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Greetings, and a warm welcome to all families to the start of a new school term, and in particular I welcome back our students in the Junior school. I must admit it has been pleasing to see you all this week and I look forward to our secondary students getting back to on-site learning this coming Monday 12 October.

As we commence Term 4, summer uniform is now required to be worn by all students. This also includes the designated hat for both girls and boys. Students are permitted to wear their winter uniform until 1 November, if the cold weather continues over the coming weeks.

Despite the easing of restrictions for regional Victoria, under the recent advice of the Department of Education and Training, the college has had to cancel the planned photo day that was scheduled for Friday 16 October. It is unfortunate that this has again occurred, but by ensuring that we continue to maintain the health and wellbeing of our students, we will look to either reschedule these to another time during the term, or develop some other creative and safe ways to photograph students for the 2020 school year. Further details will be provided to families about what will be planned over the coming weeks.

As we welcome the return of students to on-site learning, I must remind families about our responsibility in minimising the risk of transmission within our community. Despite the very low case numbers in regional Victoria, I continue to encourage all of us to remain vigilant and not allow what has been described as a creeping complacency to set in. Once again, if a student or family member is unwell they must not attend the college. Any individuals who show symptoms (however mild) 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. Face masks, social distancing and healthy hygiene practises will also be reinforced as students return. This system is only as effective as people are honest so I ask that we all do our part to keep our community healthy.

I wish you all a blessed and safe week ahead.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Praise God for his goodness
Praise is a part of our lives. We may praise and rejoice in the victories of a sporting team we support. We all delight in any praise we may receive, and hopefully do so with humility. For our victories in life, or just for doing well at something and being acknowledged for it.

It is good for us to praise God. We do that regularly in our life at Holy Trinity. It reminds us of who God is and how much he loves us. It brings to our attention what he has done for us in Jesus and is still doing for us through him. It alerts us to our dependence on him for all things and how richly he is blessing us. So it is right and good for us to praise him. The Word of God encourages us to 'Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!' (Philippians 4:4). What are you rejoicing in and praising God for during these times?

We can thank and praise God for our health and wellbeing even though we have been severely restricted by the pandemic. We can thank and praise God for the opportunities we have still had to able to learn remotely, and for the people around us who have supported and cared for us in that journey. We can praise and thank God for the new skills we have had to learn, and for the gift of technology, even though we may be over screen time.

Let’s thank and praise God now for the opportunity to be back at school. Let’s celebrate and rejoice in the privilege of face to face teaching and learning. Let’s thank and praise God for the interaction with and support of our teachers. Let’s praise and thank God for the blessing of once again being with our friends and mates.

Welcome back to a new term. A new beginning for us. New opportunities and challenges.
Make the most of those opportunities and every blessing as we joyfully live and work together this term.

Father God, we thank and praise you for the term break and the time of rest and recreation we have had. Most of all we praise you for the gift of Jesus who suffered, died and rose again to bring us into relationship with you and each other. Thank you for the new beginnings we have in Jesus. Keep us thankful for your goodness and for the kindness of others. Amen.
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Return to on-site learning
Welcome back to Term 4 everyone. Despite the drizzly morning there was definitely an excited buzz around the HTLC campus yesterday as the Junior School very quickly sprang back to life. It was wonderful to see all the happy faces and ‘socially distanced’ reunions of classmates and teachers. We remind everyone that we still have to follow the covid-safe practices implemented earlier in the year with regular hand washing and maintaining social distancing when possible. Also please don’t forget your water bottles as the bubble taps are not available for use.
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Uniform
We are currently in the period of transition between summer and winter uniform. Students may select either uniform to suit the weather. All students are required to wear summer uniforms by 1 November. Please remember that all students need to wear a school hat when outside this term.

School photos
Due to current COVID advice, the school photo shoot scheduled for Friday 16 October has been cancelled and will be rescheduled later in the term. Parents will be advised of the new date as soon as possible.

Welcome Foundation 2021 students!
Next Tuesday our Foundation 2021 students will be involved in their first remote Story Time session, which has been prepared by our Foundation teachers. This is the first of five sessions to help transition our new students into school.

Footy Day/Pie Lunch
On Thursday 22 October Year 6 students will be running a modified Footy Day and Pie Lunch to recognise the AFL grand final. Please watch out for lunch order forms which will be sent home with students shortly. Please wear your favourite footy team colours and bring a gold coin donation for charity. Further details to come next week.

