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Greetings to all members of HTLC, and welcome back to the start of a new term. As we commenced this term like we finish the last, with students from Prep to Year 2 and Year 12 onsite, it was wonderful to welcome our Year 11 students back to school on Wednesday as we began our staggered return to onsite learning. From Monday 11 October, students in Prep–Year 2, Year 7 and Years 11–12 will all be onsite full-time, with a staggered return for Year 3–4 and Year 8–9 (Tuesday and Wednesday), and Year 5–6 and Year 10 (Thursday and Friday). This will continue until the week of Tuesday 26 October, when all students will be back on site. Several emails have now been sent with detailed information regarding this so I encourage you to get in touch with the relevant Head of Sub school if you have any questions.

Over the past several weeks our college has had to navigate its way through the implementation of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy put in place for all Victorian schools. As you may know, it will be a requirement that all staff and volunteers working in Victorian schools are to have commenced vaccination by Monday 18 October, with full vaccination needed by 29 November. As we approach these deadlines set by the Victorian Government I acknowledge that this may have an impact on those who are employed at our college. Additionally, this may cause some disruption for students also. Over the coming weeks I will make it a priority to contact families with details in response to any impact that may involve both classroom structures and the operations of the college. These are trying times, however, as a Lutheran school we will continue to focus on individual children, knowing that we are all part of God’s good order in the world who is leading us in two waysthrough his spiritual kingdom and through secular authorities. We are bound by the laws set by educational and health authorities, but our school will continue to educate and care for each individual without prejudice or judgement. As a faith community, we have the confidence that such issues are only temporary and greater things await. As Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

From this week, the change over from winter uniform to summer uniform has commenced, however, if cold weather persists students may continue to wear their winter uniform until Monday 1 November. A reminder that a combination of both uniforms is not permitted. Please find the Uniform Policy attached for your reference.
At the beginning of the week, I wrote to families with the news that Mrs Fiona Friberg has been appointed as the Deputy Principal at HTLC from the start of next year. With over 20 years experience in Lutheran education Fiona displays a strong vision for Lutheran education within our region and has an enthusiasm that focuses on positively influencing the culture and outcomes for the students in our carestrengthening our ‘why’. I would like to wish Fiona all the best for the remainder of the year, particularly as she prepares to transition into this new role in 2022. It is with joy that I announce that Mrs Jennifer Liston, and husband Matt, welcomed baby Louie Thomas Liston into the world last week. We celebrate with Jenn and Matt and wish them God’s richest blessing as they commence the journey of parenthood. Wishing you all a blessed week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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What if God were one of us?
By Sonia Hulme
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

The author of Hebrews was writing to a people under pressure. The early Christian community was struggling to persevere in the face of persecution. Some were considering turning back to Judaism to escape it. Was Jesus really the Messiah for whom they had waited? Why, then, were his people facing persecution and not victory; why had they been left to suffer by themselves? What sort of Messiah was he, if not one who would sweep to power and exert his rule by force? The author of Hebrews takes great care to outline his God-ness (‘the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word’ Hebrews 1:3). But he doesn’t stop there. He reassures that this is no remote King. He is God-come-near – fully God, yes, but fully human as well. He lived a fully human life, a full human experience. And so, he can identify with those he came to live among and serve through his death and resurrection.

He suffered, he was tempted, and he struggled as he faced death. We might immediately think of his temptation during his 40 days in the desert, but the struggle didn’t stop when he left the wilderness. After the feeding of the 5000, people wanted to make him a king in their mould. On other occasions, he was challenged to perform signs and miracles so people would believe him. He wept tears when his dear friend Lazarus died. He was moved with compassion for the people of Jerusalem. In the garden of Gethsemane, as he faced death, he sweated blood at the thought of what lay ahead. His humanity was raw and real, and he wants to come alongside us in ours.
Are you suffering today? Maybe with an illness, a broken relationship, a lack of purpose, an unanswered prayer? What are you facing that is almost too much for you and driving you to the point of wanting to give up? Are you tempted to doubt and be discouraged and wonder if it’s worth persevering with faith? Do you fear death? Jesus has been there; he has lived what you have. He became like us ‘in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest’ (Hebrews 2:17). Because he totally shared our humanity by becoming one of us, he can empathise with our pain and suffering. He wants to walk with us now and carry us home.

