From the Principal
Mr Justin Beckett
We have received considerable feedback from parents this week about our new Creative Pursuits K-12 model for 2019 – a model that will offer a wider smorgasbord of co-curricular learning opportunities for students. We know that one size doesn’t fit all; that children have different interests and passions that they would hungrily pursue given a wider range of opportunities. I was speaking to some students this week about the possibility of a Trinity mountain biking group next year and their eyes lit up. There is much enthusiasm about the new opportunities that will become available.
That said, we appreciate that a number of parents feel upset and disappointed about the prospect of the Trinity Basketball Club discontinuing and also about the change to our netball and volleyball arrangements. This is completely understandable. The Trinity Basketball Club has been a vibrant part of our College Community, a place for students to grow in confidence, build friendships and develop new skills.
We also recognise that the majority of Trinity students are not involved in the Trinity Basketball Club. Their interests lie elsewhere and they are seeking alternative opportunities for purposeful engagement.
At Trinity, our prime responsibility is to educate your child. It is our core business and we take it very seriously.
We have a few years to give your child a rich, stimulating and diverse set of learning experiences to help them develop the array of skills and capabilities they will need for the future. We have a mandate to help your child develop creativity, critical thinking, empathy, communication skills, physical skills, emotional literacy, social skills and digital literacy, to name a few.
Our children need to learn how their brain works and how to manage their own resources. They need to learn how to conduct themselves online. They should be learning a language and trying to play a musical instrument. They need to learn how to create new ideas on a blank canvas. They need to learn how to synthesise and evaluate information from trustworthy and untrustworthy sources.
Basketball is valuable in a child’s development. Absolutely. But there are local clubs that already provide that. Our strategic intention as a College is to provide the skills and experiences that are not readily available in local clubs.
Further, we think there is great benefit in students being involved in clubs that are outside school. It enables them to have a second network of friends; which is a valuable protective factor for every child.
We are listening to members of our parent body and working with the Albury Basketball Association to support students, staff and families during this time of change. We will be communicating with our families that play basketball for Trinity over the next few days to offer guidance and support.
From the College Chaplain
We try to make room for the practice of mindfulness in RAVE and Chapel. Put simply, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention. We live so much of our lives in a kind of trance, worrying about the future, or trying to untangle the past, that we have little time for the present.
We try to make room for the practice of mindfulness in RAVE and Chapel. Put simply, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention. We live so much of our lives in a kind of trance, worrying about the future, or trying to untangle the past, that we have little time for the present. A great way to break that trance is to pause throughout the day and truly pay attention to something; the sort of attention and fascination that came effortlessly when as a child we followed the glistening path of a snail across a wet garden path.
Jesus really only had one message. He repeatedly taught that the kingdom of God (the underlying spiritual nature of things) is nearer than we imagine. Another way of saying this is that the truth about life does not have to be the goal at the end of a long and arduous quest: it is actually under our noses. How do you find out what is under your nose? By pausing and looking down every once in a while – by learning to pay attention once more, like a small child. I will leave you with the opening lines of a poem called, ‘Mindful’ by Mary Oliver.
I see or I hear
that more or less
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
It is what I was born for-
to look, to listen …
From your College Counsellor
Dr Anthony Perrone
Some of you may be aware that on Friday November 30 TAC will be having a Go Fly A Kite For Cultures Day as part of our Respect At Trinity program. For the past few weeks and leading up to the event, our Senior School student leaders have been going into the Junior School classrooms, Years 2, 3 and 5, and talking to them about respecting all cultures as well as assisting them in making kites, including drawing pictures on their kites representing a cultural or respectful theme.
If you have a child in one of the grades mentioned, please feel free to attend on the day starting at 12.50pm (P4) until the end of the school day, we will be on the large oval. There will be food and music supplied but you will need to bring your own kite!
I have included the following on the benefits of kite flying:
Trinity Anglican College’s Annual Go Fly A Kite for Cultures Day!
In support of TAC’s multiculturalism and in an effort to show respect, recognise and acknowledge those students who are from other cultures, a good way to celebrate as well as to alleviate stressors students may have, is to Go Fly A Kite. The stressors in children’s lives can be due to family, school, peer or other social pressures that may be negatively impacting their mental health.
Following are just some ways kite flying reduces anxiety and stress:
- Flying a kite can be beneficial for stress reduction as increased blood flow and fresh air help keep bodies healthy and mind refreshed.
- Gives your brain a break and provides stress relief when you focus completely on the activity.
