Hillcrest News

5 May 2023

"The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding."

Isaiah 40:28

Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College

Executive Head of College, Jeff Davis shares an update on the first 3 weeks of Term 2.



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Culture and Wellbeing


Movember Scaling What Works – Dads Tuning in to Kids Research Initiative Project

Hillcrest Counselling is excited to announce that we have partnered with Dads Tuning in to Kids as part of a research grant funding program called ‘Movember Scaling What Works.’ The aim of this initiative is to reach 800 Dads throughout Australia by providing evidence-based emotion coach training, an exciting parenting program Hillcrest has been delivering since 2022. Dads Tuning in to Kids helps strengthen connections between fathers and their children through building emotional competence in fathers and children.

School Counsellor Natalie Daugherty and co-facilitator will deliver two Dads Tuning in to Kids groups by the end of the Term 3. The first group is beginning next week and is full. If you would like to express your interest in the Term 3 Dads group and you have a Hillcrest student between the ages 3-12 years old, please click here for more information.

Stay tuned for announcements for additional Tuning in to Kids and Teens groups in Term 3 and 4.

Natalie Daugherty
School Counsellor

From the ELC

With Term 2 underway, the Early Learning Community has happily welcomed ELC Gathering, Music, Library, French and Rugby back into the weekly program. We have seen the Pre-Kindy and Kindy children eagerly embrace this new learning and continue to grow in leaps and bounds.

In the classrooms, there have been many exciting discoveries taking place, including the journey of seeds in Kindy 1 and the exploration of space in Kindy 2. The opportunities are endless in our early learning environment with the curious and busy minds that we have!

Mother’s Day is approaching, and the children have been preparing a special gift and performance to celebrate this occasion. It’s a joy to see them working together and using their creativity to express their love for their mothers. We look forward to sharing this special event with our community.

Taylor Wells-McFarlane
Director, Early Learning Community

From JLC Leadership

Welcome back to our JLC Families

It is great to be back for Term 2, after our Easter break.  We welcome all students and families and especially those new to our community this term. It was wonderful to wander through the classrooms on the first day seeing our students excited to be back with their teachers, friends and start their new units of learning.

This week, our Term 2 events began with our JLC ANZAC commemoration service and Cross Country. Providing many opportunities for our students to get involved and showcase their talents and skills. It was lovely to see so many parents supporting our JLC students as they participated in the Cross Country  and contributed towards House points for their team.

Please see below all JLC events for Term 2:

Term 2 JLC Dates

08-May Year 1 Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Excursion
10-May K-12 Crazy Hair Day
10-May Mother’s Day Stall
11-May Mother’s Day Prep Pamper afternoon
26-May P-2 Under 8’s Day
29-May Reconciliation Day
02-June Year 2 Mini Beast Incursion
12-June Prep Blueberry & Raspberry Paradise Country Excursion
13-June 4-6 AFL Q Schools Cup (Round 1)
14-June Year 2 Mini Beast Day
16-June Prep Mandarin & Lime Paradise Country Excursion

Have a wonderful Term 2!


Christy Gittins
Head Junior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the JLC

Learning in Prep: Spotlight on class Prep Blueberry

This term the Preppies are learning all about Australian Animals, especially what they need to survive. We opened our own class Vet Clinic which has sparked the student’s curiosity. They have been busy using their numeracy and literacy skills to complete patient information forms and to provide a variety of care of the animals. We have made medicine using loose parts. One of our resident Vet’s (student) required x-rays to assist an animal in need and we have been busy design and creating our own x-rays whiteboards and pens. We can’t wait to see how our Vet Clinic continues to grow across the term and how the students can demonstrate the knowledge they have learned in the wondering world of role-play and by using their creativity.

Learning in Prep: Spotlight on class Prep Lime

This term in science, the Preps have been learning about living and non-living things and what living things need to grow and thrive. We were fortunate enough to have some visitors from Bunnings come and help us start our very own herb and veggie garden. We learnt that plants need sun, water, dirt and care in order to grow and produce food. we also learnt about how bees help our flowers and veggies grow and that if we care for our garden and give it what it needs, we will get to enjoy the produce. The children loved getting their hands dirty and we are looking forward to seeing it grow this term!

Learning in Year 1: Spotlight on 1AM

1AM had a great start to Term 2! We used our excitement from the holidays to inspire our writing. Students were able to write a recount of their holiday using their writing skills they have acquired thus far in Year 1! There were some great adventures that happened on the break.

