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It is with sadness that the college acknowledges the death and recent funeral of Mrs Margaret Mattiske after her short battle with cancer. Margaret has been a wonderful supporter of the college and such a dedicated member of the Bridges Program within our Junior school. She has positively influenced the engagement and outcomes of so many students within the reading program and I give thanks for her service to our community over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret’s family at this time. She will be missed.

A reminder to families that the change over from winter uniform to summer uniform occurs next term. If cold weather persists, however, students may continue to wear winter uniform until Monday 1 November. Please find the Uniform Policy attached for your reference.
As we prepare to begin the upcoming holidays I encourage all members within our community to take the time for some well-earned rest and recuperation. It has been another busy term and with several interruptions along the way it would be appropriate for all of us to pause and take a moment to recognise the little joys in our lives. We do have a lot to be thankful for. Additionally, we all know too well that things may change quickly, so I will make it my priority to be in touch over the holidays if any school operations will be affected prior to our return. I hope that they will only change for the better and we will be back onsite together next term.

Due to the gazetted holiday planned on Friday 24 September to celebrate for the AFL Grand Final, the Main Reception will be closed on that day and will reopen on Monday 27 September at 8.30am. Wishing you all a blessed holiday.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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The journey of faith
By Tom Brennan
Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

I’m a runner, and as I’ve grown older, my focus on speed and finishing times has waned. I now seek races that take me to beautiful places in God’s creation. Trail running has the added benefit of teaching me perseverance as I race over challenging terrain hour after hour. This type of race is not a sprint; it requires endurance and focus. Our readings this week have asked us to deeply consider what it is to follow Christ. Our reading today prompts us to ask some questions: What race has been set before us? How long is it? What terrain is it on? What waits for us at the end?

Organisers of running races often provide a map of the course and an elevation profile. One would think this would allow me to prepare well and not be surprised when sections are very tough, indeed. I should know what I am getting myself in for. Yet, time and time again, I hit a particularly horrible hill and technical downhill section that leaves me close to crying in pain. In such moments, I have been known to feel frustrated with the race organisers for making things too hard or not giving me enough warning!

The Christian life is indeed a race, much like a long-distance trail run where the times and finishing positions don’t matter so much; it is really about completing the course. God has a path for us to run, and it is often very challenging. While we know that carrying the cross will mean sharing in Christ’s suffering, it doesn’t stop us from being surprised, angry, frustrated or hurt when the suffering hits. As the strategic plan of Paul told us yesterday, to walk God’s path is to join in the sufferings of Christ. The good news is that Christ understands suffering and is with us in our suffering. And when we finish, our Lord Jesus, seated at the end of our journey, at the right hand of God, is ready to welcome us home. Let us seek to persevere and learn all we can from our journey. In this way, we may be an example to others in how we run this race.

Father, give us the perseverance we need to walk your path and carry our cross. May we not lose sight of the end of our journey and its reassurance. Amen.
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Teaching and learning
It has been lovely to have F-2 students back on site this week. I would like to congratulate all of our students who have once again navigated through a lockdown and persevered to ensure rich and meaningful learning continues. Thank you also to our wonderful staff and parents who have supported students through this time.

Friday Fun Day and Pie Day
Today we have enjoyed a free dress day, less academically demanding tasks and a pie for lunch for students learning on site to finish the term. Thank you to the VCAL students and staff who prepared our pies.

MyON Reading Challenge
Well done to all of our Year 3-6 students who participated in the MyON reading challenge! Students have read millions of words as part of this challenge, with some students individually reading over a million words this week! What an outstanding achievement! Thank you to Mrs North for coordinating the challenge.

Last night we had planned to have students in Year 3-6 perform our Junior School musical An Aussie Adventure. Although we have not been able to share it with our community this week, we are still hoping to continue to rehearse next term and create an opportunity to perform. Keep practicing kids!

This afternoon we finished Term 3 with a recorded closing service based on Psalm 9:10 and Psalm 13:5, which encourages us to trust in God’s promise. I pray everyone in our community has a restful and enjoyable spring holiday and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 4.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Staffing news
The end of term also marks the end of the teaching career of Mr Phil Creek who indicated his intention to retire at the completion of this term. Phil has only been at the college for a short period of time but his calm, friendly and professional demeanour will be missed by staff and students. We wish Phil all the best as he moves on to other opportunities outside of teaching and welcome his replacement for Term 4, Miss Stephanie Merlicek, who will be supported by volunteers, Mr Jack Janetzki and Mr Graham Schilling. The trio will work in partnership to continue to ensure there is minimal interruption to the woodwork programs that Phil was leading.

As the college continues to grow, there are even more opportunities for staff to join the teaching team with advertisements placed online and in the papers this week. If you know of any teachers who fit the criteria mentioned in the advertisements, please encourage them to visit our website and follow the steps to apply.
Interim reports and parent/teacher interviews
Interim reports have been sent home by post and families should receive these in the mail in the next couple of days (if they have not been received already). There will be an opportunity for parents and carers to discuss the contents of the report during parent/teacher interviews, which will be held virtually on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 October. Information on how to book interviews using the online booking system was emailed to parents on Tuesday. Even through a period of remote learning, there is great value to be gained from meeting with your child’s teachers and I hope that many families will take up this opportunity next term.

