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Greetings to families and members of our HTLC community. With our school, and the rest of Victoria, now in a 7-day circuit breaker to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will revert back to the remote learning platform as of Monday 31 May to Thursday 3 June.

As of this coming Monday, HTLC will recommence its remote learning platform for students, with exemptions for on-site learning to take place. Onsite learning will only be available for the vulnerable, and for those children of essential workers who can't work from home. As it has been directed during past lockdowns, if students can stay at home during this time, then they must stay at home. Understanding that this decision may be problematic for some families due to issues relating to work requirements, a Google Form has been prepared for the purpose of registering a student if they need to be present at school. I ask that families complete this form if this is the case, understanding once again that if students can stay at home then they must stay at home. This will need to be done by 4pm today, Friday 28 May.

As we once again prepare for another lockdown, I acknowledged that certain elements of this are very challenging for some I know that yesterday’s news will be extremely disappointing and frustrating for many but I encourage all in our community to be supportive and positive toward one another during the coming week. Wishing you a blessed week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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The bold and the ordinary
by Pastor Steve Liersch
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realised that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognised them as companions of Jesus (Acts 4:13).
Read Acts 4:5–21
There’s something wonderful about the ability of the underdog – the average, ordinary person to rise to the occasion and do something great at just the right time. For instance, we can see it in tennis when the lower-ranked player outperforms a more highly fancied and experienced player. Suddenly, they become noticed, and all eyes are on them to find out more about their background and coach.
Talent shows are all about such people too. Unknown singers, dancers and performers come out of the woodwork to show the world what they’re capable of when given a chance. Generally, people warm to them and comment on how well they performed, or what a great speaker they are, and even how far they could go in life given the right kind of opportunities.
What many of these people have in common, whether it be sportspeople, entertainers, or even just the ordinary person rising to the occasion, is that most of them have someone behind them with whom they have spent a lot of time. It could be a parent, a sports coach, a colleague, a friend or a mentor. The common thread is usually that someone with skill, patience, ability or vision has seen something special in them and is prepared to invest their time and energy to develop their potential. Mostly this happens out of sight over a few years until they think their prodigy is ready to have a go ‘on the big stage’.
I can’t help but reflect on the way Jesus did this with his disciples. He called a group of ordinary people into his circle of influence and prepared them for their godly task of being witnesses for God’s kingdom. Suddenly Peter and John, ordinary fishermen, were doing greater things than the rulers and elders of the people were ever capable of. The crowds responded as the church grew to about five thousand (verse 4), while the church leaders questioned their pedigree as theologians felt threatened by their rise in public popularity.
How beautiful to think that God continues to prepare ordinary people (quite often non-theologically trained at a more highly credentialed establishment) to do amazing things for him.
Ordinary people who spend time with Jesus (verse 13) and are filled with the Holy Spirit (verse 8) get immortalised in the Bible and throughout church history to become recognised as mighty agents in God’s kingdom.
Enter here every Christian who has been baptised and spent time in God’s word. God has a way of raising to the fore those who are willing and open to being used throughout their life in situations where their time with Jesus has prepared them for service and acts of love.
Can you identify someone whom God has used in mighty ways who has ‘slipped under the radar’ until their moment to shine for Jesus arrived?
Heavenly Father, please help me not to take pride in my theological training if it means I overlook the mighty ways you are using ‘ordinary’ people to serve in your kingdom. Thank you for parents, children’s ministry leaders, mentors and friends who have identified and encouraged gifts that you want to be developed for your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Remote learning
As you would be aware, the Premier announced today that due to the continual spread of COVID-19 we have moved into a 7-day lockdown starting at 11.59pm last night. Today has been a student free day, with remote learning commencing on Monday 31 May 2021. At this point in time, the Victorian government continues to ask that if a student can learn at home during the remote learning period, then they must stay at home. On-site supervision will be provided for children of essential workers, and parents are asked to register their child’s attendance only on days required using the google form distributed through the app before 4pm today. We thank parents for your support and ask you to contact your child’s teacher at any stage during the lockdown period if you require any assistance.

On Wednesday HTLC hosted a RoboCup Junior competition in the MPC, with the assistance of co-founder of the organisation, Brain Thomas. RoboCup Junior is a non-for-profit organisation and our event provided local students with an opportunity to develop and apply STEM skills they have been learning during their lunchtime Robotics Club activities as they competed against students from other schools. All the students were a credit to their schools in the way they supported each other and competed with integrity. Congratulations to Keisha Bessellar (Rescue) and Justin Schwarz, Andy Mbati and Edward Jones (Soccer) who won their categories and well done to everyone who competed.

Open Day
Last Sunday HTLC held our annual Open Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to share a snapshot of our college with the community and showcase the facilities and programs we offer. We were very pleased to see a number of visitors enjoying the sausages perfectly cooked by Mr Wallace and some even stayed for the entire 2 hours roaming around the school and talking to staff and students. Thank you to our dedicated staff and students who made themselves available on the day.

