New Staff Profile
Mrs Dominique Van der Merwe
Dominique has joined Hills Adventist College and started teaching Year 5 this year. She completed her Bachelor of Primary Education Degree in South Africa in 2002. She has been teaching on a casual basis at various schools in Sydney, since she arrived in August 2018. She was born in South Africa and has been teaching full-time for the last 16 years. She is married with 2 children Jessica who is 7 years old and Ethan who is 5 years old. She enjoys cycling and scrapbooking during her spare time. Her vision is to share her knowledge and passion of teaching to her students as well as help each student reach their potential in a nurturing, relaxed environment.
Miss Emily Trott
Emily is a new graduate from Avondale College, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) in 2018. She has a passion for Visual Arts, and specialised in Ceramics in her final year. She currently teaches Year 1 on the Castle Hill campus. In her spare time, Emily runs a small business selling indoor plants at Sunday markets, and loves to be outdoors and at the beach particularly. Emily is engaged to Nicholas Honeyands, who is currently completing his Business degree at Avondale College. She also has a Border Collie named Indie. Emily believes that education is empowering, and has witnessed the difference education can make in a child’s life during mission trips to countries such as Cambodia. She would like to continue to make a difference in the lives of her students, and provide them with positive Christian values, nurturing them to become the best they can be.
Open Day - Kellyville Campus
While our Castle Hill Open Day has now passed, we are still looking forward to our Open Day on the Kellyville Campus next Thursday. If you have friends, colleagues, neighbours that would like to more about our College, spread the word, and encourage them to register on our website to come to Open Day.
Occasional Bus Travel
Please note if you wish for your child to travel on the College-owned bus service on a casual/ad-hoc basis, the charge is $8.00 per trip, per student. You will receive an invoice for these amounts and they will be added to your fee account.
Run 4 Bibles - Kindy to Year 4 Students
Our annual Cross Country event is coming up soon and the students have already begun training at school. It is great to see the students being active and wanting to do their best. This year, we will be combining our Cross Country with our 'Run 4 Bibles' fundraiser. This will give the students an opportunity to support a great cause and challenge themselves by setting a goal they can commit to.
Run 4 Bibles provides Bibles and biblical resources to public schools in South Africa. This act of generosity provides a great opportunity to impact the lives of young people and give them hope.
Your child/children will be given a sponsorship form so they can start asking people to support them. They will need your help asking friends or family to sponsor them as they attempt to achieve their goal.
Thank you for your support and helping our students make a difference
- Mr Daniel Marsden, Head of Castle Hill Campus
Upcoming Cross Country Events
Our Early Learning Centre and Kindy to Year 2 Cross Country will be held at the Castle Hill Campus on 2 April. Students will have a regular day of lessons and will be running their Cross Country race at different times throughout the morning. The Year 3 to 12 Cross Country will be on 5 April at Rouse Hill Regional Park. Students will also have a regular day of class and will be transported by bus to the venue for their race.
National Youth Science Forum - Year 11 Students
Year 11 students are invited to apply for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 Program, to be held in January 2020
The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.
In 2020, there will be 600 places available across three sessions. While at the program students will:
• live on campus at one of our host universities (Australian National University or University of Queensland);
• tour science and technology labs and sites to experience facilities and learn about research being conducted;
• engage with industry partners and research providers;
• learn about university and STEM career pathways;
• mix with other like-minded students from all over Australia; and
• network with former NYSF participants to further increase understanding of STEM related study and career experiences.
Please note: an Equity Scholarship is now available for application as well (see below). There may be further opportunities for students to cover part or all of the cost through community fundraising, sponsorship, or contributions from an endorsing Rotary Club. We encourage students to explore all of these options.
Dates and locations
In 2020, three sessions of the NYSF Year 12 Program will run with approx 200 spaces available at each.
Dates for the three sessions are:
• Session A – Canberra, The Australian National University, Wed 1 – Sun 12 January 2020
• Session B – Brisbane, The University of Queensland, Wed 8 – Sun 19 January 2020
• Session C – Canberra, The Australian National University, Wed 15 – Sun 26 January 2020
Students applying for NYSF 2020 are required to submit an application through the NYSF website. Rotary Clubs can also be contacted to support students with their applications. – Read more at www.nysf.edu.au.
If you have any questions please contact the NYSF office on 02 6125 2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Grace Hey - Head of Science Department
Hills Zone Swimming Carnival
Our swim team which consisted of 23 students produced some outstanding results last week at the HZSA Swimming carnival. As a school we were the third best performed school and overall we place 6th, which is a great achievement. Nine records were broken yesterday, Hills Adventist swimmers broke 8 of those. We entered a total of 8 relay teams, the most ever. Our Junior girls came 4th & 5th (Free Style & Medley), Inter boys 5th & 7th, Inter girls 8th & 7th and our Senior boys 3rd and 1st. This is our first FIRST in a relay – so awesome swimming Darcy, Ben, Maxim & Lance! There were also some fantastic individual performance as well: Preston achieved equal Swimmer of the Meet, 14B Age champion, broke 4 records, swam a National qualifier and achieved quite a few Personal Best's; Zeke N also broke 4 records for Multi-class and achieved age champion for that division; Darcy received runner up age champion for 17B and several Personal Best’s on the day as well. Ben and Maxim also swam like champs achieving several ribbons each and a place on the HZSA swim team. Seven swimmers have made it through to the next level (AICES Carnival), Sapphrine being the only girl – well done! We are very proud of the whole team you all gave it 110%! Thank you to all those parents who helped with the timing and to Mr Parmenter for managing the team.
Good luck to the swimmers who will swim again on Tuesday the 26th of March.
- Mrs Colleen Reid
Year 7 - 12 Swimming Carnival
ON Friday the 8th of March, students from Year 7 to 12 assembled at Waves aquatic center in Baulkham Hills for the annual swimming carnival. A day that allows our fittest, most enthusiastic or brightly dressed students to show case their allegiances to their house. Hunter, Phillip, Denison and Fitzroy. Over the passed few years it has been evident that house spirit is no longer a catch cry of teachers but a distinct presence at our carnivals. From the passionate chants of each house, to the cluster of students skipping along the side of the pool cheering, its safe to say this was a day enjoyed by all.
With the addition of new students for 2019 there was some fierce competition in the marshaling area of the pool. There was playful combinations of friendships and rivalries that encouraged participation by many students. There were multiple records broken on the day!
Sunshine, sunscreen and cold water made for a for a pleasant day out doors and we want to thank all the students, parents and family volunteers that decided to come along and be a part of this great day.
- Mr Mitchell Gates
Swimming Carnival Award Presentation
ASISSA Swimming Carnival
On Monday 11 March, 24 students in Years 3-6 participated in the ASISSA Swimming Carnival held at Warringah Aquatic Centre. Our students did us proud, with Roxanne A and Indianna W breaking records and Indianna W was also the runner up age champion. Congratulations to Roxanne A, Natasha J, Amelia R and Indianna W who will compete at the CIS Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 20 March. We wish you all the best girls!