Newsletter

27 October 2017

From the Principal

Many reasons to be proud of Trinity

I’m always proud of our students here at Trinity, but recently we have had some fine examples of our students going the extra mile for others and that should make everyone in our Trinity community proud of the fine young adults our students are becoming.

In the past fortnight, our students have participated in Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research, Dramatic Minds at HotHouse Theatre to highlight awareness of mental illness and Champions for Change Youth Days to promote body confidence within our school community.

It’s easy to sum it all up in one sentence but let me explain the enormity of these efforts which were undertaken in tandem with regular classes.

Last week, Year 11s ran a trivia night on Monday, a disco for the Junior School students on Wednesday, cooked up a storm at the egg and bacon breakfast after the Ride to School day on Thursday and ran a funky sock day last Friday. Then on Saturday, into Sunday, they walked in the Relay for Life. Some students walked more than 60km throughout the night. It seems there were plenty of light-hearted moments and, of course, it was a great team-building exercise – but it was never easy. Things worth doing never are.

Dramatic Minds was an opportunity for students to raise awareness about mental health on stage at HotHouse Theatre. Our students worked with Albury Community Mental Health clinicians to devise pieces to promote mental health and then delivered them to two targeted audiences, a matinee of middle years students and a wider general audience in the evening. Our girls team focussed on positive psychology and our boys looked at men’s health. We all know these are extremely important messages and I commend our students for tackling the issues.

Another area of wide community concern is the issue of body confidence and how to promote body esteem to prevent eating disorders. Our students were involved in group discussions at the Champions for Change Youth Day in central Albury, aiming to develop an initiative they can introduce into the school community, focusing on self-esteem, resilience, peer support and digital literacy for the wellbeing of all students. Trinity was the only school at the Champions for Change represented by a team including boys. Well done to us!

HSC English paper furore

I think we have seen one of the down sides of social media in the past few weeks with the vilification of an indigenous author, whose poem was used in the English HSC paper.

Why people think it is okay to vilify someone on social media is beyond me.

The author was completely unaware that her work had been chosen for the paper and to be criticised in such a manner, reportedly even receiving death threats, is unfathomable behaviour. I hope we are teaching our students better values and that they have the strength of character to refrain from joining this sort of mob mentality.

Welcome Dr Anthony Perrone

This week we welcomed Dr Anthony Perrone into the Trinity community as our College Counsellor.  Dr Perrone is originally from Boston, USA. He gained his psychology degree at Westfield State University and worked in clinical mental health settings before eventually migrating to Australia. Prior to moving to Albury, the home of his wife’s family, Dr Perrone worked at Central Queensland University (where he also obtained his Doctorate), Rockhampton, Alice Springs, Melbourne and has counselled veterans, farmers stricken by drought, family law, individuals, relationships as well as working with indigenous communities. His specialty, however, is counselling children and adolescents. Dr Perrone comes to us from Xavier High School and I’m certain he will be a valuable member of our team. Welcome Anthony!

Mr Justin Beckett
Principal

Upcoming Events

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From the Deputy Principal

Mr Peter O’Neill
Important dates before end of term
Even though we are only in week 3 of Term 4, the school year is heading towards its completion. Therefore, I would like to highlight some dates and extend a warm welcome to members of our community to join with us at the following events.

1. Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews: Thursday 9 November, Senior Centre South, 3.45pm-7pm. Booking code 7m8ur

2. Junior School Albury Final Assembly, MPH, Years 3-6: Tuesday 28 November, starting at 2.10pm

3. Albury Presentation Assembly, MPH, Kinder-Year 2: Wednesday 29 November, starting at 9.05am

4. Senior School Final Assembly: Wednesday 29 November, starting at 11.50am

5. Trinity Community Carols Service: Wednesday 29 November, Albury Campus, 5.30pm-6.30pm. This is very much a social and informal gathering where you are invited to sit and enjoy the carols. Bring along your own chair, mat or rug, and a small picnic.

6. Wodonga Campus Final Assembly, including Prep-Year 2 Presentations: Thursday 30 November, starting at 11.50am.

7. Year 9 Student Showcase: Monday 4 December, Senior Building North 2pm-3pm. Year 9 students showcase their achievements and successes from the Year 9 Program.

8. College Christmas Chapel Service: Tuesday 5 December, MPH, 11.50am start. All staff and students will join together for this event.

9. Junior School Annual Prize Giving and Speech Day (Years 3-6): Friday 8 December, MPH 9.30am All students who are award winners (students will be notified) or are performing will have reserved seats. All other students are required to sit with their class teachers in designated class areas. (Junior School students will receive their reports at the conclusion of school on Friday 8 December)

10. Senior Schools Speech Day: Friday 8 December, MPH, 12.30pm. All students who are award winners (students will be notified) or are performing will have reserved seats. All other students are required to sit with their Pastoral Care Groups in designated class areas. Reports for all Years 7-10 students will be distributed to students in attendance at the completion of the Speech Day.

