A night to remember: Year 12 Trinity Catholic College students celebrate the year that was | Goulburn Post

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With a year full of distractions, Trinity Catholic College year 12 students finally received respite as they enjoyed their graduation dinner on Wednesday, November 18. Here are the photos from the night. Photos are courtesy of the Trinity Catholic College Facebook page. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.


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Jonah and Ella team up to lead Trinity Catholic College from term four | Goulburn Post

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You couldn’t name a better duo to lead Trinity Catholic College in the next 12 months. Jonah Gear and Ella Park head into their role of school captaincy with the perfect frame of minds. Jonah applied for the role because he felt he was well suited to lead from the front. READ ALSO: Inspiring Jess chalks up a win for women in agriculture “I thought I would be a good fit for the role and I feel like I work well with responsibility,” Jonah said. “I also wanted to be a voice for people and to inspire people to do the best they can.” Ella felt she owed it to the school to lead and to have a positive impact on the students. “I really wanted to give back to the school which has given me so much,” Ella said. READ ALSO: Community organisations can now apply for new clubgrants funding “Hopefully, I can help deliver what I can to make as many changes and benefits to the school as possible and to make it great for following years.” The two highlighted their main goals and explained how they would deliver it. “I want to make sure everyone appreciates their own talents and gifts,” Gear said. “I just want everyone to represent and lead the school in their own way.” “I want to solidify a sense of community in the school especially after the impact of COVID-19,” Ella said. READ ALSO: Cannabis lands Goulburn motorist in court for the fourth time “I want to help reunite individuals, especially through their individuality.” They say you learn from the best, so that was why Jonah paid close attention to the way the previous captains went about their job. “We’ve learnt it’s always important to ask for help when you need it and not to do anything on your own,” he said. Jonah Gear and Ella Park will officially begin their roles in term four. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.



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Trinity Catholic College Year 12 Class of 2020 praised for resilience and resolve | Goulburn Post

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With only a few weeks to go, our Year 12 students are preparing for the last major challenge that will see them complete their final year of school – the HSC Examinations. But looming exams, copious amounts of content to learn for each subject, assessment tasks, and all the other challenges that come with being in Year 12 were compounded this year by a global pandemic not seen in our lifetime. And, while it’s important to recognise the chaos which has characterised 2020 and been felt the world over, it really has been a tough year for our Year 12 students. READ MORE: COVID has cancelled events, limited students’ opportunity to participate in sports and extracurricular activities, denied their access to Year 12 privileges such as the Common Room, created uncertainty about their future and has caused students to adjust to new normals of hand sanitiser, physical distancing, remote learning and COVID-safe events. Yet, our Year 12 cohort has demonstrated a seemingly endless capacity to accept, adapt and recalibrate. Their resilience and resolve has been inspiring. In accordance with Trinity’s school theme for 2020, our Year 12s have done what is necessary and what is possible in order to achieve the impossible. We are so proud of our Class of 2020 Year 12 students. We wish them the very best in their exams, and in life beyond school. While it has been a difficult year for all, it has also been uplifting seeing everyone work together and supporting one another. The resilience, adaptability and endurance our Year 12s have shown this year are positive attributes which will serve them well for their life ahead. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.


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Roebourne Holy Trinity church revived after decades of neglect and ready for 125th birthday

The oldest church in Australia’s north-west has been revived after decades of neglect and near collapse, thanks in part to a large anonymous donation.

The small stone Holy Trinity Church is perched on Welcome Hill overlooking Roebourne, the first town gazetted in Australia’s north-west more than 150 years ago.

When Richard Goscombe arrived to take up the role of Anglican Minister in 2009, it was literally falling apart, with gaps in the stone walls, cracked windows seized shut decades earlier, from the harsh outback conditions.

Much work was needed

Mr Goscombe said the church’s window frames “had just about dissolved”.

“Much of the glass was cracked or gone, and the stonework had suffered from the moisture and salt,” he said.

“The north-west and south-west corners were actually marching away from the rest of the building — you could see right through the gap.”

The Holy Trinity church in 1929. The rectory was built in 1897.(Supplied)

Fortunately, a German stonemason was travelling through the area as a backpacker.

David Baessler had restored churches in Europe but did not expect he would find work doing the same in the Pilbara desert.

He ended up staying, and the pair started working together, bit by bit, repairing the electrics, gathering small donations from the community, and applying for grants.

Cyclone Christine last blow

Then Cyclone Christine smashed into the region in 2013, destroying the porch and almost leaving the church in ruins.

The church’s predecessor lasted 12 years before it was destroyed in a cyclone in 1894.

“After Cyclone Christine, there was major damage to the front porch and also to the main roof,” Mr Baessler said.

After two years, the insurance payout finally came through, and the restoration began in earnest.

Mr Goscombe, who now lives in NSW, said grants from the National Trust and Heritage Council of WA followed, along with a sizeable donation from an anonymous benefactor who had heard about the project from afar.

mid shot of two workers - the Anglican Church's Matt Warth, and builder David Baessler, at the open doors to the church
Matt Warth from the Anglican Church and builder David Baessler outside the newly renovated Holy Trinity church in Roebourne.(ABC Pilbara: Karen Michelmore)

Mr Baessler described the restoration — which included the roof, creating shutters, the unique lead lighting and a complete interior render — as “the chance of a lifetime”.

Much of it was done by hand — matching the work and trying to reveal trade secrets from a century earlier.

“As a normal tradesman to get your hands on something like this, it’s phenomenal.”

Unexpected secrets

He said it was “challenging at times”.

“A lot of the trade secrets are lost,” he said.

“We find it difficult to understand how these guys saw it 120 years ago. The skills that these guys had was outstanding — it lasts a long time, to try to copy that to the best you can, is quite challenging.

“You don’t know what you are getting into.”

White washed vestibule and unique led lighting showing Sturt Desert Pea
The newly restored Holy Trinity Church was the first church in the north-west of Western Australia.(ABC Pilbara: Karen Michelmore)

The renovations unveiled some other unexpected secrets, including newspapers dating back to 1893 found within the shell.

Excited about potential

Wickham community chaplain Matt Warth said he was thrilled to be handed the keys this week.

“It’s been a long time coming for the doors to be open as they are.

“There’s a bit of a buzz and a bit of excitement about what could potentially happen with this space now,” Mr Warth said.

“I remember the first time I laid eyes on it, and it was just this decrepit old building and now to see it in such a grand state, you could almost feel like you are thrown back to that time when it was first built.”

Mr Goscombe said the church would hold monthly services from early next year, ahead of a formal reopening to mark the belated 125th anniversary in May.

“It’s been a long haul, but it’s been absolutely wonderful to see it rescued from falling into ruin and become not just a testimony to the past of Roebourne, but a part of its future,” he said.

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