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Greetings to all members of our school community.

It is with joy that today we celebrate World Teachers’ Day—a time where we can acknowledge and recognise our teachers who develop, support and care for our students. Today, and every day for that matter, we should give thanks for the dedicated service of our teachers, supporting students to use their gifts and talents to value add to a changing and challenging world. I encourage all within our community to take a moment to acknowledge our teachers for their dedication, guidance, care and support they have shown to our young men and women throughout the year. We are truly blessed.

This week our Year 12 students had the opportunity to celebrate the end of classes for the year with a breakfast, worship service and activities day. It was a wonderful moment to acknowledge their journey at our college and recognise their time with us. As our first cohort of Year 12 students we are extremely proud of them and who they have become. I wish them and all other students sitting VCE exams over the coming weeks all the best as they prepare and complete the required course during this testing period.

It is with sadness that I write to inform our community of the passing of Mr Garry Wallace’s daughter, Emma, during the week. As a college we have been appreciative of those who have had the opportunity to provide care for Garry during the week and give thanks for the love shown toward him and his family. It has been a shock for our community and I ask that you pray for Garry, Patsy and Kathryn during this difficult time.

Wishing you a wonderful week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Facing your fears
Last week the Year 9 students were on their Rite Journey Camp in Halls Gap. During the camp they were presented with different challenging activities. They had to face some of their personal fears. Like being alone, coping without their devices for a time, doing tasks they don’t normally do and accomplishing challenging physical feats.

It is only through facing and overcoming our fears that we will get to take that next step in life. We will grow and mature. We will build resiliency, independence, team work, perseverance, healthy living, problem solving, leadership skills, courage, selflessness, self-esteem, and good relationships with others.

Education is not just the process of discovery and learning, it is very much a preparation for life.
So what are your fears? We all have them. There are those situations and circumstances in life that take us right out of our comfort zone. We’ve all been there and we will confront those situations again.

It is interesting that one of the most common phrases throughout the Bible, is the repeated encouragement: ‘Do not be afraid’. It appears in God’s Word from beginning to end. Jesus himself spoke those words on different occasions.

God knows we will get to face many fears in life. He wants us to know that we are not alone in those fears. He tells us: ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10).

They are good words for all of us to hear. When we are faced with fears, we can immediately be overwhelmed with that feeling of ‘being all alone’. The reality is we are never alone. God is our God and we are his people. He is forever with us. Often he is with us through our best and most trusted friends. So embrace your fears with confidence, knowing that you are never alone.

We thank you Father, for the assurance that you are forever with us. Strengthen us knowing that in the power of your love we can face and overcome our fears. Help us, Lord Jesus, to walk with you, holding your hand in those challenging times in life. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church service
  • Sunday 20 October
    10.30am: Combined service with Holy Communion followed by Longest Lutheran Lunch (no kids' time)
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship service
  • Tuesday 29 October
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Thursday 31 October
    2.45pm: Junior School chapel led by 3CD
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Walk to School
Next week is the last week for the Walk to School program. We encourage students to be active as they come to and from school and record their activity on their class poster.

Primary state athletics
On Thursday 2 students travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Primary State Athletics championships. Congratulations to Kyren and Jiedan for this wonderful achievement! Please see the Junior School sports report for more details.

Foundation 2020 Story Time
Next Tuesday we will be welcoming our Foundation students for 2020 to our school for the first Story Time session. This is the first of four visits from our new Foundation students as they prepare to join our college next year.

Bible Society visit
Next Thursday we will welcome David from the Bible Society for his annual visit to
our college. The country that the Bible Society is focused on this year is China. David
will give a presentation to each class from Year 1–6, teaching the students more about China. Some of our chapel offerings from Term 4 will be sent to the Bible Society to help the great work they do in getting God’s Word to others around the world.

