In these days we might ponder how each of us responds to overwhelming negativity, fear and despair. As we edge closer to Easter, I wonder what thoughts were going through Jesus’ head as he edged closer to Jerusalem and then Calvary. He must have felt many of the emotions that we are feeling now, but deeper and more severe. That is why God became man— to reassure us that all we feel and fear, he knows and understands. He has been there, and done that.........
Welcome to our second week of our new remote learning platform for all our students and families, whether working from home, or at school. During this past week I have witnessed firsthand, the amazingly talented staff that we have at Trinity. The teachers have set the learning up in such a way that it appears like the students at home are physically present at school. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful staff who give above and beyond to support the learning of all our students at Trinity. We miss all of our beautiful students and families but fortunately we have the opportunity to stay in touch through access to technology with Google Classrooms and Seesaw.
This week, I spent a considerable amount of time contacting each family and ensuring that the children were accessing the learning and coping with the learning tasks. I have also been checking in on all our beautiful parents as this new form of learning has certainly presented challenges for them. It was lovely to have received such positive feedback from all our parents. They too are in awe of our wonderful staff.
Next term, we will continue with remote learning for all our students. At this stage, Trinity will continue to remain open to support our families who have parents working in essential services and are unable to provide care, until advised otherwise. Term one will conclude for all Trinity students this Friday, April 3 to enable all staff to participate in online training. School will resume for all students on Tuesday April 28 and it will be remote learning.
We wish you all a very happy and holy Easter and we hope you get an opportunity to participate in the Easter events and celebration of the Easter story online. We hope you all have a very safe holiday and enjoy the time relaxing with family.
Stay well and stay safe!
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you for your patience and support over recent weeks. We are well aware of the extra pressure being experienced by families. Things continue to change almost on a daily basis. What hasn’t changed is the commitment of parents and teachers to children, our belief in the value of schooling, and the knowledge and faith that the current situation will pass and that we have much to be thankful for in this country.
I thank the students who have just got on with their learning and for the creativity and courage they have shown. I also thank the staff who have gone the extra mile to ensure that our students have still had the opportunity to learn and progress. I also thank the parents who have had to cope with children learning remotely.
We are also mindful of families who have had their economic livelihoods affected and the recent experience of this follows on from the challenges at the beginning of the year. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need assistance with school fees.
Many parents have kept their children home over the last few weeks. Some parents have no option but to send their children to school.
In Term 2 a remote program of learning will be offered for students at home or at school. To assist in our planning, we ask that you inform the school whether you plan for your child/ren to attend school or stay home for Term 2. If you could please notify the school of your intentions by Tuesday 7 April.
As we approach Holy Week and the Easter Triduum may we continue to be people of hope and compassion. In times of social distancing may we care for our loved ones and be kind to each other.
Stay Safe and Well
These past few weeks have been challenging times for our school, our children, our families, our staff and our communities. Please keep each other in your prayers and take time to ‘check in’ on friends, family and neighbours as much as viably possible during this difficult time. Sometimes a ‘check in’ phone call may be the key to brighten someone’s day. Please be mindful of all members of your families and be sources of support and care for each other.
PRAY at Home - Mass Online
In light of the developments and the regulations imposed on community gatherings, our Archdiocese have ‘Daily Mass’ available online. Please visit https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
to connect. Other mass resources available are:
The time you spend on your Holy Week preparations will make Easter Sunday more meaningful for the whole family!
The week beginning with Palm Sunday and ending at sundown on Easter has been a sacred time because it commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some faith-filled ideas to help you keep the holy in Holy Week.
Begin your celebration of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at Mass by holding your palms high as the priest blesses them. Then continue the celebration at home.
- Put a small statue of Jesus in the centre of your dinner table.
- Use palm branches and have your own triumphal procession to the dinner table.
Talk about it: Over dinner, talk about how Jesus is the centre of our lives and our faith. How do we feel when we make Jesus the centre of our lives?
Holy Week Preparation Days - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
- Clean the house: Think of spring housekeeping as a prayerful preparation for Easter in the same way that Jewish families clean in preparation for Passover.
- A white flower: The white flower heralds the resurrection of Jesus. Let your children pick out one for your family and one for someone who needs to hear “good news.”
- Colour eggs: Decorated eggs are a symbol of new life that comes with the Resurrection. Make it more meaningful by helping your children write “Christ is Risen,” “Alleluia” or “Jesus loves us” on the eggs in crayon before colouring them.
This day recalls the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. It reminds us that we are called to serve one another. Here are some ideas for celebrating the day
• Help someone: Do something special for someone in need.
• Share a family meal: Be sure to read one of the Gospel accounts of the Last Supper.
