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Greetings and a warm welcome to all who are returning to a new school year. I pray that this year is one of joy and learning.

Over the past two weeks I have been carefully monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China through local, federal and national organisations. I do so with the thought of care for our community in mind, but also for our Lutheran sister school communities in Hong Kong. Given the proximity of the outbreak in Hubei Province to Hong Kong it has been decided that travelling in or around this region would put our students and, conversely, our school community at an unnecessary risk. It is for this reason that both the Year 6 and Senior School trips planned for next month will not go ahead. Additionally, after discussions with both Hong Kong Principals it has also been agreed that their planned trip to Horsham in several weeks’ time will also be cancelled. It is a sad and unfortunate circumstance but I feel this is the best course of action for our community given the current information.

Next week we officially welcome all families to a new school year at our Welcome and Information Evenings. The evenings are planned for Tuesday 4 February (Middle and Senior School) and Thursday 6 February (Junior School), both commencing at 7pm in the MPC. The format of the evening will start with a formal welcome followed by classroom visits. At the conclusion of the classroom visits at 8pm, all staff and families are invited to attend our Welcome Drinks and Nibbles. This time of gathering has been created to allow staff and families to mingle and get to know one another. Given the nature of this event, the evening will be for adults only and it is asked that students and young children do not attend. If families must bring children to this evening, and will require care for them during the 8pm event, it is asked that you contact the relevant Heads of Sub-School for details on how this can be supported. It is hoped that with this change in our format to the start of this year we may be able to positively engage with families around the learning and development of their child, further enhancing our HTLC community connection.

Wishing you a happy week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Jesus welcomes little children!
A new year doesn’t just bring new beginnings and new opportunities. There will be many new faces around our college. That offers and invites the possibility for all of us to form new relationships.

We are excited to welcome the Foundation students, beginning a new chapter in their lives. As they now undertake their journey of life-long learning. Welcome also to all the students who come to us from other schools, and maybe even other regions. Welcome to those families who are joining our college community. Welcome also to the staff members who are beginning a new chapter in the journey of their career.

This can be an anxious time for you. But it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. For we look forward to being able to serve you. We also look forward in joyful anticipation to what you will bring to our community and how you will be able to enhance and enrich our experience here.

In Jesus, we get to see that our God is a God of welcome. His welcome is extended to all people without limits. Jesus even said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’ (Matthew 19:14). Notice that God’s welcome begins with the little children. They are precious to him. They are why we exist and what we are about at Holy Trinity.

Welcome to you all, especially to you if you are ‘new’ to our community, but also to those who are returning. God loves you and you are precious to him.

Father God, we thank you for the new year of learning and growing at Holy Trinity. Please be with those who are new to our college community—students, staff and families. Help us all to be a blessing to them as they settle in to their new home here. May their time with us be a blessing to them. Thank you that your love and welcome is for all people. May that be the experience of each and every one of us. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 2 February
    9am: Holy Communion and induction of new staff
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Monday 3 February
    9am: Whole college opening chapel
God’s 4 Fences
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Welcome to the beginning of the 2020 school year. We pray you have all enjoyed the summer break and your first week of school has been positive. We extend a particularly warm welcome to the students, staff and families who are joining our school community. We have had 68 Foundation students commencing their primary school education with us this week, 15 students in Years 1 to 6, and Mrs Vicki Gadsdon has joined our staff team. Welcome!

School Captains
It is with great pride we announce our School Captains for 2020. Congratulations to Gemma Freijah and Cadel Hawken who were elected Junior School Captains and Zara Adams and Harrison Daniell who were elected Vice Captains for 2020. We pray God’s blessings for you as you step into these important leadership roles. These students will be inducted into their leadership roles following Opening Service on Monday morning. Thank you and well done to all students who nominated in December last year.

Welcome and Information Evening
The Junior School Welcome and Information Evening will be next Thursday 6 February. The evening will begin in the Multi-Purpose Centre at 7pm with a welcome for our Principal, Mr Weller, and general information will be shared. Class teachers will then present specific information for each year level in classrooms. There will be two sessions for parents repeating the same content in each class commencing at 7.20pm and 7.40pm. We encourage all parents and carers to join us for supper hosted by the PTFA following the information sessions at 8pm. Please remember the supper will be a child free event. Parents are encouraged to notify Reception if you will require child care on the evening.

Hong Kong visitors and Year 6 tour
It is with sadness that we announce we have decided to cancel the Year 6 Hong Kong tour and the visit from our friends from Hong Kong due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Although the annual cultural experience has been a highlight of our calendar for over a decade, maintaining the health of our students and college community is our highest priority. We apologise for any disappointment caused by this decision.

