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From the Principal

Welcome to Trinity Anglican College for 2017!  I hope you have had a wonderful break – a chance to enjoy family and friends.
 
This is my first newsletter as the new Principal. It is a privilege to lead such an impressive young school. My early days here at Trinity have been busy, setting up the new year and working with our wonderful team of teachers and staff.
 
We have all been eagerly awaiting the students’ return. After all, what is a school without its students? They bring such energy, vitality and joy – especially after a long summer break.
 
As part of my preparation for the year, I have been consolidating my thoughts on what makes a Trinity Education distinctive from the rest. I hope that this graphic helps you understand the four key pillars of an education at Trinity Anglican College.
 
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your Trinity journey!
  
Justin Beckett
Principal
Commissioning Service for our New Principal
 
Parents and friends of Trinity Anglican College are warmly invited to attend the Commissioning of our New Principal, Mr Justin Beckett

10.15am on Thursday 23 February
Trinity Anglican College Multi-Purpose Hall
 

From the Director of Studies

Disability Provisions for HSC Examinations
The Board of Studies 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 11 & 12 Study Hall
The College is offering students in Years 11 and 12 the opportunity to work in a study hall environment 2 afternoons a week commencing from Week 2 of this term.  These sessions will take place from 3.15pm to 4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.  Students will be able to access study and writing tips and will receive study assistance from the supervising teachers.
 
Year 10 Parent Information Evening
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 school is conducting a Year 10 Information Evening on Wednesday 15 February from 7pm.  Mr Thomas will also present information about how he can provide the students with careers information when he is wearing his Careers Advisor hat.  This will take place downstairs in the south building of the Senior School.  Please note this important date in your diaries.
 
Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standards – HSC 2020: information for parents of students in Years 7, 8 and 9
The NSW Educations Standards Authority (formerly, BOSTES) have advised that from 2020 students will need to demonstrate minimum levels of literacy and numeracy in order to receive the Higher School Certificate credential (HSC). 
 
Whilst announcements were made by the then NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, in July, information regarding the logistics of how these initiatives would impact on students was formalised and send to schools in the final weeks of Term 4, 2016.  
 
There are no changes to NAPLAN.  However, for Year 9 students who sit the NAPLAN tests in 2017, this is the first opportunity that they have to demonstrate that they have met the minimum literacy and numeracy standards required to receive the HSC at the conclusion of their studies in 2020.  Students who achieve Band 8 in the Reading, Writing and Numeracy tests will not need to again demonstrate their skills. 
 
This does not mean that students who do not achieve Band 8 in Year 9 will not receive their HSC.  It just means that these students will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the minimum standard via a different forum.  There will be numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their capacity via on-line tests in the years between Year 9 and Year 12.  These tests will be offered within specific test windows.  There will be no limit to the number of times that students can sit the tests.  Students will have up to 5 years after their HSC year to demonstrate that they have met the standards.
 
The College will conduct an information session about these changes; the time and location of this session will be advised to students and parents over the next week or so.
 
Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.
 
Ms Kym Armstrong
Director of Studies

 

From the Senior School

Welcome back to all our families in 2017 and a special welcome to families who are new to the College. The staff have been busy over the last couple of weeks preparing for the start of the year and from my point of view the start has been smooth for students in the Senior School. On Wednesday, I enjoyed spending time with our Year 12 students as we discussed how their mindset can influence their success. They were lucky enough to listen to three past Year 12 students who gave them valuable advice on how they tackled the HSC. The Year 7 Pastoral Care Tutors spent a day helping the Year 7 students with their organisation and ensuring they are ready for their classes. All other years in the Senior School  have spent time today preparing for classes and Friday will be a day without interruptions as we get down to some serious learning.
 
Communication is very important and I ask that parents contact us if you have any concerns. In the first instance, the Pastoral Care Tutor would be the first point of contact. For more sensitive issues the Head of House should be contacted.
 
Malcolm Thomas
Head of Senior School

From the Junior School

A wonderfully warm welcome to 2017. The students have started strongly with the “old” hands settling in quickly to their new classes and the new students being embraced by their new classmates.

Learning is at the heart of everything we do. The way we think, the way we act, discover, imagine and laugh, adds to the richness of our world. In the school environment we endeavour to enhance these experiences. Our aim, as the teaching staff, is to create a culture of life-long learning. To ensure that we are not focussing on just what is learned but more importantly why we learn and how we understand. This will ensure that every lesson, every day and each term we can change and grow. The College is blessed with a very strong and vibrant staff who will be wonderful guides and mentors.

