A Message From The School Leadership Team 25/08/17

Hillbrook Senior Leadership Team 2017

Coming up in September is R U OK? Day. This is a national day of action where we are reminded that we’ve all got what it takes to ask those three small words, R U OK?

As a community, checking in with one another and making regular connections is important for building positive relationships and to make a difference in the lives of those that may be struggling.

Supportive relationships and a positive attitude to help-seeking are known protective factors for mental health difficulties. Further, peers are in the best position to notice the subtle changes that may be occurring in their friends, and giving them the capacity to ask whether they are OK is an important skill to assist with seeking help for their friends.

Beyond Blue have a wonderful free App called Youth Beyond Blue – The Check In. This App allows young people to learn how to check in with a friend and to plan out a conversation with them about how they are. It assists young people, and us as adults, to plan when we may like to check in with someone, what we may like to say, as well as the help we may like to offer. The App also contains some useful tips and resources that young people may like to access and learn from, along with links to places where they can get support themselves, or refer others.

It may be a good opportunity as a family to download the App and to work through how to plan a ‘check-in’ as a way of continuing to develop help-seeking strategies for our young people. It may also be timely to remind your children of who they can speak with if they need help themselves, or who to speak with to get help for someone else. At Hillbrook, this includes their teachers and Home Class teacher, our Counselling and Chaplaincy team, our SMT, and any adult within our community. It does go without saying that if your child feels another student is at risk of harm, or that they are themselves, that they must speak with an adult immediately.

The continued common practise of meaningful conversations and check-ins with others assists all of us with a help-seeking tool to work through difficult patches in our lives.

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

Chairperson of School Board Awards – Semester 1 2017

Congratulations to these students who have qualified for a Chairperson’s Award for Semester 1.  These awards were announced at Assembly today and will be presented at Celebration Evening in Term 4.

These special awards recognise excellence in student achievement across all subjects studied in a semester.  In Year 7 and 8, this involves four core subjects.  In Years 9 and 10 it involves seven subjects and in Years 11 and 12 it involves six.  To qualify for the award, students need to gain an “A” standard (including A-) in all, or all but one, of their subjects, and that one subject needs to be no lower than a “B” (including B-).  If a student in Year 11 or 12, through negotiation with the school, is studying five subjects, they must achieve at an A standard (including A-) across the five school subjects to qualify for a Chairperson of School Board Award.

Ladies Afternoon Tea Fundraiser

Teachers in Malaysia are under appreciated, underpaid and under supported. They earn the equivalent of just AUS$1000 a month, and unlike in Australia, Malaysian teachers get very little (if any) training once they graduate from university.

In January, I will be travelling to Malaysia – with a group of twenty-five teachers from all over the world – as part of a 2018 Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT) Fellowship. While there, we will be running workshops and training for over 100 teachers from Penang. I aim to share my knowledge with the local teachers and help them to improve their practices, and make the best use of the limited resources available to them.

To help raise money for this great cause, I am hosting a fundraising event in the local community. All money raised will go directly to covering the cost of running workshops, buying much needed resources for the teachers of Malaysia and paying their travel expenses so that teachers in rural areas can attend the training.

Please see the flyer above for all the details of the event and information on how to book your ticket. Hope to see you there!

Tegan Baumgart – Year 7 Home Class Teacher


What is LRTT?

LRTT is an international social enterprise that facilitates community-level teacher training in 10 incredible countries. We believe every child deserves a great teacher. Our mission is to tackle the global challenge of providing a quality education for every student by connecting and working with inspiring educators around the world. We recruit qualified teachers – our Fellows – to develop their leadership and inspire communities. We were a Teach First innovation partner and work alongside ARK, Think Global and the wider Teach for All community to provide this unique professional development opportunity (have a look at www.lrtt.org for more information).

Growl Theatre – The Hollow

This week, Growl Theatre brings one of Agatha Christie’s more popular murder mysteries to the stage. In The Hollow by Agatha Christie, an unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder.

Directed by Hillbrook teachers, Jason Sharland and Catie Dunlop (on maternity leave), the play also stars our lovely admin officer Leisa Bye as Gerda and ex-student Keely Sayer (2015 graduate) as Doris. Current and past students also have roles behind the scenes; Catherine Sturk (2015 graduate) as Stage Manager, Liam Sutcliffe (2015 graduate) as lighting operator and Regan Sayer (11R) as sound operator.

Growl Theatre is a community theatre group based at the Windsor School of Arts Hall, 381 Lutwyche Road, Windsor. The Hollow runs for 5 shows – Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27 August, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September. Evening shows at 7.30pm, Sunday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $18 full, $15 students and senior concession. Suitable for audiences 13 years and older. Buy tickets online or email boxoffice@growltheatre.org.au


“The Hollow is a ”who’s going to get it” that quickly turns into a ”whodunnit.’ A genuine crowd pleaser and a worthwhile evening of entertainment.” – Leah D. Frank, The New York Times

Year 9 Business Father’s Day Stall

In honour of Father’s Day, the Year 9 Business students have come up with an array of products to be sold as presents for our Dads. Their business, Sand n’ Sun, is an original idea that will be selling good quality baseball caps with the iconic Sand n’ Sun logo printed on either the front or back of the hats.

