The Learning Pit: The children have all been hard at work in the Learning Pit, challenging themselves with their learning. As a child achieves their learning challenge, they are challenged again by the teachers and go back into the learning pit. This process continues as they progress through school. Each student sets their learning goals at the beginning of the term and they work towards achieving them. The learning goals are set with each child’s class teacher who is able to assist the process through feedback during conferencing, to ensure the children are challenged. Each students learning goal is reviewed and tweaked as needed across the term. It is amazing to see the leaps that each child is taking with their learning and the children are looking forward to sharing their stories with their dad’s and grandpa’s following the Father’s Day breakfast. Meanwhile, should you wish to check in on your child’s progress you can contact your class teacher and arrange a meeting time. The teachers are only too happy to see you. Alternately, during Week 10, this term, we will be having Learning Journeys, which are a wonderful opportunity for each student to showcase their learning with their parents. Presently, we have a learning support assistant in the Infants learning area from 9 am until 3pm and until 1pm in Years 3-6. This is further supported by additional staffing. How fortunate are we to be able to offer this assistance to our students to enable them all to progress to achieve academic excellence.
Father’s Day Breakfast: On Friday August 30, there will be a Father’s Day breakfast at Trinity commencing at 8.15am. All dads, grandfathers and special friends are invited to come along and have breakfast with their child/children. There will be bacon and egg rolls, fruit, tea and coffee for the dad’s and hot chocolate for the children. Following breakfast, you are invited to come into the classrooms at 9.10am for shared story time where the children will read their published stories. The children have been very busy writing and publishing stories throughout the year and they would love to share them with you. An invitation for the breakfast will be sent home closer to the event to assist us with catering.
Have a lovely weekend
Family Mass: This Sunday is Family Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 9am. We encourage you all to come along with your children who love the opportunity to participate in the liturgy and sing in the choir. Afterwards there is a special farewell lunch for Father Joshy at the Galong Monastery at 12pm. We hope you can join us for this very special occasion.
Harden Show Barbeque: Notes were sent home today requesting for assistance with the barbeque. We are extremely grateful to Kate Foster, who so willingly organises this each year and Amy Mergard for organising the roster. We need every family to assist with this and give one hour of their time to cook or serve on the day. Each family has been assigned a time. Should this not suit, please arrange a swap or contact Amy.
Book Cafe: Book Cafe is on Monday, 26 August for the Year 3/4's at the Terracotta Restaurant from 3.30pm - 4.15pm. The cost is $2 which covers afternoon tea.
Buddy Reading: The Year 5 students are visiting Bunyip each Wednesday for about 20 minutes in the second half of their lunch break for Term 3. This is a fantastic program where the Year 5 students read a story to our little friends at Bunyip.
Pre-school Art & Craft: Is your child starting school next year? Or even know of someone starting school next year?? Why don't you come and join our Kinders and create some masterpieces!! Trinity is holding a free art & craft program in Term 3, on Thursdays from 2.15pm-3.10pm. Please call Leanne at the front desk on 63862111 to book, everyone is welcome!
Fathers Day Breakfast: On Friday August 30, there will be a Father’s Day breakfast at Trinity commencing at 8.15am. All dads, grandfathers and special friends are invited to come along and have breakfast with their child/children.
Making Jesus Real – Search for the Hero
This week’s MJR focus is on ‘Searching for the Hero’ in all of us.
Although it is fun to pretend to be heroes and imagine your own super powers we need to realise that we have the gifts and talents within us to be heroes. In fact, we might already be a hero to someone in our life. Realising the gifts and talents that God has given us is what ‘search for the hero’ is all about. It is important to remember that we can all be heroes. After all, Jesus left us with the message that we can be heroes to others if we show love and compassion.
Lord, help us to find the gifts and talents that you have given us. Help us to ‘search for the hero’ when things don’t go our way or when we need to be reminded of the positives in our lives. Help us also to recognise the hero in others and to help them celebrate those good qualities. Amen
This Sunday 25th August, we are invited to gather together for our Family Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 9am. A number of families have commitments on this weekend so we are hoping to have another Family Mass in September before Father Joshy leaves. (Father Joshy’s last weekend mass will be Sunday 15th September).
Thank you to the children and families who have volunteered to come along to support this Sunday’s mass. The ministries have been shared out amongst these children for them to practise at home.
Farewell Mass for Fr Joshy
On Thursday 12th September, we will celebrate our last whole school mass at Trinity with Father Joshy. This is an opportunity to show our gratitude to Father Joshy for his support and commitment to Trinity. We urge families and community members to come along to this mass which will be followed by a Sausage Sizzle lunch and cake.
