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Greetings and welcome back to the start of a new school term.

Over the past few weeks our state has again been thrown into turmoil with Stage 3 restrictions taking effect in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. Even though the Stage 3 restrictions are not in place for our community, I again remind families how we all must do our part to minimise the risk of possible infection. If students or family members are unwell they must not attend the college. Any individuals who show symptoms (however mild) of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste must seek advice and get tested. People who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are at risk and must also seek medical advice. You can call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 for further information if you have any concerns.

Students are reminded that personal winter jackets are not an approved HTLC uniform item and must not be worn. A navy winter jacket, available from the uniform shop, can be worn as part of the winter uniform. In addition to the navy winter jacket, the College Council has approved for the blazer to be an optional item of uniform for Middle School students if they wish to wear it as an extra layer with their dress uniform. The blazer is an optional item of uniform for Years 7 to 9 blazer is now a part of the Winter uniform for all students in Years 7 to 12 and is required to be worn as part of the formal winter uniform. Attached is a copy of the current uniform guidelines for your information.
I am pleased to announce that the construction of the second stage of the senior school building has now commenced. It is an exciting time for the college and I look forward to its steady progress over the coming months. As the building site will now occupy the current temporary car park located adjacent to the senior school, an additional area for parking has been established off Peppertree Lane with the entry located between both the Middle and Junior School ovals. Families and friends are invited to make use of this car park area from now on to eleviate the congestion often experienced at the beginning and end of each school day.

Prior to the end of last term, I contacted families with details regarding my upcoming appraisal. This survey was planned to start this week, however, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne it has pushed the start date to this coming Monday 20 July. An email will be sent to families with a link and information regarding this process. The survey will be open for two weeks and I kindly ask members of the community to contribute to this professional learning opportunity.

Wishing you a blessed and safe week.
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Welcome back!
Welcome back to Term 3, and especially those who are new to our College. We trust you have all had a good mid-year break with an opportunity to overcome the tiredness that caught up with most of us toward the end of Term 2. We need to look after ourselves, ensuring that we are being renewed physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We have one body and one life, and it is up to each one of us to take good care of it; and to help others to do the same!

Hopefully you also had some time to catch up with some extended family members and friends. But unfortunately, just as it was looking as though there may be some relaxation of restrictions, we entered the holidays with circumstances demanding a further tightening of those restrictions.
We are living in times of continuing, constant and rapid change. Metropolitan Melbourne has had some restrictions reimposed in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases occurring in the city and surrounds. For most students schooling has again returned to remote learning. It is a reminder to us all that we need to live a little differently for our own welfare and for the wellbeing of others, through maintaining good hygiene and social distancing.

The wisdom of God’s Word encourages us to live well and to give our very best. Especially in the common, ordinary things of our everyday life and work. ‘I know the best thing we can do is to always enjoy life, because God’s gift to us is the happiness we get from our food and drink and from the good work we do’ (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13).

All the best for Term 3 and give your all in everything you do. It is important to do our best and not just have a carefree attitude. Doing well shows we take pride in who we are and what we do. It shows respect for others. Above all, it honours and pleases the God who cares about us and loves us.

Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to have a 2 week break from school. Thank you that you were watching over us, keeping us safe and well during that time. Thank you now, for the new term for us to work and learn, so that each one of us may grow into the best version of oneself that we can be. Help us to work hard and do our best in all things. Bless us to build strong and healthy relationships with all people, especially those we find a particular challenge. Thank you that you are always with us to watch over us and bless us. Amen.
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Welcome to Term 3! I pray that you enjoyed the time spent with family and friends over the holidays and stayed healthy during this challenging time! We would like to extend a warm welcome to new students to our school: Andy Mbati (4F), Georgia Foster (4F), Camilla Dunstan (4I) and Caleb Claassen (FS). We pray God’s richest blessings to these new members of the HTLC community.

COVID-19 response
Please continue to follow the strategies in place to protect the health of members of our college community.
  • Parents are encouraged to use the pick up and drop off area whenever possible. If you do need to leave your vehicle at these times, please ensure to maintain social distancing.
  • Only students are permitted to come into the school, unless parents are coming into the office or going to the uniform shop. Email or telephone communication is preferred whenever possible.
  • If anyone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home, get tested and only return to school when results come back negative.
  • Students are continuing to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and cleaning has been increased at school.
  • Please remember to send a drink bottle with your child, as all drinking fountains are unavailable.
All decisions made by the college will be in accordance with the direction and advice of the state and federal governments. You are encouraged to make contact with the school if you have any questions about your requirements around student sickness. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and support.

Semester 1 Studreports will be sent home on Wednesday next week. Please take time to read your child’s report thoroughly and contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress. Please note, there are some changes to the report template due to the unusual circumstances of Term 2.

Term 3 is usually a very busy time for camps in the Junior School. This year we do have Year 3 and Year 5 camps scheduled, and we are currently considering whether these will proceed or not. Information will be sent home to families in the coming days with further information.

This term chapel will continue to be delivered remotely for members of our college community throughout Term 3. Classes have once again been rostored on to lead our worship, and will record their service and make it available to families and friends of HTLC. Next week Year 1D will be leading us in worship, focussing on the parable of sowing seeds based on Luke 8:4-8.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Welcome back!
Term 3 commenced on Tuesday and it was fantastic to welcome back students after their two-week holiday break. After an interrupted Term 2, it was pleasing to observe much enthusiasm and optimism amongst the students as they prepare for a new semester with exciting learning opportunities.

