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SRC – New School Uniform

SRC – New School Uniform

This term our SRC (Student Representative Council) have been regularly meeting to work through what our new school uniform might look like in 2022 and beyond.

Over the past couple of weeks we shared some of our wonderful ideas including labelling our designs.

Some of ideas included introducing a tie, having a hoodie and creating a uniform that can be worn by both girls and boys and having just one uniform that is a bit more ‘sporty’ and can be worn on both PE and non PE days.

We would love you to add your thoughts about the below designs into the comment section of this post.

Here are some of the designs that our SRCs came up with …..

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Digitech ‘Draw Your Favourite Room’

Digitech ‘Draw Your Favourite Room’

Last week in Digitech the students used the Google Drawings application to draw their favourite rooms. They learnt about how to draw using the different shapes available in the program as well how to label and colour these shapes. There was a great variety of rooms drawn including bedrooms, games rooms, living rooms and one student even drew their shed. We noted the importance of not only drawing the different items in the room but labelling these as well.

I was very impressed with the standard of the drawings and I thank all the students (and their parents) for their hard work with completing these drawings.

Here is a small selection of the great pictures that were created of our favourite rooms ……

Prep Drawings

Year 1 Drawings

Year 2 Drawings

Year 3 Drawings

Year 4 Drawings

Year 5 Drawings

Year 6 Drawings

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Cyber Safety Show

Cyber Safety Show

Hi everyone,

There is a special ‘live’ cyber safety presentation by Martin McGauran who will be working with our students later on this term. Today’s presentation is aimed at the Prep to Year 2 students but anyone can attend and I’m sure you will be entertained by Marty and his puppet. The presentation begins at 12 pm and will last for approximately 40 minutes. All you need to do to join is click on the link below. Enjoy!!!!

www.informandempower.com.au/ollielive23721

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Google Meet times

Google Meet times

Hi everyone,

Here is the Google Meet timetable for this week.

9:30 – 10 am – Preps

10.00 – 10:30 am – Year 1

10:30 – 11:00 am – Year 2 & 3

11.00 – 11:30 am- Recess

11:30 – 12.00 pm – Year 4

12.00 – 12:30 pm – Year 5

12:30 – 1:00 pm – Year 6

The post below this one provides everyone with  some further instructions on how to access Google Meets via their school Google account.

More information about the student’s home learning can be accessed via Class Dojo (Preps), Google Classroom and their emails.

We welcome any photos of the students during home learning. These can be sent to newsletter@htws.catholic.edu.au (for the school newsletter) and smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au (for the school blog).

Good luck and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school soon.

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Remote Learning 2021

Remote Learning 2021

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone in our community is keeping well and that we can all be back at school soon.

Whilst we are learning from home here are a few resources that may assist you with getting set up over the next few days.

This document shows you how to access the student’s learning via a variety of devices.

The following videos show you how to use Google Meet (some things have changed since our last remote learning).

Google Meet on a laptop or chromebook …..

Google Meet on a tablet or smart phone ….

Here are a few guidelines that students are reminded to keep during each Google Meet session. It is worth talking with your child/ren about these guidelines to ensure they understand how Google Meets will be conducted.

It is important that all Google Meet users are aware of the following guidelines ……..

  1. All Google Meet sessions should be conducted in an open and suitable area free from distractions (not in your bedroom). *Every meeting should have an adult nearby to help supervise the session.
  2. Keep your microphone on mute unless you have been asked to speak by your teacher (or host of the meeting). Raise your hand to speak like we would do in the classroom.
  3. If your device uses a camera then it must be left on throughout the entire meeting (even if you need to go out to get something).
  4. Only use the comments section of the meeting if you have been directed to do so by your teacher (or host of the meeting).
  5. Remember to wear suitable clothing for learning to your Google Meet (ie. no pyjamas). 
  6. Avoid constantly changing the background of your Google Meet. This can be very distracting for the other members in your meeting.
  7. All Google Meet sessions will be recorded and saved into the teacher’s Google Drives. These recordings may be used for future reference (eg. placed in the Google Classroom for students to refer to support their learning).

* Any user who fails to keep these Google Meet guidelines may be removed from the Google Meet for the remainder of the meeting.

