10 November 2017

From the Principal

In our busy, everyday lives it can be hard to find a minute of silence.

But today, every student and member of staff stopped for a minute of deep and sombre silence as we remembered the men and women of Australia who fought for this country in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.

At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of war. In November, the Germans called for an armistice (a ceasefire) and they accepted the Allies’ terms of unconditional surrender. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month became universally associated with the remembrance of those who died.

Today as a school community we presented wreaths, prayed together, observed a minute’s silence and listened as Senior Constable Draper played the Rouse on the bugle. We silently honoured the heroic men and women who sacrificed themselves for our nation. And, together, we expressed our gratitude for the freedom and safety that we now enjoy.

A freedom and safety so ably demonstrated only minutes later when students of all ages competed in the final of Trinity Gift – a sprint race where each runner receives a handicap based on the speed they have demonstrated earlier in the week. It was a tightly-fought contest and an exhilarating spectacle for all.

Mr Justin Beckett

Upcoming Events

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From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill

Important dates before end of term
2018 Class start dates
Important dates before end of term

The school year is heading towards its completion. Therefore, I would like to highlight some dates and extend a warm welcome to members of our community to join with us at the following events.

  1. Junior School Albury Final Assembly, MPH, Years 3-6: Tuesday 28 November, starting at 2.10pm
  2. Albury Presentation Assembly, MPH, Kinder-Year 2: Wednesday 29 November, starting at 9.05am
  3. Senior School Final Assembly: Wednesday 29 November, starting at 11.50am
  4. Trinity Community Carols Service: Wednesday 29 November, Albury Campus, 5.30-6.30pm. This is very much a social and informal gathering where you are invited to sit and enjoy the carols. Bring along your own chair, mat or rug, and a small picnic.
  5. Wodonga Campus Final Assembly, including Prep-Year 2 Presentations: Thursday 30 November, starting at 11.50am.
  6. Junior School Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day (Years 3-6): Friday 8 December, MPH 9.30am All students who are award winners (students will be notified) or are performing will have reserved seats. All other students are required to sit with their class teachers in designated class areas. (Junior School students will receive their reports at the conclusion of school on Friday 8 December)
  7. Senior Schools Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day: Friday 8 December, MPH, 12.30pm. All students who are award winners (students will be notified) or are performing will have reserved seats. All other students are required to sit with their Pastoral Care Groups in designated class areas. Reports for all Years 7-10 students will be distributed to students in attendance at the completion of the Speech Day.

Speech Day is a compulsory event for students from Years 3-11 and it would be wonderful to have the support of parents and friends at these special occasions.

2018 Class start dates

2018 classes for Year 1-6, Year 7 and Year 12: Wednesday 31 January
2018 classes for Year 8-11: Thursday 1 February
2018 classes for Kindergarten: Monday 5 February

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11:  HSC assessment information
Year 11 HSC Information Evening for students and parents:  Thursday 16 November
Semester 2 exams
Year 11 Study Hall:  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons


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Year 11:  HSC assessment information

Assessment schedules have been distributed to students this week, together with the important policy document “Year 12 Assessment Information for Students, 2018”.  This document outlines the policies and procedures regarding the completion and submission of assessment tasks for HSC courses.  Students have also received the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) publication 2018 Higher School Certificate: Rules and Procedures.  It is important that students are fully cognisant of this material and adhere to the processes outlined.  Students also have received an advice that outlines the due dates of all assessment tasks for all courses.  This will help them to plan their time so as to maximise their ability to perform effectively in all tasks.  I wish them all of the best as they embark upon this latest stage of their educational journey.

Year 11 HSC Information Evening for students and parents:  Thursday 16 November

Mr Thomas and I will be hosting an information session for all Year 11 students and their parents from 7pm on Thursday 16 November in the Senior School building.  We will be focusing on the ways that students’ assessment marks and exam performances combine to produce HSC marks and on the sorts of processes that students and parents can implement at home in order to maximise HSC success.  We look forward to seeing as many students and parents as possible.

Semester 2 exams

For students in Years 7-8, assessment tasks will take place in class; there will be no formal exam period. Students in Years 9-10 will undertake Semester 2 exams during Week 6 of this term.  Examination timetables have been emailed to all students and are available on the College website.

Year 11 Study Hall:  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

The College is offering students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall environment two afternoons a week.  These study sessions have proved popular during Semester 1.

Term 4 Study Hall will operate on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  The sessions will take place 3.15-4.30pm, downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.

Students will be able to access study and writing tips and will receive study assistance from the supervising teachers as well as from the number of other teachers who drop in.

Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Looking to the future
K-2 swimming
Stationery and texts 2018
After school pick-up
Year 6 Mount Buffalo trip
Trinity Gift
or the calendar

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Looking to the future

In working with expanding minds and growing bodies there are times when the two tend to come into conflict: times when there is a deal of confusion about rites of passage and freedom. As we near the end of a year, it is often the scene for this type of conflict. Much of this relates to uncertainty: where to now, what will happen next, to whom will I relate next year? To understand these very human reactions it is important not to lose sight of the now.

I often counsel students at this time of year about enjoying this time. A time of continued learning. A time of celebration of achievements and reflection on challenges faced. If we dwell too much on what may occur we tend to miss the journey, miss the scenery and miss the important interactions that are around us now.

The staff are busy reflecting on students as they pen the final reports for 2017. These also are important parts of the learning journey but do not mean that the year has closed. So, as we continue to learn, to grow and to enrich each other’s lives throughout the term, remember to be part of everything that is taking place now. As once was stated very eloquently to a group of students by a wise student (in 1975) “Yesterday is history, reflect on this: tomorrow is a mystery, wait for this to unfold, feeling prepared: today is now, live each day.”

K-2 swimming

An exciting invigorating and involved time for all K-2 in the swimming activities morning on Thursday. All students had very large, if somewhat tired, smiles at the end of the morning. Thanks to the Year 10 leaders who were great ambassadors for the program and themselves over the morning.

Stationery and texts 2018

The College has received some competitive quotes from various companies and this should be finalised within the week.

After school pick-up

Just a reminder that students need space at the end of the day to be organised for home. If parents or guardians could wait away from the classrooms, that will ensure that the minds can stay focussed on this task.

Year 6 Mount Buffalo trip

An adventurous group of our Year 6 abseiled on Friday. There are some great stories about the adventure, overcoming fears and working together. Thanks to Mr Fairall for organising and literally driving the day and to Ms Tait for assisting.

 Trinity Gift

There has been a deal of excitement this week about “the race that stops the school”. The Gift is organised by Mr Hillary with lots of facts-and-figures ensuring a close finish in this Group 1 Handicap over 120m. Students of all ages have taken part and it is great to witness the enthusiasm and support.

For the calendar

Camps: Year 4  Camp takes place in Week 6. Notes and information regarding this was sent home with students earlier and if there are any concerns please contact the College for clarification.

Kinder/Prep excursion, Friday November 17. Kindergarten/Prep students will lunch together and visit the Albury Railway Station. An exciting day with lots of inquisitive travellers.

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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Chris O’Loan

End of an era
Remembrance Day Poppy
Belvoir Lodge bursary
ICAS testing
Artwork on show
French language poster competition
Start Smart
Campus Swim Day

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End of an era:

A number of activities will be held to commemorate the ‘End of an Era’ at Wodonga Campus. Everyone is invited to join us for any or all of these activities to remember our history, rejoice in what has made our Campus such a happy and vibrant learning place and to celebrate our move to Albury Campus.

  • Thursday 23 Nov: Chapel, P-2 Nativity Performance, 2.10pm
  • Thursday 30 Nov: Final Wodonga Campus Assembly, 11.50am
  • Thursday 30 Nov: Campus Family Evening, 5.30-7.30pm (Bring a picnic tea and share the beautiful environment as we say farewell, information note to follow).
  • Wednesday 6 Dec: P&F Wine & Cheese Night, 5.30-8.30pm, including College memorabilia display
  • Friday 8 Dec: Final Gathering and Guard of Honour, 2:30pm


The following students received Chapel and Merit Awards. Congratulations to everyone for all their efforts.

15 Merits:    Menzie Lyons, Mason Lyons

Chapel Awards: Bronagh Slee, Prep; Alannah Bohun, Year 1; Sienna Jones , Year 2; Oscar Bayne, Year 3; Lithuka Siriwardana, Year 3; Melinda Smith, Year 4; Roy Costello, Year 5; Tiahn Myles, Year 6.

Remembrance Day Poppy

Thanks to Mrs Garvey and the Cooking and Gardening Club, we have successfully grown some Flanders Poppies in the garden.  From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1918 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.  The Flanders Poppy has become the international symbol of Remembrance, so it is very fitting that our poppies are flowering just in time for Remembrance Day. Students will commemorate Remembrance Day with a service in the Hall.

 Belvoir Lodge bursary:

I was immensely proud when I recently attended a Lodge Belvoir Bursary presentation to two of our students – Niamh Slee from Year 2 and Clayton Peters from Year 6. Both students were selected because they demonstrated the true spirit of Trinity, and they did themselves, their families and their College proud with their wonderful thank-you speeches on Presentation Night.

