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Christmas greetings to you as we come to the end of the 2020 school year. A year that has been recognised as one of the most challenging for our families and the world around us. As I reflect on the year we have had, words can’t describe the admiration I have for the members of our community and in the way they have all responded to this changing and challenging year—well done and thank you!

Thanks to our students, parents, families and friends; thank you to the teachers, teacher aides, Wellbeing Team, administration staff, grounds crew and bus drivers; thanks to our Heads of Sub Schools, Mrs Sally Kuchel, Mr Jason Przibilla and Mrs Fiona Friberg. To all of you—your support, dedication and unfailing service toward each has been outstanding. It is through your love, grace and hope that our Christian community has got through this year.

I wish all in our college community a blessed Christmas and look forward to seeing students return back to a new school year from Wednesday 27 January. I pray that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday that is filled with peace as we once again celebrate our Saviour’s birth.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Preparing for another Christmas
As we come to the completion of another academic year, we remember God’s love for us and his presence with us. God truly is at work and making a difference in what we do at Holy Trinity. Every one of you should be proud of how you have navigated a particularly difficult and challenging year. Well done!

Our thoughts and efforts now go toward preparing for another Christmas. The celebration of God’s love becoming a human being. The Word of God tells us: 'When the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the law, so he could set us free from the law, and we could become God’s children.' (Galatians 4:4-5)

With the necessary restrictions over so much of this year, many of you have been deprived of what matters most to you—the blessing of family. Hopefully those of you who have missed out on your connection with family will be able to do that over this Christmas and into the New Year. May we all come to value how precious our families are through this experience.

The birth of Jesus and what he came to do in dying and rising again welcomes us into his family, which includes people of all lands, languages and cultures. Receive Jesus, who is God’s gift of love to us and embrace the blessings that he wants to bring to our lives and homes. May you all have a happy and safe holiday, knowing that God is with you and he loves you. He has blessed us through this year and in his grace and love he gives us so much to look forward to in the future. A blessed Christmas to you all.

Thank you, Lord, for your presence and blessing during this challenging year. Thank you for lifting us up when we were down, for keeping us pressing on when we felt like giving up. Thank you that your presence with us gives us so much to be thankful for, and also much to look forward to. Thank you that you love us so much that you came into the world to rescue us, to claim us as your people and to be our God. Bless us this Christmas, keep us safe and healthy, and joyfully looking to the future in hope. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Pastor Gus
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Year 6 graduation
On Monday morning we celebrated the graduation of our Year 6 students. It was a wonderful time of recognition, celebration and fellowship for the students and their families. Thank you to everyone who assisted in the preparation for the ceremony. Congratulations to our graduating class for 2020 in the Junior School! I wish you God’s blessing as you begin the next chapter of your lives.
On Tuesday morning we enjoyed a very busy and successful Transition Day in the Junior School. Next year our Junior School staff will be:
  • Foundation: Miss Natalie Lienert, Lisa Somerfield with Mrs Claire Harvey
  • Year 1: Mrs Alison Driller with Mrs Jo Koschman, Miss Kimberley Crabtree, Mrs Emma Ison
  • Year 2: Mr Mark Busbridge, Miss Meagan Silvers
  • Year 3: Mrs Jennifer Liston, Mrs Roz Buckman, Miss Georgia Kirby
  • Year 4: Miss Jemma Moody, Miss Kylie Rainsford
  • Year 5: Mrs Vicki Gadsdon, Miss Chloe Davis, Miss Bethany Harris
  • Year 6: Mrs Alethea Gulvin, Mrs Natalie Jones Mrs Jacqui North
  • Specialist teachers: Miss Anna Habel (Visual Arts), Mr Adam Engert (Technology), Mrs Meggy Boan (Chinese), Mr Daryl Taber (Physical Education), Mrs Jessie Ferguson (Performing Arts)
  • Learning support teachers: Mrs Susie Penny, Mrs Gen Kreymborg
  • Aides: Mrs Elly Schutz, Mrs Nicole Fischer, Mrs Amanda Rudolph, Mrs Kristy Altmann, Mrs Andrea Risson, Mrs Maria Deleeuw, Miss Rebecca Roy, Mrs Lynette Morrow
SRC shopping trip
On Wednesday morning members of the SRC went to the plaza to purchase gifts for the Wishing Tree. The students had a lovely time selecting presents, including children’s bikes, scooters, balls, games and much more, to the value of $979! Thank you to the College community for your support of the SRC’s events this year.

