Holy Trinity Primary Granville

Term 3 Week 4 - 14th August 2020

From the Leadership Team

Philip Mahony | Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

As a community we were all shocked and horrified at the events in Beirut last week. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Lebanon at this time. Our FIAT team led the school community in prayer for the Beirut victims and survivors last Wednesday. We also continue to pray for the people of Victoria and all those suffering in our community and around the world as a result of COVID-19.


Executive  functioning skills are crucial for performance in school and life, beginning in the early years of a child's life.

What are executive functioning skills?

These include the skill that helps us put aside what we want to do because we have to do something else. We call this inhibitory control. For a child, that might be stopping talking to listen to the teacher. Or waiting quietly to be called on in class. This type of executive functioning develops first, accelerating during the preschool years.

Another important skill is our working memory: being able to store, maintain and use information over brief periods of time. An example is being able to remember events in a story when answering reading comprehension questions. This ability shows gradual improvement from preschool through adolescence.

Being able to adapt to changing task demands or contexts is an important executive functioning skill. For example, being able to switch from studying multiplication facts to getting started on a maths test. This capacity develops gradually between ages 3 and 5 and continues to mature into adolescence.

Students often need to call on different executive-functioning skills  in real time - for example, using inhibitory control to tune out distractions from classmates while recalling from working memory the teacher's directions to complete a writing assignment.

Executive functioning skills are partly inherited, but they are also sensitive to both negative and positive experiences.

Positive experiences. A warm emotional climate, a balance of play and learning, and a caring and emotionally supportive school environment all help with the development of executive functioning. This includes adults showing self-regulation.

Stress. Moderate stress is important to development but persistent stress undermines the development of executive functioning - for example, harsh parenting, violence in the home and abuse, and at school, unsafe, punitive experiences.

Schools work hard to build safe, positive, emotionally supportive classrooms and other school experiences. Children who enter school with weak skills will be especially sensitive school stresses. Children with poor executive development benefit from early intervention and targeted help.

Acknowledgement: Michelle Cumming, Educational Research, Feb 2020

Tell Them From Me

In the coming weeks we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at HOLY TRINITY GRANVILLE.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:



Jason Fisher | Assistant Principal

Teacher Educators 

Sometimes your children may come home and talk about teachers who are working in their learning space. You may not recognise the teachers names.This is because we have Teacher Educators who work with teachers in Literacy (Mrs Platts), Numeracy (Mrs Roosen). Religion (Mr Carroll)  and Science (Mrs Jawerth). The purpose is to develop the teachers skills in order to provide a better education for the children.

Traffic around the school

Please be mindful of safety when dropping off in the morning and picking up in the afternoon. There are some parents and carers who cause unsafe conditions because of where they park.

Please do not;

  • Park or stop across driveways. This is particularly dangerous when cars are trying to turn into the blocked driveway.

  • Let the children get out on the road side of the vehicle.

  • Let children cross the road without an adult.

  • Act in an aggressive way towards other motorists.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Mark Galea |Religious Education News

The Feast of the Assumption: On Saturday we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Our Catholic doctrine teaches that on this day, Mary was taken to heaven, body and soul, to live with Christ forever. This has been part of our faith traditions for many centuries. It is difficult to find reference in the scriptures to this event as it was decreed by Pope Pius XII in 1950, after advice from a variety of holy writers and theological experts. This feast day was created to acknowledge the beauty and purity of Mary’s spirit and her unwavering faith and service to God.

Do you wish to know more about our Catholic faith?: There are many mysteries in our faith, some requiring  a lot of thinking to become clear. If you are thinking about deepening your faith or learning more about Catholic beliefs and traditions, please contact Mr Galea or Mr Mahony through the school office.

Modem for Internet Access

The school has a spare modem available for Internet Connection at home. If you require a modem for term 3 free of charge, please contact Mr Mahony.

School Banking Day Now on Thursday

Our School Banking day will be changing from Friday to Thursday as of Thursday 20th August.

Please ensure that Dollarmites deposit wallets are now brought into school on Thursday mornings.  Any wallets received on any other day will be sent home with a reminder note that the School Banking day has changed to Thursday.  Please note that this is due to the privacy and security of your child’s banking information.

HTG Facebook Page

Have you checked out the school Facebook page lately! We are constantly posting about the great things that are happening at HTG. 

Need to Know

Kindergarten 2021 Enrolments - Limited Places Available

Places for Kindergarten 2021 at Holy Trinity Primary School are filling up. Please complete and return the enrolment form as soon as possible.

If your child turns 5 before 31st July 2021, they are eligible to enrol.

Enrolment packages can be collected from the school office between 8.30am and 3.00pm.

Oz Fashions Store Policy

To keep the community safe and obey the social distancing guidelines it is requested only one parent or guardian be present during the child’s uniform fitting.

Oz Fashions is open 6 days a week Monday-Friday 9:00 – 5:30pm and Saturday 9:00 – 4:00pm.

Building Child Safe Communities - Parent / Carer Volunteers

A reminder that any parent or carer who would like to volunteer at school must complete the new CEDP Building Child Safe Communities form and the online training module.

Please see the attached letter and helpsheet.


Notice required before moving students from school

10 school weeks in writing must be given to the principal before removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable. 

This requirement is in recognition by the family of the commitment to assist funding of the School by having their child take a place that could have been offered to another family.

How to Install the SkoolBag App

Instructions for parents installing the SkoolBag app.

The SkoolBag school app is the easiest way for parents to stay up-to-date with the school events, notes, newsletters and all school communications.

Follow the instructions below to download the SkoolBag app and stay connected with what’s happening at Holy Trinity.

For iPhone and iPad users:

Click on the “Download on the App Store” button above, or go to the Apple App Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) and you’re ready to go!

For Google Android Users:

Click on the “Get it on Google play” button above, or go to the Google Play Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) and you’re ready to go!


Student of the Week

For Week Ending 31/07/2020

Kindergarten    Jenlia G        

Year 1                Lotus V                    

Year 2                Elon E                    

Year 3                Sarah B                    

Year 4                Taleeyah R                    

Year 5                Gabriel C                    

Year 6                Daniella R                    

For Week Ending 7/08/2020 

Kindergarten    Lilly A        

Year 1                Jayden N                    

Year 2                Olivia S                

Year 3                Kevin T                

Year 4                Stephanie B                

Year 5                Taim A                

Year 6                 Jermayne G               

For Week Ending 14/08/2020 

Kindergarten    Jonathan P        

Year 1                Fenton E                   

Year 2                Aarush A                

Year 3                Michael E                

Year 4                Kevin Q                

Year 5                Danton S                

Year 6                 Aziz J           

Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Principal's Award:

Lily B - yr 4               Yatta K - yr 4         

Savannah K - yr 4    Lopasi L - yr 4

Karson P - yr 2

Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to the following students who celebrate their Birthday in August:

Jenlia G, Isabella M, Olivia S, John Paul D, Ibrahim K, Maria K, Aliya S, Lopasi L, Sophie Y, Charlotte B, Lamea P, Jasmeet B.


Saturday 15th August

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Thursday 3rd September

Father's Day Stall

Sunday 6th SeptemberFather's Day
Thursday 24th September

Last Day of Term 3 for students

Friday 25th SeptemberStaff Development Day - teachers only
Monday 12th OctoberTerm 4 Starts

Holy Trinity Primary Granville


Our Catholic faith and tradition

       The dignity of each individual 

        The welcoming and hospitable atmosphere in our school