COVID-19

Trinity Theological College is committed to continuing in its mission to train people for effective Christian service under these new circumstances. Our primary concern in this context is for the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and all other members of the Trinity community.

A summary of our current response is:

  • The College premises, including the library, is closed to all students and non-essential visitors. All events have been cancelled and refunds given if necessary.
  • We are in the process of moving classes to an online model using Zoom, following the same daily schedule as normal.
  • The rest of Semester 1 has been pushed back by 1 week to allow for training of students and faculty.
  • Students are encouraged to contact the Registrar office if they have any questions about these changes.
  • Trinity staff are continuing to work under appropriate hygiene and social distancing guidelines and are actively preparing to work remotely should the federal and/or state government issue additional restrictions that prevent work from Trinity House.

See below for specific information on these points.

Trinity is prayerfully and pragmatically responding as best we can in this circumstance, and we ask for your support. Please follow Government directives to mitigate the spread of the virus by following proper personal hygiene and isolation guidelines. Please follow Trinity procedures when visiting Trinity House. Please remain calm and prayerfully look for ways you can serve those around you who may need assistance. Above all, please keep your eyes on the one who is Father to us all.

 

Message from Principal Don West 

Dear Friends,

I would first like thank all those who have made contact with us at Trinity to ask how we are doing and who tell us they are praying for us. God is showing himself a well-proven help in our need at this time.

This week and next we at Trinity are preparing to deliver our courses live and online. We have added a week’s break so we can accomplish this (and other essential) tasks. I have been greatly encouraged at the way our staff are working together so our students may be cared for as they are equipped for present and future ministries.

With many, I have been meditating on the book of Psalms. I was struck again by Psalm 23:

     A Psalm of David

     1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
     2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
     He leads me beside still waters.
     3     He restores my soul.
     He leads me in paths of righteousness
         for his name’s sake.

     4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil,
     for you are with me;
         your rod and your staff,
         they comfort me.

     5 You prepare a table before me
         in the presence of my enemies;
     you anoint my head with oil;
         my cup overflows.
     6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         all the days of my life,
     and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
         forever.
(ESV)

In the first and the last stanzas, David declares who God is and what God is doing for him in the very midst of his trials. The LORD is my shepherd, he makes me lie down, he leads me, restores me. Even now, he says to God, you prepare a heavenly banquet in the face of my enemies, you bless me with heavenly riches and treasure.

In the central stanza, David applies all this to his heart. He has come to see that God’s presence (“for you are with me”) and his Word (“your rod and staff they comfort me”) are the only sure foundations he has, and he rests in them. He glorifies God as he sees that God is leading him in the paths of righteousness, yes, even in the midst of difficulties and trials. And finally he exalts in God, longing for his place in God’s heavenly temple to come into reality.

David, although speaking from his own circumstances, also by the Spirit speaks of Jesus. For it is Jesus who entered into the valley of death (and judgment), “entrusting himself to the one who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). We are “like sheep who have gone astray but now have returned, the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls“ (1 Peter 2:25).

Between these two verses stands 1 Peter 2:24: “‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the tree, that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, ‘by his wounds you have been healed’.” If our Shepherd has given himself for us in this way, we may be fully assured of the protecting and guiding presence of his Spirit in our circumstances. And, we have a Shepherd who has prepared a place for us and now nourishes us with food that lasts.

With every warm wish in Christ,

Don West

 

Health & Hygiene

Stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation at the following sites:

Please do not come to Trinity House for any reason. If you have entered the College premises in the last 14 days and are now presenting with symptoms, please follow our notification policy below.

 

Event Cancellation

All events of the College and associated with the College have been cancelled for this semester. Where necessary, full refunds will be given. If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@ttc.wa.edu.au or 08 9228 9067. We look forward to a time in the future when Trinity can once again host events where people come for fellowship, learning, and inspiration.

 

Trinity House

We asking all members of the Trinity community to refrain from visiting Trinity House. There is new signage around the building encouraging heightened personal hygiene and social distancing. We are asking everyone who enters the building to abide by these guidelines. Our staff will be enacting heightened procedures around cleanliness of common areas, surfaces, and wet areas. This includes twice-daily (at a minimum) sanitization.

 

Trinity Library

The Trinity Library is now closed in accordance with government restrictions. Any books on loan will automatically renew and any fines will be waived during this time. A process for giving students access to essential resources for assignments will be communicated to them by the Academic Dean. For access to Library resources online, click here.

 

Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town

The last two weeks of Term 1 of Trinity@Night has been cancelled. We are reviewing the situation in the next few weeks and will have an announcement in Mid-April as to if and how Term 2 will proceed.

Planned Trinity in Town events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We will liaise with local hosts around when these events will be rescheduled.

 

Information for Students

Trinity is committed to continuing the training of our students at this time. While the building may be closed, we will continue to gather online for learning and community.

The Australian College of Theology has some information that may help students at this time.

Student card access to the building has been disabled effective immediately.

