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Greetings to all families and friends of the HTLC community.

I would like to start my address this week with congratulating both to students and staff who have continued to excel in many different aspects of college life this school term. Whether it has been in the academic, sporting or other extra-curricular pursuits, it has been pleasing to see these celebrated during our assemblies, in our newsletter, or on our Facebook page. Well done to all and I encourage you to continue to strive to do your best, value adding to our rich and dynamic community.

It is confirmed that our opening service to dedicate the Main Reception and Senior Centre building will take place on Monday 2 September at 1.45pm. Federal Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster, Lutheran Education representatives, Councillors from Horsham Rural City Council, and members of College Council will be among several special guests on the day. As a college community we give thanks for our growing school and look forward to the official opening of this new facility.

Recently, staff have been asked to take the time to reflect on what they are grateful for—those past memories or feelings that continue to give them joy. In doing this we have found that sometimes the moments we take for granted are actually the aspects of our lives that truly add to it. When we are forced to ‘press pause’ on our lives and consciously take the time to recognise what we see and interact with around us, it develops a greater sense of contentment and happiness. Being grateful is something that we should nurture daily. The Scripture tells us to always be joyful, never stop praying and to give thanks no matter what happens. In essence, we should give thanks in all of life’s events, not just the beautiful and wonderful things, but in everything. In our busy lives today, what are you going to notice that perhaps you regularly miss, and be grateful for?
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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What's your question?
One of the initiatives in Middle and Senior School Chapel has been the introduction of the 'Question Box’. The goal is to empower students in shaping chapel to become more relevant to them. As well as promoting a culture that allows people to ask those difficult ‘faith’ questions. Many great questions have already been asked by students and addressed at chapel.

Who of us doesn’t have some questions about God, about life, about the world and about things that happen in our world? Sometimes the question asked is a question someone else really wanted to ask, but perhaps was too shy and timid to ask. Our God loves us so much that he is big enough for our questions. Hasn’t he heard them all before?!

Jesus welcomes us to: ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you’ (Matthew 7:7). God knows our needs better than we do. He has already answered all our questions in Jesus. Jesus died to forgive us our sins. Jesus rose victoriously to give us hope for tomorrow and our eternal future. Jesus is: ‘the way and the truth and the life’ (John 14:6). It is in Jesus that we enjoy fellowship with God the Father.

Importantly, Jesus is forever with us to assure us that we are held safe in his care. He invites us to care for one another. We can do that by listening to the questions others have and respectfully responding to them. So just keep on asking.

We thank you Father that you are a Father of love. Thank you that we can come to you with all our questions, and the doubts and fears we have in life. Help us to see that you have answered our questions so wonderfully in Jesus. Thank you that Jesus gives us strength for today and hope for all our tomorrows. Keep us living in you Jesus, as you want to live in us. In your dear name we pray. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 25 August
    9am: Holy Communion
    No Kids' Time (Operation 19:14)
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 28 August
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 30 August
    9am: Junior School chapel led by 4JM
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Congratulations Jaya! Last Saturday Jaya competed in the National Schoolaerobics stage 3 girls singles competition on the Gold Coast. Jaya performed her best routine yet to score a massive 76 points and bring home the gold! She is now a national champion! Jaya was also honoured with the privilege of reading The Pledge at the beginning of the competition. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to Mrs Amanda Wik who, despite her own trials this year, has coached Jaya in her preparation for this event. Thank you Amanda and Congratulations Jaya!

Today was Mrs Rethus’ last day teaching Year 1CR, as she commences her maternity leave next week. We wish both her and Luke God’s richest blessings as they prepare to welcome their little bundle of joy into their family. We would like to welcome Mrs Roz Buckman to our staff, as she commences teaching 1CR full time next week.

HPV Bendigo
This weekend our HPV teams will be competing the nine hour HPV Grand Prix in Bendigo. The Bendigo event is always exciting, with sharp corners and a very long uphill stretch of track that challenges the endurance of our students! We wish the students the best of luck as they race.

Assembly on Monday
There will be no assembly held on Monday 26 August for the Junior School.

Hong Kong Tour 2020
Preparations have commenced for the 2020 Hong Kong tour. All Year 5 students and their families who would like to learn more about the experience are invited to attend an information evening next Wednesday 28 August at 7pm in the library.

Student-led conferences
Bookings for Junior School student-led conferences on Tuesday 3 September are now open. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend the conferences and help celebrate the learning of their children. Please log onto www.schoolinterviews.com.au with the code 4mwu8 to secure an interview session.

