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Parent Handbook

The Handbook below covers all information about Holy Trinity that you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact Holy Trinity by phone on 9682 4911 or 9682 4778 between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

  • Welcome
    • Principal's Message

      Dear Parents & Friends,

      On behalf of Father Andrew and myself, I wish to extend you a warm welcome to our school community.

      We acknowledge that you, as parents, are the first educators of your child and we thank you for choosing Holy Trinity as the primary school for your child. We will now work in partnership to support you in nurturing and promoting the growth of your child. At Holy Trinity, we live out our motto to ‘Love Serve Hope’ as we reflect on the mission of Jesus and develop our spiritual life through learning, prayer and liturgy.

      Catholic Education is founded on the principle of parent contribution and voluntary service. Our school will continue to grow through your support of school initiatives, social events, and through school fees and fundraising.

      Holy Trinity strives to live out the values of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Mary said “never see a need without doing something about it”. At Holy Trinity, we accept this and strive to be responsible, to be of service to all, and to assist the poor and marginalised.

      At Holy Trinity, we strive to create an atmosphere of learning, which inspires students to think creatively, work collaboratively, and communicate with each other and the wider community, and to be problem solvers. Student learning will be focused and purposeful, and we will always have an expectation that all children can learn and will achieve their personal best.

      We look forward to working with you in supporting your child throughout their learning time at Holy Trinity.

      Helen Boyer
      Principal

    • Mission Statement

      Holy Trinity is a Catholic School where we provide
      quality education to equip our children to participate

      in a changing society with hope and confidence.


      WE VALUE

       

      OUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND TRADITION

      Therefore:

      ·       We provide a variety of religious experiences, 
           which include:

      o   Prayer

      o   Liturgical and Eucharistic celebrations

      o   Involvement in Sacramental Programs

      ·       We educate our children in their faith through:

      o   Religious Education Programs

      o   Sacramental programs

      o   Prayer, Liturgical and Eucharistic
          celebrations

      THE DIGNITY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL

      Therefore:

      ·       We exercise the preferential option for the poor by
           providing equal opportunities 
      for all children

      ·       We provide a range of learning experiences that
           cater for the needs and abilities 
      of individual
           children

      ·       We respect the rights and beliefs of all members of
           the community

      THE WELCOMING AND HOSPITABLE ATMOSPHERE IN OUR SCHOOL

      Therefore:

      ·       We build upon the strong sense of celebration,
           enjoyment and wellbeing present in our school

      ·       We promote effective communication to ensure
           that each community member has a sense of
           inclusion, and is able to participate in the life of
           the school

      ·       We provide opportunities for individuals to express
           their ideas and opinions in the climate of openness
           and support

       

      WE BELIEVE

       

      EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO LEARN

      Therefore:

      ·       We provide positive educational experiences

      ·       We respect children as individuals and cater for
           their differences

      ·       We encourage all children to work to the best of
           their ability

      ·       We promote appropriate behaviour

      ·       We provide a professional climate in which staff
           are expected to be suitably qualified and
           professional in their dealings with children, parents
           and colleagues

      ·       We provide a curriculum which is relevant to the
           children and the society in which they live and
           grow.

      PARENTS & TEACHERS ARE PARTNERS IN THE EDUCATION PROCESS

      Therefore:

      ·       We foster positive teacher/parent relationships

      ·       We provide opportunities for parents to be involved in
            the educational life of 
      their children

       

      THE MULTICULTURAL NATURE OF OUR SCHOOL IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED

      Therefore:

      ·       We respect the rights and beliefs of all in our
           school community

      ·       We cater for the various needs of our children and
           parents

      ·       We appreciate the cultural diversity within the
           school and promote tolerance and acceptance of
           all

    • Our Story

      Established in 1885, Holy Trinity Primary was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph and continued under the sisters' administration until 1976 when the first lay Principal was appointed. The school has seen many changes with building programs taking place in 1913, 1934, 1964, 1995 and 2010.

      2008 saw the restoration of the parish hall, which was reopened in November and renamed MacKillop Hall. The school has access to the hall facilities from the school playground.

