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    3-Peat National VEX Champions!

    The Hillcrest Christian College VEX team are National Champions again. Under the guidance of Mr Simon Taylor the team won for the 3rd straight year the right to be called National VEX Champions!On Saturday, 9th December the VEX team won at the National VEX Championship 2018 (Part 2); winning the Tournament, 'Excellence Award' and 'Robot Skills Challenge'. This means we have won a place at the VEX World’s Championship for the third year running to be hosted in the USA!   ...Continue Reading

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    Student Delivers Lamb!

    On Sunday, 12th August, three Agriculture students from Hillcrest Christian College were able to experience something that most people would be fortunate to experience.Three students were on their way to the Hillcrest Farm to feed the cows for their 'Cows Create Careers' project. When they arrived at the sheep shed, there were two newborn lambs in good health waiting for them. They realised when they saw the other ewe that she was also going into labour.   ...Continue Reading

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    Hillcrest Student Represents Victoria

    A local 12 year old girl has realised the dream of representing her state and performing on ‘the big stage’! Hillcrest Christian College student Luci Hendrickse will fly to Sydney and represent Victoria in Calisthenics this week.Luci audition with over 100 girls, over a number of weeks, to be selected as part of the 2017 Victorian Juniors Calisthenics Team.  The team will compete at the 2017 Australian Calisthenics Federation Nationals competition in Sydney.Luci has been trainin...  ...Continue Reading

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    The Federal Education Minister Visits Crest

    On Wednesday morning we received exciting news – our local federal member for LaTrobe, Mr Jason Wood, was bringing our Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Simon Birmingham to visit our Colleges the next day!  The team sprang into gear and with the very capable help of a number of people, most notably Mrs Nicola Buchanan, we arranged a program for the hour long visit. Our guests included two of our CSA colleagues – Mr Ken Greenwood, the SEO of Christian Schools Australia and ou...  ...Continue Reading

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    Best Selling Author Captivates Students

    On Thursday, 1st June Hillcrest welcomed Kate DiCamillo, two time winner of the Newbery Awards and New York Times best-selling author from the US.  We were honoured to listen to her presentation to an excited group of 420 students.  We heard about her interesting childhood and how this experience enabled her to become such an inspirational Christian writer.   ...Continue Reading

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    Premier’s VCE Awards

    The annual Premier’s VCE Awards were presented on Thursday, 27th April at a ceremony at the Palladium at Crown. More than 1,100 guests attended the prestigious award ceremony, in which the top-performing VCE students from 2016 were recognised for their outstanding academic results. A total of 320 awards were presented to 287 students, with many students receiving more than one award.Hillcrest Christian College is pleased to announce that Danielle McAleese (Year 12 – 2016) received a VCE Premier’...  ...Continue Reading

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    Hillcrest Represents Australia!

    The Hillcrest Christian College VEX Robotics Team is heading to the USA this Easter Holidays to represent Australia! This path was not an easy one and the Hillcrest VEX team had to win the National VEX Robotics Championship held in Wangaratta late last year.  At this event the Hillcrest team won the most prestigious award, the Excellence Award at the National VEX Robotics Championship on the 3rd Dec 2016.   ...Continue Reading

  • Sheep Steal Show!

    Congratulations to Mr David Lott (Agriculture / Horticulture Teacher) and the 'Hillcrest Stud Sheep Team' for their recent wins at the Berwick Show!  The Berwick Show was held at Akoonah Park, Berwick from Saturday, 24th - Sunday 25th February.The Hillcrest ewes (girl sheep) won:Suffolk Champion EweSuffolk Reserve Champion EweSpecial mention also to our Year 9 student Kyle Jacques, who scored 3rd place in the 14 - 15 years Junior Fleece Judging.  This tremendous achievemen...  ...Continue Reading

  • The Bold & The Beautiful are back at Hillcrest!

    Vita Adam returned again this year to deliver a very powerful message to Hillcrest’s Year 4 to 8 girls. Vita revisited the true definition of being ‘Bold’, which she explored last year in Part 1 of her series the Bold, The Beautiful’ program.  The second Part was launched on Monday 6th February 2017.The series studies the true meaning of being ‘Beautiful’.   ...Continue Reading

  • Massive Fundraising Effort for Student with Leukaemia

    The Hillcrest Christian College community has practically supported one of their students who is battling leukaemia.  It was a great community effort that resulted in raising the amount of $14,743 for Tahlia and her family.  The funds resulted from:Donations made by some generous members of the College community;Proceeds from Tahlia’s Benefit Concert, which was conducted by the Cardinia Civic Concert Band; andProceeds from the sausage Sizzle conducted by some Middle School teache...  ...Continue Reading

  • Doggies in the DC!

