As construction of the new Junior School classrooms has commenced I would like to again thank all families for their patience in moving in and around this space during this time. With the present and future disruptions to the flow of traffic during the day, along with a considerable amount of mud that is now present due to the recent rain, I give thanks to individuals for navigating the pathways and roundabout. Your support at this time is greatly appreciated.
At the end of this term we will be farewelling two staff members from our college. Mrs Rebecca Fletcher will be departing as she moves with family for new adventures closer to Melbourne, and Mr Garry Wallace has announced his retirement after 18 years at the school. On behalf of our community I would like to thank both Bec and Garry for their dedication and support of the college over the years and wish them God’s richest blessing as they commence the next stage of their lives. As the weeks of the term quickly pass us by, I encourage you to take the time to say farewell to these staff members. They will both be missed.
It is with pleasure that I announce that the next edition of School Days (Autumn, 2022) will soon be available to all members of our college community. The new publication will be given to students during the last week of term, additional to being available on our website. I hope that you enjoy the next instalment of this publication.
With this coming Monday being the Queens’s Birthday holiday, I look forward to welcoming students and families back on Tuesday 14 June. I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful long weekend – if you haven’t started it already!
Have a joy filled week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
by Georgie Schuster
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (John 14:26).
What comes to your mind when you hear the words, ‘And there will be a test’? While assessment of knowledge and skill acquisition has changed considerably in recent times, the idea of ‘finding out what you know’ may bring to mind a range of memories. You may have relished the opportunity to share your knowledge. For others, memories of nights of coffee, cramming and anxiety might resurface. The teacher’s guidance and assistance are withdrawn. You are on your own. There’s the feeling of ‘I’ve tried so hard; will I remember everything?’ Then later, putting those skills and knowledge into practice is where it all becomes very real…
For the disciples, the days of having their beloved teacher and friend walking and talking with them every day were drawing to an end. Jesus was preparing and comforting them for what lay ahead. Things were going to be different, but they weren’t going to be alone. The Holy Spirit was coming to live with and be in them to be their advocate, guide and helper. To remind them of Jesus’ words. To encourage, equip and continue to teach them.
And we aren’t alone today. The Holy Spirit is with us, too. Have you ever had the experience in a conversation with someone when a Bible verse or encouragement that fits the moment perfectly pops into your mind? Or when you read the Bible or hear someone talk about God, and everything becomes clear?
When it comes to God’s love and grace, we are all lifelong learners. And we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with us all the way!
Dear Father God, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us always to comfort, guide, teach, equip and strengthen us each day. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sub Schools News
Junior School News (10 June 2022)
Wild About Animals Day
No… we are not inviting pets to school! But… our SRC are inviting students to dress up in their best animal themed dress up on Thursday 23 June. Students are asked to bring a gold coin, which will be donated to Horsham Paws to help them care for local animals.
Junior School reports are now being prepared and will be sent home Thursday 23 June. This will provide an opportunity for parents to make contact with teachers before the beginning of the school holidays if required.
Congratulations to our Hoop Time and AFL girls teams, who competed against other local schools in the past week. Thank you to the staff, parents and helpers who have assisted with events. Please see Mrs Thomas’ Sport Report for more details.
This morning Year 5H led our worship, with a message encouraging us to show God’s love for others in the actions we do. The Bible verse was James 2: 14-17. It has been wonderful to have family and friends of the college joining us for worship once again, and I invite you to join us for worship Friday mornings at 9:00 am in the MPC. Next week Year 2B will be leading our Junior School worship. Please remember to send a small offering with your child to be donated to charity.
Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
Middle School News (10 June 2022)
End of Semester Examinations
End of semester examinations were successfully completed this week with Years 7 to 9 students sitting their Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities and Health exams. Exams are given in Years 7 and 8 to reinforce learning from the semester and provide examination experience for students which will help them to prepare for Senior School. Exams are given in Year 9 to reinforce learning from the semester and provide examination conditions which are similar to a VCE experience. Congratulations to all students for completing their exams and I’m sure the results will reflect the work that has been put in throughout the term and in the preparation weeks.
End of Semester Reports
As we near the end of this term, staff will be busily preparing reports which will be sent home on Thursday 23 June. Students may find that they have some outstanding assessment tasks that they need to get done, resulting in an increased homework load. Students are able to access support with this at school through the attendance of Homework Club after schools on Monday or Wednesday (3:30-4:30pm) or during lunchtimes in the MGLA1 room. Teachers will be prepared to support students in any way they can if students are able to reach out and make contact seeking support.
Wimmera Careers Expo
The Wimmera Careers Expo will be held on Tuesday 21 June. Students in Year 9 will have the opportunity to attend this event. The expo is country Victoria’s largest careers expo and aims to provide a one-stop-shop of vocational information to Western Victorian students. The expo offers a broad range of career and course information as well as interactive opportunities including the ‘Try A Trade’ section. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to a wide range of career, industry and course advisors on a one-to-one basis. The exhibitors and presenters consist of local, regional, metropolitan and interstate representatives, including Victorian and South Australian universities. Year 9 students interested in attending this event are required to return the signed consent form by Wednesday 15 June.