Closing service
Our closing services were held today in the Multi-Purpose Centre. A recording of our service for Years 3-6 was created and will be shared with families via email. Congratulations to all students who received awards today.

Happy holidays
As we come to the end of the school year, I would like to thank you all for your support during 2020. I wish all of our students and families a joy filled festive season, where the good news of our Saviour’s birth is central. I pray you have a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to seeing you next year, ready to start another busy year of learning.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FG: Ahaan Das, Deaken-James Stevens FL: All of FL FS: Tristan van Zyl 1D: Hallie Souter 1H: All of 1H 2B: AJ Cullen 2H: Zack Pickering 2S: Vincent Brennan, Lola Kerr, Rhianna Taylor 3B: Tayla Streeter, Zoe Wilson 3L: Lauren Rudolph, Malaya Willmore 4F: All of 4F 4I: Soren Foster 4R: Charlotte Matuschka, Ben Smith 5D: Ayesha Ahmed, Noah Eilola, Thomas Rudolph 5G: Zahra Ellis, Adelyn Penny, Rachel Reichelt, Liam Richardson, Shilani Treloar, Charlie Hopper 5V: Keisha Besselaar, Sienna Cookson 6N: Ava Camilleri, Cadel Hawken, Lily Whittaker 6T: Jesse Hedt, Eden Labram, Micah Livingstone, Jed Pohlner Chinese: Lacey Adams, Chloe Altmann, Holly Bird, Angus Crute, Elsa Drendel, Noah Eilola, Kingston Li, Amalee Livingston, Beau Midgley Digital Technology: Eva Drendel, Eden Labram, Amalee Livingston, Makaidee Knoop, Ruby McAuliffe PE: Judd Oakley Jing Award: Indira Hogan
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Year 9 Rite Journey
This week the Year 9 students completed their Rite Journey program after celebrating the final two Rites of Passage ceremonies. The ‘Following’ ceremony was held across two days. On Monday, the students presented to their peers an oral and media presentation focused on their iDesign Projects, a year-long project which required students to choose an idea, approach a mentor and then work on and complete this project throughout the year. On Wednesday the students held a ‘Showcase’ event where they could bring the projects in and have students from the Junior and Middle School view what they had done. There was a wide range of impressive projects on show and I congratulate the students on their efforts.

The Home Coming Ceremony was held on Wednesday. This final rite of passage saw the students presented in front of their peers, staff and parents. The students publically expressed what it means to be a man or a woman, thanked the people who supported them over the course of the program, listed virtues which they wished to live their lives by and shared an inspirational quote. The themes of embracing challenge, extending the comfort zone, taking responsibility and acknowledging the qualities that make great young men and women were clearly articulated in each individual’s personal testimony. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the teacher guides, Miss Kelly, Mr McLoughlin, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Penny who did a wonderful job of guiding our Year 9s across the threshold from young child to young adult. I look forward to watching these students continue to contribute positively to the life of the school and wider community over the coming years, as they enter Senior School.

Transition Day
On Tuesday the Transition Day for students beginning Year 7 in 2021 was held on-site. After looking doubtful for much of the term, it was fantastic to be able to host the students for the day as they participated in a range of activities. It was encouraging to see the way the students interacted with each other and there was a really positive feel to the group. I look forward to officially welcoming them as Year 7 students in 2021. Official class lists, Home Room groups and information about the first day of school will be forwarded to families in January. Alternatively, parents are encouraged to email if they have questions in the lead-up to the start of the school year.

