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Greetings to all at HTLC. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Senior Students all the best as they commence their final VCE examinations next week. I hope and pray that the next several weeks are well spent and of value to you, ensuring you achieve your best. I would also like to wish our Year 7–11 students all the best as they commence exam preparations next week for their exam week commencing Monday 16 November.

Congratulations and thank you to the Junior School staff who supported the running of the Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day on Wednesday. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Mrs Tarn McDonald and Mr Daryl Taber for their organisation of the carnival. By all reports it was great day with all students having a wonderful time. Well done to all!

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight several calendar reminders that I ask families to keep in mind for the coming weeks.
  • School photos (Foundation to Year 10) will be taken on Thursday 19 November. Further information is available at the bottom of the newsletter and on the app.
  • Our final student free day for the year is scheduled for Monday 23 November. This day is our planned report writing day for staff and provides valued time for teachers to collate feedback and report on student outcomes.
  • The PTFA AGM will take place on Monday 23 November starting at 7pm. This meeting is currently scheduled as an online meeting but may change with restrictions easing over the coming weeks. The meeting is open to members of our community and will be a time to discuss a number of PTFA initiatives for 2021, additional to the election of next year’s Executive Committee members. All members of our community are encouraged to attend.
Any additional important dates for the year can be found on our calendar, or will be provided by the relevant Head of Sub-School over the coming weeks.

Once again, I ask that individuals who are feeling unwell must not attend school and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continual support in this matter is greatly appreciated. Have a great week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Moving forward
Last week the Year 12 cohort presented chapel for the whole school. It is an opportunity for them to ‘farewell’ the college that has been their home of growth and development. A time to reflect with gratitude on the memories, milestones, and mates that have made their time special. Some have been with us from the beginning of their education. Others have joined us at varying points along the way. Whatever, each of every one of you have been a valued and important part of our college.

This time is also an opportunity for the college to acknowledge the contribution that this group of students has made to our community. That should never be overlooked. While we exist to provide a quality Christian education to our community, it is the people who pass through our college that make it the community it is.

Some of you already have plans for your future next year. Some of you will be putting next year ‘on hold’ and gaining some life experience, maybe picking up some work. Others will be continuing with tertiary studies. Whatever, God will be with you in the future as he has been in the past. This is the promise of God’s Word: And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’ (2 Corinthians 9:8).

While it can be a sad time (for them and us) to leave the college, it is exciting for us to see students progress over the years and be ready for the next chapter in life. God bless you all in what remains to be done this year and in your future. You have truly been a blessing to us.

Father God, we thank you for the Year 12 group this year. Thank you for the opportunity they have had to grow and learn with us. Thank you for the leaders and role models they are for our community. Thank you for what lies ahead for them, and especially for the promise of your presence and blessing on their future. Keep them and us all in your love and care, for Jesus’ sake, in whose dear name we pray. Amen.
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Pastor Gus
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Athletics
It was lovely to see our Foundation to Year 2 students dressed in their house colours and competing for their team at Athletics on Wednesday. Well done to everyone! Our Year 3-6 students have also started their Athletics competition today. This will run over the next three weeks as part of Friday Sport. Students in Years 3-6 are invited to wear a t-shirt in their house colours, along with other items of the HTLC sports uniform, on Friday 20 November. Thank you very much to Mrs McDonald, Mr Taber and the helpers on the day!

Reverse advent calendar
The SRC will be coordinating a reverse advent calendar project in support of the Christian Emergency Food Centre and Horsham Church of Christ. Unlike a regular advent calendar, which focuses on receiving, the reverse advent calendar focuses on giving to others. Each class will be preparing one ‘calendar’ by donating non-perishable food items to be distributed to less fortunate local families this Christmas.

Foundation 2021 transition
We are looking forward to welcoming our 2021 Foundation students on site for the first time next Tuesday. Students will be attending with one adult carer for Story Time #3.

ThinkUKnow
Leading Senior Constable Linda McLennan streamed the ThinkUKnow presentation to the Year 4 and 5 classes from Mrs Alice Lamb's (College Chaplain) office on Wednesday afternoon. Topics covered included: being careful online in gaming and social platforms by understanding that you do not know who you may be interacting with. The students were surprised that the average age of gamers is 30 years old. It could be assumed by children that all gamers are children like themselves. Online bullying was also discussed and the importance of being kind to each other and not being an inactive bystander to bullying or joining in on bullying behaviour. It was also shared that it is always ok to talk to a trusted adult about something experienced online, if it made you feel bad or concerned.

