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Greetings to the families and friends of HTLC. During the week we farewelled Mrs Liz Hewitt as she begins a period of maternity leave. I wish Liz, and her husband Tom, God’s richest blessing as they prepare for the birth of their first child over the coming weeks. To replace Liz we welcome Ms Barbara Kemp and Miss Lynley McDonald, they will start on Monday 22 March. I hope that these new staff members find joy in working with those in our community during the year.

It is with joy that I announce that as of last week an official call has been made to Pastor Jason Pokela for the position of College Pastor. Pastor Jason currently resides with his family in Esperance, Western Australia and will spend the next few weeks in prayerful reflection as to whether he will take on this role. I ask that during this time all members of our community pray for the school and for Pastor Jason as he considers this important position at our college.

As we come to the final weeks of the term I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the students during the year as they continue to maintain the high standards of education at our college. It has been very pleasing to see the determination and focus of students. I give thanks to the staff who strive to provide quality learning opportunities that are relevant, varied and relational. Well done to all and I encourage you to finish strong!

A reminder to families that the term will conclude on Thursday 1 April, with the school day finishing at 2.20pm. A whole college chapel service will take place prior to the end of the school day. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions still in place, visitors in our whole college events are still not permitted at this point in time. I give thanks for support in this matter.
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Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
By Rev Dr Wilfred John Samuel

Paul structures this verse in the form of a prayer, inviting us to ponder two vital and interconnected points. The first is a fundamental question: who can offer hope, peace and joy amid suffering and grief? The second is an invitation to put our trust in God, who, through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, has drawn people to himself and remains the source of hope. Since no-one is exempt from pain, suffering and grief, we need to prepare for such situations.
Paul reminds us that help is near us if we put our trust in God. The recent COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest and wars in some countries, famine, economic crises and other similar situations may have led some congregations, individuals and families to experience extreme pain and grief.
In this text, Paul reminds us that we are not left alone and helpless because the God of hope will fill us with ‘all joy and peace’ as we put our trust in him. The power of the Holy Spirit enhances our spiritual journey, enabling us to understand the grace of God and find joy and peace in his presence. The very title Paul gives God is ‘the God of hope’. This helps us to understand the inclusive nature of the gospel, which draws us to Christ by grace through faith and aids us to embrace the joy, peace and hope offered by God.
As we face trials and difficult times, we need to allow the Holy Spirit, with whom we have been sealed, to minister and revitalise us through an overflow of joy, peace and hope.
Pray for Christ to lead you through life in the presence of doubts, difficulties, challenges, sickness and death. Thank God that he promises to take you home.
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Incursion: African Drumming
On Tuesday we were treated to our first incursion for the year. WALA an African Drumming performance entertained Foundation to Year 6 students with drumming, dance, percussion and vocal harmonies. Abli and Odai, originally from Ghana, West Africa have been performing together for a number of years, at schools around the country. The performance was enjoyed by all, here are some statements from 4R:
  • ‘The African drumming was really different, it was good to see the different culture.’ —Tayla
  • ‘It would’ve taken a long time to practice all of the songs and perform together.’ —Zahlie
  • ‘It was fantastic to come up and try the dancing and instruments.’ —Ameika
  • ‘The best part was when the performers were doing amazing dances and watching the teachers dance.’ —Anabelle
Little Desert Tennis
Congratulations to our Junior School tennis team: Liam: Toby, Eli, Emma S, Lucy and Hannah from Year 5 and 6, who competed in the Little Desert Tennis competition on Wednesday. All participants came first or second in their pools and the team will be progressing to the regional tournament in Ballarat in May. Great effort!

Kindergarten visits
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Natalie Lienert, Claire Harvey and I have been visiting local kindergartens. Our aim is for our faces to be familiar to the little people who will be joining our college community before to attend their interviews and Mr Weller and myself in Term 2. It was such a joy to spend time talking and playing with the kids… and I even ended up barefoot in the sandpit eating my sand chicken soup! Enrolment interviews are currently being scheduled. If you have a child who will be ready for school next year, and have not been contacted by Erin, our Enrolment Officer, please give her a call to ensure your enrolment forms have been completed.

