Hillcrest News

21 July 2023

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College

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



Early Learning


Junior Years


Middle Years


Senior Years


Sports, PA & More

Other News

Other News & Key Dates

From the ELC

Dear ELC Families,

Welcome to Term 3! We are thrilled to have everyone back and excited to dive into our learning. As we settle back into our routine, we have taken moments to share our feelings, ensuring that each child feels heard and supported. This fosters a strong sense of well-being and builds children’s confidence and allows them to fully engage in their learning journey.

Part of this learning journey during the winter holidays included celebrating NAIDOC Week. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise and appreciate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a moment for all Australians to be encouraged to learn about First Nations cultures and promote understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

Our learning is endless, and we are looking forward to many engaging experiences, activities, and play throughout our day here in Kindy.

Di Gontier
Acting Director of Early Learning Community

From JLC Leadership

Dear JLC Families,

Welcome back to Term 3 at Hillcrest! We hope you had a restful break and are ready for an exciting term ahead. A special warm welcome goes out to all our new families who have joined our community this term. We are thrilled to have you as part of our Hillcrest family!

This term promises to be filled with engaging learning activities and memorable events for students and parents alike. Each year we eagerly anticipate Grandparents Day that was held on Friday, 21 July. It is always a joy to see generations come together and our little ones faces light up as their grandparents visit their classroom.

It’s also heart-warming to receive praise from our grandparents, expressing their wish that school was like this during their time. Despite the vast difference from the traditional classroom, Hillcrest remains dedicated to driving educational transformation. Our primary focus is to educate, equip, empower, and energize our young learners, preparing them to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world. Through our commitment to innovation and progress, we endeavour to create an educational environment that resonates with both the past and the future, nurturing well-rounded individuals ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

Please take note of other Term 3 dates:

  • Week 3 – 100 Days in Prep – 24 July
  • Week 4 – Year 3 Excursion to Beenleigh Historical Village – 31 July / 4 August
  • Week 4 – Prep PJ’s and a Movie – 2 August
  • Week 5 – JLC Parent Teacher Interviews – 8 August / 10 August
  • Week 6 – Year 4 National Science Week
  • Week 6 – Years K-4 Sports Day – 18 August
  • Week 8 – Year 1 Pirate Puppet Show – 30 August
  • Week 8 – Prep Father’s Day Evening – 31 August
  • Week 9 – JLC Hillspell – 4 September / 5 September
  • Week 9 – Storybook Day Celebrations – 7 September

JLC Parent Teacher Interviews occur in Week 5, a letter and booking link will be emailed out to families by the end of Week 3, providing an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and set goals for the term ahead. Our dedicated staff and teachers are eager to support each student’s growth and learning journey in the JLC.

The JLC communicates regularly with families. Foremost, you will receive a Year Level Overview outlining learning and events; this is sent at the beginning of each term. Each week you will also receive a Year Level Weekly Update. We encourage all parents to communicate through email or by booking a time with your child’s classroom teacher for any student updates. Alternatively, our Year Level Leaders can also be contacted see below:

Prep – Paige Colefax pcolefax@hillcrest.qld.edu.au
Year 1 – Ashley McMillan amcmillan@hillcrest.qld.edu.au
Year 2 – Sarah Rouse srouse@hillcrest.qld.edu.au
Year 3 – Dimity Jeffery djeffery@hillcrest.qld.edu.au
Year 4 – Katie Moore kmoore@hillcrest.qld.edu.au

We thank all parents for their patience during this time with parking while the ring road nears completion. Please be assured children in Prep to Year 2 are never left alone. If you are running late, they will be taken to JLC Reception, and you will be phoned to inform you of where they are. If you know you are running late, please phone through early to Reception to help with this process – 56550920.

Once again, a warm welcome to all new families. We look forward to getting to know you better and building a strong and supportive community together. Let’s make this term one of excitement, growth, and meaningful connections.

Thank you for being a part of the Hillcrest community!

Christy Gittins
Head Junior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the JLC

JLC Year 1 Term Update!

Welcome back to Term 3! As we have wrapped up our exciting learning opportunities in Term 2, including our information reports and diorama design, students have settled into Term 3 routines and were excited to see old friends and new ones, too. In Term 3, we are exploring persuasive writing in English and practicing expressing our opinions with reasons and examples. Persuasive writing is quite engaging for Year 1s as they are quite able to give their opinions on topics and support their opinions with why they think a certain way. Grandparent’s Day, Story Book Day, Father’s Day and our Pirate Puppet Show are all highlights of Term 3. We look forward to all the amazing experiences ahead in Term 3!

Year 1 Teachers

JLC Learning in Year 1! Spotlight on 1RB!

