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Sports Update May 2017

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 22 May 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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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Hinterland District Sport

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 05 May 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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 Student Department Friday 05 May 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

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 Student Department Thursday 20 April 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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

Principal's Office Thursday 20 April 2017

​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 2017

​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

Principal's Office Thursday 30 March 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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

Principal's Office Tuesday 21 March 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

​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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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 Student Department Friday 10 March 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

​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 2017

​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 2017

​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 2017

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 2017

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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Agape Outreach & Carwash Fundraiser

Community News Tuesday 07 March 2017

​Hillcrest has partnered with Agape Outreach over the past few years, where the focus is on supporting the homeless people in our local community. We have regularly taken students to Coolangatta to he...
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South Coast Basketball

Sport & Cocurricular Tuesday 07 March 2017

​Today we saw the South Coast Regional trials for the 18&U Boys and Girls at Coomera Indoor Sports Stadium. Representing Hillcrest in the Hinterland District were: Nyah Morris, Tara Manumaleuga, Flynn...
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South Coast Swimming

Sport & Cocurricular Tuesday 07 March 2017

Congratulations to all students who competed at the recent South Coast Swimming Trials. A special mention to JLC student, Gideon Burnes who has progressed to the School's State Championships in Breast...
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The Suns Shine at Hillcrest Sports Development

Sport & Cocurricular Friday 03 March 2017

What an amazing day at sports development on Friday 3 March 2017 where we were privileged to have members of the Gold Coast Suns visit us. Our students were star struck by the talents of Jesse Lon...
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Kate van Bruggen Recognised in State Awards

Senior Learning Community Thursday 23 February 2017

On Saturday 18 February 2017, top performing students in Queensland in 2016 were recognised by the Education Minister in a special ceremony at the State Library. 2016 is the third year that the Queens...
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Kindy Update

Junior Learning Community Thursday 23 February 2017

The first few weeks of Kindy for 2017 have been very exciting with all our Kindy children settling in so well into their new learning environments. 2017 has also seen the implementation of new program...
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Chess Update

Senior Learning Community Thursday 23 February 2017

Last week was a fantastic experience for some of our SLC Chess students who took part in a Gold Coast competition hosted by Gardiner Chess. Students competed in seven matches throughout the day, with ...
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From the Principal

Principal's Office Thursday 23 February 2017

​Throughout the first half of this year, I have been reading through Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus with specific interest in the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses as the...
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Update from The Hub

Community News Thursday 23 February 2017

My name is Leanne Nunnink and I am very excited to be able to serve our community as the new Hub Manager. The Hub team (pictured) is made up of Mandy, Jennet, Cathy and I, and we are very exciting ...
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Welcome to our 22 New Teachers

Innovative Teaching & Learning Thursday 23 February 2017

This year Hillcrest Christian College welcomed 22 new teachers to our community as we continue to grow from strength to strength. With 6 teachers in JLC and 15 in SLC, is has been exciting to see the ...
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Hillcrest – Building a School in Myanmar!!

Senior Learning Community Thursday 23 February 2017

​ Next week Chris McConnell, Chairman of the Board of Effective Aid International, will be attending our SLC Gathering to share about the exciting way that Hillcrest Christian College is helping the c...
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Thailand Myanmar Mission Trip

Senior Learning Community Thursday 23 February 2017

Year 11 and 12 students are invited to apply to be part of the annual Thailand Myanmar Mission Trip. This is a 2 week trip in the September holidays that takes our team to orphanages, refugee camps an...
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Hillcrest Host Korean Teachers

International Student Department Thursday 23 February 2017

At the start of February, Hillcrest Christian College partnered with Bond University to host 6 teachers from the Republic of Korea as part of a cross-cultural professional development initiative. The ...
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Homestay Families – Have a Go!!

