Newsletter

21 February 2020
From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

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Trinity has more than 40 different co-curricular activities across five different interest Domains.

Being a low-fee school that offers a smorgasbord of activities is one of the many things about Trinity that sets us apart from all our competitors.

We have always placed a high emphasis on co-curricular because our aim is to cater to the whole student. We believe a rigorous academic program complemented by a strong co-curricular offering is the perfect recipe for producing strong, confident teens who are engaged in their learning.

I recently spoke to a journalist from Prime7 for a news segment about the value of co-curricular in a student’s life. The story was about a report on the cost to parents of co-curricular activities for their children. It revealed that many families spent thousands of dollars on these activities and that parents were generally happy to foot the bill because of the benefits to their children.

From an educator’s perspective, I fully support that viewpoint. Students who engage in co-curricular activities are better time managers, enjoy cross year level friendships, learn new skills in an area of interest and have greater confidence.

Research has shown that students perform better in the classroom when they are involved in co-curricular activities because they are more engaged.

The beauty about a Trinity education is that many of our co-curricular activities are offered free or at a very low fee.

And our students are spoiled for choice. They can select activities from five domains: Health and Wellbeing, Creativity and Enrichment, Environment and Sustainability, Technology, and Performing Arts. Some run all year, like Basketball, and others run to a specific program culminating in an event, like the Solar Car Challenge in October or our College Musical.

Our students had a bit of fun starring in a video to promote the co-curricular program and it’s sure to bring a wry smile to your face. As Arthur entreats at the end: There’s something for everyone at Trinity!

Co-curricular Video

From the Head of Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Year 6 Canberra Camp
Disabled Parking
School Times
Parent Induction
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Dates for the Calendar

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I have been fortunate enough to be able to teach all 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.

Year 6 Canberra Camp

Year 6 Trinity 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.

Disabled Parking

We have a number of students 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.

School Times

It is important for parents to be aware that school is open from 8.15am each morning. We do not have staff on duty until that time. Please, for the safety of your children, do not drop before that time.

Parent Induction

I envisage running catch up sessions when possible. Please contact Cathy Katsoolis to organise a time.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

These are programmed to take place in Week 7 on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Many parents approach these afternoons with a little trepidation but it is important to focus on the aspects of learning that are at the core of every school. The categories that should be discussed are

  • Academic: students and parents should be aware of what students are learning, how they are performing and areas of strength or challenge.
  • Social: learning in community is about social awareness and resilience.
  • Management: the organisational aspects of learning, being prepared and proactive.

Dates for the Calendar

Parent Teacher Meetings: Monday 9 March and Tuesday 10 March.

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival: Tuesday 17 March.

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From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 10, 11 and 12 Assessment Tasks
Disability Provisions for HSC Examinations

 

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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.  We are reaching that part of the term when 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 Head of Academic Administration, Ms Kym Armstrong, or the Dean of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Adele Guy, when it is identified that a student will miss an assessment task.

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.

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From the Maths department

From Kathy Fletcher, Head of Mathematics

Parents often ask how they can best support their children in Mathematics. This is particularly common for parents who, themselves, have not had the most positive experience in Maths at school. The teachers in the Maths Department at Trinity would like to help; we know that the best learning occurs when students, parents and teachers all work together. Over the next few editions of the newsletter we will provide you with some suggestions and strategies for supporting your child in Maths (that do not result in an argument or you revisiting the old school textbook).

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To start us off, here is some information to help your child make a positive start to the school year, including bring the correct equipment, using SEQTA and what to do if they are away for a lesson.

Equipment

Students need to bring the necessary equipment to class every lesson; this includes their work book, textbook, calculator, pencil case with pens and pencils and a ruler. We have found that it helps to keep this ‘Math Kit’ together in a zipper binder. Being organised and prepared can make a big difference in Maths!

Students use their laptops in many lessons as we utilise online resources as part of our teaching and learning program, for example Mathletics, Desmos and Geogebra. Part of being organised and prepared is ensuring that laptops are charged every night so students can access all the learning resources when required. All students have a Mathletics account; we use this resource for home learning tasks but is a great resource for additional revision of concepts or for those wanting that something extra to do at home.

