Newsletter 21 May 2020

From the Desk of...

Mr Irwin Steyn - Head of Kellyville Campus

A lot of Facebook posts and memes made fun of parents facilitating learning at home, but you have done a great job. Next week we are back at school full time and some parents will be breathing a sigh of relief while others may still be apprehensive about the return to full time face to face classes. I am reminded of an article I read, and I think it is a great piece of advice from a different era.

In 1527, the great reformer, Martin Luther was faced with a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague in his small town of Wittenberg, Germany. A fellow pastor asked for his advice on how to handle the situation. Luther’s words were powerful then and they are relevant today.

"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.

If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Even though restrictions are being relaxed and students are coming back we still need to be aware of our impact on our community at Hills Adventist College. If you are sick or your child is sick stay home. Speak to your child about hygiene and trying to maintain social distancing if possible. We all still need to be in this together making sure that we do our part. We look forward to having our community back together again. God Bless.

New Staff Profile

Mr Andrew Grant

Mr Grant has commenced as a Bible and Geography teacher this year at Hills. He graduated from a Diploma of Primary Teaching at Avondale University College in 1989, then spent some time working in Sales. He then travelled to South Korea and stayed for nearly 10 years, firstly as a teacher, then working in television. He upgraded his teaching qualifications to a degree in 2000, and after returning to Australia, he taught at Sydney Adventist College and Avondale School, teaching subjects such as Economics, Maths, IT and PE.

He then spent 20 years in the finance industry, returning to teaching in 2019 at our sister school, Wahroonga Adventist School. We are glad to have Mr Grant as part of our team this year, teaching Bible and Geography. Mr Grant is married, and his lovely wife works at Central Coast Adventist School in the library and PBL areas. They have two adult children, their daughter who teaches at Macquarie College in Newcastle, and their son, a musician who works for Sony.

Mr Grant is excited about teaching at Hills, and he particularly has a keen interest in the Bible and how it has had such an impact on generations all over the world. He enjoys exercise, gardening and various sports such as rugby league. Welcome to Hills Adventist College, Mr Grant, we hope you enjoy your time here!


Transition Back to School

As you will have seen in Mrs Deppeler's email this week, we are now transitioning back to face-to-face classes full time, next week (Monday 25 May). If you feel uncomfortable sending your child back full time in Week 5, you are welcome to follow the previously advertised transition timetable instead. Please contact the College if you are choosing to do this and let us know you will be self-isolating for a bit longer. Email: attendance@hills.adventist.edu.au

Uniform requirements will be back to normal next week, so students can wear their sports uniform on their usual sports day, and for PE classes. Please note sport activities will occur on school grounds, and we will not be travelling to various sporting venues until at least the end of Term 2.

The canteen menu and bus schedules will be back to normal next week. If you are unsure as to when your bus will arrive/depart, please contact your bus driver directly.

Adults on Campus

Just a reminder that until further notice, parents and guardians are requested to drop off and pick up their child without entering the College gates. Thank you for understanding that we are implementing this to keep our students, staff and families safe in the current climate. We appreciate you respecting this by dropping off your child in the car line if possible and staff will escort your child inside the school gates.


Learning At Home

Thank you to those families who have facilitated their child's learning from home. We appreciate the time taken to learn more about the content set by our teachers, and we appreciate your patience as teachers transitioned to online learning, and all the extra work that entailed. Thank you to those who shared a glimpse into their remote learning life over the past few weeks.

Year 12 Budding CSI Agents!

On Wednesday, the Year 12 Biology class were genetic scientists! Their job was to find out which boy belonged to which mother and which boy belonged to the father…. CSI eat your heart out!

- Mrs Reid

Chapel Giveaway

Since going online, our Chaplains have been running devotions and chapels through the College You Tube channel. To make this week even more interactive, we included a secret word for the Middle and Senior School students to submit to go into the draw to win a ChaTime!

We had 58 students submit answers for our chapel secret word competition and 31 were correct! Congratulations to our winner Aiden, enjoy the cha-time which was delivered right to his door while studying at home. The Chaplains will be featuring a new secret word next week, so stay tuned!

- Pr Jess, Chaplain

Homeroom Pets!

Mr Ku's homeroom, 8A, recently had a "bring your pet to homeroom" day, where they connected remotely via Microsoft Teams and introduced their family pet to their class.

"During the isolation period we had a day which encouraged 8A students to bring their pets to homeroom in ISO. My friends and I had a competition between the tricks a pet could do. My dog Gobi got to give a virtual handshake with other dogs. Gobi had an interesting time and thought the dogs on camera were in real life and was very confused. The time spent was humorous and included everyone talking over the computer." - Surajjh, 8A

"During this isolation I had an interesting time. We had a ‘bring your pets to homeroom day’ with Mr Ku and my classmates. There were all kinds of pets from fish to bunnies from bunnies to dogs. This happened during our isolation period. It was great to see people showing off their pets." - Shreya, 8A