House Captain elections
Year 6 students who would like to nominate to be a House Captain for 2020 will be making their speeches next Friday morning at 9am in the MPC. Parents are welcome to attend.

Student Progress Meetings (formally parent teacher interviews)
Junior School staff are eager to meet with parents and carers to discuss how we can support your children in their learning journey at Student Progress Meetings in Week 3. Details on how to book a meeting through the School Interviews website will be sent home next week.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Welcome back
A literally very ‘warm’ welcome back to all new and existing families of Holy Trinity Lutheran College. I trust that the holiday period was a time of rest, relaxation, travel and adventure for our families and that the 135 Middle School students are feeling refreshed and ready to return to school. I pray that your involvement with the college this year will be a blessed one.

Year 7 transition
This time of the year can provide a variety of emotions for our Year 7 students as they prepare to make the adjustment from Junior School to Middle School. The transition process is different for everyone and our experienced staff are well equipped to ease the settling in period for our Year 7s. On Wednesday a welcome breakfast was held for Year 7 and 12 students and families. The breakfast was prepared by HTLC staff with the Year 12s assisting with the preparation and serving of food. Mr Weller welcomed families before the students spent a day of orientation, meeting House Coordinators and Home Room teachers, getting to know the Year 12 students, interacting with subject teachers as they prepared work folders and books, setting up iPads and discussing organisational details. It was a big day for our Year 7s and continual care and support will be provided for these students as they continue to adjust to Middle School. To help fast track this process, a transition camp to Tandara in Halls Gap will be held for all Year 7s on Thursday and Friday of next week. Students will participate in team-building activities, study sessions, orientation activities, leadership discussions as well as plenty of opportunity for bonding and fun!
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Parent Information Evening
An information night for all Middle School families will be held next Tuesday 4 February in the Multi-Purpose Centre and Middle School buildings. All parents are invited to attend and hear about core subjects, special programs and activities as well as have the opportunity to meet and greet with new and existing staff in an informal setting. All parents are invited to stay afterwards for drinks and nibbles. I look forward to seeing many of you there next Tuesday.
Format for the night:
  • 7–7.15pm: Principal's address in the Multi-Purpose Centre
  • 7.15–8pm: Subject rotation in the Middle School/Specialist Precinct
  • 8–8.30pm: Social drinks and get together in the Middle School courtyard.
I pray that this year will be an enriching, challenging and progressive year for all as we work together to provide the best possible education to our students.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Welcome back
Welcome back to all parents and students for the 2020 school year! We have a busy term and year ahead of us, both in and beyond the classroom with the implementation of new and engaging curricular and extra curricular programs in the Senior School.

Welcome to new staff
We welcome our new staff to the Senior School Mr Conor Lawson (Legal Studies and Business Management), Miss Akala Heinzel (Maths) and Kate Carter (Maths). Together with existing staff members, these people will be responsible for delivery of some of our Senior School classes. They have been looking forward to meeting their new students and are all keen to make the new year one that offers meaningful, authentic learning experiences.
Year 12 2020
Our senior students arrived bright and early on their first morning back at school to assist in the preparation and serving of breakfast for Year 7 and 12 parents and students. It was great to see the positive energy shown by our Year 12s for the new year as they made bacon and egg muffins, prepared yoghurt, cut fruit and served the community. As classes commenced for the day, they undertook the challenge of assisting the Year 7s with their new locks and enjoyed the opportunity to share their personal experiences and memories of the beginning of secondary school. Many relationships began throughout the morning and our school leaders had the opportunity to reflect on their roles within the college. On Thursday morning we farewelled the group as they travelled to Geelong for their Retreat. These two days will prove an important time for both personal and group reflection and an opportunity to look to the year ahead.
FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport 2020
Our Specialist Sport Program, running this year in partnership with Federation University and West Vic Academy of Sport is already underway. The following students will be undertaking their individualised programs early in the term following physical assessments which will be conducted in Week 3: Madalyn Toet, Nathan Rokebrand, Codi Kenny, Ryan Fischer, Jordan Friberg, Henry Kinsman, Alexandra Salter, Dyson Parish, Sebastian Le Roux, Cameron Brito-Mutunaygam, Sabian Panozzo, Chanel Scollary.

College Ball 2020
The College Ball for our Year 11, 2020 students will be held on Friday 1 May. Thank you to the many parents who have indicated their willingness to assist. Further information will be forwarded in the near future, to begin planning and preparations for the evening.

