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Google Hangouts (Meet)

Google Hangouts (Meet)

Yesterday, my class (4 Blue) were lucky enough to try out Google Hangouts (Meet). Google Hangouts is a bit like Skype or FaceTime which is connected to our school Google accounts and is a way to chat to others via video.  The reason we tried this is this is a way that teachers are going to connect with the students in their class if the school needs to close and we learn from home.

Yesterday Mrs Jamieson invited different students from 4 Blue to join as well as Mr. Mullavey to test out how well this program works. My class was really excited to try it and and thought it was cool how we were still able to connect with others even if we were not all in the same room together.

Here is a photo of us during our Hangout session yesterday……

What are the students learning about in Year 3?

What are the students learning about in Year 3?

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.

Here are the year 3’s in action …….



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.

Here are some photos of us in action…..

Sandpit Helpers

Sandpit Helpers

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.

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)

Lego Presentations

Lego Presentations

As we are reaching the end of the school year so too are we reaching the end of our school Lego Engineers program for 2019. The students from years 3 to 6 have participated in this program to develop their skills and thinking based around the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The students have a built a variety of different models from catapults to self flipping cars and moonwalking robots. Their skills and knowledge has developed massively in the two years I have been teaching this program and I thank all the students for their enthusiasm during Lego sessions throughout the year.

Over the last few weeks all classes from Years 3 to 6 have participated in a final Lego presentation session where they got to rebuild one of the Lego models taught throughout this year. In addition, each group created a presentation using the Explain Everything app where they showed how their model worked including explaining the forces used to help make the model function efficiently. The students from the prep to year 3 classes were lucky enough to view these presentations and they gave the groups a mark based on the following rubric.

Overall, the presentations were very positive and demonstrated how much the students had learned. Here are a few pictures of these presentations …….

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.

Regional Hoop Time

Regional Hoop Time

On Wednesday the 16th of October two teams from year 4 went to the State Basketball Stadium to represent Holy Trinity at the Regional Hoop Time Competition.

Our team (the Tigers) played played 4 pool games where we won 3 games and lost 1 by just one point. Our other HT team (the Titans) won 2 games and lost 2 in their pool. Both teams played well enough in their pool games to make it to the finals.

In the qualifying finals the Tigers had a really tight game. The game went into overtime and one free throw with just 15 seconds to go sealed the game for the other team in a devastating way for the HT Tigers as they just lost. In the other final the Titans also played really well but unfortunately lost by a bigger margin.

Overall, both teams played really well representing HT but ultimately got knocked out. Hopefully they will be back next year.

3/4 Cricket Blast

3/4 Cricket Blast

On Wednesday the 16th of October all the students in Year 3 and 4 went to Eastern Lions oval on Lewis Road to participate in the Woolworths Cricket Blast day. Before we competed Mrs. Harrison had already put us into teams and we had been practising at school with cricket players who were running a clinic during PE sessions.

During the day we began with everyone participating in a cricket clinic where we practised the main skills of fielding, batting and bowling. After this we competed against other schools in a game. Overall each team played 3 games.

My favourite part of the day was after every game where we got to use the Woolworths smoothie maker.

Overall, the 3/4 Cricket Blast was a really fun day.


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……….

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Every Friday students from Years 2 and 3 participate in HT’s Minecraft Club run by the DigiTech Leaders. We have been learning about the basics with using their Educational Minecraft accounts such as collecting resources, building and mining. Today all the students joined in the same world created by the DigiTech leaders and they searched for different resources. Everyone is having fun playing minecraft and we will continue playing it next term. We encourage the students to develop their skills further during the holidays when they use their accounts at home.

Here are a few photos of today’s session …….

Topic Talks 4 Yellow

Topic Talks 4 Yellow

This year in year 4 we have been doing Topic Talks (a lot like show and tell). At the beginning of each term we are given a list of topics to prepare and research so we have enough information to tell the class about the topic. Some of the topics we have presented this term include researching and presenting a poem that we enjoy (limerick, haiku or Australian), researching an African country and telling the class about a time in our life where we were filled with multiple feelings.

