Taking stock of our lives
I was sent this reflection during the week and it struck a chord with me, I hope there is something in here for you.
Once upon a time, an ancient story tells us, the master had a visitor who came to inquire about Zen. But instead of listening, the visitor kept talking about his own concerns and giving his own thoughts. After a while, the master served tea. He poured tea into his visitor’s cup until it was full and then he kept on pouring.
Finally, the visitor could not bear it any longer, “Don’t you see that my cup is full?” he said. “It’s not possible to get anymore in.”
“Just so,” the master said, stopping at last. “And like this cup, you are filled with your own ideas. How can you expect me to give you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Lent is the process of emptying our cups. Lent is a time for trimming the soul and scraping the sludge off a life turned slipshod. Lent is about taking stock of time, even religious time. Lent is about exercising the control that enables us to say no to ourselves so that when life turns hard of its own accord, we have the spiritual stamina to say yes to its twists and turns with faith and with hope.
Lent is the time to make new efforts to be what we say we want to be. We applaud the concept in most things. We know, for instance, that even people who were married years ago have to keep working at the marriage consciously and intently every year thereafter, or the marriage will fail no matter how established it seems. We know that people who own businesses take inventories and evaluations every year or the business fails. We too often fail to realize, however, that people who say that they want to find God in life have to work every day to bring that Presence into focus, or the Presence will elude them no matter how present it is in theory.
from The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century (Crossroad) by Joan Chittister.
At the Parent Information evening at the beginning of the term I shared the Trinity Professional Learning Plan. You may remember this diagram:
The diagram represents what we will be focusing on this year. Each week we meet to learn and implement best practice based on our Annual improvement Plan. Over the next five weeks I will take each of the areas of learning and share some understandings that will help you as parents and carers to understand why these people and why these strategies.
Who is Rosenshine? Barak Rosenshine was a history teacher who gained a PHD in Education in 1963, he continued his career at Illinois University.
What was his area of interest? At the University of Illinois Rosenshine taught Educational Psychology, wrote many papers about teacher performance, direct instruction and strategies based on cognitive science.
When did he first publish Instructional Principles? In 1982 and 1986, after reviewing previous research, Robert Stevens and Rosenshine, published their first instructional functions.
Was that the end? Rosenshine did not think his work was finished, his intention was to create a guide, knowing the research for teacher’s was excessive.
What next? In a paper published in 2010 by International Academy of Education, Rosenshine expanded on his 6 original instructional functions. These 17 principles were based on research in cognitive science, research on the classroom practices of master teachers, research on cognitive support to help students learn complex tasks.
And then? In 2012 Rosenshine simplified the list of principles from 17 to a manageable 10, which are the ten Trinity Catholic Primary School are promoting as best practise.
Begin the lesson with a review of previous learning.
Present new material in small steps.
Ask a large number of questions to all students.
Provide models and worked examples.
Practise using the new material.
Check for understanding frequently and correct errors.
Obtain a high success rate.
Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks.
Monthly and weekly reviews.
Who Am I? (Just for Community Fun, open to everyone)
If you would like to join in the Who Am I? game, simply write your name on a piece of paper, record your answer to the clues below and place your piece of paper in the Who Am I? box in the Front Office.
Each week at awards our Library Minister will pull a name out of the box. If the answer on the piece of paper is correct the person will receive a small vote of congratulations.
Here is this week’s Who Am I?:
I have lived overseas
My favourite colour is blue
I love animals and own a mischievous kitten
I have a Beary good class at Trinity
Mrs Perryman’s highlights for the week
Last week’s K-2 Open House was a tremendous celebration of learning. I left the Hall feeling very proud of every little poppet. As I was basking in their glory, Grace Metcalfe from 5/6 walked over to Henry, who had just sang, danced and read at his first Open House, placed her arm around him and said “Well done Henry, you read so well”
What a beautiful community we have.
My door is always open to each of you. God bless
Whole School Mass
This week Mrs Lucas and Year K-2 led Trinity in a whole school mass focussing on the theme of Creation. We thank K-2 students for a beautiful mass, highlighting the beauty of God’s creation and our responsibility to take good care of such a gift.
Prayer in Our Classrooms
Prayer is an important part of our daily lives. At Trinity, each class starts their day with a morning prayer. This is a time to stop, think, reflect and pray. This week, as I walked into the classrooms, I noticed these beautiful prayer spaces.
