From the Principal
Mr Justin Beckett
We were honoured to have hundreds of grandparents visit Trinity today for Grandparents’ Day. We shared a special assembly where our Year 6 leaders spoke of the deep love they have for their grandparents. And that love was on display for young and old as we shared afternoon tea together and then ventured into the classrooms. Our young students relished the opportunity to show off their schoolwork from a busy first term. Many of our grandparents earned themselves a gold star in class, displaying excellent literacy and numeracy skills. I also saw some lovely colouring-in and paper cutting skills on display – from both juniors and seniors alike! Thank you to the grandparents, family members and friends who paid a visit.
As we move into the Easter weekend, we are reminded of the greatest love story of all time. In Jesus Christ, we find that the love of God is bigger than our greatest fears and our worst mistakes. The Resurrection is a timely reminder that the love of God always wins; death and darkness are overcome by faith, hope and love.
A famous theologian once said, “Christianity, unlike any other religion in the world, begins with catastrophe and defeat. The life of the founder of Christianity, having begun with the cross, ends with the empty tomb and victory.”
The Resurrection empowers us to love other people because God first loved us.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter!
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From the College Chaplain
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man (sic)
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mould.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
So, this Easter, remember that ‘resurrection’ is a verb; it is a way of life that bends every effort towards realising here and now what Jesus meant by ‘The Kingdom of God’. The resurrection of Jesus is only meaningful if we participate in it. To paraphrase St Paul, ‘the same power that raised Christ is at work in us’ whenever we love without boundaries, forgive without exception and insist on justice without fear. Just as in the 1st Century, those with power and vested interests are still saying, ‘No’ to Christ’s vision but the resurrection is God’s, ‘Yes’ to Christ and that ultimately makes it unstoppable!
Have a joyful, holy and slightly subversive Easter!
From the Deputy Principal
Mr Peter O’Neill
ANZAC Day is recognised on Wednesday, 25 April. This is in the second week of the term break. I appreciate that many families are away from Albury/Wodonga during this time, but it would be wonderful to have any students who will be local to attend the ANZAC Day Parade to represent the College. To be part of the Trinity group, students are required to be dressed in full winter uniform. This includes the red jumper as the outer garment for all students in Kinder to Year 9 and the blazer as the outer garment for Year 10-12 students.
Students should assemble in Macauley Street on the south side of Dean Street at 8.45am. At the conclusion of the march, school groups will turn left at the corner of Dean and Townsend Streets, where parents can collect their children between Dean and Smollett Streets. All students will be asked to remain with the staff until they are collected by a parent.
Students are asked to be mindful of the occasion and show respect for the opportunity provided to join with Veterans for the Parade. Please remember that should a student be wearing medals of a family member, they are to wear them on the right breast. Only veterans may wear medals over the heart on the left breast.
Term 2 – winter uniform
Next term students are required to return to school wearing their winter uniform. Please remember that this includes the College tie for all students and the outer garment is the College red jumper for students in Kinder to Year 9, with the College blazer for years 10-12.
Term 2 begins for students on Tuesday 1 May, which is a B Tuesday on the College timetable.
From the Director of Studies
Ms Kym Armstrong
Disability Provisions for HSC examinations
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) offers special consideration for the examinations of students who are experiencing significant disadvantage because of conditions that impair their ability to perform in the examination setting. In order to access this consideration, students must undertake an application process. Students who think that they might be eligible are encouraged to speak to me.
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 this term. These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School at the following times:
- Years 9 and 10: Wednesdays from 3.30 to 4.30pm
- Years 11 and 12: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 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 are held weekly after school on Wednesday from 3.30 to 4.30pm. Interested students are encouraged to speak with Miss Miriam Sultan, who will be convening these sessions.
NAPLAN 2018 – 15-17 May
In May 2018, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools.
The results of the tests will provide important information to schools about what each student can do, and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.
Student background information (student name, gender, date of birth, language background and Aboriginality) will be collected as part of the National Assessment Program. This information is treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that every student’s right to privacy is maintained.
The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from 15-17 May 2018.
