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This week I have had the pleasure of attending a Lutheran Education initiated learning tour to Melbourne with other Lutheran educators from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. The purpose of the tour was to visit and discuss the importance of contemporary learning environments and their connection to the learner in a world that we know is always changing. In spending time with other like-minded educators, I quickly realised that a contemporary education was not all about the learning space, but just one part of what we must address within our Lutheran schools. So what does our new contemporary learning space currently provide for our students? In a growing and changing school, it is connectedness. Connectedness is a fundamental psychological need and people need it to feel accepted and to feel a sense of belonging.

Ms Jane Mueller, Principal at Living Faith Lutheran Primary School in Queensland, recently wrote in her blog that ‘it is well documented that without connectedness, individual potential will not be realised. It is also well documented that a lack of connectedness is one cause of depression and anxiety.’ She states that connectedness by students in the school environment typically plays out positively when an individual has the mindset of contributor. A contributor focuses on others and one’s responsibilities towards individuals. This is often seen at Holy Trinity through humility and our servant like values. Our college has a proud sense of service learning—fostering a servant heart in a world that is bigger than just ourselves. Our new facilities provide a rich environment for learning, where creative, curious, critical and collaborative thinkers evolve. We should give thanks for our new facilities that allow this to occur but, more importantly, that we work together to develop individuals who are contributors. What will you do this week to contribute positively to the lives of others in our community?
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Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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Words of encouragement
Do you appreciate encouraging words from others? Would you say that you are an encouraging person? Is it natural for you to acknowledge what others are doing and encourage them in the process?

There is a great saying that ‘no one ever goes backwards with encouragement’. Think it through. Don’t words of encouragement inspire you to do bigger and better things?

Encouragement begins with you and me. Don’t look for it, but humbly accept it when it comes to you. Look for the opportunities to speak words of encouragement into the lives of others. Our God is a God of encouragement. ‘May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Romans 15:5–6). God wants to see us growing and striving to do better things in life. We are on this journey together.

As we are in relationship with each other day by day, may we be alert to the difference we can make in the lives of others, simply by acknowledging them and encouraging them. Whether it’s a student, a teacher or a parent or grandparent.

We all appreciate words of encouragement when they are spoken to us. Let’s look for the opportunities we have to encourage others. Wouldn’t that add to the tone and culture of our community here at Holy Trinity? Joyfully do what you can to acknowledge and encourage others.

Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for the words of encouragement we receive from others. Thank you also for the opportunity we all have to encourage others. Help us to see and seize those opportunities to encourage others in their life and work. May our doing that build them up, leading them on to bigger and better things in life. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 16 June
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 19 June
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 21 June
    9am: Junior School chapel led by Year 3JK
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Musical
It’s now less than a week before the opening performance of our 2019 college musical My Son Pinocchio JR. Students and staff have worked incredibly hard to prepare this spectacular show. Tickets are available on the TryBooking website. We encourage families and friends of the college to come and enjoy the show.
Girls AFL
Today many of our Year 5 and 6 girls competed in the Interschool girls AFL competition at HTLC. Congratulations to the girls who represented our college and thank you to the staff who coached our team and to Pastor Gus who was our umpire.

Reports
Junior School reports are now being prepared and will be sent home Wednesday of Week 10. This will provide an opportunity for parents to make contact with teachers before the beginning of the school holidays if required.

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.

Chapel
This morning Year 2NH led our morning worship with a focus on prayer. Next week Year 3JK will be learning chapel with a focus on asking God for help, based on Matthew 7:7–11. 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.

Jing Bear Award: Olivia Collins

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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Musical
A number of Middle School students will be participating in My Son Pinocchio JR next week. The students will perform in a total of four live performances, in what will be the culmination of months of hard work rehearsing and preparing for the performances. A number of staff led by Mrs Mock have contributed to bringing this production together and I encourage the HTLC community to get behind the cast and crew by coming to view the performance next week. Good luck to all involved.
Parent/teacher interviews
Parent/teacher interviews will be held i the last week of school on Tuesday 25 June from 3:30–8pm and Thursday 27 June from 3:30–6:30pm. Parents will be able to book online interviews to discuss the end of semester reports. Information on how to do this will be included with the end of semester reports, issued towards the end of next week. Bookings for interviews will open after reports are issued and close on Monday 24 June.
Art Play
Olivia Heard, Olivia Scale and Emily Clarke represented HTLC by volunteering their time and leading a pinch pot making activity as part of the Art Is...Festival at Horsham Town Hall. They helped over 70 children make pinch pots in the space of just two hours.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Winter uniform
As the days are now becoming cooler, students are reminded to ensure their uniform is complete and appropriately worn. Sports uniform should be worn on designated days and with white, college socks. The college uniform shop is open at the following times during the term:
  • Tuesday 9am to 4pm
  • Friday 9am to 2pm.
Reports and interviews
At the end of next week, Semester 1 reports will be sent home with students. Staff will be available to discuss individual progress with both parents and students during the final week of term, on Tuesday 25 June from 3:30–8pm and Thursday 27 June from 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.