Crazy Hair and Free Dress Day
Today the Junior School SRC hosted Crazy Hair Day to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Students were asked to bring a gold coin donation and invited to wear free dress on this day. Crazy hair judging took place following Chapel. The boy and the girl from each class with the craziest hair were given a $1 voucher to spend at the school canteen from the PTFA and overall prizes for the day were awarded. Thank you to the PTFA for supporting our SRC’s fundraising efforts.
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Athletics Days
Next week will be having our F-2 Athletics Day on Tuesday and Year 3-6 Athletics Day on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend. Please sign in using the QR code or sign in books around the school.

Assembly
There will be no assembly next week.

Chapel
Year 4F led worship this morning, sharing the story of Jesus modelling service to others by washing the disciples feed (John 13:12-14). Next Friday Year 3B will be leading Chapel. Chapel is currently being recorded and shared with families. Please remember to send a small offering with your child for Chapel each Friday.

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

FL: Boaz Leigh FS: Rayaan Gunaseelan, Sophia Pickering 1C: Matilda Delahunty 1D: Beau Midgley 1I: Sebastian Lee, Xavier Shrestha 2B: Jaren Leaver-Schwarz, Mia Yendall 2S: Lachie Dunn, Noah Myerscough 3B: Charlie Bird, Sasha Hinch 3K: Everleigh Chapple, Lara Peterson 3L: Jack Arnel 4F: Zander Johnston, Tayla Streeter 4R: All of 4R 5D: Ryan Clarke, Maverick Kerr, Tarren Mibus, Zeagan Young 5G: Jayden Eltze, Arabella Schirmer 5H: Eva Macumber, Andy Mbati Year 6: All Year 6 campers Chinese: Zetta Beattie, Amber Korf Digital Technology: Harvey O'Donnell Performing Arts: Jenna Lockhart PE: Lara Todman Library: Neve Dennis Jing Award: Lennox Hose
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Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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NAPLAN
NAPLAN is back for 2021 with all students in Years 7 and 9 sitting the online testing between 11 and 21 May. NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement. Students will be tested in the following areas; numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions (spelling and grammar). Get more information about NAPLAN testing.

To help prepare students for the online testing, a coordinated practice test will be held next Thursday 25 March from 11:30am to 12:30pm. All students in Years 7 and 9 will complete a practice test which will help familiarise themselves with the online platform, login details and questioning format. Further details will be provided to parents early next term as the testing window draws closer.

Year 8 camp
The dates for the Year 8 camps and excursions have been set for 2021. The overnight hike through the Grampians National Park will be Thursday 22 and Friday 23 April. Information notes will be sent home next week. The Melbourne Cultural Excursion will be held from Thursday 12 to Friday 13 August with details to be sent home early in Term 3. Camps and excursions form a vital part of the Middle School curriculum and I look forward to offering these opportunities to all Middle School students in 2021.

Interim reports and parent/teacher interviews
Interim reports will be sent home to all families next Wednesday and included with these reports will be information on how parents and carers can book interviews with teaching staff. All interviews will be held face-to-face on Tuesday 30 (3:308pm) and Wednesday 31 March (3:306:30pm).
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Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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College Ball 2021
Andrew from Andrew and Misty Photography will be at the Lutheran Education Centre at 1pm on Sunday to speak with interested parents regarding photography for the College Ball.

Specialist Sport Program
Students enjoyed their first training session at the YMCA this week. Individual programs, developed by a strength and conditioning coach, have been developed and will be monitored throughout the year.

Cancer Council fundraiser
Next week during assembly, Delta Wardle has arranged for her hair to be cut in support of the Cancer Council and research into a cancer free future. Find out how you can support Delta (or donations may be brought to school next Tuesday). It’s always great to see our students continuing to show their awareness of the needs of others in our community!

