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Month: May 2022

National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week 2022

 

To mark National Reconciliation Week (27th May – 3rd June) the Year 5 students listened to Thomas Mayor, author of the story book “Finding Our Heart”, explain why he wrote the story. He also read the story aloud during the video we viewed.

Finding Our Heart, A Story about the Uluru Statement for Young Australians  by Thomas Mayor | 9781741177176 | Booktopia

The Year 5 students reflected on the 2022 theme of Reconciliation Week “Be Brave, Make Change” and designed posters which included messages about how we, at Holy Trinity and St Mary’s, can work together to treat everybody equally and fairly.

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Year 2 learning

Year 2 learning

This term in the Year 2 level there has been a big focus on developing their skills in writing and Maths.

In writing, the students have been writing information reports about some of the animals they have studied.

In Maths, the Year 2 students have been learning about addition and subtraction there has been a huge improvement in there overall mental maths skills.

Overall, it sounds like the year two students are really developing their skills well and it is awesome to see how much they have learnt.

Here are a few pictures of some of the work displayed in the Year 2 classrooms.

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‘So Much Excitement’ in the Prep Classes

‘So Much Excitement’ in the Prep Classes

Throughout the beginning of the school year the prep students have been learning about an assortment of different topics. These include Creation (Religion), counting to 20 (Maths), writing about animals (Inquiry) and the students are really enjoying participating in reading groups (particularly completing reading eggs). One really cool activity that the Prep students do to help them with their spelling is doing craft with some of the spelling words.

The highlight though with the is all the clever songs that the Preps learn to help them with their learning.  They seemed to have memorised the days of the week with a cool song and in the middle of a lesson everyone burst into song singing  ……

‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…!’

It seems like so much fun in the Prep classes and it is amazing how much the Preps have learnt in such a short time at HT.

Here are some of the bright displays in our Prep classrooms ……

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NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME (NSS)

NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME (NSS)

On Wednesday 25th May Holy Trinity students, along with nearly 2,ooo,ooo other children around Australia and New Zealand joined in with NSS. NSS is a free event organised by the Australian Library & Information Assoc. (ALIA) each year. This year the children listened to the story Family Tree written by Josh Pyke & illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. The children had the opportunity to listen to a few different people reading the book, my favourite being the AUSLAN version. Below are some photos of the some of the children listening to the story and the artwork response from 4 Blue.

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ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS – THURSDAY 9TH JUNE

ITALIAN DAY/TRINITY FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS – THURSDAY 9TH JUNE

The students are very excited about our upcoming Italian Day/Trinity Feast Day celebrations. We will be celebrating this day on Thursday 9th June. The theme for Italian day this year is Ancient Rome. In class the students have been learning about life in Ancient Roman times. It would be lovely to see all the students dressed up on the day. Some costume ideas would be: Roman God or Goddess, Roman Emperor, Roman soldier, Roman man, woman or child or a Roman gladiator. A simple toga can be made out of a bed sheet or a costume could be put together simply with an oversized t-shirt, belt, rope or scarf.

Here are some examples:

Here is a youtube link showing you how to make a toga using a bedsheet:

Toga for boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8gN3YiMZn

Toga for girls link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4hWqIW–rQ

It is only optional to dress up as a Roman, students can also dress up in the Italian colours – green, white and red if they prefer.

There will be many fun activities organised for the day! We will be having a parade in the morning starting at 9.10am – parents are more than welcome to stay and watch the parade. The parade will be out on the basketball courts. The students will be entertained by the amazing Tim Mason from the Melbourne Magic Academy and will also participate in activities in their classrooms which will be centred around the Ancient Rome theme. After lunch we will celebrate Trinity Feast day mass in the community hall – parents are more than welcome to attend mass. This special mass will commence at 2.10pm.

Looking forward to a great day!

Viva l’italiano!

Signora Formichelli

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Confirmation Reflection Day

Confirmation Reflection Day

Last Friday, all the year 6 students went to St. Jude’s for our Reflection Day in preparation for making the Sacrament of Confirmation this week. It was a special day for us because we have been preparing to receive the sacrament throughout this year.  There were many different parts of the day including Fr. Mark talking to us about our chosen saints, working on our lanterns that we will use during the Confirmation ceremony and practising for the Confirmation Mass in St. Jude’s Church. We were even lucky enough to wear free dress as well as to have pizza for lunch.

Overall, our Reflection Day was fun and an important part of preparing ourselves for making the Sacrament of Confirmation this week.

Here are a few photos from our Confirmation Reflection Day.

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3/4 Minecraft Club

3/4 Minecraft Club

This term our Digitech leaders have started up a new Minecraft Club for the students in years 3 & 4. Minecraft Club takes place each Wednesday at lunchtimes in the Tech Lab. The Digitech leaders have been preparing for our Minecraft Club sessions since early last term during our weekly Digitech meetings. So far during our Minecraft lessons we have run a Keyboard shortcuts and mouse controlling session and a maze race session where we practised different command controls. This week we are practising our ability to collect different resources through a group build challenge. Building teamwork is an important skill in Minecraft and one that we didn’t plan for before we began taking these sessions. In the future we are planning to have everyone participate in a Minecraft Athletics event where the students will compete against each other in different Minecraft challenges. All the students appear to be really enjoying the sessions with smiles on their faces and there is great excitement in the Tech Lab every Wednesday. Next term we are planning a Minecraft Club for the students in year 2 and possibly year 1.

