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NEWSLETTER 25 October 2019

FROM THE HEAD OF KELLYVILLE CAMPUS

Mr Irwin Steyn

‘Our Values’-Integrity

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2.the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished:

3.a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition:

For the last few weeks I’ve chastised the students for the amount of rubbish that “everyone else” is leaving around next to the bins, that “everyone else” is not picking up. Last Term it was about “vandalism” at college. We had hooks in the change rooms pulled off and some of the tiles cracked. No one owns up to it. It is always someone else. This week it was about not respecting other people’s property by messing with or stealing other student’s things. Integrity means doing the right thing always and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be.

Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity. A word of advice to those students who are striving for a reputation of integrity: Avoid those who are not trustworthy. Do not associate with them. Do not make excuses for them. It is important to realize that others pay attention to those you have chosen to associate with, and they will inevitably judge your character by the character of your friends.

After a while we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with day to day. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willingly ‘litter’ or ‘vandalize’ the college, then we’ll surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behaviour, then accepting their behaviour, and finally adopting their behaviour. If you want to build a reputation as a person of integrity then surround yourself with people of integrity.

- Mr Steyn

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAFFING MOVES AND APPOINTMENTS

As we approach the end of the year we would like to announce some changes to our teaching team.

We would like to announce that Mrs Katrina Williams has accepted a position at Nunawading Adventist College in Victoria. She will be returning to the school where she attended as a student herself. We have appreciated the expertise she has contributed to Hills Adventist College, especially with our Gifted and Talented program. We would like to wish Mrs Williams all the best as she transitions to this new role and express our deepest gratitude for the time she has spent at Hills Adventist College.

Coming into the position vacated by Mrs Williams will be Mrs Paula Vincenti. Paula is well known to many members of our College community and comes to the role with a wealth of experience in psychology, early childhood and through her roles in the ELC, Castle Hill Church playgroup. We will get to know more about Mrs Vincenti in future newsletters.

We would also like to announce that Mrs Colleen Savage will be moving from the Castle Hill campus to the Kellyville campus. We are pleased to have Mrs Savage join the Junior School team at Kellyville and we look forward to the expertise she will bring.

- Dr Malcolm Coulson

REMINDER - CHILD CAR SEAT REQUIREMENTS

In the interest of your child’s safety in the car, we would like to remind all families that by law, all children under the age of seven must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. Additionally, according to the NSW Centre for Road Safety, “Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.” It is recommended that children should be at least 145cm tall before they use an adult lap-sash seatbelt. Please ensure that any car transporting your child to or from school is fitted with the appropriate child car seat until your child is old enough and tall enough to use the adult seat belt.

For further information, please click on the link below:

LIBRARY BORROWING NOTICE FOR END OF YEAR

The last day for borrowing general library books will be Friday of Week 4 (8 Nov), and all library books need to be returned by Friday of Week 6 (22 Nov) in order to avoid incurring charges. This does not include textbooks or class novels, which can be kept until the end of term. If you have any novels or wide reading from previous terms, please also return these before your de-registration date to simplify your de-registration process.

EARLY END-YEAR DEPARTURES

If your child will not be here until the last day of term, please ensure they complete the de-registration process BEFORE leaving on early holidays etc. Particularly textbooks and equipment need to be returned before departure for the year. All other students will be de-registering on the final day of classes.

"FIVER FOR A FARMER" FUNDRAISING TOTAL

We want to thank all our families for their support as we raised money for this important cause. Wh various fundraising activities at both campuses over the last week or two, we have raised a total of $2,806.35!  We look forward to passing on the funds to the Fiver for a Farmer organisation, to assist drought-stricken farmers in Australia.

MARKET DAY!

Year 9 & 10 Commerce students will be running the annual Market Day next Friday 1st November. This is an opportunity for students to gain real-life experience, and they will be offering food stalls as well as various services for students and staff at lunchtime. Please support them by sending along some money with your child so they can get involved on the day.

COLLEGE NEWS

YEAR 12 - HSC EXAMS

Our Year 12 students are currently sitting their HSC Exams, which run until 13 November. Our Chaplain, Aniele, spent some time with them before they commenced their first exam (see picture above). We wish them all the best and are so proud of what they have achieved so far. We hope you will all keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they study hard over the next few weeks.