End of year
On Thursday we celebrated a very different 2020 School Year with the end of year Closing Service. Held during the day for the first time in a very long time, the service provided an opportunity for us to gather as a Middle School community to thank all the people who have contributed to another successful year and acknowledge those students who have achieved exceptional results and contributed immensely to the culture of the college. Congratulations to those students who received awards and well done on your efforts this year. For those students who did not receive a formal award, your contributions and efforts are acknowledged and appreciated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked tirelessly to provide an engaging learning environment for the students (in remote and face to face learning), whilst demonstrating a tremendous amount of care and support for the students. To the parents of HTLC, I thank you for the faith and support you have entrusted us with and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2021. I pray that all families of HTLC have a restful break with plenty of opportunities for families to spend time together and celebrate this special time of the year. Luke Chapter 2:11: Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’ This simple message can get lost in the busyness of this time of the year, yet there is no doubt that there is no greater celebration than to know that Jesus was born so that we can be given the gift of salvation. God’s blessings to all and I look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport 2021
Academy members for 2021 have been finalised and offers are being made to the selected group of 12 students. With the outstanding level of achievement of so many of our students, identification of those to participate in our program was certainly challenging. We congratulate the group of 12 students who were selected and look forward to commencing their program at the beginning of Term 1, 2021 with exciting new opportunities to access resources and services that will enable them to achieve their potential in their chosen field of sport. Selected students are asked to return their acceptance of the offer to Main Reception before next Wednesday or at the beginning of the new school year.

Book and stationery lists
Book orders should be completed online by today with the option of home delivery or collection from the college between 10am and 3:00pm from Monday 18 January. Use resource code SE95 to complete your order. Stationery lists are due to the college today and can be collected from Shelton and Lane Stationery on or after Thursday 14 January 2021.
College Ball 2020
We have recently been able to confirm bookings for our College Ball for 2021. Next year we will be holding an event for the 2021 Year 12 students on Friday 7 May, and for the 2021 Year 11 students on Friday 14 May. Further information will be forwarded at the beginning of the new school year regarding a parent meeting to begin planning and preparations for the evening. Training will commence for both groups in the second week of Term 1.
Christmas blessings
As we draw to the close of our second year in the Senior Centre, we find ourselves regularly viewing the progress of the current building project, excited by the rapid development, and eagerly anticipating the completion of our new gymnasium, sports science facilities, specialist science room and classrooms. We look forward to being able to further expand the learning experiences we are able to offer our students. Sincere thanks to our parents for your continued faith and support. We wish you God’s richest blessings for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to working with you and your children again in 2021.
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
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

2021 sporting events
We are looking forward to a fresh start next year to school sport. Our 2021 sporting dates for the Junior School have been added to our HTLC calendar. Please have a look and make note of important Term 1 dates below:
  • Year 4–6 Swimming Carnival: 19 February 2021
  • Team Vic try outs deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Little Desert Swimming: 3 March 2021
  • Little Desert Tennis: 17 March 2021
  • Greater Western Swimming: 19 March 2021
  • Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day: 23 March 2021
  • Year 3 to Year 6 Athletics Day: 25 March 2021
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

2021 House Carnival dates
The Secondary House Carnival Dates for 2021 have been confirmed, 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
Mr Matthew McLoughlin, Head of Sport
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Holy Trinity Lutheran College has teamed up with Happy Families to help support our ongoing commitment to wellbeing. Our entire school community now has access to resources which will help families, staff and students to flourish.

EVERY FAMILY at Holy Trinity Lutheran College now has access to their own Happy Families Premium Membership. These memberships contain a library of parenting resources to offer calm assurance, vision, direction and solutions you can trust.

Premium Memberships are usually $170 per family per year, but each family has full access to the membership for the next 12 months for FREE.
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Bus travel on 27 January 2021
Town and country school buses will not be running on Wednesday January 27, so bus travellers in Years F–7 & Year 12 will need to make their own transport arrangements on this day. The buses will commence as usual on Thursday January 28. Any enquiries can be directed to the Bus Coordinator at Horsham College on 5381 7100.
The HTLC Nhill and Warracknabeal buses will be operating on January 27, families that travel on these buses are able to catch the bus as per usual.
Uniform shop
The uniform shop will open during the holidays for one day on Tuesday 19 January 2021 from 8am to 4pm and then reopen for normal term hours on Friday 29 January 2021. The uniform shop is open the following times during the term:
  • Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
  • Friday from 9am to 2pm.
Due to the lateness of school photos, and a recent issue with the printer, the yearbook will not be distributed this year. There will be enough copies printed for our graduating classes in Year 6 and 12, however, the remaining yearbooks will not be distributed until the start of next year. We apologise for this delay.
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