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This week we saw all students take part in their respective House athletic carnivals. It was very pleasing to see the level of sportsmanship shown by all participants during the day. Congratulations to the age champions who were awarded best athletes for their age group and to Lowan House, who won the Middle and Senior School carnival, and Wimmera, who was awarded the Junior athletics shield. Thank you to Mr McLoughlin, Mr Withey and Miss Kelly for organising the carnivals during what is already a very busy term.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) has been established by the Victorian Government to support families in gaining access to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Details about the application process was provided to our community at the start of the year. This funding is again offered to those families who did not take the opportunity to apply at the start of this term. I strongly encourage eligible families to apply for this funding at the start of Term 2. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the office, via the Victorian Education website or from our app.
This afternoon a letter from myself has been sent to all families via the college app, with important information to consider prior to the start of next term. I encourage all to read it.

This is a final reminder that as of next term the college will be issuing an online format of the newsletter. The PDF version of the newsletter will no longer be available after today. The new format will improve the ability to read the information provided to our community each week. If you have any concerns around not being able to access or read the online version, we ask that you contact the college to discuss some options.

Wishing you all a happy holiday and look forward to your return on Tuesday 23 April.
Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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My Lord and my God

A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then stretch out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’

Read John 20:19-31

To believe in the risen Lord is central to the Christian faith. Thomas hadn’t reached that point of faith until this moment. But now, there in front of him stood Jesus. In an instant there was no longer any doubt in his mind. This was truly Jesus. He was alive again after his terrible crucifixion. Thomas didn’t need to apply the finger test. He saw, not only with his eyes, but also with the eyes of faith.
He saw Jesus now as both Lord and God. In the ancient world the title ‘Lord’ had come to mean one’s absolute master, the one to whom you willingly gave control of your life.
Thomas turned what he saw into a personal confession of faith: ‘My Lord and my God!’ He was able to make the great fact of the resurrection his very own. It wasn’t just something that happened; it happened for him.
And that’s the whole point of the gospel. Jesus is our personal Saviour, our personal God. What he did he did for each one of us. You are very special, because Jesus died and rose again for you.

Thank you, Jesus, for your wonderful resurrection and your living presence among us. Help me to see this and to live in a way that shows that you are truly my Lord and my God. Amen.

By Pastor Kevin Schmidt, in Assurance for each Day (LCA, Openbook, 2004)
We pray for:
  • a safe and restful break
  • everyone to be the Easter message.
Chapel offerings
  • Last week’s offerings totalled $137.75.
College worship services
  • Tuesday 23 April:
    9am: Whole college opening service
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
Note: No Kid's Time during holidays
  • Sunday 7 April:
    9am: Same God Different Service with Holy Communion
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
Easter services
  • 8 April, Maundy Thursday
    7.30pm: Holy Communion
  • 19 April, Good Friday
    9am: Holy Communion
  • 21 April, Easter Sunday
    6.30am: Dawn service at HTLC
    10.30am: Holy Communion (at the Church)
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Sports Day
Our Junior School Athletics Day was on Tuesday, and we were blessed with wonderful weather to enjoy one of the highlights of our school year. Well done to all of the students who participated on the day. It was terrific to see your ‘can do’ attitudes and the way you encouraged one another. Thank you to our Sports Captains, Year 8 and Year 12 students, and staff who assisted. I am so very grateful for the wonderful staff team we have at HTLC, who worked together to ensure our Athletics Carnival was a success. In particular, thank you to Mr Withey, Miss Kelly who coordinated the event with the support of Mr McLoughlin, Mr Pickering and Mr Noller. Congratulations to our age group champions: Bodey Wilde, Emma Uebergang, Jack Hicks, Gemma Freijah, Kyren Parish and Cadi Streeter, and to Wimmera who won the House Shield for 2019!

HPV Mt Gambier
Last weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying our HPV teams as they competed in the first event in the HPV Super Series for the year at McNamara Park near Mt Gambier in South Australia. In total, HTLC entered five teams, two of which had students from the Junior School. The race was arguably our most successful yet, with four of our teams placing in the top three positions in their category. Thank you to Miss Davis, Mrs Matuschka and Mr Przibilla who supervised the event and to the school families who travelled and supported the teams on the day. Congratulations to the students, who conducted themselves very well throughout the event.

Holy Week
This week we have recognised Holy Week at school with a Junior School devotion which followed assembly on Monday, a whole college chapel service on Wednesday morning, class devotions on Thursday and closing service on Friday. Thank you to students and staff who have been involved in preparing these times of worship.

I pray that you all have a wonderful two weeks of school holidays, and enjoy the time with your families. Please keep safe if you are travelling and take time to remember the amazing sacrifice Christ made at the first Easter for each one of us. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23 April. Term 2 will commence with Opening Service at 9 am.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FNL: Zara Barlow-McCallum FMS: Hamish Croxford FLS: Mia Yendall 1CR: Ajiyah McDonald and Zack Pickering 1EH: Adam Carra 1HN: Hugo Poplawski 2MB: Zahlie Hateley 2NH: Lydika Boyd and Ava Watson 3AD: Hannah Gabbé 3CD: Rhys Penny and Lily Peucker 3JK: Ryan Clarke 4EH: Emma Streeter 4JM: Thomas Rudolph and Emily Baker 5AG: Lachlan Lindorff 5DT: Chloe Altmann 6CT: Ethan Rudolph 6JN: Oscar Nuske Art: Harrison Daniell and Jack McAuliffe Technology: Gabrielle Igros PE: Harrison Daniell, Jesse Hedt and Micah Livingstone

Jing Award

This week's award went to Isaac Hogan.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Parent teacher interviews
Thank you to those parents who attended parent teacher interviews this week. I trust that the conversations were proactive and helpful and that learning goals have been set for the remainder of the semester.

