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Same God, different times!
We have experienced a very different Easter! No family gatherings, no getting together with friends and relatives, and no camping. Possibly no Easter egg hunts for many of you. But the same Easter message speaks to us all. Jesus enters our human experience of life with its joys and disappointments. He suffers in our place, fulfilling his mission of securing the forgiveness of our sins. He changes the course of human history and of our lives by being raised to life again. His glorious resurrection assures us that there is a future for us, and the hope of a life with God forever is real.

Times are very different, but our life and work continues. Teaching and learning goes on for all of us, but in an environment that is new to us. We have now commenced Term 2 under these very different circumstances. Most of us are working remotely at home. Maybe calling in at the college only occasionally for necessary tasks.

We need to remember that while our world is changing all the time, one constant reality remains for every one of us. We are told that: ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). Who he is, what he does and how he deals with us remains the same!
  • God still loves us. That will never change.
  • God is still with us. That is assured in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • He is continuing to present us with opportunities to teach, grow and learn every day.
  • Our hope for better times ahead and for our eternal future is secure.
These different and uncertain times will pass. Thanks be to God for that!
Let us take care of ourselves, and check in on the well-being of others. Let us be there to encourage and support others, even if for now, we have to do it from a distance. Let us keep each other in our prayers. Let us all do our best and give our best during these times. It does matter!
Keep healthy, keep happy and connected and live in the certainty and power of God’s presence.

Father God, thank for the suffering, death and glorious resurrection of Jesus and what it means for us and the world. We thank you that in Jesus, you are in control of all things. Help me to be in control of what I can control. Help me to be ready and willing to support others through these difficult and anxious times. Keep me safe and at peace in the wonder and power of your love, knowing that it is not just for me, but for all the world. Amen.
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Thank you to all of our students and parents for your efforts this week as we have navigated remote learning. It has been a period of significant learning and adjustment for all of us, and it has been truly exciting to see how teachers, students and parents have been working together to ensure quality learning continues during this period. Please continue to communicate with classroom teachers if there are ways that we can support you.

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Students attending the college are asked to wear their formal and sports uniforms on their usual designated days.

Library
The HTLC Library will be reopening next week for families to come into the college and borrow reading materials. The Library will be open from 1.45–3.15pm on Monday to Thursday each week. There will be a limit of four families in the library at a time. We ask you to continue to observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser provided upon entry in the library. There will be a book return box in the foyer of the Junior School Reception and also in the Library.

Chapel
For the period of remote learning, Chapel will be posted as a video link to students Google Classrooms on Friday mornings.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Week 1 of remote learning in the Middle School has concluded and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the Holy Trinity community who have all contributed to a positive first week.

The teaching staff have worked extremely hard to prepare for the delivery of remote learning, with many beginning preparations well before the announcement was made during the Term 1 holidays. It has been inspiring to witness the collegiality amongst staff as they have worked together, sharing ideas and resources to best meet the needs of the students. The amount of professional development occurring internally has been exceptional and will no doubt serve the staff well beyond the remote learning era.

The students have actively engaged with the new format of learning with attendance and participation in ‘live’ Google Meet sessions high. It has been pleasing to see the way the students have been actively engaging with teaching staff through email and google classrooms and I encourage this to continue throughout the term. This week there have been a number of ‘live’ teaching sessions as staff touch base to check in on how students are coping with the change and ensuring they are setup to learn effectively from home. As the term progresses, I anticipate that students will be given more responsibility over when and how they learn, with staff always being available to assist promptly when required.

Keeping parents informed throughout remote learning has been a priority of HTLC. The college acknowledges that more than ever, this will be crucial going forward as we continue the active partnership between home and school. We appreciate the feedback that has been given and encouraging words of support and look forward to continuing to build these relationships throughout the term.

Parent email groups
In an effort to keep parents informed as to what is required of their children throughout the week, as of next Monday, all parents in Years 7, 8 and 9 will receive a summary email giving details about the expectations for students in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers by email if they are uncertain about expectations.

Resource & activity pack collection
Over the next four weeks, teachers will be preparing resource and activity packs which will assist students to complete curriculum tasks. Packs will be prepared intermittently and parents will be notified when they are ready for collection from the Agora in the Senior School. Packs can be collected on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:45am and 4:00pm.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Remote learning
Congratulations to our teachers for their commitment to teaching our students from their homes! Congratulations also to our senior students have have been quick to adjust, adapt and reframe their learning. Week 1 has been an exciting time of learning for everyone in a new context. Teaching from home……

While remote learning has been a new experience for both our teachers and students, it has been a productive week during which senior programs and coursework have continued to be presented to students. Virtual lessons for each VCE and Year 10 class are providing the continuity and consistency required of learning at this level.

The bank of resources available to each student within their Google Classrooms allows them to revisit concepts and classes for clarification or revision. The collation of resource and activity packs has provided a valuable break from screen time. Parents should all have access to the work their child is completing within the ‘Classroom’ through guardian summary emails and are asked to contact their child’s teachers if they encounter any problems.

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Technology
Students working on iPads are reminded to check that they have updated both their software and Google Classroom if they are experiencing difficulties.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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SCHOOLTV REPORT: Preparing for remote learning
Countries around the world are implementing preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,. For us at Holy Trinity, it has meant moving to remote learning this term.

For parents, this can appear to be a daunting task. However, it does not necessarily mean that the parent is now the teacher. While the school will strive to meet a child’s academic needs, parents and carers will need to play a key role in providing structure and on-going support for their child. Some young people will transition seamlessly, while others may struggle. Offering reassurance and being vigilant for any signs of anxiety and/or depression will be essential for adult carers.

Many of you may find yourselves in uncharted territory, but it will be important to remember to do your best to balance remote learning and daily work responsibilities. Although we are living in a time of uncertainty that is particularly unsettling, it will provide an opportunity for families to reflect and spend some quality time together.

On SchoolTV, Dr Michael Carr Greg has a special report on preparing for remote learning. SchoolTV is a great source of information to help with any anxiety you or your child may be feeling.

Please do not hesitate to contact either a member of the College Wellbeing Team (Anne Penny, Rhiannon McKinnon or Pastor Gus) if you have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing during the current climate.
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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 contact Main Reception if you would like to make an appointment.
Lunch orders
Laneway Cafe unfortunately won't be providing lunch orders in Term 2 as they minimise cash handling to protect their staff members.
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