Dear Members of the Trinity Community,
Last Monday, 6 June, we celebrated the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat as a College. Not only was it wonderful to acknowledge the Feast Day, but also the 150 Year [Sesquicentenary] Anniversary of Marist Education in Australia and, in a special way, formally celebrate Br John’s tenure as Principal - the last Marist Brother to lead a school in Australia.
I highly doubt that educators of my generation will endure the Principalship lifespan of Br John. To carry that weight of responsibility 24/7 for the best part of 17 years is both incredibly stoic but also symbolic of the call: a call to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.
Br John has taught me a lot about Marist education. He has championed Marcellin’s creed, “If you want to teach young people, first you must love them. You must love them all equally.” But more significantly, he always, always, reminded Marist educators of Marcellin Champagnat’s next sentence: not only must you love them equally, you must love even the most unlovable.
Br John has also been greatly respectful and welcoming of the College’s Presentation heritage. He commissioned the Nagle Statue on St Mary’s Site and has consistently promoted both charisms equally – even taking the opportunity to deliver keynote addresses at College Nagle Day celebrations.
It is true that Br John’s principalship of Trinity from 2013-2021 will be remembered as a period of stability in the midst of relative chaos. From floods, fires, pandemics and tragic losses of life, Brother has led with determination and commitment; always putting the College ahead of himself.
Trinity graduates throughout his Principalship will remember him fondly as encouraging them to become good citizens and good Christians ‘In Word and Deed.’
Thank you, Br John, for your dedication and committed service as College Principal. It is great that you will be by our side in the Director of Master Planning role in the years ahead as we all unite to build the next chapter of our 136-year history as a College community.
Champagnat Day also provided us with an opportunity to acclaim those students and staff who demonstrate ‘In Word and Deed’ the Marist characteristics: presence, simplicity, love of work, in the way of Mary and family spirit. I congratulate each of the following for being great examples in our College community.
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 7
- Amy Tran – Champagnat Medalist
- Bryce Roberts
- Madeleine Donnelly
- Zali Black
- Kaity O'Brien
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 8
- Elisha Lovell - Champagnat Medalist
- Amarli Grande
- Indgio Scanlan
- Summer O'Connor
- Eva Skeet
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 9
- Lachlan Noffke - Champagnat Medalist
- Sienna Gorman
- Angus Faulkner
- Gerogina Cappe
- Pippa Kennedy
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 10
- Tyler McGlashan - Champagnat Medalist
- Kaliani Millane
- Jorgi Kreig
- Myles Ware
- Travis Ball
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 11
- Athenea Nash Aros - Champagnat Medalist
- Molly Drum
- Aidyn Butler
- Mackinnon Connolly
- Olivia Shea
Champagnat Award Recipients Year 12
- Perinn McDermott - Champagnat Medalist
- Lancelot Hall
- Finley Hoolihan
- William Garland
- Emma Dunn
Champagnat Award Recipients Staff
- Mr Frazer Heyden - Champagnat Medalist
- Mrs Alissa O'Reilly
- Mr Dave Ritchie
- Mrs Tracy Benfield
- Ms Angela Geoghegan
Marist Education Years of Service Recipients
- Mrs Robyn Schober - 20 Years
- Mr Dave Ritchie - 20 Years
- Brother John Hilet - 25 Years
- Mrs Lisa Yopp - 25 Years
Trinity’s access to Government Support
I am yet to receive a response from the Education Minister. I thank the parents/carers who were able to respond to my 31 May letter regarding Trinity’s inability to access government support following the February and March flood events.
Winter Uniform & Presentation
If any student, particularly any flood affected student, requires support with uniform items please liaise with the relevant Leader of House and this will be sorted. I ask that all students present to school each day in accordance with the College expectations, with particular attention being paid to hairstyles (neat and appropriate) and jewellery (no facial piercings). Male students are to be clean shaven. The College’s uniform policy can be found on the College website. As we are now in winter uniform mode, College jumpers and blazers are required. Thank you for your support in this space.
