Guiding Principles


To be a leading provider of quality Christian Education, delivered by Christian staff, equipping students for a life of faithful service.


To partner with parents and the wider community to help develop within each student the desire and capacity to discover and fulfil the will of God for their lives. 

College Values

We are committed to inspiring and equipping all our students to develop a values system that will enable them to live well. We have identified four important sets of capabilities – confidence, commitment, compassion and courage.  

Christian Philosophical Foundations

Hillcrest exists to serve the Casey-Cardinia community by being a leading provider of quality Christian education. All that we do centres on the four cornerstones of faith, character, learning and service.

Our philosophical foundations are encapsulated in the acronym TRUTH.


…the heart of a quality Hillcrest education

We consider that young people are transformed and can be a transforming influence through an education that is based on knowledge of the truth – a Christian worldview about God, themselves, creation, and human society.

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32


…the bond of a quality Hillcrest education

We deem the educational enterprise in the 21st century to be constituted by an essential web of connections between students, teachers, family, churches and other agencies. Students are fully engaged in learning when they are inspired and equipped by teachers who connect in meaningful ways with their students and subjects.

Let each of you look …to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

Unique Learners

…the focus of a quality Hillcrest education

We regard each child, made in the image of God, to be endowed with wonderful capacities for achieving great things through learning while recognizing the human condition is flawed due to sin. A child’s potential, as with all human potential is fully realized when they exercise their liberty in accordance with God’s will.

He increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:52

Targeted Teaching

…the key to a quality Hillcrest education

We recognise teachers as ministers and teaching as a profoundly powerful act. As leaders of learning, our teachers are: devoted to Christ and his gospel, serve one another, act professionally and ethically, are informed and innovative educators, self-reflective practitioners, and fully engage students.

Every teacher who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old. Matthew 13:52

Holistic Curriculum

…the framework of a quality Hillcrest education

The College’s curriculum provides comprehensive, coherent and creative learning processes and pathways that provide students with many opportunities to excel and teachers to teach knowledgeably and skilfully. Its holistic design integrates faith and learning, a wide range of subjects, and effective pedagogy.

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3