9 August 2019

From the Principal

Mr Justin Beckett


There was much to celebrate at Trinity this week.

One of the most significant events in the lives of our Year 12 students got underway on Monday and continues through to next week – our final internal HSC examinations. These exams will assist in determining the assessment component of their final HSC mark and mark a real shift in focus from learning to illustrating their knowledge. Our Year 12 cohort has worked diligently and the students are to be congratulated on reaching this milestone, which is really a stepping stone to final exams and life beyond school.

On Tuesday, more than 85 Trinity students from our Junior School competed in the Riverina Associated Schools (RAS) athletics carnival. It was a day of outstanding individual performances which combined for a truly outstanding team performance.

Trinity triumphed with 1667.5 points and our individual champions who provided the foundation for that win were Ryder Murray – Age Champion, 9 years boys, Siahn O’Sullivan – Age Champion 11 years girls, Millie Thomas – Runner up age champion, 10 years girls and Steph Ramsdell – Runner up age champion, 12 years girls

We are incredibly proud of all our young athletes. It is the 10th time that Trinity has won the carnival.

On the same afternoon, we celebrated the official opening of our new Outdoor Chapel. Right in the heart of our campus, the Outdoor Chapel is a space for students to relax, reflect and recreate. It already serves as a gathering place for parents and students before and after school. It is gleefully inhabited by Junior School students every lunchtime and recess. When winter is behind us, the space will be used as a learning space for small or large groups during the day. And, importantly, the Outdoor Chapel will be used as a Chapel space for various year groups or Houses. Its most notable use this year has been for our “Open Mic” events at lunchtime where students and staff showcase their singing and musicality before an appreciative audience.

We were honoured, on Tuesday afternoon, to have the Outdoor Chapel blessed and officially opened by The Right Reverend John Parkes AM, perhaps better known to Trinity students as Bishop John. Bishop John retires from his role as Bishop of the Diocese of Wangaratta on 31 August after more than 10 years of dedicated service as Bishop in this region.

Bishop John has been a passionate governor and advocate for Trinity Anglican College for more than 10 years. We are now a member of the Anglican Schools Commission, largely because of Bishop John’s vision to give Trinity a strong foundation and a bright future. For me, Bishop John will be best remembered for his joyful interactions with our younger students. For them, he has an irresistible charm with his deep baritone voice and warm belly-laugh. There is always a soundtrack of young children giggling and squealing when Bishop John blesses a new Trinity building, with his signature flicking of water at the young in heart.

In truth, our Outdoor Chapel is not quite finished – there is still further work to be done. But we couldn’t bear to miss a final opportunity for a blessing from Bishop John.


From the Head of Junior School

Mr Steven Armstrong

RAS Athletics
Creative Pursuits
Parent Helpers
Parent/Teacher Interviews Week 7

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“Learning is experience, everything else is just information”

Albert Einstein was not only a great thinker in Science but he also recognised, via his own frailties as a student, that learning is something that we take part in rather than observe. All people will learn differently at different times in their lives. As we work with students as they learn to read, write, become numerate and think about the world it is important to recognise that their experience of the learning, their active involvement in the learning, is the most important thing to foster.

Nutrition – healthy eating at school

A healthy routine with eating is important to all as it enables students to maintain the high energy levels needed for learning. The students have also been visiting the Health Education Van over the past fortnight which highlighted the importance of good diet, exercise and good decisions.


The Assembly this week was a great celebration as we welcomed special guests and were able to honour the leadership of Bishop John.

RAS Athletics

It was a cold and foggy start to an exciting day. Congratulations to all competitors and the staff who supported the team and events. Trinity was successful in winning the Shield but more importantly their approach to the competition was excellent and all students from all schools behaved in an exemplary, respectful manner.

Creative Pursuits

The program for Term 3 has started this week with another wide variety of opportunities for students

Parent Helpers

Thank you to parents who sent an e-mail. Mrs Katsoolis will organise a time to run through this as soon as possible.

Parent/Teacher Interviews Week 7

The staff is looking forward to this important level of communication. This is the formal round of interviews and the focus in the time available is the academic and social requirements of each student.

 Book Week Parade Week 5

This week is used to draw attention to the importance of good literature in our lives. On the Friday morning we encourage all students to dress as their favourite character from a book they have read and be prepared to discuss the book and the character.

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Important information from NSW Health

What should we do about the flu this winter?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The symptoms of influenza range from mild to severe.

