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Greetings to members of HTLC. As we come to the end of the school week I acknowledge that the increase of theCOVID-19 cases detected in the Greater Melbourne region are creating concern for all Victorians. I pray that the situation at this point in time is brought under control and the restrictions we have felt in the past will not be needed. In the event of any changes occurring to the operations of the school over the weekend an email and app notification will be sent to families highlighting the relevant details.

On behalf of the staff at HTLC I would like to take this opportunity to thank the families who attended the welcome and information evenings last week. It was wonderful to see how this time spent by our community was truly valued and I acknowledge the effort that went into making it such a success. I would also like to give thanks to the PTFA for their involvement in providing the nibbles and drinks at the end of the information sessions. It has become a cherished opportunity for connection at the start of each year and I look forward to further connecting with both families and staff during the year ahead.

With the annual Secondary House Swimming Carnival taking place today I congratulate the students of all Houses on their participation in the scheduled events. Thanks to Mr Jesse Kuchel (Head of Sport and Coaching) and other HTLC staff for their organisation of the day and in making it enjoyable for the students. The Primary House Swimming Carnival will be held next Friday 19 February for the first time and I would like to wish our Junior School students and staff all the best for their preparation for this upcoming event.

I remind all families that the application process for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is still available to members in our college. This fund has been established by the Victorian Government to support families gain access to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Details about the application process can be found in the link below. I strongly encourage all eligible families to apply for this funding.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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By Pastor Stephen Abraham
‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’ (Matthew 9:37,38).
Growing up on the farm, I learnt that when harvest time comes, you drop everything and find people to just ‘get it done’. My mum’s lesson from Dad on how to drive the tractor was ‘get in and drive’! At harvest time, there is this small window of opportunity before the weather may turn and ruin the crop. Don’t think about it, just get it done! And many other industries experience that sense of urgency: chefs during peak service, teachers during interviews and report writing, project leaders when a big job is coming up. You drop everything, working hours into the night just to get it done.
There’s a great story about Tim Cook, the CEO of the tech giant, Apple. It goes like this: a few years back, Tim convened a meeting with his team, and the discussion turned to a particular problem in Asia. ‘This is really bad,’ Cook told the group. ‘Someone should be in China driving this.’ Thirty minutes into that meeting, Cook looked at Sabih Khan, a key operations executive, and abruptly asked, with no trace of emotion, ‘Why are you still here?’
I love that story. If there’s a problem, just go fix it! Sometimes in the church, we see an important need and get so caught up in procedure (forming a committee, organising to meet, setting the agenda, writing the minutes etc) that we miss the opportunity to just act and get the job done!
We get that sense of urgency as Matthew gives the account of Jesus’ ministry in today’s reading; so much to do and so little time to do it.
And what is his motivation? ‘When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’ (Matthew 9:36).
You see that emotion in our country when there is a natural disaster, when people ‘feel gutted’ for fellow Aussies, drop what they are doing and get stuck in and help their neighbours.
‘Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields’.
Enough talk! Let’s just do it!
Almighty God, you know our world has been turned upside down by recent events. People are struggling, feeling lost and broken by hardship and tragedy. Lord of the Harvest, we pray for workers to help with this harvest of tears. Lead us in the ways we can help people physically and emotionally and share with them the faith that empowers our loving service. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
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Student leadership
House Captains
Year 6 students gave their House Captains speeches to students in Year 3 to Year 6 last Friday afternoon and were elected by a student vote. Well done to all students who nominated and presented their speeches last week. I congratulate the following students who have been elected Junior School House Captains for 2021:
  • Mallee: Ellita Scollary, Liam Richardson, Amelia Friberg and Lachlan North
  • Wimmera: Hayley Uebergang, Link Smith, Emma Uebergang and Eli Bailey
  • Lowan: Nellie Driller, Charlie Hopper, Imogen Dunn and Toby Uebergang
Student Representative Council
Two students from each class from Year 3 to Year 6 have been elected as student representatives for 2021. The Student Representative Council will be coordinated by Mrs Vicki Gadsdon this year, and their first meeting will be on Thursday next week. I congratulate students who have been elected to the Junior School SRC this year: 3B: Lola Kerr and Nixon Beattie, 3K: Lara Toddman and Vincent Brennan, 3L: Charlotte Kelly and Kobe Hallam, 4F: Jemma Hoffmann and Lincoln Fischer, 4R: Savannah Korf and Rafael Del Real, 5D: Maya Przibilla and Bailey Dridan, 5G: Bonnie Grieger and Jayden Eltze, 5H: Lexie Hallam and Frazer Shurdington, 6G: Hannah Polack and Archer Mills, 6H: Adelyn Penny and Rory Johnston, 6N: Contelle Gerdtz and Noah Eilola, and our Junior School Captains: Emma Streeter, Jack Kelly, Lucy Bunworth and Edward Jones.

