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Greetings. Some of you may have been aware that on Wednesday 29 April an announcement from the federal Education Minister offered non-government schools the option to bring forward the upcoming payment of their recurrent school funding. This early payment could be received on the proviso that a school was to provide a physical classroom environment for students who need it, and to have plans in place to fully reopen by 1 June. As a college we have carefully considered this, but even more so we have considered the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, teachers and parents. This is done in all decisions we make about school operations. As a result, we will continue to act on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and will continue to ensure that if students can engage in remote learning from home, then they must remain at home. For those who still require onsite learning, this will also continue. Our priority remains on the provision of a safe learning environment for all, and for the health and wellbeing of our community.
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What are you thankful for?
Yesterday week ago I was listening to the radio as I prepared for the day ahead. The radio announcer called the day: ‘Thankful Thursday’, and asked listeners to phone in and share some of the things they were thankful for.

Thankfulness is an attitude we value and promote at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. God wants us all to have a spirit of thankfulness in our lives. The Word of God encourages us to: “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Our God delights in a thankful heart. Don’t we all appreciate a thankful spirit in others?

So what are you thankful for? Take some time and make a list. The reality is there is so much for us all to be thankful for. We can be thankful for Jesus who shows and leads us into a new way of living. Thankful too, that he is even with us to help us live in the way of love. Recently we commemorated an Anzac Day with a difference. We can be thankful to be Australian and to have the history of being rich in sacrifice and service as part of our national story. We can be thankful to have a college like ours at which we can learn and grow, and discover the pathway for our life. Circumstances are now very different for us, but we are still able to be thankful for the supportive environment we have. Teachers and mates (along with our family members) who are there with us and for us. We can be thankful for our health and wellbeing, making the most of these new opportunities we have in which to grow.

This will pass and life will continue with a ‘new normal’.I am sure that we will move forward with new and exciting ways of doing things. We will use and develop new skills in our teaching and learning. In it all, God is still with us. Let us be thankful that we are his people and he is our God!

Thank you Lord, that you are with me in these different times. Help me to give of my best as I live and learn in this new situation. Thank you for all those who support me in the different times. Keep me patient as I long for regular school life to resume. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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Remote learning
Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts with remote learning. It has been wonderful to hear of how families are developing their routines and strategies to support students during this time. This has been such a huge undertaking for all of our staff, and we are so grateful for their willingness to stretch themselves to deliver quality learning programs, provide face to face contact via live streaming and give feedback to students. We encourage parents to continue to communicate with your child’s teacher throughout this period of time. Thank you to the families who have taken time to acknowledge the efforts of our dedicated and professional teaching team and encourage them with your kind words.

Uniform for students on site
Students attending on site are required to wear their winter uniform from next week. The uniform shop is open by appointment if you need to purchase new items. Email uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au to arrange an appointment.

Resources and reading materials
Please remember teachers may contact you to let you know a resource pack has been prepared for your child. Foundation students will have readers to collect on Tuesdays and Year 1 and Year 2 students on Thursdays. Please remember to return the readers from the previous week to ensure we have enough to supply other students. The library will continue to open on Monday to Thursdays from 1.45 to 3.15pm and we encourage you to access this resource to ensure your children have appropriate reading materials.

Chapel
For the period of remote learning, Chapel will be posted as a video link to students' Google Classrooms on Friday mornings. This week Pastor Gus’ message focusses on no matter whether we see things as ‘glass half empty’ or ‘glass half full’ during these difficult times, Jesus is there for us and cares for us.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Week 3 has been another productive week of remote learning in the Middle School of Holy Trinity. As staff become more comfortable with remote learning delivery, so too does the creativity in which they are delivering their lessons. The pride and passion in which staff have committed to remote learning continues to be evident as they strive for the most effective ways to increase student engagement and deliver knowledge to the students in their classes. I again congratulate the students for the way they have adapted to remote learning, with the majority developing sound routines which enable them to participate in classes and complete set tasks effectively. Finally, another thank you to the parents who have undertaken greater responsibility in managing and monitoring student learning. Your communication and feedback has again been appreciated and valued, and your continual support will be crucial as we continue this journey together.

Elevate Education webinar
On Tuesday evening this week, the parent community of HTLC were given the opportunity to participate in a free webinar titled ‘How to help your child study effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.’ This 60-minute webinar was presented by one of Australia’s leading study skills provider, ‘Elevate Education’ and provided practical strategies for parents on how to boost their child’s motivation, and keep them organised and engaged with their education. Whilst impossible to discuss in detail the whole seminar, the key points of the presentation could be summarised by the following:
  • Maintain structure and routine in order to eliminate the temptation that comes when students are confronted with choice (following the existing timetable is a good way for schools and parents to control this at home).
  • Maintain regular check-ins with your child. Take an active interest in their education and their progress.
  • Set achievable goals to maintain motivation.
  • Focus on the process rather than the final grade. Encourage students to seek feedback on assessment tasks.
  • Praise effort, not result.
  • Minimise distractions when studying. Negotiate what tasks/subjects can be completed with exterior distractions such as TV, the phone or music present.
Resource/activity packs
Resource and activity packs are continuing to be put together by Middle School staff with Year 7A Art and Textile and Year 9 Art Elective packs being sent home this week. Parents will be notified when packs are ready to be collected through student emails, Google Classroom parent notifications and a weekly summary sent out via the app.

