Trinity Catholic School Newsletter

09 May 2019
Issue Thirteen
Upcoming Events
Principal's News
Curriculum Overviews  Term 2
Wellbeing  1/2 RM Learn First Aid  
ART Art in 1/2 
Sustainability Second Hand Uniform Sale
Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN
Parents and Friends ELECTION HELP NEEDED
Richmond Community Announcements
EXTEND After Care
Trinity Catholic School
(03) 9428 7180
57 Davison Street
Richmond, Victoria, 3121

Upcoming Events

Term 2


9th May         First Reconciliation Parent Night

10th May       Mother's Day Breakfast from 7:45 

23rd May       School Sports Day 

14th May       Naplan

15th May       Family Mass  at 9am


   15th May    Second Hand Uniform Shop - Before and After School

16th May       Naplan

18th May       Federal Election BBQ (Volunteers Needed)

31st May        School Closure Day  Staff attending Berry Street Professional Learning at Galilee Primary 

5th June        First Reconciliation

11th June      School Closure Day    Staff attending Professional Learning at Aboriginal Catholic Ministry

19th June      Trinity Feast Day Mass @ 9.15am

26th June      Student Led Conferences

27th June      Reports Home

28th June       Last day of Term. School finishes at 1:30pm


Term 3

15th July - Students Return

30th July - First Communion Parent Night

31st July - St Ignatius Mass @ 9.15am

8th-9th -School Closure Days- Staff  Professional Learning - Catholic Identity and First Aid

15th August - Assumption Mass @ 9.15am

30th August - Fathers Day Breakfast

19th September - School Concert

20th September - Last day of Term. School ends at 1:30pm



Term 4

7th October - Students Return

9th October -  Confirmation Parent Night @ 7.30pm

23rd October -  Whole School Mass @ 9.15am

25th October - Confirmation

30th October - 1st November Year 5/6 School Camp

28th November - Student Led Conferences

5th December - Community Carols

10th December - Year 6 Graduation

11th December - End ofYear Mass

12th December - End of Year Celebration Day

16th December - Last Day of School (students)



Principal's News



Dear Families

It was lovely to meet the new families visiting our school this week and enrolling for next year's Preps. Open days are in full swing so please pass the dates for friends who may be interested. If the Open Day times don't suit, please call the school and organise a tour at a more suitable time.  

Also if you have a Prep child beginning in 2020 could you please complete an enrolment form and return it to the office asap.

Mothers Day/Special Persons Day  Breakfast Tomorrow

A reminder that there is a Mother's Day/Special Persons Day breakfast tomorrow morning. Thanks to the dads who are cooking in the morning. Gates open from 7.45am but you are welcome when suits you before school. Coffee Van will be available on the day. 

First Aid in Schools


On Tuesday St John's Ambulance ran the First Aid in Schools programme. It was a great day with our students learning what to do in an emergency while having lots of fun (as you can see from the pictures!)


Thanks and again welcome to the 14 families who attended playgroup on Wednesday. It was lovely to meet existing and new families who came along and great to see the children so happily involved in the play. Playgroup is open to all families in and around Richmond with children under school age so please feel free to invite families who may be interested. 

Parents and Friends

A big call out for volunteers to help the P & F in upcoming fundraising activities. We need lots of volunteers on election day to cook sausages and host our bake stall. We also need bakers who would be prepared to donate baked goods for the stall. This will be our major fundraising event of the year- please consider volunteering for an hour to support your school. 

Bike and Road Safety

It is great to see so many students riding their bikes to school.


Over the next couple of weeks, changes will be made to our storage of bikes to accommodate the huge increase in numbers, with bikes beginning to be stored in the area adjacent to the POL office. Although this area is not currently undercover, our intention is to restore the covered atrium and provide bike racks along the sides of the area. This area will become our next focus of fundraising for our P & F and fundraising efforts this year.  


Just a reminder to inform the office if your child has an allergy. In line with Catholic Education Office policy it is critical that we know if your child suffers allergic reactions and to have an up to date plan in place. 


