Mr Justin Beckett
And suddenly the year is almost over. There are Christmas trees sprouting in most of our Junior School classrooms. And, in many cases, students and teachers alike are marvelling at how much has been accomplished this year. It has been a big year of learning and discovery.
There were two highlights for me this week. The first was our Trinity Parents and Friends Christmas Carols night on Tuesday. The wet weather and howling wind drove the event inside this year. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the hundreds of boys and girls as they sang carols and enjoyed the atmosphere. Our Trinity singers and musicians were outstanding.
The other highlight for me this week was seeing Toby Sandstrom (Year 9) get baptised into the Anglican Church in a special Chapel service for the whole Senior School on Wednesday. Toby is earnest and sincere about identifying himself as a follower of Jesus Christ. In the Anglican Church, baptism signifies the cleansing from sin that Jesus’ death makes possible, and signifies a new life in God; a response to God’s all-embracing love.
In the next two weeks we will have a colourful smorgasbord of end-of-year events:
- College Christmas Chapel Service (9.50am Wednesday 4 December)
- Rite Journey 2020 Parent Information Evening – for parents with students going into Year 9 next year (6pm Wednesday 4 December)
- House Debating Competition (12.50pm Thursday 5 December)
- Go Fly A Kite – Years 2, 3 and 5 (8.50am Friday 6 December)
- Kinder to Year 2 Performance Assembly (1.45pm Friday 6 December)
- Year 6 Graduation Dinner (6pm Monday 9 December)
- Junior School Speech Day and Annual Prize Giving (9.30am Wednesday 11 December)
- Year 12 Final Goodbye / Farewell Party (11am Wednesday 11 December)
- Senior School Speech Day and Annual Prize Giving (12.30pm Wednesday 11 December)
- ‘End of an Era’ Little Tackers Farewell, Wodonga Campus (2.45pm Wednesday 11 December)
- Term 4 Classes Finish (Wednesday 11 December)
We are desperately seeking non-perishable food items for our Anglicare Christmas Hamper Appeal. Please send items into school with your child/ren so that we can be a blessing to some less fortunate members of the Albury community over Christmas.
The end of the year winds down for some and ‘up’ for others, especially Chaplains and clergy! Thank you for your generous donations to our Anglicare Christmas hampers! These will be distributed to local families by St Mark’s and St Matthews and make a genuine difference. The hampers will be collected on Wednesday 4 December to be blessed at our whole school Christmas chapel service, so there is still time to contribute if your child hasn’t had a chance yet.
In addition to these Christmas activities, by the time you read this, we will have celebrated the baptism of Year 9 student Toby Sandstrom. Toby approached me to request baptism with a very clear sense of what he was choosing and why. It was such an encouraging experience to share with the senior school community and their warm support for Toby was evident.
Let me wish the whole Trinity community a blessed and holy Christmas. May it bring joy and deepen relationships. May this Christmas also turn our hearts and minds to the needs of others and to the challenge of healing our one-of-a-kind home – Planet Earth.
End of an Era at Little Tackers
Trinity Anglican College’s Early Learning Centre, Little Tackers, will close its doors for the last time on Wednesday 11 December after nurturing little souls for the past nine years.
Staff, students and families will gather to celebrate almost a decade of love and care at a special cake cutting and sealing of a time capsule at 2.45pm on that final day at the Early Learning Centre.
Anyone who has been associated with the centre over the years is invited to attend and reminisce.
The site on which Little Tackers sits has been sold, and the closure of Little Tackers is the final step before it is handed over to its new owners. The good news is that a new pre-school will be built at the Albury Campus and is expected to open in 2021.
Little Tackers began in 2011 under the skilful leadership of Mrs Sonya McAinsh, who is now teaching Year 2 at the Albury Campus. She handed over the reins to Mrs Tracy Iliff the following year when she went on maternity leave. Tracy, with the help of dedicated staff such as Hayley Manson and Louise McLellan, continued to build on Sonya’s efforts to create a well respected and much loved centre.
