Continuity Plan and increased measures to promote the health and wellbeing of students and staff and monitor the workforce impact.

The College Educational Continuity Plan, is in place to ensure the continuity of learning for students in the event of any disruption to the learning program. Our staff have been very busy in working together in order to provide the best possible educational provisions should this occur. SEQTA enables us to deliver platform learning to students and will be our primary source of information dissemination to students, often directing them to other platforms such as Microsoft Teams, OneNote and more. A detailed plan will be communicated to students and parents if such school closures eventuate. 

As the College continues to work with the advice and guidance of the government and health authorities surrounding the current health crisis, we understand that some families may feel the need to keep their sons away from school, either due to illness or as a precaution. As a College community, we respect the rights of all parents to make such decisions in respect to their particular context and their family’s health and wellbeing. In such cases, families are requested to please keep the College informed of your plans so that we can best support your son. If any such absence is likely to be for an extended period, please contact your son’s Head of Year who will then liaise with his teachers so that they can initially contact your son with directions on how he can keep up with his schoolwork during his absence. As always, it will be a requirement that your son logs into SEQTA regularly throughout each school day so that he receives current information, updates, and resources from his teachers.

It is particularly important that, when notifying Student Services of an absence, you inform them of the reason for your son being at home (ie: is it precautionary or is it a specific illness). This will help us document the impact COVID-19 has on the College.

I wish to make direct reference to extracts from two letters that I have received this week. The first is from The Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery MLC; the second from the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, Dr. Debra Sayce. Both comment on the importance of schools remaining open at this point and both recognise the work of all staff in schools during this most extraordinary time. 

‘’I would like to reassure you though that each and every education decision is being made with students and school staff front of mind and acting on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

WA schools are following a national approach. There are two types of potential school closures, a re-active one in the event of a positive test result and a pre-emptive school closure in the absence of any positive tests.

The Chief Health Officer is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and they have adopted a uniform national position on the issue of school operations in relation to the community transmission of COVID-19. All chief health officers from around Australia agree that there is no need to close schools as a pre-emptive measure at this point...

Allowing schools to stay open, but with clear guidelines, will assist in the safety and well-being of our staff and students, continue the focus on learning and regular routine in this difficult time, and ensure our most vulnerable students are observed, fed, and able to maintain hygiene processes.

School closures may still be considered later in the outbreak, in anticipation of a peak in infection rates…

We are in extraordinary and challenging times and things are changing rapidly. As teachers and school staff, you play a significant role as part of WA s education system with over 450,000 students across more than 1100 WA schools. You are also part of the community and working through this situation with your own families.

I want you to know that I appreciate everything you are doing. Thank you for continuing to ensure the best learning outcomes for all students in a professional and calm manner in the face of what remains an evolving situation…”

Sue Ellery MLC

“We are certainly living and working through a time unlike any other in recent memory. Dedicating yourself to education is always a commitment to busy days at work, in a space that is always changing and has unique challenges.  On top of this, we are now adapting to the reality of the COVID-19 virus – to say this adds a layer of complexity would certainly be an understatement.

 While some businesses and sectors are slowing down, and people are being advised to take precautions and reconsider going out, the advice from health authorities is that school should continue. This advice means that our students can continue learning and acknowledges that schools are safe places for children and young people at this time, with appropriate precautions and modifications to how our schools manage large group activities where needed. This advice also recognises the role that schools play in supporting the stable function of the broader community, including the health care sector, and the importance of schools in helping control the spread of the virus. We are also modelling resilience skills to our students in being flexible and showing how we manage strong emotions.

I would like to thank you (all Staff in our Catholic Schools) for your dedication to the learning, wellbeing and faith formation of our students.  Those in classrooms have essential work to do in reinforcing messages around health, hygiene and what ‘social distancing’ means in practice, while also providing stability, media literacy and perspective for students who may be feeling anxious and worried.  Those of us who work in roles supporting teachers and educators, your work is just as essential behind the scenes...

