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This week began with the announcement that Victoria would remain in lockdown for a further seven days, meaning all Victorian schools would continue remote learning until next Tuesday. Whilst this wasn’t the news we were hoping for, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. The focus quickly turned into getting organised for schooling to be conducted remotely for another week.

Watching the college transition from face to face to remote learning (from the perspective of Acting Principal) has given me a new appreciation for the work and effort that is put into making this change occur so smoothly. Having completed this transition a number of times, all members of the college community were fully aware of what was expected of them during this time with procedures, processes and protocol being followed diligently. Whilst it is always our preference for students to learn onsite, it is comforting to know that we have the capabilities to switch between learning modes so effectively, when required to do so.

It is natural to focus on the importance of education at this time, but we must not also lose sight of the fact that our students are facing a range of emotions as they confront being confined to their houses and in lockdown. Many of our students will be missing social interaction with their friends, missing their sporting and extra-curricular clubs and activities as well as dealing with the disappointment of the cancellation of significant events such as birthday parties and family holidays. Our lives are changed dramatically when lockdowns are introduced, and I encourage everyone to look out for those that are feeling vulnerable. The HTLC Wellbeing Team is onsite and ready to help with a range of practical tips, resources and contacts should any members of our community feel they are in need of some outside support. I continue to pray that I can report some positive news to you all in the near future and encourage you all to stay safe and remain positive.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal
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Do we underestimate God?
By Pastor Glenn Crouch
‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfil the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah’ (Jeremiah 33:14).
In this passage, Jeremiah looks forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus – Israel’s promised Messiah. The prophet tells us that this is God’s promise, his plan for the salvation of Israel. In this, we see how great is our God – his blessings not only come to Israel but overflow to the whole world. Yes, Jesus, the son of David, will fulfil this promise, but we also see so much more revealed at the end of verse 16, ‘The Lord Our Righteous Saviour’. The Messiah will be the salvation of the world!
Do you underestimate the Lord God? Is his arm too short to reach you? Is he unable to hear you? To see you? No! Our God is one who blesses so greatly that the blessings overflow. In Jeremiah’s time, what was left of Israel – the people of Judah – was taken by Babylon. The kingship was lost. Jerusalem was lost. The temple was destroyed. Israel (like us) had not been faithful. But we see here that God promises restoration; he promises salvation. Not because Israel deserves it, but because he is gracious. He is so gracious that the Messiah who will save Israel also saves you and me! The Messiah is our Lord Jesus, who saves us through his death and resurrection!
We often feel when things go so horribly wrong that God has abandoned us. Scripture shows us that while we may move away from him, he doesn’t give up on us. It is easy to grab hold of our righteous Saviour when we realise that he has already got us firmly in his grasp.
Gracious God, thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for sending your dear Son to live, die and rise again for me. Help me to see that you are with me – in the bad times and the good times. Amen.
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Remote learning
Thank you to our staff, students and parents for your work and support of one another as we have navigated our way through another week of remote learning. The effectiveness of established protocols and delivery of daily tasks, and it has been wonderful to see the vast majority of students continuing to engage positively in their learning. We encourage parents to maintain regular communication with your child’s classroom teacher, and to reach out for assistance if needed. Please remember, teachers do indicate how much time they have assigned to tasks and have also indicated which are the priority tasks by marking them with a star.

Assembly and chapel
This week students were provided with devotions each day via their Google Classroom. Year 1I, who were rostered on to lead chapel this morning will record their service and make it available once we return to face to face learning. Our next assembly will be held via Google Meets on Monday 2 August.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
This week saw the extension of remote learning for a further seven days, meaning students will only be able to return to school on Wednesday 28 July. I continue to hold hope that lockdown measures can be relaxed next week and we see a return to students learning on-site. Previous remote learning experiences indicate that the longer remote learning goes, the greater chance there is that students can start to lose focus and their effort and attitude can decline. Middle School staff have been asked to take regular attendance for their lessons and pass on any relevant information to Year Level and House Coordinators, who can then make a decision on when it may be appropriate to call home to touch base. Consistent and clear communication between home and school has always been a strength and a priority of HTLC and this is even more important during a remote learning phase. Parents are encouraged to be proactive and make contact with teachers or support staff if they are looking for feedback on how their child is managing remote learning expectations.

Year 8 Melbourne excursion
Even though there is an element of uncertainty around the Year 8 Melbourne excursion scheduled for 12 and 13 August, parents are asked to complete medical consent forms and return them to school at their earliest convenience. At this stage there has been no decision to postpone or cancel the excursion, but a final decision on this will be made closer to the date in line with government guidelines and HTLC’s Pandemic Management Plan.

