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Last night, I had the privilege of attending the college musical, My Son Pinocchio JR. It was pleasing to see students and staff working together to put on such a great show. Throughout the performance I had to keep reminding myself that this year’s musical involves students from Years 3 to 12 as I was amazed by the calibre of the entertainers we have in our college community. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved as I know there has been a considerable amount of time go into auditions, rehearsals and set and costume design. Well done to all and all the best for tonight’s show!

The end of semester reports for Middle and Senior Schools have now been distributed to all students in Years 7 to 12. Junior School reports will be prepared and sent home next week. When these are received I encourage families to take the time to read them with their child, discussing ways to further promote development and growth in each individual. Families are encouraged to use the appropriate channels over the coming week to make a time to discuss them with your child’s classroom teacher before the end of the term.

A reminder to families that Term 2 concludes next Friday 28 June. Our closing service will start at 1.45pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre, with the conclusion of the school day at 2.20pm. Term 3 will resume on Tuesday 16 July at 9am.

Have a great week.
Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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God’s many blessings
The rain of last Wednesday morning was truly wonderful. Another of God’s many blessings, even though many students may not have enjoyed being indoors with the wet weather policy being enacted! I cannot remember the last time we had such a prolonged, gentle and soaking rain. We join with our farming community to thank God for his goodness.

The world around us, and now this recent blessing of rain, are a reminder to us of the richness of God in blessing us. There is no greater blessing that God has given the world than his Son, Jesus. The Bible reminds us that, as we think of Jesus and look to him, he is the assurance of God’s loving power and desire to bless us with all our needs. We are told: ‘He (God) who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things’ (Romans 8:32). May God gift us with the spirit of thankfulness for his goodness! Remember what was said in chapel some weeks ago? ‘If all you had today were those things you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?’ I wonder. It’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?

Cultivate that spirit of thankfulness in your life. Thankfulness to God, to your parents, to your teachers, to your classmates or colleagues, to anyone who has been a blessing to you! Embrace the opportunities you have each day—to make the most of each day—so that you will be blessed in it. Then let God use your day and your life to bring blessings to others.

Father, we thank you for your many blessings. Thank you especially for the blessing of recent rains. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, who welcomes us into your eternal family. Thank you for the opportunities we have everyday here at Holy Trinity. Please help us to make the most of those opportunities, honouring you and being a blessing for others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
We pray for:
  • a safe and rewarding experience for the students and teachers in the Philippines
  • Bailey and Cody, who are celebrating their First Eucharist and Confirmation this Sunday at St Michael's & John's.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 23 June
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Friday 28 June
    1.45pm: Whole college closing service
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My Son Pinocchio JR
Wow! What a week it has been for the Junior School students and staff involved in the school musical, My Son Pinocchio JR! Students rehearsed all day Monday, treated the Junior School to a preview during the full dress rehearsal on Wednesday and yesterday the opening matinee was a spectacular of colour, sound and excitement. The Performing Arts provide wonderful opportunities for students to shine and enriches our community. Thank you to our wonderfully committed staff and parents who have invested countless hours preparing the musical. There are still some tickets available for tonight’s performance at 7pm, bookings close at 6pm.
Students will be bringing their Semester 1 reports home on Wednesday. After reading your child’s report, you are invited to make contact with teachers to discuss your child’s progress this year if you would like to. Student-led conferences will be held in Term 3.

SRC Fun Sock Free Dress Day
On the last day of term (Friday 28 June) Junior School students are invited to wear ‘Silly Socks and Free Dress’. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation which will be donated to Reach Out, an organisation supporting youth who require mental health support.

Next Friday there will be a whole college closing service at 1.45pm. Our worship will focus on being encouraged to make wise decisions, based on Matthew 7:24–27. We encourage students to bring a small offering, which will be donated to the Act for Peace charity. We hope you can join us for worship.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FNL: Evie Kalms FMS: Tex Edmonds FLS: Gurtaj Goraya 1CR: Ruby Hallam and Lara Todman 1EH: Adam Carra, Sienna Nitschke and Halle Shurdington 1HN: Angus Crute, Penny Eagle and Nahla Midgley 2MB: Poppy White 2NH: Charlotte Doyle, Trinity Gerdtz and Amber Korf 3AD: Josh Kalms 3CD: Bailey Dridan and Hannah Heard 3JK: Lexie Hallam 4EH: Sienna Cookson 4JM: Jeremy Fischer and Edward Jones 5AG: Claudia Breuer 5DT: Indira and Matthew 6CT: Lexie Heard, Isabelle Hedt and Ethan Moir 6JN: Dara Heang Art: Lyla Sachse Digital Technology: Zane Munyard Performing Arts: Jameson Ritchie

