What an amazing turnout! Thank you very much to all of the children who came to make an owl both on Wednesday and today at lunch time. Each of you are contributing to such an amazing cause and your generosity is much appreciated! A HUGE shout out to the parent helpers who have supported this event with your donations and time!! We couldn’t have done it without your help! Students, the kindness and patience that you showed to one another is commendable! To the staff that came to support, thanks a bunch!!
Here are a few action shots of our owl making fun!
We are already halfway through Lent which is the special church season leading up to Easter. During Lent one of the areas that Christians try to focus on is almsgiving (or giving to those in need).
At Holy Trinity we often try to raise money for Project Compassion. This year many students have chosen to participate in some owl making sessions at lunch times as a means of raising money for Project Compassion. All the materials used to make these owl were donated by the students which is very nice of everyone who donated. Some of the items include buttons, old tops, pants and other material. We were also lucky enough to have some parents give up their time to assist us with making these owls. They brought in their sewing machines, needles and thread and helped us to make our beautiful creations.
Once the owls are finished the students can buy them for $5.00 with all the money raised going to Project Compassion. Thankyou to everyone for all your contributions and for your hard work.
Next term Miss Hiscox and the Environment Leaders are working together to create a gardening club. One of our big project will be to revamp our “beautiful” veggie patch and make it a bit more sustainable. Students will get the chance to join in with the club which will take place each week.
Also our school is becoming more green every day by reducing , reusing and recycling our rubbish. Each will also be working on becoming more sustainable by getting their very own compost bin as well.
Keep an eye on the school blog for future posts about our school becoming more and more green.
On Thursday 28th of March it was time to pretty ourselves up because it was school photos day.
We all made sure our hair was nicely styled and we had our smiley faces on ready for the big day. Everyone has an individual and a class photo taken. We also have family photos taken for students that have siblings. The year six students have an additional photo taken in their leadership teams. For example, all the sport leaders had a photo taken together. I also got to have a special School Captain photo taken with the other 3 school captains which will be a photo I will treasure for the rest of my life.. The company that takes our school photos is called MSP and we have been using them for quite a few years. It usually takes a couple of months before all the photos come back to the school so they will most probably come before the end of term 2.
Overall it was a fun day where we got to show off our hair styles and of course our smiles.
We have had a great start to our learning in the new Italian/Performing Arts space. This week the grade 3/4 students listened to a story in Italian about Easter called Fra Martino. They learnt to play the Fra Martino song on the glockenspiels – they did a fabulous job! Fantastico!
Today our Year 1 to Year 6 students took part in Author Writing Workshops with Phil Kettle. Students enjoyed listening to Phil talk about his experiences as an author and how he has used these to write his series of books, such as Tool Cool and Boyz Rule. Phil also spoke about the importance of the writing phase and shared planning ideas to develop a writing piece. Phil was not only impressed with the questions students asked him during the session, but how respectful and responsive they were through the workshop. Everyone enjoyed the sessions and are looking forward to applying new learning in class.
Last Wednesday (13th of March) the students of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s participated in our annual Twilight Sports event. Our four houses Bunarong (Gold), Mackay (Blue), Mackillop (Green) and Dominic (Red) all did a great job for the event. These houses were well led by ….. : Thomas and Niamh (Bunarong), Archie and Chloe (Mackay), Lachlan and Bella (Mackillop) and Nik and Caitlin (Dominic).
The evening began with our field house events where teams competed together to try to gain points for their team. We then went onto the Sprint events which were completed by the students in Prep to Year 2. We then had some relays and finished off the evening with the Fran Rascas races.
The house who ended up winning the Spirit Shield for Good Sportsmanship was Mackay.
The overall winning team for Twilight Sports was Bunarong so congrats to all the Gold team!
On Friday the 15th of March the RE leaders of HT travelled to St Pat’s Cathedral in the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The six students arrived there on train and walked to the cathedral from Parliament station. Leading the mass was our Archbishop Peter. During the mass all the different schools that attended each carried a banner down the aisle. After the mass we walked to a nearby park where there were lots of activities for all of the schools to enjoy including some music performances by some of the high schools and some ball games like dodgeball and bowling. Afterwards, the HT students went back to the station travelled back to school. Overall, it was really interesting seeing so many students from the different catholic schools around Melbourne.
This year in Year 2, we have been lucky enough to take part in a Pen Pal program with two Year 2 classes from a school in Queensland. The students received the letters today and are very excited about writing and sending letters back and forth throughout the year!
In Year 3 we have been busy building lots of different lego designs in the Multi Purpose Room. Some of these models require a motor such as the racing car, laundry drier and motorcycle. Others such as the catapult, spinning top and sailboat did not require a motor. We have been learning about some of the different forces that help to make these lego models work such as momentum, kinetic energy and centrifugal force. The students are amazing in their interest in our Lego unit as well as the knowledge they bring to our discussions.
Here are some of us in action during our Lego sessions …..
On Thursday the Grade 4’s had the opportunity to visit Mater Christi and St Joseph’s to experience life in high school. During this time they visited different areas of the school, met some of the teachers and played games.
During the St Joseph’s visit the boys played drum pads, created art pieces and played 360 degree ball. At Mater Christi, the girls were involved in science experiments, a scavenger hunt and played noodle tag!
They all had a fantastic time!
Year 3 and 4 Democracy, Community and Me Incursion
The Year 3 and 4 students participated in a fantastic incursion which immersed them in knowledge and activities related to rules, laws and the basics of democracy. They experienced a mock council meeting and a local government voting role play scenario. It was a rich and enjoyable experience.
On Thursday the 7th of March, the grade 3, 4, 5 and 6’s went to Ringwood Athletics Centre to participate in the track and field events. We did a lot of rotation activities to score points for our house teams. Some of the events are running, long jump, high jump and discus.
Overall, it was a pretty fun day and everyone enjoyed completing the events at a real track.
Today is Ash Wednesday which is a special day marking the first day of Lent. During our Ash Wednesday Mass everyone had ashes placed on their forehead in the shape of a cross. Ashes are used because it is a symbol of new life just like new plants and grass grow after a bushfire.
Lent is a special season in the Church where we try to do more praying, fasting (giving up something we can live without such as chocolate or electronics) and almsgiving (giving some money to a charity such as Project Compassion). During Lent the colour purple is used in the Church. It also is a season that lasts for 40 days because Jesus survived in the desert for forty days with very little food or water. Many Christians also go without meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday during the Lenten season. The end of Lent we celebrate Easter which is a time where we remember the Resurrection of Jesus.
Here are some pictures of today’s Ash Wednesday celebration…..
On Friday the 1st of March the Prep students and their Year 6 buddy/ies (along with their families) gathered in the Community Space for Buddy Breakfast. This was a chance for the buddies and their families to get to know each other better. The Year 6’s also gave their Prep buddy/ies a special ‘buddy’ bear to symbolise our new friendship. We look forward to spending many happy times with our buddies throughout 2019.
Here is a few photos from our Buddy Breakfast last Friday …..
Last Friday Holy Trinity competed against many other primary schools in the Knox area including St. Jude’s. St. Bernadette’s and Boronia K-12 at the District Swimming Carnival.
Each Tuesday the students in the swim team had to get up very early and go down to Knox Leisureworks pool for swimming practice. It was hard work but last Friday we enjoyed the successes of our hard work because HT came first in the competition. This means that we have won the district swimming competition nine years in a row (even before I began school at HT). There is a group of boys and girls who will be going away for the next level of competition in the next couple of weeks.