Holiday programs
During the holidays many of the universities run educational programs for senior students. These can provide a valuable insight to potential courses and further information about the learning experiences that will occur. Unit 1 and Unit 3 revision lectures are offered to VCE students throughout the Term 1 break. Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers for further information.

Deakin University
During the school holidays you are invited to experience Deakin University through their Step On Campus program. You will be taken on a 45-minute tour of your chosen campus by a current Deakin University student. You will be able to:
  • Tour the campus of your choice (Melbourne, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool).
  • Find out about university life, including clubs and societies and student services.
  • Learn about courses
  • Ask about on campus accommodation
Find out more about the Step On Campus program.
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Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Athletics Days
Our HTLC Athletics Days are next week:
  • Foundation to Year 2 on Tuesday 23 March
  • Year 36 on Thursday 25 March.
Students are to dress in house colours on these days and are required to bring their lunches as per normal, there will be no canteen orders on the Tuesday for Foundation to Year 2 students due to groups having breaks at different times during the day.

The Foundation to Year 2 Carnival will see students participating in their class groups regardless of their age. On the Year 36 Carnival, students will be participating in the following age groups: 8/9, 10, 11, 12/13 year olds. Only 9, 10, 11,12/13 year olds will be eligible to qualify for the HCPSSA interschool sports carnival (this is a carnival run between all Horsham primary schools). From this students can then qualify for the Little Desert division carnival and from there, Greater Western region sports competitions, which progress to state competitions.

Spectators are allowed to attend, however we will need you to sign in using the school's QR code. This will be available around the shade sail area near the Junior School oval and at each event. There will also be students walking around with the QR code/sign in folder so you are able to sign in. We also encourage you to social distance.

On the Tuesday 23 March carnival, the VCAL students are available to make tea/coffee to purchase from the Senior School Cafe.

200m, 400m, 800m trials
As we do not run these events on our sports days, to get qualifiers for HCPSSA, students have nominated and placed their name down to trial for the 200m, 400m and 800m races. This is open for students in the 9/10 year olds, 11 year olds, 12/13 year olds only. Trials will be during school. Students can bring their sports shoes and appropriate clothing (PE uniform) to trial on the relevant day. They will have the opportunity to get changed before the run and afterwards into their school uniform.
  • 200m and 400m trials Wednesday 24 March (Week 9, next week)
  • 800m trials will be on Monday 29 March (Term 1 Week 10)
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Congratulations to those students who represented HTLC at the Little Desert Tennis competition on Wednesday this week. We had a very successful day. Thank you to Miss Davis for attending with the students. Liam Richardson, Hannah Heard, came 2nd in their pools. Toby Uebergang and Lucy Bunsworth came 3nd overall and Eli Bailey, Emma Streeter came 2nd overall. Eli and Emma will now be going on to the Greater Western competition on 7 May in Ballarat. All players represented HTLC very well on and off court, modelling great teamwork, commitment, respect and courtesy to all.
Greater Western Swimming
Congratulations to those students who represented HTLC at the Greater Western Swimming competition today. Official results will be released and announced in next week's newsletter.
Upcoming events
MARCH
23: F–2 Athletics Carnival
25: Year 3–6 Athletics Carnival
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21: Cross Country
27: Interschool Cross Country
MAY
6: HCPSSA (Interschool Athletics)
7: Greater Western Tennis
10: Little Desert Cross Country
7 & 28: Year 5–6 Winter Sports Competition (Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer, AFL and Netball)
JUNE
4 & 18: Year 5–6 Winter Sports Competition (Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer, AFL and Netball)
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Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

HTLC was well represented on Thursday at Black Ranges Volleyball Tournament, with teams across Boys & Girls, Intermediate and Senior age groups. Within the round robin format, teams would need to win every match to advance to the next stage.

