Newsletter

7 February 2020
From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

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Trinity Anglican College is the number 1 school for HSC results in the region, based on 2019 data. We are the only school on the Border that made the list of the Top 150 Schools in NSW for the High School Certificate. We are in the Top 20 Regional Schools in NSW for HSC results in 2019.

Our 2019 results demonstrate that the sky is the limit for every Trinity student. No matter what ATAR score you need, for any tertiary course in any university in any city in Australia, you can attain it at Trinity. Our highest achieving Year 12 Graduate last year, Faye Cameron, achieved an ATAR of 99.45.

Every year, the overwhelming majority of our graduates go on to pursue the careers of their dreams, whether at university, TAFE, apprenticeships or the workplace.

The greatest strength of our school is the quality of its teaching and non-teaching staff. We are committed to knowing every child as a learner and as a person.

Did you know that we have 13 Learning Support staff at Trinity? These are 13 dedicated educators who work alongside teachers in the classroom to enable students to learn at their own pace. They also offer personalised programs throughout the week to assist students with a variety of learning needs. They assist with literacy and numeracy development, using evidence-based programs.

Did you know that we are running accelerant programs at the College? We offer Extension and Enrichment programs for those Senior School students who need an extra level of challenge. Last year, Lois Segun-Beloved achieved a perfect score of 100 for HSC Mathematics while still a Year 11 student! She was accelerated into a Year 12 course because it was the obvious next step in her learning journey.

In the Senior School we have created an Enrichment and Extension management team that are analysing student data and tracking student progress across Years 7-12 to ensure that every student is growing in their learning skillset.

We have recently had a number of Senior School students re-enrol at Trinity, having spent a year or more in another school. When asked why they were so keen to return, they said that they felt they weren’t learning enough in the other school; that Trinity teachers are better and that the learning here is more engaging and systematic.

2020 is going to be another wonderful year. We have a student body who love to learn and are committed to doing their best. And we have a talented team of teachers who will personalise the learning for each and every student.

From the Head of Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Important aspects of learning
Parent Helpers
Heat and Smoke Haze
Important dates

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Welcome back to another exciting year. A year that will see change both physical and educational in the Junior School. It is important at the start of a new academic year to ensure all are prepared and focussed on the important aspects of learning.

Most back-to-school articles I have read are focused on children returning to classrooms. But what about parents? Shouldn’t they spend time getting prepared, inspired, and motivated for the school year? When adults are equipped with mindsets to facilitate learning, students have an excellent chance of enjoying school. “Upon the subject of education,” Abraham Lincoln firmly stated, “I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.” In fact, research indicates that adult support is one of the most important aspects of how children succeed in school and life. As the philosopher George Santayana said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” When both groups are inspired to facilitate learning, children are the winners. So we encourage that partnership and the sense of cooperative spirit that will ensure success for the students.

The staff have been reviewing the overall approach to the specific aspects of student learning and improvement. The KLA Coordinators are in place to ensure all learning is part of a rich continuum and that the programs and concepts covered mirror the needs of all students as they progress through the years. The changes may not appear as obvious to the students but will enable staff to recognise, early, any need for consolidation and/or enrichment.

The change to the pastoral structure also sees another level of care introduced. The first point of contact for any issues related to specific care is the classroom teacher. A new level of support has been introduced in 2020 to cater for particular stage growth and needs. The K-2 Coordinator is Mrs Billington, the Stage 2 Coordinator (Years 3 and 4) is Mrs Sharpe and the Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) Coordinator is Mrs Hardie. They will form a team that works closely with the classroom teachers, the Head of Junior School and the Principal to create a culture that underpins a safe, secure and active environment at the College. This also relates to ensuring parents and carers are aware of structures that enable all to practise skills that assist resilience and inculcate empathy.

Parent Helpers

The College greatly values the help offered and proffered by parents. A reminder that the induction session will be held on Tuesday, 11 February in the Infants Centre starting at 6pm.

Heat and Smoke Haze

We are all very aware that this has been somewhat unusual and it is important to remind students about the need for proper hydration (water) and coverings (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses). The smoke is a cogent reminder of a very difficult time for many in our region and beyond. Staff will monitor the air quality on a daily basis to decide about outside play.

Important dates
There are a number of activities taking place during February.

Tuesday  11 February: First Junior School Assembly and Leadership Presentation(2.10pm MPH)

Tuesday  11 February: Parent Helper Induction evening (6pm Infants Centre)

Friday 14 February:  Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival (9am-2.30pm Waves)

Wednesday 19 February to Friday 21 February: Year 6 Camp (Canberra)

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From the Dean of Teaching and Learning

Mrs Adele Guy

Year 10 Information Evening Week 3
Academic, Performing Arts, Sporting and Citizenship and Service Scholarships
Letters Home: Years 7-11
Year 11-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

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Year 10 Information Evening Week 3

The Year 10 Information Evening will be held in Week 3, Wednesday 12 February, starting at 7pm.  Ms Armstrong will talk to students and parents about the academic requirements of the Year 10 curriculum. In addition, the Record of Student Achievement (RoSA) will be explained. Mrs Guy will speak about how Trinity Anglican College will be supporting students in learning the necessary skills required for study in Years 10-12 and Mr Field will talk about the Year 10 Camp, to be held later in Term 1. Finally, Mr Dicketts will explain the Careers Education program at the College.