The academic calendar for Semester 1 has been postponed by one full week. Semester 1 will restart the week of 6 April 2020. This decision means that:

  • All classes, assessment due-dates, examinations, class-free and study weeks are now one week later.
  • Units will hold their first Zoom sessions week of 6 April.
  • The Registrar Office are revising the academic calendar and assessment schedule.
  • Faculty and staff are being trained in online delivery of our units via Moodle and Zoom this week.
  • Resources for assessments will be made available to students online. Our Library team are busy scanning necessary resources for assignments.
  • Community aspects of the college such as pastoral care groups and mission prayer will continue, albeit in modified formats
  • The College will continue to engage with the wider Christian community on doing gospel-shaped ministry in this new and challenging context and into the future

Online Learning

Attendance to online classes should be considered the same as attendance to on campus classes. We will record attendance as usual for each class meeting. We ask that you sign into the Zoom sessions at the same time as you would normally walk into the classroom (on time we trust!). Weekly live attendance in your units will provide the best teaching and learning opportunities. They also afford us one of the better ways to support and pray for you.

We do realise the extraordinary circumstances in which we now live, and that you may be affected at some point in the semester. Therefore, if anything comes up in your week and you do not expect to be able to attend live Zoom class meetings, please notify your lecturer as soon as possible. We would like to know so that we can pray for you, not only keep attendance.

Each lecturer will set up the top section of their unit page on Moodle to give students links to each Zoom session. If you are unable to make a class, we will also provide video and audio recordings of the zoom lectures via a link in the top section of each Moodle unit page. There are documents in the Announcements for Students section of Moodle that will guide you through setting up your computer ready for Zoom and give some tips on learning well in a video-based teaching and learning context. Please read these before logging in, as they will help answer some of your questions.

Zoom Practice Week

Zoom practice classes will be running this week at the usual scheduled time. These classes will be accessible via the link in the Announcements for Students section of Moodle. We encourage you to participate in at least one training session in order to check that your set up will work.

If you have a Zoom or Moodle related question this week or in the weeks ahead, please use the dedicated email address: IT@ttc.wa.edu.au.

Recorded Lectures Available on Moodle

As part of our commitment that no student should be disadvantaged by these changes, we are providing recordings of lectures. If you cannot attend a live Zoom class meeting, or you want to review any lectures, you can watch the recording of the session later. The session should be available for viewing by 12:00pm the next day. Go to your relevant unit page in Moodle and select the link, “Zoom Recordings.”

Internet and Mobile Data

  1. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all announced bonus data inclusions and are offering extra data for mobiles and mobile broadband and internet.
  2. Aussie broadband has announced NBN plan upgrades.
  3. See here which has links to the providers who have made offers so far

Academic Calendar and Assessment Schedule

The academic calendar and assessment schedule both have been updated to reflect the one-week delay to the restart of semester 1. As previously announced, we will restart the week of 6 April. (Note: Don’s Biblical Theology unit began on Tuesday, 31 March.)

Please consult the assessment schedule for all new deadlines for your units. Both the academic calendar and assessment schedule are available on Moodle.

Assessments

Due to the exceptional nature of this semester, some lecturers have made appropriate adjustments to some assessments. We will be instructing you in each unit about these assessments. If you have questions about assessments, you should contact your lecturer first.

Library and Library Resources

The library is closed until further notice. We are working hard to provide online resources and/or digital scans of books for you for relevant assignments. Once they are compiled, we will let you know. You can continue to access the Library’s online resources via the website or Moodle. 

Student Support

Students should continue contacting the Registrar Office for student support services. For pastoral care, students should contact their Pastoral Care Group leader or their lecturers. There are also helpful support options available through the ACT website, for health, telehealth, mental health, and financial support.

 

Trinity COVID-19 Response Procedure

If a suspected case of COVID-19 occurs on the premises, Trinity has the following procedure in place:

  1. The person presenting with symptoms will be isolated, supported in accessing health services, and sent home.
  2. The potentially infected person will be asked to not return to the campus until it is confirmed by a health authority that they are not contagious and are in good health.
  3. The Trinity Business Manager, who is coordinating the critical response, will call the Public Health Information Hotline (1800 004 599) and seek advice.
  4. The college will notify students and staff that there is a possible case of infection under investigation.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs:

  1. Students, staff, and previous visitors to the College will be notified that the case is confirmed.
  2. Trinity will liaise with public health services and any advice received will be followed.
  3. Any persons associated with the college who had exposure to the infected person (i.e. face-to-face contact of 15mins or more or sharing a common space for 2 hours or more) will be asked to quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days.
  4. The College will be closed for a period of 14 days. Tenants will be advised of the situation.
  5. Alternative work arrangements will be made to facilitate adequate social distancing of staff and work from home arrangements will be maximally utilised for the period of 14 days.

 

Notification Policy

If you have come into contact with someone who is confirmed of having contracted COVID-19 and/or been diagnosed with COVID-19 yourself and have used Trinity House during the suspected incubation period (approximately 48 hours) please email our Business Manager Joe Triglone at business.manager@ttc.wa.edu.au or call the College on 08 9228 9067. If you need to call us outside of business hours, you can call the College mobile phone on 0456 713 851.

Remember to also isolate yourself at your place of residence and immediately contact the Health Direct Hotline – 1800 022 222 (24/7), or your usual doctor and inform them of your travel history or contact with a potential case of COVID-19. Please also reach out to your church community for pastoral and practical support.

 

Conclusion

Please join us in praying for our government, health services, and churches in their sacrificial response to these difficult circumstances. We know that our Heavenly Father is watching over us during this time, and we pray that His peace settles on you all.

If you have any specific prayer needs, please email development@ttc.wa.edu.au. We are putting together a prayer team that will respond to your requests.

Any questions can be directed to our Development & Communications Coordinator, Nat Brown, at nat.brown@ttc.wa.edu.au or 08 9228 9067.