- News from Lynda
- Term 3: Interschool Chess Competition
- Garden Working Bee
- READING IS MY SECRET POWER!
- Book Week 2019 - Reading is my Secret Power
- Maths Challenges
- Helping your child with mathematics at home
- P & F Update
- Andrew Fuller at St Catherine's
- Library / Learning Hub News
- Thoughts with a Cuppa...What would you choose to do?
- Raffle Tickets for Emilia
- School Holiday Cricket Camp
Whole School Performance
All classes are spending time this term singing and dancing in preparation for our whole school performance on Tuesday 8 October. Our very own Performing Arts teacher Mrs Trish O’Gorman has written a fabulous production for our students to perform. Information regarding ticket sales will be available shortly. Trish has already sourced many costumes and classroom teachers will let you know if anything further is required in the weeks ahead.
In order to produce and perform such an event takes a whole team of support and I would like to acknowledge all of our dedicated staff who are supporting Trish with this event. We are all looking forward to seeing our students star early next term.
School staff in the Federated schools of Holy Trinity are instructed to follow email protocols that supports the health and well being of staff. Our commitment is to provide a workplace where the physical and mental well being of staff is protected. Staff check emails regularly and will only send emails between 6:00am and 6:00pm.
Parents, families and friends are invited to school to attend the following learning assemblies. Learning assemblies take place each term so of course if you can’t make it this term, we may see you in term 4.
Foundation- Monday 12 August at 9:00am (celebrating 100 days of school)
Year 5-6 Monday 19 August at 2:45pm
Year 3-4 Tuesday 27 August at 2:45pm - change of date
Year 1-2 Monday 2 September at 2:45pm
The Term 3 Interschool Chess Competition will be held at Tucker Road Primary School in Bentleigh on Wednesday, 4th September. I will be coordinating the Team . A Care monkey invitation to participate will be sent out during Week 5. The cost will be $24.00 per participant.
Please email me if you require further information.
Carmel Donlon- Coordinating Leader
By Joshua Whitfield, Charlie Grainger, Daniel Argiropoulos, Sienna Webb & Emily Hede (2019 Sustainability Leaders)
Last Wednesday we held a whole school garden working bee. Each class got assigned an area in the school grounds and started pulling weeds, planting, raking and cleaning up. Along the way we met many species like snails, slugs, worms, mealworms, ants, caterpillars, beetles and more. Each class worked really well as a team and had lots of fun! We planted Australian native plants, grasses and vegetables.
The next day each teacher picked a student they felt were extra helpful and worked well in a team and they got a prize - a pair of fancy new gardening gloves!
Thank you to everyone… we loved making our school more beautiful and can’t wait for the next time!
Green Thumb winners: Emily Baldwin, Kai Seymon, Elise Stamatakos, Benjamin Castrillon, April Jansen, Lily Thorp and Sebastian Laughlin (absent)
Book Week 2019 -Term 3 Week 6
19th- 23rd August
READING is my SECRET POWER
We invite you to our Book Character Parade (9am Monday 19th August) and Book Week Assembly (2.40pm) on Thursday 22nd August in The Learning Hub.
Children may come to school dressed as their favourite Super Hero or Book Character. Here are some ideas.
Monday 19th August
9.00am (No meditation) Students sit around basketball court near office in class groups. David, Liam, Aliyah, Peter and Bill will MC the Parade. If raining, this will take place in hall.
Thursday, 22nd August
2.40pm - Assembly in the Learning Hub (David, Liam, Aliyah, Peter and Bill will run assembly)
● Book of the Year announced
● Competition Winners announced (F-2 Colouring Competition & Yr 3-6 Treasure Map)
● Each class will present a small item
2019 Book Week Family Activity: Dress Up Mask
Let your imagination run wild and create a’ Dress Up Mask’ of your favorite Superhero, Book Character or Mythical Creature.
- Please create a mask for each child
- Return to school for display in the Learning Hub by Thursday, 15th August.
- Some ideas below….
- Most importantly……. Have fun!
MATHS FORTNIGHTLY CHALLENGES
Entries close Wednesday 14th August
Last weeks winners
Congratulations to David, Hamza and Stella. Well done!
