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Hills Grammar - Kenthurst NSW

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Hills Grammar
A contemporary, co-educational independent school offering a wide range of opportunities through its academic, co-curricular and student well-being programs.
43 Kenthurst Rd
Kenthurst
NSW
2156
Sydney North-West
(02) 9654 2111
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Hills Grammar’s Open Day for All
Hills Grammar took a new approach to sharing their School and campus with prospective families this year. Staying ahead of the curve, the School made the decision to adapt their Open Day to align with the challenges faced by social distancing and showcased their unique campus through a brief video. 
This required students to demonstrate what makes Hills Grammar such an ‘Original’ experience. With their 51 acre campus, situated in North West Sydney’s Hills District, the School has ample learning spaces, and diverse co-curricular opportunities available to their students. Hills Grammar caters for Pre K to Year 12 with all students graduating as true Hills Originals.
Currently, families are still able to register their interest and attend a tour through virtual means allowing them to explore the Hills Grammar experience.  
For more information, and to register your interest for a tour, please visit hillsgrammar.nsw.edu.au/tours
Mrs Karen Yager
  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Single School Location
  • Early Learning Centre
  • Early Childhood Centre
  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-K Campus
  • Primary Campus
  • Secondary Campus
  • ELC-12 Campus
  • P-12 Campus
  • Junior School
  • Senior School
  • Independent
  • Non-denominational
ECEC - Year 12
Non Denominational
CRICOSYes
02260G
Co-ed
Gifted & Talented Program
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Educational Support
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Personal Values
  • Welfare

Our students 'Strive For Excellence' in all they do. In doing so, they achieve more than they believed possible.

Vision

Extraordinary Education: Growing Minds, Discovering Passions, Nurturing Character

Purpose

To foster each student’s potential for greatness through outstanding teaching in a unique learning environment

Graduate Aim

Extraordinary Individuals: In partnership with our families and community and in an environment where wellbeing, connectedness, and high expectations matter, we enable our students to:

  • Embody the humanitarian values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence
  • Develop a deep knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of academic disciplines
  • Be open to growth and opportunity as they strive to reach their potential and beyond
  • Become adaptive, creative, and critical thinkers who face challenges with optimism and resilience
  • Value their local community and act and think like global citizens and environmental stewards
  • Embrace innovative technologies and develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Lead with conviction, courage, and compassion to make an impact in the world

Hills Grammar Original

A Hills Grammar Original is a student whose unique abilities are celebrated, who is inspired to discover their interests, talents, and passions, and who strives for excellence in everything they do.
In the words of the School Song, our Hills Originals reflect a “myriad of dreams and aspirations”

Deeper Water, Deeper Learning: Learning and Teaching at Hills Grammar
As a Pre-K to 12 school on one campus, Hills Grammar provides the unique opportunity to travel smoothly through each stage of the educational journey. While each stage of learning and teaching has its unique qualities, teachers meet together as a whole faculty to share ideas and experiences to achieve a longer-term view of education. In tandem with the Student Wellbeing and Co-curricular programs, Learning and Teaching ?is driven by the School Vision – Extraordinary Education: Extraordinary Individuals.?

Our whole school pedagogical statement,?Deeper Water, Deeper Learning? is the result of extensive research, consultation and professional development of our teachers. The statement informs the Hills Grammar community about our current approaches to Learning and Teaching, but also points the way to future innovations as the School strives to achieve its deeper purpose. We are conscious of both the reality of our mandatory obligations and preparations for high stakes examinations like the HSC, but also of the need to develop within our students the 21st Century skills which will facilitate their success in the world they will inherit.

At the core of?Deeper Water, Deeper Learning? is?Guided Inquiry. Guided Inquiry remains the central tenet of Learning and Teaching from ECEC to Year 12 – acknowledging the natural curiosity of children and young people, whilst also engaging them in ways so they (over time) take responsibility for their own learning.