      Holy Trinity is a small school in which members of the community work hard to maintain the friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Holy Trinity is a school located in Granville and serves the parish of Holy Trinity, and draws on students from Granville, Merrylands, Guildford, and a number of other suburbs.

      School Spirit is a high priority and parents are encouraged to build happy working relationships with members of staff.

      Our school is characterised by the teaching of strong Catholic Christian values and there is a strong emphasis on the teaching of living skills and courteous behaviour.

      At Holy Trinity many children come from language backgrounds other than English. Twenty-eight languages other than English are spoken as the first language of the children.

      All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, speaker systems, Apple MacBooks and Macbook Pros, iPads, iPod touches and Apple TVs, all with wireless internet access.

      Specialised learning support is available in English and Mathematics. 

      Holy Trinity has a well-resourced library where children are encouraged to browse, research and borrow. Parents are also invited to borrow from the Parent section.
    • School Contact Information

      PRINCIPAL                              Helen Boyer

      PARISH PRIEST Father Andrew Bass
      Parish Number: 9637 1902

      ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL                                    Kathryn Salkeld

      RELIGIOUS COORDINATOR                Amy Press


      STAGE LEARNING TEAM LEADERS         Early Stage 1           Michelle O'Leary                                                                                                        Stage 1: Michelle O'Leary                        
                                                                                       
      Stage 2:             Amy Press
                                                                                                                                                     
      Stage 3:                  Kathryn Salkeld                                                                       

      SECRETARIAL STAFF
                                                Rose Borg   

                                                                                      Maria Bisazza

      SCHOOL PHONE NUMBER                       9682 4911

      SCHOOL ADDRESS                        Grimwood Street
        GRANVILLE  2142

      SCHOOL HOURS                                 9:00am to 3:10pm

      SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS                       8:30am to 3:45pm

      SCHOOL WEBSITE                               www.htgranville.catholic.edu.au

      EMAIL ADDRESS                                 holytrinitygranville@parra.catholic.edu.au

  • General Information
    • School Hours

       School Office Opens  8:30am
       Children Arrive  from 8:30am
       Monday Morning Assembly  8:50am
       Tuesday-Friday Morning Line Up  9:00am
       Recess  11:00am - 11:30am
       Lunch  1:30pm - 2:10pm
       Dismissal  3:10pm
       School Office Closes  3:45pm

    • School Supervision

      This begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:30pm each afternoon. 
      Parents are reminded that children should not be left at school outside these hours.

    • School Term Dates

      School term dates and holidays are generally the same as government schools.

      Term Dates
      2017 2018
      Term 1 Monday, 30 January to
      Friday, 07 April
      Term 1
      Tuesday, 30 January to
      Friday, 13 April
      Term 2 Wednesday, 26 April to
      Friday, 30 June
      Term 2
      Tuesday, 1 May to
      Friday, 06 July
      Term 3 Tuesday, 18 July to
      Friday, 22 September
      Term 3
      Tuesday, 24 July to
      Friday, 28 September
      Term 4 Monday, 09 October to
      Friday, 15 December
      Term 4
      Monday, 15 October to
      Tuesday, 19 December

      Parents should check the school website for upcoming school events and Staff Development Days.

    • School Arrival
      Parents are invited to bring their children into the playground. No parent is to proceed into classrooms, toilet areas and/or playgrounds unless they have a visitors badge, which is obtained from the school office.
    • Dismissal
      School gates are opened at 3:10pm after students have been dismissed.
    • Parents Attending School
      Please note that as a matter of security and student safety, the only access to the school between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm will be through the school office, where badges are issued for all visitors.
    • Child Safety/Road Safety
      Local Area Police Command often patrol our school local area. All parents are urged to maintain safe practice by:
      • using marked crossings
      • parking in signed areas

      Parents are asked not to park in the staff car park.

      Parents are asked to please supervise children if they need to cross Randle or Grimwood Streets.

    • Absences
      Please note that a letter/written note is necessary for ALL absences. For legal reasons, notes must be sent to school explaining each of your child's absences. However, if a child is going to be away from school for more than two days, please telephone the school. In this way we may be able to support your child's learning.

      Skoolbag provides an opportunity for you to send a note to the school.
    • Leave Exemption

      New changes have been implemented as a result of the changes to the Education Act 1990 regarding attendance. Exemption from attendance no longer applies to travel and holidays, both domestic and international.

