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Greetings to all at HTLC.

This week, the Victorian Government announced that schools will begin a phased return to classrooms with Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, VCE and VCAL students to commence on campus from Tuesday 26 May. Those students from Years 3–10 will continue to learn remotely until their planned return on Tuesday 9 June. As we welcome some of our students back to school in little over a week, it will still be an expectation that if a student from Years 3–10 can learn from home then they must continue to do so. For those students who require supervision during the school day, a place will be available to you at the college. It is asked that if this type of support is needed for students in Years 3–10 who have not already registered to be on site, that their parents contact the Main Reception to register their child’s attendance prior to them presenting to school. In doing this it will ensure that we can provide a structured and safe learning environment for all students on campus.
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The ‘joy’ of tiredness!
As I move around I become aware of how tired everyone is. I sense our world is tired. Tired of
COVID–19 and the impact. Tired of the restrictions. Tired of the cost—economically, educationally, socially and emotionally. The fact that we are challenged to do the same things differently adds to the work load of all, and to the tiredness we experience.

Tiredness is an experience we all know. I really enjoy the tiredness of umpiring a double header on a Saturday during the footy season. None of that for now! I enjoy the tiredness that comes after completing any task—mental or manual. The rest that follows is sweet.

God understands our being tired. Yet tiredness is an experience that God does not know personally. Try to comprehend that one! Listen to what the Bible says …
'The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint.' (Isaiah 40:28–31)
There is a power of encouragement in those words. We are not alone. God is with us. He understands human tiredness. He renews our strength. He gives us the ability to keep going and not be overcome by our weariness. That is our great and loving God.

I admire the spirit in which you are all doing what you have been called to do. Well done! Keep at it to the best of your ability. Claim the rest you need when you need it, especially on the weekends; and you have no need to feel guilty about that. May the God of renewal, power and perseverance give you what you need for every moment and each new day. God bless you.

Thank you, Lord, that you understand my tiredness. I marvel at the knowledge that you never grow tired or weary. Help me to look to you and lean on you when I feel flat and defeated. Renew my energy and strength for the tasks I have, and give me joy in doing them. For I know that you have called me to be making a difference, and your blessing is on all I do in your name. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
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Return to school
This week we have welcomed the news of Foundation to Year 2 students returning to on-site schooling on Tuesday 26 May and students in Year 3-6 on the 9 June. Teachers are very pleased to be preparing to have your children back in class, following a day of school closure on Monday 25 May. We are looking forward to being able to have face to face conversations again and seeing children catch up with their friends after weeks of working remotely. Our Specialist Timetable will resume for Foundation to Year 2 next week. Students are to wear their formal (winter) and sports uniforms on the same day as Term 1. Please also remember to send all of the students workbooks, readers and library books back to school.

We will continue to support vulnerable families and essential workers by offering on-site schooling to students in Years 3 to 6 who require this over the next fortnight. Please ensure you have contacted the administration team if you need to register your child to attend.

Wednesday 20 May: Catch up day
Next Wednesday we are officially half way through Term 2! In order to take a little pressure off students, families and teachers, we have assigned next Wednesday as a ‘catch up’ day. Students will still be required to connect with their teachers and classmates at their usual Google Meet time and can contact their teacher via email, however no new work will be assigned on this day. Students are encouraged to take time to finish off projects, work on tasks they have missed, or if they are completely up to date, learn something new of interest to them.

Uniform
When students return to school they are required to wear their winter uniform, including long pants for boys. The uniform shop will recommence normal hours on Tuesday 26 May or by appointment prior to this. Please contact uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au if you require an appointment.

Assessment
Thank you for the support you have given to your children during the period of remote learning, particularly with assisting us to have assessment tasks submitted. We are very thankful that we will have a number of weeks of face to face learning before the end of term to enable us to complete on-site assessments also. We will be completing a modified testing schedule this term, to ensure students return to school is as positive as possible.

Semester 1 reports
Our Semester 1 Reports will be sent home on Wednesday 22 July this year, rather than at the end of Term 2. This is to provide time for teachers to work with students to complete assessments and prepare accurate and informative reports. We encourage parents to contact your child’s teacher if you have points to discuss prior to the end of Term 2.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
This week the state government outlined its plans for the return of students to schools around Victoria. The return date for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be Tuesday 9 June, meaning students will continue to learn remotely for the next three weeks. The news was greeted with mixed emotions from teaching staff. Whilst it was hoped that the return date would have been sooner, it is good to be able to now plan for a Week 9 return. In the meantime, teaching staff will continue to work hard to deliver the best possible remote learning program to the students of HTLC. Over the coming weeks, information will be shared with families which will give details on how a return to school will be managed. All decisions made by College Leadership will be under the guidance and direction of the Federal and State Governments, and will always consider the safety and welfare of all members of the Holy Trinity community. Please take the opportunity to read and understand the information that will be circulated to families over the coming weeks.

Middle School Captains interview
This week, Middle School Captains Wil Tippet and Zoa Mock were interviewed by Mrs Kimberley Powell, Lutheran Education Victoria New South Wales and Tasmania (LEVNT) Education Officer for Learning. Mrs Powell in conjunction with Mr Derek Bartels from Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ) are putting together a resource for schools to use to help with transitioning back to face to face education. Wil and Zoa were asked about their experience with remote learning including what they enjoyed, what they missed about face to face education and what they have gained from learning remotely. Wil and Zoa responded maturely and with great insight and will feature as part of a presentation that will be forwarded to Lutheran schools around Australia.

