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TRINITY NEWS ◆

MEN FOR OTHERS

AUTUMN 2019


Contents From the Principal Letters

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Junior School

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Campus Ministry Curriculum Sport

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Community

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TOBA

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Events and Reunions

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Keep in Touch

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Thank You

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Obituaries

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Vale

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TOBA: Diane Millar e: toba@trinity.wa.edu.au

Cover: Charge of the 125th photographed by Tim Jasper

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Editor: Natasha Heneghan e: heneghan.natasha@trinity.wa.edu.au

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From the Principal This year, we warmly welcome our new Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill to Trinity College. Mr O’Neill joins us with a wealth of experience in Catholic education, holding leadership positions at Lumen Christi College, Corpus Christi College and CBC Fremantle. Here, he writes about the identity of Trinity College: In commencing as Principal, I have formed a deep appreciation of the wonderful privilege and responsibility that comes with leading such a special school community. I have been humbled, am respectful of the responsibility and energised by the possibilities ahead. I acknowledge and thank the Trinity College community; the staff, students, parents and Old Boys, for the warm welcome. I have been overwhelmed by the spirit of Trinity – the generous encouragement and support is genuine and appreciated. This says much about the community and it says much about a culture that embraces the present and aspires to growth in the future. I am committed to leading and working with, and alongside, everyone in the College community in continuing to make this school one of choice and a place where every person can be the best they can be. At the heart of our community is our students; special young men who deserve much praise for their generosity of spirit and willingness to embrace all that this school offers. Their formation into being happy, respectful, polite, assured, humble and empathetic young men of character – Men for Others – must remain our focus as we chart new directions in the future. The College is in the final year of its current Strategic Plan and about to launch into a consultation and planning phase in forming a new Trinity College Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2024.

The timing for this new Strategic Plan is perfectly placed amongst similar planning by our respective governance authorities: Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). Interestingly both CEWA and EREA, and it would seem most Catholic schools, develop such important planning documents through similar lenses. Generally, the goals and objectives tend to be presented under the broad areas of Catholic identity, education, community and stewardship. Central in any such planning is a school’s tradition, charism and identity as a Catholic school. This will define purpose and vision and establish values against which all policies, processes and decisions can be tested. As a College, we are blessed to be fully immersed in the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. His wonderful life story points to the opportunities provided by a quality education. His story also demonstrates the importance of reaching out and working alongside others, with a sense of justice and compassion that emerges from an appreciation of the Gospel message. These values resonate in the Four Touchstones – the ideals that are articulated in the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, namely: yy

Inclusive Community – developing a College community that is welcoming of all, promotes respectful relationships, seeks out the best for the other and purposefully reaches out to those on the margins, both in words and deeds.

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Liberating Education – through the provision of quality teaching that allows for meaningful and diverse learning opportunities that students can develop the skills and willingness to critically analyse, self-reflect and seek ways to make a positive difference in their world.

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Gospel Spirituality – make the values of faith, hope, compassion, outreach, justice and care, as modelled by Christ, a living reality within the College community and in the daily lives of those within it.

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Justice and Solidarity – we are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

These Touchstones clearly provide ideals linked to the charism of Edmund Rice. They guide our College’s ongoing planning and review cycle. Uniquely, Catholic schools can provide for the rich academic and moral development of their students, enabling them to learn about themselves and others through the values of Jesus. These values exist throughout the College, particularly in the way all members of the Trinity College community interact, respect and care for each other. Through the guidance of the Touchstones, Trinity College values being an excellent school that

provides education which is transformational and liberating – empowering students to recognise the dignity of all, search for truth and be a real presence to others. Being true to our identity, our College has a responsibility to guide our young men to a fuller understanding and appreciation of what it is to be a leader, within both the local community and the wider society. Young men are people of action and our faith formation and service and outreach programs enable them to contribute in a meaningful and practical manner. We encourage our students to be active participants within a modern and evolving Church and teach them to be reflective, prayerful and agents for justice and peace. As we look forward to charting new paths in the future, our strong sense of identity as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition must continue to be our compass. Live Jesus in our Hearts. Mr Darren O’Neill Principal

Justice and Solidarity

Liberating Education

Inclusive Community

Gospel Spirituality

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Letters Dear Martin

Hi Amanda

Thank you for the invitation to attend the College assembly this morning. It was a great welcome to all the new boys attending the College.

Thank you so much for all your efforts with organising the breakfast yesterday. It was a really enjoyable event in honour of International Women’s Day.

The speech delivered by Joseph Pinto (Dux of 2018) was one of the finest I have heard, having been to many of these events and I would encourage the School to obtain a copy and have it published.

I have just received Nic’s postcard. It was just delightful and warms my heart.

It is a great lesson to both students and parents how he prioritised learning over finishing and how, in the areas of study, music and sport, his College life was full of diverse opportunities and non-linear growth. Jon Ferguson Trinity College parent Good evening Mr O’Neill We haven’t yet met; however I’m a Trinity Old Boy, Class of ‘99 and former staff member ‘07-‘14. I currently coach rowing full time for the West Australian Rowing Club at Barrack Street as well as the WA state team. I just wanted to pass on a heartfelt congratulations and acknowledge the indefatigable efforts of Phil, Liam, Sam, the Parent Auxiliary and the students themselves on what was a fantastic regatta on Saturday. Under Phil’s leadership, not only is the rowing program one of the strongest in the country, but the boys see the bigger picture of rowing. He inspires them to challenge the status quo and be their best selves. He did it for me 20 years ago and continues to do it today; incredible! I’ve been to regattas all around Australia and overseas and it was up there with the most professional and vibrant examples of community and rowing that I’ve witnessed.

Thank you for being such a dynamic and positive role model to our young men. It highlights the reasons why our boys are so fortunate to attend Trinity. Kindest regards Louise Fry Trinity College parent May I offer my hearty congratulations to the Trinity Old Boys’ Association committee and to everyone who was involved in organising last night’s spectacular reunion. The march across Matagarup Bridge, lit up with the two blues and a green, accompanied by the haunting skirl of a pipe band that is clearly at the top of its game was an unforgettable introduction to what was a night of nights. The slick organisation, the punchy and meaningful speeches, the rousing songs superbly accompanied by the College orchestra and the delicious food and wine made it one of the best reunions I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere was electric, and the crowd remained entirely engaged with proceedings in a way that I’ve rarely seen. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as did everyone I spoke to. You should all be very proud. It truly was a night to remember. Patrick Coward (’81)

Yet again, Trinity has set the benchmark for community spirit and breaking new ground when many said it couldn’t be done. It was a fantastic day. Well done to the whole team on a wonderful achievement. Kind regards Joseph Tamigi (’99) Head Coach, West Australian Rowing Club

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Transition to Trinity Our Junior School welcomed many new students at the beginning of this year, especially all the Year 4 cohort and 20 new Year 5 boys.

After these students had the chance to settle in to their new surroundings, we asked them:

“Fun and good. I – Milan Sertorio (4W)

“What has it been like starting school at Trinity College?”

“It’s been good. The Art is a lot better than my old school. I’ve been making friends at Trinity College. I have two brothers in Senior School here.” – Ben Beros (4G)

“It’s been exciting. I’ve learnt all about how foods grow, I’ve loved Phys Ed and Art and handball.” – Mackenzie Theobald (4W) “It’s been new to me going to a new school and we have a lot of different things compared to my old school, such as we can take home our iPads and we do swimming lessons in our own pool here.” – Chanon Sutton (4W) “Very good. We have surprises, like awards. We have Excellence cards; when you have done something right, the teacher gives you one. I have 13 so far and two Honour cards. Our teacher is very kind. She teaches us Maths.” – Frank Zhang (4W) “It’s been fun because at my old school it wasn’t as strict and everyone kept misbehaving – and I like the different colours of the factions.” – Owen Harwood (4B)

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“It’s been really good. The classes have been a lot more fun. The teachers are more enthusiastic.” – Riley Ferguson (5B) “Fun. The teachers are good. I’m making lots of friends and the classes are better – like how you go to Art and Music and other classes.” – Joel Petrillo (4W) “I was a little nervous because I only knew 20 people at the school and only two of them were in my class. There were five new kids in my class. But after a couple of days, I got to know all the names of the kids in the class. I made friends with other people as well.” – Daniel Russo (5W)


Virtual Reality enhances creative writing Trinity College’s Virtual Reality (VR) technology is being used to enhance learning for students in a range of different subjects.

Left to right: Oisin Flanagan (5G) and Gabe Randall (5G)

Left to right: Taj Distefano (5G) and Kyle Skidmore (5G)

To generate an engaging creative writing stimulus, the Year 5 students have been experimenting with immersive VR short stories. Using the Oculus Rift software, they have watched the short story, Lost, from the Pixar studio. It is a story that allows students to experience the wonder of a magical encounter in an enchanted forest. Watching this story through Virtual Reality technology makes the story come alive before their eyes, making them feel as if they are right there in the enchanted forest. After this interactive experience in the VR Lab, the students then wrote a reflection or version of what they have seen. The rise in engagement and quality of writing has been substantial and it is particularly helpful to assist with motivating and encouraging reluctant writers. These virtual experiences inspire students to be more creative and descriptive in their writing, gaining greater insights and understanding of the creative writing process. Mr Andrew Hayes Director of Teaching & Learning Year 5 Green Teacher

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Term 1 in the Junior School LEADERSHIP BADGE PRESENTATION Due to the Chapel Restoration, the Junior School Opening Mass took place in Gibney Hall on Friday 15 February. During the Mass the Junior School Prefects, House Captains and Vice-captains and Music Captains received their badges from Vice Principal, Mr Peter Norman. We congratulate the following students and wish them a happy and productive year in these positions of responsibility. Head Boy Luca Fowler (6G) Deputy Head Boy Luke Chapman (6W)

Music Captain Zachary McLean (6G) Music Vice Captain Jacob Allison (6B) House Captains Ben Muller (6W), Cooper Harrison (6W), Nicholas Borck (6W), Felix Cooper (6W) House Vice Captains George Murphy (6B), Jeremy Spanjich (6W), Matthew Plumber (6G), Hayden Trinh (6G), Zach Gangemi (6B), Julian Metcalf (6W), Declan O’Brien (6G), Bill Smith (6W)

Prefects Aarav Bhandari (6W) Louis Burnett (6G) Jack Clarey (6W) Zac Gosatti (6B) Michael Hall (6G) Ziggy Kaeser (6B) Charlie McDonald (6W) Lewis Murabito (6W) Oliver Nguyen (6B) Finn Stenning Alexander (6B) Choir Captain Myles Guazzelli (6W)

Left to right: Luke Chapman (6W) and Luca Fowler (6G)

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SWIMMING CARNIVAL

YEAR 5 CAMP

The House Swimming Carnival is a highlight at the beginning of each year. What is very pleasing to see is the standard of swimming progress as the boys move through the years. This is largely due to the aquatics program the school provides. Thank you to Mr Luke Thompson and Miss Adelaide Garland for the preparation of the boys and organisation on the day and to the 4 House Captains for the way they assisted during the carnival. Congratulations to the following boys who received awards:

96 Year 5 boys, 6 staff and 31 dads spent 3 memorable days at the Forest Edge Campsite in Waroona. For many of the boys, this was their first camp experience and also first experience away from their family for a significant time. The boys were challenged in a variety of ways and have grown from the experience. They had the opportunity to develop friendships and to feel they have achieved something special. For many, the Year 5 Adventure Camp will prove to be one of the boys most endearing Junior School memories.