Thanks everyone- have a great week and happy mothers day.

Curriculum Overviews 
Term 2



Anna Plackett    [email protected]

Lucy O’Dea  [email protected]

Urania Rivas  [email protected]

Rachael Mandarano [email protected]


Religious Education

In Religious Education students will learn scripture from the Bible, such as Noah’s Ark and various parables. They will participate in daily prayers, weekly liturgies and whole school mass giving them the chance to become more familiar with Catholic traditions. Students will learn about the sacrament of Reconciliation as they explore what this means to the Catholic faith and compare it to other religions and beliefs.


Student Wellbeing

During Term Two students will participate in various Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) lessons that focus on strategies students can use to reduce stress, such as belly breathing,  brain breaks and de escalation activities. Students will develop a class “focus plan” to help them prepare themselves to be ready to learn in the classroom. They will be learning how to be present, centred and grounded in the classroom.



In reading and viewing students are engaging in a variety of teacher focus groups, including phonics, reading strategies and comprehension skills.  Students will participate in shared reading, guided reading and independent reading activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts and will learn to identify and categorise the features of both text types.


Students will participate in writing focus groups to learn how to structure information reports and procedural texts. They are learning to reread and edit their writing, using word lists and dictionaries to improve the meaning and structure of a written text. Students will be strengthening their awareness of correct letter formation and identification.


Students will engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening strategies. They will learn to contribute ideas, add information and ask questions. Children will practise taking turns and recognising the contributions of others in discussions. They will explore different ways of expressing emotions, including verbal, visual, body language and facial expressions.



In Number and Algebra students will extend their ability to recognise, model, read, write and order numbers. Students will locate missing numbers on a number line and investigate number patterns formed by skip counting by twos, fives and tens starting from zero.


In Measurement and Geometry students will learn to order events, explain their duration, and match days of the week and months of the year to familiar events. Students will learn to tell the time using o’clock and the half-hour. Students will identify simple shapes in their environment and sort shapes by their common features.


In Statistics and Probability students will learn to express and sort events that ‘will happen’, ‘might happen’ and ‘will not happen’. Students will collect data and classify outcomes to create a variety of data displays.


Inquiry - Prep/1

As inquirers, students will consider change through the lens of Science, Geography and History. They will consider how their community has changed over time, how the seasons and the weather change, and how living things change in order to survive. Students will participate in an Inquisitive Kids Weather incursion to deepen their understanding and extend their learning about Change.


Inquiry - Grade 1/2

During our Inquiry unit “Stimulating Science” students will consider changes that we experience in our lives through the lenses of biology, earth and space science, chemistry, and physics. They will make predictions and scientific observations throughout the unit. Students will show what they have learnt by identifying 'science' in their classroom and record their understanding of each branch of science.



Design technology

As users of technology, students will identify the features of an iPad and Laptops. Students will be given the time to develop skills to search and use apps, such as a Quick Response (QR) scanner and Popplet. Students will practice the skills for using a keyboard and touchpad. Students will use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including how to care for their environment.


Digital Technology

Students will develop their design algorithms as a sequence of steps for carrying out instructions, for example becoming expert at using and uploading pictures to Seesaw. They will use their problem-solving skills and coding skills to accurately move Beebots (small robotic devices) from a starting point to an end point. Students will design solutions to simple problems using a sequence of steps and decisions. They will create and organise ideas and information using information systems and share these in safe online environments, such as SeeSaw and Google Classroom.



Library will occur on Monday’s for Prep/1’s and Wednesdays for 1/2 ‘s - library bag needs to be brought in those days.  Students borrow and return appropriate books from the library on a weekly basis. They are encouraged to select texts of interest, for research and at their level.




Health and Physical Education (Thursday) with Mrs Rachel McLeary

This term students will be participated in games and physical activities with and without equipment while cooperating with others. They will developed their hand eye coordination by practicing different ways to kick, throw and catch using a variety of balls. Students will also develop their understanding of minor games emphasising the need for rules and safety.


