A Message From The School Leadership Team

Hillbrook Senior Leadership Team 2017

A key feature of our curriculum at Hillbrook is our balanced offering of learning experiences that ensures students are prepared for their futures, whatever they may be. We also value the ability for students to be critical and creative thinkers, to solve problems and make decisions, to be social and collaborate to work effectively with others and to respond to rapidly changing environments.

Here, we have a real awareness that the development of the above skills does not just happen for students in the classroom. As parents, you would be well aware of this from our extensive Outdoor Education program and the number of extra-curricular opportunities our students are able to experience.

Just this week alone, our ‘beyond-the-classroom’ activities and programs have been wonderful. Our junior Japanese and Music students had the opportunity to learn and experience the Taiko Drumming Workshop, which was a real challenge to stay in time with 30 other drummers.

The Brisbane Writers’ Festival also gave an opportunity for our keen junior writers to listen to presentations from acclaimed authors and poets such as Jackie French, Mark Smith, Wendy Orr, Steven Herrick and Garth Nix. Our Years 8 to 10 Business students participated in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities, from the $20 Boss program which introduced students to entrepreneurial skills, through to the Australian Business Week program, where students ran their own companies. 

The Drama department held a week of Course Productions, Year 11s have been on their Outdoor Education or Work Experience programs this week, and our girls AFL teams have had a fun and friendly game with the Australian International Islamic College. Also this week, a lovely evening was held in the Chapel where our Music Extension students hosted a recital evening of their final pieces for the term.

We are so pleased that each of the above experiences has allowed our students to continue to be active participants in their learning.

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

From The School Board

Hillbrook Entrance and Foundation Tree

Notice is given to all Company Members of a special General Meeting to be held on 18 October 2017. This meeting will consider changes to the Constitution. In addition to making the Constitution more up-to-date, there is a proposal to increase the number of Class B Members (parents and supporters of Hillbrook) elected to the Board, from 4 to 5 Members.

The General Meeting will start at 7pm and will take place in the Library. If you are unable to attend, please fill out a Proxy Form, which will be included with the notice of meeting to be sent to all Company Members next week.

The School Board also wishes to acknowledge the short but valuable contribution to the School Board made by Holly O’Sullivan Williams. The Board farewelled Holly at the last meeting, wishing her well in her new endeavours. A Class A Member will be appointed to fill the casual vacancy until the AGM in 2018.

Rob Seljak – Chair

Pancreatic Cancer Fundraising Walk

In February this year, one of our Support Staff, Beck, lost her beloved mum to pancreatic cancer. It was heartbreaking to watch her beautiful mum suffer the way she did, and it is something no one should ever have to go through.

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all the cancers. Even when detected in its earliest stages, survival rates are minimal. Sadly, pancreatic cancer statistics haven’t changed significantly in over 40 years due to underfunding. 

On 8 October, team Walking For Babs will be partaking in the “Put Your Foot Down” walk to help raise funds for vital research into pancreatic cancer.

If you would like to help make a difference, please click on the link below to join the team or make a donation. Every cent counts!!


Pancreatic cancer walks in the past have only managed to raise around $50k. Let’s change this!!

Have You Lost Something?

The lost property bins are overflowing. We have school hats, school jumpers, sports uniforms, shoes, a multitude of water bottles and lunch containers, pencil cases, laptop cases, sleeping bags and more! And all of these items are unnamed.

All unnamed and unclaimed items will be donated at the end of term – school items will be given to the Second Hand Uniform Shop, and all other clothes and shoes will be donated to the charity shops.

Be sure to come and visit the lost property in front of the Copy Room before the end of term to find your missing items before they’re gone.

The Digital Corner

Cyberbullying in Australia

Today’s technology has made it easier for us to communicate, but it has also made cyberbullying easier, faster and more widespread. If you’ve ever been taunted or harassed online, then you may have been a victim of cyberbullying, which is a crime.

Cyberbullying is a criminal offence of the digital age where individuals are targeted through the use of technology. Cyberbullies can use the internet, a mobile device or even a camera to harass, embarrass, threaten or hurt a person. The biggest concern here is that this type of bullying behaviour can easily be shared with a wide audience making it more widespread than traditional bullying.

Concerns about cyberbullying

One of the biggest problems with cyberbullying includes being unable to escape it. The messages, texts, photos or other material posted online that are intended to hurt or harass an individual becomes difficult to remove as they are shared online and can be accessed by many people.

The bully may be someone the individual knows or just as easily be someone they don’t know. Cyber bullies may also resort to spreading rumours, blocking communication, stealing passwords and identities, as well as setting up fake profiles and posting inappropriate content on an individual’s behalf.

How is cyberbullying dealt with in Australia?

There are a number of criminal laws that can apply to cyberbullies. However, since there are no specific cyberbullying offences in Australia, the offender must be deemed capable of being responsible for their own actions. This means that young offenders under 10 years of age will not be accountable for their bullying while others between 10 and 14 years of age will only be held answerable where it can be proved beyond reasonable doubt that they knew that they should not have done what they did.

Anyone above the age of 14 will be held criminally responsible.

Cyber-bullying or stalking occurs when someone engages in offensive, menacing or harassing behaviour through the use of technology. It can happen to people at any age, anytime, and often anonymously.

Examples of cyber-bullying include:

  • posting hurtful messages, images or videos online
  • repeatedly sending unwanted messages online
  • sending abusive texts and emails
  • excluding or intimidating others online
  • creating fake social networking profiles or websites that are hurtful
  • nasty online gossip and chat, and
  • any other form of digital communication which is discriminatory, intimidating, intended to cause hurt or make someone fear for their safety.

Just like bullying in the offline world, not all online bullying is criminal. There are Australian laws which apply to serious online harassment and online bullying behaviour. Under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) it is an offence to use the internet, social media or a telephone to menace, harass or cause offence

Screenagers Feedback

Last 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 addiction, 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

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

From The Japanese Department

On Monday of this week, students in Years 7-10 Music and 8-10 Japanese participated in Taiko drumming. They looked at the correct technique and the importance of being a team. They were then able to play the drum and rotate in a circle to the next drum, all the time keeping the rhythm going. Although it was a short workshop, I think the students enjoyed the experience.

Margaret Fahey

Recipe Of The Week – Chickpea Curry

Recipe of the Week was produced by Year 9 Home Economics student, Freya Kellett-Lunney. This lovely Chickpea Curry recipe is a great choice for a meat-free evening meal.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons plain flour
2 300g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed
250mls (1 cup) vegetable liquid stock
2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
Cooked brown rice

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until it has softened. Add the garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric and cinnamon. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until aromatic. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Add the drained chickpeas and vegetable stock and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the tomatoes and simmer gently for 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Season well with salt and pepper.

Serve with cooked brown rice and steamed beans or broccoli.

Electronic Device Warning

Our Enrolment Officer, Liz Laws, wanted to share that a house her daughter lived in until last year that was burnt in a fire on the weekend. The fire was caused by a laptop being left on charge sitting on the lounge room sofa. Fire investigators estimate the internal temperature of the house to have reached about 600 degrees. While the fire was largely contained to the lounge room, heat caused many of the fixtures, kitchen cabinetry and personal possessions to melt.

This is a reminder of how dangerous it is to leave laptops, etc on soft surfaces while they are charging.

Photo Gallery – Year 11 D’Aguilar National Park Camp

Hillbrook Anglican School