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S.T.E.M. Lego Session

S.T.E.M. Lego Session

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

Carols evening 2019

Carols evening 2019

Well what can I say? What an amazing evening! The Prep nativity was fantastic and the singing was fabulous! It was great to see so many people there to watch the students perform. Check out some of the photos below:

Wishing all Holy Trinity and St Mary’s families Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!

Ciao Signora Formichelli

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

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

Four Square Competition for the School of the Air

Four Square Competition for the School of the Air

On Thursday the 28th of November Ashley, Lara and Blake.D held a 4 square competition to raise money for the kids in the School of the Air. Ash wanted to do the fundraiser for the school of the air because there are lots of kids that are a part of the school but they don’t get to go to a physical school and experience all the fun things we get to do. Ash and Lara were the first people to do a fundraiser for the school of the air. The competition ended up raising $87 in total which is a lot of money that can be used to help buy new learning resources for these kids.

The final winners were Bradley 1st place, Macca 2nd place and Tej 3rd place. Spencer earned the MVP (Most Valuable Player during the competition and Cara got an award for Team player.

Well done to Ashley, Lara and Blake D for all of your hard work with organising this competition (even organising some trophies).

By Megan, Mitch (and Ash)

PA Morning Tea

PA Morning Tea

Thank you to our wonderful PA (Parents Association) for the beautiful morning tea that you provided to the HT and St. Mary’s staff this morning. All staff really enjoyed the incredible array of food and appreciate the time and effort the mums in the PA went to prepare the food and organise the staff room.

We are so lucky to have such a supportive community!

Transition Groups

Transition Groups

If you were to visit Holy Trinity on a Friday afternoon at the moment you will find that the students are all mixed up into different groups and in different classrooms. The reason for this is because all students are participating in our school transition groups program. This program is designed to prepare the students for some of the changes they will encounter when they move into their classes for 2020. The students work together with different students and with a different class teacher to the one they are currently have. During transition groups the students participate in a range of discussions and activities designed to get them to think about the changes that will take place when they go into their new classes and to help them to see that change is a natural part of life. Our transition program takes place instead of Friendship groups over the next few Fridays.

Here are some of our groups in action ……

 

Italian poetry/drama competition

Italian poetry/drama competition

On Wednesday 20th November a team of 14 students represented Holy Trinity in an Italian poetry/drama competition at St John the Baptist Primary School in Ferntree Gully. The students had to learn an Italian poem off by heart and present it to an audience using correct pronunciation, expression and drama skills. The students were all fantastic and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them! The student with the highest score for HT was Isabella Bonato and the encouragement award was presented to Chloe Hall. Overall the team placed 3rd. A brilliant effort!

Budgeting Unit in 5 Blue

Budgeting Unit in 5 Blue

In Inquiry this term the students in 5 Blue have been learning about budgeting and keeping a greater control of our money. At the beginning of the topic everyone in our class had to pull out a job from a list in a hat. On our first week everyone started off with $2000 dollars.

Each week we get to choose a chance card from a hat with some events being good where you getting extra money whilst other events mean that you need to pay money back (a bit like the game of Monopoly). After you get your chance card you have to write down what happened for the week in your book. We are also keeping a table of our expenses such as for mortgage, electricity, water and transportin Google Sheets (like the picture below).

We are looking forward to our next payday so that we have enough money for all of our bills.

Overall, I am finding this unit fun because it is getting you ready for when you are an adult and need to earn money for real.

Book Fair

Book Fair

This week there has been a lot of excitement around HT with the Book Fair taking place in the library.

There was multiple choices of books for different ages. Everyone was very generous with their purchasing and we made over $5000 which is an amazing result. A big thank you must go out to a generous father who donated almost $250 worth of books for our school library. As a result of all the great sales Mrs. Taylor will be able to purchase a lot of new books for our school library for 2020 and beyond.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped out and of course to Mrs. Taylor for all of her fabulous work to make the book fair available to our school community.

By Amelia and Jarvis

Year 2 Camp Day

Year 2 Camp Day

On Thursday the 24th of October the Year 2’s enjoyed a camp experience day at school. There were so many fun activities! We started with a walk around Lakewood Reserve, then made some damper, played frisbee golf and lots of other games! There was some orienteering and a MASSIVE water fight. Ended with roasting some marshmallow before heading home. Whew, what a day!

