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A warm welcome to families and friends. Happy World Teacher’s Day to all educators across Australia! On this day we want to recognise our teachers who work so hard to have a positive impact on the students in their care. This year has been like no other and I would like to take this time to congratulate and give thanks to our teachers for their dedication and support during 2020. I encourage you to reach out, if you haven’t already, to thank the teachers of past and present.

Today we farewell our Year 12 students as they prepare for their final examinations. On behalf of the HTLC community I would like to congratulate them on completing Year 12 and wish them God’s richest blessing as they prepare for their final weeks of their secondary schooling. I pray that the days ahead are both productive and rewarding. All the best!

A reminder that the Melbourne Cup holiday is this coming Tuesday 3 November, with school continuing for the remaining days of the week. Our college bus, along with the town and country buses, will also continue as normal on these days.

Last week, on behalf of the Call Committee, I asked for nominations from our community for a new College Pastor in 2021. I again invite you to nominate any Lutheran Pastors that you may know of who could be considered suitable for the role at our college. Should you wish to make a nomination, please note the Pastor’s name, their location and current area of service. Your nomination can be made by calling the Main Reception or via email (admin@htlc.vic.edu.au). The support from our college community at this point in time is greatly appreciated.

Finally, I again ask that if any member of our community is unwell they must not attend school and seek medical advice, particularly in managing the increased risk of seasonal asthma, hay fever and epidemic thunderstorm asthma. To reduce unnecessary absences from school, it is asked that individuals follow an up-to-date asthma action plan or hay fever treatment plan. I encourage those affected by asthma or hay fever to visit their doctor for further support.

Have a fantastic week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Something to look forward to…
Last Thursday was our Footy fun day for the Junior School, complete with pies on the menu for lunch. This is always an event for us to look forward to on the college calendar. Unfortunately we had to hold it without the presence of our much valued parents, families and friends of our community. In addition, the much anticipated staff versus students footy match could not happen. While another AFL season has been completed in a very different way, regional Victoria has not been able to hold the competitive footy and netball season that is the weekly coming together of our local communities. That will make next year a time to really look forward to.

While we will all be keen to leave the year 2020 behind us, the challenges have offered a real opportunity for us to learn, grow and hopefully become much more resilient. However, we are mindful of the huge cost that has come to many people. To their livelihoods, their work, and their physical and mental wellbeing. We have all been affected. Sadly, for some, their lives have been changed forever. Some people will come through this relatively well, for some the impacts will linger. But God is present with us in the midst of it all. God’s own son, Jesus, endured the worst of suffering in his short earthly life. But we know that this was and is God’s saving plan for all of humanity. Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that new life and hope emerges from the ruins. Looking to him, there is something for us all to look forward to.

This is the encouragement of God’s Word for us: ‘But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13-14). Hopefully we can all move forward with some sense of gratitude for the good that has been this year. May God give us the strength we need for today and what we have to do, and hope for the future.

In Jesus, there is everything ‘good’ to look forward to. Take care and God bless.

Father God, we thank you that true to your promise you are always with us. You are our strength and support in difficult times. You are our hope for tomorrow and for all eternity. We thank you and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Gus
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Next Wednesday the Foundation to Year 2 will participate in a modified Athletics Day. In year levels, students will compete in individual and team events to earn points for their house. They are invited to wear a t-shirt in their house colour on this day. Year 3-6 Athletics will be held over the next three weeks during Friday Sport sessions, which will conclude with sprints in Week 7. Students may wear their house colours for Sprints Day on Friday 20 November. More information is available in Mrs McDonald’s Sport Report below.

Foundation 2021 Story Time session
On Tuesday our 2021 Foundation students engaged in their second story time activity from home, as part of our transition program. Miss Somerfield read the story Koala Lou by Mem Fox, and students created their own koala puppet. Thank you to all of the families who sent photos in to the college. We look forward to welcoming out 2021 Foundation students on site in small groups for Story Time #3 on Tuesday 10 November.

