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A warm welcome to families and friends of HTLC. During the week I sent an email to families indicating our intentions for the end of year services across all sub-schools. This plan includes alterations that align with our COVID Safe Plan, government recommendations and our current Pandemic Management Plan. I ask that if families haven’t read this already that they make it a priority so they are aware of the changes that will occur this year. If you haven’t received this email I ask that you contact the Main Reception for those details.

A reminder to families about the upcoming student free day scheduled for Monday 23 November. This day is a planned report writing day for staff and provides an opportunity for teachers to collate feedback on student outcomes, along with time for additional planning that strengthens our programs at the college. I ask that you contact your child’s teacher, or the Main Reception, if you have any queries about this day.

Over the past several weeks it has been wonderful to see the new Foundation students and their families for 2021 as they engage in our transition program. Due to restrictions, this program has needed to be different from previous years to include two remote learning activities, to now several small group activities on site until the end of the year. From all reports it appears that these sessions have been very well received by the children. I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to the families, teachers and our Head of Junior School, Mrs Friberg, for their flexibility and support for these future young men and women of our college. I pray that the coming weeks continue to provide joy as they prepare to commence their formalised schooling in 2021.

As we draw close to the end of another school year I would like to wish all our students well as they complete formalised testing, conclude educational programs and move into transition programs over the coming weeks. This year has been like no other but, as a college, we look forward to supporting our students to finish well while preparing them for the future. Further information regarding exams and transition programs will be distributed by relevant Heads of Sub-Schools over the coming weeks.

Finally, if individuals are feeling unwell they are asked to remain at home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continued support at this point in time is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Getting back to normal
Last week the Junior School finally managed to have their Athletics Day—but minus the parents and grandparents who would normally share in the day by cheering their children on! It is good for our students especially, but also for all of us, that we are able to participate in some of those fun activities that until now have been off the agenda.

We are getting back to a new ‘normal’. Some things are the same as before, but they do need to be done a little differently. We now pay much more attention to sanitising and cleaning, wearing masks in public and observing social distancing. This is not all bad. Living in community is a privilege, and it is important for us to take care of others by taking good care of ourselves.

While some things can and will in time be relaxed, other practices will remain. We need to understand that they are for our personal good and for the good of the communities we are a part of. Considering others is set down for us as a value to be practiced as we live in relationship with others. This sets us apart as God’s people in the world. We are told, 'Let each of you look not only to his interests, but also to the interests of others' (Philippians 2:4). Consideration for others is what builds good communities.

Look for ways you can to be kind to others, take care of them and protect their dignity and wellbeing. That will make things better for you and for everyone else. Be mindful of those sitting for exams and encouraging of them. Take good care of the environment we are privileged to live and learn in. Every blessing for your week.

Father God, we thank you that some people have been on camp, and our Junior School has finally been able to hold the annual Athletics Day. Thank you for the fun activities we have at College, which are all about our development. Learning life lessons for what is ahead. Help us to do our best, enjoying life at Holy Trinity, being considerate of others and making life better for them and for us. Please be all those who are sitting for exams. In your dear name we pray, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Pastor Gus
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Foundation Faith Bag presentations
Last Friday Pastor Gus presented our Foundation students with their Faith Bags. These bags contained a small wooden cross, devotional text and prayer resources to help families support their child’s faith development.

Once again, our Year 3-6 enjoyed participating in Athletics events during their Friday Sport time today. Next week students are invited to wear a t-shirt in their house colours with their HTLC sports shorts and socks. Good luck to all students for the final events!

Class lists
Class lists will be distributed to students in a sealed envelope on Monday 7 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 2021 will be distributed at our final transition session on Tuesday 8 December, once students have moved to classrooms.

Foundation 2021 transition
It was wonderful to welcome our 2021 Foundation students in small groups to school on Tuesday. Miss Lienert prepared activities based on The Five Little Ducks for the children. Please look at the HTLC Facebook page for wonderful photos of our very excited new students!

Report writing
Monday 23 November will be a student free day, as teachers will be preparing students’ reports.

End of year service
The last school day for 2020 will be Friday 11 December. A recorded closing service for students in Year 3-6 will be viewed in classrooms at 11.30am, and a shorter service will be viewed by Foundation to Year 2 at 12pm. The Year 3-6 service will include announcements of students receiving Academic, Service, Endeavour and Year 6 awards, which will then be presented to students by Mr Weller and myself after lunch on that day.