Deeper Water, Deeper Learning:

is a Hills ‘Original’ framework, developed by Hills Grammar, for Hills Grammar
provides for academic rigour, challenge and differentiation throughout the learning journey
offers a solid foundation to anchor Learning and Teaching ?Pre K to 12
ensures our students have access to innovative practice
equips our students to meet the challenges of both school and future work skills
prepares students for success in NAPLAN, the HSC and facilitates the successful transition to future studies
?imbues a deep appreciation of, and for, lifelong learning
We are committed to ensuring that, in accord with our?Graduate Aim, the young people who graduate from our School will do so as confident, independent and autonomous thinkers and learners, able to take their place and contribute in the many contexts in which they will find themselves in the future.
Exceptional facilities across the 53 acre campus including:
Sports Precinct compromising of two synthetic all weather fields, oval with pavilion, outdoor netball/basketball courts.
Tennis Centre
Multi-Purpose Hall
Refurbished Science Labs
Booth Centre
RJ Phipps Performance Centre
Junior and Senior Libraries
English Literacy Lounge
Blue Box theatre
HG Cafe

Outdoor learning spaces for an immersive education including:
Amphitheatres
Artists Yurt
Yarning Circle
Camp Kitchen
Settlers Hut
Nature Walks

The Co-curricular program at Hills Grammar is an integral part of the whole school curriculum. There are wonderful opportunities for students to develop their skills and interests across a broad range of activities including:

  • Sport 
  • Creative and Spoken Arts
  • Music 
  • Leadership and Service
  • Outdoor Education

These activities take place before school, during lunch and after school with further weekend commitments in some areas.

The central aim of the program is to broaden the development and interests of each student through the provision of a wide range of purposeful activities in Music, Sport, Leadership & Service, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Creative, Spoken and Performing Arts.

Aims of the program are:

  • to foster and develop student leadership
  • to encourage and develop co-operation, responsibility and ‘team’ work
  • to develop a sense of belonging and school spirit
  • to foster good rapport between staff, students and parents
  • to inspire students to strive for excellence in all areas of endeavour
  • to provide opportunities for parents, ex–parents and ex-students to contribute to the School
  • to establish links with the wider community  and develop relations with various groups
  • to provide opportunities for students to achieve success in a diverse mix of interests.

The Birrung Program is an initiative for the Hills Original
Extending and enriching high potential learners through academic rigor and entrepreneurial endeavours.
All children at Hills Grammar are extended, enriched, individually challenged and well-known by their teachers
and educators. The Birrung Program provides identified students with the opportunity to further widen, deepen and work beyond the classroom within specific subject areas. These students will be immersed in more complex, challenging, diverse and abstract concepts and ideologies relevant to the subject area of focus.

Student Wellbeing at Hills is embedded into our daily experiences to enable all children and young people to feel supported and to feel a strong sense of belonging. When young people have a strong sense of wellbeing, they feel connected to others and they are more likely to develop safe and trusting relationships. This in turn allows them to achieve better physical, emotional, social and educational outcomes.

Student Wellbeing at Hills Grammar is a comprehensive whole school approach and aims to:

  • assist everyone to both feel good and to function optimally
  • enhance the development of a School environment where everyone feels safe, valued, engaged and that they have a purpose
  • deliver a curriculum which provides children and young people with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop positive values, attitudes and behaviours
  • provide access to structures designed to identify and support everyone, in particular those dealing with learning, social, emotional or wellbeing needs
  • establish partnerships with parents and other wellbeing specialists to ensure appropriate assessment of and intervention for students
  • support and strengthen academic, wellbeing and co-curricular learning outcomes
  • provide young people with access to opportunities that promote wellbeing
  • develop in all students the School’s values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence
Values Framework
Community life at Hills Grammar is supported by four core values which emphasise the development of a principled individual who has a strong sense of social justice.
Respect
Valuing ourselves and treating others with consideration and dignity, acknowledging and accepting our differences, and acting in a manner
that is socially just.
Integrity
Acting in accordance with the principles of moral and ethical conduct, with sincerity and honesty, taking personal responsibility for all actions.
Service
Recognising and responding with compassion to the needs of others.
Excellence
Striving to accomplish one’s best.
Extraordinary Education: Growing Minds, Discovering Passions, Nurturing Character
Extraordinary Individuals: In partnership with our families and community and in an environment where wellbeing, connectedness, and high expectations matter, we enable our students to:

Embody the humanitarian values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence
Develop a deep knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of academic disciplines
Be open to growth and opportunity as they strive to reach their potential and beyond
Become adaptive, creative, and critical thinkers who face challenges with optimism and resilience
Value their local community and act and think like global citizens and environmental stewards
Embrace innovative technologies and develop an entrepreneurial mindset
Lead with conviction, courage, and compassion to make an impact in the world.

A number of Academic, Music and All Rounder scholarships are available to students entering the School in Years 7,9 and 11 in 2016, and take into consideration a number of criteria. Awarding of scholarships benefits both the School and the Scholars in many ways: acknowledging and encouraging excellence in academic studies, in music and in co-curricular activities; offering opportunity to attend the School to those who would not otherwisde be able, adding to the diversity of talent and abilities in the student body. 


