Hills Adventist College Newsletter 6 July 2018

From the Desk of...

Mr Irwin Steyn - Head of Kellyville Campus

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.—Matthew 25:40

It has been a great term and I just want to say thank you for all those who supported our ADRA food drive, the Hope 103.2 radio Winter Woollies collection, and supporting the Smith Foundation today through the gold coin donation. It is great to see our students concerned about those less fortunate. Our SRC have been dogged in making sure that we are supporting a worthy cause every term. As we as teachers and you as parents instill in them the value of compassion, may we also show them the difference between serving to give and serving to get.

Selfish service is impressed with the “big deal.” True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service.

Selfish service requires external rewards. True service rests contented in hiddenness.

Selfish service is highly concerned about results. True service is free of the need to calculate results.

Selfish service picks and chooses whom to serve. True service is indiscriminate in its ministry.

Selfish service is affected by moods and whims. True service ministers simply and purely.

We want to thank you for your support in making Hills Adventist College a great community and we wish you a wonderful and safe term break. God Bless.

College Announcements

Roadwork Notification

We have been advised by the Hills Shire Council that roadworks will be commencing during the July School holidays on Hezlett Road adjacent to our College on the Kellyville campus.

Please note that after the roadworks are completed, the Hezlett Road side of the College will become predominately a “No Stopping” zone. This signage will be in place on both sides of Hezlett Road, near the corner of Gumnut Close, so parking will no longer be available on the shoulder of this stretch of road closest to the College.

There will also be a change of position for the bus stop. This is currently close to the corner of Gumnut Close, however this will be moved back and there will be a larger “Bus Zone” adjacent to the Multi-Purpose Centre .

Thank you for noting these changes.

Kindergarten to Year 6 Athletics Carnival

Our K-6 Athletics Carnival is coming up in the first week of Term 3. This year it is being held at A H Whaling Reserve in Baulkham Hills.

All children are placed in events according to their age at 31 December 2018.

If you are able to help at the Athletics Carnival on Friday 3 August, please let Miss Lee know as soon as possible. We love the carnival, but can only run it with the continued support of our school families.

The details are as follows:

When: Friday, 3 August 2018

Where: A H Whaling Reserve, Roxborough Park Road, Baulkham Hills

Time: 9am - 2pm

Dress: Full sports uniform – your child may choose to wear a plain T-shirt the colour of their house if they wish.

Please complete the Athletics Carnival Transport and Volunteer form by clicking on the link below as soon as possible.

Uniform Shop - School Holiday Opening Hours

Please note that the Uniform Shop at Kellyville will be open on Friday 27 July from 8:00am to 11:00am. Please plan to come during this time frame if you need any new uniform items before the start of Term 3.

HSC Minimum Standards

This year marks the beginning of NESA’s (NSW Education and Standards Authority) HSC minimum standards tests. Our Year 10 cohort had the opportunity to prequalify through their NAPLAN marks last year.

Those students who didn’t pre-qualify last year had their first attempt at the test this term. For those students who attempted the tests we have had 96% achieve the minimum standard with their first attempt! There are still a small number of final writing tests still to be externally marked.

For those who haven’t quite made the standard, they will have multiple opportunities to attempt these tests over the next few years and we will support them with a boost group. Well done to the year 10 students!

Hope 103.2 Winter Woolies Appeal

Thank you to all who donated items of clothing and blankets to the Hope 103.2 Winter Woolies Appeal! We were very proud to be able to hand over many bags of donations to the team at Hope this week. They will be passing these onto Parramatta Mission and Wesley Mission to assist their work with the homeless.

Representatives from Hope 103.2 visited Castle Hill and Kellyville campus to collect donations and thank the College Community for their generosity

Junior School & Early Learning Centre Art Exhibition

The Art Department is excited to announce entries are now open for the upcoming Junior School and ELC Art Exhibition. Entries are due by 20 August 2018. Please click on the link below for further information

School Zones - Important Information

Please take note of the following and ensure you are always driving safely around our children.

Castle Hill Campus

Week of Worship

A highlight of the year at our school is always Week of Worship. This week students from both the Junior School and Early Learning Centre have enjoyed hearing stories from Pastor Ritchie about Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Lifesaver.


As part of activities celebrating NAIDOC Week, Mrs Steyn & Mrs Williams classes participated in an Aboriginal Story time with Pastor Richie and learned about how the kangaroo got it’s pouch.

