Community Zone

MLC Community (Years 5 - 8)

This page provides families with important information, forms, and links relevant to Years 5-8 students.


Middle Learning Community information will be populated in the tabs with quick access links listed below.

Homework Expectations
Years 5-6

In Years 5 and 6, no other compulsory homework is issued; rather, Enrichment Activities are offered to supplement the learning that takes place. As a College, we recognise that many families experience daily stress from homework as they navigate extremely busy after-school and after-work schedules, and so we want to encourage after-school learning as an enjoyable activity, rather than a compulsory expectation in these year levels. 

Research has shown that at these early year levels, there are no measurable benefits for formal homework. However, if you feel your child needs help in a particular area, or your child’s teacher has identified an area for improvement, please talk to your child’s teacher about how you can best support him/her at home. Your teacher will be happy to provide ideas, suggestions and/or resources for further development. Please note, Year 5 and 6 parents can always access their child’s current Mathematics, English and Design-Centred Learning unit work on their OneNote, which is available on their device. This is an excellent way to check on your child’s progress, and areas of strength and challenge. Mathematics & English consolidation activities will be provided on OneNote under the “Home Enrichment” tab.

As students move into Years 7 and 8, they are assisted to establish work and study habits through the introduction of homework in core learning areas. Expected times are as follows:

Year 7
  • 30 minutes/day (2.5 hours/week), consisting of 15 minutes of English and 15 minutes of Mathematics tasks.
Year 8
  • 60 minutes/day (5 hours/week), consisting of 30 minutes of English and 30 minutes of Mathematics tasks.

In the MLC, homework will not be issued in other subject areas. However, occasionally there may be projects that students wish to work on at home in these subjects.

Homework will be issued on the Friday of each week, and handed in on the following Friday. This gives students the flexibility of breaking homework down into nightly tasks, or completing it in longer blocks on days that work around busy family schedules. Tasks may consist of foundational skill practice in both English and Mathematics, short projects related to class content, or practical application of topics learned in class.

Homework in Years 7 and 8 is compulsory, and as such, students not completing weekly tasks will be followed up and given appropriate consequences. We understand that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances as to why a student cannot complete their homework; if there is a genuine reason why your child cannot complete their homework, please email his/her class teacher.

Outside School Hours Care
Resource Centres

The Junior and Senior Resource Centre are open for students after school at no charge where they can be supervised to do quiet activities.

  • Year 4 -5 Junior Resource Centre for age-appropriate reading material and activities. This includes Lego, board games and has a variety of creatures to discover.
  • Year 7-8 Senior Resource Centre for homework, study or quiet activities

If students require OSHC the College offers a Prep to Year 6 OSHC onsite program.

We provide a quality Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service onsite at the College and many of our Hillcrest families enjoy the great benefits of our After School Care and Vacation Care programs. The programs are run from our classrooms in ECHO Block, and participants have access to use the College playgrounds and some of our sporting facilities, under the supervision of our OSHC staff.

Our OSHC service provides a child-centred environment for Prep - Year 6 students, offering a range of educational and exciting activities from Monday - Friday.

Our OSHC is licensed by the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care, and eligible families are able to claim the CCS (Child Care Subsidy) through Centrelink. Hillcrest's OSHC staff are qualified or training in Children’s Services, and all hold First Aid Certificates and Blue Cards.

Important OSHC links


The College compulsory one2one Device Program seeks to provide students with the tools they need in a rapidly changing world coupled with the development of personal responsibility and ethical conduct in line with our College Vision and Mission statements.

Gatherings & Assemblies

Gatherings and Assemblies occur each week

  • Monday = Gathering (Period 5 - 11:00am - 11:40am)
  • Wednesday = Celebration Assembly (Period 5 - 11:00am - 11:40am)
MLC Music Program

For full details on the Music Program please refer to the Music Program Booklet below.