Speech Day is a compulsory event for students from Years 3-11 and it would be wonderful to have the support of parents and friends at these special occasions.

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11: HSC assessment information
Year 11 HSC information evening for students and parents: Thursday 16 November, 2017
Semester 2 exams
Year 11 Study Hall: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

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Year 11 students: the transition to Year 12 and alterations to patterns of study
Whilst Year 11 students must engage in 12 units of study (six subjects), students can study a minimum of 10 units (generally five subjects) for the HSC. Interested students have taken blue change of subject forms to complete. Additional forms are available for students from the front office. As part of the process for dropping subjects, students must consult with a number of key people and gain their signatures on the form; parents, teachers, the Head of Senior School and the Careers Advisor must be consulted prior to the change being formalised.
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.

Year 11: HSC assessment information
Assessment schedules have been distributed to students this week, together with the important policy document “Year 12 Assessment Information for Students, 2018.” This document outlines the policies and procedures regarding the completion and submission of assessment tasks for HSC courses. It is important that students are fully cognisant of this material and adhere to the processes outlined. Students have also received an advice that outlines the due dates of all assessment tasks for all courses. This will help them to plan their time to maximise their ability to perform effectively in all tasks. I wish them all of the best as they embark upon this latest stage of their educational journey.

Year 11 HSC information evening for students and parents: Thursday 16 November, 2017
Mr Thomas and I will be hosting an information session for all Year 11 students and their parents from 7pm on Thursday 16 November in the Senior School building. We will be focusing 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. We look forward to seeing as many students and parents as possible.

Semester 2 exams
For students in Years 7-8, assessment tasks will take place in class; there will be no formal exam period.
Students in Years 9-10 will undertake Semester 2 exams during Week 6 of this term. Examination timetables will be distributed in Pastoral Care Groups before the conclusion of Week 4.
If you have any queries regarding the issues outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Year 11 Study Hall: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
The College is offering students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall environment two afternoons a week. These study sessions have proved popular during Semester 1.
Term 4 Study Hall will operate on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with the exception of Tuesday 31 November. The sessions will be from 3.15 to 4.30pm, downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.
Students will be able to access study and writing tips and will receive study assistance from the supervising teachers as well as from the number of other teachers who drop in.

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

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Careful in the use of words
Awards
K-2 Swimming
Ride to School Day
Kindergarten 2018 Orientation mornings
Year 4 Camp

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Careful in the use of words
Words can evoke many different emotions. They have within them the power to inspire, to tear down and to express true love. Over the last few weeks the importance of the use of word has been evident in the broader community.
In written form the perception of the reader is difficult to ascertain. The written word can be taken out of context as intonation and facial cues are missing and the reader can create a scenario that was not expected by the writer. With the rise and rise of social media, it is important to reflect on the written word: that quick e-mail, the snap-chat, the throw-away line on face-book and the seemingly endless means of sending a message. As part of learning and growing students (and adults) are continually confronted by this and the growing need to know now, to tell now and send now.
This form of pressure can be used as a positive. I always suggest that if things are meant in jest, then it is best to do this face to face. Things said in jest are more easily interpreted and usually much funnier. It is incumbent on our community to continually raise awareness of this and to educate ourselves as parents and our children to the importance of being careful in the use of word. To use this powerful tool as a positive.

Awards
To clarify for parents and students (after a number of questions of late), the College has a number of awards avenues. The first relates to work in the classroom over a specific two-week period and these are recognised at the Assembly. Another relates to the Fruit of the Spirit and civic awareness and these are awarded at the Chapel Service. The Deputy Principals Award recognises cumulative effort and the first Award is presented at an Assembly. The second award is presented in class. The third award is recognised by the Principal’s Award and a badge. We also nominate students at the end of each term with Class Awards that have specific categories for each term (Achievement, Effort, Improvement, Academic). There are also the Annual Speech Day Awards for Years 3 to 6.

K-2 Swimming
All students from K-2 have now taken part in the swimming program. There has been some wonderful feedback from students and staff about the involvement and general improvement. This is an essential skill in our community given the length of summer. We are all looking forward to the Carnival on Thursday 2 November.

Ride to School Day
Another very successful morning with 18o students, parents and staff (plus some future students) involved. Big thanks to Mr Thurling for his organisation and to the Relay for Life team that provided the sustenance at the end.

