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Greeting to all from Holy Trinity Lutheran College.

As we come to the end of the second week of this term, there is a certain level of stability that is now being established within our community. The unknown is becoming a little more familiar, particularly as we begin to adjust to a new way of doing things. Over the coming weeks, this new way will allow the college the opportunity to reflect on what is possible and what may remain. The combination of past, present and future will more than likely shape our new normal, and that is an exciting time for all of us.

As we are still uncertain as to when the current restrictions will be relaxed, I encourage you all to continue to nurture our culture of care. To use our hearts, heads and hands to bring support, understanding, patience and joy to one another. I give thanks to the staff, students and families for their continual willingness to try new things and to positively adjust and reflect when necessary. We haven’t encountered a situation like this before, but with our current processes in place I feel that the college is in a very good place and will no doubt become even stronger as we gain so much from this experience. Hear more in the Principal's address below:
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Peace through sacrifice
We have just celebrated another Easter. Tomorrow (Saturday April 25) is Anzac Day. Both of these events speak powerfully of sacrifice. Easter acknowledges the sacrifice of God’s own Son, Jesus. His death secures for us the forgiveness of sins, giving us peace with God and each other. His glorious resurrection gives us the opportunities of new beginnings in this life, and the hope of eternal life for all who believe. Anzac Day unites us with our neighbours in New Zealand; as together, we remember the sacrifice of so many men and women. They have secured for us the peace and freedoms we enjoy in both our lands.

We are all called on to make sacrifices at the moment, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have lost much of the regular routine of our life. We are not able to go to school as we normally do. We are not able to visit friends or have sleepovers. Regular competitive sporting events that many of us love to be involved in are now no longer possible. Our movements are restricted to the necessary needs of our life and work. We willingly make these sacrifices because we know that they are for our wellbeing, and also for the good of all.

As we remember these sacrifices, and endure our own, we are encouraged by the example of Jesus and the Anzacs. Jesus tells us: Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them” (John 15:12-13). Jesus shows us the way in our relationships with others. So we joyfully consider others and care for them.

Be kind to yourself and to others. Keep well, keep safe and keep healthy.

Father God, we thank you for the sacrifice of your dear Son, Jesus. His death gives us peace with you through the forgiveness of sins. His glorious resurrection opens up new beginnings for us, now in this life, and then in life with you forever. Thank you also for the sacrifice on so many service men and women, giving us the peace and freedoms we enjoy today. Help us, during this time, to be ready to make sacrifices that will be for the good of us all. Bring healing to those who are sick, and an end to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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Remote learning
It has been wonderful to see the students becoming more familiar and confident with the remote learning platform, procedures and tasks. We have made a number of adaptations based on feedback we have received from families. Please take note of the assigned time for each task and tasks that have been assigned as priorities. Teachers are very willing to work with families to adapt expectations for students, so please continue to communicate regularly with your child’s teacher.

Uniform for students on site
Students attending the college are asked to wear their formal and sports uniforms on their usual designated days. We are currently in the period between summer and winter uniform, therefore students may choose which formal uniform they wear to suit the weather. Please do not ‘mix and match’ uniforms, for example skivvies should not be worn with shorts. Winter formal uniform will be compulsory from 1 May 2020.

Library
The HTLC Library was reopened this week. It will now be open for families to visit on Mondays to Thursdays from 1.45-3.15pm. Families visiting the Library are not required to sign in at the office. Library books may be returned to the Junior School Reception or to the Library.

Home reading
We encourage all students to continue their regular routine of daily reading. Levelled readers were available to be collected from the Junior School office and Raz Kids has been made available to students in Foundation to Year 2. Students in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to read books from home, borrow from the HTLC Library or access MyON for their daily reading.

Chapel
For the period of remote learning, chapel will be posted as a video link to students Google Classrooms on Friday mornings. Thank you to the VCAL students who prepared an Anzac Day service for this morning, to help us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to engage with the Year 9 Rite Journey boys group, through an organised Google Meet ‘live’ link-up. It was definitely a unique feeling as I sat in front of my laptop, speaking to the screen and knowing that there were 20 students listening as I gave my instructions for the lesson. Having taught for 15 years, this was an experience like no other and, I must admit, it felt unnatural and a little uncomfortable. Fast forward to the end of the week and having completed a number of these lessons, I gradually became more comfortable and settled in this environment as expectations and experiences were shared through the virtual classroom.

I feel it is important to acknowledge the effort of staff who have been asked to move out of their comfort zone when the decision to move to remote learning curriculum was made. I have proudly watched staff rise to the challenge to develop new skills, learn from their experiences and encourage each other to find the best ways to deliver a quality education to our students. The staff of HTLC are working hard to ensure the learning that matters continues as we navigate the unique restrictions we are now living under.