Lord, I name the struggles before you which are causing me to doubt. I name the temptations I face to turn away from you and the fears which are real for me today. I let you into the dark places I struggle to show others and ask you to stay with me there as we face them together. Amen.
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Welcome to Term 4
Welcome back to Term 4 everyone. It has been wonderful to have our Foundation to Year 2 students onsite this week, and we look forward to seeing all students back for specific days over the coming two weeks. Please note the following information for Week 2 and 3 in the Junior School:
  • Foundation to Year 2 will be onsite each day.
  • Year 3 and 4 will be attending onsite on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will continue learning remotely on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Year 5 and 6 will be attending onsite on Thursdays and Fridays. They will continue remote learning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • The specialist program has been revised to provide one lesson of each specialist subject over the fortnight when each class is onsite.
  • All students will return to face to face learning on Tuesday 26 October (Week 4).
  • Canteen will be available from Week 4.
  • Our first assembly for Term 4 will be Monday 1 November at 9.05 via Google Meet.
  • Masks are to be worn by students 12 years of age or older, unless an exemption applies. Other Junior School students may wear a mask but it is not mandatory.
Book Week Dress Up Day - 1 November
So many students and families were excited by the Book Week dress up which had to be postponed due to the last lockdown in Term 3. We are very pleased to reschedule this wonderful event for Monday 1 November.

Welcome Foundation 2022 students!
Next Tuesday our Foundation 2022 students will be involved in their first remote Story Time session, which has been prepared by our Foundation teachers. This is the first of five sessions to help transition our new students into school.

Uniform
We are currently in the period of transition between summer and winter uniforms. Students may select either uniform to suit the weather. All students are required to wear summer uniforms from the start of November. Please remember that all students need to wear a school hat when outside this term.

Opening service
This week we started Term 4 with a recorded opening service based on Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. We were encouraged to have faith in God, and know that he has a special plan for each of us and to have confidence in the future. Thank you to our College Chaplains, Mrs McKinnon and Mrs Polack for preparing this service.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Welcome to Term 4
A warm welcome back to all Middle School families. I pray that the holiday period provided an opportunity for some rest, relaxation and family time. Last week, the state government outlined their plans for a return to school for students in regional Victoria.

The details of our return to face to face learning in the Middle School include:
  • Week 2 and 3: Year 7 students return full-time to face to face learning on-site. Year 8 and 9 students will attend school on-site on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they will learn remotely on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Week 4: All students will be full-time learning on-site from Tuesday 26 October.
Health and hygiene
The following health and hygiene practices will take place to priorities the safety of staff and students:
  • All students will be required to wear a face mask indoors and outdoors (unless eating, drinking or involved in rigorous physical activity).
  • All staff and students who are unwell must stay at home.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash or sanitise their hands when entering the classroom, and before and after eating.
  • Hand sanitiser and tissues will be provided to each classroom.
  • Drink fountains will be available, but we encourage your child brings their own water bottle every day.
  • Microwaves will be accessible to students for use during recess and lunch times.
  • Where possible, doors and windows will be kept open to increase airflow.
  • Social distancing practices applied and encouraged when possible.
  • Shared equipment and facilities will be cleaned and sanitised regularly.
Access to college campus
  • Drop off and pick up can occur at the student drop-off and pick-up, main car park, or Knowles Street.
  • Students are able to ride to school and will have normal access to the bike rack.
  • Parents are only to enter the school through Junior and Middle School Reception or when they wish to attend the Uniform Shop. Contacting the office via phone (53822529) or email (admin@htlc.vic.edu.au) contact is preferred.
Other key points to consider
  • A normal timetable will be followed. Next week students will be following Timetable B.
  • Practical subjects will continue whilst adhering to the strictest hygiene procedures possible. Café 3:16 and Food Technology classes will resume and be able to serve food for the HTLC community.
  • Students participating in Physical Education classes will wear their Sports Uniform for the whole day. Students will not be required to change in and out of uniform on site.
  • There will be minimal movement between campuses (no combined assemblies or chapels).
  • All students will be expected to be in full summer uniform. The uniform shop will be open on Tuesday (9am–4pm) and Friday (9am–2pm) next week.
  • All students will be expected to wear a hat during recess and lunch times in line with HTLC’s sun-safe policy.
Term 4 key dates
11 October: All Year 7 students return to on-site learning
12 and 13 October: Years 8 and 9 students learning on-site
19 and 20 October: Years 8 and 9 students learning on-site
26 October: Years 8 and 9 students return to on-site learning
1519 November (Week 7): Exam Week
22 November: Report Writing Day (Student Free Day)
23–26 November: Year 7 Camp
29 November–3 December (Week 9): Head Start Week
6–9 December (Week 10): Activities Week
9 December: Last day for Middle School students and secondary closing service
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 12 breakfast
Next Friday morning, Year 12 students will enjoy a breakfast prepared for them by staff and students, prior to departing from the college to spend a day together reflecting on relationships that have been established during their years of schooling at Holy Trinity and the exciting pathways and opportunities that lay ahead.

