Learning at Hillbrook
'Curriculum' isn't just the subjects studied: it’s all the intended learning experiences that students undertake at the school, in and beyond the classroom. The Hillbrook curriculum is based on a balance of learning experiences drawn from our ever evolving understanding of how young people learn.
Support for students at Hillbrook takes many forms. Staff accept collective responsibility for all students in our community, whether or not those students are in their classes. We also have programs designed for students who have a real passion for their subject area and wish to specialise even further.
During Philosophical Inquiry, students are considering big issues fundamental to the way we live our lives. The questions discussed are raised by students themselves. They inquire together to search for answers or to try and make some progress towards truth. The process is democratic, ethical, respectful and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Hillbrook Library
The Library is central to implementing, enriching and supporting the teaching and learning program of the school.
The library empowers students to be independent learners throughout their lives, ensuring they are effective users of ideas and information.
The library collaborates with other teachers to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
The library provides a wide range of relevant resources, services and technologies to satisfy the varied curriculum and recreational needs of its users.
The library promotes a reading culture and provides opportunities for users to engage in literature enrichment activities.
The library creates a welcoming, user-centred environment with a dynamic learning culture, staffed by skilled, committed and caring professionals.
Our Library is vibrant and welcoming; every student can feel supported and at home. Hillbrook is a reading community and a community of readers.
Mon-Thu: 7:30am – 4:20pm
Fri: 7:30am – 4pm
Technology in the Classroom
Starting in 2018, Hillbrook is moving away from a Junior iPad/Senior Laptop program to a school-wide Laptop program over the next two years. Year 7 students will join the Laptop program, while Year 8 and 9 students will continue in the current iPad program until the end of Year 9.
The use of these devices is designed to introduce students to a broader variety of teaching and learning activities and to further prepare them for our information-rich world.
The iPads@Hillbrook page is designed for both parents and students to access a range of resources including, an up-to-date Apps list, information about parental controls and a number of helpful guides.
Hillbrook’s laptop program for students is an exciting initiative to support our focus on teaching and learning.
In an increasingly digital world it is essential that our students develop ICT skills and importantly, they are able to use such technologies in their everyday learning. Currently all Year 10, 11 and 12 students are provided with a school laptop. The laptop program is supported by an Online IT Helpdesk, an IT Support Centre and explanatory information.
You can read more about Hillbrook's use of technology as an enabling tool in the October 2015 issue of Connections Magazine.