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Greetings to all members of HTLC. As we wait eagerly for restrictions to further ease this weekend, I anticipate that there will be more communication from the college regarding the final weeks of the year via email and the app. To ensure that lines of communication are maintained I ask that families contact the Main Reception if their email address needs updating, or if they have any queries regarding the use of the app. Your help in this matter will greatly support any changes required to the operations of the college in the final weeks of the term.
It is with pleasure that I announce that we will be welcoming 10 new staff members to the college in 2021. At present, we are completing the final interviews for several positions and will make an announcement on who those new staff will be shortly. As a growing school we are blessed with the support of families, students and staff, and I look forward to how the new additions to our community will add value to what is already a wonderful community.

With the upcoming student free day on Monday 23 November I would like to wish all families a restful long weekend. As this is the scheduled reporting writing day for staff the Main Reception will remain open. If families need to get in contact with the college they can do so during the normal opening hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. We will welcome students back to classes on Tuesday 24 November.

As always, if any member of our community is feeling unwell they are asked to stay at home and seek the appropriate medical advice. In doing our part, despite the lack of case number currently in Victoria, your continued support is greatly appreciated. Have a great week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Finish well!
Even with all that has happened this year, it seems as though the end is coming so very quickly. This would appear to not just be my own personal reflection. It appears to be the sentiments of others as well. If that is also true for you, remember that there is still so much to be done. Considering that, I am reminded of some of my own words: ‘Finish well’. For us that means don’t just stagger and limp to the line. Don’t simply go through the motions. Don’t be hanging out for the end to come. Complete what you have begun in a good way. Seize the opportunities before you with joy and enthusiasm.

There are many reasons for us to finish well. Finish well for your own sake. So that you will have no regrets but that you may be proud of what you have done. Finish well in respect of the tasks you do. Those tasks are for your development and growth. To make you a better person. So grasp the opportunity. Finish well to honour your parents and family. So that they too may be proud of you.
Finish well in gratitude to your teachers. They have and are investing so much in you. Finish well in thankfulness to God. He has blessed you with life and so many opportunities. Make the most of them.

The Word of God also encourages us to finish well. The apostle Paul reflects on his own journey in life and says: 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith' (2 Timothy 4:7). Surely that gave him peace of heart and mind. Wouldn’t you also like to be able to say that? Of every lesson and each task you do? Of each day and chapter in your life? Then of the journey of life itself? Have a good day, a good week, and finish well!

Thank you, Lord, for each and every new day. Help me to embrace every day and task with joy, so that in all things I may be doing my best. Give me confidence in the knowledge that you are with me, giving me strength to do that. Lead me to encourage and support others to do this also. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Pastor Gus
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Congratulations to all of our Year 3-6 students who competed in the final athletics events today! It has been wonderful to see you compete to the best of your ability and encourage one another over the past three weeks. Well done!

Class lists
This year class lists will be distributed to students in a sealed envelope on Monday 7 December. Please remember that teachers are very careful and deliberate in their allocation of students to classes and many factors are taken into account when preparing class lists. Class lists for Foundation 2020 will be distributed at our final transition session on Tuesday 8 December, once students have moved to classrooms.

Junior School Captain 2020 speeches
Year 5 students who have nominated to run for Junior School captain for 2021 will be presenting their speeches next Wednesday via recorded speeches. Good luck to all nominees.

Foundation 2021 transition
Next Tuesday Foundation students of 2021 will have their first visit to a classroom in small groups. They have already attended Story Time sessions to help them become familiar with the school environment. We are looking to having our newest students in the classroom, getting to know teachers and each other, and enjoying doing their ‘school work’!

Swimming program
Foundation to Year 2 students will participate in the swimming program at the YMCA for 6 sessions over the next two weeks.

Report writing
This Monday, 23 November, is Report Writing Day. This is a student free day.

End of year service
The last school day for 2020 will be Friday 11 December. A recorded closing service for students in Year 3-6 will be viewed in classrooms at 11.30am, and a shorter service will be viewed by Foundation to Year 2 at 12pm. The Year 3-6 service will include announcements of students receiving Academic, Service, Endeavour Awards, Year 6 Awards and Junior School Captains for 2021.

