Newsletter

21 September 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

Being a parent is both a gift and a profound responsibility.

For me, the gift often presents itself at the most unsuspecting times. I sometimes discover that the greatest highlight of my day was actually a very simple moment I shared with one of my children. Maybe jumping on the trampoline with my youngest. Or playing Lego with my 10 year old – even if he takes all the best pieces.

But equally, some of my worst moments are when I feel like I’m parenting badly; missing the mark somehow.

It is hard to be a good parent. Our children need different things on different days and in different seasons. An approach that worked beautifully one day can fall terribly short the next. Our children are changing rapidly and, as invested parents, sometimes we need to be able to pivot. To modify our approach. But that means that we need to have a range of tools in our parenting toolkit. The more tools we have to choose from, the better we can pivot to meet the needs of our growing and changing children.

Trinity Parents and Friends are delighted to be hosting Stuart Wesley in November for two fun and practical parent seminars: Parenting and Personalities; and Parent as Coach. Stuart, a father of four children himself, is an engaging presenter and consultant with many years of experience in equipping and coaching parents.

The Parenting and Personalities Seminar is a fun and informative 2-hour seminar which uses the well known DISC model of behaviour to help parents understand their own personality style as well as that of the children. The challenges of parenting and family life are discussed through the DISC framework. There is also an opportunity to take an online DISC questionnaire which can lead to detailed descriptions of the strengths, struggles and strategies for each relationship in a family. 7-9pm Friday, 16 November at Atura. Wine and cheese is provided. Tickets are $10, and will soon be available online.

The Parent as Coach Seminar enables parents to adjust their parenting style as their children transition from the younger years into teenagers. Stuart will help parents shift from the “command and control” parenting of the younger years into a coaching/mentoring style of parenting to help us stay connected and close to our teenage children, while retaining the authority and boundaries that are still needed. This is a practical and experiential session that will surely broaden your skillset as the parent of a growing child. 9am-2pm Saturday, 17 November at Atura. Morning tea is provided. Tickets are $10 and will soon be available online.

I have attached a one minute video of Stuart Wesley where he provides a brief introduction to the course.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2rk8be6ff1qc7mx/Parent%20as%20Coach.mov?dl=0 

From the College Chaplain

Revd Bryn

Being a chaplain is full of surprises, especially when it comes to Kindergarten students. You never know what they are going to come out with next but the other day when a little boy greeted me with the words, “Hi, Jesus!” I have to admit that it unsettled me. Infant’s students call me, Chapel Guy, Mr Beckett and often, Mr Reverend Bryn but never, Jesus. This has happened a number of times now and each time I gently explain that I am Reverend Bryn. Each time, my small friend gives me a sympathetic look (poor, deluded man) and assures me that I am mistaken.

I have learned to pay attention to these small surprises. God always has things to say to us and Jesus certainly seemed to think wisdom was most likely to come from the lips of the ‘little ones’ that we habitually ignore. Hence, I gave it some thought…

Hindus have a beautiful way of greeting another human being with the word: “Namaste”, which means something like, “I greet the divine spark in you”. What would change, if inwardly, I said “Hi! Jesus!” when I greeted another? The Christian contemplative tradition tells us that any separation from God we feel is a matter of perception. There is no separation on God’s side of the equation. Even if we find it difficult to name God’s presence in ourselves, we can sometimes see it in others. If we cultivate the habit of looking for the “divine spark” in each other, perhaps there is the potential to transform our lives for the better.

The next time my little friend greets me across the playground, I intend to smile at him and inwardly say, “Hi, Jesus!” right back at him.

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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

As Year 11 students near the end of the Preliminary HSC Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about which subject might be dropped become a little more concrete and a little less speculative.

Apart from changes to Mathematics courses, subject changes will not take effect until the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, but students will be asking questions and conversations might start at home around this topic.

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 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
  • Pastoral Care Tutor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Director of Studies

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.

This process of consultation will begin after the conclusion of the Year 11 examinations.

Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

During Week 10 of this term, Year 4 students will undertake diagnostic testing that targets skills of reading, writing, general and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and Mathematics.

Year 6 will also undertake this testing during Week 10; this has been shifted from Week 9 for reasons which are outside the control of the College. Classroom teachers will advise students of the precise day that their class will sit the tests.

This AAS Testing will assist us to track the development of these students as they progress through the College.

Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.

