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Warm greetings to all members of our college community. This week sees my return after five weeks of sabbatical leave. Structured as a time for a principal to focus on personal and professional growth, I was blessed to have an opportunity to engage in my own professional learning. Taking the time to be a lifelong learner is important for all of us and I give thanks to the College Council for the ability to do so. After returning from sabbatical leave, I must acknowledge the fine work of Mr Jason Przibilla who, during my absence, took on the role as the Acting Principal. I give thanks for Mr Przibilla and the staff of HTLC for their leadership and support of our school community during the first half of this term. I acknowledge it was a time of change and uncertainty but feel truly blessed to have such wonderful staff who were focused on serving, guiding and supporting our community during this time. Thank you.

With several challenges already thrown our way this term I acknowledge that not everything goes to plan. As individuals, one of the most important attributes that we can model to prepare our students for the future is resilience. In this changing and challenging world that we live in, I believe that for students to firmly establish a positive mindset that enables them to confidently face challenges as they come is for teachers and parents to model resilience. In displaying a positive mindset we are not pretending that issues do not exist but openly demonstrate a way of making good from a bad situation. How we bounce back from disappointments and loss, and support others to do the same, is important in developing strong, confident and robust individuals of the future. I encourage you all to model resilience when issues come your way—even when we may lack the energy to bounce back.

As we have seen during the term the lockdown of schools has been very quick. As an agile organisation we now need to have mechanisms in place to move quickly into our remote learning platform, with very little notice. Staff are now preparing to support students and families in making this shift between platforms, with student free days not being used for such occasions. I continue to urge families to be vigilant in checking emails and app notifications when such lockdowns are required, enabling effective communication to occur.

Families may recall that last term they were given an opportunity to engage in a school satisfaction survey, conducted by MMG Education. A comprehensive report has now been received and is currently being reviewed. I give thanks again for the students, staff and families who contributed to this survey and I look forward to how the data may strengthen our college into the future.

Please note that student photos scheduled for next week have been postponed until next term, on Tuesday 26 October.

I wish all in our community a safe and happy week. Please be kind to yourselves and show a Christ-like heart to others.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Enjoy the good days; value the bad ones
When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember: God gives good times and hard times, and no-one knows what tomorrow will bring. (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

The Message version of Ecclesiastes 7:14 says this: ‘On a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted’. One person’s good day is another person’s fantastic day! One person’s hard time is another person’s tragedy. In one sense, it is like the half-full/half-empty cup dilemma. No matter what you think you have, the cup holds half liquid and half air. No matter what you think of your life, you have your life! And, according to The Message translation: God arranges for both times. What do we make of this? What sort of God is revealed here? Perhaps we need to consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:45, ‘God makes the sun rise on the bad and on the good and causes rain to fall on the just and unjust’. The point is God practises universal, non-violent love. Through Jesus, grace, love and life are offered to all. The good and bad, the just and unjust, those who look for it and those who don’t.

I don’t know where you sit along these continuums. I do know that Jesus says, ‘Come to me, all who are thirsty’. And each one of us is thirsty at times. Different times, different situations, different responses. God’s offer, through Jesus, still stands. And for those of us who respond to that grace, love and life, we receive blessings. And we are called to offer similar grace, love and life to others. No matter our situation, we are blessed to be a blessing.

Thank you, Lord, for the variety of life experiences we have. Help us to hold onto your grace and love, no matter our situation. When we are able, encourage us in our endeavours to be a blessing to others. Amen.
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Student Conferences
We are grateful for the opportunity to share and celebrate the learning of students next Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during Student Conferences. Under the current School Operations Guide, unfortunately we are still unable to welcome visitors at school. Therefore, our Student Conferences will need to be held remotely. Please connect using the Google Meet link in your confirmation email 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. Once you open the Meet link, you will be placed in a waiting room until teachers are available to invite you into the Meet. If you have any difficulty connecting, please email your child's teacher.

Book Week dress up day
Our Book Week dress up day is on Tuesday next week (24 August). We are looking forward to seeing our students in their amazing book week dress ups!

Camps
Our Year 3 students are looking forward to their first school camp to Tandara, Halls Gap, from Wednesday to Friday next week. This camp aims to help students develop confidence and independence. In Week 8 our Year 5 classes plan to go on their camp to Creswick. We pray our students, staff and helpers enjoy their camping experience.

ICAS
ICAS Science will take place next week for students who have nominated to complete the assessment at the following times:
  • Year 6: Thursday P3
  • Year 5: Monday P3
  • Year 4: Wednesday P1
  • Year 3: Tuesday P1
Canteen and lunch orders
The canteen will be open at recess time next Thursday. From Week 8 (week beginning 31 August), lunch orders will no longer be available on Tuesdays. Instead, lunch orders will be available for all year levels on Thursdays only.