This week Year 3B and 4I worked together to prepare a chapel based on the birth of Samuel, from 1 Samuel chapter 1. Mrs Lamb, our College Chaplain, reminded us in her message that God loves it when we pray to him and give him thanks, and how he answers our prayers. We are all special to God and he loves it when we spend time in conversation with him.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Sienna Malloy, Xavier Shrestha FL: All of FL FS: Ella Pohlner, Madre van Heerden 1D: Connor Dempster, Emily Liston, Indi Walker 1H: Grace Sansom 2B: Cooper Puls 2H: Charlie Bird, Cooper Ruwoldt 2S: Lara Peterson 3B: Charli Pietsch 3L: Ameika Engert, Zahlie Hateley 4F: Rhylee Olston 4I: Serena Johns 4R: Will Pohlner 5D: Jardy Ellis, Link Smith, Emma Streeter 5G: Emily Baker, Lucy Bunworth, Malakai van Buuren 5V: Keisha Besselaar 6N: Lyla Sachse, Amalie Wilkins 6T: Chloe Altmann, Claudia Breuer, Milla Carter Chinese: Lincoln Fischer Digital Technology: Jonty Polack Performing Arts: Lydika Boyd PE: Rory Johnston Jing Award: Makaidee Knoop
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Week 8
The end of Week 7 saw the completion of timetabled Semester 2 classes, as the final three weeks of term will be consumed by camps, special programs, Head Start and Activities Week for our Middle School students. Final tests, assignments and assessment tasks have been collected and our teaching staff will now collate this information, ready to be included in end of semester reports. A reminder to parents that Monday 23 November is a student free day for a whole-school report writing day.

Next week, the Year 7 students will spend their time at Cape Bridgewater Coastal Camp, participating in a range of adventure activities including surfing, sand-duning, jet boating, mountain biking, kayaking, abseiling and more. The Year 8 students will participate in a modified camping program around the Wimmera. The focus for their week will be preparing for their overnight hike in the Grampians on Thursday and Friday. This term the students have been learning about safe and sustainable hiking practices and have learnt skills such as how to pitch a tent, pack a hiking pack, cook on a trangia oven and walk with a hiking pack. The overnight component of the camp will give the students an opportunity to put these skills into practice. The students will also participate in a range of recreational activities supporting local businesses such as Horsham Lanes and Games, Toys Restaurant and the YMCA.

The Year 9 students will spend their week doing a variety of activities including participating in a two-day Peer Support Australia training program. After being trained, the students will be well-equipped to act as mentors to our new Year 7 students as they commence their secondary education next year. They will develop skills which will assist them to transition from Junior School into Middle School. The Year 9s will spend the remainder of their time next week preparing and completing sections of their Rite Journey Program. There are three ceremonies remaining and I look forward to celebrating what has been achieved this year through the Challenges Assignment and iDesign Project, before the Home Coming Ceremony acknowledges the successful completion of the Rite Journey and graduation from Middle School into Secondary School.

2021 Year 7 student testing and parent information session
A link to a virtual information session was shared with 2021 Year 7 parents earlier this week. Parents are encouraged to watch the presentation and be in contact if they have any questions regarding any of the topics discussed

Book list and stationery orders
2021 book list and stationery order forms have been distributed to parents by email. Instructions on how to order have been included with both lists. Parents are advised to contact the college if they have any questions. Parents have until 11 December place orders.
Term 4 Middle School timeline
  • 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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Head Start Program
Head Start for Senior School students commences on Tuesday 24 November, following the student free day on Monday, and runs until Thursday 3 December. During Head Start students will be provided with an outline of the content, assessment and expectations of the studies they have selected to undertake in 2021. Students are strongly encouraged to ensure that their English novels for 2021 are purchased and read over the holidays. All students are required to be in attendance this week as VCE, VCAL and Year 10 programs will be running.

VET enrolments for 2021have now closed. Students who have enrolled in courses may receive emails regarding preliminary literacy and numeracy testing to be completed online before the end of the year. Courses will commence early in the new school year.

Year 12 closing worship service
This year we will be celebrating our final Year 12 worship service with students and their parents on the college grounds. This is an important time to acknowledge the achievements of our Year 12 students, to thank them for their contributions to the college and to farewell families for whom the evening concludes their partnership with our college. The evening will be conducted within government and Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for worship services, to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Year 10 and 11 closing service
Our Closing Service for 2020 will be a pre-recorded service that students will view on Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm. Student academic, leadership and service awards will be presented to students following the service. Once again, our closing service will be conducted in a manner that will ensure the health and safety of staff and students. All senior students are required to be in attendance for the service. Students who have concluded their programs prior to this time are asked to arrange to be in attendance for the service.

