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Greetings to the HTLC community. As you read this edition of the college newsletter it is wonderful to acknowledge that some restrictions have begun to ease in regional Victoria. It is a positive step forward and I am optimistic that as the year progresses we will see more opportunities for our local and wider communities to interact further with each other. In welcoming students back to on-site learning. from Foundation–Year 2 and those engaged in Year 12 subjects, I must continue to remind families about our responsibility in minimising the risk of transmission of illness within our community. Students are to remain vigilant and maintain healthy hygiene practises while at school. If any member of our college is unwell they must stay home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Staff, parents and students (12 years of age and older) are still required to wear a face mask while indoors and outdoors, unless they have an exemption. Visitors to the college are still limited. Additionally, I remind parents that they are not to linger and chat with one another once drop-off or pick-up of students has occurred. Instead, I ask them to meet in town, support local business by buying a coffee, and catch up with each other there. Your support in limiting time on college grounds is greatly needed.

With one week to go until the September break, I encourage all members of our community to take a moment to acknowledge our teachers for their dedication, guidance, care and support they have shown to our students in Term 3. Going in and out of lockdown, it is never easy for educators to navigate this change. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful staff who give their all during these times.

It is with sadness that I announce that Mr Phil Creek has announced to the college of his desire to retire from teaching at the end of this term. Mr Creek will finish up with us this coming Friday 17 September. We will farewell Mrs Alethea Gulvin at this time as she will commence maternity leave. We have also farewelled Mrs Jenn Liston, who started maternity leave a couple of weeks ago. I wish God’s richest blessing on Phil, Alethea and Jenn as they finish off the term and begin to prepare for the next stage of their lives.

As we come to the end of the term I ask that families continue to keep up to date with college communications via the newsletter, emails and the app. In these changing and challenging times it is very important for all of us to be well informed with any relevant information distributed either by myself or the relevant Heads of Sub school. If your contact details have changed I ask that this is updated with the college at your earliest convenience.

A reminder that Friday next week is the end of term and lessons will finish at 2.20pm. This day will conclude with a virtual closing service made available to all students. Have a wonderful week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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A good reminder
I will open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 42:7)

I wonder if you feel weary today, a bit dry and uninspired, maybe? Or are you bursting with excitement, ready for whatever comes your way? I know for myself, I can generally do with some extra encouragement to spur me on, to refocus my wandering mind back on what is important and where my help comes from, back unto Jesus. It’s not a coincidence Scripture repeats God’s promises and loving reassurance of hope again and again. It’s not enough for us or for any generation of people to only hear it once – or even ten times. We need to listen to the same words from God over and over. And these life-giving words from God are true for each one of us not just as a once-off, but over and over, God’s compassions are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22,23).
God has always known our need for redemption through Christ. Hundreds of years before the Messiah was born as a human being, the prophet Isaiah foretold his coming. We know through the gospels that Jesus actually healed the blind and set people free from demons that held them in dark captivity. And yet, Jesus himself knew and taught this was only a foretaste of God’s kingdom, and literal healing was only a small glimpse of the complete eternal healing. Everyone who puts their trust in Jesus Christ will be fully restored.
Often, we might not feel so healed; we might not see ourselves as set free from captivity and do not sense that we are released from darkness. We have a compassionate and faithful God of consistency, and our emotions and feelings are not the best gauges. Whether you feel ‘on fire for Jesus’ today, worn out, or something in between, allow God to come to you anew today, full of the same promises and hope that are always true for you. He fills you abundantly with his Holy Spirit and lavishes his love on you and through you, whether you can feel it or not. God’s got you, as he reminds you a little further on in Isaiah’s prophecy: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine’ (Isaiah 43:1).

Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me anew with the living water of your eternal word with the joy of knowing my salvation through Christ. Thank you for healing my blindness by fixing my eyes on you, setting me free from the captivity of sin and releasing me from darkness by being the Light of the World. And thank you for being patient and reminding me over and over of your goodness so that I, in turn, can be a Christ-light to others through you who gives me strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Return to school for Foundation to Year 2 Students
It was wonderful to see the excited faces of students, parents and staff as Foundation to Year 2 students returned to on-site learning this morning. As I walked around the classrooms, it was very clear most students were keen to get back to the classroom and to see their friends. Thank you to all of the parents who have supported students learning from home in recent weeks. It is amazing to see how adaptable and independent our little people are!

Return of loaned Chromebooks
If you have loaned a Chromebook for your child in Foundation to Year 2 please send them back to school with them on Monday. Chromebooks are to be returned to the office.

Continued remote learning for Years 3 to 6
Our Year 3 to 6 students will continue to learn through the remote platform. We pray we will be able to welcome students in Years 3 to 6 back very soon.

Reading materials for Years 3 to 6
Following the extended period of lock down and to support students as we move into the school holiday period, we invite you to contact Jaci Gabbe in the Library if you would like books borrowed on your child’s behalf. Please send an email to jaci.gabbe@htlc.vic.edu.au for preparation on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Books will then be available for collection from the Junior School reception foyer the following morning. Library books that are currently borrowed can also be returned to the Returns box in the Junior School foyer.

