Staffing for 2021:
Principal (Acting): Mrs Caroline (Caz) Perriman (1 hour each day-Instructional Leader-K-6)
Assistant Principal/Learning Support/Numeracy Instructional Leader: Rebecca Cooper
K-2: Penny Lucas: 4 days (Numeracy Instructional Leader 1 day)
Jack Niddrie: K-2 Monday-Wednesday 9am-1pm. Thursday K-2 9am-12pm and every Friday. Rebecca Cooper will release Penny Lucas for Literacy instructional leader each Thursday.
Year 4: Genevieve Albert
Year 5/6: Donna Wade: 4.5 days (REC-.5) Jack Niddrie:12-3:10pm-Thursday
In addition to this Jack will be working from 1-3:10 pm-K-6 enrichment, additional class support and STEM.
Classroom Support Assistants: Ann Burns: Years 3-6 9:30-3pm (5 days)
Jo Birks: Mon-Friday 9:30-3pm-K-2 (5 days)
Fiona Bassingthwaighte- Years K-2 (1 day) Fiona will also be working additional hours per week K-6 as classroom support.
Library: Julie Doolan (2 days)
Chaplain: Hannah Edwards (1 day per fortnight)
Secretary: Leanne Davis (Mon-Thurs) Fiona Bassingthwaighte (Friday)
New Principal: Caz Perriman will be visiting Trinity on Tuesday and meeting the staff and children before heading to the pool for their fun day. We look forward to meeting and welcoming Mrs Perriman to our school.
Positive Behaviour Lunch: On the last day of school, Mrs Gorham will be providing a hot chip lunch to all the students who have received 5 maroon bands this year.
Farewell: Sadly, we farewell to some of our staff this year. Sarah O’brien and Victoria (Tori) Corcoran. Sarah and Tori have accepted positions at Lake Cargellico. We thank then for everything they have done at Trinity and we wish them all the best in the west. Jessica Fitzsimmons will return next year for casual relief work.
It was so lovely to see you all back at Trinity this week for the Presentation Night. I’m sure that 2021 will be a very different year to 2020 and all things going to the current plan you will be able to come into the school for school events. We have really missed seeing you around.
This is our final newsletter for 2020 and my final newsletter as Principal of Trinity Murrumburrah. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. I hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy the break. I leave you with some extracts from my Presentation night speech.
Who would have thought that 2020 would have been such a bizarre year! The year commenced very smoothly. Little did we know what was around the corner with the swimming carnival and parent meet and greet night being our only community events that parents and families could attend, all year until our Presentation Night.
The events that unfolded due to COVID became a true testament to who we really are as a school and community always focused on our students, their learning and the wellbeing of our families. Our staff quickly rose to the occasion, trialing and setting up learning platforms for our students and remote packs for families who were unable to access the internet from home. The transition from school to home was fast, effective and a smooth transition. It was as though the children were still at school as the lesson structure with conferencing and feedback occurred, daily. After all this, you would think the students’ academic results would have been impacted-but not so in fact the opposite occurred! Upon return to school, we provided additional classroom support and as a result every student made substantial academic progress across the year. What an outstanding result! Whilst this result was achieved this year it has been also the result of initiatives that have been implemented and resourced at Trinity over several years.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Firstly, to our incredible teaching staff. None of this would have happened without your enthusiasm and zest for learning and improving teaching. We are all life-long learners and this mantra is well and truly enacted at our school. I would like to thank each teacher for their hard work and dedication to improve the learning and engagement of our students. You are all so incredibly talented, innovative and creative. As special thank you to our Instructional leaders in Literacy and Numeracy-none of these results would have occurred to this level without your energy and relentless desire to succeed. Penny your knowledge and enthusiasm for literacy has rubbed off on all the Trinity staff as has your wealth of knowledge and eagerness to improve the teaching of numeracy, Rebecca. We are very fortunate at Trinity to be supported by our amazing support staff, Ann Burns, Jo Birks and Fiona Bass. They go above and beyond. They attend staff development days on literacy and numeracy to ensure they can support the children with their learning and look after the needs of all our students.
To Hannah our Chaplain thank you. From the minute you walk into Trinity you are busy working with the students in your role as Chaplain.