 

PBL at St Mary’s

PBL at St Mary’s

At St Mary’s we been doing PBL as a reward for all of our great learning. PBL stands for positive behaviour learning.  It works like this …..

First if you show one of the skills on our star chart then a St. Mary’s teacher might give you a star which you place next to your name on the Positive Behaviour board. The teacher also gives you a raffle ticket which we try to collect for the week. If any St. Mary’s student earns three raffle tickets for the week you earn a prize including doing some fun activities on Friday afternoon.

As part of St. Mary’s wonderful work we were lucky enough to go on an excursion to a theatre to watch a play called Possum Magic. During the play two possums whose names were Hush and Grandma travelled around Australia to find a spell to make Hush visible again. I wonder if anyone else has heard this story?

Overall, there has been some wonderful learning going on at St. Mary’s and we really like doing PBL.

Year 4 Avila Tour

Year 4 Avila Tour

On Friday the 11th of October the Year 4 girls were lucky enough to go to Avila College to experience what it would be like to be a student at high school.

When we arrived we all went into a hall and celebrated a prayer together.

During our day we went to the science lab, library, gym, assembly and the Aghort Centre. We also saw the aerobics team perform that went away to the nationals in Queensland and won a bronze medal and they were really cool. I also really liked the rock band performing and the singers when they sang Sucker by the Jonas Brothers.

Overall, it was a really good day and lots of the students are looking forward to going to secondary school.

Here are a few photos from the day……….

Year 1/2 Mission Prayer Service

Year 1/2 Mission Prayer Service

This afternoon, the Year 1’s and 2’s had a Prayer Service celebrating Mission month. Mission month celebrates being a community and doing good things together. Thank you to all the parents that came to celebrate with us, as well as all the students that did readings.

 

Torch Bearer of the Term Awards

Torch Bearer of the Term Awards

This afternoon our Torch Bearer of the Term awards were presented to one student in each level who consistently displays the TORCH values when they are at school. Our TORCH values are Tolerance, Optimism, Respect,Confidence and Honesty. It is a very special achievement to be awarded one of these awards and we recognise this at our end of term assembly.

Congratulations to this term’s Torch Bearers.

Footy Day

Footy Day

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.

Lit Circles in Year 4

Lit Circles in Year 4

During the last three Fridays students from 4 Blue and 4 Yellow have been participating in Literature Group Circles.  The students were put into groups of 4 and each group chose a book to read. Two of the groups chose a book called Whipper Snapper and the other group chose a book called Savvy. Each group also needed to organise themselves so that we knew what page to read up to ready for our next Lit Circles discussion. We also needed to complete a sheet at home that had different questions about what we were reading.

After each session we would fill out a sheet with a self evaluation and a group evaluation. We shared our answers and ideas with a group and kept questioning each other while we were sharing. Some of the questions included …. Why did you choose this question? and What made you think about your answer? During our discussions we would add to what other students thoughts by saying… I agree, I disagree, I would like to add on or I would like to mention.

Overall, the Lit Circles groups did really well and we gave feedback to Mrs Dell’Orso in what she did well in teaching and what she needs to improve on. Mrs Dell’Orso did really well in teaching us about Lit circles and every group did really well with their learning, participating, preparing and co-operating with each other. Lit circles will continue in term 4 and we hope it is as good as it was in term 3!

Here is some of the Year 4 Lit Circles in action …..

2019 Sacrament of Eucharist

2019 Sacrament of Eucharist

On Sunday September 8th and Sunday September 15th the Year 3 students, Tonny (from Year 4) and several Parish Catechist students celebrated their First Eucharist Sacrament with their families.

Liam – On  Sunday September 15th most year 3 students and Tonny went to celebrate the sacrament ofFirst Eucharist. First we all sat down. Shortly after that the mass started. Father started to do some prayers. Then there was some readings. After that Miss McGing tapped my shoulder so I went up to receive the host and wine. Then I went back to my seat. Then the mass finished. That night I had a family dinner. 

Mia – I received my First Holy Communion on the 15th of September. Receiving the eucharist is fun because you become one step closer to God. I learned that your parents put your hands on your shoulder. We made a banner and decorated it. I did the First Reading of the mass. Each Monday the Year 3’s were getting together and got ready for the sacrament by learning about it’s importance.

