From the Principal
Mr Justin Beckett
Schools are an energetic place. Last Friday it was Ride to School Day. Approximately 220 boys and girls whistling by on two wheels. For some, the event was a breeze. For others, it was a challenge of Herculean proportions.
Today there were other energies at play. The Senior French students were engaged in a Language Immersion Day. We had Year 8 students excavating chocolate chip cookies as an exercise in understanding archaeology!
Although there never seems to be a shortage of youthful energy at Trinity, we know that our energy levels fluctuate throughout the day. And effective learning requires energy and focus. Are your children bringing the right kind of energy to the classroom? Are they able to sustain that energy throughout the school day to learn, to focus their attention, to manage their emotions?
We can increase the energy levels of ourselves and our children by better managing nutrition, exercise, rest and, above all, sleep. Sleep is absolutely vital for the developing child’s brain. A well-slept child will learn better, think more clearly and manage their emotions better. One popular parenting website lists Seven Reasons Your Kid Needs Sleep:
- Sleep promotes growth
- Sleep helps the heart stay healthy
- Sleep affects weight
- Sleep helps your child resist germs and infection
- Sleep reduces the risk of injury
- Sleep increases your child’s attention span
- Sleep boosts learning
If you are wondering how much sleep your child should be getting, here is a guide that may be of some help:
|3-5 years||10 to 13 hours|
|6-13 years||9 to 11 hours|
|14-17 years||8 to 10 hours|
|18-25 years||7 to 9 hours|
Anyway, on that note, I’m off to have a nap.
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From the College Chaplain
Last Sunday at St Matthew’s we had a guest preacher, Fr Rod Bower from Gosford, NSW. Fr Rod is well-known for posting provocative signs on his church notice board and the other week he put up one in response to the Florida school shooting that read: “When will we love our kids more than our guns?”
Apparently, it gained a massive social media response in the USA and people flooded Fr Rod’s office with emails for and against his challenge. He said his secretary spent a whole day hitting “delete”, getting rid of all the hateful gun lobby messages.
The gospel that Sunday was from Luke 9:23 …
Then Jesus said to all the people: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.
Fr Rod pointed out that we had to understand what the “cross” meant in the context of the 1st Century if we were to understand this passage. The cross was the Roman Empire’s punishment for political rebels and troublemakers. Crucifixion was Rome’s response to anyone who challenged its authority. Crucifixion sent a clear warning to any other would-be insurgents.
So when Jesus said: “Take up your cross”, his hearers knew what it meant. It was like saying, “make peace with the worst thing that could happen to you and keep on standing up for what is right”. Jesus was challenging his followers to stand up against the unjust use of power – to take up their crosses and follow him.
This spirit is echoed in the groundswell of resistance among young Americans opposed to the abuse of the 2nd amendment. I pray that their voices will prevail.
From the Deputy Principal
Mr Peter O’Neill
Parent Teacher Interviews: Semester 1
Junior School (held in the Infants Centre): Booking code vxdh4
- Monday 12 March: 3.40-7.30pm
- Tuesday 13 March: 3.40-5.30pm
Senior School (held in the Senior Centre, South Building),
- Year 8 – Thursday 22 March: 3.45-7.30pm (booking code zjqw5)
- Year 9 – Monday 5 March: 3.45-7.30pm (booking code q8gjx)
- Year 10 – Wednesday 7 March: 3.45pm-7.30pm (booking code efq53)
- Year 11 & 12 – Tuesday 15 May: 3.45-7.30pm (booking code j7v3r)
The link for all events can be found on the College website, under “School Interviews“.
Parents are required to notify the College when a student is absent from a scheduled school day. In most cases, where the absence is due to sickness or an appointment, parents will contact the College on the day of the absence. On the return to school, the student will present a note (in the form of a separate written note, a diary entrance or an email) to their classroom teacher (Junior School) or House Mentor (Senior School).
We ask that this process be followed for the day-to-day absence of students for the myriad of reasons that lead to a missed day or two. It is even more helpful if the notification is communicated in advance, if possible.
In the case where an extended absence is required – the definition of extended absence being one week or more – then parents must make application to the Principal for this leave. The College has a Student Leave Application Form, which must be used on these occasions. This leave application should be submitted to the Principal’s PA, Mrs Kathy Offner, at least four weeks prior to the impending absence. Access to this form is via the College website under “Forms and Notes”.