Music (Thursday) with Ms Belinda Nechwatal


In Term 2 Prep  Foundation students will consolidate building their repertoire of known chants, songs and rhymes. They will distinguish  between their speaking and singing voices. They will be introduced to the concept of Pitch; recognising high and low sounds and Tempo; describing music as fast, moderate or slow. The students will also further explore their emotions through music, discussing their responses to different pieces of music and exploring how music can sound happy, sad, scary, and exciting.


This term, Year 1/2 students will play a range of music and movement games, and explore the expressive possibilities of using their voices and instruments. They will begin to read simple graphic notation scores. They will move their bodies in response to changes in tempo.


Mandarin  (Thursday) with Mr Qing Yang

In term two Prep to Year two students will be learning about animals and their habitats in Chinese. They will also explore the how to express weather and seasons in Chinese.

Recognise Chinese characters as a form of writing and Pinyin as the spelled-out sounds of spoken Chinese. We will also learn how to interact with teachers and peers in social and class activities, exchanging ideas and opinions, using correct tones.


Art (Thursday) with Ms Briony Moylan

In Term Two students will explore a visual arts unit on The Sea. Students will create three artworks focusing on animals of the sea. The three pieces include a mixed media, oil pastel and watercolour painting, a collage based on the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and the final artwork of the term will be a 3D clay sculpture of an underwater animal.  


Year 3/4


Georgina Hession

Sylvia Holroyd       

Antonella Tsakmakis


Religious Education


Students will investigate the concept of free will from a Catholic perspective.  Reflecting on choices made, they will evolve an understanding of what it means to be in a good relationship with others.  The concept of forgiveness, and how being forgiven brings peace to self and others will be explored.  Students will identify the four stages of reconciliation (admitting wrong, saying sorry, being forgiven, making peace/being reconciled) and how Christians rebuild their relationship with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.



Reading: Students will use various texts to build and refine comprehension strategies with a focus on figurative language, making predictions, cause and effect and comparing and contrasting.

Writing: Students will plan, draft and publish narrative, persuasive and information  texts.

Speaking & Listening: Students will listen attentively to others’ views and respond appropriately. Students will plan, rehearse and present an oral report.



Number and Algebra

Students will revise and extend their knowledge of addition and subtraction.

Measurement and Geometry  

Shapes and using units of measurement will be investigated.

Statistics and Probability

Students will collect data to make appropriate graphs. Students will read and interpret graphs.



In the unit, ‘Into the Unknown’ students will explore changes in our community that has occurred over time.  They will investigate the significance of celebrations and symbols in Australia.   Students will research the ‘age of exploration’ and use timelines to sequence important events.


Information Communication & Technology

Students will continue to use software, including word processing programs, with growing speed and efficiency. They will use programs, such as Piktochart and Visme Creator, to develop digital solutions to present their work (data). Students will use robots to problem solve by describing and following a sequence of steps (algorithms).



Students will be learning through the ‘Relationship Domain’  from the Berry Street Education Model

with a focus on strategies that build relationships. Students will also implement strategies that build wellbeing and resilience.


Visual Arts

Students will explore the work of two Australian Artists, Mirka Mora and Ken Done.  After learning about the artwork of Mirka Mora students will create two artworks inspired by the artist.  The first will be a detailed scratch drawing and the second a 3D clay sculpture. The final artwork for the term will be a Ken Done inspired mixed media artwork focusing on Australian icons.


Physical Education

This term students will develop their understanding of the benefits of being fit and physically active through the Cross Country unit. They will also develop their understanding of attack and defence when they play small-sided modified games within the Invasion Games unit.



In term 2, students will use graphic notation to record their own compositions, producing and performing a “body percussion” score. Students will respond to music, and identify and respond to changes in musical dynamics, eg loud, soft, fast and slow. They will describe and discuss similarities and differences between music they hear, compose and perform. They will begin to plan elements of music to communicate their ideas and intentions.



