Hills Adventist College Newsletter 26 October 2018

Principal's Message

Over the mid-semester break a group of 13 students and 4 support staff flew to the Solomon Islands to complete construction and development projects at Tenakoga Adventist School. Every aspect of the trip was valuable for personal development, learning practical skills, social development and appreciation of the culture and history of the Solomon Islands.

We constructed, relocated, and connected water tanks, providing rainwater to the Kitchen/Dining facilities that were constructed in 2017. The re-assembly of the 40,000L tanks from the Kellyville campus was a project that drew a lot of local interest and assistance. In conjunction with staff and community members our students connected the new water supply to kitchen benches and sinks. With flowing water, the sinks can now be put to use for food preparation. With an active spring flowing at the back of the kitchen we also spent time developing the drainage system.

The Library has been a construction project that has been completed over several years and this year we relocated shelving and books, as well as digging drainage systems around the building. An essential solar water pump system was repaired restoring a key component of the campus water supply.

Highlights included:

• New friendships

• New tastes

• Managing toads, African snails, cockroaches, and other friendly creatures

• Cooling off in the river

• Learning how to build, dig, shovel, drill, lift, shift and wheelbarrow things

• A village church service

• The boat ride and snorkelling at Sandfly Island

• Removing a fallen tree in order to reach Honiara on the way home

• The dust, sights and smells of the markets

• Seeing the crocodile in the ‘security’ enclosure at Betikama woodcarving workshop

• Making a difference in our lives through being of service to others

• Building memories that have been life changing!

College Announcements

2019 Fee Schedule

The fee schedule for 2019 has been approved by the Board and is now available on the College website to assist you in your planning. You will notice that the Board have been mindful of the need to manage resources carefully in order to keep increases to a minimum and maintain our competitive fee structure.

As in the past, a range of payment options continue to be available. Parents may choose to pay fees upfront at the beginning of the year to take advantage of prompt payment discounts or alternately may commence a direct debit agreement with the College to pay fees on either a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis. Please ensure that you read through the fee policy to make yourself familiar with its terms.

While the College attempts to keep tuition fee increases as low as possible, we would encourage those of you who are able to consider making a contribution to our tax deductible building fund. These voluntary donations support the ongoing capital works at the College and the provision of quality facilities and resources on both campuses.

Should you have any queries in relation to the fee schedule or wish to make a contribution to the College building fund, please contact the Business Office on (02) 9851 5100.

Enrolment for 2019

Please note, as per College policy, 1 (one) full terms notice is to be given if you wish to withdraw your child from the College. All current students are automatically re-enrolled for 2019, unless specific notification has been given to our Registrar. More information regarding Registration procedures for 2019 will be sent out towards the end of the year. You can contact Mrs Reilly, College Registrar if you have any questions. Email: registrar@hills.adventist.edu.au or call 02 9851 5101.

Parking Rules on Campus

Just a reminder that the "Kiss and Drop Zone" on both campuses is a No Parking area. Located near the entry gates, it enables parents to drop their child safely and quickly. The intention is that drivers do not wait in these zones and they stay in the vehicle so that traffic queues are minimised.

Pets on Campus

Please note that animals are not permitted on either campus. We appreciate you abiding by this policy, as we endeavour to keep students, staff and parents safe. Please also note that children can have a genuine fear of certain animals, and we would appreciate you understanding that we would like to keep children's anxiety to a minimum.

Term 4 Social Skills - Kindy to Year 4 - Both Campuses

Each week this term we will have a focus on a specific social skill and each class will spend some time learning about the skill, and completing different activities together in class. As staff, we know that it is vital to work in partnership with you as parents and would like to be able to share the skills we are learning about with you, so that you are able to continue the discussion at home.

This week we have focused on 'Telling Someone to Stop Annoying You'. All students will at some stage have to deal with being teased, called names or being annoyed in some other way. It is important that they have skills to deal with this. One way of handling this type of behaviour is to tell the other person to "stop it" in a firm way. This will not always work and ignoring the behaviour and asking an adult for help is often the next sensible step.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Grandparents Day - Tuesday 30 October

We invite all Grandparents and special family friends to attend our Grandparents Day next Tuesday. If your child attends Kindergarten at Kellyville, then please bring their Grandparents along to Kellyville campus. Mrs Weslake has a lovely morning planned. If your child is at the ELC or at the Castle Hill campus, please bring their grandparents to Castle Hill for a great morning planned.

Take Action Program - Kindergarten to Year 6

Learning Links is a not for profit organisation that works in collaboration with schools to meet the educational and well-being needs of children. We have already established a partnership with Learning Links where they have run parent workshops, social skills programs and handwriting clinics at our Junior Campus and we are looking to extend this partnership to our Kellyville campus too.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the Take Action Program for children aged 5 – 12. Take Action is a highly researched, evidence-based program that aims to assist children dealing with anxiety. It has been used in many schools across Australia and teaches children how to deal with and manage their anxiety. Click on the link below for more information:

This program will be delivered individually for approximately 10 weeks during Term 1 in 2019. This is a program that will be offered during the school day, and will have a rotating timetable, so your child will not miss out on the same class each week. Alongside the support that is offered to your child, parents will also complete some modules with the psychologist to enable you to best support your child. There are 4 – 6 parent sessions that you will need to attend.

