Year 9s Enjoy a Cool Week in Sydney and Canberra

On Monday, 29 July, 2019, our excited Year 9 students and their equally-excited Hillcrest leaders, crossed our State border to experience what can only be described as an 'epic' week in Sydney and Canberra. This highly-anticipated trip challenged and developed our students in many ways, as they visited Sydney Opera House, the AIS, museums, galleries and many more amazing places, spent time encountering God, gained firsthand insights into the running of our Parliament, and ventured to the snow for a physically-demanding but exceptionally fun day with their friends.

Our Year 9 students returned on Friday, 2 August, with plenty of photos, some shopping bags, new friendships, fresh insights, and many amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of their highlights:

Most Memorable Camp Moments

  • Going to the snow
  • Bonfire and teacher devotions
  • Bonding and getting to know more students in my grade
  • Rolling a giant snowball down the hill

Most Valuable Lessons From Camp

  • To be thankful for everything we have
  • To be myself and trust in God
  • Its important to be open to new people
  • Australia is a blessed country
  • How to vote.

Thanks to our students who represented themselves, their families and the College exceptionally well.Thanks also to our Hillcrest staff members for all their effort in planning this trip, and to our leaders who took time away from their own families to accompany our students on this incredible experience. We also thank our Year 9 parents, for trusting Hillcrest staff with your precious ones – it was worth every moment!


Students from our College have recently undertaken an education tour of the national Capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government contributes funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.