Jing Bear Award: Chontelle Gerdtz

Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Reports and parent/teacher interviews
Semester 1 reports were sent home to all Middle and Senior School families this week. Contained within these reports was information about how to book parent/teacher interviews which will be held next week on Tuesday 25 June (3:30–8pm) and Thursday 27 June (3:30–6:30pm). All interviews can be booked online up until 5pm on Monday 24 June. Students are encouraged to attend these interviews to discuss the results, comments and future learning directions that are detailed in the report.
Year 9 Philippines tour group
The Year 9 students travelling to the Philippines have been busy preparing for their trip. They have been creating numeracy and literacy activities to teach to the San Agustin pupils, rehearsing their performance pieces for opening and closing ceremonies, creating meal budget spreadsheets, writing letters to give to students, making iPad films of Australia, the college and their homes, registering for DFAT and researching the various places they will visit on the tour. The group departed Melbourne this morning and will spend seven days in the Philippines plus one day in Hong Kong before returning to Australia early Sunday morning (30 June). Please keep the tour group in your prayers and we look forward to sharing the many experiences we have upon our return.
Homework Club
Please be advised that there will be no Homework Club in the final week of school.
The last Friday of term will be a student casual dress day. All students choosing to wear casual clothing are asked to bring a gold coin donation to give to their Home Room SRC rep on the day.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Elective selection
Students have now completed their selection of Semester 2 electives. Our comprehensive core curriculum provides a depth and breadth of experiences to enhance student learning experiences. In addition to these subjects, we offer a vast array of elective courses that provide opportunities for students to expand their skills, knowledge and understanding or to further explore their passions and interests, in specific faculty areas. Many of the electives provide preliminary experiences that will inform students prior to their VCE subject selection.

Year 10 2020—VCE Subject Acceleration Application Form
Students seeking additional academic challenge are able to consider the option of undertaking the study of a VCE subject in Year 10. This decision should be undertaken with the support of school staff and with a thorough understanding of the commitment and requirements of study at this level. These forms are available from Main Reception and should be returned to the college by Friday 26 July.

Year 10 2020—VET Course
Some students have indicated their interest in commencing a VET Course next year. The 2019 Handbook has been issued and additional copies may be collected from the college. Try VET Day, held on August 1, offers students the opportunity to experience courses they may be considering. It is not a formal commitment. Further information and registration forms will be issued to students prior to the end of term. They should be returned by Friday 19 July.

Reports and interviews
Semester 1 reports have been sent home with students this week. Staff will be available to discuss individual progress with both parents and students during the final week of term, on Tuesday 25 June (3:30–8:00pm) and Thursday 27 June (3:30–6:30pm). This is an important time in the year to review current achievement and plan for Semester 2. It is for this reason that Senior School parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their child. Information on how to book interviews was sent home with reports.

Communication between home and school
Parents are asked to communicate with the office regarding any alterations to their child’s attendance during the school day. The college policy restricts student access to mobile phones within school hours, an agreement which has been accepted and signed by each student.

Work experience
All Year 10 students will be out of school for either work placement related to their VET course, or work experience from Monday 24 to Friday 28 June. No Year 10 classes will be running during this week.

Western Victorian Careers Expo 2019
Students in Years 9, 11 and 12 will be attending the Western Victorian Careers Expo held at Longerenong College on Tuesday 25 June from 9.30am to 2.00pm. The day will provide a valuable opportunity for students to visit exhibitors, attend seminars and investigate potential tertiary institutions. Further information about the industries and exhibitors who will be in attendance is available on the Western Victorian Careers Expo website.

TIS Seminar: As part of the Expo, Year 12 students will be attending a TIS seminar from 11.15am to 12pm. TIS is a cooperative venture between Federal Government subsidised Victorian universities, institutes of TAFE and other related agencies. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to research their tertiary study options, discuss careers and course content with tertiary representatives and collect course information from all the major Victorian universities and local TAFE institutes. It will be a unique opportunity for students to gather first-hand information from a wide range of tertiary providers who will be in attendance.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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What's on in Sport

Wednesday 26: Black Ranges Year 7B Netball

Thursday 18: State Cross Country
Friday 19: Black Ranges Intermediate Basketball
Thursday 1: Little Desert/Greater Western Hockey
Friday 9: Greater Western Region girls AFL
Friday 16: Little Desert Volleyball
Thursday 22: State AFL
Friday 30: HCPSSA Badminton

Junior School Sport

Our Year 5/6 Netball, Soccer and AFL teams had a frosty start to the morning, departing HTLC at 6.30am to travel to Ballarat to compete in the Greater Western competition. It's a long day of competition, but we are hoping for a successful day! Results will be published in next week's newsletter.

A notification will be sent out on the school app this afternoon if there is any change to their time of arrival in Horsham, so please keep an eye out for this.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator
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App notifications
We have now enabled subscriptions for our push notifications on the app, allowing you to choose which messages you would like to receive from us. Please can opt in to receive messages for Junior, Middle and Senior School by going to the Notices page of the app and it will prompt you to choose which messages you'd like to subscribe to. You can update this at any time by clicking on the settings cog on the notices page.

End of term, Friday 28 June
Term 2 concludes next Friday with whole-college closing service at 1:45pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre, everyone is welcome to attend. School will finish at 2.20pm following the service and Term 3 starts on Tuesday 16 July.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund: FINAL WEEK TO APPLY
Next week is the final week to apply for the 2019 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF), if you didn't already apply at the beginning of Term 1. To be eligible for this funding, families must hold a valid means-tested concession card. CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either Term 1 or Term 2.
Canteen roster
27 June: Courtney Mason
18 July: Emily Eagle
25 July: Victoria Dennis
Year 5DT are collecting bread tags from all classes in the Junior School to support a global cause—Aussie Breadtags for South Africa.
The proceeds from recycling the bread tags funds wheelchairs to change the life of disabled people in need, with the added bonus of keeping the tags out of landfill to help to preserve the environment.
These humble bits of polystyrene can make a real difference—200kg of breadtags=1 wheelchair. So make sure you send your breadtags in to school to support this great cause!
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