Newsletter

28-July-2017

From the Principal

I love the first week of term.

There is a tangible energy in the College this week as our students and staff return. However much we may have enjoyed the holidays, there is a sense of wholeness and completion when our community is reunited, back together in the same place again.

There is a gift in belonging to something bigger than ourselves. At Trinity, every student belongs. We are part of a great movement of people, growing together; bringing out the best in each other.

One of the four pillars of a Trinity education is for each of us to have a sense of genuine community. We want every child to feel a deep sense of belonging at Trinity. As an Anglican school, we believe that every one of us is created by God and dearly loved. We are all valuable – built with hope and a purpose.

This hope and purpose of our students was boldly expressed during the holidays as 17 Trinity students ventured to Cambodia as part of a global service trip. Led by Kate Millan and Tristan Patralakis, the students worked tirelessly in a small Cambodian village, teaching young students, building shelters, hoeing in the forest, brick-laying – doing so in relentless tropical heat, humidity and bathed in insect repellent. 17 students expending their energy to make a difference for other people; investing in something bigger than themselves. Together they raised more than $1000 to invest in the Cambodian people. I am so inspired by these students and staff – for their determination to make a difference.

We have some major events for our parent community this term. Here are three important dates to mark in your diary:

Justin Beckett
Principal

Upcoming Events

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From the Deputy Principal

The staff appraisal process, Collaborative Professional Attainment (CPA), has continued to work well at Trinity. The process uses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as its framework. It involves teachers undertaking a collaborative review of their practice, while working with a colleague mentor to gather information from observing, analysing, discussing and questioning our professional practice.

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It involves staff moving through a four year program and even though this is our first year, several staff are at the fourth-year point. At this point of the process a final report is produced based on a number of elements including: teacher self-reflection, parent, student and collegial feedback and also the mentor’s observation of the teacher in the classroom.

Classroom observations have started and form a large part of the process. Central to CPA is the view that teachers are professionals who have a high degree of ownership in the process. Given this activity, it is increasingly likely that students will have seen a range of teachers in their classrooms. So it is important that students and parents understand that at different times other staff will be observing the learning and teaching in a range of classrooms.

Part of the final report is to seek feedback from students and parents. It is with this in mind that you may be asked to complete this survey for a particular teacher if he/she has taught your child in the current or previous two academic years.

It is a short survey that provides feedback on a teacher’s practice. I appreciate that parents have already, this year, been asked to complete the strategic plan survey, but guarantee you that this survey will not be time consuming and involves answering less than 10 questions. If you are selected to be part of this process I would ask that you complete the online Parent survey when you are contacted.

This feedback is useful for our staff as part of the Trinity Anglican College staff collaborative performance attainment process.

  • Please be honest in your feedback
  • Responses should not be shared with other families/parents
  • You will not be identified in any analysis of the information collected

I thank all contacted parents in advance for your input into this valuable professional tool for Trinity staff.

Mr Peter O’Neill
Deputy Principal

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From the Director of Studies

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.

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Parents of Year 8 Students:  Year 9 2018 Subject Information Evening

Year 8 students can have their questions about Year 9 subject choices answered at the Year 9 2018 Subject Information Evening from 7pm Tuesday 8 August 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 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 across Weeks 3 and 4 of this term.  We have made an adjustment in shifting the beginning of these exams to Monday 7 August.  This means that the Trial Examination will span a two-week period.  The reason for this adjustment is that we want all of our Year 12 students to have the optimal conditions for demonstrating what they know and can do.

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.

Year 12 HSC Major Works and Performance Examinations

Students undertaking English Extension 2, Drama, Visual Art, Design and Technology, Music and French also are focused on the submission of their major works and process diaries, and the completion of oral language examinations.  Students should be maintaining a ready dialogue with their teachers in order to ensure that their major works are progressing steadily toward completion and that they complying with all project specifications.  Dialogue between Mme Bennett and her students should be plentiful and, of course, in French!

