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Warm greetings to our HTLC community. It was with joy that yesterday I was able to observe our Year 3 to 6 students as they participated in this year’s Junior School House Athletics Carnival. Well done to all who competed on the day as I was impressed with the high level of enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Thank you to Mrs Tarn McDonald, Mr Daryl Taber and all other HTLC staff for their organisation in running such a wonderful day. I look forward to celebrating with the students when we hear the overall winners.

At the end of next week, we will farewell Mr Chris Surridge from HTLC. Mr Surridge has faithfully served our college community for more than 25 years as both a teacher and Principal. We look forward to recognising his time with us during several occasions next week and I encourage any families, both past and present, to reach out to Chris and thank him for his time with us. He will be truly missed.

As a community I often see the joy in celebrating the achievements and successes that are experienced by all. Likewise, I also acknowledge the many challenges that some of our students, staff and families face from time to time. While the term draws to an end, I remind families of several online resources available to them if it is required. SchoolTV is an online resource designed to empower parents with purposeful and practical support strategies. If you haven’t explored what SchoolTV has to offer then I encourage you to do so. Additionally, Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) have developed a parent’s website that provides news, features and resources for parents on raising and educating children. I also encourage families to look at the Parents Website to provide another avenue for support for them.

This coming week is Holy Week, where students and staff will revisit the story of Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem and the events leading up to his death on the cross. Due to weekly schedules these services will be held either in the MPC or in classrooms. Our final service on Thursday will be a whole college service in the MPC commencing at 1.45pm, with the school term finishing at 2.20pm. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, visitors to our chapels are still not permitted. As restrictions continue to ease I will make it a priority to inform our community if the opportunity to attend chapel is available to them in the future. I hope you all enjoy the last week of term!
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
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Our best life
By Dianne Eckermann
For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever (Hebrews 7:28).
Read Hebrews 7:23–28
Jesus is unique! We could spend a great deal of time exploring the many ways in which he is unique. Today’s passage tells us that Jesus has been made perfect forever; he is our high priest. He is not, however, like other high priests when he intercedes on our behalf. He is blameless and most significantly, he has overcome death. This changed something in our relationship with God.
We may not know much about high priests today, but what we do know is that Jesus, as our high priest, takes the focus away from the law, which we cannot by any means fulfil. Both law and gospel come from God. The law tells us what we should be and what we should do, while the gospel is the wonderful news that God forgives our sins, and we are made holy in Jesus. It sounds simple, but because of our human nature, we are exceptionally good at justifying ourselves and overlook the amazing gift of God’s grace offered freely to us.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard people announcing, ‘I am living my best life’, or, from those who are still struggling to reach this pinnacle, ‘I just want to live my best life’. Just what a ‘best life’ looks like is unclear, but it would seem that it is something that, with a great deal of effort, we can all achieve.
Our best life is already there, on offer to us through Jesus, the high priest who sacrificed himself. We are not required to work towards this goal; it is offered to us. The law shows us that because we cannot help but sin, we are separated from God. But through our high priest, Jesus, who has been made perfect forever, and through the Holy Spirit, we can come to God – truly our best life.
Father, thank you for providing us with Jesus and through him your precious gift of forgiveness. Help me to continue to grow in faith through the power of your gospel at work in me. Amen.
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Next Thursday we will finish our term with a purple themed free dress day to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. Thank you to everyone who supported our Crazy Hair Day last Friday. it was wonderful to see our Junior School students arriving with an exciting array of crazy hair styles, colours and themes. We raised a total of $479 which will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Athletics Days
Our Year 3–6 students enjoyed a wonderful day of track and field events on Thursday, despite a short rain interruption. I congratulate all the students who participated on the day, they tried their best, competed fairly and encouraged one another. A huge thank you to Mrs McDonald, Mr Taber, staff, parent helpers, Year 7 helpers and House Captains who all contributed to make the day run smoothly. Results will be announced at assembly on Monday morning. Our Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Day was postponed and will now be held Tuesday next week. Parents are welcome to attend. Please sign in using the QR code or sign in books around the school.

Assembly next week will be held live, to allow us to announce Athletics Day results and Age Group Champions. This will be recorded and made available to parents upon request.

Year 3B led worship this morning, reminding us of Jesus’ ultimate act of service: giving his life for the salvation of all (Mark 10:45). Next week we will be recognising Holy Week with a coordinated worship and devotions throughout the college each morning. We will start with The Entry Into Jerusalem on Monday morning and conclude by focussing on the Crucifixion at our Closing Worship on Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
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The NAPLAN practice test was administered to Year 7 and 9 students on Thursday this week. A NAPLAN testing schedule will now be developed and sent to families of Year 7 and 9 students so they can be aware of what days and times the tests will be held between 11 and 21 May. A reminder that if students miss a test, there will be an opportunity for them to sit a make-up test as long as it is done in the testing window (between 11–21 May).