Migrant and Refugee Week – 19th to 25th August
During this week we pray for migrants, refugees, and international students, that we may work with them, be attentive to their needs and promote their innate dignity as children of God. We also pray for our political leaders, legislators, and those in public office, that they enhance laws which welcome, protect, and promote the most vulnerable in our community.
Pope Francis states “Faith assures us that in a mysterious way the Kingdom of God is already present here on earth. For this reason, the presence of migrants and refugees – and of vulnerable people in general – is an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence. That is why it is not just about migrants. When we show concern for them, we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well-regarded nowadays.”
Our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful week.
BOOK WEEK is fast approaching and all our superhero students are super excited!! More of our Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books were read and enjoyed by students this week in preparation for BOOK WEEK celebrations in Week 7. Flyers were distributed yesterday outlining all our BOOK WEEK Activities.
Kinder, Year 1 and 2 explored another text by Alison Lester, Noni the Pony Saves a Joey.
Noni the Pony heads out for the day, to roam the green hills behind Waratah Bay. As she and her friends wander down a green trail, they meet someone small with a very long tail. Can they help the lost baby wallaby find the way home?
The students compared and contrasted the setting, characters and complication of this text to our other shortlisted book by Alison Lester, Tricky’s Bad Day. They identified the rhyming words and crafted their very own Noni the Ponies.
Years 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed the You Tube reading of Cicada by Saun Tan and were able to identify the deeper themes of the text, including workplace bullying, loneliness, belonging and transformation. They demonstrated their creativity through sketches of the main character, Cicada and produced wonderful Acrostic Poems to portray his character.
Years 5 and 6 were intrigued with Lucy Estela’s poignantly beautiful story, Girl on Wire.
Girl on Wire is a simple yet brilliantly uplifting allegory of a young girl struggling to build her self-esteem and overcome the anxiety that many children feel as they grow – she walks the tightrope, afraid she will fall, but with the support of those she loves, her toes grip the wire and she walks forward, on her own, with a new confidence.
The students produced their own amazing illustrations to replica those of illustrator Elise Hurst. They also discussed the use of metaphors to tell the story of a girl struggling to build her self-esteem and overcome anxiety.
Congratulations to Years 3 and 4 who received the SUPER SKOOB AWARD this week for using their super powers to select, borrow and read a range of interesting texts to challenge their reading. Well done Super Kids 3/4!
Looking forward to celebrating BOOK WEEK in WEEK 7 where we will POW into reading!!
This week in our Peer Support Session, the children focused on the importance of support networks and the role that friends play in each other’s lives. The students constructed a visual representation of this during the session. We encourage your child to identify the friends they have who can provide support to them if the need arises.
Pictured are our 2019 Peer Support Leaders, absent Sara Collins and Poppy Lucas.
Todd Woodbridge Cup
Children from Year 3/4 attended the Todd Woodbridge Cup Tennis day at the Harden tennis courts today. They all had such a great day of fun and exercise on the courts.
Sara Collins and Somer Oldfield travelled to Canberra yesterday to compete in the Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival at the AIS. Sara competed in High Jump and Shot Put, where she placed 4th in both events. Somer competed in the 100m sprint, where she placed 6th. Congratulations Sara & Somer, what a fantastic effort, Trinity are very proud of you.
| Archdiocesan Cricket (Gundagai)
Friday 20 March 2020
| Archdiocesan Netball & Rugby League (Lyneham, ACT)
Friday 3 April 2020
|Trinity Cross Country||
Monday 6 April 2020
| Archdiocesan Touch Football (Lyneham ACT)
Wednesday 8 April 2020
Kinder: Dakota Medley & Jack Gadd
Year 1/2: Shannon Kerrison & Poppy-Rose Howarth
Year 3/4: Archie Quinn & Zoe Lenehan
Year 5/6: Sophie Barnes & Tylerr Leitner
Kinder: Keeva Mottley, Ayeisha Atallah & Toby Stevenson
Year 1/2: Hamish Clark, Jade Mottley & Stevie Rain-Ford
This year all students from K-6 have been given a Home Reading Log where they are to record their reading each night.
It has been great to see the number of ‘Reading Nights’ children have recorded in their home reading log.
Once children reach a reading goal of nights they are rewarded with a sticker for their book from Mrs Gorham.
This week we celebrate 25 Nights Reading.
25 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Harlow Summerfield, Jack Gadd, Violet Tindall, Lana Sumich, Mia Longbottom, Ivy Corkhill
Year 2/3: Somer Oldfield, Hamish Summerfield, Claire Corkhill
Year 4: Melanine Beal, Emerson Mann-Rea, Ryan Sumich, Bea Lucas, Billy Corkhill
Year 5/6: Tilly Bowman, Tom Bassingthwaighte