Hillcrest News

18 August 2023

"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon."

Philippians 4:4-5

Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College

Executive Head of College, Jeff Davis shares an update from the last two weeks of school.



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Culture and Wellbeing


Culture and Wellbeing

The Hillcrest Wellbeing Team would like to give a huge “Thank you” to our College community for their support over the past two years in helping Toby achieve his official “Therapy Dog” status.

Toby arrived at College in Term 4 of 2021, as a little ball of fur with a big heart. He quickly became socialised to the school environment, taking in all the sights and smells and incredible onslaught of pats, cuddles and attention. Our College community wholeheartedly embraced Toby, with students, staff and families all becoming part of his journey to qualification.

Empower Assistance Dogs, who have provided all of Tobys training and assessment and will continue to provide annual accreditation, so Toby stays on top of his skills and continues to learn the ways of therapy dogs.

Toby now proudly wears his bright orange official “therapy dog” jacket as he goes about school, visiting classrooms, playing with students at break times and offering a calm and non-judgmental presence to anyone who needs a bit of extra care.

Therapy Dogs are becoming increasingly recognised for the many benefits they bring to schools.  These furry friends provide emotional support, reduce stress and anxiety levels and promote calm and relaxed atmospheres conducive to learning. Therapy dogs can enhance social skills and improve self-esteem, help student develop empathy and forge connections. They bring joy and happiness as they wag their tails in response to your pats and cuddles and love you just the way you are.

Please stop for a Toby pat or cuddle when you see him around campus – he will be so happy to see you!

Emily Townsend
College Counsellor

From the ELC

The Early Learning Community has been abuzz with exciting learning as we have continued our journey though the theme of “Fruits of the Spirit.” The biblical teachings have not only supported the development of essential social skills but also encouraged the children’s growth as confident and respectful members of our service.  The recent pyjama day, held in early August was in support of ‘Effective Aid International,’ and further extended this learning with compassion and care to the broader community and the world around us.

Alongside this, we also engaged in STEM activities that have ignited the children’s curiosity, wonder, and enthusiasm for learning.  They have been able to participate in meaningful experiences that have provided opportunities to explore and use different tools, materials, and resources. These activities sparked conversations and allowed the children to follow their own ideas, work collaboratively and be able to use play to investigate, reflect and problem solve together.  This has also provided a wonderful lead into this week’s celebration of science week.

We are looking forward to a week full of excitement, discovery, and learning.

Kind regards

Di Gontier
Acting Director of Early Learning Community

From JLC Leadership

It’s remarkable that we’ve crossed the midpoint of Term 3, with just five weeks left to go. This week, the K-4 Sports Carnival was a huge success. It was a day filled with excitement and enjoyment for everyone involved. We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to the parents who attended the event. Your presence added to the joy of celebrating our young achievers who demonstrated remarkable skills throughout the various activities of the day.

This week we also celebrated Science week, an annual event dedicated to promoting and celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and awareness. It encourages a lifelong interest in learning and helps develop a scientifically literate society. Our eager JLC teachers incorporated science-themed activities into the classroom, and various activities were organised during breaks to highlight the wonders of science.

During Week 5, we conducted Parent Teacher Interviews, and it was truly wonderful to see so many parents availing and taking the time to learn about their child’s academic, social, emotional, and wellbeing progress. Collaborating with you on your child’s unique journey is of paramount importance to us. If you missed this opportunity, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via email to arrange an alternate time.

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in your children’s education. We look forward to the continued growth and success of each student within the JLC community.


Christy Gittins
Head Junior Learning Community

What’s been happening in the JLC

Science Week in the JLC

We embarked on an exhilarating journey into the world of wonders and discovery during Australian Science Week! This past week, our young explorers delved into hands-on experiments, were captivated by demonstrations by our SLC STEM Ambassadors, and participated in mind-boggling activities that sparked curiosity and ignited a love for science. Big ideas were discovered, technology was tinkered with, and the mysteries of nature were explored, all while having a blast with fellow budding scientists. Our inner Einsteins were unleashed as we embraced the thrill of learning. We celebrated the joy of science together, one fascinating, fun-filled experiment at a time!

Michelle Cecil
Deputy Head of JLC – Curriculum

Prep Pyjama Day

Last week, the community joined together for a heart-warming event, finding comfort in the coziness of Pyjama Day. In Prep, this delightful occasion, transformed Preppies and teachers, into a sea of their coziest most beloved pyjamas. The highlight of the day was the afternoon spent together in the school theatre. Laughter and excitement filled the air as we gathered to enjoy a movie, complete with our cherished teddy bear. Pyjama day at Prep not only brought smiles and comforting warmth but also strengthened our sense of community as we shared the simple joy of relaxation and togetherness.

Spotlight on Learning: 1TW

Click, squish and pinch!

With the gentle click of magnetic tiles and mobilo, the tactile squish of playdough and the pinch of connective cubes, 1TW have embarked on an adventure that intertwines hands-on exploration with cognitive growth.

The opportunities have been endless; from shaping flash words on handwriting lines, to constructing intricate 3D shapes that unveil geometric features, our students have harnessed the power of touch to enhance understanding through manipulative resources.

Beyond intellectual growth, the benefits extend to fine motor skills. As young hands mould and arrange, they strengthen fine motor dexterity, essential for writing and other tasks.

As Dr Maria Montessori once said, “what the hand does, the mind remembers.” We look forward to continuing to see the fruits of our intentional effort, blossom across many learning outcomes this term.

Year 1 Fire Ed Visit

Year 1 had the privilege of experiencing a visit from the Burleigh Fire truck and Firefighters in Week 4. The firefighters came and spoke with Year 1 about fire safety, the job of firefighters, and the importance of a fire escape plan. Year 1 students were very excited to have the fire truck visit and have an opportunity to spray the water hose on the oval. This Fire Ed Visit is an important part of our Year 1 curriculum on making safe and healthy choices. Students practiced how to call 000 and what emergency service they needed. We had a look at mobile phones and how to use the “emergency” button on a mobile phone if they don’t know a passcode and how to access the keypad on a mobile phone. Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is an important part of staying safe.

Learning in Year 2: Spotlight on 2MR

With furrowed brows and frenzied fervour, we put our fabulous fingers and magnificent minds to work!

Today was Lego day and our feelings fizzed with fireworks of excitement! Foraging through Lego kits and feverishly following instructions, our room was a flurry of ingenious innovation as we coded, critiqued and re-crafted our creations.

As our robots functioned and faulted, our knowledge of forces and friction flourished!

What a fulfilling and fabuliciously fun experience! ⛓️️⚙️

3TC travel back to the ‘Olden Days’

In Week 4, our Year 3 students travelled back in time to see what life was like ‘in the olden days’ at Beenleigh Historical Village. 3TC had so much fun dressing up in clothes from the past and learning about life in the early days of Australia.

Students loved stepping into a little room that was actually a whole school, as all year levels learnt in the same classroom. We got to use slates and see how they used to learn and how mean the teachers could be. Did you know that children had to use back straighteners if they were slouching, and they got the cane if they weren’t doing what they were supposed to?

We learnt what a Blacksmith does and saw Chris heat up steel to make things like hooks, horseshoes and ornaments. We saw old washing equipment, stores, jail cells, farming equipment, printing presses and best of all we got to pretend to be firemen and use an old-fashioned fire truck!

Year 4: Science Week Village Roadshow Incursion

As part of our Science Week learning, Year 4 students and 3/4 Lumos had an incursion from Marine Education Team at Sea World exploring the theme of National Science Week of Innovation: Powering Future Industries.  Students were involved in an engaging incursion, exploring advancements in scientific research in a marine setting such as drone based imagery work, satellite tags and improvements in sustainability. They particularly loved the open question time at the end where they could pose questions of interest and ask our presenters about their experiences in this area.

