Newsletter

30 November 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

Welcome to our final newsletter for 2018.

We are finishing the year with gratitude and joy. Today we had hundreds of Trinity students flying home-made kites on the oval as part of a wellbeing exercise called Go Fly A Kite. Our Year 12 leaders were helping our Junior students get airborne, as the final activity of a year-long program called Respect at Trinity.

Earlier in the week we hosted our Christmas Carol Service. It was a jubilant affair – our biggest Carol Service ever! – with more than 300 people present. We were entertained by some of the College’s finest singers, dancers and musicians. The steel pan drummers were a highlight for me. But the highlight for many others was the arrival of Santa Claus on a giant fire engine, courtesy of the Lavington Rural Fire Service. Santa had a present for every student and sat for hours with young children on his knee as they insisted on their good behaviour this year!

I would like to acknowledge the work of our wonderful Trinity Parents and Friends team who made this event possible. This year they have facilitated a dozen events for parents and families. They’ve catered for more than 1000 people and sold more than 3000 presents for Mother’s and Father’s Day. My sincere gratitude goes to the whole Parents and Friends team but especially Anthea Mulholland, Karen Plested, Rachael Clancy and Grenville Coe.

Our mission and purpose at Trinity is to develop young people, equipping them with the skills and beliefs to live a vibrant life now and in the future. When I reflect on the last four terms of schooling, I see every child being cared for, nurtured and challenged. If you spend ten minutes at the College you will see students immersed in rich learning experiences.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our Trinity staff team. We are fortunate to have such dedicated teachers and support staff. Our children thrive because our staff are so thoroughly invested.

Christmas is a time for thankfulness and joy. It is the ultimate celebration of God sending His own Son into the world in human skin to show us the wonder and goodness of the everlasting God. May you and your family know the love and peace of Christ this Christmas.

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 11 HSC Students
Semester 2 Reports – Years 7-10

 

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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.  Mrs Haymes 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.

Semester 2 Reports – Years 7-10

As the year draws to its academic close, I am very much looking forward to the celebrations of achievement that take place across the Speech Day assemblies.  In this forum, academic excellence is rewarded as we recognise the fruits of hard work.  There are many heroes of hard work, however, whose efforts might not be recognised on Speech Day.

There are, of course, other forums through which we recognise excellence, commitment and, perhaps most importantly, growth.  Next week, parents will be able to access the Semester 2 reports of their daughters and sons via SEQTA.  These reports, too, contain a celebration of effort. A heartfelt congratulation is extended to all those who, through hard work, dedication and a determination to do their best, have improved their academic performance.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the issues outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms Kym Armstrong

Director of Studies

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Artwork from the Junior School

Ms Renee Vanegmond, art teacher

Students have produced some eye-catching and thought-provoking artworks this term. Year 2 artwork is inspired by Eric Carl paper collage, Year 4 worked on process art using watercolour and printmaking, Year 5 works were inspired by Sidney Nolan (see his original work at the Mama Art Gallery) and Year 6 artwork was inspired by David Abbey Paige – Halo. This is a magical effect in the sky caused by light refraction and reflection.

 

From the Junior School

Thought for the week
After school pick-up
For the Calendar
Sandpit cooking donations

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Thought for the week
Leadership, in all its manifestations, is a skill that we try to encourage at Trinity. There are a number of opportunities afforded students as they progress through their early learning. Simple skills like learning to listen actively to your peers and teachers, taking on a role that creates a sense of ease with your peers, being tolerant and understanding of the needs of others and becoming more independent in thought and deed are just some aspects of leadership.

As the Year 6 2018 leaders start to reflect on their involvement it is time to offer this opportunity to Year 5. Students in Year 5 have completed an application to take on a leadership role in 2019. Once read, a list will be formed for the Year 5 and Year 6 students who will be asked to vote for the leaders. This vote will then be reviewed by the teaching staff in K-6 and students will be shortlisted for the roles. The process should be completed by the end of Week 7.

As the transition process to 2019 begins, it is important to maintain our focus on the now. I encourage all students and parents to maintain that focus to the end of the term as this will allow for a positive learning environment and effective use of time.

After school pick-up

Just another reminder that students need space at the end of the day to be organised for home. If parents or guardians could wait away from the classrooms that will ensure that the minds can stay focussed on this task and enable a smooth end to each day.