Year 10-12 Assessment Tasks

Students in Years 10-12 are, generally, engaging with their continued assessment program in a positive and committed fashion.  The momentum created by the assessment program is powerful and it is important to maintain focus.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students and parents that direct parental contact is required if a student is unable to submit or undertake an assessment task.  The College understands that illness or misadventure can occur and we have a firm set of procedures to follow in such instances.

Certainly, in instances of assessment tasks being missed due to planned absences, students should make contact with me well before the due date so that arrangements can be made.  Failure to do this can incur mark penalties.  This is clearly outlined in the assessment policy documents distributed to students at the outset of the year.

Year 11 students:  End of Preliminary Course Examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end of course exams in their Preliminary HSC Course.   These exams take place across Week 7 and begin on Monday 4 September.  The students are approaching their assessments with seriousness and I encourage them to plague their teachers for advice and feedback; this is advice that their teachers will be very happy to impart!  Students should be engaged in producing well-structured and carefully-researched summary material to assist them in their endeavours.  The submission of draft material to their teachers for comment will also yield benefits for them.  We wish them very well in their study and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours as they tackle this important set of challenges.

Year 11 & 12 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 twp afternoons a week.  These study sessions have proved popular during Semester 1.

In Term 3, these sessions will take place from 3.15 to 4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 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.

It was wonderful to see so many students in Study Hall this week; I look forward to working with the students as the term continues.

Parents of Year 4 Students:  AAS Testing

On 18 September, Year 4 students will undertake diagnostic testing that targets skills of reading, writing, general and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and Mathematics.  This 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.

Ms Kym Armstrong
Director of Studies

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From the Junior School

Creative Pursuits opens door to the circus

Students now have the chance to master juggling, tumbling and the hoola hoop in a new Creative Pursuit offering of circus arts being run by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in the Trinity MPH. Circus Arts is among a number of new activities for Term 3 and this week students had their first attempt at some of the acts made to look easy by the Circus staff.

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Juggling with four balls was demonstrated but students started off their circus careers with one –  getting the hang of throwing it to a certain height and catching it with the other hand in a smooth flowing motion was step one! Those having a go at the hoola hoops were having a lot of fun trying to get the hoop moving in a regular, steady rhythm while the tumblers were trying to get their body to do exactly as they told it to.

Other activities during Term 3 are cooking – and eating the results, of course – macreme, photography, orienteering and gardening. There are groups visiting the elderly residents at a local aged care facility, another group is taking part in the green ninja program at Flip Out, there is boxing which is a combination of conditional and cross training and novelty sports where the focus is on  games and sportsmanship in a team environment.

Creative Pursuits runs from 12.50pm-3.10pm on an A Week Wednesday.

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From the Wodonga Campus

A very warm welcome back to all. A particular welcome to our new students -Ben, Menzie, Oscar and Mason – and their families.

Early Arrival at School
I am concerned that there are a small number of students being dropped off at school before supervision begins. As yard duty doesn’t begin until 8:10am, this practice comes with safety concerns. While many of our teachers are on Campus before this time, they are engaged in meetings and preparation for the day ahead. It is quite possible that the teachers may not be aware that students are on site and as such these children are not being supervised. Can I remind all parents that the students are not to be dropped off at school before yard duty supervision begins. Thank you for your understanding.

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End of Term Awards
Congratulations to the following students who received Achievement Certificates at the End of Term 2 Assembly.

Achievement Awards: Lily Jones – PrepW Thomas Spalding – PrepW
Kade Deverell – PrepW Hudson Fowler – 1W Alannah Bohun – 1W
Joseph Elderfield – 1W Molly Pirkola – 2W Eden Deverell – 2W
Stamatina Kamberos – 2W Oliver Kavanagh – 3W Lithuka Siriwardana – 3W
Jack Leahy – 3W Harrison Knight – 4W Charlie McFarland – 4W
Fallon Locke – 4W Isabella Klein – 4W Mark Baker – 5W
Amelia Wakefield – 5W Sienna Plested – 5W Elle Drew – 5W
Isabella Reid – 5W Riley Edwards – 6W Jessica McGregor – 6W
Raeghan Abbott – 6W Sam Chase – 6W Jana Geerling – 6W

Deputy Principal Awards
Congratulations to the following students on receiving a DP Award.

