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Hillcrest Students Celebrate National Science Week

Junior Learning Community Thursday 17 August

To celebrate National Science Week, JLC students were invited to a series of lunchtime activities focused on different scientific concepts. We were excited to see around 40 students pack into the clas...
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Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod

Performing Arts Thursday 17 August

On Wednesday, 9 August, our Hillcrest Dance Teams represented the College exceptionally well at the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod. ...
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​New Horizons Celebr8 Evening

Innovative Teaching & Learning Wednesday 16 August

On Wednesday, 9 August, students from Years 7-9 New Horizons presented their Design Centred Learning tasks at the Celebr8 Evening in front of 200 excited guests....
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Bike Education Week

Junior Learning Community Tuesday 15 August

Our Bike Education Week took place from 7 – 11 August this year, and involved our Year 4 classes taking turns visiting the Ashmore Bike Education Centre. ...
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Year 4 Students Enjoy an Outdoor Science Lesson

Junior Learning Community Tuesday 15 August

On Monday August 7, our Year 4 students ventured out of the classroom for an excursion to Numinbah Valley Education Centre. ...
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Father and Son Night a Huge Success

Junior Learning Community Monday 14 August

​On Saturday, August 12, around 230 Year 6 boys and their dads had an awesome time at the inaugural Father and Sons night! From checking out rally cars and Pastor Dave's red Corvette, to an interview ...
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Noah's Ark travels to Hillcrest for JLC Presentation

Junior Learning Community Monday 07 August

​On Friday, 4 August, Rod and Nancy Walsh from Creation Ministries visited our Year 3-6 students to present their Ark Van ministry. This was a fascinating presentation involving a scale model of Noah’...
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Grandparents Day 2017 - Another Great Success

Junior Learning Community Thursday 03 August

​Thank you to the wonderful Grandparents of our Prep - Year 6 students who attended our special Grandparents Day event on Thursday, 3 August. ...
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Year 4 Students Conquer Camp Goodenough

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 02 August

​From July, 31 – August 1, Hillcrest's Grade 4 students went on their first overnight camp to Camp Goodenough, in Bilambil. During the adventure-filled camp, many fears were conquered and a memorable ...
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More Memorable Moments in Mapleton

Wednesday 02 August

Year 6 Camp is one of the highlights of the school calendar, and once again Hillcrest had the privilege of taking all Year 6 students to QCCC Mapleton, on the Sunshine Coast....
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Students Feel The Beat at Band Retreat

Performing Arts Tuesday 01 August

Hillcrest's budding Year 5-6 musicians enjoyed the chance to fine tune their musical talents at the Band and Strings Retreat, held at the College on Monday, 31 July....
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Year 3 Students Step Back in Time

Junior Learning Community Tuesday 01 August

Hillcrest's Year 3EA and 3HC stepped back in time during their excursion to Beenleigh Historical Village last week and discovered how much life has changed over the past 150 years. ...
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Hillcrest Hosts Inaugural Pathways Expo for International Students

International Learning Community Tuesday 01 August

Hillcrest Christian College organised and hosted the inaugural International Students University Pathways Expo for Year 11 and 12 students on Thursday, 27 July....
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Sensational Snow, Sights and Sounds for Senior Students

Senior Learning Community Tuesday 01 August

On Friday, July 21, 95 Year 9 students, eight teachers and one parent/nurse, embarked on their much anticipated College camp - a week-long exploration of Sydney and Canberra. ...
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Professional Athletes Visit Hillcrest to Inspire Junior Students

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 24 July

Last week our Hillcrest Year 3-6 students were inspired with a visit from professional athletes Darragh Keogh (Boxing) and Craig Burns (Athletics), who encouraged the students to be active and healthy...
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Former College Principal Returns to Hillcrest

Executive Head of College's Office Friday 21 July

On Friday, 21 July 2017, we welcomed former Hillcrest Christian College Principal, Mr Stuarte Kerdel (Principal, 1991-2001) to the College. Mr Kerdel, who played a significant role in the formative ye...
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From the Executive Head of College - 21 July 2017

