Good to Great - A Future with Purpose
Late last year we began a process to review and re-affirm our core statements of identity as a College and particularly to ascertain what distinguishes Hills Adventist College as an education provider in this region and within the Adventist schools of Sydney. Such a process is timely and offers insights into the goals and aspirations of our community that can’t be achieved by managing the development of the College in a top-down approach. As you will note from the title for this process it is future focussed and will enable us to direct our energies purposefully.
We sought an experienced partner with expertise in assisting organisations with this process. The decision to work with 4community to facilitate this process has helped us toward our goal and ensured good progress. The program is known as ‘Good to Great – A Future with Purpose’.
To date 4community has consulted with groups of teachers, parents, community members and the Home and School group. Ahead are similar meetings with the College Council and representatives of the supporting churches of the College. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the outcomes of our ‘Good to Great’ program.
What’s Behind the Anger?
When I work with students in counselling, I often find myself with a whiteboard marker drawing a very simplified version of the following image:
After I draw this, I explain to them that anger is a secondary emotion. This means that there is another emotion that has occurred first to cause the anger. I remind students that feeling angry is ok, but acting out and hurting ourselves or others can get us into trouble.
As parents, when your child comes home angry or grumpy, it can be easy to assume they’re just tired or hungry. But if we take time to look below the surface sometimes we can find that they’ve had a rough day because of a harsh comment from a peer, they’re feeling really down about themselves because of a disappointing exam mark, or they’re worried about what their friends will think of them at the birthday party they’re supposed to go to this weekend. Instead of trying to diffuse the anger and leave it there, wait until your child is ready to talk and then ask about their day. Ask open-ended questions like “Tell me one good thing and one bad thing about your day”. Or tell me three things that you felt worried about today”. You might find out a lot more than what you thought you would.
One more week to go! Please bring new or good-condition used winter supplies into the office at either Kellyville or Castle Hill campus by next Friday, 29 June for the Hope 103.2 Winter Woolies Appeal. Thank you to those who have already generously donated.
Castle Hill Campus
Chapel - Kindergarten A
This week our Chapel preliminaries were taken by our Kindy A class, led by Mrs Rudenko. We were privileged to have a special guest speaker. Dillon S is our College Captain on our Kellyville campus. Thank you for coming to speak to us Dillon!
Recently we held another Number Crunch for Year 3 & 4. Some of you may wonder, what is Number Crunch? It is where students are divided into their house colours and are required to solve a variety of number problems. Each correct answer will earn points for their house. The results will be added for us to see which house wins and will add to the overall results for the house champion of the year.
This a very fun and engaging afternoon for the students. Thank you to the parent volunteers and teachers that gave of their time for this fun activity.
Family Science Fair
A few weeks ago, we accepted submissions for our Family Science Fair. Below are a selection of the projects that were submitted. They were were of high quality and we appreciate the hard work put in by the students and their families
Last week the Presentation Ceremony for the Family Science Fair was held during Chapel. We congratulate those who came 1st place, and we commend all students involved on a job very well done!
First place in category:
Biology and Life Science- Brendan H
Earth and Environmental – Isaac W
Physics & the Universe - Leighton R
Chemistry - Jade D
Wright Cup (Overall best in fair) - Jade D / Brendan H / Leighton R
Duncan Cup (Individual Mastery of topic) - Jade D / Eva R / Leighton R
CIS Cross-Country Carnival
Congratulations to Amelia R, Indianna W, Arianna C, Ronan S, Marco B and Taine C on their participation in the CIS Cross-Country Carnival on June 14.
Parent-Teacher Interviews - K-4
We have been working hard to ensure that the information we provide to parents is as helpful as possible. Part of this improvement is a change in the comment section of our K-8 reports. We are focusing on providing parents with specific targeted information about their child that is quick to read and easy to understand. As we are focusing our effort on the growth of our students, we have also structured our comments along the same lines, with areas of strength and areas for growth. The rest of the report remains the same as previous years. Your child’s report will be handed out on Monday, 2 July.
Parent-Teacher interviews for Years K-4 will take place on Wednesday, 4 July. Interviews for parents of students who attend the Castle Hill campus will be held in the Castle Hill Church Hall. Interviews for parents of students who attend Kindy at Kellyville will be held in the Administration Office on the Kellyville campus. Each interview will go for 10 minutes. A bell will indicate when each session is finished. This will help to keep interviews running smoothly and on time. Please arrive before your time slot to ensure you keep to your allocated time. If you require more time than the allocated 10 minutes, please organise another time with your child’s teacher.
