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How is everyone going? Keeping up with the latest restrictions? Struggling to establish a weekly routine? Have you remembered what day it is! This past week has delivered a fresh challenge to the college community as we encountered a ‘snap’ lockdown like no other. Last week I spoke of my surprise at how quickly we moved into lockdown and I can tell you, that coming out of lockdown this week was an even bigger shock. The sudden backflip took everyone by surprise.

Any change will bring a range of emotions and feelings. I could hear the collective shriek of excitement coming from parents as they realised their children can return to school. The students were no doubt encouraged by the prospect of seeing their friends and returning to organised sport and activities, and there was certainly a level of anticipation from staff at the realisation that on-site learning could resume. But amongst this level of excitement, anticipation and relief, please also spare a thought for the teachers who spent a considerable amount of extra time diligently preparing a week’s worth of remote learning activities. To then shelve these plans (after the announcement) and prepare a week’s worth of face to face learning activities. All this while juggling their own emotional responses, personal feelings and family commitments. Thank you to those parents who reached out and sent messages of support to staff. These words of encouragement go along way and are very much appreciated.

Hopefully in the near future, there will come a time where lockdowns and remote learning become a thing of the past, but for now, they have to remain a realistic possibility as we continue to battle this pandemic. Holy Trinity will continue to review how we respond to Government decisions that are made and as always, will be clear and concise in our communication with the community. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the freedoms that will come with being out of lockdown this weekend.

Mr Weller returns
The past five weeks I have had the opportunity to fulfil the role of Acting Principal while Mr Weller has been on Sabbatical leave. I have been exposed to a range of new experiences and responsibilities and have enjoyed navigating the different challenges and scenarios that arise across a ‘normal’ school day. I have certainly appreciated the support I have received from the College Council, Leadership Team and staff, and thank them for this. As the school has grown, the focus has been on establishing Leadership that extends beyond one person and I certainly inherited a unified, passionate and driven team, clear on their roles and how to execute them effectively. Welcome back Mr Weller who will return to work on Monday, refreshed and rejuvenated after his extended break.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal
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To God be the Glory
By Colleen Fitzpatrick
Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

I received an email today: ‘Thanks again for your … Just wanted to let you know that I love your piece; what a great idea!’ I was thrilled to receive the acknowledgement. It came out of the blue and was totally unexpected. It made me feel valued and appreciated. This made me think about giving thanks. It seems we are robbed of the opportunity to give thanks with so many of our daily transactions undertaken online. The art of writing a thank you note is vanishing – except for our next-door neighbour, who faithfully pops a card or postcard into our letterbox when etiquette requires.

I grew up in a home where daily devotions were the norm, read from The Book (‘Can you get The Book?’, my dad used to say as tea came to an end). Meals were bracketed with prayers: ‘Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed’ before and ‘O give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his mercy endures forever’ at the end. These daily rituals did not survive into the 21st century in my family, which makes me feel sad. In fact, I’m sure we are not the only ones to have lost this practice. Today’s verse encourages us to give thanks and glorify God. When praying, we can use the mnemonic ACTS to structure our prayers, including adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.

Adoration – some of our favourite hymns How great thou art, Amazing grace and To God be the glory offer some wonderful examples of this.
Confession – this can include reflection on where we have strayed from leading a godly life. This can help us become aware of who we may have hurt. We then can consider not just asking God for forgiveness but also what we need to do to heal relationships.
Thanksgiving – there is so much that we can give thanks for, not least for the grace God extends to all of us, as this verse states. So, let’s give thanks whenever and wherever we can, particularly to our loving God whose grace is there for you, me and anyone who dares to claim it.
Supplication – God is happy to hear our prayers and wants us to bring our requests through them. God is generous in answering those prayers – how very blessed we are!

Gracious God, thank you for the gift of faith that lets us believe we will be with you in eternal life. Thank you for your gift of grace, and we ask that you give us thankful hearts so that we can live our lives to your glory and to the good of our family and community. Amen.
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What an unusual week we have had, starting what we expected to be at least a four day period of remote learning, only to be back at school Tuesday! It was very exciting to welcome staff and students back to school, and I commend everyone for your ability to adjust, adapt and refocus as we have navigated through this week. Thank you!

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. Conferences can now be booked using the School Interviews website using the event code: 2xcbc. We are hoping to be able to run conferences face-to-face, however a Google Meet link will be shared with you at the time of booking in case we need to move them to remote delivery.

School photos and Book Week dress up day
School photos have now been moved to 23 August. All students will need to wear their formal uniform on this day. As the Junior School were planning to recognise Book Week with a dress up parade on this day, this will now be moved to Tuesday 24 August. We are looking forward to seeing your amazing book week dress ups!

