13 October 2017

From the Principal

What better way to start the spring term than by being immersed in our natural environment?

This week many of our Trinity students have, like intrepid explorers, forged their way into the hills, wetlands and mountains of our surrounding environment.

On Wednesday, every Albury student from Kinder to Year 6 participated in Enviro Day: a full day of activities and experiences for our students to enjoy the beauty of our natural environment and learn how to sustain and care for it. There are few schools that can offer such a diverse range of ‘hands-on’ environmental activities for children, as you can see in the Enviro Day schedule below:

It was a joy to see the muddy hands of our Kinder students building mud bricks. And the excitement of some Year 3 students who happened along a giant lizard during their exploration of nesting boxes in the bush.

This week we also had Year 9 students on a Hiking Camp at Woomargama. Over the space of three days, they navigated approximately 40km of terrain, carrying all their own food rations, clothing and bedding. It was a significant exercise in banding together to conquer the challenge and bring out the best in each other.

Meanwhile, our Year 3 students from Albury and Wodonga have been on their first overnight camp together as a year group, staying at Bowna. They have come face to face with nature; feeding animals, paddling canoes and climbing rock-walls, all on the banks of Lake Hume.

At Trinity, nature play forms a valuable extension of our academic learning curriculum, especially in the Junior years. Seeds of learning, planted in the classroom, often germinate and flourish in the natural outdoors environment.

In the junior years, we have an unbridled focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills. We teach concepts and skills in the classroom first and foremost. But, following that, we love to contextualise this learning by creating opportunity for students to apply their new learning in practical ways in the natural environment and outside world.

Richard Louv and others have written about “nature deficit disorders” where they describe the negative health implications for children who spend too much time indoors. These proponents argue that frequent exposure to the natural world helps to insulate children against depression, anxiety, obesity and attention disorders.

If that is the case, then we have done a great service to our students on Trinity Enviro Day this week. Not to mention our Year 3 students and Year 9 hikers who have jettisoned the comforts of life at home to discover their own limits and to experience the power and majesty of God’s creation.

Richard Louv says it like this: “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.”

Justin Beckett


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From the College Chaplain

Revd Bryn Jones
How often do you catch yourself out experiencing a positive emotion, like: satisfaction, contentment, calm, happiness or even joy?

I will readily admit that I am skilled at noticing negative thoughts and feelings. In fact, I am so good at it that I suspect they drown out the affirmative stuff, or at the very least mute it. Naming the positive in life seems to take a bigger act of will than the easier path of conceding to the negative.
There was never much affirmation given for helping out when I was a child. It was common to be told I was “doing it wrong” or, memorably, “if you’re going to do a job, do it properly”, meaning there was no room for mistakes. Consequently, it can be hard for me to admit that I have done a good job. Secretly, I am always waiting to be outed as incompetent, or a fraud.

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I was surprised the other day then, when I caught myself feeling something like satisfaction in relation to work. It made me stop and notice. I savoured the emotion and thought to myself, “Why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy this feeling?”

Good question! Why is it harder to name and enjoy the positives than to spot the negatives? You will have to answer that question for yourself. In the meantime, why not have a go at counting some blessings. Give yourself some credit. See where it takes you! It has to be better than the alternative.

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From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11 students: the transition to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study
Year 11: HSC assessment information
Year 11 HSC information evening for students and parents: Thursday 16 November 2017
Semester 2 exams
Year 11 Study Hall: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

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Year 11 students: the transition to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study
As Year 11 students near the end of the Preliminary HSC Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about which subject might be dropped become a little more concrete and a little less speculative.
Apart from changes to Mathematics courses, subject changes will not take effect until the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, but students will be asking questions and conversations might start at home around this topic.
At Trinity, we are very much of the belief that it takes a whole village to raise a young person. So, when students change subjects, there is a process where they speak to all of the teachers involved. The process is a self-directed one; furnished with a form, students engage in dialogue with, and obtain the signatures of, key people who can provide specialised advice. These people include:

  • A parent/caregiver
  • Subject teachers
  • Pastoral Care Tutor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Director of Studies

The change of subject form functions here as a mechanism to facilitate dialogue; the people who provide signatures will discuss the possible implications of the change with the student. The form also functions as a tool to assist the student notify all interested parties about the change.

Year 11: HSC assessment information
Assessment schedules will be distributed to students over the next little while, 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. It is important that students are fully cognisant of this material and adhere to the processes outlined. Students will also receive an advice that outlines the due dates of all assessment tasks for all courses. This will help them to plan their time to maximise their ability to perform effectively in all tasks. I wish them all of the best as they embark on this latest stage of their educational journey.