ICAS competitions
Students who registered to sit the ICAS English, Maths and Science competitions have now been officially registered. Students will sit these tests in the following weeks:
  • Week 6: English
  • Week 7: Science
  • Week 8: Maths
Exact sitting times are being finalised and will advertised once confirmed.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Careers information
This time of year is traditionally the time when we take our senior students to visit regional universities. This year, our students are able to undertake this experience in an online platform. In addition to the usual careers expos, many of the universities are conducting career and university life webinars in an effort to support students as they begin to think about subject selections and pathways beyond secondary education.
Virtual subject selection
Year 9 Pathways forms and Year 10 VCE Subject Selection forms are now due by Monday 26 July. Students are asked to scan or photograph their forms and email them to their Year Level Coordinators.

Try VET Day
For those students considering the possibility of undertaking a VET Course in 2022, this day will now be conducted virtually on 5 August. Further information will provided as it becomes available.

Student drivers and passengers
Students who are driving to school are reminded that parental consent must be submitted to the Principal. A driver who intends to carry passengers in their vehicle has added responsibilities. Only passengers nominated on the application form are permitted to travel with a designated driver. Passengers are required to provide parental consent to be driven to school by another student (unless they are siblings of the driver). Passengers also have a particular responsibility to ensure that their behaviour in any vehicle being driven by another student is exemplary. Please find below the forms required to be submitted to the office by student drivers and passengers, they can also be found on the app.
VCE Important dates
  • VTAC applications open: Monday 2 August
  • Resheduled: GAT: Thursday 12 August
  • VTAC applications due: Thursday 20 September
  • VCE English exam: Wednesday 27 October, 9am–12:15pm
  • VCE Trial Exams (HTLC campus): Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Thanks to Mrs Liston and Mrs Harding for conducting meetings for our Hockey team late last term and in Week 1 this term. Due to remote learning we were unable to conduct our final team selection training. When we return from remote learning the team will be announced. This team will be competing in Dimboola; a new date will be announced when SSV has passed this on.

Girls AFL
Our Girls AFL games have been postponed due to lockdowns. New dates will be announced when we return from remote learning.

Greater Western Netball
This event has been postponed due to lockdowns. A new date will be announced when SSV pass this onto the school.
Future sport dates
  • Year 5/6 girls AFL: 16 & 21 July (Friday Week 1, Wednesday, week 2, Term 3) POSTPONED
  • Greater Western Netball: 28 July in Ballarat (Wednesday, Week 3, Term 3) POSTPONED
  • Little Desert Hockey: 30 July in Dimboola (Friday, Week 3 Term 3) POSTPONED
  • Little Desert Volleyball: 20 August (Friday, Week 6 Term 3)
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9, Term 3)
  • Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Basketball Hoop Time Competition: New dates Year 3/4 November and 5/6 on 18 November
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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A SPECIAL REPORT: Covid Fatigue & Youth Mental Health
The physical impact of the pandemic has mostly spared our young people, however as the nation remains to be on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated. The pandemic has had a great affect on our young people with many paying a heavy emotional and developmental price. Psychological disorders are on the rise and emergency interventions have skyrocketed.
Unlike the coronavirus itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic cannot be vaccinated away. Psychologists are seeing more depression and anxiety across all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids, with some choosing to self-medicate using alcohol or other drugs. When they look into the future now, they’re looking at one that wasn’t what they envisioned before.
This report explains the current state of youth mental health in a post-COVID era and offers guidance on how best to support young people today. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Focus on the Long Game (Not What’s Under Your Nose)
Parenting is a 20-year investment. And like all investments, there are peaks and troughs. I’m not an investment expert, but I’m friends with a few people who are. And here’s what I’ve learned about tying our investment in parenting and our investment in finance together. During the peaks, every investor is happy. It feels good to be winning! During the troughs, many investors take different approaches. But the most successful generally do a few things:
  1. They remember that patience is important. Most troughs eventually bottom out and the investment begins to mature and improve. But it usually takes time.
  2. They remember to stay in control of their emotions. Most troughs increase stress levels, but good investors recognise that they make poorer decisions when emotions are high. They stay “cool” even when things are hot, because they know their investment will eventually grow.
  3. They remember that everyone makes mistakes. You can’t invest without some failures. It’s inevitable. But great investors are good learners. They make mistakes until they figure out a process that works for them and stick with it once they’re on it, making gentle adjustments when the market changes.
  4. They persevere. Because there’s risk, volatility, unpredictability, and randomness that throws everything off track, the best investors know they’ve just got to stick at it. Over time things work out.
Your parenting investment will be full of peaks (happy times) and troughs (tough times). If you’re in a trough today, be patient, stay in control, accept and learn from mistakes, and stick at it. Things might be on the way up again tomorrow.

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