Hills Adventist College NEWSLETTER 7 FEBRUARY 2019
Our philosophy of education has a number of foundational concepts based on the belief that education should be holistic; seeking to develop all aspects of a person. Therefore, our mission, values and goals interconnect for the purpose of addressing mental, physical, social-emotional and spiritual dimensions of human development. At the Opening Convocation I spoke about Excellence, a value that inspires us to do our best, to encourage others to achieve, and to avoid undermining the determination of others to excel.
Another core value that holds great interest for us is Hope. Some confuse the notion of optimism (the confidence to believe a good outcome will arise) with hope. Hope combines three qualities: firstly the identification of clear goals; secondly the ability to develop pathways to achieve those goals; and thirdly, willpower or belief that a goal is achievable.
Research confirms that hope plays a positive role in holistic development, especially through its contribution to positive mental health. According to The Oxford Handbook of Hope by Gallagher & Lopez (Oxford University Press, 2018) hope is recognised as a predictor of positive mental health through a positive orientation toward the future; capacity to manage the challenges that may confront us, reduced stress, positive self-esteem and many others. Hope is also a strong predictor of athletic and academic performance and better social adjustment.
So, what can we do to support our students in their ‘hopefulness’? Show them how to set goals, describe some of your goals (small or big) and how you plan the pathways to achieve those goals and what you will do to manage set-backs. I’ve mentioned pathway(s) because we need to be creative about more than one way to reach a goal. Articulate your belief in your child’s capacity to achieve their goals. While it’s important to not set unrealistic goals, the evidence confirms that hope is a strong foundation to achievement.
Our teachers play active roles in supporting students to set goals, create pathways and generate belief in their abilities to reach their goals.
From the Desk of the Director of Teaching & Learning
As we commence learning for a new year here are my top 5 habits for year 7-12 to get into;
1. Read your assessment calendars- Be on top of when things are due. All students have now been given their term 1 calendars. You can get a paper diary, use the calendar in Office 365 or the tools in SEQTA. Choose one and list out when everything is due and make a plan to start on tasks well before they are due.
2. Use the Cloud- as part of office 365 that we as a school subscribe to, you get space on One Drive to store your documents. Ensure that all documents are stored in One Drive and not on the hard drive of the computer to ensure that if something goes wrong with the technology (I know things never go wrong with tech!) then it’s quick and easy to get back up and running. There is nothing worse than getting to the end of an assessment task and having to start again because it didn’t save or was saved in one of those very hard to locate places!
3. Ask your teachers questions- I read a lot of report comments and teachers are often advising students to ask questions if they are not sure, once a formal task is submitted it is too late to ask questions. Teachers are very willing to assist so if you aren’t sure, ask.
4. Don’t make your life about study- allocate time for the fun things and study, find the right balance.
5. Stay active and eat healthy- the impact of both these things on your mind and ability to think clearly is well proven and a great way to ensure you get the marks you are capable of.
- Mrs Deppeler
New Staff Profile
Mr Lawrence Ku
Mr Ku has joined us this year, teaching Science, Maths and Technology. He is also a Year 8 Homeroom Teacher, and will be assisting in the Homework Hub.
Mr Ku comes to us from Oakhill College, and grew up in the Hills district. Mr Ku says that his goal is “to help Hills Adventist College advance forward and to further develop students’ interest in lifelong learning and ultimately empower students to become active global citizens of the world.” We are very happy to have Mr Ku join us this year and we hope he has a great experience at Hills.
2019 Fee Statements
Fee statements were emailed to all families on Thursday 24 January. If you have not yet received your statement, please contact the office to confirm your billing email address and request another copy.
If you have elected to make an upfront annual payment of fees, your payment must be received no later than Friday 15 February. No prompt payment discount will be applied for payments received after this date. Should circumstances have changed such that you no longer wish to make an annual payment, please complete a direct debit request form to arrange for the payment of fees by regular instalment.
We are currently in the process of setting up direct debit arrangements and you will receive confirmation of the details of your arrangement via email by Thursday 14 February. If you have not yet provided a completed direct debit request form, please download this from our website and return it to the College at your earliest convenience.