Year 6 excursion
On Wednesday our Year 6 students went on an excursion to an underground house in Duchembegarra, as part of their sustainable living unit of inquiry. Students learnt about how the climate is controlled naturally, water is collected and heated by solar and fire, electricity is generated through solar and wind in this eco-friendly home.

Year 5 Puberty Sessions
Next week Year 5 students will be involved in gender specific puberty sessions with Janine Harfield from Wimmera Health Care Group. Information sheets will be sent home to support conversations, as parents will not be able to attend this year.

This week the Junior School joined the celebration and recognition of our Year 12 cohort’s last day of school. The college joined a virtual Chapel at 9am Friday morning, before our Year 12 students completed a college walk through. We give thanks for the contribution of each of our Year 12 students, and pray for them as they prepare for exams and life beyond school.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Havish Ganeshprabu, Luella Ruwoldt FL: Felix Foster FS: Angela Koh, Maxwell Przibilla 1D: Neve Dennis, Hallie Souter 1H: Immi Roberts, Jack Young 2B: Camille Arthur 2H: Luella Burke 2S: Kingston Garel 3B: Trinity Gerdtz, Zoe Wilson 3L: Jemma Hoffmann, Zachary O'Connor 4F: Bonnie Grieger 4I: Scarlett Nuttall 4R: Harry Hicks 5D: Ayesha Ahmed 5G: Amelia Friberg, Lachlan North 5V: Imogen Dunn, Ellita Scollary 6N: Harrison Daniell, Lenix Nelson 6T: Claudia Breuer, Hunter Faraday Digital Technology: Ellua Boyd, Ryan Clarke Performing Arts: Holly Bird PE: All of 6N and 6T Jing Award: Hannah Gabbe
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 9 Rite Journey camp
After such an interrupted year it is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to next week when the Year 9 students participate in their Rite Journey Camp. For much of this year, it felt like this would not be possible, but thanks to the efforts of the Victorian public, regional camps are considered safe to proceed. This will allow our students to complete all activities from the original itinerary.

The camp will be held under strict COVID regulations and restrictions but promises to provide all participants with valuable learning experiences and a great opportunity to reconnect as a group and bond over a variety of outdoor experiences. This week-long camp will aim to assist adolescents to make healthy decisions on how to live their lives as well as build resiliency and independence. The students will participate in a variety of high ropes activities, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, a 24-hour solo experience and 3-day hike along the Grampians Peaks Trail. The students will complete all activities without contact with technology including phones, iPads, radio or television. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on how the students are spending their time.

Year 7 and 8 camps
The Year 7 and 8 camps will be held from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 November. Year 7s are asked to return their medical and consent forms by the end of next week. Due to Covid regulations we have had to relocate the Year 8 camp. A program is currently being developed with information to be sent to students once this is finalised.
Term 4 Middle School timeline
  • Week 5 (2 November to 6 November)
    Year 9 Camp, Year 7 & 8 normal program
  • Week 6 & 7
    Normal program for 7, 8 and 9 students
    Final assessment tasks and end of semester tests issued
  • Week 8
    23/11: Report Writing Day, student free day
    Year 7 Camp, Year 8 Camp
    Year 9 program: peer support training, iDesign Project preparation, Rite Journey Challenges assignment presentation
  • Week 9
    Head Start Program
  • Week 10
    Activities Week
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Congratulations Taylah Johnson
We congratulate Taylah Johnson on her successful application to the La Trobe University Aspire Program for 2021. The Aspire Program acknowledges students for their involvement, leadership and volunteering within the community. Taylah is commended for her efforts within the community and we wish her well for her future studies.

Farewell to our Year 12 students
Today we have farewelled our Year 12 students through a shared breakfast and worship service. Their final walk through the school grounds was a rewarding and heartfelt acknowledgement of their involvement in and contribution to the school throughout their education. Students from Foundation to Year 11 farewelled the Year 12s as they made their way through the grounds to their awaiting bus. The students travelled to Halls Gap where they spent the day hiking and enjoying the outdoors together, before commencing their study break to prepare for external exams.

