Newsletter

18 October 2019

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

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It’s a time of new beginnings.

Today we were honoured to have an assembly of special guests from across Australia for our Ground-breaking Ceremony for the site of the new Junior School that will commence construction next year.

We will be building a brand new 4-stream Junior School from Kinder to Year 6 to open in 2022.

The theme of the new Junior School will be joy and play. Students from Kinder to Year 6 will enjoy fresh learning spaces that inspire creativity and imaginative play and that open out into nature play spaces. It will be a place where young people can spread their wings and learn to fly.

Our special guests included Justin Clancy, the Member for Albury, Kevin Mack, the Albury Mayor, the Right Reverend John Parkes OAM, Mrs Barbara Godwin (Chair of the Anglican Schools Commission), Reverend Peter Laurence OAM (CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission), esteemed members of the Board of the Anglican Schools Commission and Auntie Edna, a Wiradjuri Elder.

It is the beginning of an exciting new adventure.

Yesterday was the beginning of our Year 12 students commencing their HSC exams. We are so proud of our Graduating Class of 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Year 12 students during these final weeks.

     

From the Head of Junior School 

Mr Steven Armstrong

Who is your inspiration?
For the calendar
Athlete’s Foot donation

 

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Who or what inspires you. This was a question from a Year 5 student who was discussing leadership with me at the end of last term.  We all know people who are inspiring, but just how does one inspire others. There are many ways we can inspire others to achieve, perform and excel whether they are our children, our relations, our friends, our students or ourselves. I was inspired to look deeper into this question.

A summary of these readings are as follows:

Be a good example as people watch what you do more than they listen to what you say.

Care about others. People do not care about how much you know until they know how much you care.

Encourage. It takes courage to encourage when times look tough.

Look for your own inspiration in other people, different ideas and new environments.

Be vulnerable. Share your experiences honestly with others and yourself! Tell stories because ‘facts tell us and stories sell us’. Laugh and share your joy.

Communicate openly and effectively (easy to write but sometimes difficult to enact). Challenge people and challenge yourself. Practice “carefrontation” every day.

Read! Not all readers lead but all leaders read. Share your reading. Share your own experiences.

For the calendar

K-2 Swimming: The program switches to Year 2 (already started) and Year 1 (starting next week). The students will enjoy the challenge and we look forward to their further involvement as part of the K-2 Swimming Carnival on Thursday 14 November in Week 5.

Ride to School Day: Friday 25 October. This is a special day (as long as the Maggies sleep in) and we look forward to finishing a busy week with the breakfast at the College to support the Relay for Life.

Year 3 Camp: this concludes today after an exciting couple of days experiencing the outdoor and each other.

Stationery and Texts 2020: The staff will be looking at the texts and stationery that would be most beneficial for student learning. Many parents are aware that the use of specific texts is related to online applications. These are listed as Texts. We will be including a Bible as part of the RAVE and class programs for 2020.

Athlete’s Foot donation

A huge thank you to Athlete’s Foot which has just donated a cheque to our College for $1585.

This is because we are part of their “School Rewards Program”. Every time you purchase any pair of shoes from the Athlete’s Foot, $5 is donated back to our school.  This year this cheque will be used to purchase reading resources for our Junior School. Don’t forget to mention you are from Trinity when you shop at Athlete’s Foot.

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From the Dean of Teaching and Learning

Mrs Adele Guy

Term 4 in the Senior School

I send a warm welcome back after the September holiday break. I hope your family had some time to relax and refresh. We have a fast and busy term. I take this opportunity to remind parents of the following important events:

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  • Year 11 reports: to be issued early in Week 3
  • Year 11 Parent-Teacher interviews on Tuesday, 29 October, in Week 3, commencing at 3.45pm.
  • Year 9-10 Exams in Week 4
  • Year 9 Camp in Week 5
  • HSC Information Evening for Year 11 students and their parents: Tuesday 19 November.
  • Year 7-10 reports will be sent home at the end of Term 4.
  • Senior School Speech Day and Annual Prize-giving (12.30-2.30pm) on Wednesday 11 December.

