Newsletter 6 March 2020

Chaplains Chat

Jess Laws - Chaplain - Kellyville Campus

This year, our chaplaincy team has gained a forth member – Pr Justin Boyd! Pr Aniele, Pr Nick and myself are excited to work as a team in 2020 as it has been a busy kick-start into term 1!

We have decided to carry our theme for the year right on from the summer camp theme “Dare to Be”, with this term focusing on “Dare to Be Different” as we encourage the students to be courageous in who they are – as we are all created unique with a purpose!

To kick off this theme, we launched a logo competition, and had many fantastic entries from all across the grades. We recently announced the winner of the highest student-voted design, congratulations to Hayley T in Yr 8!

Hayley T's winning design

This week was a busy one, particularly for our senior school students, travelling to Macarthur Adventist College to join with the other Adventist Schools in Sydney for a Day of Worship – treated with an amazing spread of food, time to mingle and meet other students and hear some inspiring stories about how God has challenged 3 guest speakers to “Dare to Be” using their gifts for ministry.

New Staff Profile

Mrs Paula Vincenti

Mrs Vincenti has commenced at our Castle Hill campus as a Year 3 teacher this year, and we are very blessed to have someone of her varied experience at our College. Before her last child was born 4 years ago, she worked at the Early Learning Centre as a Prep Teacher, and prior to this she had many years experience as a counsellor, working with teenagers and adults with serious mental health issues.

During her time as a counsellor, she observed that so many of her clients may have had a different life if, early in their lives they had the support of teachers who instilled in them a positive mindset. This drew her to teaching, so she could have a positive impact in a child’s life early on. She feels working in an Adventist Christian school gives her to opportunity to share about God’s love and the positive impact He can have on all lives.

Mrs Vincenti is married to James and has two children, Tiana and Zander. She loves spending time with family and friends. Being of Chilean background, she enjoys cooking and preparing lots of yummy food for family gatherings.


Open Days- Kellyville & Castle Hill Campuses

Tell your friends and colleagues! Open Days are coming up in a couple of weeks. If you know of anyone interesting in enrolling at the Early Learning Centre or Kindergarten to Year 4 at our Castle Hill Campus, please tell them to register online at our website for the Open Day on Tuesday 17 March from 4-6pm.

Our Kellyville Campus (Kindergarten to Year 12) will be having an Open Day on Wednesday 18 March from 4-6pm. Please invite your friends to register online so they can learn about The Adventist Advantage at our Open Days!

Student Attendance While Sick

Just a reminder that if your child is showing signs of illness please allow them to rest at home until they are feeling better. We also appreciate you demonstrating good hand hygiene practices to your child (thorough hand washing regularly; sneezing or coughing into your elbow instead of your hand)

Thank you for your co-operation as we come into the colder winter months.

Home & School Meeting

All parents and guardians are invited to the next Home & School meeting, this coming Tuesday 10 March at 7:30pm. This will be held in the Kellyville Campus Library. Please note we alternate meetings between Castle Hill and Kellyville campus, however families from both campuses are welcome to any and all meetings. Please read further below in the newsletter for more Home & School News.

2020 Mathematics Competition

The registration for 2020 Mathematics Competitions is now open. Please click on link below to download the permission letter. Please note the closing date for registration is Friday, 27 March.

Vacation Care - Castle Hill & Kellyville

If you would like to book your child in for Vacation Care in the next school holidays, please contact Laura at Mini Miracles via email: lauraca94@icloud.com, and she will be happy to give you details of the holiday program. Vacation Care and After School Care are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy and Mini Miracles has very reasonable daily rates. Please contact Laura for more information.

The Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador Program

The Hills Shire Council is searching for young and emerging leaders to join its Youth Ambassador program for 2020. Our Youth Ambassadors play an important role in representing young people in The Hills Shire including participation in local youth activities, community events and Council functions.

The program is open to young people aged 15 to 24 years who live in The Hills Shire local government area.

To self-nominate or nominate someone else, or for more information and interviews with our current Youth Ambassadors, visit The Hills Shire Council’s website (www.thehills.nsw.gov.au) and search for “Youth Ambassador”. You can also follow this link to complete a nomination form:

Nominations close at 5:00pm on Monday, 16 March 2020.


