Principal's Message (17 November, 2023)
Tonight our Year 12 students complete their final engagement as students of Holy Trinity Lutheran College, attending their Valedictory Service and Awards night. This is always a special night as the students gather together for one final time to celebrate the achievements of this year, look back on the memories of their schooling and be encouraged as they prepare for a future beyond the College. This year I had the opportunity to address the students through the Principal’s Message. My talk focused on the transition the Year 12 students are about to make in their lives as they move from the comfortable and known surrounds of being a student at HTLC to the broad expanse of the outside world. I will share with you an excerpt from my message:
“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
Whatever you do in the next stage of your life, do it to the best of your ability with the maximum of effort. Take every opportunity that is presented to you, pursue healthy risk-taking, set goals, celebrate when you achieve them and reflect if you fall short and always live your life to its fullest whilst remembering that through the ups and downs you have a Heavenly Father who will be with you, every step of the way. Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us of his unconditional love:
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you, He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Year 12s, you have now completed this chapter of your life. Thank you for the enormous contribution you have made to Holy Trinity Lutheran College over the past 13 years. We look forward to watching what you do next.
Congratulations to our Year 12 students on completing their schooling, God’s richest blessings for the next exciting chapter of their life.
Tonight’s Year 12 Service is the beginning of a busy month of celebrations at HTLC as the end of the year draws near. Over the next four weeks we will host the following celebrations:
- Prep Celebration Night
- Year 6 Celebration
- Year 9 Rite Journey Homecoming Ceremony
- F-2 Closing Service
- 3-6 Closing Service
- Middle School Closing Service
- Senior School Closing Service
I look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with the students and families of HTLC over the coming weeks.
Earlier this week, the College received an update regarding the status of our current principal. Mr Phillips will be on leave for a further four weeks and I wish him well for this period. This means that the leadership contingencies and structures that are currently in place will continue until the end of the school year, ensuring a settled conclusion to the school year. I again give thanks for the efforts of our staff who have bonded together through this time to ensure that the quality education of students continues amidst the leadership changes. Each week I am encouraged by the way our staff continually place the students in their care at the forefront of their thinking to ensure their learning and welfare are prioritised. May God continue to bless the students, staff and families of HTLC over the coming weeks.
Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal