Principal's Message (3 February, 2023)
Welcome back to our whole school community! I trust you had a refreshing break and are now excited to get back into the groove of learning! I spent some of the break relocating and finding my feet in the Horsham area. I have really appreciated meeting many in our community and look forward to more chances to interact in coming weeks. I am personally very excited to start the new school year, and the buzz around the school can be felt in classrooms, the yard, staffroom and everywhere you go.
Our College highly values relationship and community. Next Thursday at 7pm, we have the opportunity to have a brief Information Evening followed by drinks and nibbles provided by our generous PTFA; it would be wonderful to connect with you there! Again, the emphasis is on connecting early in the school year, with all of our teaching staff.
I would like to say a special welcome to all our new students and their families, including our youngest students in Foundation. My early observation is that Holy Trinity Lutheran College is a very vibrant community. It is really infectious to come to a school where you see laughter, smiles and “good mornings” wherever you walk! I pray this is also your experience.
It is also exciting to welcome new staff to our College. This year we welcome Mr Adam Borgas (Head of Junior School), Miss Keely Pope (Year 1P), Mr Murray McKenzie (Middle and Senior School Teacher), Ms Judith Rees (Middle and Senior School Teacher) and Ms Cass Dalgleish (Promotions and Communications). You will see each of these new staff around during our many events and activities, so please help make them feel welcome.
Last week, in preparation for the year, our teaching staff engaged in professional development. I was humbled to see the passion and energy our staff has for making sure that everything we do is quality and offering the most current models of education. Throughout this week, as I have visited classrooms and been in the yard, I have witnessed so much laughter, excitement, and genuine friendship. I feel most blessed to be part of an authentic community where people care for one another and come to school ready to learn and contribute.
This week, I had the privilege to visit both our Year 12s on their Retreat and our Year 7s on their Camp. Camps present a significant opportunity to strengthen relationships, be reminded that we are a part of a team, and to support one another during times of transition.
I pray that our Foundation students and their families quickly find themselves comfortable with the routine of school life, our Year 7s enjoy the beginning of Middle School and secondary life, and our Year 12s feel excited for their final year. For everyone else, may God bless our learning as we grow this year.
May God continue to guide each of us as we begin the school year.
Mr James Phillips, College Principal