    World Mental Health day was Monday, 10th October.  Hillcrest Christian College took the opportunity to promote mental health to their students all week.  Hillcrests main focus was on their hardworking VCE students who are preparing for their final exams. “With all the pressure and studying, their mental health is paramount”, commented Mrs Michelle Nye, Director of the Discovery Centre (DC). “This whole week, we have given the students tools and exercise...  ...Continue Reading

  • Friends Rally Around

    Story taken from the Cranbourne NewsIN A Berwick family’s time of deep distress, their school community has rallied around them to help in the only way they know how.Year 8 student, Tahlia, from Hillcrest Christian College had only been at the school two months when she was diagnosed with leukaemia.The 13-year-old hasn’t attended school since March and has had her mum beside her since the devastating diagnosis and chemotherapy treatments.In a fundraising effort by Hillcrest Christian College the...  ...Continue Reading

  • Back to Back German Poetry Champion!

    Congratulations to Flynn Collier of Year 7 for his brilliant performance of the Georg Bydlinski poem “Machen wir Frieden” at the State Finals of the German Poetry Competition on Saturday 20th August.  He won first prize for the state of Victoria.Judges from the German-speaking community commented on his outstanding pronunciation and expression. Flynn was awarded the AGTV Shield, which will be on display for the next 12 months at Middle School reception.   ...Continue Reading

  • Rachel gets her skates on

    By Victoria Stone-Meadows (Cranbourne News)Year 8 student Rachel Nolan from Hillcrest Christian College in Clyde has been selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Artistic Roller Skating Championships. She will depart along with other members of the Australian team for Whanganui, New Zealand, on Friday 2 September.The 15-year-old has been skating since she was six years old and is very excited to travel overseas to compete.“This is my first international competition and I don’t...  ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest ELC Pet Program - A Barking Success!

    On Wednesday, 3rd August the ELC students had a visit from a furry friend. Before they were allowed to pat the special guest, they first had to understand what it meant to be responsible around pets.  As part of the Victorian State Governments ‘Living Safely with Dogs Program’ the children were taught what to do if they are approached by an unknown dog; when it is not safe to touch a dog and how to meet a dog in a safe manner.This valuable information was practically demonstrate...  ...Continue Reading

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    Date Night a School Success!

    Hillcrest Christian College recently partnered with the City of Casey to hold its first ever Dad’s & Mentors Date Night. On Thursday, 28th of July over 450 dads/mentors/children flooded the Hillcrect Multipurpose Centre for some fun and frivolity.Dad’s, Stepdads, Uncles, Grandpas or male mentors were all invited to come, with the children, for an entertaining evening of games, prizes, snags, fun, laughs and a special message for Astronauts in training.The brains behind the night ...  ...Continue Reading

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    Alexis is a Winner!

    In May The City of Casey held an Arts Youth Competition for students from Years 5 to 12. All schools from the Casey area were encouraged to compete in the competition. Hillcrest Christian College had a number of students enter from different year levels. The entries were required to be two dimensional and could be either painting, drawing or photography.   ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest Mentoring Program

      The Hillcrest Christian College Mentoring program is now in full swing for 2016. During Term 1, fourteen Senior School students trained over four weeks to become Mentors for students in Middle School, particularly Years 7 and 8. They learnt some fun ice breaker games to play, effective listening and communication skills, how to build trust and show respect.   ...Continue Reading

  • Students Shave

    Four brave students took part in the Greatest Shave fundraiser today, raising much needed funds to help families facing the challenge of blood cancer and to help Australia's best researchers.     ...Continue Reading

  • VEX champs on world stage... Update!

    And so begins the competition... (posted 22/04/16 via Vex Facebook Page) "The morning started with a practice match, which gave some valuable areas to refine the robot. After some tweaking, it was time for the opening ceremony, where the representatives from the 31 countries involved participated in a parade of nations.   ...Continue Reading

  • Students Visit the Top End

      Student Reflection On the 23rd, March 2016 seven brave students and two members of staff, rose early in the morning to begin their adventure to the Northern Territory. We said goodbye to who we were, ready to embrace who we were meant to be.  We were excited to start our adventure, but we still had no idea just what we had signed ourselves up for!   ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest Sheep Show Time!