Executive Head of College's Office Friday 21 July

This week is an exciting one as we begin to see the finished Prep buildings with the final touches being made, prior to us taking possession in the next few weeks. The College has undertaken significa...
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Cooktown Mission Trip 2017

Senior Learning Community Thursday 20 July

The Cooktown Mission Trip was one of love and service in action, as 22 students from Years 9 and 10 and three staff members travelled to Cooktown, North Queensland, for the last week in Term 2....
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Hillcrest Basketball Success

Sport & Cocurricular Thursday 20 July

Hillcrest Basketball was in top form at the start of the July school holidays…and we have not slowed since. Hillcrest Christian College Basketball players have represented the College in two tournamen...
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2017 SLC Athletics Carnival

Sport & Cocurricular Thursday 20 July

Here are the full results and some photos from the 2017 Hillcrest SLC Athletics Carnival, that was held in the last week of Term 2....
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Jude Darby Retires After 35 Years of Faithful Service

Community News Wednesday 19 July

On Friday, 14 July, Hillcrest Christian College honoured one of our longest-serving staff members as she celebrated the start of her retirement with a staff luncheon. Jude Darby has been a faithful me...
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Hillcrest Netball Soars

Sport & Cocurricular Wednesday 19 July

Hillcrest Netball launched its first JLC School Holiday Clinic on July 11, 2017. The Clinic was led by four experienced coaches who equipped the 50 budding netballers with a range of skills and techni...
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Regional Readers Cup 2017

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 19 July

Hillcrest Christian College was honoured to host the Regional Readers Cup again this year, with 27 teams in attendance from schools across the Gold Coast region. It was a wonderful night of friendly r...
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Hillcrest's Award Winning Artists

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 19 July

Hillcrest Christian College congratulates our Visual Art students on their incredible achievement in the 2017 d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards, held at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall over the 2017 July school holida...
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Year 8 Students Teach French to Juniors

Innovative Teaching & Learning Friday 14 July

In Term 2 at Hillcrest, students in Mme Evans’ Year 8 French class were tasked with planning and constructing educational games, to teach French vocabulary to younger students. The group of Year 8s em...
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Murwillumbah Festival Results

Performing Arts Friday 23 June

​Between the 15 and 19 June 2017 some Speech and Drama students attended the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts. Once again we were offered this very valuable forum as a way to develop skills, b...
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Hillcrest United Nations Youth Representatives

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

Year 12 students, Alexandra Murray and Jemima Roze are preparing for leadership on an international stage these holidays. Both girls have been selected as one of 16 students to participate in the UN Y...
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Levi Frankland signs with Notre Dame University, Ohio

Sport & Cocurricular Sunday 18 June

Congratulations Hillcrest Alumni (2016) Levi Frankland on signing a letter of intent to play this year at Notre Dame College in Ohio in the Mountain East conference. This makes two students from the H...
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Year 3 Goes Bananas

Junior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

​This term the Year 3s have been looking at procedures in our English Genre lessons. We have learned about what procedures look like, when to use them, why they are used and the language features that...
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ESL Students Seek the Ear of the College Board

International Learning Community Sunday 18 June

Throughout the term our Year 11 and 12 ESL students have been writing letters to our College Board regarding ideas on how to continue to develop the outdoor learning environment at Hillcrest Christian...
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​Bond University Criminal Law Lecturer Visits Hillcrest Legal Studies Class

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

It is a great honour to spend an hour and a half discussing the fascinating intricacies of the defences of provocation, self-defence and battered wife syndrome in real-life criminal trials with a univ...
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Year 10 Legal Eaglets have their Day in Court

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

On 8 May, Hillcrest’s Year 10 Legal Studies class visited the Brisbane Supreme Court, providing them with the invaluable opportunity of participating in a seminar presented by a judge in a courtroom. ...
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Year 12 ‘Legal Eagles’ Make Stirring Speeches in Queensland Youth Parliament