As part of a vibrant community at the College it is important to recognise that we are all different and that we celebrate these differences. It is a living community and how we interact with other members of the Community is at the heart of the sense of belonging. I often hark back to readings when trying to explain this sense. The American poet, Maya Angelou summed this up for me (with apologies) “I’ve learned that people (sometimes) forget what you said, people (may) forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So, as we work together in community, it is important to recognise our relationships and how we respond and react. How we celebrate achievements and bounce back from disappointments.

PIPS Testing
A big thank you to the Kindergarten parents for their cooperation with this program. It is important to gather information about students to ensure that we can create the teaching/learning program that will best serve the needs of each student.

Hot Hot Hot!
I am aware that this heatwave has been somewhat unusual and it is important to remind students about the need for proper hydration (water) and coverings (hat). In order to keep the largest energy drain on the body (the brain) ticking along, maintaining food intake during the day is very important.

Student Leadership
The Albury Junior School Leaders will be presented to the Junior School at the first Assembly at 2.10pm on Tuesday 7 February. Many students applied for the role of a leader and it was uplifting reading the applications. The process involves a discussion with Year 5 and Year 6 in 2016 followed by a vote by the students and the staff. With every appointment there will also be some disappointment and it is an important part of learning resilience that we bounce back from this and approach the year in a positive way. All Year 6 students are recognised as the leaders in the Junior School and some students will have specific responsibilities within that team.

Dates for the Diary
  • Welcome Morning Tea Kindergarten Parents (Monday 6 February). Once the students are settled in class, please make your way to the Trade Skills Centre for a chat and cuppa.
  • Junior School Assembly (Tuesday 7 February 2.10 pm). A formal welcome back and the appointment of the new Year 6 Leaders.
  • Swimming Carnival (Wednesday 8 February - all day). This is the Year 3-6 Carnival and is held at WAVES Wodonga.
  • Kindergarten Information Night (Tuesday 14 February). This is held in the Infants Centre starting at 7.00pm.
  • Parent Helpers Induction (Wednesday 15 February). The College greatly values the help offered and proffered by Parents. A reminder that the induction session will be held in the Infants Centre at 7pm.
Steven Armstrong 
Head of Junior School

Wodonga Campus News

A warm welcome to all parents and students. I trust you and your family have had an opportunity to spend some quality time together over the summer break. For parents who are new to the Wodonga Campus I extend a hearty welcome and trust you will enjoy your time with us. The School’s aim is to treat each person with respect and accept them for their differences. We believe this reflects a happy and strong learning environment.

Welcome to Charlotte Lloyd and Jessie Swan
The College is delighted to welcome Miss Charlotte Lloyd and Miss Jessie Swan to the school as they take on their teaching duties at the Wodonga campus. Charlotte will be taking on a range of duties across the school, including teaching French (Year 3-6) while Jessie will focus her attention to teaching some of our music classes.
 

Jessie Swan

Charlotte Lloyd
Welcome to the Preps and their Parents
The Campus eagerly anticipates the arrival of our new Prep students on Monday at which time I also look forward to greeting the Prep parents over a morning cuppa from 9am. 

Shade in Place
Over the Christmas break shade-sails were installed above the sand pit, providing very necessary shade for our students. Further shade is due to be erected in front of the P-4 rooms. The intention is to ‘grow’ this shade so it eventually spreads further along the demountable block.  
 

Chapel Service and Assemblies
Parents are very welcome to attend the campus chapel services and assemblies that are held over a fortnightly roster throughout the term:
Week A         Chapel – Thursdays, 2.10pm in the Hall
Week B         Assembly – Thursdays, 11.50am in the Hall
 
Local Excursion Form
Students must have a 2017 Local Excursion Form completed before they can leave the campus on excursion. This form saves the need to give written consent each time students are taken on excursions within the area. Could parents please complete the form and return it to school urgently. Forms can be downloaded from the school website at  www.trinityac.nsw.edu.au   -   Community (top of page), Forms & Notes, Local Excursion Form 2017 (left side).

Students in Year 3-6 who have not returned this form will be unable to attend the swimming carnival on 8 February at WAVES.

