Newsletter

26 July 2019

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

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Welcome back to Semester 2! I hope you all had a relaxing break with your loved ones and are now rested and ready to embrace Term 3.

In the holidays, we had a group travel to Cambodia on a service trip and another small party went on an ASC service trip to Samoa. We also have a healthy partnership with exchange programs such as Rotary and the World Education Program and currently Trinity is hosting four international students – three from Italy and one from France.

Many students returning from Cambodia said the experience had changed their lives. They helped construct a bamboo home for a local family and learned a lot about themselves and their new environment. They worked alongside locals, in hot and trying conditions toward a common goal. They helped plant more bamboo reinforcing the sustainability of the resource, they developed greater empathy through their interactions with locals and had an improved understanding of their own cultural values.

Astrid Cameron and Audrey Hayes were part of an ASC service trip to Samoa. The pair was immersed in the learning and culture at All Saints Anglican School and experienced many local activities and traditions.

Next year we are planning a European trip that will have a part language and part educational focus.  More information about the 2020 trip for Year 9-11 students will be provided at a special night next Tuesday at 6pm so if you are interested in learning more, make sure you get along.

Our world is growing in its demand for globally-minded people, and as educators we need to prepare our students for that new and changing world. One article I read on the internet recently supplied a statistic stating that 92 per cent of students surveyed said international travel had a lasting impact on their worldview, another said 98 percent of students surveyed agreed that a strong understanding of world history and events was critical to developing solutions to a global problem.

If global learning encourages critical thinking about issues such as climate change, religious and cultural differences, poverty, world trade and politics, then Trinity students should be in a great position to capitalise in a job market that is becoming increasingly international.

From the Head of Junior School

Ms Kym Armstrong

Parent Helpers
Tree Planting Day and Sloan’s Froglet
Public Speaking Regional Final
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Book Week
P&F Father’s Day Stall

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Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity.
-Deborah Meier

The recognition of the diversity and the celebration of that is an imperative for learning. Our role as educators is not to stifle diversity and create a sameness with teaching outcomes but more importantly to encourage critical thinking and creative ideas. This does not mean freedom from any structures that are required to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all but much more the freedom for individuals to enrich their lives by being enriched by others. At times of challenge, when there can be a sense of fear about the next step to be taken, society needs individuals to give rein to their ideas, to analyse the past and commit to change. It is uplifting to listen to the discussions between students, even at the youngest age, as their wisdom often outweighs our logic on topics that many would consider beyond their understanding. I encourage all to listen carefully to the diversity of views, to relish the diversity of humanity and strive to challenge thinking and actions that require challenges. That will ensure a good society.

Respect

At assembly each fortnight the three R’s are often alluded to by the speakers. Respect for self, respect for others and respect our environment. It is an important aspect of any community to ensure we are able to fulfil all three. I encourage all students, staff and parents to highlight these to any students as this will ensure we all have a sense of security when working or playing at school.

Parent Helpers

Thank you to all parents involved with this program. As mentioned before this form of interaction has a lasting effect on student learning and creates a positive sense of community.

Tree Planting Day and Sloan’s Froglet

The Year 3 students were involved with a tree awareness and plant-a-thon today. This event and day was coordinated by the CSU and Mr Thurling. It is a great way to recognise the difference we can make on a local level that does have a global effect.

Public Speaking Regional Final

Xander Tamaray (4JH) will represent the College at the Lions Club Public Speaking Regional Finals. This is a wonderful opportunity and experience and we wish him well.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

The staff is looking forward to this important level of communication. This is the formal round of interviews and the focus in the time available is the academic and social requirements of each student.

Book Week

There are a number events that will celebrate all things literal this term. Visiting authors, community reading and an assembly on Friday August 23 will ensure all students can join in the celebration.

P&F Father’s Day Stall

This will take place on Thursday August 29.

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From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 Exams
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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Year 12 Exams

The focus of our Year 12 students is firmly on the final set of examinations, which spans across Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 3.  The examination period commences on Monday 5 August (Week 3) and concludes on Wednesday 14 August (Week 4).  Regular classes will resume from Thursday 15 August.  Please note that lessons for all before-school classes will be held on this day.

For all students, these exams figure as significant assessment items that will assist in determining the assessment component of their final HSC mark.  The students are busy honing their study schedule in order to maximise their results in this important set of exams.   The examination timetable will be distributed to all Year 12 students over the next little while.

Year 12 students have access to their final HSC Exam Timetable via the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

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 undertake similar testing during Week 9.

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.