In term two Year Three and Four students will learn to Understand that Chinese sentences have a particular word order. Interact with simple written texts in familiar contexts to contribute to class discussions. We will be learning about topics about animals and habitats as well as the five basic elements in Chinese culture.

Year 4/5/6


Teresa Recce        [email protected]

Maryanne Gorman    [email protected]

Frank Anania             [email protected]




Students will engage with a variety of texts. They listen to, read, view, interpret and evaluate spoken, written and multimodal texts as well as texts designed to inform and entertain.

Students develop their understanding of how texts, including media texts, are influenced by context, purpose and audience.



Students will learn how to write a reflective recount and narrative text using the correct structure and language features. They will be using a rubric for teacher feedback and the ‘T.A.G’ (Tell, Ask and Give) process to give peer to peer feedback to improve their writing.


Speaking and Listening

Students will communicate with peers and teachers in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments. Students will listen to discussions, reflect and give feedback. Students will complete and present a  report on an issue related to our Inquiry unit, using developing oral skills.



Number and Algebra

Students will be learning the value of numbers and applying that knowledge in everyday situations. They will explore fractions and decimals in particular how to work with numbers less than one using the four operations. Children will learn the value of different fractions and decimals and how to use a place value system to order them correctly.


Measurement and Geometry

Students will use 12 and 24 hour time systems to solve given problems, including elapsed time. They will learn to interpret and use timetables.


Statistics and Probability

Students will consolidate working with analysing and interpreting a variety of graphs. They will construct a variety of graphs to display collected or observed data.


In the unit ‘Museums in Motion’ students will learn about the concept of change through the lens of Australian history. They will learn about the causes and the reasons why people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia. Students will learn about the events and pioneers that have shaped our country as they work towards creating a diorama about a significant event that shaped the history of early Australia .


Religious Education

Students will explore the Christian experiences and understandings of compassion and justice. Students will consider their own and others’ experiences of compassion, justice, difference, discrimination and isolation in light of the Beatitudes and Gospel stories.

Digital Technology

In Digital Technology students will continue an online course on Cyber-bullying. They will investigate the correct protocols which need to be followed when online. Students will learn how to identify the dangers when online and identify strategies to avoid them.

They will be using a variety of ICT skills and digital devices to create work tasks on a teacher created a workflow document. Students will continue to learn the skills of coding to prepare them for programming in the future. Students will also learn about the correct ICT protocols when accessing any digital devices.


Student Wellbeing

Students will continue to develop strategies that build their wellbeing and resilience from the ‘Berry St Model’ and will learn techniques and establish routines that will support them to be ‘Ready to Learn.’



Library will occur on a Friday (Gr4/5TR, Gr 5/6FA and Gr 5/6MG) All students are to have a library bag or satchel.  

Students borrow and return appropriate books from the library on a weekly basis. They are encouraged to select texts of interest, for research and at their Lexile level in order to complete related quizzes. Children will participate in the Victorian Premiers Readers Challenge.



THis term, Year 5/6 students will compose, notate and read their own “body percussion” and rhythm pieces. They will read and notate their own and others’ musical compositions using graphic notation. They will identify the rhythm of known songs. They will plan elements of music to communicate their ideas and intentions.



The students will explore Australia’s natural landscape. They will create two artworks throughout the term, a geode using watercolour paints and black fine liners, as well as a landscape collage inspired by Melbourne artist Laura Blythman.  


This term students will describe the key features and benefits of being fit and physically active through their Cross Country unit. Students will also develop their understanding of invasion games and how tactics and techniques are similar across games such as Soccer, Netball and Basketball. They will be given the chance to demonstrate ethical behaviour and fair play that aligns with the rules when participating in different activities.



In term two Year Five and Year Six, we will be learning about topics about animals and habitats as well as the five basic elements in Chinese culture. We will learn how to interact with teachers and peers in social and class activities, exchanging ideas and opinions, using correct tones. We are learning to obtain and process information about significant people, places and events from spoken and visual sources, and convey this information using learnt phrases and keywords.