Kindergarten 2018 Orientation mornings
Tthese will take place in Week 5 with groups of students joining the current Kindergarten students to have a taste of a morning in the big school.

Year 4 Camp
The final camp for 2017, Year 4 Camp, takes place in Week 6. Notes and information regarding this camp should be with parents already. If there are concerns please contact the College for clarification.

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From the Senior School

Mr Malcolm Thomas

Relay for Life
Thank you to everyone who supported our Year 11 students as they raised funds for the Cancer Council through the Relay for Life.

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The students have raised an amazing $15,672 through the generosity of our Trinity community and their hard work in organising fundraising events. Our organising committee may not have been as organised as in previous years, and our events may have felt as if they were all occurring in the last two weeks before the event (which they mostly did), however, their passion has never been in question.

It was a pleasure to spend the 24 hours of the relay with the students as they ensured that our relay baton (a bright pink cow) continued to do laps of the track. Many thanks to the many staff who came along and spent time with our team as well as providing food to keep us going. We must also thank the Bonetti family for supplying us with some enormous pizzas late on Saturday night which were very welcome.

On Saturday afternoon, I was interviewed by an employee of the Cancer Council who travels to different events and speaks to team captains about their experience. I was asked what was the hardest part of being a team captain? My reply was ‘3am on Sunday morning’. He then clarified his question and asked what was the hardest part in the lead up to the event. I was pleased to say that I didn’t find it hard at all as the work is all done by our Year 11 students!

For the third year in a row, Trinity won the School Challenge Trophy for most funds raised and Darcy Harrington won the people’s choice award for the Miss Relay for Life competition. We were also honoured by being asked to read the fightback pledge at the closing ceremony. Philippa Russell, our Community and Service Captain topped off a great relay for us by reading the pledge.

Thank you for supporting our relay team by buying a bacon and egg roll at a ride to school day, allowing your child to attend a disco or support at any other event. Year 11 have learnt a lot from this experience and the importance of being part of a community.

We look forward to next year’s relay where our current Year 10 students will add to the $93,557 raised by the Trinity Anglican College community since 2009.

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From the Wodonga Campus

Mr Steven Armstrong

Campus abuzz
Deputy Principal’s Awards:
Transition events
Upper Hume Regional Athletics
Public Holiday, Wodonga Campus
Book Fair
Year 6 assisting ELC
Reading Challenge

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Campus abuzz
The Campus was ‘buzzing with excitement’ this week when a colony of bees decided to make a home in a tree near the small play equipment. Students were intrigued by the swarming process, where the queen bee and a large group of workers, leave their original hive and seek out a new one.
While swarming bees don’t usually sting, students were encouraged to keep their distance, particularly as we have a student who has a bee allergy! Did you know that bees are considered the most important insect in our ecosystems, but their survival is threatened by human civilisation and the bee population is declining. We all need to do our bit to encourage bees to our gardens. Bees feed on pollen and nectar so by planting flowering plants and vegetables, and by pulling out weeds rather than spraying them with weedkiller, we help our honey-makers remain healthy.
By the way, the hive has now been re-located.

Deputy Principal’s Awards:
The following students received Merit Awards. Congratulations to them for their efforts. The Chapel and Assembly sequence has been disrupted by various events going on in the College. Please note there will be NO Assembly on 2 November due to the Infants Swimming Carnival.

  • Flynn McCorriston
  • Cohen McCluskey
  • Molly Pirkola
  • Fallon Locke
  • Madelaine Hayes

Transition events
All students except for Year 2 have been involved in Transition activities this week, with Year 2 to have their day at the Albury Campus on Tuesday 31 October. Well done to all involved!

Wodonga athletics
Congratulations to those students who were selected to represent the College in the Upper Hume Regional Athletics carnival held recently at Alexander Park. We sent a small but very enthusiastic band of talented athletes, and came away with some stunning results. The team included: Georgia Stefaniak, Fallon Locke, Charlie Gray, Jana and Leo Geerling, Ryan and Riley Edwards, and Isabella Klein.
Notable achievements were : Riley Edwards: 1st in Under 13 high jump; Georgia Stefaniak: 2nd in Under 13 high jump; Charlie Gray: 3rd in Under 11 high jump; Ryan Edwards: 1st in Under 11 discus; Fallon Locke: 4th in Under 11 shot put.
I think you would all agree our Campus ‘punches above its weight’ in many ways, including athletics. Well done. We are very proud of you all.

Public Holiday, Wodonga Campus
There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday 24 November. This is a designated Public Holiday for Wodonga for the Wodonga Cup and in lieu of the Melbourne Cup holiday. Parents will need to make arrangements for child-care on this day. Please don’t send your children to school – there will be no-one to look after them!

