Hillcrest News

31 March 2023

"And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here."

Mark 16:6

Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College

As we come to the end of Term 1, I would like to take a moment to reflect on all that we have achieved together in the past few weeks. It has been an incredibly busy term, with a wide range of activities and events that have showcased the many talents and achievements of our students.

Our Easter Gatherings were a particular highlight in each community, along with our P-2 Easter Concert where it was wonderful to see so many families attend. The JLC also held their swimming events which were a great success these past few weeks.

Year 9 students held their Rise Program Gallery Launch which I was truly blessed to see at the Kira Community Centre. Students displayed an incredible journalistic photo exhibition in the context of ‘The Humans of Coolangatta’. Congratulations to all our Year 9 students for their exceptional work.

It was very heartening to see the fantastic support given for the SLC’s ‘Greatest Shave for a Cure’ event. This was a huge success and raised a staggering $7000. Well done to those who participated and supported this worthy cause.

Our Year 10 and 11 students had a wonderful time on their respective camps, enjoying a range of outdoor activities and building important life skills. Over the term our new sports program has proved a resounding success with high levels of participation and enthusiasm from all, congratulations again to all involved.

As we enjoy a well-deserved break these holidays, I want to wish each and every one a safe and enjoyable holiday break. Please remember to take some time with your family this Easter to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross to save us!

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our College community. I look forward to seeing you all again in Term 2, ready for another exciting term for our students as they continue their learning journey at Hillcrest.



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Tuning in to Kids – Parent Program Updates 

The Wellbeing team successfully delivered ‘Tuning in to Teens’, ‘Tuning in to Kids’ and ‘Dads Tuning in to Kids’ over the course of six consecutive weeks this term. 40 parents and carers learnt the skills of emotion coaching. Tuning in to Kids is a suite of globally recognised evidence-based parenting programs. Emotion coaching is way of responding to emotions that help children and teenagers understand, regulate and work through their emotions so that they manage their behaviour and respond in socially appropriate ways.   

Let’s hear what some of our participants had to say about the programs:  

 Tuning in to Teens –
Tuning in to Teens is a game changer for families. It has helped to improve the communication in our household by helping us to move on from learned dismissive parenting techniques, allowing our children to feel more heard and in turn empowering them to problem solve with confidence. Our house is calmer and happier. I hope every family with tweens and teens can participate in this course.” 

 Tuning in to Kids –
“This course has changed everything for me.”  

“I am so thankful for this opportunity. This has improved my parenting by 10000%. I am forever thankful for this generous opportunity from Hillcrest, Nat and James. Thank you.” 

Tuning in to Dads –
“My wife was adamant that I would benefit from taking part of Dads Tuning in to Kids after she completed the Tuning in to Teens program last year. I’m glad she encouraged me to register because I found it to be profoundly motivating and the catalyst for positive change within our home. I really enjoyed meeting some of the other fathers who shared relatable experiences and challenges within their families similar to our own. It certainly led me to introspect on how my emotions, actions and words shape our children and how important it is to me, to be the best version of myself for them. The ball’s in my court now.  Nat and Andy clearly have a strong passion for this stuff. I found the authenticity extremely engaging and inspiring in a way that only comes with having walked the path of parenthood. I will certainly be recommending the program to the other fathers I know at Hillcrest and I’m thankful for the opportunity to take part. It’s a great pragmatic approach to strengthen relationships with the kids and build their emotional intelligence.”  

Hillcrest would like to thank the following staff for their leadership in these groups: Natalie Daugherty (lead facilitator of all Tuning in to Kids programs), Imogen Zaharis (co-facilitator and trained in Tuning in to Teens), James Taylor (co-facilitator for Tuning in to Kids) and Andrew Daugherty (volunteer Co-facilitator for Dads Tuning in to Kids). Thank you to all of the parents for their commitment to attending all six weeks and completing their home activities and practice!  

Stay tuned for future groups for Terms 3 and 4. Groups usually fill up within hours, so it is advised to complete the expressions of interest forms as soon as it’s advertised in the Newsletter and/or College community emails, sometime in early Term 2. 

From the ELC

With Easter approaching, Pre-Kindy and Kindy have been exploring the true meaning of Easter. Here in the Early Learning Community, we believe it’s important to introduce the Easter story to our children in a way that is age-appropriate and engaging.

We start by telling the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a simple and child-friendly way. We explain to our children that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and that he rose from the dead three days later. We also use visual aids, such as picture books and crafts, to help our children understand the story better.

We also teach our children about the Bible and how it is the source of our knowledge of God and His plan for us. We introduce them to the Book of Genesis and explain how it tells the story of creation and how sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows us to be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life.

