Trinity Catholic School Newsletter

21 March 2019
Issue Eight
Principal's News
Literacy Creative Writing Club meets Yasmin Abdel-Magied  
Inquiry Learning Year Prep/1AP
Religious Education Ash Wednesday in Prep/1AP
Student Leadership 
EXTEND After Care
Richmond Community Announcements
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Principal's News


This week has been Cultural Diversity Week. Throughout this week teachers have led lessons which have explored diversity and encouraged a sharing of cultures in the classroom. Today is Harmony Day, a national day where people are encouraged to celebrate and appreciate their differences.


As a school we are proud to celebrate our culturally diverse community. We are proud to have as part of our core mission the values of Welcome, Respect and Community. By striving to be socially and culturally inclusive, we strive to shape young people who are compassionate to others, who promote peace and who seek to build a cohesive and inclusive society. 


In what has been a very difficult week internationally I would like to extend to our New Zealand schools and to the Islamic people of faith our prayers and support in the coming weeks.  Although recent events have not been discussed in classrooms, you may find your children are troubled by these events. Please contact your classroom teacher if you would like to child to see our School Counsellor for further support.  

Aboriginal for a Day

On Tuesday our students really enjoyed the Aboriginal for a Day cultural experience led by Western Dreaming. All students participated in dancing, storytelling, Art and other cultural sessions. It was great for our students (and staff) to have the chance to explore Aboriginal Culture and spend a whole day immersed in the learning. 

Ride to School Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Ride to School Day. Gates will open at 8.15am with a member of Yarra's Youth Policing Unit coming along to engrave you bikes, fruit provided and a coffee van for Parents. Please come along and enjoy the morning. 

Congratulations Philip

Congratulations to Philip who competed at Regionals gaining the first place in Freestyle and 3rd in the Butterfly. Congratulations on your hard work leading up to this Philip and best wishes from the Trinity community as you go on to compete at State!

Learning Sprints Summit 

At you may be aware our school participates in Learning Sprints. Sprints are a data-driven, measured methodology that supports targeted student growth and teacher development. Trinity has undertaken Wellbeing Sprints for the past two years and has had targeted Literacy Sprints for the past twelve months. 


On Monday school leaders who have led Sprints at Trinity attended the International Learning Sprints conference in Sydney. The trip was fully sponsored by the Catholic Education Office. We learned a great deal from the sessions led by experts in the field, particularly those from Canada where some interesting work has been done. 


If you would like to better understand how Sprints operate at Trinity, please talk to your child's classroom teacher, Annabelle or Lindy (Literacy Sprints). If you would like to know more about Wellbeing Sprints please talk to your child's classroom teacher or to me.  

Trinity Awarded Junior Landcare Grant

Trinity has been awarded a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant to install a water tank near our community garden. Part of our sustainability plan is to expand our use of rain water for gardens, but also at a later stage to connect our school  toilets to rainwater A big thanks to Lorraine and Frank for their work in applying for the grant and their continued work in expanding sustinability in our school. Very exciting!

School Fees & CSEF

2019 Fees & Levies

2019 School Fee & Levy Statements were sent home earlier this week.  Please note that the $388 per child student levy is NOW PAST DUE.  Payment can be made at the office or via bank transfer.

Bank Transfer Details:

BSB:  083-347

Acct No:  595445470


Should you be having difficulty paying your fees please make an appointment to speak with me to discuss your circumstances and make payment arrangements.


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.


The annual CSEF amount per student is:  $125 for primary school students

Applications are available from the school office.

School Uniform

Labelling Clothes

If you buy clothes from the uniform shop please label them. We are finding a large number of jackets in the yard and when there is a name on the jacket we try to immediately return them to the grade. If you need a texta to write on the jacket before you leave the office please ask.


If you have lost school uniform please check the lost property box. If you have a Junior school student please also check the box in the Junior area. All remaining lost property will  be cleared out at the end of term, washed and sold at a Second Hand uniform sale early next term. All proceeds of the sale of second hand uniforms will go to our Sustainability group. 


Thanks Everyone- have a great week. 