- Laughing induces physical changes in our body and brain. Endorphins are released that can calm stress.
- Self-esteem and confidence soar with the kite.
There are many references to the benefits of kite flying and stress reduction; following are excerpts from an article in the March 2009, The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) NewsBulletin (https://www.aana.com/resources2/health-wellness/Documents/nb_milestone_0309.pdf).
‘Surprisingly, kite flying has been shown to be one of the best ways to relieve the pressures of a stressful life. So much so, that the University of Irvine in California Psychology Department offers courses on kite flying to reduce stress’.
‘Overall it is an activity that can provide a huge amount of pleasure, puts your head in a good place, and offers you some exercise. It is also a lesson in keeping a grounded and balanced attitude while dealing with the stressors of everyday life.’
From the Director of Studies
Ms Kym Armstrong
Year 11: HSC Assessment Information
Assessment schedules have been, together with the important policy document ‘Year 12 Assessment Information for Students, 2019.’ 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 so as to maximise their ability to perform effectively in all tasks.
In addition to the above documents, students have also received the NSW Education Standards Authority NESA) publication, 2019 Higher School Certificate: Rules and Procedures. This document is an important one that clearly outlines students’ rights and responsibilities in terms of the HSC. Students have been asked to read this and are very welcome to come to see me with any questions that they might have.
Year 11 HSC Information Evening for Students and Parents: Tuesday 20 November, 2018
Mrs Haymes and I will be hosting an information session for all Year 11 students and their parents from 7pm on Tuesday 20 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.
Year 10 – ‘All My Own Work’ – NSW Education Standards Authority Requirement
In readiness for their entry into Year 11 next year, our Year 10 students are in the process of completing the ‘All My Own Work’ modules on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website. These modules outline the rules and regulations surrounding student submission of prepared works and educate the students in how to avoid assessment malpractice.
Completion of these modules is mandatory for students to be entered into the Year 11 Course with NESA. The modules cover crucial information regarding plagiarism and collusion.
Students have been given some time at school to complete these modules, but some work might need to be completed at home. When complete, students are to hand their ‘All My Own Work – Record’ to me so that I can register their completion against their NESA record.
All students have been emailed the necessary information. Students currently absent from the College can access this information, complete the modules and forward me the required documentation in readiness for Year 11 in 2019.
If you have any queries regarding the issues outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Careers needs your help!
Mr Mark Dicketts, Careers Advisor
In 2019 the College will be expanding its Careers program and as such we are seeking assistance from our Trinity community. We would like to develop a database of people who would be willing to assist in the following areas;
- Offer work experience
- Talk to students (groups or individually) about your career and the pathway you took
- Tips on getting a job in your field of work – e.g. resume’s, job interview techniques, developing contacts etc.
- If you have retrained or altered your career it would be great if you were able to talk about your experiences as to why and how.
If you would be willing to assist in any of these areas, it would be greatly appreciated if you could email me at Mark.Dicketts@trinityac.nsw.edu.au with your contact details, field of work (e.g. health – physiotherapist) and the areas you would be able to assist with. Hopefully we can get a range of careers covered that will benefit our students greatly.
Language Perfect competition
During weeks 3 and 4 this Term, Senior School students had the opportunity to compete in the Murray River Regional Competition using the popular online language resource “Language Perfect”. We are extremely proud of some individual student achievements. Year 10 student Ryan Wandel, achieved the highest score in the region winning the ‘Elite Award’. While Year 7 students, Emily Murphy and Tania Wallace, both achieved a ‘Gold Awards’ coming sixth and seventh overall. Congratulations to all students who competed – merveilleux!
TONIGHT – P&F presents Parent as Coach with Stuart Wesley
Authority is expressed differently in the teen years. Parents should always have authority but without a basis of heart to heart connection, the authority will be expressed in fear, rules and punishment, according to parent coach Stuart Wesley.
Learn more at our Parent as Coach seminars by Stuart Wesley, presented by the Trinity P&F. Two great seminars on 16 and 17 November. Go online to book your $10 tickets at www.trybooking.com/YOEL
From Senior School Sport
Mr Nash Clark, Coordinator of Senior School Sport
Cricket – Rixon Cup (Open)
The Open Trinity cricket team took on St Pauls, Walla Walla, on Friday, 9 November on the College oval. In order to avoid a quick batting collapse and a ticket back to class our boys chose to bowl first. The first 30 overs were spent out in the field, managing to keep St Paul’s lethal batting attack to just 4/160. A few notable performances were Austin O’Neill’s leg spin, which provided the team with all of our wickets, Ryan Wandel’s perfect line and length all day and Mitchell Scott’s two key catches as he athletically roamed around the field.