I am extremely grateful to Leanne Davis. As a Secretary Leanne does more than the average secretary. She does so many more tasks than is required of her duty statement. Leanne can be seen attending excursions, driving the Kruger bus, driving children to and from school to as needed, playing mum in sickbay, and of course answering the many requests that front office demands. It is nothing unusual to see Leanne working after hours doing the jobs that she was distracted from during the day. Apart from all of this, Leanne has been a huge support to me as Principal and she has made my job so much easier. Leanne is also ably supported by Fiona Bass Fiona has many skills that enabled her to be our Secretary each Friday as well as LS teacher. Fiona does an amazing job of our website, school zine and newsletter. Apart from this Fiona does many jobs around the school as a parent-catering at functions with the Trinity cookbook being an example of her handy work and she ably assisted Mark Sumich with the phone book. Both our Secretaries ensure the front office is humming and a pleasant place to be.
Helen Stevenson-thank you for all you do to ensure that our canteen has yummy food and the cleverest meal deals and Jen McKay for managing the canteen at recess and the yummy treats.
Jilly Parker-where would we be without you dropping in and out of the school, doing gardening, sewing banners, making wreaths, helping in the library, or feeding the staff morning tea. You are a gem!
I am extremely grateful to my Executive staff. Rebecca and Donna both work tirelessly in their roles at Trinity. Donna ensuring that RE is a focus for our school, the curriculum initiatives are kept current, our liturgies are vibrant and the parish school link is strong. Donna’s flair for Sport, Drama and choir are attributes she willingly shares within the community.
Rebecca and I have worked together for 6 years. We are ying and yang. We both have a very different skillset that we bring to our roles but when teamed together we have a synergy that works together and a shared vision. Beck you work tirelessly as an Assistant Principal, you are incredibly knowledgeable about curriculum and you are extremely creative and innovative in your practice. From the outset we have been fortunate that we have had a very honest relationship built on loyalty, trust and respect. There have been several occasions when you’ve had to step into my shoes and you’ve done so admirably and with ease. I know that you will be an incredible support to Trinity’s new Principal, Caz Perriman.
Father Lolesio-what a joy it is to have you in our community and such an active presence in our school. We are truly blessed to have you and we love you celebrating our liturgies and bringing the scriptures well and truly to life and visiting the classrooms and staffroom. We hope you see Trinity as your second home and you’re always welcome.
To our Community Council-where would we be without you? A very sincere thank you to our past CC especially our chairs-Andrew Kennett, Sam Lenehan and Brendan McKay. To Charlie Lucas our current Community Council Chair-you go above and beyond for our school as have your predecessors. All our Chairs have more than just taken on the role, but they have all done so many extras behind the scenes and continue to do them from grounds maintenance to putting up nativity scenes. To Mark Sumich our Secretary-thank you. Mark is not just an ordinary Secretary he also does many of our more technically complex maintenance and has been known to climb the school buildings like spider man to repair tiles. To Amy Mergard thank you for being our school publicity and promotions person who has provided the most amazing photos for our school website and organises many of our school functions.
We are extremely grateful to our wonderful parents who work hard to fundraise to ensure resources can be continued to be purchased and upgraded as required and to promote our beautiful school. Parents I urge you all to get involved and support the Community Council and our staff.
It is with a heavy heart that I leave Trinity as each one of you is very special to me. It has been a privilege to be a Principal of Trinity and the past 6 years has been extremely rewarding for me. The decision to leave wasn’t easy but I believe that 6 years is a good stint as a Principal in a school. St Bede’s at Braidwood is a very similar school to Trinity but much bigger and I’m going to be so much colder. I may need 2 Katmandu long coats for duty. I will be back out to visit whenever I come to Galong and will continue to come out this way to visit family.
Only yesterday I had these very words said to me by several nearby Principals… We have an amazing state of the art catholic school and are the envy of all the catholic schools in the WR region. Our building refurbishments, academic results and school environs have set a benchmark that they are all envious of and are hoping to replicate.
I leave you with the manta… “It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a community to build a school”.
Have a lovely holiday!
Prayer for Joy
Loving God, we thank you for the joy you bring us. Help us prepare our hearts for this gift. Bless our worship. Help us to hear and to do your word. We ask it in the name of the one born in Bethlehem, Jesus our Lord. Amen.
This evening we will formally farewell our Year 6 students at their Graduation Mass. This is the last Mass Year 6 will share together as primary students. We thank God for all they have contributed to our school. Over the years they have been at Trinity, these students have faced challenges and have learned and worked together to overcome them. This evening we celebrate their achievements, and together with them, we present our hopes, plans for the future and joys to the Lord. We pray that they may continue to challenge one another and, journeying in faith, hope and love, follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
We wish Tilla, Chaz, Tylerr, Amelia, Poppy and Tasmin every success for their future. We pray that they may take away with them fond memories of shared experiences that Trinity has given them and the bond of true friendships that will last forever.
The theme for tonight’s Mass is “Bloom Where You Are Planted” with the motto
‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow – Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.’
