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Greetings to the HTLC community. After recent lock down restrictions have continued to ease across the State I note that there are no major changes to our COVID Safe Plan at this point in time. As a regional school, it is anticipated that the current directives that have been in place during the past week will remain until further restrictions are eased over the coming weeks. Our college community will be promptly informed if any changes do occur. I thank you for your support.

This week we farewell Mrs Jenna Argall as she commences parental leave. We wish Jenna, Shannon and Oscar all the best as they prepare for the new addition to their family.

Several weeks ago a call to Pastor Reid Matthias was made for his consideration of working as the College Pastor in our college. Over the coming weeks I ask that you keep Pastor Reid and his family in your prayers as he considers the move from South Australia to join our community.

A reminder to families that they would have received an email from MMG Education last week inviting them to take part in a school satisfaction survey. I thank those parents who have already engaged in the survey but encourage all parents haven’t done this yet to participate. Your involvement is greatly valued and appreciated.

With this coming Monday being the Queens’s Birthday holiday I look forward to welcoming students and families back on Tuesday 14 June. I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful long weekend. Have a joy-filled week!
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Waiting for the Lord
by Norma Koehne
For with the Lord there is unfailing love, and with him is full redemption. (Psalm 130:7).

I hate waiting! My family can tell you that if a meeting starts late, or I have to wait to be picked up or meet someone, I can get pretty grumpy.
In our reading today, the psalmist is waiting, but waiting eagerly and with anticipation, because he is waiting for the Lord. The image of the watchmen, walking around, talking, trying hard to stay awake, and then their joy at seeing the first glimmer of dawn gives a good picture of this eager waiting.
Why is the psalmist waiting so eagerly? After all, he says, ‘Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord’. We can only imagine the despair and anxiety of these depths. But he trusts in the Lord, and he is certain that the Lord will listen to his voice. Although he acknowledges his sinfulness, he believes God will forgive. God’s essence is one of unfailing love and full redemption. God does not say, ‘I’ll let you wait a while until you grow in faith and love because you are not perfect yet’. No, God forgives and loves his repentant sinners.
I pray that you can have such trust in God’s mercy and grace. He may not take away your problems, even your depths of despair, but he will be with you through all of them, walking with you, listening to your cries for help, and showering you with his love. Finally, we eagerly await our journey through death to eternal life with our gracious God.

Lord, give me an eagerly waiting heart, one that trusts in you through the problems of life, and help me to eagerly await finally going to my heavenly home. Amen.
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Musical
At the end of Term 3 students from Years 3 to 6 will be involved the Junior School Musical, 'An Aussie Adventure'. In Week 10 this term a team from ASPA (Australian School of Performing Arts) will be joining us to deliver two days of auditions and workshops to help get the preparations started for this exciting event! Please contact Jessie Ferguson (jessie.ferguson@htlc.vic.edu.au) if you would like any further information.

Reports
Junior School reports are now being prepared and will be sent home Thursday 24 June. This will provide an opportunity for parents to make contact with teachers before the beginning of the school holidays if required.

Dropping off and picking up students
Please remember that our school yard is only supervised from 8.30am until 3.40pm each day. Please do not drop students at school prior to 8.30am or remain at school past 3.40pm. Thank you.

SRC Fun Sock Free Dress Day
On the last day of term (Friday 25 June) Junior School students are invited to wear ‘Silly Socks and Free Dress’. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation, which will be donated to Reach Out, an organisation committed to support youth who require mental health support.

Chapel
Yesterday Year 5H shared a recorded worship service they had prepared based on Hebrews 12:5-6a. Next week Year 1C will be leading Chapel in the MPC with a focus on prayer. Please remember to send a small offering with your child for Chapel collection.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Examinations
End of semester examinations were successfully completed this week with Years 7 to 9 students sitting their Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities and Health exams. Exams are given in Years 7 and 8 to reinforce learning from the semester and provide examination experience for students which will help them to prepare for senior school. Exams are given in Year 9 to reinforce learning from the semester and provide examination conditions which are similar to a VCE experience. Congratulations to all students for completing their exams and I’m sure the results will reflect the work that has been put in throughout the term and in the preparation weeks.

End of semester reports
As we near the end of this term, staff will be busily preparing reports which will be sent home on Thursday 24 June. Students may find that they have some outstanding assessment tasks that they need to get done, resulting in an increased homework load. Students are able to access support with this at school through the attendance of Homework Club after schools on Monday or Wednesday (3:30–4:30pm) or during lunchtimes in the MGLA1 room. Teachers will be prepared to support students in any way they can if students are able to reach out and make contact seeking support.

