The Junior chapel always begins with these words:
‘As we awake to this new day: we are held by the love of Jesus.’
‘When things are going well: we are held by the love of Jesus.’
‘When we feel hurt or discouraged: we are held by the love of Jesus.’
Finally, we affirm:
‘In life or death, joy or sorrow: We are held by the love of Jesus.’
Mature faith embraces the whole of life, not just the ‘good’ bits. Faith has to grow with us beyond childhood into the complexity and sometimes, the confusion of adulthood. Always, in the background, is the constant love of God. God’s love holds us but it doesn’t necessarily whisper all the answers in our ears. We get to make real choices and we get to experience the consequences. It is in the turmoil of the process of living that love does its work in us - that we find and are found by love.
Love holds onto us until we discover that only love matters. Until it becomes the lens, through which we view all our choices. Put simply, we learn to ask, ‘Is this a loving thing to do or say?’, ‘Is it in the best interests of my brother/sister?’ And when we lurch forward or blurt something out without thinking, love holds out the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation. Love is there ‘in life or death, joy or sorrow.’
At Trinity, we want to help students discover a faith that will hold them through the arc of life, not one that dissipates when things get challenging. Our students will have the best chance of discovering this, if they see the Adults in their lives, walking the same path.
Reverend Bryn Jones
From the Director of Studies
Year 10, 11 and 12 Assessment Tasks
Across all courses in Years 10, 11 and 12, students have received assessment schedules that provide an overview of the assessment tasks in that subject for the year. We are reaching that part of the term when students will be receiving notifications about specific assessment tasks that will be falling due over the coming weeks. Students should maintain a dialogue with their teachers and make sure that they are very clear about the requirements of each task.
If a student is unable to submit or sit an assessment task because of illness or mishap, there is a firm set of protocols to be followed; this is outlined in assessment policy booklets that have been distributed to all students in Years 10-12. In the first instance, parents and caregivers are to contact the Director of Studies, Ms Kym Armstrong, or the Head of Senior School, Mr Malcolm Thomas, when it is identified that a student will miss an assessment task.
Year 12 Mid-Course Exams
Our Year 12 students have started the year with vim and vigour as they lead into the important assessment items that form the Mid-Course Exams. The Mid-Course Exams start in Week 7 of this term.
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 two afternoons a week. These sessions will take place from 3.15 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 7, 8 & 9 Parent Information Evening – Wednesday 1 March: Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standards – HSC 2020
The NSW Educations Standards Authority (NESA), 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 demonstrate their skills again.
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. Students will not be limited in the number of times that they can sit the tests. Students will have up to five years after their HSC year to demonstrate that they have met the standards.
This week, NESA have published frequently asked questions and answers about the new standards. These can be accessed via: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/initiatives/stronger-hsc-standards/minimum-standard/faqs
The College is holding a parent information session from 7pm on Wednesday 1 March in the south building of the Senior School. The purpose of this session is to provide information about how the minimum literacy and numeracy standards will affect students currently in Years 7, 8 and 9 for their HSC.
Please contact me if you have any queries about these matters.
Director of Studies
Charles Sturt University Parent Information Night
CSU will be holding an information night where you and your child can find out information regarding university including:
- How to prepare for university
- Study options
- Help with costs
- Pathways into university
- How to apply
- UAC/VTAC and ATAR explained
5.30pm on Tuesday 21 February
Commercial Club, Albury, 618 Dean Street, Albury
Register at: csu.edu.au/parents
Have you explored the Trinity careers website? There is lots of useful information for students and parents. You can also explore a wide range of careers, courses and scholarships on the website. The careers website can be accessed from the Trinity Anglican College website http://www.trinityac.nsw.edu.au/ under the links tab.
Head of Senior School
Launch of the 2017 Year 9 Discovery Program
Meet the Director of Year 9 Program Leigh Attwood and Year 9 Pastoral Care Tutors
The launch of the 2017 Year 9 Discovery Program and a Year 9 Parent Social Evening will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, 21 February at the Stable Bar, Sodens Hotel, 459 Wilson St, Albury.
Our unique Year 9 Discovery Program is a student-directed inquiry-based learning program that offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves.
It is designed to help individuals transition from children into young adults by helping them understand who they are, where they fit in the world and where they want to go.
We encourage our students to be the change – Discover, Challenge, Experience and Grow.
Join other Year 9 parents in a social setting and learn what you can expect during this transformative year and how you, as a parent and as a parent community, can support your child on their journey.
Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior School Leaders
Students received their badges of office at the Leadership Assembly in Week 2. Staff look forward to working with the students in their roles and recognise the important part each will play throughout the year.
Junior School Captains: Ella Brown and Stavros Andronicus
Junior School Vice Captains: Alice Male and Tom Ferguson
Chapel Leaders: Ariel Halford and Tahlia O'Sullivan
SRC Leaders: Savannah Fagence, Will Hogg, Eloise Hayes, Connor Schmidt and Lilly Stone
Petts House Captains: Ella Spokes and Cooper Inskip
Rosborough House Captains: Miah Howard and Milo Flower
Kelton House Captains: Lindsay Breheny and Manith Wettisinghe
Lankaster House Captains: Scarlett Chaston and George Ingram
Kimball House Captains: Imogen Ziebarth and Lachi Elgin
Hoffman House Captains: Beth Stone and Toby Sarkis
Junior School Swimming Carnival
The swimming carnival was a great day as the new House Leaders took on their roles with great aplomb. The weather conditions were quite trying and it was pleasing to discuss the positive aspects of the day with students as they showed pride in swimming for their House but also regaled me with the performances and efforts of their friends. The participation was extremely high with many heats having the full complement of ten swimmers.
Dates for the Diary
We are also making use of these times to present specific awards to students that relate to the Chapel Theme for the Semester (and for us all on our lives).
- Junior School Assembly: On Tuesday 21 February, we will celebrate our first full assembly at the Albury Campus. Starts at 2.15pm in the MPH.
- Year 6 Camp: Year 6 are off to Canberra to study Democracy in Action. They will also take part in a number of other activities. The Camp runs from Wednesday 22 February until Friday 24 February.
- Chapel takes place in each A Week. Years 4-6 Monday at 2.15pm in the Library and K-3 Tuesday at 2.15pm in the Infants Centre.
The Fruit of the Spirit
“Live by the Spirit … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Head of Junior School
Student Leadership Team
The 2017 student leadership team was presented to the Campus during last week’s assembly. I am delighted to let the community know that the team is:
School Captains: Jana Geerling and Sam Chase
Hoffman House Vice Captain & Chapel Leader: Riley Edwards
Petts House Vice Captain & Co-Curricular Leader: Maeve Boyle
Rosborogh House Vice Captain & SRC Leader: Tom Ramsdell
Kelton House Vice Captain & Co-Curricular Leader: Lucas Honeychurch
Kimball House Vice Captain & Chapel Leader: Georgia Stefaniak
Lankaster House Vice Captain & SRC Leader: Emily Franolic
Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to all students who participated in last Wednesday’s Swimming Carnival. The day was a great success and great fun. One of the highlights of the day was to see all Junior School students enthusiastically barracking for their House.
Special congratulations to Fallon Locke who was Age Champion.
Many thanks to the parents who participated in last week’s Parent Induction Course. By doing so this group joins the qualified parents who can assist the teachers in and outside the classroom. The College is thrilled to have these volunteers working alongside the teachers to help deliver outcomes and provide even greater opportunities for our students. Please be aware that, if you are looking to assist about the school, you must complete the Parent Induction Course.
Helping Children Choose a Book to Read
Parents often ask me, how to help their child find a suitable book to read? I quite like the Five Finger Rule: Teach your child the five finger rule:
Chapel Service and Assemblies
- Have your child read the front cover and blurb.
- Have him/her open the book to any page and begin to read.
- If he/she misses five or more words on a page, the book is a challenge right now.
- If he/she doesn’t miss any words, the book is a breeze – the book may be too easy.
- If he/she misses three words, it is just right.
Parents are very welcome to attend the Campus Chapel Services and Assemblies that are to be 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
Camps, Sport & Excursion Funding (CSEF)
Applications are open for the Victorian Government’s Sport, Camps and Excursion Funding for eligible parents (holders of Centrelink Heath Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, or Veterans Affairs Gold Card). The forms can be accessed from the www.education.vic.gov.au/csef and the first round of applications close on 28 February 2017.
