Welcome to Term 2!
Family Science Fair
In the last week of Term 1, all of Junior School from both campuses participated in Science Week. Each day, students did a variety of experiments with their classroom teacher to help them have a deeper understanding of science. Students hypothesised, experimented and then drew conclusions about what had occurred throughout the experiment.
On Friday April 12, Junior School also participated in a Science Day. Classes had an allocated time slot to come and complete further experiments and the whole school then came out at the end of the day to observe one last activity – The Watermelon & Rubber Band Experiment! Needless to say, the whole school loved Science Week and thoroughly enjoyed all of the tasks completed. A huge thank you to all of our teachers for encouraging our students to be engaged throughout the process.
The purpose of Science Week, was to encourage students to enter in the Family Science Fair Competition that is being held this Term with entries due by MONDAY 20th MAY. Entries are NOW OPEN and we would love your child to enter! The experiment can be as simple or complex as you would like it to be and because it is a family fair, you are allowed to help students with the process (when and if needed). The cost to enter is $8 per child. You may enrol by seeing our receptionists Mrs Manthey (Castle Hill) or Mrs Baltzois (Kellyville) where they will give you a receipt for your entry fee.
For more information about the competition, please refer to our school website, under "Parent Information". Look for "Family Science Fair"
2019 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo
We are two months into the Premier’s Reading Challenge and we have 113 students participating across both campuses from Years K-9 – an amazing number but still just under ¼ of our students. Six students from our Junior School grades have already finished the challenge, three months early! Congratulations to super-readers Calista, Reese, Kian, Tiana, and Andrea from Year 1, and Lucas from Year 2. Thank you families for helping your children to love books.
This is a fun and easy way to earn not only certificates and medals, but also house points, so if you have not joined up so far and would like to, please email email@example.com with your name and class to get your login details (previous participants at Hills can use last year’s login).
Will your house win the challenge?
Denison – 29 students
Fitzroy – 31 students
Philip – 30 students
Hunter – 23 students
Castle Hill Cross Country Awardees
Congratulations to all our awardees!
Kellyville Junior Play Area Goes Green!
If you've ever explored down in the back play area where our Kellyville Kindy's and Year 1's spend their lunchtimes, you may have seen a large mound of dirt behind the Design & Technology Shed. We are happy to report that this has now been replaced by some beautiful grass laid by our Campus Manager, Steve Fehlberg. Its always nice seeing parts of our College "greener". Thanks Mr Fehlberg for your hard work!
Week of Worship - Kellyville Campus
Year 6 STEM Projects
Year 11 PDHPE Ski Camp
In the last In the last week of term 1, year 11 PDHPE class went camping for two nights at Cliftonville Lodge where in groups they put together activities as well as meal plans and preparation for the whole class. The purpose of year 11 Ski Camp was to practice organisation and facilitation skills while enjoying some outdoor recreation and challenging themselves by learning some new skills.
Ryan - “Crazy experience, heaps of fun. The water sports challenged me physically and I learnt new things. I’m not a good cook but I made amazing pancakes.”
Declan - “The group planning taught me new things about cooperation and improvisation; ‘Team work makes the dream work’.”
Sarah “The PDH camp allowed me to interact with my peers and gain closer friendships. I learnt to wake-board and had so much fun doing it.”
Year 11 Visit from a Food Stylist
The year 11 Food technology Class had a visit from professional Food Stylist, Samantha Coutts. She started the session sharing some of her food journey, including her work with the Master Chef judges, Donna Hay and her work on various magazines including Delicious and Fresh. She then introduced the students to the world of styling food, what elements to consider and how to set up a shot. The students then had a go at styling their own shot and got expert coaching and feedback. It was an invaluable experience and the students didn’t want it to end.
Year 1 Students Experience "Possum Magic"
On the last week of Term 1, Year 1 from both campuses travelled to The Joan Sutherland Theatre in Penrith, to view the Possum Magic performance based on the Mem Fox picture book. Prior to the excursion, in Geography, we had been learning about places around Australia. On our way to the theatre we read 'A is for Australia' and 'Possum Magic', which made our travel time go quick. Some of us were extremely lucky and were able to sit in the front row! We loved the theatre and how the performers made Possum Magic come to life. Thank you to the parent helpers who came along. It was definitely an excursion that we will never forget, "here we go round the lamington plate."
Mrs Steyn & Miss Trott
Ray Dunn has been on staff at Hills Adventist College since late 2016 and has made a valued contribution to the maintenance of both campuses during a period of significant change. Ray has decided to look for new challenges and will be leaving us from next week.
Ray has painted, repaired, mowed, whipper-snipped, and managed the unenviable collection of bins and their associated contents.
We thank him for his important contribution to the wellbeing of our students through the development of a positive and pleasant learning environment. Ray’s interest in the development of our schools in the Solomon Islands has been greatly appreciated as well. Ray is looking forward to new possibilities, including being available for bus driving duties.
Well Done, Roxanne!
At the end of Term 1, Roxanne competed in the 50m Freestyle event at CIS Swimming. She swam a Personal Best and finished first in her heat. Unfortunately, she missed out on progressing to the finals by less than a second. This is the first time Roxanne has competed competitively and has gained valuable experience. Well done Roxanne!
Combined Independent Schools - Swimming Championships
Last Wednesday and Thursday the NSW CIS Swimming Championships were held at SOPAC. CIS stands for Combined Independent Schools of NSW. For the first time Hills Adventist had a relay team qualify for CIS which is a great achievement in itself. Our Year 11 boys (Ben V, Max C, Lance C & Darcy A) were the youngest team entered into the Open Medley Relay and they came tenth overall which is a fantastic result and we are very proud of them. We also had three individual swimmers compete: Darcy A, Preston A and Zeke N. All three boys swam PB’s in their various races, and Zeke and Preston have both qualified for NSW All Schools Swimming Championships. Zeke achieved 5 medals for the meet and Preston 3. An amazing effort boys – well done and congratulations!!
Cross Country Event
On Friday the 5th of April we held our Annual Cross Country race at Rouse Hill Regional Park. Students from Years 3 to 12 competed against their peers over distances ranging from 2km - 8km. A big thank you to all participants who trained and gave it their best effort and to all vollunteers for helping out on the day.
For those students in secondary school selected to compete at the Hills Zone level, the HZSA Cross Country day will be on Wednesday the 22nd of May at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Mrs Reid will be providing participants with more information closer to the day.
For those students in primary school selected to compete at the ASSISA level, Mr Marsden will be providing participants with more information closer to the day.
Rohan Scores a Century!
Congratulations to Rohan J, who was recently awarded for a Century Innings with his local Cricket Club!
Church Community News & Announcements
Last term, several of our students chose to give their lives to Jesus in baptism. Ashlyn L was baptised in the brand new Kellyville Adventist Church in early March by our Chaplain, Pr Aniele and Pr Martin. Just a couple of weeks later, Sophie and Erin M along with Jessica D were baptised by their grandfather, Pr David Bertelsen and Pr Nick in Castle Hill Church. Jaelee V was baptised later in the term at Mile End Church by her dad, Pr Craig. Congratulations to our students on making this important decision.