Bike Riding to School

If you live close by our Castle Hill campus, why not consider riding with your child to school? We have bike racks to keep your child's bike secure during the day, and its a great way to keep fit and healthy. We know that not everyone has the time, but if you do, please consider this alternative way to get to school.

Leighton R from Year 1 parking his bike at school

"Wear a Wig" Wednesday

This week Year 2 enjoyed participating in 'Wear A Wig Wednesday'. They had a lot of fun wearing their colourful wigs and practising complimenting each other. Following the reading of the story ' A Bad Hair Day', the children discussed and learnt that

  • A good friend is loyal, encouraging, and supportive
  • Friends support one another in good times and in bad times by showing love and kindness
  • If we’ve hurt someone’s feelings, we need to make things better by apologizing and taking action to fix the situation

A great day was had by all!

Mrs Tuitama & Mrs Savage

Kindergarten Excursion to "Muru Mittigar"

On Friday 22nd of June, Kindergarten Castle Hill and Kellyille went to Muru Mittigar at Rouse Hill as part of our unit on Places We Know. We enjoyed participating in Aboriginal art painting, boomerang throwing, bush tucker and learning about different types of tools. Students did a great job throwing a boomerang, moving like a kangaroo and using dots to tell a story. We also talked about the Darug language that is the language of our area in Sydney and how we know some of the words – koala, wombat and wallaby!

Mrs A. Weslake and Mrs B. Rudenko

After School Sports

Kellyville Campus

UAC Information Night

A Community Engagement Officer from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will be presenting an information session for Year 12 students and their parents, as well as interested Year 11 students and their parents, at 6.30 pm on August 7 at Mountain view Adventist College.

This is the first time that a UAC representative has addressed students and their parents for our schools, and I believe an event not to be missed.

This combined schools meeting will include Year 11 and Year 12 students and their parents from Hills Adventist College, Mountain View Adventist College and Macarthur Adventist College.

You are encouraged to attend this important information session to hear the information first-hand and to clarify matters that relate to UAC, such as the ATAR, subject selection, university applications, equity schemes, (including special consideration and scholarships) and schools recommendation schemes. Please click on the link below for more information

Ms Marita Tully - Head of English & Year 12 Homeroom teacher

Year 7 & 8 STEM Days "Ocean Rescue"

A big thanks to Mr Kent and his assisting staff for another fabulous week of STEM projects. This week, Stage 4 (Year 7 & 8) spent two whole days each in the workshop busy coding light signals and devices to drop supplies from a helicopter to people stranded in the ocean. The electronics were coded from scratch on Arduino and had to be able to be taken in and out of the supply device and kept waterproof. The device was constructed to scale and the items to be lowered to the victims were represented in the same scale.

Here are some quotes from some of our year 7 students:

Shannon B – "I improved my time management over the two day task to achieve a goal in a team challenge"

Alex C – "Coding was fun because we were able to do digital challenges and I enjoyed the physical building of our plan."

Finn M – "STEM days are a great way of finishing the semester with a new experience."

Penelope B – "Great challenges, hands on and interaction with others in year 7 that we don’t spend as much time with."

Ruisi L - "We worked in teams and could make more noise than normal in the shed."

Stavros K – "The coding was really hard but it was rewarding when the light blinked with the sensor."

Year 7 - 12 Athletics Carnival

Athletics Carnival Awards

12 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Stephanie V & Amber D

Girls Age Champion – Jessica Y

Boys Runner Up – Tiva Y & Yuvrai B

Boys Age Champion – Trent S

13 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Erin M

Girls Age Champion – Sunya W

Boys Runner Up – Lachlan G & Iain L

Boys Age Champion – Preston A

14 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Erin H

Girls Age Champion – Alyssa N

Boys Runner Up – Timothy K

Boys Age Champion – Malachi F

15 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Isabella R

Girls Age Champion – Chane B

Boys Runner Up – Reynold C

Boys Age Champion – Declan P

16 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Ines L

Girls Age Champion – Madeline A

Boys Runner Up – Adam P

Boys Age Champion – Gathu N

17 Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Dilpreet H

Girls Age Champion – Grace M

Boys Runner Up – Rowan C

Boys Age Champion – Agriya M

18+ Years Trophy Winners

Girls Runner Up – Georgia-Rae F

Girls Age Champion – Amy R

Boys Runner Up – Dante S

Boys Age Champion – Ryan H

House Results:

4th Place - Fitzroy 2,101pts

3rd Place - Denison 2,469pts

2nd Place - Phillip 2,662pts

1st Place - Hunter 3,079pts

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