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Greetings to all in our college community, and welcome back to the start of a new term.

As you may know, our mission as a college is to support and grow each individual spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, culturally and socially. To do this well we aim to have programs that suit the needs of each individuals. In conjunction with our curricular program at the college we also offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities across all sub-schools. At the end of last term, and during the recent school holiday, students from the Middle School, along with staff from across our college, travelled to the Philippines as a part of a service trip with communities less fortunate than them. Additionally, 19 students from the Middle and Senior School also attended the college’s first Ski Trip to Perisher for five days of skiing and snowboarding. These two opportunities could not be any different, but both provided rich engagement in service and community building. As a college we give thanks for all learning, service and community opportunities that are offered at the school—enabling full lives and enhancing the holistic education of all.

From time to time it is understandable that families would like to recognise and celebrate certain events at school by bringing a plate of food to share with their child’s classmates. In doing this I would like to highlight the need to be considerate of those who have food allergies. Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame and certain insect stings (particularly bee stings). Partnerships between schools and parents/carers are important in helping the student avoid exposure. It is also important to remember that minimising the risks of anaphylaxis is everyone's responsibility. In light of this fact it is essential that if parents are wishing to send food to school that an ingredients list is present with any food item that they intend to share. If you purchase food items from a store, we ask that you keep the ingredients list (packaging) and make it visible with the product. If, however, you are making something from home it is requested that you supply a list of all ingredients used so it can be displayed with the food item. In doing so it will reduce any risk of allergic reactions and ensure a careful approach to using and eating food while at school. If you have any questions regarding this, then please contact your child’s teacher or Head of Sub-school.
Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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My sheep hear my voice
Have you ever wondered why the Bible refers to us as sheep and lambs? In Psalm 100, we read in verse 3: ‘Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture’.

To be called ‘sheep’ is hardly the most flattering of images, isn’t it? I mean, sheep are rather ‘silly’, aren’t they? They need boundaries, don’t they? They need fences to keep them safe or they will wonder into danger. I’ve heard of free range chickens, but not ‘free range’ sheep. It just doesn’t sound like a good idea, does it?

In the same way, we all need boundaries. To keep us safe. To guide and protect our relationships with each other. Sheep are not so good at protecting themselves, are they? They have no claws or sharp teeth. No spikes or fangs to strike out at predators. Sometimes we also are not so good at protecting ourselves, or those in our care, are we? We fail to heed the wisdom and advice of others. Like sheep, we go our own way! So the image of us as sheep fits, doesn’t it?

Isn’t it wonderful that God is our Father and we are his people? His Son, Jesus, is the shepherd who delights in us and loves to lead us. He has given us people who lead us and care for us.
But he calls and invites every one of us into the privilege of caring for others. We are all leaders. Through our example. Through words of affirmation and encouragement. By noticing those who are alone or struggling. Or just by being there for others.

Every blessing for this new term. Do your best to make it a really good one. God bless.

Father, thank you that we are your sheep. Always in your care. For we have Jesus as our Good Shepherd. Help us to joyfully embrace the privilege of leading others and caring for them. Again, we thank you for knowing that you are with us to bless us through another term. May we live joyfully to bless others and to give you glory. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
We pray for:
  • the Dandy family and for the recovery and healing of their son Fletcher.
Alpha Marriage Course
You are invited to attend Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's Alpha Marriage Course, to enrich your marriage and help to build a healthy relationship that lasts. You can have it and your children deserve it! The first session is on Sunday 27 July and continues for seven weeks.

When: Each Sunday afternoon from 4–5.30pm (first session starts Sunday 27 July)
Where: Education Centre at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Child care offered if required
Want to know more: contact Pastor Gus on 5382 2529 (at the college) or 0447 347 257 (mobile)
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 21 July
    9am: Worship
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Worship
    7pm: Healing service with Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 24 July
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 26 July
    9am: Junior School chapel led by 6CT
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Welcome to Term 3! We pray that you have enjoyed the time spent with family and friends, and found opportunities to escape the cold winter weather! We would like to extend a warm welcome to Miss Kylie Rainsford who will be teaching Year 1KR (formally 1HN) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Mrs Koschmann who will be teaching the class on Thursdays and Fridays. We would also like to warmly welcome new students to our school this term: Sydney Currow (1CR) and Aizla Shrestha (1EH). We pray God’s richest blessings to these new members of the HTLC community.

