This term we have been doing online assemblies because of COVID-19. Each fortnight Mr Downie records the assembly in his office and then places this onto the school blog for all to see.
Lately, The School Captains (Aiden, Sienna, Joshua and Jessica) have helped with online assemblies by reading out some of the student of the week awards which we have enjoyed doing.
Today’s online assembly is scheduled to take place at 2.30 pm on the school blog.
The Grade 6 Digitech leaders leaders have some exciting news for students in Year 2 and 3.
We will be helping to run a Minecraft Club for students in Grade 2s and 3s (who haven’t participated before). We have been working hard in lunchtime sessions to help set things up and I am sure the students who participate in these sessions will learn lots of new skills as well as having a lot of fun.
Information for our new Minecraft club will be sent out in a letter shortly after the holidays.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has a new book available online called The Ickabog. Chapters are being added regularly – Chapters 1-5 are available now if you go to:
The website has a link to a competition for children aged from 7 to 12 years old to design illustrations for the hard copy of the book which is due to be published in November 2020.
Students from Australia can send their illustrations to the UK publisher.
When you come back to school you may notice a few changes in the library…
We have expanded and moved the favourite series shelves to include some book boxes by popular authors. Wimpy Kids books have moved to these shelves as have other books by your favourite authors…take the time to have a look next time you visit.
We have been very busy purchasing new books and getting them ready to borrow.
Have a look at the photos – you will see just some of the books we have added to the library in the last few weeks.
Hi, my name is Jessica and I am one of the four school captains for this year. Being a school captain includes many responsibilities including taking parents on tours of our wonderful school, handing out awards at Friday assemblies and helping to lead our Monday assembly. Though, we have many responsibilities as school captains, it can be really fun and we enjoy taking on this role of leadership together. We are proud to represent HT this year and can’t wait for many of the exciting events to take place this year in 2020. Being that this is my last year in primary school I want to lead the school to achieve high standards particularly in our use of the TORCH values in the years to come.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post and I hope to help many of you during the year!
In 2020 there are some big changes in the technology we can use at HT. We have new computers along the wall in the Tech Lab as well as new keyboards and mice. These computers work a lot quicker so that every computer is a lot more reliable. In addition, every student in years 3 to 6 can use their own chromebook in class to support their learning (whereas in the past classes needed to share chromebooks) and for the first time the students in year 2 will have the opportunity to share a set of chromebooks between their classes as well. Every classroom has their own interactive television which is a great way to share our learning together and teachers plan together using their Microsoft Pro laptops. This shows how lucky we are to be students at Holy Trinity & St. Mary’s in 2020.
The Digitech leaders for 2020 should hopefully have some exciting news to share with some of the projects we plan to do with the students during the year. Stay tuned!!!
Yesterday, six students from years five and six were chosen to build a tower crane model. This model consists of three lego kits and over forty steps to complete. It stood roughly 0.6 meters tall and took an hour and a half to construct. We were lucky enough to have some special Lego Engineer teachers come in to work with us whilst we built this model which we were very thankful of because it was quite difficult to build.
Overall it was an enjoyable challenge working with people that are from different year levels.
Here are some pictures and videos of our models including a time lapse of the building process.
By Jordan and Aiden
Tonight (10th December) Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s will be gathering together to perform some Christmas carols. Each class will perform their own carol and the whole school will perform two songs. We have been practicing these during Italian sessions and eating times throughout this term.
Here were the classes practising this morning ……
Here is a quick snippet of a carol for tonight ….. IMG_2525
Recently at Holy Trinity the Environmental leaders have been work on weeding and replanting our veggie garden! Soon we will be able to harvest our lovely range of veggies and herbs. We will hopefully be cooking a wonderful dish in time for carols. Keep your eyes on the blog for more garden updates in the coming weeks!
Stay green thumbs. 🌱👍
Here are some photos :
By Chloe Hall & Isabella Mrad
On Tuesday the 12th of November the Year 6 students went to Knox Leisureworks to achieve their year 6 water safety certificate. Some of the skills that we needed to do to achieve this certificate included a 25m freestyle, 25m of another stroke and 5 minutes of treading water in clothes.
Mrs Harrison was proud of our efforts with swimming at primary school because so many of our student achieved the certificate.
Overall it was a fun day especially the water polo.