      The Bunyip and District Agricultural Show saw an array of exhibits, ranging from livestock through to craft. The show was a hive of activity on Saturday, 2nd April and Hillcrest Christian College was well represented.  Agriculture/Horticulture teacher, Mr David Lott commented, “It was an easy decision to enter our students into the ‘World of Stud Sheep Exhibition and Judging’ as part of the Ag/Hort program.   ...Continue Reading

  • Students Cooking for the Homeless

      Annually Hillcrest Christian College has a theme that helps our school focus on certain aspects of education internally as well as our wider community.  The theme in 2016 is titled 'Pursuit'. As the year has unfolded, we have been looking at ways our College can pursue various endeavours so we can develop and grow as a college and community.   ...Continue Reading

  • Bonnie & Clyde

    We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Crest Connect Name the Mascot Competition is Bonnie Baker (Year 12 Hillcrest student) with the name ‘Clyde’. The competition attracted almost 800 entries from across both Hillcrest and Rivercrest but Bonnie’s entry stood out as the clear frontrunner for its clever but subtle link to our Colleges. Bonnie also received an iPad for her troubles!   ...Continue Reading

  • Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

      Over the Christmas holidays I was fortunate to be able to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I had been looking forward to this trip for a while and one of the 'pursuits' that I planned to experience was to scuba dive at Hardy Reef. In my group were two young girls and their father.   ...Continue Reading

  • No Horseplay as students go jump

    AGE Newspaper extract - Saturday, 20th February, page 18     ...Continue Reading

  • Word from the Head of College

    Helen Keller, the famous American, who overcame in life despite being blind, deaf and mute once was quoted as saying “One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.” In this Year of Pursuit we are looking to have all our students soar, to discover, develop, share and celebrate their God-given talents and abilities. One way in which the College encourages such growth in areas such as confidence, collaboration, courage and communication is through the provision of a wide range ...  ...Continue Reading

  • Sam's Baptism

      On December 19th, 2015, one of our Hillcrest parents, Samantha Moorhead, was baptised at Casey Seventh-day Adventist Church, by one of our other Hillcrest parents, Pastor Michael Mohanu and our chaplain Kim was there to celebrate the day.  I had the privilege of meeting Sam in mid-2015 when she was seeking someone to do Bible studies with her daughter Indiana (who was in Year 7), who had some really tough questions about God. We soon got talking about how God had been drawing Sa...  ...Continue Reading

  • New Community Development Officer

    As the Crest community continues to grow, we have recognised the need for the appointment of a Community Development Officer to work at both Rivercrest and Hillcrest. As such, this new position was advertised from the end of last year and we interviewed a number of very strong candidates on January 29th. We warmly welcome Melani Van Der Westhuizen who was the successful applicant and has started in this new role just this week.   ...Continue Reading

  • College farm set to expand

    By GEORGIA WESTGARTH IT’S a type of hands-on learning not every Victorian secondary student gets, and it all starts from the ground up. Year 9 and 10 students at Hillcrest Christian College are growing, maintaining and caring for a small farm. Agriculture and horticulture teacher David Lott said the students had built a glowing sweet corn crop, one so good that they had harvested it and frozen it for later. “The students look after lambs, grow vegetables and plants and will soon be car...  ...Continue Reading

  • Welcome to 2016

    Welcome to the 2016 school year with its theme of Pursuit. I especially welcome new families who have joined the College community. Those of you reading this will have successfully navigated your way through part of our new Crest Connect site, designed as the main portal for communications and information concerning your child’s education and College operations.   ...Continue Reading

  • VEX champs on world stage

    By GEORGIA WESTGARTH (Cranbourne News) ROBOTICS at Hillcrest Christian College has taken an international turn with students set to take on the US. Hillcrest’s team of six boys took home the most coveted award at the VEX Robotics Australia National Championship on Saturday 5 December. Having worked hard on their ‘goal shooting’ robot all year, the boys team won the ‘Excellence Award’ which includes an invite and ticket to the VEX World Championships held in Kentucky USA.   ...Continue Reading

  • Dux who pleased himself

    By GEORGIA WESTGARTH (Cranbourne News)   HE’S the VCE student who had one goal during Year 12 – to please himself, and with that he managed to get dux of Hillcrest Christian College. Ahmed Saeed (pictured at the College's 2015 Presentation Night) couldn’t sleep on Sunday night eagerly awaiting his ATAR score which was revealed to VCE students across the state on Monday 14 December. “I was up at 5am, I wasn’t worried – I just had tension and then I cruised through the morning and woke up at ...  ...Continue Reading

