Message from the Director of Teaching & Learning
Mrs Susie Coyle
When I was in Year 1, I had the opportunity to dress up as Raggedy Anne for the school concert; a few years later, I was part of Noah’s family on the Ark. Mr Hinze (yes, the same Mr Hinze that was our former principal, who alongside others had the vision to create the Kellyville campus) took us on a school trip to Narromine when I was in Year 6. In Year 9 I got lost on a Duke of Edinburgh camp! In Year 10 I went on the Western Safari school trip. In Year 11 I went to a dairy farm in Nowra with my Geography class and in Year 12 the highlight was the Year 12 formal. I’ve skipped a few years, but I have some really fond memories of being at school.
This week I was able to relive the school camp experience with our Year 6 classes on their tip to Canberra. We had lots of laughs, learnt a lot and created memories. Sadly, we have had to cancel some of our usual memory making events this year. However, the staff were able to get creative and tried to create memories in different ways. I have enjoyed watching the Year 8 students engage in their community service projects; the Year 5 classes expressing their gratitude to our teachers; students across various grades engaging in Project Based Learning; hearing our Year 5 band perform within the COVID rules and have their lessons outside and watching our K-4 classes dress up and participate in the book parade.
As we are nearing the middle of our last term of the year, I hope that our students look back at 2020 and reflect on all the great things we achieved together as a College. I hope that our students look back on 2020 and remember feeling nurtured and supported, that they remember their dedicated teachers that worked hard to create learning experiences which encouraged academic progress, and that Hills Adventist College was a place that felt like they belong.
Pr Jess Laws - Chaplain, Kellyville Campus
This term has been an exciting one as we follow up on new bible study groups from Week of Worship last term! Our chaplaincy team has been excited to have an addition this term with Pr Josh (who was our speaker from WOW) joining us until the end of the year. He built some great relationships with our students and it has been great having an extra chaplain on board this term! The other exciting addition is baby Sienna to Pr Nick and Sarah’s family! We are so excited for the Kross family as they venture in a new stage of life!
Term 4 comes with both the excitement of summer but also the stress of exams! As our Year 12 students are finishing up with their HSC, our Yr 7 and 8 students have sat their exams this week and 9 and 10 next week! I am reminded of Psalm 119:143, “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.”
While it might seem unusual at first to look to God’s commands for joy during a time of stress, these commands are for our own benefit! God wants us to prosper in our lives, and the Christian life often requires discipline and commitment. These characteristics serve us well not only in our faith but our study and demands of life too.
I pray that whatever season your family is facing, that you look to God for your source of hope and guidance.
We would like to share some news regarding staff movements in 2021.
As most of you will know from Mrs Deppeler's previous communication, Mrs Dominique Van Der Merwe (currently Year 5B Teacher) will be teaching Kindy B (Kellyville) in 2021. We are also happy to announce that Mrs Dinah McDonald (current Year 5A) teacher will be caring for the first Year 3 class at the Kellyville campus in 2021.
Due to these changes in Year 5, we have appointed Mrs Emma-Lee White (current Year 6B Teacher), and a new teacher to the College in 2021, Mr Linden Chuang, to teach our Year 5 classes. Mr Chuang is currently working for Adventist Media and graduates from a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the end of 2020.
Joining Mrs Fiona Ludlow in Year 6 to replace Mrs White, we are happy to announce that Mrs Jaquerli Serafim (currently teaching Kindy B in a maternity leave role) will be taking on the role of the Year 6B teacher in 2021.
We are excited about the energy and ideas all our teachers will bring to their new roles in our Junior and Middle School classrooms in Kellyville, and we look forward to a fantastic year in 2021!
Unfortunately, this time of year occasionally brings some departures, and we are sad to say goodbye to Mr Phillip Paul, who will be moving to the Adventist school on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, Noosa Christian College, at the end of the year. Mr Paul has been teaching Physics, Science and Maths for the last 7 years, in addition to caring for the Year 9 Invictus program. We thank Mr Paul for his contribution to our College, and wish him all the best for his sea-change!
Changes to Presentation Evening
Due to the ongoing restrictions for schools in regards to COVID-19, and the need to ensure social distancing, it has been decided by College Administration to hold these events during the daytime this year, as a student-only event. These events will be divided into three programs The programs will be live-streamed for parents to be able to watch, and the recording of the programs will be available afterwards for those not able to watch live.
