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Whole school programs make sure we have consistency across years in what is taught, and Year Level Teams work together to plan and deliver similar programs across the year groups.
The sustainability specialist works Tuesday and Thursday teaching lessons to Year 1 – Year 6. Sustainability is a cross curriculum capability, and at Hillcrest it is taught alongside Design and Technology, with the goal of making our students aware of their footprint and developing a responsible attitude towards reducing this. We have identified fun, meaningful, practical and curriculum based educational opportunities to involve students in creating a sustainable community.
As the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year, Hillcrest is leading the way with sustainable practices. Currently, we have paper, battery and phone recycling; garden clubs for the vegetable garden; composting; worm farms; a pencil library; no waste lunches; an Eco canteen; loose parts play; e waste disposal; as well as highly effective educational programs to teach the students the value of being sustainable. We are always looking for volunteers who can assist with the garden and other initiatives.
Japanese (or as your children should be able to tell you : Nihongo)
Japanese classes are held on Monday and Wednesday. All children in Years 2-6 take part in a 50 minute class every week.
During the year students will be exposed to some cultural and geographical aspects of Japan, along with the language. Emphasis is on oral work, but senior classes will also begin to learn the Hiragana script for both reading and writing. For the junior classes, only Romaji (our alphabet) will be used.
While there is no set homework for the Japanese classes, regular revision is advised. With lessons only once a week, retention of learnt words and phrases is almost impossible without revision during the week. This is especially so when more than one week passes between lessons (public holidays, school holidays, staff PD days). A suggestion is for children to take home their Japanese folders, copy new words to paper that is kept at home, and take the folders back to class immediately, so they aren't forgotten for the next lesson. The more often new words are written and read aloud, the better the chance of remembering them.
The motto for the Japanese classes: Ganbarimashoo (Let’s all give it our best)!!
The music specialist is present on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with music programs provided to all Pre-Primary to Year Six students.
The School Choir is open to Year Three to Six students and rehearses weekly before school.
The School Choir performs at assemblies, on special occasions like ANZAC Day, the Year Six graduation, and special excursions.
Year Four students sit for a musical aptitude test for identification and selection for the Schools Instrumental Music Program where students have the opportunity to learn one of a number of instruments.
This selection process takes place in Year Five and Six and children attend John Forrest Secondary College for tuition.
The Physical Education teacher conducts lessons with students from Kindergarten to Year Six as well as coordinating the school fitness program and Interschool sports.
All Pre-Primary to Year Six students have an opportunity to participate in 2 weeks of swimming lessons a year at Bayswater Waves.
Hillcrest competes in the Eagles cup for Australian Rules Football, The Fever Cup for netball, Lightning Carnivals for football, netball, soccer and cricket throughout Terms Two and Four.
Athletics carnivals are held in Term Three and Hillcrest competes at Interschool against local schools from Inglewood, Coolbinia, Mount Lawley, Highgate and Noranda.
The school's indigenous history is recognised in our faction names, colours and mascots.
Red faction is named WILGEE meaning the colour RED.The mascot for WILGEE faction is a WIRRUP which is the name for the red owls.
Black faction is named BIIRRAL meaning the colour or CHARCOAL.The mascot for BIIRRAL faction is the WARDONG which is the name of the Crows.
Gold faction is named DJARRALL meaning the colour YELLOW.The mascot for DJARRALL is the yellow sand goanna known as KARDA.