August, 2023

2023 Intercol St Michael’s Vs Trinity Open Results

August 24, 2023

After a week of excellent and fierce competition the results of the 2023 St Michael’s College/Trinity College intercol delivered a draw with wins for Trinity in boys soccer, boys football and boys basketball and wins for St Michael’s in girls netball, girls basketball and girls football.

These intercollegiate relationships are uniquely South Australian with the St Michael’s vs Trinity competition beginning only ten years ago. While our competition is relatively new, many of our students clearly displayed a commitment which shows this competition is very important to them.

The closeness of the results and the ferocity of the competition in netball, soccer and football was amazing.

Open Teams - Results + Medallist

St Michael’s 51 def Trinity 22

Trinity’s task against one of the best teams in the state was always going to be a tough one. The teams met earlier in the year without an important Trinity piece and that gave the team hope that this game would be more competitive.

However, a nervy start with some unforced turnovers saw us down 9-0 early. After a timeout, Trinity played St Mick’s tough until the third quarter, staying within touch at around ten points. Then St Michael’s unleashed their full-court pressure and blew the game open, eventually cruising in the fourth quarter for the final margin. Jess DuRandt and Keely Wiseman were outstanding defensively, and Intercol Medallist Kelly Matiop rebounded well and controlled the paint with some big blocked shots.

In the end, our inability to score was the main factor, but comprising mostly of Year 10s and Year 11s, experience against strong teams like St Mick’s provide valuable learning and act as a road map for where we want to be.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Kelly Matiop
  • St Michael's College - Sophie Barker
Intercol Trinity College and St Michael's College girls basketball teams

St Michael’s 5.6.26 def Trinity 0.1.1

The future is looking very bright for Trinity girls football with only Year 10 and Year 9 players fronting up for the Open Girls Intercol game. Unfortunately, we lost a number of important players including all of our Year 11 girls before we got to the ground, making an already tough game just a little tougher. After losing to St Michael’s in a couple of close matches in our regular season, the Intercol game was sure to be a great contest.

Trinity came out hard in the first quarter and had some control of the ball however, we were unable to turn this control into a good score. St Michael’s got the upper hand in the next two quarters, before we were able to gain control again in the last quarter and stop their scoring. It was a tough game in slippery conditions and all the girls should be commended on their efforts against a much older and experienced opposition with many of the girls playing in their first Intercol football match. Holly Tralaggan was outstanding in the midfield and was chosen as the best player on the ground.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Holly Tralaggan
  • St Michael's College - Hayley Conlon
Intercol Trinity Open Girls Football team

St Michael’s 53 def Trinity 51

With St Michael’s heading into state knockout finals the following week, our girls went into the game feeling like the underdogs and, with our team going from 12 to 9 through last minute injuries we certainly didn’t have the full side we had hoped for. However, the girls turned up to the gym positive and fired up for a big game! Intercol brings a special energy every year and the girls take such pride in wearing their Trinity uniform to play in this competitive, yet respectful rivalry.

St Michael’s scored a couple of quick ones early through some ball handling errors of Trinity, and within the first five minutes had a five-goal lead. Trinity then pulled in some strong rebounds and capitalised on some missed goals from St Michael’s to finish the first quarter within three.

Our starting line-up played a strong first half and we decided to make some changes to keep fresh legs and strong drives through our C position and test out our up and coming year 10 GK with some height to continue to pull in rebounds.

Trinity applied relentless defensive pressure across all four quarters and found their groove to show off our speed and flair through the attack end. All players took the court today and for the final quarter we were able to have all leaving Year 12s on the court, four of them had been in the Academy Netball Program at the College since at least Year 7.

Going into the last quarter Trinity were eight goals down but they dug deep and found another gear in defence, smothering St Michael’s with contested pressure and rewarding themselves by working it down to a shot on goal. This effort saw a massive change in the score line, with Trinity working their way to within one goal with around two minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately, St Michael’s scored off their own C passes and finished the game with a two-goal win. Both teams showed great skill, tenacity and competitive sportsmanship for the whole 60 minutes, and I was extremely proud of the Trinity girls’ effort and the way they never gave up.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Ebony De Kort
  • St Michael’s College - Georgie Blades
Intercol Trinity Open Girls Netball team

Trinity 87 def St Michael’s 47

The open boys basketball contest brewed as an interesting battle after the previous weekend’s SAAS finals results – St Michael’s took out the Div 2 championship, whilst Trinity faltered and finished runner-up in the Div 1 final. It hasn’t been close for the last few years, but with a young and emerging St Michael’s group, Trinity was on notice that the Intercol gap was closing.