YEAR 12 STUDENT RECEIVES GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD FROM THE QUEENS SON, PRINCE PHILLIP

Recently, one of our Year 12 students, Shayna, was awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from Prince Phillip, who visited Australia to present the awards. We are so proud of Shayna for the hard work and effort she has put into obtaining this award!

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A SMORE WITHOUT USING ELECTRICITY OR FIRE?

This was the driving question given to students in Year 3 & 4, towards the end of last term. Students were required to use the knowledge they had learned in early lessons in Science on the topic of heat and apply strategies to hopefully be able to melt a marshmallow & chocolate and then place this in between two biscuits to make their very own smore - talk about sticky, delicious & a great challenge!

Needless to say, all of our Year 3 & 4 students loved this project and where happy to be able to eat their smores.

Mrs Williams, Mr Sleight & Ms Stanculescu were all super impressed with the students' problem solving skills, team work and the 21st century thinking that all of the students showed.

- Mrs Williams

YEAR 3 & 4 GO BACK IN TIME!

Year Three and Four recently had the opportunity to visit the NSW Schoolhouse Museum and go back in time to experience what school life was like for students in the 1800's, 1920's and 1970's. Home to the first classroom in New South Wales, the museum gave students the chance try writing with pens and ink pots, marching drills, wood work activities, maypole dancing and craft time. Even though an enjoyable time was had by all students, they were very happy to be back home in their 2019 classroom!

- Mr Sleight

YEAR 7 TARONGA ZOO EXCURSION

In Term 3, Year 7 learned about classification. As part of their studies, they conducted fieldwork to collect information about the animals at the zoo. All students had a great time walking around the zoo, looking at all the animals and did a great job collecting information for their classification worksheets and selfies with their chosen animal.

- Miss Hey

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHEMISTRY QUIZ RESULTS

During Term 3, some of our students participated in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's ANCQ. The aim of the quiz is to promote chemistry and chemical thinking in students using knowledge and understanding covered in the curriculum and in stimulus material provided in the questions. Congratulations to the following students for their excellent result:

Brendon H (Year 7) - High Distinction (awarded to the top 10% of students in the state)

Qasim B (Year 11)- Distinction

Zachary G (Year 11) - Credit

If you wish for your child to participate in the Quiz in 2020, please contact the Head of Science, Miss Hey for more details.

HILLS STUDENTS STAR IN THE WIZARD OF OZ PRODUCTION

Five of our students put in huge hours of singing, dancing and drama rehearsal over Term 3 to preform in the Spot On production of The Wizard of Oz.

Hannah W (8B) and Jessica P (8B) were in the ensemble and performed many quick costume changes to support their many dancing and singing roles. It was great to see them guiding and supporting the little munchkins too when they shared the stage.

Isaac W (9A) was also in the ensemble and played the doorman who guarded the Wizard’s reception room, his costume change proved a challenge but he delivered his lines perfectly with great breath control considering his running around backstage.

Sarah C (8C) and Joshua W (11A) played Dorothy’s Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Joshua’s Southern American accent with a slow drawl was a hoot; line perfect with a smashing smile. Sarah was utterly convincing as an overworked farmer in her mid 40s – what a transformation. She sang a duet with Dorothy, the Over the Rainbow reprise and packed all the emotional intensity of a frantic aunt hunting for her missing niece.

Ms Menzies, Ms Thomas and Mrs Ashby went to watch the show and felt very proud of their student’s talent and hard work. Congratulations for the huge success over multiple nights. We’re keeping the signed programme to sell for millions when you’re famous.

- Mrs Ashby

STUDENT SPORT ACHIEVEMENTS

(L-R) - Yuvi, Aaryan, Rohan

Congratulations to Yuvi B, Rohan J and Aaryan D for representing in National sports competitions over the holidays.

Yuvi (8B) played basketball for the Hills Hornets in the Under-14 National Club Championships, in a very tense game against Hawthorn Magic (Vic). The result was decided in overtime with the Hornets winning by three points. Well done Yuvi for the long hours of practice and playing required to achieve this result.

Rohan (8B) and Aryan (9B) both play for Fairfield-Liverpool cricket team; they won the U16 Plate. They defeated West Daredevils, 3/110 to 7/109, in the Kookaburra Cup Grand Final. Well done boys! We also want to thank you for the tireless hours you spend on the oval at lunch time with kids of all ages who want to improve their ball skills. You are great ambassadors for the sport!

= Mrs Ashby

CHURCH COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

CASTLE HILL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH