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Greetings and welcome to the half way point of Term 2. Doesn’t time fly by! It is with joy that I announce that Mrs Elsbeth Schneider has given birth to a baby boy on Wednesday 19 May. We congratulate Elsbeth and Michael on the new addition to their family and wish them God’s richest blessing as they commence parenthood.

Thank you to those families who attended our information evenings during the past week. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time discussing with parents and students about the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ of HTLC. A recording of each night was taken with a copy being emailed to those families of students who will commence Foundation, Year 7 and Year 9 in 2022. If parents would like the recording and did not receive the email I ask that they contact the relevant Head of Sub-School for a copy.

A reminder that our Open Day is this coming Sunday 23 May, commencing at 11am. I encourage you to invite your friends and families to the event so they can see first-hand how our quality Christian education and care provides pathways that shape the confidence, capabilities and character of our students. Principal tours will be conducted during the day with Junior School (11.30am), Middle School (12pm) and Senior School (12.30pm) all taking place. I would also like to thank the staff and students in advance for their involvement on the day. Their dedication and commitment to the college is recognised and greatly appreciated. The Open Day will conclude at 1pm.

Good luck to our Pedal Prix teams who will be competing at Tailem Bend this coming Sunday. Thank you to Miss Davis and Mr McLoughlin for their ongoing guidance of the teams, and to the additional staff and parents for their support. All the best!

Wishing you all a blessed week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Hope for the parched soul
by Sal Huckel
I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs (Isaiah 41:18).
Read Isaiah 41:17–20

We begin with a bleak, parched spiritual picture. Perhaps some of us are feeling this way spiritually right now? We have all the signs of looking as though we have come out of a dicult time in our country; life almost looks normal but isn’t. Around the world, we see a raging pandemic, wars, political unrest. Have we been drinking enough life-giving water, coming to the well? Or are we focusing on the wasteland, our own troubles, and feeling as though there will be no end to it?
It’s time to refocus on our prayer lives, to pray for this restoration and renewal of our relationship with the Lord. Worldly troubles aside, we can receive this hope and restoration today.
Pray over this passage, and visualise your own spirit being renewed by the Holy Spirit, bearing fruit and bringing glory and honour to the Lord. Pray for renewal of your vigour for the Lord, the energy to plant and sow new fruit bringing life and hope to others. Let’s share our thirst-quenching hope with those around us who don’t know how to find their way to the oasis in the desert and need it more than ever. While our earthly troubles are here for now, we have the promise of much peace and hope for the parched soul.

Almighty God, some of us might be parched, searching for hope. Others of us are refreshed, our thirst quenched, ready to share the hope of restoration and renewal with others. Meet us where we are at, Lord, and may we see and know the works of your hand. Show me today, Lord, who I can encourage and help for them to be brought to a deeper knowledge of you and to find spiritual refreshment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Year 6 Maths Olympics
On Wednesday our Year 6 students competed in the annual Maths Olympics at Horsham College. The students used teamwork, spacial and kinaesthetic skills to solve problems and earn points for their teams as they competed against other schools in the region. Congratulations to HTLC Team 1 (Rachel, Emma, Justin & Lachlan) for winning Round 1, and HTLC Team 2 (Edward, Jack, Eli & Liam) for winning Round 2! All Year 6s should be proud of their efforts throughout the day, there were some very tough mental and physical challenges!

Junior School Information Evening
Thank you to families who joined us in person or remotely for our Junior School Information Evening on Wednesday. If you were unable to attend on the evening, and would like a copy of the recording sent to you, please contact our administration.

Over the past two weeks students in our Year 3 and Year 5 classes have sat the language conventions, writing, reading and numeracy NAPLAN assessments. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program) is completed across Australia to measure the growth of student’s literacy and numeracy capabilities. All students were able to complete tests online. Our students are to be commended for their concentration and effort during these assessments.

Diagnostic testing
Next week all students from Foundation to Year 6 will be completing their school based literacy and numeracy diagnostic assessments. These assessments allow us to monitor students’ academic progress, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, plan to meet student needs and inform special programs within the school. We encourage parents to avoid making appointments for students during school hours next week and to ensure students get the rest they require.