Chapel
This morning Year 3JK led Chapel focusing on the story of Moses and God’s special plan for each of us, based on Exodus 2:5–10. Next week chapel will be held at 2.45pm on Thursday afternoon to accommodate Year 12 exams. Year 3CD will be leading our worship and the message will be presented by David from the Bible Society. Students are encouraged to bring a small offering. We hope you can join us for worship.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Important Dates: Middle School
9 November: 2020 Year 7 student testing and parent information session
11–15 November: Exam revision week (Years 7–11)
18–22 November: Exam week (Years 7–11)
25 November: Report Writing Day
26–29 November: Year 7 and 8 Camps
2–6 December: HeadStart Week (Years 7, 8 and 9)
9–13 December: Activities Week (Years 7 to 9)
10 December: Transition Day

Year 7 2020 parent information night and student testing session
On Saturday 9 November a combined parent information session and student testing day will be held for all current Year 6 students enrolled in Year 7 at HTLC for 2020. The program for the day will be as follows:
9:15am: Parents and students arrive (MPC)
9:30am: Parent information Session (MPC) and student testing session 1 (one hour)
10:30am Parent/student morning tea
11am Student testing session 2 (one hour)
12pm: Day concludes
This will be an important day where parents can find out information about book lists, stationery orders, uniform, transition days and more. The results of the student testing will help to finalise the Genesis Accelerated Learning Program with students being offered positions shortly after the testing day. It is anticipated that students will be informed of their acceptance into the program within a week of the testing day. Results of the testing will also help to inform staff as they prepare for classes next year. I look forward to meeting with new and existing students and families on the 9th November.


Inter-House music competition
Congratulations to all students who put together a memorable inter-House music and talent show performance earlier this term. All three Houses performed exceptionally well as they entertained the audience with their musical, acting and theatrical performances. All Houses had a different focus which made for a diverse competition and made the judges job of finding a winner exceptionally difficult. In the end, Lowan and Mallee could not be separated and they will be the first Houses engraved on the inter-House shield. I look forward to seeing what the students can produce in 2020 to top the 2019 performances.

Minyip Field and Game Shoot
On Monday seven students from the Middle School represented the college at the annual Minyip Field and Game Shooting competition. The boys made history as they were the first team to compete in an official shooting competition and equipped themselves exceptionally well, more than matching it with their more experienced counterparts. Thank you to Mrs Therese Tippet and Mr Greg Snowden for accompanying the boys and for giving them the opportunity to compete. It is great that the college can continue to offer new and exciting opportunities to its students and this will hopefully become a regular on the sporting calendar.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Important dates: Senior School
Year 12
Wednesday 30 October: VCE External English exam
Friday 22 November: Year 12 Graduation Dinner (students and parents)

Years 10 & 11
Wednesday 23 October: Last day of VET
Monday 1 to Friday 15 November: Exam revision week
Tuesday 5 November: Melbourne Cup Day (student free day)
Monday 18 to Friday 22 November: Year 7 to 11 exams
Monday 25 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
Monday 26 to Friday 6 December: Head Start Program Years 10 & 11
Friday 6 December: Last day of classes Year 10 & 11

**VCAL students in Year 10 and Year 11 continue classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays until Friday 6 December. No classes will run for these students on Wednesdays when VET finishes. Structured Work Placements may continue on Thursdays at the discretion of the employer and as arranged with parents. The school should be notified of these arrangements.
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Farewell to our Year 12s!
This week our college community has celebrated with our Year 12 students in their final days of schooling. We have acknowledged their positive leadership and conduct throughout their time at Holy Trinity and the ways in which we have been blessed by their contributions and passion for their school. Many of these students have shared the journey of growth and expansion through Middle School and into Senior School and they have set a tone of enthusiasm and commitment in their willingness to embrace new challenges and opportunities.

Secondary staff prepared a breakfast early on Tuesday morning in the Senior Centre for a group of students we have all come to know and respect—young students we have had the privilege of watching mature into young men and women.

Following the breakfast, the Year 12 students led their final chapel for the whole school, revisiting familiar songs and sharing their plans for the future. Shortly after the close of chapel, they were on the road for a day of paddle boarding and beach cricket at Warrnambool. A final day that was long but certainly treasured and memorable.