I ask that you would all join with me in maintaining calm and responding with the resilience, openness and empathy of which I know we are all capable. We all need kindness and patience as we all work hard to meet the challenges ahead”. 

Dr. Debra Sayce

I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the College Staff for the wonderful manner in which they have responded during this current crisis. They have been pro-active, considered and professional in every way. Their leadership and modelling have been reassuring for the boys and emphasises the genuine care they show for our young men. Likewise, our students have been patient and understanding of the changing environment in which they find themselves. I also wanted to thank the many families who have sent letters or emails through to the College acknowledging our efforts.

From a 1984 song titled ‘Nobody Told Me’, John Lennon famously sang about “Strange days indeed”. Many years later in 2020, we are certainly living through strange days indeed. We need to do so together!

Thank you all for your ongoing patience and the trust that you place in the College as we continue to work in the best interests of our boys and our community. Best wishes, and stay healthy.

Live Jesus in our hearts. 

Mr Darren O'Neill | Principal

EDUCATION CONTINUITY PLAN 

As stated in previous correspondence, Monday, 23 March 2020 will be a pupil free day to allow the staff at Trinity College to plan and make sure that all of our students are able to continue their learning journey in the event of a school closure in the future. All teaching staff will be able to use this time to plan and prepare, so that we are able to deliver an online curriculum to all students that is engaging and thorough if circumstances eventuate.  

As always, students will continue to be able to access course content, assessment outlines, and learning resources through SEQTA. Respective courses may also use other resources to complement learning and may choose to use other forms of delivery and feedback such as Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Padlet, Edmodo and YouTube to deliver learning.

Please be assured that the ongoing learning of our students is very important to us and we will continue to work with them in ensuring that remote learning will be delivered in the event of any possible school closure. I am currently working very closely with all our Heads of Learning to finalise our Education Continuity Plan.

This will involve staff preparing lessons and work for our students during a possible school closure with an expectation that students will complete their work by closely following their personalised timetable. These lessons will be accessed through SEQTA, but students may be re-directed to other platforms as the College recognises that each learning area will use the platform that suits their needs to maximise learning. Those students on an ATAR pathway will also be expected to complete at least 2 extra hours of study per day. We understand that this is what all of our ATAR students should be doing now, so we are in effect trying to keep their learning as normal as possible. Similarly, students in other year cohorts will be directed to complete additional studies as appropriate.

The actual details for staff regarding any possible school closures are not clear and we are seeking to develop a plan that is agile enough to adapt to uncertainties around technology, accessibility, and directives to staff.

I can assure you that we are working particularly hard to ensure that our students are supported at this time and in the event of a possible school closure.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mr Tim Hince | Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation


College Events 

Today is International Day of Happiness. As we face a global crisis together, let’s find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other. Keep calm, stay wise and be kind. 

THE MIKADO AT TRINITY 

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 are now on sale via this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BGSTC Keep up to date via the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCollegeProduction/

TRINITY COLLEGE OPEN DAY

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

TERM 1, WEEK 8

Monday, 23 March 

  • Student Free Day - no classes

Wednesday, 25 March

  • Year 11 ATAR Geography Excursion

Thursday, 26 March

  • Junior School Summer Sport Photos 

Friday, 28 March 

  • Scholarship Exams

To view the Parent Calendar on our website, click here

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Junior School News  

UNPRECEDENTED TIMES 

We are currently living in unprecedented times with conditions changing daily. As a College, all assemblies, Masses, out of hours training and interschool sport have been cancelled. Camps and excursions have either been cancelled or postponed and parent-teacher interviews will be modified. Naturally, there is a lot of disappointment from all in the community.

As a society, every day, we are being inundated by news and stories about the Coronavirus. As a school, we are focused on the continuity of education and the safety and wellbeing of our boys. I urge us all to be gentle with each other during these trying times.

