Please keep all our Year 6 Confirmation candidates and their families in your prayers. We look forward to celebrating this special Sacrament of Initiation with all candidates from our Parish next Tuesday and Wednesday night at Holy Trinity Church at 6pm.
It has been a highly productive week, with teachers meeting with students and parents to celebrate current successes with learning, discuss areas for development and create new learning goals for Term 3. These conferences/interviews are significant meetings to ensure productive conversations are happening about your child's learning. It is also an opportunity to continue to strengthen the important and valued relationship between teachers and parents at our school. In Week 10, you will be able to access your child/ren's reports via Compass on the Parent Portal.
This week we have also had significant events recognised in the public forum. Firstly our Prayer celebration for ANZAC Day and visit from Gerard Hogan, a local parishioner, has been recognised in the latest edition of Catholic Educations' "Celebrate" Bulletin. Please see the link below to access the article and photos:
We were also privileged and proud to be invited to the Governor General's House for a morning tea, due to our Sustainability and group and school contribution and commitment to waste free projects. This is explained below from Caitlin Meany:
Week 8 News Letter – Plastic Free morning tea at Government House.
On Tuesday morning our sustainability leaders had the privilege of attending a morning tea for the launch of Plastic Free July at Government House.
Lucy, Emilia, Sara, Edie, and Jenna, along with Miss Meany and Miss Smith were invited by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, the founder of Plastic Free July to attend the event. Rebecca had heard through ACTSmart Schools about the initiatives for sustainability that occur at Holy Trinity, such as Waste Free lunch boxes (previously Waste Free Wednesday, but now Waste Free Everyday), the change from single use to reusable cutlery in the school tuckshop, our popular and thriving Gardening Club, and our daily Sustainable Tips at morning announcements. Rebecca was particularly impressed with the sustainability leaders’ plans to target the adults in our community to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups during Plastic Free July.
Lucy, Emilia and Miss Meany were also lucky enough to attend a pre-audience with Their Excellencies, The Governor General and Mrs Linda Hurly, and Rebecca Prince-Ruiz. During this time, the girls discussed the changes in Australia with single use plastics, their learning in the area of sustainability, their Unit of Inquiry, and the upcoming Year 6 Exhibition. The Governor General reminded the girls that they are the future leaders of Australia and their efforts with reducing plastic in our school community will make a difference.
When the official event began, The Governor General spoke to the audience to launch Plastic Free July. He invited Lucy to stand with him as he spoke, before then inviting Lucy to share Holy Trinity’s perspective on sustainability.
Lucy’s speech is below:
Good morning Your Excellency Governor General and Your Excellency Mrs Hurley, distinguished visitor and invited guests.
My name is Lucy and this is Emilia. We are Year Six students at Holy Trinity Primary school nearby in Curtin, and members of the sustainability team.
Sustainable practices are embedded in our school community both in our words and actions.
Our School Reconciliation Action Plan gives us aboriginal perspectives on sustainable practices, stemming from respect for the land we share, that has been cared for, for many thousands of years by the Ngunnawal people.
As an International Baccalaureate school, we have a sustainable global perspective with actions on a local level.
For example, we have a green tuckshop, that uses recyclable serve ware. We have a kitchen garden that produces food for classes to cook with (such a delicious basil pesto), for tuckshop use, with extra food going home to the school community families. The kitchen garden is cared for by the gardening club. Our food scraps from lunch boxes are collected and fed to worms. We encourage rubbish free lunch boxes and ‘nude foods’ which is both healthier for our bodies and healthy for the earth.
At our morning announcement 2 sustainability team leaders shares tips for sustainable practises - such as encouraging containers instead of plastic packaging, use a jumper instead of the heater or something as small as take a shorter shower to save water.
Our preschool at Holy Trinity is creating a new outdoor play space into a nature play adventure garden to embrace the nature we have around us.
Finally, as a Catholic school we have an appreciation that God has given us a beautiful world to live in and we have a responsibility to care for it.
Thank you for inviting us and allowing us to share our perspective.
After Lucy’s speech Rebecca discussed Plastic Free July in more depth and the audience then listed to Mrs Linda Hurley’s song about plastic, which we hope to learn as a school. They also participated in singing You Are My Sunshine, with Lucy, Emilia and Miss Meany singing the song to The Governor General.
