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Congratulations and thank you to the participants of last week’s College Ball. The event was a little over a year in the making and provided a wonderful moment for our Year 12 students. A special thank you to our parents and staff who spent hours in preparing for the event and in supporting our senior students of the college. Your effort and dedication was noted and greatly appreciated. It is with anticipation that we look forward to the Year 11 College Ball this evening. All the best to these students on their special night.

Belated congratulations to Mrs Liz Hewitt, and husband Tom, on the birth of their first child, Grace Elizabeth Hewitt. Grace was born on 17 April and weighed a little over 3.5 kilograms. I wish Liz, Tom and Grace God’s richest blessing as they start ‘family life’ together.

At the end of this week, Mrs Elsbeth Schneider has now commenced parental leave as she prepares for the birth of her first child. I would like to wish Elsbeth and Michael all the best at this time. In support of our students, Ms Kate Farnham will continue in Elsbeth’s place and additionally take on the role as Acting Head of English until the end of the year.

A reminder that the 2022 Information Evenings will be conducted next week. These sessions are predominately targeted toward students entering the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools next year and will be held in the Agora of our Senior Centre. An online link will also be available for those who can’t make it in person. Details of these evenings have been sent to families via emails from our Heads of Sub-Schools, however, if you require further information I ask that you get in contact with them for additional support.

The HTLC Open Day is planned for Sunday 23 May, 11am to 1pm. I encourage all current and prospective families to attend so they can see and hear of the educational pathways we can provide that shape the confidence, capabilities and character of our students.

As the cold weather is now approaching I ask that families are mindful of their movements in and around the college—particularly within the pick-up and drop-off zone. With an anticipated increase in traffic over the coming weeks I ask that drivers pay attention to students exiting and entering cars. Your support in being attentive, and discussing this with your child, is greatly appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Simple, yet difficult!
by Pastor Peter Bean
Read: Love one another (John 15:17)
Simple, eh? How many philosophers, songwriters, poets and authors have echoed the Bible’s words: love one another, with the implication that all will be well. Perhaps the cartoonist Leunig captures it best in his cartoon where he states, ‘Love one another and you will be happy; it’s as simple and as difficult as that. There is no other way’. So, yes, it is simple as that, but it is also very difficult. We all know and have experienced that in our everyday living with our family and friends, not to even mention the loving enemies part. Simple as, yet difficult as.

It would be great if I, and if you, could love one another and all life’s problems disappeared. But it doesn’t work like that, and Jesus knows it better than anyone. Perhaps that’s why before he tells us to love one another, he spells out that the Father loves him, and he remains in the Father’s love.
Just the same Jesus loves us, and we can remain in his love. Then we can love another. It’s not through our own strength or ability; it’s because we, you, I, are first loved unconditionally.

Living in that love allows us to love ourselves and love others. This enables us to look beyond those things that distract from loving. Sharing in the joy that Jesus offers and promises (verse 11) allows us to continue to love when it seems humanly impossible. For me (and that person), replacing negative thoughts about someone with the love of Jesus has changed the way I think, act and speak. It’s this love won for us and given to us by Jesus that allows us to love one another. It’s as simple and as difficult as that!

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me as your Father loves you. Help me to live in this love. And through your presence and with your help, help me to love all those I encounter. Amen.
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Information Nights and Open Day
  • Junior School Information Evening
    Please encourage any families and friends who are considering options for their children’s primary school education to come along to the Junior School Information Evening next Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Agora.
  • Middle School Information Evening
    I encourage all parents of students currently in Year 6 to attend the information evening for students commencing Year 7 in 2022 next Monday evening at 7pm in the Agora.
    These sessions will provide information about the fantastic opportunities for learning and development for students here at HTLC. You have the option of attending in person and the session will also be live streamed (at this link: meet.google.com/voo-fyrt-cdm) or you can request a recording be sent to you following the evenings.
  • Open Day—Sunday 23 May, 11am to 1pm
    Please encourage any friends or family who are interested in our college to come along to the Open Day, to walk through our beautiful college and speak to our staff.
Our Year 3 and Year 5 students have now completed their Writing and Reading NAPLAN assessments. Excluding the paper based Year 3 Writing assessment, all tests were completed online with minimal disruptions. The students have applied themselves very well throughout the testing process. Students will be sitting the Conventions of Language and Numeracy assessments next Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
On Tuesday morning our staff held a ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ to raise money for the Cancer Council. Collectively we raised over $600 and shared some delicious treats!

