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Blessings to you all in our college community.

As our state continues to battle the rising cases of COVID-19, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that as of midnight Sunday, all Victorian's will be required to wear a mask (or face covering) when in public. This new directive will have an influence on our daily operations as a regional school. From this coming Monday it will be a requirement that staff, visitors and students (12 years of age and older) are to wear a face mask while at school. Students under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask, however, they may do so if they (or parents) wish. As such it will be an expectation that individuals purchase and wear their own face mask during this time. The following link from the Department of Health and Human Services website provides families with guidance in what they can expect at HTLC from next week and beyond.
Again I remind our staff, students and families that if anyone 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 they must seek medical advice and get tested. Once tested they are to isolate until the results of the test have been received. During these changing and challenging times I ask for your assistance in this matter so we may look after the health of individuals within our community.

During the week the Middle and Senior Schools had the opportunity to engage in parent-teacher interviews. The positive connection between home and school with respect to student outcomes cannot be underestimated and I give thanks to the staff and families for their involvement, particularly with the focus on student support and growth.

This coming Friday 7 August will be our College Chaplain’s, Mrs Rhiannon McKinnon, last day before commencing maternity leave. On behalf of the college community I would like to wish her well as she and husband Greg prepare for the arrival of their second child. In Rhiannon’s absence, we welcome Mrs Alice Lamb to HTLC in the role of College Chaplain. Alice will commence on Monday 17 August and I look forward to her involvement in the welfare of our students, families and staff.

Wishing you a healthy and peaceful week.
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Moving forward in good ways
Where are things at for you at the moment? Semester 1 reports will now be in your hands. They are an indication of how things are going and may offer some encouragement for good work that has been done. They can also be an incentive to strive more diligently in the future. Maybe your performance has been below par through a lack of application, a less than satisfactory attitude or the stress of dealing with our changing circumstances.

We are facing a new wave of community transmissions of COVID-19 and our region is being affected. This has meant further adjustments to or cancellations of planned activities. Things had been going relatively well. Have there been some slip-ups in some areas? Does our approach to containment and halting the spread need to be modified? Do we need to tighten up on restrictions? Are some people growing complacent or careless? Or are they blatantly disobeying and abusing protocols through their frustration? Maybe it is a combination of all of these.

It is a reminder to all of us that we can be learning from the past in all aspects of our life. We need to be looking for improvement, and for ways of doing things better as we move forward. We need to be taking care of ourselves and supporting and serving others. Mindful that we are observing good hygiene not just to protect ourselves, but to safeguard the wellbeing of others in our community. This is very much the encouragement of God’s Word for us. For our life, our learning, our relationships and for our work. For us individually and as a community. ‘One thing I do. Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13-14). God is always giving us new opportunities for the future. May we gratefully receive them.

We can lean on others as we need to. We are able to support and serve others as we have opportunity and because we are a community. We accept and live in God’s loving presence because he freely gives it and we are precious to him. So keep doing what is going well, and be ready to accept good counsel and make the necessary adjustments. Don’t we all want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be? We are on a journey to better ourselves, shaping a better future for everyone. God bless you … forever!

Thank you, Lord, for watching over us and blessing us. Thank you for your loving presence to guide and care for us. Help us to be ready to help and serve others. Thank you for the experiences of the past. Give us the courage to learn from those experiences so we move toward a better future. Help us to make a difference for ourselves and for our community. May it be for the good of us all and to your glory. Amen.
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SRC’s Wacky Wednesday
What a terrific display of wacky outfits, expressions and situations we saw on Wednesday. Thank you to the members of the SRC who organised this fun event which brought so many smiles to the faces of students. We raised $474.30 which will be donated to the Kangaroo Koala Rescue Charity.

Students working from home
HTLC is very pleased to be able to continue to provide face to face learning to students at this current time. We are aware that we do have members of our college community who are opting to support students with their learning at home rather than bring them to school for a variety of reasons, and we are endeavouring to support these families. That being said, our teachers are still working full time face to face and are not always available to respond to emails or provide additional work at short notice. All teachers have been asked to share weekly planners and resources, and send home students’ workbooks if required. Please contact me if you would like to talk about specific requirements your child has if they are learning from home.

