Issue 14, 16 October 2020
It has been so refreshing to have a school full of students and staff again this term! There is a buzz to every day as we see students engaging in their learning, working collaboratively and meeting their goals! We are so proud of the way our students have managed the challenges Covid-19 has forced upon us this year and the focus they have shown upon return to school.
END OF YEAR EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
With many restrictions still in place and defined for schools through our mandated Covid Operational Guidelines the regular end of year events will undergo a fairly significant 'makeover' for 2020. At this point in times schools have been instructed that Graduations, Award Ceremonies and Year Group Celebrations are unable to occur. We do however expect that some further easing of restrictions will be announced on Sunday and may allow us to offer some of these regular end of year events, albeit in modified ways. We are conscious of being able to celebrate as many of our end of year events as we can and will finalise what and how these will be once further announcements have been made. We will communicate to families as soon as we can, thank you for your patience as we work towards this.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Reminder
A reminder that next Friday (23 October) is a Public Holiday for Victoria. I cannot help but feel the irony of the year the AFL Grand Final is being played in my home town that I am not there (nor could I get there) to see it!
DAY FOR DANIEL
On Friday, 30 October it is National Day for Daniel. This day is Australia's largest day of action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Students across the College will participate in a range of activities to support the development of skills in this area. Students are also invited to wear red on the day in recognition of this common cause across schools in our country on Friday, 30 October.
Our primary staff and students have been working together to share their learning journey this year with the IB as we prepare to go through the authorisation process for full PYP accreditation. I would like to thank our staff for their enormous efforts to prepare for this process, showcasing the impressive pedagogy and inquiry learning focus of our college. We truly do have such professional and inspiring educators!
It is wonderful to see all our students back at school in their summer uniforms. We understand the weather has been hot and still quite cold making summer uniform a challenge on certain days.
There are a few area's of concern in relation to our Summer Uniform guidelines and we would like to remind students :
- All hair over shoulder length needs to be tied up.
- School dress length is to be at the knee.
- Only College jumpers and jackets to be worn.
Uniform can be purchased online or alternatively an appointments can be made to visit the uniform shop and can be done by clicking on the link: https://www.noone.com.au/school/trinity-lutheran-college-mildura/stores
Thank you for your support of our College Uniform Policy.
IB Primary Years Program - A Note from the College Chair
In 2017 the College Council unanimously endorsed the decision to introduce the IB at Trinity. In a world that is constantly changing, IB was seen as a way for Trinity to better affirm its values of lifelong learning and ensure that students were given the tools and skills to tackle any challenge. To be able to have a voice and choice in how you learn is empowering, and the amazing way that our students have embraced this, across the whole of the College, is truly inspiring.
How incredibly exciting it is now, to see the product of nearly three years of hard work come to fruition as our staff prepare for authorisation of our Primary Years Program (PYP) before the end of this year. We sincerely congratulate all Primary staff on their hard work and dedication in preparing for this milestone. We also thank our PYP Coordinator, Stephanie Kriewaldt for her leadership and support in all areas of this program, and we thank her for the way she has continually shared progress towards this goal with Council.
The enthusiasm within the College community around the fantastic learning our students have already been demonstrating is more than we could have ever hoped for and Council are excited for the College take the next step towards becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) school.
Assessment in the PYP
In the PYP we gather information about how our students learn. We co-construct (make with students) rubrics, and find out what they know immediately with exit tickets and using technology.
Students and teachers then post work to ClassDojo portfolios to express learning and to use as a reflective tool throughout the journey of their schooling. By engaging students in assessment we support students to own their learning.
IB Middle Years Program - Research and Design Skills into Practice
The Year 7-10 Food Design Students have been busy producing dishes of their choice this week. During remote learning, students researched various Smoothies (Year 8 Food Design) and Herbs/Spices (9/10 International Food) and created a design brief on a specific recipe. They have been busy producing a variety of dishes and will now evaluate their production.
Instrumental Dance Program - Meet our Tutors!
DANCE - Gabriella Millen
Gabi has been teaching dance since 2014, with qualifications through The Royal Academy of Dance and Alegria Studios. Gabi majored in ballet, achieving several awards for performances locally and nationally.
Classes offered at Trinity by Gabi are Solo, Duo or Group Lessons in Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz.
If you would like to enrol in lesson for Instrumental, Vocal or Dance for 2021 please fill enrolment form & return to College Reception to secure your place.
Canteen Ordering Term 4 - Flexischools App
In term 4 lunch orders will be via the flexischools app only. Thank you to our families who have been ordering lunches for children online. This process has many benefits for all, specifically in the area of health and safety.
For those parents who still like to provide their child with some money to buy a treat at the canteen this is still being catered for at break time.