24 November 2017

From the Principal

And suddenly the year is almost over.

In the next two weeks we will have a colourful smorgasbord of end-of-year events:

  • The Year 6 Graduation Dinner (27/11)
  • 2018 Step Up and Orientation Morning (28/11)
  • The Year 7 2018 Parent Sundowner and Information Evening (28/11)
  • The Albury K-2 Performance Assembly (29/11)
  • The Senior School Final Assembly (29/11)
  • Trinity Anglican College Carols Service (29/11)
  • Wodonga Final Assembly (30/11)
  • Wodonga Campus Family Evening (30/11)
  • College Christmas Chapel and Carols Service (5/12)
  • Trinity Parents and Friends Wodonga Wine and Cheese Night (6/12)
  • Junior School Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day (8/12)
  • Senior School Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day (8/12)

In each of these events, we celebrate the achievements of students and staff. We savour the memories of 2017 and look to the future with purpose, readiness and hope.

In the next two weeks we will celebrate the people and the history of our Wodonga Campus. We will pay tribute to the many students who have made the Wodonga Campus a place of joy, fun and friendship. We will celebrate the team of teachers who have made the campus their own – bringing a vibrant warmth, care and collegiality to every school day. And we will gratefully acknowledge our Wodonga Campus parents for their passion and care. We had a wonderful taste of this celebration in our Wodonga P-2 Nativity Performance yesterday. Every P-2 Wodonga child performed in an energetic Christmas production that we will not forget. There was a smile on every face in the room.

Last Saturday night we celebrated the Year 12 Graduation Dinner. Our 2017 Graduating Class was the largest in the College’s history – 71 students. Every time a Year 12 student graduates, there is a moment of rejoicing because, inevitably, that graduation is the culmination of 13 years of education at school. It is a 13 year partnership between the student, the teachers and the parents concluding in a grand moment when we launch our Year 12s into the world as our newest Trinity ambassadors. We wish them every joy and blessing for the future. They are ready to take on the world!

Mr Justin Beckett


Upcoming Events

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From the College Chaplain

Rev’d Bryn Jones

The angel greeted Mary and said,

“You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. 

Then the angel told Mary,

“Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High.

I think it is ok to be ‘confused by the angel’s words’ in this situation. This familiar story still confounds and confuses. Something unheard of is happening here – God taking on flesh and bone. The wonder of the incarnation has fired the imaginations of the faithful through the ages but it is not really the point of this story.

The real miracle is that Mary considers the angels’ strange message and says, ‘Yes’. The challenge and invitation for us, is to consider our own response. Will we make room for God in our lives? Will we make room for unconditional, self-giving love? Will we let the Christ be born in us?

From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill

Please see important term dates for 2018

Monday 15 January College Office opens
Term 1
Wednesday 31 January Term 1 classes commence for all Year 1-6 students,
Year 7 and Year 12 students
Testing for Kindergarten students commences
Thursday 1 February Term 1 classes commence for all remaining
students, except Kindergarten students
Testing for Kindergarten students
Friday 2 February Testing for Kindergarten students
Monday 5 February First day of classes for Kindergarten students
Friday 30 March                                                Good Friday
Monday 2 April Easter Monday
Tuesday 3 April Staff PD – Student free day
Friday 13 April Term 1 classes finish (3:10pm)
Term 2
Tuesday 1 May Term 2 classes commence
Friday 29 June Term 2 classes finish (3:10pm)
Term 3
Tuesday 24 July Term 3 classes commence
Friday 28 September Term 3 classes finish (3.10pm)
Term 4
Monday 15 October Term 4 classes commence
Friday 7 December Speech Day and Annual Prize Giving
Term 4 classes finish (3.10pm)
Wednesday 19 December 12pm – College Office closes for the year

Mr Peter O’Neill

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11 HSC Students
Year 10 – ‘All My Own Work’ – NSW Education Standards Authority Requirement
Semester 2 Reports


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Year 11 HSC Students

It was wonderful to see so many students and parents at our Year 11 HSC Information Night last week.  At this time, we focused 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.

There were a number of important messages for students to take away from this evening.  Mr Thomas reminds students that they will never be defined by their ATAR and that they are important members of a number of teams, most notably their family team.  My message for students is to encourage them to throw themselves, wholeheartedly, into the task before them; whatever it might be, one should nail one’s colours to the mast and give it one’s best shot!  I apologise, without reservation, for my mixing of metaphors here!

Whilst the HSC year is a big one, our greatest satisfaction comes from being a part of the development of the very special young people who are entrusted to our care.

