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Trinity College Graduates Hit the Mark for Employment and Further Education
 
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Results are in, and Trinity College has come out on top for graduate pathways. According to the Next Step Destination Surveys (QLD Department of Education and Training), an impressive 92.5% of Trinity College graduates were engaged in employment or further education.

These results see us outperforming the overall results of QLD (86%) and Logan (78%) as well as other schools in the area. The findings were taken from the data of students who completed Year 12 in 2016, one year after leaving the college.
 
Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Craig Hirst, was delighted with the findings,  “The latest next step results are fantastic in officially showing how well Trinity prepares its students for further education and the work force”.
 
He continues, “This report clearly shows that 70% of our Trinity students go onto further education while over 15% went into employment, showing that the pathway opportunities we are providing students, lead to a great involvement in work/study beyond school.”
 
With 24 authority subjects and 19 certificate courses, Trinity students have plenty of choice when it comes to preparing for their future; it is great to see that our graduates are getting to where they want to be, whether that be employment or further education at TAFE or University.
 
 
Year 9's Show Off Entrepreneurial Skills at Market Day
 6 September, 2017
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Eight weeks ago, our Year 9 Business and Economics students commenced NAB’s $20 Boss Challenge - an in-school competition, which provides students with $20 of start-up money to create their own business.
 
On Friday 1st September, all their hard work, preparation and organisation paid off, when they delivered a very successful ‘Market Day’ to the teachers and students of Trinity College.
 
Lunchtime in the Marcellin Champagnat Court Yard saw hundreds of students come down to support our Year 9s, purchasing various food and drink items from the 10 different stalls on offer. There was much to choose from, including: McDonalds, Domino’s pizza, Nutella milkshakes, fairy floss, brownies, ice cream sandwiches, edible cookie dough and more.
 
The day brought in over $400 of profit, which will be donated to a local charity, as decided by the Year 9 Business students.
 
Students completed this challenge to allow them the hands-on experience of creating and running their own business. This aligns with a number of components of the Year 9 Business and Economics Achievement Standard for year 9. I am in the process of completing an application for them to be considered in the $20 Boss awards, where we might win $1000 and receive national recognition!
 
I would like to commend every single student who participated in ‘Market Day’, for their infectious enthusiasm, teamwork and ability to perform under pressure. I am extremely proud of you all and look forward to see what your newfound entrepreneurial spirit will bring to Trinity College next!
 
Anna Gustavson
Business and Economics Teacher
 
 
Father’s Day Breakfast 2017
5 September, 2017
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On Thursday morning last week, Trinity College celebrated our amazing fathers and father figures with a Father’s Day Breakfast.
The morning begun with a delicious spread of bacon and egg rolls, fruit, muffins and yoghurt for the hungry dads, fountitled2.pngllowed by a tour of the Trade Training Centre by our enthusiatic Manual Arts Coordinator, Charlie Moala. Afterwards, our fathers and students were lucky enough to hear from special guest speaker, Mark Fife (President of Surf Life Saving Queensland and Order of Australia Medal recipient) who imparted his knowledge as a leader, a volunteer and as a father.
Mark gave us a little history of his journey and how he got involved in surf lifesaving and subsequently leadership roles after being inspired to make a difference in lifesaving.
 
Mark discussed how surf lifesaving, for him, was a valuable way to give back to the community, something that really hit home after a reunion with a man whose life he had saved ten years prior who had since married and had children. From this experience he came to the realisation that “You’re not just going down to the beach…you’re going there to serve the community and to preserve life”.
 
He continued, “Ausutfr.pngtralians are born volunteers…we’ve got a great heritage going back to the wars, where we fought for our country and our fellow Australian. We shouldn’t lose this tradition of volunteering because being a volunteer is giving back to the community and to help people is the greatest thing in life. This goes across all types of volunteering from surf lifesaving to the Red Cross".
 
He encouraged our fathers and students to lead by example, “go find your niche” and volunteer in any way you can. He said, “Every day that I give, I feel blessed and I hope young people endeavour to do the same and continue our heritage of volunteering.”  
 