Year 10 students completing a VCE subject and Year 11 students will commence exam revision on Monday 9 November. The following week they will undertake formal examinations in the Senior Centre. Year 10 students will be completing in class assessments during this time.

Head Start
Senior School Head Start program commences on Tuesday 24 November. The program will run for the following two weeks and will provide students with an outline of the content, assessment and expectations of the studies they will be undertaking in 2020. By starting next year’s coursework this year, students should be better prepared to undertake independent study over the holiday period. It is important that students read set English novels prior to the beginning of the new school year. All students are required to be in attendance during this week, VCE, VCAL and Year 10 programs will be running.

Book lists and stationery lists
English book lists are due to be submitted online by today. Students are encouraged to commence their reading for Term 1 over the holidays.

The Parents Website
Wean your teen off the screen: tips from Andrew Fuller.
Important dates
Term 4:
9–13 November: Exam revision week
10 November: VCE written exams commence
16 to 20 November: Year 10 and 11 exams
23 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
24 November to 3 December: Headstart program
4 December: Final day of classes for Year 10 and 11, Big Day Out

Summer holidays:
30 December: ATAR and VCE results released to students
4 January 2021: closing date for change of preferences
14 January 2021: first round offers
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior School Sport

Year 3 to 6 Athletics
Year 3 to 6 Athletics Days will be run over a three week period, starting on Friday of Week 5 (6 November). Events will occur during the scheduled sports times on Friday afternoons. Period 3 and 4 for Year 3/4 and Periods 5 and 6 for Year 5/6.

The following events will be held next Friday: High Jump, Triple Jump, Sack Race, Long Jump.
Year 3 to 6 students are to wear their PE uniform for the first two Fridays, but can wear House coloured t-shits on the last Friday (20th November).

Foundation to Year 2 Athletics
The alternative Athletics Day for Foundation to Year 2 students will be held this Wednesday, 4 November. Foundation and Year 1 students will compete in sprints and novelty team relays (sack race, potato race, baton relay). Year 2 students will compete in sprints, baton relay, long jump and a throw event.

Foundation to Year 2 students can wear their house colours clothes for the day and are encouraged to bring a drink to take to each event with them.

Unfortunately we will not be allowing parent spectators to attend. We will do our best to capture as many movements and upload them to our Facebook page.

Foundation to Year 2 swimming program
With the government restrictions easing, we have been in contact with the YMCA and are organising how our Foundation to Year 2 swimming program will look for this term. Please keep an eye out for further information next week.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Message from College Chaplain, Mrs Alice Lamb
I bet our community has been celebrating or may just be grateful that some of the COVID restrictions have lifted, and what a lovely time of year for that to have occurred! We are now able to have visitors (albeit with some restrictions) to our homes. The COVID pandemic is developing into a bit of a journey and there will be long term repercussions. It's best in situations such as these just to take things step-by-step. We cannot predict the future, just cope and adapt as we go along.

It's been a big and different year for our Year 12s. This year has required much adaptability from our Year 12s and their families in particular. Today they have finished their on-campus attendance. I wish them well with the future pursuits. Remember, different times perhaps require changes to plans and different approaches to your goals. There is always more than one way to solve a problem.
Wellbeing support
Use the form below to contact the Wellbeing Team (which includes the Provisional Psychologist, Chaplain and Pastor). Once the form has been received, your inquiry will be discussed within the Wellbeing Team. A follow-up phone call will be made to provide consultation about your inquiry and determine an appropriate course of action. This may result in a referral to outside professionals. Please note the College Principal may be informed of your inquiry as necessary. Responses will be within 48 hours. If it is an urgent matter, please contact the College Principal or Head of School.
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School photos
School photos for Foundation to Year 10 students will be held on Thursday 19 November. Students are required to wear formal summer uniform. To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, this year there will only be head shots taken of students. Unfortunately, family photos will also not be possible this year. You can order photos online at the below link, using Access Key: RJ38DV29.
Trading second-hand school items
Thanks to the PTFA, 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.
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