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Christmas greetings to all members of Holy Trinity.

At the most recent College Council meeting, we had a discussion around a change to the girl’s summer uniform requirements. This change was in relation to providing females an additional option to the current summer dress. The College Council agreed to provide navy shorts and a button up summer shirt as an alternative to the summer dress for all female students at the college. This alteration to the Uniform Policy will take effect from the start of next year. Further details on these requirements can be found in the updated Uniform Policy, below. If families wish to enquire about these changes, please contact the Uniform Shop during business hours on Tuesday (9am to 4pm) and Friday (9am to 2pm).
It was a pleasure to be involved in the Year 12 closing worship service for our graduating class of 2020 last Friday evening. With the most recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions it was wonderful to be able to welcome family and friends to celebrate with students and acknowledge this special milestone together. We give praise to the Year 12 students on their extraordinary effort this year and for how far they have come during their secondary schooling. I wish our graduating senior class of 2020 God’s richest blessing as they prepare for the next phase of their life.

On Monday, the college will be celebrating with students during their Year 6 graduation service. Like the Year 12 graduation, we will also be welcoming two special guests to join in the service. I wish our graduating Junior School students all the best on their special day.

A reminder that the final closing services for the Middle and Junior Schools will take place during school hours on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December respectively. These end of year events are organised to align with the college’s COVID Safe Plan with details already sent to families via Heads of School over the last few weeks. A recording of these services will be prepared and sent home to families as soon as possible after the service. If families have any questions relating to these services I encourage them to contact the relevant Head of School for further information. Student reports will be distributed to students prior to their departure on their last day, with each of these days finishing at 3.20pm.

As of the end of next week Pastor Gus will be completing his time of service with us as our College Pastor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Gus for his service, support and friendship over the years. He has been a source of great calm during the year and will be greatly missed. If you have the opportunity over the coming week, I ask that you take the time to wish him well.

For the final time in 2020, I remind all members of our community that if you are unwell, no matter how mild the symptoms, that you stay home and seek the appropriate medical advice. Your continued support in our final week of the year is greatly appreciated.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Two are so much better than one
The more I go along in life I come to appreciate how much I need others. They complement me. They fill in the gaps I leave with my limitations. In short, they help me to look better than I am. They make the journey through life joyful and satisfying. I hope you are able to acknowledge the importance of others in your life. Perhaps the end of the year is a good time for us to reflect on that, and to act accordingly if we feel the need. By just taking a moment to thank someone for the difference they have made for us.

At Holy Trinity we are a community. Yes, each and every individual is valued and important. We do our best to care for everyone equally. At times we cut them some slack. At other times we challenge them to raise the bar. That’s how a community operates effectively. A healthy community results from each and every one knowing their place, their role and the importance of contributing to the best of their ability. As the Christian community that we are at Holy Trinity, we have the real blessing of being assured that we are loved by God. We have God’s own presence to inspire and empower us to be the people, and the community he wants us to be.

The Word of God encourages us to be who we are. 'Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it' (1 Corinthians 12:27). Let’s never sell ourselves short. We are all privileged and blessed to be a part of something very special here at Holy Trinity.

Every blessing to the Year 12 group who have graduated from our college. We thank you all for your unique and special contribution. God is going with you. God bless your week.

Thank you, Lord, for the Year 12 students, whose graduation from our college was held last Friday. Please be with them and bless their future journey as you have been blessing them until now. We thank you for their contribution to our college. Help us all to remember how much we need others and what they do for us. Lead us to be grateful to them. May we all know the difference we can make for the college and our community. May we walk together with you, joyfully doing what you call us to do. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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Wow! Can you believe we are now preparing for the last week of the school year, how time flies! It has been a busy time in the Junior School and it will be a busy week next week.

Foundation Celebration Night
Tonight the Foundation students of 2020 celebrate their first year of primary school at home with their families. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow in confidence and independence and would like to congratulate students on their achievements. We give thanks to our Foundation teachers for preparing the presentation for this evening's Foundation Celebrations.

Year 6 graduation
On Monday morning our Year 6 students will celebrate the completion of their primary school education at the Year 6 graduation. We are looking forward to reflecting on the learning journey of the graduating students. Congratulations!

Class lists
Class lists for 2021 will be sent home on Monday afternoon, in preparation for Transition Day on Tuesday. Please remember organising class lists is a very complex process and staff have strived to consider all students needs when preparing the lists.

Transition Day
Tuesday the 8 December is our whole school Transition Day. Our Year 6 students will be attending secondary school for the day, 2021 Foundation students will be joining us from 9.30 until 12.30 and all students will spend the morning with their teachers and classmates for 2021. Our Year 5 students are looking forward to meeting their buddies on this day.

SRC shopping day
Members of the SRC will be accompanying Mrs Taber and me on our annual Christmas shopping trip on Wednesday. Funds raised by the SRC will be used to purchase gifts for the Kmart Wishing Tree and donated to the Christian Emergency Food Centre. We will also be delivering our Reverse Advent Calendars to the Church of Christ on this excursion. Thank you to everyone who has supported the SRC’s fundraising events this year.

