"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.'"
Executive Head of College
Executive Head of College, Jeff Davis shares an update from the last two weeks.
From the ELC
We have had an exciting few weeks in the Early Learning Community. This week we celebrated National Science Week and our College was buzzing with ‘sciency’ fun. National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Lab Kids who shared a “Backyard Rocket Science” Show with our ELC children. Throughout the interactive show, children were able to pose and answer questions, assist with experiments and discover more about the wonderful world of Science. What a great way to spark curiosity.
This week also saw the introduction of French lessons to our regular program and practice in the ELC. Learning a second language helps boost problem solving, critical thinking and listening skills, in addition to improving memory and concentration. Our ELC children sang songs, greeted Madame Naomi with a beautiful ‘bonjour’ and listened to a retell of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We are looking forward to being immersed in French culture and language in the weeks to come to enrich our learning.
Director of Early Learning Community
From JLC Leadership
Dear JLC Community,
We are at the halfway point of Term 3, and it has been a huge five weeks of learning, fun and events in the JLC. It was encouraging to see so many families attend the parent teacher interviews last week, along with Hillspell and our fortnightly Celebration Assembly. If you were unable to attend parent teacher interviews, please contact your class teacher to arrange a suitable time to meet.
This week we enjoyed seeing many of you at the K-4 Sports Carnival. It is lovely to have a point of connection with families once again. Events like these are a great way to celebrate all our students and their individual strengths.
Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to seeing the culmination of learning across the JLC, where our Design Centred Learning Projects transpire. As we walk through the classrooms it is wonderful to see students engaged in planning, designing, and creating in the DCL space. Term 3 DCL projects include:
Prep: Fairy tales – sock puppet presentation
Year 1: Lego Design to retell stories
Year 2: Mini Beasts
Year 3: Planning and Designing Future Inventions
Year 4: Sustainability – repurposing trash
Year 3/4 LUMOS: Biomes
To ensure the health and safety of all our students, please remember that Castle Drive is only for staff vehicle access. For parents of P-2 students, parking permits can be obtained from JLC reception to access Chocolate Drive. The boom gate opens at 2:10pm for afternoon pick up of Prep students at 2.40pm and Year 1 – 3 at 3pm.
We also ask parents to refrain from bringing dogs on campus. Of late, we have noticed an increased number of dogs on campus and want to remind families no dogs are allowed on campus to ensure all community members are kept safe.
We look forward to the last weeks of Term 3 and continued blue skies leading into the September holidays.
Head Junior Learning Community
What’s been happening in the JLC
After a little break, 2022 saw the return of HILLSPELL into the JLC College Calendar. HILLSPELL is an initiative aimed at lifting the importance and profile of spelling. It has a written component with a set list that children can rehearse, along with some ‘unseen’ words to add that final level of complexity. Even students who feel that spelling isn’t their greatest strength, can challenge themselves by setting a personal goal and receive a certificate for achieving or exceeding their individual target. The top five spellers from each class are awarded a Bronze Level Certificate.
The second component of the competition is the most challenging and invites the identified top five spellers of each year level to participate in an oral Spelling Bee Final.
This requires even a higher level of skill where the contestants must recall, visualise, and spell the words correctly, starting at an easy level and gradually progressing to more complex vocabulary.
There were many students whose journey to learn the words and engage in the competition took them well out of their comfort zone, but their effort and enthusiasm to achieve their personal best was outstanding. We are so proud of all of our students.
Also, congratulations to the finalists from each year level who achieved Silver Level status for the strongest spelling performance in their cohort, for 2022.
Scarlett Eady, Rayan Yadav, Maya Lee, Hannah Fang, Jack Lydster, Kaleb Mansfield, Indie Lowe, Gigi Jones, Clara Pay, Anson Kang, Bayes Cai, Lacey Maleham, Layla Karamallis, Zoe Levers, Alyssa Pitt, Luella Cook, Sophia Loots, Jaden Yoon, Zoltan Nagy, and Kevin Kim; all who did a sensational job at the HILLSPELL FINALS. The Year 3 competition goes down as this year’s closest and most nail-biting experience, as well.
