Newsletter

7 September 2018

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett

What a day our current Year 6 students had on Monday! They joined a group of students from other local primary schools to experience life as a Senior School student for a day at our Taste of Trinity. It’s important that our students as well as others in the community know what exciting opportunities await them in Senior School and to know they can really hone in on their passion through our extensive elective program. Judging by the wide smiles and excited chatter, the day was a huge success!

Teachers in our specialist areas really pulled out all stops to showcase their department and it was with a good deal of pride that they explained how to make a volcanic reaction using various chemicals in the science lab, create a puzzle and etch it with the laser cutter in the technology department, record a song to take home in the music room and create a visual masterpiece in the art room.

It can be easy to take for granted the many wonderful opportunities our children are afforded at Trinity, but from the very animated and engaged learning I saw taking place on Monday, we should feel very blessed.

Following its great success, Taste of Trinity will become an annual event. It won’t take the place of our more formal orientation day which is in November.

Justin

From the Director of Studies

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 Students:  Important Work Remaining
Year 11 students:  End of Preliminary Course Examinations
Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Study Hall
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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Year 12 Students:  Important Work Remaining

Our Year 12 students are identifying areas for improvement and honing their study practices and examination technique.  There are a number of resources that they can use in order to ensure that they are ready to demonstrate what they know and can do in the HSC Examination.  Dialogue with their teachers is very important at this crucial time; a number of students have been making appointments with their teachers in order to clearly focus on ways to improve.

Year 12 students have access to their final HSC Exam Timetable via the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

Year 11 students:  End of Preliminary Course Examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end of course exams in their Preliminary HSC Course.   These exams take place across Week 8 and begin on Monday 10 September.  The students are approaching their assessments with seriousness and I encourage them to plague their teachers for advice and feedback; this is advice that their teachers will be very happy to impart!  Students should be engaged in producing well-structured and carefully researched summary material to assist them in their endeavours.  The submission of draft material to their teachers for comment will also yield benefits for them.  We wish them very well in their study and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours as they tackle this important set of challenges.

Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study

As Year 11 students near the end of the Preliminary HSC Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about which subject might be dropped become a little more concrete and a little less speculative.  Apart from changes to Mathematics courses, subject changes will not take effect until the beginning of Term 4 at the commencement of the HSC course, but students will be asking questions and conversations might start at home around this topic.

At Trinity, we are very much of the belief that it takes a whole village to raise a young person.  So, when students change subjects, there is a process where they speak to all of the teachers involved.  The process is a self-directed one; furnished with a form, students engage in dialogue with, and obtain the signatures of, key people who can provide specialised advice.  These people include:

  • A parent/caregiver
  • Subject teachers
  • Pastoral Care Tutor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Director of Studies

The change of subject form functions here as a mechanism to facilitate dialogue; the people who provide signatures will discuss the possible implications of the change with the student.  The form also functions as a tool to assist the student notify all interested parties about the change. This process of consultation will begin after the conclusion of the Year 11 examinations.

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.  These sessions will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School on Wednesday and Thursday, 3.30-4.30pm. During these sessions, students will be able to access study and writing tips or work individually in a quiet environment.

Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

During Week 10 of this term, Year 4 students will undertake diagnostic testing that targets skills of reading, writing, general and non-verbal reasoning, spelling and Mathematics.  Year 6 will undertake similar testing during Week 9.

Classroom teachers will advise students of the precise day that their class will sit the tests. This AAS Testing will assist us to track the development of these students as they progress through the College.

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

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From our College Counsellor 

Dr Anthony Perrone – College Counsellor

Hello Trinity Community, I hope this message finds you all well and surviving the winter! Just a short note from me. We are finding that if a student is struggling from, for example, anxiety or low motivation, upon speaking with the student they often reveal they are engaging in external professional counselling or that they are on medication in support of a mental health condition.

This information is critical to the health, wellbeing and safety of that student and therefore please would you provide this information to the College either through the front office or directly to me.

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This also includes any learning or other cognitive testing. In other words, the more we know about your child the better we can support all students.

There are policies in place around students taking medication while at school so please ensure the office is made aware if your child needs to take medication at school and that the processes are followed, which may include filling out a form. If you have any questions regarding these topics please contact the office staff or myself. We all want your children to be safe while here at Trinity and you can play a critical role in their safety by ensuring we are well informed about their physical and mental health needs.

Finally, there are still queries about how the referral process works to access the College Counsellor. So, here is a brief outline:

Referrals can come from any Trinity member of staff or parents/guardians. Students can self-refer directly to the College Counsellor. This can be done by either email, face to face or verbally via the phone. Parents/guardians  or students do not need to go through or get approval from any Trinity staff member in order to contact the College Counsellor for an appointment, referral information or an initial confidential talk.

