Yesterday, we celebrated Trinity Feast day. The Trinity is always a difficult concept to explain to adults and children. Trinity means three, so when we discuss the Holy Trinity we mean the Father (God), Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit (sometimes referred to as the Holy Ghost).
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”—these are words we use every time we pray the Sign of the Cross. The prayer expresses the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, that God reveals himself in Three Persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
St. Patrick famously explained the Trinity by relating God in Three Persons to the shamrock. A three-leaf clover has three lobes that are unique from each other but all part of the same clover or shamrock. They are three leaves, but one leaf. To celebrate this special occasion each class participated in a liturgy, the children had lots of fun dipping pretzels in chocolate and hundreds and thousands and they wore plain clothes with a touch of blue. You may wonder why a pretzel? Well it is in the same shape as a shamrock! Ask your child/children- they now are able to explain it after our activities.
Trinity will be conducting their Open Day on Wednesday June 24 from 9:30 am to 11:50 am. We welcome all preschoolers and their parents to come along and experience a range of KLA activities and a tour of our beautiful school. The preschool students will be provided with fruit for fruit break and at 11am will enjoy a barbecue lunch and drink before heading back to Bunyip. Parents are invited to morning tea with the Principal where they can engage in conversation about Trinity and meet current Kinder parents. If you know of any parents with preschool children please encourage them to come along and experience our wonderful school. 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. Choosing a school is an important decision, and we know that our best ambassadors are our students, families and staff. There are wonderful teachers and fantastic learning happening here at Trinity and our 2019 NAPLAN results certainly reflect this.
The children are loving the range of extra-curricula activities that we offer here at Trinity. The Garden Club is proving very popular with the older students. Thank you again to Bob Stevenson and Jamie Summerfield for assisting with the setting up of the garden beds. We are looking for donations of straw to mulch our vege garden, and if anyone has a rotary hoe that could be used before we begin planting, it would be greatly approcated - please contact the front office if you can help out with either. STEM Club each Friday with Mr Niddrie is a wonderful opportunity to educate our students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The children are loving the activities and they are certainly engaging their creativity and thinking skills. We thank our teachers who so willingly volunteer their time to ensure our children are given every opportunity to be challenged and stimulated enabling them to think creatively and critically whilst developing personal and social skills.
Next week, is Sabbath Week. During Sabbath Week the children do not have to complete any Homework other than reading. Use this opportunity to do something special as a family; play a board game, go to the park or have a picnic.
Stay well and stay safe!
The school photo envelopes were sent home on Thursday. This year’s School Photos will be held on Wednesday 22 July. Family photos are available and envelopes for these are available from the front office.
This year the format for the class photos will change due to COVID -19 to composite style. Each student will be photographed individually, with the group created as a composite. This will eliminate the need for students to be grouped together in close contact.
We’re about to kick off a Cadbury fundraising drive to raise money for additional school resources. It would be great if you could roll up your sleeves and help. The good news is that this fundraiser is super simple… and delicious. So we’re asking every family to sell at least one box of chocolates for us. Feel free to grab another box if you’ve got lots of hungry buyers lined up! We will send home your box of chocolates on Wednesday 11 June 2020
Tips for selling your treats
- Each item sells for $1.00 and there are 60 chocolates in each box
- Sell to family members, colleagues, friends or neighbours
- We don’t recommend that children sell the products – if they are involved, please ensure an adult is with them at all times
Please return your money collected to Fiona or Leanne at the Front Office in the envelope provided no later than 30 June 2020. If you’re finding it hard to sell your box of treats, let me know – other people may be able to help. Or, if you can’t help out in this fundraising drive, please let either Fiona or Leanne know on 63862111 by 10 June 2020.
Thanks for your support.
Kinder/1 needing supplies
Kinder/1 are building bridges in Science next week, starting on Tuesday. Miss O'Brien is looking for different materials for our Kinder/1's to use, eg. boxes, empty food packaging, bottles etc. Please drop to the front office. Thank you.
Holy Trinity Sunday – June 7th
Living the Gospel – Sign of the Cross
Every time we bless ourselves or begin prayer with the sign of the cross, we reaffirm our belief in the Trinity. That seemingly simple prayer, ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,’ is in fact, a confirmation of our belief in a triune God – three in one. The earliest use of the sign of the cross only involved tracing a small cross with the thumb or finger on the forehead as it is still done in baptisms or blessings today. Later, describing the shape of the cross on forehead, abdomen and shoulders became the common practice.
The Holy Trinity is the most important belief of our faith.
Liturgical Art and Reflection by Jenny Close
Since the Trinity is one of the great mysteries of our faith, trying to design an image that touches on its meaning seems an impossible task. Three sources come to mind, however: colours, numbers and shapes.