Anaphylaxis/Medications at School
As a consequence of the heavy hay fever season we are having at present, it is anticipated that some students may suffer with sore and watery eyes, sneezes, runny noses, coughs and wheezes. There appears to be a high level of irritants (pollens and the like) in the air of late. To assist, students may like to bring a face washer to school to wash their face.

A number of students suffer from asthma like symptoms.  I am concerned some students may not have asthma plans lodged with the Office. If your child is asthmatic, and you have not lodged an asthma plan with the College, please do so as a matter of urgency. Your doctor can provide this asthma plan which should then be brought to the office. 
                                                        
Nut Free Zone
Trinity Anglican College currently has students enrolled that have been diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis. Please ensure that you take care with foods that you send with your child to reduce the risk of an anaphylactic reaction. Please do not pack any food with nuts or nut products.
 
Bus Travel
For those who travel to school by bus please note that, due to the Victorian school holidays, there will be no school buses operating on the last week of Term One – from Monday 3 to Friday 7 April. Wodonga Classes finish at 2.10pm on Friday 31 March (in line with Victorian schools).

Wodonga Calendar : February Dates
  • Swimming Carnival – Years 3-6, 9:30am Wednesday 8 February, WAVES
  • Volunteer Parent Helper Induction, 3:30pm-4pm, Thursday 9 February in the Hall
  • After School Sport Program - Cricket, Monday 13 February
  • After School Cooking & Gardening Program, Tuesday 14 February  
  • Army Band Performance, Yrs 1-51pm Wednesday 15 February, Albury Campus
  • After School Art & Craft Club, Wednesday 15 February
  • Year 6 Camp – Canberra Excursion, 22-24 February
  • Principal’s Commissioning Service, 10.15am Thursday 23 February, Albury Campus
Chris O’Loan
Head of Wodonga Campus

From the Director of Co-curricular

Basketball
The 2017 basketball season begins next week (Monday, 6 February). After our success in 2016 Trinity has entered 25 teams. Coaches will contact team members prior to their first game, with training starting Week 3. I’d like to wish each of our teams all the best for the coming season! 
 
Families should have received an email outlining the registration and game fee payment process. Game fees (payable by all members, each season), remain at $100 and registration is $105 for the 2017 Summer season. The Association has informed all clubs that payment needs to be made by members before their first round and that matches will be forfeited if unregistered players take the court.
 
As all members will be paying game fees, this payment will appear as an automatic payment. You will need to pay for your child’s registration if required. Please use the following link to make payment. https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?aID=18236&pKey=8e59799532b5320ae4f4c187b26d961b&cID=221859&formID=54301
 
The basketball draw will again be available through Sporting Pulse. I encourage families to check it regularly over the first month. For easy reference a link to your child’s draw can be easily saved on your smartphone.
 
I have a few remaining positions for any interested students. Please contact Michelle Campbell if your child is interested in possibly joining a team or if you have any additional questions.
 
College Swimming Carnivals
The College carnivals begin next week with the Junior School Swimming Carnival on Wednesday, 8 February, followed by the Senior School Carnival on Friday, 10 February.
 
To accommodate the increased participation, alterations have been made to both carnival programs. If your Junior School (Year 3 – 6) child would like to participate in the 100m Freestyle event (no 100m 9 Years Freestyle event) they need to be at WAVES by 9am. Parents can choose to drop their child off at WAVES, or a shuttle will leave the Albury campus at 8:30am; students will travel with Mr Armstrong.
 
Likewise, for the Senior School, students who wish to compete in the 100m Freestyle and/or 200m individual medley need to be at WAVES at 9am. Students may make their own way to the pool or travel on the College shuttle, departing at 8:30am. Senior School students should have completed their nomination form, which has been emailed to their College account.
 
Junior School families should have received an information note (including program). If you require an additional note, please see your child’s teacher.
Senior School Swimming Program Summary (this program is a guide only)
9am                  100m Freestyle
9:30am              Open 200m Individual Medley
10am                 50m Freestyle
11:10am             50m Backstroke
Noon                  50m Breaststroke
12:50am             50m Butterfly
1:50pm               Relays                       
2:15pm               Presentations
 
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the College Junior School community of the changes that have been made to the Wodonga Campus sporting pathways. As Trinity Anglican College is governed by the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) NSW, Wodonga students can participate in the NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) sporting pathway. From this point forward, all Trinity Junior School students (regardless of campus) will participate in the same CIS representative pathway.
Students from Years 3 to 6, who are successful at the College Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics carnivals will only represent the College at the subsequent Border Independent Primary Schools Sports Association (BIPSA) carnival, made up of Independent schools throughout the Riverina.

