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As Principal I am constantly amazed by the efforts and achievements of many members within our school. Regardless of the field of expertise it is wonderful to share in the joy and sense of accomplishment that occurs from individuals using their gifts and talents to make a positive contribution in the lives of others, as well as for themselves.

You may recall that over the past 10 months the college has been engaged in an educational program focusing on making thinking routine in our classrooms. Over this time the project has enabled our teachers and students the ability to articulate what it means to think and provide them with skills to look at learning as a process of collaborative engagement to support creative, critical and curious thinking. To date this has been an effective and welcomed process in our classrooms. In aiming to optimise student engagement and performance, it is worth noting that it is only one piece of a complex puzzle in a holistic educational experience.

The effective educational practice of teaching to enhance wellbeing and build resilience is also a vital piece in allowing a child to flourish in a changing and challenging world. This week Mrs Anne Penny, Mr Jarryd Noller and myself spent several days with other educators in the Western District developing our knowledge of ‘positive education’. Facilitated by the Institute of Positive Education from Geelong Grammar School, the focus of the learning was on personal transformation through understanding the science of wellbeing and the impact this has on families, friends, colleagues and students. As a Lutheran school we look to the Gospel for clarity on how we should act and live in our world. It also shapes the way we teach and support learning. Throughout the past two days it was pleasing to see how a positive education framework could also support and encourage the mission and values of a Lutheran school.

I look forward to the coming months, where staff will begin to discuss the use of positive education and the benefits it can make in the holistic Christian education of individuals in our college.
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Mr Daniel Weller, Principal
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Special times
Don’t we all look forward to those special times we have in life? For some, this week, it may be receiving an award for your classroom achievements or good behaviour. For others, it will be celebrating another birthday. For still others, it could be competing in the Cross Country.

For our Year 11 students it will be the College Ball on Friday evening. No doubt, you, along with your families have been preparing for this and looking forward to it for some time. Excitedly searching shops with your mum or dad for the right gown or suit! Preparing for the dance you will have with your special guest. I expect that all of this has been happening with more than just a little nervous energy! That’s perfectly normal, especially if, like me, you have two left feet! The Ball also reminds us all that you are rapidly transitioning from being children into young adults. Along with your families, we are proud of you for that. We thank God for your place in and contribution to our college community. May it really be the special time it is meant to be for you and your families.

Did you know that music and dancing are the language of God? Through music and dancing we can be brought into fellowship with God. We are invited to ‘praise his name by dancing and playing music ...’ (Psalm 149:3).

For those involved, have a great time Friday evening. We are proud of you and we thank God for you. For the rest of us, embrace and celebrate those special times in your life and thank God for them.

Prayer
Thank you, loving Father, for the special times we have in our life. Thank you especially for the Year 11 College Ball on Friday evening where the students can join with their families in the joy of dancing. Help us all to appreciate your goodness in these special times, giving us hearts that dance for joy in praise of your glorious name. Amen.
We pray for:
  • Alicia Murphy and her family on the passing of her sister
  • Darcy Brown on the passing of his grandma.
College worship services
  • Wednesday 8 May
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 10 May
    9am: Junior School chapel led by Year FLS
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 5 May
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
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HPCSSA Cross Country
On Tuesday 34 students represented HTLC in the Horsham Primary Schools cross country at the city oval. Well done to all students who competed and thank you to Mr Withey who coordinated the event.

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 and the Junior Red Cross will be having a stall with gifts students can purchase for $5 or less. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with all of the wonderful mums of the school.

NAPLAN
This year all Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN tests will be administered online. The testing schedule will run for two weeks with tests planned for the following days:
Tuesday 14 May: Year 3 and Year 5 Writing
Wednesday 15 May: Year 3 Reading
Thursday 16 May: Year 5 Reading
Monday 20 May: Year 3 and Year 5 Conventions of Language
Tuesday 21 May: Year 3 Numeracy
Wednesday 22 May: Year 5 Numeracy
Changes to this schedule may be made if required.
Students will be given opportunities to practice for the upcoming tests during class time. Online examples of the NAPLAN tests can be found at the following site: https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site.
Once this site is reached, select the year level and click through the login pages by selecting ‘next’ until the test has commenced.
PDF versions of the tests can be found at the following site:
https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests.
Parents will need to select the year level, required test, download and then print to gain access. These tests will be beneficial in helping the students gain experience with the type of questions that may be asked during the testing period.
It is an expectation that all students will sit the NAPLAN tests. If you require your child to be withdrawn from any or all of the tests, please contact me by Monday 6 May.