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Introducing The Rite Journey

The Rite Journey Social and Information Evening
For Year 9, 2019 students & their parents
6.30-7.30pm, Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Multi-Purpose Hall

Drinks and nibbles provided for all

Trinity is very excited to announce the launch next year of The Rite Journey program for students in Year 9. The Rite Journey is an educational program that has become a benchmark for schools around Australia in supporting the development of self-aware, responsible, respectful, resilient and resourceful adults.  Please join us for an information evening to learn how your son or daughter will benefit from this extraordinary program. Andrew Lines, the co-founder of The Rite Journey will be speaking followed by Scott Balhatchet of Youthworks, our new Year 9 Camp facilitator, who will provide details of the exciting camp to Mt Kosciusko in November 2019.

Social event of the year!

The Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award was a highlight of the College social calendar last Friday.

More than 200 people turned out to join in the fun, view the artwork and witness the unveiling of the winners.

The $2500 WAW Acquisitive Art Award was won by Ken Raff for Nearly All That We Are, No 146, a magnificent sculpture that is now taking pride of place in the College front office foyer.

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Highly commended in that category were: Catherine Stewart for Indigo Swamp, No 170 and Kate Gorman for Sea Mist, No 30.

Winner of the Commercial Club Regional Artist Award was Glenys Baxter, for Willie Creek Saltpan, No. 2. Highly commended in the Regional Artist category were Nancy Sluga for Ascension, No. 157 and Alison Percy for Late Autumn Sunset, Mount Beauty,  No. 135. And the winner of the Albury Picture Framers Small Space Award: Terri Friesen – for Bushwalk, No. 28.

Our wonderful Feature Artist Charles Sluga worked with students during the week leading up to the art exhibition and many people also enjoyed his artist’s talk on the Saturday.

We had lots of great prizes in our raffle and the winners were notified earlier this week, but in case you wondered, here are the lucky six: Too Cool for Summer, a Limited Edition print by Charles Sluga – Prue Pfahlert. Skincare hamper from  byCeleste – Fiona Watson. Trial Flight from Riverina Aviation College –  Luke Arcus. Ross Griffin won the voucher from Kathy Jacobs Hair & Beauty, Isabel Spencer won the coffee vouchers and Keep Cup from Thurgoona Baker and Trinity Anglican College and Adele Wandel won the bakery voucher from Thurgoona Bakery. Congratulations to all.

There are many sponsors to thank. Our major sponsors were Kell Moore and WAW. Supporting Sponsors were Albury Picture Framers, Commercial Club, Evans Shoes, Freedom, Gardens Compounding Pharmacy, Marshall Batteries, Quantum Print Services, Ruth Trevaskis Photography, Satch & Co, The Border Mail.

Our exclusive food sponsor was Ebden and Olive and our exclusive wine sponsor was Pfeiffer Wines.

Our performing arts students entertained the audience all night and it was great listening to them and noting how many talented students we have at the College.

And finally, many, many people assisted in the lead-up and during the art exhibition, both staff members and parents. We want to thank you all.

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Thought of the week
K-2 Swimming Program
Kindergarten Excursion
Year 5 Camp
Enviro Day
Stationery 2019
Student Leadership
Bee Hotels
Junior School Week 9 Gallery

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“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in…” L.Cohen

Part of an educational journey is to celebrate differences. Many students are quick to compare and assume. We can measure ourselves quite harshly and it is always important to enable students to focus on the positives even at times when there is a sense of overwhelming odds. If we seek perfection, then we will invariably be disappointed as we are focusing on the mythical end product rather than the process to be followed. There are daily examples of this as students involved in various activities (on Camp, in Drama, on Enviro Day) struggle with new concepts and learn from these challenges.

Holidays approach rapidly and this time of rejuvenation is important for growing bodies and active minds. I hope all students enjoy the break and return full of energy for the final term of 2018. I challenge each student to embrace a new skill, read a new book, be a Good Samaritan and enjoy the spring weather.

K-2 Swimming Program

This has started and the students in Kindergarten are rising to the challenge (and also having fun).

Kindergarten Excursion

A very involved and exciting day looking at services in our community. The students really appreciated the experience and many conversations and questions were formulated as a result of the experience.

Year 5 Camp

This Year the students and staff ventured off to the Billabong Ranch and experienced some amazing times. Working with horses and riding camels as well as trying out new physical activities was a great way of enabling students to share and strengthen friendships. Thanks to the staff for creating a wonderful three days.

Enviro Day

Mr Thurling continues to excel as we become more aware of the effect we have on our local, national and international environment. The students and staff enjoyed a busy day being creative, critical and analytical with real world applications to sustainability.

