At HILLS we encourage our students to delve into a variety of extra-curricular activities. We introduce students to a broad range of experiences in the areas of Outdoor Education, Performing Arts (Drama, Dance and Music), Sport (competitive and recreational), Public Speaking and Debating.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of coordinated club and extra-curricular activites, which meet regularly throughout the year.
Students who participate in activites beyond the classroom have the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, gain organisational and leadership skills and appreciate the importance of teamwork.
NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
HILLS is blessed to have access to two wonderful Adelaide Hills properties. At Verdun, we are situated within a picturesque Adelaide Hills environment which includes the Onkaparinga River, vineyards, pastures and stately gums. The recent acquisition of nine acres provides access to Nature Play for all children and it is delightful to see our ELC children engaging with grubs, mud, plants, cubbies and imaginative play most days. This continues throughout the Primary School and our Year 7 cohort are blessed to have their classroom in a renovated farmhouse with access to their own garden, chooks, River Onkaparinga, fire-pit and the natural environment. Our resident kangaroos, kookaburras and ducks capture the imagination of all our students at Verdun. We recognise that HILLS is so blessed to have access to this marvellous property and appreciate the opportunity to be involved in programmes like Water Watch, Frog Watch and Bird Watch.
Our access to Nature is captured in the Young Education Leaders Program (YELP) which is facilitated by the Natural Resource Management team in the Adelaide Hills. Our Year 7 YELP members are very keen.
HILLS is pleased to have a very active Parent Environment Group which advises the School about care for our property including our gardens, Nature Playspaces, tree planting, maintenance of weeds and future plans.
HILLS is also privileged to have access to our own Wetlands, located on the HILLS property. Most of our classrooms look out over the best scenery in the Adelaide Hills and picturesque gums while having access to over 19 acres of natural environment.
HILLS Secondary students are actively involved in the Steer Leading and Goat Leading programmes while at the Oakbank campus which resulted in presenting animals and competing at the Royal Adelaide Agricultural Show. We intend to develop a similar programme with our Secondary students back on the Verdun Campus.
EXCURSION, CAMPS & MISSION
HILLS students will learn significantly from the excursions which are tailored to each specific year level. As well as these rich experiences, students from Year 3 to Year 12 engage in a formal camping programme.
Overnight experience at the School (1 Day)
Camp at Mylor Adventure Camp (1 Day)
Camp at Narnu Farm (3 Days)
Camp at Wirraway (3 Days)
Canberra Experience (5 Days)
Camel Trek – Flinders Ranges (6 Days)
Ecology Experience at Robe (6 Days)
Mission Immersion Experience – Rite Journey
Outdoor Education Camp
Year 11 + 12
HILLS seeks to honour the sporting talent, interest and passion of our HILLS students, many of whom are very sport oriented, as well as learning and practising skills as part of the ELC, Primary and Secondary Physical Education curriculum. We compete against many Schools from Year 4 to Year 12 in both the SAPSASA and SACSA carnivals. HILLS has been very successful over many years and is often a State Champion at a particular year level in Netball, Touch Rugby, AFL, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming or another sport where we have entered teams.
SPECIAL GROUPS AND CLUBS
HILLS organise a variety of clubs each year that students can participate in to extend their interests and talents beyond the classroom. We provide students with the opportunity to discover new interests and build positive relationships with others.
Some of these clubs have included our EcoTeam, Debating, Kids News, Childrens University, Logic and Chess. Running, Cooking, Gardening, Art and Computing.
The opportunity to develop leadership skills is given to students at HILLS through all years of schooling. From small areas of class responsibility in the junior years, to Student Representative Council, House Captain and School Captain responsibilities offered in later years.
Peer leadership responsibilities are given to all students as they move through the school, with our older students buddying with student in the junior years. These relationships are developed very early in the year and strong bonds are often formed and continue over the course of children’s schooling.
THE ARTS & INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM
HILLS students have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments through our well-established and vibrant instrumental program delivered by professional instrumental instructors. Individual and group instrument tuition is available on wind, woodwind, piano, voice, strings, drums, bass guitar and guitar. Parents wishing their child to take private instrumental lessons during the school day may contact the Music Educator or complete and return the appropriate enrolment forms.
There are also opportunities for students to work in small group musical ensembles, choirs and orchestra.
The Arts feature strongly within HILLS from the ELC to Secondary. The ELC has specific Music, Drama and Dance activities each week and over 100 students learn instruments at the Primary campus. Many of these students celebrate their Music skills in the Orchestra, Band, Choir and Ensembles. We celebrate public performances of the classroom Music programme with concerts and the annual Year 7 Musical is highly anticipated. Our Secondary School students have the opportunities to participate in Musicals, Plays and Dramas and play in the Secondary Chapel Band.
Creating school spirit, culture and caring for students is central to everything we do. To ensure that this flourishes we have our House system, consisting of 4 teams – Grivell, Sandow, Beaumont and Gallasch. Our House system forms the basis of our care, ensuring each student is known, recognised and supported throughout their learning journey. The school conducts swimming and athletics carnivals as week as special House days. Students can earn House points through sporting and non-sporting events.
SERVICE & MISSION TRIPS
Our focus is on fostering an awareness of the needs of others at home and at school, and learning about environmental issues. Service Learning projects spring from the curriculum, including various community-based fundraising activities and involvement.
Some of our Secondary students have the opportunity to go on a Mission Trip to remote areas of Australia, or students complete community service outside of school hours.