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As we come to the end of the eighth week of Term 2, I look forward to this coming Tuesday 9 June when we will welcome back the remaining students from Years 3-10 to the college. It will be fantastic that on this day we will have all students on site from Prep to Year 12, but I remind our community that with the easing of restrictions it does not mean that this pandemic is over. We must continue to ask students and staff to use healthy hygiene practices, ensure social distancing where appropriate, and ask that if any member of our community is sick that they stay at home and seek the necessary medical treatment.

By working together, we will continue to minimise the risk and in turn maintain a healthy and thriving environment for all individuals at our school. A reminder to families and students that this coming Monday 8 June is the Queen’s birthday holiday, providing us with a long weekend. I hope this time is one of rest and recuperation with family and friends, prior to recommencing school on Tuesday 9 June.
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Well done … and thank you
Things don’t just happen! We all learn that truth fairly quickly. We may become frustrated when the directions we give are not followed and something doesn’t happen. Or we may be surprised with joy when something is done, and it is done really well; above and beyond our expectations. A huge thank you to our students and your parents for the way you worked together and supported each other during remote learning. Thank you for your patience and understanding and for the way you extended yourselves to make this happen so well. Thank you also for your feedback, helping us to do some things better. We were all learning together.

Thank you to our teachers who went the extra mile to support your students during these weeks. All the emails and phone calls you attended to for the benefit of your students. Well done. But I recognise it was very much a reflection of your approach to life and work here in more ‘normal’ times. We are truly blessed to have the leaders we have. The various Heads of Sub-School and the team of dedicated staff we have. Committed to the nurture and care of their students, the children of our community.

This is what a community of care looks like. The Word of God encourages us in this process: ‘let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another …’ (Hebrews 10:24–25).

Let us keep doing what works well and has been done so well, in the nurture and care of all students. This is what we are about and what we are called to do. Importantly, it both pleases God and is to his glory.

Thank you, Lord, for the good hearts of so many people here in our Holy Trinity community. Thank you for how our students and parents embraced remote learning so well, with the support of their teachers. As students are beginning to come back to face to face learning, please help us all that we may continue to work together for the good of all. Be with our students as they transition back to life and learning as they knew it and help them and us all in making the adjustments we need to be making for the wellbeing of all. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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All year levels returning to school
We are very excited to be preparing to welcome back our Year 3 to 6 students next Tuesday, and establishing a new ‘normal’ for our Junior School. Term 2 has been so unique, and once again I commend students, parents and staff for ensuring students’ learning has continued during this time. Thank you everyone! Information regarding strategies that have been put into place to minimise the COVID-19 risk to our community has been emailed to parents earlier this week.

We will be recommencing Junior School Assembly at 9.05am on Tuesday morning via an online stream. Any parents or community members who would like to ‘attend’ assembly can find the link on the HTLC public calendar or join using the button below. A link will also go out via the app the day before. There will not be class awards, these will commence again in Week 10.
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 Tuesday. Chromebooks are to be returned to their classroom teacher.

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. From next Friday, all students will participate in chapel in their classrooms. This week’s chapel service shares the message that God’s people are the church, and that we do amazing things through Him, based on the bible reading Acts 4:32-35.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Return of Middle School students
After eight weeks of remote learning and being at school with very few people, it brings me great excitement to write that next Tuesday 9 June, all Middle School students will be returning to on-site learning. The remote learning experience has offered many opportunities for growth and personal development for everyone, but school just hasn’t been the same without the full contingent of staff and students. In anticipation of a return to on-site learning, parents and students are advised of the following details which will assist in making school safe for everyone.
Detailed information about what to expect regarding health and hygiene, access to the college campus, learning and school activities for the remainder of the term was emailed out to Middle School parents yesterday.

School will be slightly different from next week, but no amount of changes will alter the fact that our teachers will be working hard to deliver a quality, caring and Christian education to all students of the college. I know that staff are extremely excited to welcome back the students next week, and trust that the students are equally enthusiastic about returning to school.

