Welcome Newsletter

29 January 2020
Welcome from the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

mr_justin_beckettThere is such a buzz in our school this morning. So many kids excited to be here. You could see them skipping off the bus and running through the yard. Connecting with old and new friends. Dashing to find their new classroom where teachers are waiting with a smile and a warm welcome.

They are right to be excited. It’s fun to be a kid and everything we do at Trinity is about creating the optimal conditions for learning. Kids learn best when their teacher knows them really well, and we pride ourselves on having expert teachers who know how to engage your child.

This is a great time to be at Trinity. Our 2019 HSC results were outstanding; stronger than any other school on the Border. Trinity was recognised in the Top 150 NSW schools for our HSC results because our Year 12 results were so high across such a range of subject areas. We had two students achieve All Rounder Status and 8 students achieve an ATAR of 90+. From Kinder to Year 12, our teachers know what they’re doing and they do it with passion and care.

In the next two days every family will receive the 2019 Trinity Year Book and a new 2020 wall calendar. Please note that the wall calendar does not include every Trinity event. To keep up to date on school events, please keep an eye on our Community Calendar at this link or on our College website: Trinity Anglican College Community Calendar. You will also find useful information on our Trinity Anglican College Albury-Wodonga facebook page.

We love to start the year with the Parents and Friends Welcome Breakfast. It’s a chance to share a breakfast with your children (of all ages) and to meet other parents. The P&F Welcome Breakfast runs from 7.30-9.30am on Tuesday 4 February in our main quadrangle near the library. It is a free event – just bring yourselves!

We are looking forward to a wonderful new year at Trinity. I’m so glad you can join us for the journey.


Trinity only school on Border to make Top 150

Trinity ranked 134th for HSC results in NSW

Trinity’s outstanding HSC results has catapulted the College into 134th place on the Top 150 NSW schools list for 2019.

We were the only school on the Border to make the Top 150. We also celebrated two all rounders, a student who finished 13th in the State in her subject and 15 distinguished achievers.

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Faye Cameron and  Madhulikaa Sarjapuram earned All Rounder status after scoring a Band 6 or equivalent, the top score available, in all seven of their subjects.

Faye earned her title after top scores in English Advanced, English Extension 1, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern History, History Extension and Physics.

And, Madhu was awarded All Rounder status after getting top marks in Biology, Chemistry, English Advanced, English Extension 1, Mathematics, Modern History and History Extension.

In another amazing achievement, Year 11 Mathematics accelerant student Lois Segun-Beloved was awarded State Top Achiever status for finishing 13th in the State after attaining a score of 100 in her HSC Mathematics exam.

The College had 15 students on the Distinguished Achievers list. They were: Ella Baker, Ruby Bradbury, Jack Buckley, Faye Cameron, Sienna Day, Mehtaab Gill, Mackensey House, Elloise O’Connell, Ella Pearson, Madhulikaa Sarjapuram, Lois Segun-Beloved, Lleyton Spokes, Ebony Trebilcock, Vinu Wettesinghe and Claudia Ziebarth.

Overall, the College scored well across all subjects:

  • 84% of course results were above the State average
  • 56% of courses achieved more Band 6 than the State average
  • 9% of exam sittings resulted in Distinguished Achievers awards
  • 51% of results were either Band 5 or Band 6
  • In 5 courses, 100% of candidates achieved a Band 5 or Band 6.
  • 27% of students achieved at least one Band 6 or E4.
  • 56 Trinity HSC students achieved 37 Band 6 (or Band E4 in an Extension Subject) results

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Welcome to our new Staff Members

Trinity places a great deal of emphasis on having a quality teacher in every classroom. We employ teachers who are passionate and caring and who are considered leaders in their field. We are very lucky to have some excellent new staff members join us in 2020.

Susan Pilley – Head of English. Susan comes to us from Hornsby Girls’ High School where she led and coordinated the English Faculty in teaching and learning programs for Stages 4 and 5.  She taught Stage 6 Advanced English where 90% of her students achieved the top two bands. In 2018, Susan took unpaid leave to teach in a socially disadvantaged area of Northern England.

Josephine Berg – French and Mathematics Teacher. Josephine is a native French speaker who was born in France and has developed a passion for mathematics.  She joins us from Xavier High School.

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Jessie Ross – Chemistry and Science Teacher. Jessie joins us from the Centre for Continuing Education, and previously worked at The Scots School, here in Albury. She has a love of science and endeavors to inspire students to be life-long enquirers.

Alice Planting – Visual Arts Teacher. Alice and her family have moved to Albury from Exeter, near Sydney.  She has previously taught at Bowral High School and Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn.

