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Greetings to all members of Holy Trinity Lutheran College.

This week, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Sutton, indicated that as early as next week we could see some easing of current restrictions in light of our response to COVID-19. As you may already know it is up to individual states and territories to determine the time frame for current restrictions to be removed. In that, we have had no official indication of whether a suggested reduction in restrictions by Professor Sutton will influence school operations. A formal change in the Chief Health Officer’s advice, we expect, may not be formally announced until May 11, when the current state of emergency expires and the Victorian government has reviewed its current arrangements. I hope with this update we will be able to provide you with further details on what this will mean for our school moving forward. Until then, we will continue to ask that if students can engage in their learning from home, then they must continue to do so. For those students who require onsite support this will continue and be available to you. Again, I appreciate your support and understanding at this time.
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Be kind to yourself and to others
Our life and work continues to be in something of a holding pattern, through the restrictions that are placed on us for the wellbeing of all. For us this means doing things in a new way, or even doing things we are not skilled to do. Well done, for how you all have been adjusting to that in the best way you can.

To begin with, this ‘newness’ may have been exciting and fun for us. But has the novelty of that now worn off for some of us? For the pattern continues. There is the possibility of some of these restrictions being relaxed. But we do not know how, when or where that may happen. So our new way of life goes on. This can become discouraging for us. Our patience is tested. Maybe the levels of anxiety and fear are increasing.

To have something we love and cherish taken away from us can be defeating, even if we may have been taking it all for granted in the first place. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Be kind to yourself, as we are encouraged to do during these times. Easy to say, not so easy to do. I get that.
As God’s people we have all the more reason to do that. Being kind to ourselves and others can be our way of life. We are told: 'Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience' (Colossians 3:12).
The reasons why we can be kind to ourselves and others is clearly stated …
  • We 'are God’s chosen people'—we are a special people, not just any people!
  • We are 'holy'—we are freely forgiven and offered new opportunities when we slip up.
  • We are 'dearly loved'—we are not just loved, but dearly loved, by the God who made us!
No situation or circumstance we may find ourselves in, can ever change that. God’s promises are real. They are true, reliable and dependable. For today, tomorrow and forever, and they are for you! Trust him—sure can!

Thank you, Lord, that you continue to be with me in these different and difficult times. Help me to be kind to myself and to everyone around me in the things I think, say and do. Keep me looking to Jesus and trusting in him, for it is in Jesus who died and rose again that I experience the loving kindness of you, Lord God. In your kindness please give me strength and joy to carry on, for my own good, and to your glory. Amen.
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Remote learning
We have now completed our fourth week of remote learning, and it seems that for the most part we are more familiar with the process and getting into a routine. Although the situation is not ideal and certainly has its moments, we know that it is temporary and we have a lot to be thankful for. It has been amazing to see the development of students’ confidence and competence using technology, managing their time and asking questions when they need clarification. Teacher’s have been on a steep learning curve too! We are so fortunate to have technical support staff to assist us when things aren’t working as they should (you can call the office if you need help!). On a personal note, my children are helping in the kitchen more often, as they have been assigned cooking tasks! I continue to thank and applaud the efforts of parents and carers during this challenging period and congratulate students for their continued application to their remote learning.

Uniform for students on site
Students attending on site are required to wear their winter uniform. The uniform shop is open by appointment if you need to purchase new items.

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 Monday to Thursday 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 is based on John 20:26-28: doubting Thomas. Pastor Gus also acknowledges and celebrates mothers and the love and care they give to their children.

Wishing you a blessed Mother’s Day.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
As we near the end of week four of remote learning, it has been encouraging to receive feedback from families about their experiences. Many have commented on the positives that have been gained from remote learning, noting that it has provided:
  • increased independence and flexibility with learning
  • improved technology skills
  • improved organisation skills
  • improved communication skills
  • increased responsibility and choice in regards to learning tasks
  • greater appreciation for face to face learning, the creativity of the physical classroom and social interactions that school offers.
I acknowledge that everyone’s remote learning experience has/will be different and varied, but I feel it is important that we look to the positives that can come from participation in such a learning environment. From a teaching perspective, the staff have embraced the challenge of teaching remotely, upskilling themselves with the use of technology and finding creative ways to engage students in the learning that matters.

In many ways, we have potentially undergone an ‘education revolution’ and what we do next is important. The Leadership Team of Holy Trinity are already in discussion about what school will look like when it returns to face-to-face teaching. It is important that the positives that we have gained from remote learning are combined with the already tried and proven benefits of the face-to-face model to create an even better product than what we originally had. I look forward to the exciting conversations and opportunities that awaits education, locally and nationally.

Middle School Information Evening
On Tuesday 26 May a Middle School Information Evening will be held for all Holy Trinity families and other interested members of the Wimmera community. The session will commence at 7pm and will be delivered online, meaning families will be able to access the session with a link which will be provided to them. The night will offer a great opportunity for families to find out more about the exciting programs and opportunities that are accessible to students in the Middle School of Holy Trinity. Further details will be made available next week.

Assessment
There remains a great deal of uncertainty around when school will return to face-to-face teaching and, as a result, the college has made the decision to push back the assessment due dates for this semester. The new assessment timeline for Year 7 to 9 students will be as follows:
  • Exam revision week: Week 9, Term 2 (week of Monday 8 June)
  • Exam week: Week 10, Term 2 (week of Monday 15 June)
  • Reports sent home: Week 2, Term 3 (week of Monday 20 July)
  • Parent/teacher interviews: Week 3, Term 3 (week of Monday 27 July)
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Careers information
This time of year is traditionally the time when we head to Melbourne with our senior students to the Victorian Careers Expo. In the past, students have wandered amongst thousands of exhibitors from all pathways and major universities and had the chance to ask questions and collect hoards of reading material for the trip home.

