From the Principal...
Term 2 is always an interesting time. There is a transition from the excitement of being in a new class to the steady awareness that the learning program needs serious commitment and determination. As the learning experience of each student progresses the inevitable assessment and reporting cycles follow. Celebrations of learning successes may seem short-lived as teachers work on re-designing teaching programs to create new challenges.
Not so long ago I took a photo of upcoming events listed on a whiteboard at the Castle Hill campus. Everyday there was something either just being completed or coming up – STEM events, Gifted and Talented challenges, Science Fair, Mothers’ Day, Cross Country, Band Camp, Debating competitions, Work Experience and Photo Day – to name just a few.
Term 2 included recognition by ACARA of the significantly above national average growth in our NAPLAN scores was welcome news. It also included the very powerful Week of Worship on each campus has led a significant number of students to renew their personal commitments to make faith development a core goal.
This week students on both campuses combined to participate in the first whole-of-college athletics carnival in recent times. The venue, Sydney Olympic Park, had just the right combination of facilities to ensure we stayed dry despite the rain, had a great running track and field event venue and it seemed to be a factor in motivating students to excel. Thank you to the many parents who supported the program either through bringing your child, staying to cheer on the participants, or who supervised student groups as they completed various events.
In the new term we should be returning to new student bathroom facilities at Castle Hill as well as newly installed security systems on the Kellyville campus so we are expecting a busy and productive break. We hope you have a good break before we commence semester 2.
Dr Malcolm Coulson
Year 10 Immunisations - Important Notice
Families of Year 10 students - please note that Consent Forms will be sent home by the end of this week. Please complete these and hand them back on the FIRST DAY OF TERM 3, as the Council Nurses will be attending the College to provide the Immunisations on 1st August (the second day of Term 3). If you have any questions, please contact Kellyville Reception.
2019 Junior School & ELC Art Exhibition
The Junior School and Early Learning Centre Art Exhibition is on again! See the link below for all the important information and conditions of entry. We look forward to seeing the depth of artistic talent we have at Hills!
After-School Tennis at Castle Hill Campus
Home & School Upcoming Fundraising Event
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Hills Adventist College Home & School Association brings you:
Apollo ’19: Mission Relaunch
Join us for this 60’s Spacetacular which promises to thrill, featuring a roller disco, diner delights, 60s dance instruction, a jumping castle and special 60s entertainment!
What you need to know:
Date: Saturday, 17th August
Doors open at 6pm; Food from 6.30pm
N.B. Fittings for roller skates start at 5.45 for those booked into the first session.
What you need to do:
1. Jump on line and book your entry and food tickets https://www.trybooking.com/BDNGY
2. Proceed to https://signup.com/go/brjcapb to book your roller-skating session
• There are three (3) timeslots to choose from, each accommodating 60 people per session.
• Sessions include approximately 45 minutes of skate time.
• The first session is recommended for primary aged children.
• If you book in for the first session, please arrive at approximately 5.45pm to get fitted for skates and sign your waiver. This will maximise your session time.
• Please book into one session only. If there are spaces on the night, kids will have the opportunity to book into a second session.
• Roller skates will be provided. Please bring bike helmets and protective gear if you have it, otherwise there will be some available
Year 1 Experience the "Power"!
On Wednesday Year One from both campuses traveled to the MAAS Powerhouse Museum. The students explored the Museum and were able to engage in hands on experiences that related to what we have been learning in Science. Year One enjoyed the “Experimentations Exhibition” and were able to play with light, sound, push and pull, levers and pulleys. Some students were able to peddle on a bike, creating energy that activated the fire engines siren and lights and others used virtual reality goggles to view what it is like in space. We all had so much fun! Thank you to our parent helpers for coming along and sharing this experience with us.
Mrs Steyn & Miss Trott
Mathematics Competition Awards
Credits & Distinctions
Joshua H – Year 5
Aoling Z – Year 7
Bhavanjodh S– Year 7
Avner S– Year 7
Timothy J – Year 7
Brendan H – Year 7
Patricia H – Year 7
Max D – Year 7
Tiana B – Year 7
Jessica P – Year 8
Ishita K – Year 8
Jesse D – Year 10
Damian H – Year 11
Nathan L – Year 11
(2 awards – high distinction award and a perfect score award)
Year 8 Chemistry Exploration
During this term, students in Year 8 Science studied the world of chemistry. Students focused on understanding physical and chemical changes and performed various experiments such as elephant's toothpaste, verifying the Law of Conservation of Mass, observing the expansion of solid particles, performing a neutralisation reaction and even creating ice cream to eat.
Castle Hill Toyota Goes Back to School
Last week at Castle Hill Campus, we had a special visit from Castle Hill Toyota. The purpose of their visit was to donate some classroom resources. Thank you to our Junior School Captains, Indianna and Aramis, represented the college to receive the donations, and thank you to Castle Hill Toyota for your generosity!
Invictus Bonfire Night
Last week Year 9 had their Invictus Bonfire Night. This was the final event for the Term 2 Network Element of the Invictus program and was the culmination of all we have worked on throughout the term. Students rotated through four different activities that looked at ideas like empathy, character traits, personal strengths and teamwork. The evening concluded with a much enjoyed meal of pizza and a good time was had by all.
Year 3 & 4 Cultural Day Festivities
Students in Year 3 & 4 had a fantastic day on Monday 01 July where they had a Cultural Festival to celebrate the end of their Geography unit.
Students were asked to dress up in traditional costume based on their heritage and the rest of Junior School enjoyed watching a parade to see all of the different costumes.
Year 3 & 4 then enjoyed a meal together where there was a lot of delicious food from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
To end off the day, students did rotations for the afternoon. This included: making their own pasta, origami and also thinking about what type of country they would have if they were able to create their own country.
The day was a huge success and definitely will be a memory that Year 3 & 4 students will hold onto. Thank you as well to our parent volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly - you are amazing!
Year 10 Food Technology & Year 11 Business Studies Explore Sydney Tower Catering
Year 10 Food Technology and Year 11 Business Studies recently combined forces to learn about the catering operations at Sydney Tower.
They got a tour of the kitchen and each of the dining spaces with a very informative discussion about how the business works including Point of Sale systems, marketing approaches and a view into the kitchen that does a minimum of 500 meals a day.
They then got to stay for lunch and enjoy the buffet choices in the revolving restaurant overlooking our amazing city on a beautifully clear day.
Official Opening of the Middle School Building
Last week we had the privilege of welcoming some special visitors to our Kellyville campus, to celebrate the Official Opening of the Middle School Building - Stage 1. NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, MLC officially opened this facility, and was ably assisted by our local State Member of Parliament, the Hon, Ray Williams MP, and our local Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne. Representatives also came from the builder and architect, as well as the Adventist Sydney Regional Office. Thank you to our Middle School Captains, Georgia and Nidhaan and the Primo Orchestra, for being involved in our ceremony, and all our invited guests, staff and students for all they did to make it such a special day.