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As you would all be aware, as of 11.59pm last night new directives have been provided to schools in light of the changes announced by the Victorian Government. Please read a summary of these changes that impact school operations.

Changes to management of cases and close contacts
The most important change is that non-household close contacts will now only be required to quarantine until they complete a standard PCR test and receive a negative result. The Department of Health will no longer send a text to confirm the quarantine requirements of contacts. This applies to all students and staff who are identified as a school-based contact (formerly primary close contacts). All contacts (staff and students) can return to school after they have provided evidence of a negative standard PCR to their school. Additionally, all contacts should follow the strong recommendation that they complete five days of rapid antigen testing each morning before attending school. It is believed that contacts will receive a pack of five tests from the PCR testing location and should take the test each day before school until they run out. Any student or staff who return a positive rapid antigen test result must notify the school and immediately get a standard PCR test. In exceptional circumstances the Department of Health may determine that contacts in significant school outbreaks are still required to quarantine for 7 days. In this scenario, students will be notified directly of any additional quarantine arrangements. Other changes are:
  • Confirmed positive cases will now complete 10 days of isolation instead of 14.
  • Vaccinated household close contacts will now complete 7 days of quarantine, rather than 14. This includes unvaccinated children under 12 years—if all members of their household over 12 years are vaccinated. Unvaccinated household contacts will be required to complete 14 days of quarantine.
Face masks will now only be required by staff, visitors and Years 3 to 6 students in an indoor space. The wearing of masks still remains recommended by the Department of Health for Prep to Grade 2 students, and in circumstances where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Expectations for when students are absent due to testing requirements.
It will not be an expectation for staff to organise remote learning opportunities for students during the period they will be required to quarantine due to the current changes. As a minimum, however, it is expected that teachers provide learning tasks for students during the time they are away. The college will always aim to provide quality education and care for its students, particularly in looking to finish the year off well.
With the upcoming student free day on Monday 23 November, I would like to wish all families a restful long weekend. As this is the scheduled reporting writing day for staff the Main Reception will remain open. If families need to get in contact with the college they can do so during the normal opening hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. We will welcome students back to classes on Tuesday 24 November.

Last Friday evening our Year 12 students came together for their final time as a cohort for their Graduation service. It was a wonderful moment to share with families and friends and I am grateful that we had the opportunity to gather in person. As we all prepare for the final weeks of the term, I draw your attention to the plans being put in place for each closing service for our three sub-schools. In preparing for these I direct you to the information that will be given by the relevant Head of Sub-School regarding restrictions that are anticipated to still be in place. As this information is provided over the coming weeks I give thanks for your understanding and patience at this time, particularly when things may need to change quickly. Wishing you all a joy-filled week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Mercy and grace always present
By Pastor Peter Bean
Keep yourselves in God’s love … with his mercy to give you life forever. (Jude 21)

It’s easy to be caught up in the times! To be annoyed at governments, frustrated about (others’) selfishness, wonder why the church has much less influence in today’s society and wish the world would end! But the writer here – despite what was happening in the world at the time – encourages us. ‘Use your faith to build yourselves up’ (verse 20). And in verse 21, there is further encouragement: remain in God’s love. Live in his mercy. If there is an antidote to the end times and the dangers they will bring, this is it.
No matter whether it is the end times or not, God’s love is constant. His mercies endure forever, as Lamentations 3 tell us. Every morning, just as the sun rises (and it is streaming through my window as I write this), we are reminded that God’s love is ever-new. If we remember this each day and live it out, the world must surely be a better place.
It is God’s mercy that gives you life forever (verse 21). Just as the writer of John’s Gospel lets us know, living forever is not something in the distant future, but it is present for us now in God’s mercy. I don’t totally understand that, but I am secure in it. That doesn’t take away the horrors and worries of the world we live in, nor does it take away the realities of sickness, physical or mental disability or emotional upheaval. But it does provide a fortress, a buffer, a reassurance that the world cannot give. God’s mercy and grace sustain us. In all the turmoil of the world (end times or not), mercy and grace are ever-present, as reliable as the sun each morning. Life forever, even amid chaos. What a wonderful God we have.

Lord God, thanks for mercy and grace. Thanks for the reminder each morning as we see the sunrise that you are present, that we can share in the life eternal you have won for us. Amen.
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An Aussie Adventure
Well done to all of the staff and students involved in our Junior School Musical, An Aussie Adventure, this week. Mrs Ferguson and Mrs Nuttall worked hard to support students to record their scenes on Monday and Wednesday, and the Foundation to Year 2 students were eager to enjoy the live performance. It has been challenging to bring the show together with all of the disruptions to the school year and I give thanks for everyone's perseverance! Great job!

Class lists
This year class lists will be distributed to students in a sealed envelope on Monday 6 December. Please remember that teachers are very careful and deliberate in their allocation of students to classes and many factors are taken into account when preparing class lists. Class lists for Foundation 2022 will be distributed at our final transition session on Tuesday 7 December, once students have moved to classrooms.

Junior School Captains 2022
All students in Years 3 to 6 have viewed the speeches prepared by Year 5 students who have nominated to run for Junior School Captains for 2022. Votes are currently being counted. Our 2022 Junior School Captains will be announced at the closing service on Friday 10 December.

Foundation 2022 transition
Next Tuesday Foundation students of 2022 will have their first visit to a classroom in small groups. They have already attended Story Time sessions to help them become familiar with the school environment. We are looking forward to having our newest students in the classroom, getting to know teachers and each other, and enjoying doing their ‘school work’!

End of year service
The last school day for 2021 will be Friday 10 December. Students in Years 3–6 will attend the Closing Service at 11.30am in the MPC, and a shorter service will be attended by Foundation to Year 2 at 1.45pm. The Year 3–6 service will include announcements of students receiving Academic, Service, Endeavour and Year 6 awards. This will be recorded and shared with parents.

Junior School Assembly will be held on Tuesday morning at 9am, given that Monday is a student free day for report writing.

This week the Year 6 girls have prepared a recorded chapel to share with the Junior School with a focus on growing in patience. The Bible readings were Proverbs 14:29 and Galations 6:9. The Year 6 boys will be preparing chapel for next week.
Junior School key dates
22 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
23 November: Orientation and welcome morning tea for 2022 Foundation students and families
24 November: Year 5 puberty sessions
1 December: Year 1 Games Night
3 December: Foundation Celebration Evening
6 December: Year 6 Celebration
7 December: Junior School transition morning for all students
8 December: SRC shopping trip, reports sent home
9 December: Free Dress Day (gold coin donation
10 December: School finishes at 3.20, all students in formal summer uniform, closing services (Year 3–6 at 11.30, F–2 at 1.45pm)
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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End of year details
Week 8: Year 8 and 9 special program, Year 7 Camp
Week 9: Head Start Week
Week 10: Activities week

Parent information sessions for 2022 Year 9 families
A successful Information Session for 2022 Year 9 families was held last Wednesday evening with families having the option of attending on-site or from home through a live video stream. Important details to inform families about specific Year 9 programs were discussed including; the profile of a Year 9 student, developmental needs, philosophy of instruction, HTLC response to remote learning and supports planned for 2022, The Rite Journey Program, changes to the mathematics program, senior school preparation, student leadership, specialised sports programs including the Athlete Development Program, and electives were some of the topics discussed. Thank you to Year 9 Coordinator Mrs Georgia Thomas, Maths Coordinator Mrs Kate Carter, eLearning Coordinator Mr Polack and Head of Sport and Coaching Mr Kuchel for contributing on the night.

Week 8 of term
Next week, all Year 7 students will be attending camp at Cape Bridgewater Coastal Camp. This action-packed week will see students participate in a variety of outdoor adventure activities including surfing, seal tours, sand-duning, caving, abseiling, mountain biking and more. Good luck to all Year 7 students and staff accompanying them next week.

The Year 8 students will have a variety of activities which will keep them occupied over the course of the week. They will participate in a 1-day Rock and Water program led by trained instructors, complete a resiliency program which will serve as a lead-in to The Rite Journey next year, go bowling in Horsham and have a day excursion to Warrnambool on Thursday.

Year 9 students will spend their week completing Rite Journey tasks, attending VCE and VCAL Head Start classes and participate in a Peer Support training course.

Closing service
The Middle School Closing Service will be held on Thursday 9 December in the Multi-Purpose Centre, beginning at 11:30am. Due to Covid restrictions, this event will be limited to students, staff and selected special guests. Efforts will be made to either livestream the event, or record the service and send to parents who can watch in their own time. More details surrounding these options will be forwarded to parents closer to the event.

Year 9 solo experience
The Year 9 students successfully completed their solo experience this week. The 24-hour solo experience forms an important part of the Rite Journey Program and features as one of the 7 Rites of Passages experienced by students over the course of the year (The Abyss). The students were located in a secure grazing paddock located near Pomonal, with the Grampians National Park providing a spectacular backdrop for students to spend their time in solitude. Students were tasked with setting up their own shelter, lighting a fire, learning to juggle, reciting Bible verses and other quotes/texts, without talking to another person for the duration of the time. At the completion of the solo, students were asked to report back to the class on how they found the experience, responding to key questions.
Term 4 key dates
22 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
23–26 November (Week 8): Year 7 Camp, Year 8 and 9 special program (details to come)
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
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 12 Graduation service and dinner
Last Friday night, staff and parents shared in a celebration that marked the conclusion of secondary education for our group of Year 12 students. The evening opened with a service for families and friends where students were acknowledged for their academic efforts throughout the year. Dinner followed for students and their families. The evening was reflective and a special time to share memories. House Coordinators presented shared reflections on the students and their experiences throughout their time at Holy Trinity. Some of the students have been with us since their first day of Prep, providing many heartfelt and humourous anecdotes for the evening. The dinner program was capably led by our College Captains, Lilly Knoop and Nathan Rokebrand, and College Vice-Captains, Delta Wardle and Codi Kenny. It is with both sadness and gratitude that we reflect on the contributions made by this cohort of students to our college community in so many ways. They will certainly be missed. Many of the students have already commenced holiday employment as they await their final results which will be released mid-December.