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European Tour 2020

We are currently looking at the viability of a student trip to Europe in September 2020. The trip will be a cultural adventure designed to complement the curriculum. It will be open to students in Years 9-11 in 2020. There is an information evening, for student and parents, on Tuesday evening, 30 July, 6pm in Senior Centre North. We will discuss proposed itinerary, links to curriculum, processes and costs.

At the conclusion of the evening we will call for expressions of interest.

Events by Parents and Friends

Farm visit for Agriculture students

The Year 9 Agriculture class was thrilled to have an opportunity to visit a local sheep farm during our studies into the management of sheep in Australia in Term 2. On 26 June, students travelled to Henty to visit “Wattle Grove” which is a mixed enterprise consisting of sheep, cattle and cropping. The owner, Glenville Coe, gave students an interesting and informative tour of the farm. Students learnt about their cropping program and saw canola and wheat crops. Students also were given the opportunity to participate in lamb marking which involves giving lambs their vaccinations, tail docking, castration and ear marking. It was a great day out and we learnt a lot about the agriculture industry. – Stella Campbell

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From Performing Arts 

Mrs Michelle Mordecai

Musical Theatre performance with Anthony Callea
Eisteddfod success
Border Music Camp

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During the recent school holiday break the Musical Theatre Ensemble had the opportunity to perform with Anthony Callea at his concert in Albury. The Ensemble provided backing for a medley of Whitney Houston songs which they learnt in rehearsal. Anthony also worked with the students on performance skills, presence and focus, and commitment. He provided some great advice and tips for everyone.

The Musical Theatre Ensemble also presented a medley of songs from Dear Evan Hansen. This allowed us to feature a number of soloists – again, a great opportunity. The students enjoyed the whole experience and learnt a lot from a professional performer who has been touring and performing for around 15 years, since he was on Australian Idol.

Eisteddfod Success

Many Trinity Performing Arts ensembles performed in the music section of the Albury-Wodonga Eisteddfod at the end of last term. Our students presented well in their uniform and their conduct was impeccable. Our Senior Choir and Musical Theatre Ensemble won the unofficial “People’s Choice Award” and students gained constructive feedback on their performances. Other notable results included:

  • Infants Choir – Second
  • Woodwind Ensemble – Second
  • String Ensemble – First
  • Steel Pans B – First
  • Steel Pans A – Second
  • Stage Band – First

A huge thank you to Miss McDiarmid, Miss Holness, Mrs Beckett, Mr Spokes and Mr Mancer for the massive amount of work they put into the ensembles and organizing events such as this. Thanks also to Lynton and his crew for transporting our students and equipment.

Border Music Camp

During the second week of the holidays, 19 students from Trinity Anglican College attended Border Music Camp. It was a fun-filled week of music-making, new friends and learning. Highlights were the “secret brass business” tutorials and a fanfare using bath toys. Our students threw themselves into all the camp offers, with Jenna Field and Finn Pidd being nominated for an award in Pringle Band. Well done!

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From the debating co-ordinator

Mr David Norris, Debating Coordinator

Year 7-10 Debating at Eisteddfod

In the final week of Term Two, four teams of loquacious debaters from Trinity Anglican College journeyed across to Charles Sturt University to participate in the Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod. This competition is one of Australia’s largest regional competitive performing arts festivals and the opposition were from a range of schools in the region.

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Despite the tough competition and some challenging topics such as, ‘we should ban fast fashion’, ‘that Australia should end its alliance with America’, and, ‘that parents should have access to their children’s social media accounts’, the students from Trinity Anglican College were highly competent, confidence and competitive. Congratulations to the following students who participated:

Year 7 students: Lachlan Marks, Isabella Melton, Rose Fisher, Antoinette Cameron, Alicia Auwardt, Susannah Male. Year 8 students: Mariana  Horta Vieira, Hayley Coulter, Emily Murphy, Savannah Fagence, Bethany Tamaray, Lucas Honeychurch, Flynn Finlay. Year 9/10 students: Astrid Cameron, Olivia Dean, Zac Reid, Madison Purkis.

A special mention must be made of the Year 7 and Year 8 teams, which made it to the finals and were only narrowly defeated. A huge congratulations to Alicia Auwardt, Year 7, who was awarded the Year 7 Best Debater prize by the two adjudicators.

Debating is a fun and intellectually engaging co-curricular activity that will help students with their teamwork skills, personal confidence as well as helping to expand their knowledge on a huge range of topics. We train every Wednesday lunchtime in Week B in the North Building, Room 20. This term we have the Victorian Debating Association Competition and hope to build on our strong results from the Eisteddfod. Any interested students should attend the Wednesday lunchtime meeting next week. I would love to have more Year 9 and 10 debaters join the group, particularly if you enjoy a good argument!