Chapel and assembly
This week Year 3L have prepared a recorded chapel service, based on kindness and mercy from Psalm 86. Year 4R will be preparing chapel for Week 7 with a message focusing on growing in God’s word. We will hold our next assembly remotely on Monday 30 August.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Laura Baker, Mason Rose, Charlie Young FS: Baden Cameron, Ellashay Cruz 1C: Cooper Steadman 1D: Leo Poplawski 1I: Ava North, Jack Steadman 2B: Ryder Sassmannshausen 2S: Zoe Kemp 3B: Lola Kerr, Cooper Ruwoldt 3K: Claire Rethus, Alyssa Stewart 3L: Charlotte Kelly 4F: Lydika Boyd 4R: Jenna Lockhart 5D: Eliza Brown, Marlie Roberts 5G: Sam Nurse, Amelia Van Buuren 5H: Lauren Jones, Ryan Steadman 6G: Charlie Arnott, Eli Bailey 6H: Hayley Uebergang 6N: Zoe B Chinese: Bailey Dridan Performing Arts: Misha Carter, Alfie Janetzki, Matilda Smith PE: All of 6H Library: Maeja Ruwoldt Jing Award: Angela Koh
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Restriction free
As of today (Friday) we have now been out of lockdown for a total of nine days and let’s pray this streak continues. We live in uncertain times however and recent events have left me hesitant to turn on my phone or television in the event that I hear the news we all dread 'statewide lockdown for all of Victoria.' The threat is there but we must strive to push these thoughts to the side, and make the most of the opportunities we have before us right now.
I used to love this time of the year, the eve of finals for the football season. The anticipation and excitement of what was to come, playing in front of family, friends and larger crowds than normal.
This year our junior footballers and netballers face a very different prospect with both leagues announcing that crowds will not be permitted for at least the first two weeks of finals. Whilst this news was disappointing for many, it sure beats the alternative of not playing at all. After being in lockdown for so much of last year, we can certainly appreciate the opportunity to play under whatever conditions are necessary.
I encourage everyone to make the most of the freedoms that we do have, whether that be playing sport, attending school, catching up with friends, family outings or travel. Enjoy and embrace the chance to make the most of every moment. And good luck to all those Middle School students participating in upcoming finals!

National Science Week
To celebrate National Science Week, Holy Trinity Lutheran College has organised a variety of activities to stimulate interest in all things science. Some of the events included:
  • A Year 6 session in the Middle School science lab to look at Chemical Reactions.
  • A STEM activities session run for Primary Students by the Year STEM elective students (Year 8/9)- to be held in Week 7 on Tuesday.
  • Science Shows performed to primary students. These have been created by the Year 9 Science Elective Students and will be be ran in Week 7 on Thursday.
  • Year 7and 9 Science students exploring their own area of science and creating a video to share with an audience. This will aim to be sent out next week and will involve chemical reactions, food experiments, and the topic of how forces impact our lives.
  • Exploring food science with the science elective students completing a spherification reaction.
  • Daily videos made by the science faculty to encourage families to engage with science at home.
A big thank you to Mrs Moore and Mrs Engert for coordinating and leading these activities and generating great interest and excitement around science.

NAPLAN
Year 7 and 9 parents and students can expect to receive their NAPLAN results before the end of the term. The data typically becomes available to schools and families in late August, early September. The college will communicate with families when the exact date is known and will then explain the process that can be undertaken to review and discuss the results.

ICAS
On Thursday a number of students sat the ICAS English Competition. The students gathered in the MPC to sit the on-line tests. There are two other upcoming tests:
  • ICAS Maths: Wednesday 25 August @ 9:00am
  • ICAS Science: Wednesday 1 September @ 9:00am
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VTAC applications (Year 12 students)
Students are now well underway with their VTAC accounts. Support has also been provided for those student wishing to create UAC, QTAC and SATAC accounts for entry applications to other states. Information has been provided to students regarding SEAS and scholarship applications. Please do not hesitate to contact the college with any questions or queries regarding course applications, SEAS, course information, preferences and scholarships.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
SEAS allows selection officers at institutions to grant special consideration for course entry to applicants.
  • Category 1: Should be completed by all students, it requires no additional documentation
  • Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background
  • Category 3: Disability or medical condition
  • Category 4: Difficult circumstances e.g. disruption to living situation, affected by illness or death of relative/friend, natural disaster, refugee status, impact of COVID-19 remote learning–this category should be completed by all students
If you would like to discuss a personal SEAS application, please contact the Year 12 Coordinator or Head of Senior School. Get more information about SEAS documentation from the VTAC website.

Registration for results
To allow time for the completions of the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process and the additional statistical analysis required, the VCE and VCAL results release date has been moved form 13 December to 16 December 2021. VTAC applications will not be disadvantaged by this change. Year 12 students can register for the Results and ATAR Service. This is separate from a VTAC account but they will need the VCAA student number from their account.

Year 11 students wishing to access results for a Year 12 subject they have completed this year do not need to create a VTAC account. They can simply register for the Results and ATAR service using the following link: resultsandatar.vic.edu.au. VCAA numbers will be distributed by the Year Level Coordinator.