Year 4 Champion – Tyson Cass (4G) Runner-up – Henry Clarey (4G) Endeavour – Finlay Jennings (4G)

ENGINEERING CLUB 12 of our Year 5 students spent 4 weeks in Term 1 participating in an After-School Engineering Club with Mr Reuben Brennan. The boys have been working on a number of projects, including using tools to create buildings out of cardboard. We look forward to seeing this program continue next term.

Year 5 Champion – Bailey Minderman (5B) Runner-up – Joel Brouwer (5G) and Max Radica (5GD) Endeavour – Marco Sertorio (5B) Year 6 Champion – Hudson Mott (6G) Runner-up – Felix Cooper (6W) Endeavour – Jack Clarey (6B)

HOLY WEEK LITURGY

Well done to the winning House – Xavier, followed by Queens, Chanel and Campion.

On Friday 12 April the Junior School participated in a Holy Week Liturgy. The boys re-enacted the Scriptural Stations of the Cross through scripture, song and actions. Thank you to all parents who were able to attend and support the boys.

Left to right: Hudson Mott, Felix Cooper and Jack Clarey

Left to right: Bailey Minderman, Max Radica, Joel Brouwer and Marco Sertorio

Left to right: Tyson Cass, Henry Clarey and Finlay Jennings

Holy Week Liturgy

Year 5 Camp

Engineering Club

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Year 7 Becoming Brothers and Sustain Our Swan In week 4, the Year 7 cohort enjoyed an action-packed week with the Becoming Brothers retreat at Camp Kelly in Dwellingup and the Sustain Our Swan program, which took place along the foreshore next to Trinity College. At camp, the boys participated in raft building, rafting, hiking and problem solving during the day, and team building activities in the evening. For Sustain Our Swan, they interacted with wildlife, learned about Aboriginal culture, went fishing, had a water model demonstration and more.

Fun activities during Sustain Our Swan

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Learning about Aboriginal culture

Boys enjoying their hike


A Strong Brotherhood Against Bullying

On Friday 15 March, Trinity was one of the many schools all over Australia, which took part in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. To build on the ‘get on the team’ campaign from last year, the College distributed free wristbands to students who signed the ‘get on the team’ contract, pledging to take an active stand against bullying. The Class of 2019 highly values the concept of brotherhood between its peers, as it is one of the defining factors that makes Trinity stand out from a lot of other schools. The ‘get on the team’ wristband is not just a symbol of unity, but is also an everyday reminder for its three key purposes: 1.

It aims to keep each student accountable to the high standards and values that we set as a community. Sometimes ‘banter’ can go too far and the ‘bully’ can sometimes not even notice the damage they may be doing. One thing we heard recently about bullying is that the bully never chooses how their actions are taken by the victim. The wristband notifies others to remind this person of their values and the effects of their actions and, ultimately, to make good choices.

Wallet sized cards, with tips for students about what to do if they are being bullied, were also distributed to each PCG on the day. These cards offer solid suggestions, tips for active bystanders and what to do in situations when the bullying never ceases. This day was a real opportunity to improve the already stalwart Men for Others culture amongst students at Trinity, but like any community, it is not perfect, and even one case of bullying is still too many. As a community, Trinity is developing a zero tolerance for bullying and harassment of any kind, regardless of its frequency or magnitude. We hope to show how strong the brotherhood can be in pursuing a worthwhile cause such as this. Alexander Rossi (12.7) Prefect

2. It highlights all the people with the same mindset of creating a safe school environment for all. The wristband acts as a positive form of ‘peer pressure’ where bystanders who are wearing it can make a stand together (strength in numbers) and together, de-escalate any potential bullying situations that may arise. 3. It recognises students who are leaders and a point of contact, especially for younger students. Those who are feeling like they are having a tough time can feel safe to approach students wearing these wristbands and seek help from them. It is a symbol of empathy, compassion and support.

Students pledging to take an active stand against bullying

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International Women’s Day 2019 – Balance for Better On Thursday 7 March, the College hosted its inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast to gather as a College community to celebrate the many achievements of women and recognise and appreciate the historical struggle of women to find equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 was Balance for Better. As the 2019 theme and previous themes such as Press for Progress and Empowering Women, Empowering All suggest, the aim of International Women’s Day is not just for women to unite and celebrate women rather, it is for everyone; men and women, brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, to join together and recognise that it is up to everyone to work as one if we are to close the gap in gender inequality. Trinity College saw International Women’s Day as an opportunity to help educate the young men in our care to realise the struggle that women have faced and continue to face in the fight for equality and, importantly, to recognise and understand the vital role that men play in this struggle. We were lucky enough to be joined by two wonderful guest speakers on the morning: Chris Sutherland (‘81) and Amanda Cox. Chris, a Trinity Old Boy and Managing Director of Programmed, spoke of the need for gender-balance in business, economies and communities and how this will benefit everyone. He noted that inequity exists, sharing some statistics, and discussed what we can do to make it better. Chris recommended we focus on the messages that females hear, from an early age, regarding their education, career advice and choices, leadership and retirement benefits. Chris advocated Trinity students to be Men for Others and act when something isn’t fair or right; to respect females in their career and subject choices and to be a strong influencer; not ignoring false or disrespectful comments. Amanda, Chief Financial Officer of the West Coast Eagles, told the audience about her journey to be the youngest and first female to hold an executive position in the club’s history and the first female CFO within the wider AFL industry. She spoke of how her achievements were gained through hard work and creating opportunities. Amanda said it is important that women feel valued and respected, and that generally, we embrace diversity and inclusion. It’s important that we don’t follow the crowd and that men are willing to stand up and work with women for a better and balanced future.

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The Trinity College community would like to thank everyone who supported and attended this event. With over 200 people attending the breakfast, the morning proved to be a huge success. The future is exciting. We are entering a period of history where the world expects balance. The boys at Trinity College understand that balance drives a better working world. They notice its absence and from this event can now see a need to celebrate its presence. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for both women and men to reflect on progress made in the fight for gender equality, to continue to call for change, to celebrate the important and influential actions of women around the globe, as well as taking the opportunity to celebrate and thank the important and influential women in our own lives. We look forward to continuing to celebrate International Women’s Day at Trinity College. Let’s all help to create a #BalanceforBetter. Miss Tess Warner English Teacher Ms Amanda Marocchi Head of Year 9

Left to right: Jacob DeSantis (9.2), Declan Ryan (11.1) and Stephen Franse (9.3)


Left to right: Amanda Marocchi, Amanda Cox, Principal Darren O’Neill, Chris Sutherland (ʼ81) and Tess Warner

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2019 Prefects On Tuesday 19 February, the Investiture Assembly was held in the Sports Centre to officially welcome our Prefects for 2019. The Prefects said a pledge and made a commitment to serve the Trinity College community as men for others. Here, we introduce them.

2019 Prefects pictured with Mr Anthony Byrne, Principal Mr Darren O’Neill and Mr Kenny Chan

HEAD PREFECT Simon Homsany – Service Simon (12.4) has embraced life at Trinity College including a service expedition to Nepal, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Peer Ministry, debating and mock trials, and special Minister of the Eucharist. In the sporting field, Simon is a keen and talented athlete and cricketer and would love to pursue a career as an AFL footballer if the opportunity arose. Simon admires loyalty, resilience and courage. This year, he intends to model servant leadership, be approachable and lead by example in words and in action. His passion for Trinity College is paramount and Simon wants nothing more than all members of the College community to reach their potential. In the future, Simon would like to pursue law, work with charities and further enhance his studies in Italian. DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT Jean-Paul Starkie – Sports Jean-Paul (12.8), or JP as he is better known, has been involved in water polo and currently plays rugby and cricket. He was the vice-captain of the 1st