      Students who are absent from school may be disadvantaged in their learning progress and ongoing development. To maximise the benefits of education for all students, school are required to follow legislative requirements for the Education Act 1990.

      New requirements for student absence and travel


      * 1-9 days absence: Parents must notify the school Principal be mail or email.
      * 10-99 days absences: Parents must complete and submit the "Application for Extended Leave form (A1) prior to commencing leave OR apply for extended leave in writing to the Principal directly. If approved, the Principal issues a Certificate of Extended Leave (C1).

      If the Principal declines this application (i.e. it is not within the best interest of the child to take leave and be absent from school), a letter notifying parents that the application has been declined would be forthcoming from the school.

    • Late to School
      If your child arrives late to school (any time after 9:15am), they must be accompanied to the office by a parent or carer. A late note needs to be signed by the parent or carer explaining the reason for being late.

      To ensure that your child doesn't miss any class activity, punctuality is imperative.
    • Leaving Early From School
      If you wish to pick your child up from school early (any time before 3:10pm), for an appointment or any other reason, you must go to the school office.
      The office will contact the class teacher and the student will be sent to the office.
      A note needs to be signed by the parent or carer explaining the reason for leaving early.

      Should someone else be picking up your child, the office and classroom teacher needs to be notified. The office staff may also require persons collecting children to provide them with identification in these instances.

      It should be understood that arriving or leaving in school time disrupts both the children's learning and teaching. This should only happen when no alternative is available.
  • Communication Between School and Home
    • Newsletter
      Every week a newsletter or an update will be sent home. This communication contains valuable information about the Holy Trinity School community.
    • Skoolbag
      Skoolbag provides schools with an easy way to tell parents/carers everything they need to know, and it provides parents with the most convenient way to receive school notifications.

      No more lost paper in student student school bags. School Newsletters, school notices and alerts are communicated directly to the parent smart phone through Skoolbag school Mobile App.

      Skoolbag
      is a school Mobile App that communicates directly with iPhone and Android devices.
    • Reporting to Parents

      An open line of communication is essential if a school is to reinforce values that are being taught at home. The school provides three structured means of reporting to parents:

      TERM ONE Parent Information Night
      TERM TWO Written Report
      TERM THREE Parent/teacher interview as follow up from written report
      TERM FOUR Written Report and Parent/Teacher interview on request

      Although teachers are available to talk to parents regarding their child, the usual process is to make an appointment through the School Secretary, for a mutually convenient time. It is important that parents do not try to discuss their child's learning during class time.

      If you require further advice regarding your child's development, Stage Learning Team Leaders can be available to meet with you.

       

    • Contacting teachers
      The proactive relationship between school and home plays an important part in a child's successful school life.

      If you have a matter you wish to raise with a teacher, please feel free to communicate in writing or contact the office to make an appointment.

      In the event that your issues have not been satisfied, you are invited to contact your child's Stage Learning Team Leader​. The Stage Learning Learning Team leader is a member of the school's Leadership Team and can be an important liaison between yourself and your child's teacher.

      If the matter requires further consultation, an interview with the School Principal can be made by phoning the school office.

      Please remember, your concerns, ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
    • Messages
      When your child has to bring a note, fees, etc to school, it is most important that you put it in an envelope, and you are asked to write your child's name, class and the reason for the enclosure, e.g. school fees, note for teacher etc.

      Please instruct your child to hand any notes, school fees etc. to the class teacher and not directly to the office.
    • Child Protection
      All parents who volunteer their services by working in the canteen, parent readers, managers and coaches of sporting teams and attending excursions, must complete an online Child Protection Training Module for volunteers at the Building Child Safe Communities Volunteers page.

      Once the training module has been completed, the school receives notification.

      The online training needs to be completed every two years.
    • School Helpers
      All visitors to our school must log into the computer found at the school office. 
      In ensuring safety for all, visitors including contractors, must wear a visitor's badge/label.