NAPLAN
NAPLAN reports were mailed to families with students in Year 3 or 5 early this week. We encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss the report.

Chapel
The Junior School chapel services are continuing to be delivered online each Friday morning. Students who are attending on-site learning will participate in chapel in their classrooms, and for students working remotely, the service has been posted to their google classroom. We were blessed this morning to have Sean W Smith prepare songs and a message for our Junior School chapel.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Some welcome news from the Premier on Wednesday as he announced an easing of restrictions for regional Victoria. Whilst it was a little disappointing that Middle School students were not included in the list of year levels allowed back on site from Friday, it was definitely a step in the right direction. There was also some positive news around sport, hospitality and travel being available to regional Victorians as we get closer to the holiday break.

I encourage all Middle School students to remain focussed and finish the term on a positive note. For those that have been succeeding with their remote learning, this is a great opportunity to complete tasks and assessments to gain reward for the hard work, effort and dedication that has been shown so far. For those that have been struggling with the demands of learning from home, this could be a great chance to gather some momentum which can carry over into next semester and a return to on-site learning. I wish students, staff and parents all the best as we approach the end of this term.

Interim reports
Interim reports have been completed and will be forwarded to parents by email and/or post in the coming days. The Interim report will focus predominantly on what students achieved whilst learning on-site. If parents are interested in finding out more about how their child has coped with remote learning, then you are welcome to book an interview with teachers in the first week of Term 4.

Parent/teacher interviews
Parent/teacher interviews will be held in the first week of Term 4 on Tuesday (3:30-8:30pm) and Thursday (3:30-6:30pm) nights. Due to the uncertainty around restrictions, these interviews will be held virtually. Parents will receive a Google Meet link once they register online and will be given instructions to follow to allow them to log-in to these virtual meetings from home. More information on how to register will be included with the Interim report which will be received by parents in the coming days.

Rite Journey Camp
The latest government announcement gives hope that the Rite Journey camp can proceed in week 2 of Term 4 as originally planned. Students have been spending time preparing for camp in a remote learning environment. Online tutorials have provided important information about wearing a hiking pack, selecting clothing and footwear, meal preparation and planning and fitness development. These sessions have given students plenty of opportunity to prepare for the week-long camp. This week, students had the opportunity to collect from school the items they will need to build an outdoor shelter which they will sleep under whilst on their 24-hour solo experience. It has been terrific to see photos of the designs the students have come up with in preparation for the camp.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Welcome back
Today our Year 12 VCE and VCAL students have resumed their onsite learning programs. Students in Year 11 who are completing a Unit 3/4 subject have also attended for these subjects. We look forward to welcoming the remaining Senior School students back, hopefully in the not too distant future!

VET enrolments
Enrolments for first and second year courses close next Friday, 17 September. Following this time, course positions will be confirmed for those students who have applied and further information will be provided regarding courses for 2022. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11, considering or continuing a VET course in 2022 are reminded to enrol soon as possible. Students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website.

Interim reports and parent/teacher interviews
Semester 2 interim reports will be forwarded to parents next week. Special consideration has been given to the changes in learning contexts that have taken place throughout the semester. Online booking details and other important interview information will be included with your child’s report. Please note that due to the interruptions experienced this term, parent/teacher interviews will be postponed until Week 1 of Term 4. Interviews provide a valuable opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress, particularly for those students who are approaching their final exams.
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)
  • Week 1, Term 4: Interim report parent/teacher interviews
  • 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

Changes to interschool sport competitions and events
Currently, interschool sport is not permitted in Victoria, until further advised. Resumption of any interschool sport is dependent on advice from the Department of Health that it is considered safe to do so.

Due to the number of disruptions to the interschool sport program in 2021, a significant number of School Sport Victoria events, including District, Division, Region and State Championships, initially planned to run in Terms 2 to Term 4 have been impacted. School Sport Victoria is currently making every effort to reschedule impacted interschool sport events. Where this is not possible, events and competitions will be cancelled, including being able to progress to Region and State Championships.

School Sport Victoria wishes to advise that the following events planned for Term 4 have been cancelled:
  • School Sport Victoria State Championships:
    • Primary and Secondary Track and Field Championships
    • Primary Basketball, Cricket, Softball and Volleyball
Please refer to the events calendar on our website and app for all future sport dates.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

As advised by School Sport Victoria, The following State Championships have been cancelled for 2021, due to the limitations in completing the progression through to a State Championship during Term 4:
  • Secondary State Track and Field Championships
  • Secondary Senior Cricket
  • Secondary Year 7 to Intermediate Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
School Sport Victoria is awaiting advice regarding the return of secondary sport, but is hopeful that normal scheduling can occur during Term 4.
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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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. This 60-minute webinar will show you:
  • Why our best efforts at self-care continually fail
  • Simple habit hacks that help every parent build better self-care practices
  • Evidence-based strategies parents can use even when the kids are around, and
  • The one piece of self-care advice that will change your family for the better… immediately
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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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