Newsletter

6 March 2020
From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

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How refreshing it is to get a good soaking of rain after such a dry and fiery summer. For many of our families and local community members, this drenching of rain has been a long time coming. When it rains, it pours.

It certainly poured for Trinity at our two big swim events on Wednesday and Thursday. We completely walloped all opposition at the Senior BISSA Carnival. Trinity won the Boys Overall, Girls Overall and Combined by over 1000 points. It is hard to imagine how a team can win by such a significant margin!

There were many outstanding individual performances throughout the day, including four Age Champions and three Runners-Up. But it takes a whole team of great swimmers to win a carnival by over 1000 points.

Congratulations to the following students in particular:

Will Elgin – Age Champion

Mia Haydon – Age Champion

Carl Lyons – Age Champion

Oscar Kruetzberger – Age Champion

Lachie Elgin – Runner Up

Paige Shirley – Runner Up

Sam Vaccaro – Runner Up

Our Junior School swimmers were every bit as impressive. Trinity won the RAS Junior Swim Carnival by a total of 281 points, more than double of the next closest school. This was due to the amazing level of participation and efforts by all the students in the pool.

It was magnificent to see so many Trinity students at the top of their game.

Special mention needs to be made of the following Age Champions and Runners Up:

Grace Adams – Age Champion

Eva Vaccaro – Age Champion

Lewis Kreutzberger – Age Champion

Alessandro Vaccaro – Runner Up

Archie Kreutzberger – Third

I have the utmost respect for our Trinity swimmers. I admire their strength and self-discipline. I admire their tenacity and fortitude in a sport that is highly disciplined and competitive. On a wet and watery day, they made us all so proud!

From the Head of Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Parent/Teacher Interviews
NAPLAN
Up-coming Events
Parent Induction

As we head into the very busy part of the term, with lots of activities and expectations, it is always wise to stop at some stage and reflect on our foundations. It is often easier to march on and look to the end, sometimes with relish and sometimes with a sense of dread as time passes so quickly. So, in our reflections at this time of year, we should consider our blessings. Our own miracles. They may seem everyday but they are still the fuel that gives us the energy to enjoy our journey. Kindergarten starting to read and to write, RAS representatives ploughing through the water in Wagga, 250 students donning bike helmets for a great community ride, Year 3 students starting to assemble writing tasks and to understand the art of editing and conferencing; as children grow and flourish and change we all should give thanks, the future is in very safe hands.

PTE: These will take place next Monday and Tuesday afternoon. It is always important to keep the avenues of communication open to ensure there is a common goal that focuses on student learning.

Mathematics: The Year 4-6 classes are continuing with a Mathematics program that targets specific skills across a range of topics. This involves students breaking in to smaller groups with various members of staff after an initial tutorial and entry task. The program then enables all students to focus on particular concepts. This has proven very successful, as attested to by the growth of each student.

NAPLAN: Year 3 and Year 5 students are preparing for the assessment. These are snap-shots of student achievement on a particular day. The resulting information that is gathered allows the College and individual teachers to analyse areas of strength and any areas of concern in terms of a cohort.

Up-coming events

Mortimer Shield: this was programmed for today (Friday). I hope that the weather held up and we can read about the day in the next newsletter.

Book Fair: this takes place throughout week 7. A great catalyst for young readers.

Primary Athletics Carnival March 17: a full program is planned at the Albury Athletics Track.

Infants Athletic Activities April 8: Kindergarten – Year 2 will be involved in many different athletic activities. More information will be coming regarding the day very soon…

Parent Induction: Thanks to all Parents who contacted the College after the first meeting to see when the next one would take place. Unfortunately, due to the busy calendar, there has not been a spare afternoon/evening as yet (except a Friday). Please feel free to contact Cathy Katsoolis via e-mail if you would like to run through the induction prior to the end of term.

From the Dean of Teaching & Learning

Mrs Adele Guy

Year 7-8 Parent Teacher Interviews: Week 9: Tuesday 24 March

Parent Teacher interviews for Year 7 and 8 students will be held on Tuesday 24 March, from 3.30-7pm. Appointments for interviews can be made from Thursday 12 March. This year, we are using a new application, Edval, through which to make appointments. We hope parents find this process easier this year and welcome feedback.

An email to parents of students in Years 7-8 will be sent home next week. In this email, parents will find detailed instructions about how to make appointments.

