Trinity is renowned for its numerous clubs and societies and the ways they bring the College community together and contribute to its unique and vibrant character.
Resident students are encouraged to become involved with leadership and the management of a variety of committees that are critical to the rich and rewarding experience of residency. A number of roles attract fee reductions, often called ‘bursars’, ‘interns’ or ‘coordinators’. C&S roles are selected by democratic vote during Semester 2. Other roles are selected by a competitive application and interview process managed by staff and student leaders from the Residential College e.g. College Council representatives, photographers, Fleur-de-Lys Editor.
Clubs and societies at Trinity are coordinated by the Trinity College Associated Clubs (TCAC) Committee.
Trinity College Associated Clubs
The Trinity College Associated Clubs (TCAC) is an incorporated student association within the College, encompassing and representing all residents as members of the Junior Common Room. Eight TCAC Committee members are elected annually by the students. The Committee members are jointly responsible for organising and conducting a variety of cultural, sporting and social activities that enrich College community life and foster good fellowship among all its members and to organise wider community activities in which all students can participate.
Because the scope of each club’s activities is entirely up to the elected committees, the clubs and societies often differ from year to year. What does remain constant is the encouragement and welcome extended to all resident students to join in and enhance the College community experience.
Clubs and activities
Art appreciation outings and events, and creativity of all kinds from illustration to dance. The art society provides students with the opportunity to try a multitude of creative activities under the tuition of specialised instructors and talented students. You need not be trained nor have any ability/coordination – this club is designed for everyone to have a go!
Every year, Trinity puts on one of the best balls (if not the best ball) of the College Crescent. The Ball Committee is chosen and charged with such a challenge under the guidance and leadership of the TCAC’s Social Secretary. Theme, venue, decorations, price negotiations, advertising, ticket sales – all these (and plenty more) are managed by the Committee.
The Beer Budlay committee contributes significantly to the Trinity College social calendar. They are official bartenders and suppliers of V-Day, and provide students with some of the year’s most successful parties, which members can enjoy at discounted prices.
Beer Garden (student newspaper)
The Beer Garden is Trinity’s very own student-run newspaper. It fosters and facilitates debate on current issues and records the day-to-day life of Trinity. The editorial committee is assembled at the beginning of each year. The nominated editor-in-chief passes their discerning eye over all contributions – some make the cut, some don’t. However, contributions of all varieties are always welcome.
Billiards Room members have year-round access to the Trinity Billiards Room, with its full-sized billiards table, billiards/snooker balls, cues, chalk, a ‘foosball’ table, and some of the most comfortable couches on the crescent. Events include annual billiards and darts competitions and parties with discounted prices for members.
Buddies (Main O-Week)
A team of friendly O-week guides – their role is to help freshers settle in to the full College experience.
Bulpadok (literary journal)
The Bulpadok is the College’s literary journal. It is normally published annually and seeks contributions from any person associated with the College (past and present tutors and students, resident and non-resident students, Fellows, Council members). Its contents range from scholarly essays to poems and creative prose. Photographs, works of art, and even musical scores are also welcome. The C L H Pullar Prize is awarded annually for the best item to appear in the Bulpadok.
A team to coordinate and oversee rosters for student Bursary service in the Dining Hall.
Buttery (JCR Bar)
The Buttery is located in the Junior Common Room and is run by a Bar Manager with the aid of a Bar Treasurer, who are appointed each year. The Buttery sells beverages of all varieties at extremely reasonable (some might say ‘student’) prices in accordance with its primary aim of providing a welcoming social space within the College for residents to come, relax and enjoy.
After seeing how much fun the Tiger Tones were having with their irreverent renditions of pop songs, the Candystripes female a capella group was formed in 2008. This small ensemble focuses on singing contemporary pop and jazz. The aim is to have fun learning, singing and performing the songs, with the Justin Timberlake medley arranged by one of the members a particular highlight.
Cooking & Dining Society
The Trinity College Cooking Society provides opportunities to cook (and eat) throughout the year. Events include cooking tutes, guest chefs, casual basement cooking, knowing where to find the best campus coffee, dinner parties and, of course, we aim to hold a Trinity College Master Chef competition.
Cripps' Middle Common Room (MCR)
The postgraduate club.
All members of the College, resident and non-resident, are automatically members of the Dialectic Society, founded in 1877, and thus Australia’s oldest collegiate society. Its primary focus is the encouragement of oratory and the promotion of literary culture through intercollegiate, inter-building and comedy debates, public speaking and an essay-writing competition.
The Trinity College Drama Club, founded in 1879, is responsible for staging the College play in the first Semester each year. All resident students and tutors are invited to audition for parts or apply for support positions. The President of the Drama Club appoints the Captain of the Theatre Sports team, which competes in the Inter-collegiate Theatre Sports Competition. The results of this contribute toward the awarding of the Arts Shield.
