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Greetings to our college community. How are you going? Are you coping? I hope that you are all doing okay. The levels of uncertainty we are currently experiencing is something that most of us have never experienced before, it is becoming evident that this is taking a toll on so many people. In new research published by Mission Australia, it makes clear that the pandemic is having a considerable impact on youth across the nation. So what can we do? Instilling hope and remaining optimistic while supporting young people, while maintaining connection with their family and social networks, is vital during this time. With the continued disruptions, often our natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety so parents are encouraged to support their kids by helping them to focus more on the good things in their life, rather than filling in the blanks with catastrophic narratives—playing a positive role in helping young people reframe their worries, encouraging them to focus more on the things they can control, rather than those they can’t.

In looking to support our youth, LEVNT (Lutheran Education VIC, NSW & TAS), together with SchoolTV, have developed a special report presented by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. With continued lockdowns happening across the nation, this report discusses the importance of instilling hope in our children and outlines the vital role parents can play in helping young people reframe their worries. I encourage our families to watch this together, further strengthening our support for one another.
It is with disappointment that I inform the college community that Pastor Simon Cooper has respectfully declined a Call as our College Pastor for 2022. Despite the challenges we face within this process, the Call Committee is once again working on engaging with other Pastors to join our community in the future. Please keep the Call Committee in your prayers.

'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.' (Romans 15:13)
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Short time or long
Paul replied, ‘Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.’ (Acts 26:29)

Paul never missed an opportunity to testify to the faithfulness of God and the power of Christ in his life. In prison with serious charges against him, he was still ready to share the good news with ‘small and great alike’ (verse 22), among his own people and those of the Gentile world beyond. When called before the Jewish king Agrippa and the Roman governor Festus to give an account of himself, he grasped the chance to tell of God’s saving help for all in Jesus Christ.
This ardent testimony was bound to evoke a response, one way or the other. First, the governor shouts, ‘Paul, you’re mad! Out of your mind with all your learning!’ Then when Paul appeals to King Agrippa, the evasion is complete: ‘In such a short time, you think you can persuade me to become a Christian?!’ Not ready to receive the testimony, both fended off, unable to hear more.
Many of us pray for loved ones to hear and receive the gospel and come to Christ for his mercy and rescue. You may have shared your faith with someone who was not ready to receive the good news message. Perhaps you wonder whether your prayer or your testimony will ever bear fruit. Today Paul encourages us as he looks ahead in time to the church and its mission in our time, to ‘all who are listening to me today’. ‘Short time or long,’ he says, ‘however long it takes, I keep praying that you will know Christ as I do, living in his promise and power, his grace and peace’.
A seed can hide for a long time in the ground. Though we look for it, we may not see it sprouting and growing. But God is faithful. His mission in Christ continues today through the prayer and testimony of believers just as it did in Paul’s day. We pray on and tell the story again in hope. God is listening, and as Paul reminds us elsewhere, he is able to do all and far more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), short time or long!

Following you, dear Lord Jesus, we entrust our prayer and testimony for those you love into your gracious keeping. Stir up our faith in your promises and increase our zeal for your kingdom, coming among us by your grace again today. Amen.
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Remote learning
Once again we find ourselves in a period of remote learning, following the announcement of lockdown on Saturday morning. Please take care of yourselves and support your children to stay connected and healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers or myself if we can support you in any way.

Student Conferences
We are grateful for the opportunity to share and celebrate the learning of students during Student Conferences this week. Teachers have expressed how wonderful it was to connect with families and students, despite needing to move to our remote platform. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our teachers who adapted so quickly to another new way of doing things.

Book Week dress up day
Our Book Week dress up day has been postponed. Once we return to on-site learning for all students, we will notify families of our new date. Please keep your costumes safe!

Our Year 3 camp to Tandara, Halls Gap, has been rescheduled for 10–12 November, and our Year 5 camp to Creswick Log Cabins is planned for 27–29 October.

ICAS Science and Maths assessments have been postponed until October.

Chapel and assembly
This week Year 4R have recorded chapel with a message focusing on growing in God’s word. Assembly has been postponed until all students return to on-site learning. Thank you to Mrs Nuttall for her assistance in recording chapels and assemblies this year.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
The inconsistent nature of this term continued this week as a statewide lockdown meant a return to remote learning. At this stage, the lockdown will be in place until at least Thursday 2 September, with an announcement on this to be made sometime next week. Given that students will now be entering their fourth week of remote learning (for the semester), teachers of specialist and elective subjects (Years 7 to 10) will have the opportunity to send home resource packs which will allow practical subjects to continue with their planned curriculum. Parents will be notified by email and app notification if they have a resource pack to collect. Packs can be collected from the Senior School Agora from 1pm, Monday 30 August. These resource packs proved to be a real highlight during last year’s remote learning experience and I hope that the packs prepared this year will provide encouragement and motivation for our Middle School students.

