Thank you to our wonderful PA (Parents Association) for the beautiful morning tea that you provided to the HT and St. Mary’s staff this morning. All staff really enjoyed the incredible array of food and appreciate the time and effort the mums in the PA went to prepare the food and organise the staff room.
We are so lucky to have such a supportive community!
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 …….
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.
On Wednesday 20th November a team of 14 students represented Holy Trinity in an Italian poetry/drama competition at St John the Baptist Primary School in Ferntree Gully. The students had to learn an Italian poem off by heart and present it to an audience using correct pronunciation, expression and drama skills. The students were all fantastic and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them! The student with the highest score for HT was Isabella Bonato and the encouragement award was presented to Chloe Hall. Overall the team placed 3rd. A brilliant effort!
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!
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.
In Inquiry this term the students in 5 Blue have been learning about budgeting and keeping a greater control of our money. At the beginning of the topic everyone in our class had to pull out a job from a list in a hat. On our first week everyone started off with $2000 dollars.
Each week we get to choose a chance card from a hat with some events being good where you getting extra money whilst other events mean that you need to pay money back (a bit like the game of Monopoly). After you get your chance card you have to write down what happened for the week in your book. We are also keeping a table of our expenses such as for mortgage, electricity, water and transportin Google Sheets (like the picture below).
We are looking forward to our next payday so that we have enough money for all of our bills.
Overall, I am finding this unit fun because it is getting you ready for when you are an adult and need to earn money for real.
This week there has been a lot of excitement around HT with the Book Fair taking place in the library.
There was multiple choices of books for different ages. Everyone was very generous with their purchasing and we made over $5000 which is an amazing result. A big thank you must go out to a generous father who donated almost $250 worth of books for our school library. As a result of all the great sales Mrs. Taylor will be able to purchase a lot of new books for our school library for 2020 and beyond.
Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped out and of course to Mrs. Taylor for all of her fabulous work to make the book fair available to our school community.
On Tuesday the 12th of November the Year 6 students went to Knox Leisureworks to achieve their year 6 water safety certificate. Some of the skills that we needed to do to achieve this certificate included a 25m freestyle, 25m of another stroke and 5 minutes of treading water in clothes.
Mrs Harrison was proud of our efforts with swimming at primary school because so many of our student achieved the certificate.
Overall it was a fun day especially the water polo.