We have enjoyed a great start to Term 1. This week’s Open Day saw many families visit the two campuses as they look for a learning community for their child. Thank you to students, staff and parents for sharing your enthusiasm for the learning experience we offer. As you have noticed from our newsletters the process of improving that experience is ongoing, informed by educational research and the values we espouse. Those values are founded on the Christian worldview and resonate with believers from the religions represented across our College. This weekend, we honour God in gratitude for His love of all humanity and the opportunity for eternal life that comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Please have a safe and enjoyable break. - Dr Malcolm Coulson
WELCOME TO NEW STAFF
Mr Daniel Rosina
Mr Rosina has joined our College this year on the Kellyville Campus, and is teaching Geography and History. Mr Rosina was born and bred in Sydney, and attends Concord SDA Church. He loves Soccer and American Football, being a particular fan of the Seattle Seahawks, due in part to that also being the hometown of his mother, who moved to Australia to marry his father.
Mr Rosina studied a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education at Macquarie University, majoring in Modern History, with a minor in Geography. He is a committed and caring teacher, who enjoys developing a rapport with his students and we are glad to have him on our teaching team here at Hills Adventist College
Sports for Schools
The Sports for Schools voucher program run by Coles Supermarkets is ending this weekend. Please bring any vouchers you still have into the Castle Hill or Kellyville office's by the end of Term 1. Thank you to those who have already brought in their vouchers, it is very much appreciated.
Please note that at the commencement of Term 2 on 30 April, all students will be required to be in their WINTER UNIFORM.
Cross Country Races
The Cross Country event for Kindy to Year 2 will be held at our Castle Hill Campus on Tuesday 3 April after chapel starting at 9:45am. Parents are invited to come and cheer on their child and enjoy the morning with us. The students have been busy training for the Cross Country on the school oval in the mornings before school.
The Cross Country event for Year 3 - 12 will be held at Rouse Hill Regional Park on Wednesday 4 April from 9:30am. Students are to dress in full sports uniform, bring a hat, and some sunscreen, suitable running shoes and a bottle of water. Students are to bring their own lunch, and will eat at school as normal
Communication with Private Providers
We have a number of external providers who offer music, sport or specialist intervention programs on site at the College. While we provide the facility for these lessons to take place, this is an arrangement between the provider and you as the parent. If your child is going to be away from school due to illness, excursions or other events, please make contact with your childs tutor to inform them that they are away.
Proficient Teacher Attainment
Congratulations to Miss Baxter on achieving her "Proficient Teacher" status. This is awarded by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority in recognition of the professional development and work she has devoted to her teaching role. We like to recognise our teachers when they make the transition from "Provisional Teacher" (as a new graduate) to "Proficient" over the first few years of their teaching career. We thank Miss Baxter for the great contribution she is making here at Hills Adventist College!
CASTLE HILL NEWS
Please note there will be no swimming this week as it is Good Friday.
The following week will be our final week of swimming for Term 1. See below for the changes to the lesson timetable that week.
After a great result last year where we raised $2,168.95, Kindy to Year 4 students are participating in Run4Bibles again in 2018. By being sponsored to run in our Cross Country, students will provide Bibles and biblical resources for students in South African Public Schools. It takes just $7 to provide a pack to a child. If your child is raising money for Run4Bibles, please return all sponsorship forms and money by Monday 9th April.
The True Meaning of Easter - Year 1
Mrs Steyn's Year 1 Class has been learning about what happened before Jesus was crucified. They washed feet, made some bread and had some grape juice for students to understand the true meaning of Easter. It’s all about Jesus love for us and the sacrifice He made on the cross.
Year 1's have also been learning about mass in Mathematics and Leighton R built an equal arm balance from LEGO. Very impressive!
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent-Teacher interviews for Years K-4 (Castle Hill Campus) will take place in the Castle Hill Church Hall on Wednesday, 11 April from 3:00pm-8:00pm.
Don’t forget to book your child’s parent/teacher interview online using the SOBS website. Just click on the link below. Remember to click on "Parent Access" before entering your details.
Afternoon Pick-Up - Castle Hill Campus
Parents are reminded that afternoon supervision finishes at 3:15pm. Please ensure that you arrive before 3:15pm to collect your child as there are no staff at school to supervise them after this time.
If your child attends one of the after school sport programs, please make sure that you are at school before 4:00pm to collect them from their afternoon programs that finish at 4:00pm.
"Big Day in Technology" Careers Conference
Last week the Year 10 & 11 computer studies classes attended the Big Day In Technology careers conference for students, held at the University of Technology, Sydney. Students were inspired by the stories and insights presented by industry professionals and exhibitors from organisations such as Microsoft, Animal Logic and JAR Aerospace, with several students taking the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions.
This was a valuable experience for students to see a wider picture of the technology-related opportunities and possibilities that are available to them in their future.
The Mathematics Department held their first Mathematics Competition of the year this week. The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition was very popular among the students with 37 choosing to participate. There were four divisions: Upper primary (Year 5 &6), Junior (Year 7 &8), Intermediate (Year9&10), Senior (Year 11 &12).
Year 6 Scientists!
Year 6 recently visited the Warriewood Wetlands to learn about micro-organisms and the environments that they live in. Students performed scientific tests to determine the ph level, turbidity and salinity of the water and then walked to a nearby waterfall to net microscopic creatures. Students came across a diamond python warming itself in the sun and had to backtrack and go the long way around it. Students found that after the recent rains the wetlands were unhealthy due to run off from homes in the surrounding area.
Year 12 Mid-Year Examinations
Year 12 students have just completed their mid year examinations. They are now about half way through their HSC year and we wish them the best for the second half.
Year 9 Camp
Year 9 recently attended their first Invictus/Duke of Edinburgh camp. They spent three days hiking around the Thirlmere Lakes and Nattai National Parks. A lot of rain had been predicted for the camp but fortunately they only had to deal with a few passing showers. A number of students were also a bit apprehensive as it was their first time camping/hiking, however, by the end of the trip everyone was feeling positive as they had all experienced the joy of having achieved a challenge and doing something that they had never done before
AICES Swimming Carnival
Seven swimmers progressed from the Hills Zone Sporting Association swimming carnival from our college: Darcy A, Zeke N, Ben V, Jesse D, Cayden B, Sapphrine A and Preston A. Once again they performed really well as a school team coming 22 out of 51 and the Hillszone Team came 2nd. Our boys’ team also had the 2nd highest number of ‘Gold Medals’, another awesome achievement.
Preston A had an impressive meet: four 1st Places, one 2nd, one new record, 13 Boys Age Champion and Male Swimmer of the Meet. Congratulations Preston.
Zeke N also had a great meet: three 1st Places, two 2nd Places and 10th overall male swimmer of the meet.
Preston, Zeke and Darcy have progressed to the next level which is the CIS Carnival next week. Good luck boys!
HillsZone Swimming Carnival
We sent 17 students to the Hillszone Swimming Carnival and they swam like champions. As a school we came 2nd in the Percentage Shield which is a great achievement. Preston A received 13B Age Champion and Zeke N won the Multi-class award: both boys broke records on the day. Our intermediate boys relay team did themselves proud, coming 2nd and 3rd in the freestyle and medley relays progressing on to the next level. We had several overall top ten finishers Sophie M (7th),Erin M(8th), Sapphrine A (4th), Cayden B (3rd), Jesse D (8th), Darcy A (5th), Ben V (8th), Madeline A (9th) and Joel N (3rd) – a fantastic effort!
Full results on the Hillszone Website.
Thanks to those parents who assisted with timing and cheering – it was a great day.