Excursions, Incursions & Camps
- a sleepover for Year 2 students
- an adventure and team building Year 3 Camp at Mylor
- an ocean/beach focused Year 4 Camp at Victor Harbor
- a Year 5 camp to Illawonga, near Walker’s Flat, with a focus on the River Murray
- Year 6 students camping at Wirraway Homestead in Strathalbyn with a focus on horse riding
- a week in Canberra for our Year 7 students to understand the Nation’s capital
The School is involved with extensive extra-curricular sporting opportunities through the South Australian Primary Sports Association (SAPSASA) and the South Australian Christian Schools Association (SACSA) and in recent years we have been State Champions at various year levels in Basketball, Netball and Touch Football.
The School is also proud of its swimmers and delighted that we have won the Hills SAPSASA ‘Courier Cup’ competition from 2012 – 2017.
Many of our students commence Netball and Basketball earlier than in other schools because the School enters teams in local competitions. As well, tennis is offered as a family funded option during school time and many families avail themselves of this opportunity.
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 Year 7. 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.
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.