End of Semester Key Dates
Friday 10 June: Report Writing Day – Student Free Day Monday 13 June: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Tuesday 21 June: Wimmera Careers Expo – Year 9s Wednesday 22 June: Athlete Development Program Excursion to Ballarat Thursday 23 June: Reports sent home and Year 7 Project Based Learning Showcase Friday 24 June: Last day of Term 2, early dismissal at 2:20pm.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
Senior School News (10 June 2022)
Year 12 Physical Education testing – Mr Pickering
Last week, METS Performance Consulting once again visited our school to conduct laboratory testing with a Year 12 PE class. The company work with students across the state to support teachers in the effective delivery of the Year 11 and 12 VCE Physical Education course through the provision of onsite sport science technology equipment and instruction.
Jordan Matuschka volunteered for the VO2 Max test and cycled to near exhaustion in a test of his aerobic capacity. Tayte Wardle tried his hand at the Wingate Test to see how fast he could cycle in 30 seconds, to record his anaerobic power and Madalyn Toet volunteered to wear a device to record her respiratory frequency and tidal volume.
Mr Pickering’s Year 11 and 12 students enjoyed the opportunity to record and then reflect on some activity analysis data, acquired during a game of the class' favourite sport, netball. Appreciating the chance to take advantage of our new stadium facilities, they obtained drone footage and individual GPS metabolic data.
Thanks to Mr Pickering for organising this most valuable learning experience!
Defence Force Presentation
As part of the Defence Force recruiting tour of our region, Corporal Joel Baron and David Browne (Technician Electrical, Australian Regular Army), presented to our Year 11 and 12 students earlier this week. With a number of students considering the Defence Force as a possible gap year or career option, the session provided a valuable insight and information for our students into:
the roles available the Navy, Army and Air Force
the recruitment processes for all entries
what to expect from Online Aptitude Testing and Careers Coach Interview
upcoming Defence Work Experience Program/DFR events
how to apply
how to seek additional information
VCAA VCE External Exams
The VCE external exam calendar for 2022 has been released and forwarded to students and parents. The GAT will be held slightly later than usual this year and will take a different format.
Wednesday 7 September, 9:30am - 11:45am - Section A: Literacy (Reading and Writing) and Numeracy 1:15pm - 3:00pm - Section B: General knowledge skills
VCE Revision lectures
Around this time of year many companies offer revision and head start lectures for VCE students. These sessions can provide valuable review from an alternate perspective for students. Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers if they are interested.
Applications for courses commencing in 2023 will open on 1 August and close 29 September. The cost payable by each student on registration of their account will be $44. Students are reminded that SEAS and scholarship documentation should be collected and ready for submission at this time.
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
Junior Sport News (10 June 2022)
Please find upcoming sporting dates below for your calendar;
Greater Western AFL (Boys & Girls) - in Ballarat, Friday 17 June
Year 5/6 Winter Sports - Fridays, weekly on July 22 & 29 and August 5 & 12
Years 5/6 Golf - Fridays, weekly from July 22 to September 2
Year 5/6 Boys AFL
The Year 5/6 boys played some spectacular footy in the Lightning Premiership at Coughlin Park.
Team B, led by Will Pohlner, was met with some tough opposition but played fairly and with exceptional teamwork. They placed third overall in the B Pool draw. Best players on ground were Sam Nurse, Cooper Inkster, Cody Stewart and Zac O'Connor.
Team A, led by Maverick Kerr and Fraser Shurdington, were undefeated throughout the competition in the A Pool draw, securing their place in the Grand Final. The boys fought hard, encouraging one another and demonstrating their exceptional footy skills to win by 3 goals. Best players were Maverick Kerr, Arkie Mackley, Charlie Hedt, Fraser Shurdington, Lenny Carter and Harry Hicks. Honorable mention goes to Soren Foster for his outstanding flexibility to sub between the two teams!
We give special thanks to our Year 9 coaches Kyren Parish & Aiden North, and Dezi Carter for umpiring.
Although it was a very cold day to be out on the field, the boys' spirits were high and they showed excellent sportsmanship.
Team Manager Mrs North is extremely proud of both teams and is looking forward to the Greater Western Championship in Ballarat on June 17.
We wish you the very best of luck for a successful day!
Year 5/6 Girls AFL
Our Year 5/6 Tiger girls showed great sportsmanship throughout both AFL carnival days and were undefeated for the 3 preliminary games played against St Michaels/St Johns Primary, Horsham 298 Primary & West Primary School. The Grand Final clash saw us play against St Michaels/St Johns Primary with a successful 32-2 win. This was celebrated with a team song and fantastic team comradery. A huge congratulations to our Tiger girls!
The girls will now progress to the Greater Western Carnival alongside our boys team on Friday 17 June in Ballarat to compete. We wish you the very best of luck for a successful day!
Hoop Time Basketball
Our senior Hoop Time Basketball took place this week with one Year 6 girls and boys teams competing on the day. A huge thank you to Jordyn Burke & Jason Przibilla who took on coaching roles for the competition day held at Horsham Basketball Stadium.
