Newsletter 21 October 2019

From The Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of TCC

This week our Year 12s will participate in their final Assembly and take formal leave of us.

For some, this brings to an end a fourteen-year journey; for others a journey of fewer years at TCC.

Irrespective of the length of the journey, it is our prayer that every student will take all of the knowledge they have gained over these years and use it as a platform for the next exciting chapter of their lives.


The subject-based knowledge they have gained will serve to get them into a job or an apprenticeship; a university or a TAFE – but their knowledge and understanding of God, and their understanding and acceptance of their place in His Kingdom, will set them up for a life of meaning and purpose.

Our Vision Statement directs us to “…develop people of influence who engage life from a Christian worldview…”  We count it a victory if we have been able to assist our students to any degree down this path of understanding and doing.

Please join me in praying for our Senior Classes as they prepare to enter this new chapter in their lives.


Bill Innes

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Primary News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for Term 4!

The students have settled into the routine of school after the holidays very quickly. It is a nine week term, so it is important that the students focus on finishing the semester well and working hard to do their best. We commenced this week with a WS Welcome Assembly, where Mr Innes gave a welcome to everyone, then he made the announcement of Mr Matt Splatt being appointed as the new Head of Primary for 2020. I want to take this opportunity of congratulating Mr Splatt and pray God’s blessing on him as he begins this exciting new chapter in his life and the Primary School. Mr Splatt has been on staff at TCC for 15 years, and in that time, he has had various roles such as Year 4 Teacher, Year 5 Teacher, PE Teacher, IT Teacher, Student Development Coordinator, and one of the Primary Leadership Team members. He is very passionate about what he does, and I know that he will continue to be a blessing to the college. 

ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) Testing

This week, we have been doing PAT Testing. The staff and students have been busy working on these tests to help identify areas where we can assist the students. 

Here is some background information about the ACER PAT Testing:

ACER’s Progressive Achievement Test approach is used in thousands of schools in Australia and around the world. The approach focuses on assessing and monitoring student growth over time and is underpinned by an understanding that students of the same age and in the same year of school can be at very different points in their learning and development. ACER’s approach is informed by a growth mindset – tailoring teaching to the needs of the individual learner to advance the progress of every student, regardless of their starting point.

Progressive Achievement Tests are designed to provide objective, norm-referenced information to teachers about their students’ skills and understandings in a range of key areas. In adopting and using Progressive Achievement Tests to investigate and diagnose student learning and to monitor progress over time, teachers are working within a growth mindset, with the benefits of targeted teaching, increased levels of student engagement and improved learning outcomes. For more information, go to the ACER link below:

Australian Government Assistance for the Year 6 Canberra Trip 2019

At the end of Term 3, the Year 6 Students had a fabulous time in Canberra & Sydney on an Educational Tour of the National Capital. It was a wonderful trip and a memorable experience for all concerned!

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship Education. To assist parents in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $240 per eligible student, under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Program toward the Travel Expenses incurred. (This contribution is paid directly to the school upon the completion of the excursion.)

On behalf of Thornlie Christian College, I would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program. The excursion was a rewarding experience for all students, and we are planning another trip next year for the Year 6 Classes.

Activities undertaken as part of the Educational Tour are listed below:

  • Sat. 21st Sept. – Sydney
    • Depart Perth
    • Arrive Sydney (Stay at YMCA Olympic Park)
    • Travel to Katoomba, Blue Mountains
      • Visit the Three Sisters
      • Scenic Railway/Cableway/Skyway
      • Historical Walk
  • Sun. 22nd Sept. – Sydney
    • Sydney Harbour Captain Cook Cruise
    • Circular Quay
    • Sydney Opera House
    • Travel to Canberra by Coach
  • Mon. 23rd Sept. – Canberra
    • Royal Australian Mint
    • Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre
    • National Capital Exhibition
    • Government House
  • Tues. 24th Sept. – Canberra
    • CSIRO Discovery Centre
    • National Gallery of Australia
    • Mt Ainslie Lookout
    • Australian Institute of Sport
    • Electoral Education Centre
  • Wed. 25th Sept. – Canberra
    • Parliament House – Tour + PEO Groups
    • National Museum of Australia
    • ANZAC Parade Walk
    • Australian War Memorial
    • Telstra Tower
  • Thurs. 26th Sept. – Canberra
    • Floriade Festival
    • Reconciliation Place
    • High Court of Australia
    • Embassy Drive
  • Fri. 27th Sept. – Canberra
    • Questacon – National Science & Technology Centre
    • Parliament House – Guided Tour/PEO Role Play
    • Depart Canberra/Arrive Perth

It was a great experience for the Staff and Students of TCC, and I would like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution the Australian Government has made through the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate.