Isabelle C – We all prepared for this very important and special Sacrament of Initiation for weeks and weeks. We made banners and tried the bread and wine for the first time during our Family Faith Night. Then we celebrated the Sacrament at two Sunday Masses. I participated in the first Mass and my family was very proud of me. In fact they brought the family to a restaurant and we had lots of fun.

Mya – On Sunday the 8th of September I celebrated my First Eucharist. To prepare we had hometasks. The first task that we had was about Godparents and Baptism. About the mass I learned that on the day your parents put their hands on your shoulders. I had a reading in the mas. A Lot of people from my family were there which made it feel more special. I only had the host and didn’t have the wine. The sacrament was really fun and I can’t wait for more.

Isaac –  On Sunday September the 8th, I had my First Eucharist. To prepare for the sacrament we had homework about Godparents and baptism, Connections between Baptism and Eucharist, Sacraments of Initiation and we even created our own Eucharist banner. On Monday’s we would get together and do work about the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Bailee – On Sunday, 15th September Year 3s celebrated their First Eucharist. When we preparing for the Sacrament we got some homework such as why do we have godparents?. In the past few weeks I have learnt to bow before receiving the host, kneel and pray after receiving the wine and to say “Amen” when Father says “Body of Christ”.

Abbey – On Sunday 8th September I received my First Eucharist. The Year 3s prepared with home tasks like why we have godparents and what is a Sacrament of Initiation. We also created First Eucharist banners. We had a workshop night too. We learned about the story of Feeding the Five Thousand and had a taste of the bread and wine. When it was time for my First Eucharist my mum and dad came with me. I received the bread and the wine.

James – The Grade 3 Level and Tonny prepared for Eucharist by doing some home tasks and completing a slide presentation. We spent Monday afternoon together working hard to learn about Eucharist and the Mass. I was nervous when I got there because I had a long reading. I was happy when I made my Eucharist.

Jacob – The Grade 3 Level and Tonny from Grade 4 celebrated their First Eucharist with family members. We made a Eucharist banner to display in the church. All of us did a slide presentation. My family came to my First Eucharist. When we had the bread and wine we had to put our writing hand under our other hand.

Leonardo – On Sunday  8th of September it was my First Eucharist. I learned how to receive communion. 3 Blue and 3 Yellow and Tonny from 4 Blue learned about Eucharist on Monday afternoons. I recieved the host and the wine.

Poppy – On my First Communion we had to listen to Father and went to Father and before we take the bread and the wine and went back to our seats and we make a prayer. Then we sang song sounds and that was done. We went to the restaurant to have a meal together. I learned to bow before getting the bread. 

Chloe – On the 8th of September, I made my First Eucharist. My family came to the Eucharist. I thought it was a very exciting day. I liked experiencing my First Eucharist. When you get the host and wine you go back and kneel  down. 

Isabelle W – First we prepared for our Eucharist. I learnt how to walk up to receive the host and wine. We prepared by learning about the Sacrament and practicing. On the day, when it was my turn, my parents put their hands on my shoulders. I had to bow before I received the host. I held my hands out, my left on top and my right underneath. The priest put the host in my hand, then I picked it up. I put the host in my mouth and made the sign of the cross. Then I had the wine. 

Ava – On Sunday 8th September, I made my First Eucharist. I have learned lots about Eucharist that I put my left hand underneath my right hand when receiving the host. My family came to celebrate and I made a banner that was hung up in the church for all the Eucharist masses.

Finnley – On Sunday September the 8th, most of the people from the Year 3 level and Tonny from 4 Blue were making their first Eucharist. Before that we practised singing the songs, practised how to receive the bread and wine. We also got to practice at mass and even got Eucharist home tasks. Until the day arrived. Mass went on for a long time. 

Charlotte – On the 8th I had a wonderful time making my first eucharist. I got to go up and receive a blessed host and sip the blessed wine. I felt a bit nervous at first but then got really excited and was ready to receive Jesus.

Ella D – On Sunday 8th September I made my First Eucharist. During class 3 Yellow joined 3 Blue, learned about Eucharist and practiced for it. We learned about the connection between Baptism and Eucharist. Now that I have made my Eucharist I feel more Holy and Catholic and now I am really welcomed into God’s Life.”