ICAS
ICAS English will take place next week for students who have nominated to complete the assessment at the following times:
  • Year 6: Tuesday P4
  • Year 5: Monday P3
  • Year 4: Wednesday P1
  • Year 3: Tuesday P1
Chapel and assembly
This week Year 6H have prepared a recorded chapel service, based on kindness and mercy from Psalm 86. Year 3L will be preparing chapel for Week 6. We will hold our next assembly remotely on Monday 16 August.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Return to school guidelines
As the students returned to school on Tuesday, they did so with a range of restrictions in place:
  • Masks must continue to be worn indoors and outdoors.
  • Chapels and assemblies are not allowed.
  • Visitors to the college are not permitted.
  • Movement between campuses is to be limited.
  • Incursions are discouraged.
  • School photo day has been postponed.
  • No school tours.
There were however a number of activities that are permitted including:
  • intra and interschool sporting competitions
  • camps and excursions to regional parts of Victoria (with some limitations)
  • Pre Service Teacher (PST) placements
  • singing and music classes
  • lunch orders and Café 3:16 orders
  • use of facilities such as indoor stadiums.
It is everyone’s hope that we can remain out of lockdown so that more of the restrictions mentioned above can be lifted.

Pre Service Teacher placements
As mentioned above, Pre Service Teachers are allowed to complete their placements in schools. This week we welcome Mackenzie Connelly (4th year) and Ruby Blair (4th year) who will be completing their teaching placement in the Middle and Senior school over the next few weeks. Mackenzie will be focussed on the areas of English and Humanities and Ruby will be teaching Health and Visual Arts. Welcome Mackenzie and Ruby.

School photos
As per the most recent Operations Guide, school photos are not permitted to be held on site. This means that the school photo day planned for next Tuesday 17 August has been postponed. The new date for school photos is on Monday 23 August (pending the lifting of restrictions).
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Student leadership
We once again commend our senior students on their resilience and ability to adjust their learning within a small space of time. The uncertainty and constant changes within their lives and their learning, have provided challenges for everyone, as a pandemic has shaped our learning environment. We are certainly pleased to welcome them back into the face-to-face classroom once again!

End of year VCE external exams
Following our recent periods of lockdown, there has been some uncertainly across the state about end of year exams for our Year 12 students. Whilst we have not yet been informed of a rescheduled date for the GAT (General Achievement Test), the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) have provided us with the following information:
  • The general preference is for the exams to remain at the current times.
  • The CED process will be used again this year alongside exam results, the GAT and comparisons of performance across all assessments, to calculate final VCE results.
  • As school are at various stages in their delivery of Unit 4 content, there will be no changes to Study Designs or examination content.
University Open Days
University Open Days provide a valuable opportunity for students to learn about courses and campuses of interest. This year they will once again be run virtually, alleviating the need for travel and providing a chance to register for webinars that can viewed in the comfort of home.
VET enrolments
VET enrolments for 2022 are now open and students are encouraged to enrol as soon as possible to increase their chances of securing a position in their course of preference. Further information is available from the college regarding the VET courses that will be running next year.
Why choose VET
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

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. Unfortunately the current COVID restrictions mean that parents are not allowed into the ground to watch the games. Please remember to meet at 6:30am in the main car park on Wednesday 25 August for a 6:45am departure.

Badminton trials
Students will have badminton trials this coming Monday 16 August at lunchtime in the MPC. Students are welcome to bring their own racquet if they wish. This competition is scheduled for Friday 1 September and teams will consist of 4 boys and 4 girls.

Volleyball
Due to the constant COVID postponements of inter school sport, it is becoming difficult to reschedule these events. Unfortunately it has been decided by our Regional and Division Coordinator, Gary Davidson, that the inter school Volleyball competition will be cancelled for 2021.

Future sport dates:
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new dates yet.
  • Greater Western Netball: 25 August in Ballarat (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Hockey: 20 August in Dimboola (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Volleyball: CANCELLED
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9, Term 3)
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

After another small hiatus away from school, sport at HTLC will resume as of next week! We would like to wish our Senior Girls Netball team the best of luck as they compete in Ballarat at the Greater Western Championships on Monday led by Miss Kelly.

Due to the uncertainty of day to day life, sporting dates and announcements will be released as soon as they are decided which can be within seven days of competition.

Students involved in the West Vic Academy of Sport program are lucky enough to be involved in a High Performance Day on Tuesday 24 August. These students will undertake a wide variety of strength, power, speed and agility testing to help further develop their programs and improve their physical performance. Chris Radford from the RADcentre will be leading our students through the day, so we ensure our students are looking forward to this day!
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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A SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times
Although life is always filled with uncertainty, the levels we are currently experiencing are unprecedented and it is becoming evident that this is taking a toll on our young people. The most recent research from Mission Australia makes clear the breadth and depth the pandemic is having on our youth across the nation.
It appears that lockdowns and tighter restrictions will be with us for some time, but it is important in such times of uncertainty to instil hope and remain optimistic. Adult carers can play a vital role in helping young people reframe their worries, encouraging them to see life as it is and helping them to focus more on the things they can control, rather than those they can’t.
It’s important young people remain connected with their social networks during these times as often their natural response to uncertainty is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety. With the continued disruptions, mental health concerns are on the rise and it is evident that many students may need some extra support to achieve their goals. Parents can help their kids focus more on the good bits in their life, rather than fill in the blanks with catastrophic narratives.

This Special Report outlines how adult carers can help instil hope and offer support in such times of uncertainty.
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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