From the Principal
Mr Justin Beckett
Today, Friday 16 March, is the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. It is a day when the children of Australia stand united in their communities to say NO to bullying. At Trinity we are engaging students of all ages to imagine a world free from bullying.
In Australia, bullying in schools is defined in the following way: Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.
A national survey has revealed that 25% of students have been bullied sometime from primary to high school. Of that number, only 36% have reported the bullying.
I have recently reminded students at Senior and Junior assemblies that bullies are not healthy; they are deficient, they are crying out for help. They hurt people because they are hurt people themselves. By contrast, healthy and secure people will never feel the need to belittle others. People who are comfortable and secure in their own skin are only too happy to lift up and encourage other people around them.
Today our Junior students made a bold statement against bullying. In a great show of unity (and a major feat in human logistics), our students from Kinder to Year 6 put their bodies on the line to spell out the word ‘RESPECT’. Respect for self. Respect for others. Respect for the environment.
Our Kinder students learn about how to treat one another in their first few days at Trinity. All Kinder classes learn five rules:
- Blue Rule: We put up our hand up and wait our turn.
- Orange Rule: We always try our best.
- Green Rule: We solve our problems peacefully.
- Yellow Rule: We are kind to each other.
- Red Rule: We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
My favourite is the Yellow Rule: kindness to each other. Being kind brings out the best in others and the best in ourselves.
This term our Year 12 students have launched a new anti-bullying campaign; a peer-led program that teaches students how they can stop bullying in its tracks. The Respect at Trinity (RAT) campaign has been led by a team of Year 12 students, under the guidance of our College Counsellor, Dr Anthony Perrone. They believe that students have a key role to play in leading positive cultural change.
As part of the campaign, students from Years 7-12 have been surveyed about their experiences of bullying, with dialogue about the best ways to report bullying when you see it or experience it. In every Pastoral Care Group, the House Mentors are leading a weekly activity about how to build positive relationships. Every term this year there will be a Long Pastoral Care period that focuses on positive relationships and respect.
We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying at Trinity. If you know someone who is being bullied, speak up and tell a parent, a teacher or a Year 12 student. If you know someone who is a bully, speak up because we need to get them some help.
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From the Director of Studies
Ms Kym Armstrong
Year 12 mid-course exams
Our Year 12 students have started their mid-course exams this Tuesday. We wish them well as they tackle these significant assessment items and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.
If a student is unable to submit or sit an exam because of illness or mishap, there is a firm set of protocols to be followed; this is outlined in assessment policy booklets that have been distributed to all students in Year 12. In the first instance, parents and caregivers are to contact the Director of Studies, Ms Kym Armstrong, or the Head of Senior School, Mr Malcolm Thomas, when it is identified that a student will miss an exam.
Disability provisions for HSC examinations
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) offers special consideration for the examinations of students who are experiencing significant disadvantage because of conditions that impair their ability to perform in the examination setting. In order to access this consideration, students must undertake an application process. Students who think that they might be eligible are encouraged to speak to me.
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
The College is offering students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall this term. These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School at the following times:
- Years 9 and 10: Wednesdays, 3.30-4.30pm
- Years 11 and 12: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3.30-4.30pm
During these sessions, students will be able to access study and writing tips or work individually in a quiet environment.
Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be able to access study sessions that assist them to develop independent study skills and habits. These sessions are held weekly after school on Wednesday, 3.30-4.30pm. Interested students are encouraged to speak with Miss Miriam Sultan, who will be convening these sessions.
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.
From the Head of Senior School
Mr Malcolm Thomas
NSW school vaccination program
Information received regarding the upcoming vaccinations:
Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.
In 2018 the following vaccines will be offered:
|YEARS||VACCINE||NUMBER OF DOSES|
|Year 7||Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine||2-doses at least 6 months apart|
|Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine||Single dose|
|Years 10-11||Meningococcal ACWY vaccine||Single dose|
Parents who have returned the consent forms for Year 7 students please ensure that your child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.
The dates for vaccinations are: Year 7: Thursday, 28 March and Wednesday, 31 October. Years 10-11: Wednesday, 8 August
Please note that students who commence HPV vaccination in school clinics in Year 7 but do not complete the course during the school year may be offered catch-up doses at school in Year 8. Students who have any HPV doses at their GP will be advised to complete the course with their GP. Parents/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by writing to or phoning the College. The Procedure for Withdrawal of Consent is available on the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation .
To improve vaccination completion, students will be opportunistically offered any missed doses throughout the year where possible. A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at each clinic. Parents/guardians should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination.