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XV rugby side last year. He has also been involved in Peer Ministry, Cadre and the Kimberley Immersion. JP values courage, determination and perseverance through adversity. He believes being a Man for Others occurs in the small, everyday things, such as smiling and saying hello to people as he walks past them, and that this is the basis of building a better school. He hopes to enter the field of psychology and further his interest in studying human behaviour. His aim in life is to contribute something to make the world a better place to live. SERVICE Benjamin Allen Ben (12.1) is an authentic person who has a wide range of interests and talents in all Four Pillars of the College. He is currently in the 1st V basketball team. Ben values courage, honesty and doing the right thing when nobody is watching. He is a Senior Minister, regular altar server and sets a positive example for others to follow. Outside of school, Ben enjoys playing basketball and refereeing, going for runs with mates and spending time with his family and dogs. He is still unsure about what he would like to do for a career


after school but is looking for something in the sports science/medical pathway. Sean Harrison Sean (12.6) has been a keen participant in cricket, soccer, rowing and cross country. He has also been involved in GIG, Rockband, da Vinci Decathlon and recently the Trinity College Environmental Committee. Sean is a hardworking and talented student. He has participated in the Winter Sleep Out, Cadre and Kairos #51. Sean’s aspirations for this year and beyond are to have no regrets about missed opportunities. He values persistence, courage, empathy and inclusivity. He hopes to incorporate service into his life and to have a career that ideally involves service and travelling so that he can see as much of the world as possible. ACADEMIC Alexander Rossi Alex’s (12.7) never-give-up attitude and solution oriented perspective to challenges is very impressive for such a young person. He has been involved in all Four Pillars of the College, representing Trinity in the 1st VIII rowing crew for the past two years. He has also been a member of the soccer, cross country, athletics and swimming teams. Alex studies a demanding ATAR based pathway, weighted heavily in the science and mathematics disciplines. Alex values humility, excellence and a witty sense of humour. He plans to pursue a career in medicine and take his rowing career as far as it can go. As a Prefect, Alex hopes to promote gratitude amongst the younger students and encourage excellence wherever he can. He loves this school dearly and is always willing to help students with whatever challenges they face. John Lagan John (12.5) spreads his study load mainly across the science disciplines. He was the proud recipient of the AIT Award in Year 11. Along with his academics, John is very active in school sport, including rowing and hockey. John also enjoys artistic pursuits and is a member of chorale. John strives for excellence in everything he does and plans to pursue a career or start his own business where he can wake up to every day wanting to go to work. On a personal level, John values honesty, respect and the ability to stick to moral and ethical behaviour no matter what the circumstances. Dejan Bouwhuis Dejan (12.1) is a proud member of the 1st VIII rowing crew and the 1st XI hockey team. He has a keen interest in the sciences. He would like to get the required ATAR score to attain a scholarship to study actuarial science at Curtin University. Long term, he would like a career that would take him around the world, but also allow him to settle down, buy a large car and a large house so he can have a large family. Dejan values being genuine, supportive of others, hardworking and having a sense of humour. As a Prefect, he hopes to contribute ideas that will benefit the College and importantly, listen to the community to help fellow students implement positive changes.

Joseph Dawson Like many students at Trinity, Joe (12.3) loves his sport, including football, cricket, running, athletics and rowing. He excels in academics, particularly in the humanities disciplines, where he has won several awards. This year, he is studying a majority of ATAR humanities subjects. Joe believes that being a Man for Others means being someone who is easy to speak to and is always looking out for others and lending a helping hand whenever he can. Luca Rossi Luca’s (12.6) involvement at the College stretches to the da Vinci Decathlon, Peer Ministry, Cadre, Soup Patrol, Winter Sleep Out and as a special Minister of the Eucharist. He is also a talented sportsman, playing soccer, athletics, cross country and rowing. Luca admires humility, passion, loyalty and commitment. In the sporting domain, Luca believes the ability to stay humble in victory and gracious in defeat is the sign of a true champion and a sign of someone who never truly loses. Someone with humility is respectful towards themselves and others and is grateful for the opportunities that are presented to them. Post school, Luca hopes to continue to row and to study medicine. ARTS Dimitri Tsagaris Dimitri (12.7) enjoys participating in rowing and cross country. He is also an active member of chorale, debating and the Peer Ministry. He enjoys academic pursuits and was selected to attend the 2018 Rotary Adventure in Citizenship, which took place in Canberra. Dimitri admires people who are pragmatic, honest, humble and ambitious. He holds these values dearly, which will ultimately serve him well with some of his life’s ambitions, which include getting his business idea off the ground, pursuing a career in diplomacy and possibly working for the United Nations. He believes he can best contribute to the Trinity community by being approachable and positive. James Della Gatta James (12.3) has a keen interest in the humanities subjects. He has a passion for creating a safe environment at school where boys feel safe to share their emotions freely without being judged by others. This is his main driver for wanting to establish the Zero2Hero program at Trinity this year and continue to volunteer at organisations such as Eddie Rice Camp for Kids. He would also like more people interested in teenage mental health to apply to go on the Zero2Hero program and would be glad to offer more information to those interested. The qualities James admires are loyalty, empathy and integrity. In his spare time, James plays the guitar, goes out with his friends, plays chess and has a part-time job. James’ ambition after school is to gain a double degree in psychology and law at Curtin University, travel the world, stay connected to the TC community and continue to work with worthwhile organisations such as Zero2Hero and Eddie Rice Camp for Kids. AUTUMN 2019 / TRINITY NEWS // 15


Lachlan Sibosado Lachlan (12.8) is involved in all Four Pillars of the College, including sport such as cricket, football, athletics and rugby, classical guitar and member of the acclaimed group, Diversity, and is involved with the Indigenous Program, Cadre and Red Cross Soup Patrol, amongst other endeavours. Lachlan is mindful that through opportunities such as the Becoming Men program and support from teachers and peers, he has become a College Prefect. He hopes to encourage natural leaders, who may have self-doubt or lack peer support, to come out of their comfort zone and put their hand up to be leaders within the school and be the best version of themselves. Lachlan’s leadership has been evident in many forums. He is a previous recipient of an Edmund Rice Education Award and was acknowledged last year with the Long Tan Youth Leadership Award. Lachlan hopes to initially study radiography and then complete a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. Sam Symons Sam (12.5) is involved in all Four Pillars of the College. He is a member of the Eddie Rice Outreach group. Musically, he has been involved with chorale, vocal ensemble, symphonic brass and the wind orchestra. He also plays in the 1st soccer team. Sam intends to share his past positive experiences at Trinity boys in the with younger years, finding ways to help people feel included, involved and at ease with College life. He admires charity and compassion and believes these two attributes can make a true difference. He aspires to travel abroad and develop a further sense of empathy and love to help those who do not enjoy the privileged life in countries such as Australia. SPORT Aaron Moore Aaron (12.2) is a solid, positive leader who loves sport. He loves performing at the highest level of competition. Previously he has engaged with rugby

and rowing. This year, he is also mastering the game of basketball. Academically, Aaron’s career goal is to work in a field that involves sport such as physiotherapy, sport science or something similar. The qualities Aaron holds important are selflessness, confidence, a solid work ethic and taking initiative. His ambitions in life are to work in a field that he loves which would involve helping people in some way. Aaron would also like to let all the younger years know that he’s always there to talk to or give advice to students whenever they need. Alex Moffatt Alex (12.2) is a great all-rounder when it comes to academics and sport. He plays in the 1st soccer and water polo teams as well as having previously been vice-captain of the athletics team. Alex also volunteers for service duties such as being a senior minister, a special minister of the Eucharist and the Red Cross Soup Patrol. Alex’s top values are respect, passion, focus and humility. He hopes to create a community that is passionate about our history and achievements, both in academics and sport. Alex has a long-term ambition to travel the world and to understand different cultures, develop lifelong true friends and create something that will stand the test of time, like a legacy or an invention. Anton Chokolich Anton (12.4) has participated in swimming, cross country, football and rowing teams. He has helped younger students by being part of the Peer Ministry and participating in events such as the Winter Sleep Out and the Nepal expedition. Anton feels his best attributes are in being a very approachable person who genuinely cares for the welfare of others. The values that he holds most important in life are honesty, integrity, humour and hard work. Anton hopes to study Commerce at UWA. After he completes all his studies, Anton hopes to serve his country in the defence forces and then travel to Europe and the USA in an honourable attempt to find his soul mate for life.

Prefects’ Investiture Morning Tea

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Head Boy Simon Homsany (12.4) and his parents


Matthew Della Gatta (12.3), Sam Symons (12.5), Lachlan Sibosado and Dimitri Tsagaris (12.7)

Joseph Dawson (12.3) and family

Aaron Moore (12.2) and his parents

Dejan Bouwhuis (12.1) and his family

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College welcome new 97 Club inductees Joseph Pinto, Dux of 2018, returned to the College for the Welcome assembly at the start of the year and gave an inspiring speech. At this assembly, certificates were presented to the newest inductees into the Trinity College 97 Club, which is made up of students who achieved an ATAR of 97 or above. Following assembly, the 97 Club members enjoyed morning tea in the Staff Lounge. Congratulations go to each student who achieved these remarkable results. Here, we share extracts of Joseph’s speech: Before you, sit not only the Class of 2018’s highest achieving academics, but also many of its most talented athletes, artists, musicians, school leaders and significant service contributors. As Trinity men, we are encouraged to involve ourselves in as many facets of College life as possible and I can proudly say that the boys being honoured today have taken that sentiment to its extremes – and have become the best versions of themselves possible. For the boys still on their TC journey, I implore you to use these young men as an example to emulate. High school is so much more than tests, exams, studying and timetables. It is, especially at Trinity, an immersive experience that increasingly rewards you the more you put into it. When making choices for sport, subjects or service opportunities, I encourage you to consider two things. The first is that not everything is for everyone. Some people are naturally gifted footy players or basketballers. Not me. Personally, I started my PSA career as an uncoordinated, pretty useless, but passionate 7C cricketer and footballer. It took a couple of years and a rolled ankle to realise that maybe, just maybe, ball sports weren’t for me. I eventually found my way into the Trinity rowing and cross country clubs, where even uncoordinated athletes can succeed. The thing I loved about these two sports at TC was that no matter where you start, you can reach the very top of the sport, if you are prepared to work hard and persist. This sentiment also rings true in your high school academics. Challenging yourself is never a bad decision. There’s always the opportunity to opt out later, but you’ll never know your boundaries until you reach them. Study the subjects you enjoy. In my case, I chose to study maths, science and music for WACE – not for their difficulty, but simply because that’s what I enjoyed doing in middle school. Studying what I loved made homework and extra study a lot easier, because I really did have an interest in what I was learning. Never be afraid to try out new things in other areas of the College. Coming into school I had little to no singing experience, but the positive culture pioneered by Dr Braham and the leaders of the time in the Music Department made it an easy choice to join the College chorales. The Trinity music experience has transformed me into someone who now confidently sings in 18 // TRINITY NEWS / AUTUMN 2019