As our first Year 12 cohort, these students will not only remain in our hearts but also firmly in the history of our school. We offer our sincere gratitude to these students for their vibrant leadership and to their parents for their continued faith and support of our college. We thank the Year 12s for the leadership they’ve shown throughout the year, and for the trust and support they and their families have shown as we’ve grown from a primary school to Foundation to Year 12 college.
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VCE exam timetable
The VCE exam timetable can be accessed from the following link.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Schools Golf Tournament
After honing their form with VGA representative Tony Collier during the Year 5/6 Golf clinics held at HTLC, on Monday this week 21 students competed in the Schools Golf Tournament at Horsham Golf Club. The weather was delightful and the course was in great condition. Well done to Annabelle Heal, Thomas Urquhart and Darcy Both who were selected to play in a regional final, which will be held at 9.30 on Monday 11 November at Horsham Golf Club We wish them the best of luck!
Many thanks to our Mr Daryl Taber and parent helpers Natalie Koch, Kaylene Urquhart, Nigel Pfitzner, Stuart Daniell and Erica Steadman for assisting our students on the day.
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State athletics
Yesterday we had two Junior students travel to Melbourne to compete in the state finals of the athletics after qualifying at the Greater Western Track and Field Competition in Ballarat two weeks ago. Jeidan Young and Kyran Parish both represented HTLC in Shot Put. Against strong competition, Jeidan came 10th in a field of 16 and Kyran took 9th out of 15 competitors. Well done to both students, it's an amazing achievement to get to the state level of competition!
Year 5/6 sport
Year 5 and 6 sport are rotating through a range of off campus activities including Ten Pin Bowling, Golf, Kayaking and rock climbing (done here on campus) all with qualified instructors. Can we please remind families that when your child is rostered on to do the kayaking activity, that you bring the following items: enclosed water shoes (no thongs please!), a towel, bathers worn underneath shorts and t-shirt, a hat and a plastic bag to place wet clothes in.

Regional Hoop Time
The regional Hoop Time competition is approaching, it will be held on Tuesday 12 November in Hamilton. The team has been practising with coach Kerry Pearce and we thank her for her time and dedication she is putting in to this team. A note will come home early next week with further details and uniforms will be distributed next Wednesday.

Volleyball Primary Schools Cup
For part of the Sporting Schools grant that we were successful in obtaining, the Yr 5/6 PE lessons have been incorporating coaching from our Volleyball regional development officer, Tim Popple. Tim will be selecting two teams for the upcoming Volleyball Primary Schools Cup which will be held in Dandenong on Friday 22 November. Once the team is selected, students will be given a note with more information about the competition. They will then have lunch time training sessions plus possibly after school training in preparation. We thank Tim for his time and effort he is putting into these teams.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary School Report

It has been a busy week of sport at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. Last Tuesday, 16 Year 7 and 8 students travelled to Haven to participate in the Black Ranges Tennis. The HTLC teams played in the spirit of the competition and learned some new skills throughout the day but were unable to come away with a win.