International Student Department Thursday 23 February 2017

This year, Hillcrest Christian College is host to 56 long-term international students who come from 6 different countries including: China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and Denmark. Hillcrest will also host...
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Year 10 Legal Eaglets Enjoy Visit to Queensland's Parliament House

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 22 February 2017

On Friday, 17 February, Hillcrest’s Year 10 Legal Studies class embarked on a journey of discovery through the hallowed chambers and halls of Queensland’s home of democracy, Parliament House in Brisba...
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District Swimming Carnival

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 20 February 2017

The Hinterland Green District Swimming Carnival was held on Monday 20 January at TSS. Hillcrest was represented by 30 students in Years 4-12, with many students being unavailable for the carnival due ...
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​The Changing Face of Learning

Innovative Teaching & Learning Monday 13 February 2017

This term our Year 6, LUMOS and FLARE students moved into their new facilities, in what used to be the middle floor of the MPH carpark. The space, known as ‘The Precinct’, has been extensively redesig...
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Visual Art Excursion - GOMA

Senior Learning Community Monday 13 February 2017

​Visual Art students in years 8 to 12 experienced an exhibition of the senses last Tuesday and Wednesday, visiting 'Sugar Spin' at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Students viewed and interacted ...
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Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion to Brisbane Law Courts

Senior Learning Community Monday 13 February 2017

​This term, Hillcrest’s Year 11 Legal Studies class is investigating the thought-provoking question of whether or not juries should continue to decide whether people charged with serious crimes are gu...
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Hillcrest Alumni, Kate van Bruggen, shines in Bond University Mooting Competition

Senior Learning Community Monday 13 February 2017

​Congratulations to Hillcrest’s 2016 Dux and Bond University Vice Chancellor Full Scholarship Winner, Kate van Bruggen, who has stunned the students and staff of Bond University’s Law Faculty, as well...
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Hillcrest Original Graduates Bond Law

Senior Learning Community Monday 13 February 2017

Hillcrest Prep original, Jaimee-Lee Jessop, graduated from Bond University with a Law degree on Saturday, 11 February, having been a Hillcrest Primary Captain and then graduating in 2013 as a Prefect,...
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Years 10-12 Careers Expo

Senior Learning Community Friday 10 February 2017

On Wednesday 8 February Hillcrest Christian College hosted their annual Information and Pathways Expo 2017 for Years 10 to 12 students and parents. ...
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Year 11 Camp - Noosa North Shore

Senior Learning Community Friday 10 February 2017

After a three-hour bus drive students from year 11 reached the retreat at North Shore Noosa. On arrival, we were shown to our allocated cabins and then everyone headed over to the camp kitchen for a f...
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Year 7 Camp - Tyalgum Ridge Retreat

Senior Learning Community Friday 10 February 2017

Firstly, we would like to thank all the teachers who put in time and effort to ensure that we had a memorable experience at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat, especially our year level coordinator, Mrs Mouton. Al...
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Homestay Families Needed - Short & Long Stay

International Student Department Wednesday 08 February 2017

Welcome an International Student into your home and have a true cultural experience. Opportunities exist for both Short Term and Long Term Homestay families. ...
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JLC Swimming Carnival

Sport & Cocurricular Wednesday 08 February 2017

The first major sporting event for 2017 was the Junior Learning Community Interhouse Swimming Carnival. This was held in Week 2 and saw a major change from previous years with the introduction of Year...
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Year 8 Camp Report 2017

Senior Learning Community Tuesday 07 February 2017

On Wednesday 1 February, Year 8s (with nine teachers in tow) bused their way to the QCCC site at Brookfield where they were based for the next three days....
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​Hillcrest’s Year 12 Students Assist with Year 8 Camp Brisbane City ‘Bridge 2 Bridge Challenge’

Senior Learning Community Friday 03 February 2017

It was wonderful to accompany nine Hillcrest Year 12 students, Austin Carlton, Jacky Choy, Genevieve Cochran, Brylee Davis, Shanae Kollen, Anabelle McConnell, Charlotte Russell, Jemima Smith and Jerem...
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​Hillcrest’s Year 12 ‘Legal Eagles’ Off to a Flying Start to 2017

Senior Learning Community Thursday 02 February 2017

The reputation of Legal Studies as a subject for the real world was enhanced on Monday, 30 January, when Hillcrest’s 22 Year 12 Legal students winged their way to Brisbane City on an express train to ...
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OP Success Year 12 Cohort 2016

Principal's Office Monday 19 December 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Year 12 cohort on their excellent OP results this year. Of the eligible students, 25% received an OP 1-5, 59% OP 1-10 and 82% an OP 1-15. You are to be commended on the way...
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Legal Eagles Soar to Great Heights

Senior Learning Community Wednesday 02 November 2016

​Hillcrest’s Senior Legal Studies classes have enjoyed an exciting finish to the year with the Year 11s recently visiting the University of Queensland Law Faculty for thought-provoking interactive hu...
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Prep to Year 3 Sports Day

