It is wonderful to walk around the school and see how engaged the children are with their learning. They have come back and are very enthusiastic and loving being back in the classrooms. The children look so smart in their winter uniforms and are to be congratulated on their smooth transition back to school. Each week we share a snap shot of their learning in the newsletter plus regular updates on FaceBook. The children are very proud of their achievements and love sharing with you all.
Our next Community Council meeting is Monday June 1 at 5:30pm. If you would like to be a member of our Community council, the position of treasurer is vacant. This job is not too arduous and you will be given guidance when you first take on the role. So please give it some consideration. If you are interested in this position, you are most welcome to contact Charlie Lucas as Council Chair or myself to further discuss the role.
Enrolment Period for Trinity: The month of May commences the enrolment period for Catholic Schools for 2021. At this stage we are postponing our open day until later this term. If you happen to know of any parents who would like to send their children to Trinity, please ask them to contact the front office for information regarding tours and enrolment.
Did you know that it only costs $48.77 a week or $9.76 per day to send a child to Trinity? This is very cheap for the excellent education and 1:1 learning assistance that your child is provided.
Research on how parents choose schools across Australia tells us that word of mouth remains the most important source of information for parents considering which school best meets the needs of their child. Choosing a school is an important decision, and we know that our best ambassadors are our students, families and staff. The Archdiocesan Catholic school system has a particular responsibility to welcome, accept and support those who are poor, marginalised and in most need. Our conviction is that no student will be refused enrolment or be disadvantaged because of an inability on the part of parents/guardians to meet financial requirements.
If you know of a family who are interested in attending Trinity but have concerns about meeting the financial requirements, can you please pass this information onto them.
Covid 19 and Drought Relief Money: This week the school fees have been sent home. We were very fortunate to have obtained fee remissions for Covid 19 and drought relief money which has been given to each family in the form of fee remissions to the value of $247 per family.
World Support Staff Day: On Wednesday, the school thanked our Support Staff as part of World Support Staff Day on the 17th May. Thank you to Mrs Davis, Mrs Burns, Mrs Birks, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Bassingthwaighte for everything you do at Trinity.
Stay well and stay safe!
Reports and Parent teacher Interviews: Information was sent home to all families on Monday regarding reports for semester one and interviews. Please ensure you return your note to your child’s teacher with your choice of interview time if you haven’t already done so. The class teacher will then send home a confirmation of the interview time. The interviews are for the parents and the class teacher and will be conducted remotely. The children do not attend the interview.
PICK UP AND DROP OFF ARRANGEMENTS: It has been delightful to see all our amazing parents and grandparents who have all been so willingly complying with the requirements with drop off and pick up of children and social distancing. The pick up and drop off arrangements will remain in place until informed otherwise. If you are unsure of what they are I will put them in the newsletter each week as a reminder to you all.
When travelling to and from school by car, parents are to park outside the old presbytery. Children are to walk along the footpath outside the presbytery and into school while parents/carers remain in the car. When departing Trinity in the afternoon, the children will be spaced 1.5 metres apart and will walk to their parents/carers car when the teacher tells them to leave. Alternatively, the children may be dropped at the foot bridge and leave with walkers in the afternoon and hence, collected from there. A teacher will be on duty at the front gate before and after school to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. We request that parents maintain social distancing practices at all times when coming to and from school. If in the event your child/children are late to school or being picked up early, you are still required to sign them in and out with social distancing practices in place at the front office.
Eftpos machine: Trinity has an eftpos machine at the front desk for your convenience should you wish to purchase uniform, pay school fees or make any other payments including canteen.
Communication: Communication to our parents and carers is always a priority. Please check our Schoolzine App for newsletters, upcoming events and announcements. Notes are always sent home for key events but don’t forget to check FaceBook for notifications or the newsletter which is emailed out to each family every Friday and can also be viewed on our website. The newsletter is also available via hard copy from the front office on request. Please ensure you make it a priority to read our amazing newsletter as it is informative and will help keep you updated with what is happening in the school and community.
Mary Help of Christians – Feast Day Sunday 24th May
This Sunday we celebrate the feast day to Mary Help of Christians. The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in Christian life and in the Church’s calendar. She has been since the early days of the Church. Her feasts are as varied as the cultures of the world, with each having special traditions, customs, and habits of piety. With maternal love for us, Mary wants what is best for us - she wants Jesus for us, so she urges us, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Then she helps us as we lead others to know and love her Son too. Her feasts not only empower us to turn to her in prayer, but also to love Jesus and others with a greater love. The infant Church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. In those early days, it was largely the Rosary that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary, and was the first nation to choose her, under the title of Help of Christians, as Principal Patron.
When Australia became the first country to have Mary Help of Christians as Patroness, it became the first country to have a mother-cathedral under the same title. https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/24-may-our-lady-help-of-christians/
Mary Help of Christians patroness of Australia and of the Military Ordinariate
Almighty God, deepen in our hearts
our love of Mary Help of Christians.
Through her prayers and under her protection,
may the light of Christ shine over our land.
May Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace.
Grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens.
Bless especially the men and women
of the Australian Defence Force and their families.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.
Addressing his viewers and listeners on Sunday, May 17, Pope Francis announced the start of the “Laudato Sì” Week across the world which will conclude on Sunday May 24.