We are building our maths skills each week. This week we explored the doubles strategy for addition and the count on strategy. We learned a “Doubles Rap” to help us remember our doubles facts. We love learning through music and song.

We also began note-taking on habitats to inform our information reports. Our first habitat we explored was an urban habitat. Next we will complete a bush walk and discover features and animals in a bush habitat.

Learning in Year 1: Spotlight on 1LT

This week in 1LT, students adopted their very own ‘desk pet’! These desk pets will become their companion at school to take care of in their habitats, make sure they are well looked after and thriving in their environment. This links to our DCL unit this term: focusing on habitats and the animals that live in them. Students will get the chance to design their very own habitat later in the term and this is a great practice to learn how to care for an animal! We love learning more and more about habitats and have particularly enjoyed a few new animal companions (plush toys!) joining our classroom this term.

Learning in Year 2: Spotlight on 2SR

In 2SR we have been budding scientists! We believe we are never too young to learn scientific language such as ‘classification’ and ‘arthropods’ and to experience the joy and wonder of  God’s creation. Our focus this term is ‘minibeasts’ and there has been great excitement as we have used multi-modal texts, such as films, books and the internet to research and investigate different minibeast families. With the help of a few crumbs to entice some ants for a visit, the children took the opportunity to venture outdoors to explore minibeasts in their natural environment… Did you know that ants can carry 10 to 50 times their body weight?

Learning in Year 2- Spotlight on Class 2EM

This week in 2EM has been a fantastic adventure as we’ve been exploring the incredible world around us. From our exhilarating cross-country day to our thrilling mini-beast hunt, we’ve been fully immersed in nature, discovering new wonders, working together as a team, and having a blast along the way!

Our kids say it best:

Indiana P-“This week my favourite thing was writing about scorpions because I learnt soooo many fun facts!”

Carver-“I LOVED Cross Country because we got to race and cheer on the other people.”

Lana- “We went on a mini beast hunt and I loved it because I found so many mini beast including a group of ants and a yellow lady beetle or should I say I found Arthropods!”

Year 3 News – Spotlight on 3DJ

What a fun start to the term – we arrived in class to find the chairs had QUIT on us. They were all stacked up and had signs on them. The children had to write a persuasive text to get them to come back- we realised how much we need them after having to stand for some of the morning session. The fascination with our new Science Unit on the Sun, Earth and Moon has begun – we created an I Wonder wall… where we can write inquiry questions and research to find the answers.

We are starting our days with a worship song and the children are really in a beautiful space afterwards to go into our prayer time. Watch out for the College Value awards coming home. We are focusing on our behaviour and actions and trying hard to reflect the seven College values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Service, Humility, Diligence and Discernment. Handing out the awards help the children understand these values and how to grow in them to become more like Jesus. Lastly, we had Cross Country in the rain – so proud of how the children handle situations that challenge them.

Learning in Year 4: Spotlight on 4KM

Last week, students engaged in a drama freeze frame lesson with Mrs Taylor, who is doing her teaching professional experience in our classroom for the next four weeks.  Students explored how emotions and movement could be captured in freeze frames. They worked together in groups to create a freeze frame of a part of a photo of ANZAC soldiers on a boat heading to Gallipoli.  They then provided feedback to each other to collaboratively present their class freeze frame. In the freeze frame you will see the waves at the front crashing into each other, the ship which is levelled down and then toward the back, the students represent soldiers on the boats.

Students also explored fractions, including comparing fractions and identifying types of fractions. We love hands on activities in 4KM, so we pulled out our dominoes and used these to write and compare fractions.

Spotlight on Year 4: Learning in 4MM

This term, students in Year 4 are busy exploring the diversity of experiences of people in Australia prior to and following 1788. They are investigating the events and causes of the establishment of the first British colony in Australia and the effects of colonisation on people and environments.  To set the scene, students in 4MM undertook a ‘gallery walk’ where they studied objects and images relating to this theme and gathered snippets of information for later use. Some of these objects included leg irons, judges gavel, a bag of sewing materials which were given to the women prisoners as they boarded the ships, and pictures and information about life in Britain during the Industrial Revolution, on the prison hulks, and throughout the convicts’ journey on the First Fleet.