The Edward Rowden White Collection (ER White Club)
Established in 1989 by the College Art Committee, which decided that monies raised from the sale of a John Brack painting would be invested and used to establish an Art Fund. Each year the student-run club is given a percentage of the earnings to purchase art for the College. Art purchased since that time includes works by photographer Bill Henson, painter Jenny Watson, sculptor Pamela Irving, Chinese Australian artist Guan Wei, and also Australia’s leading photo media artist, Anne Zahalka.
The Environment Committee is a group of students determined to implement changes around the College to ensure a sustainable future. They collaborate with administration as well as students to investigate solutions for water wastage, recycling and a number of the pressing concerns that the committee, as well as the planet, are increasingly forced to face.
The aim of the Film Society is simple: to provide entertainment of the cinematic variety to the College community. The Film Society caters for all tastes because everyone loves at least one movie – right? This club is all about getting together, socialising and watching great films along with some tasty refreshments.
A long, long time ago, in a far darker time (1995 to be exact), resident students Shem Fitzgerald, Richard Stanley and Simon Reith conceived a forum in which anonymous voting would lead to pointless collating of results and humorous (yet equally pointless) summaries of these results. This club trawls and polls the depths of the earth to learn the truth about Trinitarians. Newcomers will be told of the club Fitzstaneith Polling, which will forever live up to its mantra, ‘Go Fitz yourself!’.
The Fleur-de-Lys magazine is published each year by the students and captures in words and pictures the experiences of residents over their past year. It is compiled by a team of editors who work throughout the year and present a record of the goings-on of all the Clubs and Societies and sporting events.
The motto of this club is ludo ingeniose, ludo iustus: play smart, play fair. Proud owners of the Trinity College Games Cupboard, the Games Society knows its games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Articulate, as well as many more – it’s all here! They also offer relaxing games nights in the JCR as well as video game challenges.
The Trinity College Music Society feeds the musical appetite of the College. Main events include musical soirées throughout the year, musical excursions and, of course, the legendary inter-collegiate Battle of the Bands.
The Musical Committee produces the College musical each year. The musical draws cast and chorus members from the College community (students and tutors) as well as members of the wider community. It also draws upon the talents of many budding musicians, costume designers, set designers and builders to help with backstage activities. In most years the musical is produced at an outside venue such as the Union Theatre at the University of Melbourne.
Volunteering is an important part of the Trinity experience and the Outreach Committee is dedicated to increasing involvement among students. Trinity provides opportunities for people to participate in community service, organise volunteering initiatives, and fundraise through events to raise money for community causes.
Spirit Leaders (Jesters)
Headed by the mascot of Trinity, the College Jesters act to ensure that all sporting and cultural events Trinity participates in receive appropriate support from the wider College community – theirs is a loud voice that resonates broadly among the Trinity population.
Student IT and AV Bursars
The Student IT Committee is the first port of call for students who have queries or require assistance with computers and technology. Bursars provide technical services to the Clubs and Societies and the TCAC for various events held throughout the year.
Free entry to many Trinity social and sporting events. Yours is the eye that captures the special social, silly, sporting moments of the year in memoriam.
Sustainability interns drive educational initiatives and shape policy; reducing Trinity's carbon footprint
by purchasing offsets; promoting recycling systems and energy efficient facilities.
Trinity International Social Committee (TISC)
TISC is here for one and all. The Society’s aims are to help international students relax in their new home, to offer local students an opportunity to learn about other various cultures and to bring together the different cultures that make Trinity what it is – a fun, caring environment for everyone!
Trinity Social Sports Society
The Trinity Racquets Society, established in 2011, promotes and facilitates racquet sport playing amongst residents of the College, beginners and experts alike. This involves semester-long tennis and squash competitions, as well as a Semester 2 mixed doubles competition. The winners get the privilege to have their names on some of Trinity’s oldest trophies in the JCR. Additionally, the TRS hosts a cocktail event to award competition prizes, and organises day trips to tennis clubs.
Trinity Recreational Alpine Club (TRAC)
TRAC aims to engender College spirit in all students through the shared enjoyment of the outdoors of this, the greatest country in the world. This is achieved through the organisation of trips such as paintball, go-karting and weekend ski trips.
Trinity Tiger Tones
The men’s close harmony barbershop group, the Trinity Tiger Tones, was formed by then-resident tutor Angus Turner in 2007 and has since been a regular fixture at many College dinners and functions. The group sings a range of traditional barbershop repertoire and arrangements of more popular tunes by groups such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Jack Johnson and Sting.
From tastings to tours The Wine Cellar is one of the oldest clubs at Trinity, and facilitates social events where members learn about and enjoy wine. This group also host the annual Wine Cellar champagne breakfast on V-Day.