Newsletter

11 December 2017

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

The last day of school always takes my breath away.

It is a day when we stop and marvel at how much our Trinity students and staff have experienced and achieved in 2017.

It was a privilege to participate in the two Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day events on Friday. I would like to congratulate every student who won a prize. We have so many young men and women who have extended themselves this year. We love to see our young people excelling and engaged in the adventure of learning.

Friday signified the end of an era at our Wodonga Campus. Staff, parents and students from Prep to Year 6 said their final goodbyes to the Wodonga Campus as we prepare to be one Trinity community at Albury from 2018. I would like to pay a special tribute to our Wodonga staff, especially Chris O’Loan for his leadership as Head of Wodonga Campus.

It is no secret that Trinity has outstanding teachers and support staff – people of passion and talent who go above and beyond for the children in their care. I would like to publicly thank every member of our Trinity staff team for their expertise, dedication and care.

May you and your family have a joyful and rich Christmas. May you share in the fullness of God’s love for you and your family through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We wish you a safe and enjoyable break, and look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

                   

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From the College Chaplain

Rev’d Bryn Jones

As I write, we have just celebrated Christmas at our final chapel service of the year. Junior students read the nativity story, senior students sang carols by House groups and we blessed the Christmas hampers.

Our culture holds on to stories for a reason. The Christmas story touches something primal in us. It reminds us of the tenuousness of our own beginnings as well as the tremendous promise contained in a human life. This strange story with its’ motley cast of characters – shepherds and inn-keepers, astrologers and crazy power-mongers – honestly reflects the less-than-perfect world that we all inherit. The storytellers, Matthew and Luke, want us to understand that this is the place we meet God. This vulnerable, dangerous, corrupt, confusing yet undeniably beautiful world is where we encounter the divine.

Jesus comes to set the balance right. He comes to restore us to our true humanity by living a truly human life. If we want to know what God is like, we should meditate on this fragile baby born to unsuspecting parents in one of the darkest ages in history. It is an unlikely salvation story from the beginning and the closer it gets to the cross, the less probable it seems but just as the baby Jesus left the swaddling cloths behind, so too, he discarded the grave cloths.

Have a happy and holy Christmas!

Staff goodbyes

As the year draws to a close, we would like to wish all our departing staff a fond farewell. Staff who are leaving are:

Marion Bennett (14 years’ service)
Tanya Carroll (12 years)
Scott Melgaard (11 years, going on 12 months long service leave)
Jarrod Hillary (8 years, going on 12 months leave)
Chris O’Loan (7 years)
Glenda Jones (3 years)
Robyn Scott (2 years)
Rhys Dempsey (1 year)
Mandi Freund (1 year)

We wish them all the best for 2018 and beyond.

From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill

Please see important term dates for 2018

Monday 15 January College Office opens
Term 1
Wednesday 31 January Term 1 classes commence for all Year 1-6 students,
Year 7 and Year 12 students
Testing for Kindergarten students commences
Thursday 1 February Term 1 classes commence for all remaining
students, except Kindergarten students
Testing for Kindergarten students
Friday 2 February Testing for Kindergarten students
Monday 5 February First day of classes for Kindergarten students
Friday 30 March                                                Good Friday
Monday 2 April Easter Monday
Tuesday 3 April Staff PD – Student free day
Friday 13 April Term 1 classes finish (3:10pm)
Term 2
Tuesday 1 May Term 2 classes commence
Friday 29 June Term 2 classes finish (3:10pm)
Term 3
Tuesday 24 July Term 3 classes commence
Friday 28 September Term 3 classes finish (3.10pm)
Term 4
Monday 15 October Term 4 classes commence
Friday 7 December Speech Day and Annual Prize Giving
Term 4 classes finish (3.10pm)
Wednesday 19 December 12pm – College Office closes for the year

Mr Peter O’Neill

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Semester 2 Reports – Prep-Year 10

As the year draws to its academic close, I am very much looking forward to the celebrations of achievement that take place across the Speech Day assemblies.  In this forum, academic excellence is rewarded as we recognise the fruits of hard work.  There are many heroes of hard work, however, whose efforts might not be recognised on speech day.

There are, of course, other forums through which we recognise excellence, commitment and, perhaps most importantly, growth. On the last day of the academic year, students will receive their Semester 2 report to take home to parents and caregivers.  These reports, too, contain a celebration of effort. A heartfelt congratulation is extended to all those who, through hard work, dedication and a determination to do their best, have improved their academic performance.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all families a peaceful and happy holiday period, and look forward to seeing the students return, with vigour renewed, in the new year.  I am sure that it holds many fine things for the College and our students.

