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A warm welcome to families and friends of HTLC. At the time of writing this report I eagerly await the Year 12 graduation and worship service for our senior class of 2021 that is to take place at the Horsham Town Hall this evening. This year has continued to present us with many ups and downs, however it is wonderful that we will be able to share this moment with our students, their friends and family members. As our senior class prepares for a new chapter in their lives I pray that the service this evening is one of joy for them and wish them God’s richest blessing as they look forward to the future

Over the coming week I will send information to families regarding the upcoming end of year services across all three sub schools. The plan at this stage will need to include alterations that align with current restrictions for visitors on site. I ask that families read this information once it arrives so they are aware of the requirements that will be in place for this year.

A reminder to families about the upcoming student free day scheduled for Monday 22 November. This day is a planned report writing day for staff and provides a valuable opportunity for teachers to collate feedback on student outcomes, along with additional planning time that aims to strengthen our programs at the college. I ask that you contact your child’s teacher, or the Main Reception, if you have any queries about this day.

It is with pleasure that I announce that we will be welcoming several new staff members to the college in 2022. We are currently completing the final interviews for several positions and will make an announcement on who those new staff will be shortly. As a growing school we are continually blessed with such supportive families, students and staff, and I look forward to how the new staff to our community will add value to what is already a wonderful community. Have a wonderful week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Our vulnerable God
By Sue Westhorp
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who … emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5,7)

What does Jesus teach us about who God is? This is the question that arises when I read the great Christ hymn in Philippians 2. This passage reveals so much to us about who God is in the person of Jesus. We know that God’s people expected the Messiah to come in a blaze of glory, seizing power from the authorities. Instead, Jesus empties himself of all power, taking the form of a slave. There is no blaze of glory. There is no seizing of authority. There is no power over the other. Only the desire for love, compassion, mercy, humility and vulnerability. And this vulnerability takes its ultimate form on the cross.
How then might we hear the call to ‘let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus’? As a church, we sometimes lament our waning influence on society and our lack of voice in places of power. As we wrestle with this, having ‘the mind of Christ’ can help us change our focus to how we relate to each other, our community and our world. We are invited to cease striving for power and instead follow Jesus by identifying with the lowly and offering ourselves to the world as humble servants. The great paradox of Jesus emptying himself is that, in doing so, he gave us a much fuller picture of who God is. Not only who God is, but what God does. Our God takes on the form of our humanity, becomes vulnerable and, ultimately, saves us by his vulnerability to death on the cross. God has done all of the work! God’s call to us then is to remember our vulnerability and how we can serve others through it, never resting on human power but on our ultimate dependence on God.

Loving God, your son Jesus emptied himself to serve us and save us. Help us to have the same mind as Jesus, serving others and serving you. Amen.
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Excursions and camps
It was wonderful to see our Year 5 and Year 3 students head off to the Grampians this week. The year 5 classes enjoyed a very full day of outdoor activities in Roses Gap on Monday, and our Year 3s were very excited to go to the Halls Gap Zoo and then have a 2 night camp at Tandara in Halls Gap from Wednesday to Friday. Thank you to the staff and parents who organised, supervised and assisted during these activities.

VCAL carnival
Thank you to everyone who sent in donations for Australian Lutheran World Service for our VCAL Carnival last Friday. We raised an amazing $1308. Thank you all for your generosity! You can find other ways to support service of ALWS on their website: www.alws.org.au

An Aussie Adventure musical
Our Junior School musical, An Aussie Adventure, will be filmed next week. All students should now have their costumes at school. Foundation to Year 2 students will have the opportunity to watch the show live next Friday, and families will have a recording shared with them. We hope you enjoy the show!

Class lists
Class lists will be distributed to students in a sealed envelope on Monday 6 December. Please remember that teachers are very careful and deliberate in their allocation of students to classes and many factors are taken into account when preparing class lists. Class lists for Foundation 2022 will be distributed at our final transition session on Tuesday 7 December, once students have moved to classrooms.