Parents of our new Year 12 (2020) have been sent an email that includes a link to a letter focusing on Year 12 information and welcoming them to the Year 12 Journey. I know that parents have a great many questions about the HSC year and so I encourage them to attend the HSC Information evening led by Ms Kym Armstrong.

Over the holiday break, our learning management system, SEQTA, had an upgrade and now has a slightly different interface. You will find this easy to navigate, however, if parents or students have any questions, please contact Mr Mark Edlin, our ICT Manager, on mark.edlin@trinityac.nsw.edu.au. Please note that the new HSC courses are now available on SEQTA. Assessment notifications for these new courses will appear in the next few weeks.

Our 2019 Year 12 students commenced their HSC Examinations yesterday. These exams can be daunting but students have been working hard. It was commendable and pleasing to see so many of our Year 12 cohort attending HSC workshops in the school holidays and I thank our team of dedicated teachers, who have offered ongoing support and direction. The HSC Examinations are being held in the Year 6 Pod classrooms. If you visit the school, you will find an area around the classrooms cordoned off, so that students have no disruption across these important examinations.

The current 2019 HSC study space for students is now in the library. This will remain in place across the month of HSC Examinations. Teachers will remain available to work with students in the lead up to the various exams and we encourage them to contact teachers if they require any additional assistance with their studies.

We welcome our Year 6 students, who have moved into the Senior Centre South Building for the duration of our HSC Examinations. This is upstairs in the South Block and provides our Year 6 students with a positive experience of the Senior School as part of their transition experience.

Lastly, as I said to students at Assembly recently, learning to apply effort to any venture in life is an extremely important skill and one which can reap benefits in their future lives. Throughout the remainder of this term, I will be visiting classrooms to see the effort being applied. I will be asking students two questions: What are you doing? And why are you doing this?

I am keen to talk with students and to hear their answers, as their responses indicate focus, purpose and finding meaning in learning.

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From the Dean of Student and Staff Wellbeing

Mr Jon Field

Welcome
Upcoming events
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Welcome to Term 4. The students have hit the ground running and it is good to see so many students well and truly back into good healthy learning habits.

Upcoming events

Relay For Life

The big focus for Year 11 over the next two weeks is to finalise fundraising for, and then to participate in, Relay for Life which is taking place on 26 October.

Please support our Students by participating in the Trivia evening on 25 October at 7pm. Book a table of up to 10 people.  Money will be collected at the door.  This promises to be a fun night. RSVP by Wednesday 23 October jon.field@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Girl’s cricket opportunity.

New City Cricket Club has presented a great opportunity to us.  The U16 girl’s league has been given the green light and the club is making an open offer to all our students of any skill level to join them for practices on Monday afternoons with a view to playing games in the league on a Wednesday.

Work ConnectED

A group of Year 10 to Year 12 students will be attending Work ConnectED, which is Albury/Wodonga’s hands-on careers event, highlighting the jobs and careers students can access right here on the Border. Wodonga TAFE and TAFE NSW have worked together to bring industry to the forefront of the career conversation through this event in a fun and informative way.

Sports Shooting

Our first Senior School sports shooting day is happening on 25 October. Thanks to Arwen Porter who has been instrumental in organising this event.

Year 7 Vaccinations

The next round of Year 7 vaccinations occur on 29 October.  This is an opportunity to catch up on any that have been missed.

Year 11 Bible and Tie ceremony

Year 11 will be receiving their Bibles and Year 12 ties during this academic assembly. Any parents who wish to attend are more than welcome to do so.

Uniform

It worth noting that the vast majority of students wear their uniform well and show pride in being part of the College community.

Please be reminded that the Blazer remains the outer garment in the cooler mornings that we are experiencing at the moment.