What are the symptoms? The symptoms of influenza range from mild to severe, and in severe cases can lead to death. People who have influenza typically experience some or all of the following symptoms:

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  • fever and chills
  • cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches, joint pains , headaches and fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea (more common in children than adults)

It is important to seek immediate medical advice if the illness quickly becomes worse or if any of the following symptoms occurs:

  • shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • chest pain
  • confusion or sudden dizziness
  • persistent vomiting

What can be done to stop the spread of influenza?

Influenza is spread from person-to-person through the coughing or sneezing of infected people. All schools should remind staff and students about good hygiene practices and how to minimise the spread of infection. Any person with symptoms should remain at home until they are well.

There are several effective ways that students and staff can stop the spread of influenza.

  • Anyone who is sick with influenza symptoms should be advised to stay home until their symptoms are gone.
  • Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the garbage bin after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

If you or your child develops influenza-like illness, seek the advice of your family doctor as you would with any other illness.

The seasonal influenza vaccine, which protects against the pandemic influenza strain as well as two other influenza strains, is now available free to eligible people.

Previous vaccination with the pandemic influenza vaccine, Panvax® is not a barrier to also receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Children with special needs

Children with special needs (such as chronic illnesses or neurological disorders) may be at higher risk of developing complications from all types of influenza. These children should be encouraged to seek early medical advice if they become unwell with flu symptoms. Influenza vaccination is especially important for these children.

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From the Dean of Student and Staff Wellbeing

Mr Jon Field

This week
Upcoming events

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It has been a busy week at the College with the Year 12s now half way through their final internal examinations.  I would urge the rest of the student body to be mindful of them at this time and to keep the noise down when around the South Building.

Well done to the Relay for Life committee for organising the junior disco and to Stephanie Murray who has been particularly proactive in this regard. I am sure this will be a great success.

Upcoming events

This weekend sees the departure of the cross-country ski trip with Mr Dicketts.

On Tuesday next week, Trinity teams take part in the second round of the NSW netball cup and the Year 12 Drama students present their pieces in the HSC performance night.

On Wednesday, we have three students participating in the Kool Schools recording project, which will see them recording in a professional studio.

Please keep your cars dirty in preparation of the Relay for Life car wash on 23 August


I would like to remind parents and students that the TAC hoodie is no longer a part of the uniform.  The back orders for the soft shell jackets have arrived and so the hoodies should no longer be worn at the College during school hours or when representing the College during school hours.

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From the Dean of Teaching and Learning

Mrs Adele Guy

Practice – essential for building effective learning habits! As parents, we watch children grow and change. It is a miracle unfolding before our very eyes! What is also happening, however, is that children are doing a massive amount of learning.

Digital Literacy: Hour of Code: This year, we will be adding a coding competition to our suite of Academic House Competitions in Week 7.

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Practice – essential for building effective learning habits!

As parents, we watch children grow and change. It is a miracle unfolding before our very eyes! What is also happening, however, is that children are doing a massive amount of learning.

In essence, learning is about building firm foundations on and connections to learning that has happened before. Scientists have discovered that learning is about creating  and strengthening neural pathways in the brain that allow information to transfer between brain cells. The first time a signal crosses from one brain cell to another, it requires the greatest effort. The first crossing is the most difficult, but transfer becomes easier over time. As we continue to apply effort to new challenges, we establish more stable and reliable pathways, until the connection is so strong that information transfer is effortless.

So the trick is, we must help children to continue to apply that effort: effort to imagine new scenarios, to look outward and envision; effort to look at the detail, to focus, to analyse and evaluate; AND, sustained effort to ensure that learning which has been established is practised and strengthened to become habit.

“Repetition” through old-fashioned drill has received some very bad press over the years. This criticism is justified, if it is repetition of skills or knowledge which children have already mastered and it is an end in itself. The trouble is, only about a third of children learn easily. Most students require some direct, structured and explicit instruction, and practice, so that constructive habits are formed. These building blocks are essential for more complicated, applied learning of these skills.

Repetition and practice strengthen memory: this is how habits are formed. Parents and teachers need to work together to affirm the importance of practice to build habits. Students will hear more about building habits at Assembly in the next fortnight. I encourage parents to continue this conversation at home.

Learning: building connections from one brain cell to another to form pathways: built on practice! Reference: Dr Katherine Main, Learning and the Adolescent Mind (Course notes), Griffith University.

Digital Literacy: Hour of Code

This year, we will be adding a coding competition to our suite of Academic House Competitions which are scheduled in Week 7. Students will have opportunity to engage in coding in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Coding is an essential skill which, if mastered, will allow students in the Senior School to become well equipped for adulthood. This competition raises awareness and is in recognition of the importance of digital literacy in 21st Century learning.