Reports
Student reports will be sent home on Wednesday afternoon.

Free dress day
Next Thursday will be a free dress day for all Junior School students.

Friday—Last day of school and closing services
Next Friday is our last day of school for 2021. Please note the following details:
  • School will finish at 3:20pm.
  • All students are required to wear their formal summer uniform.
  • Year 3-6 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 3–6, 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.
Chapel
This week 5V prepared chapel based on the story of the birth of John the Baptist. This story can be found in Luke 1:57–60. This service was presented as a live Google Meet. Blessings to all students and families as we approach the end of another busy year.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Mila Juchno, Ava North FL: Mia Hateley, Felix Foster FS: Delilah Schirmer, Renske van Heerdan 1D: Lachy Engert, Maddie Hicks, Noah Myercough 1H: Zara Barlow McCallum, Gurtaj Goraya, Angus Heard, Lachie Holmes 2B: Madeline Lee 2H: Sydney Currow 2S: Angus Crute, Fletcher Penhall 3B: All of 3B 3L: Denzel Adams, Ava Watson 4F: Lauren Jones, Frazer Shurdington 4I: Isaac Hogan 4R: Will Pohlner, Grace Puls 5D: Aiza Ali, Jeremy Fischer, Orlando Heal, Kezia Jain 5G: Larnie Kalm, Riva Mackley, Joseph Shephard, Hayley Uebergang 5V: Emmanuel Amilegbe 6N: Divith Bhandari, Kurt Fletcher, Nash McKenzie 6T: Eva Drendel, Jack Hicks, Indira Hogan, Ruby McAuliffe Chinese: Jack Hicks, Jed Pohlner Digital Technology: Matthew S Performing Arts: Maddie Hicks PE: Charlotte Kelly Jing Award: Layla King
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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End of year news
As we near the end of the school year, please be advised of the following information regarding Middle School students, activities and end of year events.

Monday 7 December
  • Sport uniform to be worn
  • Library stocktaking: All students should have returned their school-issued text books for stocktaking. Invoices for damaged/lost text books may be issued to parents at the completion of the stocktake
  • Books and folders sent home
  • Year 9 Rite Journey iDesign Presentations (oral presentations only)
  • Activities program running for Year 7–9 classes
Tuesday 8 December
  • Student casual dress day (no charge)
  • Transition Day—Year 6 students onsite
  • Activities program running for Year 7–9 classes
Wednesday 9 December
  • Sport uniform to be worn
  • Year 9 Rite Journey iDesign Showcase and Homecoming Ceremony
    iDesign Showcase (projects on site) 9:30–10:45am (Middle School)
    Boys Home Coming Ceremony 11:25am–12:10pm (MPC)
    Girls Home Coming Ceremony 12:15–1pm (MPC)
    Parents are welcome to attend the showcase and ceremony but will be asked to register/sign-in and out at the MS/JS reception area
  • Activities program running for Year 7–9 classes
Thursday 10 December
  • Formal summer uniform to be worn
  • Last day of school for Middle School students, 3:20pm dismissal
  • Closing service 11:30am in the MPC
    All students are expected to attend this service. Unfortunately, parents and friends will not be able to attend this service, however, it will be recorded and a link will be provided for families to watch from home
  • Reports issued at the end of Thursday
Friday 11 December
  • Last day for book lists and stationery orders to be returned to HTLC or ordered online.
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 12 closing worship service
Last Friday night, we farewelled our Year 12 students at our Closing Worship Service. Staff, parents and family members shared in a celebration that marked the conclusion of secondary education for our group of Year 12 students. The service provided an opportunity to acknowledge students for their academic achievements throughout the year and for their commitment to the college. Each student will be sent a copy of the service, along with recorded reflections from their House Coordinators, a copy of the Year 12 final chapel and a montage of photos from throughout their time at the college. At the conclusion of the evening, we sadly farewelled a number of families whose time with the college has come to an end. We thank these families most sincerely for their support and contribution to the college and for the privilege of guiding their child along their educational journey.

Senior School closing service
Our Senior School closing service for 2020 was held in the Agora yesterday during Period 6. This provided a valuable time of acknowledgement of our students for academic, service and sporting achievements in Year 10, VCE and VCAL courses. Our leaders were recognised for their efforts throughout the challenging year that it has been and our incoming leaders for 2021 were presented. A link of the service will be forwarded to Senior School families as soon as it is available.

Holiday homework
Students are to be commended for the way in which they have embraced their new learning this week in preparation for the commencement of the 2021 school year. Students have been issued with homework to complete in preparation for the commencement of their studies next year. It is important to ensure this is completed as it provides valuable, initial content for the introduction of a new course. English novels have now arrived for those students who placed an early order. Holidays are the perfect time to get an early start on your English novels for 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.

Structured Work Placement
Students undertaking a VET course next year are reminded to begin organising their Work Placement for 2021. Please endeavour to have these in place and all documentation finalised as soon as possible, as positions will become competitive.
Important dates
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

House Athletics
Congratulations to all students who participated in our Alternative Athletics Carnival over the past few weeks. Thank you to all the Year 6 student assistants, teachers, School Captain Dyson Parish, and student teacher Sebastian Dalgliesh for your assistance and support.