Big Day Out
On Friday 4 December, Year 10 students will be spending the day at Halls Gaps and Year 11 students will be travelling to Port Fairy and Warrnambool. As the last of school for the year, this is a day of relaxation with peers following the conclusion of classes and examinations.
Important dates
Term 4
  • 23 November: Report Writing Day (student free day)
    24 November to 3 December: Head Start 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 Sport

Athletics Days
We had another great Athletics session last week. Today students competed in their sprint, relays and hurdle events. Next week will be a catch up week for those events that didn’t quite finish in the time we had to complete them. Then house points and age group championship points will be calculated and announced at a later date. Please keep an eye out for photos on our Facebook page.
Swimming program
The Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 classes will be involved in swimming lessons at the Horsham Aquatic Centre for six sessions over two weeks. Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2s will attend lessons every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They will be bussed to and from school with their class teacher. This will be starting Wednesday 25 November. Please remember to label all clothing. They can bring a spare bag with their towel, thongs, goggles to school on these days. We hope they enjoy their swimming sessions.
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Year 9 Interschool Sport Day
Ten of our finest Year 9 male footballers headed to Dudley Cornell Park with Mr Stemp on Tuesday to play a round robin competition. Two teams from Horsham College and one from St Brigid's were our opponents for the day. Playing three games, they were outclassed in all games by bigger bodies and boys that play regularly together. However, the boys competed very well and in good spirits. In particular, Ethan Heard was courageous all day and battled with bigger players without hesitation. It was his non-stop tenacity that earned him the BOG medal. Colby Wilde also made significant contributions during the day as did Brodie Hausler and Wil Tippet. Mr Stemp was particularly impressed with the efforts of all those that had little football experience. Lars Simmons developed into a reliable hard-working backman and was also impressive because of his unrelenting efforts. Henry Kinsman was our leading goal scorer for the day, kicking two goals in our last game. Well done to all who participated.
We also had Year 9 girls participating in netball at Central Park on Tuesday. The girls played three games against Horsham College and St Brigid's, but unfortunately were not able to win any of them. They are to be commended for their performance and spirit on court, their exemplary sportsmanship and respect for their opponents. There were some close matches and the girls all appreciated the opportunity to participate in physical activity. Congratulations girls!
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport
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Message from College Chaplain, Mrs Alice Lamb
This week I attended an online conference with many inspirational speakers. I had planned to attend in Melbourne, yet COVID had other plans. Online attendance at such events and online meetings have actually worked very well for me in my work roles. I find I am able to do more and be more time-effective, without wasted travel time. I feel blessed for this, as all the kilometres I used to do, I realise now, was wearing me down. We must all find the strength to change things when something is not working well, rather than sticking with old habits that may be familiar yet not helpful.

I encourage you to look up some videos of these speakers: Dr Fiona Kerr (systems that struggle and work culture), Jo Dodds (a personal story about surviving fire), Susan Pascoe (Australian Council for International Development), Georgina Dent (wrote Breaking Badly), Professor Kristy Muir (Housing and Homelessness), Grattan Institute (inequality and disadvantage), Nicholas Gruen (economic system and how it impacts health and wellbeing outcomes), Dr Bronwyn King (influence in the political system) and Paul Bongiorno (inclusive prosperity). I found listening to these eminent speakers re-invigorating. It shows what is possible with passion and dedication. We may all need a little uplifting after the year we have had.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Exam jitters
Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on achieving good results in exams causing many students to feel extraordinary pressure and having unrealistic expectations. This month on SchoolTV, parents will find advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire.

Exams are like a game. Once you know how to play the game, your chances of achieving great results rapidly increase. Parents can learn how to assist their kids to maintain perspective and keep their sanity intact during exam time.
Diet, exercise and sleep all play an important part in helping a student balance a busy schedule and study smarter. Keeping stress levels to a minimum and reducing anxiety can be easily achieved through careful planning and having a supportive environment.

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.
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Secondary book lists
Book lists are now available for secondary students. Orders must be placed online this year, by Friday 11 December. Order using the link below.
  1. Create an account.
  2. Enter our resource code (SE95).
  3. Order resources and select delivery option (either to home or school, where they can be collected from Monday 18 January).
PTFA ice cream fundraiser
The PTFA have joined together with local business That Little Shoppee Place to bring you a range of ice cream and sorbets in various sizes and flavours to purchase to help raise funds which will contribute to improving facilities and services for the college. Orders and payment are due by Friday 27 November. Please see the below the order form for further information about how to submit your order and payment.
Admin/Tech position available at the church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has a part time Admin/Tech position available in the church office. The open-ended position will be for 20 hours per week. The position has a focus on technology and the use of computer software (using VMix and VideoPsalm for services) as well as day-to-day office duties (phones, Word, Excel, Office 365, Sharepoint etc). Also website updates, social media and possibly photo and video editing.

Must be a good communicator, friendly, have advanced technology skills, the ability and willingness to learn new things and train others, be part of a Christian team and understand confidentiality. Must be a self-starter and be a team oriented person.

If you fit the description, they would love to hear from you! Please forward your application to ‘Confidential—Office Position’ by email holytrinity.horsham.vic@lca.org.au or post to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 14 Horsham 3402.
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