  • Mutual benefit for cubby buddies

      By GEORGIA WESTGARTH (Cranbourne News) PREPS at Hillcrest Christian College have buddied up with VCE students at Maranatha Christian School in a joint project for the betterment of both – a cubby house. Built and designed by six VCAL students from the Officer school as a part of their VCE program, the play house has proved a favourite among the young pupils. Prep co-ordinator at Hillcrest Joanna Wiggs said the construction venture was a great partnership between the schools to support lea...  ...Continue Reading

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    Sausages for Syria

    Hillcrest Christian College Year 12 student Alana Cohen is a person of action. She could not stand idly by after seeing the atrocities in Syria and she felt compelled to do something about it! “After reading about the crisis in Syria and the awful living conditions of displaced refugees, the Senate (student leadership) team and I felt compelled to do something to help,” commented Miss Cohen. Their team wanted to raise money for the cause and also raise awareness throughout Hillcrest Christian Co...  ...Continue Reading

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    Hillcrests’ Got a Cat in a Hat!

    Hillcrest Christian College students’ have been pulling ‘cats out of their hats’! The schools production for this year is ‘Seussical’ the Musical. This production showcases all of the iconic Dr Seuss characters in a spectacle of song and dance.   ...Continue Reading

  • Crest Teachers Become Students!

    Hillcrest and Rivercrest Christian College teachers are demonstrating that learning is not only for the children! Recently four ‘Crest’ teachers were recognised at a staff meeting for their completion of their Masters Degrees (pictured).  The Head of Learning and Teaching for Crest Education, Mrs Maria Varlet, commented,  “as adults it is important that we too engage in a cycle of continual development and that we model life-long learning to our students.”  ...Continue Reading

  • New ‘Head’, Experienced Shoulders

    Hillcrest Christian College is pleased to introduce its new Head of College Mr Gregg Weaver.  Following the appointment of the existing Head of College, Mr Geoff Grace, to Executive Principal from 2015, the College sought to find a top quality professional to fill the position.  ...Continue Reading

  • Making Dad’s Day

    By Mrs Heather Zubek – Discovery Centre

    Even with temperatures down to 0 degrees Dads turned out in droves for the inaugural Hillcrest Christian College Dad’s Big Breakfast recently.  The brainchild of the team from the school’s Discovery Centre, the event aimed to provide Dads with an opportunity to spend time with their children, enjoy breakfast and have a little fun.  ...Continue Reading

  • Raising the bar


    HILLCREST Christian College’s equestrian team members are jumping with joy after their success at the Saddleworld Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series (VEIS) grand final last week.
    A group of riders from the Clyde North school headed to the National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Park, on 2 and 3 August to compete in the dressage and show jumping events.  ...Continue Reading

  • Two Yongs make a Right Splash

    JARROD POTTER – Starnews

    ALTHOUGH Brunei isn’t known as an overly aquatic country, it was the starting point for Casey TigerSharks swimmer Jayden Yong’s swimming odyssey. Born in the south-east Asian country, Yong returned to Australia with competition swimming in his sights. Moving over with his family in recent years, the 10-year-old swimming star has made Cranbourne North his home and Casey TigerSharks his springboard towards improving his strokes and skills in the pool.  ...Continue Reading

  • Agriculture’s her passion

    By BRIDGET COOK (Berwick News) 

    A CASEY teenager is one of 100 passionate agriculture students from across the country chosen to take part in a conference next month.
    Hillcrest Christian College student Rachel Cavallo has been selected to take part in University of New England (UNE) inaugural Generation 2050: Agriculture and Science Conference.  ...Continue Reading

  • Rivercrest Builder’s Achievement

    The company that is undertaking the construction of Rivercrest Christian College recently won the ‘Specialist Contractors Collaboration Award.’ (pictured)  The award was for a nomination the Builders (S&B Lamble Pty Ltd) received from subcontractors. It was based on a score card where they were rated out of 10 for things such as the tendering process, payments, security of payments, on site management, OH&S, time allocation for subcontractor works to be carried out and generally how they manage subcontractors.   This award was presented by the Master Builders Association at Crown Casino.

    This award is a great achievement for our builders and also something for our parents to be proud of.  It is comforting to  know the quality and care that will be taken in the Rivercrest project.  ...Continue Reading

  • Award Winning Business Manager

    Mr Greg Waterhouse, Building Development Manager of Rivercrest Christian College, was recently awarded (pictured) a trophy in recognition of his 30 years of service to Christian Education.  The award was presented at the Christian Schools Australia National Conference in August.

    Mr Waterhouse was in fact a founding father of Hillcrest Christian College and was personally ‘hands on’ in its development.  Mr Waterhouse was the first Board Chairman of Hillcrest some 30 years ago.