STUDENT FREE DAY

As mentioned in the communication from College Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill earlier this week, there will be a student free day on Monday, 23 March. During this time the teachers will be able to finalise planning in case of extended school closures. During this day there will be work provided for the students to complete on using OneNote. Feedback from this day regarding the boy’s ability to access work from home via OneNote will give us a good indication of any other modifications we may need to make. 

DATES TO REMEMBER 
Monday, 23 March
  • Student Free Day 
Thursday, 26 March 
  •  Junior School Summer Sports photos
Friday, 27 March
  •  Year 6G Reconciliaton 


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

TCEC - WAX WRAP WORKSHOP

A group of committed TCEC members and their families came along to our STEM room on Saturday to make wax wraps. The boys proved to be very capable of using an iron and we managed to make lots or wraps which are an alternative to cling wrap. In JS we have" Waste Free Wednesdays" and those boys without cling wrap in their lunch boxes go into the draw to win a wax wrap. Wraps are available for sale for $2 each. #Savetheturtles

Stacey Turich | Science Teacher

PREFECTS' CORNER

I think we can all agree that life at Trinity College has certainly changed this week. The COVID-19 health crisis has drastically affected the way we operate at Trinity.

Monday  

  • We started the week with no morning assembly as all meetings and assemblies of large crowds of students were stopped in an effort to minimise the risk to students in these unusual times. Hymns were also cancelled following assembly. Coding club was on with Mr Brennan and Miss Gorman.

Tuesday

  • On Tuesday classes were all the same as usual, though boys were moved from sitting in their normal lunch spots as we spread out into our houses across the school grounds.

Wednesday 

  • Wednesday was a great disappointment for the Year 5s as their first camp to Forest Edge was cancelled, hopefully to be rescheduled at the later half of the year. Sports training also cancelled as there would be no games on Thursday against other PSA schools

Thursday

  • With the announcement of all PSA sports being cancelled, the Year 5S and 6s were left to train amongst themselves, while the Year 4s continued with their normal class sport.

Friday 

  • To conclude the week there was no assembly. Monday is a special day where we all stay home and test our online schooling.

Thanks for reading Prefects' Corner this week. We wish for everyone to keep safe, healthy and to look out for those in need. Be Men For Others #tcspirit

Jaxon Beale (6B), Jacob Borck (6W)

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Secondary School News  

YEAR 11 EXCURSION

On Friday, 13 March, the Year 11 General Geography class went to Dwellingup to explore the Jarrah Forest as part of our study of local environments at risk. 

We started our excursion at the Forest Discovery Centre where we learned about the location, history, and uses of the Forest before heading out for an educational bush walk. During our bush walk, we learnt about the Forest ecosystem and how energy from the sun flows through various species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and microorganisms. 

We drew a field sketch to illustrate the Forest stratification (which means layers), through which we became familiar with the vegetation of the Forest. Some species of the understory include the spiky Zamia, Grass tree and the flowering native orchids. Some species of the middle story include Banksia and Snotty Gobble (Aboriginal people used the nuts of these trees to stop their snotty noses from running!). The species of the upper story, which make up the Forest canopy and are home to many animal species include the big beautiful ancient Jarrah and Marri trees. 

It was interesting to hear that these trees have adapted to the hot, dry conditions and frequent bushfire experienced in this region by developing thick bark and long leathery leaves to limit the amount of water loss. We also learnt about lignotubers which are large swollen root systems which store water underground and epicormic buds which sprout when triggered by fire. 

After lunch, we learnt about the negative impacts of human activity such as mining, forestry, agriculture, settlement, and recreation on the forest ecosystem. One of which being, Dieback disease, which is a soil-borne fungus that is spread through forest activities such. We also learnt about the effects of deforestation including salinity and loss of habitat and biodiversity. 

It was great to experience the Forest up close and personal and we thank our tour guide, Chris and our teacher Mrs Halpenny for teaching us about this valuable biodiverse local ecosystem. A big thank you to Mr Jacobs for coming along to assist as well. 

Year 11 General Geography Class

YEAR 12 DADS & GUARDIANS EVENT 

Attention all Year 12 Dads and Guardians.

