Trinity Catholic School Newsletter

27 June 2019
Issue Twenty
Upcoming Events
Principal's News
Family Engagement
EXTEND After Care
Richmond Community Announcements
Trinity Catholic School
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Richmond, Victoria, 3121

Upcoming Events

Term 2

27th June     Reports sent Home

28th June     Last day of Term

                          Weekly Assembly at 9am

                          Music Assembly at 12.30pm

                          School finishes at 1:30pm


Term 3

15th July - Students Return

30th July - First Communion Parent Night

31st July - St Ignatius Mass @ 9.00am

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

15th August - Assumption Mass @ 9.00am

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 @ 9.00am

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 of Year Mass

12th December - End of Year Celebration Day

16th December - Last Day of School (students)



Term 1 2020

Principal's News


Dear Parents,

I would like to congratulate all parents, staff but particularly our wonderful students on a great semester's work. This week has (as usual) been an eventful one, with learning celebrations through our Expo, Student Conferences and our Soiree tomorrow.  It is fantastic to see our students owning their learning and being able to articulate the goals they have set over the semester and how they have worked to achieve those goals. 

Learning Expo


On Tuesday Trinity held it's end of term Learning Expo. Learning Expo is an opportunity for our students to see the great work that each of the grade's has done over the Term, and to share this learning with their families. Each term our Junior students get to see beyond their own year level and glimpse the learning that lies ahead of them in future years, and our senior students have an opportunity to reflect on what they learned over the years. Thank you to those who attended to show their support and interest in the Term's learning. 

Student Led Conferences

It was great to see our students sharing their learning goals and achievements from this semester with their families and teachers on Wednesday when student-led conferences were held. Student-led conferences encourage our students to own their learning 

Trinity Mass

Thank you to the families and parishioners who joined us for celebrating the Mass of Holy Trinity last Wednesday. It was a lovely celebration which reflected on the feast day that our school is named after. I have included the beautiful reflection that Tomasz and Lincoln each wrote on the scripture of the day which captured well what the celebration was about. 


Refugee Week: Prayers for Asylum Seekers

As mentioned our grades gathered to pray silently last week for Refugees and Asylum Seekers as part of the CAPSA(Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum) initiative during Refugee Week. Please see attached some of the photos across the grades. 

Assembly Change/Music Assembly Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will have our usual afternoon assembly at 9am. We are bringing forward assembly to allow for our music assembly in the afternoon. 

At 12.30pm, students will attend a music assembly with performances from the Trinity Trebles Choir and the Ukulele club to celebrate the talents of many of the students across the school. The music assembly is expected to go for 40 minutes. 


On Friday (our last day of term) School will end at 1.30pm. 

On Leave

Just to let you know I will be attending an Ignatian Retreat for the first two weeks of next term. The retreat is sponsored by the Catholic Education Office and has been offered to Principals leading schools in our Archdiocese. It will involve a great deal of scripture, prayer and silence. The retreat will be run by Campion, a Jesuit retreat center in Kew. 

As an Ignatian school, the retreat is very relevant in helping me lead our school in the area of Faith Education. In my absence, Sylvia Holroyd and Frank Anania will be stepping into my chair to ensure that things continue to run smoothly in the first week of Term Three. 


Please have a safe and relaxing holidays. Remember that school returns at normal time on Monday the 15th of July. 





Berry Street Model at Trinity

The Berry Street Education Model is a set of strategies developed through research that are being used within our classrooms and our school. BSEM is used to provide safe, inclusive and positive learning environments and to build strong relationships. This approach enables all staff to work with all students to improve learning outcomes and also teach our students how to deal with different situations both in and out of the classroom.

Earlier this term all staff attended a professional learning day to complete our third Berry Street Education Module: Stamina. The Stamina module covers Growth Mindset, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Stamina for independent learning. As a staff, we will continue to include in our daily teaching practice many strategies from the other modules and also focus in term three on implementing Growth Mindset and Resilience across all levels of the school and in all areas of the curriculum.


Included are some tips for discussion at home for promoting a Growth Mindset:

  • help children understand that the brain works like a muscle - it will only grow through hard work, determination, persistence and lots of practice!

  • praise the process not just the end result - it is effort, hard work and practice that allows children to achieve their full potential.

  • mistakes are part of learning - children sometimes learn the most when they fail and are supported to use some of the strategies they have learned.

  • Value and encourage self-talk - remind children that you need a willingness to take a risk, sometimes to fail and then try again!


I have included links to short clips that parents/carers may like to watch for more information:


Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset


“KidsMatter” clip on resilience for parents/carers - “Rubberband kids”



A very child-friendly clip with 5 ways to building resilience in children

Friendship Group

In Term Two a Friendship Group was started after suggestions were made by students to the SRC.


The Friendship Group is on every Monday in second break in the Library and is for all students from Year 6 to Prep.  The group provides the opportunity for cross age friendships and encourages students to bring a friend and make a new friend. Activities include playing many different board and card games, drawing, colouring and reading to each other. Senior students are teaching others how to play chess and checkers and they are demonstrating positive social role model behaviour.


It has been wonderful to see the many new interactions and hear the conversations between the students from all year levels. The Friendship Group has grown weekly and there may be the possibility of adding another day due to popular demand.


Antonella Tsakmakis

Wellbeing Leader and Year 3/4 Teacher



After learning about the family member in our home, the students from the junior levels are

learning to say the days of the week in Chinese. Students also learned that some basic Chinese characters are based on pictures, which helped them to further understand the structure of Chinese characters.


The students from senior levels have been learning about some common animal names in Chinese and learned to express a preference in short sentences. We took a deeper look at the Chinese zodiac animals and played some games to reinforce the sound and characters we learned about the animals.

Family Engagement


At Trinity, our Parent Representatives work tirelessly as a team to liaise with and support classroom teachers. They coordinate parent helpers for excursions/incursions, special events in the classroom or school such as cooking, Mother’s/Father’s Day, year level social events for parents/families, Books in Homes, as well as support the ‘Parents and Friends’ fundraising activities.


The Class Reps also meet twice a term with Vicki Gualano, Family Engagement Leader to plan for events.

Whilst the Reps have a list of Parent/Carer contacts that were gathered at the start of the year, there are many parents who may not have provided their contact details.


Below is a list of the Parent Representatives for each class. If you would like them to include you in their communications for events and activities in the school, please forward your contact email or mobile number to me. My email address [email protected] and I can pass your contact details and the class your child is in to the Representative for your class.


Our Class Reps are:

P/1 AP     Ellya Bere 

P/1 LO     Iris Papathanasiou 

1/2 UR    Antonia Grevsmuhl 

                  Pamela Vo (assisting) 

1/2 RM    Kelly Kaplon 

3/4  HT   Kristen Thompson 

                  Kelly Kaplon 

3/4 GT     Gloria Martinez 

4/5 TR     Kristen Thompson 

5/6 FA      Nalini Bissoon 

                   Paula Stathopoulos (assisting)

5/6 MG    Chrystal Psaltopoulos

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EXTEND After Care

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Richmond Community Announcements

Play AFL in Richmond


Genezzano Enrolments Open


Simonds College Enrolments Open


Richmond Community Learning Center 


Richmond Scout Group


Streets Alive Advocacy Group


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