Open Day
This Sunday HTLC will be open from 11am until 1pm. Visitors will be invited to walk through the school and talk to teachers, or join our Junior School Principal’s tour at 11:30am. Please encourage any friends or family who are interested in having a look at the exciting facilities and programs we have to offer to come along.

Year 4 camp
On Monday to Wednesday next week the Year 4 classes will be staying at the Creswick Log Cabins for a 3-day camp. The Year 4 camping experiences focusses on adventure activities and team work and building confidence, a highlight being the Giant Swing (which I have experienced … what a rush!). We pray all of our campers have a wonderful time of personal growth and enjoy the experiences offered.

Next Wednesday, HTLC will host a robotics workshop, as part of the RoboCup program. Co-founder of the RoboCup, Brian Thomas, will be at our college to help teach students about robotics and facilitate the activities on the day.Students from Year 5 to 8 in the RoboCup teams will participate in workshops and competition throughout the day. Good luck!

Year 1D led our worship this morning, based on John 15:5 'I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.' Our message was delivered by David from the Bible Society and our Year 3 students were presented with their own Bibles. Next week Year 6G will be leading Chapel with a focus on serving others. Please remember to send a small offering with your child.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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Middle School Open Day
The Holy Trinity Lutheran College Open Day will be held this Sunday 23 May. This day will be a great opportunity to showcase the facilities, staff, students and programs on offer in the college. The Middle School will be a buzz with a range of activities for students to enjoy and participate in, including:
  • Live musical performances
  • Free sausage sizzle
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Climbing wall
  • Sports activities
  • Science experiments
  • Maths games
  • Woodwork and art demonstrations
  • STEM activities
And more….

A number of students have put their hands up to volunteer on the day and their presence will be valuable as they help to showcase the different curriculum areas. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Year 6 interviews
As a follow-up to the Information Evening that was held on Monday, this week I have been meeting with current and new Year 6 families. The purpose of these meetings is to introduce myself to the students and their families, start to put together an Individualised Learning Profile and to answer specific questions families may have about the Middle School. I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the students and discuss their educational passions and interests and am excited by the prospect of welcoming these students into the Middle School in 2022. These interviews will continue next week. Families who are yet to book an interview are welcome to do so by contacting main reception (admin@htlc.vic.edu.au).

The final NAPLAN tests were held this week. Well done to all Year 7 and 9 students for completing their testing. Results will be made available to parents later this year. Support and guidance will be offered for any families wishing to discuss individual results once they become available.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Year 11 College Ball
The organisation of two College Balls this year required a huge commitment from both our trainers and our parent committee. The hours of work contributed by Mrs Schneider, Mrs Moore and Mr Haynes, ensured that our Year 11 and 12 students performed in a manner of which they were extremely proud. We are sincerely thankful also, for the endless hours of preparations by Leoni Heard, Michelle Pipkorn, Mrs Nuske, the parent committee and other parents, friends and family who assisted with setting up and packing up, and helped to make the evenings the successes that they were, and events that the students will remember for many years to come.

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.
This week students undertaking a Unit 3-4 study, participated in a webinar facilitated by The English Lab, providing strategies and guidance on effective completion of the GAT to maximise student outcomes.

Senior School Information Evening
On Tuesday evening, we held our Senior School Information Evening for students who will be commencing Year 10 in 2022. Thank you to the families who were able to join us for the session both here on site and those who viewed the session from home. During the evening, the ways in which our college and staff constantly strive for excellence through the provision of our core curriculum and comprehensive extra-curricular programs, were outlined to parents. The pathways available to students commencing Year 10 were outlined and further curriculum information was provided to complement the information packs that were sent home prior to the meeting. Over the next few days, Administration staff will be contacting Year 9 families to arrange a suitable time for a pathways interview, to discuss your child’s strengths and interests and determine their most suitable pathway into Senior School.

VTAC Updates for Selection Period 2021–2022
The following updates are now available ahead of the 2021-2022 selection period commencing in August. Further information will be available in July and August.
  • Applications open for courses, SEAS, and scholarships: Monday 2 August 2021
  • Timely course applications close: Thursday 30 September 2021
  • SEAS and Scholarships applications close: Friday 8 October 2021
  • ATAR and VCE results released: Friday 8 October 2021
  • ATAR and VCE results released: 7am, Monday 13 December
  • Change of preference deadline for December offers: 4pm, Tuesday 14 December
  • December offers released: Monday 20 December
  • January offers released: Friday 14 January
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Greater Western Cross Country
Congratulations to the Following students who have qualified for the Greater Western Cross Country which will be held in Warrnambool on Monday 31st May. Good luck to Austin McLellan, Charlie Hedt, Kirrily Dandy, Maya Przibilla, Toby Uebergang and Adelyn Penny.