We have planned a get together on Friday, 3 April at the Shoe Bar in Yagan Square, Perth.

  • Cost is only $40 per head (plus booking fee and surcharge) and includes food and drinks
  • Bookings essential by Friday, 27 March 2020
  • Book online at https://www.trybooking.com/BJBSJ 

Contact: Ken O’Driscoll via dkn@panchos.com.au or Dario Bottega via bottega@gmail.com

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College News  

ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH STATEMENT COVID-19: Most Rev. Timothy Costelloe  

Following the bans communicated by the Prime Minister in relation to public gatherings, the following measures are adopted within the Archdiocese of Perth.

Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of the Mass 
All public Masses at all churches and chapels across the Archdiocese of Perth will be temporarily suspended within the Archdiocese of Perth 2020 until Wednesday, 1 April 2020.  Subsequent revisions and advice will be given in relation to this temporary suspension.

•    The Sunday Obligation for the faithful does not apply during this time of emergency.

•    ‘Mass on Demand’ (Online) and ‘Mass for You at Home’ (Television)
o    Online: ‘Mass on Demand’, a daily service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and CathNews can be accessed online at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRq7AjVimr-hcHFJD_HVaQ 

o    Free-to-air Television: ‘Mass for You at Home’ is shown at 6:00am every Sunday morning on Channel 7.

o    The online streaming of the celebration of the Mass from St Mary’s Cathedral (Perth) and other churches within the Archdiocese of Perth is currently being developed and coordinated. 

As a result, the Trinity Year level masses and our Friday 8am Mass is currently suspended.      

TRINITY COLLEGE TUITION FEE RAFFLE

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 www.trybooking.com/BGLNB 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: https://tinyurl.com/shf7p2g

Mrs Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator 

 UNIFORM SHOP HOURS
  • Appointments are available for all Year 4, Year 7 and all new students. Appointments can be made by going to the link: https://calendly.com/trinitybooking/uniform-shop
  • All students need to be in full winter uniform first day back the second term.

Judy Mackintosh | Uniform shop Coordinator

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Careers Corner

UWA FOGARTY/HACKETT SCHOLARSHIPS

Most scholarships open up to Year 12s later in the year. UWA has two significant scholarships that are now open to high achieving students wanting to enrol at UWA in 2021.

FOGARTY FOUNDATION/WINTHROP LEADERS

  • UWA’s premier scholarship and available to students who show significant academic potential, together with leadership responsibility and other outstanding achievements throughout Years 11-12. 
  • Worth $10,000 per annum for up to eight semesters.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Have a predicted minimum ATAR of 98
  • Nominate UWA as your first preference in the main round of TISC offers

HOW DO I APPLY

SOME HELPFUL LINKS

MEDICINE/DENTISTRY INFORMATION EVENING POSTPONED

The College has been informed that the Medicine/Dentistry evening scheduled for Wednesday, 25 March has been postponed due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Families will be informed when a suitable date can be found.

MEDICINE/DENTISTRY INFORMATION

UCAT TESTING DATES AND FEES

Below are the key UCAT dates and fees for 2020. More information can be accessed here.

UCAT RESOURCES

There are a few commercial companies who claim they can boost UCAT test scores. UCAT ANZ strongly advises candidates to use the official practice tests and question banks. UCAT practice tests and resources can be found here.

UNIVERSITY NEWS
UWA

Monday, 30 March 2020 - Course Information Evening

From 6pm hear from our Future Students team and find out all you need to know about:

  • How UWA’s internationally recognised course model sets you up for a long-term career
  • Courses and entry requirements
  • Maximising your ATAR and keeping your options open when selecting your upper-school subjects
  • Work integrated learning and student exchange opportunities
  • Student life and support services
  • Key dates and events for 2020
  • How we’ll make sure your’re career-ready when it comes to landing your dream job

Our dedicated faculty specialists, academic teaching staff and current UWA students will also be on hand to answer any questions at our expo from 4:30pm.