These students were installed into their leadership roles and presented with their badges at assembly on Monday morning. Our assembly was recorded and can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6qFly4Z2kg. Next week’s assembly will be held via Google Meet, and the link can be found on the HTLC calendar.

Student Progress Meetings
Thank you to all of the parents who attended Student Progress Meetings this week. Home and school partnerships are a core component of excellent education outcomes, and we appreciate the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning needs with you. If you were unable to make an appointment this week, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher to organise a time to meet.

Shrove Tuesday
Next Tuesday, 16 February, is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday when traditionally Christians have used up rich foods in preparation for Lent. Our VCAL students will be cooking pancakes for students in Foundation to Year 5, which will be served with ice-cream and maple syrup. Options will be available for students with dietary requirements. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and proceeds raised will be donated to local charities. Year 6 students will be making pancakes as part of their Food Technology class, which they will share with the students in Woodwork class.

This term we are focussing on serving others, looking at Jesus’ example of how to serve others in the Bible. This morning 6N led Chapel with a focus on putting others’ needs before your own in Philippians 2:3-5. Next week Year 2B will be leading our Junior School worship. Please encourage your child to bring a small offering.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Stella Bouma FS: Heidi Rethus 1C: Lennox Hose 1D: Neve Dennis, Mason McDonald 1I: Max Lenehan 2B: Hallie Souter 2S: Sanhitha Ranasinghe 3B: Aizla Shrestha 3K: All of 3K 3L: All of 3L 4F: Arkie Mackley, Gargi Naik 4R: Zena Williams 5D: All of 5D 5G: Mitchell Arnts, Sammy Uphyaya 5H: Noah Bouma, Brodie McIntosh 6G: Charlie Arnott 6H: Zahra Ellis 6N: Charli Rethus, Jack Kelly Chinese: Mitchell Arnts Digital Technology: Link Smith Performing Arts: All of 1C Library: Vincent Brennan Jing Award: Eli Bailey
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 7 transition camp
The Year 7 students have completed their first full week of Year 7 classes after a successful transition camp last week. The camp provided an opportunity for the students to work towards the following objectives:
  • building relationships with peers
  • developing team building skills
  • developing organisational processes and procedures
  • stepping outside your comfort zone
  • healthy risk taking
  • exploring student leadership
  • having fun.
It was pleasing to see students interact in a positive way and embrace the opportunity to support and encourage each other when faced with various tasks and challenges. There was a positive energy and spirit within the group which was noticed by the staff who visited over the course of the 2 days. The students can now look forward to continuing to establish their routines and norms as they settle into the term.
Middle School Ambassador positions
Congratulations to Year 7 students Abbey O’Connor, Eva Drendel, Harrison Daniell and Jed Pohlner for being elected as Middle School Ambassadors for 2021. These four students were selected from an initial group of over 20 students and should feel honoured to be voted in by their peers and the selection panel. I wish them all the best as they embark on this important leadership position this year.
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Homework Club
A reminder that regular homework is now being issued to all middle school students. To assist students with completing their homework, Homework Club will be open from 3:30-4:30pm every Monday and Wednesday night. Students will be provided with a quiet workspace and be given access to teacher support should they require it. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parents are asked to let staff know if their child is planning on attending by emailing Home Room teachers or myself.

Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Every year the Swimming Carnival provides many highlights including experienced swimmers showcasing their skills, the effort of swimmers trying their best to gain points for their house through participation in championship and novelty events, and of course the eagerly anticipated ‘fashion’ show which always provides many laughs. Thanks to Mr Kuchel and the team for again putting in hours of work to enable this event to take place.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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College Ball 2021
Training for the College Ball for students in Years 11 and 12 commenced this week. For the first few weeks, training will be held in the College MPC. Students are asked to train in socks. Sunday training sessions at the Lutheran Church Hall will commence on Wednesday 3 March.