We use simple language and engaging activities to help our children understand the significance of Easter. Bible verses, such as John 3:16, are used to help reinforce the message of God’s love for us and the importance of salvation.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)

We believe that teaching our children about the Easter story is important not just for their spiritual development but also for their character development. The Easter story teaches us about love, forgiveness, and sacrifice – values that are important for our children to learn as they grow up.

As we celebrate Easter, we want our children to understand the true meaning of this holiday and grow in their faith and understanding of God’s love for them. We appreciate the support and encouragement of our families in this endeavour, and we hope that our teachings about the Easter story will help our children to grow in their understanding and appreciation of God’s love.

We are so blessed to have a team of Educators with a strong faith, who confidently share their wisdom, knowledge and grace with us here in the Early Learning Community. If you are interested in learning how to share and extend on the teachings of the Easter story with your child, please feel welcome to contact Miss Lydia, Miss Katie, Miss Hayley or Miss Alana.

As we come to the end of Term 1, we would like to express our gratitude to all our families for their support and love. We wish those who are going on holidays a safe and blessed time, and we look forward to seeing the children who will continue to join us over the holiday period.

Please note that we will be starting our outdoor upgrade over the holidays, and we will be operating an amended program during this time.

We wish everyone a joyous and blessed Easter, and we hope that this special time is filled with love, hope, and peace.

Taylor Wells-McFarlane
Director, Early Learning Community

From JLC Leadership

Dear JLC Families,

Week 10 is upon us, as we head to the Easter break! We were delighted to see so many JLC families attend the Prep to Year 2 Easter Concert. Many hands went into making this event such a special portrayal of the Easter message to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and represent the triumph of life over death and the promise of salvation.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation in our Easter events. It was a joy to see the colourful array of hats made by our students. We were also thrilled to see many parents participating in Easter activities in the classroom. It is heartening to see our community come together and engage in meaningful activities that enhance our students’ learning experience.

This week’s newsletter highlights many of our events over the last few weeks of term; Year 4 camp, year level swim intensives, the culmination of student learning and our final Easter Gathering celebration for the Term, 1. We hope as you cast your eyes over each one that your child was able to make some wonderful memories as they finish the term.

As we ease into the Easter holidays, an important reminder to all families is to be mindful of our children’s online safety, especially when it comes to social media usage in the home. While social media platforms can be a valuable tool for communicating and learning, they can also pose risks if not used correctly.  We encourage you to have an open and honest conversation with your child about the safe use of social media.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Set boundaries: Discuss with your child what is and isn’t appropriate to share online and set clear expectations for online behaviour.
  2. Monitor usage: Keep an eye on your child’s social media activity and consider using parental controls to restrict access to inappropriate content.
  3. Encourage safe practices: Advise your child to keep personal information private, use strong passwords, and to not accept friend requests from strangers.
  4. Educate yourself: Learn about the various social media platforms your child may be using and understand their privacy policies and safety features.

By working together, we can ensure that our children have a positive and safe experience on social media. Our JLC students are not immune to accessing inappropriate and unsuitable content online while at home on devices. The frequency of exposure is on the rise and what we do know sadly, is that once seen it cannot be unseen. We endeavour to partner with families proactively to ensure our students have a positive and safe experience on social media. Next term, the JLC will be holding a targeted parent information session on this topic, run by Natalie Daugherty. It will be held on Wednesday, 3 May from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. To register your attendance, please go to SOCIAL MEDIA PARENT INFORMATION SESSION.

We pray that you and your family have a wonderful Easter and we look forward to more opportunities to work together in creating a vibrant and supportive learning environment for our students.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Christy Gittins
Head Junior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the JLC

Final Gathering for Term 1 – Easter

A lot can happen in seven days and that was certainly the message shared by our fabulous Prep – Year 2 children at our Easter concert held this week. They told us a story, but it wasn’t just any old story, it was an amazing story … all about God. The children shared the true message of Easter and how God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to be with us, so we can be friends with Him forever. Donned in their amazing Easter hat creations, the children sang, danced and acted out the story of Easter as told in the Bible. Supported by our very talented JLC staff, they shared the hope that we have through Jesus with our JLC families. Families were then invited to the classrooms to join in Easter activities and celebrate a great first Term. We were so thankful to share this special time with our community and pray everyone has a wonderful Easter break filled with the love of family and friends and the hope we have in Jesus.

Mrs Michelle Cecil
Deputy Head JLC

Final Gathering for Term 1 – Easter

We’ve had a great time of learning and celebration this term during our weekly Gatherings. It’s wonderful to see our youngest students singing passionately and joyfully to God each week, playing fun games and listening intently to the messages centring on the love and peace that God offers us.