Don’t forget to book your child’s parent/teacher interview online using the SOBS website. Just click on the link below. Remember to click on "Parent Access" before entering your details. The portal will open on Wednesday, 13 June and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 4 July.
Year 2 Excursion to Sydney Harbour Bridge
Year 2 recently visited the Sydney Pylon Museum and Harbour Bridge as part of their studies in History this term. They enthusiastically climbed up many stairs to the top of the south-east pylon and saw some amazing views of the Harbour and surrounding suburbs. The students learnt about how dangerous it was to work on the bridge, how long it took to build, why the bridge was made and the kinds of materials used. There were lots of interesting photographs and artefacts to look at, too. Following this, they walked across the bridge to the northern side, where they were able to look closely at it from underneath. They could even see the painters wearing their white suits working up on top of the bridge. Joshua said, "It was the best excursion I have ever been on!"
Wall-Building Fun with K/1
Mrs Steyn's K/1 class recently built the Great Wall of China using wafers, nutrigrain and icing. The kids had fun making this and even more fun eating it!
Year 10 Excursion
On Wednesday the 13th of June, our year 10 students attended the Stand Tall Event in Darling Harbour.
This conference brought together leading youth communicators with star musicians, sportsmen and other popular, young, successful role models from Gen Z pop culture, imparting hope and courage to make right choices and great wisdom learned from life experiences.
Some of the presenters at the 2018 Stand Tall Event were: Glen Gerreyn, Michael Crossland, Sami Kennedy-Sim and Joany Badenhorst.
Glen Gerreyn, once a champion athlete, was struck by an illness that quickly ended his Olympic dreams and sporting career. He triumphed over every challenge, and shifted his focus to community development. His efforts were soon recognised nationally as Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, Community Service. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again!”
Michael Crossland has defied the odds of a life threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements. An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, he has also run humanitarian projects in Haiti. In addition, his wife was able to have children after they were told it was unlikely to ever happen for them. His life is a testament to the power of a positive un-defeatable mindset and the incredible resilience that it brings.
Sami Kennedy-Sim and Joany Badenhorst were two Olympians who talked about how they overcame some major health issues to succeed in their sports.
In 2013, Sami suffered a stroke in the middle of her prime as an Olympic skier and was told that she would be lucky to walk again. Through hard work and determination, Sami overcame the odds and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia.
In 2005, Joany Badenhorst was involved in a tractor accident which left her left leg severed 6 inches below the knee. She competed for South Africa at the Paralympic Youth Games in 2009 and narrowly missed qualifying for the Australian athletics team for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. She qualified for the Australian Paralympic team in 2014 where she was ranked 8th in the world.
Each presenter brought inspiring, personally proven strategies for making positive life choices to live happy and successful lives. They offered inspiration and encouragement for students to Stand Tall against the negative pressures that they can face on a daily basis.
Upcoming UAC Information Session
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.
Ms Marita Tully - Head of English & Year 12 Homeroom teacher
Endeavour Mutual Bank Science Education Prize
Congratulations to Taylor (Year 9) who won $500 for Hills Adventist College in a competition run by Endeavour Mutual Bank recently. This money is for Science education at our College, and we thank Endeavour Mutual Bank, Taylor and his family for this generous gift.
Year 6 Canberra Trip
As this newsletter is published, the Year 6s are thawing out after a chilly, but enjoyable trip to Canberra. For three days, students visited all the highlights that the nation's capital has to offer. These included, Parliament House, the War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, Australian Electoral Commission, Government House, CSIRO, Questacon and Australian Institute of Sport. One of the highlights was seeing parliament sitting and hearing the not-so-friendly banter of our politicians. Students were also able to choose abseiling or high ropes with many experiencing this type of activity for the very first time. We thank the Australian Government for the PACER rebate which goes towards helping the cost of this trip.
'I loved Parliament House' Timothy J
'I liked Questacon the most' Glory
Hayley said, 'I enjoyed it all'.
Oscar said 'My favourite was the War Memorial'
Isabelle said that 'Questacon was my favourite'.