Joseph Pinto speaking to the College

the shower and the car – and possibly will pursue a diploma in music alongside my computer science and electrical engineering endeavours. Do what you love at school and over time find a field that combines those passions. One of the important components of high school is discovering your autonomy and personal identity. In practice, that could mean finding the way you work, socially, mentally and academically. However you choose to work, keep a good balance of study, relaxation, exercise, sleep and diet to ensure you always have enough mental and physical resources to finish the day off the way you want to. You guys need to find what works for you. Never work to complete something, work to learn something. Be exhaustive in your study, don’t leave a stone unturned. Because you will find that whatever you don’t study will most certainly ‘crop up’ in the tests or the exams. To the Class of 2019, don’t be scared of Year 12. Enjoy it. It honestly was the best year of TC by far, so don’t spend the next eight months stressing about WACE. Be very mindful of your TC experience; don’t spend it wishing you were somewhere else, because once you leave, you’ll want to be back. Trust me. Enjoy it and work efficiently and smart. In closing, I’d like to thank my parents and all my teachers and mentors throughout my TC years who contributed to the holistic education I received over the past six years. Whether that be my coaches, classroom teachers or administrative mentors, high school really is a team effort between the three parties of student, staff and parents and I feel extremely privileged to have met and been guided by so many of you during my TC experience. A final word of thanks must be also be extended to the TC student body, both in and out of the Class of 2018, who continue to push each other to be our best and keep the Trinity College spirit alive and well. Remember – if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Thank you and God bless, Joseph Pinto (’18)


97 Club Congratulations to Nicholas Bradford, Anthony Carbone, Joseph Eng, Asher Fatin, Jeremy Hansen, Matthew Hobbs, Baily Hughes, Michael Le, Timothy Ludovico, Milan Marocchi, Joshua Martelli, Harrison Pell, David Pham, Joseph Pinto, Shawn Jing Sheng Tai, William Tan, Max Thorniley, Thomas Throssell and Jordan Tyson.

Front Row (L-R): Back Row (L-R): Not pictured:

Michael Le, Nicholas Bradford, Joshua Martelli,Thomas Throssell, David Pham, Joseph Eng, William Tan , Jordan Tyson and Jeremy Hansen Baily Hughes, Milan Marocchi, Timothy Ludovico, Matthew Hobbs, Joseph Pinto, Max Thorniley, Harrison Pell and Asher Fatin Anthony Carbone and Shawn Jing Sheng Tai

Joseph Pinto (Ęź18) and his Mum

Jeremy Hansen (Ęź18) and parents

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Student Destinations YEAR 12, 2018 In 2018 there were 188 Year 12 students who completed their studies at Trinity College with 80% of the students accepting a place at university. Figure 1 shows student university preferences by respondees. Curtin University (48%) and the University of Western Australia (26%) were the most popular enrolment destinations, followed by Edith Cowan University (11%), Notre Dame (6%), Murdoch (5%) and interstate universities (4%).

Fig 1: University Destinations

Interstate 4%

Murdoch 5% Notre Dame 6% Edith Cowan 11%

UWA 26%

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Curtin 48%


University Course Enrolments The two most popular courses in which students enrolled were Business/Commerce (26 students) and Engineering (20 students). Other popular courses included Biomedical Science and Physiotherapy. As has been the trend over the past few years that more students are applying and being accepted into courses through early offer or guaranteed places before the ATAR examinations commence. In 2018, fourteen students were successful in achieving an early offer place. UWA’s professional and direct pathways again proved popular with Trinity students. After completion of a Bachelor degree at UWA, a student may then enrol in a professional degree. If a student achieves a high enough ATAR they are offered a guaranteed place in a range of courses. Thirteen students were awarded scholarships for their university studies commencing in 2019.

Top Ten University Enrolment by Course

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Certificate IV Business Since 2016 Trinity has offered a Certificate IV in Business, which enables students to gain a VET qualification while keeping tertiary study options open. In 2018, 34 students enrolled and all successfully completed the qualification. Students used this qualification to enrol in university courses such as architecture, commerce, primary and secondary education, psychology and counter terrorism. TAFE and VET Studies Trinity students can undertake a variety of VET courses including pre-apprenticeships while at school. Seven students were awarded apprenticeships in 2019. These students have commenced in the following areas: electrical, automotive mechanic, construction and heavy duty steel fabrication. Four students have enrolled in courses at TAFE in 2019.

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TCEC Excursion On a per capita basis, Western Australia produces the most waste in the nation and recycles the least. This set the Trinity College Environmental Committee (TCEC) on a waste management investigation mission. On Wednesday 20 February, TCEC members visited the Instant Waste Management materials recovery site in Bayswater. Led by Ms Amanda Marocchi and Ms Alison Mackenzie, the group obtained a comprehensive insight into how Instant Waste Management is significantly contributing to WA’s waste reduction targets. The Material Recovery Facility (MRF), is designed and owned by Old Boy, Samuel Mangione (’17). This plant is capable of treating over 200,000 tonnes of waste per year and extracting valued recyclable materials such as sand, wood, metals, brick, light materials and concrete. Over half a kilometre of linked conveyors and screens systematically separate materials, which are then sorted for recycling opportunities. Instant Waste Management’s policy is based on the concept of identifying opportunities for converting waste rather than disposing of it and is a beacon of innovation in the waste industry. The tour provided a detailed understanding into the recovery and recycling of resources from waste and was an enjoyable and insightful experience. TCEC hopes to find more ways to recycle at Trinity College. Thank you, Instant Waste. Stephen Franse (9.3) and Luca Gosatti (9.7)

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Samuel Mangione and members of the TCEC


Extra Benefits of a Music Education Music education could be just about picking up an instrument and playing in a band or orchestra, singing in a choir or composing your own work and having it performed. These activities are themselves truly valuable, meaningful and indeed fun. They also require a certain discipline to master tasks over time. The most obvious extra benefits associated with being involved in the creation of music are related to building confidence and enhancing the development of social and communication skills. This is about the confidence to deliver a performance to the best of your ability as well as the ability to imbue your performance with expression and meaning in sound. This is a doorway to expressing emotions which may not be meaningfully portrayed in words or other actions. This could and does flow over to the development of personal confidence.

There are also the obvious mathematical corelates in music reading and writing with the conventional grouping and subdivision of rhythms and in the structure of scales, harmony and indeed musical forms.

Kinaesthetic awareness and a whole range of proprioceptors are developed in the process of learning an instrument or indeed learning to sing. The dedicated practice required to master these fine motor skills take many years to refine to the point of controlling your physical responses to music that is being read, remembered or played in response to other live music – as in improvised jazz. Music therefore engages multi-sensory modes of learning, each sense informing the others in the process of learning to play a piece of music.

Brain scans under MRI have revealed how active the brain is when involved in various musical activities. In fact, it is said that the brain is so active in musical activities that only a fighter pilot uses more of his brain than a musician in full musical flight. The links between visual, auditory and kinaesthetic senses is a big part of this. The practice of music is very important to the laying down of these neural pathways that lead to the higher order skills where recognition takes over from analysis and performances sometimes feel like they are on autopilot as mastered skills play out in fluent motion.

Reading music is full of an array of cognitive skills. These range from visual pattern recognition in both pitch and rhythm and involve the horizontal and vertical reading of musical scores that range from single line melodies to full symphonic scores. The coordination of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic perceptions to read a musical line is a higher order cognitive task that takes many years to develop.

One of the most important skills associated with music education is the training of memory. There is probably little that compares with the memorisation of a musical work. It can involve auditory and visual memory as well as the kinaesthetic memory of small and large muscle groups in the recall of memorised music.

Much research is being done today which shows the significance of music to general mental health and indeed to a generally active brain. Music education is life-long learning that may indeed have benefits to your cognitive agility while you are young and as you age. Dr Robert Braham Director of Music

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A Night at the Quarry It was a perfectly still, cool night for a wonderful evening of music at the Quarry Amphitheatre for the 2019 Quarry Concert in March provided by the College’s Performing Arts Department. With a polished repertoire, the Trinity and Mercedes students showcased their talent to the delight of an enthusiastic audience. Groups ranged from the youngest Year 7 students in the Middle School Chorale, who had their first taste of a Quarry concert, to the more performance-hardy Years 11 and 12 boys and girls who were putting their own mark on Music 2019. Congratulations to all the instrumental and choral groups and their directors for a great start to the performing year and a very big thank you for all the parental assistance and extra staff support on and before the night.

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Trinity Celebrates Summer Sport On Tuesday 2 April, the Secondary School gathered for the Summer Sport Assembly. This year, for the first time, the summer season consisted of 12 rounds of fixtures; commencing in Term 4 last year and then continuing into Term 1 of this year. This has meant a deeper examination of ability and commitment across all sports and it has also allowed for teams to improve skills and develop teamwork over time. The assembly was a perfect opportunity to acknowledge all students that have played and enjoyed the season of summer sport and some individual students were awarded medallions for their consistent effort and service throughout the season.

2019 HAMER CUP WINNERS

Following the opening prayer and a performance from the Senior Classical Guitar Ensemble, Mr Darren O’Neill gave his Principal’s address. Mr O’Neill congratulated all the students on the sportsmanship, sense of pride, respect and fair play that he witnessed each week at training and fixtures. He also thanked the many staff who have given their time to coach these teams, as well as the parents and families who have supported their sons throughout the season. Mr O’Neill commended students on being humble in victory and gracious in defeat and shared a quote from American writer H Jackson Brown: “Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage, and determination.”

The TC Spirit is often spoken about and when trying to explain this emotion to people who are not associated with the College, it can be quite difficult. This is because the TC Spirit is something that simply cannot be described – it is an emotion which needs to be felt to understand it. The Head of the River is a prime example of when our community gets to showcase this.

On Saturday 23 March, Champion Lakes was inundated with roars and passionate spectators, as the PSA schools competed in the prestigious Head of the River regatta. Trinity walked away with a great result and the Hamer Cup. This speaks strongly about the depth of the Trinity rowing program and the consistent drive throughout the crews.

Congratulations to all students, parents, staff and coaches involved with this year’s rowing program. Congratulations also to Christ Church Grammar School for winning Head of the River.