From the Head of the MLC

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have seen an incredible number of activities and events hosted in the MLC over the past fortnight with the highlight for me being the engagement with the first MLC Colab Evening in Week 5. This event offered parents the opportunity to hear more about their student’s learning while also gathering up-to-date information from a number of optional parent sessions including; Project Based Learning, Study Skills and Homework, What we do for Wellbeing, The Rise Program and more. The event was attended at a high level, particularly in Years 5-6, and I want to thank our parent community for investing your time into such a worthwhile event. I know next year will be bigger and better and we will continue to build these partnerships with parents as we move forward.

Last week we had a group of students from Yeodo Middle School in South Korea visit the campus and meet up with Hilcrest students they have been collaborating with online in the leadup to the visit. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to learn more about a culture that is not often shared and build Globalisation skills that are invaluable in the connected world in which we live. We look forward to building deeper partnerships with South Korea as they are a very Christian nation who may open up opportunities for us to visit through Mission and Service work into the future.

Year 8 Parent Forums
There have been large numbers of parents attending the information forums about the Rise Program so far and we have two more opportunities on offer this term as outlined below. I encourage Year 8 parents to attend one of the forums listed to find out more about how students will transition down to our Coolangatta Campus during Term 4 and into 2024. The next two forums will be on the Main Campus; however, there will be further opportunities to visit the Coolangatta Campus this year.

Rise Program Parent Forums (all starting at 6:00pm)
Thursday 31 August (Week 8) TO ATTEND, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Tuesday 12 September (Week 10) TO ATTEND, PLEASE CLICK HERE

As always, there is an extensive list of activities on offer over the coming weeks so please read through the following list to stay informed.

Week 7 Eisteddfod Season
Mon 21-Aug on site Year 5 -6 Olympics Unleashed Incursion
Tues 22-Aug off site Year 6 Currumbin Special School Visit
on site Dads Tuning into Kids research group
Wed 23-Aug on site Tuning into Teens x 2
on site MLC ICAS Testing
Thurs 24-Aug on site MLC Mash Up
on site Street Science National Science Week Show
off site Years 5-6 CBSQ Basketball Tournament
Fri 25-Aug off site Year 6 Crossroads Church Visit
off site Years 5-6 CBSQ Basketball Tournament
off site Year 6 LUMOS Brisbane Parliament House Excursion
Sat 27-Aug off site Tournament of Minds
Week 8 Eisteddfod Season
Tues 29-Aug on site Engaging Adolescents Group 1
on site Dads Tuning into Kids research group
Wed 30-Aug on site Years P-6 Chess Interschool Tournament
off site Year 5-6 LUMOS Sumo Robotic Comp(Select Students)
on site Tuning into Teens x 2
on site MLC ICAS Testing
Thurs 31-Aug on site Year 9 2024 RISE Parent Forum (6:00pm)
on site Adolescent Success School Tour
off site Regional Athletics Carnival
Week 9
Fri 8-Sep off site Year 6 Crossroads Church Visit
on site Year 8 Meeting
Week 10
Tues 12-Sep on site Year 7 Parent Project Hour
Year 9 2024 RISE Parent Forum (6:00pm)
Thurs 14-Sep on site R U OK? Day
on site Year 6 CIA Day
 Fri 15-Sep on site Last day of Term 3

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

What’s been happening in the MLC


This term, Year 8 MLC students have been exploring the driving question ‘How might we share our knowledge of the elements creatively?’ Students have embarked on a variety of impactful learning experiences with a launch event for this unit taking them on an excursion to Event Cinemas Robina to watch the new Pixar film, ‘Elemental’. In the classroom, they have used VR goggles to view three dimensional molecules, compounds and elements and created character profiles of elements from the periodic table. Practical experiences have involved testing the conductivity of metals, non-metals and metalloids and creating a compound of magnesium oxide through the heating of magnesium. The Year 5 cohort will soon be providing feedback to the students about their storyboard and voting on their preferred multimodal presentations.  

