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Greetings to all in our college community.

Families may have seen in the news lately reports on NAPLAN and the current trends that are occurring in the numeracy and literacy capabilities of students across Australia. Words like alarming, declining and backwards have dominated the headlines and as educators we wonder if our trust in the education system is misplaced. For many years, rigorous debate has questioned the importance and impact NAPLAN has on schools and its students. I regularly mention that NAPLAN testing is one particular form of of testing, conducted at one particular point in time. It is one of many forms of assessment that guides and supports the programs offered at our school. When the school receives the data from these tests next week we will not only recognise the achievement of students from our school, we will also celebrate the growth that has occurred for each individual. We will note that not all students progress at the same pace and look at ways to have programs for students, rather than trying to fit students into programs. When students from Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 receive individual results, I encourage families to look at the big picture of education and celebrate the child as a whole, both unique and valued.

With a change in design of our college uniform several years ago, I remind families that from next year all students will be required to be wearing the new uniform. Please refer to the uniform policy in the app for clarification of what is expected. As there will no doubt be a large number of uniforms that will no longer be required, the college will be looking to recycle these items of clothing. From the start of next term, wheelie bins will be located in both the Junior and Middle Reception, and the Main Reception for the disposal of these laundered items. Please keep an eye out for the bins next term if you are looking to recycle the old uniform.

Have a great week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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What are you being thankful for?
Recently some of us have been invited to cultivate the spirit of gratitude. Wouldn’t that be good for all of us? Just think of the difference a shared and collective spirit of thankfulness would mean for us individually and as a community.

Thankfulness or: ‘gratitude makes sense of our past, it brings peace for today, and it creates a vision for tomorrow’. This is a quote from Melody Beattie unpacking the power of gratitude.
The truth is every one of us has so much to be thankful for. So what are you being thankful for in your life?

Consider some of the simple, but basic blessings necessary for our life ...
  • Clean, fresh air that many in the world do not have.
  • Clean water for drinking, cooking and washing.
  • Food, for our body, mind and spirit to keep us healthy and growing.
  • Our family who give meaning and purpose to our life through their loving presence.
  • New opportunities every day to flourish and use our giftedness to bless others.
  • Challenges to test our resilience and help us become better people.
  • The privilege of being able to shape young people for their life in the world.
  • Unexpected surprises of joy that keep us going, happy simply for being a part of it all.
Why would anyone focus on the little they feel they may not have, when there is so much that they already have? Every single one of us has what God wants us to have for life and service in the world. We are the recipients of a God who loves so deeply and gives so graciously.

We are told: ‘He (God) who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things’ (Romans 8:32). That’s the abundant richness of God’s capacity to give to us whom he loves. No one can out-give God. If you think you can, well, you just try and see how you go!

Prayer
We thank you Father that you bless us so richly, every moment of every day. Help us to use the time, the gits, the opportunities and the challenges you give us to enrich the lives of others, and to honour and please you. Amen.
This week we pray for:
  • the students who are taking their first communion at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church this Sunday
  • all fathers of our college community
  • the Puls family on the recent passing of their grandfather
  • Fletcher Dandy as he recovers from illness.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 1 September
    9am: Same God Different Service with Holy Communion
    10am: Kid's Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 4 September
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 6 September
    9am: Junior School chapel led by 1EH
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Student-led conferences
Student-led conferences will take place next Tuesday afternoon. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend the conferences and help celebrate the learning of your children. Please allow half an hour for each conference, plus additional time for visiting specialist and learning support areas. Please log onto www.schoolinterviews.com.au with the code 4mwu8 to secure an interview session.

Book Week
HTLC will be celebrating Book Week next week. 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. The parade will take place in the MPC at 9am. Parents are welcome to come along and enjoy the event.

