Holy Trinity School recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week with many events that, much like HTS itself, offered a perfect mix of prayer, service, education, family and fun.
All Catholic schools teach the importance and benefits of prayer. HTS kicked off the week by participating in Sunday Masses at both Holy Trinity Church and St Helen’s Church in Westfield. Students participated as singers, musicians, readers and altar servers, with teachers and parents sharing in the excitement. Later in the week, HTS hosted a parent-run, in-house retreat day for students in Pre-K through fourth grade. The youngest students learned Catholic values through a variety of fun activities, while middle schoolers went on field trips that featured reflection and prayer. A brief prayer service, attended by the entire school, concluded the week.
As they do throughout the year, HTS students put their faith into action during Catholic Schools Week by taking part in several service projects. Younger students made blankets and toys for the Plainfield Area Humane Society. All the students made Valentine’s Day cards for armed service members overseas and brightened the day with song for residents at a local senior center. Seventh and eighth graders donated food to The Most Blessed Sacrament Friary in Newark, which provides meals and a warm place to take a break for local people in need.
HTS also showcased its reputation for academic achievement throughout the week, beginning with an Open House following Sunday’s Masses. Teachers and students highlighted the challenging, tailored curriculum that sets HTS apart from other schools, including project-based learning and differentiated instruction. Because Catholic schools aren’t bound to teach to standardized tests, they can provide an organic learning experience that inspires students at all levels to perform their best. Later in the week, fifth through eighth graders took part in a Geography Bee and STEM Fair, capping months of planning, research and hard work.
And, as with all things at HTS, the theme of family was central throughout the week, from Sunday’s family Masses to the Family/Grandparent Bingo on Friday that wrapped up the week’s celebration with grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and other special people joining students in a fun morning. Even for those who didn’t win prizes, taking part in the week of celebration was a gift itself. Parents also hosted a Teacher Appreciation breakfast and, with teachers and administration, organized a similar Volunteer Appreciation event. In these festivities and in the everyday curriculum, the students are taught to show gratitude for those who support them. The family atmosphere at HTS is a welcoming one, not only to Catholic families but to families of all kinds and faiths.
At its core, Catholic Schools Week is a celebration, in which students have some fun before starting the second half of the school year. While most weeks consist of homework, tests, reading and writing, this one brought ice cream socials, therapy dogs, singing, dancing and student-versus-teacher relay races. For this reason, Catholic Schools Week is much-loved by students, as well as the staff, faculty and parents who work tirelessly each year to organize it. It celebrates prayer, service, education, family and fun — and ensures these cherished values are passed down to subsequent generations of HTS students.
Registration for the 2020-21 academic year is now open. Space is available but limited including The Holy Trinity School Early Learning Center Pre-K 2s through Kindergarten located in Westfield. Please contact Dr. Adele Ellis at 908-233-0484 for more information. Come take a tour and see what a modern Catholic education has to offer.
Since 1916, Holy Trinity School has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically. Holy Trinity School, preparing our future now. We teach more. www.holytrinityschool.org.