Welcome back to Term 3! In English, 1RB have commenced the term learning about Persuasive Writing using the ‘OREO’ format. Opinion, Reasoning, Examples and Opinions – such a scrumptious way to learn about persuasive genre structures. We are engaged with reading the novel Pippi Longstocking and are unpacking the character of Pippi and her adventures. In Science we are ‘Change Detectives’ joining together with 1JK to experiment with Chemical Changes. The students participate in hands on learning that demonstrates the concepts of liquids, solids, reversible and irreversible by using the materials of ice blocks and spaghetti so far, to explore these changes.

For HASS we have watched videos, read books, viewed photographs about families in the past and present and are learning about different family structures. We are highlighting our College Shield Values by deepening our understanding that each family is different, unique and special. The PeaceWise program makes important connections to our HASS studies including learning about empathy and the significant role Grandparents play in our families.

In Maths, we learnt about place value and especially enjoyed the place value basketball game as some of our 1RB students represent Hillcrest basketball! We are clever at making real world connections and have not been divided when learning about halves and skip counting concepts this week! As a class we are so excited to continue to flourish and journey together for another awesome semester to learn about God and the stories of the Bible. Keep shining your light 1RB!

Learning in Year 2: Spotlight on 2KB

The Year 2 students have embraced the start of Term 3 with enthusiasm and excitement, and we are all looking forward to another wonderful Term ahead! In 2KB this past fortnight, we have continued to learn about the different strategies in the PeaceWise program that we can use to solve conflict in our lives. Have you heard the 5As of apology rap yet? In number, we have been revising 3-digit place value and have started to use skip-counting to introduce repeated addition and begin to explore beginning multiplication concepts. As we further explore the genre of narratives, we have been writing sizzling starts that include a number of techniques such as: action, dialogue, onomatopoeia and moment of change. We ended our week with a concert and activities to celebrate our amazing Grandparents!

Spotlight on 3DJ

This term has started by sending a letter and interview home to our Grandparents. The children are excited to investigate into life in the past and learn about the changes to our world and local community over time. Seeing the changes and updates to inventions excites the children, particularly things like phones and computers and their transformation. The interviews were a great lead into Grandparents Day where we were busy preparing to spoil them by singing practices and getting activities organised for their visit.

3DJ are also being Kindness Ninja’s – who spread kindness without being noticed. We have been secretly picking someone in the class to do a kindness act to over the day. Ideas from the children were pushing in their chair, cleaning up their rubbish, getting their book for them, carrying lunchboxes, saying something kind and encouraging or giving a compliment. We are learning that we feel good when we make others feel good

We had a lovely class visit with Toby the College Therapy dog. He came in for a short visit to introduce him to the students and explain some of the “rules” when they see Toby and answer any of their questions.  He was very happy to receive pats and cuddles!

Spotlight on Learning: 4KM

4KM had a ‘forceful’ introduction to our Science unit this term which explores force and motion around us. Through some hands-on fun, students were hooked in to seeing how some forces made certain tasks more challenging to complete. They tried very hard to pull apart interlocked pages of books which was almost impossible because of the force of friction and using only a ruler and items from their stationery, had to project a marshmallow as far as possible by increasing the force applied to it. We also took advantage of the wonderful weather to get outside for our Maths lessons exploring decimal numbers. It’s been wonderful to see students so engaged in lessons and such a calm, productive start to the term.

Grandparent’s Day

Grandparents Day for the JLC was an absolute delight! The joy and warmth that filled the campus were truly heartwarming. It was a special occasion that brought generations together, creating cherished memories that will be cherished for years to come. The presence of grandparents added an extra touch of love and wisdom to the day, as the children eagerly showed them around their classes with pride and excitement.

The concerts were a highlight of the event, with the young talents of the JLC shining brightly. Their performances brought smiles to the faces of all attendees, and the applause filled the air with appreciation and admiration.

The classroom games provided the perfect opportunity for grandparents to interact with their grandchildren and their friends, fostering a sense of community and bonding.

The day was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts of the amazing staff. It was evident that all involved put their heart into making this event a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

From the Head of the MLC

It has been a privilege to move into the Head of Years 5 – 12 role from the start of this term and I have thoroughly enjoyed working between the different Learning Communities and seeing the existing commonalities of the structures in place. In an effort to improve my efficiency in the new role, I am asking parents to contact me through my Personal Assistants so they can direct your message on to myself or the appropriate leader to support your question or concern. In MLC, Amanda Marques can be contacted via mlcpa@hillcrest.qld.edu.au

Students across the MLC have experienced a wide range of launch events as our new learning starts in Term 3. We have also supported students’ social and emotional needs with online safety presentations occurring within the first two weeks. I encourage parents to ask your children what they have learnt from these presentations as their explanations can help to embed the messages they have heard.