Student led conferences
This term the Junior School will be having an afternoon of student led conferences on Thursday 29 August. In student led conferences, students walk their parents through the learning they have been doing in class, communicate their goals and share their strengths as learners. If you wish to discuss aspects of your child’s Semester 1 report or specifics their progress, please make contact with your child’s teacher at any time.

Schoolaerobics Nationals
I would like to congratulate Jaya Meadows who will be completing as a soloist at the Schoolaerobics National Competition on 17 August on the Gold Coast. Jaya has also been nominated as the June Sports Star of the Year by the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly. Congratulations! To help support Jaya on her trip to the Gold Coast there will be hot chocolates available to purchase at school on Friday 9 August. Please look out for the order form which will be sent home next week. Thank you in advance for your support.

Term 3 is a very busy time for camps.
  • The Year 4 students will be departing for Creswick next Wednesday for an adventure based camp. Students will have the opportunity to attempt the ‘giant swing’ (which I experienced in 2017…what a rush!).
  • The Year 5 classes will be on camp in Week 4 in Bendigo, Maldon and Ballarat, with a focus on Gold Rush history and bike education.
  • The Year 3 classes will be camping at Tandara in Halls Gap in Week 6. This is first off campus camp for these students, and aims to help them develop confidence and independence.
We pray all of our campers have a wonderful time of personal growth and enjoy the experiences offered through the camp program.

On Tuesday morning our college community joined together for opening service to begin our new term. Next week Year 6CT will be leading chapel with a focus on following Jesus, based on Matthew 8:18–22. We encourage students to bring a small offering. We hope you can join us for worship.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Welcome back
A warm welcome to Term 3. I trust the holidays were a time of rest and relaxation for HTLC families and the students are looking forward to the semester ahead.

Year 9 Philippines tour
During the last week of Term 2, a group of Year 9 students, Mrs Kuchel, Mr Przibilla and two parent helpers spent 10 days on a learning tour in the Philippines. The students shared their time between San Agustin Elementary School (SAES), Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) and Monecayo Indigenous School.

At SAES the students taught literacy and numeracy activities to Year 5 and 6 students, led craft and sporting activities to Year 1 to 4 students, exchanged letters with Year 6 students and bought educational supplies for the school with money that was raised through various fundraising activities. At PSAU the students were treated to musical performances, spent time interacting with the students, participated in a variety of ice-breaker games and activities and were led on a tour of the university’s facilities.

The group was treated to some wonderful hospitality from the Filipino people and had no shortage of food supplied for them. There was even some time for the students to shop at the local mall, visit a number of Water Parks as well as spending a day touring around Hong Kong.
The tour offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about a different culture, develop relationships, and reflect on their life and the opportunities they are freely given. It was evident listening to the daily reflections of the students that they were absorbing a lot as they processed the many memories which will stay with them forever.

Thanks to our parent helpers Wendy Deckert and Antoinette Toet for accompanying the group on tour and a special mention to the students who were amazing ambassadors for the college, their families and Australia.

The benefits of being exposed to overseas cultures cannot be underestimated and I encourage families to strongly consider future opportunities when they are offered.
New students
This semester we have welcomed a number of new students to the Middle School. David Jain (Year 7) and Kaitie Duncan (Year 9) had their first day on Tuesday, while Cameron Brito-Mutunayagam (Year 7) and Ryan Brito-Mutunayagam (Year 9) will start next Monday. We pray that the transition into HTLC is a smooth one for all students and that they settle quickly into their new learning environment.