Stationery 2019

A letter will be sent home early next term in relation to ordering specific stationery for each year group. This is aimed at ensuring all students have the particular books for each key learning area next year at the best value.

Student Leadership

The current leaders in Year 6 have been wonderful role models as leaders. During term 4 we will run through a process that leads up to appointing new leaders for 2019. This process involves the Year 5 students, Year 6 students and the staff.

Bee Hotels

Year 4 has been studying and learning all about bees this term. The students have determined the best way to set up a “house” for them in the bush or in our gardens. The students in 4MC made bee hotels last Friday.

Junior School Week 9 Gallery

   

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Appeal for information about painting

Jennifer McMillan, Science lab assistant

I am looking for the student who donated a painting of their Grandfathers several years ago for their Year 9 War Display.  I have spoken with the teacher at that time, Carolyn Crossley, and she thought it belonged to a ‘Stephanie’.  All Stephanies of that era have been contacted but no luck so far.  It needs to be re-framed and I thought it might be nice to include details of the Trinity student who donated it.

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There is a site –  when I google the artist with some information http://www.enticknap.com.au/painting-a-picture-of-the-past/, an excerpt which seems to fit the subject of the painting: “He painted a number of other landscapes of Tasmania, having arrived there as a refugee from China after WWII. There are also several paintings of the Weihsien camp in Shantung province where he was held captive by the Japanese during WWII along with his wife, Hilda, and daughter Meryl.”

Please contact me on jennifer.mcmillan@trinityac.nsw.edu.au if you have any information.

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From the French room

Mme Léonie Johnston, Mme Kathryn Rupp and Mlle Charlotte Lloyd, French teachers

On fête les anniversaires à la belge! (Birthdays, Belgian style!)
Year 11 French has had the pleasure of having Belgian exchange student Marie Vandam in class this term.

French-speaking Exchange Students
This term Trinity students of French have benefitted enormously from contact with the visiting French-speaking students who not only share their native language skills but enrich us all with a firsthand experience of francophone culture.

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On fête les anniversaires à la belge! (Birthdays, Belgian style!)

Year 11 French has had the pleasure of having Belgian exchange student Marie Vandam in class this past term. Marie is at Trinity until the end of the year and recently celebrated her 18th birthday. Two other students also had their birthdays the same week, so we enjoyed some Belgian waffles at lunchtime.

French-speaking Exchange Students

This term Trinity students of French have benefitted enormously from contact with the visiting French-speaking students who not only share their native language skills but enrich us all with a firsthand experience of francophone culture.

This term, Year 10 French included two French boys Gabriel and Xavier and earlier this term there was also a French girl Lilou in Year 7.  The French speaking students visited a number of other French classes and shared aspects of their homelands.

Our heartfelt thanks to the hosts, the Thomas, Binyon, Wragge and Rupp families for your generous hospitality and wonderful welcome to make these memorable experiences possible.

  

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Junior School Sport

with Mr Kade Stevens, Co-ordinator Junior School Sport

CIS Athletics
Sports Equipment for loan
Woolworths Cup Cricket Blast
Woolworths Junior Blasters

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CIS Athletics

Congratulations to all the Trinity students who represented the area with RAS at the CIS Primary Athletics meet in Sydney.

Congratulations to the following students who participated:  Jun Ru Lin, Bradley Makwelo, Fallon Locke, Millie Thomas, Zenith Trebley and Matilda Walters. Well done to Matilda, who placed fifth in the 8-10 years girls’ shotput! Thank you to the RAS Managers on the day: Ryan Robertson of The Riverina Anglican College and Anna Palmer of Moama Anglican Grammar School for supporting our Trinity students.

Sports Equipment for loan

The loaning of sports equipment during lunch times has been up and running for over a week now and it has been a huge success. This will continue to be trialed for the remainder of the term. Please remember our basic rules when borrowing equipment.

  • Please look after our equipment.
  • If you borrow it, you bring it back. Your name will be recorded down as you borrow equipment, and your name will be marked off when you return it.
  • If you don’t return equipment, this will be followed up and you may have limited access to the sports shed in the future.
  • No students are allowed inside the sports shed, apart from the Year 6 sports leaders on duty.

Woolworths Cup Cricket Blast

Sixty Year 5/6 students caught the bus to Jelbart Park for the Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cup today. They represented the college in a full-day cricket round robin.

