Yesterday we welcomed hundreds of families into our community and offered prospective students and parents the opportunity to experience a taste of what life at Hillbrook is like. Our guests enjoyed sitting in on classes, listening to music performances, solving puzzles and taking in the various displays and events. Most were shown around the school by our professional and friendly student tour guides, whose pride in the Hillbrook community was evident to all. Geoff welcomed approximately 400 visitors to the Leadership Welcome and Past Students’ Address and spoke about ‘balance’ and the four themes which centre our work here at Hillbrook: Community; Adolescence; Teaching and Learning; and Thinking. 2016 graduates Dominique Fournier and Eleanor Rogers also fondly recalled the personal impact of their time at Hillbrook. Below is an excerpt from each of their speeches. “Speaking of perseverance, Hillbrook’s annual camps are something out of this world. The life lessons that are taught in a passive sort of way are game-changing, literally, and have proved incredibly valuable in this first year away from school. I believe that this was experienced more specifically, during Year 10 camp, as this was a definitive point during my high school years and I secretly believe this was Hillbrook’s plan all along. A camp which pushed you to the limits, not physically, although if you count climbing mountains and walking on sand with a heavy back pack, being pushed, then yes, physically, but most of all this camp pushed me mentally”. Dom Fournier “This is a school that reminds you every day that you and your opinions are valued and that success comes with trial and error. I would never have had the confidence to push myself or become who I really want to be without an environment where diversity and challenge was accepted. Hillbrook encourages you to be more than just one thing, to be someone who doesn’t necessarily fit into a mould, to be an individual. From Year 8 when I thought being an architect was for me until now, Hillbrook inspired me to be diverse and open-minded. It was here where I ignited my passion for humanitarian issues and changed my dream job from an architect to a teacher to a social worker to a writer and then to a lawyer. In Year 12, I was selected from students across Australia to be a United Nations Youth Delegate for the Pacific Project and then travelled to East Timor with 11 other students. Without Hillbrook, I wouldn’t have had the passion or the same engagement in progressing the world and myself, which also culminated in other selections including representative teams”. Eleanor Rogers Some of the special events and activities for the day included:
- Trangia Pancake Cooking
- A Green Justice Barbeque
- Art – Create Your Own Blind Contour Drawing
- Engineering Tech – Display Bridge Building and Mintie Challenge
- The Innovation Cell – Robotics and Coding
- CO2 Dragster Racing
We wish to say congratulations and farewell to a much loved and respected staff member, Holly O’Sullivan Williams. Holly has accepted the position of Dean of Students and Academic Welfare at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, a promotional role in an area that she will excel in. The commencement of this role will sadly take place in Term 4. With Holly’s term of Acting Deputy whilst Stephanie Munday-Lake was on leave, and the completion of her second Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) at QUT, the opportunity to accept a leadership role at another school that has strong ties with Hillbrook, was a natural progression in her professional journey. Her significant accomplishments and valued contribution to the Drama department is to be applauded over her 16 years at Hillbrook. Her contribution to the culture of the school has benefited many, many students and parents as well. Holly will be missed and we wish her success and all the best in her new role. As you may or may not be aware Stephanie Munday-Lake has had a recent health complication that lead to an operation for a blocked artery in her heart. The operation was extremely successful and she is now recovering very well at home. On the advice from her doctors, Stephanie will return at the start of Term 4. Stephanie is so grateful for the many bunches of flowers, cards, texts, emails and meals, and feels overwhelmed by generosity, kindness and love. She wishes to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send any well wishes to Stephanie please feel free to do so through the school.
