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Push Race Cars

Push Race Cars

In Science at the moment the Year 1 students are learning about the forces of push and pull. As part of this topic the students built a Lego car model that used an elastic band to power the car a bit like a wind-up toy. Our Year 1 students were lucky enough to build this model with the Year 6 students and then they got to test and race them against other students in the class.

Overall, the students learnt a lot about how you can power a car without needing a motor to get it to work just like the forces of push and pull.

Here are the students in action …..

This is one of our races between the different Lego models that the students built ……

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Prep Digitech Classes

Prep Digitech Classes

This term in Digitech the Prep students have been working hard developing their keyboarding skills using the BBC typing program. The Preps have been learning about using all of their fingers when typing, keeping a straight back by making sure our chair is pushed in and looking at the screen. Here is a few of our Preps in action during our typing sessions in Digitech this term.

In addition, the Preps have been developing their skills with using a mouse whilst using the Pivot animator program. This program involves moving a stick figure around using your mouse. Through creating a series of movement frames the students are able to create a video animation which we all enjoy watching together.  In our latest project the Prep were required to get the stick figure climb across the monkey bars. The students have a lot of fun using this program but also learn that to be successful with using the program you need to take your time and be patient.

Here is a picture of what one our Prep students was able to create …..

Overall, we are very proud with how much the Preps have progressed with their ability to navigate around the computer in the first half of this year and we have lots more exciting plans for our Digitech learning next term.

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5/6 Camp Update

5/6 Camp Update

Hi everyone,

We have all had a wonderful camp and we are currently enjoying our last morning before we depart Alexandra Adventure Resort at approximately 10.30 am. We plan to stop for lunch on our journey back and should arrive back at Holy Trinity before 3pm. You should be informed via Operoo prior to us arriving back at HT of more specific details.

Thanks for your support and please continue to refer to our updated photo doc of our camp experiences.

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The 5/6 Happy Campers Have Arrived

The 5/6 Happy Campers Have Arrived

Bright and early this morning our excited 5/6 campers (and of course the teachers) departed Holy Trinity destined for Alexandra Adventure Resort for our 3 day (and 2 night) camp. After stopping off at Yea for a short break we arrived in Alexandra at 10.30 am.

After unloading the buses we took a quick tour around the campsite for our safety information and had our lunch before getting ready for our first two activity group rotations.

The camp looks great and everyone seems to be having lots of fun.

We will try to update our blog later on this evening with a more detailed run down of today’s activities once we have settled into tonight’s activities.

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Year 4 Lego Sessions

Year 4 Lego Sessions

Today our year four classes began with the Lego Engineering program. This program helps to develop the students’ skills and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) whilst building a variety of models. Today we built a Ferris Wheel where we learnt about the importance of creating some rides in an amusement park that can be enjoyed by everyone (rather than just those that enjoy really fast rides). We learnt how to make our models go faster or slower according to the size of the driving and passenger wheels. Overall, it looked like we had a lot of fun whilst learning about how a Ferris Wheel works.

Here are some of our groups with their models …..

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Year 4 Campers are on their way …..

Year 4 Campers are on their way …..

This morning our year 4 students had an extra ‘spring’ in their step as they were departed for ADANAC camp in the Yarra Junction. This is our year 4 students’ first school camp away and they will be spending two days and one night away together.  The students will get an opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities, eat some yummy food and share lots of great times together.

We will try to update families about how they are going whilst the year 4 students are away.

Here is a few pictures taken from this morning before the students departed for ADANAC …..

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TORCH Bearer for Term 1 & SRC Assembly

TORCH Bearer for Term 1 & SRC Assembly

On Thursday 7th April, we gathered together as a school community to present our TORCH Bearers of term 1.  To be chosen as a TORCH Bearer is a significant achievement because only one special person in each year level is chosen for this award who consistently displays each of our TORCH values. Our TORCH values of tolerance (T), optimism (O), respect (R), confidence (C) and honesty (H) are at the heart of what we teach at Holy Trinity and provide our students with practical examples of how to live out of school motto of ‘Love One Another’.

Congratulations to Parker (Prep), Primrose (1), Lucas (2), Daniel W (3), Olivia (4), Cara G (5) and Abigail (6) for being such fantastic recipients of the TORCH Bearers for term 1.

In addition, we presented our SRC (Student Representative Committee) members for 2022 with their badges during this assembly. Two students were chosen from each class in years 1 to 5 after writing an application letter as to why they think they would be a good SRC candidate. Students who were interested in becoming an SRC wrote their letters in the Tech Lab at an assigned recess or lunch time and then these letters were read out anonymously in their class by the class teacher. By reading out the letters anonymously this reduces the chances of the voting process becoming a ‘popularity’ contest but rather each student votes on qualities highlighted in the letter of the person they thought would do the best job as an SRC. One student will represent each class at our term 2 meetings and the other student will represent the class for term 3 when we meet at lunchtime each Thursday.  In term 4 our SRC may meet less frequently as we focus our energy on putting some of the initiatives we have worked through in the previous terms into action. Sometimes this may mean we require all our SRCs to help make HT & St. Mary’s the best school possible for everyone.