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Year 12 Ball

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Scholarships and Bursaries Give Great Opportunities Trinity College offers students several scholarships and bursaries such as academic, astronomy and music scholarships, as well as Edmund Rice, Indigenous, refugee and TOBA bursaries. Over the years, these have benefited many students who have gone on to achieve great things. One such student is Alessandro Pittorino (’10), who we spoke to recently to find out what he’s doing now. LIVING THE DREAM Back in 2007, when Alessandro Pittorino (‘10) was in Year 9, he attended a national choir camp, met some Trinity College students and learnt about the amazing music program at the College. At this stage in his life, his passion for playing the organ was his principal focus. When he discovered that Trinity College offered a pipe organ scholarship, he applied, auditioned and was then awarded a scholarship – for him this was the start of an incredible opportunity. Within two weeks, he had changed schools and was benefiting from the scholarship, which included weekly lessons and practise on the organ. Being an organist can be tricky, as unlike a flute or violin, you can’t take your instrument with you – and the instrument is as big as a house! Trinity College’s Chapel has one of the finest school organs in Perth and Alessandro was able to practise on it before school, at lunchtime and after school. “The music program at Trinity College is robust, affording students many opportunities to advance their skills in order to prepare them for university and beyond,” Alessandro said. Alessandro’s passion and talent for the organ was fostered by the College, with his curriculum adapted to enable him to practise and train more often. He thanks Mr Martin Tobin (’86) and Mr Shaun Kenny for their support in catering his studies to focus on developing his talents. He also thanks Mr Dominic Perissinotto, his high school organ teacher. Constantly challenging himself, this vivacious organist and performer doesn’t shy away from hard work and creating opportunities. He worked several jobs during high school and on graduating from Trinity College, went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at UWA. He thanks Ms Annette Goerke, one of the finest organists in Australia – formerly of both Trinity College and UWA – for her world class teaching. On graduating from UWA, Alessandro had one of the largest turn-outs, with some 500 people coming to see him, which is testament to the many people who believe in him and his music. He started to think, “I can do this” and it was the inspiration he needed 28 // TRINITY NEWS / AUTUMN 2019

to apply to study at The Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York. Grammy award winning organist, Mr Paul Jacobs, Head of the Organ Department at Juilliard, was a significant influence for Alessandro to apply. He wanted a challenge and took the plunge. In 2015, he auditioned and was accepted on the spot; the first Australian organist to be accepted into this prestigious school. Alessandro explained the audition process: “It wasn’t just about my music – personality and attitude was just as important as the performing aspect. It’s not only about how good you are at something, but your attitude and how you are with people, that leads to success.” On arriving in Manhattan, Alessandro went straight to work. “It was terrifying and amazing,” he said. “It was sink or swim. We had a public performance class which required me to learn a new piece, from memory, each week.” He was lectured by some of the greatest artists of our time and enjoyed absorbing the Juilliard culture, seeing drama, dance, jazz and classical


performers. Immersing himself in the cultural world, expanding, honing his craft and making contacts. Juilliard’s whole ethos is about being an Artist as Citizen, very similar to Trinity’s Men for Others. One of his career highlights to date was performing for Lady Gaga. Another highlight was performing at the annual Lincoln Center Fashion Gala. “I played for a gala in honour of Louis Vuitton in 2017, alongside Woodkid, an experimental pop artist who directs music videos for artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.” Alessandro made it into the after party as well, where he met Nicole Kidman, among others.

there is a high ethical stance in it. At home, in business and on the world stage, a person has their own needs, but they need to respect others as well. It is very important, regardless of what career you go into; that you have a good attitude towards others.”

After graduating from Juilliard, Alessandro became the Director of Music at a church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and set up a concert series which turned into a substantial art series, using the theatre space alongside the church itself. “In eight months, I organised, prepared and ran 55 concerts, including fundraising and sponsorships. I was doing 18-hour days,” he said. On returning to Australia, Alessandro continues to be busy, working on several projects, including solo performances and collaborations. This year, some of his plans include performances with the WA Symphony Orchestra, at the Melbourne Town Hall and New York City. It is over eight years since Alessandro graduated from Trinity College and, in his own words, “I’m living the dream that I wanted – to live and work as a performing artist.” Alessandro credits Trinity College’s Man for Others mantra as a key learning. “Even if you’re not religious,

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JA Kelly Foundation – for the betterment of Trinity College The Trinity College Foundation was established in 2007 by the Trinity College Advisory Board to raise funds for the betterment of Trinity College. The Foundation’s main objective was and continues to be ‘assisting to educate the disadvantaged’. It is about giving students opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them. This parallels with the philosophy of Blessed Edmund Rice which has continued for more than 100 years through the work of the Christian Brothers, both at the Terrace and at Trinity College. Now in 2019, Trinity College is celebrating 125 years of history and it is fitting to rename the Foundation to the J A Kelly Foundation. This is to acknowledge Brother JA (Tony) Kelly, who was the inaugural Headmaster of Trinity College, East Perth, when the College re-located from St Georges Terrace and changed its name from CBC Perth. Br Kelly was an outstanding educator who led the establishment of Trinity College, serving two terms as Headmaster in 1962–1965 and 1978–1984. He designed a modern school in East Perth which catered for the education of boys. An exceptional leader and teacher, Br Kelly believed that boys should have educational opportunities in all the disciplines: religion, academic, cultural and sport. He built a College that not only provided strong Christian values and academic standards but also laid the foundations for future sporting and music programs. With a love of music and tradition, in the same year that Trinity College was opened Br Kelly saw the Trinity College Irish Pipes & Drums established. Foremost, Br Kelly was a teacher whose greatest passion was for the subjects of Latin, Mathematics and the Sciences. To teach these difficult subjects and to encourage his students in an inspiring and informative way, Br Kelly wrote his own teaching texts for Mathematics and Chemistry which were later published for use at other schools. Br Kelly is held in high esteem by all and is well known for his support of Trinity. In the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Br JA Kelly was awarded the

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OAM – the Medal of the Order of Australia – for services to education. The Foundation has always been focused on providing for students and this new name, JA Kelly Foundation, honours a remarkable person and his dedication to helping others in need. Today, the JA Kelly Foundation currently provides for eight refugee scholarships and six Indigenous Australian scholarships. The Foundation relies largely on donations from the Trinity community. A special thank you goes to all who contribute to the JA Kelly Foundation, including the following benefactors who contribute significant donations to fund these scholarships including Programmed, Danny Hill Enterprises, OfficeMax and other donors who wish to remain anonymous. Current donation opportunities exist through: yy

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JA Kelly Foundation either through a donation or a bequest – assisting to educate the disadvantaged

If you would like to play a role in the education of a young man, please visit our website www.trinity.wa.edu.au or contact Michael Burgess on 9223 8120 or burgess.michael@trinity.wa.edu.au


Our Voices Mr Anthony Curtis (’56) has had a long association with Trinity College, beginning as a student at CBC Perth. He went on to become a Trinity teacher, parent, Board member and the first lay Headmaster. After serving as Headmaster for ten years, Mr Curtis researched and wrote the book Strive Manfully – A History of CBC Perth & Trinity College 1894–2003. Mr Curtis shares some memories from his time as a student at CBC Perth. MISS MCCARTHY AND MISS FLANAGAN Of the many memories I had at CBC Perth, some of the best relate to my first two teachers – Miss McCarthy in Grades One and Two and Miss Flanagan in Grade Three. I don’t recall never being able to read and write. I guess that says a lot about the influence these women had on my education. Reading was natural, it’s just what you did in those early years. Miss McCarthy taught Grades One and Two in the same room – Grade One on one side of the room and Grade Two on the other. The most outstanding memory I had in my first year was that of Spud Murphy, the school Headmaster. He was a big man and totally bald – very scary. Anyway, this day he burst into Miss McCarthy’s room and rushed over to a young student. He towered over this lad and yelled at him, “I told you not to come back here”. He then grabbed the little boy and dragged him from the room.

We had to learn the Catechism for religion. I must have had a good memory for the Catechism as I got the religion prize for Grade Three. I also remember in Grade Three that we had some very good students who acted as role models for the rest of us. Among these were Michael Fitzhardinge (’56), Peter Steele (’56) and Dunstan Hartley (’56). Even in those early days, Peter Steele was writing short stories, some of which he read out to the class. I loved them. I really enjoyed my early years at CBC Perth with the two lady teachers. I think I was given a good grounding in the basics that carried me through all my school years. For that I am most grateful. Mr Anthony Curtis (’56)

I was petrified, as were all the other students. Spud, as I said, was very scary. Grade Three was separated from the Grade One/Two room by a partition wall at the back of the room. One day Miss Flanagan came into our room through a door in this partition. “Somebody in this room is humming,” she said. Immediately stupid me put up my hand and said, “Please Miss, what’s humming?” I don’t remember the outcome, but I do remember feeling very embarrassed.

Mr Anthony Curtis (ʼ56) and his book Strive Manfully

Another time during this period, I had bought a cup of hot Milo from the canteen next door. I couldn’t drink it; it was far too strong. I didn’t know what to do. I just sat there not drinking the Milo. Then one of the canteen ladies came over and said, “Is it too strong for you?” I just nodded as she took it away with a smile. I remember having a feeling of utter relief. Miss Flanagan was quite a strict teacher, but I liked her because we learnt a lot. I remember drawing maps of Western Australia and putting in all the rivers. I still remember those rivers. We also drew maps showing the journeys of early explorers. I quite enjoyed doing those also.