Of course, we must also acknowledge those students who emerged victorious because of exceptional spelling ability, focused effort, and beating the odds of chance on the day.
Congratulations to our HILLSPELL 2022 Champions:
Prep = Stella Bolger
Year 1 = Summer Cleaver
Year 2 = Ryo Noda
Year 3 = Halynn Kim
Year 4 = Carina Zhang
A big thank you to all the staff and parents who have contributed to the success of HillSpell 2022 and we look forward to seeing how it all unfolds next year.
Beenleigh Historical Village Excursion
Year 3 students travelled back in time at the Beenleigh Historical Village as part of their DCL investigation. While they were there they looked at some of the incredible innovations and inventions for the time they were used in to make links to what we have today in place of these things and spark some ideas for their final DCL project where they will create an innovative new version of a current and past invention. Students took turns to cut wood using double person cross saw and explored the components of a 50 year old fire engine. After being shocked to learn washing used to take two days, they took turns in picking up the washing that was being boiled by the fire, using a wash board to scrub it clean, rinse it and press it through an old washing press machine. Students experienced a completely different schooling to the one they have today in the old school house and learned about some old, now frowned upon discipline methods. They were given a chance to explore in small groups the many artefacts and buildings the village had to offer. A special thanks to all the parents who came along to help us on the day.
Year 1 Fire Education Visit
Year 1 had a special visit from the Burleigh Fire Station this week. The Queensland Fire Service conduct a Year 1 Fire Safety Program in Queensland schools. We have focused on healthy habits in our Health units this year. All things from sun safety and healthy eating, to exercise, and naming our emotions. This Fire Safety Program adds to our healthy habits by staying safe around fires and how to get help in an emergency. Students learn who to call in an emergency, having a fire escape plan, good and bad types of fires, and other fire safety tips. Ask us to show you how we “Get down low and go, go, go.” All Year 1 students had a chance to spray the fire hose, too! A big thank you to the Burleigh Fire Station firefighters for spending time with us and sharing about ways to stay safe around fires.
National Science Week
We love science in Year 1! This week we celebrated with exciting experiments conducted by the Year 1 Teacher Scientists. We discussed materials and made predictions on what we thought would happen. Then we watched the science in action. We created a vortex in a bottle, exploded a coke bottle, used a chemical reaction to inflate a balloon, and whipped up some ‘elephant toothpaste.’ It’s hard to pick a favourite. If we come asking for vinegar and bi-carb soda, be prepared for your little scientist to be making some scientific discoveries.
Year 2 Minibeasts
It has been all about ‘masterfully made minibeasts’ in Year 2 this term! The children have been learning all about minibeast classification and researching appearance and habitats. Their learning will culminate in an information report, presented as part of a DCL unit, with sculptures, posters, graphs and maps all pertaining to their chosen minibeast. What better way to absorb knowledge than with some real-life learning! Mr Chris Blamire kindly brought his bees to class for a visit. The children (and teachers) were fascinated by these amazing creatures as we observed a section of their hive, saw them hatching and talked about the Queen Bee’s royal jelly, amongst many other things. The children’s curiosity had them asking so many intelligent questions and we wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few homes where children were requesting their own beehives in the near future!
Coinciding perfectly with Science Week, The Numinbah Valley EEC joined us for a minibeast incursion. There was great excitement as the children explored our local environment in a hunt for minibeasts. Their engagement was tangible as we listened to their conversations whilst they shook branches, catching minibeasts in the umbrella’s bellow. The children were in awe as they used microscopes to view these amazing creatures and used their new skills to identify different insect groups whilst using their language of description and scientific language to describe, in detail, what they were seeing.
K – 4 Sports Day
The atmosphere was buzzing today for the K-4 Sports Carnival. We loved having lots of parents and spectators on campus to cheer on our kids. We couldn’t have had better weather for all the activities on the oval. There was an 80 metre dash, poison ball, parachutes, sack races, tunnel ball and bean bag shot put.