Elliott – On Sunday the 8th, I had my First Eucharist. When it was my turn, I felt very excited that I was making my first Eucharist. I remembered to make the sign of the cross and I had the wine, the blood of Jesus. We made First Eucharist banners that were hung in St Jude’s church which were displayed so everyone who goes into the church knows who was making their Eucharist. After I had a photo with my banner before we left the church.

Tia – On Monday after sport, 3 Blue and 3 Yellow started to learn all about eucharist. We learned that the second person before receiving eucharist has to bow. Also in our spare time we had to create a Eucharist banner. 

Ella G – Every Monday in Term 3, after lunch, 3 Yellow and 3 Blue learnt about the Sacraments of Initiation, though we focused mainly on Eucharist

Angel – When we prepared for the Eucharist we learned about how to receive the body and blood of Christ. We had home tasks about Baptism and Eucharist. We also learned about the sacraments of Initiation. The sacraments are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Every Monday afternoon we would come together and prepare. In Mass there are 4 parts . The introductory rights, the liturgy of the word, The Liturgy of the EuchArist and the Concluding rites.

Curtis – On the day you need to have your dominant hand at the bottom and make a bowl shape. You need to bow when you are second in line. Then after receiving the bread you step to the side and do the sign of the cross, return to your seat and say a prayer.

Abigail – In class we have been learning how to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. Some people received on Sunday 8th and others received on Sunday 15th of September. We completed two home tasks and completed a few practice runs to prepare. Everyone was dressed really nicely for this special time. Some people read and did a really good job. When we received, our parents came up with us. At the end of the Mass we all met our parents and family and went home.

Xavier – I learnt that after you receive the bread and wine you kneel and pray. Before you receive the host you need to bow. I also learnt that the Last Supper is connected to the Eucharist. In the Last Supper Jesus knew he was going to die and celebrated a meal with his disciples.

Ben – On Monday afternoon’s the Grade 3’s have been learning about Eucharist. I have learned that there are 4 parts of the mass. We gather, We listen, We Come and We leave. We did tasks at home too. 

Rebecca – In class we learned lots on Eucharist to participate. Although I wasn’t participating in the sacrament of Eucharist I still took part in practicing. We practiced holding the chalice and taking the host (the body of Christ). The wine (the blood of Christ) and praying straight after we had the blood and body of Christ. In practice we tried bowing before we were called up to have the wine and host. I found it interesting that Catholics believe the bread and wine is actually the body and blood of Christ. 

Jordan – In Term 3, on Mondays, the Year 3s and Tonny from Year 4 were preparing for the sacrament of eucharist. After lunch we practices For our Sunday Mass by practicing receiving the bread and wine. At Mass the students were wearing white and black. When the song about bread and wine played all of the First Eucharist students went to the middle aisle to receive their First Eucharist. Some were not drinking the wine because the parents choose not to let them.

Nathan – On Sunday 8th and 15th of September the year 3’s had Eucharist. Mrs Wahrenberger and Miss McGing gave us homework about why we have Godparents, what are the sacraments of Initiation and how Eucharist is connected to a family meal. We also had to make communion banners and they looked really good. All of that helped us a lot to make our First Eucharist.

Divyani – Eucharist is a Sacrament of Initiation. The teachers gave us home tasks to complete. We practiced how to hold and drink the wine from the chalice and how to receive the bread. Tonny (from Grade 4) was receiving his Eucharist too. We compared Baptism and Eucharist. We learnt about the parts of the Mass. I learnt that we had to bow before we receive the Eucharist.

Zeke – Each Monday in Term 3 the year 3 level and Tonny have been learning about the Sacrament of Eucharist. Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. We have had to complete a slide presentation about Eucharist and complete activities such as self reflections. I really enjoyed practicing for the Mass.

Tonny – On Sunday September the 8th I made my First Eucharist with the Year 3’s. We went to St Jude’s church. We learned about how we receive the body and blood. Every Monday we learned about the Sacrament of the Eucharist to practice.

What do the children play at recess and lunch time?

What do the children play at recess and lunch time?

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 ….

Our New Veggie Gardens

Our New Veggie Gardens

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 …..