Hats must be worn at all times when outside and the “bucket” hat with the coloured inner brim should only be worn with sports uniform. Hats should not have any visible writing on them.  Names should be inside the hat.

Chewing gum is not allowed at the College.

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From the Head of Academic Administration

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:  Tuesday 19 November, 2019
Semester 2 Exams

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Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study

Our Year 11 students are being very deliberate as they consider and re-shape their HSC pattern of study.

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 blue change of subject 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
  • House Mentor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Head of Academic Administration

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.

Subject changes take effect from the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, although students will still attend the lessons of all subjects that fall within the timetable.  Once students have submitted the relevant paperwork, they will be able to sit at the back of the classroom of the subject that they have dropped and engage in private study.  Once our HSC exams have been completed, a study space will be allocated for study periods.

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, 2020’.  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.  I wish them all of the best as they embark upon this latest stage of their educational journey.

Year 11 HSC Information Evening for Students and Parents:  Tuesday 19 November, 2019

I will be hosting an information session for all Year 11 students and their parents from 6pm on Tuesday 19 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 4 of this term.  Examination timetables will be distributed to students early in Week 2.

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From the Careers office

Welcome back for term 4!

Topics this week in the Careers newsletter  include:

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  • Dates for your diary
  • Updates from Victoria University (Year 11 VU Guaranteed and new Speech Pathology course)
  • University of Melbourne, Werribee Open Day (Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Food Science)
  • New Bachelor of Property Valuation at TAFE NSW, Albury
  • Focus article on VET pathways (traineeships, apprenticeships, TAFE etc.)
  • Free TAFE for priority courses – Victoria
  • Winner of the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
  • Endota Wellness Centre Open Day (Beauty Therapy, Remedial Massage)
  • Soar Aviation Open Day
  • Flight Centre Academy Open Day
  • Overseas volunteering opportunities for Year 10 and 11 students through Projects Abroad

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From the Languages Department

Jan Suchomel

 Education Perfect Languages Championship 2019

Trinity participated in the Education Perfect Languages Championship from 27 August to 3 September. The championship was a seven-day online event, celebrating learning and achievement in languages. With approximately 150,000 participants, this was an excellent opportunity to inspire our students’ language learning while they competed on a global scale.

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Overall, our school was ranked 52 out of 330 schools in NSW and was ranked 16 for French out of 259 schools. Our students earned nearly 48,000 points, answering more than 100,000 questions, winning 23 awards. Congratulations to everyone who participated and to these award winners:

Credit award, for earning more than 500 points: Lachlan Marks, Alicia Auwardt, Lily Bowler, Gabrielle Brndusic, Isabella Melton, Georgia Pidgon, Utam Sapkota, Tania Wallace, Joshua Davidovic, Jasmine Simpson.

Bronze award, more than 1000 points: Marissa Bolonis, Antoinette Cameron, Peter Pasko, Isabella Reid, Clarisse Summerfield, Jessica Wicks, Jenna Field, Natasha Kronenberg.

Silver award, for more than 2000 points: Connor Schmidt, Tara Swann, Danielle Marks.

Emerald award, more than 5000 points: Tahlia O’Sullivan, Sam Beckett.

The French DELF exams at Trinity

Our school will be the place where Alliance Française, which is a French language school, will have their 2019 exams on Saturday 16 November at 9am. It is a unique opportunity for our students in Years 8 to 12. Exams are at various levels based on the lesson levels taught in classes. The DELF diploma is issued by the French Ministry of Education. The diploma is internationally recognised and valid for life. This is perfect timing for our students to sit the exam. Students are encouraged to talk to their teachers about which is the most appropriate level for them.

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Nude Food next week…and every week

Nude Food Week at Trinity starts on Monday. Parents and students are challenged to become part of the solution to one of the world’s big environmental issues – use of single use plastics. Read what some our Nude Food Champions say about packing lunches.

