Congratulations to Madison, Thomas, Samuel and Izak on their awesome swim at Homebush in the Small Schools Relay Race. The team will now represent Beecroft Zone at the Sydney North Carnival.

At Hillside, physical education is more than a mandatory component of the NSW PDHPE syllabus. All of our students actively participate in a number of physical activities during a school week. On Monday students are led through a variety of fitness activities capably lead by our Year 6 leaders. Activities include games, fundamental movement skills, cross country training and fitness stations. For sport this term the students have been learning throwing, hitting and catching skills needed to play softball and baseball. During morning tea and lunch breaks our students enjoy playing handball, tennis, utilising the climbing equipment or kicking a soccer ball. Hillside students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.

Our Year 6 leaders take on many responsibilities during the year. Beside running School Assemblies, managing students library borrowing, leading sporting activities, this term our leaders lead the National Day Against Bullying and Violence activities and organised a charity/mufti day to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. We find our year 6 students move into high school with all the skills needed to become leaders at their chosen schools as well. The students also made up lolly bags and Rocky Road to sell at the P&C Cake Stall at the State Election at school. The students learn valuable lessons when assisting others in the greater school community.

In a small school it is vital that the staff have opportunities to grow professionally as well. As a member of the Small Schools Learning Alliance, Hillside teachers have been actively participating in Twilight sessions with their colleagues focusing on writing and the new English Learning Progressions. Science will be the focus of the term two Staff Development Day in April. Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities including robotics, to further strengthen their understanding of the Science and Technology Syllabus.

If you would like to visit our wonderful school to see all the exciting things we do, please contact the office on 9652 1459. You are welcome anytime.

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