Book Week
HTLC will be celebrating Book Week in Week 8. There will be story reading sessions in the library throughout the week, the Scholastic Book Fair and a book week dress up day on Wednesday 4 September with a parade at 9.30 in the MPC. It has been lovely to listen to students discuss their preparations for this exciting week and we can’t wait to see their costumes.

This morning Year 4EH led Chapel with a focus on the Parable of the hidden treasure, based on Matthew 13:44–46. Next week Year 4JM will be leading Chapel with a Father’s Day focus, based on the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 found in Matthew 14:13–21. We encourage students to bring a small offering. We hope you can join us for worship.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FNL: Jack Young FMS: Sanhitha Ranasinghe FLS: Jaxon Ellis 1CR: Olivia Collins 1EH: All 1EH 1KR: Jed Ferguson 2MB: Eden Dunn, Stella Moore 2NH: Hylton Penfold 3AD: Soren Foster, Amelia van Buuren 3CD: Sofia Barlow-McCallum, Rhylee Olsten 3JK: Eliza Brown 4EH: Orlando Heal 4JM: Zoe B 5AG: Levi Munyard, Eliza Shaw 5DT: Chloe Altmann 6CT: Kiara Appleyard 6JN: Jed Uebergang Art: Joshua Kalms Digital Technology: Maddy Hicks Performing Arts: 3CD, Yarli Nelson PE: Cooper Ruwoldt

Jing Bear Award: Maya Rosewarne

Rosewarne, Maya
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 7 and 8 cultural excursion
This week all Year 7 and 8 students have participated in a cultural excursion to Melbourne. The excursion aims to give students a variety of experiences which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of different cultures and social aspects of urban living. Workshops at the Big Issue and Salvation Army address the increasingly prevalent social issue of homelessness. Students are told real stories about people who are or have been living on the streets, study statistics on homelessness, engage with practical examples of what life on the streets is like and hear first hand from people who have lived rough in their lifetime. These visits always have a powerful impact on our students and engages with their social conscience on a deep and empathetic level. Visits to city art galleries and the museum provide opportunities for discussion and appreciation, while the highlight of the trip each year is watching a live theatrical performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre. ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ certainly did not disappoint this year as the show had our students captivated til the end. The Friday program saw the students spend time in the South Melbourne Market before departing for respective visits to the War Memorial for a tour of this historical site, with the Year 8s engaged in an African Drumming workshop. The excursion certainly aims to keep the students busy and hopefully will leave them with a greater understanding and appreciation for aspects of Melbourne which they may not otherwise experience. Thank you to Mrs Hewitt for her organisation of another successful excursion and to Mrs Thomas, Mrs Mock, Mr McLoughlin and Mr Versteegen for accompanying the students in a supervisory role. We will look forward to again presenting an opportunity to our Year 7 and 8 students next year to undertake a similar experience.

Year 9 activities
On Friday our Year 9 girls participated in an Active Girls Brunch with a guest appearance from AFLW star Kaitlyn Ashmore. Other local sports women also attended and spoke about their experiences with living healthy and active lives. At the same time the Year 9 boys sat their Morrisby Online Testing. Morrisby uses scientific profiling of abilities, personality, interests and motivation to help people discover their own unique characteristics. With this awareness students can ensure they keep their future options open and are able to make great choices from a considered range of options. This testing gives students feedback and valuable information on their learning styles, personal strengths and talents, study interests, recommended career opportunities—and is a great starting point for students to research potential career options. The Year 9 girls will have an opportunity to complete their testing in the coming weeks.
Footy Colours Day
Footy Colours Day will be held on Friday 6 September. Students in the Middle and Senior School will have the opportunity to wear free dress on this day (preferably footy colours). There will be a revised timetable for the day with lunch being held from 12:10–12:50pm to allow for families across both sub-schools to spend time together. Period 4 classes will run from 12:50–1:40pm with Period 5 and 6 running as normal.

Middle School MVP: Jackson Hoffmann

Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Important dates: Senior School
  • Hong Kong cultural immersion experience⁠—Thursday 12 September to Monday 23 September
Important dates: Year 12
  • Holiday trial examsMonday 30 September to Friday 4 October
  • Year 12 last day of school (plus Year 12 breakfast and final chapel)Tuesday 22 October
  • VCE English examWednesday 30 October
  • Year 12 Graduation DinnerFriday 22 November
Year 10 careers excursion
Year 10 students braved the icy conditions in Ballarat on Monday when they visited Federation University Mt Helen campus. They made ice-cream in the Science department and competed in an Amazing Race around the campus. The new equipment in the Sports Science Department impressed the group and they toured around the residential student campus. They then boarded the bus for the Ballarat TAFE College to learn about the extensive options available for students in this pathway.