      Once again we invite your support in working as:
      *  Canteen Assistant
      *  Excursion Volunteer
      *  Parent Helper
      *  Sport Helper
      *  Classroom Helper
    • Sport
      There are four Sport Colour Houses - Blue, Green, Red and Yellow.
      Children are put into a Colour when they start at Holy Trinity. Families are kept in the same House Colour.
      Children compete first at school level, and then progress to Zone, Diocesan and Inter-Diocesan levels.
    • Assemblies
      School assemblies are held each Monday commencing at 8:45am - Students of the Week, Birthdays and Principal's Message. All parents are welcome.

      Throughout the term, grades may present at an Assembly, These Assemblies will be advertised in the Newsletter and occur on Friday from 2:30pm.
    • Specialist Teachers
      Special Education, Literacy Support, ESL (English as Second Language teachers) work closely with class teachers and parents in meeting individual needs.

      At Holy Trinity specialist teachers in a variety of curriculum areas work closely with teachers, in providing integrated programs.

      Early Intervention Programs:

      Reading Recovery 
      is an individualised intervention Reading program for eligible children in Year 1.
      EMU (Extended Mathematical Understanding) is a daily intervention program offered in small groups, to some eligible Year 1 students. 
    • Liturgies

      At Holy Trinity, we believe:

      * in maintaining a close relationship with our Pastor, Father Andrew and the Parish team.
      * prayer is an expression of our relationship with God and forms an integral part of our school life.
      * prayer may take on various forms, and the children at Holy Trinity will be involved in a wide variety of faith expressions at different times during the year.

      Prayer times include:

      * Special School Prayer Celebrations:
      * Classroom Prayer
      * Whole School Masses

      As parents form an important part of the school community at Holy Trinity, you are invited to attend and participate in Liturgies with your children.

    • Positive School Behaviour
      At Holy Trinity, we believe that positive school behaviour grows from creating a school environment which fosters care for one another, respect of individual differences and trust, through a sense of feeling safe.

      As members of the Catholic Community at Holy Trinity, we believe that behaviour management is an ongoing process that nurtures the total development of the child. It cannot be a separate entity and is an interchange of values between home and school. With this in mind, we aim to develop strong supportive relationships between teacher, parent and child.

      Our School Rules are:

      I am safe​. I am a learner. I am respectful.
    • Homework
      At Holy Trinity, we believe homework provides an opportunity for parents to nurture their child's learning. When parents participate in the completion of homework, they are giving a strong message to their child that this activity is important.

      Homework also assists in developing good study habits. Homework may be set by the class teacher, either on a daily or weekly contract basis. This provides the children with an opportunity to learn to organise that time so that homework is completed during the week, rather than on weekends.

      The purpose of homework is to revise, reinforce and consolidate skills covered within each stage.

      Parents are asked to provide the time and environment, which will allow their children to work productively.
  • Uniform & Grooming
    • Uniforms
      The wearing of the correct Holy Trinity school uniform demonstrates a pride in personal appearance and in our school. We ask for your support and co-operation in ensuring that your child wears the correct uniform at all times.

      School uniforms can be bought from:

      OZ Fashions The Uniform Specialist
      115-127 Parramatta Road,
      Granville NSW 2142

      Phone: (02) 9897 3121
      Fax: (02) 9897 3222
      Email: mail@ozfashions.com.au
      Website: www.ozfashions.com.au

      The Holy Trinity School Hat and Library Bag are also available to be purchased from the school office.
  • General School Procedures
    • Accidents

      In the event of a serious accident at school, the following procedures will be taken:

      • The school will ring parents.

      • If the parents are unavailable the school will contact:
        1) emergency contact

        2) family doctor
        3) nearest doctor

      • If necessary, the child will be taken by ambulance to hospital.

      • The school will, in all cases, take the necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of your child.
    • Bus Passes

      Bus passes may be obtained through the school office by completing a bus application form. 

      These are available to all children from Kindergarten to Year 2. Year 3 to Year 6 children are entitled to a pass if they live more than 1.6 kilometres from the school. 

      Lost Bus Passes

      In the case of a lost bus pass, parents must approach the bus company personally. There is a fee for a replacement pass.

    • Canteen

      The school canteen is open on Tuesdays and Fridays and is run by parent volunteers.
      Our canteen follows the Healthy Canteen Guidelines.  

      Please refer to the 'School Notes & Forms' section of our website for the current Canteen Price List.