Covid regulations
Even as restrictions continue to be lifted in Victoria, the college is still bound by strict Covid regulations and 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.
  • 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.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Latest release on SWL and Work Experience in regional Victoria
In Week 10, from Monday 21 June to Friday 25 June, our Year 10 students will be heading out to experience industry placements across the Wimmera and surrounding areas. These students will shortly be commencing their VCE subject selection for 2022 and Work Experience can provide a valuable insight to potential pathways. With the lifting of recent COVID restrictions, Work Experience is permitted to go ahead for all students with the exception of those who had planned to work in a high risk setting (eg healthcare, aged care). Please contact the college if you have any questions relating to your child’s placement.

VET Industry promotion
Through until Try VET Day on 5 August, the Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN will be running 'VET in Spotlight'. A series of videos containing course and industry information, guest speakers and other interesting statistics and facts, will be posted 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.

Exams
Our Semester 1 examination period has now concluded and teachers have commenced preparation for mid-year reports. Interviews will be held in the first week of Term 3 on Tuesday 13 July and Thursday 15 July. Information regarding the procedure for booking interviews will be sent home with student reports during Week 10.

The GAT (General Achievement Test)
We are awaiting notification from the VCAA of a rescheduled date for the GAT. Students will be notified as soon as this information becomes available.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Little Desert AFL, Soccer and Netball
The new date for the Little Dessert Soccer, AFL and Netball competition is next Wednesday 16 June. The Soccer will be participating at Dudley Cornell Park, Netball at Central Park Courts and AFL at Coughlin Park. Please ensure your child has brought back their permission form, there are a lot still to be returned. No form, no play.

Students will be leaving school at 9am via bus to the above locations. They will return upon completion of the competition which will be approximately 2:30pm. Please refer to the information letter sent home a few weeks ago. We are looking for a Netball and Soccer umpire for the day. If you are interested please contact myself on tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.

Greater Western Cross Country
At this stage no new date has been released. They are hoping to complete this by the end of this term. Further information will be forwarded once received.

Representative uniforms
Please ensure that students are returning their Sports representative uniforms when they no longer need them. They need to be washed and returned to the grey washing basket in the MPC foyer not to their classroom teacher or front office.

Girls AFL training
The students who have placed their names down for the Year 5 and 6 AFL girls competition. There will be training for the next two weeks on Tuesdays (15 and 22 June) of this term. Please bring your mouthguards and footy boots on these days.

Hoop Time basketball training
The Year 5/6 girls and boys Hoop Time training will occur on Thursday 17 June and Monday 21 June. Please bring sports shoes on these days.

Schoolaerobics training
Reminder that there will be school aerobics training on Tuesday 15 June in MPC at lunchtime.
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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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Happy Family Kickstart
As you can probably tell, I’m passionate about making families happier–literally transforming your relationship with your kids. To help you do that, I’m offering you my Happy Family Kickstart program FREE. There’s no cost at all. It’s my way of supporting you as you work to make your family stronger.

The ideas are all based on my book, 21 Days to a Happier Family. I know it will make an impact in your family right away. And I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy it. To access this and other resources through your free Happy Families membership, please visit members.happyfamilies.com.au/holytrinity.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Friendship and belonging
Learning how to make new friends and keep them involves a number of skills every young person needs to understand and develop. For some these skills will come very naturally, allowing them to easily move between different friendship groups, sharing their experiences and opening up to new people. For others, this can be much harder to navigate. Belonging to a group that is like-minded with similar interests is highly beneficial to a young person’s wellbeing. It gives them a sense of security helping them feel valued which in turn builds their confidence.

Positive friendships are an important part of the journey to adulthood. Adult carers can support their child or teenager by providing guidance in the many social and emotional skills required for a healthy relationship. This will help them to obtain, retain and maintain friendships. However, not all friendship are regarded as positive. Sometimes young people develop negative or toxic friendships. Therefore it is also important for them to learn how to identify, avoid or deal with such a friendship.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers can learn how to support their young person’s friendship so that they experience a sense of belonging. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, 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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The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund: Applications closing soon
The Victorian Government's Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides schools with payments for eligible students to attend camps, excursions and sporting events. Eligible families will receive a rebate on their fees once the application has been approved by the government.

To be eligible for this funding, families must hold a valid means-tested concession card. CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either Term 1 or Term 2. CSEF applications for 2021 are closing on 25 June. Get more information and apply at the attached link.
LLL passbooks
Can you please send LLL passbooks to school so that interest can be applied to your account.
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