Homework club
Homework club has commenced for Term 3. Students are welcome to study at school in MGLA1 from 3:30–4:30pm.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Welcome back for Term 3. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing break from school and is ready for another busy term. Like every term, this one promises to be one full of educational opportunities and will see many of our VCE students preparing for external exams in Term 4. We encourage all students to continue with developing their suite of study skill in readiness for these exams and below is some advice to help.
  1. Pick a place and time:
    Find a study space and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it. Work out which time suits you and plan to study then.
  2. Study every day
    If you study a little bit everyday you'll be continually reviewing things in your mind which helps you understand things plus also helps avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.
  3. Plan your time
    It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time. Set alarms to remind you about your study plans, use a wall planner and mark it with important dates and block out your regular study timetable, make to-do lists so that you're clear about what you need to be doing with your time.
  4. Discover your learning style
    Get to know the learning style you're most comfortable with and study in the ways you learn best.
  5. Review and revise
    At least once a week, go back over things you've studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you remember when you need them the most.
  6. Take breaks
    It's important to take breaks while you're studying—working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance. When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk or study space.
  7. Ask for help
    If you're stuck on something, or something just doesn't seem to make sense, you can always ask for help from teachers or friends and fellow students.
  8. Stay motivated
    When you're studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you're working towards.
  9. Look after yourself
    You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise.
Useful VCE study program websites:
Try VET Day on Thursday 1 August
On Thursday 1 August, Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in ‘Try VET Day’ to help them choose which VET subjects they may like to enrol in next year. A form has been distributed to all Year 9 students and students interested in undertaking a VET program in 2020 need to submit a list of their top three VET course preferences. These preferences will be used to assign students to two ‘taster’ sessions and, in most cases, students are assigned to their top two preferences.

Students are able to choose from the following courses: Agriculture, Automotive, Building & Construction, Community Services, Dance, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Furniture Making, Health Support, Horticulture, Kitchen Operations, Music and Visual Arts.

VET (Vocational Educational and Training) programs can be undertaken as part of secondary school studies. VET programs offer students nationally or state recognised vocational certificates, which are endorsed for recognition in both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Students enrolled in VET may also combine study and employment through school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allow students to do an apprenticeship or traineeship while they undertake their VCE or VCAL.
Mr Wayne Bandel, Wimmera House Leader
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What's on in Sport

Please click the 'What's On' link at the top of the newsletter to check the upcoming sport events.

Junior School Sport

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Already in the first week of Term 3 we have seen Ruby McAuliffe compete in the State Cross Country in Melbourne. Ruby came 80th out of 97 competitors. Congratulations Ruby on your efforts, it's a fantastic achievement to reach this level of competition and we encourage Ruby to keep striving to succeed in her sporting goals. We thank her family for transporting her to and from the event and we hope you enjoyed your time competing.
The 'All Stars' boys Hoop Time team will be training every Tuesday lunchtime with coach Kerry Pearce in the Multi-Purpose Centre in preparation for their regional competition on 12 November in Hamilton. Team members are reminded to bring their sports shoes and drink bottles to training on Tuesdays. We thank Kerry for her time and expertise in supporting our HTLC team.

Our Junior Volleyball teams will also have some training sessions in preparation for their Little Desert competition event on 16 August. More information about these sessions will be made available to students in the near future.

Little Desert Athletics will be held at Dudley Cornell Park on 12 September. The team is being finalised and successful students will be notified with a letter in the coming weeks.

Team members for the Junior Badminton team will be selected soon. The event is on August 30. Please see Mr Withey if you are interested in trying out for this.

A reminder that if you have still have a HTLC representative sports uniform that you please wash it and return it to school please.

HTLC’s annual Footy Day will be on Friday 6 September. Please keep an eye out for further information closer to the date.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Term 3 has got underway with a bang at HTLC with students commencing their training for Intermediate Basketball and Year 7 and 8 Soccer during the course of the week.

Our Year 9 and 10 students competed in the Black Ranges Intermediate Basketball today and performed well, with both the boys and girls teams having some competitive matches.

Year 7 and 8 students will be competing in the Black Ranges Soccer on Tuesday at Dudley Cornell Park in Horsham. There will be a training session on Monday at lunch time for all students involved with this competition.

Any students interested in playing as part of an HTLC team at the Horsham Volleyball Junior competition should email Mr McLoughlin by Friday 26 July.
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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Bookclub brochures (Issue #5) have been distributed. All orders should be returned to school by Wednesday, 31 July. 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 Mrs Jaci Gabbé, Library Assistant.

Congratulations to the Willmore family on the safe arrival of Knox Rene Michael Willmore on 30 June. He's a little brother to Malaya (Year 2) and Maddox (starting Foundation next year).
PTFA meeting
The next PTFA meeting will be held on Monday 22 July at 3.30pm in the Junior School staff room. Everyone is welcome to attend to help organise future community events and provide input into how funds are spent.

Term 3 canteen roster
25 July: Victoria Dennis
1 August: Kayleen Urquhart
8 August: Chang Shu
15 August: Nadine Hoffmann
22 August: Christine Puls
29 August: Penny Penfold
5 September: Mellita Sachse
12 September: Vanessa Kerberling
19 September: Ange Carter
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