    • Child Protection Policy

      In the interest of safety, and for the protection of your child, parents are expected to adhere to the following procedures:

      • All parent helpers must complete Child Protection Training online before they are able to work in the school. This can be located at the Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteers page. 
      • Parent helpers are to wear identification whilst they are working in the school.

      • Parent helpers are to remain in sight of the class teacher when working with children.

      • If children need to go home early, parents or guardians are to come to the school office and wait for the children to be paged.

      • All visitors to the school are to report to the office upon arrival at the school.

      • Parent helpers are to adhere to the Parramatta Diocesan Policy on Child Protection.

       

    • Communication

      From time to time your child will bring home newslettersupdates and notes from school.
      Please check their bags daily for such notes.

      Any notes, fees etc. should be sent to the class teacher with your child in an envelope:

      Labelled with the child's family name, class, and contents to enable the teacher to forward to the office, if necessary.

    • Going Home

      The following procedures will be observed at going home time:

      Walkers: Those children who walk home are asked to go straight home.

      Cars:   Any parents who pick up their child by car should observe the "No Stopping" signs. Children remain inside school grounds until parents arrive to collect them.                

      Buses: Children who catch buses home in the afternoon will be supervised by a teacher until such time as they board the bus. No responsibility for these children is taken once they have done so.

    • Interviews

      If a parent wishes to see a teacher about their child, please send a note requesting an appointment or telephone the school office to arrange a mutually appropriate time.

      Formal Parent/Teacher interviews will be held in conjunction with mid-year reports.

      As the teacher is responsible for his/her class between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 3.15 p.m, it would be appreciated if they were not disturbed during these hours.

    • Medicine

       See Medication Policy.

    • No Hat No Play Policy

      For safety reasons, children are required to wear a school hat on the playground at all times. Children without a hat are not allowed to play.

    • Notes

      A note should be given to the class teacher in the following situations:

      Absences: Please state the reason for the absence e.g. sickness, holiday etc. and send a note with your child when he/she returns to school.

      Extended Holidays need to be arranged with Principal’s approval. Please see the 'Student Attendance Exemption Form' under the School Notes & Forms page on our website. Download the form, fill it in and return it to the school office.

      student-attendance-exemption-from-attendance-parent.pdf Student Attendance Exemption Form

      Change of Routine:

      • Change of address or phone number
      • When a child needs to leave school early
      • When there is a different person picking up your child
      • When your child needs to catch a bus for the first time
    • Relief Teachers

      On occasions your child's teacher may be unable to take the class. The teacher may be ill or be required to attend inservice courses or be involved in some other form of professional development. Additionally, classroom teachers are released from class for planning and preparation for approximately 90 minutes each week.  Some teachers, with large classes (over 30) receive extra support in the form of release from class. 

      On such occasions, a qualified replacement teacher will be employed to teach the children. The relief teacher will normally follow the learning program that has been planned by the regular teacher.

    • Safety

      No cars are to enter the school boundary between the hours of 8:15 am and 4:00 pm. Please drop your child off in Grimwood or Randle Streets. Double parking is not permitted at any time and you are asked to park your car properly before children get in or out of it. Children should always wear their seat belts when in the car. Please observe the ‘No Stopping’ signs, as Granville Police or Council Rangers often patrol the area.

    • Sport - PE

      Sports uniform is to be worn on Sports Day, currently:
      Kindergarten on Thursday, and 
      Years 1-6 on Friday.

    • Staff Development Days

      Fours days each year are set aside for staff professional / spiritual development.  These days are commonly called ‘pupil free days’, meaning that students do not attend school.

    • Some final words

      No doubt many times during the school life of your child you will become puzzled and confused. In the last ten years, schools have changed just as our world has changed.

      We are about the business of educating our children for the 21st Century and beyond. The implications of this are very exciting and yet a little frightening.

      Because schools have changed and are changing, it is more important than ever that you are parents who keep in close contact with the school.

      If you are not sure what is happening,
      Ask us, you need to know.

      If you are not sure why it is happening,
      Ask us, you need to know.

      If you don't agree with what is happening,
      Tell us, we need to know.

      If you do agree with what is happening,
      Tell us, it's a long journey alone!