Academic, Performing Arts, Sporting and Citizenship and Service Scholarships

Applications for all scholarships in the above categories will be open this Saturday 8 February. Parents can go to the Trinity Anglican College website where there is a link to the application process. Follow this link to find out more about what is required in the application and the criteria on which selection of successful applicants is made. The closing date for all scholarship applications (in all categories)  will be 9 March.

Students wishing to apply for the academic scholarship must sit the Scholarship Examinations, which will be held at the College on Saturday 14 March.

Please note that in 2020, scholarships are available for students entering Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Letters Home: Years 7-11

Letters have been sent to all parents of students in Years 7-11.  Key events pertaining to students in each Year group are explained. There is a list of important dates and the email addresses of people whom you may want to contact throughout the year are included.

If you have not received this letter, please contact heather.rau@trinityac.nsw.edu.au for assistance.

Year 11-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher interviews for Year 11 and 12 students will be held on Tuesday 3 March, from 3.30-7pm. Appointments for interviews can be made from Week 3 onwards. 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.

A letter to parents of students in Year 11 and 12 will be sent home by email next week. In this email, parents will find detailed instructions about how to make appointments.

 

Year 12 Applications for Study Leave

Year 12 students may apply for study leave from Week 3 onwards. To do this, they must complete the application form which was sent to both parents and students by email. A parent signature is required. Applications should be submitted to Mrs Guy, via email or in paper copy.

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From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Disability Provisions for HSC Examinations

Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Information about the Record of School Achievement

 

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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.

Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Information about the Record of School Achievement

The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is the credential that becomes available to students after the completion of Year 10.  In order to explain this credential and the shift from Year 9 that Year 10 represents, the College is conducting a Year 10 Information Evening on Wednesday 12 February from 7pm.  I will be speaking about the RoSA credential and the differences in assessment practices for Year 10 students.  Mr Dicketts will also present information about how he can provide the students with careers information in his capacity as Careers Advisor and Mr Field will be talking about Year 10 camp and pastoral care.  Mrs Guy is hosting the evening and will also speak about the importance of independent learning.

This information session will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.  Please note this important date in your diaries.

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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.

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Mathematics achievements

Mrs Kathy Fletcher

Paddy Duggan – Mathematics superstar
Congratulations to Lois Segun-Beloved Trinity

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Congratulations go to Paddy Duggan who competed in the 2020 Australian Mathematical Olympiad this week. It is a highly selective competition, with only 100 or so students across Australia invited to enter. The competition involves the completion of two four-hour papers under examination conditions. Paddy’s invitation comes after years of outstanding results in various Australian Mathematics Trust challenges and competitions. This is an outstanding achievement and we are very proud of him.

We are also very proud of the overall results achieved by students in our all courses in the 2019 HSC. We are proud to be the highest performing school on the Border in Mathematics! Of particular note is the result for Lois Segun-Beloved; her achievement of 100 in HSC Mathematics is outstanding and the result of consistent application to her study from all the way back in Year 7. Even more impressive is that Lois is only in Year 11; she is the first student to be accelerated in Mathematics at Trinity, meaning she began studying Year 11 Mathematics and Extension 1 when she was in Year 10 and completed her HSC in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1 when she was in Year 11.  We currently have three students in Year 11 who are completing Mathematics Advanced and Extension 1 this year as part of an Accelerated course.

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From the Head of Senior School Sport 

Mr Andrew Leary

Netball at Trinity

Great news! Mackensey House has joined the coaching staff of Netball at Trinity. Please fill in the form through the link below if your daughter/son would like to play club Netball this year or email Mackensey at Mackensey.House@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

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Please include name, date of birth, the age group they want to play (NetSetGo, 11s, 13s, 15s, Saturday or open Monday night team) and parent contact details.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PuEhOpsCdgdkgcMjBILSSRgh-6gjbvpEFOy1XUuUvAs/edit?usp=sharing

Netball at Trinity now has their own smartphone app which is free to join.  It will keep you updated with all the latest news, events, schedules and much more.

To get the full features of this app please go to the App Store or Google Play and download Team App onto your mobile device, then follow these simple steps:

1. Sign-up to Team App. You’ll be sent an e-mail to confirm your registration.
2. Log-in and search for Netball at Trinity, then request to become a member.

