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Christmas greetings to families and friends. Yesterday we were blessed to conduct the closing service for our Year 10–11 students, prior to their final day today. I give thanks for this opportunity and for the efforts of our senior students during the year we had, wishing them well as they now take a well-earned break. A reminder to students and families that the Middle and Junior School students will finish on Thursday 9 December and Friday 10 of December respectively. Both school days will conclude at 3.20pm for the students. More information relating to these specific closing services will be provided by the relevant Head of Sub school.
During our Senior School Closing Service on Thursday it was a delight to acknowledge the following students who have been elected to the position of College Captain and Vice-Captain for 2022. Congratulations to Maddy Tote, Ryan Pfitzner, Dana Haughton and Sabine Panozzo who will take on these senior leadership positions in our college. I pray that their time as captain is one that is both valued and rewarding, particularly as they look to serve our college community.
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It is with sadness that on Wednesday of this week we farewelled Mrs Rhiannon McKinnon, one of our College Chaplains, from the college. Mrs McKinnon, and her husband Greg, are making the move to Wodonga and are looking to settle before Christmas. I give thanks for the time that Rhiannon has spent with us as a member of the Wellbeing Team and wish her and the family God’s richest blessing as they prepare for the move over the coming weeks.

My end of year letter will be emailed to families on Wednesday next week. In this I will provide final details regarding the completion of the school year, staffing arrangements for next year, and the confirmation of 2022 dates. I encourage all families to take the time to read this as we prepare to finish the year and look forward to the next.

Finally, I ask that if any member of our community is feeling unwell that they are asked to stay at home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continued support as we come to the last week of the year is still greatly appreciated. Wishing you all a wonderful week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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The the moon and back!
By Darren Pope
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars … When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:25a,28)

Dappled silhouettes sway as lush leaves dance in the summer breeze. As they transition gently, the tarnished gnarled remnants flutter silently downward, weaving a mat of biomass. Wintery westerlies sing a restful lullaby, and dormancy prevails. Stillness. Rest. Recharge. The majestic magnolia tree framed by my window actively heralds new seasons. Patiently, we wait as across the night sky, celestial stars twinkle as moon phases wax and wane. The ordained passage of time ticks by.
Change is coming. Change is exponential by nature and our constant companion as we do life together. Driving past my magnolia, casual observers gain a momentary glimpse, a selective snapshot of ‘now’. They may only see full bloom or perhaps mere skeletal sticks. Change is incremental, too, honouring a journey of small daily growth.
Recharged, the tiny shoots become tightly twirled buds, bursting energetically into the light. Generous beauty is unveiled and shared. New life, hope and growth rise up. Advent pokes us in our slumber and stirs our anticipation of what is to come. In the tomb below Golgotha, dormant and still, Christ rested. Our loving Lord burst energetically into the light, and generous beauty was also unveiled and shared. Advent encourages us to lift our eyes in hope. A new season is coming. New life. Hope. God’s work changes everything. His love is a timeless treasure. He loves you always. He loves you to the moon and back!

Lord of love, thank you for the gift of your grace each day. Thank you for loving me, no matter what. Thank you for being with me today. You and me, Lord. Amen. Let’s go!
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Wow! Can you believe we are now preparing for the last week of the school year! How time flies! We look forward to the many special events next week to finish off the 2021 school year.

Foundation Celebration Night
Tonight the Foundation students of 2021 celebrate their first year of primary school at home with their families. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow in confidence and independence and would like to congratulate students on their achievements. We give thanks to our Foundation teachers and Mrs Nuttall for preparing the presentation for this evening's Foundation Celebrations.

Year 6 Celebration
On Monday morning our Year 6 students will celebrate the completion of their primary school education at the Year 6 Celebration Service and a family morning tea. We are looking forward to reflecting on the learning journey of the Year 6 class of 2021.

Class lists
Class lists for 2022 will be emailed home on Monday afternoon, in preparation for Transition Day on Tuesday. Please remember organising class lists is a very complex process and staff have strived to consider all students needs when preparing the lists.

Transition Day
Tuesday 7 December is our whole school Transition Day. Our Year 6 students will be attending secondary school for the day, 2022 Foundation students will be joining us from 9.15am until 12.45pm. Where possible, students will spend the morning with their teachers and classmates for 2022. Our Year 5 students are looking forward to meeting their buddies on this day.

SRC Shopping Day
Members of the SRC will be accompanying Mrs Gadsdon and Mrs Polack on our annual Christmas shopping trip on Wednesday. Funds raised by the SRC this year will be used to purchase gifts for the Kmart Wishing Tree. Thank you to everyone who has supported the SRC’s fundraising events this year.

Reports
Student reports will be sent home on Wednesday afternoon.

Free Dress Day
Next Thursday will be a free dress day for all Junior School students. Please send a cash donation for the Christian Emergency Food Centre. Students are asked to wear closed shoes (not thongs or sandals), have their shoulders covered and bring a hat. Thank you to everyone who brought non-perishable items for donations in the last 2 weeks. These will also be collected on Thursday.

Last day of school and closing services
Next Friday is our last day of school for 2021. Please note the following details:
  • School will finish at 3:20pm.
  • All students are required to wear their formal summer uniform.
  • Year 3-6 Closing Service will be held at 11.20am in the MPC. 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 at 1.45pm in the MPC.
  • Parents may attend, but will be required to show evidence of vaccination and wear a mask throughout the services.
Meg language program
Next year we are very excited to announce that our Chinese language program will be enhanced through a partnership with 'Meg'. Students in Years 3-6 will be connected with teachers based in China for a 25 minute live lesson, and Mrs Boan will complete activities to reinforce the content and vocabulary taught.

