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Month: February 2020

🏊 DISTRICT SWIMMING 2020 🏊

🏊 DISTRICT SWIMMING 2020 🏊

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…..

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Dental Health Van

Dental Health Van

Last week, many of our students were able to have a dental checkup right here at school. This is a fantastic service that was fully covered by Medicare for most of our families. Many thanks to Australian Dental Health Victoria for contacting us and offering their service.

Families who were away or unable to return their forms last week can still send them in to school, and when we have enough forms here, Australian Dental Health said that they should be able to come back for another day, so please send in your forms as soon as you can.

Buddy Breakfast 2020

Buddy Breakfast 2020

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.

Here are some photos from our Buddy breakfast …..

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Being a School Captain at HT

Being a School Captain at HT

Hi, my name is Jessica and I am one of the four school captains for this year. Being a school captain includes many responsibilities including taking parents on tours of our wonderful school, handing out awards at Friday assemblies and helping to lead our Monday assembly. Though, we have many responsibilities as school captains, it can be really fun and we enjoy taking on this role of leadership together. We are proud to represent HT this year and can’t wait for many of the exciting events to take place this year in 2020. Being that this is my last year in primary school I want to lead the school to achieve high standards particularly in our use of the TORCH values in the years to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post and I hope to help many of you during the year!

What’s new in Digitech in 2020?

What’s new in Digitech in 2020?

In 2020 there are some big changes in the technology we can use at HT. We have new computers along the wall in the Tech Lab as well as new keyboards and mice. These computers work a lot quicker so that every computer is a lot more reliable. In addition, every student in years 3 to 6 can use their own chromebook in class to support their learning (whereas in the past classes needed to share chromebooks) and for the first time the students in year 2 will have the opportunity to share a set of chromebooks between their classes as well. Every classroom has their own interactive television which is a great way to share our learning together and teachers plan together using their Microsoft Pro laptops. This shows how lucky we are to be students at Holy Trinity & St. Mary’s in 2020.

The Digitech leaders for 2020 should hopefully have some exciting news to share with some of the projects we plan to do with the students during the year. Stay tuned!!!

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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.

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HT & St. Mary’s 2020 Concert “Carnevale”

HT & St. Mary’s 2020 Concert “Carnevale”

In Italian this year we are already preparing for our school concert. Our theme for our concert will be Carnevale. Carnavale is a great way of celebrating Italian culture by acting and wearing colourful costumes. During Carnevale there are parades with lots of big colourful floats and people dancing on the back of big trailers. Also many people design special masks to wear during this celebration.

Our concert this year sounds very exciting and even though it is not until term 3 we cannot wait for it to take place.

I wonder if we might see some of these beautiful colours in our concert?

Writers’ Notebook

Writers’ Notebook

In Year 6 we are learning about keeping a writer’s notebook.

What is a writer’s notebook (you might ask)?  A writer’s notebook is not a diary or a journal but  a way to express ourselves. It is a place where you can jot down what you feel or draw what is on your mind or just a place to write how your day went. We use our writers’ notebook mainly during Literacy but you can use it whenever you want . Many of us enjoy writers’ notebook time because it feels less like learning time.

Stella and I went around to ask some of the students about their thoughts of using writers’ notebook and this is what they shared ……

“I love to draw pictures in my writer’s notebook and it is good to come back to these later on.” Dakotah

“I love to jot down things that are important to me and it helps me come up with stories for my writing.”  Dominica 

Here is a couple of pictures from our writers’ notebook time.

By Chanelle and Stella 

Friendship Groups begin for 2020

Friendship Groups begin for 2020

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.

Here is are some of photos of us in action …….