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Greetings to families and friends. As our year quickly comes to a close it has been wonderful to see that several valued school activities like our camps and excursions have once again resumed across all sub schools of the college. This has been an exciting time for many, despite the current restrictions we find ourselves in to meet our obligations as stated in the current School Operation Guide. With these directives in place, however, I assure our college community that since the beginning of the pandemic we have always aimed to maintain an environment of equality and equity with our focus on quality education and care for all students. This continues to influence all that we do as a school and this will not change as we will look to support all students until the end of the school year. With hti is mind, I look forward to the weeks ahead and to the range of opportunities students have to finish off the year well.

This coming Monday 29 November we will be holding the opening and dedication service for the second stage of the Senior Centre. With this facility having become available to us in the middle of the year it is now a timely moment to celebrate our growth and development as a college. We have been blessed to have had such a busy building schedule for many years and I look forward to officially opening the facility with our students, staff and special guests.

A reminder to the families that our Year 10 and 11 students will finish the school year on this coming Friday 3 December. Our Middle and Junior School students will finish on Thursday 9 December and Friday 10 of December respectively. Each of these school days will conclude at 3.20pm for the students. More information around closing services will be provided by the relevant Head of Sub school.

Finally, with only a few weeks of the year to go I ask that if any member of our community is feeling unwell they are asked to stay at home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continued support at this time of the year is still greatly appreciated. Have a fantastic week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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A helping hand
By Maria Rudolph
The men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. (Genesis 19:16)

Read Genesis 19:15–29
To be part of a stampede must be a petrifying experience. There was a recent report in the news of a hip-hop concert where several people in the crowd were crushed to death when the 50,000 people present suddenly surged forward. People felt crushed and suffocated because there were so many bodies pushed up against them. They were not even able to lift up their arms. Can you imagine what a relief it would be if someone was able to simply lift you out of that oppressive situation immediately?
While you may not have had to experience a stampede, situations we are faced with in life can feel much the same way. All of a sudden, your equilibrium is disturbed, and you are gasping for air. Something weighs heavily on you, and you can join with the words of the psalmist: ‘I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart’ (Psalm 38:8).
But God is never distant. Today, we witness God working through angels to keep Lot safe. Lot had been living in the city of Sodom, which, together with Gomorrah, had become completely corrupt and evil. It would have been a harsh environment to exist in as a God-fearing family, and yet once a place becomes home, changing everything by moving to a new one becomes daunting. God warns Lot through his angels that he will bring judgement on the cities and that Lot and his family need to get out immediately to be safe. But Lot hesitates. There is a lot at stake here. Should he really leave all his belongings behind and take a leap of faith into the unknown with God? But God doesn’t hesitate. The angel grasped his hand and the hands of Lot’s loved ones and led them safely out of the city.
Our cry of anguish is also heard by God: ‘All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you’ (Psalm 38:9). ‘The Lord heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). The helping hand of God is there in your life too. Can you see it? Who are the angels God has placed around you to sustain you in your time of need? Some may be visible, and others are invisible. God is here to pull you up with his love, grace and forgiveness, even if you can’t even muster the strength to lift your own arm up and meet his helping hand halfway. God goes all the way for you. What does a helping hand look like for you?

Almighty God, you are the helping hand that is always there to pull me up when I am drowning in the storms of life. Thank you for sending angels who bear me up on their hands, even when I don’t notice. Your provision and care are unfathomable, and I am so thankful. Use me with all my imperfections and limitations to be your helping hand to someone else this week. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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End of year events
We will be having a busy end of year in the Junior School. Please take note of the following events:
  • Year 6 Celebration- Monday 6 December 9:30am in the Multi-Purpose Centre.
  • 2022 class lists - Monday 6 December. These will be emailed to families after school. Please notify us if your email address has changed.
  • Whole school transition - Tuesday 7 December. Transition will be from 1am to 1pm. Students (except Year 6) will return to their normal classes in the afternoon. Many new staff and students for the 2022 school year will be joining us.
  • The SRC shopping trip - Wednesday 8 December, 11.20am - 1.00pm.
  • Reports sent home - Wednesday 8 December
  • Free dress day - Thursday 9 December. Please send a gold coin donation for Christian Emergency Food Centre.
  • Last day of school - Friday 10 December.
    • School will finish at 3:20pm.
    • All students are required to wear their formal summer uniform.
    • Year 3-6 Closing Service will be held live (staff and students only) and recorded for families at 11.20am. This will include Academic, Service and Endeavour awards for Years 3-6, Year 6 Special Awards and the announcement of the 2022 Junior School Captains.
    • Foundation to Year 2 Closing Service will be held live (staff and students only) at 1.45pm.
Foundation 2022 Transition
It was absolutely lovely to have our Foundation students for 2022 spend time in classrooms for the first time on Tuesday morning. It was a pleasure to see the excited children getting to know one another, listening to stories and completing learning activities. We shared information about starting Foundation at HTLC with parents during an information session and enjoyed morning tea together outside in the quadrangle while students were in classrooms. We look forward to seeing our 2022 Foundation students again on Tuesday 7 December for the Transition Day.

Christian Emergency Food Centre Donations
Each year we aim to help students develop a heart of service by providing an opportunity to support a local charity. Over the next 2 weeks students will be asked to bring in non-perishable food items to place in their classrooms as ‘gifts’ for those in need.

Year 2 Excursion
As part of their mini Unit of Inquiry focussing on indigenous cultures, the Year 2 students will be going on an excursion next Wednesday to see some Rock Art at Hollow Mountain in the Grampians.

Year 1 Games Night
Next Wednesday the Year 1 students will remain at school after the school day concludes to enjoy an afternoon of games, dinner and a movie night. We hope they have a wonderful time.

Chapel
This week the Year 6 boys prepared a recorded Chapel service based Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Week 8 Program
This week our Year 7 students have been busy on their camp at Cape Bridgewater Coastal Camp near Portland. The students have enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together, making memories as they have engaged in a range of outdoor activities including surfing, abseiling, caving, sand-duning, seal-touring, mountain biking, canoeing and more. The students have been well looked after by HTLC staff including Mrs Engert, Mr Bandel, Mr Pickering, Mr Engert, Mr Lawson, Ms Cashin, Ms Merlicek, Mrs Van Buuren and Mrs Polack.

This week our Year 8 students have had a range of learning experiences participating in a 1-day Rock and Water program led by trained instructors, completing a resiliency program led by College Chaplains Rhiannon McKinnon and Kate Polack and special guest - Greg McKinnon. Thank you to Mrs Przibilla, Mrs Schneider, Mr Versteegen, Miss Martin and Mr Kuchel for supervising the students on their excursion to Warrnambool.

The Year 9 students completed Rite Journey tasks, attended VCE and VCAL Headstart classes and participated in a Peer Support training course. Their week concluded with a picnic lunch at May Park.

Week 9 Headstart Program
Next week all Middle School students will participate in Headstart Week. Students will start to prepare for next year by finding out key information about core subjects as well as being informed about what to expect in specialist and elective subjects. Information regarding Year 9, 2022 electives will be made available to students next week with selections to be made prior to the end of the week.

Week 10 Activities Week
The final week of school will see Middle School students participate in ‘Activities Week’. A week where students will be able to select from a range of activities which aligns with their personal interests. Information regarding this week will be made available to students next week.
Term 4 key dates
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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VCE Head Start
Our first week of Head Start draws to a close today. Students have received course outlines this week and many of the VCE students will have commenced coursework for 2022. Head Start will continue next week for our current Year 10 and 11 students and Year 9 students will commence their Senior School classes.

VCAL Head Start
An important aspect of the VCAL Head Start program is the ability to work with others and recognise your role within a team – a skill essential to transition into the workplace. Next week, our 2022 VCAL students will travel to Ballarat to participate in activities that have provided them with an insight to the way in which they will be learning and achieving their outcomes when they commence their course next year.

Congratulations
Last week, Oliver Sykes was the recipient of the runner-up for the best second year student for the 2021 Skillinvest Regional VET Building and Construction award. We are extremely proud of Oliver and the way in which he has engaged with the learning opportunities provided both in his VET course and his work placement throughout the year. We wish him well as he undertakes a school-based apprenticeship in 2022.

Work Experience
During Year 10, students undertake a week of Work Experience in a field that they have identified as a possible future pathway. It is important to begin exploring options as soon as possible as many employers offer restricted dates for placements or have due dates for applications.

Specialist Sport Program
Information regarding our Specialist Sport Program, which is run in collaboration with Fed Uni WestVic Academy of Sport, has been circulated to students. Application forms are available from Main Reception or by contacting Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport.

Year 10 and 11 Closing Service
The Senior School Closing Service will be held in the MPC this year commencing at 2:00pm on Thursday 2 December. During this time, student academic, leadership and service awards will be presented. The service will be live-streamed to enable parents to be involved.

Big Day Out
The final day of school is a chance for students to relax together as a cohort and enjoy the company of their peers. There have been some changes to initial plans due to updated COVID health and safety requirements, and information will be provided to families as soon as final details have been confirmed.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Representative uniforms
Could those who have borrowed HTLC representative uniforms please ensure they are washed and returned to the grey basket in the foyer of the MPC.
2022 sport dates
  • 23 February: Year 4–6 Swimming Carnival
  • 22 March: F–2 Athletics Day
  • 24 March: Year 3-6 Athletics Day
  • 28 April: Primary Cross Country
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion
With the impending festive season and end of school celebrations, some teenagers may be feeling ready to party, wanting to put the disruptions, frustrations and disappointments of this past year, behind them.

To ensure our young people stay safe during this time, parents and carers are encouraged to have the alcohol discussion - no matter how difficult or overwhelming it may be. It is important to outline the rules and boundaries around age-appropriate alcohol consumption and what the legal implications may be.

Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults because their brains continue to develop until their mid-twenties. The safest level of alcohol consumption for teenagers, is no alcohol at all, but this may be difficult to enforce and may not prevent them from experimenting. However, parents and carers can influence sensible drinking habits and help minimise the risks.

In this Special Report, a series of discussion points are offered to help make the conversation about alcohol consumption a little easier. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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Uniform shop
The last day the uniform shop will be open for the year is Friday 10 December. It will reopen for the year on Friday 28 January 2022 from 9am to 2pm and continue operating normal hours in Week 1 of Term 1:
  • Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
  • Friday from 9am to 2pm.
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