Harden Murrumburrah has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up I spent many weeks of the school holidays at my Grandma and Granfather’s house. My Grandfather, Cecil Short, was on the railway, he was a Clerk for many years. My Dad, Robert Short, often told the story of Grandfather looking out for others. He would reserve seats for the borders to return home at school holiday time. Stella, my Grandma made the best custard any ten-year-old could imagine. She and I would walk across to the shops and Grandma would buy what ever she was going to make for Grandfather for lunch. ‘Good morning Stella” everyone would say and always Grandma would respond with a nod, a warm smile and “Good morning.” Then there was Butch, their big, beautiful dog, he barked and barked when Grandfather came home and the pair of them snored as much as each other. The warmth of my Grandparent's and the community they were part of touched my heart many years ago and now after being part of the same community for only six weeks it is the same warmth that calls me to be Christ to each of you, I pray that each of you will strive to do the same.
Prayers Please: During the week Mick Burns was badly injured. Please keep Mick and his family in your prayers and thoughts. We pray for his speedy recovery.
OPEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Please join me for our Open Community Council Meeting on Monday 22March from 6pm.
Tea and coffee will be served.
Babysitting will be provided, and your warm open hearts are welcome.
AN OPEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING is a gathering whereby members of a community can share their thinking in an appropriate and safe manner. This meeting is not a recruitment meeting. I won't be asking you to join the Community Council. I will lead this part of the meeting with a short presentation on the intention, protocols, and procedure for the meeting. Please email Leanne at the Front Office to let us know whether you will be attending. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in anticipation for your support in this matter.
You may remember that NAPLAN did not take place in 2020. It will however proceed in 2021. NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second week in May. From 22 March – 30 April we can expose students to practice tests. This is an opportunity for teachers to eliminate the unknown, enabling students to concentrate on the questions not the process during the week of assessment. The testing period for 2021 will be 11-21 May. Please read the following information for parents.
Many thanks to Donna Wade who is our NAPLAN co-ordinator. Please contact Donna or myself if you have any questions.
Last week Genevieve Bear attended the Indigenous Education network day. She and Donna Wade will be leading Indigenous Education at Trinity and our focus will be on developing our knowledge of the Wiradjuri people. In the coming weeks we will publish some of the student’s new understandings in the newsletter.
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING
Have you seen the posters, have you noticed the clues; around the school, in the newsletter, have you asked the staff? I saw a hat covered in alfoil on Wednesday, what is that all about?
It’s true, something BIG is coming……. Follow the Yellow Brick Road!
Who Am I? (Just for Community Fun, open to everyone)
Last weeks Who Am I? was Penny Lucas.
The winner of the Mufti and Milkshake voucher was Phoebe Bassingthwaighte.
So far, we have Stevie, Phoebe and myself heading to Terracotta in the last week of term. I wonder who else will be joining us?
This week’s Who Am I?
- I live out of Harden
- I love eating chocolate
- My hair can be curly or straight!
- My favourite colour is pink
- I like gardening
MRS PERRYMAN’S HIGHLIGHT FOR THE WEEK
On Tuesday of this week, I chatted with Timmy Olotu as he ate his lunch. He proceeded to tell me how fantastic it is that Nigeria gained Independence sixty years ago on 1 October. The joy he communicated on his face was priceless. We are truly blessed to live in such a multicultural country.
Congratulations to Julie Doolan and her daughters Liv, Samantha and Jess on the opening of their new shop in Harden, The Ohana Collection. It was an absolute honour to attend their opening launch last night, the shop is looking beautiful. Wishing you all great success.
God bless each of you, my door is always open for you.
Whole School Liturgy
This week Miss Wade and Year 5/6 led a Whole School Liturgy at Trinity. The theme for the liturgy was ‘Friendship and Forgiveness’. We are thankful for the gift of friendship and ask God to protect and care for each of us as we continue our Lenten journey. We know that Lent is a special time to prepare ourselves for Easter and in doing so, be reconciled with God. God’s forgiveness is unlimited. When we receive forgiveness, we are encouraged to act in the same way by forgiving others.
St. Patricks Day Mufti Day
Take some time out to pray.
Click on the link below for ideas for ‘Family Prayer.’
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
Next week our First Eucharist and Reconciliation candidates will be involved in their final preparations to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. We thank all staff, students and families committed to the ongoing faith journey of these children and the parish for keeping our young candidates in your prayers.