From the Head of the MLC
The highlight over the past fortnight would have to be the Year 6 camp to Moreton Island. I am sure there will be many photos and stories that our students share over the coming weeks but I am so happy for our students that they had such a good time with incredible weather blessing the experience. I would also like to acknowledge the time and effort put in by the staff to organise and run the camp for our students.
I would also like to acknowledge our Performing Arts team who are currently supporting many students through Eisteddfod season. With many events still to occur, we will give a thorough wrap-up of how everyone performed in the next newsletter but until then please pray for good health for all of our performers. We wish you every success as you represent our College within the community.
Head of Middle Learning Community
What’s been happening in the MLC
Poos From the Past
In Year 8 HaSS we are studying medieval times where people did some disgusting things. They pooped in the street, used crazy treatments for sickness and they had a very interesting diet. To help us understand this, we excavated “poo” to find out whether or not the poo was from a King/Noble or a Peasant. The Kings ate more meat and fish so their poo had fish eyes, bones and pomegranate seeds. The peasants ate stuff like cabbage, oats, cherries and sometimes there was stones in there too. This made for a gross excavation.
** we were assured the “poo” was made from flour, oil, baking powder and stock cubes but it smelt really bad anyway**
Congratulations to all the Junior B Debaters for a fantastic debating season.
The Hillcrest 1 team of Claudia Branson, Joel Luxton, Fleur Hammersley and Sam Kennedy will be celebrated for their Finals win on Wednesday, 17 August at the Gold Coast Debating Grand Final being held at Bond University. The Hillcrest three team of Tim Gregory, Zara Waters and Aidan Colgate came a close second in their final and will be celebrated at a future MLC Assembly where they will receive their certificates. All the Junior B debating teams have worked hard, learned and achieved so much and we look forward to seeing you back next year. All interested debaters are encouraged to participate in this fun and challenging experience 😊
SLC/MLC Mentorship program Pizza Party
Building community across the College is an important part of what we do at Hillcrest Christian College. The SLC/MLC mentorship program has been a huge success this year, with over 40 students from the SLC mentoring and building relationships with younger students from the MLC. There are even some Year 8 students MLC who are mentoring Year 5 students. Anyone can be a part of this program. The pairs meet once a week at an agreed time and simply hang out, chat about life and faith and play together. It is wonderful to witness these relationships growing and strengthening and the younger students love seeing their older buddies around the College each week. Last week we held a pizza party to thank the students who have offered their time to walk alongside a younger student and to provide a fun event where all the mentors and mentees could socialise together. This program will continue for the rest of the year and will be offered again next year.
Josiah College Service Project
We have 15 Year 8 students who have chosen to serve at Josiah College and run lessons for students as part of a SECRET Skills project this term. The students have displayed the SECRET Skills of Service and Courage as they go each week into the school, stand in front of a class and present lessons. This experience has led the students to develop empathy for those with special needs and build relationship with the students.
“Its been fun getting to know students that we don’t get to interact with at Hillcrest, learning about their needs and interests.” Mikayla Pohlman
SEQ Water Visits Year 7
Year 7 Science students participated in a virtual incursion with Karen Leigh from SEQ Water to expand on their knowledge of human impacts on Australian ecosystems. Karen talked about the effects of these impacts on water systems and organisms that rely on water sources in their ecosystems.
Upcoming Webinar for Parents – How to Help Your Child’ Write Better Notes
We’re excited to announce that parents of our school have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series this year. Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series, you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
Wednesday, 24 August at 6:30pm (AEST) – How to Help Your Child Write Better Notes
From the Head of the SLC
We have something very special and unique in the Senior Learning Community.
For the past two weeks, I have been part of the 2023 Student Leadership selection process. Like many schools, our Year 11 students were asked to submit a formal written application and provide a short video that the community could watch. All students in the SLC were asked provide input into who they thought would be the best students to lead next year.
However, on top of this, our incumbent leaders interview the perspective candidates. While different staff were in the room, depending on the role being interviewed for, the students lead the interviews from start to finish – from welcoming the applicant and thanking them for their application and praying for them through to asking and answering questions. With coaching, they write their own questions to gather the skills, values and knowledge of each candidate. I was very impressed with how well each interview was conducted with a very high level of professionalism.
