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Greetings to families and friends of Holy Trinity Lutheran College.

This year has, and continues to be, a year that will be remembered for some time to come. At the time of writing this newsletter the school has once again returned to remote learning after a period of face-to-face teaching. With the very short turn around back to remote learning, I must commend our community for its ability to adapt. I give praise to our teachers who will look to once again articulate what it means to think deeply about a topic, providing students with skills to encourage a collaborative engagement which supports creative, critical and curious thinking within a remote platform.

As we all know there are many pieces of a complex puzzle which makes a holistic Lutheran educational experience. The practice of teaching to enhance wellbeing and build grit and resilience is also a vital aspect that allows a child to flourish. HTLC will continue to support its educators to develop their knowledge of positive education to achieve this goal. As a Lutheran school we look to the Gospel for how we are to act and live in our world – it also shapes the way we teach and support learning – and will focus on personal transformation through understanding the science of wellbeing and the impact this has on families, friends, colleagues and students. Through the use of Positive Education, I have been pleased to see how this framework has strengthened the mission and values of our school and provided value in the holistic Christian education of individuals in our college.

I recognise that our move back to Stage 3 restrictions isn’t where we would like to be. It is frustrating and deflating but we must look to the future with optimism, in knowing that we have a God that loves us and walks beside us each and every day. A God who has it all planned out for us, even though we don’t know what the future will bring. Having faith in God’s plan, and faith in our community, will provide the strength required to positively contribute each day. Despite a year of change and uncertainty, I am continually amazed by the efforts and achievements of many within our community, and for that we should give praise.

Wishing you a blessed week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Keeping strong
Our changing times demand new and different measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state and in our region. I expect that by the time you get to read this, things will have changed again. (It now has!!) It is the times we are living in. We have no need to be alarmed at this. It is a reminder for us to be alert to the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices. Taking good care of ourselves. But also doing what we can to protect the health and wellbeing of others. Our duty of care is to each other.

So far, each and every one of you has done your best to make the necessary adjustments to keep our college community healthy and safe. Students, teachers, parents and carers alike. Well done. The past can give us confidence for the future, no matter what happens.

We will continue to control what we can control. The Word of God encourages us to: 'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love' (1 Corinthians 16:13). This is what defines us at Holy Trinity. We are not alone. We are a community that celebrates, embraces and lives in God’s presence through Jesus. We do our best because we know we can be making a difference. We look out for each other. We care for others and serve them because we are a Christian community.

Keep doing what needs to be done during another season of remote learning. For your sake. For everyone’s sake. What each one of us does matters for everyone. There is joy in our doing that, and it pleases and honours God.

Thank you, Lord, for watching over us and blessing us in these difficult times. We thank you for being with us in the past. It gives us peace for now, and hope and confidence for the future. Help us to take good care of ourselves. Lead us to be sensitive to anyone who may be struggling and ready to be there to support them as best as we can. God of love, bless our College, our community, our state, our nation, our world and all leaders who serve you people. May it be for their good and to your glory. Amen.
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Return to remote learning
How quickly our daily lives are changing at the moment! As we reembark on a second period of remote learning for 2020, I would like to thank and encourage all members of our school community. It has been a very busy week for everyone! Luckily, this time we have a system we are already familiar with and communication strategies in place. I give thanks to our professional and dedicated teaching and support staff, whose roles have changed so drastically once again. Parents, thank you for all you are doing to support your children. I encourage you to keep in regular contact with your child’s classroom teacher to ensure your child’s individual learning needs are being met. We are continuing to hold Support Group Meetings for students remotely during this time.

Reading resources
During this second period of remote learning we encourage students to maintain their regular daily home reading in addition to completing their assigned tasks on Google Classroom each day. To assist families and students with accesses suitable reading material levelled readers will continue to be available for collection for students in Foundation to Year 2. These will be available on Tuesdays for Foundation students and Thursdays for students in Year 1 and 2. The HTLC Library will also be open each Monday to Thursday from 1.45-3.15pm. If your child is learning on-site, and you would like them to visit the library while at school, please send a note for the supervising teacher on the day.

Uniform for students on site
Students attending the on-site learning are asked to wear their formal and sports uniforms on their usual designated days.

Chapel and assembly
This morning Year 4F led our worship based on the parable of the two sons found in Matthew 12:28-32. This was made available to students via a link of Google Classroom. In the coming weeks our Wellbeing Team will be preparing worship for our school community. Assembly will be postponed until the end of the remote learning period.
Congratulations to this week's award winners!
FG: Emily Rudolph FL: Imogen Gerdtz, Steele Oakley FS: Abel Forbes, Rylie Petrass 1D: Dusty Peucker 1H: Layla King 2B: Ella Bailey, Alyssa Stewart 2H: All of 2H 2S: Everleigh Chapple 3B: Alexandra Blay, Amber Korf 3L: Pippa Kelm 4F: Lani King 4I: Serena Johns, Sienna Nuske 4R: Sofia Barlow-McCallum 5D: Orlando Heal, Emma Streeter 5G: Riva Mackley 5V: Nellie Driller 6N: August Koch, Abbey O'Connor 6T: Harrison Hoffman Digital Technology: Vincent Brennan Performing Arts: Boh Adams PE: All of FS Jing Award: Deagan Fischer
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Return to remote learning
After the state government’s announcement last weekend, Holy Trinity Lutheran College students returned to remote learning on Wednesday of this week. This news was greeted with mixed emotions from the community. Many people viewed the announcement as a positive step forward in protecting the health and safety of the community. For others, the news raised anxiety at the prospect of being away from friends and a preferred learning environment. The college is here to support all families as they navigate remote learning and Stage 3 lockdown restrictions, and has a number of resources and strategies which can be utilised to help families adjust back to the remote learning environment.

