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Newsletter 5 June 2020

From the Principal..

Mrs Carlie Deppeler

It has been so good to see all the students back at school and learning! The feedback I have been getting from teachers, and some of the standardised testing we have been doing, is that most students engaged so well in remote learning that they have shown positive growth and need only limited catching up. This is great to see, and we thank you again for working with us during that time.

The wellbeing implications of the COVID disruption for our students may take a little longer to return to some sort of normality. Parenting expert Maggie Dent talks about the importance of Connection, Calmness and Cohesion after this sort of disruption. As a community we are trying to ensure that school is a place that students can experience all these things. We also acknowledge that every student may need a different amount of time to adjust. Some of the ways we are focusing on wellbeing are recommencing our Year 7-9 wellbeing Invictus program, and Year 10 have participated in the recent Stand Tall event. Sometimes, however, it is the little things that help the most, like the re-establishing of structure and predictability and the extra care and kind word from a teacher.

Just to keep you up to date with what is going on with our community I wanted to acknowledge there must be something in our water at the College, as it is the year of babies! We have had two of our educators in the ELC already go on maternity leave and we also have our Kindy Teacher at Kellyville, Alyssa Weslake; Sarah and Nick Kross, our Counsellor and Chaplain; and one of our maintenance team, Damian Simmonds all expecting additions to their families later in the year. Congratulations to all of these families, and we will hopefully be able to share some very cute photos with our community later in the year. For those of you with children starting Kindy at Kellyville next year we are pleased to let you know that our current Year 5 teacher, Mrs Dominique Van Der Merwe will be teaching Kindy next year. The younger students hold a special place for her and she is very experienced with this age group. We believe she is the perfect person to fill the very large shoes of Mrs Weslake for 2021 in Kindy.

Announcements

HSC Changes for 2020

Year 12 students and families were sent information this week regarding the changes to the HSC program that NESA is making, to cater for the interruption to learning due to COVID-19. If you missed that email, please click on the link below to find out more. If you have any questions, please speak to the Year 12 Homeroom Teachers, or Miss Smith - Director of Studies.

School App

Just a reminder that you can download the College App, School Stream, from the App Store and Google Play. Please select Hills Adventist College as your school when you download. This app has general College information, ability to notify the college of absences and notifications will be sent direct to your phone when there is a general whole-school announcement.

Chess Classes - Returning in Term 3

The extra-curricular activity at Kellyville campus - Chess classes will return to Monday lunchtimes in Term 3. If you would like more information or to enrol your child (please note this is an additional cost), please click on the link below:

Win Prizes in NSW Government Family Survey

Uniform Shop Update

News

Hills NAPLAN Results in the News!

Hills Adventist College has been recognised as placing in the top two NAPLAN results in the Rouse Hill region. We are so proud of the growth of our students, and their commitment to learning. At Hills, we take a holistic view of our student's education, with their spiritual and emotional well-being of particular importance. However, we have also always encouraged students to do their best and strive for excellence. NAPLAN is just one tool that recognises these signs of academic growth and achievement. Well done students and thank you to our teachers that encourage and facilitate these achievements!

National Simultaneous Storytime

Junior School students once again participated in the annual National Simultaneous Storytime. This year, the book "Whitney and Britney Chicken Diva's" was featured, and students had lots of fun with craft and other activities related to the story.

Year 2 Learns AUSLAN

Mrs Savage's Year 2 class welcomed Pr Jess last week, who shared some AUSLAN sign language with them. It was great to learn about a different way to communicate and find out more about how hearing impaired live and interact with those around them.

Year 9 Food Tech "Back to School" Celebration

Mrs Martin's Year 9 Food Technology class celebrated being back on campus by making cupcakes recently. They were so creative and delicious and it was a great start to the re-boot of 2020!

Year 1 & 2 Building Bridges

Year 2

For History we have been learning about people and places in the past, one being the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For a PBL project the children designed a bridge, then worked in groups building it. It had to have a ramp going up and down, plus hold a toy car going across. We then had the Year 1 class come and join us to explain to them what we did, what worked and what we found a challenge.

- Mrs Savage

Year 1

In Year 1, we are learning about the history of local sites. We learned about Uluru and the Harbour bridge. The students used recycled material to make the Harbour Bridge and the test was to see if a toy car could cross the bridge. All the bridges passed the test and we presented the final product to the Year 2 students, who were a great audience. Thanks to our families for the donating the recycled material and thank you to Mr Taskis for pieces of wood for the road.

- Mrs Steyn

Junior Day of Worship

This year, our Junior School Day of Worship was a little different. Normally, students from all the Seventh-Day Adventist Schools in Sydney gather together for a fun morning of praise and worship. This year, they came together online, with a video program that students from both Castle Hill and Kellyville had a great time participating in.

Inspired Poets Published!

Congratulations to Indy and Amelia from Year 5, who recently had original poetry published in the book, "Inspired". We are so proud of their creative talents and efforts. Well done!