Here are a couple of photos of the Minecraft Club in action recently …..

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Year 6 Lego Sessions

Year 6 Lego Sessions

This term the year 6 students have been working really hard on some new LEGO projects. Last week we built a Street Sweeper and this week we are going to build a Light Aeroplane which sounds exciting. After we look  at the project and figure out how to do it, we work with a partner(s) to build the LEGO model. One of the most important parts of the lesson is when we get together on the floor to talk about how the model works and some of the improvements that can be made to make our model work even better. Often we showcase our models for the rest of the class to view but this is optional. Sometimes during our showcase sessions someone’s model may fall apart which can be quite funny but it also shows us that it is ok if something goes wrong. Overall, our Lego sessions have been really fun and I can’t wait for our next lesson!

Here are a few of our Year 6’s showcasing their models …….

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Garden Club News

Garden Club News

PUMPKINS GALORE!

This week and last week we harvested all the pumpkins! We grew 26 pumpkins all up! Both Kent and Butternut. We also planted snow peas and picked some of the sweet mandarins.

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Peer Feedback in 2 Yellow

Peer Feedback in 2 Yellow

This morning in Writing, 2 Yellow had a go at providing peer feedback to each other. The students were asked to listen to their partners information report and provide a star 🌟 (something they did well) and a wish (something they could improve on). Giving peer feedback is a useful skill as it allows the students to reflect on the learning intentions and success criteria of the lesson, and provide useful feedback, rather than it just coming from the teacher. Very powerful stuff!

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District Athletics

District Athletics

On Tuesday 3 May students from years 4 to 6 were chosen to represent Holy Trinity at Scoresby District Athletics Carnival. The students chosen had done well at our school athletics event in March.

It was a really successful day with everyone not only doing their best but also setting a high standard in our behaviour and the way we conduct ourselves. Some special achievements included Mia and Nathan winning the age champion overall for their age groups and overall 25 students made it through to the next level at the Division Athletics which will take place in October.

Overall, HT came 3rd out of the 8 schools.

Here are a few photos from our District Athletics recently …..

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Year 5/6 Science Incursion

Year 5/6 Science Incursion

At the end of last term the Year 5 and 6 students were lucky enough to have visitors from Hand on Science to talk to us about electricity and light. These were two of the topics we learnt about during our term 1 Inquiry unit.

The students were able to participate in two separate sessions where in one session we learnt about electricity and the other we learnt about light.

During the electricity session we learnt how electricity works and how it can exist in different forms. During the light session we learnt about how light can travel through objects and how it reflects.

Overall, our science incursion was really educational but also a lot of fun.

Here are a few photos from our recent incursion.

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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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5/6 Camp Summary Day 1

5/6 Camp Summary Day 1

On Wednesday morning the 5/6s arrived at school at 7.30 am and then departed for Alexandra Resort at just after 8.15 pm. The journey to camp took just under 2 hours but we chose to stop at Yea for a snack before we arrived. We also  had to stop just before camp because there a baby wombat that crossed the road which was cute.

Once we arrived at camp we helped to unload the luggage and then had a safety tour around the campsite. We saw where all the activities were going to happen and where our cabins were. As we were eating our lunch we found out our activity groups and were given a timetable telling us when all the camp activities were going to happen.

Some of the activities that we are going to participate in are canoeing, raft building, flying fox, high ropes course, orienteering, rock climbing, disc golf and gaga ball.

My favourite activities that I have done so far are the water activities because it is fun getting wet.

For dinner last night we had pasta and salad with garlic bread. For dessert we had chocolate moose. Most kids thought the meal was delicious and we would like to have more. We were so well behaved that the chef is going to put on some extra chicken schnitzels for tomorrow’s dinner which we can’t wait for.

After dinner we went for a night walk to search for animals with our torches although most of us did not find too many. The two leading teachers got a bit lost but luckily tghe stuedents helped to put them in the right direction.

Finally, we roasted marshmallows by the camp fire and we went to bed at just after 9.30 pm.

Overall, the first day was fun and we are looking forward to all the activities we are going to have on the other days of camp.

Here is an updated link to our 5/6 Photos Doc that we will continue to add to throughout camp.

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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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Easter Resurrection Alleluia Prayer Service

Easter Resurrection Alleluia Prayer Service

Last week, as a School we celebrated Easter in our “Easter Resurrection Alleluia Prayer Service”. We remembered that Jesus died for us and now lives a new life with us. Jesus is risen and he is with the Church, to teach and guide us until the end of time. We all join joyfully in the world’s ‘Alleluia’.

Easter is too important to last only one day. Over the next few weeks we will continue to celebrate the Season of Easter. The Easter Season is celebrated in the Church for fifty days, until Pentecost Sunday.

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