Sabbath Week: We hope you have had a wonderful Sabbath Week this week! This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a homework free week and to spend quality time with your children, reading stories, playing board games, playing in the park, going on a picnic or going for a walk!
Adjunct Professor Kaye Lowe: On Monday and Tuesday this week, we had Adjunct Professor Kaye Lowe, Literacy consultant, visiting Trinity to work with the teachers and students. Kaye has a wealth of knowledge about how to improve reading and writing for children and how to assist teachers in the classroom. Professor Lowe was very impressed with our amazing staff. She commented “At Trinity we have a team of professional, caring and committed teachers who want the best for our children and that shows in how our children are responding to literacy learning”. Our children are making astounding progress, which is supported by you, our wonderful parents who read every night at home with their children from Kinder to Year 6. Professor Kaye Lowe will continue to visit our school community throughout the year to share her expertise and invaluable resources and strategies to support children’s literacy development.
Coronavirus: In light of coronavirus, good hygiene remains the best protective measure against the spread of the virus. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers in all toilets, as well as outside learning spaces and the teachers are making sure all students wash their hands on a regular basis. If your child is displaying any flu-like symptoms, could you please keep them at home. CE have been in contact with all schools and are providing updates and advice.
Student Contact Information: If you have changed your address, business or mobile number, email address or emergency contact person, please notify the front desk as soon as possible to update your information in case your child becomes ill.
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. Please consider taking on this very important role!
The Community Council meet twice each term from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. If you are interested in this position, please contact Charlie Lucas, Community Council Chair or me. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17.
The BMX Track: A special thank you to Barry and Jarrod Quinn for coming into Trinity yesterday morning and doing some much needed bike maintenance. The bikes are proving to be very popular and this has assisted us enormously to ensure that our bikes are safe and the tyres are pumped up. We still have 5 more bikes to erect if you can spare some time, we’d love your help! Please contact the front office if you are able to assist.
Playgroup: The children are having a great time at Playgroup. This is held every Thursday at 9:30am. Playgroup is for 0 to 5-year-old children and is a wonderful opportunity to come along and have fun participating in free play, music appreciation with Tori Corcoran and story-time with the Principal plus borrowing from the Library. The cost is free so come along and join in the fun!
Canteen: If you have ordered a meal deal and your child is absent, unfortunately you will not receive a refund. As you can understand, our Canteen Manager orders the correct amount of food in advance for these meal deals.
Don’t forget to check the Trinity school calendar, Trinity website and the regular updates on Schoolzine and FaceBook.
Have a lovely weekend!
Maths Matters Week 7
Congratulations to the Bassingthwaighte (Tom and Phoebe) and Oldfield (Angus and Somer) families who have earnt 20 points each for the Gold and Blue houses respectively.
This week’s problem:
Remember to hand to Mrs Cooper next week to earn points for your house.
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.
MHS Extravaganza Day: Students from Yr 4-6 have been invited to particiate in a Hook Day event at Murrumburrah High School on Tuesday 17 March, where they will be involved in hands-on STEM activities.
Community Council Meeting: A Community Council meeting is held on Tuesday 17 March at 5.30pm.
First Eucharist Preparation: The sixth sacramental session is on Tuesday 17 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.
Trinity School Mass: On Thursday 18 March, we are celebrating a whole School Mass at 12.50pm in St Mary's Church. We welcome parents, grandparents and special friends to join us in this celebration.
Making Jesus Real – Resilience
Ways we can become more RESILENT….
- Change negative thoughts to positive thoughts.
- Ask for help or support.
- Practise problem-solving skills.
- Learn from past mistakes.
- Keep things in perspective.
Whole School Mass
Next Thursday, Year 2/3 will lead a whole school Mass at 12.50pm. This Mass will be themed around Lent. All friends and families are welcome and encouraged to come along and share with us in prayer.
Harmony day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. In schools we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Harmony Day is celebrated on 21st March each year.
