Newsletter 9 September 2019

From The Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of TCC

It has been just over a week now since the exciting announcement of the College’s intent to introduce a new name for our College. It has been heartening to receive so much positive feedback from our community!

 Having said that, we have also received some queries that require addressing. To ease any concerns, I will directly address the three main issues that have been brought to my attention:


1. Does this mean that the College is severing its relationship with our founding church, Thornlie Church of Christ?

Not in the slightest. Our relationship with TCoC (and SRCoC) has never been stronger. Pastor Renier, Pastor Terry and I are committed to uniting in our efforts to be salt and light to our broader community. Our founding vision of a Christian College that embraces faith-based education remains true.


2. Does this mean that the College is moving away from its distinctly Christian character?

No. In fact, it is envisaged that the College’s new name will strongly reflect our Christian distinctive. We strongly believe that we are called to provide our own special brand of distinctly Christian education to families within our broader community for whom this is important. The decision to introduce a new College name was borne from the requirement to more accurately reflect our identity as a contemporary Christian College. I would like to reassure our community that our distinctly Christian heritage is top of mind and the new College name will accurately reflect who we are and what we stand for.


3. Will there be costly uniform changes?

No. Our branding, as we currently operate, is considered to be very strong and therefore does not need to change. This includes our College colours, our uniform and the Biblical elements contained within our College crest. The only change envisaged is a modernisation and refreshing of the existing College Crest (to coincide with the new name) and this will be phased in over two years.

We believe that our name change can only strengthen and clarify our Christian positioning within our community. 

Please keep the questions coming, we value the feedback of our community and endeavour to ensure that you can be as excited and comfortable with this change as we are!


Bill Innes


General News





To be held on Tuesday 24th September 2019 commencing at 7pm in the Thornlie Christian College Staffroom at 19 Furley Road, Southern River WA


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Primary News

Dear Parents,

The term is going by very quickly, and it is busy as usual. The staff and students have been working hard to get things ready for Open Day this Saturday. There has been a lot happening in the Primary School with the PP Father’s Night, the 2020 Canberra Trip Information meeting for the Year 5 Parents, the Year 2 Chromebook Parent meeting, the Year 6 Michael J Concert LOTE excursion, Free-dress day Sausage Sizzle, PS Chapel, etc. With Open Day coming up this Saturday 14th September (11 am to 3 pm), it is a great opportunity to come along with your family & friends and see what the students have been doing in class. There will be student learning activities happening in the Primary School plus displays of the various learning areas in the Secondary School. It will be a great day celebrating our 35th Anniversary as a Christian College!

Famous Author Visit – Maurice Gleitzman

Last Tuesday, the Year 6 students were visited by best-selling Australian children’s author and the 2018/9 Australian Children’s Laureate winner, Morris Gleitzman. ‘The Laureate is an honour awarded to an acclaimed Australian creator of Children’s and Youth literature who has made a significant contribution to the Children’s Literature Canon of this country.’

Morris’s books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Snot Chocolate and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe. Morris shared with the student’s the secret to writing bestselling books, which you will need to speak to the students about. Both the students and staff who came to hear him speak were enriched by his humour and advice.

PS Assembly

The 4SK Class hosted the PS Assembly last week, and they did a wonderful job presenting their items with the Primary School. Well done to Mr Kennedy and the Year 4SK Students!

Here are some photos from the Year 4SK Assembly:

The Merit Award recipients from Week 6 were:


Student’s Name Class
Ezra Rauth PDM
Mikella Abeysinghe Arachchige PDM
Jecinta Abdel-Messeh PKH
Clayton Dharmadi PKH
Emily Tan 01ID
Noah George 01ID
Darren Sushil 01JC
Baxter Cox 01JC
Joshua Shanhun 02BS
Christian Rejo 02BS
Jaaziah Ratunigaloa 02BS
Christa Rankine 02VN
Hezekiah Senanayake 02VN
Jeshua Tassell 02VN
Jesutoyosi Malomo 03AC
Lachlan Jenkyn 03AC
Kaitlyn Gillespie 03ME
Tony Pham 03ME
Gurlove Singh 04SK
Ruth Quick 04SK
Xander Messina 04DH
Aiden Odendaal 04DH
Bonnie-Sue Oliver 04DH
Jaeda Didsman 05FH
Michael Mchechesi 05FH
Sofia Fasalo 05LH
Michael Sopi 05LH
Scarlett Florisson 06JW
Joshua Dean 06JW
Tory Bryce 06MM
Micah Chelliah 06MM

CUA School Fun Run/Primary Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to all the students for competing for their House, and well done to those who won their race. The first three students across the line automatically qualify to represent the college at the WACSSA Inter-School Cross Country Carnival later this term. 

Here are some photos from the Cross Country:

Coming up in the Primary School

  • Week 8 – Open Day – 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday 14th September
  • Week 9 – No School College Holiday on Monday 16th September

Enjoy the rest of the week, and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday for our Open Day!