Our updated Uniform Policy is now available here and I have been pleased to observe the majority of students adhering to our uniform expectations. I am a firm believer that if we have an agreed understanding of the expectations, we can move forward with clarity and focus on the relationships between staff and students, rather than applying consequences. We now have an aligned policy across Years 5 – 12 so I encourage parents to read the information carefully and support our College staff with the high expectations that we have set for our students.

Parents of Year 8 will have access to a number of Parent Forums during Term 3 to discuss the Rise Program that will see students transition to our Coolangatta Campus for part of Term 4. I encourage parents to attend one of the dates listed below so you are well informed before the program starts next term. More information about the Rise Program and the forums will be sent out in a letter to all Year 8 Parents next week.

Rise Program Parent Forums

Thursday 3 August (Week 4)
Thursday 31 August (Week 8)
Tuesday 12 September (Week 10)

There are many events and programs that the MLC offers to drive an outstanding student experience and in each newsletter I am going to list the next four weeks of activities so the community can remain informed and stay up to date. We are blessed to have such a dedicated and service-minded staff who consistently give of their time to support these activities and I thank them for their time.

Week 3 Date Where Activity
Mon 24-Jul off site Year 6 Parliament House Excursion (various classes)
on site Pre-Eisteddfod Showcase
Tues 25-Jul on site Year 5 Puberty Presentation
off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)
Fri 28-Jul off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)


Week 4 Date Where Activity
All week off site Eisteddfod Season starts
Tues 1-Aug off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)
Thurs 3-Aug off site Year 9 2024 RISE Parent Forum
Fri 4-Aug off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)


Week 5 Date Where Activity
All week off site Eisteddfod Season starts
Mon 7-Aug on site Yeodo Middle School visit (from South Korea)
Tues 8-Aug on site Yeodo Middle School visit (from South Korea)
off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)
on site MLC Collab Session (Parent event)
Wed 9-Aug on site Yeodo Middle School visit (from South Korea)
Thurs 10-Aug on site Yeodo Middle School visit (from South Korea)
Fri 11-Aug off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit (various classes)

I wish you a blessed week.

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

What’s been happening in the MLC

MLC Athletics Carnival

From start to finish, the day was packed with laughter, excitement, and an overwhelming sense of camaraderie. The array of events catered to various interests and skill levels, ensuring that every student had the chance to participate and shine. The level of engagement and enthusiasm from the students was commendable, making the carnival a vibrant and memorable experience. With great organisation and support from staff and teachers, the event ran smoothly, creating a fantastic atmosphere for all. It was undeniably a day to remember, celebrating sportsmanship and the spirit of togetherness.

“Navigating the online world” – Digital Wellbeing advice in the MLC

As our students are increasingly exposed to the digital world, it has become essential to equip them with the necessary tools to navigate it safely and responsibly. To address this critical issue, we recently organised an enlightening online safety talk for our Year 6 to Year 8 students, which focused on providing them with the knowledge and skills to stay safe in the online realm. We were fortunate to have Emma Tabacaru, from the organisation – Pippin Girl, come in to address the students. Emma is an advocate for digital literacy and is well-versed in guiding young minds to make responsible decisions in the digital world. Her interactive and engaging presentation captivated our students, prompting them to think critically about their online behaviour and the potential risks they may encounter. During the talk, Emma emphasised the importance of establishing a healthy relationship with technology, balancing screen time, and being mindful of the content they consume. She discussed how spending excessive time online can negatively impact mental health, social interactions, and academic performance. Additionally, Emma delved into the concept of appropriate online behaviour. She stressed the significance of treating others with kindness and respect, both online and offline. The presentation also touched upon the significance of safeguarding personal information and understanding the concept of digital footprints. Emma explained how our digital footprints can have far-reaching implications, affecting college applications, job opportunities, and overall online reputation. By urging our students to think before they post or share personal information, Emma empowered them to take control of their digital presence and ensure their long-term safety. We encourage you to reinforce these lessons at home by having open discussions about online safety, setting boundaries for screen time, and monitoring your child’s online activities. By working together, we can create a safe and responsible digital environment for our students. We are excited to let you know about a parent information session in Week 7 addressing “Digital Wellbeing”, hosted by our school counsellor, Natalie Daugherty. More information to come.

