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Greetings to all.

Over the past several weeks I have been involved in prep interviews for students wishing to attend the college in 2020. During the time I have spent with these students, I have appreciated the opportunity of connecting with new and current families as they plan for a new school year ahead. Next week we also prepare to support students and families for a transition in schooling by conducting our Information Evenings for those entering Year 7 and Year 10 in 2020. These nights are a fantastic opportunity to discuss the teaching and learning within our college and are planned to take place on Monday (Middle School) and Thursday (Senior School) nights, starting at 7pm. Additional to these sessions, our Open Day is also planned as a time to engage with our wider community to show what makes our college great. The Open Day will be on Sunday 26 May starting from 11am and concluding at 1pm. I look forward to the week ahead and the opportunities we have to showcase our college and give thanks to those who will be actively involved during this time.

NAPLAN has commenced this week for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and will continue until the end of next week. This year the testing format is delivered online and appears to be a welcomed change to the traditional pen and paper tests from previous years. Results from these examinations will be available over the coming months.

Reminder that next Friday 24 May is a student free day due to a Western Hub Lutheran teacher conference. The office will still be open from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Classes will resume on Monday 27 May.

Have a blessed week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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God’s goodness is for us all!
God’s goodness is for all people, everywhere, all the time! Jesus is living proof of that. If it were not so, God would not be true to himself and to the promises he has made.

We get to learn these truths from what happens in the natural world around us. This is the message of Jesus, when he says: ‘for he (that is God) makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil’ (Matthew 5:45). We have been blessed with good rains over recent weeks. May we continue to be blessed with the conditions that will offer a good year ahead.

Let us thank God for his goodness. The fact that some people have received more rain than others does not suggest that they have been better than others! It has nothing to do with that. It is the nature of thunder storms. But it is also about the goodness of God—He chooses to give as he will and to whom he will.

God also blesses us with opportunities to grow and learn here at Holy Trinity. Opportunities to become the very best version of ourselves! The new facilities of the Senior School are all about providing the best learning environment for our students. The new buildings presently under construction will also offer that to our Junior School.

The rest is up to us! God gives us the opportunities as students to reach our potential in him. He gives us the opportunities as teachers, support staff and carers to provide the best opportunities to those in our care. So let us all joyfully grasp the opportunities God is giving us in this place.

Prayer
Thank you, heavenly Father, that your love and care is for all people, everywhere and all the time. Thank you for the opportunities we have here at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. Help us to honour you by making the most of those opportunities every day, and let it be for our good, and your glory. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 19 May
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 22 May
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Thursday 23 May
    9am: Junior School chapel led by Year 1CR
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Mother’s Day celebrations
Thank you to all of our mum and grandmothers who attended our Mother’s Day activities last Friday. It was wonderful to share this special occasion with you. I would also like to congratulate and thank the PTFA who hosted the soup lunch in the MPC. It was a wonderful and valued addition to our Mother’s Day celebrations. Thank you.
Welcome to Tarn McDonald
I am very excited to announce we have employed Tarn McDonald to assist with our Junior School sports coordination. Tarn will be working 1 day a week for the rest of the year in collaboration with Mr James Withey. Her role will primarily focus on coordinating out of school sporting events such as HCPSSA, Little Desert, Regional and State entries and interschool competitions. Tarn can be contacted by email: tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.
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Middle School Information Evening
I encourage all parents of students currently in Year 6 to attend the Middle School Information Evening next Monday at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre. During the session information will be provided about the fantastic opportunities for learning and development for Year 7 students at HTLC.

NAPLAN
Our Year 3 and Year 5 students have now completed their Writing and Reading NAPLAN assessments. Excluding the paper based Year 3 Writing assessment, all tests were completed online with minimal disruptions. The students have applied themselves very well throughout the testing process.

Student free day
Please remember next Friday will be student free day. Teachers will be attending Professional Development in Tarrington on this day.

Chapel
Next week Chapel will take place on Thursday morning at 9am due to the student free day on Friday. Year 1CR will be leading worship, with a special focus on Jesus healing the sick, based on Matthew 4:23–25. Please remember to send a small offering with your child. We hope you can join us for worship.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FNL: Riley Robson FMS: Layla King FLS: Jared Schwarz 1CR: Ruby Hallam and Riley Knoop 1EH: Sienna Nitschke, Halle Shurdington and Rhianna Taylor 1HN: Cypress Kenny 2MB: Jemma Hoffmann 2NH: Hylton Penfold 3AD: Charlie Hedt 3CD: Violet Mason and Charlotte Matuschka 3JK: Myah Meadows and Thomas Wade 4EH: Eli Bailey 4JM: Olivia Young 5AG: Jed Pohlner 5DT: Jameson Ritchie and Hamish Marshall 6CT: Tom Hallam 6JN: Aiden Richardson Art: Darcy Both and Olly Clarke Digital Technology: Jonty Polack Performing Arts: Emily Liston PE: Ethan Rudolph and Jacob Rudolph