Yeodo Middle School in class with 8F

The Yeodo Middle School students visited 8F in their English class this week. We played “Guess Who” using words such as “beard, glasses, long hair, male/female” to find the chosen person. We also played Scattergories and did the “Daily Writing Challenge” together with the image attached and the question: What could this be a metaphor for? Some of the responses were fantastic:“Breaking the wall is breaking the growth of us because of fixed perceptions” Aong Hyeon Seung“The picture is breaking down the worlds’ prejudices” Gayeon“This picture means that when problems arise in your life, you have to find another way to get through. There is something better on the other side. Don’t give up because you never know what awaits you.” OliviaThe wall means pressure of all kinds of stress, burdens & discrimination. He needs courage to break the wall.“Walls of judgement holding back cultures through barriers of communication, distance and difference. The sledgehammer represents unity as well as integration to break through.” Aidan“He is breaking out things that block his way to his goals.” Subin Yeom“Breaking the barrier of language” Park na Yun

Sustainability Club Needs Your Help!

Our Sustainability Club is run by our incredibly dedicated MLC students. Once again, they are driving Hillcrest’s participation in Battle of the Schools – Containers for Change. Last year we came 7th in the Gold Coast, this year we are hoping to win, with your help! We have several bright GREEN wheelie bins around the College for students to deposit their bottles, cans and poppers. We are competing against other schools from around the Gold Coast for $500. In addition, every bottle, can or popper donated through our school scheme ID, will earn us 10c towards more sustainability projects around the College.Families can participate and support this cause by bringing in eligible items to school, or deposit them directly at the Nerang Depot. Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for this program. If taking items to Nerang, be sure to use our scheme ID C10652972 for Containers for Change.Thanks for your support!

From the Head of the SLC

Dear Parents and Carers,

We ask for your prayers as our Year 12s move into their Mock Exams over the coming weeks, this is an important step in preparing for the External Exams next term and gives a foundational understanding of whether students are tracking in the right direction with their studies. Our Year 12 staff work tirelessly to prepare your children to put their best foot forward and I want to publicly thank them for their dedication to supporting our students and their learning.

The Co-curricular teams have also been working hard over the past few weeks with sporting teams competing in District Athletics Carnivals, Border Region Schools Gala Days and our local AGCC Sporting Competition. The Performing Arts staff have been supporting students through Dramafest and preparing for the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Students at Hillcrest are presented with a plethora of activities to showcase their individual giftings and talents across the region; however, it is always the College values that our students display that make me so proud to be associated with this wonderful College.

One of the most popular questions I am asked, when leading tours each week with prospective parents, is whether we allow mobile phones to be used within the College. As we know the answer is yes; however, they are to be out of sight and stored in lockers during the day. Some parents ask me for advice about mobile phone use during the night and my message is always the same; don’t let your child sleep with a mobile in their room. Experts recommend phone-free bedrooms to create a sleep-conducive environment. Charging phones outside bedrooms and having a central location where they are stored, from a set time, can help to create a positive culture around mobile use and screen time. Below are  some further points on this topic:

Sleep Trouble
The blue light from screens can disrupt sleep by affecting melatonin production. Teens’ developing sleep cycles make them more vulnerable to these effects, leading to insomnia and restless sleep.

Mental Health Impact
Late-night phone use contributes to stress and anxiety, affecting teens’ mental health. Constant notifications and online interactions can worsen these issues, leading to emotional distress.

Academic Performance
Poor sleep and mental health can harm academic performance. Teens might struggle with focus, memory, and problem-solving. Mobile phone distractions only compound these challenges.

Digital Wellbeing
Open conversations about risks of excessive phone use are crucial. Establishing balanced screen time and device-free routines can promote better digital habits.

As always, there is an extensive list of activities on offer over the coming weeks so please read through the following list to stay informed.