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Trinity College Chapel The Chapel is the spiritual heart of Trinity College. It was solemnly blessed and dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity by Reverend Redmond Prendiville, Archbishop of Perth, on Saturday 10 February 1962. The Chapel is central to the faith life of the College and is where generations of students, their families and members of our community have come together to worship, give thanks and celebrate special occasions. The Chapel was designed to be the focal point of the College building complex. It is a most interesting and significant building and both its design and iconic features can be attributed to the vision and planning of the Headmaster of the time, Brother J A Kelly. The Chapel is constructed on a concrete platform supported by 20 steel and concrete piles set nearly 25 metres into the ground. Its unique circular shape differs greatly from the general cruciform structures of the past. It has the sanctuary in the centre with the seating grouped around the altar enabling every person in the congregation an uninterrupted view and greater feeling of involvement in the Mass and other services. This circular design can now be seen in many new places of worship. The external walls of the Chapel are of Toodyay stone and it was the largest building of its time to be constructed in this beautiful stone which was mined locally. The original timber used in the Chapel is wandoo and blackbutt, both lighter woods, so the Chapel has a brighter, golden appearance. The Chapel windows are unique. They were the first of their kind in Australia and are made of one-inch thick French slab coloured glass, not stained glass, supported by concrete and copper rods. A Londonbased artist, Carl Edwards, designed the windows which were assembled locally by glass window experts, Gowers & Brown. Every window is designed with a religious theme and attached to each is a plaque naming the donor. The statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the crucifix and the fourteen Stations of the Cross were designed and made by highlyreputed local sculptor, Margaret Priest, who was commissioned by Brother Kelly, who wished for more modern semi-abstract works for the new Chapel. To harmonise with the aluminium of the crucifix all the altar vessels are silvered instead of the usual brass. In 1971, the exterior of the Chapel was completed with the addition of the striking spire made from anodised aluminium which was designed to complement the Chapel’s circular shape. The spire was made possible

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by the generosity of Mr and Mrs J Carrigg, the parents of then Headmaster, Brother J R Carrigg, who knew their son’s wish was to see the exterior of the Chapel completed. The Carrigg family have been associated with the College since 1906. In 1984, after a wait of nearly 22 years the interior of the Chapel was finally completed when the pipe organ was installed. Standing 4.5 metres high and weighing about four tonnes the organ sits proudly in the choir loft above the sacristy in full view for all to appreciate. It was designed, built and installed by skilled organ builder Lynn Kirkham, took two years to complete and is a magnificently crafted instrument with a total of 1720 pipes. Those pipes at the front of each tower group are embossed according to a tradition dating back to at least the fifteenth century. It was the first organ in Western Australia to have pipes decorated in this way. The organ and its installation were largely made possible by the fundraising efforts of the Trinity College Ladies’ Auxiliary who wished to gift something special to mark the 21st celebration of the opening of the College. The ceremonial unveiling of the keyboard was performed by Mrs Carmel Muir, President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary and was followed with a recital by Mrs Annette Goerke, the celebrated organist and the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir. On the side of the organ is a small plaque which records the College’s gratitude to members of the Trinity College Ladies’ Auxiliary. The Trinity Chapel is an important and special part of school life, a place where the students celebrate their Christian heritage alongside the traditions and culture of Blessed Edmund Rice’s spirituality. All classes regularly attend Mass and other pastoral services in the Chapel and the students are motivated to make private visits for individual prayer and quiet reflection. The Chapel is surely the focus of the vast array of buildings on the College property at East Perth. Br J A Kelly CBC Perth Headmaster 1960–1961 Trinity College Headmaster 1962–1965 and 1978–1984 Mrs Robyn Jennison Trinity College Archives


1962 Trinity College Chapel - Photograph courtesy of the State Library of Wester Australia Photograph Chapel

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TOBA President’s Report The start of 2019 for TOBA seems like a blur, with all focus and attention being placed on the preparation for the ‘Charge of the 125th’. Such a large event was always going to take precedence over the usual TOBA activities at the start of a year. Having said that, there were the usual events held during this period such as the first Golden Heritage gathering which took place in the first week of school where we welcomed the Class of 1969 into the Golden Heritage Club.

Similarly, the College community assisted TOBA with its 125th reunion. The Trinity College Pipes & Drums piped the Old Boys over the Matagarup Bridge, the 1st VIII provided a row past under the bridge and member of the community at large were present outside Optus Stadium to cheer us on. Also, College Prefects assisted with tours of the College prior to March . We sincerely thank Mr Darren O’Neill and the College for all the assistance provided.

Of note, that year group includes TC’s very own John Lamborn (‘69). It was brought to my attention that John is or has been just about everything there is to be from a TC perspective. He was a student, is an Old Boy, a teacher, a parent of a current student and now a Golden Heritage club member – and a star of the recent 125th video. An indication of the positive impact John has had on so many TC students was evident by the large cheer at the 125th reunion when his face appeared on the video. It’s incredible to think that since TC moved to its current premises in 1962, John has only been off campus for a couple of years whilst studying. Well done John, you’re a true TC champion. The Past Principals’ and Presidents’ lunch was again an enjoyable afternoon with everyone in good spirits. Br Kelly remained full of praise for the 125th. It was so pleasing to see that the evening left a positive memory for the former Principals that were present. The TOBA Annual General Meeting was held in February and the new College Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill, made a presentation to the TOBA Committee on the key elements of the College and its future. TOBA has offered its full support to Darren as he sets out to implement the College’s strategy into the future. The start of the year provided opportunities for the wonderful TC community spirit to be on display. The inaugural Trinity College regatta was held in March and was an outstanding success. The whole College community rallied around the Trinity College Rowing Club to put on, by all accounts and feedback, one of the best regattas ever held in WA.

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A full wrap up of the Charge of the 125th is included in the TOBA section of this edition of Trinity News. However, I take this opportunity to thank the extraordinary amount of people who assisted in making the evening possible. We thank our sponsors and supporters and I encourage all Old Boys to draw upon our network and, where possible, use the services and products of our sponsors. As previously indicated, a video was prepared to the evening. This was put together by Troy Zafer (’91) and his team. We commissioned this a little late in the piece which resulted in Troy and his team having to work over the two weekends prior to the event and late evenings doing the final edits. We thank Troy for his assistance and his ongoing passion for all things TC. We thank Maddie Adams and Aleisha Dows for their assistance to Di Millar leading up to and during the evening. It’s not easy trying to bring approximately 600 Old Boys (young and old) into line, but somehow, they managed to do so and were on their feet for the entire evening to ensure it ran smoothly. Each of the photos displayed in the entrance to the room on the evening, on screen and on video were selected from hundreds of photos by the College Archivist, Robyn Jennison. This took a great deal of time and detail and we sincerely thank Robyn for her efforts and her ongoing support to ensure Trinity College records, remember, and pays respect to its very rich history. Given the size of this event, we needed extra help! Cathy Fogliani was engaged by TOBA to assist with the coordination and running of this evening. Cathy

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provided that extra bit of experience to manage and guide us through the evening. We thank her for assistance and highly recommend her to any other Old Boy looking to organise an event. David Foti (’89) led the Charge by stepping up to chair the subcommittee which organised the evening. The fact that his leaving year was the best represented year group on the evening attests to how hard he pushes to get things done. David is a part of one of the families with three generations present at the event and the Foti family have been outstanding contributors to both the College and TOBA over the years. Thank you, Dave. And now to our Executive Officer, Di Millar. All things throughout the event had Di’s influence and finesse to ensure the event was a success and, most importantly, to ensure that all of Old Boys had a wonderful evening. Her thoughts and efforts are always for others and we all thank her accordingly. Thank you, Di. To all those present, your presence and support during the evening and in the past is very much appreciated and is an example of your commitment to the TC mantra of being Men for Others, and on behalf of TOBA I sincerely thank you all. I look forward to the many reunions, Golden Heritage Club events and sports days to come throughout the year, to catch up and have a chat with Old Boys across all year groups. Peter Torre (’89) President Trinity College & CBC Old Boys’ Association


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TOBA sponsorships support much needed bursaries and assist in providing an opportunity for boys to attend Trinity College who, due to financial constraints, would not otherwise be able to enjoy a Trinity College education. For more information, please contact Diane on 9223 8132 or toba@trinity.wa.edu.au AUTUMN 2019 / TRINITY NEWS // 37


Charge of the 125th

Tony Maxfield (ʼ79), Chris Flamer (ʼ58), Simon Fernandes (12.4) and Brian Kelly (ʼ55)

TRINITY–TERRACE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION 125 YEAR REUNION 16 March Optus Stadium The TC Spirit is hard to describe. It is invisible but at the same time tangible. Some have described it as a metaphysical and ubiquitous power. Others have likened it to an energy field created by all living things. It is strongest amongst current and past attendees of CBC–Terrace and Trinity College. It certainly exists in current students of Trinity College, but they are still yet to master its full potential. Others who are married or related to those that have the TC Spirit draw upon it unconsciously. Those that have it, can sense it, when others that have it walk into the same room. What I do know is the TC Spirit was alive and well amongst 600+ Trinity–Terrace Old Boys on the night of 16 March 2019. An event that was 125 years in the making but only 12 months for executing was given the moniker ‘Charge of the 125th’ by current TOBA committee member Brendan Molony (’65) The ‘Charge’ was a reference to the many Old Boys that had served their country. It also marked the 125 years since the original site at St Georges Terrace was established, now the current home of the Duxton Hotel. The 100-year reunion in 1994 had an organising committee of 12, dubbed the Apostles (basically because there were 12 of them). The 125-year reunion was anticipated as a slightly smaller intimate affair. From the current TOBA committee, a sub-committee of three was formed together with other helpers from the TOBA Committee who undertook the planning and logistics. An event coordinator, Cathy Fogliani, was recruited to ensure the professionalism the event 38 // TRINITY NEWS / AUTUMN 2019

Jason Wallis (ʼ83), Anthony Hebble (ʼ83), Rob Ristic (‘83) and David Symons (ʼ83)

deserved. A special thank you goes to current TOBA President, Peter Torre (’89) and TOBA Executive Officer, Ms Di Millar, who worked tirelessly from start to finish. Also, to Dion Smith (’87) and Robert Foti (’92) for securing the many raffle and silent auction items. The 12-month lead up to the night felt like a long engagement. As predicted by TOBA Executive Officer, Di Millar, there were many Old Boys that must have been ‘in a coma’ for the preceding six months whilst tickets were on sale, as she received calls from some of them who had a miraculous awakening as late as one hour before the event commenced seeking tickets! Festivities commenced with some Old Boys arriving at 4.30pm to take a tour of the school and observe how it has changed over the years. Others arrived at 6.00pm, some holding unreturned library books from the ‘70s hoping to sneak them back into the library! At 6.30pm sharp we commenced our ‘march’ (more like a casual walk) from McCabe Court. As the sunlight started to dim, we were met with the magnificent visual spectacle of the Matagarup Bridge and Optus Stadium lit up in the Trinity colours of blue and green. The large contingent arrived at the foot of the Matagarup Bridge to the tunes of the Trinity College Pipes & Drums, which one former TOBA President quite rightly described as the “haunting skirl of a pipe band that is clearly at the top of its game”. We were thus piped over the bridge to Optus Stadium with the Trinity College 1st VIII rowers saluting the ‘charge’ with a row past underneath. The sheer size of the ‘charge’ and sounds of the pipes drew a large crowd of onlookers from the general public as well as other members of the wonderful Trinity College community who turned up to support as we ‘charged’ to commence our celebrations.


