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Greetings to our families of HTLC, and warm welcome to all students who have returned to onsite learning! With all students returning today it was wonderful to feel the ‘buzz’ of school once again. With the disruptions felt during the year, I look forward to the hope of a more sustained and positive engagement of students, staff and families during the term ahead.

At the beginning of the week, we farewelled our Year 12 students as they commenced preparations for their final examinations. With a shared breakfast, virtual chapel service and activities in the morning, it was a wonderful time for students to reflect on their time with us. On behalf of the HTLC community I would like to congratulate our graduating class of 2021 for completing their studies and wish them God’s richest blessing as they prepare for their final weeks of their secondary schooling. I pray that the days ahead are both productive and rewarding for them all.

Next week, all Lutheran schools and churches across Australia will take the time to recognise Reformation Day, on Sunday 31 October. Reformation Day honours the day when Martin Luther posted his statement of faith, known as the 95 Theses, on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517. His actions on this day began the Protestant Reformation and proclaimed that the Bible is the central authority of God’s word and that individuals may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds. Our Lutheran schools are still guided by this understanding of Gospel and strive to be a place of grace, love and forgiveness. As a school we look forward to recognising Reformation Day, and that through faith we receive the saving and forgiving love of Jesus Christ. Wishing you a joy filled week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Known
By Pauline Simonsen
'I know you by name.' (Exodus 33:17b)

Have you ever felt way out of your depth? That you’ve been called to do something that you feel hopelessly inadequate for, and that frankly scares you silly? Me too. Here is Moses, instructed by God to lead the Israelites from Sinai to the Promised Land. But they’ve just messed their nest badly with the idolatry of the golden calf, bringing God’s judgement on them as ‘a stiff-necked people’. Not a good beginning! Moses pleads with God: ‘You’re sending me to lead these people, saying you know my name and favour me. Well, this doesn’t feel like a favour! I don’t want to go anywhere unless You come with us, showing me the way!’ God’s answer? ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then God tells Moses again, ‘I know you by name’. God knows him: knows Moses’ weaknesses and strengths, knows his capabilities and inadequacies. Reassuringly, the mission ahead doesn’t rely on Moses’ ‘name’ and capacity, though – only on God’s. ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Moses can rest in God’s presence and capacity. To seal this deal, God does something extraordinary. He speaks his holy name to Moses (again, remember the burning bush). ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.’ God reveals his personal self to Moses so that Moses remembers again the God who goes with him. He knows, even as he is known.

And God has done this for us, too. God caused all his goodness to pass before us and told us his name in his incarnate Son. ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). You and I are known personally by God, our Creator. But we also personally know our God, in Christ the Son. And this God, who has spoken his personal name to us at our baptism, goes with us wherever he sends us. Whatever scary, big, impossible task you face with him – however inadequate you feel – know that because of Christ, you stand in God’s favour. You are known. And his presence goes with you, and he will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

Remind us, gracious God, that you know us personally and that we can know you personally in Jesus. May this intimate sharing in your presence give us rest, whatever challenge we are facing today. Amen.
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Welcome back!
It was wonderful to have all the students back on site today. Welcome!

Staffing
With the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for teachers, it has been necessary to make some staffing changes in recent weeks. We warmly welcome new and returning staff: Miss Claire Burke in Year 3, Mrs Cathy Taber (Mondays) and Mrs Elaine Uebergang (Tuesdays to Fridays) in Year 6 and Mrs Carmen Dridan, who will be assisting in Year 1 as a Teacher Aide. Please help us to make these staff members welcome.

Foundation 2021 Story Time Session #2
Next Tuesday our 2021 Foundation students will be engaging in their second remote Story Time session as part of their transition program. Foundation teachers have prepared videos with a reading of Koala Lou by Mem Fox, explaining how to make a koala puppet, and providing a virtual tour of our Library.

Book Week Dress Up Day (1 November)
Monday 1 November is Book Week Dress Up Day. We can’t wait to see the students arriving in their costumes Monday morning.

Assembly
With the return of all students brought forward to today, we will now be having Junior School assembly remotely on Monday morning. This will be recorded and made available to parents on request.

School uniform
This is the final week students may wear either summer of winter uniform. Please ensure students wear white (girls) or grey (boys) socks with their formal summer uniform, and HTLC sports socks on their sports days. Anything worn under uniforms, such as singlets or t-shirts, should not be visible.

Chapel
This week’s chapel was presented by the 2B class, with the Bible reading taken from Psalm 86:15. We were reminded of God’s kindness and mercy, and that we can always trust and rely on God’s love for us.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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A new normal
Last weekend the date for students to resume on-site learning was brought forward to Friday of this week, signalling the end remote learning for our community. With many COVID restrictions around Victoria lifting as the state continues to follow its roadmap to recovery, it is important to recognise the significance of this period of time for our students. I recently read an article from the Adolescent Success Newsletter, titled ‘Building Resilience in Young People’. I found the following excerpt relevant and worth thinking about.

Throughout our lifetimes, we may encounter many different forms of challenge and adversity. However, without the social and emotional tools to help us adapt and deal with adversity, small challenges can seem big, and some hardships may seem too difficult to overcome. Following the stress, fear and isolation resulting from COVID-19, resilience has been a key word to emerge from the hardships of 2020 and 2021. Our resilience is constantly being tested as students, teachers, school leaders, and as people. Thus, in the wake of today’s ‘new normal’, it’s vital that the dialogue around resilience not only continues, but strengthens.