Opening service
Thank you Mr Busbridge for preparing a thoughtful opening service this week that encouraged us to marvel at the wonders of God’s creation and focus on new beginnings. We praise God for this new term and all the opportunities it offers. We have all faced many challenges during 2020 and are reminded in Philippians 4 4-7 to be gentle with each other and not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything. This week’s opening service concluded with a very thoughtful message of blessing and peace from the students of Living Faith Lutheran Primary school in Queensland. We thank them for caring, and taking the time to think of us while we were in lockdown.
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Mrs Cathy Taber, Year 5/6 Department Coordinator
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Return to face to face learning
After a second stint of remote learning we eagerly look forward to welcoming back all Middle School students as they return to face to face learning from next Monday 12 October. Remote learning 2.0, combined with lockdown restrictions, have no doubt impacted on us all in different ways and we acknowledge that there will be a necessary period of adjustment for staff and students. In order to prioritise everyone’s safety, a number of process have been put in place to maximise the health and hygiene of HTLC community members. These include:
  • encouraging those who are unwell to stay home
  • encouraging personal hygiene by asking students to wash hands regularly
  • providing hand sanitiser in all classrooms
  • requiring students to wear face masks
  • restricting access to drink fountains
  • opening windows and doors to encourage air flow
  • increasing the cleaning of frequently used areas/spaces
  • encouraging social distancing – when possible
  • rearranging furniture to maximise distancing
  • restricting access to the college by adult visitors (including parents and friends)
  • minimising movement between campuses
  • suspending large group gatherings such as assemblies, Chapels and Vertical Home Rooms
  • applying strict protocol to camps and excursions, adhering to Government regulations and the HTLC Pandemic Management Plan.
More detailed information was provided to families through a group email which was sent earlier this week. Parents are asked to familiarise themselves with the information contained in this email in order to help prepare their children for a safe return to school next week. I look forward to seeing the many faces of the Middle School when students return on Monday.

Parent teacher interviews
A reminder that parent teacher interviews will be held next Tuesday 13 October from 3:30-8:30pm and Thursday 15 October from 3:30-6:30pm. These interviews will be virtual interviews only. No interviews will be held on-site. Teachers will email parents a Google Meet Link prior to your interview.
Term 4: Key dates
12 October: Years 7, 8 and 9 students return to on-site learning
13 and 15 October: Parent/Teacher Interviews (virtual interviews only)
23 October: Victorian Government sanctioned public holiday
31 October to 6 November: Year 9 Camp
3 November: Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
23 November: Report Writing Day
24 to 27 November: Year 7 and Year 8 Camps, Year 9 normal school program
30 November to 4 December: Headstart Week (Years 7-9)
7 to 10 December:Middle School Activities Week
10 December: Last day of Term 4 for Middle School students
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Welcome back!
Senior staff are looking forward to next week and the return of our senior students to campus. After a lengthy period in remote learning, it will be great to hear student voices throughout the building as we return to a hive of activity. With the return to school, we will have hygiene and social distancing measures that will be closely followed to ensure that all students are feeling comfortable and safe in the school environment.

GAT
This week, our Unit 3/4 students were able to sit the GAT (General Achievement Test) along with 85,000 other students across Victoria. Adhering to regulations, students were well-prepared for the session and managed the required tasks. Our Year 12 students commence their final three weeks of classes next week.

VET courses
VET courses have finally resumed face to face classes this week. This will allow providers to catch up on the delivery of practical skills that have been postponed due to students learning off campus. It will be important for students to attend their courses each week to ensure they are able to demonstrate the competency required to successfully complete their course. Please note that course completion dates will vary.

VCAL attendance
VCAL students have staggered completion dates according to their cohort and their demonstration of required units of competency. Year 12 students attend their final day on 30 October (if all work has been submitted). Year 10 and Year 11 students continue classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays until Friday 4 December. No classes will run for these students on Wednesdays when VET finishes. Structured Work Placements may continue on Thursdays at the discretion of the employer and as arranged with parents. The school should be notified of these arrangements.

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As Year 12 students prepare to return to the classroom, Peter Hanlon looks at how compassion and understanding have been important in supporting the Class of 2020.
Important dates
Term 4
  • Week 2: 12 October: All senior students resume face to face learning
    13 and 15 October: Parent teacher interviews
  • Week 4: 30 October: Final day for Year 12 (final assembly, Year 12 breakfast, Big Day Out)
  • Week 6: 9 November: Exam revision week
    10 November: VCE written exams commence
  • Week 7: Year 10 and 11 exams
  • Week 8: 23 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
    24 November to 3 December: Headstart program
  • Week 9: 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11, Big Day Out
Summer holidays:
  • 30 December: ATAR and VCE results released to students
  • 4 January 2021: closing date for change of preferences
  • 14 January 2021: first round offers
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Interschool sport
School Sport Victoria has officially cancelled both state and region competitions for the remainder of this year. Our division coordinator has also cancelled all interschool sport for Term 4.