Take some time out to pray.
Click on the link below for a 3-minute Retreat through Prayer.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
We continue to keep our First Eucharist and Reconciliation candidates in our prayers. These children have been preparing to receive these Sacraments
Altar Server Roster for St. Anthony’s Sunday Masses
Zoe and Sophie
Bella and Jemima
The Year of St. Joseph
In a new Apostolic Letter entitled ‘Patris corde’ (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, Pope Francis has proclaimed 2021 as ‘The Year of St. Joseph.’
In the Apostolic Letter, Patris corde, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.
Pope Francis wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”
Each week, our newsletter will contain a ‘snippet’ of information to unveil the person of Joseph.
Second Sunday of Lent – 28th February
During Week 2 of Lent we meet Margret. Margret is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands that suffered long-term water shortages and damage from Tropical Cyclone Harold. With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed water tanks, repaired cyclone damage and implemented COVID-19 prevention measures and is now planning to boost food security.
Listen to Margret’s story here.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 and help people living with disabilities in the Solomon Islands gain access to education and clean water, empowering them with skills to protect our common home.
You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
FOR THE HEART......
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4)
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful week.
Good Luck Talia
Talia McKay will be travelling to Narooma on Monday 1st March to compete in the Archdiocesan Carnival in 12-13 Years 50m Breaststroke. Trinity staff and students wish Talia all the best at this level of competition. Well done Talia!
School Swimming Sessions
All children from Kinder to Year 6 will attend swimming sessions at the Harden Pool this term.
The sessions will be on:
Monday 1st March 12pm-1.30pm
Monday 8th March 12pm-1.30pm
Monday 15th March 12pm-1.30pm
Students will need to bring their swimmers, rashie, towel and sunscreen in a plastic bag for each of these days.
A reminder that ALL nominations are to go through the CSNSW website and entered electronically.
If any parent/guardian needs support with this, please contact Miss Wade.
This week’s Safety Tip - Take extra care around buses.
- Wait until the bus has stopped before getting out of your seat.
- Respect the bus driver at all times.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Wait until the bus has gone and find a safe place to cross the road
- Plan ahead and don’t rush for the bus
- Follow the road rules and cross with care
- Buses have blind spots in front, at the back and at the sides. Don’t assume the driver can see you.
Thank you for your support of sport at Trinity.
C & G Rugby Union nominations close
Monday 24th May
C & G Cross Country (Stromlo)
Tuesday 25th May
Mortimer Shield (Years 5/6) in Young
Thursday 27th May
MacKillop Touch Football Trials (Penrith)
Friday 28th May
C & G Rugby Union Trials (Lyneham)
Monday 31st May
Trinity Athletics Carnival (Trinity)
Tuesday 1 June
|NSWCPS Cross Country (Eastern Creek)||
Tuesday 8th June
Kinder/1/2: Digby Clark and Lana Sumich
Year 3/4: Phoebe Bassingthwaighte and Hamish Summerfield
Year 5/6: Jaslyn Killick and Billy Corkhill
Kinder/1/2: Bella Pollard and Harry Edwards
Year 3/4: Spencer Betts
Year 5/6: Willow Stevenson and Zoe Lenehan
|Monday 17 May||Walk Safely at School day||Leaving from Trinity||
|Monday 17 May||Book Cafe (Yr 3/4)||Terracotta||
|Tuesday 18 May||Reinforced Reading Training||Trinity||
|Thursday 20 May||Retreat Day for Sacrament of Confirmation||St Anthony's Church||
|Sunday 23 May||Sacrament of Confirmation||St Anthony's Church||
|Monday 24 May||Book Cafe (Yr 3/4)||Terracotta||
|Thursday 27 May||Mortimer Shield Rugby League Gala Day (Yr 5/6)||Keith Cullen Oval, Young||
|Monday 31 May||Book Cafe (Yr 3/4)||Terracotta||
|Tuesday 1 June||Trinity Athletics Carnival||Trinity||
|Thursday 29 July||Trinity Open Day||Trinity||
Harden Soccer 2021
The Harden Soccer Club is looking forward to the 2021 season and would like to advise all players that registrations are now up and running for the upcoming season.
Player registrations are done exclusively on line through the new playfootball.com.au portal, the link to which can be found on the Harden Soccer Club facebook page.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact the club via it's Facebook page. All information regarding registration dates and other important 2021 season information can also be found on our Facebook page.