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

Four of Hillcrest’s Year 12 Legal Studies class, Alexandra Murray, Kayla Scheinberg, Paris Thompson and Shakirra Enright, had the wonderful opportunity in Term 2 this year to sit in the seats of Queen...
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World Oceans Day Photography Competition Short List: Holly Woodroffe

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

Congratulations Year 8 art student, Holly Woodroffe, who recently made the short list for the World Oceans Day photography competition. Her task was to take a photograph that celebrates the world ocea...
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​2017 Bond University Mooting Competition Success!

Senior Learning Community Sunday 18 June

Hillcrest’s Senior Mooting Team, consisting of Senior Legal Studies students, Boyd Williams-Styles (team barrister), Georgia Cameron-Dow (barrister) and Jacob Thompson-Makras (solicitor), competed wit...
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Gardiner Chess

Sport & Cocurricular Sunday 18 June

Our students had a great time at the recent Term 2 Gardiner Chess Regional Interschool tournament. A fantastic finish to the day with Isabella Marcos competing against our very own Yuan Ida on board 1...
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Engaging your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Innovative Teaching & Learning Thursday 15 June

​This term has again provided many opportunities for students in the Senior Learning Community to engage their Entrepreneurial Mindset in learning about innovations of the future. Students in senior I...
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From the Principal - June

Executive Head of College's Office Wednesday 14 June

I am often asked by parents about strategies that can be used to raise children in this world where they freely have access to digital information beyond what we have even experienced before. The answ...
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Introducing Pre-Kindy in 2018

Early Learning Community Wednesday 14 June

From 2018 our Early Learning Community will be introducing a Pre-Kindy room which caters for 3-4 year olds. Our Pre-Kindy room will be implementing the Early Years Learning Framework and will be deliv...
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Pete Murray visits Hillcrest

Community News Friday 02 June

On Thursday 1 June, Ben, Heather and Dan and the team from SeaFM Gold Coast organised an afternoon with Australian singer/songwriter Pete Murray at Hillcrest Christian College as he promotes his new a...
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Debating: Round 4

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 02 June

​This week one of the greatest contests of willpower and determination was held in QLD, and afterwards there was a game of footy. On Wednesday, Hillcrest hosted Round 4 of the Gold Coast Senior B Deba...
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ESL Reading Buddies Activity

International Learning Community Friday 02 June

Reading crosses all age boundaries. The ESL Year 7, 8, 9 class this term have been using an online storybook creation website, called Storybird, to create a picture books to share with students from t...
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Have you used a squat toilet?

International Learning Community Friday 02 June

​​I have. It’s a weird feeling as what you presume is normal and proper, is thrown out the window and the urgency of the moment pushes you into a whole new paradigm of thought and action as you squat ...
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Prep - Year 2 Medieval Day

Junior Learning Community Friday 02 June

​National Under 8s week was celebrated in Prep to Year 2 at Hillcrest Christian College last Tuesday 23 May 2017. Our youngest students did this in style by celebrating with a Medieval Castle Day. Stu...
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Year 4 RCBC Visit

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 31 May

​This term Year 4 has been learning about the Christian church and how churches support people in the local community.As part of their investigations the Year 4 cohort along with 3/4 Lumos visited Ree...
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Year 9 Visual Art

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 31 May

​Year 9 Visual Art students at Hillcrest are working on a portraiture unit celebrating cultural diversity and acceptance. They have each taken a series of photographs of their peers representing cultu...
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Year 10 Careers Excursion

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 31 May

Year 10 student enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Gold Coast Careers Festival 2017. The Festival was run over two days showcasing opportunities for students as they navigate their options. ...
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Year 3 Cash Coach

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 31 May

​Year 3 had an amazing time this week learning about Finance from Mark at the Commonwealth Bank. Students were delighted to witness Mark’s transformation into a savings superhero – Cash Coach! ...
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Year 12 Tech Studies Excursion - Wood Expo

