A Message From The School Leadership Team

Hillbrook Senior Leadership Team 2017

The week has been a busy one for the Drama students with Year 10 and 12 Course Productions well underway, Theatresports and the Drama Festival plays taking centre stage.

The Year 12s have completed their Core Skills Test, and move to their exam block in two weeks and finish the year with their formal. The Year 11s, have now completed their exams and are off on work experience and their outdoor expeditions. We wish them all the best, safe travels.

We have also begun the restructure of student management services, with the appointment of Sue-Ellen Taylor to Head of Student Wellbeing.  Sue-Ellen will then take part in appointing six year level co-ordinators that will replace the current Student Management Team system. The changes will provide greater support for students and clarity around contact for parents. There will be a more detailed explanation of the new structures next term when we complete all of the appointments.

Geoff will be on long service leave for the last two weeks of term and Jason Sharland and Holly O’Sullivan Williams will join Mark in the School Leadership Team for those two weeks.

Finally, congratulations to Holly Hannon and Emily Suffolk (Year 11), who have been selected for the University of Queensland Young Scholars Program. This is a fantastic opportunity and well done to both students. In addition, Thom Fletcher in Year 8 has been asked to perform with the Queensland Youth Orchestras Wind Ensemble at a Principal’s Conference, also a fantastic opportunity.

Geoff Newton, Stephanie Munday-Lake, Mark Herriman & David Briggs

The Digital Corner

A Screenagers Reflection

The impact of technology on our society could be likened to the impact of the automobile on society in the early 1900s. The car was a genuine ‘disruptor’ that caused confusion and debate as it took to the road along with the horses and buggies. Who had right of way? Should the car be allowed to go faster than a horse?  What exactly was a speed limit, anyway?  Then in 1908 Henry Ford’s first Model T was built and within twenty years there were 16.5 million of them on the road. Society struggled with the economic and social impacts in much the same way as we are doing today as we consider how to live with technological reality.

Current technological impact is more pervasive than with the automobile, because it is also a reality in our children’s lives. It cannot be uninvented, hidden or ignored. Parents, schools and communities must deal with it. The other reality is that there are no ‘right’ answers or quick fixes.

On Sunday, 200 members of the Hillbrook community gathered in the PAC to watch the P&F sponsored event: ‘Screenagers’. The documentary followed families who were at different stages in their journey with technology and addressed issues such as screen addition, violence in video games, the pressures of social media and more. 

We would appreciate some feedback on the screening, to see if it is something that will be hosted again at Hillbrook. If you joined us on Sunday, please take one minute to fill out this quick feedback form.

Screenagers Feedback Form

Parental controls for gaming

There are many video games available on every console which are specifically aimed at children and can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, many video games are aimed at a more mature audience and can be violent, or have other mature themes. Age ratings given to games enable parents to make informed choices about what sort of games they allow their children to play.

Gaming consoles have evolved from their humble beginnings to become highly sophisticated devices capable of far more than simply playing video games – most consoles can be used for accessing the web, playing movies and streaming video, listening to music and communicating with people around the world.

With an increase in possibilities comes an increase in the risks of content being accessed which may not be appropriate for children. Every major gaming console provides parental control measures to help ensure the whole family can safely enjoy all the positive aspects on offer in the gaming world.

iParent provides video walk-throughs on how to set up parental controls for xBox, Sony Playstation, Nintendo and PC Gaming.

 Read more about parental controls through iParent




Japanese Host Students

Last week we hosted 20 students from Minakuchi Higashi Junior and Senior High Schools for five days.

The students attended school for 3 days and, as well as attending classes with their buddies, enjoyed a sausage sizzle, did a sport class, a drama class and made key rings. It was a very successful exchange and we look forward to travelling to Minakuchi next year and doing a home stay at their school.

I would like to thank the Hillbrook teachers, in particular Ms Ushiro and the host families, without whom the exchange would not have been possible.

Margaret Fahey

Recipe Of The Week – Spinach & Feta Turnovers

Bethany Rowe used this recipe to make a yummy vegetarian snack in Year 10 Food Technology class.


2 teaspoons olive oil

2 bunches English spinach, ends trimmed, washed, shredded

2 eggs

100g feta, crumbled

2 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen puff pastry, just thawed, quartered


Preheat oven to 210°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the spinach, tossing. For 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Set aside to cool slightly. Squeeze out excess moisture. Finely chop.

Lightly whisk 1 egg in a bowl. Stir in the spinach and feta. Season with pepper.

Whisk remaining egg in a small bowl. Divide the filling among the pastry squares. Brush the edges with egg.