 

From the French Department

Final French lesson for the year
French Yr 9 and 10 Immersion Day
French competition winners

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Students have finished their final French lessons on a spicy note.

Students in Years 3, 5 and 6 had the opportunity to decorate gingerbread cookies from Nord Bakery.  We have been learning about French Christmas markets and traditional treats such as pain d’épices (ginger/spiced bread), bûche de noel (Christmas logs), vin chaud (gluhwein), chocolates and other Christmas treats enjoyed by the French during their wintery Christmas.

Hopefully some of their cookies survived the trip home as gifts! (That was the plan!) Bonne Année et Joyeux Noël to all students and their families. (Happy New Year and Merry Christmas)

  

Mme Rupp

French Yr 9 and 10 Immersion Day

Last Monday the Year 9 and 10 French classes had a French immersion day, the second for the year.

French was spoken, Nord bakery and other goodies were enjoyed and a fun day was had by all at the CSU campus.

Students wrote poems, performed dramatic skits and played “games with aims” in French and showed off how their French spoken skills have progressed over the year.  At lunchtime, everyone managed to order food in French and pay in “euros”, with the teachers playing the role of French café staff.

It was a wonderful and productive day. Nous sommes fières de vous. (We are proud of you). Thank you to Lynton who collected us in the bus due to the rain!

Mme Rupp and Mme J

French competition winners

Trinity dominated a recent Language Perfect online competition, the Murray River Regional Language competition, held between several schools in the local area and organised by the Border Modern Language Teacher Association (BMLTA).

Trinity won the trophy for top scoring school with many students achieving elite, gold, silver, bronze and credit awards for their effort! There was a top student prize – won by a student in Wodonga (who did not seem to sleep at all), spot prizes and a pizza party voucher for the top scoring class. Lois Segund-Beloved finished second with more than 12,000 points and Simer Kaur was close behind in third place with just over 10,000 points. Mme Rupp’s Year 9 class won top-scoring class after a very close battle between the Year 7 and 8 classes who were very keen to win the pizza!

Well done to all students!

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Year 6 Graduation dinner
Textbook lists for 2018

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Year 6 Graduation dinner

On Monday night, 27 November, students from the Wodonga and Albury campuses came together to celebrate their graduation from Year 6. The students thoroughly enjoyed the chance to dress up, enjoy a two-course meal and dance the night away. It was also a fantastic opportunity to bond and reflect on the wonderful year they have had.

A special thanks to all parents who prepared food and helped on the night. It would not have been a success without you all lending a hand!

Mrs McInnes and Ms Wilson

Textbook lists for 2018

Textbook lists for 2018 are now ready for all year levels.

Go to yorkebooks.com.au and select the option for Online Ordering.

Orders should be placed by Wednesday 20 December to receive free postage to the College (school handout).

Orders placed after this date will be posted to your selected address and there will be a postage charge.

Information regarding the textbooks and stationery are on the College website www.trinityac.nsw.edu.au/textbook-stationery

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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Chris O’Loan

Awards
Sporting Superstars
Volunteer Superstars
Final Gathering Poem
Last events

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Awards

Congratulations to Jessica McGregor on being the recipient of a Principal’s Award at the Final Campus Assembly. Congratulations also to those who received a Deputy Principal’s Award.

Principal’s Award Jessica McGregor  
DP Awards Flynn McCorriston Tom Roberts
Divjot Kaur Isobel Richter Lewis Skillicorn
Charlotte Wardle Ignatios Kamberos Clayton Peters

Sporting Superstars

A belated but sincere congratulations to our three “Sporting Superstars” who competed recently at the State Athletics championships in Melbourne. A superb effort from Georgia Stefaniak, Ryan Edwards and Riley Edwards.

Volunteer Superstars

A sincere thank you also to our fantastic band of volunteer helpers, who have given so much in time and experience throughout the years. So many events would not be possible without you, and I know how much the teachers and students are indebted to you for your ready assistance and generosity. I salute you all!!

Teaching Superstars 

I pay tribute once again to the outstanding job that our teaching staff do day in and day out. They are eternally optimistic and passionate and their devotion to their students and education in general has been second–to-none. I wish them all every onward success.

Last events : Below is a pictorial records of three final events at the Campus – the last Prep-2 Nativity, last Hot Lunch Day and the Final Assembly.

In finishing as Head of Campus today, I penned some heart-felt words that express my thoughts and to pass on my best wishes to each student.