Spring is around the corner with warmer and longer days ahead. Until the next time I leave you with:

“Let there be more joy and laughter in your living.” – Eileen Caddy

All the best,
Anthony

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From the Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

Bounce Back
Book Week and Book Club
K-2 Swimming Program
Father’s Day Stall
Active Morning Walk
David Dunn
Creative Pursuits

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As we head toward the end of another busy term, it is a good time to take stock. One of the great joys about working with children is the fact that every day brings change and new challenges. The individual needs of every learner can change at various times and it is a part of our charter to focus on all aspects of learning. One aspect that is often raised is the resilience of students. This such an important aspect of learning as it allows every student to take up a challenge, even though success is not guaranteed, and to learn much from the journey.

One of the best resilience programs that has been used in many different communities and organisations uses the acronym BOUNCE BACK.

Bad times don’t last. Things get better. Stay optimistic!
Other people can help if you talk to them. Get a reality check!
Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset. Think again!
Nobody’s perfect. Not you and not others.
Concentrate on the positives, no matter how small and use laughter.
Everybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, rejection, and setbacks sometimes, not just you. They are a normal part of life. Try not to personalise them.
Blame fairly. How much of what happened was because of YOU, OTHERS or BAD LUCK?
Accept what you can’t change and try and change what you can.
‘Catastrophizing’ exaggerates your worries. Don’t believe the worst possible picture.
Keep things in perspective. It’s one part of your life.

The program was created by Toni Noble and Helen McGrath and is something we all can use at different times.

Book Week and Book Club
It was wonderful to celebrate Book Week with the parade on the Friday involving staff and students. Thanks to all parents and staff for their input. Still on books, Book Club is a fabulous service that is afforded the students, parents and staff at the College. It is a large undertaking and I thank Mr Childs for all his work. The outcome is very favourable for the College and allows us to purchase many new resources for Literacy.

K-2 Swimming Program
A letter related to the timetable for this important program was sent to parents this week.

Father’s Day Stall
The stall is an integral part of the support that is offered at the College. I thank all the people involved on Thursday and in particular the new P&F for all the work in organising the day. I hope all Dads enjoyed wonderful family time.

Active Morning Walk
All students and many parents participated in the 1-hour walk on Wednesday. This was a great initiative, as we all need to spend time walking, talking and listening to improve all aspects of our health. It is timely to remind all students and their parents that when riding a bike to school or home that they must wear a helmet and also take care. It is also swooping season for the Magpies and we urge all students to take care when riding or walking to and from the College.

  David Dunn
Thanks to David for all his work with Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2. This is a lived experience for all students. Many thanks to Ms Horn for her work in introducing students to an important part of our culture.

Creative Pursuits
The final rotations for Term 3 take place next Monday and Monday of Week 10. The weather has been favourable this term and students have appreciated the opportunities and have embraced the activities over the term. We look forward to Term 4 activities. The selection process will be similar and it would be great to see students trying something new.

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Social Event of the Year!

The Art Exhibition and Acquisitive art award is a social outing you don’t want to miss – and its on next Friday!

Your $35 ticket will get you in the door; delectable finger food, catered exclusively by Ebden and Olive; wines from Pfeiffer wines throughout the night and your very own engraved Trinity glass to take home.

Be in the running to win this iconic Charles Sluga Limited Edition Print from an oil original, Too Cool for Summer, pictured left, when you purchase a raffle ticket either on the night or from the booking website https://www.trybooking.com/WRHA

Raffle tickets are $5 and the raffle will be drawn on Sunday, 16 September. Winners will be notified.

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A record 56 exhibiting artists is sure to make for some tough decisions for the judges and also for art lovers looking to purchase on the night. Feature Artist Charles Sluga will unveil his new work and present an Artist’s Talk on Saturday, 15 September at 11am.

Raffle Prizes
First Prize
Too Cool for Summer – Limited Edition print from oil original by Feature Artist Charles Sluga. Valued at $510.

Second Prize
Nourishing sapone clay and body products courtesy of byCeleste. Valued at $155

Third Prize
Trial Flight with optional aerobatics courtesy of Riverina Aviation College. Valued at $150

Fourth Prize
Hair and Beauty Gift Voucher courtesy of Kathy Jacobs Hair & Beauty. Valued at $100

Fifth Prize
Coffee Lovers Pack comprising 10 coffee vouchers and a Trinity keep cup courtesy of Thurgoona Bakery and Trinity Anglican College. Valued at $65

Sixth Prize
Bakery Voucher courtesy of Thurgoona Bakery. Valued at $50

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Performing Arts tour to Perth

Students on our Peforming Arts Tour to Perth have had some amazing experiences already ahead of tonight’s big performance in front of an 1100-strong audience in the Perth Concert Hall.

Earlier in the week, they performed at fellow ASC schools, St Georges and St Marks, before a massed choir rehearsal with Trevor Jones. The next day they worked with professionals at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, rehearsing and performing in the unique spiegeltent, a structure whose design originates from Europe with a 100 year history.