“In these times of the pandemic, in which we are more aware of the importance of care for our common home,” he said, “I hope that all the common reflection and commitment may help to create and strengthen constructive attitudes for the care of creation.” https://www.vaticannews.va/en
Father Lolesio has respectfully asked everyone to observe and follow the guidelines put into place for the safety of all the community in relation to the reopening of St. Anthony’s Church. We must remember that safety is the top priority. The following guidelines have been agreed upon at this stage in time.
Opening of Our Lady of Mercy Church.
This will occur from Monday to Friday starting 25th May for two hours each day from 10am - 12pm. The main door will be closed. Please use the side door on the right. There will be a sign indicating where to go. Somebody will be at the Church within that two hours to assist in the health protocol and to guide visitors as to the safety guidelines.
Mass will occur on Sundays with no more than ten people to attend. In order to monitor this, Father Lolesio has asked for those who want to attend Mass on Sundays to call the Cootamundra Office (Ph: 0269422514) so that he can coordinate attendance within the required limitations. Attendance will be determined on a rotational basis as required to ensure fairness to all parishioners. This will be effective as of this Sunday.
Thought of the Week
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Wishing everybody a wonderful week.
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!
Last week K/1 were disturbed by a cheeky little fly who kept changing tabs on their interactive white board and drawing a path on Activinspire with his teeny tiny feet. In true Trinity style, 'Jonathon' (the fly) quickly became a valued member of their class - the main character in their co-constructed text and the inspiration behind Friday's craft.
Year 2/3 love to play a game or two of FLIP in Maths warm-up. Some students were multiplying the flipped card by 3, some students were adding on to the previous total, some were multiplying by 2 or doubling the total.
With Mrs Cooper at home this Monday, Year 4 found the ‘time’ to still include her in our Maths learning this week! As Year 4 tackled the big concepts of measuring time, we were able to work in small groups to explore some of those difficult concepts. With our expert corners, manned by our fantastic Mrs Burns and Mrs Cooper, Year 4 were ‘jumping’ from seconds to minutes and minutes to hours using the jump strategy! Thank you, Mrs Cooper, for fitting us into your busy schedule and being part of our amazing learning ‘Team’.
This term in Science Year 5/6 are investigating ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’. Students classify objects as a solid, liquid or gas and begin to develop a shared understanding of the observable properties of each state.
This week, we were introduced to the word ‘matter’ in class and formulated the understanding that solids, liquids and gases are three different states of matter.
To consolidate our learning, we conducted an experiment where we made Chocolate Crispies, The experiment was about changing solids into liquids and back again. We noted during the experiment how and when the materials changed shape as well as temperature and texture. Not only was this a great lesson for learning about changing states of matter, it also had a ‘scrumptious’ conclusion to the lesson with a ‘taste testing’ of the finished products. YUM!
Kinder/Year 1: Harlow Summerfield, Fletcher Betts & Keeva Mottley
Year 2/3: Summer Oldfield, Hamish Clark & Zoe Miller
Year 4: Dara Olotu, Bella Betts & Melanie Beal
Year 5/6: Jaslyn Killick, Chaz Cooper & Archie Quinn
Kinder/Year 1: Tanna Brooks, Ayeisha Atallah & Harlow Summerfield
Year 4: Grace Metcalfe
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: Harry Edwards, Keeva Mottley, Toby Stevenson, Fletcher Betts, Digby Clark
Year 2/3: Hamish Summerfield, Ruby Lucas
Year 4: Bea Lucas, Zoe Lenehan, Michael Oakley, Thomas Edwards
50 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Dakota Medley, Marlie Oakley, Lana Sumich
Year 2/3: Phoebe Bassingthwaighte
Year 4: Dara Olotu
Year 5/6: Chaz Cooper, Tylerr Leitner
75 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Ivy Corkhill
Year 2/3: Claire Corkhill
Year 5/6: Samantha Daken, Jaslyn Killick, Angus Oldfield, Archie Quinn, Tassie Sommer, Poppy Lucas
100 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Ivy Corkhill
Year 2/3: Somer Oldfield
Year 4: Melanine Beal, Emerson Mann-Rea, Ryan Sumich
Year 5/6: Tilly Bowman, Talia McKay, Jemima Mergard, Willow Stevenson, Tom Bassingthwaighte, Riley Jackson
125 Nights reading
Year 4: Billy Corkhill
150 Nights Reading
Kinder/Year 1: Violet Tindall
175 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Jack Gadd
|Monday 8 March||School Swimming Session||Harden Pool||
|Thursday 11 March||Whole School Mass||St Mary's Church||
|Friday 12 March||Love your Sister 5c Friday - Dress up in bright colours||Trinity||
|Monday 15 March||Sacramental Retreat Day||St Anthony's Church||
|Wednesday 17 March||Sacrament of Reconciliation||St Anthony's Church||
|Friday 19 March||Trinity Cross Country||Trinity||
|Sunday 21 March||Sacrament of First Eucharist||St Anthony's Church||
|Thursday 25 March||Whole School Mass||St Mary's Church||
|Friday 26 March||Yr 3/4 Open House Assembly||Trinity||
|Thursday 1 April||Last day of Term 1||Trinity||