Academic, Performing Arts, Sporting and Citizenship and Service Scholarships – close date 9 March

Applications for all scholarships in the above categories are open but will close on Monday. Parents can go to the Trinity Anglican College website where there is a link to the application process.

Students wishing to apply for the academic scholarship must sit the Scholarship Examinations, which will be held at the College on Saturday 14 March. Further details about the process on 14 May will be sent to parents next week.

Extension and Enrichment Programs in Years 7-9

Enrichment and Extension Programs have commenced for students in Years 7-9 in English and Mathematics.

During Term 1 in Mathematics, students will have access to a set of 5-6 problems each week. Problems are challenging and are at different levels for Years 7, 8 and 9.   A teacher (Mrs Fletcher or Mr Patralakis) has been allocated one lesson per week to be available for students to ask questions related to these challenging problems. In addition, these teachers will be available to provide additional support for enrichment of higher performing students in the timetabled lessons in consultation with the class teacher. This is sometimes in relation to specific problem solving strategies or an extension topic.

In English, a teacher has been allocated one lesson per week (or two a fortnight) to be working with students who complete class work quickly and effectively and who are ready for extension or enrichment challenges. Over time, students will have opportunity to explore more challenging short texts and talk and write in response to more complex and demanding questions. Much of this work will be in small group discussion. Students will engage with a wide range of critical frameworks. It is hoped that a number of students will be inspired to write for external audiences and competitions.

In addition, parents and students are encouraged to investigate the wide range of co-curricular activities provided at the College. These activities are ideally suited for students who have ability and passion in a particular area. Some of these include:

  • Debating (Contact: Mr David Norris)
  • United Nations Youth (Contact- Ms Kim Graetz)
  • Music and Drama Productions (Contact- Mr Glenn Mancer and Ms Michelle Revelant)
  • Science, Mathematics and English Competitions
  • Solar Car Challenge
  • Robotics Club

Adele Guy- DEAN OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 10, 11 and 12 Assessment Tasks

Students have been receiving notifications about specific assessment tasks that are falling due over the coming weeks.  Students should maintain a dialogue with their teachers and make sure that they are very clear about the requirements of each task.

If a student is unable to submit or sit an assessment task because of illness or mishap, there is a firm set of protocols to be followed; this is outlined in assessment policy booklets that have been distributed to all students in Years 10-12.  In the first instance, parents and caregivers are to contact the Head of Academic Administration, Ms Kym Armstrong, or the Dean of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Adele Guy, when it is identified that a student will miss an assessment task.

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.

NAPLAN 2019

 During May 2019, students at our school in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the NAPLAN paper assessments. The schedule for tests is as follows:

Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May

Language Conventions test (spelling, grammar and punctuation)

Writing test

 

Reading test

Numeracy test

On Friday 15 May, a ‘catch-up’ day is scheduled for students who missed a test.

Students may be exempt from the NAPLAN 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

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 also available to meet the needs of individual students. Access to disability adjustments or exemption from the tests must be discussed with the Head of Junior School, Mr Steven Armstrong, for students in Years 3 or 5, or with the Head of Academic Administration, Ms Kym Armstrong, for students in Years 7 or 9. A parent or carer consent form must be signed.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer after consultation with the College. To withdraw your child from NAPLAN, a parent or carer consent form must be signed. Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher if you need to discuss your child’s participation in NAPLAN.

Any questions? Contact the NAPLAN team on 1300 119 556 or

naplan.nsw@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

For further information about NAPLAN, visit the NESA website.

Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.

Ms Kym Armstrong

Head of Academic Administration

From the Maths department

From Kathy Fletcher, Head of Mathematics

Introducing the weekly Wednesday Challenge!

A large part of the teaching and learning in Maths focuses on skill development. Operating with positive and negative numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions and finding the area of two-dimensional shapes are all examples of skills that are often introduced and practiced in isolation in Years 7-9; this is because they are the building blocks for more complex skills that are introduced in the latter stages of the curriculum. With this in mind, the focus of our Extension and Enrichment program for the remainder of this term is on the application of these mathematical skills to problem solving, an important part of mathematics that is sometimes overlooked at the expense of developing strong fundamental maths skills; both arguably as important as the other.

