Service Learning

It was Martin Luther King Jr who said that “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

One of the pillars of purpose of Hillcrest is Service, which encapsulates the desire to see students live and learn in ways that has them live not for their own self-interest but for the benefit of others. Not only do we want all our students to flourish but for them to help in seeing their neighbours, both local and global, flourish as well.  Hence our emphasis on “Service Learning.”

Service Learning incorporates everything from our Primary Choir singing at an aged care facility to raising money for the work of World Vision; from showing appreciation to sectors of our local community on the National Day of Thanks to sending a teacher to Cambodia to work with Samaritan’s Purse in a teacher development project.

Serving our locals

Our students love being given opportunity to serve others in the Casey-Cardinia region be it helping on Keep Australia Clean Day or contributing to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Making gifts, writing cards and praying for others; they look to bless and benefit others outside their families.

Samaritan's Purse

Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world, has few resources available to care for its people, the majority of whom live in rural areas. The College is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse, an international aid and development agency, in helping meet needs especially children’s education projects. Our Head of Primary, Mrs Anderson has been part of an Australian team of educational leaders who has worked in training Cambodian teachers with literacy programs.

National Day of Thanks

Australia’s National Day of Thanks is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to demonstrate the values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow Australians. Started in 2004, it is held the last Saturday in May of each year. Our students contribute during the week leading up to the day in various ways through visits, gifts and other ways of showing appreciation to local groups, organisations and individuals who serve our community.