Foundation 2022 transition
It was wonderful to welcome our 2022 Foundation students in small groups to school on Tuesday. Miss Lienert prepared activities based on The Five Little Ducks for the children. Please look at the HTLC Facebook page for wonderful photos of our very excited new students!

Report writing
Monday 22 November will be a student free day, as teachers will be preparing students’ reports.

End of year service
The last school day for 2021 will be Friday 10 December. Students in Years 3 to 6 will attend the closing service at 11.30am in the MPC, and a shorter service will be attended by Foundation to Year 2 at 1.45pm. The Year 3 to 6 service will include announcements of students receiving Academic, Service, Endeavour and Year 6 awards. This will be recorded and shared with parents.

Chapel
This week Year 5H led our Junior School in worship with a recorded Chapel based on 1 Thessalonians 3:12 The focus of our service was on growing in love for one another. The service was recorded and will be shared with 5H parents, please contact the office if you would like to view a copy.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Zetta Beattie, Ellie Kerr FS: Lucas Fletcher, Lilah Moore 1C: Edie Hallam, Oliver McDonald 1D: Berni del Real, Steele Oakley 1I: Jacob Collins, Renske Van Heerden 2B: Hamish Croxford, Layla King 2S: Azahlia Bruenjes, Phoebe Burns 3B: Madeline Lee 3K: Ajiyah McDonald, Hugo Poplawski 3L: Milton Ellis, Sapphire Schirmer, Matilda Smith 4F: Jack Arnott, Lenny Carter 4R: Bodhi Edmonds, Rafael del Real, Payton-Rose Priestley, Poppy White 5D: All of 5D 5G: Olly Clarke, Camilla Dunstan 5H: Serena Johns, Sienna Treloar 6G: Charlie Arnott 6H: Adelyn Penny 6N: Jeremy Fischer, Jack Kelly Chinese: Tarak Uppala Digital Technology: Scarlett Nuttall Performing Arts: All of 1C PE: Mason McDonald Library: Maggie Kelm Jing Award: Sophia Pickering
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Parent information session for 2022 Year 7 families
A successful Information Session for 2022 Year 7 families was held on Wednesday evening with families having the option of attending on-site or from home through a live video stream. Important details to help families prepare for the new school year were shared. Thank you to Year 7 Coordinator Mrs Sam Engert, The House Coordinators (Mr Bandel, Miss Kelly and Mr Pickering), Mr Polack and Mr Kuchel for contributing on the night. We now look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students for their transition day on Tuesday 7 December.

Parent information sessions for 2022 Year 9 families
A parent information session will be held for all 2022 Year 9 families on Wednesday 17 November. This will be held in the Senior School Agora at 7pm, a link to the live stream will be made available for families wishing to watch from home. The session will cover important details including: Year 9 philosophy of teaching and learning, curriculum outline, Senior School preparation, elective choices and selection process, Pastoral Care, student leadership, West Vic Sports Academy, Athlete Development Program, scholarship opportunities, camps and excursions and end of year details including booklist and stationery orders.