Year 10 – ‘All My Own Work’ – NSW Education Standards Authority Requirement

In readiness for their entry into Year 11 next year, our Year 10 students are in the process of completing the ‘All My Own Work’ modules on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website.  These modules outline the rules and regulations surrounding student submission of prepared works and educate the students in how to avoid assessment malpractice.

Completion of these modules is mandatory for students to be entered into the Preliminary HSC Course with NESA.  The modules cover crucial information regarding plagiarism and collusion.

Students have been given some time at school to complete these modules, but some work might need to be completed at home.  When complete, students are to hand their ‘All My Own Work – Record’ to me so that I can register their completion against their NESA record.

All students have been emailed the necessary information.  Students currently absent from the College can access this information, complete the modules and forward me the required documentation in readiness for Year 11 in 2018.

Semester 2 Reports

On the last day of the academic year, students will receive their Semester 2 report to take home to parents and caregivers.  These reports contain a celebration of effort. A heartfelt congratulation is extended to all those who, through hard work, dedication and a determination to do their best, have improved their academic performance.

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

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From the Senior School

Mr Malcolm Thomas

This month on SchoolTV – Surviving Year 12

The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.

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Some kids will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this = month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition 

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Year 1 Excursion – a Murray River adventure
Activity-filled camp
Sandpit cooking donations

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Year 1 excursion – a Murray River adventure
Wednesday 8 November 2017 – Noreuil Park.

The Mighty Murray was the focus for Year 1 as they had a boat ride on it, walked beside it, had a picnic near it and played at a park on its banks as part of their Year 1 Geography unit excursion.

Despite sounding like a fun day out, the activities fitted in with their geography studies on the  “Wet and dry environments and the Murray River”.

They started with a one-hour cruise on board the Sienna Daisy , from which they saw a variety of birds and bats. We discussed the impact of rubbish on the river and its animals. Everyone enjoyed the relaxing cruise. On the river-walk, children explored historical sites such as Hovell Tree and the old wharf site. Everyone saw ducks, kookaburras and waterbirds. We had lunch and recess at Noreuil. To end the day the children all enjoyed a run around and play at Oddie’s Creek park. A big thankyou to all the parent helpers on the day.

Mrs Sonya McAinsh

Activity-filled camp
15-17 November – Year 4 camp, Borambola.

Outdoor activities made for an exciting and entertaining Year 4 camp this year.

While on camp, students took part in many challenging activities including: low ropes, initiatives, rock climbing, kayaking, archery, raft building, orienteering and BMX. There also were some fun evening activities such as, ‘The Borambola Show’ and ‘Mini Olympics’.

The students returned to school on Friday afternoon extremely exhausted, but better for the experience that they had just been through.

“Camp was great! Everyone had so much fun. There was so many activities, no one could decide which one was their favourite. We met heaps of new people and hope to see them next year!” – Abby Proctor and Fallon Locke

“Camp was a fun experience. I’ve never been on anything like it. I think all of Year 4 want to go back. We can’t wait for next year’s camp.” – Audrey Hogg and Oscar Kreutzberger

“I loved being away from home and doing everything for myself. It was very nerve racking at first but when we got there, it was lots different to what I expected. My nerves suddenly went away.” – Lucie Hayes and Analise Hutchins

“My favourite activity was BMX because I had a stack.” – Harry Harrington

Mr Kade Stevens


Sandpit cooking donations

The children have been enjoying sandpit cooking and play thanks to donations from the Trinity community. We are looking for donations again, to top up the equipment for sandpit play. Items such as pots and pans, cooking trays, frying pans, colanders, plastic jugs, cups and funnels and cooking utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas 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 can be left at the Infants Centre office for me to collect.

Mrs Sonya McAinsh

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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Chris O’Loan

Campus swim day

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Campus swim day

A great day was enjoyed by students and parents at the Campus Swim Day last week as the montage of photos shows. We had wonderful spring weather for the occasion. Thank you especially to our teachers without whose enthusiasm and dedication we could not have run the swim day. Thank you also to the volunteers who assisted on the day, and to those wonderful parents who came with food for the teaching staff!


The following students received Deputy Principal, Chapel and Merit Awards. Congratulations to everyone for all their efforts.

Merits: Menzie Lyons, Mason Lyons

Academic Awards: Tom Roberts, Laylah Jessop, Benjamin Cleary, Rosie Rawson, Baidan Ross, Darcy Zeinert, Emily Steele, Indi Crosthwaite.

