From a young age I always loved the idea of flying. I still remember embarking on my first flight with my parents on holiday over to Mauritius. Being thousands of feet in the air and covering vast distances at such a high speed, what a rush!
It was a flight to Thailand, however, when my joy turned to fear and I experienced the worst case of turbulence. It was at that moment when I realised my life was in the hands of our pilots and I was completely powerless if something were to go wrong.
When we arrived at our destination, I kissed the ground! At that time a thought came to mind about the idea of faith. There are times where circumstances arise in life and we are made to feel completely powerless, and the advice we are given is to put our trust in a God we cannot see. Something many people struggle with, and to be honest so do I.
But here I was putting my faith in a group of pilots I had never met or even seen. So why do I still fly? It is because in time my faith has grown, I have chosen to place my trust in the pilots and even through the roughest flights they have always gotten me to my destination safely. So it is with God.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green". Jeremiah 17:7-8.
Pr Ian Cangy
Welcome New Staff
Mrs Coralee Kemp
We welcomed Mrs Kemp this year at our Castle Hill campus, where she is teaching Year 3. She is originally from Queensland, however has travelled widely since then both in Australia and overseas, having lived in 3 different countries over her lifetime. Mrs Kemp has most recently lived in New Zealand.
She has 2 grown children, and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys travelling, walking and snorkelling with her husband in her free time.
Mrs Kemp had this to say about her love of teaching: “I love teaching in general, and teaching year 3 in particular. They are my favourite age group because their world has opened up to take in more then just themselves and their family, and they want to make a difference. I enjoy playing a part in facilitating that. I also love being there when a child puts things together for the first time and experiences the ‘aha’ of learning something new. All the hours of preparation and frustration that invariably come with the territory fade away when you see a young person experience the joy of learning.”
We are blessed to have Mrs Kemp with us at Hills and we trust that her students will enjoy their time with her.
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 7 August 2018 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 Tully
Important Immunisation Information
Please note that from 1 April 2018, all School Principals are required to request an immunisation certificate on enrolment. If you are enrolling another child in your family that does not currently attend Hills Adventist College, you will be required to obtain a copy of your child's Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement and supply the College with a copy. Please note that "blue book" records of immunisations will no longer be accepted. Please note this is a Government requirement of all schools from this year.
Please be aware that students who have not had all the recommended immunisations for their age may need to stay at home during a disease outbreak. The College is required to notify the government when it becomes aware of a disease outbreak, and the government makes the decision whether students need to be excluded for the duration of the outbreak.
If you have any questions, please read the information at the following websites:
A special evening for prospective Kindergarten families will be held on our Castle Hill campus next Wednesday 13 June. This will be an informative evening, for the benefit of families interested in either Kellyville or Castle Hill campus for Kindergarten in 2019. Spread the word and invite anyone who may be interested.
Working Bee - Kellyville Campus
Please note that the next Working Bee will be on Sunday 5 August. (End of Week 1 of Term 3). Families from both campuses are welcome to attend. Please contact College Reception to advise if you will be participating.
Hope 103.2 Winter Woolies Collection
Don't forget to donate what you are able to our Winter Woolies campaign. Donations are due by end of June. Please note the items that are needed are listed below. We thank those that have already donated, and just a gentle reminder that we are unable to receive general donations of other clothes (particularly summer items) only specific items that will help the homeless at winter, such as those listed below. Members of the on-air team from Hope 103.2 will be coming to both campuses in the first week of July to collect the donations.
Castle Hill News
Science Fair Presentations
Please note that presentations from the Family Science Fair will take place during Chapel at our Castle Hill Campus next Tuesday 12 June. The program will commence at 8:50am. Plan to be there to support all our budding scientists as they are recognised for their efforts!
Year 3 & 4 Soccer Gala Day
On Thursday 31st May, Year 3 and 4 students participated in the Sydney Adventist Schools Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day at Hills Centenary Park, Rouse Hill.
With students from Hills, Wahroonga, Mountain View, Macarthur, Hurstville and Auburn participating, it was an excellent opportunity for students to engage in some friendly competition with fellow Adventist schools.
The Hurstville boy's team and Wahroonga girl's team are to be congratulated for winning the finals. Both the Hills boy’s and girl’s teams displayed excellent sportsmanship and should be commended for giving it their best.
A big thank you to all of the teachers and parents who helped make the day possible.
Chaplain Visit - Kindergarten
Every Tuesday, our Kindergarten students from Kellyville campus come over to Castle Hill Campus to join with their fellow Junior School students. They especially love spending time with our Castle Hill Kindys! Pr Nick, our Castle Hill Chaplain, spent some time this week with our Kindergarten students singing songs and sharing Jesus with them. Everyone had a great time!
Year 7 - 12 Athletics Carnival
Please note that the Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 21 June at Greenway Park, Cherrybrook. The official starting time is 9:00am, however the 1500m will be run at 8:45am, so students involved in this will need to be transported via car to arrive in time for this event. If you will be transporting your child by car, please note this on the permission note to be returned by Friday 15 June. All other students will be transported by bus.
Full SPORTS uniform, hat and sunscreen is required, however students may change into house colours once they arrive. Students are to bring their own food and drink, as although there is a canteen, there may be a lengthy wait time, so should not be relied upon.
If you would like to assist as a parent volunteer, please note this on the permission note, a link for which is provided below.
2018 CAT Mathematics Competition
The Mathematics Department would like to congratulate all 37 students who have entered and competed in 2018 Mathematics Competition – Computational & Algorithmic Thinking (CAT). There were 19476 students from 456 schools entering the competition this year.