 Firstly, I would like to thank the Belvoir Lodge for providing this Scholarship. I know that a lot of work has gone into being able to provide this and I’m extremely grateful as are my family and Trinity Anglican College.

I received the letter on my birthday and I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I have dyslexia and I find reading a big challenge. Mum made me read the letter using my C-pen. This C-Pen reads the words on a page out load to me and, if I don’t understand it, it has a dictionary on it to explain the words.

I couldn’t believe that I was one of two people from my whole school that received this. My brother couldn’t believe that I had got so lucky to receive something like this.

I don’t know at this stage how I will spend the money but I do know this – it will definitely go towards something that will help my education and help me to be the best learner I can possibly be.


 I would like to thank Belvoir Lodge for providing such a generous bursary. This will open up more learning opportunities for me. In the true spirit of Trinity I will graciously accept this bursary and continue to make you all proud. Thank you to all the staff at Trinity Anglican College for choosing me, and in particular to Mr O’Loan and to my kind and generous teacher, Ms Carroll.


 ICAS testing

Well done to all those students who took part in the 2017 Student Academic Competitions. Some very strong results were achieved. Amy Hayes (Year 2) received a Credit for English, Isabella Reid (Year 5) received a Merit for spelling, Sienna Plested (Yr 5) received a Merit for digital technologies and Ignatios Kamberos received a Merit for spelling.  Well done to everyone.

 Artwork on show

There is nothing like a bit of artwork to brighten up the classrooms and common spaces of our Campus. Thanks to the teachers for their enthusiasm in keeping students creative and I know parents enjoy seeing their children’s work when they visit.

 French language poster competition

There were wonderful submissions for this year’s poster competition!  The themes included French architecture, French fashion, a typical French street scene and French celebrations. Thanks to Ms Lloyd for organising the competition (and supplying the prizes).

Winners were:
Year 6: Maeve Boyle. Year 5: Amelia Wakefield, Vinuthi Siriwardana, Coco Farley, Sienna Plested, Lauren Brawn and Grace Bath. Year 4: Abby Proctor, Sloan Mulholland, Ignatios Kamberos and Sophia Feillafe. Year 3: Flynn Byrnes, Oscar Bayne and Eamonn Boyle.

 Start Smart

The Start Smart Primary Program recently visited our Campus.  Students from P-6 learned about a range of money-related issues and had the opportunity to interact with some real-life money scenarios, such as shopping and paying for a bus ride.

 Campus Swim Day

We are looking for some warm weather over the weekend ready for the Campus Swim Day at WAVES on Monday 13 November. All students will take part in a structured water-based program led by class teachers and volunteers. Thank you to all those parents who have offered their time, and I know that the day will be a great success, sunshine or not!

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From your P&F

Ms Anthea Mulholland

The Trinity P&F is well underway with several events already being planned. Keep your eyes peeled for our first P&F newsletter next Friday and fortnightly thereafter during school term.

The 2018 office bearers are: President: Anthea Mulholland. Vice-President: Grenville Coe. Secretary: Karen Plested. Treasurer: Rachael Clancy.
General Committee: Belinda Daggett, Helen Darmody, Cathy Giltrap, Letitia Harrington, Kirsty James, Laureen (Reeny) Matthews and Kristy Robson.

From Performing Arts Co-curricular

Mrs Emma Mancer

ASC Jazz Festival

Trinity hosted the first day of the Anglican Schools Commission Jazz Festival on Thursday 2 November. Thirty visiting music students and staff joined us from fellow ASC schools: St George’s Anglican College, St Mark’s Anglican College and Swan Valley Anglican College, all from Western Australia, as well as Wangaratta’s Cathedral College.

Our Music Ensembles captain Kierra Oates and Performing Arts Captain Grace Draper hosted the students, giving them a tour of the school and assisting throughout the day. The Trinity Jazz Quintet wowed the visitors with a performance and we all came together to rehearse for a massed band. Grace and Kierra joined Emma Mancer in playing with the massed band at the Jazz Mass held at the Wangaratta Cathedral on Sunday. Students in the Jazz Quintet also played for the crowd as part of the ASC Jazz Festival at the Oxley Markets.

Trinity carols service

Music students from Years 2-12 are busy rehearsing for the Trinity College Carols service, which will take play on campus on the Wednesday 29 November. It is shaping up to be a wonderful event, full of community carols and student performances.  Families are encouraged to come along and bring a picnic of goodies to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

From around the College

Cricket win for Year 7 and 8 team
Relay for Life raffle
From the French Department
Students work with Victoria Opera
A job WELL done
From the Canteen
From the Uniform Shop

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Cricket win for Year 7 and 8 team
Jamison Scott (Trinity captain) won the toss on a beautiful spring morning and elected to bowl first. Will Pargeter and James Smith took the new cherry and were unlucky not to take a few wickets in the first seven overs. Anthony Thomas provided a solid spell of medium pace and Archer Chaston bowled a few overs of well thought-out spin.