Important dates in the Primary School for Term 4

Week 2

  • PS Assembly – Student Leaders – Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Year 12 Final Assembly – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • TCC House Jumps and Throws – Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • TCC House Athletics Carnival – Friday, October 25, 2019

Week 3

  • TCC Kindy to Year 2 Carnival – Friday, November 1, 2019

Week 4

  • WACSSA Inter-school Jumps & Throws Carnival – Monday, November 4, 2019
  • WACSSA Inter-school Athletics Carnival – Thursday, November 7, 2019

Week 7

  • Primary School Christmas Concert – Friday, November 29, 2019

Week 8

  • PS Awards Assembly – Monday, December 2, 2019
  • PS Special Assembly ‘Year 6 Class of 2019’ – Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Week 9

  • Last day for Students – Tuesday, December 10, 2019

*More details regarding the above calendar events will be sent out prior to the event, and please check the calendar for other events happening in the Primary School.


Enjoy the rest of the week, and I look forward to seeing you at school and at different events throughout Term 4. God bless you!


Kind regards,


Neville Stanway

Head of Primary

Secondary News

Welcome back to all families.  This week will witness the end of formal schooling for our Year 12 students and for some the beginning of their final revision programme in preparation for the forthcoming WACE examinations. As in previous years, this week will be full of farewell activities including the annual Senior School River Cruise,  their year group breakfast, the whole College final assembly, the traditional Valedictory Service and Dinner and to wind up the year the Senior School Awards and Presentation evening.

On behalf of the staff, I wish them well with all that lies ahead, between now and the Awards and Presentation evening. I wish them every success, happiness and fulfilment in the future. Our thoughts and prayers go with them as they begin a very exciting phase in their lives.  Thank you to each one of them for the contribution they have made in so many facets of College life.

It is appropriate that we acknowledge the contribution of the departing Prefects and thank them for their commitment, efficiency, approachability and the relationship they have built with the many other students right across the College both Primary and Secondary and the way they have led by example. 

I would also like to thank the other Year 12 members of the Student Leadership Team for the way they have fulfilled their duties in their respective roles.  It has been a very successful year.

Year 12 Final Senior School Assembly

This assembly was the last that the Prefect team lead and organize so it is traditional that it be an assembly where certificates are given out for Academic Achievement and for Appreciation recognising Leadership responsibilities for the Year 12’s. The assembly concluded with a fun activity involving other members of the Senior School.  This year saw the Student Councillors represent their Form in a Kahoot Quiz reflecting on their knowledge of College rules and events that had happened over the year. Abbi Ceniza Year 10 was declared the winner for her Form.

Prefects in Training

Twenty-One Year 11 students have nominated to be Prefects for 2020.  Following their written applications and their speeches, they are now in the third stage of the process,  “Prefects in Training”, where they will work with the current Prefects until they leave and staff have the opportunity of observing them in their capacity of prospective leaders. Each was presented with their Prefects in Training badges at the assembly last week.  The fourth stage is an interview with Mr Innes and Mrs Balding and the Prefects for 2020 will be announced at the Awards Evenings at the end of the year. We wish all of them the very best as they consider this important role for the coming year.

Senior School River Cruise

By the time you receive this newsletter, the annual Senior School River Cruise held last Saturday will be over so we will report on this popular event in the next newsletter. A fun-filled evening was organized by the Entertainment and Functions committee of Nathanla Naidoo, Hayley Bowling and, Lynelle Taylor cruising the river on the vessel, The CUBE.  A record number of over 145 students and staff attended this year.

Year 12 Final Assembly

The whole College community will come together to farewell the 2019 Year 12’s at their Final Assembly on Wednesday, October 23 at 11.00 am in the Multi-Purpose Hall.  There will be items and farewell messages from the different schools and the Year 12’s will have the opportunity of saying farewell. An invitation is extended to all of the College community to join with them at this important assembly, witness a memorable finale on the oval and to share in a cup of tea after the assembly.

Year 12 Valedictory Service and Dinner

The Valedictory Service and Dinner is to be held on Friday, October 25 and will be held at the Mills Park Function Centre, Beckenham.  The service will commence at 6.15 pm followed by the Dinner. The waitering will be done by our Year 10 and 11 Hospitality students. An invitation is extended to all of the Year 12’s, their parents/guardians, College staff and College Board members. 

WACE examinations

The Year 12 ATAR students sitting the WACE examinations will sit the exams at Carey Baptist College.  The first exam commences on October 30 and concludes for our students on November 15. We ask the College community to remember our students in prayer as they prepare and sit for these in a couple of weeks time.

I look forward to reporting in the next edition of the Newsletter all of the exciting events that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks.

Dates For Your Diary

October 23           Year 12 Final Day and whole College assembly

October 25           Year 12 Valedictory Service and Dinner

October 30           WACE Examinations commence

November 4         Year 11 Examinations commence

November 4         Year 11 Work Place Learning

November 11        Year 10 an Middle School Examinations commence

November  15-17 Year 12 Leavers Retreat

November 20       Year 11 Final Day

November 21        Middle School Drama Production

November 20-22 Year 10 Adventure Camp

November 22       Middle School Orientation Day (note change from November 8)

November  25      Year 10 Rotary Ryder Driver Safety programme

November 26       Year 10 Final Day

November 27        Senior School Awards and Year 12 Presentations evening

December 10        Final Day for Middle School

                                Middle School Awards Evening


Helen Balding

Head of Secondary

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