All students in Years 7-9 are welcome to participate in the weekly Wednesday Challenge. A set of problems will posted on the SEQTA dashboard every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Students may work on their solutions during class time if they have finished their set class work. They can also work on their solutions at home if they wish. Solutions to each question are to be completed on separate paper, clearly named, and with appropriate calculations and/or reasoning shown for each solution. Student’s solutions are to be submitted by the end of lunch every Wednesday and can be put in the collection box in the Maths Office in the North Building. All completed solutions will be corrected and given back to students, with feedback and correct solutions, the following Tuesday. While students are encouraged to share their problem solving strategies, students will need to submit their own set of solutions.

Follow these links for the weekly Wednesday Challenge questions for this week:

Click here for note – Year 7 Wednesday Challenge

Click here for note – Year 8 Wednesday Challenge

Click here for note – Year 9 Wednesday Challenge

Kind Regards,

Kathy Fletcher

Head of Mathematics

kathy.fletcher@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

From the College Counsellor

From Dr Anthony Perrone

The Preamble

There is a growing concern that social connectivity between families, youth and the community is becoming a vast expanse. There are many factors that may contribute to this however with the advent of social media, it appears that our children are ageing much quicker these days, as the world becomes a much smaller place.

As we know, 1 in 4 young Australians are living with a mental health difficulty however, 70% of those who need help do not get it with suicide being the leading cause of death for young Australians aged 14–25 years.

By providing the community with a ‘grassroots/preventative maintenance’ posture, TAC can facilitate community well-being relationships with youth and families who want to learn more about what families/youth may be experiencing or issues they may be going through on the coalface (closest to the frontline) thereby providing families/youth with a direct or indirect means of learning more about well-being issues.

This approach will then translate into greater support for families/youth as well as teaching them how to seek help, what to be aware of, and how to get help if and when they need it.

Please view our flyer below for our first session times.

2021 scholarships are now open

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available at Trinity Anglican College in 2021

Academic

Citizenship and Service

Performing Arts

Sporting

Click here for more information.

Get your tickets for Mary Poppins 

Trinity Anglican College proudly presents its production of Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical.

Friday, 22 May at 7pm
Saturday 23 May at 1pm and 7pm
Albury Entertainment Centre

Adults $29
Child/Concession $19
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $90

Book now: www.alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au

From the Head of Senior School Sport 

Mr Andrew Leary

Senior BISSA Swim Carnival

On Thursday 5 March, our Senior BISSA squad competed in the water at Wagga Wagga, NSW. Our Trinity team won boys overall, girls overall and combined by over 1000!!! 🥇🏆

Massive congratulations to the following students on their incredible success and efforts:

Oscar Kruetzberger – Age Champion
Carl Lyons – Age Champion
Mia Haydon – Age Champion
Will Elgin – Age Champion
Paige Shirley – Runner Up
Lachie Elgin – Runner Up
Sam Vaccaro – Runner Up

From the Head of Junior School Sport 

Mr Kade Stevens

RAS Swimming

The students battled the weather for the RAS swimming carnival however, that certainly didn’t hold them back in the water. Everyone went out and gave it their best shot with some outstanding performances.

A special mention to:

Age Champions:         Grace Adams (12 Years Girls), Eva Vaccaro (10 Years Girls), Lewis Kreutzberger (10 Years Boys)

Runner Up:                 Alessandro Vaccaro (12 Years Boys)

Third:                          Archie Kreutzberger (12 Years Boys)

After an extremely successful day, Trinity came away as the overall winner for the Riverina Association Schools (RAS). This was due to the amazing level of participation and efforts by all the students in the pool.

Those advancing to CIS participation will be communicated as soon as we are notified.

Trinity Netball Team – RAS Trials

Mrs McInnes has been trialling and training our girls for the upcoming RAS netball trials. Training for this event will be taking place during lunchtimes at school and will be communicated to the team by Mrs McInnes. This event will take place in Wagga on Friday 20 March. We wish these girls all the best.

Mortimer Shield

Unfortunately, the Mortimer Shield, due to be held on Friday 6 March, was cancelled due to inclement weather. Mrs Hardie and Mr Fairall have held trials and training sessions in order to prepare our students for a great gala day. The new date for the postponed event will be communicated with families as soon as possible.