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Single use plastics end up in landfill, by the side of the road or floating in our rivers and oceans. During Nude Food week, we encourage you to pack a lunch for your child that does not include any throw-away rubbish. You can achieve this by wrapping food in a beeswax wrap, use a reusable container or lunchbox with compartments. Instead of buying individually wrapped food, buy big packets and use containers. See the photo for lunchbox tips. Let’s all do our bit!!

Alannah – I used to make my Mum and Dad pack my lunch. I was almost nude food except for my recess but this year I said, ‘I can pack my lunch from now on’, I always make sure it’s nude food.

Kayla – This year my mum actually said that I needed to start packing my own lunch. Ever since we have been learning about nude food this year, I make sure I pack my food in reusable containers instead of keeping my bars and things in the plastic packaging.

Max – I started not knowing what nude food was and then when I learnt about how to be nude food I begged my mum to buy containers and now I’m nude food every single day.

Rupert – I became a nude food champion by packing my own lunchbox.

Saoirse – Basically before Year 3 only my sandwich was nude food because I had a sandwich box. When I got into Year 3 and Mrs Boyd told me about nude food I talked to my mum and taught her what nude food was all about. So she bought me some lunchboxes that have different compartments. My mum helps me to be nude food.

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Supporting Your Child’s Numeracy Development at Home

Lauren Naldrett, Mathematics Coordinator K-6

Parent Information Session with Mathematics Education Consultant Anita Chin

The Junior School teaching staff is looking forward to working with Mathematics Education Consultant Anita Chin in Term 4. A leading expert in Australian primary mathematics education, Anita works with primary schools across Australia to transform teachers into confident, inspired mathematics educators.

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She has trained and inspired thousands of primary mathematics teachers in both Australia and in the USA, and tutored at the University of Sydney where she was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award.

Anita’s Master’s research focused on the use of concrete materials to support student understanding. In 2011, Anita acted as a contributing consultant to the NSW Mathematics K-10 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum.

We are delighted to announce that Anita will run a Parent Workshop in the Senior Centre at Trinity Anglican College on Wednesday 6 November. This will be for parents of Junior School students only. In this workshop, Anita will demonstrate key mathematical language and concepts, and show parents practical, fun ways to support their children’s mathematical understanding at home.

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From the Library

Free shipping for pre-orders of My Grandma is 100 close on Friday 25 October.

This hard-covered children’s book was written by Albury author Aimee Chan and many Trinity students were lucky to meet the author and have a sneak peek. Orders received before 25 October will be signed and delivered to school.

Craft Club student helpers wanted

The Junior School Craft Club is seeking the assistance of Senior School students in Years 9, 10 and 11 to assist with their weekly sessions, Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm.

This is a co-curricular activity would be ideally suited to Senior School students considering a career in early childhood or primary education, as well as those with a love of art, design and craft. The Senior School helpers would be working with Junior School teachers Mrs Wheeler and Mrs Price to run craft activities for students in Kinder and Year 1 commencing Term 4 Week 2, Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm. Any Senior School students (9-11) interested in becoming a Craft Club Helper need to email or speak directly to Mrs Culligan to find out more details.

Year 10 Market Day

Year 10 Commerce students raised $2339 for their chosen charities at the two market days they ran last term. As part of learning how to run a small business through their Commerce course, students took part in a program based on the $20 Boss Program.  Students were given $20 each to fund start up costs and then they needed to pay the $20 back with $1 interest with all money going to a charity of their choice. Students had to write a business plan which included  finances, human resources, marketing and operations and logistics and of course execute ‘Market Day’. They were very enterprising, and had baked goods, lollies, drinks and sausage rolls for sale during lunch time and ran a car wash session.

P&F news

P&F AGM: The P&F Annual General Meeting will be on 22 October 2019 at 7pm in the Trade Skills Centre.

OOSH

Vacation Care

Our first vacation care program was a great success with children and parents giving us fantastic feedback. We had up to 48 children per day and even a parent volunteer who joined in on our adventure day at Great Aussie Resort where the children went rock climbing and canoeing.