As a family man, Mark couldn’t help but praise his family, their successes and support “With the support of my family, I’ve been able to keep going as a volunteer and leader.” Mark’s wife Marcia, their children and now his two grandchildren are all involved in Surf Life Saving community, continuing the strong tradition of volunteering. As both a father, grandfather and someone who works with children, Mark said, “To give back to kids is the greatest gift you can ever have”.
 
The Father’s Day Breakfast was a wonderful way to celebrate the men in our lives and the support they give us. Thank you to those who attended and we hope all our Trinity fathers, grandfathers and father figures had a wonderful day on Sunday!
 
A big thanks to all who made the event happen, particularly Mark and Marcia Fife, the P & F for barbequing, and the student leaders who dished out breakfast for the hungry dads.
 
Student Art Work to be Displayed at Logan Art Gallery
22 August, 2017
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Congratulations to our talented Arts students on the selection of their work into the prestigious Art Waves Exhibition.
This annual exhibition will be held from 8th-14th October 2017 at the Logan Art Gallery and will showcase a variety of works from the diverse artistic talents of students (Years 8-12) in schools across the Logan region.
Usually five artworks are chosen per school, however due to the smorgasbord of talent, this year we were fortunate enough to have a total of eight selected. Looking at some of these pieces, you can see why!
Cristie Lolo, Alex Walls and Nicole Tomkinson
ART Teachers
 
Introducing Our 2017 Father's Day Guest Speaker: Mark Fife OAM  
18 August, 2017
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We are pleased to announce that Trinity College has been lucky enough to secure President of Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Mark Fife, as our Father’s Day guest speaker for 2017.
Mark is a highly decorated surf lifesaver who has been inducted into Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame (2015), was named Australian Surf Life Saver of the Year (1997), Australian Volunteer of the Year (2007), and has been bestowed an Order of Australia Medal (2003) for his service to the community through leadership roles.
The Fife family have been active in surf lifesaving for three generations now, starting with Fife’s father Jack back in 1936, continuing with Mark who joined in the 1970’s, and now with Mark’s son Nathan who is currently the Gold Coast Life Saving Services Co-ordinator.
Mark will be disclosing his experiences both as a volunteer and as a father and grandfather at the Father's Day breakfast on 31 August, 2017.
 
Students Support DreamCricket Program at Local Special School
 9 August, 2017 
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Last Friday, our Certificate II Sport and Recreation students visited Beenleigh Special School (BSS) to assist in the running of their DreamCricket day.
 
20170728_101420.jpgDreamCricket is a special needs program (run by volunteers) enabling the community to create opportunities to grow self-esteem and inspire confidence in children through cricket clinics.
 
The day consisted of our students running cricket stations and getting the keen students of BSS involved in some fun activities; these responsibilities also involved adjusting the stations accordingly to each child's individual needs.
 
This was just two days after the same group of students did an excellent job at running ball games for 400+ primary school/grade 7 students- so they were well prepared to take on this coaching role.
 
HPE Curriculum leader Joshua Lennox said he was very proud of the students who participated.
 
“It was a fantastic day and I cannot speak highly enough of how our students represented the college”.
 
“It was a real eye opener at times for our students and I was blown away by how well each of them cared for and engaged with the special needs students (aged from prep to grade 12) they worked with throughout the day”.  
 
Well done to all who participated!
 
 
Year 10 Academic Conference 
 4 August, 2017
 
On Thursday, 21 eager Year 10 students travelled to Sea World resort for the annual Academic Conference. Students were selected based on their academic success in Semester 1. This two day conference addressed topics such as the benefits of having a positive mindset, goal setting, time management, the value of an OP and keys to success.
 
Ellen Armstrong (Class of 2008) was the guest speaker. She talked about her personal academic journey, following on from her own attendance at the 2006 Academic Conference. Ellen is a Physiotherapist who works in a research project at Lady Cilento hospital.  Her focus is physical activity for children with disabilities and she is currently studying her PhD in this area. Ellen’s presentation included a focus on five key areas – networking, goal setting, being proactive, role models and persistence.
 
Mr Hirst, Mr Cooper and I presented the Conference and we had Mr Raju and Mrs Arne-Umstad were special guests.
 
