Week 1, Hope
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas.
MESSAGE FROM OUR STUDENT LEADERSHIP GROUPS
Leadership is a quality that all students at Holy Trinity Primary School are encouraged and supported to develop. Students from our ELC to Year 6 take on the role of leaders of their own learning. Through the curriculum and extra curricula activities, all students are encouraged to develop the skills necessary to be a leader. This ensures that all students perceive themselves as leaders and have the opportunity and confidence to take on leadership roles.
Our student leadership roles challenge individuals to develop a sense of vision and purpose as they take on responsibilities and use decision making skills in order to carry a project through to a successful conclusion. They develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills including communication, negotiation, team work and reflection. Students are given opportunities to develop the skills of active, reflective listeners who respond effectively as they work with others to determine and achieve collective
During this term, the Service group (Veronika Rover, Georgia Nano, Abby VB, Valentina Galeotti & AJ Santos), have been having such a great experience throughout our journey. We have been having an excellent time with our Service group Leaders/teachers. During our experience so far, we have helped out with class and prayer assemblies, Grandparents Day and have had a brilliant time with helping out with the Kinder Orientation Day. We have really enjoyed our experience of being the service leaders for Semester 2, 2019.
The most worthwhile part of wellbeing this semester was teaching children about decision making, cooperation, being open minded. We enjoyed talking to different age groups about their own wellbeing and what it means to them, as well as sharing stories with them. We learnt about how they feel towards their own wellbeing and their peers’ wellbeing.
A challenge we faced was how to interpret wellbeing into a vocabulary/idea that kindergarten students would understand. Another big challenge that we faced was when we joined the wellbeing group and weren’t sure where to begin.
The wellbeing group visited classes to teach them about different aspects of well-being and it’s importance. Overall it was a success and we really enjoyed it. When we visited other classes we felt as though we were able to teach the students new things and ideas to improve their well-being. The class visits were rewarding for both the children who were learning about wellbeing and for us who were teaching them about wellbeing.
Being part of the wellbeing group helped the school community to become more aware of their feelings. As a school community we have changed and became more considerate of one another and more compassionate to people less fortunate than us.
One of the biggest things that has stuck with us is the importance of taking care of ourselves. We have begun to care more about our own wellbeing and our friend’s wellbeing because we have learnt more about different wellbeing topics during our time in the group. We would never have thought about it that way if we hadn’t been part of this experience.
Being in the wellbeing community has allowed us to talk about our feelings, share thoughts and ideas, talk to younger students about what is and isn’t good for them, learn new things and more. The wellbeing group is a key part for our school to help make it a better place where people truly care for one another.
Written by Ava Skerbic, Emily Roger, Liam Prior, Audrey Hickman, Amy Winchester, Hannah Busby.
This term the sustainability group has been working towards a waste free school and at the start of term three we began a waste audit, Lis from act smart school was kind enough to come in and help us during or transition to a waste free school. Our school has become a lot more aware of what bin their rubbish belongs in. In gardening club we have plenty of new fruits and veg growing such as:
- Beans and peas
- Spring onions
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Mint leaf
- Butternut pumpkin
The gardening club and kinder use the gardens fresh produce in many different styles of cooking. The gardening club was also able to sell their produce to raise funds for new gardening equipment.
Holy Trinity is working hard to become waste free and wish for a waste free future.
Teachers: Miss Meany, Mrs Smith, Senora Rover
Students: Ruby PS, Sophie G, Gabby S, Chars D, Hannah M, and Teah S
This year has been great for ICT. Our school has utilised much more technology throughout the year. Like during Exhibition, with the green screen, the growth of coding club and the implementation of V.E.X and Lego WeDo. Some things I would like to see would be more coding and Minecraft more regularly in classes, instead of having both in special clubs. And even when it is in normal class, it would be for some super special occasion or something. Overall, amazing year! -Jose :D
I enjoyed using the green screen for Exhibition and I enjoyed doing Coding Club with Lego Wedo 2.0. I think next year they should have more minecraft and more ICT apps. -Oliver K
I have enjoyed when we got to make our own app. In coding club I loved when we got to code WeDo 2.0. I think we should do more minecraft in class. -Ethan P
I enjoyed using the big data representaion because I liked making the app. I made a sport tracker. - Lakshayan
I enjoyed using my iPad in coding because we could build robots and code the Spheros. I really liked being part of the VEX comp with other schools. I would like us to do more coding in coding club and robotics-Samuel M
We also want to put a call out to any families that have unused mobile phones sitting in a junk drawer at home or office. (They don't need data-just have to be able to access the wireless network at school). We would like to use them for VR (Virtual Reality) Learning Experiences in our classrooms. Please drop into the front office.
Technology Leadership Team and Rebecca Casey- ICT Coordinator
We are the sports committee consisting of Sophie Hickey, Ruby Ashton, Maddie Danaher, Ava Frawley, Ava Morris, Christian Galeotti and Oscar Howard. This semester we have helped the handball games for the lunch time sports with Mrs Punyer. We helped Mr Feerick organise the Obsatcool. We handed out raffle tickets played the song for obsatcool and got the students excited for the day. We organised lunch time sports, some games that were played were dodgeball, handball and soccer. We helped organise the sports room and helped reorganise it with the new hooks. We made class kits for all the balls. We have enjoyed being part of the sports group.
Reconciliation Retreat day
On Tuesday, 26th November, Year 3 students participated in a Reconciliation Retreat Day. It was a wonderful day where the children were able to participate in a variety of activities designed to support the learning happening in the classroom. Thank you to Miss Joy and Mr Sloane for joining us on the day.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tonight we will have a number of your Year 3 students will join with many of their peers from our parish as they receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. The liturgy will be held at 6:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Curtin. All are warmly invited to attend.