Grandparent’s Day, Father’s Day and Footy Day!
Next Friday is Grandparent’s Day, Father’s Day Lunch and Footy Day. Students may come dressed in their favourite footy colours, please remember to send a gold coin donation. Café 3:16 will be open to visitors for take away barista coffee and snacks to be purchased from 9.30-11am (please do not purchase items for students to ensure we can fulfil the orders of our guests), and free tea and coffee will be provided in the MPC following chapel. Additional parking has been arranged at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (cnr Baillie and McPherson Sts) with a shuttle bus leaving regularly from 8.45–9.15am and return from 11–11.30am. Please meet near the Church Office on McPherson St. We look forward to welcoming family and friends to our college on this special day.

Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open next Thursday afternoon from 3–5pm and Friday from 9.30am–1.30pm. Students will be invited to write a ‘wish list’ during their Library lessons next week. Please do not feel obliged to purchase the items on this list, however, it is a very useful way of ensuring selections are of interest to children. On Friday, grandparents may visit classrooms and ask teachers if they may take students to the Book Fair during class time. We ask that students return to class promptly if this occurs. Money raised through the Book Fair will be used to purchase new resources for the Library.

Hong Kong Tour 2020
Preparations have commenced for the 2020 Hong Kong tour. Thank you to the families who attended the Information Evening on Wednesday night. Nominations are due back to the college by Thursday 5 September.

Chapel
This morning Year 4JM led chapel focusing on the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 found in Matthew 14:13–21. Next week Year 1EH will be leading chapel with a Grandparent’s Day focus, based on Matthew 18:1–5. We encourage students 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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Levi McGrath concert
On Monday, singer and songwriter Levi McGrath visited the college to perform for students from Years 7 to 10. Levi is committed to music and social justice. He uses his musical talents to inspire younger generations about social issues such as homelessness, Indigenous Australians and Children of War in Africa. Levi’s positive message of hope had the students engaged as he explained the origins of each song he performed, and what it means to him. These personal reflections had a deep impact on the students as he encouraged them to stand-up and make a difference in this world. I wish Levi God’s blessings as he continues his mission and ministry in Australia and overseas and look forward to welcoming him back to HTLC in the near future.

Interim Reports and interviews
Please be advised that a letter went home this week giving details about upcoming Interim Reports and parent/teacher interviews. Interim Reports will be sent home with students on Thursday 12 September. Parent/teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 17 September from 3.30–8pm and Thursday 19 September from 3.30–6.30pm. Details on how to book online will be included within the report envelope. Bookings will be open from Thursday 12 to Monday 16 September.

Operation 19:14
A big thank you to those students who volunteered to assist at Operation 19:14 last weekend. The day was another successful event and the organisers should be congratulated on their efforts. The students represented the college exceptionally well and these helpers were acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation at Tuesday’s assembly. Thank you to Mr Bandel, Mrs Jenion, Mrs Sunil and Mrs Busbridge for the time they spent preparing and supervising the students.
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As part of their live music elective, Kaitie and Grace have worked hard to learn new repertoire to present to a variety of audience opportunities. This week, the girls have gone off campus to Horsham Plaza singing for the customers passing by, with many taking a moment to enjoy their talent. Learning with real life outcomes is a priority at HTLC!
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Middle School MVP: Wil Tippet

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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
VCE early start—Year 10 2020
It is pleasing to have such a large number of students express their interest and commitment in undertaking a higher level of study in their first year of Senior School. Next year, these students will commence a VCE subject with their Year 10 studies, gaining experience with the expectations and content of a VCE program and access to a pathway of potential extension and challenge.

Elevate study skills seminars
What do students do to get top marks? How do you set goals, manage information, memorise information, manage stress, keep a positive outlook and study? Elevate Education has conducted extensive research, surveying thousands of past secondary students to identify the key areas of study that separate top students from middle and lower performing students.

Next Wednesday, students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will attend seminars designed to help improve their study skills, increase motivation, build confidence and lift exam performance. These sessions will be follow-up study workshops that will review and consolidate the skills and strategies that were outlined earlier in the year to support students as they approach their final exams.