Fold in half diagonally to enclose the filling. Pinch the edges to seal. Place the turnovers on the prepared tray. Brush with egg. Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.

Balaangala Indigenous Garden Guided Walk

Come for a guided walk through Balaangala Indigenous Garden on Saturday 9 September from 2pm – 4pm.

Melinda Serico (Gubbi Gubbi woman and Balaangala Member) and Neil Murphy (Paten Park Native Nursery) will share their knowledges about the traditional and contemporary uses of native plants as well as growing and caring for them. Afternoon tea, featuring bush food ingredients will also be provided.

Adults $25
Concession card holders and Balaangala financial members $15
No charge for Elders

Numbers are limited, so bookings are required. To book, please email balaangalathegap@gmail.com

Hillbrook Under The Stars

Hillbrook under the stars candle under the night sky

Where:  Hillbrook Anglican School
When: Saturday 21 October ~ 7pm – 11pm
Cost: $35 per person
Theme: Black & White – Prizes for Best Dressed Black and White Theme and Best Dressed Table Theme
RSVP: 7 October

BYO drinks

Click here for tickets

This is a school event for our entire adult community and the chance for our adult community to enjoy a relaxing social evening with a lovely meal and great live music. We had close to 250 celebrate this great school community last year and we would love you to join us this year. Catch up with friends and make some new ones! 

Our evening will be held in the forecourt area. This year we are also able to welcome past parents and members of our school community, so if you know of people who would like to come please forward the invitation. 

We have a wonderful menu with a choice of meat or vegetarian options, accompanied by delicious salads. A selection of desserts will be set out for everyone to share – please bring 2 desserts per table and we will collect these to offer after our main meal.

Our live music will feature THE BRUUKS, a talented band of past Hillbrook students, playing your favourite covers and original music. Relax and socialise during the meal and have your dancing shoes on for later in the evening. 

Here is how the table options work for tables of 8-10 people: All of these options will be on the ticketing system. 

  1. You can contact other parents and make your own table, name the table and all book under that table name.
  2. You can organise a table/s within your own class. Parent liaisons or a nominated person in the class can do this. Give your table a name but try to add a table name (Eg: 8 White Snowmen, 10 Red Racing Cars). Try to select a table leader so that we can direct any table info to them.
  3. Simply book your ticket and let us know what year level/s and class your child/children are in and we will seat you with parents from your class/year level.

 Bookings close Saturday 7 October as we need to finalise our catering.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Kennelly at infohutshillbrook@gmail.com 

Hillbrook Under the Stars
A celebration of our school community and spirit

Design & Technology News

We welcomed Mark Williamson to the Design and Technology department at the beginning of this term.

Mark has worked as a supply teacher at Hillbrook since 2010, while previously working in State Education for 17 years. He looks forward to meeting the parents of students he teaches as the year progresses.

Smiling For Smiddy – Townsville To Brisbane 2017

Hillbrook has a proud tradition of supporting Smiling for Smiddy events along with conducting our own 4-day Challenge Ride in 2013. It’s that time of year again when Mark Smoothy and the Smiling for Smiddy crew do their epic challenge ride raising funds for Melanoma Cancer Research and Treatments. This year’s ride is the REVERSE Challenge – Townsville to Brisbane.

I was in Townsville over the weekend to farewell the group and my partner Leanne, who after 12 years of contemplating the ride has stepped up this year. Leanne and I both trained at UQ Pool with Adam Smiddy and we are close friends with Mark Smoothy or Sharky as he is affectionately known.

The group spent Sunday at Charters Towers after completing 150km. Their longest day will be 243km, averaging 200km a day over 8 days.

If you have some spare time this Sunday, the Challenge Riders get back to University of Queensland Aquatic Centre around 2pm. Please feel free to come along and show your support. Their route back into Brisbane from Blackbutt comes through Mt Mee, Dayboro (around 12pm), Samford, Ferny Grove so if you’re out that way I’m sure the riders would get a kick out of a road side cheer!

Queensland is the melanoma capital of Australia, so the work that the Mater Foundation is doing to find a cure here in Brisbane is world leading and directly saves Queensland lives. If you can spare even a few dollars, please drop a donation this week to inspire the riders as they get daily updates on their fundraising goal of $400,000. They were at $236,000 as they left Townsville.

If you’d like to sponsor Leanne or Mark Smoothy, just look up Leanne Miller or Mark on the website at Smiddy.org.au, Sponsor a 2017 Rider.

Mark Williamson

Photo Gallery – Year 8 Climb & Abseil

Hillbrook Anglican School