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A lot can change in 24 hours. Yesterday when I arrived at work, there were many things running through my mind and a statewide lockdown was not one of them. As the day progressed, a number of notifications on my phone started to indicate that there were some important meetings happening, centred around the concern for growing Covid cases in Victoria. A phone call after lunch was followed by confirmation that a press conference would be held by the Premier later that afternoon. All signs were pointing to a major announcement. Whilst I was hoping for positive news for the Wimmera and Holy Trinity Lutheran College (maybe a 3-day lockdown, Melbourne only), these thoughts were quickly put aside when Mr Andrews announced a 7-day lockdown from 8:00pm Thursday evening, for all of Victoria.

This will mean that from Monday 9 August, we will recommence our remote learning platform for students, with very limited exemptions for on-site learning to take place. Onsite learning will only be available for the vulnerable, and for those children of essential workers who can't work from home. If you haven't already, please make sure you register your child to attend if you need them to. Families who have indicated that they will need to send their child to school will be contacted via email over the weekend with details on the protocol and procedures for the school day. Further information will be provided next week if there are any changes to the length of the lockdown and its impact on remote learning.
As we prepare to enter another period of lockdown and remote learning, I wish all families the best as they navigate these new restrictions and changes. ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ (Philippians 4:6-7)
Mr Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal
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How much is enough?
By Pastor Mark Gierus
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)

When it comes to giving, how do you go with that? Would you say you give from the leftover stuff you have, or would you say you give because you can?
If you won a substantial amount of money or inherited it, what would you do with it? Do you ever play that game thinking about how you would spend a large amount of money you received? New car? Pay off debts, mortgage, and school fees, buy new clothes, take holidays (in our more limited COVID travel context), or simply put it in the bank? But would you give some away?
What does God say about giving? Do you need to give a percentage? Or what you promise, no matter what? You see, it is not about the amount, nor is it up to you and me to judge what others should be giving either. Saint Paul reminds us today to give what we have decided to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. This is about cheerful giving.
God wants us to give and to be generous but cheerful in the giving. If it is not money, give your time cheerfully. If it is a skill that someone else needs, share it with a cheerful heart. And if it is money, give what you decide cheerfully, not guilted into an amount by others.
God will enrich us day by day, especially by his word, so we can be generous with the gifts God gives us. Yes, I am talking about worldly things but also the gift of God’s grace, mercy and love, which we can share generously with others around us.
Start with a generous heart in everything you do, and God who is faithful will give you all you need to do the work he sends you to do in Jesus’ name.
Gracious Father, you give us so much. Help us give generously in all things – our time, our talents, and our treasures, knowing that you have first given to us. Thank you that while we were still sinners, you generously gave us your only Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our sins. Bless us in all we do. Amen.
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Student Conferences
Student Conferences will be held in Week 7, on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 August. These will be three-way conferences involving students, parents/carers and teachers. Students are required to accompany their parent or carer to the conference, and will be active participants in the discussion of their learning. Further information will be sent home next week with instructions on how to book a conference time.

Book Week Dress Up Day
Monday 23 August the Junior School are planning to recognise Book Week with a dress up parade, book readings and activities relating to the nominated books for 2021. Please start to talk to your child about what they would like to wear for this special day.

ICAS assessments will take place in Week 68. There will be one assessment each week, starting with English and concluding with Maths in Week 8. Students will only complete ICAS if they returned their nomination form at the end of last term. If we are in a period of remote learning during any of these weeks, the assessments will be moved to Term 4.

Remote learning 6.0
As you are aware, Victoria has once again entered into a lockdown, with today being a student free day. Remote learning will commence on Monday 9 August following our usual protocols. Please ensure you register your children if you require them to learn on-site and meet eligibility requirements.

Chapel and assembly
This week Year 6H have prepared a recorded chapel service, which will be used in the Junior School next week. This was based on kindness and mercy from Psalm 86. Year 3L will now be preparing a chapel based on growing in body, mind and spirit from Ephesians 4:1516 for Week 6. Our next to hold our next Assembly remotely on Monday 16 August.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Leyton Hay, Ryan Roy, Ava Webb FS: Chloe Carra, Riley Ellis-Ferguson 1C: Lachlan Kefegellis, Dakota Mutimer 1D: Delilah Schirmer 1I: Abel Forbes, All of 1I 2B: Koby Clarke 2S: Indi Walker 3B: Angus Crute, Sydney Currow, Sienna Nitschke 3K: Vivaan Sharma 3L: Jesse Arthur 5D: Isaac Hogan, Jesse Jolley 5G: Harry Hicks, Olivia Knoop 5H: Ellua Boyd 6G: Sid Kingston, Toby Uebergang 6H: Rory Johnston 6N: Chontelle Gerdtz, Larnie Kalms Chinese: All of FS, Estelle Bouma, Jesse Arthur Performing Arts: All of FL, All of 2S, All of 4R, Ethan Dridan, Bodhi Edmonds, Aksel Frahn PE: Maeja Ruwoldt Library: Charlotte Matuschka Jing Award: Sophia Pickering
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Middle School students will commence remote learning from Monday 9 August. The usual expectations will be asked of students:
  • Receive email and Google Classroom notification between 8:30 and 9:00am
  • Report to Home Room at 9am each morning.
  • Follow the normal timetable (Week A) and login to Google Meets at the beginning of all lessons.
  • Complete tasks from home to the best of your ability and communicate with your teacher if you encounter difficulty.
  • Approach the week as an opportunity to continue to meet learning objectives.
Students and parents have become quite adept at managing the remote learning environment. My thoughts and prayers are with all students and families as we move into a week of lockdown. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the following support people if you need some assistance; Head of Middle School, House Coordinators, Year Level Coordinators, Home Room teachers or Subject teachers.