Tuesday 15 May: Language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation). Writing
Wednesday 16 May: Reading
Thursday 17 May: Numeracy
In the numeracy tests, students do not require any measuring tools such as rulers or protractors. In Years 7 and 9 there will be one numeracy test with two parts: in Part A, a calculator is allowed; in Part B, calculators are not to be used. For the calculator test, the student should use the calculator that they currently use at school.
Friday 18 May – A ‘catch-up’ day is scheduled for students who missed a test or were absent on a test day.
Students may be considered for exemption from the tests if they:
- are newly arrived in Australia (less than one year before the test) and with a language background other than English, or
- have significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions which severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests.
All other students are expected to participate in the tests. Disability adjustments which reflect the student’s normal level of support in the classroom may be provided. Large print, braille, coloured paper versions and electronic tests are available to meet the needs of individual students.
Access to disability adjustments or exemption from the tests must be discussed with either Mr Steven Armstrong for students in Years 3 or 5, or Ms Kym Armstrong for students in Years 7 or 9, and a parent or carer consent form must be signed. Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the College. If you wish to withdraw your child from the tests, you must sign a parent/carer consent form. Consent forms are available from the College.
Please make an appointment if you would like further information about your child’s participation in NAPLAN. For students in Years 3 or 5, contact Mr Steven Armstrong, Head of Junior School. For students in Years 7 or 9, please contact Ms Kym Armstrong, Director of Studies.
Additional information about NAPLAN can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support
Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.
From the Head of Senior School
Mr Malcolm Thomas
This month’s edition is ‘Physical Activity & Exercise’. It is a great edition for parents with children across all year levels. Here is the link to this month’s edition http://trinityac.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/physical-activity-and-exercise
This month on SchoolTV – Physical Activity & Exercise
In the last decade, children’s participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline. In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary behaviour is having a detrimental effect on today’s youth. The key is finding the balance.
Research shows, that regular physical activity and exercise leads to changes in the brain. It improves cognitive function, elevates mood, enhances learning and improves academic outcomes. Playing sport helps kids develop fundamental movement skills impacting positively on their confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. Parents play an important role in helping children establish positive habits that will benefit them in the long-term.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to get their kids motivated and moving more. 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.
From the Junior School
Mr Steven Armstrong
The College has announced an initiative that will focus on respect. This process will involve school leaders working with students to ensure that each student understands the importance of respecting self, respecting others and respecting our environment. This program will focus on the positive aspects but not shy away from the negative outcomes when students do not show respect. The Junior School used their bodies to spell out RESPECT on the Oval last week. This physical demonstration was to draw awareness to the importance of the initiative. What will follow is a process that enables students to pick up the skills required to support themselves and others when particular situations arise.
The Junior Cross Country took place on Friday. Congratulations to all who competed hardily and supported each other through the dusty course. There were a number of strong performances on the day that auger well for the RAS Cross Country later in the year.
The Infants tabloid sports day took place on Wednesday. All students relished the chance to run, hop, jump, throw and cheer as they enjoyed the many activities.
Grand time with grandparents
This event took place today. The staff and students were looking forward to sharing their school with these special people. It is such a special time and I am sure all the guests enjoyed their time with the students.
The annual Lions Club Public Speaking competition is underway in Years 3-6 with a number of students expressing interest. Once the class rounds are concluded, we will have the College finals to select representatives for the external competition round.
The College is indebted to Parents who are willing to give of their time, energy and expertise. The list is with the teaching staff and parents should expect a call or e-mail requesting assistance in various activities.
After a very busy term of sporting activities, the final carnival takes place on Tuesday, April 10. It is a very busy day with lots of events. We look forward to all taking part.
The end of Term 1 Assembly will take place at the College on Friday 13 April starting at 9.05am. This should conclude at 10.05 am.
This occurs on the Wednesday of the second week of the Term break. It would be great to see as many students as possible marching to recognise the importance of this time in the Australian calendar. The College ANZAC Service will be held on Thursday, April 12 starting at 12 noon.