With Nick Ferguson and Harry Haszard opening the batting, we felt the target of 160 runs was easily within reach. However, after a quick batting collapse at the hands of St Paul’s opening bowlers, we found ourselves five wickets down with about 10 runs on the board. Our last five batters managed to hang in there for a while longer, but all were bowled out with 75 runs. Yet again, Austin O’Neill kept us in the game with a quick 19 runs and James Russell came in and steadied the ship late down the batting order, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Thank you to Mr Attwood for coaching and umpiring on the day and Mr Patralakis for organising our team. – Lachlan Murray (Captain)
Cricket – Milliken Cup (Year 7/8)
On Thursday, 1 November, the College’s Year 7/8 team played in the first round of the Milliken Cup in a 35-over cricket match against Billabong High. The toss was won by captain Blake Elliott who elected to bowl.
The first over was bowled by lefty Ned Satchell and he set the tone for the game. Drew Brndusic backed up Ned’s great over and by the end of their eight-over spell they had taken three wickets for only 37 runs. At drinks, Trinity had Billabong at 5 for 95 which was a good effort from the team. Billabong came out firing after drinks and put on 130 runs in the next 17 overs giving them a total score of 225 which would be a hard total to chase.
Blake Elliott and Ben Ferguson led out Trinity and put on a solid 34 runs before the first wicket fell. However, it began the downfall of the Trinity batting order, until Cruze Hasgall came in, steadying the flow of wickets and putting on a solid 20 runs.
In the end the College fell 65 runs short of the total of 225, being all out for 160. A good effort from both teams and a good day on the College oval which everyone enjoyed. Thank you to Mr Miles for his organisation and umpiring. – Drew Brndusic
Trinity sent a girl’s water polo team to compete at the BISSA water polo competition on Tuesday, 30 October. The girls were very successful, winning all three of their games against Mater Dei and two Xavier teams and being crowned female champions; a first for the College! Some honourable mentions go out to Claudia Ziebarth for supplying an amazing lolly salad, Phoebe Ziebarth for some awesome skills in and out of goals, blood nose and all, and Perri Inskip for her amazing moral support and goal scoring.
We’d also like to thank Scots for letting Will Gould play in their boys’ team. – Faye Cameron
Grace Turner, Year 8, has recently been selected to play in the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in the NSW Under 16 Country team. Grace was selected among the 20 best regional athletes from across NSW and will compete in January against state teams from all over Australia and New Zealand, in Albury. Congratulations, Grace.
From Junior School Sport
Mr Kade Stevens, Coordinator of Junior School Sport
Sydney Thunder Cricket Visit
On Friday, 2 November, the Sydney Thunder bus came to visit us to teach us some cricket skills. The Thunder players set up a huge inflatable castle with targets and we practiced our aim. Everybody enjoyed that activities. The players tested us on our cricket knowledge about the Big Bash league and if you got the answers correct you won a prize. It was a privilege to have the Thunder visit our school and it was great fun!
Last Thursday 8 November, we had 10 Trinity students from Year 4 and 5, attend the RAS Soccer trials at The Scots School Albury. All students did a great job and represented the College extremely well. Congratulations to Finn Pidd, Angus Morgan and Charlie Dalitz for making it through to the final team that was selected. They will have four training sessions that will l lead into the CIS trials in Sydney during April next year.
Infants Swimming Carnival
Last Thursday 8 November, the K-2s participated in their novelty based swimming carnival. The weather on the day was very kind to us. The purpose of this carnival was not only to promote swimming leading into our swimming season, but also to consolidate many of the skills that the K-2s learned during their Learn To Swim week. Well done to all K-2 for participating in great spirit.
The Canteen needs a new home
Now that we have our wonderful new café, we are seeking Expressions of Interest for our old canteen to find a new home. This was originally an old Bonegilla hut and was lovingly restored by our P&F. In its early days here at Trinity it was affectionately called “Jabba the Hut” and has seen thousands of lunches and snacks served up to our students and staff. It has served us well over the years but it is time for it to move on to its next phase of life.
The building is approximately 6m x 12m, has two rooms, benches, cupboards, oven and sink. All enquiries to our Business Manager, Greg Davis on firstname.lastname@example.org