By Siena and Niamh
Every Friday students from Years 2 and 3 participate in HT’s Minecraft Club run by the DigiTech Leaders. We have been learning about the basics with using their Educational Minecraft accounts such as collecting resources, building and mining. Today all the students joined in the same world created by the DigiTech leaders and they searched for different resources. Everyone is having fun playing minecraft and we will continue playing it next term. We encourage the students to develop their skills further during the holidays when they use their accounts at home.
Here are a few photos of today’s session …….
On Thursday the 19th of September HT and St. Maryś celebrated footy day. Everyone dressed up in their favourite footy teamś clothes and just before lunch time we lined up in our footy teams on the basketball court and sang the club songs. After we chanted out our tunes and we all got to eat our party pies and sausage rolls. On Friday afternoon we all got together in our Friendship Groups to participate in a series of footy based games.
Overall, everyone had a great day.
For many students at HT and St. Mary’s is one of the most enjoyable times of the day is at recess and lunchtime. The students play lots of different games and have heaps of fun. Some of the activities the students choose to play include ball games such as basketball, footy, soccer and cricket. Other kids like to play on the adventure playground, swing on the monkey bars or play a game called Sharky. Sharky is like playing tiggy but you can only run on certain colours on the playground. Lots of children have also been skipping as part of our Jump Rope for Heart program and some of the younger students enjoy playing a game where they sneak up on a chosen student who is facing the opposite direction. Overall, there is a lot of really fun activities taking place during recess and lunch time.
Here is a few pictures of the students in action ….
Recently, our Environment leaders have been working with Miss Hiscox on our school’s veggie gardens. We drew maps of where we would like plant different fruits, veggies and flowers and then discussed what was the most suitable options. On Wednesday 18th of September we got together with some students from the Prep and grade three level to weed, prepare the soil and plant our new garden.
Here are a few pictures of us at work …..
In lego lessons this term the students in years 4, 5 and 6 have been learning how to build lots of different models such as a moonwalking robot, a battle tank and a remote control car that can be coded with your Chromebook.
In these lessons we practise working together with in a group, following instructions carefully on a sheet and learning about some of the different forces used to make these models work.
Overall, Lego lessons are really fun and they teach you lots about some of the different machines we use in our lives.
Here are some of our students in action …..
Currently in 6 Blue we have been learning about different countries from around the world. We have been doing this so we can get a better understanding of different cultures as well as what their climate, landscapes and food is like. For my project I chose Germany because that was where my Pop was born. In addition we had a choice to pick any other country and I chose Germany because even though I knew a bit I really wanted to find out more.
Here is a few pictures of our draft and published copy of our writing.
This week we have been celebrating Literacy and Numeracy week. On Friday everyone was encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character or something to do with maths (number, equation, shape, etc) and we had a parade on the basketball court with the whole school. Some of the most popular costumes were superheroes, Harry Potter characters, Cat in the Hat and Where´s Wally. Here are a few pictures of the parade …..
On Thursday 1st August our Prep students celebrated their first 100 days of school. The dressed up as something to do with the number 100. One example included dressing up as a grandpa or grandma with a knit sweater, cain and fake hair. Some kids dressed up by wearing 100 things like 100 dot or 100 batman logos. They wore capes, bling and all sorts of colours.
The Preps gathered in the Community Space for a parade and throughout the day they did activities based on the number 100.
Below is a few pictures of the day along with a slide show of what each student might look like if they were 100.
In Week 1 of this term our Year 6 celebrated a special milestone in our lives by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
We had been preparing for Confirmation since last term with researching a special saint as well as learning about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. On Thursday the 18th July all the Year 6s students went to St Jude’s Parish to prepare for this special day by having a Spirit day. During this day we completed a series of activities aimed at preparing us for our Confirmation as well as practising for the ceremony at St. Jude’s Church. Monsignor Ireland also came to visit us during the day and spoke to us about the importance of Confirmation as well as easing our nerves leading up to the day. We were lucky enough to have pizzas for lunch and play down ball and basketball during our break times.
We celebrated our Confirmation with the Year 6’s from St. Jude’s on Saturday 20 July where we all had a lantern and stole. When we received our Confirmation Monsignor Ireland blessed each of the candidates and called them by their chosen saint name. Overall, it was a very special day and we will treasure this special event for the rest of our lives.
Here are some photos of the occasion ……