With a sudden ending to the term, all of HT has been preparing for a new world of learning that may be taking place at the beginning of next term. We explored how programs such as Google Classroom, Screencastify and Google Meet could be used to help support the teachers with their online lessons. In addition, we will continue to encourage students to use online programs such as Mathletics, Essential Assessment, Literacy Planet and Reading Eggs because these programs are based around the Victorian Curriculum and the students are already familiar with using them.
Next term we will continue to use our school blog as an ongoing means of communicating what the students are learning. Keep a regular look out for new posts and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts via the comments section as it only take a couple of minutes.
Here is the teachers hard at work this week (ensuring that we are keeping social distancing) ……
HAVE SOME FUN LEARNING ITALIAN GREETINGS AND VOCAB!
On Wednesday the 11th of March the students of Holy Trinity & St. Mary’s participated in our annual Twilight Sports. There was lots of great events with one of the highlights being the buddy relay where the Prep students got to get dressed up as if they were going to school.
Overall, everyone did such a good job and the house points were so close.
The winner of the Spirit shield was Dominic (Red) and the overall winner of the night was Bunnorong House (Gold).
A big thank you to Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Patmore and everyone who assisted in putting this huge event together. Also thank you to the wonderful mothers who took so many photos of the evening.
In Year 3 the students at the moment the students are learning how to round numbers to tens and hundreds in Maths. Rounding is a very good skill because it can help you when you are paying for items at the shops (e.g if you were to buy one item for 95c and another item for $1.80 you might wish to round up the value of each item to the next dollar so that you made sure you had to pay for these items).
Also, in R.E. the year 3’s are learning about Parables in the Bible and how to find the meaning in the story. Stories is also what the year 3’s are learning about in writing as they are learning about how to write interesting narratives that grab the attention of the reading. In addition, the students are learning about healthy food and exercise in their Inquiry unit.
Overall, it sounds like the year 3 students are working really hard at the moment.
At the moment in the 5/6 Level we are beginning to prepare for our 5/6 Camp that will take place early next term at the Alexandra Adventure Resort.
This week the year 5 students began thinking about who we would like to be in a dorm with for whilst at camp. Over the coming weeks we will find out more and more about what will take place at camp and many of us are already counting down the days before camp starts.
Here is a video about what the Alexandra Adventure Camp is like ….
In year five we have been learning about persuasive writing. Some of the topics that students in our class have been writing about include deforestation, pollution and smoking. We have been trying do develop how we structure our arguments so that each paragraph does not just begin with firstly, secondly, finally, etc.
Our group wrote about smoking and why it is not good for our health.
Last Wednesday 26th February Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s celebrated Ash Wednesday by gathering together in the Community Hall for Mass. During this celebration Fr. Longinus and the other teachers placed Ashes on the foreheads of all students as a symbol of a new start.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent which is a time leading up to Easter where all Christians decide to make changes to their lives as a way to turn back to God. Christians do this in three main ways …..
Prayer – through trying to pray to God regularly.
Almsgiving (giving to the poor – at HT we do this by donating to Caritas)
Fasting – by giving up certain foods such as red meat on days such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
By doing these things we are preparing for the special celebration at the end of Lent called Easter.
Here are a few photos from our Ash Wednesday Mass last week …..
Many thanks to the parents who attended the Classroom Helpers Information Session. If you have nominated a time that you are available to help in your child’s classroom, your child’s teacher will contact you to confirm if that time is an appropriate time for them.
Prep Reading Information Workshops
Thank you to the Prep parents who attended the Reading Information Session. You play a most important part in the development of your child’s reading. The time you share with your children, enjoying picture stories or hearing them read their first take home books is precious valuable time that can instil a love for reading and give them a positive start to their literacy learning journey. Please ensure you help them engage in the text and use the picture clues along with the text to help them read.
Our Amazing Preps
It is wonderful to see how our new preps have settled in so comfortably to school. They are all working very well and are already reading texts and writing!!!
