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Greetings and blessings to all families for the start of a new term. I hope that everyone has had a restful break and are looking forward to a fresh start of growth and learning.

Staff news
This term we welcome back Mrs Schutz and Pastor Gus from a term of long service leave, additionally Mrs Paige Moore has returned from maternity leave. We give thanks for their return and look forward to their contribution to the learning in our college. At the start of this week we also welcomed new staff members to the college. Mrs Jessie Ferguson has taken on the Junior School Music position, Mr Asghar Khan in senior Mathematics and Science and Ms Kellie Martin as a Teacher Aide in the Middle School. I pray that the start of the term is one of joy for them as they settle in to our college community.

Senior Precinct and Main Reception
Staff have worked busily over the holidays to prepare the new building ready for students to begin this term. Our final delivery of furniture arrived on Wednesday, allowing students to begin the term enjoying the new, mature learning environment that has been established. A reminder that the Main Reception will now be located in the new facility, addressing matters relating to senior schooling (Year 10–12), operational enquiries, student enrolments and financial matters. The existing office space will then become the Middle and Junior School reception, for all student matters in those sub-schools.

Winter uniform
A reminder that from next Wednesday (1 May) all students are required to wear winter uniform. Please refer to the Uniform Policy for further information.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is Victorian Government initiative to support families in gaining access to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. If you're eligible and haven't yet applied, applications are closing soon. If you applied for the CSEF last year, you do not need to apply this year unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the office, via the Victorian Education website or from our app.
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Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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Sacrifice
We have just acknowledged the amazing blessing of human sacrifice. Firstly, the sacrifice of God’s own Son, Jesus, which we acknowledge every Easter. Jesus lived a human life as we all do. But he also died a human death like we all will. His death was a sacrifice of love for the world. For he died taking the wrongdoing of all humanity upon himself, so that through this sacrifice we may be forgiven and offered new opportunities to live as his people. We are told: ‘we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all’ (Hebrews 10:10). Because of this sacrifice we have the privilege of belonging to him—now, and forever!

This week we have also acknowledged the sacrifice of so many men and women who have put their life on the line for the benefit of others. Anzac Day is a solemn reminder to us all of those who have given so much, so that we may enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we have today. For many it has been the ultimate sacrifice of losing their life in battle. For others their life was scarred forever, in ways we cannot begin to imagine.

Jesus spoke of and showed us this way of love. He invites us to: ‘love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’ (John 15:12–13). The invitation is for us to also make ‘sacrifices’ that will make life at Holy Trinity better than it is. It doesn’t cost us to be polite and pleasant to everyone. To offer words of thanks and encouragement. To sacrifice time with our regular circle of friends to include others. Change for the better begins with you—and me! Blessings for another term.

Prayer
Thank you, loving God for the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus, so that we may be your people now and forever. Thank you for the sacrifice of those who have fought for our freedoms and blessing, sometimes to the point of death. Help us to appreciate those sacrifices and be ready to give of ourselves for the benefit and blessing of others. Amen.
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We pray for:
  • a speedy recovery for Oliver Inkster.
College worship services
  • Wednesday 1 May
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 3 May
    9am: Junior School chapel led by Year 3AD
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 28 April
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
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Welcome to Term 2! We pray that you have enjoyed the holidays and managed to slow down for a few days, and took time to remember the amazing gift of forgiveness we receive through Jesus’ death and resurrection!
Anzac Day
On Wednesday morning we recognised Anzac Day with a commemorative service attended by the whole school. Ray Buckley addressed students with a moving message about who the Anzacs were, the sacrifice made by many and the role Sir John Monash played as leader of the Anzacs. Bryan Matuschka also played The Last Post and The Rouse. All classes laid wreaths that they have made in class. Our Junior School captains also attended the Horsham Rural City Council dawn service at the Sawyer Park Cenotaph & War Memorial on Thursday morning.
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Foundation 2019
In the coming weeks Mr Weller and I will begin to meet with students enrolled for Foundation in 2020. If you have a child at home who is starting school next year and you have not been called to arrange an interview, please contact the college office to ensure your child is enrolled.

School uniform
All students are required to wear their winter uniform by next Wednesday, 1 May. Please note that students are asked to dress in their formal uniform unless it is their specified sports day, and that the sports jackets are not to be worn with formal uniforms.

Mother’s Day celebrations
We will be celebrating Mother’s Day at school on Friday 10 May. FLS will lead our Chapel service at 9am. There will be a Junior School Mother’s Day Concert at 12pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre, followed by the PTFA Soup Lunch. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with all of the wonderful mums of the school.

Chapel
This term we will be focusing on the life of Jesus in our Junior School worship. Next Friday Year 3AD will be leading worship, based on Matthew 3:13–17, the Baptism of Jesus. Foundation students will be presented with their Faith Bags following Chapel. We hope you can join us for worship.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Welcome back to Term 2. I hope the holiday and Easter break was beneficial for students and families and everyone is looking forward to the term ahead.

Rock and water training
During the holidays, Miss Kelly, Mr McLoughlin, Mr Lloyd, Miss Penny and myself spent three days doing ‘Rock and Water’ training, a program that provides young people a pathway to self-awareness, and increased self-confidence and social functioning.

