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Newsletter 7 February 2020

From the Principal's Desk

Mrs Carlie Deppeler

Welcome to 2020! We have been blessed to have had a smooth transition into the school year. I want to take this opportunity to welcome all new families and staff to the College and to welcome back those who have been with us for a while. Over the next few weeks, our newsletter will feature profiles on our new staff, and we know you will make them feel welcome as you see them around campus.

Schools are always busy places but I believe a K-12 school split over 2 campuses is just that little bit more crazy! So much has happened, with welcoming Kindy to their first day of school, Opening Convocation, dedication of our Junior School captains, year 7 camp, our first ever Junior School Chapel at Kellyville and Welcome Tea at Castle Hill, just to name a few.

I have also been pleased to hear the noise level dramatically increase at recess and lunch times at Kellyville with students keeping phones and devices away and interacting with their peers. I encourage students to keep this up and enjoy the social interaction.

Apart from saying welcome, I would like to thank the Hills Adventist College Community for making me feel so welcome as I stepped up into the role of Principal and I look forward to working with this supportive and encouraging community as God takes us on this amazing journey.

New Staff Profile

Joel Pakoti

Mr Pakoti is of Cook Islander heritage and was born in New Zealand. He comes from a large family, with five brothers and a sister. His music background includes being a part of the Gospel Singing Group, Endless Praise, back in 1985, after which he married the beautiful Leonora and they welcomed three daughters, who are now grown. They now have welcomed two grandchildren into the family.

Mr Pakoti graduated from Avondale University College in 2015, and taught at Gilson College, one of our sister Adventist schools in Melbourne until last year. Mr Pakoti loves the synergy approach that music provides, working in harmony when playing an instrument and singing a chorus. Mr Pakoti feels teaching gives him the opportunity to engage and make a difference in student’s lives, helping them achieve their ultimate goals with a humble spirit. Outside of teaching, Mr Pakoti enjoys Rugby Union (the All Blacks), Rugby League (The Roosters) and golf. We welcome Mr Pakoti to our staff and know that our students will enjoy learning from his extensive musical experience.

Lyn Rutherford

Ms Rutherford became an English teacher after she decided that she really did not want to be a lawyer and she has always been so glad that she went back to university to study literature. She loves teaching and encouraging students to be the best person they can be both in and out of the classroom. She has a passion for language as that is what enables us to be effective communicators. One of her 'things' in the classroom is to expand the students' vocabulary in every lesson. Her catchphrase is ' You will always leave my class knowing at least one more idea than when you came in.'

When she is not teaching, she likes reading (of course), going to the movies, AFL (go the Bombers!!!), horse riding, the beach and camping.

Welcome to Ms Rutherford, and we look forward to you sharing your wealth of experience with our students.

Announcements

Parent SEQTA Access

All parents of high school students are strongly encouraged to gain access to the SEQTA Parent Portal, called SEQTA Engage. This will give you access to your students learning materials, such as assessments, homework and reports. If you do not have access, please call (don't email) Kellyville Receptionist, Mrs Baltzois, who will email you with a link to create a login.

NEW FAMILIES: Please note your link will expire in one week. Please activate within this time.

2019 FAMILIES: If you need an updated link, please note the link you will receive will expire in one hour. Please activate as soon as you receive it from Mrs Baltzois. If you are unable to do it in this time, she will be happy to issue you a new one, just call her during school hours.

Once you have activated your login, you can access SEQTA from your computer or smartphone. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Please note the instructions below to activate the app.

 Select manual set up

 Enter url https://hills.cp.adventist.edu.au

 Your username is your first.lastname

 Then enter your password you created

If, after using these instructions, you have any questions, please contact the College.

School Stream App

Apart from the regular emails that the College sends out, there is an app which you can download on your smartphone to obtain important information about the College. The School Stream app (via App Store and Google Play) will supply information such as bell times, canteen ordering link, uniform shop hours and any alerts from the College. Once you have downloaded the app, search for "Hills Adventist College".

Home & School Parent Facebook Groups

For those who are unaware, our Home & School Association facilitates private Facebook groups for each year level. You are welcome to join these groups to connect with other families. Please note these are not part of the official communications of the College, however the College occasionally will post in these groups. The Home & School Association also posts about upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. To join these groups, search for "HAC Year ___ 2020". Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 have separate groups for Castle Hill and Kellyville classes, and are differentiated by a CH or KV at the end of the group name. We thank the Home & School for creating these pages to facilitate a sense of community at our College.

Update of Personal Details

If you have changed any of your personal details, such as phone number, email address, or your child's medical details have changed, please contact Mrs Reilly, the Registrar as soon as possible on 9851 5101 or email: registrar@hills.adventist.edu.au. If you have not been receiving regular emails from the College, please call to confirm your email address, or check if your mail server has been unintentionally blocking emails from the College.

There are occasions where emails will be undelivered if your inbox, some email providers will only allow a certain number of unread emails in your inbox before blocking new ones, or if your email is connected to your phone account, and the bill is overdue, then your provider may block incoming emails. Please note currently emails from the College will appear in your inbox as from "Mrs Linda Taskis". Please watch out for these in your inbox and read these carefully, as they are the main form of communication from the College.

Sick Children

The College requests that in the interests of your childs own wellbeing, and in consideration of the greater College community, we appreciate you keeping your child at home and ensuring they are back to good health before returning to school. Thank you for taking note of this.

Fee Statements

Fee statements were emailed to all families on Thursday 23 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 14 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 Monday 17 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 statements@hills.adventist.edu.au

Parking Rules

Please click on the link below to read important information regarding road rules around school areas. Thank you for taking note of this.

Scholastic Book Club

Students in Prep - Year 4 will receive their first Scholastic Book Club brochure this week. Please note that we do not accept cash with any of the orders placed. All orders are placed directly by you via the Book Club LOOP platform which allows you to pay online.

To place an order for your child please go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Follow these easy steps:

1. Simply take your child's Book Club catalogue and either SIGN IN or REGISTER your account.

2. Add your child's first name and last initial (So the school knows who the book is for), then select your SCHOOL and your CHILD's CLASS.

3. Click on ORDER and enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue.

4. All orders are linked directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date.

When you are registering your child for LOOP orders you will need to ENTER POSTCODE: 2154

This will then display all of the schools with this postcode. You will need to select HILLS ADVENTIST [Castle Hill]. Even if you are from Kellyville campus, please enter these details, as the College has just one registration with Scholastic for both campuses.

PLEASE NOTE: Our school's close date for Scholastic Book Club Catalogue - Issue 1 is 13th February, 2020.

NEWS

First Day of School

Just a sample of the happy smiling faces that arrived on the first day back at school!

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Thank you for donating your Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers last year. We have recently received some school resources that are going to be distributed across the College. The flexible seating, LEGO kits, construction packs and VR cubes are going to provide new and engaging learning experiences for our students. We look forward to participating in the program again this year.

- Mr Marsden

Year 7 Camp

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please contact the providers below directly if you are interested in your child taking up one of these opportunities. Please note this is not an extensive list of our private providers. Please see the email regarding extra curricular activities which was sent on 29 January for a more comprehensive list.

ASA Football - Castle Hill & Kellyville Campus

My Robo-Tech - Kellyville Campus

The Studio Entertainment Academy - Castle Hill & Kellyville

Music Tuition - Voice