We thank all parents for their cooperation in adhering to the above guidelines.
Student academic competitions are now open and the nomination form is on the College website under “forms and notes”. To enter you need to fill in the nomination form and return the form (without payment) to your child’s Classroom Teacher (Junior School) or House Mentor (Senior School). The entry amounts will be billed directly to parents.
Please check carefully the age group for the competition is appropriate for your child. The nomination form should be returned with the student’s name and year group by Friday 9 March. As these competitions have strict rules associated with closing dates no nominations will be accepted after this date.
From the Director of Studies
Ms Kym Armstrong
Year 10, 11 and 12 assessment tasks
Year 12 mid-course exams
Disability provisions for HSC examinations
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills
Important changes to the HSC Minimum Standard: links to Year 9 NAPLAN dissolved from 2018
Year 10, 11 and 12 assessment tasks
Across all courses in Years 10, 11 and 12, students have received assessment schedules that provide an overview of the assessment tasks in that subject for the year. Students will be receiving notifications about specific assessment tasks that will be falling due over the coming weeks. Students should maintain a dialogue with their teachers and make sure that they are very clear about the requirements of each task.
If a student is unable to submit or sit an assessment task 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 Years 10-12. 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 assessment task.
Year 12 mid-course exams
Our Year 12 students have started the year with vim and vigour as they lead into the important assessment items that form the Mid-Course Exams. The Mid-Course Exams start in Week 7 of this term.
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 from 3.30 to 4.30pm
- Years 11 and 12: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.30-4.30
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 will be 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.
Important changes to the HSC Minimum Standard: links to Year 9 NAPLAN dissolved from 2018
The Minister for Education announced last week that Year 9 NAPLAN tests will no longer be used as an early way for students to demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy needed to receive the HSC from 2020.
The advice from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is that this change has been made to reduce the stress experienced by Year 9 students and to ensure that the diagnostic purposes of NAPLAN are maintained.
Students will show that they meet the HSC minimum standard by passing online tests which are available for them to sit when they are ready in Year 10, 11 or 12 and after the HSC.
Current Year 10 students who achieved a Band 8 or above in one or more of the 2017 Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing or numeracy tests are recognised as having met the HSC minimum standard in that area and will not need to sit the corresponding online tests.
Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.
From the Junior School
Mr Steven Armstrong
I have been fortunate enough to be take part in a number of classes in K-6 over the past month and the inquisitive nature of the students and their willingness to think about some challenging ideas have been enlightening. As educators we need to recognise that even the hard concepts and the difficult situations can be reflected upon by children of all ages. To be asked about the existence of different deities, the reality of our effect on the world as human beings and how time actually started, gives an insight into the depth of thought that can take place at all levels. These are questions that humankind has grappled with and are at the core of our humanity. To be asked these questions by 5 and 6 year old students is such a joy. It reminds us of our own frailty and also of the need to nurture uncertainty and mystery as these are cornerstones for creativity.
Students in Year 5 sent this to me a number of years ago and it is certainly relevant today. They were given the task of creating a recipe for ‘A Perfect World’. A whole class recipe was then created. I think you will all agree that this is one recipe that should be in every cookbook!
A Perfect World
Recipe by a Year 5 class
2 lengths of love 1 spoonful of selflessness
A gallon of grace A pinch of peace
One foot of friendship A melody of music
8 pieces of equality A spoonful of smiles
A pint of patience 3 cups of caring
An inch of inspiration A huge amount of hugs
1kg of kindness 4 heaped tsp of happiness
2 tsp of trust 1/5 of a cup of faith
2 x “Many hands” recycled bowl
“Tender hand” wooden spoon
(Be creative and add your own ingredients for a slightly different flavour)
- Using your ‘tender hand’ combine the love (which should be well sifted to alleviate any hate), selflessness and grace in a large recycled “many hands” bowl. Do not over mix, the right consistency should be light and fluffy.
- Once mixture is light and fluffy, add a pinch of peace. This will turn the mixture a rainbow colour.
- In a separate recycled “many hands” bowl, again using your “tender hand” mix together friendship (caution should be taken when selecting the right friendship so as no bullies make it into the mixture), equality, patience, kindness and caring. Mixture should form a strong bond.
