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Student iPad access to email, calendars, Google Drive etc.
by Oliver Jackson - Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:25 AM

As all Year 7 students are about to get run through connecting to the Hillbrook wireless network and setting their new passwords the next step is to get some other Hillbrook services setup on the iPads. There are four steps linked below which will need to be completed as part of the configuration process on Monday morning.

Please don't try anything requiring your Hillbrook password until you've set that up in the session at school on Monday. Steps 1 and 2 can be performed prior though. There are some other easy to follow step by step instructions on our iPad info site

The relevant links are:

1 Add a Lock Screen Password

2 Subscribe to the Hillbrook Calendars

3 Setup your Hillbrook eMail Account

4 Connect to Google Drive


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Year 11 Community Action
by Bernardine Lane - Monday, 23 January 2017, 10:49 AM

Welcome back, Year 11. The Community Action program begins this term. Information regarding possible placements may be found by going online to the Community Action page. You need to register your placement online by Monday 20th February.

Two outstanding opportunities are available: 

  • The Smith Family reading program - Student2Student
  • Millen Farm - a not for profit organisation to encourage people to 'learn, grow, feast' on local and seasonal food.  For further information go to

If you have any questions on suitable placements, please see Ms Lane.


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Smith Family 'Student2Student' Reading Program
by Bernardine Lane - Monday, 23 January 2017, 9:42 AM

If you enjoy reading and would like to support a student who is struggling to improve their reading skills, then you may be interested in becoming a Reading Buddy.

Being involved with the student2student program means:

  • You are making a commitment to help a reader for 18 weeks by ringing them 2 to 3 times a week
  • Listening to them read for at least 20 minutes each time

The program has 2 delivery methods - landline and digital.

The first program runs from 20th March to 11th August and is delivered by landline.

If you would like to be involved in this program, please see Ms Lane for Information and Application Forms. All applications must be in by 10 February 2017.

Microsoft Office 2016
by Oliver Jackson - Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 1:33 PM

office 2016In 2017 all year 10, 11 and 12 laptops have Microsoft Office 2016 pre-installed. All student and staff iPads can also install and run the full Microsoft Office apps.

The license required to activate and run these Office apps is via a Hillbrook provisioned Office365 account which you will sign into with your Hillbrook password. Please use the two links below to find full step by step instructions for this process.

All staff laptops will continue to run pre-licensed Office 2016.

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Farm Hand at Millen Farm for Project Active
by Kristy Boyle - Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 12:39 PM

Interested in helping your local community? Please read the attached word document. 

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Year 12 Camps 2017
by Andrew Devenish - Thursday, 24 November 2016, 11:00 AM

Thank you to all Year 11 students for the outstanding response to the Year 12 Camp application process. There were many thoughtful submissions to this process directed at how individuals intend on making camps positive for everyone. All students have joined a program that was either their first or second preference.

Please share the dates and updated levies with your parents. These are included on the attached group list.

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Junior Ski and Snow Board Trip 2017
by Andrew Devenish - Friday, 18 November 2016, 12:32 PM

If you will be in Year 8 or 9 in 2017, and want to learn to ski or snow board with friends, (or spend a week improving if you already ski or ride if you already do) – you might be interested in the 2017 Junior Ski Trip to New Zealand.

Places will be limited, so if you are interested, talk with your parents. Hillbrook ski trips are always popular! Parents will need to log on to ParentLounge to pay a deposit and grant acceptance. The trip will be open from tomorrow.

Hillbrook Ski Trip

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Careers Newsletter
by Sue Forbes - Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 1:17 PM

Please find attached the Careers Newsletter for this fortnight.

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Return of Library and Texthire Resources
by Margaret Spiteri - Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 3:23 PM

All school resources need to be returned by the dates below, to avoid being billed.

Yr 12 - Thursday 17th Nov

Yr 11 - Friday 18th Nov

Yr 7-10 Monday 21st Nov

Any problems, come and see us.

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Stduent2Student Reading Program
by Bernardine Lane - Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 9:45 AM

 The Smith Family's student2student program is a unique and effective program that has helped many students to significantly increase their reading skills. If you are interested in being a Reading Buddy in 2017, check out the  Smith Family website : . Here you will find information about the program

If you think this is a program that would like to participate in, please see Ms Lane for specific details on registering as a buddy.