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Greetings to families and friends. Lutheran Education Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmanian (LEVNT) District Office has provided all Lutheran schools with updates to policies for their school operations. As a result, we have made amendments to the Student Code of Conduct and Parent Code of Conduct. We also now have a Social Media Policy to provide guidance about acceptable use of social media for all members of our college, including parents, students, staff and volunteers. These documents are available on our app and college website. I encourage all families to view these documents as they form the suite of policies that support school operations and student enrolment.

Last week, the Victorian Department of Education and Training updated its School Operations Guide in light of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Premier on Friday 26 February. Under the new conditions, face masks are no longer mandatory in all indoor spaces for school staff and students aged 12 or older. The updated guide, however, lists the following requirements for the use of masks, which also apply to visitors and parents:
  • Face masks are recommended, but not mandatory, for use by staff, students and visitors when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • People aged 12 years and over must always carry a face mask—unless they have a lawful exemption.
  • People aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask when on public transport, school buses and when in taxis or ride share vehicles—unless they have a lawful exemption.
Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

This week we farewelled Mrs Alice Lamb from the college as our College Chaplain. I give thanks for the time Alice has had with us and wish her all the best in her new employment. As a college we look forward to welcoming back Mrs Rhiannon McKinnon from maternity leave this coming Tuesday 9 March, and having her once again support our students, families and staff.

You may recall last year that the college developed a Strategic Intent (2020-2024) document to help guide and support it over the coming years. Within this document, and in particular with the changing and challenging environment we find ourselves in, the focus of a Caring Community has been one of the pillars in the forefront of many decisions. With a continual focus on student wellbeing this year, 2021 will also see the college investing in ways to support the wellbeing of our staff. During this term, we have commenced a wellbeing project developed by the Institute of Positive Education (Geelong Grammar), WorkSafe Victoria and Monash University. Spanning over a two-year period, this project will focus on promoting teacher wellbeing and mental health and will include modules of eLearning, the use of a specifically developed app and regular check-ins to monitor and support wellbeing. I look forward to further supporting our staff in this way and am excited about how this project can proactively support those who work at our college. Wishing you a blessed week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you’ (Isaiah 41:13).
By Pastor Tim Castle-Schmidt

Any of you unfamiliar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book series only need to know this instruction about hitchhiking through the galaxy: don’t panic. Despite the outrageous situation that the characters get into, time and again, they escape calamity, including giant whales falling from the sky, the collision of supernova, food poisoning at the restaurant at the end of the universe, and even death. They were guided only by this statement: don’t panic.
And that is the motto the Lord encourages his people to live by. Through the prophet Isaiah, God reminds his people he has chosen them and that he will look after them. And so our Father in Christ reminds us that we are in his care now. Despite what we may have done, our many failings and the insecurity that currently engulfs our world, our Father promises to be with us and bring us through all trials and tribulations – and not because we are worthy. Our faith in our Father does not even make it happen, but it is purely the desire of our Father to look after us.
If this Lenten journey is anything, may it be a reminder that our Father loves us despite our efforts to be lovable. And so: don’t panic.

Heavenly Father, remind us again and again that you’ve got this. When our world turns upside down, remind us that you join us in being upside down. And that you can turn things around again. Amen.
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Year 6 camp
Our Year 6 students are very excited to be going on camp to Melbourne next week from Tuesday to Friday. They will be staying at Urban Central, and activity highlights of the camp include visiting Science Works, the Immigration Museum, the Chinese Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Bounce. This year, rather than using public transport, campers will be transported by private bus. They will also only attend sites where they are the only visitors during their time at the venue. We pray they have a safe and enjoyable experience.

SRC Crazy Hair Day
Our Crazy Hair Day for 2021 will be on Friday 19 March. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and proceeds raised will be given to the Leukaemia Foundation. We thank the Junior School Student Representative Council for organising this special event.

This morning 2S led our Junior School Chapel, with a message focusing on leading other by serving, based on Matthew 20:26–27. Next week Year 4R will be leading our Junior School worship. Please encourage your child to bring a small offering.

I pray you all enjoy the long weekend.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Oscar Argall FS: Brianna Bartlett 1C: Cassius Cruz, Luella Ruwoldt 1D: Blake Olston 1I: Javier Baker 2B: Leni Johnstone, Emily Liston, Liam Rose 2S: Casen Parish 3B: Nixon Beattie 3K: Tyler Munday 3L: Camille Arthur 4F: Ava Smith, Jack Urquhart 4R: Hudson Ryan, Matilda Smith 5D: Charlotte Matuschka, Maya Przibilla 5G: Kirrily Dandy, All of 5G 5H: Violet Mason, Josiah Newlyn–Combe 6G: Riva Mackley 6H: Rachel Reichelt 6N: Jeremy Fischer Art: William Starks Chinese: Lachlan Engert Digital Technology: Jed Ferguson Performing Arts: Jared Leaver–Schwarz, James Penny Library: Elsa Drendel Jing Award: Mia Hateley
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Assemblies and chapels
It has been pleasing to be able to hold weekly assemblies and chapels with both Middle and Senior School students in attendance throughout the term. These assemblies are alternating between combined middle and senior, separate middle and senior and year level meetings. This schedule is allowing for communication and celebration of student achievement to be given in an efficient and effective format. Weekly chapel services are being led by Heads of Sub-schools, House Coordinators and members of the Wellbeing Team. The opportunity to worship together in the MPC is a valued part of the week and we pray that the variety of messages being delivered by leadership and the wellbeing team is allowing students the opportunity to engage with the word of God on a weekly basis.

