Newsletter #42917 March 2017
From the PrincipalBack to Top
Annual Survey and Feedback
The Hills Grammar School has always been committed to listening to the views and expectations of key stakeholders, including students, parents and staff.
What Parents Value Most About Hills Grammar
Parents were also asked to provide open responses to the most valued aspects of The Hills Grammar School.
What Students Value Most About Hills Grammar
Students were also asked to provide open responses to the most valued aspects of The Hills Grammar School.
From the Chair of CouncilBack to Top
Welcome New School Council Members
I’m pleased to advise the School community that Council welcomes two new Councillors; Ms Gillian Wilson and Mr Gary Honan.
Harmony Day
Harmony Day is being celebrated on 21 March. The ECEC children and staff are welcome to wear orange clothing to ECEC on this day.
Parent Works
ParentWorks is a FREE online course for parents/carers of children aged between 2 and 16 years.
Reading at ECEC
Sharing stories and books are the first ways children learn to read.
Junior SchoolBack to Top
The S.E.A.T Project- Inspiring Human Potential
Year 5 will be participating in the S.E.A.T Project which is a values based program aiming to empower our students to explore their potential to enhance the world.
Junior Instrumental Programs
Instrumental programs in Junior Music and Term 1 concerts.
ECEC/Kindy Violin Terms 2 and 3 with Naira Yusufova
Small group violin lessons for ECEC and Kindergarten students will commence on Wednesday 3 May between 3:00pm and 3:30pm in the Music Department.
Student Conference- Northside G &T Network
Students represented Hills Grammar at the inaugural Student Conference organised by member schools of the Northside Gifted and Talented Network.
What goes on in Uninterrupted Learning Time?
At Hills Grammar we dedicate a two-hour block of time each day on our timetables from Kindergarten to Year 6, and refer to it as uninterrupted learning time.
Premier’s Reading Challenge and Author Visit
Hills Grammar is encouraging all students to participate in this year’s NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC)
HICES Swimming
Our Junior School Swimming Team competed last Wednesday at the HICES Swimming Carnival.
Football Training
Hills Grammar School Football Club has introduced an exciting new concept for the training and development of our junior players in the Under 6 to Under 11 age groups.
Cross Country
The Cross Country Carnival will be held on Friday 24 March (weather permitting).
Sport
Netball Training, Letter to Parents about Training, Visit from Dixon College and Tennis HDTA Winter Competition.
Senior SchoolBack to Top
Academic Programs
New initiative to Publish Assessment Marks to the Student and Parent Portal and external HSC Analysis expert.
English is Lit: ‘Drop-in’ to Hills Grammar English!
As a part of our continuing efforts to support our students at Hills Grammar, the English department has facilitated a new initiative in 2017 – that of the English ‘drop-in’ sessions.
Music: Year 10 Performance Evening
Congratulations to our Year 10 musicians on a sensational evening of musical entertainment this week at the Year 10 Performance Evening.
Music: Sydney Sinfonia and Term 1 Concerts
Year 7 students attended a concert presentation last week, Term 1 Concerts.
Music: Mercedes Benz Performance
Congratulations to the boys from the Year 11 band ‘Timeless’ for their performance at Mercedes-Benz Parramatta last Thursday.
Year 11 Drama Students Offer a Helping Hand
It is fantastic to report that Year 11 Drama students have stepped in to assist Miss Sciacchitano and help tutor our youngest would be stars.
Prefects Seminar
On Friday 10 March, four Year 11 students participated in a leadership seminar at SCEGGS in Darlinghurst.
RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment Camp
Each year four students from Year 10 attend the RYPEN camp.
Peer Support Program
The Year 7 and Year 10 Peer Support program has been running for 6 weeks.
International Women's Breakfast
Nine lovely Year 11 students along with Miss Rosa Maria Sciacchitano and Miss Grace Larobina attended the International Women’s Breakfast at Parramatta Leagues Club.
Harmony Day
Harmony Day is celebrated throughout Australia on 21 March.
Senior School Swimming Carnival
Last week our Senior School students braved the weather conditions and participated in the Senior School Swimming Carnival.
Sport
Netball Training, Letter to Parents about Training, Visit from Dixon College, Tennis HDTA Winter Competition and Student Congraulations.
Cross Country
The Cross Country Carnival will be held on Friday 24 March (weather permitting).
NewsflashBack to Top
Uniform Shop
Sports Caps are now available in the Uniform Shop.
How Teacher Learning Directly Impacts Upon Student Learning
We continue our focus this week on teacher learning and the way this impacts upon teaching practice and ultimately, student learning.
Work Experience
The School is investigating the possibility of creating a bank of employers who would be willing to take on a student for up to one week in the first week of the June / July holidays.
HillsFit
Plenty of the students and staff are taking full advantage of the morning physical activity offerings via HillsFit and other Co-curriculars.
SchoolTV
The latest SchoolTV edition discusses the fascinating topic of Cyberbullying Edition.
CommunityBack to Top
PAFA
Junior School Disco, Congratulations and thank you, Bliss Ball Challenge, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, PAFA Supporter Wear, Spring Fair and next PAFA Meeting.
Open Day
Open Day will be held on 31 March from 9.30am.
Enrolling for 2018
Interviews for 2018 enrolments are currently being held and offers will be made soon.
Class Parents
There are some exciting Class Parent events coming up in the following weeks.
Sympathy
We learned last week of the passing of Mrs Mel Doran - our friend, colleague, wife to Chad and mother to Tilly (Class of 2016) and Mac (Class of 2013).
Book of Everything
Congratulations Brayden Sim in Year 8, who will be performing in the lead role in Castle Hill Players’ Book of Everything.
Congratulations
Congratulations to the Cornish family (William – Year 1, Elizabeth - ECEC) on the birth of their new sister, Charlotte.