From the Library
Ms Amy Wilson
The 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge commenced on Monday 5th of March and closes on Friday 31st of August. Students in K-2 are completing the challenge in their classes. It is optional for Year 3-9 but strongly encouraged! The students have received their login details and the booklists are available on the website: https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Performing Arts
Mrs Emma Mancer
As Trinity grows as a leading College in the border region, so do the opportunities we are able to offer our students. As we have in previous years, we are offering students access to a wide variety of peripatetic teachers to help enhance their academic studies.
Parents can co-ordinate lesson times and fees directly with the teachers and the college co-ordinates room timetables and performance opportunities. Students participate in a showcase evening throughout the year where they have an opportunity to share what they have learnt on their instrument of choice. Students also receive a small report assessing their progress throughout the year within their academic report at the end of each semester.
Please find a list of available teachers by clicking on the page below.
Exciting Events in the Performing Arts 2018
We have a big year this year in the performing arts department with many events coming up and many opportunities for our students to extend themselves in the areas of music, drama and dance. Some of these include:
- 11 and 12 May: Senior School Play, The Crucible
- 30 May: Evening of Jazz
- 21 June: Senior School Concert
- 15-17 Aug: Middle Years Production – Seussical
- 4-9 Sept: Performing Arts Tour to Perth
- 24 Oct: Trinity Theatresports Challenge
- 7 Nov: Instrumental Showcase
- 22 Nov: Junior School Concert
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Trinity Anglican College P&F presents:
Friday 25 May, 6.30-7.30pm.
Join literacy expert Lyn Stone for a guide to helping your child get the most out of reading at home. Grandparents and carers welcome. Coffee and cake afterwards.
The P&F is excited to announce we will be co-ordinating a Mothers’ Day Stall. Presents will be for on sale at $2, $5 or $10 each and students will be able to purchase a maximum of four items. The stall will be held in the library on Thursday, 10 May. This year coupons may be purchased in advance for parents to “pre-pay” for their children. We will be looking for volunteers to man the stall in 1 hour time slots on the day. More information will follow in the P&F newsletter next week.
Our Dinkum Dads program is launching on 6 April. Send your Dad, Uncle, Grandpa or male mentor down to the Goods Shed in Wodonga on 6 April from 6.30pm and we’ll feed them gourmet pizza while they share a few yarns and maybe a beverage or two. All welcome (Adults Only). Drinks at bar prices.
Senior School Sport
The Senior School Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Monday, 9 April. Senior School students will again have to make their way directly to Alexandra Park Athletics Complex (a shuttle service will also operate from the College and at the completion of the carnival back to the College).
All students are expected to be at Alexandra Park Athletics Complex by 8.45am. If they have nominated to participate in the first rotation of events they must be at the track by 8.20am for an 8.30am start.
|8.30am||High Jump||Long Jump||Javelin||Discus||Shot put||1500m|
|1.30||L||J||D||S||T||H||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay|
|2:00||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||4×100 relay||T||H
|2:50||Buses depart, students dismissed|
Senior School cross country carnival
The College cross country carnival was run as quickly as the afternoon storm, we fortunately avoided, rolled in. Pleasingly, all students attempted the longer, more technical track with the goal to help their House succeed. Congratulations to Hoffman, which proved to be too competitive.
The top six students will form a very strong College representative team at the BISSA cross country to be run at Narrandera race course, on Monday, 14 May (Week 3, Term 2). I look forward to sharing their success later in the term.
Age Champions and Runner-up Age Champions
|Place||Girls Under 13||Girls Under 14||Girls Under 15||Girls Under 16||Girls Open|
|1st||Mariana Horta Vieira||Zarlie Goldsworthy||Lily Todorovic||Ebony Trebilcock||Alice Wheeler|
|2nd||Paris Morgan||Paige Shirley||Jecca Baker||Blaynee House||Lora Bonetti|
|Place||Boys Under 13||Boys Under 14||Boys Under 15||Boys Under 16||Boys Open|
|1st||Lachlan Elgin||Ryan Patching||Max Beattie||Nicholas Lockhart||Darcy Harrington|
|2nd||Connor Schmidt||Antony Thomas||Finn Nixon||Reuben Sarkis||Jordan Ryder|
1st Hoffman 173
2nd Kimball 161
3rd Rosborough 156
4th Lankaster 152
5th Kelton 124
6th Petts 112
Junior School Sport
Mr Kade Stevens, Coordinator Junior School Sport
Congratulations to our 17 Trinity students who represented RAS at the CIS swimming carnival in Sydney on Thursday, 22 March. This was one of the largest Trinity teams we have sent away. All students swam sensationally, smashing personal best records all day!