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Yesterday they had the chance to rehearse in the Perth Concert Hall before setting off to see Aladdin at the Crowne Theatre and this morning they sang for their supper by busking in the Perth Mall for lunchtime shoppers.

Tonight’s the big night of the ASC Biennial concert where 14 schools and 450 students will perform.

   

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Introducing the Steel Pans!

Mrs Michelle Mordecai

Excited students started preparing for Christmas early with our first Steel Pans rehearsal for Junior and Senior ensembles. These unique instruments originate from Trinidad and Tobago and were made for us in Queensland. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity. Students can still get involved and we look forward to showcasing our skills at the Christmas Carols service in November.

Enviro Day – Tuesday 11 September

Junior School students are already looking forward to the amazing Enviro Day next Tuesday where they get to try out a whole heap of exciting environmental awareness activities. On Enviro Day, Trinity will support the Wirraminna Education Centre as part of its National Threatened Species Fundraiser. Wirraminna supports many environmental education programs for our students, so we ask that all students bring a gold coin to donate. Students need to be dressed appropriately for all the hands-on and outdoor activities. Enclosed shoes and a hat are compulsory. Students in Years 1-6 should bring an old t-shirt which will find a new life as a shopping bag.

Basketball

Basketball training next week will only occur on Monday, 10 September. As this is a B week, it will be for 12/14s players.

Training for senior players on Tuesday morning (11 September) and junior players on Wednesday afternoon (12 September) has been cancelled due to the Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition taking place in the Multi-Purpose Hall.

Michelle Campbell, Master-in-Charge, Trinity Basketball 2018

Senior School sport

With Mr Nash Clark – Co-ordinator of Senior School Sport

AFL Trinity Anglican College versus Cathedral College Wangaratta

After the success of last year’s East Coast Anglican Schools Commission AFL match between Trinity and Cathedral College Wangaratta, it was organised for 2018 to be bigger and better, with four AFL friendly inter-school matches to be played. Our Year 9/10 boys and girls teams travelled down to Wangaratta for their games at Cathedral College, while Cathedral College’s Year 7/8 boys and girls teams travelled up to Thurgoona to play us at our AFL home, Thurgoona Football Grounds.

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Even in the cold and wet conditions, every student gave their all and had a fantastic time competing against our fellow ASC school.

Despite the best efforts of Khylan Wright, Conor Willis, Daniel Honeychurch and Ben Ferguson the Year 7/8 boys ended up with a four-goal loss. Our Year 9/10 girls team went down only by a single goal, thanks to the tireless work of Zarlie Spencer, Hannah Avage, Phoebe Ziebarth and Asha Finlay.

Despite the two losses Trinity proved to be a strong competitor against Cathedral College with the Year 7/8 girls winning 24 to 6! Congratulations to Bella Fielder and Litia Rawaqa for their amazing goal-scoring abilities! Finally, the Year 9/10 boys team should be very proud of their efforts, winning a with a massive score of 120 points to 28! The team came together and played a fantastic game, with Jamo Scott, Charlie St John, Will Elgin and Ryan Wandel leading the way.

Thank you to our coaches Mr David Miles, Mr Geoff Coughlan, Mr Mark Dicketts and Ms Miriam Sultan for their work on the day and to the Trinity umpires, Mitchell Scott and Darcy Harrington.

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Junior School Sport

with Mr Kade Stevens, Co-ordinator Junior School Sport

Eight Trinity students from Year 3/4 participated in the Todd Woodbridge Cup regional finals in Wagga with the guidance of Mrs McAinsh. More than 200 students took part in the finals with schools as far as Young and Griffith travelling to the event. Trinity played well and won several sets of tennis and scored a few tie breakers. The students learnt a lot from other players and came away with ideas of how to improve their tennis game in the future. Congratulations to South Wagga Public school which progresses to the state finals in Sydney.

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Book Week fun

Year 3 students had the opportunity to watch a performance by Meerkat Productions today. The production was based on the CBCA Shortlisted Younger Reader Book of the Year, The Elephant by Peter Carnavas.

Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as an enormous elephant following him around. Every day Olive sees the elephant and wishes it would go. With the help of Grandad and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase the elephant away. ut how can Olive move something so big?

Next week Years 1  and 2 students will have a visit in the Library from the Labyrinth. They will be exposed to an exquisite theatrical adventure into the world of books. To find out more information click on the link below.

http://www.schoolperformancetours.com.au/2018/shows/primary/the_labyrinth_in_the_library.php

Trinity Cafe

Catherine Whiley, manager.

Thank you to everyone who has made sure to check the new menu and prices. We still have a few people ordering off the old menu so please double check that you have the updated version which can be found on the website in the Café section.

Could parents who are ordering for multiple students but putting the money in one bag, please explain this on the bag containing the money AND the other bag without the money. Names and classes for all the children involved need to be included on all the bags too, so we can allocate the right payment to the right child.

Week 8 special –  Chicken Caesar salad $5. Week 9 special – Nachos $5

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