VCE Important dates
  • Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September: VCE Revision sessions (HTLC campus)
  • Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October: VCE Trial Exams (HTLC campus)
  • Wednesday 27 October, 9am to 12:15pm: VCE English exam
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Hockey team
Congratulations to the following students who are in our very first HTLC Primary Hockey team:
Rory Johnston, Ryan Clarke, Will Koch, Keisha Besselaar, Noah Eilola, Hunter Knoop, Rhylee Olsten, Austin McLellan, Olivia Knoop, Hannah Polack, Faith Eilola - Assistant Coach/Umpire. The team competed today in Dimboola and results and photos will be posted in next week's newsletter. Thank you to Mrs Liston and Mrs Harding for preparing our team for this event and we look forward to your results.

Greater Western Netball
We wish the Greater Western Netball team all the best for their competition next Wednesday in Ballarat and thank parents who will be transporting students and coach Chloe Davis for their time and commitments. Results will be published next week. The members of the Netball team are: Charlie Arnott, Nellie Driller, Emma Uebergang, Lucy Bunworth, Ellita Scollary, Emma Streeter, Hayley Uebergang, Imogen Dunn, Millie Friberg, Adelyn Penny, Maya Przibilla.

Badminton
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent HTLC in the inter-school Badminton competition: Aiza Ali, Olivia Young, Emma Streeter, Zoe Bandel, Declan Penhall, Will Koch, Orlando Heal and Lachlan North. Students will be participating on Friday 1 September at 298 school gymnasium. Notes will be sent on Monday and permission slips will need to be returned by Wednesday 25 August.

Footy Day
Our annual AFL Footy day will be held on Friday 3 September. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of AFL skills and game stations run by our Year 6s. They will also have the opportunity to order a pie and drink for lunch on this day. Please look out for order forms to be sent home soon.

Future sport dates:
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new dates yet.
  • Greater Western Netball: 25 August in Ballarat (NEW DATE)
  • Little Desert Volleyball: CANCELLED
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9, Term 3)
Important announcement regarding school sport events
A significant number of School Sport Victoria events, including District, Division, Region and State Championships, initially planned to run in Term 2 and Term 3 have been impacted. School Sport Victoria is currently making every effort to reschedule impacted interschool sport events at District, Division and Region level. Where this is not possible, events and competitions will be cancelled, including progressing to State Championships in some sports. Read more about the School Sport Victoria update.
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Future sport dates:
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new dates yet.
  • Greater Western Netball: 25 August in Ballarat (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

Sport has made its much awaited return at HTLC this week! Our Senior Girls Netball team progressed through to the Greater Western Championships all the way back in May, with several rescheduled dates finally had the chance to represent the school in Ballarat on Monday.

Competing against the toughest competition in the Greater Western Region, the girls coached by Miss Kelly fought hard all day. Carrying multiple injuries, the team led by Delta Wardle and Emily Polack performed outstanding on the day, narrowly missing out on progressing through to the State Championships.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to the Senior Girls Netball team for being the first group to represent the HTLC community at the Greater Western Championships for netball!
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Future sport dates:
  • 3/9: Black Ranges Year 7 Basketball
  • 7/9: Black Ranges Year 8 Basketball
  • 16/9: Black Ranges Year 7 & 8 Volleyball
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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.
9 Ways to a Resilient Child
This program is a simple and practical summary version of 9 Ways to a Resilient Child, designed for those who don’t like to read, but do like activities and the practical aspects of learning.

Resilience is that thing that we all want our children to have so that when hard times hit – as they inevitably will, regardless of the efforts we make to make it otherwise – our children are able to adapt and flourish anyway.

In the 9 Ways to a Resilient Child book, we’ll focus on the critical things we can do ourselves, and the mindset we want to build in ourselves, our children – our whole family – to make resilience the default response.

HTLC have partnered with Happy Families to offer College families a FREE premium membership! To sign up for the Happy Families resource you can go to members.happyfamilies.com.au/holytrinity
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Keeping our college community safe and healthy
A reminder that visitor access to the college is restricted, please contact us via phone or email rather than attending onsite where it is possible. Any visitors to the school must use the QR code to check in and be wearing a mask. This also includes wearing a mask in the carpark during drop off/pick up times. If your child is sick, please keep them at home as unwell students can spread an illness to other students and teachers. If your child has any cold and flu-like symptoms, please seek medical advice and do not return back to school until the symptoms have resolved or the child is cleared by a doctor. Reminder that all students 12 years and over are required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, unless they have an exemption not to do so.
Bookclub
Bookclub brochures (Issue #6) have been distributed. All orders should be placed by Wednesday, 1 September. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scholastic Australia’. Credit card payments may also be made using the online system, the LOOP. By indicating ‘gift’ on your online order, the books will be kept at school for you to pick up if you do not want your child to see your purchase. For more information, please contact Jaci Gabbé Library Assistant.
School photos rescheduled
Unfortunately, due to current restrictions school photos aren't able to go ahead on Monday and have been rescheduled to Tuesday 26 October in Term 4. If you have ordered and paid for photos already, these orders will be carried over to the next date.

Lunch orders
From Week 8 (week beginning 31 August), lunch orders will no longer be available on Tuesdays. Instead, lunch orders will be available for all year levels on Thursdays only.
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