On arrival at Optus, pre-dinner drinks were held at Champions Terrace with the visual back-drop of the inner stadium, flanked by the two large screens piercing the night skies with the Trinity–Terrace Charge of the 125th banner displayed for those attending and for those on the nearby space station! At 7.30pm, the lone piper, Terry Jones (’70), piped us into the River View Room. Awaiting us en-route was an emotionally visual display, procured by College Archivist, Mrs Robyn Jennison. This consisted of 33 large photos, to the left, depicting the history and the Four Pillars of the College. To the right, current Trinity College students from the Chorale were in full uniform shaking the hands of those that attended the College before them.

David McLean (ʼ95) with Daniel Johnston (ʼ91)

On entering the River View Room we were confronted with a sea of blue and green from the colour of the carpets to the 60 tables decorated in TC’s famous colours. It takes great skill and power to silence 600+ men. But with great power comes great responsibility and we were very lucky to have an Old Boy in Mark Readings (’87) take on the role of MC and who has clearly mastered his craft to be able to get the attention of those same 600+.

The March commences

A respectful Welcome to Country was provided by Wesley Sibisado (’89) and his son, Lachlan, who is a current Trinity Prefect in Year 12. Then the formalities kicked off. Chris Waddell (’67) gave a spine-tingling rendition of the CBC song which was followed by the Trinity College Chorale leading us with In Nomine Domini, led by Dr Rob Braham and conducted by the lyricist of In Nomine Domini, Gerry Crooks. Grace was said by Bishop Justin Bianchini (’57) and with the words “buon appetite” our wonderful meal commenced with some of Margaret River’s finest wines from Leeuwin Estate, whose proprietor Denis Horgan (’57) also attended the night. Advancing to the stage, to the back drop of ZZ Top’s song Sharp Dressed Man, TOBA’s current President, Peter Torre (’89), delivered an eloquent and fitting address. TC Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill, gave the vote of thanks and, like others who come into contact with the TC Spirit, it is clear that this spirit is also strong in Darren and growing daily. There was no one better to witness the growth of the TC Spirit than Stephen Spiers (’85). It was fitting that Stephen delivered the tribute to Br J A Kelly and announce the renaming of the Trinity College Foundation to The Brother J A Kelly Foundation. Stephen’s tribute dubbed the ‘Our Brother Kelly’ was heartfelt and passionate and, just like the 1500m, his signature event, he came out a clear winner. Towards the end of the speech it was clear the dry ice machine was taking its toll on Stephen’s eyes. And to think Trinity could have lost this stalwart to Christ Church if it were not for the intervention of Br Kelly.

Graham Edwards (ʼ64) and Peter Manucci (ʼ64) being welcomed by currents students

Following the tribute, a video was shown showcasing the history of the College, with footage of past and present and interviews of Old Boys talking about the TC Spirit. There was a notable silence in the room and a clear air of emotion as we took in the many stories such as listening to and watching the threegeneration O’Connell family describing the effect The Terrace and Trinity had on them or the Brennans’ re-quoting of the famous mantras of “manners make the man” and “… the better get best”. (If you haven’t seen the video, you can watch it on YouTube (link provided below). There has been a lot of positive feedback from this very moving video, but it wouldn’t have happened without the skills and talent of Old Boy, Troy Zafer (’91). With only three weeks to go to the reunion, the decision was made to enlist Troy to produce the video spectacle. Thankfully, with the coolness that Troy exudes, he over-delivered. The night progressed with stories of the old days and a common theme was how quick the night went. When the 98-year-old Br J A Kelly declares that “no other school would put on a party like this” you know that the Charge of the 125th was a success. AUTUMN 2019 / TRINITY NEWS // 39


Trinity College Pipes and Drums

Archival photos displayed on entry

To conclude, it would be remiss of me not to mention one of the ‘finest year groups’ to attend Trinity College – the Class of ’89 – coincidently, the same year group as the author! A record 51 members attended the celebrations, which was also our 30th year reunion. In my opinion, you could not find a better example of Men for Others or ‘Mates for Others’ as it was eloquently said in the video. We were and still are a tight-knit and ‘aesthetically pleasing’ group. Mind you, after 30 years, having name tags was a stroke of genius! David Foti (‘89) TOBA has received many kind words regarding the celebration. The comment below from former TOBA President, Patrick Coward (’81), summed it up: May I offer my hearty congratulations to the Trinity– Terrace Old Boys’ Association committee and to everyone who was involved in organising last night’s spectacular reunion. The march across Matagarup 40 // TRINITY NEWS / AUTUMN 2019

Aidan Walsh (ʼ56) with grandsons Thomas Breust (ʼ17) and James Breust (12.5)

Bridge, lit up with the two blues and a green, accompanied by the haunting skirl of a pipe band that is clearly at the top of its game was an unforgettable introduction to what was a night of nights. The slick organisation, the punchy and meaningful speeches, the rousing songs superbly accompanied by the College Orchestra and the delicious food and wine made it one of the best reunions I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere was electric and the crowd remained entirely engaged with proceedings in a way that I’ve rarely seen. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as did everyone I spoke to. You should all be very proud. It truly was a night to remember. Please log in to the TOBA YouTube channel to view moments from the night as well as the Charge of the 125th video: www.youtube.com/TrinityOldBoys


Class of 1989

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The Class of 1964

Dion Harrison (始93), Derrick Walker (始93), Brett Walker (始93), Ken Sass, Alan Brennan (始93) and Joe Sass 42 // TRINITY NEWS / AUTUMN 2019


Dion Smith (‘87), Sam Kronja (ʼ87), Dr Rob Braham and Mike Valmadre (ʼ87)

Former Principal, Tony Curtis (’56) and Chris Brockwell (’67)

The Miocevich family

Stephen Spiers (ʼ85) with Br J A Kelly

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Paul Higgins (ʼ82) with Jess Higgins (11.4)

Mark Coughlan (ʼ79) with Tony Curtis (ʼ56)

Chris Waddell (ʼ67) performed the CBC School Song

Paul Maietta (ʼ87), Michael Kruize (ʼ87) and Shaughn Morton (ʼ87)

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Langer vs TOBA Cricket Match The annual Langer XI versus Trinity Old Boy match was, for the third year, recently played at Montague Oval in Waterford. The Old Boys batted first in perfect conditions with Paul Bradbury (’80) hitting 43 runs and then Darren Kilminster blasting a quick-fire 46 off a handful of balls hitting some of the biggest sixes ever seen at Waterford. There were solid standout performances by Fynn Langer (12.2) (2–30) and Darcy Langer (2–12) in the bowling attack. Total score 8–139. The Langer XI team was a little concerned from the outset missing Justin (JL) Langer who was on national duties, as he had steered the past two games to victory against quality opponents. There was still plenty of experience and the Langer XI made the total of 3–140 with two overs to spare. Givenchy Langer (’91) 60 runs, Fynn Langer (12.2) 40 not out and a solid 20 not out from Beau Langer (’90) steered the team over the line. Again, it was a fantastic day on the TOBA calendar. Thank you once more to the College for their continued support, Ms Diane Millar, Stephen Leahy (’78) and the grounds staff. Givenchy Langer (‘91)

Fynn Langer (12.2), Givenchy Langer (’91), Steve Carter (ʼ91) and Ethan Carter

A great day had by all!

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Golden Heritage Club

Golden Heritage Club members celebrating Mass

The Golden Heritage Club was formed in 2011 to establish a forum where past students who left CBC Perth and/or Trinity College fifty years ago (or more), could gather with mates and connect with their old school. In 2019, the Class of 1969 was invited to join the club. Members united with Year 12 students to celebrate the opening School Mass followed by morning tea in the Staff Lounge where they exchanged stories with a small group of Year 12 students. Attendees enjoyed meeting new Trinity College Principal, Mr Darren O’Neill and were also delighted to help celebrate the birthday of former Principal, Br John Carrigg. A special thank you goes to College Chaplain, Fra Oscar Aguilera; Head of Year 12, Mr Kenny Chan (’91), Year 12 students and the TC Canteen staff for such a lovely welcome. Golden Heritage boys were wonderful to talk to and was really beneficial to listen their advice and stories from their time at the College. A very organised and well run by TOBA. Harry Zimmermann (12.8) The morning tea was very enjoyable chatting to the Old Boys. The feedback I can give is that they all had a love for TC and were very happy that we had the same love. The two that I talked to also had a love for footy as it was the only sport and very wellrecognised at TC. James Hardy (12.2)

The Golden Heritage Club morning tea was a great opportunity for boys to get involved in something that is a bit different to other co-curricular activities. The morning tea was filled with cakes and snacks to have a nibble as well as refreshments. Getting the chance to meet and talk to these men is a great honour. It was great to hear some of their stories, sharing a bit of wisdom. It’s amazing to think that they were in the same position as us over 50 years ago – all telling us how different school was back then and some of the things they got up to during school. Telling us about their careers, it seemed as though they all had very different careers and to a couple who are still working now. They must live to work and enjoy every minute of it, truly inspirational. They certainly took an interest in us as well, asking about what our favourite things in school were, what sports we played, our potential careers. To which we would have a similar interest of some kind and continue to chat about it. A few of them were quite funny with all having their own type of humour. The experience to meet these men was a great honour and a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to others. Will Gavin (12.5)

The Golden Heritage morning tea was a great opportunity for current Year 12 students such as me to meet and have a conversation with those who began the legacy of Trinity College; TC Old Boys from 50 years ago and over. It was a great morning with many stories shared and to top things off, it was a celebration of Brother John Carrigg’s birthday!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Golden Heritage Club morning tea, getting to spend the morning with my grandpa who graduated from Trinity 71 years ago. I also got to meet his school friends who gave me great insight to what school was like in their day. This experience gave me a look at how much times are changing as well as being able to relate to similarities from Trinity back then to Trinity now.

