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It is with joy that we once again welcome back all students to face-to-face teaching and learning today. We live in an unfortunate reality but I give thanks to our staff, students and families for their passion, flexibility and support of each other. The shift to remote learning is never an easy one so I give praise for all that our community has done during the week. Thank you.

As we once again as we move out of lockdown I provide families with the following summary provided by the Department of Education.
  • All staff and students can attend on site.
  • If any member of our school community is unwell they are to stay home and seek the necessary medical advice.
  • All staff and students are required to practise good hygiene and ensure physical distancing where appropriate. Masks are to be worn indoors for individuals 12 years or older.
  • School camps, incursions, excursions, school tours, school photos, interschool school activities and non-essential visitors are not permitted at this time.
  • Assemblies and chapels are permitted for students and staff only.
With the positive change of restrictions effective as of today, I bring to your attention that due to the interruption during the past week, several adjustments will need to be made over the coming week. One of these to note is that end of semester reports will now be sent during the last week of term, with Middle and Senior School parent/teacher interviews taking place early next term. Further details on other adjustments will be communicated to our community once these dates are finalised, ensuring plenty of time for adjustments to be made.

At some stage today, parents will receive an email from MMG Education inviting them to take part in a school satisfaction survey. Every two years the college provides an opportunity for families, students and staff to engage in such a process for the purpose of alignment with our mission statement and strategic plan—ultimately supporting continual school improvement. I encourage all parents to engage with this survey so we may have the opportunity to discuss the positives and challenges that our school faces. Your input is greatly appreciated.

A reminder to families that next Friday 11 June will be a student free day, allowing for staff to complete Semester 1 reports. Please note that the following Monday of that weekend will also be the Queens’s birthday holiday which will provide a 4-day weekend for families. Wishing you all a wonderful week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Trying to put God in perspective
by Pastor Steve Liersch
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength (Psalm 29:1).
(Psalm 29)
Australia is approximately 3860km long from its most northerly point to its most southerly point in Tasmania and is almost 4000km wide, from east to west. The Lambert Centre of Australia is approximately 200km south of Alice Springs and off the main highway. I haven’t been there yet, but I did try to imagine what it would be like to direct Australia’s weather each day from such a central vantage point. I gave up because of the vast size of our great nation. I can barely see 30km off our local beach and certainly not beyond the hills that surround Perth. I then checked out the NASA site and some images of Australia taken from the International Space Station. There are awesome pictures of all parts of our continent from a rare vantage point thousands of kilometres into space. Satellite pictures from the Bureau of Meteorology also reveal similar beauty in nature that we can’t see from our personal space here on earth.

Our Creator God is in control of all that space and infinitely more. With all its complexities, our planet is but one of billions throughout the universe that God not only created but oversees.
King David wrote Psalm 29 as one of his attempts to put into words what really is impossible to define. The power and majesty of God, his glory and strength revealed in nature as examples of who he is and what he can do. David speaks of the voice of the Lord being powerful and majestic, striking with flashes of lightning (verse 7) and able to shake the desert (verse 8), twisting trees and stripping forests bare (verse 9). Quite rightly, our psalmist speaks of the Lord being enthroned as king forever. We humans will come and go. Our time here on earth is measured in decades, normally, not centuries or millennium. God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. And yet God desires to get personal with each one of us – with you! ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (verse 11). As tiny as we are in the big scheme of our landmass in Australia, and as infinitesimal as we are in the universe, God still knows you by name. Through baptism, he even makes us his children. Through Jesus, his Son, God forgives us for our sins. He even gives of himself in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he creates faith in us that will carry us through this life and into his holy presence eternally in heaven. Try putting all that into perspective. How great is our God! Take a walk and ponder the beauty of God’s creation and the enormity of his love for you.

God of Wonder and Might, help me cry ‘glory’ to your name forever. Place in my heart a song of praise each day. Let me sing of the joy of my salvation found in your Son Jesus. Help me honour you with all that I have today and always as your Holy Spirit leads me. Amen.
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Remote learning
It was wonderful to see students and staff back on site this morning. The efforts of staff, students and parents helped to make the short period of remotely learning this week as positive as possible, and ensured quality learning continued during this period. Thank you!