JLC Cross Country

Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who braved the intermittent rain to make our Cross Country Carnival a success. Despite the weather, our students displayed their athletic abilities and sportsmanship with great enthusiasm, with Year 2 and up having their first taste of running through the bush.Despite the rain, the event was a great success, with many students achieving their personal bests and everyone having fun. Congratulations to all the participants including the winners of the races.We hope that this event has inspired our students to stay active and keep striving to be their best. Thank you for your continued support in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle among our Junior Learning Community.

JLC Cowshed Games: P&F Grant

The JLC students have been enjoying sitting on some lovely, large outdoor mats courtesy of the P&F teacher grants. As well as outdoor mats, a number of large outdoor games have been purchased that students are enjoying before school and during break times. These additions to this area have been thoroughly enjoyed by students and also created a welcoming environment that has a real buzz of a morning. More items are on the way for students to enjoy and we look forward to seeing this space be a space of social engagement around these games. A big thank you to the P&F for making this possible.

From the Head of the MLC

Dear Parents/Carers

ANZAC Day, observed on April 25 each year, holds great significance in Australia as a day of remembrance for the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed their lives in times of war, particularly during World War I. This day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers in defending our freedom and values.

At Hillcrest, we believe it is crucial to educate our students about the importance of ANZAC Day and the values it represents. We aim to foster a sense of gratitude, respect, and understanding among our students for the sacrifices made by our service personnel. To commemorate this significant day, we held our ANZAC Day service on Monday 24 April and it was a moving and appropriate service that represented many of the values outlined above.

Our Year 5 students went on camp at CYC Burleigh last week and enjoyed the relationship building while battling sometimes less than perfect weather. I would like to thank the staff who have been up late supporting some of the students through illness and home sickness and doing everything they can to still make sure our students enjoy the experience as much as they can.

Finally, I would like to share the following article from the company Internet Safe Education that provides parents with some information on the popular platform, Discord. Many students communicate with each other during the evening on this platform and most are using it for the right reasons. However, some parents are not aware that this platform can also open up conversations that are inappropriate and it is important that parents feel empowered to say, “No”, without feeling guilt when it comes to asking students to stop using the platform. Find more information here.

Darren Rackemann
Head of Middle Learning Community

What’s been happening in the MLC

Year 7 Visual Arts Incursion – Guest Artist, Lisa Sorbie Martin

During Week 1 of Term 2, Year 7 Visual Arts classes had the exciting opportunity to have a visiting guest artist provide an engaging and culturally informative workshop experience. The classes were blessed with the chance to work with artist Lisa Sorbie Martin, who shared the story of her Torres Strait Islander culture through art-making and storytelling.Lisa is an artist and designer, creating visual art, textile design, wearable art, ceramics, and public installations. Drawing her passion and inspiration from her family, faith, culture, and the magnificent world we inhabit, her work combines her culture and creativity to produce and tell stories for all communities.The workshop set the conceptual foundations for the students’ art-making piece for this term, which is inspired by Torres Strait Islander patterns, motifs and symbolism.

Year 8 Visual Arts Incursion – Guest Artist, Deb Mostert 

During Week 2, the Year 8 Visual Arts class was blessed to have the opportunity to work with guest artist Deb Mostert.

The class had the chance to learn the foundational skills needed to begin creating their Contemporary Still Life Painting Artwork. Students had taken photos in Week One, to inform their art making practice going forward, providing the main subject matter for their painting. The workshop included learning about Deb Mostert as a practising artist, framing their photo to focus on key aspects, sketching a design with a grey scale colour palette – then transferring this to a canvas, and finishing with tonal bases for their painting (to lay coloured acrylic over in coming lessons).

Here is some information about Deb Mostert:

“My art practice is 30 years young and involves drawing, painting and lately, some sculpture. I think the privilege and burden to make something of what I see and share it with others, has grown in urgency in more recent times. In these uncertain days I hope to make work that demonstrate that beauty, grace and truth continue. I am searching for ways to talk about these themes using gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic”.

We would like to thank Deb for sharing her knowledge and skills with our staff and students.

From the Head of the SLC

Growth Mindset

As you are well aware, the College theme this year is “Growth is a Mindset”.  In the Senior Learning Community, we believe in fostering a growth mindset among our students which means teaching them that intelligence and abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, rather than being fixed traits. Developing a growth mindset can help students become more resilient, motivated, and successful in their academic and personal lives.

