Issue 12, 4 September 2020
Principal's News - Covid-19 Update
2020, the year when relatively unused words have now became our daily vocabulary......remote learning, isolation, sanitising stations, unprecedented, uncharted, covid, restrictions, pandemic, face shields.....and so it goes.
I, for one, never thought wearing a mask and feeling uncomfortable when someone stood within 1.5 m of me whilst in a shop would become a part of our everyday. I never thought my 8 year old daughter would think it quite normal for her school teachers to be wearing masks.
There is much that we can focus on and worry about this year and it can be hard to feel positive and upbeat when we do not know how much longer we will be in restrictions, when we can see family or even what will Christmas be like.
Philippians 4:8-9 reminds us to focus and think of what is 'excellent and praiseworthy'. The way we see this pandemic, while we have felt alone and apart from friends and loved ones it has in other ways kept us together. I have never spoken as much with my extended family as we have over Zoom's and Messenger with family games nights and birthday celebrations. We have learnt to be flexible, go with change and innovate the way we operate. We've seen communities show care and compassion in ways we would never have dreamed and for some their homes and gardens have never looked better!
By focusing on the positive aspects of the challenges we can help our attitudes and mindset. We can help our children and those around us who may be finding it difficult to see a way forward. We can help ourselves to be thankful for our families and loved ones, to find joy in the simpler things in our lives, to feel hope and to find some peace.
In this time, may the peace of God be with you and your family as we continue to walk the year of 2020!
Remote Learning 2.0
This Sunday the Premier's announcements in relation to the planned Road Map out of Stage 3 Restrictions for Regional Victoria will give us some insight into the operational guidelines schools will be required to follow as we return to face to face teaching.
At this stage Week 10 of this term has not been confirmed by the Victorian Government as to whether remote learning will be extended by a week. As soon as we are notified we will communicate with families.
We understand the lack of knowing can be unsettling, it is difficult for us all but our amazing staff team are busy planning for a week of engaging learning regardless of whether we are on site or remain in remote learning.
Thank you for your unending support and partnership with us at this time, we are most appreciative.
We are all so grateful to all the families that have shown us their love by delivering little goodies to staff during remote learning. We are blessed and are ever thankful for our amazing families that attend Trinity and please know that we appreciate you all for your thoughts and prayers towards us. We miss our vibrant Trinity Community here at school and cannot wait to see you all again!
It's amazing how God works through people to show love and grace in a community.
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy" Philippians 1: 3-4
Australian Teacher Aide Recognition Week
This week has given Trinity the opportunity to celebrate our Learning Assistants commitment and dedication to our students.
This year we have relied so much on the expertise, patience and hidden talents of our Learning Assistants here at Trinity as they support our students here onsite during remote learning. Each of our wonderful Assistants were thanked with flowers.
IB Primary Years Program - In the Library
In the International Baccalaureate PYP the library is an important space. Students use the space to research, read books in different languages, local and national newspapers. Classroom teachers and our librarian, Mrs Rhodes support students to develop important research skills, critical thinking, digital citizenship and how to reference and analyse primary and secondary sources. Our library books focus on the different Learner Profile attributes and encouraging a love of reading.
Students Refusing to School
I am attaching an article called School Refusal: What It Means When Kids Won't Do Schoolwork.
this article is a great help to parents to help understand how school refusal or refusing to do school work, especially during remote learning can be a sign of underlying stress or a way of trying to convey that they are struggling.
There insights into what to look out for and great tips to guide you to determine what the cause for the school or school work refusal might be.
Wellbeing Coordinator, Jillene Haaja
Trinity Lutheran College will soon be closing enrolment for 2021 Preps. If you are yet to finalise enrolment for 2021, it is vital, even if you are a current family, to contact Elaine Heinrich as soon as possible.
To guarantee your place at Trinity for 2021 Prep you need to have:
- undertaken an enrolment interview
- provided copies of Birth Certificates and Immunisation records
- returned a signed and witnessed Contract of Enrolment
- paid the $200 Bond
NEW MENU!!! Home Meals from the Heart
The meal menu has been updated to add in a few more favourites. Have you tried a Home Meal from the Heart? Our Canteen staff are offering take home hearty meals that are prepared fresh daily. Use the button below to see the flyer and order form.
The LLL values the opinions of our customers and in a continuing effort to improve our products and services, the LLL is conducting a depositor survey.
We care about our customer’s experiences and want to hear from our depositors across Australia. The survey is open to LLL depositors now until 18 September 2020.
By completing the survey the entrant has the chance of winning one of ten $100 prize deposits (deposited into their LLL account).
All feedback, positive or negative, is greatly appreciated and allows us to look for improvements and/or refinements to the products and processes we already have in place, whilst scoping areas for future growth.
With summer just around the corner, local pools are preparing to reopen the outdoor pools for our community to enjoy. This cannot be done without the work of enthusiastic and passionate individuals to work as Pool Lifeguards.
If students are interested in finding some new employment please visit the link below:
Foster Care Week 13-19 September
Foster Care Week raises awareness of Foster Carers in the community and is an opportunity to celebrate our appreciation for the invaluable contribution they make to the lives of children and young people in need. During this time of Covid-19 restrictions it is even more important to recognise the value of a Foster Carer’s role to nurture children and young people’s physical, mental and educational wellbeing. It is also a time to reflect on our own ability to assist with the increasing demand for foster cares. If you would like to know more about the process of becoming a foster carer please contact MASP on 50216500.