In order for this program to run, we would require a minimum of 5 children on each campus. This program is being offered FREE OF CHARGE to students at Hills Adventist College. If you would like your child to participate in this program in Term 1, 2019, please complete the expression of interest by NEXT Friday, 2 November 2018

Massed Choir Opportunity - 2019 Ignite Program

Hills Adventist College students from Years 3-12 are invited to sing in a Massed Choir performance with other participating Adventist Schools in the Greater Sydney Conference for the 2019 Ignite Program on Saturday 16th February. The event will be held at Olympic Park and is divided into two main programs: Church Service from 10am – 12pm and an evening concert from 6pm – 8pm. The Massed Choir will be performing for both of these programs. Rehearsals will be held at Hills Adventist College North Kellyville Campus from 10am – 2pm on Monday 19th November 2018 and Tuesday 12th February 2019. Permission note to follow. Please contact Ms Thomas for more information at emily.thomas@hills.adventist.edu.au

NSW Public Transport Applications - 2019

Please read the following information from Transport for NSW:

School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:

• are continuing at the same school

• are residing at the same address

• have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during December 2018 and January 2019.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.

For further information visit

Junior School News

On Wednesday our Junior School students (K-4) enjoyed a Day of Worship with other Adventist schools from around Sydney. They all had a great time praising God and listening to the fantastic speaker!

Year 2 Student going to State Championships

Charlotte M ( Year 2 ) competed in the state gymnastics trial for Acrobatics on the 21st October with her partner. Charlotte received enough points to qualify for the state championships that will be held in December. Congratulations Charlotte, and we wish you all the best for the upcoming championships!

Soccer Skills for Junior School

Kindy to Year 4 are participating in a Soccer Skills program on Tuesdays for the next few weeks, thanks to the Sporting Schools Grants provided to primary schools from the Government. We are enjoying having representatives from the Western Sydney Wanderers facilitating the program.

Middle & Senior School News

Kellyville Choir in 2019

Please click on the link below to let us know if you would like your child to be involved in a Choir at Kellyville campus in 2019. Survey needs to be completed by NEXT Friday 2 November. Thank you.

Year 5 Band Performance

Parents are invited to enjoy the Year 5 Band's final performance for the year. Come and support all the hard work and practice your children have been doing, and see how much they have achieved!

Representative Sport - Term 3

In the last couple of weeks of Term 3 we had several Representative athletic events. At the AICES carnival we had 8 students attend and they achieved some excellent results. Three of our students Trent S (Yr 7), Ryan H (Yr 12) and Amy R (Yr 12) came in the top 3 in their events and progressed onto the CIS carnival. The CIS carnival was held a week later and our three students represented us well: Trent 6th in 100m & 8th in 200m, Ryan 3rd in Javelin and Amy 1st in Triple Jump, 3rd in Long Jump and 3rd in High Jump.

Three days later the NSW All School Athletics Championship started. Ryan, Amy and Madeline A competed at this four day event. Ryan threw a PB to come second, Amy also won a Silver medal in High Jump and Madeline came 15th in 800m.

To round off the season Amy and Ryan both made the CIS merit team which is an excellent achievement!

Congratulations Alyssa!

Congratulations to Alyssa F, who recently competed in an International Cheerleading Competition "Aussie Gold Cheer & Dance". She and her partner won "International Junior Pom". Great work, Alyssa, we are very proud of you!

Learning Support News

Light It Up Red

October is ‘Light It Up Red’ an initiative to help the community get a better understanding of the facets of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty characterised by reading, comprehension, spelling and writing difficulties. Many people with dyslexia also experience difficulties with working memory, attention and organisational skills. ‘Light it Red for Dyslexia’ is a volunteer initiative to light significant monuments and landmarks across Australia in red for Dyslexia Awareness, during October. For more information about Dyslexia and ‘Light it Up Red’ see the following link

Community Announcements

Congratulations to former Hills Student!

Congratulations to Belinda, a former student of Hills Adventist College, who recently graduated with a PhD from Western Sydney University) Her Thesis was entitled: Lifetime and Hyperspectral Analyses of Stem Cell Nuclei During Differentiation.Since Year 12, Belinda has gone onto complete a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Health Science and Microbiology. Her Honours program was focussed in Biochemistry, Endogenous Autofluorescence, Cell Biology and Metabolism. She was also a Deans Merit List Awardee in 2012.

Mandarin Classes

If you are interested in your child learning Mandarin after school at the Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, please click on the link below for a new opportunity.

Connect on Cecil - Saturday Afternoon Program

Come along and listen to Pastor Nick Kross (Castle Hill Chaplain) talk about "Peace". This will be a relaxed "Cafe" style program. There will also be a Kids Club running for children of all ages, so the whole family is welcome! Saturday 27 October at 5:00pm

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