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Greetings to families of HTLC. As educators we are always looking for ways to positively improve student outcomes – even more so within our remote learning platform. One simple but very effective way is providing timely and purposeful feedback to students. It has been proven that in giving feedback to a student during the learning process it positively increases the learning and guides the student toward their next learning goal. Feedback in a summative and formative manner is a powerful tool in affecting change. Next week, the college will be distributing individual 2021 NAPLAN results to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, these will be sent to families via the post. This year, it has been pleasing to note that in all year levels, on average 99% of students demonstrated competencies that were either at or above the national minimum standard in the literacy strands, while 100% of students were at or above the standard in numeracy. What a fantastic effort given the disruptions we have encountered since the beginning of last year. On average, these results are very pleasing, but it is worth noting that at Holy Trinity Lutheran College the assessment of a child is an ongoing process whereby teachers employ a range of methods in assessing each child’s progress. As a college I look forward to the opportunity in addressing any challenge that may arise from these results, while also celebrating the strengths of our students, staff and programs we currently have at our school.

As we come to the end of the week, and to the end of the term, I acknowledge that a majority within our community are becoming very tired. Our energy levels are low and at times our tolerance is wearing thin. How we respond to the world around us is vitally important in supporting our community at this time. Recently, I received an article from Lutheran Education Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania (LEVNT) which wrote of several individuals of the holocaust and how they approached such adversity. Now, I am not suggesting that we currently find ourselves in a situation as traumatic as that, but in reading the article it made me reflect on my own attitude and how often I neglect to acknowledge the good things that fill my life. So, what are you grateful for? What gives you joy? Sometimes the moments in our lives we take for granted are often the ones that truly add to it. I encourage all members of our community to take the time to reflect on being grateful – something that we should nurture daily. The Scripture tells us to always be joyful, never stop praying and to give thanks no matter what happens. In essence, we should give thanks in all of life’s events, not just the beautiful and wonderful things. In our tiring, busy lives today, what will you notice that perhaps you regularly miss, and be grateful for?
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Serving the Lord
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)

The kind of behaviour that Paul is talking about in these verses is not really surprising. It would have been generally thought of as right and noble in the society of that day. He is not presenting a completely new morality for Christians.
What he is doing is saying something very new about the motivation for this behaviour. This is continually emphasised in the phrases ‘as is fitting in the Lord’, ‘this pleases the Lord’, ‘reverence for the Lord’, ‘working for the Lord’ and ‘the Lord Christ you are serving’.
In the repeated references to Jesus, we are reminded that as Lord, he is Lord in the everyday lives of believers and our relationships with other people.
What a great challenge and responsibility. And what a great privilege!
We are called to live and serve. But instead of being motivated by rules, regulations and laws, we are encouraged, inspired and energised to reflect the love of Christ because of his presence and power within us.
Rather than being pressed, forced and coerced into serving, rather than being under the threat of punishment if we don’t do what’s expected of us, rather than feeling obligated and duty-bound, we’re freed to give of ourselves as Christ has given of himself to us.
The service we offer, then, while never perfect, is the very love and grace of God, offered by our hands, voices, ears and hearts. It is Jesus Christ himself serving those around us. He comes, he acts, he gives, he forgives, he blesses, and he loves as we live in loving relationships with those around us – and especially those in our homes and family life.

Gracious Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to serve us. Thank you for releasing us from the pressure of living under the law and enabling us to serve you freely in gratitude for your love and grace. Bless us in our serving, especially those who are near and dear to us. Bind us together as sisters and brothers in Christ, and give us your grace as we serve one another. In your name, we pray. Amen.
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Footy Colours Day
What a kaleidoscope of colours on-site and online as we celebrate Footy Colours Day today. It was wonderful to see students' enthusiasm and to provide an opportunity for fun and physical activity during our remote learning period. Students on-site enjoyed completing footy themed activities and getting involved in the footy games and skills drills at school. We hope students and families learning at home enjoyed the activities too.

Remote learning
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing efforts to support students in their learning. The relationship between home and school has never been more important, so I encourage you to keep in contact with your child’s teacher throughout this extended period of remote learning. Thank you to our wonderful parent community who has been reaching out to encourage our staff during this time too. At times like these the challenges are very real, but we also need to recognise and celebrate all that we are doing well. I would like to sincerely thank all of our wonderful teachers and support staff who continue to provide rich and engaging learning activities and support students learning both at home and at school. You are doing a wonderful job and we really do appreciate your work, commitment and care. Thank you.

NAPLAN
Students 2021 NAPLAN reports are currently being prepared to be sent home next week. Mr Weller and I have looked at our students' results, and we are so very proud of their collective efforts, especially given the periods of remote learning in the last year and a half. Our students have continued to achieve higher than average results across the board when compared to both state and national averages. This is a wonderful achievement!

Chapel
This week Year 4F have recorded Chapel with a message focusing on growing in thankfulness. Our bible readings came from Psalm 9:1 'I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds' and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 'Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.'
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Following the announcement yesterday from our Premier, Mr Andrews, that lockdowns and remote learning would continue for the remainder of this term, the following plans will continue and/or be implemented to support students, staff and families.

