Congratulations to Jack Niddrie and Kaitlin Hudson who were married last Saturday. They both looked stunning especially the bride. They had perfect weather and had a lovely day!
This morning the children participated in National Walk Safely to School Day. The children enjoyed the walk to school and upon arrival all of the students were treated with some tasty pancakes and a hot chocolate. Trinity participated in the day to encourage our children to build walking into their daily routine, where possible. We totally understand that it is too far to walk for some of our children, especially those who live out of town but it’s a reminder to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This assists children to be active and healthy and is great for mental health too!
This week we had a very big focus on mental health and wellbeing as well as child safety at Trinity. Yesterday, students and staff participated in R U OK day. This is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life's ups and downs. This year's message was, ‘There’s more to say after R U OK? Looking out for one another and lending support is a key life skill for any age group'. Teachers emphasised the value of close connections and strong relationships which was the focus with class discussions and activities. Parents, this is a great opportunity to check in with your children and ask them questions about how they are feeling, although also a reminder that we need to do this frequently. It is so important for children to build resilience, but they do need the help of parents, teachers and adults to assist them with problem solving issues.
Mrs Edwards, our School Chaplain has been working with the children this term, using activities from Smiling Minds and Big Life Journal. Children have enjoyed a variety of mindfulness activities that have supported their sense of well-being and promotion of a safe and comfortable environment in which children feel validated and heard. Next term Mrs Edwards will be conducting The Seasons for Growth program (Yr 1-6). Seasons for Growth is an innovative, evidence-based change, loss and grief education program that draws on the metaphor of the seasons to understand the experience of grief. It builds the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing following significant loss by:
- Exploring the impact of change and loss
- Learning about effective ways to respond and adapt
If you wish your child to participate, please complete the form attached to the newsletter and return to school by next Friday.
Yesterday our K-3 students participated in Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson. The children were reminded about key personal safety concepts in a fun and interactive way. With the holidays around the corner, this was a very timely reminder. It is adults’ responsibility to keep children safe; however, research shows that teaching children personal safety skills can play an important role in the prevention of harm. The presentation was put together by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. For parents, they provided the following recommendations:
How to talk about personal safety with children
Having conversations about personal safety should not be scary for children. Being open and approachable is the most important thing.
- Discuss who children can talk to if they feel unsafe and what they can do.
- Practise using stories and scenarios to problem solve. Do not always make these about strangers.
- Reinforce basic safety messages and ensure children know the phone numbers of people they can call for help or to talk to.
- Explain it is okay to say ‘No’ to an adult or child if they are doing something that is not okay or makes the child feel unsafe.
- Let your child know they will not get into trouble if they tell you about an unsafe secret someone has asked them to keep.
- Remind your child that it is always okay to talk to you - no matter what the issue. You care about them and want to help them to stay safe.
This Term some of our students have been participating in Tournament of Minds (TOM), which is a problem-solving program for multi-aged teams of students who work together to solve a demanding, open-ended Long-Term Challenge. Trinity entered two teams who have created a five minute video which presents their solution to a panel of judges tomorrow. We wish our two teams the best of luck and I'd also like to thank Penny Lucas who has been driving this initiative. A full report will go in next weeks newsletter on their presentations.
Thank you to all our Trinity families who supported the Wood Raffle. We raised $1,785 which will go towards the P&F funds for grounds maintenance. Congratulations to Mrs Doolan who won!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
God Bless and keep well,
Trinity Recipe Book - SEND THROUGH YOUR RECIPES!!
Please email your recipes by next Friday 18 September 2020. We are aiming for the cookbook to be ready before the end of the year just in time for Christmas!
This is a great way for all members of the family to get involved and everyone always loves a great country recipe book. We welcome recipes from past students, grandparents, past & present teachers, Trinity community members etc.
Please email us your favourite recipes in a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org - Anything from Slow cooker recipes, mains, desserts, cakes, slices, salads etc.
