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Greetings to all members in our Holy Trinity community. I hope and pray that this past week has been one of value and productivity for you and your family.

As you would be aware, at the start of the week the Premier, Mr Andrews, made comment of a ‘roadmap’ he plans to announce on Sunday that will aim to guide Victoria out of the current phase of COVID-19 restrictions. In subsequent news conferences, the Premier has regularly referred to the roadmap as a way to provide certainty and clarity for businesses, industry and the community. In response to a question, he said the roadmap would ‘cover industries in the first instance’. Additionally, it is understood that the Education Minister, Mr Merlino, has confirmed that Sunday’s announcement is unlikely to provide specific details on school operations. It is hoped that this will be provided soon with schools expecting to resume to face-to-face teaching in Term 4. Beyond saying that a decision would be made between now and the start of school holidays in mid-September, he unfortunately was unable to give an indication of the timing and extent of any re-opening.

I recognise that our community is longing for certainty and hope about the government’s intentions at this point in time, however, we all know that this is a highly complex crisis where circumstances and official responses can change quickly so I appreciate your support as we wait for the government’s plans. With the upcoming announcement on Sunday I will make it a priority to communicate with families on Monday to provide any further information regarding plans to reopen schools.

A reminder to secondary students that there will be an academic light day provided this coming Tuesday 8 September. This time will be provided to students, not as a student free day, but as a time to catch up on current tasks, revise for tests or exams and to have a reduction in screen time. Further information about this day will be provided by staff and relevant Heads of Sub Schools over the coming days. Additionally, the Premier has also announced that Friday 23 October will now be the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday for all Victorians. It has been decided by the school that the previously scheduled date of Friday 25 September will remain as a school closure day, providing our valued administration and grounds staff a day of rest and recuperation. Wishing you a blessed week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Do what you can to remain positive
The challenge for us as these difficult times drag on is to remain positive. While that may be easier said than done, there are some things that we can do to help ourselves to live a more positive life. Studies show that people who practice mindfulness are calmer, have better memories and are more creative than those who don’t. So what does that look like?
  1. Observe your thoughts. Don’t label them as 'good' or 'bad'. Watch them pass like traffic in your mind. Don’t try to stop them or intervene.
  2. Do one thing at a time. When you are eating, just eat. Focus on the tastes and textures of the food in your mouth.
  3. Do nothing. Every day, set aside 5 to 10 minutes to just sit with yourself, and do nothing. No phone, no TV, no device, no music. Only you and your thoughts.
Further to that, practice gratitude. Find a time that suits you. Maybe just before you go to bed. Write down 3 things for which you are grateful. They can be as small and simple as the joy of a hot shower, going for a walk, jog or bike ride, or patting your pet dog or cat. Then be thankful for the warm bed and soft pillow that give you rest and sleep.

Why not start a journal? It may help you to achieve a happier mindset. Keep your gratitude list, write down some inspiring quotes or collect some images that make you feel good. Do your best to keep in touch with friends and encourage them. Your giving them a boost will in turn, make you feel better. There is nothing to lift the spirits like enjoying some good music.

The Word of God encourages us to 'Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father' (Ephesians 5:19-20). There is still so much for us to be thankful for. Begin by thanking God that in Jesus you have a friend and Saviour who loves you forever. God bless your week.

Thank you, Lord, for your being our dear Father who blesses us with so many good things. Help us in these times to focus on the good in our lives and to remain positive. Help us to know your presence and to look to you, not just in our needs, but with hearts filled with thankfulness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Friday Fun Day!
Today the Junior School students have enjoyed Friday Fun Day. They have been able to wear free dress to school and have less academic activities to engage in. It has been lovely to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students with this shift of focus for the end of the week.

Happy Father’s Day
In a ‘normal’ school year, today we would have been celebrating Father’s Day at school with a meat pie lunch and football activities for the afternoon. Although we cannot celebrate together, I wish all of our wonderful fathers a fantastic day on Sunday!

Google Classroom feedback
During this period of remote learning teachers have been providing feedback to students via the Google Classroom. If your child is not receiving this (and teacher’s have not explained an alternative method for giving feedback to students) please contact your child’s teacher. We have recently discovered some students have had their email notifications ‘toggled off’ in their Google Classroom which has prevented notifications coming through. We are very happy to assist students adjust their settings to ensure you are receiving comments from teachers.

Online safety for young people
We are aware that many students are spending considerable time online during COVID-19, both for educational and recreational purposes. To help develop parents’ and students’ awareness of potential online challenges and equip you with necessary tools to navigate the online world, I encourage you to access the following resources:
Pastor Gus, Mr Busbridge and some students who have been learning on site prepared Chapel for us this week with a Father’s Day theme. Our worship is based on the Bible reading from Luke 15:20-24, the story of the prodigal son… which could also be called the story of the forgiving father. We are very lucky to have loving fathers who care for us. We also have a Heavenly Father, who loves us unconditionally. He calls us to live in His love by listening, helping, being respectful and giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives. We give thanks to God for our dads this Father’s Day.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
As we near the end of term, I would like to encourage students to continue to apply themselves with their attitude, attendance and effort towards remote learning. An announcement on when students will return to face to face learning is expected to be delivered in the next few days, with the possibility that remote learning will continue until the end of term a realistic option. Sustaining motivation can be challenging, especially as the monotony of life in lockdown takes hold. Parents are encouraged to do the following to manage the welfare and wellbeing of your adolescent:
  • Check in regularly to see how they are going.
  • Plan family walks together.
  • Help them to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances.
  • Remain calm when talking about the future involving COVID-19.
  • Accept that things are out of our control.
  • Give space when needed.
  • Give rewards for compliance.
  • Have something to look forward to.
  • Avoid an over-reliance on them when it comes to duties at home.
  • Maintain a new routine.
  • Discuss available support lines.
  • Enable them to pursue new coping strategies (new skills, chores, responsibilities).
  • Give praise and acknowledge the many positives.
A positive finish to the last weeks of remote learning will help to generate momentum and enthusiasm as we move into the final term of the school year.