Our Easter Gathering was a particularly special opportunity to focus on God’s ultimate peace-making mission; the death and resurrection of Jesus, which secured our forgiveness and new, abundant life. The atmosphere was one of freedom and celebration as we joined together in praise and worship of the one who gave His life to ransom ours, and heard the Easter story through the perspective of Mary Magdalene; committed follower of Jesus and the first eye-witness of the resurrection.

Please feel free to join us to experience our JLC Gatherings for yourself in Term 2 (Monday mornings at 8:20am in the Terrace Hall).

We wish all our families a time of rest, rejuvenation and blessing this Easter!

Heidi Luxton
JLC Chaplain

JLC Garden Club

Students have enjoyed engaging with nature this term as part of our JLC Garden Club. Running two lunch breaks a week, this Club allows students to learn about God’s creation first-hand as they water and tend to the Kindy Garden. Students have enjoyed watching the fruit and herbs grow and observing the native bees. Keen Year 3 and 4 students are welcome to join us again next term!

Year 1 Teddy Bear Hospital

Year 1 had an exciting incursion with some medical students for the Teddy Bear Hospital. Many teddies made it for their check-up. In our Health unit for Term 1, students are learning about healthy lifestyle choices. Students had the opportunity to learn about healthy food choices, exercise, dental health, sun safety, and staying safe with medicine, alongside their Teddy.

Year 1 Swimming

Congratulations on a great week of fun and learning! Year 1 students enjoyed an exciting week of swimming in Week 7. These swim intensives are important for developing basic swimming skills as well developing safety in and around pools. It was also a great link to our Health Unit in Term 1. Swimming is an example of a healthy lifestyle choice that helps keep us healthy and active. Students were prepared each day with their things and represented Hillcrest Christian College well, while at Somerset. Each student used Shield Values of respect and diligence as they developed and sharpened their swimming skills.

Term 1 in Year 1

Term 1 was rich with learning in Year 1! Students needed to self manage their belongings and materials while engaging in learning activities. Students were creative with their ideas and designing. Team Work was utilised in supporting and encouraging each other’s ideas and contributions. Students were effective participators in group discussions. As students planned and implemented their learning, they reflected on things that went well as well as where they could improve. They enquired about things they needed more information or were curious about. These make up our SECRET Skills are so important to how students engage in their learning. Our DCL project for Term 1 explored how seasons and weather affect people around the world. Students were able to design a house that would suit a specific area based on their primary type of weather. Well done for all your planning, creativity, and constructing!

Year 2 Swimming

During Week 9, our Year 2 children enjoyed the excitement of daily swimming lessons. Children grew, not only in their swimming skills, but also in their self-management skills as they organised themselves and their belongings independently. We were also able to reflect on our College value of ‘Courage’. Whilst some were a little cautious with the anticipation of a new swimming adventure at the start of the week, they were able to celebrate their achievements and reflect on how much fun they had during their lessons! Sometimes in life you just need to ‘have a go’ and you realise you can do wonderful things. The trip on our Electric bus was also a definite highlight! This was a special time of adventuring together with our classes in Year 2.

Term 1 in Year 2

We had a fabulous first Term in Year 2, filled with lots of laughter, fun and learning! The students have all done such an amazing job settling into their new classrooms and routines. This term we explored the Narrative genre and re-wrote familiar stories using new techniques such as: sizzling starts, show don’t tell, onomatopoeia, similes, and so many more! In Maths, we worked on our understanding of Place Value to 1000 and practised addition and subtraction strategiesOne of our favourite activities was designing and creating our ‘sun safe’ playgrounds in Science and Design Technologies. It was wonderful to see the creativity, teamwork and pure joy as the students worked diligently on their designs! We enjoyed learning to become peacemakers as we explored how to have strong relationships with others through practising principles found in the Bible. The Term ended with successful swimming lessons and an amazing Easter Concert, where we celebrated God’s love for us and the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Year 3 Swimming

Somerset is such a fantastic facility, and the children were challenged and encouraged by the teachers in their small groups. It is amazing to see their skill level and technique increase so much in swim intensives over one week. We had a mixture of weather, one rainy day but the kids were all smiles and the bus ride was full of singing and laughter. Enjoy some photos of the classes at the pool.

Term 1 in Year 3

What an incredible first term in Year 3. We have learnt the conventions of mapping and studied an incredible book, ‘Are We There Yet?’ which is about journeying around Australia. We looked at our beautiful country and the special landmarks, both natural and man-made in the different states and territories. We classified animals into their scientific groups and revised living and non-living things. We saw imaginations come to life when learning to write narratives and we also started on persuasive texts which we will continue into Term 2. Our biggest feat was NAPLAN. Year 3 students were superstars and completed NAPLAN testing with courage and confidence. It was a big one to tackle in Term 1 but the resilience and independence the students demonstrated was impressive. Our Design Tech production day was so much fun and so much mess all at once. It tied up our learning about Australia perfectly and the children were very proud of their plan and finished products. Swimming was a great way to finish off an extremely busy but successful term in Year 3.  May you all be blessed in the Autumn Easter Break.