DP Awards Raeghan Abbott Charlie Gray
Georgia Stefaniak Gaby Richardson Isabella Reid
Amelia Wakefield Cassie Phillips Lauren Brawn
Lucy Elderfield Sophie Feillafe Isabella Klein
Eamonn Boyle Joe McFarland Rosie Rawson
Chase Nelder Katie Gillis Chloe Costello
Stamatina Kamberos Lawrence Roth Ben Cleary
Molly Pirkola Alannah Bohun James Bohun
Cooper Scott Archer Kavanagh Lily Jones
Kade Deverell Isabella Stoffels Claire Berg
Freya Dean Evangeline Reid Ella Leonard
Tiahn Myles Paris Morgan Sophia Feillafe

New Photocopier
I am delighted to let parents know that a new photocopier has been purchased for the Campus.

Results of Parent Questionnaire re Lunches
Through responses to the recent questionnaire on whether lunches could be made available through the Baranduda Store, there has been an indication that the “School Green Range” one day per week (Friday being the preferred day) could be helpful. Further discussions will be held with the Baranduda Store to finalise arrangements. I just remind parents that the food options do not include hot meals or drinks.

Rest assured, we will certainly continue with our very popular Hot Lunch arrangements, and we sincerely thank our volunteer parent helpers for making this possible.

Eisteddfod
Mrs Lowe has a group of students practicing hard for the Eisteddfod on Friday 11 August. Congratulations to the students who have been selected for the singing group. These students are :

Year 6 Gaby and Maeve
Year 5 Grace, Isabelle and Madelaine
Year 4 Isabella and Harry
Year 3 Lithuka, Connor and Oliver
Year 2 Stamatina, Sam and Amy
Year 1 Alannah and Charlotte

Further performing arts opportunities will be provided through the annual Stage Door concert to be held in August. Details to follow.

Earn & Learn
Woolworths Earn & Learn is back. From July 26 the Wodonga Campus will be collecting Earn & Learn stickers. Shoppers get one points sticker for every $10 spent. At the conclusion of the scheme, points are used to obtain a range of educational resources. Please remember to collect your stickers and send them in to school.

Chris O’Loan
Head of Wodonga Campus

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Sports of all sorts

Brave showing in Paul Kelly Cup

On the final Friday of our midyear break, 14 girls from Year 6, along with Miss Lowe and myself, travelled to Wagga Wagga to compete in the Paul Kelly Cup Football Regional Finals.

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Arriving in the morning, the girls were fired-up and ready to play. In their first game against Finley, the girls went out determined to win. Having a strong start and kicking the first three goals, Trinity hung on to win 27-20. Next up we faced Henschke. This was a physical game. Trinity fought hard and although using some great skills by hand and foot, unfortunately ended up going down 54-8.

In our final game, wanting some redemption, the girls went out with a mission to beat Parkview and book their ticket to the finals at the SCG. Starting slowly, the half time score read 29-0, Parkview’s way. However, the second half was a different story, with Trinity playing on their terms and applying a high level of pressure, keeping Parkview scoreless. With the final score remaining 29-0 in favour of Parkview, this amazing effort in the second half showed the girls could match it with any team.

At the end of the day, although we didn’t manage to book that ticket to the SCG, I would like to thank and congratulate each individual representative who took part on the day. Trinity played in the true spirit of the game and walked away at the end of the day with the same smile with which they arrived.

Mr Rhys Dempsey

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From the Library

Welcome back to our staff, students and families for another busy and exciting Term here at Trinity and in the Library. Term 3 is shaping up as another big one, with several events happening in and away from the library.

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Book Week

Term 3 will see Trinity holding the annual Book Week assembly in Week 5 on Friday 25 August. Ms Sutton will be running our Book Week activities this year, including the assembly, and she has many exciting things planned in and around that week. A note will go home with students closer to the date of the assembly.

Book Club

There will be two Scholastic Book Club catalogues this term. Please be mindful of the return dates stamped on these forms and I would encourage the use of the online LOOP payment system or cash payments rather than cheques to make the ordering process from the school as simple as possible.