Please join us next Tuesday at 9:30am for our Thanksgiving Mass followed by morning tea. This is an opportunity for us as a school to say thank you to all who volunteer in our community. We are very appreciative of all the support we receive from laminated books, reading with students to cooking BBQs! We hope to see you there.
Don't forget to purchase your sausage sizzle on Qkr for next Fridays Summer BBQ!
St Vincent de Paul Social Justice Day
On Friday 22nd November, 9 students from Year 4 and 5 spent the day at ACU to participate in Mini Vinnies Social Justice Day. The St Vincent de Paul Society ran a series of presentations about the services they operate here in the ACT to assist our most vulnerable community members. Our students had a wonderful day and now have a greater understanding of where the donations to the St Vincent de Paul Society go, and how we can be more effective in our fundraising activities. Thank you to Miss Joy who took our students!
- Monday 2nd Dec - 9:15am: 2R Advent Prayer Celebration - Love
- Monday 2nd Dec - 2:20pm: KG Class Assembly
- Tuesday 3rd Dec - 9:30am: Thanksgiving Mass and Morning Tea
- Friday 6th Dec: Summer BBQ for L'Arche
- Monday 9th Dec - 9:15am: 3/4G Advent Prayer Celebration - Joy
- Monday 9th Dec - 2:20pm: Year 6 Assembly
- Friday 13th Dec - 12pm: Nativity Play
- Friday 13th Dec - 5:30pm: Nativity Play followed by Community BBQ
- Monday 16th Dec - 9:15am: Year 1 Advent Prayer Celebration - Peace
- Wednesday 18th Dec - 12pm: Graduation and End of Year Mass
- Thursday 19th Dec - All Day: Cotter Picnic Day - Last Day of School for 2019
Important Dates in the ELC
3 December, 9.30am Thanksgiving Mass
4 December, 10.30am Bus Wash excursion (Ground Parrots & Rock Wallabies)
6 December, Summer BBQ (orders taken on QKR!)
10 December, 10.30am Bus Wash Excursion (Black Cockatoos) - TBC
11 December, Reports home (Black Cockatoos)
13 December, Christmas Nativity story (12pm & 5.30pm) Community BBQ (6-8pm)
13 December, Reports home (Ground Parrots and Rock Wallabies)
19 December, whole school picnic at the Cotter playground LAST DAY OF ELC.
Please note that the ELC closes on the last day of school, Thursday 19 December and will reopen for the School Holiday Program on 30 & 31 January 2020.
School Holiday Program January
Bookings are now being taken for the School Holiday Program offered on 30-31 January 2020. Bookings can be made by clicking here.
Don't forget to pick up a copy of the Catholic Voice this month to see some of our grogeous preschoolers on the front cover.
Before and After School Bookings for the ELC 2020
The ELC has now opened bookings for Before and After School Care for students attending Kindergarten and Year One in 2020. Children currently enrolled in BSC/ASC will be required to submit a new enrolment form. The ELC provides a warm, relaxing and fun environment for 4-7 year olds from 7.30am-9am and 3.10pm to 5.45pm, as well as a school holiday program during the school term breaks.
The After School Hours care enrolment form can be found here. Please return to the ELC office.
Stay and Play
Playgroup 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.
Just a friendly reminder that this is the last week for borrowing and that all library books are due to be returned before Friday, 6th December.
Overdue notices and lost book fines will come home in Week 9.
Remember there is always a competition for the first class to get their books all back.
Over the holidays the children can download the SORA app and borrow books on line. Please pop into the library if you would like a ‘how to set up SORA’ information sheet.
Thank you for a wonderful 2019. God Bless Mrs Ulmer, Mrs Williams, Mrs Schofield and all amazing parents who help cover books…. Stephanie L,
Maria P, Anne H, Vanessa B, Stephanie S, Maria T, Lucy M, Charlotte C,
Nicole C, Prue F, Ben B, Kim H and Loretta P. You have covered over 400 books between you all – amazing.
Remember to …read to and with your children whenever you can. I love to say – ‘Up to Year 3 they are learning to read and that after Year 3 they should be reading to learn’.
Enjoy the Christmas celebrations,
Please remember that there is NO parking in the drop off zone. This causes congestion, as cars cannot flow through the area. If you wish to stop in the mornings, please park in allocated parks, or on Theodore St.
|K Green||Ilaria E, Neve I||3/4 Blue||Sam B, Claire T, Robert S|
|K Red||Camille R, Philippos D||3/4 Green||Elizabeth F, Olivia G, Alessandra P-S|
|K White||Evelyn S, Caroline W, Alexis H||3/4 Red||Tom O, Emily L|
|1 Green||Sideri P, Rosetta S||3/4 White||Madison T, Tom B, Angus B|
|1 Red||Rachel B, Zachariah H||5/6 Green||Patrick W, Sienna T, Liam W|
|2 Green||Matthew John G, Quentin H, Emma N||5/6 Red||Sophie H, Claire O, Oliver K|
|2 Red||Ava T, Tom S, Amelia N||5/6 White||Eliza R, Samuel M, Evelyn C|
||Daniel B, Zara B, Daniel T, Eamon C||ELC Awards||Jacob H, Felicity, Natalija, Ethan, George H, Hamish, Marcus, Zara|
Students celebrating their birthdays this week: Arthur W, Lenny W, Phoebe S, Eamon C, Tamera T, Steve L, Robert S, Xavier I-G, Gabriella C, Sara C A