End of semester tests
Next week Middle School students will be completing end of semester tests. These will be completed in timetable class time with tests scheduled on the following days.
  • Monday 15/11: Year 9 English (Periods 1 and 2), Year 7B Health (Period 3), Year 9A and 9B Health (Period 5)
  • Tuesday 16/11: Year 9A and 9B Science (Periods 1 and 2), Year 9A and 9B Humanities (Period 5 and 6)
  • Wednesday 17/11: Year 8A and 8B Humanities (Periods 1 and 2), Year 7A Science (Periods 3 and 4), Year 8A and 8B Health (Period 3), Year 7B Science (Periods 5 and 6), Year 9 English (Periods 5 and 6)
  • Thursday 18/11: Year 8 English (Period 1), Year 8A Science (Period 3 and 4), Year 7 English (Period 4), Year 7A and 7B Humanities (Period 5 and 6), Year 8B Science (Period 6)
  • Friday 19/11: Year 7 English (Period 1 and 2), Year 8 English (Period 3 and 4), Year 7A Health (Period 3)
Year 9 solo experience
Next week the Year 9 students will be completing their solo experience. The 24-hour solo experience forms an important part of the Rite Journey Program and features as one of the 7 Rites of Passages experienced by students over the course of the year (The Abyss). This experience normally forms part of the week-long camp but due to covid restrictions, will be held as an isolated event this year. Students will be required to spend just under 24 hours in isolation. They will not communicate with each other and campsites will be separated by a 50 metre radius. Students will be given tasks to complete during the solo experience including learning to juggle, reciting Bible verses, building a shelter, lighting a fire and reflecting on influential texts.
Term 4 key dates
1519 November (Week 7): Exam Week and Year 9 Solo Experience
22 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
23–26 November (Week 8): Year 7 Camp, Year 8 and 9 special program (details to come)
29 November–3 December (Week 9): Head Start Week
6–9 December (Week 10): Activities Week
9 December: Last day for Middle School students and secondary closing service
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VCAL Carnival
Last week, our VCAL class conducted a Carnival for students of the Junior School. Activities such as ten pin bowling, obstacle dodge ball, guess the weight of the dog and a range of other engaging activities provided fun and enjoyment for the students who participated. The activity was organised by the VCAL students as a component of their learning program and to support their achievement of outcomes. A pleasing $1200 was raised for Australian Lutheran World Service.

Remembrance Day Service
This morning our students observed a minute of silence throughout the college, in recognition of those who died or suffered for Australia during time of war or armed conflict. Our College Captains attended the RSL Remembrance Day Service at Sawyer Park accompanied by Mr Bandel.
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Year 12 Graduation Service and Celebratory Dinner
This evening we farewell our Year 12 students in a formal graduation service and dinner. Following our graduation service where academic awards will be presented, students will enjoy a dinner with their parents. Students and staff have worked hard to prepare for the evening and we look forward to a special evening of reflection and celebration with the group.

Elite Sports Program at Holy Trinity
We look forward to the commencement of our partnership with FedUni WestVic Academy once again at the beginning of next year and the opportunities this will provide for our students. Application forms and further information will be forwarded shortly.

VCAA external exams
The VET Community Services exam will be held next Wednesday 17 November. All other VCE external examinations have now been completed. We thank our Chief Supervisor Mr Barry Neumann and Assistant Supervisors Mrs Leanore Hedt and Mr Eric Hedt for their continued support, and commend our Year 12 students on their effort and application throughout the last few months of preparation.

VCAL classes
VCAL students are in the process of completing their final outcomes. After what has been a challenging year for an applied learning program, students are congratulated for their persistence and flexibility. VET courses have also drawn to a close for the year and assessments have now been completed.

Senior School exams
Exam Week runs from Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November. All Year 10 and 11 students will be sitting exams during this time. The usual class timetable will continue to run around the exams.

Head Start Program
Head Start for Senior School students commences on Tuesday 23 November and runs through until Thursday 2 December. During Head Start students will be provided with an outline of the content, assessment and expectations of the studies they have selected to undertake in 2022. All students are required to be in attendance for the program as VCE, VCAL and Year 10 programs will be running.
Senior School important dates
Monday 15–Friday 19 November: Exam Week
Monday 22 November: Report Writing Day
Tuesday 23 November–Thursday 2 December: Head Start Week
Friday 3 December: Final day of school for Year 10 and 11 students
Elevate Education Time Management Techniques Webinar
Elevate Education is hosting a free webinar series for parents and guardians on assisting students in the final stretch before exams in 2021.
Elevate is a global education organisation that helps over 1 million students to improve their study skills and boost academic performance. You can learn more about them at https://au.elevateeducation.com or follow them at https://www.facebook.com/ElevateEd/.
Business Administration Traineeship - Green Taylor
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Year 3/4 Hoop Time
It was great to see students back on the court last week when our Year 3/4 basketball teams competed in Hoop Time against other schools around Horsham. Congratulations to all students who competed, you all did an amazing job and demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship!

