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Literary Competition 2015
by Bernardine Lane - Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:22 PM

Pen a poem, short story or non-fiction prose and enter the 2015 Literary Competition. Open to students in Years 6-12, the competition is divided into five sections with cash prizes of up to $300. The competition is sponsored by The English Teachers Association of Qld, the Independent Education Union and James Cook University. Entry forms are available via the website at or you can speak with your English teacher about entering the competition. Entries close on 17 July, 2015.

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Parent, Student & Teacher interviews
by Craig Merritt - Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:53 AM

Parent, Student & Teacher interviews.

The  dates for the parent, student & teacher interview evenings are as follow. Students are invited to attend with their parents. School will finish at 2.40pm on each of the interview days. Interviews will now be held in L1-L3. The library will be open for student use on each of these afternoons. The schedule is:

  • Year 9 is on Monday 30 March
  • Year 7 Blue & Green is on Wednesday 22 April (in the Year 7 classrooms)
  • Year 7 Red & White is on Thursday 23 April (in the Year 7 classrooms)
  • Year 12 is on Tuesday 28 April
  • Year 11 is on Monday 4 May


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Poetry Competition
by Bernardine Lane - Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:01 PM

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

This annual poetry competition for school aged children is a unique national project, giving Australia’s youth a voice and an opportunity to strive for excellence in literature.

The 2015 competition opens on March 1st and closes on June 30th.

This year the optional theme is ‘the open door’.

How to Enter:

Poems can be easily submitted online. Enter online

 Instructions and details about categories, prizes and conditions can be found in the Awards section.

wonder woman
Issue 1 - Cheese! - by 9 Blue
by Miriam Kroker - Friday, 6 March 2015, 2:20 PM


I am very pleased to announce that the first issue of Cheese, the 9 Blue Newsflash for English, has just been released!

Hot off the presses and attached to this notice.


9 Blue

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Year 11 and 12 girls
by Kerry Batt - Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 3:43 PM

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Women, Digital Careers, Tech Girls Movement and QUT would like to invite all year 11 and 12 school girls and their parents to an International Women’s Day afternoon tea. 

See how a career in ICT can open a myriad of doors and get hands on to learn how to be a Digital Humanitarian and help those less fortunate around the world!

It’s free and afternoon tea will be provided.

QUT Gardens Point Campus, P502, Science and Engineering Building
When: Wednesday, 11 March
Arrive: 4pm for a 4:15 start - 7pm
Registration is essential:


Why are events like these important?

iPad Printing
by Oliver Jackson - Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 7:27 PM

PrintersWith the recent arrival and configuration of the last couple of Print Hub Devices, our print server has been configured to offer Follow-Me-Printing from iPads.

Please find complete instructions for the iPad setup required and the simple workflow for printing to any of the Print Hub Devices using Follow-Me-Printing on our iPad Info site.

Print Hub Devices are located in: S Block, B Block downstairs, E Block upstairs, The Library, F Block downstairs, G Block upstairs, and Music Staff area in the PAC.

Student iPad access to email, calendars, Google Drive etc.
by Oliver Jackson - Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 2:37 PM

As Year 7, 8 and 9 students are getting 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.

Instructions for this have been circulated to Teachers but if you'd like to save some precious class time and have a go at it yourself then there are some easy to follow step by step instructions on our iPad info site

The relevant links are:

Setup your Hillbrook eMail Account

Subscribe to the Hillbrook Calendars

Connect to Google Drive

Setup the Documents App

Add a Lock Screen Password

(Edited by Craig Merritt - original submission Thursday, 29 January 2015, 4:51 PM)

Online@Hillbrook Theme
by Oliver Jackson - Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 10:59 AM

The new theme for Online@Hillbrook has been set as the default for all users. The development aim has been to improve usability on different screen sizes (including tablets and phones) and a slight layout refresh.

Thanks to the people who tested it over the last few weeks and thanks also for the feedback. Hopefully all issues have been addressed.

Please contact us via the helpdesk if you discover any issues.

If you decide you urgently need the old theme back them please use the links below to control your current theme.

The old theme will cease to be an option by the beginning of the 2015 school year.

Battery Recycling
by Oliver Jackson - Monday, 11 August 2014, 4:57 PM

recycle batteriesThere's a new, small, battery recycling bin in the Admin foyer which can be used for disposing of pretty much any used battery. Any brand of AA, AAA, C, D, 9V batteries, button cells (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted - simply drop your used batteries into the bin.

When the bin is full its contents will be transferred to a designated battery recycling point for processing. Batteries can be processed to recover plastics and metals, some of which are used to manufacture new batteries. Recycling also removes them from landfill where they would otherwise slowly leak toxic chemicals.

The attached Planet Ark battery recycling factsheet provides more information if you need.

iPad assignment submission to Online@Hillbrook
by Oliver Jackson - Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 6:34 PM

upload magicSubmission of documents from an iPad as Online@Hillbrook assignment activities is newly documented on our iPad information site. Check it out.