Year 10
We extend a very warm welcome to our Year 10 students for 2020 as they embark on the significant first phase of their senior secondary journey. In the coming years, these students will begin to make important decisions and to develop pathways towards their futures beyond school. During this year, they will begin career planning and undertake work experience. Year 10 is an exciting year for students in developing their own sense of identity. It is a year to take advantage of all the opportunities that our learning community has to offer and begin to assume roles of responsibility.

Our VET students will commence their first day of classes next week on Wednesday 5 February. Work placements will commence on Thursday 6 February. Students are reminded to ensure that all paperwork has been completed and returned and that safe@work modules are completed prior to this time.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

A warm welcome to all new and existing families to the 2020 school year. Please take note and place the following dates in your diary for Junior Sport events. All Junior School sport dates are on the college calendar which can be accessed via the school app or our website.
  • HTLC Swimming Carnival, Friday February 14
    Students aged 10 and up have the option to participate in the Swimming Carnival. A list will go to classes early next week for students in this age group to place their name if they wish to enter any swimming events. A letter will also be coming home next week so please make sure if your child is wanting to participate in the Swimming Carnival please let their class teacher know.
  • HTLC Junior Athletics Day, Tuesday 24 March
    Students will be learning and practising in preparation for Athletics Day during their PE lessons. Trials for events will be held during the week of 17 Feb.
  • Whole School Cross Country, Tuesday 21 April
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator

Secondary School Sport

2020 is set to be a huge year of sport at Holy Trinity Lutheran College. At the end of last year, we were excited to present twelve students from the Secondary School an opportunity to participate in the first year of the HTLC Specialist Sport Program in conjunction with the WestVic Academy of Sport. Students will be involved in their musculoskeletal screening during Week 3 ahead of the program launch for 2020 in Ballarat on Sunday, March 1. Chris Radford will be meeting with all students involved in the program during Week 4 to create their unique Strength & Conditioning Program.

This week, students have been asked to complete a Google Form containing their sport nominations for the year ahead. This form will provide the basis for selection for all team events in 2020, so it is very important that students submit this prior to the beginning of Week 2. This form also plays an important role in selections for Holy Trinity Racing, the Pedal Prix team at the college.

The HTLC Swimming Carnival will be held at the Horsham YMCA on Friday, February 14. All students from Year 7 to Year 12 will be competing on the day in various competitive and novelty events. This has been a fantastic event over the past two years, bringing out the colour and vibrancy of all three houses as students dress up in their costumes and participate in team challenges. Many students will be travelling to the YMCA during their Physical Education classes this week to practise ahead of the event selections which will be held during House Meetings.
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Secondary PE/Sport Teacher
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Lunch orders
Lunch orders are delivered by Laneway Cafe and start in Week 2. Check the app for the menu (Documents > Whole college information).
  • Foundation to Year 4 students can order lunch on Thursday each week.
  • Year 5 to 12 students can order lunch on Wednesday each week.
Send lunch orders to school in a paper bag with order written on the front and correct change (Laneway are unable to provide any change on orders). There are some canteen bags are available from the office if required.

From Week 2, at recess each Thursday the canteen will be open to the whole college with snacks and drinks for sale. The menu and prices will be available soon, a notification will be sent on the app once it is finalised.

All students are to wear a hat while engaging in school activities outside during Term 1 and Term 4. Please make sure your child packs their named hat each day for school.
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Victorian Government's Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides schools with payments for eligible students to attend camps, excursions and sporting events. To be eligible for this funding, families must hold a valid means-tested concession card. CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either Term 1 or Term 2. CSEF applications for 2020 are now open.
Sustainable School Shop
Thanks to the PTFA, second-hand school textbooks and uniforms 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. You can also access the Sustainable School Shop website from the Uniform page of our app or the Uniform Shop page on the HTLC website.
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.

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 a member of the College Wellbeing Team (Anne Penny, Rhiannon McKinnon or Pastor Gus) for further information.
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Badminton Summer Competition

FREE come and try night on Monday 3 February.
Competition kicks off on Monday 10 February.
No teams, Round Robin, play when you can. Beginners arew welcome and rackets are available.
Venue: Horsham College Junior Gymnasium, 289 Ballie Street
Must register by 6.45pm every Monday
Cost per night: Seniors $8, Juniors (12–17) $5, Families $15

For more information, contact:
  • President: Peter Brennan on 0407556973
  • Secretary: Michelle Dunlop on 0418747676
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