Hillbrook Under The Stars is the chance for our adult community to enjoy a relaxing social evening with a lovely meal and great live music. It is hosted by the Hillbrook P&F and we had more than 320 in attendance last year. More information will appear in the newsletter in the next few weeks, and via class liaisons. This year will be the last year that Katrina Coomber and myself organise the night, so what we really need is for two people to think about shadowing Katrina and myself this year to see how it is run. Contact a friend and get involved! We have everything organised in computer files so it is not a daunting task and will not take much time this year. Ideally we would love someone who has students in the younger year levels to take over! If you would like to find out more, please email email@example.com Karen Kennelly
Trevor Evans, Federal MP for Brisbane, and Scott Prasser, Policy Advisor to the Federal Minister for Education, attended the July Board meeting. They responded to questions posed by the Board about the change in Commonwealth funding for independent schools. Trevor Evans said that he has been taking Hillbrook’s concerns to the Minister; Scott Prasser suggested that the School should make a submission to the new National Schools Resourcing Board once the terms of reference were finalised. Some of our concerns were not able to be answered as the implementation of the funding model is a work in progress. We were advised that the Minister and the Government are expected to make decisions in the near future that will provide Hillbrook and other schools more guidance on future Government funding of independent and other schools. In October, there will be a Special General Meeting of Company members to consider changes to the Constitution relating to structure of the School Board (to include an additional Class B member) and other matters in relation to the governance of the School. Company members will be provided with more detail at least 21 days before the scheduled meeting. Rob Seljak – Chairperson
Our Tuckshop needs more volunteers! Here are 5 great reasons to jump in…
- Connecting with other parents, from a range of year levels.
- Finding out what is happening at school (especially useful if your child’s usual response is ‘not much’).
- Tapping into the Hillbrook Brains Trust. Seriously, this is the place to get the best parenting tips, life hacks and holiday ideas!
- Helping us move to a healthier menu. Fresh food takes more time to prepare. More helpers = healthier food.
- Volunteering gives you a warm, inner glow and is great for your mental health!
This term, we will be hosting Parent Information Evenings, as well as Teacher/Parent/Student Interview and Information afternoons, for our current Years 7, 8 and 10 students. The dates, times and venues are below:
During our Interview and Information afternoons, parents and students will have an opportunity to speak with Teachers and Subject Coordinators about the offerings for their respective year levels in 2018.
|Year Level||Information Evening||Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews|
|Year 8 2017 into Year 9 2018||Completed||Thursday 10 August 3.40 – 5.30pm Library|
|Year 7 2017 into Year 8 2018||Wednesday 9 August 6 – 7.30pm Tree of Life Chapel||Thursday 10 August 3.40 – 5.30pm Library|
ScreenagersDate: Sunday 27 August Location: PAC Time: 3.30pm (4pm start) Runtime: 68 minutes Cost: Free Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimise harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people tell us that they feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time. Members of the Hillbrook community (students, parents and staff) are invited to join us for an exclusive screening of this powerful documentary. Click here to view the trailer To ensure we have a clear idea of numbers, please fill out this quick RSVP to reserve the number of seats for your family. Screenagers RSVP form * This is an EAC event and generously sponsored by P&F
Video Games: Good, The Bad & The UglyVideo games, online games and apps are extremely popular with teenagers. Children might seem to spend too much time gaming, but most play video games in a healthy and balanced way. You can help your child get the benefits and avoid the downsides of gaming by guiding their choices of games and playing habits. About Video Games, Online Games & Gaming Apps Video games, online games and gaming apps are electronic, interactive experiences based on computer technology. Video games, online games and gaming apps come in many forms: on physical media (discs and cartridges), internet downloads, and online games and apps. You can buy some games over the counter in shops, and others you download – for example, from an app store on your phone or console. Some games give you full access to the game when you buy it. Other games offer extra downloadable content, like new levels, which you have to buy separately from the base game. Other games are free for the base game but you need to buy extra functions or features. These might be characters or digital goods that let you progress more quickly through the game. Video games can be played by one person or two or more people (multiplayer). You can play some multiplayer games together in the same room, and you can play others online with friends or strangers all over the world. Video games can involve social media, and the lines between the two aren’t always clear. For example, you can share progress, screenshots or videos of many games with your followers on social media. Best Video Games, Online Games & Gaming Apps For Teenagers The best video games for children have some learning value and positive messages. They also let children feel like they can do something well. Teenagers: 12-18 Years For this age group, it’s best to encourage healthy gaming habits, rather than look for specific