Yesterday (6 December) all of the Preps went to their first Camp at Holy Trinity. The Preps got to do lots of different activities but some of the highlights included toasting marshmallows, making cubby houses and going on a nature walk. I think one of the best parts of the day was that they did not have to do ‘work’ for the day.
Overall, the Preps had lots of fun at camp and many said it was one of the best days they have ever had.
This afternoon at assembly our TORCH bearers of the term were awarded to one special person in each level who displays each of our TORCH values. Our TORCH values of tolerance (T), optimism (O), respect (R), confidence (C) and honesty (H) are at the heart of what we teach at Holy Trinity and provide our students with practical examples of how to live out of school motto of ‘Love One Another’.
Congratulations to Owen (Prep), Tyler (1/2), Olivia (3/4) and Anneliese (5/6) for being such fantastic recipients of the TORCH Bearers for term 2.
Last Wednesday (13th of March) the students of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s participated in our annual Twilight Sports event. Our four houses Bunarong (Gold), Mackay (Blue), Mackillop (Green) and Dominic (Red) all did a great job for the event. These houses were well led by ….. : Thomas and Niamh (Bunarong), Archie and Chloe (Mackay), Lachlan and Bella (Mackillop) and Nik and Caitlin (Dominic).
The evening began with our field house events where teams competed together to try to gain points for their team. We then went onto the Sprint events which were completed by the students in Prep to Year 2. We then had some relays and finished off the evening with the Fran Rascas races.
The house who ended up winning the Spirit Shield for Good Sportsmanship was Mackay.
The overall winning team for Twilight Sports was Bunarong so congrats to all the Gold team!
Here are some pictures from last Wednesday ……
On Friday the 1st of March the Prep students and their Year 6 buddy/ies (along with their families) gathered in the Community Space for Buddy Breakfast. This was a chance for the buddies and their families to get to know each other better. The Year 6’s also gave their Prep buddy/ies a special ‘buddy’ bear to symbolise our new friendship. We look forward to spending many happy times with our buddies throughout 2019.
Here is a few photos from our Buddy Breakfast last Friday …..
In Prep L we have been learning all about gravity. We have had fun exploring with different items in the classroom and seeing how long they take to reach the ground. Here are some of the students thinking around gravity –
‘Gravity is like a big magnet. It pulls us down so we don’t float away to space!’ (Emily)
‘Space does not have gravity because things float up there.’ (Pierre)
‘The more mass an object has, the quicker it will fall to the ground when we let it go!’ (Henry)
‘Gravity pulls everything down on earth.’ (Grace)
This is a copy of the slide show that was showed to the parents who came along to the Prep’s 100 Day dress up parade.
In term 3 the Prep students are learning to log on using an individual username and password (instead of the generic one that they all used at the beginning of the year). This means that logging on takes a bit longer because each student is required to type in a few more letters but they can also get to use their own Google accounts a lot more.
One newer program that the Preps are beginning to use is called Typing Tournament which is an online program designed to develop touch typing skills. As part of this program the students complete a series of activities working towards completing a touch typing test. The program is very engaging and it tracks the students progress as their skills develop.
Here are a few of our Prep students in action …..
Today in Prep we had Discovery Centres! It is a relaxed environment where the students can experiment with their learning.
We had a variety of activities that students could choose from. Some of the activities included making and continuing patterns, practising sight words, recognising and making numbers and writing sentences. At the end, students got to share what they’d been learning about with the other Preps.
Discovery Centres is so much fun!
Prep L have enjoyed learning all about graphs this week! The photo displayed is a graph we made to represent the boys and girls in our class. From this graph we know that –
“There are fourteen girls” (Ezekiel)
“There are twelve boys” (Sienna)
“There are more girls than boys on the graph (Grace)
“There are less boys than girls on the graph” (Alex)
“If Luella and Emmerson were in our class today, there would be sixteen girls in total” (Henry)
“The number down the bottom tells us how many people there are without counting” (Wyatt)
“We can see that there are 26 people in total on the graph” (Olivia and Chris)
“Graphs help us sort out our information” (Owen)
It has been a very busy start to the year with lots of fun and learning for our new preps!
As part of our Integrated Studies unit, we practise mindfulness everyday as a way to keep our minds healthy. We have started a mindfulness journal to record our daily thoughts and feelings and rest our bodies with a short meditation to put a smile on our mind.
In prep, we have been using a software called Pivot Animator to create 2D stick figure animations! We are having loads of fun watching our digital frames come to life!
Recently, in Tech the Preps have been learning about how to use their emails. So many of them were greeted with a huge surprise when they read an email from a special ‘someone’. The way their faces ‘lit up’ with the realisation that someone had sent them a special message was magical. It is a really nice way of showing them how special they are.
Thanks to all the Prep parents for taking the time to organise a special email for your children. Keep an ‘eye out’ over the coming days as the Preps finish their letters and send them to their special person via email. I know they are very excited to share about their first year of school.
The Preps have done lots of amazing work in Tech this year. Well done and enjoy your last few weeks of being a Prep student before you become big Year 1 students!
The Preps and Prep families enjoyed a reverent and peaceful morning remembering Mother Mary.
Monday the 15th August was the feast of Mary’s Assumption. The Assumption means that Mary was taken up into heaven not only with her soul, but also with her body.
Thank you Preps and families for joining us.