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.
Federation University Open Day 25 August 2019
Information about studying Federation University, personalised campus tours and course guides is available from their website.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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What's on in Sport

JUNE
Tuesday 18: Greater Western Boys Netball
Friday 21: Greater Western Netball/
Soccer/AFL (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Friday 21: HCPSSA girls AFL
Friday 21: Black Ranges Intermediate AFL 9s
Wednesday 26: Black Ranges Year 7B Netball

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

Junior School Sport

We had four teams representing HTLC in the Hoop Time tournament yesterday and it was a very successful day for all teams!

Our Boys A team (HTLC Chargers) went undefeated and won the grand final! It was a nail biting game right down to the last few minutes, where our boys took out the grand final by one point! A huge congratulations to the HTLC Chargers and their coaches throughout the day. They will now be off to the next round, held in Hamilton on a date to be confirmed.

The Girls A team played well, winning three games and losing two. Although they didn’t make the grand final they all played extremely well. The Boys B team also had a great day, putting in 100% effort to succeed into finals. They unfortunately lost the semi-final but went on to win the consolation game. The Girls B team did a great job coming away with one win, a fantastic effort when most of these students haven’t or don’t currently play basketball.

We would like to acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship and support demonstrated by the students. It is great to see our students support everyone involved in the tournaments, and not just themselves.

I would like to thank Mrs North, Mr Noller, all parent helpers, Kerry Pearce and Amanda Munyard and Year 9 student Ryan Pfitzner. Whether scorers or coaches, your assistance on the day is greatly approached by students and staff. Tournaments don’t run so smoothly without you all. If you are ever interested in assisting one of our sports teams please don’t hesitate to contact Mr James Withey or Mrs Tarn McDonald, all offers are welcome.
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Coming up next Friday 21 June is the Greater Western AFL, Netball and Soccer in Ballarat. For the first time in our history, HTLC will have representative teams in all three sports at this level. Students will have a big day with a very early start, leaving the college at 7am. We wish them the best of luck and await their results!
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

On Thursday, ten girls from Year 9 and 10 travelled to Stawell with Miss Kelly to compete in the Black Ranges Netball. The girls played exceptional netball throughout the day, securing themselves a place in the Grand Final after defeating all teams in their pool. Delta Wardle and Madalyn Toet were a formidable duo in the goal ring, converting high scores and using smart ball movement to consistently evade their defenders. Nadine Pietsch, Mia Bell and Zyla Nelson fed the ball into the goaler's efficiently, offering speedy drive through the mid court. The attacking end was supported by Racquel Deckert, Chanel Scollary and Emily Polack who maintained strong pressure and secured a large number of turnovers in the mid-court and defensive end. Dana Haughton and Alex Salter were reliable at the last line of defence, taking vital rebounds and applying solid pressure in the defence goal ring. The girls progressed to the Grand Final to face Horsham College. Despite being the undersized team, our girls fought hard, making a strong come back in the second half and displaying brilliant passages of play. Unfortunately, they were not quite able to secure the win, final scores 18–9. The girls displayed fantastic teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the day, representing the college with pride.
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Eight Year 11 and 12 boys travelled to Ararat today to represent HTLC at the Black Ranges Basketball. Placed in a tough pool featuring Marian College, the boys unfortunately started slowly, losing their first game. Playing St Brigid’s in the second game, despite the efforts of Sean Wouters, Jason Reichelt and Josh Schwarz pressuring the ball, the boys trailed at half time. A determined second half performance from Dyson Parish, Liam Deckert, Ahren Koch and Cooper Walter on the defensive end helped the team fight their way back in the final minutes. With the game going basket for basket, after trailing by two with a minute to go, the boys tied the scores and then drew a foul to go to the free throw line after the siren. With the scores tied, Corey Smith made the first free throw to seal the win 24–23. The boys capped off a much improved performance in the second game with a deserved win.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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PTFA meeting
The next PTFA meeting will be held on Monday 17 June at 7.30pm in the Senior School boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend to help organise future community events and provide input into how funds are spent.

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. You 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.
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 now if you didn't already apply at the beginning of Term 1.
Canteen roster
20 June: Pam Jorgensen
27 June Courtney Mason
BREAD TAGS
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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