Assessment
Now that a definite return to school date is known for Middle School students, discussions are currently underway as to how assessment can best accommodate the learning experiences of the students this term. Originally there were plans to hold end of semester examinations but this decision is currently under review.

Middle School Information Session
A reminder about the Middle School Information Session which will be held for all Holy Trinity families and other interested members of the Wimmera community on Tuesday 26 May at 7pm. Members of the community are asked to register for the session by visiting the following link: http://htlc.vic.edu.au/info-evenings.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to school
On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that a staged return from remote learning will commence from Tuesday 26 May. Whilst the past few weeks have been a challenging time in many ways, they have also highlighted new ways of learning and communicating with friends, families, peers and the broader community. The independence, self-monitoring and management required in senior schooling has enabled students to maintain continuity and consistency in their learning. Our students are to be commended for the commitment they have shown to their learning throughout this time. All VCE and VCAL classes for students in Years 10, 11 and 12, will now be delivered on site. For this reason, many teachers will now reschedule forthcoming SACs until classes resume.

Academic Light Day
To acknowledge the efforts of our students throughout this time of additional challenge to their learning, next Wednesday 20 May will be an Academic Light Day. An Academic Light Day is one on which students have the opportunity to plan their day around current tasks of personal priority as no additional work will be set by teachers for this day. Students will be expected to attend Home Room from 9:00-9:20 where their attendance will be recorded. No other classes need to be attended.

Student free day
To support all school staff to prepare for the transition to classroom learning, Monday 25 May will be a student-free day to enable the planning necessary to ensure the successful transition back to school can be completed.

Careers Counselling: Morrisby Profiles
Throughout this week, Year 10 students and their parents have been involved in online, career counselling sessions with a specialist counsellor who works with our students and families each year. Together they have discussed their Morrisby profiles and the recommendations for future study options and pathways. Year 10 students will commence their subject selection for 2021 early in Term 3.

Virtual Information Evenings
Our virtual, Senior School information evening, to be held on Wednesday 27 May, will offer parents and students information about the commencement of Senior School and the scope of learning experiences and pathways available throughout VCE and VCAL at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. Make sure you register to get details on the webinar.
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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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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The first ever Virtual Cross Country at Holy Trinity Lutheran College was a huge success. In total, students and staff in the Middle/Senior School notched up 2359km across 10 days, a journey that looks like this:
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Last Thursday, with only three days left in the competition, we had clocked up just over 1000km, but the students and staff put in the hard yards over the weekend and we saw records tumble and the kilometres explode upwards. In total, the HTLC community logged just over 331 hours of physical activity in 10 days.

Some students and staff gave their all for their House, and logged over 50 kilometres over the course of the event. Congratulations to Jordan Friberg (141.96km), Leah Eilola (82.68km), Kathleen Johns (74.29km), Mrs Engert (72.77km), Mr Engert (61.52km), Miss Kelly (60.57km), Mr Pickering (59.71km), Dyson Parish (56.87 km), Chloe Haughton (55.82km), Taylah Johnson (55.00km), Stephanie Wundke (53.02km) and Rebekah Wundke (51.54km) for the amazing effort that you all produced, combining for over one third of the total overall distance for the entire community!

Of course, it wasn’t just overall distance that counted—it was time. Just like any other Cross Country, there was a race against the clock to determine the Age Champions, and in the end, that was what decided the overall championship as well.

Congratulations to Lowan for winning the Cross Country for the second consecutive year, and congratulations for taking out the first ever Virtual Cross Country at HTLC. Final results and age championship winners are listed below.
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From a challenge of speed to a challenge of endurance. The Push Up Challenge commenced on Monday 11 May, and HTLC now has 42 staff and students representing the community and raising awareness around mental illness. 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. Get more information about the HTLC Push Up Community. This year, all funds raised by Holy Trinity will go directly to headspace Horsham to assist them in their work serving 12–25 year olds in the Wimmera. We are proud to announce that we have raised almost $1000 to support the great work in our local community already, after just four days of pushing! Over $2.4 million has been raised for headspace centres across Australia to continue their good work of promoting mental health and wellbeing to our nation’s youth.
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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.
Leaving the bubble: Helping anxious kids prepare for a return to the classroom
The return to the classroom might be challenging for some children. This article from Independent Schools Victoria reports on how parents can support their children with this transition.
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.
URSTRONG: Keeping Kids Connected webinar
On the first instalment of Insight Series from the Institute of Positive Education, Dana Kerford of URSTRONG shared why her team's top priority during this time is keeping kids connected and how URSTRONG are bringing positivity, fun and friendship to kids around the world. If you missed this instalment, here is a link to the highlights from the webinar.
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Uniform shop
The uniform shop is currently open by appointment only, reopening again on Tuesday 26 May. Please email the uniform shop at uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au if you would like to make an appointment. It will reopen again on Tuesday 26 May.

New winter stock
Uniform shop has received new stock for winter. Beanies ($13) and scarves ($20) have arrived and are available to order.

Please note that if students wish to wear a beanie or scarf to school, they are only permitted to wear these items as part of their uniform.
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