Week 7 ALL WEEK – Eisteddfod Season / Year 12 Mock Exams / Oshukan High School Study Tour
Mon 21-Aug on site Oshukan High School Study Tour Day 1
on site Year 9 Career Education
off site GC Eisteddfod Years 7-12 School Choir
off site GC Eisteddfod Open Age Premier School Choirs
Tues 22-Aug off site Years 10 & 11 Visual Art Stimulus Excursion
on site Engaging Adolescents Group 1
on site Dads Tuning into Kids research group
on site Years 10-12 Greek Theatre Drama Workshop
Wed 23-Aug on site Tuning into Teens x 2
Thurs 24-Aug on site Parent Presentation – Digital Wellbeing
Fri 25-Aug on site Oshukan High School Study Tour Farewell
Sun 27-Aug off site Tournament of Minds
off site GC Eisteddfod Years 7-12 Jazz Dance
Week 8 ALL WEEK – Eisteddfod Season / Years 10-11 Interruption Free (assessments) / Ulink College Study Tour / Year 12 Mock Exams
Mon 28-Aug on site Ulink College (Guangzhou China) Study Tour Day 1
Tues 29-Aug on site Engaging Adolescents Group 1
on site Dads Tuning into Kids research group
Wed 30-Aug on site Tuning into Teens x 2
Thurs 31-Aug on site Adolescent Success School Tour
off site Regional Athletics Carnival
off site Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Qualifier Adventure Journey
Sat 2-Sep off site Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Qualifier Adventure Journey
Week 9 ALL WEEK – Years 10-11 Interruption Free (assessments) / Ulink College Study Tour
Mon 4-Sep on site Ulink College (Guangzhou China) Study Tour all week
on site Year 10 Work Experience Presentation
on site Years 11-12 Healthy Relationships Presentation
on site Tutor Concert – Vocal
Tues 5-Sep off site Regional Athletics Carnival
on site SLC Recognition Assembly
Wed 6-Sep off site Regional Athletics Carnival
Thurs 7-Sep on site Tutor Concert – Instrumental
Fri 8-Sep Year 12 Student Free Day
off site Years 7-12 Rocky Trail Schools Grad Cup (MTB)
off site Year 12 Formal
on & off site Year 12 The Happening
Sat 9-Sep on & off site Year 12 The Happening
Week 10 ALL WEEK – Year 10 Work Experience Week
Mon 11-Sep on site Year 12 Originals Assembly celebration & Morning Tea
on site Cocurricular Dance Concert
Wed 13-Sep on site Year 12 Write a Book in a Day
Thurs 14-Sep off site Years 10-12 CBSQ Basketball State Tournament (Seniors)
off site Years 7-9 House Touch Carnival
on site Years 10-12 House Touch Carnival
Fri 15-Sep off site Years 10-12 CBSQ Basketball State Tournament (Seniors)
on site Ulink College (Guangzhou China) Study Tour Farewell
Last day Term 3

Darren Rackemann
Head of 5 – 12

What’s been happening in the SLC

Exploring the game development industry at Playside

On Wednesday, 26 July, 10 students from Hillcrest Christian College ventured north to Helensvale to visit the Gold Coast’s best kept secret, Playside North Games Studio.

‘PlaySide is the largest independent games studio in Australia. Founded in 2011, we’re a team with big ideas and the skills to deliver with our incredible team. In our history, we have released over 50+ titles across Mobile, PC, VR, AR, and now moving into console. We take so much pride in each and every project we create. Playside is a place of endless opportunity, where we focus on keeping the fun in game development.’ (Playside Studios)

This Australian success story is currently in a purple patch, with three studio locations needed to house their expanding team of games designers and developers, artists, software engineers and other skilled tech workers.

The students were immersed in the playful working environment whilst hearing from Senior Games Designer Nic and talented Project Art Lead Kelsey who came all the way from Melbourne to speak to the students.

This class has just started a games unit, using Unity to create a fun educational game for Year two students at the College. They have already been learning Unity by completing a course on Zenva Schools, provided through their membership in the ICT Gateway to Industry Schools project.