Diagnostic testing
This week all students in the Junior School have completed diagnostic assessments in Literacy and Numeracy. The diagnostic data collection is one tool teachers use to help report accurately on students’ progress and inform our planning for Semester 2. We understand that at times students find this assessment process tiring, and we thank students for their hard work and parents for their support throughout this testing week.

Year 4 camp
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining our Year 4 campers at Creswick log cabins for their second day of camp. The students greeted me with big smiles and many stories from their first camp experience. A highlight of the camp is the Giant Swing, and I am pleased to report that all students, staff and parents wanting to brave the swing had the opportunity prior to the rain starting. My sincere thanks to Mrs Fox, Miss Rainsford, Mr Moore, Mr Fischer and Mrs Penfold who were the parents and teachers attending the camp.

Year 6G led our worship this morning, based on Matthew 20:26 But don’t act like them. If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others.” Next week Year 5H will be leading Chapel with a focus on discipline. Please remember to send a small offering with your child.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Zetta Beattie, Tenuka Dissanayake FS: Amarlee Carroll 1C: Meg Arnel 1D: Alfie Janetzki, Elizabeth Kulhan 1I: Ella Pohlner 2B: Jaxon Ellis, Maeja Ruwoldt 2S: Lachie Holmes 3B: Cypress Kenny 3K: Vincent Brennan 3L: Greta Smith 5D: All of 5D 5G: Joshua Kalms, Rhylee Olston 5H: Jett Carter, Lexie Hallam 6G: Nellie Driller, Emma Uebergang 6H: Emma Streeter 6N: Emily Baker Chinese: All of 2S, Jy Dennis, Isabelle Leaver-Schwarz, Violet Mason, Saxton Steicke Performing Arts: Violet Mason, Amy Kerr PE: Emmanuelle Amilegbe Library: Camille Arthur Jing Award: Jessica Smith
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
Students in the Middle School will be remote learning from Monday 31 May with all students expected to attend virtual Home Room at 9:00am. An email from me was sent to all Middle School families on Thursday afternoon, outlining the important details parents and students will need to know in order to effectively manage the remote learning week. For many students, remote learning offers an opportunity for them to take greater ownership over their learning and they thrive in this learning environment. For others, it can be a struggle to independently manage time and subject commitments. I encourage families to be in contact with the college if you have any concerns over your child’s learning over the course of next week. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on-site next Friday 4 June.

Middle School Open Day
Last Sunday the College doors were opened up for members of the community to come and experience what learning at Holy Trinity Lutheran College is all about.
Members of the community gathered to tour the facilities and meet and greet the staff and students of the College. A highlight of the day was having a contingent of Middle and Senior School students present to help with tours and lead practical activities such as robotics, coffee making, woodwork and art displays, 3D printing demonstrations, live music, science experiments, sporting activities, climbing wall, fire pits and more. More than 40 students volunteered to help on the day and they did an amazing job of representing the college as unofficial ambassadors. These students were acknowledged with an appreciation certificate at Tuesday’s assembly.

End of semester examinations have been postponed until Week 8 (beginning Monday 7 June). A revised exam timetable will be forwarded to parents and students next week.

GRIP Student Leadership Conference
Last Friday 21 of May SRC representatives from Years 7 to 9 travelled to Ballarat to attend a GRIP Student Leadership Conference. The conference focused on giving students new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making a positive contribution as a leader. Throughout the day students looked at the following topics:
  • what makes a good leader
  • getting to know your team
  • responsibilities of a good leader
  • how to involve more students in school events
  • creative ideas for school which are not events
  • improving something you feel is impossible
  • keeping the team motivated
  • time management.
The material was presented in a fun and engaging way with lots of dancing and loud noise breaks. Everyone gained a lot from the experience.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Remote learning
As we once again enter a brief time of remote learning, we do so with confidence and a thorough understanding of the process that we have previously, successfully implemented to ensure ongoing and effective provision of content for our senior students. Virtual lessons for each VCE and Year 10 class, will continue, in line with student timetables, providing the continuity and consistency required of learning at this level. The bank of resources available to each student within their Google Classrooms allows them to revisit concepts and classes for clarification or revision. Teachers will be providing a summary of the week ahead for students in their Google Classrooms, to ensure they have a clear outline of structure and expectations. Students are encouraged to maintain regular communication with their teachers so that support can be provided as required.

Exam Week
Exam Week will now be rescheduled to Week 8, commencing Monday 31 May and finishing on Friday 4 June. Class content throughout Week 7 may vary between revision and the delivery of new content. A reminder that the GAT will also be completed during this week by Year 11 and 12 students completing a Unit 3/4 study. View a short video clip outlining the ways in which you can use the GAT to your advantage.

Open Day
It was pleasing to see so many people out enjoying the beautiful weather which blessed our College Open Day last weekend. Our sincere thanks to those senior students who conducted tours of the building and provided their perspective and advice on Senior School.