Elevate Education parent webinars
Holy Trinity Lutheran College has an established partnership with Elevate Education—one of Australia’s leading study skills provider. As part of this partnership, Elevate is providing a series of free webinars for parents of Holy Trinity to access. Last week’s webinar was titled: ‘Time Management—how to end the battle over homework deadlines, study schedules and prioritisation.’ Next week’s webinar is titled: ‘Tech Devices—setting boundaries and promoting self-regulation with teens.’ This webinar will help to answer questions around how much screen-time is too much, how to create positive habit-loops with your child, and what apps and technology you can use to help your child, rather than hinder them. An email with links to both webinars was sent to parents earlier this week.

Nhill and Dimboola Primary School visits
On Thursday this week, Mr Weller and myself visited Nhill and Dimboola Lutheran schools to touch base with the Year 6 students and teachers. Both Nhill and Dimboola have been feeder schools for the Middle School with the values of the three schools closely aligned. Thursday’s visit is the first step in providing information to these families as they go through the process of deciding on secondary education for 2022.

Year 7 immunisations
Next Thursday 11 March Year 7 students will be given their first round of immunisations.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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College Ball 2021
Year 11 and 12 students have been working hard to improve their dancing skills each Wednesday and Sunday in preparation for the College Balls to be held on Friday 7 and Friday 14 May. Thanks to the senior students who have been willing to offer their assistance to make up numbers.
Training will be held on Sunday afternoon from 1:00-2:30pm until further notice and both groups will be training together at this time until further notice.

Parents discussed a number of items at the meeting held during training on Sunday including: catering, photography, videography, suits, music and themes. Further information should be available from the Town Hall at the end of this week regarding
alterations to current restrictions. The meeting scheduled for this Sunday has been cancelled and will now be held on Sunday 14 March in the Education Centre behind the Lutheran Church in McPherson Street.
Specialist Sport Program
The official program launch was live streamed and attended by all team students and their parents on Monday night. Our students join a group of about 150 students who are members of the academy from across the region. Students will attend their first formal training session at the Horsham Aquatic Centre on Monday 15 March. Each student is able to follow their individual program and log their training on an app. Training will continue every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45–4:45pm. We wish each of these students well in their endeavours to improve their personal performance.
Mentor Month
Uniting Vic.Tas, Centre for Participation and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN have joined forces to highlight the need for more youth mentors throughout March Mentoring Month. The theme this year is #hatsofftomentors and the organisations are appealing to people to consider volunteering and filling the hat of a youth mentor. All three organisations will be presenting further detail on youth mentoring programs in the region at the information sessions scheduled for Friday 26 March. Registration is required due to COVID safe measures.
Steps to surviving Year 12
By Michael Carr-Gregg
  1. Say no to parties near exam time.
  2. Job—up to 15 hours a week is okay, above 15 hours is not.
  3. Mentors—Students learn from teachers, not subjects, respect your teachers.
  4. Learn to juggle.
  5. Find more resources and information on the Beyond Blue website.
Growth mindset
As students undertake their senior years of schooling, they face many new challenges which can force them to think and act in different ways. These responses can have a considerable impact on resilience and attitude to learning. Fostering positive accomplishment begins with tuning in to the beliefs we hold about learning. It is important to be aware of the different mindsets we can all fall into when confronted with new challenges. In a nutshell, we may not achieve what we want the first time we try, but it is always possible to get better.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Little Desert Swimming
On Wednesday 3 March, qualifying Junior School students represented HTLC in the Little Desert Swimming carnival at the Horsham Aquatic Centre. We had a successful day, with a large team progressing to the next level. Congratulations to the following swimmers, who will compete in the Greater Western Swimming on Friday 19 March at Horsham Aquatic Centre (more information will be provided to these students soon).

Ellua Boyd (Breaststroke), Isaac Hogan (Breaststroke), Edward Jones (Breaststroke, Freestyle), Lauren Jones (Butterfly, Freestyle), Charlotte Matuschka (Backstroke), Ellita Scollary (Breaststroke, Freestyle), Cody Stewart (Backstroke), Malaya Wilmore (Backstroke), Lauren Jones, Poppy White, Jemma Hoffmann, Matilda Smith (9–10 Freestyle Relay), Kirrily Dandy, Maya Przibilla, Hannah Gabbe, Charlotte Matuschka (11 Freestyle Relay), Ellita Scollary, Emma Streeter, Ellua Boyd, Racheal Reichelt (12–13 Freestyle Relay)

