Each class had so much fun this week, participating in a live Zoom Mini Writing Festival. Each class had sessions every day for 45 minutes and had access to 12 notable authors, including Andrew Daddo and Jackie French and an illustrator at every session. The children enjoyed listening to a story, then drawing with the author. They were joined by many other schools around Australia. What an incredible enriching experience for them all. We look forward to reading our students completed stories and drawings.
Please keep our Year 4 students in your prayers. They have been busy preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation which they will make next Wednesday and First Eucharist which will be held at a special Mass next Sunday at 10:30 am at St Anthony’s, for the candidates and their families. Due to restrictions with COVID19 we must keep to only 100 people in the church at one time. We thank Ms Wade, Mr Niddrie and Mrs Doolan for their assistance to prepare the children.
It was wonderful to come to school on Monday and see the amazing chook house that the Corkhill family constructed and donated for us. The chooks are going to be in chook heaven when they arrive on Saturday. The chook house has been very aptly named ‘The Hilton!’ a very special thank you to Ash, Bernie, Billy, Claire, Ivy, Boyd and George for your generosity and time! Let the fun begin! We look forward to the eggs. With the garden going so well, we’ll be having our first market stall very soon!
Unfortunately, parents and carers are not allowed in the school. If you wish to purchase uniform or need to come into the front office you are most welcome. If your child is late to school it is a requirement that they are signed in at the front office and should they leave early, they must be signed out. School assemblies will be commencing soon and they will be presented electronically to parents, but they will be limited to 15 minutes. Our first school liturgy will be held this week, with limits on attendance. Should your child be away from school because they are unwell, there is no expectation that they complete schoolwork. It is important that unwell students rest. If a student is absent for more than three days without a medical certificate, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and followed up by the school. We urge any child who is unwell with COVID symptoms to get tested especially as we have some families with immunocompromised parents and grandparents.
It is wonderful that we have such a fabulous canteen operating on Thursday and Friday for the purchase of lunches. Mrs Stevenson does amazing meal deals which the children love. Last week we had yummy nachos which were very popular. Keep up the great work Mrs Stevo! We love your cooking and creative ideas!
Today our Year 6 leaders launched Mini Vinnies at Trinity. Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting their values into action. The children will meet regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the wider St Vincent de Paul Society. The children are looking forward to enacting social justice practices and actively contributing to the community. Thank you, Ms Wade for your organisation.
On Friday we will participate in a school liturgy in honour of Blessed Mary MacKillop, as we celebrate her feast day. Mary MacKillop had a great influence on the Catholic Church with more women having a leadership role within the church. Mary's life has had a profound effect on society as some people pray to her for miracles in times of need.
The School Counsellor will be at Trinity this Tuesday. If you would like your child to see the School Counsellor please contact the front office for a form, which must be returned by this Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend.
School Vege Garden & Chicken Coop
Our vegetable garden is looking fantastic. We removed the mini milk bottle greenhouses this week to check on our seedlings and they have grown so much!
The Hilton Henhouse is finished! Thank you Corkhill family and Mr Niddrie, it looks fantastic. The chooks are moving in next week!
We have just announced the names of our new chooks (and the winners of the chook naming competition):
K/1- Timmy Olotu and Ivy Corkhill "Awesome Sprinkle"
2/3- Spencer Betts and Jade Mottley "Tinkerbell Coco"
4- Zoe Lenehan and Bea Lucas "Ginger Cookie"
5/6- Tom Bassingthwaighte and Jemima Mergard "Shirley Beaker"
Well done to the winners... our chookies definitely have unique names!
Pick Up & Drop Off
The pick-up and drop off arrangements which were put in place last term, still continue. Please park your car in front of the presbytery so the children can exit and walk to the gate. A teacher will be on duty at the front gate from 8:45 to 9:10 am as well as after school. 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.
We still have a few Cadbury fundraising boxes available at the front office for collection to sell. Thank you to all our families for the enthusiastic way that you are supporting this great initiative. Many of our families are onto their second and third box. If you have sold your box and would like to sell some more, please contact the front office.
Year 7 Orientation Day
Due to the new Covid guidelines Hennessy are unable to continue with the Year 7 2021 Orientation day this term. They will review dates for this over the coming weeks.
Saucy Spice Curries
There are a few curry sachets left over from our Saucy Spice Co fundraiser last year. We have a 'special deal' where you can pick any 3 varieties for $10. These make such great no fuss winter meals and perfect for the slow cooker! Available at the front office.
Sacramental Retreat Day
Yesterday the children who have been preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist participated in a Retreat Day at St. Anthony’s Church with Father Lolesio, Mrs Doolan, Miss Wade and Mr Niddrie. They participated in activities and reflection during the sessions including creating a stained-glass holder for their special Sacramental candles, sharing in discussions and prayer and participating in reflection.