Finally, sometimes technology does not always work the way it is supposed to work. If for some reason you have some ‘technical’ issues I would suggest to direct your focus to any non-technology based tasks until these issues can be resolved. Reading, practising counting skills or times tables facts, preparing for literature group circles or upcoming topic talks are some simple examples of non-technology based tasks that the students could work on during this time. As is skipping, jumping on the trampoline or kicking a ball just as worthwhile for everyone’s wellbeing. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au and I will try to work through any ‘technical’ issues over the coming days.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing everyone back in person soon.

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School Assembly – Term 2 Week 4

School Assembly – Term 2 Week 4

Hi everyone,

Here is the link to today’s school assembly which is the first time we had done a ‘live stream’ of this event. We will continue to stream our Friday assemblies each fortnight particularly for those in our community who are unable to come into HT in person. We will continue to develop this stream (particularly the video and sound quality) over the coming assemblies.

Enjoy and thank you for your ongoing support!

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Friday’s School Assembly (6 March)

Friday’s School Assembly (6 March)

Hi everyone,

Here is Friday’s school assembly.  During our assembly we hear from some of our year 2 students who gave us a good reminder of making sure we show respect for our school by putting rubbish in the red wheelie bins.  We also heard from our sports leaders who will be starting some sports clubs during lunchtimes over the next few weeks as well as recapping our fabulous athletics day (unfortunately this part was not recorded). Congratulations to all our wonderful ‘Student of the Week’ and TORCH award winners who displayed so many great values that we try to use at school.

We are hoping to do a live streaming of our next Friday assembly in 2 weeks time so please keep an eye out for the link to this assembly via our school newsletter, Operoo and our school blog.

A big thank you to Rebecca and Mya for your wonderful photography and video work during Friendship Groups and at our assembly.

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Lego Engineering Lessons

Lego Engineering Lessons

This term in Digitech the students in years 3 and 4 have been participating in our Lego Engineering Program. The program helps to develop the students’ skills and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) whilst building a variety of models such as a catapult, racing car, pantograph and carousel. During these lessons we learn about some of the different forces that help these machines work and students work with a partner to follow a series of instructions in order to build the model. We also look for ways to innovate our designs to help them to go faster, safer or work  with greater accuracy.

These sessions will continue throughout this year with the students in years 5 and 6 participating in the program next term.

Here are some pictures of our students working during our Lego Engineering lessons.

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5/6 Campers have departed Waratah Bay

5/6 Campers have departed Waratah Bay

Hi everyone,

After three awesome days at Waratah Bay including getting one final session down at the beach the 5/6 students have departed camp and are on their way back to Holy Trinity. The buses will stop off at Leongatha for lunch and for everyone to stretch their legs before the final journey back to Wantirna South.

At this stage the buses should arrive back at school between 2.30 and 3pm but if this timing changes we will notify you via Operoo.

Thanks for your support of the 5/6 camp!

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Day 2 of 5/6 Camp at Waratah Bay

Day 2 of 5/6 Camp at Waratah Bay

After an ‘action packed’ first day at Waratah Bay the 5/6s enjoyed a night walk together on the beach where they learnt about some of the star constellations that are difficult to see in Melbourne and shared some good stories around the campfire whilst toasting some delicious treats.  After such a big day everyone had a ‘restful’ sleep (except the teachers who forgot to bring their teddy bears).

This morning we enjoyed ‘the Great Waratah breakfast’ then everyone participated in some more ‘rotational’ activities including surfing, ropes course and rock wall climbing. After lunch everyone took a walk along the beach to Chicken Rock where the students explored the rock pools and discovered some of the beautiful creatures that live in this part of Victoria. They were encouraged to use all their senses during the rock pool ramble and many students noted the interesting ‘smells’ that were discovered in this area.

This evening everyone is looking forward to the disco and tomorrow morning we are really excited to participate in the beach games.

We will try to update everyone once we board the bus and return to school but at this stage we are planning to depart at approximately 12.30pm (the journey takes about 2 and a half hours).

Here are a few photos from our recent activities …… (more will be posted once we upload the photos from the iPads).

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The 5/6 Happy Campers have arrived!

The 5/6 Happy Campers have arrived!

This morning (Monday 22nd February) our 5/6 campers departed Holy Trinity at about 8.45am destined for Waratah Bay for their beach camp adventure. After a short stop off at Leongatha for recess the happy campers arrived at the Waratah Beach Camp at just before 12pm.

The students have familiarised themselves with the beautiful surrounds of the camp, settled into the dorms and will this afternoon participate in group activities including giant swing, nitro crossing and surfing.