Scholarship applications close in mid-February. The scholarship examination is held in late February. Auditions for music scholarships occur from late February through to early March. 

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Michelle-JennekeMichelle Jenneke (2011)

Michelle competes in the 100 metre high hurdles for Australia. Her most notable achievements in international events so far include a 5th place finish at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, and a second place finish at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, when she was 17 years old. Michelle is the reigning NSW Open Champion and current Australian Junior Champion in 100m hurdles. As well as continuing her athletic career Michelle is studying a Megatronic Engineering degree at Sydney University.

awais-ahmadAwais Ahmad (2001)

Awais is a Barrister at Maurice Byers Chambers in Sydney NSW. He has a broad practice with specialist skills in a range of Courts and Tribunals. In 2009 Awais joined the Faculty of Law at Macquarie University where he delivers lectures and tutorials in Tort Law and Company Law. In 2010 Awais was appointed tipstaff to the Honourable Justice George Palmer AM of the NSW Supreme Court (Equity Division). In this time he was also tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Rex Smart and Justice Peter Hall. Awais was appointed as a member of the Hills Grammar School Council in 2013.

Michelle-LepherdMichelle Lepherd (1998)

Michelle has a degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney and she completed a PhD on wound healing and inflammation in sheep before heading to Cornell University in upstate New York to undertake residency training in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Michelle works as a specialist veterinary pathologist for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Rockefeller University in the US, diagnosing and characterising disease in laboratory and companion animals. 

emily-richEmily Rich (2006)

Emily has a degree in Media and Communications and will complete a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney in June 2013. She was awarded the University of Sydney Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her media research project on the politics of advertorial content in magazines, as well as receiving the Walter Reid Memorial Prize for the Law student who gains a High Distinction average in any one year. In 2012, Emily coached the Hills Grammar Mock Trial team all the way to the State Final. Emily was the guest speaker at the 2013 THGS Scholars presentation.

chris-halesChris Hales (2000)

It is good to know that when one needs a rocket scientist to speak to a group of scholars, you can locate one so easily. Chris, who was the guest speaker at the 2011 Scholars presentation, is an astrophysicist, with an impressive record of achievement in spacecraft engineering. He is currently a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in the School of Physics at The University of Sydney. Chris was one of the alumni "stars" in our cinema advertisement - see top left of this page.

 

delta-goodremDelta Goodrem (2002)

Delta started school at Hills in Kindergarten. Her interests and achievements were many and varied. She excelled as a sportswoman and  naturally pursued the creative and performing arts with dedication and success.

In Year 11 Delta left school to pursue her acting and singing career. The rest, as they say, is history. Delta recently visited Hills for an  inspirational talk with the students, which was greatly appreciated.

jacinta-hockingJacinta Hocking (1994)

Jacinta is currently Editor in Chief at Ten News. As a reporter with Ten News, she was a regular fill-in presenter and often presented the 11:30am national news. She moved to the Seven Network in 2003 where she reported and presented the late news on occasion. On returning to Ten she presented The Late News, Morning News, and finance for the Early News. Jacinta has been a wonderful Master of Ceremonies at the School’s Presentation Ball over several years.


robert-ovadiaRobert Ovadia (1990)
 

Robert studied Communications and French at Macquarie University before embarking on his career in journalism. He then joined Sky News followed by Network Ten in Melbourne in 1998. Robert established himself as one of the network's senior reporters before giving it up for the chance to travel and work overseas. He returned home just before the Sydney Olympics, and has been with the Seven Network ever since; currently working as the network’s crime reporter. He is a double Walkley Awardee for Excellence in Journalism.

edgerton-brothersJoel (1991) and Nash Edgerton (1990) 

Joel and his brother Nash were foundation students at Hills, commencing in 1983. Both boys loved to entertain and although Nash started a law degree, his heart was in film stuntwork. After leaving school, Joel attended Nepean Drama School where his stagecraft developed and was recognized by major theatre companies such as Bell Shakespeare and the STC. His first break on television was  The Secret Life Of Us, for which he was nominated for an  AFI Award in 2001. Joel and Nash both have impressive credentials in the international film world and are founding members of Blue Tongue films.

chris-sharpeChris Sharpe (1999) 

Chris is a talented goalkeeper who had an outstanding junior campaign, spending time with two renowned English Premier League Clubs, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. In 2007 Chris decided to make the move from Europe to the USA to trial for the Colorado Rapids, where he signed a 4 year contract. He also runs the "Core Soccer Academy" in Colorado, training goalkeepers of any age and ability. Chris popped in to the School for a visit on a trip home to Sydney last year.

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