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Greetings to all in our HTLC community. With a full week of on-site learning coming to an end, I applaud students and staff for their engagement back into the community. It has been great to feel the buzz of ‘school’ again and look forward to the term ahead.

A reminder to families that this coming Friday 23 October is a scheduled public holiday for all Victorians. The office will close at 4.30pm on Thursday and reopen at 8.30am on Monday 26 October. Coincidently, on Friday 23 October we will celebrate World Teachers’ Day—a time where we can acknowledge and recognise our teachers who develop, support and care for our students. We should give thanks for the dedicated service of our teachers, supporting students to use their gifts and talents to add value to this changing and challenging world we live in. I encourage all within our community to take a moment to acknowledge our teachers for their dedication, guidance, care and support they have shown to our young men and women throughout the year. We are truly blessed.

Finally, if a student or family member is unwell they must not attend the college, and also adhere to the current guidelines previously set out in the School’s Operation Guide (DET) and our Pandemic Management Plan. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Wishing you a happy week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Welcome to our students
Once again, welcome to all the students of our College community in this crazy year! It’s so good to have you all back. I have found it weird, even depressing to have a College campus with so few students. Let’s hope all goes well this term and the interruptions are finally behind us.
It is great to see the joy of you all as you welcome your friends and mates and once again have the physical connection with them. We are made for relationships and there is real joy in belonging to a community and participating in its activities.

God’s Word highlights the benefits and blessing of being part of a community. We are told, 'Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labour; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up' (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). There is joy in doing things together. There is the support and encouragement we receive from others when things don’t come easily for us. We can also offer the same care and support when they are struggling.

We are further told, 'How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity' (Psalm 133:1). Communities function well when there is a spirit of cooperation and unity. This is what we strive for, it is our goal in living and working together.

All the best for term 4. Take care of yourselves and look out for others. Don’t just assume they are okay. Ask, and then ask again how you might be able to help. Encourage them to seek the care of others. The Wellbeing team of Mrs. Anne Penny, Mrs Alice Lamb and myself are there for you. You matter to us. God bless.

Father God, we thank and praise you that we finally have our students all back on campus. Keep them healthy and happy so that they may flourish as they work through this term to complete the academic year. Help us all to be mindful of others and ready to support and encourage them. Thank you that you have already promised and assured us of your presence and blessing. Amen.
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Pastor Gus
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Face-to-face learning
It has been wonderful to see how well everyone has settled back into the first full week of face-to-face learning. It is amazing how resilient and positive all the students are and there has certainly been a real buzz around the school as many friendships and fun playtime games resumed where they left off pre-COVID.

School photos
Unfortunately school photos were unable to be taken today due to ongoing restrictions. We will notify you about an alternative date as soon as one is confirmed.

Foundation 2021 Story Time session
On Tuesday morning our Foundation students and their families participated in their first Story Time session, delivered remotely. Our newest students had received a welcome and learning pack in preparation for the session in the mail. Miss Lienert had prepared videos welcoming them to HTLC, reading the story of 10 Little Monkeys and showing them how to complete a craft activity based on the book. Thank you to all of our families who sent in beautiful pictures of your ‘school work’!

Footy Day and Pie Lunch
Next Thursday the Junior School will be joining in the fun for the AFL grand final with our Footy Day and Pie Lunch. Due to restrictions, only students will be able to be involved in this year’s events and we are disappointed to say we will not be having the Year 6 verses staff annual football game. Students are encouraged to come to school sporting their favourite football team colours. Please bring in a gold coin donation that will be donated towards a local charity.

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 uniform by 1 November.

Chapel
This week’s chapel was presented by the 2B class. The focus for this term is ‘Babies in the Bible’ and this week focuses on Adam and Eve, the first parents in all creation. 'So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing' (Genesis 1:27-28).
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Mr Mark Busbridge, Year F–2 Department Coordinator
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This week we eagerly welcomed back students and teachers after 8 weeks of remote learning. The Middle School was buzzing with life and energy as the students spent much of the first day catching up and sharing experiences with each other. The near perfect weather enabled students to enjoy their time outdoors and it was great to see the oval and other outdoor spaces being utilised during break times and in lesson time. The year has provided many varied and different experiences for everyone, but there is very good reason to believe that we will continue to finish the year together, and that will be something worth celebrating.

