Welcome back to staff students and parents! We hope you have all had a restful break and enjoyed spending your holidays with your children. Although the holiday was somewhat different with the social isolation parameters in place it was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, read and spend time pursuing interests and activities at home with the family.
This week we have moved to remote learning for all our students. Trinity is open to support our families who have parents working in essential services and for our vulnerable students who have difficulty accessing the remote learning at home. This week we welcomed 20 of our students back to Trinity with the likelihood of more students next week. It was lovely to see everyone so enthusiastic and ready for school. The students who are attending school are accessing the same remote learning package as the students at home.
As you can appreciate, the teachers are spending many hours preparing for the remote learning each day. This preparation occurs either after school or late at night. Every morning they send the learning to all the students in their classes between 8am and 9:10am. A huge thank you to our Trinity parents for being so understanding of the current situation. We have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the way the school has embraced this new challenge, to ensure that the children are accessing learning that is challenging and pitched to the point of need for every student.
If, and when you are participating in remote learning, each parent needs to inform their child’s teacher before 9:20am to indicate student attendance for the day. If a child is sick as per normal roll protocol, the child would be marked absent. All class rolls are marked at 9:30am. As per our ‘Attendance at School Policy’, the Education Act clearly states it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that a child who is of compulsory schooling age is enrolled at a school and attends school every day and during the times on every day, when school is open for attendance. Parents must have a reasonable excuse for not complying with the compulsory attendance requirements in the Act. If parents do not have a reasonable excuse, they are liable under the Act and guilty of an offence. If your child is sick, a note needs to be emailed to your child’s class teacher.
School Counsellor: The new School Counsellor, Rebecca Russell, will be at Trinity on Tuesday 5th May. If you would like your child/ren to see the Counsellor, please contact the front office to make an appointment. Parents will need to pick up a consent form from the front office or arrange to have it emailed, signed and returned by Monday 4th May.
COVID-19 virus: Every day we are given more information regarding updates and requirements in relation to the virus. Our cleaner, is being very vigilant with additional duties, along with general cleaning duties. Our aim is to ensure that all times, the health and welfare of our students and staff are not compromised at any time. Should your child/children appear unwell please keep them at home otherwise, if they present to school unwell, they will be sent home immediately. We will continue to promote and teach students good hand and respiratory hygiene to prevent the spread of germs.
ANZAC Day: ANZAC is about remembering the sacrifice and service of all members of the Australian Defence Force, all diplomats, aid workers and developmental officers and members of the Light Horse Brigade. It was wonderful to see our Trinity Prime Ministers, Poppy Lucas and Tilly Bowman lay a wreath at Newson Park on ANZAC Day. It was rather challenging this year to honour this special day but it was certainly very moving to see the ways many of our families participated in an isolated ANZAC ceremony at their homes. A special thank you to Mrs Jill Parker for once again making the beautiful wreath for us and Julie Doolan and Penny Lucas for organising the wreath laying!
Congratulations: We were very excited to hear the arrival of George Kenneth Corkhill. Congratulations Ash, Bern, Billy, Claire, Ivy and Boyd.
Make sure you check the newsletter and the Trinity calendar for all the events happening across the school. Just a reminder that all students need to be in their winter uniform by Monday May 11.
Stay well and stay safe!
Welcome to Term Two. I wish all our students, parents and teachers a very warm welcome back. I trust that the holiday break was relaxing and allowed you time to enjoy company of family and friends. Although the holidays may have been a little different this Easter for families, I do hope that everyone still enjoyed a Happy and Holy Easter. I trust that the altered circumstances allowed opportunities to form special memories, however your family took advantage of the time together.
Whilst the way we are learning at this point-in-time may look different, it is important that we do not forget the importance of prayer in our daily lives. I know that each class is including prayer in their Remote Learning lesson plans so I encourage all students and families to take time out to pray daily. In addition to class prayers, a wonderful family resource has been developed by Liturgy Brisbane and can be accessed here: https://litedliturgybrisbane.weebly.com/family-prayer-week-by-week.html/ The page provides a weekly family prayer which includes scripture, questions and reflection activities.
Whilst we are still unable to physically attend mass, I would like to remind everyone that the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will continue to broadcast mass each day so that we can listen in and participate in the celebration.
Resource URL: https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
Thanks to our Prime Ministers, Poppy and Tilly, who laid a wreath at the cenotaph on Saturday morning on behalf of the school and to Mrs Jill Parker for the beautiful wreath. Thanks to all our families who marked ANZAC Day in their own way, decorating their windows and front fences and participating in the ‘Candles in the Driveway at Dawn’ initiative. At school, the children who returned on Tuesday participated in an ANZAC Memorial Liturgy. Thanks to all the students and staff for their reverence and commitment to praying for peace in our world and sharing a period of silence for those men and women who fought for the freedom of our country.
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful term.
Many of our Trinity families decorated their houses and stood in their driveways at dawn to salute the fallen and the incredible men, women and animals who have gone into battle.
We say thank you to you all.
National Simultaneous Storytime NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
NSS 2020's book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas written by Lucinda Gifford. By participating in National Simultaneous Storytime, we at Trinity, aim to promote the value of reading and literacy; promote the value and fun of books and promote an Australian writer and publisher.
This week in Library lessons the children took a sneak peek at Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas and created very colourful and glamorous chicken and fox divas. The primary students researched the author and illustrator to discover the many books she has written. They also researched into chicken to produce some very informative posters and created very humorous files on their favourite chickens.
All students are welcome to participate in the colouring in competition which is due in for judging by this Monday 25th May.
We look forward to next Wednesday 27 May at 11am when we join many other students around Australian and New Zealand to share Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas read to us by non-other than the yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins.
Read More in May 2020
We are encouraging all Trinity students and families to participate in Scholastic National Family Reading Month in May.
Every year during May, Scholastic holds an exciting reading challenge as part of the celebrations and Trinity is taking up the challenge this year!
Research shows that family reading time is one of the best ways to grow a child’s interest in the wonderful world of books. What an ideal time to increase this interest while we are all in isolation.
It is simple! All your child needs to do is read for at least 10 minutes every day in May and colour in the books on the Reading Log which is attached for you to print per child.
Sign up at scholastic.com.aunfrmm to enter the draw with a chance to win $100 in scholastic rewards to purchase more great books.
Kids who read, succeed!
Good luck and happy Reading!
Kinder/Year 1: Mia Longbottom and Dakota Medley
Year 2/3: Poppy-Rose Howarth and Raphael Summerfield
Year 4: Charlie Jackson and Ryan Sumich
Year 5/6: Angus Oldfield and Tilly Bowman
Tylerr Leitner for being a responsible and helpful class member, helping younger children pack up and organise belongings at the end of each session.
Riley Jackson for being a responsible and helpful class member, helping younger children pack up and organise belongings at the end of each session.
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