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Warm greetings to the HTLC community.

As you would now be aware, a recent COVID-19 case involving a student from a neighbouring secondary school has been reported during the week. Our thoughts and prayers are with that student, their family and the school community at this point in time.

I continue to ask families to be vigilant in maintaining healthy hygiene practices, wear a mask while in public where social distancing cannot be adhered to and, if unwell, to stay at home. Any Victorian who shows symptoms (no matter how small) of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste must seek medical advice and get tested. Once tested they are to isolate until the results of the test have been received. I must stress that this process is only as strong as our community is honest, so I ask that you play your part in keeping our community healthy.

Currently, the Victorian Government does not require staff and students from regional schools to wear masks while at school, however, with the current events of this week I encourage students and staff to wear a face mask while at school if they deem it appropriate. Any future meetings held at the college with parents or visitors will now require all participants to wear a face mask to further support our minimisation strategy for infection. Please contact the college if you have any questions relating to the coronavirus restrictions in place at our school. The most recent information from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding face masks is attached for your interest.
During the week I contacted families via email with details regarding my upcoming Principal appraisal. The two-week survey commenced on Monday 20 July and will be open for individuals to respond until Friday 31 July. I again kindly ask members of the college community to contribute to this professional learning opportunity provided for my future growth and learning.

Wishing you a happy and joy filled week.
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Good beginnings, good outcomes
Well done everyone, on a good beginning to Term 3. Things only happen well, when each and every one of us understands our role, and does it to the best of our ability. Thank you for the way you are doing that.

We continue to live in challenging and changing times. We have no control over that. But how we respond to any restrictions that may be placed and how we learn and teach is up to us. You have all made those adjustments so well in the past. You are doing that now. Keep doing it in the best way you know how into the future. This is the encouragement of God to us all. Our life is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. So ‘let us run with perseverance the race set out before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus’ (Hebrews 12:1-2). The encouragement of those words is we are not alone. We are all in this together. So let’s look for ways to acknowledge the good work of others, and keep on encouraging and supporting them.

We always have God’s own presence. Sometimes we may doubt and question that. We get to see God’s presence best in the way others serve us. We are able to make God’s presence a reality for others in the opportunities we have to serve them. This is just the beginning of the term. So don’t be content with what has been done and drop the ball. May we all work together with a sense of pride over our personal performance and real pride of who we are as the Holy Trinity Lutheran College community.

May we also be sensitive to the needs of others. Some around us may be anxious, fearful and afraid in the present and as they face the future. We are all here to help each other. God in his goodness has surrounded us with people to support us with their wisdom, love and care.
Every blessing for Term 3.

Thank you, Lord, for a good beginning to Term 3. Thank you for bringing us back to face to face learning and teaching healthy, refreshed and renewed for our life and work at Holy Trinity. Please be with those who are ill and bring them to health. Especially bring your healing power and presence to those who are sick with COVID–19 virus. We thank you for all those who are working to protect us from this virus, keeping us safe and healthy, so that we may go about our life and work. Bless us this term with your loving presence. Amen.
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Thank you to everyone for your continued diligence and support of our COVID-19 risk reduction measures. We are beginning to see more students choosing to wear masks at school, and although this is not a requirement for regional areas, we are happy to encourage and support this. All visitors coming into school for meetings will be required to wear face masks, which are available at reception. Please remember if your child shows any symptoms of COVID-19, they are required to be tested and wait for negative test results before returning to school.
SRC's Wacky Wednesday
Next Wednesday the SRC have organised a Wacky Wednesday for the Junior School, inspired by Dr Seuss’ book of that title. Students are invited and encouraged to wear ‘wacky’ clothes and there will be wacky things to find around the school. Students are to bring a gold coin donation for charity.
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Camps
All camps have been postponed again at this stage, including the Year 3 and Year 5 camps that were planned in August.

Assembly and chapel
Thank you to the families who have been linking in to our assemblies via Google Meets on Monday mornings. To help improve the delivery and reliability of our combined Junior School activities, we have decided to record assemblies and chapels and make them available to parents via a shared drive, rather than live. All Junior School parents should have received an email this week with access to the folder. Please contact the school if you are unable to access it.

