Newsletter 23 October 2020

Message from the Head of Campus - Castle Hill

Mr Daniel Marsden

Book Week

This past week, our Junior School and ELC students have been engaging in Book Week. Our teachers' have been busy connecting this year's theme 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds' with class activities. My favourite in particular has been the Year 2 students' Curious Creatures made from everyday materials.

The students have also dressed up for the Book Parade, participated in a Masked Reader competition, explored the online Book Fair, and read a variety of books. The highlight of the week for the students would have to be the Book Parade. The opportunity to dress up as a character creates excitement, laughter and fun. It was great to see the students in a multitude of colour and hearing their enjoyment was particularly special.

The reason for Book Week is to celebrate books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. It also allows teachers to highlight the importance of reading. There is a significant amount of benefits from reading that not only relate to academics. Reading can increase your knowledge and help improve your vocabulary which will in turn improve your writing skills. It has also been proven to improve memory, relieve stress, increase concentration and provide mental stimulation. This week has provided that extra opportunity to develop good reading habits within children and a love for books.

Castle Hill Campus Development

Over the break we have seen some recent improvements around the campus. We have a beautiful mural near the adventure playground that was painted by the Senior School Visual Arts students. We also have the first stage of the edge of the oval completed which will provide safer access and more seating.



Staff News

We are excited to welcome Eila Rachel Weslake, who arrived on September 5 at 2:37pm. She was 3.2kg and 51 cm long. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Weslake (Kindy B) on her safe arrival.

Eila Weslake

We are also excited to announce Sienna Kross was born 6 October (her father's birthday!) weighing in at 3.95kg, and 54cm long. Congratulations to Sarah (Counsellor) and Nick (Chaplain) on her safe arrival.

Sienna Kross

Congratulations to Miss Trott (Year 1/2) on becoming Mrs Honeyands recently. We wish you all the happiness in the world as you start your married life.

Mr & Mrs Honeyands

Message from Transport NSW - Student Opal Cards

From January onwards, there will be a number of School Opal cards expiring, as the physical card has reached its lifespan.

These are cards for students who will be in years 8 to 12 in 2021, and only those Opal cards which haven’t been replaced in the last five years.

Impacted students and/or their parent/guardian will be contacted directly by Transport for NSW via email or post. They will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.

If contacted by Transport for NSW, details should be submitted online (see link below) by December 1, 2020 at the latest. Affected students who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address we currently have on file.

Early Learning Centre Vacancies

Looking for a caring, nature filled experience for your 3 year old? Pre-School places open for 2021!

Left: Pre-School; Right: Prep

Our Early Learning Centre at Castle Hill Campus currently has limited vacancies in their Pre-School (3-4 years) and Prep (4-5 years) rooms. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a caring environment with an excellent school-readiness program, please enquire with our Director, Mrs Elna Hale on 9851 5100. The centre offers care from 8:00am to 5:30pm.

Online Performance Opportunity

This is a final reminder for students to submit a video of one performance piece for the Creative Collective. Any student who learns an instrument or sings is encouraged to send their online performance to karen.thomson@hills.adventist.edu.au by Sunday 25th October.

Please record the videos in school uniform if possible. If you have a performance recorded earlier in the year that's not in uniform it can still be included.

- Mrs Thomson, Music Teacher

Second Hand Uniforms for Sale

Kellyville Campus office has limited second-hand uniforms for sale:

All 2nd hand shirts girls/boys $5.00 - $10

Trousers $10-$20

All girls skirts $20

Sports tops and shorts – all $10 each piece

Please contact Mrs Baltzois, Kellyville Receptionist, for more information on 9851 5101.

Bus Applications for 2021

Please note that if you require the College Bus Service in 2021, even if you have been using this service in 2020, you will need to make a new application for 2021. Applications will close 30 October, so please click on the link below to submit your application.

Late Pick-Up From School

Please note that we have After School care at both Castle Hill and Kellyville Campuses. This service runs until 6:30pm. If you know you will not be able to pick up your child by the end of staff supervision time (3:35pm at Kellyville and 3:20pm at Castle Hill), please arrange with our after school care provider, Mini Miracles to obtain a casual booking with them for the day. If you know you are going to be late on a regular basis, please arrange an ongoing booking with them. Application forms for casual or ongoing bookings can be obtained from the College office, otherwise, you can contact the Mini Miracles Area Manager directly at: lauraca94@hotmail.com. Mini Miracles have very reasonable rates, and are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.

School Car Park Reminder

As you pick up and drop off students at school, please respect the 10km/hr speed limit in our school car parks at all times, and be careful as you drive in and around the school, particularly when reversing. We thank you for helping care for our students by your careful driving habits in and around the College.

Uniform Shop Update

Special Offer for Hills Adventist College Families

Feeling down and deflated by COVID? Looking to upskill your IT knowledge to help in the job market? Looking to relieve some stress and pressure with a fun activity? One of our families in our College community have generously donated their time and skills to help those who need a bit of extra help to get back in the workforce, or need a stress-relieving activity in these tough times. These services are being offered ONLY FOR COLLEGE FAMILIES from now until the end of January 2021. See below for more details.