Congratulations to our SRCs for 2022.

Please click on the following link to view the video of the TORCH Bearer and SRC Assembly video.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fAY71yoS2ML7GuMo6kXN0dHRPtAr2Mub/view?usp=sharing

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Lego Sessions are up and running

Lego Sessions are up and running

Our Lego Engineering program is up and running for 2022 with lessons taking place for the students in Years 3 to 6.

The program helps to develop the students’ skills and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) whilst building a variety of models such as a carousel, helicopter, industrial mixer and a chronoscope. During these lessons we learn about some of the different forces that help these machines work and students work with a partner to follow a series of instructions in order to build the model. We also look for ways to innovate our designs to help them to go faster, work safer or move with greater accuracy.

These sessions will continue throughout this year with the students in years 5 and 6 participating in the program this term and the students in years 3 and 4 completing a series of lessons next term. This program will continue throughout the remainder of the year hopefully without any of the COVID interruptions we have had in the past two year.

Here are our Year 5 students in action today building their carousel models…..

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Friday Assembly Term 1 Week 4, 2022

Friday Assembly Term 1 Week 4, 2022

Welcome to our first online assembly for 2022. Today’s assembly was held as a Google Meet and recorded on an iPad.

Congratulations to all of our award winners – some amazing accomplishments! Keep up the great work girls and boys!

Wishing everyone a restful weekend particularly all the students who participated in their first swimming session today.

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Monday Assembly – Presentation of Year 6 Jackets

Monday Assembly – Presentation of Year 6 Jackets

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2022 and to a new school year.

Today, our new school principal, Mr. Scutt, together with our new school captains helped to conduct our first Monday morning assembly for this year. Today was an exciting time for our year six students who received their school jackets. I’m sure you will see them proudly wearing their jackets around the school throughout the year- even when it’s 30+ degrees.

As parents are currently unable to join us for assembly we have recorded it for you to view in your own time.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming parents back for school assemblies soon.

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Lego Car Challenge

Lego Car Challenge

On Friday 3rd December Holy Trinity gathered around the school to view our Lego car travel around the school. Mrs. Whelan has been working with students from a variety of levels during lunchtimes over the last few weeks to build a cardboard track that could carry our Lego car. The track began in the Mini Space where the 5/6 classrooms are located and passed through the office area into the Great Space. The students gathered around the track in the Great Space cheering the car on as it passed through the 1 Blue classroom and outside to the asphalt area near the basketball court. Finally, the track took one final left hand turn and finished outside the Year 3 classrooms. The journey for the car was smooth even over the stairs until the finish line was in sight where the car took spill.  After a quick repair job the car took the last few metres to the cheers of the school and an impressive time of 3 minutes 17 seconds.

Thank you to Mrs. Whelan for organising this enjoyable activity and to all the wonderful helpers who gave up their time to work on the track over the last few weeks.

Here is the video of Friday’s Lego car challenge…..

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Car Track Challenge

Car Track Challenge

Hi everyone,

Here is a sneak peek for our car track challenge where a Lego car will be driven along a cardboard track made by the HT students from the Year 6 classrooms through the school and all the way to the 3/4 portable classrooms. Your challenge is to guess how long you think this will take in minutes and seconds.

What is your prediction after viewing the following clip?

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Help Save the Emperor Penguins

Help Save the Emperor Penguins

Aryana D in 2 Blue has been concerned with the Emperor Penguins.

The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin in the world. Unfortunately, they are dying because they have nowhere to live as the polar ice caps are melting due to global warming.

One of the big ways that we can help stop global warming is by using recyclable materials instead of single use plastic. Another option is to reuse items more than once such as to using a refillable drink bottle instead of buying water from the store.

Aryana would like to remind us that we can help save the Emperor Penguins from climate change by thinking about using recyclable materials such as cardboard, cloth bags or even recyclable plastic before we use single use plastic as much as possible.

Here is a poster to help remind everyone about how we can help these beautiful creatures to survive on earth for many years to come.

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Cyber Safety ‘Mind maps’

Cyber Safety ‘Mind maps’

During the past few Digitech sessions the students in Years 1 to 6 have been learning to use an online mind mapping program called Mindmup. Mind mapping is a visual way of setting out our learning where we put together similar ideas into groups much like we group our ideas into paragraphs or onto the same slide. Students enjoy the ability to use images to represent a phrase as well as to colour code the different topics that they use. Our Digitech mind maps demonstrated our cyber safety understanding that we have developed during remote learning.

I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to our wonderful parents who supported their children in learning to use this new program. I’m sure they learnt some new skills as well during our unit. This program will certainly be regularly used in classrooms in the years to come.

Here is a small representation of some of the impressive mind maps that have been created over the past few weeks.

Year 1/2’s Mind maps

Year 3/4’s Mind maps

 

Year 5/6’s Mind maps

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SRC – New School Uniform

SRC – New School Uniform

This term our SRC (Student Representative Council) have been regularly meeting to work through what our new school uniform might look like in 2022 and beyond.

Over the past couple of weeks we shared some of our wonderful ideas including labelling our designs.

Some of ideas included introducing a tie, having a hoodie and creating a uniform that can be worn by both girls and boys and having just one uniform that is a bit more ‘sporty’ and can be worn on both PE and non PE days.

We would love you to add your thoughts about the below designs into the comment section of this post.

Here are some of the designs that our SRCs came up with …..

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Digitech ‘Draw Your Favourite Room’

Digitech ‘Draw Your Favourite Room’

Last week in Digitech the students used the Google Drawings application to draw their favourite rooms. They learnt about how to draw using the different shapes available in the program as well how to label and colour these shapes. There was a great variety of rooms drawn including bedrooms, games rooms, living rooms and one student even drew their shed. We noted the importance of not only drawing the different items in the room but labelling these as well.

I was very impressed with the standard of the drawings and I thank all the students (and their parents) for their hard work with completing these drawings.

Here is a small selection of the great pictures that were created of our favourite rooms ……

Prep Drawings

Year 1 Drawings

Year 2 Drawings

Year 3 Drawings

Year 4 Drawings

Year 5 Drawings

Year 6 Drawings

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Cyber Safety Show

Cyber Safety Show

Hi everyone,

There is a special ‘live’ cyber safety presentation by Martin McGauran who will be working with our students later on this term. Today’s presentation is aimed at the Prep to Year 2 students but anyone can attend and I’m sure you will be entertained by Marty and his puppet. The presentation begins at 12 pm and will last for approximately 40 minutes. All you need to do to join is click on the link below. Enjoy!!!!

www.informandempower.com.au/ollielive23721

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Google Meet times

Google Meet times

Hi everyone,

Here is the Google Meet timetable for this week.

9:30 – 10 am – Preps

10.00 – 10:30 am – Year 1

10:30 – 11:00 am – Year 2 & 3

11.00 – 11:30 am- Recess

11:30 – 12.00 pm – Year 4

12.00 – 12:30 pm – Year 5

12:30 – 1:00 pm – Year 6

The post below this one provides everyone with  some further instructions on how to access Google Meets via their school Google account.

More information about the student’s home learning can be accessed via Class Dojo (Preps), Google Classroom and their emails.

We welcome any photos of the students during home learning. These can be sent to newsletter@htws.catholic.edu.au (for the school newsletter) and smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au (for the school blog).

Good luck and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school soon.

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Remote Learning 2021

Remote Learning 2021

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone in our community is keeping well and that we can all be back at school soon.

Whilst we are learning from home here are a few resources that may assist you with getting set up over the next few days.

This document shows you how to access the student’s learning via a variety of devices.

The following videos show you how to use Google Meet (some things have changed since our last remote learning).

Google Meet on a laptop or chromebook …..

Google Meet on a tablet or smart phone ….

Here are a few guidelines that students are reminded to keep during each Google Meet session. It is worth talking with your child/ren about these guidelines to ensure they understand how Google Meets will be conducted.

It is important that all Google Meet users are aware of the following guidelines ……..

  1. All Google Meet sessions should be conducted in an open and suitable area free from distractions (not in your bedroom). *Every meeting should have an adult nearby to help supervise the session.
  2. Keep your microphone on mute unless you have been asked to speak by your teacher (or host of the meeting). Raise your hand to speak like we would do in the classroom.
  3. If your device uses a camera then it must be left on throughout the entire meeting (even if you need to go out to get something).
  4. Only use the comments section of the meeting if you have been directed to do so by your teacher (or host of the meeting).
  5. Remember to wear suitable clothing for learning to your Google Meet (ie. no pyjamas). 
  6. Avoid constantly changing the background of your Google Meet. This can be very distracting for the other members in your meeting.
  7. All Google Meet sessions will be recorded and saved into the teacher’s Google Drives. These recordings may be used for future reference (eg. placed in the Google Classroom for students to refer to support their learning).

* Any user who fails to keep these Google Meet guidelines may be removed from the Google Meet for the remainder of the meeting.

Finally, sometimes technology does not always work the way it is supposed to work. If for some reason you have some ‘technical’ issues I would suggest to direct your focus to any non-technology based tasks until these issues can be resolved. Reading, practising counting skills or times tables facts, preparing for literature group circles or upcoming topic talks are some simple examples of non-technology based tasks that the students could work on during this time. As is skipping, jumping on the trampoline or kicking a ball just as worthwhile for everyone’s wellbeing. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au and I will try to work through any ‘technical’ issues over the coming days.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing everyone back in person soon.

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School Assembly – Term 2 Week 4

School Assembly – Term 2 Week 4

Hi everyone,

Here is the link to today’s school assembly which is the first time we had done a ‘live stream’ of this event. We will continue to stream our Friday assemblies each fortnight particularly for those in our community who are unable to come into HT in person. We will continue to develop this stream (particularly the video and sound quality) over the coming assemblies.

Enjoy and thank you for your ongoing support!

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