CIS Nomination Process
Selection Objective
Trinity 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 Director of Sport and Co-Curricular makes 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 Director of Sport and Co-Curricular 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 Anglican 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 for Term 1

Primary
Sport Gender Age Group CIS Nominations Close
Tennis Boys Open Primary 12 Feb
  Girls Open Primary 12 Feb
Basketball Boys Open Primary 16 Feb
  Girls Open Primary 16 Feb
AFL Boys Open Primary 1 March
Diving Boys Open Primary 10 March
  Girls Open Primary 10 March
Soccer Girls Open Primary 11 March
 
Secondary
Sport Gender CIS Notes CIS Nominations Close
Baseball Boys Open 1 February
Cricket Girls Open 3 February
Softball Girls Open 10 February
  Boys Under 17 17 February
Tennis Boys Open 9 February
Tennis Girls Open 9 February
Triathlon Boys & Girls Jnr 12 to 14 years 13 February
Jnr 15 to 16 years 21 February
Open 21 February
Golf Boys & Girls Years 7, 8, 9 & Open 3 March
Hockey Girls 16 Years and Under 10 March
Hockey Boys 16 Years and Under 22 March
Diving Boys & Girls Open 3 April
Volleyball Boys & Girls 15 Years and Under 28 March
Sailing Boys & Girls Open 29 March
Volleyball Boys & Girls Open 5 April
AFL Girls 15 Years & Under only 5 April
 
Co-Curricular
Currently, College staff are updating the Trinity Anglican College Co-Curricular Handbook and a timetable for both campuses is being produced. Once completed this will be available on-line through the College website. I appreciate your patience and encourage students to listen to the daily messages for the details of the Term 1 and Semester 1 programs.
Nash Clark
Director of Sport and Co-Curricular

Instrumental and Co-curricular Performing

As Trinity grows as a leading College in the border region, so do the opportunities we are able to offer our students. This year a new role has been created to co-ordinate the extensive Performing Arts co-curricular program. As the College’s first Co-ordinator of Performing Arts Co-curricular I am very excited and look forward to developing the program further.

As per previous years we are offering students access to a wide variety of peripatetic teachers to help enhance their academic studies. Parents will co-ordinate lesson times and fees directly with the teachers and the college will co-ordinate room timetables and performance opportunities. Students will participate in a showcase evening throughout the year where they have an opportunity to share what they have learnt on their instrument of choice. Students will also receive a small report assessing their progress throughout the year within their academic report at the end of each semester.

Please note that we are having a parent information night for those seeking more information about the instrumental program. This will take place on Thursday 16 February at the Music Room at Thurgoona Campus. Please feel free to make contact with a teacher listed below regarding your child commencing or continuing their lessons for 2017.  

Please contact myself at emma.mancer@trinityac.nsw.edu.au should you have any questions.
Emma Mancer
Co-ordinator of Performing Arts Co-Curricular

List of Peripatetic Teachers for 2017

 
Stephen Neville 0418983135 Drums
David Temby 0396999099 Brass and Woodwind Hire
David Thompson 0428 252 388 Saxophone/ Clarinet/ Flute
Scott Mordecai scott@sm71.com Trombone/Trumpet
Sonja Dionysius (02) 6043 2402 Violin/Viola/Cello/ Double Bass
Ian McLeod 0410 517 011 Contemporary Guitar
Paul Gibbs 0417 465 349 Piano and Keyboard
Stephen Neville 0418 983 135 Drums and Percussion
Kevin McGrath 0408 698 138 Drums and Percussion
Sharyn Hill 0411 181 655 Speech and Drama
Damian Jones (02) 6041 4249 Violin and Viola
Catriona Byles (02) 6041 4249 Cello
Daniel Taskis 0411 511 057 Drums

Murray Conservatorium Teachers   Contact (02) 6041 4249
Tony Wenke Contemporary Guitar  
Tim Adkins Classical Guitar  
Nathan Vaccaro Contemporary Guitar  
Roman Turewicz Piano  
Marjorie Glanville Piano  
Dieter Hartwig Piano  
Chloe Woods Voice  
       

