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Swimming Program

Swimming Program

On Wednesday the 6th of November the students in Prep to Year 4 began travelling to Knox Leisureworks for our yearly swimming program. This program took place for 8 days which finished today. In the first week we did the lessons practising swimming strokes, floating and survival. On each Thursdays all student brought in their PJs. We had to do our swimming in these clothes as well as learning how to survive in the water if we were to fall in with our clothes on.

Today (Friday) is everyone’s favourite day because it is Fun Friday. We got to make whirlpools with the others in our group, did a water scribble and go on the water slide too. It was so much fun.

Overall, we had so much fun in the swimming program and will be sad not to do it next year when we are go into Year 5.

Prep Learning

Prep Learning

It is amazing how our Prep students have been at HT and St. Mary’s for nearly the whole year. Recently, I was lucky enough to visit them to see how they were going.

In Prep Yellow they have been learning about “friends of ten” facts. Some told me about how fun and easy it was to learn about these facts in Maths. Others told me that even though these facts were a little hard that they had improved a lot in their numbers since learning about friends of ten facts.

In Prep Blue the students were learning were also learning about ten facts that connected on a rainbow  8+2 =10. The students really enjoyed completing these colourful maths activities such as cutting out the worms and colouring in the rainbow. All the preps have grown so much that they are are nearly ready for year one.

For all those kinder kids out there that will be coming to HT and St. Mary’s in the coming years I would like to let you know to try not to be scared because we have lots of teachers and students that can help you out as you learn. The first day may be scary but you will make friends and when you know it you will be swinging on the monkey bars, running on the oval, putting on your thinking cap and so much more. Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s is a place where you can shine bright like a star.

Prep 100 Day Celebration

Prep 100 Day Celebration

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.

TORCH Bearers of Term 2

TORCH Bearers of Term 2

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.

Prep Wildlife Incursion

Prep Wildlife Incursion

On Wednesday 15th of May our prep classes were lucky enough to have an incursion as part of their Inquiry topic about Life Cycles. Wildlife Xposure brought along a variety of animals including snakes, crocodiles and birds to teach the students about the wonderful world that we live in. The students got to examine their behaviour and some even go to touch the animals.

Overall the preps had a great time and learnt a lot about animals for their Inquiry topic.

Twilight Sports

Twilight Sports

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 ……

Buddy Breakfast

Buddy Breakfast

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 …..

Gravity Fun in Prep L!

Gravity Fun in Prep L!

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)

 

Our Preps are flying in Digitech

Our Preps are flying in Digitech

Our Prep students are working hard on their touch typing skills using Typing Tournament. This program teaches the students to use all of their fingers (on both hands) when using the keyboard. I would encourage all students to try to log into this program at the following site ….. https://goo.gl/vsdhsY

Here is a few more of our Prep students in action …..

 

Preps in Digitech

Preps in Digitech

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 …..

 

Discovery Centres in the Prep Level

Discovery Centres in the Prep Level

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!
Graphing in Prep L

Graphing in Prep L

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)

Mindfulness and Meditation in Prep H

Mindfulness and Meditation in Prep H

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.

Preps in Tech

Preps in Tech

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!

Mr. Mullavey

Prep Prayer Service

Prep Prayer Service

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.

 

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Preps enjoying ICT

Preps enjoying ICT

Over the past few weeks in ICT lessons, the Preps have been learning how to take a good photo on the iPads. The photos had to include a head and shoulders photo, a full body photo and a background photo. They learnt how to position the iPad for the best results. We have some budding photographers among our Preps.

 

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This is a background shot from one of our Prep students. What do you think?