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.
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.
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.
Recently at Holy Trinity the Environmental leaders have been work on weeding and replanting our veggie garden! Soon we will be able to harvest our lovely range of veggies and herbs. We will hopefully be cooking a wonderful dish in time for carols. Keep your eyes on the blog for more garden updates in the coming weeks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every second Friday afternoon the students move into their Friendship Groups(multi aged groups from Prep to year 6) to participate in an activity based around our TORCH values. Our TORCH values are Tolerance, Optimism, Respect, Confidence and Honesty. Our lesson recently was based around Optimism where students created their own rose coloured glasses. The aim of this activity was for students to look at different events with ‘rose coloured glasses’ in order to see the bright side of things.
Here are a few photos taken from our Friendship Group activities a couple of weeks ago…..
This afternoon as part of our final assembly for the term we presented the SRC (Student Representative Council) members of each class and the TORCH bearers of term 1 2019. All candidates for the SRC were required to write a letter saying why they think they would make a good SRC member to represent their class. The TORCH bearer of the term is a special award given to students who consistently display all the TORCH values (not just during this term but throughout their school lives. Congratulations to all our SRC members for 2019 and to our TORCH bearers for term 1.
Here is our SRC members for each class for 2019 …..