History, Mission & Values
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 at the time) raised concerns about the double standards they saw in secular education. They believed that, as parents, it was their responsibility to have a greater involvement in the education of their children and hence established a steering committee for the formation of a Christian School.
Hillcrest Christian College (then known as Southern Gold Coast Christian Community School) took its first students in 1982 when it enrolled 37 children from Years 1 – 7. During these early years, the College operated on the Church grounds before moving, in August 1986, to its present site at Reedy Creek. During these years, the College has continued to grow and develop, both in numbers of students and quality and range of facilities and resources.
Hillcrest Christian College is a ministry of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church. It was founded in 1982 to provide a holistic Christian education to students of the Gold Coast. Its operation, teaching and practice is based on values, principles and teachings of the Bible. God revealed his love and plan for all humankind, through Jesus Christ. We endeavour, therefore, to give all of our children a balanced perspective of the world and a confidence to face their future thoroughly educated and with a foundational Christian worldview.
The College is made up of two main communities, the Junior Learning Community or JLC, comprising of students in Kindy (Early Learning Community) and Prep - Year 6, and the Senior Learning Community or SLC, comprising of students in Years 7-12.
Since its inception, Hillcrest has remained a ministry of Reedy Creek Baptist Church to both the Christian and wider community of the Gold Coast.
The mission of Hillcrest Christian College is to provide quality education and to deliver to society, young people 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 personal life, in further education and in 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 the 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.