Careers newsletter
Our careers newsletter will be sent out weekly this year to all students in the Senior School. Both parents and students are strongly encouraged to access these editions as they contain valuable and relevant information about work experience, career options, university programs and open days.

After school study sessions
All senior students are encouraged to take advantage of the after school sessions provided by staff from Monday to Thursday evenings. Private study time is also available for students.

Specialist Sport Program
Our team of students selected for the Specialist Sport Program completed their musculoskeletal assessments this week and will meet with a strength and conditioning coach next week at the Horsham Aquatic Centre. Their training program will officially commence on Monday 15 March.

Wimmera Science and Engineering Challenge
Year 10 students will be attending the Challenge on Tuesday 23 February where they will compete in teams throughout the day. Students will complete a range of challenges aimed at offering a positive experience of science and engineering and establishing it as a potential, future pathway for senior students.

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, Screen and Media, Kitchen Operations and Health Support Services and Agriculture.

Work experience
Year 10 students have received their work experience handbooks this week which they should read thoroughly prior to commencing the process of seeking work experience. Students are encouraged to organise their placement as soon as possible and to ensure that forms are promptly returned to the college.

VCAL students have commenced their first project for the year and have undertaken the challenge of running a BBQ at the College swimming sports. Students undertaking Structured Work Placement are reminded that this needs to be confirmed as soon as possible.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Important sport dates
  • Year 4–6 Swimming Carnival: 19 February 2021 at the YMCA
  • Team Vic try outs deadline: 1 March 2021 (visit www.ssv.vic.edu.au) for details.
    (This is only for those elite athletes who wish to try out for the Schools Sport Victoria Teams for AFL, Netball, please let the school know if you intend on attending as the school needs to approve and sign off on these try outs).
  • Little Desert Swimming: 3 March
  • Little Desert Tennis: 17 March
  • Greater Western Swimming: 19 March
  • Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day: Tuesday 23 March
  • Year 3 to 6 Athletics Day: Thursday 25 March
  • HTLC Cross Country Tuesday: 27 April
Swimming Carnival
The Holy Trinity Lutheran College Junior Swimming Carnival is scheduled for Friday 19 February. It will be held at the YMCA (Horsham Aquatic Centre). All Year 4-6 students will be attending the YMCA Horsham Aquatic Centre for the day to compete in swimming strokes and team/novelty events. This event is rapidly approaching, so below are guidelines and information regarding the carnival.
  • Travel arrangements
    Students will attend chapel and then depart at approx. 9:30am via the school buses to travel to the YMCA. At the conclusion of the day, students will return to school by 3:15pm so normal departure schedules can occur.
  • Costumes/attire
    Students may arrive at school in either their house-coloured costumes or clothes, or alternatively their sport uniforms, covering bathers. They will have the opportunity to get changed at the YMCA, but are encouraged to have their swimming attire on underneath their outfits. Students are encouraged to dress in their house colours and participate in ‘Fashions at the Pool’. Paint, glitter and hairspray are only acceptable if the student does not intend to enter the pool during the day. Coloured zinc is allowed.
    Hats are to be worn at all times outdoors, along with sunscreen. Sunscreen will be provided, however students who require alternate sunscreen, should ensure enough is packed for the duration of the day.
    Please ensure your child has appropriate swimming attire and bring their own swimming caps, towel and goggles along with any other comforts they may need on the day.
  • COVID-19 restrictions
    Parents are welcome to the carnival throughout the day, however, the main entrance is not to be used. An alternate entry, directly into the outdoor pool area will be available in between the YMCA and Ambulance Station, via O'Callaghans Parade. This entrance will be staffed to ensure that entry is restricted to school community members. See the map for further details.
    All entrants will be required to scan their entry at the QR code located at this point or manually register their details upon entry. The college is required to submit a COVID-Safe plan to the facility, prior to the carnival. COVID-19 regulations currently in place at the YMCA, restrict numbers of people using toilets and change facilities at one time. This will also be monitored throughout the day.
  • Refreshments/lunch
    VCAL students will be running a BBQ, with a sausage in bread for $2. Alternatively, they will need to bring a packed lunch from home. The YMCA outdoor kiosk will also be open during the day. We encourage students to bring a drink bottle and keep hydrated throughout the day, especially after events.
  • Students are not to bring personal electronic devices to the pool. If mobile phones are required for an emergency, or to contact parents regarding a pick up time from the college, these must be kept in student bags at all times, unless the supervising teacher has granted permission for use. Any student bringing a personal, electronic device with them must notify the supervising staff member upon arriving at the college. The college accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged devices.
  • Attached is a program for the day. If the day is running behind schedule some events such as relays will not commence. This will allow students to return to school on time for pick up arrangements.
  • Parent helpers
    We are still after parent volunteers for the swimming carnival if possible please contact tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au for more information.
Hockey clinic
Years 3–6 will have the opportunity to participate in a Hockey clinic run by coaches from Hockey Victoria on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February. A timetable of these clinic times is below:
  • Wednesday 17 February:
    6G: 9.30-10.10