Book Fair
Our final Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday 1 November until Tuesday 7 November. It will be a “Buy one get one free” fair so a great opportunity to add to your child’s home library. Some parents donate the second book to the College Library. Please remember it will be the last opportunity for students to use any Award Vouchers they have received as prizes for competitions throughout the year. It is cash or cheque only, no eftpos.

Year 6 assisting ELC
Service to others is an outstanding way to learn. Year 6 students are giving up their lunch times to assist with the ELC. The 6s are very excited and very much look forward to their turn with “the little kids”. A key aspect of this time is a reflection how to learn and develop empathy – drivers to success in life. Asked why they like to go to ELC, the Year 6 students said, “We like to interact with the little ones”, “They look to us for advice and help”, “They are cute and funny”. Indeed, well done Year 6!

Reading Challenge
This year we elected to run our own Reading Challenge, along the same lines as the previous Premiers Reading Challenge. Those involved read a minimum of 15 books in Term 3, and the list of those who successfully complete the task was extensive. Congratulations to all students and to Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Billington for their involvement, support and promotion of reading.

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From the Director of Sport and Co-curricular

Mr Nash Clark

BISSA waterpolo gala day
Calling 7-year-olds for basketball team
Infant Swim Carnival
Swim club
North Albury Thurgoona Cricket Club

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BISSA waterpolo gala day
Trinity was represented by two competitive teams – a girls team and a boys team – at the BISSA waterpolo gala day on Wednesday, 18 October. They competed against Xavier, Scots and Wagga’s Mater Dei. Whether it was their first time or they had played many seasons, the girls were competitive and had a lot of fun, finishing the day with a draw, a win and a loss.
The senior boys’ team gelled over their three games, becoming more competitive as the day went on.
With minimal loses expected over the next year our College teams will continue to grow in confidence and ability. Thanks to the students who umpired and assisted with hosting the event, and for the great coaching team of Mr Clark and Mr Miles.
Caroline Lowe
Manager

Calling 7-year-olds for basketball team
Are there any students who are 7 years old, or turning 7 over the Christmas break, who would like to join a College basketball team?
If so, please contact me as soon as possible to register your interest and find out further details.
Older students are also welcome to register their interest at
Michelle.Campbell@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Michelle Campbell
Basketball co-ordinator

Infant Swim Carnival
As part of the Junior School Swim Program, Kindergarten/Prep to Year 2 students will participate in a novelty-based swim carnival on Thursday, 2 November, at the Albury Swim Centre. All students should have received an information note outlining the details of the day. Additional shade and sunscreen will be provided throughout the day, however, parents are asked to apply sunscreen to their child in the morning.

Swim club
The Trinity Anglican College Swim Club aims to cater for all abilities in developing greater swimming confidence, fitness and technique. The club is open to students in Years 3 and above and will be coached by Jo Gibbs. Sessions will be conducted at the Albury Swim Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.30-7.30am.
The program will start on Monday, 6 November and conclude for Term 4 on Wednesday, 6 December 2017. The program will recommence Wednesday, 31 January 2018 (Week 1, Term 1) and conclude on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 (Week 6, Term 1).
The cost for two sessions per week, per child is $120. One session per week, per child (Monday only) is $65. This does not include pool entry. To register your child, complete the permission form. Link to swim note in forms&notes.

North Albury Thurgoona Cricket Club
The North Albury Thurgoona Junior Cricket Club has positions available in its Under 12 and Under 14 cricket teams. Registrations are still open. Any interested students are asked to contact Rod Barton (0417 287 793 or Rod@sjta.com.au) or register online.

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From around the College


From the Canteen
From the French department
From the Uniform shop

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From the Canteen

Thank you to volunteer Rachael Baker.

Week 4B Term 4
Monday 30 October Sherryn Thomas
Tuesday 31
Wednesday 1 November
Thursday 2
Friday 3

Week 5A
Monday 6 November
Tuesday 7 Cathy Giltrap
Wednesday 8
Thursday 9
Friday 10

From the French Department

Excellence in French
Congratulations to French students Sidney White, Sam Villegas, Lily Todorovic and Paddy Duggan on some excellent results in the Assessment of Language Competence test (ALC) for French which they sat in August.
Year 9 student Sidney White received a High Distinction for reading and a Distinction for listening, Sam Villegas (Year 9) received a Distinction across both skills while Year 8 students Lily Todorovic and Paddy Duggan received Credits for their listening and written comprehension skills.
We are very proud of these students’ results and hope to see more students complete the ALC next year.
Félicitations! Congratulations!

From the Uniform Shop

Trinity Anglican College uniforms may be ordered online and picked up in store, or delivered to your home.
New user instructions:
1. Go to www.midford.com.au
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.

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