LOOK at these wonderful wizkids at work!!! Fantastic work PREPS!!!!
On Friday 21st February some students from years 3 to 6 were selected to represent HT & St. Mary’s at Kilsyth Centenary Pool to compete in the District Swimming competition.
This event was the culmination of many weeks of hard work where the students have been going to swimming training every Tuesday morning at 7.30 am at Knox Leisureworks.
The competition was really intense with lots of students getting very nervous before their races. Many of the students did well and it was amazing how well everyone did despite feeling so nervous.
After all the freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly events we participated in relay events which our school did really well at. Some of the swimmers were lucky enough to make it through to Divisional Competition which will take place on Wednesday 4th of March.
Well done to Tyrone who was rewarded for all of his hard work by earning the Age Group Champion for 12 year old boys.
Overall HT & St. Mary’s came first for the 10th time in a row with 105 points!
Congrats to everyone who represented HT at the District Swimming.
Last week, many of our students were able to have a dental checkup right here at school. This is a fantastic service that was fully covered by Medicare for most of our families. Many thanks to Australian Dental Health Victoria for contacting us and offering their service.
Families who were away or unable to return their forms last week can still send them in to school, and when we have enough forms here, Australian Dental Health said that they should be able to come back for another day, so please send in your forms as soon as you can.
Today (Friday 21st February) the Year 6 and Prep students along with their families got together for ‘Buddy’ breakfast in the Community Space. We all ate lots of sausages and fruit and drank juice as the buddy families got to know each other better. One of the highlights of the morning was when the Year 6 students gave their Prep buddy a special purple ‘Buddy’ bear. This is a special initiative that has been taking place at HT and St. Mary’s for over 20 years as part of the fantastic work done by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Overall Buddy breakfast was a very fun day and everyone really enjoyed it.
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!
At recess and lunchtime many students like to play in our sandpit. We were lucky enough to have some new toys purchased over the school holidays including new buckets, spades and sifters. All the students who choose to play in the sandpit really enjoy using these new toys.
At the end of each lunchtime all the students who play in the sandpit should help to pack away the sand toys into the containers so that the sandpit is tidy for the next day. This is the way that we like to pack up our sandpit.
Today when the bell rang some of the students who were playing in the sandpit forgot to pack up the sand toys. Fortunately, these wonderful students stayed behind to help pack up.
Thank you to Tyler, Rafael, Xavier and Randolph for helping to keep our school tidy.
Last Friday we had our first Friendship Groups session for 2020. Our Friendship Groups are formed from a mix of students from different classes throughout the school Our first session for this year was based on Tolerance which is one of our TORCH values. We gathered as a group and did a couple of activities like being given a piece of string and wrapping it around our finger while we talk about ourselves and when the string was fully wrapped around our finger we stopped so the next person could have a go. The session was mainly about getting to know each other because some of us were new to the group like the Preps or even some of the Grade 6s.
Last Friday (7 February) the Year 6 students were presented with their leadership roles for 2020. This was part of the process that began last year where students wrote a letter to Mr. Downie informing of their leadership qualities as well as applying for leadership roles. The leadership roles included Friendship leaders; Liturgy leaders; Environment leaders; Art leaders; Learning leaders; Digitech leaders; and Health, Sport & PE leaders. All the Year 6’s were ecstatic and some were surprised by the leadership roles. We are thankful for the time that Mr.Downie and staff took in deciding our leadership roles for 2020. We also were lucky enough to get our new year 6 jackets at Assembly which was also a nice surprise.
Here are a few pictures of our new Year 6 leadership teams.
A great start to Italian/Performing Arts for 2020!
What a fun start to 2020 in the Italian/Performing Arts space! We played a very competitive game of La ruota della fortuna – Wheel of Fortune, and of course some singing and dancing too. The students are very excited about the school production – more news to follow about this soon!
It’s going to be a great 2020!
Ciao Signora Formichelli
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.