Donations

Again, I would like to express my gratitude to staff, parents and students for the many wonderful donations we are receiving in the library. There are too many donations, large and small, made to the library every year, to be able to thank everyone individually and often I don’t get to see those people donating through the front office, but it is appreciated. Watching the books being borrowed, in many cases before being on the shelf for even a day, I know that the students are benefiting from these donations as well.

After School Study

One of the biggest issues facing any library is the need to provide access and equity to all library users. This is particularly difficult for Senior students wishing to use the library for homework and as a quiet study space in the afternoons. There are also some safety concerns regarding students running around the areas outside of the library unsupervised after school while waiting to be picked up or moving off to various activities and events as there is no supervision available in this area of the school.

I encourage parents and students from the Junior School to make use of the Camp Australia After-School Care program or wait for pick-ups at the front of the school where we have staff on duty until 4pm, if they are going to be on the school grounds after 3:30pm.

Rob Childs
College Librarian

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From the Canteen

A reminder for parents of K-2 students that it is preferable not to order lunch for little people on Fridays, owing to the Canteen being so very busy on Fridays and the queue being so long! We can provide a much better service for little people on other days of the week.

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Roster Term 3

Week 2B
Monday August 7 Required
Tuesday 8 Required
Wednesday 9 Required
Thursday 10 Monica Catalan
Friday 11 Monica Catalan
Week 3A
Monday 14 Required
Tuesday 15 Cathy Giltrap
Wednesday 16
Thursday 17 Monica Catalan
Friday 18 Monica Catalan

Margaret Cochrane
Canteen Manager

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An Evening with the Cyber Safety Lady

Leonie Smith is an acclaimed educator and commentator on cyber safety and digital citizen issues. She will present to students from Years 5-10 next Thursday and Friday but in a special session for parents on Thursday 3 August at 7pm, Leonie will give advice on how to protect you and your family from cyber bullying, scams, and frightening adult content.

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Take this quick quiz to see if you can afford NOT to attend:

  • Where are the settings to filter out adult content on Google/YouTube?
  • Which apps are the worst for cyber bullying and most used by predators?
  • Where do you report Cyber Bullying?
  • Why do kids love Snapchat so much – is it safe?
  • Why is hiding your friend’s list on Facebook essential, and how do you do that?
  • Best way to supervise your child online without spying?
  • What is the most effective way to get children to switch off?
  • How do you tell if an app is safe or not?
  • What are “Tumblr” “Kik” “Snapchat” and “Musical.ly” can they be used safely?
  • What is a #hashtag and why do you need to know?

If you can’t answer these questions you probably don’t know enough about cyber safety to really help protect your child online. Leonie believes that education and protection are the keys to staying safe online. Parents and children need to be educated about how their technology works, as well as understand how to keep themselves safe online through behavioural changes and privacy and safety settings.

Bookings are essential

An Evening with the Cyber Safety Lady

Where: MPH Trinity Anglican College (now fully heated in winter!) – Thurgoona Campus
When: Thursday 3 August
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: Free to parents of a Trinity student
RSVP to
Principalpa@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

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Launch of the Trinity Parents & Friends

Building a community of parents – by parents for parents – is the driving force behind Trinity’s new P&F to be launched at the Atura on Thursday, 17 August.

A steering committee has been working for several months on developing guidelines for the new P&F and we are now ready to tell the world what we have in mind.

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Some exciting innovations will be unveiled at the launch – innovations that will ensure greater connectivity between parents, improved access to cutting edge thinking on raising children in today’s world and avenues for parents to support other parents to enjoy all of our children’s successes.

To set the tone of the evening, our guest speaker will be speech pathologist Liz Campbell.

Liz works with families of children with complex learning needs to get the best out of each child. She looks at improving children’s learning and their lives holistically – from the environment in which they grow and parenting styles, to a child’s individual neuroscience including their academic strengths and weaknesses. Liz has been working with Trinity staff to improve their knowledge and skills in identifying learning difficulties and ways to manage them.

Establishing the P&F is a priority for new principal Justin Beckett.

“School is not just about the students,” Mr Beckett said. “We want to support and welcome the whole family. This is about building a community of parents, listening to the needs of others and recognising the role of parents in our College.”