Jing Bear Award: Eliza Shaw

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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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NAPLAN
Week 1 of NAPLAN has been successfully completed with the college able to conduct all tests online with minimal disruption or interruption. The testing will continue next week on the following days:
Monday 20 May: Year 7 Conventions of Language
Tuesday 21 May: Year 7 Numeracy and Year 9 Conventions of language
Wednesday 22 May: Year 9 Numeracy
Changes to this schedule may be made if required.
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Sydney Agile Learning Tour

On Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May, Mrs Hewitt and I took part in the Agile Learning Tour in Sydney. The tour took us through a number of different organisations, learning facilities and a school to tour and was a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to a range of learning environments that were designed to support idea generation, collaboration and experimentation.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Study Centre—open for students
Each night after school, the Study Centre is open for Senior School students to study independently or with peers. On most evenings, staff are running organised sessions with VCE students and are available to students seeking support.

Weekly Maths sessions:
  • Year 11 Maths Methods Units 1 & 2: Mondays 3.45 to 4.30pm
  • Year 9 Genesis Maths/Year 10 Maths: Wednesdays 3.45 to 4.30pm
  • Year 12 Maths Methods Units 3 & 4: Thursdays 3.45 to 4.30pm
Students in these classes are strongly encouraged to attend when possible.

GAT (General Achievement Test)
Each student enrolled in a VCE or scored VET Unit 3-4 sequence is required to undertake the General Achievement Test on Wednesday 12 June from 10am to 1.15pm. The GAT results play an important part in final VCE assessments as they are used to check that your VCE external assessments and school-based assessments have been accurately and fairly assessed.
VET
This week Mr Bandel visited our VET Automotive, Engineering and Building and Construction students hard at work at their courses at Longerenong College.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Little Desert Cross Country and HCPSSA Athletics
We have six students from our Junior School competing in the Little Desert Cross Country in Kaniva on Tuesday next week. We wish them the best of luck as they compete.

The HCPSSA Athletics Carnival that was scheduled for Thursday 10 May has been rescheduled for next Thursday (23 May) at Dudley Cornell Park, starting at 9:30am. A copy of the program is be available on our app. We have a large HTLC team entered and we are hoping for a very successful day. Good luck to everyone competing!
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Mr James Withey, Junior School Sport Teacher

Secondary Sport

26 students from the Middle and Senior School travelled to Murtoa today to compete in the Black Ranges Cross Country. After a few days of great weather, the course was in great condition for the competition. Student results will be published in next week’s newsletter.
The Super Sport Cup for 2019 began this week, with Wimmera, Mallee and Lowan facing each other in the first round of the competition. A five-sport super-tournament, this year will see the houses compete in Touch, Volleyball, Basketball, Netball and Dodgeball, both for the prestige of the tournament itself and for vital House Cup points. It was fantastic to see students from the Middle and Senior School turn out to support their houses on Thursday as Mallee took the honours in the first round of the season.
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Congratulations to all the students who have represented Holy Trinity Lutheran College over the past two weeks at the Pedal Prix in Loxton, as well as the Black Ranges Athletics in Stawell.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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Parking around the college
When dropping off or collecting your children from school, please be mindful of our neighbours in the surrounding streets and not park on the nature strip.
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Consultation: Horsham town bus changes
The Department of Transport is proposing a significant upgrade to Horsham buses to give you more services, better coverage and easier access across town.
These changes will affect the School Town Special buses to some extent and some students may need to alter their travel patterns. However, all students will still be able to access a similar School Town Special service. The exact nature of the change for your students will be determined once the outcome of community consultation on the broader Horsham bus network is known.
Consultation is now open for the proposed changes to Horsham town bus services.
They’ll be holding some information sessions where the community will be able to ask questions and complete a survey to give feedback.
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Canteen roster
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

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Victorian Government's Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides schools with payments for eligible students to attend camps, excursions and sporting events. 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. CSEF applications for 2019 are open until the end of Term 2.
HeartLand Horsham
Are you going to be home on the weekend of May 31 and would like to welcome a few city based migrant visitors into your home?
HeartLand Horsham is a Landcare tree planting weekend that aims to introduce city-based migrants to our community and show them how Horsham is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Saturday activities include a cooked breakfast at the Horsham Angling Club and then a full day of planting on the banks of the Wimmera River just out of town, followed by a presentation from Jamie and Kim's Mobile Zoo and then a shared multicultural feast and dance celebration in HTLC's MPC in the evening.
The event is free and family-friendly.
For more information please call Horsham Landcare facilitator Wendy McInnes on 0407 914 498 or Wimmera CMA community engagement officer Rae Talbot on 0423 200 240.
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