Holy Trinity Primary Granville

Term 1 Week 4 - 19th February 2021

From the Leadership Team

Philip Mahony | Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now in the season of Lent, a time to prepare ourselves for Easter, through fasting, prayer and giving to the poor. Let us help each other be open to the grace of God, so that we become more loving, more forgiving, more gentle, more compassionate and more humble. Let us help each other so that our hearts be transformed into the Heart of Jesus, and that the face of our school community becomes more like the face of Jesus.

10 ways to help your children succeed

1) Talk with your children- talk early and often, provide them with information, feedback, a sympathetic ear, good advice based on family values, support rather than criticism. They will come to you throughout their lives for guidance if their early experiences are positive.

2) Set high, but realistic expectations. No-one knows better than you your children's true abilities. Note their strengths and talents and gently encourage them. identify where they need assistance and find help for them. Assist them in setting realistic self-expectations.

3) Build your children's sense of self-worth. As children grow and make choices they will make mistakes. Knowing they have your unconditional love and support whatever happens will help them pick themselves up and start again when things go wrong.

4) Keep your children healthy. Children who do well at school come to class rested, well-fed and emotionally prepared. Children who are well-nourished in every respect have the foundation for success.

5) Support learning at home. Involvement  in your child's learning starts at home. Create the conditions for good learning - books, computer, quite study area, library membership, time set aside for homework, interest in progress and reports.

6) Communicate with school. Teachers who never hear from parents often assume they are not interested. Attend meetings. Read notices and newsletters. Offer help. Send polite notes to your children's teacher.

7) Encourage a spirit of inquiry. Show your children what a wonderful place the world is. Visit parks, museums, art galleries. There's plenty of free entertainment and exploration available. Curiosity about the world around them is the first step to children's thirst for knowledge.

8) Build friendships. Children want to fit in and feel they belong. Welcome their friends to your home. Show your children how to be good friends.Teach them the differences between true friendship and popularity.

9) Keep your children safe. Identify risks and hazards and show your children how to avoid them. Children develop a sense of security when they are taught what to do if they are in danger.

10) Speak well of teachers and schools. Children learn their attitudes from you and will like and respect their teachers if they see you do the same.

Warm regards

Phil Mahony


Jason Fisher | Assistant Principal


This term teachers at Holy Trinity are focusing on developing reasoning skills in mathematics. Reasoning skills are higher thinking skills which involve becoming aware of your own processes of thought, analysing and evaluating, in order to develop and understand concepts at a deeper level. Reasoning skills help students choose efficient strategies to solve problems. They also help students  check their solutions by working problems out in multiple ways.

To help your child develop reasoning skills parents and carers can focus on how a solution is reached rather than whether it is correct or not. Asking questions such as; How do you know? Can you prove it? Can you do it a different way?  Develop a deeper understanding for the students. 

Traffic around the school

Can all parents and carers be extra careful when dropping off and picking up students from school. It is a busy time for traffic and can be potentially dangerous. Actions such as parking in driveways, double parking and stopping in no stopping zones to drop off children are dangerous and cause more traffic. If we all work together we can keep all the children safe.

Mark Galea |Religious Education News

The First Sunday of Lent:Year B. We marked the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Liturgy this week. Father Andrew explained the importance of this season to the children. The children learned how this time reminds us of when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to reflect on His mission. We know that this mission ultimately led to His crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus does not speak out about repentance, but rather proclaimed the good news of the coming of the reign of God that was open to those who turned their lives around and committed themselves to Goodness.

We traditionally look upon Lent as a time for giving up something, but what about getting outside ourselves and taking on something for Lent? What about practising things that build connection with God and others? We could put a reminder or simple prayer on our phone to pop up and enable us to recall the presence of God. We could build connection by smiling more and thereby give out vibes of encouragement and reassurance. The gospels indicate that Jesus did this all the time so that people followed him in droves. St Therèse of Lisieux said, ‘A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.’ Her motto was, ‘Nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.’

