From the Director of Teaching and Learning
Earlier this year I had the privileged opportunity to attend an Educational Study Tour in the USA with other school leaders from around NSW. What I saw was an approach to learning that was centred on students, deep learning and 21st Century skills.
At one of the schools we visited I spoke with two year 11 girls about a biology project they were doing. These two girls spoke with such enthusiasm about their learning and I was so impressed with the depth of knowledge they had about their subject. Later that evening I attended an event where their projects were on display and the project that these two girls completed was one of the simpler projects I saw. How to do we get students to be fully engaged in their learning no matter what level they are working at?
The approach I saw was Project Based learning and we have been starting to use this to enhance deep learning and engagement at the college. Just this week I saw a year 11 class designing an automated car parking system and year 1 students discovering the changes that can happen on different surfaces. If you have a middle school child, I’m sure you have heard all about their STEM projects. Across our school there are so many ways that we are approaching learning in a very real-world authentic way.
As we move into next year, we will explore this in more detail and continue to combine it with the explicit instruction model we already use to ensure that our students progress through their learning, while at the same time are engaged and developing the skills of collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
- Mrs Carlie Deppeler
Father's Day Stalls - Next Week!
Bus Changes and Road Safety - Please Read
As some of you are aware, there has been changes to timetables and locations of bus stops in the local area. We as a College are requesting that council install a pedestrian crossing on Hezlett Road, across from the College increase pedestrian safety. However the chances of this being installed would increase if we have as many families as possible contact the Council to request this.
Click on the link below to lodge your concern. Click 'roads and footpaths', select 'Report a road safety concern' and then choose 'traffic planning request' as your request type.
Creative Collective - 2019
Come along and join us in celebrating the creativity and innovation of the students of Hills Adventist College. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night.
Countdown for Premier's Reading Challenge
7 days left until the end of Premier’s Reading Challenge. Completed records must be updated online by 11:59pm, Friday 30 August in order to be eligible for certificates.
Currently, 56 out of 124 participants have completed the challenge, and the house point tally is:
Phillip – 19
Fitzroy – 15
Denison – 13
Hunter – 9
Keep pushing for this last week of the challenge, and see your librarian if you need a few ideas for quick reads this week
Junior School & Early Learning Centre Art Competition
All Junior and ELC Students are invited to enter the annual Art Competition. See link below for more information, or contact Mrs Hinze if you have any questions.
After School Sport - Castle Hill Campus
This term, a four week AFL program will be available at the Castle Hill campus. Please refer to the flyer for additional information about the program and how to register.
Child Protection Week - Creative Skills Competition
ADSafe are promoting Child Protection Week, and would love to have students involved by entering a Creative Skills Competition. Please see the links below for more information on how to enter.
Year 6 Canberra Trip Highlights
Year 6 students travelled to Canberra for their camp on 7th- 9th August. Students participated in a variety of educational programs at the CSIRO, National Capital Exhibit, Old Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon and Parliament House. The focus was on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
Canberra was very cold and it snowed the day we left. For many students it was the first time they had abseiled and climbed high ropes. Here are some responses from the students.
Elysha – “I really enjoyed the onesie party because everyone dressed up for the fashion show and watched the teachers walk down the runway.”
Lewis – “I loved Questacon and climbing the high ropes as it was my first time”.
Charlotte – “At the AIS it was exciting to see the Olympians train in gymnastics and volleyball.”
Dante – “I really liked the onesie party. We all had a giggle and we enjoyed milo and biscuits.”
Caleb – “I liked being attacked by seagulls after Questacon. I also liked being chosen to be the Serjeant-at-arms during our visit at Old Parliament House.”
Abigail – “I really enjoyed the onesie party even though my dad was embarrassing.”
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. The Australian Government contributes funding of $20 per student under the PACER program, which is paid to the school at the conclusion of the trip.
- Mrs Fraser
Athletics Carnival Awards Presentation
Hills Zone Athletics Carnival
Last Wednesday the Hills Zone Athletics carnival was held at SOPAC. It was a beautiful day! Unfortunately, our team was reduced to 13 girls and 16 boys when we had numerous students pull out the day before. Regardless, we had a great carnival and achieved some excellent results.
The students achieved seven 1st places, seven 2nd places, eight 3rd places and seven 4th places which is a fantastic achievement for 29 athletes.
We had four students achieve Runner Up Age Champion medals: 12G Chloe C, 12B Harrison A, 14B Iain and 16G Chane B – congratulations! These athletes went in at least 5 events on the day.
Trent S, Isaac P, Preston A, Maddi A, Darcy A and Ryan M all finished in the top 10 in their age groups – well done!
Two Hills Zone records were also broken by Hills Adventist students: Chloe C broke the 12G Discus record and Trent S broke the 13B 400m record – amazing!
The Junior Boys relay team achieved our best result coming 4th overall.
A big thanks to Mrs Auld for helping Mrs Reid in the long jump pit all day, along with a number of students who helped out when they were free – you guys did a fantastic job.
Thank you to Mr Parmenter and Mr Gates for managing the team and photographing the day!
We have 10 students who have qualified for the AICES Carnival: Chloe C, Harrison A, Trent S, Ankith K, Joshua C, Darcy A, Maddi A, Chane B, Natasha P & Isaac P
- Mrs Reid
Kindy Student Shows Compassion Through Reading
Studies have shown that reading fiction helps to create empathy, and one of our Kindy students has shown this perfectly during Premier’s Reading Challenge this year.
Zara G from Kindy A has been busy learning to read and participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. In addition, she has just informed us that she has been raising money with Book Bonus, the Dymocks Children’s Charities program which provides books to students and schools in need.
To date, she has raised $359 with the support of her friends and family, which is an amazing effort! What makes this story even more special is that she made one of the donations herself by selling some of her own toys to raise $47 towards her goal of $500. We are so impressed with her generosity and concern for others at such a young age – it brings tears to our eyes to see her willingness to sacrifice things she loves to help other kids get the chance to read.
Zara’s generosity will benefit our school also, as for every $1 she raises, Hills Adventist College will get $1.50 towards new books, and a school in need will receive $0.50. That is already over $500 worth of books that Zara and her support team will be adding to our school library, and almost $200 worth of books for a school in need. Zara will also be receiving her choice of new book from Dymocks, and more if she reaches the next milestone of $380
I encourage you to get behind Zara this year if you are able and willing – cut off for tax-deductible donations is Friday 30 August, and the link to donate is below:
Thank you Zara, for being such a wonderful representation of your family and our school in the community!
Mrs Wright and Ms Van Vliet