The College will send more information via email, however the dates that have been set for these programs are as follows:
Junior School - Wednesday 9 December
Middle School - Monday 7 December
Senior School - Monday 7 December
Thank you for your understanding as we endeavour to arrange these important events to best protect the health of students, staff and our families in the College community
Is Your Suburb Changing Name?
Blacktown Council has recently announced there will be changes to the naming of certain suburbs in the Schofields/Quakers Hill/Riverstone area. If you are affected by this change, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Reilly at: firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know of the change to your address, so the College can update our records. Thankyou for noting this
Please note that Expression of Interest are now being taken for Vacation Care in December and January, and After School Care in 2021. Please click on the links below to view more information, and if you have any questions, please contact Laura, Area Manager at: email@example.com. Please note the upcoming Vacation Care program over December and January will be held at Kellyville Campus.
Message from Transport NSW - Student Opal Cards
From January onwards, there will be a number of School Opal cards expiring, as the physical card has reached its lifespan.
These are cards for students who will be in years 8 to 12 in 2021, and only those Opal cards which haven’t been replaced in the last five years.
Impacted students and/or their parent/guardian will be contacted directly by Transport for NSW via email or post. They will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.
If contacted by Transport for NSW, details should be submitted online (see link below) by December 1, 2020 at the latest. Affected students who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address we currently have on file.
Early Learning Centre Vacancies
Looking for a caring, nature filled experience for your 3 year old? Pre-School places open for 2021!
Our Early Learning Centre at Castle Hill Campus currently has limited vacancies in their Pre-School (3-4 years) and Prep (4-5 years) rooms. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a caring environment with an excellent school-readiness program, please enquire with our Director, Mrs Elna Hale on 9851 5100. The centre offers care from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Second Hand Uniforms for Sale
Kellyville Campus office has limited second-hand uniforms for sale:
All 2nd hand shirts girls/boys $5.00 - $10
All girls skirts $20
Sports tops and shorts – all $10 each piece
Please contact Mrs Baltzois, Kellyville Receptionist, for more information on 9851 5101.
Late Pick-Up From School
Please note that we have After School care at both Castle Hill and Kellyville Campuses. This service runs until 6:30pm. If you know you will not be able to pick up your child by the end of staff supervision time (3:35pm at Kellyville and 3:20pm at Castle Hill), please arrange with our after school care provider, Mini Miracles to obtain a casual booking with them for the day. If you know you are going to be late on a regular basis, please arrange an ongoing booking with them. Application forms for casual or ongoing bookings can be obtained from the College office, otherwise, you can contact the Mini Miracles Area Manager directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mini Miracles have very reasonable rates, and are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.
School Car Park Reminder
As you pick up and drop off students at school, please respect the 10km/hr speed limit in our school car parks at all times, and be careful as you drive in and around the school, particularly when reversing. We thank you for helping care for our students by your careful driving habits in and around the College.
Yr 8 Fun Lunches for Yr5/6
Year 8 students have been running Fun Lunch service tasks this year. They have been responsible for the planning and execution of activities to make lunch times full of fun for our Year 5 & 6 students. All the activities were thematically connected to special days on the international calendar. One of the last ones was for Colour Day. Prizes were handed out for the most colourfully dressed and a game of Bin Ball was run on the oval by Hunter, Jed, Aarav and Ankith. Thanks to Brodie for the idea. Thanks also to Fillia and Vaynesha for the fabulous advertising posters put up in the Yr5/6 classrooms.
- Mrs Cherie Ashby
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Year 6 students visited Canberra this week for an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Some of the highlights of the trip included a touring Parliament House, role playing at the Museum of Australian Democracy, hearing war stories at the War Memorial, learning how to vote at the Electoral Education Centre and taking in the views of Canberra from Mt Ainslie.
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. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Paper Mache Madness!
Year 1/2 and Year 2 on our Castle Hill campus have been learning about Materials in Science, in particular, how materials change when they are combined. The children enjoyed mixing flour and water together to create the glue, as well as observing the change in the paper's properties from soft to hard.
The best part was getting messy! - Anna, Eliora and Christian
My favourite part was decorating - Sofia
I loved doing it with my friends - Charlotte
I liked tearing up the paper - Raveena
I liked seeing it change from soft to hard - Lincoln
World Of Maths
This week, Year 3 and 4 participated in a World of Maths incursion. Students had the opportunity to work in teams to solve various hands-on maths problems. Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with many discovering that Maths is awesome!