“Hi, just letting you know we are National Champions!!!!” is what I received on Saturday afternoon from Mrs McDonald, one of the Energetix coaches while at the schools’ aerobics competition on the Gold Coast. What a wonderful achievement for all involved! On the eve of the competition I sent well wishes to them all, acknowledging how proud we are of what they had already achieved, but it appears the girls were not happy with just reaching the finals. They went on to perform brilliantly against 7 other schools, winning their group competition with a total score of 84.7. What a fine example to our college community of what hard work, dedication, teamwork, and community support can achieve. Well done girls (and Mrs Wick, Mrs McDonald, Miss Burke, Miss McDonald and families for their support)!
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Tim Scott and Mr Adam Schache who have joined our Grounds and Maintenance team this week. I wish them God’s richest blessing as they commence their time with us.
A reminder that our PTFA has organised our next community event for parents and friends. Music Bingo will be held on the evening of Friday 2 September in our MPC from 7pm, and is planned as a student-free event with parents and friends of the community encouraged to gather a group, BYO nibbles and drinks. Tickets for this event are $15 and can be booked via the link below. I hope to see you there. https://www.trybooking.com/CCA...
Have a wonderful week.
Mr Daniel Weller, College Principal
Spur each other on
by Craig Heidenreich
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Let’s reflect for a bit on verse 24 today: ‘spurring one another on to love and good deeds’.
We Lutherans are somewhat reluctant to talk about good deeds because of the potential for self-righteousness. We are the people of grace after all, and we don’t much like ‘those boastful ones’ who draw attention to themselves.
This can mean we rarely talk about the actions that flow because we love Jesus. We miss out on the encouragement of hearing about the good things happening in our midst.
When someone obeys the law, they strive in various ways to do good and earn their own salvation. This is the pattern that underpins every world religion other than Christianity.
Christianity is unique in that we live under the ‘good news’ – Jesus intervened and saved us (when we were lost). This is equivalent to someone hopelessly in debt finding out that another person has paid it all.
Deep gratitude is the appropriate response to grace! Our lives are bought with a price, and we just want to walk with Jesus and be like him.
Jesus lived a life full of ‘love and good deeds’, and as he lives in us, the same deeds can flow. Perhaps getting this right depends on where we are focusing.
If our eyes are on ourselves, and we find ourselves in the ‘midst of a good deed’, we become like Little Jack Horner in the nursery rhyme, thinking, ‘what a good boy [or girl] am I’. When our eyes are on Jesus, we are just amazed that he includes us in the good he is doing. We might be involved, but it feels like it is ‘all him’, and we just had the privilege of joining in.
The writer to the Hebrews points out how much we need encouragement. We are part of a body capable (in Jesus) of many sorts of good deeds. We are to encourage one another to all be our best reflection of him.
We thank you, Lord, for settling the big question of our salvation and taking away the stress of trying to be righteous in ourselves. You are so wonderful, Lord – help us walk closely with you today and hear your prompt when we are to act. Amen.
Sub Schools News
Junior School News (26 August 2022)
Energetix - National Champions
What an amazing experience for our Energetix team last Saturday on the Gold Coast. A huge congratulations to the team, who are now national champions! The Energetix competed against 7 other teams and won by 3 points, with a score of 84.17 out of 100. Well done! We are incredibly proud of the way the girls conducted themselves throughout the trip, encouraging one another, displaying lovely manners and doing their absolute best. Thank you also to the parents and family friends who supported the girls, travelling with the team and enduring some very early mornings and travel delays to make it happen. Thank you to Amanda Wik, our head coach, Mrs Tarn McDonald, our team manager, Miss Claire Burke and Miss Annika McDonald who assisted with organisation and training. Your commitment, skills and belief in the team have made this amazing result a reality for our students. Thank you.
We are grateful for the opportunity to share and celebrate the learning of students during Student Conferences this week. Teachers have expressed how wonderful it was to connect with families and students. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Year 3 Camp
Unfortunately, due to staff, parent helper and student illness, our Year 3 camp to Halls Gap was postponed this week. It will now take place next term from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 November.
Collecting Students After School
We have noticed a number of students staying to play after school in the playgrounds or lawn areas. These are areas that are not supervised by staff at this time. Students in these areas will be asked to move to the front lawn near the car park to ensure their safety while waiting. Thank you for your assistance.
Father’s Day / Footy Day
Next Friday, 2 September, HTLC will be celebrating Father’s Day and having our Football Colours Day. Students are invited to come dressed in their favourite football colours. Students will be involved in football activities, led by our Year 6 students. Students in Foundation to Year 2 football activities will be from 11:20am until 12:30pm, and students in Year 3 to 5 from 1:30pm until 3:00pm. VCAL students will be preparing a Meat Pie Lunch, which will be served at 12:30pm. Order forms are due back today.
Foundation to Year 3 Concert
Students in Foundation to Year 3 are currently preparing a Concert titled “All Aboard”. This will be a free concert at 11:30am on Thursday 15 September. Family and friends are welcome to attend, please add this date to your diaries. The performance will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live performance.
This morning Year 6V led Chapel with a focus on developing character, based on Luke 8:14-15. Next week the Foundation L class will be leading our Junior School Chapel as we celebrate Father’s Day. We encourage students to bring a small offering. We hope you can join us for worship.
Mrs Fiona Friberg, Head of Junior School
Middle School News (26 August 2022)
2022 Adolescent Success Conference
This week I attended the Adolescent Success Conference, held at Hillcrest Christian College on the Gold Coast. Adolescent Success is the association dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents, with the biannual conference a great way to learn about current trends within adolescent education. This year's conference theme was, ‘Humans Matter’. The 2 days were spent listening to experts in the field of adolescent education and behaviour as well as hearing other schools share about successful programs and initiatives that they have implemented in their Middle School. I look forward to sharing with you further details on our experience in next week’s newsletter.
Middle School Camps
In Term 4, Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be participating in Year Level camps. Year 7 students will be spending 4 days and 3 nights at Cape Bridgewater, Year 8s will be spending 2 days and 1 night hiking through the Grampians National Park and the Year 9s will be holding their Rite Journey Camp early in Term 4. Further details will be forwarded to parents in the near future. Year 9 parents can expect more details about the Rite Journey camp at the beginning of next week, given their camp will be held in Week 2 of Term 4.
Year 6 Senior School Tour
On Wednesday all Year 6 students had the opportunity to tour the Senior School buildings. The students were escorted around by the Middle School Ambassadors – Edward Jones, Orlando Heal, Emma Streeter and Zoe, who did an excellent job of answering questions and supporting the students. The tour included visits into classrooms including Science Labs, Maker Space, Agora and the VCAL room. The Year 6s were able to hear from College Captains, Ryan Pfitzner and Sabian Panozzo, as they shared details about their journey through Middle School and into Senior School, whilst Mr Bandel shared about the specialised pathways on offer from Year 10 – particularly the VCAL pathway. The tour aimed to give students an awareness of the facilities and programs on offer once they move through Middle School. Thank you to the teachers and students who did a wonderful job hosting our Year 6 students.
2022 ICAS Competitions will be held at the following times:
ICAS Maths: Week 8 Term 3
Students will complete their tests online at school.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Head of Middle School
Senior School News (26 August 2022)
Youth Allowance presentation – planning for the future
This week, Gavin Simmons of Simons Advisory Service conducted an information session for parents outlining the financial support that is available to students and their families when commencing tertiary education. Conducting information sessions and advising students across Australia, Gavin provides a valuable service to families of Senior secondary students who are planning a tertiary pathway. Gavin provided our families with a comprehensive range of payments available through Centrelink including relocation expenses, rent assistance and the Tertiary Access Payment. Parents seeking further information regarding financial support for their student are encouraged to contact Gavin at Simmons Advisory Services.
VTAC applications – Year 12 students
Students are reminded to continue finalising their VTAC applications. Payment for timely applications closes on 29 September.
SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
If you would like to discuss a personal SEAS application, please contact the Year 12 Coordinator or Head of Senior School. SEAS and scholarship applications close on 7 October and no documentation will be received after this date. For more information about SEAS documentation, visit www.vtac.edu.au
VET enrolment for 2023
Enrolments are now open for students who are interested in undertaking or continuing a VET course in 2023. Students are required to enrol through the LLEN (Local Learning Employment Network) website. https://vet.llen.com.au. There are a number of students who have not yet enrolled for 2023. An Induction Day will be held on Wednesday 26 October which is compulsory for all students who are offered a position in their chosen course.
This weekend our students who are studying Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology will be attending their third and final retreat for the year at Ballarat. The group will have the opportunity to connect with youth from across the state and to share learning relevant to their studies.
1 August – VTAC applications open
29 September – timely applications close
7 October – SEAS applications, supporting documentation and scholarships applications close
12 December – Victorian ATAR released
VCE Important dates
GAT (General Achievement Test) - Wednesday 7 September
VCE Trial Exams (HTLC campus) – Monday 26 September to Friday 3 October
Year 12 Last day – Tuesday 18 October
VCE written exams (English) – Wednesday 26 October from 9:00am to 12:15pm
Year 12 Valedictory Service and Dinner – Friday 18 November
Final day of 2022 classes for Year 10 and 11 students – Friday 9 December
Senior School Important Dates
9 December – last day for Year 10 and 11 students
Mrs Sally Kuchel, Head of Senior School
Junior Sport News (26 August 2022)
Please find upcoming sporting dates below for your calendar:
Year 5/6 Golf - Fridays, weekly until 9 September
HCPSSA Badminton at Horsham 298 Primary School - Wednesday 31 August
Father's Day AFL Football Day - Friday 2 September
Little Desert Athletics Carnival at Dudley Cornell - Friday 9 September
Greater Western Athletics in Ballarat - Friday 7 October
Hoop Time Basketball (Year 4 Girls) in Hamilton - Tuesday 18 October
Greater Western Volleyball in Warrnambool - Monday 31 October
Father's Day AFL Football Day
Friday 2 September will see the whole of the Junior School involved in football-related activities throughout the day, with an opportunity to have lunch with their special person! Students, teachers and families are encouraged to dress in their favourite AFL football colours to celebrate the day in true form! Years 6 students will coordinate all football activities throughout the day for the two sessions times;
Foundation to Year 2 – Football activities on Junior School oval from 11:20am until 12:30pm
Year 3 to Year 5 - Football activities on Junior School oval from 1:30pm until 3:00pm
Pie order forms were due in Friday 26 August so I hope you have them in.
Greater Western Volleyball
Our Year 6 Girls Volleyball team will head to Warrnambool on Monday 31 October. A bus will make the trip for the competition and all details will be forwarded to those who have successfully qualified to compete. The girls were presented with individual medals on the day in the qualifying round and received the shield to bring home to HTLC for the year – a huge congratulations to these fine volleyball players on their success against other local primary schools!
Badminton will take place this week at Horsham 298 Primary School on Wednesday 31 August for a 2-hour period from 11am to 1pm. We have entered 2 Boys and 2 Girls teams in the event respectively. Interested students have been training each week and teams have been chosen. We have one final practice session on Tuesday at recess prior to attending Wednesday's event. We wish our teams the best of luck for a brilliant day of sport!
Yours in Sport!
Hayley Thomas, Junior School Sports Coordinator
Secondary Sport News (26 August 2022)
A quiet few weeks of interschool sport are coming up for HTLC, with our next Black Ranges event not until Monday the 29th of August.
Students now turn their attention to representing their local sporting clubs heading into finals. Good luck to all HTLC students who will be playing in their sporting finals in the upcoming weeks, we hope that you can represent your club and HTLC with pride!
Term 3 Dates
August 29 - Black Ranges Year 7 Boys & Girls Basketball
September 6 - Black Ranges Year 8 Boys & Girls Basketball 14 - Black Ranges Year 7/8 Boys & Girls Volleyball
Mr Jesse Kuchel, Head of Sport and Coaching
Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.
There are a number of ways that parents and care givers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover. Children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages.
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.
How to manage meltdowns, tame tantrums, and raise an emotionally intelligent child
What are we supposed to do when our child is having a tantrum? Losing the plot? Going off their rocker?
Most of our responses - no matter how well-intended - can make things worse. We tell them to stop it, calm down, cut it out... and they don't! They get worse! We send them to their room, take the iPad... it all backfires. Dealing with little people's big emotions (and challenging behaviours) in the middle of an outburst is tough!
The tricky thing is that much of our children’s challenging behaviour (and our feeling that they are not resilient) has less to do with the behaviour we’re seeing, and more to do with the big emotions they’re feeling that we’re not quite sure what to do with.
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child is Dr Justin Coulson’s powerful guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. Once they develop competence with this critical life skill, emotionally intelligent children will feel more confident, perform better at school, have healthier relationships with others, and even be physically healthier.
This presentation equips parents with a five-step "emotion coaching" process that brings together the very best in emotional intelligence research from Dr John Gottman, the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, and others to build children’s resilience, increase wellbeing for the whole family, and develop healthier humans.
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Junior Red Cross Father's Day Stall
The Junior Red Cross Father's Day Stall will be held on Friday 2nd September. This will be in the Year 6 CLA, from 12:30pm until 1:30pm coinciding with the Father’s Day lunch celebrations. All items have been made by members of the Junior Red Cross and will be priced from 50c to $5.00. Students are invited to come along and purchase something for their special Father figures!
We are also seeking a few parent volunteers to assist running the stall. If you’re available to help out from 12pm - 2pm, please email email@example.com
PTFA's Music Bingo
We invite parents, teachers and friends of Holy Trinity Lutheran College to the PTFA's Music Bingo on Friday 2 September. From 7pm to 9pm in the MPC, enjoy a night of music-fuelled fun. Tickets for this student-free event are available now for $15 each - https://www.trybooking.com/CCA...
Father's Day Footy Day in the Junior School
We encourage you to wear your favourite AFL colours to our Father's Day Footy Day!