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 1 from Monday 3 to Friday 7 April. Wodonga classes finish at 2.10pm on Friday 31 March (in line with Victorian schools).
Students are invited to be part of the school banking program. Hume Bank provides a great service where student’s passbooks are collected each Friday morning, and returned later in the day. In addition the school makes money for every child who banks with Hume in this way. It’s a great way to get your child/children into the habit of saving.
Wodonga Dates for the Diary
- Year 6 Camp – Canberra Excursion 22 to 24 February
- Principal’s Commissioning Service - 10am Albury Campus, Thur 23 February
- Book Fair - 2 to 9 March
- BIPSSA Swimming, Wagga - Wed 8 March (for qualifiers)
- World of Maths – Yrs 3 & 5, Albury Campus -Thur 9 March
- Yr 6 Windsurfing, Yarrawonga - Fri 10 March
Head of Wodonga Campus
From the Director of Sport and Co-curricular
Junior School Swimming Carnival
Junior School students relished the opportunity to spend a hot summer’s day at WAVES on Wednesday, 8 February for the Junior School Swimming Carnival. It was evident that many of our students were practising their technique over the holidays in preparation for one of the most enjoyable days of the year.
The successful changes to the program provided greater opportunity for our students to participate. Students should be proud of their effort and support of their Houses, team mates and competitors.
Trinity will proudly field a strong RAS team on Wednesday, 8 March at Oasis Wagga. The College team is being finalised; once completed additional information will be provided.
Well done to all House and Vice-House Captains and all students, with special acknowledgment to the following students:
Age Champions and Runner-Up Age Champions
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I would like to extend my thanks to the members and the families of the Wodonga Swim Club for being so hospitable in their support of our carnivals. The WAVES facilities were outstanding, as were their staff. Planning has begun in earnest for 2018 to ensure we can continue to improve on previous carnivals.
The Senior School Swimming Carnival has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 28 February.
The CIS nomination process has changed to enable parents to check whether their child’s nomination has been submitted. If you wish to check, you need to enter your child’s Last Name, Date of Birth, School and Sport. Once entered the system will either confirm if your child’s nomination has been received or not. If your child’s nomination has not been received, you will need to contact me (email@example.com)
Thurgoona Touch Footy
Albury City Council are offering students aged between 9-13 years to participate in a free touch footy program.
Start Date: Wednesday, 8 March 2016
Training Sessions: 15, 22, and 29 March, 5 and 12 April
Where: Ernest Grant Park
What to Bring: Drink bottle with plenty of water
Further Info: Mandy Wilson on 6023 8295 or 0409 468 848
Around the Grounds
Congratulations to Emma Piltz in her selection in the Under 16 NSW Polocrosse team for the Barastoc Interstate Shell Cup. This is after Emma’s successful summer, winning best Junior Girl in Australian stock horse.
Director of Sport and Co-Curricular
Kitchen Garden Co-curricular
The Kitchen Garden Co-curricular group will operate for Year 3 and 4 students during Semester 1 over 12 weeks.
The program delivers hands-on food education in the kitchen classroom. The group will involve students, preparing a range of delicious dishes from seasonal produce, followed by a shared meal. The program will operate on a Tuesday afternoon commencing in week 4.
A program for Years 1 and 2 students will operate in Semester 2.
Further enquires can be directed to Karla Horn firstname.lastname@example.org
During Term 1 students in Years K-2 will not be able to place canteen lunch orders on Fridays. This is due to the very large numbers of Junior students ordering on Fridays. Please order for your K-2 child on any other day of the week! Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you to volunteers An Benoot, Monica Catalan and Lisa Power.
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2017 Debutante Ball
The Anglican Parish of Northern Albury invites Year 11 Students from Trinity Anglican College to participate in the 2017 Debutante Ball.
Friday 8th September
@ The Albury Entertainment Centre
Sunday 7 May at 7pm Albury High School Hall
St Matthew's Guest Speaker : Jason Ball
Members of the Trinity community are invited to attend St Matthew's Anglican Church this Sunday to hear guest speaker AFL footballer Jason Ball, young Victorian of the year and LBGTI advocate.
The service will be held at 9am this Sunday 19 February at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Albury.