Adam Ricci (12.8)

Nick Campagna (12.1)

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Br Carrigg celebrating his birthday and TOBA President, Peter Torre (’89)

Phillip Hayes (ʼ68) with Victor Le Tessier (12.7), Jake Pizzuto (12.5), Will Gavin (12.5) and Declan Allen (12.6)

James Hardy (12.2), Marcus McRostie (12.4) and Brian Bradley (’64)

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Class of 2008 – 10th Anniversary Reunion An enthusiastic group of 2008 Leavers got together in November 2018 to celebrate ten years since leaving TC. A tour of the College kicked off the celebrations; for some, this was the first time they had laid foot on Trinity soil in ten years! The men marvelled at how great the facilities were and how lucky the current TC students are. Following the College tour, they made their way over the Matagarup Bridge and enjoyed catching up with old mates at The Camfield. It was a great night with lots of re-connections and reminiscing! Thank you to Scott Tognolini for coordinating the group.

The Old Boys enjoyed a tour of the Sports Centre

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Class of 2013 – 5th Anniversary Reunion On the first day of December the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the ‘Klass’ of 2013 were preparing themselves for what was, for some of them, the most highly anticipated day of the year since they left school; the day of their five-year anniversary. With a high attendance expected and some large lastminute inclusions, the young men were firing up to reminisce over some of their fondest memories that they shared with each other. Despite high excitement levels, last minute apologies were sent from former Headmaster, Mr Ivan Banks, who was unable to attend. With the heart and soul of the graduating class not able to attend, the atmosphere may have been dampened but it was far from destroyed. With strong ties to Aussie Rules football and the East Perth location, Australia’s largest pub, The Camfield, seemed a fitting location for the fine gentlemen to congregate. We’d like to make special mention of ‘The Magnificent Lisa Mack’, who was the first and only teacher to arrive to the bar, 15 minutes before anyone else had got there. We thank you Lisa. The meet up was casual and cosy and the gentlemen of the graduating Class of 2013 highly enjoyed the company of one another. It was great for all the young men to see everyone that attended was in good health and high esteem. Whilst a lot had changed, the hearts and good spirit of the young men had not. The class are already looking forward to their upcoming ten-year anniversary and each of the boys hope they can see all the same faces and more. Andrew Eyres (’13)

Nicholas Di Nardo and John Carbone

Joshua Galvin, Scott McCarthy, Thomas Coltrona, Christian Sivwright and Finlay Koenig-Luck (background)

Haydn Barron and Aidan Sorci

Noah Harris and Keenan Meade

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Keep in Touch TOBA Website General enquiries: www.toba.net.au TOBA Members’ Website ALL CBC Perth and TC Old Boys are eligible to join the members’ website. This will ensure you receive information regarding reunions and upcoming events. Visit www.toba.net.au , click on ‘Members’ then click on ‘To register or login to the alumni programme, please click HERE. Past staff are also welcome to join the TOBA website – just email your name, date of birth and years spent at TC to toba@trinity.wa.edu.au

Join the TOBA group by searching: TOBA – Trinity College Old Boys Association or www.facebook.com/#!/groups/TrinityOldBoys/ Follow us on Twitter: @TrinityOldBoys at www.twitter.com Join the Group: ‘Trinity Old Boys’ Association’ at www.linkedin.com Watch TOBA videos at: www.youtube.com/TrinityOldBoys Follow: ‘TrinityOldBoys’ on Instagram

To ensure that you continue to receive your copy of the Trinity News magazine, please advise us of any change to your address. Email: toba@trinity.wa.edu.au Phone: 9223 8178

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Weddings Damian Power (’04) married Lucinda Poli on the 20 October 2018 at the beautiful Aravina Estate in Dunsborough. The couple were delighted to have a great TC Old Boy representation, including; Justin Wainwright (’04), Andrew Horsfall (’04), Chris Willis (’04), Ben Gryta (’04), Matt Fawcett (’04), Brett Dickman (’04), Drew Flanagan (’04), Daniel O’Sullivan (’04), Rhys Miller (’04), Chris Jones (’97), Adam Moorby (’04), Jeremy Power (’10), Andrew Edwards (’02), Sam Witherick (’04), Con La Roche (’97), Justin Pietracatella (’04), Phil Bardon (’86) and Lucinda’s brother, Simon Poli (’09).

Lucinda and Damian

Damian with his TC mates

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Thank You The Archives of Trinity College and the Trinity–Terrace Old Boys’ Association extend a sincere thank you to: Mr John Featherstone (’49) for his donation of photos and copies of the obituary and funeral booklets from the funeral of Brother Michael Quilligan; a 1982 reunion dinner photograph; a signed 40th anniversary dinner program; newspaper article and the 1987 Class of 1942 anniversary luncheon program; 1994 St Patrick’s Boys’ School Centenary Mass booklet and 1993 thank you letter and card to St Pat’s boys celebrating their Diamond Jubilee, from St Joseph’s in Melbourne. Mrs Colleen Chipper and Ms Val Doherty for their donation of a lovely old 1918 St Patrick’s School seventh standard Christian Brothers’ English certificate; two 1920 St Patrick’s School Christian Brothers’ English certificates and a 1931 St John Ambulance Certificate for course instruction which belonged to their late father, William Patrick Doherty. Mr David (’64) and Mrs Lenna Truslove for their donation of a framed etching of CBC Perth which had been presented to Mrs Truslove during her days as a staff member at Trinity College; CBC Perth Annuals; Trinity College Annuals; a Centenary Celebration 1894–1994 program and rugby tour booklets. Mr Rod Gamble (’63) for donating his small dark blue school bag with the CBC Perth ‘Viriliter Age’ crest embossed on the side and which he used in his last years at the College. Mr Richard Mackiewicz (’87) for donating a Trinity College small peaked woollen cap embroidered with the three crowns from College crest.

TOBA scholarship and bursary fund TOBA would like to acknowledge all donations to the TOBA scholarship and bursary Fund. The objective of the fund is to provide scholarships and bursaries to deserving sons/grandsons of Old Boys who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the benefits and opportunities that an education at Trinity brings. For further information or enquiries about tax deductible donations to TOBA scholarships and bursaries, please contact Diane Millar on 9223 8132 or email millar.diane@trinity.wa.edu.au

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Obituaries REMEMBERING EVAN PAPANTONIOU (’85) 9 OCTOBER 1968 – 28 OCTOBER 2018 When you think of Evan you immediately think of his iconic smile. The best part was that wonderful smile was only the beginning when it came to Evan. Authentic, humble, honest, extraordinarily kind and warm, Evan was a wonderful son and rock for his family and his friends and a man for others in the true Trinity Spirit. He was a proud husband and father, a fabulous brother, an encouraging uncle and great mate. Evan was ‘Papps’ to the boys at Trinity College. For high school he was offered several sporting scholarships to PSA schools. He chose Trinity and was rewarded with such special friendships and some of the best years of his life. In his final year as Vice-Captain of the athletics team, he helped bring home the Alcock Shield to Trinity – the first win in a couple of decades. Evan won the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, triple jump and relays. He was awarded the Highest Point Scorer at the Inters, contributing to the biggest ever winning margin at the PSA Inters. His bigger win was the pride of the team and deepened friendships.

moving send off at Evan’s wake from Stephen Spiers (‘85) and the support from the Trinity community to his family will always be there in Evan’s memory. Evan leaves behind his wife, Melissa, his adored daughters Jana (18) and Talia (16), his parents Arthur and Joanna and sister Soula.

During his athletics career, Evan held many interschool, state and national records. Many of these still stand today – including the national hurdles record – as a reminder of his excellence. After high school, Evan studied business at university. He forged a successful career in sales, winning many awards and overseas trips. The last 15 years he built up his own successful business as the director of BizQuip Solutions, a managed IT service company. His hard work ethic, sales skills and sincerity earned him the trust and respect of many customers and love and loyalty of his staff.

Evan Papantoniou (ʼ85)

Evan was committed to taking on voluntary roles and giving back where he could. He was a respected coach at UWALAC and provided specialist hurdles coaching long after his daughters finished athletics. It was part of his commitment to athletics and with his encouraging smile he was loved by all the athletes he coached. He was the PLC Junior School running coach. Whilst both his daughters reached national level in swimming, Evan was instrumental in the board of management of the West Coast Swimming Club merging with UWA Swimming Club. Evan was blessed because whilst doing the things he loved he also cemented lifelong and valued friendships. We are sure he was smiling looking down at his wake held at the perfect venue, Trinity College. The support of TOBA President, Peter Torre (’89), the

Evan at the 1985 WA State Athletic Championships.

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Vale TOBA has learnt of the deaths of some of our Old Boys. Their names are listed below and we offer our sincere condolences to their families and friends. Angus Bottrill (’41) Patrick Townsend (’44) Alan Grey (’46) Francis Campbell (’50)

TOBA would appreciate being informed of the passing of former staff, Old Boys and their loved ones. Please contact the TOBA Office on 08 9223 8178 or toba@trinity.wa.edu.au.

Raymond (Roy) Lynch (’50) Bob Stidwell (’54) Norman Curtis (’55) Peter Bartley (’56) Stanislaus Duffy (’56) Richard Bryant (’57) Tom Sutcliffe (’61) Pat Valmadre (’62) Biagio Rispoli (’65) Paul Kerr (’67) Peter Schifferli (’67) Richard Trend (’69) Steven Cvejic (’73) Philip Riley (’75) David King (’77) Andrew Guilfoyle (’82) Evan Papantoniou (’85)

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Patrick Townsend (’44) at the age of 11 (with his mother Rose) on his first day at CBC Perth in 1939.


TRINITY COLLEGE AND THE TRINITY-TERRACE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION WOULD BE DELIGHTED IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY JOINED THEM FOR:

TRINITY SUNDAY MASS

& blessing of the refurbished Chapel SUNDAY, 16 JUNE 2019 | 9:00AM | TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL

mass will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ morning tea in the staff lounge ALL WELCOME, NO RSVP REQUIRED

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