Term 1 in 3/4 Lumos

This term in Lumos, students journeyed back to the late 1700s to investigate the circumstances and events surrounding the First Fleet. They took on the role of convicts and wrote persuasive pleas and historical narratives to highlight their understanding of what they had learnt throughout the term. In Science and Technology, students designed a toy for their convict persona, recognising the scientific elements of force at play within their design. They loved bringing their designs to life and incorporated a wide range of materials and skills to build their toys. It has been a wonderful term of learning, researching, exploring and designing.

Year 4 Camp

Students in Year 4 embarked on their first school camp to Mount Tamborine in Week 8. Students had a wonderful time learning new skills, working together as a team and becoming Self Managers. It was amazing to see students giving the activities a go, even though there were times where it might have been a little nerve-racking, or new.  These moments build resilience in each of them and their ability to problem-solve and work through their emotional responses to situations. There were definitely lots of tired eyes upon returning from such an adventure-filled three days.

Here were some of our favourite moments or activities from camp:

  • When I made it to the top of rock climbing. Griffin 4KM
  • The possum glider because you went so high, and it was so fun. Emma 4KM
  • My favourite moment at camp was breakfast because they had the best pancakes. Alessandra 4HL
  • Natures Workshop because I love nature (glider possum was good too).  Emily 4MM
  • The mornings because we got to play around outside or in our cabins before breakfast in the morning. Leo 4MM
  • The Glider Possum because it felt SO good to be so high in the sky. Grace 4HL
  • The possum glider because of the highlight it is to the kids as well as the challenge for them. Mr Parkes 4TP
  • The part when I got to hang out with my friends and just chill and talk. Gabriel 4KM
  • The GPS  challenge was fun because we got to learn how to tie different knots. Lucia 4MM

Term 1 in Year 4

What a term of learning we have had in Year 4! It has been a term jam packed with a large number of extra curricular events where students have been focussed on developing the SECRET Skill of Self Manager. This skill focussed on developing one’s ability to prioritise tasks, manage emotions and risks and persevere with tasks that are challenging or timely. Students have also been developing their Team Worker skills by managing a team through knowing what needs to be done, volunteering for jobs and also building team strengths through encouraging members of their teams. These extra curricular activities included swimming carnival, swimming lessons and Year 4 Camp.

Students have also been working on their final DCL task which was to research a biome in Australia, produce an information report and 3D food web that shows the connections between animals and plants. They also explored camera angle techniques and how these impact the way their information is received by viewers and applied these to create a video presentation explaining their food web.

Term 1 in Flare

This term Flare students have been participating in a variety of learning opportunities. Maths students engaged in a range of mathematical challenges, using George Polya’s SEE, PLAN, DO, CHECK model in order to solve problems. Some students have been using these skills to prepare for the APSMO Maths Games competition.

English students have been using research skills to study authors, write biographies, information reports and explore various novels. i-Time students have been involved in a managed project on Natural Disasters using Makers Empire. Students have explored a range of disasters caused by extreme weather and sudden geological events and then apply their SECRET Skills to create a solution that helps to prevent or minimise the damage caused by a natural disaster.

From the Head of the MLC

As we approach the end of Term 1, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the progress and achievement of our students. It has been an exciting and productive term in the MLC and I am proud of the student’s hard work and commitment to learning. They have engaged in a range of challenging and thought-provoking tasks across all key learning areas and committed to many co-curricular and cultural events such as the following:

  • Swimming Carnival
  • House activities in Week 2, including camp for Years 7-8
  • New student welcome picnic
  • Student clubs during breaks
  • ISS for Years 5-6 and Thursday Sport for Years 7-8
  • Gala Sport Days for Years 7-8
  • Cross Country
  • Gatherings and Assemblies
  • Oasis Youth Chapel

Our staff have also been working tirelessly to ensure that students are developing their skills and knowledge in a safe and supportive environment. I encourage you to discuss your child’s progress with them by reviewing the progressive online feedback that has been provided via the Parent Lounge.

Next term, we start with a Student Free Day so the first day back will be Tuesday, 18 April. Please be aware that we also have two public holidays within the first few weeks as we recognise ANZAC Day on Tuesday, 25 April and Labour Day on Monday, 1 May.

Finally, as Easter approaches, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this holiday and the message it conveys. Easter is a time of hope, renewal, and rebirth. It is a time to celebrate new beginnings and the triumph of life over death.

