From the Principal
Each day at College offers a new experience and if ever we needed proof of that then the last couple of weeks will prove the point.
This week our Year 12 students participated in their final chapel ceremony as the event that signifies the completion of their time at Hills Adventist College. Those present appreciated the thoughts of our Captains, Hannah and Mitchell as they reminded us of the life lessons that will be a lasting legacy of their college experience. For the parents, students, their families and our staff there is a lot about which to be thankful – and Thursday night's Valedictory Dinner was an opportunity to reflect on how each student has developed from Kindy through to Year 12.
Our guest speaker for the Year 12 Chapel, Pastor Richie Reid, told a story of a man imprisoned for over 30 years. During his time in prison he studied the Bible, learning many interesting facts but did not experience the true benefits of knowing God rather than knowing about God.
Over the last two Sundays we conducted campus Open Days which were well attended and gave us a chance to showcase the campuses and our programs to develop the four components of our impact plan – Care, Service, Learning and Faith.
The joy of reading was also prominently featured during Book Week. It is always amazing to learn about students’ favourite characters and their reading preferences. We have had a lot of fun seeing the costumes and putting an added spotlight on the delights of reading in all its forms.
Luckily, you have this week’s newsletter to read about the many other events this week.
- Dr Malcolm Coulson
College Bus Services for 2020
Please note if you require the College Bus Service in 2020, applications are now open. Applications close on the 31 October 2019 for all students (future and current). Click on the link to submit your application:
Uniform Shop Opening Hours - School Holidays
Please note that our Uniform Shop will be open for families during the school holidays next Monday 30 September from 9:00am to 12:00pm. If you need to purchase uniforms for Term 4, please plan to come during these hours
After School Care in 2020
After School Care will operate on the Kellyville Campus from 2020 for students in Kindy-Year 6. If you plan to use this service, please return the Enrolment Form (see link below) to guarantee a position for your child. The After School Care program at Castle Hill campus will continue as normal. Please contact Mini Miracles directly if you have any questions.
Notice of Withdrawal Requirements
Please be reminded that under the terms of the College enrolment policy, families MUST provide at least one full term's notice of withdrawal. As we are now planning for 2020, it would be appreciated if you could notify Mrs Kay Reilly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and prior to the end of Term 3, if your child is not returning to the College next year.
Term 3 Bus Fees
Term 3 Bus Fees were due on the 30 August 2019. If you have not paid your bus fees for Term 3 please do so as soon as possible or contact the college to make arrangements. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct deposit to the College bank account, details of which appear below.
Account Name: Hills Adventist College
BSB: 032 173
Account No.: 222 986
Reference: FAMILY NAME
Saving Student Documents
Just a reminder to all 7-11 students that they have access to cloud based storage on One Drive through their school supplied subscription to Office 365. We have had a number of incidences lately of students losing work and we request that students please utilise this product rather than save documents on the hard drive of their device. One Drive can be used online in a web browser or installed onto a device and integrated into the normal file management process.
- Mrs Deppeler
Year 7 Device Pens
If any year 7 students have lost their pen and need a new one, these are available to purchase from Mrs Korte. She also has a limited supply of loops for anyone who would like to attach their pen to their device.
- Mrs Deppeler
We will be holding a Multicultural day at Kellyville campus on Tuesday the 22nd of October next term. (Week 2)
This will also be combined with a mufti day fundraiser “Fiver for a Farmer” https://afiverforafarmer.com.au/ to raise funds for farmers in need due to the drought.
The SRC will be running food stalls at lunchtime where students can buy a variety of cultural food. All money raised is going towards the same cause. Thank you for your support of this great cause. More information will be available early in Term 4.
- Jess Laws, Chaplain
Carpark Speed Reminder
Just a reminder to slow down to 10km when travelling through our College car parks. Please remember we have small children at both campuses, and we need to all work together to keep ALL of our students safe, big or small. Thank you for your co-operation with this
Just a reminder as we move into warmer weather, that care needs to be taken by students to keep track of where they may put their blazer and/or jumpers. We have a substantial collection accruing in lost property, and students need to come and see if their lost uniform item may be in there. Please ensure names are on items of clothing, as any clothing left uncollected may be sold as in the second hand uniform collection. We thank you for ensuring names are on all uniform items, and that students check lost property first, if they have mislaid an piece of clothing.
Student Sick Leave
Just a reminder that if your child is away for more than 2 days, you will need to supply a medical certificate to the office or your child's homeroom teacher. Thank you for noting this.
New Uniform Shop Price List
Please click on the link below to see the latest Uniform Shop price list, as at 1st September.
Commerce Market Day
Commerce Market Day on the Kellyville Campus is coming up, Friday the 1st of November next term (Week 3).
The Year 9 and 10 Commerce students are planning to run businesses for the day, in the form of stalls at lunchtime. Commerce students will be selling a variety of food options, unique products and tickets to participate in activities.
More information on the individual stalls will be available early in Term 4.
- Mrs Lolohea and Mr Groves
Hills Students Selected for Wizard of Oz Production
Congratulations to Sarah C (Aunty Em), Joshua W (Uncle Henry), Sabrina S (Munchkin), Jessica P (Ensemble), Isaac W (Ensemble) and Hannah W (Ensemble) who were recently cast in Spot On Productions' upcoming musical The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition. They will be performing at The Pioneer Theatre from the 26th -29th September.