I would also like to again thank the students for the way they are engaging with remote learning curriculum delivery. Like last week, attendance in virtual classes has been high, communication with staff consistent and effort has been evident. This is giving great encouragement to the staff and I acknowledge how this is not easy for many students but congratulate them for their efforts, whilst also thanking the parents for the support they are providing to their children and the staff.
During my lesson with the boys, I took the opportunity to ask them how they were coping with the changes and for the most part they responded positively. They mentioned things like:
  • Missing their mates and the opportunity to engage in face to face communication.
  • Enjoying the flexibility of learning at home.
  • Excited by the newness of remote learning.
  • Thankful for technology.
  • Enjoying a longer than normal sleep-in!
During our Rite Journey classes we have one of the boys in the group lead the Opening Ceremony which includes the sharing of a quote that has special meaning to them. This week’s quote was: 'You can’t have the rainbow without the rain'. As unique as this current situation is and as much as we may be missing things that we have become accustomed to, this time will pass and life will return to normal. And hopefully many of us will emerge with a new perspective on life and appreciation of what is important.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Helping our senior students get through a tough year
  • Keep a routine
    Dr Sean Kang, a senior lecturer in the Science of Learning, says now more than ever is a time for Year 12 students to be clear about what their goals are and how to achieve them. ‘With online learning now the norm for the foreseeable future, having a schedule will help overcome some of these challenges,’ says Dr Kang. ‘VCE and the final year of school will look completely different but there are things you still have control over.
  • Focus on what you can control and stay positive
    A key factor is the importance of focussing on what is most important right now. ‘That’s not likely to be meeting particular learning outcomes, but rather looking after your physical, emotional mental health, and that of your family and friends,’ says Associate Professor Jarden. One step, according to educational psychologist Dr Chelsea Hyde, is to focus on what you can do. ‘A positive mindset is going to help students cope with changed circumstances,’ says Dr Hyde. ‘VCE and the final year of school will look completely different but there are things you still have control over.
  • Keeping perspective: you are not alone
    ‘You can take solace from knowing you aren’t alone. Students both nationally and internationally are having to rapidly adapt to a radically different 2020 school year,’ she says. ‘The bigger picture is that students worldwide are all in this together.’ To help keep this perspective, Associate Professor Jarden recommends trying to work on having realistic expectations. ‘You aren’t just ‘studying from home’ but trying to learn and study in a time of pandemic crisis,’ he says. ‘Stop comparing yourself to others or judging yourself based on how you are coping. Effort still counts, but outcomes such as success should be minimised during this time. ‘It’s also important to be kind to yourself, and others. Kindness builds bonds and social connections, which are needed during times of crisis.’
  • Asking for help
    It’s important for students to know when to seek clarification and feedback. So, over this period, it’s vital that students have a clear line of communication to their teachers. ‘It’s important to connect more regularly with those that support you. Asking for help is a skill that predicts who comes through a traumatic experience better.’ And it’s that connection that can also make a difference emotionally, says Dr Hyde. ‘It’s critical to maintain points of connection to avoid feelings of isolation and loneliness,’ she says. ‘Keeping in regular contact with your peers and teachers can help you feel grounded and provide a sense of normality,’ she says.
Source: The Parents’ website, Independent Schools Victoria
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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SCHOOLTV REPORT: Dealing with disappointment
The coronavirus is impacting families around the world and changing how we do things on a daily basis. In many cases, it has resulted in the indefinite postponement of many special, and often long-awaited events, such as milestone birthdays, sporting competitions, school trips and family holidays.

Disappointment can be a tricky emotion to deal with at any age, but particularly for young people whose world has been turned upside down in a matter of weeks. Although disappointment is a normal part of growing up, adults need to remember that kids have a lot of choices regarding how they respond to it. Their response will determine the impact on their future happiness. Disappointment is considered a healthy and positive emotion that is essential to a child’s emotional, intellectual and social development.

It is important to help kids manage their disappointment in order to avoid stronger emotions such as anxiety and depression. Although your first reaction may be to fix the problem, it is better to encourage them to find the words to express how they feel.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some tips on how to help a child process disappointment and look at the problem objectively.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact a member of the wellbeing team (Anne Penny, Rhiannon McKinnon or Pastor Gus).
Tips for young people
Here is some advice on tips for young people to work through any disappointment, stress, and worries.
  1. Spend less than 10 minutes a day watching or listening to news about the virus.
  2. Ask a parent, teacher or trusted person about that virus and tell them if you are feeling worried or scared.
  3. Stay connected to your friends, but try to talk about things other than the virus and remote learning.
  4. Make a list of approved activities that you can do at home and with your family. This could be doing a puzzle, spending time with pets.
  5. Write a list and draw 10 good things in your life and the world.
  6. Find a way to relax. Spend 10 minutes breathing slowly and calmly.
  7. Listen to music, choose something that makes you feel good.
  8. Tell yourself positive things.
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Attendance
Please note that, unless your child is registered to attend school on a certain day, you do not need to advise that they will be conducting remote learning from home. An absence form is only required if:
  • your child is absent on a day that you have previously registered them to attend school
  • your child is learning from home, but is unable that day to take part in learning activities.
If throughout the term you would like to register your child to attend school/update registered days, please contact the college by email (admin@htlc.vic.edu.au).
Uniform shop
In Term 2, the uniform shop is open by appointment only. Please email the uniform shop at uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au if you would like to make an appointment. You can also email your order in, rather than attending the uniform shop, or download an order form.
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