I have also met with each recruitment team once to hear how their discernment is progressing. I was very impressed with their insightful initial reflections and recommendations. Their level of maturity and justification based on the College values was outstanding. We will meet again soon to determine the 2023 Student Leadership team.
While all schools have a student leadership selection process, what we do at Hillcrest is very special and unique. Student voice through our current student leaders is central for the selection of all positions.
I thank all of the current student leaders for the time and effort they have given to the recruitment process, and I ask that you continue to pray for them as they complete their discernment process in selecting candidates to replace them next year.
Until next time. Richest blessings.
Head of Senior Learning Community
What’s been happening in the SLC
Wollumbin Youth Art Award Finalists
This year we entered various students’ artworks into the Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) with four students’ work chosen as finalists from a pool of 196 entries across the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim Shires as well as Lismore and Gold Coast City.
The WYAA is a biennial award for young artists aged 5 to 18 years. The Award, named for the mountain which the Gallery overlooks will explore unique and diverse local perspectives. The WYAA celebrates the artistic talent and creativity of young people living in the region. Congratulations to the following finalists.
Samantha Werder (Year 11)
Eva Dekell (Year 10)
Alessandra Mastaglia (Year 9)
Ziya Semaan (Year 8)
Artworks will be on display from Friday, 23 September – Sunday, 27 November 2022 at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. The WYAA Winners will be announced on Saturday, 1 October.
We hope you can attend the exhibition and celebrate the amazing efforts of our students. Wishing them the best of luck in the finals.
Year 11 QLD Firefighters Road Safety Presentation
Year 11 Students had the opportunity to hear from Joe and Joseph from the QLD Firefighters as they discussed the importance of Road Safety. Joe and Joseph presented the statistics around youth road safety and presented strategies to help keep students safe on the roads.
Year 12 Rights and Responsibilities of Renting
Year 12 students heard from Dorothy Hamilton from First National Real Estate Property Solutions in Palm Beach. Dot shared stories and advice from her 40 years in the Real Estate industry including tips for students as they explore living away from home. These tips included setting up a budget, knowing what to look for in a rental, establishing house rules and how to build a good relationship with your landlord.
School Based Traineeship Opportunities
Learn while you earn and start a traineeship while you’re still at school! Are you interested in Accounting or Bookkeeping? This position is for you, locally based in Coombabah.
You will help to look after 40+ clients. Duties will include – data entry, filing, scanning, emails etc.
Studying a Certificate III in Business. You will learn how a paperless business is run and how to navigate the structured systems that are used.
Only 1 position left!
Send your resume though today to: JasmineC@novaskill.edu.au
Expressions of Interest
Are you interested in a career in the Marine Industry? Site visit of the COOMERA MARINE PRECINCT – NOW AVAILABLE!
We are currently looking for any students who are interested to learn more about a career in the Marine industry. A career pathway excursion to the amazing Coomera Marine Precinct is now being planned and would include:
- tour of Coomera Marine Precinct
- visit to the new TAFE
- visit to Riviera Apprenticeship presentation by owner Rodney Longhurst
- visit to The Boat Works 55-acre facility, comprising of 60+ marine businesses, all expanding and seeking skilled personnel.
- Morning tea at The Boat Works, Espresso 25 Cafe.
The marine industry on the Gold Coast is booming and the opportunities for interested students in this career pathway are endless!
Please contact Mrs McCully to register your interest now.
White Card Wednesday
Our next white card course will be running on Wednesday 31st August. If you have any students interested please have them contact me or call our office to register. $65 per student.
You’re invited to studyworkgrow. This is a great opportunity for students to stay up to date with career facts, jobs, key dates, university information. There are also very helpful articles for students and parents.
Can you or your business offer work experience for our Year 10 students?
We are looking for businesses to partner with us to offer our students work experience in the last week of term (12–16 September).
Students will be getting a taste of work life in their areas of interest and you will be inspiring the next wave of professionals into your industry.
If you can take one or more students, please submit your expression of interest for more information by clicking on this link.
