Principal's Message (24 June 2022)
Blessings to all family and friends.
Last Friday evening the PTFA held a movie night for our school community. I give thanks to those who attended that evening and congratulate the PTFA for holding such a wonderful community event. From what I saw, it was a very valued time for our students and parents. Well done to all involved.
Today we farewell several staff members from HTLC. Mr Garry Wallace, who after more than 18 years of service, will retire from his position of Business Manager. Garry has been at the school during many phases of its growth and has contributed to many of its improvements. He has been a regular contributor to events out of the Business Office and I congratulate him on his dedication to our school community. Garry, thank you. We say goodbye Mrs Rebecca Fletcher from her position as teacher in the Junior School. Rebecca has had a long association with the school, having her children educated here and commenced on staff in 2021. During her short time with us, she has faithfully contributed to the learning programs at the school and provided many wonderful opportunities for our students. Finally, we farewell Ms Barbara Kemp, who has spent just under a year with us. Barbara has been a blessing to the school with her ability to support maternity leave cover and other short-term roles. I congratulate her on her flexibility and willingness to serve in our community. I give thanks for Garry, Rebecca and Barbara and wish them God’s richest blessing as they commence a new chapter in their lives. They will be missed.
With the commencement of next term, we will welcome Mrs Liz Hewitt back from parental leave. We look forward to her return and support of our students.
In preparation for Mrs Jess Erhardt's parental leave commencing at the end of the first week of Term 3, we will be welcoming Mr David Kenny as her replacement in the new semester.
Just this week, you may have seen the news around the recent winter solstice – the time of the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere. It is interesting to note that the winter solstice occurs when Australia is tilted furthest from the sun and on Monday night we witnessed the longest night we will have for the year. Believe it or not, I love this type of weather, particularly when you see the real changes in our seasons. As a young child growing up in Brisbane this wasn’t really a thing, except for the occasional week in winter when a jumper was needed. Nowadays, I find joy in the falling leaves, the rain on the roof top, and the warm comfort you get from a thick jacket on a windy day. As we come to the end of the school term, and look for a time of rest, I acknowledge our current weather pattern and the Chinese proverb that states that with each day of winter we are one day closer to summer. I find reassurance in this, knowing that with the cold weather ahead, tomorrow is a new day. It's a good reminder also about those ‘cold days’ we may face from time to time in life. I hope and pray that the holiday break provides rest and recuperation for you all and I look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 12 July, with a whole college worship service commencing at 9am.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday break.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal