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Greetings to all in our HTLC community.

Over the past term, l have regularly thanked our staff for their dedication, care and support for their students while they have engaged in the remote learning platform. They have gone above and beyond and for that I am thankful. Additionally, I would like to congratulate the students. I have been amazed with their resilience, grit and focus during the past seven weeks of this term. It hasn’t been easy but I am proud of your efforts and your ability to positively engage in your learning, aiming to excel in all that you do. I also feel it necessary to give our parents a round of applause for their engagement, support and guidance during this term. The remote learning opportunities we have offered would not have been possible without the commitment and energy from you all, so thank you and well done.

As we welcomed students back this week I would like to thank parents for adhering to our social distancing rules while at the college. Keeping your distance from each other, and remaining outside of the school grounds during drop off and pick up, has helped us to maintain our risk minimisation strategy of keeping all members in our community safe. I appreciate your support in this and will ask for it to continue until further notice.
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A step forward in recovery
This week we welcomed back the VCE and VCAL students along with the Foundation classes and Years 1 and 2. On 9 June, Years 3 through to 10 will also return to face to face schooling. It will be really good to have you back at college again. It will be good to have some buzz and activity around the campus. What is a school without children? You are our world’s emerging leaders.

We hope it will be good for all of our students. Some of you will slip back into college life easily, and will really appreciate being around your friends and mates again. Others have perhaps enjoyed home schooling and will find the return somewhat stressful. If you are a little anxious and afraid, be kind to yourselves and patient as you settle back in. If you need to, there are people around to talk to and to help you. We are all committed to ensuring your wellbeing and safety.

Understand that things will not be like they were before. Some things we will need to do differently, both for our personal wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our community. Know that in this transition you are not alone. God is with you all and he surrounds you with people to lean on. People who will encourage and support you through whatever challenges you may face.

We welcome you back with joyful enthusiasm. Let’s be mindful of those who may be doing it a bit tough, so that in walking with them, we may make their journey a happier one. Be understanding and give them a special welcome! Our God is a welcoming God. His welcome is for all people. We are called to be his people who also welcome others.'Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God' (Romans 15:7). Let’s do that with joy today, this week and always. May God bless our college community as we make this significant step toward recovery.

Thank you, loving God that you have been with us during our time of remote learning. Thank you that as a College, we have been able to support our students and their family in this different learning platform. Please be with the students and their teachers in the return to face to face teaching and learning. Help them to settle back well and be with the Years 3 through 10 as they have a short time of learning from home before their return. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Welcome back to school Foundation to Year 2
It has been wonderful to welcome our youngest students back to school this week. We missed their smiling faces! As I have walked around the school each day, it has been 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 helped prepare students for the changes to pick up and drop off. It is amazing to see how adaptable and independent our little people are!

Last week of remote learning
Next week will be our last week of remote learning. I commend all students for their persistence and application and thank parents for their support of learning programs during this period. Although it has had it’s challenges, there has also been incredible growth in students’ independent work skills, organisation and digital literacy. We have noticed that some students are showing signs of remote learning fatigue. Please continue to communicate with classroom teachers, and use time guidelines and task priorities to support your child’s needs during this final week.

Junior School Virtual Information Evening
On Monday evening Mr Weller and I remotely delivered a Junior School Information Evening, sharing basic information with the community regarding our educational programs, wellbeing and worship, leadership and extra-curricular opportunities and transition programs. The session was recorded and is now available if you would like to view it or share it with friends and family who would like to learn more about our school.
Drink bottles
Please remember to send a drink bottle for your child every day, as the bubble taps are not available.

Return of loaned Chromebooks
If you have loaned a Chomebook for your child in Year 3 to 6, please send them back to school with your child on Monday. Chromebooks are to be returned to classroom teachers.

Students are now required to wear their winter uniform, including long pants for boys. The uniform shop is open Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm and Fridays 9am to 2pm if you need to purchase new uniform items.

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. This week’s Chapel service is based on the story of Pentecost found in Acts 2:38-39, when God sent the Holy Spirit to help us live and walk as His people.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Middle School Virtual Information Evening
The Middle School Information Evening was delivered in unique circumstances on Tuesday night. Normally attendees would assemble in the Multi-Purpose Centre to view a live presentation about the Middle School, but this year the session was delivered virtually as registered members watched from the comfort of their homes.

Whilst this was certainly a different experience, it was still a wonderful opportunity to deliver key information about Years 7 to 9. Parents heard about curriculum delivery, specialised programs, differentiation, HTLC’s Middle School philosophy for teaching and learning, pastoral care programs, sport and extra-curricular options, camps and excursions and much, much more.

All current Year 6 parents and newly registered families will be contacted in the near future by Enrolments Officer Ms Sue Starbuck. They will be given the opportunity to book an interview with the Head of Middle School to discuss how Holy Trinity can meet the needs of individual students in the secondary school. Enrolments offers will be finalised at the completion of these interviews. Parents and friends are encouraged to contact the college directly if they have any questions or queries about the enrolment process or other details about the Middle School.