As we move forward from this past 12–18 months, our students have had to demonstrate perseverance, grit and optimism in order to cope with challenge and adversity. Their resilience has been tested and some have thrived and some have merely survived. As we commence the last stretch of another extraordinary year, it will be important that we practice patience and understanding as we renegotiate a ‘new normal’. I welcome all Middle School students back on-site and wish them all the best for the final weeks of 2021.

Camps update
This past week we farewelled our Year 12 students as they completed their last day of school. In listening to some of their reflections, it was evident that camps and excursions featured prominently in some of their most memorable school experiences. For the past few months, camps have been prohibited within regional and metropolitan Victoria, making it difficult to plan these valuable experiences for our students. It is hoped that with the easing of restrictions around Victoria this weekend, that a new Operations Guide will allow camps to proceed. Once this news is received, every effort will be made to ensure camping opportunities are made available to our Middle School students.
Term 4 key dates
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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Farewell to our Year 12 students
Earlier this week we farewelled our Year 12 students with a shared breakfast and worship service. Staff prepared and packed breakfast which was enjoyed in the decorated, upstairs agora space, where students presented novelty awards and personal reflections. A selection of creative and colourful costumes set the scene for an 'Amazing Race' around the school grounds, and a giant, inflatable slide and obstacle course provided the setting for a final challenge between staff and students. The morning concluded with a walk through the school grounds, providing the opportunity for acknowledgement by all students of their involvement in and contribution to the school. We are incredibly proud of the ways in which the group have shown their resilience and ability to remain connected to both their studies and each other throughout the year and wish them well as they prepare for their English exam next Wednesday.

Exams
Year 10 students completing a VCE subject and Year 11 students will commence exam revision on Monday 9 November. The following week they will undertake formal examinations in the Senior Centre. Year 10 students will be completing in class assessments during this time

VET and VCAL
Due to the disruptions to VET courses throughout the year, many will now have adjusted timelines for finishing due to the completion of practical assessments.

Students who have applied to undertake courses in 2022 have received confirmation of their enrolment and details regarding course commencement. Students commencing or continuing a VCAL course next year are reminded of the need to arrange their Structured Work Placement. Students needing assistance in locating a suitable employer are asked to speak with their teachers.
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.
Senior School important dates
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
Elevate Education Time Management Techniques Webinar
Elevate Education is hosting a free webinar series for parents and guardians on assisting students in the final stretch before exams in 2021.
Elevate is a global education organisation that helps over 1 million students to improve their study skills and boost academic performance. You can learn more about them at https://au.elevateeducation.com or follow them at https://www.facebook.com/ElevateEd/.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Hoop Time Year 3/4 teams
Congratulations to the following students who were chosen for our Year 3/4 Hoop Time teams.
  • Boys team: Lenny Carter, Cooper Inkster, Arkie Mackley, Jack Urquhart, Zander Johnston, Jed Fergusson, Zac O'Connor, Zack Pickering, Milton Ellis, Jack Arnel
  • Girls team: Poppy White, Zoe Wilson, Lauren Rudolph, Greta Smith, Jemma Hoffman, Malaya Wilmore, Matisse Hose, Lydika Boyd, Penny Eagle, Ameika Engert, Audrey Jochinke
We are still unsure if interschool sport will go ahead, including Hoop Time which is run by Basketball Victoria—fingers crossed we might get something in before the end of the year! Any new information will be announced as soon as it comes through to the school. Please keep an eye out as to whether or not this competition will go ahead.
Term 4 sport dates
  • 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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Rewriting the Rules for a Sensible Approach to Technology in our Families
Join Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most trusted parenting specialists, as he unpacks the simplest methods to work out the screen situation at your home, based on the very latest, cutting-edge research. In this presentation, you’ll discover:
  • Why the concept of ‘screen-time’ misses the point and leads to unhelpful conflict about tech
  • How to eliminate the drama around screens with most kids in most situations without having to ‘ban’ devices
  • What parents really need to worry about when it comes to screens, and what they can relax about
  • The sneaky ways our kids are using screens without our knowledge, and
  • How we can make screens work in our family’s favour
This webinar will challenge your views, and change the way you talk about screens and tech in your home—for the better. 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.
A special report: Managing overwhelm
Due to the pandemic, the world we now live in is a very different place. The hyperconnected nature of our current environment means that we are constantly being reminded of the challenges we face via numerous media and social media channels. Our connectivity to the digital world exposes us to a barrage of messages that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. As a result, many children and their parents are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety.

Our brains have not evolved fast enough to adapt to this digital landscape. The combination of constant access to information and having little control over the situations presented, can be stressful and overwhelming. It is therefore important for adult carers to check in with their children and be aware of what information they may have been exposed to. It may not necessarily be the information itself that is harmful, but more their inability to process and make sense of it. Providing children with the skills and strategies to cope will enable them to flourish and thrive, socially, emotionally and academically.

This Special Report suggests a number of strategies to help manage any feelings of overwhelm that you or your child may be experiencing. 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 College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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