Open Day in July & 2023 Enrolments
I am pleased to confirm we will run an ‘Open Day’ at our SCU campus on Sunday 31 July between 11.00am - 2.00pm for prospective students and families. Enrolments for 2023 are now being received in pleasing numbers. Applications can be made through our website or by contacting our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Jenny Dwyer, phone: 6627 6647 or
Best wishes for the fortnight ahead. May Venerable Nano Nagle, St Marcellin Champagnat and Mary our Good Mother continue to watch over our Trinity community.
Mr Jesse Smith
Our College Photo Day is on Monday June 27th. All students from Year 7 to 12 will attend our SCU Site on the day as photos will be taken in Whitebrook Theatre. Students are expected to attend school in their Full Winter Uniform which includes the blazer. Ordering envelopes for the photos were given out to students last week.
Important reminder: Students need to bring their photo ordering envelopes to school on Photo Day - Monday June 27th.
Today students made the transition into wearing the College winter uniform and the vast majority of them looked fantastic. Thanks to our parents and our carers for their support in this area. The uniform expectations are clearly stated in the Trinity Catholic College General Information Booklet on Lighthouse.
In 2022 the College Sports Jacket is NOT an option to be worn with the winter uniform.
As I stated in the previous Lantern Trinity College Staff are not oblivious to the impact the flood events have had on families. We are aware that students lost items of their uniform as they were stored in lockers or classrooms at SMS or SJS as well as in homes. We have already been able to assist some of our students who are unable at this time to have all uniform items accessible. An important reminder is that if your student is in need of an item I ask that you please contact me, their respective Leader of House or a trusted staff member and tell us what you need. We have a system in place that will be beneficial for any student impacted.
The 3 haircuts below are clear images of a style that is not accepted at Trinity. Students with these current styles will be given short term grace to grow them out or to have a haircut so the style is not as extreme.
The Trinity Catholic College position on Haircuts and styles is that the emphasis is always on neatness and good grooming:
- Hair is to be clean, neat and tidy - no extreme hair styles.
- Hair to be no shorter than a number 2 cut.
- Dyes and rinses should be restricted to natural hair colours - other colours not accepted.
- Long hair must be tied back in practical subjects or where a WHS issue has been identified by a staff member.
Trinity Race Day
Our Trinity Race Day is getting closer. Please mark on your calendar still Saturday July 16th. We have not gathered as a College community for so long and the race day is a fantastic opportunity for our community to reconnect, to chat, to laugh. The staff of Trinity College are looking forward to meeting you socially so we hope to see you at Lismore Race Course.
Race Day and Ticket information:
- Thanks to the generosity of the Lismore Turf Club entrance into the course for adults and children is free.
- If you would like to join the Trinity Staff and community in the upstairs members area for finger food, a free drink, Punters Club and Fashions on the Field go on to the Trinity College Website and purchase a ticket for just $30.
- The Lismore Turf Club is also organising some activities on the day for the kids.
Diocesan Junior Football Championships
The Year 7-9 Girls and Year 7-10 Boys contested the Diocesan Junior Football Championships last Thursday in Coffs Harbour. The Girls had a great day, playing four games and finishing with a 1-0 victory over Mt St Pat’s College, Murwillumbah. The Boys played four games, winning their Pool with 3 wins and a draw. They played St Paul’s College, Kempsey in the Semi Final, going down 2-1. Both teams competed with great spirit and represented the College with pride. Unfortunately the boys were camera shy and had changed before a photo could be taken but below is a photo of the girls.
Auctioneer/Real Estate Presentation
Last Friday I had the pleasure of introducing my brother Peter to over 20 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 who have an interest in auctioneering, real estate agency or stock and station agency as a career. Peter told our students how he began working in my dad’s stock business in Inverell the day after he finished his HSC in 1983. From Inverell he completed a Land Economy degree at the old Hawkesbury Ag College before spending over 30 years as the chief auctioneer for Richardson and Wrench in Sydney. Peter moved into the position of chief executive officer of the stock and station agents industry group, Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association in 2019. In his current position Peter organises the Young Auctioneers Competitions throughout Australia which culminates in the National Title that is held at the Sydney Royal Show.