SEQTA

Our online learning platform at Trinity is called SEQTA. Teachers provide the learning goal for every lesson on SEQTA as well as any home learning tasks that have been set. They may also include links to resources used when possible. All students and parents have access to SEQTA. If students are absent from class, here are the steps they should take to ensure they are keeping up to date with the learning:

  • Check SEQTA to see what was covered in the lesson and if there were any resources made available. There is no need to email your teacher to find out what was missed.
  • Check with a friend or study partner who is in the same class if there is work that needs to be completed. Photocopy their book or copy their notes. Asking them to explain the concepts can also be helpful.
  • Check in with your teacher during the next lesson if you need more help.

Textbooks

Students do not need to take their textbook home every night (it can get quite heavy in their bag). They might like to keep it in their locker overnight. Students can access the online textbook by registering the number on the inside cover of the new textbook book. If you purchased a second hand copy of the textbook you can purchase a reactivation code for $19.95. Follow the links:

Year 7 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-7-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Year 8 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-8-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Year 9-5.2/3 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-9-51-52-53-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Year 9-5.1/2 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-9-51-52-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Year 10-5.2/3 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-10-51-52-53-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Year 10-5.1/2 – https://www.cambridge.edu.au/education/titles/CambridgeMATHS-NSW-Year-10-51-52-Second-Edition-Reactivation-Code/

Assessments and absences

There will be 4-5 formal assessment tasks throughout this year (depending on the year group). Students will receive a notification, via SEQTA, of the task two weeks prior to the date of the task. This notification will contain details of the type of task, the date and the skills that will be assessed. Sometimes students are absent for formal assessment tasks. There are usually two scenarios:

  • If you know that your child will be absent for this task, please make contact with your child’s teacher so we can make alternate arrangements.
  • If your child is sick the day of the task they will complete the task in the next suitable lesson.

Parent Teacher interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 7 will be held on Tuesday 24 March (Week 9); information and booking details will be released in the newsletter closer to the date. I encourage you to take this opportunity to meet your child’s Maths teacher.

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2021 scholarships are now open

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available at Trinity Anglican College in 2021

Academic

Citizenship and Service

Performing Arts

Sporting

Click here for more information.

Get your tickets for Mary Poppins 

Trinity Anglican College proudly presents its production of Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical.

Friday, 22 May at 7pm
Saturday 23 May at 1pm and 7pm
Albury Entertainment Centre

Adults $29
Child/Concession $19
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $90

Book now: www.alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au

Knitting and Embroidery

Students interested in knitting, crocheting or embroidery can create mini masterpieces to donate to charity when they join the knitting/crochet and embroidery club as part of our co-curricular offering. No experience is necessary. It is a fun informal group where students create articles, such as rugs, beanies and gift cards. It is on Thursday afternoons, 3.15-4.30pm and starts next Thursday in the South Building. If you are interested please email me or simply turn up next week. Some wool and needles are provided but a small cost may be required depending on how many students attend. Afternoon tea is often provided. Donations of wool or cotton or needles are always welcome and greatly appreciated. If you have any to donate, please hand it in to the Front Office.

From the Head of Senior School Sport 

Mr Andrew Leary

Senior School Swimming Carnival – Monday 17 February at WAVES Wodonga

Kimball House won the Senior School Swimming Carnival for the second time in two years. It was noticeable that participation rates for Kimball were very high. Continue reading for our winners and to see our Picture Gallery.

