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Greetings and blessings to all members of HTLC. As our year comes to a close it was wonderful to see that restrictions on school operations have become more relaxed. Within the last few days, information regarding our graduation and closing services has enabled us to now plan for a more inclusive event that continues to focus on community and recognition of the successes of the year. To ensure that we are compliant with renewed expectations several changes have occurred which slightly alters how our end of year services will be run. It is with joy that we are now able to invite two special guests to celebrate in our Year 6 graduation service, and are permitted to assemble in sub-school groups for our final closing services. The timing of these services will remain as previously scheduled during the day and a link to the recorded service provided to families to watch at the conclusion of the school day. Further details on each of these services will be provided by the relevant Head of Sub-School over the coming days. I give thanks to the families, students and staff for their flexibility in adapting to these changes; changes that are all positive!

It is with excitement that we will host the Year 12 graduation and worship service for our senior class of 2020 this evening at the college. This year has been one of many uncertainties but it is wonderful that, with the easing of restrictions, we are now able to have a service that can be shared with additional friends and family members, albeit still under our COVID-Safe Plan. As our senior class prepares for a new chapter in their lives, I pray that the service this evening is one of joy and hope and wish them God’s richest blessing in the years to come.

A reminder to the families of our Year 10 and 11 students that this coming Friday 4 December will be their last school day for the year. Our Middle and Junior School students will finish on Thursday 10 December and Friday 11 December respectively. Each of these school days will conclude at 3.20pm for the students.

Finally, if any member of our community is feeling unwell they are asked to stay at home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continued support in following the current guidelines is greatly appreciated. Have a fantastic week.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Exams and approaching harvest
I love the approaching season of harvest. The crops are colouring and ripening. Harvest is beginning. The days are getting warmer and longer. I could do without the wind though! I also enjoy the summer thunderstorms, but we all fear the threat they pose during our fire season. So many fires begin through lightning strikes and can have devastating effects. These events remind us that we are rapidly approaching the end of the year. That means exams for our senior students. While most students dread exams, others seem to breeze through the process almost effortlessly. The very best to those students sitting for exams.

There is a Word of God that speaks to both the times of harvest and exams. It tells us, 'Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously' (2 Corinthians 9:6). The implications are fairly obvious. The farmer who gives his crops the best start with soil preparation through fertilizers and then applies the most effective pest and weed control measures usually gets the best results and the most bountiful harvest. The blessings of good weather and rain at the right times will also go a long way.

It is the same for the student. Those who work well during the year and devote time to study and preparation usually achieve the best outcome. A student who puts in very little cannot rightly pray for and expect high distinctions! On both accounts, what you put in is what you will get out. What we put in is largely in our control. We can’t blame outside issues for below par results. Except perhaps for unforeseen health issues or tragedies. So control what you can control. Give your best at everything, and all the time. When we do that, God will bless us accordingly. All the best for another week.

Thank you, Lord, for the season of harvest and also for exam time. Please be with our farmers at this time, blessing them with good conditions. Please be with all students also, particularly those who are sitting for exams. May the outcome reflect the work that has been put in, rewarding both farmers and students. Let our achievements bring glory to the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Pastor Gus
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End of year events
Yesterday we received an updated operations guide for schools. We are now able to have the Junior School congregate with students and staff only and community events of up to 150 people. With these reduced restrictions, please note the following changes to our previous plans for end of year events:
  • Year 6 Graduation: Monday 7 December 9:30am in the Multi-Purpose Centre
    Two visitors per graduating student can attend.
  • Whole school transition: Tuesday 8 December
    Information regarding class lists, teachers and classroom locations will be distributed after school on Monday 7 December.
  • The SRC shopping trip: 11:30am1pm Wednesday 9 December
  • Free dress day: Thursday 10 December
  • Last day of school: Friday 11 December:
    • School will finish at 3:20pm.
    • All students are required to wear their formal summer uniform.
    • Year 36 closing service will be held live (staff and students only) and recorded for families at 11.20. This will include academic, service and endeavour awards for Years 36, Year 6 special awards and the announcement of the 2021 Junior School Captains.
    • Foundation to Year 2 closing service will be held live (staff and students only) at 1.45pm.
Athletics
The final events were completed today for our Junior School Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to all students who competed over the last four weeks. Mrs McDonald will be announcing the winning house and age group champions at Monday morning’s assembly, which can be accessed through a live meet on our HTLC public calendar.

Junior School Captain 2021 speeches
Year 5 students who have nominated to run for Junior School captain for 2021 will be preparing recorded speeches over the next week. Students in Years 36 will view these by the end of Week 9 and vote for our 2021 Junior School captains. Thank you to our Year 5 students and teachers for your work to prepare these recordings and good luck to all students nominated.

Foundation 2021 transition
It was absolutely lovely to have our Foundation students for 2020 spend time in classrooms for the first time on Tuesday morning. Walking around the rooms during the morning session, it was a pleasure to see the excited children getting to know one another, listening to stories and completing learning activities. We shared information about starting Foundation at HTLC with parents through a remote information session that evening.

Swimming program
Our swimming program at the YMCA commenced this week and will continue next week. Our Foundation to Year 2 students were very excited to get into their bathers and travel down to the pool on the school bus. It is wonderful to be able to offer this opportunity now restrictions have been reduced.

