There are two uniform shop opening times for in-store shopping and two deliver to classroom dates between now and the end of term. We encourage you to place any summer uniform orders you may have for term 4 2022 (or term 1 2023, if you like to plan ahead!) in the next few weeks.
All summer uniform components are in stock and available in Qkr! Since the last newsletter we have added coordinating headbands ($7.50) and pony bows ($5.00) for the summer dress.
As part of our COVID-19 safety protocols, where families are shopping in-store, we ask that family members (over 12) consider wearing a mask, in line with health guidance, and family groups continue to socially distance from other family groups.
Uniform Shop Opening/D2C Dates
Qkr! Order Cut Off
Tuesday 30 August 8:30-9:00
Friday 26 August 14:00
Tuesday 13 September 8:30-9:00
Friday 9 September 14:00
Uniform Shop Coordinators
Katie (Hugh Y1G and Hannah ELC Black Cockatoos) and Ginny (Evelyn Y1G) - Uniform Shop Coordinators
Thank you to the parents/carers in our community who have communicated to us already that their child/ren will not be returning in 2023.
If you have a child/children with an Enrolment Application pending at another school or you know your child/children will not be returning to Holy Trinity in 2023 could you please click below and fill in the form to be sent to the front office. This does NOT include current Year 6 students.
If your child is not returning in 2023, please click here.
Thank you, this would greatly help us to inform staffing and planning for next year.
Katie Smith - Holy Trinity Primary School
I hope that you have had a great start to Term 3.
If your children are anything like mine, you have probably been having lots of discussions about COVID-19 and what it means for them, your family, the ACT community and other people around the globe. The nature of these conversations may have changed over the past few months as amendments to health advice and requirements; variance in schedules for school, home and work; and the impact on sport, social life and perhaps even the way you shop have occurred.
Regardless of the conversations going on in your home, there are some key principles which experts suggest that we, as parents, should consider when talking to our children about COVID-19. These include being willing to have age-appropriate conversations with our children about the virus, and that these conversations should remind our children what is being done to keep everyone safe. Having a normal, albeit perhaps adapted, routines is also highlighted as something which is very important for young people. It is also critical that as parents and caregivers that we take good care of ourselves and recognise that the challenges and disruptions caused by COVID-19 has also been impactful on us. During these disrupted times it is also important to note that e-safety is particularly important to us all, including the risks for young people online. There are some excellent materials available on-line about how to speak to your children about COVID-19 and how best to keep everyone safe, if this is something you would like to know more about.
Whilst COVID-19 has disrupted many planned learning opportunities, events and activities at school, I would like to thank and acknowledge the terrific work done by the staff at Holy Trinity for quickly establishing a “new normal” in terms of school procedures; offering alternate learning opportunities; and adapting the academic, spiritual, sporting and social activities offered to our children so that the impact of this virus on school life and learning is minimised.
I would also like to thank all those parents who continue to contribute so generously to the school, notwithstanding the changes that have been required resultant of COVID-19.
If you would like to contact me at any point, or would like to raise any matters with the Board, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you all the very best for the rest of this semester.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Communication was sent out earlier this week about signing uo for a Confirmation Mass. If you have not yer signed your child up to recieve the Sacrament please click here.
Each Tuesday Grace our Youth Minister leads a Holy Trinity Youth Group! All student in year 5 and 6 are welcome to join! See what some if our students love about YM!
I love going to Youth Ministry because it is such a supportive, inclusive and fun place to be at recess. Grace is the nicest person ever! I would absolutely recommend YM if you want to get closer and connect with God. - Charlotte Smyth
I like going to YM every week because it gives you a chance to connect with God. I also like tgay at YM we get to do drama’s to explain the gospel to the children furing Prayer Celebrations. The children enjoy having something to watch and so they know what the Gospel is about! - Ginger
Youth Ministry is amazing for everyone to join. Everyone is really supportive and kind in every way possible. Grace our YM is amazing and she teachers us a new bible verse every week and goes in depth with what it means and why is it important. If you want to get closer with God YM is the place, we all work together and it’s so so FUN! I encourage all the children in 5/6 to join! - Alessia
Quality Improvement in the ELC
In the continuous improvement we seek in the ELC we ask our ELC families who utilise the Before and After School Care programs to complete a brief survey (2 minutes). The survey can be accessed by clicking here.