As we continue to navigate sometimes challenging times, it is important to remember that hope is an essential ingredient for a fulfilling life. The message of Easter reminds us that even in the face of adversity, there is always a reason to hope for a brighter future.

This Easter, let us take a moment to appreciate the blessings in our lives and to be grateful for the love and support of our family and friends. Let us also extend our compassion and kindness to those who may be struggling and in need of our support. I wish you and your family a joyous and meaningful Easter. May the spirit of hope and renewal that this holiday brings be a source of inspiration and strength for us all.

God Bless

Darren Rackemann
Head of Middle Learning Community

What’s been happening in the MLC

Easter Gathering

In the last week of school our MLC students enjoy their Easter Service at Reedy Creek Baptist Church. There were some great performances from our Performing Arts students including singing and dancing. The message focused on how trends fade but God stays the same. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” 

From the Head of the SLC

Time to Celebrate

There are lots of things to celebrate this term. It has been the first term in two years that has not been impacted by COVID restrictions and the time has been used productively. We have successfully introduced a regular sporting competition in the form of the AGCC, participating in our first Gala Day against like local schools; had real world learning experiences through excursions for some subjects; had an amazing choral camp; hosted the regional round of the World Scholars Cup all while providing an outstanding experience in the classroom.

This week we celebrated the achievements of some students at this term’s Recognition Assembly. While some students were acknowledged through certificates, we celebrated others through their performance to the community. Congratulations to all students involved.

Teachers have been busy finalising their marking and reporting this week.  Reports will be available very soon. I ask that you take the time to work through your child’s report card as well as the feedback that teachers have provided on each assessment item. Students will have access to this feedback through Student Café and parents will have access through Parent Lounge.  While it is useful to identify areas for improvement for next term, it is also very beneficial to celebrate the successes that have also occurred in learning this term.

The end of term provides us with time to down tools, relax and recuperate.  After a busy term, I encourage everyone to remain focussed on their personal well-being – eating a balanced diet, sleeping well, completing regular exercise and spending time reading scripture and in prayer. We will also celebrate God’s victory over the grave through the resurrection of Jesus. His resurrection means the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him – something we all can celebrate.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Easter holidays.

Until next term,

Jason Day
Head of Senior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the SLC

World’s Greatest Shave – Leukaemia Foundation

A group of Hillcrest staff and students have been raising funds and awareness over the last four weeks for the Leukaemia foundation. We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Hillcrest team. The group raised $7000 which is money that will help those in need. A number of students shaved their heads and coloured their hair to help raise awareness. Thank you to all the staff and students who took part.

Hillcrest would also like to thank Kristy Peters from Tashi Salon in Burleigh for giving up her time to assist with shaving some heads on Tuesday, 28 March.

Heath Fletcher $1128
Jayden Adams $889
Jed Gregory $856
Mr C $711
Max Winter $703
Bradley Adams $400
Oliver Miles $400
Alexis Van Der Walt $375
Eathan Waters $306
Daniel Arden $300
Mr Gill $173
Anna Hsieh $140
Mr Colefax $90
Zahra Wood $58
Mr Du toit $53
Mr Davey $53
Kristopher Perivolaris $50
Lilee Mather Glauser $5

Year 10 Camp

Adventure Alternatives, Kenilworth recently hosted a highly successful Year 10 expedition-style camp, providing an unforgettable experience for students and staff alike. Over the course of the camp, participants had the opportunity to develop a range of skills and qualities, including teamwork, resilience, leadership, and self-confidence.

Throughout the week-long program, students engaged in a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, and stand-up paddle boarding. They also participated in team-building exercises, such as survival skills and problem-solving tasks. The highlight of the camp was undoubtedly the time spent in groups debriefing the day and building relationships with each other around a camp fire each night.

The Adventure Alternatives staff were highly skilled and experienced, providing expert guidance and support throughout the camp. They created a safe and supportive environment, allowing students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and achieve personal growth.

The benefits of the camp were evident in the students’ feedback, with many citing increased self-confidence, improved teamwork skills, and a newfound appreciation for nature. Teachers also noted the positive impact of the camp on student engagement and wellbeing, with students returning to school with renewed enthusiasm and energy.

Overall, the Year 10 expedition-style camp at Adventure Alternatives, Kenilworth was a resounding success, providing students with a unique and valuable learning experience. We look forward to seeing the continued growth and development of these students as they apply the skills they learned during the camp in their daily lives.

Year 11 Camp

The recent Year 11 camp at Emu Gully, Helidon was a resounding success, with students enjoying a range of activities that tested their physical and mental limits. The camp focussed on the values of Courage, Mateship, Sacrifice and Perseverance that have come to define the Australian spirit.