This morning Year 1D led us in worship, focussing on the parable of sowing seeds based on Luke 8:4-8. Next week, Year 1H will prepare our worship, based on the parable of the weeds found in Matthew 13:27-30.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Matilda Delahunty FL: Ryder Ellis, Mia Hateley FS: Chelsea Smith 1D: Lachy Engert, Zoe Kemp 1H: Sanhitha Ranasinghe 2B: Penny Eagle, Ajiyah McDonald 2H: Audrey Jochinke, Allira Steicke 2S: Baxter Mercer 3B: Jack Arnott, Savannah Korf 3L: Jemma Hoffmann, Malaya Wilmore 4F: Holly Bird, Ebony Ritchie 4I: Camilla Dunstan 4R: Hannah Heard 5D: Noah Eilola 5G: Rachel Reichelt 5V: Ella Johns 6N: Eliza Shaw 6T: Orlan Hart Digital Technology: Penny Eagle Performing Arts: Jack Urquhart PE: All of 2S Jing Award: Ollie McDonald
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Middle School tour
Last week the Middle School Ambassadors took the Year 6 students for a tour of the Middle School facilities and specialist spaces. The four Ambassadors (Annabelle Heal, Jaya Meadows, Aiden North and Jakob Rudolph) did a great job of talking about the learning opportunities and culture of the Middle School, whilst sharing their personal experiences. The Year 6s then visited the Senior School to tour the senior secondary facilities. Current Year 6 families have until the end of July to formally accept their Year 7 position for 2021. Please contact the office or myself if you have any questions relating to secondary schooling at HTLC.

Reports and parent/teacher interviews
Semester 1 reports were sent home with students on Wednesday. Parents and carers now have the opportunity to book parent/teacher interviews which are scheduled for Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 July. Register for interviews using the online booking system. Information on how to do this has been included with the reports and sent out via the app. You have the opportunity to book a face to face or virtual interview.

If you choose to meet face to face, you will be required to wear a face mask (these will be provided for those parents who don’t have access to one). Virtual interviews will be coordinated using Google Meets. If you request a a virtual interview, a Google Meet link which you click on prior to the meeting commencing. The staff member will receive a notification, will accept the request and then the meeting will commence. This process may take a couple of minutes, so please be patient.

Chapel
As a way of limiting mass gatherings at school, weekly chapel presentations have continued to be delivered remotely this term. It has been fantastic to see some familiar faces showing up in the video presentations in the last couple of weeks with students leading the music component of worship. ‘Oceans’ and ‘Waymaker’ have been sung and performed by secondary students who have done an exceptional job. What a blessing it is that we can continue to worship God together as a college community.

Remote learning
As parents are continually encouraged to keep students at home if they are unwell, Middle School staff have been asked to provide support to these students. The support provided by the school will not the same as it was when we were in remote learning. Our approach in these circumstances is to provide work via Google Classroom/emails, with any occasional materials sent home when needed. This approach will still require support of the family as it is not always possible to have the teacher present (virtually) while they are in class. If you have indicated that your child will be absent, I will work closely with you to ensure the best possible support is provided during this time.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Virtual subject selection
Information bags have been sent home with each Year 10 student to assist them in making their VCE selections. VCE and VCAL staff are available by email or appointment for parents and students who wish to meet and discuss personal selection options. Contact information has been forwarded to parents. This week Year 10 students have participated in subject selection interviews and continued their exploration of career information prior to making their VCE selections for 2021.

Subject conferences
These will be held over three mornings next week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:50am-9:20am. Students will be able to speak with individual teachers regarding content and assessment of each of the VCE and VCAL subjects.

Pathways and subject selection forms
Forms are due no later than Friday 31 July and are to be submitted to to the office.

Parent/teacher interviews
Student reports have been sent home and interviews are now open for booking, information went home with reports and is also available on the app. You are strongly encouraged to attend interviews to discuss your child’s progress and ways in which you are able to support their future learning.

Federation University information session
Next week, Year 11 & 12 students will engage in an online webinar conducted by Federation University aimed at providing them with further information about the university and the course options available. Links to regular webinars, with course specific information, have been emailed to students over the last few weeks.
Important dates (general)
Term 3:
  • Week 3: Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July: Parent/teacher interviews
  • Week 9: September 9: VCE GAT
Term 4
  • Week 4: 30 October: Final day for Year 12 (Final assembly and Year 12 breakfast)
  • Week 6: 9 November: VCE written exams begin
  • Week 9: 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Parenting during and after COVID-19
The current pandemic has raised new parenting challenges for everyone. Children and teenagers have experienced disruptions to their daily life and increased worries about their safety and that of their family and friends. Children can react in unexpected ways because they cannot express how they are feeling.

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program’s simple, practical strategies have been proven to work around the world, helping parents raise happy, confident children; set family routines and rules that everyone can follow; and balance work and family life with less stress.

Triple P online program has been subsidised by the Victorian Government and is currently being offered free to Victorian parents.
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Stress and Anxiety during COVID
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Maths Help Sessions
Outside of their timetabled lessons, our secondary Maths students are given the opportunity through the week to attend Maths Help Sessions to support and extend their learning.
If your child is after some additional help with their homework or to understand a mathematical concept, they are welcome to attend a session at the following times:
  • Monday lunchtime in SC6
  • Monday after school in the Senior Centre
  • Monday Homework Club in MGLA1
  • Wednesday Homework Club in MGLA1
  • Thursday lunchtime in MGLA1
PTFA Pie Drive
The PTFA Pie Drive is now on! Order some pies from Conways to help raise funds which will contribute to improving facilities and services for the college. Orders and payment are due by Friday 31 July. See the link below for the order form and further information about how to submit your order and payment.
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