Chapel
Next Friday FLS will be leading worship, with a special focus on Mother’s Day. The Year 2 students and students new to the college will be presented with their Bibles following Chapel. 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: Dusty Peucker FMS: Aksel Frahn FLS: Klay Lockhart 1CR: Bryce McDonald 1EH: Eleanor Bouma 1HN: Jed Ferguson 2MB: Arkie Mackley and Jenna Lockhart 2NH: Rafael Del Real 3AD: Scarlett Nuttall 3CD: Jana van Heerden 3JK: Jessica Hair 4EH: Riley Polack 4JM: Georgie Schilling 5AG: Levi Munyard 5DT: Lenix Nelson and Remi Bailey 6CT: Harry Moar 6JN: Stephanie Wundke Art: Angela Rosewarne and Joseph Shepherd Digital Technology: Harry Hallam and Bodi Wilde Performing Arts: Charlotte Cookson Jing Bear: Chloe Bolwell
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Study skills seminars and examinations
You can find follow-up material from the recent study skills sessions with Elevate here: https://au.elevateeducation.com/parent-info. The password to access this material is ‘rondo’. Students can access the student portal at https://austudent.elevateeducation.com/ using the password ‘rondo’.
Students who were absent for the study skills seminars can email Mr Przibilla for detailed notes.
A reminder that exams for all students will be held this term. The exam revision week will be held in Week 6 of term from Monday 27 to Friday 31 May. The exam week will be held in week 7 of term from Monday 3 to Friday 7 June.

NAPLAN
This Year all Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN tests will be administered online. The testing schedule will run for two weeks with tests planned for the following days:
Tuesday 14 May: Year 7 and Year 9 writing
Wednesday 15 May: Year 7 reading
Thursday 16 May: Year 9 Reading
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.

Students will be given opportunities to practice for the upcoming tests during class time. Online examples of the NAPLAN tests can be found at the following site: https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site. Once this site is reached, select the year level and click through the login pages by selecting ‘next’ until the test has commenced.
PDF versions of the tests can be found at the following site:
https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests. Parents will need to select the year level, required test, download and then print to gain access. These tests will be beneficial in helping the students to gain experience with the type of questions that may be asked during the testing period.

It is an expectation that all students will sit the NAPLAN tests. If you require your child to be withdrawn from any or all of the tests, please notify Mr Jason Przibilla by Monday 6 May (jason.przibilla@htlc.vic.edu).
New Teacher Aide
Last week we welcomed Miss Kellie Martin to the HTLC teaching staff as the new Middle School Teacher Aide. Kellie has previously worked as a police woman and served in the Royal Australian Navy. Kellie is currently studying her teaching degree with a focus on Mathematics and Science as her specialist subjects. Kellie has two boys, currently in Primary School and is a passionate Geelong supporter. Welcome to the team Kellie.
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Holy Trinity celebrates ALWS Day

Wednesday 1 May was Australian Lutheran World Service (AWLS Day), which was marked at Holy Trinity Lutheran College at the Middle/Senior School worship.
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Middle School MVP: Aaron Jakobi

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College Ball 2019
Attendances at training over the past two months have certainly paid off for our Year 11 students. At their final session Wednesday night at the Horsham Town Hall, the skill level and fluency of movement evident on the dance floor was most impressive. The commitment and positive attitude shown by the students has been a credit to them. We wish our young men and women of Year 11 the very best for their special evening tonight.

Elevate Education
Following our student, staff and parent study skills sessions last week, follow up lessons will be commencing in classes for students in Years 10-12 next week. It is hoped that students will gain access to study strategies that will support them in their preparation for the forthcoming exams scheduled for Week 7 for students in Years 10 and 11.

Year 10 Work Experience
Work Experience for Year 10 students is rapidly approaching. Students are reminded that Work Experience Arrangement Forms provided by the school must be completed before the placement can be confirmed. Positions for experience can be competitive as the other schools also run this program so it is advisable to identify and secure a placement as soon as possible.

VCE Policies and Procedures
  • Attendance: VCE students are reminded of the importance of the procedure for approved absences. As classroom work increasingly focuses around preparation for assessment and SACs, students should also contact relevant class teachers to notify them of a planned absence. Guidelines for attendance are outlined in the VCE Policies and Procedures document forwarded to parents earlier in the year.
  • Enrolment changes: Monday 6 May is the final day for entry or withdrawal from VCE Unit 3-4 sequences, VET or VCAL subjects. Beyond this time, no changes will be permissible.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Middle and Senior School Sport

Good luck to the Holy Trinity Racing team who travel to Loxton today for the second round of the Australian HPV Super Series. With four of our teams holding podium positions after the first round, the students are excited about the opportunity to ride again and looking forward to the challenge of the uphill grind on the Loxton Street Circuit. The event will be live streamed on YouTube from 10:10 am Sunday here: https://youtu.be/1f-KDwZOEFo.

Please note that the date for the Greater Western Cross Country in Warrnambool has been changed, and is now scheduled for June 3. This will only affect students who finish in the top 15 athletes at the upcoming Black Ranges Cross Country in Murtoa.

As the complexities of life increase, it is important that students aim to complete and return all appropriate forms by the due date. Students and parents are reminded that consent forms must be returned, even if the student is not attending. This is to allow the college adequate time to make transport and staffing arrangements for each event. Thank you for your assistance in the matter.
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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
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

Safety around our carparks
Please remember to lead a good example for our students by always using the footpaths and pedestrian crossings around the campus.

Freestyle Dance Ministry
Freestyle Dance Ministry is coming back to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church! Justin Seidel will be holding the Freestyle Dance on Friday 10 May at 7pm and Saturday 11 May at 2pm in the Church Hall. Students from 10 years and over are encouraged to come along. There will be a small cost involved. For more info, contact Lynda Henstridge on 0422 821 829.

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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