The P&F will not be about raising money for the College, shaping strategic decisions or making a profit. It will be an avenue for connecting parents, to welcome and support new families, to develop and equip them with information and to volunteer in the College community.

The launch will be the first step in connecting parents in a social environment. Fingerfood and the first drink will be provided by the College to welcome parents as we outline our vision.  We have some surprises in store for the night – some we will reveal over the coming weeks, but some will be announced only on the night.

Trinity Parents & Friends Launch

Where:  Atura Albury, 648 Dean Street Albury
When:  Thursday 17 August 2017
Time:  7pm
What:  Fingerfood and drink on arrival. Drinks at bar prices afterwards.
Cost:  Free to parents of a Trinity student

RSVP  to
 Principalpa@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

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2017 Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award

Social event of the year at Trinity! The KELL MOORE EVENING OF ART on opening night of the Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award is becoming THE hottest social event on our College calendar and it’s on again from Friday, 8 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017.

This is a big opportunity for our College community to come together to have some fun and enjoy fabulous artworks, good food, great wine and even better company.  You will see the Multi-purpose Hall done up as you’ve never seen it before – and it will be warm, thanks to the heaters now installed there!

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Even if you don’t know your acryllics from your watercolours, don’t let that stop you.

You can come along just for the food! Last year we had wonderful Upsidedown Tomato Tartlets from upmarket eatery Ebden & Olive, the Trinity Food Tech team put on a smorgasboard of Blini, Thai fish cakes, stuffed mushrooms and fennel fritters while Northpoint Bakery provided mini quiches and a yummy caramel slice. Then there was capsicum tartlets and bruchetta from the Albion, rice paper rolls from Thurgoona Bakery and mini samosas from the Indian Tandoori. Top that off with chicken satay sticks from the Manor House, gourmet pizza wedges from Bonettis and to-die-for chocolate brownies from Aromas. Bet you didn’t know that facilities manager Lynton Parker does a mean beef mignon on the barbie and Janelle Parker, our food tech assistant, produced an array of food, including some pretty delicious homemade mini sausage rolls.

    

If not for the food, come for the wine! Pfeiffers of Rutherglen is our wine sponsor. What this means, apart from sharing their amazing wine, is that we are extremely lucky to have winemakers and cellarmasters, Chris and Robyn Pfeiffer, join us for the evening. We try to insist that Chris and Robyn come along to relax and enjoy the ambience but throughout the night we find they have drifted behind the bar where they are happily pouring and recommending wine to guests. Guess you can’t keep good winemakers away! Last year we had their crisp, dry 2016 pinot grigio, a very rich and generous 2014 cabernet merlot as well as everyone’s favourite, Pfeiffer’s Phizz.

All food and drink is included in the $30 entry ticket. We will repeat that – ALL FOOD AND DRINK IS INCLUDED IN YOUR $30 ENTRY TICKET!

Now add to that: live music from some of our more talented College musicians plus a special entertainment feature from our performing arts department. We’re going to keep you in suspense on that one – it might be musical, it might be dance or it might be drama – we are not revealing that until the night.

And finally, the reason for the art exhibition – the art. Last year we had more than 170 individual artworks to tempt and tantalise and we are expecting that or more this year. During the evening, we will announce the prizewinners of the $2000 Acquisitive Art Award, the $800 Regional Artist Award and our Small Space Award. And you will be able to meet our Feature Artist Catherine Stewart as well as many others who will be in attendance. Catherine has joined us fresh from her first solo exhibition in the region at MAMA during the school holidays. She has been a prizewinner at our exhibition in the past and we look forward to seeing what she will exhibit and sell this year. Catherine is definitely an artist of the moment, which will make the first prize of the raffle – one of her artworks – a much sought-after piece.

So get your friends together, dress up a little and bring your best festive mood to the Kell Moore Evening of Art. Maybe even add to your art collection by buying an artwork that piques your interest. All fundraising money benefits the College.

To book your ticket click on the link below. See you there!
https://artshow.trinityac.nsw.edu.au/kell-moore-evening-of-art/

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