Interim reports and parent/teacher interviews
Interim reports will be sent home in the last week of term. A decision on how these will be sent home will be made once we know if we will be in remote or face to face learning. Parent/teacher interviews will be held in the first week of Term 4. Details about how parents can book these and then access the meetings will be included with the report information. Interviews will be held on October 6 and 8 (Week 1 of Term 4).

Academic light day
Next Tuesday will be another ‘academic light day’ for all students in the Middle School. This will be a day where no classes are timetabled so that students have the opportunity to catch up on tasks that are due or incomplete, take a break from screen time and/or have time to pursue their own activities.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VET enrolment for 2021 – please complete!
Enrolments are now open for students who are interested in undertaking or continuing a VET course in 2021. This year students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website. Students in Years 9, 10 & 11 considering or continuing a VET course for 2021 are required to complete an online enrolment as soon as possible. Please contact the college if you have any questions relating to the VET enrolment process.
VTAC applications
The closing date for timely applications is drawing closer. Special consideration due to the impact of remote learning should be considered by all families, with any additional concerns being forwarded to the college as previously requested.

VCE and VCAL essential assessments
Students completing VCE Units 3 & 4 or VCAL programs are permitted to attend on site for the purpose of completing assessments that are essential to the completion of their courses. These sessions may continue into the holidays for some courses of study although at this stage there will no trial exams running at this time.

All students completing a Unit 3/4 study are required to complete the GAT. This will be held on Wednesday 7 October from 10am to 1:15pm. The GAT forms an essential part of assessment procedures for the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority). It is a test of general knowledge in the areas of:
  • written communication
  • mathematics, science and technology
  • humanities, the arts and social sciences.
Important dates
Term 4
  • 30 September: closing date for course applications
  • Week 1: 7 October 10am to 1.15pm: VCE GAT (for students undertaking Unit 3/4 study)
  • Week 1: 9 October: SEAS and scholarship applications close
  • Week 4: 30 October: Final day for Year 12 (final assembly and Year 12 breakfast)
  • Week 6: 9 November: VCE written exams commence
  • Week 9: 4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11
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 School Sport

HTLC Trick Shot Challenge
A huge congratulations and thank you to those students who took the time to enter the HTLC Trick Shot Challenge. We have had a lot of entries that demonstrate a huge range of skill and talent!

Our competition ends on Monday at 3:30pm so please if you have an entry please submit it before the deadline. Staff will be voting on the Top 5 finalists next week. These people will be notified and then all classes in the junior school will have a change to vote for our winner. Please email entries to Mrs McDonald at tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.

School Sports Victoria (SSV) Virtual Track and Field event
School Sport Victoria are hosting a Virtual Track and Field event and primary children are able to get involved. Virtual Track and Field offers a selected number of disciplines including:
  • Sprints: (60m, 80m, 100m, 200m, 400m)
  • Run or walk: (800m, 1500m)
  • Jumps: (standing long jump and standing triple jump)
  • Throw: (tennis ball shot put)
  • Combined event: 100m sprint, standing long jump, tennis ball shot put and 800m run.
Get more information about each event. Remember to follow the specific instructions on how to perform each event very carefully. Students can take part in one or all the events. We encourage you to warm up before attempting any of these activities. Always have an adult supervisor and ensure you are competing in a safe environment.

Click here to enter your results. Please select HTLC as our school and Greater Western as our region. You can also use my email address tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au for contact details.

Some important things to remember:
  • Warm-up before you participate to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Be sure to have the correct footwear, clothing and equipment.
  • Make sure you are doing each of these activities outside.
  • Make sure you have mum or dad's permission, they can help with timing or measuring.
  • Remember we are not looking for the best, we are looking for students to give it a go.
  • Check and adhere to the current Department of Health and Human Services information for sport and exercise relevant to your local area. View the current restrictions for regional Victoria.
I hope to see some entries from HTLC. Good luck!
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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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.
A special report: Celebrating Father’s Day
For many years now, the role of fathers has changed and evolved. During the industrial revolution, fathers were often considered detached and distant due to working long hours in factories. However, today things have changed dramatically with many dads being celebrated for being sensitive, caring and more hands-on.

In this Special Report, fathers will learn about the positive impact they can have on their child’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst also ensuring they indulge in a little self-care.

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 school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Think U Know program
Children and young people are expected to spend more time online during COVID-19, including staying connected to friends and family, playing games or for online learning. Now more than ever, it is important parents and carers remain aware of potential challenges, and equip themselves with the tools needed to protect their children.

In the past, the “Think U Know” program has been run in collaboration with Horsham Police to deliver an online safety program to Year 6 students at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. Due to restrictions this year, the program has been unable to be run in a face-face format. Instead, a new set of resources have been developed for parents and caregivers to help their children navigate some of these issues and know what to do if their child needs help. These resources can be accessed through the following links:
The Resilience Projects webinar series
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The uniform shop
For the remainder of Term 3, the uniform shop will be open by appointment only. Please email uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au if you would like to make an appointment. Alternatively, submit an order form (attached) rather than attending the shop.

We also now have white, cloth face masks available to purchase for $10. They have adjustable earloops and are great to wear with glasses. Contact the uniform shop by email if you would like to make a purchase.
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