Newsletter

13 April 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

Term 1 finished with a bang! After 11 weeks of schooling, Term 1 ended with two athletics carnivals, the distribution of the 2017 Year Book and the Senior School Production The Crucible.

 It was terrific to have our Athletics Carnivals coincide with the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We had some outstanding student track and field performances. Congratulations to our Age Champions and Runners-Up on some outstanding races and results. Our participation rates were higher than ever; hundreds of boys and girls sprinting, jogging, throwing and jumping. Special thanks to Nash Clark and Kade Stevens.

The Crucible was a triumph! Arthur Miller’s play is a demanding piece – with dense language and heavy themes – and yet the cast rose to the challenge. It was an evocative production by a focused and impassioned cast. Special mention should be made of Ethan Goodacre, Elloise O’Connell, Claire Coyle, Ben Wright and Grace Draper. On the closing night, senior members of the cast offered a special tribute to Glenn Mancer for his vision, direction and mentoring over many years of Trinity productions.

This week, for the first time, every Year 1-12 student received a copy of the 2017 Year Book. I think it is important for every child to have a keepsake of their year within the College community and I trust they will enjoy flicking through the pages and reminiscing on our many student achievements and experiences of 2017. I know I have.I would like to thank Rowena Newcomen for another handsome and meaningful publication. I know she laboured day and night to collate as many student photos as possible. Every page captures the joy of a Trinity education.

As our students finish the term today, I hope they will reflect on their learning progress and performance. We want our students to evaluate their own learning processes but to do so with a growth mindset as illustrated in the image at left.

We want our students to identify next steps for improvement and then stretch towards them.

Thank you for a joyful and exciting first term!

Justin

 

 

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From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill

Anzac Day parade
Term 2 – winter uniforms

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ANZAC Day is recognised on Wednesday, 25 April. This is in the second week of the term break. I appreciate that many families are away from Albury/Wodonga during this time, but it would be wonderful to have any students who will be local to attend the ANZAC Day Parade to represent the College. To be part of the Trinity group, students are required to be dressed in full winter uniform. This includes the red jumper as the outer garment for all students in Kinder to Year 9 and the blazer as the outer garment for Year 10-12 students.

Students should assemble in Macauley Street on the south side of Dean Street at 8.45am. At the conclusion of the march, school groups will turn left at the corner of Dean and Townsend Streets, where parents can collect their children between Dean and Smollett Streets. All students will be asked to remain with the staff until they are collected by a parent.

Students are asked to be mindful of the occasion and show respect for the opportunity provided to join with Veterans for the Parade. Please remember that should a student be wearing medals of a family member, they are to wear them on the right breast. Only veterans may wear medals over the heart on the left breast.

Term 2 – winter uniform

Next term students are required to return to school wearing their winter uniform. Please remember that this includes the College tie for all students and the outer garment is the College red jumper for students in Kinder to Year 9, with the College blazer for years 10-12.

Term 2 begins for students on Tuesday 1 May, which is a B Tuesday on the College timetable.

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From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 Semester 1 Reports
Year 12 Semester 1 reports will be distributed to Year 12 students prior to the end of this term.

NAPLAN 2018 – 15-17 May
In May 2018, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

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Year 12 Semester 1 Reports

Year 12 Semester 1 reports will be distributed to Year 12 students prior to the end of this term.  These reports provide valuable information regarding students’ performances in the recent set of exams, their current rank in each course and comments from teachers regarding progress and targeted areas for improvement.  They also, of course, celebrate and acknowledge effort and accomplishment.

These reports are an important part of the dialogue that occurs between the College and home as we support our students to strive in their achievements.  If you have queries regarding the reports, please contact the College from the beginning of Term 2.  House mentors and Heads of House, in addition to classroom teachers, are valuable points of contact in this regard.

NAPLAN 2018 – 15-17 May

In May 2018, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools.

The results of the tests will provide important information to schools about what each student can do, and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

Student background information (student name, gender, date of birth, language background and Aboriginality) will be collected as part of the National Assessment Program. This information is treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that every student’s right to privacy is maintained.

The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from 15-17 May 2018.

Tuesday 15 May: Language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation). Writing
Wednesday 16 May: Reading
Thursday 17 May: Numeracy

In the numeracy tests, students do not require any measuring tools such as rulers or protractors. In Years 7 and 9 there will be one numeracy test with two parts: in Part A, a calculator is allowed; in Part B, calculators are not to be used. For the calculator test, the student should use the calculator that they currently use at school.