The Little Tackers preschool program provided a high quality program based on individual needs, interests and abilities. The program provided opportunities for children to engage in play-based curriculum, which gave children both quiet and active experiences, as well as teacher-directed experiences.
A major focus of the Little Tackers program was transition activities that helped the children become familiar with the Junior School campus at Baranduda and teachers. These activities included Library, Computer Lab, Reading groups with the Prep/1/2/3 classes, maintaining campus garden and playing in the yard at lunch and recess times.
In more recent years, Little Tackers students would visit the Albury Campus to meet the teachers and spend a few days being regular students in “big school”.
Director Tracy Iliff said the most satisfying aspect of her time at the ELC was teaching whole families of students.
“Sometimes we would have three or four children from the same family go through and we would often get to see them when they came in with their parents to collect the current Little Tackers student. It was lovely to see them and watch them grow,” Tracy said.
Tracy said in addition to providing a nurturing, individualised program, she endeavoured to create a structured environment that would make the transition to school that much easier.
“I was very big on learning through art and using the rural environment to our advantage,” Tracy said.
“But our main focus was providing the structure that meant it was an easy transition to school. Many of our families still laugh about how our Ants in the Apple phonetic literacy song permeated every aspect of their family life!”
Students at Little Tackers enjoyed a vast array of visiting specialists to broaden the students’ experience. Visits from the Fire Brigade and Police were a yearly occurrence. So too was a visit from the “dog lady” who explained safety around dogs to the children. Past parent Willem Slee was a regular with his bee boxes. Willem came dressed in all the protective gear with a viewing box to show students how the bees surrounded the queen. Sweet tastes of honeycomb was a side bonus!
Horses on the neighbouring block were useful in illustrating a life cycle and every time there was a new foal, Little Tackers students were among the first people to welcome it into the world.
Little Tackers catered for up to 22 4-year-old children and 20 3-year-old children. Many students who started at the ELC are still at Trinity – now in Year 7 and are much taller and smarter versions of their 3 or 4-year-old self.
Even though the centre will close on Wednesday week, the memories for those who worked or studied there will last a lifetime.
Our founding students in 2011 were:
Gallery of students from 2011
Gallery of students from 2019
Ms Kym Armstrong
Year 11 HSC Students
It was wonderful to see so many students and parents at our Year 11 HSC Information Night last week. At this time, we focused 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.
There were a number of important messages for students to take away from this evening. Mr Field reminds students that they will never be defined by their ATAR and that they are important members of a number of teams, most notably their family team. My message for students is to encourage them to throw themselves, wholeheartedly, into the task before them; whatever it might be, one should nail one’s colours to the mast and give it one’s best shot! I apologise, without reservation, for my mixing of metaphors here!
Whilst the HSC year is a big one, our greatest satisfaction comes from being a part of the development of the very special young people who are entrusted to our care.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all families a peaceful and happy holiday period, and look forward to seeing the students return, with vigour renewed, in the New Year. I am sure that it holds many fine things for our students.
Mrs Sarah Culligan
For anyone keen to support our graduating students Lynette Tremonti and Ruby Bradbury, their HSC artworks will be part of MAMA’s Year 12 Art Show. The details below are for the opening night, however feel free to drop into MAMA over the summer break to view their artworks. Ruby’s inclusion in the show follows the selection of her body of work into ARTEXPRESS. ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. Ruby’s work titled ‘A Voluptuary of Mothers’ will be displayed at selected galleries throughout the State next year. Congratulations Ruby!
MAMA’s Year 12 Art Show Opening: Thursday 12 December, 5.30pm-7pm
Mr Mark Dicketts
Topics this week include:
- Write about your experiences in finding a job
- What jobs do computer science grads do in banks?