Talk about it: The Eucharist is the central sacrament in our Catholic faith. Talk about our Catholic belief that we receive the real presence of the risen Jesus in Holy Communion.
This day commemorates the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus. It is the most solemn and sorrowful day of the Church calendar.
• Set aside some prayerful family time between 12 noon and 3 p.m.
• Encourage family members to imitate Jesus by forgiving someone who has hurt them.
Talk about it: It is OK to feel sad on Good Friday. Jesus’ death on the cross is a sacrifice like no other; he died to teach us about everlasting life. Talk about friends and family who may have died and how we believe that, because of Jesus, we hope to rise to new life in heaven.
This day commemorates the time of darkness and waiting when Jesus was in the tomb. It is also a day for final preparations before Easter.
• On Holy Saturday, gather the family for a celebration meal. Perhaps a BBQ or family meal. If possible, a fire pit with toasted marshmallows would be great to symbolise ‘fire’.
Talk about it: The Easter Vigil begins with the symbol of fire. Talk about how fire represents that Jesus is the light of the world. He brings light to the darkness and new life to a sleeping world.
Celebrate the risen Lord. This is a time for prayer of thanks for the risen Lord. It is a time to share with your family. It is a time for new life symbols (Easter Eggs).
Holy Week Resources for Family Prayer at Home
- Holy Week at Home -- The End of Lent
- Holy Week at Home -- Holy Thursday
- Holy Week at Home -- Good Friday
- Holy Week at Home -- Easter Sunday
In this challenging time Lord Jesus Christ,
Be merciful to us and bring us your aid in these troubled times. Heal all our sickness and every affliction of your people.
We place in your gentle Heart the elderly, the frail, people with disability, children, young people and families, our indigenous peoples, those who are poor, lonely and isolated.
As you walk with us, free them from fear, and give them patience and hope together with our loving care.
We place our trust in you, the risen Lord, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday, stay safe.
We thought we would share some of the creative and engaging learning happening throughout our community:
K/1 have been working super hard this week in all their learning areas. They have been looking at finding patterns in maths and finding the pattern rule. Who knew there are so many patterns in your house!
Thank goodness for Seesaw! 2/3 have had a very fun week participating in their remote learning through the platform, Seesaw. Mrs Lucas had a whole class ZOOM meeting with her students on Thursday to discuss when and where in the Learning Pit they have been this week. These are some of their responses.
Hamish S - the dance with Mrs Doolan he tried to learn through Aidan's online Learning Program
Ruby - remembering the actions to the school prayer without anyone around to prompt her
Spencer, Somer and Claire - the maths problem about the number 4
Phoebe - the Word Hunt activity
Lawrence - completing a Book Review
Hamish C - uploading his History activity
Things the students had really loved about their remote learning experience were:
Somer - the iMovie Mrs Lucas made and working on a device
Hamish C - he is really loving his new book so he enjoyed creating the Book Review
Ruby - the Zoom meetings
Claire - the Maths Warm Up, Thrice Dice
Shannon - the Guided Drawing Activities
Lawrence - Maths Activities
Spencer - doing Maths work
Hamish S - staying at home while he learns
Mrs Lucas, Miss Corcoran and Mrs Birks are so very proud of all the students who had a go at using Seesaw to complete their daily work!
This week in Year 4 we have been smashing through our remote learning using Google Classroom. The kids and Mr Niddrie have been figuring out the best way to work from home and making sure we have a great learning space ready to go! Below are a few of the learning spaces Mr Niddrie has been shown, they range from kitchen counters to specially designed learning areas. The kids have taken this major adjustment in their stride and are producing some extraordinary work in the process. We hope to continue our fantastic start to remote learning next term, even though Mr Niddrie is starting to miss the daily routines and smiling faces each day brought with it.
In Year 5/6 the children have been working hard with their Home Learning Regime. Each morning Miss Wade emails the Roll for the students and checks in with Morning Prayer. The students receive their Daily Plan of Learning through Google Classroom each morning. Miss Wade and the students also connect via Zoom throughout the day and meet with each other in Virtual Breakout Rooms for group learning. The Year 5 / 6 have a Padlet Wall where they post all their work so they can share and comment on their work. Whilst it has been a challenging time for students, parents and teachers, it has also been an exciting journey in learning.
Here are some examples of work from the Year 5/6 Padlet:
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, Violet Tindall, Lana Sumich, Mia Longbottom, Ivy Corkhill, Avery Mann-Rea, Marlie Oakley
Year 2/3: Somer Oldfield, Hamish Summerfield, Claire Corkhill, Phoebe Bassingthwaighte
Year 4: Melanine Beal, Emerson Mann-Rea, Ryan Sumich, Bea Lucas, Billy Corkhill
Year 5/6: Tilly Bowman, Tom Bassingthwaighte
75 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Jack Gadd