4:30pm – 6pm: Interactive faculty course expo – speak directly to faculty specialists, academic teaching staff and current students.
6pm – 8pm: Information presentation, followed by presentations from each faculty.

Register here.  

ECU

Tuesday, 7 April - ECU Arts and Humanities Information Evening

ECU delivers a diverse range of programs covering media and communications, contemporary arts, design, psychology and social sciences, criminology and justice, and the humanities. It’s also home to one of the world’s best film and television schools, the Western Australian Screen Academy. To register, click here

NOTRE DAME

The Notre Dame, A Day in the Life of a Uni Student is run during the July holidays. If you would like to secure a place details will soon go up HERE.

Tuesday, 31 March - Notre Dame Parents’ Online Information Session

For more information please click HERE.

Notre Dame Year 10 Booklet

This glossy brochure delivers key information for anyone wanting to go to uni. It has:

  • University language
  • The basics – how life at university is different from that at school
  • Campus life
  • Associations and clubs
  • Study choices
  • Tertiary Pathways Program which is Notre Dame’s alternative entry pathway
  • The support that is available
  • Early offers – which close in July. You get your offer based on your results through Year 11 and up to the end of semester 1 in Year 12. There is also an interview and your resume is important.

It is designed for students applying to Notre Dame in Sydney but is relevant to students applying for uni anywhere. 

In Year 10 in WA you need to make subject selections earlier than recommended in this booklet. You can access the booklet by clicking here: Year 10 Booklet

MURDOCH

Open Nights

These nights give you the chance to talk to industry-leading academics and meet current and past students

  • Wednesday, 18 March - Business
  • Wednesday, 1 April - Humanities
  • Wednesday, 29 April - Creative
  • Wednesday, 13 May - Engineering
  • Wednesday, 27 May - Education
  • Wednesday, 10 June - Technology
  • Wednesday, 5 August - Law and Criminology
  • Wednesday, 19 August  - Science  

More info and registration details can be found here: www.murdoch.edu.au/events

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Sport

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our Trinity cricket team, who yesterday were announced as joint winners of the 2020 Darlot Cup! Amazing work boys! Trinity has won this cup six times since joining the PSA in 1968, and the last time was in 2010. Congratulations to Hale School who were crowned joint winners of this year's cup. 

SUMMER SPORTS

This week has been a tough one for our sporting community with the decision made to cut the Summer sports season short. Thankfully there have been some highlights too, including winning the Darlot Cup alongside Hale.

We thank our basketball, cricket, rowing, tennis, volleyball and water polo communities for all their work over the season, their sportsmanship, support for each other and for staying strong. We are proud of you and your #tcspirit

ROWING - A MESSAGE FROM OLD BOY JACK CLEARY

"A message to the young men of the TCRC shed.

I am sorry that you will not be afforded the opportunity of the final race of your season. Countless young student-athletes across Australia (and the world) are currently sharing in your pain and disappointment with their seasons too being cut short.

But I would like to take a brief moment to remind you that you’re all outstanding young men and student-athletes who have developed and matured so much this Season.

You’ve learnt from both your successes and mistakes.

You’ve grown to better understand and respect not only each other, but yourselves.

You’ve constantly pushed yourself to find your mental and physical limitations, and strived to push those limits even further out.

The knowledge you have gained about yourselves and how to work as a team this past season will prove invaluable in so many of your future endeavours, athletic or otherwise.

You’ve all crafted amazing experiences together. Take a moment in the coming days to reflect and appreciate all that you have achieved. Be proud of yourselves. And remember that all of the staff, coaches, parents, and the wider TCRC community are proud of you too.”

Jack Cleary ('12)

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 Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association

Head of Junior School Martin Tucker ('87), TOBA President Peter Torre ('89) and Assistant Head of Junior School and 6G Teacher Bernard Le Tessier
Jaxon Banton (6G) receiving his TOBA Award for TC Spirit from TOBA President, Mr Peter Torre ('89)

TOBA JUNIOR SCHOOL ASSEMBLY 

Last Friday the Junior School held a very special, jam-packed TOBA Assembly!