Ned rode his bike 7km to the library. On the way he took a shortcut that was only 5km long. How many kilometres in total did Ned ride?
Tim caught 16 ladybugs. Ali caught 27 and Jon caught 35. The children put their ladybugs into jars to protect them from the pesticide being sprayed. Each jar held only 8 ladybugs. How many jars did they need to ensure all ladybugs had a safe home?
AGE 10 upwards
12 friends plan to order pizza for dinner. They assume that everyone can eat 1/3 of a pizza. How many pizzas should they order?
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE
● Your name
● Your age
● Your class
● ALL of your workings out
● Any units of measurement if the answer needs it
Years 3 to 6
As a teacher and as a parent, I completely agree with the research that states one of the most accurate predictors of a child’s success in school and beyond is when families participate in the learning journey together. How is this done in mathematics? Easily! The main objective is for children to connect the importance of maths to everyday activities. There are many activities you can do at home to achieve this. Here are a few recommendations from the Department of Education. Remember, it is not about speed. Focus on the process and not the outcome.
SPORTS - Sports are a great way to engage in mathematical discussions. Some discussions that could take place involve - How scores are tallied; what maths is needed to tally the scores; who is at the top of the ladder - by what total and percentage; how long does the game go for and is it broken into halves or quarter (extend that to time in minutes and seconds); discuss the shapes of sporting fields; estimate the perimeter of the playing field and can Carlton make the GF 2019?
WEATHER - The bonus of Melbourne’s ever-changing weather is the data it gives us. Ask about the daily difference in maximum and minimum temperature, what pattern or trends do your children notice? Compare forecasted weather against actual. Even use the BOM website to generate tables and graphs.
CATALOGUE BROWSING - What a great resource to discuss money and percentages! How would your child choose to spend $40 in that catalogue? What is the best value sale item in that catalogue? What would 10%, 25%, 50% discount be on select items? Compare costs across stores - make sure they’re Australian sites!
TRAVEL TIMETABLES - For children going to high school next year or anywhere really - can they find the closest station to where they live; how would they get to their destination; if they needed to be somewhere particular by noon, what time should they leave; what is the cost of the travel; how many stops on the route; when is the quickest time to travel? All real- life investigations.
MONEY - Saving and spending money is very important to learn. Talk to your child about the change you should receive from your purchase, investigate the cost of a family trip, discuss saving money for an item they really want, work out how long it will take if they earn $2 each week for doing extra chores, look at the cost of mobile phones and plans and discuss the 50/20/30 budget rule.
And most importantly, have fun doing maths together!
NOTE - For parents of students in Years Prep to 2, some tips and ideas will be coming for you in an upcoming newsletter.
Christmas Market Update
Thank you to Suzanne, Karen, Lisa, Jess, Tracie, Terrie, Wendy and Claire who either contacted me directly or attended the quick meeting last week. An extra big thanks to Suzanne who has volunteered to take on the job of Stall Coordinator. These lovely people give us a starting group to kick things off, however we do need more people to assist. We're looking for:
- A marketing/advertising guru (to organise the logo, boards, flyers, etc)
- A permit or general organiser to ensure we are complying with council requirements
- General helpers - help with set up, pack up, running odd jobs as required between now and the market, etc
- Stall assistants - to either run or assist with a stall on the night
15th August, 9 - 10.30am
Everyone is welcome!
RSPV not essential, but welcome to assist with table numbers
0410 485 455
29th August, 2 Brothers Brewery
RSVP not essential, but welcome to assist with numbers
0410 485 455.
Fathers Day Breakfast & Stall
Flyers will come out this week
We can all act this way if we choose to. A world of love, care, nurture and joy is possible. But for this to happen we all need to choose to live this way. Read this beautiful story and it may help you to continue to choose the path of love.
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith)
What would you do? You make the choice! Don't look for a punch line -
There isn't one! Read it anyway.
The question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?" The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child."
Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"
Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his disabilities.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance and a few boys nodded approval, why not? So he took matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning.
I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with a broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart.
The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing the other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay as the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to second base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward second base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"
Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!
Shay, run to third"
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run home!"
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world."
Shay didn't make it to another summer and died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!