Resource and activity packs
Teachers have been given the opportunity to prepare and send home activity and resource packs. These packs could include:
  • practical materials for elective and specialist lessons
  • items of equipment to allow practical sessions to be completed at home
  • assessment tasks (if they cannot be delivered remotely)
  • worksheets, booklets and other items which will assist with student learning.
These packs can be collected from the Senior School Agora from 1:00pm on Monday 6 September. Parents will be notified by email and/or Google Classroom announcement when packs are ready to be collected. Mrs Naomi Busbridge (naomi.busbridge@htlc.vic.edu.au) will be the main contact person for any queries regarding the collection of packs.

Academic light day
Next Wednesday 8 September will be an academic light day for all middle school students. This time will be provided to students, not as a student free day, but as a time for students to catch up on current tasks, revise for tests or exams and to have a reduction in screen time. Further information about this day will be provided by subject teachers in the coming days.

Remote learning delivery (taken from the remote learning protocols)
Where possible, the normal timetable will continue to operate during remote learning delivery. This will assist students in managing their time and allow for teachers to deliver content and monitor progress during scheduled live check-ins. Teachers are required to be available to students during usual scheduled classes. This may take the following forms:
  • actively teaching online classes
  • pre-recorded videos delivery instructional content
  • scheduled tutorial groups
  • check-in and support time
  • providing feedback to students
  • responding to student requests or emails.
HTLC believes that this model of delivery best equips Middle School students to remain engaged with subjects whilst maintaining connection with their teachers, alleviating pressures on parents and carers at home. Staff are conscious of limiting screen time for students by providing alternative delivery modes and opportunities for flexible learning when applicable.

Communication home
House Coordinators, Year Level Coordinators, Home Room and Subject teachers, in addition to myself, will continue to provide feedback on how your child is progressing with remote learning. This communication may come in the form of an email or phone call. Parents and carers are encouraged to reach out if you have any questions or queries regarding your child’s remote learning progress.

Parent/teacher interviews
Please note that due to the interruptions experienced this term, parent/teacher interviews will be postponed until Week 1 of Term 4. Interim reports will be sent home in Week 10 with online booking details and other important interview information included with your child’s report.

NAPLAN
2021 NAPLAN data is now online and is being analysed and reviewed by college leadership. Individual student results will be posted out to parents and carers from next week.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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GAT rescheduled
Many people will already be aware that an announcement was made earlier this week that the GAT will now be held on Tuesday 5 October. At this time the possibility of vaccinations of students prior to the exam was mentioned. We are awaiting further information regarding this and other COVID safe arrangements surrounding the conduct of the exam and will forward this as soon as it becomes available to schools.

Parent/teacher interviews
Please note that due to the interruptions experienced this term, parent/teacher interviews will be postponed until Week 1 of Term 4. Interim reports will be sent home in Week 10 with online booking details and other important interview information included with your child’s report.

VET enrolment for 2022–please complete!
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 considering or continuing a VET course in 2022 are required to enrol soon as possible. Students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website. Please contact the college if you have any questions relating to the VET enrolment process.

Lucy Stephan, Tokyo Olympics gold medallist
Earlier this week, our senior students enjoyed an hour online with Lucy Stephan. Lucy’s presentation was warm and approachable as shared her journey as an athlete, beginning with her childhood in Nhill and initial interests in rowing. She was able to share her struggles and the challenges she faced in reaching an elite level of sport. Many of her messages were transferrable to the additional responsibilities and pressures associated with the final years of schooling. It was pleasing to see so many enthusiastic questions from students at the completion of the presentation which led to an extension our original time.

The Parent Website
Our teenagers have been doing it hard in the pandemic. Leading adolescent psychologist Andrew Fuller offers them some advice and tips on how to get through it.
VCE important dates
  • Friday 17 September: VET application closing date
  • Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September: VCE Revision sessions (HTLC campus)
  • Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October: VCE Trial Exams (HTLC campus)
  • Tuesday 5 October, 10am–1.15pm: General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • Wednesday 27 October, 9am–12:15pm: VCE English exam
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Little Desert Athletics
Little Desert Athletics scheduled for the 10th September is now postponed due to COVID restrictions. We will wait until new government guidelines are provided for Term 4 before making any decision on Term Four division sport.
Future Term 3 sport dates:
  • Year 5 /6 Girls AFL: POSTPONED no new dates yet.
  • HCPSSA Badminton: POSTPONED
  • Little Desert Athletics: POSTPONED
Please refer to the calendar on our website and app for all future sport dates.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Due to the most recent COVID updates, all school sporting events including Black Ranges Division, Greater Western Division and State Championships have been postponed until further notice. School Sport Victoria has also advised that some sporting events may be subject to cancellation due to time scheduling purposes.
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Emerging minds

Supporting children during the Covid-19 pandemic
This selection of resources will assist parents and caregivers in supporting their children’s mental
health through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are designed to help parents to talk with their children about what they are seeing and hearing, develop new routines, and focus on the strategies that their family already uses to get through tough times.
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This World First Aid day you’re invited to learn important first aid skills in a FREE LIVE ONLINE LESSON. The training session will be held at 11am on Saturday, 11 September.

Would you know what to do in an emergency? Learn simple first aid skills
that could save a life.

The training will be delivered live by professional Red Cross trainers and
includes basic COVID-safe first aid skills in a format suitable for all ages from
11 years old.

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