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Greetings to all within our college community.

As the World Health Organisation has now classified COVID-19 as a pandemic, I write to inform our community of several practices put in place at school to help minimise the escalating impact of the virus. The health and wellbeing of staff and students is naturally the major concern of the school during this time and we will require a community approach to keep members well.

If students are unwell at school, they will be sent immediately to the College Nurse where they will be assessed for the symptoms of the virus and, if necessary, sent to be reviewed by a doctor. Parents are asked to also be vigilant and not send any sick children to school at this time. A hotline has been established by the Department of Health if you require personal advice regarding symptoms. The number for this is 1300 651 160.

Families are again reminded that we can protect against infections by initiating (and maintaining) good hand and respiratory hygiene. This week staff have been directed to ask students to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Using a tissue when sneezing, coughing into their elbow, and washing their hands after using the toilet and before eating are several practices that will be continually encouraged at the school. Staff have been asked to first educate students and support them to do so. Please find below some links to age appropriate videos that can help you at home too.
Cleaners will also increase the frequency of the cleaning of classroom surfaces to minimise risk.

The decision has been made to review and, if necessary, cancel any external excursions or camps that will take place outside of our local communities from next week. This will be done to minimise risk and potential exposure to the virus. Please note that this decision will not be made easily but will reflect our duty of care for our students and staff. Families will receive communication of any cancellations as soon as they become available.

In the event that the school is directed to close by the Chief Health Officer, the college is currently putting protocols in place to continue to support the learning and wellbeing of its students. Further information, if required, will be provided via notifications if such an event were to take place. I pray that this will not be necessary.

As always I ask that you pray for our community and remain hopeful during this time. Having a negative approach to the situation will only increase fear and anxiety to those around you. To further understand the situation, I encourage you to read the Department of Health's COVID-19 advice or watch the SchoolTV Special Report on the coronavirus if you have not yet done so.

Wishing you a safe week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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The joy of serving at the Field Days
Thank you to all those who were involved in the Wimmera Machinery Field Days of last week—students, staff and parents. Your representing Holy Trinity Lutheran College is valued and appreciated by us.

For a change we were blessed with wonderful conditions for the main part of the event. Previously, it has often been very hot and dusty, or very muddy! The Field Days offer us another opportunity to serve our community. That is why Holy Trinity exists. Sometimes it is not just what we do that matters, but how we do it. I love to see people serving others; but I am truly delighted when they do it with joy.

Joyful service will ideally be one of the characteristics of His people, the church. It is sad when that doesn’t happen, but it is heart-warming when it does. We live in the world not just to do our own thing, but to serve God and others. This is also the encouragement of God’s Word; It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows’ (Galatians 5:13, MSG).

Keep looking for ways to serve others through our college. It will reward you with joy. It will build a better community. Above all, it will honour and praise God!

Father God, we thank you for the opportunities you open up to us to showcase and promote the Holy Trinity Lutheran College. In doing this we are also sharing the good news that you are a God who loves all the people of the world. Thank you for blessing this region with a college like ours which exists to serve the community, offering quality Christian education to everyone. Bless the future directions of this college, and our lives in your service. Amen.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church services
  • Sunday 15 March
    9am: Holy Communion
    10am: Kids' Time
    10.30am: Holy Communion
    7pm: Holy Communion
College worship services
  • Wednesday 18 March
    9am: Middle/Senior School chapel
  • Friday 20 March
    9am: Junior School chapel led by 2H
The MATES Mentoring Program provides positive role models who mentor, assist, target, engage and enhance the skills and life experiences of young people. MATES matches young people (mentees) with a volunteer (mentor) from the local community.

We need volunteers who are:
  • over the age of 18
  • are able to spend one hour a fortnight with a young person for one year
  • already have or are able to obtain a Working with Children check
If you wish to be a mentor or have interest in the program, please contact Rhiannon McKinnon at rhiannon.mckinnon@htlc.vic.edu.au.
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Year 6 camp
This week our Year 6 students have been exploring the sights and sounds of Melbourne on their urban camp. Students have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in the educational, cultural and entertaining experiences, including Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum, the State Library, The Eureka Skydeck, Urban Scrawl newspaper, the National Sports Museum, Parliament House, ArtVo, Bounce, Ice-Skating and the Queen Victoria Market. They have also been treated to meals at Thanh Vinh Vietnamese Restaurant, Universal Pizza and the Pancake Parlour. It has been wonderful to hear from staff how the students have embraced these opportunities and supported one another this week.