Friday 18 May – A ‘catch-up’ day is scheduled for students who missed a test or were absent on a test day.

Students may be considered for exemption from the tests if they:

  • are newly arrived in Australia (less than one year before the test) and with a language background other than English, or
  • have significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions which severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests.

All other students are expected to participate in the tests. Disability adjustments which reflect the student’s normal level of support in the classroom may be provided. Large print, braille, coloured paper versions and electronic tests are available to meet the needs of individual students.

Access to disability adjustments or exemption from the tests must be discussed with either Mr Steven Armstrong for students in Years 3 or 5, or Ms Kym Armstrong for students in Years 7 or 9, and a parent or carer consent form must be signed. Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the College. If you wish to withdraw your child from the tests, you must sign a parent/carer consent form. Consent forms are available from the College.

Please make an appointment if you would like further information about your child’s participation in NAPLAN. For students in Years 3 or 5, contact Mr Steven Armstrong, Head of Junior School.  For students in Years 7 or 9, please contact Ms Kym Armstrong, Director of Studies.

Additional information about NAPLAN can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support

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

Ms Kym Armstrong

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Reflection
Year 2 Immersion Day
Athletics carnival
Term 2

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Reflection

As we head to the break, it is always a good time to reflect on the Semester. Trinity, like many educational institutions, has at its core the student and their learning. This can take many different forms for each individual. The educational researchers are often looking for keys to learning so that we as teachers, parents or students will gain the most from our time. It is interesting to look back at the skills and content that were at the heart of school 10 or even 20 years ago. Obviously, there has been much change particularly in relation to the skill sets for students. In 1998 there was no real understanding of the speed of communication or access to ‘facts and figures’ that is available today. Given the changes that have occurred the most important aspects of learning have not really changed. Students need to be enriched by what they are learning, they must be engaged with the content and the skills and allow themselves to extend into the unknown. I have been greatly encouraged by the recent work relating to resilient learners. Learners who are not afraid to make mistakes when confronting something new. So as we rest, renew and prepare for second term, try something new, something that may challenge you and return energised and ready to extend your thinking.

Year 2 Immersion Day

What a wonderful day as students in Year 2 and their teachers took a journey to the 1800’s as students. With lots of fun, writing with ink and pen nibs, doing mathematics on chalkboards, playing games like marbles and quoits. It was history lived and the experiences, questions and energy gave testament to a great way of learning. Thanks to Ms Horn for her initiative in structuring a great day for all.

Athletics carnival

A very busy day with a great sense of spirit as many students took up the challenge of representing their house. The participation was very high and a number of students surprised themselves performing at a high level in many events they were trying for the first time. Thanks to the Year 10 students for their support, the staff for their encouragement and expertise and to Mr Stevens for organising a great day.

Term 2

Term 2 commences on Tuesday, 1 May. Dates of note begin with week 2 with the first of the ICAS competitions (Digital Technologies) College photos and RAS Cross Country. Week 3 will see students in Year 3 and 5 take part in NAPLAN.

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Step back in time for Year 2

Ms Karla Horn

Year 2 stepped back into the past last week as part of their ‘Playing with the Past’ blended unit. The students participated in an Immersion day learning about the changes in technology through time and how these changes affect our daily lives at school.

Children attended school for the day that may have resembled a typical school day for their grandparents or great grandparents.

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Students used nib pens and ink, only writing with their right hand, learnt arithmetic and reciting spelling rules. The highlight for many children was learning how to play marbles. They were taught by ex-marble champion, Mr Armstrong (AKA, Sir)

Thank you must go to the families for supporting the day. It was great to see so many children in historical dress, carrying marbles and providing an apple for the teacher.

Thank you to the families who kindly baked biscuits for the children to share afternoon tea.

Some reflections from the students –

The thing we found interesting the most was that teachers had to be very strict. Children had to write with their right hand and it is really hard to write with ink and nib pens. – Alannah and April

I learnt that kids from the olden days wrote with ink pens. – Bitty

 I learnt in the olden days children wore different clothes to school. They wrote with ink pens and how the olden days was cool. Jesse C

 I learnt that technology has changed over time because in the olden days people didn’t have Wifi, phones and tablets. Charlotte

On immersion day we dressed up in olden day clothes and the best part of the day was learning to play marbles and spinning tops.  Parker

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French immersion

Mrs Kathryn Rupp

In week 5, French elective students from Years 9 to 11 enjoyed their Immersion Day at La Maison Café on Gateway Island. We had 23 students and three teachers (Mme Johnston, Mme Rupp and Mme Rogers) attend the day, as well as a French speaking exchange student whose presence was greatly appreciated. (Merci Killian!)

