A Message From The School Leadership Team 16/06/17

Hillbrook Senior Leadership Team 2017
It’s been a great term with many school events that brought the community together. Sustainability in particular, was a wonderful expression of our major focuses. It raised over $20,000 that will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This was followed by the 30th Anniversary Ball, celebrated by 160 staff and parents, present and past. On Foundation Day this year we celebrated some of our long-serving teachers’ contributions to students learning and to the profession. Earlier this month we held our 10 and 20 year reunions on the same night and over 100 past students attended. Also this term, we held the AGM, Photo Competition and attended Anzac and Sorry Days. On the curriculum front, we held:
  • The Year 12 Chemistry Wine and Cheese Night
  • Art, Geography and Biology Excursions
  • Philosopher in Residence week
  • Mooting Competition
  • Music Extension Concert
  • Theatre Sports
  • Big Brass Day
  • Sporting events
The Outdoor Ed program included:
  • Year 11 overnight camps
  • Year 8 camps
  • POP Ropes Course
  • Year 11 First Aid Course
  • Cross Country
We have finished the term with the Year 7 Ancient Greece display and a two-day library festival (see Photo Gallery) for Years 7-10. It was a great success and many thanks to Loris and the library staff for organising this. Finally, reports will be posted early next week for Years 7, 9 and 10. Marking for Years 8, 11 and 12 will be finalised over the holidays and reports will be sent during week two of next term. Thank you once again for your support of the school and we hope you enjoy a break and time with family over the holidays. Geoff Newton, Mark Herriman, Holly O’Sullivan Williams & David Briggs

Parent Information Evening – Wednesday 19 July

Parent Information Evening at Hillbrook Anglican School
 “Caring For Our Teens In The Digital Age: What Parents Need To Know” In this digital age, children spend large amounts of time on devices surfing the internet for educational or social reasons. Hillbrook’s Education Advisory Committee (EAC) are bringing you a not-to-be-missed presentation on Wednesday 19 July @ 5.30pm – mark your diaries now! Cyber Safety will be presented by Steve Window who spent 22 years with the Queensland Police Force including time conducting online investigations with Task Force Argus. Steve is now the Cyber Safety Officer with the Anglican Schools Commission. Steve will be followed by Miriam Scott, Hillbrook’s eLearning Coordinator, speaking on resources and assistance available at school. But what do those hours spent in front of the computer do to your body? Hillbrook parent, Rosie Grant, is a Physiotherapist with post-grad qualifications in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Occupational Health. Health and Ergonomics in the workplace and at home is a passion for Rosie, and she will share her knowledge and insight into the safe physical parameters of technology use. Join us at 5.30pm on Wednesday 19 July for tea, coffee and soup for a 5.45pm start. The evening will wrap up at 7.45pm. More details to come.

Year 8 & 9 Debating

Imagine having one hour to write a speech on the topics of ‘We Should Have A Four-Day Working And School Week’ or ‘That We Should Ban Mobile Phones From Schools’ and then presenting your argument to an opposing team from another school, audience and adjudicator. This is exactly the experience some brave Year 8 and 9 students faced in their short preparation debates this semester. The Year 8 and 9 debating teams participated in the Queensland Debating Union competition with great success. The Queensland Debating Union (QDU) is an association which promotes and organises school-level debating in Queensland. Debating not only builds students’ confidence when presenting in the spoken form but it also develops crucial critical thinking skills. Students have to build clear and logical arguments, consider counter arguments, and then be able to think on their feet to rebut opposing views. Debating also develops team work and the students in all teams did a brilliant job at supporting each other when preparing and presenting debates. Congratulations to the Year 9 teams (pictured above). A special mention must be made to Team 9:1 who won all four of their round robin debates. 9:1 Amelia Holland Marcus Von Rausch Olivia Grady Jacqueline Vincent 9:2 Daniel Clarke Isabella Gockel Declan Velthuizen-Smith Otis Mayocchi 9:3 Kara Thompson Jade Kinshela Anna Scott Rylan Sanders-Wall In Year 8 the two teams performed very well on each debate. 8.1 Dylan Love Letissia Nair Harper Graf Nicky Camm 8:2 Evan Lovaszy Ben Rose Harrison Euler Harry Van Der Ark Good luck to the Year 7 teams who started their competition this week.

Project Active New Options For Semester 2 – Open Today!