Incursion: African Drumming
Next Tuesday students in the Junior School will attend an African Drumming performance in the MPC. Three passionate, energetic and talented performers will come to HTLC to treat our students to an exciting display of Ghanaian culture, which will include drumming, dance, percussion and vocal harmonies.

Greater Western Swimming Carnival
This year we have a record number of students participating in the Great Western Swimming Carnival next Friday. Good luck to the 15 Junior School students who will be competing on the day!

Year 5D led worship this morning, focusing on God’s promise to provide for all creatures found in Psalm 46. Next Friday Year 2H will be leading Chapel with a message based on Psalm 139: God’s promise to walk with us through life. Please remember to send a small offering with your child for Chapel each Friday. This week’s proceeds will go to the Oxfam charity. Parents and friends of the school are always welcome to join us for worship.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Melbourne excursion
Our Year 8 students have enjoyed a busy couple of days in Melbourne on their cultural excursion. A visit to the Art Gallery allowed the students to appreciate a variety of different displays from various artists. The students enjoyed listening to the buskers as they ate their lunch on the steps of the Art Gallery.

A warm Autumn’s afternoon walk along the Yarra gave students a good opportunity to stretch their legs after a long bus trip before they were enthusiastically welcomed to the Planet Shakers Church. The youth leaders gave the students a tour of the facilities before spending time in the conference room playing games and listening to the personal testimony of one of the youth leaders. A Q&A session preceded a worship concert in the main hall which had the students up and jumping about to the fast-paced worship music.

Her Majesty’s Theatre to watch ‘Shrek’ the musical was the next destination and the students were not disappointed. A lively show which was appreciated by the students who seemed to really engage with the story line. A solid night’s sleep before the students toured the South Melbourne Markets before participating in an African Drumming Workshop rounded off a busy couple of days.

Well done to the students for equipping themselves so well and thank you to Mrs Hewitt for coordinating the excursion and Mr Lawson and Mrs McKinnon for providing supervision and guidance to the Year 8s. We look forward to now planning the 2021 excursion.

Interim reports will be sent home next Thursday. Parents will then have the opportunity to book an interview using the online booking system. Parent and Teacher Interviews will be held in Week 9 on Tuesday and Thursday night.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 10 Science
As part of Year 10 Science studies this term, students participated in an excursion to Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap yesterday, followed by a field investigation of a recent bushfire affected vegetation site. The purpose of the session was to provide students with the experience of using ecological sampling techniques to investigate the impact of fire on native flora and fauna and it will contribute to their assessment.

Year 10 Physics breakfast
Year 10 girls departed from Horsham at around 5am this morning to attend the Physics Breakfast for Girls, held annually in Ballarat. Guest speakers from a range of Physics fields addressed the girls on their experiences and discussed university options and career pathways.

Edrolo is a valuable resource for students to use to support their revision of content. This is available to all students who are currently undertaking Unit 3 & 4 studies. Students are strongly encouraged to access this support as it well reknowned as effective VCE support.

VCAL excursion
Recently our VCAL students visited the Horsham City Library. This excursion allowed students to borrow a personal text which will form a strong foundation for their literacy outcomes. The trip was also an opportunity for them to develop relationships with a local community centre in readiness for their Term 2 PDS Passion Projects.