If you don’t have a smartphone or would prefer to receive e-mail correspondence, please email Mackensey.House@trinityac.nsw.edu.au and request to be added manually.

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From the Head of Junior School Sport 

Mr Kade Stevens

Junior School Swimming Carnival
CIS Nomination Process
CIS Nomination Dates – Term 1 – Primary

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Junior School Swimming Carnival

The Trinity Anglican College Junior School Swimming Carnival is scheduled for Friday, 14 February at WAVES, Wodonga. Please click on this link to see parent note.

Junior School Swimming Program Summary (this program is a guide only)

9am                           100m Freestyle

9.40am                     50m Freestyle

11.00am                   50m Breaststroke

Noon                          50m Backstroke

1.00pm                     50m Butterfly

1.50pm                     Relays

2.20pm                     Presentations

CIS Nomination Process

Selection Objective

Trinity Anglican College supports the nomination of students with potential in their chosen sport(s). The College believes that the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) pathway provides an ideal opportunity for high-achieving athletes. Due to the objectives and standard of CIS representative teams, Trinity will only nominate students who have a realistic opportunity to be considered for selection in the respective CIS team.

 

Eligibility for Selection

Students must be current students of Trinity Anglican College. Students must fall within the age group outlined for each sport. Parents must be prepared to organise the transport and accommodation for their child and pay the nomination fee (which is non-refundable). CIS nominations will be based on clear criteria, which is communicated to all students and parents prior to the nomination date, and once parents/students have initially expressed their interest.

The Junior School Sport Coordinator (Mr Kade Stevens) will make the nomination on the student’s and College’s behalf, with no late entries accepted.

 

Required Information

Students/Parents are to provide all of the following information, which is required to complete a student’s CIS nomination. This information will also be used to assess the eligibility for nomination:

·                    Child’s Name ·                    CIS Sport
·                    Date of Birth ·                    Height
·                    Weight ·                    Preferred Position(s) (2)
·                    Medical Concerns ·                    Experience
·                    Representative Experience ·                    Previous Coach and Contact

In the process of assessing your child’s eligibility for nomination, information may be sought by the Junior School Sport Coordinator or from other College staff who have relevant experience and/or knowledge of the student in the nominated sport. If necessary, the College may organise a trial/training session for students prior to nomination.

Criteria for Nomination

Trinity College supports the aims of the CIS by providing a pathway to State and National level competition in a wide variety of sports for students in the independent school sector. The following areas of performance are to be considered:

  1. Skills exhibited by the player
  2. Fitness level exhibited by the player
  3. Performance of the player as a member of a team (sportsmanship/values)
  4. Attitude and behaviour of the player both on and off the court/field
  5. Positions played
  6. Representative experience in the nominated sport(s).

Nomination decisions will be based mainly on performance, however the following will also be considered:

  1. Attendance at competition, training and club/team events (commitment)
  2. Academic commitment

In addition, students:

  1. Will be nominated on their performance, commitment, values and behaviour, not their personal characteristics or attributes.
  2. May be precluded from selection if there is a concern about their ability to compete safely or if their participation poses a risk to others.

CIS Nomination Dates – Term 1 – Primary

Sport Gender Age Group Nominations date Trails
Basketball Girls + Boys Year 5 – 6 11th of Feb 21st Feb
Tennis Girls and Boys Years 5 – 6 14th Feb 24th Feb
Soccer Girls Year 4 – 6 6th March 16th March
Soccer Boys Year 4 – 6 23rd March 8th April
AFL Boys Year 4 – 6 TBC 5th March
Diving Girls + Boys Year 4 – 6 13th March 26th March (championship)

 

For more information on each of these sports i.e. dates of trials, venue etc. Please visit https://www.cis.nsw.edu.au/sports/

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Basketball season kicks off

Mrs Kathy Fletcher

This week saw the first round of games for Trinity Basketball Club in the Albury competition. This has been a massive undertaking for the Trinity Basketball Committee, with over 20 teams entered in the competition this season. We would again like to thank all the people who have volunteered to coach or manage a team. Here are a few reminders to players and parents as we begin the season:

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Firstly, all players who have been allocated a team must be registered to play before they take the court. To register you need to use the link that was both emailed and communicated on TeamApp. Unregistered players who play with their team will forfeit their team’s points for that game.

All communication related to Trinity Basketball Club will be done through TeamApp. This includes not only whole club related information, but also information about playing schedules, forfeits and game changes, training times and general information specific to each team. If you do not currently have TeamApp, please take a minute to download the app on your phone (search TeamApp in the Play or Apple store) and search for Trinity Basketball Club. You will then be able to register your details. We suggest that you enable notifications on your phone to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date information.

If you are not currently registered and would like to play basketball for Trinity, please complete the nomination form at the following link: https://form.jotform.co/93081482772866

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