Just like the tall sunflower in the field, these children have blossomed from tiny beginnings into the strong, confident and capable young adults they are today. The Word of God has been planted in their hearts, and, as they continue to grow in kindness, love, understanding and forgiveness, they share it with others and in this way God’s kingdom grows too. They are the planted garden of today, ready to bloom with grace. It is now time for them to spread their branches to discover new horizons.
Spotlight on Year 2/3 in RE
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday, a Happy and Holy Christmas and every bit of happiness with family and friends in the New Year.
Our Trinity Cookbook is available from the front desk. The cost is $25.00 or 2 for $40.00. Its a great Chrissy present!! There are so many amazing recipes inside, you won't know what to cook first!
Swimming Fun Day
Students will be going to the Harden Pool on Tuesday 15 December, leaving by bus at 11am. Students can be picked up at the pool at 3.10pm or can catch the bus home (teachers will walk students to the Murrumburrah High School bus stop). Students are to come dressed in out of school uniform/swimmers. A sausage sizzle will be provided to all the students for lunch. There will be lolly bag for sale for $1 and also the Pool Canteen will be open. Children will need to bring food snacks/money, their swimmers, towel, rashie and sunscreen.
Last Day of School
On the last day of school (Wednesday 16 December), students are to wear out of school uniform, as we are cleaning up classrooms etc, so no special/good clothes, singlet tops or thongs!
Whole School Nativity
Trinity studets will be performing the Nativity scene on Wednesday 16 December at 9.30am in St Mary's Church. Parents and special friends are most welcome to attend.
First Day for 2021
Students will return to school on Monday 1 February 2021.
It was lovely seeing all our families come together on Tuesday night and celebrate our achievments for 2020.
2020 Award Recipients:
Effort & Committment Award: Harry Edawrds (K/1), Tilly Jackson (Yr 2), Georgia Daken (Yr 3), Bella Betts (Yr 4), Tom Bassingthwaighte (Yr 5) & Tasmin Sommer (Yr 6).
Academic Excellence: Poppy Lucas
Christian Leadership Award: Dakota Medley (K/1), Ruby Lucas (Yr 2), Spencer Betts (Yr 3), Ryan Sumich (Yr 4), Willow Stevenson (Yr 5), Tylerr Leitner (Yr 6).
Father Keogh Award: Poppy Lucas
Monsignor Hennessy Award: Chaz Cooper
School Citizenship and Spirit Award: Tilla Bowman
Tom & Ann Blanchard Award: Billy Corkhill
Carla Stewart Memorial Award: Jaslyn Killick
Sporting Excellence: Tilla Bowman & Poppy Lucas
Bendigo Bank Community Award: Angus Oldfield
Creative Arts Award: Amelia Loydell
Jugiong Writers Festival Award: Ivy Corkhill
Murrumburrah High School Award: Tylerr Leitner
Departing Families Presentation: Bowman family, Cooper family, Leitner family, Scott family & Sommer family.
Winning House Shield: GOLD house
Announcement of the 2021 Ministerial Cabinet:
Prime Ministers: Riley Jackson and Talia McKay
Canteen: Willow Stevenson
Library: Sammy Daken
ICT: Angus Oldfield
RE: Jemima Mergard
Sport: Tom Bassingthwaighte & Archie Quinn
Celebrations: Jaslyn Killick
Announcement of House Captains:
Gold: Sammy Daken, Talia McKay & Tom Bassingthwaighte
Blue: Angus Oldfield
Red: Willow Stevenson and Riley Jackson
Farewell to our Year 6 Students
Tonight we celebrated our Year 6 Graduation Mass at St. Mary’s church, followed by a supper prepared and served by Year Five parents, teachers and friends. It was a wonderful night and we wish our year 6 students all the very best in their next chapter in life.
Kinder - Year 3 Excursion
K-3 had a super fun day yesterday celebrating a wonderful end to the 2020 year of school. Their first stop was at Ballinaclash Cherry Orchard, where the children learnt about the paddock to plate process, followed by picking their own cherries to take home. After a picnic lunch, K-3 headed to Southern Cross Cinema for a private viewing of The Santa Clause. What a treat! Thank you to Bob Stevenson for driving the bus.
Kinder/Year 1: Fletcher Betts and Lana Sumich
Year 2/3: Shannon Kerrison, Somer Oldfield, Raphael Summerfield and Georgia Jackson
Year 4: Claudia Loydell and Charlie Jackson
Year 5/6: Amelia Loydell and Willow Stevenson
Kinder/Year 1: Timmy Olotu
Year 2/3: Phoebe Bassingthwaighte, Raphael Summerfield, Hamish Summerfield, Ben Pollard
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||