Dear Parents and Carers,
I begin today firstly with resources, links and prayers from our Church. The Archbishop has asked that I pass on the following links to sites that may assist in keeping people connected in these challenging times.
- Mass Online provides us with the opportunity to pray the Mass on a daily basis.
- Living Word provides a reflection on the readings of the day.
- Daily Voice provides a daily snapshot of what is happening locally, in the Archdiocese and across the world.
The Archdiocese has also shared Online Mass and Prayer Resources.
In these times of social distancing and restrictions on with whom we gather and where we gather these links provide the opportunity for spiritual closeness and reflection. You may also find comfort in the Archbishop’s prayer.
As things are changing constantly around us, it is good to journey with Our Lord and Saviour who provides a ‘still point in a turning world’.
Thank you so much for all the beautiful messages, gifts and streams of positive emails coming to us daily from parents in support of Holy Trinity continuing to offer learning under challenging circumstances. The health advice on schools remains unchanged. Our Chief Medical Officers indicate that our schools should remain open for education provision at this time. On the other hand, the NSW and ACT Governments have encouraged all families to keep their children at home where possible. In line with this advice, many families have chosen to keep their children at home. Please note that there is no judgement in regards to parent choice currently about whether students remain at school or learn from home.
Thank you also for allowing our staff to have time today and tomorrow to transition to a remote style for all our students. As you can imagine, it is not an easy process to suddenly switch from facilitating learning face-to face in a classroom setting, to ensuring authentic teaching and learning opportunities for both students remotely and those currently attending school.
So what is remote learning for our community? We are currently using Seesaw as the platform for daily learning during this time, both at school and home. This will comprise of a suggested timetable and learning experiences, links to websites etc and written activities to support your child at home. Please note, that this does not involve students being on a device all day. Please also note that a day of learning at home, is very different to a structured day in a classroom. Enjoy breaks, spending time with your children and being creative with their learning. Communication is a really important facet of remote learning, as we are social creatures who spend the majority of the day collaborating. You may send messages to your teachers privately on Seesaw and also use email as a mode of contact. Below is a link to some suggestions re supporting those families who are currently at home with their children.
If you are unable to access the remote learning that is being sent via Seesaw, please contact Katie Smith ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org for support or alternatives. Please note that the Seesaw platform is the mode we will be using for all students across the school. Children will also need other resources for learning and teachers have spent time today organising personal packs to pick up for remote learning. If your children are still continuing at school over the next two weeks, you do not need to pick up these packs. If your children are learning at home, could you please come to school tomorrow during the following times:
Surnames A-M- pick up pack from the morning assembly area 1pm-2pm
Surnames N-Z- pick up packs from the morning assembly area 2pm-3pm
The remainder of the packs will then be out the front of the school from 3pm-4pm.
They will then be left in the foyer of the school from 9am next Monday.
A reminder also to families who have not informed the school about children not attending. We need to ensure daily that our rolls are updated with attendance information. Some children have not been at school, however we have had no contact from parents about this.
Once again thank you for your support, kindness and positive communication. In these challenging times we are blessed to be a part of such a caring and nurturing community. Stay well, enjoy time with your beautiful family and please pray for those who are finding this time most difficult.
On Friday last week we celebrated Harmony Day at Holy Trinity. It is a day to celebrate our cultural diversity in Australia. It’s all about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
It was wonderful to see so many students who came to school dressed in their traditional dress or wearing the colour orange!
Thank you to our 3/4 team for organising such a fabulous day!
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please see the email below from Father John.
Due to the Caronavirus (Covid-19), we will not be proceeding with the celebration of First Reconciliation on Thursday, 2nd April. In due course, when circumstances permit, we will notify you of a new date of celebration.
I thank you for your understanding.
We continue to keep each other in prayer during these challenging times.
At Holy Trinity we believe that each child is unique and treasured. We welcome all enquiries to our inclusive community where our School motto, ‘Faith, Hope and Love’, is the foundation of our teaching and learning.
We are an International Baccalaureate World School. Our learning community offers an engaging, relevant and stimulating curriculum that prepares our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We strive to develop students who are internationally minded with an understanding of their responsibility to the world.
To complete your online Primary School Enrolment, please click here
ELC Online Enrolment, please click here.
For further information on enrolling in our school, please click here to view our enrolment information.
Systemic Secondary Schools
Please click on images for further information.
MERICI COLLEGE ENROLLING NOW CAMPAIGN
A wonderful opportunity for prospective families to see the College in action, meet our students and attend the Principal’s Address, Year 7 and 11 Information Evenings and lots more.
We are enrolling now for 2021 and beyond!
Please visit www.merici.college for all dates and information for our Open Day, Be a Merici Girl Days and Talk and Tours. Register online now!
Open Day and Year 7 2021 Info Night: 7 May
Be a Merici Girl Days: 30 Apr, 4, 5, 12 May
Talk and Tours: 4 Apr, 9 May, 15 Aug, 24 Oct
Chief Minister’s (Remote) Reading Challenge - CMRC
To keep us all reading - 2020 sees the return of the Chief Minster’s Reading Challenge to Holy Trinity.
Each child from the ELC to Year 6 is ‘challenged’ to read 30 age appropriate books over a 15-week time frame.
Year 3 and above have the option of completing a book review on books read - this counts as another book.
The 30 books can be from class reading and individual reading. Fiction or non-fiction, poetry, EBooks, audio books, books on Overdrive, graphic books, home books and of course library books. As long as the books are age appropriate.
Upon our return to school I will collect the CMRC sheets and book reviews. I will then hand out raffle tickets to those that have participated. Prizes are given to each grade level from Redgum book club funds.
Click here for Individual Record Sheet.
Click here for Individual Record Sheet - Somthing different.
Alternatively you can keep a small book or folder of all things library and hand it to Mrs Mertz at a later date.
Please contact me at email@example.com for any further information.
NB - Any books read in the last month can also be included in the challenge (particularly for the big kids as their books take longer to read).
An eSafety Guide to popular apps used by children
Do these look familiar? Is your child accessing these apps on their own? Have you checked the privacy and security settings in these apps?
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Clash of Clans
Click on the link below for more information on the apps above and many others.
Students celebrating their birthdays this week: Roux L, Henry B, Hugo M, Theo M, Ariella W, Ben S, Charlotte S, Tess N, Alexander M.