VTAC Updates for Selection Period 2021–2022
The following updates are now available ahead of the 2021-2022 selection period commencing in August. Further information will be available in July and August.
  • Applications open for courses, SEAS, and scholarships: Monday 2 August 2021
  • Timely course applications close: Thursday 30 September 2021
  • SEAS and Scholarships applications close: Friday 8 October 2021
  • ATAR and VCE results released: Friday 8 October 2021
  • ATAR and VCE results released: 7am, Monday 13 December
  • Change of preference deadline for December offers: 4pm, Tuesday 14 December
  • December offers released: Monday 20 December
  • January offers released: Friday 14 January
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Greater Western Cross Country
Due to current circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice. Information on a future date will be given to students when the school has been notified by School Sport Victoria.

Little Desert AFL, Netball and Soccer
Congratulations to the following students who have made our Little Desert teams:
  • AFL Team: Cody Stewart, Liam Richardson, Maverick Kerr, Frazer Shurdington, Fletcher Hawken, Brodie McIntosh, Link Smith, Jack Kelly, Jeremy Fischer, Josh Kalms, Jardy Ellis, Malakai van Buuren, Lj Kafegelis, Harry Hicks, Charlie Hopper, Will Pohlner, Sidney Kingston, Charlie Hedt, Isaac Hogan, Sam Nurse, Emergency Players: Bailey Dridan and Lachlan North
  • Netball Team: Charlie Arnott, Nellie Driller, Emma Uebergang, Lucy Bunworth, Ellita Scollary, Emma Streeter, Hayley Uebergang, Imogen Dunn, Millie Friberg, Adelyn Penny
  • Soccer Team: Joel Mock (Goalie), Will Koch, Andy Mbati, Toby Ubergang, Eli Bailey, Justin Leaver-Schwarz, Joseph Shepherd, Hannah Polack, Ellua Boyd, Amy Kerr, Jayden Eltze, Hunter Knoop
Due to current circumstances with COVID 19, this event has been postponed due until further notice. Information on a future date will be given to students when the school has been notified by School Sport Victoria.

Hoop Time Basketball trials
Thank you to the Year 5/6 girls who have attended the two trial days for selection into the Hoop Time Basketball teams. The team will be announced next week. The trials for the boys Year 5/6 Hoop Time Basketball teams will occur once we return from remote learning. Please ensure you have placed our name down on the list with your class teacher. At this stage, they are planned for recess next Friday 4th June in the MPC. Please ensure you have sports shoes for these trials.

Year 5/6 girls AFL competition
Students in Year 5 and 6 have been asked to place their names down on the expressions of interest list with their classroom teachers for this event. It will be held at HTLC against other local primary schools on 16 & 28 July, in Term 3. If your child has not put their name down yet, please do so with your teacher or contact me on tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.
HTLC equestrian competition
Lizzie Holmes and Emily Rudolph will be representing HTLC at the 2021 Elmore Equestrian Club EA Interschool Qualifier in July. We wish the best of luck. Entries close for this competition at the end of next week. Please see the attached information for this event and contact tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vid.edu if you are interested in participating.
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Secondary Sport

The Senior Girls Volleyball Team competed at the State Championships in Dandenong on Friday. After dominating through the Black Ranges and Greater Western divisions, the girls were up for the challenge at state level. The girls came up against the 2019 State Champions in Eltham High School, followed by matches against Chairo Christian School and McKinnon High School. The girls competed well all day and should be very proud of their efforts. Congratulations to Elle Treloar, Zyla Nelson, Mia Bell, Romy Meadows, Monique Shevlin, Tamika Johns and Lateasha Joyram-Yates.

HTLC will be competing in the Black Ranges Senior Girls Netball Division at Stawell Park on Friday, so we wish the girls the best of luck!
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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Adapting to this new reality: Guiding children sensitively through tough times
One of the central concerns for parents is practical. How do we manage the day-to-day challenges of kids being home from school? And then there’s the psychological issue: how to help them manage anxiety related to so many unknowns? Sometimes we don’t even have answers ourselves.

This webinar is for every parent whose children have questions about the unusual times we are all facing right now. You’ll learn about the best ways to talk with our children about things we don’t know much about, how to alleviate anxiety, and how to manage kids at home without going crazy during this recorded webinar. To access this and other resources through your free Happy Families membership, please visit
A SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster
Across Victoria, students and their families are experiencing challenging times with the state being in various stages of lockdown yet again. Riding this corona coaster and navigating the ups and downs of the current reality is proving to be confronting for many people. The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down with some students returning to remote learning and parents continuing to juggle the home environment.

In this Special Report, families are encouraged to embrace the guidance offered to help minimise the impact of this corona coaster. 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.
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School photos
School photos are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 8 June. At this stage they will be going ahead, but we will advise you if they're unable to go ahead. Photos can be ordered online at Leading Image, using access key BY4F3NRZ.

Family photos must be ordered by 4.30pm the day prior to school photos, if not ordered by this time you will not be able to get a family photo taken.
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Bookclub brochures (Issue #4) have been distributed. All orders should be placed by Tuesday, 8 June. 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 do not want your child to see your purchase. For more information, please contact Jaci Gabbé Library Assistant.
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