Creative Writing Club meets Yasmin Abdel-Magied

Trinity Writers meet Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Last Wednesday, the students from the creative writing club ‘WRITE ON’ attended an Author Talk at Fitzroy Town Hall’s Reading Room, run by Yarra Libraries. The students were invited to listen to award-winning, Sudanese born, Australian author Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who spoke about her experiences growing up. She also read from her new novel ‘You Must Be Layla’. Yassmin was incredibly inspiring and entertaining and the students learned a lot about her life and her writing. WRITE ON have shared some of their thoughts about the experience…



Amy - Yassmin was so creative and funny. It was inspiring just listening to her read chapters from her book. She told us all about her life and how she wrote the book ‘You Must Be Layla’

Corbin – Yassmin was very funny and she has inspired me to include more comedy in my writing

Adelia – Hearing Yassmin speak was a really good experience for me. I was inspired because she told us about her book and how it was based on things that happened in her life, like when she was a child and teenager.


Oscar – We got to meet a real author called Yassmin Abdel-Magied and ask questions about her book and her life. We also got to take some pictures with her at the end of the day.

Leah – I thought Yassmin was really funny and inspiring and a good role model because she taught us to do what we think is right and not to listen to what other people say if they are putting you down.


This week, the students from Years 3 to 6 have been invited to join the lunch time Maths Club. Students who enjoy a mathematical challenge are highly encouraged to apply. The students will be involved in Maths Competitions, they will participate in Maths Problem Solving Games days at other schools, and will enter their own creative mathematical project in the Maths Talent Quest. If your child is interested in extending their high level thinking in mathematics, please encourage them to attend. The Maths Club will run once a week at lunch time. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to come and see me.

Annabelle Marinelli

Literacy & Numeracy Leader

Inquiry Learning
Year Prep/1AP


In Prep one, we have been learning about our identity and how our Catholic Faith fits into our daily lives. This week it is Multicultural week. We have been learning about our diverse world and that we should try to make friends with everybody, no matter their, religion, skin colour, language, likes and dislikes. The world is full of amazing people, and we are just a select few of them! 

We have begun learning about traditional stories from around the world, listening to Aboriginal Dream Time stories and making connections between them and stories from the Bible. 


We have used the role play and small world areas to explore our families and home lives. We have described and categorised our likes and dislikes, comparing them to other people's opinions. We used mirrors to look at our facial features and paint a self portrait. 


"I have made a boomerang" - Awet

"I live with my Grandma and Grandpa. Jonathan lives with his Mum, Dad and sister." - Linh-Anh

"My skin is just like a covering to keep my insides in!" - Clementine

"I have black, curly hair. Daniel has blonde, straight hair" - Serena 

"I speak Vietnamese. Some people speak different to me." - Anthony T

Religious Education
Ash Wednesday in Prep/1AP


In Prep One, we have been inquiring into Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Lent. We have explored what it means to be Catholic and how Traditions impact our daily lives.



We began by collecting some empty cleaning products and discussed what each item can be used for, in the home. The children made the connection that all of the items were for cleaning. Next, we explored the concept of clean and dirty, by painting the children's hands and using soap to clean themselves. 


Children learnt about the symbol of the ashes and went into the Church to practice for the special Ash Wednesday mass. 


Ash Wednesday is important to us as Catholics because it is an opportunity for us to get closer to God and receive the ashes, as a symbol to make good choices. 


Natalie - "I will get ash on my head" 

Clementine - "It is important to clean so that our world is not bad" 

Anthony T - "The Priest will be in Mass" 

Awet - "We make good choices by following the school rules and being nice to our Mum and our friends" 


Ride to School Day Tomorrow


Sustainability Grant Awarded to Trinity


Student Leadership 

SEL Awards 

These awards are awarded when students have demonstrated great social-emotional learning, a highly valued part of our school learning community.




Prep/1 AP    Dafni

Prep/1 LO    Nyarek

1/2 RM          Mila

1/2 UR          Dhieu

3/4 HT          Juno

3/4 GT           Amelia & Sienna

4/5 TR           Kasey

5/6 MG          Ari

5/6 FA           William

Music            William

Sport            Daniel

Mandarin    Narcissa

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