From the Headmaster
Last Sunday evening, the music department put on a wonderful evening of musical talent at the Quarry Amphitheatre. In almost ideal conditions, our students provided a night of musical excellence. I thank Dr Braham, all the music staff and the Friends of Music for their work in putting this event on.
HEAD OF THE RIVER
Congratulations to all students, parents, staff and coaches involved with this year's Rowing Program, culminating last Saturday at the Head of the River Regatta. This year, Trinity came in 3rd place, behind Christ Church Grammar in 2nd place and Hale taking out the coveted Head of the River title. The Hamer Cup was won by Christ Church Grammar. I appreciate the long hours and hard work that has been put in by everyone involved in the Rowing Program.
YEAR 7 AND YEAR 9 MASS
It was wonderful to have a number of parents join us for the recent Year 9 Mass (Monday, 19 March) and the Year 7 Mass (Tuesday, 20 March) and with some staying on for a “cuppa” afterwards. I thank the College Auxiliary and Beverly Martinez for assisting with this Morning Teas.
As First Term Sport comes to a close (last fixture is this weekend – 24 March), most sports have organised a wind-up and trophy presentation event. I thank the coaches and the organising committees, for their efforts in this area. I take this opportunity to remind all students and parents that “afters” are not sanctioned by the school, and that there is no supervision provided at these events by the College. In the past, we have had experiences where these have attracted an unwarranted element, and our students have been hurt. Please support one another and say NO to either organising them or allowing your son to attend.
PARENT COUNCIL BALL – SOLD OUT
Thank you to our parents for your overwhelming support for the Parent Council Ball. So overwhelming that ticket sales were suspended yesterday when all tickets had been sold. The Parent Council are delighted and appreciative for your prompt action, which will greatly assist with the planning for this wonderful event. Unfortunately, there are no further sales, nor any wait listing.
The Parent Ball is conducted as a means of assisting to offset the costs of the Year 12 Student Ball. The demand for tickets this year was unprecedented and the Parent Council wishes to acknowledge the incredible support for the 2018 Parent Ball and well as the disappointment for parents who missed out on a ticket despite their efforts to have their tables ready.
The enormous effort being undertaken by the Year 12 parent committee and the band of creative and dedicated helpers, together with College Staff and the generous suppliers of various resources and labour, will deliver a great Year 12 Student Ball, backed up on the following night by the Parent Council Ball.
Thank you to all those parents that wished to attend but missed out. We certainly understand your disappointment but the size of Gibney Hall puts necessary limits on the numbers allowed to attend. I offer my thanks to the large number of parents and staff who are working together to make both the Student Ball and the Parent Ball such a success.
TC TUITION FEE RAFFLE
The Parent Council is again conducting their “Fee Raffle”, where you will have the opportunity to have your Trinity College Tuition Fees paid for one year. Tickets are available via https://www.trybooking.com/TAZY and will be close at 11:59pm on Friday, 6 April 2018 (unless sold prior), and will be drawn and noon on Monday, 9 April 2018 – Good luck to all that enter.
This is seen as both a fundraiser for the Parent Council, who provide a number of important activities and events for our students and parents, but also a way that one lucky Trinity family can have their school fees covered. Please support their efforts.
PIRATES OF PENZANCE - THURSDAY 10, FRIDAY 11 AND SATURDAY 12 MAY
Have you bought your tickets? It has been over 20 years since Trinity College has put on a Musical. Having seen glimpses of the hard work that our actors and musicians are putting into rehearsals, it will be a wonderful evening of entertainment. Please support our students and their endeavours by bringing yourself, family and friends to this event. Tickets can be purchased through trybooking: www.trybooking.com/tZkU
The College is aware that over the last few years many parents have experienced financial difficulties and when particular circumstances are brought to our attention we have endeavoured to help. This assistance can vary from extended repayment programs, discounts or even concessions. The College Board is committed to this assistance program because this is the very ethos that Blessed Edmund Rice started all his schools with.
If you feel that you will not be able to fulfil your fee obligations by the Friday, 5 October it is essential to contact the Bursar, Mr Michael Burgess, 9223 8126 – and this contact should be made as soon as practical. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
END OF TERM
As we head towards the end of term, parents are reminded that teaching staff often plan assessments to be conducted in the last scheduled days of term and that it is important that students are present until the conclusion of term, on the afternoon of Friday, 13 April. I take this opportunity to remind parents that students return in second term (Tuesday, 1 May) in full winter uniform – have you checked whether your son’s uniform still fits him?
