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What a welcome sight it was to see students returning to face-to0face learning this week. After 12 days in lockdown, there was certainly plenty of catching-up to be done as students enthusiastically greeted each other and reacquainted themselves with their friends. Whilst it was pleasing to see the way the Holy Trinity community navigated another stint of remote learning, there was great collective relief when the decision was made to allow students to return to school.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the teaching staff who professionally worked to implement a remote learning platform for students from Foundation to Year 12. It isn’t easy to transition in and out of remote learning, but this was effectively achieved for a third time this year. The students have become adept at also moving between remote and face-to-face learning and should also be congratulated on the way they approached their responsibilities throughout the lockdown. Lastly, thank you to parents who show amazing support to their children and the college. Education is a partnership between home and school and this certainly becomes even more evident when learning is done from home.

Even though restrictions have eased, parents are reminded of the following guidelines which are in place:
  • If members of our community feel unwell they should stay home and seek medical advice.
  • Face masks must be carried and worn by individuals aged 12 and over, unless they have an exemption. Face masks will be required to be worn indoors and outdoors.
  • Parents are discouraged from attending on-site. If it is necessary for parents/carers to come on-site, please communicate with reception by email or phone beforehand. 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.
  • At this stage, due to density rules, visitors to chapels and assemblies are still not permitted.
  • Heads of Sub-Schools will be in contact regarding upcoming camps and excursions.
New staff welcome
It is with pleasure that I announce that Mrs Kate Polack, Wellbeing Team (College Chaplain), Mrs Melissa Haby (College Receptionist) and Mr Simon Millar and Mr Mick Nitschke (Grounds and Maintenance) have joined the college this semester. Welcome to these new members of the Holy Trinity community and I pray that they will contribute positively in their new roles.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal
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Fish Friday
By Verena Johnson
When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7).

As today is a Friday, I think it’s very appropriate to have a ‘fish’ story. I have some Catholic friends who still have fish every Friday. I remember helping my brother-in-law clean and fillet 60 plus garfish in our kitchen one day. We had quite a production line going. By the end of it all, everything stunk of fish. Me, my clothes, the kitchen, in fact, the whole house! Even after cleaning everything up, opening all the windows and washing clothes, there was still a vaguely fishy smell in the house for days afterwards. Imagine what it was like for Jonah inside that fish. The smell alone would have been phenomenal and overpowering. I wonder how long it took for the stink on him to go after he finished up back on dry land again in a pile of fish vomit. Maybe the Ninevites were constantly looking for the fish stall that had to be close by as he preached.
Jonah had been so busy running away from God and what he had been asked to do that he thought drowning was preferable. Until he actually was drowning. As his life was ebbing away, he finally remembered God and turned to him, ‘I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you’.
Revelation 5:8 describes our prayers as incense, ‘They were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people’.
So, inside the dark, foul, reeking stomach of that fish, there arose the sweet-smelling incense of Jonah’s heartfelt prayer as he thanked God for saving him, and he promised to make good on his vow. There was a beautiful aroma of praise and the heady perfume of surrender and obedience.
When your life stinks, or you’re in the middle of ‘fishy’ circumstances or dark places, offer up the sweet incense of your prayers to the God who has saved you and will save you. The same God who saved Jonah. The really surprising thing is that the aroma of your prayers also changes the atmosphere in you as well as around you.
Dear God who saves, thank you for saving me and for continuing to save me amid all that happens in my life. Help me to always turn to you and offer you the sweet incense of my prayers and the aroma of my praise regardless of circumstances. Amen.
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Return to face-to-face learning
It was wonderful to welcome our students and teachers back on site for face to face learning on Wednesday morning. Seeing the enthusiastic greetings of friends in the school yard was very heart warming. Once again, I would like to thank and congratulate all members of our college community for all your application and support of one another during this recent period of remote learning. Well done!

Staffing
It is with joy that I communicate Mrs Liston and Mrs Gulvin are expecting additions to their family in October. Mrs Bernadette Kirby will be teaching 3L from Monday 6 September, and Mr Iain Sedgman will be teacher 6G from the beginning of Term 4. Both of these teachers have been working as relief staff in our school and are experienced teachers. We are very grateful for their willingness to support students in their learning later this year. We pray for Jennifer and Matt, and Alethea and Chris as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.

Student teacher
This week Claire Burke has commenced a seven week placement in the Year 4F class. Claire is in her final year of teacher training, studying with ACU. Welcome Claire!

NCCD
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019). The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. Staff at HTLC have identified students for consideration for the NCCD, reviewed evidence and moderated our data ready for this submission. Students identified in the NCCD data collection are not involved in any additional testing processes. The data provided to the Australian Government does not identify individual students and the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. Additional information regarding the NCCD can be found at www.nccd.edu.au.