Debating Champions

Hills Adventist College vs Ardern Winners
Hills Adventist College vs Rouse Hill Anglican College Winners

Congratulations to our two teams from Hills for their wins in the recent inter-school Debating Competitions. The subject was : "Meditation and Mindfulness should be taught to all Primary Students"

Our next debating dates are: Thursday 12 March, Monday 30 March and Wednesday 6 May. Please note that Finals dates will be known after the preliminary rounds. We have two junior teams, one Middle Team and one Senior team.

This week both our Middle and Senior teams had byes. A bye is a special privilege given to a team in the initial rounds because of which it gets exempted from playing in the first round and directly enters the second round.

- Mrs Ashby

Business Studies/Food Technology Students Visit Sydney Tower

Students ascended 309 metres in 40 seconds in an attempt to experience the inner workings of one of Australia's tallest fine dining experiences, at the iconic Sydney Tower.

On the 28th of February, the Year 11 Business Studies and Year 10 Food Technology classes combined to participate in an excursion that provided them with the opportunity to learn more about the day to day operations that take place in the food service and catering industry, both from a food catering, as well as a business aspect. Students were taken on a behind the scenes tour of Sydney Tower Dining, followed by an exquisite buffet lunch in the Sydney Tower Buffet rotating restaurant, identified by many of the students as an overall highlight of the trip.

- Mrs Lolohea

Year 8 History Incursion - Tut Roadshow Comes to Visit

Year 8 students were immersed in a full day of sensory learning experiences to complement their learning of the topic Ancient Egypt within their History subject. Students were able to view and handle authentic artefacts (thousands of years old), examine accurate replicas, view enthralling displays, make their own Egyptian objects and learn about the significance of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation to us today.

- Mrs Lolohea

Year 5 - Tee Ball and League Tag Gala Day

On Wednesday 26 February, the Year 5’s participated in a Tee ball and League Tag Gala Day at Hills Centenary Park. Our aim was to enable our students to compete against other schools within our local area as well as create an opportunity for students to play modified games. The students had a busy, fun-filled day and enjoyed forming new friendships with students from the other schools. We were delighted that the weather played its part as well.

- Mrs Van der Merwe & Mrs McDonald

Home & School Association

Home and School – Addressing the Myths

Myth: You must be invited or a committee member to attend a meeting

Fact: ALL parents, guardians, staff and students are members of Home and School!

Myth: You have to be an Adventist to be on or attend the Home and School

Fact: As with the College, the Home & School welcomes anyone with an interest in the College irrespective of religion, race or culture.

Myth: If you attend a meeting you will be given a job

Fact: Whilst we are all volunteers and there are always plenty of opportunities to help out, we always respect people’s boundaries, abilities and schedules.

Our Canteens Need You!

The canteens at both our Castle Hill and Kellyville Campus are funded by the Home & School Association.

While we have a paid canteen supervisor at each campus, Home & School really need your help to keep costs down and our canteen's viable.

We would love to hear from you, with your available days each term.

Castle Hill Campus Canteen please contact Annette. Email: haccanteen@gmail.com, Mobile: 0419 105 583

Kellyville Campus Canteen please contact Miryan. Email: kellyvillehaccanteen@gmail.com, Mobile: 0423 818 330

What’s in it for you?

• Your child/children will receive a free lunch order on the day you’re helping

• Satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing to our school community

• Get to work with our lovely canteen supervisors

Home & School Volunteer Positions Vacant

Home & School are still in need of a Vice President - Senior School for this year. Alternatively, if you would like to be a Parent Representative for the following Year Levels, please contact the Home and School Secretary at: homeandschool.secretary@gmail.com - Year 1, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Church Community News

Kellyville Adventist Church

Easter at Kellyville

Kellyville Adventist Church will be running Easter services throughout the Easter Weekend in April. There will be a Good Friday service on Friday evening, a Sabbath Service on Saturday and an Easter Service on Sunday. More information to come over the coming weeks. All welcome!