From the Head of the SLC

It has been a privilege to move into the Head of Years 5 – 12 role from the start of this term and I have thoroughly enjoyed working between the different Learning Communities and seeing the existing commonalities of the structures in place. The College values are used to underpin processes within both communities, hence there is a common language in place; however, these values are outworked in age-appropriate ways and it is my belief that this is one of the biggest strengths of our College. We provide a strategic and gradual transition for our students as they grow from young children into young adolescents and the programs that we deliver, nurture our students through this journey. Leaders have been offered the opportunity to sit down with me and discuss areas of strength, as well as opportunities for improvement, and I look forward to using this feedback to slowly and strategically look for ways to improve the alignment and journey for our students as they transition through the Middle Learning Community, Rise Program and into the Senior Learning Community.

In an effort to improve my efficiency in the new role, I am asking parents to contact me through my Personal Assistants so they can direct your message on to myself or the appropriate leader to support your question or concern.

In SLC, Madeleine Worth can be contacted via slcpa@hillcrest.qld.edu.au
In MLC, Amanda Marques can be contacted via mlcpa@hillcrest.qld.edu.au

Our updated Uniform Policy is now available here and I have been pleased to observe the majority of students adhering to our uniform expectations. I am a firm believer that if we have an agreed understanding of the expectations, we can move forward with clarity and focus on the relationships between staff and students, rather than applying consequences. We now have an aligned policy across Years 5 – 12 so I encourage parents to read the information carefully and support our College staff with the high expectations that we have set for our students.

SLC Focus
Earlier in the week, parents of Year 12 students received a letter outlining all of the cultural events throughout Semester 2. Please read this carefully as there is an incredible number of events, that we spend countless hours preparing, to honour your children as they navigate their way through their final year.

Students in Years 9 and 10 were recognised for Academic Excellence during our Awards Assembly this week and I was pleasantly surprised at the high number of Year 9 students who gained GPA awards for their outstanding work in the Rise Program during Semester 1. These students are demonstrating learning outcomes of the highest order and it is great to see that the Rise Program is not only producing high levels of engagement in learning but also high levels of academic excellence as an outcome.

There are many events and programs that the SLC offers to drive an outstanding student experience and in each newsletter I am going to list the next four weeks of activities so the community can remain informed and stay up to date. We are blessed to have such a dedicated and service-minded staff who consistently give of their time to support these activities and I thank them for their time.

Week 3 Date Where Activity
Mon 24-Jul on site Myojo High School Study Tour (Japan)
off site Duke of Edinburgh Gold – Practice Adventure journey
on site Pre-Eisteddfod Showcase
Tues 25-Jul on site Myojo High School Study Tour (Japan)
off site GC Futsal Titles (U14 girls)
on site Dads Tuning into Kids (Parent event)
Wed 26-Jul on site Myojo High School Study Tour (Japan)
on site Tuning into Teens (Parents event)
off site Year 11 Sport Rec Excursion
off site Year 10 Digital Technology Excursion
off site Year 12 Hospitality Excursion
on site Years 9-12 Pathways Evening (Parent event)
Thurs 27-Jul on site Myojo High School Study Tour (Japan)
on site MEGA Chapel
Fri 28-Jul on site Myojo High School Study Tour (Japan)
Sat 29-Jul off site Years 7-12 MBCB coaching
off site St James Basketball games


Week 4 Date Where Activity
All week off site Eisteddfod Season starts
Mon 31-Jul off site District Athletics Carnival
Tues 1-Aug off site District Athletics Carnival
Wed 2-Aug on site K-12 Pyjama Day
on site Write a Book in a Day
Fri 4-Aug off site Titans Rugby League Gala Day


Week 5 Date Where Activity
All week off site Eisteddfod Season continues
Mon 7-Aug on site Fuji Study Tour
Tues 8-Aug on site Fuji Study Tour
off site Border Region Schools Gala Day
Wed 9-Aug on site Fuji Study Tour
off site Years 7-12 Chess Tournament
Thurs 10-Aug on site Fuji Study Tour
Fri 11-Aug on site Fuji Study Tour
off site SEQ Mountain Bike Schools Camp

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

What’s been happening in the SLC

SLC Athletics Carnival

The SLC Athletics Carnival proved to be an absolute highlight that left everyone buzzing with excitement! It was a day filled with action, energy, and spirited competition. The level of student participation was outstanding, with students from all Houses coming together to showcase their talents and sportsmanship.

The athletes gave their all, pushing their limits to achieve personal bests and contribute valuable points to their Houses. But it wasn’t just about the winners; it was about the collective effort and sportsmanship that permeated the entire carnival.