  

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Knitting and embroidery co-curricular

Mrs Davina Gibb and Ms Kym Armstrong

As part of the co-curricular program of Trinity, a knitting and embroidery club will start every Thursday afternoon in Term 3 from 3.15-4.15 for all students in the Senior School. No experience is necessary as instruction will be given by Mrs Gibb and Ms Armstrong. It is our aim to make scarves, rugs and beanies that will be given to charity at the end of the year. These items will be greatly appreciated as they will help people less fortunate than ourselves to keep warm. Afternoon tea will be provided. This is a great opportunity for the students as it will not only be fun but they will learn a new skill and be involved in an activity that will be of service to the community. The cost will be limited as the school can provide some resources. If students are interested please email Mrs Gibb and keep an eye on the daily notices.

Senior School Sport

Mr Andrew Leary, Head of Senior School Sport
We have a number of sporting opportunities coming up this term:

AWSSNA Netball on 25 July (check the next newsletter for a report); Aussie Rules on 30 August; Volleyball (dates to be advised); ACIS Secondary Athletics Championships (Tuesday 24 September) at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre – qualifying students will receive information soon. https://www.cis.nsw.edu.au/events/32320/

Students are reminded to check their emails and the daily notices for dates of selection trials.

Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport

Paul Kelly Cup
CIS Netball
CIS Nomination Process
RAS Athletics

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Paul Kelly Cup

Congratulations to our girls Pauls Kelly Cup team, which was successful at the regional finals in Wagga Wagga late last term. The success has led them to the State Final, to be held at Giants Stadium, Sydney, on Monday 5 August. The entire College community is extremely proud of this group and we wish them all the best in Sydney. The girls will train this Friday 26 July, next Wednesday 31 July and Friday 2 August.

  

CIS Netball

Claudia Hocking will represent CIS at the State PSSA Netball Championship in Orange next week. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing how the team goes.

CIS Nomination Process

Selection Objective

Trinity Anglican College supports the nomination of students with potential in their chosen sport(s). The College believes that the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) pathway provides an ideal opportunity for high-achieving athletes. Due to the objectives and standard of CIS representative teams, Trinity will only nominate students who have a realistic opportunity to be considered for selection in the respective CIS team.

Eligibility for Selection

Students must be current students of Trinity Anglican College. Students must fall within the age group outlined for each sport. Parents must be prepared to organise the transport and accommodation for their child and pay the nomination fee (which is non-refundable). CIS nominations will be based on clear criteria, which is communicated to all students and parents prior to the nomination date, and once parents/students have initially expressed their interest.

The Junior School Sport Coordinator (Mr Kade Stevens) will make the nomination on the student’s and College’s behalf, with no late entries accepted.

 Required Information

Students/Parents are to provide all of the following information, which is required to complete a student’s CIS nomination. This information will also be used to assess the eligibility for nomination:

·                     Child’s Name ·                     CIS Sport
·                     Date of Birth ·                     Height
·                     Weight ·                     Preferred Position(s) (2)
·                     Medical Concerns ·                     Experience
·                     Representative Experience ·                     Previous Coach and Contact

In the process of assessing your child’s eligibility for nomination, information may be sought by the Junior School Sport Coordinator or from other College staff who have relevant experience and/or knowledge of the student in the nominated sport. If necessary, the College may organise a trial/training session for students prior to nomination.

Criteria for Nomination

Trinity College supports the aims of the CIS by providing a pathway to State and National level competition in a wide variety of sports for students in the independent school sector. The following areas of performance are to be considered:

  1. Skills exhibited by the player
  2. Fitness level exhibited by the player
  3. Performance of the player as a member of a team (sportsmanship/values)
  4. Attitude and behaviour of the player both on and off the court/field
  5. Positions played
  6. Representative experience in the nominated sport(s).

Nomination decisions will be based mainly on performance, however the following will also be considered:

  1. Attendance at competition, training and club/team events (commitment)
  2. Academic commitment

In addition, students:

  1. Will be nominated on their performance, commitment, values and behaviour, not their personal characteristics or attributes.
  2. May be precluded from selection if there is a concern about their ability to compete safely or if their participation poses a risk to others.

CIS Nomination Dates – Term 3 – Primary

SPORT GENDER AGE GROUP NOMINATION DATE
Softball Girls Year 4 – 6 26 July
Cricket Girls Year 4 – 6 2 August
Athletics Girls + Boys Year 3 – 6 26 August
Cricket Boys Year 4 – 6 6 September

For more information on each of these sports i.e. dates of trials, venue etc. Please visit https://cis.aisnsw.edu.au/Pages/Sports.aspx

RAS Athletics

On Tuesday 6 August, our Trinity team will compete in the RAS Athletics Carnival, at Alexandra Park Albury. Below is the team members who will represent the College, along with their events. We wish them all the very best.