Yours in Sport!
Mrs Hayley Thomas, Primary Sports Coordinator
Secondary Sport News (10 June 2022)
Year 7/8 Black Ranges Football and Netball
With sport nearing a close at the end of Term 2, it was fantastic to see over 40 Year 7/8 students representing the school in netball and football on Tuesday. With multiple teams competing in the Black Ranges Competition, HTLC produced some exceptional results from the day.
The boys football team led by Mr. Pickering dominated, only losing 1 match throughout the entire day. The team had some big wins, displaying the wonderful talent and commitment the boys have. Finishing in a close 2nd place out of 6 teams, HTLC will definitely be a team to fear in the coming years!
The girls netball had some tough opposition throughout the day in both the Year 7 and Year 8 age groups. Coming away with multiple wins and a few very close games, the girls just missed out on the final in both grades. Displaying grit and determination, the girls fought hard all day, impressing both Miss Cashin and Mrs Erhardt as coaches. A huge well done to all the girls that represented HTLC in some cold and windy conditions!
Touch Football Expressions of Interest
The following information is for any students interested in playing Touch Football, for more information you can contact Mr. Kuchel or Mr. McLoughlin at the college!
Touch Football Victoria is excited to bring a junior event in the upcoming school holidays. Over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd July, TFV will be heading to beautiful Bendigo to deliver a full weekend of Touch Football content.
On Saturday the 2nd of July they will have a number of representative coaches on hand to deliver some great coaching to all their junior players from across the State. Designed for all juniors no matter their experience. New or looking for a pathway into the state teams, this training camp will deliver.
As if that wasn't enough, on the Sunday TFV will present a free knockout competition for ages Under 12s, 14s, 16s & 18s. The competition will be mixed. This competition will open to all individuals looking to play.
So come for one day or come for both but if you're a junior who wants to play better Touch you should get your team together and get out to Bendigo in July.
Unfortunately, the mental health of young people has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. As many families settle back into pre-COVID routines, there seems to be a pervasive sense of optimism about what lies ahead.
Unfortunately children and teens are not immune to what is now being termed the “psychological pandemic”. Young people are at risk of not achieving the primary demands of developmental tasks such as procuring independence, identity formation, as well as obtaining and maintaining peer relationships. What kids need most in the current environment is support, understanding, empathy and encouragement from caring adults. They live up or down to the expectations we set for them.
If there is a panacea to the adversity caused by the pandemic, then it is the building of resilience. Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened and transformed by adversity. Never before have parents needed the skills, the knowledge and the strategies to build resilience in their children as much as they do now. There are 7 integral and interrelated components that make up being resilient that can help young people thrive and develop healthy coping strategies.
This Special Report explores the “7 C’s of Resilience” and includes suggested strategies on how adult carers can best facilitate them. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team or seek medical or professional help.
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The Wimmera Hearing Society Inc will be conducting hearing assessment screenings to students at this school.
Horsham Rural City Council Community Development Program is funding this program which is allowing student in Years 6 and 7 to have a full hearing assessment screening along with additional investigation if required.
Results will be given to Parents/Guardians and school staff along with referral for further investigation via local Doctor, if required.
While you may believe your child has normal hearing, a mild hearing loss can easily go undetected. This has consequences for their long term educational opportunities-both in the classroom and in future employment. Early detection of any hearing loss will enable schools and other professional educational services to put in place programs and strategies that will support these students.
Wimmera Hearing will be providing this service on Thursday 16 June and Thursday 23 June, 2022.
Your child will take part in this program.
If you do not wish your child to participate, please notify the school.
RESCHEDULED School Photo Day
This year's rescheduled school photo day is being held Tuesday 16 August. Please see the flyer included in this post to plan and place your order. Photos will be available for order online only. With the easing of restrictions, we're happy to announce family photos and class group photos have also returned.
Horsham Town Hall: Whoosh! - Inclusive performance for children with disabilities
"Hop on board our spaceship and get ready for blast off!
Calling all budding astronauts! Become a pilot, engineer or navigator as we whoosh across the galaxy for an interstellar adventure for the whole family.
Join our crew to explore outer space, taste space food, experience hyperspace and travel all the way to the mysterious Planet X. We’ll have to work as a team to repair the ship and return to Earth."
Whoosh! is an immersive and multi-sensory performance that puts children at the centre of the action. Kids board a stunning custom-built spaceship to co-pilot an intergalactic adventure.
Created by pioneering theatre makers Sensorium Theatre, this highly-tailored production is suitable for children with a broad range of access needs aged 5yrs+, including those with multiple and complex needs and those on the autism spectrum.
There are potentially exciting sound and light changes in Whoosh! that are announced as part of the show. Children can prepare for these with our digital app. These include:-“Blast Off”: light fog haze (non allergenic)-“Emergency Landing” (slow moving red lights and siren).-Planet X-UV Light and low fog haze. Children can sample “space food”-a list of ingredients can be provided. Essential oils are diffused in the environment. These can be modified to accommodate allergies.