Project Active options for Semester 2, 2017 are now on the Hillbrook website. We are sure there will be something for everyone with activities ranging from barefoot bowls to boxing and basketball. We also have an option this semester for families to take part in a single day (Sunday 15 October) inner city scavenger hunt. This option will be hosted by Breakout Brisbane and it looks like a lot of fun! The benefits of regular activity are well documented – an increased sense of belonging and achievement, as well as increased physical and mental ability. Plus, it is a chance for students to make friends in other year levels and to engage with their peers in a relaxed and social context. We expect students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to participate in one Project Active activity each semester, as a minimum. In Years 10, 11 and 12 these activities are voluntary, but participation is noted on each student’s involvement file. Once you have browsed the options on the website, you can login to Parent Lounge to book and pay. Please book over the holidays as activities start in Week 2 and places fill quickly. Also, don’t forget to get the Hillbrook Anglican School App. All Project Active updates for Semester 2 (for parents) will be released on the App. You can download the App on iTunes and Google Play.

Year 7 Japanese Restaurant Excursion

On Wednesday 7 June, students and parents from 7G and 7R were invited to a dinner at Nikuya, Fortitude Valley. A large group attended and experienced a Japanese bento-style meal, eaten with chopsticks, as a fun and social celebration of their 6 months’ study of the Japanese language. Thank you to everyone who came along.

Auslan – A Condensed Introductory Course

This term, we trialled a condensed introductory course in Auslan, through Deaf Services Queensland, as part of Project Active. We had four students and one staff member take part. They enjoyed every moment and are all keen to continue further with learning Auslan. We would love to run this condensed introductory course again for our students (in Years 7-12), however we will need at least 10 students to go ahead with the course. If you’re interested in taking part in an Auslan course later this year, please let the school know at hillbrook@hillbrook.qld.edu.au  *Please note: Auslan is not currently on the Project Active Options list* Congratulations to Isobel Howard, Lydia Jensen (both Year 10), Taylor Rossner, Holly Carkeet (both Year 9) and our Receptionist Leisa Bye on the completion of this course. If you would like to see a small snippet of what they have learnt this term, there is a video on the Hillbrook Facebook page.

Student News

Congratulations to Madeleine Laurent (10 White) who, along with her Junior National synchronised swimming team, will be departing for New York next Tuesday 20 June. We wish Madeleine and the girls all the best!

Secondhand Uniform Pop-Up Shop

Hillbrook Pop Up Uniform Shop Convenors
The Secondhand Uniform Pop-Up Shop will be open again on the first Friday of Term 3 – 14 July from 7.45am to 9.15am. With the exception of school jumpers, we will NOT be collecting uniforms this term due to the large amount of stock we are currently carrying. Any school jumpers can be dropped off to the front office by 14 July or brought to the shop on that day. Please ensure a receipt is attached to EACH item. The next opportunity to submit uniforms will be in Term 4 prior to the last pop up shop for the year (run to coincide with the Year 7 uniform day) in November. All profits will be returned to the seller. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CASH ON THE DAY – No cards accepted. For any enquiries, please phone Jo Harris on 0419 197 284.


This week the Library hosted our mini literature festival for Years 7 to 10 with Authors@Hillbrook on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June. We featured an extra half day of events and many great Australian authors for young people. Tristan Bancks, Christine Bongers, Will Kostakis and Steph Bowe each presented a talk to one year level followed by two writing workshops for 30 students. Students signed up for the workshops with their English teacher. Each workshop participant received a notebook for their writing work and an online feedback survey to help us better shape future events. In response to student input from 2016, we added an additional morning of events. Yesterday we had Robert Hoge speaking with all Year 9 and 10 students about his life experiences. After morning tea we offered manga workshops with David Lovegrove and scriptwriting with Michelle Law. This was a wonderfully creative end to the semester and students loved the festivities.

Student Grooming & Presentation

Two Hillbrook Students display the school uniform
We remind all students that they are required to meet uniform expectations as per our Grooming and Presentation Policy when returning to school next term paying particular attention to the Hair, Jewellery and Make-Up guidelines. Also, a reminder that students are not to wear their sports uniform home unless they have PE in Lesson 4 and they are being picked up from school.

Tuckshop Roster

Hillbrook Tuckshop Counter
Mon 10 Jul Tue 11 Jul Wed 12 Jul Thu 13 Jul Fri 14 Jul
Nicole Hughes Jane Doyle Danielle Suffolk Roxanne Gant   Heidi Kaufmann Chris Paul Bronwyn Davies Julila Delisser Clare Loomans Ginny Gudgin Curt Swenson Cathy Kent Carolyn Ellaway Sue Budge Katrina Coomber Susan Freeman Marion Crowther Natalie Ross Wendy Neaton Katerina Glassock Gina Smith Leanne Pringle Michelle Hildebrand

Uniform & Stationery Shop Roster

Hillbrook Uniform Shop
Mon 10 Jul Wed 12 Jul Fri 14 Jul
12pm – 2pm 8am – 9am  8am – 9am
Janine Cameron Christina Nash Leanne Pringle Helen Ross Jill Stoll Tanya Saccasan Marion Crowther Katerina Glassock Wendy Neaton Cathie Barton

Photo Gallery – Authors@Hillbrook

Hillbrook Anglican School