Congratulations to Wimmera who was our overall House winner for the carnival.
1st: Wimmera
2nd: Mallee
3rd: Lowan
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Congratulations to the following students who received the Age championship medals:
10 years: Maya Przibilla and Brodie McIntosh
11 years: Emma Uebergang and Eli Bailey
12–13 years: Eva Drendel and Lennix Nelson
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F–Year 2 swimming program
It is great to see our Junior students working on their swimming and water safety skills during their time at the Horsham Aquatic Centre. Thank you to the teachers for your assistance in this program. It’s been good to see the students enjoying themselves. Check our Facebook page next week for photos.

Country Cricket
We would love to acknowledge our Year 6 Boys, Harry Hoffman, Hunter Fereday and Jack Hicks, who have been selected to represent Horsham in the Country Cricket Team. They are part of a team of 13 players who will be competing in Portland in January. This is a great achievement to be selected out of 34 boys who tried out. Congratulations and good luck boys.

2021 sporting events
Our 2021 sporting dates for the Junior school have been added to our HTLC calendar. Please have a look and make note of important dates.
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

2021 House Carnival dates
The Secondary House Carnival Dates for 2021 have been confirmed, with Lowan, Mallee and Wimmera all eager to add their name to another shield in the new year. Everything is up for grabs in 2021 and we are looking forward to seeing interhouse sport take centre stage again throughout Term 1.
  • HTLC Swimming: Friday, February 12
  • HTLC Athletics: Monday, March 29
  • HTLC Cross Country: Tuesday, April 20
Year 7 & 8 interschool sport
Over 50 students participated in the Black Ranges Year 7 & 8 Interschool Sport on Thursday, taking advantage of the good weather and the opportunity to represent the college on the sporting field. In total, HTLC fielded netball teams, tennis teams and football teams. Thanks to the coaches for supervising the teams during the day and for providing the summaries you can read below.
Year 8 Netball
The first game for the HTLC 1 was a game that many looked forward to—HTLC 1 vs HTLC 2. Due to matching dresses and bibs HTLC 2 wore tape on their arm to help tell the teams apart. With bragging rights over their peers on the line, the HTLC 1 girls won convincingly over 'The Armbands' 32–2.

Next up was Horsham College 2. The girls put in a strong effort early to be 1 goal down at the main break. Despite fighting hard to win during the second half the girls went down by a couple goals.

A dominant performance by Makai Smith, Armani Scollary, and Lily Snowden through the mid-court against STBC 2 allowed for Sophie Pietsch and Olivia Heard to score freely during the first half, which saw the team take a comfortable lead into the break, before the team switched up positions for the second half and had some fun.

Our 4th game was our toughest game of the day. Horsham College 1 were well drilled and put pressure on our girls. HTLC 1 were determined and fought hard to be 2 goals down at the break due to some strong defensive work by Rebekah Wundke and Charlotte Friberg. However, during the second half fatigue and heat began to take toll, and the girls ended up losing by a handful of goals.

A well-earned rest was in order but before that could happen the girls had one more game, which was against Edenhope College. A tight tussle in the first half saw the girls trail by 1 at the break due to a late score. Momentum swung our way in the second half and the girls ended up 14-11 winners.

After a break cheering on 'The Armbands' the girls were on the court for their final game of the day. STBC 1 were a tall side and had some skilled players and they took a small lead into the break. Our final half was enjoyable with plenty of support from the sidelines, however the scoreboard was not in our favour at the final siren with the girls going down by handful of goals.

Year 7 Netball
Year 7 Netball went really well, despite the hot conditions and the girls not being used to playing. The team won every match until the last one against Horsham College. These results allowed them to finish 2nd overall with the final placings coming down to percentage. All girls played really well but stand out players were Cadi Streeter and Stephanie Wundke.
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Year 7 & 8 Football
On Thursday the Year 7/8 Boys Football team competed in an Interschool competition at Dimboola Road Oval, playing 4 games in total. The team relished the opportunity to take part in competitive, organised sport and conducted themselves well throughout the day, coming away with 1 win and a couple of narrow losses. Congratulations to Sebastian Le Roux for being awarded the VCFL Medal as the team's best player throughout the day. Thanks to Mr Surridge for coaching and the Year 7 boys who nominated to play in the Year 8 competition to help field a side.
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Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport
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Message from College Chaplain, Mrs Alice Lamb
This term at HTLC has been busy for me delivering Chaplaincy support in Junior School classrooms around the topics of Friendship and Social Skills and Feelings Awareness. I really enjoyed the students' bright attentive faces and wonderful contributions to class discussions. What amazing young people they will be.

For secondary students, I made videos to share on the topic of Anxiety to be delivered in Home Rooms. We thought it was a salient topic given this year has been different, which may provoke stress reactions and anxiety in young people who would normally cope well. I wish the secondary students success in their studies and futures. Remember, this has been only one year, with many more to come. Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
In this edition of SchoolTV: School transitions
Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up!

However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels.

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 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.
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