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Greetings to all.

Earlier in the week I sent an email acknowledging the Victorian Education Minister’s comment that he expects schools will return to face-to-face teaching in Term 4. With the decline in active COVID-19 cases easing this is welcomed news, however, as yet it is still unknown when this will occur. It has been stated that a move away from remote learning will depend on the advice of Victoria's Chief Health Officer and is likely to be made between now and the start of the upcoming school holidays. As I stated in my email, it is still not clear if all classes will resume from the start of Term 4 or whether a staggered approach will take place. Over the coming days and weeks, I will make it a priority to communicate with you once further details are known on a recommence date for our students.

Over the final few weeks of the term there will be several strategies put in place to support both students and staff while in remote learning. This coming Friday 4 September will be a Friday Fun Day for all Junior School students, where a more relaxed day of learning and fun will occur. On Tuesday 8 September there will be another academic light day for the Middle and Senior School students. Families are reminded that these designated days are not student free days but a time where students can catch up on current tasks, revise for tests or exams and are an opportunity for a reduction in screen time. Further information about these days will be provided by staff and relevant Heads of Sub-Schools over the coming days.

As we come to the end of another week I acknowledge that this term has had its share of ups and downs but through it all I am encouraged by the effort and level of care offered by staff, students and families. Despite the current restrictions placed on our lives I am constantly reminded how blessed we are to have such a wonderful community. Thank you to all for the support you show to each other at this time.

Wishing you a safe and restful weekend.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Find rest in God’s presence
Tiredness is a normal and natural part of our journey in life. But when we are under the pump, we can be especially tired, as so many of us are now. Tired of having the rhythm of our life disrupted. Tired of not being able to do so much that we would normally be doing. Tired of being deprived of the physical presence of our friends and mates and interaction with them. Tired of remote learning and teaching. Tired of so much screen time.

God’s own Son, Jesus, became a human being. That means even though he was God and therefore holy and perfect, he still experienced so much of what we endure in life. He knows what it is like to be hungry and thirsty and sad … and tired. He understands what it is like to be weary and worn out through the burdens of life. That is why he says to us: 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:28).

Find rest and renewed energy in the presence of God. Know that sometimes he gives it to you in the presence of those close and dear to you. Be kind to yourself and to those you live and work with. Cut yourself and them some slack. Understand that the changes we need to make and the restrictions placed on us are in themselves tiring for us. Thank you for what you are all doing in these difficult circumstances. Thank you that you are doing it so well. As much as you can, find rest for your tiredness. Find it in God’s loving presence—he welcomes you anytime, and all the time!

Thank you, Lord, for your being with us as we continue to deal with the challenges of our life and work now. Please keep us all safe and healthy, helping us to do what we need to do for our good and the wellbeing of all. Give us rest from our tiredness and energy and joy for what we are doing, so that we may be able to do it well. Help us to know and rest in the reality that we have your loving presence with us at all times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Friday 4 September - Friday Fun Day!
Next Friday would traditionally be the day we celebrate Father’s Day and Footy Day, and some years we have included Grandparent’s Day and Book Fair too! This year, as we are not able to proceed with our usual activities, we will be having a Friday Fun Day next week. If students are attending on site (coming to school), they are allowed to wear free dress on that day. Students are welcome to add a ‘footy flair’ to their choice of clothing. Activities will still be posted to Google Classroom, however they will have a less academic focus. Students (and parents and teachers) have been doing such an amazing job in remote learning, it will be a delight to see them have a fun focus to end Week 8!

Remote learning - there are some positives...
I suspect we are all beginning to tire a little just at the mention of remote learning. It can be so easy to focus on the challenges, however when talking to students, parents and teachers there are some very clear positives also. A number of articles have now been written on this topic, and I have seen evidence both at school and at home over recent weeks. Remote learning provides opportunities for students to consolidate essential skills such as time management, digital literacy, problem solving and communication skills. Students are able to work at their own pace without comparisons to other students’ work and there is more time spent with family. I must also admit that I am also enjoying not having to make school lunches or iron school uniforms! Please remember if you are having particular difficulties during this time to contact your child’s teacher, our wellbeing team or myself to discuss how we can best support you and your child.