Trinity Swimming Club

Trinity Swimming Cub will start again every Monday and Wednesday commencing Monday 6 February and finishing Wednesday 15 March.  Training sessions are held at Albury Swim Centre and run from 6.15am (in the water), finishing at 7.15am. New members are very welcome. If your son or daughter would like to be involved in please either ring or email me at Davina.Gibb@trinityac.nsw.edu.au for further information. 
Davina Gibb

Opera in the Alps:  Young Voices of Albury-Wodonga

During the holidays a group of Trinity students had the opportunity to sing as part of the Young Voices of Albury Wodonga choir at Opera in the Alps at Beechworth.
 
Students involved were Sophie Coleshill, Hattie Evans, Savannah Fagence, Iona Kelly, Mattea Kelly, Zahlia Kelly, Natasha Kronenberg, Elliose O’Connell, Erin Swann.
 
In the lead up to the performance students attended several rehearsals to learn three songs, including one in German, before completing a full day workshop with Opera Scholars Australia. At the Opera students enjoyed the opportunity to sing with Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Bass Baritone), Alexandra Flood (Coloratura Soprano) and Shanul Sharma (Tenor).
 
At the performance they sang:
                Votre Toast – Carmen by G Bizet
                Alice’s Theme – Alice in Wonderland by D Elfman
                Sunday – Sunday in the Park with George by S Sondheim
 
Based on their excited chatter and smiling faces, students really enjoyed the opportunity to sing in front of several thousand people and admirably represented the college at this prestigious community event

Student Bus Passes

Student bus pass applications are now on-line!

For information on NSW school bus travel and how to apply for a bus pass, visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/customers/ssts

For information on Victorian school bus travel, visit http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/school-buses/school-bus-program/

Behaviour matters
Please remind students to:
  • be mindful of safety
  • respect transport staff, transport property and fellow travelers
  • offer their seat to paying customers
  • always travel with a valid ticket
  • tap on and tap off every time if they are travelling in Opal areas.
 Student Codes of Conduct are available at transportnsw.info/school-students.
 

From the Canteen

Help Please!
The Canteen is always in need of volunteers. Can you spare a morning once a week/fortnight/month/Term? It’s a tremendous help! (And kids love to see you in the Canteen too!)

If you are interested in helping out, please leave your contact details at the College Front Office, drop in to the Canteen or email me margaretcochrane@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

Lunch Orders
Junior School students wanting lunch from the Canteen must place a lunch order, via their classroom lunch basket. K-2 students are requested to order Monday-Thursday but not Friday if possible. The Canteen is very busy at the end of the week and so we are able to give better service to our youngest students earlier in the week when it is quieter.

The menu is on the College website, where any updates are noted as well as being advised in the newsletter. Please feel free to come and discuss any allergies or specific dietary requirements with me, as we can very often accommodate these.

Senior students are not required to order but it is strongly encouraged, as it allows us to better plan and to minimise wastage which in turn allows us to keep prices low.

Margaret Cochrane
Canteen Manager

Community Announcements

The Australian Army Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation focused on the Australian Army customs, traditions and values.  
 
As a cadet you will learn to be self confident, self sufficient and willing to 'have a go'. Its your opportunity to discover new challenges and have some fun. You will learn to lead others and work as a member of a team.
 
Activities include: drill, field-craft, survival, camping, navigation and safe us of firearms.
 
Youth who are 13 years of age anytime in 2017 are eligible to enrol. You can also enrol upto the age of 18.
 
When: Thursday 16 February 2017
Where: Army Logistics Training Centre 'Front Gate', South Bandiana, Murray Valley Hwy
Time: Front Gate at 1800hrs (to be escorted)
Note: Parents are expected to accompany the youth
 
For further information see: https://www.armycadets.gov.au/
 

Useful Website Links

ALBURY
421 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive
Thurgoona NSW 2640
Telephone: (02) 6049 3400
Facsimile: (02) 6049 3490
office@trinityac.nsw.edu.au
WODONGA
34 Ellen McDonald Drive
Baranduda VIC 3690
Telephone: (02) 6049 3480
Facsimile: (02) 6020 9125
officewodonga@trinityac.nsw.edu.au
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