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 31 May

On Friday 26 May 2017, Year 12 Technology Studies students travelled by train to the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds. The Timber and Woodworking Show has been a feature for Woodworkers and Wood turners for t...
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Library Photography Competition

Community News Tuesday 30 May

The 2017 ​Library Photography Competition is now open for entries....
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Sports Update May 2017

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 22 May

Sports updates, news and happenings from around the College for the month of May....
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Microsoft E2 Education Exchange

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 22 May

It was an honour to have been chosen to represent Hillcrest and be one of four Australian educators at the E2 Education Exchange conference in Canada. The conference held at the Fairmount Royal York i...
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CHESS: Byron Morris is taking off!

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 22 May

Byron Morris is taking off! Our budding star has not gone unnoticed on the national stage. Byron has been selected to join the JETS (Johns-Putra Elite Training Squad) in Canberra this July. This is bo...
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Year 9 Visual Art Tamara Armstrong Workshop

Senior Learning Community Monday 22 May

​Year 9 Visual Art students at Hillcrest are working on a portraiture unit celebrating cultural diversity and acceptance. They have each taken a series of portrait photographs of their peers represent...
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In Memoriam - Beryl Warren

Community News Wednesday 17 May

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of a much-loved original Hillcrest Christian College Director of the Board, Beryl Warren. Beryl was a Director of the Board and also member of Re...
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Hinterland District Sport

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 05 May

The following trials will be occurring during the next fortnight. Please contact sports@hillcrest.qld.edu.au and/or ‘Like’ the Hillcrest Sport Facebook Page for further information....
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Cross Country Carnivals

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 05 May

After a washout from ex tropical cyclone Debbie, the Junior and Senior Learning Community Cross Country Carnivals were moved to the first Friday of Term 2, 2017. The event also saw a return to Hillcre...
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Year 4 Update

Junior Learning Community Friday 05 May

​Year 4 had their first enrichment presentations on Friday. Although it doesn't have to be a class presentation, lost of them wanted to share what they had done with the class. We had driftwood scienc...
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English as a Second Language in the Junior Learning Community

International Learning Community Friday 05 May

ESL lessons help those who come from backgrounds where English is not their first language. ESL classes for JLC students are always an energetic and fun time for learning English. In ESL classes we ha...
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Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

Senior Learning Community Friday 05 May

On Thursday 20th of April an appeal for non-perishable food was launched within the Senior Learning Community. The Sport Coordinators and Captains advertised an appeal for non-perishable food for the ...
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JLC Science

Junior Learning Community Friday 05 May

At assembly Wed 26th April for the JLC, 8 students received Term 1 Science subject awards. Each year level had an Academic Achievement Award and also an Encouragement Award. Both students from each ye...
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Year 5 Willy Wonka Movie Night

Junior Learning Community Friday 05 May

Year 5 students and parents in mainstream entered into a world of pure imagination on Monday afternoon participating in a Willy Wonka style feast before watching the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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From the Head of Junior Learning Community

Junior Learning Community Thursday 20 April

​Welcome back to Term 2. I pray you had a relaxing time with family over the Easter period....
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Layers of Learning - Skills for Success

Innovative Teaching & Learning Thursday 20 April

Before the heavens opened up in the last week of school in Term 1, our Year 7, 8 and 9 parents had the opportunity to set their sights on a New Horizon. Throughout Term 1 students in our Year 7-9 Gift...
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International Student Holiday Excursion

International Learning Community Thursday 20 April

During the first week of holidays, an intrepid group of International Students tempted fate by heading to beautiful sunny Byron Bay for a day of surf, sand and sun; only days after the infamous downpo...
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What is Intelligence?