General information
  • Activity Packs and other resources will be prepared for specialist, elective and some core subjects. These can be collected from the Senior School Agora on Tuesdays and Thursdays from between 8:45am and 4:30pm. Notifications of available packs will be communicated by Google Classroom,the app and parent email. To allow time for staff members to prepare these take-home materials, some elective or specialist classes will not commence instructional lessons until Week 6.
  • In Week 6 of term, Home Room teachers will be phoning home to ask parents how the students are coping with the organisational, workload and technological demands of remote learning.
  • Templates to allow students to plan their working week have been made available to all students via email. Please contact the college if you would like more information about how these can be used to help with the weekly structure.
  • Email will continue to be the most effective form of communication. Parents and students are encouraged to use email when communicating with members of staff or leadership.
I look forward to working with families over the next 6 weeks to provide quality educational opportunities for our students, whilst always considering their welfare and wellbeing. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact should you have any questions or queries.

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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Learning from home
The decision to move back to remote learning may be daunting for some in our community, but we give thanks to the students, parents and staff for their efforts last term and look forward to our community coming together to support one another once again. The Remote Learning Protocols that were in place last term will remain, providing general advice and support for remote learning at home. Our students are able to reflect on their last experience of online learning and to approach this term in the confidence of this knowledge.

The daily classroom program will continue to run with classes delivered online to all Year 10, 11 and 12 students, 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 will once again provide 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 strongly encouraged to maintain contact with their child’s teachers.

Specialist Sport Program
With the reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions, attendance at the Horsham Aquatic Centre is unfortunately still not possible. Students and their families will continue to have access to the Athlete Education Program. Further information will be forwarded regarding reviews of personal programs as it becomes available.

VET delivery
Parents and students are currently being notified on a weekly basis of the delivery of VET courses. Many facilitators are finding that the theory component of their course has been covered during online learning undertaken earlier in the year, and practical assessments are now required. A number of options are currently being explored to allow second year students to complete their courses prior to the end of the year.

VTAC applications (Year 12 students)
As VTAC applications opened yesterday, a series of online webinars covering various aspects of the process has been made available to students and their parents. The webinars cover a range of topics and provide an overview of the entire process including finding courses, preferences, results and offers, and scholarships and SEAS. The most relevant webinars for our students are:
  • Understanding special consideration (SEAS) and scholarships
  • Applying for tertiary courses and understanding the ATAR
There is no charge for attendance and the sessions are presented live so that questions can be asked throughout the program. A link to the selection of webinars is provided below and has been forwarded to Year 12 students and parents.
Should I take a gap year? Things to consider
(Source: The Parents website, an Independent Schools Victoria initiative)
COVID-19 has thrown up challenges for those taking a gap year or planning one for next year. Careers expert Helen Green discusses the things your teenager needs to consider and the opportunities offered by taking a year away from study.
Important dates
Term 4
  • 30 September: closing date for course applications
  • Week 1: 7 October: VCE GAT (for students undertaking Unit 3/4 study)
  • Week 1: 9 October: SEAS and scholarship applications close
  • Week 4: 30 October: Final day for Year 12 (Final assembly and Year 12 breakfast)
  • 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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Due to the return to remote learning, unfortunately the planned athletics events in the Junior School will no longer be going ahead this term. Hopefully, we will be able to hold the events in Term 4. We will reassess once face-to-face learning resumes and provide further information once a decision has been made.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Wellbeing support
Use the form below to contact the Wellbeing Team (which includes the Provisional Psychologist, Chaplain and Pastor). Once the form has been received, your inquiry will be discussed within the Wellbeing Team. A follow-up phone call will be made to provide consultation about your inquiry and determine an appropriate course of action. This may result in a referral to outside professionals. Please note the College Principal may be informed of your inquiry as necessary. Responses will be within 48 hours. If it is an urgent matter, please contact the College Principal or Head of School.
Lightening the lockdown load
  • A free webinar for parents in Victoria.
  • Wednesday 19 August at 8pm
Join Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most trusted parenting specialists, as he shares 4 secrets to make it through the pain of the winter COVID-19 Victorian lockdown. By the end of this FREE webinar, you’ll:
  • feel reassured, with less stress and pressure around your kids, their schooling, and life
  • have concrete strategies you can start on immediately to make your family happier
  • know how to be on the same page as your partner
  • be able to develop habits and practices that will ensure your children – and YOU – can get your daily work done, even while everyone is stuck at home.
eSafety 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. That last one can be particularly challenging if you are facing the prospect of being cooped up with bored and restless kids or teens for an unusually long period!

So at eSafety we have put our heads together (though not too closely) and come up with this virtual safety kit, packed with evidence-based suggestions and trustworthy links to help you through.
The Parents Website
The Parents Website is an initiative of Independent Schools Victoria, providing a curated selection of news, features and resources for parents on raising and educating children. The Parents Website contains many links and articles that are particularly helpful for the challenging times that many Victorian parents are currently facing.
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The uniform shop
For the remainder of Term 3, the uniform shop will be open by appointment only. Please email uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au if you would like to make an appointment. Alternatively, submit an order form (attached) rather than attending the shop.

We also now have white, cloth face masks available to purchase for $10. They have adjustable earloops and are great to wear with glasses. Contact the uniform shop by email if you would like to make a purchase.
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