Gender Age Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Female 9 100m Monaghan, Winnie Tan, Annabelle Elhage, Sima Gatchessi, Rehoboth
10 Thomas, Millie Vanderhoek, Skye Greacen, Claire Bright, Cleo
11 Murray, Sammi O’Sullivan, Siahn O’Connell, Laine White, Becky
12 Klein, Isabella Ramsdell, Stephanie Aldridge, Luella Locke, Fallon
Male 9 Murray, Ryder Phillips, Tiger Genter, Haedes Morey, Tyge
10 Boyd, Noah Ross, Baidan Wells, Thomas Deverell, Eden
11 Makwelo, Bradley McFarland, Joseph Boyle, Eamonn Singe, Chase
12 Wilson, Harrison Geerling, Leo Piltz, Riley Darmody, Benjamin
Female 9 200m Monaghan, Winnie Gatchessi, Rehoboth
10 Thomas, Millie Greacen, Claire
11 White, Becky O’Sullivan, Siahn
12 Ramsdell, Stephanie Aldridge, Luella
Male 9 Phillips, Tiger Murray, Ryder
10 Boyd, Noah Ross, Baidan
11 Makwelo, Bradley Hobson, Samuel
12 Geerling, Leo Wilson, Harrison
Female 9 800m Monaghan, Winnie Gatchessi, Rehoboth
10 Harrington, Edwina Jones, Sienna
11 McGee, Ebony O’Sullivan, Siahn
12 Ramsdell, Stephanie Hogg, Audrey
Male 9 Whitsed, Maxwell Morey, Tyge
10 Deverell, Eden Roth, Lawrence
11 Hobson, Samuel Kreutzberger, Archie
12 Morgan, Angus Gill, Justin
Female 9 High Jump Lewis, Ella Vaccaro, Eva
10 Thomas, Millie Costello, Chloe
11 O’Sullivan, Siahn Gogoll, Emielle
12 Ramsdell, Stephanie Klein, Isabella
Male 9 Murray, Ryder Whitehead, Parker
10 Stefaniak, Thomas Boyd, Noah
11 Kreutzberger, Archie Singe, Chase
12 Geerling, Leo Clarke, Connor
Female 9 Long Jump Monaghan, Winnie Robinson, Charli
10 Thomas, Millie Jones, Sienna
11 O’Sullivan, Siahn Murray, Sammi
12 Ramsdell, Stephanie Locke, Fallon
Male 9 Murray, Ryder Gray, Beau
10 Boyd, Noah Deverell, Eden
11 Kreutzberger, Archie Singe, Chase
12 Geerling, Leo Wilson, Harrison
Female 9 Shot Put Robinson, Charli Noonan, Saoirse
10 Thomas, Millie Howard, Zali
11 O’Connell, Laine Gatford, Maya
12 Locke, Fallon Hocking, Claudia
Male 9 Kreutzberger, Lewis Genter, Haedes
10 Gould, Toby Haberecht, Connor
11 Tanuvasa, Jett Pigdon, Max
12 Inskip, William Kreutzberger, Oscar
Female 9 Discus Hocking, Lucy Lewis, Ella
10 Thomas, Millie Hoffmann, Isabel
11 O’Connell, Laine DiStefano, Ella
12 Willett, Evangeline Ramsdell, Stephanie
Male 9 Conway, Darcy Murray, Ryder
10 Gould, Toby Haberecht, Connor
11 Flower, Banjo Tanuvasa, Jett
12 Kreutzberger, Oscar Whitehead, Emmet

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After School Care

AlburyCity is the new provider of after school care and vacation care programs for primary school-aged children of Trinity Anglican College from this term.  Vacation care will return to Trinity in the October school holidays, and subsequent school holidays as well as pupil free days.

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Shane Walters is running the new AlburyCity Trinity OOSH program, which will provide parents with the security of knowing their children are being educated and cared for in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment each day. Drinks and nutritious snacks based on the Eat Smart, Play Smart program will be available for children, together with a wide variety of interesting play and recreational experiences. To enrol your child, please follow the steps below:

Step 1

Step 2

  • Log into your MFL account and tell Shane about you, your child and your booking requirements.

Step 3

  • Once you have submitted a booking request, you will be emailed an offer. Simply accept the offer, complete and submit your child’s enrolment form online to confirm your child’s spot.

To explore the benefits of the My Family Lounge Portal please visit myfamilylounge.com.au. For more information about the new enrolment process or the new program, contact Shane directly by emailing trinityoosh@alburycity.nsw.gov.au or call him on 6043 8540.

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