By this evening the students will all be ready for a delicious dinner.

Keep posted for future updates including some photos over the next couple of days.

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New School Captains for 2021

New School Captains for 2021

Today the 2021 school captains were announced and were presented their badges by our current school captains.

This term the year five students have been preparing themselves for their upcoming leadership roles and part this preparation involved having a leadership day where they learnt about some of the different types of leaders we find in our world, the leadership qualities we admire as well as the different leadership roles available when the students are in year six. Each student was required to write a letter to Mr. Downie informing him of the leadership qualities they display as well as the leadership roles they would like to undertake in 2021. Some students applied for the role of school captain and it was pleasing to see how well the students did in their applications. Well done to our new school captains who have big shoes to fill when Jess, Josh, Sienna and Aiden move onto year seven.

Here is the video of today’s announcement.

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End of Year School Mass

End of Year School Mass

Today (Friday 11th December) the HT and St. Mary’s community gathered as a community to remember the 2020 school year. It was the first time we had gathered together as a whole school community since term one and due to COVD regulations we celebrated this mass outside on the basketball court. It was also an opportunity for many of us to meet our new parish priest, Fr. Mark, who joined the St. Jude’s community during our second lockdown. It was a lovely opportunity to reflect on 2020 and Fr. Mark taught us about the similarities between our experiences with COVID and the major disease faced in Jesus time called leprosy.

Thanks for Fr. Mark, Mr. Harvie and all the staff and students for helping to make today’s mass such a special celebration.

Here are a few photos taken during today’s celebration.

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Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups

Today (Friday November 20) all the students participated in Friendship Groups for the first time since March. Each Friendship Group consists of a mixture of students from Prep to Year 6. Together each group learns about a range of different topics centred around wellbeing as well as doing lots of fun activities. Today’s session involved learning about bullying and was in recognition of the National Day of Anti Bullying and Violence which took place when during remote learning.  After learning about these themes each group got the opportunity to play with their frisbees on the oval and take them home to play with after this session.

Here are a few photos of our afternoon activities ……

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Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Ever since our Year 6 Digitech leaders began their leadership roles they have really wanted to organise a Minecraft Club for the students in our school. Unfortunately, due to COVID we have been unable to conduct our Minecraft Club until this week.

Some students in Years 2, 3 and 4 have been given the opportunity to participate in our Minecraft Club where they are learning to use a variety of the tools and skills used in this program. This club takes place during lunchtimes on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our Minecraft Club will continue until the end of the year.

Next year we are hoping to continue our Minecraft Club with our new Digitech leaders as well as to begin a Minecraft Club with a new set of students.

A big thank you to our Year 6 Digitech leaders for all of their efforts in helping to get this club up and running for our students.

Here are a few of our students in action during a recent Minecraft Club session.

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Prep Photography in Digitech

Prep Photography in Digitech

This term in Digitech the students have been working hard learning about taking different types of photos. Some of the different photos that they took included a full body photo, head and shoulders, background, action, selfie and group shot. They then put these into a Google Doc and uses some of the features in this program to create a poster.

Everyone (students, parents and even the Digitech teacher) learnt a lot  of new skills during this unit and I am very thankful to everyone for their wonderful support.

Here are a selection of a few of Prep Blue’s posters …….

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Google Meet Timetable

Google Meet Timetable

Welcome back everyone to term 3 and to remote learning 2.0. I hope everyone had an enjoyable school holiday break and are refreshed for another great term of learning.

Below is the Google Meet Timetable for classes (including Specialist Google Meets). As you will notice the times for class Google Meets should be the same each day.

There is also a specialist Google Meet time for each class during the week where you will to some learning with the Specialist teachers at the allocated time. It is important to remember that no matter what specialist lesson you have it will always be the same code, You will also stay on your Google Meet throughout the session and your specialist teachers will swap over half way through the session. Most class teachers will explain how to access their specialist Google Meet but here is a quick summary …..

6 Yellow & 6 Blue enter the code …… year6
5 Yellow & 5 Blue enter the code …… year5
4 Yellow & 4 Blue enter the code …… year4
3 Yellow & 3 Blue enter the code …… year3
2 Yellow & 2 Blue enter the code …… year2
1 Yellow & 1 Blue enter the code …… year1
Prep Blue enter the code ……  prepb
Prep Yellow enter the code ……  prepy
Below is video explaining how to access Google Meets – both class and specialist meets.
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