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We spent endless hours in the bushland next door, building our very own bush community, it even had a trading shop where Zye and Willis started trading sticks and other natural items to other children to build their cubbies. My favourite activities have to be our mountain bike riding around the CSU track (minus the magpies swooping) and watching children gold panning, metal detecting and fishing for yabbies’ for the first time.

We are currently planning our Summer program, if you have any suggestions for activities, excursions or incursions, please let us know on trinityoosh@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

Before School Care

A number of families have enquired about a before school care program at Trinity OOSH. An online survey is now available for all families with children in kinder to grade six to complete to gauge the level of interests in such a program. You can access the survey here . Please encourage all primary school families you know to complete the survey, it needs to be supported by the school community to make it a reality.

Important OOSH Dates

Monday 25 November – Summer Vacation Care Bookings Open

Wednesday 11 December – Last Day of Term Four

Thursday 12 December – Trinity OOSH Vacation Care Starts

Friday 13 December – AlburyCity OOSH Services Closed for Annual Professional Development Day

Monday 16 – 20 December – Trinity OOSH vacation Care Program

Monday 23 December 2019 – Monday 6 January 2020 – AlburyCity OOSH Services Closed

Tuesday 7 January 2020 – First Day of Summer Vacation Care Program

2020 After School Care Bookings

Don’t forget to submit your 2020 After School Care booking. Reminder, bookings need to be completed via your My Family Lounge (MFL) account (please note, this cannot be completed via the app).

If you are considering enrolling into trinity OOSH for 2020, please drop in and take a tour.

If you would like more information on any of our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 6043 8540 or email trinityoosh@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

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Senior School Sport

Mr Andrew Leary, Head of Senior School Sport

2020 Carnivals and Advisory Board
Term 4 sporting events

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Preparations for the 2020 Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics carnivals are well under way.

The 2020 dates are:

  • Swimming: February 13 and 14
  • Athletics: March 16 and 17
  • Cross Country: to be advised

Please let me know if there is a clash with State or National events.

We are looking at establishing an advisory board for Senior Sports. If you have experience with swimming, athletics, cross country or any other sport and are interested in having an input into Senior Sports, please send me an email at andrew.leary@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Please outline your experience and/or qualifications. Medical professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, chiropractors etc) are encouraged to join us.

Results for the recent CIS Athletics Carnival can be seen at https://www.cis.nsw.edu.au/athletics-past-results-/

Top five finishers

  • Penny McEachern (3rd in High Jump)
  • Lara Burdett (3rd in Long Jump, 7th in Triple Jump and 11th in High Jump)
  • Charlotte Streat (4th in Discuss Throw, 6th in Shot Put and 6th in Javelin Throw)
  • Reuben Sarkis (3rd in 100m Run, 4th in 200m Run and 5th in Discuss Throw)

Term 4 Sporting Events
We have a number of sporting opportunities coming up this term:

  • Cricket Year 7/8 and Year 9/10/11 (see Jacob and Vashti if interested)
  • Water polo Year 7-11 (see Jacob and Vashti if interested)

Students are reminded to check their emails and the daily notices for dates of selection trials.

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Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport

Racquetball
Infants Swimming Carnival

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Racquetball

Congratulations to Connor Haberecht who was recently crowned the 2019 Australian Open Racquetball Junior Champion at his competition last weekend. Connor was also announced the ‘Most Outstanding Junior’ based not only on his performance, but also his sportsmanship. This is a phenomenal achievement. Congratulations Connor.

Then, on Wednesday this week, Connor, Noah Misic and Charlie Dalitz represented Trinity at the regional racquetball finals. The boys came second overall and still have a chance of getting a wildcard entry in next Friday’s State Final to be held in Melbourne. Conner was the only undefeated player on the entire day. Well done boys.

Infants Swimming Carnival

The Infants Swimming Carnival will be held at the Albury Swimming Centre on Thursday 14 November. A detailed program will be sent out closer to the event.

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