Junior Learning Community Tuesday 18 October 2016

​After initially being delayed in Term 3 due to wet weather, the Prep-Year 3 Sports Day took place in the second week of Term 4. ...
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Samsung Primary Schools Netball Cup (State Championships) 2016

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 17 October 2016

More than 100 Queensland primary schools will battle it out for the chance to be crowned state champion at the Samsung Primary Schools Cup at Ipswich Netball Association this weekend....
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Queensland State Chess Finals

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 17 October 2016

​The Queensland State Chess Finals closed with an exciting finish this weekend! Gardiner Chess said it was the closest competition they have had in years....
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Gold, Silver and Bronze for Duke of Edinburgh Expeditioners

Sport & Cocurricular Monday 17 October 2016

It was a big weekend for our Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students. ...
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2016 State Champions!

Sport & Cocurricular Wednesday 05 October 2016

From the 15th – 18th of September Hillcrest Christian College’s Open Boys and Girls Basketball teams participated in the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) tournament. This tournament is ...
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​Year 5 Leadership: Prep Mini Olympics

Junior Learning Community Thursday 15 September 2016

Students in Year 5 have been exploring the ideas behind the Modern Olympic Movement this term in Health, looking at Piere Fredy’s belief that the Olympics could bring about world peace....
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Year 5 Odd-Job-a-Thon

Junior Learning Community Thursday 15 September 2016

​Year 5 has been involved in fundraising for their sponsor children this term through doing an odd-job-a-thon. They were given the challenge of over an 8 week period giving up some of their time in as...
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Chess-ed for Success

Junior Learning Community Friday 02 September 2016

​The JLC had 36 students participate in the Gold Coast Regional Interschool Chess tournament that involves more than 30 schools and over 600 students attended....
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Check Mates

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 31 August 2016

JLC Chess students take out Brisbane chess invitational. Congratulations boys!...
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Hillcrest Students Break World Record

Senior Learning Community Friday 19 August 2016

As a prelude to National Science Week, Hillcrest Christian College participated in a Guinness Book of World Records record-breaking attempt to conduct the largest Science Practical in the world. ...
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​From Textbooks to Antarctica: Hillcrest students go beyond the classroom

Principal's Office Thursday 11 August 2016

Hillcrest Christian College has partnered with Australian adventurer, Geoff Wilson of 5th Element Expeditions in creating learning experiences beyond the classroom and to the far reaches of the earth ...
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Year 9 Students Explore the Nation's Capital

Senior Learning Community Sunday 31 July 2016

​Students from our school have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus ...
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Brad Huddleston

Principal's Office Tuesday 19 July 2016

Next week, we have invited internationally renowned speaker, Brad Huddleston, to address our school community about the dangers of digital technology. Brad is a qualified a computer scientist who ha...
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Students shine at Murwillumbah Eisteddfod

Performing Arts Friday 24 June 2016

​Between the 16th and 21st June 2016 many Speech and Drama students participated in the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts. It was a very worthwhile experience and such a boost for confidence. T...
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4P Connections Day

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 22 June 2016

​On Monday 20 June 2016, 4P held their Connections Day (indigenous studies) where they spied strange 'white swans' arriving on the shores of their land. It was discovered that these swans carried unus...
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Junior Chess - Gold Coast Interschool Champions

Junior Learning Community Friday 17 June 2016

Congratulations to our Junior Chess Teams who achieved fantastic results in the Gold Coast South Primary Term 2 Interschool Chess....
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Principal's Update - 16 June 2016

Principal's Office Tuesday 14 June 2016

I was recently in Canberra attending the Nation Policy Forum for Christian Schools. This annual event allows all Christian schools from around Australia to gather and develop consistent policies on is...
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Year 4 Numinbah Valley Excursion

Junior Learning Community Tuesday 14 June 2016

​On Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June, Year 4 classes travelled to Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre....
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Year 4 Materials and Packaging

Junior Learning Community Thursday 09 June 2016

​This term, our Year 4s have been investigating materials and packages. They looked at different materials such as plastic, paper and cardboard and have conducted numerous experiments. ...
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Year 4 Excursion to Movieworld

Junior Learning Community Wednesday 08 June 2016

On Monday 6th June 2016, the Year 4 cohort visited Warner Brothers Movieworld. Our aim was to discover different materials and packages which are used at the various food outlets, and make conclusions...
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