Chapel
Pastor Gus prepared Chapel for us this week based on the Bible reading from Matthew chapter 18, the story of the lost sheep. Sheep need to be looked after and fences to help keep them safe. We can be like sheep too. Sometimes we can stray from the right path and do the wrong thing. Just like sheep, we need to be cared for and we need boundaries to help keep us safe. Jesus loves every one of us so much he doesn’t want even one of his flock to be lost. He will always look for us and rejoice when he finds people who have wandered off. Pastor Gus encourages us to remember this in our school community, to take care of ourselves and to look out for others.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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LEVNT Middle School Network Meeting
On Thursday I attended a virtual LEVNT Middle School Network meeting with Middle School leaders from other Lutheran schools from around Victoria. No surprises that one of the main items of business was how schools were coping with the implementation of remote learning a second time around. This was a great opportunity to share experiences and gain insights into how the various schools are managing teaching and learning in a remote setting. There was much discussion and sharing of ideas which focused around the key areas of assessment, student and teacher wellbeing, parent communication, workloads and ways in which schools can learn from this experience and implement positive change in the future. The opportunity to share experiences with other Lutheran Middle School leaders provided a welcome chance to reflect on the unique year so far, but to also be encouraged and energised about what is to come in the future.

Academic light day
On Thursday of this week all Middle School students were given an ‘academic light day’. This was a day where no classes were timetabled so that students could have the opportunity to catch up on tasks that were due or incomplete, take a break from screen time and/or have time to pursue their own activities. This was the first of two days planned for this term with the next day scheduled for Tuesday 8 September.

2021 planning
It is that time of the year where leadership begins to look towards 2021 and start planning for the upcoming year ahead. Currently there are many conversations and meetings taking place around key middle school areas such as staffing, curriculum planning, specialist and elective programs, enrolments, transition program, student devices, peer support initiatives, professional development goals and more. This is an exciting time where a lot of ideas are discussed with the Middle School philosophy and curriculum ethos firmly at the centre of all decision making and future planning.
Middle School philosophy
We promote a culture of learning which recognises that learners learn in different ways and at different rates. Therefore we provide a differentiated curriculum with a variety of experiences. At all times, we encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and teach them strategies for learning and thinking.
Our curriculum ethos
Holy Trinity is committed to developing a culture of learning in an environment that is safe and allows students to explore, discuss and seek answers. As part of our mission we endeavour to nurture your child’s God given potential and develop lifelong learners and effective global citizens. When considering change, I can assure you that our philosophy and curriculum ethos are central to all decisions that are made. I look forward to sharing with the community the plans for 2021 in the near future.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VET enrolment for 2021
Enrolments are now open for students who are interested in undertaking or continuing a VET course in 2021. This year students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website. Although students have not been able to participate in the annual Try VET Day, there is a range of course information available on the website to assist students with their selection. Students who need to enrol include:
  • Year 9 and 10 students intending to commence a course in 2021
  • Year 10 and 11 students continuing with the second year of a course in 2021.
Please contact the college if you have any questions relating to the VET enrolment process.

Year 12 Students – SEAS - remote learning
This year, schools are able to submit supporting evidence for students applying for SEAS on the basis of remote learning. Year 12 parents are asked to contact the college if they believe any additional hardship has been caused for their child by the following:
  • issues with internet reliability or lack of internet
  • access to a suitable, reliable device
  • available workspace at home
  • lack of ability to access practical materials for specific subjects.
VTAC applications
Year 12 students are reminded that applications should be now be well under way. Early entry, scholarship and SEAS applications should all be in progress. Aspire applications are now open for any students considering study at La Trobe University. Applications close on 31 August. Students are reminded to check university websites for additional scholarships.