At the Ballarat Careers Expo, students enjoyed speaking with people who work in careers that they may be interested in and all students left with a collection of materials for future reading. The day was certainly worthwhile for the students as they begin exploring future options and pathways.
VCE subject selection
Over the past few weeks, Year 10 students have had a number of opportunities to research and further their understanding of the VCE subjects that they are interested in studying. They should have now finalised their selection for 2020 and submitted their form to the college. Subjects will now be blocked according to student preference, with every effort being made to accommodate preferred subjects.

Elevate seminars for Years 10, 11 and 12 students
Elevate are an international leader in education and work with over 1500 schools worldwide. Facilitated by engaging, youthful presenters, their seminars are designed to help students improve their study skills, increase motivation, build confidence and lift exam performance. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be participating in follow-up study skills workshops on Wednesday 4 September, that will provide a review, consolidation and extensive of the skills and strategies that were outlined earlier in the year and support students as they approach their final exams.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Our Year 5/6 Volleyball Girls team and Mixed team competed against Horsham West Primary School last Friday here at HTLC. Unfortunately they were too good for us, however, all team members played extremely well. A special shout out to our best players for the day: Eva Drendel, Asha Fiedler, August Koch and Jiedan Young.

If students still have representative uniforms could they please be returned as soon as possible.

We are still seeking some parent helpers for the Little Desert Athletics competition on 12 September. If you are able to help out, please contact the college.
A huge congratulations goes to Jaya Meadows for her recent win in the National School Aerobics competition on the Gold Coast. Jaya is now a National Champion! This is such a wonderful achievement. Well done Jaya, all your hard work has paid off.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

The Super Sport Cup continued this week with the second round of the Staff vs Students competitions. It was a very close volleyball match and, with ample support from their peers, the student team managed to come back from an early deficit to claim 6 match points with a score of 24–18. However, the staff managed to pull off a miraculous comeback and level the series, winning the volleyball 26–24. Thank you to all staff and students involved in the event for being willing to participate.

It has been exciting to watch the progress of the students who are training each week to represent the college at state and regional levels. The Intermediate Boys Netball Team will travel to Melbourne to compete on Monday, September 2 and the Greater Western Track and Field representatives will compete on Monday, September 16.

There have been some date changes to sporting events affecting students in the Middle School. The Black Ranges Year 8 Basketball will now be held on Tuesday 10 September. The Black Ranges Year 7 & 8 Volleyball has been moved to Thursday 12 September as a result.
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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In this edition of SchoolTV: Internet Addiction
In today’s digital environment, the internet can be viewed as a valuable tool for education, research and entertainment. Young people today tend to go from one screen to another, but how much is too much? Time spent in the ‘screen world’ has parents concerned that their kids may be missing out on real-life experiences. Therefore, it is vitally important to a child’s wellbeing for parents to regulate a child’s internet use.
Internet addiction can cause significant psychological and social problems for children in years to come. The true effects on future generations are not yet known, but there are strategies that parents can implement now.
In this edition, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg discusses what causes internet addiction, who is most at risk and what parents can do to regulate the amount of time their kids spend online each day.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact a member of the College wellbeing team (Jarryd Noller, Anne Penny or Pastor Gus) for further information.
Term 3 canteen roster
29 August: Penny Penfold
5 September: Mellita Sachse
12 September: Vanessa Kerberling
19 September: Ange Carter

Book Fair helpers
We are looking for some more helpers for the Book Fair, if you are able to help out at on Thursday at 3–5.30pm or Friday at 11am–1.30pm please contact Kara Puls on 0408823948.

Junior Red Cross Father's Day stall
On Friday 30 August, the Junior Red Cross will be holding a Father's Day Stall at lunch time outside the Library. All of the 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 Dad or Grandad a very special gift with all money raised to support the Australian Red Cross Service.

Make sure you register online to get started raising money for the Fun Run! Create your own profile to keep track of your donations, easily share it with friends and family and see how your efforts compare to the rest of the college on the leader board. Remember, the more money you raise the more prizes you will receive.
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