For Peter Torre (’89), it was his final address as TOBA President to JS staff and students. Peter commenced by introducing members of the First XIII with an eloquent description of each crew member's qualities. Following this, the naming of a new boat after legendary, Steve Leahy (’78) took place with the bottle breaking proving challenging for Steve!

The TOBA Award for TC Spirit was then presented to deserving winner, Jaxon Banton (6G). Coincidentally, Jaxon’s father Michael was in the TC Class of 1989 with Peter Torre.

Jaxon’s teacher said:

To be considered for the TOBA award a boy needs to impress the staff at Trinity in a number of ways. Firstly, to be considered, the student must exhibit excellent manners - this student does. To be considered, the student needs to display consideration towards his peers - this student does. To be considered, the student needs to always display his very best efforts in all areas of school work - in the class, on the playing field, and in the arts - this student does. To be considered, the student needs to be seen as a reliable, friendly, trustworthy and honest, an excellent representative of the College and of the year group - this student is. Winning a TOBA award is recognition of the student as a wonderful example of what being a Trinity boy is all about - humility being a central ingredient. The winner of this month’s award will be sitting here, and not expecting to hear his name called - such is his humility.

Junior School staff and students then thanked Mr Torre for his history lessons, passion and commitment of all things TC and presented him with a beautiful framed collage of photos and a book of heartfelt messages. Staff and students then belted out a version of ‘In Nomini Domine’ reworded especially for Mr Torre, followed by the old CBC song.

Peter Torre (’89) has been instrumental in educating Junior School students about the true meaning of TC spirit, the history of the College and what it means to be a true 'man for others'.

You will be missed Mr Torre! #tcspirit

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Community News

FREE PARENT WORKSHOPS

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 www.dsf.net.au/events. As places are limited, registration is essential 

MED ENTRY UCAT PREPARATION

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 www.MedEntry.edu.au 

ACADEMIC TASK FORCE

Academic Group is adapting to the current environment so schools and students can be confident that our April Holiday ATAR Revision Courses will be going ahead. To safeguard everyone’s health all of our April courses will be online in our live interactive classroom.

Our courses will help boost students' confidence and reduce anxiety by offering all the great benefits of our revision classes in a safe environment. We are working hard to ensure that Year 11 and 12 students are not disadvantaged during this difficult time. ou can be assured that our excellent teachers will adapt their teaching and their content and will deliver excellent quality interactive revision classes that will help students to maximise their school and exam performance. Students will learn in a  virtual class with limited numbers so that it is optimised for live interaction with the teacher. Students will also be provided with a workbook to support their revision. Classes will be available in all our regular subjects with class time options in both Week 1 and Week 2 of the school holidays. For more information, please click here

TIPS FOR PARENTS OF GAMERS

While we might be cooped up and isolated for a while any day now, plenty of gamers are going to see this as a free for all, which is concerning. The other side of the coin is that this is a way to connect with others when they can't do it in real life because of self-isolation.

Here are some tips parents can use to help their gamers play a little more intelligently while we are isolating.

  • Parents, try to invest some time into their gaming, either as a cheerleader/fan, or a player. The benefits of being coached in their favourite game are very important. One reason is understanding the information on the screen, and another reason would be connecting with your kid. The tone of the conversation changes when they see you as a teammate and not an opponent.
  • Try to promote quality over quantity. In this case, suggest that they prioritise real-life friends rather than their online friends for the next little while. Don't worry, they'll know how to connect with friends from school online.
  • Try to take a couple of days off gaming per week where you spend a little more time as a family being productive or planning something that can be done when you're out. In this case, even if it's watching movies on another screen, it's a different activity.
  • Help them understand that overplaying will take them beyond the benefits they think they are going to get from playing. Expect more frustration, less concentration and ultimately less fun.

Check out the intelligent gaming guide here: www.gameaware.com.au/gamers 

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