Interim reports
Interim reports will be sent home with students at the end of next week. All senior school staff will be requesting interviews with parents which will take place during the final week of term. Parents are strongly encouraged to meet with their child’s teachers at this time.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Future sport dates:
  • 24 March (Term 1, Week 9): HTLC Athletics Day Tuesday
  • 21 April (Term 2, Week 2): HTLC Cross Country
  • 30 April: HCPSSA Athletics at Dudley Cornell Park
Greater Western Swimming
Congratulations to the following students who will be heading to compete in the Greater Western Swimming carnival next week on Friday 20 March at the Horsham Aquatic Centre.
  • Maya Przibilla 9-10 Girls Backstroke, Freestyle Relay
  • Ellua Boyd: 9-10 Girls Freestyle Relay
  • Soren Foster: 9-10 Boys Breaststroke, Freestyle Relay
  • Hannah Gabbe: 9-10 Girls Breaststroke, Freestyle Relay
  • Cody Stewart: 9-10 Boys Freestyle Relay
  • Isaac Hogan: 9-10 Boys Freestyle Relay
  • Charlotte Matuschka: 9-10 Girls Backstroke, Freestyle Relay
  • Jardy Ellis: 9-10 Boys Freestyle Relay
  • Edward Jones: 11 Boys Breaststroke, Freestyle, Medley Relay (Breaststroke)
  • Ellita Scollary: 11 Girls Breaststroke, Freestyle
  • Lennix Nelson: 12-13 Boys Freestyle, Freestyle Relay, Medley Relay (Freestyle)
  • Jack McAulliffe: 12-13 Boys Freestyle Relay, Medley Relay (Butterfly)
  • Orlan Hart: 12-13 Boys Backstroke, Freestyle Relay, Medley Relay (Backstroke)
  • Ruby McAuliffe: 12-13 Girls Breaststroke, Freestyle
  • Levi Munyard: 12-13 Boys Freestyle Relay
The school has not yet received any information on the program for this day but once we do it will be distributed to the students involved and placed on the app. Best of luck to all involved.

Request for assistance: Athletics Carnival Tuesday 24 March
The Junior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday 24 March at HTLC. It will run from 9:15am to 3:20pm. A program of the events will be published next week on the app, including rules and scoring for each event. All events will be held on our Junior and Middle School ovals.

We are still looking for assistance from parents as Team Managers. This role would include walking groups of students in Years 3-6 to their events and organising them in order, ready to compete. Having Team Managers will allow our teachers to help run events effectively. Events will start at approximately 9:15am and will finish around lunch time or just after. If you can help out please contact Mr Taber or Mrs McDonald by email at daryl.taber@htlc.vic.edu.au or tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au. This job could be shared by two parents and you will have a great position for spectating the athletics events. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered already.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior School Sport Coordinator
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Blazers for Senior students
Blazers are a compulsory uniform item for all Senior School students as part of their winter uniform (they are able to be worn over the summer uniform too). If your student in Year 10, 11 or 12 doesn't already have a blazer, please visit the uniform shop so they will have their blazer in time for winter.

Uniform shop
The uniform shop will be closed on Friday 27 March, reopening following the holidays on Tuesday 14 April at 9am.

Coronavirus is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus –– it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.

This epidemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this epidemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their kids. Not talking about something can often make them worry more.

Although most children will have already heard about the coronavirus, it is important for parents and care-givers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help kids feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self-efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic, while still ensuring the wellbeing of their child. 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 school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Holy Trinity Racing are selling two trikes and and EEV. See details below and contact Chloe Davis (chloe.davis@htlc.vic.edu.au) or Matthew McLoughlin (matthew.mcloughlin@htlc.vic.edu.au) for more information.
Old Hurricane
Old Thunder
  • Green Trike, Hurricane, $2250
    Bought in 2010, trisled fastback chassis, 8 speed Shimano gearing, Disc Brake, 16inch wheels, 5mm corflute fairing, 4 point safety harness, swing steering.
  • Orange Trike, Thunder, $1950
    Bought in 2008, trisled fastback chassis, 8 speed Shimano gearing, disc brake, 16/18 inch back wheel (note: does not come with 16 inch front wheels), 5mm corflute fairing, 4 point safety harness, swing steering.
  • EEV, Vortex, $4800
    Bought in 2015, trisled fastback hybrid spec chassis, 9 speed Shimano gearing, dual cable actuated front disk brakes, cable actuated rear rim brake, 5 level power assist, 5mm corflute fairing, 4 point safety harness, swing steering. Comes with extras including: batteries, chargers, spare rear/front wheels, and electronic spares.
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