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A warm welcome to families and friends of the HTLC community. As we come to the end of the term I write to provide you with the most recent details provided by the Department of Education and Training for the staggered return of students to school next term.

From Monday 5 October
  • VCE and VCAL students (including Year 10 students enrolled in VCE or VCAL programs) can attend onsite for the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7 October, or for essential assessments only.
  • Students in Prep to Year 10, and those not needing to attend for essential assessments, will be required to continue to learn from home.
  • Students of essential workers, who have previously been registered for on-site during Term 3, may continue to be on-site for their learning.
From Thursday 8 October
  • All students enrolled in Prep to Year 6 in a P-12 school will return to on-site learning.
From Monday 12 October
  • All school students in Years 7 to 10, and VCE and VCAL students, will return to on-site learning.
As we come to the end of the term, I again give thanks for the HTLC community and how they have responded to the challenges this year. At this time, I encourage all families to reach out to their child’s teacher and give thanks to them for their effort during the term.

Today we farewell Ms Sue Starbuck after 20 years of service to our community. We wish Sue God’s richest blessing as she takes some well-earned rest prior to commencing another stage of her life with family and friends. All the best Sue!

Reminder that the office will be closed this coming Friday 25 September. The office will reopen on Monday 28 September at 8.30am.

We are blessed to have a community of many different people who, through their gifts and talents, have provided guidance, support and care during this term. Let us rejoice in who and whose we are. Wishing you a blessed holiday.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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God is good
I think we are all appreciating a bit more of the sun and some warmer days that the season of Spring offers. That is something for us to look forward to after the cold of winter. The canola is a picture to admire, if it doesn’t cause any reactions for you. These are all reminders that we are approaching another hay time and harvest. The magpies and plovers are also fiercely protecting their territory in another breeding season.

We are also coming to the end of another term, and hopefully an end of remote learning. That gives more for us to look forward to. I am sure we are all hoping that we will be able to complete the year in more of the normal way. That would be a boost for everyone. Keep praying for our future. For now we keep doing what we are called to do. That means protecting ourselves and ensuring the wellbeing of others. We all look forward to some of the restrictions being lifted, especially for us in regional areas. We pray for that too, and for our leaders who are tasked with making the decisions that will be for our good.

Even if you can’t get away, which is looking likely, get your rest and relaxation during the two week break. God acknowledges our need for rest. We find our rest in his presence, trusting that he is in control of all things, and that he cares for us. Jesus welcomes us to: 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:28-30). Blessings for a safe, healthy and relaxing break between terms. Looking forward to seeing you refreshed and recharged for Term 4.

Father God, we thank you for being with us through another term. Thank you for the encouragement and support through another time of remote learning. Please be with us during the holidays, keeping us safe and healthy. We look forward to returning to college in Term 4 for face to face teaching and learning, and especially for having that connection with our friends and mates. Thank you that you are with us, giving us all we need for our life and wellbeing. Keep us thankful for your goodness and for the kindness of others. Amen.
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Remote learning
With Term 3 coming to an end, I congratulate our students, parents and staff for your dedication, resilience and perseverance. This second period of remote learning continued to stretch us all in new ways, and I am incredibly thankful to be part of a community that is so committed to our students’ education. Talking to some of our students this week, it is very encouraging to hear the positive perspectives about what they have learnt during remote learning that they would not have if we were in a standard year in a face to face classroom. Some of their reflections were:
  • I’ve learnt to use emails more to ask the teacher questions. (Liam Year 5)
  • I’ve got better at using the Chromebook, like taking screenshots of my work. (Eli Year 5)
  • We’ve had to set ourselves up and manage our time to get our work done. (Indira Year 6)
  • We’ve learnt to be patient working at home with our siblings. (Milla Year 6)
  • I’ve learnt self control, because when you’re learning at home you might want to go to the pantry or play computer games, but you won’t get your work done. (Eden Year 6)
  • I’ve learnt to work hard and not get sidetracked. (Camille Year 2)
  • I’ve got better at typing and knowing where the letters are. (Max Year 2)
Wild Action Day
It was so exciting to welcome our students dressed as furry, scaly and feathery friends this morning for our Wild Action Day! Our school community have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in the material provided by Chris Humfrey to help us learn about the wildlife we can find in our own backyards and the Wimmera bush. The highlight of the day was having a virtual live tour of the Wild Action Zoo and meeting some of the animals that live there!
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School photos
School photos have been scheduled for Friday 16 October. Students are required to wear their formal summer uniform on this day.

Pastor Gus, Mr Wallace and students have prepared our Closing Service for this afternoon, based on Proverbs 9:9-12a. This bible verse reminds us that we can learn and grow through everything we experience and that God will always be with us. I pray students, parents and friends of our college community have a safe and enjoyable spring holiday.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
As Term 3 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Middle School staff, students and parents for their efforts in navigating a secondary experience of learning from home and lockdown restrictions. The remote learning experience has been different for all families with some students thriving with the additional responsibility, independence and greater control over their learning. Whereas some students have found it difficult to find the motivation to maintain normal work routines, away from the structure and rigour of the classroom environment. No matter what the experience, the development and fast-tracking of skills will no doubt serve students well as they move into higher levels of education where these skills take on a greater emphasis.

I hope that all families have the opportunity to take time out over the holiday period and enjoy some of the freedoms offered with the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria this week. Regional travel, social bubbles, public gatherings, community sport and the opening of hospitality venues are all reasons to be excited about what lies ahead. The opportunity for students to reconnect with their friends is something which cannot be underestimated. Whilst a lot of the focus has been on ensuring academic development is maintained, the positive effects of social interaction are equally important and will hopefully be a priority to families over this holiday period, as it will be for the college once the Middle School students return in Week 2 of next term.