The objectives of the Retreat day were to:
- understand what it means to Examine your Conscience,
- understand how sacred the Holy Eucharist is and how we would want to be free of mortal sin when we receive the Eucharist
- understand that Jesus showed love to others and we are invited and encouraged to try to show God’s love to those we meet.
The children enjoyed a wonderful day of sharing with their friends.
The First Eucharist Candidates are:
Bella Betts, Billy Corkhill, Thomas Edwards, Charlie Jackson, Zoe Lenehan, Beatrice Lucas, Emerson Mann-Rea, Tomas Mariani, Grace Metcalfe, Michael Oakley, Tommie Parker, Skye Peterson, Imogen Smith and Ryan Sumich.
- First Reconciliation Sacrament Evening – Wednesday 5th August at St. Anthony’s Church – 6pm-7pm
- First Communion Sacramental Mass – Sunday 9th August at St. Anthony’s Church – 10:30am-11:30am
Our Year 6 Leaders officially launched Mini Vinnies at Trinity today. Mini Vinnies is a group of young people who get together to help those in need within their school and local community. Mini Vinnies introduces children to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action.
Mini Vinnies is about doing good works in the community, but it is also about young people meeting to talk, to share ideas and concerns, to have fun and to support each other.
The Vinnies model of ‘See, Think, Do’ is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality – connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.
Readings this Weekend – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time A
GOSPEL: Matthew 14:13-21
“No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”.
In this Gospel Matthew is telling us that Jesus sees our need, does not turn us away, comes to where we are, as we are, and recreates us through the abundance of his love, so we can be signs of His kingdom in the world. Jesus still looks, with great compassion, on those who are hungry in our own society and throughout the world. Our God has abundantly provided for us so that we can abundantly provide for all the world which is given into our care. ‘Those to whom much is given, much is required.’ The problem is that when we look around, we see that while some of us have so much, others have nothing at all. Jesus offers purpose to a world that is stumbling in darkness and confusion. He provides direction and satisfies the hungry heart. Those who follow Jesus will never be left to languish in the desert. If we open our eyes we will see the nourishment that is provided for us. God’s generosity exceeds all our expectations and our understanding.
Living the Gospel
We are nourished by God through the ministry of each other. Through the simple things in life, (distributing bread and gathering up the fragments): visiting the sick and consoling the grieving; caring for a child and giving aid to an elder; bagging groceries and serving a table; directing a choir; teaching a child and sharing a talent. If we open our eyes, we may be astounded at how ordinary actions can satisfy our hunger and the hunger of others.
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful weekend.
Mini Writing Festival
Each day this week, all of our students participated in the Mini Writing Festival. This was a live interactive mini-writing event for all schools across the country that provided creative and fun activities that included writing and drawing. The students got to listen to authors, take part in the interactive writing challenges and share their work on the digital Story Starter Wall. The students and teachers absolutely loved being apart of this Festival - we look forward to seeing their next published stories!
Kinder/Yr 1 & Year 5/6
Today our Year 5/6's teamed up with their Kinder/Yr1 Buddies and taught them a hand-clapping game called Beat 1,2,3. The students had a lovely time interacting in the sun!
Kinder/Year 1: Ivy Corkhill & Toby Stevenson
Year 2/3: Georgia Daken & Lawrence Johnson
Year 4: Thomas Edwards & Emi Mann-Rea
Year 5/6: Willow Stevenson & Chaz Cooper
Inspirational Learners Awards
Zoe Miller-Logue, Keeva Mottley, Willow Stevenson & Claudia Loydell
Kinder/Year 1: Ivy Corkhill
Year 2/3: Hamish Summerfield, Georgia Daken, Ben Pollard
Year 4: Billy Corkhill, Bella Betts, Charlie Jackson, Bea Lucas, Zoe Lenehan, Thomas Edwards, Ryan Sumich, Michael Oakley, 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
|Friday 3 December||Yr 3/4 Open House||Trinity||
Link to be provided
|Friday 3 December||Yr 5 Leadership Vote||Trinity Shelter Shed||
|Friday 3 December||Harden Country Club Tennis Courts Opening Day (Yr 3-6)||HCC||
|Monday 6 December||Advent Liturgy (Yr 3/4)||Trinity|
|Monday 6 December||School Swimming Program||Harden Pool||
|Tuesday 7 December||Presentation Night||Trinity||
|Wednesday 8 December||K-2 Excursion to Junee||Junee||
|Friday 10 December||Year 6 Graduation||St Anthony's Church & Jackson's Bakery||
|Monday 13 December||Swimming Fun Day||Harden Pool||
|Wednesday 15 December||Last day for 2021!||Trinity||
|Tuesday 1 February||
First day back for students
Term 1, 2022!