National Consistent Collection of Data
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. Staff at HTLC have identified students for consideration for the NCCD, reviewed evidence and moderated our data ready for this submission. Students identified in the NCCD data collection are not involved in any additional testing processes. The data provided to the Australian Government does not identify individual students and the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. Get more information regarding the NCCD.

Assembly and chapel
The link to the Junior School chapel and assembly shared drive has been emailed to parents. This will allow you to access recordings of chapels and assemblies and view them with your families. You may need to request permission to access these files, which will be granted if the request has come from an email address recorded on our school system. Please contact the office to confirm your email address if you have not received an invitation to access this shared drive.

This morning Year 1H led our worship, based on the parable of the weeds found in Matthew 13:27-30. Next week Year 4F will be preparing our worship service, based on the parable of the two sons found in Matthew 12:28-32.
Congratulations to this week's award winners!
FG: Ollie Mackley FL: Matilda Crute, Kingston Li FS: Edie Hallam 1D: Koby Clarke, Jared Schwarz, Alexa Watson 1H: Xavier Moore 2B: Ruby Hallam, Madeline Lee 2H: Nixon Beattie 2S: Jack Arnel 3B: Rafael del Real, Ava Smith 3L: Cooper Inkster, Logan Kittel 4F: Georgie Foster, Frazer Shurdington 4I: Isaac, Yarli Nelson, Ryan 4R: Jana van Heerden 5D: Deagan Fischer, Kezia Jain 5G: William Koch, Hayley Uebergang 5V: Olivia Young 6N: Lachlan Lindorff 6T: Levi Munyard Chinese: Ryan Clarke, Jaxon Ellis, Aiden Nischke, Sienna Nischke Digital Technology: Andy Mbati Performing Arts: Eleanor Bouma PE: Gurtaj Goraya Jing Award: Charlize van Zyl
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 7 PBL showcase
Following a semester of preparation, on Tuesday the Year 7s showcased their project-based learning (PBL) Passion Projects. At the beginning of the year, students chose a Passion Project, something that they loved and were interested in, and formulated questions which they used to guide and inform their finished product. The students were given the challenge of presenting their project in an interactive and visual way which would hopefully inspire others to learn more about their chosen passion. Students from Foundation to Year 11 visited the showcase and enjoyed talking to the students about their projects, which included drawing and artwork, gymnastics, aerobics, sport, archery, games, photography, cooking, music, makeup, reading, 3D printing and coding, welding, dance, architecture, computer building, motorbike restoration, animals and more. Well done to the Year 7s for the informative and engaging displays and thank you to Mrs Taber for the guidance and direction she gave to the students throughout the subject. An opportunity for reflection will now take place before the students embark on their next exciting PBL project.

Parent/teacher interviews
Parent/teacher interviews were held this week with many parents taking up the opportunity to meet with teachers (virtually and face to face) to discuss the semester one report and student progress. Even after an interrupted semester, there is still plenty to discuss as plans are put in place for the second half of the year. I trust that these interviews were beneficial for parents and students as we look forward to the term and semester ahead.

Elevate Education study skills sessions
Elevate Education sessions for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been rescheduled for August 12 and 13 (Week 5 of term). These sessions proved valuable last year in helping students implement strategies which promoted positive study habits.
Year 7: Study Skills Kickstart
Year 8: Junior Time Management
Year 9: Memory Mnenomics
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Subject selection
Year 9 and 10 subject selection and pathways forms are due to be submitted by Friday 31 July. Next week, we will commence the process of blocking subjects according to the preferences students have indicated. In the case where a student has a clash of subjects, they will be consulted regarding the alternate options they have listed. Those students interested in commencing a VCAL pathway next year, will be contacted in the coming weeks regarding entry interviews.