- Meet Aussie NASA engineer Will Reid
- Meet Dr Alisa Glukhova – working on a cure for cancer
- Animal Career Discovery Day, RSPCA
- Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University
- RMIT Bendigo Flight School – Information Sessions
- RMIT – Business School tours and course advice
- Careers in early childhood education
- Dates for your diary
- Careers with the Victoria Police
- Digital technologies traineeship through Swinburne University
- Collarts – creative media industry partners
- Academy of Interactive Entertainment – School Holiday Programs.
Year 10 and 12 Elective Music students performed Christmas carols and songs to the residents of Fresh Hope Care Borella House on Tuesday 19 November. It was a delightful morning for all, with students engaging with the community by spreading the joy of Christmas and happiness through their solo and group performances. The students received wonderful comments from the residents who thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
Mrs Anthea Mulholland, President
Welcome to Trinity
It was wonderful to see so many families at the recent Kinder Information Evening and the Year 7 Sundowner. The P and F offers a warm welcome to all new families in 2020. I am sure you will all be excited to know that our P and F is solely a community of parents for parents and we do not fundraise. We are looking forward to hosting you at one of our social events soon. All members of the college community are welcome to attend any of our meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting being held on 18 February, 2020.
Our pancake breakfast is happening again, and we want to let all families know to save the date – 4 February 2020 from 7.30am until 9.30am. The P and F will serve Pancakes, Cereal, Juice and Hot Chocolate to the kids and the café will be open for barista coffees. If you would like to be part of the co-ordination team on the day send us a message to email@example.com
It is always a wonderful family morning with beautiful performances by our Trinity music department.
P and F Trivia Night
This is an adult’s only Trivia night with a BYO theme. We can find you a table or take bookings for tables of 8-10. More information and the date will follow in later newsletters. We are looking to hold this event in Term 1, 2020.
P and F Christmas Carols
What a fantastic night for our Trinity Families. This night could not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the Trinity Maintenance Crew. Lynton and his team go above and beyond every year to support the P and F and set up the decorations for us. A huge shout out to our Music, Drama and IT departments including our 2020 Performing Arts captain Hattie Evans who put together an array of entertainment for our families. Special thanks again to those who set up firstly in the outdoor chapel and then re-set in the MPH due to the weather. The time and effort you put into the show is appreciated and valued.
Ideas for the P and F
Please request one of our proposal forms to be sent to you. This is a form that needs to be completed if you have an idea or event that you’d like to see happen within the college for families. Send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send through the form so we can help you run your event or get your idea running at the college.
The team of P and F committee would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe break and look forward to catching up with you all in 2020. Merry Christmas.
Mr Andrew Leary, Head of Senior School Sport
On Saturday 23 November a number of Trinity students took part in the Northern Country Region Little Athletics Regional Relay event in Shepparton.
Athletes compete in a maximum of three races consisting of a 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m and 4 x 800m medley relay.
This year local centres Lavington Jindera Little Athletics and Wodonga Little Athletics teamed up and sent an U15 Girls team. The team proved successful and finished the day with two gold and one silver medal. They will now compete at the State finals in Melbourne on 13 December. Congratulations to Year 8 and 9 students Lara Burdett, Audrey Adams and Illiana Mulholland.
Year 6 student, Sloan Mulholland competed in the U13 boys team of runners from Murrindindi Little Athletics and Wodonga Little Athletics centres and achieved a silver and bronze in their two races.
Year 2 student, Lily Jones competed in her very first regional relay event and will progress to state with her Wodonga team after they finished first in their 4 x 800m medley relay and second in their 4 x 100m relay. – Anthea Mulholland.
Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport
The following people were able to raise enough money to receive a prize. These prizes were delivered to each student earlier this week. Congratulations to: Ella Macreadie, Layla Aplin, Easton Collins, Eli Fairley, Joel Gatford, Toby Swain, Maya Gatford, Annie Richmond, Molly Rolfe, Lucy Wilson, Mia Shirley, Tamsyn Vanderhoek, Frances Campbell, Analise Hutchins.