VCE and VCAL essential assessments
Unit 3 and 4 VCE and VCAL students are permitted to leave their homes and attend school for essential assessments These include all School-based Assessments (School-assessed Coursework and School-assessed Tasks). Over the last few weeks, students have benefited from the chance to undertake essential assessments on the school campus in Art, Visual Communication, Further Mathematics and Food Studies. Students and their parents are notified when student attendance is required and health and hygiene practices are closely monitored during these times.
Important dates
Term 4
  • 30 September: closing date for course applications
    • Week 1: 7 October 10am to 1.15pm: 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 6: 9 November: VCE written exams commence
  • Week 9: 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11
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

HTLC Trick Shot Challenge
The Junior School is searching for the best sports skill trick shot. Do you think you have the skills?
Why not enter? Record (video) yourself performing any sport trick shot of your choice. It could be an impossible Table Tennis shot or a spectacular Basketball goal. It doesn’t have to involve sporting equipment so why not get creative and use what you have around the house. For example a pair of socks being thrown into the washing basket.

This competition is open to all students from Foundation to Year 6 and will run for the remainder of this term. The final day for video submissions will be Monday Week 9 (Monday 7 September). Staff will choose the top 5 videos to be finalists and then each year level class will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite trick shot.

Winners will be announced on the final day of Term 3 and there will be prizes up for grabs. Entries need to be emailed to Mrs McDonald at tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.
School Sports Victoria (SSV) Virtual Track and Field event
School Sport Victoria are hosting a Virtual Track and Field event and primary children are able to get involved. Virtual Track and Field offers a selected number of disciplines including:
  • Sprints: (60m, 80m, 100m, 200m, 400m)
  • Run or walk: (800m, 1500m)
  • Jumps: (standing long jump and standing triple jump)
  • Throw: (tennis ball shot put)
  • Combined event: 100m sprint, standing long jump, tennis ball shot put and 800m run.
Get more information about each event. Remember to follow the specific instructions on how to perform each event very carefully. Students can take part in one or all the events. We encourage you to warm up before attempting any of these activities. Always have an adult supervisor and ensure you are competing in a safe environment.

Click here to enter your results. Please select HTLC as our school and Greater Western as our region. You can also use my email address tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au for contact details.

Some important things to remember:
  • Warm-up before you participate to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Be sure to have the correct footwear, clothing and equipment.
  • Make sure you are doing each of these activities outside.
  • Make sure you have mum or dad's permission, they can help with timing or measuring.
  • Remember we are not looking for the best, we are looking for students to give it a go.
  • Check and adhere to the current Department of Health and Human Services information for sport and exercise relevant to your local area. View the current restrictions for regional Victoria.
I hope to see some entries from HTLC. Good luck!
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Coping during COVID times
Message from Mrs Alice Lamb, Chaplain.
I have been settling into my new role at HTLC and am really enjoying meeting the staff and students that are on-campus during remote learning and look forward to hopefully meeting more of you when you return to on-campus learning. We all hope this will be in Term 4. I realise the struggle it has been since Easter this year with COVID disrupting our usual routines. With children, I know, a change in usual plans or routine can be really difficult to adapt to. Let’s try to embrace change and the new learnings it brings and be proud of ourselves for managing all that we do. Together we can support each other and share what we are doing to cope during this time.

Remember the Chaplain is available to support students, families and staff in a variety of ways. Feel free to make contact to discuss if you would like to.
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.
The Parents Website Webinar
Join leading educator and therapist Tim Klein in our next The Parents Website Webinar, a free event where he will discuss how we can help our young people become life-long thrivers. Thrivers, not just survivors – how we can help our kids emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient.
When: Friday, 4 September 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The webinar is free, but capacity is limited, so bookings are essential. Click on the link below to register. Once you secure your place, you will receive an email in the lead up to the event with details on how to join the webinar.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Surviving final year
The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.

Some kids will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school.

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.
Lightening the Lockdown Load webinar
If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, there’s a link below so you can watch it as many times as you like. And by following Happy Families on Facebook, they’ll be able to share more live videos, advice and resource material when they become available
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Scholastic Bookclub
Issue 6 of the Scholastic Bookclub is now available. The brochure can be seen online or a hard copy is available in the foyer of the Junior School. No cash orders, only online orders via the LOOP are available. All orders are to be placed by the 3rd of September. Any questions please get in touch, Jaci Gabbé at jaci.gabbe@htlc.vic.edu.au.
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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