One of the advantages of being a part of a rapidly growing school is the opportunity each year to add to our teaching staff. Interviews for a variety of teaching positions have been held over the first two weeks of this term with positions expected to be filled shortly after these conclude. We look forward to introducing these new staff members to the HTLC community in the near future.

This week three Pre Service Teachers commenced their teaching placements at HTLC. Welcome to Mackenzie Connelly (English and Humanities), Sebastian Dalgleish (PE and Maths) and Corrie Potter (English and PE). The PST students will spend 3 weeks each under the watchful eye of their mentor teachers. I pray that their time at the college is of great benefit as they continue their professional development.

Homework Club starts up again next week. It will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays each week from 3.30 to 4.30pm.

A reminder that next Friday 23 October is a Public Holiday and student free day for students and staff. Enjoy the long weekend everybody!
Term 4: Key dates
23 October: Grand Final 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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Final weeks for our Year 12 students
Our Year 12 students have commenced their final weeks of schooling, with their last day to be Friday 30 October. Concluding thirteen years in the education system is a significant milestone in their lives, as they anticipate the next step in their journey, and reflect on their years of primary and secondary education. The students are busily working to prepare for their final day of celebration which will commence with a breakfast on site prepared for the students. They will then share their final chapel with the college before departing from the school premises for a day out. Please keep the Year 12 students in your prayers at this time.

VET courses
VET courses have resumed face to face classes this week. There is still some flexibility with completion dates due to the significant amount of content needing to be covered in a short space of time. These updates will be forwarded as the school is notified.

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.

Parent teacher interviews
Interviews have once again provided a valuable opportunity for staff to share student progress with parents. Please do not hesitate to email staff with any concerns or queries you may have throughout the term. This is a significant transitional time for our students as they adjust not only to the changes in their learning but also in the world around them.
Important dates
Term 4:
30 October: Final day for Year 12 (final assembly, Year 12 breakfast, Big Day Out)
9–13 November: Exam revision week
10 November: VCE written exams commence
16 to 20 November: Year 10 and 11 exams
23 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
24 November to 3 December: Headstart program
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 sports for Term 4.

Athletics Days
We are planning to run our Year 3 to 6 Athletics Day over a 3 week period. This will occur during scheduled sports times on Friday afternoons. Period 3 and 4 for Year 3/4 and Periods 5 and 6 for Year 5/6. We are planning to begin this in Week 5, 6 November. A program of events will come out closer to the date.

Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day will be an alternative day compared to our normal athletics day. It will consist of a sprint event and novelty events for Foundation students with some more structured events (sprint, relay, team event and a throw event) 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 our social media pages.

Footy Day
On Thursday 22 October, the eve of the AFL Grand Final public holiday, students in Year F–6 will be participating in a Footy Day, an alternative to our normal Footy Day. Students will 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 6 students. Each class group will 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 our social media pages.

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, orders were due in today.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Interschool sport
Schools that form part of the Black Ranges Division of Secondary Sport have agreed to arrange one special sport day per year level for students from Year 7 to 10 over the remainder of Term 4.The dates are as follows:
  • Year 7: Thursday 3 December
  • Year 8: Wednesday 11 November
  • Year 9: Tuesday 17 November
  • Year 10: Thursday 29 October
Strict COVID-Safe protocol will be followed for the duration of the events on offer. Students will receive additional information about this as the event date approaches.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Secondary Sport
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SchoolTV: School refusal
School refusal is a complex issue as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with a school refusal child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. School refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem. In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will learn how best to approach this issue and work towards a solution.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
With schools transitioning back to face-to-face learning, the Institute of Positive Education has developed a free Positive Education resource: A Peek at My Day. Parents and caregivers might find this to be a helpful conversation starter with their young person.
This 'year of fear' has resulted in many students feeling anxious, isolated, overly-reliant on screens and under-motivated for learning. An article by Clinical Psychologist, Andrew Fuller from Independent Schools Victoria shares insights and ideas on how to reignite our children's learning.
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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Bookclub
Bookclub brochures (Issue #7) have been distributed. All orders should be placed by Wednesday, 28th October. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scholastic Australia’. Credit card payments may also be made using the online system, the LOOP. By indicating ‘gift’ on your online order, the books will be kept at school for you to pick up if you don’t want your child to see your purchase. For more information please contact Jaci Gabbé or Caitlin Taber, Library Assistants.
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