The students were challenged to complete a range of team-building exercises that required them to work together and rely on one another to succeed. These activities included obstacle courses and group challenges that pushed them out of their comfort zones and helped them develop their problem-solving and communication skills.

Throughout the camp, the students were reminded of the ANZAC spirit of courage and bravery in the face of adversity. They were encouraged to draw on their inner strength and resilience to overcome the challenges presented to them, and to support and encourage one another along the way.

The highlight of the camp was undoubtedly the Garbage Bag Formal, Bush Dance and nightly devotions around the campfire at night.

Overall, the Year 11 camp at Emu Gully was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their teamwork and leadership skills, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the ANZAC values that have come to define the Australian identity. We thank all of the staff who attended and support the students during the week.

Year 9 Rise

We are thrilled to share with you the exciting progress and achievements of our Year 9 students in the RISE Program this term. It has been an inspiring start to the year, with students enthusiastically embracing the program’s innovative approach to learning.

One of the standout projects that students have been involved in was the Run Project. Students were tasked with developing a training program, participating in regular exercise sessions on the beach, and then completing a Fun Run. The project provided a great opportunity for students to get active, be reflective learners and to see the benefits of setting and achieving personal goals.

Another exciting project that our Year 9 students completed this term was the Humans of Gold Coast project. For this project, students selected an influential person on the Gold Coast to interview and share their story in a public gallery with accompanying photo. This project allowed our students to develop valuable research and communication skills while also promoting community engagement and understanding. The Humans project also provided an opportunity for our students to showcase their creativity and technical skills through the development of the accompanying photo exhibition. The project was well-received by the local community, and we are incredibly proud of our students’ efforts and achievements.

We are thrilled with the progress and achievements of our Year 9 students in the RISE Program this term. The program continues to provide an innovative and engaging learning environment that promotes critical thinking, teamwork, and personal growth. We look forward to seeing what our students will accomplish when they move into their new campus next term, we are just as excited as our students are.

Easter Gathering

In the last week of school our SLC students enjoy their Easter Service at Reedy Creek Baptist Church. There were some great performances from our Performing Arts students including singing and dancing. The message focused on how trends fade but God stays the same. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” 

Pathways News

Gap Year – Overseas Ski and Snowboard Instructor Internship Opportunities

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Instructor internships starting in November/December 2023 are now open for applications.

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Our instructor internship has been in operation for more than 15 years and students have 27 destinations to choose from across five different countries. With a 99% pass rate maintained each season AND the guaranteed job offer, it is a great career pathway program.

Watch how the instructor internship helped Izzy and Liv turn their passion into a career.

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Students that are over the age of 18 by November 2023 and are considering a career in the snow industry or looking for an educational gap year should download our Snow Careers Pack, so please forward this to anyone who may be interested in this program.

Bond University Virtual Open Day – Saturday 29 April 2 – 4pm

You are invited to experience Bond’s deliberately different approach to learning at our 2-hour Virtual Open Day broadcast, streaming to you live on Saturday, 29 April from 2pm AEST.

From tours of our beautiful campus, to deep dives into our study areas, interviews with current students and academics, and so much more, Virtual Open Day is an all-access pass to life and study at Bond University.

It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the Bond difference!


What to expect at Virtual Open Day

During our action-packed Virtual Open Day, you will…

Experience Bond up close
Learn why our student experience stands out from the crowd, discover how we support student success, and explore what makes the Gold Coast a great place to live and study.

Uncover our study areas
Dive deep into our study areas and faculty’s, meeting current students, alumni and academics along the way.

Spark your students standout career
From our focus on employability to our innovative approach to learning, find out how Bond could be the starting point for a brilliant, connected career for your students.

We can’t wait for you to join us at Virtual Open Day on Saturday, 29 April.

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Download all programs brochure HERE

Camp Counsellors USA and Canada programs:

These are open to those who are 18 and over by 1 June of each year. The program runs from June to September (northern hemisphere summer) allowing you to spend nine weeks living and working at an amazing summer camp in the USA or Canada. Aussies are always high in demand to work as camp counsellors/leaders at the 1000+ camps that CCUSA work with across the USA and Canada. This program can be done, before, during or after Uni/TAFE/College. Applications for 2024 open in June.

  • CLICK HERE for the electronic brochure for Camp Counsellors USA program.
  • CLICK HERE for the electronic brochure for Camp Counsellors Canada program.

Here are two videos with some really good information:

  • This is a short video explaining all of our programs on offer.
  • This video is a little longer and goes into our most popular program of Camp Counsellors USA and Canada. This was a live zoom call so there are questions asked throughout.

CCUSA‘s unique programs are designed to teach leadership, professional development and work-related skills. In today’s society, communication, collaboration and creativity are critical for success in the work force. Many Australians believe a GAP year experience between high school and tertiary studies – or after graduating university, before entering the work force – is an effective way to gain these important skills. Working or volunteering overseas is also useful in guiding students in personal growth and deciding on a study or career path.

Interested in a Bible College Gap year?

Are you looking at gap year options following school?

Brisbane School of Theology run a Bible College Gap Year program where students can complete an undergraduate certificate or Diploma in Ministry or Theology in up to 12 months.

These undergraduate qualifications could then lead you into further study in this, or other fields.

Finishing school is exciting and full of possibilities, but it can be a little daunting. Now is the time to invest in your relationship with God.
At BST we’ll support you to grow stronger in your faith as you seek out God’s purpose for your life.

Imagine what God can do in your life through a Bible College Gap Year.

Brisbane School of Theology is running Open Nights for more information:

On Campus – Thursday April 20, 6:30pm. Register HERE

Virtual – Thursday May 11, 7pm. Register HERE

Complete a Certificate II in Hospitality over your school holidays at Palazzo Versace

Learn in a real hotel with classes delivered over the June/July, September and December school holidays.

Scan the QR code for more information and enrolment. Spaces are limited and applications close June 9.

Are you interested in a course in makeup or hair styling?

Huxley School of Makeup is ranked as the number 1 makeup school throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific, providing all successful students with the completion status of being professional makeup artists.

To see the range of courses available, please visit huxleyschoolofmakeup.com/courses/

Huxley are also soon to launch a Cert II Retail cosmetics and Cert III in Makeup.

The Diploma courses are carried out in partnership with TAFE QLD, where VET Fee Help is available for eligible students.

Huxley provide graduating students the opportunity to build a robust and successful career in areas including film, fashion, freelance, or theatre.

Searching for a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship?

Attention: Year 10 and 11 students

There are regularly advertised job and traineeship/apprenticeship vacancies available from our partner RTOs.

If you are thinking of doing a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship, we encourage you to keep an eye on the following sites for opportunities. Narrow down the search to relevant jobs/industries and regions of interest using their search functions.




Ignite Education 

Please see us in the Pathways Centre if you are considering doing a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship and have not yet started the process.

Bond Business School year 12 Extension Program

Applications are now open for the Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program! The program is a two-day workshop where you will gain an insight into university life to assist you with the transition from high school to university.

Students have the opportunity to receive an early offer into Bond Business School. Top performing students in the program will receive a Year 12 Extension Program Scholarship.

The program will be completed well before ATAR exams and you can receive an early offer before QTAC’s offer rounds

There are two steams available:

Business Stream Maths Stream
Option One:   Wednesday, 26 April and Thursday, 27 April, 2023 Thursday,  13 April, 2023 and  Friday, 14 April, 2023
Option Two:   Friday, 5 May and Saturday 6 May, 2023
Apply now Apply now


  • Eligible graduates from the Year 12 Extension Program will receive an early offer into their chosen degree, subject to meeting the academic entry requirements^.
  • Opportunity to receive one of six Year 12 Extension Program Scholarships valued at 50% and 25% tuition fees or a $5,000 bursary.
  • Be better prepared for your Year 12 exams. This program has been designed in collaboration with current high school teachers to ensure it supports the Queensland Curriculum.
  • Access to the Bond FinTech Hub for a Bloomberg session.
  • Limited places per day, allowing great access to our academics.

^Excludes the Bond Medical Program.

Applications close Friday, 24 March, 2023.

Want to speak with someone regarding the program?
See Mrs Crews in the Pathways Centre or contact the Bond Co-ordinator:
Brendan Howard
Bond Year 12 Extension Program Coordinator
M: 0413 744 809
E:  bhoward@bond.edu.au

Defence Work Experience Program 2023

The Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP) is a national Youth Program that provides young Australians with an interest in a Defence career, the opportunity to gain exposure to a range of job roles available within Defence and the Australian Public Service. Defence work experience activities are designed to be hands on and interactive so that young people can make informed career decisions.

We are pleased to advise the following programs are now taking applications online with others to follow as the year progresses:

Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP) WEP Number Program Dates Applications Close Location
Army Familiarisation Program WEP/00373/23 17 – 19 April 05-Mar Gallipoli Barracks
Air Force Familiarisation Program WEP/00422/23 17 – 19 April 19-Feb RAAF Amberley
Army Familiarisation Program WEP/00376/23 08 – 10 May 19-Mar Gallipoli Barracks
Air Force Familiarisation Program WEP/00424/23 29 – 31 May 16-Apr RAAF Amberley

Applications may close before the advertised date if large volumes are received. Students are advised places are limited and are strongly encouraged to submit complete and considered applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We work alongside ADF Units to bring students a valuable experience with serving personnel and therefore unforeseen changes to operational commitments may result in a placement being changed, postponed and/or cancelled at short notice.

