EXCELLENCE IN CHRIST
I am often asked what innovation looks like. It comes in many forms and to think that it just involves technology, new pedagogy, physical spaces or other similar traits, is defying the true nature of innovation. A student sent me this message recently and explained their memorable experience in one of our classes which actually occurred in one of our rooms with older furniture and limited technology, but it paintsthe perfect picture of how passionate our staff are about bringing learning alive in our classrooms.
“Dear Mr Davis,
We were told to check their passports, escort them to their seats, put their seat belts on and put their bags under the seats. We also gave them leis. Then we did the flight safety video which was played on the big screen. We were then asked to take them in-flight food which were cookies. Once the plane ‘landed,’ the students were asked to leave the classroom so we could create the next scene. The teacher had organised three stations, one with a coconut for tasting, as well as chopped up pieces of banana. Another station was set up with a screen and different backdrops of Vanuatu locations, and extra props that the students could take their pictures with. The last one was a craft booth where they could make DIY bracelets, leis and hair accessories. At the end as they left the lesson, we were asked to stand by the door to give them souvenirs and their photo printed from the photo booth as a travel memento. We also then stamped their passport. I was so amazed at this experience that I had to tell you!”
This just blew me away. Our College is leading innovation in many different areas, and continues to change conventional schooling to bring learning to life in the classroom and I am just so proud of our teaching staff and their ability to inspire and enrich our students' learning experiences every dayat Hillcrest.
Executive Head of College
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Hillcrest Christian College is an independent, private school and was established as a ministry of Reedy Creek Baptist Church in 1982. The campus is set on 10 hectares of natural bushland behind Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, and offers state-of-the-art facilities for all students from Pre-Kindy - Year 12.
Hillcrest is guided by our ethos of ‘Excellence in Christ’, where students are taught by exceptional Christian teachers who are committed to giving every student the best possible educational experience while nurturing their individual talents and interests.
We have received significant acclaim for our innovative approach to learning, including Cambridge University naming Hillcrest as one of the top 100 most innovative schools worldwide. Our facilities have been recently renovated throughout, and have been purpose-built to inspire creativity and a passion for learning through our breadth of curriculum studies, and cocurricular programs. Hillcrest also has a strong reputation for our inclusive community, and our consistent success in Performing Arts and Basketball.
Contact Hillcrest Christian College if you would like to experience our College firsthand by taking an Executive Tour, or find out more information about our College.
Drama, Dance, Music, Film and Television, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, a variety of Sporting Pursuits. Find out more about our extensive Cocurricular program.
Two Chaplains, Life Groups in Years 5-12, Life Group Leaders, Careers Councillors,
Hillcrest Christian College offers a number of scholarships to current and external students. The scholarship program exists to foster diversity by ensuring that an education at Hillcrest Christian College is available to as many students as possible. Our scholarship program seeks to offer places to students who will contribute to the richness and diversity of the College’s community. Scholarships are available in our Middle (Years 5-8) and Senior (Years 9-12) Learning Communities.
COLLEGE BUS SERVICE
Hillcrest offers an extensive bus service for students travelling to and from the College each day and uses their fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses. All buses are equipped with three-point seat belts and are installed with event cameras for safety.We offer various bus routes travelling South to Casuarina Beach in Northern NSW, West to the Gold Coast Hinterland and North as far as Runaway Bay. We also provide trips to and from the Varsity Lakes Train Station.
For more information and to view maps of our College bus routes, please visit the Bus Service page on the Hillcrest Christian College website.
VARSITY LAKES TRAIN STATION
Hillcrest Christian College is located 1.4km from Varsity Lakes Train Station. Shuttle buses run each day at a cost of $1 each way, or alternatively it is a 15 minute walk to the Train Station.
Welcome from the Principal
Hillcrest Christian College has been embarking on an exciting journey of growth, innovation, and change in recent years. We are a College that is embracing and redefining 21st Century education, while standing firm on the core values envisioned by our founders over 36 years ago.
In 2016, we unveiled the College's five-year Strategic Plan, a plan to cement and connect our history and College ethos, with a bold and exciting future. A plan that would see Hillcrest provide a learning environment of world-standing, where every student would be equipped to succeed spiritually, educationally, and in their extracurricular pursuits.
Three years into this Strategic Plan, and we can honestly say that Hillcrest is flourishing. Our reputation in the community is stronger than ever before, and our enrolments have increased significantly in recent years, with waiting lists across most of our Year levels. Our classrooms are filled with incredible young men and women imbued with character, confidence and concern for their community. Our campus now offers some of the most amazing educational facilities imaginable.
We have been blessed beyond measure, and give glory to God for all that He began at Hillcrest Christian College, and all that is He continues to do within our College community.
“For no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11
If you are considering Hillcrest for your child, I would personally love to meet you and I offer regular tours of our Campus to give parents the opportunity to explore our facilities and ask me any questions they have about our College. I hope to meet you in the near future.
Mr Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College
(as voted by site visitors)
HILLCREST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, REEDY CREEK QLD