The dates for these Sacraments are:
Sacramental Retreat Day - Monday 15th March 9.00am at St. Anthony’s Church (whole day for candidates only)
Sacrament of First Reconciliation - Wednesday 17th March 6.00pm at St. Anthony’s Church
Sacrament of First Eucharist - Sunday 21st March 9.00am at St. Anthony’s Church
Altar Server Roster for St. Anthony’s Sunday Masses
Billy and Emi
Sophie and Poppy
200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia
The Logo Explained
The central symbols of the logo are:
- The Christian cross - representing the faith dimension of Catholic schools and our mission of service in Christ
- The Southern Cross and map of Australia - representing the Great South Land of Australia
- Dots are used as a key design element connecting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our Australian heritage
- The colours – burnt red and yellow – represent the desert in the heart of the Australian outback, contrasting with the deep blue representing the Southern sky and ocean surrounding our continent.
Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14th March
During Week 4 of Lent, we meet Arsad.
Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet at home and was often sick due to the practice of open defecation. Through Caritas Australia’s support, Arsad and his community improved hygiene and sanitation, and funded their own toilets.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 and help improve health and wellbeing of communities in Indonesia so they can work towards eradicating poverty, providing a better future for all.
You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
Around the Classes in RE
I had the pleasure to take a walk through the classes this week and am delighted to share some of the wonderful work I saw happening in RE.
Kinder/1/2 are currently creating a big book of Psalms.
Year 3/4 have been exploring the Baptism of Jesus in Mark's Gospel.
Year 5/6 researched Vision and Mission statements from other schools and wrote their own for our school.
Thought of the Week
Wishing everybody a wonderful week.
Love Your Sister 5 cent Friday
Today we celebrated 'Love Your Sister 5 cent Friday' by all students coming dressed to school in bright colours and bringing all their 5 cent piece denotations.
Love Your Sister day is fundraiser day, in memory of Connie Johnson, who passed away of cancer in 2017. Trinity hosted their own fundraiser by creating a magical love-heart that was filled with five cent coins. Go Trinity! All money raised will be passed on to the medical researchers from the Love Your Sister team.
K-2 busy finding and stamping 'S' words.
In Year 5/6 this week we introduced a new Warmup called 'Sociable Cards'. Take a pack of cards and remove the Jacks, Queens and Kings. Shuffle the remaining cards, and then lay the whole pack face up on the table in a snake, like this one: Place four different coloured counters on the first four cards in the snake. Then move each counter forward the number shown on its card (Aces count as 1). Keep moving each counter until it can't go any further without going off the end.
Students were asked the questions.
Did your counters all finish on different cards? Repeat the experiment a few times.
How often did all the counters finish on different cards?
How often did they all finish on the same card?
Can you explain your results?
The children were amazed with the results and challenged with giving reasoning as to why these results occurred.
After much amazement, and a lot of challenged thinking, the students were then asked to find a way to arrange the cards so that all four counters finish on different cards.
A great activity enjoyed by all with lots of questioning and contemplation and very collaborative group discussions!
Link to the activity demonstration is https://youtu.be/7nQwKXtjdCE
This problem is based on a card trick called Kruskal's Count
Link to Kruskal's Count https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJD98Zrmu4
Good Luck Jemima
Jemima Mergard will be competing in the Archdiocesan soccer trials in Canberra today. Trinity staff, students and community wish Jemima all the best and look forward to hearing about this experience upon her return. Good luck Jemima!
Trinity Cross Country will be held at Trinity school next Friday 19th March. Parents are invited to come along and support our children on the day and join us for a BBQ lunch afterwards. (See flyer).
If any parents are able to help out as a ‘checkpoint monitor’ on the day, please contact Miss Wade as this would be greatly appreciated.
Today we did a practice run in sport.
This week was the last week of our school swimming program.
The program has been very successful in developing water awareness and life saving skills which are so very important in life.
Please check the C & G sport website and the Facebook page for information about upcoming events including winter trials for netball, rugby league, hockey and touch football.
If any parent/guardian needs support with this, please contact Miss Wade.
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: Marlie Oakley and Jack Gadd
Year 3/4: Claire Corkhill and Tilly Jackson
Year 5/6: Tom Bassingthwaighte and Claudia Loydell
Kinder/1/2: Violet Tindall, Toby Stevenson and Jack Gadd
Year 3/4: Georgia Jackson and Shannon Kerrison
Year 5/6: Michael Oakley, Thomas Edwards, Archie Quinn and Claudia Loydell
|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||