VCaf
Now into its sixth week, the Senior School Café (VCaf) is fast becoming a major hit with senior students and staff every Friday. A weekly rotating menu allows all VCAL students to contribute in a meaningful way in the ordering, preparation and serving of food.

VCAL – Studying roles in our community
In recent weeks, students have been examining community and the roles that individuals and groups play in a functioning society. As an introduction to this unit, Detective Senior Constable, David Richardson who spoke to the class about his roles in the force and within the community as a junior tennis and football coach.

A large part of David’s talk was communicating the importance of following ones passion. This does not mean so much following dreams but things that give you excitement and joy. All in all, David was a fantastic guest and visitor to the class, he opened our eyes to what he and other police officers do in the community.
Joseph Buckman, Year 12 VCAL student
VCAL guest speaker
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Year 5/6 students have been participating in Lawn Bowls at the Sunnyside Bowls club as part of their Friday Sport classes. The students have found this to be a very enjoyable experience. We thank Sunnyside Bowling club and their volunteers who have been assisting our students.
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We have eight students representing HTLC in the HCPSSA Badminton Competition which will be held next Tuesday 3 September at Horsham Primary School’s 298 Campus. We wish Stephanie Wundke, Zara Nichols, Edie Mason, Lexi Heard, Aiden Richardson, Darcy Both, Angus Norton and Kyran Parish all the best for their games. Results will be published in next week's newsletter.

A reminder that Little Desert Athletics will be on Thursday 12 September, at Dudley Cornell Park, Horsham. Students will be receiving their HTLC representative sports uniforms next week.

The Year 3 and 4 T20 Blast Cricket Cup will be held at Dudley Cornell Park on Tuesday 17 September. As this is the same day of the Colour Run, the Year 3s and 4s will be completing the Colour Run at 9.10 until 9.30am where they will then get changed and ready to attend the Cricket for the rest of the day. The Cricket is expected to conclude around 2pm when students will return by bus to school. Teams for this event will be finalised today and notes will come home early next week.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary School Sport

Congratulations to Year 8 student Henry Kinsman, who has kept up his good form in the Victorian Interschool Road Cycling Series this week, finishing 5th in the ‘Race’ category for his age group at the second stage held in Belmont on Thursday. Henry will compete in the third round of the Mountain Bike Series at the You Yangs on Saturday, before competing in the third stage of the Road series in Kew on Wednesday.

Good luck to our Year 9 and 10 students as they travel to Melbourne on Monday to compete in the State Boys Netball Finals. Miss Kelly and the team have been training hard all term to refine their game play ahead of the event, and we wish them safe travels.

As we approach the end of term, it is important students have returned all items of representative uniform that have been loaned out to them. Uniform returns should be placed in the returns box in the foyer of the Multi-Purpose Centre.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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In this edition of SchoolTV: Surviving Year 12
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school.

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 our College wellbeing team: Anne Penny, Jarryd Noller or Pastor Gus.
Term 3 canteen roster
5 September: Mellita Sachse
12 September: Vanessa Kerberling
19 September: Ange Carter

ICAS
ICAS Science assessments will be completed next Thursday, and English and Maths during Week 10. Unfortunately, any students who returned forms later than Monday 26 August will not be able to complete the Science assessment, but have been registered to complete English and Maths.

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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Expressions of interest for coaches and players in 2020 are open
HDSC are calling for expressions of interest for male and female coaches and players, (Ballarat and District League U/12–seniors) for 2020.
  • Coaches (volunteer positions): must have previous coaching or playing experience and a current Working with Children’s Check. Expression of interest closes 30 Sep 2019.
  • Players (born in or before 2008): send name, date of birth, email and phone number. Expression of interest for existing players close 30 Sep 2019 and new players 21 Oct 2019.
Questions and expressions of interest are to be sent to hdscsec@gmail.com.
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