To support our students in developing a growth mindset, we have implemented several strategies that can help them overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Here are some of the key strategies that we are using:

  • Encouraging effort: While we acknowledge students for their intelligence through their academic success in subjects, we equally focus on their effort and perseverance. By recognising and celebrating students’ hard work, we help them understand that success is within their reach, regardless of their student driven pathway.
  • Providing feedback that promotes growth: In all aspects of College life (academics, performing arts, sport, academic enrichment activities), we give our students feedback that focuses on their progress and improvement, rather than simply on their performance. This helps them understand that mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow, rather than signs of failure.
  • Setting challenging but achievable goals: We encourage our students to set goals that are ambitious but realistic, and then provide them with the support and resources they need to achieve those goals. By setting and reaching their own goals, students build confidence and develop a sense of ownership.  Students should have now finalised their strategies to achieve these goals in Life Group.  I encourage you to discuss these with your child.
  • Emphasising the power of ‘yet’: When students face challenges or setbacks, we remind them that they have not yet mastered the skill or concept. This helps them understand that they are still in the process of learning and growing, and that failure is not permanent.  When students tell teachers “I can’t do this sir / miss”, I like hearing teachers finish the sentence with the word ‘yet’.  This acknowledges that the student needs assistance but reinforces the process of learning and growing.
  • Modelling a growth mindset: Finally, we model a growth mindset ourselves by sharing our own challenges and mistakes with our students. By showing them that we are also learners, we help create a culture of growth and development in our school.

We believe that these strategies, along with others we continue to develop, can help our students develop a growth mindset that will serve them well throughout their lives. We look forward to continuing to support our students in this important work.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Day
Head of Senior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the SLC

Year 12 Future Film Makers Festival at Bond University

On Monday, 24 April the Year 12 Film students attended Bond University for the Future Film Makers Conference. This opportunity was great for students considering a career in the Film and Screen Industry. Students explored the many aspects of the industry and the jobs available with speakers covering all aspects of film making business – form acting, writing, to directing and producing, all the way to costume design and animation. Students met the creative and technical crews behind the stories and screen.

Year 12 Geography Excursion to Tweed Heads 

Recently, the Year 12 Geography class had the opportunity to visit Tweed Heads, a picturesque coastal town located in New South Wales, Australia. The purpose of the visit was to investigate various demographic opportunities and challenges in the area.

The students began their day by visiting the local council where they learned about the various initiatives undertaken by the council to improve the quality of life of the residents. The council representative shared valuable insights about the town’s population growth, infrastructure development, and future plans.

After that, the students spent their morning at the Banora Point Aged care home, where they had the opportunity to do arts and crafts with the residents. This activity not only helped them understand the needs of the elderly population but also gave them an opportunity to interact with them and learn from their experiences.

In the afternoon, the students visited the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), where they interviewed local police officers about their roles and responsibilities. They also gained valuable insights into the challenges faced by the police force in the area.

Overall, the visit to Tweed Heads was an enriching experience for the students as they were able to gain practical knowledge about the challenges faced by different demographic groups in the area. This field trip helped them to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of human geography and the importance of developing sustainable solutions for the benefit of all.

Pathways News

Career in Focus – Medicine

Are you eligible to apply?

You may need to have studied specific subjects at high school such as:

  • Maths (mid-level or higher)
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics

Find out if there’s a specific course you’d be interested in applying for, then tailor your subject selections so that you know exactly what’s needed to qualify.

Help your application for medical school stand out

In addition to amazing high school results you’ll also need extra-curricular and personal qualities to be outstanding too. Universities generally look for:

  • Passion and dedication
  • Commitment to learning and compassion


Any experience in the medical field before applying for university could really boost your application. You could try one or more of these options:

  • Get work experience
  • Obtain a first aid certificate
  • Volunteers as a St John’s Ambulance Volunteer
  • Look at volunteer through Projects Abroad
  • Volunteer in Australian indigenous communities
  • Attend workshops and programs run by a university’s medical school

Learn about the UCAT

To be eligible to apply for some courses you must have taken the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). It’s been designed to help universities select candidates with the “appropriate abilities and professional behaviours” that doctors will need. This test should be completed in Year 12 before you submit your university applications.