Each participant of the Rock and Water program undergoes a journey of self-awareness as they learn about responding to life with either a 'rock' or a 'water' attitude. The use of symbolism is central to the success of the Rock and Water program and the reason why young people are drawn to the program. The program is an excellent tool to support young people in finding their grounding, learning how to centre oneself and learning how to self manage in social settings. Topics covered in the program include: intuition, body language, mental strength, empathetic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualising.

The Rock and Water program is an exciting initiative that will be implemented with selected year levels next term.

Year 9 Philippines tour
During the holidays, the Year 9 Philippines tour group met to make preparations for their tour at the end of the term. The group discussed fundraising ideas, performance suggestions, developed literacy and numeracy activities to lead in small groups and prepared letters to be handed to buddies. A parent and student session will be held on Wednesday 22 May at 7pm.
Elevate sessions
On Tuesday and Wednesday, all students participated in Study Skills seminars led by leading facilitator, Elevate Education. The seminars provided many valuable tips, strategies and suggestions which can help students as they prepare for tests and exams. The students will have opportunities to put their knowledge to the test later in the term during exam week. Thank you to the many parents who made the effort to attend the parent session on Tuesday night. I trust this was beneficial to all families.
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Welcome to the Senior Centre!

Construction has now been completed on Stage 1 of the new Senior School building and Holy Trinity Lutheran College’s transformation to a college for students from Foundation to Year 12 is complete.
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Elevate Education Study Skills sessions
We have had a busy return to Term 2 with all students from Years 7–12 participating in Study Skills seminars this week. Our facilitator engaged the senior students with practical skills and strategies they can undertake to ensure their exam preparation is both meaningful and thorough. The response to both student and parent seminars has been extremely positive and those who participated have been given access to an extensive collection of resources on the Elevate website. Further information will be made available by Elevate to enable teachers to follow up on the initial session. Senior School students are strongly encouraged to attempt some of the research based strategies that were provided in their sessions.

Year 12 jumpers
Year 12 jumpers have arrived this week and have been issued to students. They may be worn with sports uniforms on Wednesdays, on other days when changes are required for Physical Education pracs, or on other days to be advised by the college.

Senior School Study Centre
VCE students will find that their study commitments begin to increase as we enter Term 2. Year 11 and 12 students should be endeavouring to commit regular periods of time each night and on weekends to content review and task completion. It is important at this time that students continue to seek the support of their teachers who are available to support their learning.
To ensure that our students have every opportunity to get the support they need within an environment that is conducive to study, the Senior Centre will be open each evening after school until 5pm for students wishing to stay and study independently or to seek support from teachers.
VCE teachers will inform their classes of after school tutorial times.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Middle and Senior School Sport

We have hit the ground running for sport in Term 2 as we gear up for inter-school season to begin. Already this week, four of our Year 7 students have travelled to Melbourne to represent the College at the State Swimming Finals. Luca Geue finished in first place for the 12-13 Boys Butterfly and won third in both the Breaststoke and Freestyle, missing out on first place in both of those events by less than 0.6 of a second. Luca also claimed a fourth place in the 12-13 Boys Backstroke. Luca was joined by Jacob Matuschka, Jackson Hoffmann and Nicholas Fischer of the 12-13 Boys Freestyle Relay, where the team finished in 6th. Congratulations on your fantastic efforts, boys!
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In the coming weeks, students will have the opportunity to represent Holy Trinity at the Black Ranges Athletics and the Black Ranges Cross Country. Positions in the college teams are offered to students who qualified with their performances at the respective HTLC events. Selected students have already received information concerning these events.

Later in the term, the Black Ranges inter-school sport begins in earnest, with Year 7–12 students all having the opportunity to compete in both Boys and Girls Football and Netball. Students had the opportunity last term to express their interest in participating, and further information will be given to interested students regarding trials, selection, training and the events as the term progresses.

Next weekend the Holy Trinity Racing team will be travelling to South Australia to defend their position in the Australian HPV Super Series at the Loxton 6–hour race. Students have received initial information regarding this event in their office trays. Parents are asked to return these forms as soon as possible. Currently our Year 6/7 Girls and our Year 8–10 Girls are leading their categories, while our Year 8–10 Boys are second in their category and our Year 6/7 Boys are third.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin
Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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Mother's Day Stall
On Friday 10 May, the Junior Red Cross will be holding a Mother's Day Stall at lunchtime outside the Library. All of the beautiful items for sale have been hand-made by the Junior Red Cross group and will be no more than $5 each. Please bring in a few dollars to get Mum a very special gift with all money raised to support the Australian Red Cross Service.

Bookclub
Bookclub brochures (Issue #3) have been distributed. All orders should be returned to school by Wednesday, 8 May. 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, Library Assistant.
Canteen roster
2 May: Andrea Cameron
9 May: Chrissie Holmes
16 May: Jodie Kemp
23 May: Rachel Heard
30 May: Belinda Nurse
6 June: Cheree Dempster
13 June: Julene Del Real
20 June: Pam Jorgensen
27 June Courtney Mason

Lost and found
  • One black watch (fit bit style)
  • Watch face with no band
  • Silver necklace with a 'P' inscribed on an ingot
Please come into the Junior/Middle Reception to claim.

Sofia Barlow-McCallum, has lost a new-style, named sports jacket size 8. Please check your
children have their own uniform.

Tickets now available for My Son Pinocchio JR

Brought to you by Year 4–12 students of Holy Trinity Lutheran College, My Son Pinocchio JR retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective.
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