Year 8 Melbourne excursion
The Year 8 Melbourne Cultural excursion that was scheduled to take place next Thursday 12 and Friday 13 August has been cancelled due to the latest lockdown announcement. Plans will be put in place to offer an alternative experience to students. These will be communicated to students and parents once they are known.

New student welcome
This week Manashij Syed joined the Holy Trinity community as the newest member of the Year 7 cohort. We welcome Manashij (and his family) and pray that they settle into Horsham and HTLC.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to remote learning 6.0
As we return once again to restrictions and enter a 7 day lockdown period, our VCE students continue to deal with the challenge of constant change, and adjustments to learning and assessment, as they approach their final weeks of school and external examinations. Whilst the transition to remote learning is now accompanied by a knowledge of online classrooms, teacher delivery and a certainty and confidence in the knowledge that learning will continue, it can be a challenge for many students. Melbourne University have offered tips and suggestions on helping your child through the home stretch of VCE during remote learning:
  • establish a routine
  • focus on what you can control
  • manage expectations
  • take advantage of technology
  • ask for help.
Premier’s VCE Award
We are extremely proud to acknowledge the achievement of Nathan Rokebrand who has been awarded a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding achievement in VCE Health and Human Development in 2020. Nathan was one of around 300 students to receive an award and one of 7 to receive an award in Health and Human Development. We congratulate Nathan for his commitment to his studies and his passion for acquiring knowledge.

GAT (General Achievement Test)
Students who are currently studying a VCE Unit 3 & 4 subject have been preparing to sit the GAT next Thursday 12 August. In light of our current restrictions, further information regarding scheduling of the GAT will be forwarded as it becomes available. Specific information regarding health and safety requirements for conducting the GAT has been provided to schools.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) is a 3-hour assessment based on general knowledge including English, Mathematics, Science and Humanity topics. Often VCE students aren’t really sure why they have to take part in this ‘exam’ and as a result, many have little care for it. However, the GAT is an important component in the VCE assessment process and its value should not be underestimated. Although GAT results do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results, they play an important role in checking that school assessments and examinations have been accurately scored, and in determining Derived Examination Scores. Achievement on the GAT is a good predictor of achievement on other assessments. If students have done well on the GAT, then their achievements are likely to be high on their school assessments and examinations.

VCE results: Consideration of Educational Disadvantage and Special Consideration
This year, the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process will again be applied to VCE results. The CED process accounts for the disruption to student learning caused by COVID-19. It applies to every student completing one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3/4 sequences in 2021, including Year 11 students. It restores a student’s results to where they would have been without the disruptions that have occurred throughout the year and makes sure that final VCE results are valid and fair for all students.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Girls AFL
At this stage we don't have a new date for this competition. As soon as we hear we will notify the team.

Greater Western Netball
We have now received a new date for this event. It is now Wednesday 25 August. It is still being held in Ballarat but at a new venue: Aflteron Reserve. All other details remain the same. Please ensure permission slips and private transport slips have been returned. Please meet at 6:30am in the main car park on Wednesday 25 August.

Little Desert Basketball Competition: NEW COMPETITION.
We have a date for our interschool Basketball competition. Please note that this is a different competition to the Hoop Time competition, which will be run later in the year. In the past the winners from the Hoop Time event would progress to the Greater Western Division competition. Due to the Hoop Time change of date (which is now being held after the Greater Western Competition date), we have now had to put in an additional competition to get our representative team for the Greater Western Competition. The Little Desert Basketball event will be held on Wednesday 13 October at 298 Stadium. We will use the Year 5/6 Hoop Time Team 1 teams for the boys and girls for this Little Desert competition.

Representative uniforms
Remember that when returning the representative sport uniforms that they need to be washed and returned to the Grey Basket in the foyer of the MPC. Please do not hand them to your teacher.

Term 3 sport dates
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new date yet.
  • Greater Western Netball: 25 August in Ballarat (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Hockey: 20 August in Dimboola (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Volleyball: 25 August (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9, Term 3)
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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A SPECIAL REPORT: Wellbeing checklist for secondary
The global pandemic is having a profound impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some are becoming more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, should your teen display any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, it may be a cause for concern.
Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, whilst others are modifiable. Adolescents are considered to be more at risk of anxiety and depression disorders which may affect their mood, thinking and behaviour. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities.
It is therefore vitally important for adult carers to remain vigilant during this time for any signs of distress, even though your adolescent may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is more important than ever. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your teen focus on the things that they can control, such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep.
In this Special Report, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern.
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.
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