Martial Arts Class

Free weekly Martial Arts class are being offered at the Beaumont Hills Community Centre (Arnold Janssen Dr & The Parkway, Beaumont Hills NSW 2155), every Tuesday night 6pm to 7pm.

Suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels and children aged 9+

Offering 12 places (to adhere to covid-19 safety rules) – first come, first served basis. Contact Satpal via email at: satpal_s@hotmail.com

IT Skills Training

Free weekly 1 hour remote IT training over Microsoft Teams to help those looking to broaden their career horizons into Information Technology and the modern “Cloud” era.

Early multi-part topic ideas include (may be modified based on participation rates and interest):

• What is “The Cloud?”

• The API economy

• Data and analytics

• Basics of programming

• Internet of Things

• Cyber security

Again offering limited spaces, maximum of 16 attendees so that the teaching/learning experience benefits everyone. Contact Satpal at: satpal_s@hotmail.com to book your place.


Junior School Art Competition - Awardees

Some of the students that were recognised in the recent Art Competition

2020 Book Week

Kindy A enjoying Book Week, including a visit from Mr Marsden

Book Parade - Castle Hill Campus

Book Parade - Kellyville Campus

Year 7 Geography Field Trip

Year 7 students walked around the local neighbourhood this week for their studies on Place and Liveability. They observed the appearance, services and amenities in Kellyville and drew a sketch map of the local park. Students are working on their summary of whether Kellyville is a great place to live, work, learn, play and stay. - Mrs Fraser

Year 8 Studies Waste Management

Year 8 students recently completed a Science PBL (Project Based Learning) task where they collected statistics on the amount of litter around our school, to help build the foundation to their scientific proposal to our College Principal, Mrs Deppeler, outlining a solution on how we can improve waste management at the College. To support their research, students also conducted interviews with our College Captains and staff members, as well as having the opportunity to participate in a Cleanaway Waste Workshop that was tailored to the project. All of which helped prepare our students in delivering a pitch to our Principal. The best group idea approved by Mrs Deppeler will be implemented in 2021. The winners will be announced soon.

'For science in Term 3 and 4, Year 8 had to come up with an idea that helps reduce rubbish around our school and maintain the cleanness of it. While researching for this PBL task, our class had to go around the school in groups counting the waste in different areas in our school. Our class got to learn about how much rubbish was in our school, how to work together and come up with a creative solution to reduce the waste. Each group had to work out the statistics of the litter in our school and interview staff that would help us with our project. Groups had to work through disagreements and find an idea that everyone agreed on. This was a great experience for us to learn in new ways and to work together. There were many great ideas throughout the Year 8 class, and we hope that the winning idea will help improve the waste management of our school further.' – Kaitlyn, Sarah, Samantha and Shanni, 8A

Year 9 Maths Fun

'Recently we studied trigonometry in Maths. In Mr Ku’s class, we used our skills learnt throughout this topic, with the help of a clinometer, to measure the height of various buildings around our school. This was a fun activity as we got to apply Maths in a practical task. '

- Reflection by Yuvi B, Noah D and Lachlan G

Home & School Association

Parent Facebook Groups

Don't forgot Home & School run a Parent Facebook Group for each year level. Search for "HAC Year ** 2020" (ie. HAC Year 4 2020) on Facebook, and request to join, if you aren't already a member of these groups. We have also created a new Parent Group for our Early Learning Centre parents, spread the word! Its HAC ELC 2020.

Fundraising Opportunity

With little opportunity presently to meet in person Home and School is trying something new for fundraising, and we would love it if you could support it … The Entertainment Book.

Books are now 100% digital, meaning no more of those bulky books, and for every book purchased we will receive 20%. This money will go directly back into the College to support projects like we have in the past …. the renovation of the Junior School toilets, the current acquisition of the laser cutter and the purchase of equipment across the 2 campuses, to name a few.

At $69.99 for a single city membership its great value and you have 30 days to activate your membership. Your 12 months start from when you activate, rather than the previous June to June year.

For those concerned that in the current climate the membership might not be worth it, the staff at the Entertainment Book assure us they are constantly working with their providers to ensure those who purchase memberships can continue to access deals.

Some discounts include:

• Leaf Café & Co. North Kellyville – 25% off take-away/dine-in up to $20

• Made in Italy (multiple locations) – 25% off take-away up to $25

• Pizza Hut (multiple locations) – 25% off up to $50

• Woolworths and Big W – 5% off gift cards

• City Beach – 10% of eGift cards

• JB HiFi – 5% off eGift cards

…..and so many more

If you can support this new initiative of Home and School follow the link included, and please share with family and friends. Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Home & School team at homeandschool.secretary@gmail.com

To order books simply follow the link below and your membership will be ready to go as soon as you choose to activate it!

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please see below for some of the extra-curricular activities that are available to students. Please contact the College for a complete list. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact the provider directly.

Castle Hill Campus

Kellyville Campus