Teaching and Learning

What We Believe
While there are many amazing subjects to learn at Hillbrook, my personal favourite is Global Studies, which is the collective name for History and Geography. Ranging from learning about Medieval warfare to modern urbanisation and everything in between, Global explains the different places, periods and people that influence us today. My class has loved doing practical lessons, including using Smarties to explain Feudalism, recreating a WW1 trench battle and building all kinds of things from Lego. Our teacher keeps us engaged with these fun activities, which really improves our understanding of historical concepts and makes Global Studies a highlight of a school day.

Ashlea, Year 9

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Learning at Hillbrook is not just a matter of taking notes or reading books, but also about discussing, experiencing, challenging and making judgements.

Sometimes it is noisy.

Often it is high-spirited.

Most of all it is active and personal.

At Hillbrook we are preparing students to live happy, fulfilling lives and, we hope, make a positive difference in the world.

Hillbrook has a strong academic focus and our students engage in a range of intellectually challenging subjects. However we don’t see the term ‘curriculum’ as just the subjects studied; we see it as all the intended learning experiences that students undertake at school, both in and out of the classroom.

Our curriculum is based on a balance of learning experiences aimed at preparing students for the future and giving them as many choices as possible when they leave school. It’s innovative and inclusive, and it provides a range of opportunities for our students to learn and grow.



Kids during philosophical inquiry

Teaching is an art and a science

It takes more than great qualifications to be a teacher at Hillbrook. Our teachers share a deep understanding that their profession is as much an art as it is a science.

Teaching requires extensive subject knowledge, ongoing research, the ability to set clear learning goals and a real drive for constant self-improvement. Yes, to be truly effective, teaching also demands genuine enthusiasm, ongoing creativity, engaging interactions and a real passion to inspire students to become active, lifelong learners.

Our teachers extend learning experiences beyond the classroom into the Outdoor Education program where new and unfamiliar situations can help students further develop skills like resilience, risk-taking, initiative and teamwork.

Teaching here at Hillbrook has a clear and very relevant goal:

to equip our young people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their dreams, to respect and work with others and to thrive in the world of tomorrow.

Ready to Enrol?

Choosing your child’s secondary education is a big step in the life of a parent. If you are ready to take that step you can start your application now, however you don’t have to complete it all in one sitting. Once you start, it will be uniquely saved for you to return and complete when convenient. 

You can also find out more about our enrolment process, including our Enrolment Policy and Entry Year Guide.


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