Newsletter

27 July 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

Welcome back! I trust everyone had an enjoyable break and you are now ready for a real smorgasbord of offerings this term.

On the academic front, many of our senior students are making important decisions about the subjects they will study next year and our Year 12 students are preparing for Trial Examinations which start on Monday week.

Both are momentous steps in a student’s school life and I urge families to talk to teachers openly and frequently – they are your best resource and will be only too happy to help you navigate your way.

Our Performing Arts students are destined for a particularly busy term, starting with the Rachael Beck performance showcase next Friday and her masterclasses the following day. Rachael will work with a number of students and ensembles as well as our Seussical Jr. cast members ahead of the production the following fortnight. She will perform alongside our students in the Multi-Purpose Hall in a showcase on Friday – it should be a great night so make your plans to get along. Many of our students will be using Rachael’s visit to prepare for our inaugural Perth Tour in September where they will perform at the Perth Concert Hall as part of Anglican Schools Week.

Seussical Jr. rehearsals are now in the fine-tuning stage with just 19 days until opening night on Wednesday, 15 August. The students have been working hard and many parents have already purchased  tickets to witness it. If you haven’t already, there are still tickets available but they are selling quickly.

As always, there is plenty happening inside and outside the classroom!

Justin

    

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From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
Years 7, 8 and 9 Study Skills
Year 10 students:  beginning the journey to Year 11
Parents of Year 8 students:  Year 9 2019 Subject Information Evening
Year 12 trial HSC exams
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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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.  These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3.30-4.30. 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 Wednesdays, 3.30-4.30pm.   Interested students are encouraged to speak with Miss Miriam Sultan, who will be convening these sessions.

Year 10 students:  beginning the journey to Year 11

It was wonderful to see so many parents and students at the Year 11 2018 Subject Information Evening this week.   The Year 10 students are certainly actively engaged by the subjects on offer; this is an exciting time for them as they make their way towards shaping the pattern of study that will characterise their last few years at school.

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 from 7pm Tuesday 7 August in the Multi Purpose Hall.    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.

Year 12 trial HSC exams

The focus of our Year 12 students is firmly on the Trial Examination, which spans Weeks 3 and 4 of this term.  The Trial Examination commences on Monday 6 August (Week 3) and concludes on Wednesday 15 August (Week 4).  Regular classes will resume from Thursday 16 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 Trial Examination timetable was distributed to all Year 12 students via email during the last week of Term 2.  This is also available on the College website.

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 about these matters.

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Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Dear Parents
We have received information for all parents from the Education Council in relation to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). This national data collection gives education authorities and the community a clear picture of the number of students in schools receiving an adjustment because of a disability, as well as the level of adjustments provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.

All schools are required to provide information to the Department in relation to each student with a disability, including:

  • the student’s year of schooling
  • the student’s category of disability
  • the student’s level of adjustment

The information provided will not explicitly identify individual students. If you have any further questions please contact Trish Thomas, Head of the Maxwell Centre, at Trish.Thomas@trinityac.nsw.edu.au or phone on 6049 3400.  Please read the Public Information Notice here. Further resources are available from the NCCD website:  http://www.schooldisabilitydatapl.edu.au/resources

From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Kristi Mokube cheers on Trinity Dream
Education
Creative Pursuits
Parent Helpers
Assembly
Public Speaking Finals
Grey Wolf scout award – by Alexander Cleary

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Kristi Mokube cheers on Trinity Dream

Kristi Mokube #33 from the Lady Bandits went to the basketball to cheer for Trinty Dream this week. They had their first win for the year. They were all very happy!

Education

Over the break I was able to listen to a number of discussions about the direction of education in other countries. The debates were refreshingly similar to the current debates in Australia over local, state and federal concerns. On reading the press and talking with the tertiary students working on a gap year in Australia (often working hard to pay off their student loan) it was obvious that the common elements of innovation in learning based on sound research models is still the basis for improvement.

The learning spaces that we have at Trinity are being upgraded regularly and, given some sunny weather, the newest space (The Infants Centre) will become part of this process. We are looking forward to moving Kindergarten and Year 1 into their new learning spaces and also transitioning all other Year groups into their own learning pods. This will give flexibility as well as structure and allow us the opportunity to become more involved with all aspects of student improvement in learning.

We are all looking forward to a productive term as students become involved in their learning.

Creative Pursuits
The extensive program continues in week 2. The students approached the activities in a positive manner. This is a large undertaking and the support of all staff and students is appreciated.

Parent Helpers
A number of parents have asked about another information session regarding their involvement as helpers. I would like to run this as a group session but also understand the busy nature of running a family. If you would like to be part of the helper group could you please e-mail me at the College and I will endeavour to organise an appropriate time.

Assembly
It is wonderful to witness the parental support for students at assembly. Due to the large number attending, we have decided to sit parents in chairs at the entrance to the Assembly. This should afford all parents better viewing during the assembly.

Public Speaking Finals
Alessandro Vaccaro will represent the College and Thurgoona Lions Club at the regional finals of the Public Speaking. This is a great opportunity and we wish him well.

Grey Wolf scout award – by Alexander Cleary
The Grey wolf award is a very honourable award that is for Cub scouts and is very difficult to get. What are the requirements and how do I achieve them? Well, first I had to get a Grey wolf award badge called the Gold boomerang. Needed for this badge is to be able to tie certain knots, have excellent knowledge of the history and traditions of scouting and many more challenges with sport and learning stuff like first aid.  After that I had to be at the top of four completely different badge’s topics. I also had to have been at two pack councils (the Cub Scout equivalent of the SRC meetings) and had some impact on the weekly activities. To take things to an even more complicated level, I had to create a resource for the Cub pack like a board game or a puppet show/kit based on the Cub Scout topic of the jungle book. I created a board game of a varied snakes and ladders which I called kaas and rocks.  Then last and most challenging of all I had to plan and take some fellow Cub scouts and a leader (teacher equivalent) on a hike of 5km for 2 hours and have 3-6 hikers. I also had to make sure everyone had snacks, appropriate clothing and shoes and I carried a first aid kit to use. We had many stops to investigate and rest. And that is how I received the grey wolf! – Alexander Cleary

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This month on SchoolTV – Body Image

Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.