games or game features. As children get older most games have benefits of one kind or another. If your child is aged over 12 years, games that give them a way to work with other people in a team can be a good choice. It’s best to avoid games that have an R18+ rating, because these games have content that’s not suitable for teenagers. Choosing Video Games, Online Games And Gaming Apps For Children & Teenagers When you and your child are choosing video games, a good place to start is Australian Classification. This site can give you a good sense of whether a game is appropriate for your child. Australian Classification looks at a game’s themes, violent content, nudity, sexual activity, language and drug use. It also considers how often these things happen, how much detail is shown and how real it looks. Note that Australian Classification doesn’t currently cover games for phones and tablets. But these games do have age recommendations, and you can set parental or family controls to limit downloadable content to an appropriate age level. You can also check out Common Sense Media’s reviews of all types of games and the Australian Council on Children and the Media’s app reviews to work out whether a game is high quality, has recognised educational benefits and is appropriate for your child. Benefits Of Playing Video Games, Online Games & Gaming Apps Your child can get a lot out of playing video games, online games and gaming apps. The benefits depend on things like:
- what stories or activities are featured in the games your child plays
- why your child is playing games
- whether playing video games is interfering with other parts of your child’s life
- how many players games are designed for
- hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
- problem-solving, strategy and planning, decision-making and logic skills
- ability to set and achieve goals
- ability to do several things at once
- time management skills
- positive and satisfied with life and less likely to feel depressed
- relaxed and less stressed – video games can be a way to manage mood or ‘let off steam’
- able to do something well – their self-esteem can improve as they get better at challenging games and moves through levels
- able to make their own choices
- connected to other people
- strengthen existing friendships and make new ones
- learn to play in teams
- learn to play fairly and take turns
- learn about how to behave in ways that help other people
- feel closer to family, when you all play games together
- remembering things
- thinking about things
- recognising and understanding visual information
- understanding concepts they’re learning at school, like maths
- learning new words
Problems Of Playing Video Games, Online Games & AppsPlaying video games in moderation and balancing video games with other activities are the keys to avoiding most problems that can come with gaming. When children play video games so much that they’re not spending enough time studying or being physically active, there can be problems. Playing video games too much can lead to:
- poor performance at school
- poor sleep or not enough sleep
- mental health problems
Violence In Video GamesViolent video games are not appropriate for younger children. Younger children struggle to tell the difference between fantasy and reality in games. They’re more likely to copy what they see in violent video games and use it on other children outside the game. Violent content can also upset younger children, who might not understand mature themes or understand the reasons for the violence in the game. For older children, it’s more complicated. Experts don’t agree on whether violent video games lead to aggression in real life. Experts who think there’s a link between violent video games and real-life violence say that violent video games:
- make children less likely to be shocked or distressed by violence and less likely to recognise other people’s feelings
- lead children to use the violence they’ve seen in games in real life
- teach children violence through watching and copying
- violent video games are mostly played in a spirit of competition and children generally behave in a good-natured way
- older children can tell the difference between a game and reality, and this stops video game violence leading to real-life violence
- violent video games allow children to let off steam and reduce feelings of tension or aggression
- Why do video games sometimes have violence, and how is real life different?
- In real life, how do we cope with anger or people who upset us?
- How are men, women and people from different ethnic backgrounds portrayed in these games? Are women always victims? How often are they the main characters?
Think LinksiParent – Office of the eSafety Commissioner A site where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. Report Cyberbullying A site that can help you make a complaint, find someone to talk to and provide advice and strategies for dealing with these issues. Australian Classifications The Australian classification system for films and computer games explained. Miriam Scott – Leader of eLearning
This Sunday 6 August, we will be holding THREE concerts to showcase our ensembles, the first at 2pm in the Chapel then 3.30pm and 5pm in the PAC. Please check the flyer or the music notice board for arrival times and dress code. Entrance is $5 per concert. Percussion ensembles will be involved with ‘The Big Percussion Day Out’ on Saturday 19 August. This is on Parent Lounge and will be their Winter Music Concert. We still need a couple of volunteers for the Sunday Concerts. If you are able to help with ticket selling at 1.30pm, 3pm and or 4.30pm please see Wendy or Peggy on Sunday. Music photos start at lunchtime on Thursday 10 August. Please remember to bring your Music uniform and check the schedule below for your ensemble photo times.
