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Greetings to families and friends of the HTLC community.

As we come to the end of the second week of term I have been impressed with how positive the start to the school year has been. I give thanks to staff, students and families for their involvement in making this happen.

This week we held the Information and Welcome Evenings for all families at the college. The nights were well received by those who were in attendance and I give thanks to those who could attend. My hope is that after the evenings parents and caregivers feeling empowered to become encouragers, monitors, supporters, models and, where possible, co-creators in their student’s learning and development during the year—further strengthening our family–school partnership. I look forward to seeing how this collaborative approach can positively influence student outcomes and school improvement in the future.

At the start of this year I made mention of the uniform requirements for all students in my welcome letter of 2020. In this I made a brief comment about school hats and how I encourage all students to wear them often, not just during break times in Term 1 and 4. Additionally, I would like to remind Middle and Senior School students that the Uniform Policy requires them to have both a sport and formal hat. As this is a requirement, a common-sense approach has been adopted over the years to allow students to wear their sport hat if they find an issue with their formal hat staying on while they are active during break times. This directive was put in place to support sun safe practices and does not mean that a formal hat is not required for Middle and Senior School students. If your child does not have a formal hat I ask that one is purchased for them at your earliest convenience.

In 2017 all members in our community where invited to help shape the Strategic Plan 2017–2019. As the time frame for this plan has now come to an end I will once again invite interested members of our community to get involved. Over the coming weeks information will be provided to detail how individuals can be involved in the development of the next plan. I encourage all members in our college to engage in the process when the time arises.
Wishing you a great week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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God welcomes—we welcome and serve!
Last Wednesday we had a short opening chapel for the Junior School to welcome everyone back. But the main event took place on Monday morning with the whole college opening service. These occasions are important to acknowledge everyone who is new to our community—students, teachers and families who have moved to our region or come to us from other schools.

It is also good to welcome back everyone who is returning to the college after the end of year Christmas/New Year break. We hope you are all relaxed, refreshed and hopefully ready for the challenges that lie ahead for us all. We thank God for times of rest and relaxation, and we also thank him for times of work. He is with us in it all and he is present to watch over and protect us and bless us in our learning and growing together.

Our God is a welcoming God. His welcoming activity is seen in the life and ministry of Jesus. On one occasion Jesus came to visit a place and we are told: ‘a lot of people found out about this and followed him. Jesus welcomed them. He spoke to them about God’s kingdom and healed everyone who was sick’ (Luke 9:11). People were attracted to Jesus. Not just because he welcomed them. In Jesus people found wholeness and healing. That’s why they came to him. This is also an invitation for us to both welcome others, and then to serve them in whatever way we can. So look for ways to serve others, so that Holy Trinity may become the ‘homely’ environment in which we all flourish and reach our potential in Jesus.

Blessings to you all in the new opportunities this year will provide.

Father, we thank you for the new opportunities you give to us in another year of schooling. Thank you for all who are new to our community, and help us to welcome them as you welcome everyone in Jesus. Thank you for the opportunity you give us to form new relationships and friendships. May we all do what we can to make Holy Trinity a welcoming and friendly place where you are truly present in the way we serve others. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 9 February
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 12 February
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 14 February
    9am: Junior School chapel led by 6T
God’s 4 Fences
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Information Evening
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Welcome and Information Evening on Thursday. It was terrific to have such a wonderful attendance. The positive relationships we enjoy between the school and homes helps to maximise the learning of our students. We encourage parents to continue to make regular contact with classroom teachers throughout the year.

Student Progress Meetings
Next week Junior School Student Progress Meetings (formally Parent Teacher Interviews) will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school next week. Parents are encouraged to log on to the School Interviews website using the code cw692 to book a time to meet with your child’s teacher.
Dropping off and picking up children
Students’ safety is the highest priority for our school. Please remember to be patient when driving in and out of the school car park areas and follow all road rules. We also ask that students do not arrive at school until after 8.30am and ensure your child is collected by 3.40pm. Also, please do not allow your children to play on the playgrounds after school, as these are not supervised by staff and can entice other students to play before going to the bus or pick up areas. We thank you for your support.