Rocky Trail Academy Gold Coast MTB Schools Competition
Well done Hillcrest Mountain Bike Team placing 3rd Overall out of 30 schools in the Rocky Trail Academy Gold Coast MTB Schools Competition at Nerang last week. Thanks to students, parents and coaches for all the effort and support today – these events couldn’t happen without you all.
Shout outs to Jacob Borrelli placing 3rd in Year 7-8 boys and Kai Pyyvaara placing 2nd in Year 9-10 Boys.
Other notable placings: Sebastien Borrelli 11th in 9/10 boys; Chace Adams 7th, Padjua Torres 9th and Vincent Campbell 12th in 7/8 boys.
Welcome Elle Hallam and Sienna Crews to the team representing Hillcrest in the 7/8 girls category – they completed all three tracks including the very rocky Fox Trail!!
Gold Coast Eisteddfod 2022 – Year 5/6 String Ensemble and Vivo String Ensemble
Due to the global pandemic, the 2020 Gold Coast Eisteddfod was regrettably cancelled, and in 2021, only some of the GCE events were staged, adapting to ever-changing restrictions and conditions. However, in 2022, students were fortunately able to perform live on stage, and listen and support other groups. The Gold Coast Eisteddfod also celebrates its 40th Year and looks forward to seeing all competitors perform.
Two of our College String Ensembles have made a wonderful start to this year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Year 5/6 String Ensemble and Vivo String Ensemble were both awarded 2nd place in their respective sections. The students and their directors are to be congratulated on representing our College so well and for their excellent music performances and results.
Dance Eisteddfod Results
Last week Hillcrest Dance represented the College at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod. The students danced beautifully and represented the College with pride.
Lots of fun was had when our seniors arrived in their PJs after celebrating that morning with all of Year 12.
Intermediate Lyrical- Highly Commended
Musical theatre- Highly Commended
Student Choreography (Choreographer: Ella Pyyvaara): 2nd place.
Well done ladies!
Excursion to see world renowned dance company ‘Bangarra’
Student and staff had the amazing opportunity to see Bangarra Live on Thursday, 11 August.
‘Terrain’ looks at how indigenous people sustain country, how important it is to ensure culture knowledge is passed down through generations so that land is cared for. Protecting and preserving significant site is important not only to indigenous people, but to all Australians- Frances Rings (Bangarra Choreographer).
“The show was unique and something I haven’t seen before. The indigenous culture showed throughout the whole dance and through all aspects of the staging. I am truly inspired’.- Mayali Jeffery
Year 7-12 Titans Cup 9 A Side Rugby League Gala Day
Over 50 boys from Hillcrest attended this year’s Titans Cup Rugby League 9 A Side Gala Day. Hillcrest had three teams representing the College. The Year 7/8 team was coached by Mr Hopper, Year 9/10 by Mr Edwards and Year 11/12 by Mr Coetzee. All three teams played with great skill and physicality but more importantly demonstrated great sportsmanship and teamwork. We would also like to thank Mr Dawkins for attending the day and supporting the boys.
Interschool Chess Tournament
33 students from Year 1-9 represented our College to compete in the Interschool Chess Tournament at Clover Hill Primary and TSS. Over the two days of competition, our students received nine merit awards (winning 4.5 games out of 7) and Bayes Cai was awarded first place for her division.
Each student played seven games of chess throughout the day and there was strong competition with around 150 students from more than 10 school around the Gold Coast competing. The students showed great sportsmanship, incredible focus and attitude. Well done!
If there are students interested in representing our school in future chess tournaments, please contact Mrs Teresa McGuire (Teacher).