Updated COVID-19 advice
As advised by NSW Health and CE, students with flu-like symptoms must not attend school or they will be sent home. Students with even mild flu-like symptoms must be tested and can only return to school upon a receipt of a negative test result that must be provided to the school. Where COVID-19 testing has occurred due to flu-like symptoms, and not due to close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, the person being tested must self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Should the result be positive, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Family members are not required to self-isolate until the test result is received, although we encourage them to do so. The school must sight a negative test result before students return to school. Students must be symptom-free before returning to school. We sincerely thank our parents who have been very vigilant having their children and family members tested when unwell. Whilst it can be challenging organising this, it certainly pays to keep everyone well in our community.
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. A wonderful way to keep updated with school events is to go to our Trinity FaceBook page and our YouTube channel. We endeavour to share regular classroom learning resources, activities and significant key events. The students and staff love to see your comments and hitting the like and share buttons provides an opportunity for people outside our school to see it too.
The Month of September
Whilst perusing the Internet this week, I came across the National Calendar of Events in Australia which highlights the multitude of special causes in our communities. This week I have included some in the REC News.
It is so important to take time to look after each other and our family members.
Please click on the link below to follow the Calendar for further information.
Dementia Awareness Month
Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month.
Social September encourages us all to press pause in September - disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other, and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
Foster Care Month
The primary aim of Foster Care Month is to raise the profile of fostering in the wider community by promoting the great work done by existing substitute care services in both the Government and non-Government sectors. The month also creates an opportunity to focus on the secondary aim of increasing recruitment by highlighting the ongoing need for appropriate foster care families.
Prayer for Gratitude
Lord, help us to be thankful for one another.
Help our children to be thankful for each other,
for our families to be grateful
for our communities to be thankful for the many wonderful opportunities which sometimes can be taken for granted.
Our gratitude for one another will bind us together as a family,
and our prayers for each other will further unify us in gratitude and love.
Readings this Weekend - Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time A
GOSPEL: Matthew 18:21-35
Parable of the official who, receiving mercy, does not show it to others.
Living the Gospel
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us we should forgive each other seventy-seven times. To forgive someone seven times is a pretty big call. But the number seven has great significance in scripture; it is regarded as a number of perfection. Peter is suggesting that there is an ideal number of times that one should forgive. Jesus accentuates this by saying, take that perfect number of seven times and multiply it by seventy. There is no perfect number of times to forgive. It’s easy to be forgiving in the big picture. It’s quite another to forgive those closest to us. Sometimes the hardest place to be compassionate and just is our own home. If we are not speaking to a husband, wife, child, parent, sibling or friend then today’s Gospel has a strong challenge right where we live.
Jesus doesn’t tell us that forgiveness is easy, just necessary. To forgive someone in our family, our workplace, our circle of friends or in our Church is not to pretend that a sinful situation did not occur, but to face it head on and seek justice with compassion.
(Excerpts taken from Richard Leonard, Diane Bergant and Greg Sunter Reflections).
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful weekend.
Walk to School Day
A number of students and teachers met at Roberts Park this morning to ‘walk safely to school’ together to highlight this very important Government initiative, to encourage and promote the health benefits of walking and help develop the vital road-crossing skills to become mature pedestrians.
Fruit & Veg Month
Fruit & Veg Month is a health promotion event that aims to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption amongst NSW primary school children through engaging classroom, whole school and family-based activities. The event is funded by NSW Health.
This year’s theme is Planet Fruit & Veg! It’s all about exploring the world of fruits and vegetables through the lens of sustainability.
Did You Know? Recent statistics tell us that Australians are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. Only around 5-6% of Australian adults and children are eating the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables each day. That is not good for us or the planet!
So, let’s take better care of ourselves and the planet by teaching our kids to:
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Choose local and in-season fruit and vegetables
- Reduce fruit and vegetable waste
Trinity Athletics Carnival
Our Annual Athletics Carnival will be held this Wednesday 16th September at Trinity Catholic School top oval.
