Hills Adventist College Newsletter 23 November 2018

Principal's Message

New Head of Campus - Castle Hill

We are very pleased to announce that the Greater Sydney Conference Board of Education has confirmed the appointment of Mr Daniel Marsden to the position of Head of Campus (Castle Hill). Daniel is very well known to our Hills Adventist College community, having taught at Castle Hill (2012-14) and at Kellyville (2016-18). We congratulate Mr Marsden as he takes on this new challenge. He is looking forward to sharing his passion and vision for developing our K-4 programs at Castle Hill.

New Staff - 2019

Ms Emily Trott is joining the teaching team at Castle Hill in 2019. She will be teaching Year 1. Emily has recently graduated from Avondale College of Higher Education. She is interested in Art, handcrafts, outdoor education and growing plants – something that has expanded into a small business. Emily undertook two service trips to Cambodia which cemented the decision to pursue a career that made a difference in the lives of others. Ms Trott is engaged to Nicholas Honeyands, who is completing a business degree at Avondale College. We welcome Emily to the team

Joining the Mathematics Department on the Kellyville campus is Mr Lawrence Ku. Mr Ku joins us from Oakhill College (2017-18) where he was teaching science and mathematics. Lawrence has Science and Education degrees from Macquarie University. In previous school employment Mr Ku has supervised the Chess team and coached basketball. He is known for his thorough teaching, creating project-based assessments and providing differentiated and inclusive learning environments. We look forward to having Mr Ku on our team in the new year.

College Announcements & News

Did You Know?

Have you ever wondered who is the fantastic talent behind our "Term in Review" videos? Who has an amazing flair for photography at our school events? Two of our teaching staff, Mr Gates & Miss Menzies, take the extra time out of their already busy schedules (its amazing how much work teachers have to complete after saying farewell to your children each day), to share their creative talents for the benefit of our College. We have appreciated the professionalism they bring to promoting the College to prospective families, and the commitment they have shown to produce a record of your child's time at Hills that they can be proud of.

Mr Mitchell Gates (videography) and Miss Tarsha Menzies (photography) are just two of the talented and dedicated teaching staff here, but we want to thank them for working behind the scenes to create memories for our students and our families. So next time you are at a school event, and see these two teachers with cameras in hand, be sure to smile!

Stationery for 2019

As per the email that was sent to families earlier this week, the stationery lists for 2019 have now been finalised, and we are pleased to be able to offer an online ordering facility. You are welcome to purchase yours elsewhere, however if you would like to convenience of online ordering and home delivery, please use our online portal with Office Max. Click on the link below to view more information about Stationery for 2019, including instructions on how to order online. These downloadable instructions also include the code you will need when you log in to the Office Max portal. Alternatively, you are welcome to download a PDF of the Stationery List and shop elsewhere.

Second Hand Uniforms

Please note that there are limited second hand uniform items for sale for 50% or less at the College office at Kellyville. Please see our Receptionist to view these items

Year 5 Band Recital

On Thursday, Year 5 performed for the end of year Band Recital, demonstrating the skills have they learned with the dedicated music tutors who have led them throughout the Year. Thank you Miss Thomas for organising the event, and for parents and friends that were able to come and watch

Year 9 Invictus Service Event

This week, the Year 9 students completed their Invictus program by preparing and serving a meal to the Year 8 students. This was an opportunity for them to welcome the Year 8 students into Senior School and the Invictus program for 2019. Year 9 worked hard cooking the meal and setting everything up to make sure that Year 8 would have a good time. The feedback from the Year 8 students showed they enjoyed the event and the Year 9 students experienced the joy of serving and doing something nice for someone else.

Success in Year 10 Textiles!

Every year the Technology Educators Association NSW (TEANSW) holds their Textile Art Piece Challenge for year 9 and 10 Textiles students. The design brief for this year was ‘Newcycle’. This year Zoe V, one of our year 10 students, received a Highly Commended for her textile art piece ‘Fashion Reinvented’. Zoe’s artwork will go on to be displayed at TexStyle 2019, from the 12-16 March 2019 at The Muse. Well done Zoe!

Number Crunch - Year 5 & 6

In the first two weeks of the term, Year 5 & 6 students participated in Number Crunch in the MPC over 2 sessions. This Mathematics relay is a competition where students work in groups of 3-4 students from their House to solve as many mathematical problems as they can in the time given.

Our top 6 teams were awarded with certificates and medals for first place in Assembly this week.

The winning team completed every question and won a bonus ten points for their speed and accuracy.

Seth B, Kaya V, Timothy J and Kai S worked hard for those first place Medallions. Their 518 points helped Phillip House come second with a total of 1781 points.

Brendan H, Cyril A and Koby M came a close second on 498 points. Their points helped Hunter house win.

Two teams were equal third, one was for Phillip and the other for Hunter. This means there were many other Hunter teams that competed well; adding their totals together to win with 2072 points.

A special Medallion was presented to Mrs Grice for the time and efficient effort she gave to the preparation of the papers and marking.

Thanks also to all the Yr5 and 6s who helped Mrs Ashby set up and clean up the MPC, some gave of their own time to get the job done. Merits were awarded for this extra service.

Mathematics Competition

Congratulation to the following students who have achieved High Distinction, Distinction or Credit in the 2018 Australian Mathematics Competition, and Enrichment –Newton stage - Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

2018 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)

Nathan L (Year 10) – Distinction (Top 5% of Year 10 competitors in NSW)

Timothy J (Year 6) – Distinction (Top 19% of Year 6 competitors in NSW)

Brendan H (Year 6) – Distinction (Top 14% of Year 6 competitors in NSW)

Qasim B (Year 10) – Credit

Joshua Q (Year 8) – Credit

Finn M (Year 7) - Credit

Ishita K (Year 7) – Credit

Taine C (Year 6) – Credit

Enrichment –Newton stage - Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Tiana B (Year 6) – Certificate of High Distinction

Brendan H (Year 6)- Certificate of High Distinction

Timothy Jakovac (Year 6) - Certificate of High Distinction

Kaya V (Year 6) - Certificate of Distinction

Kai S (Year 6) - Certificate of Credit

Lucy H (Year 6) - Certificate of Credit

Max D (Year 6) - Certificate of Credit

Kaylee B (Year 6) - Certificate of Credit

Home & School - Colour Fun Run & Fete

A big thank you to all those who came and participated and volunteered at the Colour Fun Run & Fete last weekend. It turned out to be a fantastic sunny day, after the threat of rain did not eventuate. Kids and adults of all ages had a great time. The Home & School Association thanks you for your support in helping to raise funds to upgrade the facilities at our Castle Hill campus.

Sports News

Last weekend, Taine C from Year 6 competed at the NSW State Relay Championships. He was the High Jump member of the Hills District Little Athletics Under 13 boys Jumps Team. Congratulations to Taine and team on their Silver medal!

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