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The students participated in a diverse range of activities, from learning (and now never forgetting) 1960s pop music classics (and the Twist), to making raps about housework, playing Twister, Celebrity Heads and Guess Who, all in French, and finishing the day with a treasure hunt.  One student later reported she went home “thinking” in French and even wanting to speak to her family in French, which just shows the value of immersion activities!

The catering and service (in French!) by La Maison staff was perfect and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

How lucky we are as French teachers at Trinity to have such a delightful group of students who love French and are so motivated to learn for pleasure, future exchange and patisserie aspirations.

Bravo à tout le monde, bonne continuation et à bientôt !

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Interschool equestrian

Ms Davina Gibb

The Scots Interschool Equestrian Challenge is on Saturday, 19 May. If you would like to participate, entries are now open and close on 6 May. The login for entries is at: https://eventsecretary.com.au/equestrian/

Individual team members can scroll to “Scots Interschool Challenge 2018” and follow the prompts to complete the online entry. The program and rider’s notes can be found under the opening date, top left hand corner, by clicking on “Event Information”. If you decide to register, will you please e mail your name to Mari Green at Trinity Anglican College. Please take note of daily notices early in Term 2 as a meeting will be held at school prior to the event.

 

From Performing Arts

Mrs Emma Mancer

As Trinity grows as a leading College in the border region, so do the opportunities we are able to offer our students. As we have in previous years, we are offering students access to a wide variety of peripatetic teachers to help enhance their academic studies.

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Parents can co-ordinate lesson times and fees directly with the teachers and the college co-ordinates room timetables and performance opportunities. Students participate in a showcase evening throughout the year where they have an opportunity to share what they have learnt on their instrument of choice. Students also receive a small report assessing their progress throughout the year within their academic report at the end of each semester.

Please find a list of available teachers by clicking on the page below.

Exciting Events in the Performing Arts 2018

We have a big year this year in the performing arts department with many events coming up and many opportunities for our students to extend themselves in the areas of music, drama and dance. Some of these include:

  • 30 May: Evening of Jazz
  • 21 June: Senior School Concert
  • 15-17 Aug: Middle Years Production – Seussical
  • 4-9 Sept: Performing Arts Tour to Perth
  • 24 Oct: Trinity Theatresports Challenge
  • 7 Nov: Instrumental Showcase
  • 22 Nov: Junior School Concert

Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Trinity Anglican College P&F presents:

Reading with Children

Friday 25 May, 6.30-7.30pm.

Join literacy expert Lyn Stone for a guide to helping your child get the most out of reading at home. Grandparents and carers welcome. Coffee and cake afterwards.

Mother’s Day Stall

The P&F is excited to announce we will be co-ordinating a Mothers’ Day Stall. Presents will be for on sale at $2, $5 or $10 each and students will be able to purchase a maximum of four items.  The stall will be held in the library on Thursday, 10 May. This year coupons may be purchased in advance for parents to “pre-pay” for their children. We will be looking for volunteers to man the stall in 1 hour time slots on the day. More information will follow in the P&F newsletter next week.

Senior School Sport

Mr Nash Clark, Coordinator Senior School Sport
Athletics carnival
Cross Country carnival
CIS Senior Swimming Championships – Secondary
Netball

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Senior School Athletics Carnival

Senior School students were at their enthusiastic best, all competing in a minimum of one field and one track event on Monday, 9 April at the Alexandra Park Athletics Complex. With such a high participation rate, it is of no surprise there were multiple records broken and a tight finish to the overall Champion House.

Congratulations to all competitors for their sportsmanship and effort throughout the day, with special mention to Age Champions, the students selected in the BISSA Athletics team, and most importantly, Kelton, Champion House.

Age Champions
Girls Open: Mackensey House
Boys Open: Mitchell Scott
Girls 16 Years: Gemma Fenn
Boys 16 Years: Reuben Sarkis
Girls 15 Years: Natasha Kronenberg
Boys 15 Years: Charlie St John
Girls 14 Years: Lana Heer
Boys 14 Years: Gedeon Gatchessi
Girls Under 13 Years: Audrey Adams
Boys Under 13 Years: Riley Edwards

Champion House

1.      Kelton 1435pts
2.      Rosborough 1395pts
3.      Hoffman 1341pts
4.      Kimball 1316pts
5.      Lankaster 1272pts
6.      Petts 973pts

BISSA Athletics will be competed at the Alexandra Park Athletics Complex on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

Senior School College Cross Country

The College Cross Country carnival course this year weaved its way around the new College buildings and proved to be a big success. Pleasingly, all students attempted the longer, more technical track with the goal to help see their House succeed and beat the few teachers who braved the course. Congratulations to Hoffman which proved to be too competitive and added another title to the many it already has in the Senior School.