Chapel
This week FL prepared chapel based on the story of the birth of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-5). In his message, Pastor Gus encouraged us to help people do the right thing, by noticing and saying nice words when we see them making good choices, and also speaking kindly to our friends when we see they need gentle reminders. Our FL students also shared how they want to help people when they grow up.
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 9 program
With the Year 7 and 8 students on camp this week, the Year 9s have enjoyed having the Middle School predominantly to themselves. The students have spent this week attending VCE Head Start classes, participating in the VCAL program, finalising assessment tasks, completing the Peer Support training and working on their ‘Challenges’ and ‘iDesign Project’ presentations. After a busy term, the students have enjoyed a more relaxed week where they have been given flexibility in the way that they have been required to work.

Peer Support Program for Year 9s
As previously mentioned, the Year 9 students have spent two days of this week completing the Peer Support Program. The purpose of the Peer Leader training is to prepare students for their role as Peer Support Leaders to the new Year 7 students in 2021. For two days, students were divided into small groups with a teacher facilitating the training. They worked through a range of experiential activities, taking part in discussions and completing activities in their Peer Leader’s Learning Guide.
During the training, students participated in a range of activities focusing on:
  • leadership skills
  • developing connections
  • their roles and responsibilities
  • personal strengths and characteristics
  • authentic leadership
  • strategies to lead a group
  • facilitation
  • working with a co-leader.
The training was part of the college’s Rite Journey Program and commitment to creating a safe and supportive college. The training provided students with the opportunity to develop and practise leadership skills within a supportive environment. Well done to all students for the way they approached the training and for the effort they put into developing their leadership skills.

Head Start
Next week, all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in Head Start week. A week where students will be introduced to the content and requirements of subjects from their 2021 year level. For example, Year 7s will be introduced to Year 8 content, Year 8s introduced to Year 9 content and so on. The students will remain in their existing classes for this week (2021 class lists will be included with the end of year report). The focus for Head Start week will predominantly be on the core subjects, with students also given an opportunity to experience specialist subjects throughout the week, which will offer a variety of learning experiences.

2021 Middle School Captain speeches
Earlier this week I met with the Year 8 students and spoke with them about leadership and the opportunity they have to nominate for the positions of Middle School Captains in 2021. Interested students are required to write a short speech which will be shown as a recording to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 on Friday 4 December. After viewing these speeches, students will then vote on their preferred captains. It was encouraging to see many students take an information letter and I look forward to viewing their speeches next Friday.

Year 9 electives
Information regarding 2021 Year 9 elective options will be forwarded to students next week. The initial communication will include an explanation of the elective options and will also explain the process for selecting preferred electives. Students in Year 8 will be given the opportunity to make their selection choices by completing a Google Form which will be sent to them by email.
Term 4 Middle School timeline
  • Week 9
    Head Start Program
  • Week 10
    Activities Week
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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VCE Head Start
Our first week of Head Start draws to a close today. Students have received course outlines this week and many of the VCE students will have commenced coursework for 2020. Head Start will continue next week for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

VCAL Head Start
An important aspect of the VCAL Head Start program is the ability to work with others and recognise your role within a teama skill essential to transition into the workplace. This week, our 2021 VCAL students travelled to Ballarat where they participated in activities that have provided them with an insight to the way in which they will be learning and achieving their outcomes when they commence their course next year.

Work experience
During Year 10, students undertake a week of work experience in a field that they have identified as a possible future pathway. It is important to begin exploring options as soon as possible as many employers offer restricted dates for placements or have due dates for applications.

Year 12 closing worship service
This evening, staff and families will join together in a celebration to mark the conclusion of secondary education for our Year 12 students. Due to the weather forecast for today, the service will now be held in the MPC, rather than the marquee as originally planned, commencing at 5:30pm. This evening will also provide a valuable opportunity to acknowledge students for their academic efforts throughout the year.

Specialist Sport Program
It has been pleasing to see the large number of students who are keen to become involved in our program for 2020. Interviews have commenced and students who are successful in gaining entry to the program will be informed during the final week of school.

Year 10 and 11 closing service
With the recent lifting of restrictions, we are now able to conduct a live service for the students where academic, leadership and service awards will be presented. 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 day of school for the year, this is a day of relaxation with peers following the conclusion of classes and examinations.
Important dates
Term 4
  • Friday 27 November at 5:30pm: Year 12 closing worship service (in the MPC)
  • Thursday 3 December at 2.30pm: Year 10/11 closing service
  • 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

Athletics
Today we saw the last few events for the Athletics be completed. On Monday during our virtual assembly, I will be announcing the Athletics House winner and the age group champions. Congratulations to all involved, ribbon holders, assistants, teachers. It was great to see everyone helping out to get the events completed during what has been a difficult year for sport,
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F-2 Swimming
Reminder that the F-2 swimming program will run again next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please ensure all swimming and clothing items are labelled. It is great to see some sporting activities up and running and I'm sure the students have appreciated a swim in this warm weather.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator
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In this edition of SchoolTV: Happiness and gratitude
Happiness is a term that captures a huge variety of positive emotions such as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope. Happiness means different things, to different people and is essential to your understanding of emotional literacy. Throughout history, philosophers, religious writers and poets have pondered on the meaning of happiness and how it might be achieved. In the last few decades, scientists and psychologists have researched this further by studying a field of science called positive psychology.

The result of this research suggests there is a strong correlation between gratitude and greater happiness. Practising gratitude helps you shift your focus to positive memories or experiences, noticing the good in your life. Over time, this will re-wire your brain to create new neural pathways, increase your state of happiness and overall wellbeing.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents and caregivers will learn how to achieve happiness and the benefits of practising gratitude.

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 and stationery lists
Book and stationery lists are now available for secondary students.

Book orders
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).
Stationery orders
Order using the below order forms, and return to the college by Friday 11 December for delivery next year.
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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