Assessment
As students continue to engage with remote learning, they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge through assessment tasks. These tasks may be distributed in a number of forms, including:
  • hard copies collected from the college
  • emailed copies sent to students to be printed, completed, scanned and then emailed back to staff
  • digital tasks completed through the Google Classroom platform and submitted online upon completion.
All tasks will be accompanied by an assessment cover sheet with details of how to complete the task, and an Academic Honesty Form which is to be completed by the student and parent before submission. Parents will be advised of upcoming tasks through the weekly summary emails they are receiving for English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Students on site for classes
Our empty classrooms have become a strange reality for the teachers we have remaining on site. Each day we have a number of staff coming in to school to care for those students in attendance. Our campus has, however, been far from quiet. The agora has become a hive of activity on Tuesdays and Thursdays as parents call to collect resource packs, workbooks and securely sealed SACs for remote delivery. A few staff are continuing to deliver their lessons from the familiar classroom environment where resources are more readily available and we have been excited to welcome the occasional senior students who venture onto the campus for a practical lesson.

Elevate parent webinar
The Elevate seminar for parents on Tuesday night offered a number of practical take-aways for the parents in attendance, presenting research-based skills and strategies used by top students to achieve academic success. The following practical tips for parents were presented:
  1. Maintain structure and routine—keep days structured to avoid depletion of willpower which then makes it harder for students to make good decisions.
  2. Mirror a normal school week where classes and breaks run as the school timetable. This is particularly important for VCE students in holiday and study breaks. For many students, a school environment offers structure and motivation.
  3. Have regular check-in with your child throughout the day.
  4. Focus on process rather than output. Remind your child to follow-up and query any areas for potential improvement.
  5. Reward effort over results.
  6. Break the failure conditioning process.
  7. Centre conversations and celebrations around improvement.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Following on from the success of Active April, where the HTLC community succeeded in completing almost 2000 hours of physical activity in one month, the students and staff of Holy Trinity will commence the biggest sporting event of remote learning today, as the Virtual Cross Country begins. The premise is simple; students and staff compete to set the best average time over a run the same length as they would compete at the inter-house Cross Country events, email evidence of their run completion to matthew.mcloughlin@htlc.vic.edu.au and earn kilometres for their house. Please see the announcement that was released to the app yesterday for more information.

Entries close at midnight on Sunday, May 10, and the house with the fastest students, the most kilometres and the most participants (either running or walking) will claim the Virtual Cross Country for 2020.

Jordan Friberg is currently odds-on favourite to take out the overall title, after completing the 3000 metre course around HTLC last year in the blistering time of 10:32. Ryan Pfitzner will be close behind him, but will need to take on a more challenging 5000 metre course because of the age difference between the boys. Codi Kenny will be coming into the competition after breaking the 20-minute barrier in the 5000 metre event last year, but will need to up his average pace if he is to keep up with Friberg. Ryan Fischer will look to compete on a level playing field with these boys after coming back from knee surgery in 2018.

On the girls side of the draw, the departure of Oriana Panozzo and Mackenzie Camilleri after they completed their schooling in 2019 will leave a large gap at the top, with what could be a fairly even contest between Delta Wardle (13:53), Jessica Mellings (13:43) and Dana Haughton (13:07) for the overall crown.

Middle School newcomers Cadi Streeter and Jude Borlase will lead the charge out of Year 7, though there are sure to be a number of eager competitors biting at their heels.

Of course, the real novelty of the Virtual Cross Country will be the ‘masters’ category, where we may not see any mastery at all! The 2019 Horsham Triathlon Champion team of Miss Kelly, Mr Pickering and myself will all be on separate teams and wearing our colours proudly as we hit the local streets to clock up the kilometres. Mr Pickering has rediscovered his love of long runs on the trails over the holidays, where the GPS signal is slightly dodgy and he can pick up some extra kilometres without doing any extra work. He will have to make sure he runs without music though, as rumour has it Mr Lloyd will be lying in wait to get revenge for the 2019 Swimming Carnival ‘mishap’. Mr Przibilla has been proud to compare his efforts on the weekend at tennis with that of former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes, who ran 20 kilometres around the tennis court in his backyard over the holidays. Mrs Engert will be a real dark horse in the masters category, having plenty of endurance experience from her training for multiple Oxfam Trailwalker events.

Students can enter as many runs or walks as they would like between now and May 10, with the winners scheduled to be announced during Week 5. Good luck, and may the best house win!
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport (Secondary)
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SCHOOLTV: Physical activity and exercise
In the last decade, children’s participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline. In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary lifestyle is having a detrimental effect on today’s youth. The key is finding the balance.

Research shows, that regular physical activity and exercise leads to changes in the brain. It improves cognitive function, elevates mood, enhances learning and improves academic outcomes. Playing sport helps kids develop fundamental movement skills impacting positively on their confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. Parents play an important role in helping children establish positive habits that will benefit their children in the long-term.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to get their kids motivated and moving more.

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).
Physical activity resources
Now, more than ever, it’s important that we all keep active. Mindshift has shared a list of resources from teachers, parents and experts on keeping kids moving while at home.
Parental as anything
How do you get any work done at home when the kids keep asking you for food, or to play with them, or to wipe their bottom? Maggie Dent talks to productivity researcher Dr Kristy Goodwin about her top strategies for working at home with kids around. They discuss planning activities to keep the kids out of your hair and how to set realistic expectations for what you can achieve in a so-called 'workday'.
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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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