From the Desk of....
Ms Jessica Lee - Head of Castle Hill Campus
For the past 2 years, as our Castle Hill campus have participated in our College Cross Country Events, students have also raised money for the Bible League. This year we had 26 Students who found sponsors for the Cross Country event and they raised $1,803! It has been so inspiring to see these students take up the challenge and give so generously to people they will never meet.
However, as more sponsorship forms come into the office each day, I have noted that it is not just our students who are being generous, but their parents, family and friends as well. It is also true that giving generously is not just about giving money. These students (and their parents) have given more than just money to the Run4Bibles campaign. They have given their time, understanding, love and compassion.
So what are some ways that we can all give as generously as these students have?
Money – While it’s not all about money, this is probably the most common way people display generosity. We can donate money, groceries, unwanted goods.
Time – Life can be incredibly busy these days, so any form of generosity will take time. However, volunteering for school events, charities, mowing a neighbour’s lawn, all these things take time.
Patience – The people in the parking lot around us, our families, colleges, the lady taking too long in the checkout line. All these situations require us to generous with our patience to those around us.
Forgiveness – Holding a grudge can be a heavy burden and it steals our joy. Forgiving others can not only be generous but beneficial for us too.
Understanding – The world around us can be lonely for many, and we often struggle to understand another person’s point of view. Trying to see something from another’s perspective takes time, effort and generosity on our part.
Mercy – Instead of condemning actions, it takes generosity to see past the actions and show mercy to the person.
Compassion - We can give a smile, offer a listening ear or comfort to someone who is hurting. Sometimes just being there for someone else can be all it takes to show generosity.
Love – If we do anything it should be to love generously no matter who it is or what they have done. If we do that, every other type of generosity will follow.
When we are generous it not only brings happiness to those around us but to ourselves as well. Research shows that generous people are more fulfilled and happier with themselves, have a stronger immune system and have a decreased rate of stress.
I encourage each of you to give generously just like our students because as John Holmes said “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
As a leader, I look across the school and see all these wonderful students with so much potential. Each one is a little adult in the making, being formed and shaped by everything that we say and do.
It’s my goal, along with the awesome team of teachers and administrators, to build these little ones up and help them form characters that will last their lifetime. Characters that will help them to navigate through a challenging world. A good character will set them up for success.
In the Bible, Romans 5 talks about how character is formed when we face hard times. When we endure frustrating or painful situations, we learn character. The challenge is, we only get a few hours each day, and only four terms a year to invest our passion and energy into their lives. The real leaders, the ones who bear the larger responsibility in their development, are you as parents. You are the ones who they look up to. You are the ones they learn from. You are the ones they watch, and love.
What are they learning from you about character?
- Pr Nick Kross Jnr - Castle Hill Campus Chaplain
Uniform Shop - Holiday Trading Hours
Please note that the Uniform Shop on the Kellyville Campus will be open on the following days and times:
17, 18 & 19 April
8:00am - 12:00pm (walk-in's welcome)
1:30pm - 4:00pm (by appointment only)
Our College Uniform Guidelines do not permit students to wear jewelry except for a single silver or gold stud in each ear lobe. Parents/Guardians seeking exemptions or alterations to the Dress Code due to religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, student disability, health condition or economic hardship must apply in writing to the Principal who will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that at the commencement of Term 2, all students will be required to be in their WINTER UNIFORM.
Family Science Fair
As you all may be aware, our school Science Fair next term, The Family Science Fair is an exciting opportunity for all students in Prep to Year 6 to share their love of Science and also encourages them to further enrich and develop their scientific understanding. Our school acknowledges that the support and encouragement of family is often the spark for children’s desire to seek out new knowledge, attitudes and skills. If your child wishes to participate, he/she needs to complete a scientific project that investigates and explains a scientific principle. Entries are now open and will be due Monday May 21 with presentations being on the following day. For further information please click on the link below
Upcoming Working Bee
Please note that the next Working Bee will be at the Castle Hill campus on Sunday 27 May. Parents from either campus are welcome to come. If you are able to volunteer on the day, please sign in on arrival with the supervisor , so we can arrange for the $100 Working Bee Levy to be credited back to your fee account.
State Transit Authority Bus Route Changes
** Please note, this information is for public buses only, not for the College run bus service**
From Sunday 6 May, there will be changes to a number of bus routes and timetables to reflect customer demand and improve the reliability of services. These changes impact both school special and regular route services in your area.
To ensure all students who are affected by service alterations are aware of any change to their travel patterns, please check the website at transportnsw.info to check timetables and plan their trip. New timetable information will be available from Monday 23 April 2018.
