25 May 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

So what’s all the fuss about NAPLAN?

As students across Australia sat NAPLAN tests last week, there were again calls for the program to be axed or at least seriously reformed. Critics assert that NAPLAN testing does more harm than good while advocates say the testing does exactly what it was intended to do – provide an assessment on school, state and national progress in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.

At Trinity, NAPLAN is a small piece of a much bigger pie. We do find the data useful; but only as one piece of data that needs to be triangulated with other pieces of quantitative and qualitative evidence to form a nuanced portrait of student progress. It does enable us to chart the growth of individual children over several years, but it is one piece of data among many. It is simply another measure we can use to celebrate student achievement or to identify children who need more support.

NAPLAN has its place – but it should never drive teaching and learning. At Trinity, our goal is the love of learning. We want learning to be a source of joy for every child and every teacher. We want young people to love learning so much, that they will pursue learning for the rest of their lives. We want engaged learners side-by-side with quality teachers.

In a perfect world, NAPLAN testing would be much cleverer. It would be adaptive and personalised, choosing the questions it asks in real-time, based on the live performance of the student. In this way the test could accelerate or slow down, drill into the student’s responses and better identify strengths and weaknesses. This technology exists in online gaming, but not yet in NAPLAN testing.

In a perfect world, NAPLAN would provide immediate feedback, serving as a formative learning tool. Imagine if a student could know his/her results within seconds of completing the test. And perhaps have the opportunity to then re-sit particular questions or components. Having to wait months for your results does little to make the testing relevant for children.

NAPLAN tests will come and go. But, at Trinity, the main game is always the love of learning.


Upcoming Events

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Vale Reverend John Leaver

The College community has been saddened to learn of the passing of Reverend John Leaver on 15 May. Rev. John was very much involved in the early establishment of Trinity Anglican College through the Victorian Ecumenical System of Schools and he assisted the College with early grant applications.

Rev John’s enterprising ventures in establishing and supporting many schools in regional communities marked him has as one of the great pioneers of Victorian education. He will be sadly missed.

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 10 Semester 1 examination window
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills
Parents of Year 10 studentsYear 11 2019 Subject Information Evening
Parents of Year 8 students:  Year 9 2019 Subject Information Evening

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Year 10 Semester 1 examination window

Semester 1 Exams for Year 10 will take place during Week 6.  Exams will be conducted for the core subjects of English and Mathematics; for Science, the students will be writing up a research task while under examination conditions.  Other subjects will be assessed this term via other task types such as research tasks, projects, interviews, viva voces and presentations.  The examination period will be conducted as follows:

Monday 4 June: Morning session – English 2 hours. Afternoon session: Maths 1.5 hours
Tuesday 5 June: Morning session – Science 1 hour. Students return to class after lunch for Period 3 and the regular timetable.

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 on Wednesday and Thursday, 3.30-4.30pm. 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.

Parents of Year 10 studentsYear 11 2019 Subject Information Evening

Year 10 students are looking forward to selecting subjects that capture their interests, enhance their skills and assist them to pursue a pathway beyond school.  This is a reminder that the Subject Information Evening for Year 11 2019 is on Thursday, 26 July from 7pm in the Senior School Building.  Year 10 students are looking forward to putting their questions to the many teachers who will be there.  It will be great to see as many parents as possible on the night.

Parents of Year 8 students:  Year 9 2019 Subject Information Evening

Year 8 students have the opportunity to have their questions about Year 9 subject choices answered at the Year 9 2019 Subject Information Evening on  Tuesday, 7 August  from 7pm in the Senior School Building.  The students have enjoyed experiences across many different subjects over the past two years and this is their first opportunity to pursue their interests in the choice of elective subjects.  Parents are most cordially invited to attend the evening with their son or daughter and talk to teachers who will be keen to provide information about their specialist subjects.

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

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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 FINLAY CAMPBELL, Year 10, who went on a trip of a lifetime to the US.

I recently had the opportunity to attend Crimson Education’s STEM Accelerator Tour – a three-week action-packed tour to the United States. I travelled with eight other students aged 15-17 from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom, to visit world renowned STEM Institutions, Global Tech Companies and some of the worlds top universities.

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During the trip I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Google, meet amazing professionals, such as SpaceX Project Manager and Stanford MBA student Chad Monroe, and visit universities and attend lectures at prestigious institutions including Stanford, University of California Berkley, Harvey Mudd College, Caltech, University of California Los Angeles and University of Southern California. Other highlights included meeting 24-year-old Crimson Education CEO, Harvard graduate and the youngest ever Stanford MBA student Jamie Beaton.

The most valuable experience for me, was the chance to see the exciting educational institutions available in the United States, and to visit the offices of some of the most successful and influential tech companies – to which the general public normally don’t have access.

The trip was life changing, and I feel that it has provided me direction for the future in relation to further education and career opportunities in the United States. I urge other students to seek out opportunities that exist in their area of interest as you never know where they will take you.

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Youth exchange partnership with Rotary

Trinity and the Rotary Club of West Albury have joined forces to strengthen the College’s involvement in youth exchanges. Trinity will offer a place at the College and assist in finding host families for international students seeking an exchange through the Rotary Club of West Albury. In return, Trinity and its host families will be enriched through the culture and diversity of the visiting students. Trinity students also will be able to apply for an international exchange.

The first student to be hosted under the new partnership will be Andre Chade from Brazil, who is due to arrive in July for a year-long stay.

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Several host families are being sought to host Andre for four months at a time.

Andre comes from a family of four – his parents are both doctors and his older sister is at university studying medicine. He lives in Assis, about 400km from Sao Paulo. He likes music, martial arts and playing all sorts of sport, but particularly motocross. He likes to go diving and would like to try surfing. His native language is Portuguese but he also speaks English and Spanish.

Anyone interested in finding out more about hosting Andre should contact Kathy Offner on

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

The 3 Rs
Events this week
Junior School Gallery

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The 3 Rs

At a number of Assemblies and Chapel services the Junior School has been made aware of the importance of these to our learning. Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for our Environment. It is interesting to reflect on these each week. Given that we have a very strong focus on the importance of respecting our environment in the sustainability program and a service program as part of Creative Pursuits, which has a major focus on respecting and appreciating others, the students are living these aspects as part of their learning. The first and foremost though is to respect self. To value our contribution, to take pride in our involvement and, when things do not go well, to forgive ourselves these mistakes.

Events this Week

Public Speaking: Week 3 saw the finals of the Public Speaking. There were 15 speakers in the stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) final and 12 speakers in the stage 2 (Year 3 and 4) final. The level of competition was excellent and all should be proud of their achievements. The highest performers were Sam Vaccaro (6KM), Max Neave (6JH), Anastasia Piniotis (5RV), Alessandro Vaccaro (4KS) and Ebony McGee (4MC). They will represent the College at the Thurgoona Lions Club evening on 4 June starting at 6pm at the Thurgoona Country Club.

Life Education: The Life Education Van will be visiting the College to work with students over the next two weeks.

Year 1 Red Robyn Riding Hood and “Looking at the Past” Excursion: In a big week for Year 1, the classes witnessed a fractured fairytale on Monday to enhance their understanding in their English Unit and then travelled back in time to the Jindera Museum. Experiential learning at its best.

Year 2 Wiradjuri Artist in Schools – David Dunn: An experience that will enhance all learning and act as a catalyst for deeper thinking. This was a great day that enabled all students to gain a much better understanding of literacy and literature from a truly Australian perspective.

National Sorry Day acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations. Today,  Junior School classes participated in a Sorry Day activity. This activity represents the Sea of Hands that was originally a reconciliation campaign held at Parliament House. Now, the sea of hands symbolises community support for reconciliation, rights and respect and an act of recognition of identities, cultures and history.

Junior School gallery


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From Performing Arts

Mrs Emma Mancer, Coordinator of Co-Curricular Performing Arts

Evening of Jazz
Playbox Theatre Festival
Perth Tour
New Instrumental Teachers

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The performing arts department has been busy again this term rehearsing for lots of different events coming up for our music and drama ensembles.


Seussical rehearsals are going well with over 80 cast members from years 5-9 working hard to learn songs, dances and lines ready for the show in August. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Albury Entertainment Centre box office.

Evening of Jazz

The Annual Evening of Jazz is taking place with Wednesday, 30 May at 7pm at the Jazz Basement, Gateway Island Wodonga. Come along to enjoy some great Jazz from the Stage band, Jazz Quintet and some of our HSC music students. BYO nibbles and drinks. Gold coin donation at the door.

Playbox Theatre Festival

Year 10 Drama students will be performing a self-devised piece at the inaugural Playbox Theatre Festival at the Cube Wodonga on Thursday, 7  June. Tickets available from the Cube box office. Please come along and support this wonderful local event.

Perth Tour

Our new Musical Theatre ensemble has also been hard at work rehearsing a piece for the upcoming Performing Arts Tour in Perth in September. Fourteen  students will be travelling to Perth for a week where they will see professional performances, take a workshop at WAAPA, perform at the ASC Biannual Music Concert at the Perth Concert Hall and perform at the Fremantle markets. They also will be performing at the Wodonga Winter Solstice Festival at the Cube on Thursday, 21 June. Please come along to support our talented students.

New Instrumental Teachers

This term we have welcomed two new instrumental teachers who will be offering lessons on campus. Venetia Heath – Voice; and Rhys McKee – Brass.

Venetia has a Bachelor of Music majoring in voice, a Certificate of Performance (AMEB) and a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.  Locally, Venetia has performed as a support act at Music in the Gardens and performs professionally with a jazz band and Abba tribute band Mia Mamma. Venetia has also performed many leading roles in local theatre productions including Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Grace in Annie, Miss Sunshine in Chicago and her award winning performance as Glinda in Wicked. Please contact Venetia directly on 0431320656.

Rhys is an exceptionally talented musician and teacher and is currently acting Musical Director of the Wodonga Brass Band. He holds a Bachelor of Music and is a fully registered classroom music teacher. He offers lessons in all Brass as well as Woodwind and Piano. Please contact Rhys directly on 0438379571.

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Co-curricular enrichment program 

Mr Stephen Kilgour

Four Trinity students represented the College at the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition on Monday, 14 May. All of our talented students performed superbly. Natasha Kronenberg (Year 9) was runner-up in the junior section whilst Lois Segun-Beloved (Year 10) was runner-up in the senior section. Sidney White (Year 10) and Tabitha McDonald (Year 10) also spoke eloquently in representing the College in the senior section.

On Friday, 18 May, four Trinity students competed in the NSW Junior Chess League competition. In this round, our students competed against students from Xavier High School. Ben van der Veeke (Year 7) played well and defeated his opponent in a hard-fought battle whilst Arthur Hull (Year 8), Thomas Aitcheson (Year 8), and Zac Newsom (Year 7) provided a strong challenge for their opponents but were ultimately vanquished. All of these fine young gentlemen represented the College with maturity.

Language Perfect

Trinity students are doing well on the global stage of Language Perfect. Ryan Wandel, Year 10, leads the charge on Emerald Certificate level.

Ryan Wandel 125th, 6442, Emerald
Georgia Wragge 1448th, 2597, Silver
Tahlia O’Sullivan 1600th, 2431, Silver
Danielle Marks 1658th, 2391, Silver
Natasha Kronenberg 2912th, 1682 Bronze
Lacey Cottrell 4614th, 1192, Bronze
Kara Thomas 5198th, 1084, Bronze
Semony Ferreira 5384th, 1057, Bronze
Siobhan Simpson 5749th, 1015, Bronze
Sam Beckett 6768th, 859, Credit
Mariana Horta Vieira 7759th, 742, Credit
Stella Campbell 9438th, 597, Credit

Interschool Equestrian Challenge

Members of the small Trinity equestrian team polished their boots and bits, plaited their horses’ manes and tails and turned out on a cold and bleak day to battle big fields of riders from schools across the region in the Scots Interschool Equestrian Challenge last Saturday.

Riders competed in dressage, showjumping, jumping equitation, novelties, mount and rider and handymount events in a full day of activities at Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre.

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Senior School Sport

Mr Nash Clark, Co-ordinator Senior School Sport

BISSA Cross County
Girls U15 AFL Bushrangers Shield
Boys U15 AFL Xavier Tanner Cup

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BISSA Cross Country

Alarms sounded early on the morning of Monday, 14 May, for the 55 talented Trinity cross country athletes. The team began its journey and warmed-up by chatting non-stop all the way to Narrendera Racecourse for their race.

The BISSA Captains for 2018, Darcy Harrington and Alice Wheeler , led by example. Alice ran into fifth place in the 17 years girls, and Darcy was fourth in the boys. Our highest-placed result was Lucas Bladwell, who came second, with third places awarded to Finn Nixon, Charlie Gray and Jordan Ryder. Marina Horta Vieira, Zarlie Goldsworthy, Lily Todorovic and Ryan Patching all finished in the top five of their respective age groups. Well done to all athletes who competed and good luck to those who go on to represent Trinity and the CIS in Sydney in the coming weeks. Trinity came third overall and fifth for the Average Aggregate.

Girls U15 AFL Bushrangers Shield

The College 15 Years girls competed in the local Independent and Catholic interschool gala days, competing in three games and coming away with great wins in all of them.

Round 1: Trinity 9.7 (61) defeated St Pauls 0.0 (0). Leading goal scorers: Abbigal Fielder 4, Bella Fielder 3. Best Players:  Zarlie Goldsworthy, Bella Fielder, Hannah Avage, Imogen Jones, Abbigal Fielder.

Round 2:  Trinity 5-4 (34) defeated Scots 2-1 (13). Leading goal scorer: Abbigal Fielder 3. Best Players: Asha Finlay, Zarlie Goldsworthy, Phoebe Ziebarth, Paige Shirley, Bella Fielder.

Round 3: Trinity 4.4 (28) defeated Xavier 3.0 (18). Leading goal scorer:  Bella Fielder 2. Best Players: Imogen Jones, Scarlett Charlesworth, Jecca Baker, Zoe Broughton, Litia Rawaqa.

Overall, the girls played with great spirit and enthusiasm. Everyone contributed in some way with Zarlie Goldsworthy and Imogen Jones leading the way with their skills and play throughout the day. The team now progresses through to the next level of competition on Tuesday, 29 May, when they play Albury High School in the semi-finals.  Well done, girls! Particular thanks go to Emma Piltz and Zali Spencer who assisted as coaches – they did a fantastic job!

Geoff Coughlan

Boys U15 AFL Xavier Tanner Cup

I had the privilege of coaching the Trinity Anglican College Under 15 Boys team on Tuesday, 22 May as they competed for the Xavier Tanner Cup, which is a round robin competition against schools from the region. The boys played four games and performed very well.

In a tough, high-pressure half of football, the Trinity boys narrowly led St Pauls at half time. Max Beattie, Will Pargeter, Jamo Scott, Sam Brown and Charlie St John took full advantage of Elijah Farrah’s ruck work and were able to win the centre clearances and give our forwards plenty of opportunity to score. Drew Brndusic was able to chime in with two majors. The final score was St Paul’s 6 to Trinity 20.

Our next encounter was with a younger inexperienced yet talented team in Xavier Green. Alex Jacobs, Kylan Wright and Paddy Duggan were dominant in defence and were able to switch the play and allow our midfielders and forwards to move the ball efficiently.  Elijah Farrah and Max Beattie were our main goal scorers with our tall forwards crashing packs to provide opportunities for our small forwards to hit the scoreboard. The final score was Xavier Green 0 to Trinity 40.

We then faced a fierce, fast and physical team in Xavier Blue. Jaxon West performed well in the ruck and despite the gutsy effort of our midfielders, Xavier seemed to get on top early and kick away. Charlie St John battled hard in the contest and Paddy Duggan’s contribution was solid down back. Our boys stepped up their intensity at the start of the second half though and had majority of the play yet could not convert on the scoreboard.  The final score, Xavier Blue 45 to Trinity nil.

Our final game was against The Scot’s School Albury. It was a tight half with Trinity controlling most of the footy. Our backline again stood up to the task and rebounded the footy successfully allowing our wingman, Antony Thomas, and Thomas Ingram to find space and use the footy effectively. The second half opened up and our boys piled on six goals straight, winning the match comprehensively.

It was a pleasure to coach the boys and be part of a great day. The behaviour and attitude on and off the field was exemplary. Max Beattie and Charlie St John did a brilliant job captaining the side. The boys’ progress and play Billabong High School next Tuesday in a semi-final.

David Miles

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Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Co-ordinator Junior School Sport

RAS Cross Country
Paul Kelly Cup
Jump Rope For Heart
RAS Netball

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RAS Cross Country

Thank you for your patience in regards to the further rescheduling of the RAS Cross Country event. The event will now be held on Friday, 1 June, at the Jindera Golf Course.
The bus will leave the College at 9.30 am and return from Jindera at 2pm.

Paul Kelly Cup

On Friday, 18 May, teams from Year 5 and 6 headed to Jelbart Park for the Paul Kelly Cup. We all had a great day participating. Unfortunately, no teams made the next round in Wagga despite the best efforts of all involved. The girls came back to school with two losses and one draw. The Year 6 boys had no wins for the day, but still had a really good time competing against other schools. The Year 5 boys had two wins and one loss, and tried their hardest each match. We all had a really fun day playing footy with our mates. Thank you for all the teachers who helped and coached for us. Thanks also to all of the students for participating in such a friendly and competitive manner. – Lily Bowler, Mark Baker, Isaac Delcour and Harrison Wilson


Jump Rope For Heart

Your child may have come home on Tuesday to let you know about about the Relay for Life launch that was on display at this week’s assembly. It was great to see Mitchell from the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation display his skills. We are excited to announce that we will be launching the initiative next Monday, 28 May. Every single student in the Junior School is invited to join. We already have 28 students registered, with $525 raised, even before we have kicked it off. Please keep your eye out for more info on your child’s Seesaw page and the College Facebook. Please visit the website below to register your child and get skipping!

RAS Netball

Congratulations to Sienna Plested who represented RAS at the CIS Primary Netball Championships at Sydney Olympic Park last week. Her team was very competitive at the Championships and we congratulate her for her efforts.

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P&F support for College community businesses

The P&F has received feedback that families would like to see local businesses given the opportunity to offer items for the Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day stalls. If you have a business or know a local business owner who would like to have their items stocked in our Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day stalls, please have them contact the P&F at   We are looking for items that can be on sold for $5 or $10. Items offered for purchase would need to be sold to the P&F for $10 or less. This offer will remain open throughout the year however purchasing for this year’s Fathers’ Day stall will be completed by 20 June 2018 so please get your price lists in ASAP. For further information please contact Anthea on 0402 483 597


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