Upcoming events
An exciting weekend ahead with the first round of Pedal Prix competition taking place in Mt Gambier, South Australia. Good luck to all teams competing and a thank you to the many parent helpers and staff who have volunteered their time to allow this event to occur. The Interschool Athletics Sports Day will be held on Monday with an action-packed day of events scheduled. I really look forward to this day as it is a great opportunity to showcase athletic talent, but also the great sportsmanship and friendly competition that exists between the students of Holy Trinity Lutheran College. Good luck to all competitors and may the best House win.

Interim reports and parent/teacher interviews
Interim reports were sent home on Thursday afternoon with the online booking system open until 5:00pm on Monday. Parents are encouraged to make a booking to meet with subject teachers to discuss progress and future goals. All interviews will be held on the Middle School campus with a list of staff room allocations to be made available to parents next week.

End of term
Next Thursday 1 April will be the last day of Term 2 with students being dismissed at 2:20pm.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
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Early Entry Guide for 2022
Some universities have programs that allow you to apply earlier in the year. You could receive a conditional (or guaranteed) offer before you’ve sat your final exams. The Early Entry Guide for 2022 has been released and students are encouraged to check the websites of institutes to which they are considering application for further information.

College Ball 2021
A representative from Ferrari will be at Ball training from 1–2:30pm on Sunday to measure the boys for their suits. At this time, the option of vests, coloured ties and shoes can be also be discussed.
Cancer Council of Victoria
This week, students had a casual dress day and a special assembly, to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Delta Wardle, a current Year 12 student, has been fundraising for the last few weeks and on Tuesday she had her lengthy hair cut into 30cm ponytails. The hair is going to be donated for wigs for people suffering from medically induced hair loss. We are extremely proud of Delta, as we are of each of our students who demonstrate such genuine empathy for others and selfless, heart for service. Make a donation to Delta’s fund online or at the College's Main Administration.
Australian Dental Health
Australian Dental Health Victoria is planning to be on site from Tuesday 27 April 2021. Consent forms need to be returned to school by Monday 29 March.

VTAC Application dates (Year 12)
  • Monday 2 August: Applications open for courses, SEAS and scholarships
  • Thursday 30 September: Timely course applications close
  • Friday 8 October: SEAS and scholarship applications close
ATAR Notes: Free, live-streamed study lectures
From 12 April to 17 April 2021, ATAR Notes is running free live-streamed study lectures. These lectures are completely free, and there are dozens of lecture subjects (Year 10–Year 12) for students to attend in order to gain study momentum through Term 2. Thousands of students have benefitted from ATAR Notes Lectures, with sessions delivered by high-achieving graduates.

Students can enrol for as many lecture subjects as they like, but must register in order to gain access to the live lecture stream. Free registration gives students access to:
  • online live lectures where they can ask questions live, and get an immediate answer
  • recordings of all lectures so they can re-watch them later
  • the ability to download the lecture slides for their own study notes
Register to attend ATAR Notes live-streamed study lectures.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
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Junior Sport

Greater Western Swimming results
Although we didn't get anyone from our school to proceed to the next level for Swimming, everyone had a wonderful day and swam extremely well in a very highly talented swim meet. The official results for our HTLC Greater Western Swimming Team were:
  • Isaac Hogan (10th in 11 Boys Breast stroke)
  • Ellua Boyd (11th in 11 Girls Breaststroke)
  • Edward Jones (2nd in 12/13 Boys Breaststroke and 10th in Freestyle)
  • Ellita Scollary (6th in 12/13 Girls Breaststroke and 7th in Freestyle)
  • Lauren Jones (4th in 10 Girls Butterfly and 12th in Freestyle)
  • Malaya Wilmore (11th in 9/10 Girls Backstroke)
  • Cody Stewart (14th in 11 Boys Backstroke)
  • Charlotte Matuschka (8th in 11 Girls Backstroke)
  • 2/13 Girls Freestyle relay came 5th (Ellita Scollary, Emma Streeter, Ellua Boyd, Racheal Reichelt)
  • 11 Girls Freestyle relays came 6th (Kirrily Dandy, Maya Przibilla, Hannah Gabbe, Charlotte Matuschka)
  • 9/10 Girls Freestyle relay team came 4th (Lauren Jones, Poppy White, Jemma Hoffmann, Matilda Smith).
Well done to all who participated and thank you to Mrs Gulvin and parents for assisting on the day.
Athletics Days
The weather took an unfortunate turn this week, which saw our Foundation to Year 2 Athletics Carnival being postponed until Tuesday 30 March. On this day, students will be required to wear a house coloured top and their PE sports shorts and appropriate footwear. Lunch orders will not be available on this day for Foundation to Year 2 students, so please remember to bring a packed lunch for the day. (Year 3/4 students are able to order lunch on Tuesday.) Year 6 House Captains and a Year 7 class will be assisting on the day. These students are to wear their PE uniform. Good luck to all students involved.

