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Month: February 2019

The Happy Campers are on our way home!

The Happy Campers are on our way home!

After a really good night sleep amongst most campers we woke to a delicious breakfast including pancakes. We cleaned our rooms which took a very long time for some cabins …. not mentioning any names. We had one final play on the beach and had an early lunch so we could depart on time. After some final thank yous we left Waratah Bay at midday. We are expecting to be back at HT at around 3pm on the basketball court.

We have had an awesome camp but are looking forward to seeing our families + our comfortable beds.

Here is a couple of surfing videos from yesterday.

Camp day 2

Camp day 2

Today we were on camp enjoying a long walk along the beach (we were told it was 6km altogether). Whilst we were there we spent some time in the rockpools exploring lots of the little sea creatures that live there. We also surfed and had a safety brief where we learned how to use the lifesaver tubes.

It was amazing how fun so many of the activity groups were. Most students really enjoyed the flying fish giant swing, the nitro crossing challenge (not with real nitro), the low ropes course, beach volleyball and the treasure island challenge.

We will always remember these moments but are also looking forward to coming back home soon to see our families.

We will send through one more blog post before we return back to HT tomorrow.

Knox Festival Banner

Knox Festival Banner

Amazing job by the art leaders to complete our awesome banner for the Knox Festival.

The finished banner 

The festival is on the 2nd and 3rd of March and is a fun family day out. It is held at the Wally Tew reserve in Frrntree Gully🎊

5/6 Camp Day One

5/6 Camp Day One

Yesterday was an awesome day doing lots of fantastic activities.

Three groups got to go surfing and the other three groups did activities around the camp including rock climbing, obstacle course and giant swing.

I had never done surfing before and it was pretty hard to stand up on the board. Quite a few students stood up on the board but none of the teachers were that skillful.

Last night for dinner we had a lovely roast pork and lamb as well as crunchy potatoes. The pork was my favourite. We also had fruit salad and ice cream for dessert.

We also got to go for a night walk down to the beach where we used our torches to find soldier crabs. We learnt that they are unusual because they are one of the few crabs that walk forwards instead of sideways. We also roasted marshmallows by the campfire and lots of people had their marshmallows fall off their stick into the fire.

After a big day we all went to bed at about 10 pm.

Here is a few pictures of our adventures from yesterday.

Greetings from Waratah Bay

Greetings from Waratah Bay

Hi everyone.

We have arrived to a beautiful day and a lovely camp site.

Our journey was good particularly watching the movies on bus. We stopped off at Coal Creek for a break and bite to eat. On arriving at camp we had lunch, sorted out a cabin groups and organised our activity groups.

This afternoon we completing some activities including the giant swing, obstacle course and surfing.

We will send another post through later on to update everyone of our day.

Here are a few happy snaps from camp …..

Art Room News

Art Room News

The new art leaders have done an amazing job painting the banner for the 2019 Knox Festival. The festival is on March 2nd and 3rd at the Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully. It is a terrific fun family outing with lots of food, rides and entertainment. The banner will be on display and is part of a competition to win the most popular banner, people’s choice award. So go along with your family and vote for our wonderful banner 😃🌈

Recess and Lunchtime activities

Recess and Lunchtime activities

At recess and lunch there are so many activities we do at school such as forty 40, basketball, cricket, climbing on the monkey bars and what’s the time Mr. Wolf?

My friends and I like to play with our BeyBlades. This is what a beyblade and a riper looks like …..

When we put the beyblade on the riper and pull the string then the beyblade comes off and spins. When you battle with someone in an arena it sometimes bursts and comes apart. But don’t worry because you can put it back together afterwards.

We love playing beyblades each recess and lunch and so do many other students in the school.

Here is a few pictures of us in action …..

5/6 camp

5/6 camp

On Monday the 25th of February all the 5/6’s are going to Waratah Bay for an amazing three days of camp. We are all so excited to go surfing and explore the camp site. We know who is in our cabin groups, but we are yet to find out who is in our activity groups. I am really looking forward to all the fun food we are going to eat. I am also excited about some of the activities we get experience such as giant swing, going swimming and exploring the rock pools at the beach. It will be great to be outdoors all the time with my friends and teachers. 

Keep a look out on the school blog for how we are going on camp next week. 

Lego Engineering begins in Year 3 with a bang!

Lego Engineering begins in Year 3 with a bang!

This week the Year 3 students participated in the first of our Lego Engineering lessons for this term. These lessons involve the students working together to build an everyday toy or structure using lego. This week the students  built their own spinning top.  The models were fantastic but the real magic occurred when we explored the forces behind why the spinner works. We learnt that the more momentum we give the spinner the longer it will spin provided it maintains its balance. We also learnt how gravity is a force working against the spinner staying up. Students experimented with different ways to increase the momentum of the spinning top such as by adding more weight, turning the launcher with more power and increasing the wingspan of the parts at the top of the spinner. Not all ideas worked straight away but sometimes we learn most from our failed experiments. We are looking forward to our next lego session next week.

Here are some of our groups in action …..

 

Year 5 Maths

Year 5 Maths

In Year 5 we have been learning about how we find the area of rectangles and squares. We even learnt how to find the area of an irregular shape! Mr.B came in to challenge and get us thinking a bit more. We discovered that there are different ways to find the area of a shape with some involving adding and subtracting and others involving multiplication (and sometimes division).

In the below activity we found out the area of our names (as well as demonstrating our artistic skills).

How do you think we went?

Year 6’s Get their Leadership Roles

Year 6’s Get their Leadership Roles

After many months waiting the year 6 leadership roles were finally given out at Assembly last Friday. There are eight different roles, which are Liturgy Leaders, Art Leaders,  Learning Leaders, Environment Leaders, Health Leaders, Friendship Leaders, Digitech Leaders, and last but not least, the School Leaders. Being a year 6 leader is a great way of learning about how to be responsible and sharing our expertise around the school. We are all really looking forward to making 2019 a great year for everyone at HT.

Congratulations to all Year 6’s and hope that they have a good year ahead of them.

Here are the leaders of 2019 …..

Sport Leaders

Digitech Leaders

Friendship Leaders

Health, Fitness & Sport Leaders

Environment Leaders

Learning Leaders

Arts Leaders

Liturgy Leaders

Special Art Groups and Art Clubs

Special Art Groups and Art Clubs

At Holy Trinity we are very lucky to have the opportunity to participate in “Special Art Groups.” In special art groups a few students are chosen by Mrs Laming and the art leaders to complete a special art piece to represent our school. One special project we completed last year was when we painted skateboards with the TORCH values on them. These skateboards are displayed in the walkway into our Great Space. As you can see below the skateboards are very impressive.

Later on this year we will also have some special art clubs where students have the opportunity to sign up to participate in this group during lunchtimes. The art club is often led by our Year 6 Art leaders and they teach a range of skills including painting, knitting and weaving.

Here are some of our special art pieces.

 

Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups

On Friday the 8th of February, the whole school had our very first Friendship Group for 2019. The first friendship group was so fun for everyone, especially for the preps. There are 16 groups in total and the students were with a  teacher that may not be their class teacher and different kids from Prep – Year 6. Friendship Groups is a way to reach out to new friends and learn what the T.O.R.C.H values are. They also find out what our school motto really means at Holy Trinity. Now that this is my 7th year at HT I can tell that since prep I have learnt so much about the T.O.R.C.H values and now I display them every day.

Here are some photos from our Friendship Groups today….

 

Specialists Lessons Have Begun!

Specialists Lessons Have Begun!

This week our specialists has started for the year!

Italian/LOTE and Art have moved to new rooms in St Mary’s during the school holidays so that we have more room for our new students to fit into our Holy Trinity building. Here is the new Italian and Art  classrooms.

In Physical Education Mrs Harrison is back!!! We have really missed her last year in the time that she was away and everyone is so glad that she is teaching PE once again.

In DigiTech we have a giant new screen to learn with. We can certainly see it better because it is so clear so everyone will be able to complete lots of new DigiTech projects.

We are very lucky to have such great Specialists at HT and St. Mary’s and we look forward to another exciting year of learning.

Let the school year begin!

Let the school year begin!

Today (Friday 8 February) marks the end of our first full week back at HT and St. Mary’s for 2019. Our assessment days last week were very successful and helped to give the teachers some good knowledge about where they can help support the students with their learning this year. One big change in 2019 is that all classes now straight grades which will be particularly different for the older levels of our school.

We have also had a lot of classroom changes including the year 4 classes moving over to where the art room and after school care used to be and the year 3 students moving in to the Amazing Space.

In addition, there has been some new ‘sound proofing’ curtains have been added to this space which are really helping with the students learning there.

  

Parent / Teacher meetings ran smoothly this week and today we all went over to St. Judes to celebrate mass as a parish community. We were lucky to also have recess where we got to play on St. Jude’s playground with all 3 schools together (St. Mary’s, St. Jude’s & Holy Trinity).

 

It’s hard to believe that we have only been back for a week.

Overall, it has been an ‘action packed’ beginning to the school year and it is great to see so many happy faces as we settle into 2019.