Kindergarten Excursion - Featherdale Wildlife Park
On Tuesday 10th April, Kindergarten from both Kellyville & Castle Hill visited Featherdale Wildlife Park as part of our Science unit, Staying Alive. We visited the Learning Burrow first where we learnt about living and non-living, cold blooded animals like snakes and lizards and important words like ‘camouflage’ and ‘nocturnal’.
We also had the privilege of touching a lizard, snake, Tawny Frogmouth and a koala. We then enjoyed visiting many animals in small groups with our parent helpers. A highlight was the crocodile and the ‘small penguins’.
Mrs Weslake and Mrs Rudenko
Home and School - Mothers Day Stall Fundraiser
Tuesday 8th May - Castle Hill Campus
Wednesday 9th May - Kellyville Campus
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Castle Hill News
30th April – First day of Term 2
7th May – School Photos
8th May – Mothers Day Stall
10th May – Family Photos
11th May – Mothers Day Breakfast
Kindy to Year 4 at our Castle Hill Campus enjoyed a Science Day today, thanks to Mrs Williams who provided lots of experiments and fascinating activities for our students. It was great inspiration for the upcoming Family Science Fair!
Year 2 Excursion to Taronga Zoo
On Thursday 12 April, students in Year 2 visited Taronga Zoo as part of our Science unit. Students were in groups and enjoyed moving around the zoo with their parent and teacher helpers observing the various animals on display. We also had a lot of fun watching the seal show and travelling in the Sky Safari. Some groups saw the Bird Show and reptile display as well. The new tiger home was amazing. A great day was had by all.
- Mrs Savage and Mrs Tuitama
Mrs Steyn's Kindy and Year 1 class are learning coding to practice directions and mapping skills in geography. They are learning so much and are very excited to learn coding in such a fun way!
Term 2 After-School Options
Tennis on Monday & Tuesday
Soccer on Wednesday
contact Coach Pat – 0404 148 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance – Contact Miss Danielle on 0499997636
School Holiday Activities
Mini Miracles OOSH are operating a Vacation Care program at the Castle Hill Campus in the upcoming school holidays. Please contact the Director, Sharyn via email with your application and any queries at: email@example.com
Dance Workshop - Run by Miss Danielle from our after-school program
The Studio Entertainment Academy has holiday workshop happening on April 27th.
The 2018 conditioning, acrobatics & contortion workshop will be conducted by qualified teachers, allowing students to explore these elements of performing arts in more depth along with more dedicated time.
$75 + FREE 2018 TSEA workshop t-shirt
Beginner, Intermediate & Advance classes (please read the information package, skill requirements for each skill leveled group)
ANZAC Day Chapel
On Thursday, the Kellyville Campus held a special chapel in recognition of ANZAC Day, coming up on the 25 April. We had a special guest speaker, Mr Dennis Foale, who is the Vice-President of the Castle Hill RSL sub-branch.
Our Maker Club has been meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime for several weeks, with students busy dismantling old technology to discover what’s inside. The first meeting saw over 40 excited students in attendance, with half of those from Year 5. Thanks to these healthy numbers, the Year 5 students have been given the opportunity to have their own Maker Club on Fridays, where they have already started learning about 3D modelling and 3D printing. Students will soon begin creating their own 3D designs to print and take home. The older students have begun creating letters for a ‘junk-art’ sign for our MakerSpace, and are keen to start learning about creating their own electronic devices among many other projects when the MakerSpace room is established later this year.
Teachers Preview New Releases
On Wednesday, 28th March, Mrs Sutton and Mrs McDonald had the opportunity to preview the new release of books to be published this year by Harper Collins, Australia’s oldest publishers. Part of the presentation was a question and answer session with one of Australia’s leading authors, Jackie French. We were very excited to receive our own signed copies of ‘Hitler’s Daughter’, a stage three and four historical text, written to inspire storytelling, to question morality and to develop empathy – all skills that we are trying to encourage in our students
“Understanding the past also helps us understand who we are” Jackie French
Year 6 Breadmaking
Today, Year 6 concluded their studies on Yeast and Microorganisms by learning the process of baking bread. Mrs Fraser took two sessions, showing both 6A and 6B how to prepare the dough, enabling the students to observe and participate in the process from beginning to end. After kneading the dough, they were able to enjoy the spoils of their hard work.
Our Year 6 Basketball team, representing our College, competed in the Hills Basketball Association Competition on Monday night, to mark the end of the summer season, and they won the Grand Final in their division! Congratulations boys!
The winter season commences in Term 2, and the team is looking forward to competing against new teams, as they move up a division.
Cross Country Events
A big thank you to all who volunteered their time at both the Kindy - Year 2 and Year 3 - 12 Cross-Country events. Both days were a great success and it was great to see enthusiastic student involvement!