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From the Principal

Term 1 has begun with a burst of energy. In every year level and in every corner of the College, our students are engaged in the adventure of learning. I am especially enjoying the creativity I have seen this week in children of all ages; and a good number of teachers too!
 
We recently announced our new Junior Captains and a number of Year 6 student leaders at both Albury and Wodonga. I am always inspired by young people who are willing to take responsibility and serve as a leader. I have every confidence in our 2017 Junior leaders as they model integrity, character, optimism and purpose.
  

        

 
The character of our Junior students was put to the test at the Junior Swim Carnival last Wednesday. Despite the heat, young boys and girls of every House dived off the blocks and swam with courage and commitment. It was a proud day for every child who competed. I am grateful to Nash Clark for organising the event and for the many staff and parents who supported on the day.
        
 






Since Week 1, we have been speaking to senior students about the power of a ‘growth mindset’. Dr Carol Dweck first used the term to describe people who believe that, with effort, they can get smarter; an idea that is increasingly supported by neuroscientific discoveries about brain plasticity. A student with a growth mindset is more likely to take on a challenge and ultimately increase their abilities and achievement, as reflected in this diagram:
  
 At our first Senior Assembly, we celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016. Jason Cox, Caroline Lowe and Keira Fee, who all achieved ATARs of 90+, spoke to our students about the value of goal-setting and how to prepare yourself for success in each different subject.
 
There is much excitement at our Albury campus this week as 21 French students have arrived from College Edgar Quinet in Saintes, France. This is part of a global partnership which saw 18 Trinity students visit France in Term 4 last year. For the next two weeks our French visitors will be billeted by Trinity students and enjoy the very best of the Riverina area and beyond. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to improve their French language, make lifelong friends and experience a different culture.
 
In each of these endeavours – in every part of the College – we can see the 4 Pillars of a Trinity education: learning, character, opportunity and community. At Trinity Anglican College, we are bringing out the best in each other.
 
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 Deputy Principal

Sports/PE Uniform
All the information below assumes that when students are presenting in PE uniform that it is full and correct PE uniform. Students should not mix and match formal and PE uniforms, nor should they wear items of clothing that are not specified as items of the Trinity PE/Sports uniform.
 
When to wear PE Uniform?
 
Junior School, may wear the PE uniform for the entire day:
  1. on days when PE classes are scheduled
  2. for standalone sport days such as swimming, athletics and cross country
  3. when representing the College at an interschool sporting event
  4. Years 3-6, on the day Creative Pursuits is scheduled.
Senior School:
  1. For the whole day for standalone sport days such as swimming, athletics and cross country.
  2. For the whole day when representing the College at an interschool sporting event.
  3. Students in Years 7 – 10 may wear the PE uniform to school if a PE practical lesson is scheduled for either period 1 or 2. Students will change into the formal College uniform at the conclusion of the PE lesson.
  4. Students in Years 7 – 10 may wear the PE uniform home from school if a PE practical lesson is scheduled for period 5. Students will change from the formal uniform prior to the PE lesson.
  5. Students in Years 7 – 9 may wear the PE uniform home from school at the conclusion of the Activities (Years 7 & 8) or goMAD (Year 9) programs. Students will be able to change from their formal uniforms for these programs at lunchtime on the scheduled days.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews for students in Kindergarten/Prep through to Year 10 will be conducted on the dates listed below throughout term 1.
 
Junior School:
Albury (held in the Infants Centre), with the booking code g3jbd
  • Monday 13 March – 3.40pm – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 March – 3.40pm – 5.30pm
Wodonga (held in the Hall), with the booking code g3jbd
  • Tuesday 14 March – 3.40pm – 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 March – 3.40pm – 7.30pm
Senior School (held in the Senior Centre, South Building), with the booking code zcc6t
  • Monday 6 March – 4.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 March – 4.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 23 March – 4.00pm – 7.30pm
The link for all events can be found on the College website, under ‘School Interviews.’
 
Car Parking
The staff (and senior students) car park is an area for those groups, only, to park their vehicles. This is away from the main car park to allow parents and visitors these spaces. During the start and end of the day these car parks are very busy with many vehicles coming into and out of the College. To avoid any potential accidents, and to avoid unnecessary congestion, parents should avoid using these two car parks as a drop off or pick up area. Thank you for your consideration with this important safety message.
 
Peter O'Neill
Deputy Principal

Chaplain's Reflections

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
Chaplain

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.
Kym Armstrong
Director of Studies

 

From the Senior School

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
Details:
5.30pm on Tuesday 21 February
Commercial Club, Albury, 618 Dean Street, Albury
Register at: csu.edu.au/parents
 
Careers website
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.
 
Malcolm Thomas
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 rowena.newcomen@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

From the Junior School

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
  • 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.
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).
 

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.”

Steven Armstrong
Head of Junior School

Wodonga Campus News

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.







Parent Induction

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:
  1. Have your child read the front cover and blurb.
  2. Have him/her open the book to any page and begin to read.
  3. If he/she misses five or more words on a page, the book is a challenge right now.
  4.  If he/she doesn’t miss any words, the book is a breeze – the book may be too easy.
  5.  If he/she misses three words, it is just right.
Chapel Service and Assemblies
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.
 
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 1 from Monday 3 to Friday 7 April. Wodonga classes finish at 2.10pm on Friday 31 March (in line with Victorian schools).
 
Hume Banking
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                      
Chris O'Loan
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
Place Girls Under 9 Girls Under 10 Girls Under 11 Girls 12/13
1st Becky White Fallon Locke Bridie Geraghty Alice Male
2nd Lilly Hutchins Georgina Carlin-Larsen Heidi Gay Emily Hillam
 
Place Boys Under 9 Boys Under 10 Boys Under 11 Boys 12/13
1st Archie Kreutzberger Oscar Kreutzberger Harry Harrington Lachlan Elgin
2nd Alessandro Vaccaro Joshua Gould Samuele Vaccaro Hogan Locke
 
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.
 
CIS Nomination
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 (nash.clark@trinityac.nsw.edu.au)
 
Thurgoona Touch Footy
Albury City Council are offering students aged between 9-13 years to participate in a free touch footy program.
 
Details 
Start Date: Wednesday, 8 March 2016
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
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.
 
Nash Clark
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 karla.horn@trinityac.nsw.edu.au

From the Canteen

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.
 
Week 4 Term 1 Helper Week 5 Term 1 Helper
Mon 20 February Lisa Power Mon 27 February Danielle Piltz
Tues 21 February Melanie Sandstrom Tues 28 Februray Volunteer Required
Wed 22 February Volunteer Required Wed 1 March Cathy Giltrap
Thu 23 February Volunteer Required Thurs 2 March Volunteer Required
Fri 24 February Monica Catalan Fri 3 March Volunteer Required
Margaret Cochrane
Canteen Manager

Community Announcements

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












Information Night:
 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.
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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