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Christmas greetings to all members of the HTLC community. In my communication that went out to families via email on Wednesday I highlighted several points that would be of interest to families. Of note I mention staff members who will be leaving us at the end of this year. It is with sadness that we will farewell Mrs Elly Schutz, Mrs Smitha Sunil, Mrs Jennifer Collier, Miss Lisa Somerfield, Mrs Cathy Taber, Mr Daryl Taber, Mrs Vicki Gadsdon and Ms Filomena Baviello. Along with Miss Stephanie Merlicek, Mr Iain Sedgman and Mrs Elaine Uebergang who will complete contracted positions with us. I wish these staff members, along with those who have also departed throughout the year, all the best as they commence a new stage in their lives. Blessings also to the six staff members who will commence the new school year on maternity leave. May God protect and watch over these families as they celebrate their new additions. At the start of next year, we will be welcoming 15 new staff to our college in different potions across all three sub schools and administration roles. I look forward with anticipation to those staff members joining our school community in 2022 and officially welcoming them in our first whole college service of next year.

With the second and final stage of the Senior Centre now officially opened, it is with joy that we will commence several new building projects in 2022. These will include an extension to the current Year 5 classrooms with two classrooms and a breakout learning space, along with a refurbishment of the adjoining primary classrooms. Additionally, the construction of an additional staffroom and meeting room for the Middle School precinct will also commence at the start of the new year. It is anticipated that both projects will be completed in the middle of next year.

As we come to the end of the year I would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the people who have been a blessing to us all. Thanks to our students, parents, families and friends. Thank you to the teachers, teacher aids, Wellbeing Team, admin staff, grounds crew and bus drivers. Thanks to our Heads of Sub-Schools, Mrs Sally Kuchel, Mr Jason Przibilla and Mrs Fiona Friberg. In a year that was again changing and challenging, your support, dedication and unfailing service toward each other during the year has been outstanding. It is through your love, grace and hope that our Christian community has got through this year. Thank you!

With all students concluding today, please note that the Main Reception will close at 1pmon Wednesday 15 December and reopen on Wednesday 19 January. I wish all in our college community a blessed Christmas and look forward to students returning from Monday 31 January. I pray that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday that it is filled with peace as we once again celebrate our Saviour’s birth.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Our Good Shepherd
By Georgie Schuster
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)

I grew up on a farm with sheep! I have fond memories of working with them, admittedly, from a child’s perspective. I loved shearing time and jumping in the wool bales (this was before the days of hydraulic presses), feeding the sheep and checking they always had water. We kept careful watch during lambing time. I loved watching lambs prance around happily in the paddocks and see how fast their tails shook as they drank from their mothers. There are other memories too.
While we loved and cared for our sheep, none of it really compares to the intimacy expressed in today’s Bible text. The connection between shepherd and sheep is personal. We can visualise the tiny lamb, safe in the shepherd’s arms, hearing the heartbeat of its strong protector. The image of the shepherd gently leading those that have young … it implies patience, not force. The shepherd is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all of the sheep, young and older.
We are his flock. Where do you see yourself in this picture? Being carried in our Good Shepherd’s strong arms? Hearing his heartbeat of love for you when things become overwhelming? Or perhaps being gently led by him as you care for your own family or loved ones? Wherever you see yourself, being carried or led, know that our Good Shepherd is strong and dependable – and he loves you!

Dear Good Shepherd, thank you for the security I have in you. Carry or lead me through this day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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Year 6 celebration
The Year 6 celebration service was held on Monday morning. It was a wonderful time of recognition, celebration and fellowship for the students and their families. Thank you to everyone who assisted in the preparation for the ceremony. Congratulations to our Year 6 Class of 2021! I wish you God’s blessing as you move on to Middle School.