This week the college received news that NAPLAN reporting packages will be delivered to schools from Monday 30 August. Once the results are received, college leadership will review and analyse the data before making contact with families.

Postponement of events
Due to the lockdown restrictions, the following Middle School events have been postponed:
  • selected Science and English Week activities
  • ICAS Maths and Science competitions (new dates yet to be confirmed)
  • Year 9 Rite Journey Practice Hike (rescheduled to Tuesday 7 September).
Communication with students and families will be made once new dates are confirmed.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 12 students study/care packs
This year has once again provided many challenges and recurrent disruptions to the learning programs of our Year 12 students as they complete their final year of school and prepare for entry to further study or vocational pathways.
This week we had the privilege of delivering Study Care Packs to most of our Year 12 students, providing them with additional study aids to support their preparation for exams, stationery items, (kindly donated by Shelton and Lane), and a few treats, for those times when you need a break. It has been pleasing to see their positivity and ability to persevere despite the ongoing hurdles that have come their way. We commend our Year 12s on their resilience at this time and continue to keep them in our prayers.

Inspirational speaker
Next week, Lucy Stephan, a local gold medallist from the recent Tokyo Olympics, will be speaking with a group of our senior students regarding her experiences and the strategies she has used to manage challenging circumstances.

VTAC applications for Year 12 students
Students are reminded to continue finalising their VTAC applications. Payment for timely applications closes on 30 September.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
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.

VET enrolment for 2021
Enrolments are now open for students who are interested in undertaking or continuing a VET course in 2021. This year students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website. There are still a number of second year students who are yet to enrol. This process needs to be completed by Friday 17 September.

VCE important dates
  • Thursday 9 September, 10am–1.15pm: General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • 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–12:15pm: VCE English exam
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Last week, our primary Hockey team competed in Dimboola, coming out winners in the Little Desert pool! They then proceeded to play finals for the Greater Western region but unfortunately lost the semi final. A huge congratulations to all who were involved. It was amazing to see that our first ever Hockey team was so successful. Thank you to Mrs Liston and Mrs Harding and to Year 12 student Faith Eilola for preparing our team for this event.
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. This event has been postponed due to and a new date will be announced soon.

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 Term 3 sport dates:
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new dates yet.
  • Greater Western Netball: CANCELLED
  • Little Desert Volleyball: CANCELLED
  • Little Desert Athletics: 10 September (Friday, Week 9, Term 3)
Please refer to the calendar on our website and app for all future sport dates.
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
Wellbeing news-01
Pay attention to the signs that you are not ok and reach out if you need help or if you are worried about yourself, your partner or your child. There is help available through our College Wellbeing Team, please use this form to contact the Wellbeing Team.

You can also find support through the following:
  • Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service:
    Call: 1800 512 348
    A dedicated service for those feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • HeadtoHelp:
    Call: 1800 595 212
    Telephone advice from trained professionals and, if needed, connection to the best support or service for the caller (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm). HeadtoHelp also provides online resources for callers and healthcare professionals.
  • Lifeline Australia
    13 11 14
    A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
  • Embrace multicultural mental health
    rovides a platform for multicultural communities to access mental health resources, services and information in a culturally accessible way.
  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000. You can still leave your home to escape harm or the risk of harm relating to family violence under any coronavirus restrictions.
  • All family violence, sexual assault and The Orange Door services are operating and continue to deliver critical functions.
  • Safe Steps is the statewide access point for those who need to leave a violent situation and access emergency crisis accommodation. Call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 for help 24/7 or email safesteps@safesteps.org.au.
Self care strategies for when everything is too much
If you’re a parent, you can’t help but know the strains of raising children. And studies confirm it beyond all doubt: having children is a sure-fire way for parents to end up stressed out, spent out, and worn out. The extra pressures of living in a modern world that’s become increasingly expensive, increasingly pressured, and increasingly paranoid (thanks to the media and being overtaken by COVID-19) only amplify the challenge so many of us face every day. Lockdown pressures have only exacerbated the overwhelm.

In 'Overwhelm: Self-Care Strategies For When Everything Is Too Much', Dr Justin Coulson delves into the latest research to explore what self-care can really look like for busy parents who just want a chance to go to the bathroom in peace.

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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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.
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