Hillcrest News

29 February 2024

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

Romans 12:2

Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College

Executive Head of College, Jeff Davis shares an update from the first half of Term 1, from Swimming Carnivals, International Tour Groups, P&F events, and Choral Camps, to the MLC Mash Up, Gala Sports Days, World Scholar’s Cup, NAPLAN, P&F Playgroup and more.



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Cultivating Communities

Cultivating Communities

Term 1 has seen the launch of our 2024 theme Cultivate. As a College we want to foster an environment conducive to the growth and development of our students, staff, and families. Our aim is to educate, equip, empower and energise each member of the Hillcrest community to realise their unique potential and contribute meaningfully to the community.

The commencement of this year has been marked by a series of enriching experiences that have significantly contributed to the flourishing of our students and the strengthening of community ties. Events such as the Swimming Carnivals, MLC Camps, Choral Camps, World Scholar’s Cup, and various Gatherings, alongside daily educational pursuits, clubs, and social engagements, have collectively served as a fertile ground for our students to explore and nurture their individual interests, gifts, and talents.

This draws a compelling parallel between the natural phenomenon of the Superbloom in Death Valley and the potential growth of students under the right conditions. In Death Valley, a seemingly barren desert bursts into vibrant life during the Superbloom, thanks to a rare combination of rain, heat, and wind. This transformation is akin to the latent potential within each student, which, like the dormant seeds beneath the desert’s surface, awaits the right conditions to flourish.

The Superbloom serves as a powerful metaphor for the impact of nurturing environments on young individuals. It illustrates how, with the provision of support, care, understanding, and opportunities, students can thrive. This analogy underscores the importance of creating conditions that transform challenges into catalysts for growth, revealing the inherent beauty and strength within each individual. Just as the desert landscape is dramatically revitalised, showing the resilience and vitality of life, so too can students reveal their full potential in environments that foster their growth and development.

From JLC Leadership

Dear JLC Families,

In the Junior Learning Community, fostering a sense of belonging and connection at the beginning of a new year is paramount to cultivating a vibrant community of young learners. Central to this endeavour is igniting curiosity, infusing every lesson with elements that spark wonder and inquiry. Learning transcends curriculum; it comes alive through interactive experiences, experiments, and collaborative projects, enriching students’ understanding and engagement.

During our weekly Gathering and fortnightly Assemblies, the community converges to explore themes such as PeaceWise and the boundless love of God, nurturing and celebrating not only academic growth but also spiritual, wellbeing and social development aligned to our College values. Worshipping together strengthens the bonds among students, staff, and families, fostering a culture of unity and empathy.

Events such as the Year 3-4 Swimming Carnival, serve as joyful celebrations of sportsmanship and camaraderie, where friendships are forged and memories cherished. Through these shared experiences, students not only connect with their peers but also with their families, creating a supportive network that enriches their educational journey and fosters lifelong connections.

As we look ahead to the unfolding year, there is excitement for the endless possibilities awaiting within the JLC. Every day presents new opportunities to deepen our connections, spark curiosity, and nurture a sense of belonging among all members. With each Gathering, lesson, and event, we reaffirm our commitment to cultivating a vibrant and inclusive community where every individual is valued and empowered to thrive. As we continue to embark on this journey together, let us eagerly anticipate the further growth and enrichment that lies ahead, embracing every chance to learn, grow, and build lasting bonds within the JLC. Here’s to a year filled with learning, laughter, and countless opportunities to cultivate the fabric of our community.


Michelle Cecil
Deputy Head JLC – Curriculum
James Taylor
Deputy Head JLC – Pastoral

From the Head of the MLC

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we embark on this exciting journey through 2024 together, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the vibrant community that has blossomed during the first five weeks of our MLC program.
From the very first day, our College has been abuzz with energy and enthusiasm. The warm smiles, cheerful greetings, and open arms have created an inviting atmosphere where students feel valued and accepted. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that every child feels like an integral part of our Learning Community.
The MLC thrives on collaboration and we have already seen many events that have brought our community together, namely Year 7-8 House Camps, MLC Swimming Carnival, MLC Mash Up, New Kids on the Block picnics, Gatherings and Assemblies. Parents will also have the opportunity to build relationships at the upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews that will occur in Week 7. Bookings for these interviews will be released in the coming week.
We are currently working on streamlining some of our systems, namely signing in and out through MLC Reception and payment for food at our HUB (canteen). Our College student cards can be used in both situations and many parents are unaware that students can use their cards to purchase food in the same way a credit card works. More information will be shared in the coming weeks but we are working towards the mandatory use of these cards next term so we would appreciate your support by starting the conversation with your child about having their student card on them at all times during the day.
Thank you for being an essential part of our MLC family. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via mlcpa@hillcrest.qld.edu.au.
Let’s continue cultivating a community that celebrates integrity, respect and courage through our actions on a daily basis.

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

From the Head of the SLC

Dear Parents/Carers,

The first five weeks of 2024 have provided a plethora of connection points for our students as we build relationships with new staff and students. Academically, it has been a very smooth start as students have continued the same timetables as Term 4 last year, hence the learning experience has been quite seamless and this has been a pleasing innovation in our learning program.
The SLC is based around a personal learning pathway approach and individual interests and strengths have been tested and stretched through many events that have brought our community together, namely Year 12 Leadership Camp, SLC Swimming Carnival, SLC House Day at Coolangatta, Gatherings and Assemblies. The next opportunity to grow together will be at the Mega Chapel on Thursday, 29 February at Kings Christian College, see Chappy Tim or Heads of House for more information.
New parents to the community are also given the opportunity to connect at the upcoming P&F New Parents Dinner next Wednesday, 28 February. I look forward to meeting you there if you are new to our community. It is always a great event and a nice way to meet some new people from across our College.
Thank you for being an essential part of our SLC family. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via slcpa@hillcrest.qld.edu.au.
Let’s continue cultivating a community that celebrates integrity, respect and courage through our actions on a daily basis.

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

Introducing Connex

Hillcrest Connex

Introducing Connex, our new communication platform. Parents can navigate useful information, College News, Calendar, Co-curricular information and a migrated Community Zone all within one portal. Connex will continue to evolve with future releases, including updates to the College App and other exciting features scheduled for this year. Login and more information