However, right from the start Trinity’s size, strength and speed were a huge factor in the game. Trinity dominated inside and the St Michael’s team was left to bomb away from the perimeter to try and exert scoreboard pressure. Trinity cruised to a 20+ point lead early in the third quarter but a flurry of threes from St Michael’s medallist Noah Woolcock drew the game back to 12 points before a concerted effort to score inside the key broke the game open again for the final margin.

Trinity’s Agok Panther was very disciplined and patient at the offensive end, acting as a quarterback from the low post and his voice and leadership on defence kept us organised down that end. Michael Herjok was aggressive offensively for a team-high 15 points, whilst Deng Manyang was also dominant close to the basket. Scorers were Michael Herjok 15, Deng Manyang 13, Kaui Deng 12, Makai Dornford 10 and Charlie Forgione 10.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Agok Panther
  • St Michael's College - Noah Woolcock
Intercol Trinity and St Michaels Open Boys Basketball teams

Trinity College 13.9.87 def St Michaels 8.8.56

The sun was shining for the biggest game of the year and the boys from Trinity were ready to take the points. After a pre-game like no other, with the Year 12s talking about each other and the boys certainly took the ground with energy to burn! A fierce first quarter with the scores locked away at 1.4 each at quarter time. It was Trinity kicking with the wind and with the majority of the ball, but unfortunately the scoreboard didn’t show the dominance.

St Michael’s clearly the best team in the second quarter, leading the game by ten points at halftime, with Trinity wrestling back momentum to take a two-point lead at the last break.

An exciting start to the final term with Aidan Schubert bagging consecutive goals and defender turn forward Enrique Mazzeo doing the exact same thing. But it was the class of Trinity’s leaders Trent Tattoli, Isaac Downie, Lachlan Hewlett, Jai Arnold and best on ground Jack Collins that lead the Lions to victory. Jack Collins played across half-back all day, always vocal, precise by foot and courage in the air. Trinity’s ruckman Kuai Deng and young defenders Mason Dohnt and Bailey Blacker were amongst the best players all day. A huge win for the boys to cap off an incredible season of footy. Best players: Jack Collins, Trent Tattoli, Kuai Deng, Aidan Schubert and Jai Arnold. Goal scorers: Aidan Schubert 3, Lachlan Hewlett 2, Kuai Deng 2, Enrique Mazzeo 2, Trent Tattoli 1, Asher Pasin 1, Charlie Scolyer 1 and Wil Tag 1.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Jack Collins
  • St Michael's College - Will Ashton
Intercol Trinity and St Michaels Open Boys Football teams

Trinity 3 def St Michael’s 2

Looking to go six wins in a row in soccer, it was Trinity that had a poor start when a stray pass from midfield put St Michael’s through for a one on one. Trinity were 0-1 down in the first few minutes. Trinity continued to have large amounts of possession throughout the first half but were unable to create good opportunities going forward as they tried to solve the problem on the small congested pitch. White equalised before the break to go in at 1-1.

Trinity looked to spread the game wider and with more depth in possession. More effort was also needed in the second half and after Ryan Hooker put pressure on the goal keeper Lachlan Docherty tapped it home for the lead. St Michael’s equalised on the counter, before some poor choices put Trinity down to 10 men. Even with less players Trinity continued to control possession looking for a winner in normal time. A St Michael’s defender was also sent off and the 10 v10 opened the game up further in Trinity’s favour. Ryan White ran along the end line and sealed the win and his back to back Intercol medal.

A fitting end and goodbye to all graduating Year 12s; Sam Adejo, Lachlan Docherty, Felix Haron, Blake Harris, Mark Hooker, Ryan Hooker, Kyle Marley-McFall, Ryan White.

Intercol Medallists

  • Trinity College - Ryan White
  • St Michael's College - Johnny Finamore
Intercol Trinity and St Michaels First XI Boys soccer teams

Australian Children’s Author Visits During Book Week

August 24, 2023

Beloved Australian author, illustrator and art teacher Leigh Hobbs has been a special guest of the College during Book Week this year.