Kind regards,


Neville Stanway

Head of Primary

Secondary News

Once again another two weeks have slipped by with a flurry of activity happening in the Secondary School.  I encourage you to read on and see for yourself what has been happening.


Course Information Evening

A reminder to our current Year Nine (Year 10 2020) parents that the Subject and Course Information evening will be held on September 10 in the Library at 5.30 pm.  Parents will have received their invitation to attend and have been asked to indicate their attendance or not, by completing the on line form. We look forward to an evening of sharing what we will be offering here at the College in the Senior School.

Open Day in the Secondary School

Open Day is just around the corner, Saturday September 14.There will be a display of work from many of the subject and course areas and many of the students will also be performing musical  and dance performances and the Textiles department, their Fashion Parade. In the Multi Purpose Hall, there will be displays, exhibiting the work of our students in Visual Arts , Home Economics and Textiles, Material and Design Wood, Children, Family and Community, Health and Physical Education, and Indonesian.   In our Library, we will be displays from the English, Mathematics, HASS, Biblical Studies, and Careers learning areas. The Media departments will have their own exhibition in the Media Centre and the Science will have plenty of activity happening in one of the Science Laboratories. The Hospitality students will once again tempt you to visit their Café, a place to have a break and chat with friends over a cuppa and a choice of delicious cakes.

Visual Art and Fashion Exhibition  

The annual Opening Night of the  Visual Art and Fashion exhibition will be held on Thursday September 12.  This is a display of Visual Art, the work of students across the Secondary School and an amazing Fashion Parade of garments made by students from Year 7 through to 12  who have studied either Home Economics, Creative Sewing and Applied Fashion and Textiles.  We also have some of our Primary School students modelling outfits made by the Senior students which following the parade will be sent to missions to provide clothing to those children. The Mayor of Gosnells will be opening the exhibition at around 7.00 pm and an invitation is extended to all families of the College Community and beyond to  come along and see the talent in this practical subject area.

Free Dress Day  Term Three – “Retro” was the theme!

The Free Dress Day and Sausage Sizzle lunch was held last Friday and there was certainly a splash of colour around the campus. Monies raised from the Free Dress went to the College Mission Project and the Sausage Sizzle money to the Lions Eye Institute. Thank you to all who supported this event. 

The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

 Last Friday representatives from the College had the opportunity of attending the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast held at the Crown Ballroom, Burswood.  Over 1,000 people were present, including The Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable, Mr Kim Beasley AC and special guest speaker Mr Brian Pickering who gave an insightful message about how God does answer your prayers. He is the National Coordinator of the Australian Prayer Network.  The Breakfast was an occasion where Western Australia’s leaders could meet for fellowship and prayer, giving thanks to God and to unite in intercession for our State and Nation.

Joanna Raji, Braedon Turner, Mr Beasley, Lachlan Wallis and Lily Smith



Over the Term, the Year Seven students have been learning about Physics and in particular, engineering and forces. They were provided with the opportunity to build on their knowledge and further develop their STEM skills in a four week extension course. Their task was to work in groups and design a protective device. It needed to allow an egg to be dropped from a controlled height of two meters repeatedly and remain fully intact.

The lessons were divided into theory and practical, allowing time for research and design, as well as engaging building time. On our last week, the students were able to compete against each other to find out which group had built the most successful device. They used concepts based on the Physics they had previously learnt. Although all groups passed the first trial and their eggs remained in good condition, several devices were damaged in the falls. This impacted them in our second trial when only one group was able to pass all three drops without any visible damage to either their device or egg. Our winning group consisted of the following members: Carol Bekheet, Jesse Cikara, Lillian Devincentis and Rakiah Kellahan. These girls worked each week diligently and were able to demonstrate a high level understanding of the Physics concepts in both the theory and practical components covered in this course. Congratulations not only to this group, but all of the Year 7’s who participated!

Mrs Bronwyn Arcilla

Science Teacher

Jesse, Carol, Lillian & Rakiah


Middle School Assembly

As part of the Leadership programme within the College, the Student Councillors in the Middle School are given the opportunity of leading the Assemblies. Last week the Year Sevens, Jamie Bryce, Arjun Uresh Kumar, and Isaac Samuel were given their first opportunity to display their leadership skills. They are to be congratulated on the way they led the assembly. 

To conclude English Week there was the exciting Spellathon Finals, fifteen rounds of words to spell.  The winner for 2019 was Neill Becker. Congratulations to all of the finalists.

Following, were the presentations of Achievement Certificates in recognition of a variety of achievements in many facets of College life. It was also exciting to see so Merit Certificates presented and the Students of the Month,  Year 7, Rakiah Kellahan, Year 8, Neill Becker and Year 9, Hannah Kingsford recognised with the most number of Merits for the month and presented with their badge. 