Final Gathering Poem – A Teacher’s Wish

It is time to say good-bye. This is the end of our time together.
A time well spent!
I think I have something in my eye.
It is indeed a tear.

I have watched you learn, grow and change from day to day.
By simply being here, you have the Wodonga Campus within you.
Knowing you have this support fills me with joy,
For it has prepared you to handle what life holds in store.
You have earned this gift to guide your way.

I will treasure happy memories as I send you out the door.
Moving through the arch, this door will close behind you,
However, before you is another, it is open wide and exciting.
Full of hope, promise and joy. Reach out, it is there waiting.
But always know you are the Wodonga Campus.

I wish for you great fulfilment and much happiness!

Au Revoir.

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From the Director of Sport and Co-curricular

Mr Nash Clark
Basketball – Winter Season Grand Finals
Coaches
Around the Grounds – Athletics
Thank you
2018 Junior Tennis Skills Development Sessions

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Basketball – Winter Season Grand Finals

The College was proudly represented by six teams in the winter season grand finals on Sunday, 3 December.

Under 16, Girls Division 1 – Trinity won against a strong Celtics team with Mr Parkin coaching his team to a 10 point win.

Under 16, Girls Division 2 – an all Trinity affair between Trinity Fire and Trinity Spirit. Trinity Spirit proved too strong in the end and the Year 8 girls have bragging rights over their Year 9 opposition. Well done to Rev’d Bryn and his team.

Under 12 Boys, Division 2 – Trinity Knicks (coached by parent, Rachael Clancy) put in a valiant effort, but unfortunately lost by two points to SS&A in a nail-biter finish.

Under 14 Girls, Division 2 – Trinity Rockets, coached by Miriam Sultan, started strong and led up until the final minutes of the game, when Scots scored a lucky couple of goals to take out the win.

Under 18 Boys, Division 2 – Trinity Lakers, coached by Andrew Leary, held a decisive lead of several points over the Scots team throughout most of the game. However, after giving away a shooting foul in the last minute of the game, they were fortunate to come away with a one point win.

Coaches

The College basketball club have been very fortunate over the last twelve months with many highly qualified students and parents offering to assist with the coaching of our Junior School basketball teams. I would like to acknowledge their efforts and enthusiasm, which was greatly appreciated by their team members and assisting staff members.

If your Senior School child is interested in assisting with coaching a College team for 2018, please let Mrs Campbell know. All we ask is that students commit for the whole season and attend their team’s weekly training session.

Around the Grounds – Athletics

Gemma Fenn recently participated in the Victorian Athletics – All Schools Championships competing against the state best at Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne. Gemma won gold in the Under 16 Years high jump, silver in long jump and bronze in hurdles and triple jump.  This good start to the season has qualified her for the Australian All School Championships in Adelaide and helped her prepare for the heptathlon Nationals in March.

Thank you

As with each year at the College, the current year surpasses the previous as being bigger and better. Throughout 2017, we were proudly represented by about 50 sporting teams participating in a variety of interschool sporting events. Weekly, the College was represented by 350 students playing in local sporting competitions.

Trinity teams and students are fortunate to be provided with these opportunities through the commitment of College staff and families, and I thank each one on behalf of the College community.

Their commitment, passion and leadership instils a sense of camaraderie among the fortunate students they work with. As a result, our students benefit by improving their skills and gaining experiences  – all invaluable for their development.

Trinity’s Co-Curricular program has continued to develop to provide unique and enriching opportunities for all students through Creative and Performing Arts, Bands and Ensembles, Service and Enrichment, Production, Health and Wellbeing, Environmental and Sustainability and numerous sporting opportunities offered to the education of a Trinity student.

The enthusiasm and support of the whole Trinity community has been fantastic and on behalf of the College, we thank you, and hope that you have a great Christmas and New Year!

2018 Junior Tennis Skills Development Sessions

In Term 1, 2018 Junior Tennis Skills Development co-curricular will be offered again. Students in Years 2 to 6 who wish to explore the game of tennis and develop their skills in a range of fun activities are encouraged to participate. Students will be ability-grouped and work with tennis coach Barbara Honey-Martin from HoneyBee Kidz Tennis with the support of Mrs McAinsh who will hand out notes to interested students in week 1, 2018.

The program will run for nine (9) weeks from Thursday, 8 February 2018, week 2.

Venue:  Thurgoona Golf Club and Tennis Courts
Time:   3.45pm to 4.45pm Fees:   $55 for 9 weeks. (Max of 16 students)
Students can provide their own tennis racket or use a Trinity one.
Students will need to be dropped off and collected from the venue.