A small, fast ground and a few dropped catches saw James Fallon High School reach 226 off 35 overs. This could have been a lot more if not for Conor Willis’ superb fielding.

Blake Elliott (24) and James Smith (28) got us off to a great start to our batting. Will Pargeter (67) and Anthony Thomas (25) built a great partnership to stabilise our innings. Fergus Edwards and Kai Brady chased down the required runs in an exciting, last ball win with 227 runs.

All of the boys played with great spirit and were great ambassadors for Trinity. Well done, boys.

Coach Leary

Relay for Life raffle

Feel like a holiday? Tickets in the Year 11 2018 Relay for Life raffle could deliver just what you need – 2 flights with Jetgo and accommodation in Brisbane.

If you miss the top prize, there’s plenty of others to whet your appetite. The best thing is, you will be helping the 2018 Year 11s get a good head start on their fundraising campaign for Relay for Life. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Next year’s Year 11 students have tickets for sale and they are also available at reception at Albury and Wodonga.

From the French department

The French rooms came alive on 4 November as students from the Alliance Française Albury-Wodonga, including Trinity students Lois Beloved, Jeanie Heer, Georgia Dulhunty and former student Keagan Day, sat for and obtained their various levels of certificate. DELF is an internationally-recognised certificate of language competence. A1 and A2 levels are beginners’ levels, B1 and B2 more advanced. With a B2 certificate, a French university will not insist that you sit an exam in the French language if you wish to study there. When you obtain B2 level, it is a DELF diploma.

For the additional levels, C1 and C2, there is and additional diploma: DALF. These diplomas are very useful for those wishing to work or volunteer overseas, and add sparkle to the CV if you are applying for jobs which involve working with people, or are applying for places in a Residential College while studying at any university.

All candidates were successful. The final results and certificates will be sent out from Canberra within a few weeks. Thanks to Mme Johnson and Mme Rupp who gave up a Saturday to run the various examinations.

Mme Bennett

Students work with Victoria Opera

Several Trinity students were recently part of Victoria Opera’s world premiere performance of The Snow Queen at The Cube Wodonga. The Snow Queen is a Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about the power of friendship overcoming evil. Victoria Opera’s production made good use of local talents, with a local composer and chorus made up entirely of singers from the Albury Wodonga World Voices Choir and the Young Voices Choir, and ground breaking 3D scenery.

Involved were Elloise O’Connell, Year 10, Natasha Kronenberg, Year 8, Erin Swann, Year 7 and former student Jorja Spokes

Elloise and Natasha are part of the World Voices Choir, while Erin and Jorja are involved with the Young Voices Choir.  All the girls have been attending weekly rehearsals and learning the songs since July, and in September and October attended weekend workshops to meet and work with Victoria Opera personnel, including Director Elizabeth Hill, Designer Candice MacAllister and Composer Gordon Kerry.

Their hard work and commitment paid off, with all students giving wonderful performances and admirably representing both themselves and Trinity on the professional stage. Congratulations.

Mrs Peita Swann

Photos courtesy The Border Mail

A job WELL done

Han, the camp leader during our students’ visit to Cambodia, has sent us some photos of a well being installed in their small community. This is the well that was funded by Trinity students’ fundraising efforts, following our visit there earlier this year. Well done everyone!

Mr Tristan Patralakis

From the Canteen

Price Changes
Icy Twist now $1.10
Paddle Pop now $1.60

Thank you to volunteers Sherryn Thomas and Leona Brady.

Roster Term 4 Week 6B
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14
Wednesday 15
Thursday 16
Friday 17

Week 7A
Monday 20
Tuesday 21   Cathy Giltrap
Wednesday 22
Thursday 23
Friday 24   Vanessa Matthews

From the Uniform Shop

Trinity Anglican College uniforms may be ordered online and picked up in store, or delivered to your home.
New user instructions:
1. Go to
2. Click on the Online School Shops tab to see all schools in NSW and then select Trinity Anglican College
3. New users click the “Register new account” button
4. Start the registration process by selecting your school from the drop down menu and add the unique school pas phrase: Trinity2002
5. Add your personal information, create a username and password
6. Order the items you need, select pick-up in store or opt for home delivery.
Visit the College website for more information and Uniform Shop opening hours during term and in the holidays.

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