Newsletter #42717 February 2017
From the PrincipalBack to Top
2017 Focus
The flurry of commencing a new year continues as students, staff and parents settle back into their routines.
From the Chair of CouncilBack to Top
Outstanding Campus and Facilities
Hills Grammar’s campus, facilities and resources are recognised by parents, students and the wider community as an area of excellence.
Junior SchoolBack to Top
Co-curricular Summary
Motiv8, OOSH and Outdoor Education Camp Dates 2017.
Creative and Spoken Arts – Debating
Members of our Opens debating team debated Oakhill College on the topic of how governments, corporations and charitable organisations should prioritise financial aid.
The Centre for Innovation and Creativity
The Junior School library in the new Centre for Innovation and Creativity opened for students to enjoy on Monday this week.
Music
Music Makes the Difference, 2017 Co-Curricular Rehearsal Schedule, Private Tuition and Achievements.
PDHPE - Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 7 February was Safer Internet Day, a world-wide campaign encouraging communities to learn and connect together while taking positive actions to stay safe online.
Valentines Day
14 February saw Valentine’s Day Celebrations taking place around the School.
Senior SchoolBack to Top
NAPLAN – Improving Literacy and Numeracy 2017
At the end of Week 2, I wrote to parents of students in Year 9 with some more details about the new ‘HSC Minimal Standards’.
English is Lit
Throughout Term 1, Year 10 classes 1-3 study Australian Identity and analyse texts that represent and explore this concept.
Parent, House Tutor/ Academic Mentor and Student Meeting Afternoon
Parent, House Tutor/ Academic Mentor and Student Meeting Afternoon will be held on Tuesday 28 February, 2017.
Maths Drop In
Maths Drop In for Years 7-9 commenced in Week 3.
A Sense of Belonging and Pride in Our School
One of the things that has particularly struck me over the past two weeks, when talking to children in the Junior School, is their immense pride in their school.
Science Update
2017 has begun with great excitement and energy, with all the students ready to begin work.
Languages
Bon retour and okerinasai, Japanese Drop In, Language Perfect, Japanese Sister School and Languages Building Spinedome Artwork.
Sport
Junior School Swimming Carnival, Basketball, Netball and Football.
Music - Term 1 Performances
We have a number of performance opportunities for students in Term 1.
Staff DevelopmentBack to Top
New Staff Visit School Museum
An important element of new staff induction at Hills Grammar is learning about the ethos, history, culture and learning journey of the School.
CommunityBack to Top
Community Relations
Open Day and Junior School Disco Information.
Connect With Us
Social Media and Newsletter Feedback Opportunity.
Class Parents
This week we held our first Class Parent meeting for 2017 with all year groups represented from ECEC to Year 12.
PAFA
Upcoming events, PAFA Presents, Spring Fair updates and next meeting.
Accounts Update
American Express (Amex) has recently advised the School that their surcharge will increase to 2.145% (including GST) from 13 February 2017.
OOSH
We have had a great start to the new year, with lots of new and familiar faces at OOSH.