Foundation to Year 2 swimming program
We are working closely with the YMCA to establish our annual Term 4 swimming program for our Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students. More information will come out next week if this program is to go ahead. It will depend on the government's restrictions as to whether the indoor swimming pool reopens. If this is the case, the swimming pool at YMCA will be closed to the public for the duration of the swimming lessons so that only our students will be in attendance. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Trick Shot Challenge
Thank you again to all who participated in our Trick shot Challenge. Pictured are our finalists and winners, who received an Intersport voucher.
1st place: Eli and Remi Bailey (5V and 6N)
2nd place: Arkie Mackley (3B)
3rd place: Lennix Nelson (6N)
4th place: Hannah Gabbe (4I)
5th place: Javier Baker (FL)
Remi and Eli Bailey (winners)
Finalist Lenix Nelson 6N (3rd finalist)
Javier Baker (5th Finalist)
Arkie Mackley (2nd Finalist)
Hannah Gabbe (4th finalist)
Athletics
We are planning to run Athletics for the Year 3 to 6 students over a three-week period. This will occur during scheduled sport times on Friday afternoons. Period 3 and 4 for Grades 3/4 and Periods 5 and 6 for Grade 5/6. We are planning to begin this in Week 5 (6 November). A program of events will be available closer to the date.

An alternative Athletics Day will be held for Foundation to Year 2. It will consist of sprint events and novelty events for Foundation students with some more structured events for Year 2s. The date is yet to be finalised but we will let you know as soon as it is confirmed and programs will be available closer to the day.

Unfortunately we will not be allowing parent spectators to attend. We will do our best to capture as many movements and upload them to Facebook.

Footy Day
On Thursday 22 October, the eve of the AFL Grand Final public holiday, Junior School students will be participating in a Footy Day. This will be again an alternative to our normal Football day. This day will see students be able to wear their favourite football colours to school and they will participate in a range of AFL skill drills led by our Year 6s. Each class group will go out and participate in these activities at different times to ensure that we are limiting the gatherings of students. Unfortunately there will be no staff vs student football game and no parent spectators. We will do our best to take photos and upload them to Facebook.

Students will also have the opportunity to order a meat pie for lunch. This will be organised by our Year 9 students and Mr Lloyd so please keep an eye out for the order form and please ensure your pie order is returned on time so you don’t miss out.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Student use of electronic devices
As a busy parent it is difficult to 'do everything'. It is easy at times to allow the children to play on devices to watch programs, play games, use social platforms and message friends. However, unsupervised access can cause problems when something is happening online that we may not even be aware of. Also, while your child is online, they are missing out on other important developmental opportunities like talking to other children face-to-face, talking to others in the community, talking to their parents about life, and participating in outdoor activities that maintain physical health and fitness and problem solving skills.

Challenge for the week! Try to allocate less time to devices or screen time and more time engaging in old fashioned activities that the family enjoy and see what the benefits may be. It is like an experiment. Or perhaps even the following week when we are more settled back into Term 4. Blessings to all our families here at HTLC and wishing you all a happy and productive Term 4.
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.
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School photos
The school photos that were scheduled for Friday 16 October are now unfortunately cancelled due to the current restrictions in place. Over the coming weeks, we will reassess the possibility of scheduling the photos for a date later in Term 4, and keep the school community updated as further information presents. If we are unable to commence with professional school photos, our Plan B is to organise our own school photos for 2020. Any orders that have been placed with Leading Image already will remain in place until a rescheduled date. If we are unable to reschedule, all orders will be refunded directly from Leading Image.
Year 7 immunisations
Year 7 immunisations are scheduled for Thursday 15 October at approximately 10.45am. They will take place over in MPC.
Lunch orders
At this stage, lunch orders have been suspended for Term 4. We will advise you if there are any changes to this throughout the term.
Cricket season launch
Nhill Junior Cricket training
Training has started, Thursdays at 5pm at Davis Park Nhill. All new and returning players welcome! They’d love to see some new faces at the nets and encourage any boys and girls who’d like to play in the under 14 or under 16.5 comps to come along for a look. For more info please contact Ash Dickinson on 0417587002.
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Nhill Basketball sign up
The Nhill Basketball Association is asking for expressions of interest for all junior players (primary and secondary - Under 18). If your kids are keen to play basketball, please complete the short online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CW7XQ2Y. Expressions of interest close tonight. If you have any questions, please contact Kat Colbert at 0409 527 041 or email nhillbasketball@gmail.com.
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