Year 12 farewell chapel
Following breakfast, a recording of their final chapel, led by the Year 12 students with the assistance of Mr Polack, will be viewed by all classes throughout the school. This will also be made available to parents at this time.

College Captains
All students have the capacity and ability to develop their leadership skills and each is a leader in some way, regardless of their ability to stand in front and share their vision. Leadership is nurtured throughout the college and our Captains assume an important responsibility in their roles. They are ambassadors who support the values of the college and play an active role in all aspects of the community, working with those around them to achieve positive outcomes. Our College Captain positions for 2022 will be opening shortly and students are encouraged to consider the gifts they have to bring to such a position.

VCAL attendance
Students seeking to leave school prior to the conclusion of programs should apply in writing to the Principal for an exemption. The Education Act requires young people under the age of 17 to be in full-time employment or education or a combination of employment and training.

Independent Schools Victoria – The Parents Website
How to thrive and survive in tests and exams: Leading clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller provides strategies for students to cope with exam anxiety and perform at their best.
Senior School important dates
  • Tuesday 19 October: Final day for Year 12 students
  • Wednesday 27 October, 9am–12:15pm: VCE English exam
  • Monday 8–Friday 12 November: Exam revision week
  • Monday 15–Friday 19 November: Exam Week
  • Monday 22 November: Report Writing Day
  • Tuesday 23 November–Thursday 2 December: Head Start Week
  • Friday 3 December: Final day of school for Year 10 and 11 students
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Foundation to Year 3 swimming lessons
We are currently waiting for a reply from the YMCA as to how we can possibly still get our swimming lesson program up and running. Unfortunately the current restrictions at the YMCA in terms of density limits are making it difficult. Once we have worked through this, further information will be communicated home.

Representative uniforms
Please remember to return your representative sports uniforms, washed, either to the front office or if you are at school please place them in the grey basket in the MPC foyer. We need all uniforms to be returned so that an inventory can be completed.

HCPSSA Badminton
Unfortunately the HCPSSA Badminton tournament has been cancelled for Term 4. It is getting very hard to reschedule events when we are still under interschool sport restrictions.
Term 4 sport dates
  • HCPSSA Badminton: Cancelled
  • HCPSSA Cricket: Scheduled for 20 October, to be confirmed
  • HCPSSA Golf: Scheduled for 26 October, to be confirmed
  • F–3 Swimming Program: Scheduled to begin Monday 1 November, to be confirmed
  • Year 3 /4 (5 November) and Year 5/6 (18 November) Basketball Hoop Time Competition: To be confirmed
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Why We Yell At Our Kids... And How To Break Free
It's a familiar story. You've asked politely. You've asked again. You've patiently waited. You've even made a threat. But now, you're yelling at your child: "If you don't do what I asked you to do RIGHT NOW, I'll... I'll... I'll", and then we threaten an uncomfortable consequence to coerce our children into listening to our requests and complying with our demands. What's going on with your children? Can't they hear us? Are they actually ignoring us? How do we get our children to listen?

In this practical webinar with Dr Justin Coulson, you'll learn:
  • The 5 reasons your child isn't listening to you despite your repeated requests
  • How our children train us to repeat ourselves - and yell... and why
  • Strategies for getting the kids to pick up their mess, put their plates in the sink, leave the park without tantrums, and hang their towels - all without you yelling
  • 10 pro-tips and listening hacks that will LITERALLY change your life
If you want to break free of the screaming spiral and really get your kids to listen - this webinar is the game-changer. It's for parents of children aged 2 to 22. 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: School refusal
School refusal, sometimes called school avoidance or school phobia, is not uncommon. It is different to ‘wagging’ or truancy and is often related to worry or anxiety-related issues about going to school. School refusal may start gradually or happen suddenly. Although it is normal for a child to occasionally miss a day of school, parents should only be concerned if a child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home due to minor physical complaints.

School refusal is a complex issue as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with a school refusal child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. School refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will learn how best to approach this issue and work towards a solution. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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Lunch orders
Due to unforeseen circumstances with our lunch order supplier, unfortunately lunch orders will no longer be available for the reminder of the year. We will communicate early next year when lunch orders resume.
Art Club for Kids, Teens and Online
Art Club is about exploring, discovering and connecting young artists via 6 weekly sessions, held after school. Participants in Art Club will explore a variety of art techniques/ideas and is strongly linked to the current exhibitions in the Gallery.

Art Club schedule:
  • Tuesday October 19 to November 23 for Kids (7–11 years) cost $72
  • Wednesday October 20 to November 24 for Teens (12–16 years) cost $72
  • Online sessions:
    Monday October 18 to November for Kids (10–14 years) cost $42 (purchase own materials from a list of supplies)
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