Leigh Hobbs was the Australian Children’s Laureate 2016/2017 and his books have enchanted and entertained children for generations. Though he works across a wide range of mediums, he is best known for the children’s books he has written and illustrated featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona The Pig, Mr Badger, The Freaks in 4F and Mr Chicken.

Old Tom was adapted into a popular French/Australian 52-episode animated TV series and Mr Chicken was adapted for the stage by the National Institute for the Dramatic Arts. Horrible Harriet was adapted for the stage and appeared in a production at The Sydney Opera House in 2017.

During the week he has visited all the EYs to Year 10 schools to host special drawing and characters sessions with students and on Tuesday evening, over 70 parents and students gathered in TICS to enjoy an entertaining and enlightening meet the author gathering. During this interactive session Leigh discussed his iconic characters as well as the importance of reading and drawing.

Leigh Hobbs said he was delighted to visit Trinity College and to have the opportunity to offer these sessions to our community as part of his visit during Book Week.

New Home for The Performing Arts at Trinity is Almost Complete!

August 23, 2023

The new Trinity College Theatre will be an amazing addition to the College community and I am thrilled to announce it is on track for the College to take ownership late in Term 3.

The 2023 College Musical – Bring It On! will be our first major event in the theatre, so I encourage you to buy tickets to this show when they go on sale.

This substantial investment in infrastructure, combined with new areas of focus and enhanced teaching, will position the College to better achieve our goal of enriching desirable graduate qualities. We know a comprehensive Performing Arts program boosts confidence in students, enhances communication skills, fosters creativity, builds resilience and improves critical thinking. The amazing new theatre will provide an exciting and unique opportunity which will have a profound influence on students and the community alike.

The significant benefits and opportunities that the new theatre creates extend beyond the classroom. We know it will increase career paths for primary, secondary and adult students in arts, dance, drama or music studies. The theatre will help fill a void in the north of Adelaide for a modern ‘high end’ performance space. Of course, the theatre will accommodate and create unique opportunities for specialist dance, arts, drama or music academies.

With the College being located in a distinct geographical setting and its six schools spread across Gawler and local surroundings, I am delighted to reveal the name of our new Theatre will reflect this local geography, history and culture. There are three rivers that all meet nearby the College; the North Para River, South Para River and the Gawler River, with the connection point known as the Three Rivers site. Extensive consultation was undertaken with First Nations leaders, students and local historians. This meeting of rivers is reflected externally on the design of the building and in the landscaping, which has been developed in consultation with First Nations architects. Of course, we see the theatre as a special meeting place for our community, as was the Three Rivers for the local Kaurna people.

The new theatre utilises Kaurna language and will be known as the ‘Marnkutyi Parirna Theatre’ which in English translates to the ‘Three Rivers Theatre.’

This naming story is best told with the help of students and Uncle Mickey O’Brien.

Please enjoy this video about our Theatre name.

For such a significant building name, I can confirm the College has fully consulted and collaborated with the relevant bodies and therefore naming rights approval has been obtained.

This project, and by extension the name has been underpinned by guiding principles from

  • the College Strategic Plan,
  • our Reconciliation Action Plan,
  • our Cultural Safety and Inclusion Enrichment Plan,
  • and the Trinity Education Model.

We do hope that the Marnkutyi Parirna Theatre will be recognised as the leading performance arts hub in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. It will feature leading technology in acoustic, lighting and staging, providing an exceptional audience experience. I look forward to joining you one day soon in the Marnkutyi Parirna Theatre’ (Three Rivers Theatre) to watch our students shine on this impressive stage.

Nick Hately
Head of Trinity College

New Trinity College Marnkutyi Parirna theatre

Trinity Students Shine at ABODA Band Festival

August 21, 2023

On Thursday and Friday last week 114 Trinity students participated in the ABODA Band Festival achieving outstanding results

  • Senior Concert Band – GOLD
  • Middle School Band – SILVER
  • Stage Band 1 – SILVER
  • Stage Band 2 – BRONZE
  • South Year 5/6 Band – BRONZE

The opportunity to play for an adjudicator, to receive valuable feedback as well as the opportunity to watch other bands perform was a very valuable learning experience for our students and staff! Thank you to Andrew Newhouse and David Shigrov for their hard work, time and effort in conducting and preparing the bands for this competition. Thanks also to supporting staff Amanda Cox, the DAs and to Kerry Goode for her assistance with the organisation and admin. Congratulations and well done to all!