Stage One Excursion - Tuesday 16th February

On Tuesday 16th February, Stage One travelled by bus to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we set off on our excursion. We arrived at the Gardens at 10am and ate our recess before attending the Get Growing program to help us learn all about plants and how they grow. The children were fascinated by the wide range of plants and flowers they saw throughout the Gardens. We even got to plant our own little sunflowers to watch how they will grow and to record our observations. After a couple of hours of learning, we sat in the garden to eat lunch and listened to a Horticulturalist share her experiences with growing plants. The children were still bouncing with energy when we walked from the Gardens to the Opera House for a quick photo, before embarking on our final journey home via ferry and bus. I think it’s safe to say that all the children loved the ferry and enjoyed the day. 

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Thank you Parent Helpers on Shrove Tuesday

Thank you to all our wonderful parent helpers who helped prepare and serve the pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

Thank you to Mrs Derbas, Mrs Chalhoub, Mrs Romanos, Dylan Romanos, Mrs Attie, Mrs Khoury and Mrs George.

HTG Responsible Use of Technology

The online safety of your child is of great importance to us, so today your child has received a copy of the HTG Responsible Use of Technology Agreement. This document provides a comprehensive list of responsibilities that your child will need to follow when using technology at HTG. Please spend some time reading and explaining this document to your child as it does need to be signed and returned to school. A copy of the signed agreement will be stored in your child's file.


As part of our ongoing commitment to the appropriate use of technology and online safety, we would like to share the following link to an online safety picture book. You may choose to read the book with your child/children or have the book read to them, either way it is a good way to start a conversation about your child's use of technology at home.  

Picture book - Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5


Read aloud  - Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5


Medical Information

If parents need the school to administer any medication to students, please see the office to fill out an authority form.

Any new asthma plans need to be handed in also.  If your child's plan has expired, please see your doctor to renew.

Thank you

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

Time Online

How much time should children spend online?  How much is too much?

There is no magic number and the answer will depend on a variety of factors including your child’s age, maturity, family routine and the child’s learning needs.


Ask yourself the following questions;

❏    What is my child doing online?

❏    Is online time disrupting their sleep or exercise routine?

❏    Is my child isolating from face-to-face interactions with family or friends?


The answers to these questions will guide you in creating a good balance of online and offline activities for your child. If you are concerned about your child, work with them in setting boundaries, bedtimes and routines.


For more information visit;


Help Protect Your Children Online - Free Webinars

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, the Council of Catholic School Parents will be holding two free webinars in March to provide parents and carers with strategies to establish a safe online environment for their children. See attached for more info.

2021 School Fees

2021 School fees have now been issued and are due for payment by the 17th March 2021. If you have any questions regarding school fees for 2021, please see Mrs Borg in the office.

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. 

COVID-19 Local Testing Clinics

Please get tested if you have any COVID-19  symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste or smell. Self-isolate until you know your test result. Also, please do not send students to school if they are feeling unwell. 

Local Testing clinics:

Merrylands Drive Through Testing Clinic

Corner of Burnett Street and Merrylands Road, Merrylands

Auburn Community Health Care Centre Drive Through Testing Clinic

Norval Street, Auburn 

Auburn Drive-Through Testing Clinic

48 Boorea Stret, Auburn

Smithfield Drive Through Testing Clinic

63 Long Street, Smithfield


Student of the Week

Week ending 12th February 2021

Kindergarten        Milan B

Year 1                    Ibrahim K        

Year 2                    Roshav S         

Year 3                    Seini S         

Year 4                    Telesia A        

Year 5                    Stephanie B        

Year 6                    Gabriel C

Student of the Week

Week ending 19th February 2021

Kindergarten    Mia K        

Year 1                Chelton C                

Year 2                Aarya B              

Year 3                Jennifer L                

Year 4                Thomas D              

Year 5                Christopher A           

Year 6                Sarah N            

Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to the following students who celebrate their Birthday in 


Aanvi S, Lilly A, Edelina C, Tigidankay K, Shishir K, Samipya P, Yar M, Rashad B, Thomas D, Jeremiah K, Leila T, Charles B, Rowland L, Peter L, Joseph N, Matthew M, and Hany A,


21st MarchHarmony Day
25th MarchThe Annunciation
1st AprilHoly Thursday
2nd AprilGood Friday
4th AprilEaster Sunday

Holy Trinity Primary Granville


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