Principal's Message (18 August, 2023)
I hope this newsletter finds you well. We have had an incredible week at our College, again filled with exciting learning, excursions and opportunities. Last week, on the student-free day, we had the privilege of hosting more than 200 staff members from Lutheran schools across western Victorian at our Western Hub staff conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect, share ideas, and strengthen our relationships as a system of schools.
This is one of the great benefits to having your children educated at Holy Trinity Lutheran College, that our staff have connections throughout the system and we work collegially to provide best-practice learning for all students. We were also honoured to have Robyn Moore AM, the esteemed voice of Blinky Bill, as our keynote speaker. Her inspiring words left a lasting impact on all of us.
Get ready to unleash your imagination and creativity because Monday is Book Week! We encourage all students and staff to dress up as their favourite book characters, the theme this year being 'characters that inspire'. Whether you choose to be a brave superhero or a mischievous fairytale character, let your imagination run wild. Remember, dressing up isn't just for the young ones. Let's make this Book Week a memorable event packed with fun and excitement. This is an opportunity to celebrate and inspire literacy development for everyone.
Our wonderful Parents, Teachers and Friends Association is coordinating the cookie dough fundraiser, with orders closing on Friday, 25 August. Please order some of this yummy produce to support our PTFA support students. I thank the members of the PTFA who have organised this and enabled this to happen.
Next week, we welcome back from leave Mr Adam Engert and Mrs Sam Engert. This week we farewell Mr David Kenny who has covered some periods of leave this term. In addition, we thank Ms Kerri Nichols and Ms Barbara Kemp who have also backfilled periods of leave. Mr Adam Borgas is currently on leave and I thank Ms Fiona Friberg for acting in a dual capacity as Head of Junior School and Deputy Principal. Finally, Ms Corriena Rose has been a valued addition to the 3D teaching team.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading is centred around Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28. In this passage, Jesus teaches that true character comes from within, from the thoughts and intentions that proceed from the heart. He goes on to show his inclusive love and compassion when approached by a Canaanite woman who displayed immense faith. This interaction serves as a powerful reminder that faith transcends cultural and societal boundaries.
As we ponder upon this devotion, let us reflect on the importance of genuine faith and how it can bring us closer to God and to one another. It urges us to embrace diversity, recognise the worth and goodness in every individual, and extend the love and compassion of Christ to all. In doing so, we create a community that fosters unity, understanding, and acceptance.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead of another week of learning, growth, and connection.
Mr James Phillips, College Principal