For more information about how you can watch Sarah, Sabrina, Jessica, Isaac, Hannah, Joshua and the rest of the cast shine onstage click on the link below:
Year 11 Solomon Islands Service Trip
Our Year 11 Students have left very early this morning (3:00am!) for their service trip to the Solomon Islands. We wish them safe travels and an amazing experience helping others less fortunate. We will be praying for them and look forward to seeing them back in Term 4!
Book Week Parade
Year 3 & 4 Learn About Healthy Food Choices
The Year 3 and 4 students at the Castle Hill Campus have been learning all about nutrition, health and healthy food choices. We have been gaining more understanding about the food pyramid, focusing on identifying foods that have components of protein, which foods are carbohydrates and the importance of fruits and vegetables.
On the last day of the unit, students were asked to take part in a shared lunch, where they could showcase their understanding of healthy food choices and enjoy a delicious lunch together.
Kindy's Learning about Living Things
Kindergarten have been learning about Living Things in Science and exploring the life cycle of plants and animals. To complement our unit, we planted seeds and are observing how they grow and change.
- Mrs Rudenko & Mrs Weslake
Year 5 Students Observe the Planets!
On Tuesday 24 September the Yr 5 students went on an excursion to the Sydney Observatory. They took part in numerous activities, namely looking through a professional telescope which showed various objects in the sky, as well as working out the phases of the moon. They were mesmerised by the digital planetarium, where we went into the future and saw the planets, nebulae (the birthplace and death of stars), the Milky Way and the Southern Cross. They also had an opportunity to learn about the different planets in detail and map their distance from the sun using a trundle wheel. It was a valuable learning experience and the students enjoyed eating lunch while taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Year 1 "Sea Life" Excursion
This Term year 1 class has been learning about the uses of water. Our excursion to complement that unit was to the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium. On arrival we broke into small groups and armed with an alphabetical "I spy" list to complete, the students and parent helpers meandered through the aquarium enjoying the wonderful sights and sounds of the amazing creatures that God created that could not live without water, an important natural resource. It was an exciting excursion complemented by the beautiful harbour views before our return to school. A big thank you is extended to our amazing parent helpers for their support.
- Mrs Steyn & Miss Trott
October is Worldwide Dyslexia Awareness Month
Many people don’t know very much about dyslexia or may be misinformed. Approximately 10% of the population are affected by dyslexia, which is sometimes known as Specific Learning Disability. Code Read Dyslexia Network is an Australian group campaigning to raise awareness of. See link below to read more about dyslexia. Made by Dyslexia is a global charity led by successful (and famous) dyslexics. Their purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia. You can read more about dyslexia and famous dyslexics such as Sir Richard Branson and Orlando Bloom on their website.
October 18 is also Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day.
Most people have never heard of Developmental Language Disorder, however, it is also very common and can affect approximately 7.5% of the population. Although there are similarities between the two, they are also quite different. Click on the link below to find out more about DLD.
Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorders (RADLD) is a not for profit organisation that is promoting awareness on DLD and how it affects children and adults. You can find out more about their campaign on their website in the link below
- Mrs Coyle, Learning Support Co-ordinator
Junior School & Early Learning Centre Art Competition
Earlier this term we held our annual Junior School Art Competition. There were plenty of entries to judge which meant lots of extra House points were earned. Well done to Phillip House for finishing with the highest total of 212 points. It was very close in the end with Denison getting 196 points, Hunter with 190 points and Fitzroy with 188 points.
- Mr Marsden
Kindy Excursion to Featherdale
Kindergarten attended Featherdale Wildlife park to explore the needs and wants of animals and the features of living things. Students loved patting animals before exploring the park. Was a great educational day.
- Mrs Weslake & Mrs Rudenko
Sports News and Announcements
After School Soccer - Castle Hill Campus - Term 4
Final Athletics results for Term 3
Several weeks ago we competed at the AICES Athletics Carnival and the students achieved some great results. Seven students competed on the day and three of them made it through to CIS. CIS was held this Tuesday and we are very happy to report two GOLD medals were won: Harrison A won the 12B 80m Hurdles and Chloe C the 12G Discus. Congratulations on a fantastic effort by our youngest competitors!
Harrison also came third in the Long Jump claiming a Bronze medal. Chloe also participated in the 80m Hurdles and the Shotput. Trent S ran in the 13B 400m and will also be completing in the NSW All School Championship. We wish Trent all the best as he competes.
- Mrs Reid
Hills Hornets Share Their Skills
Congratulations to Declan P, who on 13 September at the Sydney Harbour Division Northern Lights AFL presentation event, was awarded the Under 17’s “Best and Fairest’ trophy. This is the 4th year in a row he has achieved this honour. This is the last year in the Junior AFL divisions and his team made the grand finals, eventually coming in 2nd.
Congratulations also go to Tim J who also achieved 2nd runner up "Best and Fairest" for the Under 13 Premier Team for the Northern Lights at the same event.
Yuvi plays for National Championships
We would like to acknowledge Yuvi, who has been training really hard this year as a member of the under 14 boys Division 1 representative team of his basketball club, Hills Hornets. The team has had a very successful season, emerging as the top team in their age group across the metro region by winning the Metro League Competition. They then went on to play the State Championships and won there as well, making them the top team in the state. They are now preparing to participate in the Australian Under 14s National Championships being held at Ballarat. The tournament will be a professional style tournament where the top 24 teams from across the country will be competing over 8 days.
These opportunities have been possible because of relentless dedication and hard work. Yuvi has been training/ playing 7 days a week and on some days twice a day, before and after school going to individual coaching as well as team training. He has also been selected for the Developing Athletes Program run by Basketball NSW this year as well as for the next season U16s.