On Tuesday morning we enjoyed a very busy and successful Transition Day in the Junior School. Next year our Junior School staff will be:
  • Foundation: Miss Victoria Janetzki, Miss Natalie Lienert
  • Year 1: Miss Kimberley Crabtree, Mrs Emma Ison
  • Year 2: Mr Mark Busbridge, Mrs Claire Harvey/Mrs Jo Koschmann, Miss Meagan Silvers
  • Year 3: Mrs Roz Buckman, Mrs Alison Driller/Miss Georgia Kirby
  • Year 4: Miss Claire Burke, Miss Loretta Martin, Miss Kylie Rainsford
  • Year 5: Miss Chloe Davis, Miss Bethany Harris
  • Year 6: Miss Annika McDonald, Mrs Jacqui North, Mr Kobus van Zyl
  • Specialist teachers: Miss Anna Habel (Visual Arts), Mr Adam Engert (Technology), Mrs Meggy Boan (Chinese 36), Mrs Tarn McDonald (Physical Education), Mrs Rebecca Fletcher (Library and Performing Arts: F2), Mrs Michelle Hahn (Performing Arts 36)
  • Learning support teachers: Mrs Susie Penny, Mrs Gen Kreymborg
  • Teacher Aids: Mrs Kristy Altmann, Ms Maria Deleeuw, Mrs Carmen Dridan, Mrs Nicole Fischer, Mrs Andrea Risson, Mrs Amanda Rudolph (on leave), Miss Rebecca Roy, Mrs Lynette Morrow and Mrs Kara Puls (temporary cover).
SRC Shopping Trip and Christian Emergency Food Centre
On Wednesday morning members of the SRC went to the plaza to purchase gifts for the Wishing Tree. The students had a lovely time selecting presents, including children’s bikes, scooters, balls, games and much more, to the value of $1003! The Christian Emergency Food Centre also came and collected non-perishable items and the $483.85 raised with our casual dress day on Thursday. Thank you to the college community for your support of the SRC’s events this year.
Closing service
Our Closing Services were held today in the Multi-Purpose Centre. The Year 36 Service took place at 11.30am, and included our Awards Ceremony. This was live streamed to families who were unable to join us. Congratulations to all students who received awards today. Our Foundation to Year 2 students attended their Closing Service at 1.45pm. It was lovely to have families join us for our closing worship services.

Happy Holidays
As we come to the end of the school year, I would like to thank you all for your support during 2021. I wish all of our students and families a joy filled festive season, where the good news of our Saviour’s birth is central. I pray you have a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to seeing you next year, ready to start another busy year of learning.
FL: All of FL FS: Jayla Ellis, Nash Neumann 1C: Georgia Currow, Felix Foster 1D: Angela Koh, Beau Midgley 1I: Mia Hateley, Mila Juchno, Ava North, Madre Van Heerden 2B: All of 2B 2S: Connor Dempster, Maddie Hicks, Alexa Watson 3B: Charlie Bird, Lola Kerr, Sienna Nitschke 3K: Lara Todman 3L: Ruby Hallam, Cooper Puls 4F: All of 4F 4R: All of 4R 5D: Lizie Holmes, Charlotte Matuschka, Marlie Roberts 5G: Myah Meadows 5H: All of 5H 6G: Hollianne Hallam 6H: Rory Johnston, Lachlan North 6N: Orlando Heal, Declan Penhall Digital Technology: Hollianne Hallam PE: Mia Hateley Library: Heidi Rethus Jing Award: Emily Baker
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 9 Rite Journey
This week the Year 9 students completed their Rite Journey program after celebrating the final two Rites of Passage ceremonies. The ‘Following’ ceremony was held across two days. On Monday, the students presented to their peers an oral and media presentation focused on their iDesign Projects, a year-long project which required students to choose an idea, approach a mentor and then work on and complete this project throughout the year. On Wednesday the students held a ‘Showcase’ event where they could bring the projects in and have students from the Junior and Middle School view what they had done. There was a wide range of impressive projects on show including drone photography, a flight simulator, drift bike, artwork, wake board, shed construction, plasma cutting table and more. I congratulate the students on their efforts.

The Home Coming Ceremony was held on Wednesday. This final rite of passage saw the students presented in front of their peers, staff and parents. The students publicly expressed what it means to be a man or a woman, thanked the people who supported them over the course of the program, listed virtues which they wished to live their lives by and shared an inspirational quote. The themes of embracing challenge, extending the comfort zone, taking responsibility and acknowledging the qualities that make great young men and women were clearly articulated in each individual’s personal testimony. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the teacher guides, Miss Kelly, Mr McLoughlin, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Penny who did a wonderful job of guiding our Year 9s across the threshold from young child to young adult. I look forward to watching these students continue to contribute positively to the life of the school and wider community over the coming years, as they enter Senior School. A recording of the ceremonies will be emailed to Year 9 families.