Senior Learning Community Thursday 20 April

What is intelligence? Stanford University School of Medicine researcher Gerald Crabtree published two articles recently in “Trends in Genetics” proposing that our intelligence is actually declining. C...
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Sherwood Cliffs

Senior Learning Community Thursday 20 April

In the first week of the school holidays a group of Year 12 boys volunteered their time to go and visit Sherwood Cliffs near Coffs Harbour. Sherwood Cliffs is an organisation, who for the past forty y...
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P&F News

Community News Thursday 20 April

We are excited as the P&F to be providing some exciting events for the Hillcrest Community. These are a great way to get involved with the College and to get to know each other more within the communi...
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From the Principal

Executive Head of College's Office Thursday 20 April

​Over the holiday period I have been studying the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel to gain a better understanding and perspective on how this hugely influential leader of God came to the place where he ...
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Innovation

Innovative Teaching & Learning Thursday 20 April

​When visitors enter the new Year 6 Precinct, they are amazed at the modern furniture, the specialised break-out rooms and the choice that students have as to where and how they will work. It is a pla...
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College Closures

Executive Head of College's Office Thursday 30 March

Earlier this morning the government made a decision to close all schools from south of Agnes Waters due to the extreme weather events that are being experienced in the region....
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5KM Fire Department Visit

Junior Learning Community Friday 24 March

Students in 5KM were visited by the crew from the Robina Fire Department to show their emergency kit recommendations they have been developing as part of their bushfire study in HASS. The students app...
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LIBRARY: Beautiful and Interesting Things

Innovative Teaching & Learning Friday 24 March

Were I to be asked for two words to describe our Hillcrest Library the two that I would choose are these two: beautiful and interesting. Our Library is more than a collection of furniture and shelves ...
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FLARE

Innovative Teaching & Learning Friday 24 March

​In 2017, we have started a new exciting enrichment program called FLARE. However, FLARE is not just a program, it is a way of thinking and, as such, is also present in any classroom where critical an...
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​Poco Voce performs at Voices from the Trenches Festival

Performing Arts Thursday 23 March

Last weekend our newest and youngest Choral Excellence Choir, Poco Voce, travelled to Brisbane to participate in the Voices from the Trenches Choral Festival. ...
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Why are the Arts important for your child? Artistic vs Creative

Performing Arts Thursday 23 March

I was reading a research article recently about the new “creative class” in America. This is a new economic segment of society (paralleled in Australia) which has arisen out of the changes in workforc...
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LUMOS

Innovative Teaching & Learning Tuesday 21 March

This term the students of 3/4 LUMOS studied the historical aspects of, “What Was Entertainment for Australian Children of the 1800’s and early 1900’s? They explored toys of this era and each made one...
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From the Principal

Executive Head of College's Office Tuesday 21 March

At times in the last few months, people have asked me why there is so much change at the moment and why are we doing so much? This is really difficult to explain as my answer is simple. God has provid...
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NEW HORIZONS: Year 8 Reach New Heights

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 20 March

​This term, the Year 8 New Horizons class have been busy at work building prototype bottle rockets. After refining their designs through the shaping and taping of fins it was time to launch. Powered b...
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NEW HORIZONS: Hope and New Beginnings

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 20 March

​New Horizons is an allegory for hope and new beginnings. The New Horizon's program is the embodiment hope as we journey towards a brighter future with our students. The 21st Century has now become th...
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Calling New Zealand

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 20 March

​A small group of students in Year 5 participated in a Skype session with Elim Christian College in New Zealand with Miss Jorgenson. The students have been learning about the differences between schoo...
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Why are Teenagers so Emotional?