    Mr Waterhouse has worked in eight different schools and has been at Hillcrest for seven years, working side by side with Dr Daniel Pampuch in developing Hillcrest and Rivercrest Christian College.

    We applaud Mr Waterhouse in this achievement and acknowledge his tireless efforts to literally lay the foundations for generations of learners to come!  ...Continue Reading

  • Students go a-droving and a-reading!

    Dairy farmers never die and they don’t even go out to pasture.  Fortunately for the students of Hillcrest Christian College in Clyde North, ex-dairy farmer Gerry Cunningham, has turned his talents to bush poetry.  Cunningham, from Tynong North, visited the school recently surprising students during lunch with stories of drovers and bullockies. The visit was to launch the Mobile Discovery Centre, taking books and the love of reading to students in the playground.  ...Continue Reading

  • The Wizard of Oz

    Somewhere over the rainbow, 100 Hillcrest Christian College students are busily preparing to take the stage.  On the 16th and 17th August Hillcrest students will be performing the ‘Wizard of Oz’ production over two magical nights.  ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest Mission Cambodia

    This July Holidays will be a little different for 10 Year 10 students from Hillcrest Christian College.  It has been months in the planning and in July, these Hillcrest students will venture to Cambodia for a life changing experience.  The Hillcrest students and two intrepid staff members, will partner with the organisation YWAM (Youth With a Mission). Their time overseas will be spent assisting in a village with some practical projects, possibly school and church work as well.  ...Continue Reading

  • Junior star going great Gunns

    BY ROY WARD Casey Weekly Berwick

    WHILE other students are shivering through the Melbourne winter in June, rising tennis star Codey Gunn will be playing for Australia in Italy.
    The 11-year-old Narre Warren resident was selected in the three-player Australian side this month after achieving a high ranking and performing well in local tournaments.  ...Continue Reading

  • Design Talent

    Maxwell Bracher, School Captain and Year 12 student at Hillcrest Christian College, undertook Visual Communication and Design Units 3 and 4 in 2011. A dedicated student, he chose to design a logo, flags and a coffee table book for his Unit 4 folio. Working under the supervision of his teacher, Mrs Caroline Comport (pictured), Maxwell explored a range of ideas and experimented with a variety of different media and materials, settling on producing his designs on the computer using Adobe Illustrator to a refined finish.  ...Continue Reading

  • Clyde North Horse Centre Off & Running

    BY JAMES TAYLOR – Casey Weekly 

    SECONDARY students keen on a career in the equine industry will be able to saddle up at a new vocational school in Clyde North.

    Hillcrest Christian College was announced in January as the site of one of two trade training centres in Melbourne’s south-east to be set up by the federal government.  ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest Helps with $2,000 for Ben

    In February 2011, Hillcrest Christian College Year 12 students heard about a young family whose first born baby, Ben, had been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The condition occurs when parts of the left side of the heart do not develop completely. This particular syndrome is present at birth and as a result Ben had to be induced on 11th December, 2010.  ...Continue Reading

  • 2011 VCE Success

    I wanted to share with you the excellent Year 12 results, which were released recently. These results are a credit to the hard work and dedication of, not just the Year 12 teachers, but also of the entire College staff. Evidence of this fact is that one of our students, who achieved an ATAR in the 90s, had been educated by Hillcrest for her entire education (13 years from Prep to Year 12).  ...Continue Reading

  • Honk has great lesson

    Students at Hillcrest Christian College are getting set to perform the musical production ‘Honk’.

    The play will be performed from 2 June until 4 June in the new theatre.

    Honk is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the ugly duckling, preaching a message of tolerance and acceptance, an important lesson for high school students.  ...Continue Reading

  • Canine carer has worries down pat

    A fluffy puppy has been wandering the halls of Hillcrest Christian College. Baileys, a five-month-old Groodle, has joined the Chaplaincy Program to help put smiles on students’ faces.   ...Continue Reading

  • Hillcrest Roots Go Deep

    Hillcrest Christian College made a positive contribution to the environment and the health of our community by being involved in ‘Schools Tree Day’, Australia’s biggest tree planting and nature care event.  To participate in the event, Hillcrest planted some trees and also constructed a display, in their Discovery Centre, to engage students thoughts towards something important in the world.  ...Continue Reading

  • Foundation Stone Unveiled

    Hillcrest celebrates its 30year history this year.  The College has been celebrating in various ways, from making commemorative flags to fly on the school flag poles, to stick pins, letterhead and also whole school services.  Recently Hillcrest’s principal Dr Daniel Pampuch unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the occasion.  ...Continue Reading

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