Recording of assembly and chapel
Each week assemblies and chapels are recorded and accessible to Junior School parents later that day. Junior School parents can access the recordings here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0AJiYrM7BUGMMUk9PVA.

This morning our Foundation S class led us in worship, with a focus on Perseverance. Next week 1D, supported by David from the Bible Society, will be leading Chapel with a focus on ‘producing fruit’ based on John 15:5. The Year 3 students will be presented with their Bibles at the end of this service. David will then be sharing the work of the Bible Society with classes throughout the morning. Please remember to send a small offering with your child. We hope you can join us for worship.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: All of FL FS: Dean Mutimer 1C: Fletcher Dandy, Victoria Kulhan 1D: Ella Ryan 1I: Saxton Steicke 2B: Xavier Moore 2S: Immi Roberts 3B: Audrey Jochinke 3K: Harvey O'Donnell 3L: Baxter Mercer 4F: Charlotte Doyle 4R: Alexis Bartlett 5D: Victoria Brown, Ben Smith 5G: Jayden Eltze, Scarlett Nuttall 5H: Fraser Penny, Grace Puls 6G: Charlie Hopper 6H: Joel Mock 6N: Aiza Ali Chinese: Emma Streeter Performing Arts: Heidi Rethus PE: Georgia Foster, Malaya Willmore Library: Chontell Gerdtz Jing Award: Jack Arnel
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Middle School Information Evening
Next Monday 17 May, the Middle School Information Session will be held in the Senior School Agora, commencing at 7pm. Given the nature of restrictions still placed on schools we will offer this session as both face-to-face and online. For those wishing to attend remotely, the link to the session is: https://meet.google.com/voo-fyrt-cdm.

Outline of the night:

  • 6.45pm: Complimentary barista coffee, tea and hot chocolates available from the Senior School café (adjacent to the Agora)
  • 7pm: Information Evening begins
  • 7.05pm: Principal’s welcome (Mr Daniel Weller) and Head of Middle School Address (Mr Jason Przibilla)
  • 7.10pm: Middle School Presentation including:
    • Head of English (Mrs Kate Farnham)
    • Head of Mathematics (Mrs Kate Carter)
    • Genesis Accelerated Learning Program
    • Differentiation and Learning Support (Mrs Sam Engert)
    • Head of Sport and Coaching (Mr Jesse Kuchel)
    • Middle School Captains (Jessica Flett and Jacob Matuschka)
    • Middle School Ambassadors (Jed Pohlner, Harrison Daniell, Eva Drendel, Abbey O’Connor)
  • 7.45pm: Time for questions, supper, networking
NAPLAN testing commenced for all Year 7 and 9 students this week with the reading and writing tests completed on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The testing will conclude next week on the following days:
  • Monday 17 May: Year 7 and 9 Language Conventions test (9–10:10am)
    Tuesday 18 May: Year 7 and 9 Numeracy test (9–10:10am)
Year 9 Electives – Semester 2
Year 9 students received information about Semester 2 electives this week. Students will have the opportunity to make their selections next week when a Google Form will be emailed to all Year 9 students.

GRIP Leadership Conference
Next Friday the student leaders of HTLC will attend a GRIP Student Leadership Conference in Ballarat. This day-long conference concentrates specifically on training student leaders for their role as leaders of their school. This year students will engage in presentations, activities and discussions focussed around the conference theme ‘Lead the Way’. They will have an opportunity to select elective workshops that are specific to the needs of the school or personal goals. Thank you to the House Coordinators for organising this exciting event.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 11 College Ball 2021
We wish our Year 11 students well for their long awaited Ball this evening. Rehearsals have run smoothly and Year 11 and 12 parents have worked hard to ensure that the Town Hall is looking spectacular. Sincere thanks to all those parents who have spent many hours assisting with preparations and planning to help with both events. It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks but the students will remember these special evenings for many years to come. Students are reminded to arrive prior to their scheduled photography session and all students are to be at the Town Hall by 5:45 in time for the group photo.