A special mention goes to Archie Kreutzberger who finished third in his 50m backstroke, receiving a bronze medal. This result will qualify him to attend the NSWPSSA Swimming Championships in April.
Last Friday, 23 March, the Junior School Cross Country was held at the College. The house placing on the day was:
Rosborough 150 points
Lankaster 141 points
Kimball 135 points
Kelton 104 points
Petts 102 points
Hoffman 73 points
Congratulations to all students who competed, and especially the following students for their Age Champion and Runner-up achievements.
Under 9 boys: Champion: Lawrence Roth. Runner-up: Thomas Stefaniak. Under 9 girls: Champion: Edwina Harrington. Runner-up: Millie Thomas
Under 10 boys: Champion: Archie Kreutzberger. Runner-up: Alessandro Vaccaro. Under 10 girls: Champion: Ebony McGee. Runner-up: Charlotte McCarthy
Under 11 boys: Champion: Sloan Mulholland. Runner-up: Harrison Wilson. Under 11 girls: Champion: Emily Steele. Runner-up: Stephanie Ramsdell
12/13 boys: Champion: James McCarthy. Runner-up: Luke Sampson. 12/13 girls: Champion: Georgia Pigdon. Runner-up: Isabella Melton
On Friday, 16 March, 10 girls from Years 5 and 6 represented Trinity at Wagga RAS netball try-outs. All girls are to be congratulated for playing their best against the fierce competition, and especially, Sienna Plested for being selected to play in the RAS netball team in Sydney in May. Thanks to our amazing coach, Mrs McInnes, and our great umpire, Tia Rawaqa.
Bella Reid and Sienna Plested
Coles Sports for schools
This year, Trinity has registered for the Coles Sports for Schools. This program gives schools across Australia the opportunity to earn sports gear just by collecting vouchers from Coles. Through Sports for Schools, Coles has supplied over $20 million worth of sports gear to over 7,500 schools across Australia.
How does it work? Step 1: For every $10 spent at Coles, you will receive one Sports for Schools voucher. Step 2: You can then bring vouchers into Trinity, placing them in the collection box at the front office or in a collection box at your local Coles Supermarket. Step 3: Every voucher received by Trinity will go towards our tally – we will then be able to order the sports equipment for your children!
Ms Megan Craig
In 5MC we have 24 students. One of our students, Hunter McBurnie, is not physically in our classroom, but uses a robot that he has called ‘Bob’ to join in with classroom activities and to maintain a connection to his teacher, friends and peers. Hunter was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in August 2017.
Hunter has not attended Trinity since his diagnosis; he has spent very large periods of time receiving treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne. In between treatments at the RCH, Hunter cannot attend school due to a weakened immune system.
Hunter is one of only three students Australia-wide using a robot provided by the MissingSchool organisation. MissingSchool is about keeping seriously sick kids connected to their regular schools and getting their special learning and social needs met through everyday practices. Hunter’s robot lives in 5MC’s classroom and is operated and moved in real-time by Hunter via his computer from either his home or hospital. ‘Bob’ enables Hunter to see his teacher and join in as much as possible with classroom activities and socialise with friends and peers. Hunter uses his own Google Drive folder to access uploaded work and to scan and upload any completed work. We also utilise a home/school classroom app called seesaw, which helps Hunter to stay connected with his teacher and peers.