The remote learning journey has been a memorable experience and I would like to thank the staff, parents and students for the way they have approached these unprecedented events. The support afforded each other by all parties has allowed for quality education and learning opportunities to continue in unique circumstances.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to school
Next week we welcome back our Year 10 students, and once again the Senior Centre will return to being a hive of activity. Whilst many students are excited to return to classroom learning and to renew friendships, we understand that it is a significant change in routine. Please don’t hesitate to contact staff if your child is finding the transition challenging or finding they are behind with coursework.

Next week students will undertake a period of revision prior to the commencement of exams the following week. Studying and preparation can take many forms and it is important for each student to determine the method which they find most effective. A range of study strategies and revision material will be provided to students, by their teachers, during this time.

The integration of a study plan/timetable and commitment to learning is strongly advised to maximise student achievement in exams. Parents are encouraged to support their child to establish regular home study practices. Year 10 students will be sitting exams in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health, Physical Education.

Year 11 students will have an exam for each of their subjects. Distance Education students will complete their assessments at an alternative time and will therefore have an additional study session when their subject blocking exam is being held. Year 12 students will continue with their coursework.

Work experience
Classes will run in Week 11 in place of our usual Work Experience block. Many placements have now been cancelled or postponed until later in the year. Those students who have not received notice of cancellation of their placement should make contact with their employers in the coming week to ascertain whether or not their Work Experience will be able to go ahead. Students whose placements have been cancelled or not yet organised, will have the option of rescheduling these for a week later in the year that is mutually convenient to both the employer and the school.

Expos and Open Days online
Many of the universities and careers expos we generally attend have been organised online this year. Students have been sent links to several institutes and expos and are strongly encouraged to book themselves in to attend free webinars of interest.

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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Secondary Sport

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:
  • Treadmill entries do not qualify.
  • 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.

As we prepare to return to face-to-face teaching next week, please know that School Sport Victoria, as well as the school sporting divisions, are on plans to return to sport. This will hopefully allow students from Year 7 to 10 an opportunity to compete in inter-school team sports in 2020. Further information will be released via the newsletter and the Student Morning Notices regarding these events in the weeks to come.
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport (Secondary)

Junior Sport

School Sport Victoria Virtual Cross Country
School Sport Victoria are hosting a Virtual Cross Country event and primary children are able to get involved. Primary age groups are: 5-8 years, 9/10 years, 11 years, 12/13 years (ages are calculated as of 31 December in the year of competition). Check the distances for each age group.

There are four steps to get involved
  1. Run/walk 1000m, 2000m or 3000m depending on your age and gender.
  2. Fill out this form to submit for each separate run. You can do multiple runs. Make sure you fill in everything accurately.
  3. (Optional) You ought to be very proud of your sporting achievement. You can now print out a Participation Certificate to show off your proud sporting moment. Print out a Participation Certificate.
  4. (Optional) Post a photo and description with your time included and submit it via the SSV website.
You will need to measure out the length of your own course. There are many Apps available on Smartphones, iPads or pcs such as Google Earth, Garmin, Fitbit, a GPS, Strava etc or go old school and use a trundle wheel or a tape measure. You could always get someone to measure the distance using a bike computer of a bicycle or a speedo of a car. It doesn't have to be exactly accurate. And of course, you need an accurate way of recording the time it takes to run/walk your distance. The main thing is to get out there to get active & have a run/walk.

You can do as many runs as you like but enter each separate run you do. It's free to enter.
It's open to all students from Prep to Year 12. It has been made so you can (virtually) run/walk in the same age group as you. Remember to warm up, stretch & cool down.

Get more information about School Sport Victoria's Virtual Cross Country.

Other news
Our intentions are to run our own HTLC Junior School Cross Country towards the end of Term 3 or the start of Term 4 and having some sort of Athletics Day in Term 4. This will be dependent on government restrictions at the time.
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.
Returning to normal after COVID-19
Supporting your child to go back to 'normal' after coronavirus. There are many reasons why going back to normal may be anxiety-provoking for your child. Kids Helpline have developed a guide to support your child to return to normal.
SchoolTV: Sleep
Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at risk of sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child's growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall development and is as important as diet and exercise.

Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune systems and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing.

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 and one of our team members will contact you within 24-48 hours.
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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.

Please note that the office currently isn't handling cash and, therefore, student banking deposits will not be processed until further notice.
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