Middle School student leadership
Even though all Middle School students have been learning remotely throughout this term, our student leaders have continued to fulfil their duties. On Tuesday night, the Middle School Ambassadors played a vital role in the Information Evening by posting video responses to the following four questions:
  1. What have you enjoyed about your first term of Middle School?
  2. In what ways has this year been different to your other years of Primary School?
  3. Why should parents consider sending their children to HTLC for Middle School?
  4. What have been some of the challenges you have faced in your first term of secondary school?
The Ambassadors (Aiden North, Annabelle Heal, Jacob Rudolph and Jaya Meadows) did a fantastic job in preparing responses, filming themselves answering the questions and then forwarding them for use in the presentation. The student perspective was again valued by those in attendance.
Last week, the Middle School Captains (Wil Tippet and Zoa Mock) were given the challenge of putting together a motivational video to share with students in Years 7, 8 and 9 as they began the final two weeks of remote learning. The students prepared a script, filmed themselves in mini clips that were then put together in a final presentation. The video had the perfect mix of entertainment, humour and a serious message and was well received by the students it was directed towards. The key messages of the video were:
  • stay focused and positive
  • seek help when needed
  • embrace the unique opportunity
  • look ahead to the good times coming
  • form healthy habits (eating, sleeping, exercise, breaks from screen time)
  • learn and evolve from the experience.
Thank you to our student leaders for their leadership and positive contributions, it is appreciated.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to school
It has been a welcome return to regular teaching and learning this week as Year 11, 12 and some Year 10 students have returned to learning on site. Once again we have the energy and life of our students echoing throughout the building. We have stickers indicating seating placements and a plentiful supply of hand sanitiser positioned outside each classroom but, aside from these changes, that are quickly becoming part of our lifestyle, things are quickly returning to normal.

Academic programs have continued according to timelines and, as such, we are approaching a period of review and exams towards the end of the term. This will prove a valuable time for students to reflect on their progress and assist staff with future planning.
  • Exam Review Week: Tuesday 9 June to Friday 12 June
  • Exam Week: Monday 15 June to Thursday 18 June
As we enter the colder months, many students are realising the need to update their winter uniforms. The uniform shop is now once again open and all students should be in full winter uniform.

VCAL Pie Day
The VCAL students have worked industriously this week, planning and preparing for Pie Day today, to welcome senior students back to school. This initiative, funded by the VCAL group was warmly welcomed by the students currently in attendance.

Year 9 Pathways interviews
Thank you to all the parents who attended our virtual information evening on Wednesday. Year 9 parents will be contacted in coming days regarding pathways interviews to discuss the options available for their child.

Important dates
Term 2:
  • Week 9
    Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday public holiday
    Tuesday 9 June: Middle School students return to on-site learning
    Exam revision week
  • Week 10
    Exams Years 10—12
    Friday, 19 June: Report writing day, student free day
  • Week 11
    Term 2 concludes at 2:20pm on the last day
Term 3
  • Week 2
    Reports sent home
  • Week 3
    Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July: Parent/teacher interviews
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Push Up Challenge
The Push Up Challenge draws to a close this weekend, and after yesterday’s massive effort of 232 push ups each, HTLC staff and students have now logged nearly 90,000 push ups and raised $1,350 for headspace Horsham. Australia-wide, fundraising has passed $4.1 million dollars to aid the work that headspace does in supporting young people aged 12-25 with their health and wellbeing. Find out more information about the push up challenge, and more information about the work that headspace does. If you would like to donate to the fundraising efforts (all funds raised go directly to headspace Horsham), you can visit our staff team page, senior students team page or middle students team page.

School Sport Victoria Virtual Cross Country
School Sport Victoria are hosting their own Virtual Cross Country! It follows a similar format to HTLC’s Virtual Cross Country with two major differences:
  1. Treadmill entries do not qualify.
  2. All males only run 3000 metres.
How to participate:
This event is also open for Primary School athletes. Please email me at matthew.mcloughlin@htlc.vic.edu.au if you need assistance with anything.
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport (Secondary)
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Wellbeing assistance
The college's Wellbeing Team is available to assist parents and caregivers who are worried about the welfare of their child. This might include social, emotional and behavioural concerns. To receive assistance, please complete the attached form and a member of the Wellbeing Team will be in touch.
SchoolTV Special Report: Coronavirus—the transition back
As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted to varying degrees, we enter a time of transition and adjustment. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted us all. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things.

Many young people may be excited at the prospect of restrictions being lifted; others may feel mixed emotions. Reactions will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. Keeping a check on your child’s mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to new routines, will be vitally important.

There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead of us, so focusing on the things you can control or enjoy doing or even value, can help establish predictability and familiarity for the whole family. Adult carers need to provide young people with reassurance by acknowledging any concerns and fears they may have at this time. Consider this to be a normal reaction, however it may be best to focus more on their feelings and emotions, rather than the practicalities at this stage.

In this Special Report, we share a few ideas to help ease this time of transition and adjustment. 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 a member of the Wellbeing Team (Anne Penny, Rhiannon McKinnon or Pastor Gus).
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LLL student banking
All LLL student banking passbooks need to be returned to the Junior School Reception by Friday 13 June in order to be sent back to LLL for interest to be added.
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