HTLC Swimming Carnival
The HTLC Swimming Carnival will be held next Friday at the Horsham Aquatic Centre. I wish all students competing the best of luck for their events.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 7 transition
Our Year 7 students have continued their transition into Middle School this week, establishing routines, organising lockers, figuring out locker codes, familiarising themselves with teachers, subjects and rooms as well as building connections and relationships with each other. History has shown that the transition into Middle School can take several weeks and the students will continue to be supported as work commitments increase, homework is introduced and extra-curricular opportunities are presented.
The Transition Camp has always provided a great opportunity for our Year 7s to take time out to focus on applying strategies to assist with the settling in process. On camp the Year 7s participate in a number of activities which are aimed to take them out of their comfort zone, high ropes courses and team initiative challenges encourage them to support each other in order to reach a common goal. Study sessions allow the students the opportunity to plan the year ahead and prioritise their time to ensure a balanced lifestyle is achieved. A guest speaker (former Year 7 student leader) gives the students an honest perspective of what the year will be like and provides a valuable insight into what they can do to be successful. A time of bonding through unstructured play is also emphasised to allow the students time and space to get to know each other and discover common interests and passions.
I look forward to the year ahead and, after spending some time in class with the Year 7s this past week, I can assure you that they are coping well and are going to be wonderful contributors to the college in 2020 and beyond. Please continue to have them in your thoughts and prayers as the year goes on.
Year 8 Melbourne excursion
This year, the Melbourne cultural excursion will be held in Term 1, with information notes sent home with students on Friday. Parents are encouraged to return medical consent and code of conduct forms by Monday 24 February.

Year 9 Rite Journey
The Year 9 Rite Journey program has commenced with students spending the first week being briefed on a major project—the iDesign project. This project always generates a lot of interest amongst the students and I encourage parents to read the information that has been sent home and posted on the Google Classroom in order to be across all that is involved. An information session will be held for all Year 9 parents later in the term and this will provide an opportunity for parents to find out all about this exciting program and what will be involved over the course of the year.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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College Ball 2020
A meeting to commence organisation and planning for our College Ball will be held on Monday 17 February. All Year 11 parents are welcome to attend.

Students who have entered the Senior School this year are reminded that blazers should can be ordered from the Uniform Shop. These are an item of the formal Senior School uniform.

Study Centre
The centre will be open for both supervised private study and teacher-led tutorials from next Monday, 10 February. Senior students are encouraged to take advantage of these times and to establish positive study habits early in the year.

VETis (Vocational Education and Training in Schools)
Our VET students commenced their first day of classes for the year on Wednesday. This year we have students undertaking courses in: Agriculture, Automotive, Building and Construction, Community Services, Engineering, Music and Salon Assistant.

Physical Education incursion
Year 12 Physical Education and Year 10 Sports Science students were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Russell Spinks, a former Australian decathlete and state league volleyball player and coach, earlier this week. The students gained an introductory experience of biomechanics and the ways in which this knowledge can be used to improve performance.

VCAL students have commenced their first project for the year and have undertaken the challenge of running a BBQ at the College swimming sports to be held next week.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

State Victorian team trials
If you have a very talented child who is representing at regional level in either AFL, netball, soccer or basketball and they wish to trail for the Victoria state team in one of these sports, they must have completed the online registration process by Sunday 1 March. For more information go to the school sport Victoria website, www.ssv.vic.edu.au then click on the TEAM VIC icon, click on the required sport, read the selection guidelines and then click the register icon if registering. Please note, they don’t take late entries. If you have any further enquiries please contact Tarn McDonald at the school or via email on tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.

Hockey Victoria clinics
Hockey Victoria will be holding clinics at our school for students in Years 3–6 on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. Each class will have a chance to participate in a 45 minute session. Students will be required to wear PE uniform for the day they are also reminded to bring a drink bottle and hat. Times for each class are listed below:
  • Thursday 20 February
    9.15–10am: Year 3L

    10–10.45am: Year 3B
    11.30am–12.15pm: Year 4F
    12.15–1pm: Year 4R
    1.45–2.30pm: Year 4I
    2.30–3.15pm: Year 5D
  • Friday 21 February
    10–10.45am: Year 5G
    11.30am–12.15pm: Year 6T
    12.15–1pm: Year 6N
    1.45–2.30pm: Year 5V
    2.30–3.15pm: Year 10 Sport Science
Swimming Carnival
A letter has been sent home for students in Years 4–6 giving them the opportunity to participate in the Secondary Swimming Carnival which is to be held on Friday 14 February. Students must be turning age 10 by 31 December 2020 to participate. They can choose two events only. This will then be the trials to go on and represent HTLC at the Little Desert Swimming Carnival, to be held on Thursday 5 March. Please return these forms as soon as possible to Mrs McDonald or at the front office by Monday 10 February.