- Combine both mixtures with your “tender hand” into the one recycled “many hands” bowl. You will notice a sweet perfume and that is your indication that the mixtures are combined perfectly.
- To this add your inspiration, trust, smiles, hugs and music. The mixture will start to bubble and create the most beautiful tune you will ever hear.
- Place into a hope tin and put it into a nice quiet place for 30 minutes to begin its special process.
- Use this time to contemplate what you’re going to do with this perfect world.
- After 30 minutes your mixture will have become firm (but fair)
- Sprinkle the faith on top of your perfect world and it is ready to enjoy!
Please note: When you are enjoying your perfect world you may feel some warm and fuzzy feelings. Don’t be alarmed this is perfectly normal!
Year 6 Canberra camp
Year 6 students have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
We have a number of students and a staff member who require access to the disabled parking in the parent car park. Unfortunately over the past two weeks these parking spots have been taken, meaning the student involved had to make their way to the back of the MPH to load in to the car. Please leave these spaces for the students and parents who require that access.
My apologies for the delay but 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.
Clean up Australia
All students and staff took part in this today. It is an important part of our culture to care for the environment and this should only serve as a reminder to the importance of doing this every day.
Just an early reminder that this is a special day on out 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.
From the Maxwell Centre
Mrs Trish Thomas
If your child has dyslexia, you are eligible to join the Vision Australia Library and access their audio books and lots more. To join, follow this link to their website https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/library/join
There are several workshops and speakers coming to our area over the next few months which may be of interest to some parents.
Sue Larkey is in Wagga Wagga on Friday, 16 March, presenting a workshop on ‘Teaching strategies and behaviour support” for children with autism. Head to her website for more details: https://suelarkey.com.au/workshops/
On 1 May at 6.30pm in Wodonga (venue to be confirmed) there will be a Dyscalculia “demonstration” style workshop for parents. Head to the SPELD Victoria website for further information: http://www.speldvic.org.au/upcoming-events/
Dr Lillian Fawcett is running workshops in June – please see the flyer:
From the French department
After school French has started again this year on Wednesdays from 3.15-4.15pm in French room 2.
All senior students are welcome to attend for revision, homework help and extension. Please contact Mme Rupp for more information. Cette semaine on a joué “Qui c’est?” (This week we played Guess Who in French)
Well done to Jeanie Heer and Lois Segun-Beloved who were presented with their DELF (Diplôme Elémentaire de Langue Française/Diploma in French language) certificates at assembly recently. Jeanie (Year 12) obtained a B1 level and Lois Segun-Beloved (Year 10) obtained an A1.
The DELF is an excellent opportunity for French language students to work towards a goal and gain recognition of their language studies. The DELF is especially useful to any student interested in living, studying or working in a French speaking country and is an excellent addition to a CV as it shows hard work and persistence. The DELF are diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates.
It is divided into six diplomas corresponding to the scale of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. They are designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real-life situation, using authentic documents, rather than the linguistic and formal grammatical knowledge. Four skills are evaluated through two examinations: 1. collective examination: listening, reading, writing; and 2: individual examination: speaking. DELF B2 allows foreign students to obtain admission into a French university while a DELF B1-level in speaking and listening is required to apply for French citizenship.
Year 9 2017 French students helped the College win the inaugural Murray River Regional Language Perfect Competition in Term 4 of 2017. The Year 9 class took out the top class award, 12 of our students were in the top 25 with some students coming very close to top student! Trinity won the overall competition with a whopping 126,993 points – 100,000 points more than the second-ranked school!
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 here.
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.
What an experience!
From time to time, we will feature some of the extraordinary things our students do outside their school life. This experience comes from Sidney White, Year 10, who went on exchange to Norway.
Going on an exchange, whether it be a linguistic or cultural experience, is a most incredible and life changing opportunity. You are able to go to school in another country, make amazing friendships that will last a lifetime and learn a whole new language and culture, completely different from your one in Australia.