Parent/teacher interviews
It has been pleasing to see the number of parents who have taken the opportunity to meet either face to face or virtually with staff, to discuss their child’s progress. This is an important time of year for our VCE students as they begin preparations for final assessment for Unit 2 subjects and external exams for Unit 4. Parents are encouraged to maintain contact with their child’s teachers to ensure we are working together to provide support and guidance as required.

VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre)
VTAC applications open next week and information sessions will be held for students in the coming weeks as they complete research and make final decisions regarding their university preferences. Parents are strongly encouraged to engage in this process with their child and webinars will be forwarded as they become available to schools. It is important for students to consider available scholarships, early entry programs and the options of SEAS applications. Open Day information will prove a valuable resource at this time, to assist students in confirming their university preferences.
Important dates
Term 3:
  • Week 4: 3 August: VTAC applications open
  • Week 9: September 9: VCE GAT (for students undertaking Unit 3/4 study)
Term 4
  • Week?: 30 September: closing date for course applications
  • Week?: 9 October: SEAS and scholarship applications close
  • 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
Summer holidays:
  • 30 December: ATAR and VCE results released to students
  • 3 January 21: closing date for change of preferences
  • 14 January 21: first round offers
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Virtual Cross Country
Schools Sport Victoria’s virtual cross country closed today congratulations to Jemma Hoffman who completed her run in 11.29min. Well done Jemma!

Athletics
In an attempt to keep sports running at HTLC, we are planning on running an alternative Sports Day for students in Year 3-6. This will enable us to get results and qualifiers for any possible future events that could occur in Term 4.

Keeping in mind social distancing and good hygiene practices, we have planned to run our Sports Days for Years 3 to 6 over 3 or 4 weeks, using the allocated sport lessons which will occur on Fridays. Year 3 and 4 students will start in Week 4 and Year 5 and 6 students will start in Week 5.

The plan is for each year level to go out at a designated time and complete three events during their sport class. Different events each week will be covered. This will run like a normal sports day and students can wear their PE uniform to compete in the events. On the last Friday of the event, students can wear their house coloured shirt and sports shorts/pants and sports shoes for presentation of ribbons and photos.

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, parents will not be able to attend these events. Staff will endeavour to take as much footage of students participating and be made available to families where possible.

At this stage, we are still planning on running these events but plans could change to align with most current COVID 19 restrictions in the coming future and could possibly be postponed to Term 4.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Wearing masks
Wearing masks will soon become a new reality for all Victorians over the age of 12. To assist your child with this adjustment, some resources have been compiled below:
  1. The 'Seeing Other People Wearing Masks' book is a social story especially written for young children or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  2. The kidshealth website suggests most kids can feel comfortable with seeing people in masks as long as adults do the following:
  3. Kids have a lot of questions about the coronavirus pandemic and all the new changes in their lives. The American Psychological Association have published a free e-book to give children the answers they've been looking for: explaining what the virus is, how it spreads and what they can do to help. It is written in gentle and simple language that even young children can follow. A note to parents and caregivers offers strategies for helping your child navigate anxiety they might be feeling around the pandemic.
  4. If you or your young person is struggling with changes related to the pandemic, check out the Beyond Blue website where a range of information, strategies and expert advice is available to help you support your social and emotional wellbeing.
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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
Visiting the uniform shop
Until further notice, if you need to visit the uniform shop please sign in first at the Junior/Middle School Reception. You will also be required to sanitise your hands and wear a mask for the duration of your time on campus (we will provide one for you if you don’t have your own). You can also submit an order to the uniform shop over email at any time using the attached order forms. The order will be prepared on the next day that the uniform shop is open and will be sent home with your child.
Missing sport jacket
Lauren Rudolph from 3L is missing her sports jacket, it went missing from the big kids' playground during lunch on Monday. The jacket is size 10 with 'Rudolph' on the label.
School fees due
Reminder that school fees are due Friday 31 July, unless other arrangements have been agreed with the Business Manager.
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