Design and Technologies teacher Joalene Van Dam was impressed with the studio and the insightful presentations. “The speakers highlighted the process of game design, the necessary skills, and the industry software pertinent to the unit of work. This served as an incredible chance for our students to gain firsthand insight into the appearance of the game development sector. It also shed light on the various career avenues and collaborative efforts among all stakeholders engaged in the game production process.’”

The Gateway to Industry Schools program is funded and supported by the Queensland Government.

Celebrating 100 Days to Graduation with Style!

The countdown to an important milestone has officially begun! Our vibrant graduating class of 2023 recently marked the “100 days to go” moment in their academic journey with an exuberant celebration.

Under the familiar covering of the Year 12 deck, students enjoyed a delightful cohort picnic during their lunch break. Laughter and camaraderie echoed as they shared stories, memories, and aspirations. This event offered a perfect opportunity to reflect on their time at Hillcrest and bond with their peers before embarking on new adventures.

As the sun set, the festivities continued with an evening social activity like no other – ‘old people bingo.’ Hilarity ensued as students embraced the theme, dressing up as charming elders and engaging in a quirky version of the classic game. The activity not only brought joy and nostalgia but also reinforced the bonds that make our graduating class a tight-knit family.

We are proud of our soon-to-be graduates and look forward to the exciting days ahead. Let’s continue to support and celebrate their achievements as they approach this significant milestone in their lives.


A prevalent theme in the realm of well-being is the considerable difficulty young people encounter when it comes to both falling asleep and staying asleep. Sleep, just like nutrition and physical activity, stands as one of the three foundational pillars of wellbeing that demand our utmost attention.

Throughout the teenage years, rapid and profound physical, as well as emotional transformations take place. Consequently, sleep emerges as a pivotal factor influencing not only their overall wellbeing but also their academic accomplishments. Consider that rousing a teenager at 5:30am would be biologically equivalent to rousing an adult at 3:30am, then expecting them to tackle complex calculus shortly thereafter. Such an approach would indeed be unkind and yet this is occurring more than we realise.

According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, a teenage individual requires 8-10 hours of sleep, while 6–13-year-olds need 9-11 hours. These recommended hours play an indispensable role in memory consolidation, fostering healthy brain development, and regulating emotions. A plethora of extensive research underscores the positive correlation between adequate rest and heightened attention span, improved concentration, and enhanced problem-solving abilities – all of which are pivotal components of academic success. Furthermore, embracing proper sleep habits contributes to sustaining a balanced mood, reducing stress and anxiety levels, and nurturing resilience during challenging circumstances.

If your young people have electronic screens within their sleeping quarters after 9pm, chances are high that they are falling short of the sleep they require. Intriguingly, recent data shows a parallel rise in sleep issues as well as increased social media use. This situation is further exacerbated by irregular sleep patterns, the common stressors inherent in school life, involvement in extracurricular activities, academic pressures, and the intricate dynamics of social interactions. All these factors combined could potentially lead to sleep-related anxiety and insomnia in your child.

The encouraging news is that sleep is a learned behavior, making it amenable to treatment through behavioral strategies. Consistency plays a pivotal role here. By engaging in the same sequence of three to five activities prior to bedtime – such as putting on pyjamas, brushing teeth, and reading a book – our brains learn to anticipate sleep. The journey to better sleep hygiene begins with establishing a steady sleep schedule, ideally with only a one-hour variation in sleep and wake times on weekends. Preparing for sleep an hour before bedtime could involve setting up environmental cues like dimming the lights and relocating screens outside the bedroom. Engaging in relaxation activities such as reading, drawing, stretching, yoga, quiet games, music, or even massage for younger kids can significantly enhance the pre-sleep routine.

