Hillbrook in Action Online
Welcome to Hillbrook in Action Online. Due to COVID-19 we are doing quite a few things differently in 2020, including our very first virtual tour of the school.
You are invited to explore Hillbrook from campus to curriculum through our brand new website. We recommend starting with the welcome video below and then it’s up to you, choose your own adventure and enjoy wandering around our virtual campus! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the website launched today. If any of your questions aren’t answered, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will be happy to provide you with an answer.
We hope you enjoy exploring life at Hillbrook through our videos, photos, quotes and stories from our students, past and present. This year, while it’s a little bit different, it’s a whole lot easier to share your Hillbrook journey with your friends and family. Keep your eye on our website over the coming weeks as we’ll be updating it with more content for you to explore.
In the footsteps of Norm Hunter and John Lindsay, Hillbrook’s founding principals, we invite you to Dare to Dream” with us … online.
Year 11 student Annisia Dent and Year 8 student Christian Sorensen-Bews, along with Principal Geoff Newton and past students Lydia Jensen and Angus Cottrell Welcome you all to Hillbrook in Action.
Take a Virtual Tour
We hope you get a sense of life at Hillbrook as we take you on a virtual tour through our grounds and classrooms where our students learn and create connections.
What is Outdoor Education? It is an active and experiential form of learning conducted primarily in outdoor spaces. At the core of Outdoor Education at Hillbrook is the development and understanding of healthy relationships; with others, the environment and with self. Outdoor Education is a compulsory subject for all students in every Year level.
When the founders of Hillbrook were putting the curriculum together back in the mid-80s they made the strategic decision that the Outdoor Education course would be a separate subject and built into the curriculum. It would be compulsory for all students and would be a developmental course, gradually increasing in difficulty and student responsibility.
Teaching and support staff would all be involved so Outdoor Education wouldn’t be a subject ‘taught over there’ by the Outdoor Education staff.
It was always the aim that National Parks would be the primary venues and we wouldn’t invest in an outdoor centre. Hillbrook students would experience the variety of Australia’s natural environments and understand the impacts humans have on it.
We hope the video below provides you with a sense of some of the journeys our students take.
These videos below will give you a closer look at some of the facilities we have here at Hillbrook. Please enjoy wandering through the spaces where our students learn and grow.
Food and Nutrition
Explore the modern kitchen facilities where our Food and Nutrition students tease us with the amazing aromas that waft through the school each day.
Cafe and Professional Kitchen
Our Cafe has been built with a long term plan and sustainability front of mind. The state of the art equipment is used to prepare nutritious meals for students, as well as families via our Dinner 2 Go menu.
“Create a structure worthy of housing the heart and soul of a unique school community“, they said. With this in mind Brand and Slater Architects (now BSPN) worked with the school and created exactly that. Again, Hillbrook dared to be different.
Our recently completed D Block, which houses English and Science opened 2 weeks before COVID-19 closed down school. Students are enjoying the return to their new classrooms, learning and social
The Hillbrook Library is one of the most popular spaces in our School. We really don’t have the words to describe how wonderful this space is. Rather than us tell you, let your eyes see for themselves by watching this video.
Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
The PAC was a major project, with six years of careful consideration being given to ensuring this was an exciting and inspiring learning space, as much as a performance facility. Hillbrook did not want a venue used only on special occasions. Hillbrook dared to be different.
Philosophical Inquiry Room
Our new purpose built Philosophical Inquiry room has recently been completed and is in regular use by our students for their Philosophical Inquiry lessons. You might notice it doesn’t contain desks and the chairs are set out in a circle. We also use this room to host our exclusive Philosophy Inquiry Teacher Training courses.
Tiered Learning Centre
This learning space has become a pivotal part of Hillbrook, despite only being completed at the start of the year. From reading groups to visiting presenters to teacher meetings, this area is spacious and relaxed for internal purposes, yet springs to life as a sophisticated, and well appointed theatrette.
Weekly Chapel with Chaplain David Adams
They are so good we decided to give you two to enjoy!
Our Chaplain, David Adams has a unique, yet thought-provoking style of delivering his weekly Chapel. During COVID-19, where gathering in groups has not been permitted, David has taken his Chapel presentations to the next level. We thought you would enjoy watching him in action at some recent online Chapels.
Download Our Brochure
There is so much information for parents to digest when it comes to choosing a High School. Choosing the right school is one of the biggest decisions you will make regarding your child’s education. It’s difficult to remember everything you read on a website, so we’ve provided a downloadable brochure for you to refer back to.
Please download and we hope it helps you with your decision making process.
Hillbrook in Action Online Survey
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