This year, our students are able to undertake this experience in an online platform. In addition to the usual careers expos, many of the universities are conducting career and university life webinars in an effort to support students as they begin to think about subject selections and pathways beyond secondary education.

Parents may choose to register for selected seminars with their child or, alternatively, encourage independent exploration. There is extensive and comprehensive information available and students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to extend their career knowledge. There will be a number of these events conducted in coming weeks, along with our local Western Victorian Careers Expo in June, that will be emailed out to parents and students.

VCE course information
New Study Designs have now arrived in schools for students currently completing Unit 3 & 4 studies (Year 12 subjects). There are no changes to Unit 1 & 2 studies. The studies have been amended to allow for the disruption to student learning that has occurred this term. Staff will be attending seminars to provide them with further details over the next two weeks. Unit 3 & 4 students have been provided with copies of the new Study Design for each of their subjects, along with index cards to assist with revision.

Students are reminded to maintain a regular study routine as course content is continuing to be delivered in classes. Periodic review forms have been forwarded to the parents of students undertaking Unit 3 & 4 studies and they are encouraged to email staff to discuss their child’s progress. Whilst there is some flexibility with learning and assessment at this time, students are still required to achieve a satisfactory grade in each of their outcomes to enable successful completion of their VCE.
VCE and Careers Expo 2020
Due to the cancellation of the 'live' VCE and Careers Expo, an online event is now available for a limited time to our students. Please log on at the attached link to see video presentations that were scheduled for the Expo, a valuable resource for Senior students as they consider future career pathways.
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  • Password: Euug853ux (case sensitive)
Your Fed Future webinar series
The Your Fed Future webinar series begins on Monday evening, relevant not just to secondary school students, but also to parents, carers and the broader community.

The first webinar in the series explores study options available at each of their campuses, and you’ll hear from a current student about their experiences studying at Federation—the challenges, the highlights and why she chose to study her degree at Fed Uni.



Date: 11 May
Time: 6–6:30pm
Topic: Explore your career and study options
Details: We understand choosing a career can be overwhelming. Join us to learn more about university study options and gain student insight into what it’s really like to study at Federation. Also, chat live to our presenters following the webinar, and get answers to those questions you’d really like to know!
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Elevate webinar
Following the success of last week's webinar, Elevate Education will be running another webinar on Tuesday 12 May, focusing on time management, organisation and beating procrastination.

Event Title: Elevate Education – Time Management and Organisational Secrets
Time: Tuesday 12 May at 6pm
Cost: Free
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Virtual Cross Country
It has been inspirational to see the constant stream of emails this week as students have embraced the idea of the Virtual Cross Country. 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.

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.

We have been running for seven days now, and as a college we have clocked up 1054.7 kilometres, consistently hitting 150 kilometres a day across the three houses. In addition to that, between them, students and staff have logged an incredible 128 hours of physical activity across 236 activities. We’ve seen innovation from House Coordinators and Home Room teachers, encouraging students to take a walk while engaged in Home Room, students going for runs in their lunch breaks, and plenty of stories about students being active with their parents and siblings.

After Mallee shot to an early lead, pulling ahead by as much as 100 kilometres at the end of Wednesday, Wimmera and Lowan fought back on Thursday and managed to cut the lead in half. That leaves the competition poised on a knife-edge heading into the weekend, considering House Coordinators will only have today to inspire their students into action. The leaderboard pictured below is correct as at 7pm on Thursday, 7 May.

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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Push Up Challenge
Holy Trinity Lutheran College also has 37 students and staff participating in the Push Up Challenge for 2020. The challenge is to complete 3046 push ups in 21 days, to raise awareness about the 3046 Australian lives lost to mental health issues in 2018, and raise funds to support Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace. Find the HTLC Push Up Community here. This year, all funds raised by Holy Trinity will go directly to headspace Horsham to assist them in their work serving 12 to 25 year olds in the Wimmera. Thank you to the students and staff who have already signed up and committed to #pushforbetter. If any students or staff still wish to join the challenge, please email matthew.mcloughlin@htlc.vic.edu.au prior to Sunday evening.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport (Secondary)
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Wellbeing assistance
The college's Wellbeing Team is available to assist parents and caregivers who are worried about the welfare of their child. This might include social, emotional and behavioural concerns. To receive assistance, please complete the attached form and a member of the Wellbeing Team will be in touch.
SCHOOLTV: Diet and nutrition
We all know that diet and nutrition is vital to your child’s development and growth, but are you aware of the effects it has on your child’s brain development and how it can impact their academic achievement?

In this era of convenience, it is easy to reach for pre-packaged and processed foods to cope with busy schedules. However, these foods are usually packed full of sugar and salt which can have adverse health effects. Making a habit of reading food labels can help reduce the risks. It can also help to stabilise your child’s energy, improve their mood, maintain a healthy weight and improve their general wellbeing.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for teaching your kids about the benefits of incorporating a healthy diet and good nutrition.

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).
Celebrating Mother's Day
Celebrating Mother's Day this year might look a bit different for families around the world. As current physical distancing rules require families to stay home, the Newy With Kids has come up with a great list of activities to help celebrate mums, nanas or a special person on Mother's Day.
Online safety kit
To make the best of being stuck at home, it is important to ensure you can find reliable information, stay connected with family and friends, help your children stay safe online, and stay mentally healthy too! The Australian eSafety Commissioner have designed a virtual safety kit, packed with evidence-based suggestions and trustworthy links to assist parents with navigating their child's online safety.
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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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