Trinity College music students during the ABODA Band Festival.

Trinity Students Excel at Mind Lab Olympics

August 14, 2023

Trinity College students excelled at the recent Mind Lab Olympics securing 10 of the possible 24 medals on offer.

The Mind Lab Program is a collection of hands-on strategy games that develop cognitive, emotional and social skills through play.

Students from Trinity College Blakeview, Trinity College Gawler River and Trinity College North joined students from St Peter’s Girls, Wilderness School and Pulteney Grammar to play seven rounds of four games (Abalone, Quoridor, Checkers and Octi) in two divisions Premier and Division 1. Students competed individually for medals and as a team for a place. Trinity College students were able to bring home three gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Not only did the students make us proud with their critical thinking skills to achieve fantastic results, they were outstanding in their social interactions, level of respect and beautiful manners that they displayed to all other adults and competitors. It was a very successful day!

Premier Division - Individual

  • Abalone - Lucas Andrews (Silver)
  • Quoridor - Sam Johns (Bronze)
  • Checkers - Lucy Winchester (Gold)
  • Octi - Larissa Xanthopoulos + Ashmit Dileesh (Gold)

Premier Division - Overall Team

  • 2nd - Trinity College North
  • 3rd - Trinity College Blakeview
  • 7th Trinity College Gawler River

Division 1 - Individual

  • Abalone - Alex Nguyen + Pearl Sachdeva (Silver)
  • Quoridor - Elise Livingstone (Silver)
  • Quoridor - Sam Keen (Bronze)
  • Checkers - Griffin Scott (Silver)

Division 1 - Overall

  • 2nd – Trinity College North
  • 3rd – Trinity College Blakeview
  • 6th – Trinity College Gawler River
Trinity Students achieving at Mind Lab Olympics 2023
The Trinity College North Team finished in second place in both the Premier Division and Division 1 at the Mind Lab Olympics

Students Excel at Balaklava Eisteddfod

August 07, 2023

On Friday 4 August, Rhys Young and James Skelton (Year 11), Erin Doudle (Year 10) and Jack Dexter (Year 9) took part in the Senior Instrumental Ensemble section in the Balaklava Eisteddfod.

They played superbly in their clarinet quartet. Each student has given an outstanding contribution to the rehearsals and preparation leading up to this event and were honoured to have been awarded not only first prize in the Senior Instrumental Ensemble section at the eisteddfod they won the Championship Trophy for the best Instrumental Ensemble overall on the day!

The adjudicator of the competition, a well-known local music educator, raved about their mature playing and the enjoyment they were able to generate and share with the audience.

Congratulations and well done to all!

Trinity College clarinet quartet at the at Balaklava Eisteddfod.

Gawler River Presents Frozen JR

August 04, 2023

An impressive display of young talented students wowed audiences with a brilliant, high-quality production of Frozen JR last week.

Audiences packed out the Senior Studio for five performances and were thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Frozen JR tells a tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna of Arendelle who must overcome obstacles in their relationships and survive adventures, with the help of new friends, to find an act of true love.

The cast, both lead and supporting were outstanding. Even though the students were young, the whole performance was very professional and of a high standard.

Congratulations and well done to everyone involved!

2023 Ski Trip Exceeds Expectations

August 03, 2023

The 2023 snow trip was eagerly awaited, with many returning students from the previous year adding to the excitement. Their enthusiasm and positive influence inspired the newcomers, dispelling any initial nerves.

Students demonstrated remarkable resilience during their lessons and bonded through shared experiences. Subsequently, they were blessed with bluebird days every day, offering picturesque skies and perfect conditions on the slopes.

Each morning began free snow play and afternoon lessons, showcasing exceptional teamwork and college pride.

The trip fostered new friendships, skill mastery, and overall well-being, creating an unforgettable and cherished experience for all. The countdown for the next trip had already begun among those eager to relive the adventure in 2024.

Source: Mel Lavis
Ski Trip Co-ordinator