I went on a three-month cultural exchange, and it has completely changed my life. Staying in the amazing Norway for three months in the middle of winter was something that was so different from life in Australia, but I loved it. You are always having new experiences, making new friends, trying out your language skills and most importantly, experiencing another culture. I was lucky enough to be able to go skiing in the Olympic park in Lillehammer, try some local traditional dishes like reindeer and moose, go on a sled dog ride and even see the northern lights! But some of my greatest memories on my exchange were meeting and making new friends, participating in the Juleshow (Christmas Concert) and spending Christmas and New Years with my family, and learning how another culture celebrates these events. If anyone is thinking of going on exchange, I would say go for it! You won’t regret it. If anyone has any questions regarding foreign exchange, please don’t hesitate to talk to me or anyone in the languages department. Tusen takk!
From the Sport Coordinators
Mr Nash Clark Coordinator Senior School Sport
Mr Kade Stevens Coordinator Junior School Sport
Senior School Swimming Carnival – Mr Nash Clark
Hoffman proudly laid claim to its fourth Senior School Swimming Carnival Championship in a row. Students from all six houses were enthusiastic in representing their House and demonstrating their support from the sideline. Well done to everyone for their effort, especially the following students:
Age Champions and Runner-Up Age Champions
|Girls 14 Years||Girls 15 Years||Girls 16 Years||Open|
|1st||Erin Haydon||Paige Shirley||Mia Haydon||Sarah-Jane Male||Mackensey House|
|2nd||Alice Male||Olivia Dean||Hannah Avage||Blaynee House||April Monte|
|Place||Boys Under 13 Years||Boys 14 Years||Boys 15 Years||Boys 16 Years||Open|
|1st||Lachlan Elgin||Oscar Bradbury||Patrick Duggan||Nicholas Lockhart||Will Elgin|
|2nd||Hogan Locke||George Flanagan||William Pargeter||Joshua Sharp||Blake Spencer|
Lachlan Elgin – Hoffman: Boys 12-13 100 Free 1:08.06
Patrick Duggan – Kimball: Boys 15 100 Free 1:01.86, Boys 15 50 Free 28.19, Boys 15 200 IM 2:37.52, Boys 15 50 Breast 37.93,
Mackensey House – Kelton: Girls 17-19 100 Free 1:02.63, Girls 17-19 50 Free 28.36, Girls 17-19 50 Back 35.71, Girls 17-19 50 Breast 40.06, Girls 17-19 50 Fly 32.08
Mia Haydon – Kimball: Girls 15 50 Breast 41.13
William Elgin – Hoffman: Boys 17-19 200 IM 2:36.45, Boys 17-19 50 Free 26.46, Boys 17-19 50 Back 34.24
Simon Walsh – Kimball: Boys 17-19 50 Breast 38.38
The College will be proudly represented by a very strong, albeit small BISSA Swimming team. Our Senior School College swim team, led by our Captains, Will Elgin and Mackensey House, will come up against some of the strongest swimmers in the Riverina on 8 March and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best!
I would like to extend my thanks to the members and the families of the Wodonga Swim Club and Ovens and Murray Swimming Association for being so hospitable in their support of our carnivals. The WAVES facilities were outstanding, as were their staff.
Junior School Swimming Carnival
This year, Rosborough collected the Junior School swimming shield. Led by their captains, Samuele Vaccaro and Sienna Plested, they were blessed with a very strong team, made up of several age champions and runner ups, they were able to blitz the field in what was a very strong carnival. Well done to all students for their efforts, especially the following:
Age Champions and Runner-Up Age Champions
|Place||Girls 9 Years||Girls 10 Years||Girls 11 Years||Girls 12 Years|
|1st||Edwina Harrington||Becky White||Georgina Carlin-Larsen||Sienna Plested|
|2nd||Alannah Zemaitis||Emily Darmody||Fallon Locke||Bridie Geraghty|
|Place||Boys 9 Years||Boys 10 Years||Boys 11 Years||Boys 12 Years|
|1st||Toby Gould||Archie Kreutzberger||Oscar Kreutzberger||Samuele Vaccaro|
|2nd||Jett Farrelly||Alessandro Vaccaro||Joshua Gould||Max Neave|
The College will be proudly represented by a very strong RAS Swimming team. Our College swim teams will come up against some of the strongest swimmers in the Riverina and Hume Region next week and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best! The Trinity team will be led by our swimming captains: Samuele Vaccaro and Sienna Plested
The Border Independent Primary Sports Association (BIPSA) will now be known as the Riverina Associated Schools – Primary (RAS-P). The name change has come about due to Wagga Wagga Christian College withdrawing from BIPSA. RAS – P is also in line with our Combined Independent Schools (CIS) association.