SLC Students Visit Japan

Hillcrest has always been an internationally focused College inviting many schools worldwide to visit our campus. Over the latter half of 2022, the College saw schools from Japan come to the College on study tours. These were a great success and inspired students to want to do the same in a similar setting. Year 11 student Jared van der Merwe accompanied by fellow students Ben Stockwell, Beau Keating and Cody Clifton took the study tours to heart and planned relentlessly to try getting the College to Japan sometime next year. Working close with both Mr Day and Mr Enriquez they managed to get the trip off the ground to visit Japan in June of 2023. A group of 18 students including teachers Mr Day, Mr Enriquez and Mrs Gittins left for Japan on the 15th of June where they would be until flying back on 1 July. The trip was a major success and the first of its kind post COVID. The trip saw students going to Oshukan Secondary School in Tokyo Japan for three days where they took part in Immersion classes and learned about how school works in Japan and many things about the culture. They then toured many parts of Tokyo such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Harajuku, Ueno etc. They then travelled to Hiroshima for the next part of their trip with a brief stop to the city of Himeji where they visited the castle grounds. Hiroshima saw a more laid-back vibe compared to the busy streets of Tokyo which saw students visiting Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Gardens, Hondori, Miyajima Island and the Peace Park. The students also visited the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park Memorial where they had time to reflect on such a tragedy and really learn about the history of what had happened and how devasting it was. The next part of the trip saw the group going to Osaka where they went to the famous Dotonbori and indulged in street food and looked at the famous lights along the river. Whilst in Osaka they also went to Universal Studios Japan where they had lots of fun in places like Super Nintendo Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Hello Kitty Land.  The final part of the trip saw the group going to the old capital of Kyoto where they went to many famous shrines like Kiyomizudera, Fushimi inari, Kinkaku-ji and the Arashiyama Monkey Park. The trip was an immense success, and the students learnt a lot about Japanese culture but as well as themselves because each day students were given the opportunity to lead the group and showed qualities of leadership and teamwork.

QLD Police Community Announcement – Rules surrounding e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorbikes

Gold Coast Police have identified an increased prevalence of e-bikes, e-scooters and e-motorbikes being ridden on the footpaths, bike lanes and roadways in contravention of the Road Rules.  These contraventions often compromise public safety and put members of the public at risk. Below is a summary that has been provided to the College by the Queensland Police Service regarding the Rules relating to these vehicles as Police wish to educate riders and members of the public surrounding their safe use.

E-scooter and electric skateboard rules:
Electric scooters and electric skateboards are classed as personal mobility devices (PMDs). Age limits apply to these devices. A rider MUST be 16+ to operate, or 12-15yrs with adult supervision. Max speed of 12km/hr on footpaths OR 25km/hr elsewhere. No doubling allowed. Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet, or an approved motorbike helmet required.

Where to ride:

  • Paths – footpaths, shared paths, separated paths and bike paths
  • Local streets (speed limit of 50km/hr or less, no dividing centre line);
  • On-road bike lanes (where the road speed limit is 50km/hr or less, or where the lane is physically separated from the road).

Electric bicycles (e-bikes):
You propel an electric bike through pedalling with the assistance of a motor. Once you hit 6km/hr, the motor kicks in and you don’t need to pedal. When you reach 25km/hr, the motor must stop operating (cut out) and you need to pedal to stay above this speed. Age limits apply to these devices. A rider MUST be 16yrs+ to operate, or 12-15yrs with adult supervision. All other e-bikes that don’t comply with this can only be ridden on private property (ie: petrol powered bikes, ones capable of generating over 200w, and an electric bike where the electric motor is the primary source of power). Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet, or an approved motorbike helmet required.

Fines apply to riders of e-scooters, e-skateboards and e-bikes who break the road rules. Further information can be found here.

Electric Dirt Bikes: (ie: Sur-Ron, RFN style and similar)
These electric dirt bikes are motorbikes and are dealt with in the same manner as a normal petrol-powered dirt bike as per the TORUM definition – two wheeled motor vehicle. To be ridden on the road, the rider MUST have a licence (RE or R licence – C class if maximum speed 50km/hr or less). They also MUST be registered. Some of these electric dirt bikes have a road legal version so some can be ridden on a road if registered/insured and operated by a licenced rider.

Pathways News

Future Doctors Australia program

The Future Doctors Australia’ program is now open! Please note, the spots in this program are strictly limited.

The Future Doctors Australia program offers a unique opportunity for students (ages: 14-18) aspiring to pursue a career in medicine. Through engaging sessions led by experienced medical specialists, practical learning activities, and insights into the admission process, the program aims to inspire and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their medical journey. This is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable insights and guidance from medical professionals who are passionate about shaping the future of healthcare.