Chapel
This week Year 2S prepared and presented Chapel based on the Old Testament story of the birth of Jacob and Esau, from Genesis 25. This Bible verse helps us to remember that God has created us all differently. We are each unique and special and should celebrate being just the way God made us.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Evana Jain FL: Maya Smith FS: Felix Macumber 1D: Koby Clarke, Zoe Kemp, Jared Schwarz 1H: Angus Heard, Casen Parish 2B: Nixon Broadbear 2H: Cypress Kenny 2S: Judd Oakley 3B: Eden Dunn, Axal Henskes 3L: Chase Altmann, Bodhi Edmonds 4F: Lilly Peuker 4I: Brodie McIntosh 4R: Tarren Mibus 5D: Charlie Arnott, Hannah Polack, Emma Uebergang 5G: Jack Kelly, Justin Leaver-Schwarz 5V: Chontelle Gerdtz, Lucy Pietsch 6N: Kali Gross, Abbey O'Connor 6T: Harry Hallam Digital Technology: Vincent Brennan, Judd Oakley, Hugo Poplawski Performing Arts: Elsa Drendal PE: Jy Dennis Jing Award: Matthew S
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 9 Rite Journey Camp
This past week the Year 9 students have completed a full week of activities in the Grampians National Park as part of their Rite Journey camp. The camp aims to develop the following traits, skills and values: resiliency, teamwork, independence, selflessness, perseverance, self-esteem, courage, relationships, problem solving skills, leadership skills and healthy living. The activities—which included high ropes courses, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, solo experience and a 3-day hike—were all carefully selected to enable the students an opportunity to develop and focus on themselves, free from the distractions of everyday life and technology.

Over the course of the week, the students embraced all opportunities, challenges and situations with an impressive attitude. The support and encouragement they afforded each other was evident throughout the week and it was pleasing to see bonds and friendships form and strengthen over the course of the week. No doubt, all students eagerly looked forward to a warm shower and comfy bed when they arrived back at HTLC tonight. The students have earned a well-deserved rest and will hopefully be strengthened by the shared experiences of the past week.
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2021 Year 7 student testing and Parent Information Session
Next week, information regarding entrance testing for students enrolled in Year 7 at HTLC in 2021 will be forwarded to parents by email. Due to COVID restrictions, this testing will not take place on site this year. As a way of supporting parents in their preparations for 2021, a link to a virtual information session will also be provided. The session will include information about book lists, stationery orders, uniform, class allocation, Transition Day, ICT BYOD Program and end of year details. I look forward to continuing to work with our new students and families as the commencement of their secondary education draws nearer.

Assessment tasks
Over the next two weeks, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be asked to complete final assessment tasks for the semester. This can be a busy and stressful time and I encourage parents to communicate with their children and subject teachers to ensure that we can best support them through this period. A reminder that Homework Club is available to all students on Monday and Wednesday nights from 3:30-4:30pm.
Term 4 Middle School timeline
  • 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
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VETiS
Finishing dates for courses will vary this year due to the disruption to classes during the year and opportunity to undertake practical assessment. We have been notified of the following course conclusion dates:
  • Federation University
    Salon: 18 November (some students may require extra classes)
  • Skillinvest
    Auto: 9 December (1st and 2nd Year)
    Building: 9 December (1st and 2nd Year)
    Engineering: 9 December (1st and 2nd Year)
    Agriculture: 11 November (1st Year)
  • Centre for Participation
    Community Services: 4 November
2021 VETiS enrolment
Course enrolment numbers for 2021 have been extremely positive. The following courses are full and have waiting lists: Building and Construction, Salon, and Plumbing. Some positions are still available for Auto and Sport and Recreation. Music and Dance will not run in 2021 due to a lack of numbers.

VCAL 2021
Parent Declaration forms for students commencing VET courses in 2021 should be returned to the college as soon as possible.

Good luck to our Year 12 students
We wish our Year 12 students well as they either complete their VCAL units or prepare for external VCE examinations. At this stage we are planning a twilight celebratory worship service for the evening of Friday 27 November to both formally acknowledge their achievements and the conclusion of their secondary education. Further details and information will be forwarded shortly.
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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
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Foundation to Year 2 Athletics
A huge thank you to all staff and student assistants in making our Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day happen. Although the start of the day saw us with some rainy weather, we adapted and events were still able to go ahead. Congratulations to all who received ribbons. It was so good to see the students really enjoy themselves.

House points will be tallied and when our Year 3 to 6 students have finished their events in a few weeks' time, we will be able to announce an overall House winner. Please keep an eye out for more photos of the day on our Facebook page.
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Year 3 to 6 Athletics
Today the Year 3 to 6 students started their events for their Athletics carnival. They participated in High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump with a novelty sack race and potato race events. Next week they will be competing in Discus, Shot Put, Vortex Distance throw and a Baton/Butterfly Relay. Please keep an eye out for more footage of the day on our Facebook page.

Foundation to Year 2 swimming program
The Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 swimming program has been confirmed with the YMCA Aquatic Centre. This will take place in Weeks 8 and 9 of this term. Students will be attending each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in these weeks, starting Wednesday 25 November. More information will be sent home in the coming week.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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Message from College Chaplain, Mrs Alice Lamb
It was great to see some photos on Wednesday of the Junior students enjoying the carnival. Thankfully, the weather was not too hot, with a shower in the morning that cooled the day off a little.

On another note, for over a year now at Holy Trinity Lutheran College we have incorporated Positive Education as part of our pastoral care program to support the wellbeing of our students. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote self-awareness and encourage a healthy lifestyle—within a Lutheran context. This is important not only for students, but also for staff and everyone in our community.

It’s important to work on our wellbeing to ensure we are resilient, able to thrive, get enjoyment out of life and are capable of building healthy relationships with others. If you have any questions about Positive Education or wellbeing, please contact me or other members of the Wellbeing Team
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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