For the Calendar

Tuesday December 4: K-2 Final Assembly and Celebration

Friday December 7: Speech Day Years 3-6 9.30-10.30 MPH

Sandpit cooking donations

To extend children’s play in the sandpit we are looking for donations of old cooking equipment that would be suitable for sandpit play. Items such as pots and pans, cooking trays, frying pans, colanders, plastic jugs, cups and funnels, cooking utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas that are ideal for sandpit play.

If you have been meaning to clean out the kitchen cupboards, we would be more than happy to accept all donations big or small.  Mrs McAinsh will be collecting the donations and they can be left at the Infants Centre office for collection. – Mrs Sonya McAinsh

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Tafe Experience Day

TAFE experience day

Faces covered in flour, tree-climbing and race cars. This, my friend, was our day on 23 November. Fifteen Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to experience a day at Wodonga TAFE where we got an insight on the types of careers available to us when we leave high school. As well as many awesome activities, including tree climbing, changing V8 supercar wheels and baking some goodies, we met many other students our age. After our first activity we ventured to the dining area where we were greeted with a magnificent lunch! Overall we all enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it.   Laxna Bhujel and Analise Conibear

From Senior School Sport

Mr Nash Clark, Coordinator of Senior School Sport

NCIS Senior Athletics Championships – Secondary

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NCIS Senior Athletics Championships – Secondary

The CIS Athletics Championships were contested by the strongest athletes across the state from the Independent Sector at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre in the last week of Term 3. The College was proudly represented by; Sharni Cardona, Audrey Adams, Charlie Gray, Penny McEachern, Lara Burdett, Isabella Slabbert, Charlotte Streat, Chloe Dishon, Illiana Mulholland, Wil McInnes, Reuben Sarkis, Hogan Locke and Riley Edwards, our largest team ever!

Congratulations to all students who competed – every student achieved at least one personal best time or distance. Well done to the following students for finishing in the top three of their event;

Charlotte Streat:         Second 12 Years Triple Jump

Second 12 Years Discus

Second 12 Years Javelin

Third 12 Years Shot Put

Reuben Sarkis:            Second 16 Years Long Jump

Riley Edwards:             Second 13 Years Javelin

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From Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Coordinator of Junior School Sport

Sydney Thunder Cricket Visit
RAS Soccer
Infants Swimming Carnival

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Sydney Thunder Cricket Visit

On Friday, 2 November, the Sydney Thunder bus came to visit us to teach us some cricket skills. The Thunder players set up a huge inflatable castle with targets and we practiced our aim. Everybody enjoyed that activities. The players tested us on our cricket knowledge about the Big Bash league and if you got the answers correct you won a prize. It was a privilege to have the Thunder visit our school and it was great fun!

RAS Soccer

Last Thursday 8 November, we had 10 Trinity students from Year 4 and 5, attend the RAS Soccer trials at The Scots School Albury. All students did a great job and represented the College extremely well. Congratulations to Finn Pidd, Angus Morgan and Charlie Dalitz for making it through to the final team that was selected. They will have four training sessions that will l lead into the CIS trials in Sydney during April next year.

Infants Swimming Carnival

Last Thursday 8 November, the K-2s participated in their novelty based swimming carnival. The weather on the day was very kind to us. The purpose of this carnival was not only to promote swimming leading into our swimming season, but also to consolidate many of the skills that the K-2s learned during their Learn To Swim week. Well done to all K-2 for participating in great spirit.

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End of Year Barbecue

End of Year Barbecue

Our end of year barbecue, using Thurgoona Bakery Bread and gluten free sausages from Mastercut Butchers, will be at lunchtime on Friday 7 December. Collect your sausage from under the sail near the Café. Soft drinks for senior students and fruit boxes for junior school students.  $2 per item.

Student leave during school term

Student leave during school term

As we move towards the New Year and the holiday season, families may be planning holidays and extended breaks for 2019. To help us with our planning and compliance we would like to make families aware of our process to manage this leave.

For any leave that a student takes during the school term that is five or more consecutive school days (does not include school holidays), it is a requirement that a Student Leave Application form is completed.

These forms can be found on our website, or can be collected from the Front Office. Once complete, please return to the office in person or via email to attendance@trinityac.nsw.edu.au with the required supporting documents for approval by the Principal, Mr Beckett.

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