Blessed Edmund Rice founded the Christian Brothers in 1802 in Waterford, Ireland.
Trinity College has its origins in the Christian Brothers College, St Georges Terrace, Perth, more commonly known as CBC Perth, which was founded by Bishop Matthew Gibney and Brother Ambrose Treacy in 1894.
Originally a school for boarders and day students alike, at the end of the academic year in 1937 the boarders and some of the day students of CBC Perth relocated to Mount Henry and established Aquinas College.
In 1962 CBC Perth relocated to East Perth and the College was renamed Trinity College. It is located on the river straddled by the causeway, the WACA and Gloucester Park.
A common misconception is that Trinity College was a newly established school in 1962. This is not true and is ill informed. Trinity College is the continuation of CBC Perth.
The Old Boys’ Association was established in 1903. As with the renaming of our original school from CBC Perth to Trinity College, so too was the Old Boys’ Association renamed Trinity Old Boys’ Association, more commonly known as TOBA.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Associations members convened in the Boardroom at Trinity College on the 22 July, 2013 the following Motion was presented by Mr. Darren Taggart (’83) in his capacity as President:
To Change the name of the Trinity College Old Boys’ Association to the Trinity College & CBC Perth Old Boys’ Association
To consider and if thought fit, to pass, with or without amendment, the following resolution as a special resolution
That, the name of the Trinity College Old Boys’ Association be changed to the Trinity College & CBC Perth Old Boys’ Association
The Motion was adopted without amendment at this meeting.
TOBA supports Trinity College in its vision to be a leader in the education of boys in the Edmund Rice tradition. Whether it be through supporting scholastic awards, drama and musical productions or PSA sport, TOBA is actively involved in the day-to-day life of Trinity College.
TOBA has a proud history of serving as the integral conduit between past students of CBC Perth and Trinity College with the College today. Examples of how this is manifested include; the Golden Heritage Club recognising former students who have graduated 50 or more years ago, coordination of all year group school reunions, the TOBA Golf Day and Sportsmen’s lunch, Trinity Sunday Mass and the many sundowners that occur almost on a monthly basis.
The ‘Trinity/TOBA News’ provides regular updates of past students current activities and TOBA has Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube which we encourage all Old Boys to join as a means of keeping in regular contact.
In addition to maintaining the connection between past students, TOBA provides support and sponsorship to Old Boys and their families in the form of student bursaries. These bursaries support the siblings of Old Boys who, due to financial constraints, would not otherwise be in a position to afford their son or grandson a premier Trinity College education.
In the spirit of Edmund Rice and the Christian Brother tradition, TOBA will continue to represent an institution of generosity, inclusiveness, excellence and community for all and to support Trinity College in achieving its goal in providing a holistic, quality Catholic education and empowering its students to be Men for Others.
Or, as we like to say at TOBA, KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE.
Know that everything’s accomplished…In Nomine Domini.