The Intermediate Girls kicked us off for the day, narrowly going down in the first two matches. The girls bounced back at the end of their day, winning their 3rd and final match against St. Brigid's 2 sets to 0. The Senior Boys also fought hard all day, unfortunately losing in 3 close matches across the day.
The Senior Girls started their day off with a big win, taking down Horsham College 2 sets to 1. Led by Elle Treloar, the girls rallied in their opening match; digging deep at 1 set all to come out victorious with the win. Their second and final match saw them take on St. Brigid’s College, who had been performing well for the day. The girls played their best game for the day, with outstanding performances by all. They managed to take down St. Brigid’s 2-0 to advance to the Greater Western Stage. Congratulations to the following; Lateasha Joyram-Yates, Tamika Johns, Monique Shevlin, Elle Treloar, Romy Meadows, Mia Bell and Zyla Nelson.
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The Intermediate Boys faced 3 matches for the day, taking down both St. Brigid’s and Horsham College in the first two matches 2 sets to 0. The third game came down to the ‘Grand Final’, with the winner advancing to the next stage.
The HTLC boys took out the first set, before Murtoa College rallied to take back the 2nd. In a first to 15 final set, needing to win by 2, the boys played out what can only be described as an absolute epic; a match for the ages. The HTLC boys fought out the spectacle, managing to edge out Murtoa 27-25 in the third set. Congratulations to the following boys; Joey Nagorcka, Harry Robertson, Kaden Lanyon, Oscar Jackman, Noah Treloar, Ethan Heard, Wil Tippet, Haidyn Young and Colby Wilde
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Upcoming events
MARCH
19: Greater Western Region Swimming
26: Pedal Prix Mount Gambier
29: HTLC Secondary Athletics
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Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
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SchoolTV: Raising boys
Many parents will attest to the fact that most boys are active, loud, rambunctious and prone to rough play, but this should not affect how a parent acts towards their son. Be careful not to pigeon-hole your son into sex-specific behaviours or gender roles. The male brain is distinctly different in its development. A boy’s physical maturity is often at odds with his mental and brain development. In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will gain a better understanding into some of the more complex issues relating to raising boys.
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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Trying to guide a teenage daughter through a complex adolescent world is… well, complicated. Alcohol and drugs, mental health concerns, body image issues, premature and/or non-consensual intimacy, and friendship challenges are just the tip of the iceberg.
Join Justin Coulson as he unpacks the science and provides practical real world advice for parenting your teenage daughter. You’ll leave this presentation with simple and valuable tools and techniques to help you guide our daughters safely and successfully through adolescence.
Holy Trinity Lutheran College has teamed up with Happy Families to help support our ongoing commitment to wellbeing. As a Happy Families member you will have automatic free access to this webinar and many other valuable resources through premium membership (a $170 value!).
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Junior School Canteen and lunch orders next week
Due to the Primary Athletics Carnivals being held next week, lunch orders and canteen will not be available for Junior School students on Tuesday or Thursday. Lunch orders for Years 7 to 12 on Thursday will still be available.

Dental Health Victoria visit
Australian Dental Health Victoria is visiting HTLC on Tuesday 27 April 2021. Student consent forms have been distributed. If you would like to take part in this service, please ensure that the consent form is returned to school by Monday 29 March.
Student Verification Reports
To ensure that we have accurate personal, medical and emergency details of our students, this week Student Verification Reports have been sent home with each student. Please look over the reports, make any necessary changes, sign/date the report (even if no changes to information) and return to the college the end of the term.

Uniform shop closed on Friday
The uniform shop will be closed next Friday 26 March. It will reopen on Tuesday 30 March at 9am. You can submit an order to the uniform shop over email at any time using an order form.
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Kids Mini First Aid
Wednesday April 14th
2 Sessions: 9–12pm or 1–4pm
$40 per child
Uptempo Café Horsham
For bookings and details please go to
https://caseykoschfirstaid.com.au/.
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