This week FS prepared and presented Chapel based on the Old Testament story of the baby Moses, from Exodus 2. It reminds us how good our God is and how much he loves His people!

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Maddox Willmore FL: Tarak Uppala FS: Cassius Cruz 1D: Lachie Dunn, Maeja Ruwoldt 1H: Hamish Croxford 2B: Ajiyah McDonald 2H: Bryce McDonald 2S: Nahla Midgley 3B: All of 3B 3L: Charlotte Doyle, Fleur Fletcher 4F: Charlie Hedt 4I: Jessica Hair 4R: Amy Kerr 5D: Deagan Fischer, Georgie Schilling 5G: Hollianne Hallam, William Koch 5V: Toby Uebergang 6N: Eliza Shaw, Jiedan Young 6T: Harry Hallam Chinese: All of 2H Digital Technology: Javier Baker Performing Arts: Charlie Hopper PE: Micah Livingstone Jing Award: Amelia Friberg
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Book list and stationery orders
2021 book list and stationery order forms were distributed this week by email. Instructions on how to order have been included with both lists. Parents are advised to contact the college if they have any questions. Parents have until 11 December to submit orders online.

Year 9 Rite Journey
After a successful camping experience last week, the Year 9 students will now focus on preparing for the final 3 ‘Rites of Passage’ ceremonies to complete their year.
  • The Challenges Ceremony: Over the course of this year, the students have been asked to complete a total of 30 individual challenges and document these in the form of a short video. Students will present these videos in Week 8 and respond to some key questions.
  • The Following Ceremony: The students have been given the task of completing an individual project which required them to choose an area of interest, find a mentor and work on the project throughout the year. In the final week of school, the students will showcase their projects and prepare an oral presentation to their classmates.
  • The Homecoming Ceremony: The unofficial ‘graduation’ ceremony for Middle School. Students will publicly declare what it means to them to be a young man or woman and share some of the experiences from their Rite Journey year. Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s ceremony will likely be conducted virtually and the recording made available for parents and friends.
2021 Year 7 student testing and parent information session
This week our 2021 Year 7 families received the details required for students to complete the online Entrance testing. All the best to the students as they complete this from home over the coming week. A virtual information session is in the process of being prepared and will be made available for families, early next week.

Year 8 camp
Information notes about the upcoming Year 8 camping experience have been sent home today. The camp has been modified due to COVID restrictions but will still allow an opportunity for students to put into practice the skills and techniques they have been learning in Physical Education lessons this term.
Term 4 Middle School timeline
  • Week 7
    Normal program for 7, 8 and 9 students
    Final assessment tasks and end of semester tests issued
  • Week 8
    23/11: Report Writing Day, student free day
    Year 7 Camp, Year 8 Camp
    Year 9 program: peer support training, iDesign Project preparation, Rite Journey Challenges assignment presentation
  • Week 9
    Head Start Program
  • Week 10
    Activities Week
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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We have received notification from providers that some students have now completed all of their practical assessments and their attendance is no longer required at VET on Wednesdays. These students have been informed. Please note that students completing Auto, Engineering and Building and Construction will at this stage not be finishing their courses until 9 December.

VCAL 2021
Parent Declaration forms for students commencing VET courses in 2021 are now due and should be returned to the college as soon as possible.

Good luck to our Year 12 students
Our Year 12 students are to be commended for the way in which they have applied themselves in preparation for the commencement of the external examination period this week. It has been pleasing to see many students attending school to maintain their study routine and to access available support.

HTLC exam week
Next week, students in Year 10 will be completing course assessment within their usual class program. An examination timetable has been circulated to all students completing Unit 1 & 2 of a VCE course. All Year 11 students and those Year 10 students who have commenced Accounting, Psychology, Outdoor and Environmental Studies or Health and Human Development will be sitting exams. The usual class timetable will continue to run around the exams.

Head Start
Head Start for Senior School students commences on Tuesday 24 November and runs through until Thursday 3 December. During Head Start students will be provided with an outline of the content, assessment and expectations of the studies they have selected to undertake in 2021. All students are required to be in attendance this week as VCE, VCAL and Year 10 programs will be running.

College Captains 2020
Our applicants for College Captain positions, recorded prepared speeches which have now been viewed by all secondary students. The candidates are commended for their efforts in both preparation and presentation. The successful applicants will be announced at our end of year closing service.