Assembly
Assembly next week will be held via Google Meet. Parents wishing to join the meet can do so using this link: meet.google.com/yfd-cgft-pek.

Report writing day
Next Friday will be a student free day, as teachers will be writing students’ reports. I pray you all enjoy the long weekend.

Chapel
Due to the period of remote learning, and the subsequent rescheduling of secondary exams, Year 6G chapel was delivered by recording and viewed in classrooms this morning. The focus of today’s worship was serving others (Matthew 20:26). Classes will view a recording again this Thursday when Year 5H leads chapel with a focus on discipline.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
The second phase of remote learning this year has successfully came to an end with students returning to school today. It is a credit to the staff, students and parents of Holy Trinity that the transition from face-to-face to remote learning can occur so quickly, minimising the interruption to learning programs. Whilst the preference will always be for students to learn on-site, it is reassuring to know that the college can implement an effective remote learning program (should the need arise) like it has this past week.

Revised regulations
Upon returning to on-site learning, parents and students are asked to adhere to the following:
  • Feeling unwell: If members of our community feel unwell they should stay home and seek medical advice. Students with a negative COVID-19 test whose symptoms have completely resolved do not need a medical certificate to return to the school.
  • Face masks: Must be carried by individuals aged 12 and over, unless they have an exemption. Face masks will be required to be worn indoors.
  • School visitors: All visitors to the school must sign in at either the Main Reception or the Junior and Middle School Reception using our QR code. They will also be required to adhere to the college’s COVID Safe Plan.
  • Assemblies and chapels: At this stage, due to density rules, visitors to chapels and assemblies are still not permitted.
  • Cleaning: COVIDSafe routine cleaning will continue, which involves daily end-of-school-day cleaning, with a particular focus on cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
Examinations
End of semester examinations will be held next week (beginning Monday 7 June). A revised exam timetable has been forwarded to parents and students.
  • Monday 7 June: Year 9 Humanities, Year 8 English (Part A and Part B), Year 7 English (Part A and Part B)
  • Tuesday 8 June: Year 9 English, Year 9 Health, Year 8 Maths, Year 7 Maths
  • Wednesday 9 June: Year 9 Maths, Year 8 Science, Year 7 Science
  • Thursday 10 June: Year 9 Science, Year 8 Humanities, Year 7 Humanities
End of semester reports
Once examinations are completed next week, staff will turn their attention to completing their end of semester reports. A report writing day will be held next Friday 11 June. This is a student free day for all students. The end of semester reports will now be sent home on Thursday 24 June (last week of school). Parents and carers will then have the opportunity to book parent/teacher interviews using the online booking system. These interviews will be held in the first week back of Term 3 on Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 July.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to classes
All students were welcomed back to school today. Health guidelines will once again be followed regarding face masks, hand sanitising and social distancing, to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

VET industry promotion
This week, the Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN have launched 'VET in Spotlight'. Continuing until Try VET Day on 5 August, a series of videos containing course and industry information, guest speakers and other interesting statistics and facts, will be released on the LLEN Facebook page. The promotional information is aimed at supporting students with their course selection prior to attending on Try VET Day and sampling chosen courses of interest.

Exam Week
Examination Week will be held next week, Week 8, as originally scheduled. Where possible, exams will take place in the MPC under formal examination guidelines and procedures. A timetable will be forwarded to students as soon as it is finalised.

The GAT (General Achievement Test)
We have been notified by the VCAA that the GAT will not be conducted on Wednesday 9 June as originally planned for students currently studying a 3/4 subject. It will be rescheduled to a date to be determined which is expected to be in the coming weeks.

VCE subject selection (Year 10 students)
Year 10 students have been recently asked to submit their preferences for career information as we begin the process of selection of a VCE or VCAL course of study for 2022. During Week 9, each student will attend an individual careers interview to discuss subjects they are considering and possible pathways. At the beginning of Term 3, our VCE Virtual Subject Selection week will occur. Videos and course content will be forwarded to families to view at their leisure whilst subject conferences at school will provide an opportunity for students to speak with teachers about subjects they are considering.