      Cartoon


       

  • Learning & Teaching
    • Religious Education

      Religious Education begins at our birth and continues throughout our lives. Religious Education helps us and our children reflect upon ourselves, our world and our God in the context of our personal life experiences, the Sacred Scriptures and the Church and its traditions.

      Our Religious Education program Sharing Our Story is integral to all that we do within our school. We aim to lead the students to a better understanding of their own Catholic tradition and emphasise the influence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the students.

      The school-based Living, Loving and Learning program is integrated directly with Religious Education.

      The Religious Education program at Holy Trinity values the children's life experiences and encourages them to discuss, question, and make judgments and decisions. Children are encouraged to express their new insights through actions, and are given opportunities to reflect and respond at appropriate levels. Children regularly engage in prayer and liturgical celebrations.

      Do not be surprised to find that the younger children are not taught lots of formal prayers. This comes later. Young children will be helped to speak to God in their own simple way.

      Liturgical life of the school

      Major features of the liturgical life of the school include:

      • a liturgy committee made up of Year 6 students
      • whole school Masses on the second and fourth Fridays of each month
      • Masses for significant occasions, such as the Opening of the School Year, Mothers Day, First Communion and End of Year
      • student and parent participation in liturgies
      • daily class prayers and assembly prayers organised by students
      • liturgical celebrations held for Lent, Easter and Advent
      • senior students forming the choir for major liturgical events
      • staff prayer each fortnight

      Faith experiences

      The whole school gather for prayer each Monday morning. Children participate in daily prayer in the classroom and in many classes, the children are responsible for organising liturgies.

    • Curriculum

      Primary teachers do not see learning as something that can be neatly boxed into separate subjects.

      They know, for instance, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be questioning and explaining, writing down observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and so on.

      Key Learning Areas

      Learning at Holy Trinity is often integrated across several curriculum areas. The curriculum taught is the same as government schools, although there is a strong religious element. The seven Key Learning Areas (KLAs) taught at Holy Trinity Primary each deals with the knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes that are relevant and appropriate for primary students.

      • Religious Education

        Our Religious Education program Sharing Our Story is integral to all that we do within our school. We aim to lead the students to a better understanding of their own Catholic tradition and emphasise the influence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the students. Learn more about Religious Education.

      • English

        In English, students develop knowledge, skills & understanding of English language and literature which has a wider role as a means of learning in all Key Learning Areas.

      • Mathematics

        Students analyse & solve problems in the areas of space, measurement and number. Maths also involves the study of patterns and relationships, and provides a means of communication.

      • Science and Technology

        Students are given opportunities to learn about natural and man-made environments by engaging in scientific and technological activity. Students investigate, design, make and use technology.

      • Human Society and Its Environment

        Human Society deals with the interactions of people with one another and with the social, cultural and physical environments.

      • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

        This KLA helps students develop self esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle.

      • Creative Arts

        Creative Arts includes the artforms of dance, drama, visual arts and music. Learning in these art forms engages students in developing their abilities to make works and appraise their own works and that of others. A specialist music teacher is available for all students three days a week.

      Our School Plan

      Teachers are encouraged to cater for individual differences in all areas of learning.

      Due to the highly multicultural student population, all teaching occurs using an ESL perspective. There is a very strong emphasis on the teaching of English, and in primary grades children are grouped across grades for specific skills. For the past two years, there has been a very strong emphasis on the teaching of literacy and the improvement of students’ literacy standards.

      We are a Smarter Schools National Partnerships Literacy School and this plan addresses the three reform elements:

      • effective, evidence-based teaching
      • strong leadership and whole school engagement in literacy
      • monitoring school and student performance to identify when support is needed
      Analysis of NAPLAN data has informed our School Action Plan.
    • Support Programs

      Living, Loving and Learning

      This is a school-based personal development program taught each year over a period of seventeen weeks during terms 1 and 2.

      • the program introduces the students to the necessary social skills to allow them develop sound interpersonal skills
      • topics covered included: understanding self, feelings, self esteem, friendship and conflict resolution

      Life Education

      • a program supported by the New South Wales [NSW] Department of Health. The program recognises the importance of healthy living and includes material on drug and alcohol abuse.