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.

Year 5/6 Hoop Time Basketball try outs
Next week on Monday and Friday we will be conducting our Basketball try outs for our Year 5 and 6 students. Girls will be held on Monday 24 May during lunch time in the MPC and the boys on Friday 28 May, again during lunch time in the MPC. Please ensure students have a change of clothes and suitable footwear for the try outs. Teams will be announced the following week. We will be placing two boys and two girls teams into this competition.

We are hoping for a Year 3 and 4 competition to be up and running later on in the year. Students will be notified when dates are released for this competition.

Year 5/6 winter sport competition
Next Friday will see us resume the Year 5/6 winter sport competition. Please ensure that the Soccer and AFL students are wearing mouthguards where possible. Thank you to those parents who are volunteering, we really appreciate your help!

Little Desert Competitions for Soccer, Netball and AFL
We are looking for umpires for our Soccer, Netball and AFL teams who will be entering into the Little Desert Competition, held on June 2. If you are able to assist in umpiring please contact me at tarn.mcdonald@htlc.vic.edu.au.
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Week 5 was a busy one for sport at HTLC, with both Intermediate Girls Football and Senior Boys netball played on Tuesday.

The Intermediate Girls managed to sweep their pool, comfortably going 3-0 with impressive wins over Marion College, Horsham College 2 and Warracknabeal. This dominant start saw the girls advance straight through to the Grand Final, going up against Horsham College 1. In a tight 1st half, the girls fell away in the 2nd half; narrowly missing out on taking home the trophy. Star performers for the day included Leah Eilola, Angela Rudolph and Olivia Heard. Well done to supercoaches Codi Kenny, Ryan Fischer and Mr Pickering.
The Senior Boys Netball was a close affair all day, taking down both Horsham College teams before marginally losing to Stawell Secondary by 3 goals. The results came down to a 3-way tie between HTLC, Stawell and Horsham College 1; with our boys missing out by the smallest of percentages.

We would like to wish our Senior Girls Volleyball team the best of luck, as they compete at the State Championships in Melbourne today!
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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Tweens, Teens, & Screens: Rewriting the Rules for a Sensible Approach to Technology in our Families
Dealing with tweens, teens, and screens is tricky. Governing bodies with fancy-sounding names trumpet policies about how much is “too much”. Academics wring their hands about how screens are crippling our kids. And we’re stuck in the middle, just pleading for the kids to get off the screen and help out around the house, do their homework, or be kind to their sibling!
It doesn’t have to be that hard.
Join Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most trusted parenting specialists, as he unpacks the simplest methods to work out the screen situation at your home, based on the very latest, cutting-edge research. In this presentation, you’ll discover:
  • Why the concept of ‘screen-time’ misses the point and leads to unhelpful conflict about tech
  • How to eliminate the drama around screens with most kids in most situations without having to ‘ban’ devices
  • What parents really need to worry about when it comes to screens, and what they can relax about
  • The sneaky ways our kids are using screens without our knowledge, and
  • How we can make screens work in our family’s favour
This webinar will challenge your views, and change the way you talk about screens and tech in your home – for the better. To access this and other resources through your free Happy Families membership, please visit
In this edition of SchoolTV: Youth anxiety
Most young people today experience anxiety at some point in their life. Sometimes that slight rush of anxiety that occurs prior to an exam or sporting event, can enhance their performance. However, experiencing too much anxiety, over long periods of time, can be extremely damaging to their health and wellbeing. There is a difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ anxiety. Statistics show, that the psychological health of young people today is far worse than it was a generation ago. This is having an adverse affect on children in both primary and secondary levels. Some of their issues of concern include stress, school, study, body image and friendship. Parents need to be aware of the warning signs of ‘bad’ anxiety. There are preventative measures parents can implement as well as teaching kids the skills to cope more efficiently with their anxiety.

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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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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