Last Friday, six students travelled from Horsham to Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne to participate in the State Track and Field Finals. The 12–13 Boys Relay team finished in 8th position with a time of 55.31 seconds; a brilliant effort after the shake-up of their relay team just a few weeks out from the event. Year 11 students Olivia Revell and Dyson Parish both competed in the Shot Put, with Olivia placing 4th and Dyson finishing 2nd, missing out on the State Title by just 11 centimetres. Congratulations also to Josh Schwarz, who qualified for the Hurdles but chose to focus on his studies at this time.
Over the weekend, Henry Kinsman wrapped up his first full series representing HTLC at the Victorian Interschool Cycling Series by finishing 7th in his category in the final. The result, against a tough field of boys, meant that Henry finished 2nd in the series. With the VICS Summer Series just around the corner, Henry is keen to keep training and improving to build on this result in the months to come.
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History was made on Monday as Holy Trinity Lutheran College participated in their first ever School Shoot at the Minyip Field and Game Club. The squad of seven students represented the College in a positive way, being supportive of each other and respectful to the parent helpers who travelled with them. It was a solid performance from the boys, especially considering some of them had never shot at a clay prior to the competition. Thank you to Therese and Jamie Tippet and Greg Snowden for supervising our students during the event.
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On Tuesday our Year 7 Volleyball teams competed in the Greater Western Region Finals held at St Brigid’s College. The Year 7 Girls had to win one match to qualify for states, and they did so in commanding fashion with a 2–0 victory over their opponents. The Year 7 Boys had a slightly more challenging time, but played exceptionally well, with both of their matches going the full three sets. Winning one of their two matches was enough to see them finish as the Greater Western Region Runner Up for 2019.
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Yesterday, HTLC sent a team of students from Year 7 to 10 to compete in the Black Ranges and Greater Western Hockey tournament. Due to our numbers, we were required to enter a mixed team in the Intermediate (Year 10) competition, but the students represented the college with pride. The students needed to win a playoff match in the morning to earn a place in the main draw for the Greater Western Region Finals, and after it was tied 0–0 at full time the match went to penalty shots. Year 7 student Cooper Mills stepped up and was the hero of the shootout, preventing the opposition from scoring at all and with the HTLC students scoring four penalties, they were through to the regional finals. Cooper was impressive at the back all day, with just one goal scored against him across four games. Everyone in the team played their role and it was unfortunate that we were unable to find the final ball to score at the other end. HTLC finished the day in third place.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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In this edition of SchoolTV: Resilience
Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. Being resilient does not mean your child won't experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience.

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 (Anne, Jarryd or Pastor Gus) for further information.
Community garden working bee
There will be a working bee in the HTLC community garden next Friday 1 November, at 9am. We'd love if you can help out if you are available.
Term 4 canteen roster
31 October: Emily Smith
7 November: Jacky Polack
14 November: Andrea Cameron
21 November: Chrissie Holmes
28 November: Jodie Kemp
5 December: Cheree Dempster
Healthy options for the canteen
Over the past few weeks, the Year 6s have been providing opportunities for all Junior School students to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables they eat each and every day.
They have enjoyed providing one fun, new and healthy food items at the canteen every week and will continue this throughout Term 4.

It is wonderful to see the students enjoying such healthy food options and appreciate the feedback given to them by our college community.

In every newsletter, we will advise the food item for sale for the upcoming week as well as the cost (as this will change every week). Please note that only a limited supply of these will be available.

We thank the PTFA, parents and students for the support on this project as we aim to raise awareness about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Week 4 Thursday 31/10/19
STRAWBERRY BLISS BALLS
$1 (for two)
bliss balls
Ingredients: strawberries, oats, sunflower seeds, coconut flour, coconut oil, desiccated coconut
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Letting our children travel independently to and from school, even if its part way, is a big step and easier said than done. It is understandable for parents to feel anxious and have concerns, but encouraging independence helps build self-confidence and coping skills which can lead on to greater resilience in teenage years.
Step 1: Dependent (younger children, usually 5 years of age)
  • Start by introducing small riding, walking or scooting trips to the local park, shops or friends/families house.
  • Encourage independence in the home with activities such as getting dressed, brushing teeth or playing in the backyard unsupervised.
  • Practice and reinforce road safety messages like STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.
  • Observe your child’s behaviour and look for signs of readiness.
Step 2: Pre-independent (children moving from dependent to independent with your guidance)
  • Pick one or two morning a week to ride, walk or scoot with your child to school (continue to reinforce road safety messages).
  • Let your child ride/walk ahead of you so they can become familiar with the route themselves.
  • Take opportunities along the way to discuss any challenges that may arise.
  • Reward positive behaviour (i.e. when they cross the road safely).
  • Slowly build independence by letting your child do things like visit a friend’s house down the street or ride their bike around the block.
Step 3: Independence (children who are ready to travel to/from school without supervision)
  • Pick one or two mornings a week to trail independent riding, walking or scooting to school (continue to reinforce road safety messages).
  • Renegotiate and agree with your child on any milestones and boundaries as they get more capable and confident.
Source: Ride2School
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