Year 5 camp
We were very pleased to inform our Year 5 students and parents this week that the Year 5 camp has been rescheduled. They will be going to Creswick Log Cabins from the 27 to 29 October. I pray all of our students, staff and parent helpers have an enjoyable, educational and healthy camp experience early next term.

Assembly and chapel
This week Year 1I recorded their chapel service and shared it with class and families. The theme for this service was telling the truth, based on Ephesians 4:15. 1I have been preparing their chapel for many weeks, as it has been postponed many times! We thank them for their patience and give thanks they have been able to share their service with the Junior School community this week. Next week Year 6H will be leading worship with a focus on kindness and mercy from Psalm 86.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Tokyo Olympics
The Olympic Games have always been an event which I have looked forward to, dating back to my earliest Games experience, the 1988 Seoul Olympics. I vividly remember the excitement of watching Debbie Flintoff win Gold in the 400 metre hurdles and Duncan Armstrong taking Gold in the 200 metre freestyle. Both wins inspiring great emotion and pride in my school community, as we gathered around the television to watch them live. This week has also provided many moments of pride as Australia has claimed at least one gold medal on each day of competition.

I must admit, it has made for a refreshing change to turn on the nightly news and hear stories of Australians doing great things on the world stage, giving us all a much needed reprieve from the constant fear and negativity surrounding the coronavirus.

Middle School students are at a stage in their lives where they are searching for answers as they grapple with their identity and place in the world. The influence of those outside of the close family unit can be incredibly powerful at this time and I hope that our students have had an opportunity to listen to the personal stories of those that have made the Olympic team, and then experienced the highest level of success. These athletes are such positive role models and throughout the week I have heard stories of the sacrifice, hard-work, dedication, motivation and strength that was needed to reach the top. I have heard about the importance of coaches and mentors and how they have been like family members to these athletes. There have been many stories of athletes overcoming adversity in the form of injury, illness or personal tragedy by showing grit and perseverance. What great life lessons for our young people to be exposed to and learn from.

It is not necessary to have a great interest or passion for the Olympic Games, in order to be influenced by the feats that have and will be performed over this 14-day period. But anyone can learn from the lessons that are exhibited by these athletes and the stories that they tell. At a time where the world can do with some positive inspiration, the Games are certainly providing that. Go Australia!
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre)
VTAC applications open next week. Information sessions will be held for students in the coming weeks as they complete research and make final decisions regarding their university preferences. Parents are strongly encouraged to engage in this process with their child. As we are currently unable to conduct parent information evenings on campus, information will be made available to parents virtually and packs provided for collection from Main Reception next Thursday.

It is important for students to consider available scholarships, early entry programs and the options of SEAS applications. Open Day information will prove a valuable resource at this time, to assist students in confirming their university preferences.
  • 2 August: VTAC applications open
  • 30 September: timely applications close
  • 8 October: SEAS and scholarships applications close
  • 13 December: Victorian ATAR released
Open Days
VCE important dates
  • GAT (for all students completing a Unit 3/4 subject): Thursday 5 August
  • VCE English exam: Wednesday 27 October, 9am–12:15pm
  • VCE trial exams (HTLC campus): Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

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School Sport update
School Sport Victoria wishes to advise that School Sport Victoria school sport events, competitions and selection trials were able to resume on Thursday 29 July 2021. School Sport Victoria will look to reschedule impacted interschool sport events. Where this is not possible, events may be cancelled. Due to venue capacity limits and density limits for indoor and outdoor sport, spectators are not permitted at School Sport Victoria events at this time. This excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, and supervising staff. As soon as we hear from our Regional Coordinators with new dates for the postponed events, we will pass on dates.
Future sport dates
  • Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Basketball Hoop Time Competition: POSTPONED no new date yet.
  • Little Desert Volleyball: 20 August (Friday, Week 6)
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9)
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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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 friendships 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 edition of SchoolTV, 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.
10 Ways To Deal With The Day-To-Days Ups And Downs
Juggling the task of raising a family with the rest of life often feels impossible. It's stressful... it's taxing. There's already enough to do with work, the house, the kids' routine, extra-curricular activities, personal interests, and a crowded calendar. But once we throw in the stress that comes from tired or grumpy children, a stressed or absent partner, and the day-to-day emotions of a roller coaster life, it can feel overwhelming.

In this webinar, Dr Justin Coulson will step out simple parenting, family, and life hacks (and science that supports them) to help you reduce, simplify, stay sane, be consistent, and raise a flourishing family. You'll hear ten practical, "real", do-able strategies designed to make family life simpler, smoother, and happier.

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