During the morning tea, the girls spoke with children from other schools about sustainability, explored the ground level of Government House, and of course enjoyed some tea and biscuits.
The girls appeared briefly on Win local News on Tuesday evening, and an interview with Lucy is in Canberra Weekly, click here to read.
We are incredibly proud of the sustainability leaders for representing Holy Trinity so well at such a special event. We also admire their leadership in sustainability and look forward to participating in Plastic Free July.
Tasting Night - Sip & Support
With a week to go before the school’s social event of the year the Parents & Friends committee is excited to announce some of the night’s silent auction items.
Funds raised will go towards resourcing the school’s music classroom in the new building project. Our goal for the evening is to raise $5,000 from tickets sales, silent auctions and drink sales.
Packages for auction include:
2 nights stay at Little National Hotel Sydney and a $200 Goodfood Restaurants Gift Card
Round of golf for 4 people at Murrumbidgee Country Club plus Golf Cart Hire followed by a meal at the Hellenic Club.
Cut & Colour at Epic Hair Woden, Wardrobe Styling session from local stylish Debby Harrington and a Lash lift and tint by Telisa Orzelek.
A Singed 2020 premiership team jumper
And more to come.........
If you cannot attend but would like to bid on an auction item, please email email@example.com
We hope to see many of you on the night to enjoy live music, good food and drinks, and a well deserved night out.
Tickets are $20 per person from Qkr! and don’t forget the lucky door prize, a free coffee every day for the rest of the year from Red Brick Curtin, brought to us by Hayman Partners.
Tickets available through QKR under the heading 'School Event Tickets' and then under the subtitle 'Holy Trinity P&F'
Thank you for supporting the school and our new building development soon to go to tender!
We also would love your feedback about the tuck shop service so far this term, by clicking on the very quick survey below. (Please note this survey will close on the 17th of June).
Take my survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5WPFSY
Two weeks we launched the annual school survey which is being produced by a new company across our archdiocese as follows:
Annual School survey- Tell Them from Me
We are currently inviting teachers, students (Year 4-6) and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the TELL THEM FROM ME (TTFM) Partners in Learning Survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and well being at Holy Trinity Primary School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey is open until tomorrow, Friday 11th June. You will be able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
Take my survey: http://tellthemfromme.com/htps2021
Please keep the Ridd family in your prayers (Scarlett Year6) as Jan's father passed away recently in New Zealand.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a peace-filled week ahead with your beautiful families. Stay warm!
Philippa Brearley - Brearley
Congratulations to our Year 6 Confirmation candidates and their families who were presented to the Parish on the weekend. We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please keep our Year 6 candidates in your prayers.
Last Thursday students in Year 6 from Holy Trinity, Saints Peter and Paul and local schools in the parish gathered for our Confirmation Retreat day. It was wonderful to celebrate our Confirmation Candidates and gather at a Parish community!
Global School Partners
Tomorrow we have our second last fundraiser for the term COIN HEART. Students are encouraged to bring in coins to create a heart for their class. The class with the most expensive heart will win a prize!!
In week 10, students will also be able to bring in a gold coin for our lolly guessing competition! Check out next weeks newsletter for a sneak peak of the lolly jars!!
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|10||ALL WEEK||Lolly Jar Guessing Competition|
- Friday 11th June - Coin Heart Fundraiser for Global School Partners (Gold Coin)
- Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th - 6pm: Sacrament of Confirmation
- Monday 21st June - 2:30pm: 2R Class Assembly
- All week: Lolly Jar Guessing Competition Fundraiser for Global School Partners
Religious Education Coordinator
ELC School Holiday Program
The ELC will be open for a School Holiday Program between 28 June-12 July 2021. (Monday 12 July is a pupil free day)
The holiday program is open to current ELC, Kinder and Year One children, with priority given to ELC families. Spaces are limited, please book early to avoid missing out.
Please click here to access the School Holiday Program booking form.
Wanted: Recycled Paper
The preschool has always enjoyed a steady supply of clean recycled paper, but we are depleted! If your workplace has paper to donate we will gratefully receive it.