 CIS AFL Trials

On Thursday 5 March, Jay McInnes, Noah Misic and Louie Ceglar travelled to Sydney to trial for the CIS AFL team. All three boys represented the College with pride and I’m sure they would have gained plenty of experience playing against some of the best footballers in the state.

From the Library

Every Scholastic Book Fair is packed with a multitude of genres, including fantasy, classics, reference, award-winners, humour, nonfiction and mystery. We believe the best selection encompasses books suitable for both girls and boys within each age group, captures their imaginations and excites them about reading.

Book Fair is happening from Friday 6th to Monday 16th of March in the College Library.

Your child will create a WISHLIST from the books on display and bring it home to see if they can purchase something from their list. You can send the money to school with their wishlist, purchases can be made online or EFTPOS will be available if you can attend. Please note that there will not be the single day of purchasing as with previous fairs. The Book Fair will be open for students, families and friends to make purchases between 8am and 11am, and after school, for each day of the fair.

2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

Well done to every student that completed the challenge in 2019. A special congratulations goes to the year 3 students who set a new record for The College, receiving the most number of Gold Certificates ever awarded in one year level. Bravo!

Students in Kindergarten to year 6 will be bringing home a letter explaining the challenge this week. Each student’s letter has their logon details to record their reading on the site:

https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/studentExperience.html#/

Please ensure your child’s username and password are recorded at the back of their diary.

Students in years 7-9 will receive their logon details from their English teachers.

Key dates:

Challenge opens for student entries: 2nd March

Challenge closes for student entries: 28th August

If you have any questions please contact: amy.wilson@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

From the French Department

DELF 2019 awards:

The DELF is a diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates. It is recognised globally and is valid for life.

Several students come to Trinity each year to sit the exams as we are one of very few regional centres allowed to conduct the exams and Trinity had two students complete a DELF exam.

Year 10 Student Claudia Wallace completed her A1 with a commendable final result. Claudia is a great advocate about the DELF and spoke to her fellow Year 10 French classmates about her exam experience. We hope that she will inspire more students to consider sitting the entry level exam.

The second student was Regan Jeffs who completed the B1 level with a near perfect score in the 10-minute speaking component of the exam. Regan (who was in Year 11 2019) had just completed HSC French having been accelerated after a year-long exchange to France.  Regan’s completion of this B1 exam entitles him to become a French citizen if he ever desires.

Well done to both students!

liciations

Kathryn Rupp

Languages Coordinator

From the Homework Club

The Homework and Study Club has commenced. Year 7-10 Senior School students can receive support for assessment tasks, homework or general learning in a range of subjects.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a co-curricular activity and students will need to commit and attend at least ONE  session a fortnight.

Times are as follows:
Week A Tuesday Mornings – 8:00am-8:30am
Week B  Thursday after school –  3:15pm -4:15pm
Where –  Maxwell Centre

Teachers : Mrs Thomas, Ms Morey, Ms O’Connor, Mrs Walsh

From the Trinity WJR
  • Do you enjoy walking, jogging or running?
  • Do you want to improve your fitness in a supportive and social environment?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself physically every once in a while?
  • Do you want to take up jogging or running but not sure where or how to start?
  • Do you want to be able to jog 3km or 4km or even 5km without stopping?
  • Do you want to improve your time for a 3km, 4km or 5km run?
  • Do you want to exercise with a group of like-minded girls every week?
  • Do you want to participate in local fun runs as part of a Trinity team?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we would love to see you at the WJR Group for Girls. We meet Thursday mornings at the North Building lockers near the back oval, starting Week 8. There are two routes to choose from – 3km and 5km. We will start both courses at 7:30am.

The group is open for girls in Years 6-12 and for all running abilities. For further information or to register to attend, please contact me on kathy.fletcher@trinityac.nsw.edu.au.

From OOSH

Trinity Anglican College OOSH, or as we like to call it TACO is in full swing into 2020 with some of our days hitting 30 children a day.

If you have not heard about us, we are an after school care service that is run by Albury City Council. Our program runs from 3pm until 6pm Monday to Friday, this give those busy parents who are unable to pick their little ones up right on 3:10pm a trusting and comfortable space for your children to be cared for until you are able to pick them up.

Throughout the week we run craft, science, sensory and sports activities to keep your children moving and engaging once school has finished. If you would be interested in using our service or would like to know a little bit more please do not hesitate to contact us on 6043 8540 or trinityoosh@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

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