Year 11 HSC information evening for students and parents: Thursday 16 November, 2017
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 will be distributed in Pastoral Care Groups before the conclusion of Week 4.

If you have any queries regarding the issues outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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 days will operate on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with the exception of Tuesday 31 November. The sessions will take place from 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 Director of Sport and Co-curricular

Mr Nash Clark

Term 4 CIS Nominations
Infant Swim Program
Trinity Anglican College Swim Club

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Term 4 CIS Nominations
Students from the Senior School are eligible to nominate for the following CIS sports in Term 4:
Cricket Boys open – Friday 13 October
Water polo Boys open – Saturday 21 October
Water polo Girls open – Saturday 21 October

There are no Primary School CIS nominations due Term 4.

Senior students need to provide additional details for their nomination to be processed and are encouraged to apply well before the closing date. Additional information can be found at the Combined Independent Schools website:

Infant Swim Program
Over the last week and a half of Term 3, Kinder and 2RD students had the opportunity to participate in the College’s annual intensive swim program at the Gould Swim Academy. Over the six-day program, swim coaches supported students with drills, games and activities that improved their skills in the water as well as an understanding of water safety.

On the last day of the program, the swimming coaches acted out scenarios where the students had to come up with solutions to ensure the safety of themselves and others in the water. All students who participated displayed massive growth in ability and skill development.

A big thanks must go to the teachers and parent helpers who played a big role in organising the students throughout the lessons. We are confident the Year 1, remaining Year 2 and Wodonga students, will enjoy the program this term.

The Infants Swim Carnival is scheduled for Thursday, 2 November at the Albury Swim Centre. Additional information will be provided next week.

Kaitlyn Wheeler

Trinity Anglican College Swim Club
The Trinity Anglican College Swim Club is set to hit the water in Week 5 and the College is now calling for expressions of interest. Sessions will be conducted at the Albury Swim Centre each Monday and Wednesday morning, 6.30-7.30am, with a proposed starting date of Monday, 6 November (until Wednesday, 6 December).

The program will continue in Term 1, 2018, from the start of the academic year through to mid-March, 2018.

The club aims to cater for all abilities in developing greater swimming confidence, fitness and technique. The club’s 2017/18 season will be for students in Years 3 and above.

The initial session will allow our club coach the opportunity to assess the swimming abilities of all swimmers. Students will then be invited to participate in either one of two squads, (Monday only $65, $120 two sessions weekly).

Any student interested in participating should email Mrs Gibb no later than Friday, 27 October ( Parents will receive confirmation and registration details via email, if there is enough interest and the program is to go ahead.


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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Chris O’Loan
Welcome back to Term 4
Certificate of achievement
Transition events for Wodonga students
Infants Learn to Swim program
Wodonga athletics
Remembrance Day
Co-curricular activities
Book Fair

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Welcome back to Term 4
I trust everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break. This term will be a busy and exciting one as we prepare students for their move to Albury Campus, with transition days for each year group happening in Week 2 and 3. Please note the schedule has changed a little from that which was previously advised.
Many thanks to some of our parents who provided staff with a delicious lunch on the last day of term. We very much appreciated the gesture, along with the kind words, support and encouragement.
Thanks also to Lynton, Michael and the maintenance staff for co-ordinating an end of term sausage sizzle for our students. I appreciated the parent help provided in giving our students the opportunity to enjoy a BBQ.

Certificate of achievement
The following students received a Certificate of Achievement at the final assembly in Term 3. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work and dedication to their learning.

  • Prep – Anneliese Loffler and Isabelle Stoffels
  • Yr 1 – Cohen McCluskey and Sally Bayne
  • Yr 2 – Maddison Kurtzer and Chase Nelder
  • Yr 3 – Gemma Wakefield and Joe McFarland
  • Yr 4 Ryan Edwards and Isabella Klein
  • Yr 5 – Elle Drew and Roy Costello
  • Yr 6 – Georgia Stefaniak and Tom Ramsdell

Transition events for Wodonga students
Please note that there has been changes to the dates on which students will be taking the opportunity to visit the Albury Campus for the very important transition to Thurgoona. Some children may require extra visits to familiarise themselves and ease any anxieties. We also recognise that certain children may need a carefully thought-out and individualised transition plan. This will involve working closely with parents/carers in order for the preparation to continue over the Christmas break.
Prep Week 2B, Wednesday 18 October
Year 1 Week 2B, Thursday 19 October
Year 5 Week 2B, Friday 20 October
Year 3 Week 3A, Tuesday 24 October
Year 4 Week 3A, Thursday 26 October
Year 6 Week 3A, Friday 27 October (Introduction to Senior School)
**Year 2 TBA

