Extra and Co-curricular Activities
HCCS recognises that learning is not limited to classrooms and so provides many rich experiences which enables the passions, strengths and interests of children to be promoted and supported. Learning outside the classroom enhances the core Australian Curriculum offering.
Excursions, Camps and Mission Trips
Students throughout HCCS will learn significantly from the excursions which are tailored to support the classroom life from ELC to Year 12. As well as these rich experiences students from Year 3 to Year 12 engaged in a formal camping programme. In Year 3 the students will have a one night experience at a local campsite and by Year 7 that has grown to a week long experience in Canberra. When we commenced Year 8 in 2013, the School introduced a Mission Trip to Fiji which has now become a strong and valued tradition within our School community. To consolidate that sense of giving, our Year 9 students have a camp in Adelaide with a focus of ‘Homelessness’ and gaining an understanding the underprivileged in our local community. Aquatics, Bushwalking and rich Outdoor Education experiences feature during the life of our Secondary School students.
Sports and Club Activities
HCCS seeks to honour the sporting talent, interest and passion of our Adelaide 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, SSSSA and SACSA carnivals. HCCS 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.
Within the Primary School, after school and lunch-time clubs are popular and activities offered include Chess, Running, Cooking, Gardening, Art and Computing/ICT. These clubs are seasonal and are run according to staff availability and children’s interest.
The Arts feature strongly within HCCS from the ELC to Secondary. The ELC have 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 at Verdun and the annual Year 7 Musical is highly anticipated.
Our Secondary School students at Oakbank have appreciated the opportunities to participate in Musicals, Plays and Dramas to continue the strong learning of the Arts at Verdun. The skills of the students who play in the Secondary Chapel Band are appreciated.
Nature and the Environment
The Hills Christian Community School 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 farm house with access to their own garden, chooks, 100 year old apple orchard, 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 HCCS Verdun 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.
HCCS is pleased to have a very active Parent Environment Group which advises the School about care for our property including our gardens, Nature Play spaces, tree planting, maintenance of weeds and future plans.
HCCS is also privileged to have access to the Oakbank Area School farm where our Secondary School is located. Most of our classrooms look out over the best oval in the Adelaide Hills and picturesque gums while having access to over 30 acres of farmland.
HCCS Secondary students are actively involved in the Steer Leading and Goat Leading programmes at the Oakbank campus which result in presenting animals and competing at the Royal Adelaide Agricultural Show. We also manage a Chicken programme at Year 8/9 and have access to Agricultural studies with Oakbank Area School.