From the Head of Campus
Twenty years ago in Australia, the World’s Greatest Shave was started to raise funds to beat Blood cancer (Leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma). Each one of us has been directly or indirectly affected by this disease as it hits family members, friends and the wider community. Just this week I read a post of a friend who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and my heart breaks for her and her young family.
So as a school community we are proud of Mitchell and Lea, who decided to show their support for this cause by shaving their heads at lunchtime today, to bring awareness to their fellow students. There were lots of cakes and goodies donated to be sold, to raise more money. Thank you to those who contributed.
Matthew 25:35-36, 40 says "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ ...“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Our value of compassion was surely shown today.
- Mr Irwin Steyn
At the age of 5 Antonio Sanchez (Tony) was sent to a Mexican prison for juveniles for allegedly killing his baby brother. Tony’s parents, who had beaten him with chains and tortured him with fire, deserted him and disappeared after telling police he was the killer.
No one wanted anything to do with him, even those in prison taunted and rebuked him leaving him to fend for himself for safety and food. Not until Carolyn Koons, an American professor, heard his story and battled through bureaucracy and a corrupt prison warden for almost three years to secure Tony's release and adoption at age 12. But this was only the beginning of her struggles, for Tony found it hard to adapt to his new life and mother. But Carolyn never gave up and continued to support Tony even when most would have given up.
Carolyn had almost given up hope that Tony would ever warm to her, until Tony’s junior high graduation. In his unexpected speech, he announced with tears streaming down his face “I want to thank my mum for adopting me and bring me here to the United States, I love you mum.”
Why did Tony love the woman who adopted him? It was because he could look into her eyes and see himself as someone of worth, someone of beauty.
Sometimes just like Tony we feel worthless, as if we don’t have a friend in the world. Maybe we’ve done something or said something that we’re not proud of. But the Bible says that even at our most low point, God sees something in us that no one else does, and when most would give up, He calls us His own.
"But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith". Galatians 3:25-26
Pr Ian Cangy
Open Day - 27 March
We have our first Open Day for 2018 coming up, and would love you to tell your friends about our great school! Research shows personal recommendations are the most important factor in a parents decision on where to send their child to school. Bookings are available on our website. All welcome!
New Staff Welcome
Mrs Elna Hale
We would like to welcome Elna Hale as our new Director of the Early Learning Centre, on our Castle Hill Campus. Elna is a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher who also has many years administrative experience. We look forward to the valuable contribution she will make to the Early Learning Centre. We are sad to farewell Belinda Fuller as she moves on, and we appreciate the passion and care she has brought the role over the last year, and wish her well for the future.
Cross Country Events
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. There is cross country training each Thursday morning at 8:00am at the Castle Hill campus leading up to this day, for those who are interested.
The Cross Country event for Year 3 - 12 will be held at Rouse Hill Regional Park on Wednesday 4 April. More details to come.
Just a reminder that if you have an issue that you wish to speak to the school about regarding your child, please speak their Home Room teacher FIRST. The best way to do this is via email, as teachers are unable to take calls in school hours. Home Room teachers will be happy to assist in any way they can, and will advise if the issue needs to go further with either another teacher, the Head of Campus or the Principal. We thank you for taking note of the procedure for communication within the school.
Castle Hill News
Run 4 Bibles
After a great result last year where we raised $2168.95, K-YR 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. Please look out for the information and sponsorship form that will come home. If your child is raising money for Run4Bibles, please return all sponsorship forms and money by Monday 9th April.
Parent-Teacher Interviews - K-4
Parent-Teacher interviews for Years K-4 (including Kellyville Kindy) will take place in the Castle Hill Church Hall on Wednesday, 11 April from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Each interview will go for 10 minutes. A bell will indicate when each session is finished. This will help to keep interviews running smoothly and on time. Please arrive before your time slot to ensure you keep to your allocated time. If you require more time than the allocated 10 minutes, please organise another time with your child’s teacher.
Your child’s portfolio will be handed out on Monday, 9 April. Please bring your child’s portfolio on the report night. 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. The portal will open on Thursday, 19 March and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 April.
As some of you may know, Junior School are having a Science Week in the last week of term 1. This week is aimed to encourage students to enter into our Science Fair Competition. Students can have the holidays to begin to work on their projects if they choose or they can wait until school starts back for Term 2. Projects will be due week 4 of Term 2 on May 21 and will be displayed in the Library for the week. More information on this will be handed out accordingly.
As a part of our Science Week, Junior School are going to have a mini Science Day, where there will be science rotations that will go for approximately an hour for all K-2 students. This will be held on 13 April, which is the last day of Term 1.
If you are willing to volunteer either a full or half day to help run the stations, please contact Mrs Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org and include your Working With Children Check information and date of birth.
Year 3 & 4 Excursion
Kuring-gai National Park was an amazing and active excursion for students in Years 3 and 4 on Thursday. During our class time in Geography, we have been learning all about what makes a National Park, the management of these parks and the importance of sustaining them. Students were really thrilled to be spending the day leaning outdoors in a hands-on manner, walking from the top of the National Park to the bottom at Bobbin Head.
A Makerspace is an amazing learning area where students can create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Our Technology teacher, Mr Taskis, is busy gathering equipment to go towards Hills Adventist College’s very own Makerspace.
We will also be opening the Makerspace during selected lunchtimes for a Maker Club – A time for students to explore their own technology interests - including electronics, robotics, 3D printing and more.
If you have any old or broken machines or devices that you are willing to donate, please consider bringing them to the office for our Makerspace.
Year 10 Textiles Excursion
On Friday 9 March, the Year 10 Textiles students attended the Stitches and Craft Show where they had the opportunity to visit Texstyle, as well as participate in a hands-on workshop. Texstyle is the annual exhibition that is put on showcasing some of the state's top HSC Major Textiles Projects from the previous year. One of our 2017 graduates, Emily Sherriff, had her piece showcased at the exhibition. The girls were privileged to spend time with Emily while they were there, and she was able to talk to the girls about the demands and expectations of HSC Textiles. Many of the girls left inspired for future Textiles projects, and who knows, maybe their own piece will appear there in 2 year’s time?
Student Representative Council - 2018
Congratulations to all those chosen to represent their classmates on the Student Representative Council, who were announced at Chapel last week. We look forward to the valuable contribution each and every one will make at our school this year.
Worlds Greatest Shave
Thanks to the generosity of our school community, we are happy to announce that $1,257 was raised today for the World's Greatest Shave!
ASISSA Swimming Carnival
On Tuesday 13 March, Mrs Fraser and Mrs Rudenko accompanied our Year 2-6 competitors to Warringah pool for the ASISSA Swimming Carnival. Our students represented our school admirably and displayed a strong team spirit. Continuing on to CIS is Tiana who will compete in 25m Backstroke. We wish her well.
Primary Swimming Carnival (K - 6)
Adventist Schools Basketball Day
On Thursday 8 March our year 5 & 6 students participated in the Adventist Schools Basketball day at Macarthur Adventist School. Our boys and girls teams played extremely well. Both teams made it into the grand finals, with the girls coming second against Mountain View Adventist College and the boys team winning convincingly over Wahroonga Adventist School. A big thank you to Pr Strickland, Mrs Jelacic and Mrs McPherson for coaching and supporting our teams.
Year 3-6 Team-Building Activites
On Thursday 15 March, students from Years 3-6 participated in a morning of team-building activities. With the aim of maintaining community across both Kellyville and Castle Hill campuses, students enjoyed taking part in water races, Capture the Flag, a modified game of cricket and a version of noughts and crosses. From all reports, students had a fantastic time!