The Carnival will be conducted as a Trinity Sports Day and will commence at 9.30am with Team Marching and will conclude with Presentations around 2.30pm. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions in place, parents/carers will be unable to attend but we will be sure to upload as much footage of the day through our Trinity media platforms.
There will be recess and lunch breaks. The school is providing a sausage sizzle to all students for lunch. The children are to wear their team colours or sports uniform and joggers must be worn for all events.
Students are encouraged to participate in all events relevant to their age with points awarded for participation. Infants’ children will participate in shot put, discus, long jump, 100m and 200m track events as well as novelty events in their team houses.
Students from Kinder to Year 6 have been training for the Athletics Carnival this term as part of the Physical Education Program. House captains will lead House Meetings to remind all students about the carnival and of course to revise and practice the popular ‘House Chants’.
Trinity Sports Calendar
Trinity Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 16th September (Week 9 – Term 3)
Thank you for your continued support of sport at Trinity
Trinity Sports Co-ordinator.
Go WILD at Trinity’s BOOK FAIR
Thursday 15th to Thursday 22nd October 2020
Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here is what you can do to help your children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:
- Set the example, let children see you read.
- Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
- Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.
Our Book Week Scholastic Book Fair is a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
Students will be given time at school to visit the Book Fair, explore the books on offer and devise a WISH LIST to take home to parents. Payment can be made online (see flyer and wish list attached) or by cash sent into school with students in a clearly marked envelope. Unfortunately, due to Covid Restrictions, parents are unable to visit the Book Fair this year.
It is important that each child’s WISH LIST with receipt number (if purchasing online) be returned to school before books can be sent home.
We look forward to a successful Book Fair, with all purchases benefiting our school.
In weeks 6, 7 and 8, Year 4 have been looking at the Measurement concepts of Area and Capacity. While exploring Area concepts, we were asked to create a new garden/playground for our local community. Below you can see some of the incredible designs that we think should be built! To go along with our design, we had to dedicate our gardens to somebody who means a lot to our Trinity community. The kids chose: Parker Park (Jill Parker, purple), Irish Park (Burns family, yellow), George’s Park (Fitzgerald family, green) and Boller Park (Helen Boller, former teacher, Pink).
This term in Creative Arts, 5/6 are focusing on Music. The students have been exploring the musical elements of pitch, tempo, dynamics and duration by writing their own short musical sequences and performing these pieces on xylophones. We have experimented with these elements and what symbols can be used to represent our music. We've had a of fun getting our musical groove on by applying this knowledge to Dance as well. The students have been 'playing around' with moving in sequence to a range of music, feeling the 'flow' of the music and learning to stay in time with the beat and rhythm of different songs. We've also been doing some singing practice, learning new songs to sing and with Miss Corcoran and practising adding body percussion to the 'on' and 'off' beat of music.
Trinity students had the opportunity to participate in a Maxim Office Group Colouring-In Competition. Before we sent off all the beautiful entries to be judged, the teachers picked out some 'in house' winners. Congratulations to:
Kinder-Yr 2: 1st: Dakota Medley, 2nd: Georgia Jackson, 3rd: Toby Stevenson
Year 3/4: 1st: Somer Oldfield, 2nd: Emi Mann-Rea, 3rd: Jade Mottley
Year 5/6: 1st: Talia McKay, 2nd: Riley Jackson, 3rd: Willow Stevenson
Kinder/Year 1: Jack Gadd & Avery Mann-Rea
Year 2/3: Tilly Jackson, Ronnie Tanson & Jade Mottley
Year 4: Charlie Jackson & Bella Betts
Year 5/6: Tylerr Leitner & Talia McKay
Kinder/Year 1: Avery Mann-Rea
Year 2/3: Hamish Clark
Year 4: Dara Olotu, Emerson Mann-Rea
Year 5/6: Tasmin Sommer
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||