Please monitor the DWEP website for updates on the program and to apply. Any questions regarding the work experience programs within South QLD can be forwarded to the South QLD Work Experience Program email address sqld.workexperience@defence.gov.au.


The Sam Schooley Story: From Student to Mountain Bike Coach

In 2018, a few mountain biking mad students (including Sam Schooley) approached Mr Fernance to ask if mountain biking could be included in Thursday Activities. They were told if they could get at least six students together and a keen teacher then it would be possible to try it out. Mr Bogatie was approached and through Sam’s quiet determination and rallying up of a few friends, the mountain bike program at Hillcrest started out.

Sam and his dad Blair were an integral part of the early years of the program, supporting the rides each week with enthusiasm and excitement. Sam was part of the first Hillcrest Mountain Biking Team to represent the College at the MTBA Schools Nationals in Nerang in 2019 where we placed 16th out of 90 schools represented. Later that year Sam helped the College towards placing third in the inaugural Rocky Trail Academy Gold Coast Schools Competition in a field of nearly 30 schools.

Sam completed his Level 0 Mountain Bike Coaches course in 2020 to enable him to assist with training up our junior riders through the Sparks and Explosions program (now After the Bell); and began his coaching journey under the support and guidance of Mr Bogatie. Each week Sam improved in his coaching skills and the junior riders developed an admiration for Sam and saw him as a role model in mountain biking.

Sam went on to complete his Level 1 Coaching Certificate in 2021. After graduating (Class of 2021) Sam continued to be involved with after school coaching as well as ride leading on a Thursday.  Sam continues to inspire our younger riders, and we have a few up and coming champions in the making thanks to Sam Schooley’s ongoing passion for mountain biking.

Well done Sam on your journey so far; you’re an incredible young man and an excellent ambassador for Hillcrest Mountain Biking… Let’s go!!!

After the Bell

We are excited to announce our After the Bell Facebook page. We encourage all families to join the page, to stay up to date on the program. To join the page please click HERE. Our Term 2 program will be announced towards the end of Term 1.

Other News

COFFEE from The Well Café Connect is back!

Whether it is for a moment of self-care or a time to connect with others, we invite you to enjoy this space.

Open daily from 7.30am-9am.

Josh, Hannah and Maddi look forward to meeting and serving you.

See you in Term 2!

New College Ring Road

After some delays due to weather and contractors the College is finally commencing construction to the new ring road around the perimeter of the College. This is a major step in the Master Plan for the College as it will:

  • Remove traffic from the middle of the campus.
  • Allow construction of the new buildings whilst still giving the community access to the campus.
  • Once completed, it will add a significant amount of play and outdoor space to the community.
  • Provide additional court space for students for co-curricular.

The project will take approximately 10 months commencing on 31 March 2023 with a completion date set for approximately 14 Janaury 2024. It will be undertaken in four stages:

  • Stage 1 April – May 2023 – Resurfacing of existing road and carpark on the oval .
  • Stage 2 June to August 2023 – Creation of the portion of the ring road between the carpark and Prep ring road.
  • Stage 3 – October to January 2024 – Rebuilding the road over the dam to make it two-way and add in a dedicated footpath.
  • Stage 4 – January 2024 – Installation of fencing, lighting, and barriers.

Whilst this work is occurring there will be some disruption to the community. This will be kept to a minimum through:

  • Scheduling of heavy works outside of school days wherever possible.
  • Staff parking at the church to free up space on the College grounds.
  • Use of traffic control to manage busy times such as concrete pouring or bitumen laying.

Regular updates will be sent out to all members of the community to help us transition through the works. We ask that you have patience and that we all work towards the end goal which is a safer community for our students along with more recreational space and better traffic flow around the campus. Please see the attached images which show the long term plan.

College Uniform Shop Holiday and Extended Hours

The Uniform Shop will be open to the College community during the April school holidays. We will also be open extended hours during Week 1, Term 2.
We will be open for Click and Collect, regular trade and fittings. No appointment is required.

School Holiday Trading Hours
Wednesday, 12 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Thursday, 13 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Friday, 14 April – 7:30am – 11:30am

Term 2, Week 1 Trading Hours
Monday, 17 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, 18 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Wednesday, 19 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Thursday, 20 April – 7:30am – 11:30am
Friday, 21 April – 7:30am – 11:30am

Can Your Business Help our Students

The Pathways Team is looking for opportunities for our students. Can you offer:

  • Work experience?
  • A school based
  • Traineeship/apprenticeship?
  • Other opportunities to
  • Benefit our senior students?

Contact Lucinda Crews, Pathways Engagement Coordinator lcrews@hillcrest.qld.edu.au.

Key Dates