Dates of upcoming programs:
Sydney: 5 – 8 October 2023
Adelaide: 13 – 16 October 2023
Brisbane: 9 – 12 December 2023
Melbourne: 25 – 28 January 2024

For further information and enrolment details please visit  WWW.NIECAREERS.COM.AU 

Interested in Studying a Trade Certificate in Term 3 or 4? Gold Coast Trades College

Gold Coast Trades College has availabilities in the following courses. Spots can fill fast so see Mrs McCully in the Pathways Centre for more information.

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.

Academic Enrichment

Uniting Schools in Diplomacy: Fostering Collaborative Excellence at the TSS Model UN

The TSS Model United Nations (MUN) conference, hosted annually at The Southport School, serves as a dynamic platform where students from prestigious schools come together to engage in diplomatic simulations, cultivating collaborative excellence. This year’s event witnessed the convergence of exceptional students from renowned institutions such as Brisbane Girls Grammar, Nudgee College, St Hilda’s, Marymount, and others, as they showcased their talents and contributed to the conference’s success.Throughout the conference, students from various schools collaborated in committee sessions, representing different countries and committees such as the General Assembly, Security Council, and specialized agencies. This collaborative setting fostered an enriching exchange of ideas, perspectives, and strategies, fuelling lively debates and negotiations. The collective efforts and cooperation among students from different schools resulted in comprehensive discussions and innovative resolutions, with a focus on Global Health and Oppressive Regimes.Hillcrest’s delegation excelled at the conference, earning them the Runner-up delegation award, while Brisbane Girls Grammar claimed the top delegation honour. Hillcrest delegates actively contributed to committee sessions by engaging in thoughtful debates and negotiations. Their research-driven arguments and ability to find common ground with fellow delegates showcased their commitment to diplomacy and effective problem-solving. Hillcrest’s success further solidifies its reputation as a distinguished school, fostering the development of future leaders and global citizens.Individually, Jed Gregory’s exceptional representation of Japan in the Global Health resolution stood out. Jed’s profound understanding of Japan’s position, combined with his persuasive skills and dedication, earned him the prestigious Top Delegate award in this category. His adeptness in navigating complex discussions and contributing to the drafting of comprehensive resolutions demonstrated his leadership and expertise. Ashley Magat also received an Honourable Mention for her outstanding contributions throughout the two days. Their accomplishments significantly contribute to the overall excellence of the conference, highlighting the significance of individual contributions within the collective efforts of participating schools.Beyond the conference proceedings, the TSS Model UN provided a platform for students from different schools to forge lasting friendships and networks. Informal discussions and collaborative activities allowed delegates to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and build relationships that extend beyond the conference itself. The networking opportunities facilitated by the conference fostered the development of a broader community of aspiring diplomats and globally-minded individuals.By incorporating these changes, the article’s impact and clarity are enhanced, ensuring that the essence of the TSS Model UN conference is effectively communicated while offering a more engaging and informative read for a wide range of readers.


Speech and Drama students at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts

The Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts began 100 years ago. What an amazing opportunity it was for the Speech and Drama students to participate in the friendly festival and to celebrate this milestone. For many it was their onstage debut. Each performance received a very encouraging report, the marks were very high and the parents / grandparents were very proud. Congratulations on your effort, bravery and commitment. Results are as follows:

Hannah Litton – Kindy – Traditional Nursery Rhyme (In Costume) 2nd Place and Poem in Pairs with Abby Litton 2nd Place.
Abby Jiang – Year 1 – Humorous Verse Highly Commended, Mime 3rd Place, Poem in Pairs with Scarlett Shepherd 2nd Place and Poem in Pairs with Abby Litton 3rd Place.
Abby Litton – Year 1 – Humorous Verse Highly Commended, Character Recital (In Costume) 2nd Place, Poem in Pairs with Hannah Litton 2nd Place, Poem in Pairs with Abby Jiang 3rd Place and Poem in Pairs with Elijah Litton Highly Commended.
Scarlett Shepherd – Year 1 – Light / Humorous Verse 2nd Place, Character Recital (In Costume) 3rd Place, Mime 1st Place and Poem in Pairs with Abby Jiang 2nd Place.
Maya Lee – Year 1 – Light / Humorous Verse Highly Commended, Character Recital (In Costume) Highly Commended, Poem in Pairs with Zoe McDonald Highly Commended and Poem in Pairs with Harrison Chong-O’Neil Highly Commended.
Harrison Chong-O’Neil – Year 1 – Mime Highly Commended and Poem in Pairs with Maya Lee Highly Commended.
Zoe McDonald – Year 1 – Poem in Pairs with Maya Lee Highly Commended.
Wolf Chen – Year 2 – Verse Speaking 1st Place, Memorised Prose 1st Place, Humorous Verse 1st Place, Drama 1st Place and 7 Years Winner.
Heather Baynes – Year 2 – Verse Speaking 2nd Place and Drama Highly Commended.
Amelia Taylor – Year 2 – Memorised Prose 3rd Place, Humorous Verse 3rd Place and Drama Highly Commended.
Micah Woods – Year 2 – Memorised Prose Highly Commended, Humorous Verse Highly Commended and Drama Highly Commended.
Harvey McGuire – Year 2 – Memorised Prose Highly Commended.
Archie Crews – Year 2 – Memorised Prose 2nd Place, Humorous Verse 2nd Place and Adjudicator’s Encouragement Award: 7 years.
Jasmine Shepherd – Year 3 – Novice Humorous Verse Highly Commended.
Elijah Litton – Year 3 – Humorous Verse 3rd Place, Mime Highly Commended and Poem in Pairs with Abby Litton Highly Commended.
Clara Pay – Year 3 – Verse Speaking 3rd Place and Novice Humorous Verse 3rd Place.
Lily Yang – Year 3 – Verse Speaking Highly Commended, Memorised Prose 1st Place, Humorous Verse Highly Commended, Mime 3rd Place, Drama 2nd Place, Sight Reading 2nd Place J. J. Richards Championship Runner Up: 8 years.
Ava Sitters – Year 3 – Novice Humorous Verse Highly Commended.
Oliver Yu – Year 3 – Memorised Prose Highly Commended.
Max Sun – Year 4 – Humorous Verse Highly Commended.
Maddie Stripp – Year 4 – Group Drama with Zoe Parker and Charlotte Kelly 3rd Place.
Zoe Parker – Year 4 – Humorous Verse Highly Commended and Group Drama with Maddie Stripp and Charlotte Kelly 3rd Place.
Charlotte Kelly – Year 4 – Novice Humorous Verse 3rd Place, Group Drama with Maddie Stripp & Zoe Parker 3rd Place.
Charlize Flanagan – Year 5 – Memorised Prose Highly Commended and Mime 3rd Place.
Sebastian Taylor – Year 5 – Novice Humorous Verse Highly Commended.
Viola Chen – Year 6 – Verse Speaking 2nd Place, Memorised Prose 2nd Place, Mime Highly Commended and Drama 3rd Place.
Audrey Schuurs – Year 6 – Verse Speaking 1st Place, Memorised Prose 3rd Place, Mime 3rd Place, Drama 1st Place, Sight Reading 1st Place, Improvisation 1st Place and J. J. Richards Championship Runner Up: 11 years.
Osella Yangzom – Year 6 – Verse Speaking 3rd Place, Memorised Prose 1st Place, Humorous Verse 3rd Place, Mime 1st Place, Drama 2nd Place and J. J. Richards Championship Award: 11 years
Alex Taylor – Year 6 – Humorous Verse 1st Place. Alex has been invited to present his poem at the Gala Concert in Murwillumbah.
Maddy Jones – Year 6 – Humorous Verse 2nd Place and Drama 2nd Place.
Trisong Yangzom – Year 8 – Verse Speaking 1st Place, Prepared Prose Reading 3rd Place, Mime 3rd Place, Drama 2nd Place and Adjudicator’s Encouragement Award 13 years.
Jack Flanagan – Year 8 – Humorous Verse Highly Commended.

Kokoda Challenge 2023

The Kokoda Challenge is established as an event that follows in the footsteps of heroic Aussie diggers, only instead of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, competitors trek throughout the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The Kokoda challenge is a team-based endurance bushwalking event, and covers distances that range from 30km, 48km or 96km. This event attracts nearly 3000’s participant every year, including nearly 400 school teams.

The course includes 13 checkpoints, 5 major hills and 4 major checkpoints. Brutal is the closest word to describe this challenge. However crossing the finish line is a feeling like no other, relief that you made it, but also pure elation that you were part of a team that helped each, supported each and encouraged each other to make it to the end.

When I first signed up in 2021 to take on the Kokoda challenge, I was placed in a group with three people whom I did not know. However, as time went on and we trained, hiked, walked and ran together, we got to know a lot about each other. If there was one thing that has stuck with me from that year, it wasn’t the time we did it in, it was the bonds we made over the course of that year. We made memories that we will never forget. This year was no different for all the students that completed the Kokoda Challenge for the first time, the friendships made over the past 5 months, will last a lifetime.

Lastly, a mention to all our support teams, parents, families, friends and our leaders. Without these amazing people we simply couldn’t finish this event. They were there at every check point to feed us, give us dry clothes, apply band aids, massage aching muscles and encourage us to keep going when we wanted to stop. To the teachers and leaders that have made this possible: Mr. Yarrow and Mr. Marks, Chappy Nat, Ms Cassie Prior, Ms Ramsey, Mr. P Adams, Mr. Fothergill, Mr. Gemmel and the one constant for Kokoda at Hillcrest, Mr. Baddeley. We all thank you for the countless hours you have given up on your weekends to get us ready.