Our year 3 to 6 Athletics carnival also endured some wet weather, which held up our schedule and we were not able to complete all our events in time. The 11, 12/13 Boys and Girls hurdles were completed on Friday in their Sport time and the Relays were also completed in this time to conclude all events.

Running tallies for the three competing House Colours are:
  • Mallee: 1267 points
  • Wimmera: 1251 points
  • Lowan: 1234.5 points
Final results for the overall House winner will be announced after the conclusion of the Foundation to Year 2 carnival and the winning shield will be presented at the conclusion of this event to house captains. Age champions for ages 10,11,12/13 Boys and Girls will be announced in assembly Monday morning.
Distance trials for HCPSSA (Interschool Athletics Carnival)
Some 200m and 400m trials were conducted on Wednesday for students turning 9, 10,11,12/13.
The rest of these trials will be completed in today in Sport time and next Monday 29 March (800m) with Mr Taber. Can students who have nominated themselves for this please ensure they bring appropriate footwear and clothing to change into for the trials. Wednesday 1 April will be a catch up trial day for anyone who has been absent or has missed their trials for 200,400 or 800m. Again, a change of clothes and footwear is required.
Upcoming events
30: F–2 Athletics Carnival
21: Cross Country
27: Interschool Cross Country
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)
4 & 18: Year 5–6 Winter Sports Competition (Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer, AFL and Netball)
Tarn McDonald
Mrs Tarn McDonald, Junior Sport Coordinator

Secondary Sport

HTLC will be going away to Mount Gambier this weekend to compete in Round 1 of the AHPVSS series. Goodluck to coaches Mr. McLoughin and Miss Davis, who will be taking multiple teams of students away to compete on Saturday, we wish you all the best!

Students are also preparing for the HTLC Athletics Carnival on Monday 29 March. We encourage all students to participate, and to ensure they are dressed up in their house colours! The Carnival will be held at Dudley Cornell Park, with events beginning around 9.40am. All parents and families are welcome to attend throughout the day.

VCAL students will also be cooking a BBQ and running the canteen during the Carnival. All proceeds will be donated to charity, so students are welcome to bring money to grab a snag or two for a good cause!
Upcoming events
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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Resilience has been the buzzword in raising children for the past 20 years or more. And it seems that no matter how much we talk about it, we STILL struggle with raising our children with resilience. In fact, according to latest research findings, our children’s resilience is lower than it has ever been (since we began measuring it). This brief intro to resilience is designed to help you recognise exactly what resilience is, unpack some of the mistakes we make as parents that ruin resilience, and give us a sense of what a resilient child could look like if we could teach and practice the habits of resilience that work best.

Join Dr Justin Coulson, author of the best-selling book, 9 Ways to a Resilient Child, as he explores what resilience is and why it matters so much for our children in this 25-minute brief webinar recording for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Register for a free Happy Families membership to access the webinar.
In this edition of SchoolTV: Internet addiction
In today’s digital environment, the internet can be viewed as a valuable tool for education, research and entertainment. Young people today tend to go from one screen to another, but how much is too much? Time spent in the ‘screen world’ has parents concerned that their kids may be missing out on real life experiences. Therefore, it is vitally important to a child’s wellbeing for parents to regulate a child’s internet use.
In this edition, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg discusses what causes internet addiction, who is most at risk and what parents can do to regulate the amount of time their kids spend online each day.
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 lunch orders on Tuesday
Due to the Athletics Carnival being held on Tuesday, lunch orders won't be available for students in Foundation–Year 2 that day. Lunch orders will still go ahead for Years 3–4 on Tuesday and will run as normal on Thursday next week (for Year 5–12).

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.
Taekwondo Free Come and Try Day
Have fun and get fit in a friendly, safe environment builds self-esteem and confidence. Learn self-defence with an Olympic sport.
  • Horsham Aquatic Centre
  • Thursday 1 April, 3.45–4.30pm
  • Contact Doug on 0419890997 or Natalie on 0488974 275
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