Deputy Principal Awards: Thomas Spalding, Jack Iliff, Hudson Fowler, Will Clarke, Alex Cleary, Chloe Byrnes, Luken Hadley, Cameron Deval, Isaac Delcour, Harrison Kurtzer, Roy Costello, Kyan Ross, Sienna Plested, Baxter Ward, Grace Bath, Lauren Brawn, Hogan Locke, Sam Chase and Tom Ramsdell.


As we come to the end of the year, and the End of an Era at Wodonga Campus, please join us for all or any of the events planned as we celebrate the wonderful learning place that it has been.

Week 8

Monday 27 November
Final Co-curricular basketball
Campus Gathering – Memory Box ceremony, 10.30am
Year 6 Dinner, 6-8pm, Thurgoona Campus

Tuesday 28 November
2018 Step-Up and Orientation, Albury
Year 7 2018 (8.45am-3.10pm); Years 1-5 buses depart 9.15am, returning 11.50am
Final Cooking and Gardening (3-6)
Year 7 2018 Parent Sundowner & Information Night, Albury, 6pm

Wednesday 29 November
Trinity Carols Service, 5.30pm, Albury
Final Art & Craft (P-2)

Thursday 30 November
End of Term Assembly, 11.50am, Campus Hall
Campus Picnic, 5.30-7:30pm

Friday 1 December
Hot Lunch
Disco, 2.25-3.10pm
Star Gazing, 7.30-9pm, Wodonga Campus

Week 9

Tuesday 5 December
College Chapel and Carols Service, 11.50am, Albury
P-6, buses depart at 11.15am

Wednesday 6 December
Year 1 movie and Oddies Creek for lunch
P&F Farewell to Campus Function – Wine and Cheese Night, Hall, 5.30-8.30pm

Thursday 7 December
No Chapel
Year 4 String Concert, 2.30pm, Hall (tbc)

Friday 8 December
Junior Speech Day & Annual Prize Giving, 9.30am,  Albury Campus
P-6 Gathering, 2:30pm

Term 4 classes finish 3.10pm


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P&F Wine and Cheese night

From around the College

Relay for Life raffle
AFS host families needed
From the Canteen
From the Uniform Shop

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Relay for Life raffle

Feel like a holiday? Tickets in the Year 11 2018 Relay for Life raffle could deliver just what you need – 2 flights with Jetgo and accommodation in Brisbane.

If you miss the top prize, there’s plenty of others to whet your appetite. The best thing is, you will be helping the 2018 Year 11s get a good head start on their fundraising campaign for Relay for Life. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Tickets had to be returned today so the only place you can buy tickets after today is at the front office of the College – until Tuesday afternoon. Get your skates on!

AFS host families needed

An amazing cultural journey for the entire family…hosting an exchange student in your home is a great way to learn about a new culture and share your own culture and values. Children often enjoy being cultural ambassadors, introducing their new brother or sister to local customs, traditions and national holidays. Everything from preparing meals to sightseeing are opportunities to discover and appreciate cultural and other differences.

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international youth exchange organisation. They are currently looking for families in the Albury/Wodonga area to host international students. If you are interested in hosting for several weeks to a few months, please go to their website and express your interest directly.

Mme Rupp

From the Canteen

Roster Week 8B Term 4

Monday 27 November
Tuesday 28
Wednesday 29
Thursday 30
Friday 1 December

Week 9A

Monday 4 December
Tuesday 5   Cathy Giltrap
Wednesday 6
Thursday 7   End of Term BBQ – no Canteen lunch orders
Friday 8

From the Uniform Shop

The phasing-in period for new items in our uniform ends this year.

From January 2018, white shirts are no longer to be worn as part of the Junior School formal uniform.

Sport polos need to be the new red/blue polo and children should no longer wear the old white polo. The older fleecy-style tracksuit is no longer a current item in the sports uniform. Students should wear the new-style track pant with either the Trinity sport jacket (with “Trinity” across the back) or the Trinity hoodie.

Order Online

Trinity Anglican College uniforms may be ordered online and picked up in store, or delivered to your home.
New user instructions:
1. Go to
2. Click on the Online School Shops tab to see all schools in NSW and then select Trinity Anglican College
3. New users click the “Register new account” button
4. Start the registration process by selecting your school from the drop down menu and add the unique school pas phrase: Trinity2002
5. Add your personal information, create a username and password
6. Order the items you need, select pick-up in store or opt for home delivery.
Visit the College website for more information and Uniform Shop opening hours during term and in the holidays.


The Uniform shop closes on Thursday 7 December at 4pm. And will reopen on Monday 22 January at 9am.

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