Hills Adventist College has been awarded with the following certificates:
Nathan L (Year 10) – Certificate of Distinction - top 4% of Year 10 competitors
Dylan W (Year 9) – Certificate of Distinction – top 14% of Year 9 competitors
Seth B (Year 5) – Certificate of Credit – top 40% of Year 5 competitors
Yash G (Year 5) – Certificate of Credit – top 48% of Year 5 competitors
Tiana B (Year 6) – Certificate of Credit – top 24% of Year 6 competitors
Taine C (Year 6) – Certificate of Credit – top 47% of Year 6 competitors
Kai S (Year 6) – Certificate of Credit – top 43% of Year 6 competitors
Edwin J (Year 7) – Certificate of Credit – top 49% of Year 7 competitors
Finn M (Year 7) – Certificate of Credit – top 37% of Year 7 competitors
Joshua Q (Year 8) – Certificate of Credit – top 39% of Year 8 competitors
Jesse D (Year 9) – Certificate of Credit – top 20% of Year 9 competitors
Qasim B (Year 10) – Certificate of Credit – top 38% of Year 10 competitors
Year 11 Information Evening
We had a very enthusiastic group of Year 10 students and their parents come along to our information evening in preparation for them to choose their subjects for 2019. There was a buzz around the room as they talked to teachers, finding out about what each subject entailed and tried to work out what subjects would work for them. They also received some detailed information about ATAR’s and guidance on how best to make this big decision. Thank you to all the staff who passionately represented their subject and to the parents who are helping them navigate this exciting time.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award - Olivia Savage
On Tuesday the 29th of May, 2017 Hills Adventist College graduate Olivia Savage was presented her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Governor of NSW, David Hurley. To receive this prestigious award, Olivia had to complete 52 hours over 12 months of a chosen skill, physical activity and service. Olivia chose driving, basketball and audio visual mixing at Wahroonga SDA Church. She also completed two 5 day/4 night expeditions through the Gardens of Stone in Tasmania and the Great North Walk in Sydney. For her week long Residential Project, Olivia and many of her classmates participated in a service project in the Solomon Islands. Olivia has been actively participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award since 2014 and has now completed all three levels. Its an excellent accomplishment and we as a College are very proud of her. After the award ceremony I asked her to share what doing the award meant to her. “I really enjoyed the experience and I’m happy with the skills that I’ve learned by doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I know that they will help me experience life better in the future.” - Mr Parmenter
More than 20 eager and creative Year 5 students have been attending their very own Maker Club in the Computer Room every Friday this term. They have been learning about 3D modelling and 3D printing, and have designed their own name tags for printing. The students are now working hard on their personal design projects, and are very excited to see their digital designs come to life over the next few weeks. When they are even more proficient in using 3D modelling software they will begin developing solutions to various design challenges. Watch this space!
ASISSA Cross Country Participation
On Thursday 7 June, students from Year 2 - 6 represented Hills at the ASISSA Cross Country Competition. Congratulations to the students from our College who ran a great race. The following students will now progress onto CIS Cross Country. They raced in their respective age groups and finished in the following places:
Amelia R - 2nd
Indianna W - 10th
Arianna C - 8th
Ronan S - 8th
Marco B - 10th
Taine C - 3rd
Girls Netball Team
Congratulations to the Hills Junior Netball B Team on reaching the Semi Finals. This is our first netball team to reach a final which is excellent. Well done girls!
CIS Rugby Representation
Well done to Taine C representing ASISSA at the CIS Rugby trial day on Tuesday 29 May. There was lots of competition, but Taine held his own. Unfortunately Taine didn't make it through to the next level. Great job Taine for getting through this far!
ACIES Cross Country
We had four competitors run at the AICES cross country: Darcy A, Madeline A, Ines L & Trent S. We had a couple of top 20 finishers which was an excellent achievement!
A few weeks ago students from both campuses participated in the NSW Adventist School Band Camp. Joshua A, Hayden N, Natasha J and Angelina S ( Year 4 - Castle Hill Campus) and Ronan S (Year 5 - Kellyville Campus) spent three days at Crosslands Convention Centre, Galston. It was the first time for Ronan, Hayden and Josh. The students participated in a variety of music classes, band tutorials and concert preparations. Throughout the three days, our students made new friends with others from schools all over Sydney and as far as Canberra. Approximately 130 students took part in this year’s Band Camp. They all learnt to expand their musical abilities, develop their skills in reading music and perform a number of new pieces in their relevant band groups. This year students, teachers and parents took part in the Senior Band (conducted by Mr Ben Milis), Junior Band, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Keyboard group. Throughout the day, there were a number of other activities that students were engaged in, such as hiking, worship, sports and iMovie challenge. The camp concluded with a concert performance of their musical accomplishments over the three days, for family and friends. We look forward to seeing more students come along to Band Camp next year. - Marie-Louise Jolicoeur (Ronan's Mum)
Mile End Community Church Visit
Staff and students enjoyed visiting Mile End church in Rouse Hill on Sabbath, 2 June. The Primo Orchestra played In Christ Alone and 10,000 Reasons while Miss Tamanalevu and Year 9 students Patrina P and Savannah S and Jaelee V led people to worship through singing, with the assistance of the Junior Choir. Nathan L, Year 10, shared his talents on the violin during the offering by playing Matt Riley’s remarkable arrangement of Amazing Grace. Year 6 students Jordyn P, Ava P and Ellyssa V presented a dramatic scripture reading arranged by Mrs Vanas. We thank the other staff members and students who were involved during the program and are looking forward to more opportunities to contribute to the wider community of Hills Adventist College.