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From the Head of Academic Administration

Ms Kym Armstrong

Year 12 Trial HSC Exams
Year 12 HSC Major Works and Performance Examinations
Year 11 students:  Year 11 – End of Course Examinations
Year 11 Students:  the Transition to Year 12 and Alterations to Patterns of Study
Parents of Year 4 and Year 6 Students:  AAS Testing

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Year 12 Trial HSC Exams

The focus of our Year 12 students is firmly on the Trial Examination, which commenced this week and conclude next Wednesday, 14 August.

For all students, these exams figure as significant assessment items that will assist in determining the assessment component of their final HSC mark.  The students are approaching their exams with seriousness and commitment.  We are all looking forward to seeing the fruits of their hard labour!

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

Year 12 HSC Major Works and Performance Examinations

Students undertaking Drama, Visual Art, Design and Technology, Music and Languages are also focused on the submission of their major works and process diaries, and the completion of oral language examinations.  Students should be maintaining a ready dialogue with their teachers in order to ensure that their major works are progressing steadily toward completion and that they are in compliance with all project specifications.

Year 11 students:  Year 11 – End of Course Examinations

Students in Year 11 are preparing for the very important end of course exams in their Year 11 Course.   These exams take place across Week 8 and begin on Monday 9 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 Year 11 Course, thoughts turn to the HSC pattern of study and questions about whether to drop a subject and 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 blue change of subject 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
  • House Mentor or Head of House
  • Careers Advisor
  • Head of Academic Administration

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.

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.

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Collection of Data 

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

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Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

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New app for online lunch orders

Our new Cafe online ordering app is up and running! Families can place their lunch orders from their phones or other devices, pay with a credit card and lunches will be delivered to classrooms in the same way as they have in the past with the money-in-the-paper-bag system!

The app is called Trinity Anglican College Albury and can be installed via the App store or the Google play store.

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Once you have downloaded the app, we suggest you register so that it remembers who you are and allows the “repeat your last order” feature. Once you have selected your meals, the child’s name and class need to be completed before going to the payment option. You can store your credit card to use the top up feature or payment can be made for each order.

To order for multiple children, you need to submit separate orderssimply complete each order separately without leaving the app. You can even pre-order if you are going away and don’t want to forget.

Orders must be in by 9.30am on the day the lunch is required.

A link to a web version will be available from our Trinity Anglican College home page soon.

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Leave and absences

Attendance – Notification of any student absences can be emailed to preferably before the start of the school day. Alternatively parents can call the office on 6049 3400. Any student who arrives after the second bell at 8.50am should sign in at the front office to avoid being marked absent.

Extended Leave – Students who are taking leave from school for five or more consecutive school days are required to complete a Leave Application Form and return to the front office for approval by Mr Beckett. These forms can be found on the Trinity website or collected from the office. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 must speak with Ms Armstrong regarding any assessments due during their time of absence. Leave of less than five days can be emailed through to for the Attendance Officer to enter into the system as an approved absence.

From the Careers desk

Mr Mark Dicketts

Careers News this week at:

UAC and VTAC Applications

In the last week Year 12 students have been emailed a number of documents regarding applications for universities in Victoria (VTAC) and NSW/ACT (UAC). Two of these were: All things UAC and All things VTAC

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For each relevant state the documents outline key dates and how to create an account and select you course preferences. They also provide information on applying for scholarships and ‘special consideration’ schemes – EAS in NSW and SEAS in Victoria. I encourage Year 12 students and their families to take advantage of the information in these documents and apply where suitable.

Careers News this week at:

  • Dates for your diary
  • University applications now open!
  • Study law and justice at Victoria University
  • Get help with your VTAC applications – online webinar
  • Upcoming university open days
  • Careers in Medical Radiation Science – Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Science, Medical Imaging, Sonography
  • Fashion and modelling short courses
  • FAQs about your UCAT score
  • Cool new courses at La Trobe University
  • Missed Swinburne Open Day? Book an appointment or attend an Advice Night (including aviation)
  • Planning to apply for universities in the US or UK? Check out upcoming info sessions
  • Careers with Engineering magazine – just released!

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Welcome to our exchange students

Trinity as a hub of global learning receives a boost from time to time by the arrival of exchange students and by our students venturing overseas on exchange for varying lengths of time.

Currently, we are hosting Miranda Tagliaferri, Beatrice Gheza, Marcello Crisci and Eleonore Le Calvez.

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Miranda, who is in Year 10 Rosborough, is here for six weeks from a small town near Como in Italy. She is enjoying having her Saturdays off while here because she has school from 8am-1pm on Saturdays when she is at home.