I really enjoyed when we got to tell the class about an African country particularly when other students presented their African country research.

Overall, topic talks are really helpful for learning about different topics as well as learning to speak in front of an audience. I always look forward to seeing these what other students are going to talk about.

Here is a couple of our topic talk presentations about an African country …..

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.

Digitech Sessions (The Ozobots have landed at HT!!!)

Digitech Sessions (The Ozobots have landed at HT!!!)

Over the last few weeks the students in Digitech have been learning to code using our Ozobots. An Ozobot in a small robot the responds to different colours – mainly red, green, blue and black. When you draw these codes together in different sequences it can make the Ozobot move in different ways. Some of our favourite moves so far have been the Nitro boost (fast speed), tornado (spin around) and backwalk (go backwards) and pause 3 seconds.

Our latest task requires the students to make the Ozobot do a series of moves including right and left turns, change speeds and do a ‘cool’ move such as the backwalk. Another task required the students to complete a bowling challenge where the Ozobot needed to knock over some bowling pins. These challenges  certainly got our brains going.

Here are the students in action during our Ozobot sessions ….

Lego Lessons

Lego Lessons

In lego lessons this term the students in years 4, 5 and 6 have been learning how to build lots of different models such as  a moonwalking robot, a battle tank and a remote control car that can be coded with your Chromebook.

In these lessons we practise working together with in a group, following instructions carefully on a sheet and learning about some of the different forces used to make these models work.

Overall, Lego lessons are really fun and they teach you lots about some of the different machines we use in our lives.

Here are some of our students in action …..

Times Tables in Year 4

Times Tables in Year 4

In Year 4 this term we have been learning our times tables. One really fun way of helping us remember these facts is with with our class’s Tilly’s Tables Cards. What you do is you pick out a random card from the box and then you think of a rhyming word for the question eg.11 x 9 =99 so a rhyming word for this is “mighty whine.”  The rhyming words are really helpful because if you don’t know the times tables answer you can look at the rhyming words to work out the answer. On some of the cards there are jokes that can be pretty funny as well ….. (sometimes!).

Overall, the Year 4’s are really enjoying learning our tables with these cards and also love playing the games on them.

by Abbey and Ty

Cyber Safety In Digitech

Cyber Safety In Digitech

Currently, in Digitech the students in grades 3 to 6 are learning about cyber safety. Cyber safety is making sure that ourselves, other people that we interact with and the devices and accounts we use remain safe whilst online. During this unit we are learning about topics including keeping our personal details secure, being aware of scams and phishing attempts and showing respect for others even when others might show disrespect themselves.

During our cyber safety topic the 3/4 classes are applying their skills whilst playing Google Interland. This is an online program developed by Google which helps students to understand some of different elements of cyber safety whilst moving through the different lands of Interland (a make believe online world). Some of the topics covered in this unit include making sure you share with others online with care, keeping a secure password and being aware of fake websites, scams and phishing attempts.

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The 5/6 students are developing their skills whilst playing a cyber safety game called Lost summer. They are learning about different topics such as respect, resilience and empathy. We are really enjoying completing the different missions with our partners as well as learning about the different skills we need to be cyber safe when we are online.

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Year 4 Hoop Time

Year 4 Hoop Time

On Wednesday the 31st July the Year 4 students all went to the state basketball stadium to compete in the Hoop Time basketball competition.  All the year 4 students had been been training for the last three weeks and we have improved heaps with our basketball skills. Most teams got to play at least four games with some future stars teams making it through to the finals. In the final we had two Holy Trinity teams playing off with the HT Tigers winning in a close contest against HT Taipans. It was such a close game that both teams will get to play off in the regional finals in October. Overall it was very exciting to play against other teams in the Hoop Time competition and everyone had heaps of fun!

Thank you to Mrs. Harrison for organising all the teams, to the parents that came to help coach on the day and to the 5/6 students who helped our teams to practise for the competition.