Little Desert tennis trials
Year 5/6 students have the opportunity to trial for the HTLC tennis team on Monday 10 February at lunch time on the tennis courts. Students can bring their own racquet if they wish, or the school can provide one for them. The team will then be announced the next day and further information will be sent home to those students who are selected. The Little Desert tennis competition will be held at the Horsham Lawn Tennis Club courts on 26 February.

Athletics Carnival
This year's Junior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday 24 March at HTLC. Trials for the events will be held during the week Monday 17 to Friday 21 February. Trials for high jump events will be run during your child's normal PE class time during this week. All trials for sprint events will be held on Wednesday 19 February, as we have the Little Athletics Club's timing gates available for us to use during this time. These times will allow our fastest runners to be in the championship races on the day of our Athletics Carnival. We will also be using the timing gates on the day of our carnival. If your student is away during this trial week, an alternative time will be arranged for your child to trial. Foundation students will be trialled at an alternative time when they are at school. Further information on this time will be passed on to families of Foundation students in the near future.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator
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Field Days 2020
The PTFA have hit the ground running this year and are already busy planning for the Wimmera Machinery Field Days! The Field Days runs from Tuesday 3 March to Thursday 5 March and the PTFA would greatly appreciate if parents and friends of our college could help out during the event. They require volunteers to help set up and pack down, cook the barbecue, serve at the kiosk and help prepare corporate orders.

If you are able to help out, even if it’s just for one shift, please check the roster and add your name/number in the time that you are available. All helpers get a free entry ticket for the day that they volunteer.
  • Find the roster by going to our website, clicking on 'About' and navigating to the 'Field Days 2020 roster' page.
If you are having trouble accessing the roster or would like more information, please contact the Field Days Coordinators Adelle Lee (0429728202) or Jodie Kemp (0438918414).
Musical announcement
It is with heartfelt regret that we announce this year’s musical, Mary Poppins Jr, will no longer be going ahead due to the lack of student numbers to fill the cast. Despite this unfortunate situation, collaborative conversations are currently being had with eager Middle and Senior School students to investigate an alternative approach to provide varied performance opportunities this year. Please stay tuned over the coming weeks for what’s to come in Performing Arts in 2020.
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.
Starting a new school: A SchoolTV special report
Moving to a new school is a big deal! Your child is going to meet lots of new people and be thrown into new situations. That’s bound to make them feel lots of different emotions. They may feel worried and anxious, but also excited and happy – all at the same time! It is considered to be one of the most important transition periods of a student’s life and can present some significant psychological challenges for both students and parents.

In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be presented with a number of strategies that can be deployed to help ensure a smooth transition.

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.
Easy healthy lunch boxes
(From Wimmera Healthcare Group)
Here is a fantastic guide to packing a quick healthy school lunch box. A great visual to print and have on your family fridge (click on the image to see the larger version). Empowering children to begin packing their own nutritious lunches, while younger students may focus on just adding an item or two from the list.

For more information & great tips on healthy school lunch boxes, check out the Healthy Eating Advisory Service:
Horsham Regional Art Gallery Art Clubs
Art Clubs for Juniors (7-12 years) and Teens (12-16 years) are restarting next week. In line with the new Peter Milne exhibition beginning Saturday 8th February and Minstrel Kuik exhibition beginning 15 February, Art Club will be focusing on photography. Students will be photographing, storytelling, and exploring different creative activities with the theme of ‘family’.
  • Junior Art Club: Tuesdays beginning 11 February, 4–5:30pm for six weeks until 17 March
  • Teens Art Club: Thursdays beginning 13 February, 4–5:30pm for six weeks until 19 March
There are limited places and prepayment is required. $100, or $80 for members, for the term.
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