Return to school in Term 4
The end of the term will hopefully see an end to the latest lockdown restrictions currently being enforced around Victoria. With an announcement expected on the weekend, we hope that the news is positive for our Middle School students and we can welcome them back on site from Monday, Week 1. I again commend the students, families and staff for the way they have approached the latest stint of remote learning. I pray that the holiday period provides a time of rest, recovery and time with friends and family, in whatever form that is allowed to take. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing students back at school next term.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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End of term
This week we welcomed the Year 12 students back on site to continue to work towards the conclusion of their studies for the year. They will finish classes in Week 3 of Term 4 and begin to prepare for their final exams. As the end of the academic year quickly approaches for all our senior students, it is important to acknowledge the resilience and commitment they have demonstrated over the last few months to maintain their learning throughout unprecedented and challenging circumstances. The students are to be commended for continuing with their usual program of learning and assessments throughout this time, despite the transitions into and out of remote learning.

Year 12 events
The final day of classes for our Year 12 students will be Tuesday 19 October. On this day we will have a celebratory breakfast, they will share their final chapel and spend a relaxing day together off campus prior to commencing their study break.

Interim reports have been mailed to families and include information about interviews which will be held early in the first week of Term 4.

VTAC applications
The closing date for timely applications is drawing closer. Special consideration due to the impact of remote learning should be considered by all students, with any additional concerns being forwarded to the college as previously requested. Students have been asked to forward requests for impact statements to staff by the end of this term.

Holiday sessions
With the interruptions and alterations to programming and delivery over the past few months, some VCE Unit 3/4 classes are needing to conduct assessments during the break. These students have been notified by their teachers. Revision sessions will also be held during the holidays to assist in preparation for forthcoming exams. These sessions may be delivered remotely or on site.

All students completing a Unit 3/4 study are required to complete the GAT. This will be held on Tuesday 5 October from 10am–1:15pm. The GAT forms an essential part of assessment procedures for the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority). All students have been provided with a copy of the COVID safe guidelines under which the GAT will be conducted, including expectations of students. Students have been working with Miss Farnham to prepare for the GAT. Past papers have been provided and resources collated on a shared Google Classroom. Students are strongly encouraged to submit practise papers for marking.
VCE important dates
  • Friday 17 September: VET applications close
  • Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September: VCE Revision sessions (HTLC campus)
  • Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October: VCE Trial Exams (HTLC campus)
  • Friday 30 September: VTAC applications close
  • Week 1, Term 4: Interim report parent/teacher interviews
  • Tuesday 5 October, 10am–1.15pm: General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • Friday 8 October,, 5pm: Closing ate for SEAS applications and supporting documentation
  • Tuesday 19 October: Final day for Year 12 students
  • Wednesday 27 October, 9am–12:15pm: VCE English exam
  • Friday 3 December: Final day of school for Year 10 and 11 students
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VET Ad 1 how VET is different 15.9.21
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

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Changes to interschool sport competitions and events
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.
Considerations for these decisions include:
  • return to school arrangements for Term 4, including advice on the resumption of interschool sport
  • restrictions on interschool sport provision
  • venue capacity and density limits (particularly for larger events)
  • access to grounds and facilities, official, referees and event staff
  • availability of dates, in conjunction with already planned team sports and track and field.
School Sport Victoria's priority is to engage as many students in school sport. Therefore, when rescheduling events, a key focus will be on holding local level District and Division events and competitions, where possible, to maximise student and school participation.
Greater Western events
A decision has been made by School Sport Victoria that Greater Western events have been cancelled for Term 4.
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

All sporting announcements regarding Term 4 school sport have been postponed until the end of the holidays pending government announcements.

School Sport Victoria are planning on resuming the current schedule put in place for sport to return as normal for Term 4.
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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Back by popular demand! We’re pumped to go live with another week of GEM TV starring Martin Heppell from Monday September 13 to Friday September 17, to help continue supporting our TRP community. Here’s what you need to know:
  • New episodes will be released each weekday from September 13-17.
  • New episodes are released at 2pm each day.
  • Episodes are intended for a primary school and early childhood audience.
  • Each episode explores a different evidence-based principle linked to positive mental health: Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness, Emotional Literacy and Connection.
The Secret To Calm Kids & A Happy Home
What do you do when your child is losing the plot? On a recent coaching call with a desperate mum, her four year old crashed into the room and started screaming. She was upset about EVERYthing. I listened as Mum tried her best to calm her little one, but things only got worse. I asked the mum to repeat a couple of sentences after me. I spoke. She repeated. Within 20 seconds her four year old was sitting happily on her lap, colouring in while that mum and I continued our conversation. Within two minutes the little one was outside playing with her big sister. It’s not magic. I can show you how. No yelling, no threats, no bribes. Just calm, confident parenting, and a happy home.

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.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Drug and Alcohol Use
Many parents are concerned about the use of alcohol, as well as other drugs, as their children grow up. Young people who use alcohol and drugs before their brain is fully developed, are often at greater risk of future addiction. Research has shown that a young person’s brain keeps developing until they are in their mid-twenties, making alcohol more harmful than previously thought. Even the casual use of certain drugs can cause severe health problems, such as an overdose or brain damage

In this edition of SchoolTV parents will learn how to deal with the issues surrounding drug and alcohol use and the impact it can have on a child’s development. Alcohol and drug use can lead to serious problems such as poor academic performance, loss of friends, behavioural issues and even lasting legal problems. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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