Hats, Hats, Hats
Our SunSmart policy states that all children and staff are required to wear hats and sunscreen when outside from August to April each year. Please ensure your child has a clearly labelled hat each day and support them in applying sunscreen when they arrive in the morning.
Stay and Play
Stay and Play is for pre-preschoolers and their families. Wednesday mornings from 9am-10.30am in the ELC Playground (weather permitting). Parents, grandparents, carers and children are all very welcome. We ask families to sign in the register on arrival and wash/sanitise hands to remain C19 safe.
School Holiday Program
Next week a booking link will be sent out via Szapp and the newsletter for the September/October school holiday program. The ELC Holiday Program welcomes preschoolers, Kinder and Year One children, with priority given to currently enrolled families and siblings. The program fee is $81 per day, this fee attracts the CCS for eligible families.
Father's Day Stall
Just a reminder we can't hold our usual Stall this year. The P&F have bought enough gifts for all the Dads and the Year 6 Leadership Group will deliver to classrooms the week beginning 31 August.
You are more than welcome to donate money for a gift via Qkr, but it's not expected. Thank you so much to the families that have already donated. The money you give will not only pay for the gifts, but will go towards our contribution to our charities at the end of the year.
Change of date due to weather. Now on Friday 18 September
It is with great excitement that we share with you some of the wonderful things that have been occuring in our tuckshop over the last few weeks.
KITCHEN GARDEN TO TUCKSHOP
In addition to providing delicious tasting, nutrious food to our community, Alicia has been working closely with Cailtin Meany (KG) and our delightful Kitchen Garden volunteer, Moya. These wonderful ladies, along with our Sustainablity Leaders and students from our weekly Kitchen Garden Club have been learning about what produce is best to grow, and when. They caring for the crops, then harvest and give the food items back to Alicia to include in our tuckshop menu.
Whilst not all the vegetables and herbs can be grown in our Kitchen Garden, Alicia has kindly adapted the menu to include special items on the menu for a short time when things are available, for example, we have used beetroot in our beetroot and chocolate cupcakes.
Below are some pictures to show how the broccoli from the garden has been used. Most of it, including the stalks, went into the vegetable curry and some went into the sausage rolls. Thank you for the broccoli!!
Each Tuckshop day, our senses are being tantilised by the delicious armoas that waft out of the tuckshop. If you have not checked out the delicious treats available, please go to Qkr!
During this challenging time of Covid the P&F have ceased nearly all fundraising in our community. Our Tuckshop and Clothing Pool are an exception to this. Each term, proceeds from the tuckshop are donated back to the P& F. So those both purchasing and volunteering with Alicia, are also helping to fund raise money for our school!
To date this money has been used to purchase new literature for our classrooms. Every student benefits from this.
Thanks also to everyone who has signed up to help in the tuck shop so far. We still have spaces available so if you are able to assist please click this link.
Philippa Brearley Scott Pearsal Cath Day
Principal Chair of School Board P&F President
Staying the course in COVID times
COVID-19 continues to test us in ways that were unimaginable at the start of 2020. It’s becoming the defining event of this generation and a reference point for decades to come. We’ve had depression kids, war kids and now we have COVID-19 kids.
The impact of COVID-19 is felt differently across the country. Currently, Victoria is in Stage 4 lockdown while other states are on high alert. Not every student is working from home, but most students are COVID conscious, knowing that they’re only a corona cough or virus-filled hug away from remote learning.
Encouraging kids to stay the course when they’ve been denied access to the classroom, peers and community activities is now a common parenting challenge. Denial is generally tolerable in the short term, but the novelty of changed circumstances soon wears off. The following strategies will assist both parents and kids to stay the COVID long course:
Accept difficult emotions
‘There’s nothing so bad that we can’t talk about, but there are behaviours that we won’t accept’ is a mantra that serves families well. It’s okay for children to feel frustrated, annoyed, angry or upset about their change of circumstances due to the pandemic but that doesn’t give them permission to behave disrespectfully, miss school requirements or fail to assist at home. It helps if parents validate how their children feel, then encourage them to focus on fulfilling school and family expectations.