The College will be represented by a very strong team in the BISSA Cross Country event, run early Term 2. Congratulations to the following students who will, along with their team mates, bring pride to the College.

Senior School Age Champions

Girls Open: Alice Wheeler
Boys Open: Darcy Harrington
Girls 16 Years: Ebony Trebilcock
Boys 16 Years: Nicholas Lockhart
Girls 15 Years: Lily Todorovic
Boys 15 Years: Max Beattie
Girls 14 Years: Zarlie Goldsworthy
Boys 14 Years: Ryan Patching
Girls Under 13 Years: Mariana Horta Vieira
Boys Under 13 Years: Lachlan Elgin

Champion House
1.      Kelton 1435pts
2.      Rosborough 1395pts
3.      Hoffman 1341pts
4.      Kimball 1316pts
5.      Lankaster 1272pts
6.      Petts 973pts

CIS Senior Swimming Championships – Secondary

To top off our successful summer in the pool, the College was  represented by our biggest-ever team at the CIS Secondary Senior Swimming Championships held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre:  Patrick Duggan, Erin Haydon, Mia Haydon, Paige Shirley, Nic Lockhart, Sarah-Jane Male, Mackensey House, April Monte, Hogan Locke, Will Elgin, Heidi Gay and Blaynee House. Our relatively small team in comparison to our metro competitors, participated in a total of 69 events and out-performed all previous attempts against the strong CIS competition.

In addition to congratulating all members of the team a special mention must go to Sarah-Jane Male whose results included a bronze in the Girls’ 16 Years Old 100 Metre Freestyle and Mackensey House who won silver in the Girls’ 17+ Years 100 Metre Freestyle.

Netball

Registration for the 2018 Albury Netball Association Saturday
Junior Competition at JC King Park is now open.

Coaches will make contact with players in the near future at school.

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Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens,  Coordinator Junior School Sport

Junior Tennis Skills Co-Curricular Development Sessions – Term 1 2018
Netball
Athletics Carnival

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Junior Tennis Skills Co-Curricular Development Sessions – Term 1 2018

Tennis is a great fitness sport that develops coordination, timing and improved reaction times.  Students from Years 2-6 have been participating in weekly tennis sessions with Honey Bee Kidz Tennis and Mrs McAinsh on Thursday afternoons. Students have been learning all the different skills required to play a game of tennis through fun and interactive activities. Last week the skill focus was learning to volley at the net.

Students who have been playing tennis are able to register for a free ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Player T-shirt.  If participating students haven’t already registered with ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, please register NOW before the end of this term. There is no cost to register, you just have to provide a few details. If you happen to miss the deadline for this term then your T-shirt will arrive next term. Barbara from Honey Bee Tennis will be handing out all the T-shirts at the last lesson of this term.

For more information about benefits from ANZ Tennis Hot Shots please register at https://hotshots.tennis.com.au/register/

In Term 2 tennis will continue from week 1 on Thursdays. There are limited places for children in Years 2-6. Please see the ‘Forms and Notes’ section of the College website for a permission slip and return to the Infants Centre office for Mrs McAinsh to collect.

Netball

Registration for the 2018 Albury Netball Association Saturday
Junior Competition at JC King Park is now open.

Coaches will make contact with players in the near future at school.

Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all for a very successful Junior Athletics Carnival in 2018! It takes a lot of time and effort to make such a great day possible and I would like to thank each staff member involved. A massive thank you also to Trish Pearce, Janelle Parker and Liz Lowe for catering for the food and coffee needs of the staff!

Well done to all students on their participation with each student giving their all in a range of events to add to their house points.

Finally, a big congratulations to Rosborough House for earning the title of champion House and thank you to the other houses for all putting in their best efforts.

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Lost property

Lost property items will be displayed at the BBQ area, near the MPH on Friday.

Please check to see if any items belong to your children.

Uniform Shop holiday opening hours

Additional Term 2 holiday trading hours in the Uniform Shop are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 23, 24 and 26 April from 9am to 4pm. It will be closed on Wednesday 25 April.

It will return to normal hours on Monday 30 April.

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