Construction Update - Kellyville Campus
With the completion of plumbing works associated with the Middle School we have begun some landscape projects, beginning with rolling out of turf (bright green highlight on the plan below). Once permanent pathways have been constructed we will continue the landscaping to create a space for student movement across the campus and for use in recess and lunch breaks.
Have you ever been shopping and grabbed something that you just had to have, only to find out later in the day that it was cheaper elsewhere or there was something else of equal value but better, in another shop? I remember I did one day when I saw these awesome basketball shoes I just HAD to have. I had only been in the shops for about 30 minutes when I saw them in the display window. Without hesitation I grabbed them before anyone else. Later that day I walked past a huge sports outlet store and I couldn’t help but notice my shoes going for half the price I had previously purchased. You can imagine how upset I was at myself; if only I had waited. In fact I was so upset I never really enjoyed those shoes I had purchased because it always reminded of the bargain I missed out on.
Life can be like this at times, we make a mistake one day and that one mistake ends up haunting us for a long time, sometimes for the rest of our lives. But the one good thing about mistakes is they teach us valuable lessons. My one was to never grab the first good thing I see, but to shop around first. It’s never fun stuffing up, but when we do it’s important to learn from our mistakes and when we do, we can move on and enjoy what we have in front of us.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal.” Philippians 3:13-14
God bless you all
Pr Ian Cangy
Welcome to New Staff
Mrs Linda Taskis - Communications Officer
We have recently welcomed a new staff member, Mrs Linda Taskis, who has joined us as our Communications Officer. Her role will include public relations, handling enrolment enquiries, assisting with marketing, and general communications, including the newsletter, website and school app. Mrs Taskis has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, and has also completed a course in Public & Media Relations through the University of Sydney. Mrs Taskis has extensive administrative experience, and has previously worked at two of our sister schools in Melbourne and Albury. We know the school community will welcome and support Mrs Taskis as she settles into her new role at Hills Adventist College
During our opening convocation we had a visit from some of our year 12 students from 2017 and it was a great experience for our students to hear from them, particularly those who are about to embark on the HSC. They were able to tell the students that even though it is a challenging year, it is all worth the effort and hard work. We congratulate our 2017 Year 12 class, who are venturing into the next stage of their education. A number of students have been accepted into various apprenticeships, some are taking the opportunity to experience a “gap year”, while 73% have been accepted into various universities. We wish them well with whatever path they have chosen.
Here are a few quick statistics on the year 12’s results from last year:
Number of Students: 30
Top ATAR: 98.05
Band 6’s: 22
Band 5’s: 50
We would also like to give a special commendation and recognition to the following students for their achievements;
• Josie Jakovac, who made the HSC All-Rounder list for 2017 and achieved an ATAR of 98.05
• Emily Savage, who achieved 1st place in NSW in Textiles and Design
• Emily Sheriff, who had her Textiles and Design major project selected to be displayed in the TexStyle exhibition. This is on display from the 8-11 March at Rosehill.
We also had the opportunity to hear about a service project that two students from this class experienced. They spent their holidays in Africa volunteering at an animal reserve. It is great to see our students continue to uphold the values that we spend so much time focusing on, even after leaving the College.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Middle & Senior School
Our first parent/teacher interviews for Year 5 to Year 11 are to be held on Wednesday 14 March from 3:30 pm until 8:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC). We would be delighted if you are able to attend to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress so far this year. The booking portal opened on Monday 26 February at 8:00 am, and will close the day prior on Tuesday 13 March at 6 pm. Please note: If a teacher teaches your child for more than one subject, you may wish to book two successive interview time-slots. This should ensure enough time to discuss each subject.
Parents and guardians are invited to book an appointment time via our online portal by clicking the link below:
Castle Hill Campus News
Kindy & Yr 4 Book Buddies
Kindy students have begun reading with their Book Buddies in Year 4 each Tuesday after Chapel. Students are enjoying the opportunity to read together and are developing a lovely rapport with one another. We are pleased to see the Year 4 students looking out for the Kindy students in the playground and establishing a mentoring role with them.
K – Yr 6 Swimming Carnival
Details of the Carnival are as follows:
When: Friday, 9 March 2018
Where: WAVES Fitness and Aquatic Centre
Time: 9:30am start for Swimming Carnival and 12:30pm start for Novice Carnival.
Dress: Full sports uniform – your child may choose to wear a plain T-shirt the colour of their house if they wish.
We are still looking for some parent volunteers to be house parents for Denison, Hunter and Phillip house. If you are willing to assist on the day and have a current Working with children check, please contact Miss Lee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
Who: The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9; in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.
When: The 2018 Challenge kicks off Monday 5 March and closes Friday 31 August (midnight) for students.
If your child would like to participate in 2018, please email email@example.com (Kellyville Campus) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Castle Hill Campus), so that we can set your child up with new Hills Adventist College login details, or remind you of their details if they have participated with us previously.
On Wednesday, 14 February, three Year 6 students were selected to represent our college at the ASISSA Basketball Trials held at Sydney University. The boys currently play at a representative level for the Hills Hornets Basketball Association. Eli Quintana-Mutia, Riley Brooker and Kai Strickland all made it through to the next level and trialled for the CIS Basketball team on Friday 23 February. At the trials Kai was selected to represent CIS at the NSWPSSA Basketball championships which will be held in Tamworth in May. We wish him all the best.
Year 5 Gala Day
On Wednesday Year Five attended an Oz Tag and Tee Ball Gala Day. Our three teams competed against other Hills Zone schools from the area. We played 3-5 modified games of Tee Ball and Oz Tag, under the supervision of the NRL development team. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Sunners and Mr McPherson for their supervision, encouragement and support.
We had a great time in the heat, catching up with old friends and making new ones from other schools. When we got back to school we really appreciated a cool ice-block, thanks Mrs Cobbin!