In 2023 registrations to sit the UCAT close on May 17, so you should know if you need to sit the test, register, and pay (the fee is $325) before the cut-off date. Testing will take place between July 3 and August 11, and you’ll get your results in early September.

You can read more about the UCAT and see more key dates on their information page here.

Let your personality shine

The personal statement and supporting evidence sections of your application are your chance to impress the panel. Highlight your passions, skills and experience that could help you succeed in your medical studies.

Be well prepared for interviews

  • Use mock interview resources.
  • Find previous example questions and rehearse your responses
  • Familiarise yourself with the type of interview you’ll be going into

Get your finances in order

Unfortunately, the rumours are true – studying medicine is expensive. The costs might seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of options available to help make your goal a reality. You could start preparing yourself by:

  • Finding out how much courses cost
  • Researching Commonwealth supported and bonded places
  • Finding scholarships you can apply for
  • Learning about HECS and FEE-HELP loans
  • Speaking with Centrelink about other loans and entitlements you could be eligible for
  • Starting to save towards your degree

The government’s Study Assist website is a great place to start researching finance options.

Work on a ‘Plan B’

While it’s great to be confident when you’re applying to study medicine it’s also important to have a Plan B. If you don’t already have one, it’s probably time to start planning. Look at applying to more than one university.

Even consider a Plan C – if you don’t end up studying medicine, what other careers would interest you?

If you’d like more help, we’re currently updating our popular Entry to Medicine Guide – it’ll be coming out soon. Covering all aspects about applying, listing all the relevant courses, universities and options to consider, the guide could help you navigate your pathway more easily.

School holiday Health Immersive experiences

Mater Education | High School Health Adventure

Are you a Year 10, 11 or 12 student interested in a career in the dynamic and fast-paced world of healthcare? Mater Education’s High School Health Adventure program is for you!

High School Health Adventure is a program that has been designed to create a realistic experience of ‘a day in the life’ of a health professional. The utilization of simulation with manikins, skills stations, digital technology and case-based scenarios help to create this real-world learning in a unique environment for high school students.

This hands on, immersive experience will cover basic health professional understanding of anatomy and physiology, give students hands on experience of managing patients requiring basic life support and emergency response, supporting patients and their family through medical procedures such as surgery and childbirth.

Find out more

QIMR Berghofer | Holiday Science Experience

Looking to get a taste of what it’s like working in a medical research laboratory? QIMR Berghofer host a one day science experience program during the school holidays each year. Students can undertake a day of training in practical skills related to genetics, infectious disease or blood biology in our purpose built education laboratory facilities.

The program is open to Queensland high school students in Years 10, 11 or 12 and is free to attend.

Find out more

Are you interested in a career in fashion? Uni of Sunshine Coast three day workshop over June school holidays

University of Sunshine Coast – 3 Day Fashion workshopAre you a Year 10, 11 or 12 student interested in exploring your career potential in the exciting world of high fashion? If so, this three-day workshop is designed for you!Come and try out fashion-styling, direct a fashion photography shoot and illustrate your ideas while you create content for digital media just like a fashion influencer on social media!Incorporating the principles of sustainable fashion, you will work with a wide range of vintage clothing kindly donated by Bloomhill, a local not-for-profit charitable organisation.When: 27, 28, 29 June 2023Facilitator: Deborah Fisher established an international design career based in the USA, fashion forecasting and designing seasonal collections for major retailers including Bloomingdales and Macy’s. Returning to Australia, she now shares her knowledge and skills as an innovative fashion educator and researcher. Deborah’s qualifications include an Honours degree in fashion and fine arts from the prestigious Pratt Institute, New York.FashCamp guest speakers announced soonFor more information email engagement@usc.edu.auMore information and to register: HERE

Defence Forces Event – A Night in the Army Reserve

“Army Reserve roles fit around your lifestyle, offering flexibility, hours that suit you, and skills that you can take back to your full-time career. You’ll stay in your local area and serve between 20 and 100 days per year. You can work from as little as one night a week, one weekend a month, or even a few weeks a year.Attend A Night in the Army Reserve to hear about life in the Army Reserve from the people who live it.The Army Reserve is a great option for students who are looking for a part-time employment opportunity that fits around their lifestyle. Giving back to the community, developing long-lasting friendships and earning tax-free pay is just the beginning.To see first-hand what it involves, you are invited to A Night in the Army Reserve.You’ll gain exposure to a restricted-access base, learn about Army Reserve opportunities in our local area and chat to current Reservists to hear about their experiences. Your will learn about the opportunities for development and unique rewards that come with a role in the Army Reserve. You’ll be able to ask questions and discover how a part-time role can fit around your lifestyle.To register, please visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/events or email cptgoldcoast@dfr.com.au.

ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter Presents: Preparing for the Digital Future

Whether you have decided to study and pursue a career in digital technology, computer science, information management, or any other technology field or want to learn more about it before deciding, this is the event for you!A keynote presentation on smart cities by Antony Stinziani, the CIO of the City of Gold Coast, and a special presentation by Professor Ryan Ko from MegaCRC on how the higher-education sector will work together with the industries in preparation for Olympic Games 2032.Other highlights include:

  • Enroll for FREE in TAFE Queensland Metaverse-Ready micro-credential courses for high school students
  • Enjoy the immersive experience using various technologies such as holographic wall by Axiom Holographic, metaverse platform by Imagine Realities, reality capture and mixed reality by Holovision, VR game by Professor Tech, XR spatial design including colour passthrough using Meta Quest Pro by TAFE Queensland
  • Other exhibitors include Protech and Busy at Work
  • Pizza will be served during registration time

WHERE: Auditorium & Black Box Theatre,
Level 1, TAFE Queensland Coomera Campus
198 Foxwell Road
Coomera QLD 4209

WHEN: Wednesday 7 June

5:30pm to 8:30pm



Interested in an overseas working gap year?

CCUSA facilitates summer camp work, work experiences, volunteer programs and intern placements in the USA, Canada and UK for young travellers.

This can be done during a gap year, or before, while at, or after you finish university, college or TAFE.

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:

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.


Duke of Edinburgh – Silver

Recently, some students from Year 10 and 11 worked towards completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Adventurous Journey (as part of the Award) by riding the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail over the course of three days. We rode about 115km in total, from Yarraman to Coominya. We were able to hone our cycling skills as well as learn camping skills. We were also able to grow our connections with each other over the course of the weekend. The trail we rode on was very scenic and it was incredible to see parts of the old train route including tunnels and bridges. The cycling was tough but rewarding and we all enjoyed pushing ourselves to complete that portion of the trail. Overall, I think Duke of Edinburgh has been extremely worthwhile and very gratifying as I have been challenged, but most of all I had a great time.
Written by Jaimie Cates
Year 10
Photography by Arielle Flowers
Year 10

Hillcrest Mountain Biking Team placed 3rd in closely contested Brisbane Schools Mountain Biking Competition

On Friday, 21 April, Hillcrest took out 3rd place at the Brisbane Schools Rocky Trail Academy Mountain Biking Competition, in a closely contested field of over 30 schools and 300+ riders.So great to see the determination on the faces of our riders as they tackled two cross country tracks, one technical track and a fast, flowy jump track around the Eastern Escarpment trail network in Mt. Cotton.Well done to every single rider in contributing points to our overall success and well done to our podium finishers: Kai Pyyvaara: 1st (Senior Boys)
Elle Hallam: 3rd (Intermediate Girls) Vincent Campbell: 2nd (Junior Boys)
Thanks to our regular parent supporters, Drew Doty, Jay Stockwell and Mia Pyyvaara as well as our mountain biking staff member, Melanie Foster for the continued support for all our riders at the event – they couldn’t have achieved this success without you – we appreciate you all!! Our next inter-school competition is on 2 June in our very own backyard… Nerang – see you all there!

Border School’s Cross Country (Years 7 – 12)

On Thursday of Week 2, Hillcrest’s best runners from Years 7-12 competed against students from Lindisfarne and St Andrews. This was a great opportunity to have a final competitive run before the District Cross Country in Week 3. Held at Lindisfarne, the course was very hilly and undulating, made even more difficult by the persistent showers.