For students who find themselves caught in a spiral of nighttime anxiety and overthinking, implementing a designated “worry/reflective time” before or during dinner can be immensely beneficial. During this allocated time, students can engage in discussions with parents or introspectively explore their concerns. Encourage your young ones to jot down their worries using a notepad and pen placed by their bedside. They can then revisit or contemplate these concerns the following day during their designated “worry time.” This approach allows them to realize that many of their apprehensions do not materialize, ultimately rendering their hours of overthinking counterproductive to their much-needed sleep.

Sleep should not be overlooked but cherished as a necessity for your student’s physical and mental health. By proactively addressing and surmounting the obstacles to a good night’s sleep, you empower your young person to navigate the challenges of childhood and adolescence with resilience and vitality.

Imogen Zaharis
SLC Student Counsellor

Pathways News

RSA – short course with GESS Education

Have you ever wanted to get your RSA? If so, please see the attached flyer and contact GESS to enrol in the next enrolment.

First Aid – short course with GESS Education

Have you ever wanted to get your FIRST AID Certificate? If so, please see the attached flyer and contact GESS to enrol in the next enrolment.

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 

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.


Chess Secondary Interschool Competition

During the Chess Secondary Interschool Competition held at TSS on 9 August, 2023, Hillcrest students carved a remarkable path to triumph. Coming 1st in Division A, 3rd in Division B and individual students ranking top 10 in different divisions.The event not only underscored Hillcrest’s excellence in chess but also celebrated the spirit of sportsmanship and the development of young minds. This results are a reflection of Hillcrest’s commitment to fostering both team camaraderie and individual growth. The Chess Secondary Interschool Competition stands as a milestone in Hillcrest’s journey of academic and strategic mastery.We are very grateful for the support of our parent community in allowing our students to participate in these events where they showcase their skills and God-given talents. We look forward to more of these competitions in the coming years.

Border Schools Cross Country

During Week 3, Years 7 – 12 Hillcrest students participated in our first interschool Athletics Carnival. Continuing our friendly rivalry against Lindisfarne and St Andrews, competition was stronger than our House Carnival, yet would not be as strong as the upcoming Hinterland District Trials. This event proved to be a great event for our kids to prepare for Districts. Students were busy all day competing in many events. The highlight of the day was the relay events where students participated in their age groups against the two rival schools. At the end of the day, St Andrews took home the trophy, with Hillcrest second and Lindisfarne third

Border Schools Gala Day 3

Our last Border Schools Gala Day proved to be the biggest for the year with over 170 students participating in three sports as well as chess. Basketball had Hillcrest represented by nine teams across Years 7 -12. Held at Coomera Indoor Centre, all students were kept busy with most playing more than five games across the day.

It was a historic occasion as we had a Hillcrest’s boys’ netball team compete for the first time for Hillcrest at Arkinstall Park, Tweed Heads. Made up of mostly basketball players, the team showed that their skills transferred smoothly to netball. Our girls’ teams were well represented with five teams. A highlight saw three of our Year 12 girls play their last netball games in Hillcrest colours.

Rugby League showed to be a popular choice for our boys and girls this year. With the other two schools not able to enter Year 7/8 teams, Hillcrest were only able to compete in the Year 9/10 and 11/12 group. All teams did our College proud displaying respect and courage.

Finally, we had a small, yet competitive group of chess players visit St Andrews Lutheran College. This event, run by Gardiner’s Chess showed that all three schools had strong and quite even competition. This event was a good warm up for the Gold Coast Chess Tournament run the following day.

Thank you to the sports department for organising this large event, as well as all coaches and umpires for making the day special for our students.

Parents & Friends

P&F Father’s Day Stall

The JLC and MLC Father’s Day Stall will be held Wednesday, 30 August 2023 on the MPH Deck. Prep – Year 6 students will visit with their class during the day. Years 7-8 students are to visit the stall before school or during morning tea time.

The MLC and SLC Father’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday, 31 August 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.

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

Further details are on the P&F Facebook page or please feel free to email pandf@hillcrest.qld.edu.au with any questions.

2023 Fathers’ Day Stalls

Save the Date – Hillcrest Fete

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

Other News

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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