Beatrice is in Year 11 Rosborough. She is from Lecco near Milan and has already been to Phillip Island despite just starting her exchange.

Marcello, who is in Year 11 Hoffman, loves to travel. He has been to England and the US with his Italian family and wants to explore as much as he can while here in Australia. He likes drama, dancing, singing and is enjoying being part of the Music class at Trinity.

Eleonore Le Calvez is in Year 10 Petts. She has two brothers and a sister at home in France. Eleonore hasn’t had much chance to pursue her interest in synchronised swimming but has made the most of Australia’s beaches by visiting the Gold Coast and enjoying the surf camp with Year 10 earlier in the year.

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From the Library

Mrs Amy Wilson

Book Week Assembly on 23 August
Premier’s Reading Challenge closes end of August

BookBugs – Junior School Book Club

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Trinity will host its annual Junior School Book Week Assembly in Week 5.

When: Friday 23 August
What: Your child may dress as their favourite character from a book for the day.
Why: CBCA Book Week is a national celebration of all things literary. This year the theme is Reading is My Secret Power. Dressing up gives our children the opportunity to deeply inhabit a favourite character although the dress up day itself is a minor part of Book Week. We are spending all of Term 3 immersing in the CBCA shortlisted titles. The dress up day is a culmination of this work and a day of celebration.
Who/Where: Family and friends are most welcome to attend to watch the K-Year 6 parade in the Multi-Purpose Hall from 9am. Following the parade, we encourage visitors to stay to engage in shared reading with their child until lunch at 11am. Each year level will have a table of books outside the MPH, enjoy these together and please ensure all books are returned to the tubs once the bell rings. If you have any questions please email or visit us in the Library.

Premier’s Reading Challenge closes at the end of August

Student reading records need to be completed online for students in Years 3-9. You can do so by following the link below:

Students from K-2 have been completing the challenge with their classroom teachers and do not need to upload their reading.

Congratulations to those that have already finished and if you haven’t been keeping track of your reading so far, you still have time to complete it. If you have any questions or have trouble logging in please email

BookBugs – Junior School Book Club

As part of the College Co-Curricular program, the Junior School Book Club is up and running. Mrs Wilson and her ‘BookBugs’ meet at lunchtime on Tuesdays in the Library. It is not too late to join. If you are from Year 3-6, you are welcome to come along next week to find out more.

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Homework and study 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.

It is held in the Maxwell Centre and times are as follows: Week A Tuesday mornings – 8-8.30am. Week B Thursday after school – 3.15-4.15pm. Teachers : Mrs Thomas, Ms Morey, Ms O’Connor and Mrs Walsh.

RFS Cadet program

Trinity is looking for expressions of interest for the RFS cadetship program.  This would be running in the next few weeks during Term 3 and start of Term 4.

If you are in Year 8-12 and are interested in joining the program and learn some lifesaving skills please contact Miss Green. The sessions will run on Wednesdays,  3.30pm-5.30pm

Coding opens eyes of IST students

Year 10 IST students had the unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on Unity workshop with certified Unity Developers and Instructors where they learnt valuable coding and game design concepts. At the workshop, students created their own 3D virtual worlds with terrain, ocean, sky, trees and grass blowing in the wind. They explored their virtual worlds with a character, car or plane. Students then learnt to write code and use the keyboard to apply forces to physics-based objects. They learnt about the endless possibilities with Unity and learnt about the successes of games developed in Unity such as “Crossy Road”.

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P&F events 


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Fathers’ Day Stall

The P&F will co-ordinate a Father’s Day Stall in the library on Thursday 29 August. Presents will be for sale at $5 or $10 each and students will be able to purchase a maximum of four items.  Coupons can be purchased at  The coupons will be distributed to students when they arrive at the Library with their class. There is no need to send in a receipt.

We also will have our Father’s Day raffle. If you purchase online coupons, you automatically receive an entry ticket into the raffle.

We will be looking for volunteers to man the stall in 1 hour time slots on the day and for those who can’t make it on the Thursday, we have some slots for set-up on Wednesday night. Go to 

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Australian Schools Basketball Championships

Students have a fantastic opportunity to try out for one of the four Trinity basketball teams to  contest the 2019 Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne in December. The College will send four competitive teams to the championships, which run from 1-6 December. The week-long event is the largest on the Australian Championships calendar, with 170 teams from around Australia and New Zealand competing across 20 divisions at last year’s tournament. This opportunity is available to all students of the College.