Chapel
This week FS prepared a recorded chapel service to share with our community. The Bible reading was Jeremiah 29:11, where we are given hope for the future, knowing God has a special plan for each of us.

Blessings to all students and families as we approach the end of another busy year.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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End of year news
As we near the end of the school year, please be advised of the following information regarding Middle School students, activities and end of year events.
  • Monday 6 December
    Formal Uniform to be worn
    Library Stocktaking: All students should have returned their school-issued text books for stocktaking. Invoices for damaged/lost text books may be issued to parents at the completion of the stocktake
    Books and folders sent home
    Year 9 Rite Journey iDesign Presentations (oral presentations only)
    Activities program running for 7–9 classes
  • Tuesday 7 December
    Sports uniform to be worn
    Transition Day for Year 6 students
    Books and folders sent home
    Activities program running for 7–9 classes
  • Wednesday 8 December
    Student Casual Dress Day (no charge)
    Year 9 Rite Journey iDesign Showcase and Homecoming Ceremony
    iDesign Showcase (projects on site) 9:30–10:45am (Middle School)
    Boys Home Coming Ceremony at 11:25am–12:10pm (MPC)
    Girls Home Coming Ceremony at 12:15–1pm (MPC)
    The Homecoming Ceremony will be live streamed with a link to be forwarded to parents if they wish to watch this live. A recording of these events will be forwarded to parents to be viewed from home.
    Activities program running for 7–9 classes
  • Thursday 9 December
    Formal summer uniform to be worn
    Last day of school for Middle School students. 3:20pm dismissal
    Closing service for Middle School students will be held at 11:30am in the Multi-Purpose Centre. All students are expected to attend this service. Unfortunately, parents and friends will not be able to attend, however, it will be live streamed with a link to be provided for families to watch from home.
    End of year reports issued
    Holy Trinity Lutheran College Yearbook issued
    2022 Class lists issued
  • Friday 10 December
    No Middle School students on site
    Staff on site
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    Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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    Final classes for senior students
    Today is the final day of attendance for Senior School students. It is a day that we have scheduled for the purpose of providing time for students to engage with their peers as a group, before the summer break. Year 10 students are spending the day kayaking at Weir Park and will return to school after lunch to compete in an onsite entertainment challenge. Year 11 students are extremely fortunate with recent changes to restrictions, to be able to spend their annual day at the beach.

    Senior School closing service
    Our Senior School Closing Service for 2021 was held in the MPC yesterday. It provided a valuable time of acknowledgement of our students for academic, service and sporting achievements in Year 10, VCE and VCAL courses. Our leaders were recognised for their efforts throughout the challenging year that it has been and our incoming leaders for 2022 were announced. The service was live streamed to families and a link provided to access to viewing. We congratulate our students on their achievements throughout the year, acknowledging both their resilience and focus throughout a changing and challenging year.

    Holiday homework
    Students are to be commended for the way in which they have embraced their new learning over the last two weeks in preparation for the commencement of the 2021 school year. Students have been issued with homework to complete in preparation for the commencement of their studies next year. It is important to ensure this is completed as it provides valuable, initial content for the introduction of their new courses. Holidays are the perfect time to get an early start on English novels for next year!

    Sustainable School Shop
    Second-hand school items can be traded through the Sustainable School Shop website.
    This website is a one-stop-shop to buy and sell second-hand uniforms and textbooks year round. The PTFA is providing this service so there is no cost for families—each family that registers on the Sustainable School Shop will be given a subscription.

    Specialist Sports Program at Holy Trinity
    It has been pleasing to see the large number of students who are keen to become involved in our program for 2022. Applications received to date are of an extremely high standard and the students who have applied are commended for their efforts. Students are reminded that applications close today, Friday 3 December.

    Registering for Year 12 results – ATAR Service
    Year 11 students who have completed a Year 12 subject this year are reminded to register for the Results and ATAR Service. Results will be available from 7am, Thursday 16 December.
    • Free online access at: resultsandatar.vic.edu.au
    • Free download of joint VCAA/VTAC app: ‘Results and ATAR’
    • Paid VTAC applicants will receive a printed ATAR statement
    Business Administration Traineeship - Horsham (1)
    Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship - Stawell
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    Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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    In this edition of SchoolTV: School transitions
    Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up! However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.

    In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels. 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.
    How To Unspoil Your Kids This Christmas
    Ahhh, Christmas. The time for families to come together, eat too much, laze around at least a little, enjoy quality time…and to spoil the children rotten! It’s tricky isn’t it? We all want our children to enjoy good things. But we don’t want to see them spoilt. We grimace when they seem ungrateful. We recoil when they act entitled. Is it ok to enjoy extravagance? Can we mix materialism and merriment with meaning? How do we unspoil the kids this Christmas? Join one of Australia’s leading parenting experts, Dr Justin Coulson, for a Christmas conversation with a difference.
    • You’ll discover how to rediscover the true magic of Christmas for your entire family.
    • You’ll find out how to focus on the most important things this festive season, and create Christmas memories that will stay with you forever.
    • And you’ll definitely uncover the secrets to unspoiling the kids, ending entitlement, and growing gratitude, even if the silly season gets a little over-the-top
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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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