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 boxe 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!
We thank you for your support in this great program.
Junior School PE and Sport Coordinator
Net Set Go registrations
Net Set Go is program to cater for the development of our Early Years students in K-2, leading up to their inclusion in the College netball program. Students learn the skills of netball through appropriate activities and games, taught through a sequential program and modified netball matches using Net Set Go rules. The program consists of two tiers – ‘Net’ and ‘Set’. The recommended ages for the Net tier are children in Kinder and Year 1, with the Set tier catering for Year 2 students.
The ‘Net’ program for Kinders and Year 1 students will run in Term 2, after school.
The Set program for Year 2 students will run in Term 3, after school.
If you would like your child to participate in either Net Set program, please contact Mrs. Kathy Walsh via email Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, 16 March.
From around the College
Medical information for parents
An important email about Whooping Cough was sent to parents’ emails recently. If you missed it, please read it now.
From the Canteen
In the Junior School students must place a lunch order to purchase lunch. It is extremely helpful if this order is submitted via the class lunch basket and written on a standard brown paper bag. Plastic bags, envelopes, reused bags are all unsuitable for lunch orders.
Kindergarten students love to use the Canteen – it can be very exciting! It is a much better experience for them if we are able to take time to assist them choosing, counting money etc. For this reason, it is advisable to order or give spending money earlier in the week, preferably Monday or Tuesday. The queues are very long Wednesday-Friday and we have less time to help little people with their transactions.
Roster Term 1 Week 6B
Monday 5 March
Monday 12 March Vanessa Matthews
Competition time! Be a History nerd
Question: Who invented King Arthur’s round table? Answer: Sir Cumference of course!
The Australian History Competition will be offered at Trinity Anglican College in 2018.
This competition is nationwide for all students in Years 8 and 10, all lovers of History, those who have a very good general knowledge of the world and those who love reading! That is a lot of Trinity students!
All interested students are to email Mrs Millan on or before Monday, 12 March at email@example.com or come to my office and add your name to the list. Registrations close on 31 March and the competition will run on Wednesday, 23 May. In order to prepare yourself to be the Australian History Champion, there are practice questions and quizzes on the History Teacher’s Association webpage at: http://www.htansw.asn.au/australian-history-competition
I encourage all Years 8 and 10 students to be a part of this. It is a great way to learn about the history of the world, how this crazy world operates and how you fit into the big picture. There are all sorts of fantastic prizes included as extra incentive! I challenge you to ”Be a History Nerd”. Mrs Millan
Sandpit cooking donations
To extend children’s play in the sandpit, we are looking for donations of old cooking equipment that would be suitable for sandpit play. Items such as pots and pans, cooking trays, frying pans, colanders, plastic jugs, cups and funnels, cooking utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas that are ideal for sandpit play. If you have been meaning to clean out the kitchen cupboards, we would be more than happy to accept all donations, big or small. Donations they can be left for Mrs McAinsh at the Infants Centre office.
Trinity Book Club
This year, we are offering students from Years 7-12 an opportunity to be a part of the first student Book Club here at Trinity. In conjunction with Dymocks of Albury, there will be opportunities to share what you are reading, read a book together and generally share your love of reading with like-minded book worms! There also will be numerous opportunities to write a book review that will appear on the Dymocks Facebook page as well as our College newsletter. There will be monthly prizes and book vouchers to give away too!
Ask a friend to join you and email Mrs Haymes at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 5 March, Week 6 … next week!
One last call for any old, unwanted or too small uniform items or textbooks for donation to Rotary’s international effort which provides school uniforms to foreign students who cannot afford them.
They will be bundled up and sent to Melbourne to Rotary’s central location before being distributed to needy communities overseas.
Clean Up Australia Day
Trinity students are invited to join others from the College to take part in the Clean Up Australia Day effort this Sunday from 10-11.30am.
Meet at the Thurgoona Plaza, and from there, groups will branch out to clean the area around the carpark and across the road into the carparks. Please bring a hat, garden gloves and a drink bottle.