Stay and Play
Playgroup for pre-preschoolers and their families. Wednesday mornings from 9am-10.00am in the ELC Playground (weather permitting). Parents, grandparents, carers and children are all very welcome. Please sign in using the Check in CBR app.
Use your words Dad
Seven-year-old Thomas lay crying on his bed wrapped in the arms of his father. Thomas was upset and his dad was trying to find out what was bothering his son. His voice was quiet, and his words were soothing.
Gradually, Thomas opened up, sharing with his father how his best friend had embarrassed him in front of others at school. Unable to articulate his disappointment and anger, Thomas’s father did so for him. “I guess you feel let down. I’d be really mad too if that happened to me.”
Thomas let out a sigh, relaxing even more into his father’s embrace knowing he understood how he felt. Empathy has a soothing effect on upset children.
Popular parenting author Steve Biddulph is correct when he wrote that activity is the main language of fathering. Dads use physical touch and play to build relationships and as a tool to develop self-control, teamwork, fairness, and other values.
However, if activity is the only way a man relates to his children, his impact will be limited. As Thomas’s father discovered, physical touch may provide an entry point but it’s through talking that we get to the heart of matters that bother children and young people.
Anecdotally, talking with kids about their worries and anxieties is still largely a mother’s preserve. Sexuality educators report that mothers do most of the talking when it comes to sexuality, respectful relationships, and consent.
Talking through personal problems with a son or daughter is a new role for many men, especially for a generation whose fathers stoically advised them ‘get on with it’ when problems emerged. Many males feel more comfortable giving advice rather than solace to kids who are struggling.
The most effective parents are those who adapt to the times in which they live. The COVID-19 era requires parents to be even more patient, calm and focused on children’s wellbeing. Parents of both genders need to communicate from their hearts as well as their heads, finding words to support and heal, as well as to advise when children and young people struggle.
South Weston Regional Cross Country
Last Wednesday the 2nd June, a team of students from Year 2 to 6 represented Holy Trinity at the South Weston Regional Cross-Country carnival. They all ran their hardest and had a great time. Well done to all the team.
ACT Cross Country Championships
A special congratulations to Owen A, Olivia M, Leo M and Maggie P who have qualifies for the ACT competition. These students came in the top 10 for the South Weston Region and will represent the Region on Wednesday next week. We Wish them luck on Wednesday!
We are very lucky to have some amazing coaches from ALF ACT/NSW come in to take the Years 3 to 6 for sports clinics. These clinics expose students to a range of skills relating to Aussie Rules Football.
Students celebrating their birthdays this week:
Week 8: Isla H, Molly W, Aaliyah A, Emily L, Frederick A, Olivia S, & Mrs. Hanlon
The Rostrum Primary Schools competition is a public speaking competition for all ACT and surrounding NSW schools. On Tuesday, the students from Years 3-6 listened to seven students present a speech.
These speeches were presented by Maggie P (3/4B), Timothy L (5/6W), Erin R (3/4R), Izzy M (5/6W), Sarah B (3/4W), Darcy B (5/6R) and Emily H (3/4G).
All competitors presented a speech which engaged the audience through effective use of voice and gestures.
Congratulations to Izzy M (5/6W) who will represent Holy Trinity at the Quarter Final held on July 20. Congratulations to Sarah B (3/4W) who is the runner up.
Grab your tickets and join the Parents & Friends committee for the school’s social event of the year.
Food, drinks and live music on the night with Silent Auctions in support the school’s arts and music programs.
$20 per person includes a range of samples from local wine, beer and spirits.
Tickets available through QKR under the heading 'School Event Tickets' and then under the subtitle 'Holy Trinity P&F'
The Lucky Door prize is a years’ worth of Red Brick coffees, proudly brought to you by Hayman Partners.
The P&F is excited to announce, 'Shake n Dog' Day to be held on Tuesday 22nd June (last week of term).
This is a special tuckshop service to raise funds for the school by serving hot dogs and milkshakes for lunch!
All orders must be made on QKR (under Special Treat Day) before Friday 18th June (we cannot take orders on the day!).
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Patricia Micalos on 0400 019 226.
Milkshake (chocolate or strawberry) $3.00
Hot Dog $3.00
Combo milkshake & hotdog $5.50
Jenny Van de Meeberg
Holy Trinity Primary School