1/2 RM Learn First Aid


First Aid in 1/2RM



At TCS on Tuesday the 8th of May students participated in First Aid Training. In Grade 1/2 we began by looking at the contents of a first aid bag and discussing what each item would be used for. We then ran through what to do in an emergency and how to call for help. We looked at pictures that showed different situations where first aid might be needed and we discussed how we could help in these situations. At the end of the session students were given a certificate of participation, a colouring book and emergency card for them to fill out with an adult and place on their fridge in case they ever need to call the emergency services.


Leek “I learnt that I can use my jumper as a sling”

Gracelyn “I used a loud voice to call for help”

Douglas “I can call triple 0 for the police, fire department or an ambulance”



Art in 1/2 


In visual arts, Year One and Year Two students, have been discussing how food and influence art. Inspired by American sculptor Claes Oldenburg, students created a 2D collage representing their favourite healthy food.

Throughout this process Year One and Year Two students further developed their skills in:

  • collage - making realistic shapes representing specific foods

  • representing food using the appropriate coloured paper

  • creating artwork that looks like everyday items we recognise


This week Year One and Year Two students will complete their 3D representation of their favourite food, using Magiclay and acrylic paint.


“I enjoyed making our food collage on a plate. I liked my work.” Yagmur 1/2UR

“I liked making the 3D food.” Charlie 1/2UR

“I liked that I could make any food I wanted and I could be creative.” Dimitri 1/2RM

“I liked making the fruit plate with coloured paper.” Maisonya 1/2RM

Second Hand Uniform Sale



The Sustainability Team will be holding a

Second Hand Uniform Sale

in the school yard before school on 

Wednesday, 15 May


after school on

Wednesday, 15 May.



We have a few items going at $3 each.






Our Second Hand Book Sale took place on Monday and it was fantastic to see so many children and parents taking the opportunity to stock up on some winter reads!


Thank you for supporting the Sale and we are very exited to be able to buy new books for the library with the money made.


A big Thank You to Kasey and Jayvie, our library leaders, who made sure our customers were well looked after and the sale went smoothly.


We had lots of fun preparing and holding the Sale and hope you enjoyed it too. 


Happy Reading

Barbara Shaw


Literacy and Numeracy


Dear Parents,


Next week the students in Years 3 and 5 will undertake the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing. The tests will be held on Tuesday 14th May, Wednesday 15th May and Thursday 16th May. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.


All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. Support can be given to students with disabilities and exemptions can be granted to students with severe intellectual disabilities or for students who have been learning English for less than a year.  If your child is eligible for support or exemption you are encouraged to discuss this with your child’s teacher.


Students may be withdrawn by their parent or carer but this must be done in consultation with the school principal. If after consultation, you still choose to withdraw your child you must complete and sign a student withdrawal form. These are available at school.


Students who are absent on the day of the tests are able to sit catch up tests during the test week up to Friday 17th May.


Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe your child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. The report will show how your child has performed in relation to National minimum standards across Australia. The information you receive will be valuable in helping you to assess your child’s progress in Literacy and Numeracy.


For more information about the tests please visit the VCAA website at or the NAP website at


If you have any other concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come and have a chat with me about the testing.


Warm regards



Annabelle Marinelli

Literacy & Numeracy Leader






Parents and Friends


Dear Parents and Friends of Trinity Catholic School,


We are looking for volunteers to help out with the following events. Could you please let us know if you're available to help on any of these days. Without your help we wouldn't be able to run these activities. Thank you.



Wednesday 8th May 9-11am

Thursday 9th May - 10:45-11:45am

ELECTION DAY BBQ - Saturday 18th May 

We need help to man the BBQ and help with the bake sale. Please see the attached form.

Donation of baked goods to be dropped off at school on Friday 17th May. (See attached flyer).

Thanks everyone 

Trinity PFA



Richmond Community Announcements

Play AFL in Richmond


Genezzano Enrolments Open

Richmond Community Learning Center 


Richmond Scout Group


Streets Alive Advocacy Group


EXTEND After Care






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