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Warm greetings to families and friends. It is with joy that I write this week’s newsletter once again at the end of a lock down period (albeit a short one) in Victoria. The relief we felt on Wednesday as we heard the news that we can resume onsite learning was wonderful and, so too, was seeing students and staff back the next day. With COVID-19 still present in so many communities around the world our reality is that we will need to adjust to changing restrictions over the coming months—for better and for worst. With the events during this week, it has reminded me how important it is for all individuals in our community to support, and be open to being supported by, one another. The world is changing and challenging but we need to treat each other with care, particularly when we can all be affected differently by the same event. Our positive actions and interactions with each another are vital and continue to make our community a strong, supportive and a caring place. So be kind to others and be kind to yourself. Look for those who may seem like they are struggling and ask if they are ok. Think first before responding in frustration or anger—we do have so much to be grateful for. Take the time to breathe! God gave us two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason… let’s look and listen more to those around us and speak the love and care that HTLC is known for.

I wish the Year 4–6 students and staff all the best as they participate in the inaugural Primary House Swimming Carnival today. I congratulate all students who participated in the many events and I give thanks to Mrs Tarn McDonald (Primary Sport Coordinator) and other HTLC staff for their organisation in making it enjoyable for the students. I look forward to sharing the achievements of the day over the coming days.

Finally, I remind all families that the application process for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is still available to members in our college. As previously mentioned, 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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The call to serve, by Martin Oldfield
‘And Moses said, “Here I am.”’ (Exodus 3:4)
This reading highlights a typical encounter with the God of Creation. There is often a mountain involved and nearly always fire. And fear and trembling. Oh, and it was often the lowliest of people going up the mountain. Moses was a shepherd (a lowly job). He went up Mt Horeb, and there was a burning bush (the fire bit). He hid his face (the fear bit). God called ‘Moses, Moses’, and Moses’ simple reply of ‘Here I am’ indicated his willingness to listen to God. If you read a little further, you will discover that he wasn’t entirely enamoured with what God then told him to do, but that is a whole other story.
And we can see ourselves in this story. We are privileged to live in the time after the resurrection. We don’t have to go up a mountain and look for a fire to find God and hear his voice. We don’t have to hide our face in fear because we have Abba Father – our Heavenly Dad – who has always longed for a relationship with us, his children. In the Bible, we have his word at our fingertips. We can go there and hear his voice at any time. We can find out what he is asking us to do. God talks to us from his word – no fire needed today! And we will often say ‘Here I am’ … until we discover what it is that he is asking of us. It is very easy to say ‘Here I am’, but a whole lot harder to say ‘and now I will do what you ask of me’.
It is even harder to actually go and do what God has asked us to do. It takes more than going to church on Sunday and living a ‘good life’ (judged against what standard?!) to be called a Christian. It takes a lot more than simply saying ‘Here I am’ to be called a follower and disciple of Jesus. God doesn’t need high powered, successful people to do his work – all he needs is any person prepared to say ‘Here I am’ and mean it. God longs for you to be a person who says ‘Here I am’ and then he loves to help you mean it.
Dear Heavenly Father, here I am! My spirit is willing, but sometimes my flesh is weak. Please grant me the strength to carry out the work you created me to do with a joyful heart and a willing spirit. Amen.
(From the Daily Devotions - LCA)
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What a week!
What a week it has been, with a student free day, two days of remote learning, return to school for all students and a Swimming Carnival! I would like to recognise the efforts of students, parents and staff as we have pivoted and responded to the changes that have occurred this week. It has certainly had challenging moments! I feel very blessed to be part of such a supportive and dedicated team of teachers and support staff and am very grateful for they way they have continued to support students and families during the circuit breaker lockdown. Thank you!

Swimming Carnival
As this week's newsletter goes to print our Junior School Swimming Carnival will be taking place. Thank you to Mrs McDonald and all staff and students who have helped to make this event possible at the end of a busy week.

Assembly this week will be delivered via Google Meets. The Meet Link is available on the HTLC public calendar.

Healthy lunch boxes
HTLC encourages our students to bring a healthy snack and lunch each day. There are so many wonderful ideas available to help children and parents pack a lunch box which tastes great and fuels growing bodies for learning. The Healthy Eating Advisory Service promotes pick and mix options which include tasty ideas from these core food groups:
  1. fruit
  2. vegetables, legumes and beans
  3. milk, yoghurt and cheese
  4. lean meats and seeds (please avoid nuts)
  5. grains and cereals.
We also ask you to please consider the allergies of students in your child’s class when packing lunch boxes. Some useful websites include: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org and https://heas.health.vic.gov.au/schools/healthy-lunchboxes.

This morning 2B led Chapel with a focus on showing love to others, based on John 13:35 If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples’. Next week Year 5G will be leading our Junior School worship. Please encourage your child to bring a small offering.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Remote learning
This week all Victorian school students experienced remote learning for the first time in 2021. The 5-day lockdown in Victoria presented the opportunity for Holy Trinity Lutheran College to enact remote learning protocols which were established and refined throughout last year. The transition from face to face to remote learning went smoothly with staff and students adapting quickly which resulted in only minor interruptions to student learning. While we hold hope that future lockdowns and forced school closures are not a regular occurrence, it is reassuring to know that the college is well equipped to continue to provide learning opportunities for students should the need arise in the near future.