The Girls 1 team managed to reach it all the way to the Grand Final against tough opponents. Although they played really well, unfortunately they couldn’t beat Ss Michaels and Johns and finished the day in second place. Stand out players were Jemma Hoffmann, Luella Bourke, and Malaya Wilmore. The second girls team demonstrated excellent improvement throughout the day with a finish in fourth place. Stand out player was Matisse Hose for scoring. The Boys 1 team made it to the Semi Final against Ss Michaels and Johns, finishing in 3rd after another very tough match. Stand out players were Jack Urquhart, Lenny Carter, and Cooper Inkster for outstanding rebounds. The Boys 2 team showed great resilience over the course of the day and with some very tough competition came in 5th. Bryce McDonald and Zack Pickering were scorers and Jack Arnel was another stand out player.

A huge thank you to our parent volunteers: Jordyn Bourke, Kylie Pickering, Kristen Arnel, Kayleen Urquhart and Emily Eagle. We couldn't have done this today without your help, it was very much appreciated.
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Year 5/6 Hoop Time
This week the Year 5/6 Hoop Time teams started their training in preparation for their competition, which will be held on Thursday 18 November at the Horsham Basketball Stadium. Students who have not yet collected their representative sports shirts will have a chance to do so on Monday lunchtime in the MPC.

Training sessions next week include: Monday lunchtime in MPC (girls teams) and Wednesday lunchtime in the MPC (boys teams).

At this stage there is a one person spectator to one player ratio. Spectators on the day will need to be double vaccinated and adhere to all other Covid restrictions such as masks indoors and checking inupon entry.

We are still after parent volunteers for coaching teams and scoring on the day. If you are available next Thursday please email tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au. Remember that volunteers will need to be double vaccinated.

SSV Virtual Track and Field competition
School Sport Victoria (SSV) are running a virtual Track and field competition. Get more information on the competition and how to enter.
Term 4 sport dates
  • Year 5/6 Hoop Time: 18 November
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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A screen tsunami seems to be overtaking many of our children’s lives, impacting on their sleep, relationships, their academic experiences, and even their health and wellbeing.
This video presentation has helped thousands of parents and their children understand what screens are doing in our lives, and how they can enjoy them in healthy, balanced ways so that the other parts of their lives can be as successful as their advancement through the levels of their favourite game. In this presentation of Super Solutions for Technology Troubles, you will learn the tools required to have positive, effective conversations about screen-time. And you’ll develop the skills to establish appropriate limits together so screen time is no longer a source of conflict in the home.

To access this free webinar through your premium Holy Trinity Lutheran College membership. Happy Families has just launched a new website. Because we're on a brand new platform, you'll need to re-register for your free Happy Families Premium School Membership through Holy Trinity's unique URL. (Note that if you are already logged into our website, this link won't work. Sign out, and click the link again.) If you have any issues, please let us know at info@happyfamilies.com.au. We're here to help.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Impact of gambling
Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to marketing tactics and this is greatly concerning. Research shows that children as young as 8 are able to easily recall the marketing for sports betting. It is having a major impact on the way in which young people think about the relationship between gambling and sport. The 'normalisation' of sports betting is posing a threat to Australian teenagers. Children are also being inadvertently exposed to simulated gambling and gambling sites through mobile devices. With video games being extremely popular, this has the potential to blur the boundary between video gaming and gambling.

Research suggests that more than 40 per cent of young people, who have an interest in video games with gambling-like features, will also have a preoccupation with gambling or intend to gamble in the future. A study for conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research, found that up to five per cent of young people in Australia will develop gambling problems before the age of 25.

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 the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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Junior School canteen
Following a long hiatus, the Junior School canteen has reopened. It operates each Thursday at recess.
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