Senior Learning Community Monday 20 March

Not only are many of us as adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our young people are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. They often find it d...
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DEBATING: We brought home the treasure

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 20 March

​As team members of the Junior B Debating team, we represented Hillcrest Christian College in the first round of debating for 2017. The topic of our debate was ‘pirates are better than ninjas’ and we ...
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IGNITE: Science of Sound

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 20 March

​Year 2 Ignite has had lots of noisy fun learning about the ‘Science of Sound’ this term. We have built 3d models of the inner ear, learnt about animal echolocation, performed some fun experiments stu...
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Layers of Learning - Learning Centred Environments

Innovative Teaching & Learning Thursday 16 March

Our Layers of Learning Framework is a set of broad guidelines relating to quality teacher practices and represents the way we teach at Hillcrest Christian College. The framework reflects our College c...
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Jiu Jitsu - Kalani Salussolia

Junior Learning Community Thursday 16 March

Kalani Salussolia (from 3EA) is a grey-belt Jiu Jitsu student who is passionate in what he does. On Sunday 12 March 2017 he went to the BJJ Australia Open in Byron Bay and after winning three out of t...
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Beach to Beach walk

Senior Learning Community Thursday 16 March

On Saturday, students and staff from Years 10-12 participated in Hillcrest’s annual Beach to Beach walk and head shave, to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation....
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Commonwealth Day Commemorative Coin unveiling

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 13 March

​Today, Hillcrest celebrates Commonwealth Day. This year’s theme is ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ and is especially significant because it marks the beginning of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. The ...
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March International Department Update

International Learning Community Friday 10 March

International Student Department update for the month of March including: Aqua English Day, Homestay Coordinator Temporary Change, Jumpstart Classes for International Students....
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Gardiner Chess

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 10 March

A gathering of talented minds in the JLC demonstrated their prowess in the latest Gardiner Chess Interschool Competition. Students had an amazing time playing seven rounds of chess against students fr...
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Year 2 Sculpture Crawl

Junior Learning Community Friday 10 March

Despite dreary, overcast conditions, Monday, 27 February saw two bus loads of effervescent, excited Year 2’s set off to explore the Coast from Currumbin to Southport, in search of significant sculptur...
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Student Leaders - Compass Conference

Senior Learning Community Friday 10 March

​On 25 – 28 February, the College Captains, Liam Scott and Stefanie Power, and Vice Captains, Jaden Fernance and Colisha Fenton, attended the Compass Student Leader Conference in Canberra, with over 1...
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March Sport Updates

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 10 March

The 2017 Sport Season has started off as being one of the busiest on record, with our Basketball, Futsal and Netball programs all growing to record numbers. Record numbers of students have also triall...
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Choral Excellence Camp

Performing Arts Friday 10 March

​The ninth annual Hillcrest Choral Camp was held from February 24 – 26 for two of our three College Excellence Choirs. The 71 members of Bella Voce and Bel Canto spent two days at beautiful North Tamb...
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March Performing Arts Update

Performing Arts Friday 10 March

An update of all things Performing Arts: Thoroughly Modern Millie Musical, Choral Excellence Camp, Instrumental Programs, Acting Academy, Hillcrest Dance Academy, Cheerleading, SLC Music Showcase, New...
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Year 5 Sea World Excursion

Junior Learning Community Friday 10 March

​On Wednesday 8th March, Year 5 mainstream students had the wonderful opportunity of using their Theme Park passes to visit SeaWorld as part of their Science studies. Mr. Parkes and the students have ...
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BASKETBALL: Hillcrest v St Stephen's

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 10 March

​Hillcrest Emerging Boys vs St Stephen's College saw our Emerging Boys take the court. Hillcrest showed their dominance from the start of the game, a direct reflection in the final score. ...
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UN Youth Delegate - Jemima Roze

Senior Learning Community Friday 10 March

​Being a senior student; who has lived on the coast for the past 16 years, I have been readily involved with my local community. This year, I will be undertaking an international project in the winter...
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DEBATING: Senior B Round 1: we are winners!!

Senior Learning Community Thursday 09 March

Stay at home parents should be paid for their work – was the controversial topic debated on Wednesday the 8th of March at Hillcrest Christian College. Round 1 of the Gold Coast Debating, Senior B comp...
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​Social Media – How can we help our children learn boundaries?

Senior Learning Community Thursday 09 March

Over the years our society has put “boundaries” in place for addictive habits like smoking in public places or drinking excessively. With the wide use of social media by young people we should also co...
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