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Age Champions and Runner-Up Age Champions

Girls: Place Under 13 Years Under 14 Years Under 15 Years Under 16 Years Open
1st Georgina Carlin Larsen Sienna Plested & Amy Field Erin Hayden Paige Shirley Mia Haydon
2nd Fallon Locke Annisa Duggan Brianna McGregor Sarah-Jane Male
Boys: Place Under 13 Years Under 14 Years Under 15 Years Under 16 Years Open
1st Oscar Kreutzberger Carl Lyons Lachlan Elgin Riley King & Benjamin Sampson William Elgin
2nd Henry Duggan &
Joshua Gould
Samuele Vaccaro Hogan Locke Patrick Duggan
Place House
1st Kimball
2nd Kelton
3rd Hoffman
4th Rosborough
5th Lankaster
6th Petts

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From the Head of Junior School Sport 

Mr Kade Stevens

This year, Rosborough, once again, collected the Junior School swimming shield. Led by their captains, Ebony McGee and Banjo Flower, they were blessed with a very strong team, made up of several age champions and runner ups, enabling them to blitz the field in what was a very strong carnival. Well done to all students for their efforts, especially the following:

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2020 Age Champions / Runner Ups

Girls 9/U 10 Years 11 Years 12/13 Years
Age Champion Mia Shirley Eva Vaccaro Izabella Barber Grace Adams
Runner Up Charlize Leslie / Dorothy Pasko Winnie Monaghan Alannah Zemaitis / Georgia Wilson Becky White
Boys 9/U 10 Years 11 Years 12/13 Years
Age Champion Hugo Menz Lewis Kreutzberger Toby Gould Archie Kreutzberger
Runner Up Cooper Scott Darcy Conway Thomas Wells Alessandro Vaccaro

2020 Junior School Overall House Champion

Place House Points
1st Rosborough 1827
2nd Hoffman 1376
3rd Kelton 1362
4th Kimball 1263
5th Lankaster 1106
6th Petts 857

The College will be proudly represented by a very strong RAS swimming team, coming up against some of the strongest swimmers in the Riverina and Hume Region on Wednesday 4 March. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best!

2020 Trinity RAS Team and Events

Event GIRLS BOYS
100m Freestyle OPEN AGE

–          Grace Adams

–          Becky White

OPEN AGE

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

50m Freestyle 12/13 Years

–          Grace Adams

–          Becky White

12/13 Years

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

11 Years

–          Izabella Barber

–          Alannah Zemaitis

11 Years

–          Toby Gould

–          Thomas Wells

10 Years

–          Winnie Monaghan

–          Eva Vaccaro

10 Years

–          Levi Corrigan

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

9/U

–          Ivy Carpenter

–          Mia Shirley

9/U

–          Hugo Menz

–          Cooper Scott

50m Backstroke 12-13 Years

–          Grace Adams

–          Emily Darmody

12-13 Years

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

11 Years

–          Izabella Barber

–          Eliza Kelly

11 Years

–          Toby Gould

–          Thomas Stefaniak

10&U

–          Winnie Monaghan

–          Eva Vaccaro

10&U

–          Levi Corrigan

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

50m Breaststroke 12-13 Years

–          Grace Adams

–          Becky White

12-13 Years

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

11 Years

–          Georgia Wilson

–          Alannah Zemaitis

11 Years

–          Toby Gould

–          Thomas Wells

10&U

–          Katharina Gillis

–          Eva Vaccaro

10&U

–          Darcy Conway

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

50m Butterfly 12-13 Years

–          Grace Adams

–          Becky White

12-13 Years

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

11 Years

–          Izabella Barber

–          Georgia Wilson

11 Years

–          Toby Gould

–          Christian Plathe

10&U

–          Winnie Monaghan

–          Eva Vaccaro

10&U

–          Darcy Conway

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

Individual Medley Senior

–          Grace Adams

Senior

–          Archie Kreutzberger

Junior

–          Ava Vaccaro

Junior

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

Relay Senior

–          Grace Adams

–          Becky White

–          Izabella Barber

–          Alannah Zemaitis

Senior

–          Archie Kreutzberger

–          Alessandro Vaccaro

–          Toby Gould

–          Thomas Wells

Junior

–          Winnie Monaghan

–          Eva Vaccaro

–          Ivy Carpenter

–          Mia Shirley

Junior

–          Levi Corrigan

–          Lewis Kreutzberger

–          Hugo Menz

–          Cooper Scott

 

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