GAT (General Achievement Test)–The GAT Matters!
The GAT will be held on Wednesday 9 June at 10–1:15. Students have commenced preparations in class for the GAT and will be completing trial writing tasks over the next few weeks. Find out how you can use the GAT to your advantage

Senior School information Evening
Our Information Evening for students currently in Year 9 who will be moving into the Senior School next year, will be held next Tuesday, commencing at 7pm in the Senior Centre Agora. Packs containing information relevant to the commencement of Senior School, and topics that will be addressed at the information evening, will be sent home with students on Monday. Please take the time to read through the pack and if you have any questions or topics you would like to discuss, staff look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about your child’s needs and the pathways they are considering.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Greater western Tennis
Congratulations to Emma Streeter and Eli Bailey in Year 6, they participated in the Greater Western Tennis Championships in Ballarat last Friday. Emma finished 3rd in her pool and Eli 4th so just missed out on finals. They were up against some tough opposition, but they did a fantastic job of displaying excellent sportsmanship.
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Little Desert Cross Country
On Monday Axal Henskes, Charlize van Zyl, Charlie Hedt, Austin McLellan, Adelyn Penny, Emma Streeter, Maya Przibilla, Kirrily Dandy, Edward Jones, Toby Uebergang represented HTLC at the Little Desert Cross Country in Kaniva. Thank you to Mrs Koschmann for attending with the students. Congratulations to the following students have qualified for the Greater Western Cross Country which will be held in Warrnambool on Monday 31 May: Austin McLellan, Charlie Hedt, Kirrily Dandy, Maya Przibilla, Toby Uebergang, Adelyn Penny. Information will be sent home in the next few weeks.
Friday winter sport
Last Friday was the Year 5 and 6’s first battle against other local primary schools in the local interschool sport competition. Congratulations to our HTLC teams who were incredibly successful and took away wins in AFL, Volleyball, Soccer and Netball! Round 2 of the winter sports will be held on Friday 28 May. Round 3 will be held on 4 June, with the final round to be confirmed (likely 18 June).

Representative uniforms
If you have any representative sports uniforms that you don't need any use for more can you please return them washed to school in the grey basket located in the MPC foyer as soon as possible.
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Black Ranges Cross Country was held on Monday, 10 May. HTLC had over 30 students advance to compete at the divisional stage in Murtoa. Through cold and wet conditions, all students competed and ran very well on the day; across an especially mud-filled course.

Of those that competed, 19 students placed well enough to advance to the Greater Western Championships in Warrnambool. Also a massive congratulations to both Jordan Friberg and Codi Kenny, who won their age divisions!

Students will now compete in Warrnambool on May 31.

HTLC would also like to wish the Senior Girls Volleyball team the best of luck when they compete next Friday at the State Volleyball Championships in Melbourne!
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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Anxiety in your Child | 17th May 2021, 8pm
Anxiety has become one of the leading causes of ill-health in our children. And it’s also affecting more parents than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated what was already an accelerating problem. Can we stop anxiety? Where is it coming from? Are our kids' bubble-wrapped snowflakes that just need to “toughen up” and get over it? Or is there an approach to our children’s anxiety that can build them, encourage them, and give them hope?
This webinar will provide the answers every parent needs to help their children – and even to help themselves.
Once you’ve participated in this webinar, you’ll have strategies that you can put into practice on the spot to help curb anxiety, build confidence, and restore resilience in your child. And if you struggle with anxiety yourself, you’ll be changed.
To register for this and other resources through your free Happy Families membership, please visit
In this edition of SchoolTV: Sexting
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to approach the subject of sexting with their children, as well as offer helpful strategies on dealing with the fallout should their child send or receive content containing sexual imagery.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and, as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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PTFA Pie Drive
The PTFA Pie Drive is now on! Order some pies from Conways to help raise funds which will contribute to improving facilities and services for the college. Orders and payment are due by Friday 21 May. See the link below for the order form and further information about how to submit your order and payment.
Junior School Canteen
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.
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