Did you know the Hillbrook school calendar (found on the website and in the App) is the best place to hear about what’s happening at the school? Get up-to-date information about what’s on today, this week and upcoming; quickly and easily from your phone or computer. https://www.hillbrook.qld.edu.au/about-us/news-events/events-calendar/ The App is available on iTunes and Google Play.
This week’s recipe was produced by Amber Sirovs from the Year 10 Home Economics Class. A delicious winter warmer! Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 600g chicken thigh fillets, chopped
- 100g bacon – shortcut, rindless, chopped
- 2 small leeks, trimmed, halved, washed, chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1/2 cup pure cream
- 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 800g desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
- 50g butter, chopped
- 1/4 cup milk
- Place potato in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil.
- Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add chicken. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned.
- Add bacon, leek and thyme. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek has softened.
- Add wine. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half.
- Drain potatoes, add butter and milk. Mash until smooth.
- Add flour to the leek mixture. Stir to coat.
- Add cream. Bring to the boil.
- Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind and parsley.
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Spoon chicken mixture into a 6 cup-capacity oven-proof dish.
- Top with mash.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Well done to everyone who took part or showed their support at the Athletics Carnival last Friday! Click here to check out the results.
Date: Friday 11 August – Week 5 Theme: The Rich & the Famous Arrival: The dance will start at 7pm, please do not arrive any earlier than 6.45pm. Students are encouraged to be dropped at the front of the school. Access: Entry to the dance will be via the side access road between Hillbrook and the Scout Den. This will be well lit and fenced. Students will not be permitted to walk through the school or enter Hillbrook grounds via the adjacent sporting fields. The side access road will lead dance goers to the Rec Centre, where student IDs and pre-purchased wristbands will be checked at the door, before entry into the dance. Please ensure your child/children and their guests from other schools bring student IDs and have wristbands already attached. Wristbands and IDs: Wristbands are $10 each, on sale at lunch times from the SRC Executive. Hillbrook students can bring two high school aged guests. Finish Time: The dance will finish at 10pm sharp. Departure will be back up the side access road. Students can then be collected from the front of the school. First Aid/Security: The dance has been registered with the local Police station. For the entire duration of the dance, members of St John Ambulance and Qld Security Solutions will be in attendance. Any students wanting to leave early will be able to call parents who can collect their son/daughter from the main door of the dance. Supervision: There are a number of staff who will be supervising the dance, however a parent presence is always appreciated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can assist.
Please come and collect your profits! The proceeds of uniforms sold on Friday 14 July ($940 in total) will be available for collection from Leisa at the front desk from Morning Tea (10.10am) on MONDAY 7 AUGUST. Please collect ASAP. If you have agreed for your child to collect the proceeds, please remind them to do so OR if parents have elected to collect, please arrange to call into the school ASAP. The shop will open again in Term 4. Thank you for helping to make our school a more Sustainable Community! Jo Harris – 0419 197 284
|Mon 7 Aug||Tue 8 Aug||Wed 9 Aug||Thu 10 Aug||Fri 11 Aug|
|Karen Davis Bernadette Vincent Cathy Orchard Mirella Fujimoto Allana Rogers||Heidi Kaufmann Chris Paul Bronwyn Davies Julia Delisser Clare Loomans||Ginny Gudgin Curt Swenson Cathy Kent Carolyn Ellaway||Sue Budge Katrina Comber Susan Freeman||Marion Crowther Natalie Ross Wendy Neaton Katerina Glassock Gina Smith Leanne Pringle Michelle Hildebrand|
|Mon 7 Aug||Wed 9 Aug||Fri 11 Aug|
|12pm – 2pm||8am – 9am||8am – 9am|
|Michelle Ralston Sally Bagshaw Gina Smith||Helen Ross Jill Stoll Tanya Saccasan||Marion Crowther Katerina Glassock Wendy Neaton Cathie Barton|