Holy Trinity Primary Granville

Term 3 Week 2 - 31st July 2020

From the Leadership Team

Philip Mahony | Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we welcome back Miss Claudette Loulach for a few weeks. Unfortunately due to the Covid outbreak in Victoria, her wedding has been postponed. This is very disappointing for Miss loulach but I am sure we will keep her busy working with all the classes.

We also welcome Mr David Watts as a Teacher's Aide who is replacing Mrs Margaret Foley for this term, and Mrs Samantha Roberts as a Teacher's Aide for the rest of the year. 

Workspaces at home:

Schools work hard to reinforce in students that learning doesn’t end at the school gate. In fact, the notion of continuous learning is one of the greatest gifts a child can receive as it sets them on the road to a lifetime of learning and self-improvement.

A practical way parents can develop a continuous learning mindset in their child is by establishing a Personal Learning Centre at home, and it’s easier than you might think.

Location carries memory

If you’ve ever established a dedicated children’s play space in your home then you’ll know how powerful location can be for shaping attitudes and behaviour. Your children will have learned to associate play with those designated areas – as location consistently carries memory of use. The same principle applies when you establish a personal learning centre – your child will associate learning with that designated space, which is reinforced every time they spend time there.

It’s more than a workspace

At the moment, your children may use a desk or kitchen table that doubles as a workspace for homework, projects or completing other formal school tasks. This workspace probably doesn’t necessarily promote deep or pleasurable learning. It enables kids to get their schoolwork done.

A Personal Learning Centre is part library, part research centre, part entertainment area and part creative space. It’s a place that a child chooses to retreat to for fun and informal learning, a place to find answers to those quirky questions such as “why do my fingers go wrinkly in the bath?”, a place to go to read more about their favourite band/hobby/sport; a place where learning, curiosity and comfort come together. More importantly, a Personal Learning Centre helps promote the concept of lifelong learning to children, which is a wonderful mindset to develop.

Features of a Personal Learning Centre

A Personal Learning Centre can be established anywhere in a house or apartment, including in a child’s bedroom or any quiet space. It can have some or all of the following features:

  • Comfortable place for reading – bean bag, couch or chair
  • A bookshelf with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books
  • A digital screen (portable or fixed) for research
  • Materials for writing, recording and note taking
  • Digital device equipped with age-appropriate apps and programs that enable learning, research and content creation
  • A place for a water bottle or jug of water
  • Table or desk and suitable lighting

What’s in a name?

A quick glance at the list above may have you thinking that a Personal Learning Centre is basically a desk with a few fancy gadgets attached. On one level this is correct however there are three advantages a Personal Learning Centre has over a simple work space or desk.

First, the name says it all. A Personal Learning Centre is a place children can go to learn, not necessarily to work. In the past educators have managed to make learning seem very unattractive for kids by using terms such as ‘homework’, ‘work tasks’, ‘projects’ to describe the learning they are to undertake at home. Some rephrasing is desperately needed if we are to engage kids to see themselves as continuous learners and not continuous workers.

Second, the nature of a Personal Learning Centre implies that it’s something to build upon rather than a finite entity. You can start a Personal Learning Centre very simply by establishing a bookshelf and some comfortable chairs, and build from there.

Third, a Personal Learning Centre is a concept that your child can take into adulthood that’s easily adapted to suit any situation. When I travel, my Personal Learning Centre consists of a phone, a book and any comfortable couch or chair I can find. It’s the idea rather than the furniture and physical setting where the learning magic lays.

Getting started is easy

Start by setting up your own Personal Learning Centre. If you think this is a strange idea then there’s no point introducing it to kids. It just won’t wash, as your heart won’t be in it. Set aside a space for your own learning – a chair in another room with a few books, a space to go to read the newspaper; or a quiet place to look up recipes on YouTube. Start small and gradually build from there. If you feel comfortable so far congratulate yourself for taking concrete steps down a lifelong learner path.

The next step is introduce the idea to your child. This shouldn’t be a difficult idea to sell, particularly if you provide some new writing implements and perhaps a comfortable chair or beanbag for their new Personal Learning Centre.

Timing makes a big difference to how ideas are received so going back to school is the ideal time to present this new idea to your kids as they tend to be more open to change at this time. Also, for kids going back to school, a Personal Learning Centre may be a whole lot cooler than returning to the same old work desk for the first assignment for the year.

Acknowledgement: Michael Grose

Jason Fisher | Assistant Principal

Welcome back to the whole Holy Trinity community for Term 3. It has been a great start to the term with the children getting straight back to learning. 

At Holy Trinity we are continually trying to develop as teachers. This term we will be developing in the 3 main areas. Literacy, Numeracy and Religious Education.