TERM 1, WEEK 9
Monday, 26 March
- Music Ensemble Photos
Tuesday, 27 March
- 9:35am Secondary Assembly (Summer Sport)
- 3:30pm-8:30pm Year 11 and 12 P/T/S Interviews
Wednesday, 28 March
- Year 8 Immunisations 1st visit
- 3:30pm-5:00pm Year 7 Mini Olympics with Mercedes at MC
Thursday, 29 March
- Junior School Easter Liturgy
Friday, 30 March
- Good Friday
- No classes
Saturday, 31 March
- Holy Saturday
Sunday, 1 April
- Easter Sunday
TERM 1, WEEK 10
Monday, 2 April
- Easter Monday
- No classes
Tuesday, 3 April
- Easter Tuesday
- No classes
Wednesday, 4 April
- Year 9 Humanities Excursion
- Year 12 Religion & Life Incursion
- Winter training starts - Middle school
Thursday, 5 April
- Year 9 Humanities Excursion
- Year 7 da Vinci Decathlon
- Winter training starts - Seniors
Friday, 6 April
- 8:00am Mass
- Year 10 da Vinci Decathlon
Saturday, 7 April
- Scholarship Exams
Sunday, 8 April
- Kairos #49
Junior School News
Next Thursday, is our last Summer Sports fixture for Term 1. Thank you to the coaches who have guided the boys each week and to the parents for your support of the boys on Thursdays for the games and making sure they are at training every Tuesday morning.
HOLY WEEK LITURGY
On Thursday, 29 March, at 8:50am, the Junior School is holding a Holy Week Liturgy in the Braham Auditorium. The liturgy be a retelling of the Scriptural Stations of the Cross. The boys will use song, scripture and some simple movements, to tell the story of Jesus’ last week and his resurrection. Parents are most welcome to attend.
EREA HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL CONFERENCE
This week I have been away at an EREA Conference in Sydney. The conference brings all the Junior School Heads of EREA school across Australia together. It has been an interesting learning opportunity, and I have had the privilege to visit other schools which teach very differently to what we would expect in a traditional classroom. The conference has also had a recurring theme and focus on wellbeing and the importance it plays in enabling students to learn.
Due to Easter occurring during Term 1, the following days are public and school holidays, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday. I look forward to seeing all boys back at school on Wednesday April 4.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, 27 March
Thursday, 29 March
Friday, 30 March
Wednesday, 4 April
Mr Martin Tucker ('87) | Head of Junior School
6W STEM VIDEO CONFERENCE
On Tuesday at 2pm, the Year 6 White class participated in their first video conference in the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) room. This conference was with Dr Wieger Wamelink from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. Dr Wamelink’s team have been have been working on growing vegetables and crops in simulated Martian soil since 2013.
Mr Tony Maxfield
Week 8 has gone very fast in the Junior School. This week we have had our summer sport photos because it is coming to the end of the season. There are only 2 weeks left of summer sport, including this week where TC are up against Scotch College. This week we have been entertained by 6B at their assembly. It was all about Australian Poems and songs with lovely singing and acting from everyone.
Evan Alderslade (6B) and Quinn Hamilton (6B)
Secondary School News
YEAR 8 SOCIAL
On Thursday, 22 March, the Year 8s attended their first social for 2018 with Mercedes College. The theme of the event was a “Carnival/Fete” type atmosphere with games such as ring toss, limbo, match the celebrities, ball throw and much more. This event was very much looked forward to by all the cohort. The Trinity boys were talking about the event thoughout the day with expectations sky high. The bell rang at 3:05pm and the Year 8 students were straight to their lockers, headed for the Tracey Centre, in anticipation to get on the buses to head to Mercedes.
The boys boarded the busses and off they went. The HOY welcomed us, explained the activities and off we went to our first activity. Everyone got on board, were having loads of fun with lots of interaction and many new friendships developing. After a few activities afternoon tea was given, a sweet, savoury and drink was available to all students. It was an opportunity for everyone to reconnect with people they already knew and have an enjoyable conversation.
Overall the afternoon was a success, with all students going home with a smile on their face and a few new names to add to their friendship list. It’s fair to say we had a great time and are looking forward to our next social in Term 3.
Luca Gosatti (8.7)
YEAR 11 MOCK TRIAL
Congratulations to the Year 11 Mock Trial team won their first round on Wednesday, 21 March at the Supreme Court. Not only was their client acquitted, but they won the round with the most points. The team included:
- Dimitri Tsgaris (11.7) – Barrister 1
- Joseph Dawson (11.1) – Barrister 2
- Simon Homsany (11.4) – Solicitor
- James Della Gatta (11.2) – Witness 1 (The Accused)
- Fynn Langer (11.2) – Witness 2 (aka Bruce Champion)
- Isaac Patman (11.3) – Judge’s Associate
- James Breust (11.5) & Revonne Godfrey (11.6) (Reserves)
HAVE SUM FUN MATHS COMPETITION
Over the past few weeks, some of our students have been taking part in the Have Sum Fun Mathematics Teams Competition organised by The Mathematics Association of WA. On Friday, 9 March, Year 11 and 12 teams competed, and Trinity came in 4th place out of 38 teams! Congratulations to Manav Patel (11.8), Ashley Degebrodt (11.1), Zach Manson (11.1), David Pham (12.8), Max Thorniley (12.5), and William Tan (12.7). Our Year 9/10 and 7/8 teams competed on Friday, 16 March and although they did not place in the top 4, they performed very well! A great effort by all!