Next term, all students from Years 7 to 12 will sit end-of-semester examinations. These will take place in Week 7 of Term 2. In order for students to achieve their potential, Holy Trinity Lutheran College has enlisted the support of Australia’s number 1 study skills provider, Elevate Education. In Week 1 of next term, seminars will be held for all students from Years 7 to 12. An evening session will also be held for all parents from 7–8pm on Tuesday 23 April. Follow up sessions will be held in pastoral care to enable students to implement strategies which have been introduced in the seminars.
Secondary Athletics Carnival
A huge thank you to the PE faculty and staff for running a successful and enjoyable athletics carnival on Monday. The weather was perfect and the competition was fierce yet friendly. Congratulations to all age champions and Lowan for taking out the House shield. I would also like to make a special mention of the Year 8 students who assisted at the Junior School Sports Day by leading and assisting with the tabloid events. From what I observed and had reported back to me, the students were fantastic ambassadors for the secondary school and were professional in their approach to their duties. Well done Year 8 students and Miss Kelly and Mr Versteegen for their expert training in the lead-up to the day.
I would like to wish all families a safe holiday period and blessed Easter. As exciting as it is to celebrate Easter with copious amounts of Easter eggs, camping, family time and rest and relaxation, may we also remember the events that took place which ultimately resulted in Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. What a tremendous gift of grace and display of love, so that we can be reborn and be cleansed of our sins. I hope that the peace that comes with this gift permeates your family at this special time.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 11 and 12 VCE Art students travelled to Melbourne earlier this week to view an exhibition at NGV by internationally renowned artist M.C. Escher and Japanese art studio nendo. They also attended a lecture, folio viewing and Top Arts, the annual showcase of the best VCE artwork by students across Victoria from the previous year. They came back tired but full of ideas and inspiration for their own work.
VCAL students visit headspace
This week our VCAL students were once again out and about visiting local organisations learning more about disadvantage and homelessness as they prepare to commence their major community projects next term. On Tuesday afternoon they visited headspace where the group spoke with Louise Barnett, Youth Engagement and Community Development Coordinator. Louise spoke about mental health and the direct correlation to disadvantage/homelessness and showed our students resources that are available in our community.
College Ball training Year 11
There will be no training on Easter Sunday (21 April) however, training will continue throughout the holidays on Wednesdays and Sundays. Wednesday sessions will be at the MPC and Sundays at the Church Hall. Special Friend Evening will be held on Sunday 28 April. Parents, guardians or special friends with whom students may be dancing on the evening of the Ball are invited to join the second half of the session from 5–6pm.

Elevate—23 April 7pm
In addition to the study skills sessions we are conducting for our senior students at the beginning of next term with Elevate Education, we will also be hosting a Parent Study Skills Session to help parents in gaining the knowledge and skills to enable their child to gain the most from their school experience. Topics covered will include:
  • Time Management: How parents can help their child manage their time effectively, so they can maintain a balanced routine, not leave tasks to the last minute, and avoid distractions.
  • Study Support: What kind of work is most valuable in helping to achieve higher marks? Presenters will discuss what good study looks like so parents can help their children to work smarter.
  • Motivation: Sometimes, the most difficult part of studying in secondary school is simply being motivated enough to do the work. This seminar will help parents understand the key drivers behind student motivation, and how to leverage these to help their child reach their potential.
Term 1 holidays
As we reach the end of Term 1 and eagerly await the holidays ahead, it is important to remember that this is also an important time for VCE students to set aside some time to reflect and review work completed during the term. Term 2 will commence for all Senior School students in our new building.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior and Senior Athletics Carnivals

Congratulations to Wimmera who won the Junior School Athletics Carnival and Lowan who won the Secondary Athletics Carnival.
Athletics Carnival 2019

Junior School Sport

Junior Athletics Carnival
Thank you to all the staff and students who helped to set up and run the events and to the parents, relatives and friends of our students who came along to support them on the day.
Mr James Withey
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Middle & Senior School Sport

Secondary Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to Lowan, who have won their first Athletics Carnival in 13 years! Students finishing first in their chosen events on athletics day will progress to the Black Ranges Secondary Athletics in Stawell. More information will be distributed about this event in the first week back for Term 2. Please note the change of date for this event, which will now be held on Tuesday, 7 May.

HTR off to a flying start in Mount Gambier

Holy Trinity Racing Team dominated the 8-hour race at Mount Gambier over the weekend in the first round of the Australian HPV Super Series.
HTR off to a flying start in Mount Gambier

Students promote healthy and active lifestyles

Our Year 11 students have been busy ensuring they meet the daily activity time recommendations but now their focus has turned to health promotion and they want you to join them in the Premier's Active April challenge and join the Holy Trinity team!
Students promote healthy and active lifestyles
Mr Matthew McLoughlin
Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
During the holidays may be a good opportunity to check out the Horsham Library and read some books for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge!

Win a LEGO Wind Turbine!
To raise funds for Robo Cup in May, the PTFA are running a competition to win a LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine!
Students can enter as many times as they like by answering the question: ‘What is the name of the wind turbine farm north of Horsham?’ Entries are $1 each and entry forms are available from the office or on our app. Thank you to Toyworld Horsham for your support of this competition!

Lunch orders Week 1
There will be no lunch orders on Wednesday or Thursday in Week 1 of Term 2.
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

Uniform shop
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9 to 2pm
(During the term)
Email orders to uniformshop@htlc.vic.edu.au. Order forms are available on the app.
Blazers are available for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

This month on SchoolTV: Trauma

Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief—making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.
There are a number of ways that parents and care givers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover. Children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. I hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact me for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Mrs Anne Penny
College Psychologist (Provisional)
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