Today we welcomed The Honorary Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Mr John Osland Director of Infrastructure Hilltops Council, Mrs Rita O’Connor Hilltops Councillor, John Horton Hilltops Councillor, and Charlie Lucas Trinity Community Council Chair to our school. He attended the Kindergarten and Year One Open House to announce that we have been successful in receiving a $20,000 Local Schools Community Grant to upgrade our school hall. To say we are excited is an understatement! Ms Donna Wade applied for the grant at the beginning of 2019 and we found out at the end of last year that our school had been successful. We would like to acknowledge the work that Ms Wade put into the grant application and thank her for her efforts. The Honorary Michael McCormack MP, wanted us to hold off announcing our news until he was able to get here and share in the announcement. We thank all our special guests for being with us today and sharing in our exciting news.
Community Council: We are in desperate need for a Treasurer! This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and meet parents at Trinity and actively participate in decision making. The Community Council meet twice each term on a Monday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. If you are interested in this position, please contact Charlie Lucas, Community Council Chair or Marylou Gorham. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17.
Family Maths Moments
Each week I will be placing a ‘Family Maths Moment’ in the newsletter for families to work on together. The first six families with answers and their reasoning for how they solved the open-ended problems will gain points for their house (Red house, Blue house, Gold house). The problem that you have worked on needs to be handed (not emailed) to Mrs Cooper at the beginning of the next school week. Good luck and most importantly, have fun! Next week (Week 7) the working out will need to be given to Mrs Davis as Mrs Cooper will be attending Professional Development.
Have a lovely weekend!
Book Cafe: This is on Mondays in Term 1 for Year 3 & 4 students at the Terracotta from 3.30pm-4.15pm. The cost is $2 which covers a drink and light afternoon tea.
First Eucharist Preparation: The fifth sacramental session is on Tuesday 3 March at 6pm in the Trinity Library.
Playgroup: We welcome Parents/Carers with babies - to 5yr old children to our Trinity Playgroup, held on Thursdays at 9.30am.
Social Night: The Trinity Parent Community invites you all to a Sabbath Week Social Night at the Harden Country Club on Friday 13 March at 6.30pm. This is a new initiative being held each term to bring our community together. Kids enjoy a free movie and refreshments while parents can enjoy catching up over a meal at the restaurant or a drink from the bar. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Amy Mergard on 0412 434 188.
Making Jesus Real - Compassion
Compassion: Children will show compassion in different ways, just as adults will. As teachers and parents we look for the following types of compassionate strength behaviours and help our children grow the behaviour in real life settings. Celebrate them on what they already do and encourage the growth of compassion. This is what we encourage at Trinity.
We take notice and offer praise when a child….
- Does nice things for others without expecting something in return.
- Says encouraging things to cheer others.
- Shows interest in others by helping and being supportive.
- Participates in active listening.
- Respects privacy and avoids gossip.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
Bella Betts, Billy Corkhill, Thomas Edwards, Charlie Jackson, Zoe Lenehan, Beatrice Lucas, Emerson Mann-Rea, Tomas Mariani, Grace Metcalfe, Michael Oakley, Tommie Parker, Skye Peterson, Imogen Smith and Ryan Sumich
We ask our Trinity families, friends and community members to pray for these special people throughout their preparations.
Caritas - Let’s Go Further, Together!
Second Sunday of Lent - 8 March 2020
Twenty-seven-year-old Phany was a struggling farmer and was forced to leave her daughter to take up construction work in the city. Her life has been transformed since joining a Caritas supported program, learning crop growing skills and better water management, to combat drought.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2020 and help mothers like Phany continue to uplift their communities, and provide food for their families.
Let’s Go Further, Together. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
"The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship." Pope John Paul II
Students are encouraged to make a donation to the Project Compassion boxes within their classrooms to help this worthy organisation. Parents can also donate online by visiting lent.caritas.org.au
You can find out more about Phany’s story and other Project Compassion stories on the Caritas website at www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion.
