Student Life

Learning is not only limited to our classrooms…

The students at The Hills Christian Community School enjoy a rich Student Life whether they are in the Early Learning Centre, Primary School, Year 7 Centre or Secondary. Within our School life we encourage all aspects of growth and strive to provide students with experiences in leadership, well-being, extra and co-curricular activities that promote and support their passions, strengths and interests. Learning outside the classroom enhances the core Australian Curriculum offering.

Families regularly comment to the School about the strong engagement and valuable life opportunities experienced by their children as part of the daily offering of the School.

Student Life Snapshots:

  • The HCCS Early Learning Centre (ELC) is engaging children so beautifully in their pre-school / kindergarten learning programme that they commence ‘big school’ by walking ‘down the hill’ with smiles and confidence. The smooth transition from the ELC to Reception is helped because ELC students already access the Hall for specialist Physical Education lessons, the Library for borrowing books each week, playgrounds and receive visits from Primary School staff and students. They even have a big buddy who visits!
  • Friday morning Playgroup children also visit the ELC for an extra play to encourage familiarity in their surroundings in preparation also for easy transition.
  • Christian faith is ‘the fabric of HCCS’ and is expressed in the way children are respected as unique and precious and with all relationships within the School community. Our whole school Monday Devotions involving guest speakers from Adelaide Hills Churches, devotions in classrooms, celebrations like Easter Week, daily staff Devotions, the Year 8 Mission Trip to Fiji, supporting charities and employing Christian teachers are some of the ways that faith is experienced and shared at HCCS.
  • The role of the HCCS Counsellors/Chaplains in assisting teachers and families with wide ranging issues and particularly with children’s social skills and wellbeing.
  • An extensive excursion, incursion (visitors to School) and camping programme which includes:
    • a sleepover for Year 2 students
    • a Year 3 adventure to Mylor
    • a seaside 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
    • a week in Canberra for our Year 7 students to understand the nation’s capital
    • a Year 8 Mission Trip to Fiji to make a significant difference in the lives of children at orphanages, village and special schools
    • Year 9 students making a difference in Adelaide learning about, and meeting the needs of, the underprivileged of Adelaide
    • Year 10,11 and 12
  • Instrumental lessons are available to individuals on a private basis with opportunities leading to joining the our fledgeling Orchestra, Choir or our strong Band & Ensemble programme.
  • Opportunities to practise skills learned in Physical Education lessons are gained through accessing interschool competitions with the South Australian Primary School Sports Association (SAPSASA)and the South Australian Christian Schools Association (SACSA).In recent years, we have been State Champions at various year levels in volleyball, basketball, netball and touch football.
  • HCCS also enters many basketball and netball teams in local competitions and encourages its students to play for local teams in other sports. Tennis is also offered as a family funded option during school time.
  • Extensive student leadership opportunities especially during a focused programme in Year 7. The positions of class Student Representative and House Leader are highly regarded and eagerly sought.