Liam Fothergill
Year 11

Student Achievements

Alby Nickless’ Soccer Success

Alby Nickless, Year 4, has been training with former Socceroos Chris and Tim Cahill and international coach Robbie Anderson as well as various international football players. Alby has proudly represented Hillcrest in various Futsal competitions.
From those competitions, he was selected to captain the Queensland National U10s team playing with and against the best in state representatives from across the country, at just 8 years old. From the National competition Alby was the youngest U10s player, one of nine players and one of only three from Queensland, selected to represent Australia along with Nate Sosso (Year 5), both Hillcrest students. Alby and Nate will be competing in their first International Tournament for Australia in Fiji this month.
Career highlights:
  • 2021 Selected for the Football Queensland representative team who went on to win the Diamond League the same year.
  • 2022 After attending the Westham talent identification camp, Alby was selected to attend the National camp. From there, Alby was invited to England to attend the Westham tour and compete against other English teams.
  • Selected to Captain the U10’s State Futsal team to compete at the National Futsal Competition.
  • Selected in the Australian National Futsal team.
  • 2023 Alby has been selected to play for the Gold Coast Knights Academy 1 team to compete in the Academy League 1 (the highest competition for his age group) as well as various national tournaments for both football and Futsal.
  • Selected in the U10’s State Futsal team to compete at the National Futsal Competition (to be held in September).

Asha Qualifies for Netball State Titles

Congratulations to Asha Thomson who has been selected in the Gold Coast Titans under 16s netball team to play at State Titles in September at Nissan Arena. Asha attended a gruelling initial trial with over 70 athletes and was selected to attend the second trial with 30 athletes. From there the team of 12 was selected. This is a huge achievement and we wish Asha and the Gold Coast Titans luck at State Titles!

Netball Success for Hillcrest Girls


Congratulations to Ivy Thomson (Year 7), Jahzara Hayne (Year 6) Estelle Goedhart (Year 7) and Miki Pohlman (Year 9) who all represented Hinterland District Netball Association at Queensland State Age Titles in Townsville in June over four days. Ivy’s U12 team came first in the State, while Jahzara and Estelle U12 team came an incredible 8th, out of over 60 teams. Miki’s team performed outstandingly as well coming first in the State in their division! A huge achievement for these highly talented young netballers.

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

Save the Date – Hillcrest Fete

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

Other News

Alumni and Friends Breakfast

The recent Alumni and Friends breakfast was a resounding success, drawing in a delightful and enthusiastic crowd. Guests gathered, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie and connection. Jeff Davis delivered an engaging talk about the latest advancements in AI. The event proved to be an excellent networking platform, allowing attendees to connect and forge new professional relationships. We look forward to the next Alumni and Friends event.

Position Available for a Barista Op Shop Allrounder

Reedy Creek Baptist Church is seeking a Barista Op Shop Allrounder for the compassion arm of our Church, Reedy Care.

Reedy Care was established in 2019 to care and support our local community and assists like-minded charities that help the homeless and victims of domestic violence. We also support school communities through the Chaplains.

The successful person would need to share our Christian values, be honest, reliable, flexible and motivated to uphold Reedy Cares vision in connecting with and supporting the community and have excellent verbal communication skills. This position requires a physically fit person to meet the demands of the job. The primary areas of ministry for this role are to assist the Op Shop Manager with the day-to-day operation of the op shop with its associated cafe, food pantry, bookshop and playground. The main duties of this position are, the ability to learn all facets of Reedy Care operations, opening, closing, lock up/security, serving, maintaining stock levels, managing volunteers and baristas, the food pantry, monitoring stock levels and the look and feel of the op shop. In the absence of the Manager, to organise rosters and oversee the volunteers and ensure accuracy of financial accounting. The person filling this role would need to ensure that all business is conducted in line with Christian ethics and values, being asked to assist in developing, promoting and supporting a culture and work environment that is positive, healthy, safe and respectful for all volunteers and customers.

This is a casual position of approx. 10-15 hours per week. To register your interest please email admin@rcbc.org.au for a position description. Applications are to be emailed no later than close of business on Friday, 18 August 2023.

Billy Elliot The Musical

Hillcrest Virtual Learning Community student, Kalani Peters, Year 9, is currently performing as one of the ballet girls in Billy Elliot The Musical, at The Star. Shows started in July and will continue to run until Sunday, 13 August. Well done to Kalani! We wish her all the best in the remaining shows!

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.

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