The class was filled with as many boys as girls which was great to see particularly considering Peter showed footage of trailblazer Courtney Hanns who is forging a career as a young auctioneer.
Guest speakers are something schools missed so much during Covid so it was nice to see the pendulum starting to shift back.
Senior Jersey 2023
On Monday 20th June the online shop to order Senior Jersey's for 2023 will be open for Year 11 to place their order and will close on Tuesday 28th June. The cost of the jersey will be $82.
Sample sizes are available to try on at the office. Any enquiries please contact 6627 6647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Members of the Trinity Community,
2023 Subject Selection Process for Year 10 Students
SAVE THE DATE
Year 10 into 11
Parent Information Evening
Tuesday 21 June
@SCU from 6:00pm
This very important conversation will commence with Year 10 students and Leaders of Learning on Monday 20 June. Parents are invited to attend an information evening regarding 2023 Year 11 subject selection on Tuesday 21 June at 6pm at the Trinity campus Southern Cross University. The subject selection process for the HSC can be a little overwhelming and there are many rules that must be followed to ensure each student is eligible to achieve a HSC, RoSA and/or ATAR.
The Subject Selection evening is the perfect chance to hear a presentation around the NESA requirements as well as speak to subject area teachers about each subject on offer. I encourage every Year 10 student and their parent/carer to attend this evening.
2022 HSC Written Examination Timetable
NESA has released the 2022 HSC Written Examination Timetable. Click here to access it. Students can also access their personalised HSC timetables by logging into their Students Online accounts. The 2022 HSC examinations will commence on Wednesday 12 October and conclude on Thursday 3 November.
We are delighted to inform you that Trinity Catholic College Lismore will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.
What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals. Learn more about ICAS here. (https://www.icasassessments.com/products-icas)
How to participate in ICAS
We will hold ICAS over the 9th August - 30th August.
In 2022 students have the opportunity to participate in the following subjects:
Australia (AU$, inc. GST)
If you wish for your child to participate in ICAS this year, please:
- Go to Parent Portal here: (https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps)
- Enter our school’s access code – ZGM298
- Enter your child’s details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment.
We will notify you of the date(s) that we run ICAS at the school. You and your child can access the results once released via the Reports Portal using the TAP ID and pin found on the back of the ICAS certificate.
Please follow the link about how your child’s data is kept private and secure. Privacy Collection Statement
We are proud to offer ICAS and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.
‘Around the Grounds’ - Pedagogy in Action
This week a group of students, accompanied by Mr Lyon, toured the campus looking at some of our fantastic pedagogy in action. The touring students respectfully worked with the teachers and their students to ask the students what they were learning. The students who were interviewed were able to articulate their learning intentions very well and this is testament to the clarity of their teachers. Here Abi Smith can be seen running the group through their science experiment on inertia. Thank you to Mr Leo Baker for his work in teaching this class, and for allowing the group to film. We captured quite a few amazing examples, so we will keep the good news coming.
How To Study
We often say to the students that we need to be constantly learning how to learn, not just “remembering stuff”. Likewise, we also need to teach how to “study”. Rest assured that this is something we do constantly at Trinity and it is built into our practice. This article may help you support your child at home with strategies for study. 13 Effective Study Strategies to Help Students Learn
Ms Alison Unwin - Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
Mr Travis Lyon - Director of Pedagogy
Mrs Tracy Benfield - Director of Curriculum
The 2022/23 UAC Guides have arrived and are available for Year 12 students to pick up at Trinity's Woodlawn Campus.
Also, additional copies of the "Steps to uni for Year 10 students" have arrived. These are available for collection at the Reception (main office) at Trinity's SCU Campus. Some year 10 students will already have a copy of these, but if you missed out on getting a copy, please pop into the office and ask the staff for a copy.
University of Queensland - Accommodation Presentation
On 1 June 2022, Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend a presentation about their accommodation options at the University of Queensland. Michael from Emmanuel College conducted an information session for our students at Trinity's Woodlawn Campus and answered a range of questions that the students asked.
Miss Pauline Leeson - Careers Adviser