In the Trinity there are three persons in one God and ‘three’ is a prime number which can only be divided by itself and one. Prime numbers have a mystical quality, and, together with the primary colours and related and repeated shapes, they evoke a dynamic sense of the divine.
Something for Us All to Reflect Upon
If relationships are at the core of God then, for those who accept the invitation into the Trinity’s embrace, relationships are meant to be our core business too. The degree to which we understand the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity will be shown in the care we take in our many and varied relationships: be they social, intimate or professional.
Every time we do anything to form new and good relationships, mend those which are broken, help other relationships to be deeper and richer or just enjoy the ones we have, we discover one thing: Trinity Sunday is a moveable feast! (Richard Leonard)
Vinnies Appeal - COVID-19 Crisis Appeal
Traditionally, the Vinnies Winter Appeal launches each year on May 1. This year, in response to the exponential demand for food, Vinnies is launching a COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. www.vinnies.org.au/covid19crisisappeal
Photos from our Feast Day
On Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Trinity.
We used pretzels to demostrate the threeness of the Trinity and the childtren had a lovely time dipping their pretzels in chocolate and sprinkles which is like God being sprinkled all around Trinity.
The students also made a triangle from paddle pop sticks and labelled each side with a part of the Trinity and had God in the middle as he is a special part of the whole Trinity. The triangle shape is quite significant to our school as it is reflected in our school emblem.
What a special way to make connections to what the Trinity is and the meaning it has for us as a Catholic School.
Thought of the Week
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Wishing everybody a wonderful week.
Kinder - 3:
This week Kinder, Year 1, 2 and 3 were given a task to create a sculpture out of clay in their Art lesson. The students loved getting their hands dirty while coming up with such creative sculptures. They are off to the kiln now and once they are back, they can admire their creation forever!
Year 2/3 have been transforming into Taxonomists during their Tuesday Science lessons. Last week they learnt how to use a branching key to classify animals and discovered exciting facts like, 'an octopus and a snail belong to the group called molluscs.' This week they collected leaf litter to study and explore, tallying up and graphing their findings. We found spiders, ants, slaters, taxi bugs and millipedes.
Mr Niddrie's STEM Club was on again today during lunchtime. The students from 4-6 got to step into 'Astronaut Camp' and build their own rockets, made out of plastic bottles. Kinder-3 got to launch their beautifully decorated rockets made from last week - WOW, didn't they 'Blast Off'! There was lots of excitement in the playground today!
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, Avery Mann-Rea, Marlie Oakley
Year 2/3: Somer Oldfield, Hamish Summerfield, Ruby Lucas, Phoebe Bassingthwaighte
Year 4: Melanine Beal, Emerson Mann-Rea, Ryan Sumich, Bea Lucas, Billy Corkhill
Year 5/6: Tilly Bowman, Tom Bassingthwaighte
50 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Dakota Medley, Ivy Corkhill
Year 2/3: Claire Corkhill
100 Nights reading
Kinder/Year 1: Jack Gadd
|Tuesday 21 July||First day of Term 3||Trinity||
|Wednesday 22 July||School Photos||Trinity||
|Tuesday 4 August||School Counsellor||Trinity||
|Wednesday 5 August||Yr 7 Transition Day at Hennessy||Hennessy||
|Friday 7 August||Mary MacKillop Liturgy & Yr 4-6 Assembly||St Mary's Church||
|Monday 10 August||Community Council Meeting||Trinity||
|Wednesday 12 August||Trinity Open Day||Trinity||
|Thursday 13 August||Assumption Liturgy||Trinity|
Marriage & Family Month
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Because of Covid-19 restrictions we’ve planned a series of live-streamed interactive events to take place immediately after the 11am Sunday Online Mass<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/__;!!Ax-PnKpllFIIgPxB!3mSs7NNemJNah-cCSBkoM5Qc-m5_qJYGHlp_jGoZRdCaWvd3cOkvSMqZipoZ7GzWs4UQBZ5wdc439w$> at the Cathedral for the next three Sundays of June.
There is also an online international Catholic Marriage Summit<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.joyfuleverafter.org/a/27520/WY7zorng__;!!Ax-PnKpllFIIgPxB!3mSs7NNemJNah-cCSBkoM5Qc-m5_qJYGHlp_jGoZRdCaWvd3cOkvSMqZipoZ7GzWs4UQBZ52aQWWQQ$> taking place this Friday-Sunday.
We realise, of course, that many of our school families do not include the experience of an intact marriage. This is something we are all sensitive to. I’m sure you agree though, that the need to support, encourage and equip those who are married still stands.
We hope you will be happy to support these two online initiatives – one local, one international, by advertising them, with or without the graphics, in your school communications with parents this week.