    6H: 10:10-10:50
    6N: 11:30-12:10
    5H: 12:10-12:50
    5G: 1:45-2:20
    5D: 2:20- 3:10
  • Thursday 18 February:
    3K: 9:30-10:10
    3L: 10:10-10:50
    3B: 11:30-12:10
    4F: 12:10- 12:50
    4R: 1:45-2:20
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

The HTLC Intermediate Boys represented the school at Black Ranges Cricket on Monday, February 8 at Dudley Cornell Park; going up against Horsham College and Stawell Secondary College. The boys put up a valiant effort all day, falling just short in both matches. The boys were well represented, with captain Joey Nagorcka leading from the front with the bat. Matthew Reichelt was also influential all day, chipping in with both bat and ball.
The HTLC Intermediate and Senior boys tennis participated in Stawell on Thursday, with close results all day between the competition. The Intermediate boys only lost one match for the day, going down to Horsham College after a recount on games occurred after a tied rubber on sets. The team, led by Noah Werry, impressed all day, and are anxiously awaiting a countback on games after tying in 1st place with two other schools. The senior boys fought hard all day, also having close results going both ways throughout the day. Overall, in the hot and windy conditions, all of the boys played extremely well and should be proud of their efforts. Well done boys!
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2: Black Ranges Swimming
18: Black Ranges Intermediate/Senior Volleyball
19: Greater Western Region Swimming
26: Pedal Prix Mount Gambier
29: HTLC Secondary Athletics
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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As a college, we understand that parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance. While there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance.
HTLC has partnered with SchoolTV, an online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies.
What’s the secret to stopping sibling rivalry?
Join Dr Justin Coulson for an all-new presentation that will help you:
  • teach your children how to resolve relationship ruptures effectively
  • guide your children to empathy, compassion, and kindness (or at least some basic respect) toward one another
  • inspire your family to work together on building harmony and peace at home
  • orient your children (and even the grown-ups) towards a way of being that makes your home feel like the kind of place people want to be
  • exemplify filling your lives with service and ‘other-focused’ behaviours so there is no time to fight with each other
  • help your children to develop strong bonds with each other
Monday 15 February, 8pm
(Please note: This webinar is included in all Happy Families memberships)
Horsham Flyer Mon 22nd Feb 2021 url
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Secondary vaccination program
The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students
  • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students
Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students will receive a vaccine consent card booklet soon. Please read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Horsham Rural City Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2021 if you do not want your contact details given to the Horsham Rural City Council immunisation service. To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15–19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider (i.e. Horsham Rural City Council or GP).
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 2021 are now open.
Lunch orders
Lunch orders will be resuming next week, supplied by Gourmet Food & Flowers, and can be ordered on Tuesday or Thursday (depending on year level).
  • Foundation to Year 4: Tuesdays
  • Year 5–Year 12: Thursdays
Please ensure that correct money is sent with orders, as no change is able to be given.
Horsham Soccer Club Come and Try Soccer Event
It's time to get moving—the Horsham Soccer Club is looking for any players aged 9 to 16 years to come and try soccer at Dudley Cornell Park from 9.30am on Sunday 14 February. Stawell Soccer Club and Geelong Reds U/12s are coming to provide even more fun. So regardless of ability, let's all get moving and join in and have some fun.
If you are planning on coming please let Gavin McRoberts know on 0431266077.

Juniors should arrive at 9.30am for team allocation and kick off at 10.00am. Junior games will be finished by 11.00am.Want to play but can't make it to this event. Pre-season training is as follows:
  • U12-U14 train at 5.30pm Monday and Friday at Dudley Cornell
  • U17+ train at 6.30-8.30pm Monday and Friday at Dudley Cornell
  • U6-U11 MiniRoos program kicks off in Term 2 on Wednesdays and Fridays at Dudley Cornell
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