The Parents Website: How to choose the course that’s right
After a year no-one expected draws to a close, your student will be weighing up options.
Important dates
Term 4
  • 16 to 20 November: Year 10 and 11 exams
  • 23 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
    24 November to 3 December: Head Start Program
  • 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11, Big Day Out
Summer holidays

  • 30 December: ATAR and VCE results released to students
  • 4 January 2021: closing date for change of preferences
  • 14 January 2021: first round offers
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Athletics Days
It has been great to see the students out enjoying sport and house competitions again. On Friday last week we saw the Year 3–6s start their House Athletics events. A big congratulations to all students for their participation. Students participated in long jump, triple jump and high jump along with some team activities such as the sack race and potato race.

This week they will participate in their throwing events, shot put, discus and the vortex distance throw. Next week students will be required to wear their House coloured tops for the final events which will be their sprints, hurdles and baton relays. Please keep an eye out for photos on our Facebook page.

Swimming program
The Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 classes will be involved in swimming lessons at the Horsham Aquatic Centre for six sessions over two weeks. These will commence in Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 4. Each year level will go every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for two weeks, starting Wednesday 25 November. A note has been sent home with further information. Please ensure you sign the permission slip and return it to School by Wednesday 18 November.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Message from College Chaplain, Mrs Alice Lamb
We are in the middle of Term 4! If you feel similar to myself, time is flying and things are getting busy. I am also starting to make family plans for Christmas. In my role I have been involved in working with the Secondary School on some sessions on Positive Education and coping with anxiety. Anxiety or worry is very common, particularly, when under stress. This time of year, with exams in particular, it is beneficial to learn about and demonstrate resilience skills. I hope our secondary students enjoy and benefit from learning about this topic.

Dealing with difficult emotions is part of resilience. We all have difficult emotions to manage or cope with at times. It's how we deal with them that results in good coping or not so good coping. With good coping we are able to achieve at our potential. The Positive Education curriculum discusses positive emotions and how to deal with challenging emotions
A SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion
With the impending festive season and end of school celebrations, some teenagers may be feeling ready to party, wanting to put the disruptions, frustrations and disappointments of this past year, behind them. To ensure our young people stay safe during this time, parents and carers are encouraged to have the alcohol discussion, no matter how difficult or overwhelming it may be. It is important to outline the rules and boundaries around age-appropriate alcohol consumption and what the legal implications may be.

In this Special Report, a series of discussion points are offered to help make the conversation about alcohol consumption a little easier.

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.
eSafety for parents
Parents and carers often have the best opportunity to support and guide their children to avoid online risks and have safer experiences. The Office of the ESafety Commissioner has made this easier by providing a comprehensive online guide. This guide covers key online safety issues for young people and a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. Parents can also find ways to deal with common online safety issues like managing time online, using parent controls and setting and responding to issues like cyberbullying, inappropriate content, sending nudes and contact from strangers.
Wellbeing support
Use the form below to contact the Wellbeing Team (which includes the Provisional Psychologist, Chaplain and Pastor). Once the form has been received, your inquiry will be discussed within the Wellbeing Team. A follow-up phone call will be made to provide consultation about your inquiry and determine an appropriate course of action. This may result in a referral to outside professionals. Please note the College Principal may be informed of your inquiry as necessary. Responses will be within 48 hours. If it is an urgent matter, please contact the College Principal or Head of School.
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Secondary book lists
Book lists are now available for secondary students. Orders must be placed online this year, by Friday 11 D. Order using the link below.
  1. Create an account.
  2. Enter our resource code (SE95).
  3. Order resources and select delivery option (either to home or school, where they can be collected from Monday 18 January).
PTFA ice cream fundraiser
The PTFA have joined together with local business That Little Shoppee Place to bring you a range of ice cream and sorbets in various sizes and flavours to purchase to help raise funds which will contribute to improving facilities and services for the college. Orders and payment are due by Friday 27 November. Please see the below the order form for further information about how to submit your order and payment.
School photos
School photos for Foundation to Year 10 students will be held on Thursday 19 November. Students are required to wear formal summer uniform. To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, this year there will only be head shots taken of students. Unfortunately, family photos will also not be possible this year. You can order photos online at the below link, using Access Key: RJ38DV29.
Bookclub brochures (Issue #8) have been distributed. All orders should be placed by Monday, 23 November. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scholastic Australia’. Credit card payments may also be made using the online system, the LOOP. By indicating ‘gift’ on your online order, the books will be kept at school for you to pick up if you don’t want your child to see your purchase. For more information please contact Jaci Gabbé.
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