Year 10 pathways selection (Year 9 students)
Year 9 students will resume their pathways interviews that were cancelled due to our recent lockdown, during Week 8. Administration staff will contact parents to reschedule appointments.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Greater Western Cross Country
The rescheduling of the Greater Western Cross Country competition is still being finalised. It is likely that the event will be held either in Week 10 of this term, or Week 1 of Term 3. It will still be located in Warrnambool. Once information has been finalised, families who are involved will be emailed with relevant information.

Little Desert AFL/Soccer/Netball
Reminder that permission forms need to be returned as soon as possible please. The new date for this competition is Wednesday 16 June. All information that was previously sent out to students attending is still correct, just a new date.


Year 5/6 girls AFL competition
Students in Year 5 and 6 have been asked to place their names down on the expressions of interest list with their classroom teachers for this event. It will be held at HTLC against other local primary schools on 16 & 28 July, in Term 3. If your child has not put their name down yet, please do so with your teacher or contact me on tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.

Hoop Time Basketball
Congratulations to the following girls who have made our Yr ⅚ Girls Hoop time Basketball teams.
  • Team A: Lani King, Maya Przibilla, Emma Uebergang, Nellie Driller, Lucy Bunworth, Ellita Scollary, Emma Streeter, Kirrily Dandy, Zahra Ellis
  • Team B: Shilani Treloar, Sienna Treloar, Hannah Heard, Amelia van Buuren, Lizzie Holmes, Charlie Rethus, Georgie Schilling, Ella Johns
The boys teams will complete their trials on Monday 7 June at lunch time on the Junior school basketball courts. Please make sure you have sports shoes. The Hoop Time competitions have been postponed until further notice. They will be held at the Basketball Stadium, Horsham. Permission notes will be sent home once the new date is confirmed.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Currently, all school sport has been postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place. Once school sport is able to go ahead, we will advise of the details of rescheduled events.
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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Do's and Don'ts of Discipline | 10 June 2021
Discipline is THE most contentious part of parenting. There are so many different ideas that it can leave your head spinning – especially when you try a discipline strategy only to see it fail miserably. Is your child just different to all the others? Or is there ‘text book’ discipline and ‘real life’ discipline – and a big gap between the two?

This webinar is for every parent who has ever been so desperate to get their kids to ‘behave’ that they’ve tried Triple P, Super-Nanny, 1-2-3 Magic, and almost everything else out there, and still found themselves stuck. To access this and other resources through your free Happy Families membership, please visit
members.happyfamilies.com.au/holytrinity.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Depression
When kids feel sad, irritable or anxious most of the time, this is not considered a ‘normal’ part of adolescence. Depression may be indicated by uncharacteristic behaviour such as social withdrawal, changes to academic performance, use of drugs or alcohol, or even engaging in risky behaviour. The symptoms and signs are a combination of what a parent can see externally, plus what a child is feeling internally. Every child can feel sad or down in response to a particular situation. However, these feelings should only last a short time and should not interfere with a child’s day-to-day activities. Should the sadness continue for longer than two weeks, then your child could be at risk of depression. This is more than just sadness, it is a serious health problem with no singular cause. Usually depression is the result of a combination of things.

In this edition of SchoolTV parents will learn how identify the signs of depression and what the effects are on their child’s wellbeing and overall health. 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.
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Conways Pie Drive collection
If you ordered pies for the PTFA pie drive, you can collect your orders direct from Conways next week, at the following times (depending on year level):
  • Years F–3: TUESDAY, 8 June, 2.45–3pm
    Years 4–6: WEDNESDAY, 9 June, 2.45–3pm
    Years 7–12: THURSDAY, 10 June, 2.45pm–3pm
Collect your pies by parking at the back roller door of Conways shop (side laneway access), ring the door bell quote the child’s name the order was submitted under and your order will be ready to put straight in the car.
Bookclub
Bookclub brochures (Issue #4) have been distributed. All orders should be placed by Tuesday, 8 June. 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 do not want your child to see your purchase. For more information, please contact Jaci Gabbé Library Assistant.
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