The students in 5MC help to include Hunter in daily classroom activities by helping to make sure that there is a clear floor space for Hunter to move ‘Bob’ around, by helping to charge him when I forget, holding up work that Hunter may need to view closer due to the glare sometimes making it difficult for him to view work on the whiteboard, and adapting activities such as maths games to include Hunter. Below are some short excerpts from pieces of writing that students in 5MC wrote about ‘Bob’:
‘Sometimes Hunter moves Bob around to get Mrs Craig’s attention. The robot was named Florence but Hunter didn’t like that name so he renamed it Bob.’ (Amelie Schubert). ‘Bob is used because Hunter has Leukaemia and unfortunately he can’t come into class but with Bob in the classroom we can see him. Hunter can use Bob to move around and communicate with people in the classroom.’ (Holly Jones). ‘Hunter can be the tallest or shortest in the class using Bob depending on what we need to do. If Hunter doesn’t feel like talking he can type and it shows up on the screen. If Hunter’s not feeling well, he can turn the screen blank blue so we can’t see him but he can see and hear us.’ (Hudson Gray). ‘Bob helps Hunter contribute to class discussions and talk to other students from his house or hospital.’ (Charlie McFarland).
Below is a poem written by Hunter about what ‘Bob’ helps him to do:
He can move around the classroom
His camera can zoom in and out
He can turn the microphone off and on
He lets me see my friends and teachers
He goes at different paces
He can go up and down
He can show my face
He needs to be charged, and goes offline sometimes
He lets me hear everything in the classroom – sometimes it’s loud!
By Hunter McBurnie, age 11
Ms Renee Vanegmond
Year 5 have been reading the book ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. August “Auggie” Pullman, the main character, is a fifth-grade boy living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity and is home-schooled by his mum, Isabel, up until now. At first, Auggie is ostracized by nearly all the students in the school, but he is soon befriended by a boy named Jack who had the courage to be kind.
In our Year 5 classes, we have been exploring the topic, ‘You should always choose kind over being cool.’ Below is a piece of writing by Alex Cleary, that is sure to convince you to always choose kind.
You Should Always Choose to be Kind Over Being Cool.
Imagine this…you’re walking in the playground on a beautiful sunny spring morning. Out the corner of your eye you see a poor boy sitting on a dull wooden bench. All the so-called, “cool kids” are surrounding him, laughing their heads off and messing with him. What do you do? I strongly believe that you should choose kind over being cool. When you are kind, it makes others feel happy, your kindness encourages others to be kind and in the long run, being kind will get you more friends.
To begin with, if you are kind to another person, you will make them feel happy. Someone may be struggling and emotionally lost and you may come along and help them. This makes them feel accepted by others and safe to be themselves. Because of this, they will become very happy and feel better. It’s so simple to make someone else happy, even a smile is good start.
Equally as important, your kindness can encourage others to be kind. When you’re kind, people will look up to you and want to do the same. Your strength also gives others the courage to be kind. Peer pressure to be kind…now that is a worthwhile thing. Furthermore, in the long run, being kind will give you more friends. When you be kind to others you will slowly get to know them and you could make a great new friend…who knows, this could turn into a lifelong friendship all because you made an effort to be kin. When you demonstrate this kindness to lots of different people, your friendships will grow into a diverse range of groups.
To sum it all up, I strongly believe we should all choose to be kind over being cool. Not only because it makes others happy, but also it can encourage others to be kind and, in the long run, kindness will get you heaps of friends. What are you going to do to encourage kindness in the world today?
Alex Cleary 5RV
From the Junior School art room
Ms Melanie Routledge
Students have been doing some fabulous artwork with me in the Junior Art Room.
Y5 – Complementary Colour Zebras: Emmet Whitehead 5KM, Audrey Hogg 5KM, Melinda Smith 5KM.
Y4 – Portraits: Max Haymes 4KH, William Lane 4KH, Tully Couch 4KH.
Y2 – Imaginary Insects: Ella Lewis 2KH, Nina Wilke 2KH, Don Cumming 2KH.
Uniform Shop holiday opening hours
The Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday 12 April at 5pm. Additional Term 2 holiday trading hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 23, 24 and 26 April from 9am to 4pm. It will be closed on Wednesday 25 April.
It will return to normal hours on Monday 30 April.