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NEWSLETTER 9 August 2019

From the Head of Campus - Kellyville

Maybe it is my age but it seems like the conversations that I have with people seem to revolve around stress, de-stressing or trying to have some sort of life balance in this busy world. Life just seems to be getting faster and busier. Hope the story below helps you realise that we all need to stop and ‘smell the roses’

There was once a traveller who planned a safari to Africa. He was that typical Type-A tourist, who many of us may be and who I admittedly am when I travel. We do our research about this travel destination and we have a timetable, maps, and a clear agenda of the things we need to see and do. Some local people had even been hired to carry some of the traveller's supplies as they trekked throughout the land – it was that level of planning. On the first morning, they all woke up early and travelled fast and covered a great distance. The second morning was the same – woke up early, travelled fast, and travelled far. Third morning, same thing. But on the fourth morning, the local hired help refused to move. Instead, they sat by a tree in the shade well into the morning. The American traveller became incensed and irate and said to his translator, "This is a waste of valuable time. Can someone tell me what's going on here?" The translator looked at him and calmly answered, "They're waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies." Terry Hershey, Sacred Necessities, 2005.

Take time this weekend to let your soul catch up to your body. Have a great weekend.

Mr Irwin Steyn

College Announcements

Bus Changes and Road Safety - Please Read

As some of you are aware, there has been changes to timetables and locations of bus stops in the local area. We as a College are requesting that council install a pedestrian crossing on Hezlett Road, across from the College increase pedestrian safety. However the chances of this being installed would increase if we have as many families as possible contact the Council to request this.

Click on the link below to lodge your concern. Click 'roads and footpaths', select 'Report a road safety concern' and then choose 'traffic planning request' as your request type.

Home & School Event - Book Now!

One more week to go! See details below to learn more about this fantastic event. Lets all get involved and have a great night. All welcome!

Creative Collective - 2019

Come along and join us in celebrating the creativity and innovation of the students of Hills Adventist College. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night.

Countdown for Premier's Reading Challenge

We would like to bring to your attention that the final date for students to be able to log their books for the Premier's Reading Challenge for 2019 is 30th August. After this time we will be finalizing our validation process of the students who have completed the Challenge.

To those of you who have complete the Challenge, congratulations and those of you who are still powering along to get it finished, keep going and don't give up. Remember that if you finish the Premier's Reading Challenge then you will receive points for your School House.

If you are still having issues with logging the books that you have read, please don't hesitate to contact Ms Van Vliet at Kellyville or Mrs Wright at Castle Hill who are only too happy to help you.

New Scholarships for 2020

Do you have friends or family that are looking for a school for their child? The Adventist Education Head Office in Sydney is offering scholarships for those who would like their child to experience an Adventist education. Please see link below for more information regarding eligibility.

After School Soccer Program - Term 3

Its not too late to enrol in after school soccer at both Kellyville and Castle Hill campuses. Please click on the links below for more information, and if you have any questions, please contact the provider directly

Junior School & Early Learning Centre Art Competition

All Junior and ELC Students are invited to enter the annual Art Competition. See link below for more information, or contact Mrs Hinze if you have any questions.

College News

"Marvel"-ous Maths Fun with Mr Ku!

"In Mr Ku’s maths class we learnt about scales through a creative learning style with the help of a map of Wakanda (The Marvel Universe map). This learning style made it easier for us to learn as it was a fun and creative way of learning without all the usual bookwork. This was a fun and engaging lesson." - Finn M & Sriram S

Kindy's Learn about the Senses

Kindergarten are learning about our 5 senses in Science. They used hands on experiences to further explore these concepts. Students loved planting seedlings in the Castle Hill playground, creating sandcastles and tunnels in the sand pit and playing with bubbly water to explore the senses of touch, sight and sounds.

- Mrs Weslake & Mrs Rudenko

Celebrating 100 Days of Kindergarten!

Students from Castle Hill and Kellyville celebrated 100 Days of Kindergarten, last week. There were lots of fun "100" activities to signify this occasion, and the children were very excited to reach this milestone!

Student News

Hills Student Shortlisted for Community Project Grant

Year 11 student Declan P has had an app he is developing with his father selected for the NSW Government’s “My Community Project” grants program. But now he needs your help to secure funding through a public online vote.

The project is an app called “FixMyStreet-Riverstone” that allows people to easily report problems in the local area, like pot holes, graffiti, littering or poor lighting. The GPS locator shows the Council exactly where the problem is, and photos can be uploaded.

With grants between $20,000 - $200,000, projects were nominated by community members and short-listed for an online vote at https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au. So, if you are enrolled to vote in Riverstone, please have a look and vote for Declan’s project before 15 August 2019

Duke of Edinburgh Adventures

Six Year 11 students completed their practice hike/kayak and their Gold Assessment Journeys for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award during the last school holidays. It comprised of eight days in total covering more than 60km of hiking and 120km of kayaking through the Hawkesbury / Great North Walk Region. They had to navigate, set up, plan and execute the assessment trip on their own, carrying all their own equipment and supplies. Well Done. Zac G, Ky H, Micayla D, Olivia M, Ryan M and Declan P. We also have a number of other Year 11 students working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and we wish them well as they complete the necessary stages.

Church Community Announcements

"JESUS AND ME" AT KELLYVILLE CHURCH

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