Reports and parent/teacher interviews
The Semester 1 reports have almost been finalised, ready to be sent home on Wednesday next week. Included with the reports will be information regarding parent/teacher interviews scheduled for Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 July. Parents will be able to register for interviews using the online booking system. A decision on how interviews are conducted will be made next week and communicated with parents and carers.

Elevate Education study skills sessions
The Elevate Education Study Skills sessions scheduled for this week were postponed until Week 5 of term, due to the coronavirus outbreaks in Melbourne. These sessions will now be delivered as virtual sessions to all secondary students, with a specific ‘study’ focus set for each Year level.

New students
On Tuesday, two new students were welcomed to the Middle School of Holy Trinity. Nikita Claassen (Year 7) and Maddison Hooper (Year 9) enjoyed a nervous but exciting first day of school this week. Both students settled in well and have been warmly welcomed into the HTLC community.

COVID-19 response
All decisions made by the college will be in accordance with the direction and advice of the state and federal governments. You are encouraged to make contact with the school if you have any questions about your requirements around student sickness. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and support.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Elevate Education
Our students will once again have the opportunity to learn from the expertise and experience of the Elevate Education staff when they present their high energy workshops online for us on 12 and 13 August. Year level workshops will focus on specific strategies to improve study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence and lift exam performance.

Virtual Subject Selection
This Monday 20 July, our Virtual Subject Selection will be launched for students to explore and learn more about VCE subjects they are considering for 2021. Whilst it will take a different format this year, we are confident that students will be provided with an extensive amount of information before making choices. Year 10 students will bring home a personalised subject selection pack on Monday containing additional resources to support selection.

Individual interviews will be held next week for Year 10 students to further discuss their VCE/VCAL pathway options. Subject conferences in Week 3 will provide the opportunity for students to speak with teachers of each of the VCE subjects offered next year. VCE and VCAL staff are available by email or appointment for parents and students who wish to meet and discuss personal selection options.

COVID-19 response
All decisions made by the college will be in accordance with the direction and advice of the state and federal governments. You are encouraged to make contact with the school if you have any questions about your requirements around student sickness. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and support.
Important dates (general)
Term 3:
  • Week 2: Reports sent home
  • Week 3: Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July: Parent/teacher interviews
  • Week 9: September 9: VCE GAT
Term 4
  • Week 4: 30 October: Final day for Year 12 (Final assembly and Year 12 breakfast)
  • Week 6: 9 November: VCE written exams begin
  • Week 9: 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Interschool sport
Please note that all Term 3 interschool sport has been cancelled or postponed at this stage until further notice.

In an attempt to keep sports running at HTLC, we are planning on running an alternative Sports Day for students in Year 3–6. This will enable us to get results and qualifiers for any possible future events that could occur in Term 4.

Keeping in mind social distancing and good hygiene practices, we plan to run our Sports Days for Years 3–6 over 3–4 weeks, using the allocated sport lessons which will occur on Fridays. A program of events will be made available on the app closer to the time.

The plan, at this stage, is for each year level to go out at a designated time and complete three events during their sport class. Different events each week will be covered. This will run like a normal sports day and students can wear their PE uniform to compete in the events. On the last Friday of the event, students can wear their house coloured shirt and sports shorts/pants and sports shoes for presentation of ribbons and photos.

Unfortunately due to current restrictions, parents will not be able to attend these events. Staff will endeavour to take as much footage of students participating and be made available to families where possible.

At this stage, we are planning on running these events during Term 3. However, plans could change as COVID-19 restrictions change and may be postponed to Term 4. We will keep you updated as the term progresses.

SSV Virtual Cross Country
A big congratulations goes to Hylton Penfold who participated in the SSV Virtual Cross Country running 2km in a time of 11:57. Well done Hylton.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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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
As Australia continues to go through a period of transition and adjustment, it's particularly important to keep a check on your child's mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to new routines.

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 have any concerns regarding your child then please contact one of our Wellbeing Team members (Anne Penny, Rhiannon McKinnon and Pastor Gus.). Alternately please fill out our wellbeing referral form (link above and available on our app) and one of our team members will contact you within 24–48 hours.
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PTFA Pie Drive
The PTFA Pie Drive is now on! Order some pies from Conways to help raise funds which will contribute to improving facilities and services for the college. Orders and payment are due by Friday 31 July. See the link below for the order form and further information about how to submit your order and payment.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Victorian Government's Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides schools with payments for eligible students to attend camps, excursions and sporting events. To be eligible for this funding, families must hold a valid means-tested concession card. CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either Term 1 or Term 2. The due date for Term 2 applications has been extended until Friday 24 July. Get more information and apply at the attached link.
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NetSetGo 5-7 year olds
Commences on Wednesday 29th July at 3.45pm for 8 weeks.
Cost is $68 which includes a NetSetGo shirt & pack.
Register online or through MyNetball Horsham City Netball Association.

Junior Winter Comp
Registrations for teams and individuals closes soon. Teams are open to both girls & boys. If you are looking to join a team please contact Cathie Weidemann on 0411166914.
Divisions are 9 & under, 11 & under & 13 & under. The age cut off is based on calendar year.
Cost is $100 for the season, which includes player VNA registration & insurance
Matches commence on Friday 24th July & end 18th September.
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