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Students who attended had the following to say:
 
I learnt a lot of stuff that will be very helpful for my studies and I now feel less stressed entering the senior years at school.  ~ Jessica Czisz Year 10
 
I was very thankful to get the opportunity to go to the Academic Conference. I learnt a lot and found the two days very beneficial.  ~ Braden Dykes Year 10
 
It was a great experience to get more familiar with different pathways to success. Viktor Litvin Year 10
 
I learnt that dreams are to be achieved and noone is naturally born to be the best at something. Hard work and commitment are what drives a person to success.  ~ Callam Byrnes Year 10
 
This conference has been so rewarding and I cannot express enough how grateful I am for our teachers who take the time to organise it. It feels good to be recognised for hard work and I don’t want this tradition to end for the grades following. Thank you!  ~ Megan Woolley  Year 10
 
The important thing about dreaming is to have one. No matter how thorny the road to success is, just keep on running.  ~ Aliah Luarca  Year 10
 
If you want success, you must work towards it. Set a goal and stick with it. Have an open mind and you can accomplish anything. Persistence is the key.  ~ Tamika Buttigieg  Year 10
 
The 2017 Academic Conference really enabled me to open my mind to all of the wonderful opportunities we are given today as well as to come to the realisation that there is always more than one way to the top.  ~ Kenya Crellin  Year 10
 
You can either choose to be a victim in life or learn from your mistakes.  ~ Maddison Scowcroft Year 10
  
Trinity Alumni Named as Rising Netball Star 
 2 August, 2017
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It has come to our attention that past pupil, Kahli Henwood, has been named in the U19 Netball Queensland Emerging Players Team. Kahli was heavily involved in sport at Trinity and continues to excel.

It won't be long until we see her lining up for the Firebirds.

Keep up the great work, Kahli!  

 

 Trinity Day Finished off with Marcellin and Merlot  
29 July, 2017
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Enthusiastic staff at Trinity College, gathered for a relaxing evening of creativity, spirituality, and frivolity to conclude their college feast day.
 
Trinity Day, a celebration of St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers who founded the college, finished with the inaugural Marcellin & Merlot Evening for staff.
 
During the evening attendees were taken through step-by-step instructions on how to paint three violets, representing the Three Marial Virtues: humility, simplicity and modesty. Staff were provided with all the materials for the session as well as wine, cheese, and live music performed by talented staff member, David Bowler on vocals and keyboard.
 
Religious Education Curriculum Leader, Alex Walls, came up with the unique staff bonding concept. Alex said the idea of the night was to provide an opportunity for staff to engage with the arts and the Marist spirituality in a relaxed social setting.
 
She said the Marcellin and Merlot evening was a great success and suggested it could become a regular fixture at the college.
 
“I think this will be the first of many,” Alex said
 
“The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the final results were outstanding – no two works were the same,” she said.
 
 
 Past Pupil Wins Clarence Valley Lifeguard of the Year 
28 July, 2017

   

Congratulations to Trinity alumni, Harrison Henwood (class of 2015), who in his first summer on the beach has been awarded the Clarence Valley Lifeguard of the Year.

Read the full story on 'The Daily Examiner' website:

https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/rookie-lifeguard-rises-to-the-top/3205168/

Great work Harrison!
 
 
 Trinity Student’s Artwork Showcased on Bondi Sea Wall 
14 July, 2017

 

It is always so inspirational to see our young people setting high expectations and goals for themselves and then watching them become a reality.
 
It has been Year 12 student, Cassidy Dillon’s dream for a while now to showcase her artwork on the renowned Bondi Sea Wall in Sydney. The Bondi Sea Wall has been in operation since the 1970s and throughout this time has featured works of some of the best-known street artists from Australia and around the world.
 
Cassidy explains, “It has been a dream of mine for the past three years and after applying for a spot in March of this year, my application and artwork was approved in June! I went to Sydney in the school holidays and completed the work over four days.” 
 
Cassidy’s artwork will remain there for six months, at which point it will be routinely painted over by another artist, reflecting the dynamic and ever-changing character of Bondi. As you can see, Cassidy’s dolphin artwork is amazing and such a great accomplishment. Well done Cass – your Trinity family is very proud of you.
 
Jasmine Brown
Student Well-Being Leader