      Literacy Support

      • a school-based initiative targeting a small number of students not funded under SAISO but who are experiencing problems with literacy

      Dance Fever

      • a program started in 2009 and supported by the Catholic Education Office. The program runs each week for one term and children are taught a mix of Latin, modern and ballroom dances. The program teaches social skills, as well as movement and coordination skills.

      Instrumental Program

      • a program initiated in 2009 with financial backing from the Catholic Education Office.  Each student in Year 6 is learning to play a band instrument, free of charge.  A weekly lesson is taught by a specialist teacher from Delany College.

      Transition programs

      Parent Information Night:

      • Parents attend an information session, during which they receive valuable information about the school.

      In the Kindergarten Orientation program:

      • Students attend two orientation sessions where they participate in a variety of activities and assessments, meet their teacher and have time to get to know classmates.

      In the Year 6 Transition program:

      • Students visit their respective high schools for orientation prior to commencement.
      • Year 6 and special needs teachers liaise with high school personnel with regard to student's needs.
    • Extracurricular Activities

      The school is involved in a number of extracurricular activities. These include:

      • Stage 3 Band
      • Stage 2 Choir
      • Debating (The Delany Cup)
      • Zone swimming, cross country and athletics competition
      • Voice of Youth
      • Soccer Gala Days - Stage 2 and Stage 3
      • Book week celebrations
      • Educational excursions and incursions
      • Social justice initiatives (Junior Joeys, Jesuit Refugee Services, Project Compassion, Vinnie’s Van, Mission Week)
  • Policies
    • Homework Policy

      Homework is a valuable aid and is useful when:

      •   It gives parents opportunities to encourage, express approval and in general, relate positively to their children.
      •   It develops productive long-term habits and planning
      •   It gives the chance to consolidate what they have learnt at school
      •   It allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs.
      •   It increases children’s confidence and enjoyment in learning

      Our Policy

      1. The most useful HOME work of all is family living:

      •   Lots and lots of family conversation – storytelling, jokes, discussions about everything

      •   Shared bedtime stories with a caring adult or family member reading to the children

      •   Private reading in bed before lights out

      •   Family games, activities and hobbies

      •   Regular visits to the local library

      •   Outings to all kinds of places of social, historic or natural interest

      •   The kind of imaginative play that comes naturally to children of all ages

      Such activities encourage and help children become better learners and happier human beings.

      2. Children in Kinder are given home readers and sight words, when appropriate, with occasional tasks of colouring, tracing and copying.

      3. Homework is given regularly to Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for each school day except Friday. It is not always of  the written kind. However, written work is set for at least one day per week. It may be reading, carrying out an experiment, finding answers to problems posed at school, or work on a current theme or project.

      4. Homework will allow for the individuality of each child in the class. Just as children are taught in group situations in the classroom according to their capabilities, then their homework will be set with this in mind.

      5. Children in Year 1 (approx 10 mins), Years 2,3 & 4 (approx 20 mins) & Years 5 & 6 (approx 30mins) each night. These times are a guide only and students should spend (more or less) the same amount of time on set homework, irrespective of academic progress and development.

      6. Homework should not be a source of worry or frustration for the pupil, teacher or parent. Students are encouraged to complete the assigned work to the best of their ability and seek the teacher’s help with any difficulties.

      7. Homework is reviewed at school soon after its completion and is used (where appropriate) in classroom discussions.

      8. Homework should be signed by a parent or carer. If for any reason, the child is unable to do homework, the parent or carer is to acknowledge by a written note.

      Parents can be of great help to their children by showing interest in their activities, by listening to their reading and by being sympathetic and patient. Homework is of little value if it is completed by the parent or is not supervised. Please help and encourage, but allow your child to do his/her own work. If problems with homework persist, discuss the problem with the child’s teacher. This positive, ongoing partnership will ensure success and a happy and valued approach to homework.

    • School Policies and Procedures

      Holy Trinity Primary has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our school life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

      The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

      Please see the Policies and Procedures page of our website for full details.

Parent Handbook

  • The Handbook below covers all information about Holy Trinity that you and your child will need.

    If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact Holy Trinity by phone on 9682 4911 or 9682 4778 between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

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