Mrs Sonya McAinsh

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P&F Wine and Cheese Night

Families as well as current and former teachers enjoyed a night of reminiscing about the Wodonga Campus at the P&F Wine and Cheese night on Wednesday night. Fun and relaxing night.

From around the College

Relay for Life raffle
Poem from Year 4
Gratitude Day
From the Canteen
From the Uniform Shop

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Relay for Life raffle

Jenny McMillan, our assistant in the Science lab, struck it lucky when she won the Relay for Life raffle – a trip to Brisbane with JetGo and accommodation at the Royal Albert. Year 10 students, who will be in the Year 11 group to coordinate the Relay for Life fundraising effort next year, drew the prize winners and verified the draw.

Other prizes were: Great Aussie Resort voucher – Glen Hutchinson. Marshall Batteries vouchers – Michelle Antone and Glenda Jones. Blazing Stump accommodation – Gemma Hardie. Chefs Toolbox frypan – Lisa Wheeler. Private Tennis lessons – Malcolm Thomas. SS&A voucher – Ireland Hunt. Peards Wodonga voucher – Taylah. Ozitto cordless drill – Paul Day. Bonetti pizzas – Fred and Cathy Ford.

Thanks for all your support. It has been a great start to the Year 11 fundraising effort for Relay for Life.

Poem from Year 4

This year I’m in year four
I hope it is not a bore.
Term one was very fun,
We had the athletics carnival and had to run,
But now term one is done.
Term two is here,
My friends scream in my ear.
Everyone is very busy,
With so many things I’m getting dizzy!
I’m just like a monkey, swinging from tree to tree.
But now it is time for term three.
Term three, term three.
I’m going so crazy!
Term three is no more,
Because here comes term four.
Hop onto the bus and get ready for camp,
But try not to get your clothes damp!
Sadly school has come to an end!
So, let’s get ready for next year!
Siahn O’Sullivan, Year 4

Gratitude Day

What are you grateful for? On Thursday 30 November, the SRC put together a day devoted to the idea of gratitude and what it means to be grateful. As a team, we organised a wall of Gratitude where staff and students came to write up a small comment on something they are grateful for. Afterwards, a gratitude sign was painted onto their hand or cheek as a simple reminder. We encouraged our staff and student to reflect and with that the answers ranged from family and friends, to education and even air conditioning! With the busy Christmas season approaching rapidly, this was a great way to stop and reflect before the wants of Christmas. A big thankyou to all who got involved and helped out on this great day.

Pippa Russell
Community and Service Captain

From the Performing Arts team

What a busy term 4 we have had in the Performing Arts Department! Last week we enjoyed a wonderful family carols service with many of our ensembles performing including Blow Your Own Horn, Junior Strings, Junior Choir, Jazz Quintet, Rock Band, Stage Band and Pops Orchestra. We also had a wonderful performance by our year 1-4 Dance troupe. Despite the heat, it was a great evening.

Our ensembles also have worked hard for to prepare for final assemblies and speech day this week. Our talented musicians and staff have been putting in many hours of work to prepare some wonderful pieces for your musical enjoyment.

From the Canteen

Many thanks to volunteers Cathy Giltrap and Vanessa Matthews.

A huge thank you to all who have volunteered this year – Mums, Dads, Grandmas and some ex-students too. All help very greatly appreciated!

From the Uniform Shop

From January 2018, white shirts are no longer to be worn as part of the Junior School formal uniform.

Sport polos need to be the new red/blue polo and children should no longer wear the old white polo. The older fleecy-style tracksuit is no longer a current item in the sports uniform. Students should wear the new-style track pant with either the Trinity sport jacket (with “Trinity” across the back) or the Trinity hoodie.

Order Online

Trinity Anglican College uniforms may be ordered online and picked up in store, or delivered to your home.
New user instructions:
1. Go to www.midford.com.au
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.

Hours

The Uniform shop closed yesterday and will reopen on Monday 22 January at 9am.

Monday 22 January – 9am-4pm
Tuesday 23 January – 9am-4pm
Wednesday 24 January – 9am-4pm
Thursday 25 January – 9am-4pm
Friday 26 January – closed
Saturday and Sunday – closed
Monday 29 January – 9am-4pm
Tuesday 30 January – 9am-4pm
Wednesday 31 January – 9am-4pm
Thursday 1 February – 9am-4pm
Friday 2 February – 9am-4pm

Normal hours resume on Monday 5 February 2018.

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