Transition Day
On Tuesday the Transition Day for students beginning Year 7 in 2022 was held on-site. Students participated in a range of activities including an Amazing Race challenge, science, ice-breaker activities, food technology and sport. It was encouraging to see the way the students interacted with each other and there was a really positive feel to the group. I look forward to officially welcoming them as Year 7 students in 2022. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have questions in the lead-up to the start of the school year.

End of year
On Thursday we celebrated the 2021 school year with the end of year closing service. Held during the day, the service provided an opportunity for us to gather as a Middle School community to thank all the people who have contributed to another successful year and acknowledge those students who have achieved exceptional results and contributed immensely to the culture of the college. Congratulations to those students who received awards and well done on your efforts this year. For those students who did not receive a formal award, your contributions and efforts are acknowledged and appreciated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked tirelessly to provide an engaging learning environment for the students (in remote and face to face learning), whilst demonstrating a tremendous amount of care and support for the students. To the parents of HTLC, I thank you for the faith and support you have entrusted us with and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2022. I pray that all families of HTLC have a restful break with plenty of opportunities for families to spend time together and celebrate this special time of the year. Luke Chapter 2:11: Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’ This simple message can get lost in the busy-ness of this time of the year, yet there is no doubt that there is no greater celebration than to know that Jesus was born so that we can be given the gift of salvation. God’s blessings to all and I look forward to seeing you again in 2022.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Book and stationery lists
Campion (Ballarat Books) book lists should be completed online today with the option of home delivery or collection from the college between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022.
Stationery lists were due to the college by today and can be collected from Shelton and Lane Stationery on or after Friday14 January 2022.

2022 College Ball
The 2022 College Ball is scheduled to be held on Friday 29 April, 2022. Further information will be forwarded at the beginning of the new school year regarding a parent meeting to determine interest and to begin planning and preparations for the evening.

Specialist Sport Program at Holy Trinity
Applications for participation in the 2022 program have now closed. As the college grows, it is pleasing to see the increase in interest and applications for the program from students in Years 7–12. Successful students will be notified at the beginning of the 2022 school year.

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 7:00am, 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
Christmas blessings
As we draw to the close of our third year in the Senior Centre, we reflect on yet another year of growth both in the programs we are offering our students and in the facilities we provide for learning. We recently celebrated the official opening of the Senior Centre Stadium, Sports Science, General Learning Area and additional Science Lab. We are fortunate to provide our students with such comfortable and flexible learning spaces that have been designed to accommodate mature learners to support their senior learning and preparation for future pathways. Sincere thanks to our senior parents for your continued faith and support. We wish you God’s richest blessings for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to working with you and your children again in 2022.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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A Special Report: Surviving Christmas
Many people see Christmas as a wonderful time of celebration and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, there are some that view it as a time of stress and hardship. This may be due to a combination of things: financial pressures, relationship issues and, quite often, loneliness, making it a very challenging time. Often the true meaning of Christmas can be lost due to commercial exploitation, but there are a number of things you can do to create a magical Christmas, without the financial burden. Creating or maintaining traditions can contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging.
Unfortunately for some, there is also an ugly side to Christmas. Support organisations often report an increase in the number of calls from people seeking help due to their inability to cope during this time. If you, or a loved one, is finding that it is all too much, then it is important to reach out to a trusted friend, family member or medical professional.

In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be presented with a number of ideas on how to achieve a stress-free Christmas and where to seek help should you need it. 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 uniform shop 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.
School closure over summer holidays
Main Reception will be closed from 1pm on this Wednesday, reopening on Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 8.30am. The Junior/Middle School Reception is closed over the holiday period, reopening Friday 28 January 2022.
Power Saving Bonus
The state government’s Power Saving Bonus grant scheme has been open for much of this year, but will close on January 31, 2022. To be eligible for the payment, you must be a Victorian residential energy costumer and receive one of the following concession benefits:
  • Centrelink Pension Concession Card
  • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Abstudy or Austudy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card.
The bonus may only be claimed once per household. Applications can be made at www.compare.energy.vic.gov.au. You will need an emailed copy of your bill from your provider or the National Metering Identifier (NMI) as stated on your electricity bill. Once you complete your application online you will receive an immediate confirmation email. When your application has been approved you will receive an email from info.vec@delwp.vic.gov.au to ask for your bank details. This is the official government email – do not give bank details via any other email address or SMS. Your payment will be paid via electronic funds transfer into your designated bank account within two to four weeks of submission, or you can elect to have a cheque mailed to you.
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