Any queries in relation to your account can be directed to the College Finance Assistant, Mrs Lee-Anne Kiwarkis via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank Account Details
Account Name: Hills Adventist College
Account Number: 222986
Reference: [Your Surname & Initial]
Bus Co-ordinator Availability
The Bus Coordinator, Reagan Pillay is available from Monday -Thursday, 9am-11:30am to attend to all bus related matters. It is during these times that families can contact him via email (email@example.com) or phone (0410520783). Thank you for noting this.
Home & School Association Meeting - ALL WELCOME!
Please join us for our first Home & School Meeting for 2019. We will be voting in Class Reps for 2019 so come along and cast your vote! If you would like to take on the role for your child’s year group, please contact HomeandSchool.firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th February at 7.30pm, in the Castle Hill campus library.
Supper will be provided and everyone from both campuses are welcome - we’d really like to see some new faces on the committee this year.
If you would like to add something to the agenda, please contact HomeandSchool.email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Home & School Executive
The Hills Adventist College Home & School Association is an inclusive group of all parents, guardians, teachers, friends and students.
Attention Parents of Students in Year 4, 5, 6, 9
As we develop and refine our learning at the College we are making changes to our device program. Our program is now focussed around a device that allows for inking and touch capabilities to enhance learning, minimise disruption and to ensure the devices are capable of the functions students and teachers require for 21st century learning.
Devices are now purchased through an online portal arranged by the school with a number of price points for parents to choose from. There was great excitement as year 7 received their devices at the beginning of this year! More details about the specific devices and prices for next year will be released later in the year, however, you may need to start planning now for this expense. All students in year 6 and 9 will be required near the end of this year to purchase a device through this portal ready for the 2020 school year. If you require a device earlier in the year due to an old device requiring replacement, please contact us and we will be able to arrange an early purchase.
For those students currently in year 4 and 5 it will be optional to enter the device program and purchase a device for use in middle school for 2020. This is not a requirement as the school will provide a class set of similar devices for those students who do not have their own device.
Premier's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all who completed the Premier's Reading Challenge in 2018. Special mention must go to those students who will receive Gold and Platinum Certificates, for completing 4 years of Reading Challenges:
Students from Year 2 to Year 12 joined together at our Kellyville campus last Friday to dedicate our College year to God. We are thankful for all our students, teachers and families for the commitment and care they contribute to the College.
K - 6 Swimming Carnival
The K-6 and Novice Swimming Carnivals will be held on 20 February. We would like to remind you to complete out the one of the forms that were emailed to parents of students in K-6 regarding the Swimming Carnival. This will ensure that your children get an opportunity to compete and that we have a steady flow of events on the day. Please contact Mr Marsden at the Castle Hill campus if you have any questions.
Castle Hill Campus News
2019 Prefect & Captain Dedication
This coming Wednesday evening, 13 February, we would like to invite all parents from K-4 on the Castle Hill Campus to join us at 6:00pm. Food and entertainment will be provided by our Home & School Committee and then there will be an opportunity to meet the teacher who will be nurturing your child through 2019.
Please be mindful of parking etiquette around the campus. Especially for special events like Welcome Tea. As parking for these events can get quite difficult, please keep in mind that it is an offence to park across driveway access or in specified 'No Stopping' zones
Kellyville Campus News
Welcome Tea & Information Night
Parents are invited to come to our Kellyville campus TONIGHT at 6pm to meet the staff of the College, enjoy a meal prepared by our Home & School committee and learn information about the coming year for your child.
Please follow the signage at our main carpark, to ensure you are following correct procedure for dropping off and picking up students. Please note the car parks closest to the Administration building are only to be used as a quick drop off and pick up and cars are to travel parallel with the curb. The parking spaces are only to be used during the middle of the day. If you wish to park your car and come and collect your child in person, please utilise the carparks further away from the administration building. Please inform any grandparents or other carers that may be dropping off or picking up your children of these parking restrictions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our children safe around traffic, and keeping the flow of traffic in and out of the carpark running smoothly.