Whether or not you’re able to donate or fundraise, we ask that you keep Project Compassion, and the vulnerable people we serve, in your prayers.
Thought of the Week
Kinder/Year 1 Open House Assembly
Today Kinder and Year 1 showcased what they have been doing this term. After boarding the jungle bus, students shared a range of items. From hot sentences to their marvellous medicines followed by maths games and how milk arrives at our fridges. Their final stop was the art gallery where students exhibited a range of “Pop Art” masterpieces. Students finished with a brain break dance “In the Jungle”.
Kinder - Year 6
Across the school there is fabulous writing happening. With a focus on adding details, sentences that sizzle and thinking about the needs of their audience - the students have been working very hard on their masterpieces!
Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival
Last Monday four of our Trinity students travelled to Narooma with their families to compete in the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival. Well done to Hamish Summerfield, Bella Betts, Talia McKay and Poppy Lucas who all swam very well on the day striving to achieve their own personal best in their events. Congratulations to these students for their impressive sportsmanship on the day. All the students were excellent ambassadors for their schools and regions. Thanks must go to parents who volunteered to help with time keeping and to all Team Managers and Staff assisting on the day along with Swimming Officials and students from Carroll College. It was a very smooth running carnival thanks to the support of these people.
Congratulations to the Western Region team who were clear winners on the day with a total of 313 points, Northern Region were second on 207 points and Southern Region third with 107 points. There were some excellent results and records broken and made on the day with the Sacred Heart Senior Boys relay team setting a new record of 2:25.82 (5 Seconds faster than the old record) and Halle Johnson (Sacred Heart) broke the Jnr Backstroke record with a swim of 45.16 seconds. Our region certainly has some very strong swimmers.
Good luck to those students moving on to Sydney Swimming at the MacKillop Carnival.
A reminder to all parents that the following sports trials are coming up. Students need to have experience in the sports to enrol their interest. Parents are responsible for enrolling their child through the CSNSW website. https://www.csnsw.catholic.edu.au/
The sports calendar is also available from this site. https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/calendar
If any parents require assistance with this please do not hesitate to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or pop into Trinity to see me.
Trinity Sports Co-ordinator
| 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/Year 1: Tanna Brooks & Marlie Oakley
Year 2/3: Tilly Jackson & Hamish Clark (absent)
Year 4: Michael Oakley & Bea Lucas
Year 5/6: Tylerr Leitner & Archie Quinn
Year 2/3: Cruz Brooks, Ruby Lucas, Hamish Summerfield
Year 4: Talia McKay, Emi Mann-Rea, Bella Betts, Bea Lucas
Year 5/6: Tom Bassingthwaighte, Tasmin Sommer, Tylerr Leitner, Poppy Lucas
Learning Support Awards
This week's outstanding students making huge gains with their learning are: Willow Stevenson, Thomas Edwards & Harlow Summerfield
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
SCHOOL BANKING PROGRAM
Over the past few weeks, you will have seen the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation continue to unfold. We’ve been consulting with our schools, P&Cs and the relevant health authorities on the best approach moving forward.
As a result of this feedback, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily pause the School Banking Program from close of business 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2 in your state. We will of course keep the start date flexible as the situation continues to change.
Our primary goal will always be to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our communities and our people. By taking these precautionary measures, we hope to minimise any potential impact.
With regards to the impact to children collecting Dollarmites tokens and the impact to schools regarding School Banking contribution payments, we will circle back to you once our program resumes.
We kindly ask that any monies outstanding relating to deposits accepted to the program are paid into your school’s clearing account by Friday 27 March 2020 at the latest. This will ensure there is no delay in the accurate processing of deposits to children’s accounts.
Please note, our team of School Banking Specialists are still available to support you and your school via mobile and email. Our School Banking Helpdesk also remains available on 1800 674 496, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm Sydney time.