All students competed to the best of their ability with some earning very good results. Students who placed in the top three include:

Age Student Place
12 girls Ruby Young 3rd
13 boys Nate Helling 3rd
15 boys Harrison Laubscher 3rd
15 girls Matilda Duhig 1st
15 girls Sienna Crews 3rd
16 boys Vincent Churches 1st
17 girls Halle Kapeechkin 2nd
18 boys Jayden Adams 1st

Student Achievements

Kai’s Golf Achievement 

Over the school holidays Kai travelled to Tasmania for two weeks to play Australian Junior Amateur at Tasmanian Golf Club in Hobart and then onto Ulverstone near Launceston to play the Australian Interstate Matchplay Series with the QLD Junior Team. He placed 3rd with scores 73, 69, 67, 70 (-9 par) at Australian Junior Amateur and went on to play number one seed all week for QLD in the Matchplay where he was part of the winning boys team.

Well done Kai!

Gideon qualifies for Australian Junior World Swimming Team

Gideon continues to succeed in his sport of swimming. This time it was at the 2023 Australian Swimming Championships, held in April.

Gideon’s results included:

  • 50m Breaststroke – 1st & new PB 28:84
  • 100m Breaststroke – 1st & new PB 1:02.40 & Junior World qualifying time
  • 200m Breaststroke – 1st & new PB 2:15.49 & Junior World qualifying time
  • 4 x 50m Medley Relay – 1st & new PB 1:43.01 & Australian record

As a result of his 100m and 200m swims at the Australian Nationals, Gideon qualified for the Australian Junior Dolphins 2023 World team to compete in the Junior World Championships be held in September in Netanya, Israel.

We wish Gideon the best of luck and blessings as he takes on the world’s best swimmers.

Student Achievements

We love celebrating the achievements and success of our Hillcrest students. If you have a child that has reached a state or national level in their area of interest – anywhere from sport, the arts and more – we would love to hear from you and celebrate this success in our College News. Please fill out the form here.

Parents & Friends

Mother’s Day Stall

The JLC & MLC Mother’s Day Stall will be held Wednesday, 10 May 2023 on the MPH Deck. Prep – Year 6 students will visit with their class during the day.

The MLC & SLC Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday 11 May 2023 in the SLC Courtyard. Senior students can purchase gifts before school or during morning tea time.

All gifts are $5. Please either send cash to school with your child on the day or pre-purchase a voucher via the link below. We will have a list on the day of all students who have a voucher to spend. The prepaid link will close on Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 4pm.

Students can purchase more than one gift and we cater for Grandmother’s too!

Please remember to send a bag to school with your child to take home their gift.

Please comment email pandf@hillcrest.qld.edu.au with any questions.

2023 Mothers’ Day Stalls

Trivia Night

Get ready to put your general knowledge to the test at our upcoming Trivia Night! Whether you’re a master of pop culture, a history buff, or a sports fanatic, this event is perfect for anyone ready to have a great time.

Join us on Saturday, 27 May for an unforgettable night of fun and games. Our trivia night will be hosted by a skilled and entertaining emcee who will keep the energy high and cover everything from music to movies, fashion to fads.

Gather a group to compete against other Hillcrest friends and families with the winning team receiving a fantastic prize and bragging rights for weeks to come!

Buy a table for $50 (six people) or purchase a single ticket (or two!) and we will seat you with other singletons to make up a table. Tea and coffee provided, BYO own food and nibblies.

Take a trip back to the 80s and get dressed up in your best retro gear, ready to have a blast in the decade that was big hair, leg warmers and neon colours. Prizes for the best dressed!

Doors open at 5.30pm with trivia commencing at 6pm.

Don’t miss out on the excitement – get your tickets now for our upcoming Trivia Night !

This is a child-free event.

Tickets available here

Save the Date – Hillcrest Fete

Mark this date in your calendar for the Hillcrest Fete: Saturday, 18 November 2023.

Other News

NEW Hub Menu!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new and exciting Hub menu, now available for online ordering through Flexischools! We have kept some of the old favourites whilst introducing some delicious hot meals such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Butter Chicken, and Fried Rice. And that’s not all, as the weather cools, be on the lookout for more additions throughout the term.

We have designed a smaller menu to cater for our Year 9 Rise Program in Coolangatta.

To make sure we are catering to your needs and preferences we will be sending out a questionnaire soon to gather your valuable thoughts, suggestions, and feedback.

We hope you enjoy the new menus and look forward to hearing from you.

Reedy Creek Campus

Rise Program Campus

COFFEE from The Well Café Connect !

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.

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. It commenced 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 Hours

With the weather starting to cool down, please be sure to stop by for your winter items. Alternatively you can log in to the online shop and place a click and collect order via the website.

In-Store Trading Hours
Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 9.15am

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