For a ‘snapshot’ of the 2019 Year 7 Sydney / Canberra Trip please click on the photo above.
As soon as you wander through the ANZAC Grove trees along the path, you begin to recognise that there is something uniquely special about the Rivermont Year 7 Centre and surrounding property, with its immersion amidst our stunning natural environment. This ‘Rivermont’ nature based educational experience is steeped in a rich culture of community, sustainability and is quite unlike anything else. When entering the nurturing ambience of our distinctive classroom, you can appreciate the once in a lifetime opportunity that students have to participate in something so special, something so potentially life changing.
The Year 7 experience encompasses a forward thinking approach to modern education that harnesses the power of individual learning styles and whole child wellbeing to achieve academic, personal and spiritual development. As divergent Educators, we are passionate about supporting and assisting students to develop vital skills that can be applied universally, wherever they go in life. We provide a rigorous curriculum that is creatively and seamlessly integrated with nature based adventure activities, collaborative teamwork and a deep connection with ourselves, each other and our precious Earth through our unique Year 7 Garden to Kitchen Programme. Students are encouraged to continually explore and develop their creative and innovative skills. They are supported whilst stepping out of their comfort zone to take risks, to expand their experiences and continue to aspire in becoming the best version of themselves that they can be.
Year 7 at The Hills Christian Community School is truly an enriching experience unlike any other and provides a solid foundation of independent, lifelong learners with a full repertoire of contemporary life skills, resilience and knowledge who are empowered and ready to graduate into Secondary School and well beyond.
Adam Stevens (Educator) and Sue Gillespie (Assistant Educator)
“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”
― Sir Ken Robinson