Mrs Lee Learning Area Coordinator - English
Niranjana Manoj, Carol Bekheet, Neil Becker, Brandon Didsman, Zetong Zhao, Jessica Sharma, Charmaine Kazomba, Josue Javanez
Winner Neil Becker

Student of the Month

Rakiah Kellahan Neil Becker Hannah Kingsford

Selection of Prefects for 2020

There has been a keen interest in students from Year 11 contemplating the responsibilities of leadership on the College Student Leadership Team for 2020.  This is encouraging. Nomination Forms are now available and those standing will present an election speech on Thursday September 19 at a joint Middle School and Senior School Assembly.  Following the assembly the students and staff will cast a vote by secret ballot. Parents are very welcome to join us at the assembly to support their child.                             



Inter-House Athletic Carnival

Despite the change of date for our Inter House Athletics Carnival, students were ready and full of great competitive spirit. The atmosphere was thrilling, with a lot of team spirit, and hardworking participants and staff. A great way to end the year. Congratulations to Levi for winning the shield, and to Reuben for proving they are a force to reckon with.


1st place LEVI 3875 King of the Track     Talbot Renyard 11.51 seconds

2nd place JOSEPH 3713 Queen of the Track  Tegan Cikara 13.90 seconds

3rd place: REUBEN 3370

4th place JUDAH 3086

Individual Results 

AGE Gender Field Events Champion Track Events Champion Overall Runner Up Overall Champion
U/13 GIRLS Grace Pryce 

Selina Norman

Pearl Ekbote Pearl Ekbote Selina Norman
U/13 BOYS Zidane D’Sylva Zidane D’Sylva Kien Macables Zidane D’Sylva
U/14 GIRLS Viktoria Vranyak Tadiwa Dzowa Tadiwa Dzowa Viktoria Vranyak
U/14 BOYS Gurbaz Singh Isaac Seubelan Brandon Didsman Ethan Bennett
U/15 GIRLS Alessia Schmiedegen Skye Meiselbach Chanelle Piipponen Skye Meiselbach
U/15 BOYS Rhett Grinceri Thabo Mazibuko Nathan Shenton Rhett Grinceri
U/16 GIRLS Lily Anderson Erina Hong Nicole Kwidzai Erina Hong
U/16 BOYS Kyle Lumsden Kyle Lumsden Zander Mostert Kyle Lumsden
U/17 GIRLS Tayla McAuslan Misty Ross Tayla McAuslan Misty Ross
U/17 BOYS Wapa Majinda Jackson Halse Jackson Halse Luke Forrester
U/19 GIRLS Tegan Cikara Tegan Cikara Llain McNamara Tegan Cikara
U/19 BOYS Tiger Ross Tiger Ross Talbot Renyard Tiger Ross


Broken Records

Age Event Name  Time/Distance
u/13 G Hurdles Selina Norman 18.30s
u/15 G Hurdles Alessia Schmiedegn 16.22s
u/16 G Hurdles Erina Hong 19.31s
u/17 G Hurdles Misty Ross 17.85s
u/19 G Hurdles Tegan Cikara 18.70s
u/16 B Hurdles Kyle Lumsden 15.74s
u/17 B Hurdles Jackson Halse 18.10s
u/15 G Discus Alexandra Nwelue 20.81m
u/19 B  Discus Tiger Ross 36.83m
u/15 G Shot Put Nicole Kwidzai 9.09m
u/15 B  Javelin Rhett Grinceri 38.29m
u/19 B Javelin Ranil Thomas 40.70m
u/19 G Javelin Tegan Cikara 24.50m
u/13 G High Jump = record: Niranjana Manoj 1.30m
u/16 G High Jump Lily Anderson 1.50m
Open relay  4 x 100m Calvin Moylan

 Zac Burbridge

Tiger Ross

Masimba Mbetu

50.13s Reuben


Senior School River Cruise

The annual Senior School River Cruise has once again been organized by the Entertainment and Functions committee of Nathania Naidoo, Hayley Bowling, Aicha Rida and Lynelle Taylor.  This is to be held on Saturday October 19. Payment and parent permission is now due for the River Cruise which promises to once again be a fantastic evening with all the discussion at the moment centered around what to wear to be in tune with the theme “ A Night at the Oscars”.

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 them at this important assembly, witness a memorable finale 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 and following, a dinner. The waitpersons will be 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.  

Dates For Your Diary

September 9            Inter-School ACC Athletics Carnival

September 10          Current Year 9 (Year 10 2020)  Subject Information Evening

September 12          Visual Art and Fashion Parade Opening Night

September 14          College Open Day 

September 16          College Holiday

September 27          Last day for Term 3

September 28 – Oct 4   WACE Practical Exams – (Physical Ed Studies)

October 7-11  –        Year 12 ATAR Subjects Internal Final Examinations

October 14              Term 4 commences

October 19              Senior School River Cruise

October 23              Year 12 Final Day and whole College assembly

October 25              Year 12 Valedictory Service and Dinner

October 30             WACE Examinations commence

November  15-17   Year 12 Leavers Retreat

November 20        Year 11 Final Day

November 20-22  Year 10 Adventure Camp

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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