Infants Learn to Swim program
The Infants (P-2) Learn to Swim program will take place daily from 20-27 October, with our students catching the bus to the Gould Swim Academy (104 Boronia St, North Albury) each day at 12.15pm and returning around 2.45pm. Students will need to wear their labelled sports uniform to school on each day of the program and bring their swimming costume, a towel, goggles and a plastic/swim bag. All items need to be clearly marked with their name.

Year 3 Camp
Our Year 3 students have joined their Albury peers for camp at The Great Aussie Holiday Park at Bowna. Camps are always a highlight of the year and I have no doubt the Year 3 camp will be very memorable.

Wodonga Athletics
Congratulations to those students listed who represented the Campus at the Upper Hume Level on Wednesday 11 October. Results of their competitions will be advised in the next newsletter.

  • Leo Geerling
  • Ryan Edwards
  • Fallon Locke
  • Emily Steele
  • Isabella Klein
  • Mark Baker
  • Charlie Gray
  • Sienna Plested
  • Riley Edwards
  • Georgia Stefaniak
  • Jana Geerling

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day poppies, wristbands and pens will be on sale at the school from next Monday for a few weeks. For anyone wishing to purchase a poppy, please drop by the school office. Wodonga RSL will hold a Remembrance Day service at Woodland Grove on Saturday 11 November, commencing at 10.40am.

Co-curricular activities
This term we will again offer Sport (Basketball), Cooking and Gardening, as well as Art and Craft as after-school activities. All activities will begin in Week 3, from Monday 23 October. A parent note has already gone out, but for anyone who hasn’t received one, you can download it from the website – School (from drop down menu)/JS-Wodonga-Co-curricular Term 4.
Basketball coaching will be provided by Coach Kannon, from Wodonga Basketball, and we very much look forward to that. The basketball class will be limited to 25 students.

Book Fair
Our final Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday 1 November until Tuesday 7 November. It will be a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ fair so a great opportunity to add to your child’s home library. Please remember it will be the last opportunity for students to use any award vouchers they have received as prizes for competitions throughout the year.

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From the Uniform shop

Uniform fittings – booking code vswjd
Netball uniforms repaired

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Uniform fittings – booking code vswjd
Parents of new students commencing in 2018 will need to make an appointment for a uniform fitting through our online booking system with the code vswjd. Click HERE to go directly to the link.

Appointment times start on Monday 24 October, 2017. Each appointment is 30 minutes. Families with more than one child starting should make a double booking to ensure there is sufficient time to correctly fit your children and provide a thorough and individual service. All uniform items, including black shoes Years 3-12, are available.

The uniform shop closes: 4pm Thursday 7 December
Reopens: 9am Monday 22 January

Netball uniforms repaired
A very big thank you to Janelle Lawrence-Parnaby, who repaired 72 netball bibs over the school holidays so that our teams look spick and span when they take the court.

Uniform Shop.

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From around the College

From the Canteen
2018 Re-enrolment Forms
Well on the way

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From the Canteen

Volunteers are always needed to help in the canteen but particularly now when there are lots of empty volunteer spots. Helping in the canteen is a great way to be involved in the College and your children will love seeing you there (especially Junior School children). If you can spare some time, on a regular or irregular basis, please talk to the staff at the front office.

Week 2 Term 4
Monday October 16
Tuesday 17
Wednesday 18
Thursday 19
Friday 20

Week 3
Monday 23
Tuesday 24
Wednesday 25
Thursday 26
Friday 27

2018 Re-enrolment Forms

A reminder to parents who have not yet returned re-enrolment forms for 2018 that these forms are now overdue. We require this information to allow the necessary planning of staff and resources for 2018 to be completed. Please return 2018 re-enrolment forms to school as soon as possible.
For copies of the form, you can download it from:

Well on the way

On behalf of the students who travelled to Cambodia, I would like to thank the families, staff and students who contributed to our fundraising for a community well. Your very generous contributions helped the students raise over $600 which was our goal amount. This money is on its way to the Camps International office in Siem Reap where it will be handed to Beng Mealea village leader Haan, who will then be able to buy the materials for the completion of the well.

So, once again, thank you.

Kate Millan

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