Schools are such vibrant places; we are each a drop yet together we are an ocean.
How we do anything is how we do everything, we have had some extraordinary achievements over the last week. Leading the way are some inspiring teachers and equally inspiring students.
The whole school dance last Friday run by students was a fabulous event enjoyed by all who attended.
Last weekend our mooting team consisting of Charlotte Vincent, Emily Suffolk and Jenna Matus made the finals in Toowoomba. Mooting is essentially a simulated courtroom proceeding and the students are presented with a legal problem which they are required to argue before a ‘judge’. They were narrowly defeated by Toowoomba Grammar School, with Emily and Charlotte receiving a partial year scholarship to study Law at USQ. Our other mooting team participants were Caitlin Hawkins, Chloe Ross and Anna Sharpe. The girls, supported by Christel Long and parent lawyer Mark Boge, all showed great ability and worked together exceptionally well. Read more and see the photos in this newsletter.
Liam McGown (Year 8) played for Qld in Hockey over in Perth and he and his team came fourth.
This Thursday and Friday, we had numerous students playing soccer in the girls and boys soccer teams. All teams played very well, showing great spirit and sportsmanship. The same with the volleyballers two weeks ago. It’s great to see students just enjoying themselves on the sporting field.
Earlier in August Basement Arts showcased our past students and staff performing ‘Away’, and continue their very high quality production standards.
45 students have put up their hands to be elected to the Student Representative Council Executive. The election will run by the student political club on Thursday 24, all students in Years 10-12 will have an opportunity to vote.
Tonight the Year 11s are putting their dancing shoes on for the traditional Semi-Formal – again lots of student organisation and leadership.
We are commencing our Year 7, 2020 interviews next Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August. Please note that school will finish at 3pm on these days to allow teachers to prepare and begin interviews. Staff are interviewing over 200 families over the three days and students are tour guides and minders over those afternoons
It makes you proud to be part of such a great community.
Geoff Newton, Stephanie Munday-Lake, Mark Herriman & David Briggs
We are pleased to welcome new staff member, Emily Alexander, to the Outdoor Ed Department.
Emily is from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and has spent the past four years teaching Outdoor Ed in Darwin and on the Tiwi Islands (80km North of Darwin). She loves travelling, surfing and hiking, and is looking forward to her new role at Hillbrook.
Hillbrook has been named as a finalist in the BCC Cleaner Suburb Awards for its recent work in waste management. Many students and staff have been involved in conducting bin audits, mapping bins, establishing and maintaining worm farms, designing stickers, placing signs on bins as well helping to educate the community on what can and cannot be recycled.
For this great work we are one of three schools being considered for The Clean School Award and also qualify for the Litter Prevention Champion Award which is voted by the public.
So if you would like to support Hillbrook’s waste management initiatives, then go to https://cleanersuburbs.com.au/vote/ and place a vote. You can also vote via Hillbrook’s Facebook page and share the post about the school’s nomination. Everyone who votes goes into a draw to win one of five $50 gift cards too.
Thanks everyone for your support,
The very popular driver safety program for students with Safe Drive Training Australia is again being organised by the EAC.
Important Dates: Hand in completed and signed Enrolment form by Monday 11 September
Driving course – Saturday 14 October
Students must have at least a Learner’s permit, 10 hours of driving experience and be able to drive, brake, steer a car and change gears (if manual).
If you have a young driver at home this is an excellent one-day driver awareness course. It is designed specifically “for all young drivers… especially those who think they are already good drivers”. The day includes hands-on in-car training with lectures, presentations and videos, covering a variety of situations such as emergency scenarios and wet road braking.
The cost is $175 (with an optional $28 for a safety pack). Students will be travelling to Willowbank by an organised bus leaving from Hillbrook at 7am on 14 October. Details will be confirmed closer to the date.
Please go to Parent Lounge to access payment and complete the attached Enrolment form – to be read carefully. Parental consent is required for all students under 18 and the completed enrolment forms must be printed out, signed and returned to the Hillbrook office Admin Box by Monday 11 September (last Monday of Term 3). The hard copy is a requirement of the driving centre for all attending students.
Safe driving everyone!
Maree Jones – EAC
We are excited to announce that Art teacher, Tamara Gerlic, is showcasing her first solo exhibition, ‘Perspectivity’, so come along and draw on some Expressionistic influences!
The exhibition will be running from next Monday 14 August until Saturday 9 September at ArtWorld Studio Gallery, 28 Bodalla Street, Norman Park.
Opening night is on Saturday 19 August from 6-8pm. Light refreshments offered.
More info at http://www.artworld-studio.com/tamara-gerlic.html
Last Sunday, our mooting team competed in the University of Southern Queensland mooting competition finals.
Charlotte Vincent, Jenna Matus, and Emily Suffolk matched intellects and advocacy skills with the team from Toowoomba Grammar School. Judging the moot were The Honourable Justice Susan Brown (Supreme Court of Queensland), Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren (District Court of Queensland) and Professor Reid Mortensen (Head of School, USQ Law and Justice). Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren, Emily Suffolk, Jenna Matus, Charlotte Vincent and The Honourable Justice Susan Brown are pictured above.
It was a very close competition and our girls did a sterling job. As runners up, two of our barristers were awarded a partial one year scholarship to study Law at USQ. Hillbrook is very proud of all the girls who participated in mooting this this year.
Well done to Charlotte Vincent, Jenna Matus, Emily Suffolk, Caitlin Hawkins, Chloe Ross and Anna Sharpe.
The Honourable Justice Susan Brown (Supreme Court of Queensland), Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren (District Court of Queensland) and Professor Reid Mortensen (Head of School, USQ Law and Justice).
A huge thanks to Mark Boge, parent and lawyer of over 30 years, who has given up so much of his time to prepare our girls for the competition.
Date: 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 minimize 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.
To ensure we have a clear idea of numbers, please fill out this quick RSVP to reserve the number of seats for your family.
Protecting your digital lifestyle
Check out this new interactive guide and learn how to be safe and secure with the connected devices in your life – straight from the eSafety Commissioner.
100 Years into the Future
One hundred years ago cars were relatively new and barely anyone had a telephone. Official correspondence was typed on a typewriter (or written by hand). The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, and would be for another 13 years.
Despite the changes, most of us would recognise the world of our great-great-grandparents. It might seem a little inconvenient, but we’d cope. On the flip side, if our ancestors turned up today, there’d be some things that would be a bit confounding, such as the internet or mobile phones but, again, most would be extensions or improvements on ‘existing tech’. (Digital Pulse)
Miriam Scott – Leader of eLearning
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