All team members displayed excellent sportsmanship and team spirit on the day, cheering each other on. A big shout out goes to Malaya Wilmore and Zoe Wilson, who helped fill the boys 12–13 boys relay and medley relay teams. Both girls are only in the 9–10 year old age group but did a tremendous job in swimming in a higher age group which allowed our boys’ teams to go ahead and compete—so thank you very much girls.
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Hockey clinics
Students in Years 3-6 had the opportunity to participate in a hockey clinic run by Hockey Victoria this week. This event was rescheduled due to the recent Covid lockdown but it was great that it could get up and running again. The students all had a blast learning new skills and being introduced to a sport that some had never considered playing before. Thank you to the Hockey Victoria Coaches for the opportunity.
Sprint, hurdles and high jump trials
High jump trials have begun and will continue in PE classes in the following weeks in preparation for the up and coming Athletics carnivals. This allows us to only have a selected number of jumpers on the day to get through the program on time. Your child will be informed by their PE teacher if they have made the final for the Athletics Day. Please see the schedule below for more details. If you are interested in coming in as a parent helper to help time these students, please contact me on tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au. Please ensure you have a current Working with Children Check and have signed the Volunteer Code of Conduct form (which can be found on our school app or at the Junior School front office).
  • Year 2/3/4: Tuesday 9 March in PE classes
  • Year 1: Thursday 11 March
  • Year 5: Friday 12 March
  • Year 6: Wednesday 17 March
If any student is absent on these days, all attempts to catch them at another scheduled time will occur so they don't’ miss out. Students will then be placed in the correct heat, according to their sprint /hurdle times on the actual Athletics Day.

Athletics Day helpers
If you are interested in helping assist running an event, please email me (tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au) for more information.
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Black Ranges Swimming was held at the Horsham Aquatic Centre on Tuesday for those students who progressed through from the school carnival. Competing against schools from all around the division, HTLC students were well represented during the day.

A huge congratulations to Jacob Matuschka and Thomas Urquhart, who both performed at an extremely high level on the day and were good enough to take out 1st place in their events. Thomas won the 50m Breaststroke event for his age group, and Jacob took out 1st place for his age group in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. A superb effort from both students!
The relay teams were also very well represented, with Thomas Urquhart, Chase Briggs, Rory Hallinan-Johns and Jude Borlase taking out 1st place in both the Medley Relay and the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay. Congratulations boys!

Congratulations to the students who also placed in their individual events: Chase Briggs, Matthew Ellis, Jordan Matuschka, Zyla Nelson, Tulley Norton, Mia Nuttall, Jed Pohlner, Tess Wilson, Stephanie Wundke.
The Rowing Victoria Junior Boy State Championships were held in Ballarat last Saturday, with Rory-Hallinan Johns competing for HTLC in the Year 9 Single Scull event. Rory dominated his heat against six other students, progressing to the final. Leading the whole way in the final, Rory narrowly missed the finish, just missing out on the gold - taking the silver.

The following day Rory competed at the Rowing Victoria State Championship Regatta in Nagambie, where he was straight through to the final—racing against the same boy who had beaten him the day before. Determined to not let the same result happen, Rory managed to rally and win the gold, in the process knocking 11 seconds off his PB. Congratulations Rory!
Upcoming events
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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In this edition of SchoolTV: Sleep
Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at risk of sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child's growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall development and is as important as diet and exercise.

Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune systems and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information or seek medical or professional help.
The Screaming Spiral Webinar | 11th March 2021
THURSDAY 11 March, 8pm AEDT

In this practical, FREE webinar, join one of Australia's leading parenting experts, Dr Justin Coulson, you'll learn:
  • The 5 reasons your child isn't listening to you despite your repeated requests
  • How our children train us to repeat ourselves - and yell... and why
  • Strategies for getting the kids to pick up their mess, put their plates in the sink, leave the park without tantrums, and hang their towels - all without you yelling
  • 10 pro-tips and listening hacks that will LITERALLY change your life
If you want to break free of the screaming spiral and really get your kids to listen—this webinar is the game-changer. It's for parents of children aged 2 to 22. Please note that as a Happy Families member, the webinar recording will be made available in your membership video library the following day.
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Junior School Canteen
The Junior School Canteen will reopen on Thursday 11 March, operating each Thursday at recess. View the menu for what will be on offer.

The canteen is able to run through the generous assistance of volunteers. If you are able to assist for a shift throughout the year, it would be greatly appreciated! Helpers are required each Thursday at recess (10.30–11.30am) and are required to have a current Working With Children Check (free to apply for volunteers). Please contact Jenny Maroske on 0400931979 to register your interest.
Program for beginners to learn the skills of hockey, play fun games, learn rules, have fun and make friends.
Scholastic Bookclub brochures have gone home this week. These offer books, software, games, activity packs, etc. at reasonable prices. Parents should feel under no obligation to purchase from the brochures but may like to take the opportunity to develop or extend their child’s interest in reading. Our school receives Reading Reward points from each purchase. These points enable us to choose new books at no cost to the school.
All orders for this edition of the Bookclub must be returned to school, via the office trays, by Monday, 15 March. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scholastic Australia’. Credit card payments may also be made using the online system, the LOOP. By indicating ‘gift’ on your online order, the books will be kept at school for you to pick up if you don’t want your child to see your purchase. For more information, contact Jaci Gabbé, Library Assistant.
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