They come in a range of stylish colours including white, grey and denim blue for the affordable price of $7.50. They focus not only on providing customers with a stylish gift for themselves or their father, but also encouraging sun safety and skin protection with every hat sold, as a proportion of the profits will be donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Furthermore, the hats are equipped with a surprise Dad joke inside to add humour and hopefully put a smile on customers’ faces. Come to the stall outside the Tuckshop on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September to purchase our absolutely stunning caps. Get around it.

The Digital Corner




Date: Sunday 27 August  Location: PAC
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.

* This is an EAC event and generously supported by the P&F

Digital Citizenship @ Hillbrook

This term, Year 11 ITS students have been busy developing valuable resources that will be used to support the Digital Citizenship Program at Hillbrook. This animation was created by James Macmillan and Jakob Roberts who decided that their focus would be Digital Ownership and more specifically, the subtopic of Copyright.

Digital Ownership: Copyright Animation

Recipe Of The Week – Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Mikayla Sloots used this recipe in Year 10 Food Technology to make a healthy option for her family…


425g can tomato puree
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup grated cheese (plus extra for serving)
250g frozen spinach (thawed)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup thickened cream (optional)
1 level tsp ground basil leaves
Pinch of nutmeg
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
225g fresh ricotta or cream cheese


  1. Mix spinach, ricotta cheese, egg yolks, garlic, grated cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper together thoroughly in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Fill cannelloni tubes with the prepared mixture
  3. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in frying pan, add tomato puree, basil, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  4. Grease an oven proof baking dish and pour layer of sauce over the base leaving enough to cover cannelloni.
  5. Place a single layer of filled cannelloni side by side in the baking dish. Pour over the remaining sauce and if desired thick cream. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  6. Bake in oven at 200 degrees celsius for 25-35 minutes (test by pricking with a skewer)

‘Perspectivity’, A Huge Success!

With nearly 80 students, parents, staff and local community in attendance, Tamara Gerlic’s first solo painting exhibition Perspectivity was a wonderful evening of celebrating a local, emerging artist. Guest speaker, Head of School for Griffith University QCA, Nick Oughton, launched the evening, which was followed by an enjoyable night of food, wine, art and conversation.  

Tamara is really excited to have sold nearly half the exhibition over the course of the night. If you are interested in viewing her works, contact Artworld Studio Gallery to make an appointment. Her works will only be exhibited until 9 September.

Artworld Studio Gallery
Email: artworld-studio@outlook.com
Phone: 3399 7485 / 0417 198 491


This time in three weeks, bags will be packed and excitement will be at its peak. In a matter of hours, we will be on a plane beginning the first leg of Hillbrook’s inaugural NASA trip. A brief summary of what we will be doing is below:



Saturday 16 September

Travelling to Orlando

Sunday 17 September

Universal Studios

Monday 18 September

Kennedy Space Centre
Lunch with an Astronaut
Premium outlet shopping

Tuesday 19 September

Boggy Creek boat ride
Mall at Millenia and the Cheesecake Factory (the one from the Big Bang TV show)

Wednesday 20 September

Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom Theme Parks, finishing with the fireworks

Thursday 21 September

Transfer flight to Washington DC

Friday 22 September

US Capitol Building
Smithsonian Museums
Two movies at the IMAX Theatre
Night NHL game, St. Louis Blues vs Washington Capitals

Saturday 23 September

More Exploring of the Smithsonians
Possible White House Tour
Dinner at the Hard Rock Café
Moonlight bike tour of the monuments

Sunday 24 September

Udvar-Hazy Museum
Forces of flight demonstration

Monday 25 September

In flight

Tuesday 26 September

Arrive home in Brisbane with lots of fantastic memories

What a trip!!

From one of our families:

As a family, we are really excited and appreciative for this opportunity. Our son got himself his first part-time job on the first day of school and works every Sunday doing the dishes and clearing tables at a cafe. Every pay check is exciting for him because it is paying for his spending money on this trip. The trip is providing an education beyond the actual travel and I know this will serve him well.

Breege Corscadden, Kari Francis & Julie Nash

Additional Photography With Capricorn Photography – Monday 28 August

On Monday 28 August, Capricorn Photography will be returning to Hillbrook to take some additional photos that were unfortunately missed on the Photo Days earlier in the month. These will take place in the PAC.

The following photos will be taken from 11am on Monday:

  • 9 White Class photo and individual portraits
  • Senior Boys Soccer
  • Junior Boys AFL
  • Junior Girls AFL
  • Theatre Sports
  • Green Justice
  • Drama Festival
  • Debating
  • Individual portraits of students who were absent
  • Missed Family Photos

If your son/daughter are in any of these photos, please ensure that they have the correct uniform required.

Hillbrook Anglican School