Some children and young people will protest the COVID induced changes that have been imposed upon them. In some respects, it may be admirable for children to push for a better deal, but the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic means that the individual needs to bend toward the greater community good. This is simply a case of accepting and making the best of the situation at hand.
Take it one day and week at a time
On family bush walks my young children would rarely complain when the tracks were windy. The complaint levels rose when paths were long and straight as the finish line seemed such a long way off. In a similar vein during our current times it’s smart to keep kids focused on getting through each day and week rather than look too far ahead. Six weeks of Stage 4 may seem intolerable, so it’s better to focus on getting through each day and week.
Be the hope person
Help children and young people understand that they will get through difficult times. “This too shall pass” is perhaps the most apt meme for our times. If your hope bucket is emptying out, seek out positive friends and relatives who can top it up. Our own resilience needs nurturing if we are to last the distance.
The internal parenting manual that guides us probably doesn’t include chapters dealing with remote learning, lack of peer interaction and kids’ disappointment. Most of us are treading new parenting ground so it’s best to be open to change, accepting of difficulties and forgiving of inevitable parenting stumbles.
Family Tech Agreement
It takes a whole family to be safe online.
A family tech agreement is a set of rules about how devices, like smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and gaming consoles are used in your home. It is written down and agreed to by all family members and kept in a place where everyone can see it (such as on the fridge).
This agreement is designed to help your family have a smoother time around technology in your home and promote safer online experiences.
When your child is around 3 years old, it is a good idea to make a family tech agreement together.
At this age, children are recognising rules, so you can build on this understanding in a fun way to talk about online safety and set some rules. Talking with your child about these rules helps to develop their critical thinking and self-regulation skills and encourages them to build good habits around technology. It can also help them to understand how the internet and networked technologies work, which in turn explains the importance of online safety.
We have developed this family tech agreement in collaboration with ABC KIDS. You can use the agreement provided here:
This is specifically tailored for younger children and includes pictures to explain the rules. Or you can create your own using the template, with different rules for children of different ages and pictures that suit your particular situation and family. As children grow older, or if your situation changes, it is a good idea to revise your agreement.
Primary and Older
Each family has different expectations and rules, just make them consistent and age appropriate.
Use parental controls
Parental controls are software tools that allow you to monitor and limit what your child sees and does online.
They can be set up to do things like:
- Block your child from accessing specific websites, apps or functions (like using a device’s camera, or the ability to buy things).
- Filter different kinds of content — such as ‘adult’ or sexual content, content that may promote self-harm, eating disorders, violence, drugs, gambling, racism and terrorism.
- Allow you to monitor your child’s use of connected devices, with reports on the sites they visit and the apps they use, how often and for how long.
- Set time limits, blocking access after a set time.
If a device or program is shared by multiple members of your family, you should be able change the tool settings to reflect each user’s age and skills.
For further support in parenting in the digital age, please visit: https://drkristygoodwin.com/speaking-topics/#parents or https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents
Term 3 school fees are due to be paid in full tomorrow Friday 21 August unless you are making ongoing payments or have an agreement with the school. We thank you for making these payments on time.
Families who are leaving Holy Trinity at the end of the year are reminded to check their Family Fee Account balance as with the cancelling of school camps for both years 3/4 and 5/6, many familiy are close to having paid for the year in full already as fortnightly amounts were calculated at the begining of the year prior to camps being cancelled.
Family Fee Account statements will be sent out to all families next Wednesday. Can I please ask everyone check their account balance and adjust as requested.
To assist you in calculating your family's per Term costs, please click here to see a copy of 2020 School Year Fee Schedule.
Team Leader: Paul Osborne, Henry Day, Justin Hassall, Carrie Kilpin, Doug Ridd, Michael Frizell
Reminder: Could team leaders please ensure the ELC is vacuumed, as well as the main building and annexe. Just the carpeted areas, as the bathrooms are done by the cleaners.