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Parents need to sign a permission form and players must attend a selection trial, which will run from Monday 12 August on the following schedule:

U15 girls – Monday
U15 Boys – Thursday
U17 Boys – Wednesday
U17 Girls – Thursday

If you have not received a permission form and you would like your child to trial, please click here to download the form and send to

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Senior School Sport

Mr Andrew Leary, Head of Senior School Sport

We have a number of sporting opportunities coming up this term: 1. Aussie Rules on 30 August (Boys and Girls from Years 7-10). 2. TAFE NSW Netball Regional Final in Wagga Wagga. The team will be finalised soon. 3. ACIS Secondary Athletics Championships (Tuesday 24 Septemer 2019) at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre – qualifying students should have returned notes by now should purchase a singlet if they don’t already have one – see Cathy Katsoolis in the Infants Centre.

Students are reminded to check their emails and the daily notices for dates of selection trials.

Junior School Sport

Mr Kade Stevens, Head of Junior School Sport

National PSSA AFL Championships
RAS Athletics
Paul Kelly Cup
Todd Woodbridge Cup

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National PSSA AFL Championships

Harrison Wilson represented NSW at the National PSSA AFL Championships in Perth this week. He played well with the team scoring wins against the ACT and Tasmania and a loss to Victoria in a very physical game.

RAS Athletics – By Dakota Bennett

A cold and foggy morning did not deter the 88 Junior School representatives at the RAS Carnival on Tuesday. Trinity placed first in the raw point score with 1667.5 points. Students represented Trinity proudly; coming away with a number of wins and places in many events. Congratulations to:

  • Ryder Murray – Age Champion, 9 years boys
  • Siahn O’Sullivan – Age Champion 11 years girls
  • Millie Thomas – Runner up age champion, 10 years girls
  • Steph Ramsdell – Runner up age champion, 12 years girls

Thank you to the organisers of the event, staff and parent helpers and, the students for displaying such fantastic sportsmanship.

Todd Woodbridge Cup – By Sonya McAinsh

The Trinity Anglican College Co-curricular Tennis team will have the opportunity to participate in the Albury Zone Day for the Todd Woodbridge Cup at Thurgoona Tennis Courts on Wednesday, 28 August from 9.30-2.30pm. The College will compete against other local Albury schools.

The co-curricular students have been training on a Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the competition.

The event will be run as per the Todd Woodbridge Cup Guidelines, encouraging participation and a positive tennis experience, with players representing their school in a friendly team environment. Teams will consist of 8-10 students playing both doubles and mixed doubles using red, low compression balls on modified tennis courts (using mini-nets).

Paul Kelly Cup – by Kane McGregor

On a beautiful day at Giants Stadium in Sydney, the girls from Year 5 and 6 competed in the State Final of the Paul Kelly Cup. First up the girls played Radford College, where they made a cautious start but went on to win the game comfortably in the second half. In the second game the girls scored early against Wattle Grove Public School and then had to hang on as the opposition charged back into contention. It was a draw at the end of the game. In the last of the round robin games the girls played last year’s winners, Lindsay Park Public School. It was a fantastic game in which our girls fell just short.

After some nervous moments it was announced that the team had made it through to the semi-finals. Playing against St Catherine’s Catholic College the girls never gave up and only lost by 5 points to the eventual winners of the competition. At the end of the day the girls finished fourth overall which was a fantastic achievement.

I would just like to thank Kade Stevens, Vashti Muller and Jacob Cincurak for their coaching and training of the girls. Also, a massive thanks to the support from all the families that made their way to Sydney. It was a massive effort to get there, however, I know all the teachers and the girls appreciated you making the effort and being there on the day.

CIS Netball – By Claudia Hocking

On 31 July, l embarked on a journey with my Mum which would take us to Orange in NSW. Here l would compete at the 2019 PSSA State Netball Championships with 10 complete strangers. My team was chosen by a selection panel from CIS in Sydney from trials which took place earlier this year.

We arrived in Orange two days early in order to train and familiarise ourselves with each others’ plays and positions.  In the following three days of competition we played against 12 teams or 120 girls. We played 10min quarters which meant l would take the court for roughly 8hrs over the three days. I was so exhausted and very thankful that my legs lasted. CIS placed an amazing sixth in the competition.

Once the competition ended 10 girls were chosen to represent the National team. Although l did not make this next step, l am very proud of my efforts and l am very thankful for the opportunity that Trinity gave me. I am now looking forward to competing again with my fellow Year 6 Trinity classmates as we take on the NSW Netball Riverina Regional finals on 13 August in Wagga, lead by the very amazing Mrs McInnes. So please watch this space as we embark on yet another very exciting journey in year 6 sport.


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