Taylor Emery – English and HSIE Teacher. Taylor is a recent graduate of CSU. She did her final prac at Trinity at the end of last year.

Georgina MacDiarmid – Junior School Teacher, Year 2. Georgina comes to us from South Wagga Public School where she was Kindergarten classroom teacher and also ran the School Band and Drama Club.

Jessica Burgess – Junior School Teacher, Year 3. Jess is a former Trinity Student and recently graduated from CSU with a Bachelor of Early Childhood & Primary (K-6). She had placements at Wodonga South Primary School (Foundation) and Wodonga West Children’s Centre (Year 4)

Claire McCormack – Junior School Teacher, Year 4. Claire comes to us from Thurgoona Public School and has worked at Albury Public School.

Darcy Liston – Performing Arts and IT Support Assistant.

Mackensey House –  Junior Sports Assistant.

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Basketball swings into action

Get excited; the first round of basketball games for Season 1 starts next week!

Please take a few minutes to read through the following information about the start of the season. It is important that all players and parents are aware of their commitments and responsibilities to their team and the club.

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All players allocated to a team must have registered by this Friday. If players take the court without being registered they will forfeit their team’s points for that game. You can register using the link that was communicated via TeamApp on 13 January.

Game and Training Schedule

Game days and training times have been set for this season and are as follows:

Team Game afternoon Training
Under 10 Girls Thursday Wednesday 3:20-4:20pm
Under 10 Boys Friday Wednesday 3:20-4:20pm
Under 12 Girls Thursday Monday 3:20-4:20pm
Under 12 Boys – Div 1 Monday Tuesday 3:20-4:20pm
Under 12 Boys – Div 2/3 Wednesday Tuesday 3:20-4:20pm
Under 14 Girls Tuesday Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Under 14 Boys – Div 1 Monday Friday 7:15-8:15am
Under 14 Boys – Div 2/3 Wednesday Friday 7:15-8:15am
Under 16 Girls Friday Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Under 16 Boys – Div 1/2 Monday Thursday 3:20pm-4:20pm
Under 18 Boys Friday Wednesday 7:15-8:15am
Under 18 Girls Friday Tuesday 7:15-8:15am

Please check the Albury Basketball Association website for most current information about game times. http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-9091-0-0-0&a=COMPS

It is the expectation that all players attend training starting next week. Players must contact their coach (at least 24 hours in advance where possible) if they are not able to make it to a training session.

Uniforms and Playing Singlets

The committee is still in the process of finalising new playing singlets for the club; unfortunately it has taken longer than we anticipated. Interim measures will be taken to ensure that all players are able to take the court:

  • Players who still have a singlet wear this to their game.
  • Players who returned their singlet at the end of last year will be allocated this singlet again
  • Players without a singlet will need to wear a plain white T-shirt (no pockets, no buttons) and they will be given Trinity bibs to wear.
  • All players will need to wear navy blue mesh basketball shorts; these are the only acceptable shorts for basketball.

Coaches and Team Managers Required

There are Under 14 and Under 12 Boys teams that still need a coach. If you are able to volunteer your time to help with coaching please contact basketballcoaching@tacbasketball.org.au

If you are available to act as a Team Manager for your team, please make contact with the coach on the first night of play to see if there is still a vacancy in your team.

New players

If you are interested in playing basketball for Trinity, please register your interest with the secretary on secretary on basketballsecretary@tacbasketball.org.au. You will be placed in a team if a vacancy exists. Alternatively, you will be placed on a list to play next season.

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Welcome Breakfast on Tuesday, 4 February

From our Chaplain

Rev’d Bryn

When I checked my pigeon hole this morning I found an encouraging letter that I’d like to share with you. It is a reflection of the generous and compassionate character of the Trinity community.

Dear Students, Parents and Staff,
Trinity Anglican College

Words cannot express my gratitude to you all for the food, toys and toiletry items sent to St Matthews yesterday.

Our shelves are now bulging and we’re ready to pack our Christmas hampers on Thursday. We look forward to using your items and even some beyond Christmas and into the New Year. Virtually every day there are people asking for assistance at St Matthews.

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity. It is very much appreciated …

With thanks,

Barbara Hoodless
Coordinator: St Matthews Emergency Food Program

This letter is a lovely reminder of the power for good that is released when a community turns its attention outwards and gives generously where there is a need. We have seen Australians reflecting this same generosity of spirit over the summer in response to the bushfire crisis. Helping a neighbour in need is right at the heart of the Gospel. When we respond in love and practical care Christ is made visible in the face of giver and receiver and both are reminded of their common humanity. Well done Trinity!

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