In literacy the teachers are focusing on writing. We have been focusing on all the different aspects of writing and how we can support students to develop their writing skills.

The teachers are also improving their numeracy teaching skills through a process where teams are working together with planning, observing and evaluating lessons.

Another focus for this term is the implementation of a new RE curriculum unit. 

As you can see there is a lot of teacher learning happening this term. In order to make this happen there may be casual teachers in so the teacher learning can occur.


Can all parents and carers have a chat with the children about stewardship. We are finding that a lot of school property is being taken or destroyed. It Is everyone's responsibility to use school equipment with respect.

Mark Galea |Religious Education News

The Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

On Saturday 8th August we celebrate the feast of Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. Mary is responsible for founding our school with the help of the Sisters of St Joseph. We are proud of our long and deep connection with Mary. At school next Thursday we will hold a liturgy and we will break into our “MacKillop Groups” to learn more about the great works of Mary.

Mary MacKillop and Our School History

On the 1st July, 1885, Mary MacKillop wrote a letter to her mother telling her that she had received permission to start a school in Granville and that she had placed her good friend, Sr Gertrude in charge of the new school with four other sisters to help her teach the 84 children. The sisters taught and lived in a rented weatherboard house. 

The parish of Holy Trinity decided it was time to build the sisters a convent and on the 5th May 1888, works commenced where our current church now stands.

After Mary established the school she made many visits to see the sisters and students. One of the many entries in her diary states that on 18th October, 1898, Mary travelled by train from Central to Granville to attend a school concert. Along her journey she purchased 1 shilling worth of lollies to give to the children.

Local School Community Fund Grant

We acknowledge and thank the Australian Federal Government Community Grant for the purchase and installation of the new basketball posts, back boards and playground line marking.The students are already enjoying using the new equipment.

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

Student Banking - Commonwealth Bank

Student banking will recommence next Friday 7th August.

If you would like your child to take part and they have a Dollarmite account with the Commonwealth Bank, they can send in their banking on Friday morning.

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.

2020 School Census Collection Notice

Census will be conducted on Friday 7th August.

Please refer to the attached information from the Australian Government regarding census.


ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. Data collected is de-identified of personal information.

Parents and caregivers must advise the school  if they don't want their child's data included in this report by 28 August 2020.

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

eSafety Webinars for Parents and Carers

People & Culture - Safeguarding in partnership with the Esafety Commissioner are offering two webinars for parents and carers. Helping Kids Thrive Online (5-12yrs) and Tech , teens and time online (secondary schools) explore the latest research and they are a great way for parents/carers to learn how they can help their child develop the skills to be safer online.


1. Helping Kids Thrive Online (5-12 yrs) - Thursday 20 August 2020, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

2. Tech, teens and time online (secondary schools) - 7 September 2020, 7.00 - 8.00 pm 

About the courses

  • Helping kids thrive online

A one hour webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged  5-12 years old. This session will cover:

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, contact with strangers and online bullying

  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges

  • skills that young people need to protect themselves online

  • how to get help if things go wrong.

  • Tech, teens and time online

A one hour webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18 years old. The session will cover: 

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, relationships and online harassment 

  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges 

  • online wellbeing strategies for teens  

  • how to get help if things go wrong.

    Parents and carers must register for the course on the secondary site via the following link: 

If you have any further enquiries please email safeguarding@parra.catholic.edu.au.

Building Child Safe Communities - Parent / Carer Volunteers

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

A Reminder for our School Community - Complaints and Grievances

If, at any time, you find that you have a concern with the school, you are encouraged to come to the school and speak with the teacher/s, assistant principal and/or principal, to identify your concern.

It is our aim to work with all members of our school community to ensure that we do the very best to provide a productive, safe and enjoyable learning experience for our students and professionally fulfilling experience for our staff.

If you would like to raise a concern, the Catholic Education Office has guidelines for ensuring that complaints are handled fairly. Information about how to handle complaints either informally or formally is accessed on the school website or system website. 


Student of the Week

For Week Ending 3rd July

Kindergarten    Tejas H

Year 1                Finnick E

Year 2                Ashna C

Year 3                Lukas B

Year 4                Lorin M

Year 5                Samuel R

Year 6                Anton C

Student of the Week

For Week Ending 24th July

Kindergarten    Makuach M

Year 1                Edelina C

Year 2                Grizelda T

Year 3                Thomas D

Year 4                Jacob G

Year 5                Salma B

Year 6                Joel B

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.


Friday 7th AugustSchool Cenus
Saturday 8th AugustFeast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Saturday 15th AugustAssumption of Virgin Mary

Holy Trinity Primary Granville


Our Catholic faith and tradition

       The dignity of each individual 

        The welcoming and hospitable atmosphere in our school