It has been interesting to read the media coverage of a school in Melbourne who have banned the use of mobile phones during the school day and the benefits they are seeing from this decision. It has always been our policy at Trinity that mobile phones are turned off during the school day. Students are fully aware of this policy and the consequences for not complying.
Red Cross Calling Appeal
It has been pleasing to see a number of students volunteer to assist the Red Cross with their appeal this weekend. If you are in Dean Street on Saturday morning, say hello to these civic-minded students.
Relay for Life
Year 11 have started their fundraising for the 2018 Relay for Life. Their first big event was the bacon and egg breakfast at the recent Ride to School event. A large group of students arrived at 7am to prepare and start the cooking. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, $1907 was raised on the day. This year’s organising committee is now busy planning future events.
From the Junior School
Mr Steven Armstrong
Infants Tabloid Day
As we head into the very busy part of the term, with lots of activities and expectations, it is always wise to stop at some stage and reflect on our foundations. It is often easier to march on and look to the end, sometimes with relish and sometimes with a sense of dread as time passes so quickly. In our reflections at this time of year, we should consider our blessings. Our own miracles. They may seem everyday but they are still the fuel that gives us the energy to enjoy our journey. Kindergarten starting to read and to write; Year 1 students filling buckets and working collaboratively; Year 2 students expressing great excitement with their new knowledge about the past; Year 3/4 students relishing the role as sustainability warriors; Year 5 students ‘wondering’ and writing creatively; Year 6 students understanding about decisions and growth mind sets. As children grow and flourish and change we all should give thanks, the future is in safe hands.
An outstanding effort by all students the RAS carnival in Wagga. A spirited and involved team with a number of students moving on to the CIS level. Congratulations to all and to Mr Stevens for his organisation and support of the team.
The final session for Term 1 takes place next Monday. It has been great to see and hear about the exciting activities that students have immersed themselves in over the term. We look forward to Term 2 with a new set of activities as students continue to try something new or hone skills. Thanks to Ms Tait and Mrs McInnes for all their work in coordinating these activities.
If you are interested in helping in the classroom and beyond please send me an e-mail and I will organise a time to run through the requirements via an induction session.
On Friday, 23 March the Year 3 to Year 6 cross country will be held at the College. This starts at 11.50am and concludes at 1.50pm.
Infants Tabloid Day
On Wednesday, 28 March all infants students (K-2) will take part in their athletic tabloids. Events include cross country running, sprints, high jump and many more. It is a great day and we welcome any supporters to come and cheer on the students.
Just an early reminder that this is a special day on our calendar and many special guests are invited to spend the afternoon with the students and staff. The day is 29 March, and given the busy schedule for these important people, it may be timely to start the conversation as soon as possible. The day begins at 12.00 noon in the MPH followed by afternoon tea and a visit to the classrooms. The day will conclude at 1.50pm (end of Period 4).
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.
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:
- 11 and 12 May: Senior School Play, The Crucible
- 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.
Senior School Sport
The past fortnight has been a big week in the pool for our representative swim teams. On all occasions, the College has been proudly represented with competitors achieving fantastic individual results which has provided the foundation for our teams’ successes.
The Big Splash
Trinity was involved in the Albury Wodonga Big Splash on Wednesday, 7 March. The program comprised a number of relay races, aiming to raise awareness for mental health and much needed funds for “Headspace” and “Survivors of Suicide”.
Thank you to the College students who represented the Senior School, who came first in the 6 x 50m Butterfly High Schools event as did the Junior School team which took out the Primary School 4 x 50m Freestyle.
The Senior School Cross Country will be run on Friday, 23 March. All students will complete the 3.5km course in and around the College grounds. Senior students will set out in two waves from 9.30am (females) and 9.45am (males). Parents and families are encouraged to come and support!
BISSA Swimming 2018
The Trinity College BISSA Swimming team set off at 6:30am sharp, on time, a great sign. I had unknowingly, continued the tradition of labelling our BISSA Swim team as the best ever, with 2018 being no different, raising nerves as we approached Oasis Swim Centre, Wagga. The rising sun over the water’s edge brought the team to life with the help of our fearless captains, Mackensey House and Will Elgin. The first block of events (100m freestyle), suggested my early prediction may be accurate with our College swimmers setting the bar high for the remainder of the meet. With many similar fine performances throughout the day, the College went on to win our inaugural BISSA Championship, in addition to the shields for Average Aggregate and Female Champion.
Congratulations to all our swimmers on the day, especially to Mackensey House, Will Elgin, Sarah-Jane Male, Paddy Duggan and Erin Haydon who were named Age Champions. Mackensey House had an amazing day, breaking the 17-19 years 100m freestyle record in 1:00.28 and the 50m freestyle record in 27.48 seconds!