Term 4 return
As has previously been communicated with families, Middle School students will begin Term 4 in remote learning, for one week only. The established remote learning procedures and processes will be followed for this week with students asked to report to morning Home Room at 9am on Monday 5 October, before following Timetable A for the remainder of the week.

Students will return to face to face learning in Week 2, beginning on Monday 12 October. I will be communicating details around this return by sending out an email to all Middle School parents at the beginning of next term. I pray that the holiday period is a safe and relaxing one for our Holy Trinity families and I look forward to reconnecting with you all in the new term.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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End of term
As the end of the academic year quickly approaches for our senior students, it is important to acknowledge the resilience and commitment they have demonstrated over the last few months to maintain their learning throughout unprecedented and challenging circumstances. The students are to be commended for continuing with their usual program of learning and assessments throughout this time, despite the move to online delivery. We look forward to welcoming the senior students back on site to work towards the conclusion of their studies for the year. This journey will be considerably shorter for our Year 12 students, who will finish classes at the end of Week 4 and begin to prepare for their final exams.

Interim reports are now available. Those that have not been collected from the Senior Centre will be mailed to families. Interviews will be held early in Term 4.

Return to classes
In the first week of Term 4, from Monday 5 October, VCE and VCAL students can only attend on site for essential assessments, including the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7 October. This includes Year 10 students studying VCE or VCAL subjects. In the second week of term, from Monday 12 October, Year 10, 11 and 12 students will attend on site schooling full time.

Holiday sessions
With the interruptions and alterations to programming and delivery over the past few months, teachers have decided to offer students sessions during the holidays to assist in their preparation for exams. These sessions will be delivered remotely and may cover content, revision or trial exams.

English lectures for Year 12 students
Due to the fact that our travel is currently restricted and we are not able to physically attend VCE revision lectures in Melbourne, the college has purchased English revision lectures for the texts studied this year, for students to view at home. Lectures will be live streamed and interactive and will be held at the following times:
  • The Queen and Ransom: Saturday 26 September 2-4pm
  • All the Light We Cannot See: Sunday 27 September 5-7pm
All students are strongly advised to view the live presentations as recordings will not be available.

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). Past papers have been provided to students and resources collated on a Google Classroom. Mrs Schneider is available for tutorial sessions and students are encouraged to submit practise papers for marking.

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 students, with any additional concerns being forwarded to the college as previously requested.

Year 12 events
The final day of classes for our Year 12 students will be Friday 30 October. On this day we will have a celebratory breakfast, they will share their final chapel and spend a relaxing day together off campus prior to commencing their study break.

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

Trick Shot Challenge
A big congratulations to all finalists in our Trick Shot Challenge. Classes have now voted and it is with great pleasure that I announce our winner:

1st place: Eli and Remi Bailey (5V and 6N)
2nd place: Arkie Mackley (3B)
3rd place: Lennix Nelson (6N)
4th place: Hannah Gabbe (4I)
5th place: Javier Baker (FL)

Congratulations to Eli and Remi Bailey!

All finalists will have a prize to collect from Mrs McDonald upon returning to school in week 1 of Term 1. All entries will also receive a small prize and Mrs McDonald will endeavour to catch and present you with this once school returns next term. Thank you for all of the wonderful entries, I hope you had fun making your trick shots.

School Sports Victoria (SSV) Virtual Track and Field event
Congratulations to Joshua Kalms who entered in the 9/10 year old age group for the sprints and long jump events. Joshua received a certificate from School Sports Victoria and scored some points for our school against other schools in our region.

Thank you for participation Josh! Events are still open so why not have a go! Find out how to take part in School Sport Victoria's Virtual Track and Field.
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.
Welcome to TRP@HOME
A hub of activities and ideas to bring Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness to day-to-day life: from kitchen table conversations, to bedtime stories and backyard expeditions.

@HOME LEARNING is for parents and carers who are homeschooling. Here you’ll find age-specific home-based activities and lesson plans to support school curriculum and family wellbeing.

@HOME FOR EVERYONE is for adults and young people alike! Head here for wellbeing tips and ways to build resilience and happiness for yourself, family and housemates.
Blog and Parenting sections are coming soon!
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School photos
School photos will be held on Friday 16 October (second week of Term 4). 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 (no group photos).

Please ensure that you order photos online prior to photo day. Use Access Key: RJ38DV29

Lost fitbit
Ella Ryan of FL has lost her purple coloured fitbit somewhere in the FL classroom. If charged it will have a pictured of a sheep on the screen face. She had only just received it for her birthday last month.
The uniform shop
The uniform shop will reopen in Week 1 of Term 4, trading usual hours (Tuesday 9am–4pm, Friday 9am–2pm). For the safety of staff and customers, please adhere to density limits notified on the front door and limit people attending to one parent and only the students required to be fitted for a uniform. Please sign in first at the Junior/Middle School Reception, sanitise your hands and wear a mask for the duration of your time on campus. If you don't need to attend in person, please submit an order to the uniform shop over email at any time using the attached order forms.
Horsham Regional Art Gallery holiday workshops
Horsham Regional Art Gallery will host a series of online workshops for kids during the upcoming September holidays. These free workshops, for ages 7+, with local artists will be an opportunity for kids to try new approaches and different techniques in a fun way.

In ‘Stop Motion Fun’ Natimuk artist Hannah French will introduce kids to making stop motion films using a board game, smart device and free app. Sue Wilson, former Gallery Education Officer and Art Club teacher will show kids how to make 3D figures out of cling wrap and sticky tape then ‘Make shadows’ on a wall. Murtoa based artist Sue Pavlovich will present two workshops ‘Drawing + moving’ and ‘Drawing around you’ exploring different fun approaches.
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