History, Mission & Values
2015 - current
2002 - 2014
1991 - 2000
1982 - 1990
The early concept for Hillcrest Christian College began in the late 1970s, when members of Reedy Creek Baptist Church (Palm Beach Baptist Church, as it was known) raised concerns about the standards they saw in secular education. As parents themselves, they believed it was their responsibility to have a greater involvement in the education of their children, and established a steering committee for the formation of a Christian school.
Hillcrest Christian College (originally named Southern Gold Coast Christian Community School) enrolled its inaugural cohort of students in 1982, with 37 children from Years 1 – 7. The School initially operated on the Church grounds, and moved to its current site in Reedy Creek in August 1986. During the formative years, Hillcrest continued to grow in student numbers, and increased the quality and range of facilities and resources available.
As a ministry of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Hillcrest's founding mission was to provide a holistic Christian education to students of the Gold Coast. Hillcrest continues to operate and teach with this mission, and its values, principles and teachings are all based on the Bible. God revealed his love and plan for all humankind, through Jesus Christ, and our hope is to give our students a foundational Christian worldview, with a balanced perspective of the world, and a confidence to face their future.
The mission of Hillcrest Christian College is to provide quality education and to deliver young people to society, who:
- Have discovered the truth of the Gospel of Jesus and are prepared to live this truth in the service of God.
- Have knowledge to discern what is good, and have the skills and the spirit to commit themselves to action for a better society.
- Demonstrate self-discipline, integrity and compassion in their lifestyle.
- Are prepared for success in their personal life, further education and employment.
Excellence in Christ
Original Student Charter
Jesus said, ‘You are the light of the world.’
We, the students of Hillcrest Christian College, seek to reveal this light. We aspire to these standards:
- To work hard yet take time to be still;
- To live the truth while respecting differences in others;
- To follow what is right while remembering to stay close to those who stumble;
- To act justly but not condemn;
- To speak yet listen to other voices;
- To celebrate success without conceit;
- To take risks yet respect tradition;
- To act humbly and with integrity to serve God, to follow Jesus, contributing where we can, becoming the best we can. 2 Timothy 4:7
‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….’ Matthew 28:19
The first cornerstone of our foundation is our belief that the College has a spiritual ministry to its students and an evangelistic outreach into the community. The most important subject that is taught every day is God and the most important book that is used is the Bible.
Our objectives are to be good stewards of the time that the Lord has given us, to minister to the children in the college, to bring each child to a personal saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to train them in the fundamental truths of the faith.
This spiritual training is provided in every area of the college life, so that the child is presented with a totally Christian world view, and will come to understand that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
‘For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding’ Proverbs 2:6
The second cornerstone of the foundation is our philosophy of education which is God-centred and not man-centred. All knowledge and wisdom have their foundation in the ultimate and absolute standard of truth - the Bible. This standard is to be applied in every textbook in every class and subject by every teacher.
The objective is the production of individuals who are articulate, knowledgeable and of sound character; who know and willingly serve God and are able to make decisions for themselves and function as responsible and free members of a free society. Therefore the College will address spiritual development as well as the intellectual, social and physical development of students.
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.’ Colossians 3:23
The third cornerstone of the foundation is academic excellence. The College has the responsibility to offer the best in Christian education recognising that it must produce a good product to stay in business.
‘May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord is in you.’ Psalm 25:21
The fourth cornerstone is high personal standards of conduct. We believe that high academic standards are incompatible with low moral, dress and conduct standards. We believe that the Lord called our College into existence and that He will bless our efforts as we adhere to the standards of morals, conduct and dress of which He approves. These standards apply to everyone in the College - students, staff, administrators and board members.