Woolworths Junior Blasters

In Term 4, Trinity will be running the Woolworths Junior Blasters cricket sessions. Junior Blasters is for kids new to cricket with participants building their skills through fun, game-based activities. The games are designed for small groups to ensure every child gets a go, allowing them to test and learn new skills. When they have mastered the basics they will be ready to graduate to Master Blasters where they can play modified games of cricket at other local cricket sites.

Sessions will run weekly from 3.15-4.15pm from Thursday, 18 October until Thursday, 29 November 2018.

To register, complete the details at: https://playreg.cricket.com.au/pages/noauth/programsignup.aspx?type=6&prodid=38034&id=34486&entityid=26082

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Swim club ready to kick off in Term 4

Ms Davina Gibb, co-ordinator

Swimming training for all interested students will take place in the last four weeks of Term 4 and the first six weeks of term 1 in 2019.  Sessions will run two mornings a week from 6.30-7.30am every Tuesday and Thursday. A staff member will be present at all times. These sessions are available for students in Year 3 upwards. In the past, some Year 2 students have participated but they were competent swimmers. The sessions are not for non-swimmers and students must be able to swim 25m. The sessions are aimed at stroke technique and fitness. This is a great lead up to the house swimming sports.

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Venue: GT Aquatics 33 Wagga Road Lavington.
Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday commencing Tuesday, 13 November and finishing on Thursday, 6 December, 2018. Recommencing Tuesday, 5 February and finishing Thursday, 14 March, 2019.
Cost: $160 for two mornings a week (20 sessions total) or $85 for one morning a week (10 sessions in total). Money must be paid in full to the office before starting. If we do not get the numbers, money will be refunded.

If you are interested in your son/daughter participating in these sessions please email Ms Davina Gibb as soon as possible. A permission letter will then be given to your child which will need to be returned to the office with payment. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Netball’s final whistle for season

Kathryn Rupp, Netball co-ordinator

Whistle…..! And just like that the Saturday netball season came to an end. Trinity had six teams playing over the past two terms at JC King Park in Albury. A big thank you to Miss Tait for coaching the U9s, Mrs Price and Mrs Sutton for the U11s, Mrs McInnes, Mme Rupp (and Miss Morey and Mrs Culligan) for the U13s and Miss Hardie and Mrs Hardie for the U15s. Thank you also to Ms Fisher and Ms Short and Miss Hardie for taking the after-school training sessions.

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A special thank you must go to Year 10 students, Kyanne Cardona and Tabitha McDonald who were junior coaches to an U13 and U15 team respectively. Kyanne was the coach for Trinity Blue team for the entire season and showed maturity and leadership in the way she coached the girls over the season, giving up her time to mentor the junior team and then play in her own team each week. Thank you, Kyanne. Thank you to our student umpires, without whom we would not have been able to play: Olivia Harris, Lana Heer, Olivia Rawson, Madi Purkis, Sarah Chase, Gemma Hardie, Litia Rawaqa and Tabitha McDonald.

We had varying success over the season but one team made it through to the finals and then managed to take out the semi and the grand! It was a close grand final but Miss Hardie and Miss McDonald’s U15 team The Great Trinity Reds pulled through, winning 23 to 19. Well done girls!

Thank you to all the players for your commitment and enthusiasm over the season. We are so lucky to have such a keen cohort of netballers at Trinity! Thank you also to the parents who drove their girls to netball each Saturday and supported the teams, filling in where necessary and being patient with the new ANA payment systems which caused a fair bit of grief to all involved! Thank you also for your patience with my incessant emails and updates about the admin side of things.

School Holiday Netball Camp

Wodonga Raiders is having a free session of netball drills, skills, fun and fitness run by by Shaylah House and other senior players. You will learn new skills and drills and be taken through a a netball specific fitness program.

Where: Birallee Park Netball Court (Wodonga Raiders, Marshall Street)
When: Thursday, 4 October, 10am-2pm    (Lunch provided)
Age:   13-16 year olds ( if you re turning 13, 14, 15, 16 in 2019)
Register:  raidersnetball@hotmail.com

Make sure you include your: Date of birth, contact number, date attending and players must be dressed appropriately for the session.

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From the Cafe

Catherine Whiley

We want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigated through our first term at Trinity, we have loved every second of it! When we start back next term the menu will have been updated for the warmer weather for term 4 so please make a note to check that at the start of next term. I think a lot of people are still unaware that we do have EFTPOS available to students and staff.

Our slushy machine is up and running with fruit juice slushys Junior School size – $2, Senior school size – $2.50. We also are offering fresh fruit salad daily for $4. Next week’s special will be Vegetarian Nachos for $5

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