Junior School Sport
Mr Kade Stevens, Coordinator Junior School Sport
Last Friday a group of Year 5 and 6 students went to Jelbart Park to compete in the NRL Rugby League and League Tag Mortimer Shield. The College was represented by two girls’ teams that played League Tag, and one boys’ team that played Rugby League. It was a great day, providing the students with the chance to play both sports; for some as it was their favourite, and for the others, a chance to try either League or League Tag for the first time.
All teams worked together well, making it into the finals for all divisions. Will Satchell and Clarisse Summerfield were named best players for the day. Thank you to Ms Hardie, Mr Tanuvasa and Mr Fairall for their coaching throughout the day and thank you also to the parents who supported us on the day. A big thanks to all the Trinity players who tried their best and enjoyed the opportunity to compete against other schools. – Katie Fletcher
Our 32 students represented the College with pride and blitzed the field in what was a very successful day for the College. Our overall tally of 333 points made us clear winners over The Scots School on 190 points. A massive congratulations to our 2018 RAS team! We had 17 students eligible to advance through to the NSWCIS, in Sydney later this month. Below are some awesome individual efforts that are worth mentioning.
Girls: 8/9 Years – Edwina Harrington; 11 Years – Georgina Carlin-Larsen
Boys: 10 Years – Archie Kreutzberger; 11 Years – Oscar Kreutzberger; 12/13 Years – Samuele Vaccaro
Runner up age champions
Girls: 10 Years – Becky White
Boys: 8/9 Years – Toby Gould; 10 Years – Benjamin Hutchens
Registration has opened and the season will kick off on Saturday, 7 April. This year we will, once again, be teaming up with Lavington Auskick. If you are interested in entering your child into a Trinity team, please head to http://www.aflauskick.com.au/
- Click on ‘register’
- Select 2640 as your post code
- Select #4 Lavington Auskick Centre
- Follow the payment methods
- Your child will be placed in a Trinity team closer to the season kick off.
Next Friday, 23 March, the College will host our Junior School cross country. The event is scheduled to begin at 11.50am. Your child will be coming home with a note with more information. The distances your child will be running are as follows:
- Under 9 and 10 Years – 2.5km
- Under 11, 12 and 13 years – 3.5km
In Term 2, Aussie Hoops for beginning basketball players will be on after school. Aussie Hoops is an introductory basketball program that provides boys and girls with a fun and safe basketball experience and an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game. Trinity Aussie Hoops will commence on Tuesday, 8 May, Week 2 in Term 2 for Year 1 and Year 2 from 3.20-4.20pm. It will conclude the last week of term on 26 June. The cost for the program is $75, which includes a basketball, singlet and backpack for each child.
A note will be coming home shortly inviting eligible students to enrol. If your child is interested, you will need to act promptly, as spots are limited. – Michelle Campbell
Coles Sports for schools
This year, Trinity has registered for the Coles Sports for Schools. This program gives schools across Australia the opportunity to earn sports gear just by collecting vouchers from Coles. Through Sports for Schools, Coles has supplied over $20 million worth of sports gear to over 7,500 schools across Australia.
How does it work? Step 1: For every $10 spent at Coles, you will receive one Sports for Schools voucher. Step 2: You can then bring vouchers into Trinity, placing them in the collection box at the front office or in a collection box at your local Coles Supermarket. Step 3: Every voucher received by Trinity will go towards our tally – we will then be able to order the sports equipment for your children!
From the Canteen
Roster Week 8B Term 1
Monday 19 March
Tuesday 20 Cathy Giltrap
Monday 26 March
Friday 30 Good Friday holiday
Uniform Shop holiday opening hours
The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday 12 April at 5pm. Additional Term 2 holiday trading hours 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.
History – how to be an archaeologist
As a part of the Year 7 History syllabus, the students are introduced to the ways in which History is uncovered. From the entertaining journeys of Sherman and Mr Peabody to the methods used by archaeologists to dig up artefacts from the past. What better way to do this than to excavate choc chips from a choc chip cookie! The students replicated the work of an archaeologist from recording the size and shape of their cookie onto a grid and marking the position of every single choc chip, to extracting the “artefacts” with a fine tool (a toothpick) and recording their discoveries. There was much excitement in the classroom as each student embarked on their excavation project, some more patient than others. Some made it quite clear that they just wanted to finish so they could eat the evidence! All in all, the students learned that being an archaeologist requires skill and patience and that choc chip cookies taste way better than dirt!