Mr Geoff Jamieson | Head of Mathematics
ENGLISH LITERATURE CENTRE
What an extraordinary experience! On Tuesday, 20 March eight Year 8 students, including myself, made our way to the Literature Centre in Fremantle. The guest speaker for the day was Barry Jonsberg, an Australian multi-award winning author who taught us many writing tips and skills. It was a workshop where students were free to ask questions, share thoughts and express their writing pieces. After this fun packed day, we could purchase books, get them signed and interact with others. I would like to thank Ms Warner for accompanying us, it was such an amazing opportunity provided by Trinity College that encouraged many students to develop and enhance their creative writing skills.
Christian Marchesani (8.6)
TSEA THE BIG SPLASH DOLPHIN FAREWELL EVENT EXHIBITION
‘Tsea’ the Trinity College dolphin designed by the ‘Class of 22’ was farewelled on the weekend at the Perth Convention Centre as a finale to the Big Splash Project. Year 8 students Christian Marchesani, James Watson and Beau Allanson, along with myself, attended the event to represent the College and show support for Children’s Mental Health.
Our Dolphin ‘TSea’ was a collection of photographed head shots of the 150 Year 7 students from 2017 representing ‘togetherness’. This concept was chosen because we need to come together as a group to bring about change, to remove the stigma associated with mental health and to ensure that nobody is alone. This year group was selected because of the significant changes they were experiencing. Transitioning to high school, adapting to new surroundings, becoming acquainted with new teachers and peers, learning new ways of working, and adjusting to new rules and routines. It was important for them to feel a sense of support and belonging.
Supporting child and adolescent mental health is important for our school community and we believe the Big Splash Project has provided a platform in opening discussions around mental health, providing coping strategies and removing the stigma associated with this illness. ‘Darkness, fear, emptiness, silence, suffering and pain are some of the feelings experienced by mental health sufferers. Mental illness is something very difficult to see, in fact most of such cases go unnoticed. Everybody deserves happiness, a sense of belonging, good friendships and to feel heard. The Big Splash Resources have benefited our school in raising awareness of mental health and that we as a school community can make a difference.
Ms Amanda Marocchi | Head of Year 8
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD - WEEKLY UPDATE
Hello my name is Jedd Busslinger and I am from 9.5. I applied for the Duke of Edinburgh Award as I knew it would be plenty of fun and I could achieve goals that I couldn’t previously have done. A week in the Duke of Edinburgh Award involves me completing my cricket training and working towards my goals for physical recreation. I am planning on helping coach the Junior School football team for my skill component and I am still planning my service goal. I am looking forward to the year ahead and what the Award can do for me.
Jedd Busslinger (9.5)
YEAR 12 NEVERLAND BALL
The countdown is on, and the event of the year is fast approaching.
This week’s wishlist is as follows:
- Fairy lights (white)
- 2 litre milk bottles - washed, cleaned and destickered (nearly there!)
- Fishing line
- All volunteers / helpers will be much appreciated. Come down to the College on Sundays from 9am.
Thank you all in anticipation!
Mr Clint Testa | Head of Year 12 | English Teacher
Congratulations to Dimitri Tsagaris (11.7) who has been accepted and will be attending the annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) program in Canberra in May, 2018.
RAIC is a not-for-profit program run by the Rotary Clubs of Canberra and Woden, in partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) for about 35 year 11 students. Its aim is to give attendees an in-depth understanding of Australia’s Parliamentary democracy and what it means to be an Australian citizen. A large part of the week’s program is held in Parliament House where delegates will attend the Budget speech, the Opposition Leader’s response and Parliamentary Question time. They will meet members of Parliament, visit Canberra institutions, such as the War Memorial and the National Library, engage in activities, such as mock parliamentary debates, and meet people not normally accessible to visitors to Canberra.
The Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday 7:30am till 4:30pm and Friday from 7:30am till 1:30pm during term.
- Now is a great time to call into the shop for winter uniform. All students need to be in full winter uniform day one, Term 2.
- The Uniform Shop will be closed over the Easter break. We are open two days in the holidays Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 April from 7:30am – 1:30pm.
- The Uniform Shop now sells locker locks. Locks are $15.00 each
- Please call into the shop for any uniform enquiries.
Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager
Click here to download the results from our fixture against Guildford Grammar last weekend.
APRIL REVISION PROGRAM - YEARS 10, 11 AND 12 STUDENTS
WACE Plus Education will be running a Senior school revision program from Monday, 23 April to Friday, 27 April. This program will cover subject revision, first semester exam preparation, study skills and essay writing. For more information please visit waceplus.com.au or call 9486 1377.
APRIL REVISION PROGRAM - YEARS 7, 8 and 9 STUDENTS
WACE Plus Education will be running a Senior school revision program from Monday, 23 April to Friday, 27 April. This program will cover subject revision, Naplan preparation, study skills and essay writing. For more information please visit waceplus.com.au or call 9486 1377.