A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health. 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 http://trinityac.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/body-image

Rachael Beck showcase and masterclass

Mrs Emma Mancer, Coordinator of Co-Curricular Performing Arts

We have a very exciting opportunity for all our performing arts students here at Trinity in term 3. I am very excited to announce that Trinity has been able to secure musical theatre professional Rachael Beck to spend two days at the college, working and performing with our students and staff. Rachael works with a limited number of schools each year and we are very excited to have Rachael work with our students and staff and help enhance our performing arts programs.

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On Friday, 3 August, Rachael will be working with various co-curricular performing arts groups including the musical theatre ensemble, Seussical cast and HSC vocal students.

On Friday evening, Rachael will perform alongside Trinity students in a showcase concert here at the College.

On Saturday, 4 August, Rachael will be running 2 Musical Theatre Masterclasses, open to any interested participants from the Albury/Wodonga region. Trinity students will receive a 50% discount on all Masterclass registrations.

Benefits for the students

  • Unique opportunity to spend 2 days learning from a musical theatre professional
  • Inspire students to continue to engage in the performing arts
  • A rare opportunity to perform alongside a professional performer.
  • Gain professional knowledge of the performing arts industry.

Please click here for booking details or contact me with any further questions about this very exciting, and unique opportunity for our students and staff to learn from one of the industry’s leading performers.

About Musical Theatre Professional Rachael Beck

One of Australia’s leading performers and educators, Rachael Beck is a multi-faceted, award – winning powerhouse whose talents span across stage and screen, as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress.

Rachael Beck is widely remembered for her award-winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, which won the 1996 ARIA Award for the Best Australian Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release.  Her outstanding credits include her Green Award nominated performance as ‘Fantine’ in Les Miserables and ‘Rumpleteaser’ in Cats, both produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

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From the library

 Book Week is an exciting week of all things literary. Over the past term we have been learning about the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s shortlisted books in preparation for our Annual Parade. Students can dress up as their favourite character from a book of their choice. The Book Week Parade will be held in the Multi-Purpose Hall on Friday 24 AUGUST (Week 5A)  – please put it on your calendar! 9am:  K-Year 3. 10am: Years 4-6.

There will be two Book Club catalogues coming home this term. Cash or using the online LOOP system are the preferred payment methods. And don’t forget to return overdue Library books please! If you have any questions please email amy.wilson@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Grok Learning

Follow the link to learn to use Python programming to change the world! get.gl/big  

Code Launch is open to students with no prior experience at programming, as well as more experienced coders. Every student who completes either the Beginners or Intermediate stream of Code Launch counts towards free BBC micro:bits for your school. Code Launch 2018 will run until Friday 30 November. Come to the following meetings for more on coding:

  • Junior Techies: Friday A lunch (Junior Comlab)
  • Senior School: Friday B lunch (SCS08)

Why learn to code?
Programming (also known as coding) is how sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram are made. Knowing how to program is like having a super power. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have all said that students should learn how to code. It’s a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems, an increasingly valuable skill.

Code Launch teaches you to code in Python 3.6. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services. Contact Mrs Dahmes for more information: tahlia.dahmes@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Senior School Sport

Mr Nash Clark, Co-ordinator Senior School Sport

Over the holidays, Oscar Bradbury and William Gould represented ACT Water Polo, in the U14 boys division at the 15th Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival, Auckland, New Zealand.

The boys played seven games over four days and finished 16th in of a field of 30. Oscar was named co-captain and showed leadership and direction. William was a huge part of the team’s offensive attack and was the team’s top goal scorer.  Both boys were an important part of the team’s structure sharing both the centre forward and the centre back roles.

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As well as having the opportunity to play sport, the boys experienced some local attractions: white water rafting, a Hobbiton tour and Maori cultural experience. The boys showed great commitment and dedication leading up to the tournament, training up to five times a week including a weekly training session in Canberra.

Racquetball

Students interested in racquetball are invited to participate in regular, Saturday morning training in Wodonga. These weekly, two-hour sessions are regularly coached by state and national coaches, providing students fantastic opportunities. Sessions are only $5 per week, with all gear supplied. For additional information contact Scott Haberecht scotth@gcie.com.au

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Toothy smiles all round

A huge thankyou to all who donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for me to take over to Timor Leste during the holidays at such short notice.  We took two suitcases weighing nearly 45kg! We gave some to kids in the villages but the majority were delivered to Balibo House, which is staffed by a volunteer Australian couple. They are working to set up small industries for the Timorese. There are very few dentists in Timor Leste, most of whom are located in Dili.  The roads are very poor and most people do not have transport so are unable to travel into Dili.  In Balibo House (which is out in the country) is a dental clinic.  This is staffed by volunteer dentists from Australia who are registered with the Australian Dental Board and travel to Timor Leste four to five times a year. They all were very grateful for the contributions from everyone. – Cathy Katsoolis

New Trinity Cafe

    

We opened our new Trinity Cafe this week with a great new menu featuring some delicious new dishes as well as the proven favourites from before. The Cafe is under management of Thurgoona Bakery.

Catherine and Coral are settling into their newly renovated space and plan to offer weekly, and sometimes daily, specials. Next week’s special will be Pork and Gravy Rolls for $6.50.

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