Secondary 7-12 competition (Wednesday):
Division A- Seth Bolt (Merit award)
Mark Bekker (merit award)
Division B- Sasha Lee
Division B- Hin Cai
Primary P-6 competition (Tuesday):
Division A- Ryo Noda (4th place and merit award)
Darwin Huang (5th place and merit award)
Division B- Elijah McGuire (merit award)
Division C- Aidan Garibovic
Archie Henderson (merit award)
Division D- Bayes Cai (1st place)
Division D- Levi Knox
Archer Byrnes (merit award)
Vincent Van Der Molen
Division D- Harvey McGuire
Mason Venville (merit award)
Division D- Charlie Craft
Nathan Jennison (merit award)
Hinterland Green District Athletics Trials
The Hillcrest Year 9-12 girls rugby league team played a game against Pacific Coast Christian College. The girls played 9 a side format game which was hosted by Pac Coast. Both teams played a great game and Hillcrest walked away victorious with a 12 tries to 3 score line. The biggest highlight of the afternoon was the amazing team work that was shown by the girls. We look forward to continuing girls rugby league next year.
Parents & Friends
Father’s Day Stall
At the end of the month we will have our annual P&F Father’s Day Stall at the College for students to from Prep to Year 12, to come along and purchase something for dad.
The JLC/MLC Stall will be on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 on the MPH Deck. JLC students will visit with their classes throughout the day. MLC students can come before school or at morning tea time.
The MLC/SLC Stall will be on Thursday, 1 September 2022 in the SLC Courtyard. Students can come before school or at morning tea time.
All gifts are $5. Prepaid vouchers are available here or students can use cash on the day.
There will be gifts available for dad, poppy and grandad!
Please send in a bag with your child/ren so they can use it to take home their gift for dad!
Alumni Gala Dinner
Hillcrest Christian College is pleased to formally invite past students and staff to the 40th Anniversary Alumni Gala Dinner.
Join us on Saturday 10 September for a night of reminiscing and celebrating Hillcrest Christian College.
Tickets are now live on the link below. Purchase a single ticket (or two!) or gather a group of friends and lock in a table of 10.
Price includes a three course alternative meal and entertainment at the JW Marriott Gold Coast. Discounted accommodation rates are available.
Feel free to share and tag your friends!
Booking information can be found here.
Parents and Friends – Let’s Chat
The P&F are excited to present the ‘Let’s Chat’ series running at The Well every Wednesday morning at 8.15am, starting 24 August 2022.
Wednesday 24 August 2022 – Coffee and cake with the P&F Committee. Drop by to have a hot drink, meet some new friends and chat.
Wednesday 31 August, 7 and 14 September 2022 – Pastor Robbie Townsend will be onsite for three sessions to explore faith. Are you wanting to know about Christian faith? Do you want to bridge the gap that may exist between what your children are learning and questions you may have around faith? This is a safe and comfortable place to come and ask any questions you may have and learn about Jesus.
Position Vacant – Reedy Creek Baptist Church
Located in Gemvale Road close to Hillcrest Christian College, Reedy Creek Baptist Church is seeking an Office Administrator who has relevant experience and is able to work 24 hours over a 4-day week. Needed skills include bookkeeping, paying accounts, use of databases, reception, able to relate to people, ability to prioritise tasks on a daily basis, computer skills especially the Microsoft suite, and be able to work to a set of procedures. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Position Description (PD), or your phone number should you have any questions. Applications to be submitted to email@example.com stating experience against the PD and a CV by COB Tuesday 23 August.
Student Departure Notification for 2022
Our College has gained a strong reputation for innovation and excellence, locally, nationally and internationally. We continue to receive numerous applications from families who have selected Hillcrest as the preferred schooling option for their children. Many of our year levels have now reached capacity, or are nearly full and our waiting lists are growing. The College now only has formal enrolment intakes for Pre Kindy, Kindy and Prep.
Your family is a very important part of our College Community and because of this we will be preparing for your child/ren moving into their new year level in 2023.
Please be reminded that the Enrolment Contract states that you must provide one full term’s notice in writing, before any departure. If the full term’s notice has not been received and the student is outside of the initial six month cooling off period, a full term’s fee will be charged. Whilst we acknowledge and respect the right of parents to withdraw their child from Hillcrest at any time, this policy was introduced to encourage families to think carefully about early withdrawal and to ensure that the College has continuity of enrolment to meet its financial commitments.
If your child will not be returning to Hillcrest Christian College in 2023, please provide your departure notification in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 16 September 2022 to avoid any financial penalty.
On behalf of the College Executive, thank you for your support with this matter.