Exam Week
Senior students have applied themselves to their studies this week with a focussed effort on the successful completion of their end of year exams. Final exams have been held today along with a catch up session for students who have missed exams during the week.

Head Start
Senior School Head Start program commences on Tuesday 23 November, following a student free day for report writing. The program will run for the following two weeks and will provide students with an outline of the content, assessment and expectations of the studies they will be undertaking in 2022. By starting next year’s coursework this year, students should be better prepared to undertake independent study over the holiday period. It is important that students read set English novels prior to the beginning of the new school year. All students are required to be in attendance during this week—VCE, VCAL and Year 10 programs will be running.

Year 10 and 11 closing service
Our closing service for 2021 will take place in the Senior Centre on Thursday afternoon at 2pm. Live streaming will enable parents to view the service as it is occurring. Academic, leadership and service awards will be presented to students following the service. Once again, our closing service will be conducted in a manner that will ensure the health and safety of staff and students. All senior students are required to be in attendance for the service. Students who have concluded their programs prior to this time are asked to arrange to be in attendance for the service.

Big Day Out
On Friday 3 December, Year 10 and Year 11 students will engage in their final school day for 2021. Following the conclusion of classes and examinations, the day will provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of class peers. Further information will be provided next week by Year Level Coordinators.
Senior School important dates
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/.
Air-Con and Refrigeration Apprenticeship - Wades
Business Administration Traineeship - Wades
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Year 5/6 Hoop Time
We had another successful day at the Year 5/6 Hoop Time basketball on Thursday 18 November.
We had four teams entered and all participants demonstrated excellent team spirit, sportsmanship and represented our school well.

The Girls 1 team were very successful winning the Grand Final 9-4 against Ss Michael and John's. It was such a tough competition where all teams were very even in ability. It was great to see our girls come out on top, especially going down to them by one goal in the minor round. Scorers in the Grand Final match included: Lani King, Emma Uebergang, Emma Streeter and Zahra Ellis.
Overall best players for the day were Lani King (our rebound queen), Emma Streeter for her excellent grit and determination and scoring, Emma Uebergang, Maya Przibilla and Lucy Bunworth. The Girls 2 team demonstrated excellent determination as they never gave up all day. They had some fantastic game play and all team members did a great job and played like a team. Best players were Hannah Heard for her fantastic defence and rebounding, Charlie Rethus for her fantastic defence skills, stealing lots of intercepts and Amelia van Burren for her attacking skills. Overall they finished in 5th place.

The Boys 1 team managed to reach the Semi Final against Ss Michael and John's where they came equal third. They again had some tough opposition across the day and displayed excellent teamwork and had great fighting spirit. Best players were: Link Smith, who played an excellent team game, Harry Hicks, who was an incredible all round player, Rhylee Olston for his fearless attacking skills, Sid Kingston for his natural leadership on and off the court and Brodie McIntosh for his excellent defence, chasing down some very skilled players. The Boys 2 team gave a tireless effort throughout the whole day, giving it their all. They came in 6th place. Best players were Sam Nurse, Eli Bailey and Maverick Kerr. Eli showed true leadership whilst guiding his team through some really tough opponents. Josh Kalms also demonstrated some tricky manoeuvres and skill.

A huge thank you to our parent volunteers (coaches and scorers) Simon Dandy, Brett Ellis, Olivia Bunworth, Lyn McKenzie, David Richardson and Mrs North. The day could not have gone smoothly without your help and it is very much appreciated.

Representative uniforms
Could those who have borrowed HTLC representative uniforms please ensure they are washed and returned to the grey basket in the foyer of the MPC.

Conclusion of interschool sport
Primary interschool sport for 2021 has come to an end. It was good to finally get back out on the court after so many interruptions, postponements and cancellations. Thank you to all students who represented our school throughout the year. You all did an amazing job! Thank you to all parents and staff who assisted in events. These events can never run smoothly without helpers, so thank you so much, we really appreciate it. We are hoping that 2022 will be a much better year for interschool sport and look forward to seeing our students be successful.
2022 sport dates
  • 23 February: Year 4–6 Swimming Carnival
  • 22 March: F–2 Athletics Day
  • 24 March: Year 3-6 Athletics Day
  • 28 April: Primary Cross Country
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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SPECIAL REPORT: Respectful language
In today’s world, it is common to hear socially offensive language on the streets, on social media channels, streaming services and in some forms of modern music. While swearing is becoming more common and less taboo, the use of derogatory language or the act of swearing at someone, or about someone, is a form of verbal violence. It transgresses the usual rules of social interaction by impinging on an individual’s self-image and sense of dignity. It is becoming apparent that some young people are being influenced by the language they hear. Proliferating the use of swear words can sometimes normalise, glamorise and desensitise their impact for kids who may misunderstand the true meaning of some derogatory terms. Whilst some students may use swearing or derogatory terms as a misguided attempt at belonging, others may use it simply because they are still learning how to moderate their language and are not accustomed to making adjustments to suit different situations.

This Special Report offers a number of guidelines to help manage a suitable approach when discussing the importance of respectful language. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help or contact the College Wellbeing Team.
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