Year 9 Rite Journey Parent Information Evening
The Year 9 Rite Journey parent Information Evening and student Calling/Departure Ceremony will be held next Thursday 25 February in the Multi-Purpose Centre of the College. The Information Evening will begin at 7:30pm and all parents are invited to come along to hear about the year-long program and the philosophies behind its implementation. At 8:30pm, parents and students will gather in the MPC to take part in the Departure Ceremony, a short service which signifies a ‘letting-go’ by the parents as their children embark on this journey. As the parents leave, the students will remain and prepare to wake up early to set off to their mystery destination where they will participate in the Calling Ceremony. A service which calls and invites the students to take steps towards manhood or womanhood. I encourage all parents to ensure medical consent and code of conduct forms are returned by Monday morning.

Student Representative Council
The final Student Representative Council (SRC) positions for 2021 were elected today. An installation service will be held at an upcoming assembly. Parents will be notified of when this will take place.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Return to school
Yesterday we welcomed our senior students back to school after a brief period of remote learning, and once again the Senior Centre returned to a hive of activity. Whilst many students are excited to return to classroom learning, we understand that changes to routine can be unsettling for some students. Please don’t hesitate to contact staff if your child is finding the transition challenging or that they are behind with coursework.

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. You can find the Careers Newsletter under the 'Newsletter' section of the app.

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 in the Senior Centre. Private study time is also available for students at these times.

Staff learning
Staff have been ensuring their Study Design knowledge is current and their delivery is engaging by attending professional development specific to their subjects. Senior staff have attended VCE Chemistry, Biology, History and English conferences over the last couple of weeks.

College Ball 2021
Training for the College Ball will resume for Year 11 and 12 students on Sunday 21 February in the College MPC. Year 12 students will train from 1–2:30pm and Year 11 students from 2:30–4pm. Students are reminded to wear socks for these sessions. Sunday training sessions at the Lutheran Church Hall will commence on Wednesday 3 March at 4pm. We sincerely thank Mrs Moore and Mrs Schneider for assuming the task of training both groups.

Specialist Sport Program
Our team of students selected for the Specialist Sport Program participated in their first session with a strength and conditioning coach today at the Horsham Aquatic Centre. Each student has been issued with an individual program aimed at supporting their development and performance in their chosen area of competition. Team YMCA training sessions will officially commence on Monday 15 March at 3:45pm at the Aquatic Centre and will be held every Monday and Wednesday at this time. The season launch will be held at HTLC on Monday 1 March from 7:30–8:15pm. Further information will be provided to parents as it becomes available.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Well done to the Year 4–6 students who attended the Swimming Carnival today! Results will be announced next week. The Hockey Clinic that had been scheduled for this week for Year 3–6 students has been postponed, and I will provide details once the clinics have been rescheduled.

Important sport dates:
  • 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
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Secondary Sport

The HTLC Swimming Carnival was held last Friday, 12 February. Fashions by the pool started the day off, with students dressed to impress. A variety of costumes were on display, with loud and bright colours matched by impressive hand-crafted outfits in every direction you looked. Wimmera and Lowan ended the Fashions on even points, with Mallee taking out a close second place.
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Following the heats held in the morning, the novelty events were a focal point of the day. Participation was at an all-time high, with students enjoying Water Polo, Boogie Board Relays and Synchronised Swimming. Points were distributed nearly evenly across the events, with Wimmera taking out the coveted Synchronised Swimming event; while all houses shared wins across Water Polo and Boogie Board Relays.

The finals were held in the afternoon, with students’ results from the heats identifying who would move on to race for the points. The carnival was even for the majority of the day, with no house unable to take a clear lead. Coming into the final 4 x 50m relays for the day, the prize was on the line for the taking. With a few close finishes, the results came down to a nail biting end. Students were left on a cliff-hanger, with the winners and age champions to be announced next week at assembly.

A huge thank you to all the staff, parents and students who assisted with the smooth running of the carnival!
Upcoming events
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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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
Bags and menus will go out to student today. Please ensure that correct money is sent with orders, as no change is able to be given.
Horsham art gallery
Welcome to 2021 at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. We have an exciting program of events this year. You can connect with our gallery program and our team in these ways:
Upcoming events at the gallery
  • After school art classes are beginning 22nd February
    Mondays, from 5–6pm we are running online art club for 10 years+ to better reach students in remote locations.
    Tuesdays from 4–5:30pm Art Kids for 7–11 year olds will run at the gallery.
    Wednesdays we’ll run Art Teens for 12–16 year olds at the gallery.
  • Mini Makers
    Will run every third Friday of the Month 10–10:45am for under 5 year olds and their parent or carer beginning 19 February.
  • Sunday Funday
    Will run every weekend with drop-in activities from 10am–12pm. These fun art activities are designed for a range of age groups and their families to engage in together. Begins in March.
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