At Trinity we will be having a day of fun activities on Monday 23rd March. This will take place between recess and lunch with a mini fete to raise funds for CARITAS and to launch our Trinity Mini Vinnies for 2020.
Harmony Day is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs.
Did you know?
- Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
- We identify with over 300 ancestries.
- Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
- 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
- Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
- More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
Caritas - Let’s Go Further, Together!
Congratulations to Year Two/Three who raised the most amount of money in their ‘Giving Boxes’ last week for CARITAS. They raised $19.45. This is a great effort. The total raised for the school for the week was $52.45.
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
Thought of the Week
Around the rooms during Mathematics:
Why we teach Maths the way we do!
1. We encourage students to figure out the answers, rather than telling them
Standing at a whiteboard, and trying to stuff knowledge into the heads of our students has been a traditional way of teaching maths but what would happen if we allowed students to discover things for themselves and direct their own learning?
Our research shows it changes the way students think about maths, become genuinely engaged and understand the place of maths in the modern world.
2. Tasks about mathematical reasoning produce more lightbulb moments
Mathematical reasoning tasks encourage students to generate as many examples as possible. Teachers can encourage students to analyse them, and notice the patterns. What are the similarities? What are the differences? What conjectures can they test?
"[They’re] connecting their understanding and their knowledge … they’re putting it all together and figuring bigger things out through reasoning” (Year 3/4 teacher).
That’s when the magic can happen as students experience the joy of discovery.
By figuring out a maths problem on their own, students become genuinely engaged in mathematics. And for teachers, that means more light bulb moments in the classroom.
3. Foster collaboration and communication through group tasks and teacher prompts
“Convince me” is one of the challenging prompts that you can use to promote collaboration when students are working on reasoning tasks in pairs or reporting to the whole class.
Students communicate their thinking in many ways – through drawings, talking, gesturing and using mathematical symbols.
"The kids were constantly having to explain, because they work with partners. It meant they could think out loud, you could always hear them justifying, thinking about other reasons why things won’t work, or the reasons why things do work…"
4. Like it or love it: it’s a part of the curriculum
Creative and critical thinking is a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum.
Creative thinking occurs when students generalise — noticing the relationships between common properties — and then create rules or conjectures that need to be tested.
As students test these ideas, they need to think critically and convince others. Students start to justify, explaining why or why not and prove or disprove their ideas.
Each of these skills are examples of mathematical reasoning. A big tick for one of the proficiencies in the maths curriculum.
5. Problem-solving and reasoning are two different things
Investigating real-world problems requires creative and critical thinking from students. But problem solving should not be confused with reasoning.
Students are thinking creatively when they interpret the problem and make choices about how to solve the problem. They think critically when justifying their interpretation of the problem and evaluating their solution.
6. Creative and critical thinking are fundamental skills for the future
We can't predict the jobs we need to prepare children for, but we do know the skills that will equip them for success. According to Australia’s Chief Scientist these are creative and critical thinking.
In work, and in life, problem solving is a pretty important skill. So too is critical thinking. It’s what helps us explain things clearly, and back up our ideas.
In mathematics, this starts by teaching problem solving and reasoning, and it’s accessible to every year level.
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 so not hesitate to send me an email (email@example.com) 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: Fletcher Betts, Mia Longbottom (absent)
Year 2/3: Phoebe Bassingthwaighte, Lawrence Johnson
Year 4: Dara Olotu, Emi Mann-Rea
Year 5/6: Jaslyn Killick, Tassie Sommer
Kinder/Year 1: Toby Stevenson, Harry Edwards, Dakota Medley, Tanna Brooks & Marlie Oakley
Year 2/3: Hamish Summerfild & The whole class
Year 5/6: Angus Oldfield & Sammy Daken
Learning Support Awards
This week's outstanding students making huge gains with their learning are: Zoe Lenehan, Jaslyn Killick & Keeva Mottley (absent)
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.